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Annapurna Base Camp Trek combines some of the most spectacular mountain scenery, providing a fascinating insight into the modern hill life of Nepal.
This Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a unique trek along local trails, through forests, villages and terraced farmland treats you to unparalleled mountain scenery, surrounded by enormous glaciers giving you an inside experience into the Nepalese life and culture.
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek follows the Modi River and passes through dense stands of rhododendron and bamboo. By the time you reach the large rock over hanging, known as Hinku Cave, you will have noticed that the vegetation has thinned and the gorge narrowed to be only a few hundred meters wide. Steep snow-clad ridges falling from Hiunchuli on the left and Machhapuchhre on the right from the entrance to the Sanctuary. As we pass through the “gate” and enter to the Sanctuary, you find yourself in a huge amphitheatre enclosed by a solid wall of snow capped peaks.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek starts and ends in Pokhara or it can be tailored as part of the Annapurna Circuit or the Jomsom / Miktinath trek, by trekking from Tatopani through Ghorepani and Tadapani and joining the main Sanctuary trails at Chommrong.
Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. Transfer by private tourist vehicle to hotel.
Sightseeing trip in private vehicle with professional tour guide:
Pashupatinath Temple – one of the most significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati River.
Boudhanath Stupa – one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square – Royal Residential Quarter of Bhupatindra Malla, famous five-storied temple of Nyatapola in Pagoda style Batsala temple, Bhairavnath temple, Duttatraya temple, Pujari Muth and Palace of 55 windows.
Start approx 7:30 am for full day drive to Pokhara, a beautiful village, much smaller than Kathmandu, set on banks of Phewa Lake. Pokhara has panoramic views of Annapurna and Machapuchare (shape of fish tail) in the north, Dhaulagiri in the west and Lamjung Himal and Manaslu in the east.
Transfer by road 1 hour to Nayapul and commence trek. Short 15-minute walk along banks of Modi Khola, to Birethanti (1,015 m), a large village with many shops and teahouses. Continue along trail through village, following north bank of Bhurungdi Khola. Climb steadily to Hille at 1,495 m and Tikhedhunga at 1,570 m.
A steep climb to Ulleri, a large Magar village altitude 2,070 m. Trail ascends more gently through fine forests of oak and rhododendrons, towards Banthanti 2,250 m. Continue towards Nangethanti 2,460 m. After an hour walk arrive at Ghorepani (2,840 m).
An early start climbing Poon Hill elevation 3,210 m for sunrise. The vantage point provides a brilliant mountain range spectacle with unobstructed views over the high Himalayas. Return to Ghorepani, enjoy a hot breakfast before climbing along ridges through pine and rhododendron forests towards Deurali (2,960 m). Descend to Banthanti, turn off to Tadapani.
The day starts with a steep downhill through rhododendron forests. Leaving Tadapani, descend through forests, trail eases as we reach Gurjung which is the village of Gurung people, followed by an easy walk to Chommrong at an elevation of 2,140 m.
Trek starts with descent to the Chhomrong Khola, before climbing to Khuldighar (2,380m) previously site of an ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area) check post. Another steep descent down a rock bank before levelling out through thickets of bamboo at the bottom of gorge. Trek through bamboo, then rhododendron forests to the Himalayan Hotel.
Today the trail climbs on past the Hinko Cave, Deurali and then Machhapuchhare Base Camp. Since it is totally surrounded by mountains, this area is known as the Annapurna Sanctuary. A two hour trek from Machhapuchhare Base Camp takes you to the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) at elevation of 4,130m. There, you will view unobstructed views of mountain scenery, which is very spectacular.
We follow the same trail down today the trail drops by 1,700m to the bank of Modi Khola to Bamboo at 2,345m where there are a few teahouse/lodges available to stay at.
We follow the same trail until Chommrong. Once we have passed Khuldighar there is an experimental sheep farm, the trail continues through rhododendron and bamboo fields. From Chomrong the trail descends very steeply to the Jhinu hot spring, where you can bathe in natural hot spring.
From Jhinu hot springs we walk at the right side of Modi Khola for 4.5 hours to Birethanti which can be considered one of the best and the most relaxing walks of the entire trek. We reach Nayapul then an hour drive will take us back to Pokhara. After we check in to hotel we will then walk to the Fewa Lake for our boating trip to Barahi Temple and than back to hotel.
You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto Chitwan jungle safari, rafting adventure, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, scenic Everest flight, mountain biking and other activities. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. (Your guide(s) and an office staff will accompany you).
Transfer to international airport in Kathmandu for flight departure from Nepal.