Wildlife & Nature
Annapurna Himalaya base camp trek
Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) trek is scenically the most spectacular trek, we offer in this region. It begins at the village of Nayapul at just 1090m (1½ hours drive from Pokhara) and climbs gradually up the Modi Khola Valley through natural forests of oak, rhododendron, pine and bamboo alongside the rushing river that rises from the South Annapurna glacier. Villages are sited on ridges high above the river where slopes are gentle enough for terraced farming. Above 3000m, ascents of just 300 – 400m/day ensure time for acclimatisation and rest – minimising the risk of suffering from Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Teahouse accommodation is plentiful and a variety of Nepali, Tibetan, Indian and Continental dishes are readily available. This trek is thus suitable for anyone who is moderately fit and adventurous.
The climax of 7 days Annapurna base camp trek is reached in the spectacular Annapurna Sanctuary amphitheatre where you will first pass the Machhapuchhare (Fish Tail) Base Camp (3700m) en route to ABC (4130m). Here you are surrounded by an immense and breathtaking wall of rock and ice reaching heights from 6500 – 8091m and dramatised by closer rocky outcrops rising above the U-shaped valley gouged out by the South Annapurna Glacier. Cloud frequently forms in the late morning making for enticing glimpses of an ever changing landscape: at sunrise it is frequently still and clear offering viewers / photographers a surfeit of possibilities.
The downward journey only requires two or three nights with one spent at Jhinu Danda for a visit to the hot springs. The last morning requires a short trek to Phedi and a half hour drive back to you hotel in Pokhara. Spring (March - May) and autumn (September, November) are the most popular seasons, but Mountain Mart Trek offers this trek throughout the year.
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (9,10m/2,986ft), 5-6 hrs drive
Day 04: Drive to Nayapul and Trek to Ghandruk (1,950m/6,398ft) 1½ hrs bus 5-6 hrs. trek
Day 05: Ghandruk – Chhomrong (2,210m/ 7,249ft) 5-6 hrs.
Day 06: Chhomrong - Himalaya Hotel (2,920m/9,578 ft) 6-7 hrs walk
Day 07: Himalaya Hotel – Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,546ft) 6-7 hrs.
Day 08: Annapurna Base Camp - Sinuwa (2,360m/7,740 ft) 6-7 hrs.
Day 09: Sinuwa - Jhinu Danda (1,780m/5,859 ft) – Landruk (1,565m/5,133ft) 6-7 hrs
Day 10: Landruk – Phedi and drive to Pokhara (9,10m/2,986ft) 5-6 hrs trek and 30 minutes drive.
Day 11: Pokhara - Kathmandu 5-6 hrs drive.
All flights Kathmandu/Pokhara/Kathmandu also offered
Day 12: Departure
Transfer to international airport and fly onward destination.