| 10 Days
Annapurna Base Camp Trek offers the best of nature and Himalayas in the north western region of Nepal. Being the popular trekking site, Annapurna base camp trek not only lets you to spectacle the panoramic views of Annapurna Himalayan range and other snow capped mountains but it also lets you to pass through beautiful villages, explore the local culture, tradition and immerse in the immense natural beauty that Annapurna region has to offer.
Annapurna Base Camp trek is initiated after your arrival in the scenic lake city Pokhara. You can either take a 6 hours scenic drive or 15 minutes of domestic flight from Kathmandu. In the initial day of our Annapurna base camp trek, we will drive towards Lumle and trek in the direction of Tirkhedhunga thorugh beautiful terraced fields. In the following day we cross the suspension bridge and ascend through 3000 stone steps to arrive at Ulleri. With the scenic Himalayan views of Annapurna and Himchuli peak at the back drop we head towards Ghorepani. It is the small but incredibly beautiful village locally inhabited by Magars and Gurungs. Further, we head towards Poonhill in the early morning to witness the scintillating sunrise views over the Himalayas. Continuing our Annapurna adventure, we will trek towards Tadapani, Chomrong, and Himalaya Hotel, Machhapuchre base camp and finally Annapurna base camp. You will certainly get enthralled by the scenic Himalayan views of Annapurna, Manaslu, Himchuli, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchre and other snow capped mountains. Along the magical views of grand Himalayas you will also get to explore the local culture, traditions by passing through beautiful villages. From Annapurna base camp, we will descend towards Himalaya Hotel, Chomrong, Pothana, Dhampus and drive back to Pokhara with plentiful of memories to cherish in the years to come.
Annapurna base camp trek is the strenuous yet delightful adventure on the Annapurna region of Nepal. Therefore you must possess good health and physical fitness to embark in.
After arriving at Pokhara from Kathmandu, Annapurna base camp trek initiates as we take a short drive for about 2 hours through beautiful valleys and hilly roads leading towards Lumle. We meet our trekking crew here and start walking through meadows, fields and small settlements. Now after crossing a suspension bridge, surpassing Modi Khola (river) and Bhurundi Khola; we reach at beautiful village of Birethanti. At this point we will be entering Annapurna Conservation Area Project. After entry registration, walking smoothly and gently crossing few suspension bridges, trekking for about an hour, we arrive at hille and Tikhedhunga after fifteen to twenty minutes. We will be staying overnight after end of the day at Tikhedhunga.
Our next day of Annapurna Base Camp Trek begins as have our early breakfast and start trekking activity after crossing a suspension bridge at Tikhedhunga. Then we will be climbing steeply up 3000 stone steps, which might be breathtaking but, the sceneries, surrounding and quick stops, will make it quite rewarding. This challenging climb leads us to Ulleri, which is known for its unmatched natural beauty and picturesque sceneries of snow capped mountains like Annapurna South, Himchuli and other surrounding peaks. The place is locally inhabited by Magars, who have got very good skills in wood, stone art and crafts.
Following the trekking trails, we arrive at Ulleri followed by Banthani after couple of hour’s gentle climb. During the months of March and April, magical views of blossoming rhododendron can be viewed. Then finally we arrive at the overnight staying point for the day, Ghorepani after further two hours of walk through beautiful forests.
Today we will be waking up very early and hiking up to Poon Hill for magical sunrise views over the Himalayas. We get to hear other fellow trekkers preparing for the same. In about an hour, hiking carefully in a dark, we reach at top of Poonhill. As soon as the sun rises above the Himalayas turning snow White Mountains into golden color, that’s the moment everyone out there is waiting for, the moment that you want to capture and remember forever. You will witness the Himalayas from Dhaulagiri stretching out to Manaslu in the east with great Annapurna Himalayas in between. Thenafter we descend towards Ghorepani and continue our journey to Tadapani, our final destination for the day; crossing through beautiful rhododendron forests.
After leaving behind Tadapani, Annapurna Base Camp Trekking trail directs us towards northern side dropping steeply through beautiful forests. Following the walls, we arrive at Chisapani, heading further downwards, lead us to Chiukle. It would be a great trekking experience while walking through terraced fields, crossing huge suspension bridge over Kimrong River. Passing through local schools, striking waterfalls, we arrive at main Ghandrung – Chhomrong route, trekking through terraced fields and snow capped mountains along our way.
Today would be quite easy go trekking day as there will be more downhill trekking. First we descend Chommrong village to crossover Chomrong River. Then we arrive at naturally blessed small village of Sinuwa, which is surrounded by greenery forests from both sides of the trail. If you are here during spring months of March and April then you just can’t get your eyes off its natural beauty. Soon after immersing ourselves in wilderness feelings, we enter the bamboo forests, climb gently towards Dovan crossing few small river streams. Between final stretch of our day, from Dovan to Himalaya Hotel, we visit sacred home of deity, Panch baraha, stop for few inside stories and pass Modi Khola to reach Himalaya Hotel. Overnight Stay.
Leaving behind Himalaya Hotel, today we will visit the Hinku cave which is believed to be formed due to huge rocks and very quiet and serene place. Further continuing our adventurous yet delightful Annapurna Base Camp journey for half an hour, we arrive at Deurali. This area is avalanche prone area with only short shrubs, large boulders without trees. Extra precautions are taken while passing this area and after Deurali, the trail crosses numerous river streams to enter sanctuary, walk over wooden bridges and finally stay overnight at one of the few lodges over there.
We mark the most important day of the trek today as we will be stepping at Annapurna Base Camp. The base camp is inside Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), initiated by Nepal government to protect local flora and faunas. Also this area is home to many indigenous local inhabitants, dense coniferous rhododendron forests. Also there is a great chance of encountering various wildlife habitats like blue sheep, pika, snow-leopards and Himalayn Thar etc. Similarly, conservation area is the home for various birds like colorful Impheyans, Koklas, blood pheasants etc.
Trekking trail towards Annapurna base camp is not that steep, we will be progressing through gentle uphill walk, peaceful meadows with enthralling views of towering Himalayan peaks. We get the 360 degree panoramic views of Annapurna Himalayan range from base camp. The best view that you can’t get anywhere else. The utmost feeling of accomplishment strikes us as we immerse in the most beautiful and rewarding views of Annapurna, Machhapuchre and Gangapurna. In short time you would surely miss these moments as we follow the same route to Himalaya Hotel for overnight stay.
On this day, we will be following the same route as before from Himalaya Hotel to Chomrong with plenty of downhill and pleasant walks. We will interact with locals and get their cultural insights wherever possible.
During the final days of our Annapurna Base Camp Trek we follow the trails of Upper Chomrong to Summit view at Daulu. After trekking downhill approximately for 45 minutes we arrive at Jhinu danda where we encounter few teahouses. Carrying on our descents, we cross the bridge of Khumrong Khola and arrive at Newbridge (Nayapul) after an hour. We come across the large suspension bridge over Modi Khola, walk across beautiful meadows, terraced rice fields and take some stone steps before arriving at Landrung. Between Landrung and the pass, Bichowk Deurali, the trail winds around two sides of valley and climbs 550 m, finally reaching Tolka. The route from Tolka continues in a fair grade, to finally encounter a steep climb through the trees to Bichowk Deurali, after passing the remains of the old suspension bridge at Bheri Kharka. From Bichowk Deurali, enchanting views of Dhaulagiri and rhododendron forests are offered. Finally we gently descend to Pothana and stay at teahouse for overnight stay.
The final day of our Annapurna Base Camp Trek, we have our breakfast and start trekking for around two hours through scenic landscapes, hills and mountainous views, we arrive at Dhampus and further short drive takes us back to scenic lake city of Pokhara. The trip ends here but the memories that we created during Annapurna Base Camp Trek lasts forever.