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Annapurna Culture and Base Camp Trekking

 

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Annapurna Base Camp trek is one of the most popular trekking destinations in Nepal. This trek starts from the Pokhara valley rim and reach up to the Annapurna Base Camp exploring Local villages, Lifestyle & Culture with stunning views of the most beautiful Himalayan range in the world. This trek is moderate and suit for those who want to experience little challenging trekking experience in Nepal. The trail is well maintained and the itinerary is design keeping mind the comfort of the guests with average 5 walking hours a day. Annapurna Base Camp (4130 m) trek is a moderate nature trek that starts at Nayapul, a short drive of 2 hours from Pokhara. The trail takes you through forests and fascinating traditional villages of the Nepal’s indigenous communities of Gurung and Magar who will greet you very warmly (if you cared to stop for a conversation). The views from the first rays of the sun at the break of dawn magic of Dhaulagiri(8167m / 26134 ft), Machapurchre (6,993 m / 22378 ft) and Annapurna (8091m/ 25892 ft) Himalayans from Ghorepani (Poon Hill,3210m.), that is absolutely magnificent. The hike continues through jaw-dropping blossoming dense rhododendron forest and Bamboo with unparalleled snowy peaks scenery in the background to Tadapani. After reaching to Chhomrong Gurung village, we follow the breathtaking Modi Khola gorge and passes through stands of rhododendron and bamboo. By the time you reach the large rock over hanging, known as Hinku Cave, you will have noticed that the vegetation has thinned and the gorge narrowed to be only a few hundred meters wide. Steep snow-clad ridges falling from Hiunchuli (6441m / 20612 ft ) on the left and Machhapuchhre on the right from the sanctuary, we reach Annapurna Base Camp. The Ghorepani (Poonhill 3210m), Ghandruk village, Macchapurchre Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp (4130 m) view point and Jhinu (Natural hot spring) are major attraction point of this trek. The Annapurna Region is surrounded by many Himalayan ranges which include the Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri and famous virgin Fishtail (Machhapuchhre) mountain. The base camp trek will be more interesting in spring as the whole forest along the trail turns red, pink and white with rhododendron flowers. The imaging trip can be done anytime of the year. This is a classic trek which allows access to the high mountains of the Himalaya within a reasonable time-frame and with a maximum altitude of 4130m. Accommodation and food is provided in the local lodges.

Trip Highlights

Duration 16 Days Country Nepal
Trip Name Annapurna Culture and Base Camp Trekking Region Annapurna
Best Time Sep-Nov, Mar-Jun Walking Hour 6/7 hours per day
Culture Hindu, Tibetan Buddhist Max Altitude 3250m
Min Group Size 2 pax Max Group Size 15 pax
Meal Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accomodations Guest House, Tea House
Transportation Van/ Car/ Bus/ Flight Trip Grade Moderate
Trip Start Point Pokhara Trip end Point Pokhara

Itinerary

Day 01 Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 02 Sightseeng in Kathmandu
Day 03 Flight/Drive to Pokahara & drive to Phedi, trek to Dhampus [1700m]
Day 04 Trek to Landrung [1550m]
Day 05 Trek to Chomrong [2100m]
Day 06 Trek to Himalaya hotel [2850m]
Day 07 Rest day
Day 08 Trek to Machhapuchhare base camp [3700m]
Day 09 Trek to Annapurna south base camp [4130m]
Day 10 Trek to Chomrong [2100m]
Day 11 Trek to Ghandrunk [1940m]
Day 12 Trek to Banthanti [2410m]
Day 13 Trek to Ghorepani [2880m]
Day 14 Trek to Nayapul, drive to Pokhara
Day 15 Fly/Drive to Kathmandu
Day 16 Depart Kathmandu

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu
Flying to Kathmandu along the northern border of Nepal on a clear day is in itself an exciting and memorable experience as exotic panoramic view of snow-capped Annapurna mountain range peaks sprawls before you. The Nepali support team will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel.

Day 02 Sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley
Kathmandu, being a historical and cultural heart of Nepal is a popular destination for tourists, trekkers and adventure seekers. The city presents a wonderful mixture of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. Patan and Bhaktapur are its two major neighboring cities which bear immense historical, cultural and religious significance. There will be a half day guided tour to the famous & biggest Hindu shrine Pashupatinath the largest Buddhist stupa in town Boudhanath, the 15th century palace of 55 windows and Swayambhunath. In the evening, a trip orientation meeting will be organized.

Day 03 Flight/Drive to Pokahara & drive to Phedi, trek to Dhampus [1700m]
From the hotel we head to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu Airport for the 45 minute flight to Pokhara. It is a sensational flight, with the peaks of the Greater Himalaya clearly visible through the right-hand window as we travel westwards. Particularly prominent are Manaslu and the Annapurna range as we approach the landing field at Pokhara.

From Pokhara, we set off immediately by bus for Phedi, which means ‘bottom of the hill’. To get us into the swing of things, we’ll walk for a couple of hours, principally uphill, on a long flight of stone steps, to the village of Dhampus, our first camp of the trip. [3 hours walking].

Day 04 Trek to Landrung [1550m]
Beyond Dhampus, we get our first clear views of the mountains ahead, as we ascend through a forest on a trail which is often made up of steep stone steps. Passing through Pothana, we reach a clearing on a pass, at a place called Deourali [which means ‘pass’!]. At this point we are high up on the east side of the Modi Khola, the river that flows out of the Annapurna Sanctuary. From here, the trek continues to descend until we reach the picturesque Gurung settlement of Landrung, which offers spectacular views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. [4 hours walking].

Day 05 Trek to Chomrong [2100m]
We descend all the way to the river and cross over a new suspension bridge. Our route now climbs quite steeply, high above the river, through bamboo forest and isolated farmsteads. The teahouses at Jhinu provide a welcome opportunity to stop for a drink and rest on this long, hot climb. We reach the crest of this particular climb at Daaulu [2180m] and Chomrong, our camping place, lays a little below and to the north. There are many chalet-style, wooden lodges at Chomrong, which look out towards the prominent Machhapuchhare. [4 to 5 hrs walking].

Day 06 Trek to Himalaya hotel [2850m]
After dropping down to the Chomrong Khola on steep stone steps, the trail climbs again through terraced fields and forests of bamboo and rhododendron. Today’s walk is always either up or down, on steep paths which are often paved. Sometimes there are views of the Annapurna and Machhapuchhare ahead, but often the forest is too thick to allow more than a tantalizing glimpse. We pass through Khuldigar, Bamboo and Dovan before climbing above the Modi Khola to Himalaya Hotel. [5 hours walking].

Day 07 Rest day
Rest day for acclimatization.

Day 08 Trek to Machhapuchhare base camp [3700m]
Climbing steeply; we soon reach a fire-blackened overhang which has been walled-in to make a small lodge. This place is known as Hinku Cave. The trail rises continually now, as we near the entry to the Sanctuary. Passing the lodges at Deurali and Bagar, we arrive at the area known as Machhapuchhare Base Camp, a level and grassy moraine platform with several lodges. [3 to 4 hrs walking].

Day 09 Trek to Annapurna south base camp [4130m]
From our camp it is a fairly gentle ascent, following the river through tranquil meadows to Annapurna South Base Camp. After exploring the Annapurna Base Camp, we head back down to Himalaya Hotel. [2 hrs walking]

Day 10 Trek to Chomrong [2100m]
Today we continue up the vast gravel riverbed of the Kali Gandaki, passing mule trains travelling down from Tibet. The medieval Today we back track the up and down stage to Chomrong. [5 hrs walking].

Day 11 Trek to Ghandrunk [1940m]
From Chomrong, we’ll take an alternative route back to Pokhara, via Ghorepani. After a gentle ascent through forests, the trail drops steeply to Khumnu where we cross the suspension bridge over the Khumnu Khola. From here, we follow the trail up the valley to the beautiful village of Ghandruk, where we camp for the night. [3-4 hrs walking].

Day 12 Trek to Banthanti [2410m]
From Ghandruk, the trail ascends steeply through the dense rhododendron forest to Tadapani, from where there are excellent views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhare. We then follow the trail gently up and down for an hour or so to Banthanti. [3 hrs walking].

Day 13 Trek to Ghorepani [2880m]
From Banthanti, the trail steepens, as we climb through rhododendron forest to Deorali [3100m], before dropping down to the lodges at Ghorepani. Along the way there are fine views of the mountains, including Machhapuchhare. [3 hrs walking]

Day 14 Trek to Nayapul, drive to Pokhara
It is a must for those who stay at Ghorepani to make the climb up to the celebrated view point of Poon Hill [3195m], and dawn is the best time to go. We arrange a wakeup call for 5:00 am and head up the well marked track by the light of our head torches. The first light of dawn illuminates Dhaulagiri and Tukuche Peak with a surreal pink glow. You may be able to buy coffee and breakfast from some enterprising Nepali who has carried his produce up to Poon Hill to take advantage of the morning trade.

Leaving Ghorepani, the route is downhill and mostly on stone steps through dense forest. We pass the occasional lodge in a clearing before reaching the small village of Ulleri. From Ulleri, a very steep section, [with 3767 steps!], leads down to Hille on the Bhurungdi Khola.

A further descent on big steps takes it out of your legs, but is followed by a more level stretch beside the river, which leads eventually to Birethanti. Forty minutes beyond Birethanti we arrive at the road and meet up with our transport for the one hour ride back to Pokhara. We have evening free to wander by the lake. [6 hrs walking].

Day 15 Fly/Drive to Kathmandu
Today we take a flight or private car ride back to Kathmandu.

Day 16 Depart Kathmandu
Our Nepalese support team will take you to the airport for your flight home or stay longer for short tours such as game drive at National parks, rafting, Tibet.

Cost Details

Cost Includes
For this pacakage trip Cost USD 1699 Per/person

  •  Transportation system along with pick up and drop service from airport to hotel and vice versa
  •  Accommodation according to the requirement two in sharing
  •  3 or 4 star hotel in Kathmandu
  •  Drive to Pokhara by Tourist coach
  •  Food facilities during the trip i.e breakfast,lunch,dinner (along with tea and coffee)
  •  All necessary staffs which includes experienced English preferred guide by the side if need any sort of help and information
  •  Cook, tent and other supplies if you wish for camping trip
  •  Porters (2 trekkers =1 porter) and if you wish for tea house trek 1 porters carries 25 kg only
  •  All necessary paper works, trekking permits,tims ,guide and porter insurance and so on.
  •  If you forget to bring sleeping bags, down jackets then you can hire
  •  Welcome and farewell dinner
  •  Exclusive Medical Kit Bag (first aid)
  •  All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes

  •  Nepal Visa fee (you must have your own accurate USD cash along with two passport sized photo)
  •  International airfare charges
  •  Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 20 kg luggage, you will have to pay yourself)
  •  Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival.
  •  Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
  •  Travel and rescue insurance
  •  Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge,
  •   Extra porters bottled or boiled water, shower, heater, etc.)
  • Tips for Guide and porter

 

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