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Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking / ABC trek- Details
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Witness the sunrise over Annapurna from Poon Hill Trek to both Machhapuchhre and Annapurna Base Camps.
The Annapurna Sanctuary or abc trek tour starts and ends in Kathmandu. The Annapurna Sanctuary is a Trekking tour that takes 16 days taking you from Kathmandu, Nepal and 3 other destinations in Asia.
From ancient kingdoms to majestic mountain vistas, trek through the breathtaking Himalayan landscape of the Annapurna Ranges. Pass awe-inspiring glaciers, stay on the banks of pristine rivers, cross mountain pastures, dip into natural hot springs and encounter mule trains carrying supplies to remote villages. Rest and revive in cosy mountain teahouses and meet friendly locals along the way. Time spent in Kathmandu and Pokhara completes the adventure with insights into Nepali culture and tradition.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek details Itinerary 2022/2023
Day1 KaKathmandu to Pokhara (820m/2,690ft)
We initiate our Annapurna Base Camp Trek after taking a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Following the trisuli river, we stop at few spot for lunch.
After crossing a bridge over Marshyangdi River we head further west to Pokhara. Upon arrival at the paradise city of Pokhara, check in at your hotel and you may relax at Shore of Phewa Lake, enjoy boating or simply enjoy evening time at Lakeside.
Day 2 Drive to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedhunga(1540m) 5 hours Guest house
We begin our trip taking a short drive from Pokhara to Nayapul passing the village of Lumle. Nayapul is also the starting point of our trek.
Trekking gradually, we reach a large and flourishing town of Birethanti situated on the confluence of the Modi and Burundi Khola. We traverse along the ABC trekking trail passing through refreshing forests striking waterfalls and other natural sceneries. Then after, we gently ascend towards the beautiful valley of Tikhedhunga. Accommodation: Local lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D
Day 3 Tikhe Dhunga to Ghorepani (2860m/9380ft) 4-5 hours Guest house
It will be quite a challenging day as we will be climbing more than 3000 stairs today. Following the trails, we cross many suspension bridges, a large village where we get an insight into Magar and Gurung communities.
Passing the Ulleri village, we cross beautiful rhododendron forests enjoying the beauty of nature. We will then follow the beautiful trails with plenty of bird watching opportunity too. We have our lunch at Nangethanti and ascend towards Ghorepani. Accommodation: Local Lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D
Day 4 Hiking -Poonhill (3210m), trek to Tadapani 6-7 hours Guest house
We start our day early today before sunrise and trek towards the beautiful viewpoint of Poonhill. It will be a magical experience to witness the beauty of snowcapped mountains from Poon Hill which is indescribable when the rising sun’s rays gradually strikes the Himalayan giants including Dhaulagiri range, Annapurna South, Tukuche, Manaslu, Fishtail and many others.
We have a great time at Poonhill and return to Ghorepani for breakfast. Further, we descend towards Tadapani walking through the beautiful rhododendron forest. After one hour of steep climbing, we come to a hill top, the place named Deurali. We see very nice view from Deurali. We climb down through bamboo forests from Deurali. We have our lunch at Banthanti and again continue through rhododendron forest. Accommodation: Local Lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D
Day 5 Tadapani to Chhomrong (2170m/7120ft) 5-6 hours Guest house
Today we continue our Annapurna Base camp trek descending down the trails. With plenty of forested walk through beautiful villages, we will then, cross the suspension bridge. A few more miles of uphill and downhill trek past waterfall and suspension bridge, we reach Chhomrong, which is our destination for today.
Chhomrong which is a beautiful village located on the lap of the Annapurna range. The Fish Tail Mountain seems gorgeous from the beautiful Chhomrong Village. Accommodation: Local Lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D
Day 6 Chhomrong to Dovan(2600m/6190ft) 5-6 hours Guest house
We will follow the beautiful Modi river, along with nearby valleys, and leave for small Gurung settlement of Chhomrong river through a suspension bridge. Then we will follow the tiny settlement of Tilche through the bamboo forest through rhododendron and oak. We will head towards Sinuwa.
Watching faunas like Langur monkeys and other floras, we descend through the bamboo staircase. Following the steep trails we arrive at Dovan at the end of the day. Accommodation: Local Lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D
Day 7 Dovan to Deurali (3200m/10500ft) 4 hours Guest house
We start our day after ascending through beautiful forests and we walk today enjoying all the nature. We will reach Deurali at lunch time. If you are fit and fine without any signs of altitude sickness then, you might want to go up to the Macchapuchre Base Camp. But for proper acclimatization, overnight stay at Deurali is scheduled. Accommodation: Local lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D
Day 8 machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m) 3 hours Guest house
After few hours of gradual trekking, we go for a steep ascent and arrive at the Himalaya Hotel. We will get excellent views of Mt. Machhapuchhre and other surrounding peaks from this site.
We go pass the Hinku Cave, cross plenty of suspension bridges and the vegetation is sparse offering great views of landscapes. We can also see wispy waterfalls cascading on sheer rock face cliffs. We cross the small bridge on the Modi Khola and continue climbing up the wide and boulder scattered glacial valley. The Machhapucchhre looks very different now as the vegetation is sparse of mainly upland rhododendron.
We cross Modi Khola once again and after following it for a while we start climbing up to the Machhapuchhre Base Camp. The trail leaves the river and ascends steadily towards the moraine ridge ahead on the left side of the valley behind which the lodges are situated.
We feel rewarded reaching Machhapuchhre Base Camp as we see majestic views of the magnificent Mt. Machhapuchhre along with Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli and Gangapurna. Accommodation: Local Lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D
Day 9 Machhapuchhre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp 2-3 hours Guest house
Today is the most important day of our trip. We will be arriving at the Annapurna Base Camp. The trail climbs steadily up the gorge between the moraine ridge of Annapurna Glacier and Hiunchuli Peak with an incredible view of Annapurna South and Baraha Shikhar ahead and Machhapucchhre looking back.
We get 360 panoramic views of snow capped mountains from Annapurna base camp including compelling views of the Machhapuchhre, Annapurna I, Annapurna south, Hiunchuli and so many other peaks.
Rest of the day, we enjoy great sunset views. Accommodation: Local Lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D
Day 10 Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (2310m/7576ft) 7 hours Guest house
Today also we wake up early in the morning to witness the stunning sunrise views over the Himalayas. Today is mostly a descending trek, so it would take less energy, however, we must control our shaky legs.
Get refreshed at the naturally flowing water through glaciers. In no time, we will be at Bamboo, passing through beautiful forested landscape. Accommodation: Local Lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D
Day 11 Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1780m/5840ft) 6 hours Guest house
We leave behind Bamboo today, as we make our way through the trails that took us days to go up. In this direction, towards Chhomrong, the trail first climbs steeply along stone steps or irregular rocks with occasional sections of a gentler incline.
At the top you can see Chhomrong straight across the valley. Crossing the Chommorong river, we climb up towards Chhomrong through a stone staircase. Then we finally descend towards Jhinu. A couple of minutes downhill takes you to a natural hot spring where you can dip yourself to relax your muscles. Accommodation: Local Lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D
Day 12 Jhinu Danda to Naya Pul then drive to Pokhara 6 hours
During the final day of our Annapurna Base Camp trek, we gradually descend towards the river stream and climb through the fields and arrive at Sauli Bazar from where the trail straightens towards Nayapul.
We will then enjoy the walk through terrace fields while walking towards Nayapul from where we catch a drive to the scenic lake city of Pokhara. Relax and enjoy free time at Pokhara.
Day 13 Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu 6 hours
We drive back to Kathmandu today. Try to get left pane of your vehicle to enjoy the greeneries, mountains, river gorges, villages and terraces during the drive. In the evening, we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances.
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• Airport pick up and drop upon arrival and departure (complimentary service)
• Ground transportations from Kathmandu – Pokhara and Pokhara – Kathmandu transfers by private vehicle (but tourist bus for solo trek)
• TIMS and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit
• One professional, knowledgeable and friendly English speaking trekking guide including his salary, food, accommodation, insurance, equipment
• One porter including his salary, food, accommodation, insurance, equipment
• Three times meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) each day during the trek
• Teahouse/lodge accommodation (twin sharing ) during the trek
• Two nights budget tourist hotel accommodation in Pokhara ( Nepal Planet Treks Logo )
• Dufale bag, sleeping bag, and down jacket for use during the trek
• Nepal Planet Treks– shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
• All government taxes & office service charge
• Nepal visa, airfares, travel insurance
• Added night/s accommodation in Kathmandu or Pokhara (except two nights in Pokhara)
• Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu or Pokhara
• All kind of drinks (alcoholic, hot, or cold)
• Personal expenses such as phone calls, bar bills, laundry, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, extra porters
• Personal equipment and clothing
• Tips for guides and porters (Expected but not mandatory)