Annapurna Base Camp Trek - 14 Days

Annapurna Base Camp

The dynamic landscapes and thriving flora and fauna are major factors in defining the popularity of Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The amazing views and challenging routes makes this trek perfect for adventure seekers. And ultimately, the most humbling part is the sense of accomplishment that you get after reaching the base camp.

Mount Annapurna (8,091 meters) of Nepal is the 10th highest mountain in the world and it’s base camp is at 4,130 meters. The best time to trek the Annapurna Base Camp is during the shoulder seasons of either April – May (Spring) or October – November (Autumn). These are considered to be pre-monsoon and before winter respectively. The weather is mildly hot during the day while hiking and cold at night depending on the altitude. The chance of rain during this time is very less and you will like to get clear days consecutively which is perfect for hiking.

The total length of the trek varies between 160–230 km depending upon the use of motor transportation and where the trek will end. This trek crosses two different river valleys and encircles the Annapurna massif. The massif is 55 kilometers long and is bounded by the Kali Gandaki Gorge on the west, the Marshyangdi River on the north and east, and by Pokhara Valley on the south. At the western end, the massif encloses a high basin called the Annapurna Sanctuary. The unique combination of heights and depths of this trek give rise to an extraordinary variety of ecosystems. The south-facing slopes are covered in dense tropical jungles of rhododendron and bamboo, while the north-facing slopes, in the rain shadow, have a drier colder climate similar to that of the near-by Tibetan Plateau.

There are a number of trails that traverse the Annapurna and lead to Chomrong from where there is only one path up to Annapurna Base Camp. The path reaches its highest point at Thorung La pass (5416m/17769 ft), touching the edge of the Tibetan plateau. Practically all trekkers hike the route anticlockwise, as this way the daily altitude gain is slower, and crossing the high Thorong La pass is easier and safer. The trek begins at Nayapul which is marked by a collection of road side shacks that function as bus/taxi stop backed by a slightly more substantial village that has a jeep track through the middle of it. From Nayapul you can either go straight to the Annapurna Base Camp or take a detour to Ghorepani Poon Hill or take a small detour to Ghandruk or both. Whichever route you take, either will coincide at Chomrong and follow the same path to the base camp.

The Annapurna Basecamp trek is a moderate trek of 9 till 14 days that follows the Modi Khola Valley
up to the north of the main Himalayan range. Trek through Gurung villages and climb the Modi Gorge
in to the Annapurna Sanctuary, an arena of huge mountain peaks. Surrounded by this circle of giant
snowy rocks, standing on the roof of the world is a defining moment, feeling puny and grand at the
same time.

Day 1
Arrival

Upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, meet our representative and transfer to hotel, after getting to hotel, briefing about trip and evening free /overnight at hotel.

Day 2
Kathmandu Sightseeing

At your hotel in Kathmandu after breakfast meets the guide and drive to sightseeing destination.

Full day guided sightseeing around Kathmandu city- Historical Durbar Square ancient Patan & Bhaktapur city area, Pasupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa & Swyambhunath Stupa which will take you to visit Nepal’s most popular attractions and lunch break will be during the tour at restaurant. /overnight at hotel

Day 3
Kathmandu to Pokhara

From kathmandu we have difference option to get to pokhara. By Bus,Flight, or Private Car. After breakfast, drive to Pokhara, check in hotel, lunch and late afternoon boating in Phewa Lake visit Taal Barahi temple and evening free.. /overnight at hotel.

Day 4
Pokhara to Naya Pul and trek to Ulleri

The trek starts from Naya Pul, a one and a half hours drive from Pokhara. The first part of the trek is an unpaved road that winds through a green valley with rice paddies and terraced farmland. Crossing small bridges over waterfalls, the trail leeds you to Gurung villages with colorful houses where the inhabitants greet you friendly. After a couple of steep stairs up hill, you reach the Magar village of Ulleri with lovely guesthouses from where you can see the first glimpse of the snowy peak of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli.

Day 5
Ulleri to Ghorepani

The second day the trail continues to climb through cultivated fields and follows a gorge of bamboo and Rodondendron forests. The Bhurrungdi Khola flows below into large waterfalls and turquoise blue swimming holes. Now and than shepherds with their herd of sheep and donkeys cross the trail. At the end of the day you reach the village Ghorepani with a lot of proper guesthouses and hotels with all the facilities you need and pretty mountain views. Ghorepani means ‘horse water’. The village is a former watering stop for the mule caravans transporting goods between Pokhara and Jomsom.

Day 6
Ghorepani to Tadapani

Wake up before dawn the following day, for a early morning one hour’s climb under a sky full of

stars, up to the view point of Poon Hill. From a 360 degrees view you see in one hour of time how the

light of the rising sun changes the colors of the mountain range around you from red, pink, golden,yellow to white. The panorama stretches from Daulhagirir 1, Tukuche, to Nilgiri, Annapurna South, Annapurna 1 and Hiunchuli. Return to Ghorepani for breakfast and continue the trek to meander along the mountain ridge in a pretty pine and rhodondendron forests that offers mountain views similar to those of Poon Hill and views over the green valley below. After crossing the north side of the stream, the trail stars climbing, leaving the forest and entering cane fields. The last part is a rocky climb through the forest again before reaching the friendly village of Tadapani. From the Shiva Temple just above the village

you have a spectacular sunset view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhare.

Day 7
Tadapani to Sinuwa

After Tadapani, you go all the way down the hill to cross the Kimrong Khola and climb up again to reach the Gurung village Chomrong, the bottlenek where the different trails from the valley come together to head to Annapurna Base camp. Here you find plenty of lodges, teahouses, shops and cottages selling pizza’s and chocolate cake’s. Leaving Chomrong the trail descends a long stone staircase and crosses the Chhomrong Khola. Slowly ascending and descending the hills, the landscape changes from dens bamboo, rhodondron and oak forest to yellow grasslands with plenty of

waterfalls streaming down the ocks in front of you. With every step folowing the river to its source, you come closer to the arena of rock and ice surrounded by high peaks.A further climb takes you to Sinuwa with two hotels on a ridge.

Day 8
Sinuwa to Deurali

The trek continues on a stone paved trail in the forest of bamboo and rhodondendron, festooned with orchids and ferns. Local people harvest the dens bamboo to use it for mats for their floors and roofs and the baskets you see the porters carry on the way. Keep an eye out for black-faced langur monkeys in the trees beside you. In the forest is a small temple where local people ring the bells when they enter and leave offerings of flowers and leaves. Opposite of the temple you face several cascades fall down the high rock walls. The trail climbs through large boulders to Deurali.

Day 9
Deorali to Annapurna Base Camp

From the lodges of Deurali you enter the gateway to the Annapurna sanctuary. From Machapuchhare base camp at 3700 meters, you have a sublime view on the fish-tailed Machhapuchere and if you are lucky you spot Himalayan pheasants and the Himalayan thar. After two hours following the trail on a glacial moraine, you reach the magnificent amphitheatre surrounded by the 7000 and 8000 meter Annapurna peaks. If you spend the night there in one of the lodges of the Annapurna Base Camp, you can enjoy the Annapurna peaks turn golden by the last sunbeams of the pink sky sunset.

Day 10
Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo

On the way down the next morning, the frozen down on the grassblades causes a serene scenery.Heading back down the valley is much easier than going up to reach Himalayan Hotel, Dovan or Bamboo to stay for the night.

Day 11
Bamboo to Jhinudanda

Follow the Modi Khola river down the valley till Jinnu Danda, and grab the opportunity to indulge your muscles with a deserved bath in the hoth springs of Jinnu.

Day 12
Jhinudanda to Nayapul

Today we will have around 4.5 hrs walking from right side of Modhi Khola of Jhinu Hot spring to Birethanti. Our trek will end at Nayapul where we take our vehicles to Pokhara. This day may be the one of best and most relaxing walks of the entire trek. After check in to the hotel we will continue our boating trip to Barahi Temple and then after we will return back to the hotel.Overnight: HotelMeal: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 14
pokhara to kathmandu by bus/flight

After breakfast at hotel drive back to Kathmandu, and the rest of the evening is free for walking/shopping in the Thamel area. /overnight at hotel.

Day 15
transfer to international airport

time to reunion with family

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Annapurna Base Camp Trek