First brought to the attention of the outside world in 1956 by Colonel James O.M Roberts, the Annapurna Sanctuary has since become one of the most sought after trekking destinations in the world. Rising 8091 meters above sea-level, Annapurna I, with its whole ranges of peaks surrounding it, is simply put a paradise for mountaineers.
The trek to the base camp of these mighty giants is also one of the most popular in the Himalayas. Passing through a most varied landscape in such a short period of time, the Annapurna Base Camp trek offers the trekker one of the best chances to witness the great diversity of the Himalayan landscape. Stretching over a period of 13 days, you will begin your journey in lush green hill country, with its many terraced fields and thatched roofed villages, through dense rain and bamboo forest, and finally reaching the natural amphitheater at the midst of the great summits of Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna South (7219m), Gangapurna (7455m), Annapurna III (7555m) and Machapuchare (69993m).
Before and after the trek, Namkha has also arranged a brief cultural tour of the Kathmandu and Pokhara valleys, so that you may marvel at the diversity and rich cultural heritage of Nepal.
21 Days/20 Nights Trekking Tour (12 days on trek)
ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TREK
Twin sharing accommodation in government approved hotels
All meals (except dinners in Kathmandu)
All trekking equipment
All transport within Nepal
All international airfare
Any expenses of personal nature
Personal Medical Insurance
Airport Taxes (if applicable)
Tips to local staff
BEST TIME TO VISIT:
The best seasons to visit Nepal are Spring and Autumn. During the months of March till May, the country enjoys beautiful days and moderately cold nights. Flowers are in full bloom and it is a perfect time to go trekking in the Annapurna and Everest regions. The months of September till the end of November are equally sunbathed. The autumn light is particularly clear compared to the Spring and offers a photographer’s paradise.
Although the weather can be cold in the winter, with snow in upper valleys, the winter months can prove to be the best time for a cultural tour of Nepal with the Kathmandu and Pokhara valleys enjoying mild weather. If you plan to visit the southern Terai plains in Chitwan or Lumbini for example, then winter will be an ideal time to go.
Summer corresponds to the monsoon season in Nepal. Although the days are often cloudy and rainy, summer provides an excellent opportunity to see the exceptional fauna and flora of the country in full bloom. For exceptionally high altitude trekking such as Upper Mustang, summer is the only season possible. Adding to this, as Spring and Autumn can often be a little crowded with tourists, Winter and Summer can provide a much more peaceful and exclusive journey.
ITINERARY AT A GLANCE:
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu – visit of Swayambhunath
Day 2: Visit of Pashupatinath and Boudhanath
Day 3: Visit of Patan and Baktapur
Day 4: Drive to Pokhara
Day 5: Visit of Pokhara
Day 6: On trek - Nayapul to Tikhedunga (5 hours)
Day 7: On trek - Tikhedunga to Ghorepani (6/7 hours)
Day 8: On trek - Ghorepani to Tadapani (5 hours)
Day 9: On trek - Tadapani to Chomrong (5 hours)
Day 10: On trek - Chomrong to Dovan (5/6 hours)
Day 11: On trek - Dovan to Deurali (5/6 hours)
Day 12: On trek - Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (7/8 hours)
Day 13: On trek - Annapurna Base Camp to Sinuwa (6 hours)
Day 14: On trek - Sinuwa to Jhinu hill (6 hours)
Day 15: On trek - Jhinu hill to Tolka (5 hours)
Day 16: On trek - Tolka to Dhampus (5 hours)
Day 17: On trek - Dhampus to Phedi (5 hours) and drive to Pokhara
Day 18: Rest in Pokhara
Day 19: Drive to Kathmandu
Day 20: Last day visit of Kathmandu
Day 21: exit to onward destination