Annapurna Base Camp Trek – 12 days

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The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is original trekker’s playground in Nepal. This is popular place for trekking, known as heaven of Asia. At 40 km north of Pokhara, there is a high glacial basin. This oval shaped plateau sits at an altitude of 4,000m. Since mountains from all sides surround it so, it receives only 7 hours of sunlight in summer day. It has a great combination of heights and depth, which makes it, an extraordinary variety of ecosystems. Until 1956 AD, outsiders in Nepal did not penetrate the Annapurna sanctuary. It is an amazing trek route through local trails.

With exclusive view of the Mountains Mt Annapurna and Mt Dhaulagiri the Trek entails through the best parts of the Annapurna range. We will go through old foot trails of hardy Gurung and Magar hill tribes. They lived here in temperate forests among rhododendron trees, farming on steep terraces growing staples of maize and millet. This trek goes through Modi River that drains in between Mt Hiunchuli and Holy Mountain Mt Machapuchare Himal. When we enter into the sanctuary, we get ourselves enclosed inside wall of peaks wrapped with snow.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek starts from Pokhara. Then the team enters into heart of the Annapurna sanctuary to enjoy the view of four Annapurna. However, the 10thhighest Mountain along with II-VI other peaks all above 7,00M. Lies there. Then we will return to Chomrong, and go ahead to Kopra Ridge on west through alpine forest following the map. The Kopra hill offers exceptional panoramic views of entire Mt Annapurna range including a fearsome close view of Dhaulagiri Mountain.

Its steep face plunges into the KaliGandaki River, creating the deepest gorge in the world. One-day hike in north east of camp will bring us to Khayer-Lake (4,015M.). It is a sacred lake worshiped by local during the Buddha Purnima festival. Our trail finally winds down to Ghorepani from Poon Hill, before we return towards Pokhara. At Ghorepani, we enjoy the panoramic sunrise view of Annapurna Range and its weather.

Outline Itinerary

1 Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

Our Himalayan Treks and Expedition Company Airport Representative will meet you outside the Terminal Hall. Please, look for our company play card. Transfer to hotel, introduce your trekking guide and check the necessities. Afternoon stroll Tourist colourful market Thamel down town. 

Overnight in Kathmandu at 3 star Hotel with breakfast 

4 Day 04: Pokhara – Nayapul – Ghandruk (1,950m/6,398ft), 1½hr drive, ~10km, 5-6 hrs trek

After breakfast, travel the zigzag route over the middle hills to Nayapul (trail foot) to meet your porters and begin the trek to Birethanti, a prosperous riverside village on the Modi Khola (which carries the melt water from the Annapurna South Glacier to the Ganges). Walk upstream through terraced paddy fields to Syauli Bazaar, then cross the suspension bridge and ascend, with breathtaking views of Machhapuchhare (Fish tail), Hiunchuli and Annapurna South. Long stone staircases bypass a huge landslide and climb to the beautiful village of Ghandruk: with great views of the valley gorge – and tomorrow’s trail. 

Overnight at Lodge in Ghandruk 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

5 Day 05: Ghandruk – Chhomrong (2,210m/7,249ft), ~10km, 5-6 hrs

The path heads north of the village on an exposed trail past pastures to a ridge, before descending into a green valley and a suspension bridge over the Kimrong Khola. After lunch, the trail climbs out of the valley through stands of rhododendron and oak forest, winding around the hillsides to Chhomrong: with closer views of the giant peaks above. 

Overnight at Lodge in Chhomrong 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

6 Day 06: Chhomrong – Himalaya Hotel (2,920m/9,578ft), ~12km, 6-7 hrs

After breakfast, the trail drops to cross the Chhomrong Khola and then ascends to the charming village of Sinuwa. Thereafter the trail enters the upper Modi Khola Valley through dense forests of cane, rhododendron and oak. It rises then drops to the village of Bamboo (2,310m/7,580ft) on the banks of the river: a prefect lunch spot. After lunch, continue up through uninhabited forest to Dobhan, later crossing several avalanche chutes before reaching the small village of Himalaya Hotel. 

Overnight at Lodge in Himalaya Hotel 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

7 Day 07: Himalaya Hotel – Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,546ft), ~10km, 6-7 hrs

As the altitude increases, forest gives way to alpine scrub and grasses. The valley walls steepen with the river raging far below. Explore the cave at Hinku before crossing a ravine and major avalanche track prior to reaching Deorali (3,230m/10,598ft). Breathtaking views into the sacred Annapurna Sanctuary gradually appear as the trail heads over a ridge and climbs to the Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3,700m/12,136ft). Another two hours slow walk up grassy slopes leads to the Annapurna Base Camp hotels on the Annapurna South glacial moraine: some 3,900m/12,800ft beneath the peaks crowning the surrounding ice walls. 

Overnight at Lodge in ABC 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

8 Day 08: Annapurna Base Camp – Sinuwa (2,360m/7,740ft), ~15km, 6-7 hrs

A pre-dawn wakeup call promises unforgettable views and photo opportunities from the rim of the glacier. A circle of peaks from Hiunchuli, past Annapurna South to the vast ice wall topped by Annapurna I (8,097m/26,566ft) and Khangsar Kang towering above you round, to Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Machhapuchhare. Below, in its U-shaped valley the glacier grinds relentlessly. After breakfast, retrace your steps slowly down to Sinuwa for a more comfortable night. 

Overnight at Lodge in Sinuwa 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

9 Day 09: Sinuwa – Jhinu Danda (1,780m/5,859ft) – Landruk (1,565m/5,133ft), ~12km, 6-7 hrs,

Today’s route descends to the Chhomrong Khola before climbing the stairs back to Chhomrong. It then descends steeply to Jhinu Danda for lunch and a dip in the hot springs at the river below the village. Later, cross the Modi Khola at New Bridge and climb steeply to Landruk, with good views behind you. 

Overnight at Lodge in Landruk 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

10 Day 10: Landruk – Phedi – Pokhara (910m/2,986ft), 5-6 hrs, ~10km, 22km, 40 min drive

The trail continues through scattered trees and bushes to the village of Tolka before beginning a steep and attractive two hour ascent to Deorali. This bustling hilltop village looks back towards the high peaks with an extended view of the Annapurnas from Dhaulagiri (8,167m/26,796ft: the highest peak in western Nepal) across to its right flank. It also offers scintillating views over the Pokhara Valley and Phewa Lake to the south.

The trail then descends, over slippery red clays when wet, through forests and farmland to Pothana and on down to the large village of Dhampus. A further short downward walk leads to Phedi and the Pokhara-Baglung Highway. A car will return you to your hotel in Pokhara – and a free afternoon. 

Overnight at 2 star Hotel in Pokhara 
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

11 Day 11: Pokhara-Kathmandu by Tourist Bus (6-7 hrs), 220km

After breakfast, transfer to Tourist bus station and 07:30am drive back to Kathmandu by tourist bus. This scenic drive offers fascinating glimpses of rural Nepal as you pass through Middle Hill scenery along the famous rafting Trishuli River originated from Tibet north east of Kathmandu. Arrive Kathmandu 02:30 to 03:00pm. 

Overnight in Kathmandu at 3 star Hotel with breakfast

12 Day 12: Final Departure

Transfer to international airport and fly to onward destination.

Note: B = Breakfast, B.B = Bed & Breakfast, B.L.D = Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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