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Annapurna Base Camp Trek - 8 Days

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The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is the most spectacular trail in the Annapurnas. The view from Pokhara is the view that will tower 4 000m above you from Base Camp at 4 100m/13 550ft: on Annapurna South’s glacial moraine.

Fly along the Himalayas to Pokhara. A short drive north leads to Dhampus Phedi for a walk through agricultural farmland and forest to attractive Pothana. Deorali, on a ridge, offers great views back over Pokhara’s Phewa Lake; ahead are dramatic peaks. Attractive Jhinu Danda offers hot springs at the river below the village.

The valley sides become increasingly covered in lush forests of rhododendron, oak and pine through the trekking trails. Numerous villages perch on ridge tops surrounded by ancient terraced fields. Along steeper sections the trail is well stepped. Above Chhomrong, the pace slows, the path steepens and, towards the entrance to the Sanctuary, forest gives way to alpine scrub as the peaks come into full view.

First is the Machhapuchhare BC, some two stiff hours before the Annapurna Base Camp. Here you are surround by vast and breathtaking wall of rock and Ice U-shaped valley gouge. Out by glacier. Cloud often forms in the late making for attractive glimpses of an ever changing scenery sun rise often and clear offering view morning a surfeit of photo possibilities.

The downward trip requires three night with on spent at Ghandruk, a large, attractive Gurung village that is worth exploring. Visit its museums. A final downhill walk leads to Nayapul – and a car to return you to Pokhara and your hotel. Drive back to Kathmandu through the rural countryside.Our short Annapurna Poonhill Trek for families or trekkers with moderate fitness and limited time.

Day 01: Kathmandu – Pokhara (880m/2 900ft) – Dhampus Phedi (1 130m/3 170ft)  – Pothana (1 990m/6 530ft), 25 min flight, 25 min drive, 4-5 hrs trek

Day 02: Pothana – Jhinu Danda (1 750m/5 470ft), 5-6 hrs

Day 03: Jhinu Danda – Dobhan (2 500m/8 200ft), 6-7 hrs

Day 04: Dobhan – Annapurna BC (4 130m/13 550ft), 7-8 hrs

Day 05: Annapurna BC – Sinuwa (2 340m/7 680ft), 7-8 hrs trek

Day 06: Sinuwa – Ghandruk (1 940m/6 370ft),  5-6 hrs

Day 07: Ghandruk – Nayapul (1 070m/3 510ft) – Pokhara (880m/2 900ft), 5-6 hrs, 75 min drive

Day 08: Pokhara – Kathmandu (1 300m/4 260ft), 6-7 hrs drive

Final Departure: Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight to your next destination.

Day 01: Kathmandu – Pokhara (880m/2 900ft) – Pothana (1 990m/6 530ft), 25 min flight, 25 min drive, 4-5 hrs trek

After breakfast, transfer to the Domestic Airport for the short flight along the Himalaya Range to Pokhara. A short drive northward through farmland leads to a bus terminal opposite Dhampus Phedi.

Walk up to Dhampus Phedi and continue to a ridge and the large village of Dhampus  (1 700m) for lunch. Follow the ridge into a rhododendron forest and climb steadily upwards to the attractive agricultural village of Pothana (1 900m) – with angular views of sacred Machhapuchhare and higher peaks behind. Overnight in Pothana.  

Day 02: Pothana – Landruk (1 620m/5 320ft) – Jhinu Danda (1 750m/5 470ft), 5-6 hrs

The trail ascends through farmland before entering forest and a path over red clay (that is lethal when wet).  Trek up to the bustling hilltop village of Deorali (2 100m). Behind are scintillating views over the Pokhara Valley and Phewa Lake. Ahead is an absolute view of the  Dhaulagiri I (8 167m/26 796ft, highest peak in western Nepal) all the Annapurnas across to its right flank and Manaslu. 

A steep and attractive downward trail leads gradually to the ribbon village of Tolka (1 790m). Drop down a long staircase to cross the Tigu Khola, then climb back to a ridge and the Gurung village of Landruk, for lunch.

Beyond the village, a right fork keeps east of the river, leading to New Bridge (1 340m). Cross to the west bank of the Modi Khola and climb steeply up to Samrung. Cross the Kimrong Khola and climb to the attractive ridge-village of Jhinu Danda. Hot spring pools at the river below the village are worth the effort! Overnight in Jhinu Danda.

Day 03: Jhinu Danda – Dobhan (2 500m/8 200ft), 6-7 hrs

The day begins with a steep switchback climb, through tiny terraced fields of maize and vegetables, to Taglung (2 190m) on the main ABC trail. A short walk leads up to the wealthy and attractive village of Chhomrong (2 210m): the highest permanent settlement in the valley – and closer views of the giant peaks above.  A broad stone staircase drops through the village and down to cross the Chhomrong Khola (1 900m) before ascending though forest to the charming village of Sinuwa (2 340m), for lunch.

Climb through rhododendron forest to enter the upper Modi Khola Valley. Then descend stairs into a dense forest of bamboo: and the hamlet of Bamboo (2 310m). Beyond, climb he side of the canyon through uninhabited forest to Dobhan. Overnight in Dobhan. 

Day 04: Dobhan – Machhapuchhare BC (3700m/12 140ft) – Annapurna BC (4130m/13 550ft), 7-8 hr

With increasing altitude, forest gives way to alpine scrub and grasses. First climb to the hamlet of Himalaya Hotel. Later, explore the cave at Hinku (3 100m) before crossing a ravine and avalanche tracks towards 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 05: Annapurna BC – Sinuwa (2 340m/7 680ft), 7-8 hrs trek

Before dawn walk to the rim of the glacier for remarkable views and photo opportunities. The ring of peaks, clockwise from Hiunchuli, include Annapurna South, the huge ice wall topped by Annapurna I (8 097m/26 566ft) and Singu chuli ( 6501m) Tent Peak ( 5695m)  towering above you round, to Gangapurna( 7454m) Annapurna III(7555m) and Machhapuchhare 6993m .( it our holly mountain too)   Listen to the glacier grinding below you, in its U-shaped valley.

After breakfast, go back over your steps down to Bamboo and short ascending  Sinuwa for a more comfortable and relaxing  night. Overnight in Sinuwa.  

Day 06: Sinuwa – Ghandruk (1 940m/6 370ft), 5-6 hrs

Descend to the Chhomrong Khola before climbing the stairs back to Chhomrong. Return to Taglung, Descend to the Kimrong Khola. Ascending to the hill top village and Descend prosperous Gurung village of Ghandruk: the village and its museums are worth exploring. Overnight in Ghandruk.

Day 07: Ghandruk – Nayapul (1 070m/3 510ft) – Pokhara (880m/2 900ft), 5-6 hrs, 75 min drive

Traverse south, high above the Modi Khola as the trail gradually descends to the villages of Kimche (1 640m) and 500m lower, Syauli Bazaar. The trail is then relatively flat to Birethanti (1 000m) beyond which it drops down a rocky defile towards Nayapul – and the road for our transport to your hotel in Pokhara. Consider a visit to the Mountain Museum.

Day 08: 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 transfer  
  • 25 min flight from  Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • Tourist standard Bus from  Pokhara to Kathamndu
  •  Comfortable private Transport : jeep/Bus/ Car/ Van from  Pokhara ( trekking starting point) to Dhampus Phedi
  • 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 Naya pull   ( 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

  • Accommodations in Kathamndu and Pokhara
  • Sightseeing in Kathamndu and Ppokhara
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and 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 trek

Duration: 8 days

Trek Days: 8 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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