Annapurna Base Camp Lunar

The Annapurnas guided by the moonlight

India

Why This Trek :

  • A unique way to experience one of the most beautiful trails in the world ie a moonlight hike into the base camp.
  • Exceptional close up views of the iconic and reverred Annapurna Range including Annapurna 1, Annapurna South & Macchapuchare.
  • Trek through terraced farms and villages and experience the culture and alpine life first hand.

Is this trek right for you ?

This trek requires a functional level of fitness and the ability to negotiate a trail of well defined steps in ascent and descent. Like most alpine experiences  weather changes can be frequent. We trek continuously through villages, rhododendron forests and hamlets gradually gaining altitude and arriving at Machapuchare Base Camp. From this point we have on really long day which involves an early start to ABC early in the morning followed by a descent on the same day.  The other days on the trek involve 5-7 hours of trekking time, based on individual prepation and fitness. Our stay is in teahouses along our route on a shared basis and there is a selection of foods beyond the local fare available given that ABC is an established trail. This is a busy trail given its popularity and that is visible during the trekking day and the stay at teahouses.

Things To Know before you go?

While we plan the logistics and help participants prepare,  like any adventure, this one too is subject to the forces of nature and  requires a keen sense of adventure and a mindset to embracing the uncertainties that come with travel in the Himalayas. The ability to integrate in a  group and work as a team member towards a shared goal are of paramount importance . This means team members must be able to adapt to the dynamics of diversity and support each other. We are also mindful about the environment and do the best that we can to reduce our footprint ie avoid wasting food and water and reducing ‘our trash impact’ whereever possible. Our stay is in simple teahouses with very basic facilities  and wi-fi and electricity are available but can also be down at times. Delays in travel possible on the Pokhara flight.

Itinerary Details

Day 1
Pokhara to Kimche to Ghandruk 1940 metres
Pokhara to Kimche to Ghandruk 1940 metres
Day 2
Ghandruk to Chhomrong 2100 metres
Ghandruk to Chhomrong 2100 metres
Day 3
Chhomrong to Dovan 2600 metres
Chhomrong to Dovan 2600 metres
Day 4
Dovan to Deurali 3200 metres
Dovan to Deurali 3200 metres
Day 5
Deurali to MBC 3700 metres
Deurali to MBC 3700 metres
Day 6
MBC to ABC to Dovan 2600 metres
MBC to ABC to Dovan 2600 metres
Day 7
Dovan to Chhomrong 2100 metres
Dovan to Chhomrong 2100 metres
Day 8
Chhomrong to Pokhara
Chhomrong to Pokhara

Why First Light

Small group travel that is local, reponsible and takes everyone along. Our itineraries are put together to authentically offer a unique experience for our co-travellers. This almost always involves a different way of going on a popular adventure or very simply taking the lesser travelled road. Our guides, porters are friends whom we have travelled with over the years and we value them as fellow adventurers without whom our adventures are genuinely incomplete.

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