Annapurna Base-Camp Annapurna is a massif in the Himalayas in north-central Nepal that includes one peak over 8,000 meters (26,000 ft), thirteen peaks over 7,000 meters (23,000 ft), and sixteen more over 6,000 meters (20,000 ft). The massif is 55 kilometers (34 mi) long, and is bounded by t5he Kali Gandaki Gorge on the west, the Marshyandi River on the north and east, and by Pokhara Valley on the south. At the western end the massif encloses a high basin called the Annapurna Sanctuary. Annapurna is the tenth highest mountain in the world at 8,091 meters (26,545 ft) above sea level. Annapurna is a Sanskrit name which literally means “full of food”, but is normally translated as Goddess of the Harvests. According to Devdutt Pattanaik, Annapoorna devi is”… the universal and timeless kitchen-goddess….the mother who feeds. Without her there is starvation, a universal fear. This makes Annapurna a universal goddess… Her popular shrine islocated in Varanasi, on the banks of the Ganges River.” Her association with the giving of food (wealth) led her in the time to be transformed into Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth. The Annapurna Conservation Area (7,629 km) is a well known trekking region. There are three major trekking routes in the Annapurna region: the Jomson Trek to Jomson and Muktinath (increasingly disturbed by a road-building project; the Annapurna Sanctuary route to Annapurna base camp; and the Annapurna Circuit, Which circles the Annapurna Himal itself and includes the Jomsom route. The town of Pokhara usually serves as a starting point for these treks, and is also a good starting place for other short treks of one to four days. Such as routes to Ghorpani or Ghandruk. About two-thirds of all trekkers in Nepal visit the Annapurna region. The area is easily accessible, guest houses in the hills are plentiful, and treks here offer incredibly diverse scenery, with both high mountains and lowland villages. Also, because the entire area is inhabited, trekking in the region offers unique cultural exposure and experience. Trip Highlights:1. On the foot of worlds 10th highest mountain, Annapurna I 8,091 m 2. Excursion in the midst of high staggering snow-capped mountain peaks 3. The trekking route is from low sub-tropic green vegetation to alpine forest to arctic climate and landscapes. 4. The Panorama view of high snow-capped mountains, traditional villages, friendly mid hills people, excursion in the heart of massif Annapurna mountain range. 5. Trek to the heart of the Annapurna. 6. Surrounded by snowy peaks of over 6,000 m to 8,000 m 7. The great Sunrise & Sunset view of glowing on the mountain peaks. 8. Dramatic mountain scenery, probably best view in the world!
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu 1,300 m and transfer to hotel. When you reach at Kathmandu International airport, our staff will receive and transfer you to respective hotels, At the hotel we will brief with orientation program of the hotel, Kathmandu city, trekking, do`s and do not and other related information while you are in Nepal with Experience Treks.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with full day private guided city sightseeing tour. Kathmandu is full of world heritage sites; the Hindus temples in Pagoda & Shikhara styles mostly, monasteries, Stupas & monuments, ancient Kings Palaces, water taps & well, old traditional houses with masterpiece woodcarving and courtyard; full day private guided sightseeing tour will be interesting and a memorable tour before setting for the mountains with Experience Treks.
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara 950 m/07 hrs journey by tourist bus/coach, distance 200 km Morning after breakfast, traveled by tourist coaches or at private vehicle to Pokhara on the busy scenic highway, an interesting drive on the Himalayan foothills, on arrival at Pokhara transfer to respective hotel nearby beautiful Phewa Lake.
Day 04: Drive to Nayapul 1,100 m and begin walk to Tikhedhuga 1,577 m/04 hrs. Having your breakfast, an hour & + drive to Nayapul (New bridge) where Experience Treks. journey begins, the trail passes through areas encountering trekkers, mules and donkeys trains. At Birethati village, the trail splits in different routes; our trek follows the main trail to old Trans-Himalayan trade route, crosses the suspension bridge, after the bridge, treks through many farm villages and waterfalls till Tikhedhuga village is reached for overnight stop after 03-04 hours of good walk.
Day 05:Trek to Ghorepani 2,860 m/06-07 hours walk. From Tikhedhuga, a walk up to a steep climb for 2 hrs on the stone steps to Ulleri village (2,070 m), from here a gradual walk through the serene green alpine forest of oaks, firs and rhododendron trees, the route leads to a gradual climb gaining height as it reaches Ghorepani village, from here 10 minutes walk bring you at Ghorepani Deurali village (2,900 m) with glamorous views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Annapurna ranges of mountains. Ghorepani situated on the old Trans-Himalayan trade route to Upper Mustang into Tibet. This place is inhabited by Pun /Poon Magar tribe and its famous for its Pun hill view point, a 45 minute walk uphill from the lodge at Ghorpani.
Day 06: Trek to Tadapani 2,675 m/05 hours walk. Before dawn, 45 minutes hikes up to Pun hill located at 3,210 ms for awesome sunrise views of the panoramic Himalayan range of mountains from Mt. Dhaulagiri range, Nilgiri, Tilicho Peak, Annapurna range and Fishtail, Mardi Himal as far Annapurna 4th in the eastern horizon including the majestic other peaks. Mt. Machhapuchhre “The Fishtail” the unclimbed peak, one of the nickel mountain in the region, after a wonderful moment here walk back to Ghorepani and after breakfast continue trek to Tadapani via Deurali (3,100 m) & Banthanti (2,450 m), the walk leads uphill through the enchanting rhododendron, Oaks & Bamboo forests ,this area is a real paradise for naturalist and botanical interested people with rich vegetation along with the gorgeous mountain views, after heading down hill and with the last short climb to Tadapani for the overnight stop. Tadapani located in the middle of Rhododendron, Magnolia and Oaks forest with fantastic scenery looking at Annapurna South, Huinchuli, Annapurna 3rd & Mt. Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) at mere distance.
Day 07: Trek to Chhomrong 2,050 m/06 hours walk. After a wonderful time of Tadapani, to walk leads downhill through the beautiful serene forest with constant views of the snowcapped mountain peaks, the downhill walk heads to near Kimrong valley from here another hoour of the top ridge where the route from Landruk and Jhinu danda meets, on this spot ascend gradual to Chhomrong, the last village and the gateway to Annapurna base camp and the Sanctuary. Good view of Annapurna south, Hiunchuli & Fishtail in very close distance.
Day 08:Trek to Dovan 2,600 m via Bamboo 2,450 m/06 hours walk. From Chhomrong, the walk leads steep downhill on the terraced fields to the raging river for an hour steep descend after the bridge an uphill for an hour & half to reach in Sinuwa danda, a small place with two lodges with grand views of the rolling valley and landscapes, from here trekking in the cool forest Bamboo is reached in the midst of bamboo, rhododendron and oaks forest where there are 5 lodges. After Bamboo an hour walk on the pleasant uphill path to the overnight stop at Dovan with 03 lodges in the middle of forest by the raging glacier Modi River. The valley from Bamboo to Machhapuchhre base camp is very narrow & after MBC, the valley will open widely.
Day 09: Trek to Machhapuchhre Base Camp 3,750 m via Deurali 3,250 m/06 hrs walk. This morning, the trek begins through cool temperature with gradual up most of the way walkings by Modi river upstream, the path heads with gradual ups as it reaches at Himalaya hotel, the name of the place after the name of the hotel, an hour of by the Hinko Cave, located at the bottom of Hiunchuli peak. The walk is gradual from here for another two hour of Deurali the place with Teahouses/Lodges before Machhapuchhre base camp, from Deurali onwards the lush vegetation disappears for high alpine bushes and shrubs. After Deurali, the route leads up following the raging Modi River upstream, the walk is pleasant in some sections with few strenuous ups to reach at Machhapuchhre base camp. Machhapuchhre base camp houses about 05 lodges located beneath the staggering North face of Mt. Machhapuchhre or the Fishtail Peak.
Day 10:Trek to Annapurna Base Camp 4, 130 m/02-2:30 hours. After a pleasant stop here, morning walks continue in the heart of Annapurna Sanctuary/Annapurna base camp, walk follow uphill for two hours of the grassy path the trail is pleasant till it reaches the higher flat level ground at Annapurna base camp offering magnificent views of different snowcapped mountains which circles around you with giant face of Annapurna I. Annapurna base camp with 06 large lodges in the shade of superb mountain panoramas. Afternoon you’ll get free time at leisure to marvel the awesome surrounding Mountain View. The mountains are seen so close in the distance with 360 degrees panoramic views. It seemed, ABC is a real piece of HEAVEN!
Day 11: Trek to Bamboo 2,450 m/06 hours. With mountain views on breakfast in the tranquility of nature treks back to the lush green vegetation, the trail from here is downhill with a few ups to Bamboo by passing MBC, Deurali, and Himalaya & Dovan for the overnight stop.
Day 12: Trek to Jhinu danda 1,600 m via Chhomrong 2,050 m/06 hours. From Bamboo morning walk heads up to Khuldighar, from here trail descends most of the way to a bridge at Chhomrong Khola. Immediately, the trail leads uphill for at least an hr to the top Chhomrong village, a possible lunch break here, afternoon time walk descend towards Jhinu danda, the new trail from the last lodge branches off to a steep downhill till Jhinu danda village for the overnight stop, a nice quiet spot, here visit the refreshing hot springs down by the bank of the river Modi for 20 minutes.
Day 13: Trek to Pothana 1,950 m/06 hours. After a refreshing time of Jhinu danda hot spring our route leads downhill for an hour of River Modi at New Bridge, then crossing the bridge with a short climb brings at Landruk village at 1,640 m. From this large Landruk village, walk is easy on the winding trail through several farm villages and terraced fields then it bring to the last uphill climb for 40 minutes to a small pass at Deurali ridge at 2,150 m. From Deurali a pleasant descends into the forest with wonderful views of Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Manaslu range including the fishtail peak all the way to Pothana village in the middle of alpine forest. Pothana is a wonderful spot of the forest with large meadows overlooking magnificent views in the Himalayan range of mountains with another opportunity for sunrise and sunset views.
Day 14: Trek to Dhampus phedi and drive to Pokhara 03 hrs walk & an hr drive. Morning with awesome surrounding scenery of the last day walk an easy downhill to Dhampus Phedi by passing Dhampus village, a large Gurung ethnic tribe with magnificent view of the mountains in semi-circle. From Dhampus phedi, an hour drive reaches at the hotel by the tranquil Lake Phewa (Fewa) in Pokhara. You will get free time to hang out in the Lake side area after Lunch.
Day 15:Drive back to Kathmandu. With a wonderful mesmerizing trip to Annapurna base camp and the Sanctuary drive back to Kathmandu, by passing different villages, towns, paddy fields, a beautiful terraced & so on....on reaching Kathmandu transfer to respective hotel with afternoon free for individual activities/shopping & recreation. OR a full day private guided city sightseeing in Bhaktapur & Patan durbar squares.
Day 16: Transfer to Airport for International Departure. Last days in the magic awesome Himalaya and with grand memorable time in the mountains with Experience Treks., as per your flight time BTE staff will transfer you to airport for your final departure for homeward bound.
ABOUT POKHARA VALLEY:
Pokhara 950m, a 124 Sq.kms, most beautiful cities in Nepal which are full of natural gifts, is one of the most unique sub-tropical valley in the Himalaya and probably in the world, where one can marvel the beauty of the Himalayan landscape and reflection of the Annapurna massif including the towering majestic peak of Mt. Machhapuchhre on its beautiful Lake Phewa in a clear day. Pokhara is situated in the central western part of Nepal. It is linked to the main highway of 200 km driving distances from Kathmandu, Chitwan, a popular city for Jungle safari, Saunauli, an Indian boarder and by air from Kathmandu approximately 30 minutes flight with a sweeping panoramic views of the mid -east to western Himalayan ranges. Mother Nature has certainly blessed this fertile valley with outstanding scenery of the landscapes, snowcapped mountains, moderate tropical climate and beautiful pristine Lakes of Begnas, Rupa and Phewa. The most stunning of Pokhara`s sights is the magnificent panorama of the Annapurna range which forms its backdrop. Annapurna massif includes Annapurna I to IV and Annapurna South. Among these high peaks, it is the towering majestic Mt. Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) which dominates all others in this range. Pokhara with its natural beauty is also a starting point of Nepal`s most popular adventure destinations. Most of the trekking, mountaineering expeditions begins from this remarkable place and it`s a also an ideal spot for all types of holiday makers.
Service includes Airports picks up & drops off by private vehicles 6 Nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara (4+2=6), at standard hotel, centrally located, on B/B basis. A full day city sightseeing tour (4 sites) with tour guide & private vehicles. All surface overland transportation (Kathmandu -Pokhara & Pokhara-Kathmandu by tourist bus/coach, Pokhara-Lampatha & Dhampus phedi-Pokhara & hotel - bus station- hotel by private vehicle) Lodge/guest house accommodation during the trek All meals: 3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch & dinner with a cup of tea/coffee) A trek leader/guide & necessary No. of Porter/s (normally, 2pax. trekkers: 1 porter) All trekking permits (trekking Permit/TIMS card & ACAP entry permit) Essential trekking equipment (sleeping bag/down jacket which are need to returned back to company after complete the trek) Trekking equipment for all Porters (shoes, jacket & trousers etc.) All transportation, meals & accommodation, drinks, daily wages for trekking staffs. Insurance/security for all local staffs (guide & porter/s) All government & locals taxes All necessary official paper works First Aid Kit box/bag T-shirt & certificate of complete the trek as a souvenir/memory An emergency or Rescue evacuation arrangement service & pre-deposit for Helicopter (porter`s back, Horse`s back, vehicle & Helicopter), if required or wanted/wished
Service does not include Nepal visa fee & International flight tickets fare to & from Kathmandu Meals in Kathmandu (lunch & dinner) Monuments/temples/monasteries entry fees in Kathmandu, Pokhara & mountain Personal nature expanses (telephone bills, laundry service, bar bills, (hot shower & fire charges for 4/5 days, mineral/bottle water/boiled water/pots of tea/coffee etc.) All kinds of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks & soft drinks etc Travel/rescue insurance Private transportation (vehicle, Aeroplane & horse etc.) Tipping for trekking staffs Extra programs (rafting, jungle safari, paragliding & so on) An emergency or rescue evacuation cost/charge, if required Others than what are included in package cost sections.