8. From Kathmandu: 11-Day Annapurna Base Camp Trek
This Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a shorter trip catering to time-pressed travelers. You may opt for the longer Annapurna Sanctuary Trek – 14 Days if you would like to maximize your adventure.
Join Alpine Club of Himalaya’s trekking expedition to Annapurna I, the 10th highest mountain in the world at 8,091m (26,545 ft) above sea level. Apart from the Annapurna 1, the Annapurna massif includes thirteen peaks over 7,000 meters and sixteen more over 6,000 meters. Our journey begins in Pokhara, widely known as the ‘Lake City. Pokhara offers magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, and Annapurna. Throughout our journey, we will encounter cascading waterfalls, beautiful villages, terraced farmlands, lush rhododendron forests, and amazing mountains.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
Day 2: Fly to Pokhara (823m/2,700ft) 30-minute flight, trek to Ghandruk (1940m/6360 ft): 5 – 6 hours trek
We take a flight to Pokhara, the right side of the plane will offer the best views of The Himalayas. Representatives of Alpine Club of 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. Meals- Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Day 3: Ghandruk to Chhomrong (2170m/7120ft): 5 – 6 hours
Day 4: Chhomrong to Bamboo (2310m/7578ft): 4 – 5 hours
Day 5: Bamboo to Deurali (3230m/10,595ft): 3 – 4 hours
Day 6: Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,545ft) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m/12135ft): 5 – 6 hours
Day 7: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo: 7 – 8 hours
We climb gently through a river bed then over a steep trail over to the mountainside, 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. Meals- Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Day 8: Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1760m/5770 ft): 5 – 6 hours
Day 9: Trek to Naya Pul then drive to Pokhara: 6 hours trek, 1-hour drive
Day 10: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 11: Final Departure: Home Sweet Home
Representatives of Alpine Club of Himalaya will transport you to the airport. Meals- Breakfast.