Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the most famous and beautiful treks in all of Nepal. It starts from the agricultural rice paddies and takes you through forests of rhododendron and bamboo brushes through the heart of the Annapurna mountain range. This trek offers breath taking scenery of Himalaya including two of the highest mountain peaks, Dhaulagiri (8169m) and Annapurna (8091m) which are the seventh and tenth highest peaks in the world respectively.
The trip starts and ends at the city of Pokhara, widely known as Lake City, with an overall loop following the Modi River. During this trek you will have an opportunity to observe and interact with local communities and their lifestyles. The main attractions of this trek are the 360 degree views of the mountains from Poon Hill, the Annapurna Base Camp, villages of Gurang Chhomrog and Ghandruk, and stunning views of Annapurna south, Himchuli and Machhapuchhre. Natural hot spring of Jhinu rewards after our hard days of trekking.
During the trek, we will be staying at local teahouses. These offer accommodation and food served in a dining room which also functions as a social meeting place with other trekkers. All accommodation is on a twin share basis. A single room is usually available at a little extra cost. The tour guide will arrange the best available accommodation in each village. As we advance to higher and more remote villages it’s necessary to share a room with more than two people. During the treks, most of the bathroom and toilet facilities are shared. Toilet can be either a squat or a western toilet.
In Kathmandu, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food such as Thali and Momo at a traditional Nepalese restaurant. For instance, a Newari restaurant is a special place serving Newari food. Newars are the indigenous people of the Kathmandu valley. Newari food is famous and unique. During the trek, we will eat traditional Nepalese food as well as more international cuisine (Tibetan, Indian, Italian and continental). Then, we take dinner and breakfast at the teahouse where we spend the night and lunch at one of the trail teahouses.
Day 09– Durali(3,230/10,597ft) to Annapurna Base camp(4,130m/13549ft): 6 hours
At dawn of this day, we will begin with a gradual climb of 470 meters to Annapurna Base Camp. It is when you reach the base camp of Machhapuchre Basecamp that you will be blown away by with accomplishment and the pure beauty of your surroundings as the sun rises slowly up the mountainside. Another two and half hours uphill will bring us to Annapurna Base Camp – the pinnacle of our trek. Annapurna base camp trek is also called Annapurna centenary trek. This is because when you reach base camp you will have the feeling of tranquility as you realize you are surrounded by mountains on all sides.
Day 10 –Annapurna Base Camp(4,130m/13549ft) to Bamboo(2,310m/7,585ft): 6 hoursToday we wake up early to watch the sunrise at the Annapurna mountain range. After we have breakfast, we will start our descent down the mountain passing through the settlements of Macchapucchre Base Camp, Durali, Himalaya and Dobhan (the same way we came up). Trekking is much more forgiving on the way down and our ability to cover more ground in shorter amounts of time is expected. We end our hiking at Bamboo where we will have warm meals and restful sleeping accommodations.
Day 11- Bamboo(2,310m/7,585ft) to Jhinu(1720m/5643ft): 5 hours
The trek today will be a tiring uphill and downhill battle between the villages of Sinwa and Jhinu. However, once you have reached Jhinu, you have the option of a short 25-minute descent to the Modi River. This is where you can reward yourself and your hard day of trekking by relaxing in the natural hot springs (absolutely lovely and relaxing).
Day 12– Jhinu (1,720m/5,643ft) to Ghandruk (1,940m/6,364ft): 4 hours
The day begins at dawn with a descent down to the Modi River. We cross the river and start to ascend up through the rice terraces and forests. Hiking today is expected to be a total of 5 hours mostly passing through the fields where we can observe the farming culture of Nepal.
Day 13- Ghandruk (1,940m/6,364ft) to Banthanti Hill (2,630m/8,628): 3-4 hours
Ghandruk is one of the biggest villages inhabited by the Gurung community. Our trekking today will ascend gentle uphill movements through the forest of rhododendron and fir trees to the Tadapani. It is expected to take three hours. We then descend down to the river and ascend uphill for an hour to Banthanti were we will spend our evening.
Day 14 – Banthati hill (2,630m/8,628) to Ghorepani (2860m/9,383ft): 6 hours
After breakfast, we start our day trekking through the gentle uphill climb following the stream passing Durali and Nangethanti. As we reach the top of the Durali, we will be rewarded with the breathtaking view of the Dhaulagiri Massif and Annapurna Massif. After an hour trek, we reach Ghorepani where we will spend a restful evening.
Day 15 – Ghorepani (2,860m/9,383ft) to Tikhedhunga (1,540m/5,052ft): 5-6 hours
Today we will start early with a 45-minute walk following steep climbing stairs guided by headlights. As we trek higher there will be an eerie feeling as the snow-capped mountains glow through the forest trees. Once you reach the top you will be rewarded with the warmth of morning sun and incredible views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Fishtail. From here we will trek back for warm breakfast in Ghorepani before beginning our trek to Tikhedunga. The first part of our trekking will be downhill through the rhododendron forest. Our descent continues passing through the settlement of Ullari to Tikhedhunga where we will stop for the evening.
Day 16 – Tikhedhunga (1,540m/5,052ft)to Pokhara (820m/2690ft): 4 hours trek and 1:30 min drive
Today is the last day of our trekking. We will trek from Tikhedhunga to Nayapul and then drive back. The treks are a gentle downhill passing through the settlement of Birethanti. As we arrive we will be required to present our permit for the previous days spent trekking in the beautiful Annapurna Mountain terrain. From here it will only take half an hour to get back to Nayapul. At Nayapul, our trekking by foot will officially end and we will drive for an hour and a half back to Pokhara.
Day 17 – Pokhara (820m/2690ft) to Kathmandu (1,310m/4330ft): 6-7 hour drive
Today we will go back to Kathmandu. The drive will be six to seven hours by the side of Trisuli and Marsangdi River. This drive offers an amazing view of the rice terraces village and the landscape of Nepal. You can fly back as well which will take only half an hour with the beautiful view of the mountain. If you want to fly, you need to pay extra amount. In the evening, there will be a farewell dinner where we will analyze the overall trekking and our services.
Day 18 – Final Departure
Today is the last day of your adventure and you are welcome to start with us for breakfast. After breakfast, if you have spare time from your flight you can go shopping or you can go sightseeing. If you want to do some sightseeing, then inform us a day earlier so that we can help arrange a car for you. At the end of your stay, a representative from Open Trail Treks will pick you from the hotel to and drop you at the airport 3 hours before your flight.
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