Annapurna Base Camp from Kathmandu and Pokhara

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  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Duration: 12 Days
  • Trip Grade: Moderate
  • Trip Type: Annapurna Base Camp (Trek)
  • Max Altitude: 4130 Meters
  • Min Pax: 1 to 16
  • Trip Style: Tea House Trek/Lodge to Lodge Trek
  • Transportation: Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus
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Annapurna conservation area is the most visited trekking destination of Nepal. This trek allows knowing the local intimately and experiencing their cultural hospitality. This area treasures for Annapurna massifs, Machhapuchchhre, Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri. Behind the mountain is a living Tibetan civilization in the valleys of Mustang. Annapurna region is also famous for its Hindu religious shrine Muktinath temple. There is also the world’s highest lake Tilicho Lake at an altitude of 4919 m above sea level. Annapurna conservation area has been home to diverse flora and fauna. During the trekking season, the trail is accompanied by the lush green forest of Rhododendron, chirping of birds and kaleidoscope of butterflies. The trail is clean with warm sun and a cool mountain breeze. Trekking in Annapurna conservation area can range from 6 – 20-day trip depending upon time, sites and weather. In this Annapurna region, we can have many trekking routes like Annapurna Circuit, Annapurna Base Camp, Ghorepani Poonhill, Sickles, Dhaulagiri, Jomsom Muktinath, and upper Mustang, virgin or newly Mardi Himal trek, Nangi Village Trek.  The best season to trek in this reason is February –March where you can view the natural beauties like Rhododendron, chirping of birds.
This region is occupied by Gurung, Thakali and Pun Magar with their own cultural dress, ornaments and mother tongue. If you go to Mustang reason trek then there you will find different people with their own cultural dress ornaments languages and this reason is ruled by a king.

Highlights

Main Attractions of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek highlighted:

• Trek in the unique geography and vegetation of Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) region

• Staggering views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range from Annapurna Base Camp

• Trip to various quaint villages like Ghandruk, Chhomrong, Ghorepani etc. 

• Enjoy sunrise views from Sarangkot and Poon Hill

• A chance to catch glimpses of animals like snow leopards, musk deer, Himalayan Tahr

• Walk in the world’s largest rhododendron forest in Ghorepani.

• The scenic bus ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara and back.

• Experience the Gurung culture in this region.

• Meet many travelers from around the world.

Day to day itinerary:

  • Day 1:Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • Day 2:Pokhara to Dhampus
  • Day 3:Dhampus to Ghandruk
  • Day 4:Ghandrung to Chhomrung
  • Day 5:Chomrong to Himalayan Hotel
  • Day 6:Himalayan Hotel to Machhapuchhre BC.
  • Day 7:Excursion to Annapurna Base camp
  • Day 8:Machhapuchhre Base camp to Chhomrong
  • Day 9:Chhomrong to Tadapani.
  • Day 10:Tadapani to Ghorepani (poon hill/Pun hill)
  • Day 11:Ghorepani poon hill trek to Birethanti
  • Day 12:Birethanti to Naudanda-Sarankot
  • Day 13:Sarangkot to pokhara
  • Day 14:Pokhara to Kathmandu by Bus Ride or Take flights

Trip Map

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 1Kathmandu to Pokhara
    On the first day of your trip, you go Pokhara on a bus. You will have your breakfast in your hotel and head out on a 6-7 hours journey on a bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara. From the bus, you can observe beautiful, scenic hills that lie quite close to Trisuli and Marsyangdi River. The bus ride also offers you your first sights of Ganesh Himal and the Manaslu peak.

    There are various things you can enjoy in Pokhara. You can feel a wonderful touristic vibe in this valley. You can go for a pleasant stroll around the lakeside or head out for boating in the various lakes in Pokhara. You can also go for a pleasant visit to the various caves like Bat Cave, Mahendra Cave or Gupteshwor Mahadev cave.
  • Day 2Pokhara to Dhampus
    After having breakfast, you will first head out to Phedi in a private taxi or jeep. The ride to Phedi from your hotel will be around thirty minutes long. From Phedi, you will trek through Dhampus rice patio, wonderful settlement and lush green woods before reaching Dhampus after a trek of 3-4 hours.
  • Day 3Dhampus to Ghandruk
    From Dhampus, the trail first takes you along a ridge in Deurali. This path from the ridge descends through forest before reaching the lovely villages of Tolka and Bheri Kharka. The trekking trail descends further as you walk through scattered forests and villages before getting to Landruk. From Landruk, the trail goes steeply down for about 1 hour and leads you to a river. From the river, you will climb a steep uphill for about 2-3 hours.

    You will come across scattered villages as well as scenic views of the Himalayas along the way. Eventually, you will reach Ghandrung (2012 meters). Ghandrung, also known as Ghandruk, is one of the largest Gurung settlements in the central-western part of Nepal. This village offers you great views of mountains like Gangapura, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Mount Annapurna amongst others. You can also visit Annapurna Mountain Conservation Area Project (ACAP) headquarters as well as the local museum if there is some time.
  • Day 4Ghandrung to Chhomrung
    Today, you will go to Chhomrong (2170 meters) from Ghandruk on a 5-6 hours trekking journey. Initially, you will trek to Kimrungdanda which takes about one hour. While trekking to Kimrungdanda, you can catch some beautiful views of mountains like Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail Mountain (Machhapuchhre) and Gangapurna. A steep downhill from Kimrungdanda will take you to Kimrong Khola.

    From Kimrong Khola, you will trek up a steep uphill to Chere Danda. A slight downhill from Chere Danda followed by a gentle walk will take you to Chhomrong. Chhomrong is a village that has a large Gurung community. This village is nestled beautifully in the lap of Mt. Annapurna. You will have your overnight stay in Chhomrong.
  • Day 5Chomrong to Himalayan Hotel
    The trail from Chomrong initially descends as you trek downhill through thousands of steps before reaching Chomrong Khola. You will cross Chomrong Khola on a suspension bridge. You will continue on your journey to Khuldighar at 2,380 m. Khuldighar was home to an ACAP(Annapurna Conservation Area) check in the past.

    From Khuldighar, you will walk through a clearing in a forest. The trekking trail then descends sharply as you reach a rock bank. From there, you will walk in a level field crossing various bamboo forests, which lie to the right of the river. As you trek further for a couple of hours through bamboo and rhododendron forests, you will get to Himalaya. Himalaya Hotel is where you will spend your night today. It is located at an altitude of 2920 meters. It takes around 4-5 hours to get to HImalaya Hotel from Chomrong.
  • Day 6Himalayan Hotel to Machhapuchhre BC.
    Today you will head out to Machhapuchhre Base Camp, which lies at an altitude of 3700 meters. It might take you 4-5 hours to complete today’s trek. As you walk for around one hour from Hotel Himalaya, you will get to the village of Deurali. From there, you will walk up a steep uphill to Bagar. This is one of the most challenging hikes in this trip. Walking further, you will reach the Machhapuchhre Base Camp. Various peaks like Machhapuchhre along with Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharva Chuli and Gangapurna from visible from Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC).
  • Day 7Excursion to Annapurna Base camp
    One of the biggest advantages of staying at Machhapuchhre Base Camp is that the chance of altitude sickness at MBC is lower than that in Annapurna Base Camp. You will head out to Annapurna Base Camp this day. For the most part of the ABC trek, you will encounter forested vegetation. But the trail from MBC to ABC is devoid of forested vegetation. The trekking trail from MBC to ABC is also quite wide. It takes around 2 hours to get to Annapurna Base Camp (4130 meters).

    Annapurna Base Camp offers some of the most sumptuous views of the south face of Annapurna. You can also view other mountains like Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli etc in their grandeur. After spending quality time at Annapurna Base Camp, you will trek back to Machhapuchhre Base Camp for your overnight stay
  • Day 8Machhapuchhre Base camp to Chhomrong
    You can enjoy the towering views of Mt. Machhapuchhre and others in the morning. After having breakfast, you will make descend to Chhomrong this day. The trail that you took to trek up to ABC is the same you take back to Chhomrong. As you descend to lower altitude, the trek is mostly downhill. So you won’t find today’s trek stressful. You can also catch glimpses of some delightful landscape on your way down.

    You will pass various settlements like Deurali, Himalaya, Bamboo, etc before you reach Kuldighar and descending to Chhomrong Khola. After you cross Chomrong Khola on a suspension bridge, you will walk up through various stone steps for about an hour before reaching Chhomrong. It will take around 7-8 hours to complete today’s trek.
  • Day 9Chhomrong to Tadapani.
    You will gain an altitude of around 500 meters this day as you trek to Tadapani (2630 meters) from Chomrong (2170 meters). Most of the trek takes place inside the lush forests of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project. You will walk through a few steep uphills along the way as well as a few downhills along the way.

    After trekking for 4-5 hours, you will reach Tadapani, where you will spend your night. Tadapani is placed perfectly amidst Rhododendron, Magnolia, and Oaks forests. Tadapani offers you beautiful Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre (fishtail).
    Day 10: Tadapani to Ghorepani (Pun hill)
    From Tadapani, you will trek to the beautiful settlement of Ghorepani this day. The trail from Tadapani initially takes you to an upper ridge. From there you will hike in trails inside rhododendron forest. The path from these forests then narrows uphill. You will trek through temperate forests along some downhills before reaching Bhanthahti.
    Banthanti lies amidst the forest of ACAP region, is where you will have your lunch. After trekking through rhododendron forests and small streams for close to an hour, you will reach Ghorepani (2630 meters).
  • Day 10Tadapani to Ghorepani (poon hill/Pun hill)
    From Tadapani, you will trek to the beautiful settlement of Ghorepani this day. The trail from Tadapani initially takes you to an upper ridge. From there you will hike in trails inside rhododendron forest. The path from this forests then narrows uphill. You will trek through temperate forests along some downhills before reaching Bhanthahti.

    Banthanti, lies amidst the forest of ACAP region, is where you will have your lunch. After trekking through rhododendron forests and small streams for close to an hour, you will reach Ghorepani (2630 meters).
  • Day 11Ghorepani poon hill trek to Birethanti
    Early in the morning, you will head out to Poon Hill (3,190m) to view the mesmerizing sunrise from this astonishing hill station. The views as the sun rises over the Himalayas of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Manaslu is truly astounding. From here, you will return back to Ghorepani for breakfast. From Ghorepani, you will trek downhill to some quaint villages before you reach Birethanti. The walk to Birethanti is full of rhododendron forests as you cross several streams along the way.
  • Day 12Birethanti to Naudanda-Sarankot
    Today, you will trek to Naudanda (1443 meters) Sarangkot from Birethanti. The trekking trails are quite wide and easy. Naudanda is extremely popular for its wonderful views of Annapurna range, and Phewa lake and Pokhara city on the other. This village is also a popular destination for bird watchers. You can see various species of for vultures like Himalayan Griffons, and Red-headed and Eurasian Black Vultures from Naudanda. As you trek for a couple of hours, you will get to Sarangkot, where you will spend your night. You can catch splendid views of the sunset from Sarangkot (1592 meters).
  • Day 13Sarangkot to pokhara
    Sarangkot (1592m) is a hill that is quite renowned for the beautiful sunrise and mountain views you can have from there. On a clear morning, you can see wonderful views of the Annapurna range, Dhauligiri range, Mt. Machhapuchhre etc. It is also possible catch sights of loftygreen hills, rice terraces, Phewa lake, and the beautiful view of Pokhara valley. From Sarangkot, you will get to Pokhara.
  • Day 14Pokhara to Kathmandu by Bus Ride or Take flights
    On this day, you will head out for a 6-7 hour bus ride from Pokhara to Kathmandu or take a flight to Kathmandu take a less than half an hours.
    From the bus, you can enjoy sights of lofty green hills and the sound of rivers like Trisuli and Marsyangdi. The ride might also offer some possible glimpses of Ganesh Himal and the Manaslu peak. You can spend this day buying some souvenir for friends and family back home. Thamel, which is a buzzing town in Kathmandu, is a place where you can go to for shopping the items. And flight from Pokhara can enjoy with mountain scenery and terrace field just below you.
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Annapurna base camp note:

  •  We can tailor the trip and hire extra porter need to ask to your guide or directly to the trekking company
  •  You have to pay 25% Once your plane is fixed
  •  You need to Ask you to local or someone before taking the pictures
  •  You have to sleep on the mated floor or dormitory rooms when it is full of tourist in the lodge or home in the high season.
  •  We need to speak  in the low voice while you are walking to the conservation area which  protected bay ACAP in the Annapurna region
  •  We will use any kinds of the vehicle when your private van, jeep, bus or car is broken along the way to the destination
  •  For the Further info contact to the office,  your guide, porter guide or porter while you are on the trip.