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One of the most beautiful trekking destinations in Nepal, with stunning views of the Himalayas such as Machhapuchre (Fish Tail) Himchuli, Annapurna Range, Dhaulagiri, and many other peaks. The area is rich in flora and fauna, as well as beautiful seasonal wild flowers. On the way, one will come across a natural hot spring where one must relax.
Starting from a place known as Pokhara which has unpolluted air, a spectacular backdrop of snow-capped mountains, blue lakes, and surrounding greenery, and stunning natural beauty. Many trekkers find this fantasy land moving uphill to Ulleri followed by gentle sunrays of Poonhill followed by beautiful glossy mountains and descending to the culture and tradition of Ghandruk.
In order to see you must visit the hills decorated with rhododendron from March to May. There are numerous guest houses and restaurants, as well as a few shops selling daily necessities. There is no need to be concerned about getting lost. The food available on this trek is typically Nepali and Western.
This 12 days Annapurna Base Camp Trek will give you a taste of the great Himalayan trekking experience in Nepal. A moderately challenging hike full of adventure, scenery and experiences. It offers breathtaking views of the Annapurna Massif, its glaciers, landscapes, vegetation and rich biodiversity. The trail also passes through various settlements and villages of Gurung and Magar. They have their own culture and traditions that are new to see and experience. They have their own lifestyle. The trail follows Modi Kola to a dense forest of lush rhododendrons, bamboo and alpine trees. Hiking does not require a high level of fitness. We firmly believe that reaching Base Camp is not as difficult as you might think so the trip will be a beautiful and will be filled with wonderful memory of the Annapurna Base Camp trek at altitude of 4130m.
You will be welcomed by our staff standing with your name-card in the airport arrival terminal and will take you to your hotel by the private vehicle. Small meeting about the trip in the evening.
(Overnight at the hotel, Kathmandu)
Fly / Drive to Pokhara
Pokhara is located about 200 km west from Kathmandu and the tourist coach or private tourist vehicle takes about 7 hours to get there. If you choose to take a flight instead it will be around 25-30 min journey. Once you reach there you can explore lakeside and chill by the lake.
Drive to Ulleri (1980m/6496ft) and trek to Ghorepani (2850 m/9350 ft.).
2.5hrs. drive and 3.5 hrs. walk.
After breakfast in Pokhara at around 8:00 am you then will hop on jeep drive to Ulleri village and start trek to Ghorepani. The trail goes steep up for 1.5 hours through stone steps where the trail leads through cultivated fields. Rest of trails goes through inside blooming rhododendron and Oak forest. Final climb to Nangethanti which will be your lunch spot in Nangethanti. Thanti is a Nepali words meaning "rest house" "Dharmasala". In the winter the trail can be covered with snow. After lunch trek rests for about an hour. Then climb to Ghorepani at 2850m. Arrive at the top of the Ghorepani pass and you will be staying there.
Ghorepani - Poon hill - Tadapani (2540 m/8333 ft.) 5 hrs. walk.
The most important day of your trek as you will wake up early in morning and start your hike to Poon Hill (3210m) around 1 hr. in order to witness best majestic scenery and sunrise over the high mountains. A lot of majestic mountains can be seen from Poonhill including the mountains likes of Dhaulagiri [8167m], Annapurna South [7119m] Fishtail [6993m], Nilgiri south, Singa chuli, Annapurna I [8091m]. You then come down to Ghorepani to have breakfast and trek to Tadapani for 6 hours. Trek leads mainly up and down hill through the forest.
Trek to Chhomrong (2020 m/6627 ft.), 4/5 hrs. walk.
Today's trail descends to Kimrong stream through the forest of rhododendron. We then walk towards Chhomrong crossing through the Gurung village. Chhomrong offers you close views of Mt. Annapurna south and Himchuli and the virgin peak, Fishtail (Machhapuchchhre).
Trek to Dovan (2600 m/8530 ft.), 4/5 hrs. Walk.
After enjoying magnificent views of mountains and coffee with lovely breakfast today, we descend to Chhomrong stream and again climb up to Dovan crossing through silent rhododendron forest. From Chhomrong we follow the trail leading to Deurali and we pass through dense forest area. The day today is comparatively difficult then other days.
Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4131 m/13553 ft.), 4/5hrs walk.
The day begins with climb to Machhapuchhre base camp (3900 meters) and to Annapurna base camp. The area is surrounded by the mountains and is known as Annapurna Sanctuary. This place gives you spectacular view of Himalayas including Annapurna I, Annapurna South and Barah Shikhar. You will be walking through somewhat like deserted land where there is dry air blowing. After long walk firstly you reach Machhapuchhre Base Camp and the trail leads you to Annapurna Base Camp.
Trek to Sinuwa (2300 m/7545 ft.), 5/6 hrs. walk.
After catching the magnificent sunrise view of mountain and trying capturing the memory in camera lens, we then we trek to Sinuwa with the remembrance of Annapurna south and the giant Himalayan peaks. We will follow the same trail that we used in order to get to the base camp. We will enjoy our morning coffee or any hot beverage and enjoy the peaceful moment during early morning at base camp.
Trek to Jhinu hill (1500 m/4921 ft.), 4/5 hrs. walk.
The 6 hours approx. hike will take you to a place called Jhinu danda where there is some natural hot spring and you will be spending some time. You could chill in natural pool and get rid of all your tiredness, pain, exhaustion and be fresh with all new energy for rest of the days. Jhinu will be one of the rewarding day among the other days of trekking in Annapurna Base Camp.
Trek to New Bridge and drive back to Pokhara.
Finally, we complete our trek. New bridge is one of the longest suspension bridge in the trail and crossing it with less number of people avoid swing of the bridge. We then will drive back to Pokhara via Nayapul from new bridge.
Fly / Drive to back to Kathmandu
The tourist coach or private tourist vehicle takes about 7 hours to get to Kathmandu and if you choose to take a flight instead it will be around 25-30 minutes.
Our representative will take you to airport where you will be catching your flight to next destination.
Drinking water will be provided in the teahouses during the journey up to the base camp, either from taps, boiling water, or bottled water. We also recommend using steriepen or other water purification solutions.
On usual trekking days, you will be walking for 5 – 6 hours a day. It is advised to go as slow as possible, using the right amount of energy for the long duration.
Normally there are common toilet facilities in teahouses and lodges, which are usually neat and clean. Nowadays, some small number of teahouses and lodges offer attached restroom. We will provide you the best option as far as possible in this regard.
Normally there are hot water shower services in various teahouses and lodges. In the absence of such facility, the teahouse/lodges will provide you hot water bucket. The payment for the shower has to be made by yourself and the cost varies with the places.
The best season for this trek is October to mid-December and mid-February to mid-June. This trip is not preferred during the monsoon season from June to August except the treks to Himalayan rain shadow like Upper Mustang and Mt. Kailas.
Yes, you will be needing two permits for this trek. You need TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) and ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit)
You should be fit but not super fit. This is a moderate level trekking. There is no requirement of prior trekking experience. Ensuring proper acclimatization days and with proper gears you can easily complete this trek but carrying some personal knee support and general cardio is recommended.
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