Annapurna Base Camp Trekking - 11 days ABC Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Hike

Annapurna base camp trekking in Nepal is literally beautiful and one of the few treks that combines much diversity of landscapes and brings you so close to the base of 7000m/8000m peaks in such a short period of time. Annapurna base camp trekking starts from Nayapul or Dhampus will lead you alongside terraced rice fields, beautiful landscapes and lush green Rhododendron forests with the lofty Annapurna Himalayas in view most of the times!

Annapurna base camp trekking, aka Annapurna Sanctuary trek is the most fascinating trekking holidays in to the Himalayan mountains to the base camp Annapurna I is one of the fabulous treks in Annapurna region. The most visited Annapurna base camp trekking is an easy and pleasant trek up to the base of mighty Annapurna Himalayas.

Annapurna base camp trekking

Annapurna base camp trekking commences after a scenic drive or flight from Kathmandu to the vibrant city of Pokhara. it's a gorgeous city, surrounded by the Himalayan peaks and tropical hills. We will have a chance to explore the city and boating on the Phewa Lake. Next day, transferring to Phedi or Nayapul, both places are starting point of Annapurna base camp trekking, the trek continues to Chhomrong, a beautiful Magar village on the lap of the gorgeous Annapurna south.  The trail continues down to Chhomrong River and climb up to Sinuwa from where mighty Fishtail Mountain gets close by you. Walking through bamboo forest to Dovan, Himalaya and Deurali towards the Annapurna base camp we get rewarded by the views of towering peaks and vast rock walls. From Deurali the landscapes change into the barren and as the gorge widens, we climb to Fishtail (Machapuchare) base camp at 3700m on the lateral moraine of Annapurna south glacier. The steady ascend to Annapurna base camp reveals the full splendor of a huge natural amphitheatre. Here at base camp, we are fascinated by 360 degree views of Himalayan giants including Annapurna I, Fishtail, Gangapurna, Annapurna south, Hiunchuli, and many more snowcapped peaks. The stunning Annapurna glacier is another marvelous thing to see from Base camp.

Annapurna base camp trekking concludes here as we trek back to Chhomrong and continue to Dhampus or Nayapul, on the way back we can enjoy the natural hot sprig at Jinudanda.

Attraction of Annapurna Region

Annapurna conservation Area Project
Annapurna Region is one of the captivating lands of bio diversity in the world. The region is the largest reserved and protected area of Nepal. The unique biodiversity, the scenic grandeur in combination with the multi cultural and multi ethnic diversity make it the world's most popular trekking destinations. With the objectives of achieving a balance between the environment conservation and socio economic development, through people's participation, the Annapurna conservation area project (ACAP) was launched from 1986 under the aegis of the national trust for nature conservation... See more.

The trust is governed by a board of trustees. Tourism is an essential for locals and the fastest growing industries in the Annapurna conservation area. The project serves as a new approach in the protected area management with its modalities based on the integrated conservation and development programs. Owing to its fame that it has gained in the history of the protected area management, the government of Nepal has given the trust the mandate for the management of the Annapurna conservation area.

Meaning of Annapurna
Annapurna is a Sanskrit name which literally means full of food (feminine form), but is normally translated as Goddess of the Harvests. In Hinduism, Annapurna is Devi, the universal and timeless Kitchen goddess, the mother who feeds her kids. Without her there is starvation, a universal fear: this makes Annapurna a universal goddess. Her most popular shrine is located in Kasi, on the banks of the Ghats. Her association with the giving of food (wealth) led her in time to be transformed into Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth.

List of mountains we can see in the Annapurna region trekking
Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m),
Mt. Annapurna I (8091m),
Mt. Manaslu (8163 m),
Mt. Annapurna II (7937 m.) ,
Mt. Annapurna III (7555m),
Mt. Annapurna IV (7525m),
Mt. Annapurna south (7219m),
Mt. Nilgiri (7041m),
Mt. Fishtail also called Mt. Machhapuchhare (6998m),
Mt. Hiunchuli (6441m),
Mt. Lamjung Himal (6986m),
Tukuche peak (6920m),
Tilicho peak (7134m).

Culture and People of the Annapurna Region
One of the unforgettable experience of this region is culture and life style of local people. During trekking, trekkers encounter villages of different ethnic people. According to last census over 45,000 thousand people of different ethnic and tribal backgrounds with various religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Bon Po, Shamanism and Animism represented live in the Annapurna region. The dominant groups are Gurung, Magar, Thakali and Manangi. Generally, these people are subsistence farmers who depend on the forests for fuel, fodder and timber. Almost each of group have their own dialect and own cultures and traditions. Trekkers who go for trekking in Annapurna region are fascinated by the local people's culture and tradition.

Flora and Fauna
In Annapurna region, we can see the diverse flora and fauna. The range of geographical and climatic regions has led to this diversity. Below 1000 m in altitude the climate is tropical. These areas are heavily cultivated and the landscape, therefore, largely consists of terraced paddy fields for most of the year. As we  go to higher the natural vegetation changes from the tropical species to more temperate stands of forest trees including oak, beech and rhododendron. These finally give way to coniferous forests of pine and, ultimately, juniper just below the tree line.

Annapurna conservation area is the home of 102 species of mammals, 488 species of birds and 40 species of reptiles.  In this region, we can see pheasants named Danphe, Monal, Kaliz, Cheer, Kokilas, and Blood Pheasants, etc. Among mammals, blue sheep and Himalayan Thar can be seen in the area.

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Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Short itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m).
Day 02: Drive or fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara (825m), 6 hours drive, 25 minutes flight.
Day 03: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk (2000m), drive 2 hours, walking 5 to 6 hours.
Day 04: Trek from Ghandruk to Chhomrong (2100m), 6 hours walking.
Day 05: Trek from Chhomrong to Himalayan Hotel (2850m), 6 to 7 hours walking.
Day 06: Trek from Himalaya hotel to Machhapuchere Base camp (3700m), 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 07: Trek from MBC to Annapurna Base Camp (4100m) and back to Sinuwa, 8/9 hours walking. 
Day 08: Trek from Sinuwa to Jinudanda (1200), 4 to 5 hours walking. 
Day 09: Trek from Jinudanda to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara, 4 hours walking and 2 hours drive.
Day 10: Drive or fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
Day 11: Final departure.

Trip cost: This is a teahouse trek, each and every stop provides the decent guest houses and mountain lodges. We are organizing Annapurna base camp trekking as a small group departure or a private trek, please Write us and let us know how many of you are there in your group to do this trek so that we can send you a quote and other information according to your group size.

Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal.

Annapurna base camp trekking detailed itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m).
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will meet and greet by one of our trek leaders and transfer to hotel. After a rest and refreshment we invite you to join the welcome dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant. Enjoy the local meal and drinks with a short briefing of Annapurna base camp trek.

Day 02: Drive or fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara (825m), 6 hours drive, 25 minutes flight.
Pokhara is a beautiful city in Nepal surrounded by Annapurna Himalayas. Our journey from Kathmandu begins early in the morning if we go by tourist bus and if we take a flight we can fly any time of the day. Evening leisurely walk around Phewa Lake and overnight at hotel. 

Day 03: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk (2000m), drive 2 hours, walking 5 to 6 hours.
This morning, we will be driven two hours to Nayapul which is the trek starting point and from here we trek uphill on the trail to Ghandruk. While in the trail, we enjoy the panoramic views of the mountains. We further pass along various small villages crossing suspension bridge and arrive in Ghandurk, a slope settlement with stone houses mostly inhabited by the Gurung community. Along with enjoying the stunningly close-up towering views of Fishtail, Annapurna South, and Hiuchuli peaks, we also acquaint ourselves with the simple but rich cultural traditions of the Gurung culture and community at the Gurung Museum in Ghandruk. Overnight at guest house.

Day 04: Trek from Ghandruk to Chhomrong (2100m), 6 hours walking.
At this juncture, we climb up for an hour up to Ghandruk kot and then a steep descent takes us to the Kimron Khola. After another steep ascent from Kimron Khola, we make an hour of easy walk. Then, we take a steep climb continuing up to Chhomrong. While climbing, we encounter with the mighty peak of Annapurna South above the village and the view of Fishtail Mountain (Machhapuchhare) facing across the valley. Chhomrong is a beautiful village located on the lap of giant Annapurna massive. Overnight at guest house.

Day 05: Trek from Chhomrong to Himalayan Hotel (2850m), 6 to 7 hours walking.
We walk through the pretty forest to Kuldi Ghar, before the route goes steeply down a bank of rock and then levels out, running through riverside bamboo thickets along the base of the gorge. Then the track winds steeply up through deep bamboo and rhododendron forest to the village of Doban and then Himalaya hotel. Overnight at guest house.

Day 06: Trek from Himalaya hotel to Machhapuchere Base camp (3700m), 5 to 6 hours walking.
The track remains on the West Bank of the Modi, now flowing through a more open valley, and eventually emerges into the Sanctuary. Straight-ahead is the high lateral moraine of the South Annapurna glacier and the Modi follows a deep cliff to the right. This is the site of Machhapuchhre base camp from which can be seen a spectacular panorama of mountains. We will either stay here or continue northwest, staying above the glacial moraine.

Day 07: Trek from MBC to Annapurna Base Camp (4100m) and back to Sinuwa, 8/9 hours walking. 
On the way to Annapurna Base Camp from Machhapuchre Base Camp, the vegetation disappears. We will see the snow boulders melting and forming small streams. The path widens as we enter the sanctuary. We follow a stream and then climb to a few huts alongside a moraine. There are sensational views of the near-vertical south face of Annapurna towering above the sanctuary. Annapurna Base Camp sanctuary boasts of a dynamic view without anything impeding panorama of the 360 degrees. Upon arrival at this panoramic view site, we savor the mesmerizing views of the Machhapuchre, Annapurna south, Annapurna I, Hiuchuli and other peaks. Climax of our trip almost ends today then you will trek back to Sinuwa which is most easy descending route. Overnight at guest house.

Day 08: Trek from Sinuwa to Jinudanda (1200), 4 to 5 hours walking. 
From Sinuwa we continue to Chhomrong from where the trail descends through the steep downhill to Jinudanda. After about 4 to 5 hours trek, we reach at Jinudanda, here we can enjoy the hot spring. Overnight at guest house.

Day 09: Trek from Jinudanda to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara, 4 hours walking and 2 hours drive.
In the morning after breakfast, we leave the village following the gentle trail and walking mostly on a flat route to Kimche village. This part of trek is delightful and pleasant. We continue to Saulibazaar where we may stop to enjoy our lunch. After lunch we trek to Beraithanti then to Nayapul. From Nayapul we take drive to back to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel.

Day 10: Drive or fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
After breakfast, we will drive or fly to Kathmandu. Evening enjoy the farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant with live culture show. Overnight at hotel.

Day 11: Final departure.
After breakfast, we will drop you to international airport for your flight back to home. Wish you have a safe and sound flight and see you again in the future.

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Annapurna base camp trek Facts:

Activities: Trekking

Start/End: Kathmandu/ Pokhara

Destination: Annapurna base camp (4100m)

Trip Duration: one week to two weeks

Max. Altitude: 4100 meters

Group Size: Min. 1 / Max.20

Best Season: February, March,
April, May, June, September,
October, November & December.

Trip Grade: Moderate Plus

Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6

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