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Annapurna Base Camp Trek - 14 days

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Introduction 

Annapurna base camp trek commence from Pokhara valley, which lies 200 km from Kathmandu, the capital city, in the shadow of the lovely Annapurna Mountains.

Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) trek start and end at a beautiful city of west Nepal, Pokhara and goes through the variety of villages of different community including Gurungs, Magar, and Thakali. It is not overly difficult and the terrain passes through monsoon rain forest and rhododendron forest is one of the beautiful experiences. After driving 1 hour from Pokhara, you proceed slowly along the trek upward. The varied characteristics of the nature and those of the cultures and customs of different ethnic groups are noticed. On the day you arrive at an altitude of 2300m, you will have a pleasant feeling for being quite near to nature. 

The attraction of this trek is called Poon hill (3,193m), highest viewpoint of your trek from where you can’t only enjoy a superb panorama of both Annapurna (8,091m) and Dhaulagiri (8,167m) but also very splendid and magnificent view of sunrise. The downward return trek becoming different from that of upwards, foes through one of the big forest of rhododendron of the world. If it is the month of may the complete forest becomes a mixture of white and red blossoms of rhododendron.This trek is regarded as one of the best trek that offers so much of distinct sensation. 

Journey 

Trekking to Annapurna base camp starts from new bridge after a 45-minute drive from Pokhara. Further on the trail takes us to the Poon hill (3,193m), crossing through the Modi Khola to Birethanti (1065m), a large and prosperous town with a winding street paved with large stones. Now follow the Bhurungdi Khola as the trail climbs steadily passing through Hille before reaching Tike-dungha (1480m).Then the trail climbs very steeply on a stone staircase to the large Magar village of Ulleri at 2070m and finally to Ghore-pani. Next morning walk to Poon hill, where we experience the breathtaking views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The trek goes through most spectacular high mountain amphitheatre, through charming Gurung villages and rhododendron forests. After passing through the couple of magar and gurung villages and rocky trail through forests, then up a steep ravine, brings us to Hinko at 3,160m. Cross a ravine and a major avalanche track and climb through large boulders to Deorali at 3,230m and continue Climb across more avalanche paths, cross a moraine and a stream before reaching an area known as Machha-puchhare Base Camp at an altitude of 3700m. The route passes through some roofless shepherd’s huts alongside a moraine then climbs to the Base Camp, a collection of a few lodges on a knoll at 4,130m. There are magnificent views of the near-vertical south face of Annapurna that towers above the sanctuary to the north-west.

TRIP HIGHTLIGHTS

  • Local peoples and cultures of Thakali, Gurung’s etc
  • Exploration at Annapurna Base Camp
  • Stunning views of Mt. Dhaulagiri & Annapurna
  • View point “Poon hill’

DETAILS ITINERARY

Day 1

Arrival in KTM, Transfer to hotel, Briefing

After you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will have to go through custom formalities. You will be greeted by our representative who will be anxiously waiting for you with a placard displaying your name in his hand. You will be transferred to the 3-Star category hotel in a private vehicle. Once you get refreshed, you will get briefing regarding the itinerary and you will also be introduced with your crewmembers and other trekkers who are going to join you on the trip. Enjoy welcome dinner in the evening where you can taste authentic Nepali dinner. Stay overnight in a hotel.

Day 2

Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour, Necessary preparation & Packing

In the morning after breakfast, we will organize half day sightseeing tour during which you will be taken on memorable UNESCO Heritage Tour. Tour begins with visit to Nepal’s holiest Pashupatinath Temple Complex and takes us through Nepal’s largest Bouddhanath Stupa and 2500 years old Swoyambhunath Stupa. We will return to hotel in the afternoon and time for shopping of any missing items, packing and getting ready for the trip.

Day 3

Fly to Pokhara(900m) 35minutes; Drive to Nayapul1hour, Trek to Tikhe-dhunga (1480m) 3hours

After morning tea, we will drive towards Tribhuvan Airport, domestic terminal for Kathmandu to Pokhara flight. Pokhara is the centre of Western Development Region and Gateway to Annapurna Region. In the 20 minutes of scenic flight, we will enjoy the panoramic views of Annapurna Mountain, Ganesh Mountain, Nilgiri Mountain, Manaslu Mountain and other mountains. Once we reach Pokhara Airport, we will take an hour long drive, passing through Lumle village to Nayapul. From Nayapul, we will walk along River and walk past tiny villages of Ramgai and Sumde to reach Hile. Ascending trail from Hile will take us to TikheDhunga. Stay overnight at TikheDhunga.    

Day 4

Trek to Ghorepani (2,750m) – 6 hours

Leaving Tikhedhunga, we will cross Bhurungdi River and follow the ascending path for couple of hours to reach Magar village of Ulleri. Enjoy the scenic views of Annapurna Mountain. From Ulleri, the trail leads us through forest of blooming rhododendrons to Nangethati.  Moving further uphill through Deurali, we will reach Ghorepani village. Located on the ridge surrounded by forest, Ghorepani allows scenic views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountain range. Stay overnight at teahouse.

Day 5

Hike to Poon Hill (3,193m) 1.30 hrs, Trek to Tadapani (2590m) 4 hours

We will prepare for trek quite early in the morning as we do not want to miss the opportunity of capturing sunrise view from Poon hill. 40 minutes of walk uphill from Ghorepani will take us to Poon hill. We will follow the scenic path through the Rhododendron forest. The name Poon hill is named after Pun ethnics, the inhabitant of the area. We will enjoy the panoramic views of far western Himalaya of over 600km of range including Dhaulagiri Mountain, Tukuche Peak, Dhampus, Nilgiri Peak, Annapurna Mountain, Machhapuchre Mountain (Fish Tail), Hiunchuli Peak, Manaslu Mountain, LamjungHimal and other peaks and mountains. We will return to Ghorepani for breakfast. Lowering down from Ghorepani, we will traverse forest to reach Banthanti and reach Tadapani. Enjoy the views of Annapurna and Fishtail Mountains. Stay overnight in Poon hill.

Day 6

Trek to Chhomrong(2,340m) – 5 hours

Leaving Tadapani early in the morning, we will follow the descending trail through rhododendron forest to KimrongRiver.The trail takes us through the pretty tiny village of Gurjung to Chhomrong village. We will enjoy the close-up views of Annapurna South Mountain, Machhapuchhre Mountain and Hiunchuli Mountain. No one has attempted to climb Machhapuchhre Mountain so far because it is considered sacred. Chhomrong is the largest Gurung inhabited village of the region. Stay overnight at Chhomrong.   

Day 7

Trek to Dobhan (2,600m) – 5 hours

Lowering down to Chhomrong River, we will walk through the colourful rhododendron forest and choose the raising path that contours up towards Sinuwa Hill. The Hill greets us with scenic views of Annapurna and other Mountains. The trail ascends gradually towards Upper Modi River Valley. Later, we will descend through bamboo forest to Dovan. Passing through rhododendron forest, we will climb up to Dobhan for overnight stay. 

Day 8

Trek to Machhapuchhare Base camp (3,700m) – 5 hours

Leaving Dovan, we will lower down through bamboo forest and climb uphill to Himalaya Hotel. The path beyond Himalaya Hotel takes us to forest. Enjoy the spectacular view of glacial river before you reach to Hinku Cave. We will lower down to river before climbing uphill to Deurali. Passing through the rocky area, we will reach Machhapuchhre Base Camp. Climbing Machhapuchhre is restricted. We can get close-up views of Annapurna Mountain Range, Gangapurna Mountain, Hiunchuli and other mountains. Stay overnight in Machhapuchhre Base Camp. The area lies in Annapurna sanctuary. 

Day 9

Trek to Annapurna Base camp (4,130m) – 3 hours

After an early breakfast, we will walk through the sanctuary to Annapurna Base Camp. Following the ascending path for two hours through moraine, we will reach Annapurna Base Camp. The Base Camp is famous for sunrise view over Annapurna I Mountain (8091m). Enjoy the unobstructed views of Annapurna south Mountain (7219m) Mountain, Hiuchuli(6441m), Machhapuchhre (6993m), SingaChuli Mountain (6501m), Tent peak(5663m), Gangapurna Mountain (7455m) and other peaks and mountains. Annapurna Base Camp certainly is a piece of heaven in earth. Stay overnight at this exquisite place. 

Day 10

Trek to Bamboo (2110m) - 6 hours

Nothing sounds better than starting the day by watching sunrise view over Annapurna I Mountain. After breakfast, we will prepare for return trip as Annapurna Base Camp was our ultimate destination. We will return from the camp and retrace the route back to Bamboo. The return trail takes us through moraine valley and rhododendron forest to Bamboo where we will stay overnight.

Day 11

Trek to Jhinudanda (1780m) – 5 hours, take hot spring bath

Leaving Bamboo early in the morning, we will follow the downward trail toKuldighar. The trail stretches further to Sinuwa Hill. Enjoying the pleasant views of surrounding mountains from Sinuwa Hill, we will lower down to Chhomrong River. After brief walk along River, we will follow the stone steps to Chhmorong village. The path lowers down to Jhinudanda. We will visit the nearby hot spring known as Tato pani for bath. Bathing in hot spring can cure skin disease. Stay overnight at JhinuDanda.

Day 12

Trek to Nayapul (1010m) – 6 hours, Drive to Pokhara (1hour) check in hotel, evening tours around Lakeside and O/N Pokhara

Lowering down from JhinuDanda, we will arrive at Kumnu River. Crossing the river, we will walk through Modi River valley to make it to Kyumi. Continuing further, we will reachSyauli Bazaar. The path drops down from Syauli Bazaar to Nayapul. Since our trek ends at Nayapul, we will drive back to Pokhara. After checking in hotel, we will take an evening tour at Lakeside.Boating in Phewa Lake is available on your own expenses. We will return to hotel for dinner. Stay overnight at Lakeside hotel. 

Day 13

Fly back to Kathmandu; Check in hotel, Free day

We will drive to Pokhara Airport in the afternoon. Scenic flight from Pokhara will take us to Kathmandu. Take rest. Write a journal and arrange your photo albums. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 14

Departure for flight to home

We will transfer you to the Airport as per your scheduled flight for your onward destination. Safe journey. We hope to see you soon.
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Start Date
2nd Nov 2017
End Date
15th Nov 2017
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USD 1,480
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COST INCLUDES

  • Conservation/National park fees and all govt. taxes
  • All required trekking permits
  • 4 (four) nights 3 star hotel accommodation on twin sharing BB basis
  • Round trip (KTM – Pokhara –KTM) domestic airfares with domestic airport taxes
  • All airport/hotel/airport transfers by private vehicles
  • An Experience Sherpa Trek Guide
  • Support Sherpa staffs
  • Required number of porters
  • Trek sleeping bag and Down Jacket (to be returned after the trek)
  • Trek duffle bag to each trek member
  • All meals of high quality and hygienic (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • All hot drinks and beverages (tea, coffee, hot chocolate, treated drinking water etc.)
  • Trek First Aid Kit
  • Insurance of all local team members
  • Equipment for porters
  • Half-day world heritage sites tour with guide & private transport
  • Farewell celebration dinner

COST EXCLUDES

  • Medical/personal high risk insurance
  • International departure taxes
  • Personal trek gears
  • Major meals in Kathmandu
  • Cost of personal expenses i.e. telephone calls, laundry, Toiletry items etc.
  • Bottle water, boiled water, soft drinks, beers
  • Tips to the local staff

Fitness
This kind of trek doesn’t really require previous trekking and mountaineering experiences. It doesn’t require any technical experience, only that you be in good physical condition and be able to hike 4 – 6 hours over hilly terrain up to 4,300m of altitude with a light day pack.
 
Experience
If you have any previous experiences would be helpful but if you don’t have is also not important matter of issue. This trek will introduce you about trekking in the Himalayas and also about the local cultures, traditions and local people. Even if you are around the age of 65 years, you can be a candidate for this trek.     

Published on : January 28, 2017

We had the beautiful chance to do this trek during our honeymoon trip. We have a hard time to describe with words how wonderful it was: the scenic sights of the Himalayas, the incredible Machapuchare Mount (Fishtail), the magic rhododendron forests, the warm local people, the amazing culture, the funny gray langurs, the wonderful friends we met and the fun company of our dear guide Karma and his son. A unique experience, which we decided to end at the romantic Fishtail Lodge in Pokhara, with gorgeous views over the lake and the Himalayas. Truly one of the best treks we've ever taken, with the best organisator ever: Dawa and his team. We hope to be able to come back soon for another trek!!  :-) 

Monica & Carles

Monica Sans & Carles Turró, Barcelona

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Trip Info

Trip Code: DHA/ABC-14
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Best Month of the Year : April, May, October and November
Trekking Duration: 10 days
Hotel Accommodation : 4 nights
Trek Type : Lodge
Maximum Elevation : 4,130M.
Average hours of walking per day : 5 Hours
Destination: : Nepal

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