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Annapurna Base Camp Trekking is one of Nepal's most popular trekking experiences. It is a fantastic walk through a diverse landscape and culture, a trekking route in Nepal that has captured the hearts of trekkers and mountaineers worldwide. This popular trek takes you through various stunning landscapes, including cascading waterfalls, terraced fields, dense forests, traditional villages, and panoramic mountain views. It ultimately leads to the base camp of the Annapurna mountain range, which is a breathtaking destination.
The Annapurna is a spectacular back-altitude hiking route stretching through multiple environments. Annapurna Sanctuary comprises several peaks, with Annapurna I being the highest, standing at 8,091 meters (26,545 ft). It is the tenth-highest summit on the planet, first climbed in 1950 by a French expedition team led by Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal. The result was an important turning point in the history of mountaineering, as it was the first time a peak over 8,000 meters had been climbed.
The popularity of the Annapurna region as a trekking destination started in the 1960s when it was opened to foreign visitors. Since then, the area has become one of Nepal's most popular destinations, attracting thousands of trekkers annually.
Annapurna Base Camp trekking is a 69 km trek, a Himalayan classic. Demanding, but not too demanding, this epic Itinerary gives you the chance to walk among moderate treks that trekkers with an average fitness level can complete. It usually takes 7-12 days to complete, depending on the starting point and time for acclimatization. The trek's starting point is typically Nayapul or Phedi, both accessible by road from Pokhara.
The trek is a pleasing trail from the beginning and gradually down to Modi Khola by following the Bhurungdi Khola and Modi Khola Rivers. It passes through several traditional villages such as Tikhedhunge, Ulleri, Ghorepani, Tadapani Ghandruk, Dhampus, Tolka, Landruk, Jhanu Chomrong, Bamboo, and Dovan. These neighborhoods present a unique chance to engage with the locals' culture, traditions, and lifestyle. Trekkers can also encounter diverse flora and fauna, including rhododendron forests, monkeys, snow leopards, and bird species.
As the trek progresses, The trail takes you through various vegetation. While trekking from Ghandruk to Chomrung, you are surrounded by rhododendrons, ferns, and bamboo. Once you ascend towards Annapurna Sanctuary, a natural amphitheater encircled by high towering peaks such as Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Gangapurna, and Tent Peak. The Annapurna Base Camp, located at a height of 4,130 meters, is the trek's final stop. The base camp offers a 360-degree panoramic view of the mountains, making it a photographer's paradise.
The most suitable time for hiking to Annapurna Base Camp is from September to November and March to May. The weather is usually apparent during these months, and the views are spectacular. However, during the winter (December to February), The trek can be challenging because of the snow and cold temperatures. Meanwhile, the summer months (June to August) are not recommended due to monsoon rains and landslides.
Annapurna Base Camp trek passes through diverse landscapes, rhododendron forests, massive snow peaks, & traditional villages, a perfect combination of adventure, culture, and nature, providing trekkers with an unforgettable experience. It allows them to witness the stunning beauty of the Himalayas up close while immersing themselves in the local culture and traditions. If you plan a trek to Nepal, the Annapurna Base Camp trek could be on your bucket list.
Your trip day starts today when you arrive to Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Upon your arrival, you will be received by our representative at the airport. He will be carrying a signboard with our company’s name on it. Then you will be transferred to the tour hotel and checked in. A trip briefing will follow later today and the time will be notified to you by the representative who picks you up from the airport. We will come to meet and brief you about the trip at the fixed time. Until then just relax or explore a bit of surrounding.
We take you for a day tour of cultural heritage monuments in Kathmandu valley after breakfast. The tour will give you a mixed insight of history, culture, art, architecture and spirituality of Kathmandu valley. The sites include; Swoyambhunath aka Monkey Temple: The oldest of all sites in Kathmandu valley, Swoyambhunath is an important Buddhist spiritual site having the history over two thousand years old. This site has gained a popular name as monkey temple as this small forested hill is a good habitat for hundreds of monkeys. The visit there will heighten your spiritual and cultural experience. Patan City including Patan Durbar Square: A tour to medieval city of Patan gives you a great insight about ethnic Newari culture, Budhhist spirituality, religious harmony, art and architecture while you stroll around the charismatic alleys taking you to magnificent local community squares known as Bahal and eventually leading you to an incredible medieval palace square. The monuments and skill of the local artisans displayed on those monuments in the square will stun you with their unbelievable charm. Boudhanath Stupa: The largest of its kind in the world, this magnificent stupa is a very important center of faith for the people following Tibetan Buddhism. This place is nice Circular Square with the stunning stupa in the middle of it which spreads a lot of spiritual vibrations around the atmosphere.
We will drive to Pokhara by tourist bus in the morning after breakfast. After driving for about seven hours through scenic countryside of Nepal, we reach an eloquently charming city of Pokhara. The drive will have enough stopovers necessary on the way. Once we reach Pokhara, the charm of the city will capture our attention for a good feeling of being amidst the natural wonders from close up Himalayas to the surrounding lakes. A lake nearby our hotel is a nice place to take an evening stroll and the lakeside town has lots of options to dine. Have an option to fly to Pokhara at an extra cost.
Today is the first day of our trek which starts after a one and half hours’ drive. Starting from the place called Nayapul, the trek goes alongside the Modi Khola, a Himalayan river flowing down from the Annapurna, to Birethanti and to Hile and finally to Tikhedhunga. We spend approximately five hours including the lunch time before we reach Tikhedhunga where we will stay overnight today in a simple tea house.
The second day of trek, we trek to Ghorepani today after breakfast. It is an uphill walk all the way through and the trek passes through beautiful Himalayan foothills settings of villages and rhododendron forest. As we walk up on the well-trodden mountain trails, it brings some of the incredible things in our view including the majestic Himalayas. Once we reach to Ghorepani at the elevation of 2875 meters above sea level, we will be stunned by the real close up view of the Himalayan peaks. If we reach there for the sunset time, it will be one rewarding sunset experience.
It is going to be a very early morning today as we are hiking up to Poon Hill at the elevation of 3210 meters above sea level to see a breathtaking panoramic view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain range in the Himalaya. Given the good weather condition, the one hour hike up early in the morning will be rewarded by a heavenly view of the mountains and sunrise that makes us feel exalted. After sunrise we hike down to Ghorepani tea house to have our breakfast and start the trek to Tadapani. After an approximately five hours trek, we reach another spectacular place, Tadapani, and stay overnight in a tea house there.
The beginning of the trek today is all downhill followed by an uphill walk so the beautiful breakfast we devoured at the tea house in Tadapani is turned to energy much quicker and already used. After an effort of walking up and down the hill for about five hours, we come to the beautiful village of Chhomrong. We stay here tonight.
Another approximately five hours of trek takes us to Dovan today from Chhomrong via Sinua. It is also a day of mountain trekking thrill like others on the way to famous Annapurna Base Camp and we are marching ahead closer to the base camp of the famous Mt. Annapurna.
The walk from Dovan to Machhapuchhre base camp abbreviated famously for MBC is an incredible one with spectacular views. The day will be of about six hours of walking through the rugged mountain trail.
Today is another early morning start to hike to the Annapurna base camp which is the culmination of this trip. Reach to the base camp of Annapurna after a cool early morning walk to enjoy the majestic sunrise and spectacular view of the mountains. Trek back to Macchapuchhre Base Camp to enjoy the beautiful mountain breakfast after the refreshing morning walk. Trek down to Dovan after breakfast.
Start the trek of the day to Jhinu after breakfast. The trek down for about seven hours to find a natural hot spring where you can wash away the tiredness caused by the several days of walking up and down the mountain.
Today, as the last day of the trek, is a little shorter walk compared to the other days. After walking for about four hours, we take a jeep ride back to Nayapul and another one and half hours’ drive back to Pokhara. Check into the hotel and take some stroll around lakeside after you freshen up.
A free day in Pokhara to do some sightseeing, boating or some adventure sports like paragliding, zip flying, ultra-light flight, bungee jumping etc. The day’s activities would be at an extra cost. We will be happy to organize those extra activities for you, should you choose to do any. Or simply take your leisurely time on your own to get some massage, strolling around lakeside, shopping etc.
Drive back to Kathmandu after breakfast. Or you have an option to fly back to Kathmandu paying an additional cost for the ticket. Check into hotel once you arrive to Kathmandu and freshen up. We will go for dinner later in the evening.
You will be transferred to airport as per your flight schedule. We will pick you up from the hotel three hours prior to your flight time.
The cost of the trip differs based on the services you select and the size of your group. Every trip we arrange is Reasonable and unique, recognizing that each traveller has different needs and desires.
Prepare for a desired holiday customized to whichever trip you prefer, and choose whether you are seeking an affordable adventure, a luxurious resort group, or a solo traveller. Let us plan and attend to all the particulars so your dream vacation comes true. Relax and focus on creating memorable experiences that will remain with you forever.
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