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Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Trip Introduction

Duration : 15 days
Difficulty Level : Moderate

Annapurna Base Camp Trek or commonly known also as "Annapurna Sanctuary Trek" and The Annapurna Sanctuary is a high glacial basin lying north of Pokhara. Situated below a ring of eleven of Nepal’s major peaks, it has spectacular views of each of these giants. This magnificent amphitheater is called a ‘sanctuary’ not because of laws that protect wildlife within its boundaries, but because of its natural serenity, beauty and the divine presence of the Hindu goddesses Annapurna and Gangapurna. One can sit in the Sanctuary meadows at 4000m enjoying the views of these legendary mountains towering several kilometres above in all directions including 8000m mountain Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Machhapuchhare, Ganga Purna etc. The varieties of alpine flowers and lichens make these meadows brilliant with colour at certain times of the year. This isolated cirque of peaks can only be approached by one route, a deep gorge that carves into the fortress of mountains between Machapuchare and Hiunchuli. Combining the trek into the sanctuary with a visit to the classic Himalaya  viewpoint of Poon Hill makes this a complete package of Himalayan trekking.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek detailed Trek Itinerary
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu.

You will be met by our representative upon your arrival in Kathmandu, and transfer to the hotel centrally located hotel in Thamel Area and rest of the day at leisure. Meal: NIL

Day 02: Fly Kathmandu to Pokhara and rest of the day independent activities in Pokhara.
After having breakfast in the hotel we drive to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu Airport and take a 25 minutes panoramic mountain flight to Pokhara, drive to hotel check in the hotel and rest of the day exploration of Pokhara town. There are various activities one can do  in Pokhara such as boating in lake Phewa, or hike up to the Peace Pagoda temple which sits on a ridge overlooking the town or shopping etc… Meal: B

Day 03: Drive Pokhara to Nayapul and trek to Hille. 
We drive early morning 1-2 hrs from Pokhara to Nayapul and begin our first day trek following the Mhodi Khola River before heading north-west to ascend the Burungdi Khola valley and soon stone steps of the famous Annapurna Sanctuary steps, a gentle and good warm-up for the harder and longer days to come and soon we reach settlement of Hille (1460m). 4-5 hrs walk. Meal: BLD

Day 04: Trek to Ghorepani (2860m). 
Today we  trek with a beautiful view of Annapurna range, encountering further uphill steps of the Annapurna Sanctuary and is a good warm-up for the harder and longer days to come.  We pass by some rhododendron forest, bridges, waterfalls, river and small bridges and finally at Ghorepani, a well known Gurung village beneath the famous Poon Hill tower.5-7 hrs walk. Meal: BLD

Day 05:  Hike to Poonhill (3193m) and back to Ghorepani - trek to Tadapani (2630m). 
We wake up very early in the morning and hike up to Poonhill (3196m) view point for the beautiful sunrise and breathtaking mountains of Annapurna Range, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhare (Fishtail) and many other 7000m mountains and after enjoying these sights we descend back to Ghorepani, have breakfast and continue our trek through rhododendron forests, waterfalls and flowers etc to Tadapani.5-6 hrs walk. Meal: BLD

Day 06: Trek to Chhomrung (2170m). 
Enjoying beautiful view of Annapurna we trek gently through forest to Chuile another place south of Annapurna and further about 2 hours walk lead us to Chhomrong, which is also the last village on the way to the Sanctuary and we can have a great views Annapurna III (7,555m), Machhapuchare (6,993m), Gandharba Chuli (6,248m) etc. 6 hrs walk. Meal: BLD.

Day 07: Trek to Dovan (2600m). 
Today we have to walk from Chhumrung to Dovan, which takes about 6 hrs. From Chhumrong we have to walk about 1 hour downward then we have to cross 1 bridge and we have to walk up towards place name called “Sinuwa”. After that we reach place called ‘Bamboo’. From Bamboo we have to walk through jungle to reach Dovan, overnight stay in Dovan. 6 hrs walk. Meal: BLD.

Day 08: Trek to Deurali (3,200m). .
From Deurali we continue ascent and down through bamboo forest, gaining height steadily to Himalaya (2,870m) and further climb steeply now to more open alpine landscape with fewer vegetations continue ascending to Deurali. 5-6 hr walk. Meal: BLD.

Day 09: Trek to Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3,658m). 
The trail from Deurali narrows as you enter to the Sanctuary gate, feel the real altitude and after several steep climbs we reach to the Machhapuchare Base Camp area at (3,658m). Mt. Machhapuchhare or Fishtail is considered a sacred mountain and never been climbed before and there are quite lot of thing to explore around the region. 3-4 hrs walk. (Meals: BLD)

Day 10: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,550ft). 
Today is mostly exploration of the mountains and the surrounding sceneries, and from Machhapuchare Base Camp we take trail steeply to reach upper open valley to a hidden amphitheatre with a complete view of an array of snowy peaks spread out around and further steady walk brings you to Annapurna Base Camp located in the heart of the Annapurnas. 3-4 hours walk. Meals: BLD

Day 11: Early Sunrise views and descend to Dobhan (2540m). 
We rise very early in the morning to observe the spectacular sight of sunrise over Annapurna South and her awe-inspiring neighbours completely surrounded by soaring, snow-capped giants, including Annapurna 1, Annapurna South,  Tent Peak, Machhapuchhare, Hiunchuli, and Gandharba Chuli, and looking looking straight across the glacier at the towering south face of Annapurna 1 right in front of you and seemingly almost close enough to reach out and touch and after this unforgettable and magnificent mountain scenery, we slowly start descending down past Machhapuchare Base Camp then on to Deorali where we take lunch after around 3hours of trekking. In the afternoon, we continue our descent of the Modi Khola to reach the relatively warmer climate to Dobhan. 5-6 hrs walk. Meals: BLD.

Day 12: Trek via Bamboo and Sinuwa to Chhomrong (2171m).
Back into the forests again, as we pass through Bamboo and the ridge top settlement to Sinuwa and further down through forest for terraced fields to the Chhomrong Khola and a final climb on the stone staircase leading to Chhomrong where we stay overnight. 4 hrs walk. Meal: BLD.

Day 13: Trek to Syauli Bhatti and drive to Pokhara. 
We drop steeply down to Jhinu danda where there are some hot springs, and cross the Kimrong Khola to a confluence with the Modi Khola and further down pass through terraced villages to Syauli Bhatti, where our vehicle will be waiting and short drive to Pokhara, check in the hotel, take shower, relax and enjoy the good restaurant meals etc… 5 hrs walk. Meal: BL

Day 14: Fly Pokhara-Kathmandu. 
We drive hotel to Pokhara domestic airport in the morning, take the final mountain flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu, meet our representative and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure/independent activities in Kathmandu. Meal: B

Day 15: Departure for homebound flight.
Our representative will meet you at the hotel and transfer to airport for your homebound flight according to your flight schedules and seen off. Meal: Nil

  • 4 Nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing bed and breakfast basis,
  • Flight ticket: Kathmandu/Pokhara/Kathmandu with airport tax,
  • All food and accommodations for member and staffs throughout the trekking period as per itinerary,
  • Complete camping equipments: member tent, staff  tent, chair table, mattress, toilet tent, dining tent, mess tent with logistical cooking utensils,
  • Daily wages, insurance, shelter, cloth of sardar (Nepalese guide), sherpa staffs, cook, cook helper and porters,
  • All land transportation, transfer from airport-hotel-airport,
  • National park permit,
  • First Aid Medical Kit (only for staff & porter),
  • Emergency helicopter rescue arrangements,
  • International flight ticket to/from Nepal,
  • Expenses of personal nature & gratitude i.e. laundry, bar bills, telephone calls, drinks and other personal communication bills, breakfast, lunch and dinner in Kathmandu,
  • Personal insurance, and emergency rescue evacuation,
  • Personal clothing,
  • International departure tax,
  • Respective expenses if one returns earlier from the trip due to sickness or emergency purpose.

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