Annapurna Base Camp Trekking: A Detailed Itinerary!

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The other blog was more of a general idea of the trek. This is a detailed itinerary of the package we provide:

 

Highlights of the tour

  • Stunning views of the Annapurna Range along with other giants like Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Manaslu and Machhapuchhre.
  • Fully supported tea house trek which includes 3 hearty meals per day.
  • Travel through the ethnic Gurung villages, witnessing the cultures and traditions.
  • Flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara (great sights of Mountains along the way)
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu- Pashupatinath (Major Hindu Temple), Boudhanath and Swayambhunath (Major Buddhist Shrines) and tours around the 3 Durbar Squares. (All of them being the World Heritage sites)

 

Detailed Itinerary

 Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu (1330m)

After landing and heading out of the Tribhuvan International Airport, we will have you escorted to a luxurious 3 star hotel. The remaining day is at leisure, so you may choose to take a quick nap to get rid of the jet lag or stroll around the hotel. Evenings are for pre- trek briefings where we will address your personal and general queries about the trek, followed by the distribution of kit bags, sleeping bags and down jackets. For you to get acquainted with fellow trekkers, we will arrange ‘drinks and snacks’ time and then, call it a day.

 

Day 2 Around Kathmandu Valley

The day is going to start early as we’ll be visiting Pashupatinath temple (Most sacred Hindu temple of the world) and Boudhanath Stupa (a 5th century Buddhist shrine) followed by a guided tour to few other World Heritage sites around the valley. After the tour of the sites we’ll be returning back to the hotel for lunch followed by a short exploration of the three Durbar Squares. After the tour, you’ll have some free time in your hands, you may choose to move around the market, go for shopping and so on.

 

Day 3 Fly to Pokhara and trek to Australian Base Camp (1990m) 2 hours walking

All packed up, we head to the airport for a short 20 min flight to Pokhara, the starting point of our journey! Here, you will be greeted not only by the people waiting in the airport but also the whole of Annapurna Range. From the airport, we’ll have an hour ride up to Kande where for the first time, we’ll all start walking. After spending sometime in Kande, sorting out gears and loading the porters, we’ll finally start our epic trek to Annapurna! This day, however, to the Australian base camp. There is no need to rush as this is just a two hours trip, taking us through terraced fields, mixed oak and rhododendron forests, and finally, to the grassy clearing of the Australian Base camp.

 

Day 4 To Landruk (1640m) 5 hours of walking

With the glorious sunrise at the Australian Base camp, now it is some serious trek time, as we follow the trail through the rhododendron forest and then through a cluster of Gurung villages. It is at a place called Tolkha, we stop for our daily lunch. The life-style and culture of this place has not change much since ages, which makes it even more interesting. After lunch, we set our sights to Landruk and head out on a well- marked trail to this prosperous village. We stay here at a lodge for the night.

 

Day 5 Trek To Chomrong (2020m) 6-7 hours of walking

All packed up, we descend a steep slope at Samung and head out to Nayapul (new bridge) where we cross the river. Now the trails are a bit steep leading us to Jhin Danda Village where we’ll rest for lunch. The trails ahead get even steeper taking us to a treeless ridge at a height of 2180m to a village called Taglung. From here, it is a short walk to Chomrong (1960m). It is a village which offers spectacular views of Annapurna South & Machapuchchre.

 

Day 6 Trek to Bamboo (2310m) 3-4 hours

From Chomrong, we begin an early morning descend on a wide flight of winding stone steps to a bridge built across a stream coming in from the north. We climb high above the Modi Khola, traveling along its west bank, and pass through forests of bamboo, rhododendron and oak. This portion of the day’s trek is followed by yet another ascend to Kuldi, before finally descending a long, steep, stone staircase to Bamboo. Here, we cross a small suspension bridge and then climb steadily, up past the tiny settlement of Tilche, and upwards to a small area full of lodges at Sinwa (2340 meters). After lunch, we walk for another 2 hours, crossing bamboo forest and streams ascending to a hotel for stay.

 

Day 7 It’s a rest Day!!

Trekking in the Himalayas is not an activity to be rushed in. AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) is a vital part of every trekker’s nightmare, above 3000m in the mountains. So, as we will be spending couple of days above 3000m, this day is meant for rest or let’s just say to acclimatize. Giving you lots of free time which you can utilize by reading books, chit-chat with the locals, or just get awestricken by the views of the mountains or the blue sheep grazing on steep slopes.

 

Day 8 Trek To Machhapuchhre Base Camp(3900m) 3-4 hours of walking

After about an hour walk from our last stop, we reach Hinko cave. It’s just an overhanging rock but the empty space it creates doesn’t make it less than a cave! From here, our trail builds up to a steep rocky road eventually leading to a rock valley. Further, walking along the left side of the rock valley, we reach Machhapuchhre Base Camp, where we camp for the night.

 

Day 9 Annapurna South Base Camp.(4131m) 3 hours of walking

Now, to make it a bit more exciting, we’ve   arranged a pre- dawn departure routine using our head lamps and torches. The main objective however is to reach Annapurna SBC to view the sunrise! With just in time for when the mountains are blessed by the sun’s rays, we rest here at Annapurna South and then, again head back to bamboo, where we spend the night!

 

Day 10 Jhinu Dada

After breakfast, we make our way out of the bamboo and downhill along the Modi River Valley. Retracing our route to Chomrong passing literally hundreds of stone stairs, we descend along the steep ridge of Jhinu dada to make way to the lodge where we’ll spend the night. The descend offers a different perspective of the mountain scenery we enjoyed during the ascend.

 

Day 11 Two hours trek to Nayapul and an hour Ride to Pokhara!

It’s the last day of the trek; it begins with a short 2 hours downhill walk side by side to the Modi river all the way to Birethanti. After crossing all the small ethnic Gurung villages, friendly locals and taking a final glance at the mighty Himalayas, we have our lunch at Syauli Bazar. From here, it’s a short downhill walk to Nayapul our departure destination where a vehicle will be waiting. After reaching Pokhara and checking in at a luxurious hotel, it’s all about relaxation now. This city has so much to offer in terms of food and culture, move around or you may choose just to sit and relax at some restaurant listening to your favorite songs being played.

 

Day 12 Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu, Leisure

So long to both the Annapurna Range and Pokhara city! This day we head early to Pokhara Airport to catch our flight to Kathmandu. As the rest of the day is at leisure you’re free to roam around the city. You may go for shopping, visit temples, or just sit back and relax.

 

 Day 13 Farewell!

After the breakfast, a final goodbye, people travelling by flights would be escorted to the airport and for others, further arrangements are made!

 

What’s included!

  • 12 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 9 dinners.
  • Flight form Kathmandu to Pokhara.
  • Airport transfers.
  • Expert and Friendly bilingual guide with good quality accommodation.
  • All entry fees to parks, world heritage sites, conservation areas.
  • Insured porters to carry your personal as well as groups’ equipments.
  • Sleeping bag, down/fiber filled jacket, and insulated mat along with the group medical kit.
  • Private Transportation and Sightseeing around Kathmandu.

 

What’s not included!

  • Lunch and dinner at Kathmandu
  • Airport and departure taxes
  • Visa fees
  • Travel Insurance

 

Price Starting from: $1041.09

Hope you had quite an insight of the tour!

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