Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) trek is one of the most popular trekking packages in Nepal. ABC is suitable for both beginner and experienced traveler. Attracting almost 70,000 trekkers per year, it is one of the most beautiful treks that combine some of the most beautiful and majestic mountain panorama with the mixture of rich biodiversity and culture unmatched by other trekking packages in Nepal. ABC is a small campsite surrounded by mighty mountains from all side, Machapuchhare (6,993m/22,943), Annapurna I(8091m/26505ft), and Hiunchuli (6,441m/21,131ft), respectively.
Annapurna Base Camp trek begins from the beautiful city Pokhara. We drive for 2 hours from the Pokhara to Nayapul, the starting point of trek. We march forward towards Tikhedhunga , Ghorepani and to Poon hill where we can have spectacular view of wide range of mountains of Anapurna region extending from east to west. After crossing Tadapani, we will reach Chomrong, a Gurung village. All along the way, steep paths we walk along the swift flowing river through lush green forest with rhododendron, pine , bamboo encountering rare species like white breasted kingfisher, highland butterflies, musk deer. We also get a chance to mingle with local ethcnic groups of Gurung, Magar, Thakalis , Lama,etc.
While you are in Chomrong you can also make a short trip to Hot Spring. The walking trail will now lead us to Dovan and traversing high above the river we will get to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC). Walking further uphill takes us to the destination, Anapurna Base Camp (4135m) with super panorama. Many have been amazed by the unimaginable all round views of beautiful snow capped Annapurna Mountain Range.
After a great time here, we return back to Dovan via MBC. We reach Jhinu and finally to Pokhara. The journey is clockwise. ABC trek is possible throughout all season, however best seasons are spring (Feb.- May) and fall(Sept.-Dec). ABC trek don’t need any previous experience. So, get ready to get a relic of a lifetime and know why it is most chosen destination for travelers around the world.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur city
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara & Evening Sightseeing
Day 04: Pokhara-drive to Nayapul (1 hours) and trek to Tikedhunga (4 hrs)
Day 05: Tikedhunga trek to Ghorepani (7 hours), overnight in teahouse
Day 06: Ghorepani to Poon Hill (View point) to Tadapani(6hrs)
Day 07: Tadapani trek to Chhomrong (2170 m.)
Day 08: Chhomrong trek to Bamboo (2310m.)
Day 09: Bamboo to Deurali (3230m.)
Day 10 :Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m.) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m.)
Day 11: Annapurna Base camp to Bamboo
Day 12: Bamboo trek to Jhinu Danda (Hot spring)
Day 13: Jhinu Danda to Pokhara
Day 14:Drive/fly back to Kathmandu
Day 15:Transfer to the airport for the final departure
Your wonderful journey to the amazing Himalayas starts from your flight to Kathmandu. Onto your arrival our company representatives will greet you at the Tribhuwan International Airport and escort you to the hotel for check-in and stay overnight. You will have a rest at the hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
You start a guided tour to four of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Kathmandu Durbar Square holds the palaces of the medieval Kings who ruled over the Kathmandu Kingdom. Pashupatinath houses a sacred Lingum, or the phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. The Aryaghat alongside Pashupati and on the banks of the Bagmati River is a famous funeral site for the Hindus. The Buddhists shrine of Boudhanath is one of the largest stupas in the world, and one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage and tourist destinations in Kathmandu. The area of Boudhnath is also famous for over 50 Tibetan Gompas or monasteries. Swayambhu meaning the "the self-existent" is popular among the foreigners as the Monkey Temple owing to the large number of monkey population residing in the area. Bhaktapur Durbar square and Patan Durbar Square are also listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Bhakatpur is an irresistible city with an authentic local lifestyle preserved over centuries of isolation from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu. While in the city square, you get to admire the Nyata-Pola Temple, the Golden Gate, water spouts and the 55 Window Palace which merge together to provide an ambience of a magical outdoor theater to its visitors. Overnight at hotel.
We take a ride on a car or tourist bus to Pokhara, all the way through scenic mountain terrain, its fame rests on the natural beauty of its lakeside location and its proximity to the mountains. After taking a bit rest, you can make evening sightseeing in Pokhara Valley. Stay overnight at hotel.
After breakfast we drive to Nayapul then we start our actual trek to Annapurna Base camp from Nayapul. We catch a wonderful views on the way to Tikedhungga. We walk through sub-tropical valley forests, beautiful farmlands, green hills, waterfalls and sometimes on the carved trail on the side of the cliff. After lunch, we cross the Modi Khola (river) via a suspension bridge to the village of Tikhedhunga. Nearly after 4 hours long walking, we will arrive at Tikedhunga. Overnight at Guest house in Tikedhunga.
After breakfast we make an ascending trek to the Ghorepani village. Literally the word Ghorepani is formed of two different local words Gohore (horse) + Pani (water). Therefore Ghorepani is the name of a place where horse used to drink water in the past. During those days horse was used as transportation mean for traders who used to do their trades from Tibet (BHOT). But later, it became a trekker's stop. Ghorepani is an interesting place with small shops and stalls for selling local products and crafts. The town has two parts: one in a saddle and the other a few hundred feet lower. We stop at the higher part of the Ghorepani village that offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains including Annapurna South and Nilgiri mountains. Since Ghorepani lies quite higher than our previous stop, we will feel the chilly weather especially in the evenings. Overnight at Ghorepani.
Today, it is a special day for us to conquer Poon Hill- an icon of Annapurna region. To catch the magnificent scene of sunrise over the Himalayas, we make an early morning climb along the steep trail to the viewpoint of Poon Hill (3210m.). Poon Hill is a great viewpoint from where we will enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the Mustang part and Pokhara valleys including the closest views of more than 20 highest mountains including the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The snowcapped peaks of the high mountains loom above and around us glowing in the morning light. After taking beautiful photos and having some coffee or tea or hot chocolate, we back to Gorepani. We walk through rhododendron forests, waterfalls and many cliffs on the way; and finally we arrive at Tadapani. Overnight at Tadapani.
Today we start descending trek from Tadapani on a steep trail through a dense rhododendron forest. This trail opens up to beautifully manicured terraced fields. Then we need to ascend steadily and pass a few surging waterfalls before reaching a suspension bridge. After a few more miles of uphill and downhill trek, we arrive at Chhomrong. Chhomrong is a beautiful village located on the lap of the giant Annapurna. Overnight at Chhomrong.
Today after breakfast we trek towards Bamboo. The beginning of trail goes with above 250 stone descending steps and crosses the Chhomrong Khola on a suspension iron bridge. It is an uphill climb to Sinuwa. Next, we pass through a beautiful forest to Kuldihar followed by an easy downhill walk to Bamboo. Overnight in Bamboo.
Today we walk through the dense bamboo forest which is damp and cold. Then we ascend steadily with fewer steep sections. It is only after reaching Himalaya Hotel that the forest opens up and we will have an astounding view of the glacial river below. It is a steep climb up through a much drier forest before reaching Hinku Cave. From here you can see the trail drop closer to the river before climbing again to Deurali, the most scenic stretch of the day. The vegetation is sparser, allowing magical views of the valley, the river below, and the sheer rock face cliffs above with bands of wispy waterfalls. Overnight in Deurali.
Today, is the most auspicious day of Annapurna Base camp trek. We have to do both trekking and climbing today. First we need to do short climbing gently through a river bed then we follow a steep trail to the mountain side. The hike from Bagar to Machhapuchhre Base Camp is somewhat strenuous. From Machhapuchhre base camp we catch amazing views of the majestic Machhapuchhre along with Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli and Gangapurna which is certainly a rewarding experience. We see really a huge but astonishing view of Annapurna glacier. The vegetation disappears on our way to ABC and the path widens as we enter the Annapurna sanctuary. From here, we have intoxicating views of the near-vertical south face of Annapurna towering closely above us. We get an amazing view of almost mountain impeding the 36- degree panorama. Overnight at Annapurna Base Camp.
After breakfast, we step to Bamboo from the Annapurna base camp. Today, it's not so difficult trek because we do downhill side trek; so it's quite easier. However, we are lucky to have extraordinary landscapes that will cheer us up. Overnight at Bamboo.
After breakfast, we do a short trek to Kuldighar followed by a downhill walk to Chhomrong Khola. You need to climb the stone steps to Chhomrong. The trail then descends to Jhinu Danda where we stop that night. We will have a solid opportunity to enjoy hot springs just 15-20 minute downhill walk from Jhinu Danda to freshen up our tired body. Overnight at Jhinu Danda.
After breakfast, we trek gradually down to Nayapul; and we catch a drive at Nayapul to Pokhara. On the way to NayaPul, we enjoy many beautiful waterfalls, farmlands, green hills and wonderful hill landscape of western Nepal. Finally, our actual trek will end at NayaPul; then we drive to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.
If we like by driving it will be better to hold on the left pane of the vehicle to enjoy the sceneries through the route. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we will be escorted to the hotel for rest. But if you back through air it will take nearly 25 minutes to Kathmandu. So we will do shopping and half day sightseeing in Pokhara. And we catch your flight in the afternoon. Today is the exact end of our trip, so we share our experiences gained during the trip with wonderful dinner at hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
Nearly 2 hours before your scheduled flight, our company representative will take you to the airport. We are sure; you will back to your home taking amazing experience of Nepal. We hope you enjoyed trekking and want to be somewhere in the Himalayas again.
Destination : Nepal
Duration : 15 Days
Difficulty Level : Tough
Minimum Altitude : 1300m
Group Size : 2-20 People
Activities : Trekking, Hiking & Sightseeing
Transportation : Flight, Car & Jeep
Accommodation : 3-4 star hotel in kathmandu, Normal guest house during trekking