Annapurna Base Camp Trekking
Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking is the most popular and famous trekking of Nepal.
- Duration 10 Days
- Difficulty Level High
- Includes Equipment, Drinks, Accommodations, Food
Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking is the most popular and famous trekking of Nepal. This trek leads to a natural amphitheater that is used as the base camp from where the expedition to Mt. Annapurna I, Annapurna South and other peaks can be done. It is a moderate nature trek that starts from Pokhara and takes you to the foot Base Camp (4,130m) of Mt. Annapurna, one of the most magnificent peaks in the world. The trail takes you through fascinating traditional villages of Nepal’s ethnic communities of the Gurung and Magar who will greet you very warmly in each village. The hike continues through dense rhododendron forest with towering snowy peaks in the background Mt. Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchare, Gangapurna, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli. Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Singu Chuli, Tent Peak and many more mountains. The Annapurna Base Camp trek will be even more interesting in spring as the whole forest along the trail turns red, pink and white with rhododendron flowers. This wonder trip can be done anytime of the year except during the monsoons [July thru August]. The trek is not easy and the adjustment to high altitudes may be difficult and altitude sickness is very common. On the other hand, anyone with a reasonable level of physical fitness can walk the trek.
Early in the morning around 6:30 am, you will have breakfast. After breakfast, our bus will leave to Pokhara. It takes around 7 hrs drive.
The bus will drop you at Nayapul. After Nayapul, you have to walk about 30 minutes and night at lodge in Birethanti small village beside Modi River. After taking breakfast in the morning, heading to syauli khola and climb the steps up to Gandruk village.
We pass the village of Chhomrong which lies tucked at the very base of Himal Chuli. From Chhomrong the trail descends until Chhomrong Khola then trail begins a slow climb as we head up to our destination for the day.
We proceed to Kuldi Ghar about 2 1/2 to 3 hrs walking. There is a clearing in the forest a little further on, from there the route goes very steeply down a bank of rock and then levels out, running through thickets of bamboo at the bottom of the gorge, keeping always on the west side of the river. We pass by the pasture of Tomo, and then the very neck of the gorge at pantheon Barah, where there is a small trail and a shrine. The track climbs to Himalaya hotel at the campsite where we will overnight.
Today we climb on past the Machhapuchhare Base Camp (which isn’t really a base camp since climbing the mountain is not permitted) to the Annapurna Base Camp. This area is called the Annapurna Sanctuary since it is totally surrounded by mountains. From here it is a two-hour trek to Annapurna Base camp, which offers spectacular views.
We wake up at ABC and savor the magnificent sunrise over the Himalayas. Today, we start descending from ABC to MBC, Deurali, Dovan and finally to Bamboo. Heading back down to the valley is must easier than climbing up. Waterfalls cascading down the 500 foot granite faces on both sides to the forest below and great views of Fishtail and Hiunchuli are today’s attraction.
From Bamboo we trek back to Sinuwa and then descend to Lower Chomorong. Then ascend on the thousand stony steps taking us to Upper Chomorong. From Chomorong we take a different route and instead of going to Ghandruk, we descend to Jhinu Danda. We get opportunity to enjoy hot springs laying just a 15-min walk from Jhinu Danda.Plz note: if you want to enjoy natural hot spring please bring a swim suit.