Day 01: Kathmandu to Birethanty (1,000m)
Drive to Pokhara then continue to the pleasant riverside village of Birethanti at the edge of the Annapurna trekking region.. the bus journey will take 7 to 8 hours .
Kathmandu - Birethanti. The region is very scenic with terraced fields, colourful villages and women in brightly coloured saris. We pass fields of rice and rocky bottomed rivers and there is an ever present majestic backdrop of the Himalayas. After Pokhara we continue on to the start point for our trek. This afternoon we have a half an hour walk along flat ground through villages, to get to Birethanti where we spend the night. Birethanti itself is a very picturesque village situated right on the edge of the river, with superb views of Machapuchare (Fish Tail Mountain).
Day 02: Banthanty (2,300m)
Our first day on the trail, we trek through oak and rhododendron forests and follow the Bhurungdi Khola to Banthanti. Approx 6 hours of trekking. Today is our first real day of walking and the guide will be able to properly evaluate the fitness of the group. The route is very scenic passing initially along a lovely river, with a gentle uphill slope. We pass through small whitewashed villages and past steeply terraced hills. The river runs alongside, bubbling into small green pools and waterfalls.
After lunch, the path becomes more difficult. Rather than continuing up the valley, we now ascend up one of the hills flanking the valley, climbing steadily for 3-4 hours. You should take this section of the walk very slowly – even if you feel fine today, you may find you ache tomorrow. There are fantastic views along the way of Annapurna South (one of the mountains that remains in almost constant view throughout the trek). We spend the night in the village of Banthanti, near to Ulleri.
Day 03: Ghorepani (2,850m)
We continue along the Bhurungdi Khola and ascend Ulleri Hill, eventually arriving at Ghorepani where there are perfect views of the Annapurna range. Approx 3 hours trekking. Today is an easier walk, only about 3 hours in the morning, passing through rhododendron forest. The path again follows a river and there is no sound at all apart from the water and birds in the forest. The trees are covered in moss and the scenery is very different to yesterday, with its open valley.
We spend the night in Ghorepani, a bustling trekking village with superb views of the majestic Annapurna South. In the spring time the views are perfectly set off with bright pinks and oranges from the rhododendron bushes.
In the afternoon you have the opportunity to climb Poon Hill. This rises up above the village of Ghorepani and provides one of the best viewpoints in the entire Annapurna region – on one side are the foothills of the Himalaya receding towards the plains in layers of purple hills and on the other, a breathtaking 180° view of mountains. From here you can see Butterfly Mountain, Dhaulgiri, Tukche Peak, Nilgiri, Annapurna Frank, Annapurna South and Machapuchare.
Day 04: Ghorepani -Poon Hill to Tadapani (2,600m)
Rise early to climb up Poon Hill to watch a magnificent sunrise over the Himalayas. We then continue to Tadapani, trekking through open grassland and deep forests. On the way there are excellent views of Annapurna South and the Manaslu range. Approx 6 hours trekking. Our trail today is one of the most glorious imaginable. First we rise early to climb Poon Hill for the most incredible sunrise that you will ever see. The views are the same as the previous afternoon but the sunrise adds a further dimension and many travellers will consider this to be one of the main highlights of the trip. We return to Ghorepani for breakfast before continuing, climbing steadily through rhododendron forest. The forest clears every so often, providing absolutely beautiful views of the Dhaulgiri Massif. Once we have reached the top of the ridge we continue on a stunning ridge walk through the forest with lovely views of Dhaulgiri poking through the trees. We then start to descend and continue downhill through jungly forest, with moss covered trees, thick foliage and lianas hanging down. We follow the river as it leaps and jumps down waterfalls, and continue down for several hours. After a final ascent we then arrive in Tadapani where we stay in a teahouse with stunning views of Annapurna South, Machapuchare and down the valley to the horizon.
Day 05: Chomorong (2,000m)
A lovely day of walking as we continue to Chomrong. Approx 6 hours trekking. Another day of exquisite scenery as we make our way to the trekking hub of Chomrong. Our path initially descends for about three hours, through rhododendron forest with superb mountain views glimpsed through the trees and then through open terraced farmland dotted with villages. The descent is quite hard on the knees but the views more than make up for it. Once we reach the bottom of the valley floor, we cross a river and start ascending the other side. The path climbs steadily for about two hours with great views down the valley before we arrive in Chomrong. Chomrong is the only place from where you can reach Annapurna Base Camp and has developed into a major trekking centre.
Day 06: Doban (2,500m) or to Deurali (3300m)
We continue uphill to Doban. Approx 6 -7 hours trekking. Today’s walk is quite tiring as we start on our way towards Annapurna and Machapuchare Base Camp. The trail initially descends steeply to the Chomrong River before we start climbing. The rest of the day is spent steadily gaining altitude, sometimes gradually and at other times more steeply through thick jungle and rhododendron forest. Our route takes us up a steep sided valley with Machapuchare towering above us on one side of the valley and Hinchuli Mountain on the other.
Day 07: Annapurna base camp (ABC) (4,100m)
A hard day trekking as we ascend through the gates of the sanctuary to Machapuchare Base Camp. (3,600m) Approx 6-7 hours trekking. The Annapurna Sanctuary is a natural amphitheatre of mountains at the heart of the Annapurna region. The famous Annapurna Circuit trek passes around the outside of this amphitheatre, whereas the ultimate goal of our trip is to trek right into the heart of this amphitheatre. There is only one way in, through a narrow pass between the Machapuchare and Hinchuli Mountains. This is our goal today and we are rewarded at the end with absolutely sensational views. The trail initially follows the Modi Khola river and continues along a rocky path to Hinko cave. We ascend steadily with great views of steep-sided mountains and the majestic Glacier Dome mountain at the top of the valley. Finally, after several hours, we pass through the gates of the sanctuary where we are rewarded with a 360° view of the Annapurna giants. The trail is not especially steep but many trekkers find this a difficult ascent due to the altitude. Take it slowly and make sure that you drink lots of water. The views are stupendous as the higher you climb, the more mountains you can see. From ABC itself you can see Machapuchare (6,997m), Annapurna 1 (7,219m), Annapurna South (7,219m), Hinchuli (6,441m), Annapurna 3 (7,555m), Tent Peak (5,663m), Gandharba Chuli (6,250m), Gangapurna (7,454m), Annapurna Frank (7,647m), Khangsha Kang (7,485m) and Glacier Dome (7,193m). The feeling of achievement at reaching the Base Camp, combined with the extraordinarily beautiful views, make this a very special day.
Note: The Annapurna Sanctuary is the only trek in Nepal where there is a risk of an avalanche during the winter and early spring (January until mid-March). The avalanche area is just before the gates of the Sanctuary and if there has been bad weather and the guide thinks that there is any risk of an avalanche he may decide that it is not safe to continue to MBC or ABC. In the unlikely event that this does occur your guide will arrange an alternative route for these days.
Day 08: Bamboo (2,500m)
Retracing our steps, we return along the only route to Bamboo. Approx 7 hours trekking. There is only one route in and out of the Sanctuary, and today we return the way that we came, steadily descending. Bamboo is 1,600m lower than ABC so you should be prepared for a hard day on your knees. The views are beautiful and you see the valley unfold in a new direction. It is also interesting to see the change in scenery from the snowy rocks of the base camps, past steep-sided rocky mountains, then later into rhododendron and bamboo forest, lush with foliage and rivers. Bamboo is a small village with pleasant tea houses.
Day 09: Jhinu Danda (1,750m)
Descend to Chomrong and continue to Jhinu hot spring where we can enjoy a hot spring bath. Approx. 6 hours trekking. We continue back down the valley on a gently undulating path with lovely views before descending steeply to the Chomrong Khola. From here the path ascends steeply to Chomrong before descending again to Jhinu. About 20 minutes walk downhill from Jhinu are some hot springs (about 105°F) where you can relax and soothe your muscles. You should not wear a swimming costume in the hot springs – women should wear shorts and a T shirt whilst men are fine just in a pair of shorts.
Day 10: To Birethanty then to Pokhara
Our last full day trekking, we follow the route to the bank of Modi khola . Approx 6 hours trekking and one hour by private vehicle to Pokhara. We follow the bank of river. The views back up the valley to Annapurna South are absolutely breathtaking with green terraced hills topped by snowy peaks. Our path then continues on through farmland. Pokhara is set in a lovely valley at the foot of the Machapuchare so you get spectacular views of the mountains from all parts of the town. It is quite different from Kathmandu, with few temples, but it does have plenty of scenic attractions and is close to the mountains. There are some interesting short walks or bicycle rides from Pokhara, you can swim and canoe on Lake Phewa or just watch the last rays of the sun stream across the dip in the mountains that hold the lake. Along the lakeside road there is a continuous stretch of small hotels, restaurants and shops; it’s an area which still has a bit of the old hippy scene feel about it. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11: Return back to Kathmandu
After breakfast in hotel then return to Kathmandu by tourist bus. The bus journey will take 6 to 7 hours.
No. of People Price per Person
1-1 INR 39,999 for India (for others USD 675)
2-5 INR 36,999 for India (for others USD 595)
6-9 INR 30,499 for India (for others USD 495)
10+ INR 28,499 for India (for others USD 425)
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Beside the Everest region, the area around the Annapurna massif is perhaps the best known trekking destination in Nepal. Based on sheer numbers of trekking visitors it is certainly the most popular. As the title suggests, the centre piece of this part of Nepal is the range of mountains that includes Annapurna I, the first of the 8000 meter peaks to be climbed. Also included in this general area is another 8000 meter giant, Dhaulagiri , which is located west of Annapurna I. Between these two mountains runs the valley of the Kali-Gandaki River, the deepest gorge on earth. Combine this with lush, fertile farming land, stands of undistributed natural forest and a mixture of different ethnic inhabitants and you have a diverse range of experiences that makes this area one of the most satisfying trekking destinations in Nepal. The fact that the main Himalayan range runs south of the border with Tibet means that that the northern parts of the area are in the rain shadow and are considerably drier than the southern slopes of the mountains. This leads to unusually diverse landscapes. Embark on this unique expedition and experience this mystical Himalayan Mountain.
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