This trek in the Annapurna sanctuary in Nepal is one of the world‟s finest treks, taking us through scenic villages, rich oak, bamboo and rhododendron forests and is a great introduction to the joys of high altitude trekking. We climb steadily through beautiful villages with neatly terraced rice fields enjoying several days of pleasant ridge walking through a mix of abundant forest and scattered fields, with spectacular views of the majestic Annapurna range throughout. Finally, we leave the last of the bamboo and rhododendron woodland behind and enter the narrow valley leading up to the world of snow and ice. The Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) lies in an impressive natural amphitheatre surrounded by several 7000m + peaks. The Annapurna Base Camp trek is an excellent introduction to trekking, as the altitude is relatively moderate and the trails are good. The itinerary is designed to provide a steady rate of acclimatisation, as well as the best views of the mountains as we trek through the sanctuary.
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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
We fly in to Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and transfer to our hotel. Here, the group assembles and we meet our trek leader who gives us a thorough briefing on the trek ahead. We have time to explore the city and visit some of its famous temples as well as do some shopping. Overnight at Hotel, Kathmandu.
Day 02: Drive Kathmandu-Pokhara-Nayapul; trek to Birethanti (1,000m)
After an early morning breakfast, we drive to Pokhara and then continue on to the road head at Nayapul. From here, we start the trek with a short hike to theriverside village of Birethanti. Overnight Tea-house, Birethanti.
Day 03: Trek Birethanti-Banthanti (2,300m)
From Birethanti, we start walking along the Bhurungi Khola, pass through the village of Tirkedunga and after a steep climb, we reach Ulleri. We walk through the beautiful village of Magar, and make our way along a gradual uphill trail to Banthanti, our destination for the day. Overnight Tea-house, Banthanti.
Day 04: Trek Banthanti-Ghorepani (2,850m)
Today is a relatively short day, as we continue our ascent and walk past the village of Nangeythanti to reach Ghorepani, meaning „horse water‟. The village has two parts to it – one on a large saddle, the other a little further down the hillside. Overnight Tea-house, Ghorepani.
Day 05: Poon Hill and trek to Tadopani (2,630m)
We rise early this morning, and climb up Poon Hill before breakfast, a short hike of about 45mins to an hour. Poon Hill is a very famous vantage point with spectacular views of Machhapuchhare, Dhaulagiri, Nilagiri and the mighty Annapurna range. We return for a welcome breakfast, after which we continue our trek towards Tadopani which is a relatively easy hike compared to the previous day‟s climb to Ghorepani. The trail winds along a ridge through pine and rhododendron forests to a crest , then drops down to Deorali. We descend steeply to reach Banthanti and then climb back up through fields of cane on an undulating path, before reaching Tadopani. Overnight Tea-house, Tadopani.
Day 06: Trek to Chomrong (2,170m)
Today is a relatively easy day, as we make a long descent to Kimrung Khola, cross by the bridge and begin to climb again on the west bank of Modi Khola. Chhomrong village is located just below the ridge and has many chalet-style lodges that look out towards the prominent Machhapuchchhre peak. Overnight Tea-house, Chhomrong.
Day 07: Trek Chhomrong to Doban (2,600m)
The day starts with a steep descent down some stone steps to the Chhomrong Khola which we cross by a suspension bridge. There follows an undulating climb through terraced fields and bamboo and rhododendron forests to Sunawa. From now on there will be no cultivated fields to accompany us as we make our way through dense tropical forests, doing several ascents and descents until we reach the abandoned check post at Kuldi. From here, its another steep descent on slippery stone steps through dense bamboo forests to reach the aptly named settlement of Bamboo. After Bamboo, the trail climbs gradually to reach Doban, where we spend the night. Overnight Tea-house, Doban.
Day 08: Trek Doban to Machhapuchchhre Base Camp (MBC) (3,700m)
We continue the trek through lush forests, going past the Hinku Cave, often used by porters to bivouac during the monsoons. From here we can spot the lodges at Deorali, the last settlement before the MBC.Beyond Deorali, the valley narrows even further as we approach the gushing torrent of Modi Khola. After walking on a level trail for some time, we make the final ascent to MBC, which is a grassy meadow and level moraine. Here we have some opportunities to take pictures of the spectacular Annapurna I and II, Gangapurna and, of course, Machhapuchhare, the fish-tail mountain itself. Overnight Tea-house, MBC.
Day 09: MBC to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) (4,130m)
This is an easy day as we make a short ascent to the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC). It’s a pleasant walk along a stream beside the moraine. The views become more and more impressive as we approach the ABC and once there, we find ourselves in a giant natural amphitheatre, surrounded by mighty 7,000m+ mountains on all sides. A little beyond the lodges at the base camp, there is a small hill that affords the best view of the entire panorama. If the weather is clear, one can even clamber down to the glacier and walk on the moraine. We have the rest of the afternoon to relax and admire the beauty of this amazing place. Overnight Tea-house, ABC.
Day 10: Trek ABC to Bamboo (2,310m)
We now leave Annapurna Base camp and retrace our steps back to Bamboo village. As we are going downhill most of the way the walk takes less time although it can be hard on the knees! Overnight Tea-house, Bamboo.
Day 11: Trek Bamboo to Jhinu (1,750m)
We continue to retrace our steps as we return to Chhomrong, from where instead of going to Tadopani, we descend to Jhinu. The natural hot springs at Jhinu are a brilliant remedy for sore and aching muscles. Overnight Tea-house, Jhinu
Day 12: Trek Jhinu to Tolka (1,600m)
Our last full day of trekking, as we continue the return journey, walking past Landruk village and on to Tolka. Overnight Tea-house, Tolka.
Day 13: Trek Tolka to Khande (1,130m) and drive to Pokhara
After a short 03hour walk to Khande via Australiancamp, our vehicles will pick us up and take us to Pokhara. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure in the bustling lake city where we can pick up souvenirs for our friends and family back home. Overnight Hotel, Pokhara.
Day 14: Fly Pokhara to Kathmandu to New Delhi
We get up early to catch the morning flight to Kathmandu from where we take the connecting flight to Delhi. Our journey comes to an end!
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KATHMANDU TO KATHMANDU
- - 3 star Hotel in Kathmandu (Bed & Breakfast) on twin sharing basis
- - Internal Flights and all Land transport in the itinerary
- - A White Magic Trip leader being assisted by a Nepalese Trek guide
- - 1 porter between two trekkers
- - Food for porters & crew members
- - All permits
- - Twin sharing room on trek
- - All meals on trek (3 meals / 3 times Tea or Coffee)
- - GST as applicable (Subject to change as per govt rules).
- - International Airfare
- - International airport taxes
- - Visas
- - All optional additional tours or activities during free time
- - Transportation outside of the tour program
- - Travel insurance
- - Tips
- - Items of a personal nature like sleeping bag, phone calls, alcohol, cigarettes, bottled beverages, laundry, souvenir etc.
- - Costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.
- - One should budget for at least Rs. 250 per day for the bottled water on the trip. Average cost of bottled water on the trail is Rs. 70 per bottle.
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of White Magic