Trip Facts

Grade: Vigorous
Duration: 16 days (on trek 12 days)
Max. Altitude: 4,130m/13,550ft
Group Size: 2 - 12

Description

Experience the breathtaking beauty of the Annapurna Himalayan range in Nepal.

Annapurna Base Camp trek is a perfect first trek to do in Nepal. The trails pass through brilliant green terraces rising above plunging gorges, classic Nepali villages, and some of the most beautiful snow-capped mountains in the world.  

Setting out from Pokhara through enchanting Gurung villages, we trek for five days to pass between Machhapuchare and Hiunchuli mountains. These giant peaks guard the entrance to the magnificent glacial valley that forms the Annapurna Sanctuary, so-called because of its natural serenity, beauty and the divine presence of the Hindu goddesses, Annapurna and Gangapurna. It’s a huge ice-clad cirque of some of the highest mountains in the world, including the awesome South Face of Annapurna. We spend two days here exploring, with a visit to Annapurna Base Camp, situated at 4,130m/13,550ft. The trek back to Pokhara is by a different route and includes a dawn hike up Poon Hill for sunrise over the Himalaya.

A shorter version of this trek is also available. Please contact us for details. 

Day 1-2: Arrival in Kathamndu. Guided tour to explore the ancient palaces, temples, and bustling bazaars.
Day 3: Fly to Pokhara in the morning and drive to Dhampus Phedi (1 - 1 1/2 hrs drive) to begin the trek. Walk uphill for 2 hrs to reach beautiful village of Dhampus. After lunch, continue onwards to Pothana.
Day 4-5: Continue the trek, reaching the stone steps in Chomrong village, the gateway to the Sanctuary.
Day 6-8: Trek uphill towards Machhapuchare Base Camp area and Annapurna Base Camp.
Day 9-10: Walk downhill through forests of rhododendron, pine and bamboo.
Day 11-12: Trek through villages. Spectacular views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu.
Day 13: Early morning trek up Poon Hill to watch the sun rise over the peaks
Day 14-15: Finish the trek; explore Pokhara and fly to Kathmandu. Tour of Kathmandu, including the Monkey Temple.
Day 16: International departure.

Cost Includes: * A local trek leader * All internal flights and hotel/airport transfers * 3 star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara, twin share, bed and breakfast basis * Kathmandu sightseeing tour * All road transport by private vehicles * All meals on trek including tea and coffee * Some supplementary snacks on trek * An evening fill of your water bottle with drinking water * Trek staff and full porterage * Trek leader/porters properly insured and equipped * 4 solar showers while on trek * Park conservation fees

Accommodation: Hotels, guesthouses

If wishing to travel at other times alternative itineraries are available.

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