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Pokhara , Nepal
Country:Nepal Duration:22 Days
Trip Level:Easy Altitude:4130m
Activities:_ Accommodation:Hotels & Food
Group Size:Max20 Transport:Hike
Starts at:Nayapul Ends at:Annapurna Base Camp
Trip Route:Trek
Best Seasons:Oct/Nov

Annapurna base camp trekking

Annapurna base camp 4130 mtrAnnapurna base camp trekking is finest tea house facilitate trek and Exploring typical Gurung lifestyle their culture, customs, beautiful nature scene and many white snow peaks. The trek lead through typical Gurung and Magar villages and follows the Modi Khola upstream into the Annapurna Sanctuary, a valley surrounded by towering Himalayan peaks. It is a spectacular trek, reaching up to the South Face of Annapurna I (8091 m), offering breathtaking views of Machhapuchhre (6993 m). You will be able to view a magnificent sunrise over Dhaulagiri (8167 m) and the Annapurna range from Poon Hill 3210 m. Annapurna base camp trekking is along the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek with panoramic view point of Annapurna ranges, Dhaulagiri Ranges and Manaslu ranges.

Annapurna base camp trekking commences from Kathmandu to Pokhara by comfort tourist bus or by plane. Pokhara is beautiful city it has attractive and big Fewa Lake, commanding some fine mountain views. The trek begins from the small and attractive village of Nayapul (New Bridge) walking through evergreen and Rhododendron forests. The second day arrive Annapurna I 8091 mtrin the beautiful village of Ghorepani, where you will see your first magnificent Mountain views from Poon Hill (3210m). Early next morning you will ascend Poon Hill for about an hour to observe spectacular mountain views and colorful Rhododendron forests. You will see more than fifteen mountains, such as Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Nilgiri, Tukuche, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre, Gangapurna and Dhampus. It is the highest Mountain view from Poon hill  Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167 m), Manaslu (8163 m) and Annapurna I (8091 m) then up to 6000m and below 8000m many mountains are standing front of Poon hill. After the Poon Hill experience, you will arrive at the typical Gurung village of Ghandruk at (1951m). After a gradual trek up, the village of Chhomrong is the next attraction and stopping point, boasting crystal clear views of the unconquered Machhapuchhre (6993 m), which resembles a fish tail. The trail then goes on to the Himalaya Hotel (2840m), where you can devour even more magnificent views of the Himalayas. Your journey beyond the Himalaya Hotel becomes slightly more difficult during the ascent to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m). The peaks of Annapurna III (7555 m) and Annapurna IV (7545m) are visible from this point and the gigantic glacier of Machhapuchhre makes its presence felt. The Annapurna Region has many treks and the Annapurna Base Camp trek is 10 days perfect walking itinerary in regional cost and  we provide first-class services.
Exploring Annapurna ranges

The next leg of the trek will take you to Annapurna base camp (4130m), located at the heart of a natural amphitheater, a picture that will remain with you forever. The sunrise is another view to cherish, as it gradually illuminates the peak of Annapurna I (8091 m). Whilst on this massive glacier, you can orchestrate a snowball fight or build a snowman. The last highlight of this trek is to return the same way until you reach Chhomrong village. Just 20 minutes from the lodge at Jhinu Danda there are the natural hot spring, a gift from nature, in which to relax. Your last day of trekking will take you through Landruk village or Pothana Dhampus and onto your final destination at Phedi. You will travel to Pokhara by vehicle for about an hour and a half (18 kms). We have optional Itinerary select as you wish or if you need more or less days feel free. We will customize according to your date.

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List of Trekking Gear: Sleeping Bag, Down Jacket, Long sleeved shirt, Jumper or fleecy jacket, T-shirts, Trekking shoes or boots, Comfortable shoes for around the camp, Wool socks, Light cotton socks, Rucksack, Sun hat, Wool hat, Gloves, Sun block, Goggles or sunglasses, Long underwear, Insulated pants, Nylon windbreaker, Nylon wind pants, Water bottle, Sewing kit Medical and first aid kit, Flashlight, Batteries and bulbs, Swiss army knife, Towel and toiletries. Carry your important medicine: Medicine is very important if you have any disease you must carry the medicine with you. I mean “prevention is better than care” mountain region we can’t find any health care, clinic, and hospital if there is clinic you may not get according to your problem medicine. So, I humble request please prepare if you are continually taking the any medicine please. It is very important but our company will provide something first aid kit bag normally as headache, fever, stomach problem as diarrhea, cough & cool some bandage, tape & Diamox for high altitude sickness etc.
  • Day 01

    Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

    After arriving in Kathmandu, a representative from Himalayan Glacier will pick us up from the airport and take us to our hotel. In the afternoon, we may take a rest or visit Himalayan Glacier’s office. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Himalayan Glacier. For dinner, you will be served authentic Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the country’s food culture. Overnight in Kathmandu.
  • Day 02

    Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek Preparation

    Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu which are also listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. We visit the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath), which is also one of the largest stupas in the world. At noon, we get our equipment checked by our climbing leader, get introduced to fellow participants, and discuss our trip at Himalayan Glacier’s office. Overnight in Kathmandu.
  • Day 03

    Drive to Khudi (800m/2,624ft): 7- 8 hours

    We start our journey into the hills on a winding road along the Trishuli River. On the way we admire terraced farms and beautiful huts. After reaching a juncture at Mugling, we move straight ahead towards Pokhara. At Dumre, we leave the previous trail and head north to Besisahar. A half-an-hour's drive from Besisahar takes us to Khudi, the starting point of our trek. Alternatively, we can get off at Besisahar, and then trek for an hour to get to Khudi along the wide trail. Khudi offers us a first glimpse of the gorgeous Manaslu range. Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 04

    Khudi to Sirung (2200m/7216 ft): 6 - 7 hours

    Our first day's walk involves crossing a few suspension bridges and waterfalls including several ascents and descents across rice paddies and a subtropical forest. Initially, the walk is gradual but is then followed by steeper trails. The mountains that we see from Khudi seem a lot closer now. Before reaching Sirung village we pass an ethnic Tamang settlement of Taranche. We admire close-up views of Nadi Chuli and Manaslu mountains from Sirung. Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 05

    Sirung to Jagat (1,300m/4265ft): 6 - 7 hours

    We leave Sirung for Jagat on a relatively easy trail. We leave behind the terraces of the village and hit forest, ferns and woodland. On the forest trail we spot a variety of birds. We also pass through several small villages and a few temples on the way. We cross a suspension bridge over Sangu Khola at Mipra then again at Syange over the Marshyangdi River. There is also a waterfall nearby the bridge. Now our trail moves alongside the mighty Marshyangdi River and we cross one more bridge before reaching Jagat. Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 06

    Jagat to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft): 7-8 hours

    After breakfast, we slowly begin our trek today. The trail from Jagat descends until it reaches the river and then continues through a lush forest. Further ascent leads to sharp-edged cliff facing the riverbank. En route, Chyamje comes into picture amidst the glorious backdrop of towering Annapurna mountain ranges. After crossing a suspension bridge, we climb steeply towards the slippery and physically challenging path to Sattale. On treading along a succession of rock-strewn trails, we descend to a grassy riverbank that leads to Tal. As we walk away from Tal, the path becomes rugged and winding. Then we approach steeply-forested village of Karte. Meandering along the waterfalls and cliffs, we finally reach Dharapani after crossing a suspension bridge. Overnight in Dharapani. Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 07

    Dharapani to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft): 5 - 6 hours

    Today we walk through a few forested ridges on our way to Chame, which is the headquarters of the Manang District. Throughout the trek we can admire amazing views of the Himalayas including Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m/24,688ft). On today’s trek we also come across small hot springs where we can dip in and soothe our aching muscles. Overnight in Chame. Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 08

    Chame to Pisang (3,300m/10824ft): 5 - 6 hours

    A steep and narrow path through a very dense forest will bring us to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. This is probably the steepest part of the Marshyangdi Valley, so steep that the trail is carved into the vertical rock. After passing this last bit of rock, the valley opens up with majestic vistas. And right where the valley widens stands the Paungda Danda, a massive sloping rock face that rises over 5,000ft (1500m) above the trail. We trek for a while before reaching Lower Pisang where we spend the night. Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 09

    Pisang to Manang : 6 - 7 hours

    There are two routes to Manang but we follow the trail that takes us to Upper Pisang via Geru. This trail guarantees excellent views of the beautiful landscape and the mighty mountains including Annapurna and Pisang. We begin to notice a contrast in the landscape and vegetation from today. The cold and dry climate also creates a much harsher environment. Our short visit to Barge monastery, the largest monastery in the entire district of Manang will be memorable. Overnight at Manang. Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 010

    Manang: Acclimatization day

    In order to keep fit on the trails that follow, we keep ourselves busy today with a short hike to either Bhojo Gumba or Gangapurna Lake. If we have the energy, we can even hike to Vraga Village where we can visit the Himalayan Rescue Association which will give us some idea about Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Overnight in Manang. Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 011

    Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft): 3 - 4 hours

    From Manang village, the trail crosses a stream, climbs to a village of Tenki and continues to climb out of the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. The trail follows this valley northward, passing a few pastures and a scrub of juniper trees, as it steadily gains elevation. The trail further passes near the small village of Ghunsa, a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trailhead. Now the trail goes through meadows where horses and yaks graze. After crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, the trail passes an ancient old Mani wall in a pleasant meadow and then reaches another small village of Yak Kharka. Overnight at Yak Karka. Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 012

    Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m/15,092ft): 3 - 4 hours

    It is an uphill walk to Thorang Phedi. After walking for some time we cross a suspension bridge and reach Ledar village. We ascend furthermore and pass through towering cliffs before reaching Thorang Phedi, the last village before Thorong La pass. On this trip we are rewarded with one of the best views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan. The word Phedi in Nepalese is referred to as the foot of a mountain. Overnight in Thorong Phedi. Overnight in Thorang Phedi. Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 013

    Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m/12,467ft) via Thorong La pass (5416m/17764ft): 7 - 8 hours

    Crossing Thorong La pass, one of the highest passes in the world, will be our ultimate objective today. We will be crossing the pass from east to west (Manang to Muktinath) which is the easiest and safest direction. We get up around three in the morning and walk up the mountain. When we finally make it to the top, we realize that our journey was worth it. We can take a few photos before heading to Muktinath Valley at the foot of the Thorong La pass. Overnight in Muktinath. Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 014

    Muktinath to Marpha (2,670m/8,760ft): 4 - 5 hours

    Muktinath is an important pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhists alike. In the morning, we pay our visit to a Vishnu Temple and a Gompa. Descending from Ranipauwa village down the steep and barren hillside, we tumble down toward Kagbeni and then to Jomsom finally arriving at Marpha. The trail today is quite surreal as we trek along a plateau above Kali Gandaki River, the world's deepest gorge. The barren landscape of this area resembles Tibet. Marpha is also famous as the apple capital of Nepal where one can enjoy different items made from apple. The local apple brandy of Marpha is famous all over Nepal. Overnight at Marpha. Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 015

    Marpha to Kalopani (2,530 m/8,300 ft): 5 - 6 hours

    From Marpha, we take a new route toward Kalopani via Chokhopani village. Today, we come across traditional villages of the ethnic Thakali people. Also, we get to see beautiful apple gardens. From here we get panoramic views of Dhaulagari, Tukuche, Nilgiri, Fang and Annapurna I mountains. From Chokhopani, we continue to Kokhethanti. We cross a river and come across the newly constructed road site before reaching Kalopani. Overnight at Kalopani. Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 016

    Kalopani to Tatopani (1,200m/3,937ft): 6 - 7 hours

    Our journey today is mostly downhill. During the early part of today’s trek, we cross the bridge at Ghasa. As we drop to lower elevations, we emerge back into subtropical forests, lush with vegetation. Our trail continues along Rupse Chahara (waterfall). We continue down the east bank from Kopchepani via Garpar to a bridge at Dana. At Narchyang Besi, we get to see a powerhouse that supplies electricity in the area. There are bigger villages in this area where we can observe the everyday lives of the local people. Upon reaching Tatopani, we relax and have a bath in the hot spring. Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 017

    Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft): 7 - 8 hours

    We leave the Kali Gandaki and head up the Ghar Khola valley. The trail leads us through a terraced farmland with mountains all around. We pass through the villages of Shikha and Chitre before reaching a beautiful rhododendron forest. When in bloom the rhododendron trees with its average height of up to 100" will be covered with pink or red flowers. Walking further we reach Ghorepani, a beautiful village located at a ridge top. Overnight in Ghorepani.
  • Day 018

    Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani (2,700m/8,860ft): 6 - 7 hours

    To catch the sunrise over the Himalayas, we make an early morning climb along the steep trail to the viewpoint of Poon Hill (3,210m/10,529ft), the most popular trekking destination of the Annapurna region. It is also a great viewpoint to enjoy the amazing views of Mustang, Pokhara and more than 20 of the highest mountains including the close-up views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The snowy peaks of the high mountains loom above and around us glowing in the morning light. After taking photographs, we return back to Gorepani. After breakfast, we head east and climb a nearby ridge. We descend through rhododendron forests, pass by spectacular waterfalls and reach Tadapani to spend the night. Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 019

    Tadapani to Pokhara (827m/2,789ft) via Ghandruk: 5 - 6 hours trek, 1 hour drive

    From Tadapani, we make a steep descent through the dense and dark forest. This part of the trek will be through a thick forest of old rhododendron trees. When the rhododendron trees are in bloom, these forests actually turn into amazing gardens. By afternoon, depending upon the season of travel, we also get to enjoy cherry blossoms in bloom on the slopes on the other side of the ravine. After trekking a few more minutes, we enter the village of Ghandruk, a slope settlement with stone houses mostly inhabited by the Gurung people. Here, we enjoy the stunningly close-up towering views of Fishtail, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli mountains. We continue our trek to Nayapul from where we drive to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara. Included meals:Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 020

    Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 5-6 hours

    After breakfast, we say goodbye to the beautiful lake city of Pokhara and drive towards Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu, we have the rest of the day off to rest or do some souvenir shopping. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu. Included meals:Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 021

    Final departure

    Our adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! A Himalayan Glacier representative will escort us to the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On our way home, we have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal. Included meals:Breakfast

Additional Information

I had an amazing time doing Annapurna Circuit trek with Himalayan Glacier which we did in small team of three trekkers.
Annapurna Circuit is an amazing trek, while you pass through villages going each day higher, the climate, landscape and scenery changes, it provides very diverse views. The culmination point of the trek  that everyone awaits with excitement and a bit of anxiety is crossing through Thorung La Pass, 5416m high. I cant put into words how great experience it is.I will try to summarise key points below regarding Himalayan Glacier:
1) From the first moments Himalayan Glacier was very responsive to all our questions and proposal and allowed us for modifications to proposed itinerary
2) We received a lot of pre-trip information and had a meeting with the guide before the trip begun, guide was also available to help to do any last minute equipment shopping
3) We had an amazing guide Sudarsanam, very friendly, with good sense of humour, great characted. What is imortant, he had deep knowledge of all the mountains around so we basically knew what peaks we are looking at at all times
4) Safety was priority and guide did monitor weather conditions, on a day we got  a bit of snow storm we did wait to see how the weather will develop before we decided to progress
5) Our guide/porters would always ensure we would get the best accomodation in given place. Only once during entire trek we would not have a toilet attached to the room, which is quite essential if you keep drinking litres of water throughout the day 😉
6) One of the things that won our hearts the most was helicopter ride from Jomsom to Pokhara. Our plane flight got cancelled and Himalayan Glacier managed to instead put us on helicopter to Pokhara, saving us from having to spend entire day in the jeep, and most of all giving us an amazing scenic flight which was quite an experience!
7) On the return to Kathmandu company invited us for a dinner and drinks with guides and managers which turned out to be a great night out
8) Guide also came to say goodbye on the day of our final return which was super sweat.
Overally, I built great connections with guide, porters and the company. I felt very reassured that company could handle unforseen circumstances like the flight cancelation. I have a huge trust in Himalayan Glacier and will definitely book with them again when returning to Nepal, which will happen soon.

Route Map

Route Map
  • Airport pickup and drop off by private vehicle.
  • Two nights in your selected Kathmandu hotel with breakfast before trek one nights and after trek one night.
  • Two nights in Pokhara Hotel with breakfast before trek one night and after trek one night.
  • All meals during the trek (lunch, dinner, breakfast and tea or coffee).
  • Accommodation in lodges during the trek.
  • One English speaking government trained license holder and well informative trekking guide.
  • Necessaries porter for carry your luggage.
  • All expenses for guide and porters – meals, accommodation, salary, equipment, insurance, transportation (bus/flights) etc.
  • First Aid kit bag.
  • Government and local area taxes where applicable.
  • Return transportation from Kathmandu to Pokhara by tourist bus or by flight.
  • Pokhara to Phedi and Nayapul to Pokhara by private vehicle.
  • TIMS card fees (Trekking Information Management System).
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project entry fees. (See the ‘Permits link’ under ‘Trekking Info’ for current fees)
  • Nepalese entry visa fee. (See the ‘Visa Information’ link under ‘Trekking Info’ for current fees)
  • Travel insurance.
  • Soft and alcoholic drinks (mineral water, hot water, coke, fanta, beer, spirits, etc).
  • Snacks (Chocolate, biscuits etc).
  • Hot water, hot shower, heater charge, battery charge, phone calls and laundry service.
  • Donation, tips and personal expenses.
  • Emergency evacuation and medical equipment.
  • Hire equipment and other personal items (sleeping bag, down jacket, hiking boots camera, toilet rolls etc).
  • In case of natural calamities i.e. political unrest, cancellation of flight due to weather, landslides, etc, the extra charge will be borne by themselves.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

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