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Annapurna Mountain Range

ABC - Annapurna Basecamp Sanctuary Trek

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This captivating 16-day journey leads you through the enchanting Annapurna region and the Annapurna Basecamp Sanctuary - ABC. Dominating the region is the magnificent Annapurna Massif, a geological masterpiece. Its highest peak, Annapurna I, soars to an astonishing height of 8091 meters, making it a truly remarkable sight. But the beauty of this region doesn't stop there. The Annapurna Conservation Area Project, the first of its kind in Nepal, ensures the preservation of the area's diverse habitat. Considered a trek of moderate intensity, this extraordinary journey takes you through a myriad of Himalayan landscapes. Starting from Pokhara, you'll traverse through rhododendron forests and bamboo groves, immersing yourself in the rich cultures of the locals, all the way to the base camp of the world's 10th-highest mountain.
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Highlights
  • Visit Kathmandu, the temple city and capital of the Kingdom of Nepal
  • Get an up-close look at rural mountain life and meet local villagers
  • Experience Nepalese culture by staying in homestays and local lodges
  • Hike the spectacular Annapurna region in Nepal
  • See how serene Phewa Lake mirrors the surrounding peaks
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Activity Level: Ultimate
Requires the highest level of physical challenge and performance. Includes tours involving strenuous multi-day trekking or summit hikes. The majority of the hours in most days are physically active. Travelers will need intensive training in advance to meet the physical demands on these trips.
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Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

Welcome to the Himalayan country of Nepal. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, the representative welcomes you and assists you in transferring to your hotel in Kathmandu. After some time to refresh, you will be transferred to a traditional Nepalese restaurant in the heart of Kathmandu for a welcome dinner, a trip briefing, and an overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 2: Kathmandu

After breakfast, take a sightseeing tour through UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu City. Also known as Kantipur, the capital of Kathmandu is the hub of Nepal's art and culture. It is a place for rest, relaxation, and an easy day of sightseeing at historic and artistic temples and monuments. Kathmandu Durbar Square has an array of temples and ancient palaces of the former Nepali royals. This tour will enrich your experience of the centuries-old civilization. 

In the afternoon, drive to the holy place of Buddhists, Swayambhunath. This Buddhist Stupa sits atop a hill, and it is said to be around 2,000 years old. The main stupa is made of a solid hemisphere of brick and earth supporting a lofty conical spire crowned by a pinnacle of copper gilt. Painted on the four-sided base of the spire are the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. The hill of Swayambhu is a mosaic of small Chaityas and Pagoda temples. You’ll get a scenic view of Kathmandu from there.
 

Day 3: Fly to Pokhara

After breakfast, take an early morning flight to Pokhara and transfer to the hotel. Take some leisurely time to explore the surrounding lakeside areas and stay overnight at the Hotel.

Day 4: Pokhara | Nayapul | Trek to Tikhedhungga

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, after breakfast, your trekking guide will take you for an hour's drive to Naya Pul and commence your trek to Birethanti, a large and prosperous town beside the Modi River. Head up the main trail to Sudami, where you climb gradually up the side of the valley, reaching Hile (1495m) before pushing on to Tikhe Dhunga.

Overnight at a local mountain lodge.

Elevation: 1,577 m / 5,173 ft
Distance: 1 hr drive and approximately 4 hrs walk

 

Day 5: Trek to Ghode Pani

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, prepare for a long uphill with steep ascents on stone steps to Ulleri village and its astounding landscape and Himalayan scenery. Spend a pleasant day trekking through rhododendron and oak forests. The landscape will give you the inner power to climb up these steps and inspire you to walk more. After a few hours of walking with several breaks in between, you can enjoy the fantastic views of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalayan ranges.

Overnight at a local mountain lodge.

Elevation: 2,850 m / 9,350 ft
Distance: Approximately 5 - 6 hrs walk
 

Day 6: Poon Hill | Trek to Tadapani

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, an early morning start for a 40-minute hike up to Poon Hill. The route offers a glimpse of the pleasant rhododendron forest. A brilliant viewpoint provides you with an unobstructed sunrise over the high Himalayas and a wide range of panoramic scenery from the far western Himalayas of Dolpo, Mt. Dhaulagiri, and Annapurna, including Mt. Machhapuchre (Fish Tail) and Manasalu. After a fun day of hiking, head back to Ghorepani for breakfast before continuing to Tadapani for the night.

Overnight at a local mountain lodge.

Elevation: 2,540 m / 8,332 ft
Distance: Approximately 6 - 7 hrs walk

Day 7: Chhomrong

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Dropping down from Tadapani to the Kimrong Khola offers good views of the upper Modi valley. After crossing the suspension bridge, the trail follows to Gurjung village for your lunch stop. A further trek leads uphill for half an hour, and then you will arrive in Chhomrong Village (2,210m). Chhomrong village is the largest Gurung settlement in this valley and lies hidden at the very foot of Himal Chuli.

Overnight at a local mountain lodge.

Elevation: 2,210 m / 7,249 ft
Distance: Approximately 5 - 6 hrs walk

Day 8: Dovan

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, your trail descends to the Chhomrong Khola and leads us to a small place on Sinuwa Hill. After that, the trek enters the upper Modi Khola valley. After lunch, continue to trek down to Bamboo through an uninhabited forest area to Dovan for an overnight stay.

Overnight at a local mountain lodge.

Elevation: 2,600 m / 8,528 ft
Distance: Approximately 5 - 6 hrs walk
 

Day 9: Machhapuchre Base Camp

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, your day starts with the climb to the Himalayan Hotel (2840m). On the way, you can explore the Hinku cave, where the trail crosses a ravine and a major avalanche track. Just further is Deurali (3,000 m/9,840 ft) where we will stop for lunch. After lunch, the trail continues into the Machhapuchre Base Camp for an overnight stay with the closest view of the Machhapuchre along Annapurna I and Gangapurna.

Overnight at a local mountain lodge.

Elevation: 3,700 m / 12,139 ft
Distance: Approximately 4 - 5 hrs walk

Day 10: Annapurna Base Camp

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, this day will lead you into the heart of the Sanctuary at the Annapurna Base Camp for an overnight stay. The trail follows uphill for a few hours, passing a few roofless shepherd's huts along the side of a moraine. This area is windy, often snowbound, has superb scenery in the Himalayas, and is rarely seen. It is a stunning panoramic view of the snow-capped mountains surrounding you. You have a full day to explore and relax at base camp.

Overnight at a local mountain lodge.

Elevation: 4,130 m / 13,550 ft
Distance: Approximately 3 - 4 hrs walk

Day 11: Annapurna Base Camp | Bamboo

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, you wake up with a glimpse of the sunrise over Mt. Annapurna I. After an exhilarating morning, retrace your journey back to Bamboo for an overnight at one of the few guest houses here to serve trekkers. You can rest and relax in the evening with a memorable view of the many snow-capped peaks while enjoying dinner.

Overnight at a local mountain lodge.

Elevation: 2,300 m / 7,544 ft
Distance: Approximately 5 hrs walk

Day 12: Jhinu Danda

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, your route descends to Sinuwa Hill's continuous ascent to the Chhomrong before returning to the Khuldi Ghar. After lunch, the trek descends sharply towards the Jhinu, where you will spend the night. You may have a chance to visit the natural hot springs down by the stream and enjoy a hot bath.

Overnight at a local mountain lodge.

Elevation: 1,780 m / 5,859 ft
Distance: Approximately 5 - 6 hrs walk
 

Day 13: Nayapul | Pokhara

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today will be a long day of walking that follows the river Modi most of the way, reaching Landruk village. From here, the route follows the downhill path back to Syauli Bazaar. The walk is pleasant most of the way, following the Modi River until Birethanthi and an easy trek to Nayapul. Your adventure ends here, and you will be driving back to Pokhara for the night. From here you have completed the ABC trek! 

Elevation: 823 m / 2,700 ft
Distance: Approximately 6 - 7 hrs walk and 1 hr drive
 

Day 14: Fly to Kathmandu

After an incredible trek in the Himalayas, today is your flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu, the guide will transfer you to the hotel, where you can relax or explore the surrounding areas on your own. 

Day 15: Kathmandu

An early morning visit to a social community support project under the NGO READI. This program practices sustainable and responsible travel, so as a part of Community Social Responsibility (CSR), this will support the community school at Changunaryan. This program empowers people through education, raising awareness, sharing knowledge, and on-the-job training. At the local community level, mobilize local communities to enhance the people’s skill level through responsible and accountable (technical) training, communication, and computer education.

Day 16: Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast
Today is free for you to do any last-minute shopping for gifts or souvenirs for your loved ones before your departing flight. When the time comes, transfer to the international airport to catch your flight to your next destination.

Goodbye, Nepal! 
 

Accommodations

Hotel Shambala - Kathmandu

Hotel Shambala - Kathmandu
Hotel lobby
Hotel Lobby

Hotel Barahi - Pokhara

Hotel Barahi - Pokhara
Hotel Barahi - Pokhara
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Annapurna Mountain Lodges

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Mountain Lodge
Mountain Lodge

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  • 14 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 11 Dinners
  • 15 Nights Accommodations
  • 14 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Government fees and taxes
  • Domestic Flight: Kathmandu to and from Pokhara
  • First aid kit
  • All private airport transfer and ground transportation as per the program
  • All necessary paperworks and conservation entry permits.
  • Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) Permit
  • An Experienced Guide and Porters (1 porter for 2 people)
  • Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation, and Insurance for the Guide and Porter.
  • Trekking Permit and Annapurna Conservation area permit
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Airport Departure Tax
  • Gear Rental: Sleeping Bags & Trekking Poles (these can be rented from the tour operator)
  • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, Wi-Fi, email or phone charges
  • Entry Visas to the country
  • Horse renting and additional porters due to unforeseen natural calamities during the trek

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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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