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Annapurna Base Camp Budget Trek - 9 Days

Annapurna Base Camp Budget Trek - 9 Days
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This Poon Hill – Annapurna Base Camp Trek offers the most comprehensive budget trek of the region. The walk to Poon Hill assists with acclimatisation before tackling the steep valley to Base Camp: built on the glacial moraine beneath the circle of very tall peaks seen from Pokhara.

Trekking package drives to Nayapul for a two day walk through forest and farmland to the large village of Ghorepani. A pre-dawn climb to grassy Poon Hill offers unobstructed sunrise views that include Dhaulagiri I, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, the fish-tailed peak of sacred Machhapuchhare and Manaslu.

Then walk east to enter the Modi Khola Valley for the ascent to the Sanctuary. Climb through green forests of Oak Pine, rhododendron, between villages perched on ridge tops surrounded by very old terraced fields.

Steeper sections are well stepped. Above Chhomrong the pace slows as paths steepen towards the entrance to the Sanctuary. Forest of the trekking trails gives way to alpine scrub as the peaks come into full view.

First is the Machhapuchhare BC, some two hours before the Annapurna Base Camp (4 130m/13 550ft). But the absolute drama of the entrance to this huge basin eases the walk as the snow peaks begin to enclose you. Cloud often obscures views from 9am onwards, but evening and sunrise offer magnificent photo opportunities.

The return journey requires three days and follows a different lower route to complete your survey of the region. You can trek to Annapurna Sunrise Trek for the glimpse of both sunset and sunrise at similar time.

Day 01: Kathmandu – Pokhara (880m/2 900ft) – Nayapul (1 070m/3 150ft) – Hile (1 510m/4,952ft), 25 min flight, 75 min drive, 3-4 hrs trek

Day 02: Hile – Ghorepani (2 850m/9 350ft), 5-6 hrs.

Day 03: Ghorepani – Poon hill (3 210m/10 530ft) –(Tadapani (2 630m/8 630ft) – Chiule (2 240m/7 350ft), 6-7 hrs

Day 04: Chiule – Chhomrong (2 210m/7 250ft) – Dobhan (2 500m/8 200ft), 6-7 hrs

Day 05: Dobhan – MBC (3 700m/12 140ft) – ABC (4 130m/13 550ft), 6-7 hrs

Day 06: ABC – Bamboo (2 310m/7 580ft), 5-6 hrs

Day 07: Bamboo – Jhinu Danda (1 750m/5 740ft), 4-5 hrs

Day 08: Jhinu Danda – Nayapul (1 070m/3 510ft) – Pokhara (880m/2 900ft), 3-4 hrs, 1 jeep, 75 min car

Day 09: Pokhara – Kathmandu (1 300m/4 260ft), 6-7 hrs drive

Day 01: Kathmandu – Pokhara (880m/2 900ft) – Nayapul (1 070m/3 150ft) – Hile (1 540m/5 050ft), 25 min flight, 75 min drive, 3-4 hrs trek

From your hotel, we drive to Kathmandu’s Domestic Terminal for the flight to Pokhara. A short drive leads to the trailhead at Nayapul. Trek to the prosperous riverside village of Birethanti (1 000m) at the meeting of the Modi and Bhurungdi Kholas. Then follow the Bhurungdi Khola to Ramgai(1 340m) before climbing regularly up the side of the valley, to Hile (1 510m) . Overnight in Hile

Day 02: Hile – Ghorepani (2 850m/9 350ft), 5-6 hrs

The day begins with a long and steep step   ascent on stone staircases to the village of Ulleri (2 080m) – and an amazing landscape with marvellous views of Annapurna South (7 219m) and Hiunchuli (6 441m). The ascent continues through ancient, lush,Oak and  rhododendron  forests for several hours, with rest breaks, to the large village of Ghorepani. From here there are incredible views of Dhaulagiri I (8 172m) and the Annapurna Himal. Overnight in Ghorepani.

Day 03: Ghorepani – Poon hill (3 210m/10 530ft) – Tadapani (2 630m/8 630ft) – Chiule (2 240m/7 350ft),  

An early, ¾ hr, steep trek leads to Poon Hill’s grassy knoll. This landmark viewpoint offers unobstructed vistas of the high Himalaya from Dhaulagiri I (8 172m) and Upper Dolpo in the west, across the Annapurnas (Annapurna I, 8 019m), to Machhapuchhare (6 997m, Fish Tail) and east to Manaslu (8 156m). Behind: an ocean of Sal forests stretch to lowland India. 

After breakfast, the eastward trail to Tadapani and Chiule up and down hill   crosses many ridges all the way through dense rhododendron and Pine forest with infrequent flat sections and wonderful views of the snow peaks to the north from high ground. Overnight in Chiule.

Day 04: Chiule – Chhomrong (2 210m/7 250ft) – Dobhan (2 500m/8 200ft),

Trek northeast from the village through forest and farmland to reach the Kimrong Khola Valley. This deeply incised gorge carries melt water from the Annapurna South to the Ganges. The trail climbs out of the valley  reach in Gurjung , after the lunch zigzag trails  through stands of rhododendron and oak forest,   hillsides to the wealthy agricultural village of Chhomrong: and closer views of the giant peaks above.

Descend the broad staircase to the Chhomrong Khola (1 900m), then ascend to charming village Sinuwa (2 340m). The trail then enters the upper Modi Khola Valley through dense forests of bamboo, rhododendron and oak. It rises then drops to the village of Bamboo (2 310m) on the river bank. Continue up through uninhabited forest to Dobhan (2 500m), Overnight in Dobhan.

Day 05: Dobhan – Machhapuchhare BC (3 700m/12 140ft) – Annapurna BC (4 130m/13 550ft),

With increasing altitude, forest gives way to alpine scrub and grasses. First climb to the hamlet of Himalaya Hotel. Later, discover the cave at Hinku (3 100m) before crossing a narrow valley and avalanche tracks towards Deorali (3 240m).

The geology of the canyon’s side walls is fascinating. Views into the sacred Sanctuary gradually appear as the trail approaches a ridge and rises to MBC, for lunch.

A further two hours, slow, walk up grassy slopes leads to the ABC hotels built on Annapurna South’s glacial moraine: some 4 000m/13 100ft beneath the peaks that crown the surrounding ice walls. Overnight in Base Camp.  

Day 06: ABC – Bamboo (2 310m/7 580ft),

Before dawn walk to the rim of the glacier for unforgettable views and photo opportunities. The circle of peaks, clockwise from Hiunchuli, include Annapurna South, the huge ice wall topped by Annapurna I (8 097m/26 566ft) and Singu Chuli (Fluted Peak) Tent Peak (Tharpu Chuli) towering above you round, to Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Machhapuchhare.Fish tall)   Listen to the glacier grinding below you, in its U-shaped valley.

After breakfast, retrace your steps to Himalaya Hotel for lunch and then continue the descent for a more comfortable night. Overnight in Bamboo. 

Day 07: Bamboo – Jhinu Danda (1 750m/5 740ft)

Climb back to Kuldi and on to flower bedecked Sinuwa before descending to the Chhomrong Khola and the stairs up to Chhomrong. Close by is Taglung: plunge left, down the narrow side trail to the attractive village of Jhinu Danda below. After lunch, descend to the river for a plunge in the hot springs on its banks. Overnight in Jhinu Danda.

Day 08: Jhinu Danda – Sumi (1 100m/3 610ft) – Nayapul (1 070m/3 510ft) – Pokhara (880m/2 900ft), 3-4 hrs, 1 hr jeep, 75 min car

Today’s walk is almost all downhill. Trek down the west bank trail to Ghandruk Phedi and continue to the hamlet of Sumi from where an hour’s jeep ride returns you to Nayapul for the car journey back to your hotel in Pokhara. Consider visiting the Mountain Museum after lunch.

Day 09: Pokhara – Kathmandu (1 300m/4 260ft), 6-7 hrs drive

After breakfast, drive to Kathmandu along the Prithvi Raimarg which offers fascinating glimpses of rural Nepal as you pass through Middle Hill scenery and along major rivers such as the Trisuli Nadi, which rises in Tibet, north east of Kathmandu. The route passes through the lower Gorkha region (beneath Manaslu), south of the epicentre of the first of the recent earthquakes. Transfer to your hotel.

Final Departure

Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight to your next destination.

Cost Include

  • All the airport/ Hotel transfers
  • 25 min flight from Kathamndnu to Pokhara
  •  Comfortable private Transport : jeep/Bus/ Car/ Van from  Pokhara to ( trekking starting point)  Naya pul
  • Full meals ( Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the treks
  • Supplementary snakes: seasonal fresh fruit, cookies and energy Bar
  • All necessary paper work permit and TIMS ( Annapurna conservation Permit and TIMS)
  • An English speaking professional govt. registered trekking Guide and porter ( 2 trekkers 1 Porter ) above the 4 trekkers 1 assistant Guide
  • Hot drinks ( tea and coffee)
  • Safe drinking water ( Chlorine/ Iodine water)
  • All the Mountain accommodations soft comfortable private room  with share bathroom (some where possible attached Toilet and Bathroom too) 
  • Guide and Porter salary, meals, accommodations, insurance, flight and equipment
  • All the government and local taxes
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • Sharing jeep trekking ending Poing ( Sumi) to Naya pull
  • Comfortable private Transport : jeep/ bus/Car/Van  Naya pul  to Pokhara
  • Trekking equipment four season sleeping bag down jacket rain coat walking poll many more as per necessary

Cost Exclude

  • Kathmandu city tour monument fees
  • Kathmandu / Pokhara sightseeing
  • Kathmandu/ Pokhara accommodations
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu Pokhara 
  • All the soft and alcoholic drinks
  • Mineral water
  • Boiled water
  • Personal  expenses
  • Electronic devise re charge
  • Wi Fi
  • Travel insurance and evacuation
  • Tipping

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Trip Facts

Trip Name: Annapurna Base Camp Budget trek

Duration: 9 days

Trek Days: 9 days

Country: Nepal

Region: Annapurna Region

Altitude: 4130m (ABC)

Difficulty: Medium

Highlights: Mountain Views of Mt. Annapurna First and other Himalayas, Gurung and Magar Culture

Activities: Trekking

Accommodation: Guest House

Transportation: Private Car/ Van/ Bus ground transport/ Flight Kathmandu-Pokhara

Best month: February-May/ September- December

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Cost:  Ask the Landmark Discovery Treks

Group Member Min: 2 Maximum -10


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