- Many endangered flora and fauna such as snow leopards, Himalayan Thar, and tigers dwell this region where you might encounter along the trail.
- At Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 meters) trekker are surrounded on four sides by remarkable dazzling snow blanketed peaks. I.e the white massive Annapurna & its sisters Annapurna Fang, Annapurna III, and Annapurna South. Also get an opportunity to observe mesmerizing views of Gangapurna, Hiunchuli, Khangsar Kang and Machapuchare.
- Breathtaking vistas of sunrise and panoramic mountain views from Poonhill
- Marvelous opportunity to discover the unique Gurung and Magar culture wonder.
- There is a natural hot spring near Jhinu Danda, you can cleanse yourself spiritually in natural hot springs with bathing areas in the lap of the mountains. Locals believe that the waters have a healing quality that eases away your aches and pains.
Annapurna Base Camp also known as Annapurna Sanctuary Treks is one of the famous and admired trekking destinations for trekkers around the globe. Nestled at the heart of Annapurna Himalayas of the Great Himalaya range, Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m) of Nepal is the 10th highest mountain in the globe and the trek to its base camp is at an elevation of 4,130 m.
To get to the Annapurna Base Camp, trekker treks through several hamlets of diverse ethnic societies having varied cultures and lifestyles with blanketed forests of rhododendron, oak, and a wide range of wildflowers. If you are trekking during spring, the forest is dominated by vibrant rhododendron and fragrant wildflowers along the trail.
Therefore, the Annapurna Base Camp trekking ensures to offer you innumerable episodes of natural variety with majestic snow-clad Mountain View and tranquil landscape. Along the trail, you will find the melodious sounds of a varied range of birds, waterfall rumbles, and monkeys chatter from the tree which gives us the imprint of being in a wonderland.
You can also experience and explore the distinctive local culture and lifestyle of different ethnic groups including Gurung and Magar who have resided in this region for a long time.
If you are looking for the best trek with your children or planning for a family trek, individual or groups then Annapurna Base Camp Trekking is an ideal and wonderful destination that allows you to feel the liveliness of the Himalayan peaks.
You will be close to the immense Himalayan peaks where you and children can enjoy the golden sunrise view over the mountain. Trekking through the beautiful forest, admiring the beauty of snow-clad peaks, ethnic hospitality, and their culture during the trek to ABC will definitely offer you a lifetime experience.
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Note: below trekking hours, altitudes and distances are approximate, and absolutely for the general idea only.
- Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1,302m/4,270ft)
Upon arrival at Tribhuwan International airport, our representative will be awaiting you to welcome with Nepal Sanctuary Treks placard. You will be then escorted and transfer to hotel. Further details and short preliminary briefing will be provided after transferring to the hotel. Stay overnight in Hotel.
Arrival at charming and exotic city engrossed with ancient temples and tradition. Fused with lively markets and the bustle of spice sellers and merchants.
- Day 02: Optional local market tour and explore World's UNESCO Heritage sites
After breakfast, we will start our fresh morning by wandering Ason and Indrachowk marketplaces to get a glimpse of traditional Nepalese life. You’ll witness the bustle of the market, see how locals purchase the products and haggle for a bargain. Whilst walking around enjoy the lively and vibrant atmosphere this local market has to offer.
We walk through a narrow alley and see people rushing. Observe the first hand the local produce people from Nepal actually purchase. You will also take in the sights and smells of the market. Your friendly tour guide will explain in full detail all the products and procedures you will see. There is plenty of opportunities to buy something for your selves and lots of photo opportunities to capture in your camera.
Next, we head towards Kathmandu Durbar Square, also called Hanuman Dhoka Durbar, and used to be the residence of the Nepali royal family and administrators. This ancient sites situated in the traditional heart of Kathmandu that incorporates an architecturally extraordinary complex of ancient palaces, temples, courtyards, and shrines dating from the 15th to the 18th century.
The most revered places of Kathmandu Durbar Square is the three-storied temple named Kumari Bahal. The structured like a typical Newari Vihara. In this house lives Kumari, a girl who is respected as the living goddess. During the festival of Indra Jatra, the Kumari is paraded around the square in a custom-built gilded chariot and worshipped by the people.
The tallest temple of Kathmandu valley ‘Taleju Bhawani’ built in 1549 AD. This temple is deliberated to be the most outstanding work of art in the Durbar square and considered to be the royal goddess.
Jagannath temple built in the 16th century is well-known for erotic carvings, and the Hanuman Dhoka (the royal palace) is situated in Kathmandu Durbar Square.
Kalbhairav is considered to be the destructor form of Lord Shiva. Built in the 17th century, this, 10 ft. high stone statue of terrifyingly portrayed Kal Bhairav is sited near Jagannath temple.
Temple of Shiva Parvati, rectangular in shape enshrines Nava Durga, a group of goddesses on the ground floor. It has a wooden image of Shiva and Parvati at the window of the upper floor looking out at passerby in Durbar Square.
You are then taken to Swayambhunath (monkey temple) which is the magnificent ancient religious architecture and center faith of Hinduism and Buddhism. Its lofty white dome and dazzling golden spire are visible from far and wide. Upon arriving at the top, you can hear the Buddhist songs “Om Mani Padme Hum” resound everywhere. The candles and the aromatic fragrance of incense that burns constantly create a serene vibe, and we can turn the enormous prayer wheels which encircle the stupa.
Buddhist shrine of Boudhanath, one of the largest stupa in Nepal as well as the sacred Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. You will observe the monk chant in the prayer hall while people lighting butter lamps and reciting mantras. You can see the vibrant prayer flags tied
to the stupa that conveys mantras and prayers into the universe while fluttering in the wind. Traditionally, prayer flags come in sets of five, one in each of five colors. The five colors signify the elements and the Five Pure Lights.
Further, we visit Pashupatinath temple, a Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva located on the bank of Bagmati River. You can see elaborately dressed holy men meditatingoutside the temple and pilgrims placing offerings at the shrines. You can also observe people performing the religious ritual and funeral pyres burn at open-air cremation.
After visiting fascinating cultural heritage sites, you will transfer back to Hotel. The evening can either be spent strolling the marketplaces in Kathmandu or resting at the hotel.
- Day 03: Fly to Pokhara (895m/2,938ft) – Nayapul (1,074m/3,525ft) - Ulleri 1,309m/4,296ft) 4hrs trek
You will be transferred to the airport and will take flight to Pokhara. From Pokhara we will drive to Nayapul from where our trek will start. We will meet our accompanying trekking crew there and after a short briefing about the trek we will leave for Birethati (1,025m/3,362ft) down the hill from Nayapul. Initial point at Naya Pul takes you through cozy rural villages and relatively easy slight uphill terrain to Hille following the Bhurungdi Khola River and crossing a few suspension bridges.
We pass more villages like Tikhedhunga and continue a path having 3,200 steep stone steps that will lead to getting our first view of Annapurna south and finally reach Ulleri by evening.
- Enjoy spectacular flight to Pokhara where you can see the Himalayan vista
- Pass through picturesque village and cultivated fields
- Day 04: Ulleri – Ghorepani (2,750m/9,022ft) 5hrs trek
After breakfast, we continue our trek to our next destination Ghorepani. It is believed that the village was named Ghorepani as in the past it used to be rest place for merchants where they found water for their horses, from where the name became ‘Ghora’ horse and ‘pani’ water.
This part of the trek is the challenging one; the trail is uneven as it leads hills to hill making the trekkers trek down hills and up hills too. We climb to the Ghorepani through stone stairs. As we take ascend you can see the beautiful scenery of Annapurna South. We walk through a forest filled with trees often in bloom and bamboo plants. You will be overwhelmed by uniqueness and tranquility of this spectacular region.
Trekking higher passing through Banthanti and Nagathanti (2,520m/8267ft) we will reach Ghorepani approximately within a couple of hours. We will rest at Ghorepani and prepare ourselves for the next day’s Poonhill trek.
The rhododendrons make the whole area a magical place during the spring season.
Ghorepani village presents panoramic backdrops of the surrounding mountains like Annapurna South and Nilgiri mountains.
Explore Ghorepani village and shop local products such as handbags and crafts
- Day 05: Ghorepani – Poonhill – Tadapani (2,590m/8,497ft) 6hrs trek
Today we rise up early and start climbing uphill for 45 minutes to see the sunrise from Poonhill. Once we reach at the elevation of 3210m and we will be greeted with clear panoramic views of several snow-capped mountains and peaks like Gangapurna Mountain, Annapurna South Mountain, and Annapurna I mountain, Dhaulagiri Mountain and the Hiunchuli Mountains with a magnificent sunrise.
After watching a beautiful view of mountains to all the directions of Poonhill we will return back to Ghorepani for breakfast and continue our trek that wends its way north along the ridge line of magnificent views of the Annapurna’s stretching out from east to west.
Continuing the trail we will descend steeply down to a small settlement and eventually the gorge where the trail enters an open area and descends again before our final uphill climb through dense forest to our destination at Tadapani.
- Enjoy close up vistas of several snow-capped mountains and peaks like Gangapurna Mountain, Annapurna South Mountain, Annapurna I mountain, Dhaulagiri Mountain and the Hiunchuli Mountains with a magnificent sunrise.
- Day 06: Tadapani – Chomrong (2,170m/7,119ft) 6 to 6 1/2 hrs trek
Our journey continues after a hot breakfast, in the morning. The trail leads down a steep hill and passing through a jungle of rhododendron trees to the village of Chomrong. You can hear the melodious chirping of birds. If you are trekking during spring, the entire forest is decorated with vibrant rhododendron flowers.
We continue our trek emerging out and into terraced fields to Kimrung Khola and cross the suspension bridge. Further, we trek to Gurjung, the trail ascends up after Gurjung village during 45 minutes then trek through leveled path all the way to Chomrong.
- Walk through forests and terraced fields of wheat, rice, and millet enjoying chirping of birds.
- Traverse suspension bridge.
- Stay overnight in picturesque village namely, Chomrong nestled right below the huge Annapurna massive
- Day 07: Chomrong – Himalayan (2,920m/9,580ft) 7 to 8 hrs trek
Today the trail descends to cross the Chomrong Khola, and then climb around into the Modi Khola valley up on to the main Sinno ridge high above the river. Through the trail, we will see rhododendron, oak and hemlock line the gorge, and the area is a delight for bird lovers.
After another two hours of trekking, mostly steep uphill, we reach the village of Sinuwa, the last town before Bamboo. We follow the valley climbing steadily uphill to Doban. Approximately, two hours later we reach our overnight destination called Himalayan.
- Walk along the river and through thick forest enjoying the melodious songs of birds
- View of rhododendron trees during the spring season
- Witness beautiful oak and hemlock line the gorge
- Day 08: Himalayan - Machapuchhre Base Camp (3,700m/12,139ft) 5hrs trek
With an early start, we continue our trek to our next destination Machhapuchre Base Camp. We continue through the Bamboo forest to Hinko cave, that leads us to narrow entrance, into a steep gorge until we pass through the “gates” of the sanctuary, formed by Hiunchuli on the left and Machapuchare on the right.
Hinko Cave is an enormous boulder that has nestled on the side of the steep mountain that gives some shelter for the goat and sheep herders in the summer and the occasional ABC trekker.
The panorama is magnificent and stunning peaks surround us. Above us on a ledge is Machhapuchre Base Camp where we will stop for the night. Avalanches are frequent phenomena on this section so extreme caution is advised.
- Panoramic view of the Fang, Gangapurna and Machhapuchhre peaks from close proximity
- Along the trail, you might encounter with native animals like musk deer, ghoral, and pheasant
- Pass through Hinko cave, a huge rock lies on the side of the steep mountain
- Trek through a thick bamboo forest.
- Day 09: Machapuchhre Base Camp – Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,549ft); 3 hrs trek
Today we start our climb early in the morning so we reach our destination before the clouds blow and block the views. More importantly, the risk of avalanches is at their lowest level during morning. The Base Camp nestled at the foot of the Annapurna Glacier’s lateral moraine. We climb for a few hours up gradual slopes to our lodge in the base camp. Reaching ABC provides any trekkers a weird blend of emotions: immense relief at finally arriving as well as pleasure at being so high. You will be encircled by marvelous views of massive Annapurna I 8091m, Annapurna South 7219m, Machhapuchhre (Mt. Fishtail) 6997m and several other wonderful peaks.
- Trek following the gigantic Annapurna South glacier towards Annapurna
- Surrounded by Spectacular Mountain like Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, Gandharva Chuli and other several peaks in all directions.
- Day 10: Annapurna Base Camp – Bamboo (2,335m/7,660ft) 6 – 7hrs trek
From Annapurana Base camp, we descend towards Bamboo, passing the Machhapuchhre Base camp, Deurali, Himalayan Hotel and Doban, The trek is almost the downhill all the way to Bamboo where we stay overnight.
- Walking through forest
- Day 11: Bamboo – Ghandruk (1,970m/6,463ft) 6 – 7hrs trek
Today’s trek is a long descending trek so we start off early; retracing the trail back to Chomrong village. From here, the trail climbs to a spur ridge. Entering Kimrong Khola valley the trail evens out for a while and the walking is easy.
We reach at the junction with the route from Ghorepani and just beyond the village of Kimrong, the trail suddenly drops in short, steep switchbacks, then through open rock-strewn fields to the ‘Gurung’ village of Ghandruk. We stay overnight in Ghandruk.
- Gurung people can arrange the Gurung attire if you wish to get photographed in traditional Gurung dress, male or female
- The evenings in the hub part resound to singing and traditional dancing that are arranged by the lodge-owners for guests
- Enjoy the marvelous backdrop of Annapurna South, Himchuli, Annapurna III, Machhapuchhre from Ghandruk village
- Day 12: Ghandruk– Nayapul –Pokhara, approx. 4hrs trek
We wake up in the morning seeing the beautiful Annapurna range, across the unspoiled meadows in peace environment that makes up an experience of a lifetime.
After hearty breakfast, we join the trail that descends downhill all the way to Birethati and back to Nayapul from where our trek started. As a vehicle will be waiting for us, we will return to Pokhara. Upon reaching Pokhara you will be overwhelmed with the tranquility of lakes and the radiance of the Himalayas escalating behind them that create a rhythm of harmony and magic.
- Once you arrive the vicinity of Pokhara , you are greeted with superb views of the mountains and you will be astounded by its sheer beauty and pristine charisma
- Day 13: Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu
After breakfast, we take a flight back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, our representative will transfer you to the hotel. You can spend the day rest or catch up on some last minute shopping or shop for some locally made handicrafts and souvenirs. Stay overnight in Hotel.
- Stroll the streets of Kathmandu, which provides a captivating mosaic of shops, cafes and restaurants, food markets and avenue vendors and bewildering collection of colorful temples and shrine
- Day 14: Back home
It is time to fly back to home keeping all the terrifying experiences of Nepal in mind.
The representative from Nepal Sanctuary Treks will transfer you to TIA airport where you should check-in 3 hours prior to your scheduled flight.
- Annapurna Base Camp situated inside the Annapurna conservation area (7,629 sq. km).
- Majority of Magar and Gurung reside in Annapurna region
- Annapurna conservation area encompasses 474 birds, 39 reptiles, 22 amphibian, 102 mammals, world deepest George and the rarest animal like Blue sheep, Himalayan Thar, red panda, snow leopard etc.
- Classic views of Annapurna I (8,091 m), Annapurna South (7,219 m), Machapuchhre (6,993 m) and Hiunchuli (6,441 m) from closer point
- Trekking trail is characterized by picturesque villages cascading waterfalls, terraced farmlands, rhododendron forests and mountain backdrops.
- Airport transfers,
- Private transfer to/from trek point
- Internal flight Ktm-Pkr-Ktm
- 3 nights accommodation at ***Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast,
- 1-night accommodation at ***Hotel in Pokhara with breakfast,
- Tea house accommodation during trek on full board
- Trek Permits & National Park Fee,
- Staff insurance on the trek,
- Trek guide & porter/s
- Duffel bag
What's not Included
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu, Pokhara (approx. US$ 20 per day)
- Personal equipment,
- Personal bills,
- International airfare
- Excess baggage beyond 15 kilos including day pack Visa fee: US$ 30 for 15 days and US$ 50 for 30 days multiple entries
- Insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects), Liability insurance
- Optional Kathmandu Sightseeing tour
Annapurna Pranam 2012: An Annual Visit from Students from Hong Kong International School, Hong Kong
Over the past four years I’ve been leading tours to Nepal for high school students from Hong Kong International School. Since we go to the Pokhara area, we call our group “Annapurna Pranam” or “At the Feet of Annapurna.” Each group of sixteen students and two teachers has focused on visiting schools and children’s homes. And each time we have tried to help Nepali students gain access to sources of information our students take for granted. We have provided laptops, Internet service, funds for computer labs, and part of the salary for a full time computer teacher. It is a mere drop in the bucket, but perhaps a few students have benefited.
Our week-long trips would not be possible without the expertise and experience of Nepal Sanctuary Trekking. From planning before the trips with Prasant and Tulsi to the on-the-spot attention to detail by the Sherpa guides and porters, the organization is smooth and flexible to our needs. We have nothing but praise and gratitude for the professionalism and personal care provided by Nepal Sanctuary Treks. I have been recommending that my friends, my colleagues – and anyone I hear is going there – contact Nepal Sanctuary Treks for any type of visit to fascinating Nepal!