Annapurna Base Camp Trek:
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek culminates at a natural amphitheatre surrounded by some of the most spectacular Himalayan peaks. At the beginning of the trek, Machhapuchare (fish-tail peak) and Annapurna South dominate the horizon. Later, Annapurna I rises over 8,000m into the sky to captivate trekkers. Despite being called the Annapurna Base Camp, most expeditions on Annapurna I choose to establish a base camp on the other side of the mountain near the Annapurna Circuit trail.
The trek passes through several Gurung villages. The Gurung people are one of sixty ethnic groups in Nepal. They are the predominant race recruited in the famous Gurkha regiments. In the beginning, the trek goes through terraced rice fields climbing up and down the infamous Gurung staircases. The trail gradually ascends to old growth and bamboo forests.
This is a great first time trek in Nepal. Come join us on this spectacular journey! Experience the culture and hospitality of the Gurung people! There are two versions of the classic Annapurna Trek – the other being the Annapurna Circuit Trek.
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- Explore monasteries and palaces in the Kathmandu valley.
- Engage with locals as you trek through numerous Gurung villages.
- Savor daily views of some of the highest mountains on earth.
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Fly into Pokhara. Begin Trek.
Day 04 to Day 09: Ascend gradually to Annapurna Base Camp.
Day 10 to Day 13: Descend to Phedi where trek ends. Drive to Pokhara.
Day 14: Fly to Kathmandu.
Day 15: Final departure.
Day 01 - Kathmandu
Arrive Kathmandu. You will be met on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport. Transfer to Hotel. Day Free. Enjoy welcome dinner. Briefing during group dinner. Overnight Hotel Tibet or similar. (Dinner)
Day 02 - Kathmandu
Visit Pashupatinath, Nepal's most sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva, with its two-tiered golden roof and silver door. Here, you'll likely witness a Hindu cremation along the banks of the Bagmati River.
Then drive to Bhaktapur, the City of Devotees, for lunch and a tour of the royal palace square. Bhaktapur is a medieval city in the Kathmandu valley and is least disturbed by modern life. Here, you can absorb the architectural splendor of the five-storied Nyatapola temple, or the sculptural delight of the Peacock Window. Overnight Hotel Tibet or simlar. (Breakfast and Lunch)
Day 03 - Kathmandu to Ghandrung (6,400ft./1,950m)
Transfer to the domestic terminal at Kathmandu airport. Fly to Pokhara (approx 30 minutes). After arriving at Pokhara (2,640ft/800m), transfer by private 4 x 4 vehicle to the starting point of the trek at Kimche driving for about 2 hours on paved road and for about an hour on jeep track. The 1 - 2 hour trail to Ghandrung is steep. Overnight Lodge. (All meals)
Day 04 - Ghandrung to Chomrong (6,900ft./2,090m)
Trek through terraced fields to Kimrong Danda (7,425ft/2250m). Descend steeply through forest, to the Kimrong Khola. After lunch ascend steeply to another Gurung village of Chomrong. Chomrong is the highest permanent settlement in the valley, although there are tea-houses beyond this point. Overnight Lodge. (All meals)
Day 05 - Chomrong to Bamboo (7,600ft./2,310m)
Leaving behind permanent settlements, follow the Modi Khola valley towards the Annapurna Sanctuary. Overnight Lodge. (All meals)
Day 06 - Bamboo to Himalaya (9,375ft./2,840m)
Enter rhododendron and oak forest and continue to ascend gradually. The trail continues through stands of bamboo, and beyond avalanche chutes and a few landslides to Himalaya Hotel. Overnight Lodge. (All meals)
Day 07 - Himalaya to Machhapuchhare Base Camp (12,200ft./3,700m)
Today, you will find yourself above the tree line. The mountain views from here are marvelous: Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I (8,091), Annapurna III (7,555m), Gangapurna (7,454m), and Machhapuchhare are all visible from here. Spend your afternoon enjoying the spectacular scenery of these peaks. Overnight Lodge. (All meals)
Day 08 - Machhapuchhare Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp (13,625 ft./4,130m)
It is approximately 2 hours trekking to Annapurna Base Camp – a collection of four hotels on a hillock. The views of the south face of Annapurna is fabulous from ABC! Overnight Lodge. (All meals)
Day 09 - Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo
Wake early to witness sunrise on the Annapurnas, a glorious event! Today is all downhill. After lunch, you re-enter the bamboo forest. Overnight Lodge. (All meals)
Day 10 - Bamboo to Chomrong (6,900ft./2,090m)
Continue down through the forest to Chomrong. Overnight Lodge. (All meals)
Day 11 - Chomrong to Jhinu
Today is a short day of about 2 hours to Jhinu. We start out late and arrive Jhinu for lunch in time to take a dip in the Jhinu natural hotsprings. Overnight Lodge. (All meals)
Day 12 - Jhinu to Pothana (9,100ft./2,775m)
Descend to the river and begin ascent to the Pothana ridge. Overnight Lodge. (All meals)
Day 13 - Pothana to Pokhara (6,800ft./1,250m)
Descend to Phedi. Drive back to Pokhara. Overnight at Hotel Temple Tree. (Breakfast and Lunch)
Day 14 - Pokhara to Kathmandu
Mid-afternoon flight back to Kathmandu. Day free in Kathmandu. Farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight Hotel Tibet or similar. (Breakfast and Dinner)
Day 15 - Final Departure
After breakfast, transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your final departure. (Breakfast)
COST AND INCLUSIONS
Per Person Price - valid till December 31, 2018
1 person: $2,795 USD (Includes Single Supplement)
2 - 4 persons: $2,495 USD per person
5 or more persons: $2,350 USD per person
Single Supplement: $300 USD
- $250 per person discount available on May, June, January and February departures.
- $150 per person discount on November and December departures.
- Contact us for private departures for two or more participants.
(Did you know that the price for Grand Asian Journeys’ Everest Base Camp Trek is about 30% less expensive than other major US outfitters’ prices? It’s because we run a Nepal office and have direct access to the best rates and most reliable staff – without the middleman. Other outfitters sell the same trek package for an inflated price. Just ask our previous clients and they’ll tell you we provide more for less.)
Price does not include:
- Expert pre-trip advice and detailed information
- Motivated, well-cared-for staff
- All airport transfers
- Two full days sightseeing in Kathmandu as indicated in the itinerary and entrance fees to monuments.
- 3 nights twin sharing hotel accommodation at Hotel Tibet (3 star) in Kathmandu
- 1 night twin sharing hotel accommodation at Temple Tree Resort (4 star) in Pokhara
- Round trip airfare: Kathmandu to Pokhara
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary
- Lodge trekking as indicated in the itinerary
- Three meals a day
- Boiled water for your bottles three times a day
- Guide and staff wages, equipment and meals
- Guide and staff insurance
- Annapurna Conservation Area Fee
- Trekkers Information Management Card
- Your international airfare
- Nepal Visa
- Meals not indicated in the itinerary
- Tips and gratuities
- Personal equipment (a suggested list will be mailed to you)
- Travel insurance (Required)
- Other expenses of a personal nature
DATES AND AVAILABILITY
26 November - 11 December
03 - 17 December
05 - 20 March
19 March - 03 April
02 - 17 April
23 April - 08 May
07 - 22 May
08 - 23 October
29 October - 13 November
12 - 27 November
19 November - 04 December
03 - 18 December
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