Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the most famous trekking adventures in Nepal and probably one of the short duration treks which will lead you to the height of 4130m. The Annapurna Base Camp lies within the Annapurna conservation region so there will be many more for you to explore during trekking in this region. Moreover, Half of the total number of people who visit Nepal also visit beautiful Annapurna Base camp trekking through Gurung (the great Gurkha warriors) villages.
Annapurna Base Camp trek not only offers you the chance to visit the heart of Mt.Annapurna but also let you experience the hospitality of the families of the great Gurkha warriors and the natural beauty the trial offers. Leading through the rhododendron forest and terraced farms, you will immediately get the chance to sight the mountains in Annapurna region which are Mountains like Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Nilgiri (6940m), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna South (7219m), Annapurna III (7855m), Machhapuchhare (6993m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Annapurna II (7937m), Lamjung Himal (6983m), Varaha Shikhar (7847m), Tukuche Peak (6920m). Accordingly, If it’s spring then the perfect blooming of rhododendron makes the trekking path spectacular.
Therefore, walking through Gurung villages, exploring lifestyles and cultures, exploring the thrills that hilly gorges and forests offer, the sight of snowy peaks and sight of wild animals like Blue sheep, snow leopard, red panda, Himalayan Tahr and many species of birds makes Annapurna base camp trek the best adventure trial for a lifetime experience.
Not only the natural diversity in Annapurna base camp trek is beautiful but Cultural diversity is also fabulous. The Gurung villages in this region will let you experience their way of living, their traditional clothes, their culture and tradition. in addition to that, You will experience the mixed culture of Tibet and Nepal in this region and you will be witnessing the Great Gurkha Soldiers families residing in this region.
After you have arrived in Kathmandu you can rest and you will get to enjoy exploring Kathmandu valley on the second day. Here in Kathmandu, you will explore UNESCO world heritage sites. In addition to that, you will explore Hindu and Buddhist culture Visiting Temples and monasteries.
Then, from Kathmandu, you will leave for Pokhara either by flight or you will get to Pokhara by bus. It’s just 6 hours drive. Not to mention, you will be enjoying sightseeing in Pokhara. In fact, Pokhara (the city of lakes) has so much to offer you.
You will be then driving to Nayapul which is a 1.5-hour drive from Pokhara. After getting stuff sorted out and hiring porters you will walk to Tikhedhunga (1750m). The trek follows the path along Modi Khola, a downstream following from Annapurna valley. Tikhedhunga is the actual starting point of this trek.
From Tikhedhunga you will be heading towards Ulleri through stone steps and then to Ghorepani. Hiking through Ghorepani you will reach Poonhill(3210m) which is the best spot for viewing Himalayas of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.
You will then be going to Tadapani and then to Chhomrong. From Chhomrong the trail then continues up a gorge to eventually enter the majestic sanctuary near Machhapuchhre base camp. Then you will eventually reach your destination– Annapurna Base Camp.
From Annapurna Base Camp, you will hike through Bamboo, Machhapuchhre base camp, Deurali, Dovan and finally reach Jhinu. Eventually, you can enjoy a natural hot spring shower in Jhinu. Then you will trek back to Nayapul and drive back to Pokhara and finally to Kathmandu.
This trek, in brief, offers you the chance to explore Himalayan landscapes, alpine forests, rhododendron forests, wild animals and birds. Obviously, you can spend the night at Annapurna Base Camp at the height of 4130m. And of course, you can enjoy natural hot spring shower during this trip.
Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu and transfer to hotel:
You will possibly be arriving at any time in Kathmandu. Our representative will receive you with a warm welcome and help you get transferred to the hotel. Further trip details, plans and programs will be provided to you. You will be staying overnight in Hotel.
Day 02: A full day for Kathmandu valley sightseeing:
You will be visiting UNESCO enlisted World Heritage sites in Kathmandu Valley and will explore Hindu and Buddhist culture Visiting Temples and monasteries. You will visit the heritage sites including Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath stupa, swoyambhunath stupa and Kathmandu durbar square. These sites provide better insight into Nepal’s History, culture and architecture of medieval times.
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (900m): 6-8 hours by Bus/ 30 minutes Flight
Based on the itinerary you can either take the tourist bus, private transportation or flight to Pokhara. After reaching Pokhara you can enjoy your remaining time of the day sightseeing. Pokhara is one of the most beautiful places in Nepal and it has so much to offer to you. Main attractions of this place are lakes and the Mountains which can be spotted around the valley. You will be staying overnight in the hotel.
Day 04: Trek to Tikhedhunga (1445m): 5-6 Hours
You will be then driving to Nayapul which is a 1.5-hour drive from Pokhara. After getting stuff sorted out and hiring porters you will walk to Tikhedhunga (1577m). The trek follows a path along Modi Khola, a downstream following from Annapurna valley. You will be staying overnight in a guesthouse.
Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani (2775m): 6-7 Hours
You will then hike through more than 3000 stone steps to Ulleri(2070m)-halfway to Ghorepani. It will take 6 to 7 hours to finally reach Ghorepani from Tikhedhunga. You will be staying overnight in the guesthouse.
Day 06: Trek to Tadapani (2630m): 6-7 Hours
From Ghorepani, you will reach the top of Poonhill (3232m)- the Final destination of Poon Hill trekking. It is the best spot for viewing Himalayas of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. And you can enjoy seeing mountains turning golden by a morning sunrise. You will have the mesmerizing view of Mountains like Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Nilgiri (6940m), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna South (7219m), Annapurna III (7855m), Machhapuchhare (6993m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Annapurna II (7937m), Lamjung Himal (6931m), Varaha Shikhar (7847m), Tukuche Peak (6920m). You will then return to Ghorepani and continue your trial to Tadapani. Walking through Deurali you will reach Tadapani in 6 to 7 hours. You will be staying overnight in a guesthouse.
Day 07: Trek to Chhomrong (2170m): 5-6 Hours
From Tadapani, you will be trekking for about 5 to 6 hours until we reach Chhomrong. On this day you will get the chance to view beautiful green forests, towering waterfall and fresh down streaming springs. You will be staying overnight in the guesthouse.
Day 08: Trek to Himalaya Hotel (2873m): 6-8 Hours
From Chhomrong, you will descend through the stairs of Chhomrong village and then cross the suspension bridge. After that, you will reach Sinuwa and walking through deep Bamboo and rhododendron forests you will reach Doban. Finally, you will reach Himalaya after 6 to 8 hours from Chhomrong. You will be staying overnight in Hotel.
Day 09: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m): 7-8 Hours
From the Himalaya Hotel, you will walk through deep Bamboo and rhododendron forests. You can luckily sight wild animals like Blue sheep, snow leopard, red panda, Himalayan Tahr and many species of birds and the beautiful view of snowy peaks until reaching Machhapuchre Base Camp (3700m).
From Machhapuchre Base Camp, vegetation disappears and you will be seeing snow boulders melting forming fresh streams. Hiking a little, you will finally reach your destination-Annapurna Base Camp. You will be mesmerized by seeing Mount Machhapuchre(6993m), Annapurna south(7219m), Annapurna I(8091m), Hiuchuli and other peaks around you. You will be staying overnight at Annapurna Base Camp.
Day 10: Trek to Bamboo (2310m): 6-7 Hours
Early in the morning you will be enjoying the sunrise from Annapurna Base Camp and enjoy the fantasy of mountain turning their silver colour to golden. Then you will be hiking down to Machhapuchre Base Camp. Then you will descend via Deurali, Himalaya hotel and Dovan(2600m) to reach Bamboo for another Night. It would be a 6 to 7 hours trek.
Day 11: Trek to Jhinu Danda (1760m): 5-6 Hours
From Bamboo, you will be trekking through Sinuwa and finally crossing Chhomrong Khola and walking uphill you will reach Chummrong village. From there trial continue until you reach Jhinu. You can enjoy natural hot spring shower in Jhinu. You will be staying overnight in the guesthouse.
Day 12: Trek to Nayapul (1010m) and drive back to Pokhara (900m): 5-6 Hours and sightseeing in Pokhara.
From Jhinu, you will be walking all the way down to Nayapul and after a one and half hour drive you will reach Pokhara. You will take a tour of the beautiful Pokhara valley as well. You will be staying overnight in Hotel.
Day 13: Back to Kathmandu from Pokhara: 6-8 hours by Bus/ 30 minutes Flight
Either you can take the tourist bus and enjoy viewing the countryside on the way back to Kathmandu or you can take a flight back to Kathmandu. You will be staying overnight in Hotel.
Day 14: Leisure day in Kathmandu:
You will relax for a day in Kathmandu. If you wish, you can take a tour of Kathmandu Valley. You can visit Thamel for buying some gifts that hold Nepalese originality and cultures. You will be staying in the hotel overnight.
Day 15: Transfer to Tribhuvan international airport for your final flight departure:
Our airport representative will transport you to Kathmandu international airport 3 Hours before your flight schedule. You will be taking a great lifetime experience from Nepal and you will be recalling your moments in Nepal while leaving this paradise.
Here are some of the important info every trekker needs to know before trekking Annapurna Base Camp:
1. Always convey the Nepali Rupees
2. During trekking, you could not get tea house or any shops so carry your bag fill up on snacks.
6. You can try the Local Cuisines (Dal-Bhat, Gundruk, Achar) to experience a new taste. Since in Nepal is there is a famous saying that DAL BHAT POWER 24 HOUR.