Annapurna Luxury Trek, Annapurna in part of Base Camp Trekking, is an amazing adventure around the whole Himalayas range where one can complete the trek in a week. The shortest and most scenic walk that takes you from low warm paddy fields to cooler hills. Then ending at remorseless arctic terrain of ice and glaciers at Annapurna Base Camp, the highest spot of the adventure.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek offers more besides the shortest itinerary days, the only 8, 000 m mountain base camp. Where trekkers can find the comfort of a nice and cozy lodge with a comprehensive food menu, with rooms facing alluring views. Mt. Annapurna-I is listed as the world's 10th highest peak at 8, 091 m / 26, 545 feet high. The first eight thousand meters mountain was conquered way back in 1950 by French Expeditions, it is one of the most technical and challenging mountains.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek
is located within a picturesque sanctuary known as one of the most photogenic spots. Situated on a plateau enclosed by a series of jagged snow mountains, which makes this place a heaven for trekkers. The adventure begins with a short panoramic flight from Kathmandu
to land at scenic Pokhara, a charming city. Placed in a beautiful valley, surrounded by tiers of green hills within the backdrop of Annapurna Himalaya. Where reflection of snow peaks touches the serene Phewa and Begnas Lakes, makes Pokhara a most sought holiday destination. From Pokhara, a few hours of the scenic drive takes you to the foothills of Annapurna Himalaya, where our adventure begins.
The climb leads to a lovely large Gurung village at Ghandruk, where one can feel the cool mountain fresh air. Ghandruk is one of the main villages, a door to various treks and adventures around Annapurna Himalaya and beyond. Gurung, a traditional and cultural village, the hill tribes of the Annapurna region
, are interwoven with Buddhism religion. Enjoying the first overnight in the mountain village, the trek continues heading due north to reach another large village of Chomrong. The main getaway to Annapurna Sanctuary
and base camp, as well as the last permanent settlements.
The adventure continues heading down and up within a cool forest of rhododendron and pine trees to reach the Modi River gorge. Where walk follows the river upstream right up to its glacial source at Annapurna base camp and the highest point. To reach Annapurna base camp, spending a few overnights on route at a simple lodge of Sinuwa Danda and Deurali. The climb takes you to a high ridge at Machhapuchare base camp, located beneath the mountain itself the famous Fish Tail peak.
Annapurna Sanctuary starts where tree lines give away to a short alpine bush and then reach the main highlight. Annapurna base camp is a beautiful spot encircled by an array of peaks with the main Annapurna-I at a close distance. An exciting place, where views of mountains extend towards the far horizon an enjoyable and marvelous country blessed with naturally beautiful scenery. Spending a wonderful time and adventure at Annapurna base camp, then head downhill back into greens within tall tree lines. The return journey to the end of a walk at a nice hill village Jhinu, a place with a natural hot spring to enjoy. Finally, our remarkable adventure Annapurna Base Trek completes at beautiful Pokhara
, a perfect spot to have good times, after a marvelous time around the high Annapurna Himalayas.
Best time for Annapurna Base Camp Trek:
Annapurna Base Camp can be visited nearly all around the year, except for monsoon wet times which occur from mid-June to early September months.
The rest of the seasons will be good for this wonderful adventure. The best and high season
is spring from March to May, days are much longer and sunny till late afternoon times. An enjoyable season for walks and views of mountains, cold in the morning and night time, around higher hills.
Around spring the hills are alive with wildflowers in bloom. Can expect snowfall and rains sometimes above 2,000 m high. The next best season is autumn from mid-September to November, where days are crystal clear, but shorter days with sunlight due to autumn seasons can be cold in the morning and nighttime.
One can visit during winter times of December to February, most days are clear with fine weather, cold with freezing temperatures above 1,800 m high. Can get snowed in some time, around the Annapurna Sanctuary areas.
Accommodation food during the Annapurna Luxury Trek:
It takes 10 days to complete the journey to Annapurna base camp and in these 10 days, we will spend two nights and one night in five-star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast and 6 days stay in the best mountain lodges in the Annapurna region which provide you with good facilities.
For food, we eat breakfast and dinner at the same place where we live, and for lunch, we eat at the tea house that will be on our way. There are various food options that you can choose from. Dal Bhat vegetables are the best food and the most filling option. In addition, you can prepare eggs in a variety of ways, including chapatti, cereal with milk, and sandwiches. Or, potatoes are prepared in different ways, in packet noodles, noodles, momo, macaroni, pudding, Nepali, Indian, and continuation. For drinks, you can drink tea; Coffee, flavored hot drinks, etc. They also sell branded local wines.
Security in Annapurna Base Camp Luxury Trek:
Security is an important top priority of Hiker Himalaya Treks and Expedition. We generally ensure that trekkers belonging to the HHT group complete their journey safely. During the trip, our guide will treat our hikers. In case of a crisis, our guide will take care of it if you are expected to change the schedule at any point. If you encounter any problems at any point during the trek, do not freeze and never try to grow and always forget to tell the guide. If during the trek you become ill, our guide will give you the necessary treatment and in case of crisis, he will take you to the nearest medical clinic.
Equipment & Packing List for Poonhall with Annapurna Luxury Trek:
This list outlines the required things to bring during the Annapurna Luxury Trek. The weight limit for your luggage is 15 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by our porter. However, you are required to carry a small day- pack with your valuables or anything important. We advise you to pack only what is necessary.
Important Items: Airline tickets; Valid passport; 2 extra passport size photos; Photocopy of your passport; Insurance paper; Dollars, Pounds, or Euros in cash for purchasing a Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying at restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks and to purchase your own drinks and gifts; Credit Card (Visa/ Mater Card) for withdrawing cash from cash machines if needs.
For Head: Sun Hat; Bandana or head scarf; Headlamp with extra batteries; Sun Glasses with UV protection.
For Upper Body: Shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves); Lightweight thermal tops; Fleece Jacket or Wool Sweater; Wind Cheater jacket; Down Jacket
For Lower Body: 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms; 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers; 1 pair of waterproof shell pants and 1 pair of hiking trousers.
For Hands: 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves and 1 pair of lightweight poly liner gloves.
For Feet: 2 pairs of thin inner socks; 2 pairs of poly or wool socks; 1 pair of Hiking boots (sturdy soles, water-resistant, ankle support); 1 pair of running shoes and/or sandals.
Other Useful Items: 1 sleeping bag (good to -20 degrees C or 28 degrees F); Rucksack and Travel Bags; 1 large duffel bag *; A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables; Small padlocks for duffel- bags; 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional).
Medical: Your daily taking medicine if any; small personal first aid kit; Aspirin, plasters (band-aids); Sunscreen; lip balms; Anti-diarrhea pills; Anti-headache pills; A cough and/or cold medicine; Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetazolamide; Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin.
Digital camera; 2 water bottles (1 liter each); disposable rubbish sacks; Toiletries: 1 medium-sized quick-drying towel; Toothbrush/paste; Multi-purpose soap; Deodorants; Nail clippers; Face and body moisturizer; Tissue /toilet roll; hiking poles, snack food (chocolate/ biscuits); umbrella; reading book or pack of cards (for leisure time during trekking).
Note: If any items are not available in your hometown you can buy them in Trekking Store in Kathmandu before you embark on trekking.
Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to respective hotels:
On the first arrival at Kathmandu, Nepal international airport our HH staff and guide received you for the short transfer to your hotel. After checking into your rooms, then your guide will brief you about the treks with dos and don’ts. A piece of full detailed information to make your time in Nepal enjoyable.
Day 2 : From Kathmandu fly to Pokhara 860 m, drive to Ghandruk 1,960 m, 30 mins flight, 2.30-hour drive:
The morning after breakfast, transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport for the short scenic flight to Pokhara, air enjoys the grand panorama of the snow mountain range, from Langtang, Ganesh, and Manaslu Himal. As the plane heads further west view of Annapurna Himalaya, then land at Pokhara airport. Where our staff and guide will transfer you in a vehicle for an exciting drive to the starting point of the trek.
After ending the motorable drive, the walk begins with a climb to reach Ghandruk for the first overnight stop in a hill village, populated by Gurung the mountain tribes of Annapurna Himalaya. At Ghandruk with time exploring the village and witnessing the local culture are of great interest.
Day 3 : Trek to Sinuwa Danda 2, 260 m via Chomrong 2, 170 m, -07 hrs:
At Ghandruk enjoys breakfast along with views of Annapurna peaks and then start the trek uphill on top of Ghandruk village, then on a winding path with a short climb to Kimrong Danda, a place on a high ridge. From here descend to Kimrong River valley within a nice village for lunch. Afternoon a steep climb for an hour and then on the gentle path to Chomrong, a large Gurung village as well as the last permanent settlement.
From Chomrong after a short rest continue to walk downhill to a river and then climb on stone steps to reach an overnight stop at Sinuwa Danda. An isolated spot with a few nice simple lodges to stay with grand views of surrounding beautiful hills, and valleys with snow-clad peaks.
Day 4 : Trek to Deurali 3, 140 m, -07 hrs.
From Sinuwa Danda, starts on the gradual winding path into a dense forest of pine and rhododendron trees, then down to a place called Bamboo situated at Modi River gorge amidst the forest of pines and rhododendron and bamboos. After a short rest continue to walk uphill to Dovan, and then to Himalaya Hotel located close to a large overhanging Hinku cave. From here downhill close to a river with a short climb to Deurali for an overnight stop, a place with several good lodges.
Day 5 : Trek to Annapurna Base Camp 4, 130 m via Machhapuchare base camp 3, 800 m, -05 hrs:
Adventure from Deurali leads you to our main highlight of the adventure, as the morning walk follows the Modi River upstream with a steep climb for some hours to Machhapuchare Base Camp, a scenic spot with nice lodges. Enjoy a short refreshing break at this lovely place situated right beneath the towering North Face of Machhapuchare Himal, the famous Fish-Tail peak.
After MBC a short climb to reach a flat land or a plateau at Annapurna Sanctuary, and then walk gets pleasant all the way to Annapurna Base Camp right in front of the towering Mt. Annapurna and close to a glacier. At Annapurna Base Camp reaching by lunchtime as well for an overnight halt in one of its nice small simple cozy lodges. Enjoy the afternoon at ease relaxing, marveling at the glorious views of the Annapurna range of peaks that surrounds the base camp.
Day 6 : Trek back to Bamboo 2, 345 m, -06 hrs:
After an enjoyable time and having a great experience of a lifetime, within giant peaks, return journey on the same route heading downhill back into the green forest with a short climb to Himalaya Hotel and the on a nice pleasant trail to overnight stop at Bamboo, a nice spot with some good simple lodge.
Day 7 : Trek to Jhinu Danda 1, 775 m past Chomrong, -06 hours:
From Bamboo a short climb and then winding path into forest to Sinuwa Danda, where a short descent leads to Chomrong River, after crossing a bridge climb on long stone steps to Chomrong village, for the lunch stop.
Afternoon a short walk to a ridge, and then our route divers heading downhill to reach a nice village at Jhinu for the last overnight stop on the high hills of Annapurna Himalaya. Rest of the day enjoy refreshing bathing in a hot natural spring that is close to the lodge.
Day 8 : Short walk and drive to Pokhara, -04 hrs:
Spending marvelous time at Jhinu and at Annapurna base camp, morning a short walk to a road-head, where the drive takes you back to Pokhara for an overnight stop after a lovely memorable adventure on Annapurna base camp trek. While in Pokhara, spend the rest of the day marveling at the views of Phewa Lake and Annapurna Himalaya in the comfort of nice lovely hotels.
Day 9 : Drive back to Kathmandu by car, -05 hrs:
Morning having hearty breakfast with last views of Annapurna Himalaya and Machhapuchare Himal, then board in a car for an exciting drive to Kathmandu. One of the best ways to experience Nepalese rural farm villages and towns is to drive follow the Trisuli River, famous for rafting, and then drive climb to the top of the Kathmandu valley rim. From here enter the busy bustling Kathmandu city to reach your hotel, after a great enjoyable ride. The rest of the afternoon is free at leisure for individual activities and shopping for souvenirs.
Day 10 : International Departure for Homeward bound:
As per time for your onward journey back home, morning or in the late evening, depart from the hotel, our HH staff transfer you to Nepal International Airport for your flight homeward bound or to the next port of call. After a great wonderful and memorable adventure on Annapurna Base Camp Trek.