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Annapurna Base Camp Overview

Annapurna Conservation Area is the 2nd most walked Himalayan region in Nepal after Everest area. With myraid world class trekking options in the Annapurna region, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek and Annapurna Circuit lead the popularity charts with most trekkers. Annapurna 1(8091m) was the first ever 8000er ever climbed by a French team led by Maurice Herzog in 1950.

From Kathmandu, we fly to the lakecity of Pokhara and drive to the roadhead at Nayapul(1050m) from where our trek into the Annapurna Sanctuary begins. Over the next few days we will walk to the base camp of an 8000er through some extraordinary variety in ecosystems – starting from terraced farmfields, to tropical jungles to arid desert like landscape at the foot of Annapurna. The trek initially passes through beautiful villages with terraced farm fields cut into mountain sides. The Tea-houses on the trail are all part of the villages and gives us immense scope for witnessing the lives of Gurung and Magar ethnic communities of Annapurna region. Ahead of Sinuwa, we enter dense tropical forests with a high chance of witnessing wildlife.For a birder, this is a trail through paradise!

The trek is pretty rigorous with multiple ascents and descents and often with more than 5 hrs of walking but does not go beyond 4130m in altitude. The scenery is extremely rewarding and often takes our mind away from the rigour. The penultimate day of the trek we hit the hot springs at Jhinu where we can relax our weary legs and feel content about the entire experience and look forward to the dazzle of Pokhara city.

 

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Closeup views of Annapurna 1, Annapurna South, Fishtail Peak & Hiunchuli
  • Unparalleled 270 degree view from Poonhill top
  • Trek through dense jungles and villages of Annapurna Sanctuary
  • Hot Springs at Jhinu Danda
  • Tea-house stays and Local interaction
  • Lake city of Pokhara

 

ITINERARY AT A GLANCE

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu(1300m)
Day 02: Fly to Pokhara(830m). Drive to Nayapul(1050m). Trek to Ulleri(1960m)
Day 03: Trek to Ghorepani(2810m)
Day 04: Morning Poonhill(3210m). Trek to Tadapani(2700m)
Day 05: Trek to Chommrong(2200m)
Day 06: Trek to Dovan(2505m)
Day 07: Trek to MBC(3700m)
Day 08: Trek to ABC(4130m)
Day 09: Trek to Bamboo(2190m)
Day 10: Trek to Jhinu Danda(1760m)
Day 11: Trek to Siwai roadhead(1400m). Local Jeep to Nayapul.Taxi to Pokhara(830m)
Day 12: Fly to Kathmandu. Depart

Cost Inclusions

 Annapurna Base Camp Cost Details

 COST:

INR 76500 for Indian Nationals
USD 1295 for Foreigners
Difference in cost is due to differential pricing in Nepal for flights, hotels and permits for foreigners

COST INCLUDES
  • Accommodation:
    • Entire Accommodation during the trek
    • 1 night at Hotel in Kathmandu
    • 1 night at Hotel in Pokhara
    • 9 nights at Tea-houses on trek route
  • Food:
    • All Meals on the trip except Lunch and Dinner at Kathmandu and Pokhara
    • 3 meals per day- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with beverages(tea/coffee) throughout the trek
  • Airfares and Road Transportation:All Transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
    • 2 Domestic flights KTM-Pokhara-KTM
    • Arrival and departure transfers between Airport and Hotel
    • Transfers to and from Trek start/end Points
  • Experienced Trek Crew:
    • Qualified Trip Leader, Local Nepalese Guide, Sherpa and Porters
  • Porterage:
    • 15 Kg/person. 1 porter between 2 trekkers
  • Permits and Taxes
    • Trekking Permits – TIMS
    • Annapurna Conservation Area Entrance Fee
    • Includes service tax

 

COST EXCLUDES
  • International Airfares to and out of Kathmandu
  • Visas
  • Meals not mentioned in the above itinerary at Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Mineral water during trek. Account for about INR 300-350 per day for drinking water(mineral/boiled) on the trek. A litre costs an avg of INR 100 on the trek
  • Any additional transport or activities apart from the trip itinerary
  • Travel Insurance
  • Expenses arising through unforeseen conditions like bad weather, natural calamities, flight cancellations, etc
  • Rescue and evacuation services
  • Expenses of any personal nature like phone calls, drinks, cigarettes, souvenirs, laundry, etc
  • Tips

Itinerary

Annapurna Base Camp Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu(1300m)
Arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport at Kathmandu. The airport is small and can get very chaotic in the peak tourist seasons. Getting past the immigration and baggage claim takes a while. Ask for an official’s help if you have trouble finding your luggage. Our representative will be waiting outside the airport with a placard that reads “Adventure Sindbad”. Look out for this as you walk out of the chaotic airport. You will then be driven to the hotel in Thamel where your trip leader will receive you and assist with the check-in process and orientation. The comprehensive trip briefing will happen in the evening once all the clients have arrived and assembled at the hotel.
Meals: LD ; Overnight Hotel.

Day 02: Fly to Pokhara(830m). Drive to Nayapul(1050m). Trek to Ulleri(1960m)
We start early and take the 25 mins flight to the beautiful lake city of Pokhara. If you are lucky to grab the right hand seats of the plane, you will witness some amazing sights of Manaslu and Annapurna ranges during the flight. We drive directly from the airport for 2 hrs to Nayapul(1050m), the famed starting point for many treks. Nayapul is also the confluence of Modi Khola and Bhurundi Khola .There is a Tourist check post at Birethanti 30 mins ahead where we need to register before moving ahead. The trek to Ulleri takes about 6 hours and follows the Bhurundi khola. The terrain is relatively flat in the first half and gets steeper with many steps to climb post lunch. The toughest patch is the climb from Tikhedunga to Ulleri( 2 hrs) towards the end of the trek with about 3200+ steps. Be ready for some serious quad workouts right after lunch. Despite the effort, we cannot stop ourselves from falling in love with the rustic atmosphere, fresh mountain air and its vastness.
Trekking time: 6 hrs
Meals: BLD ; Overnight Tea-House.

Day 03: Trek to Ghorepani(2810m)
Today is a similar walk starting with a steep ascent to Nangetanti(2450m). Once you get into your rhythm , you stop concentrating on the effort and the beautiful vistas around you take priority. The scenery changes from village farms to rainforests and beautiful waterfalls in the tiny creeks. We stop for lunch at Nangethanti. Post lunch we have another 800m of ascent spread across a longer distance famously called the Nepali Flat…meaning some up and some down!! Ghorepani is a big village and all our efforts of the day are rewarded with some incredible views of the Himalaya. We retire to bed early since we have a super early start the following day to catch the sunrise above PoonHill. This is also the day that you may feel mild affects of altitude.
Trekking time: 6 hrs
Meals: BLD ; Overnight Tea-House.

Day 04: Morning Poonhill(3210m). Trek to Tadapani(2700m)
With our torches and headlights we make an early start(4.30am) and trek uphill for about an hour to Poon Hill to catch the sunrise over the Himalayan giants. The star lit night sky is itself a great joy to watch as we ascend slowly to the highest point on our trek. The glorious sight that awaits us at Poon Hill at sunrise, is our prize for all the trekking effort to reach this place. From left to right, you have the Dhaulagiri range, Annapurna range and Macchapuchare peaks. Annapurna South towers over everything else.
We descend to our Tea-House for breakfast. After breakfast we set-out on our up and down descent to Tadapani through the most amazing rhododendron and bamboo jungles. Lookout for some charming creeks with little waterfalls throughout our descent.
Trekking time: 8 hrs
Meals: BLD ; Overnight Tea-House.

Day 05: Trek to Chommrong(2200m)
From Tadapani, we walk through forest terrain to reach Chuile, a village. We walk further down through the village to the bridge over Kimrong Khola, cross it and climb up to Gurjung, our lunch spot for the day. From Gurjung it is about 2 hrs to Chommrong. Chommrong is spread across on both sides of a high ridge. It has a wide range of Tea-Houses with lovely coffee shops, internet centres and massage therapy. A bakery of note with some amazing coffee and cakes is AnnaAroma selling organic coffee. Great views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli early in the morning.
Trekking time: 6-7 hrs
Meals: BLD ; Overnight Tea-House.

Day 06: Trek to Dovan(2505m)
Today is the day of steps….a lot of them, down and up and repeat! From Chommrong we descend all the way to Chommrong Khola and walk up to Sinuwa Danda. Sinuwa Danda is divided into lower Sinuwa and upper Sinuwa and is the last place where we see villages and farming. From Sinuwa, we enter the best part of the trail which is through a thick forest with Modi Khola on our right. There are many small side creeks through the forest that flow into the Modi Khola. Right in the middle of the forest in a small clearing is Bamboo, with a hand-full of Tea-Houses. This is our lunch spot for the day. Post lunch, we walk for another 1.5 hrs through forest to reach Dovan with just 3 Tea-houses. The peak of Macchapucchre can be seen from here on a clear morning.
Trekking time: 6-7 hrs
Meals: BLD ; Overnight Tea-House.

Day 07: Trek to MBC(3700m)
We walk further on getting out and above the treeline today. The walk from Dovan to Himalaya, a tiny clearing with just 2 tea-houses takes about 1.5 hrs, after which we start ascending to the ridge through sparse vegetation till we reach Deurali(3200m), our lunch spot. At Deurali, we are already above the treeline and the Valley opens up with the snow mountains clearly visible as we walk towards them. There are many high waterfalls on the left cascading down huge granite walls and we start realizing the magnitude of the mountains around. The rest of the walk is amazing with views of the valley and mountains all around. At MBC we can see the glacier to our left, our walk the next day.
Trekking time: 6 hrs
Meals: BLD ; Overnight Tea-House.

Day 08: Trek to ABC(4130m)
We wake up early in the morning for some great morning views and to see the first rays of sun illuminate Annapurna and surrounding peaks. After a relaxed breakfast, we start on our short trek to Annapurna Base Camp. The first part of the trek is over a glacier and it is fun walking on hardened snow. You will start feeling slight affects of altitude here. It was very important to be properly hydrated and to take it slow and steady today. No needless exertion required. We reach Annapurna Base Camp before lunch and can loiter around the camping grounds till lunch is prepared. We have to be really lucky to get views of big peaks which normally get cloud covered by noon. The surroundings offer many hikes to small summits which are great photography locations. We hit the bed early preparing for an ultra early rise the next day.
Trekking time: 2-3 hrs
Meals: BLD ; Overnight Tea-House.

Day 09: Trek to Bamboo(2190m)
By 5 am most of trekkers are already outside braving the cold to get the first rays of sun on Annapurna 1 and South. The sun rays come in from behind Fishtail peak. We are completely surrounded by mammoth snow peaks all around and a huge glacier on the right coming down from Annapurna. Annapurna 1 stands tall and firm like a huge fortress. We spend about 2 hours enjoying the spectacular scenery by when our breakfast is ready. After breakfast and our last group photos against the awesome Annapurna we make our way ḍown to Bamboo, our halt for the night.
Trekking time: 7 hrs
Meals: BLD ; Overnight Tea-House.

Day 10: Trek to Jhinu Danda(1760m)
From Bamboo it is a steep ascent over steps to the forest trail leading to Sinuwa Danda. From there we retrace our steps to Chommrong and stop for lunch. Jhinu Danda is another hour and a half of hiking…first to the top of the ridge, then all the way down. Jhinu Danda is famous for the natural hot springs and the lovely open air hot water baths built right next to Modi Khola. Read more about it here.
Trekking time: 6 hrs
Meals: BLD ; Overnight Tea-House.

Day 11: Trek to Siwai roadhead(1400m). Local Jeep to Nayapul.Taxi to Pokhara
We trek the last mile through small hamlets and farmlands to reach the roadhead at Siwai. We hire the local jeep to drive us on the jeep track till Nayapul from where we hop onto our cars for the drive to Pokhara (2 hrs). A hot shower awaits us at the comfortabe hotel in Pokhara. Evening, we can go checkout the Fewa lake and the hip and happening lakeside street at Pokhara.
Trekking time: 3 hrs
Meals: BL ; Overnight Hotel

Day 12: Fly to Kathmandu. Depart
We have an early breakfast and drive to the airport and take the short flight to Kathmandu. Onward Departure from the airport. Trip Ends!

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