Annapurna Base Camp Trek

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Annapurna Base Camp Trek


Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna base camp (ABC) situated at 13,600 feet is one of the most done treks in the world. Trekkers get to witness the 8000er peak – Annapurna I (8091 metres) up close from the ABC. Annapurna Base Camp I is the 10th highest mountain in the world. Trek to the ABC is a moderate level trek. There are 2 seasons to attempt the ABC – autumn (September – October - November) and spring (March – April - May). The weather remains sunny and warm during these times. Some trekkers who wish to avoid too many people on this trail could attempt in the winters (December – January - February). Only those trekkers who can withstand the negative cold temperatures and would like to trek in the winters will enjoy this trail during these months. Trekking in the monsoons (June – July – August) would be extremely difficult as there are steep ascends and descends on this trail.

We trek to Poon hill which is an add on to this trek. This trek route to Poon Hill attracts trekkers to attempt this trek, even though it is not too high in terms of altitude. The early morning sunrise is the reason so many trekkers attempt the Poon hill.

Other than the excursion to Poon hill, thick dense Oak forests, Bamboo forests, Rhododendron forests, (Rhododendron is the national flower of Nepal), trekking through an Avalanche prone area (short distance), hot springs, along with best views of peaks as the "Fishtail" – Machhepuchhre peak, Annapurna south, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli, Gangapurna, Hiunchuli and many more gigantic mountains, add to the thrill of the trek. The Annapurna sanctuary has over 1220 species of flowering plants and nearly 400 birds waiting to be spotted.
Day 1 – Arrival at Pokhara

Arrive in Pokhara and meet the team at the Hotel. Check-in to the rooms, freshen up and feel free to explore Pokhara. Later in the evening we have a team briefing of the entire trek route. We discuss the complete itinerary with days & distances, and introduce ourselves (entire team). The session will include team briefing, rucksack packing demo and medical briefing. It would be important for every trekker to attend the medical briefing as topics as mountain sickness – AMS (Acute mountain sickness), HAPO (High Altitude Pulmonary Oedema), HACO (High Altitude Cerebral Oedema) would be discussed.

Pokhara is known to be the gateway of the Annapurna trek. People all over the world come to Pokhara to do the Annapurna Circuit/ Annapurna Base camp trek. It is also known as the tourist capital of Nepal. Pokhra is 200kms and a 35 – 40 mins flight (direct flight) away from Kathmandu. As the distance is 200kms, some people prefer taking the road as takes nearly 7 - 8 hours.

Day 2 – Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul (48kms/ 1hour 45mins) and trek to Tikhedhunga (12.8kms / 4 - 5hours) (4,600ft – 3,500ft – 5,080ft)

Annapurna Base Camp Cost

Amazing views of the fishtail pinnacle aka Machhapuchhre can be seen from the right side of your vehicle during drive and trek via Birethanti, Lamdawali, Sudame and Hile. First 45mins of trek and we will reach the first suspension bridge. Just before the getting on the bridge we spot a massive Shivling along with a Trishul (Trident). There are many followers of lord Shiva in this region. Another 40mins of trekking and we get to the second bridge of the day over the Modi Nalla (river). Continue to trek and we get to the lunch point. A couple of hours of trekking and we get to the village – Tikhedunga.

Day 3 – Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (13.5kms/ 7 – 8 hours) (5,080ft – 9,430ft)

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Cost

Tikhedhunga to Ulleri is a climb route of approximately 3380 stairs with a steep ascend initially which gets gradual going forward. It would take approximately an hour and 40mins to do this climb. The entire climb being on steps puts pressure on the knees so it's important to climb at a comfortable pace and to climb with rhythm and take breaks accordingly.

The views from these steps are simply amazing. It is important to rest here before we continue to Ghorepani. The difficult part of the day is done.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Kathmandu

We continue to trek through the forest of Rhododendron red flowers and rice paddy fields post Ulleri. We get amazing views of the snow clad mountains throughout the forest. We trek though Banthanti, Nangge thanti ("Thanti" is a Nepali word that means rest house) to reach Ghorepani and retire for the day. The best views of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges are visible from Ghorepani.

Day 4 – Ghorepani excursion to Poon hill and trek to Tadapani (14.5kms/ 7 - 8hours) (9,430ft – 10,300ft – 8,530ft)

Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Tour

View from Poon hill (10,300ft)

We start as early as possible to get to the top to witness the sunrise. All we carry is a bottle of water and start. We leave rest of our backpack at Ghorepani itself. On a clear day we get the best views of the Annapurna Circuit and the sanctuary. Snow covered peaks as Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Fishtail aka Machhapuchhre, Singu chulli are seen as golden with the sunrise. A cup of masala tea/ hot chocolate adds on to the feel of this moment.

After spending some time at the Poon hill and clicking pictures, we head back to pack up at Ghorepani and head towards Tadapani. This route ahead is with gentle ascends and ascends. We get to a lower altitude than Ghorepani to reach Tadapani at 8,530feet.

Day 5 – Tadapani to Chomrung (8kms/ 6hours) (8,530ft – 7,000ft)

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Nepal

We cross Chuile, Kimrog Khola and get to the suspension bridge. The route till here is mostly descends. We cross over the bridge and trek uphill through spectacular terrace fields and we reach Gurjung. We halt here to have lunch. Post lunch, we continue to ascend and then finally descend to Chomrung. Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre peaks along with a few more can be seen on the trek today.

Day 6 – Chomrung to Dovan (10kms/ 7 – 8 hours) (7,000ft – 8,500ft)

ABC Trek

View of Machhepuchhre aka "fishtail" from Dovan

This day's trek starts with a descend to the Chomrung Khola (river). Post this descend we cross a suspension bridge and start our climb through a forest of fern, Oak, Bamboo and Rhododendron. We continue to ascend to Sinuwa. This steep ascend is the most difficult part of the entire ABC trek. We cross through a wide variety of vegetation and many small wild creatures. After crossing Sinuwa, we descend taking the steps down till Bamboo and a short walk to get to Dovan.

Day 7 – Dovan to Deurali (8.2kms/ 5 – 6 hours) (8,500ft – 10,180ft)

Annapurna Sanctuary

Deurali is situated at the foothill Modi Himal and Mount Machhepuchhre. We stay in the high altitude zone for the first time. We cross the Bamboo forest passing Modi khola and get to the Hinku cave (10,450ft).

After spending some time here at the cave we progress further to get to Deurali. The forest keeps getting thinner as we trek to get to Deurali. On reaching Deurali, we can spot the sitting Budha on high rocky cliff.

Day 8 – Deurali to Annapurna Base camp (7kms/ 4-5hours) (10,180ft – 13,600ft)

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Route

The ABC (Anapurna base camp) is a high glacial basin situated at 13,600ft. We cross the MBC (Machhepuchhre base camp) situated at 12,250ft, on our way to the ABC. We start the day by trekking over the river bed followed by a steep trail, which leads us straight to MBC. Being an avalanche prone area, we need to watch our steps as we trek over this part of the trail. We will negotiate this trail as a team at a good manageable pace. After this gradual ascend, we reach the MBC. From MBC we get spectacular views of Hiunchuli, Machhepuchhre, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli and Gangapurna. These snow-capped mountains, tower upon us and appear to be real close adding on to the thrill and adventure. This is the highest point of our trek at 13,180ft. From here we get to see one of the fourteen 8,000er peaks – Annapurna I at 8091 metres (26,500ft). Other gigantic peaks can also be spotted from here.

Day 9 – ABC to Bamboo (16kms/ 8 - 9 hours) (13,600 ft – 7,700ft)

Today after enjoying great views of the Annapurna range at sunrise, we retrace our steps down to Bamboo. This is the only patch that where we need to retrace our steps. This would be the longest day of our trek. It is a gradual to steep descend and a few patches of gradual yet small ascends. We will stop midway and have lunch at one of the teahouses. After that we head back towards Bamboo, our site for the day.

Being a long day, it is important for us to have a cool down session at the end of today's trek.

Day 10 – Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (10kms/ 5 – 6 hours) (7,700ft – 5,750ft)

ABC Trek Route

We start by ascending for nearly an hour followed by steep descend over the steps visible from the top that lead us down till Sinuwa. This would take about 3 hours. On reaching Sinuwa we take rest and continue our descend to the Chomrung river. This is a very steep and a difficult route till the river. We need to check out from the ACPC office at Chomrung. We take a short climb up post Chomrung of about a few minutes and take the trail that descends to Jhinu Danda. We would take about 2 hours to get to Jhinu Danda. On reaching here we get to see the sub tropical forest which is a beautiful. After a cool down session we go towards Modi Khola that is a hot water spring. We enjoy and have a good time here. After completing the longest day, we deserve a bath here.

Day 11 – Jhinu Danda to Nayapul trek (11kms/ 6 to 7 hours) and drive to Pokhra (48kms/ 1hour 35mins)

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Tour

We trek down towards Nayapul which would take nearly 6 to 7 hours. We would get the Modi river on most of our route down. We cross terrace fields and forests on our way down to Syauli bazaar. It would take us nearly 4 hours to get to Syauli bazaar. Another hour and half's trek over a flat terrain and we get to Nayapul. From here we get into the vehicles and drive back to Pokhra. We drive back through the same roads to get to Pokhra. It would take us approx. 90 mins to get to Pokhra from Nayapul. On getting to Pokhra, we check-into our rooms and rest for the remaining day.

Day 12 – Pokhara - Check out

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Kathmandu

Post breakfast we check out saying our goodbyes until next time.

Total trek distance – 100 to 105kms (including acclimatization walks)

Inclusions:

Meals - All meals mentioned above from Pokhra to Pokhra. Dinner on Day 1 at Pokhara.
Accommodation - 2 nights in Pokhra and 9 nights on the trek
Transport - Drive from Pokhra to Nayapul (Day 2) and return (Day 11)
Stay in tea houses on double sharing basis on the trek
Toilets – well maintained, clean and hygienic
Certified wilderness first aid responder for any medical emergencies
An experienced and certified skilled mountaineer as the guide/ trek lead
2 guide/ lead for a group of maximum 12-14 trekkers. Generally it is 1 guide to about 6 members
All our guides and leads are professionally trained/ skilled and have many years of relevant experience in guiding and leading treks.
Clean and well maintained beds with comfortable beddings
First aid medical kit with medical assistance for the trekkers
Oxygen cylinder with oxy meter for a routine daily check-up
Camping & trekking permits and permissions from the local administrations/ authorities
One is to one porter (backpack/ duffel bag weighing not more than 12 kilos)

Exclusions:

Service tax 5% (as per the current in GST)
Porter/mule charges to carry your personal bags/ offloads
Any meals/services not mentioned above
Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
Insurance
Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
Price: INR 34,650 + 5% GST
(Batch size of 10 to 12 trekkers)

*Note – Pokhara to Pokhara

Payment to be made by Bank Transfer/Cheque/DD in favour of M/S Wanderers payable at New Delhi/Gurgaon or online through our payment gateway.

Bank details:

Yes Bank
New Friends Colony
Account Number: 006961900002710
Account Type: Current Account
Name: M/S Wanderers
IFS Code: YESB0000069
Payment for this trip will not be adjusted against any future trips.

Cancellation Policy:

45 Days: Full refund (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.
30-45 Days: 75% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.
15-30 Days: 50% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.
15 Days: No refund

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