Annapurna Base Camp

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14 days
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What You'll Do
  • Ascending the Annapurna foothills through picturesque Gurung villages and the Modi Gorge into Annapurna Base Camp.
  • Watching the sun rise over the unobstructed panorama of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Nilgiri, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Hiun Chuli and Tarke Kang
  • Incredible panorama within Base Camp; ridgeline of peaks is almost uninterrupted
  • Spectacular aerial views of the Annapurna Range
Overview
The hidden stronghold of Annapurna Base Camp is no exception making it one of the outstanding trekking experiences in Nepal. It is a deep glacier, which gives the effect of an amphitheatre surrounded by a ring of impressive high peaks of Annapurna Ranges.
What to Expect
Day 1 - Arrive in Kathmandu. At Kathmandu International Airport, you will be met by a Trek Nepal representative and transferred to your hotel (on request). In the evening you will meet your travel group at Trek Nepal's Sales office for a pre-trip departure meeting.

Day 2 - Drive to Pokhara (6-7hrs) Alt. 820m / 2,689ft.

We drive out of the Kathmandu valley following the Prithvi highway, which descends to the scenic and tranquil town of Pokhara. En route we will have outstanding views of the Ganesh, Manaslu and Annapurna ranges of the Himalayas, along with river valleys, terraced fields and local villages. On arriving you are free to explore the town, take a boat out on to the lake, walk up to the peace pagoda, or simply relax and soak up the atmosphere by the lake.

Day 3 - Drive to Nayapul (1 1/2 hrs) Trek to Hile Alt. 1,430m / 4,690ft. (3hrs)

To reach the start point of our trek we take a short drive west of Pokhara to Nayapul. The trail today is short and gentle as we follow the Bhurungdi Khola (river) upstream to Hile. We pass streams, waterfalls, tropical vegetation and thriving rice fields that give this area its lushness.To reach the start point of our trek we take a short drive west of Pokhara to Nayapul. The trail today is short and gentle as we follow the Bhurungdi Khola (river) upstream to Hile. We pass streams, waterfalls, tropical vegetation and thriving rice fields that give this area its lushness.

Day 4 - Trek to Ghorepani Alt. 2,860m / 9,380ft. (6hrs)

As we leave Hile behind the trails we follow from today are established and wide, and woven into these are stone stairways. Continuing northwards alongside the Bhurungdi Khola we reach a suspension bridge with an imposing waterfall on the other side it. It is here we face the first of many stone stairways, a steep climb that takes around 40 minutes. We then make our way upto Ghorepani, the home of the Magars. Originally a horse watering post, Ghorepani has evolved into an important crossroads for tourists and the numerous mule caravans on the Jomsom to Pokhara trip.

Day 5 - Trek to Poonhill for sunrise, 3,210m (45mins up & 30mins down) Trek to Tadapani Alt. 2,630m / 8,626ft. (4hrs)

To capture one of the highlights of this trek we leave early in the morning for Poon Hill (3,210m). A 45 minutes walk above Ghorepani brings us to the panorama of peaks - Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Annapurnas, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu (8,163m) and many more. As the sun rises over Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himals they glisten with the first rays of the sun while the skies glow through an array of reds to pinks. After breakfast we join the trail that heads north following a ridge with stunning views of the Annapurnas from east to west. Descending steeply the trail enters a dense rhododendron forest prior to the final climb of the day that brings us to Tadapani. A small, charming village sitting on a hill top enclosed by a rhododendron forest.

Day 6 - Trek to Chhomrung Alt. 2,170m / 7,117ft. (5hrs)

Descending from Tadapani through a rhododendron forest the trail emerges out to rice terraces. Keeping to their contour we continue downwards to the suspension bridge over Kimrong Khola, a tributary of the Modi Khola. Walking up Modi Valley we arrive at Chhomrung, a Gurung village that clings to the hillside, and is the last major settlement in the valley.

Day 7 - Trek to Dobhan Alt. 2,600m / 8,528ft. (5 1/2 hrs)

Here the vegetation changes: large area of blue pines, hemlocks and birches gain ground on the subtropical forest. The Tibetan-style flat roofs indicate lower rainfall as we enter the rain shadow of the Annapurna range.

Day 8 - Trek to Machhapuchhre Base Camp Alt. 3,700m / 12,136ft. (5hrs)

As we continue onwards on the opposite side of the river we pass several spectacular waterfalls. At 3,100m we reach Hinku Cave, where the early expeditions to Annapurna Base Camp used to camp. A ravine crosses the trail, and from here it climbs steeply as we negotiate the moraine boulders on our approach to the gates of Machhapuchhre Base Camp; the landscape becomes a wilderness. Situated at the foot of the Annapurna Glacier Machhapuchhre Base Camp presents a truly breathtaking panorama of Gandharwa Chuli (6,248m), Annapurna 1 (8,091m), Annapurna lll, Ganggapurna (7,454m) and the well-known peak of Machhapuchhre – one of Nepal’s sacred mountains.

Day 9 - Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m) Trek back to Dobhan Alt. 2,600m / 8,528ft. (6 1/2 hrs)

To ensure the best experience, avoiding the clouds that blow in and obscure the view, it is an early morning climb to Annapurna Base Camp, which has been our aim now for many days. With each step the views become clearer, closer and more abundant. On reaching Base Camp the ridgeline of peaks is almost uninterrupted. It is truly awe-inspiring as you stand cocooned by snowy slopes up to Hiun Chuli (6,441m), the massive south face of Annapurna South(7,219m), Annapurna Fang(7,647m), Annapurna l(8,091m), fluted and tent peaks in the foreground, Ganggapurna (7,454m), Annapurna III (7,555m) and finally the magnificent north face pyramid of Machhapuchhre (6,997m) all guarding the narrow entrance. We then retrace our way back to Dobhan.

Day 10 - Trek to Jhinu Danda (hot springs) Alt. 1,780m / 5,838ft. (5 1/2 hrs)

Today we continue to descend along the Modi Valley until we reach Chhomrung Khola. Continuing upwards for a short time we then descend very steeply through terraces to Jhinu Danda our destination. Time is available to relax in Jhinu Danda’s hot springs, reflect on the previous day as you bathe in the hot waters accompanied by the amazing views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre.

Day 11 - Trek to Landruk Alt. 1,565m / 5,133ft. (4hrs)

Leaving Jhinu Danda the trail descends through the forest to Modi Khola. On crossing the river we reach Landruk via a series of ascents and descents on stone stairways and keeping to the contour of rice terraces. Landruk is a large scenic Gurung village with spectacular views of the valley as well as Annapurna South and Hiun Chuli.

Day 12 - Trek to Kande (5hrs) Drive back to Pokhara (40 mins)

Today our final day of walking, we contour the valley for the first two hours before climbing a steep stone stairway to Deurali, where there are good views back to the Annapurna range; a magnificent distant view of Dhaulagiri, the 7th highest mountain in the world; and a spectacular outlook of Pokhara Valley. A final descent to Kande brings the trail to its end. From here we drive back to Pokhara, arriving late afternoon.

Day 13 - Drive back to Kathmandu Alt. 1,350m

Leaving Pokhara behind, we drive back to Kathmandu.

Upon arrival at Kathmandu, your time is free to either further explore Kathmandu and its shops or simply chill out.

Day 14 - Depart to your own destination.
What's Included
  • All the ground transfers
  • Permit and entry fees for the trek
  • Trekking guide and support team
  • 1 night accommodation in Pokhara on twin sharing basis on Bed and Breakfast Plan
  • 3 meals a day (Breakfast, lunch & dinner) plus lodge accommodation
  • Treated Water during trek
  • Trek Nepal T-shirt.
What's Not Included
  • Stay in Kathmandu & Pokhara Hotels
  • Travel and medical Insurance including coverage up to 5,800m
  • Personal gears for trekking plus nature of personal spending
  • Drinks both alcoholic and non alcoholic including (Bottle water)
  • Laundry Fees
  • Tips for the trekking/climbing crew.
Meeting Point

Trek Nepal Int'l sales office. (Open in Google Maps)

Know Before You Go
"So What Am I Paying For?":
When it comes to money we would like to explain to you what you are paying for. We are a local company providing world-wide travelers with internationally qualified services. We provide you with the lowest prices possible for fully inclusive trips that have no hidden fees. As one of the leading trekking companies in Nepal, we guarantee your safety, satisfaction, and long-lasting memories of your experience. You can check our feedback on two of the world's most trusted travel advice websites - Trip Advisor and Lonely Planet's Thorntree.

In case of my cancellation, 50% of my paid deposit is refundable only when notice of my cancellation is clearly given and recorded by the Agent no less than 7 full days prior to the departure from Kathmandu. Otherwise no payment is refundable. Transfer to an alternative departure date will not be refunded.

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