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Annapurna Base Camp

Journey from the lower foothills of the Himalayas to the Annapurna Sanctuary. Beginning in Pokhara, you will trek through lush green hill country typical of the Pokhara Valley. Tiny thatched-roof villages, set among terraced fields, paint a scenic picture against the Himalayan backdrop – you can expect magnificent views of the snowy range of Annapurna, Manaslu and Dhaulagiri, including perhaps the most majestic of all the Himalayan peaks, Machapuchare, or ‘Fish Tail’.

Outline Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Kathmandu (1300m)

    On arrival in Kathmandu the group will be met by our local escort and transferred to Gokarna Forest Lodge (or similar).

  2. Day 2: Fly Pokhara (830m) and trek to Ghandruk (1940m) – 4-5 hours trekking

    Early breakfast, then transfer to the domestic airport for the flight to Pokhara.

  3. Day 3: Ghandruk to Chomrong (2170m) – 5 hours trekking

    From Ghandruk, the trail follows a winding course uphill for one hour until it reaches Ghandrukkot, from where it is a steep descent to the Kimron River.

  4. Day 4: Chomrong to Dovan (2580m) – 6 hours trekking

    Depart Chomrong and trek alongside the Modi River for two hours, leaving behind the inhabited foothills and entering the high wooded slopes of the Himalayas.

  5. Day 5: Doban to Deurali (3230m) – 4 hours trekking

    From Dovan continue to follow the Modi River upstream. The trail soon begins to climb through forests of bamboo and oak (home to wild pig, deer, and the very rare snow leopard).

  6. Day 6: Deurali to Machapuchare Base Camp (3700m) – 3-4 hours trekking

    Leave Deurali and continue to trek upstream alongside the raging Modi River. The track is generally easy, though you may encounter strong winds in the valley. Crossing the bed of the Modi River, we reach Bagar, where we stop for lunch and rest.

  7. Day 7: Machapuchare Base Camp to Annapurna BC (4130m) – 2-3 hours trekking

    Today's walk takes us to our final destination, Annapurna Base Camp, in the heart of the Annapurna Sanctuary! Begin by trekking up a fairly steep trail for 2-3 hours, which, depending on the season, is likely to be covered in snow.

  8. Day 8: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (2310m) – 6 hours trekking

    Leaving the serene and barren tranquility of the mountains, we return to the lush green vegetation and forest of the lower foothills, as we make our way to the village of Bamboo.

  9. Day 9: Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1760m) – 6 hours trekking

    From Bamboo, we have a short climb to Khuldi-ghar, where we check out at the National Park gates. From Khuldi, the trail descends all the way to the bridge over the Modi River, and then up to Lower Chomrong.

  10. Day 10: Jhinu Dada to Pokahara – 5 hours trekking, 1 hour drive

    The route from Jhinu Danda to Kyumi Village is mostly downhill albeit with some short climbs.

  11. Day 11: Pokhara to Kathmandu

    A morning flight takes us back to Kathmandu, and Gokarna Forest Lodge.

  12. Day 12: Departure

    After breakfast the group will be transferred to the airport for the return flight home.

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