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ABC Trekking Route

Annapurna Base Camp trek will take you to the centre of Annapurna. You will get to see the glaciers and get an up-close view of the awesome peaks of the Annapurna range in the clean and untouched atmosphere of the region. After Chhomrong, lodges and restaurants are few and far between. There will be no mineral water available, only boiled water. There will be extra charge for heating system in the dining halls, especially in winter. A hot shower will be vailable with a bucket of hot water.

Trek Grading

Strenuous

Trek Duration

14 Days

6

Maximum Elevation

4,130 m /13546.4 ft

Day 01 – Arrival at the Tribuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (1,345m). Overnight at a hotel.
Day 02 – Pre-trip meeting and sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 03 – Drive to Pokhara (900 m) by tourist bus – 7 hrs. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 04 – Drive to Nayapul (1,010m) – 1 hr. Trek to Tikhedunga (1,570m) – 3 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 05 – Trek to Ghorepani (2,840m) – 5 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 06 – Hike up to Poon Hill (3,210m); and trek to Tadapani (2,610m). Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 07 – Trek to Chomrong (2,140m) – 5 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 08 – Trek to Himalaya Hotel (2950 m) – 6 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 09 – Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m) – 7 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 10 – Trek back to Bamboo (2345m) – 6 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 11 – Trek to Jhinu hot spring (1,780m) – 5 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 12 – Trek to Nayapul (1,010 m) – 4.5 hrs. Drive to Pokhara – 1 hrs. Same day guided tour of Barahi Temple and boating in fewa Lake. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 13 – Drive back to Kathmandu (1,345m) and farewell dinner. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 14 – Transfer to international airport for your final departure.

Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345meters).
Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transffered to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle.

Note: If you arrive after 4pm you would be briefed by our airport representative/guide about tomorrow’s (Day 02) sightseeing activities on the way to hotel and then the pre trip meeting would be held after the sightseeing tour next day. But if you arrive earlier than 4PM your pre trip meeting would be done on that very day either at our office or at your hotel as per your requirement. During your pre trip meeting we would introduce you to your leader/guide once you are back from the sightseeing. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trek. We will also supply you with our trek Duffel Bag, T-shirt and a Cap. For the meeting, please make sure you bring passport, three copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer. Overnight at Hotel.
(No meals included)

Day 02- Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.
After a hearty breakfast, at 8.30 am your sightseeing trip will start. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. Today we will visit some heritages listed below:

Pashupatinath: Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati River.Though you are not allowed to go inside the temple as it is strictly for Hindus only, you can clearly see the temple and the activities from the eastern bank of the Bagmati River.It is a square two tiered pagoda temple built on a single tier pinth which is famous all over the world.

Boudhanath: Boudhananath is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu.It was built in 5th century with four pairs of eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings.You will find Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet going round the stupa spinning the prayer wheels.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square: Visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the Royal Residential Quarter of Bhupatindra Malla,famous five-storied temple of Nyatapola in Pagoda style Batsala temple,Bhairavnath temple,Duttatraya temple,Pujari Muth and Palace of 55 windows.

The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area near by your hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
(Breakfast Included)

Day 03 – Drive to Pokhara (900 m) by tourist bus – 7 hrs
Our trekking staff will pick you up at the hotel at 6:30am and escort you to the bus station. The bus to Pokhara leaves at around 7:30am. A beautiful valley set on the banks of the Phewa Lake, Pokhara is also known for its panoramic views of Annapurna, Machapuchare (shape of fish tail) in the north, Dhaulagiri in the west, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu in the east. It is smaller and much less hectic than Kathmandu, hence providing the perfect starting point for our trek. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast Included)

Day 04 – Drive to Nayapul (1,010m) – 1 hr. Trek to Tikhedunga (1,570m) – 3 hrs
We begin our trek at Nayapul after a 1-hour drive on a private vehicle from Pokhara. After a short 15-minute walk along the banks of the Modi Khola, we reach Birethanti (1,015m) a large village with many shops and teahouses. From there, the trail continues through the village and follows the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola. The trail climbs steadily up the side of the valley to Hille at 1,495m and after a short climb, we reach Tikhedhunga at 1,570m. Today’s walk is relatively short and easy, a prelude to the trekking experience in the Annapurna region. Overnight at a guesthouse.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 05 – Trek to Ghorepani (2,840m) – 5 hrs
We move on towards the steep climb to Ulleri, a large Magar village at an altitude of 2,070m. The trail ascends more gently from this point, through fine forests of oak and rhododendrons towards Banthanti at 2,250m. Then we trek towards Nangethanti at 2,460m. After an hour walk we arrive at Ghorepani (2,840m). Overnight at a guesthouse.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 06 – Hike up to Poon Hill (3,210m); and trek to Tadapani (2,610m)
Today, very early in the morning, we start an hour hiking to Poon Hill at an elevation of 3,210m, a brilliant mountain range spectacle; this vantage point provides an unobstructed view of the sunrise over the high Himalayas. There we spend about 1 hour, then returning to Ghorepani we take a hot breakfast at a hotel. Then we make a climb along ridges, and through pine and rhododendron forests to Deurali (2,960m). After that we descend to the Banthanti, then turning off to Tadapani. Overnight at a guesthouse.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 07 – Trek to Chommrong (2,140m) – 5 hrs
The day starts with a steep downhill through rhododendron forests. Leaving Tadapani, we descend through the forests and then the trail eases as we reach Gurjung which is the village of Gurung people, with an easy walk to Chommrong at an elevation of 2,140 m. Overnight at a guesthouse.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 08 – Trek to Himalayan Hotel (2,950m) – 6 hrs
Today the trail drops down to the Chhomrong Khola and again we continue climbing to Khuldighar at 2,380m where there used to be an ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area) check post. There is a clearing in the forest a little further on, from which, the route travels very steeply down a rock bank then levels out, running through thickets of bamboo at the bottom of the gorge, keeping always on the west side of the river. We walk through bamboo, then rhododendron forests to the Himalayan Hotel. Overnight at a guesthouse.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 09 – Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m) – 7 hrs
Today the trail climbs on past the Hinko Cave, Deurali and then Machhapuchhare Base Camp, which isn’t really a base camp since climbing the mountain is not permitted. Since it is totally surrounded by mountains, this area is known as the Annapurna Sanctuary. Two hours trek from Machhapuchhare Base Camp takes you to the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) at elevation of 4,130m. There, you will view unobstructed views of mountain scenery, which is very spectacular. Overnight at a guesthouse.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 10 – Trek back to Bamboo (2345m) – 6 hrs
We follow the same trail down today the trail drops by 1,700m to the bank of Modi Khola to Bamboo at 2,345m where there are a few teahouse/lodges available to stay at. Overnight at a guesthouse.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 11 – Trek to Jhinu hot spring (1,780m) – 5 hrs
We follow the same trail until Chommrong. Once we have passed Khuldighar there is an experimental sheep farm, the trail continues through rhododendron and bamboo fields. From Chomrong the trail descends very steeply to the Jhinu hot spring, where you can bathe in natural hot springs. Overnight at a guesthouse.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 12 – Trek to Nayapul (1,010 m) – 4.5 hrs. Drive to Pokhara – 1 hr. Same day guided tour of Barahi Temple and Boating in Fewa Lake.
From Jhinu hot springs we walk at the right side of Modi Khola for 4.5 hrs to Birethanti which can be considered one of the best and the most relaxing walks of the entire trek. We reach Nayapul then an hour drive will take us back to Pokhara.

After we check in to hotel we will then walk to the Fewa Lake for our boating trip to Barahi Temple and than back to hotel. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast and Lunch Included)

Day 13 – Drive back to Kathmandu (1,345m) and farewell dinner
You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto Chitwan jungle safari, rafting adventure, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, scenic Everest flight, mountain biking and other activities. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. (Your guide(s) and an office staff will accompany you.) Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
(Breakfast and farewell dinner Included)

Day 14 – Transfer to international airport for your final departure
The trip concludes today. Our Airport Representative will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your flight departure from Nepal.
(Breakfast Included)

Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) has been implemented jointly by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) to ensure safety and security of trekkers and to control illegal trekking operations. Trekking companies will be asked to furnish personal information of trekkers like their passport numbers, nationality and their contact address and their itinerary. The data will be uploaded in visitors’ database which can be accessed in case of accidents and/or natural calamities in order to inform the concerned institutions about the number of trekkers inside a certain trekking area. TIMS cards should be collected by both Free Individual Trekkers (FITs) and trekkers taking the service of government authorized trekking agencies. Past experiences have revealed that difficulties were seen while carrying out rescue operations during times of accidents and natural calamities. Due to the lack of proper record system of trekkers, rescue and search missions used to face difficulties in spotting the missing trekkers. Based on the data collected through TIMS cards, however, it will be possible to know the position of a trekker in case a rescue operation is needed. The provision of Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) came into effect on January 1, 2008. Since then, the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) and Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) started recording trekkers’ details and began issuing TIMS Card to trekkers. As per the recent MoU signed by NTB and TAAN, TIMS card is applicable in all trekking areas of the country including restricted areas. Group trekkers will have to pay Blue TIMS cards by paying a fee of Rs 1,000 per person, while FITs have to get Green TIMS cards by paying a fee of Rs 2,000. Similarly, group trekkers from SAARC countries have to pay Rs 300 for TIMS cards, while FITs from the SAARC region have to pay Rs 600 each.