Your Annapurna Base Camp trek commences in the charming lakeside city of Pokhara. Here, you'll meet your guide and fellow trekkers. From Pokhara, you'll embark on a picturesque drive along winding mountain roads, passing through enchanting villages, the Modi River valley, and lush green landscapes. Your journey eventually leads you to Matque, approximately 1,400 meters (4,593 feet). This drive introduces you to the natural beauty that awaits in the Annapurna region. After the drive, your trek begins with a long suspension bridge crossing the tumbling Kimrong Khola. You'll have lunch at Jhanudanda, a renowned spot known for its natural hot spring. Post-lunch, you'll ascend, encountering steeper terrain, and ultimately, you'll arrive in Chhomrong, a picturesque Gurung village nestled on the mountainside. The views of the Annapurna and Machapuchare (Fishtail) peaks from here are truly awe-inspiring, L/D.
On the second day, your trek takes you deeper into the heart of the Annapurna Sanctuary. You'll begin by descending to the Chhomrong Khola and then ascend steeply through lush rhododendrons and bamboo forests. As you progress, you'll notice a shift in vegetation and the terrain becoming more challenging. Your destination for the day is the village of Himalaya, situated at approximately 2,920 meters (9,585 feet). Towering cliffs surround the Himalayas and offer a tranquil environment for relaxation, B/L/D.
Day 3 marks the pinnacle of your journey. As you continue your ascent, you'll gradually leave behind the tree line and enter the Annapurna Sanctuary, a natural amphitheater encircled by some of the world's highest peaks. The trail becomes rocky and rugged, offering spectacular vistas of Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli, and Machapuchare. Finally, you'll reach Annapurna Base Camp, a haven for trekkers at approximately 4,130 meters (13,549 feet). The sense of accomplishment and the panoramic mountain views from this point are beyond description, B/L/D.
After witnessing the sunrise over the Annapurna Range at Annapurna Base Camp, you'll begin your descent back down the valley. While retracing your steps, you'll have the opportunity to savor the breathtaking scenery from a different perspective. Depending on your pace and preference, you can spend the night in Bamboo or Sinuwa, offering a serene environment to rest and recharge, B/L/D.
The final leg of your journey takes you through picturesque villages and lush forests as you return to Matque. From Matque, you'll continue the drive back to Pokhara. In Pokhara, you can celebrate the incredible adventure you've just completed. Treat yourself to a well-deserved meal and consider visiting Pokhara's vibrant Lakeside area to reflect on your Annapurna Base Camp trek, B/L.