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Annapurna Base Camp Trek - 15 Days

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Annapurna Base Camp Trek with Landmark Discovery Treks
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This Annapurna Base Camp Trek, 2nd best trekking in Nepal package, offers a superb introduction to rural Nepal and the High Himalaya. Spend a day exploring intoxicating Kathmandu (which still has much to offer, despite the ravages of the recent earthquake) before driving west, through forest and agricultural landscapes to Pokhara. Explore this lakeside city.

Drive to Nayapul and trek through Hindu farming communities, then Tibeto-Berman groups for two days to Ghorepani – to climb Nepal’s most popular physical landmark. A pre-dawn walk up Poon Hill (3 210m/10 530ft) offers a 70km panoramic sunrise that includes Dhaulagiri I, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, fish-tailed sacred Machhapuchhare and Manaslu.

The trail then heads east towards the Modi Khola Valley which carries melt water from the ice fields above. This route offers ample time for acclimatisation for anyone who is reasonably fit and used to walking. At Taglung the trail turns north and heads up the valley, in manageable stages, through a mix of forest and intense agriculture. The numerous villages are attractive and warmly welcoming.

The climax is reached in the spectacular Annapurna Sanctuary amphitheatre where the Machhapuchhare BC, is followed by the Annapurna BC (4 130m/13 550ft). Here you are surrounded by an immense wall of rock and ice rising 4 000m/13 100ft above the hotels on the glacial moraine. The scene at sunrise is breathtaking.

The downward journey is spread over four days. A final short walk leads back to the road for the drive back to your hotel in Pokhara. Fly back to Kathmandu along the Himalayan Range.

If you haven't more time to Annapurna Base Camp Trek and physically uncomfortable, you can join our comparatively easy Annapurna Sunrise Trek of 9 days package.

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1 300m/4 260ft)  

Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and trek preparation

Day 03: Kathmandu – Pokhara (880/2 900ft), 6-7 hrs drive                            

Day 04: Pokhara – Nayapul (1 070m/3 510ft) – Hile (1 510m/4,952ft), 75 min drive, 2½-3 hrs trek

Day 05: Hile – Ghorepani (2 870m/9 420ft), 5-6 hrs

Day 06: Ghorepani – Poon hill (3 210m/10 530ft) – Tadapani (2 630m/8 630ft), 6-7 hrs

Day 07: Tadapani – Chhomrong (2 210m/7 250ft), 4 – 5 hrs

Day 08: Chhomrong – Himalaya Hotel (2 840m/9 320ft), 6-7 hrs  

Day 09: Himalaya Hotel – Annapurna BC (4 130m/13 550ft), 6-7 hrs

Day 10: Annapurna BC – Bamboo (2 310m/7 580ft), 5-6 hrs

Day 11: Bamboo – Jhinu Danda (1 750m/5 740ft), 4-5 hrs

Day 12: Jhinu Danda – Pothana (1 990m/6 530ft), 6-7 hrs

Day 13: Pothana – Dhampus Phedi (1 130/3 710ft) – Pokhara (880m/2 900ft), 2-3 hrs, 25 min drive

Day 14: Pokhara – Kathmandu (1 300m/4 260ft), 25 min flight

Day 15: Final Departure Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your onward flight.

Day 01: Arrival: Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (1 300m/4 260ft)                                    

After completing passport, immigration and visa requirements, we will meet you outside the terminal building (look for your name board) and transfer you to your hotel: afternoon free.  Evening: a welcome dinner, introduction to your guide and a briefing on the trek with a check on necessities.  Overnight at hotel. 

Day 02: In the City  Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing   OR   A Day at Leisure 

Take a day tour to five of the Kathmandu Valley’s cultural world heritage sites: Swayambhunath, the famed “monkey temple”; the city’s historical Durbar Square with ancient temples, unique art, architecture, and the chance to see the Kumari (living goddess); Patan’s Durbar Square; the Hindu temple Pashupatinath and Bouddhanath, the world’s largest stupa.

A car and driver will take you to each site-entrance and wait for you. (Entry tickets and lunch are not included.)

Day 03: Kathmandu – Pokhara (880m/2 900ft), 6-7 hrs   Drive  

After breakfast, drive to Pokhara 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. An afternoon City Tour includes: Devi’s waterfall and Shiva’s Cave. Enjoy an evening cruise on tranquil Lake Phewa before dinner. Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 04: Pokhara – Nayapul (1 070m) – Hile (1 510m/4952 ft), 1 hrs 15  min drive, 2½-3 hr trek

From your hotel, we drive north through farmland and forest to the trail head at Nayapul. Trek to the prosperous riverside village of Birethanti (1 000m) at the meeting point of the Modi and Bhurungdi Kholas. Then follow the Bhurungdi Khola to Sudame (1 340m) before climbing regularly up the side of the valley, to Hile (1 510m). Overnight in  Hile.

Day 05: Hile – Ghorepani (2 870m/9 420ft), 5-6 hrs

The day begins with a long and step and steep climb on rock 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 lush and ancient rhododendron and oak forests for several hours, with rest breaks, to the large village of Ghorepani. From here there are nice views of Dhaulagiri I 8 172m  and the Annapurna Himal. Overnight in Ghorepani.

Day 06: Ghorepani – Poon hill (3 210m/10 530ft) – Tadapani (2 630m/8 630ft), 6-7 hrs

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 path to Tadapani crosses many ridges through thick rhododendron  and  pine  forest with uphill and downhill  sections and magnificent views of the snow peaks to the north from high ground. Overnight in Tadapani.

Day 07: Tadapani – Chhomrong (2 210m/7 250ft), 4 – 5 hrs

The trek north east from the village descends  through forest and farmland to reach the suspension bridge over  Kimrong Khola  Valley. This deeply incised gorge carries melt water from the Annapurna South  ice fields to the Ganges.  To take a  Lunch in Gurjung After lunch, the trail Zigzeg through stands of oak and  rhododendron  forest,  around the hillsides to the wealthy agricultural village of Chhomrong: and closer views of the huge peaks above.Overnight in Chhomrong.

Day 08: Chhomrong – Himalaya Hotel (2 840m/9 320ft), 6-7 hrs

Descend the broad staircase to the Chhomrong Khola (1 900m), then ascend to charming 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: for lunch. Continue up through uninhabited forest to Dobhan (2 500m), before crossing avalanche chutes towards the small village of Himalaya Hotel. Overnight in Himalaya Hotel. 

Day 09: Himalaya Hotel – Machhapuchhare BC (3 700m/12 140ft) – Annapurna BC (4 130m/13 550ft), 6-7 hrs

With increasing altitude, forest gives way to alpine scrub and grasses. Explore the cave at Hinku (3 100m) before crossing a ravine and avalanche tracks to Deorali (3 140m).
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 10: Annapurna BC – Bamboo (2 310m/7 580ft), 5-6 hrs          

Before dawn walk to the rim of the glacier for unforgettable views and photos. The ring of peaks, clockwise from Hiunchuli, include Annapurna South, the vast ice wall topped by Annapurna I (8 097m/26 566ft) and Singu Chuli ( flutedpeak) TentPeak ( TharpuChuli )  towering above you round, to Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Machhapuchhare. Listen to the glacier grinding below you, in its U-shaped valley.

After breakfast, retrace your steps to Deurali  for Lunch   and then continue the descent for more comfortable night. Overnight in Bamboo. 

Day 11: Bamboo – Jhinu Danda (1 750m/5 740ft), 4-5 hrs              

Climb back to Kuldi and on to flower bedecked Sinuwa before descending to the Chhomrong Khola and the stairs back 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 12: Jhinu Danda – Landruk (1 620m/5 320ft)Pothana (1 990m/6 530ft), 6-7 hrs

Head south, close to the river, to New bridge ; cross to the east bank  Himal Pani. Continue south to Landruk (1 620m):  good views of Hiunchuli,  Annapurna South and Machhapuchhare. The trail continues through scattered trees and flowering shrub to Tolka (1 790m), after which it ascends gradually, for ~2 hrs, to the ridge village Deorali (2 150m). Excellent views of Phewa Lake and Pokhara are possible from here and  the last beautiful views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South and the right side of the range. The trail then downhill along a red-earth path ( that is lethal when wet) to Pothana.  Overnight in Pothana.

Day 13: Pothana – Dhampus Phedi (1 130/3 710ft) – Pokhara (880m/2 900ft), 2-3 hrs, 25 min drive.

The last day offers  an easy walk down a point to the large farming rural village of Dhampus (1 700m). It then steep descends through scattered villages and rice paddies to Dhampus Phedi on the Pokhara – Baglung highway. A short drive will return you to your hotel in Pokhara. Afternoon free: consider a visit the Mountain Museum. Overnight in Pokhara

Day 14: Pokhara – Kathmandu (1 300m/4 260ft), 25 min flight

After breakfast drive to the nearby airport for your flight back to Kathmandu. Transfer to your Hotel. Rest of day free.

Day 15: Final Departure

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

Cost Include

  • All the airport/ Hotel transfers
  • Two Star Hotel in Kathmandu, Thamel for 3 night with the  bed and  breakfast
  • Well come and farewell dinner
  • Two star Hotel in Pokhara Lakeside for 2 night with the Bed and breakfast
  • Full day Kathmandu city tour on  private transport
  • Standard Tourist Bus Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • 25 min flight from Pokhara to Kathamndu
  •  Comfortable private Transport : jeep/Bus/ Car/ Van from  Pokhara ( trekking starting point) to 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
  • Comfortable private Transport : jeep/ bus/Car/Van Dhampus phedi  ( trekking ending) to Pokhara
  • Pokhara city tour on private Transport: Car/ Van/Bus/ Jeep
  • Trekking equipment four season sleeping bag down jacket rain coat walking poll many more as per necessary

Cost Exclude

  • Kathmandu city tour monument fees
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu Pokhara  except welcome and farewell dinner
  • 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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ABC in November

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Great service while booking and during trek with Prem (owner) and Ganesh (our guide) as well as the porters that helped lug our stuff up to ABC. Prem was quick to respond to all my questions before we booked as well as all the time leading up to the trek (3 months from booking to the trek). Our Pokhara flight was cancelled and he quickly arranged car transport for the 4 of us to return to Kathmandu. Helpful, professional and personal service that went above and beyond. Would use Landmark next trek!

Source: Tripadvisor

Address: Vancouver, Canada
Published on: 2017-12-12

Annapurna Base Camp - Trekking

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Was my 4th times to do Mountain Trekking with Prem Panta (the Owner of “Landmark Discovery Treks” and the professional Trekking Leader). This time I went with 9 friends from both Hong Kong and US. As usual, the overall arrangements, including lodging, meals, porter-support, local transportation and air-flights (between Kathmandu and Pokhara) were EXCELLENT. Depending on your first day trekking speed + weather forecast, Prem could planned ahead of the following days’ wake-up time, length of morning + afternoon trekking periods and the most relaxing lunch breaks. Watching the snowing mountain range, listening to the fast running water sound and breathing the fresh cool air under the blue sky. Whoever wants to “unplug” yourself and release all the working/living pressure, do plan to do a mountain trekking in Nepal. Highly recommend to contact “Landmark Discovery” whom offer excellent Price and Services to satisfy your trekking expectations and a good story that you can be proud of forever.

For Chinese Speaking person, you can write to me in Chinese for assistance. (Michael Leung)

Friendly Reminder : Is risky trekking in high altitude without a local leader support.

Source: Tripadvisor

Address: Hong Kong, China
Published on: 2016-10-07

Excellent Nepal Sightseeing and Trekking Professional Services

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I had finished three wonderful holidays in Everest Base Camp (ABC) Trek, Poon Hill Trek and Lang Tang Trek with my Friends from Hong Kong and Mainland China for the past few years. All the trips were organized by an experienced guide leader, Prem Panta. Nepal is a great country for trekking; the culture and scenery are splendid. During our trekking in Nepal, we had very good scenery of high mountains, beautiful ethnic lowland villages and terraces. The trekking offered many magnificent Himalayan mountain views.

Prem and his team members were well trained in all aspects of trekking. They looked after us well, from picking us up from the airport, arranging sight-seeing in Kathmandu and our trekking needs, ending up being good friends. They provided an excellent quality of trekking and travel services to us. These high standards were reflected in their skill, support and professionalism as well as the good quality of accommodations, transportation, and food in our tour. We express our massive thanks to Prem of Landmark Discovery Treks and his team and look forward to seeing Prem again in 2016 Summer for the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trekking."

尼泊尔是一个理想徒步旅行的的国家,灿烂的文化和绮丽的风景。我和香港及北京朋友在Everest Base Camp (ABC), Poon Hilland Lang Tang地区徒步旅行期间,能观赏雄伟的雪山, 高山; 美丽的民族村庄和梯田。更能饱览许多壮丽的喜马拉雅山脉的风光,

Prem 和他的团队成员训练有素,在徒步的各个方面。他们从机场接送,加德满观光安排,和我们在徒步旅行需求均照顾周到,最后大家成门很好的朋友。他们提供了一个优良的品质服务给我们的徒步旅游。这些高标准,反映在他们的技能,服务态度, 敬业精神以及良好的住宿质量和妥善的食物及交通安排。

我们深深感谢Landmark Discovery Treks 和他的团队,并期待着在2016夏季Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) 徒步再次见面.

Michael (China, Hong Kong)

Source: Tripadvisor

Address: Hong Kong, China
Published on: 2015-12-01

Trip Facts

Trip Name: Annapurna Base Camp trek

Duration: 15 days

Trek Days: 10 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, Sightseeing,

Accommodation: Hotel/Guest House

Transportation: Private Car/ Van/ Bus in Kathmandu /Pokhara/ Flight Pokhara/Kathmandu

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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