Annapurna Base Camp Trek – 12 Days

Annapurna Base Camp Trek – 12 Days

Overview

A trek to Base Camp of mount Annapurna.
Cross over high mountain passes.
Experience the warmth of the local Nepali culture.
Get a spectacular panoramic view of the Annapurna Ranges.
Get a spectacular panoramic view of the Dhawalagiri Zone.
See many high peaks with height of 8000 meters or more.

Region: Himalayan Ranges in Nepal
Trek Type: Group Adventures
Group Size: 1 to 16 People per Group.
When is the best time to trek: April to December.
Not a good time to trek: Jan to Mar.
Expedition Begins and Ends at: Kathmandu.
Trekking Expedition Duration: 11 nights / 12 days.
Difficulty level of the Trek: Medium.
Maximum Altitude Gain: 4,200 meters / 13, 779 feet.
Daily Altitude Gain: 200 to 500 meters.
Type of Accommodation: Hotel or tea houses on a twin sharing basis.

The idea of travel has been infesting the minds of people for quite a long time now. There are different dimensions to traveling and Trekking is one such primary aspect of traveling that has gained popularity over the years. The adrenaline rush, the idea of beautiful landscapes and the journey through the ups and downs is what makes trekking one of the most adventurous traveling options.

Among the number of treks in and around the country, there are some trek circuits that each enthusiast trekker wants to experience. The Annapurna Base camp trek is one such experience that none wants to miss. This moderate difficulty trek trails along the terraced farmed lands, high altitude landscapes with the majestic Annapurna always in sight and Rhododendron forests.

The trek packs so many different vivid landscapes and is one of the most popular treks covering the Annapurna region. The setting of the Base Camp is what appeals to most of the trekkers, and the base camp at 4130 m is spectacular and gorgeous and is surrounded by the majestic peaks of Annapurna I (8,091 m), Annapurna South(7,219 m), Hiunchuli (6,441 m) and Machapuchare (6,993 m). All these peaks are huge and are over 6400 m in height with Annapurna I standing strong at 8091 m.

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is exciting and certainly a treat to the eyes, usually the Trek is covered within 10-12 days depending solely on the itinerary and walking days. Let us look into a 12 days itinerary and help you with the most exciting trekking experience of your life.

Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival at Kathmandu.

While you are all set to experience a wonder trek, the Kathmandu is your first stop from where you will be starting the journey. This place is amazing with the confluence of cultures and heritage all set to give you an awesome experience.

There will be an overnight stay in the capital and you certainly don’t want to miss out on the lip-smacking delicacies and explore the city. Have a perfect day throughout and sleep your night out in the cozy rooms.

Day 2 : Journey to Pokhara (823 meters / 2,700 feet) : 5-6 Hrs.

Pokhara is what people call ‘the beautiful lake city’. You will be travelling by road from Pokhara from Kathmandu. The valley combines enthralling views all around and is set along the banks of the Phewa Lake.

Pokhara is surrounded by majestic views all around with Machapuchhre and Annapurna in the north, Manaslu and Lamjung Himal is in the east while Dhaulagiri is there on the west. After Pokhara there is 1-hour journey to Naya Pul and is the offset of the trek. The beautiful village of Ghandruk is the first point you should reach by trekking and have an overnight stay there.

Day 3 : Ghandruk (1, 940 m / 6, 360 feet) : 5 - 6 hours trek.

The journey from Naya Pul to Ghandruk is on a relatively flat terrain without much of difficulty. Before reaching Ghandhruk you will have to cross a suspension bridge over Khumnu Khola. The village of Ghandruk is popular among tourists owing to its own museum and handicrafts center. From Ghandruk you will be blessed with incredible views of the Annapurna South, Machapuchhre, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna and also the majestic Annapurna III. Stay the night in Ghandruk.

Day 4 : Chhomrong (2, 170 meters / 7, 120 feet): 5 - 6 hours.

Chhomrong is located at an elevation of 2170m and the trek journey takes up around 5-7 hours to complete. From Ghandruk, a climb to Kimrung danda takes up around an hour and combines the beautiful views of the Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna and also the Machapuchhre.

Further from Kimrung danda, a descent to Kimrong Khola and then a steep ascent to Chere Danda. After the ups and downs are covered there is a gentle walk till Chhomrong. The beautiful villa of Chhomrong is a lovely place to explore and you should have an overnight stay here in the beautiful guest houses present.

Day 5 : Trek to Bamboo (2, 310 meters / 7, 578 feet) : 4 - 5 hours.

From Chhomrong the further trek is around 4-5 hours to an elevation of 2310m to place called Bamboo. The trek path has beautiful Rhodendron all around all travelers are expected to have a light travel on this day.

Sinuwa is where you would want to reach after crossing the bridge over the Chhomrong Khola. It is a rough terrain and uphill climb. From Sinuwa, you should reach Kuldihar through beautiful landscapes and further have a gentle walk to finally reach Bamboo.

Day 6 : Bamboo to Deurali (3, 230 meters / 10,595 feet) : 3 - 4 hours.

Deurali is located at a height of 3230m and usually takes up around 4 hours to reach from bamboo. The terrain is rough and has steep ascents throughout. There is a damp and cold Bamboo forest that you will have to pass before coming out again in the sun to witness the astonishing glacier river flowing below. There is a steep climb to Hinku Cave through one more forest but not at all damp and cold as the Bamboo. There is an alteration of the trail till you reach Deurali.

Deurali is beautiful in every way possible. The less vegetation and forest in the area allow astounding view of the cliffs and the valley and also the glacier river below. There are beautiful waterfalls in Deurali and your overnight stay in this serene place will be remembered forever.

Day 7 : Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 meters / 13, 545 feet) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3, 700 meters / 12, 135 feet) : 5- 6 hours.

So, finally you reach the destination you have set out for at the 6th day of the journey. The trek to this extremely beautiful place is through another base camp called the Machapuchhre base camp. The hike of 3700m from Bagar is a strenuous hike and usually takes up around 6 hours to reach. Machapuchhre base camp gives us the most enthralling view of the whole trekking journey and all the huge peaks seem to join hands in order to present you with the most incredible view.

From this base point, the Annapurna I, Annapurna III and even Annapurna South is visible along with other mentions like Gangapurna and Mt. Hiunchuli. As the trek follows to the Annapurna Base Camp, all the vegetation seem to disappear and the majestic Annapurna Range comes closer. The mesmerizing view from the Base camp features all the mentionable peaks together and the overnight stay at an elevation of 4130m is what all trekkers wish for in their lifetime.

Day 8 : Back to Bamboo (2, 310 meters / 7, 578 feet) : 7 – 8 hours.

After the stay at the Annapurna Base Camp, the second half of the journey starts. From here on wards, you will get to experience descent and the journey won’t be as stressful as the hike was. Bamboo’s landscape is incomparable and it will surely keep you cheered up even if your journey is reaching the climax.

Day 9 : Jhinu Danda (1, 760 meters / 5, 770 feet) : 5 - 6 hours.

Further going downhill, you should make a stop at Jhinu Danda located at 1760m and the trek downhill to Jhinu Danda covers a number of places on the way. From Bamboo you first reach Kuldighar and follow a downhill trek to Chhomrong Khola. From Chhomrong Khola, follow down to Jhinu Danda to have the overnight stay here. Jhinu Dhanda has the most exciting Hot-springs and it will surely revitalize your body after the aching experiences of the last 7 days.

Day 10 : Trek down to Naya Pul and drive to Pokhara : 5 - 6 hours trek, 1 hour drive.

The trek journey is coming to an end and our last trek will be from Jhinu Danda to Naya Pul. After the overnight stay at Jhinu danda, the further downhill trek of 5 hours till Naya Pul won’t put up any difficulties. Along the trail to Naya Pul you will be amazed at the mesmerizing landscapes of Nepal. Naya Pul will mark the end of the walking and you will be boarding a drive from Naya Pul to Pokhara and enjoy a calm overnight stay at Pokhara.

Day 11 : Travel to Kathmandu.

So the amazing Annapurna Base Camp trek has finally come to end. You should stay overnight at Kathmandu and spend a leisure time exploring the beautiful places, indulge over the exciting delicacies and also spend some bucks shopping beautiful stuff. There are a number of landmarks to explore in Kathmandu and this will be the perfect way to end the journey.

Day 12 : Departure.

One the final day of the itinerary you make the final departure from the Kathmandu International Airport. On the journey back you are certainly carrying things with you that you cannot imagine. The exciting trekking experience, the memories, the elevations, the astounding landscapes all will etch in your mind and heart for a long time.

The experience in Nepal is unmatched and the 12 days journey through the ups and downs (literally), is a memory that you won’t forget. Remind yourself with the souvenirs you bought and the pictures you have clicked, and as soon as you reach your hometown, plan your next adventurous trip to Nepal.

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What does it include?

2 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis.
2 nights’ accommodation in Pokhara on twin sharing basis.
7 nights’ accommodation in the trekking route on twin sharing basis.
International airport pick up and drop.
Required internal transports.
Kathmandu to Pokhara Bus Ticket (return).
Transport to reach Nayapul (return).
Certified guide.
Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter).
The porter will carry only one luggage per person.
Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, transport, food and accommodation.
Medical kit (carried by your trek leader).
All government and local taxes.
All necessary permits.
Please Note: For single trekker we provide porter cum guide.

What it does not include?

Travel expenses to reach and return from Kathmandu.
Food and drinking water throughout the trip.
Soft-drinks / Beverages / Alcohols / Snacks / Chocolates Etc.
Additional accommodation and food expenses if trek gets delayed due to weather, flight cancellation, health or any other reason.
Health Insurance, Personal Insurance and other travel insurance.
Expenses for evacuation and rescue operations due to natural calamity, mishaps, injury or any health problem.

Items to bring with you.

Trekking Bag.
UV Protected Sun Glasses.
Best Quality Hiking Shoes (Preferably Water Proof).
Trekking Poles.
Crocs Shoes/sandal.
Water disinfection Drops / Tablets.
Knapsack / Backpack / Rucksack.
Good jacket to protect from cold.
Sleeping Bag.
Windcheater.
Thermals – Top and Bottom.
Poncho (for rain).
Knee Cap 1 Pair.
Moisturizer.
1 quick drying towel.
Sun blocks (SPF 50 and above) and Lip Salve with Sun blocks.
Toilet Paper.
Wet-Tissue Papers/ Baby wipes.
Headlamp, Torch with spare batteries.
Gloves.
Trekking Socks.
Gaiters for hiking in winter.
Basic First Aid Kit.
2 light weight trekking pants.
3 light weight trekking T-Shirt.
4 pairs trekking socks.
Dry Fruits and Chocolates.
Small, basic first aid kit(cough and/or cold medicine, headache pills etc.).

From INR. 23, 800*

(For Indian National Only)

From USD. 440#

(# for Non Indian and Non Nepali Citizens)
*Service Tax will be applicable.
For Discount and Customize the trek send a mail to: trip@weramblers.com

*#Above price valid for 2 people group.

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