The Annapurna base camp trek offers some of the most spectacular mountain scenery, with fascinating glimpses of Nepalese life in mid-Hill. The prominent ethnic group in this region is Gurungs, who produce famous Gurkha soldiers who serve in the Nepal Army, British Army and India Gurkha Army. Witness the indigenous way of life and sample of Gurung’s hospitality in the many teahouses along the way.
The trekking trip is based on the arrival and departure to the Kathmandu International Airport. You will spend a full day in Kathmandu, both at the beginning and at the end of the trekking. This gives time for an informative meeting, orientation and sightseeing, and time for those who cannot resist souvenir shopping. This trekking trip between Kathmandu and the beginning of the trek is by a short internal flight or drive, both options take us quickly away from the city and towards the foothills. Then, the walks follow a well-established daily routine based on an early start, moderate daily distances and a stable and easy guided walking. This walking rhythm allows us much time to enjoy the views, talk to people and take essential pictures and even painting.
The trip itinerary also includes a full day at the Annapurna base camp itself so you can fully experience the greatness of the Annapurna sanctuary, one of the most magnificent places in the Himalayas. Stand at the foot of the impressive south face of Annapurna, one of the fourteen peaks of 8,000 metres in the world and the first to be conquered in 1950 in the history of mankind. Learn about the famous early climbs, triumphs and tragedies, and get close to Machhapuchhare, the fish-tailed mountain, one of the most impressive peaks of the Himalayas. The return route follows the Modi Khola gorge back to Chhomrong and climbs up to Ghorepani, one of the best lookouts of Annapurna region and one of the most preferred short trekking destinations in Nepal without seasonal barrier. The trek ends at Hile, the Ghorepani trek starting point for many, the road head and returns to Pokhara for a well-deserved lunch by the lake. Having returned to Kathmandu, at the end of the itinerary, optionally we may take a short early morning flight to see the Mount Everest, an appropriate way of rounding off this quintessential Himalayan trek.
Stand at the foot of the impressive south face of Annapurna, one of the fourteen peaks of 8,000 metres in the world and the first to be conquered in 1950 in the history of mankind. Learn about the famous early climbs, triumphs and tragedies, and get close to Machhapuchhare, the fish-tailed mountain, one of the most impressive peaks of the Himalayas.