- Total Duration:12
- Trip Grade:Strenuous
- Max Elevation:Annapurna Base Camp (4130m/13550ft.)
- Best Time:Spring and Fall
Annapurna Base Camp trek starts from the foothills of Annapurna which takes you through beautiful paddy field terraces, culturally rich villages and warm-hearted people with their contagious smile. This trip is also known as Annapurna Sanctuary Trek as the name was given by a British Army Officer, Colonel Jimmy Roberts due to its sacred mountain – Fishtail which is called Macchapucchare in Nepali. The trail to Annapurna Base Camp makes its way following the narrow Modi gorge filled with mixed forests and bamboo thickets. The majestic peaks of the Himalayas soaring high up in the sky is an enticement to for anyone planning to visit Nepal which boasts to have the eight out of fourteen 8000 meter mountains in the world. Every year thousands of tourists come to Nepal to see, trek and even climb these spectacular mountains. Many of this trek is in higher elevation involving the risk of Acute Mountain Sickness and are also time-consuming. Annapurna Base Camp is a perfect trek which takes you right into the cradle of the Annapurna massif and the sacred peak of Macchapucchare which is colloquially known as Fishtail. The Annapurna region abounds with many wildlife including the elusive red panda, common langur, Himalayan black bear, deer, and predators like leopards. As you approach Annapurna Base Camp, the tall trees are replaced by alpine meadows leading to the beautiful amphitheater of snowcapped mountains where the famous Annapurna Base Camp is located.
Truly a natures paradise, Annapurna Base Camp Trek takes you into the heart of Annapurna mountains. Discovering the lands of the Gurungs, Magars, Chettris and Bahuns we finally make it to Machapuchare Base Camp (Fishtail mountain base camp) and Annapurna Base Camp where we will be blessed with stunning views of all the tallest mountains.
Our office representative will meet you at the airport and will transfer you to your hotel. Arrangements will be made for the distribution of your kit bag, sleeping bag and down jacket at 5 pm and trek briefing will be delivered. Overnight in Kathmandu.
You will be transferred to the bus station for your wonderful bus ride to Pokhara. For your safety and comfort we will be providing you tourist bus. The road to Pokhara is very scenic. Leaving Kathmandu valley the road passes through beautiful farmlands over looking to Ganesh Himal and Langtang range in the back drop. As the road gets down to the valley bottom we drive along a magnificent gorge along the bank of Trisuli River which is a very popular river for white water river rafting. On the way you will notice lots of tented camps on the bank of this beautiful river. During the season time you will also see lots of rafters gliding down the river.
Our bus stops for lunch before Mungling Bazaar and from here on it is only 3 hours of beautiful drive to Pokhara. Overnight at Pokhara. (Breakfast)
We drive from Pokhara to Nayapul in a private car an it takes about an hour drive. The road to Nayapul is very scenic as on the way we will see beautiful Seti River which is very popular for river rafting. The first section of the road is pretty straight forward up to Dhampus Phedi and from here on the road snakes out with an uphill climb to Naudanda. As we drive the road only gets better and better until we reach Nayapul, the starting point of our trek.
After crossing a suspension bridge and a metal bridge at Birethanti we will reach Annapurna Conservation Area Project Check post. From here we trek through beautiful villages keeping Modi Khola (River) to our right. The trail is gentle until we get to Sauli Bazaar where we stop for lunch. After lunch it is a steep climb to Ghandruk. It is a tedious climb but will be a very good practice for us to get to Annapurna Base Camp. Most of the people living in the Ghandruk village are the Gurungs. Gurungs are well known in the British Army for their bravery and fighting skills. The village of Ghandruk is well maintained and is picturesque with a typical Gurung houses with the Annapurna Mountains in the back drop. Overnight at Ghandruk. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
We trek to the top of the village from where we can have a birds eye view of the entire Ghandruk village. We cross a suspension bridge and descend all the way down to Kimrong Khola which is a small stream river but very beautiful. After passing through the small settlements of Kimrong village we make a steep climb to Jhinu Danda where we stop for lunch. This place is very popular of its wonderful hot spring. "Do not worry " we will be spending overnight at Jhinu on our way back for that purpose. After lunch we head towards beautiful and big Chomrong village which is the last permanent settlement on towards Annapurna Base Camp. The main occupation of the people living here are farming and tourism. Overnight at Chomrong. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Following the stair case we descend and pass through the beautiful Chomrong village until we get to the valley bottom where we cross a long suspension bridge crossing over a side stream. After getting to the valley bottom our trail climbs steeply and walks through bamboo thickets and under the canopy of dense forests. We stop for lunch at Sinuwa and carry on to Bamboo for over night stay. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Keeping ourselves to the left of Modi Khola we leave the dense forest canopy and emerge into high upland meadows. Towards east on the other side of the Modi River we could see Mount Machapuchare ( Mt. Fishtail). Very soon the trail penetrates into bamboo thickets until we reach Himalaya where we stop for lunch. After lunch we reach to Hinku Cave which used to be a shelter for the porters in the past. Our trail then dives across a small ravine and straddles the avalance debris to climb briefly to Deurali. Overnight at Deurali. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Our trail climbs gently along the riverbed towards Bagar which used to be a perfect spot for camping and the view from her is stunning. After Bagar it is a stiff climb before reaching Machapuchare Base Camp. The view from Machapuchare Base Camp is really stunning as we would be able to see Mount Machapuchare (Fishtail), Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Annapurna III, Hinchuli and many others. It is a gently climb from Machapuchare Base Camp and takes about 2 hrs to reach Annapurna Base Camp. Once we get to Annapurna Base Camp we will be in an amphitheater surrounded by 360 Degree mountain views. Overnight at Annapurna Base Camp. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
We retrace our trail back down to Bamboo. Coming down is relatively quite easy so we will be covering quite a fare distance. Overnight at Bamboo. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
For what we have missed while going up, now we are going to take whole opportunity to relax our body in a hot stimulating spring water of Jhinu. We will get to Jhinu in a good time to enjoy the hot spring. Time to open up a bottle of beer if you wish. Overnight at Jhinu.(Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
We descend all the way down to Kimrong Khola (River) and pass through Bee Hive village and get to Seuli Bazaar where we stop for lunch. From Seuli Bazaar it is about 3 hours walk to Nayapul and from Nayapul we drive to Pokhara. Overnight at Pokhara. (Breakfast/Lunch)
We take a tourist bus drive to Kathmandu from Pokhara. Overnight in Kathmandu. (Breakfast)
Our office representative will transfer you to the airport for your flight home.