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A few places in the world can offer magical and majestic mountain vistas and incredible trekking and Nepal is one of them. The hidden stronghold of Annapurna Base Camp (also known as Annapurna Sanctuary or ABC) is no exception making it one of the outstanding trekking experiences in Nepal. Mt. Annapurna (8091m) of Nepal is the 10th highest mountain in the world and the journey to its base camp, which is at 4130m/13549ft height, is one of the most popular walks on earth. Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek is one of the most popular treks in Nepal. It is quite easy and shorter trek than other high altitude treks in Nepal. This trek incorporates diverse terrain, culture, and wildlife. Along with the most spectacular and close up view of Annapurna range, Machhapuchhre, Himchuli, and Dhaulagiri. Annapurna base camp trek is an amazing walk through diverse landscape and culture complete with rich mountain vistas, terraced fields, quaint Gurung villages and a wide variety of flora and fauna.

A few places in the world can offer magical and majestic mountain vistas and incredible trekking and Nepal is one of them. The hidden stronghold of Annapurna Base Camp (also known as Annapurna Sanctuary or ABC) is no exception making it one of the outstanding trekking experiences in Nepal. Mt. Annapurna (8091m) of Nepal is the 10th highest mountain in the world and the journey to its base camp, which is at 4130m/13549ft height, is one of the most popular walks on earth. Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek is one of the most popular treks in Nepal. It is quite easy and shorter trek than other high altitude treks in Nepal. This trek incorporates diverse terrain, culture, and wildlife. Along with the most spectacular and close up view of Annapurna range, Machhapuchhre, Himchuli, and Dhaulagiri. Annapurna base camp trek is an amazing walk through diverse landscape and culture complete with rich mountain vistas, terraced fields, quaint Gurung villages and a wide variety of flora and fauna.

In Spring, it showcases many beautiful flowers including the national flower of Nepal Rhododendron. Orchids, Machhapuchhre massif and the deepest gorge Kali Gandaki accompanies you during the trek. It is a deep glacier, which gives the effect of an amphitheater surrounded by a ring of impressive high peaks including Hiun Chuli, Annapurna South, Fang, Annapurna l, Ganggapurna, Annapurna III and Machhapuchhre. The trail to this awe-inspiring scene ascends the Annapurna foothills through forested hillsides where we are given a taste of Nepal’s magical and majestic vistas with a spectacular sunrise over the Annapurnas and Dhaulagiri on the world famous Poon Hill. It continues through scattered Gurung settlements, across terraced fields and abundant forests before climbing gradually into a world of ice and snow – Base Camp, the ‘Sanctuary of the Gods’. Returning to Pokhara by a different route this trek offers truly fascinating scenery, with a combination of picturesque rice-fields, villages and a panorama of high peaks.

Some Attraction of Annapurna Base Camp:

  • Ascending the Annapurna foothills through picturesque Gurung villages and the Modi Gorge into Annapurna Base Camp.
  • Watching the sun rise over the unobstructed panorama of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Nilgiri, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Hiun Chuli and Tarke Kang
  • Following part of the route undertaken by British mountaineer Chris Bonnington when he led the successful ascent of Annapurna’s South Face
  • Incredible panorama within Base Camp; the ridge line of peaks is almost uninterrupted

Day 1
Arrival at Kathmandu International airport (TIA) 1,400 m

After arriving at the Tribhuwan International Airport, you are welcomed by the team member and then you will be transferred to the nearby hotel in Kathmandu. We then check-in at the hotel, freshen up and take a rest. You will be provided with dinner also. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 2
Fly to Pokhara (827m), trek to Nayapul and Ghandruk: 30 minutes flight, 5 - 6 hours trek

After having a breakfast we will take an early morning flight to Pokhara, the beautiful lake city and catch great views of the Himalayas from the airplane window. After landing in the Pokhara airport, we drive to Naya Pul (1 hour and 20 minutes) and start the trek. From Birethanti, we trek to Ghandruk, a beautiful village mostly inhabited by the Gurung community. If time permits, we also visit the Gurung museum where you can see the culture and traditions of Gurung. Overnight in Ghandruk.

Day 3
Ghandruk(1940m) to Chhomrong trek: 9.8 kilometers / 6 miles

Ghandruk to Chhomrong trek distance is the beginning section of short Annapurna base camp trek. Ghandruk village is a popular travel destination for local travelers from the country. It is easy to fairly moderate trek, no specialized aptitude is required. Any individual who is fit with high well-being can partake in this trip. It is possible to visit this area year round but better to go during the months of autumn and spring season.

Friendly Gurung community, culture, nature, and their warm hospitality are the major attraction of this area.

You can reach Ghandruk from Pokhara via Nayapul by bus or jeep. Do not forget to collect the necessary permits before go. Our Ghandruk to Chhomrong trek package is available throughout the year. To make your Annapurna sanctuary trek memorable and jovial we offer our proficient and cheerful guides. Overnight in Chhomrong.

Day 4
Chhomrong to Bamboo (2310m): 4 - 5 hours

The trail out of Chhomrong descends via 2500 stone steps and crosses the Chhomrong Khola on a swaying suspension bridge. It is an uphill climb to Sinuwa. Next, we pass through a beautiful forest to Kuldihar followed by an easy downhill walk to Bamboo. Overnight in Bamboo.

Day 5
Bamboo to Deurali (3230m): 3 - 4 hours

We pass through the bamboo forest which is damp and cold then ascend steadily with fewer steep sections. It is only after reaching Himalaya Hotel that the forest opens up and we are out in the sun again with astounding views of the glacial river below. It is a steep climb up through a much drier forest before reaching Hinku Cave. From here we can see the trail drop closer to the river before climbing again to Deurali, the most scenic stretch of the day and the vertical rock face cliffs above with bands of wispy waterfalls. Overnight in Deurali.

Day 6
Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m): 5- 6 hours

Climb gently through a river bed then over a steep trail over to the mountain side. The hike from Bagar to Machhapuchhre Base Camp is somewhat strenuous. From Machhapuchhre base camp, we get excellent views of the majestic Machhapuchhre along with Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli and Gangapurna which is a pleasing experience. Overnight at Annapurna Base Camp.

Day 7
Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo: 7 – 8 hours

From the Annapurna base camp, we retrace our steps to Bamboo. Today’s trek is downhill so it shouldn’t be very difficult. Besides, we will always have the company of the extraordinary landscape to cheer us up. Overnight in Bamboo.

Day 8
Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1760m): 5 - 6 hours

From Bamboo, it is an uphill trek to Kuldighar followed by a downhill walk to Chhomrong Khola. Then we climb the stone steps to Chhomrong. The trail then descends to Jhinu Danda, after checking in the hotel then walk 20 minutes for hot spring bath. Overnight in Jhinu Danda.

Day 9
Trek to Siwai then drive to Pokhara: 3 hours trek, 2-hour drive

Day 10
Fly to Kathmandu

We fly to Kathmandu in the afternoon. After arriving in Kathmandu, we will be escorted to our hotel. We enjoy the day leisurely or catch up on some last minute shopping or explore any landmarks we missed during our first day in Kathmandu. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner with typical Nepali culture in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 11
Final Departure

Our journey in Nepal comes to an end today! Our representative will drop at the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On our way home, we have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

The Trip Cost Includes

  • • Pick-up or Drop-off service from and to Airport(in our own vehicle)
  • • Transportation to and from!!
  • • Food all along the trip(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea) and accommodations during the trip in hotels with a family environment
  • • Transportation, food, accommodation, and insurance of Guide during the trip
  • • Down jacket, all-season sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map(in case if you don’t have your own. Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag must be returned after completion of the trip)
  • • First Aid Medical Kit(Your guide will carry the Medical Kit but we also advise to bring yourself for your own use, as far as possible)
  • • All the required permits and paperwork

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • • International Airfare
  • • Visa Charges
  • • Hotel Expenses(In Kathmandu, some packages do include hotel expenses)
  • • Your travel and medical insurance
  • • Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc
  • • Food and accommodations in Kathmandu
  • • Services not mentioned or not promised by the agent/agency
  • • Emergency expenses such as expenses on the chartered helicopter.
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How fit do I need to be to do this trek?

Annapurna Base Camp is a Grade B or a moderately difficult trekking route. So any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will too, you can.

How long do we walk every day when doing Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

On average, you walk about 4 to 6 hours per day. One or two days can be as less as 3hrs and one or two days can be as long as 7hrs.

What is the highest altitude reached in this trek?

The highest altitude reached is nearly 4,130m/13,545ft. This is the elevation of Annapurna Base Camp. Annapurna Base Camp is the highest we will climb in this trek.

What about battery charging and hot shower facilities?

Yes, you can charge batteries in route. The charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay a certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, hot water facility could be free at a lower elevation.

Are there ATMs on the way to Annapurna Base Camp?

No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash from Kathmandu. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Nepali rupees. So money should be exchanged before the start of the trek.

What about internet access?

Yes. The Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. Internet in Nepal is not as fast as you are used to and at times you can just lose connection.

Is it necessary to hire Guides/trekking agency for Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

Not really. It depends on you. If you want, Annapurna Base Camp trekking can be done independently. You could hire a guide and a porter by yourself instead of going through an agency or not hire a guide at all. Although, not having a guide can be a little problematic during the offseason. It really depends on you. Is it your first time in Nepal? How confident are you of being able to find your way around? How pressed on time are you? If you go through an agency, it will be costlier but everything will be planned. You will only have to come, trek and return.

How much do guides and porters cost?

For this region, pay for guides range from $20 to $30 per day and porters take $15 to $25 per day.

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