Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Code: NPL-TRK-ABC
13 Days 12 Night
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Description

The hidden stronghold of Annapurna Base Camp Trek (also known as Annapurna Sanctuary or ABC) is another one of Nepal’s scenic and adventurous trekking routes.During Annapurna Base Camp Trek,we can see cascading waterfalls, beautiful villages, terraced farmlands, lush rhododendron forests, and amazing mountain vistas before reaching the base of the mighty Annapurna.

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 at Poon Hill. It continues through scattered Gurung settlements, cross terraced fields and abundant forests before climbing gradually into a world of ice and snow at 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.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION TIA Kathmandu
DIFFICULTY LEVEL Medium/Hard
HIGHEST ALTITUDE 4130 m
COST INCLUDES
  • All accommodation in 3 star (by Nepalese Standard) hotels in cities- twin sharing rooms
  • All Ground transportation
  • Kathmandu sightseeing with city tour guide
  • Full board meal 3 times a day during the trek and 3 cups of tea / Coffee
  • Govt. trained guide and necessary no. of porters with their insurance, salary and meals
  • One cultural show and dinner
  • National park entry fees and TIMS permit card
  • All Domestic Flights according to the itinerary in fixed wing aircraft
COST EXCLUDES
  • International Flight, Airport tax and Nepal Visa fee $40 for 30 days
  • Flight Ticket from KTM-PKR(Two way if needed)
  • Major meals in Cities
  • Monuments entrance fees in Kathmandu tour
  • All personal expenses such as bar bills, water, extra tea / coffee, snacks, shower, battery re-charge, laundry charge etc.
  • Personal clothing and gears, sleeping bag and Down jacket for trek
  • Tips for guide and porter
  • Cost raised by flight cancellation, emergency rescue charges , landslide, weather, political unrest, illness, re-routing etc which are not within our control
  • Personal Travel Insurance

Important Note: Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Epic Adventures. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails traveling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu – 1,300m/4,264 ft.

One of our team representatives will be at Tribhuvan International Airport to pick you up upon your arrival. You will then be transferred to your hotel.  You will meet with your guide in the evening, and he will brief you about the trek. Overnight at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.

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Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing & Preparation for the Trek

After having a delicious breakfast, today you will visit renowned UNESCO world heritage sites in the valley. You will visit scared Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath stupa, Swayambhunath (also known as Monkey Temple), and Kathmandu Durbar Square. In the evening, you will prepare the gears needed for the trek, and if required, you can do some last minute shopping. Overnight at the hotel.

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Day 3: Drive or /fly to Pokhara (800m) 6 to 7 hrs. and drive or/30 min fly to Pokhara

Today you will head to Pokhara either by driving or flying to the lake city. The drive will be an impressive road trip filled with lovely landscapes made up of terraced rice fields, radiant Trishuli River, Marsyangdi River, and stunning mountain peaks. On the contrary, the short 20-minute flight will give you the panoramic view of the hills and the Himalayas. Overnight at a 3-star hotel in Pokhara.

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Day 4: After breakfast, we drive to Nayapul (1 hour and 20 minutes) and start the trek.

Leaving Pokhara, you will drive to Nayapul, and from where you will begin your trek. The trail will easy ascend on flag-stone steps through beautiful oak and rhododendron forests. Enjoying the cooling temperature, you will reach Ghandruk, which the largest Gurung village in the Annapurna region. From here, you will get to witness stunning views of Annapurna South (7219m) and Machhapuchhre (6993m). You can also visit the Gurung Culture Museum and try on the traditional wear of the Gurung people. Overnight in Ghandruk.

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Day 5: Ghandruk to Chhomrong (2170m/7120ft): 5 – 6 hours

After having breakfast, you will begin climbing up to Kimrong Danda and make a steep descent to Kimrong Khola. The trail will offer you outstanding views of snow-capped mountains like Machhapuchhre (6993m), Gangapurna (7454m), Annapurna South (7219m), and Hiunchuli (6441m). Cross a suspension bridge over Kimrong Khola and make a steep ascent through the forest to reach the beautiful Gurung village of Chhomrong. Enjoy the gorgeous view of the Annapurna massif. Overnight in Chhomrong.

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Day 6: Chhomrong to Bamboo (2310m/7578ft): 4 – 5 hours

You will descend on 2500 stone steps and cross the bridge over Chhomrong Khola, which will further lead you on the rocky trail for you to climb uphill and reach Sinuwa. Then you will ascend to Kuldighar and again descend to Bamboo following the trails of Modi Khola. A quiet walk through deep bamboo and rhododendron forest takes you to the village of Bamboo where you will stay overnight.

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Day 7: Bamboo to Deurali (3230m/10,595ft): 3 – 4 hours

Today you will cross the bamboo forest, which is moist and chilly, and ascend a few steep sections to reach Dovan. After walking for a good time, you will again come out in the sun with radiating views of the glacial river beneath you. Further, you will climb up to Hinku Cave, and from here, you will again begin your ascend to Deurali. Deurali is a glorious village with scattered vegetation and with a gorgeous view of Mardi Himal (5553m), Machhapuchhre (6993m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Annapurna South (7219), and other peaks of the Annapurna massif. Overnight in Deurali.

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Day 8: Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,545ft) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp
(3700m/12135ft): 5- 6 hours

You will begin your trek smoothly along the riverbed of Modi Khola then move to a steep trail covered in the moraine. Continue climbing alongside Modi Khola until you reach Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m). You will then climb alongside South Annapurna Glacier to reach Annapurna Base Camp (4130m). From here, you will get a stunning view of several peaks of the Annapurna massif along with a magnificent view of Machhapuchhre (6993m) and Hiunchuli (6441m). You will stay overnight at the base camp relishing the beautiful view around you.

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Day 9: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo: 7 – 8 hours

After enjoying the sunrise view at the base camp, you will retrace your way via the glacier to reach Machhapuchhre Base Camp. Then descending on the bank of Modi Khola, you will once again enter the chilly and moist rhododendron, oak, and bamboo forests that take you from the glittery waterfall of Himalaya to the riverside settlement of Dovan and finally to Bamboo. You will stay overnight in Bamboo.

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Day 10: Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1760m/5770 ft): 5 – 6 hours

After enjoying the sunrise view at the base camp, you will retrace your way via the glacier to reach Machhapuchhre Base Camp. Then descending on the bank of Modi Khola, you will once again enter the chilly and moist rhododendron, oak, and bamboo forests that take you from the glittery waterfall of Himalaya to the riverside settlement of Dovan and finally to Bamboo. You will stay overnight in Bamboo.

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Day 11: Trek to Nayapul then drive to Pokhara: 6 hours trek, 1-hour drive

After having a delicious breakfast, you will begin your trek to Nayapul. The trail will present you with beautiful landscapes made up of lush green hills, snaky rivers, and a distant view of the mountains. You will again pass through dense forests of oak and rhododendron listening to the lovely chirping of birds. The climate will start to change, and you will feel warmer as you descend. After reaching Nayapul, you will drive to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.

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Day 12: Drive to Kathmandu

Today after having a warm breakfast, you will drive back to Kathmandu. On the way, you will observe beautiful hills and astonishing landscapes. You will see the Trishuli River and Marsyangdi River along with several countryside settlements. After reaching Kathmandu, you can take rest, and in the evening, try out the eateries near you. Overnight at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.

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Day 13: Final Departure

After having your last breakfast in Nepal, you will be driven to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) for your flight back to your home.

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