ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TREK

The Annapurna mountain range lies between the Kali Gandaki and Marsyangdi river valley, forming a solid, mountain bastion. It spans 40 miles and incorporates twelve peaks higher than 7000 m. Surrounded by spectacular vistas and rhododendron forests which give way to bamboo groves, you will encounter the marvelous traditional people who live in Annapurna region.

After leaving Kathmandu with a flight into Pokhara, you will be immediately struck by the incredible and vast mountain vistas that lie before you with the Annapurna range. The trek itself is only 10 days but can be modified if you want to spent less time in the Annapurnas and still get to base camp by starting out from Ghandruk, a beautiful village mostly inhabited by the Gurung community.

Classified as a moderate-difficult trek it is one of very few treks that give you such spectacular mountain views over a short period of time.

Overview


Day-1: Arrive Kathmandu

Day-2: Guided Sightseeing

Day-3: Kathmandu to Pokhara

Day-4: Drive: Pokhara & Nayapul and Trek to Ulleri (1960m)

Day-5 Ulleri - Ghorepani (2774m)

Day-6: Ghorepani - Tatopani (2590m)

Day-7: Tatopani - Chomrong (2170m)

Day-8: Chomrong - Himalaya Hotel (2920m)

Day-9: Machhapuchhre Base Camp

Day-10: Annapurna Base - Doban

Day-11: Doban - Chomrong /Modi Khola

Day-12: Chomrong /Modi Khola - Ghandrung (1940m)

Day-13: Ghandrung - Nayapul. Drive to Pokhara

Day-14: Return to Kathmandu

Day-15: Departure

Fast Facts

Altitude: 4130m

All year

Best: May to October

Tour: 15 Days

Hotels, Lodges

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Trek Grade: 2c (FP)

A combination of very long days with steep paths, boulders and mountain scrambling. Glaciers and snow may be encountered at high altitude. There is no need for technical climbing experience. Medium risk of altitude sickness. Altitudes up to 6000m. Good cardio vascular fitness is needed with weight and circuit training and running. Lots of hill walking. Backpacks will weigh about 4-5kg and contain water, camera and essentials. Trek weight loss in the region of 4kg. Fully Portered

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1: Arrive Kathmandu

Arrival and transfer to Hotel.

Day-2: Guided Sightseeing

Full day of guided sightseeing around the Kathmandu Valley.

Day-3: Kathmandu to Pokhara

Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Hotel Overnight.

Day-4: Drive: Pokhara & Nayapul and Trek to Ulleri (1960m)

From Pokhara we drive to Nayapul. Nayapul is the start point for our  Annapurna Base Camp Trek as well as the easier Poon Hill Trek. The trek starts out along  a dirt road and after some time reaches a suspension bridge. From there, about an hour of climbing an endless series of stone steps take you to the old stone village of village. Tonight you will see an amazing view of Annapurna South (7,219 m)  is in the distance.

Day-5 Ulleri - Ghorepani (2774m)

Leaving Ulleri the path heads up yet another series of endless stone stairs but the scenery is breathtaking as it winds past waterfalls, small villages and tea houses and farming areas. At the end of todays walk is the village of Ghorepani, almost a mini Namche Bazaar buzzing with activity, numerous shops, bakeries and even wifi facilities.

Day-6: Ghorepani - Tatopani (2590m)

Early this morning we will hike up the famous Poon hill (3200m) for a magnificent sunrise view over the mountains. After that the route descends and then starts to head up a series of climbs and descents through beautiful rhododendron forests to Tatopani.

Day-7: Tatopani - Chomrong (2170m)

This morning as we descend from Tadapani we get amazing views of upper Modi valley. We trek downhill to the Kimrong Khola where we cross a suspension bridge and then start a gradual uphill trek to a Gurung village of Ghandruk. After a break we continue to hike to Chomrong at the very base of Himal Chuli.

Day-8: Chomrong - Himalaya Hotel (2920m)

Today begins with a steep descent down a bank of rock and then through thickets of bamboo at the lower gorge area. We then trek toward the neck of the gorge at pantheon Barah and climb to Himalaya hotel.

Day-9: Machhapuchhre Base Camp

After trekking away from "Himalayan Hotel" we start to trek into more sparse and arid ground as we approach Machhapuchhre Base Camp. The trail eventually emerges into the Annapurna Sanctuary and straight ahead is the high lateral moraine of south Annapurna glacier. Machhapuchhre towers above to a incredible height 6993m. This is undoubtedly one of most beautiful mountains in the Himalayas and its profile is reminiscent of the Matterhorn. Machhapuchhre is the sacred mountain and it is strictly forbidden to climb it.

Day-10: Annapurna Base - Doban

We climb steadily uphill to Annapurna Base Camp for about 2 hours. After taking in some unforgettable views, we retrace our steps as we descend down the rail to Doban.

Day-11: Doban - Chomrong /Modi Khola

Today, we pass an experimental sheep farm at Khuldi Bikas and then climb towards Chomrong where the trail continues steeply up stony steps to Kabre Chautara and on to Modi Khola.

Day-12: Chomrong /Modi Khola - Ghandrung (1940m)

After Chomrong the trail continues steeply up more stone stairs to beautiful village of Ghandrung.

Day-13: Ghandrung - Nayapul. Drive to Pokhara

We continue to trek down hill to meet up with our transport at the village of Nayapul. We then drive back to Pokhara. Hotel

Day-14: Return to Kathmandu

Free Day.

Day-15: Departure

Transfer to the airport for your flight home

End of services

What's Included

Price includes

Airport transfers by private vehicle
Thamel Eco Resort in Kathmandu, twin sharing with breakfast
Kathmandu sightseeing tour, entrance fees, guide, private transportation
TIMS
Flights: Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu
Annapurna NP entrance fees
Teahouse trek arrangement (staying in lodges)
Breakfast, lunch and dinner on trek (we do not restrict the orders) Meals include coffee or tea but not soft drinks, beer, milo etc
Guide and porter (s) on trek; their wages, insurance and expenses
Welcome dinner with live Nepali cultural show
Duffel bag on trek

Price Excludes

International flights, departure taxes and any excess baggage charges.
Mandatory travel and medical insurance
Tips, baggage and porterage
Expenses of a personal nature such as bottled drinks, mineral water, morning and afternoon teas etc laundry etc.
Meals while staying at the hotels in Kathmandu (only breakfast is included along with accommodation).
Extra expenses and/of additional days caused due to unexpected events (such a flight delays, porterage because of land slides and other natural events.)
Entry Visa $40
Rescue and evacuation
Tips and gratuities
Costs incurred for returning to the hotel earlier than expected (From $35 per night)
Single supplements if applicable
Cost for giving up the trek (and any unused portions which are not refundable), additional hotel days in Kathmandu as a result or costs incurred for changing the itinerary, if applicable, extra costs incurred for landslides and delays beyond our control etc.

Route Profile Map

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