Annapurna Base Camp trekking in Nepal
Type of trek: Easy+Moderate
Duration in days: 7-12 days
Duration a day walking: 5-6 hours
The diverse terrain and variety of cultures of the region north of Pokhara make each day’s walk a different experience and make the area the most popular destination in the country. Four favorite treks, each with minimum of about one week and maximum of three week treks, to Kali-Gandaki basin include Manang region, Annapurna range, Jomsom and the Annapurna Sanctuary. Alpine meadows, moraines, glaciers and breathtaking views of the Annapurna range abound. The three hundred kilometer Annapurna Circuit combines the first two areas by crossing high altitude pass, Manang Thorang-La (5360 meters) and takes up to three weeks to complete. Part of the range forms a natural amphitheater known as the Sanctuary, ringed by Annapurna I, Glacier Dome, Gangapurna, and the fishtail – shaped peak of Machhapuchhre. This is a fairl strenuous alpine trek, whose aim is to enable the more active walker to quickly get up to snowline not far above our camp. In the Sanctuary, there are opportunities to scramble on ice and snow, and to make an excursion to Rakshi Peak. This trek main attraction is flora and fauna, after the Chomorang you face green hill, forest and wild nature all the way to base camp. When you will reach in the base camp you are around the seven peaks of the snow mountain. At that time it shows you and gives you the feeling that you are in the heaven which will be unforgettable in your life.
Day 01: About one and half hour of drive from Pokhara(915m) to Nayapul(1050m) on private or tourist vechicle. Trek starts from Nayapul, via Birethanti (1065m.) it takes total about five hours and 9 Km. The first part of day trek is easy passing through several small villages and settlements. After some gentle ascend you can reach Tikhedhunga(1480m) . The majority of people in this region are Gurung and they are Buddhist. From Tikhedhunga, you have to cross the 2 hanging bridge and fully climbed until Ulleri (around one and half hours from Tikhedhunga). In Ulleri mainly Magar (one kind of indigenous or ethnic groups in Nepal) peoples are living and they are Buddhist. Our overnight stay in Ulleri (1900m).
Day 02: Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani (2850 m.) It takes around five to six hours and 8 Km. Ascending gently through Ulleri big village (1900m.) and we can see mountains Annapurna south(7219m) and Himchuli (6441m) from Ulleri. Still continue gently ascending, we will be reach in Banthati where is we can see beautiful view of Machhapuchhare or Fish Tail (6993m.), Himchuli (6441m.), and Annapurna south (7219m) on the way to Ghorepani. Final hours of today’s trail are quite easier passing through rhododendron,oaks and shadowy trees and descends gently up to the final camp. Languor and different species of birds are common things to see.
Our overnight stay in Ghorpani (2850m).
Day 03: Morning hike to the top of Poon Hill(3210m) for the best view of sunrise on Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7555m.), Machhapuchhare (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7939m.), Lamjung Himal (6939m.) and other numerous snow capped mountains Descend back to Ghorepani and after having breakfast we will continue our five hour journey unto Tadapani (2650m) and 8 Km total. Our overnight stay in Tadapani (2650m).
Day 04: Trek from Tadapani (2650m.) to Chomrong(2170m) which takes five hours and 11 Km.The day trek is very easy by mostly descending gently all the way through Rhododendron, Oak and Sal’s dense forests. Kimrung Khola area is richly habited by different species of birds. Ascend steeply and walk at a level for 45 minutes and mostly flat trail with gentle descend. Our overnight stay in Chomrong(2170m).
Day 05: From Chomrong to Himalaya (2900m), It takes around 8 hours and total 10 Km. The trail descends by a stone staircase for first 45 minutes crosses the Chomrong Khola via suspension bridge. High above the west bank of Modi Khola, the trail passes through the forests of Bamboo, Rhododendron and Oaks. Climbing further on a rocky trail and you reach at Sinuwa, at 2350m. You trek gently through the forest and descend a long steep stone staircase till Bamboo. And from Bamboo, you have to gently ascending inside the forest around 1 hours to reach in Dovan and from Dovan takes 2 hours to reach Himalaya(2900m) You have to pass through muddy trail.. Our overnight stay in Himalaya.
Day 06: Trek from Himalaya to Annapurna base camp It takes about six hours and around 8 Km. There is debris of avalanches during winter season, the trail is steep ascent up to Hinko Cave (3160m.), this named as a huge overhanging rock provides some protection against rain and avalanches then you will reach MBC(3700m). From MBC takes 2 hours for .Annapurna Base Camp (4130m.) The valley widens and becomes less steep and you can see the gates to the sanctuary from here. Enjoy the view of Mount Hiuchuli (6441m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna III (7555m.), Gangapurna (7454m.) and Machhapuchhare or Fish Tail (6993m.). Our overnight stay in ABC (4130m).
Day 07: Have breakfast in ABC with panorama view of Himalaya and trek to Bamboo (2310m): It takes about six hours and around 11 Km. It’s much easier going down. You should have no problem reaching Sinuwa from Annapurna Base Camp in a single day however we have chosen this Bamboo (2310m) as some of trekkers may have problem on going down. Our overnight stay in Bamboo.
Day 08: Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu danda(1780m) which will take 4 hours and 8.5 Km. The path ascends up to Bamboo Kuldighar passing through forests mostly inherited by Bamboos. After Kuldighar, the trail goes steeply down for hour is quite flat until Sinuwa. Your trek gradually descends to the Chhumrong Khola and following stone staircase before last part of the trail steeply down to Jhinudanda. From the town you should walk down for 20 minutes to reach Hot Spring at the bank of the Modi Khola. You can relax at Hot Spring. Our overnight stay in Jhinu dada (1780m).
Day 09: From Jhinudanda to Australian camp (1900m.) It is a seven hour trek and total 12 Km. The first part of the trek is descent and then appears flat land until Himal Pani. You will find beautiful waterfall here. The trail ascends gently crossing numerous streams and terraces. After short trek, you reach Landruk (1640m.), an appealing big village inhabited by mixed community of Gurung, Magar, Cheetri and Brahmin as well. Now the trail gently ascends to Tolka (1700m.), then goes steeply up to Deurali (2100m.) with a view of different mountain peaks and again trail gradually descends to Pothana passing through different forests. Pothana is a small town resided and from there take half an hour to reach Australian camp, you can enjoy the wonderful views of various mountains from here. Our overnight stay in Australian camp (1900m).
Day 10: Trek from Australian camp to Dhampus Phedi. It takes about three hours to reach Phedi and 5 Km. The Trekking trail is gentle descend up to Dhampus, a village mostly inherited by Gurung Cheetri and Brahmin communities. Then trek through the flat land for several moments and steep downhill unless reaching Phedi. Trekking ends at Dhampus Phedi and drive back to Pokhara by private Vehicles or tourist vehicles. And shopping in evening in Pokhara Lakeside.