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The Annapurna Base Camp Trek (ABC) is one of the most popular trekking experiences in Nepal. It is an amazing walk through a diverse landscape and culture, complete with stunning mountain vistas, terraced fields, quaint Gurung villages, and a wide variety of flora and fauna. Mt. Annapurna (8091m) is the 10th highest mountain in the world, and the hike to its base camp, which sits at an altitude of 4130m/13549ft, is one of the best treks in Nepal. Moreover, we reach our destination via Mt. Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), which is revered by the Nepalese for its unique beauty. Thanks to the well-groomed itinerary of the Annapurna Base Camp trekking package, it is a popular choice among diverse outdoor enthusiasts, from solo female travelers to hikers traveling in groups in Nepal.
Our Annapurna Base Camp Trek itinerary comprises 11 days, which is shorter compared to most treks in this region leading up to the base camp. This particular route is designed for globetrotters who wish to hike to the base camp of the spectacular mountain but are limited by time. For travelers who want to experience more trekking in Nepal in a relaxed manner, they can try a different route like the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek – 14 Days, which would be a better option.
|Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu and trip preparation||1,350m/4,429ft|
|Day 02 Fly to Pokhara; drive to Kimche & trek to Ghandruk||1,940m/6,365ft||50 min|
|Day 03 Ghandruk to Chhomrong||2,170m/7,120ft||5-6 hrs|
|Day 04 Chhomrong to Bamboo||2,310m/7,579ft||4-5 hrs|
|Day 05 Bamboo to Deurali||3,230m/10,598ft||3-4 hrs|
|Day 06 Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp via Machhapuchhre Base Camp||4,130m/13,551ft||5-6 hrs|
|Day 07 Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo||2,310m/7,579ft||7-8 hrs|
|Day 08 Bamboo to Jhinu Danda||1,760m/5,775ft||5-6 hrs|
|Day 09 Trek to Mathque; drive to Pokhara||827m/2,713ft||1 hour|
|Day 10 Fly to Kathmandu||1,350m/4,429ft|
|Day 11 Final Departure||-|
On arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, a representative from Himalayan Glacier will pick us up from and escort us to our designated hotel. In the afternoon, we may take rest or visit Himalayan Glacier’s office. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Himalayan Glacier. For dinner, you will be served authentic Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the country’s food culture. Overnight in Kathmandu.
We take an early morning flight to Pokhara, the beautiful lake city and catch great views of the Himalayas from the right side of our airplane. After landing in the Pokhara airport, we drive to Kimche (2-hour drive on a comfortable private vehicle) and start the trek. From Kimche, 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.
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.
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.
After breakfast, 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 dropping 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.
Today, we 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 Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli and other peaks. Overnight in Annapurna Base Camp.
From 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 picturesque landscape to cheer us up. Overnight in Bamboo.
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.
On our way to Pokhara from Mathque, we get to enjoy the amazing hilly landscapes of western Nepal. We have lunch on the way. Our trek will end at Mathque, where we board our private vehicle to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.
We fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu in the afternoon. After arriving in Kathmandu, we will check in at our hotel. We enjoy the remaining day in leisure or catch up on some last-minute shopping or explore any landmarks we missed during our first day in Kathmandu. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Our journey in Nepal comes to an end today! A Himalayan Glacier representative will drop us off at the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled departure flight. If you wish to extend your stay in Nepal for some other adventure activities or visit the neighboring countries like Bhutan, India or Tibet, then Himalayan Glacier will assist you with all the formalities!
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