The Annapurna Base Camp trek brings you into the heart of the Himalayas from the very start of the hike. With so many spectacular high Himalayan peaks on show it is no surprise this week long trek is one of the most popular treks in the world. Whether travelling for a short time or travelling with family, this trek is for everyone: scenery is incredible, culture is engaging, comfortable accommodation and walking not too strenuous. From the Annapurna Base Camp, and the Machhapuchhre Base Camp the views are of the majestic Machhapuchhre (better known as Fish Tail), Hiunchuli Peak, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, and Annapurna III, amongst others. At the Annapurna sanctuary there is a 360 degree panorama and a near vertical view of the south face of the Annapurna towering above.
The trail during this trek passes through interesting villages and terraced farmland, giving an insight into how the locals of this area live. It also winds through rhododendron forests, passes and over glacier rivers and waterfalls, and allows spectacular views of sheer cliffs with rivers running below. And of course the Himalayas provide an awe-inspiring backdrop! With the highest altitude being 4,130m at Annapurna Base Camp, and a steady but gentle increase in altitude in the days proceeding, there is little likelihood of altitude related problems. This is also an almost an all-year-round route which fits into most visitors’ Nepal schedule.
Assemble at Changi Airport for our flight by Thai Airways to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will meet our staff and transfer to Hotel. After short rest, we will visit the Swayambhunath Temple, said to be 2500 years Stupa on a hillock, which offers a breath-taking view of Kathmandu City and the Sunset view. This Stupa is the oldest of its kind in Nepal, listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Monument List in 1979. Next; we will visit historic Kathmandu Durbar Square (Hanuman Dhoka) if you are lucky, you will be able to have a glance of living Goddess - Kumari. Welcome dinner with Nepalese traditional cultural show at Nepalese restaurant. After dinner, you may want to stroll along the busy street of Kathmandu city center. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Early morning breakfast at hotel, our local tour leader, other trek staff and driver will pick you up from hotel and drive (approx. six hours with breaks) through the beautiful river view & Nepalese countryside. (On the way we can do optional white water rafting at Trisuli river) Upon arrival at Pokhara, (second largest city of Nepal), transfer to hotel and rest of the time explore the surrounding Lakeside areas.Overnight at Hotel.
Breakfast at Hotel, drive to Nayapool (2hrs). We will start our trek to Ghandruk village, with trail ascending through rice fields and small hamlets. Ghandruk is among the largest Gurung (popular ethnic group from western region of Nepal) settlements in the area with the closest views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchre to the north. Enjoy your evening exploring the local village and people with traditional dresses. Tonight stay at local hotel/lodge.
After breakfast, we will start our journey passing through Kimrong village, suspension bridge. After few hour walking we will arrive Chhomrong village, which offers you a unique and more close view of Mt Annapurna south 7219m, Himchuli 6441m, Machapuchere 6993m and other peaks as well. Overnight at local teahouse.
Today's trail drops down to Chhomrong Khola in the start, then climbs to Sinuwa 2380m and passing through the thick forest we will encounter different variety of plants, mountain birds and faunas. Overnight at lodge in Dovan.
Start with a continuous climb through intermittent bamboo forests. The valley becomes increasingly hemmed in by ever-steeper slopes, which witness periodic avalanches. You can rest at Hotel Himalayan (2,873meters) before the climb to Hike (3,139 meters). Walk through Bagar to Machhapuchare Base Camp for an overnight rest. It is also the starting point for climbing and Expedition to Mt Ganga Purna.
Wake up early morning, enjoy the beautiful sun rise. After breakfast, it takes approximately two hours of climb up to reach the Annapurna Base Camp, the final destination of our trek. After lunch, its free and easy time for rest and acclimatization. This is a truly an exhilarating camp site as it is in the midst of the mighty Himalayas. In the south Annapurna, Himchuli, Annapurana I, Glasier Dome, Tent peak, Gangapurna, and Machaapuchhre can be seen overlooking you. Overnight at Annapurna Base Camp.
After breakfast we descend all the way to lunch point which is located near bank of Modi river. After lunch it is an easy walk of another three hours to Himalaya Hotel.
Today is an easy walk, and after 2-3 hours takes you to the lunch spot at Kuldighar. After lunch descend all the way to Chhomrong river then again we climb up to Chhomrong and head to Jhinu Danda lodge.
We walk about 2-3 and half hour up to Nayapool and drive back to Pakhara. Side excursion can be done around Fewa Lake. Overnight stay at hotel in Pokhara.
After breakfast in hotel, drive to Kathmandu by coach 5-6 hours. Upon arrival in Kathmandu transfer to hotel for your overnight stay. Evening is free and easy for leisurely activities including shopping of souvenirs.
After breakfast, drive to airport and fly home.
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