Mt. Annapurna I at 8091m/26,545ft is the 10th highest mountain in the world and the journey to its base camp is one of the most popular treks in Nepal. Like any other trek in the Annapurna region, our ABC trek also begins in Pokhara and passes through a cascade waterfalls, beautiful villages, terraced farmlands, lush rhododendron forests, and incredible mountain vistas before reaching the base of the impressive Annapurna I.
Upon reaching the base camp you will be surrounded 360 degrees with giant snow-capped mountains. The principal peaks of the western portion of the Annapurna range including Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Gangapurna & Machhapuchhre arranged around you almost specifically in a circle about 10 miles in diameter, with a deep glacier gorge at the center, across which you can see the spectacularly beautiful giant – Annapurna I. You find yourself fascinated right in the middle of this natural amphitheater, especially at sunrise when the rising sun casts a red glow on the mountain tops.
This trek offers you incredible views of high mountains, landscapes of terraced fields and rhododendron forests, following the valley of the river Modi all the way to its source. You can witness the birth of river Modi – melting out of glaciers on the side of the mountain slopes, before it disappear under another glacier, to re-emerge as a true speedy mountain river just at the entrance to Machhapuchhre Base Camp.
This is one of the best close encounters with the Himalayas within a short period of time and a moderate trekking experience which can be enjoyed and managed by most people with average fitness level. You’ll explore the heart of the Annapurnas as you trek into the Annapurna Base Camp, it truly is the most spectacular spot for dramatic high mountain views, which you will never forget. On the way we also pass through several traditional Gurung villages like Landruk, Chhomrong and Ghandruk so we can get a peek at the traditional settlements and witness a different way of life among Nepal’s hills and mountains.
Early Wake Up (5-10min self-practice in bed – some easy stretches as taught by the yoga teacher)
Morning Meditation with the yoga teacher (may include sound meditation with the singing bowl)
Stretching & Loosening Exercises (Pre-Asana Practices - helps to release muscle pain and prevent muscle tension, prepares the joints for the trek ahead)
Yoga Session - Asanas, Sun Salutation, Pranayama, Short Relaxation
Trekking (on the way we do stretching & breathing control as well as take breaks for healthy snacks)
Healthy Lunch / Rest
Afternoon Trekking (on the way we do some stretching, we also take a break for some healthy snacks)Depending on the weather & trail condition we sometimes do an open nature relaxing meditation (could be on the bank of the river / inside a dense forest / in a garden / in the open air in front of the mountain panorama, etc.)
Complete Guided Relaxation to rejuvenate the body & mind (yoga Nidra)
Discussion about the next day's program
Optional - chanting/singing/playing as part of Bhakti Yoga
Arrival at Kathmandu 1,310m. Welcome program by Global Nepal Treks member and direct transfer to your Hotel on Bed & Breakfast plan.
Early morning tourist coach transport from Kathmandu to Pokhara. During the drive, you will already have stunning views over the mighty Himalayan massifs as well as green hills and dramatic river valleys. Overnight stay in Pokhara. Preparation activities for yoga trek - detailed briefing, last-minute shopping, and packing.
After yoga and breakfast, we take a 40min drive to Khade and then trek for 1.5-2 hrs up steep stone stairs to Australian Camp. Today’s walk offers a short and relatively easy day, during the journey which allows us to become used to the experience of trekking in Nepal. Overnight in a teahouse.
Trek to Landruk leads through the small village of Pothana and then through forests, after which we follow a wide trail with great views all the way to Landruk Village and dramatic landscapes of the nearby hills and valleys. Overnight in a teahouse.
We leave Landruk and cross through terraced fields until New Bridge where we will cross through a long hanging bridge across the river - an experience not to forget. After that, we make a steep climb up to Jhinu where we stop for lunch. After lunch we make a steep stair climb to Chomrong, it can be a tough climb so we take it slow. Overnight in a teahouse.
We start the day by descending on the stone stair trail down to the level of the river. We cross the river and begin steep at times ascend towards Sinuwa where we stop for lunch. After lunch, we continue through a forest path to Bamboo. Overnight in a teahouse.
We walk through a forest path and pass through Doban and then a village of Himalaya where we stop for refreshments. After this, we have more climbing to do to reach our final stop for the day – Deurali. Here we notice the vegetation is changing, getting thin and sparse as we climb to the higher altitudes. Overnight in a teahouse.
We take it nice and easy as we leave Deurali behind and start our final ascend towards ABC. The trail is not steep but a gradual rise in height. Here the landscape changes as we cross the tree line and enter high altitude meadow (or Himalayan tundra) where no trees grow due to climatic harsh conditions of high altitude, just low plants can be seen here. In the winter months Dec-March, the snow line starts just after Deurali. We pass through Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC) where we stop for refreshments before tackling the last leg of our final ascent. From here we cross through the beautiful barren landscape with fantastic mountain views (Dec-early April lots of snow will be here) and finally, we reach our destination of ABC. Overnight in a teahouse.
Early morning greets us with a sunrise casting a red hue over the white mountain peaks. Sometimes we may hear what sounds like a muffled thunder – this is the sound of faraway avalanches happening on distant mountain slopes, it’s too far to be seen but it can be heard from a great distance. We admire the natural spectacle of sun casting colorful rays upon the snowy mountains and take in the views before we have breakfast and start our descend to Bamboo retracing our steps of the last 2 days. Overnight in a teahouse.
We continue retracing our steps as we descend through the forest path to Sinuwa, where we take some refreshments and continue all the way down to the river where we cross the bridge and the last leg of today’s trek is a steep stone stairs climb up to Chomrong.
Today we take a different side trail which leads us to another part of the area, to Kumrung. First we descend on a dirt path leading through some terraced fields all the way down to the level of the river and then make a steep ascend through a forest path to Kot Danda to finally arrive in Little Paradise - a true little paradise among the mountainous scenery where you can relax and enjoy peace, quiet and cozy rural atmosphere for the rest of the day.
Today we have a choice to remain in Little Paradise for a day’s relaxation and yoga or to continue down to Shyauli Bazaar. The trail goes all the way down, passing through Gurung village of Ghandruk with wonderful mountain views. We’ll come down to the level of the river Modi Khola at Shyauli Bazaar, from here we can still see the Fishtail mountain.
An easy short trek from Shyauli Bazaar back to Naya Pull and a 1.5 hr drive to Pokhara. Overnight stay in Pokhara.
Pokhara to Kathmandu 6 hours bus drive and rest at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Departure transport from Hotel to your onward destination.
Transfer from Kathmandu to Pokhara by a tourist coach (7 hr journey, lunch included)
All necessary transportation during the trek
2 nights accommodation on twin sharing basis in Kathmandu on the first and last day of the itinerary
2 nights accommodation on twin sharing basis in Pokhara on the first and last day of the itinerary
10 nights accommodation on twin sharing basis in teahouses during the trek
3 meals a day during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner from teahouse menu)
Healthy snacks that we carry with us - fresh fruit, nuts, cheese, dried fruit, oat biscuits, etc.
An experienced English speaking Yoga Teacher
An experienced English speaking Trekking Guide
Porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
All staff's insurance, meals, salary & accommodation
Yoga Mats (to be returned after the trek)
Meditation Blanket (can be purchased or returned after the trek)
First Aid Kit
Welcome dinner and farewell dinner in Pokhara
All necessary paperwork, conservation fees and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS)
All government and local taxes
Nepal entry visa fee
International or domestic airfare
Accommodation in Kathmandu
Main meals during your stay in Pokhara & Kathmandu
Beverages (Hard or Soft drinks, Mineral Water Bottles, Filtered Water)
Personal travel and health insurance
Personal travel equipment and medical supplies (sleeping bags and down jackets can be hired)
Airport's pickup and drop transportation
Return bus ticket to Kathmandu
Personal expenses on the trek (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge fee, extra porters, bottled water or boiled water, hot shower, etc.)
Any cost arose due to circumstances outside of our control like a landslide, road blockage, political disturbance, strike, guest sickness, natural disaster, etc.
Any other services and expenses that are not specifically mentioned in the program
Extra accommodation in Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure or early return from the trekking trail than the scheduled itinerary due to any reason
Emergency evacuation and oxygen cost
Tips for trekking guide, yoga teacher & porters