About Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Our Annapurna Base Camp Trek takes you through the lap of Annapurna and Machhapuchhre. Because of its diversity in cultural and natural landscapes, it has remained a famous destination over the years. Trekking through the Annapurna region, you will get to experience the feeling of exploring the whole country because the trekking trail itself is diverse enough to represent the geography of Nepal. During the trek, enjoy vibrant forests of rhododendron and oak trees near the flowing rivers. You will get the exceptionally great views of high Himalayan peaks around each corner. One of the best sunrise/sunset viewpoints lies at Poon Hill, a memorable moment on our Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Annapurna Conservation Area also has a diverse range of flora and fauna. You get to witness a variety of wildlife and plants while trekking in this region. Apart from that, the warm hospitality of the Gurung and Magar community and other aspects of their culture and tradition make your trip unforgettable. Annapurna is the 10th highest mountain, and the feeling of standing at the foot of the mighty Annapurna and beholding the surrounding is priceless.
Another amazing thing to do during the trek is dipping into the hot springs of Jhinu surrounded by the forest. The Annapurna Base Camp Trek also gives you the opportunity to gain an insight into the lifestyle and culture of the indigenous Gurung and Magar people. Before the actual trek starts, you will also get to explore Kathmandu Valley and the charming lakeside city of Pokhara.
Route to Annapurna Base Camp
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek starts with a scenic bus ride to Pokhara. After a short ride to Nayapul on the next day, you will start your trek and head towards Hile. Then, you will trek towards Ghorepani and Tadapani via Poon Hill. Then, you will head towards Chhomrong and then to Dovan crossing Chhomrong Khola. The trail takes you to Deurali via Hotel Himalaya and finally to Annapurna Base Camp through Machhapuchhre Base Camp. Then, you will return to Bamboo tea house and to Jhinu Danda. The next day, you will head towards Nayapul and drive to Pokhara. The same bus ride will take you back to Kathmandu on day 13.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a moderately difficult trail. During this trip, most of the stops lie at an altitude lower than 3000 meters. Only for two days, you have to stay at an elevation higher than that. The most difficult thing to do during this trek is to walk for an average of 5-6 hours a day for 10 days. The trail, however, is well developed and well marked. You may also feel a bit daunting to climb the 3000 steps to Ulleri village on the 4th day. On the 9th day, you will walk a steep trail towards Annapurna Base Camp, so you need to proceed slowly and steadily.
Though this trek doesn’t strictly require strong preparation, it will help to have some trekking experience and cardio exercises a few weeks before the trip. The temperature during this trip will be bearable with some cold nights at high altitudes and during winter.
You will be provided with two types of accommodation in this package. During the trekking days, it is hard to find a luxurious place to stay at so you will stay in tea houses. Private rooms with single, double, triple or more sharing are available but you will have fewer options during peak seasons. Heaters are found in the dining halls, not in individual rooms.
During your days in Kathmandu and Pokhara, you will stay at a 3-star hotel.
Food and Water
Tea houses provide clean and healthy food. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided. Options include: Dal Bhat, potatoes, vegetables, cereals, eggs, rice, soup, pasta, noodles, etc. Water is provided in tea houses which you can fill into your bottles. If you want to use tap water, make sure to bring water purification pills.
In Kathmandu and Pokhara, your hotel will provide you breakfast. You can explore the variety of foods available in cities in different restaurants for lunch and dinner.