The trek to Annapurna base camp follows the Modi River and passes through dense strands of rhododendron and bamboo. By the time trekkers have arrived at the large rock over hanging known as Hinku Cave, they will most likely have noticed a thinning of vegetation and a narrowing of the nearby gorge, now only a few hundred meters wide. Steep, snow-clad ridges falling from Hiunchuli on the left and Machhapuchhre on the right form the entrance to the Sanctuary. After passing through the “gate” and entering this stunning location, travelers will find themselves in a huge amphitheater enclosed by a solid wall of snow-capped peaks. This amazing natural scenery provides visitors with a chance to fully immerse themselves in the tranquility and solitude of the Himalayas without intensive technical climbing.
Typically, the Annapurna base camp trek starts and ends in Pokhara, That being said, it can also be incorporated into the Annapurna Circuit or the Jomsom / Muktinath trek by traveling from Tatopani through Ghorepani and Tadapani and, ultimately, joining the main Sanctuary trails at Chommrong.
Day 1: Arrival at the Tribuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (1,345m). Overnight at a hotel.
Day 2: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (850meters), 200km: 6-7 hours. Overnight at Hotel
Day 3: After breakfast, drive from Pokhara to Nayapul 1 hour and start trek to Tikhe Dhunga (1495 meters) - 4 hours. Overnight at Local Guest House
Day 4: Trek to Ghorepani (2850meters) - 6 hours. Overnight at Local Guest House.
Day 5: Early Morning Hike up to Poonhill (3210meters) to view sunrise and return to Guest house. After breakfast trek to Tadapani (2520 meters) -8 hours. Overnight at Local Guest House.
Day 6: Trek to Chhomrong (2170meters)-5 hours. Overnight at Local Guest House.
Day 7: Trek to Dovan (2630meters)- 5 hours. Overnight at Local Guest House.
Day 8: Trek to Machhapuchre Base Camp (MBC) (3820meters) - 6 hours. Overnight at Local Guest House.
Day 9: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4130meters) -2 hours. Overnight at Local Guest House.
Day 10: Trek back to Dovan - 5 hours. Overnight at Local Guest House.
Day 11: Trek to Jhinu Danda (Jhinu danda is a place where you can take bath at natural hot spring) via Chhomrong - 5 hours. Overnight at Local Guest House.
Day 12: Trek to Nayapul - 6 hours and drive back to Pokhara -1 hour. Overnight at Hotel
Day 13: Drive back to Kathmandu by a tourist bus - 6-7 hours.
Day 14: Transfer to Airport and fly back to home.
INSURANCE AND EVACUATION
Travel insurance is a very important thing you have and it is a requirement if you want to book with us. We consider travel insurance to be of utmost importance for your own safety and security. We strongly recommend that your insurance covers rescue services, injuries and sickness.
Although accidents and emergencies do not happen often, we have a complete rescue and an evacuation plan. In case of a serious sickness or causality, we will make sure you are rescued by a helicopter. That is why, please make sure that this is covered by your health insurance or be prepared to be able to pay it on your own.
On your trekking route, trekkers are accommodated in tea houses and mountain lodges. Most of them are simple and basic, but very clean and comfortable. Please note that during the high season, it is very likely that you will have to share the room as all of the accommodation possibilities reach their maximum capacity. We will always make sure to look for a single room for you, whenever possible (Single rooms are a subject to an extra charge).
BEST TIME TO TREK
The best season to trek in the Himalaya region is autumn (from mid-September till November's end), and spring (from the beginning of March until mid-May). Temperatures will drop considerably as you trek higher every day. The nights are cold (between -10 degree C to 5degree C but the days are sunny and hot (between 10degree C to 20degree C). The mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up during the afternoon, disappearing at night. Trekking during the monsoon and winter is not recommended, as the visibility during monsoon is limited, upper parts and high passes could be covered with snow during winter. March, April, October and November are the most favored months.
However, some places like Upper Dolpo, Upper Mustang and Humla are outside of the monsoon shade and can be visited all year round.
ELECTRICITY & HEATING
Electricity is available for charging, although extra charging batteries are always recommended! Some of the guest houses require an extra fee for charging your gadgets.
Each travel lodge has a spacious dining room (lounge) and this is the only space which is heated during the winters. However, blankets are available in each room and you can always ask for an extra one if you are feeling cold!
MEALS & DRINKING WATER
On all treks we provide standard breakfast, lunch and three course dinner, tea or coffee will also be included with each meal. Your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks and in some areas you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy bottled mineral water from local lodges and shops en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.
As far as showers are concerned, most of the lodges and tea houses have hot showers (provided by a solar panel) and the presence of hot water depends largely on the weather. Some of the lodges ask for an extra charge for a hot shower.