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Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Annapurna base camp trek is one of the most popular trekking destinations in Nepal. It is the home of the 10th tallest peak in the world and rises to an amazing 8091 meters. This trek usually takes around 13 days, including 6 hours of travel time from the airport at Kathmandu to Pokhara. Pokhara is Nepal’s second largest city and nestled at the base of Annapurna.
The trek starts out from Pokhara and makes it’s way through several mountain villages, up to Annapurna, then back to Pokhara. On this trekking adventure, you will have views of several Himalayan peaks, such as Mt. Fishtail. You will see Gurung mountain village communities, get to explore the glacier at Annapurna Basecamp, and so much more. Be sure to check out the relaxing hot springs while you are there. Also, the Modi river winds its way through the mountains creating breathtaking waterfalls.
The Annapurna Base camp trek is full of nature’s peaceful beauty at every turn. It’s no wonder people travel from all over the globe to explore the region’s natural wonders.
Accommodations and Meals
There are several hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara to rest up before the trek. In Kathmandu, the Hotel Yak & Yeti is a 100-year-old palace that has been renovated into a grand hotel. For a more contemporary lodging, the Hotel Shambala is a luxurious boutique hotel with architecture inspired by the Tibetan and Nepalese cultures.
In Pokhara, stay near the peaceful Phewa Lake at the Lakeside Retreat Hotel or the Pokhara Grande Hotel. Once you begin the trek, accommodations can be found in the villages along the way. Ghandruk, Chomrong, Khuldigar, Himalaya, and Bamboo are just a few that offer lodging at beautiful teahouses to rest during your trek through the mountains. Annapurna Base Camp and Macchupuchre Basecamp also offer lodging to trekkers. Meals can be found at any number of these villages along the trek as well. The food will consist of mainly traditional Nepalese cuisine but most places also serve common international foods, such as Indian and Italian.
There is no general level of fitness required for the Annapurna Base Camp trek, but keep in mind it includes several days of walking at higher altitudes with a light pack. You will need to be able to walk comfortably for several hours a day. This trek is done by people of all ages and moderate fitness levels. Regular exercise and jogging in the weeks leading up to the trip will help with endurance and stability. Keep a steady pace and enjoy the scenery and you will be fine. Be sure to check with your doctor if you have any ongoing medical issues that may cause problems during the trek. Alert your trek company to any medical issues before booking to make sure they can take any necessary precautions for your safety.
Best Time to Travel
The best time to do the Annapurna base camp trek is during Autumn or Spring. This would be the months of September through November and March through May. Treks can also be scheduled during the Winter or Summer. Winter treks will have fewer guests and provide a more serene atmosphere but temperatures are very cold and may be too harsh for some people. The Summer season in the area brings monsoons but is also the time when the greenery is at its best. Decide which weather you prefer and plan your trek accordingly. Prepare for your trip in a suitable manor to withstand the elements during the season of your choosing. Comfortable, weather suited clothing will make your trek around Annapurna a wonderful experience.
Detailed Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu
Upon arrival, guests will be greeted by staff and escorted to a local hotel. Participants can spend the first evening strolling the streets of Kathmandu and enjoying a dinner with a Nepali cultural program.
Day 2: UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Today will be focused on exploring the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu, including Durbar Square and the Swayambhunath Stupa. Guests will see the sacred Hindu pilgrimage site, the Pashupatinath Temple, followed by the Buddhist Boudhanath stupa. Later, participants will be briefed on their upcoming Annapurna Base Camp trekking adventure, followed by an overnight in the hotel.
Day 3: Pokhara
After an early breakfast, guests will take the scenic six-hour journey to Pokhara. At the destination, there is an option to stroll the Phewa Lake and visit the local market. Overnight at a Pokhara hotel.
Day 4: Ghandruk
Participants will take the hour and a half drive to Birethati and then begin a five to six hour hike to Ghandruk, a village full of impressive stonework, nestled in the heart of the Annapurna region. Overnight at a lodge in Ghandruk.
Day 5: Chomrong
Today, guests will explore Annapurna South, Himchuli and Machhapurchhre Himal via the popular trails, Kot Dada and Kimrong. From the village of Tatopani, it is a mountainous hiking route to beautiful Chomrong. Overnight at a lodge in Chomrong.
Day 6: Himalaya
Participants will trek the scenic Chomrong Khola and Tilche until they reach Sinuwa and Khuldighar. Since many sections of this area are affected by avalanches, be sure to ask the ACAP staff you’ll see along the way if the trails you wish to explore are safe. As guests make their way through Bamboo village and Dovan, they will observe the dense forest and landscape of the Himalayan area. Overnight in a Himalayan hotel.
Day 7: Machhapuchhre Base Camp
Today, guests will visit the Hinku cave and Deurali. Two massive rock pillars mark the entrance to the Mountain Lodges at Machhapuchhre Base Camp. Allowing yourself to adjust to the altitude, spend this time relaxing and enjoying the views. Overnight at the Machhapuchhre Base Camp.
Day 8: Annapurna Base Camp
Participants will begin the day with a two to three-hour trek to ABC. Witness a breathtaking view of the near-verticle Annapurna with an unobstructed 360-degree panorama. Explore the surrounding areas, including a glacier. Overnight at ABC.
Day 9: Bamboo
As guests have reached the apex of their journey, they begin the slow descent back down, beginning with a six-hour hike to the village of Bamboo. Overnight at lodge in Bamboo.
Day 10: Landruk
Continue the descent with destination stops in Sinuwa, Taulung and Junudada. On the way, experience Modhi Khola, which boasts dense forests, cool springs and vegetation. Overnight in Landruk.
Day 11: Pothana, Dhampus, Phedi and Pokhara
On the way through the forests and villages, view Annapurna to the north and the exquisite Mt. Fishtail. Explore farmlands and locals in the Dhampus area, then drive the 45 minutes to Pokhara city, where guests will stay for the night.
Day 12: Kathmandu
After a delicious breakfast, drive back to Kathmandu (a six to seven-hour trip). During this journey, be sure to see the countryside, rivers, farms and mountains. When guests arrive back in Kathmandu, they will be taken back to their hotel for a leisurely evening.
Day 13: Departure
Private vehicles will take participants to the International airport, according to their flight schedules.
Things that are included in the trip’s cost are:
- Pickup from the Kathmandu airport.
- Accommodation in Kathmandu in a hotel.
- Accommodation in the tea houses and the lodges during the trek.
- All the meals in the hotel, tea houses, and the lodges during the trek.
- Transport costs as per the itinerary.
- All the trekking assistants.
- Medical kits.
- Necessary paperwork.
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