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Annapurna Base Camp Trek & Marathon

an amazing ultra run and trek run in the shade of Annapurna Himalaya

in the heart of Annapurna Himalaya, from sub-tropic to alpine and arctic climate, daily views of snow capped peak with traditional hill villages with interesting culture, adventure in the heart of world 10th highest Annapurna massive mountain range.

  • Trek Fact - 16 days
  • Mode of Trekking: Tea-House / Lodge
  • Trek Grade: Moderate to Adventurous
  • Trekking / Marathon: 09 / 10 Days.
  • Highest altitude: At Annapurna Base Camp 4,095 m.
  • Total Trip: 14 / 15 Days Kathmandu-Kathmandu.
  • Activities: Trekking and Running Marathon event.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek & Marathon

This fascinating adventure to Annapurna Base Camp and its Sanctuary starts from Pokhara, a scenic spot. The trek combines spectacular mountain scenery with cultural diversity and walking through rural farms villages. The trail leads towards the deep gorge between peaks of-Huinchuli and Machapuchare and through dense rhododendron and bamboo forest at Modi River gorge valley.

Eventually reaching our destination at Annapurna base camp and the Sanctuary with immense walls of mountain fortress, once in the sanctuary in the midst of amphitheater of mountains with Annapurna I (8,091m) includes Annapurna South (7,219m), Gangapurna (7,455m) and Annapurna III (7,555m).

Our return journey, descending through lush terraced Modi River valley and finally concluding the adventure at Pokhara, a popular destination with serene Phewa Lake, in the backdrop of towering Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu mountain range including Machapuchare (Fish-Tail).

This is a Trek with Run through diverse range of climate, vegetation and culture as the.  The land and its people change daily a perfect introduction to Nepal’s cultural and natural beauty.

 

Itinerary

On arrival in Kathmandu received by our staff and representative for a short drive to respective hotels in Kathmandu city, after refreshment our guide will brief regarding Everest base camp trekking, hotels, lodge and necessary information required while you are with us in Nepal with welcome dinner.

Morning depart from the hotel for interesting sightseeing tour Kathmandu valley steeped with culture, historical monuments of temples, monasteries and stupas listed as World Heritage Sites, afternoon free preparation for the Annapurna base camp trek and run.

Early breakfasts, travel by air or Tourist Coach to Pokhara on scenic highway. This is an interesting drive through the foothills of the Himalaya. The road has been greatly improved in recent years, on arrival at Pokhara check into the Hotel by the lake Phewa for the overnight.

A short 2 hours drive after breakfast takes you up the newly built Chinese highway to Nayapul (new bridge) where we begin the (approx 3-4 hours) trek, in the beginning the trail passes through the busy areas where you will encounter all types of people from merchants, traders, local, trekkers and mule and donkey trains, as you come to Bhirethati village the trail splits into many ways, but we follow the main trail to the ancient Trans-Himalayan trade route, after crossing the newly built suspension bridge, after the bridge, entrance of the ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) here all the trekkers have to sign in, from here our trek follows the main trade route through many farm villages and waterfalls till Tirkhedhunga is reached for the overnight Camp. Approx. 4 hours walk.

From here the track winds up to a steep climb for 1 1/2 hrs on the paved stone steps unto Ulleri village, after Ulleri the trail winds up gradually passing through the cool rain forest for few hours with few ups and down, as the trek comes nearer to Ghorepani, you will be gaining altitude as you can feel the cool breeze and in the change of vegetation, as you walk in the midst of the rhododendron woods till Ghorepani village is reached for the overnight camp.

An early morning hour hike to the top of Pun-Hill for the beautiful sunrise over the Himalayas from Dhaulagiri-Annapurna to Mt.Manaslu range. After the busy photo session return back to camp at Ghorepani for breakfast. After Ghorepani the trail follows to the upper ridge to Deurali through rhododendron forest, from here the path narrows down hill through the temperate rain forest, stepper path in some places as you come to Bhaise Kharka a place in the middle of the forest, after a short break or a lunch, the trek is on the gradual trail for an hour, after coming down to a small stream in the middle of the rhododendron forest, an hour uphill walk to Tadapani. Tadapani is in the middle of the forest of Rhododendron, Magnolia and Oaks. From this place a grand view of Annapurna South and Machhapuchare (fishtail) can be seen at a close distance. Tadapani with 8-10 lodges a place made by the local Gurung people to serve and cater the needs of trekker’s on-route.

The trek from Tada-pani is gradual downhill most of the way to through pristine forest of oaks and rhododendron with occasional view of the Annapurnas. This part of the walk is very pleasant till Kimrong khola is reached for lunch. The trail from here leads uphill for 1-2 hours, once at the top of the ridge the walk is fairly easy all the way to village of Chomrong the last village and the gateway to the Sanctuary.

From Chomrong the trail leads to the terraced farm fields as you descent to the river, after the bridge it’s uphill most of the way for 2-3 hours till a small place of Khuldi-ghar is reached here your Trekking permit and conservation ticket is checked and registered, after Khuldi the trail leads down hill for 1-2 hour through the bamboo bushes till you reach Bamboo, a place in the midst of the bamboo, rhododendron and oaks forest with couple of teahouses / lodges. After a brief stop here an hour walk on the gradual uphill path brings you to the overnight halt at Dovan, an isolated spot with 2-3 teahouses, in the midst the forest near raging Modi River.

After Dovan, in the cool shade of the forest the walk is gradual up most of the way following the river Modi upstream, the trail continues with few ups and down as you reach Himalaya Hotel near Hinko cave, which lies straight at the bottom of Hiunchuli peak. Himalaya Hotel is a small place with 2-3 lodges just to cater the need of the trekkers. The trail from here is gradual up for another 1-2 hours to Deurali the last tea-house on route Machhapuchare Base Camp. As you reach Deurali the lush vegetation disappears leaving for high alpine flora and shrubs. Deurali has about 2-3 teahouses, rest of the afternoon at leisure.

From Deurali, the trail leads up to follow the raging Modi River upstream, the track is quite pleasant in some places with few strenuous climb for an hour in between and at the end as you reach the Maccahapuchare Base Camp. Machhapuchare base camp has about 4-5 Lodges located on the even ground beneath the mighty north face of Machhapuchare peak.

Today’s walk leads you in the heart of the Sanctuary at the ABC, the trail follows uphill for few hours, on the grassy path, depending upon the season, the trek is very pleasant as you reach the higher ground with magnificent view of an array of snow peaks all around you with Annapurna I, a great wall of a mountain from this north west face. Annapurna Base Camp has 3 lodges/ teahouses, with the superb panorama. Afternoon after lunch one can go for a short hike around or just the marvel the surrounding beauty from the camp itself.

A leisure day and preparation for next day marathon run to Dhampus covering 42. 400 k.m distance (a tribute to Maurice-Herzog and Dr. Harka Bdr Gurung).

The Marathon will start towards Annapurna Glacier just 45 minutes walk from the camp to the glacier. Once at the Glacier and moraine a warm up exercise at 6.30 a.m.
After final whistle at 7 a.m down-hill towards MBC from here on gradual for sometime following Modi River downstream and then reaching at Deurali.

After short downhill cross a small log bridge and climb up to Hinko Cave then it is almost down hill on the rough trail with small creeks and streams with log bridges to cross or on stepping stones.

Run follows to Himalaya Hotel then to Dovan and Bamboo, from here leading up hill on the steps towards Khuldi ghar (be-careful on this section as there are few narrow path like ledge with log support in some places and can be quite wet and slippery as well) across Chomrong via Sinuwa and downhill to Chomrong River covering half marathon of 21 k.m.

From here climb to Chomrong, and then heading downhill to Landrung / Landruk through New Bridge. From here a short distance brings you at the Modi River crossing the suspension bridge which is quite unstable, run continues on gradual path through farm terraces and crossing a bridge to reach at Landrung.

From here our route diverts up hill on stone steps till Landrung is reached at Laliguras Lodge. On reaching here the path is easier for an hour on the winding trail passing through number of scattered farm villages of Tolka-Bhichchowk and at Bedakhrka where there’s two path, our path climbs leads up on the stone steps from the last lodge.

Climb in to rain forest to reach Deurali ridge, from here downhill with gradual section till Pothana. A short descend brings you at the final finishing point at Dhampus village finishing at the total distance of 42. 400 k.m.

After a great running event with tiring muscle morning drive back to Pokhara which is about less than hour ride, on reaching at Pokhara afternoon at leisure for individual activities.

Morning after breakfast drive back to Kathmandu on the interesting and exciting highway through many farms, villages and towns and then drive leads to uphill to reach Kathmandu valley.

On reaching hotel, afternoon free with farewell dinner in a typical Nepalese restaurant with culture / folk dance program to entertain with authentic Nepali meals.

We reserve this day in Kathmandu as contingency or spare day, in case of delay on trekking and running event due to unfavorable bad weather which might occur, as the Himalayan weather pattern can be unpredictable sometimes if all goes well have a free day or one can book for short sightseeing tour around Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur.

After an enjoyable and fabulous time in Nepal with trek and run, as per your international flight time our staff transfer you to airport for your final departure homeward bound or to next port of call.

Climate

Himalayan region climate varies as per the altitude wise from the low southern land of Gangetic plains of Terai at 60meters above sea level to the mid hills-valleys at 9, 00m, 1500-200m and to the high mountain settlement at 3000-4000m and above. From over 40oC warm sub-tropic, 25oC meditareain to the artic climate of -0oC to -20oC conditions exists. Here’s our Climate Guide that can help you with your selection of treks in the Himalayan region and Good Luck!

Nepal and its Himalayan range has a typical monsoonal two season a year. There’s the dry season from October to May and the wet season, the monsoon, from June to September. September-November, the start of the dry season, is in many ways the best time in Nepal and around the Himalaya.

 

Temperatures Chart

(In Celsius)  

1,330m                       850m                          200-300m (above sea level)

Months            Kathmandu                  Pokhara                       Chitwan

                        max  min                     max  min                     max  min

Jan                   19      2                                    20     8                         24    7

Feb                  20        4                      21     8                        26    8

Mar                 25        8                      27    11                                    33   12

Apr                  30      11                      33    12                                   35   18

May                 30      16                      30    19                                   35    20

Jun                   30      20                      30    20                         35    23

Jul                    29        21                    30    21                                   33    24

Aug                  29        20                    30    21                                   33    24

Sep                  27      19                     29    20                                   32    22

Oct                  23        15                    27    18                                   31    18

Nov                  23        4                      23     11                       29    12

Dec                  20       2                       20      8                                   24     8                         

Rainfall Chart (in mm.)

Months            Kathmandu                  Pokhara                       Chitwan

Jan                   25                               15                                10

Feb                  25                               15                                 10

Mar                 75                               30                                10

Apr                  50                               50                                15

May                 100                              300                              200

Jun                   225                              575                              300

Jul                    375                              800                              500

Aug                  360                              700                              450

Sep                  175                              575                              400

Oct                  50                               220                              100

Nov                  10                                 20                                 05

Dec                  10                                             05                                 05

 

Climate Chart:   Kathmandu. Chances of dry day & Hours of Sunshine

Jan       Feb      Mar     Apr      May     June     July      Aug      Sept     Oct      Nov      Dec

95%     91%     93%     85%     74%     54%     33%     37%     62%     88%     98%     99%

5:54     5:39     7:37     9:30     5:43     4:54     2:37     2:23     3:18     5:12     5:12     5:06

 

Pokhara. Chances of dry day & Hours of Sunshine

Jan       Feb      Mar     Apr      May     June     July      Aug      Sept     Oct      Nov      Dec

94%     94%     89%     80%     53%     5%       3%       3%       7%       64%     96%     99%

5:49     6:23     7:19     8:59     5:17     4:02     2:04     1:34     1:44     4:30     4:51     5:12

 

                                

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