16 Days Annapurna Base Camp

16 Days Annapurna Base Camp

Begin your journey from the cultural crucible that is Kathmandu. A land defined by picture views of the Annapurna Ranges. Trek your way through the breathtaking Himalayan landscape of the Annapurna Ranges, as you pass your way along the awe inspiring glacier staying on the shores of rivers with crystal clear water. Take a plunge into the hot springs and curl up and rest your head in a cosy tea house or walk along the shores of a tranquil lake where the night comes alive with the sounds of music. End up in a medieval square of what is perhaps the most famous capital in the Himalayan region.

  • Start Location : Kathmandu Nepal
  • Finish Location : Kathmandu Nepal
  • Trip Style : Long Haul, Trekking, Wellness,
  • Country : Nepal
  • Group Size : 2 to 16

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Inclusions


Accomodations

4 Night twin share hotel 11 nights tea house

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Activities

Kathmandu cycle ricksha, Hot springs

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Airport Transfer

Arrival & departure transfer included

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Local Tipping

Tipping for accommodation, activities and transport

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Meals

15 Breakfasts 1Lunches 1 Dinner

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Transportation

Cycle rick shore, Private vehicle, internal Flights

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Itinerary

Day 1
Kathmandu
Day 2
Bandipur 1
Day 3
Ulleri
Day 4
Ghorepani
Day 5
Tadapani
Day 6
Chhomrong
Day 7
Bamboo
Day 8
Himalaya
Day 9
Machhapuchre Base Camp
Day 10
Annapurna base camp
Day 11
Bamboo
Day 12
Jhinu
Day 13
Ghandruk
Day 14
Pokhara
Day 15
Kathmandu
Day 16
Kathmandu

Day 01 Kathmandu

Welcome to Kathmandu, a spicy masala of mixed reputations. The gems of its heritage now contrasted with its all too typical Asian big city melee and manic traffic. Our representative will meet you at the airport and whisk you off to the hotel. Stow away your gear and get ready to explore Kathmandu. Join your tour leader for a pre-trip briefing at 6 pm then head out on a cycle rickshaw, a.k.a. ‘street helicopters’, through the colorful tourist hub of Thamel-then onto the bustling vegetable and spice markets of Asan – the oldest market square of Kathmandu. Continue to take the backstreets into the Kathmandu Durbar Square. Devoid of tour groups and tastefully illuminated at night, you will certainly feel the soulful side of the archaic Kathmandu.

Day 02 Bandipur

After breakfast today, drive from Kathmandu to Bandipur. A lunch stop can be made at Benighat - TTC. Later, drive to Dumre, the roadside market-town, digressing from the main highway to take a winding, uphill track all the way to Bandipur (7kms). Drop off at the entry point to the Bandipur Bazaar, where you’ll be warmly greeted by The Old Inn staff. Walk through the bazaar to The Old Inn. The small peaceful, ancient town of Bandipur occupies an enviable 'eagle's nest' location perched high in the hills with uninterrupted views over to Manaslu and the Annapurna's. Your accommodation here is located in the heart of the town and in a welcoming pedestrianized area. From the terraces of The Old Inn, there are commanding views of the Himalaya and there's a very relaxed feel about Bandipur. Lunch on arrival, and later while away the early afternoon, marveling at the traditional elegance of The Old Inn or simply enjoy the rejuvenating siesta. You may opt for a walk around the Bandipur surrounds for 2-3 hours exploring this peaceful village and local life. Savor the authentic flavor of Nepalese cuisine over dinner.

Day 03 Ulleri (1960m)

An early morning drive (5 hrs approx) from Bandipur to the trek start point of Hille (1475m) via Nayapul and Birethanti- passing the many streams, waterfalls, tropical vegetation and green fields give this area a lush feeling. We pass a suspension bridge in Tikedhunga and walk uphill for about 40 mins to our overnight stop at Ulleri (1960m). Total walking duration: 3 hrs approx.

Day 04 Ghorepani (2750m)

Initially our hike is uneven; following a path that finds its way up and down hills, then a staircase leads upwards, passing many homes and tea-houses as it climbs. Part way up, we get our first view of Annapurna South. Higher up, we enter a wooded area filled with trees often in bloom and large bamboo plants. Beyond Banthanti (2300m) the vegetation thickens and trees are hung with moss. Then, onward and up a narrow valley with more stairs to climb until we emerge from the jungle at Nangathanti (2520m). From here on, another hour’s climb takes us to Ghorepani (2750m). Total walking duration: 5.5 hrs approx.

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Day 05 Tadapani (2590m)

Rising early, a pre-dawn hike (45 mins) has us on Poon Hill in time for sunrise over Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna Range.  Returning to our tea-house for breakfast, we rejoin the trail that winds its way north along the ridge line with magnificent views of the Annapurnas stretching out from east to west. Following a forested ridge for a while, with views to both sides, we then descend steeply down a muddy slope to a small settlement before entering a heavily forested gorge. Eventually, the gorge widens and the trail enters an open area and descend again before our final upward climb, through dense forest, to Tadapani (2590m). Total walking duration: 4 hrs approx.

Day 06 Chhomrong (2170m)

The trail continues down a steep hill, again through the jungle, to Chomrong. Emerging out and into terraced fields on the side of a deep valley we continue, keeping to the contours of the terraces. Climbing steeply up the opposite side of the valley, we soon enter the larger Modi Khola valley which leads up to the Annapurna Sanctuary. A short distance further on up the Modi Khola valley, we arrive at Chomrong (2170m). Total walking duration: 5 hrs approx.

Day 07 Bamboo (2380m)

Continuing on,  the trail descends to cross the Chommro Khola, then climbs around into the Modi Khola valley and up on to the main ridge high above the river. Stands of rhododendron, oak and hemlock line the gorge, and the area is a delight for bird lovers. After walking, mostly up steep hills, we reach the village of Bamboo. Total walking duration: 4.5 hrs approx.

Day 08 Himalaya (2920m)

Hike the undulating trail to the small hamlet of Himalaya. First, we follow the valley climbing steadily uphill to Doban (2580m). About half an hour past Doban, we reach a shrine - the sacred home of the deity Panchhi Baraha and next to it is a view of an impressive waterfall. Passing the Modi Khola the trail goes steeply up to Himalaya Hotel for your night stay (2920m). Total walking duration: 5 hrs approx

Day 09 Machhapuchre Base Camp (3700)

Slowly gaining altitude; the trail starts to become icier. We pass through a ‘sacred’ forest and encounter a big mossy cascade and a small temple. Soon, climbing onto an open area above the forest, we reach Deurali. The next village further above is Hinko (3100m), from where we finally reach the narrow entrance-way into the Annapurna Sanctuary. Machhapuchare is clearly visible just above the valley. Avalanches are a frequent phenomena on this section so extreme caution is advised. The Machhapuchre Base Camp is at an altitude of  3700m. Total walking duration: 4.5 hrs approx.

Day 10 Annapurna base camp (4130)

The climb to the Annapurna Base Camp is best done early in the morning before clouds blow in and obscure the view and, more importantly, the risk of avalanches are at their lowest level. The Base Camp (4130m) lies at the foot of the Annapurna Glacier's lateral moraine, and from the top of the moraine we can see the gray, rock-strewn bulk of this glacier far below. The rumble of rock and ice slides coming off Annapurna South frequently breaks the silence of the Sanctuary. Total walking duration: 3 hrs approx.

Day 11 Bamboo (2380m).

Heading back downhill along the trail, we retrace our route as far as Bamboo (2380m). Total walking duration: 6.5 hrs approx.

Day 12 Jhinu (1780)

Two long ascents followed by two long descents bring us to Upper Sinuwa. You will get good views of Machapuchare and Annapurna III from the viewpoint. Then the trail descends to Lower Sinuwa (2340m). Finally, the trail climbs to a spur ridge overlooking Jhinu Danda (1780m) - our night halt. From here we have one last close-up glimpse of Machhapuchare, Hiunchuli, and Annapurna South. This small village is widely-recognized for its natural hot springs. In the late afternoon, you will be heading to the hot spring to relax your muscles. The hot spring is located only 20 minutes away from the village at the Modi Khola River’s shore.Total walking duration: 6 hrs approx.

Day 13 Ghandruk (1940m)

Entering Kimrong Khola valley the trail evens out for a while and the walking is easy!  We arrive at the junction with the route from Ghorepani and just beyond the village of Kimrong (1780m), the trail suddenly drops in short, steep switchbacks, then through open rock-strewn fields to the 'Gurung' village of Ghandruk (1940m), a village which has grown large and prosperous thanks to the pensions of retired Gurkha soldiers. Total walking duration: 4 hrs approx.

Day 14 Pokhara

From Ghandruk, the trail descends gradually at first on a wide flagstone-paved trail. Keeping to the contour of the ridge we descend slowly, passing through Kimche (1670m). After walking down to Kimche (1.5 hrs approx), the end point - Nayapul can be reached by jeep. On board the waiting vehicle for the return drive to Pokhara (3 hrs approx), on which the landscape suddenly becomes more lush and eventually the road becomes steeper as we descend towards the valley floor, finally reaching the river from where the way is once again quite level. We pass Birethanti along the route, from where it’s just a few minutes down the river to Nayapul, and onwards to Pokhara. Total walking duration: 1.5 hrs approx. 

Day 15 Kathmandu

After breakfast, morning flight to the capital city of Kathmandu. Private transfer from the airport to the traveller’s hub of Thamel. Later in Thamel, free time to self-explore this touristic district, where you're spoiled with choices to eat out, and as the shops stay open late, there's still time for some last-minute souvenir hunting.

Day 16 Kathmandu

It’s time now to bid farewell to your tour leader and new friends but not without a backpack full of memories. Departure transfers are included on the day. Please consult with your tour leader or the hotel desk to confirm the check out time. Looking to extend your trip check out our Tibet or Bhutan adventures.

Our Hotels


Kathmandu Guest House Thamel

The Kathmandu Guest House, a converted Rana dynasty mansion with fragrant gardens and airy corridors, has provided the peaceful refuge of choice since 1967. Since the days of being the first and only hotel in Thamel. As a guidebook put it, “Kathmandu Guest House acts as a magnet for mountaineers, pop stars, actors and eccentric characters.” Even the Beatles stayed here in 1968. Kathmandu Guest House prides itself on being affordable to all budgets, from those looking to treat themselves to total comfort in elegantly modern suites, to volunteers and scholars who take the famous no-frills rooms.

Tea House

Trekking lodges, known as teahouses, that we stay in on the trek are very simple with only basic facilities. Access to electricity points for charging devices will cost extra. Wi-Fi is available at some locations, but connections may be poor.

The Old Inn Bandipur

Perched high above the Trisuli Valley, this tasteful, cozy Country Inn has uninterrupted views of the Himalayas. A new addition to the Old inn, but with its own very unique flavor, is the adjacent former ancestral mansion house where vintage architectural features and modernity combine seamlessly.

Dates


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Saturday
20 Aug 2022
Sunday
04 Sep 2022
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10 Sep 2022
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25 Sep 2022
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24 Sep 2022
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08 Oct 2022
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