Fantastic journey to a famous and very traditional Base Camp situation in a true snow and ice amphitheatre.
This 17 day trip combines some fantastic trekking in the rural lower Annapurna region, the snow capped peaks environment of the spectacular and traditional Annapurna Base Camp with some time in both Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Having spent 2 nights in Kathmandu, we drive to the Annapurnas and get trekking. Sleeping in lodges (called tea houses) every night and trekking for about 6 hours per day, the route meanders its way through rural villages and across deep river gorges amidst spectacular world class mountain scenery.
The 3 day ascent up the gully (and now within the Annapurna Sanctuary) from Chommrung to ABC can be demanding at times but well worth it to experience this ampitheatre of snow and ice that forms ABC. You are now in the heart of the Annapurnas with some of the world’s highest peaks surrounding you.
Having descended out of the Sanctuary, you will trek to Ghorepani and another superb opportunity to experience the sunrise over the Annapurnas from Poon Hill (3200m). This photographic hotspot lies between two of the world’s biggest mountain ranges (Annapurna and Dhaulagiri) as well as overlooking the world’s deepest river gorge (Kali Ghandaki).
At the end of the trek, it takes just 90 mins by road Pokhara. It’s time to relax in your well appointed 4* hotel (with a pool), just minutes from the centre of town. There are lots of adventure activities available (paragliding, microliting, mountain biking, canoeing on the lake) or you can simply relax and enjoy the shops, restaurants and pool.
A domestic flight back to Kathmandu, an overnight stay before your final departure.
- Amazing setting in a traditional Base Camp
- Amphitheatre of snow and ice surrounded by 7000m white capped peaks
- Route includes Poon Hill
- Down time in Kathmandu and Pokhara
Clothing and Equipment – No specialist equipment is required. Please refer to our Kit List webpage.
Land Only – we meet you at the airport in Kathmandu.
Day 1 – Depart UK
Fly from London bound for Kathmandu (overnight flight).
Day 2 – Arrive Kathmandu
On arrival in Kathmandu, you will be collected by our Representative and transferred to the hotel.
Our friendly staff are on hand to provide any advice or assistance you need. Time to explore your surroundings and generally settle in.
Day 3 – Free Day
Meet your trekking Guide at 0900hrs for a trekking brief and timings for tomorrow. Final preparations for trek. Optional pre-arranged cultural tour of Kathmandu with exclusive transport/Guide or choose to roam as you please. B
Day 4 – Drive to Pokhara and then Phedi, trek to Pothana
An early start to get you into Pokhara and then onto the start of the trek in a reasonable time. This is mainly ascending, steep at times but take your time to work into the trekking. You will easily make Damphus and possible Pothana today. BD
Day 5 – Trek Pothana – Jinhu
A much easier trek today, initially ascending to Deurali before a big descent to clear the forest. Once clear of the forest, you catch your first sight of the Modi Khola river. It is the very deep valley that eventually leads up to Annapurna Base Camp. You will pass through many villages as you contour the hillside and end up at Landruk for lunch. The final destination of Jinhu is a few hours away, trekking down to the valley floor before a short sharp ascent up to the village. 6 – 7 hrs, BLD
Day 6 – Trek Jinhu – Sinuwa
Day 6 begins with a steep 2hr ascent up to the village of Chommrung before an equal descent back down to the river. Chommrung is the point at which you enter the ‘Annapurna Sanctuary’. No plastic bottles are allowed for drinking water. Another ascent gets you to Sinuwa and the beginning of the gully up to ABC. BLD
Days 7, 8, 9 – Trek Bamboo – Duerali – ABC (4130m)
There are a number of combinations of villages that you can stay at en route to ABC but ultimately you will end up in ABC on the 3rd night of ascent (day 9). The gully is long and can be quite demanding at times. It is also quite deep and remains out of the sunshine for much of the day. You will pass MBC about 2 hrs prior to reaching ABC and is preferred by some trekkers for the overnight stay (lower altitude), choosing to get up before dawn and make the 2hr trek to ABC for sunrise. There is much to savour at ABC itself both on the day you arrive as well as for sunrise. It is a lovely place to stay and allows you to take in your beautiful surroundingsfor so much longer. High recommended. BLD
Days 10, 11 – Trek Doban – Chommrung
Be sure to get up to see the sunrise hit the mountain tops. It will be cold first thing but wrap up warm, it’ll be worth it. There are numerous places around that you can choose to sit and watch it. Enjoy your breakfast before you begin the descent initially to Doban (overnight) and then all the way down to Chommrung. The descent is so much faster of course and after the higher altitude, it will feel much warmer down here. BLD
Day 12 – Trek Chommrung – Tadapani (2600m)
The next two days is in complete contrast to ABC. A lovely meandering 3hr trek in failry open country will take you down to a bridge that crosses the river before you face a 2hr ascent up to Tadapani. The ascent is fairly steep and as it progresses, you enter the thick rhododendron forest. Watch out for the colonies of monkeys as you go through the forest. You will suddenly pop out at the village, which has a small traditional Tibetan market. BLD.
Day 13 – Trek Tadapani – Ghorepani (2900m)
There is a small deep gully that has to be crossed as you leave Tadapani; it takes about an hour. From the other side, it ascends slowly for several hours to a couple of small hamlets for a break. It’s then up onto the ridge and as you break free of the forest you will see the blue tops of the houses in Ghorepani. You will also be able to see Poon Hill. A final 40 min descent takes you to the village. Ghorepani is at the junction of several trekking routes and is subsequently larger and livelier than the other villages seen so far. BLD
Days 14,15 – Trek Ghorepani – Tikhedhunga – Naya Pul, road to Pokhara
Day 14 is an excellent day beginning with a pre-dawn start to get you up to Poon Hill (3200m) for the sunrise. It takes about 45 mins to get up to the top. It is a fabulous photographic opportunity as both the Annapurna and Dhaulagari ranges are in full view. After you have returned to Ghorepani for breakfast, you will begin the descent towards Ulleri and finally to your overnight stop at Tikhedhunga. It is mainly descending. Your final day’s trek (Day 15) will be fairly short to Naya Pul followed by a 90 min road transfer to Pokhara. It’s time to relax, throw off those trekking clothes, have a good shower in our 4* hotel and generally unwind, perhaps by the lovely pool. Pokhara is a lovely relaxed town, located on the banks of Lake Phewa. The opportunities are numerous from the adventurous paragliders and microlites, to a slow boat on the lake to strolling along the shops. The centre of town is just a few minutes away (literally) so you can stroll and eat/drink at leisure within easy walking distance of your home. B
Day 16 – Pokhara – Kathmandu
After breakfast, we transfer you to the local airport for your domestic flight back to Kathmandu.
You will be met on arrival and transferred to the hotel. The remainder of the day is free. B
Day 17 – Kathmandu – Depart Nepal