Day 01 - Arrival in Kathmandu [1350m/4430ft]
Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal. Upon completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggages in the airport, kindly proceed to the exit of the arrival hall. Your trip leader will await you just outside the arrival hall and will escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Please look out for a placard of Highland Expeditions at the exit of arrival hall. Welcome drinks will be served and after you’ve refreshed, your trek leader will brief you about your trip in the lobby of your hotel in the evening. Get familiar with your surroundings by taking a walk down the street
Day 02 - Drive to Pokhara and explore...[827m/2,714ft]
After breakfast, we leave Kathmandu and continue our drive to Pokhara today. The total duration of drive will be about 7 hours and we expect to reach Pokhara by 3pm giving you time to explore. Upon arriving Pokhara, you will be transferred to your hotel. Rest of the evening is free to explore. Overall elevation gain tonight from previous night: -532m/1,716ft
Day 03 - Drive to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk [1,940m/6,365ft]
Our trek starts today with a drive to Nayapul. After our breakfast we drive to Nayapul, our starting point of trek. From here our trek to Annapurna Base Camp commence, From Birethanti, we trek to Ghandruk, a beautiful village mostly inhabited by the Gurung community. If time permits, we also visit the Gurung museum today. We continue to trek for 5-6 hours until you reach the picturesque Gurung settlement of Ghandruk. Spectacular views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli instill more excitement into your adventure spirit. Overall elevation gain tonight from previous night: [1,113m/3,651ft]
Day 04 - Trek to Chomrong [2,100m/6,890ft]
From Ghandruk, you march along the mountain path of stone steps, pass through a hamlet, cross a suspension bridge and then you come across dense forest of bamboo. Finding yourself in complete isolation amidst the serenity of nature can be quite an experience. Your trek does not stop here. After trekking for a while, you approach teahouses at Jhinu where you can rest and enjoy a drink or snacks. Thereafter, you resume your trek to the north and after having walked for five to six hours you will find yourself at Chomrong. From Chomrong you can get prominent and mesmerizing views of Macchapuchre. There are many chalet-style wooden lodges and at Chomrong where you can get accommodation and food. Overall elevation gain tonight from previous night: [160m/525ft]
Day 05 - Trek to Doban [2,580m/8,465ft]
We head out of Chomrong along the Modi Khola leaving behind inhabited foothills into the high steppes and wooded slopes of the Himalayas. We cross the airy suspension bridge & then trek up to Sinuwa Danda. The ascent from Sinuwa becomes somewhat flatter. The trail passes through thick & dark rhododendron forest up to Khuldighar. Then the track passes through deep bamboo and rhododendron forest to the village of Doban. Overall elevation gain tonight from previous night: [480m/1,574ft]
Day 06 - Trek to Macchapuchre Base Camp [3700m/12140ft]
The day starts with a gentle gradual ascending following the trail above the river through a thick bamboo, oak and rhododendron forests up the side of the canyon. The trail passes through solitary places and the natural beauty of our surroundings in the wilderness gives a special peace to our mind. The trail climbs gently through a river bed and then it rises steeply over the mountain side. There are also avalanche prone areas at some points on the trail. After about half an hour walk from our lunch stop, Deurali, we will find ourselves in the middle of a river bed surrounded by giant snow-covered mountains. When the sun rises, the snow on the mountains glitter and the river valley is filled with warm sun rays. The hike to MBC is somewhat strenuous but the unfolding views of the majestic Machhapuchre are certainly a rewarding experience. We stop for our overnight at this quiet lovely base camp. Overall elevation gain tonight from previous night: [1,120m/3,674ft]
Day 07 - Trek to A.B.C [4130m/13,550ft] and trek back to Himalaya
We start early morning today before the dawn to catch the sunrise. Our hike continues the Annapurna BC trail for 2 hours, you descend a small ridge branching out from the mountain pass to the mountainside with widespread terraced fields showcasing tranquil meadows and lush fertile farming land. As you reach Annapurna South Base Camp, witness awesome picturesque landscapes, majestic panoramic view of snow-capped mountainous peaks and varied Himalayan cultural settings tucked beneath the southern slopes of the Annapurna massif. The Machhapuchre, Annapurna south, Annapurna I, Hiuchuli and other peaks brings a wonderful climax of our trip which almost ends today. When this is done, we head down by strolling back to through the same trail.
Day 08 - Trek to Sinuwa [2,360m/7,745ft]
We follow the same trail all the way back to Sinuwa today. Today’s walk continues for 6-7 hours with a lunch stop in between. Overnight at Sinuwa
Day 09 - Trek to Jhinu Dada [1,780m/5,840ft]
Today's walk is generally shorter as it continues for 2-3 hrs walk only. From Sinuwa, we trek to Chomrong following the same trail and from here we descend to Jhinu Dada. Lunch will be at Jhinu Dada and after lunch you can visit hot water spring that is situated at 20 mins walk from your hotel.
Day 10 - Trek to Kyumi and drive back to Pokhara [827m/2714ft]
Our last day on trek today to Kyumi via Jhinu Dada. We will stop at Jhinu for a break after a steep descent before heading ti Kyumi to catch our jeep back to Pokhara.
Day 11 - Fly back to Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]
In the morning hours we might do some last hour shopping too. After that, we drive to Pokhara airport for our flight back to Kathmandu. The flight time is about 20 mins and we are expected to arrive 1 hour prior to flight time for the check-in process. Grab seats on the left aisle of the plane for the best views of the mountains along the flight because it’s our last time we’ll probably see them. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we get transferred to our hotel; and we spend the day at our own leisure, perhaps catch up on some last-minute shopping or explore any sights you missed during your first day in Kathmandu
Day 12 - International Departure
Thank you for joining us on this trek and it has been a pleasure getting to know you during this time. We hope this venture has enriched your experience with happy memories. Keep in touch and hope to hear from you soon. Bon voyage for a safe and pleasant trip home.
- All meals (B,L,D) on OPEN/CHOICE Menu whilst on trek with tea & coffee.
- Twin sharing accommodation at Kathmandu guest house or similar category for 3 nights with breakfast
- Twin sharing accommodation at Hotel Dandelion or similar category for 2 nights
- Internal flight (KTM-PKR)
- All required permits for trek (ACAP & TIMS card)
- Experienced local trek leader with 1:4 assistant guide to client ratio
- Full support crew with 1 porter for every 2 trekkers
- Kathmandu airport transfers and escorts on private A/C vehicle
- All ground transportation as per mentioned in the itinerary on private A/C vehicle
- Comprehensive first aid kit.
- Duffel bag, Sleeping bag with liner and Down Jacket (Sleeping bag and down jacket must be returned after completion of trek)
- Staff equipment, insurance and allowances
- Trek completion certificate (Upon request)
- Group welcome dinner at Typical Nepalese Restaurant
- International airfare, Visa and travel insurance
- Meals at Kathmandu
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu or on trek for any reason (Early arrival or delay, Early arrival from trek due to any reason)
- Personal expenses
- Gratuities for staff