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9Day Travel Guide to Annapurna Sanctuary in Central Nepal
Annapurna Sanctuary Trek also known as the Annapurna Base Camp Trek totally dominated by the gigantic edifice of the mighty Annapurna Masiff and it’s range of equally majestic mountains is a very scenic short Base Camp Trek in central Nepal. Out of the five major trekking trails in the Annapurna Region, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one major trail.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is once in a lifetime opportunity, and completing this trek will leave you with a feeling of achievement. Ofcourse, with the right training and mindset, you can overcome the challenges encountered on this trek.
Trail to Annapurna Sanctuary
Trekking trail on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is like a roller coaster. It ‘s either you go down or you go up making it equally difficult at times. The trail to the Annapurna Sanctuary is perhaps the most accessible hiking trail for anyone looking to do a short Base Camp trek in Nepal, while at the same time is also an awsome trek that shows you the best of Nepal Himalayas.
With a wide trail and markers along the track, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is easy to navigate, and other than a few sections over rough terrain as you reach higher altitudes, the conditions for trekking to the Annapurna Sactuary is rather smooth. But, trekking up to 4130m does have its challenges. The continuous descent and ascent mean that coming down can be just as tiring as going up on those flat stone steps.
How Long is the Annapurna Base Camp Trek ?
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is 67Km long and nine days of trekking for an average trekker. But for a seasoned hiker the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek can be done within a week with six to seven hours of trekking every day.
Who Can do the Annapurna Base Camp Trek ?
Pinnacle of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is the Annapurna Sanctuary, and sitting at an altitude of 4134m it is by no means an easy trek. But, if you are reasonably fit and accustomed to long walks in the mountains, than the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, also called the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek can be completed within a week.
Type of Trek
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is Tea House or a lodge based trek. A Trekking trail in the Annapurna Region that passes through small Himalayan hamlets of Ghandruk, Landruk, Choomrong and Dovan pockmarked across the Annapurna Mountains.
Good For ?
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is known for Incredible Mountain Views, and there is no better way to experience the beauty and splendour of Nepal than a trek to the Annapurna Sanctuary. The circular view of the ring of Annapurna mountains during sunrise and sunset from the Annapurna Sanctuary will leave even jaded travellers awe struck, and this is amazing.
Best Time to do this Trek
Annapurna Base Camp trek can be undertaken anytime of the year, though March to May and October to early December are the best time to trek in this area.
What to Pack for Annapurna Base Camp Trek
For Day Hiking: Breathable light T- Shirts, Light trekking Pants, Comfortable ankle high trekking boots, Cotton / woollen Socks, Light outer shell water proof/wind proof Jacket and a light Fleece Jacket, Sun Glasses as the sun is strong in the mountains.
Evening Use : Down Jacket for evening use or couple of thick Fleece Jacket, Thermal Inners for night Use. Wollen Caps and gloves, Head Lamp
First Aid : Band Aids in case of blisters, Diamox for altitude Sickness and medicines like Tylenol for headache and Paracetamol tablets for Fever, Loperamide for loose motions and water purifying tablets.
Sleeping Bag : The Lodges on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek do not have room heaters therefore carry with you Down Sleeping Bags that can with stand a minus 20 Degree Temperature.
Toiletries : Wet wipes, two roll of Toilet Papers, Sunscreen Lotions (50SPF , Vaseline / Lip Balm, Toothpaste, Tooth Brush
Back Pack (60L) : A Large Back Pack to pack in all your clothes that you will need for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek.
Please note : Most standard travel insurance packages do not include high altitude trekking. Therefore, be sure to get a suitable insurance that will cover evacuation by helicopter in case of emergency due to Altitude Sickness or Injury, as risk of trekking at higher altitude are significant.
ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TREK ITINERARY & COST
Day 01: Drive Pokhara to Kande (1130m/45minutes). Annapurna Base Camp Trek Starts. Trek to Pothana (1900m/5Km/3Hrs). Overnight Lodge at Pothana.
With a gain of 200m on the first day of the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek the hike from Kande (1700m) to Pothana is moderate and short. The 5Km trek to Pothana starts with a gentle uphill from Kande, then the trail starts climbing gently on stone steps through a small hamlet then through beautiful forest till we reach Australian Camp. Wonderful view of Dhaulagiri, Machapucharae and the Annapurna Range is what makes Australian Camp Famous, a small hamlet enroute to Annapurna Sanctuary replete with Lodges and Tea Houses.
Day 02: Trek Pothana to Landruk (1565m/7Km/4Hrs). Overnight Lodge in Landruk
With no gain in the Altitude the trek from Pothana to Landruk is probably the easiest trail to trek in the entire Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The trail is easy on your legs with a wide jeep trail to trek on till Landruk.
Day 03: Trek Landruk to Chomrong(2170m/11Km/6Hrs). Overnight Lodge in Chomrong.
Day 3 of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek starts with the trail descending down to the river bed for 1Km and then the trail follows the river and starts climbing very gently through small villages until we reach New Bridge. This a pretty long Bridge which connects the two valleys. Immediately after the bridge the trail starts climbing on a steep stone steps to Jhinu and carries on till the view Point above Jhinu. From here the trail to Annapurna Base Camp Camp dips down for a short trek to Choomroong. Chomroong is a fairly big village on a hillock with a few lodges and a Bakery.
Day 04: Trek Chomrong to Dovan (2600m/12Km/6Hrs). Overnight Lodge in Dovan.
Day 05: Trek Dovan to Machapuchare Base Camp (3700m/14Km/7Hrs). Overnight Lodge MBC.
Day 06: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp(4130m/4Km/2Hrs). Day of exploration to Annapurna Base Camp. Overnight Lodge at Annapurna Base Camp.
Day 07: Trek Annapurna Sanctuary to Bamboo (2600m/15Km/7Hrs). Overnight Lodge.
Day 08: Trek Bamboo to Kimrung Khola (2260m/15Km/7Hrs). Lunch at Durpin Dada. Overnight Lodge.
Day 09: Trek Kimrung Khola to Ghandruk (1990m/5Km/3Hr). Drive Back to Pokhara ( 3Hrs Drive). End of Annapurna Base Camp Trek.
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ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TREK COST INCLUDES:
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NEPAL TOURIST VISA
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Note: The above given Annapurna Base Camp Trek itinerary is a sample, intended to give you a general idea of the likely trip schedule. Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, physical ability of participants etc. may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the trail. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of trip participant’s safety, comfort and general well being.
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