Best Time for this trip:
February to May and Mid-September to December
Annapurna Base Camp or Sanctuary Trekking- leads to a natural amphitheater that is used asthe base camp from which climbers start on their way to conquer the Annapurna Mountaintop. The Annapurna Mountain reaches 8091 meters, and the base camp's altitude is 4130 meters above sea level.
This is one of the most popular trips in Nepal that combine Kathmandu valley, Pokhara and trekking - easy to moderate walking with majestic scenery and a mix of cultures unmatched by other treks in Nepal. The trekking route provides an interesting variety, ranging from lowland villages to outstanding high mountains, and breathtaking views of the Annapurna range. The trek passes through picturesque Gurung villages, terraced rice fields, rhododendron forest and beautiful landscapes. This, together with spectacular views of Mt. Machhapuchre (Mt. Fish Tail, the virgin peak), Fang, Annapurna-3, Gangapurna and Huinchuli. The trail finally stumbles across moraines and reaches Annapurna Sanctuary from where you will see undeniably beautiful and unimaginable 360 degree views of the Annapurna mountain ranges.
Please read below itinerary for more details about this trip.
DAY 01 – ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU
Upon arrival at the airport, met and greet transfer to hotel.
DAY 02 – KATHMANDU
Guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu; old palaces, Swoyambhunath stupa (the Monkey Temple) and Patan Durbar Squares…
DAY 03 – KATHMANDU – POKHARA – TREKKING (DHAMPUS)
We take an early morning scenic drive by car/coach to Phedi via Pokhara (6-7 hrs). Phedi will be the starting point for our ABC trek. Afternoon, we will start climbing to a ridge by traversing fields and forest and following a stone staircase, we reach to a small Hindu temple and then a short climb which will take us to Dhampus village.
DAY 04 – DHAMPUS - LANDRUNG (5 HRS)
After an early breakfast, we start our trek through the rhododendron forest and trails paved with stones and take a steep climb to Pothana village (2000 m). The path slowly ascends until we reach Bhichowk Deorali (2149 m) from here we can see the view of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. We then take a steep descend to Modi Khola and gently climb to a ridge and take short descend to village of Tokla (1810 m). There are further ups and downs and crossing a stream on a suspension bridge takes us to our today' destinationLandrung, a Gurung settlement village (1620 m).
DAY 05 - LANDRUNG - CHOMRONG (4-HRS)
As usual, we start early morning we now descend and take a north route to Chomrong traversing alongside rice terraces, then through forests and follow the river bed leads us to New Bridge. The trail crosses on a suspension bridge and a stiff climb to Jhinu Danda (1760 m). There is a hot natural spring which takes 15 minutes downhill. Again trail climbs a long and steeps atop treeless ridge and the trail rounds a bend and enters the famous market village of Chomrong. The village controls the entry to the sanctuary and offers the first clear view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre (Fish Tail).
DAY 06 - CHOMRONG – HIMALAYA (5-6 HRS)
Today we walk through the 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. From Dhovan it will take an hour to the Himalaya (2873 m).
DAY 07 - HIMALAYA - MACHHAPUCHHRE BASE CAMP (3720 M) - 4-5 HRS
The trail 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 mo