Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Trekking in Nepal is a unique experience that nearly anyone can accomplish. This is not a technical climb, but a comfortably paced walking trip through the majestic Himalayas. While you carry only a light daypack, yaks or porters carry your belongings from lodge-to-lodge. Paced comfortably, you will follow paths traveled by locals for centuries, view skyscraping Himalayan peaks in every direction, and meet the amazing Sherpa people residing in remote villages along the way. Ample time is given to acclimate adventurers to altitude, experience the culture and traditions of the Sherpa people, and visit monasteries and other important landmarks as we make our way to our ultimate goal…Annapurna Base Camp!
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (4,429')
On your arrival in Kathmandu; we will greet you at the airport and transfer you to the famous Hotel Yak & Yeti. After everyone on the team has arrived, we will meet out in the garden area of the hotel for the team meeting and trek briefing. Later that evening we will host a welcome dinner at one of the finest local restaurants just a short walk from the hotel.
Day 02: Explore Kathmandu
This day is a day of adventure, shopping, and preparation for your upcoming trek. We are happy to suggest things for you to do or places to see and explore, but this is an unguided day. If you need suggestions on gifts to buy, where to buy them, and even how to get the best prices, please let us know so that we can help.
Day 03: Fly Kathmandu to Pokhara (2,713')
First thing in the morning we will make our way to the domestic terminal at the airport for our flight to Pokhara. This 30-minute flight is always an exhilarating and trip highlight for everyone traveling to the Annapurna region. On arrival at Pokhara, we will meet the rest of our Sherpa and support staff for our trek.
DAY 04: Fly to Pokhara and trek to Dhampus (5,413')
Fly to Pokhara and drive to Phedi (approx 1 hr drive). Trek to Dhampus- About 3 hrs walking
After breakfast, you will be driven in a private vehicle to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu Airport for flight to Pokhara (25 minutes flight). During the flight, we get to savor the most mesmerizing views of the magnificent 8000 meter Mount Manaslu and the snow-capped Annapurna mountain range. Soon after touch down in Pokhara, you will be met by our trekking crew and we take a leisurely approx 1-hour drive to Phedi (1130m) along the graceful Modi Khola Valley. On reaching our destination, we begin our highly panoramic Annapurna trek. The route skirts through lush forest and countryside to the hilltop village of Dhampus. The mountains we see from Dhampus include Annapurna South, the Fishtail, Hiunchuli, and Lamjung. We spend our first night in Dhampus
DAY 05: Dhampus to Landruk (5,314')
Trek from Dhampus to Landruk -About 5-6 hrs walking
Beyond Dhampus we get our first clear views of the mountains ahead, as we ascend through the forest on a trail which is often made up of stone steps on the steeper sections. Passing through Pothana, we reach a clearing on a pass, at a place called Deurali (pass). At this point we are high up on the east side of the Modi Khola, the river which flows out of the Annapurna Sanctuary. From Deurali we descend steeply down through forest then contour around through villages and terraced fields to camp in the picturesque Gurung settlement of Landruk, which affords spectacular views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli.
DAY 06: Landruk to Chhomrong (7,250')
Trek from Landruk to Chhomrong-About 6 hrs walking)
We descend all the way down to the river, to cross at New Bridge. Our route now climbs quite steeply, high above the river, through bamboo forest and isolated farmsteads. Lunch is served at the tea-houses at Jhinu Danda. Those who are energetic can take the path 20 mins down to bathe in the hot springs here next to the river after lunch. From Jhinu Danda it's a hot climb to reach the crest of the ridge and then around to Chhomrong, our overnight place for tonight. Chhomrong is built on the steep hillside and has a few shops and several tea-houses, wooden lodges and the whole village has stunning, prominent views towards Macchappuchare (Fish-Tail Peak)
DAY 07: Chhomrong to Dovan (8,530')
Trek from Chhomrong to Dovan-About 7 hours walking
We leave Chhomrong along the Modi Khola leaving behind inhabited foothills into the high step and wooded slopes of Himalayas. We cross the suspension bridge then trek up to Sinuwa Danda. The ascent from Sinuwa becomes somewhat flatter. The trail passes through thick and dark rhododendron forest up to Khuldighar. Then, we descend long and steep stone steps into deep bamboo and rhododendron forests through which we reach Bamboo. After a gentle climb of 1 ½ hrs walking, finally, we reach our destination at Dovan for overnight
DAY 08: Dovan to Macchappuchare Base Camp (12,139')
Trek from Dovan to Macchappuchare Base Camp (About 7 hrs walking)
Climbing steeply we reach a fire-blackened overhang of Hinko Cave. From here we will reach at Deurali. Leaving Deurali the valley narrows even more as we enter the gateway to the Sanctuary. We climb up to the area which is called Macchappuchare Base camp, a level and grassy moraine platform with several lodges. In the afternoon we can go up to the ridge behind camp to look down onto the glacier and absorb the distant view of Annapurna 1 & 3, Gangapurna and by straining your neck upwards…the now nearby Fishtail.
DAY 09: MBC to Annapurna Base Camp (13,549')
Trek to Annapurna Base Camp, Sanctuary (About 2 ½ hrs walking)
Another short day today, as it is a fairly gentle ascent from our camp to Annapurna South Base Camp, and a distance of only about 4 kilometers or 2½ miles. Increasingly impressive views reward us for our efforts as we climb the last steep section before reaching the basecamp area. The afternoon is free to relax and admire one of the most stunning mountain amphitheaters in the Himalaya. Optionally, if conditions and route permit there's a chance to walk out towards the Annapurna Base Camp. (4130m).
DAY 10: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (7,874')
Trek from ABC to Bamboo (About 6 hrs walking)
Get up in the early morning and savor the magnificent sunrise over the Himalayas from ABC. After taking breakfast, we start descending from ABC to Bamboo back through MBC, Deurali, Dovan and finally reach Bamboo. Heading back down to the valley is much easier than climbing up. You will see the waterfalls that drop down from a high point to the rocks below. We pass through the forests with great views of the Fishtail and Hiunchuli mountains. Overnight in Bamboo
DAY 11: Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (5,774')
Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu Danda–About 6 hrs walking
From Bamboo, we make a steep ascent to the Kuldi Ghar and then to Sinuwa following the stone steps that lead to Lower Chhomrong. Then we ascend on the thousand stony steps taking us to Upper Chhomrong. From Chhomrong we descend to Jhinu Danda. We today get the opportunity to enjoy hot springs lying just a 20-min walk from Jhinu Danda.
DAY 12: Jhinu Danda to Naya Pul (3,510') & drive to Pokhara
Trek from Jhinu Danda to New bridge and then to Kyumi village. After lunch, we trek to Syauli bazaar and then down to Birethanti. After about an hour trek from Birethanti, and we arrive at Naya Pul. The trek ends at Naya Pul. You will be picked you up at Nayapul and approx one hour drive takes you to Pokhara. We check in to our hotel late afternoon. Rest of the day free to wander around.
DAY 13: Pokhara/Kathmandu by road
Drive back to Kathmandu (approx 7 hrs drive) by Deluxe Tourist Bus including lunch
Leaving Pokhara we take the Prithvi Highway originally constructed by the Chinese in 1975. We drive initially through mostly Brahmin and Chhetri villages, distinguished by their ochre-colored houses. We soon leave the flat Seti Valley behind though and then cross the Madi Khola near Damauli, where there may be good views of the Annapurnas, Manaslu to the north up the valley. We'll pass the Marsyangdi hydroelectric project and soon afterward the town of Mugling, at the confluence of the Marsyangdi and Trisuli rivers. The road starts to climb once we reach Naubise, and reaches a pass on the Kathmandu Valley rim via a series of breathtaking zigzags, from where we complete the journey back to the Nepalese capital.
Alternatively, you may choose to take the half-hour flight between Pokhara and Kathmandu for an additional charge.
Day 14: Exploration day in Kathmandu
Day 15: Flights home