This 14-day trek to one of the most astounding landscape on earth, will be one of the best cherished things of your life. If you are one of those who believes in living life to its fullest and cherishing the nature’s bliss in its all form without risking much, this is the ideal trek for you. The only thing that you need to make this journey is the willpower. Endorsed by travel authorities like the TripAdvisor, Lonely Planet, Nat Geo Traveller, among others, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is ideal for everyone- professional trekkers to amateur first-timers.
Your journey starts with the landing at Nepal’s only one international airport in Kathmandu- Tribhuvan International Airport. The climate and the people here, as you will find, are exceptionally welcoming. Our representatives will pick you at the airport and drive you through the hustling and bustling streets of Kathmandu to your hotel. This drive has been found by many of our visitors as an early view into diverse Nepali lifestyle and your tour guide will ensure that you also feel the same.
On this day we take you to nearest city of Annapurna Base Camp - Pokhara. Known as the city of tourists, it is endowed with natural beauty - mountains, lakes, rivers and cultural richness of its people. Its famous for its daylight beauty and best-in-country nightlife. The five-hours drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara is equally thrilling as it passes through the deep gorges, ravines and roaring water of the glacial river like the Trishuli River on the way.
The trek to ABC begins on this day. After breakfast in Pokhara, we will drive to Nayapool, on the northern outskirts of Pokhara. From here we start the trekking. After half an hour walk through Nayapool bazaar, we will reach Birethanti. While you take rests, your guide will present your traveling papers, permits and TIMs with local authorities. The town is very small but is popular for its diners - we will have lunch over here. After some rest, we will head for Tikhedhunga - a three hours low gradient trek from Birethanti. Here we will stay at a tea house for the night (B, L, D.)
The Tikhedhunga - Ghorepani trek is one of most wonderful legs of this package. After climbing an hour through winding stone staircases through the lush green mountains and vegetation, the trail passes gently through meadows, cultivated fields and rhododendron forests. The area is inhabited by the Magars - one of the many friendly indigenous people of Nepal. After around five to six hours of trek - reaching Ghorepani is rewarding. The village is set Mount Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan Range as its backdrop and is picturesque. We will stay here at a tea house for night and enjoy local music and cuisines. (B, L, D).
An hour before the sun rises we will take a short hike to Poon Hill for seeing the spectacular panoramic sunrise over Mt. Dhaulagiri I (8167m), Annapurna I (8091m), Tukuche, Nilgiri (6940m), Hiunchuli (6441m) and Tarke Kang (7193m) Machapuchre (6997m) in one glance. A life-time memory that will have your cameras clicking and clicking! We will have some coffee here and get down to Ghorepani for breakfast. After having hearty breakfast, we set ourselves for Tadapani. The trail to Tadapani includes a short ridge (Gurung Hill) climb and than its descent through dense rhododendron forest, spectacular waterfalls and roaring mountain rivers and mist. We will stay overnight at a tea house in Tadapani (B, L, D).
We will continue our descent after breakfast at Tadapani. The descent passes through Kyumnu Khola, the magnificent suspension bridge over it and the wild Rhododendron forests. After it around 40-minutes of climb we will reach the scenic village of Gurgung. Here we will lunch. After the lunch break we continue our trek and head for Chhomrong, which includes uphill and downhill trek. Chhomrong is one of the most picturesque villages in the lap of Annapurna Range that offer astounding views of Mount Annapurna South, Himchuli, and Mount Fistail. We will rest here for the day. (B, L, D).
After an early morning breakfast, we head out from Chhomrong to Dovan. The initial trail includes descent through 2500 stone steps amid rhododendron forests at end of which we cross over the Chhomrong Khola suspension bridge. Two hours uphill trek will take us to Sinuwa village. After taking a break here we continue our journey. The Rhododendron forests gradually disappear making way to high altitude bamboo thickets. The one-hour downhill easy gradient trek through the bamboo forests takes to Dovan, where we rest for the night in a tea house. (B, L, D).
On our 8th day, we head out for Deurali from Dovan. After trekking downhill for the initial hour through the dense bamboo thickets, we start ascending. The ascend continues till we reach Himalaya hotel. The bamboo thickets start thinning out and our trail opens up to sunlight and view of roaring glacial rivers raging below the trail. The vegetation henceforth begins to thin out gradually as we climb to the Hinku Cave. After a short downhill trek we start climbing to reach Deurali (meaning crossing of the mountain in Nepali). Deurali which is home to Himalayan Langurs (White face monkeys), offers a clear and much-near view of the mountains, the valley, the raging rivers and the waterfalls. We stay at the lodge here (B, L, D).
In morning we head out for Annapurna Base Camp. An hour of gentle straight hike through the river bed we reach the a open valley known as Bagar. Our next leg will be to reach Machhapuchre Base Camp aka Fishtail Mountain Basecamp, which is relatively easier to ascent and is somewhat energetic. From Machhapuchhre base camp we get excellent views of the majestic Machhapuchhre along with Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli and Gangapurna which is certainly a rewarding experience. The vegetation disappears on our way to ABC and the path widens as we enter the Annapurna sanctuary. From here, we get astonishing views of the near-vertical south face of Annapurna towering above us and around us- an astounding 360-degree panorama view of Annapurna Himalayan Range. We rest here overnight enjoying our success and mixing up other trekkers. (B, L, D).
This is a very special morning as it promises one of the best views that one can have on this earth- Sunrise over the Annapurna and Fishtail Mountains. The magnificent glory when these peaks are lit golden by the sunlight are revealing into the beauty of mother nature. After sinking this precious feeling inside our heart and having our breakfast, we trace our way to Bamboo. Though its a downhill trek, we make the descent gradually so as not to end up having shaky legs at the end of the day. (B, L, D).
From Bamboo we start our day for Jhinu Danda. Unlike the previous, this trail includes both uphill and downhill treks. The stone staircase trail to Chomrong is found to be tiresome. But a rewarding lunch in the lap of the mountains restores our energy and prepares for the remaining leg of todays journey, which is a descent, to Jhinu Danda. Join Danda is home to natural hot springs and will provide us the opportunity to dip into hot water and calm our muscles. Overnight in Jhinu Danda. (B, L, D).
After having a breakfast and our energy restored through the hot water spring bath we head for Pokhara. The initial leg will take downhill to Sauli Bazar from where we will trek to Naya Pool along the banks of River Modi. At Naya Pool our trek ends and we drive back to Pokhara, where we will have a celebration evening hanging around Lakeside. Overnight at a hotel.
After breakfast in Pokhara, we drive back to Kathmandu. The journey usually leaves you some hours in the evening to hang around in Kathmandu’s city life and catch up with local trends in Thamel and other popular tourist destination that your guide will take you. And yes its good place for shopping souvenirs. We end our adventure here with a farewell dinner. Overnight in Kathmandu, include (B, D).
You tour guide will brief about your flight schedule and will see you off at the Airport. In the meantime, we will have opportunities to share our experiences and photo memories of the journey and goodbyes.