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Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Trip Level
Moderate
Destination
Nepal
Max Altitude
4110 meter
Trip Duration
18 Days

Overview

Annapurna Base Camp Trekking – This trek is popular as it offers a great variety of beautiful landscapes, nature and culture of the central mountains of Nepal.This trek is popular as it offers a great variety of beautiful landscapes, nature and culture of the central mountains of Nepal. From the plains of the Pokhara Valley lush with rice cultivation to the base camp of the mighty Annapurna Himal through the colorful villages, green forests, bamboo jungles, rivers and cascades rich with birds and animal life.The trail brings us to the base of the South face of Mt.Annapurna South (7219m) through the base camp of Mt. Machhapuchare (6993m). As we have minimized the walking hours in the base camp areas it allows ample time to savour the wholesome view of the mighty Annapurna Himal in a leisurely style.

This region falls within the Annapurna Conservation Area, a project for environmental and cultural protection, accommodating both native and foreign visitor needs. Actually, this trek is especially meant for those who wish to see and enjoy the special charm of high Himalayas and Glaciers so closely including Rhododendron forest with variety of birds and animals in a short period of time while in Nepal.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

  • Day 02: Trek preparation/optional sightseeing tour

  • Day 03: Drive/fly to Pokhara

  • Day 04: Drive to Nayapul(1070/3511ft) Trek to Tirkhedhunga (150m/5053ft),5/6hrs

  • Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani ( 2750mm/9023ft),7/8 hrs

  • Day 06: Trek to Tadapani (2710m/8892ft),6/7 hrs. Early morning visit to Poonhill (3210m/10532t)

  • Day 07: Trek to Chhomrong (2210m/2751ft),5/6 hrs

  • Day 08: Trek to Dobhan (2500m/8203ft),6/7 hrs

  • Day 09: Trek to Machhepuchhre Base Camp (3700m), 6/7hrs

  • Day 10: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4110m) 4/5 hrs

  • Day 11: Trek to Chhomrong (2210m/7251ft),9/10 hrs

  • Day 12: Trek to Ghandruk (1970m/6464ft),5/6 hrs

  • Day 13: Trek to Landruk (1620m/5315ft),6/7 hrs

  • Day 14: Trek to Dhampus (1700m/5578ft),6/7 hrs

  • Day 15: Marpha to Kalopani (2,530 m/8,300 ft) 5-6 hours

  • Day 15: Trek to Phedi, drive to Pokhara,3/4 hrs

  • Day 16: An extra day for sightseeing in Pokhara

  • Day 17: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu 5-6 hours

  • Day 18: Final departure from Kathmandu

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival to Kathmandu airport transfers to hotel
Representative of Yala Adventure will meet you at airport and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day at leisure to adjust to the culture shock of medieval Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Optional sightseeing Tour & preparations for the Trek
3 hours half- day sightseeing to kathmandu Durbar Square , Monkey Temple & PashupatiNath Temple. All are world heritage sites listed by UNESCO. Rests of the day finalize trekking permits (TIMS),national park permit and final packing for the trekking.

Meals Includes: Breakfast

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu 6/7 hrs
Today we drive to pokhara by tourist bus/car through the attractive scence of Nepalese contryside. These country sides offer the various vegetations, green forest,river,narrow,congested, rund about road and very beautiful green hills. After reaching pokhara (840m) the representative of Yala Adventure relocate you to the hotel.

Meals Includes: Breakfast

Day 04: Drive to Nayapul(1070/3511ft) Trek to Tikhedhunga (150m/5053ft),5/6hrs
After breakfast we drive 41km/25 miles to go Nayapul for the start of our ABC trek. A steep trail from Nayapul directs us down to a bridge over a small stream to get to birethanti a large and prosperous villege. From Birethanti we take the lift branch of the trail on the west side of the bridge at the ACAP checkpost where we need to show ACAP permit and TIMS card. Following the trail through main streets of birethanti winding through bamboo forests and past a large waterfall and swimming whole we reach sudami beyond a pasture used by caravans.We climb steadily up the side of the valley rich hile and about 15 minutes above hille is the Tikhedhunga.

Meals Includes: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani ( 2750mm/9023ft),7/8 hrs
We started early in the morning 5/6 hour trek crossing the Mahabir Khola on a suspension bridge,then drops and crosses the Bhurungdi Khola ona large bridge at 1520m. The trail climbs verysteeply ona stone staircase that is said to have more than 3300 steps which continue to the large Magar village of Ulleri (2080) and climbing gently through the pastures and cultivated fields the trail make its way to deep forests to reach a hamlet of Birethanti. Crossing the magnificent oak and rhododendron forests the trail passes throgh two sparkling clears streams, small ridge and another stream before making final climb to another Magar village of Nangathanti (2460m). About an hour past this village we reach ghorepani where we can see eight diffrent species of Nepal's national flower rhododendron in the hillsides below ghorepani.

Meals Includes: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Day 06: Trek to Poonhill (3210m/10532t) & Tadapani(2710m/8892ft) 6/7 hrs
After one hours climb in the morning we reach Poonhill which is a viewpoint for the spectacular Himalayan panorama  extending from Dhaulagiri to Annapurna to Machhapuchhre,that stretches from Dhaulagiri I (8167m) and Tukuche (6920m) to Annapurna South ,Annapurna I (8091m),Hiunchuli (6441m)and Tarke kang (7193m). Climbing just a little further beyond the viewpoint, the trail descends a bit and then goes through series of and downs through the forest of bamboo rhododendron and brich to reach hamlet of derauli which also has a viewpoint tower some 200m/660ft above the hamlet. Beyond Deurali crossing through the slippery stretches we reach a stream and taking the path above the strem. Crossing the bridge over the strem we climb steep stone steps with iron railings and reach the hamlets of Banthanti. The path drops steeply down now through the danse forests and crossing the bridge in the stream to reach Tadapani which offers an excellent ringside view of the entire region with a rang of mountains.

Meals Includes: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Day 07: Trek to Chhomrong (2210m/2751ft),5/6 hrs
This day has long decent of 780m and acent of 280m starting from the narrow trail through forests full of bromeliads to a pasture and now crossing through chiule we drop down on steep ,stepsthrough com and millet fields to siprung and to a old suspension bridge over the khumbu khola from where the trail startsclimbing to the spread out village of Ghurjung passing through the yard of several homes and lodge. Now crossing a wooden bridge we walk 30 minutes in out of side valley Dhiklyo Dada ,where the Ghandruk- Chomrong  trail joins the route.Now climbing steeply gaining the view of Machhepuchhre we passed Through Taglung reah Chhromrong.

Meals Includes: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner


Day 08: Trek to Dobhan (2500m/8203ft),6/7 hrs
Leaving Chhomrong,our trail decents on a stone staircase and crosses the chhomrong khola on a saying suspension bridge at 1860m and climbs out of the slide valley via thw tiny settlement of Tilche throungh forests of bamboo,rhododendron very quite.Climbing further on a rocnaky trail we reach Bhanuwa & Binuwa. Now climbing in a forest of bamboo & rhododendron we reach stone paved trail that passes Kuldi from enters the upper modi valley and decending a long ,steep. slippery stone staircase into a deep bamboo & rhododendron forest. We arrival at Bamboo (2310m). very beautiful lodge are there special warmly advive there.After one and half hours walking up Dobhan.we are all tributary streams on narrow bridge occasionally and keeping one eye of the troops of black faced langur monkeys and after treversing several avalanche chutes we reach the stone paved route of Dobhan.

Meals Includes: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Day 09: Trek to Machhepuchhre Base Camp (3700m), 6/7hrs
Our begining will same like previous days after Machhapuchhre base camp (3770m) by crossing Himalaya Hotel,Hinku Cave,where ModiKhola follows indiffrently. From the base camp you can see the tallest mountain watching from the top. From there we can view the surrounding snowcapped mountains including Machhapuchhre Annapurna etc.

Meals Includes: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Day 10: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4110m) 4/5 hrs
Today we are going to Machhapuchhre base camp to Annapurna base camp. Gradully, we trek ascending path to abc.This place is also called the Annapurna sanctuary because it's surrounded by the snow call mountain. From there we anjoy the amazing view of the glaciers and mountains including Mt.Annapurna you can spend you whole day by watching the tantalizing mountains with the full of snows. Where we can enjoy the great mountain panorama views of Hiunchuli,Annapurna III Gangapurna and ever changing machhapuchhre. Trail hard if fresh snow /pleasent walk /the trail follows a stream and then climbs to a few huts, where shepherds graze their sheep during summer/the area is cold windy and often snowbound,walking passed the porter shelter  and volleyball courts to a prayer lag draped viewpoint on the moriaine for a spectulars view over the glaciers and nearby memorial shorten for a climber Anatoil Bourkreev killed 1997 by avalanche, we reach ABC the sanctuary. In the sanctuary we can few birds, tahrs Himlayan weasels and Pika. Tharpuchuli (5663m) singuchuli,(6501m) and Hiunchuli are three trekking peaks accessiable from the sanctuary which requires skill,equipment advace planning to climb.

Meals Includes: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Day 11: Trek to Chhomrong (2210m/7251ft),9/10 hrs
This is a long ascend which we strat crossing dowm a stream and avalanche chute across a landslide to reach forest with small temple of baraha and one should not carry eggs or meat beyond this point climbing past a cascade over a rock platform  we pass a decorated temple of shiva to rocky trail through forest heading back down the valley retracing our steps to Dobhan and further making a khulong steep climb back to the Chhromrong.

Meals Includes: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Day 12: Trek to Ghandruk (1970m/6464ft),5/6 hrs
To desends to ghandruk we return to trail junction at Taglung and swing right to climb to hotel to top of a landslide and again turn left after sometime at the trail junction now we head towards straight south which is a hertbreaking sight. Now desending steeply we reach kimromg village just above the khumbu khola. At kimrong we cross the bridge and stay on the left trail as it climbs out of the khumnu village and making a steep climb through forest and kumrong dada from kimrong dada it's easy decents to a bridge over the kyuri khola ten minutes from where the route is joined by a fork of the Ghorepani-Ghandruk trail from where we can turn east to reach a second largest Gurung settelment in Nepal Ghandruk village that has two museums out of which gurun Traditional Museum is the best.

Meals Includes: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Day 13: Trek to Landruk (1620m/5315ft) ,6/7 hrs
Our trek from Ghandruk to Landruk is the steepest part of our entire trek. The decent from Ghandruk to kyumi at the bank of Modi khola is almost 70 degree vertical. Then we climb up to Landruk which s almost equally steep but shorter.Through straight line distance between the two village would not be more then 500m,it takes us more than three hours to reach fom ghandruk to Landruk.

Meals Includes: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Day 14: Trek to Dhampus (1700m/5578ft),6/7 hrs
We early morning view from Lamdruk is gorgeous. We see another show of the beautiful Annapurna shrouded by clouds towards the north. Towards the south, we see the beautiful hills and Modi river valley. Landruk is the preety for the first hour somewhat steep for the next hours. The mountain views from Pothana are indeed heavenly with machhapuchhre dominating the vista. We reminder for the trek is gradual downhill through the trails to Dhampus village. It takes us about two hours walk Dhampus. This is the exit point of the ACAP region and foreigners  need to check out at Dhampus.

Meals Includes: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Day 15: Trek to Phedi,drive to Pokhara,3/4 hrs
Dhampus is connected to the highway by a graveled road to pokhara. So we take a short walk down hill to Phedi passing few teashop and houses from where we reach Pokhara after half and hour drive.

Meals Includes: Breakfast,Lunch


Day 16: Pokhara Tours & sightseeing (optional)
This day we visit the pokhara valley.It is the beautiful city which is god gifted with the natural beauty.we visti Mahindra Cave,Davi's Fall, Fewa Lake world peace pagoda National Museums,Bindabasani Temple etc. You can enjoy of the full day whatever time you need.Overnight at hotel.

Meals Includes: Breakfast

Day 17: Pokhara to Kathmandu
Early in the morning we catch tourist bus and drive back to Kathmandu via Prithinarayan Highway. It takes 6/7 hrs to arrive at Kathmandu.You can also fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu by domastic airlines. You will be transfered to your hotel in Kathmandu.

Meals Includes: Breakfast

Day 18: Final Departure from Kathmandu
Today the journey comes to an end. We will transfer Kathmandu airport for your departure flight own destination.

Meals Includes: Breakfast

Cost Details

    • Arrival and departure airport transfers in Kathmandu by private vehicle
    • Four night's hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara including breakfast
    • Guided city tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara (optional)
    • Meals on full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during trekking period in the lodges/restaurants
    • Local fresh fruits where available
    • Surface Transport to and from Kathmandu by private vehicle
    • Twin sharing acommodation at the tea house lodges
    • Annapurna base camp trekking map
    • An experience guide and one trekking helper between 2 persons
    • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available) when required
    • All required special trekking permits and conservation fee
    • TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System)
    • All government taxes and our service charges
    • Farewell Dinner before departure
    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
    • Your Travel insurance
    • Any International and Domestic airfare and taxes
    • Nepal entry visa fee (available at Kathmandu airport on arrival)
    • Tips for trekking staff and driver (tipping is expected but not mandatory)
    • All kind drinks (hot, cold and alcoholic)
    • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, phone calls and internet service.
    • Personal trekking Equipments.
    • Monuments entrance fees in Kathmandu and Pokhara if doing sightseeing
    • Any others expenses not mentioned on package Includes section

Equipments Checklist

Clothing
    Warm jacket or down jacket
    Water and windproof jacket, poncho or umbrella
    Long sleeved synthetic fleece
    Thermal underwear
    Hat, pair of gloves and scarf
    Comfortable hiking trousers (loose fitting)
    Shorts and trousers, or skirt
    2 pairs of warm wool-blend socks
    2 pairs of running socks or liner socks
    Proper hiking boots
    Running shoes and flip-flops
    T-shirts

During winter season, additional clothings may include:
    The outer jacket should be warm, down jacket is highly recommended during winter season
    Bring a pair of warm winter trousers, in addition to the hiking trousers
    Bring at least one windproof layer of clothes, helping to reduce any chill factor influence.
    Snow gaitors

Trekking Gear
    Pair of polarizing sun-glasses (to be comfortable and to avoid potential snow-blindness)
    Backpack and backpack cover (against rain and dust)
    Map of the trekking area
    Head torch, or small torch, plus spare batteries
    Sleeping bag and silk liner
    Water bottles

Miscellaneous
    Toiletries
    A small light weight and quick drying towel
    Bar of soap
    Sunscreen (at least SPF +20)
    Earplugs
    Insect repellants (for lower elevations)
    First aid kid
    Water purification tables or a water filter
    Some Diamox pills against potential altitude sickness (if going beyond 4,000 m elevations)
    Toilet paper

Optional items
    Camera, battery etc
    Altimeter
    Compass
    Binoculars
    Books/magazines
    Trekking poles
    GPS unit
    Padlocks for guest house rooms and bags
    Sewing/repair kit
    Pocket knife
    Candles (for lodges)
    Dairy or notebook plus pencil/pen

Camping

    Tent
    Stove and fuel
    Cooking, eating and drinking utensils
    Sleeping mat
    Food and water (for the very remote trekking areas)

Map

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Departure Dates

Trip Name Start Date End Date Price
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Wed 26 Dec, 2018 Wed 02 Jan, 2019 $1,050 Book Now