Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) is a destination that has found a place in many bucket lists. Why wouldn't it? After all, the splendid mountains and the rural setting is a beautiful escape everyone dreams to experience. Moreover, the trek is of medium level difficulty, making it accessible for trekkers with sound physical health, regardless of no prior experience in trekking. Annapurna Base Camp lies at the foot of Mt. Annapurna (8091 m), the tenth highest mountain in the world. Mt. Annapurna is, in fact, the highest mountain of the Annapurna Massif that lies in Northcentral Nepal. Our destination, i.e. ABC lies at an elevation of 4130 m.
As our walking journey starts from Nayapul, we will experience the beauty of nature in many forms. All of our five senses will activate as we feel the fresh air, hear the yak bells tingling, taste the pure water, see the mountains and smell the fragrance of rhododendron. Along with this, the journey also purifies our soul, rejuvenating our being. The spectacular views of Annapurna Sanctuary coming closer day-by-day will be the sole motivation for the endless tiring walks. Hiunchuli (6441 m), Annapurna South (7279 m), Annapurna I (8091 m), Machhapuchhre (6993 m), and other peaks greet us every morning with a golden glaze. Apart from these, the trail has many elements that spice up our walks. We will cross numerous fast flowing rivers and high suspension bridges. Herds of yaks and donkeys passing by, and the horses grazing by the lush green pastures will be a common sight. Reaching a rhododendron forest seems like a fairytale setting, where the pink flowers try to cover the clear blue sky.
The settlements being influenced by Buddhism, you will pass by many Chortens, Mani walls, prayer flags, and Gumbas. We pass by villages like Ghandruk, Sinuwa, Jhinu, Bamboo, etc. which are mainly Gurung and Magar Villages. Observing their lifestyle, tasting their food and hearing their stories is a certainly an interesting activity. At Ghandruk, there is a Gurung museum, where you can even dress as a Gurung. The Jhinu Danda, on the other hand, has a natural hot spring, washing off all your fatigue. Spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November) are certainly the best times for this trek when the weather is favorable and the landscape is beautiful. So, pack your bags and check off ABC from your bucket list. We at Adventure White Mountain do our best to turn your dreams into reality.
A representative of Adventure White Mountain will receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and will transfer you to the hotel. If you are fresh enough and not tired by the journey, you can take the short walk over Thamel and enjoy the evening. Overnight in a hotel.
It is a busy day with a jam-packed schedule. We will visit four UNESCO listed World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu namely, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath Stupa and Swoyambhunath stupa.
After having a breakfast we leave Kathmandu for Pokhara- City of lakes. We either go in a private vehicle or a tourist bus. It takes around six to seven hours to reach Pokhara. The journey in between is so marvelous. You can view Trishuli River, cable car and various waterfalls on the way. Right before entering Pokhara the breathtaking view of Machhpuchhre (Fishtail) mountain will leave you speechless. You will be at Pokhara by noon.
You can roam around Pokhara. If interested, you can enjoy boating at Phewa Lake. You can see the lifestyle of Pokhara.
After breakfast, we leave for Nayapul from Pokhara. It is a starting point for Jomsom trail. Tikhedhunga is our instant destination where we will spend our night. A short walk along Modi Khola will lead you to Birethanti where many tea houses and tea shops are found. Again, we follow the north bank route of Bhurungdi Khola. We arrive at Hille after a steady climb and further a short climb will take us to Tikhedhunga.
Walking for around 15 minutes will take us to Birethanti where many tea shops and tea houses are found. Following the north bank route of Bhurungdi Khola we-we reach Hille. A short and steady climb from Hille will get us to Tikhedhunga where we will spend a night.
The first destination is Ulleri for today. So, after breakfast, we will move towards Ulleri where the majority of Magar people inhabits. Ulleri is sited at an elevation of 2,070m from sea level. Moving forward we reach Banthanti. Witnessing beautiful forest we come to Nangethanti. After walking for an hour we reach Ghorepani where we will halt tonight.
Today we will witness something unusual. We wake up early in the morning and move to Poon Hill to experience the beautiful view of sunrise. As the rays of the sun strike the surface of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, the awesome scene will lighten your day and somehow your life too! Being there for an hour we will come back to Ghorepani for breakfast.
After breakfast, we will move further ahead to reach Deurali. In the middle of the way, you will see beautiful pine forest. Our next stop is Banthanti. To spend our night we further take a route and reach Tadapani.
Today we will walk downhill. To arrive at Gurjung we need to cross a beautiful forest. Gurung people are found at Gurjung. We easily go to Chomrung from here. The Sanctuary Valley actually originates from Chomrung. We will spend a night at Sinuwa which is few kilometers far from Chomrung.
From Sinuwa we move further to Bamboo, our next quick destination. To reach Bamboo we even have to pass through a thick bamboo forest. We cross a doban to get to Himalaya Hotel and have a short sunbath. Furthermore, we walk for some time to arrive at Durali and conclude our day for today.
Finally, the much anticipated day has come. To reach Machhapuchhre Base Camp we climb upwards through hidden valley. We take a short break there. Actually Machhapuchhre Base Camp is not a base camp in real. A name is just given to it. The government of Nepal has not given any permission to climb Machhapuchhre Mountain. At a distance of around two hours walk, Annapurna Base Camp is located. It is at an altitude of 4,130m above sea level.
It is a day to discover hidden valley and glaciers. This place is encircled by mountains. Visible sky and the beautiful mountain will energize you.
The ending destination is Bamboo for today. To reach there we walk for some time and spend a night to get a sound sleep.
We again climb upwards to reach Kuldighar. After walking downhill we arrive at Chomrung. For the purpose of relaxation, we travel further to Jhinu Dada and spend a night there.
The route to Birethanti is not tough. To arrive at Nayapul we have to come across Modi Khola following a descending trail. We take a break and have a lunch. We move further to be at Birethanti. Now we take a vehicle and drive to Pokhara. You have an option of wandering around Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.
Today, after breakfast it is time for us to get back to Kathmandu. The same route will be followed that led us to Pokhara. In the evening, the staff of Adventure White Mountain will accompany you for your farewell dinner which will be offered for successfully completing the trip.
your Adventurous trip ends here We will drop you at the airport three hours earlier to schedule flight. We are thankful to you as you gave us an opportunity to serve. See you soon!
April 25, 2018
Once your adventure to the Himalayas and experience the tranquility and challenge once you will undoubtedly be drawn back again. 2013 was the first time I met Dipak and and trekked with him into the Khumbu region, in an incredible experience to Mount Everest Base camp via the Gokyo lakes and Cho La pass, breathtaking views at every corner while Dipak, my guide provided an amazing adventure with astounding knowledge of the region, attention to detail and care to your needs. Dipak takes his job very seriously ensuring all aspects of your trip are well accommodated. He makes sure that your sleeping arrangements are already made before you arrive, any dietary needs are met and has a great sense of humor to make the journey memorable and enjoyable.
In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I returned to hike Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) in 2017 with Dipak and Adventure White Mountain. After my original trip, I didn’t think that there would be many ways be could improve the service he provided last trip, alas he has. Providing airport transfer, books all necessary transfers and provides excellent professional porter service to carry any extra equipment you wish to bring.
It was a difficult hike to ABC, and I loved every minute of it, the views are incredible and the people are amazingly friendly. They enjoy meeting the travelers and are happy to accommodate your needs. I was really grateful that Dipak was able to take all of the stress out of organising the tour as I had enough to worry about getting myself up the mountain, without having to worry about which guest houses would be open in the offseason or which would be the cleanest to sleep in, Dipak knew the best path to take and what would suit me best. In the last stages, he even went that extra step to take us to the Hot springs to recover after our long journey.
I sincerely thank Diapk for all his efforts, and I will be back for a 3rd trip for sure!
January 16, 2018
The trek was very well organized by Dipak, always available for any need. The guide Gaurav contributed to the wonderful experience together with Dipan. Beautiful landscapes with amazing views on Annapurna and Machapuchare. The trek is accessible to everybody with a sufficient level of training
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For tours within Nepal and Bhutan, you should pay a non-refundable 20% of the total cost at the time of booking. For tours in Tibet, the booking cost is 50%; and the rest can be paid at our office in Nepal before starting the trek.
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Change of Price
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If you want to cancel your trip, you should inform us in writing 14 days ahead of the tour date. The cancellation charge is USD 180; but if you do not wish to pay the cancellation charge, you can transfer the trip to a person of your choice. In case of Bhutan and Tibet, the cancellation charge is 20 to 50 percent and you should write to us at least 30 days ahead of the tour date.
Tours not Completed
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If you want to postpone your trip, you should inform us in writing at least 30 days ahead of the tour date. The postpone charge is USD 120 and the rest is transferred at a later date. In case of Bhutan and Tibet, the postpone charge is 20 to 50 percent of the total.
Flight Delays & Cancellation
In many parts of Nepal flight delays are common; and in really bad weather, the flights are canceled altogether. For such days, you should carry extra money for accommodation and food.
If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences