In Nepal, we learn our ABCs by knowing that it stands for Annapurna Base Camp! And a trek to Annapurna Base Camp is one of the more and best popular trekking trails that we offer. It is quite easy to understand why. The Annapurna Conservation Area Project is an incredible place to see the vast beauty of the Himalayas. This area has been preserved in its natural beauty by the government of Nepal for all time, thereby guaranteeing that these lands will not lose their pristine quality. There are many snowcapped peaks that rise high against the cobalt blue skies. There are traditional villages that belong to the Gurung, Thakali and Magar people who have made this place their home for centuries. There are forests of rhododendron, oak and pine, along with carpets of wildflowers and hidden waterfalls.
ABC is the traditional spot for climbers to begin their ascent of Annapurna I, the 10th highest peak in the world (8,091 m). We won't be climbing the mountain, but we will have plenty of opportunities to see all of the mountains of the Annapurna Range. There will be an opportunity to witness a spectacular sunrise over the mountains at Poon Hill (elev. 3210 m) as well as an opportunity to see the world's deepest gorge on the Kali Gandaki River.
The varied elevations of the ABC trek will give visitors a chance to see a wide variety of flora and fauna as the trail passes from sub-tropical to alpine. There will be plenty of cultural opportunities as you pass through various villages. Each village is home to a specific ethnic group, and they maintain their culture with a great deal of pride. They love to show off their culture to visitors, making them feel welcome as they trek through this wonderful land.
The Annapurna Base Camp trek is a wonderful adventure, covering a total of 12 days, of which eight of those is dedicated to trekking. We at Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition invite you to talk with a representative today about doing the ABC Trek!
DAY 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu
DAY 2 – Full Day Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
DAY 3 – Fly to Pokhara, trek to Ghandruk Village (elev. 1940 m)
DAY 4 – Trek to Chhomrong Village (elev. 2170 m)
DAY 5 – Trek to Bamboos (elev. 2310 m)
DAY 6 – Trek to Deurali (elev. 3230 m)
DAY 7 – Trek to ABC (elev. 4,130 m)
DAY 8 – Return to Bamboos
DAY 9 – Trek to Jhinu Danda (elev. 1750 m)
DAY 10 – Trek to Nayapul, drive to Pokhara (elev. 820 m)
DAY 11 – Fly to Kathmandu
DAY 12 – Departure
DAY 1 – Arrival: Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport where you will be met by your representative of Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition. You will be escorted to your hotel where there are complimentary welcome drinks and a short briefing with plenty of time to relax from your flight.
DAY 2 – Kathmandu: Your day will be spent visiting several of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This is a great day to get a feel of the culture, spirituality and the beauty of the famed Kathmandu Valley. The Valley is larger than the country of Singapore and is known for its temples, shopping and great hospitality.
DAY 3 – Fly to Pokhara, trek to Ghandruk Village (elev. 1940 m): This morning, we catch an early breakfast and then fly to the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara. It is a 25 minute flight, but what a flight! We follow along the backbone of the mighty Himalayas where we will see the Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu and Annapurna Ranges. Be sure to get a seat on the right-hand side of the plane for the best views of the mountains. Once we arrive at the airport in Pokhara, we take a private vehicle to Nayapul, our starting point of the trek. The trek takes us upwards through a variety of flora as we rise in elevation. Our destination is the Gurung village of Ghandruk, which is a delightful village. There is a local museum that proudly displays the local culture of these delightful people. The trek today is around six hours and we will spend the night at a local lodge in Ghandruk.
DAY 4 – Trek to Chhomrong (elev. 2170): The day begins with a climb for an hour to reach Kimrungdanda that will afford us incredible views of Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuli and Gangapurna mountains. The trail is up and down, with some challenges as we steeply climb to Chere Danda and finally wind our way down to the village of Chhomrong where we will spend the night in a local lodge. Trekking time for the day's between 5 and 6 hours.
DAY 5 – Trek to Bamboo (elev. 2310 m): This is a day of steps as we will be descending down 2500 stone steps to reach a suspension bridge over the river. The stone steps were built by the local village development committees in order to make for faster travel in the mountains for the residents. These trails are the "highways" of the mountains, designed to move people from village to village. You will meet many of the local people as they carry an assortment of goods from place to place. The trail today passes through some beautiful forests to the village of Kuldihar. From here it is an easy downhill walk to our destination village of Bamboo where we will spend the night at a local hotel. Trekking time is 4 – 5 hours.
DAY 6 – Trek to Deurali (elev. 3230 m): We rise early begin our walk through a cold, damp, dense forest. The ascent is gentle as we make our way to the Himalaya Hotel where the forest opens up to incredible vistas of the snowcapped peaks. Below us, a glacial river runs the rapids below. Our trail now becomes steeper as we make our way to Hinku Cave. There is plenty of incredible scenery all along the way, with magical views of the valley below as we work our way to the village of Deurali where we will spend the night in a local lodge. Trekking time is 5 – 6 hours.
DAY 7 – Trek to ABC (elev. 4130 m): It is a challenging day as our trekking takes us higher and higher to our highest destination: Annapurna Base Camp. We will pass Machhapuchhre Base Camp along the way, observing the peaks of Hiunchuli, Annapurna, Gangapurna and Gandharvachuli. These are all snowcapped peaks that rise majestically upwards, piercing the cobalt blue skies. Today is a day of sensational view. We will spend the night at Annapurna Base Camp. Trekking time is 5 – 6 hours.
DAY 8 – Trek to Bamboo (elev. 2310 m): Today we retrace our steps back to the village of Bamboo, enjoying dense forests and scenic vistas. Trekking time is 7 – 8 hours and we will spend the night in Bamboo Village.
DAY 9 – Trek to Jhinu Danda (elev. 1760 m): Today is definitely up and down as we trek to Jhinu Danda. The first part of the trek will take us to Kuldighar Village through Chhomrong Khola. Then its uphill Jhinu Danda where we will be able to enjoy its famed hot springs, spending the night at a lodge here. Trekking time is 5 – 6 hours.
DAY 10 – Trek to Nayapul, Drive to Pokhara (elev. 820 m): This is the final day of trekking as we descend to the village of Nayapul. Here we pick up our private vehicle to take us to Pokhara where we will stay in a Three Star Hotel.
DAY 11 – Return to Kathmandu: We will be able to explore the city of Pokhara in the morning. We will be staying near Lakeside, which is the heart of the most scenic part of the city. There is plenty to see when in Pokhara, which includes Devis Falls and boating on Phewa Lake. The flight to Kathmandu is relatively short, only 25 minutes. However, if you want to take a first class bus back to Kathmandu, then you will leave early so you can enjoy traveling along fast-flowing mountain rivers and through canyons as you climb upwards to Kathmandu. Either way is a great way to travel for the day. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with a cultural show. We will spend the night at a Three Star Hotel in Kathmandu.
DAY 12 – Departure: All good things must come to an end, and your trip to Nepal is no exception. Before leaving, why not talk to your representative at Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition about returning to Nepal for your next holiday. The vast majority of people make a return trip to Nepal because they are impressed by not only the beauty, but also the local people. Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition offers trips into neighboring Tibet, Bhutan and India. Be sure to discuss your interests and plans with them today.
Your safety is of paramount importance while traveling with Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary. However, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountain regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not be forced to make last minute changes due to weather conditions, health conditions or any member of the group, unexpected natural disasters, etc. The team leader will do everything possible to ensure that the trip runs according to plan. Be prepared for any last minute changes. The Himalayas are big and wild, and worthy of your respect.
THE TREKKING GROUP
For this trek there will be one team leader/guide. We also provide an assistant leader (1 assistant per six trekkers), and Sherpa porters for carrying luggage (usual compliment is one porter for two trekkers). This arrangement ensures that anybody in the group gets sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition can run this trek for any size group, but the maximum size is 12 people in order to make it a pleasant and enjoyable trip. However, if you would like to have a larger group, Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition can make the appropriate arrangements as well.
All accommodations for Annapurna Base Camp Trekking are on twin sharing basis with inclusive trip costs and are chosen based on standard hygiene, standard of service and food, location and more. There are two styles of accommodations during the trip. We will spend Three nights in 3-Star Hotels in Kathmandu and one night in Pokhara. For the remaining seven nights, we will stay at local tea houses or local lodges. Some of these places have shared toilets and washing facilities. Solo travelers may share a room with someone of the same sex, or if requested, we can arrange for a private room for an additional fee. However, please understand that in some remote places single rooms might not be feasible, even if the extra fee is paid. These are remote villages that we are dealing with. We at Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition will do all we can to make your trip as pleasant and enjoyable as possible.
During the trek, we can enjoy typical Nepali food, different ethnic cuisines as well as all types of international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.) from pizza and chips to apple pie. We can even enjoy hot chocolates, variety of breads, drinks and snacks. Breakfast will be served from the tea house or lodge menu where we spend our night. Lunch will be served on the way to our destination and usually along the trail. Dinner and breakfast will be served at the tea houses where we will spend the night. Note that at the tea houses and lodges, the food is good, although the menus will be limited. A farewell dinner with cultural show and breakfast will be served in our stay in Kathmandu as well as breakfast served in Pokhara.
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