ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP

Mountain vistas and rhododendron forests

Annapurna Base Camp

Surrounded by spectacular vistas and rhododendron forests, which give way to bamboo groves, you will encounter the marvelous culture of the people, with a mix of Aryan and Mongoloid people, on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The Annapurna Himal lies between the Kali Gandaki and Marsyangdi river valley, forming a solid, mountain bastion. It spans a total of 40 miles and incorporates twelve peaks that are higher than 7000m.


ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP OVERVIEW

Day-1: Arrive Kathmandu

Day-2: Guided Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Day-3: Kathmandu - Pokhara.

Day-4: Drive: Pokhara - Nayapul & Trek to Ghorepani (2774m).

Day-5: Ghorepani - Tadapani

Day-6: Tadapani - Chhomrung.

Day-7: Chhomrung - Himalaya Hotel Proceed to Kuldi Ghar 2.5 to 3 hrs.

Day-8: Annapurna South Base Camp

Day-9: Machhapuchhre Base Camp or Annapurna south Glacier basin (3,858m)

Day-10: Annapurna Base Camp - Dovan

Day-11: Dovan - Modi Khola

Day-12: Modi Khola - Dhampus

Day-13: Dhampus - Pokhara

Day-14: Morning flight to Kathmandu.

Day-15: Final Departure experience.

 

ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP ITINERARY

Day-1: Kathmandu

Arrive Kathmandu and overnight at the Hotel


Day-2: Guided Sightseeing in Kathmandu and some preparations for the climb.


Day-3: Kathmandu - Pokhara

Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Hotel Overnight.


Day-4: Drive: Pokhara - Nayapul & Trek to Ghorepani (2774m).

The trail ascends a steep stone staircase to Ulleri village then more pleasantly through rhododendron forest. There is a hut with water and a small camp site about 1 hr. above Ulleri, and further on the stream is followed, providing water for a meal stop. Arrive at the top of the Ghorepani pass and camp there.


Day-5: Ghorepani - Tadapani

Spend the day walking through the magnificent stand of giant rhododendrons and taking in the breathtaking scenery.


Day-6: Tadapani - Chhomrung.

Dropping down from Tadapani Ghandgung offers good views of the upper Modi valley. The route starts the long ascent high above the west bank of the Modi Khola. The village of Chhomrong lies tucked at the very base of Himal Chuli.


Day-7: Chhomrung - Himalaya Hotel

Proceed to Kuldi Ghar 2.5 to 3 hrs. There is a clearing in the forest a little further on. From there the route goes very steeply down a bank of rock and then levels out, running through thickets of bamboo at the bottom of the gorge, while we keep to the west side of the river. We pass the pasture of Tomo, and then the very neck of the gorge at pantheon Barah, where there is a small trail and a shrine. Then the track climbs to Himalaya hotel at the camp site.


Day-8: Annapurna South Base Camp Visit

We continue up the broad grassy path for about 1.5hr and then climb on to the lateral moraine and down the other side on to the glacier. Walking up the bed of the glacier is safe and quite easy and the British Expedition Base Camp is reached after another 1.5hr. Base camp is at 4,237m. The trip is best done from the lower camp, carrying only lunch, and the best views are probably obtained from the crest of the moraine, which may have been cut by the glacier flowing down from Himal Chuli to the north.


Day-9: Machhapuchhre Base Camp or Annapurna south Glacier basin ( 3,858m)

The track remains on the west bank of the Modi, now flowing through a more open valley, and eventually emerges into the Sanctuary. Straight ahead is the high lateral moraine of the south Annapurna glacier and the Modi follows a deep cliff to the right. This is the site of Machhapuchhre base camp and one can either camp here or continue northwest, staying above the glacial moraine.


Day-10: Annapurna Base Camp - Dovan

Ascend for an hour to Annapurna Base Camp and then descent and follow the same route to a pleasant camp spot at Dovan


Day-11: Dovan - Modi Khola

Once we have passed Khuldi Bikas where there is an experimental sheep farm, the trail continues through rhododendron and bamboo fields. After Chhomorung the trail continues steeply up stony steps to Kabre Chautara and soon after the trail to Landrung leaves the Ghandrung path dropping away towards the river.


Day-12: Modi Khola - Dhampus

Walk towards the easy way down to the Gurung village, Landrung. Then all the way down to Dhampus.


Day-13: Dhampus - Pokhara

All the way down to Pokhara via Phedi, then drive to Pokhara. Hotel in Pokhara.


Day-14: Morning flight to Kathmandu.


Day-15: Final Departure


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Annapurna Variations

 
Annapurna Base Camp 11 days Annapurna Circuit 20 days

Day 1: Arrival Kathmandu Airport.

Day 2: Kathmandu to Pokhara by tourist bus 7 hours.

Day 3: Drive to Phedi, and trek through Dhampus to Landruk 6 to 7 hours.

Day 4: Trek Landruk to Chomrong Village 6 to 7 hours.

Day 5: Trek Chomrong to Himlayan Hotel for 6 to 7 hours

Day 6: Trek Himalayan to Annapurna Base camp 6 to 7 hours.

Day 7: Trek Annapurna Base camp to Bamboo 6 to 7 hours

Day 8: Trek Bamboo to Jhinu 6 to 7 hours

Day 9: Trek Jhinu to Pokhara 6 to 7 hours

Day 10: Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus 7 hours

Day 20: Transfer to Airport

Day 01: Kathandu

Day 02: Drive to Chamje (1750m).

Day 03: Chamje to Dharapani (1970m)

Day 04: Dharapani to Chame (2720m)

Day 05: Chame to Pisang (3200m).

Day 06: Pisang to Manang (3400m).

Day 07: Rest in Manang for acclimatization and explore Manang village.

Day 08: Manang to Yak Kharka (4000m)..

Day 09: Yak Kharka to Thorung Phedi (4450m)..

Day 10: Thorung Phedi to Muktinath (3800m) via Thorang La pass (5416m).

Day 11: Trek to Marpha (2610m).

Day 12: Marpha to Ghasa (1970m).

Day 13: Ghasa to Tatopani (1100m).

Day 14: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2850m).

Day 15: Ghorepani to Tikhedhunga (1365m).

Day 16: Tikhedhunga to Nayapul and Drive back to Pokhara.

Day 17: Sightseeing around Pokhara.

Day 18: Drive / fly back to Kathmandu.

Day 19: Leisure day in Kathmandu.

Day 20: Transfer to Airport

 

Your Questions Answered

The shortest trek is the Poon Hill Ghorepani trek which is a total 10 days and only 5 days of hiking. After that is Annapurna base camp trek, where the total tour is 15 days. Then there is the longer and more difficult Annapurna Circuit trek which is almost three weeks. If none of those tours suit, we can always tailor something based on your available time.
The best season to go on this trek is from October to November and mid-March to mid-April. This is the peak time of the year to go on this trek, and you will find many other trekkers along with you on the journey. Because of its location, the northern area of the Annapurna region receives much less rain than most parts of the Himalaya which means that trekking can be pursued all year-round, even during the monsoon period. However, having said that no-one wants to trek in the rainy season as that is also when you are bound to find leeches in the lower reaches of the forest. Apart from that, you also don't want to go when it is too cold, which is December through to February. That leaves October through to November and March to April, Of course that also means that the route will be busier too.
The Annapurna Circuit is considered to be a moderate trek. It does not involve technical climbing. It requires physical fitness and stamina and most importantly, mental fitness. A good exercise and training program is essential and your training should include a lot of hill walking. You may encounter muddy paths, rock terrain, steep ascents and river crossing. The higher you climb, the harder the trek will become due to the altitude.
No you only need to carry your day pack as a porter will carry your gear for you.
Yes you can and we can easily plan your trek on dates that suit you.
This is one of the most often asked questions - "how will I cope with the altitude". To be honest, this is an 'unknown' factor as no-one can predict how your body will cope at altitude. People who have been to altitude many times in the past without problems, may on one climb suddenly develop problems. There are many factors that play a role. The only way to help combat this, is to take all of the necessary precautions, and walk slowly, acclimatise correctly, don't ascent too quickly and drink plenty of water.
The Annapurna trek is a teahouse trek, which means there are guesthouses in almost every village. Some are better than others, but generally rooms are basic and come with shared bathrooms. Blankets are provided but it's a good idea to bring your own sleeping bag as it gets cold at the higher altitudes and there are no heating systems inside the buildings. Some places may offer hot gas showers for an additional fee. However if your trek takes you above Manang you won't get the chance to shower at all until you reach Muktinath, on the other side of the pass.
The hike is about 110km return trip.

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