6:00 AM from your hotel in Kathmandu
By booking this trekking package, you agree to the following terms and conditions:
- If an emergency evacuation is required, you should and will provide provide details of your insurance policy and authorise the operator to contact/deal with your insurance company directly.
- Under unavoidable circumstances, the actual duration, route or services offered are subject to change without prior notification.
The principal peaks of the western portion of the great Annapurna Himal, including Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Fang, Annapurna, Ganagapurna, Annapurna 3 and Machhapuchhare, are arranged almost precisely in a circle about 10 miles in diameter with a deep glacier-covered amphitheatre at the centre.
From this glacier basin, known as the Annapurna Sanctuary, the Modi Khola continues its way south in a narrow gorge fully 12,000 ft. deep. Further south, the gorge opens up into a wide and fertile valley, the domain of the Gurungs. The middle and upper portions of Modi Khola offer some of the best short trekking routes in Nepal, and the valley is located so that these treks can be easily combined with treks into the Kali Gandaki region to the west.
In spite of the great heights of the surrounding peaks and ice walls, the valley floor between 12,000 and 14,000 ft. can provide comfortable camping spots in good weather.
The highlights and challenges of the trek are even more exhilarating. The terraced farmland above Pokhara - Visit the inner sanctuary of Annapurna panoramic views of 10 peaks over 6000m - Views of Dhaulagiri and the Kali Gandaki from Poon Hill - Surrounded by a ring of impressive mountains, including Annapurna I 8091m (26540ft.) - The combination of pretty villages and farmland at Ghaundrung, set against the panorama of high peaks beyond makes this one of the most picturesque of treks - Natural hot spring at Jhinudanda.
Annapurna base camp trek is suitable for any walker looking for something a little more challenging and energetic. It does not require that you have any previous trekking or mountaineering experience. Although the terrain is not difficult, some vigorous hiking experience is useful. And it does not require any technical experience; only that you be in good physical conditioning and be able to hike for 4-6 hours over hilly terrain with a light day pack.
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6:00 AM from your hotel in Kathmandu
Day 1: Pick up and transfer from Tribhuvan International Airport to your hotel
As you arrive at the international airport in Kathmandu, our office staff will receive you and take you to your hotel. After getting refreshed, if you still have some more time at your disposal, consider a half-day sightseeing of Kathmandu. The culturally rich city will leave you completely mesmerized.
Day 2: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara
It takes about 7 hours to reach Pokhara from Kathmandu. In the long drive, you will see for yourself the hilly terrain of Nepal, its diversity and the people living here.
Day 3: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedhunga (1577m)
A short drive from Pokhara takes you Nayapul. Our trek starts here. We reach Tikhedhunga today. The time is about 4 hours, but you spend a lot of energy in climbing more than 500 meters. On the way we meet a charming village called Birethanti, bamboo forests and a big waterfall. The trail to Tikhedhunga from Birethanti is steeper than the initial portion.
Day 4: Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2875m)
Another day of epic ascent that requires you to keep going up and up for more than 1300 meters in a single day. Almost the entire climb takes place on stone staircase that the trail is made up of. However the uphill walk does not start right away after leaving Tikhedhunga. We have to go down to the Bhurungdi Khola, cross it, and start the relentless upwards walk until Ulleri, a small Magar village. From here we can have good views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli peaks. Onwards from here, the trail becomes gentler, at first through farmlands and grasslands, then through oak and rhododendron forests with some streams cascading downwards.
Day 5: Ghorepani to Poonhill (3210m) for viewing sunrise and then trek to Tadapani (2660m)
We wake up quite early in the morning and start the climb to Poonhill. We must make it to the place before sunrise if we want to watch one of the most spectacular sunrises of life. Poonhill is one of the most famous vantage points around Pokhara to enjoy the Himalayan vista. You can see nearly 500 kilometers of unobstructed Himalayan range, starting Dhaulagiri I and going further and further east bringing the views of Tukuche, Nilgiri, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli and many others. We return to Ghorepani and start our trek to Tadapani. Unlike the previous day of relentless climb, the trail to Tadapani consists of both ups and downs, the ups outdoing the downs by a small margin. On the way there will be other vantage points comparable to Poonhill, giving you good views of Machapuchre, Annapurna and other peaks. You will meet a number of waterfalls on the way, and walk through high altitude alpine forests to reach Tadapani.
Day 6: Tadapani to Sinuwa (2300m)
From Tadapani, we move downwards through thick forests with languor monkeys to emerge into the farmlands and terraces near the Modi Khola. It takes about three hours to make this descent, but the broad views of the fertile, lush Modi Khola valley relieves us from our tiredness. We then cross it on a suspension bridge and head upwards to our destination Sinuwa, contouring hillside with villages and the villagers living there busy with their daily works. Finely cut out rice terraces, green fields, forests and numerous streams and waterfalls on the way and around the hills within your good view beautify the otherwise tiresome climb. We stop at Chomrong for lunch, have a short rest and continue to the small but marvelous Gurung village named Sinuwa.
Day 7: Sinuwa to Deurali (3100m)
We meet a lot of streams today as we move higher and higher, punctuated by some short, intermittent descents to get across the gorges cut by these streams. You will also meet some landslides and avalanche outlets cutting deep through steep hillsides. There will be mountain views from different places.
Day 8: Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m)
From Deurali, we move on to the Machhapuchre Base Camp and then to the Annapurna Base Camp. We enter into the Annapurna Sanctuary today, a valley surrounded by mountains from all sides. Stunning mountain views that include Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gangapurna, Machhapuchre and other hold you spellbound. The trail passes mostly through boulders and glacial debris. If you find it difficult to reach the Annapurna Base Camp today, spend the night here and go there the next day. After reaching the Annapurna Base Camp, you have a good view of the glacier and the stupendous south face of the Annapurna, by far the most difficult and little climbed 8,000 meter-plus mountain of Nepal Himalayas.
Day 9: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (2460m)
The return journey is easy, coming back down the valley. Starting early in the morning, we make a whopping, 1500 meter-plus descent to Bamboo for our overnight stay.
Day 10: Bamboo to Hot Spring (1800m)
We walk to Jhinudanda from Bamboo today. Jhinu Danda, a collection of lodges sitting on the narrow ridge-top, also has a natural hot spring a little down from the hilltop. Enjoy the hot bath in the spring and rejuvenate yourself.
Day 11: Hot Spring to Ghandruk (1950m)
From Hot Spring, we make it to Ghandruk today, the living museum of Gurung culture in Nepal. It is a very large village with more than 200 Gurung families with a lot of lodges and Gurung Homestays. The village offers grand views of the Annapurna and Machhapuchre peaks.
Day 12: Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara.
We move down from Ghandruk to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara.
Day 13: Sightseeing tour of Pokhara Valley
We explore the most favourite tourist destination of Nepal — the Pokhara valley — today.
Day 14: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
We drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara.
Day 15: Transfer to the international airport for your outbound journey
We transfer you to the international airport and pay you farewell.
- While this trek is not considered safe for children below 6 years of age, those above 6 may join only if accompanied by their parents.
Health - An overall physical checkup of all participants is strongly recommended. Due to the strenuous nature of this expedition, only those declared fit for high altitudes and alpine conditions will be permitted to join.
Skill - Basic trekking skills and familiarity with high altitude activities are expected. Past experience is preferred, though not mandatory.
Insurance - Participants must be insured against cancellations, accidents, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of, or damage to, baggage and personal effects.
Items to bring
- Sleeping bag
- Thermal clothing (down jacket, gloves, socks, hat, etc)
- Suitable hiking boots
- Sun glasses
- Cold cream
- Three passport size photographs for the trekking permit
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