Annapurna region is named after Mt. Annapurna (8089 m). It is the 10th highest mountain in the world. In 1950 this peak was first summited by a French expedition team led by Maurice Herzog. It is now a dream target for veteran climbers. Trekkers who love to feel an adventure in the wild will love the Annapurna Base Camp trek.
The trek introduces trekkers to sublime nature and beauty. The flora and fauna that can be seen are spectacular and will keep you happy on the route. The Annapurna Base Camp Trek offers extraordinary views of other mountains. The Holy Fishtail, Annapurna l, Annapurna lll, the Annapurna Fang (Baraha Shikhar peak) and Annapurna south can be seen. This is a trek so there will be no summiting but you will be able to imagine climbing these awesome mountains.
This trek starts with a short scenic drive from Pokhara to Nayapul. The trek then goes through foothills and fertile terraced farmlands. The trek then rises through rich green forests and come across colorful villages. These villages are an inhabitant of friendly Gurungs, Magars and Thakali communities. Their warm smiles and welcome will give you the strength to complete the trek. As the altitude gets higher, the air gets thinner and less vegetation is visible. The view becomes extremely stunning with glaciers and mesmerizing landscapes.
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek goes to Machhapuchre Base Camp (3700 m). From here the hike takes several hours to reach the main objective Annapurna Base Camp (4130 m). It’s like paradise as we experience the beauty of unimaginable proportions. We soon realize the myriad sun rays above us. It is worth bringing a camera to take beautiful pictures as memories of Annapurna Base Camp Trek. After reaching Base Camp we will trek out of the area where a vehicle will be waiting for us to go back to Pokhara
Day1 – Arrival in Kathmandu
On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport. Our representative will meet and greet you and escort to the hotel. Evening at leisure and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day2 – Kathmandu
Today after breakfast in the hotel, you will experience a fantastic tour of Kathmandu valley. Then visit three temples with magnificent histories. Pashupatinath which is one of the oldest Hindu temples in the city will leave you inspired. Bauddhanath, a Buddhist temple also known as little Tibet and Swayambhunath, the monkey temple. Finishing this we return for lunch. After lunch, you will visit Kathmandu’s Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square. At Durbar Square you will have the opportunity to visit Kumari, the living goddess.
Day3 – Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara
After a pleasant breakfast in the morning, drive to Pokhara. The journey time is roughly 7-8 hours. There is also an option to take a flight with a duration of 35 minutes. Upon arrival in Pokhara, we explore the main sights such as Phewa lake. The rest of the day is leisure time for your enjoyment.
Day4 – Pokhara to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedhunga (1577m)
The trek to Annapurna Base Camp starts here! With a drive of 1 hour, we reach Nayapul and start the trek. From here the adventure begins along the bank of Modi Khola. The trek proceeds through Birethanti (1015 m) where there is a checkpoint. As the day continues, you will enjoy trekking through various small villages. The trek gradually rises in altitude and passes through Hille (1495 m). Past this is Tikhedhunga (1577 m) where we will spend the night.
Day5 – Trek Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2840m)
From Tikhedhunga, the trek continues to Ulleri (2070 m). Ulleri is a large village of Magar people. The rest of the day is truly pleasant trekking through the forests of oak and rhododendrons. The group will take a break at Banthanti (2250 m) and have lunch. After feeling rejuvenated from the food, the walk continues to Ghorepani (2840 m). Here we will spend the night and be ready for an exciting trip to Poon Hill in the morning.
Day6 – Hike up to Poon Hill (3210m) and trek to Tadapani (2610m)
Starting early, we hike to Poon Hill (3210 m). Being at Poon Hill at sunrise gives you the best views of the mountains in the whole Annapurna range. The phenomenal panorama of the beautiful peaks is a true delight. Annapurna and Dhaulagiri are visible and we are only too happy to tell you which mountain is which. Remember your camera as Poon Hill is regarded as a photographer’s paradise. After some time at Poon Hill, we descend back to Ghorepani and have breakfast. The trek then continues to climb through the forest of pines and rhododendron before arriving at Deurali (2960m). From here the path descends to Tadapani (2610m) where we spend the night.
Day7 – Trek from Tadapani to Chhomrung (2140m)
The day begins with a steep downhill section leaving Tadapani and descending down through forests. We eventually reach the Gurung village of Gurung as the trail eases. After a short rest, we continue our walk to Chhomrung (2140 m) where we will rest for the evening.
Day8 – Trek Chhomrung to Dovan (2500m)
Today our trail drops down to the Chhomrung Khola before another climb to Khuldighar. Khuldighar has a checkpoint for the Annapurna Conservation Area. The trail will then take us towards Dovan (2500 m) where we spend the night.
Day9 – Trek Dovan to Deurali (3230m)
This is a relatively short trekking day and a chance to rest. Starting early in the morning we walk through a bamboo forest. As the trail opens up we will pass Hinku Cave which is a great spot for a photo. The path then continues upwards to Deurali (3230 m) for the evening’s rest.
Day10 – Trek Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4131m)
Today we reach Annapurna Base Camp. The trail first passes through Machhapuchhre Base Camp which is often known as Annapurna Sanctuary. The area is surrounded by mountains. Two more hours and Annapurna Base Camp (4131 m) await. You can observe awe-inspiring views of mountains all around you from base camp. It is truly magical.
Day11 – Trek Annapurna Base Camp – Bamboo (2345m)
After a night at the high altitude of Annapurna Base Camp, we resume the trek towards Bamboo. Descending by 1700 m to the banks of Modi Khola, we will reach Bamboo (2345 m). Here we will spend the night in one of the teahouses.
Day12 – Trek Bamboo – Jhinu Hot Spring (1780m)
Today’s trek passes through Chhomrung which was visited earlier in the journey. Passing through forests before descending steeply to Jhinu where there are wonderful Hot Springs to be enjoyed.
Day13 – Trek Jhinu Danda – Nayapul – Pokhara
Walking on the right side of Modi Khola we walk to Birethanti. It takes about 5 hours. Today is one of the most relaxing walks of the entire Annapurna Base Camp. Upon reaching Nayapul, our vehicle will be waiting for us ready to go back to Pokhara.
Day14 – Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
With the Annapurna Base Camp trek conquered, return back to Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, you can pick up any gifts or souvenirs in the hustle and bustle of Thamel. In the evening we celebrate with a Farewell Dinner where we can enjoy the memories of the trek.
Day15 – Final Departure
After accomplishing one of the world’s best treks your journey in Nepal comes to an end. We will arrange for a transfer to the airport in plenty of time. Have a safe journey and we will see you when you next return to Nepal!