Annapurna Base Camp - The Sholay of Trekking!!

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I called this as "Sholay of Trekking" because just like the movie this trek has everything trekker wants to feel, bridges(small and big), rivers, crossing fast flowing water body, snow, walking through snow, forests, everything.

Few Takeaways

1. We did this in 7 days. But people doing this with average fitness like me add a day or two to the plan.

2. Guide is not necessary if you want to take the pain of arranging everything on the way by yourself.

3. Do not travel in night from Birgunj to Pokhara or vice versa.

4. Prepare yourself by avoiding lifts and start using stairs instead.

5. Devi jee is a genuine person who can give you package or also can arrange porters for you. His phone number is +9779846059807
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Originally Posted by arupratan ghosh View Post & with this 'Sholey' begins - Great narration ! Following
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Enjoyed throughout. Been there a couple of times, 1997 being the last. The place has not changed much, it seems. Spent less than INR 3000 per person that year. We never booked anything and picked our porter ourselves though.
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Originally Posted by deepblue View Post Enjoyed throughout. Been there a couple of times, 1997 being the last. The place has not changed much, it seems. Spent less than INR 3000 per person that year. We never booked anything and picked our porter ourselves though.
Thanks!
We also thought of not booking anyone initially but due to time constraint we had to go with the prebooking option. It proved to be a tome saver in the beginning itself as the train and bad road delayed us so much. Had we not contacted Devi jee before we would have lost the buffer day in the beginning.

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Enjoyed the report and excellent pictures. We are planning to go in late December.

I did not entirely get the name of the place you spent the night before ABC. Was it Bamboo or Himalaya? While you obviously made it fine, your ascent profile from Bamboo/Himalaya (around 2900m) to ABC (4130m) seems unsafe.
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Originally Posted by kmalik View Post Enjoyed the report and excellent pictures. We are planning to go in late December.

I did not entirely get the name of the place you spent the night before ABC. Was it Bamboo or Himalaya? While you obviously made it fine, your ascent profile from Bamboo/Himalaya (around 2900m) to ABC (4130m) seems unsafe.
Thanks for your complement... We had our lunch in Bamboo and stayed in Himalaya.
It might be an issue. I felt a little chest pain while I was entering MBC. But after lunch in MBC I took some rest and I was fine after that.
If you want to add a day here you can stay Bamboo after Chhomrong and next day you can move to Deurali and after that you can go up to ABC.
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Thank you. How much is Chomrang to Deurali? Is it doable? We are fairly decent hikers... While we don't do 1000m elevation hikes every day, we do them a few times a a year. I just don't have a sense of time and distance.
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Originally Posted by kmalik View Post Thank you. How much is Chomrang to Deurali? Is it doable? We are fairly decent hikers... While we don't do 1000m elevation hikes every day, we do them a few times a a year. I just don't have a sense of time and distance.
Deurali is around 3230m. It is the next stop after Himalaya.
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Thank you so much!

We will just see. Depending on distance and how we feel, we will decide whether we can go directly to Deurali from Chamrong. The days are a bit shorter in December, so it will depend on how early we can start. We are keeping 8 days for the trip, even though it is doable in 7.

Anyway, your trip report and descriptions have been very illuminating and pleasing. Thank you for sharing it.
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Originally Posted by kmalik View Post Thank you so much!

We will just see. Depending on distance and how we feel, we will decide whether we can go directly to Deurali from Chamrong. The days are a bit shorter in December, so it will depend on how early we can start. We are keeping 8 days for the trip, even though it is doable in 7.

Anyway, your trip report and descriptions have been very illuminating and pleasing. Thank you for sharing it.
A photo of the map of the entire region. This might help you to plan your trek better

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Thank you so much! This is immensely helpful.
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Awesome pics, and a great description...
I think one could travel till Kimche through a Jeep, From Ghandruk to New Bridge what is the distance?
Is it possible to come from Bamboo to Ghandruk.
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Originally Posted by zaiff143 View Post Awesome pics, and a great description...
I think one could travel till Kimche through a Jeep, From Ghandruk to New Bridge what is the distance?
Is it possible to come from Bamboo to Ghandruk.
I have shared a picture of the map in the region you can check the distance and altitude of different places in this region.
If you are coming down from Bamboo to Ghandruk, I think it should be doable. The road gets divided from Chhomrong. One takes you to Ghandruk and another leads to Jhinu dara, the hotspring. We took the later one.
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Originally Posted by nilanjanchatterjee View Post I have shared a picture of the map in the region you can check the distance and altitude of different places in this region.
If you are coming down from Bamboo to Ghandruk, I think it should be doable. The road gets divided from Chhomrong. One takes you to Ghandruk and another leads to Jhinu dara, the hotspring. We took the later one.
Fantastic write-up and excellent pictures.

It would be very helpful if you could provide expense break-up of the whole trip including guide and porter payments which would help we fellow IM-ers to make a budget.
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Originally Posted by bhaskarghosh1965 View Post Fantastic write-up and excellent pictures.

It would be very helpful if you could provide expense break-up of the whole trip including guide and porter payments which would help we fellow IM-ers to make a budget.
Bhaskar da,

I have already mentioned that we had taken a package from Pokhara to ABC to Pokhara for 20k(INC) per head. This included porter cost, 3 times food(can choose anything veg or non-veg) and 2 times tea and night stays.
The car from Birgunj to Pokhara and return was 9k(INC).
3 tier AC fare from Howrah to Raxaul is around 1k(INC).
So roughly the cost per head is around 25k(INC).
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