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Annapurna Base Camp Trek – 14 days

  • Annapurna Base Camp Trek – 14 days
  • Annapurna Base Camp Trek – 14 days
  • Annapurna Base Camp Trek – 14 days
  • Annapurna Base Camp Trek – 14 days
  • Annapurna Base Camp Trek – 14 days
  • Annapurna Base Camp Trek – 14 days
  • Annapurna Base Camp Trek – 14 days
  • Annapurna Base Camp Trek – 14 days
  • Annapurna Base Camp Trek – 14 days
  • Annapurna Base Camp Trek – 14 days
  • Annapurna Base Camp Trek – 14 days
  • Annapurna Base Camp Trek – 14 days
  • Annapurna Base Camp Trek – 14 days
  • Annapurna Base Camp Trek – 14 days

Trek to Annapurna Base Camp in combination with Ghorepani is the best trek from Pokhara. There is a fantastic view from Poon hill. Wowed view of Annapurna. You are completely surrounded by Annapurna Himalayan range at the base camp.

  • Trip Highlights

    • Highest Point Annapurna Base Camp 4130m
    • Visit of popular Gurung village like Ghandrung and Chhomrong
    • Jhinu Natural Hot Spring
    • Breath taking views of Himchuli, Annapurna South, Barahi Shikhar, Annapurna I, Glacier Dom, Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Machhapuchhre
    • Extensive rhododendron forests, Natural hot springs, flora and fauna
    • Journey into the heart of Annapurna
    • Trek start from Nayapul – Hille – Ghorepani-Chomrung –Machhapuchare BC - ABC – Chomrung- Landrung - Trek end at Dhumpus

    Annapurna foothill region is the focus of the article “Honey Hunters of Nepal”, written by Eric Valli and Diane Summers and another article “Annapurna Sanctuary for the Himalaya” written and photographed by Galen Rowell. Both articles were published in National Geography magazine. It has been subject of writers , photographers and climbers since Mourice Herzog first ascent to 8000 m peak Annapurna 1 back in 1950s.

    The glacial basin of Annapurna Sanctuary is formed by the circle of Annapurna Himalaya range, Gangapurna and Machapuchre. As you travel from Chumro towards the Sanctuary the trail pass through a narrow valley that is prone to avalanche in winter and early spring. You follow Modi Khole (river) through thick bamboo and rhododendron forests into the centre of lateral moraine and base camp of Annapurna to view the spectacular Annapurna range all around. Stop at Ghorepani to see a beautiful sunrise view over Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. The Gurung villages and frequent stops at tea-shop dotted along the way gives a unique cultural experience. Like the Sherpa in Everest, Gurung is in Annapurna and Limbus in Kanchanjunga.

    As a matter of fact, the Macchapuchhare and Annapurna base camp were summer pastureland of the Gurung ethnic community living in Armaula, Dampus and Ghandrung long before the Annapurna region was reconnaissance by the British around 1925. Despite the lower height Macchapuchhare peak always attracted the attention of the visitors. The sanctuary is surrounded by the four highest peaks in the Annapurna massif which are all above 7500 meters; the British survey team gave them the name Annapurna 1, 2, 3 and 4 - Annapurna 1 is the highest (8091m). It was climbed by the French expedition lead by Maurice Herzog in 1950. Instead of Dhaulagiri, they climbed Annapurna 1 instead of the British who had set to climb the peak but went to the wrong place to set their camp. Ever since the route to the sanctuary was traced by Col. Robert around 1964 the trekkers have found their holy-land in the mystery that engulfs them there. The land is also holy for the local Gurung who have been living there since human habitation started.

  • Day 01. Arrive Kathmandu (1400 m). In Kathmandu (BB)

    Upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, our office staff will escort you to your hotel. Free day. Evening a short briefing about the trek.

    Day 02: Fly to Pokhara. Drive to Nayapul trek to Hille (1430 m - 4 hours)

    Drive to Nayapul and start your trek. Descend down along the roadway, you cross the tributary Dholi Khola using the suspension bridge and which will bring you to Nayapul village. Following then the level path along the left bank of the Modi Khola originating from Annapurna Sanctuary. Moving on you will see Birethanti (1037m) in front and crossing the suspension bridge over the Modi Khola, you will reach Birethanti. Trek further along the tributary of Bhurungdi Khola, passing a small waterfall bringing you to Nayathanti. Descend to the riverbank and continue on for a while. Climb up then to the terraced fields and you will reach Ramgure. When you ascend the path with stone walls, you will arrive in Sudami with a school. A further ascent will take you to Hille.

    Day 03: Trek to Ghorepani (2853 m – 5 hours)

    After breakfast start trek to Ghorepani. From here, after crossing the suspension bridge over the Bhurungdi Khola you will have to start a steep ascent to Ulleri (2073m) using continuous stone steps. This is the hardest ascent in this course. Keep on climbing until you reach the ridge of Ulleri village. On the opposite bank, you can see Hiunchuli (6441m) and Annapurna South Peak (7219m). Total time taken will be 5. This place is mostly inhabited by Magars, Chettris and some Gurungs the tribes of this region. The ascend from Ulleri becomes gentle as compared to earlier. At the end of the ridge, you will enter through the densely populated forest area. You will soon reach Banthanti. The course from Banthanti goes through the rhododendron forest. Move on along the small stream, which is down below to your right cross the wooden bridge to the left bank and to open section on the flank and you will be in Nagthanti. From here the forest becomes denser, move on the path with stone steps and you will reach the lower village of Ghorepani. After climbing for about 20 minutes you will come to a check-post, the gateway to the upper village (2853m).

    From here, you can see Dhaulagiri Himal in front and the Annapurna Himal above you to the right. The place is mostly inhabited by Magars. Ghore means horse and Pani means water. This is the place where the traders used to take a rest and let their horses drink water. So the name is given to this place after this reason.

    Day 04: Trek to Tadapani (2650 m – 6 hours)

    In early morning hike to Poon-hill for the magnificent sunrise over the Himalayas. It is about one hour climb up. Machhapuchhare (69932m), Hiunchuli, Annapurna South Peak and Annapurna I (8091 m) foram a  snow-covered main ridge-line is spectacular from this point. To the left, Nilgiri (7061 m) looks like it is rising from the Kali Gandaki River. In front, you can see the imposing Dhaulagiri I (8167 m). It is accompanied by Tukuche Peak (6920 m) on its right. On its left stand Dhaulagiri II to V and Putha Hiunchuli (7246 m). Trek back for breakfast then start the journey toward Tadapani. To reach Tadapani, you have to climb the forest area, which is on the opposite side of Poon Hill. In mid-April, this area is marvellously full of rhododendron flowers. From the forest, passing the ridge with a fine view, continue on the flank and go back to the lean ridge again. Repeating small ascends and descends several times, you will reach Deurali. Then descend from there along the stream and you will soon reach Banthanti, your lunch point. After lunch descends from the flank to the tributary Choromg Khola, cross it using the wooden bridge and climb back on the flank. You will come to a pass in the forest area that is Tadapani (2650 m).

    Day 05: Trek to Chomrong (2500 m – 5 hours)

    Descend down to the bank of the Modi Khola for about 1.5 hours and then cross the wooden bridge. Climb up to the ridge and move straight for about 40 minutes to reach Gurjung, you see Tadapani on the back. Walk another 2 hours to reach Chomrong with a continuous repeat of ascends and descends. Chomrong is like a junction. From here you can go to Ghandruk and Annapurna Base camp too. Beautiful village and mountain views can be seen from here, mostly Annapurna South (7219 m), Himchuli (6441 m), Annapurna III (7855 m), Fishtail (6993 m), Gangapurna (7485 m), Gandharva Chuli (6249 m).

    Day 06: Trek to Dovan (2606 m – 6 hours)

    From the upper end of the village, descend the long stone steps and cross the suspension bridge over the Chomrong Khola. Climb the mountain flank, pass the hamlets and restaurants in Callbong, Tialche, Bhanuwa, and Sinuwa and you will reach the end of the ridge. Follow the rocky path through the forest area until you come to Durdi Ghar. Then after, descend the stone steps and pass the check post. Continue the descend through the forest; follow the path into the bamboo forest and you will reach the Bamboo Hotel. You will now make a gentle ascend through the forest area and move on crossing about three streams that flow down from the flank to your left. You will soon reach Dovan (2606 m).

    Day 07: Trek to Machhapuchhare Base camp – (3700 m – 7 hours)

    After breakfast start trek to Machapuchre Base camp. The first section is a forest area. Cross a stream and pass the spot where water is overflowing on the path. You need to be careful while walking. The further walk will bring you to a flat clearing in the forest. Move on to a place called the Himalayan Hotel (2900m) with two lodges, ascend the rocky path and you will soon reach Hinko cave. This area is prone to avalanches during the time of snowfall and there have been disasters. You will soon reach Deurali (3100m). From Deurali you go to the riverbank following the path on the flank until you come to Bagal (3300m). You are heading for Machhapuchhare B.C, which are about 400m higher. From here follow the path on the flank where big rhododendrons are growing and you will come to the end of the ridge. On the hill beyond the stream flowing from the South Annapurna Glacier, you can see the lodge of Machhapuchhare B.C. behind which Gangapurna (7455m) soaring. After crossing the stream, climb a little and you will reach Machhapuchhare Base camp.

    Day 08: Trek to Annapurna Base camp (4130 m) and descend to Himalaya (2900 m – 7 hours)

    Start early morning for magnificent sunrise from Annapurna Base Camp, return to Machhapuchhare Base camp for lunch and walk down to Himalaya.

    Day 09: Retrace trail to Dhovan (2600 m - 6 hours) - An easy and relax day.
    Day 10: Trek to Chomrong (2170 m - 6 hours)

    We will be taking the same route down to Chomrong for coming back. From Himalaya to Sinuwa the lunch point will be 4 hours walk. And from the lunch point Sinuwa to Chomrung our campsite will be 1 hour down till the river and 1 hour up.

    Day 11: Trek to Landrunk (1565 m- 5 hours)

    From here, change your route. Walk down for few hours to reach Jhinu hot spring and take a quick bath if you want to. After finishing lunch move down to the new bridge for 1 hour and cross the bridge to follow the straight path. It is mostly gradual up till Landrung for about 2 hours. This place is inhabited by Gurungs and from here we can see a good view of the mountains if the weather is favourable. Ghandrung(1951m) the most developed village in this area can also be seen.

    Day 12: Trek to Dhampus (1650 m) and Phedi - (5 hours) – Drive to Pokhara.

    Start your journey walking straight and slightly upward for about 1 hour to reach Thorka. Hiking up the ridge for about 1 and half hour to reach Bhichowk. move mostly up through the jungle to Deurali for about 1 and a half hours. The descent down and slightly straight for about 1 hour to reach Pothana. From here it is 1 hour to reach Dhampus. The path descends as you near towards Phedi which takes about one and a half hours. Phedi to Pokhara it takes 30 minutes drive. Check into hotel.

    Day 13. Drive back to Kathmandu. Free day to explore Kathmandu

    Drive back to Kathmandu with Greenline bus is another attraction on this trek. The green-line bus is one of reliable bus!!! the service this bus provides is excellent, it stops at a beautiful location for lunch which is included and of mineral water. You will not regret the drive and scenery that you see throughout your drive to Kathmandu.

    Day 14. Transfer to airport, depart Kathmandu

    Free time until departure for shopping. Transfer to the airport. Depart Kathmandu

    Other related information

    The schedule stops as shown in the itinerary are a guideline only. It may change dues to logistic reason and other condition like weather, etc which are beyond our control. There are several flights throughout the day between Kathmandu and Pokhara and few flights from Pokhara to Jomsom. The flight may be delayed due to weather and technical condition, especially in winter and monsoon time. In winter the thick fog in Kathmandu airport in the morning may delay a subsequent flight. Trek to Annapurna is a popular trek. There are several good quality lodge accommodation on the trail. Many lodges provide hot shower by using solar panels.

    Caution: In winter and early spring the section near Hinko can be dangerous due to avalanches from Hiunchuli and Annapurna South which are above but can not be seen. The avalanche can come crashing into the valley with unbelieving speed. Extra precaution at this point can avert the possible danger.

  • Trip Cost per person - Private Departure (Based on group size)
    • 1 pax US$1055 per person
    • 2      pax  US$ 925 per person
    • 3-5  pax  US$ 865 per person
    • 6-9  pax  US$ 830 per person
    • 10+ pax  US$ 805 per person
    • Single Supplement: US$90
    • Departure: Anytime upon your request

    Cost Includes:

    • Airfare: Kathmandu to Pokhara,
    • Green-line or similar category bus - Pokhara to Kathmandu
    • Arrival and departure transfers
    • All meals and accommodation in lodge/tea house during the trek
    • Service of trek guide
    • Porters to carry personal baggage each 15 kg.)
    • Accident insurance for staffs and porters
    • Annapurna Conservation entry permit (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
    • Private transfer to trek start/end-point from Pokhara Hotel
    • Hotel accommodation (2 star) on bed and breakfast Kathmandu and Pokhara as per itinerary

    Cost Excludes:

    • Personal clothing and sleeping bag
    • Personal accident and health insurance
    • Emergency evacuation and medical-box
    • Alcoholic and bottled beverage, laundry, and tips.
    • Hotel accommodation, sightseeing and meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara
    • Any other services and expenses that are not specifically mentioned in the program
    • Expenses due to flight delay, sickness other contingencies

    Departure: Anytime as per your choice of date.
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