The Annapurna Base Camp trek is one of the most popular treks in the Annapurna region. The trail goes alongside terraced rice paddies, lush rhododendron forests and high altitude landscapes with the Annapurna Range in view most of the times. The setting of Annapurna Base Camp at 4130 m is unique and incredibly spectacular, set amidst the majestic peaks of Annapurna I (8091 m), Annapurna South (7219 m), Machapuchhre (6993 m) and Hiunchuli (6441 m). The Annapurna Base Camp Trek takes 7 to 12 days, depending on your itinerary and length of walking days. The Annapurna Base Camp Trek can easily be done independently. It is possible to do this trek in all seasons, however, in the winter the Base Camp can sometimes be closed due to the snow level. In spring time the huge rhododendron forests are in full bloom which gives the trek an extra appeal.
You will be met by our representative at the airport and transferred to the hotel.
Day 02: Drive to Pokhara and trek to Ulleri (2050 m)
We drive to Pokhara early in the morning. From Pokhara, we drive to Naya Pul and start the trek. We walk through a valley forest, cross the Bhurundi Khola (river) before reaching Tikhedhunga Village. The Ulleri Hill with thousands of steps and boulders that continually go upward. We reach Ulleri by late afternoon. Overnight in Ulleri.
Day 03: Ulleri to Ghorepani (2,750 m)
After breakfast, we ascend to the Ghorepani village via stone stairs. As we are ascending we can admire the spectacular scenery as Annapurna South looms large, coming and going from our view. We pass waterfalls, tiny villages, and several tea-houses before reaching Ghorepani. We stop at the higher part of the Ghorepani village that offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains including Annapurna South and Nilgiri mountains.
Day 04: Ghorepani to Tadapani (2,700 m) with a visit to Poon Hill (3,210 m)
In the morning, we make our way to Poon Hill just in time to see the sunrise over the Himalayas. Poon Hill is the most popular destination to enjoy close up views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges and the sunrise. From Poon Hill, we also get incredible views of Mustang, Pokhara and more than 20 of the highest mountains. We walk towards the east and climb a ridge. Our trail descends through rhododendron forests and waterfalls before we reach Tadapani.
Day 05: Tadapani to Chhomrong (2170 m)
The trail starts off with a descent through a large rhododendron forest. The forest trail ends and our trail opens up to beautifully terraced fields. We walk uphill for around 5 km and pass waterfalls and reach a suspension bridge. After a few more miles of uphill and downhill trek, we reach Chhomrong.
Day 06: Chhomrong to Bamboo (2310 m)
We leave Chhomrong and walk on stone steps before reaching the Chhomrong Khola. We cross a suspension bridge over the river and begin an uphill climb to Sinuwa. Our trail passes through a beautiful forest to Kuldihar. From here we embark on an easy descent to Bamboo. Overnight in Bamboo.
Day 07: Bamboo to Deurali (3230m/10,595ft): 3 – 4 hours
We pass through a bamboo forest which is damp and cold. We then walk uphill on a trail which is sometimes steep. It is only after a few hours 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 our trail descends to a river before ascending to Deurali. From here, we can enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding hills and Mt. Dhaulagiri.
Day 08: Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700 m)
We follow the valley trail in a steady climb. The trail sticks to a rocky cliff and is sometimes steep. We walk on a somewhat flat path for a while before ascending to Machhapurchre Base Camp. From here we get excellent views of Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli and Gangapurna mountains. We then turn left and begin ascending gently to the Annapurna Base Camp. During our ascent we can admire spectacular views of the Himalayan panorama. Walking further we reach the base camp of Mt. Annapurna and it is amazing.
Day 09: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo
From Annapurna Base Camp our trail rapidly descends past the Machhapuchhre Base camp, Deurali, Himalayan Hotel and Doban and finally to Bamboo where we spend the night.
Day 10: Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1760 m)
We retrace our step back to Chhomrong where we stop for lunch. From Chomrong, it is a steep descent down to the Modi Khola valley. The stone steps to Chhomrong can be tricky. The trail then descends to Jhinu Danda, where we will be resting for the night. On the way, we enjoy our walking through rain forests and farms. After reaching Jhinu Danda.
Day 11: Trek to Naya Pul then drive to Pokhara
We leave Jhinu Danda and enjoy the beautiful hill landscape of western Nepal on our way to Naya Pul. The actual trek to the Annapurna Sanctuary ends. We board our vehicle to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 12: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
We fly to Kathmandu in the morning. After landing at the airport, we will be dropped off at our hotel in the city. We can spend the day taking much needed rest.
Day 13: Final departure
You will be dropped off at the airport.
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