| 15 Days
Annapurna Base Camp Trek introduces you to one of the most classic and popular trek routes of Nepal. In basic terms, this is a trek best suited for travel lovers who have a niche for adventure. On this trip, you get to travel through lovely villages filled with friendly local people. Get close to mother nature and learn about local traditions in much detail. All in all, this trip is a bundle of joy that just keeps on getting better.
Our trek starts with a drive to the scenic lake city of Pokhara. Here, you can enjoy the tranquility of Phewa Lake while relishing the glimpses of Mt. Machapuchare. Next, we drive towards Lumle and then take our first steps in the direction of Tikhedhunga village. We spend our upcoming days on an up and down trail and pass through many beautiful villages en route. Later after arriving at Ghorepani village, we plan on hiking up to the top of Poonhill. Poonhill sits as a great vantage point for travelers who wish to see some amazing sunrise views over the mountains. For this reason, Poonhill is often considered to be the best place to watch the Himalayas.
Continuing on, we now push ourselves towards our final destination of ABC. We leave Ghorepani and then move eastward to Chomrong village. Our way now leads us through the Modi Khola Valley which ultimately ends at Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m). Once you have reached the base camp, you can view the impressive peaks of Annapurna I (8091 m), Annapurna South (7219 m), Machapuchare (6,993 m) and Hiunchuli (6,441 m). Besides that, our trek lets you visit Thakali villages where you can have a taste of their famous ‘Dal Bhat’.
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Welcome by our representative at the airport, transfer to hotel in Kathmandu. Later enjoy a welcome dinner in the evening.
Stay overnight at Kathmandu.
After having our breakfast, we are going to do some sightseeing activities today. As planned, we will explore some of the most iconic UNESCO World Heritage Sites inside Kathmandu valley. Upon finishing our tour, we shall then drive back to your hotel.
Stay overnight at Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara
Today we are going to head off to the famous lake city of Pokhara. The entire drive will take us about 7 to 8 hours to reach Pokhara from Kathmandu. We leave the noisy streets of Kathmandu and follow a winding roadway along the scintillating Trishuli river. Your eyes will be occupied by the views of green lush hills, small towns, people, markets and rivers. You can witness the first glimpses of Nepalese diversity of your trek while enjoying your drive. Later, after reaching Pokhara city, you and your friends will be escorted to your respective hotel rooms by our representative.
Stay overnight at Pokhara.
We arise in Pokhara and it’s our first morning in the wonderland of the iconic Pokhara city. A heart captivating view of snowcapped mountains awaits us as we begin enjoying our delightful breakfast. begin with yoga and meditation. From the roof of our hotel we can see the white caps of the mountains. Then, we head out to our bus or a jeep for a scenic hill drive to our next destination of the journey ahead. On the way to Tikhedhunga, you will pass through small town called Nayapul near a river. This place is popular mainly amongst those who plan to do a whole Annapurna Circuit Trek. As we start trekking, you can feel the region getting more beautiful and alive with each step you take. Furthermore, the path ahead becomes wider and relatively easy going with awe-inspiring natural sceneries. Soon, we arrive at Tikhedhunga village and end our day.
Stay overnight at Tikhedhunga.
Leaving Tikhedhunga village, today we are going to head towards another picturesque and well-known village called Ghorepani. Hence as soon as you finish eating your breakfast, your trek guide will have you carry your bags once again for a thrilling hike to Ulleri. And doing so will require you to walk on 3200 stone steps. This can be a bit hard for you at first. However, once you catch the rhythm, you will eventually find it alright to walk. One of the very important thing to do while hiking on these kinds of trail is that you must always make sure to take in the sights around you. The spectacular hills, blue sky, clouds and people around you will be a worthwhile sight to remember. Later we will begin to notice the environment changing around us from parsley scattered trees and farmlands to a more rainforest like region. And then we will end our day by reaching Ghorepani.
Stay overnight at Ghorepani.
Even though Ghorepani is already a very stunning place to stay during our adventure trek. We surely can’t just walk away from Ghorepani without hiking up to Poonhill Trek (3,260m). Known for being the most beautiful hill viewpoint inside Annapurna region, trekkers hike up to Poonhill in large numbers for a mesmerizing sunrise view over the Himalayan massifs. After that, we shall have our breakfast and then continue our journey through a trail filled with Rhododendron forests. During our journey, we will be able to catch some iconic glimpses of Mt. Annapurna South and Mt. Nilgiri. We traverse past through several settlements like Sikham and Ghar Khola. Then, cross a suspension bridge before making our final ascent up to Tatopani. In definition, Tatopani is a village which has a natural hot spring that is liked by many trekkers.
Stay overnight at Tatopani.
Our Annapurna Base Camp Trek trail now leads us toward Tadapani village. In the beginning, the trails are generally decent which won’t be too much demanding. Our 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 – Chomrong route, trekking through terraced fields and snowcapped mountains along our way.
Stay overnight at Chomrong.
Today would be quite easy trekking day as there will be more downhill trekking. First, we descend Chomrong 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.
Stay overnight at Himalayan Hotel.
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.
Stay overnight at Machapuchare Base Camp.
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. 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, Machapuchare and Gangapurna. In short time, you would surely miss these moments as we follow the same route to Himalaya Hotel.
Stay overnight at Himalaya Hotel.
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.
Stay overnight at Chomrong.
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 tea houses. Carrying on our descents, we cross the bridge of Khumrong Khola and arrive at New bridge (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.
Stay overnight at Pothana.
This is 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.
Stay overnight at Pokhara
Our trek has come to an end and so we will now take a drive back to the Kathmandu city. Following the similar route through hills and valleys, we will reach Kathmandu in about 7 to 8 hours. At evening Farewell Dinner.
Stay overnight at Kathmandu.
After breakfast transfer to the International Airport to fly to onward destination.