Arrival in Kathmandu
On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport you will be greeted by our staff who will escort you to the hotel, where our Sherpa guide or the office staff will give you a brief orientation about the hotel, Kathmandu itself, trekking, and the do's and don’ts of the area. Also, they will go over any other related information that you might require while in Nepal. Evening complimentary welcome dinner in one of the finest traditional Nepalese restaurants in Kathmandu with necessary transfer and overnight at hotel.
Valley sightseeing tour
After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your full day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu. After your breakfast proceed for your full day sightseeing tour to Kathmandu Durbar square visiting, ancient palace, living goddess temple Kumari temple, Hanuman Dhoka and Kastamandap temple. Transfer to Swoyambhunath stupa, also known as the Monkey Temple, further transfer to Pashupatinath temple the holiest shrine of the Hindu people and Boudhnath stupa of Buddhist pilgrimage center and back to hotel, evening briefing about the trek with guide introduction. Be ready this evening for tomorrow leaving to trek and overnight at Hotel.
Drive to Pokhara 5-6 hrs
After an early breakfast we will travel by tourist bus towards the scenic Pokhara highway. This is an interesting drive through the foothills of the Himalayas and the road has been greatly improved in recent years. The drive continues with several stops enroute before Pokhara. Once we reach Pokhara you will have enough time in the afternoon for a stroll around the beautiful Phewa Lake side.
Pokhara to Tikhedhunga 1577m 2 hrs drive and 4 hrs walk
Morning drive leads on the good motor able road for about 25 km. The journey continues along with the great scenery passing through several villages Naudanda, Kanre, and Lumle, all the way to Nayapul.
At Nayapul, our adventure begins in the warm sub tropical region; the walk follows Modi River upstream to Birethanti & follows the east bank of Bhurungdi Khola complete with scenery of waterfalls and high green forest, all the while following a pleasant trail. Lunch will be served at Ramghai, and finally the journey of the day ends to Tikhedhunga. We will stop overnight at Tikhedhunga village where you can enjoy the cool splash of the cascading waterfalls.
Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani 2855m 5-6 hrs
The day begins with the trail steeply ascending on the long stone steps to Ulleri village with the surrounding scenery of terraced landscape and the Annapurna Himalaya. After few hours of a long hard climb, there will be several breaks in between until reaching Ulleri village. From here the path is gradual, and you are rewarded with a walk through the cool shade of the forest. The walk continues with few short ups and down, but while walking in the midst of the giant rhododendron forest, you won’t notice the walk itself. Finally you will reach Ghorepani after a good 5-6 hours of trek. Ghorepani Deurali is a busy spot on the ridge in the midst of the beautiful rhododendron forest, offering grand views of Dhaulagiri range of mountains on the west and Annapurna to the north.
Ghorepani - Poon hill – Tadapani 2650m 4-5 hrs
You will be woken early in the morning by your guide for the 45 minute to an hour hike up to Poonhill with a help of flash light or moon light, and glimpse of stars while walking through the Rhododendron forest.
Poon hill named after the hill tribe Pun, inhabitants of Ghorepani and surrounding area. This is a vantage spot for the most panoramic scenery from the far western Himalaya of Dolpo, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Mt. Machhapuchare (Fish Tail), Manaslu, all the way to Ganesh Himalayan range. This is a nearly 600 k.m range of mountains that can be viewed from this magnificent spot watching the impressive sunrise on the mid western Himalaya range. After an enlightening time filled with spectacular views, return to Ghorepani for breakfast and continue trek to Tadapani, the walk passes through the Rhododendron, Pine, fur & bamboo forest with few short up and downs and until you finally reach Tadapani. A very intoxicating place with close views of the Annapurna and Fishtail, situated in the midst of the rain and alpine mixed forest. This takes around five hours walking distance up & down not including a lunch break at Banthanti.
Tadapani to Chhomrong 1951m 5-6 hrs
The trek from Tadapani offers good views of upper Modi valley. The route starts the long ascend high above the West Bank of Modi Khola. The Chhomrong village lies at the base of Hiunchuli (6441m). The trek from Tadapani is gradual downhill most of the way, through pristine forest of oaks and rhododendron, with occasional view of the Annapurnas. This part of the walk is very pleasant all the way to Kimrong Khola where you will be stopping for lunch. The trail from here leads uphill for 1-2 hours, once at the top of the ridge the walk is fairly easy all the way to village of Chomrong, the last village and the gateway to the Sanctuary.
Chhomrong to Himalaya Hotel (2873m) 5-6 hrs
From Chhomrong, the trail leads to the terraced farm fields as you descent to the river, after the bridge it's uphill most of the way for 2-3 hours until the small place of Khuldi-ghar is reached. After Khuldi, the trail leads down hill for 1-2 hour trek through the bamboo bushes, until you reach Bamboo. This is a place in the midst of the bamboo, rhododendron, and oak forest with couple of teahouses. After a brief stop here an hour walk on the gradual uphill path brings you to Dovan, an isolated spot with 2-3 teahouses, amidst the forest near raging Modi River. The trail continues for about 2 hours. From here, the route winds up steeply to a bank of rock and then levels out, running through thickets of Bamboo at the bottom of the gorge. We stay on the west side of the river, until reaching a small shrine at Panchen Barah; from here the trail climbs to Himalaya Hotel for the overnight stay.
Himalaya Hotel to Machhapuchare Base Camp (MBC) 3700m 5-6 hrs
From the Himalaya Hotel it’s about an hour walk, first on a rocky trail through forests then up a steep ravine, to Hinko at 2960 m. The trail crosses a ravine & a major avalanche track just beyond Hinko, then climbs through large boulders. About half an hour beyond Hinko is Deurali at 3000m as the trail continues into the sanctuary, it crosses two wide avalanche tracks on a narrow trail that huddles up against the cliffs. The trail then descends to meet the Modi Khola & follows the river to Bagar. From Bagar we climb across more avalanche paths cross a moraine and a stream. The climb then continues towards an area known as Machhapuchahre Base Camp (MBC) at the elevation of 3480m. There are panoramic views of Hiunchuli, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, and Gangapurna & Machhapuchare (6997m).
Machhapuchare Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC- 4130m) 2-3 hrs
Today's walk leads you in the heart of the Sanctuary at the ABC (Annapurna Base Camp). The trail follows uphill for few hours, continuing on to a grassy path, and depending upon the season, the trek is very pleasant as you reach the higher ground. Magnificent views abound, as an array of snow peaks all around you with Annapurna I, which resembles a great wall of a mountain from this North West face. Annapurna Base Camp has 2-3 teahouses, all with superb panoramic views. Afternoon is at your leisure for optional short walk around, or just to immerse yourself with the stunning surrounding scenery which has no comparison.
Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) to Dovan 2505m 6-7 hrs
After a great time here retrace the journey back to Dovan via Machhapuchare Base Camp for the overnight. The route passes a few roofless shepherds’ huts along side a moraine. The area is cold and windy, and is often snowbound. We reach to Deurali, where lunch will be served and the trek continues further to Dovan. Overnight at Dovan.
Dovan to Jhinu 1780m 5-6 hrs
From Dovan, the morning walk leads to a short climb to Khuldi, where the trail descends all the way to the bridge, and from the bridge the trek continues uphill to Chomrong.
After a break here at Chomrong, the walk leads to a short uphill ascend towards Jhinu (if you go straight on the gradual winding trail, leads you to the same path that you entered Chomrong from Kimrong Khola, so stick with your Sherpa Guide!), the new trail branches off from last Tea-house of upper Chomrong.
The trail is quite steep downhill for about an hour, till you reach the village on the ridge. Try to make the time to visit the hot springs down below by the river Modi near Jhinu village. Overnight at Jhinu village.
Jhinu Dana to Nayapool 5-6 hrs and drive to Pokhara
From here the walk follows the river Modi most of the way reaching at Landruk village. From here follow the down hill path leading back to the Modi river, with a short climb on the winding path. After reaching Syauli Bazaar the walk is pleasant most of the way following the Modi River and to Birethanthi and back to Nayapul for the drive back to Pokhara and overnight at hotel.
Drive back to Kathmandu
After a wonderful time in the mountains, Pokhara is certainly great spot to relax after the trek.
Morning after breakfast board on bus for the five to six hours scenic journeys back to Kathmandu.
Transfer to airport for final Departure
Today keep in mind your international flight time; so make sure to keep your confirmed air ticket, departure tax (in local currency), and your passport handy. Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from our amazing country, Nepal
Annapurna Base Camp Trekking
‘In the heart of the massive snow capped peaks’
The route to Annapurna Sanctuary is in the site of the Annapurna Base Camp. The base camp is the most spectacular spot for the dramatic views of an array of snow capped peaks that surrounds the area. The trail has some steep climbs, but not too difficult. Annapurna Base Camp trek offers an opportunity to be immersed within the high Himalayan peaks, traditional villages, and serene alpine forest in a short but inclusive amount of time, without the hassle of the high altitude sickness.
Annapurna area was first explored by the British Adventure Col. James O.M. ‘Jimmy’ Roberts in 1956, exposed to the world as the ‘Sanctuary of Gods’. The Sanctuary has been christened as “Annapurna Sanctuary” ever since.
Adventure to the Annapurna Base Camp starts from outside Pokhara Valley, which is one of the most scenic spots in the area. The trek combines spectacular mountain views with incredible and cultural diversity, and traverses through rural farms and villages. The trail leads towards the deep gorge between the peaks-Hiunchuli and Machhapuchare. Then follow through the dense rain and bamboo forest of the narrow Modi Khola (river) valley, and on to the Sanctuary with immense walls of the mountain fortress. Once into the Sanctuary, you will be in the midst of an amphitheater of snow peaks including Annapurna I (8091m) Annapurna south (7219m), Gangapurna (7455m) and Annapurna III (7555m). It is a breathtaking experience.
This area is also referred to as the Annapurna Base Camp and Machhapuchare (Fish-tail) Base Camp.
Our return journey descends through the lush terraced Modi Khola valley which finally concludes the adventure in Pokhara. This is a popular destination with its famed Phewa Lake, dominated by the towering mountain range of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu range including the majestic peak Machhapuchare (Fish-Tail). This trek passes through a more diverse range of climate, vegetation and cultures than most small countries can boast in their entire nation. From the lush flora and fauna of rain and temperate forests to the terraced rice fields, the land and its people change daily, giving the trekkers a tantalizing introduction to Nepal’s cultural and natural beauty.