- DURATION 12 Days
- DURATION 22 Days
Annapurna Base Camp, sanctuary of the great Hindu gods, home to the deity Shiva – a trek to the sanctuary is an experience of a lifetime. Starting in the flat fields of Nayapul, on the outskirts of Pokhara, the trail heads north up into the Annapurna Conservation Area and to the foot of Mt. Annapurna passing some of the most remote and scenic areas of the region.
On our 19 day adventure, you will enjoy a natural amphitheater encircled by mighty snow massifs, particularly the Annapurna peaks. Walk with us into the ‘Sanctuary of the Gods’ to Annapurna Base Camp and witness an awe-inspiring 360 degrees of the surrounding snow giants.
Fixed Departure Dates:
5 March, 25 March, 14 April and 4 May
20 September, 10 October, 20 October and 10 November
After clearing the immigrations and collecting your bags, you will need to come out and look for the sign Icefall Adventures. Our representative will greet you and take you to the hotel. In the evening, we will take you to a traditional Nepali restaurant for welcome dinner.
You will spend the second day sightseeing around Kathmandu - there’s the monkey temple, the Boudhanath Stupa and some ancient heritages of Nepal to be visited. In the latter half of the afternoon our guides will brief you and help you sort out all the equipment for the trip.
The highway between Kathmandu and Pokhara follows deep river valleys, across bridges and modern townships with roadhouses for travelers to stop and eat. The journey is about 6-7 hours long and if we start early you’ll be in Pokhara by mid day. You can spend the rest of the day strolling around Lakeside, a chilled out place to eat and hang out, go paddling in the Phewa lake and sort out any last minute trekking gear.
Nayapul is an hours ride from Pokhara and is the starting point for our trek. Today’s destination is Tikhedhunga which is a 540 meter ascent from Nayapul. The trail starts with a steep set of stairs, levelling up to some flat fields and then ascends up a hill into the woods before ending in Tikhedhunga.
The strenuous part of the trek begins today as you climb 3500 stone steps only to reach Ulleri which is only halfway to Ghorepani. The ascent never stops until you reach Ghorepani after climbing a tiring 1300 meters! The hike to Ghorepani is infact one of the more difficult trekking days during the entire trek.
An early morning ascent of Poon Hill (3210m) makes sure you see an extraordinary sunrise view, where the sun seems to rise from behind the mountains. You’ll then head back to your tea house for an early lunch before you start walking to Tadapani. After an initial steep incline the trail becomes flat as you enter a heavily forested surrounding. Look out for monkeys, mountain goats and snakes!
A day of ups and downs as you walk past small settlements of different ethnic groups, several waterfalls and suspension bridges before you reach your tea house in Chhomrong. Chhomrong is the last prosperous village on your way to the Sanctuary.
More ups and downs as the trail first dives downhill to a stream and just when you adjust to the dive it climbs steeply to Sinuwa. You’ll have lunch in Sinuwa and after walking and scrambling across some cliff section you reach Dobang.
The landscape starts changing and big trees are replaced by shrubs as you hike to Deurali. On the way you’ll come across the magical ‘Hinku Cave’ and several waterfalls, some of which remain frozen during winter.
The hike from Deurali to Machhapuchhre Base Camp is only two hours. We do not move on to Annapurna Base Camp because it is another 300 meters. A day in Machhapuchhre Base Camp gives you enough time for acclimatization and you can explore the surrounding areas in your leisure time.
Today you’ll walk into the ‘Sanctuary of the Gods’ to Annapurna Base Camp. An awe-inspiring 360 degrees of the surrounding Annapurna mountains is the best this trek offers. After exploring the sanctuary you’ll return to your tea house in Machhapuchhre Base Camp.
From Machhapuchhre Base Camp you’ll retrace your steps to Dobang via Deurali. A long day of descent can be quite tiresome and hard on the knees.
Another day of ups and downs as you walk past small settlements of different ethnic groups, several waterfalls and suspension bridges before you reach your tea house in Chhomrong.
After a hearty breakfast against the backdrop of a picturesque scenery you start walking to Landruk. Once you arrive in Landruk you can take a leisurely walk around the little stone village and observe the local lifestyle and culture.
From Landruk the trail first climbs quite steeply until Deurali and then descends gently to Pothana. Pothana offers a really magnificent view of the Machhapuchhre peak.
The last hiking day is quite pleasant because the trail between Pothana and Phedi descends only gently and the scenery is very beautiful. A 4X4 will be waiting for you in Phedi to take you back to Pokhara.
The journey between Pokhara and Kathmandu is about 6-7 hours long and if we start early you’ll be in Kathmandu by mid day. You can spend the rest of the day strolling around the eateries and souvenir shops of Thamel.
An entire day in Kathmandu for yourself. Eat as much as you want, go shopping or do nothing at all! In the evening, we will take you for farewell dinner at Rum Doodle restaurant. This is an unique restaurant in Kathmandu where they have signatures of all everest summiteers on yeti foot.
Again our representatives will be there to transfer you to the airport and bid you farewell.