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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 Khola (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.
Tribhuvan International Airport
Arrival at the Tribuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (1,345m). Transfer to Hotel in our private tourist vehicle. Overnight at Hotel.
Morning sightseeing trip to Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Afternoon at leisure and shopping in Thamel, near hotel. Pre-trek briefing & supply of trek Duffel Bag, T-shirt and a Cap. First group dinner & overnight at Hotel.
Drive to Pokhara (900 m) by tourist bus through beautiful valley. Pokhara is on the banks of the Phewa Lake, smaller and much less hectic than Kathmandu, hence the perfect starting point for our trek. Overnight at Hotel.
Private vehicle transfer to Nayapul. Trek along banks of Modi Khola to Birethanti (1,015m) a large village with many shops and teahouses. Continue through the village and follow the Bhurungdi Khola before ascending to Hille at 1,495m and continuing to Tikhedhunga at 1,570m. A relatively short and easy walk to ease us into the trekking experience in the Annapurna region. Overnight at Guesthouse
A steep climb to Ulleri, a large Magar village at an altitude of 2,070m. A more gentle ascent then takes us through fine forests of oak and rhododendrons towards Banthanti at 2,250m. Continue towards Nangethanti at 2,460m, before arriving at at Ghorepani (2,840m). Overnight at Guesthouse.
A magnificent sunrise today as we commence very early in the morning for our one hour hike to Poon Hill at an elevation of 3,210m. This vantage point provides an unobstructed view of the sunrise over the high Himalayas. Commence descent to Ghorepani for a hot breakfast before commencing climb along ridges, and through pine and rhododendron forests to Deurali (2,960m). Descent to Banthanti, and through to Tadapani (2,610m). Overnight at Guesthouse
Leaving Tadapani, we descend steeply through the rhododendron forests before the trail eases coming into Gurjung. An easy walk follows, through to Chommrong at an elevation of 2,140 m. Overnight at Guesthouse
The trail drops down to Chhomrong Khola, before climbing to Khuldighar at 2,380m. What goes up must come down! The track travels very steeply down a rock bank then levels out, running through thickets of bamboo at the bottom of the gorge. Trek through bamboo and rhododendron forests to the Himalayan Hotel. Overnight at Guesthouse
Today we trek past the Hinko Cave, Deurali and then Machhapuchhare Base Camp. Totally surrounded by mountains, this area is known as the Annapurna Sanctuary. Two hours trek from Machhapuchhare Base Camp takes us to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC). At elevation of 4,130m, we have unobstructed views of spectacular mountain scenery. Overnight at Guesthouse
We follow the same trail down today. The trail drops by 1,700m to the bank of Modi Khola and then onto Bamboo at 2,345m. Overnight at Guesthouse
Continue on same trail until Chommrong, and onto Khuldighar where there is an experimental sheep farm. Trail continues through rhododendron and bamboo fields before descending very steeply to the Jhinu Hot Spring, where we can bathe in natural hot spring. Overnight at Guesthouse
From Jhinu Hot Springs we take a relaxing walk along the Modi Khola for 4.5 hours to Birethanti. After a break here, we continue to Nayapul to meet our vehicle. An hour’s drive will see us back in Pokhara, where we walk to the Fewa Lake for our boating trip to Barahi Temple. Overnight at a Hotel.
A 7 hour drive will take us back to Kathmandu. Here, we have the option to extend and continue onto Chitwan Jungle Safari, Rafting Adventure, Kathmandu Valley Shopping Tour, Scenic Everest Flight, Mountain Biking and other activities. Final farewell dinner in traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. Overnight at Hotel
Transfer to international airport in Kathmandu for flight departure from Nepal.