Days: 13 / Difficulty: 3 of 5 (Moderate to strenuous)
Annapurna Base Camp Trek goes upstream along the Modi Khola to the heart of the Sanctuary and around the central part of the Annapurna Himal. ABC Trek will take you deep into the Annapurna Himal, Machhapuchhre which can be seen from the city proper of Pokhara, stands in the centre. You will also be able to have a 360 degree panoramic view including Annapurna I, Annapurna South Face and Machhapuchhre North Face. Along the way, you will be visiting Gurung Villages with houses of the hipped slate roofs. On the one hand, you can climb up to the glacial area of 4000m of elevation in a short time and can enjoy a marvelous view of the mountains. On the other, as you gain elevation rapidly, you are risking altitude sickness. The Name “Annapurna” came after the Mount. Annapurna, which is the 10th highest mountain in the world. Annapurna is a series of peaks in the Himalaya, a 55-km-long Massif whose highest point, Annapurna I, stands at 8,091 m. It is located east of a great gorge cut through the Himalaya by the most famous river, Kali Gandaki and which separates it from the Mount Dhaulagiri. Annapurna is a Sanskrit name which is translated as Goddess of the Harvests. In Hinduism, Annapurna is a goddess of fertility and agriculture. The Region, Annapurna is surrounded by many Himalayan ranges which include the Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhre - the famous fish-tail mountain that dominates the skyline above Pokhara. In addition this area possesses the Kali Gandaki, the world's deepest gorge. Annapurna Base camp is a big part of the ultimate Himalayan adventure which offers the chance to get to know the locals intimately and experience their cultural hospitality. Recognized as one of the world’s best trekking destination, this trek takes you through scenic villages, rich oak, and pine and rhododendron forests and affords you spectacular views of the giant snow-peaks- Annapurna I (8019m), Annapurna III (7555m), Gangapurna (7454m) and Machhapuchchhre (6999m). Exotic flora and fauna, immense glittering Himalayan ranges, mesmerizing local culture and tradition are the trinkets of this region. Getting to this region you are in for an experience of a life time. This trek is one of the most popular in Nepal and for good reason. ABC is surrounded by a cirque of awe-inspiring peaks, including the awesome south face of Annapurna I (8,091m), in a natural amphitheater which is quite simply mind-blowing. Our trek starts from Pokhara with a short drive to the road head. We ascend well-trodden trails through terraced farmland and traditional villages. As we climb through ancient oak and rhododendron forest, across sparkling streams and past waterfalls, the world of snow and ice starts to unfold above us. This combination of pretty villages and terraced fields of millet and rice, coupled by the majestic splendor of Machapuchare (6,993m), Annapurna I and Hiunchuli (6,441m) make this an extremely rewarding trek. Climbing up the Modi Khola valley towards the sanctuary we are teased with views of towering peaks and dazzlingly high rock walls with waterfalls tumbling down into the roar of the river below. As the gorge widens, we ascend to Machapuchare Base Camp (3,700m) on the lateral moraine of Annapurana South glacier. The steady climb up to ABC reveals the full splendor of this natural amphitheater. When we reach our destination, we are spoil with 360?? Views of Himalayan peaks.
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
Meals: 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.
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: Full Day Guided Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu Valley by private van.
After brekafast in the hotel, Drive to Swayambhunath Stupa which is very close form the centre of Kathmandu. It takes some minutes to be there. This Temple is also known as Monkey Temple which is considered to be self made Stupa. Then visit to Boudhanath Stupa: the biggest stupa in Nepal and one of the bigger stupa in the world. You can basically experience Tibetan Buddhism, culture and way of life in Boudhanath Area. Boudhanath area is the authentic place to buy Tibetan stuffs. Again you will be visit Pashupatinath Temple and it is one of the most sacred temples in the entire Hindu world. It is a sacred place where Hindus come to die and to be cremated. The temple of Pashupatinath is a large double roofed, gilt pagoda, decorated with brass, the gateway is plated with silver. There are images of Shiva along with other statues, shrines and temples dedicated to other deities in the complex. A circuit of the Pashupati area takes visitors past a sixth-century statue of the Buddha, an eight-century statue of Brahma the creator and numerous other temples. There are rows of Shiva shrines and Hindu pilgrims from all over south Asia offering ceremonies to worship Shiva, the Lord of Destruction. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara 820m and drive to Phedi 1130m and trek to Deurali 2100m/3-4 hours.
Early in the morning fly to Pokhara and take a car, drive to Phedi which takes about 30 minutes. Trekking start from this place, a steep climb brings you in Dhampus Village in about 1 and half hour. You have a stunning view of all Annapurna Range and Machhapuchhre. Then you climb gently through the rhododendron forests until reaching the village name is called Pothana which takes about 1 hour. You will have lunch here. After lunch the trail gently climbs up through the rhododendron forest till Deurali in about 1 hour. O/N in Lodge.
Day 4: Trek from Deurali to Jhinu Danda 1780m/5-6 hours.
Today, after breakfast, the trail continues through the rhododendron forests and crossing small stream until reaching the Gurung Village of Tolka which takes about 2 hours. Then the trail descends small ups and downs passing beautiful terraced fields till the attractive Gurung Village in Landruk in about 2 hours. You will have lunch here. The trek starts descending through terraced fields and along the Modi Khola River until reaching New Bridge which takes about 2 and half hour. Then the trail climbs steep up and passing small rest houses, the cross a small stream just below the Jhinu Danda and steep climbs till Jhinu Danda in about 1 and half hour. You explore to Hot Spring 15 minutes just below the Village in the river bank of Modi Khola O/N in Lodge.
Day 5: Trek from Jhinu Danda to Sinuwa 2340m/4-5 hours.
This day, you start the trek after breakfast, the trail continues switchback steep ascent with stone steps until reaching picturesque Gurung Village of Chhomrong which takes about 3 hours. You will have lunch here from where you have closest and panoramic view of Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre and other snow-capped mountains. After lunch, the trail descends with many stone steps till small Stream, and then gently climbs up until reaching Sinuwa in about 1 and half hour. O/N in Lodge.
Day 6: Trek from Sinuwa to Himalaya 2920m/5-6 hours.
Today, the trail continues gently up till the ridge and the level trail through the rhododendron forests until reaching Bamboo which takes about 2 hours. Again the trail continues through the bamboo forests till Dovan in about 1 hour. You with have lunch here. After lunch, the trek starts climbing up through the rhododendron forests until reaching Himalaya in about 1 and half hour. There are only two lodges. O/N in Lodge.
Day 7: Trek from Himalaya to Annapurna B.C. 4130m/5-6 hours.
In the morning after breakfast, you start your trek with gaining high altitude in the treeless area until reaching Deurali in about 1 and half hour. Then the trail continues again gently up passing the avalanche area till Machhapuchhre Base Camp which takes about 2 hours to reach. You will have lunch there. After lunch, the trail climbing up gently with viewing majestic Himalayan range till Annapurna Base Camp in about 1 and half hour. You have stunning and closed view with Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna III and other snow-capped peaks as well as Glacier. O/N in Lodge.
Day 8: Trek from Annapurna B.C. to Dovan 2505m/5-6 hours.
In the morning after breakfast and enjoying the stunning view of Himalayan Ranges, the trail descends along the Modi Khola through the rhododendron forests. You will have lunch in Himalaya and continues till Dovan. O/N in Lodge.
Day 9: Trek from Dovan to Chhomrong 2170m/5-6 hours.
Today you start your trek through the bamboo and rhododendron forests, then cross the small stream and waterfalls during the trek. You will have lunch in Sinuwa. Then, the trail descends to Small River and climbs with stone steps until reaching Chhomrong Village. O/N in Lodge.
Day 10: Trek from Chhomrong to Ghandruk 1940m/4-5 hours.
In this day, the trek starts from your Lodge; the trail gently descends to the stream which takes about 1 hour. Then the trail steeply climbs up through the rhododendron forests until reaching Kimrong Village in about 2 hours. You will have lunch here. Then the trail descends passing stream to reach the second biggest Gurung Village of Ghandruk which takes about 1 and half hour. You will visit the old Buddhist Monastery and Old traditional Gurung Museum with Guide. You have a great view of Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre etc. O/N in Lodge.
Day 11: Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul 1070m/3-4 hours and drive to Pokhara 820m
In the morning after breakfast, the trail descends with many stone steps passing landslide area until reaching Syaulibazzar which takes about 2 and half hour. Then, the trail continues on the road trail till Birethanti in about 1 hour. You will have lunch and 30 minutes walk to Nayapul. Take a car and drive back to Pokhara about 1 hour. O/N in Hotel.
Day 12: Half Day sightseeing in Pokhara valley. Afternoon fly back to Kathmandu.
After breakfast, you will visit the some interesting places around Pokhara Valley with Guide. And afternoon fly back to Kathmandu and pick up in airport and transfer to Hotel.
Day 13: 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.
Our Trek Package Cost Includes:
* Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up and transfer by private car/van.
* 4 nights accommodation with breakfast at 3*** hotel in Kathmandu and Standard hotel in Pokhara.
* Kathmandu city tour and all entry fees as per the above itinerary.
* 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, their food, accommodation, salary and insurance.
* Annapurna Conservation Permit, and all necessary permits.
* Domestic Fight Ticket from KTM/PKR/KTM and domestic airport tax.
* Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) Permit.
* Office Service charge.
* All transportation by private car.
* Medical Kid box.
* All Government Tax.
Our Trek Package Cost doesn't include:
* Any meals (Lunch and Dinner) other than breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
* Travel insurance. (if you want us to arrange your travel insurance, we would greatly be happy to assist).
* International air fare to and from Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fee.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, snacks, laundry, phone call, internet.
* Trekking Equipments (down sleeping bag and down jackets are available to hire or buy in Kathmandu,
* 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 the clients themselves.