The trek to Annapurna Base Camp is considered one of the best in Nepal. Not overly difficult, it is renown for its varied scenic terrain, different cultural experiences, and spectacular high viewpoints. To reach the start of the track is only a short two-hour drive from Pokhara. From there the ascent is gradual, passing through monsoon rainforests where you should keep an eye out for local wildlife, and then also the unique rhododendron forests.
There are a variety of villages to explore along the way, each with different ethnic communities, including Gurungs, Magar, and Thakali. Every village has its own distinct characteristics. For many, the main attraction of this trek is reaching the summit of Poon Hill (3,193m). The top of the hill offers a perfect viewpoint of the surrounding landscape, including the superb panorama of both Annapurna (8,091m) and Dhaulagiri (8,167m). This view is best experienced at sunrise. One of the main highlights on the return trek is passing through the biggest rhododendron forest in the world. In May the whole forest becomes a cacophony of white and red blossoms.
Trekking to Annapurna base camp starts from a 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-Dhunga (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 the most spectacular high mountain amphitheater, through charming Gurung villages and rhododendron forests.
After passing through a 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 Siwai – 5 hours, drive to Pokhara (3 hrs) 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 an essential matter of issue. This trek will introduce you to 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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The EBC trek is incredible and highly recommended with stunning scenery and good people. DHA's guides and porters are great and took very good care of us. If you are looking for a great trek in the Himalaya's then this one is for you!
Patrick & Geoff - Basecamp 2019 Dawa Sherpa and his team were exceptional in their care and aid of out Basecamp trek for 2019. It was an amazing experience not only to see and feel the mountains but also to speak to his crew and learn about the region and trekking/mountaineering in general. They were always ready to help whenever we needed. We will certainly be coming back to Nepal and the Himalayas again. Most definitely through Dream Himalaya Adventures. Patrick Nhim
Wow wow wow! Ok so the scenery was awesome - that’s a given! The food was nutritional and hot! Sleeping was easy because the body was ready for rest. But the team at Dream Himalaya Adventures could not have been better selected. Nothing was a problem. Anything was possible. If you wanted it, you got it! Their main aim is to get you to your destination and back safely and for you to enjoy the entire experience. If we weren’t eating enough, they encouraged us to fuel up. If we weren’t drinking enough “pani” (water), they stopped us for a drink break. If we walked too quickly (I’m amazed some of our team members could), they reminded us to walk “bistari bistari” (slowly slowly) to
I have recently returned from touring and trekking with Dream Himalayas Adventures team with Dawa and his Sherpas. The highlights of my trip was the stunning scenery on the trek and the friendly people of Nepal. It was definitely a life changing experience and i would love to do it again some day with my daughter. Dawa and his team were amazing i found them very organized, caring and friendly which impressed me.
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My experience with Dream Himalaya Adventures was excellent! Dawa Sherpa took care of every detail before and after our trek. I felt very confident in his abilities. All of our drivers and guides were most helpful and informative. Our trek guide, Sherku Sherpa, was exceptional, and he took very good care of us. We had an incredible adventure with stunning scenery every day. I highly recommend Dream Himalaya Adventures to anyone seeking an unparalleled experience in and around the Himalaya!
It was our second trek with Dream Himalaya Adventures and we loved it. We had so much fun with our guide Tendi and Rajesh who also works for DHA. The experience on a trek like this made us feeling like friends rather than clients. It's not only about hiking, you also learn a lot about the Nepalese culture and nature. The feeling of waking up early to see the sunrise at Poon Hill surrounded by the highest mountains in the world is incredible. This was an experience we will never forget and definitely the highlight of our trek. Thank you Dawa for making it possible and organizing everything so well! See you soon!
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