14 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trekking
The Annapurna base camp trek gives one the true feeling of trekking. It is indeed fantastic and adventurous for those people who love enjoying the natural flora and fauna with gorgeous snow-capped peaks. This trek has become a classic, where one can experience unparalleled mountain scenery and enormous glaciers, and gain insight into true Nepalese life and culture.
This trek starts and ends in Pokhara being a part of Annapurna Circuit or Jomsom / Muktinath trek. The Annapurna base camp is separated from Tatopani through Ghorepani and Tadapani by joining the main Sanctuary trail at Chhomrong.
The trek involves several ascents and descents but can vary in difficulty, as there are several alternative routes to the Sanctuary, all meeting at Chhomrong. The Annapurna base camp follows the Modi River and passes through welcoming forests of bamboo and rhododendron.
After reaching Hinko cave, we can notice that the vegetation has thinned and the gorge has narrowed to only a few hundred meters wide. Steep snow capped ridges tower from Himchuli on the left and Machhapuchhre on the right as one enters the Sanctuary. Passing through the gate and entering the sanctuary, we will witness this huge natural amphitheatre enclosed by walls of snow-capped peaks. This trek will ultimately end in Pokhara.
Day 01. Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1345meters) and transfer to hotel
You will be met & greeted by our airport representative who will be on standby to pick you up and transfer you to hotel. Your evening is free and overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu valley & an orientation
After having breakfast at hotel, we take you for the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley; you will be escorted by a professional tour guide, we will take you to visit Kathmandu Durbar squire, Monkey Temple, Pasupatinath Temple and Bouddhanath Stupa and return to hotel, you will have some time to shop your trekking equipment and overnight at hotel. We will also have a informational meeting for taking care of the practical stuff.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (200 Kilometers west of Kathmandu) - 6 Hours
We drive along the scenic Trisuli and Marsyangdi River to reach Pokhara, it’s a pretty good drive as we go by the beautiful river which is also good for rafting; we view Ganesh Himal and the Manaslu peak as well during the driving.
Pokhara is a tourist's paradise full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, & temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with her lovely mountains; after 6 hours of driving; we will arrive in Pokhara, the city of lakes…Welcome to this beautiful town of serene lakes that gives so much meaning to your holidays, overnight at your hotel.
Options: you have options to take 30 minutes flight to Pokhara instead of 6 hours drive or you can take 3 hours rafting on the Trisuli River on the way to Pokhara. You are on vacation & this only happens once probably in a lifetime…enjoy it today and please inform us for the arrangement ahead.
Day 04: Drive from Pokhara (915 m.) to Nayapul (1050m.) and Trek to Tikhedunga (1577m) - 4 Hours
After having breakfast at the hotel, we start our driving to Nayapul which takes approximately one and half hours, then we start the first part of our hiking out to Tikhedunga (1577M) Via Birethanti (1065m.) this part of trekking is a pretty easy flat out hike as we pass through several small lively villages and settlements.
After some time, we will ascend gently to the final destination of the day, overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani (2675m) - 6 Hours
We start our trekking after having breakfast at guest house and we ascend steeply for the first 2 hours and then ascend gently passing through Ulleri (2070m.) and Banthanti. This path gives us breathtaking views of Machhapuchhare or Fish Tail (6997m.), Hiunchuli (6441m.), and the grand Annapurna (7219m) south on the way.
Our trail now gets quite easy going as we pass through rhododendron and shadowy forests amidst the cackling of birds which gives us good feelings till we ascend gently up to the final camp, overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 06: Hike to Poonhill (3180m.) and trek to Tadapani (2675m.) - 6 hours
Today, We hike to Poonhill (3232m.) to enjoy the sunrise views over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhare (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m.) and other numerous snowcapped mountains in the morning; Poonhill has always been a symbol of beauty for the Annapurna region; we then hike down to Ghorepani, have a hot breakfast at our lodge and trek to Tadapani (2650m.)
Most part of the trail we trek is through blooming rhododendron forest; the beautiful flower makes the jungle colorful in spring when they bloom, overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 07: Trek from Tadapani (2675m) to Chomrong- 5 Hours
We start our trekking after having breakfast at lodge and we will enjoy our hike by descending gently all the way through rhododendron, oak and other kinds of dense forests. We hear the chirping of different kinds of birds on the way to Kimrung Khola. We then straightaway ascend steeply and walk at a flat level for 45 minutes with gentle steep paths in-between and flat all the way to Chomrong which the gateway to Annapurna Base Camp.
Chomrong is a village that is situated at the base of the Himalchuli, overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 08: Trek from Chhomrong to Himalaya - 7 Hours
We start our trek after taking hot breakfast at the lodge; the trail descends on a stone stairway for the first one and half hour and crosses the Chhomrong Khola on a suspension bridge, then climbs out of the side valley. High above the Modi Khola on its west bank, the trail passes through forests of bamboo, rhododendron and oak.
Climbing further on a rocky path we will reach Sinuwa, at 2350m and then we trek gently through the forest and descend a long, steep stone staircase into deep bamboo and rhododendron forests to reach Bamboo and walk on gently towards Dovan and Himalaya
Day 09: Trek from Himalaya to Annapurna Base Camp (4170m) via Machhapuchare Base Camp (3820m) - 6 Hours
We start our trek after having breakfast at lodge, the valley widens and becomes less steep and you can see the gates to the sanctuary from here. As the trail continues into the sanctum, it crosses two avalanche tracks on a narrow trail that hurdles up against the cliffs.
After a short trek we will be at Bagar (3310m.), a green meadow with some abandoned hotels. The normal trail follows the left side of the valley. Now the trail appears gently ascending until Machhapuchare Base Camp (3820m.) Which is one place where we enjoy some of the best landscapes in the venture; we will enjoy the view of Mount Hiunchuli (6441m.), Annapurna South (7229m.), Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna III (7555m.), Gangapurna (7454m.) and Machhapuchhare or Fish Tail (6997m.).
The path follows through alpine meadows and after some distance our trails go gently up. After a short trek, we begin to approach Annapurna Base Camp at (4170m.), congratulation that you now have reached the Annapurna Base Camp, the destination of our holiday, overnight at Guesthouse
Day 10: Trekking from Annapurna Base Camp to Dovan (2630m.) - 6 hours
After having breakfast at the guest house, we will visit the Base camp and surrounding views, the Views of the Himalayas from the base camp is amazing, then we will start our trekking back to the Dovan, It takes about six hours, it’s much easier as we go down. You should have no problem reaching Sinuwa from Annapurna Base Camp in a single day however.
We have chosen this route as some trekkers may have problem on going down due to shaking or wobbling legs that could be fatigued, overnight at Guesthouse
Day 11: Trekking from Dovan to Jhinudanda (1750m) - 6 Hours
After having breakfast at lodge, We start our trekking and the path is a descent to Bamboo passing through forests with varieties of rhododendron, oaks and bamboo plants. After Bamboo, the trail goes steeply up an hour and the trail is quite flat until Sinuwa.
We trek gradually descending to the Chhumrong Khola and we have to follow a stone staircase for almost an hour to reach Chhumrong. The last part of the trail is steep down to Jhinudanda. We enter into our rooms at the guest house then we could go to the Hot Springs to take a refreshing bath in the warm natural hot waters, overnight at Guesthouse
Day 12: Trek from Jhinudanda to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara- 6 Hours
After having breakfast at hotel, we start our trekking and the first part of the trek is descent and then appears through flat land until Birethati, we will stop at Birethati for lunch and after walking about 30 minutes to Nayapul, there will be our car/van waiting for us to take us back to the civilization, Pokhara the city of lakes and natural wonders, overnight at hotel.
Day 13: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (6 Hours)
We take tourist bus at 7 AM after breakfast to drive to Kathmandu and the driving will be a fantastic experience as we drive past many satellite towns on the way and we are able to see rural settlements, gushing rivers, terraces and green rural landscapes.
After 6 hours driving we will arrive Kathmandu and its overnight at your hotel
Day 14: Transfer to the airport for your departure
You will be transferred to the international airport for your final departure to your loving home.