Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the most sought trekking and hiking endeavor in the western Nepali mountains.
Hike through diverse landscape and culturally rich villages in the hillside. Ascend gradually as you pass the deepest gorge of the world towards the foot of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Himchuli and other peaks.
Rich Gurung culture and hospitality will breathe life and culture into your journey. Enjoy a diverse fauna, green hills and the snow-clad mountain peaks as you put one foot in front of the other. Visit local Gurung Museum at Ghandruk.
Mt. Annapurna (8,091M) is the 10th highest mountain in the world. We stand at an altitude of 4130 meters at its base camp. Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the most sought after trip in Nepal.
As you will see below, we will start our trip at the comfortable altitude of 1400 meters in Kathmandu. Pokhara has average altitude of 800 meters. At Ghandruk, we will break the record of Kathmandu. After that, we will gain ascent of 3700 meters and 4100 meters at the Base Camps of Machhapuchhre and Annapurna respectively.
The descend is more gradual and faster than the ascent. As you can see, we are already at the height of 1200 meters at Jinudanda. After that, we descend further as we reach Nayapul and Pokhara.
When people speak and hear “Annapurna”, they are normally imagining a massive peak looming over them. However, Annapurna defines an entire region worth of hills, mountains, rivers, valleys, people and their culture. Annapurna fosters a rich civilization with its fertile lands and abundance of water and minerals. In fact, the name Annapurna origins from Sanskrit and means “The Goddess of Harvests”. Buckwheat, potatoes and rice are commonly grown crops. And naturally pine, oak and rhododendron decorate the hills.
Catch the first glimpse of Annapurna and Machhapuchhre from Pokhara itself. The scene is mesmerizing specially from across the Fewa Lake. From Nayapul, the trek officially starts. The first stop, Ghandruk, provides a great insight into life in the hills, and the native Gurung Culture. They are known to be very hospitable, simple and elegant. Enjoy stunning view of the mountains as you move forward. Travel faster between Kathmandu and Pokhara on a domestic flight.
Non-natives know Machhapuchhre by it’s nickname – the Fishtail Mountain. This is because the peak starkly resembles the tail of a fish. We will also witness other famous peaks in the Annapurna Range. However, Machhapuchhre and Annapurna dominates the landscape most of the time.
There are four main seasons in Nepal, and trekking activity is mostly enjoyed during Spring and Autumn. Annapurna Base Camp Trek can be done in all the weathers, except extreme rainy (June/July) seasons. It’s also possible to do this trek in winter but foggy weather will likely disrupt the views. However, there is more snow and early/late winter is also a great time to travel to the Base Camp.
The route to Annapurna Base Camp is quite different from Annapurna Circuit but both routes lies in ACAP areas project. Starting from Nayapul, we head towards the villages of Ghandruk, Chhomrong, Machhapuchhre Base Camp and finally to the base camp itself. On our way back, we resort at the hot springs available in Jinudanda for a natural hot bath. The trip is graded as moderately difficult, and requires 4 to 6 hours of walking everyday. You reach the altitude of over 4000 meters when you reach the base camp. We organize food, logistics, trekking permits and all necessary transfers for you in this trek. You can relax and just focus on the trekking experience!
Acute Mountain Sickness, or AMS, is a serious risk as we ascend to higher elevations. If you feel headache, fatigue and restlessness during the trek, you will need to inform your trek leader. After that, measures will be taken to help you feel at ease. In most cases, descending to a lower point and acclimatizing helps. In serious cases, emergency evacuation can be easily organized at your request. Helicopters are used in such evacuation, which can get costly. So, we recommend that you have a proper insurance that covers these risks.
Apart from that, you will need to stay alert and follow the safety guidelines provided by your trekking leader.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed with what to pack during a trek. Generally, you need to have a good pair of trekking boots, windcheaters, a warm jacket, trekking socks, sticks, first aid kit, along with other common trekking gears available in the market to buy and rent.
You can do this either at your home country or in one of the trekking shops in Thamel. We provide free assistance in buying/renting these accessories if you are in Nepal. It’s good to have a water filter opposed to buying bottled water. If you have any questions, you can always contact us.
Hiking Adventure has brought you this unique itinerary of Annapurna Base Camp Trek with intense planning and detailing. The routes have been carefully planned to cover maximum ground in a short period of time while ensuring you receive most efficient and enriching experience.
A well-informed guide with excellent communication skills will travel along with you so that your journey will be laden with information of the region, its people, and their customs. Hiking Adventure hopes to give you the ultimate experience in Annapurna Region, as you visit places that will make you fall in love with the simplicity of nature and the serenity of the high mountains.
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You will arrive at the capital city, Kathmandu. Our representatives will aid you in your transfer to the hotel. Kathmandu is a vibrant city with a large population and where the roots of culture and traditions still run deep. You can visit a few of the beautiful landmarks this city has to offer such as, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath and the Basantapur Durbar Square.
Accommodation: 3-Star Hotel / Kathmandu
From Kathmandu, you will have the option to either take a comfortable drive or a short flight towards another major city, Pokhara. Considered to be a tourist hub, this city sees droves of tourists from in and out of the country. Once in Pokhara, you can visit the beautiful Phewa Lake that lies in the heart of the city, with hills overlooking it on all sides. These hills house the Peace Pagoda and a little above the skyline, a beautiful view of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, and Dhaulagiri can be seen.
Note: Flights will charge extra. Please contact us if you'd like a flight instead of driving.
Accommodation: 3-Star Hotel / Pokhara
From Pokhara, you will take a short drive of 2 hours to Nayapul, a small settlement lying in the foothills of great mountains. From Nayapul, a trek of 5 to 6 hours will take you to Ghandruk, a village on an elevation of 2000m inhabited mostly by the Gurung community of Nepal. The trail lies alongside the Mardi River and consists of uphill routes. From Ghandruk, incredible views of Annapurna and Machhapuchhre can be seen.
Accommodation: Tea house / Ghandruk
You will take a trail from Ghandruk and trek for 6 hours in order to reach Chhomrong. The village of Chhomrong lies at an altitude of 2100m. The trail takes you through narrow hilly unpaved paths, sparsely populated with trees, which open to a wide ridge with beautiful views of lush green hills. The village of Chhomrong lies on the side of a terraced hill, and its skyline offers a beautiful view of Annapurna and Machhapuchhre.
Accommodation: Tea house / Chhomrong
From Chhomrong, a trek of 6 to 7 hours will take you to Himalayan Hotel, located at an altitude of 2850m. The trail will take you through dense forests of bamboo, rhododendron, and oak which is common flora in this region.
Accommodation: Tea House / Himalayan Hotel
From the Himalayan Hotel, you will trek towards Machhapuchhre Base Camp. Located at an altitude of 3700m, this Base Camp offers you a beautiful and direct view of Machhapuchhre, which is also considered to be one of the most beautiful mountains in the world due to its twin peaks which looks like a fish’s tail, hence the name- Machhapuchhre. Along with Machhapuchhre, you will see a panoramic view of Annapurna I, Annapurna South and Himchuli. Overnight in Machhapuchhre Base Camp.
Accommodation: Tea house / Machhapuchhre Base Camp
From Machhapuchhre Base Camp, you will trek directly to Annapurna Base Camp. The view from Annapurna Base Camp is considered to be one of the best, which includes views of massive mountain peaks of the Annapurna Ranges, such as Annapurna I, Annapurna South and so on. During the winters, the grassy slope where the base camp lies is covered in snow. Such a view coupled with small Chorten with fastened colorful prayer flags is incredibly serene. You will also trek back towards the village of Sinuwa, through forests of oak and rhododendron with occasional views of Machhapuchhre.
Accommodation: Tea house / Sinuwa
You will take a relatively shorter trail of 4 to 5 hours in order to reach Jinudanda from Sinuwa. You will trek along the Madi River Valley which draws its name from the river that runs across it. Located at an altitude of 1200m, Jinudanda is actually famous for its natural hot springs which helps you take away fatigue and stress in your body due to stress.
Accommodation: Tea house / Jinudanda
From Jinudanda, you will trek back towards Nayapul, once again following the course of Madi River. From Nayapul, you will take a short drive back towards the city of Pokhara. In the evening, you can choose to explore the city and its lifestyle in the Lakeside area which mostly caters to tourists.
Accommodation: 3-Star Hotel / Pokhara
You have the option to take a comfortable drive to take a flight from Pokhara back to the capital city, Kathmandu. Once in Kathmandu, you can choose to explore the city, its streets and its culture which provides a unique ambiance.
Note: Flight to Kathmandu will incur extra charges.
Accommodation: 3-Star Hotel / Kathmandu
Congratulations! Your trek has come to a beautiful end. Our representatives will aid you in your departure. We hope that you have had a wonderful time and will join us in the future for such treks and expeditions once again.
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