Duration: 12 Days Maximum Elevation: 4130m
Grade: Medium Season: Mid September to November and March to mid May
The Annapurna Base Camp trek brings you into the heart of the Himalayas from the very start of the hike. With so many spectacular high peaks on show it is no surprise this week long hike is high on many people’s itinerary. Whether travelling for a short time, or travelling with older children, this trek is for everyone: scenery is incredible, culture is engaging, accommodation comfortable and walking not too strenuous. From the Annapurna Base Camp, and the Machhapuchhre Base Camp the views are of the majestic Machhapuchhre (better known as Fish Tail), Mount Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, and Annapurna III, amongst others. At the Annapurna sanctuary there is a 360 degree panorama and a near vertical view of the south face of the Annapurna towering above.
The trail passes through interesting villages and terraced farmland, giving an insight into how the locals of this area live. It also winds through rhododendron forests, passes and over glacier rivers and waterfalls, and allows spectacular views of sheer cliffs with rivers running below. And of course the Himalayas provide an awe-inspiring backdrop! With the highest altitude being 4,130m at Annapurna Base Camp, and a steady but gentle increase in altitude in the days proceeding, there is little likelihood of altitude related problems. This is also an almost an all-year-round route which fits into most visitors’ Nepal schedule.
DAY 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
After arriving in Kathmandu, a representative from MMG will pick us up from the airport and take us to our hotel.Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Kathmandu to Porkhara (6 to 8 hours)
We will take early bus from Kathmandu to Porkhara it take 5 to 7 hours.If have time we will walk around Feva lake.
DAY 03 :Trek to Ghandruk (1940m/6360 ft): 30 minutes flight, 5 - 6 hours trek
we drive to Naya Pul (1 hour and 20 minutes) and start the trek. From Birethanti, we trek to Ghandruk, a beautiful village mostly inhabited by the Gurung community. If time permits, we
also visit the Gurung museum today. Overnight in Ghandruk.
DAY 04: Ghandruk to Chhomrong (2170m/7120ft): 5 - 6 hours
At this juncture, we climb up for around an hour up to Kimrungdanda. On the way, we can enjoy great views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail Mountain (Machhapuchhre) and Ganggapurna.
A steep descent takes us to the Kimrong Khola. After another steep ascent from Kimrong Khola to Chere Danda, we descend for a while and then it’s a gentle walk to Chhomrong. Chhomrong is a beautiful village located on the lap of the giant Annapurna massive. Overnight in Chhomrong.
DAY 05: Chhomrong to Bamboo (2310m/7578ft): 4 - 5 hours
We descend via 2500 stone steps and cross the bridge above Chhomrong Khola. From here it is an uphill climb to Sinuwa. Next, we pass through a beautiful forest to Kuldihar followed by an easy downhill walk to Bamboo. Overnight in Bamboo.
DAY 06 : Bamboo to Deurali (3230m/10,595ft): 3 - 4 hours
We pass through a bamboo forest which is damp and cold then ascend steadily with a few steep sections. It is only after reaching Himalaya Hotel that the forest opens up and we are out in the sun again with astounding views of the glacial river below. It is a steep climb up through a much drier forest before reaching Hinku Cave. From here we can see the trail drop closer to the river before climbing again to Deurali, the most scenic stretch of the day. The vegetation is sparser, allowing magical views of the valley, the river below, and the sheer rock-face cliffs above with bands of wispy waterfalls. Overnight in Deurali.
DAY 07 : Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,545ft) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m/12135ft): 5- 6 hours Climb gently through a river bed then over a steep trail over to the mountain side. The hike from Bagar to Machhapuchhre Base Camp is somewhat strenuous. From Machhapuchhre base camp we get excellent views of the majestic Machhapuchhre along with Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli and Gangapurna which is certainly a rewarding experience. The vegetation disappears on our way to ABC and the path widens as we enter the Annapurna sanctuary. From here, we get sensational views of the near-vertical south face of
Annapurna towering above us. The sanctuary boasts of a dynamic view without anything impeding the 360-degree panorama. From the base camp we again get to savor mesmerizing views of the Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South , Annapurna I, Hiunchuli and other peaks. Overnight at Annapurna Base Camp.
DAY 08: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo: 7 – 8 hours
From the Annapurna base camp we retrace our steps to Bamboo. Today’s trek is downhill, so it shouldn’t be very difficult. Besides, we will always have the company of the extraordinary
landscape to cheer us up. Overnight in Bamboo.
DAY 09: Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1760m/5770 ft): 5 - 6 hours
From Bamboo, it is an uphill trek to Kuldighar followed by a downhill walk to Chhomrong Khola. Then we climb the stone steps to Chhomrong. The trail then descends to Jhinu Danda, where we will be resting for the night. Today we will have an opportunity to enjoy the hot springs which is just a 15-20 minute downhill walk from Jhinu Danda to soothe our aching body. Overnight in Jhinu Danda.
DAY 10 : Trek to Naya Pul then drive to Pokhara: 6 hours trek, 1 hour drive
On our way to Naya Pul from Jhinu Danda, we get to enjoy the amazing hill landscape of western Nepal. We have lunch on the way. Our trek will end at Naya Pul where we board our vehicle to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.
*If the road construction connecting Jhinu Danda to Naya Pul is complete, driving from Jhinu Danda to Pokhara could be another option.
Day 11: Take bus from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Early morning we will take tourist bus to Kathmandu. We enjoy the day leisurely or catch up on some last minute shopping or explore any landmarks we missed during our first day in Kathmandu.
DAY 12: Final Departure
Our journey in Nepal comes to an end today! MMG representative will drop us off at the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On our way to home, we have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Mountain Goal. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.