Annapurna Base Camp Trek is an unbeatable and lively journey to traverse into the heart-whelming beauty of nature and mountains. Have you ever thought about walking into a diverse terrain with lushness all around? Have you ever thought about the wonderful views of snow-capped mountains right in front of your eyes? If yes, then you should reconsider your imagination to the next limit! Because Annapurna Base Camp Trek is just beyond this. If not, then you are missing some wonderful aspects of mother nature around the world. So, dream big and expect more because Annapurna Base Camp Trek is here to amuse you with its interesting features.
It all starts from the foothills of the Annapurna massif and passes through diverse terrain with astonishing views of mountains in the Annapurna range on sight. The local people, their ethnic culture, and their lifestyle are some of the interesting aspects of this journey. On the trail, you will be able to interact with the people residing in this region. They come from different ethnic groups, especially Magar and Gurung communities, and have their own unique culture, custom, and lifestyle. They follow a traditional lifestyle and are happy with their own day-to-day chores and activities. In Annapurna Base Camp Trek, the small traditional houses, terraced farmlands, and lush environments give the trail an alluring look.
Above all, the captivating beauty of the mountains of Annapurna massif, including Mt. Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Annapurna South, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Macchapucchre, Mt. Nigiri, makes this trek even more enthralling. A wonderful walk along the greenery of the Annapurna Conservation area offers an opportunity to walk amidst the diverse species of floras and faunas. So, are you excited about this journey?
Annapurna Base Camp Trek starts from the lakeside city of Pokhara and passes through the ethnic villages and farmland to Ghorepani Poon Hill, the best place throughout the journey for the close views of mountains along with sunrise and sunset views. The trek further passes through some interesting villages to Annapurna Base Camp. The base camp is often regarded as a natural paradise by many travel writers. The snow-capped mountains rise tall one after the other. Annapurna Base Camp Trek is truly a mesmerizing sight to be a part of!
The best time for this trek is anytime between March to May and September to November. In spring i.e. March to May, you can see the forests of rhododendron blossom, which is a vivid experience. If you are looking for a more challenging trek in the Annapurna region, then you can opt for the Annapurna Circuit trek. If you prefer easy and short treks, you have Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, Annapurna Panorama Trek, or Annapurna Short Trek as an alternate option.
The first day marks your arrival day in Kathmandu. Clear all the visa requirements and customs clearance if any at the arrival section of the airport. As you come out, you will find a representative from World Alpine Treks waiting for you holding a board with your name. You will then be transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu. The representative will shortly inform you about the plans ahead.
In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel for a drive to the lakeside city of Pokhara. Today, we take a scenic drive along the Prithvi highway for around six to seven hours to Pokhara. We pass through some amazing landscapes throughout the journey. In the first half portion, we will be able to get some stunning views of the Trishuli River along with hills and villages. In the second half, the countryside landscape and the greenery will keep you engaged. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to a hotel in Pokhara. Check in to the hotel and rest for a while. In the evening, we can walk down the lakeside and enjoy some fascinating views of lakes and mountains. Tonight, we stay at a hotel in Pokhara (Inclusive of breakfast and lunch)
Early in the morning, after breakfast, we take a short drive for around an hour to Nayapul. It is the actual starting point of our trekking journey. From Nayapul, we start walking along a lush landscape to Birethanti. It is a prosperous town inhabited by people of ethnic communities. We follow the streets of Birenthantiand pass the forests of bamboo and waterfall on the way. We further walk towards Ranghai and ascend up the valley until we reach the village of Tikhedhunga. Tonight, we stay at a guesthouse/lodge in Tikhedhunga. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
Today, we cross a suspension bridge over a stream and ascend up through the stone-paved step stairs to Ulleri. Ulleri is a large village at an elevation of 2800 meters inhabited by the people of the Magar community. We climb up the village and cross the meadows to the campsite where we stop for lunch. We further continue through the trail, pass two streams and climb up to Nagenthanti. From here, we hike up until we open up to the beautiful village of Ghorepani. As we reach the village, we will be able to witness some astonishing views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Tukuche, Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Hiunchuli, and many more. Tonight, we stay at a guesthouse/lodge in Ghorepani. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
We wake up early in order to catch the sunrise view from Poonhill, a popular viewpoint in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It is known for sunrise/ sunset views and panoramic views of mountains in the Annapurna range. The shimmering glory of golden sun rays over the Annapurna massif from Poonhill looks simply amazing. The panoramic views of mountains like Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Tukuche Peak, Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Varaha Shikhar, Mt. Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Mt. Machhapuchhre, LamjungHimal, etc adds to the glory of this place. After enjoying the views, we return back to Ghorepani and follow a trail that takes us to Tadapani. Tonight, we stay at a guesthouse/lodge in Tadapani. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
Today, we descend down along the lush rhododendron and oak forests. We follow the trail that goes through dense wood to Chomorong. Chomorong is a beautiful village inhabited by the people of the Gurung community. It is considered a gateway to Annapurna Sanctuary. One can enjoy the great hospitality of the Gurung people here. Tonight, we stay at a guesthouse/lodge in Chomorong. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
From Chomorong, we further descend down through the stone-paved stairs and cross a long suspension bridge over the Chomorong River, we then climb up a rocky trail until we reach the village of Sinuwa. We then walk along the forested area to Kuldahar. There is a check post of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project here. From here, we continue our descent down to Dovan where we stay for the night. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
Leaving Dovan, we follow a damp trail and pass through the thick forests of bamboo and rhododendron. As we move ahead, we open up to the Hotel Himalaya with inspiring views of a glacial lake that flows down to the valley. From here, we ascend up to a historic place – Hinku Cave. It is a camping site for the climbers trying to ascent Annapurna I. We then descend down through an undulating path to Deurali. Tonight, we stay at a guesthouse/lodge in Deurali. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
As we leave Deurali, we descend down to a glacial river and walk towards Macchapucchhre Base Camp. Leaving towards Macchapucchhre Base Camp, we head towards Annapurna Base Camp enjoying the magnificent views of MacchapucchreHimal, Annapurna Hima, Gangapurna, and Hiunchuli. We enter through the natural gateway to Annapurna Sanctuary and ascend up until we reach the Annapurna Base Camp. As we open up to the base camp, we will be able to get some astonishing views of a valley surrounded by grand peaks in the Annapurna range and glaciers. It is a perfect sight to fade away the tiredness of walking to the base camp all week long. Tonight, we stay at a guesthouse/lodge in Annapurna Base Camp. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
Early in the morning, we wake up for the sunrise view over the mountains in the Annapurna range. Then we step towards Annapurna Sanctuary for splendid views of the mountains. After relishing the views of the mountains, we bid the base camp goodbye. We take a long and steep descent down to Bamboo. Tonight, we stay at a guesthouse/ lodge in Bamboo. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
Today, we will be headed to JhinuDanda. It is a beautiful settlement in that area popular for its natural hot springs. As we leave Bamboo, we follow an undulating path that goes up and down. At first, we hike up to Chomorong and make a descent down to JhinuDanda. Upon arrival, we can walk immediately to the riverside and enjoy the hot water bath at the natural springs. Taking a hot water bath in those springs is a soothing experience. Tonight, we stay at a guesthouse/ lodge in JhinuDanda. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
We are almost at the end of our trekking journey. We walk past the terraced farmlands and villages to Siwai. It is just a two to three hours trek. From Siwai, we take a vehicle that will leave us at our hotel in Pokhara. In the evening, you can explore the streets of Pokhara. The pristine air beside Phewa Lake with wonderful views of mountains and colorful boats is an amazing experience. If you have time, you can opt for a sightseeing tour around Pokhara city at an additional cost. Tonight, we stay at a hotel in Pokhara. (Inclusive of breakfast and lunch).
Concluding our trip, we drive back via the same route along the Prithvi highway to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu.Tonight, we stay at a hotel in Kathmandu. (Inclusive of breakfast and lunch).
Before a few hours of your scheduled flight, you will be transferred to the international terminal of Tribhuwan International Airport. (Inclusive of Breakfast).
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