As you arrive in Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu and complete the formalities in the customs, you shall be greeted by our representative. After then you shall be escorted to the hotel for your stay in our private vehicle where you shall take proper rest to your jetlagged body. In the afternoon you will be briefed by our representative about the tour. You may also use your free time in afternoon to explore the surrounding area. In the evening you shall be greeted with an authentic dinner. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
In this day separated for a guided sightseeing of the ancient heritages in Kathmandu, we shall explore the Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimages and ancient monuments. From the ancient royal complex of Kathmandu Durbar Square with historical royal place, temples and courtyards to the Buddhist sacred pilgrimage of Swayambhunath Stupa, also known as the Monkey Temple, you shall be exploring amazing heritages. The other heritages of Boudhanath Stupa, one of the largest and oldest stupas in the world has unique octagonal design of the shrine and Hindu sacred site of Pashupatinath Temple located at the bank of holy Bagmati River dating back hundreds of years are worth visiting. Later after exploration, you shall have interaction with the trekking guide about the trek and clarify the doubts regarding that. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 3 : Drive to Pokhara (820m/2690ft) about 7 hrs by tourist bus
For our trekking adventure we shall today leave for scenic Pokhara after breakfast. Driving along the winding roads along the mountain side with fast flowing rivers below to the other end, we shall have a pleasant, adventurous and entertaining journey to Pokhara. Driving up to the confluence of Marshyangdi and Trishuli Rivers at Mugling, we then follow the road leading to Pokhara to the west. This drive of around 7 hours shall take us past the beautiful view of terraced fields, lush green hills and forests, rural settlements, rocky gorges, cool waterfalls and sight of lofty Himalayas greeting us from far. After being welcomed by our representatives we shall take some rest in hotel in Pokhara. Later in the day, you can stroll around the streets of Pokhara and explore the quaint Phewa Lakeside and/ or have boting there, or visit the market area here. Stay overnight in Pokhara.
Day 4 : Pokhara to Nayapul to Tirkhedhunga (1570m/5150ft) about 2 hrs drives and 3-4 hrs walks
The actual trekking shall begin from today as we shall drive to the trailhead of our adventure trek, the settlement of Nayapul. After a drive of around 2 hours through some of the popular settlements such as Lumle we shall reach Nayapul and have our further preparations with the other trekking members. Beginning our walk towards Birethanti, we shall navigate past the small shops and houses of locals, across some bridges and on the stone stairs accompanied by the Modi River to reach the settlement of Birethanti. Here we shall have our trekking permits checked and then move ahead in the trail along the Bhurungdi River. The trek to Tikhedhunga from here shall take us through the dense forest adorned with rhododendron, bamboo and mosses, beautiful waterfalls and serene landscape, several warm welcoming rural settlements and the pleasant views of the Himalayas overlooking the entire trail. Tikhedhunga is a Gurung settlement with scenic landscape. Stay overnight in Tikhedhunga.
Day 5 : Tikhedhunga to Ullery to Ghorepani (2780m/9121ft) 5-6 hrs walks
As usual we start our trek after breakfast as we trek out of the beautiful settlement of Tikhedhunga. As you shall emerge out of the valley and trek along the steep trail for couple of hours, take notice of the increasingly beautiful scenery. Walk along around 3200 stone steps in this steep trail which shall be bit strenuous experience before reaching Ulleri, a village dominated by Magar community. The beautiful view of Annapurna range and scenic landscape shall make this ascent easier. Relaxing for some time, we shall march ahead in a trail relatively relaxed and with gradual elevation. Through the pine and rhododendron forest, crossing over streams couple of times over suspension bridges and through some beautiful settlements of Banthati and Nayanthati, we gradually trek to the destination for today, the settlement of Ghorepani. A traditional rest-stop where traders found water (pani in Nepali language) for their horses (ghora in Nepali), Ghorepani sits beautifully within the Annapurna Conservation area and provides us the view of Annapurna massifs and Dhaulagiri. Stay overnight in Ghorepani.
Day 6 : Ghorepani to Tadapani (2660m/8727ft) 4-5 hrs walks
When you are at Ghorepani, it is absolutely must for you to reach the celebrated viewpoint of Poonhill and watch the marvelous sunrise over the Himalayas. Whether lit by moonlight or pitch black condition, we shall begin our trek before dawn equipped with torch lights and cameras and walk for around 45 minutes to reach Poonhill. Named after the local indigenous ethnic group of Pun, Poonhill provides magnificent view of sunrise over stunning Himalayas including Annapurna massifs, Dhaulagiri, Fishtail Mountain, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and many other peaks. The sight when orb of sun slowly lightens the silhouette of peaks, crests, valleys and hills, and then glows over the extensive range of mountains is truly outstanding. After capturing beautiful moments we shall now descent and head towards lush Tadapani village. Traversing through the forest that is home to above 15 varieties of rhododendron besides the pine and bamboo trees, we shall also witness the langur monkeys swinging from one tree to the other. Climbing on a steep trail to the hilltop called Deurali, we shall then trek down through bamboo and rhododendron forest and reach to Tadapani after a climb for final half an hour. Stay overnight in Tadapani.
Day 7 : Tadapani to Chomrong (2060m/6759ft) 4-5 hrs walk
This section of the trail has ups and downs for the trekkers as they embark on another beautiful section of this trekking expedition. Heading out to the north of the valley, we shall navigate through the forest with rhododendron and other flora and faunas, walk along the green ridge to reach a small village of Chule. After having beautiful view of Kimrong River from here, we descent steeply to the Komrong village and further on to the riverbed of the Kimrong River through terraced fields and green landscape surrounded by cascading hills. After this steep descent to the river, we shall now have a steep ascend out of the valley on a steep path to the Taulung village ahead which the trail meets other trail from Jhinu Danda before turning towards Chomrong village. As we progress ahead that shall gradually flattens and leads us to the Gurung settlement of Chomrong. With some teahouses, Chomrong provides beautiful view of the Annapurna South towering above the village and the Fishtail Mountain across the valley. Stay overnight in Chomrong.
Day 8 : Chomrong to Dovan (2606m/8550ft) 5-6 hrs walk
As the altitude increases the trek becomes difficult in the same proportion. From the end of this beautiful village of Chomrong we start our trek with a long descent via 2500 stone steps to the riverbed of Chomrong River and across the river we climb to Sinuwa village via few smaller settlements after exploring the forest of oak, rhododendron and bamboo. Ahead of us is the trail surrounded by rhododendron, orchids and ferns that leads us to another settlement of Kuldighar which has helicopter base used generally for medical emergencies in the region. Continuing our trek on the rocky path, we shall again have a long and steep stone staircase before reaching Bamboo village and ahead to Dovan village after trekking through mixed vegetation of bamboo and rhododendron on a less steep trail. The view of Annapurna South, beautifully arranged villages and scenic landscapes adds to the beauty of this trek. Stay overnight in Dovan.
Day 9 : Dovan to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3707m/12163ft) 4-5 hrs walk.
We shall today have Machhapuchhre Base Camp as the destination which is one of the most scenic sites in the region. With the beautiful view of the unique Fishtail Mountain we begin our trek through the trail high above the river surrounded by bamboo forest and gradually ascent through dense forest, crossing over several smaller streams and traverse past some places of solitude. On a trail with canyon muddy trail we trek ahead and sometime later climb on to Hinku cave, which is used by the passerby for overnight stay in many occasions. Traversing further along the trail we pass huge boulders and rocks and ascent through riverbed to reach the village of Deurali for our lunch. Climbing ahead to the mountainside past steep ravine we continue our trek. Progressing through the rocky trail we have to trek carefully at several places which are prone to avalanches. Follow the path to the river and then the narrow trails which shall take you through increasingly rocky and bit narrower paths with some sections prone to avalanches, glimpses of Hiuchuli and Machhapuchhre and more ravines before reaching to the almost non-existing Machhapuchhre Base Camp. Enjoy the sunset where this unique peak is painted by setting sun and get relaxed with the view. Stay overnight in Machhapuchhre Base Camp.
Day 10 : Machhapuchhre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp (4135m/13567ft) 2-3 hrs walks
The ultimate destination is waiting for us today! In this climax day, the beginning is decorated with the glorious view of sunrise over the Fishtail Mountain. The trek shall precede ahead trough a trail with rocks, ice and grassy path which increases the chance of slipping. Carefully we move ahead through relatively easy and steady plod that opens up gradually as we inch closer to the heart of the sanctuary. We trek away from the valley of Modi River far below the trail and turn to the base of Annapurna peak, through a trail surrounded by glaciers and neighboring hills and paved with glacial moraines. After a trek of around 3 hours, we reach to the final destination of this trek, the Annapurna Base Camp. With the awe-inspiring mountains such as Annapurna I and III, Machhapuchhre Mountain, Hiuchuli Peak, Annapurna South, Annapurna Fang and Gaganpurna peaks encircling us, we shall observe the grandeur of these peaks from proximity. Have a leisurely walk around the scenic landscape where prayer flags and memorials enhance the majesty of this place. Stay overnight in ABC looking over the majestic glacier and breathtaking sunset over these glittering peaks.
Day 11 : Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) to Dovan (2505m/8219ft) 5-6 hrs walk
Today we shall leave the heart of Annapurna sanctuary and the landscape with 360 degrees of panoramic views of some of the tallest and most beautiful peaks in the world after a breathtaking sunrise over these lofty peaks. After breakfast we shall retrace our steps back on the same route that led us to here after taking enough pictures of this beautiful display of natural wonder in the form of sunrise. Through glacial moraines we join the trail to the valleys formed by Modi River across several small glacial streams, and gradually trek past several shepherd huts, huge boulders, trail section marked with landslides and avalanche tracks, and the greenery of forests with bamboo, oak and other vegetations. After lunch in Deurali we shall trek down past Hiku cave, Himalaya hotel to reach Dovan. Stay overnight in Dovan.
Day 12 : Dovan to Jhinu (1780m/5840ft) 4-5 hrs walk
The trek from Dovan to Jhinu has many sections of ups and downs for the trekkers today accompanied by some steep trails as well. Beginning with the descent to Bamboo through forested trail, you shall be ascending to Kuldighar and descend back through orchid and ferns to Chomrong village past small settlements of Sinuwa, Bhanuwa and others. After some refreshments at Chomrong, we shall have a short ascent before descending to Jhinu. We trek straight in the trail or through gradual winding trails and then through steep section for almost an hour, to reach the settlement of Jhinu Danda. If you have enough time and energy, you may trek to the natural hot water springs below by the Modi River and near Jhinu village. Stay overnight in Jhinu.
Day 13 : Jhinu Dana to Pokhara (820m/2690ft) 5-6 hrs walk and about 2 hrs drive
Today we shall have the last section in this trail with physical trekking. Beginning our trek in Jhinu we shall descend via New Bridge, past waterfall and green landscapes to Landruk. From here we shall follow the downhill path to the Modi River and climb back to the trail from Ghandruk meeting near Purgiyu. We then descend to Syauli Bajar through trails with tracks of landslide, some stone staircase and flat sections, and several small settlements. Ahead from Syauli Bajar we shall enter into easier terrains through smaller settlements to reach Birethanti near the Modi River and then reach to Nayapul. From Nayapul we shall have a drive of couple of hours to reach Pokhara. Stay overnight in Pokhara.
Ending a wonderful adventure in the Annapurna region and reaching to the base of Annapurna peak, we shall now drive back to Kathmandu. After breakfast you shall be transferred to the tourist bus station and then through scenic landscape, rural settlements, rocky gorges and lush hills, fast flowing rivers and cool waterfalls, and overlooked by Himalayas from far away for considerable part of the journey we reach to Kathmandu. You shall be escorted to your hotel, where you shall have rest. Later in the day, you may go for some souvenir shopping, stroll around the streets of Thamel or take complete rest at the hotel. Stay overnight in Kathmandu. Note: You can fly to Pokhara in a flight which takes us over beautiful landscape to Kathmandu and provide beautiful view of the Himalayas, in around 35 minutes.
Your adventurous and enriching Annapurna Base Camp Trekking comes to an end today. If you are interested in extending your stay in Nepal, we shall be delighted to offer you other packages and if you wish to return to onward destinations we shall assist you with that. Our representative shall drop you to the international airport as per your departure schedule. we thank you for the being a part of our trekking team in this wonderful adventure and hope to welcome you back for some other adventurous experiences in Nepal