The Annapurna base camp trek is a classic for trekkers and it can easily be combined with a trip to Pun Hill or other lower altitude treks. 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 within 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 below fully 4000mtrs 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 also be easily combined with treks into the Kali Gandaki region and Muktinath to the west.
In spite of the great heights of the surrounding peaks and ice walls the valley floor between around 4300 mtrs can provide comfortable camping spots in good weather or alternatively you can stay at a lodge.
What's included ?
- Accommodation in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast basis as per the itinerary
- City tour in Kathmandu with guide by private car
- Entry fees when sightseeing in Kathmandu
- National Park Trekking/Entry Permit
- Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) registration fee
- Round trip / internal flights / overland transport / if needed / as per the itinerary
- Accommodation in guest houses/lodges during the trek
- Three meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) a day during the trek
- Qualified and experienced trekking guide and porter services
- Transportation, accommodation, meal allowance, equipment and insurance for trekking staff
- All the official paper work and all the applicable government taxes
- Airport transfers for internal flights
- Sleeping bag, down jacket and rucksack if required
- Airport pick-up on arrival and drop-off on departure
What's not included ?
- Meals other than breakfast when staying in hotels
- Personal expenses and bar bills
- Clients’ travel insurance
- Tips and gratuities
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in KathmanduWelcome and pick up / transfer to hotel / introductory briefing / overnight hotel
Day 02: Sightseeing in KathmanduIt includes various monuments around Kathmandu of historic and cultural importance / overnight hotel
Day 03: Fly to Pokhara( 820 m)Receive from airport and transfer to hotel /Check into hotel/ Explore around
Day 04: Pokhara to Birenthanti (1577) via Nayaphul (1025 m) very short introductory dayAn hour and half’s drive out of Pokhara / we reach the starting point of our trek at Nayaphul / Trek the banks of the river to Birenthanti / overnight.Birenthanti is a lovely village at the head of two rivers / as we are here for lunch there is an opportunity to do some walks up the rivers and also swim in ther rivers deep pools.
Day 05: Birenthanti to Ulleri (2017 m)The trail takes the left fork through the village and follows the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola / trail climbs steadily up the side of the valley to Hille 1495m / short climb to reach Tikhedhunga / then climb up a steep stone staircase to Ulleri/ overnight.
Day 06: Ulleri to Ghorepani (2860 m)Relatively easy day/We continue ascending up through a Rhododendron forest/ Ghorepani, where we overnight.
Day 07: GhorepaniFor those that want an early walk to Poon Hill starting before sunrise, we promise that the walk is well worth it. From the hill the panoramic views of both the Annapurna Himal and the Dhaulagire Himal at sunrise defy words. Rest day at Ghorepani
Day 08: Ghorepani to Tadapani (2630 m)Today’s trek takes us up a steep ridge of slate quarries to 3180 meters / From there, we descend back down to Tadapani / good mountain views /overnight
Day 09: Tadapani – Chhomrong (2050 m)Trail goes downhill through rhododendron forest / crosses two small villages with farm terraces before crossing Kimrong Khola and it may takes 2 hours from Tadapani/ trail continues uphill to hour camp site, it may take about three hours on easy pace to Chhomrong / amazing view of Himalchuli, Machhapuchhre, and Annapurna South/ overnight.
Day 10: Chhomrong – Himalaya Hotel (2900 m)Initially the trail goes downhill all the way to meet another stream / and goes up hill about three quarters to get Sinuwa village/ Onward our trail continues downhill to Bamboo after Khudi Ghar crossing jungle and few field terraces/ trail goes slightly uphill through the bank of jungle to Himalaya Hotel/ During the day we will enjoy the different animals like languor, Snow-leopard etc/ Overnight
Day 11: Himalaya Hotel – Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC) (3700 m)Trail goes by passing several water-falls before Hinku cave/ trail goes uphill passing the stone beds/ after lunch trail goes further to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC)/overnight
Day 12: MBC – Annapurna Base camp (ABC) (4130 m)Continue the trek / it goes through the moraines to reach Annapurna Base Camp (ABC)/ explore our time to different mountain peaks/ overnight.
Day 13: Rest day and explore more of ABC.
Day 14: ABC – Bamboo (2240 m)
Day 15: Bamboo – Jhinu Danda, Hot spring (1780 m)Reach Chhomrong with the same trails / then the trail goes steep downhill to Jhinu Danda /walk to Modi river bank to explore Hot spring/ take bath there in the natural hot spring/ back to lodge/ overnight.
Day 16: Jhinu to Tolka (1700 m)We descend to the banks of Modi kola and trek along the river for a while / before a short ascent to Landruk / after Landruk we climb a little and then skirt the side of the valley until we reach Tolka / overnight.
Day 17:Tolka to Dhampus (1650 m)We continue along the side of the hill before reaching a wood that is fairly steep / up through the wood for about an hour before reaching a ridge / from here to the end of the trek it is downhill all the way / we go through the village of Pothana and continue on to Dhampus / overnight / good view of Machhapachhare.
Day 18: Dhampus to Pokhara (820 m)Today we leave the mountains for a fairly short descent to the road head / where our transport awaits / drive back to Pokhara / transfer hotel / pm at leisure.
Day 19: Pokhara at leisure:A free day to relax / perhaps some boating / or a trek up to the peace stupa at the top of the hill over the lake / for the more adventurous there are opportunities to tandem paragliding / or perhaps take a ride on one of the fastest and longest zip lines in the world / overnight hotel.
Day 20: Pokhara – Kathmandu:Drive back to Kathmandu by deluxe tourist bus / transfer hotel / Rest and free time for shopping, relaxation.
Day 21: Departure DayTransfer to airport/flight to onward destination