Annapurna Base Camp

The Annapurna Sanctuary is a high glacial basin lying 40 km directly north of Pokhara. This oval-shaped plateau sits at an altitude of over 4000 meters, and is surrounded by a ring of mountains, the Annapurna range, most of which are over 7000 metres. With the only entrance a narrow valley between the peaks of Hiunchuli and Machapuchare, where run-off from glaciers drain into Modi Khola River, the Sanctuary was not penetrated by outsiders until 1956. Because of high mountains on all sides, the Annapurna Sanctuary receives only 7 hours of sunlight a day at the height of summer. The unique combination of heights and depths on the 7-8 day trek into the Annapurna Sanctuary give rise to an extraordinary variety of ecosystems. The south-facing slopes are covered in dense tropical jungles of rhododendron and bamboo, while the north-facing slopes, in the rain shadow, have a drier colder climate similar to that of the near-by Tibetan Plateau.

 

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Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

Flying in, if you are lucky and the nature is happy mountains can be visible on the northern territory. Settle and transfer to Hotel. Our company representative will assist you from the airport to your home sweet home in Kathmandu. Rest of the day as leisure.

Day 2 Sightseeing Tour of  Pashupati, Boudhha and Swoyambhunath

The mystical city of Kathmandu is ready to jumble up your expectation high. We start from Swoyambhunath-also known as the Monkey temple in Kathmandu. A temple high in the hill looking towards the cityscape. If the weather is good, your four season is visible. Monkey from the near by jungle live up with the name and monuments around will make your Buddist mind flatter. Down to the river side of Holy Bagmati lies our second destination for today-Pashupatinath. The sacred place of all in Nepal gives us idea about how death is treated peacefully in Nepal. The open cremation is the end to this materialistic life and here we learn about the same. Out expert leaders will take you through the journey of spirituality. The largest Stupa on earth is waiting for us at the end towards today’s cityscape. Boudhnath Stupa known for its mighty size and loads of Monasteries. A hike to the top of the restaurant can blow your mind. The beauty of Stupa from the Ariel view is as spectacular as the view of the city of love from the tower of Eiffel.

Day 3: Drive to Pokhara

7-8 hours on the road is fun the view of the different landscape. The first escape from Kathmandu just after half an hour welcomes you with the beautiful Himalayan range of Manaslu and Ganesh. Annapurna range can be seen in the far making you go more closely. Pokhara is a gateway of almost all the adventures of Nepal. Your adventure is all set to go. Plan for your trek in the evening near the lake. Dinner with the view of the Lake can be a interesting way to end the day.

Day 4: Drive to Nayapul. Trek to Ulleri

Leaving Pokhara can change your idea of having a view of the Mountains and being close to them. Our journey to the  mighty Himalayas begin today with a 1 and half drive to the place called Nayapul-literally means New Bridge. We will pass through a small bazaar where in case you have forgotten anything can be bought. So, please check your camera batteries and tissue paper. Newspapers are very hard to get up in the mountains. Today is all about going up and up , until we reach our destination Ulleri. The first glimpse of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli will boost your energy to reach the Basecamp.

Day 5: Ulleri to Ghorepani

We will be walking through the world’s dense Rhododendron forest today. It is a National flower of Nepal and can be found in many different colors. Ups and downs today before going on ultimate uphill to reach Ghorepani. We would have already passed through the beautiful waterfalls and suspension bridges today. If the weather is good, you will start to see a panoramic view of the Annapurna Range. The closest it seems Mt. Dhaulagiri, one of the 8000m of Nepal. Option for the evening would be a walk to the top of the Poonhill. Poonhill is the most famous vie point of the region with magnificent view of the Annapurna range and sunset/sunrise.

Day 6: Trek to Tadapani

Our walk today goes through the deep jungle with magnificent view of Annapurna range. The first uphill after the Basketball court in the village of Ghorepani will remind you of the relaxed auditorium back at your home town. Slow but steady going up will bring back the memories of climbing Poonhill. It is worth going all the way up as this comes with the rewarding view of the Annapurna Range, up close and wide. Going slowly down, we will meet the river stream and up hill at the end brings us to the hidden jewel- Tadapani. You will still be smiling with the close view of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre.

Day 7: Trek to Chhomrong

The view of Upper Modi Valley is rewarding today. Going inside the deep Rhododendron forest will surely make your day. Every downward journey waits for an uphill. We start slow but steady uphill trek after the suspension bridge. Chhomrong is taking a nap in the high hills of Annapurna. The sunset view on the face of the Machhapuchhre will get you on tears of happiness. The deep gorge of Kaligandaki is another surprise view that you can see from Chhomrong village.

Day 8: Trek to Dovan

Meet today the khola named after the village we stayed. Chhomrong Khola where khola literally means River. We go all the way down to the Khola on the staircase of stones. After meeting the River, the trail leads us through the deep jungle area. Our lunch would be planned with a steep downhill hiking. We are getting ready for the uphill again with a satisfied stomach. Make sure you do not over load. Going up with a big belly can be a exhausting journey.

Day 9: Trek Dovan to MBC

Trekking toward Machhapuchhre Base camp is interesting as it rewards the top class view of the mountains. Passing through serene Bamboo and Rhododendron forest makes it a very exciting journey. Machhapuchhre is not permitted to climb but still the base camp word confuses lots of people. This can be a nice break to acclimatize today as we will be getting ready for the early morning visit to the Annapurna Base camp.   

Day 10: Trek to EBC

Today is a very relaxing day for the trek. Slowly going up, you will pass through the small streams of river making tiny waterfalls through the rocks. Fantastic mountain views will freeze you for a moment. Almost 360 degree of mountains will feed your eyes. This 4200m high base camp of the Mt. Annapurna is a fascinating abode of mountains. You can explore the area for the rest of the day or relax with a warm cup of tea.

Day 11: Trek down to Bamboo

There is no reward than the perfect sunrise over the Himalayas. Mt. Fishtail will glow with the first light of the day. Last evening you had a perfect view of the sunset over the Himalayas. Leaving behind the memories, we slowly decent down to the village of Bamboo. Snowcapped mountains are still there welcoming you with great smile. Relax in the evening.

Day 12: Trek to Jhinu danda

The natural hot spring of Jhinu is very popular place for both local and many international visitors.  Our house for tonight is available very close to the Hot spring. 20 minutes of walk will take you to the natural hot spring. Our walk before reaching this hill is steep downhill.  The natural spring water down the hill is the best stopping for the day. Many locals believe that their problems connected with skins would go away. Make sure you share the bath with many others.

Day 13: Trek to Australian Camp

As the name suggest, we head down to the Base Camp made famous by the Aussies. Walking through the jungle and the local jeep trail we come to this beautiful village. Our local experts will make sure you check out from the Annapurna Conservation Area Project. Make yourself comfortable in the local resort/hotel with stories to share for the night.

Day 14: Trek to Phedi, drive to Pokhara

Phedi is our walking destination today. Going downhill can be interesting with a luxury waiting at the other end of the down. Pokhara is our night party hub today. Make sure you go to the peaceful complex for sharing of your experience in the mountains. Our leaders will find the place to enjoy at night after dinner. This is your last night at Pokhara, so why not say yes to the Busy Bee café. Enjoy the 70’s classic rock music at one of the famous local pub.

Day 15: Drive back to Kathmandu

No traces behind, only memories in your camera reel. Thanks to the nature, we were able to see the wildlife. Our drive back to Kathmandu can take from 5-7 hours depending on the traffic. Look out the window for the decorated Nepalese and Indian trucks and Lorries. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 16: Depart Kathmandu

Be ready for your next adventure. Our staffs are ready for the farewell to end the journey and looking forward to welcome again for new chapter of life. Thank you very much for the travel.   

 

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