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 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.
Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Short itineraryDay 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.