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This trek, also called Annapurna Base Camp trek, goes into the Annapurna Sanctuary – a natural amphitheatre surrounded by some of the most spectacular Himalayan peaks. While Macchapucchre – the fish-tail peak – and Annapurna South dominate the horizon at the beginning of the trek, Annapurna I, which rises over 8,000m into the sky, captivates all trekkers at the Annapurna Base Camp. Despite being called the Annapurna Base Camp, most expeditions on Annapurna I choose to establish a base camp on the other side of the mountain near the Annapurna Circuit trail.
The trek passes through several Gurung villages. The Gurung people are one of sixty ethnic groups in Nepal and are the predominant Nepali recruits in the famous Gurkha regiment of the British and Indian army. On this trek, you will climb up and down the infamous, and seemingly endless, Gurung staircases along the Modi Khola. In the beginning, the trek goes through terraced rice fields, gradually ascending to old growth and bamboo forests to the Macchapucchre Base Camp and the Annapurna Base Camp. Macchapucchre is considered a holy mountain by the Gurung people and climbing Macchapucchre is prohibited.
This is a great first time trek in Nepal. Come join us on this spectacular journey and experience the culture and hospitality of the Gurung people!
|Day 1||Arrival in Kathmandu||Kathmandu||1340m|
|Day 2||Exploring Kathmandu||Kathmandu||1340m|
|Day 3||Kathmandu-Pokhara to Ghandrung||Ghandrung||6,400ft/1,950m|
|Day 4||Ghandrung to Chhomrong||Chhomrong||6,900ft/2,090m|
|Day 5||Chhomrong to Bamboo||Bamboo||7,600ft/2,310m|
|Day 6||Bamboo to Himalaya||Himalaya||9,375ft/2,840m|
|Day 7 – 8||Himalaya to Machapuchare Base Camp to South Annapurna Base Camp||ABC||13,625 ft/4,130m|
|Day 9||Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo||Bamboo|
|Day 10 – 11||Bamboo to Chomrong to Jhinu||Jhinu||5,839ft/1,780m|
|Day 12||Jhinu to Pokhara||Pokhara||6,800ft/1,250m|
|Day 13||Pokhara to Kathmandu||Kathmandu|
|Day 14||Final Departure|
Our standard program is 12 days. But if you wish to trek at a slower pace incorporating two extra days on the trek and a day for exploration of Kathmandu prior to the start of the trek, we would recommend the 15 day program. Write to us for details.
You will be greeted on arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport by a representative of Crystal Mountain Treks holding a placard at the arrival gate. You will then be escorted to your hotel in Kathmandu. Once in the hotel you can refresh and take a rest as the day will be free. In the evening you will be entertained with a welcome dinner (included). During dinner, you will be briefed on the day to day trip and events.
Note: B refers to Breakfast, L refers to Lunch and D refers to Dinner.
After breakfast, you drive to Pashupatinath, Nepal’s most sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva, with its two-tiered golden roof and silver door. Shiva, meaning “The Auspicious One”), also known as Mahadeva (“Great God”), is a popular Hindu deity and is considered to be the Supreme God within Shaivism, one of the three most influential denominations in Hinduism. Here, you’ll probably witness a Hindu cremation along the banks of the Bagmati River and many Asetics and Sadhus.
Then on to Bhaktapur, which is located about 20 km east of Kathmandu in the Kathmandu Valley, Bhaktapur is known as the ‘City of Devotees’, the ‘City of Culture’, the ‘Living Heritage’, and ‘Nepal’s Cultural Gem’. It is one of the 3 royal cities in the Kathmandu Valley. The others are Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, and Patan. Bhaktapur is filled with monuments, most terra-cotta with carved wood columns, palaces and temples with elaborate carvings, gilded roofs and open courtyards. As a World Heritage site listed by the UNESCO, Bhaktapur has been heavily restored since a 1934 earthquake severely damaged the city.
Overnight at Hotel Tibet or similar. (Breakfast and Lunch)
According to your fight schedule you will be transferred to the domestic terminal at Kathmandu airport. The flight to Pokhara (820m/2,690ft.) is approximately 30 minutes. After arriving at Pokhara, you will be transported by private vehicle to the starting point of the trek at Kimche. Today is a short day of hiking on gradual uphill (2 hours). (All meals)
You trek up through terraced fields to a Pass. Descend steeply through a forest, to the Kimrong Khola (5,807ft/1,770m) before climbing up again to Kimrong Danda (7,425ft/2250m). The trail continues to climb higher before dropping down to Chhomrong. After lunch ascend steeply to another Gurung village of Chhomrong which is the highest permanent settlement in the valley, although there are tea-houses beyond this point. Chhomrong is a beautiful village located on the lap of Annapurna. Upon arrival at Chhomrong, you will witness the peak of South Annapurna with the Fishtail (Machhpuchure) facing across the valley. You will stay overnight at a lodge here. (All meals)
Leaving behind the permanent settlements, you follow the Modi Khola valley towards the Annapurna Sanctuary. You will shortly be at the foothills into the high step and wooded slopes of the Himalayas. You cross a suspension bridge and then trek up to Sinuwa Danda (7,742ft. /2.360m). The climb from Sinuwa turns somewhat flatter. The trail passes through thick and dark rhododendron forest up to Khuldighar (8,333ft/2,540m). Soon after you head on from Khuldighar, you enter through a deep bamboo population. After about an hour you reach your overnight lodge at Bamboo. (All meals)
Today, as you leave Bamboo, the trail passes through thick bamboo, rhododendron and oak forest to the village of Dobhan (8,530ft/2600m). You continue to ascend gradually following the trail above the river up the side of the canyon. You cross by two streams over small bridges. The trail further passes through solitary places. The wilderness and silence is soothing. There is also the possibility of seeing a variety of species of wildlife such as wild pigs, deer and snow leopard. The trail continues through stands of bamboo, and beyond avalanche chutes and a few landslides to Himalaya. You spend a night here at a Lodge. (All meals)
Today, you will find yourself above the tree line. The mountain views from here are marvelous: Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I (26,545ft/8,091m), Annapurna III (24,786ft/7,555m), Gangapurna (24,455ft./7,454m), and Machhpuchure are all visible from here. The trail from Himalaya climbs gently through a river bed and rises steeply over the side of the mountain. As you advance, you come to Hinku cave (10,400ft/3,170m). Further on you pass through Deurali (10,597ft/3,230m), a small village. About half an hour from Deurali, you will find yourself in the middle of a river bed surrounded by giant snow covered mountains. When the sun rises, it reflects the rays from the mountains and the valley is covered with warmth and light. The hike to the base camp is somewhat challenging but the spectacular scenery of the peaks around you takes your mind off it. From Machhapuchare Base Camp, it is approximately 2 hours trek to Annapurna Base Camp – a collection of four hotels on a hillock. The view of the south face of Annapurna is fabulous from ABC! On the way to ABC, the vegetation fades. You will enter the mountainous scene where the large snow bulks melt and form small streams. As we enter the sanctuary, the trail widens. The trial takes you along a stream and climbs to a few huts along a moraine. From here, you have the view of the south face of Annapurna towering above the sanctuary. Annapurna Base Camp sanctuary boasts of a dynamic 360 degree panorama view. (All meals)
Wake up early to witness the sunrise on the Annapurna ranges, a glorious event! Today is all downhill. After breakfast, you start your descent to Bamboo through MBC, Deurali, Hinku cave, Himalaya and Dobhan. On the way you will come to a point where you will witness the waterfalls that drop down from a high point to the rocks below. As you descend, you will pass through the forests with fascinating views of Fishtail and Hiunchuli. After lunch, you re-enter the bamboo forest. You halt overnight at a lodge at Bamboo. (All meals)
Today you continue down through the forest to Sinuwa and on to lower Chhomrong. Then again you ascend on the thousand stony steps taking you to upper Chhomrong. From here, it is a short 1 hour descent to Jhinu. At Jhinu you have the option to take a dip in the Jhinu natural hot springs which is just a 30 minute walk from Jhinu. Overnight at a Lodge. (All meals)
Trek to the road-head from where a chartered jeep will drive you back to Pokhara. (Breakfast and Lunch)
You take the mid-afternoon flight back to Kathmandu. After you arrive in Kathmandu, you take some time off to get fresh and get ready for sightseeing in the valley. In the evening you will be entertained to a farewell dinner in Kathmandu. You will stay the night at Hotel Tibet or similar. (Breakfast and Dinner)
The final day, you will be escorted to the airport for your flight home. If your flight is later in the evening then you can take a walk around town. (Breakfast)
Per person price (valid until December 31, 2018)
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This trek is guaranteed to run for 1 participant.
US$ 150 per person discount on November, December, January and February departures
All airport transfers, One full days sightseeing in Kathmandu as indicated in the itinerary and entrance fees to monuments, 3 nights twin sharing hotel accommodation at Hotel Tibet (3 star) in Kathmandu, 1 night twin sharing hotel accommodation at Hotel Temple Tree (4 star) in Pokhara, Round trip airfare: Kathmandu to Pokhara, Chartered Vehicle: Pokhara to Kimche and Pokhara
Meals as indicated in the itinerary
Annapurna Conservation Area Fee, Trekkers Information Management Card
Your international airfare, Nepal Visa, Meals not indicated in the itinerary, Tips and gratuities, Personal equipment (a suggested list will be mailed to you), Travel insurance (Required), Other expenses of a personal nature
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We had a great experience on the Annapurna Sanctuary trek. They efficiently planned it with short notice. The guide and porter were very competent, and enjoyable as people. The pre-trip information was extensive and helpful. We appreciated the professionalism of your entire staff, from first email contact through the last farewell at the airport. We would recommend Crystal Mountain and would use them again.
Tessy and I had a wonderful experience in Nepal and we would like to thank Crystal Mountain Trekking for it. The support from you and your staff was unbelievable. The guides and porters were very friendly and they really cared about our safety and comfort. That is part of the reason Tessy decided to make a contribution to Ram’s children’s education.
Our window was 2 weeks. The question became what company and what trek. There are so many options in Nepal. Two middle-aged couples (but the media continually refers to mid-sixties as ‘old’) with a bit of experience (the Tour du Mont Blanc, Chomolahari, Dolomites and several epic tramps at home in New Zealand) we sat down with a beer to consider the best approach. A trekking company that had survived for decades had to be the best option. Crystal Mountain without a doubt was, with impeccable organisation they are a well-oiled outfit. In the Dolomites our via ferrata guide Marco took trekking groups to Nepal. He advised that the Annapurna Sanctuary was an excellent choice and if you had the time, ABC (Annapurna Base camp) going up via Ghorepani and down via Ghandruck made a good circuit. His guidance was spot-on. The die was cast, Crystal Mountain and the Annapurna Sanctuary. For our objectives we couldn’t have made better choices. Our guide Ram had to be one of the most experienced in Nepal. A fountain of knowledge, forthcoming and always attentive we more than enjoyed his company. And our young Sherpa Sunni and porters Puna and Shezwhan were delightful. Now kiwis are a bit different to many nationalities in this respect, but socialising with our support team definitely enhanced our trekking experience. Keep in mind that Nepal isn’t Geneva or Melbourne, things will go wrong. How they are fixed-up is the key and that’s when you need experience, knowledge and friends. Crystal Mountain gets the nod with all three. Crystal Mountain organised an excellent trek for us in all respects, even the weather!
You have a highly skilled guide in Manju. He has a remarkable ability to assess everyone in the group – he’s acutely aware of how people are doing physically and emotionally. He inquires gently of those who look tired or sick, so as to assess their status. He keeps the group together, focused on common goals and destinations. He is easy to like, and performs the leadership tasks of a guide effortlessly. It seems as though he was respected by the rest of the crew on our trek. His manner on the trail works to defuse tension, and to build a sense of community. This is all very impressive, and makes Manju highly valuable as a guide. By the end of trek, we felt as though we had a very real bond with Manju. We would love to return someday to trek with your company and with Manju as our guide.
I wanted to post a note on your website to say what an absolutely wonderful time we had on our trek and to recommend yourselves to others. We enjoyed the trip enormously and Manju is possibly the most patient and kindest man I have ever met – nothing was ever a problem for you or your team – thank you