Annapurna Base Camp Trek

About trip

Trip Overview

"Annapurna Deothali" as the place is known to the "Nepalese" is considered sacred, though there is no documentation to show how long this state of affair has prevailed. It is, however, certain that it was so, long before the first trekkers appeared.

The Annapurna Sanctuary forms a natural amphitheater ringed by Annapurna South and I, Varahashikhar, Gangapurna and Machhapuchhare or "Fish Tail" as it is commonly known.  The Sanctuary fall within the area managed by the Annapurna Conservation Area Project and is an exercise in environmental and cultural protection accommodating the needs of both the visitors and the local inhabitants. There is a good mix of high mountains and Himalayan culture on this trek. The Annapurna Himal lies between the Kali Gandaki and Marsyangdi river valley, forming a solid, mountain bastion. Within its span of 40 miles, it encompasses some twelve peaks that are higher than 7000 m. and numerous others over 6000 m. As rhododendron forests give way to bamboo groves, which in turn vanish into the high, desert landscapes, people of Aryan stock give way to those of Mongoloid stock and the dominant religion changes from Hinduism in the lower reaches to Buddhism higher up.

Things To Do

Itinerary

Arrive Kathmandu & Hotel.

Guided Sightseeing in Kathmandu/Some Preparations.

  • Kathmandu Durbar SquareKathmandu Durbar Square

     

  • Boudhanath StupaBoudhanath Stupa

Join the welcome dinner with live Nepali cultural program hosted by Makalu Adventure.

Flight: Kathmandu - Pokhara

View of Pokhara Valley

Flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Hotel Overnight.

Drive Pokhara – Nayapul (1 hr) & Trek to Ulleri (1960m / 4 hrs)

After breakfast at your hotel, drive to Nayapul. Now you start the trekking, mostly through the rice fields, forests and small villages that will take you to Ulleri. Camp Overnight.

Ulleri to Ghorepani ( 2774 / 5 hrs).

The trail ascends a steep stone staircase then more pleasantly through rhododendron forest. There is a hut with water and a small camp site about 1 hr above Ulleri, and further on the stream is followed, providing water for a meal stop. Arrive at the top of the Ghorepani pass and camp there.

 

Ghorepani – Poon Hill (3200m) - Tadapani (2590m / 4 hrs)

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Hike up to Poon hill early in the morning for the sunrise views over the mountains. Descend further and the remaining day is up and down walking through the magnificent stand of giant rhododendrons. Camp Overnight.

Tadapani – Chhomrung (2170m / 6 hrs).

Dropping down from Tadapani Ghandgung offers good views of the upper Modi valley. The route starts the long ascent high above the west bank of the Modi Khola. The village of Chhomrong lies tucked at the very base of Himal Chuli

Chhomrung - Himalaya Hotel (2920m / 6 hrs)

Proceed to Kuldi Ghar 2 1/2 to 3 hrs.  There is a clearing in the forest a little further on. From there the route goes very steeply down a bank of rock and then levels out, running through thickets of  bamboo at the bottom of the gorge, keeping always on the west side of the river. The pasture of Tomo is passed by, and then the very neck of the gorge at pantheon Barah, where there is a small trail and a shrine. Then the track climbs to Himalaya hotel at the camp site. 

Trek to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m / 5 hrs)

Machhapuchhre Base Camp

The track eventually emerges into the Sanctuary.  Straight ahead is the high lateral moraine of the south Annapurna glacier and the Modi follows a deep cliff to the right. This is the site of Machhapuchhre base camp and one can either camp here or continue northwest, staying above the glacial moraine.

Continue to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m / 2 hrs). Return to Doban (2505m / 4 hrs)

 

Annapurna Base Camp

Ascend for an hour to Annapurna Base Camp. Views are unforgettable from here. Later descend further to a pleasant camp spot at Doban.

Doban – Chhomrong (2170m / 5hrs)

Once we have passed Khuldi Bikas where there is an experimental sheep Farm, the trail continues through rhododendron and bamboo fields.

Chhomrong – Ghandrung (1940m / 5 hrs)

Chhomrong – Ghandrung

After Chhomorung the trail continues steeply up stony steps to beautiful village of Ghandrung.

Ghandrung – Nayapul. Drive to Pokhara. Hotel Overnight.

All the way down to Nayapul, then drive to Pokhara. Enjoy and explore grat evening there. Stay at hotel.

Morning flight to Kathmandu. Free Day. Overnight Hotel.

Final Departure from Nepal.

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