Annapurna base camp treks begin from lower elevation to high elevation which means a lot of combination in vegetation. This trek is one of the classic treks in the world which gives you an opportunity to explore Nepali traditional society, different ethnic groups, attractive mountain views, lush green rhododendrons, and alpine forest. The locals will encounter in the Annapurna base camp trail are a different ethnic group like Brahmans, Chhetri, Gurung, and Magar. Most communities from Magar and Gurung are famous for the Gurkha regiment. In terms of exploring cultures, you can go Langtang trek, Helambu trek, Manaslu trek, and Everest trek but for views, Annapurna is the best among them.
Most of the Annapurna region treks like Annapurna base camp, Annapurna circuit, Mustang trek, Jomsom trek, Mardi Himal trek, Ghorepani poonhill trek start from Pokhara. The journey of Poonhill to ABC Trek starts from Kathmandu. We drive to Pokhara, a Most beautiful city known for its scenic beauty and numerous lakes, and stay overnight. A short drive from here takes us to Nayapul where our trek begins. The walk along Tikhedhunga, Ghorepani, Tadapani, and Chhomrong to the Annapurna Base Camp is a thrilling experience. Rhododendron, oak, and bamboo forests pass on the trail, and the view of the majestic mountains become lustful after each stop. At Poonhill, the most amazing view awaits, a panorama of more than ten mountain ranges drowned in the beautiful sunrise. The return journey is through Jhinu hot spring, Nayapul, and back to Pokhara. If you are planning a short Annapurna trek, Ghorepani Poon hill Trek is the best option.
What is the Annapurna Base Camp elevation?
Annapurna Base Camp rises 4,130 meters/13,549 feet above from the sea level. Generally, trekkers begin this adventurous journey with a drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. From Pokhara, one more scenic drive will take you to Nayapul, and within a few days, you will reach the base of the ninth world's highest mountain, ABC.
What kind of food do we get on the trail to Annapurna Base Camp?
Annapurna Base Camp trekking trail is Nepal's one of the most crowded trails. The trail also has many facilities that only a few trails of Nepal have got like a wide range of food menu, spacious room, electricity, private washrooms, high-quality brews & bakeries, etc. Even though they are common in cities, however getting this facility at high elevation is a privilege.
Within a span of years, many tea houses and lodges have opened in this region that will carter you good variety of food including breakfast (toast, potatoes, eggs, espresso, tea), momo (dumplings), noodles, stew, curries, rice, etc. Dal Bhaat is the staple food for Nepalis throughout the country, and surprisingly this dish is highly rich in carbs and fills you up during the trek. Along with all these, you will also get many Tibetan dishes like thukpa and MO: MO.
Is there any age limit for Annapurna Base Camp trekking?
No, there is no age limit for Annapurna Base Camp trekking. Anyone with good health and strong physical fitness can do it. Also, we advise you to meet your doctor and know all the issues you can come across during high elevation trekking before the commencement of the trek.
What are the main views of Annapurna Base Camp Trek?
During Annapurna Base Camp Trek, you will get to see spectacular views of many Himalayan mountains like Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Machhapuchhre, Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Gangapurna, Lamjung Himal, Mt. Dhaulagiri, etc. Similarly, you will also get to see superb scenery, picturesque valleys, and glaciers.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek map
Annapurna Base Camp Trek map will present you a simple and pictorial view of the route you will follow during the trek with us. There are many ways to reach ABC, therefore this map will help you to stay on track during the journey, and follow the route that we have made to fit you better.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek route
There are many routes that will take you to Annapurna Base Camp. However, the most general 14 days route goes something like this:
How is trekking trail condition during Annapurna Base Camp Trek?
The condition of the ABC trekking trail is fine. There will be a few parts that will include a steep and rugged path. Likewise, the trail from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp can get changed at someplace due to the melted ice sheet.
How to reach Annapurna Base Camp?
Annapurna Base Camp Trek begins with a scenic drive/flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. From here, you will drive to Nayapul and drive towards Ulleri. Leaving Ulleri behind, you will trek through the forest and reach Ghorepani. The next morning, you will go on a short hike to Poon Hill to view lovely sunrise. Later, you will descend back to Ghorepani and head towards Tadapani. Further, trekking to picturesque villages like Chhomrong, Dovan, and Deurali, you will reach Annapurna Base Camp. The trail then takes you back to Nayapul through Sinuwa and Jhinu Hill.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek difficulty
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a moderate trek. The trail is not so difficult in terms of technical climbing but, you have to walk around 5-7 hours or more per day. So you have to be passionate to walk long hours. Moreover, trekking to a higher altitude always required average physical fitness and sting determination.
If you have any prior hiking or trekking experience it would be great, but it's not mandatory to go on Annapurna Base Camp Trek. We also request you to inform us about any past medical history so that we can give you the best option during the trek.
Reach Ghorepani, one of the most beautiful villages of Annapurna region
Hike to Poon Hill to witness captivating sunrise
Observe rich culture, tradition, values, and norms of Gurung and Magar
Experience a unique lifestyle and heart-warming hospitality
Trek through dense forests of rhododendrons and other wildflowers
Get to see outstanding views of the Himalayas throughout the trail
Pass by picturesque villages and fine valleys
Explore the Annapurna Base Camp
Witness panoramic views of Himalayan mountains like Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Machhapuchhre, Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Gangapurna, Lamjung Himal, Mt. Dhaulagiri, etc
Day 01:Drive to Nayapul (1010m/1.5 hours) and trek to Ulleri. (1835m/5.5 hours.)
Day 02:Trek to Ghorepani (2850meters/5 hours.)
Day 03:Hike up to Poon Hill (3210m/1.5 hours) and trek to Tadapani. (2660m/4 hours.)
Day 04:Trek from Tadapani to Chhomrong (2020m)
Day 05:Trek from Chhomrong to Dovan (2580m)
Day 06:Trek from Dovan to Deurali (3230m)
Day 07:Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC)(4131m)
Day 08:Trek from ABC back to Sinuwa (2340m)
Day 09:Trek from Sinuwa to Jhinu Hill(2170m)
Day 10:Trek from Jhinu Hill to Nayapul (1070m), and then Drive back to Pokhara(884m)
2 night's accommodation with breakfast at deluxe Hotel in Pokhara.
Three time food in a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) while you are on trekking.
Tea House accommodation during the trek.
Professional English speaking trekking guide (trained by Ministry of tourism) his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipments etc.
Deluxe Tourist Bus Ticket to Pokhara then Pokhara to Kathmandu.
Annapurna conservation permits & TIMS Permits.
Tourist service charge, Vat.
One map of Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking for the group .
International airfare and Nepal Visa Fees.
Nepal Travel insurance.
Food in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Travel/Medical insurance and Emergency evacuation cost if needed.
Personal expenses such as phone call, drinks, donation, souvenirs etc.
Expenses occurred due to unavoidable Events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.
Tips for guide, porter (it is expected).
Day 01Drive to Nayapul (1010m/1.5 hours) and trek to Ulleri. (1835m/5.5 hours.)From pokhara, it around one hour drive to nayapul. After that you will passing a way through bank of of modi koha for a while till brethanti. after that hike to hile, tikhedhunga and all step climb up to ulleri.
Day 02Trek to Ghorepani (2850meters/5 hours.)From Ulleri, the path is a gentle ascent and we pass through rhododendron and oak forests to be in Banthanti. A couple of hours from banthanti and we will reach Ghorepani. Ghorepani stay is popular for the Poonhill hike which presents a spectacular view of the sunrise and a superb panoramic view of the annapurna and dhulagiri mountain ranges. Overnight stay in a guesthouse.
Day 03Hike up to Poon Hill (3210m/1.5 hours) and trek to Tadapani. (2660m/4 hours.)Today is a special day of our trekking. Early morning hike to Poonhill for about an hour. Poonhill is the place which offer wide range of Himalayan Panorama of Manaslu, Annapurna & Dhaulagiri mountain range. The sunrise over Himalaya is unbelievable. After having great time Poonhill, return to Ghorepani for breakfast and then continue our trek to Tadapani for overnight.
Day 04Trek from Tadapani to Chhomrong (2020m)After breakfast at Tadapani, we move down gradually along forests of rhododendrons, cross the Kimsung river and ascend to reach a Gurjung village. From here, a straight climb takes us to Chhomrong a beautiful village situated in the lap of the Annapurna region. Overnight stay at a guest house.
Day 05Trek from Chhomrong to Dovan (2580m)Stone steps from Chhomrong drops down to Chhomrong Khola, where we cross a suspension bridge. Then we take a steep climb to Sinuwa. After a short walk along the jungle, followed by an easy downhill, we reach Bamboo. Passing the damp bamboo forest, we take the steep towards Dovan, the bottom of a gorge.
Day 06Trek from Dovan to Deurali (3230m)The walk from Dovan to Himalaya is a silent one as big noises are not allowed in the jungle in regard to a temple sites along the way. The route first comprises bamboo forests and then changes to rhododendron forests and contains plenty of waterfalls and stream. Upon reaching Himalaya, clearings appear and glacier rivers are visible along the trail as we ascend to Hinku cave. After a short walk, the trail first drops to the river and then ascending again to reach Deurali that offers exotic views of the valley below. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Day 07Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC)(4131m)From Deurali, the trail passes through a bank of river, and after a tedious climb, we reach Machhapuchhre Base Camp. Surrounded by snowcapped mountains on all sides, views of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Gangapurna, Himchuli etc are very rewarding. The way to ABC is wider with scanty vegetation. As the area is prone to avalanches, caution should be taken on possible dangers. Up from MBC, mountain view unveils to clarity. Annapurna Base Camp gives an awe-inspiring view of the snow covered mountains including the Annapurna range, Singuchuli, Macchhapuchhre, Tent Peak etc. Overnight stay at a guesthouse. Overnight stay at the base camp.
Day 08Trek from ABC back to Sinuwa (2340m)After viewing a beautiful sunrise from ABC, we head back following the same trail through MBC, Deurali, Himalaya and Bamboo all the way to Sinuwa. Mostly downhill, the trail is an easy walk. Overnight stay at Sinuwa.
Day 09Trek from Sinuwa to Jhinu Hill(2170m)From Sinuwa, we move ahead to Chomorong. After a descent of about 45 min, we reach Jhinu. Jhinu is known for its natural Hot Spring where you can take a relaxing bath. The spring is a 30 min steep walk from the guesthouse. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.
Day 10Trek from Jhinu Hill to Nayapul (1070m), and then Drive back to Pokhara(884m)Taking the route along the Modi Khola, the relaxing walk continues for about five hours as we reach Birethanti and then to Nayapul. From Nayapul, we drive back to Pokhara and stay overnight in a hotel.
We had a wonderful trip to Annapurna Base camp trek. Sleeping in the local houses, local food and view of the beautiful Himalayas was awesome and out of the world experience. Trek to ABC including Ghorepani poonhill was one of the best trips ever I did in my life. Most recommended this company and guide Ram.
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