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Annapurna Base Camp Trek Nepal

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Max Altitude :- 13,550 Ft.
 

Approx Trekking Km :- 70 Kms.

 

Trek Short Itinerary

 

Day 1 - Arrive in Pokhara
Day 2 - Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk
Day 3 - Ghandruk to Chhomrong
Day 4 - Chomrung to Dovan
Day 5 - Dovan to Machhapuchhre Base Camp
Day 6 - Machhapuchhre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp to Dovan
Day 7 - Dovan to Chumrung
Day 8 - Chumrung to Jhinu Hot Spring
Day 9 - Jhinu Hot Spring to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara

 

Brief Itinerary

 

Day 1 - Arrive in Pokhara

 

  • Altitude: 1,400m/4,600ft
  • Stay: Hotel (checkin at 12noon)
  • Briefing about the trek in the evening
  • Sightseeing: Phewa lake, Tal Barahi Temple, Himalayan views, International Mountain Museum (not included in the cost)

 

Day 2 - Pokhara to Nayapul (drive) and trek to Ghandruk

 

  • Altitude: 2,000m/6,500ft
  • Pick up time: 7:00 am
  • Drive to Nayapul: 40km, 1:30 hours
  • Trek 5km, 5-6 hours
  • Gradual ascend throughout
  • Water source: Refill water bottles at tea houses
  • Views: Machapuchare and Annapurna south

 

Day 3 - Ghandruk to Chhomrong

 

  • Altitude: 2,200m/7,200ft
  • Trek 10km, 6-7 hours
  • First 1 hour descent followed by an uphill hike of 5-6 hours to Chhomrong
  • Water source: Refill water bottles at tea houses
  • Views: Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Fishtail, Hinchuli, sunset on Annapurna range
  • Shops for batteries, memory card etc

 

Day 4 – Chomrung to Dovan

 

  • Altitude: 2,500m/8,200ft
  • Trek 11.2 km, 5-6 hours
  • Descend on 2500 stone steps to ChomrungKhola, steep ascend to Sinwa to Bamboo village
  • Steep descend from Bamboo to Dovan village
  • Water source: Refill water bottles at tea houses
  • Views: Annapurna III and Fishtail peaks

 

Day 5 - Dovan to Machhapuchhre Base Camp

 

  • Altitude: 3,700m/12,150ft
  • Trek 7 hours, 8-9 km
  • Ascending trail with boulders, rocks, snow patches, snow bridges. Crossing ModiKholariver
  • Water source: Refill water bottles at tea houses
  • Views: moon rise on Machhapuchhre and views of Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli and Gangapurna

 

Day 6 - Machhapuchhre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp to Dovan

 

  • Altitude: 4,130m/13,500ft
  • MBC to ABC to MBC: Trek 6 km, 4 hours; MBC to Dovan: 8-9 km, 4-5 hours
  • A gradual ascent at the start then walk through big peaks, glacial waters
  • Water source: Refill water bottles at tea houses
  • Views: Entire Annapurna range, panoramic views of Gangapurna, Gandharvachuli and Machapuchare

 

Day 7 - Dovan to Chumrung

 

  • Altitude: 2,500m/8,200ft
  • Trek 11.2 km, 5-6 hours
  • Retracing route with gradual ascend and descend
  • Water source: Refill water bottles at tea houses

 

Day 8 - Chumrung to Jhinu Hot Spring

 

  • Altitude: 1,700m/5,600ft
  • Trek 8 km, 5-6 hours
  • A mixture of steep ascending and descending trail
  • Enjoy a bath in hot springs
  • Water source: Refill water bottles at tea houses

 

Day 9 - Jhinu Hot Spring to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara

 

  • Trek 6-7 hours, 11 km
  • Easy trail to Nayapul
  • Water source: Refill water bottles at tea houses
  • Reach Pokhara in the evening

 

 

 

Who Can Go :-

 

Here are the fitness criteria one has to match absolutely for conquering Goechala Trek with us:

 

  • Experience of any high altitude trek, at least 1 trek.

 

  • The climber must be fit and have sufficient stamina to cover 5 km of distance in 30 minutes without a stress.

 

  • A goods carrying benchmark relevant in this expedition, the climber should be able to carry a 10 to 15 kg expedition bag pack.

 

  • Heart problem, high blood pressure, asthma, and epilepsy cannot be reconciled on this mission. The climber must not have these conditions mentioned above.

 

Detailed Itinerary

 

Day 1 - Arrive in Pokhara

 

After a pleasant flight journey, arrive in Pokhara. It is the hub of mountaineers that lies on the Phewalake. All the big expeditions and trekking start from here. Enjoy the Himalayan views, rice fields and Nepalese culture around. Rest in your hotel and have hot dinner looking forward to the exciting thrills.

 

Day 2 - Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk

 

After breakfast, you will have a ride of 1 and half hours to Nayapul. The actual trekking begins henceforth to Ghandruk crossing Lower Gandruk. The path is well paved having stairs intermittently. The trek has gradual ascent taking 5-6 hours to reach our camping site. 

Gandruk is considered the biggest village on the trek route. It is inhabited by stone built small houses. The village is loaded with tea houses that serve typical Nepalese cuisine. In the south, you can notice Machapuchare and Annapurna views. Relax in your bed for the wonderful night in the mountains.

 

Day 3 - Ghandruk to Chhomrong

 

The hike today is through delightful muddy trail laid up with scenic villages on both the sides. After a descent of 1 hour, you will reach KimrongKhola. A beautifully snow-covered array of peaks, Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Fishtail, Hinchuli, begin to appear. The route henceforth goes uphill until Chhomrong (4-5 hours hike). Picture perfect hilly settlements surrounded by green banana fields, rhododendrons, fern etc. are seen throughout. Chhomrong lies on a hilltop having stone paved stairs. It is the gateway to Annapurna Sanctuary and permits are granted here. The sights of Annapurna South become prominent. Again there are numerous tea houses and shops selling batteries, memory card and other accessories. Watch the peaceful sunset on the Annapurna range and rest for the day.

 

Day 4 – Chomrung to Dovan

 

Welcome another amazing morning in the lush green hilly setup. Start with a descend on 2500 stone-built stairs leading to a bridge. The hanging bridge then takes you to Chomrung Khola, seems like entering into dense forests. The Sanctuary is flourished with rhododendrons, oak, alpine trees. Therefore the trail looks lush adorned with reddish-pink flowers.


The trail again goes steep, just like climbing stairs till Sinwa village, which an hour away. Notice a tiny hamlet called Tilche just 15 minutes before you reach Sinwa. Sinwa is divided into Lower and Upper Sinwa. Both are about 20 minutes away. Sinwa is marked with a few teahouses and lodges. It is enclosed between a thin forest cover. You can take a small tea break here. Annapurna III comes into clear visibility here.


From here onwards you will be walking in Annapurna Sanctuary filled with dense forests. Climb up for 30 minutes until you reach ACAP check post. The trail similarly descends on the stone staircase for 30 minutes until Bamboo Village. Look out for waterfalls around. Cross a wooden bridge, followed by 35 minutes ascend to another wooden bridge. Hold your breath, because your next camp Dovan is just 5-10 minutes far.

 

Day 5 - Dovan to Machhapuchhre Base Camp

 

Get all braced with enough energy as this is the strenuous day of the trek. Yet, the trail will show changing vegetation from sub-tropical to alpine and the sights will keep you revitalised. The height gain is close to 4000 feet, therefore take it slow and stay hydrated. Mix path of gradual ascends and descends with a muddy trail will lead to Himalaya. The Wooden bridge comes in 25 minutes and in another 30 minutes, the shrine is seen on the trail. Keep following the muddy route till Modi Khola. You can now see houses of Himalaya from here. Another 15 minutes walk and you arrive in Himalaya. Himalaya has quaint tea houses. You will walk through bamboo forests. Eventually, you will rise above the treeline slowly.


A few landslide and avalanche-prone areas will be seen on the path ahead. An overhanging cave called Hinku arrives after an hour's hiking up. The trail magically passes through a valley now. There are rocks and boulders laid, that end at 2 snow patches back to back. Furiously flowing Modi Khola is seen in the valley. Cross the snow patches and river followed by 20 minutes climb up, Deurali arrives. You can take a break for lunch here.


You will be walking next to the river as you see the valley also gets bigger. Machapuchre and Gangapurna peaks will be seen every now and then. Another section of the rocky terrain of 40 minutes direct to Bagar. There is a bridge over Modi Khola, after crossing this bridge the next halt Machapuchre Base Camp is 30 minutes away.


MBC is a stunning place well-known for mesmerising moon rise on Machapuchremountain, do not miss this wonderful night sky. Along with it, other peaks seen are Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli and Gangapurna.

 

Day 6 - Machhapuchhre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp to Dovan

 

Get ready for the most awaited day of the trek. This day is a walk literally into the mountains, on the mountains. The route takes a sharp 90-degree turn to the left for ABC. The initial trial has steep ascend followed by gradual ascend. You will be hiking above treeline; hence no traces of trees will be seen.
Just as you get closer to the camp, the magnificent Annapurna I becomes bigger and bigger. Watching the fluorescent rays lighting the Annapurna range, slowly slowly. The ABC is like being on an island encircled by giant peaks and huge never-ending ranges. 360-degree spectacles of magnificent Annapurna range, Gangapurna, Gandharvachuli and Machapuchare. Enjoy your lunch looking at the white clouds waving over these peaks. Spend the rest of the day breathing with the mountains. Live every moment and get ready to retrace steps back to Dovan. Follow the same trail and rest in your shelters after the blissful day.

 

Day 7 - Dovan to Chumrung

 

This is the same trail while you are retracing the steps back to Chumrung. The trail is mostly descending. Again retrace your path to Sinwa then to Bamboo village. Look back to get the sights of Annapurna III peak. Slowly you will enter into the vegetation of oak, alpine trees, rhododendrons. After a steep descend to Chomrung Khola, cross the same hanging bridge towards Chomrung Khola. Another steep ascent will lead to Chomrung village. Try to re-picture the sights you captured earlier and enjoy them.

 

Day 8 - Chumrung to Jhinu Hot Spring

 

Today will be a short trail giving you the last chance to say goodbye to the Annapurna peak and its buddies. The trail ascends to signpost Juini. From the trail descends for almost 2 hours to reach Jhinu Danda. Enjoy the refreshing hot springs of Jhinu 20 minutes away. Cherish your last night of the trek.

 

Day 9 - Jhinu Hot Spring to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara

 

Wake up early to embark upon the last day of the trek. The trail to Nayapul is pleasant with landscape views of Nepal. Say goodbye to them and board a vehicle to Pokhara. In 2 hours you will reach your hotel in Pokhara.

 

How to Reach

 

By Air :-

 

The Pokhara Airport is a regional airport operated by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal. The airport is small and can only accommodate eight small propellor planes at a time. It provides for regular connectivity to Kathmandu and Jomsom and seasonal connectivity to Manang. Gorkha Airlines, Nepali Airlines, Sita Air, and Tara Air operate flights to and from Kathmandu and Jomsom while Buddha Air, Simrik Airlines, and Yeti Airlines provide connectivity to only Kathmandu. Nepali Airlines also operate flights on a seasonal basis to and from Manang. Given the limited capacity of the airport, flights can often be redirected to other airports in cases when the airport lacks capacity, so be prepared for the odd delay.

 

By Bus :-

 

Bus accessibility to Pokhara is available from Kathmandu and from Sunauli, which is next to the Indian border. There are several options available with several operators running on the Kathmandu to Pokhara route. Local buses that tend to be crowded are available at the New Bus Stand in Kathmandu. More luxurious tourist buses like the Greenline are available at Tourist Bus Station. The local buses leave about every 30 minutes from 7:30 in the morning to afternoon. There is even a night bus but the ride is considered painful. Additionally, there is also a Super Deluxe luxury bus service operated by Pokhara Jagadamba Travel. In Pokhara, buses can be boarded at the Tourist Bus Park and the local Bus Station.

 

By Train :- Pokhara is not connected to any Railways.

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