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Mrs. Marina and Mr. Tony - France

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Annapurna base camp trek

Trip Overview


A trek to the base camp of Annapurna situated at 4130m (13549ft) is a popular destination for our local and international travellers. This adventure takes you through the Gurung Villages and sceneries that are second to none. Not only is a trek to the ABC one of our prime sellers it is also a budget treks in Nepal. This walk is going to be filled with the picturesque view of Mountains and landscapes, floras and faunas that its areas have to boost.  This trek also takes you to the Mt Machapuchhre (literally meaning fishtail because of its shape) that is popular among Nepalese for its unique shape.

Outline Itinerary

Besisahar (820 m) to Khudi: 7 km, 2.00 hrs

(note: It can typically be a long journey to get to Besisahar from Kathmandu. If you can arrive at a reasonable time it's worth considering walking directly on to Khudi and stopping there for the night. It'll be more basic but cheaper than the much larger Besisahar, and it will give you a good start the next morning. The first day, usually Besisahar to Bahundanda, can be brutally hot, and ends with a long climb. Knocking a couple of hours off of this and enabling you to spend more time out of the heat of the day isn't a bad thing.)

Khudi (790 m) to Bhulbhule: 2 km, 1.00 hrs

Bhulbhule (840 m) to Ngadi: 4 km, 1.15 hrs

(note: Ngadi has good views of the snow-capped mountains in the early morning)

Ngadi (890 m) to Bahundanda: 4 km, 1.45 hrs

Bahundanda (1310 m) to Ghermu: 5 km, 1.30 hrs

Ghermu (1130 m) to Jagat: 3 km, 1.30 hrs

(note: Ghermu sits in an open valley and is therefore a more pleasant place to spend the night than Jagat. Jagat is a dirty, congested village that sits in a narrow chasm.)

Jagat (1300 m) to Chamche: 4 km, 1.00 hrs

Chamche (1385 m) to Tal: 5 km, 2.00 hrs

Tal (1700 m) to Karte: 4 km, 1.30 hrs

Karte (1870 m) to Dharapani: 2 km, 1.00 hrs

(note: Dharapani is a good place to stay with good views up both canyons)

Dharapani (1900 m) to Bagarchap: 2 km, 1.00 hrs

Bagarchap (2160 m) to Danaqyu: 2 km, 0.45 hrs

Danaqyu (2200 m) to Koto:

(upper trail) Danaqyu to Thanchowk: 6 km, 2.15 hrs

(upper trail) Thanchowk (2570 m) to Koto: 4 km, 1.00 hrs

(lower trail) Danaqyu to Latamarang: 1.5 km, 1.00 hrs

(lower trail) Latamarang (2400 m) to Koto: 5.5 km, 2.00 hrs

Koto (2640 m) to Chame: 2 km, 0.45 hrs

(note: Koto is small, clean and quiet as compared to the hustle and chaos of Chame. In Koto there is also a nice Tibetan Buddhist Monastery and great mountain vistas.)

Chame (2710 m) to Bhratang: 7 km, 2.00 hrs

Bhratang (2850 m) to Dhukur Pokhari: 6 km, 1.30 hrs

Dhukur Pokhari (3240 m) to Humde:

(note: there is a trail between Lower and Upper Pisang. Upper Pisang has quaint old-school lodging and an active Tibetan Buddhist Monastery worth visiting for the Sunset and Sunrise chants. Furthermore, the villages along the upper trail are full of character and the views along the trail are perhaps the best of the whole circuit.)

(upper trail) Dhukur Pokhari to Upper Pisang: 1.5 km, 1.30 hrs

(upper trail) Upper Pisang (3310 m) to Ghyaru: 4.5 km, 1.45 hrs

(upper trail) Ghyaru (3730 m) to Ngawal: 5 km, 1.45 hrs

(upper trail) Ngawal (3680 m) to Humde: 2 km, 0.45 hrs

(lower trail) Dhukur Pokhari to Lower Pisang: 6 km, 1.00 hrs

(lower trail) Lower Pisang (3250 m) to Humde: 7 km, 2.00 hrs

Humde (3330 m) to Bhraga: 6 km, 1.45 hrs

Bhraga (3450 m) to Manang: 2 km, 0.30 hrs

(note: Manang is a pleasant enough place to spend a rest day. It is clean and has a couple of “movie houses” with good DVD collections. There are many day trips one can take here. A map of times, distances, and locations is next to the central stupa. If you have the time, an excellent side trip is the hike to Tilicho Lake from Manang, returning to the main trail at Yak Karkha. This could take up to 3 days. As the lake is at 4900 m, it's good for acclimatization and is a worthwhile spot to visit briefly.)

Manang (3540 m) to Yak Kharka: 9 km, 3.00 hrs

Yak Kharka (4050 m) to Letdar: 1 km, 1.00 hrs

Ledar (4200 m) to Thorung Phedi: 5 km, 2.30 hrs

Thorung Phedi (4450 m) to High Camp: 1 km, 0.45 hrs

(note: High Camp at 4900 m has loads of beds and great views of the surrounding mountains.)

High Camp (4850 m) to Thorung Pass: 5 km, 2.15 hrs

Thorung Pass (5416 m) to Charabu: 6 km, 2.45 hrs

Charabu (4230 m) to Muktinath: 4 km, 1.15 hrs

Muktinath (3800 m) to Kagbeni:

(note: When you arrive in Muktinath, you are back to civilization. The trail is hiking a dusty road until Gharkhola where the two separate. From this point forward expect to be stepping off the road frequently to allow trucks pass. For NPR200 you can catch a truck from Muktinath to Jomsom. (2014: jeep costs 710Rs). Or make use of the road in the most adventurous way: bike it down! Muktinath has some decent accommodation and food after your 1700 m descent from the Thorung La and also has Hundu and Buddhist temples that you can visit. You can also stay down the road in Jharkot or on the other side of the valley in the very inexpensive and charming hamlets of Purang and Jhong.)

(high trail) Muktinath to Jhong: 3 km, 1.5 hrs

(high trail) Jhong (3540 m) to Kagbeni: 6 km, 1.45 hrs

(low trail) Muktinath to Jharkot: 1 km, 1 hrs (note: 1 hour is possibly longer than you would expect to take; the road is well worn and mainly on a fairly gentle down hill)

(low trail) Jharkot (3550 m) to Khinga: 3 km, 0.45 hrs

(low trail) Khinga (3355 m) to Kagbeni: 6 km, 1.45 hrs

(note: Kagbeni is an amazing little town with hidden alleyways and European like charm. It is easily a place to spend a couple of nights.)

Kagbeni (2800 m) to Eklebhatti: 2 km, 1.00 hrs

(note: The hike into gale like winds along the dusty road from Kagbeni to Jomsom with jeeps and motorbikes hurtling by at high speed is... not enjoyable. Take a jeep instead.)

Eklebhatti (2740 m) to Jomsom: 7 km, 2.00 hrs (but seems longer)

(note: hiking into Jomsom feels like hiking into a ghost town and will leave you with an uneasy feeling that you won’t find a place to stay. Keep walking. All the guesthouses are on the other side of the town by the airport. It will take about 15 minutes to get through town to where the guesthouses are. From Jomsom you can either take a 20 minute flight back to Pokhara for about USD100 or bus it for ~$20 on a multi-stage all-day affair that will get you back to Pokhara after dark. Bus: Jomsom to Ghasa; change buses; Ghasa to Baglung (or get off at Gharkhola); change bus; Baglung to Pokhara.). Or take a mountain bike to Tatopani.

Jomsom (2720 m) to Marpha: 6 km, 1.30 hrs

Marpha (2670 m) to Tukuche: 6 km, 1.30 hrs

Tukuche (2590 m) to Kobang: 4 km, 1.00 hrs

Kobang (2640 m) to Larjung: 1 km, 1.00 hrs

Larjung (2550 m) to Kokhethanti: 3 km, 1.00 hrs

Kokhethanti (2525 m) to Kalopani/Lete: 3 km, 1.00 hrs

Kalopani/Lete (2535 m) to Ghasa: 7 km, 3.00 hrs

Ghasa (2010 m) to Kopochepani: 4 km, 1.30 hrs (note: the road as of 2009 had made it up as far as Jomson, and this route can be used to walk down. The road route is a wide, fairly level route that will get you a good distance quickly, however, you will have to contend with the dust thrown up by the 4x4s and the lack of scenery. A route off to the left takes you on a steep incline away from the road and back onto a proper path. This way is much harder, but much more fulfilling)

Kopochepani (1480 m) to Rupsechhahara: 2 km, 0.45 hrs

Rupsechhahara (1500 m) to Dana: 3 km, 1.00 hrs

Dana (1400 m) to Tatopani: 4 km, 1.30 hrs

Tatopani (1200 m) to Ghara: 5 km, 2.15 hrs

Ghara (1700 m) to Sikha: 6 km, 1.00 hrs

Sikha (1935 m) to Chitre: 1 km, 1.45 hrs

Chitre (2350 m) to Poon Hill: 2 km, 1.15 hrs

Poon Hill (3200 m) to Ghorepani: 3 km, 3.00 hrs (note. The walk up Poon Hill in the morning can get very crowded. Rather than head up there, head up the hill the other side (as if heading to Chomrong). You'll have a better view and you'll have it to yourself.) (note. Continuing on the path mentioned in the note above, will take you along a ridge, and across a valley to the village of Chomrong, two days into the Annapurna Base Camp trek ) Ghorepani (which literally translates to "Horsewater") is a small place which also serves as a base to trek up to Poon Hill and as a campground for those continuing on one of the other treks ] in the region. The trail to Ghorepani, and to other nearby trekking destinations, starts and ends in Pokhara and is considered to be an easy expedition. The trek route to Ghorepani is usually closed from July to mid-September due to the monsoon season.

Ghorepani (2870 m) to Ulleri: 2 km, 1.00 hrs

Ulleri (2010 m) to Tikhedhunga: 2 km, 1.00 hrs

Tikhedhunga (1500 m) to Birethanti: 6 km, 2.00 hrs

Birethanti (1025 m) to Nayapul (1070 m): 1 km, 0.30 hrs

We have prepared the trip departure dates in small groups departure for group fun and enjoyment trekking. Our group size start from 2 peoples (Even for solo travelers, we organize single trip on supplement cost of US$- 200 additional) and maximum group size will be 8-10 travelers. But in general, our every date will have small groups of 4- 6 peoples, which is good group size for safe and flexible & comfortable trekking. We have listed our group departure dates based on every season as below.

Start Date Trip Price Trip Status Booking
24 October, 2018 US$0 (All Inclusive) Booking Open Book Now
29 October, 2018 US$0 (All Inclusive) Booking Open Book Now
3 November, 2018 US$0 (All Inclusive) Booking Open Book Now
8 November, 2018 US$0 (All Inclusive) Booking Open Book Now
13 November, 2018 US$0 (All Inclusive) Booking Open Book Now
18 November, 2018 US$0 (All Inclusive) Booking Open Book Now
23 November, 2018 US$0 (All Inclusive) Booking Open Book Now

Though not required, porters and/or guides can be easily hired in Pokhara or Kathmandu at many travel agencies. As a classic "tea-house trek," which goes from village to village and does not require trekkers to bring along food or camping equipment, porters and guides are not necessary, though many trekkers still like to use them.

You can try and walk the lower stages at a faster pace maybe combining two of them into one so that more time can be spent on acclimatization on the higher stages. For example a couple of extra days can be spent at Manang and utilized by climbing to one of the many peaks around it and coming back down so as to increase the production of red blood cells. You can also see the origin of the Marsyangdi river in Manang. Taking the high trail from Pisang via Ghyaru and Ngawal, and sleeping in either of those villages also helps acclimatization. As those villages are already higher in elevation than Manang, the extra acclimatization day in Manang can be skipped. The best part about this trek is the varied scenery it has to offer. You start from tropical forest in Besisahar, see terminal moraine near Manang and then move past the snow line across the Thorung La and then to the barren landscape of lower Mustang and Muktinath. It is possible to bike from Muktinath to Tatopani. With bike rental available in Muktinath. Mustang Mountainbikes is a shop that has been there since 2011. They have good bikes and give all necessary information about mountainbiking on the road and alternative trails. For a typical ride from Muktinath to Tatopani, take 2-3 days.

There are guesthouses in all the villages scattered along the trail so set whatever pace you like and enjoy the views. The hike between Besisahar and Bhulbhule is pleasant enough. It is the jungly bit of the hike and provides a nice contrast to the various ecosystems you will be hiking through in the coming days. Therefore taking a bus to Bhulbhule is not recommended. It will likely take you the same amount of time either way as the road is a potholed mess and the buses are slow, uncomfortable and run infrequently.

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We no doubt recommend Asuka to anyone willing to go trekking in Nepal.

Mrs. Marina and Mr. Tony - France

22 December, 2017

We are just back from a 12 days trek on the Annapurna Circuit, from Besi Sahar to Jomsom, and we absolutely loved it. We arrived in Nepal without having booked our trek. We had looked what was on offer online though.

Once in Kathmandu we paid a visit to their office. That’s when we met Chet who really took the time to explain everything to us in detail and answered our questions. We booked our trek about a week ahead only and met with our guide, Iswor, before the trek.

It was just the two of us, and Ishow, and our porter, Bisnu, took really great care of us. We felt really safe and learned a lot of interesting things while walking. Accommodation and food were much better than we would have expected at such high altitudes. Needless to say that the views were breathtaking

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