ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TREK

One of the most popular treks in Nepal, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, better known as the ABC Trek,  draws quite a crowd. Taking off from the enchanting Pokhara valley, the trek takes you through some amazing landscapes, rhododendron forests, lush bamboo groves, terraced hillsides right up to the pristine high mountains.

THE POPULAR ABC TREK

The Base Camp lying at the foot of the Annapurna massif is reached after traversing through a rapidly changing landscape as you climb higher and higher from the rich green valley shrouded in seasonal vegetation to the arid landscape of the high mountains. The Annapurna Sanctuary is a gigantic amphitheater facing giant peaks at close proximity.  4,130 m above sea level, the sanctuary enjoys a spectacular 360 view of 13 peaks that make up the Annapurna massif. This obviously is the highlight of the trek. But even from Day One of the trek, the great peaks, Machapuchare (6,993m), the Annapurna III (7,555m), the Annapurna II (7,937m) and the Annapurna IV (7,525m) keep coming into view, building up excitement as the trek progresses.

Along the way are the hot springs at Jhinu Danda, delightful little Gurung villages embraced by terraced hillsides, hidden trails in the heart of a gigantic bamboo plantation and a forest of rhododendrons. This trek offers all the pleasures one can derive from a walk in the Nepalese Himalaya.
HIGHLIGHTS
- The Annapurna Sanctuary at 4130 m.
- Trekking from the low paddy fields to the heart of the Himalayan glaciers.
- An approach to the very high mountain in just 14 days.
- Homestay overnight in Luwang, an authentic Gurung village.





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Itinerary

  • Level of Trek: Moderate
  • Best Period: April - May & October - December
  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Number of walking days: 9
  • Highest Altitude: 4130 Meters
  • Accomodation: Hotel in Kathmandu & Lodge/Homestay during trek

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Day

Arrive in Kathmandu. Meet the Base Camp Trek staff & transfer to the hotel
- Accommodation: Hotel

Soon after an early breakfast, we meet with our guide from Base Camp Trek at the hotel lobby and proceed towards to Pokhara by bus. The road winds through the hilly region to meet the plains of the tarai, leaving behind the high Himalayas. The drive is approximately 8 hours to Khoramukh (1000m) where the trek begins. From the bridge, we walk a short distance through a village to reach Luwang (1, 460m) a beautiful Gurung village that specializes in tea production. There are great views of the valley and surrounding villages! Towards the north is the remarkable panorama of Mardi Himal, Macchapuchare and Annapurna III. We overnight at a homestay with incredible hospitality and a chance to observe local culture.
- Elevation positive:460m.
- Duration of hike: 1 ½ hr
- Accommodation: Homestay.

From Luwang, there’s a great but steep hike through a rhododendron forest that houses a range of wildlife such as deer, monkeys and numerous species of birds. We stop for lunch at Deurali (2,100m) and then descend via a narrow path which sometimes gets steep until a wider trail is reached which leads on to the village of Landruk. Dinner and overnight at Landruk (1,560m).
- Elevation positive 640m
- Elevation negative: 550m
- Duration of hike: 5 ½ hr
- Accommodation: Lodge

We make a gradual descent encountering beautiful waterfalls on the way. We cross the Modi Khola (river) via a suspension bridge (1,340 m) and have lunch at Jhinu Danda (1,780 m). You have an optional dip in the hot springs here. Finally a short, steep climb leads us to Chomrung village.
- Elevation positive 500m
- Elevation negative: 300m
- Duration of hike: 5hr
- Accommodation: Lodge

We walk up the steps to reach Chomrung River, followed by a steep climb to reach Sinuwa. Really beautiful view of Machhapuchare peak that you also saw from Pokhara. Walking through natural balconies and terraces, we arrive at Bamboo Lodge and Doban (2,600m).
- Elevation positive 670m
- Elevation negative: 180m
- Duration of hike: 6hr
- Accommodation: Lodge

After a gradual climb through a rhododendron forest, Deurali (3,200m) is reached and climbing higher we reach Machhapuchare Base Camp (3,700m).
Overnight at Machhapuchare Base Camp.
- Elevation positive: 1,100m
- Elevation negative: 0 m
- Duration of hike: 5 ½ hr
- Accommodation: Lodge

After breakfast, we walk up to Annapurna Base Camp and spend the afternoon exploring Base Camp and the surrounding area to get a closer view of the glaciers.
Overnight at Annapurna Sanctuary (4,130m).
- Elevation positive 430m
- Elevation negative: 0 m
- Duration of hike: 2 ½ hr
- Accommodation: Lodge

The sunrise from here is unforgettable. A magnificent 360° view of the 13 peaks of the Annapurna range is lit up in red, yellow and orange by rising sun. Later in the day, we embark on a long hike down to Bamboo (2,325 m).
- Elevation positive: 0m
- Elevation negative: 1,800m
- Duration of hike: 6hr
- Accommodation: Lodge

We walk about 4 hours to reach Chomrong, a beautiful Gurung village facing Annapurna South and Macchhapuchare.
- Elevation positive: 500m
- Elevation negative: 700m
- Duration of hike: 4hr
- Accommodation: Lodge

It’s an easy hike down to Ghandruk, a delightful Gurung village with houses mostly built of dry stone. Superb view of the Annapurna Range.
- Elevation positive:200m
- Elevation negative: 350m
-Duration of hike: 5hr
- Accommodation: Lodge

A 4- hour descent on a paved road to Kimche, then we follow the trail to the road that leads to Birethanti (1,100m). From Birethanti , we drive back to Pokhara.
Afternoon free to relax on the shores of Fewa lake in Pokhara.
- Elevation positive: 0 m
- Elevation negative: 850 m
- Duration of hike: 4hr
- Accommodation: Hotel

After breakfast, we drive back to Kathmandu (6-7hr)*.
Free Day / Leisure Time
- Duration of drive: 6 - 7 hours
- Accommodation: Hotel

*Option to fly Pokhara - Kathmandu on request.

On this last day in Nepal, we do a tour of the famous Hindu shrine, Pashupatinath Temple, Buddhist pilgrimage site Boudha Stupa and the historic City of Patan.
- Accommodation: Hotel


Transfer to TIA (Kathmandu Airport) for your return flight.
End of our services.

What's included

- All the transfers in private vehicle according to program 
- 3 nights at Hotel Holy Himalaya or similar in Kathmandu on BB
- 1 night at Hotel Lake Side Retreat or similar in Kathmandou on BB
- Trek in Lodge full board
- English speaking guide for trekking
- A day of guided tours in Kathmandu with vehicle
- Trekking staff : Assistants from 4 pax & 1 porter for 2 pax
- Porterage luggage 13 kg maximum per person during trek
- Trekking ACAP & TIMS
- Staff Insurance

What's not included

- Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara
- Entrance fees to sites during visits
- Nepal Visa on arrival (30$ + photo)
- International flights
- Insurance paper Compulsory
- Tips, personal equipments and expences, drinks, sleeping bag, hot showers and battery charge during trek...

Suppliments

>> Single room in Pokhara & Kathmandu (4 nights) : 100 US$

>> Option in confort : Flight Pokhara - Kathmandu : 115 US$

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