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Annapurna Base Camp Trekking

Annapurna Base Camp Trek, one of the popular trek.  Mt. Annapurna that rises 8091m is the 10th highest mountain in the world. The Annapurna region lies in the foothill of Mt. Annapurna in the North-central Nepal. The trek to Annapurna Base Camp passes through waterfalls, villages, farmlands, rhododendron forests. Since the trek starts from a mere height of around 800 meters the acclimatization process is gradual and we will reach to the high altitude of over 4,000 meters.

The Annapurna Base Camp trek, like others in the Annapurna region, takes off from the lake city of Pokhara. The trek  begins from Naya Pul which can be reached after a short drive from Pokhara. While trekking along to Ghandruk, we marvel at colorful orchids and clear views of the splendid high mountains including the two mountains, Mt. Annapurna (8091 m) and Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m). At Ghandruk, we enjoy the ethnic hospitality along with the cultural magnificence of Gurung Museum. Trekking further via Machhapuchhre Base Camp, we finally reach Annapurna Base Camp. From our final destination, we return the same route passing through the Rhododendron forest that bloom with red flowers during the springtime, descend down to Birethanti, passing by waterfalls and few small villages and settlements. We further walk to Naya Pul and then drive to Pokhara which announces the end of this marvelous trek. 

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DAY 01:  Arrive in Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft).
Upon our arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, we will pick up you and transfer to hotel. 

Day 02: Fly or drive to Pokhara
At early morning, Drive or fly to Pokhara. Upon arrival in Pokhara, lake city offers magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, five peaks of Annapurna and others. 

DAY 03 :  Pokhara (823m/2,700ft) and Trek to Ghandruk (1940m/6360 ft): 6 hrs trek. After breakfast, we drive to Naya Pul and start the trek. From Birethanti, we trek uphill on the trail to Ghandruk. While in the trail, we enjoy the panoramic views of the mountains. We further pass along various small villages such as Chimrong, Syauli Bazar, and Chane. Upon crossing the suspension bridge over Khumnu Khola, we will be at Ghandruk, a slope settlement with stone houses mostly inhabited by the Gurung community. Along with enjoying the stunningly close-up towering views of Fishtail, Annaurna South, and Hiuchuli mountains, we also acquaint ourselves with the simple but rich cultural traditions of the Gurung culture and community at the Gurung Museum in Ghandruk.  

DAY 04:  Trek Ghandruk to Chhomrong (2170m/7120ft): 5 hrs trek.
After Breakfast, we climb up for an hour up to Ghandrukkot and then a steep descent takes us to the Kimron Khola. After another steep ascent from Kimron Khola, we make an hour of easy walk. Then, we take a steep climb continuing up to Chhomrong. While climbing, we encounter with the mighty peak of Annapurna South above the village and the view of Fishtail Mountain (Machhapuchhare) facing across the valley. Chhomrong is a beautiful village located on the lap of giant Annapurna massive. Overnight at Chhomrong.  

DAY 05:  Chhomrong to Dovan (2580m/8460ft): 6 hrs trek.
We head out Chhomrong along the Modi Khola leaving behind inhabited foothills into the high step and wooded slopes of Himalayas. We cross the suspension bridge then trek up to Sinuwa Danda. The ascent from Sinuwa becomes somewhat flatter. The trail passes through thick and dark rhododendron forest up to Khuldighar. Then, we descend a long and steep stone steps into deep bamboo and rhododendron forests through which we reach Doban shortly.  

DAY 06:  Doban to Deurali (3230m/10,595ft): 4 hrs trek.
The day starts with gentle gradual ascend following the trail above the river through a thick bamboo, oak and rhododendron forests up the side of the canyon. We pass by Himalaya Hotel and cross two streams over small bridges. The trail passes through solitary places. Wilderness of the mother nature gives piece to our mind. There is also the possibility of seeing a variety of species of wildlife such as wild pig, deer, and snow leopard. We climb again to the Hinko Cave, an overhanging rock. Our further climb paves the way to Deurali. Overnight at Deurali.  

DAY 07 :  Deurali to Machhapuchre Base Camp (3700m/12135ft): 3 - 4 hrs trek.
Today, we start our trek to Machhapuchre Base Camp (MBC). At first, we make a gentle climb through a river bed to steeply over the mountain side. These are avalanche prone areas at some point on the trail. We have to be alert to protect ourself if there is wind. This might be pre-avalanche sign. After about half an hour walk from Deurali, we will find ourselves in middle of river bed surrounded by giant snow-covered mountains. When the sun rises, the snow on mountains shine and river valley is filled with warm sun rays. We reach Bagar. The further hike to Machhapuchre Base Camp is somewhat strenuous but the unfolding views of the majestic Machhapuchre are certainly a rewarding experience. At this juncutre, we enjoy the views of Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gangapurna and, of course, the Fishtail or Machhapuchhare itself. Overnight at Machhapuchre Base Camp.  

DAY 08:  Machhapuchre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,545ft): 2 - 3 hrs trek.
On the way to Annapurna Base Camp from Machhapuchre Base Camp, the vegetation disappears. We will see the snow boulders melting and forming small streams. The path widens as we enter the sanctuary. We follow a stream and then climbs to a few huts alongside a moraine. There are sensational views of the near-vertical south face of Annapurna towering above the sanctuary. Annapurna Base Camp sanctuary boasts of a dynamic view without anything impeding panorama of the 360 degrees. Upon arrival at this panoramic view site, we savor the mesmerizing views of the Machhapuchre, Annapurna south, Annapurna I, Hiuchuli and other peaks. Climax of our trip almost ends today. Overnight at Annapurna Base Camp.

DAY 09:  Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (2310m/7575ft): 6 hrs trek.
At dawn, we relish the magnificent sunrise over the Himalayas from Annapurna Base Camp. Upon our breakfast, we start descending from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo back through Machhapuchre Base Camp, Deurali, Dovan and finally reach Bamboo. Heading back down to the valley is much easier than climbing up. We will see the waterfalls that drop down from a high point to the rocks below. We further pass through the forests with great views of Fishtail and Hiunchuli mountains. Overnight at Bamboo.  

DAY 10 :  Bamboo to New Bridge or Jhinu Dada (1760m/5770 ft): 6 hrs trek. 
From Bamboo, we head for a steep ascent to the Kuldi Ghar and then to Sinuwa following the stone steps that leads to Lower Chhomrong. Then, we ascend on the thousand stony steps taking us to Upper Chhomrong. From Chhomrong, we descend to Jhinu Danda. Winthin this day will have an opportunity to enjoy hot springs lying just a 15-min walk from Jhinu Danda. Overnight at Jhinu Dada.  

DAY 11:  Jhinu Dada to Naya Pul to Pokhara: 6 hrs trek, 1 hr drive.
At the beginning, we trek from Jhinu danda to New bridge and then to Kyumi village. After having lunch, we trek to Syauli bazzar and then down to Birethanti. Further, about an hour's trek from Birethanti we will be at Naya Pul. The trek ends at Naya Pul. From Naya Pul, we drive in a local available vehicle and reach in Pokhara within an hour. Overnight at Pokhara. 

Day 12: Pokhara to Kathmandu.
We fly to Kathmandu in the afternoon or drive to Kathmandu in the morning.