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.
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.
Day 1Arrival in KTM, Transfer to hotel, Briefing
Day 2Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour, Necessary preparation & Packing
Day 3Fly to Pokhara(900m) 35minutes; Drive to Nayapul1hour, Trek to Tikhe-dhunga (1480m) 3hours
Day 4Trek to Ghorepani (2,750m) – 6 hours
Day 5Hike to Poon Hill (3,193m) 1.30 hrs, Trek to Tadapani (2590m) 4 hours
Day 6Trek to Chhomrong(2,340m) – 5 hours
Day 7Trek to Dobhan (2,600m) – 5 hours
Day 8Trek to Machhapuchhare Base camp (3,700m) – 5 hours
Day 9Trek to Annapurna Base camp (4,130m) – 3 hours
Day 10Trek to Bamboo (2110m) - 6 hours
Day 11Trek to Jhinudanda (1780m) – 5 hours, take hot spring bath
Day 12Trek to Nayapul (1010m) – 6 hours, Drive to Pokhara (1hour) check in hotel, evening tours around Lakeside and O/N Pokhara
Day 13Fly back to Kathmandu; Check in hotel, Free day
Day 14Departure for flight to home
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.
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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