Moderate To Difficult
|Suitable for:||10+ years.|
|Experience:||Experience of any high altitude trek, at least 1 trek.|
|Fitness:||sufficient stamina to cover 5 km of distance in 30 minutes|
When we talk about the Annapurna Base Camp, there is a sense of admiration that starts building up which leaves every trekker spellbound. There are very few treks that have this aura of making you fall in love with the landscapes and bring you closer to the base of 7,000 and 8,000-meter peaks in such a short period of time. The Annapurna Base Camp trek is one of the most popular treks in the Annapurna region. The trail is a majestic one which takes you through rice paddies, lush rhododendron forests and high altitude landscapes with the Annapurna Range looming in front of you most of the times.
The Annapurna range has such stunning mountain views which are a buffet for every mountain lover. You will also be greeted with views of Machapuchare, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli even before you set foot on the trek, which is one thing that is surely a bonus for all the trekkers. Views of different peaks of the Annapurna massif and Machapuchare will always be in the sight all the way till Sinuwa.
Accommodation on the Annapurna trail is organized in classic teahouses where delicious Nepali dishes are served. These tea houses are run by locals of the area who migrate from other parts of Nepal. The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is also known as the Annapurna Sanctuary trek because you trek along the protected areas trail. A lot of floral and faunal species are also found in this area which will surely amaze you the beauty if has to offer. From a height of 4,000 meters, youll be able to see the entire sanctuary that is oval-shaped surrounded by a ring of the Annapurna Mountains.
The starting point of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is the beautiful city of Pokhara, which lies just 5 to 6 hours away from the capital. You can reach Pokhara city from Kathmandu via road or via plane as well. The easy accessibility of the trek makes it an ideal choice for many trekkers as the chances of any flight cancellations or delays are greatly reduced. The trekking journey is also massively feasible with good communication services and safety. Annapurna Base Camp is a real trekking experience for all trekking enthusiasts.
After a pleasant flight journey, arrive in Pokhara. It is the hub of mountaineers that lies on Phewa lake. All the big expeditions and trekking start from here. Snow-capped peaks surround the locality and you can see stunning views of the Annapurna Ranges. Enjoy the Himalayan views, rice fields, and Nepalese culture around. If you didn’t know, Pokhara used to be a trade route between India and Tibet some 300 years ago. You may also spot paragliders soaring above the city. The tranquil setting of Pokhara gives you a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with nature.
In the evening you can go sightseeing around the local attractions in Pokhara like the Phewa Lake, Tal Barahi Temple, and International Mountain Museum. You will also receive a briefing from our team regarding the schedule of upcoming and everything entailed in the trek. Your trekking day starts tomorrow and its a long journey ahead so rest well so that you are fresh and energized for tomorrow.
After breakfast, you will have a ride of approximately 2 hrs to Sauli Bazar. The actual trekking begins henceforth to Ghandruk crossing Lower Ghandruk. The path is well paved having stairs intermittently. The trek has a gradual ascent taking 5-6 hours to reach our camping site. Once you cross the bridge over the Bhurgundi River on your way to Ghandruk, you will arrive at Birethanti where you are required to sign documents as part of formalities with the local authorities for the Annapurna Base Camp Trekking. Post this the trek begins to ascend towards Ghandruk.
From here, you will have to climb some stone steps to Kimche. After the stairs, the gradient of the road eases out a bit. From here it will take about 2 hours to reach Ghandruk. Ghandruk is considered the biggest village on the trek route. It is inhabited by stone-built small houses. The village is loaded with tea houses that serve typical Nepalese cuisine. The village also has a local museum that showcases the Gurung culture. In the south, you can notice Machapuchhare and Annapurna views on a clear day. Relax in your bed for a wonderful night in the mountains.
The hike today is through a delightful muddy trail laid up with scenic villages on both sides. After a descent of 1 hour, you will reach Kimrong Khola. Kimrong is a small village located on the top of a ridge offering panoramic views of the Himalayan mountains all around. A beautiful array of snow-covered peaks, Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Fishtail, and Hinchuli, begin to appear. From Kimrong, you have to descend about 400 m sharply to Kimrong Khola, through dense covers of Oak and Rhododendron trees. The route henceforth goes uphill until Chhomrong (a 4-5 hours hike). Chhomrong is situated at the base of the Hiunchuli mountains and you will see picture-perfect hilly settlements surrounded by green banana fields, rhododendrons, ferns, etc. are seen throughout. Chhomrong lies on a hilltop having stone paved stairs. It is the gateway to Annapurna Sanctuary and permits are granted here. You can also see Sinuwa Village on the opposite side of the mountain. The sights of Annapurna South become prominent. Again there are numerous tea houses and shops selling batteries, memory cards, and other accessories. Watch the peaceful sunset on the Annapurna range and rest for the day.
Welcome another amazing morning in the lush green hilly setup. Start with a descent on 2500 stone-built stairs leading to a bridge. The hanging bridge then takes you to Chomrung Khola, which seems like entering into dense forests. The Sanctuary is flourished with rhododendrons, oak, and alpine trees. Therefore the trail looks lush and adorned with reddish-pink flowers.
Climb up the stairs to the other side of the mountain to Sinuwa Village. Below, you can see the Chomorng River gushing away with a torrential force. The trail is steep to Sinuwa village. Sinuwa is marked with a few teahouses and lodges. It is enclosed between thin forest cover. Past these points, the donkeys are not permitted on the trail and the goods are then carried by the porters from this point on. Annapurna III comes into clear visibility here. Another climb opens to Kulidhar then a downhill hike ends at Bamboo camp.
The bamboo campsite does not offer as many mountain views as other teahouse stops as it is at a lower altitude than the surrounding mountains. However, you may see a lot of Bamboo plants around the campsite. Rest well in Bamboo and tomorrow we will make our way to the stunning Machapuchhare Base Camp.
Get all braced with enough energy as this is the strenuous day of the trek. Yet, the trail will show changing vegetation from sub-tropical to alpine and the sights will keep you revitalized. The height gain is close to 4000 feet, therefore take it slow and stay hydrated. In one hour the first village Dovan comes en route, identified by 5 lodges only. The tip of Machapuchhare mountain will be visible. Mix path of gradual ascends and descends with muddy trail lead to Himalaya. A wooden bridge and shrine will be the highlight of the trail. Himalaya has quaint tea houses. After Himalaya, the terrain sees a change from dense alpine forests to a bouldered region. You might see some vegetation like Bamboo, grass, and ferns.
A few landslide and avalanche-prone areas will be seen on the path ahead. An overhanging cave called Hinku arrives after an hour of hiking up. The entrance to the cave is blocked. The trail begins to descend for about 10 to 15 minutes from here. From here the trail descends for another 15 minutes until you arrive at two big snow patches. Cross the snow patches and a stream crossing followed by a climb of about 20 minutes to reach Deurali. This is the camping spot for the night. Deurali is surrounded by lush greenery and offers panoramic mountain sceneries. You can see the Machapuchhre, Gangapurna, and Annapurna III from here.
The trail that climbs out of Deurali is a bouldered section. From here the trail opens up to a valley with Modi Khola thundering past you. Another section of the rocky terrain of 40 minutes directs you to Bagar. From here, you will walk past some abandoned lodges, and in about one hour you will come across a bridge over Modi Khola, after crossing this bridge the next halt, Machapuchre Base Camp is 30 minutes away. Keep your eyes on the left and you will see astounding views of the Annapurna Ranges while in your front you will get to see the majestic Machapuchhare Range.
MBC is a stunning place well-known for mesmerizing moon rise on Machapuchre mountain, do not miss this wonderful night sky. Along with it, other peaks seen are Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli, and Gangapurna. Since you will be climbing close to 4,000 ft today, so be aware of signs of AMS. The route takes a sharp 90-degree turn to the left for ABC. The initial trial has a steep ascend followed by a gradual ascend. You will be hiking above the tree line; hence no traces of trees will be seen.
Just as you get closer to the camp, the magnificent Annapurna I becomes bigger and bigger. The ABC is like being on an island encircled by giant peaks and huge never-ending ranges. 6000 and 8000 m peaks surround the base camp and it is an astounding sight to behold. 360-degree spectacles of the magnificent Annapurna range, Gangapurna, Gandharvachuli, and Machapuchare. Enjoy your lunch looking at the white clouds waving over these peaks. If you are lucky enough, you may even spot some Marmuts on your way to the campsite. Spend the rest of the day breathing with the mountains. Live every moment and sleep in their shelter.
This is the longest day of the trek retracing the steps back to Bamboo. The trail as you know is mostly a descent so is quite easy. Wake up to an amazing sunrise over the Annapurna Massif. This is one of the best sunrises, you will see so try not to miss it. After watching a sunrise and a delicious breakfast, we will begin to head down towards Bamboo. The MBC, Deurali, Himalaya, and Dovan habitats will pop up again as you move down. Relax in your bed at Bamboo lodge after a long day of walking.
Again retrace your path to Sinuwa followed by a steep descent to Chomrung Khola. It should take around 45 minutes to reach Sinuwa. Cross the same hanging bridge towards Chomrung Khola. Another steep ascent will lead to Chomrung village. It will take about an hour to reach Chomrung Khola and 45 minutes more to Chomrung. Try to re-picture the sights you captured earlier and enjoy them.
From Chomrung take an ascending trail until you arrive at the fork where a signpost reads Jhinu. From here on, you have to take the steep descending steps, all the way, to Jhinu. It will take you around 1.5 hrs to reach Jhinu.
With downhill and then uphill hike Jhinu Danda settlement arrives. Jhinu is popular for its hot springs and you will see a lot of subtropical forests all around. Enjoy the refreshing hot springs of Jhinu 20 minutes away. Cherish your last night of the trek.
From Jhinnu Hot Spring follow the descending trail to Kimrong Khola Bridge. It will take about 45 minutes. Keep walking on the trail along the houses and you will arrive at a road head. From here, you will board a vehicle to Pokhara. In about 3 hours you will reach your hotel in Pokhara. Spend the evening at your leisure in Pokhara. Your overnight accommodation is arranged in Pokhara as well.
Checkout time of the hotel is 10:30 am on day 10. As you will reach Pokhara in the evening, it is advisable to make any further travel plan on day 10 or after day 10.
First of all everyone have to reach Pokhara.
You have to come to our hotel, once you book the trek our trek coordinator will share with you the hotel name, location and contact person number.
Options to Reach Pokhara
Tribhuvan International Airport is the only International airport located in Kathmandu, Nepal. There is no Pokhara airport, although it has its own landing field. One can fly to Tribhuvan airport and then can take an additional flight to Pokhara. The distance between Pokhara and Kathmandu is around 200 kms and can be covered in 5 hours 40 minutes. Popular airlines such as Buddha Air, Yeti Airlines, and Simrik Air serve this Pokhara route.
There is no train option travelling to Pokhara, Nepal. The closest railway stations which one can arrive are Jaynagar, New Jalpaiguri or Gorakhpur. From there crossing the corresponding borders of Panitanki or Sunauli, one can take a bus to Pokhara via Kathmandu.
One can directly travel to the cities like Gorakpur or Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, and by crossing the Sunauli border can catch a bus or book a private car to reach Pokhara. The journey will take upto 8 hours to complete. Or one can fly to Kathmandu and then take public or private transport to Pokhara. The distance between these two cities is 200 kms which may take upto 6 to 7 hours.
To go back from the Pokhara, you can take any option by road or flight. Our services are up to hotel only and hotel check out time is 11:00 am.
1. Accommodation: (Sharing basis)
• Day 1 and 9 Stay in 3 Star Hotel in Pokhra with Breakfast
• Day 2 to 8 Teahouse.
2. Private Transport: (According to Itinerary)
• Pokhra to Nayapul and return.
• 1 English Speaking Guide.
• Assistant Guide (Depend on group size)
4. All meals during trek: (As per the itinerary)
• Day 2 Lunch to Day 9 Lunch, Tea & Cookies on arrival at Tea Houses
• 3 Cups Tea/Coffee with Meal, Fresh Fruit after Dinner.
5. All necessary permits and entry fees.
6. TIMS card.
7. High-altitude sleeping bag.
8. First aid medical kits
9. Store room facility in Pokhra for extra luggage.
10. Insurance of Trekking Guide and porters.
11. Services from Pokhra to Pokhra.
12. ABC Trekking Map
13. Entire Administration and Local Taxes.
1. Any kind of personal expenses.
2. Porters for the personal bag*
3. Wifi, charging batteries and hot showers, warm water for drinking
4. Nepal entry visa (approximately $40 USD) only for foreigners (Not for Indian)
5. Customary gratuities for guides & porters
6. Unforeseen costs due to flight cancellation, weather conditions etc
7. Evacuation and medical expanses*
8. Drinks: Bottled water.
9. High Altitude Trekking Insurance is not included.
10. All costs not outlined under "What's included"
11. Permit and entry fee for Foreign Nationals/OCI/NRI
Things can be provided on demand and availability (participant has to pay extra for these things)
1- Satellite phone/setphone - is a type of mobile phone that connects via radio links via satellites orbiting the Earth instead of terrestrial cell sites like cellphones. Therefore, they can operate in most geographic locations on the Earth's surface.
2- Gamow/PAC HAPO Bag (Portable Hyperbaric Bag) - is a unique, portable hyperbaric chamber for the treatment of acute mountain sickness (AMS), also known as altitude sickness.
3- AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) - are portable life-saving devices designed to treat people experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, a medical condition in which the heart stops beating suddenly and unexpectedly
Offloading for the personal backpack:
Normally TTH expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you wish to offload your backpack, you can hire a porter.
Charges of offloading backpack:
INR 4800/-including GST, please let us know 10 days in advance
Applicable for foreign national/OCI/NRI : Trek fee for Non-Indians are higher. However, They can book trek by paying fee applicable for indian national directly from website but balance's fee need to be paid in cash on your arrival or pay online prior to the trip.
Non Indian's balance fee will be calculated as per ongoing current exchange rate to avoid any kind of confusion. If you want to pay in advance then mail us at [email protected] for balance payment link.
The fee can be paid by online transfer/Check deposit/Cash deposit/Demand draft. Instruction for payment will be forwarded along with your confirmation email. When your transfer is done, please e-mail us a confirmation mail with your transfer details, so that we can follow up your reservation efficiently.
For the cancellation of services due to any avoidable/unavoidable reasons, Trek The Himalayas must be notified of the same in writing at [email protected] At the time we receive your written cancellation, refunds based on the total fare are as follows.
Cancellations prior to 25 days from the start of the Trip
Cancellation between 24 days and 15 days to the start of the Trip
Cancellation between 14 days and 10 days to the start of the Trip
Cancellation less than 9 days to the start of the trek
If by a rare consequence TTH calls off/cancels a trek:
At TTH, we almost never call off or cancel our treks. But in the rare event that we do call off or cancel a trek due to any unforeseen circumstances or natural catastrophes like continuous rain or snow, thunderstorms, snowstorms, landslides, floods, earthquakes, or any other natural calamity that prevents us from carrying out a trek in a safe manner, unforeseeable circumstances like local riots, curfews, pandemics, lockdowns, government orders, or any such situations that prevents a safe trekking experience, TTH will issue a voucher summing up to the same amount as your trek fee. The voucher can be redeemed on any of the treks over a period of the next year.
In the rare event that TTH shifts a trek:
As we mention always, weather conditions at high altitudes are extremely unpredictable and can change at any time of any day. Also, situations like natural calamities or political unrest, pandemics and lockdowns, etc are out of our control and if an event cannot run under any such circumstances that we do not directly have control over then we will try to give you an alternative trek, which means your trek will be shifted from one trek to another, which will be safer and more favourable.
In these cases, a voucher is issued to mitigate the difference in cost between the two treks. You can redeem the voucher at any time over a period of one year from the date of issue. A refund fee or refund of the difference is not applicable.
Cash Voucher Terms:
Itineraries are based on information available at the time of planning and are subject to change. "Trek The Himalayas" reserves the right to change expedition dates, people or itineraries as conditions warrant. If a trip must be delayed or the itinerary changed due to bad weather, road conditions, transportation delays, government intervention, airline schedules, sickness, or other contingency for which TTH or its agents cannot make provision, the cost of delays and/or other changes are the responsibility of the participant. TTH reserves the right to decline, or accept, any individual as a trip member for any reason whatsoever.
|Back pack & rain cover||(50 - 60 ltr) with comfortable shoulder straps|
|Day pack + rain cover||20 - 30 ltr (If hire a mule or porter)|
|Walking stick||Advisable (At least one)|
|Water bottle/Hydration pack||2 bottles of one liter each, People who use hydration pack 1 hydration pack and 1 bottle of one liter, Carry at least one thermos flask.|
|Personal Medical Kit||Consult your doctor|
|Snacks||Energy bars, dry fruits, electral/ors|
|T-shirts||4 Full sleeves (Non-cotton)|
|Fleece T-shirts||1 Nos.|
|Fleece jacket||1 Nos. (Alternative: a woollen sweater)|
|Down feather / Hollofil jacket||1 Nos.|
|Wind & waterproof (jacket & pant)||1 Pair|
|Thermal inners (upper and lower)||1 Pair|
|Trek pants||3 Synthetic (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)|
|Waterproof gloves||1 Pair|
|Fleece/woolen gloves||1 Pair|
|Hand sanitizer||Antibacterial powder|
|Toothbrush and toothpaste||Lip balm / Chapstick|
|Toilet Paper & wipes||Quick dry towel|
|Head torch||1 Nos. (Avoid Hand torch)|
|Sun cap||1 Nos. (One that covers the neck as well)|
|Woolen cap||1 Nos.|
|Balaclava||1 Nos. (Optional)|
|Sunglasses||Dark with side cover, it should be U/V protected, People who wear spectacles- (A)- Use contact lenses. (B)- Photo chromatic glasses.|
|Trekking shoes||1 Pair (Waterproof, high ankle with good grip)|
|Cotton socks||6 pairs|
|Woollen socks||1 pairs|
|Gaiters||1 Pair (TTH will Provide)|
Fitness regime for:
|Moderate To Difficult|
Calculate Your BMI :
Congratulations, your body is in good conditions!
|Less than 16.5||Serverely Underweight|
|16.5 - 18.5||Underweight|
|18.5 - 25||Normal|
|25 - 30||Overweight|
|25 Mar - 02 Apr 2023||Open|
|01 Apr - 09 Apr 2023||Open|
|08 Apr - 16 Apr 2023||Open|
|15 Apr - 23 Apr 2023||Open|
|22 Apr - 30 Apr 2023||Open|
|29 Apr - 07 May 2023||Open|
|06 May - 14 May 2023||Open|
|13 May - 21 May 2023||Open|
|20 May - 28 May 2023||Open|
|27 May - 04 Jun 2023||Open|
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