Explore the hidden mustang valley in the northwestern Nepal and traverse across the rocky landscape. The wind and…
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Annapurna Base Camp Trek takes you to the foothills of the great Annapurna range. Trekkers will witness the eloquent western Himalayas along with the tranquility of nature, the lushness of the forests and the serenity of the rivers as they take on this mesmerizing journey to the Annapurna region.
Among the attractions are the ice giants including Mt. Annapurna (8,091m), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Mt. Macchapuchhre (6,993m) and other mountain ranges that stand tall in their full might. The green plantation, wide grasslands, as well as the Rhododendron forests, make this walk a natural blessing. Add that with the friendly Gurung villages and the people and you got one of the most memorable treks around. Trekkers will walk along the silent rivers, rocky trails as well as thick forests in this trek.
The highest point of the trek is the Annapurna Base camp itself at the height of 4,130m so this calls for acclimatization. Although the trek is rated as a moderately difficult trek, there is always a chance of high altitude sickness when trekking so high so we suggest proceeding with caution.
Volunteer’s Initiative Nepal aims at providing social distributive justice to the people by using a portion of the expense that you incur to improve the living standard of people who are deprived of even the basic needs. So, this journey at one hand takes you to the naturally rich Annapurna region and on the other helps the people by channelizing the fund to fulfill their needs.
Annapurna Base Camp has always been one of the more famous treks, not only in the western Himalayas but the entire Nepal. Regarded as one of the finest treks, it is all about the giant mountains, the clear rivers and the beautiful scenery that nature throws at us. Going through the picturesque hills and villages, we will get closer and closer to the western Himalayas. As we walk through the diverse landscape with the mountain in the backdrop the scene calls for the best picture that your camera has to offer.
The exquisite view of the Himalayas, the snowy trails provides trekkers with the blend of challenge and entertainment. Although this is a perfect way to start the trekking career for the novice trekkers, even the avid trekkers will find equal enjoyment in this amazing ride. We will cover Macchapuchhre Base Camp as well which is 2 hours on the way Annapurna base camp. The cold breeze and the thin air can be a challenge for new comers. So, we take time for acclimatization and adjust to the rising altitude. Prior trekking experience can be an asset. Good physical fitness and stamina are equally essential.
Throughout the journey, trekkers will stop by various villages and get acquainted with the friendly locals. There are other trekkers who we will meet along the way and we can interact with them and even trek together for a while. We will trek through the Annapurna Conservation Area, home to diverse vegetation that we will see in this journey.
As with another trek to the western Himalayas, we start our journey from a ride to Pokhara. From there we will drive to Ghandruk and commence our trek through the wilderness of the hills. The village of Chommrong holds one of the best views of the surrounding hills and mountains. On the way to ABC, we will also observe the vast grassland between the hills, the relaxing rivers and the ice caves, each as stunning as the other. The natural hot spring of Jhinu Danda is a natural ointment for all your physical and mental stress and nearing the end of the journey a dip into this hot water will relieve you of all the stress you went before it.
The best time to take on this trek is Spring (March-May) and Autumn (November – December). It is possible to trek during other seasons as well but the climate and weather may play an antagonistic role. The heavy rain, as well as the cold winter, can make this journey an arduous one.
Volunteer’s initiative Nepal is a social organization which aims at providing social welfare to the society. It does so by contributing a portion of the fund that you expend for your journey and channelizing that fund toward the marginalized society. Those people who don’t have an access to fundamental requirements of humans will be given those facilities including food, shelter and clothing. Not only that the fund will go towards education of the marginalized children and development of infrastructure for those citizens. So, this journey is a good chance to become a socially responsible tourist along with the entertainment that you can get from this trek to the Annapurna Base Camp.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Welcome to the cultural capital of Nepal. After you arrive via Tribhuvan International Airport you will be escorted to your hotels. Brief introduction about the trek and you can get packing for the trekking to come. Considering the time of your arrival, you may have the evening to stroll around the city. The nightlife of Thamel shows some of the busiest places in Kathmandu, bustling with foreigners and Nepalese alike. You can even shop around for the necessary stuff for the trek.
Day 2: Kathmandu – Pokhara (872m)
Early morning breakfast at the hotel and we will leave to the tourist hotspot of Pokhara. The ride can be a long one depending upon the traffic, however, once you cross the Valley you will not be disappointed. The beautiful countryside, the villages, hills, and rivers continue for hundreds of kilometers, yet looking at it through the windows is as satisfying as it gets. We will drive through many small towns like Malekhu and Muglin and reach Pokhara by early evening. Reaching the hotel, we will rest our luggage and stroll around the Lakeside. Hundreds of tourist’s flood Pokhara every day and the availability of the bars and pubs make this an ideal place to hang out.
Day 3: Pokhara – Kimrong
We leave the hotel early and drive to Ghandrunk through Nayapul. The path is winding up and down the hills and the mountains can be seen getting closer and closer as we reach Ghandruk. Ghandruk is a Gurrung village with the excellent view of the hills and mountains that we are yet to conquer. After lunch in this village, we start our trek. From the inception, the long and tiring stairs drain our stamina. We move down the hill through the forest to reach the beautiful Kimrong River. We again ascend up the hill and reach a lodge in the hills where we stay the night beneath the starry skies surrounded by the hills. 3 hours of drive. 4 hours of walk. BLD included.
Day 4: Kimrong – Chhomrong (2,310m)
After our breakfast we continue our trek up hills. The long stairs and rocky trails makes is an arduous walk. Then we pass the forests and onto the villages. We descend down from the Chere Danda and a gentle walk to village of Chhomrong. This village is inhabited by the Gurung people and lies in the lap of the Annapurna massif. We can see kids going to school and people busy in crafts. There are many shops in the area. The view of the Annapurna range and Macchapuchhre is outstanding and closer than the one from Ghandruk. After our lunch, we descend through the steep stairs until we reach a long suspension bridge. Then it’s even more haunting stairs until we reach Sinuwa. We continue on and pass through the thick forests and reach Bamboo where we stay the night. 5 hours of walk. BLD included.
Day 5: Bamboo – Deurali (3,230m)
Following the Bamboo forest, we ascend some more. The climate becomes colder and foggier in the hills. The forest ends at Himalaya Hotel and we are once more open to the fresh air and sun to get some warmth. The rivers can be seen flowing below us. We move up the hill through the dry forest through the rocky path and reach Hinku Cave. We rest for a while and continue downwards through the dry and rocky path with the beautiful mountain ranges at the front and the river to the fight. Some more stretch and we will come across the open grassland with the full sunlight in our body. We reach Deurali and stay for the night. 6 hours of walk. BLD included.
Day 6: Deurali – Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m)
This is the most difficult day of this trek. We initially climb gently up the river bed. Then there’s a long stair up to the Macchapuchhre Base Camp. The altitude makes it a difficult journey as the air is thin. However, the cold breeze adds to the comfort. Reach Macchapuchhre Base Camp we rest for acclimatization. It is a great place to take pictures with the majestic Fishtail mountain. We can also see the massive Annapurna range. Carrying on we trek through fine grasses along the rocky roads along the mountains. Entering the Annapurna Sanctuary, we see the near vertical southern face of Annapurna range. Through the plains we reach Annapurna Base Camp from where the view of the bewitching Annapurna South, Annapurna I and II, Gangapurna, Mt. Hiuchuli and Gandharvachuli looks absolutely stunning. We stay overnight. 5 hours of walk. BLD included.
Day 7: Annapurna Base Camp – Bamboo
It’s the day you have been waiting for. Get up before the sun and see the sunrise reflecting on the Annapurna range. Take some great photographs and live the moment. We move downhill which is rather easy. The mountains accompany us along with the view of the beautiful hills and rivers. Our pace becomes twice as fast downhills. 6 hours of walk. BLD included.
Day 8: Bamboo – Jhinu Danda (1,760m)
We move back through the forests and reach Sinuwa. We climb downstairs and cross the bridge and again take the endless stairs up to Chhomrong. After lunch, we will take a different way back. We descend down to Jhinu Danda. We rest our luggage and climb down to enjoy the natural hot spring. Take a dive in the hot water and get relieved of all the stress. We, then climb up to Jhinu and rest for the night. BLD included. 5 hours of walk. BLD include.
Day 9: Jhinu Danda – Pokhara
We trek downhill enjoying the lush green landscape along the way. Reaching Nayapul, we will take a ride back to Pokhara. There will plenty of time to enjoy the city of Pokhara. Various bars, live music, and the Few Lake are some of the major attraction of the city. Overnight at the hotel. Breakfast and Lunch included.
Day 10: Pokhara – Kathmandu
Our bus will leave from Tourist bus stop early morning. The long drive back home shows the same landscape and the villages and cities but this time, you will probably sleep the entire way through. If you don’t, then you can enjoy driving through the winding roads passing many towns and looking at the herculean hills and river from your window. Depending on the traffic in Thankot, the entrance to Kathmandu, you can reach Kathmandu by late afternoon. Reaching hotel, you can stroll around the town and buy some souvenir to take back home. The eccentric nightlife of Thamel is something that you can look forward to.
Day 11: Departure
After the breakfast, you will be escorted to the Tribhuvan International Airport depending upon the timing of your flight. You might have to wait for a while for your flight.
-Flight Fair (Guest and Guide)
-Airport pickup and Drop.
-Budget Hotel Accommodation on bed breakfast plan
-All ground transportations as per itinerary
-3 meals per day during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) and one cup of tea with per meal
-Accommodation on Tea-house during the trekking
-An experienced English Speaking Guide
-Necessary Porter 1: 2 (one porter for two Guests), the porter will Carry 15-20KG/
-All applicable taxes as per the government rules and regulations
-(TIMS) Trekker’s information Management System
-First Aid medical kit, Oxymeter to check pulse, heart rate and oxygen saturation at higher altitude
-General equipment for Porter during the adventure trip
-Guide and porter salary and insurance during the trek
-All organizational requirements
– Nepal visa fee
-Your International flights
-Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
– Mountain rescue service if required
-Personal expenses (phone, laundry, water, bar drinks, battery recharge, extra porters, hot shower etc.)
-Trip cancellation cost accident or Health, Loss Theft or Damage and personal effects