Trip Name: Annapurna Base Camp
Duration: 10 days
Annapurna base camp trek is famous for trekkers. The principal peaks of the western portion of the great Annapurna Himal, including Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Fang, Annapurna, Ganagapurna, Annapurna 3 and Machhapuchhare, are arranged almost precisely in a circle about 10 miles in diameter with a deep glacier-covered amphitheater at the center.
From this glacier basin, known as the Annapurna Sanctuary, the Modi Khola knifes its way south in a narrow gorge fully 12,000 ft. deep. Further south, the gorge opens up into a wide and fertile valley, the domain of the Gurungs. The middle and upper portions of Modi Khola offer some of the best short trekking routes in Nepal, and the valley is located so that these treks can be easily combined with treks into the Kali Gandaki region to the west.
In spite of the great heights of the surrounding peaks and ice walls, the valleyfloor between 12,000 and 14,000 ft. can provide comfortable camping spots in good weather.
Day 1:Drive to Naya Pul (New bridge), and trek to Tikhe Dhunga (1495m/4905ft).
Breakfast. After an hour drive to Naya Pul then commence our trek to Birethanti, a large and prosperous town beside the Modi River. Head up the main trail to Sudami where we climb gradually up the side of the valley, reaching Hile (1495m) before pushing on to Tirkhe Dhunga. From here the trail crosses a stream and then ascends a step stone staircase to the large Magar village at Ulleri (2070m).Walking 3:30 hours.
Day 2:Trek to Ghorepani (2850m/9350ft).
This is a pleasant walking day today. We trek through rhododendron and oak forests and across streams before making a short, final climb to Nangethanti. From Nangethanti we head up to Ghorepani (2850m). Walking 5:30 hours.
Day 3:Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani (2520m/8268ft).
An early start and an hour hiking to Poon Hill (3195m) leads us to a brilliant spectacle, this vantage point provides an unobstructed view of sunrise over the high Himalayas. After spending about 45 minutes on the hillside, we come back to Ghorepani, have a hot breakfast, and start walking to Tadapani. From Ghorepani the trail climbs along ridges and through pine and rhododendron forests to Deurali (2960m). We descend to reach Banthanti, before winding our way to Tadapani (2540m). Walking 6 :30 hours
Day 4:Tadapani to Sinuwa (2310m/7579ft).
Dropping down from Tadapani Gurjung the route offers good views of the upper Modi valley. The path then starts the long ascent high above the west bank of the Modi Khola. We pass the village of Chhomrong which lies tucked at the very base of Himal Chuli. From Chhomrong the trail descends until Chhomrong Khola then trail begins a slow climb as we head up to our destination for the day - Sinuwa. Walking 6 hours.
Day 5:Sinuwa to Deurali (3150m/10335ft).
We proceed to Kuldi Ghar about 2 1/2 to 3 hrs walking. 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. We pass by the pasture of Tomo, and then the very neck of the gorge at pantheon Barah, where there is a small trail and a shrine. The track climbs to Himalaya hotel at the campsite where we will overnight. Walking 6 hours.
Day 6:Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4090m/13418ft).
Today we climb on past the Machhapuchhare Base Camp (which isn't really a base camp since climbing the mountain is not permitted) to the Annapurna Base Camp. This area is called the Annapurna Sanctuary since it is totally surrounded by mountains. From here it is a two-hour trek to Annapurna Base camp, which offers spectacular views. Walking 5 hours.
Day 7:Annapurna Base Camp to Dovan (2600m/8580ft). Walking 5:30 hours.
Day 8:Dovan to Chhomrong (2110m/6923ft).
Once we have passed Khuldi Bikas where there is an experimental sheep Farm, the trail continues through rhododendron and bamboo fields. Walking 4:30 hours.
Day 9:Chhomrong to Ghaundrung (1940m/6365ft).
This is an easy and short day trekking. From Chhomrong the trail descends through forests to Gurjung Khola and then the trail ascends slightly until Kimche, we reach Ghandrunk about noon. Ghandrunk is a village of Gurung people, one of the ethnic groups of Nepal; they have their own dialect, culture, costume, and life style. Ghandrunk is one of the famous destinations of trekkers for its beautiful mountain views and easy reach from Pokhara or Kathmandu. Our early arrival means we have the afternoon to visit the Annapurna conservation office, Museum and explore the village. Walking 4:30 hours.
Day 10:Trek from Ghaundrung to Naya Pul, then drive to Pokhara (910m/2986ft).
Walking 4:30 hours and drive for an hour.
- Meals on full board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) (Note: A.P Plan) during the trek.
- All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the treks.
- All the necessary ground transportation.
- An experienced Government licensed holder guide and porter and their food, drinks, insurance, salary, equipments, transportation, local tax etc.
- All necessary paper works and national park entry permits & TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) 8. All government taxes.
- Laundry, telephone calls, Bar Bills ( Mineral Water, cold drinks, whisky, beer etc),
- Emergency evacuation if required, donation, tips and all personal nature expenses.