WALKING HOLIDAY to ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP of NEPAL
Annapurna Base Camp trek of Nepal is also known as Annapurna Sanctuary trek or ABC trekking. To reach the base camp of Annapurna the hiking path goes through a hidden alpine amphitheater overshadowed by surrounding ice-bound giants including Annapurna One peak over 8,000 meters (26,000 ft), thirteen peaks over 7,000 meters (23,000 ft), & sixteen moreover 6,000 meters (20,000 ft).
Lonely Planet recommended Annapurna base camp trek as the best place to travel in October 2015 although there was an earthquake in Nepal. …most of Nepal was untouched by the disaster, including the most popular trekking areas like Annapurna. It further says … the classic trekking routes such as the Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Sanctuary Trek climb breathlessly into the Himalaya, offering the kind of views normally reserved for mountaineers. In the process, you’ll be performing a valuable social service, helping Nepal to rebuild after the disaster by investing directly in the local economy….
The gateway to ABC trek is the Lake City of Pokhara. A 1.5-hour drive from Pokhara takes us through lush subtropical forests and traditional farming villages offering a Himalayan panorama with Annapurna in the south, Fishtail and Himchuli soaring above to the trek starting point at Nayapul. Trekking the narrow Modi Khola valley brings you to the base of Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) and into the Annapurna sanctuary. Here you will spend two remarkable days gazing with breathtaking 360-degree views of the snow-covered peaks above you and the beauty of the landscapes around you, that make up the Annapurna Sanctuary.
The Annapurna Sanctuary is a high glacial basin surrounded by eleven of Nepal’s major peaks and is accessed by a deep gorge that carves through this mountain fortress. It is referred to as the Annapurna “Sanctuary” because of the divine presence of the Hindu goddesses – Annapurna (Hindu Goddess for nourishment) and Gangapurna (Hindu Goddess of Ganges River Water).
Following some part of a traditional route of the Tibetan traders we will trek for 5 to 7 hours daily, passing through terraced fields and bamboo forests, remote villages and into the ice-bound heart of the vast mountainous amphitheater of the Annapurna Base Camp. In total, Annapurna Base Camp Trekking offers adventurers a great opportunity to explore the mountains and enjoy their magic.
You will be welcomed by our representative on your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Later, you will be transferred to your hotel. Check into the hotel, freshen up, relax a bit or you can explore the vicinity until we meet in the evening for the trip briefing. The time for the briefing will be provided to you once you arrive at hotel. Stay overnight at hotel.
After breakfast in the morning we go for the Kathmandu sightseeing tour of the UNESCO CULTURAL HERITAGE sites which includes: Swayambhunath - The oldest Buddhist Stupa in Kathmandu Valley, also a beautiful home to lots of monkeys, thus also known as Monkey Temple, is also a perfect vantage point to see Kathmandu valley. Pashupatinath- A holy pilgrimage site for Hindus and Hindu Crematorium, watch as the Hindu dead bodies are cremated in the most unique way in the world; we come across Hindu Holy Men known as Sadhus, with ash rubbed body and matted dreadlocks. For a donation you can take your picture with them and receive a blessing. Boudhanath- the biggest Buddhist temple in the world; a site for Tibetan Buddhism where we can visit monasteries, watch the Holy Monks busy in their chanting ritual, and pilgrims going around the temple performing their kora. Patan Durbar Square- A Medieval Royal Palace area which is also known as the city of fine arts, we can see the finest example of metal and stone carving back to 14th century and also the amazing Nepali Architecture. Spend another night at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Early morning breakfast and we check out the hotel to go to Pokhara. A 7 hours drive by tourist bus takes us to the amazingly beautiful city of Pokhara 200 km west of Kathmandu. The drive is very scenic which goes through the winding and stretching road along side the famous rafting rivers of Trishuli and later on Marsyangdi. Along the way you will pass through beautiful small Nepali villages which give you a glimpse of the Nepal countryside.
We drive from Pokhara to Nayapul, the starting point of the trek, which is about 1.5 hours drive and we will eventually trek to Tikhedhunga on an easy dirt road alongside beautiful river stream. The beginning of the trek gives you some glimpses of the Himalayan peaks but the rest of the day we will enjoy the beauty of green mountain surroundings and local villages. We will spend the night at a comfortable Guest House (called the tea house) at 1527 meters.
After a mouth watering mountain breakfast at the tea house we start the trek of the day. Probably the most difficult day of the trek in the sense that the trail continues to higher elevations. The first part of the trek is a steep upward walking for about 2 Hrs and then a gradual upward walk. The walk on the stone paved steps is a daring adventure early in the morning. The whole trail leads you through villages and forest to Ghorepani. All the efforts you put out through the day will be rewarded when you reach Ghorepani, with magnificent close up views of the Himalaya (given the weather is clear). We will stay the night at a Guest House at 2850 meters.
We will hike to Poon hill, the highlight of the trip, about 1.5 Hrs early in the morning to see a spectacular sunrise and the mountain views of 10 different peaks. We will trek back to Ghorepani for the breakfast. After enjoying the second mountain breakfast, we will trek to Tadapani, another great place to take a close up view of the Himalaya. It is a pleasant walk through a lush green forest. Eventually we will stay the night at a guest house
We are craving for yet another 6 hours walk today. Today’s walk takes us through beautiful mountain civilization and some forested areas. We will also admire the meditative sound of the flowing river. When we reach today’s destination, Chhomrong you will enjoy the life and culture of the mountain ethnic community of Gurungs.
We trek though lush green forest with an occasional encounter with deer and monkeys to today\'s destination - Dovan. We stop at Sinua for a tea break after about 2.5 hours. Then we continue our onward walking adventure enjoying the green mountain scenery. We also enjoy the magnificent views of Mt. Fishtail and Mt. Gangapurna from Chhomrong and Sinua. Stay at a tea house.
We enjoy the walk again through green mountains and rugged mountain trails. It takes us about 4 hrs to reach Deurali to have our lunch. Once we reach Deurali, we can again enjoy the view of the snow capped mountain peaks. After the lunch, it will be about 2 hrs walk to today\'s destination - Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC). Enjoy the breath taking view of Himalayan peaks from MBC. Stay at a tea house
We wake up early in the morning to hike to Annapurna Base Camp, the highlight of this trip. We enjoy the stunning sun rise and mountain views from ABC and return back to MBC. After having breakfast, we start trekking down to Dovan, today\'s stay over.
Another day of walking with a lot of up and down, to today\'s destination - Jhinu. The scenic walk leads you to find a natural hot spring waiting for you on the bank of Modi Khola (River Modi). You can wash away your tiredness with nice natural hot spring bath and feel rejuvenated. Overnight at a tea house.
Enjoy yet another day of beautiful walking through the terraced fields, river side, local villages, forested areas to reach a beautiful mountain village of Tolkha. With the lunch break at Landruk, a typical ethnic Gurung village, we have enough breaks to relax and re-energize. Overnight at a tea house.
We trek to Dhampus Phedi covering an easy and beautiful path through Dhampus village to a magnificent view point. It takes about 5 hrs of trekking and half hour of drive to reach Pokhara. By the lunch time, we reach Pokhara where you have the rest of the day free to relax and explore the beautiful lake city of Pokhara. Go for massage or adventure activities like paragliding, zip flying, bungy jumping, ultralight flight etc. Overnight at hotel.
We take yet another long but beautiful drive to return to Kathmandu today, then free time. You have option to fly back at an extra cost. The flight is 25 mins long. In the evening we go for farewell dinner where we will have Nepali food and enjoy a cultural show. We talk and share our experiences about the trekking and trip.
Today is the last day of the trip, so, we take you to airport for final departure home. Namaste! After the trek, you can also include Jungle safari activities at Chitwan National park for 2 - 3 days from Pokhara Or add extra days for the Himalayan white water river rafting adventure. Or add some days for Yoga or meditation. Or simply get involved in social services like volunteering to make your visit even more worthwhile
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