Annapurna Basecamp (ABC)
Also known as Annapurna Sanctuary. The other classic trek in the Annapurna region is to the so called Annapurna base camp (ABC), the site of the base camp used by expeditions attempting the massive south face of Annapurna I. The trek to Annapurna base camp combines some of the most spectacular mountain scenery with a fascinating insight into the life of middle hills. The best time to visit the Sanctuary is during the main trekking seasons of spring and autumn. From Chomrung village, the last all year settlement of the region, there is only one trail, which follows the ever- narrowing Modi River to finally enter the Base camp. In order to avoid altitude related problems, it would be wiser to spend more time on the way to base camp.
This trekking route offers panoramic view of mountains within a short span of timeframe. Ghorepan offers great views including the both famous mountains Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Dhaulagiri as well as other prominent snow-capped peaks in the Western Development Region of Nepal. For a panoramic view of northern mountains, Punhill (3210m) which is about an hour’s climb away from Ghorepani Pass above Ghorepani Village also offers best view of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Tukchey Peak in the northwest and Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Nilgiri in the northeast.The Punhill also offers far-sighted aerial view of Kaligandakin Valley (former main trading route between Nepal and Tibet via Mustang) which is considered as world’s deepest gorge between Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt. Annapurna range and one of the popular trekking spots in Nepal.
Itinerary & Highlight
Day 01. Arrival in Kathmandu:
Transfer to hotel for check in and briefing on the trip. An introductory sightseeing trip to downtown Kathmandu or explore around hotel depending on your flight arrival.
Day 02. Kathmandu:
Guided sightseeing covering all the major sightseeing points in and around Kathmandu, covering the prominent landmarks such as: Soyambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa, Kumari (the living goddess) Temple and Durbar Square Kathmandu.
Day 03. Kathmandu to Pokhara (915m):
After breakfast, transfer to domestic terminal for flight (35minutes) to Pokhara or drive (5 to 6 hours by tourist standard bus as per category and option. Check in hotel. Explore around lakeside.
Day 04. Pokhara to Dhampus (1650m):
Drive and trek to Dhampus village. Overnight at Dhampus or Potana. Enjoy the panoramic views of northern mountains, Mt. Annapurna range and Lamjung.
Day 05. Dhampus to Landruk village (1565m):
Trek about 4 to 5 hours to the camp.
Day 06. Landruk village to Chomrung village (2170m):
Arrive Chomrung for lunch and rest for acclimatization before attempting high elevation towards Mt. Annapurna Basecamp. Chomrung is a beautiful Gurung village on the lap of Mt. Annapurna South.
Day 07. Chomrung to Himalayan Camp (2920m):
A mountain resort in the middle of bamboo forests. Downhill trek to Chomrung River and steep uphill trek about one hour crossing Chomrung River, then and easy downhill and gradual up trek to the camp. Trek about 4 to 5 hours.
Day 08. Himalayan Camp to Machhapucharebasecamp (3700):
Gradual uphill trek for the full day through bamboo forests admiring Mt. Machhapuchare (Fishtail) at its best for most of the time at your right. Trek about 5 hours.
Day 09. Machhapucharebasecamp to Annapurna basecamp (4130m):
Gradual uphill trek enjoying the views of surrounding mountains and Mt. Annapurna South and I with the feeling like you are trapped inside the range of mountains. Trek about 2 hours at maximum.
Day 10. Annapurna Basecamp to Chomrung village:
Return to Chomrung. Gradual downhill trek to Chomrung village.
Day 11. Chomrung village to Tadapani (2700m):
Trek to Kimrung Khola for lunch. After lunch, steep uphill trek to Tadapani. The best point to view Mt. Annapurna range.
Day 12. Tadapani to Ghorepani (2810m):
Trek through a beautiful forest and ridge, we arrive Ghorepani Pass in the evening. The views are Mt. Dhaulagiri, Tukcheky Peak, Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Annapurna South as well as Kaligandaki Vallley, the famous trading route to Tibet. In ancient time, the great Japanese monk Kawaguchi used the Kaligandaki route to visit Tibet.
Day 13. Ghorepani to Pun Hill (3210m), to Ghorepani and Trikedunga (1577m):
An early morning excursion to Poon Hill (Punhill) for the best sunrise view of Mt. Dhaulgiri and surrounding high snow-capped peaks. Return to Ghorepani for breakfast and rest. After lunch, follow the downhill trek to Trikedunga Village for overnight accommodation.
Day 14. Trikedunga to Nayapul and Pokhara:
Trek to Nayapul, then drive to Pokhara. Check in hotel. Rest.
Day 15. Pokhara to Kathmandu:
After breakfast, drive or flight to Kathmandu. Check in hotel. Evening, sightseeing in the Thamel Street. Dinner will be served at typical Nepalese Restaurant with culture show.
Day 16. Departure from Kathmandu:
Departure from Kathmandu or make extension as per your time-frame.
-Depending on the number of trekking members
– Hotel accommodation for 3 nights in Kathmandu on twin-sharing basis.
– Hotel accommodation for 2 nights in Pokhara on twin-sharing basis.
– Local lodge during the trekking period based on twin sharing or dormitory.
– Breakfast at hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
– Meals (including bed tea/coffee, breakfast, lunch, evening tea/coffee and dinner) during the trekking.
Mode of Transportation:
– Guided city sightseeing with private vehicle in an around Kathmandu and Pokhara as per the itinerary.
– Airfare: Kathmandu/Pokhara/Kathmandu with tax (subject to increment on fare revise).
– Airport pickups and drops upon your arrival and departure from Kathmandu and Pokhara.
– Ground transfers by private vehicle: Pokhara/Nayapul (trekking starting and ending point), Phedi/Pokhara.
Inclusive (in addition to the above plan)
– Services as per the above mentioned plan.
– Service of registered English speaking city guide, experienced Sherpa trek leader, assistant guides and other experienced supporting field staff as per group size.
– Porters to carry your belongings (1 porter for 2 trekking members).
– Wages for trekking guides, field staff and porters.
– Insurance coverage for trekking guides, field staff and porters.
– Brand-new like heavy duty sleepingbag (to be returned on completion of the trip).
– A kit bag/duffel bag for trekking as our complimentary.
– A map relating the destination.
– Tims card (trek registration card).
– Entry permit fee for Mt. Annapurna Conservation Area Project.
– All entry fees to the sightseeing points as per the itinerary.
– Basic medicines for staff and porters.
– Farewell dinner at typical Nepalese Restaurant with cultural show in Kathmandu.
– Government tax and surcharges.
– Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
– Nepalese visa fee.
– International flights to and from Kathmandu.
– Additional services beyond service plan, inclusive and itinerary.
– Excess baggage charges.
– Private porter if needed.
– Personal expenses (tips, bar bill, laundry and shower at local lodges and other expenses of personal nature during the trip).
– Travel insurance covering rescue in case of emergency.