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One of the most popular, relatively shorter, classic, and rewarding treks in Nepal is Annapurna Base Camp Trek also called the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. It is highly suitable for those travelers who are looking for a blend of natural tranquility and adventure but are constrained by time. The trek is naturally very enriching and provides adequate time within nature, as it takes us to the serene conserved environment through the Annapurna Conservation area.
The ABC Trek takes us on an exciting walk through diverse and rapidly changing landscapes. We start our journey at a very busy city Kathmandu, leading to the beautiful tourist destination Pokhara. As we approach the Annapurna Base Camp we traverse through picturesque villages with terraced farmlands of paddy and maize fields. As we move higher, we come across the dense forests of Rhododendron and Bamboos. Moving even higher lets us encounter the alpine ecosystem with almost no greenery. The glacial basins in the Annapurna Sanctuary offer a 360 degrees view of the snow-covered giants. The magic happens when the first rays of the Sunlight touch the sparkling snow to produce the golden light. Well, that is one breathtaking moment one can ever experience.
Likewise, the ABC Trek is a wonderful chance to get in touch with diverse cultures and traditions. While there is a majority of Brahmins and Chhetris in the lowlands like Pokhara, the upper regions are resided by large communities of Gurungs, Magars, and Thakalis.
While treks can be organized throughout the year with enough preparations, the best season to plan for the trek to the Annapurna Base Camp is Spring (March, April, and May months) and Autumn (September, October, November, and December). Monsoon poses the threat of landslides and road blockage while the Winter season is too cold to travel. But if you seek wild adventure, we can organize the trek any time of the year as per your request. (Please contact the company for special requests).
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is considered to be moderate in terms of difficulty. With organized trails and adequate lodges and tea houses on the way, it is much easier for travelers to walk with ease unlike in remote trekking trails.
Anyone with proper physical fitness and little or no experience of high-altitude trekking can opt for this trek.
Upon your arrival, one of our representatives will be waiting for you at the airport. After completing official formalities at the airport terminal, you will be transferred to the hotel booked for you. We will start our trek the next day so we will get some good rest.
The next day we take a short flight to the beautiful city Pokhara and drive to Ulleri in our private jeep. After lunch at Ulleri, we start our trek to one of the most popular destinations, Ghorepani. The trail passes through beautiful dense forests of Rhododendron, pine, sisal, and Deodars. The chirping of the birds and whistling of the winds make the journey ecstatic and exotic. After about 5 hours of trek, we finally reach Ghorepani where we will rest overnight at a cozy and comfortable lodge with a hot dinner.
The next morning, we wake up early as we head towards Poon Hill, a popular destination to behold the glazing Himalayas during Sunrise. The Poon Hill viewpoint offers magnificent views of the glowing Sun as well as Mountain Ranges in the Annapurna Massif. After breakfast, we start our trek to Tadapani through the dense forests of Pine and Rhododendron passing Banthanti.
We will rest overnight in a comfortable lodge at Tadapani.
After having our fulfilling breakfast at Tadapani, we head towards our next stop, Chhomrong. The trail is steep down the hill through dense forests.
We have our lunch on the way in one of the Gurung Villages and walk to Chhomrung to rest overnight.
The trek for this day follows the descent as well. We walk down on the stone staircases and cross a suspension bridge over Chhomrong River. We slowly move out of the valley crossing the dense forests before ascending to Kuldi and then steeply descending to Dovan.
After Dovan, our next destination is the Machhapuchhre Base Camp at 3700 meters. It is not an official base camp as the climb to Machhapuchhre or Fishtail has been banned but trekkers to the ABC stay here to rest overnight. The trail to MBC goes along narrow Modi Khola Valley and rugged terrain through dense forests at times. The MBC also called the Annapurna Sanctuary offers majestic views of Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Hiunchuli, and Mt. Machhapuchhre.
We enjoy our breakfast at MBC and descend along the mountain pass to the mountainside with beautiful views of meadows and terraced farmlands. Then, we will approach the Annapurna South Base Camp. this point is popular among trekkers as it offers gorgeous views of giant snow-capped mountains. As we reach the Annapurna Base Camp, we spend some quality time gazing at the Himalayas, taking pictures, and then descend back to MBC for the day’s rest.
The trek on this day follows the trail that descends to Dovan through the forests of Rhododendron, Oak, Pine, and Bamboo. We finally reach Bamboo, our stop to rest overnight.
From Bamboo, we set our feet on the trail towards Jhinu Danda, a destination with relaxing natural hot springs. First, we trek on a steep trail that gradually descends to Chhomrong Khola. Then, we climb up the stone staircases to reach Chomrong and descend to Jhinu Danda to relax and rest overnight.
After relaxation in the natural hot springs at Jhinu Danda, we trek to Kyumi, a small village along the Modi Khola. From Kyumi, we take our private jeep to reach Pokhara. At Pokhara, we will enjoy our time at the lakeside and visit the Tal Barahi temple.
Pokhara is a beautiful city with numerous attractions as well as adventurous activities. One can opt for a mountain flight, paragliding, zip-lining, rafting, boating, city tour, and many more. There are other major attractions like Mahendra Cave, Davis Falls, The World Peace Stupa, SarangKot, and more.
On this day, we take a long road drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu viewing the villages and settlements on the hillside. The highway moves along the Trishuli River and goes through twists and turns up the hill until we reach Kathmandu. We will then relax at the hotel and explore Thamel in the evening. All of us will join for a farewell dinner and rest at the hotel.
Although it is the hardest to say goodbye, we must bid you farewell for your journey back home. You may go sightseeing to Bouddhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath in the morning. Then, our representative will drop you off at the airport 3 hours prior to your scheduled departure.
During the Annapurna Base Camp trek, we can either opt for domestic flights or drive via road in order to reach Pokhara. In some cases, the flights may be canceled or roads may be blocked due to bad weather or any other uncontrollable circumstances. In cases as such, the clients are liable to bear the expenses for food and accommodation for days other than mentioned in the itinerary section. However, all the expenses for the guides and other staff shall be borne by the company. If you wish to make any alternative arrangements such as helicopter flights, the additional costs shall be applicable.
In case of missed International Flights, 8K expeditions shall not be liable for any refund or compensation. Also, trekking in the Himalayas can not be absolutely planned, so adjust your flight tickets in a flexible manner and make sure you get insured for your travel.
Always keep two copies of your passport and photos with you. Make sure to carry your medicines if you take any. Make your luggage as light as possible and keep only the most important items. Carry a handy water bottle and a side bag to keep your valuable belongings like phone, camera, money. Avoid carrying jewelry and other valuables. Pack some fine cotton clothes to wear in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Keep distance from animals and wild plants.