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Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary | Highlight | Cost and Best Season

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Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary | Highlight | Cost and Best Season

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek leads you to the highest point of the adventure at 4,130 m high within the beautiful Annapurna Sanctuary, enclosed by tall peaks of the Annapurna Himalaya range, including Annapurna I (8,091 m), listed as the world's tenth highest mountain. At Annapurna Base Camp, you will be encircled by an array of peaks looking over Annapurna South, Huin-Chuli, Tent/Tharpu Chuli, Fluted Peak/Singu Chuli, Ganagapurna, and Vara Shikar, with adjoining series of peaks and massive Annapurna glaciers right from the start of the sanctuary where it feeds the raging Modi River downstream. Truly one of the most spectacular adventures in the whole Himalayas region, where one can find the comfort of a nice and cozy lodge right up to Annapurna base camp, where rooms face views of snow-capped peaks, a trek of moderate to adventurous walks without any problem of catching AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). As Annapurna Base Camp trekking starts with a slow gain in elevation, heading into mid-green hills covered with enchanting woodland of tall rhododendron-oaks-magnolia-pines and fir tree lines, in spring and summer, the whole areas of Annapurna will be lively when wildflowers are in bloom with riots of color. That makes this adventurous Annapurna base camp and sanctuary one of the most visited areas.

The culture and customs of the mid-hills Gurung people, a tribe of the Annapurna region, are equally fascinating to visit their traditional farm villages interwoven with Buddhism religion as well as practice the ancient Bon sect of pre-Buddhism, worshipping nature and mountain spirits. Gurung men folks are recognized as famous Gorkha soldiers recruited in foreign legions in the British-Indian Army as well as the Singapore Police department. Annapurna Base Camp Trekking starts from the scenic and popular touristic city of Pokhara, a renowned destination blessed with the natural scenery of mountains and lakes with rolling green hills that reflect on its serene Phewa and Begnas Lakes. Heading forward, advancing towards foothills full of paddy fields and terraces around low warm areas of sub-tropical climate and then heading into a cooler alpine zone covered with woodland past several impressive villages, and then entering into the Modi River gorge on the road to Annapurna Base Camp within the beautiful sanctuary of Gods, as christened by early pioneers and explorers on their first visit to this scenic area. Finally, a walk leads into the Annapurna Sanctuary entrance at Machapuchare Base Camp at a height of 3,800 m high, located at the base of the majestic Machapuchare Himal North Face. The mountain, also popularly known as "Fish Tail" due to its twin peaks at its summit top, resembles a Fish Tail. The walk continues with a short climb and then into the level ground, actually a plateau hidden within a series of giant peaks that circle the sanctuary and base camp. Slowly, our adventure ends for the day at scenic Annapurna base camp, enclosed by mountains, making a spectacular picture with awesome scenery and landscapes. After a grand and enjoyable time at the sanctuary, the walk leads back to Pokhara on a downhill walk back into lush green vegetation and tree lines, following the Modi River downstream to the road head, where a short drive of a few hours reaches you at scenic Pokhara after a marvelous adventure on Annapurna Base Camp trekking.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek itinerary

Day 1: Regular tourist bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara (6-7 hours).

This 10-day ABC Trekking is similar to a regular tourist trip to Pokhara, but it departs at 7:00 a.m. and arrives by 2-3 p.m. While riding on the bus, you can see the green hills, farming lands, and the big Trisuli river, which is populated for river rafting. The bus stops for breakfast and lunch on the way. It is possible to have Nepali food with many varieties. In Pokhara, you will be staying at Lakeside, which is a touristic place and very close to the lake. It is possible to visit Fewa Lake and boat around the Hindu temple. It is in the middle of the lake.

Day 2: Drive to Nayapul (2 hours), then trek (5-6 hours) to Ulleri.

After the breakfast with your staffs drive to Nayapul by private vehicle 2 hrs then trek begins, it is 800m high altitude and most be warm around here. The staff will take trekking Permits for you in Birethati village then walking along the Modi Khola (River) via Sudame, Ramghai, Hile, Tikhedhunga with views of local villages, and lifestyle of the people and amazing forest, the last part of the trek climb up to Ulleri for overnight.

Day 3 : From Ulleri trek to Ghorepani (4 hrs) 

This is an easy trek for this day; walking into the forest of Rhododendron, Magnolia, pines, and oak with the view of a small waterfall to reach Banthati and Nanggethati villages; from here also the same view and walking into the forest to reach Ghorepani. This is a nice place for the sunset and views of the Annapurna Himalayan range.

Day 4 : Early morning hike up to Poon Hill and trek to Tadapani (6-7 hrs total) 

Early morning hike up to Poon Hill for the sunrise; the wonderful view given from Poon Hill of the Annapurna Himalayas After taking some time for the view, be back to the hotel, then trek another way towards Annapurna Base Camp. Another hike uphill to Deurali, around 2 hrs, then heading down through the beautiful forest. On this trail you can see the monkeys. The trail continues to the river and climbs for an hour to reach Tadapani for overnight.

Day 5 : From Tadapani Trek to Sinuwa (6-7 hrs) 

Early in the morning, enjoy the sunrise view of different mountains and low areas of the trek. The trek starts with a downhill to the river then leads gradually to Gurjung and Chhomrong villages. It is a nice place for the mountain view and green hills where the local people can grow many kinds of foods and vegetables. From here you can see the hot spring as well, but you go on the way back through. Our walk continues down to the river again and a short climb to Sinuwa for overnight.

Day 6 : From Siwuwa Trek to Deurali (7 hrs) 

This is going to be a long day, but a nice walk into the forest all the way to Deurali. After breakfast, an hour climb up to Upper Sinuwa, then the trail goes through bamboo, rhododendron, pine, forest, and views of Machhapuchare to reach Bamboo village. All the trails lead with the same view to Dovan, then gradually trail ahead to Himalaya Hotel, and again continue walking to Deurali for overnight.

Day 7 : From Deurali Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4-5 hrs) 

This is a 3,200m high altitude (Deurali). When you go higher, you need to walk slowly as you can control your breath easily. The first hour is quite difficult; you can't walk fast and there is no other path to cross (sometimes rocks can fall down from the mountains just from the bottom you're walking). After that, it is an easy path but takes a long time to reach MBC (Machhapuchare Base Camp), which is also a Himalayan viewpoint but not as spectacular as ABC. Two more hours to reach ABC, which provides you with the best view ever. All around you are the beautiful mountains and glacier. Visit around the base camp and enjoy the sunset, then stay here for overnight.

Day 8: Trek back to Sinuwa from ABC (6-7 hours).

Wake up early in the morning to see the sunrise. Just go outside of the hotel for the view, enjoy the sun rising, then trek back down towards the low area of ABC via MBC, Deurali, Himalaya, Dovan, and Bamboo to Sinuwa. Stay overnight here.

Day 9 : From Sinuwa Trek to Siwai via Chhomrong, Jhinu Dada (hot spring), then drive back to Pokhara (7-8 hrs).

This is an exciting and great day, going to the hot springs and then heading to Pokhara. Until Chhomrong, the trail is the same, climbing up and down again to Jhinu Dada, and then again down to the hot spring, enjoying the natural hot spring for a while, then back up to Jhinu. After lunch, a few more hours of walking to complete your trek at Siwai, then a 3 hour drive to Pokhara by private vehicle.

Day 10 : From Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus

The tourist bus starts at 7:30AM from Pokhara. You should be at the bus station by 7:00 AM. We can say you would arrive back in Kathmandu at 2:00 pm, but it depends upon the traffic jam. The seat is comfortable and stops for breakfast and lunch on the way.

 When you finish your trek, then your buddy needs rest and relaxation, no more trekking and driving for a day again, so we recommend you get out by plane, not by the bus. There is an option that depends upon your interest. The cost will be extra on top of $125 per person for the flight.

Highlights

  • Adventure with scenic panorama on the world’s highest tenth highest Mt. Annapurna base camp
  • Explore Gurung traditional villages enriched with the colorful heritage of age-old Buddhist culture.
  • In and Around Annapurna Conservation Area The project is rich in flora and fauna and is set in a beautiful alpine forest.
  • Scenic and exciting walks on the high ridges of the Annapurna mid and high hills with breathtaking views
  • Within an enchanting woodland of tall rhododendron, magnolia, birch, silver firs and, pine trees,
  • Daily constant views of high snow-capped peaks on walks to Annapurna base camp.
  • "Trekking into the picturesque Annapurna Sanctuary, hidden behind an amphitheater of giant peaks"

Annapurna Base camp Trek Cost

The cost of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek starts from USD 800 per person.

It depends on the services you would like to add. If you would like to add a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara or Pokhara to Kathmandu, it will cost you USD 200 extra. If you would like to upgrade accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara, there will be an extra cost as per your choice.

Generally, our trip cost includes standard accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara, including breakfast; basic tea house accommodations during the trek; three meals during the Annapurna Base Camp Trek; a professional English-speaking trekking guide; both ways Tourist bus tickets

Best Seasons

At Annapurna base camp, trekking nearly for all seasons, except the monsoon wet months of July and August, wildflowers are in bloom, and the surrounding hills are alive with green forest and contrast with white snow-capped peaks. Temperatures around this time are mild with daytime temperatures of 15 to 20 degrees Celsius, but morning and nighttime can be cold without wind-chill factors. At a high altitude above 2,000 m, the temperature might drop to-05 to-10 degrees Celsius. The morning is mostly clear, but the afternoon might get cloudy. From October to January, clear days for views with short daylight hours. It might snow and get freezing cold in the morning and nighttime, but daytime is fine with sunshine for a few hours. The monsoon season of July and August is very beautiful with moisture that makes the area green with rich vegetation but can get cloudy, obstructing the views on walks with rain and snow sometimes.

The Route to Annapurna Base Camp

There are several options to reach Annapurna Base Camp, but the most popular and shortest is taking a short drive to the starting point either past Bhirethati or from Dhampus village and walking along a high ridge and gorge to enter the sanctuary and at base camp. The other longer route is adding a short to Ghorepani and Pun Hill for fantastic sunrise views over a panorama of mountains and then continuing the walk to Chomrong, the last permanent village on the route to Annapurna base camp. One can trek to Annapurna base camp straight away to complete within 5 days or a week's duration. A trek to Ghorepani and Pun Hill will take 8–9 days to complete from Pokhara to Pokhara, where a short drive involves starting the trek and ending the walk. Trekking to Annapurna base camp, where all trekkers require TIMS permits (Trekking Information Management Systems) and ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) fees. From Kathmandu to Pokhara, a 220-kilometer motorable distance that takes 5-6 hours to drive, one can take a 30-minute flight with breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks all along the air journey to and from Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu.

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