Days: 14 / Difficulty: 3 of 5 (Moderate to strenuous)
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a nature trek which takes you to the foot of Mt. Annapurna, one of the most magnificent peaks in the world. Annapurna Base Camp Trek route takes you through fascinating traditional villages of Nepal’s ethnic communities of the Gurung who will greet you very warmly if you cared to stop for a conversation. The hike continues through dense rhododendron forest with towering snowy peaks in the background. The return walk is even more interesting as the trek winds around different ridges towards Ghandruk, where you witness breathtaking views of Annapurna Massif and Machhapuchhre. Annapurna Base Camp tea house trek is even more beautiful in spring as the whole forest along the trail turns red, pink and white with rhododendron flowers.
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Fact of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Trip Region: Annapurna Region
Types of Trip: Trekking
Duration: 14 Days
Highest Elevation: 4130m
Mode of Trip: Lodge or Tea-house
Grade: Moderate to Strenuous
Average Walking: 4-5 hours in a day
Trip Start/End: Kathmandu
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara and normal tea-houses/lodges during the trek
Best Season: Autumn (Sep-Oct-Nov) and Spring (March-April-May)
Transportation by: Domestic Flight and Private Vehicle
Culture Experience: Majority of Gurung and mix culture
Major Himalayan Sights: Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) 6993m, Annapurna I 8091m, Annapurna South 7219m, Hiun Chuli 6441m, Mardi Himal 5553m, Singu Chuli 6501m, Tharpu Chuli 5695m, Gangapurna 7454m, Annapurna III 7555m, Khangsar Kang 7485m
Highlights of the Trip: Panoramic and closed views of Annapurna massif, explore in the valley, unobstructed sunrise and sunset view over the Himalayas, pictureaque villages, experiencing with life style and culture of Gurung people who is very famous for Gorkha arm, walking in the narrow and stone paved trail, ancient Monastery, old tradition Gurung Museum, waterfalls, scenic mountain flight to and from Pokhara, explore lake city of Pokhara, walking through dense Rhododendron forest and even more beautiful in Spring.
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Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrival in Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and you will be met at the airport by our representative who will be waiting with a Swiss Family Treks sign outside the terminal and transfer to Hotel by private car. Welcome drink and after you settle into the hotel there will be a group briefing with your tour leader. He will discuss the trek details and co-ordinate any last minute arrangements. Stay overnight at Hotel.
Day 2: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara, drive to Phedi 1130m and trek to Dhampus Village 1650m/3hrs,
Early in the morning, our car will come to pick up your hotel and transfer to domestic airport. Then, 35 minutes flight to Pokhara and have a breakfast. Then drive to Phedi which takes about 1 hour. We will start to climb steeply for an hour and then less steep climb up through the Rhododendron forest with following a stone staircase until reaching on the top of ridge which takes about 1 hour. We continue again another 30 minutes further plain dirt road and arrive in Dhampus Village. We will have our lunch and afternoon free for resting. We can see all the Annapurna Massif and Machhapuchhre as well as Dhaulagiri I. We will stay overnight at very nice Lodge.
Day 3: Trek from Dhampus Village to Tolka 1700m/5hrs,
In the morning after breakfast, we will gently climb up through the rhododendron and oak forest until reaching Pothana which takes about 1 and half hour. We can see the excellent view of Machhapuchhre. The trail takes another 1 hour climbs through the rhododendron forest to a pass with views of the Mardi Khola far below and the panoramic views of Annapurna South and Hiun Chuli to the north, and Pokhara and Phewa Lake to the southeast when we will reach Deurali. Then, we will make a steep descent through the forests into a huge side canyon of the Modi Khola and arrive at Bheri Kharka, a superb of the large Gurung village of Bichok, far below after a 1 hour climbing down. We will make our lunch there and after lunch, we will descend to the head of the valley on the upper trail cross a stream over the suspension bridge. Then we climb gently out of the side canyon on flagstone steps until reaching Tolka which takes about 1 and half hour. We will stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 4: Trek from Tolka to Jhinu Danda 1780m/5hrs,
In the morning after breakfast, we will descend a long knee-crunching stone staircase to a suspension bridge across the small stream, then climbs through forests to a ridge an easy walk past stream, fields until reaching a Gurung settlement of Landruk village which takes about 1 and half hour. We can see a second largest Gurung village of Ghandruk high above us on the opposite side of the river. Then, we will leave the village and choose the right trail; walk on the thick jungle trail descends through ferns to fine view of Annapurna South high above the jade-white water river and cross the several bridges with lovely waterfall near the Himal Qu. Then, we will cross by a long narrow suspension bridge over the Modi Khola until reaching New Bridge which takes about 1 and half hour. We will make our lunch there. After lunch, we will continue to steep climbs and then cross over the stream. Then a short stiff climbs bring us to Jhinu Danda which takes about 1 2 hours. There is a hot spring with cement bathing pools about 25 minutes downhill. We will stay overnight at nice Lodge.
Day 5: Trek from Jhinu Danda to Sinuwa 2340m/5hrs,
In the morning after breakfast, we will steeply climb up switch-back ascent with many stone staircases until reaching Chhomrong which takes about 2 and half hour. We will have our lunch there with stunning view of Mt. Annapurna South, Hiun Chuli and Machhapuchhre very closely. After lunch, we will descend again on a stone staircase and crosses the Chhomrong Khola on a swaying suspension bridge, and then climb out of the side valley through the forests of Bamboo, Rhododendron and Oak. We are climbing up further on a rocky trail and will arrive in Sinuwa which takes about 2 hours. We will stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 6: Trek from Sinuwa to Himalaya 2920m/5hrs,
In the morning after breakfast, we will climb through the forest of rhododendron festooned with orchids and ferns to a stone-paved trail and descend a long, steep, slippery stone staircase into the deep bamboo and rhododendron forest until reaching Bamboo which takes about 1 and half hour. Then, we will continue to climb up through the stands of bamboo, then through rhododendron forest up the side of the canyon continuously. Then our trail drops slightly to cross tributary streams on narrow bridges and traversing several avalanche chutes until reaching Dovan which takes about 1 and half hour. We will make our lunch break there. After lunch, we will again continue our trail crossing a stream and avalanche chute and then climbs across a landslide through the rhododendron forest passing a small temple, local deity Barah Than until reaching Himalaya which takes about 1 and half hour. We will stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 7: Trek from Himalaya to MBC 3700m/5hrs,
In the morning after breakfast, we will climb first a rocky trail through the forest, then up a steep ravine to Hinku Cave. Then, we will cross the remnant of a glacier just beyond the Hinku, the climbs through large boulders to Deurali which take about 1 and half hour. We will ask to the lodge owner whether there have been any avalanches recently. The trail diverts to the east side of the valley to avoid a dangerous avalanche area and we will climb through the unusual mix of bamboo and birch. We will continue to climb across more avalanche paths, then cross a moraine and descend to a stream. Then short climbs bring us in Machhapuchre Base Camp after a 2 and half hour walked. We will have a lunch and the mountains views are stupendous; the panorama includes Hiun Chuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gangapurna and the ever-changing Machhapuchhre, whose sheer triangular face takes on yet another aspect here. We will stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 8: Trek from MBC to ABC 4130m/2hrs,
In the morning after breakfast, we will pleasant climb up following a small stream to the few huts and enter to the foot of a large moraine of ABC which takes about 2 hours. There are tremendous views of the near vertical south face of Annapurna towering above the sanctuary to the northwest. We will have a lunch. After lunch, we will walk west past where player-flag-draped viewpoint on the moraine for the spectacular view over the glacier. We will stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 9: Trek from ABC to Dovan 2505m/5hrs,
Early in the morning wake up for unobstructed Sunrise View over the mountains and Himalayan Scenery from the sanctuary. We can see the scenic mountains view like as Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Hiun Chuli, Glacier Dom, Singu Chuli, Tharpu Chuli, Annapurna III, Machhapuchhre and other snowy peaks. Then, we will have breakfast and then we will trek all the same way down on the moraine until reaching MBC which takes about 1 and half hour. We again continue our trek down passing the avalanche area until reaching Deurali which takes about 2 hours. We will have our lunch there. After lunch, we continue our trek down through the rhododendron forest till Himalaya and then keep descending through the dense forest of rhododendron and oak until reaching Dovan which takes about 2 and half hour. We will stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 10: Trek from Dovan to Chhomrong 2170m/5hrs,
In the morning after breakfast, we walk down through the rhododendron and bamboo forest until reaching Bamboo which takes about 1 hour. Then, we steeply climb up on the rocky trail through the bamboo and rhododendron forest until reaching Sinuwa which takes about 2 hour. We will have our lunch there. After lunch, we walk down again rocky trail till Chhomrong Khola and cross over a bridge. Then, we steep climb up on a stone paved staircase until reaching on the top of the village. It takes about 2 hours from Sinuwa to Chhomrong. We can see again very spectacular views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre. We can also organize dance program with mother’s group of Chhomrong Village in the evening on request from the guests. We will stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 11: Trek from Chhomrong to Ghandruk Village 1940m/5hrs,
In this day, we will start our trek back after breakfast. Our trail will descend again on a stone paved staircase for a while and gently climbing up viewing very big landslide area of Komrong village. We walk just above the landslide area and steep descend to Kyumrong village after 2 hours walk. Then, we climb up through the rhododendron and oak forests until reaching Komrong Danda which takes about 1 and half hour to reach. We will have our lunch there with viewing stunning view of Machhapuchre and Annapurna South. After lunch, we continue to climb down with viewing a large Gurung settlement of Ghandruk village which is also known as Konda Village in their local language. Konda means Stone; we can see all the walking trail and house when we are entering in the village. After 2 hours walk down from the Komrong Danda, we arrive in very picturesque village of Ghamdruk viewing Annapurna Massif and Machhapuchhre. There is a very interesting old traditional Gurung Museum and recently built Buddhist Monastery in the middle of the village, which we can make side trip for the evening. We will stay overnight at very nice Lodge in town.
Day 12: Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul 1070m/4hrs and drive to Pokhara,
In the morning after breakfast, we will leave the village and walk down on the stone paved stone staircase for a while and viewing Landruk village just opposite side of us. After a 2 hours walk down from Ghandruk village, we arrive in Syaulibazar. Then, we will follow the plain dusty road way along the Modi Khola until reaching Birethanti which takes about 1 and half hour. We cross a river over an iron bridge and have our lunch there. After lunch, we continue 30 minutes further to Nayapul along the Modi Khola and our car will be there to pick up. Then, we back to Pokhara by car which takes about 2 hours and transfer to Hotel. We will stay overnight in Hotel.
Day 13: Morning Hike to World Peace Stupa and afternoon fly back to Kathmandu,
In the morning after breakfast, we will go to world peace stupa by car. We can see panoramic view of high Himalayan range from Manaslu to Dhaulagiri range including Machhapuchhre and Annapurna Massif as well as scenic Pokhara Valley and Phewa Lake. Then, we will walk down to Phewa Lake through the forest which takes about 1 hour and take a boat to cross a Phewa Lake passing the small Island where Temple Barahi is situated middle of the Lake. Afternoon transfer to airport, and then fly back to Kathmandu. Our car will be ready to pick up in the airport and transfer to Hotel.
Day 14: Final Departure from Kathmandu
Your trip will come to an end today after breakfast. Your leader will be on hand to advise and assist with your onward travel arrangements and transfer to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport by our private van around 3 hours before your flight schedule and flight back to your home/other travel destination.
Note: Depending on the ages of children, they get discount in trek cost and domestic flight ticket cost accordingly. Also Horse renting in Annapurna Region is USD 75 per day per horse including horse man, his food, accommodation, salary and insurance.
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Our Trek Package Cost includes;
* Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up and transfer by private car/van.
* 3 nights deluxe accommodation in twin bed sharing basis with breakfast at 3*** hotel in Kathmandu and standard hotel in Pokhara.
* Domestic flight tickets from KTM-PKR-KTM and airport tax.
* Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee and hot/cold filter water during the trek.
* Lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek.
* 1 experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 peoples), their food & accommodation, salary, equipments & insurance.
* All transportation by private vehicle.
* Annapurna Conservation Area permit.
* All necessary permits.
* First Aid Medical Kit box.
* Office Service charge
* All Government Tax.
Our Trek Package Cost doesn't include;
* Any meals (Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu and Pokhara other than breakfast.
* Travel insurance.
* International air fare to and from Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fees.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, snacks, laundry, phone call, internet.
* Personal Trekking Equipments.
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, domestic flight delays, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Horse renting and additional porters during the trek.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver...
Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.
Customize Your Trek: This is a general itinerary, which can always individually be “tailormade”. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste, For more information please e-mail us at email@example.com
NOTE: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss Family Treks & Expedition GmbH. The charges must be paid by clients themselves.
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