Annapurna Base Camp
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By Ram Barakoti on Wednesday, August 15, 2007 - 08:01 am: Edit Post
ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TREK - 14 NIGHTS/15 DAYS
Tea House Trekking
Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu.
Welcome and Assistance on arrival at Airport. Transfer to Hotel. Hotel Check in. Overnight stay in Kathmandu
Day 2 Pokhara
Early in the morning breakfast at Hotel. Drive to Pokhara (about 6 hrs). One gets to view good scenery along the drive. Lunch will be served at the Local restaurant on the way to Pokhara. Finally arrive at the most beautiful city of Mountains and lakes. Pokhara is Nepal's most beautiful natural valley, which is also the most popular tourist destination.
The Annapurna, Machhapuchere (Fishtail) and uncountable Mountains always stand high welcoming every visitor with a smile.
Day 3 Drive to Phedi, and trek to Tolka 1810m
After breakfast at the Hotel we head for our 11 days/ 10 nights trekking of the Base camp. We start our trek by driving a short distance to Phedi. We climb steeply to the ridge at Dhampus at 1750m. passing through a rhododendron forest we move forward to the village of Pothana, from here we reach to the small settlement of Deurali. Making a steep descent on forested slopes and then into a side canyon of the Modi Khola, passing through the settlement of Bheri Kharka, we then climb gently and emerge into the main Modi Khola valley, and finally reach to Tolka at 1810m. Overnight stay at Tolka.
Day 4 Tolka - Chhromrong (2210m)
To continue with our trek after breakfast we start moving ahead from Tolka. We from Tolka move to Landruk, a Gurung village. Ten minutes below the Landruk village, the trail to the sanctuary leads away to the right which shows the sign pointing the way north to Chhomrong. We cross the river at Shiuli at 1340m before climbing the Jhinu Danda at 1750m. We reach Taglung at 2180m. After a short distance from Taglung, the trail rounds a bend and enters the upper part of Chhomrong, a gurung village, where we spend th
ight. Chhromrong is a large village that is spread along a huge stone staircase, which drops to the Chhromrong Khola. Overnight stay at Chromrong.
Day 5 Chhromrong - Bamboo Lodge (2340m)
Leaving Chhomrong the trail descends to cross the Chhomrong Khola on a suspension bridge, then climbs high above the Modi Khola on it's west bank. The trail then ascends through the villages of Tilche and Sinuwa and finally reaches Kuldi at 2350m. From here the trail descends a long, steep stone staircase into bamboo and rhododendron forests and eventually we reach the small settlement of Bamboo Lodge at 2340m. Overnight stay at Bamboo Lodge.
Day 6 Bamboo Lodge - Himalayan Hotel (2900m)
The trail continues along the west bank of the Modi Khola valley through dense bamboo forest, occasionally dropping to cross tributary streams, but ascending continuously, and reaches the settlement of Doban at 2630m where there are several good lodges. The trail then continues high above the river to our resting place for the night, the small settlement of tea-houses known as Himalayan Hotel at 2900m. Overnight stay at Himalayan Hotel.
Day 7 Himalayan Hotel - Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3720m)
From here it is an hour's walk to Hinko Cave at 3160m, and a further half an hour to Deurali at 3230m. Above Deurali the valley widens and becomes less steep. Reaching Deurali brings a feeling to us that we are near to our destination. We can now see the 'gates' to the Sanctuary. The trail continues into the Sanctuary to meet the Modi Khola and follows the river to Bagar, a meadow at 3310m. From Bagar we continue to trek upwards and reach the area known as Machhapuchhre Base Camp at 3720m. This is a collection of tea-houses spread
over a large area. From here the mountain views are fantastic and include Annapurna (8091m), Annapurna III (7555m), Gangapurna (7454m) and Machhapuchhre . Overnight stay at Machhapuchhre Base Camp.
Day 8 Machhapuchhre Base Camp - Annapurna Base Camp (4095m) [CR
After breakfast we start early and make the 2 hours trek to Annapurna Base Camp at 4095m, crossing four hotels on a knoll at 4130m. The trail continues upwards, on a good path, to the south of the moraine This is the highlight of the trip and affords us marvelous close up views of the mountains that make up this incredible natural amphitheatre. On arrival at ABC we get a superb view of the near vertical south face of Annapurna that towers above the Sanctuary to the north-west, which was climbed in 1970 by Don Whillans and Dougal Haston on an expedition led by Chris Bonington. We arrive at ABC mid-morning which allows ample time to explore the surrounding area and take some stunning photographs. Overnight stay at Annapurna Base Camp.
Day 9 Annapurna Base Camp - Doban
From the Sanctuary we initially retrace our steps, and descend to Deurali, through Himalayan Hotel, and eventually to Doban where we spend the night. We cover the ground a lot quicker on the way down taking advantage of our acclimatization and the reducing altitude. Overnight stay at Doban.
Day 10 Doban - Chhromrong
From Doban we continue back down the trail, through Bamboo Lodge, and to Chhromrong where we spend the night. This is a short day and allows us to spend some time relaxing in this fascinating village which has some of the best mountain views in the world. Overnight stay at Chhromrong.
Day 11 Chhromrong - Ghandruk
Today we stop retracing our steps and trek to the Gurung village of Ghandruk. We initially walk west on the trail that leads to Ghorapani, but then descend to the village of Khumnu. We cross the Khumnu Khola and then ascend steeply to a collection of tea-houses at Uri at 2220m. From here we can see Ghandruk ahead, and it is a gentle walk to this amazing Gurung settlement at 1970m. Ghandruk is a maze of narrow alleyways but is an ideal place to spend an afternoon wandering the streets enjoying the local food or learning about the local handicrafts. Overnight stay at Ghandruk.
Day 12 Ghandruk -Birethanti
From Ghandruk it is a long descent to the settlement of Shauli Bazaar at 1140m, but we are now down to the Modi Khola and from here it is an easy and pleasant walk along the river bank to Birethanti at 1065m, where we spend our final night on the trek. Birethanti is a beautiful village situated in a fantastic spot on the Modi Khola river. This is a busy village with many trekkers starting and finishing their treks here, and there are many tea-houses and shops. Overnight stay at Birethanti.
Day 13 Birethanti - Naya Pul.
Drive back to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.
Our last day of the trail. We walk short distance to the road head at Naya Pul, where we are picked up by our transport and driven back to Pokhara. The journey by road takes approx. 2 hours and we arrive back in Pokhara by early afternoon, on time to refresh ourselves in the hotel before spending a night in Pokhara. Dinner and overnight stay in Pokhara.
Day 14 Kathmandu
After an early breakfast at Pokhara fly or drive back to Kathmandu. Arrive Kathmandu.
Day 15 Departure To Airport.