Annapurna Base Camp is an unforgettable trip to Nepal which is hiking up its popularity among the travelers. Since it is an easily accessible and interesting journey to the lap of Annapurna massifs, the number of travelers to Annapurna Base Camp is rapidly increasing. The Annapurna Himalayan ranges offer the majestic views of the Mt. Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Mt. Annapurna South, Mt. Machhapuchhre, Mt. Hiunchuli, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Nilgiri, etc. The snowy peaks and the cool breezes flowing from these Himalayas provide the travelers and trekkers a serene environment. The lush vegetation full of oak and rhododendron, different floras and faunas, the gorges and the waterfalls, the beautiful hamlets of Gurung community, the agricultural lands of rice and millet make you feel extremely rewarding. The geographical distribution of the Annapurna region is captivating. It is the grandeur of nature in with the combination of the ancient cultures and traditions.
Annapurna Base Camp Trekking basically starts from Nayapul, Pokhara. Then we hike towards the Ghorepani village. This is an amazingly pleasant trip passing through the streams, hamlets, terraced agricultural lands, dense forests and then finally to Ghorepani village. There is multiple ascends and descends on this trail. As we hike up, we come across the Modi Khola valley giving the splendid views of Mt. Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) and other adjoining peaks. To reach the Annapurna Base Camp and enjoy the 360-degree scenery of the snow-covered peaks is the ultimate aim of the trekkers. During the trek, one can experience the unique culture and the lifestyle of the local residents. The amiability of the local people always follows the customs of welcoming the trekkers as the form of Gods fascinates the trekkers. Step On Himalayas always is ready to serve their guests to the utmost satisfaction and try their best to provide all the facilities available.
Annapurna means the “Goddess of Harvest” in Sanskrit. The Nepalese believe the Annapurna always feeds her children. If the Goddess Annapurna is not there, the nation will have a crisis of food. Everyone will have to starve. So there are many shrines built for her worship. Annapurna Base Camp Trekking is not only simple trekking in Nepal. It is one of the major sources of income for the local people as well as to the nation for development. The tourism industry is the boon for the local people here in the Annapurna region. Hence, the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) was launched in 1986 and is effective since then as a National Trust for the conservation of the nature of the Annapurna region. The mesmerizing view of the sunrise with the Himalayan ranges from the Ghorepani Poon hill, the stunning landscapes with unique natural diversity attract the trekkers to visit Nepal again. Step On Himalaya offers packages that meet your desires of adventure and refreshments.
The arrival in Kathmandu at Tribhuwan International Airport followed by a transfer to the designated hotel by our representative in a private vehicle. After checking in, we will have a short discussion about the trekking. You can either rest or roam around the local markets. In the evening, our representative will take you to the “Welcome Dinner” at a traditional Nepalese Restaurant. Overnight stay at the hotel.
After an early breakfast, we will take you around the Kathmandu valley. We will start our guided tour from UNESCO listed world heritages i.e. the sacred Hindu temple of Lord Pashupatinath then the Boudhanath stupa: oldest Buddhist stupa, the Swayambhunath stupa: monkey temple and then the historical Kathmandu Durbar Square. After lunch, we will utilize the time for the preparation for trekking. Overnight stay at the hotel.
There are actually the options to reach Pokhara either via flight or via Tourist bus. The flight to Pokhara is about 25 – 30 minutes but you have to pay extra charges for it. There are flights to Pokhara from 8 am to 4 pm. The drive to Pokhara via Tourist bus will take about 6 – 7 hours. So, you have to have your early morning breakfast and then our representative will take you to the place where Tourist bus leaves for Pokhara. The scenic flight or drive is an amazing experience. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
After an early morning breakfast, we will drive about an hour to Nayapool by a private transport. From Nayapool, our team will walk following the river bank of Modi Khola. We will walk ahead to reach Birethanti crossing a suspension bridge. On the way, there are dense sub-tropical forests. Here, the officers will check the ACAP permits. Stay overnight at Tikhedhunga.
Today’s destination is to reach Ghorepani. We will cross the Modi River via a suspension bridge to the Tikhedhunga. We will really have to show our stamina during the ascent to the Ulleri Hill at an elevation of 1960m. We will enjoy our lunch here. Then again we walk via the amazing rhododendron and oak forests that will lead us to Banthanti. After walking for about 8 hours, we will arrive at Ghorepani. The word “Ghorepani” is actually derived from “Ghodepani” meaning horse water which was a campsite for the merchants but at present, there are teahouses, shops and stalls. As we ascend to Ghorepani, the weather starts getting colder. Stay overnight at Ghorepani enjoying the amazing scenic views of Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Dhaulagiri and adjoining snow peaks.
Poon hill, the vintage point for the breath-taking panoramic views of the magnificent Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges that includes Annapurna I, Mt. Machhapuchhre, Mt. Dhaulagiri and some Mustang part. After being blessed with the magical view of Mountains with the sunrise, we descend back to Ghorepani for the breakfast. Then we head to Tadapani via the lush vegetation of rhododendron and fir jungles. Stay overnight at Tadapani with the majestic feeling of conquering the Poon Hill.
We will arrive at Chhomrong today after walking for about 6 – 7 hours. We will hike up and down the forest of rhododendron, oaks and firs enjoying the striking views of the Annapurna ranges. We will stop by Kimrong for the lunch then walk until we reach Chhomrong, one of the biggest Gurung community of Annapurna region. Stay overnight here.
We will have our breakfast at Chhomrong and then the trail leads to Dovan. We will descend to the Chhomrong river and then ascend to Kuldi Ghar via Sinuwa hill then to Bamboo. After having lunch at Bamboo, we will walk-ups and downs till we reach Dovan. Dovan actually means the meeting point of two rivers. Stay overnight at Dovan.
The delicious, early morning breakfast will provide us the energy to walk to Deurali. We will pass through the Modi Khola valley. On the way, we will enjoy the cool weather and the serene environment, walk through the dense forests and soothe our eyes with the magical scenes of the waterfalls, glaciers and the outstanding 360 degree views of Mt. Annapurna I, III, Mt. Gangapurna, Mt. Hiunchuli, Mt. Annapurna South, Mt. Gandharvachuli, etc. This is the dream comes true experience of the travelers. We will then stop at Deurali for lunch and spend a relaxing night here.
We will head to Annapurna Base Camp from Machhapuchhre Base Camp after having the breakfast at Deurali. On the way, we will pass through many small forests, lush vegetation, follow the stream to climb up and down the ways. From the Machhapuchhre Base Camp, we can enjoy the scenic views of the Machhapuchhre and Annapurna ranges. The panoramic view is awe-inspiring. We will walk and then rest the day at Annapurna Base Camp and spend overnight here.
We will trek down to Bamboo today from Annapurna Base Camp. As it’s the same path, it shouldn’t be any problem to walk to Bamboo. Stay overnight at Bamboo.
Today’s destination is to reach Jhinu Danda. We will walk uphill to Kuldi Ghar then downhill to Chhomrong river. There is a hot spring at a walking distance of about 15 – 20 minutes from Jhinu Danda. Stay overnight here at Jhinu Danda.
We will then walk from Jhinu Danda to Naya pool enjoying the cool weather and the stunning landscape of Pokhara. Lunch on the way at the teahouses. After reaching Naya pool, we will drive to a designated hotel at Pokhara. Relaxing night at Pokhara.
An early morning 25 – 30 minutes flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu will give us spare time to reach the hotel, relax or wander around the local markets. The other option is via land by Tourist bus. Overnight stay at Kathmandu.
Last day of the trip to Nepal. You can shop around or just relax until the time to reach the airport. Our representative will accompany you till the Tribhuwan International Airport at least 2 – 3 hours ahead of scheduled time. An amazing end of the trip to Nepal for this year with the hope of returning again with the new destination and new spirit to walk through the mountains.