Annapurna Base Camp Trek



annapurna base camp trek poon hill view
View from Poon hill Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna I (8091) m (26,545 ft) is the 10th highest peak in the world situated at Annapurna Conservation Area(7629 square km), western part of Nepal. Annapurna range has several other peaks such as Annapurna South, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, and Machhapuchhre(fishtail) etc. Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal were the first summiteers of Annapurna I in 1950.In 1965 Colonel Jimmy Roberts had officially introducd this region to the world travelers as a trekking destination.Since then Annapurna region has been one of the best choices for Nepal trekkers. Among many other routes in Annapurna region, Annapurna base camp trek is the most attractive destination for adventure and  nature lovers with it's majestic mountain views, the largest Rhododendron forest in the world, rich biodiversity, challenging trail which has  remained unaffected by any human development infrastructure, closer insights of ethnic Gurung and Magar people and their unique culture.15 days Annapurna Base camp trek also called ABC trek  is the most popular  itinerary which leads to the  base camp of Annapurna II.
This trek starts from Nayapul only one hr drive from Pokhara and climbs up to Ghorepani poon hill, which is the best mountain view point near pokhara and fololows through forest and a beautiful Chomrong village and further ascends through bamboo and Rhododendron forest before reaching at Machhapuchhre Base camp and finally arrives in an isolated valley of Annapurna base camp, after the base camp the trail descends to Jhinu a natural hot springs and ends at Nayapul again. Besides the stunning mountain views, this trip offers you the short sightseeing of beautiful Pokahra valley which is the most beautiful the second largest city in Nepal. A clean city surrounded by Mountains and green hills, Pokhara has a beautiful Fewa lake, several Caves, Temples, Tibetan Refugee Camp and many others things to see. Sightseeing around Kathmandu gives you the real experience of developing country with it's ancient Temples, Monastery, Palaces and present city life where people from the beautiful mountain area has rushed in search of better life.Upper part of Annapurna Base Camp Trek route has very narrow gorge starting from Himalaya to Machhapuchhre base camp with hardly few hundred meters apart high mountains making it too risky to trek during summer and winter as the avalanche often hits the main trail during snowing and icefall. Snowing occurs  at as low as 2600 m around Ghorepani covering up the whole trekking route.
Trekking during spring is the most attractive part of this trek as the whole Ghorepani area is covered with Rhododendron flowers in different colors(32 colors found) which is Nepal's National Flower. Ghorepani is the point where  other  routes from Annapurna Circuit trek, Jomsong Muktinath Trek and Annapurna Panorama Trek meet.


Overview
Trek Duration:15 days
Max. Height:4130 m
Trek Difficulty: Moderate
Walking Days: 10 days
Best Time: Autumn and Spring
Attraction: Sunrise over mountain from Ghorepani Poon hill, Annapurna Base Camp with spectacular mountain view, hot spring in Jhinu Danda, ethnic Gurung and Magar village, Pokhara city, Kathmandu sightseeing with old palaces, temple and monasteries visit
Trip Mode: Guided trip with porters, food, accommodation, sightseeing guide, pick up/drop and other transportation


ABC trekking
Annapurna Base Camp

 
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary:
 
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Drive/Fly to Pokhara
Day 03: Trek to Tikhedhunga
Day 04: Trek to Ghorepani
Day 05: Trek to Tadapani
Day 06: Trek to Chomrong
Day 07: Trek to Dovan
Day 08: Trek to MBC
Day 09: Trek to ABC and back to MBC
Day 10: Trek to Sinuwa
Day 11: Trek to Jhinu Danda (hot spring)
Day 12: Trek to Nayapul and  drive back to Pokhara
Day 13: Drive/Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 14: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Day 15: Departure/Next destination

Best season
 
Best season to trek in this region is during October, November, December, March, April and May. Although many people trek during January, February and June which is very very risky due to frequent avalanche, ice, landslide, flooding etc. Lower region has annoying Leeches during monsoon and pre Autumn.
 
 Day to Day Itinerary for 15 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trekking
 
Day 01: Arrival in Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu
 
Pick up by our representative and transfer to Hotel, trip briefing, finalize payments, check trekking gears, exchange necessary currency, guide porter introduction and free time in Thamel

Day 02: Drive or fly to Pokhara 930 m
 
It's a scenic 25 minutes flight to Pokhara take left seat one plane first come first take seats, 7 hours drive to Pokhara has chance to experience the real face of Nepal, boating at Fewa lake Pokhara, free evening at Lake side which is a very peaceful and clean area
 
Day 03: Drive one hour to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedhunga 1540 m 5 hours
 
Here your trekking starts from a rough and dusty road to Birethati with few teahouses and  shops. Trail now slightly ascends through forest, village, fields and arrives at Hile where you will have your lunch, there are few tea houses for lunch before Hile alternative to Hile. They serve variety of foods like noodles, spaghetti, pizzas, rice, vegetable, chicken(no beef/pig) meat and it's items, potato, breads, spring rolls, dumplings, egg items etc.After the lunch the trail further climbs
up to Tikhedhunga a small village. We provide you twin and single rooms which are clean but smaller. Bathroom are shared and hot showers are available although not very good like in cities. A basic accommodation.Dinner at Hotel BLD
 
Day 04: Trek to Ghorepani 2855m  6.5 hours
 
Wake up at 06:30 and order your breakfast after the cleaning, go back to day packing and eat your breakfast at 07:00 am and leave at 08:00 am. This is one of the longest day walks in Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Day starts with the steep uphill of Ulleri 1960m  through thousands of stone staircase and arrives at Banthati which is a perfect lunch place before moving forward to Ghorepani throgh Rhododendron forest. As we have gained remarkable height, day becomes colder after the lunch. After passing few tea houses at upper Banthati , trail further climbs up and arrives in lower Ghorepani. Upper Ghorepani is better place for staying which has greater view of mountains and the Kali Gandaki Valley on the other side of the hill. Overnight at Lodge BLD

Day 05:Hike to Poon Hill 3210 m 50 min and trek down to Tadapani 5 and 1/2 hrs

Wake up at 0500 am and walk up to Poon hill 50 minutes hiking, we should bring torch light and wear warm clothes as mornings are dark and cold. Enjoy sunrise view above massif Annapurna South, Annapurna II, Machhapuchhre(Fishtail), Dhaulagiri and many other mountains, trek back to hotel, eat breakfast and trek to Tadapani. The trail ascends through Rhododendron forest and arrives at the top of hill around the same height of poon hill offering you another great view of mountain and the valley. Now the trail follows narrow downhill to lunch stop at Banthati via Deurali. After lunch at Banthati, the trail further descends down to a river and climbs up again up to the lodge at Tadapani BLD

Day 06: Trek to Chomrong 2100 m  05 and 1/2 hours
 
Here the trail to base camp splits up with the main trail of Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek going towards Ghandruk.The trail goes steep downhill from left side of the village through forest, fields and several tea houses until a steel suspension bridge over a small stream and climbs up to Gurjung Village with several houses scattered on the green farm. After eating lunch around the last stop of the village, we further walk through forest and fields with slightly uphill trail and pass through several houses and arrive at beginning of Chomrong village, further 20 minutes walk brings you to the main Chomrong village which is the largest settlement in this route. Views of Annapurna South, Fishtail and Himchuli mountains are outstanding from here.Explore around the village if you are not so tired BLD
 
Day 07:Trek to Dovan  2505 m 05 and 1/2 hours
 
The days starts with a steep down hill path through stone staircases and crosses a suspension bridge  on the foot of the Chomrong village.After crossing the river, it is steep uphill through another side of the river and arrives at lower Sinuwa.Further uphill trail leads to Upper Sinuwa which is a good view point for tea break. Now the narrow trail passes through leveled path through forest and descends down to Bamboo inside Bamboo forest which is our lunch place. There is a good bread shop at Bamboo ask if it is available. After the Lunch at Bamboo we walk again through bamboo forest and passes several small streams and finally arrive at Dovan located inside the forest. You will meet several trekkers walking back from Annapurna Base Camp as this is the same way we will come back after base camp.BLD
 
Day 08: Trek to MBC(Machhapuchhre or Fishtail Base Camp) 3741 m 6 hours
 
The narrow trail passes through wet forest and several boulders  and arrives at Himalaya  Hotel. The air becomes thinner and colder as we climb further through rocky narrow trail. After passing a huge overlooking Hinku cave under the rock, we arrive at Deurali which is our lunch stop. Now the valley becomes narrower and the more dangerous part of the route starts from Deurali.After crossing the river trail follows the right side of river  and crosses again over temporary wooden bridge which are washed away during monsoon. We further climb several boulders through rocky trail and arrive at MBC. Splendid View of Fishtail from this side is different as we are walking on the foot of this mountain. Night at MBC is a bit colder, ask your guide or the hotelier if they have blanket as the lodges here are mostly full during peak season.
 
Day 09:Trek to Annapurna Base Camp 4170 m  2 hours and come back to MBC
 
We must wake up and start early for the sunrise view over Annapurna Mountain. The trail slightly climbs up through meadow and pasture as we go up the sanctuary widens up allowing you the magnificent view of mountains. A huge peak on the north dominating the valley is the Annapurna II and another peak on the right side is Gangapurna.After 2 hours you will be at Annapurna Base Camp with few lodges. Walk further from the lodges to the view points and enjoy the mountain and the glacier behind. Be careful while walking around the view point as the land there is crumbling from time to time. After eating lunch explore around the glacier and trek back to MBC in the afternoon. BLD
 
Day 10: Trek to Sinuwa 6 hours
 
 It's easier to walk down than going up. Walk down slowly and eat lunch somewhere at Dovan or Bamboo and further walk to Sinuwa through the same trail we have gone up. After one week walk, your body will definitely feel tired.BLD
 
Day 11:Trek down to Jhinu  1790 m 3 hours
 
Its an exciting day walk after a hard week, descend down to Chomrong stream slowly and climb up to Chomrong village for lunch, there is a school around the middle of the village, you will see several buffalos walking on the uphill. After lunch walk through the steep downhill through narrow rocky trail until Jhinudanda. After checking in your rooms, go down to Hot Spring 20 minutes walk and enjoy the warm water. Overnight at lodge BLD
 
Day 12: Trek to Nayapul  and drive back to Pokhara 6 and 1/2 hours


Its a long last day walk which starts from the downhill of Jhinu and crosses suspension bridge at Modi River and passes through fields, forest and several small villages on the right side of the river. The trail meets the main trail from Ghorepani at Syaulibazar where we eat our lunch and further walk through rocky and dusty road to Birethati where the trail split to the way to Ghorepani on our first day walk to Tikhedhunga.The final 20 minutes walk concludes the trekking at Nayapul.Drive back to Pokhara, Walk around, shopping at Lake Side and free evening hang out, there are night clubs, Folk Song Battles, Dance Bars and many good restaurants and Bars in Pokhara.

Day 13: Drive/Fly back to Kathmandu
 
Arrange laundry, shopping, hang out, free time at Thamel.
 
Day 14:Full Day Sightseeing In Kathmandu(Car/Van with Tour Guide)
 
Visit Swayambhunath or Monkey Temple(Buddihst Stupa), Bauddhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple(which is the biggest holi Temple for Hindus) where you will be amazed to watch Devotee Babas, cremation of dead body on the Bagmati River Bank at Temple Premises, Patan durbar Square(an ancient Royal Palace famous for it's fine wooden architecture), Kathmandu Durbar Square(another ancient Royal Palace), walk back to Thamel from Kathmandu Durbar Square via Asan Market which is the biggest local market in Kathmandu.
Dinner at Banchha Ghar Dillibazar with typical Nepali Food and Nepali Cultural Dance Shows(you can buy your own drinks), Drive back to Hotel

Day 15:Departure/Next Destination.

 Packing List For ABC Trek :
 
General stuff:
 
Duffle Bag which can be tied up together with ropes as your porters use head strip to carry your luggage in the mountain
Money belt, passport sized photos, insurance papers,
Torch Light with spare batteries
Sun Hat, walking stick if necessary
Sun creams, sun glasses
Alarm clock, padlocks
Reading Books, notebook, pens
Swiss Knife
Travel Plug
Plaster, Bandage, antiseptic
 
Clothing and Footwear:
 
Long trousers 2
short trousers 2 cottoned for quick drying and light weight
T-shirts 4
T-shirt long blouse 2
Fleece 1
Shocks 10 pairs
Glove 1 pair
Waterproof/windproof down jacket (minus 20) 1
Sleeping Bag 1
Walking shoes and sandals 1-1
High Walking Boot 1
Swimwear 1

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Package Cost/Price:

USD  999/person

Flight Fare(optional) extra:
 
Kathmandu-Pokhara USD 95 per person one way, USD 195 per person both way

(Highly recommended to take one way flight for saving time which can be used for more sightseeing)

What's included and excluded in the Price

Includes:
 
  • Airport Pick Up & Drop
  • All Accommodation with 4 stars Hotels in Kathmandu, 3 Stars at Pokhara and the best available Lodges during trekking
  • All meals during trekking and only breakfast in cities
  • Farewell Dinner at Bhanchha Ghar with typical Nepali food and cultural show
  • Kathmandu-Pokahra transportation by Tourist Bus, Taxi to and from Pokahara-Nayapul trekking start and ending point
  • An English speaking guide(for group up to 10) 1 porter for every 2 pax, their food, equipment, transportation, insurance, salary and accommodation, Note- Korean, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese speaking guide on demand for extra cost
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Entry permit fee, TIMS fee and Sightseeing Permit fees
  • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu and Pokhara as mentioned in the Itinerary
  • All Office charges and government taxes
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Duffle Bag for trekking
  • Boiled Water for drinking during Trekking
  • Hot Shower until Chomrong during trekking (best available form)
  • Medical kit and Annapurna Trekking Map for the group

Excludes:
 
Any Visa fee
International airport taxes
Meals while In Kathmandu and Pokahra except Breakfast
Personal expenses like phone calls, bar bills, showers, battery charges
Hot Shower above Chomrong as the Annapurna Conservation Project bans any firewood and electric power is not available above Chomrong, You may buy hot water heated on gas
Travel and rescue insurance
Guide Porter driver Tips
Anything not mentioned above

General information/note
 
Don't enter someone's home without asking or taking permission
Don't encourage beggars and kids giving them money and sweets
Don't reveal your body too much to respect the local culture
Don't stick onto the main designated Itinerary , be flexible in case of natural disasters, sickness, bad weather etc.
Don't make excessive noise in the mountain which may cause natural imbalance, dropping a water bottle on fresh snow may result into a disastrous avalanche as it becomes bigger while rolling down
Don't stretch your body too much, don't run/ jump in the mountain your body is like an egg in the mountain
Don't drink smoke or make love in the high altitude
Don't walk too fast in the mountain as you need acclimatization slowly
Don't push to go up in case of High Altitude Sickness

What is Altitude Sickness and Treatment?
 
It's a sickness felt due to the lack of oxygen at the high altitude also known as Acute Mountain Sickness(AMS), mostly occurs above 3000 mtrs.

Symptoms:

Severe Headache worsens during nights and while waking up, Dizziness, Nausea,  Vomiting, Loss of appetite, feeling weakness and tiredness, unable to sleep (short sleep), confusion, unable to stand straight, sound confusion, soar stomach and faint when it's serious.

Treatment:
 
Rest, talk with your guide and other members, stop at the point if the sickness is not so serious, drink a lot of warm fluids, go up only when you feel completely fine .If the symptoms worsens go down with the help of your guide or some reliable person, don't ever send sick person alone or with someone who can't communicate or can't manage rescue in case of emergency.
Best Treatment is GO DOWN, GO BACK , as soon as possible,  walk if you can or get carried down by horse/porters
Arrange Rescue(Helicopter) to Town when the symptoms are at it's worst as the worst cases can't be recovered by rest, he/she may need immediate operation
in their brain, lungs and other internal organ.

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