This trek is moderately challenging. You will be travelling on the steep path to reach Annapurna South Base Camp at 4,130 m. You will be trekking for 6 to 8 hours, along with the rocky ridges almost every day. Even though you do not need any previous experience, however, you need to be fit and enjoy trekking in high altitude places. This trip is feasible for seasons of the year, except monsoon season (from July to August)
Our trek starts at Phedi, which is about an hour’s drive from the tourist capital of Nepal – Pokhara, and then we will gradually ascend until we reach Annapurna Base Camp at 4,130 m. Your way passes through several typical Nepali villages, but the types of these villages depend on the ethnic communities that reside there. Along our way, we will meet ethnic groups including the Gurungs, Magars and Thakalis. Nepalis are quite friendly, and you can make a conversation with them. Along the way, you will be surrounded by rhododendron trees, while majestic Himalayan Peaks linger in the background. The path you take while returning is still more attractive as your path snakes through different ridges, guiding you to the beautiful village of Ghorepani. From Ghorepani, early in the morning, you will get to see great views of glistening snow-capped peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountains.
The trip will be even more magnificent during the Spring Season when the whole forest seems coloured in hues of red, pink and white with rhododendron flowers.
|TRIP STARTS: Kathmandu||TRIP Ends: kathmandu|
|duration:16 Days||max. altitude:4130m|
|ACCOMODATION:Hotel, camping or lodge (tea house)||transportation:Flights, private car or tourist bus||trip type:FOT/TH/GAP|
Note: FOT : Fully Organized Trek or Camping Trek TH: Tea House (Lodge) GAP: Guide, Accommodation & Porter)
- Day 1:
Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
- Day 2:
Boudhanath, Pashupatinath & Patan visit
- Day 3:
Fly to Pokhara & then transfer to Phedi and trek to Dhampus (1,700 m)
- Day 4:
Landrung (1,550 m)
- Day 5:
Chomrong (2,100 m)
- Day 6:
Himalaya Hotel (2,850 m)
- Day 7:
- Day 8:
Machhapuchhre base camp (3,700 m)
- Day 9:
Annapurna South Base Camp (4,130 m)
Chomrong (2,100 m)
Ghandruk (1,940 m)
- Day 12:
Banthanti (2,410 m)
- Day 13:
Ghorepani (2,880 m)
- Day 14:
Nayapul trek then Pokhara drive
- Day 15:
Fly/Drive to Kathmandu
- Day 16:
Depart from Kathmandu
Day 1:Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
When you arrive at Tribhuvan Airport in Kathmandu, you will find one of our office representatives, ready to receive you. After an introduction, our representative will take you to your hotel in a private vehicle. If you have plenty of time, you may ask our representative to suggest what you can do for the remaining part of the day. They will be happy to advise you.
Day 2:Boudhanath, Pashupatinath & Patan visit
Kathmandu has a quite rich historical, cultural and religious significance. Within this vibrant city, you can see a mix of cultures, religions and lifestyle. We will provide you the time to see the famous destinations within this valley. You will be visiting three UNESCO heritage sites – Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple and Patan Durbar Square. Boudhanath Stupa is one of the massive spherical stupas in Nepal, while Pashupatinath is the oldest Hindu Temple in Kathmandu. Patan Durbar Square is full of Hindu and Buddhist monuments and other Malla Era architectural wonders. The major attractions include Krishna Temple, Golden Temple, Kumbeswor Temple and Mahaboudha Temple.
Day 3:Fly to Pokhara & then transfer to Phedi and trek to Dhampus (1,700 m)
The real part of this trekking package starts from the third day. You will be flying to Pokhara from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. While on the flight, you get to see incredible views of the Himalayan range and when you reach Pokhara, the whole city will look ecstatic, and you will be happy that you joined this trip. From Pokhara, we will take a bus to Phedi, which will be our starting trek point. From Phedi, we will trek for three hours uphill to reach the Gurung village of Dhampus.
Day 4:Landrung (1,550 m)
This day, you will be passing around a ridge snout in a narrow trail. The trail will lead you from Pothana to Deorali. From Deorali, you can see Modi Khola cascading to the Annapurna Circuit Sanctuary. We will continue to trek for about four hours to reach the Gurung village of Landrung, on the way we will be rewarded with majestic views of Annapurna South and Mt. Hiunchuli.
Day 5:Chomrong (2,100 m)
From Landruk, we move forwards uphill to reach Chomrong. Our path starts with stone steps, through a suspension bridge and then the dense bamboo forest to Jhinu. We will be having some tea/coffee and snacks at Jhinu. After this refreshment, we descend to Dassault, walk for about five hours to reach Chomrong. From Chomrong, we can see the mesmerising views of Machhapuchhare. We will pass the night at Chomrong, probably in chalet-style wooden lodges.
Day 6:Himalaya Hotel (2,850 m)
This day’s trekking will begin at Chomrong to reach Himalayan Hotel. On our path lies the forest full of rhododendron trees and bamboos. We will be crossing Modi Khola, passing through Khuldigar & Dovan to reach Himalaya Hotel, which is our destination for this day.
We will be entirely resting on this day. It would also be a great day to interact with your team members as well as natives of this place.
Day 8:Machhapuchhre base camp (3,700 m)
This day’s trek will start at Himalaya Hotel and ends at Machhapuchhre Base Camp. Our path will wind here and there, and up and down. A steep climb will take you to Hinku Cave, and then lead to Annapurna Circuit Sanctuary, which looks like an amphitheatre surrounded by snow-capped mountains – Annapurna I, III, and IV and fishtail spire of Machapuchare. You can find several lodges and inns at Deorali and Bagar, where you can rest and enjoy the yummy and hygienic food.
Day 9:Annapurna South Base Camp (4,130 m)
The day will probably be the significant day as we will be reaching Annapurna South Base Camp, the highest place of our entire trip. As you follow your trail, you will see terraced fields, rhododendron forests, along with high altitude landscapes. From the base camp itself, you will see majestic snow-capped peaks of Annapurna massif. After spending some time at the base camp, we will head down towards the Himalaya Hotel.
Day10:Chomrong (2,100 m)
We will be climbing through the forested ridge, through a grass-covered slope and down the rock-strewn area to the Kali Gandaki riverbed. Kali Gandaki is the world’s deepest gorge. Our trek continues through the dense forests full of rhododendron trees and bamboos. After trekking for about five hours, we reach Chomrong- our destination for this day. At Chomrong we can refresh ourselves with tea/coffee, we will be staying in chalet-style wooden ridges for the night.
Day11:Ghandruk (1,940 m)
From Chomrong, we will trek back to Pokhara passing Ghorepani. The trail is quite easy, and it moves through forests, terraced fields and flatlands. We will be crossing Khumnu Khola using a suspension bridge to reach the beautiful and famous Gurung village called Ghandruk. From Ghandruk you can view Annapurna South, Annapurna III, Gangapurna and Machhapuchre. Ghandruk has several hotels and tea houses. It would be more beautiful to camp on the terraced fields.
Day 12:Banthanti (2,410 m)
We will be leaving the terraced fields of Ghandruk and continue our zigzagged and steep path to Banthanti on this day. Again our route will pass through forests full of bamboos and rhododendron trees. From the trail, you can be seeing some lovely scenes of Mt. Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhare.
Day 13:Ghorepani (2,880 m)
We will proceed from Banthanti to Ghorepani, the trail is steep and difficult, but it rewards us with the majestic views of vibrant plant life and high mountain peaks. We will ascend to Deorali, through forests full of rhododendron trees and bamboos. It takes us around three hours to reach Ghorepani. Ghorepani has tea houses and lodges for food and accommodation.
Day 14:Nayapul trek then Pokhara drive
After rising early at Ghorepani, we will head to Poonhill. We will stop at Poonhill to savour the sunrise views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Nilgiri, Tukuche, Varaha Shikhar and Lamjung Himal. Then, we will start walking downhill through the Birepanthi Town, through Ulleri Village to Hille. After walking for about an hour from Birepanthi, we will reach the central road section. From this road, we can comfortably ride a vehicle to Pokhara. You can spend your evening exploring the beautiful city of Pokhara.
Day 15:Fly/Drive to Kathmandu
After breakfast, you can either take a bus or private vehicle to Kathmandu or fly to Kathmandu. If you want to fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu, please let us know about it during the time of booking.
Day 16:Depart from Kathmandu
The sixteenth day is your final day in Kathmandu, after breakfast, we will be taking you to Tribhuvan International Airport and bid you farewell. We hope by then, you will have had a pleasant and joyful trip with us. If you like you can join our other tours, we will be happy to suggest.
Includes & Excludes
- Kathmandu/Pokhara/Kathmandu airfare .
- Airport transfers and escort.
- Insurance for all staff and porters.
- English speaking local expert guides, porters .
- All meals during trek (except for GAP trek) .
- All guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and entry fees.
- Accommodation during trek (tent on camping trek, lodge on GAP and lodge trek) .
- Annapurna Conservation Area permit.
- Pokhara/Phedi transfer charge .
- Trekkers’ Information Management System fees.
- 3 nights’ accommodation at 3 star hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing with breakfast.
- 1 night’s accommodation at 3 star resort in Pokhara on twin sharing with breakfast.
- Nepal visa – Multiple Entrée 30 days – USD 40 .
- Meals during GAP trek.
- International flight & all domestic departure tax (NRS 200 (Subject to change) per person each way).
- Tips, any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/road block due to any reason, table.
- drinks, snacks while walking.
- Lunch & dinner during hotel stay in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
- Extra baggage charges.
- Personal gears & clothing (available on hire) .
- Your insurance.
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