Annapurna Base Camp is a world-famous destination and one of the most popular treks in Nepal. Mount Annapurna at 8,091meters is the 10th highest mountain in the world. The Annapurna region is in the North-central part of Nepal contiguous with Lamjung Himal and flanked by the huge Kali Gandaki River to the west and the equally large the Marshyangdi River to the east. The trek to Annapurna Base Camp passes through waterfalls, villages, farmlands, rhododendron forests providing natural vistas of profound beauty. The trek begins at a mere 800 meters slowly ascending to 4,130 meters at the Base Camp itself so acclimatization is gradual and the altitude difference is quite literally mountainous!
We begin in Pokhara, Nepal’s second largest city and strike out to Naya Pul by motor road. We begin the trek to Ghandruk, home to a fascinating museum devoted to Gurung culture, the local people of this region. Trekking from Ghandruk we have the opportunity to marvel at colorful orchids (season permitting) and clear views of two eight thousand meter peaks, Annapurna and Mount Dhaulagiri (8,167 meters). Take it from us, the view of two 8,000 meter peaks from a mere 800 meters is simply jaw-dropping.
Different Treks, different levels of difficulties, you chose!
The 11 day Annapurna Base Camp Trek is designed for trekkers with limited schedules who want to pack as much as possible into a brief amount of time. For those with more time to spend, the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek expands to 16 days and includes more to see and do. Two variations on these treks can be accomplished in nine days: the Annapurna Sunrise Trek, and the so-called Royal Trek, so named because it was designed for HRH Prince Charles of Great Britain. A more challenging variation expands to 21 days and includes traversing Thorong La, which at 5,416 meters (17,769 ft) is a mountain pass of unparalleled grandeur. You will walk on land higher than many airplanes in the rest of the world!
ITINERARY:DAY 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport , Kathmandu's airport, you will be greeted by a representative from Samye Travel Tours and thence whisked to your hotel.DAY 02 : Fly to Pokhara (823m/2,700ft)
Early morning flight to Pokhara. The right side of the aircraft affords the best views of the Himalayas en route. Pokhara offers magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, Annapurna and other Himalayan peaks. After a short rest, we drive to Naya Pul and start trekking. From Birethanti, we ascendil to Ghandruk. Enjoy truly spectacular panoramas of snowcapped mountains. Pass through several small villages, like Chimrong, Syauli Bazar, Chane etc. Cross the suspension bridge over Khumnu Khola to arrive in the Gurung village of Ghandruk, a picturesque settlement of stone houses clinging to a steep slope.DAY 03: Trek Ghandruk to Chhomrong (2170m/7120ft): 5 hrs trek
About an hour's ascent brings us to to Ghandrukkot village where we descend to the mighty Kimron Khola, or Kimron River. After another steep ascent from Kimron Khola, we have about an hour of easy walking then it's up again to Chhomrong. Towering over this village is the mighty Annapurna South, with the Fishtail Mountain (Machhapuchhare) facing it across the valley. Chhomrong is a beautiful village located on the lap of giant Annapurna massive. Overnight in Chhomrong.DAY 04: Chhomrong to Dovan (2580m/8460ft): 6 hrs trek
We head out of Chhomrong along the Modi Khola leaving behind inhabited foothills into the high steep and wooded Himalayan slopes. We cross a suspension bridge then trek up to Sinuwa Danda. The ascent from Sinuwa becomes somewhat flatter. The trail passes through thick and dark rhododendron forest up to Khuldighar. Then, we descend a series of steep stone steps into deep bamboo and rhododendron forests and emerge at a village called Doban.DAY 05 : Doban to Deurali (3230m/10,595ft): 4 hrs trek
The day starts with gentle gradual ascent following the course of the river through thick bamboo, oak and rhododendron forest up the side of the canyon. Pass by Himalaya Hotel. We cross two streams over small bridges. The trail passes through some truly solitary places. This quiet wilderness refuge is home to a variety of species of wildlife such as wild pig, deer, snow leopard, etc. Climb again to the Hinko Cave, really a large rock overhang. Climbing further we arrive at Deurali. Overnight in Deurali.DAY 06 : Deurali to Machhapuchre Base Camp (3700m/12135ft): 3-4 hrs trek
Today we start our trek to Machhapuchre Base Camp. Approximately half an hour from Deurali, we find ourselves in middle of a river bed surrounded by giant snow-covered mountains. When the sun rises, light is reflected off the snowfields and miraculously fills the little river valley with warmth. We reach Bagar. The hike to Machhapuchre Base Camp is somewhat strenuous but the unfolding views of majestic Machhapuchre peak are worth every drop of sweat. Enjoy views of Mount Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gangapurna and, of course, Fishtail Mountain itself, Machhapuchhare. Overnight in Machhapuchre Base Camp.DAY 07: Machhapuchre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,545ft): 2-3 hrs trek
On the way to Annapurna Base Camp vegetation disappears. We'll see snow boulders melting and forming small streams as the path widens and we enter the sanctuary. There are sensational views of the nearvertical south face of Annapurna towering above the sanctuary. Annapurna Sanctuary has an astonishing 360 degree panorama taking in Machhapuchre, Annapurna south, Annapurna I, Hiuchuli and other peaks. Overnight in Annapurna Base Camp.DAY 08: ABC to Bamboo (2310m/7575ft): 6 hrs trek
Get up early and bathe in one of the most memorable sunrises on earth. After breakfast, we start descending through the bamboo forests and back toward Machhapuchre Base Camp, Deurali, Dovan .You will see waterfalls that drop precipitously from on high crashing on to rocks below. Overnight in Bamboo.DAY 09 : Bamboo to New Bridge/Jhinu Dada (1760m/5770 ft): 6 hrs trek
From Bamboo we make a steep ascent to the Kuldi Ghar and then to Sinuwa following the stone steps that leads to Lower Chhomrong. Then we ascend to Upper Chhomrong. From Chhomrong and once over the pass, it's down again to Jhinu Danda. Today we have the opportunity to immerse ourselves in natural, sulpher hot springs lying just a 15 minutes from Jhinu Danda. Overnight in Jhinu Dada.DAY 10: Jhinu Dada to Naya Pul to Pokhara to Kathmandu: 6 hrs trek, 1 hour drive
Trek from Jhinu Danda to New bridge and then to Kyumi village. After lunch, we trek to Syauli bazzar and then down to Birethanti. After about an hour from Birethanti, we arrive at Naya Pul. The trek ends at Naya Pul. From Naya Pul we drive to Pokhara, which takes about an hour. Afternoon sees us winging outr way back to Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel. Spend the day leisurely, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping or explore any sights you missed during your first day in Kathmandu and evening celebration dinner together. Overnight in Kathmandu.DAY 11: Final Departure
You say goodbye today to the mountains as your journey in Nepal comes to an end. We take you to the airport for your flight to your next destination, taking with you unforgettable memories.