Annapurna Base Camp Trek

This trek combines some of the most spectacular mountain scenery, providing a fascinating insight into the modern hill life of Nepal. This is probably the most ideal trek: exquisite, short and passionate, a direct route into the heart of the Himalaya. The sanctuary is a hidden pocket of meadow, moraine and glacier, ringed by magnificent sheer-walled peaks: the Annapurnas, Gangapurna, Machhapuchhre, Himchuli etc. The trek begins from Pokhara, passing through lowland villages and rice terraces to mountain glaciers. The trail rises nearly 2,000 m in the last 8 km and one needs to plan for acclimatization. The trail is frequently slippery and there’s danger of avalanches in few places. Thus, early spring and winter treks are not likely.

Trek Profile:
Grade : Moderate
Average walking per day : 6 hrs
Maximum altitude : 4,130 m
Best seasons : Feb-May, Sep-Dec
Type of Trek : Teahouse/Camping
Starting Point : Pokhara
Ending Point : Pokhara

Standard Itinerary:

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400 m)

Upon arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport, meet our airport representative who will be displaying our company’s placard just outside the airport terminal. Then, get transferred to the respective hotel in a private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel, Kathmandu

Day 2

Pre-trip Meeting; Kathmandu Valley sightseeing

After breakfast, at around 07:30 AM, pre-trip meeting is hosted in your hotel in Kathmandu in order to introduce the trek leader/guide. It is recommended to seek this opportunity to ask any question relevant to the trek. Please remember to bring the passport, 3 copies of passport-size photos, and a copy of the travel insurance policy. In any case that you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the meeting, please inform in advance.

Day 3

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara(827 m)

After early breakfast, leave for Pokhara, situated around 200 km west from Kathmandu. Pokhara is a beautiful valley with Phewa Lake in the west and stunning view of the Annapurna mountain range at the north. Overnight at hotel, Pokhara

Day 4

Drive to Nayapul (1,070 m) and trek to Tikhedhunga (1,577 m)

After breakfast, drive for around an hour to Nayapul; then start trekking along the bank of the Modi Khola. After 15 minutes of short walk, reach Birethanti (1,065 m); continue walking through the village following the north bank of Bhurungdi Khola; climbing steadily up the side of the valley to Hile, finally reaching Tikhedhunga. Overnight at lodge, Tikhedhunga

Day 5

Trek to Ghorepani (2,855 m)

After breakfast, move on towards the steep ascent to Ulleri, a large village of Magars at 1,920 m. Then the trail continues more gently through a pleasant rhododendron forest and fields via Banthanti (2,250 m) and Nangethanti (2,460m) leading onwards to Ghorepani. Overnight at lodge, Ghorepani

Day 6

Hike up to Poon Hill (3,210 m); Trek to Tadapani (2,680 m)

Get up early in the morning and go for an hour hiking to Poon Hill, a brilliant mountain range spectacle; this vantage point provides a clear view of the sunrise over the high Himalayas. After spending about 1 hr, return to Ghorepani for breakfast. After breakfast, start walking along ridges and through pine and rhododendron forests to Deurali (2,960 m); descend to the Banthanti, then turning off to Tadapani. Overnight at lodge, Tadapani

Day 7

Trek to Chhomrong (1,950 m)

After breakfast, walk an easy way down to Kimrung Khola for lunch; ascend again to Chhomrong Village that lies at the base of Himchuli (6,441 m), which also offers a close view of Annapurna and Machhapuchhre. Overnight at lodge, Chhomrong

Day 8

Trek to Himalaya Hotel (2,873 m)

After breakfast, trek for about 3 hrs to Kuldighar and down to the bank of Modi River viewing thickets of bamboo at the bottom of the gorge, passing by the pasture of Tomo and Panchen. Overnight at lodge, Himalaya Hotel

Day 9

Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m)

After breakfast, keeping up on the west bank of Modi River, following a more open valley at the side of Machhapuchre Base Camp leaving the choice – either to stay or continue to Annapurna Base Camp. From Machhapuchhre Base Camp it takes around 2 hrs to reach Annapurna Base Camp. Overnight at lodge, Annapurna Base Camp

Day 10

Annapurna Base Camp (ABC)

This is usually a rest day. However, the glacial moraine, charismatic mountain views can be indulged in. Excursion of one of the biggest glaciers, Annapurna Glacier, is just another charm. Overnight at lodge, Annapurna Base Camp

Day 11

Trek to Bamboo (2,310 m)

After breakfast, descend and follow the same way to a pleasant camp spot, Bamboo. Overnight at lodge, Bamboo

Day 12

Trek to Jhinu Danda (1,760 m)

After breakfast, follow the same trail until Chhomrong. Once passing Kuldighar, there is an exceptional sheep farm. Then, the trail descends very steeply to the Jhinu Danda where a natural hot-spring can be enjoyed. Overnight at lodge, Jhinu Danda

Day 13

Trek to Pothana (1,980 m)

After breakfast, walk downwards to Modi River and ascend to Landruk, a beautiful Gurung village; lunch at Tolkha, and yet another easy ascent up to Deurali. Overnight at lodge, Pothana

Day 14

Trek to Phedi (1,130 m) & drive to Pokhara

After breakfast, trek for 3-4 hrs easy way down via Dhampus Village to Phedi, and half an hour drive to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel, Pokhara

Day 15

Drive back to Kathmandu

After breakfast, drive back to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel, Kathmandu

Day 16

Departure

After breakfast, free till check out time; get transferred to Kathmandu International Airport for your final departure.