Annapurna Base Camp Trekking

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Kathmandu, Pokhara, Annapurna Region



Kathmandu, Mid-Western Development Region


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Annapurna – that transliterates into “the Goddess of the Harvests”, is a section of Himalayas located in north-central Nepal. Included in the Earth’s eight-thousanders, it is noted as one of the most precarious mountains to summit. However, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek enables you to spectacle this grand massif, in all its glory. You will be in the midst of green fields and rhododendron forests, at a comfortable altitude, that does not demand extreme altitude acclimatization. This journey will lead you to the base camp, where you can see the snow caps of 12 mountains that are at a higher elevation of over 7000 meters. Annapurna Base Camp Trek an ideal trek for beginners who want to view the picturesque mountains and locales with relative ease. The warmth of the residents and accounts of the enigmatic traditions of Nepal, are riveting. The charm of the countryside is heightened with a panoramic view that is eternally imprinted into one’s memory. The journey commences from Kathmandu, to Pokhara, followed by the remote village of Nayapul. Included on the trekking route is the village of Tikhe Dhunga that includes a diversity of people you will meet, belonging to different castes and cultures. This area houses several monasteries and is of religious significance as well. The country side is covered with luscious rhododendron forests and wildlife, under the protection of Annapurna conservation groups.You can also experience the hot springs on your route through the village of Jhinu Danda, for leisure. At this point, you would have begun to explore the small villages located at rural areas of Nepal toward the Himalayas, lodging at various guest houses and trekking on small walking trails. On day five, you will have a six hour trek to Ghorepani, where ancient traders used to bring their horses for water. You will be able to rest before trekking to Tadapani, Chhomrong, Dovan and Deurali, prior to reaching the Annapurna base camp. Feasible duration for trekking to the Annapurna base camp is September through November and March through May. During spring season, the entire landscape gets covered with rhododendron flowers, creating an alluring vision. Going on the trek during monsoon season, the period between June through August, is not advisable. For those with time-constraints, we provide the “Instant Annapurna Base Camp Trek” designed especially for people who would like to get to the Annapurna base camp in 11 days. For a reasonably relaxed trip, it is best advised to sign up for the standard Annapurna Base Camp 16 days trek. Joining the massif Holidays for this trek ensures a holiday that will empower you to experience the ethos of the fabled Shangri-la.

.................................................................................................................................. Trip at a Glance:-

  • Trip level:- Moderate

  • Best Season: February to June & September to December

  • Country Visited: Nepal

  • Trip Start: Kathmandu

  • Trip Ends: Kathmandu

  • Destination: Annapurna Base Camp

  • Trip Route: Ktm-Pokhara-Ghorepani-Poon Hill-Chomrong-Dovan-Deurali -Machhapuchere Base Camp - Annapurna Base Camp-Nayapul-Pokhara-Ktm

  • Trip Style: Lodge to Lodge Trekking

  • Activity: Sightseeing, Trekking and Rafting.

  • Max. Altitude: 4,130 m /13546.4 ft

  • Activity Per Day: Approximately 5hrs walking per day

  • Trip Category: Annapurna Region

............................................................................................................................... Major Highlights of Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Tour:-

  • Sightseeing in UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE sites in Kathmandu Valley.

  • Impressive Sunrise and mountain views from Ghorepani and Poon Hill

  • Typical Gurung village along the trekking route

  • Fishtail (Machhapuchhre) Base Camp

  • Spectacular mountain and glacier views from Annapurna Base Camp

  • Natural Bath in hot spring at Jhinu

  • Rafting in Trisuli River

................................................................................................................................Detailed Itinerary of Annapurna Base Camp Trekking:-

Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345meters).

Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and he will be displaying your name board outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle.
(No meals included)

Day 02- Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.

In the morning, after breakfast, At around 8am, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your trek leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trek . For the meeting, please make sure you bring passport, four copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy.After the meeting and a hearty breakfast, your sightseeing trip will start at around 9:30 am. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. We visit Boudhanath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks praying in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. After Boudhanath Stupa we visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. We will also visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, which is a collection of pagoda and shikhara – style temples grouped around a ancient royal palace of brick and wood. The attraction of the Kathmandu Durbar Square is Kumari, Maju Dega, Jagannath Temple , The Statue of King Pratap Malla.The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some shopping in Thamel area near by your hotel. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 03 - Drive to Pokhara (900 m) by private vehicle- 7 hrs

After breakfast we drive to Charaudi (the rafting starting point) by private vehicle. The rafting in the Trishuli River is one of the most thrilling adventure activities. During this period, you will feel what the real ecstasy of life being in Nepal is. The natural scenery seen from the Trisuli will be another spectacle to cherish. Upon reaching Mugling, the ending point of rafting, you will be trasferred to Pokhara on a 3-hour drive. A beautiful valley set on the banks of the Phewa Lake, Pokhara is also known for its panoramic views of Annapurna, Machapuchare (shape of fish tail) in the north, Dhaulagiri in the west, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu in the east. It is smaller and much less hectic than Kathmandu, hence providing the perfect starting point for our trek. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 04 - Drive to Nayapul (1,010m) - 1 hr and Trek to Tikhedunga (1,570m) - 3 hrs.

We begin our trek at Nayapul after a 1-hour drive on a private vehicle from Pokhara. After a short 15-minute walk along the banks of the Modi Khola, we reach Birethanti (1,015m) a large village with many shops and teahouses. From there, the trail continues through the village and follows the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola. The trail climbs steadily up the side of the valley to Hille at 1,495m and after a short climb, we reach Tikhedhunga at 1,570m. Today’s walk is relatively short and easy, a prelude to the trekking experience in the Annapurna region. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 05 - Trek to Ghorepani (2,840m) - 5 hrs

We move on towards the steep climb to Ulleri, a large Magar village at an altitude of 2,070m. The trail ascends more gently from this point, through fine forests of oak and rhododendrons towards Banthanti at 2,250m. Then we trek towards Nangethanti at 2,460m. After an hour walk we arrive at Ghorepani (2,840m). Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 06 - Hike up to Poon Hill (3,210m); and trek to Tadapani (2,610m)

Today, very early in the morning, we start an hour hiking to Poon Hill at an elevation of 3,210m, a brilliant mountain range spectacle; this vantage point provides an unobstructed view of the sunrise over the high Himalayas. There we spend about 1 hour, then returning to Ghorepani we take a hot breakfast at a hotel. Then we make a climb along ridges, and through pine and rhododendron forests to Deurali (2,960m). After that we descend to the Banthanti, then turning off to Tadapani. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 07 - Trek to Chommrong (2,140m) - 5 hrs

The day starts with a steep downhill through rhododendron forests. Leaving Tadapani, we descend through the forests and then the trail eases as we reach Gurjung which is the village of Gurung people, with an easy walk to Chommrong at an elevation of 2,140 m. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 08 - Trek to Dovan. - 6 hrs.

Today the trail drops down to the Chhomrong Khola and again we continue climbing to Khuldighar at 2,380m where there used to be an ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area) check post. There is a clearing in the forest a little further on, from which, the route travels very steeply down a rock bank then levels out, running through thickets of bamboo at the bottom of the gorge, keeping always on the west side of the river. We walk through bamboo, then rhododendron forests to the Himalayan Hotel. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 09 - Trek to Deurali (3230m) - 4 hrs.

Today is a relatively short day trekking to account for the altitude. As we ascend through the jungle and bamboo forests we'll leave this behind and enter into a more rugged, alpine setting. The open valleys give you a glimpse of the snowfall which is present on the northern slopes of the mountains. As we gain altitude the views of the Annapurna Massif become ever more impressive.

Day 10 - Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m) - 7 hrs

Today the trail climbs on past the Hinko Cave, Deurali and then Machhapuchhare Base Camp, which isn’t really a base camp since climbing the mountain is not permitted. Since it is totally surrounded by mountains, this area is known as the Annapurna Sanctuary. Two hours trek from Machhapuchhare Base Camp takes you to the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) at elevation of 4,130m. There, you will view unobstructed views of mountain scenery, which is very spectacular. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 11 - Trek back to Bamboo (2345m) - 6 hrs

We follow the same trail down today the trail drops by 1,700m to the bank of Modi Khola to Bamboo at 2,345m where there are a few teahouse/lodges available to stay at. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 12 - Trek to Jhinu hot spring (1,780m) - 5 hrs

We follow the same trail until Chommrong. Once we have passed Khuldighar there is an experimental sheep farm, the trail continues through rhododendron and bamboo fields. From Chomrong the trail descends very steeply to the Jhinu hot spring, where you can bathe in natural hot springs. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 13 - Trek to Nayapul (1,010 m) - 4.5 hrs. Drive to Pokhara - 1 hr.

From Jhinu hot springs we walk at the right side of Modi Khola for 4.5 hrs to Birethanti which can be considered one of the best and the most relaxing walks of the entire trek. We reach Nayapul then an hour drive will take us back to Pokhara. Same day guided tour of Barahi Temple and Boating in Fewa Lake. After we check in to hotel we will then walk to the Fewa Lake for our boating trip to Barahi Temple and than back to hotel. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 14 - Drive back to Kathmandu (1,345m) and farewell Dinner

You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto Chitwan jungle safari, rafting adventure, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, scenic Everest flight, mountain biking and other activities. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. (Your guide(s) and an office staff will accompany you.) Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 15 - Transfer to international airport for your final departure.

A representative from Massif Holidays will take you to the airport, approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal. Check out time from the hotel is at 12 noon. If you are departing later, you can arrange luggage storage at the hotel.

Please note that:- During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

The trip can be operated throughout the year as per the request of the client. Please feel free to contact us for more detailed information.

The cost includes the following services:-

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.

  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in a two or three star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included. (3 nights)

  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in a two or three star hotel in Pokhara; Breakfast included. (2 nights)

  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara by private tourist vehicle.

  • All your standard Meals during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners).

  • Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trek (9 nights Trekking Guesthouse in twin sharing and occasionally dormitory style).

  • Local Massif Holidays licensed English speaking guide.

  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests).

  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.

  • Annapurna Conservation Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.

  • Rafting in Trisuli river with lunch at river beach.

  • Down Jacket and sleeping bag by Massif Holidays (which need to be returned after the trek).

  • Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.

  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu and Pokhara (On Day 2nd and 12th).

  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on second last day (On Day 13th).

  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.

  • Official expenses.

The cost doesn't include the following services:-

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

  • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.

  • International airfare and airport departure tax

  • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).

  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks.

  • Personal trekking Equipment

  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).

  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on 'Price Includes' section.

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