John Saboe is an adventure traveler, entrepreneur. Podcast host-“Far East Adventure Travel”-iTunes, broadcaster/live streamer. I’ve trekked in 4 regions of Nepal and explored Pokhara, Lumbini, Chitwan National Park, and Bardia National Park. I’ve also visited the highest mountain in the world twice, at Everest Base Camp south face-Nepal, and it’s north face in Tibet. I’ve explored and trekked in Tibet, and India and I’ve mountaineered in Washington State-USA, and Ecuador. I’ve also climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro-Africa. Nepal is one of my favorite places on the planet. It’s giant mountains, an amazing rich culture, the birthplace of the Buddha, and the kindest, warmest people you’ll ever meet. If you have any other questions about this trek or how to prepare, please contact me and I will respond within 24 hours.
I am so looking forward to leading this Annapurna Base Camp Trek! I have been fortunate enough to trek some of Nepal’s best trekking trails and I am especially excited to share this experience with you. It’s one of the most rewarding walks of the Himalaya with expansive views of dramatic terraces, farmland, the spectacular Machhapuchhare or “Fishtail” Mountain and incredible up close Amphitheater like views of The Annapurna Range and Annapurna I, 8061 meters, the 10th highest mountain in the world.
This is the perfect first time trek and introduction for anyone new to the Himalaya. It encompasses stone steps, plenty of ascents and descents, exciting suspension bridge crossings, interesting ethnic Gurung villages, rhododendron forests, and beautiful waterfalls. Challenging and memorable but with the highest elevation of the trek reaching only 4130 meters, it’s a wise choice for first-timers! We are going to have an awesome time, with a small group of no more than 10 plus myself, guide, and porters. We will have some opportunity to do something as a group in Kathmandu and Pokhara as well, depending on availability of everyone. A visit to The Monkey Temple for sunset, a walk around lakeside in Pokhara, wherever the group’s interest lies. I will also be taking some photos of you on your trek that I’m happy to share with you upon returning to Kathmandu.
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the most rewarding walks of the Himalaya with expansive views of dramatic terraces, farmland, the spectacular Machhapuchhare or “Fishtail” Mountain and incredible up close Amphitheater like views of The Annapurna Range and Annapurna I, 8061 meters, the 10th highest mountain in the world.
This is the perfect first time trek and introduction for anyone new to the Himalaya. It encompasses stone steps, plenty of ascents and descents, exciting suspension bridge crossings, interesting ethnic Gurung villages, rhododendron forests, and beautiful waterfalls. Challenging and memorable but with the highest elevation of the trek reaching only 4130 meters, it’s a wise choice for first-timers!
DAY 1: KATHMANDU: ARRIVAL DAY
You will be greeted at the airport and driven to your hotel in Thamel-Kathmandu. Depending on your arrival time you’ll have a chance to settle in, have a rest and walk around to enjoy the sights, restaurants, cafes and bars of Thamel before turning in for the night.
DAY 2: KATHMANDU TO POKHARA
An early breakfast starts out the day before departing for the bus station and the 6-7 hour ride to Pokhara. Arrival is in mid afternoon so there will be time to walk around Lakeside and decide where dinner will be. Lots of options from Nepali/Tibetan to Japanese, Korean, Indian, and Italian! Lakeside is a fun place to hang out with lots of bars, cafes, and shops as well as convenience stores for last minute trekking supplies.
DAY 3: POKHARA TO CHOMRONG, NAYAPUL TO CHOMRONG,(1570 m)
We begin the day after breakfast with a drive to Nayapul and the start of our trek to the base camp of Annapurna 1, 8061 meters, the 10th highest mountain in the world. Our trek to Chomrong is over fairly easy terrain. Tonight we can look forward to a traditional Nepali dinner of Dal Bhat, with extra helpings of rice and lentils, which is the perfect meal if we are feeling ravenous. There should be other choices on the menu as well like chow mein, pasta, and maybe even pizza.
DAY 4: CHOMRONG TO HIMALAYA, (2750 m)
Another early rise as we have a climb from 2100 m to 2920. There are lots of stones steps up and down we’ll cover before the end of the day. We’ll enjoy amazing views of Machhapuchre,(Fishtail), and Annapurna South, stop in Bamboo for lunch, most likely, then finish up for the day at Himalaya. Relax, have a full meal then probably turn in early before our big day to Annapurna Base Camp.
DAY 5: HIMALAYA TO ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP
This will be one of the most memorable days for not only our final destination of ABC but the sights of towering peaks along the way. We ascend to Machhapuchhare Base Camp, technically not a true base camp as it is forbidden to summit this mountain. The “Fishtail” literally towers over you as you take in spectacular views of Annapurna I and II, and Gangapurna before moving on to Annapurna Base Camp. The trek to ABC takes approximately another 2 hours. When you finally near ABC it will feel like you’re in an amphitheater with 7000 meter plus peaks surrounding you and Annapurna I, 8091m, the 10th highest mountain in the world taking center stage. We’ll overnight at Annapurna Base Camp. This is a wonderful achievement rewarded with lifetime memories of these giants of the Himalaya.
DAY 6: ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TO BAMBOO
We’ll be treated to more spectacular views as we make our steep descent down to Bamboo. This will be one of the longer days at up to 7 hours of trekking. Look forward to great food in Bamboo and maybe a celebratory beer or glass of Nepali “moonshine”, raksi!
DAY 7: BAMBOO TO JHINU DADA
Another day begins with a hearty breakfast of eggs and hashbrowns, toast or Gurung bread, hot oatmeal, coffee and tea before we start trekking. It’s easy to spot the roofs of Jhinu Dada on the way down, and there’s some optional hot springs to visit to sooth those achy muscles.
Day 8: JHUNU TO POKHARA
JHINU DADA TO SYAULI BAZAR, (1220 m), DRIVE TO POHKARA
We trek mostly downhill with the exception of some short climbs through Kyumi village. We’ll then walk to Syauli Bazar where we’ll meet our driver and return to Pokhara. Now enjoy the amenities of Nepal’s second largest city with amazing dinner choices. You deserve to celebrate your accomplishment with a wonderful meal and maybe a bottle of wine or some frosty cold beers!
DAY 9: POKHARA TO KATHMANDU
After breakfast at the hotel or guesthouse we’ll depart for the airport. Flight time is approximately 25 minutes. We’ll be picked up Tribhuvan Airport in Kathmandu and driven back to the hotel. You’ll have the rest of the day free for shopping in Thamel, sightseeing perhaps in Durbar Square or at one of the many Unesco World Heritage sites around the city.
DAY 10: KATHMANDU – DEPARTURE
After check-out from the hotel, we will transfer you to the airport for your onward flight. Depending on your scheduled departure you still may have some time to wander the ancient city and it’s many fascinating streets and lanes.
Please inquire about additional days with excursions to Southern Nepal for exciting tiger and rhinoceros safaris in Chitwan or Bardia National Park. We can also tailor cultural tours of the countless landmarks and Unesco World Heritage Sites of the Kathmandu Valley.