- Enjoy excellent views of Annapurna Himalayas from Annapurna Base Camp
- Get rich cultural insights into Gurung Villages
- Well organized lodge to lodge trek with full board meals
- Awesome panoramic sunrise Himalayan views from Poonhill
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is also an opportunity to walk across naturally beautiful landscapes, huge glaciers, and rhododendron forests, explore the rice paddy fields, local Gurung culture and traditions.
Another major highlight would be capturing awesome views of snow capped mountains Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Fish tail, Nilgiri, Manaslu and Himchuli from popular Poonhill view point.
There will be plenty of opportunities to discover flora and fauna too and enjoy magically blooming rhododendron forests especially during the spring season of March, April and May.
On the course of this trek, we will be staying overnight at clean, comfortable local lodges with availability of basic services. We will have 3 hearty meals per day and during the final days of our Annapurna Base Camp Trek, we heal our mind and body at natural hotspring at Jhinu Danda.
You will be enjoying excellent sceneries, nature and culture during this ABC trek. It is a moderately challenging trek and anyone with average physical fitness can join in.
For more details, please check the itinerary section.
We initiate our Annapurna Base Camp Trek after taking a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Following the trisuli river, we stop at few spot for lunch.
After crossing a bridge over Marshyangdi River we head further west to Pokhara. Upon arrival at the paradise city of Pokhara, check in at your hotel and you may relax at Shore of Phewa Lake, enjoy boating or simply enjoy evening time at Lakeside.
We begin our trip taking a short drive from Pokhara to Nayapul passing the village of Lumle. Nayapul is also the starting point of our trek.
Trekking gradually, we reach a large and flourishing town of Birethanti situated on the confluence of the Modi and Burundi Khola. We traverse along the ABC trekking trail passing through refreshing forests striking waterfalls and other natural sceneries. Then after, we gently ascend towards the beautiful valley of Tikhedhunga. Accommodation: Local lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D
It will be quite a challenging day as we will be climbing more than 3000 stairs today. Following the trails, we cross many suspension bridges, a large village where we get an insight into Magar and Gurung communities.
Passing the Ulleri village, we cross beautiful rhododendron forests enjoying the beauty of nature. We will then follow the beautiful trails with plenty of bird watching opportunity too. We have our lunch at Nangethanti and ascend towards Ghorepani. Accommodation: Local Lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D
We start our day early today before sunrise and trek towards the beautiful viewpoint of Poonhill. It will be a magical experience to witness the beauty of snowcapped mountains from Poon Hill which is indescribable when the rising sun’s rays gradually strikes the Himalayan giants including Dhaulagiri range, Annapurna South, Tukuche, Manaslu, Fishtail and many others.
We have a great time at Poonhill and return to Ghorepani for breakfast. Further, we descend towards Tadapani walking through the beautiful rhododendron forest. After one hour of steep climbing, we come to a hill top, the place named Deurali. We see very nice view from Deurali. We climb down through bamboo forests from Deurali. We have our lunch at Banthanti and again continue through rhododendron forest. Accommodation: Local Lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D
Today we continue our Annapurna Base camp trek descending down the trails. With plenty of forested walk through beautiful villages, we will then, cross the suspension bridge. A few more miles of uphill and downhill trek past waterfall and suspension bridge, we reach Chhomrong, which is our destination for today.
Chhomrong which is a beautiful village located on the lap of the Annapurna range. The Fish Tail Mountain seems gorgeous from the beautiful Chhomrong Village. Accommodation: Local Lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D
We will follow the beautiful Modi river, along with nearby valleys, and leave for small Gurung settlement of Chhomrong river through a suspension bridge. Then we will follow the tiny settlement of Tilche through the bamboo forest through rhododendron and oak. We will head towards Sinuwa.
Watching faunas like Langur monkeys and other floras, we descend through the bamboo staircase. Following the steep trails we arrive at Dovan at the end of the day. Accommodation: Local Lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D
We start our day after ascending through beautiful forests and we walk today enjoying all the nature. We will reach Deurali at lunch time. If you are fit and fine without any signs of altitude sickness then, you might want to go up to the Macchapuchre Base Camp. But for proper acclimatization, overnight stay at Deurali is scheduled. Accommodation: Local lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D
After few hours of gradual trekking, we go for a steep ascent and arrive at the Himalaya Hotel. We will get excellent views of Mt. Machhapuchre and other surrounding peaks from this site.
We go pass the Hinku Cave, cross plenty of suspension bridges and the vegetation is sparse offering great views of landscapes. We can also see wispy waterfalls cascading on sheer rock face cliffs. We cross the small bridge on the Modi Khola and continue climbing up the wide and boulder scattered glacial valley. The Machhapucchhre looks very different now as the vegetation is sparse of mainly upland rhododendron.
We cross Modi Khola once again and after following it for a while we start climbing up to the Machhapuchhre Base Camp. The trail leaves the river and ascends steadily towards the moraine ridge ahead on the left side of the valley behind which the lodges are situated.
We feel rewarded reaching Machhapuchhre Base Camp as we see majestic views of the magnificent Mt. Machhapuchhre along with Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli and Gangapurna. Accommodation: Local Lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D
Today is the most important day of our trip. We will be arriving at the Annapurna Base Camp. The trail climbs steadily up the gorge between the moraine ridge of Annapurna Glacier and Hiunchuli Peak with an incredible view of Annapurna South and Baraha Shikhar ahead and Machhapucchhre looking back.
We get 360 panoramic views of snow capped mountains from Annapurna base camp including compelling views of the Machhapuchhre, Annapurna I, Annapurna south, Hiunchuli and so many other peaks.
Rest of the day, we enjoy great sunset views. Accommodation: Local Lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D
Today also we wake up early in the morning to witness the stunning sunrise views over the Himalayas. Today is mostly a descending trek, so it would take less energy, however, we must control our shaky legs.
Get refreshed at the naturally flowing water through glaciers. In no time, we will be at Bamboo, passing through beautiful forested landscape. Accommodation: Local Lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D
We leave behind Bamboo today, as we make our way through the trails that took us days to go up. In this direction, towards Chhomrong, the trail first climbs steeply along stone steps or irregular rocks with occasional sections of a gentler incline.
At the top you can see Chhomrong straight across the valley. Crossing the Chommorong river, we climb up towards Chhomrong through a stone staircase. Then we finally descend towards Jhinu. A couple of minutes downhill takes you to a natural hot spring where you can dip yourself to relax your muscles. Accommodation: Local Lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D
During the final day of our Annapurna Base Camp trek, we gradually descend towards the river stream and climb through the fields and arrive at Sauli Bazar from where the trail straightens towards Nayapul.
We will then enjoy the walk through terrace fields while walking towards Nayapul from where we catch a drive to the scenic lake city of Pokhara. Relax and enjoy free time at Pokhara.
We drive back to Kathmandu today. Try to get left pane of your vehicle to enjoy the greeneries, mountains, river gorges, villages and terraces during the drive. In the evening, we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances.
- Airport pick up and drop upon arrival and departure (complimentary service)
- Ground transportations from Kathmandu – Pokhara and Pokhara – Kathmandu transfers by private vehicle (but tourist bus for solo trek)
- TIMS and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit
- One professional, knowledgeable and friendly English speaking trekking guide including his salary, food, accommodation, insurance, equipment
- One porter including his salary, food, accommodation, insurance, equipment
- Three times meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) each day during the trek
- Teahouse/lodge accommodation (twin sharing ) during the trek
- Two nights budget tourst hotel accmodation in Pokhara
- Duffle bag, sleeping bag, and down jacket for use during the trek
- Icicles Adventure T – shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
- All government taxes & office service charge
- First aid medical kit
- Nepal visa, airfares, travel insurance
- Added night/s accommodation in Kathmandu or Pokhara (except two nights in Pokhara)
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu or Pokhara
- All kind of drinks (alcoholic, hot, or cold)
- Personal expenses such as phone calls, bar bills, laundry, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, extra porters
- Personal equipments and clothing
- Tips for guides and porters (Expected but not mandatory)
The first two days consist of walking up to Ghorepani via a series of tiny hamlets. In the sun it can be very hot, despite it being winter. The pre-dawn hike to Poon Hill was one of the hardest parts of the entire journey, mainly because it is done before breakfast and I felt quite weak and faint. I didn't think I would make it but I did in the end. The views at the top are beautiful. It wasn't freezing cold but gloves and a hat were handy. I borrowed a knock-off down jacket and used it during this climb and on a few other evenings but I could have done without it I think.
After Poon Hill was one of the most beautiful legs of the trek, walking through pine forests along the ridge of the mountains with spectacular views and then later alongside a stream until we reached Tadapani. After this there were a number of days where we didn't really ascend much but of course there were lots of steps up and down while we gradually skirted around the hills until we reached the valley which leads to MBC. Expect to see more hamlets, some villages, lots of cows and mules and goats, some flowers, plenty of trees and of course from time to time, the mountain peaks.
The final two sections from Bamboo to Deurali (3200 metres) and from Deurali to ABC (4100 metres) were very, very tough for me because I began to get out of breath due to the altitude. I was panting like I was running at top speed on the tread mill! My advice is simply to walk very, very slowly when climbing there. Try to take a breath for every step you take. (I was carrying 12kg on my back and it would definitely have been easier with a porter).
On the way down it was much quicker. It took me 2.5 hours to get from MBC to ABC, but on the way down, walking at brisk pace, I did the same distance in just 40 minutes. So my walking speed going up was 3 or 4 times slower than coming down.
I only stayed at ABC for an hour. The views are wonderful because you are surrounded by mountains and you can see (and hear) the glaciers. There are semi-frozen streams and huge boulders everywhere. I reached ABC on December 12th and it wasn't too cold but apparently I was lucky with the weather and in previous years it has been snowing at that time. That would have made things a lot more difficult.
One of the problems I had was washing clothes and drying them because there was so little sunshine, especially as we got higher. In the morning shade persisted until well after 10am and then the sun would go behind the peaks by around 3 or 4pm. At ABC the sun disappeared at 1.52pm!
A few items I brought with me which were very useful included a mini water filter (it paid for itself by the end), zip lock bags (to go to the toilet at night instead of walking outside in the freezing cold!), a portable clothes line (I dried my clothes in my room at night), oat bars (for a welcome snack and energy boost - these things aren't available in the trek), a high capacity power bank and a solar charger (you have to pay for electricity after Ghorepani), a microfibre towel (a normal towel would never dry!) and finally sunscreen spray (it gets very hot in the day).
I wish I had brought more liner socks (I had only two pairs, four would be better). Four hiking socks were enough. I also brought far too many chargers for my cameras and batteries and those weighed me down a bit. I also forgot to buy a sunhat which would have been useful. I had my own sleeping bag and a thermal liner and I was never cold at night. During the day I relied on trekking pants and a long-sleeved lightweight base layer. If the sun disappeared I either added a wool-based layer or my fleece. I had a thin rain jacket as well and that was very handy for keeping the wind off, though it wasn't very windy really and it never rained.
You can see the photos of my trek here: http://tinyurl.com/jlhyprp
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