Annapurna Base Camp Trek -17 days
Annapurna base camp trek
Walk through villages, forests and upstream along the Modi Khola into the Annapurna Sanctuary, a valley surrounded by towering Himalayan peaks. Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is a spectacular trek to the South Face of Annapurna I (8,091m/26,545ft). Offer breathtaking views of the Fishtail Peak-Machhapuchhare (6,993m/22,943ft). Watch a magnificent sunrise over Dhaulagiri (8,167m/26,795ft) and Annapurna ranges from Poon Hill.
Your Annapurna Sanctuary Trek commences in the ancient city of Kathmandu; from Kathmandu you will board a bus to Pokhara for an overnight stay. The trek begins in the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara through ever green forests and rhododendron thickets to Jinu Dhanad. The village of Jinu Dhanad is known for its natural hot springs, so take a dip in the soothing water heated by Mother Nature. After a gradual trek up, the village of Chhomrong is the next attraction and stopping point, boasting crystal clear views of the unconquered Machhapuchhare peak (6,993m/22,943ft) which resembles a fishtail. The trail then goes on to the Himalaya Hotel (2840m9, 318ft), where one can devour even more magnificent views of the Himalayas. Your journey beyond the Himalaya Hotel gets slightly more difficult during the ascent to Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3,700m/12,139ft). The peaks Annapurna-III (7,600m/24,934ft) and Annapurna -IV (7,400m/24,278ft) are visible from this point and the gigantic glacier of Machhapuchhare makes its presence felt. You will have easy day for acclimatization is necessary; also a great opportunity for you to enjoy the phenomenal mountain views from here.
The next leg of the trek will take you to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,550ft) and the heart of a natural amphitheatre, a picture that will remain with you forever. The sunrise is another view of note as it gradually illuminates the peak of Annapurna-I (8,091m/26,545ft). While on this massive glacier you can orchestrate a snowball fight or build a snowman. The last highlight of this trek is the spectacular view from Poon Hill (3,210m/10,531ft), considered a photographer's paradise.
This spells the end of the experience of a lifetime, bringing you down to Tirkhedhunga through rice terraces and colorful rhododendron forests and a last chance to admire the beauty and monstrosity of the Annapurna range. You will continue trek to Naya Pul, from here it is back to Pokhara and a comfortable night's sleep.
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu, transfer from airport to hotel 1300m
Day 02: At leisure in Kathmandu, preparation for trek
Day 03: Fly to Pokhara, transfer to hotel
Day 04: Drive to Phedi, and trek to Tolka 1810m
Day 05: Tolka to Chhromrong 2040m
Day 06: Chhromrong to Bamboo Lodge 2340m
Day 07: Bamboo Lodge to Himalayan Hotel 2900m
Day 08: Himalayan Hotel to Machhapuchhre Base Camp 3720m
Day 09: Machhapuchhre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp 4095m
Day 10: Annapurna Base Camp to Doban 2630m
Day 11: Doban to Chhromrong 2040m
Day 12: Chhromrong to Ghandruk 1065m
Day 13: Ghandruk to Birethanti
Day 14: Birethanti to Naya Pul, drive back to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 15: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 16: At leisure in Kathmandu
Day 17: Transfer from hotel to airport, fly home
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