If you are planning to take one of the greatest treks in the Himalayas then you have got to trek to the base camp of the 10th highest mountain in the world. Annapurna is considered to be one of the most difficult and challenging peaks in the world to climb and getting to its base camp would be quite an achievement for the adventure lovers! Annapurna Range is the most exquisite and one of the longest and the mightiest ranges spread across 55 KMS in the north-central Nepal. The trek to the Annapurna Base Camp offers a rich experience of local Nepalese mountain culture, the charming villages, history of the landscapes, along with the views of the mighty Himalayan Ranges.
The Annapurna Base Camp is set amidst the majestic peaks of Annapurna 1, Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre and Hiunchuli. The unique setting of the camps makes the experience incredible! The 15 days tour requires you to take lengthy walks almost every day. The trek starts from Nayapul and it will take you to the untouched beauty of many remote villages and uncover many marvellous Himalayan Peaks.
Like any other region in Nepal, Annapurna was hugely affected post the earthquake in April 2015 which led to poverty, and it has become difficult for the people of Nepal to come back to their normal life, specifically in the non-urban areas where people are suffering the most. Nepal is flooded with tourists from all around the world to witness the beauty of of the mighty Himalayas and also because of its rich culture and heritage. People of Nepal are the friendliest, most hardworking and helpful. They will welcome you with all their hearts no matter how much they are suffering. Travelling to places like these which solely depend on tourism, we should understand that it is our responsibility to travel in ways that support the environment, create awareness about eco- tourism, and also contribute to the community.
On the Annapurna Base Camp Trek let’s make sure that the ecology and biodiversity of the landscape is not affected through any tourism activity. To contribute to it more, we can use locally produced products while travelling, stay in local homestays and villages, eat locally made food and not use plastic products. Keeping in mind the present situation in Nepal, responsible tourism is the best way to ensure rehabilitation of the country along with ensuring the ecosystem has minimal impact. We aim to ensure that every person on this trip gets an experience that of a traveller and not just a tourist.
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (4265 feet)
Arrive at Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, on your own. The city has a history dating back to more than 2000 years. Its rich culture and heritage displays a perfect blend of Hinduism and Buddhism bringing colors to the city. We will be welcomed with a locally brewed refreshment followed by a short briefing session about the trip and our responsibilities, in the evening. Spend the night at Kathmandu in a local homestay.
Day 02: Kathmandu
On the second day of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, we will explore the UNESCO World Heritages sites in Kathmandu like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath which is also known as the monkey temple, and Pashupatinath in Kathmandu Valley. Spend the evening on your own relaxing or taking a stroll around the city.
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (2713 feet)
After breakfast we will drive to Pokhara, which takes around 6-7 hours from Kathmandu. It is an exciting and mesmerising drive with the views of terraced rice fields, Trisuli and Marsyangdi Rivers, and spectacular panoramic views of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Lamjung Himal and above all Annapurna Himalayan Ranges! We spend the night at Pokhara in a homestay.
Day 04: Drive to Nayapul and Trek to Thikedunga (5085 feet/ 4-5 hours)
Today is the first day of our trek to Annapurna Base Camp. We will drive to Nayapul from Pokhara and then we will start climbing to Thikedunga through Birethanti and Ramghai. We will walk along the Burungdi River and reach a local village homestay to spend the night. We will enjoy a freshly cooked meal at the homestay at night before calling it a day.
Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani (9186 feet/ 6-7 hours)
We will start our journey after breakfast and continue climbing a steep stone staircase to Ulleri for about 1.5 hours. On the way we will grab some lunch at Banthani and continue climbing the trail that goes through magnificent Rhododendron and Oak forests. We will stay overnight at a local village homestay.
Day 06: Hike to Pun Hill (10498 feet/ 1 hour) and trek to Tadapani (8684 feet/ 5 hours)
Pun Hills offer the best vistas of the majestic Annapurna Region. We will leave early in the morning to catch the brilliant sunrise and the views of high Himalayas. We can spend some time admiring the beauty of the place before trekking to Tadapani, where we will stay overnight at a homestay,
Day 07: Tadapani to Chhomrong (7142 feet/ 5-6 hours)
Today we descend through the forest and enjoy the chirping of birds and the lush nature around. After walking down for an hour, the trail gets steep and we start trekking through the terraced fields to Kimrung Khola. We will cross the suspension bridge and walk to Gurjung and reach Chhimrong for an overnight stay at a local homestay.
Day 08: Chhomrong to Dovan (8628 feet/ 5-6 hours)
We will climb up to Sinwa after that we trek down to Chhomrong River and cross the bridge. We will then walk through the Rhododendron forests festooned with orchids and ferns. Again there is a steep trek down with stone staircase to Bamboo. After lunch we will walk for another hour to reach the homestay where we will spend the night.
Day 09: Dovan to Deurali (10597 feet/ 6-7 hours)
We will start our peaceful walk after breakfast from the forests of Dovan to the Himalayas.. Enjoy the walk amidst nature, admire the amazing vistas all around and unwind in the calm surroundings. After a steep climb for an hour we will reach Hinku Cave and cross an arduous moraine with icy crevasses to reach Deurali. We will reach the homestay by evening where we will spend the night.
Day 10: Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (13779 feet/ 5-6 hours)
After we cross Deurali Valley, the trail becomes less steep. We start walking carefully to get closer to the mountains. The trail turns to the left in the Valley after Machhapuchhre Base Camp and then it is a pleasant walk up to the Annapurna Base Camp, though the air becomes thin now. Walk gently to the Base Camp and get amazed by the mind blowing 360 degree views of Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre and several other wonderful peaks. Stay overnight at a local village homestay.
Day 11: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo
On this day of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek we will wake up to a mesmerizing sunrise and sip a hot cup of tea while enjoying the views. Later we will head down slowly to Bamboo, a small local village. Reach Bamboo and stay overnight.
Day 12: Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (5774/ 5-6 hours)
We will follow the same route which we took to climb up from Chhomrong. We will trek steep down to Jhinu and go for a hot water spring bath. Return to the homestay at Jhinu and stay overnight.
Day 13: Jhinu to Nayapul and Drive to Pokhara by car
After breakfast we will leave for Nayapul from Birethanti. After reaching Nayapul, the car will be waiting for us to take us back to Pokhara. Reach Pokhara and stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 14: Drive to Kathmandu
Leave for Kathmandu and have lunch on the way. Spend the rest of the day shopping or exploring the markets of Kathmandu. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 15: Departure
The thrilling Annapurna Base Camp Trek concludes today! We will drop you to the airport to continue your journey to the next destination.
For Nationals outside SAARC Countries : INR 82500 Per Person
10th May, 2016
Best time to go: Autumn and Spring
Maximum altitude: 13779 feet
Duration: 14 Nights/ 15 Days