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Throughout our journey we will encounter cascading waterfalls, beautiful villages, terraced farmlands, lush rhododendron forests, and amazing mountain vistas before reaching the base of the mighty Annapurna.
Autumn (Sept. to Nov.) and Spring (March to May) are the best seasons for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views.
If you wish to avoid crowds and enjoy some alone time with nature then taking this trip during winter (Dec., Jan. and Feb.) could also be an option. However, the temperature during winter could be harsh, while during Summer or Monsoon seasons (June to Aug.) there will be rain.
This 11-day Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a shorter trip catering for time-pressed travelers. You may opt for the longer Annapurna Sanctuary Trek – 14 Days if you would like to maximize your adventure.
Price: USD 950
Activities: Trekking and Sightseeing in Pokhara and Kathmandu
Duration: 11 Days
Trek Style: Classic
Accommodation: 2 NightsHotel in Kathmandu, 1 night hotel in Pokhara and 7 nights in Lodge/Guest House during Trek
Meals: Full Board during Trek and Breakfasts, Welcome and Farewell meals in Kathmandu/Pokhara
Transportation:Private Vehicles/ Flights
Maximum Altitude:Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,545ft)
Day 1 Arrive KATHMANDU (1300m/4265ft)
Day 2 Trip orientation and half day sightseeing around KATHMANDU
Day 3 Fly to POKHARA (884m/2900ft)
Day 4 Drive to NAYAPUL (1070m/3511ft); Trek to TIKHEDHUNGA (1540m/5053ft)
Day 5-14 Trek to ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP (4130m/13551ft); Return to POKHARA
Day 15 Fly back to KATHMANDU
Day 16 Depart back HOME or EXTEND HOLIDAYS
We take flight to Pokhara , the right side of the plane will offer the best views of The Himalayas.Representatives of Serene Himalaya will pick-you up at the Pokhara airport.
Then We take a 1 hour and 20 minute drive to Nayapul (new bridge) on the main road near Birethanti and begin our trek. From Birethanti, we trek to Ghandruk, a beautiful village mostly inhabited by the Gurung community. If time permits, you can visit the Gurung museum. Overnight in Ghandruk.
We climb uphill for about an hour to Kimrungdanda, while enjoying great views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail Mountain (Machhapuchhre) and Ganggapurna. Then we take a steep descent to the Kimrong Khola. After another steep ascent from Kimrong Khola to Chere Danda, we descend for a while and then it’s a gentle walk to Chhomrong, a beautiful village located on the lap of the giant Annapurna. Overnight in Chhomrong.
We descend 2500 stone steps and cross the bridge above Chhomrong Khola. From here it is an uphill climb to Sinuwa. Next, we pass through a beautiful forest to Kuldihar followed by an easy downhill walk to Bamboo. Overnight in Bamboo.
We trek through a damp and cold bamboo forest, then ascend steadily through several steep sections. Upon reaching Himalaya Hotel, the forest opens up to the sun with an astounding view of the glacial river below. Then we take a steep climb up through a much drier forest before reaching Hinku Cave where the trail drops closer to the river before climbing again to Deurali, the most scenic stretch of the day. The vegetation is sparser, allowing magical views of the valley, the river below, and the sheer rock-face cliffs above with bands of wispy waterfalls. Overnight in Deurali.
We climb gently through a river bed then over a steep trail over to the mountain side, and then a somewhat strenuous hike from Bagar to Machhapuchhre Base Camp. From the base camp we get excellent views of the majestic Machhapuchhre along with Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli and Gangapurna. The vegetation becomes scarce thereafter and the path widens as we enter the Annapurna sanctuary. From here, we get sensational views of the near-vertical south face of Annapurna towering above us. The sanctuary boasts of a dynamic view without anything impeding the 360-degree panorama. From the base camp we again get to savor mesmerizing views of the Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South , Annapurna I, Hiunchuli and other peaks. Overnight at Annapurna Base Camp.
From the Annapurna base camp we retrace our steps downhill to Bamboo. Overnight in Bamboo.
From Bamboo, it is an uphill trek to Kuldighar followed by a downhill walk to Chhomrong Khola. Then we climb the stone steps to Chhomrong. The trail then descends to Jhinu Danda, where we will be resting for the night. You can also take a 15-20 minute walk downhill to enjoy the hot springs. Overnight in Jhinu Danda.
We trek from Jhinu Danda to Nayapul, while enjoying the amazing hill landscape of western Nepal. From Nayapul, we drive to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.
*If the road construction connecting Jhinu Danda to Nayapul is complete, we can skip the trek and drive from Jhinu Danda to Pokhara.
We fly back to Kathmandu in the afternoon. In Kathmandu, you may spend the day exploring more of Kathmandu, or shop for souvenirs, lovely pashminas, or intricate art work. There will be a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Representatives of Serene Himalaya will transport you to the airport.
Your safety is of paramount importance to us at Serene Himalaya. We have the absolute authority to cancel the trip or change the itinerary, when deemed necessary or when we have reason to believe your safety is at stake. Weather conditions, the health condition of a group member, natural disasters, and such, can contribute to changes in the itinerary when traveling in remote mountainous regions. In these extreme situations, we kindly request that you offer your full co-operation to the trusted leader of the group appointed by Serene . However, we assure you that we will make every effort to keep to the above itinerary.
The view of the Annapurna mountain ranges at sunrise is awesome. The golden glow of the rising sun on the snow capped peaks is very beautiful. The trek was organized by Serene Himalaya Team to suit our needs and time frame in an effective manner to adjust with our time and price. Our guide Kamal was exceptional. Whenever I needed help, his hand was always there to support me and my friend. Moreover his kindness and caring nature is something we will never forget in our life time. We can’t speak more highly of this company but we ensure you that the company will go above and beyond to make your experience safe, comfortable and exciting.