- Duration: 14Days
- Activities: Trekking
- Country: Nepal
- Trip Grade: STRENUOUS
The Annapurna Himal is a vast massif with several peaks above 7000m. Part of the range forms a natural amphitheatre known as the Annapurna Sanctuary, ringed by such giants as Annapurna 1, Glacier Dome, Gangapurna,Annapurna Fang and Machhapuchhare (Mt.Fish Tail). On this trek, one of our most popular Nepal trekking tours, we pass through forested hillsides to Ghorepani where we ascend Poon Hill for a magnificent panoramic sunrise of the Annapurnas and Dhaulagiri. Entering a narrow valley we pass directly below Machhapuchhare before reaching the Sanctuary, a veritable home of the Gods. We have a day to explore this magnificent place before returning to Pokhara via a different route. This is a fairly strenuous alpine trek offering close-up mountain views equal to any in the Himalayas.
- DAY 01: Kathmandu (1300m)
- DAY 02: Kathmandu : Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
- DAY 03:Drive to Pokhara and trek to Tikhedhunga (1480m) 6-8 hours drive
- DAY 04: Tikhedhunga – Ulleri (1960m) – Banthanti (2210m) 5-6 hours
- DAY 05: Banthanti – Ghorepani (2750 m) 4 hours
- DAY 06: Ghorepani – Poon Hill (3200)- Tadapani (2700m) 6-7 hours
- DAY 07: Tadapani – Chhomrong (2175m) 6 hours
- DAY 08: Chhomrong – Doban (2600m) 6 hours
- DAY 09: Doban – Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m) 7 hours
- DAY 10: Machhapuchhre Base Camp – Annapurna base Camp (4130m) 2 hours
- DAY 11: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo: 7 – 8 hours
- DAY 12: Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1760m) 5 – 6 hours
- DAY 13: Trek to Naya Pul then drive to Pokhara: 6 hours trek, 1 hour drive
- DAY 14: Fly Back to Kathmandu
- DAY 15: Final Departure
DAY 01: Kathmandu (1300m)
Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport (KTM). After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with company display board at the arrival gate and you will be picked up by one of our representative or your trip leader.You will be then transferred to hotel.After check in, you can either take a rest, wander around in the city,it all depends upon your interests and condition. In the evening we will organize a “Welcome Dinner” at an excellent traditional Nepalese Restaurant where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program followed by a set Nepali dish(Dal Bhat) for dinner.
DAY 02: Kathmandu : Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Today after breakfast your trek leader will introduce you to rest of the members of the group and brief you about the trek . After the group briefing, you will be taken for a guided sightseeing tour to two of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Both of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites; including the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath and the famous Buddhists shrine (Bouddhanath) which is one of the largest Stupas in the world. After lunch you have an opportunity to prepare yourself for the entire trip and next day.
DAY 03:Drive to Pokhara and trek to Tikhedhunga (1480m) 6-8 hours drive
After breakfast we drive to Pokhara. We can catch an amazing views of the Himalayas,enjoying the landscape driving through Nepalese highway.And then we stop for lunch after 4 hours of drive.After lunch it’s another 2 hours drive to Pokhara.After getting there to Pokhara,we drive to Tikhedhunga via Nayapool for another 3 hour.Overnight in Tikhedhunga.
DAY 04: Tikhedhunga – Ulleri (1960m) – Banthanti (2210m) 5-6 hours
after breakfast we cross the Modi Khola (river) via a suspension bridge to the village of Tikhedhunga. The
Ulleri Hill with thousands of steps and boulders that continually go upward would really prove a test of our stamina. We reach Ulleri by afternoon for lunch.After lunch the walk gets better and t’s a gradual climb pass magar village enjoying the walk through dense rhododendron forest and Phultise village.Finally we arrive in Banthanti.Overnight here.
DAY 05: Banthanti – Ghorepani (2750 m) 4 hours
We make our ascent to the Ghorepani village. The name Ghorepani in Nepali means horse-water owing to its role as an important campsite for traders before it became a trekker’s stop. Ghorepani is an interesting place with small shops and stalls for selling local products and craft. The town has two parts: one in a saddle and the other a few hundred feet lower. We stop at the higher part of the Ghorepani village that offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains including Annapurna South and Nilgiri mountains. Since Ghorepani lies quite higher than our previous stop, we begin to feel the chilly weather especially in the evenings. Overnight at Ghorepani.
DAY 06: Ghorepani – Poon Hill (3200)- Tadapani (2700m) 6-7 hours
Today will be a special day because we conquer Poon Hill- an icon of Annapurna region. To catch the magnificent splendor of sunrise over the Himalayas, we make an early morning climb along the steep trail to the viewpoint of Poon Hill. Poon Hill is a great viewpoint from where we will be able to enjoy wonderful panoramic views of the Mustang part and Pokhara valleys including the closest views of more than 20 highest mountains including the close-up views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The snowy peaks of the high mountains loom above and around us glowing in the morning light. After taking photos and having some coffee or tea or hot chocolate, we return back to Gorepani. Upon breakfast, we head east and climb a nearby ridge. We descend through rhododendron forest, pass by spectacular waterfalls along the way and reach Tadapani for overnight.
DAY 07: Tadapani – Chhomrong (2175m) 6 hours
After breakfast we descend for a while through stair cases through a dense rhododendron forest.Then narrow trail for sometimes opens up perfectly and once we get down to the river side we steadily start to climb through the forest and stop for lunch at Kimrong.After lunch we start to climb the steep section of the day for couple of hours and finally arrive to Chhomrong. It is a beautiful village located on the lap of the giant Annapurna massive.You can also enjoy the magnificent view of Fishtail,Annaprna iii,angapurna,Gandarvachuli from your tea house.Overnight in Chhomrong.
DAY 08: Chhomrong – Doban (2600m) 6 hours
The trail from Chomrong descends first on stone staircases to cross the chomrong khola and then we climb very steep all the way to Sinuwa. It can be very hot today as we will be walking mostly in the sun and it’s steep. After Sinuwa the trails enters into the forests and it goes up and down all the way to Dovan
2500meters. There are very few lodges from now on every stop. It can be cold during the night as the sun hides behind the big hill before getting dark and the sun comes out very late.
DAY 09: Doban – Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m) 7 hours
After breakfast we pass through the bamboo forest which is damp and cold then ascend steadily with fewer steep sections. It is only after reaching Himalaya Hotel that the forest opens up and we are out in the sun again with astounding views of the glacial river below. It is a steep climb up through a much drier forest before reaching Hinku Cave. From here we can see the trail drop closer to the river before climbing again to Deurali, the most scenic stretch of the day. The vegetation is sparser, allowing magical views of the valley, the river below, and the sheer rock face cliffs above with bands of wispy waterfalls.And then we stop for lunch in Deurali.After lunch we star to climb gently thorough a river bed then over a steep trail over to the mountain side. The hike to Machhapuchhre Base Camp is somewhat strenuous. From Machhapuchhre base camp we get excellent views of the majestic Machhapuchhre along with Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli and Gangapurna which is certainly a rewarding experience. Overnight at Machhapuchre Base Camp.
DAY 10: Machhapuchhre Base Camp – Annapurna base Camp (4130m) 2 hours
Today we are above the treeline.The vegetation disappears on our way to ABC and the path widens as we enter the Annapurna sanctuary. From here, we get sensational views of the near-vertical south face of Annapurna towering above us. The sanctuary boasts of a dynamic view without anything impeding the 360- degree panorama. From the base camp we again get to savor mesmerizing views of the Machhapuchhre, Annapurna south, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli and other peaks. Overnight at Annapurna Base Camp.
DAY 11: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo: 7 – 8 hours
From the Annapurna base camp we retrace our steps to Bamboo. Today’s trek is downhill so it shouldn’t be very difficult. Besides, we will always have the company of the extraordinary landscape to cheer us up. Overnight in Bamboo.
DAY 12: Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1760m) 5 – 6 hours
From Bamboo, it is an uphill trek to Kuldighar followed by a downhill walk to Chhomrong Khola. Then climb the stone steps to Chhomrong. The trail then descends to Jhinu Danda, where we will be resting for the night. Today we will have an opportunity to enjoy hot springs just 15-20 minute downhill walk from Jhinu Danda to soothe our aching body. Overnight in Jhinu Dada.
DAY 13: Trek to Naya Pul then drive to Pokhara: 6 hours trek, 1 hour drive
On our way to Naya Pul from Jhinu danda we get to enjoy the amazing hill landscape of western Nepal. We
have lunch on the way. Our trek will end at Naya Pul where we board our vehicle to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara. *If the road construction connecting Jhinu Danda to Naya Pul is complete, driving from Jhinu Danda to Pokhara could be another option.
DAY 14: Fly Back to Kathmandu
Today, we fly back to Kathmandu after our mountain journey. The early morning flight drops us in Kathmandu.You can rest and relax throughout the day at hotel. If you are interested to take some gifts home from Nepal for friends and relatives,you can visit to some nearby shops or vendors in Thamel for typical Nepalese goods.If you are still keen on exploring any other areas in Kathmandu,you can talk to your leader and he will organize it for you accordingly.
DAY 15: Final Departure
The journey within the mountains of Nepal comes to an end today!If you have more time then you can do some shopping or just wander around Thamel and relax before your flight. At last approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight, your leader will escorts you to the airport.