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AnnaPurna Base Camp

Trip profile: 8-10 days trip

Few places in the world have such a splendid variety of natural beauty as the Annapurna region. It is a rare combination of long arrays of snow-capped peaks, crystal clear lakes, turbulent rivers with deep gorges, Tibetan monasteries, hot -spring, and picturesque villages inhabited by simple and friendly ethnic people.

A sacred valley ringed by enormous peaks, the Annapurna Sanctuary is a hidden glacial hollow that shimmers like a jewel in the mountains. This is a trek to a land of enchantment. No one can fail to be pressed by the diversity highlighted on this adventure. The snow-covered peaks of the Annapurna Himal, white water fun on the Trisuli River, and an elephant-back safari in the jungle offer a taste of Nepal's remarkable pleasures.

Day 01: Pokhara- Tirkhe Dhunga (1491m.)
After breakfast approx:7:30 AM drive to Nayapul (42km) 1.5 hr by Car via large village of Lumle and walk about 20 minutes to Birethanti, a large and prosperous town. The trail follows the main street of Birethanti, going through bamboo forests and past a large waterfall and swimming hole. Beyond a pasture used by pony caravans, the trail reaches Sudami where we serve you a lunch. After lunch, we climb steadily up the side of the valley, reach at 1495m near by Tirekhedhunga. Along the way, various hamlets offer ample camping possibilities but if Ghorepani is the objective for the next day it is better to push on to Tikhe Dhunga. Stay overnight in Tirkhedhunga.

Day 02: Tirkhe Dhunga- Ghorepani (2855m)
Your breakfast will be served in morning 7:00 AM. From Tirkhedhunga, the trail crosses a stream on a suspension bridge near the camp site at Tirkhedhunga. The trail ascends a steep stone staircase to the large Magar village Ulleri at 2070m. Above the village, the trail climbs gently through pastures and cultivated fields. There are magnificent more pleasantly through rhododendron and oak forest. There is a hut with water and a small camp site about 1 hr. above Ulleri. The trail crosses two sparkling clear two streams before making a short, final climb to Nangethanti. Lunch is on spot in Nangethanti. Thanti is a Nepali words meaning "rest house" "Dharmasala". In the winter the trail can be covered with snow. From Nangethanti about one hours trek, climb to Ghorepani at 2850m. Arrive at the top of the Ghorepani pass and camp there. Stay overnight in Ghorepani.

Day 03: Ghorepani - Poon hill - Tadapani
Being of the early morning 5:30 AM wake up and start to you journey climb to Poon Hill (3195m) around 1 hr. to provides better unobstructed views and sunrise over the high Himalayas. You can see a lots of White Mountain peaks from Poon Hill. After sunrise, you'll return to our camp and time for breakfast. Ghorepani means "horse water" and it is no doubt a welcome watering stop for the teams of horses, mules and ponies that carry loads between Pokhara and Jomsom.

From Ghorepani the trail climbs south on muddy path through the deep forests. It finally emerges on a grassy knoil which offers good mountain views, is including views of Machhapuchhare (not visible from Grohrepani pass), and a panorama all the way south to the plains of India. It is similar views from Poon Hill. Climbing along the ridge in pine and rhododendron forests to a top 3030 metres then descend to at a second pass also called Deurali, at 2960 metres.

The trails a ridge hides the mountains as makes a steep, sometimes treacherous, descent on a narrow path alongside the stream, as the descent continues. The stream has some clear pools alongside the trail and finally becomes a series waterfall over a jumble of boulders. The steep descent becomes more gentle way to reach Banthanti and stop for lunch approx.: 1 hour.

From Banthanti, the trail follows the stream down to a bridge where the trails start climbing, leaving the moist high mountain forests and entering a field of cane, making some ups and downs past to a vantage point "Tadapani (2540 metres) that offers a brief view of the mountains. Tadapani means "far water". The village water supply is a long distance; it takes porters more than half an hour to fetch a load of water. Stay overnight in Tadapani.

Day 04: Tadapani - Chomrung
We will serve you a breakfast 7:30 AM. From Tadapani, the trails drop down rhododendron, oak forests, one the way offers good views of White Mountains trails to Chomrung. It takes approx. 4 and ? an hours trek. Our lunch and dinner will be provided spot in Chomrung - is a Gurung Village, has evolved into two sprit- parts. This is highest permanent settlement in the valley. There is a tremendous view of Annapurna South, which seems to tower above the village, and there are good views of Machhapuchhare (Machha "fish" and Puchhare "tail") across the valley.

Day 05: Chhomrung- Dovan
Breakfast serves in the morning. Today, we start your journey to Dovan approximately 8:00 AM. From Chhomrung, the trail descends on a stone staircase and crosses the Chhomrung Khola. Climbing high above the Modi Khola on its west banks, the trails passes through forest of bamboo, rhododendron and oak. Climbing further on a rocky trail you reach at Sinuwa, 2250 metres. The trails continues rhododendrons forest, climb Kuldi. From Kuldi, the trails descends a long steep stone staircase into deep bamboo and rhododendron forests, then short distance on a muddy trail to Bamboo and time for Lunch. From Bamboo the trail climbs steeply through stands of bamboo, occasionally dropping slightly to cross the tributary streams, its take approximately 1 and ? an hours trek to Dovan.

Day 6: Dovan - Annapurna Base Camp
From Dovan the trail is muddy and high above the river, but is no problem, for those who suffer vertigo, because thick stands of bamboo block the view of the rushing river and waterfall, then crosses a landslide and another avalanche track, to the Himalaya Hotel at 2680 metres. Lunch will be provided at Himalayan Hotel. From Himalaya Hotel is about 1 hour walk first on a path referred to above for about 1 and ? an hour and then climb on to the lateral moraine and down the other side on to the glacier. Walking up the bed of the glacier is safe and quite easy and the British Expedition Base Camp is reached after another 1 and ? an hr. Base Camp is at 4, 237 m. The trip is best done from the lower camp, carrying only lunch, and the best views are probably obtained from to the north. Stay overnight in Annapurna Base Camp.

Day 7: Annapurna Base Camp - Bamboo
We will wake you up in the early morning. Climb to view point spot where you can see sunrise over the mountains. You'll also visit nearby ABC. The track remains on the west bank of the Modi, now flowing through a more open valley and eventually emerges into the Sanctuary. Straight ahead is the high lateral moraine. After the sunrise trip, return to our camp and time for breakfast. After breakfast you'll return same way to Bamboo. Stay overnight in Bamboo

Day 8: Bamboo- Chhomrung
From Bamboo, a short distance trail is muddy, and then descends a long steep stone staircase in to uphill through the Bamboo, the bamboo and rhododendrons forest to Kuldi, 2300 metres. The trail continues in rhododendrons forests down to Sinuwa, 2250 metres. We serve you a lunch in Sinuwa. After lunch trek to Chhomrung. From Sinuwa the trail is down hill till Modi Khola. After passes the river, the trail climb steep way approx. ? an hour Chhomrung. Stay overnight in Chhomrung.

Day 9: Chhomrung - Ghandrung
From Chhomrung, the trail follows the route back to Taglung, then descend gently through forests to Kummu, then cross the suspension bridge and stay on the main trail as it climbs out of the Kummu Valley. The trails descend through a small creek and gently into the maze of trails of Ghandrung. This is short approx: 4 hours trek and difficult day. Lunch will be served in Ghandrung. Ghandrung a huge Gurung village at 1940 metres is the second largest Gurung village in Nepal is a confusing cluster of closely-spaced, slate-roofed hoses. There are neatly terraced fields situated both above and below the town. It is wonderfully easy to get lost in the network of narrow alleyways while trying to trek through the village. There is a larger handicraft factory at the top of Ghandrung. Over here, the scenic southern Annapurna is outstanding. Machhapuchhare has been seen from here in its fishtail aspect, peeps over a forested ridge. ASAP has visitor centre and an office in Ghandrung.

Day 10: Ghandrung- Pokhara
From Ghandrung, all the way down hill through village and terraced fields to Syauli Bazaar. It takes approx: 2 hours. Along the way you can see good views Annapurna South and Machhapuchhare too. From Syauli Bazaar, the trails follow the Modi River till Nayapul. Your lunch will serve in Birethati. After lunch you have very short treks about 20 minutes to Nayapul, catch our vehicle and drive to Pokhara. Stay overnight in Pokhara.

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