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Of all regions and trekkings, there is the One that rules all, the famous Annapurna base camp trek. Annapurna is home to many of the best of Nepal treks, with some of the world’s highest mountain views including Annapurna I (8,091m / 10th highest). While the foothills are dominated by diverse ethnic groups with their charming villages and terraced farms, higher reaches are pristine and inhabited only by shepherds. We will come across the several view points with world famous Himalayan views. The trekking is the best insight into the Nepalese mountain lifestyle, ethnic diversity and a moderate adventure in the Himalayas.
Our trek starts from Pokhara, the second largest but most beautiful city of Nepal. Pokhara is known as lake city with an amphitheatre of mountains. Annapurna range shows here its northern wall. This is a base for several treks in the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. We drive 44 km / 1.5 hrs to the trekking start and head up over thousands of stone steps to Ghorepani first. Ghorepani or its top Poon Hill (3,200 m) that offers a splendid view of about 15 snow peaks including Dhaulagiri I (8,167m / 7th highest), Annapurna I (8,091m / 10th highest) and Manaslu (8,156m / 8th highest). This is the start for the second part. Hence we will walk through the rhododendron forest to Chhomrong village across the Annapurna South. From here one can enjoy the heights of Annapurna South and Fishtail. The trail further enters into the narrow valley wedged between Annapuran south and Fishtail. At Fishtail base camp (3,700 m), we come to meadows and glacial moraine with relatively bright and wide valley. We arrive at Annapurna base camp (4,200 m) with snow peaks in an unforgettable 360 degree.
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The mother of all trekkings
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, o/n in a hotel +D
Himalayan Dream Team will pick you up at the international airport for your transfer to the hotel. As a welcome you will have a typical Nepalese dinner with some of the staff members, typical food coming up! And do not forget to try our typical Nepalese drink with great mood of cheers.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu, o/n in a hotel +B
After breakfast we will start for the sightseeing tour in the Kathmandu, visit the main temples of Swoyambhunath (Monkey temple), Pashupatinath, the most venerated Hindu temple of Nepal and Bouddhanath, the biggest Buddhist stupa of the world. In the afternoon we show you Durbar square with an orientation tour through lively Thamel. Transport and entree fees included.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara (823m), o/n in a hotel +B
Early morning at around 7 am, we set off for the airport for our flight to Pokhara. After a 25 mins flight we reach Pokhara. Pokhara offers magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, five peaks of Annapurna and others. Pokhara is known as city of lakes as it hosts numerous beautiful lakes. We can explore the most accessible and beautiful, Fewa Lake during the afternoon and enjoy boating too. We spend the evening exploring, relaxing and dining by the side of the enchanting lake. You can do some shopping during the evening hours.
Day 04: Trek to Ulleri (2050 m, 4/5hrs), o/n in lodge +B/L/D
After breakfast we drive in about one hour to the trekking starting point at Naya Pul, and after 20 mins walking you reach Birethati, an enchanting village with mix culture , lifestyle, traditions. Here you will show your trekking permit and TIMS permits in the check point office. We pass through sub tropical valley forests, sometimes on the carved trail on the side of the cliff. After lunch, 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.
Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani (2750 m, 4/- 5 hrs) o/n ín lodge +B/L/D
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
Day 06: Trek to Poon Hill (3210m) and to Tadapani (2700m, 6/ 7hrs), o/n in lodge +B/L/D
Today will be a special day because we conquer Poon Hill- an icon of Annapurna region. To catch the magnificent splendour of sunrise over the Himalayas, we make an early morning climb along the steep trail to the viewpoint of Poon Hill (3200mtrs). Poon Hill (3,210m) 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
Day 07: Trek to Chhomrong (2340 m, 5/6hrs), o/n in lodge +B/L/D
Tadapani is a small village from there the trail divides for Chorong and Ghandrung. The south trail goes to Ghandrung, you have to take the eastern one for Chomrong. From here, the way goes down through dense forest to Gurajon village that lies just after the suspension bridge. Then onwards, no more ups & downs till Chomrong village. Chomrong is a beautiful village located on the lap of giant Annapurna massive. It’s a typical Gurung village but now is modernized and has almost lost its culture & traditions. Trek duration – 5 hours (full board)
Day 08: Trek to Doban (2505 m, 5/6 hrs), 0/n in lodge +B/L/D
Step down to Chomrong stream, cross the suspension bridge then trek up to Sinuwa Danda. Sinuwa is a beautiful village on the top of this ascends from here the trek becomes flat. From Sinuwa, the trail runs through thick & dark rhododendron forest up to Khuldighar then step down to the Bambboo through the rocky cliff. You continue the walk and reach Dovan where you take shelter and celebrate the evening.
Day 09: Trek to Deurali (3100 m, 3/4 hrs), o/n in lodge +B/L/D
We have a silence jungle walk from Dovan to Himalaya because there is a temple in between the Jungle so it is believed that disturbance and big noise is not allowed at the jungle. You can also see many waterfalls during the journey from Dovan to himalaya. From Himalaya you have to walk steep up then you will reach Hinku- Lake. Deurali seems to be near the Dovan, it takes 40 minutes walk from Hinku- cave to Dovan.
Day 10: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4200 m, 4/5 hrs), o/n in lodge +B/L/D
The trail from here takes right bank of the stream, through the rugged path, which sticks on the rocky cliff and is slippery some times. In winter, this part is most dangerous part of the trek for avalanches. It’s not possible to monitor the situation from down. From here, the way is easy and flat for a while. At the bottom of the cliff lots of moraines can be seen. After a while, the path goes gently up until Machhapuchare base camp. There are few tourist lodges. From here keep on walking up through grassy land for two hours then you will reach to the Annapurna Base Camp.
Day 11: Trek to Bamboo (2335 m, 5/6hrs), o/n in lodge +B/L/D
From Annapurna Base Camp the route rapidly descends past the Machhapuchhre Base camp, Deurali, Himalayan Hotel and Doban and comes Bamboo.
Day 12: Trek to Jhinudanda (1610m, 4/5 hrs), o/n in lodge +B/L/D
The route passes through beautiful fields of rhododendron flowers, oaks and bamboo. We trek through Sinuwa, cross the Chhumrung Khola and continue on to Chhumrung Village. From here it is downhill to Jhinu Danda. Jhuiu Danda is small local commercial village where we stay tonight. For those with enough energy there is a 20 min walk to a nearby hot water spring to relax all those muscles.
Day 13: Trek to Landruk (1565 m, 3/4 hrs) o/n in lodge +B/L/D
The trek starts with a downhill section of about 20 minutes to the Kimrungkhola river where we will cross a suspension bridge before reaching a small village. We continue to the Modi Khola river and up to the Langdruk village where we will stay for the night.
Day 14: Trek to Dhampus (1650 m, 5/ 6hrs), 0/n in lodge +B/L/D
On this day you will once again be stunned by spectacular views of Annapurna South. Once we reach Dhampus, the largest village on the trek, we will see cars again, even a local school- all signs that we are almost back to civilization.
Day 15: Trek to Phedi (1.30 hrs) and drive to Pokhara (30 min) o/n in s hotel hotel +B
The last day of your trek is a quite steep downhill hike into Phedi, where you will catch a ride back to Pokhara where we will overnight.
Day 16: Fly back to Kathmandu (30 mins), o/n in a hotel +B
After breakfast we fly back to Kathmandu. Transport to the airport. Upon our arrival in Kathmandu, we will be escorted into our hotel. The day in Kathmandu either will be for leisure to rest or for perhaps some shopping before going home or further trek /tours or explore any sights we missed during our first day in Kathmandu.
Day 17: Transfer to international airport for fly back to home +B