Annapurna Base Camp via Ghandruk Trek - 13 Days

Duration: 13 Days   |  
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Style: Trekking and Tour
  • Transportation: Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus
  • Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation: Trekkers Hut
  • Group Size: 2 to 20
  • Max Altitude: 4130 meters

Anyone who visits Nepal knows of the beloved Annapurna region. One of the go-to treks in this area is the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. There are two ways to get there: via Ghorepani and via Ghandruk. This package takes you through the streamlined route, through Ghandruk. Within about a week from leaving Pokhara, make it to the base of one of the world’s massive massifs, Annapurna I (8,091 meters/26,545 feet).

The magical hike to Annapurna Base Campstarts with a short drive from Pokhara. Before the trek begins, spend a day exploring the natural beauty that exists in Pokhara. It’s a huge breath of fresh air from the dustiness and seemingly never-ending noise of Kathmandu.

The first bit of the trail leads through mixed, subtropical forests. In the springtime, the fiery red and pink rhododendrons are a sight to behold. The trail climbs higher, above the tree line to the rocky alpine landscape, emblematic of the Annapurna region. Soon enough, after Machhapuchhre Base Camp, we reach Annapurna Base Camp. Here, we are enveloped by Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Barahi Shikhar, Annapurna I, Tharpu Chuli, Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Machhapuchhre. The Himalayan panorama is breath-taking!

In addition to reaching Annapurna Base Camp, staying in Ghandruk for a couple of nights is a notable time during our journey. Ghandruk is the second largest Gurung settlement in Nepal (after Siklis). Enclosed by beautiful terraced agriculture fields, Ghandruk (at about 1,940 meters) is open to incredible views of the Himalayas. Become entranced by the sight of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, and a few other rugged mountaintops.

Wander around the twisting stone roads and narrow alleyways of Ghandruk. There are plenty of nice guest houses and good restaurants in the village, and we’ll show you the best of the best. There are two Gurung museums in the village, both worth a visit. First, is the Gurung Traditional Museum, which boasts a shield make from elephant skin along with many other treasures. Also, spend some time perusing the Old Gurung Museum. 

To conclude our trek, we head down through Jhinu Danda, a hot spring that lies about 15 minutes from the downhill from the main village. It’s a perfect end to the trek and a pleasant relaxation time for the body and mind.

The Annapurna Base Camp (via Ghandruk) Trek is an awesome adventure for nature lovers of all ages. From young to old, no previous trekking experience is required. Besides that, the highest elevation we reach is 4,130 meters. By then, we have had several days to acclimatize to the thin air. Whether it’s your first trek or 100th, you are sure to enjoy your time with us on this trek!

You can take the Annapurna Base Camp (via Ghandruk) Trek all throughout the year. The best times to take the journey, though, are during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. They provide the best weather and clearest skies, not to mention that during the springtime, rhododendron and other flowers are in bloom. Third Eye Adventure Pvt. Ltd. handles the trek with complete management. If you have any questions about the trek, do ask!

 

Highlights

  • Visit to Annapurna and Machhapuchhere base camp
  • Scenic hike across typical Gurung villages
  • Hot bath in natural hot springs in Jhinu Danda
  • Splendid views of Dhaulagiri, Himchuli, Mt Fishtail and Annapurna I.
  • Sightseeing tour around the historical UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley.
  • Stunning view of all Himalaya range from Annapurna base camp.
  • One of the biggest Gurung village chomrong and sinuwa village.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01Welcome to Kathmandu, Nepal (1300m/4264ft)
  • Day 02Drive to Pokhara (820m/2690ft) by deluxe tourist bus or private vehicle. 6-7 hour. We can fly as well only 30 minutes scenic flight
  • Day 03Pokhara to Ghandruk (1940m/6360ft) drive 3 hours and hike 1 hour
  • Day 04Trek from Ghandruk to Chumrung Village (2170m/7120ft) 5-6 hrs
  • Day 05Trek from Chhomrong to Dovan (2600m/8530ft) 5-6 hours
  • Day 06Trek from Dovan to Deurali (3230m/10595ft) 4-5 hours
  • Day 07Trek from Deurail to Annapurna base camp (4130m/13547ft) 4-5 hours
  • Day 08Trek from Annapurna Base camp to Bamboo (2310m/7577ft) 7-8 hours
  • Day 09Trek from Bamboo to Jhinudanda (1780m/5838ft) 5-6 hours
  • Day 10Trek from Jhinu Danda to Siwai 3 hours and drive Back to Pokhara 3 hours
  • Day 11Drive back to Kathmandu by private vehicle, tourist bus, about 7 hours or flight 30 min
  • Day 12Full day sight seen at the world heritage sites
  • Day 13Fly back to home

Inclusion

  • All transportation by private vehicle including airport transfers
  • Three night’s accommodation with breakfast at 3 star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu city tours with a tour with a experienced tour guide and a vehicle
  • Three daily meals with tea/coffee (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • Best available tea houses lodge during the trek
  • A highly Experienced professional trekking guide and porters (1 porter for 2 pax) with their food, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • Sleeping bag and duffel bag (to be returned)
  • Trekking map for a group and trekking achievement certificate
  • First aid medical Kit
  • All required permit for the trekking
  • Government tax/vat and office service charge

 

  • International airfare
  • Personal insurance
  • Major foods ( Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu)
  • Nepal entry visa fee 15 days 25$, 30 days 40$ and 90 days 100$
  • Soft drinks, hard drinks and  drinking water
  • Entry fees of Kathmandu world heritage sites
  • Personal trekking equipment and expenses
  • Hot shower, Battery charge, Wi-Fi during the trekking period
  • Tips and gratitude for the staffs
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