Annapurna Base Camp Trek (ABC) (8 nights / 9 days)

Annapurna Base Camp Trek (ABC) Trip Overview:

Trip Duration: 8 nights, 9 days.
Max Altitude: 4130m
Start: Pokhara
End: Pokhara
Difficulty: Moderate
Transport: Private vehicle, local bus & Jeep
Accommodation: Tea house
Group Size: For individuals, friends, and family members. All our treks are private.
Meals: All included.

HIGHLIGHTS:

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is an unforgettable adventure that offers stunning views of the Annapurna Mountain Range, some of the highest peaks in the world. This trek also gives trekkers the opportunity to experience the rich cultural diversity of the Nepalese mountain lifestyle.

Starting from Pokhara, the natural capital of Nepal, the trek winds through charming villages and terraced farms and takes trekkers through the pristine higher reaches of the mountains. The Annapurna range, with its northern wall looming over Pokhara, makes for a breathtaking backdrop to this trek.

The first stop is Ghorepani, which offers a panoramic view of 15 snow peaks, including Dhaulagiri I, Annapurna I, and Manaslu. The trek then takes trekkers through a rhododendron forest to Chhomrong village, which boasts magnificent views of Annapurna South and Fishtail.

The trail then enters a narrow valley wedged between Annapurna South and Fishtail, leading to the Fishtail Base Camp at 3,700m. Here, trekkers can experience the meadows and glacial moraine of a relatively bright and wide valley.

Finally, at Annapurna Base Camp, trekkers are rewarded with 360-degree views of snow peaks, including the majestic Annapurna I at 8,091m, the 10th highest peak in the world.

Throughout the trek, trekkers will encounter diverse ethnic groups and their charming villages, gaining insight into the Nepalese mountain lifestyle and cultural diversity. With moderate adventure in the Himalayas, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a must-do for any adventurer looking for a unique and unforgettable experience.

In summary, the Annapurna Base Camp trek offers a unique and unforgettable trekking experience, with spectacular mountain scenery, a rich cultural experience, and a moderate level of difficulty that is suitable for most people.

ITINERARY:

Day 1: Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul, Birethanti, and Tikhedhunga (1,570m). Trek to Ulleri (2020 m)

Driving hours: 2 hours

Highest altitude: 2020 m

Trek Duration : 3-4 hours

Our trekking guide will pick up our guests from their hotel, and we will take a short drive through the beautiful landscapes and head to Tikhedhunga. The road is quite gentle and passes through Nayapul and then Birethanti. While on the road, you will see stunning terraced farms along the Bhurungdi Khola.

After Birethanti, it is an off-road drive that takes us to Tikhedunga. The hike starts at Tikhedhunga, passes through Sudame and Hile villages, and ends at Ulleri (2020 meters). You will be hiking for about three hours.

Day 2: Trek from Ulleri (2020 m) to Ghorepani (2860 m)

Highest altitude: 2860 m

Trek Duration : 3 or 4 hours

Today’s trek will be exciting as the trail slowly ascends. From the path, you can savor the views of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, and Hiunchuli snow peaks. As we walk through the rhododendron forest, we can see several wild animals, refreshing springs, and rivers. The path then leads us to Ghorepani, which is a spectacular settlement that lies on a ridgeline.

The views of the Himalayas from this village are breathtaking, allowing heavenly sights of Dhaulagiri I, II, III, IV, V, Tukuche, Dhampus, Nilgiri, Annapurna South, Barah Sikhar, Machhapuchhre (commonly known as Fishtail).

Day 3: Early morning hike to Poon Hill viewpoint, then trek to Tadapani (2,675 m) / Chuile (2,309 m)

Highest altitude: 2675 m

Trek Duration: 4 hours

If you love sunrises, today is your day. Early in the morning, before sunrise, we ascend Poon Hill just in time to view the sunrise on the Himalayas. From Poon Hill, you can see dawn breaking in more than 32 Annapurna ranges, along with the Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Machhapuchhre mountains. Poon Hill is a famous spot for photography, so we will make the most of our visit to Poon Hill by clicking pictures to our hearts’ content.

After spending time on Poon Hill, we descend to our lodge, have our breakfast, and start the trek to Tadapni (2675 m). But to reach Tadapani, we will be passing through Deurali (3200 m) and Band Thanthi. If we arrive early at Tadapani, we will trek a little further to Chuile Village.

Day 4: Trek from Tadapani (2,675 m) / Chuile (2,309m) to Chhomrong (2,170 m) / Sinuwa (2,360 m)

Highest altitude: 2170 m

Trek Duration: 5 hours

Today’s trek will slightly differ based on where we stayed last night. At Tadapani, we will have our breakfast and continue our journey to Chomrong (2,170 m), passing Chuile on the way. First, we pass the beautiful Ghandruk Village and then take a steep descent to the Kimron River before reaching Chomrong. On the way, you will see mind-blowing views of Annapurna South and Fishtail.

Chomrong village lies on the lap of the mighty Annapurna massif and is a popular overnight spot for those ascending to Annapurna Base Camp. However, if we stayed at Chuile last night, we would stop at Sinuwa to spend the night.

Day 5: Trek from Chomrong (2,170 m) or Sinuwa (2,360 m) to Himalaya (2,920 m) / Deurali (3,200 m)

Highest altitude: 2920 m

Trek Duration: 6 to 7 hours

Today’s trek is going to be a bit longer. It also differs a bit based on your previous night’s stay. If you stay at Chomrong, you will follow the trail down to Chomrong Khola on steep stones, but then the path ascends through the bamboo, oak, and rhododendron forests to reach Sinuwa. However, if you spend the night at Sinuwa, the trek starts from Sinuwa. You will get to enjoy the views of Machhapuchhre and Annapurna snowcaps from the route. The route passes Khuldigar village, descends to Bamboo Lodge settlements, and ascends to Himalaya (2,920 m). If you start the trek from Sinuwa, you will stay at Deurali for the night.

Day 6: Trek from Himalaya (2,920 m) / Deurali (3,200 m) to ABC (4,130m / 13,550ft) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700 m)

Highest altitude: 4,130m / 13,550ft

Trek Duration: 5 hours

If we spend the last night in the Himalayas, we will follow a route through the narrow gorge along the Modi Khola Glacier Valley, past more forests. We will also be passing a large overhanging rock known as Hinku Cave and the lodges of Deurali before making it to the entryway of the Annapurna Sanctuary, which ultimately takes us to ABC. However, if we slept at Deurali, the trek starts from Deurali itself.

Throughout the day, we will be walking close to the Annapurna glaciers. On our way, Machhapuchhre Base Camp offers us a stunning panoramic view of the surrounding mountains. However, we continue our journey northwest to eventually reach ABC.

From ABC, we get a 360-degree view of Hiunchuli, Annapurna South to Annapurna I (8,097m/26,566ft), and Khangsar Kang, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, and Machhapuchhare.

Today’s trek takes you close to several huge mountains, including Annapurna Massif (Annapurna I-IV), Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, Pisang Peak, Paungda Danda, and numerous other peaks ranging from 6000 to 8000 m in elevation. This might be the day that you will never forget in your entire life due to the sheer beauty of the snow-capped mountains that surround you. We will spend the night at the base camp.

Day 7: Trek from ABC (4,130m / 13,550ft) to Bamboo (2,310 m)

Highest altitude: 4,130m / 13,550ft

Trek Duration: 8-9 hours

After leaving our footprints on ABC, it is time to climb down. We will take a path that takes us out of the Annapurna Sanctuary and out of the Modi River Valley. Eventually, we will make it to our serene stopover point called Bamboo (2,350m / 7,700 ft)—our destination for the day.

Day 8: Trek from Bamboo (2,310 m) to Jhinu Danda (1,780 m / 6,393ft) and nearby natural hot springs

Highest altitude: 2,310 m

Trek Duration: 6-7 hours

After a long journey from ABC to Bamboo last day, we continue our way toward Jhinu Danda. First, we take a path that takes us down to Kimrong Khola and then ascend through the serene rhododendron, bamboo, and oak forests, eventually reaching Jhinu Danda.

Jhinu Danda consistently attracts thousands of visitors each year as an exotic place famous for its soothing natural hot springs, where we will also let our tired muscles relax. From the hot springs, you can enjoy the views of the rhododendron forest and lush vegetation.

 

Day 9: Trek from Jhinu Danda (1,780m / 6,393ft) to Siwa/Ghandruk Phedi (1940 m) and drive to Pokhara (820m) via Nayapul

Highest altitude: 1,780m / 6,393ft

Trek Duration: 2–3 hours

Driving hours:2-3hrs

We have reached our final day on the trekking trails. After leaving Jhinu Danda, we follow the plain dust road along the right of Modi Khola. This part of the trek is the most relaxing walk of the entire trip. After trekking for about three hours, we will reach Siwa/Ghandruk Phedi, where we will say goodbye to the trails and drive through the picturesque countryside to Pokhara.

Please note that the trekking duration mentioned for each day is an approximate estimate and can vary depending on individual hiking paces, weather conditions, and other factors.

INCLUDES:

  • Trekking permits
  • Trekking guide
  • Trekking poles
  • Trekking map
  • Food (meals include only the main course and tea or coffee) It doesn’t include starters or desserts.
  • Private lodgings
  • Water purification tablets
  • A first-aid kit or Medical kit
  • Transportation (pick-up and drop-off services from your hotel)

EXCLUDES:

  • No alcoholic beverages or soft drinks.
  • A porter isn’t included. If you need a porter, we can provide one for an extra fee.
  • Sleeping bag (we rent sleeping bags for an additional fee).
  • Wifi, hot shower
  • Tips
  • Your Personal Expenses
  • Personal Travel Insurance.

Personal supplies for the trek 

The personal supplies you require for this trek depend on the season in which you are trekking. 

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf 
  • Winter hat 
  • Headlights with extra batteries

Face

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Face/body wipe

Hands

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight winter gloves

Body

  • Hiking shirts
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Hooded rain jacket or wind shell
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T-shirt ( bring lightweight wool)
  • Polypropylene Underwears
  • Down jacket
  • Waterproof jacket and pants

Footwear

  • Hiking boots
  • Thick & light socks( take an extra pair of thick and light socks)
  • Sandals 

Essential gear

  • Backpack or day pack bag
  • Thermal bottle
  • Medium-size drying towel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Toiletries 
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Face wash 
  • Body wash

Personal accessories

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera
  • Power Adapters and Chargers

Extra supplies

  • First aid kit (Note: The guide will carry a first-aid kit on the trip. However, personal kits and medications are highly recommended.)
  • Binocular
  • Extra passport-size photos and photocopies of passport
  • Lip Guard
  • Notebook and pen.
  • Mosquito Repellent spray
  • Moleskin for blister

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