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 Asia Buddhist Tours and Treks invite you to talk with a representative today about doing the ABC Trek!
Day1-Arrival in kathmandu.
Day 2- Drive to Pokhara and Drive to Naya pul. (Elev. 827 m/2,713 ft.).
Day 3- Trek to Ghandruk (elev. 1940 m)
Day 4 – Trek to Chomrong (elev. 2170 m.)
Day 5 –Trek to Bamboo (elev. 2310 m)
Day 6 –Trek to Deurali (elev. 3230 m)
Day 7 –Trek to ABC (elev. 4310 m)
Day 8 – Return to Bamboo (elev. 2310 m)
Day 9 -Trek to Jhinu Danda (elev. 1750 m)
Day 10 – Trek to Naya Pul, drive to pokhara (elev. 820 m)
Day 11-Drive to Kathmandu
Day 12 – Departure Day
DAY1- Arrival 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 – Drive to Pokhara, drive to Nayapul: This morning, we take drive in an AC Deluxe Tourist bus to the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara. Once we arrive at the airport in Pokhara, we take a private vehicle to Nayapul, our starting point of the trek.
DAY 3 – Trek to Ghandruk (elev. 1940m): 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 Chomrong (elev. 2170): The day begins with a climb for an hour to reach Kimrung Danda 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 Chomrong 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 Kuldihar Village through Chomrong Khola. Then it’s 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 Deluxe Hotel.
DAY 11 – Return to Kathmandu: We drive back to Kathmandu via AC Deluxe Tourist Bus. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with great Nepali traditional food. We will spend the night at a Deluxe 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 Asia Buddhist Tours and Treks 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. Asia Buddhist Tours and Treks offers trips into neighboring Tibet, Bhutan and India. Be sure to discuss your interests and plans with them today.
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