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Annapurna Base Camp Trek (11 Days)

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This trek leads towards a variety of terrain, from lowland villages to the glacier, offering beautiful high mountain views. It offers a fine opportunity to surround oneself with Himalayan Peaks, specially witnessing the glacier basin of Annapurna Sanctuary formed by the Annapurna Himalayan Range, Machhapuchre (Fishtail), Himchuli and Manaslu.

Day 01: Pokhara – Tirkhedhunga (1540m/4 – 5hrs)

After breakfast, drive about two hours to Lumle where our trekking crews will be waiting for us. We then precede the walk through the meadows and terraced fields. After an hour the trail reaches a big bridge, by the confluence of Bhurungdi Khola and the Modi River, where a large village bazaar named Birethanti lies. After the Annapurna Conservation Project entry registration, we continue the walk. The trail climbs up gently and it is easy to follow the track. There are two suspension bridges across Bhurungdi Khola, which you cross. The trail still passes few lodges & after one hour we reach Hille, A 15 – minute walk takes you to Tirkhedhunga for the night halt.

Day 02: Tirkhedhunga – Ghorepani (2750m/5 – 6hrs)

Today the walk is almost through the stone steps up to Ulleri. After the last suspension bridge at Tirkhedhunga, more than 3000 stone steps stand between you and the breath taking views from Ulleri. This pretty slate roofed village is largely comprised of Magars. From here you can have the good views of Annapurna South and Himchuli as well as the Bhurungdi Valley below. Now the trail climbs less steeply and after an hour reaches to Banthanti, where a few tourist lodges are situated. After the last lodge, the beautiful rhododendron forest begins, which is really spectacular in March and April. When we gradually ascend the trail for about two hours we reach Ghorepani, surrounded by Rhododendron Forest. This village is also inhabited by the Magars.

Day 03: Excursion to Poon Hill (3 hrs/3193m), Trek Ghorepani – Tadapani (2595m/4 hrs)

Wake up early in the morning 0500 hrs for the excursion to Poon Hill (3193 m). You can hear the sounds of trekkers preparing for the pre – dawn assault on Poon Hill. You should take great care in the path uphill, as it can be slippery in places. It takes about an hour to climb to the top. As the sun rises, the views are literally breathtaking, a wide Himalayan panorama stretching from Dhaulagiri 8167m (the world's seventh highest peak) in the west to Manaslu 8156m (the world's eighth highest peak) in the east, with the mighty Annapurna range in between them. Then we come back to Ghorepani, have breakfast & start the walk towards Tadapani. The walk to Tadapani passes through the forest of Rhododendrons and reaches Tadapani after about a 4 – hour walk for the night halt.

Day 04: Tadapani – Chomrong (2170m/5hrs)

Leave Tadapani on the path that begins from Grand Guesthouse. After short distance, this trail veers to the north and comes out into a small clearing before dropping steeply through the rhododendrons forest. After another clearing you follow a wall, cross a stile and reach Chisapani. The trail then drops steeply to Chiukle, where few lodges are located. A maze of small paths leads down through the terraced fields to the big suspension bridge, over the Kimrong Khola. From the bridge, the trail climbs past the school and along the terraces to the little village of Klisigo Chiukle. After walking for some time you see series of waterfalls. From here the trail climbs a little and contours along the terraces to join the main Ghandrung – Chomrong route.

Day 05: Chomrong – Himalaya Hotel (2920m/6hrs)

From the lower part of the village, you descend to the suspension bridge over the Chomrong Khola and climb steeply at first. After Sinuwa the trail also changes from the wide path to a surprisingly narrow path enveloped by mixed rhododendron forest, which envelopes the valley during April. After a 4 – hour walk in this trail, you reach Kuldigar. The path to Bamboo Grooves (30 min) is steeply downhill and you soon enter the damp bamboo forest from which the lodges take their names. From Bamboo grooves the trail climbs steadily, crossing them first and the Khola and then several small streams, until eventually it reaches three lodges in a forest clearing to Dovan (1.30 hrs). The next stretch of forest from Dovan to Himalaya Hotel is the sacred home of a deity Panchhi Baraha. This shrine is about half an hour from Dovan. It offers a view of an impressive waterfall. Passing the Modi Khola, the trail goes steeply up to Himalaya Hotel for the night halt.

Day 06: HimalayaHotel – Machhapuchre Base Camp

That forms Hinku Cave. A favorite camping shelter and landmark for mountaineering expeditions, the teahouses here are no more. This is still a pleasant place to rest. About 30 minutes from Hinku Cave is Deurali. Between Hinku Cave & Deurali is an area of boulders and low scrub (no trees), an unmistakable sign of an avalanche area. The gully is also prone to avalanches, which thunder through the deep gash in the mountainside. It is rare that there isn’t avalanche debris here. After Deurali the trail crosses several streams, all of which experience avalanches. You now enter the sanctuary itself and you cross a small stream on a wooden bridge to a junction, where few numbers of lodges are located.

Day 07: Excursion to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) & trek back to Himalaya Hotel (6 hrs)

The path up here is not particularly steep. And you will find this stretch very pleasant, a gentle uphill stroll along the river, through the tranquil meadows with many boulders to rest upon and gaze in awe at the surrounding peaks. From here the panorama is breath taking. Annapurna I rear above rubble covered glacier while to the south Himchuli and Annapurna South loom behind. Machhapuchre (Mt. Fishtail) is magnificent and even Annapurna III can be seen. For a view of Gangapurna climb the moraine with a few rock cairns to the south. Have a complete rest & the lifetime views of the Annapurna Ranges trek back the same way back to Himalaya – Hotel.

Day 08: Trek back the same way Himalaya Hotel – Chomrong (5 hrs)Day 09: Chomrong – Pothana (1900m/5hrs)

Leaving Chomrong follow the main trail of Upper Chomrong to Summit View at Daulu. 45 min away down a steeply descending path is Jhinu Danda dotted with teahouses. Continue the descend & cross the bridge over Khumrong Khola after an hour reach to New Bridge. Drop briefly to a set of lodges and the large suspension bridge over Modi Khola. Now the trail to Landrung continues through the trees along the river before gaining height, passing through terraced rice fields. After crossing a small suspension bridge take the stone steps to climb to the first few lodges to Landrung. Between Landrung and the pass, Bichowk Deurali, the trail winds around two sides of valleys and climbs 550 m. After sometime, the trail reaches to Tolka. From Tolka the trail continues on the level until it reaches to the remains of the old suspension bridge at Bheri Kharka, after which there’s a stiff climb through the trees to pass & reaches Bichowk Deurali. There are views through the rhododendrons in several directions, and Dhaulagiri is visible from here. The path, now partly paved, descends gently to Pothana. We stop at Pothana for the night halt.

Day 10: Pothana – Dhmapus (1650m)

From Pothana trek about for two hours through the beautiful landscape and reach to Dhampus 1650 m & then to Phedi & drive to Pokhara for about 2 hrs. upon arrival in Pokhara Transfer to the Hotel Rest day Free.

Day 11: Fly/Drive to Kathmandu

Cost Includes following services:

  • 10 Days Lodge Trek on Full Board ( 3 meals a day) with English speaking guide and porter
  • National Park Entrance fees for trek, to/from trek transfer, TIMS fees
  • One overnight in Pokhara on Bed and Breakfast basis
  • Drive Pokhara - Kathmandu by non A/C vehicle
  • Insurance for trek crew

Cost Excludes:

  • International airfare, all arrival/departure transfer
  • Food and Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Beverages in Kathmandu and in trek
  • Any kinds of insurance for the clients
  • Emergency rescue charges
  • Any items not mentioned in the cost includes section

Cost applicable from minimum 2 pax

How safe is Annapurna Trekking?

Safety and security is primary concern. Intentional risk factors are zero and natural and accidental incidents are not in control of human beings. It is strongly recommended not to travel with out local guide reason why the guide can re- route the itinerary in case of any difficulties or possible hazards occurring in pre-determined route. Our guides are well versed to minimize the possible risk and your little carefulness will help to reduce the risk. Adventure always comes with risk so its personal decision to go with it.

How many hours we have to walk each day?

Normally there will be 6 to 7 hours smooth walk per day for both Camping and Teahouse trek but during entire itinerary few days may have to walk for 8 to 9 hours maximum. During the walking you will have enough time to rest and no need to rush

What about the accommodation facility in this region?

For the camping trek, you will have to overnight in tent and all the required equipment will be carried along with the group by trekking crew. For the teahouse trek, you will have to overnight in lodges available. All the lodges are well maintained though you may carry your own sleeping bag. You can find lodges en-route.

What about the food?

During the camping trek, you will have to consume at campsite cooked by trekking crew who are trained cook and will maintain the hygiene.
While in teahouse trek, all the meals you have to consume from the lodges. The lodges also maintain the hygiene since they are serving to the tourist from very past. Though you can be précised to consume well-cooked and fresh food that you can easily identify.

What about altitude sickness?

It may occur in high altitude. Early symptoms of altitude sicknesses are headache, vomiting, breathing shortness etc. if you have such symptoms, should report to your team leader or guide immediately. Trekking guides are known about this problem and the itineraries are also well arranged to acclimatization during trek. If the symptoms occur at you, the trek guide take you down to the low altitude and evacuated to the hospital if required. It is always good idea to have small oxygen cane for the emergency use.

Is it expensive to trek in Annapurna Region?

Large number of factors is responsible to define the cost of trekking. Trekking area itself is not so easily accessible in terms of transporting the stuffs. Definitely you will have to spent few bucks more but not terribly expensive.

What about the clothing?

During winter, it is extreme cold and you will have to have warm cloths for both day and night use but in summer you can use light clothes (but not sleeveless) and warm cloths for morning and night. We suggest you to have a used boot (not very old) above to ankle, a trekking stick and backpack.

Drinking spring water is safe or not?

We do not recommend you to consume spring water instead you can use boiled or bottled water. Make sure the water is drinkable and purified

What about the hospital facilities?

You can find first aid clinic in distance.  There are government health posts in every village Development committee for the first aid treatment. You can also find hospital in Beni, Jomsom, Chame and Besisahar. For the better facility you have to reach to Pokhara or to Kathmandu.

What about the transportation facilities?

You can take flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Jomsom. We can also drive Kathmandu to Pokhara and to the trek start point from Pokhara. Annapurna Region is bit more easily accessible in terms of transportation with compare to Everest Region. Chopper services are also available.  Bensisahar is another trek start point and you can drive from Kathmandu to reach in this place.

What about drop/pick up facilities?

YES, our airport representative will come to pick you up as per your arrival time and will drop you to the respective hotel. Similarly our representative will drop you to the airport for the final departure to your destination.

Do we need to pay in advance?

Yes, You have to make an advance payment at least 30% of the total cost of your trip. Rest of the payment you can make here in Kathmandu after your arrival.

Does everybody fit to trek in this region?

In General physical fitness is required to trek in any region but moderate fitness is fine for the trek in Annapurna Region and previous experience is not required except for climbing and expedition. General discomfort always arises during trek but needs to care extra. You always should give extra care while down hill walking. If you already have physical disorder, you should consult with your physician before making the decision to trek. You are also requested to inform us while confirming your trip for the extra arrangements as per your physical fitness. Lowlanders and over weighted clients should report to us in advance as well.

What is the best season for this trek?

Best season for trekking in Nepal is September to November and February to April.

What sort of weather you can expect?

During the main season of trekking, one can enjoy the spectacular views of the Himalaya. Mostly the sky will be clean and clear. In any exceptional cases, weather condition won’t affect to your program if it is until the Base Camp like Annapurna Base Camp or Machhapuchhre Base Camp etc. If you are going up from the Base Camp, it requires you to identify the weather condition and make a consultation within team and report to office. You can also follow the rule of wait and see before making the decision. In any case decision should not endanger to the human life.

What mode of communication you will use during trekking?

Lately, Nepal is within the mobile networks, we can use mobile phones while in the trek

Can I use credit cards while in trekking?

Credit cards are not easily acceptable in the trekking region. It would be better to have foreign and convertible currencies in cash with you during the trek.

Does it a problem if I am vegetarian?

It won’t be a problem at all. All the lodges will serve the vegetarian meals too and it is suggested to non-vegetarian also to consume vegetarian meals while in trekking to avoid any kind of disorder in your stomach.

What if I wish to quit middle of the trek?

By what reason you decided to discontinue the trek will not leads you to get the money refund since we already have spent the money to confirm your trip. In the normal situation, you are requested not to quit the program in the middle. If in case you fall sick we will evacuate you to the better facility in your personal expenses.

What if I wish to extend my trek program?

If you wish to extend the program, there won’t be problem but the associated cost needs to be covered extra

Is there any possibility to store extra luggage’s that are not required for the trek?

You can store your extra luggage at your hotels locker in Kathmandu. You are kindly advice not to put all the valuables in one pocket for the security.

How much additional money per day do I need for the trek?

It depends with personal spending habits. Normally you can calculate for the hot water shower, drinking waters, chocolates, beverages, and cigarettes. To minimize the cost, you can buy such stuffs at city center and have in an average of US $ 15 to $20 per day. Maintain separate pocket for the emergency situation and tipping to trekking crew.
Responsible tourism is primary concern.

It is our humble request to all the visitors to be a responsible tourist to minimize the environmental impact. Do not throw elsewhere the litters. Collect all the garbage produce during your trip and dispose it to the designated place. Help us to keep the environment clean and fresh always. Maintain the cultural respect and local customs and beliefs too.

Trip Fact

Tour/Trek grade: Strenuous

Season: Sept – Dec, Feb – May

Clothing: Cottons & light woolens during summer, warm clothing during winter

Weather Information

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