The Annapurna Base Camp trek is considered by many as one the most celebrated trekking routes and the first among the ten best treks in the world. It offers a fascinating insight into the life of middle hill Nepalese, ethnic groups from Hindu farmers to Tibetan Lamas, incredible views of many of the Himalayas’ most famous high peaks, crystal clear lakes, and turbulent rivers with deep gorges and hot springs. Trekking in Annapurna provides you with unparalleled access to spectacular horizons of snowy peaks, and the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) trek combines some of the most fantastic mountain scenery with a fascinating insight into the life of middle hill Nepalese. The trail takes us through an ever-changing landscape of rice fields, misty forests and lowland local villages to the glacier. It offers a fine opportunity to surround oneself with Himalayan peaks and to witness the glacier basin of Annapurna Sanctuary formed by Annapurna, Machhapurchre (Fishtail, Himchuli, and Manaslu). This used to be a complicated trek due to problems with food and lodging. However, there are now many facilities between Ghandruk and Annapurna Base Camp along this trail only used by trekkers. Annapurna Base Camp can be approached by at least three different routes. Here we have described one of three options.
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Pick-up from airport, transfer to hotel, trek briefing.
Day 02: Kathmandu – Half Day City Tour/Sightseeing
Visit the ancient temples and monuments of old Kathmandu. Lunch and trek briefing with free time for sightseeing.
Day 3: Fly to Pokhara (980m) and trek (2 hours) to Dhampus (1700m)
A 30 minute spectacular mountain flight landing in the lake town of Pokhara. We transfer by bus and start the trek arriving at Dhampus where permits are checked and we spend the night.
Day 04: Dhampus Trek (5 hours) to Landruk (1751m)
We trek to the Bichok Deorali Pass taking in views of the Annapurna, having lunch at Tolka and arrive early afternoon in Landruk.
Day 05: Landruk Trek (7 hours) to Chhomrung (2051m)
Up through the forest past Himal Pani and lunch at Jhinu. Here you have the chance to go for a dip in the hot springs so pack your swim kit! Trek on to Chomrung.
Day 06: Chhomrung Trek (7 hours) to Dovan (2400m)
After a long descent and ascent we lunch at Sinuwa. We undulate through the forest passing the old house of Khuldi Ghar to Dovan.
Day 7: Dovan Trek (2-3 hours) to Deurali (2700m)
Up above the tree-line we come across a huge overhung boulder – Hinko Cave at 3100m. We cross avalanche debris and onto camp at Deurali. We utilise the afternoon to go for an acclimatisation hike.
Day 8: Deurali Trek (2-3 hours) to Machhapuchare Base Camp (3900m)
We plateau across an open valley leading to the gate of the Annapurna Sanctuary arriving at MBC. Afternoon is free to explore and take in the spectacular surrounding peaks and alpine vistas.
Day 9: Machhapuchare Base Camp Trek (3 hours) to Annapurna Base Camp (4180m)
We trek to ABC for lunch and have the afternoon to take in the epic views of the towering South Face of Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gangapurna, Machhapuchare and Annapurna South which almost seem in touching distance.
Day 10: Annapurna Base Camp Trek (7-8 hours) to Bamboo (2200m)
We leave the stunning location of ABC and head downhill returning to Bamboo by mid-afternoon.
Day 11: Bamboo Trek (5 hours) to Chomrung (2051m)
We pass through the beautiful forest again lunching at Sunuwa and onto Chomrung.
Day 12: Chhomrung Trek (7-8 hours) to Tadapani (2700m)
We descend to Kimrong Khola, crossing the river and ascend to Kimrong Danda for lunch. We hear the calls of many birds amongst tumbling waterfalls, eventually reaching the hot springs of Tadapani.
Day 13: Tadapani Trek (7 hours) to Ghorepani (2860m)
Up through Rhodedendron and Magnolia we reach Deurali for lunch at 3200m. Excellent panoramic views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. We follow a ridge taking in the lowland valleys. We arrive at Ghorepani which has some interesting shops and pubs and is close to Poon Hill.
Day 14: Ghorepani Trek (7 hours) to Hile via Poon Hill
A very early start in the dark and we climb through coniferous forest reaching Poon Hill for sunrise. Spectacular views of Machupuchare ‘The Fishtail Peak’, Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna range.
Day 15: Hile Trek (3 hours) and drive (1.5 hours) To Pokhara
We finish in the stunning lakeside location of Pokhara and celebrate at one of the excellent restaurants in the evening.
Day 16: Drive (6-7 hours) to Kathmandu
Stay in a hotel in Kathmandu to chill out, relax and do some sightseeing.
Day 17: Kathmandu Farewell Dinner/Party
Free time to sightsee, shop and relax. Farewell dinner party and celebration with the trekking team.
Day 18: Departure
Onward travel or return home to catch-up with friends and family.
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