Annapurna Base Camp Trek
March – May & Mid September – November
The Annapurna Region in central Nepal is the most geographically and culturally diverse region for trekking. Over 2500 trekkers visit the Annapurna Sanctuary region yearly. The Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) working along with the National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) has declared this region as area of conservation and sustainable development. Stretched over 2600 sq. km., the area boasts of a variety of diverse cultures, tribes and castes as the Brahmins, Chettris, Newars, Gurungs, Magars, Manangis and the Tibetans. This area has sub-tropical lowlands, valleys, bamboo, oak and rhododendron forests, alpine meadows, windswept desert plateaus and the towering Annapurna Mountains. This area has the world’s deepest river gorge, Kali Gandaki, lying some 6900m/22,563 ft. below some of the world’s largest and most beautiful mountains as the Annapurna I (world’s 10th highest) & Fishtail (one of the most beautiful). Animals and birds are in abundance in this region. 440 species of birds and animals like the marten, deer, langur and the elusive snow leopard live in this area.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Treks And Walks
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Small Group
- Ideal first trek in the Nepal Himalayas.
- Mesmerizing views of Annapurna Himal.
- Sunrise view of Annapurna amphitheater from Base Camp.
- Type of Tour : Treks and Walks
- Grade : Moderate
- Maximum Altitude : 4131m/13,554ft.
- Tour Duration : 10 Nights
- Trek Duration : 07 Nights/08 Days
- Best Season : Mar. – May & Mid Sep. – Nov.
- Ex-Destination : Kathmandu
- Accommodation (Nights) : Hotel – 03; Guesthouse – 07
- Food Plan : Kathmandu & Pokhara – Bed & Breakfast basis; On the Trek – All meals included.
- Travel & Transport : Trek transfers in small vehicles/coach; KTM – Pokhara – KTM flight fare quoted
- Trek and other internal transfers in small vehicles/coach.
- Complimentary Duffel Bag, Sack & Cap.
- Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) fees.
- Trekking Information Management Service (TIMS) fees.
- Necessary porterage for the trek.
- Local guide on the trek.
- Goods & Service Tax as applicable.
- Travel to & from Kathmandu.
- Airfare from Kathmandu – Pokhara & back (quoted separately).
- Airport tax on arrivals and departures.
- Visa Fees for Foreign Nationals.
- Lunch & dinner expenses in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
- Any expenses of personal nature such as mineral water, laundry, liquor, etc.
- Any kind of insurance, such as accident, theft, medical, evacuation, etc.
- Tips to porters, Sherpa team, driver, guide, etc.
- Any extra costs incurred due to extension/change of the itinerary, because of natural calamities, flight delays, road blocks, vehicle breakdown, etc. factors beyond the control of “Countryside Adventure Holidays Pvt. Ltd.” and its associates.
- Items not specified in the above in “Cost Includes”.
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Arrival in Kathmandu (1337m/4387 ft.)
Upon arrival in Katmandu’s hotel, there will be a short briefing and orientation aboutthe trek. Post the briefing you can walk through the small lanes and by-lanes of Thamel. Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu.
Fly to Pokhara (884m/2900 ft; ½ hr); Drive to Kande (1000m/3281 ft.; 1 hr); Trek to Tolka (1700m/5578 ft.; 6 hrs)
After an early breakfast, transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport to board the 25 min flight to Pokhara. Upon arrival in Pokahra meet waiting vehicle and drive to Kande, where you will meet your trekking crew.
After short preparation start gentle climb to Austrian Camp for lunch. After lunch continue on the trail going down a fairly gentle slope cut into steps in the middle of the forest and then a short climb brings us to the settlement of Pothana (1890m) after an hour, with magnificent views of the western Himalayas. The path from here slowly ascends until it reaches the locality of Bichok Deorali (2080m) located at thecrest of the ridge. From here, the trail descends slowly but gets steeper until it meets the Modi Khola Valley first and then the village of the Bheri Khola, cross a small suspension bridge as the path follows the ridge of a hill for an hour to the settlement of Tolka (1700m). Dinner and overnight stay at guesthouse in Tolkha.
Tolka - Chhomrong (2210m/7251 ft.; 6 hrs)
Am: After breakfast trek to Kyumrong Danda. This area offers some of the finest trekking in Nepal. The Annapurna range and Machapuchhare dominate the mountain views through glimpses further East to Lamjung Himal and Manaslu range are also possible. After short break in Kyumrong Danda descent down to Kyumrong Khola for lunch.
Pm: After lunch cross Kyumrong Khola and start climb to Chhomrong Village village with hotels and houses dotting the whole hillside and a most panoramic and close views of the Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machhapucchhare mountains. Chhomrong controls the entry to the Annapurna Sanctuary. Dinner and overnight stay at a guesthouse in Chhomrong.
Chhomrong - Doban (2600m/8531 ft.; 6 hrs)
After breakfast start trek to Doban initially go down until the suspension bridge, which crosses the Chhomrong Khola, and then climb up the opposite side for about 30 minutes till you reach the hamlet of Banuwa. Carry on for another thirty minutes until you reach Sunawa (about 2400m) where you will find at least two lodge-restaurants. Here the path leaves cultivated fields to enter the beautiful tropical forest. You can follow the ridge of the hill, about 2500 meters high, but unfortunately the mountain is drained by several small streams and the trekkers are forced to take several ascents and descents. It takes about an hour to reach the locality of Khuldighar (2477m). From here the path suddenly descends until it reaches the hamlet of Bamboo (2300m) with four or five lodges and is a good place to make a lunch break. As the name suggest, Bamboo marks the beginning of the huge bamboo forest, which leads, after about an hour of walking, to Tiptop (2571m). There are two lodges here competing with the lodges established at Doban. Dinner and overnight stay at guesthouse in Doban.
Doban - Machhapucchhare Base Camp (3700m/12,140 ft.; 6 hrs)
Am: Soon after Doban you will enter the sacred forest of JodeYehm, where near the waterfall on the east bank of Modi khola, you will see an altar surrounded by thousands of white banners suspended from the trees. A sign indicates the name of the place and reminds the travelers not to lean over. One assumes it is better not to disturb the Gods. From Doban, it will take an hour to reach Himalayan Hotel (2873m). The track continues through the middle of the forest, going up and down following the flow ofthe rivers, until the last stretch where a steep path leads to Hinku Cave (3139m). It will take about half an hour to reach Deaurali (3230m) for lunch.
Pm: After lunch it is about 2 hours to reach Machhapuchhare Base Camp or “fishtail”, has been thus named because its twin summits resembles a twitched fishtail. After having walked along the river for thirty minutes, the path rises up and goes through several naves. If it has snowed recently, this part of
the route will be quite difficult, though the use of crampons in not necessary, a stick should suffice.Dinner and overnight stay at guesthouse in Machhapucchhare Base Camp.
Machhapucchhare Base Camp- Annapurna Base Camp (4131m/13,554 ft.; 3.5 km, 2 hrs)
After breakfast trek to Annapurna Base Camp, except for a few hills, the route is flat and thereforequite easy. Also, the spectacular views of Annapurna south in the forefront are so satisfying that one easily forgets the exhaustion. At the end of the route (4130m), there are about five or six lodges. A little further, the path leads to a small hill, which is the best point to admire the entire panorama of the Sanctuary. Dinner and overnight stay at guesthouse in Annapurna Base Camp.
Annapurna Base Camp - Bamboo (2300m/7546 ft.; 7 hrs)
After enjoying magnificent sunrise over the Sanctuary, start back track to Bamboo. En-route we will stop in Himalayan Hotel for heartily lunch. After lunch continue to Bamboo for overnight. Dinner and overnight stay at guesthouse in Bamboo.
Bamboo– Jhinu Danda (1770m/5807 ft.; 7 hrs)
Am: After breakfast back track to Chhomrong for lunch. After lunch start descent down to Jhinu Danda, this has a few comfortable looking lodges and many Tibetan traders selling trinkets to Trekkers.
Pm: Walk to hot spring which is about 20 minutes steep descent to enjoy the natural hot spring bath. Dinner and overnight stay at guesthouse in Jhinu Danda.
Jhinu Danda – Naya Pul via Kimche Khola (7 hrs); Drive to Pokhara (1½ hrs)
After breakfast, start trek to New Bridge via Khimrong khola and meet the waiting vehicle and drive 1 and half hour to Pokhara.
Evening: Free time for Rest and Relaxation. Overnight stay at hotel in Pokhara.
Pokhara – Rest Day
Spend a relaxing day in Pokhara or you may go for a sightseeing tour of this beautiful valley on your own. Overnight stay at hotel in Pokhara.
Fly to Kathmandu; Final departure
After breakfast, transfer to the airport and fly from Pokhara – Kathmandu. At Kathmandu Airport we walk over to the International Terminal section to catch a flight for our onward journey.
End of arrangements…
Accommodation & Food:
- Kathmandu & Pokhara: In a hotel on twin sharing basis; Bed & Breakfast basis.
- On the Trek: In guesthouse on twin sharing basis; All meals included.
- Welcome & Farewell dinner.