Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Day 1 – Arrive in Pokhara
- After a pleasant flight journey, arrive in Pokhara. It is the hub of mountaineers that lies on the Phewalake.
- All the big expeditions and trekking start from here. Enjoy the Himalayan views, rice fields and Nepalese culture around.
- Rest in your hotel and have hot dinner looking forward to the exciting thrills.
Day 2 – Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk
- After breakfast, you will have a ride of 1 and half hours to Nayapul. The actual trekking begins henceforth to Ghandruk crossing Lower Gandruk.
- The path is well paved having stairs intermittently. The trek has gradual ascent taking 5-6 hours to reach our camping site.
- Gandruk is considered the biggest village on the trek route. It is inhabited by stone built small houses.
- The village is loaded with tea houses that serve typical Nepalese cuisine. In the south, you can notice Machapuchare and Annapurna views.
- Relax in your bed for the wonderful night in the mountains.
Day 3 – Ghandruk to Chhomrong
- The hike today is through delightful muddy trail laid up with scenic villages on both the sides.
- After a descent of 1 hour, you will reach KimrongKhola. A beautifully snow-covered array of peaks, Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Fishtail, Hinchuli, begin to appear.
- The route henceforth goes uphill until Chhomrong (4-5 hours hike). Picture perfect hilly settlements surrounded by green banana fields, rhododendrons, fern etc. are seen throughout.
- Chhomrong lies on a hilltop having stone paved stairs. It is the gateway to Annapurna Sanctuary and permits are granted here.
- The sights of Annapurna South become prominent. Again there are numerous tea houses and shops selling batteries, memory card and other accessories.
- Watch the peaceful sunset on the Annapurna range and rest for the day.
Day 4 – Chomrung to Dovan
- Welcome another amazing morning in the lush green hilly setup. Start with a descend on 2500 stone-built stairs leading to a bridge.
- The hanging bridge then takes you to Chomrung Khola, seems like entering into dense forests. The Sanctuary is flourished with rhododendrons, oak, alpine trees. Therefore the trail looks lush adorned with reddish-pink flowers.
- The trail again goes steep, just like climbing stairs till Sinwa village, which an hour away. Notice a tiny hamlet called Tilche just 15 minutes before you reach Sinwa. Sinwa is divided into Lower and Upper Sinwa. Both are about 20 minutes away. Sinwa is marked with a few teahouses and lodges.
- It is enclosed between a thin forest cover. You can take a small tea break here. Annapurna III comes into clear visibility here.
- From here onwards you will be walking in Annapurna Sanctuary filled with dense forests. Climb up for 30 minutes until you reach ACAP check post.
- The trail similarly descends on the stone staircase for 30 minutes until Bamboo Village.
- Look out for waterfalls around. Cross a wooden bridge, followed by 35 minutes ascend to another wooden bridge. Hold your breath, because your next camp Dovan is just 5-10 minutes far.
Day 5- Dovan to Machhapuchhre Base Camp
- Get all braced with enough energy as this is the strenuous day of the trek. Yet, the trail will show changing vegetation from sub-tropical to alpine and the sights will keep you revitalised.
- The height gain is close to 4000 feet, therefore take it slow and stay hydrated. Mix path of gradual ascends and descends with a muddy trail will lead to Himalaya.
- The Wooden bridge comes in 25 minutes and in another 30 minutes, the shrine is seen on the trail. Keep following the muddy route till Modi Khola.
- You can now see houses of Himalaya from here. Another 15 minutes walk and you arrive in Himalaya.
- Himalaya has quaint tea houses. You will walk through bamboo forests. Eventually, you will rise above the treeline slowly.
- A few landslide and avalanche-prone areas will be seen on the path ahead. An overhanging cave called Hinku arrives after an hour’s hiking up.
- The trail magically passes through a valley now. There are rocks and boulders laid, that end at 2 snow patches back to back. Furiously flowing Modi Khola is seen in the valley.
- Cross the snow patches and river followed by 20 minutes climb up, Deurali arrives. You can take a break for lunch here.
- You will be walking next to the river as you see the valley also gets bigger. Machapuchre and Gangapurna peaks will be seen every now and then.
- Another section of the rocky terrain of 40 minutes direct to Bagar. There is a bridge over Modi Khola, after crossing this bridge the next halt Machapuchre Base Camp is 30 minutes away.
- MBC is a stunning place well-known for mesmerising moon rise on Machapuchremountain, do not miss this wonderful night sky.
- Along with it, other peaks seen are Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli and Gangapurna.
Day 6 – Machhapuchhre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp to Dovan
- Get ready for the most awaited day of the trek. This day is a walk literally into the mountains, on the mountains.
- The route takes a sharp 90-degree turn to the left for ABC. The initial trial has steep ascend followed by gradual ascend.
- You will be hiking above treeline; hence no traces of trees will be seen.
- Just as you get closer to the camp, the magnificent Annapurna I becomes bigger and bigger.
- Watching the fluorescent rays lighting the Annapurna range, slowly slowly.
- The ABC is like being on an island encircled by giant peaks and huge never-ending ranges. 360-degree spectacles of magnificent Annapurna range, Gangapurna, Gandharvachuli and Machapuchare.
- Enjoy your lunch looking at the white clouds waving over these peaks. Spend the rest of the day breathing with the mountains.
- Live every moment and get ready to retrace steps back to Dovan. Follow the same trail and rest in your shelters after the blissful day.
Day 7 – Dovan to Chumrung
- This is the same trail while you are retracing the steps back to Chumrung.
- The trail is mostly descending. Again retrace your path to Sinwa then to Bamboo village. Look back to get the sights of Annapurna III peak. Slowly you will enter into the vegetation of oak, alpine trees, rhododendrons.
- After a steep descend to Chomrung Khola, cross the same hanging bridge towards Chomrung Khola. Another steep ascent will lead to Chomrung village.
- Try to re-picture the sights you captured earlier and enjoy them.
Day 8 – Chumrung to Jhinu Hot Spring
- Today will be a short trail giving you the last chance to say goodbye to the Annapurna peak and its buddies.
- The trail ascends to signpost Juini. From the trail descends for almost 2 hours to reach Jhinu Danda.
- Enjoy the refreshing hot springs of Jhinu 20 minutes away. Cherish your last night of the trek.
Day 9 – Jhinu Hot Spring to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara
- Wake up early to embark upon the last day of the trek. The trail to Nayapul is pleasant with landscape views of Nepal.
- Say goodbye to them and board a vehicle to Pokhara.
- In 2 hours you will reach your hotel in Pokhara.
1. Accommodation: (Sharing basis)
• Day 1 and 9 Hotel in Pokhra.
• Day2 to 8 Teahouse.
2. Private Transport: (According to Itinerary)
• Pokhra to Nayapul and return.
• 1 English Speaking Guide.
• Assistant Guide.
4. All meals during trek: (As per the itinerary)
• Day 2 Lunch to Day 9 Lunch
5. All necessary permits and entry fees.
6. High-altitude sleeping bag.
7. First aid medical kits, oxygen cylinder.
8. Store room facility in Pokhra for extra luggage.
9. Insurance of Trekking Guide and porters.
10. Services from Pokhra to Pokhra.
1. Any kind of personal expenses.
2. Porters for the personal bag*
3. Wifi, charging batteries and hot showers
4. Nepal entry visa (approximately $40 USD) only for foreigners (Not for Indian)
5. Customary gratuities for guides & porters
6. Unforeseen cost due to flight cancellation, weather conditions etc
7. Evacuation and medical expanses*
8. Drinks: We don’t include drinking water on the trek which you can buy a number of places for between $1 and $3 a bottle (it gets more expensive towards base camp). A better solution is to buy water tablets in Kathmandu/Pokhra for around $2 and treat the water (your guide can help you find the good places to fill your water bottle)
9. Travel Insurance: We require some travel insurance. I suggest to get travel insurance from World Nomads it should be around $100 per/person and covers the helicopter evacuation and medical.
10. All costs not outlined under “What’s included”
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