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Trip Type:
Tea house / Camping

Grade:
Moderate

Altitude:
4,170 m

Transportation:
Land

Group Size:
1+

Best Season:
Spring and Autumn
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Short Annapurna Base Camp trek which is also called Annapurna Sanctuary trek is a moderate trek which is suitable for all kinds of trekkers, and it can be done in different time duration.

The Annapurna Base Camp trek usually takes 14 days to complete. For those trekkers who are restricted by the time, but wish to reach to Annapurna Base Camp, the 10 days Annapurna Base Camp trek will be a good choice and the solution for it!

Our company, Nepal Environmental Treks & Expedition organizes the Annapurna Base Camp trek as per trekker’s interest and time duration.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.) takes about seven hours.

Day 02: Drive from Pokhara (915 m.) to Phedi (1130 m.) and trek from Phedi to Pothana (1990m.) takes about five hours.

Day 03: Trek from Pothana to Jhinudanda (Hot spring) (1800m.) this takes about five hours.

Day 04: Trek from Jhinudanda to Bamboo (2340m) it takes about six and half hours.

Day 05: Trek from Bamboo to Deurali (3230m.) takes about five hours.

Day 06: Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4170 m.) via Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3820m.) takes about four hours.

Day 07: Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Dovan (2630m.) takes about five hours.

Day 08: Trek from Dovan to Jhinudanda (1750m.) takes about six hours.

Day 09: Trek from Jhinudanda to Birethanti (1025m.) takes about five hours.

Day 10: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu takes about seven hours.

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.) takes about seven hours. 

After early morning breakfast, you will be picked up from the hotel and taken to the tourist bus station. Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.) takes about seven hours. The drive will take most of our morning time, leaving much of the afternoon to get a warm glimpse of Pokhara Valley and its beauty. If you choose to fly, you can reach Pokhara in 25 minutes. There are several flights from morning to afternoon available from Kathmandu to Pokhara.

Pokhara is the tourist's paradise with full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, Buddhist monasteries and Hindu temples along with the magnificent views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and many other mountain peaks. Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Day 02: After breakfast, you will drive from Pokhara (915 m.) to Phedi (1130 m.) takes about 30 minutes and trek from Phedi to Pothana (1990m.) takes about four  hours. 

From Phedi you begin your trek to Pothana (1900m), which is a small Gurung village surrounded by pine and rhododendron forests. You can see close up views of Lamjung and Annapurna Himal. The trail ascends all the way to Pothana through forests till you reach the village called Dhampus. It is a Gurung village with  magnificent views of Annapurna ranges, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu. Stay overnight at lodge. 

Day 03: Trek from Pothana to Jhinudanda (Hot spring) (1800m.) this takes about five hours.

Trek from Pothana to Jhinudanda which takes about five hours. While trekking from Pothana to Jhinudanda the trail ascends gently to Deurali and further to Bherikharka through forested path. You then follow a flat path till you arrive at Landruk village. The path you follow include terrace fields and numerous green hills till Landruk and this section is really exhilarating as you pass through many local villages rich in culture. From here the trail descends to Modi Khola (stream) and ascends gently all the way to Jhinudanda. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 04: Trek from Jhinudanda to Bamboo (2340m) it takes about six and half hours.

Trek from Jhinudanda to Bamboo (2340m) takes about six and half hours. The trail is steep up through terraces from Jhinudanda to Chhomrong. Passing Chhomrong, the trail descends along a stone staircase and crosses the Chhomrong Khola on a wooden bridge, then climbs out of the side valley. High above the Modi Khola on its west bank, the trail passes through the tiny settlement of Bhanuwa in forests of bamboo and terrace fields and passing through a few small settlements. Climbing further through a rocky trail you reach three hotels at Sinuwa, at 2350m. We keep on climbing through rhododendron forests to Kuldi Ghar (2520m). This was once a location for British sheep breeding project. In winter, it's common to find snow anywhere from this point on. Descend a long, steep stone staircase into deep bamboo and rhododendron forests. It is then a short distance on a muddy trail to Bamboo Lodge (2340m.). Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 05: Trek from Bamboo to Deurali (3230m.) takes about five hours.

Trek from Bamboo to Deurali gently ascends through bamboo forests with varieties of rhododendron and oak trees. The first town you reach is Dovan (2630m.) where there are few lodges and camp sites. Now you pass through muddy trail which traverses high above the river. It takes approximately twenty minutes to reach Deurali (3230m.) Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 06: Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4170 m.) via Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3820m.) takes about four hours.

Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4170 m.) via Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3820m.) takes about four hours. This is one of the points from where you can enjoy the view of Mount Hiunchuli (6441m.), Annapurna South (7229m.), Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna III (7555m.), Gangapurna (7454m.) and Machhapuchhare or Fish Tail (6997m.). After a short trek, you begin to approach Annapurna Base Camp (4170m.). From here, you can see the panoramic views of several tallest peaks. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 07: Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Dovan (2630m.) takes about five hours.

Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Dovan (2630m.) takes about five hours. Now you trek through Himalayan Hotel to Dovan. Stay overnight at lodge. 

Day 08: Trek from Dovan to Jhinudanda (1750m.) takes about six hours.

Trek from Dovan to Jhinudanda (1750m.) takes about six hours. The path descends to Bamboo passing through forests with varieties of rhododendron, oaks and bamboo plants. After Bamboo, the trail goes steeply up to the Kuldi Ghar and now the trail is quite flat until you reach Sinuwa. The trek then gradually descends to the Chhomrong Khola and you have to follow stone staircase for almost an hour to reach Chhomrong. 1 hr further down will take you to Jhinu Danda.  You can visit a natural hotspring in Modi Khola, which is 20 minutes hike from Jhinu Danda. Stay overnight at lodge. 

Day 09: Trek from Jhinudanda to Ghandruk (1940m) takes about 4 hours and drive from Ghandruk to Pokhara via Nayapul takes 3 hrs. 

The trail gradually descends for sometime before ascending to Ghadruk Kot. Now, you walk for almost twenty minutes through flat path up Ghandurk village. Ghandruk is one of the most popular Gurung villages in Annapurna region from where you can enjoy views of Annapurna, Macchapuchre and Hiunchuli. You can t drive from Ghandruk village to Pokhara via Nayapul (New Bridge). The one and a half hour stretch from Ghadruk to Nayapul is over a graveled road and the next one and a half hours to Pokhara is along paved road. Stay in hotel in Pokhara. 

Day 10: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu takes about seven hours.

After breakfast early morning, drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu that takes about seven hours. While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you pass through Damauli, Dumre, Muglin and finally Kurintar where Nepal's first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. En route, you will enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. Leaving Kurintar you head towards Thankot via Naubise. Thankot is the entry point to Kathmandu. If you choose to fly back to Kathmandu, it takes about 25 minutes. There are several flights from Kathmandu to Pokhara from morning to afternoon.

The price includes the following services:

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services by private vehicle
  • Trekking guide/s
  • Porter/s (1 porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Accommodation in Lodge (Tea house) during the trek
  • Sleeping bags, down jackets, duffel bags and trekking sticks etc.
  • Entry Permit for Annapurna conservation Area
  • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • All land transportation: Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu by A/C deluxe tourist bus and Pokhara – Phedi and Nayapul – Pokhara by private Vehicle
  • 2 night hotel accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast
  • Insurance and equipment's for the trekking staffs
  • First aid kit
  • Rescue assistance (Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, it would be better to have your own travel insurance that can cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost in case required.)
  • One farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • Souvenir (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.)
  • All tax, VAT and company service charge

The price does not include:

  • Personal nature expenses
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Lunch and dinner in Pokhara
  • Meals & hotel accommodation in Kathmandu

Note: There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu ranging from budget to 5 star hotels. We are happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget. Please inform us in advance about the type or category or price range of hotel that you would like to stay in.

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