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Annapurna Base Camp Trek - 15 Days

Annapurna Base Camp Trek
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Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is structured to keep daily altitude increases to 300–400m and 10 to 12 Km per day to minimize the possible risk of developing Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). This Annapurna Sanctuary trekking trail begins with a two day trek through forest and farmland to Ghorepani. A Poon Hill sunrise walk will introduce you to the majesty of the Mount Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu.

Then, our trek passes up the Modi Khola Valley through dense forests of oak, rhododendron, pine and bamboo and terraced village farmlands on the ridges. The friendly tea houses cater to the “foreign palate” with a variety of dishes on offer. Meeting the local communities, from different cultural groups will add to the richness of your experience.

Sacred Machhapuchhare (Fish Tail) forms the eastern buttress at the entrance to the magnificent Sanctuary basin at the head of the valley; gouged out by the Annapurna South Glacier. The Sanctuary is ringed by the stupendous ice walls of the Annapurnas and Machhapuchhare. It offers the most spectacular and complete view of these giant peaks. Spending a night at Jhinu Danda with natural hot spring at the glacial river bank is another highlight of the trip.

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is structured to keep daily altitude increases to 300–400m and 10 to 12 Km per day to minimize the possible risk of developing Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). This Annapurna Sanctuary trekking trail begins with a two day trek through forest and farmland to Ghorepani. A Poon Hill sunrise walk will introduce you to the majesty of the Mount Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu.

Then, our trek passes up the Modi Khola Valley through dense forests of oak, rhododendron, pine and bamboo and terraced village farmlands on the ridges. The friendly tea houses cater to the “foreign palate” with a variety of dishes on offer. Meeting the local communities, from different cultural groups will add to the richness of your experience.

Sacred Machhapuchhare (Fish Tail) forms the eastern buttress at the entrance to the magnificent Sanctuary basin at the head of the valley; gouged out by the Annapurna South Glacier. The Sanctuary is ringed by the stupendous ice walls of the Annapurnas and Machhapuchhare. It offers the most spectacular and complete view of these giant peaks. Spending a night at Jhinu Danda with natural hot spring at the glacial river bank is another highlight of the trip.

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

Our team member will be waiting outside the airport terminal a few meters from the exit door. Please check your name at Showcard. He will bring you to hotel in Kathmandu. The drive from the airport to the hotel is around 20 minutes. After refreshment, we will brief your plan more visibly

Day 2
Full day Kathmandu City excursion

After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing tours to world heritage sites of Pashupatinath Temple-the holiest Hindu Temple on the bank of sacred Bagmati River, Bodhanath Stupa-the biggest Buddhist Stupa architecture in the world! Patan Durbar Square is the oldest city in the Kathmandu valley with age old tradition also called Lalitpur-the city of fine arts. The visit covers the Durbar Square, the Krishna temple, the Kumbheswore temple, the Golden temple and many more. Swayambhunath Stupa-the 2000 years old legendary stupa on the hillock also nick-named as monkey temple

Day 3
Kathmandu to Pokhara(850m)(by tourist Bus)

The Bus journey will take 6 to 7 hours.Pokhara is set in a lovely valley at the foot of the Machapuchare so you get spectacular views of the mountains from all parts of the town. It is quite different then Kathmandu, it has plenty of scenic attractions and is close to the mountains. Here is some interesting short walks or bicycle rides in Pokhara, you can swim and canoe on Lake Phewa or just watch the last rays of the sun stream across the dip in the mountains that hold the lake. Along the lakeside road there is a continuous stretch of small hotels, restaurants and shops; it’s an area which still has a bit of the old hippy scene felt about it.

Day 4
Pokhara– Nayapul –Tikhedhunga (1,495m/4 ,905ft)- Ulleri (1,950m/6,395ft), 1½ hrs drive (45 km), 5-6 hrs trek, 10 km

After early morning breakfast, drive along the zigzag route to Nayapul where we commence our trek to Birethanti, a large and prosperous riverside village at the confluence of the Modi and Bhurungdi Kholas (streams). We hike up to Sudame along the off road and then climb gradually up the side of the valley, Tikhedhunga.

Cross suspension metal bridge and steep ascent on stone staircases to the village of Ulleri – and an amazing landscape of valley floor where we came during the day with marvelous views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli.

Overnight in Ulleri at Lodge

Day 5
Ulleri - Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft): 5-6 hrs, ~11km

After breakfast, our pleasant trekking begins through rhododendron and oak forests. The scenery will give you the energy to continue up the steps as you immerse yourself in the walk. After a few hours and with several breaks we reach Ghorepani. Upper Ghorepani (Deurali) where we stay in this trip, offers fantastic views of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna Himalayas.

Overnight in Ghorepani at Lodge

Day 6
Walk up Poon hill (3,210m/10,528ft). Ghorepani – Tadapani (2,520m/8268ft): 7-8hrs, ~12km

Make a pre-dawn start for the 45 minute walk up Poon hill (3,210m/10,530ft); through rhododendron forest. From the grassy top of the hill there is an unobstructed panoramic view of the high Himalayas stretching from far western Dolpo, and Dhaulagiri (8,172m/26,812ft), the Annapurna Range in the north, including Machhapuchhare (Fish Tail) and on to Manaslu (8,163m/26,783ft) in the northeast. To the south, the mist slowly rises from the flatlands towards India. After countless photographs, walk back to Ghorepani for breakfast.

The eastward trail to Tadapani crosses numerous ridges through thick pine and rhododendron forest with occasional flat sections and wonderful views of the snow peaks to the north from high ground.

Overnight in Tadapani.at Lodge

Day 7
Tadapani - Chhomrong (2,110m/7,249 ft): 5-6 hrs, ~12km

The trail turns north to Chiule before dropping to cross the Kimrong Khola on a suspension bridge and then gradually climbs into the forested Modi Khola Valley that carries glacial melt waters from the Annapurna Sanctuary. After lunch at the Gurung village of Talung, undulate for another 1½hrs, sometimes on stair cases up to the charming agricultural village of Chhomrong: the largest settlement in the valley. Views of the upper valley plus Annapurna South and Himal Chuli gradually come into view.

Overnight in Chhomrong at Lodge

Day 8
Chhomrong – Himalaya Hotel (2,920m/9,578ft): 6-7 hrs, ~12km

After breakfast, the trail drops to cross the Chhomrong Khola and then ascends to the pretty 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 in Himalaya Hotel at Lodge

Day 9
Himalaya Hotel – Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,546ft): 6-7 hrs, ~10km

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 in ABC at Lodge

Day 10
Annapurna Base Camp – Bamboo (2,300m/7,544ft), 5-6 hrs, ~13km

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 tower above you round, to Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Machhapuchhare. Below, in its U-shaped valley the glacier grinds relentlessly. After breakfast, retrace your steps down to Bamboo on the river for a more comfortable night.

Overnight in Bamboo at Lodge

Day 11
Bamboo – Jhinu Danda (1,780m/5,859 ft), 5-6 hrs, ~11km

Today’s trail regains height as it rises to Kuldi and attractive Sinuwa beyond which it drops to cross the Chhomrong Khola and the neat steps that return you to Chhomrong. From there it is but a short, steep drop to the compact village of Jhinu Danda. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the hot spring at the river below the village.

Overnight in Jhinu Danda at Lodge

Day 12
Jhinu Danda – Pothana (1,910m /6,266ft): 5-6 hrs, ~12km

The trail meanders through scattered trees and bushes to the village of Tolka before beginning a steep and attractive two hour forest 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 the quieter welcoming village of Pothana.

Overnight in Pothana at Lodge

Day 13
Pothana – Phedi – Pokhara (910m/2,986ft): 3-4 hrs, ~10km, 40 min, 22km drive

The final, short day’s trek is mainly downhill through attractive open farmland. An hour’s walk, with good views back over the Annapurnas, leads to a slight ridge and then the large village of Dhampus. The trail then descends along a dirt road through scattered hamlets and paddy fields to Phedi – and the Pokhara – Baglung Highway. A short drive will return you to your hotel in Pokhara. Rest of day free.

Day 14
Pokhara to Kathmandu by Tourist Bus

The bus journey will take 5 to 6 hours.

Day 15
Farewell

Our air port respesentative drop in your airport

Price Includes

  • One Night Hotel in Kathmandu at tourist standard hotel with bed and Breakfast (Centrally located, attach bathroom, hot and cold shower)
  • Two Night Hotel in Kathmandu at tourist standard hotel with bed and Breakfast (Centrally located, attach bathroom, hot and cold shower)
  • All government taxes and Annapurna conservation entry fees.
  • TIMS CARD (Trekking Information Management System).
  • Required number of experienced English speaking guides and support staff (we pay for their daily wages, insurances, trekking equipment, food and accommodation).
  • 09 days porter wages and his insurances/meals/accommodation/equipment
  • 09 days guide wages and his insurances/meals/accommodation/equipment
  • Rescue arrangement in emergency situation & worst weather condition
  • 08 nights Lodge accommodation during the trek on tea house services.
  • Necessary ground transportation depending upon your request (via tourist bus or private vehicle).
  • Trekking Ending Point to Pokhara
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara via tourist bus.
  • Pokhara to trek starting point (Kade) via private car or Jeep.
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu via tourist bus.
  • Trekking poles, sleeping bag/duffle bag (we provide these if necessary).
  • Trekking maps.
  • Rubbish disposal.
  • PNT service charge and government taxes.

Price Exlude

  • All meals in Kathmandu/Pokhara city and on trek.
  • Extra nights hotel stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara city
  • Tips to guides and support staff.
  • Additional costs in case of emergency (You must have adequate travel insurance to cover any kind of emergencies, such as ground transportation & Heli recue/medical/hospitalization. Medical etc).
  • Your International flight ticket airfare
  • Energetic chocolate/energy drinks/alcohol/mineral water/cigarettes/packing food snacks etc
  • Additional medication for altitude sickness (Acetazolamide etc).
  • Personal expenses and any other unforeseen expenses, such as Launtry/WIFI on trek/phone call/hot shower/batteries charge
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Nepal entry visa fees which can get up on your arrival in Kathmandu airport
  • Services not mentioned herein

Permit & Entry Fees:

It is compulsory to pay Everest National Park entry fee and TIMS card to trek in this area.

Medical Support:

An emergency first aid kit is carried by the support staff at all times.

Accommodation and meals:

During tea house treks our guests pay for their food (breakfast/lunch/dinner) at the lodge while we provide guides/accommodation/necessary permit and transportation. It can be USD $25 per person each day for food (Lunch/dinner/breakfast)

Water:

Mineral waters are available at all stops during tea house treks. You can also use tap water if you choose to use water purification tablets.

Travel Insurance:

Travel Insurance is mandatory for all clients who choose to trek or climb with us. The insurance should cover you in case of emergencies like accidents, altitude sickness and ambulance and helicopter rescue charges if required. Please carry a copy of your insurance papers while travelling in Nepal and do send us a copy as well. This will help us in making all the necessary arrangements in case of any sort of emergencies.

Best Season for Everest Panorama View Trek

  • Spring : March – May
  • Summer: June – August
  • Autumn: September – November
  • Winter: December – February
While there are no seasonal constraints on traveling to Nepal, different regions are best visited in different seasons. Once you inquire about any trekking itinerary we’ll email you regarding the best season for that particular trek.

Check-list of personal equipment:

  • Good standard trekking boots
  • Camping shoes/thongs
  • Socks-polypropylene
  • Down Jacket
  • Fleece
  • T-shirts
  • Trekking trousers
  • Shorts (both casual and for treks)
  • Swim wear
  • Sun Hat
  • Woollen Hat
  • Nylon Windbreaker
  • Gloves
  • Gaters
  • Strong Rucksack
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Water Bottle
  • Torch/headlamp (with spare batteries)
  • Toiletries/soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Sun block
  • Travel Towel
  • Wet-wipes
  • Medication (cough medicine, throat soothers, water purification tablets)
  • Sunglasses
  • Binoculars
  • Camera & lenses
  • Memory cards
  • GPS Tracking Units may be helpful
  • Altimeter
  • Compass
  • Book/music player/pack of cards
  • Padlock
  • A plastic bag for waste
  • Energy/snack bars

You can send your inquiry via the form below.

Price From USD$750 USD$680/person
680
Total $ 680 USD

Trip Facts

  • Tourist Bus and Jeep
  • 2 Minimum - 10 Maximum
  • 4130m/13549ft. ABC
  • Moderate / Strenuous