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The Annapurna base camp trek

The Annapurna Region in central Nepal is the most geographically and culturally diverse region for trekking. Over 2,500 trekkers visit the Annapurna Sanctuary region yearly. The Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) working along with the King Mahendra Trust for Nature Conservation 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 6900-metres/22,563 ft. below some of the world’s largest and most beautiful mountains as the Annapurna I (world’s 8th highest) & Fishtail (considered as one of the most beautiful mountain). 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 dwells in this area.

Accomodation: Hotel/Lodge
Group Size: 2+
Transportation: Private Vehicle/Flight
Mountains: Fishtail (Macchapucchare), Annapurna, Hiunchuli, and Mardi Himal
Rivers: Bheri Khola, Modi Khola, and Kyumnu Khola
Forest: Rhododendron and Pine
City: Pokhara city.

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  • placeDay 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu.

    Arrive in Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport. Upon arrival meet Himalayan Holidays representative, assist and transfer to the hotel. At the hotel’s lobby welcome refreshments will be served and room check in assistance provided.

    Eve: Pre departure trip briefing followed by welcome dinner at a Nepali restaurant featuring cultural program.

    Overnight at hotel.

  • placeDay 02 : Fly to Pokhara – 25 minutes.

    Am: After breakfast, transfer to Kathmandu airport to board 25 minutes flight to Pokhara.
    Upon arrival check in hotel for refreshment and rest.

    Pm: Free afternoon for relaxation and rest.

    Eve: Stroll around the colorful lakeside bazaar and dine out at one of some fine restaurant there.

    Overnight at hotel.

  • placeDay 03 : Drive to Phedi and then, Trek to Dhampus (1,700m) – 3hours.

    After breakfast, get in to a waiting vehicle and drive to Phedi. Upon arrival in Phedi, meet by porter and other Sherpa Staffs and commence trek to Dhampus (1,700 m). The trek starts immediately with a steep climb through mixed forests and takes about an hour to arrive at the Mina Lodge, which marks the end of the steep path and arrival at Dhampus Plateau. From here the incline is much easier as the trail continues to climb steadily in more forested area and after about two hours we arrive at the first check post at the entrance to Dhampus Village with a maze of houses and alleyways of stonewalls. There are magnificent views of the mountains from west to east of the Annapurna South (7,219m), Hiunchuli (6,441m), Mardi Himal (5,587 m) and Macchapucchare (6,993m) to the north.

    Dinner and overnight at Dhampus.

  • placeDay 04 : Trek to Landrung (1,699 m) – 5 hours.

    After breakfast, visit the Annapurna Conservation Area Project office to register and continue on the trek. After leaving the village, we 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 (2,000m) after an hour with magnificent views of the western Himalayas. The path from here slowly ascends until it reaches the locality of Bichok Deorali (2,149m) located at the crest 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, which is a convenient place to stop for lunch.

    After lunch, cross a small suspension bridge as the path follows the ridge of a hill for an hour to the settlement of Tolka (1,895m). Then cross the hamlets of Tolka Naga and Tolka Medi Gara before again going down gently towards the village of Landrung on a trail where the forest gives way to vast expanses of terraced cultivation covering the surrounding hills.

    Dinner and overnight at Landrung.

  • placeDay 05 : Trek to Chommorrong (2,170 m) – 5 hours.

    We start by going through the village and at the end of the village trail junction, there are two paths. One goes steeply down in the direction of the Modi Khola towards the Ghandrung Village but we walk towards north on a path which gradually leads to the river bank and then on to the New bridge which takes about an hour. After crossing the bridge, the path rises steeply and it is tough going for about 45 minutes before it eases out on a slope gently going down until our arrival the Kyumnu Khola, a tributary of the Modi Khola. From here, it is another 30 minutes of climbing to the settlement of Jhinu Danda (1,760 m), which has a few comfortable looking lodges and many Tibetan traders selling trinkets to trekkers.

    After lunch, the climb to Chommorrong is a steep one with an average slope of 30 degrees incline. The trail is on a barren hillside making shelter from the sun a difficult one. But fortunately there are a few lodges located on the trail making the necessary stops an enjoyable one. At the end of the 2 hour ordeal, we arrive at a ridge with a few hotels but we continue further (for camping groups) about 10 minutes to arrive at the main Chomrong village with hotels and houses dotting the whole hillside and a most panoramic and close views of the Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Macchapucchare mountains. Chommorrong controls the entry to the Annapurna Sanctuary.

    Dinner and overnight at Chommorrong.

  • placeDay 06 : Trek to Himalaya Hotel (2,873 m) – 7 hours.

    Go down until the suspension bridge, which crosses the Chommorrong 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 2,400m), 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 Khuldi Ghar (2,477m) where you will encounter the second check post. (You will have to show your trekking permit as well as you entrance ticket to the National Park.) The head quarters of ACAP and its environment center are also located at Khuldi Ghar. After the check post the path suddenly descends until it reaches the hamlet of Bamboo (2,300m) 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 (2,571m). There are two lodges here competing with the lodges established at Doban (2,606m). Soon after Doban you will enter the sacred forest of Jode Yehm, 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 (2,873m).

    Dinner and overnight at Himalaya Hotel.

  • placeDay 07 : Trek to Macchapucchare Base Camp (3,700 m) – 5 hours

    The track continues through the middle of the forest, going up and down following the flow of the rivers, until the last stretch where a steep path leads to Hinku Cave (3,139m). It will take another three hour to reach the actual site of the Hinkui Cave, noticeable by a huge rock half sheltering a bhatti. From here it will take about three hours to reach Deorali (3,230m). On the way you probably would have to cross two naves or slabs of old frozen ice, commonly found in glacial area.

    The next stop, the base camp of Macchapucchare, is about two hours walk away. Macchapucchare 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 is not necessary, a stick should suffice.

    Dinner and overnight at Macchapucchare Base Camp.

  • placeDay 08 : Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4,200 m). – 3 hours

    To enjoy the magnificent sunrise over the Sanctuary one has to go to the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC), which is only three hours away from the Macchapucchare Base Camp. Except for a few hills, the route is flat and therefore quite 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 (4130 m), 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 Annapurna Sanctuary.

    Dinner and overnight at Annapurna Base Camp.

  • placeDay 09 : Rest day in Annapurna Base Camp.

    Rest day in Annapurna Base Camp.

    Dinner and overnight at Annapurna Base Camp.

  • placeDay 10 : Back track to Himalaya Hotel (2,100m) - 6 hours.

    Back track to Himalaya Hotel from Annapurna Base Camp.

    Dinner and overnight at Himalaya Hotel.

  • placeDay 11 : Back track to Chommorrong (2,170m) - 5 hours.

    Back track to Chommorrong from Himalaya Hotel.

    Dinner and overnight at Chommorrong.

  • placeDay 12 : Trek to Ghandrung (1,920m) – 5 hours.

    After breakfast, trek towards Kyumrong Khola for lunch. After lunch trek to Ghandrung Village via Kyumrong Danda. This area is offers some of the finest trekking in Nepal. The Annapurna range and Macchapucchare dominates the mountain views through glimpses further East to Lamjung Himal and Manaslu Range are also possible. Ghandrung village is rich through its excellent farming land and the generations of its sons who have sent and received pay and pensions from the British and Indian Gurkha armies.

    Dinner and overnight at Ghandrung.

  • placeDay 13 : Trek down to Naya Pul & drive back to Pokhara. – 4 hours.

    After breakfast, trek through a pleasant down hill trail and then the trail levels out and follows the banks of the river. After having spent a long time at higher altitudes, the heat sometimes makes traveling on the open riverbed an uncomfortable one. After about 3 hours, arrive at the riverside and settlement in Birethanti for lunch. This is also the main entry point to the Annapurna Conservation Area and after lunch, walk along the high banks of the Modi Khola for about 30 minutes and end trek at Naya Pul to meet waiting vehicles and drive back to Pokhara. (1 hour drive) Upon arrival, check in at hotel for refreshment and much deserved rest.

    Pokhara stands at 8,27 m above sea level, about 7,00 m lower than Kathmandu Valley. In Kathmandu Valley, the high temples are all around you, in Pokhara it is the mountains. Fewa Lake and Mt. Fishtail is the landmark of this city. This wonderful land is considered nature’s finest gift to Nepal. It is a vacationer's paradise with its crystal clear lakes and fantastic views of the Annapurna range including the Fish Tail Mountain.

    Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

  • placeDay 14 : Fly back to Kathmandu.

    After early breakfast, check out from the hotel and transfer to the Pokhara’s domestic airport to board 25 minutes flight back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, check in hotel for refreshment and rest.

    Pm: Free afternoon for last minute shopping and packing.

    Eve: Farewell dinner at a nice restaurant in Thamel.

    Overnight at hotel.

  • placeDay 15 : Final Departure.

    Free until transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for final departure.

  • All arrival / departure transfers and drives in a private vehicle with a/c accompanied by English speaking guide/ representative / escort.
  • Airfare for sector Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu including airport tax.
  • 2 nights stay at hotels (as above) in Kathmandu on twin room sharing basis including bed and breakfast with taxes.
  • 2 nights stay at hotel (as above) in Pokhara on twin room sharing basis including bed and breakfast with taxes.
  • Annapurna Conservation Project fees.
  • 10 Nights / 11 Days Annapurna Base Camp Tea House Trek in the Annapurna Region inclusive of all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) , tea, coffee and services of well versed English Speaking trek leader, strong and reliable porters with accommodations at best available tea houses / lodges throughout the trek.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
  • International airfare to/from Kathmandu and airport taxes.
  • Nepal entry visa fees (Available upon arrival at Kathmandu’s airport).
  • Lunch and dinner in Katmandu and Pokhara. (Except welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu).
  • Items of a personal nature such as bar bills, alcoholic beverages, aerated drinks mineral water, telephone calls, laundry, extra mileage, personal gratuities to porter / guide etc
  • Personal insurance against loss of valuables, theft, illness, hospitalization, medications and treatments and emergency helicopter, vehicle or plane charter evacuation charges.
  • Cost not mentioned in the above “costs include” section

The itinerary listed is a guideline and standard pattern which we provide you. This trekking can be modified according to your time and requirements. We will be pleased if you provide every minor details about your trip.

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