Annapurna Base Camp Trek – Finest Base Camp Trek in Nepal
Every Trekking enthusiast call this Annapurna Base Camp Trek a classic trek in Nepal. A Hiking trail that goes through villages and meadows of the Annapurna Conservation Area. A Trail that leads to the foot of Annapurna Massif, a big God like mountain looking down on the Annapurna Sanctuary like a guardian angel and often seen from day one of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek.
Also, known as the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek the Annapurna mountains is the only range in central Nepal that really evokes the spectacular mountain scenery of the iconic Everest Range of Eastern Nepal. After having said that, the 80 odd Kilometer trail of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek can be done within a time frame of seven days.
Good For ?
Incredible Mountain Views – There is no better way to experience the beauty and splendor of Nepal than a trek to the Annapurna Sanctuary. The circular view of the ring of Himalayan Mountains of the Annapurna Range will leave even jaded travelers awe struck, and this is amazing.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is such an incredible trek, that in a matter of just five days it brings you face to face with some of the lofty mountains of the Annapurna Range, more than 8000m tall, and for a trek like the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, this is incredible. Therefore, if Trekking and big mountains are on your priority list, than the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is the trek for you.
Annapurna Sanctuary is the apex of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. An oval shaped Glacial Basin surrounded in a circular motion by a ring of mountains of the Annapurna Range more than 8000m tall.
Annapurna Sanctuary is a small settlement consisting of a few lodges just opposite the Annapurna glacier at the foot of Annapurna Massif. It is also known as the Annapurna Base Camp as this glacial basin is used by mountaineers as a base camp to summit Annapurna Massif from the South Face.
Trekking inside the Annapurna Conservation Area
Annapurna Sanctuary Trek goes through a combination of high mountains and deep valleys giving way to unique eco-system to the Annapurna Sanctuary. The Southern face of the Annapurna Sanctuary receives more rainfall and as a result is covered by dense bamboo and rhododendron forest where as the north face which lies close to the border with Tibet receives meager rainfall and is arid and barren. Surrounded on all sides by high mountains, the Annapurna Sanctuary receives only seven hours of sunlight in a day.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek trail goes through Rhododendron, Bamboo and Fern Forests. While trekking from Dhampus one goes through Rhododendron, Bamboo and Fern Forest till Sinuwa. From here its mostly Bamboo and tall oak trees until Deaurali. The Forest gives way to tall grasses and a few Rhododendron trees when finally at Machapucharae Base Camp the vegetation becomes alpine and only tall grasses can be seen lined up till the Annapurna Base Camp.
A look into local people and It’s culture
Gurung Tribes who inhabit the Annapurna Region consider the Annapurna Sanctuary very sacred. They consider Machapuchare as the abode of Lord Shiva, a Hindu deity. Till recently women, Eggs and meat were not allowed into the Annapurna Sanctuary. It was only in the late 1950’s outsiders were allowed to embark of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek.
There are lodges run by local families and every lodge can cater to about twenty to twenty five people at a time. Local food ( Dal, Bhat & Vegetable curry) cooked in Nepal style is offered in all these lodges, though other items can be served on order. On interacting with the local people from the lodges and with the porters will definitely give you an insight into the culture of the Nepali People residing in these areas.
How Difficult is Annapurna Base Camp Trek ?
With a total distance of about sixty eight Kilometer to cover both ways the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is graded as a Moderate Trek ascending to a maximum altitude of 4130m at the Annapurna Sanctuary. At an average one has to cover about ten kilometer and the longest trek is on the return trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo and that is fifteen Kilometer.
While trekking in the Annapurna Region the trek route drops down to the river bed and starts climbing again. This loss and gain in the altitude affects the trekkers. Therefore we at Farouttrek have designed the itinerary keeping all these points in view. You will need to train for at least a month prior to the beginning of the trek.
Participants carry only their day Pack with their personal items in them & walk at their own pace. Main baggage will be carried by porters. Accommodation and food will be provided in lodges run by local families. Lunch will be provided in Tea house along the Trek route.
Annapurna Region – Is it Safe ?
Risk is a part of Adventure and trekking is an adventure filled with certain amount of risk. But we at Farouttrek we have experienced guides to take care of you. We also do carry a basic medical kit with us. If in an extreme situation there are helicopter services for emergency evacuation. Most of the lodges are well connected by phones therefore communication is not a problem.
Annapurna Sanctuary – Best time to 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.
- Trek Grade: Moderate to Difficult
- Duration: 09 Nights/11 Days
- Maximum Sleeping Altitude: Annapurna Base Camp – 4130m/13,550feet
- Maximum Hiking Altitude: Annapurna Base Camp
- Best Season: Mar-June and Oct-Dec.
- Trek availability: Join a Group Dates Shown Below.
- Customized private Treks can also be arranged for a minimum of two persons on request on a date of your choice.
ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TREK ITINERARY & COST
Day 01: Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara(6Hrs). Overnight Hotel in Pokhara (B/B only).
Day 02: Drive to Phedi (1Hr). Annapurna Base Camp Trek Starts. Trek to Dhampus (1700m/2Hrs) to Pothana (1890m/1Hr). Overnight Lodge at Pothana.
Day 03: Trek to Bichok (2080m) to Tolka (1700m) to Landruk (1640m/4Hrs). Overnight Lodge in Landruk
Day 04: Trek Landruk to New Bridge(1340m) to Jhinu (1780m) to Chomrong(2210m/5Hrs). Overnight Lodge in Chomrong.
Day 05: Trek Chomrong to Lower Sinuwa to Upper Sinuwa (2360m) to Kuldighar (2540m) to Bamboo(2310m) to Dovan (2600m/5Hrs). Overnight Lodge in Dovan.
Day 06: Trek Dovan to Himalaya(2873m) to Deorali (3200m) to Machapuchare Base Camp (3700m/ 6Hrs). Overnight Lodge MBC.
Day 07: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp(4130m/2Hrs). Day of exploration to Annapurna Base Camp. Overnight Lodge at Annapurna Base Camp.
Day 08: Trek Annapurna Base Camp to Dovan (2600m). Overnight Lodge.
Day 09: Trek Dovan to Koomroong Danda (2260m/5Hrs). Lunch at Kymrung Khola. Overnight Lodge. 5 Hours.
Day 10: Trek Koomroong Danda to Gandruk (1990m/1Hr). Drive Back to Pokhara ( 3Hrs Drive)
Day 11: Drive Back to Kathmandu. End of Annapurna Base Camp Trek.
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- Annapurna Base Camp Trek Costs: US$870/person
- Indian Nationals Kindly write to us for quotes in Indian Rupees
NEPAL TOURIST VISA
- Nepal visa is readily available on arrival at the International Airport
- in Kathmandu and all other entry points to Nepal.
- 2 passport photos will be required.
- Single Entry visa: US$ 30 per visa (valid for 60 days).
- Multiple Entry visa: US$ 80 per visa (valid for 150 days).
- Nepal Visas are also available in all Nepalese Embassies and Consulates.
- Indian Nationals do not need Nepali Visa to Travel inside Nepal.
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Note: The above 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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