ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TREK

Trek  Overview

Trek Overview

Trek ABC
Difficulty Moderate
Vegetation Evergreen oaks,BrownOaksSilver fir, mixed with oak and birch tenacious wildflowers
Highest Altitude 4100 m Above sea level
Trek Starting Point Birethati.

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu(4265′ / 1300m)
Day 2: Fly Kathmandu – Pokhara (3080′ / 940m). Trek to Birethanti (3750ft/1150m)
Day 3: Ghandruk (6,600′ / 2000m)
Day 4: Chomrong/Sanctuary “Gates” (7,120′ / 2170m)
Day 5: Dovan 8580 ft / 2600 m
Day 6: Deurali (10,597 ft / 3230 m)
Day 7: Annapurna Base Camp (13,550′ / 4100m)
Day 8: Himalaya (9580′ / 2920m)
Day 9: Chomrong (7120 ft / 2170 m)
Day 10: Lhandruk (5415ft/1565m)
Day 11: Majgaun (4620ft/1,400m)
Day 12: Kathmandu (4265′ / 1300m)
Day 13: Depart Nepal

 

 

Detail Itinerary:

Day 1: Kathmandu (4265 ft / 1300 m):

Upon arrival you will be met and assisted by a Thrill Nepal representative and transferred to the Hotel. Transfer to Hotel and Check-in. After check –in you will be given free time to be fresh .Overnight at Hotel.

After a hour our representative will give you a short briefing about the Trek.Overnight at Hotel

 

Day 2: Kathmandu – Pokhara – Birethanti (3080 ft / 940 m)

Fly Kathmandu-Pokhara and begin trek Transfer to the airport for the 30-minute flight to Pokhara. After arrival in Pokhara, transfer to the Ker & Downey Pokhara office where there will be a briefing by your trek guide. This will also offer you the ideal opportunity to ask any last minute questions that you may have. After the briefing transfer by road with guides & porters to our trek start point {1-hour}. The walk will follow a ridgeline in the lower foothills of the Annapurnas with surrounding views of the Pokhara Valley. This route then drops to the Modi River Valley, where Ker & Downey’s Sanctuary Lodge is located at 3470′ /1060 m. The lodge has magnificent views of the sacred and unclimbed Fishtail Mountain, or Machhapuchhre, as it is locally known. Lunch is at the lodge followed by an optional walk to the nearby village of Birethanti or the afternoon is free to explore the surrounding river valley. (Trek time 3 hours).

Overnight at Tea House(B, L, D)

Day3:Trek To Ghandruk (6600 ft / 2000 m)

In the morning, leave the lodge walking out through the outlying farms following the Modi River Valley. Soon you begin to climb out of the valley & up towards the mountains. The trail passes through small hamlets, terraced rice fields and forests. Arrive in the afternoon at  Lodge in Ghandruk (Trek time 5 hours). It is from this lodge that there are magnificent close up views of the surrounding mountains. Snacks are provided en route with a late lunch served at the lodge.

Overnight at Tea House(B, L, D)

Day 4:Trek ToChomrong (7120 ft/ 2170 m)

Our trail heads steeply downhill to the KyumnuKhola, a tributary of the ModiKhola, where we will stop for lunch. In the afternoon, we climb to a ridgeline on the west bank of the ModiKhola, gaining a spectacular view of the Matterhorn-like spire of 23,000′ Machhapuchhare. We continue along to Chomrong, the last permanent village below the Annapurna Sanctuary, set at the base of Hiunchuli (20,782′ / 6300m).

Overnight at a local lodge (B, L, D)

Day 5: Trek ToDovan 8580 ft / 2600 m

Hiking through lush rhododendron forest festooned with ferns and orchids, we reach KuldiGhar, a small settlement perched on the steep-sided valley. We descend quickly across rock slabs into a bamboo forest. The trail continues through a dense bamboo forest, often over a tangle of roots and fallen bamboo that can be slippery when wet. From Bamboo, we continue up for another hour or so until reaching Dovan.

Overnight at a local lodge (B, L, D)

Day 6: Trek ToDeurali (10,597 ft / 3230 m)

Following the trail uphill then downhill through bamboo forest, we climb gradually but steadily until we emerge into the open spaces above treeline. After hiking across a grassy pasture at Tomo (8,400′ / 2545m), we reach the narrowest point in the canyon, PancheninBarha, the natural “gate” to the sanctuary, with its small trailside shrine. Before 1956, no one of low caste, no foreigners, and no “impure” foods such as pork, beef, chicken, garlic, and eggs were allowed beyond this shrine into the sacred confines of the Annapurna Sanctuary.

Overnight at a local lodge (B, L, D)

Day 7:Trek To Annapurna Base Camp (13,550 ft / 4100 m)

The gorge widens as we climb towards Hinko Cave and finally we feast our eyes upon the full glory of the Annapurna Sanctuary. Ahead of us lies the lateral moraine of South Annapurna Glacier, with the ModiKhola flowing to our right. We pass through the Machhapuchhare Base Camp (12,150′ / 3680m), site of a 1957 British Expedition to Machhapuchhare that climbed to within 200′ of the summit. Because the peak is sacred to the Gurung people and considered the home of a Gurung goddess, Nepal’s government subsequently declared it off limits to climbers and it has remained unclimbed since.

The trail then continues to Annapurna Base Camp and contours the broad, grassy, and sometimes snow-covered valley. When we reach base camp we are surrounded by a 360-degree panorama of incredible Himalayan peaks: Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Fang, Annapurna II, Roc Noir, Glacier Dome, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, and Machhapuchhare.

Overnight at a local lodge (B, L, D)

Day 8:Trek To Himalaya (9580 ft /2920 m)

After we enjoy our last views of the Annapurna Sanctuary, we head out the “gate” and begin our descent to the ModiKhola Valley.

Overnight at a local lodge (B, L, D)

Day 9:Trek ToChomrong (7120 ft / 2170 m)

We have a number of steep ascents and descents today, retracing our steps to Chromong, passing through spectacular Rhododendron and Bamboo forests.

Overnight at a local lodge (B, L, D)

Day 10:Trek ToLhandruk. (5415ft/1565m).

We continue downhill, then detour off our former trail and head steeply down to the “New Bridge” on the ModiKhola. From here, the route flattens out somewhat until reaching the small settlement of lodges, known as JhinuDanda. It’s about a 1 ½ hour trek time to Jhinu. We’ll order lunch and while it’s cooking, have a chance to take a dip in the hot springs.. Bring a bathing suit if you’d like to take a dip! There are changing rooms at the bottom. After lunch, we continue our trek to Lhandruk, which is a further 2 hours.

Overnight at Tea House(B, L, D)

Day 11:Trek ToMajgaun (4620ft/1,400m)

After breakfast, we leave the Bee Lodge & trek to Ker & Downey’s Gurung Lodge. Todays trek contours the side of the hill, with small ups and downs, passing through villages and farmland.. Although somewhat more challenging, please let your guide know you prefer this route as the rewards are worth it. Trek time to the Lodge is about 4 hours. You’ll reach the Gurung Lodge in time for a late lunch.

Overnight at Tea House (B, L, D)

Day 12: Trek ToKathmandu (4265 ft / 1300m)

We walk down to the road head at Lumle, passing through the village of Chandrakot. Once we reach Lumle, we continue by private vehicle to Pokhara. Once back in Pokhara, we bid farewell to our trekking staff and return to Kathmandu by air. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we’ll visit Boudhanath: the largest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal. We’ll then return to the hotel. The evening if free.

Overnight at Hotel(B, L)

Day 13:Trek To Depart Nepal

Transfer to the International airport for your final departure from Kathmandu (B). Post and Pre-nights can be arranged in Kathmandu and/or Pokhara.

Note: The routing of the trek may be modified according to local conditions and at the discretion of your trek leader.

 

 

INCLUDE:

Annudes

  • All airport transfers
  • Kathmandu/Pokhara/Kathmandu airfare
  • 11 day fully inclusive trek arrangements staying in Ker & Downey and local
  • lodges en route with all meals.
  • Sleeping bag and liner where required
  • All Permits
  • 2 nights accommodation in Kathmandu at the Gokarna Forest Resort inclusive of breakfast
  • Sightseeing to Boudhanath and Durbar Square including lunch

EXCLUDES:

  • International air, insurance, gratuities, Optional Mount Everest Flight,
    beverages with meals
  • Personal expenses such as phone, laundry etc…
  • Dinners in Kathmandu