Annapurna base camp trekking
Annapurna base camp trekking Overview
Annapurna base camp trekking is one of the most stunning areas in all of Nepal for incredible mountain views is the Annapurna Range. Annapurna base camp is located in western Nepal north of the lakeside city of Pokhara, its snowcapped peaks reach for the indigo blue sky. The crown jewel of the range is Mt. Annapurna I, the 10th highest mountain in the world. It rises to a staggering height of 8,091 m (26,545 ft.)
This trek takes you past the world's deepest gorge on the Kali Gandaki River. It circles Annapurna I, crossing high mountain passes. There are ancient villages to explore, scenic farmland and alpine scenery. There are rhododendron forests that you pass through along with views of great waterfalls.
Annapurna Base Camp trekking is a moderate with some steep climbs on the trail. It leaves everyone who sees the Annapurna breathless. This is an extended trek of 16 days in the mountains.?
Global Axis Travels is pleased to be able to offer this exciting trek into the very heart of the Annapurna Mountains !
Day to Day Itinerary
DAY 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu (elev. 1330 m): Arrive at Tribhuven International Airport where you will be met by a representative of GA Travels who will take you to your hotel to relax. There will be a pre-trek briefing in the evening following dinner.
DAY 2 – Kathmandu: Today is the day you get to do some sightseeing of the Kathmandu Valley with a focus on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Kathmandu Valley has the highest concentration of such sites in the world. Places to visit include Swayambhu, Durbar Square, Patan and Bhaktapur.
DAY 3 – Fly to Pokhara, trek to Australia Camp (elev. 1990 m): It's only a 30 minute flight to the lakeside city of Pokhara where the Annapurna Mountains reflect in the beautiful waters of Lake Fewa. From Pokhara, we travel by vehicle to our starting point at Khara. The trek today is around two hours with camp being made at Australia Camp where ou will have a wonderful view of Annapurna South and Machapuchare.
DAY 4 – Australia Camp to Landruk (elev. 1640 m): It's an easy five hour walk through rhododendron forest, with the forests broken up by quaint little Gurung villages. The journey ends today at the village of Landruk. Trekking time is around five hours.
DAY 5 – Landruk to Chumrung (elev. 2020 m): Today is uphill with time to explore the village of Ghandruk. From the village, it's downhill to the river, then a steep climb of around 500 m and then finally to the village of Chomrong which offers great views of the mountains. Trekking time is around 7 hours.
DAY 6 – Chomrong to Bamboo (elev. 2310 m): There are long, stone stairs to descend and ascend today. The local village development committees have constructed these stone stairs to make travel easier for both donkeys as well as the people who live in the mountains. There will be a crossing of the Chhomrung Khola (khola is the Nepali word for stream) before finally reaching our camping spot at Bamboo. Trekking time is around 4 hours.
DAY 7 – Bamboo to Deurali (elev. 3200m): It's more climbing and descending today as we make our way to Deurali, also known as Hinku Cave. The trail zig-zags as it goes up and down the terrain. Trekking time is 4 hours.
DAY 8 – Deurali to Machapurchare Base Camp (elev. 3900 m): As we go deeper and deeper into the Annapurnas, our trail continues to ascend. We will enter a huge amphitheater enclosed by the incredible snowcapped peaks of Annapurna I, Annapurna III, and the distinctive Machapurchare (a/k/a Fishtail Mountain.) We will camp on a grassy moraine in the midst of this incredible amphitheatre. Trekking time is 3 -4 hours).
DAY 9 – Machapurchare Base Camp to Annapurna South Base Camp (4131 m): The base camps are the starting point for mountain climbers who climb the high peaks of the Himalayas. We begin our journey today at Machapurchare Base Camp with its incredible views. You wake up this morning watching the rays of the rising sun dance on the snowcapped peaks. The trail will pass terraced fields and tranquil pasture scenes. The scenery continues to become more and more impressive as you make your way to Annapurna South Base Camp. The camp site is back down at the village of Bamboo. Trekking time is about 3 hours.
DAY 10 – Acclimatization at Base Camp: It is a day of relaxation and some short day hikes as you explore the area. It is a good idea to take the day to acclimatize to the high elevations of the Himalayas.
DAY 11 – Return to Deurali (elev. 3200 m): It's spectacular scenery all the way as you make your trek back to Deurali. The nice part of today's trek is that it is almost all downhill! Trekking time is around 3 – 4 hours.
DAY 12 – Deurali to Chumrung (elev. 2020 m): It is a long walk down the stone stairs through Rhododendron forests as you make your way to the village of Chumrung. Trekking time is 5 – 6 hours.
DAY 13 – Deurali to Gandruk (elev. 1740 m): More picturesque views of the mountains as you make your way to the Gurung village of Gandruk. The panorama views are stunning along the trail to the village where you will camp for the night. Trekking time is 5 -6 hours.
DAY 14 – Deurali to Nayapul, drive to Pokhara: Today is the final day of trekking as you walk around four hours to the village of Nayapul where we will pick up a transport to the city of Pokhara. The drive is around two hours when we arrive at the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara. This city is the second largest in Nepal, and is one of the most popular destination spots. You will have some time to explore Lakeside with its waterfalls, temples and great shopping. You can even take a boat ride out on the lake where you will feel that the mountains of the Annapurnas are so close that they might fall on you.
DAY 15 – Pokhara to Kathmandu: It is again just a 30 minute flight back to Kathamandu. Today is a leisure day which you can spend relaxing or taking in some of the sites you haven't seen in the Kathmandu Valley.
DAY 16 – Departure: All good things come to an end, and sadly, this journey is no exception. You will be escorted by your representative from GA Travels to the airport. Before you leave, be sure to talk to your representative at GA Travels about additional places to visit in not only Nepal, but also places like India, Tibet, Bhutan and Bangladesh. GA Travels is your company for travel in Asia.
What Is Included
- Accommodation in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast basis as per the itinerary
- City tour in Kathmandu with guide by private car
- Entry fees when sightseeing in Kathmandu
- National Park Trekking/Entry Permit
- Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) registration fee
- Internal flights / overland transport / if needed / as per the itinerary
- Accommodation in guest houses/lodges during the trek
- Three meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) a day during the trek
- Qualified and experienced trekking guide and porter services
- Transportation, accommodation, meal allowance, equipment and insurance for trekking staff
- All the official paper work and all the applicable government taxes
- Airport transfers for internal flights
- Airport pick-up on arrival and drop-off on departure
What Is not Included
- Personal expenses
- Clients’ travel insurance
- Tips and gratuities
- Not mentioned in the include list