|Highlights: Kathmandu, Pokhara, Ghorepani, Poonhill, Tadapani, Sinwa, Machhapuchre Base Camp(MBC), Annapurna Base Camp(ABC)
|Departure: Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Sep, Oct, Nov
Annapurna Base Camp Trekking is a moderate nature trek that starts from Nayapul, a drive of about 1hrs from Pokhara, which takes you to the foot [Base Camp, 4130m] of Mt. Annapurna, one of
the most magnificent peaks in the world. 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 hike continues through dense rhododendron forest with towering snowy peaks in the background. Witness breathtaking views of an early morning sunrise where a red halo seeps through glistening gaps over the snow-capped peaks of the Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Mountains. The sceneries are seen throughout this trek grace the landscape of the Himalayas where imagination defines the beauty of nature as an experience that can never be forgotten. 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 at any time of the year except during the monsoons [July thru August].
Trip duration: 13 Days
Grade: Moderate to fairly challenging
Activity: Trekking/ Sightseeing
Starts in: Kathmandu
Ends in: Kathmandu
TREK TYPE: TEA HOUSE
Accommodation: Hotel, lodge (teahouse)
Transportation: Flight & Private vehicle
Maximum altitude: 4130m
Accommodations during a trek in Local Tea house (standard sharing room –non attached bathroom)
All meals during a trek in local lodges
English speaking local expert guide, porters (2 members =1 porter; 1 porter carried max. 25 kg luggage)
Domestic Airfares: Kathmandu/Pokhara/Kathmandu
Trek transfer Pokhara/Nayapul and Nayapul/Pokhara by comfortable Private Vehicle
Annapurna Conservation Area permit fees (ACAP)
Trekkers Information Management System fees(TIMS)
Sightseeing around Kathmandu with English speaking local guide and entry fees as per the itinerary
Boating at Phewa lake with life jacket around (1 hour)
3 nights accommodation at 3-star Hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing with breakfast
1-night accommodation at 3-star Hotel in Pokhara on twin sharing with breakfast
Medical Kit carried by the guide
Airport transfers with an escort by Private Vehicle
Insurance for all staff and porters
Nepal visa (//online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa )
International flight and Any other airfares
All Lunch & dinner during a hotel stay in Kathmandu & Pokhara
Extra baggage charges (for the Pokhara Domestic flight, luggage allowance is 25 kg in total, main luggage 20 and 5 kg for hand carry )
Any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/roadblock due to any reason
Personal expenses such as laundry, Beverages, internet, telephone, snacks, hot shower/water, battery charging during the trek, etc.
Tips for guide, driver, porter, etc.
Your Insurance & Medical expenses
Any other tours, transfers, and services other than mentioned above
Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to hotel:
It is a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. A representative and driver from our office will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel. At the hotel, you will be briefed about your daily activities.
Sightseeing tour of Boudhanath, Pashupatinath & Patan Durbar Square:
Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, and Western influence. There will be a guided tour to the largest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal Boudhanath and after that to the most popular Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva- Pashupatinath. We take a tour to Patan or Lalitpur (the City of Artisans), which is 5km away from Kathmandu. We walk through Patan Durbar Square, and delight in the architectural wonders of the Malla era. Mahaboudha Temple, Kumbeshwor Temple, Krishna Temple, and Golden Temple are the major attractions at the square.
Fly to Pokhara (25 minutes; flight) and Drive to Nayapul- trek to Tikhedhunga (1540M) around 2 hrs drive and around 3-4 hrs. Walk)
Fly to Pokhara [Approx. 25 min]. Then drive to Nayapul is about 1.5 hours through beautiful green hills of the Annapurna region. The journey on a private vehicle will surely be more comfortable comparing to a local bus. After reaching Nayapul we will start walking which we will call trekking later on. The trail starts with easy down and flat walk before starting our gentle climbing to Tikhedhunga. Overnight at local lodge
Trek from Tikehundga to Ghorepani ( 2860 M) around 6-7 hrs. walk:
We will have breakfast in the Hotel and start our trekking to Ghorepani, one of the most important destinations of our trek. The trek starts after crossing the same Modi River through a suspension bridge. Right after crossing the bridge we will have to make a steep climbing for an hour or a little more to reach Ulleri Village [2080M / 6824FT]. Continuing the trekking inside the Rhododendron forests, we will be reaching our destination for today; Ghorepani Village. These Rhododendron forests look amazing during March – Late April. The village is one of the biggest villages of the whole trekking and offers you beautiful views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Mt. Fishtail, Dhaulagiri range, etc. Stay overnight at local lodge.
Early Morning excursion to Poon Hill (3210M) and trek to Tadapani (2590M around 6-7 hrs walk)
An early-morning excursion up to Poon Hill/3210m for amazing brilliant sunrise and panoramic view of high Himalaya, It takes about 45 minutes and 400 meters walk up to the viewpoint. After enjoying sunrise and Mountain View come back to the hotel and after breakfast trek to Tadapani/25400m. Stay overnight at local lodge.
Trek Tadapani to Sinuwa (around 5 hours)
Leaving Tadapani, the trail descends down through the forest and we can hear birds chirping. After walking down about 45 minutes the trail goes very steep downhill through the terraced field to KimrungKhola, cross the suspension bridge and walk to Gurjung, the trail ascends up after Gurjung
village during 45 minutes then straight walk to Sinuwa at the elevation of 2170m. It takes 6-7 hours from Tadapani to Sinuwa. Stay overnight at local lodge.
Trek Sinuwa (2900 M) to Himalaya around 5 hrs:
Today, the trail continues gently up till the ridge and the level trail through the rhododendron forests until reaching Bamboo which takes about 2 hours. Again the trail continues through the bamboo forests till Dovan in about 1 hour. We will have lunch here. After lunch, the trek starts climbing up through the rhododendron forests until reaching Himalaya in about 1 and half hour. Overnight at Local Lodge.
Trek to Machhapuchhre Base Camp [3700m]around 5-6 hrs walk:
We will start the day by hiking a pleasant ascend, making our way through streams and falls until a steep ascend to Hinku and further small but steep hike to Deurali. Immediately after Deurali, the damp trees of lush green forest change into drier grassy land. The trail is more relaxed from here onwards but undergoes one of the most adventurous sections being it prone to avalanche. The views of distant Machhapuchhre become more dominant and we get the first glimpse of majestic Annapurna. On this day we will start to feel the effect of altitude. Overnight at Local Lodge.
Early morning excursion to Annapurna Base Camp (3hrs) and Back to MBC:
Continue trek to Bamboo (2345M, 4-5 hrs.) Walking some stone staircase we reach the place where some people were killed by an avalanche a
decade ago. We should not stop in this possible dangerous place for a long time. This place is warned of an avalanche so continue trek ahead with aware until you get to the safe place. As you walk further, more beautiful White Mountains are seen and close. The trail turns to the left in the valley after Machhapuchhre Base Camp and it is a pleasant walk up ABC though the air is thinner now. You may feel at a high altitude now. It is recommended not to rush and walk gently. Now you can see the one of best 360˙degree Mountain View in the world from Base Camp. There are tremendous views of giant Annapurna 8091m, Annapurna South 7219m, Machhapuchhre (Mt. Fishtail) 6997m and several other wonderful peaks. Trek back to Bamboo. Overnight at Local Lodge.
Trek to Jhinudanda Hot Spring (1780M) around 5 hrs:
From Bamboo, we walk up during 30 minutes and it is pleasant jungle walk to Sinuwa then head down to Chhumrung Khola and walk up long stone staircase up upper Chhomrung then walk steep down to Jhinu, book room and after eating lunch go down to the hot spring, it takes about 20 minutes. Take bath in natural hot water and come back lodge. Stay overnight at local lodge.
Trek to Nayapul (around 3-4 hrs. walking and drive to Pokhara (around 1 hrs drive) Evening boating at Phewa lake (1hr):
After breakfast, we trek to Nayapul via Birethanti. It takes about 5-6 hours to walk to Nayapul then we drive to Pokhara by private car or van. Free Day in Pokhara, Evening Boating at Phewa lake around 45 minutes. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 12 :
Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel. Free day:
As per the itinerary, we will fly back to Kathmandu. The flight is about 25 minutes and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Hotel.
Our Nepalese support team will take you to the airport for your flight home. (Or stay longer for short tours such as game drive at National parks, rafting, Tibet tours, and mountain biking, etc. – ask us).