Annapurna Base Camp is one of the most beautiful trekking in Annapurna Region which is a moderate nature trek that starts at Phedi, a short drive of about 45 minutes from Pokhara, which takes you to the foot of Mt. Annapurna, one of the most magnificent peaks in the world.
The principal peaks of the western portion of the great Annapurna Himal, including Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Fang, Annapurna, Ganagapurna, Annapurna 3 and Machhapuchhare, are arranged almost precisely in a circle about 10 miles in diameter with a deep glacier-covered amphitheater at the center
The trail starts from lowland villages and rice terraces deep into the Annapurna Himal. As you gradually climb uphill, the peaks of Annapurna south and Hiunchuli emerge from behind the foothills. Pastures and cultivated fields soon give way to deep forests of oak, bamboo and rhododendron. The trail takes you through fascinating traditional villages of Nepal’s ethnic communities of the Gurung, Magar, and Thakali who will greet you very warmly if you cared to stop for a conversation.
The trail finally stumbles across moraines and reaches Annapurna Sanctuary from where you will see undeniably beautiful and unimaginable 360 degree views of the Annapurna mountain ranges.
The Annapurna Base Camp trek will be even more interesting in spring as the whole forest along the trail turns red, pink and white with rhododendron flowers. This wonder trip can be done anytime of the year except during the monsoons [July thru August].
Day 01: Arrival and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu Upon arrival in Kathmandu.
Our airport representative will be waiting outside the airport terminal a few metres from the exit door. Please check your name at play card. He will bring you to hotel in kathmandu. The drive from the airport to the hotel is around 20 minutes
Day 02: Free day in kathmandu or self sightseeing around Kathmandu valley( option are)
Day 03: By tourist bus to Pokhara . The Bus journey will take 6 to 7 hours. Over night in hotel (850m)
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 from Kathmandu, with few temples, but it does have plenty of scenic attractions and is close to the mountains. There are some interesting short walks or bicycle rides from 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 feel about it.
Day 04: Pokhara to Tirkhedhunga(1577m)
After breakfast take a bus ride to Nyapul(trek starting point) for one hour than trek to Birethanty for 30minates where trekking permit and national park permit will be checked. The trail continues along the Bhurungdi Khola pasing through small villages and water fall you will reach a small village called Tirkhedhunga. Where you will spend a nights.
Day 05: Tirkhedhunga to Ghorepani(2800m)
After crossing the suspension bridge over the Bhurungdi Khola, you will have to start a steep ascent to Ulleri( 2073m)using a continues stone steps. This is the hardest ascent in this course. From Ulleri trail continues gradually uphill through small village and Rhododendron forest you will be in Ghorepani.
Day 06: Ghorepani/ Poon hill to Tadapani(2650m)
Rise early to climb up Poon Hill to watch a magnificent sunrise over the Himalayas. We then continue to Tadapani, trekking through open grassland and deep forests. On the way there are excellent views of Annapurna South and the Manaslu range. Approx 6 hours trekking
Our trail today is one of the most glorious imaginable. First we rise early to climb Poon Hill for the most incredible sunrise that you will ever see. The views are the same as the previous afternoon but the sunrise adds a further dimension and many travellers will consider this to be one of the main highlights of the trip. We return to Ghorepani for breakfast before continuing, climbing steadily through rhododendron forest. The forest clears every so often, providing absolutely beautiful views of the Dhaulgiri Massif.
Once we have reached the top of the ridge we continue on a stunning ridge walk through the forest with lovely views of Dhaulgiri poking through the trees. We then start to descend and continue downhill through jungly forest, with moss covered trees, thick foliage and lianas hanging down. We follow the river as it leaps and jumps down waterfalls, and continue down for several hours. After a final ascent we then arrive in Tadapani where we stay in a teahouse with stunning views of Annapurna South, Machapuchare and down the valley to the horizon.
Day 07: Tadapani to Chomorong(2110m)
A lovely day of walking as we continue to Chomrong. Approx 6 hours trekking
Another day of exquisite scenery as we make our way to the trekking hub of Chomrong. Our path initially descends for about three hours, through rhododendron forest with superb mountain views glimpsed through the trees and then through open terraced farmland dotted with villages. The descent is quite hard on the knees but the views more than make up for it.
Once we reach the bottom of the valley floor, we cross a river and start ascending the other side. The path climbs steadily for about two hours with great views down the valley before we arrive in Chomrong. Chomrong is the only place from where you can reach Annapurna Base Camp and has developed into a major trekking centre.
Day 08: Chomorong to Dobang
As soon as crossing suspension bridge in Chomorang Khola trail continue rocky path through the forested area until Kurdi Ghar. After here trail start to decent through stone path and bamboo forest till bamboo. After bamboo ascent gently through forested area and move on the crossing about three streams soon you will arrive to Dobang.
Day 09: Dobang to Machhapuchhare B.Camp (3700m)
Trail continue towards to Himalaya hotel. about one hour walking from here there is a huge rock that forms Hinko cave. Between Hinko cave and Deurali it is the area of boulders and low scrub(no trees). It is a sign of avalanche area. After Deurali the trail crosses several streams towards to Machhapuchhare base camp.
Day 10: Machhapuchhare base camp to Annapurna base camp (4130m)
You will follow the ablation valley, which is a corridor- like hollow developed between the glacier and the mountain flank. Crossing over the low hills and up hill you are in theAnnapurna base camp. It boasts of a dynamic view of mountain.
Day 11: Annapurna b.c. to Bamboo
Retracing our steps, we return along the only route to Bamboo. Approx 7 hours trekking
There is only one route in and out of the Sanctuary, and today we return the way that we came, steadily descending. Bamboo is 1,600m lower than ABC so you should be prepared for a hard day on your knees. The views are beautiful and you see the valley unfold in a new direction. It is also interesting to see the change in scenery from the snowy rocks of the base camps, past steep-sided rocky mountains, then later into rhododendron and bamboo forest, lush with foliage and rivers. Bamboo is a small village with pleasant tea houses.
Day 12: Bamboo to Zhinu Danda (Natural Hot Spring)
Descend to Chomrong and continue to Jhinu hot spring where we can enjoy a hot spring bath. Approx. 6 hours trekking
We continue back down the valley on a gently undulating path with lovely views before descending steeply to the Chomrong Khola. From here the path ascends steeply to Chomrong before descending again to Jhinu. About 20 minutes walk downhill from Jhinu are some hot springs (about 105°F) where you can relax and soothe your muscles. You should not wear a swimming costume in the hot springs – women should wear shorts and a T shirt whilst men are fine just in a pair of shorts.
Day 13: Zhinudanda to Potana
Our last full day trekking, we follow the route to the village of Potana. Approx 7 hours trekking A hard final day of walking. We follow a gently undulating path from Jhinu to Landruk, with a steep ascent into Landruk itself. The views back up the valley to Annapurna South are absolutely breathtaking with green terraced hills topped by snowy peaks. Our path then continues on through farmland before a final long, steep climb to Deurali – the last ascent of the trip. From the top of the hill the views on the other side to Pokhara open out and we continue along the ridge until Potana.
Day 14: Phedi to Pokhara
A short morning trek to pick up our vehicle for the journey to Pokhara. Rest of the day at leisure in this beautiful lakeside city. Approx 3 hours trekking and 45 mins driving
A beautiful final day of walking as we descend gently along a wooded ridge before emerging into farmland around Dhampus. From here there are gorgeous views of Machapuchare with fields of wheat and corn and small villages. The path continues to descend, increasingly steeply, until we reach Phedi. From here a bus takes us to Pokhara where you have a free afternoon to explore.
Day 15: Free day in Pokhara or ( Self Sightseeing in Pokhara)
Pokhara is a remarkable place of natural beauty. Situated at an altitude of 827m from the sea level and 200km west of Kathmandu valley, the city is known as a center of adventure with several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panaromic views of Himalayan peaks.The serenity of lakes and the magnificence of the Himalayas rising behind them create an ambience of peace and magic. So today the city has not only become the starting point for most popular trekking and rafting destinations but also a place to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature.
Day 16: Return back to Kathmandu by tourist bus. The bus journey will take 5 to 6 hours or 30 minute scenic flight to Kathmandu
Day 17: Free day in Kathmandu or self visit to bhaktapur city.
Day 18: Tour ends