This trek is popular as it offers a great variety of beautiful landscapes, nature and culture of the central mountains of Nepal and a mix of cultures unmatched by any other treks in Nepal. The trail starts in the lowland villages, where rice terraces cut through the mountainsides. It continues into the Annapurna Himal, where you will see colorful villages, green forests, bamboo jungles, rivers and cascades rich with birds and animal life. Prominent is the South face of Mt. Annapurna South (7219m) as well as Mt. Machhapuchhare (6993m).
This is one of the most beautiful treks that combine easy walking with majestic scenery at an easy to handle altitude as you gradually climb uphill. The peaks of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli emerge from behind the foothills. Pastures and cultivated fields soon give way to deep forests of oak, bamboo and rhododendron. The trail finally stumbles across moraines and reaches Annapurna Sanctuary from where you are presented with an undeniably beautiful and unimaginable 360 degree view of the Annapurna mountain ranges including Annapurna 1 (8091m) which is the 10th highest in the world.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft)
Day 2: Half day Sightseeing Tour Kathmandu
Day 3: Kathmandu to Pokhara: (823m/2,700ft) 200 km 6 hrs approx
Day 4: Pokhara to Tikhedhunga: (1525m) 3 hrs
Day 5: Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani: 2855m 6-7 hrs
Day 6: Hike to Poon hill and trek to Tadapani: 2523m 5-6 hrs
Day 7: Tadapani to Chomrong: (2170m/7120ft) 4-5 hrs
Day 8: Chomrong to Bamboo (2310m/7578ft) 4-5 hrs
Day 9: Bamboo to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m/13,545ft) via Machhapuchre Base Camp (MBC) (3700m/12135ft) 6-7 hrs
Day 10: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo: (2310m/7575ft) 6 hours
Day 11: Bamboo to Jhinu Dada (1760m/5770 ft): 4-5 hours
Day 12: Jhinu Dada to Sihuwai to Pokhara: (4-5 hours trek, 1-2 hour drive)
Day 13: Pokhara to Kathmandu 6-7 hrs
Day 14: Departure from TIA
You will be welcomed by a Great Nepal Representative at the airport and be transferred to your hotel. Your Great Nepal Representative will explain briefly about the travel itinerary. There will be a welcome dinner tonight where you will enjoy local cuisine and folk dance. Overnight stay in hotel.
Today you will be going for sightseeing around the world heritage sites in the Kathmandu valley including, Kathmandu Durbar square, Bouddhanath Temple and Pashupatinath Temple. Overnight stay at hotel.
After breakfast you will board a vehicle. On your way to Pokhara you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of the country side of Nepal with green hills, rivers, farms etc. In Pokhara you can enjoy great views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, the five peaks of Annapurna and many others.
After breakfast we drive to Nayapul (1 hour) which is the starting point for our trek. This is a relatively easy day of hiking as we follow the bank OF THE Modi Khola (river) passing through picturesque farmland and rice terraces. Overnight at a teahouse in Tikedhunga.
Fuel yourself up very well with this spanmorning because today you will begin the real trekking. The day starts with a steep climb to Ulleri, ascending a steep stone staircase which has about 3300 steps and these first two hours will be challenging. Later, the path becomes more level although slightly uphill. Along the trail you will experience beautiful views, rhododendron forest, flora and fauna and the scenic hillside. Overnight in Ghorepani.
Today we start with a pre dawn hike to Poon Hill (3245m). It is a steep climb up stairs that takes about 1 hour. From here we will watch the sunrise from this stunning viewpoint where we can see both the Annapurna Range and the Dhaulagiri Range with uninterrupted views. In spring the hillside of the surrounding areas is a stunning palette of red rhododendrons that blanket the hillside. This photogenic location is one of the highlights of this trek. After breakfast we continue on with a fairly easy walk to Tadapani through dense forest alive with greenery and wildlife. Overnight in Tadapani.
From Tadapani to Chomrong, it is a steep descent through the dense forest to a beautiful village located in the lap of Annapurna. On the way we follow the west bank of Modi khola (river) before arriving at Chomrong that is located below the towering peaks of, Annapurna south and Machhapuchre (fishtail). Overnight at Chomrong.
The day starts with an easy walk through forest and a climb up to Dovan before descending through the valley to Bamboo. The challenge for the day is that you will be climbing uphill after the initial descent from Chomrong to reach Chomrong Khola. After this it is a steep climb to Khuldighar (2380 m. / 7808 ft). Although the path itself is fairly easy, the continual rise in altitude makes this day fairly challenging. Overnight in Bamboo.
Today the trail climbs up through the valley to get to the Machhapuchhare Base Camp, it is a walk with gradual altitude gains up the valley. As you emerge from the valley to MBC the vista opens up and you are greeted with the stunning panorama of mountains in the Annapurna Sanctuary. On the trail to Annapurna Base Camp from Machhapuchhre Base Camp the vegetation disappears as we walk through grassland and boulders along the small streams into the sanctuary. As the path widens you will see the 360 degree panoramic view of the surrounding mountains. The Annapurna Sanctuary boasts stunning close up views of Annapurna South, Annapurna 1, Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuli and other peaks. Annapurna Base Camp being the epicenter of the sanctuary. It is a very easy gradual incline today made only slightly harder by the moderate altitude. Overnight at ABC.
At dawn, you have the opportunity to view the magnificent sunrise over the Himalayas from Annapurna Base Camp. After breakfast we start descending from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo back through Machhapuchhre Base Camp, Deurali, and Dovan until you finally reach Bamboo. As the mornings are quite clear you will likely experience panoramic views along this section and often a dusting of snow as you walk through the Annapurna Sanctuary. You will see the waterfalls that drop down from glaciers to the rocks below. This should be a fairly easy mostly downhill walk today. Overnight in Bamboo.
From Bamboo, there is a steep ascent to the Kuldi Ghar and then to Sinuwa followed by stone steps that lead to Lower Chhomrong. Then, you ascend the thousand stone steps taking you to Upper Chhomrong. From Chhomrong, it’s a steep but easy descent to Jhinu Danda. The highlight of the day is an opportunity to enjoy the hot springs just 15-min walk from Jhinu Danda. Overnight in Jhinu Dada.
An easy day today trekking through hillside villages and farmland along the river before we board our vehicle back to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.
Today we return to Kathmandu by a tourist bus. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be escorted to your hotel where you have the opportunity to have a rest or do some sightseeing or souveneir shopping. Later in the evening, a farewell dinner will be served in a Traditional Nepali Restaurant where you will be able to enjoy authentic cuisine with a brief cultural program as a celebration of your completed trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Sadly your most memorable journey ends today. A Great Nepal representative will escort you to the airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you have plenty of time to think about your recent adventure and to plan your next wonderful adventure in Nepal.
- All transportation as per itinerary including airport transfers.
- 3 nights accommodation whilst in Kathmandu (as requirements with various categories as stated) on BB basis. 2 nights accommodation in Pokhara.
- All your standard Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
- Farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
- One day sightseeing in Kathmandu (Pashupatinath, Bouddhnath and Durbar Square).
- Accommodation in the best available Lodges, Guesthouses during the trek (on twin share basis).
- A local English speaking Government Guide during the trek.
- Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine and transportation for all trekking/tour staff.
- Annapurna conservation’s park fees and TIMS (Trekker Information Management System) and other necessary permits.
- Trekking equipment’s i.e.- down Jacket, sleeping bag and duffel/kit bag and trekking pole (which needs to be returned after the trek.)
- First aid medical kit.
- Official expenses.
- Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
- Snacks, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, water and personal items.
- Your travel insurance (compulsory). This must include helicopter rescue
- International airfare and airport departure tax.
- Nepal entry visa fee (US$ 30 per person) You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu for either 30 days or 90 days from date of issue. You will need to have currency of either USD, AUD or EU in cash to pay for your visa.
- Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations, etc that is beyond our control.
- Fees for recharging of mobile phones at lodges while trekking.
- Lodge fees for hot showers, towels, laundry or other services.
- Personal trekking gear.
- Tips for trekking staff and driver. (which is not mandatory but highly appreciated).
- Rescue, Repatriation, Medicines, Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses. (These should be covered by your travel insurance provider)
- Any other expenses which are not mentioned on Price Inclusion section.
To enable all expedition members to acclimatize well and hence maximize their chances of success, our expedition programs are prepared with sufficient time for acclimatization. Adaptation to the altitude takes time and there can be no short-cuts, even if supplementary oxygen is used in the final stages. The atmospheric pressure at the base camp is half of that at the sea level. A thorough program of acclimatization is built into the itinerary which consists of regulated height ascents, followed by descents and rests before the final ascent to the summit. This will prevent the climbers to get rid from altitude sickness.
Why Tipping is essential?
There are several reasons why you should tip in Nepal. It is quite the same as for what you tip in restaurants. They live in remote areas that are far from proper health and education facilities. Tipping them will additionally encourage them to manage good and nutritive food to eat, warm and comfortable clothes to wear or other necessary basic requirements to maintain their livelihood in a comfortable way. A small gesture of gratitude will do no harm to you but actually changes the lives of many people for a long time in many reasons. Our company has its fund collected from the some percentage of profit and sometimes from the tips of our guests which will directly invested for uplifting the economic condition of guides, porters and other staffs of office. It’s nothing more than the way to add smiles on those laborious faces.