Nature lovers especially who love mountains can understand what reaching the Himalayas means. It’s a long, tough journey to get there and admire the highest mountains in the world. A new challenge, another dream come true.
You wake up and it’s very cold. You put on some warm clothes and sit on the edge of a cliff with a cup of tea warming your hands. The wind gently moves the clouds that cover the mountains. Eventually, great snowy peaks emerge, the sun rises, the mist descends and the show overwhelms you. Now you are in a magical place. Take a deep breath and watch. Enjoy your tea and feel the peace surrounding the beauty of Himalayas that you will never forget.
Annapurna is the 10th highest mountain in the world. It was the first 8000 metre peak ever summitted, in June 1950 by a French expedition led by Maurice Herzog. The tale of this epic climb is told in one of the most fascinating narrations of mountaineering adventure in the book ‘Annapurna’ also written by Maurice Herzog. Our trek to Annapurna Base Camp is by comparison a far more tame proposition, however the big mountain views are still the same as we ascend through villages and terraced farmland to the alpine environments found at the higher elevations around base camp. This is a stunning trek in the heart of the Annapurna range.
The Annapurna Base Camp trek is one of the most popular treks in the Annapurna region. The trek combines so many different landscapes and bring you so close to the base of 7,000 and 8,000 meter peaks in a such a short period of time. The trek is a classic trek into the heart of the remarkable Annapurna Himalayas with unsurpassed views surrounded by enormous glaciers, along with an exceptional culture experience of the hill and mountain life of Nepal. The trek has many variety of landscapes and bring s you close to some of the tallest peaks in short span of time. The trek starts in Pokhara then heads north along the traditional trade route towards the terraced fields via Birethanhti and Saulee Bazaar to Ghandruk. The trek curves eastward through thick rhododendron and oak forest to Chhomrong and follow the Modi river valley, through thick bamboo and rhododendron forests into the trek itself. The trek finishes in Pokhara via different route through the villages of Jhinu Danda, Pothana and via Phedi. The trail goes alongside terraced rice paddies, lush forest full of Rhododendrons, with the beautiful view of Annapurna Range. This trekking holiday is ideal for people with a love for nature.
The surrounding of Annapurna Base Camp at 4130 m is unique and spectacular, set amidst the majestic peaks of Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Machapuchhre and Hiunchuli. The lodges in the Annapurna Trekking Region are well equipped with extensive menus ranging from the typical Nepali dhal bath to pizza and chau mein. Hot showers are readily available as well.
It is possible to do this trek in all seasons, however, in the winter the Base Camp can sometimes be closed due to the snow level. In spring time the huge rhododendron forests are in full bloom which gives the trek an extra appeal.
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Essential trip information:
Please note: The trek dates can be viewed on the calendar when booking.
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Welcome to the land of Buddha. Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, you will be warmly greeted by our company representative at the arrival gate with your name written on it. You will be then escorted to hotel. You will spend overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
You will meet your group and get a trek brief. This will be your administration day. Also, you will explore around the world heritage sites of Kathmandu. This day is also the day for making all kit ready for the trek.
It will take 6 to 7 hours to reach the beautiful city of Pokhara. We will depart after breakfast.
Drive to Nayapul, the trek start point. After trekking around 4-5 hours from Nayapul to Tikhedunga we will reach our first night in hotel.
Tikhedunga to Ghorepani is around 6 hours of walking. You ascend steeply for the first 2 hours and then ascend gently passing through Ulleri (2070 m) and Banthanti. On a clear day you will get good views of Mount Machhapuchhare (6997 m), Hiunchuli (6441 m), and Annapurna (7219 m) south on the way.
The total walking hours for today is around five to six hours. Early morning hike to Poon Hill (3210m) to enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Tukuche Peak (6920m), Nilgiri (6940m), Varaha Shikhar (7847m), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna South (7219m), Annapurna III (7855m), Machhapuchhare (6993m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Annapurna II (7937m), Lamjung Himal (6931m) and other numerous snowcapped mountains. Hike down to Ghorepani after enjoying the sun rise view, have a hot breakfast at guest House/Lodge and trek to Tadapani (2650m). The trail follows the rhododendron forest. During spring time the entire forest is colorful.
The total walking hours for today is around six hours. The trail is relatively easy mostly descending gently all the way through rhododendron, oak and other kinds of dense forests. You could hear different kinds of birds chirping on the way to Kimrung Khola. Chhomrong is the gateway to Annapurna Sanctuary (Base Camp) trek and inhabited by Gurungs, one of the major Ethnic groups of Nepal.
Leaving Chhomrong the trail descends to cross the Chhomrong Khola on a suspension bridge, then climb high above the Modi Khola on it’s west bank. The trail then ascends through the villages of Tilche and Sinuwa and finally reaches Kuldi at 2350m. From here the trail descends a long, steep stone staircase into bamboo and rhododendron forests and eventually we reach the small settlement of Bamboo Lodge at 2340 m.
From Bamboo to Hotel Himalaya is a smooth ascent through the dark Rhododendron forest. On the way, there are numerous tiny streams to cross, the tributaries of Modi Stream, which drip down the Giant rocky cliff. The origin of these tiny streams is the melted Glacier of Himchuli. From Hotel Himalaya, the path rapidly goes up till Hinku cave, then little ups & downs to Deurali. The area is totally dominated by giant Machhapuchre.
From here the valley widens up and the vegetation thins up. One can even feel thin air climbing to Machhapuchhre Base camp. You can even go all the way to Annapurna Base Camp if you feel like it.
After breakfast we start early and make the 2 hours trek to Annapurna Base Camp at 4130 m. The trail continues upwards, on a good path, to the south of the moraine. This is the highlight of the trip and affords us marvellous close up views of the mountains that make up this incredible natural amphitheatre. On arrival at ABC we get a superb view of the near vertical south face of Annapurna.
From the Sanctuary we initially retrace our steps, and descend to Deorali, through Himalayan Hotel, and eventually to Dovan where we spend the night. We cover the ground a lot quicker on the way down taking advantage of our acclimatization and the reducing altitude.
From Dovan we continue back down the trail, through Bamboo Lodge, and to Chhromrong where we spend the night. This is a short day and allows us to spend some time relaxing in this fascinating village which has some of the best mountain views in the world.
Today we stop retracing our steps and trek to the village of Ghandruk. We initially walk west on the trail that leads to Ghorapani, but then descend to the village of Khumnu. We cross the Khumnu Khola and then ascend steeply to a collection of tea-houses at Uri at 2220m. From here we can see Ghandruk ahead, and it is a gentle walk to this amazing Gurung settlement at 1970m. Ghandruk is a maze of narrow alleyways but is an ideal place to spend an afternoon wandering the streets enjoying the local food or learning about the local handicrafts.
Trek downhill through villages and terraced fields to Syauli Bazaar, then onto Nayapul before being transported back to Pokhara for an overnight stay.
Pokhara to Kathmandu bus transfer is around 7-8 hours and flight time is around 25 minutes.
Day 17: Return
About 3 hours prior to your flight time, we transfer you to the airport to fly your onward destination. We were happy to have met you and we will cherish the bonds of our relationship developed with you all over the weeks spent with us in our amazing country Nepal. Our family wishes your best time ahead and wait for your return.
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