“ Annapurna, to which we had gone empty-handed, was a treasure on which we should live the rest of our days. With this realization we turn the page: a new life begins.” (From the classic ‘ANNAPURNA’ by Maurice Herzog, who was the leader of French expedition team, achieved the first successful summit of 8000 meter peak with Louis Lachenal on 3rd June 1950.)
Encompassed by towering peaks including the 10th highest giant of the world Annapurna – I (8091m), Annapurna Base Camp (south) is the trezzz kkers wonder-spot in central Nepal.
The trek route followed through fertile lowland, picturesque hamlets, verdant vegetation along deep gorge of the Modi Khola river, dense mixed forests and breathtaking panorama. The main trail to ABC (south) is combination of gradual ascent and moderate descent, connected to ‘Round Annapurna trek’ route as well.
The entire Annapurna Sanctuary area about 7200 square-kilometer is enriched by immense biodiversity and comprises the sublime landscape. ABC (south) is the most popular trekking destination in Nepal after the remarkable Everest Base Camp.
Driving route:- Pokhara (840m) to Birethanti (1050m ) [41 kms / 1.5 hrs]
Day 1:- Birethanti – Seuli bazaar – Ghandruk (1975m) [6 hrs]
Day 2:- Ghandruk – Kymrong – Chhomrong (2160m) [6 hrs]
Day 3: Chhomrong – Sinuwa – Dovan – Hinko – Deorali (3150m) [8 hrs]
Day 4:- Deorali – Machhapuchare Base Camp (MBC) – Annapurna Base Camp (ABC – 4145m) [5 hrs]
Day 5:- ABC – MBC – Hinko – Sinuwa (2275m) [6 hrs]
Day 6:- Sinuwa- Chhomrong – Jhinu – Landruk (1680m) [6 hrs]
Day 7:- Landruk – Tolka – Pothana – Dhampus – Phedi (1120m) [7 hrs]
Driving route:- Phedi to Pokhara [ 19 km / 45 min ]
(Transportation for driving route :- Public bus / shared jeep / Cabs / reserved car)
Trekking Permit:- A ‘TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) card’ and a ‘ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) permit’ for an individual are required to trek in Annapurna sanctuary. A trekker needs to show the permits at few checkpoints on the trail. The permits can be collected from ACAP office, Pokhara (10 AM – 4 PM daily).
Accommodation :- Basic hotels / teahouses at mentioned places along the trail offer food and lodging facility.
Guide / Porter :- Guide is not compulsory as the trekking route is well marked and defined. Porter can be hired from local agency in Pokhara.
Best season :- Annapurna Base Camp (South) is accessible throughout the year. April – mid May and October – mid November considered most favorable span to trek this region.
Exchange :- INR 1 = 1.6 NPR