Annapurna Base Camp

FROM £ 1258

Annapurna Base Camp is one of the most memorable viewpoints in Nepal. This trek gets you into the high mountains in a relatively short time without the extreme
altitudes of the Everest region. Taking us up to Annapurna Base Camp, aka ‘Throne of the Gods’ or the ‘Annapurna Sanctuary’, we are girdled by the majestic peaks of the range. The south face rears itself high up above us. Moreover, some of the more visible routes up its sheer southern face can be traced from the ground.

First, the trek takes us to Poon Hill for one of the most spectacular sunrise views in Nepal. After that, we trek across to the gates of the Sanctuary. This is a narrow valley which ascends through a variety of scenery including terraced farmland, rhododendron and dwarf bamboo forests to the higher alpine pastures. We have time to explore the base camp area before returning to Pokhara.

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  • Departure

    Depart UK

    • Arrival

      Arrive in Kathmandu. Rest of the day is free to explore the local sights.

      • Birethanti

        An early start as we leave the Kathmandu City and drive westwards. We pass through Pokhara and continue driving to our trek starting point at Naya Pul, having a short walk of half an hour to Birethanti village alongside river.

        • Ulleri 2073m

          We start our day following the Burungdi Khola upstream to Tirkhedunga. From here the trail gets steeper and takes us up a long stone staircase past beautiful terraced fields to Ulleri.

          • Ghorepani 2850m

            Today we continue walking uphill through rhododendron forests to Ghorepani (2855m), overlooked by the Annapurnas, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhare.

            • Tadapani 2520m

              This morning we get up early for the hour’s walk up to the summit of Poon Hill to witness the spectacular sunrise. Thought to be one of the most magnificent viewpoints in the Himalaya we can see all the way from Dhaulagiri to the mighty Annapurna Range and across to Machhapuchhare, the ‘Fishtail’ and further to Lamjung Himal – a sight not to be missed. Returning to Ghorepani we have a leisurely breakfast and then head off through rhododendron forests (beautiful in spring) to Banthanti. Continuing on through the forest we stay tonight at Tadapani (2700m), a small clearing in the forest with wonderful views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhare.

              • Chomrong 2170m

                Leaving Tadapani we continue walking through the forest. The trail descends steeply to a small river and then we have a steep climb up past a few small settlements to Chomrong. Chomorong is a well kept Gurung village famous for its slated roofed houses and neat slate pathways.

                • Dovan 2600m

                  Today we enter the Annapurna Sanctuary area – a narrow valley which will lead us to the base camp. From Chomrong the trail descends on a stone staircase to the river. We then have a steep climb up to Sinuwa. The trail then undulates through dwarf bamboo and rhododendron forest all day to our night halt at Dovan , set in a small clearing in the forest.

                  • Machhapuchhare Base Camp 3700m

                    We continue up the valley and eventually emerge above the tree line. The trail gets steeper and climbs up a rocky landscape with the peaks tempting us in the distance. Eventually the full grandeur of the mountains appear and we arrive at the small lodges at Machhapuchhare Base Camp.

                    • Annapurna Base Camp

                      It’s only a two hour walk to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) and as we slowly ascend we can enjoy the magnificent scenery. We are now in the heart of the Annapurna Sanctuary, a huge amphitheatre enclosed by snow-capped peaks including Hiunchuli (6440m), Annapurna South (7129m), Annapurna Fang (7647m), Annapurna I (8091m), Tent Peak (5663m), Gangapurna (7454m), Annapurna III (7555m) and Machhapuchhare (6993m). We spend the day here with plenty of time to enjoy the views and watch the spectacular sunset and sunrise.

                      • Bamboo

                        We retrace our steps down the valley to the lodges at Bamboo.

                        • Jhinnundanda

                          We continue on back to Chomrong, from where we head off on new ground, skirting around the lower flanks of Annapurna South to reach the small settlement of Jhinnundana This is famous for its hot springs, which are approximately 20mins walk from the lodge.

                          • Pokhara (2986m)

                            A long walk today as we descend to the Modi Khola and follow the river downstream to Birethanti. We walk for another 30mins to Naya Pul from where we drive our way back to Pokhara and stay in a simple guest house for the night. Pokhara is set by a beautiful lake and we can have dinner in one of the many lakeside restaurants.

                            • Fly to Kathmandu

                              Fly to Kathmandu. We should have some time in the morning to explore the lakeside resort of Pokhara before the afternoon flight back to Kathmandu.

                              • Depart

                                Depart Katmandu

                                What is included in the price?

                                • Accommodation (4 Nights Hotel, 10 Nights Camping)
                                • Guide (English speaking local Leader)
                                • Transfers (All transfers and Sightseeing as per the itinerary)
                                • Domestic Flights (Pokhara-Kathmandu one way flight)
                                • Meals (Breakfast included)

                                What is not included in the price?

                                • Visa Charges
                                • Insurances
                                • Tips for the local staff
                                • Lunches and Dinners

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