Trekking mode: Teahouse/Lodge
Trekking Activities: Trekking/Sightseeing
Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous
Max Elevation: 4,130m
Transportation: Flight/Car/Tourist Bus
Group Size: minimum01- maximum10
Best Months: Feb-May/Sep-Dec
Duration: 12 days
Annapurna Base Camp Trek offers an excellent introduction to Nepal, its local culture and of course to the foothill of world tenth highest mountain, Annapurna. It is voted as one of best moderate plus 2-weeks trek in Nepal that exhibits all the features which wilderness trekking in Himalaya offers. The grand view of Annapurna (8,091m), Mt. Fang (7,647m), Gangapurna (7,454m), Annapurna South (7,273m), Mt. Fishtain (6,997m) and Glacier Dome from the base camp is always awe-inspiring.
There are very few treks in Nepal that brings you so close to base camp of Himalayas in such short time period, like Annapurna Base Camp Trek. After the sightseeing of capital city, take a small mountain flight to Pokhara, enjoy the nature and tranquility along the Phewa Lake.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek starts from Nayapul: about 1 ½ hour drive from Pokhara. The trekking route to Annapurna Base Camp ascends to the glacial valley of Modi Khola and travels through the dense forest of oak, rhododendron and bamboo.
The trail gradually climbs in the spectacular Annapurna Sanctuary amphitheater where trekkers get privilege to visit Machhapuchhre Base Camp before entering into ABC (4,130m/13,550ft). At ABC, you will be surrounded by the immense wall of rocks, mountains and glaciers. The scenery of sunrise is breathtaking.
Descending to Pokhara requires 3 nights; one at a hot spring. Then, the trail joins a short trek to Phedi and half hour drive back to your hotel. You can either choose to fly back Kathmandu or take a scenic mid hill land journey through forest, rivers and impressive gorges.
Day01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
Day02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu valley and preparation for the trek
Day03: Kathmandu – Pokhara (910m/2,986ft) – 25 minutes
Day04: Pokhara – Nayapul – Ghandruk (1,950m/6,3898ft) – 1.5 hour drive and 5/6 hours trek
Day05: Ghandruk – Chhomrong (2,210m/7,249ft) – 5/6 hours trek
Day06: Chhomorong – Himalaya Hotel (2,920m/9,578ft) – 6/7 hours trek
Day07: Himalaya Hotel – Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,546ft) – 6/7 hours trek
Day08: Annapurna Base Camp – Sinwa (2,360m/7,740ft) – 6/7 hours trek
Day09: Sinwa – Jhinu Danda (1,780m/5,859ft) – Landruk (1,565m/5,133ft) – 6/7 hours trek
Day10: Landruk – Phedi – Pokhara (910m/2,986ft) – 5/6 hours trek/40 min drive
Day11: Pokhara – Kathmandu – 25 minutes by flight/6-7 hour drive
Day13: Departure day
Day01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport; received by our airport representatives and transfer to hotel via private vehicle.Overnight at hotel.
Day02: Kathmandu – Pokhara (910m/2,986ft) – 25 minutes
After breakfast, take an early morning flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara and enjoy the exploring the city and boating at Phewa Lake. Overnight at hotel.
Day03: Pokhara – Nayapul – Ghandruk (1,950m/6,3898ft) – 1.5 hour drive and 5/6 hours trek
After breakfast, drive straight north through zigzag route to Nayapul trail to meet your porter and join the ABC trail to Birethanti, a riverside village nearby Modi Khola. Trek uphill through terraced paddy fields to Syauli Bazaar, cross suspension bridge with the stunning view of Macchapuchhre, Hiuchuli and Annapurna South. Long stair case takes you to the beautiful village Ghandruk. Overnight at Lodge.
Day04: Ghandruk – Chhomrong (2,210m/7,249ft) – 5/6 hours trek
Today’s trail heads north of the village, past pastures to the ridge and descends into the green valley and a suspension bridge over the Kimrong Khola. After lunch, the trail ascends from the valley through the forest of rhododendron and oak high to the hillside village, Chhomrong: with gigantic views of Annapurna massifs. Overnight at lodge.
Day05: Chhomorong – Himalaya Hotel (2,920m/9,578ft) – 6/7 hours trek
After breakfast, descend from the village to cross the Chhomrong Khola and climb up to beautiful village of Sinuwa. Thereafter, the trail winds up to the Modi Khola Valley thorough the dense forest of cane, rhododendron and oak. The trail routes takes multiple uphill and downhill section before entering into the village of Bamboo (2,310m/7,580ft) on the bank of the river: the perfect lunch stop. After lunch, the trail continues up to Dobhan, the uninhabited forest and crosses several avalanches chutes before reaching Himalaya Hotel. Overnight at Himalaya Hotel.
Day06: Himalaya Hotel – Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,546ft) – 6/7 hours trek
This day, the elevation of the trail increases and the forest changes into alpine scrubs and grasses. Along the trail, explore the cave Hinku and cross ravine and major avalanches track before reaching Deorali (3,230m/10,598ft). The view appears closer and gigantic as the trail enter into the Annapurna Sanctuary and climbs up to Machhapuchhre Base Camp. After several hour, slow and steady walk, the trail finally reaches the Annapurna Base Camp where you stay at Annapurna Base Camp Hotel. Overnight at lodge.
Day07: Annapurna Base Camp – Sinwa (2,360m/7,740ft) – 6/7 hours trek
An early morning wake-up call promises the breathtaking views and photographic opportunities from the rim of the glacier. A circle of peak from Hiunchuli, past Annapurna South to the vast ice wall with daunting Annapurna I (8,097m) and Khangsar Kang right above you, to Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Machhapuchhre. Below, it the U-shaped valley of the glacier grinds relentlessly. After breakfast, trek back to Sinwa for warmer and comfortable sleep.Overnight at lodge.
Day08: Sinwa – Jhinu Danda (1,780m/5,859ft) – Landruk (1,565m/5,133ft) – 6/7 hours trek
This day, the trail climbs down slowly to Chhomrong Khola and takes a stair back to Chhomrong. Further, it descends steeply to Jhinu Danda for lunch and deep into the hot springs at the river below the village. Cross the modi-Khola and climb up to Landruk. Overnight at lodge.
Day09: Landruk – Phedi – Pokhara (910m/2,986ft) – 5/6 hours trek/40 min drive
ABC trekking trail continues back via scattered forest to the village of Tolka before taking two hours of steep ascend to Deorali. This impressive hilltop village showcases the best view of Himalaya range stretching from Dhaulagiri to Annapurna. It also offers the eye-catching view of Pokhara and Phewa Lake to the south.
The trail further descends through the dense forest and farmland to Pothana and down to the village of Dhampus. Further, short hike down takes you to Phedi and a short car drive takes you back to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day10: Pokhara – Kathmandu – 25 minutes by flight/6-7 hour drive
You can either choose to take a flight back to Kathmandu or drive 6/7 hours through mid-hill section to Kathmandu.
At Kathmandu, enjoy free day strolling around the city and attend farewell dinner organized by 4seasons trek at typical Nepali restaurant with cultural shows.
Day11: Sightseeing of Kathmandu valley and preparation for the departure
Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu valley including UNSECO designated world heritage sites . Overnight at hotel.
Day12: Departure day
Transfer to airport for final departure