15 days
Days
3/5- Moderate
Difficulty
 October to December & March to May
Season

Mt. Annapurna (8091m) is the 10th highest mountain in the world and the journey to its base camp, which is at 4130m height, is one of the most popular treks in Nepal. Annapurna Base Camp Trek is also known as Annapurna Sanctuary Trek.

While walking along the trail, one will be welcomed not only by the majestic peaks and amazing landscapes but also by the vibrant cultures of different ethnic groups like the Gurung, Magar and Tamang.

The trail promises breathtaking views of the Himalayan giants of Dhaulagiri (8167m), Annapurna I (8091m.),  Machhapuchchhre (6993m) and many other beautiful mountains. Along with this tremendous Himalayan adventure, this trip also provides a visit to the world heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley and attractions of Pokhara city.

DESTINATION  Nepal
TRIP START POINT Kathmandu International Airport
DURATION 15 days (9 days trekking)
TRIP TYPE  Teahouse Trekking
SEASON  October to December & March to May
CHALLENGE LEVEL   3/5 – Moderate/Challenging trek
MAX ALTITUDE  4030m
INCLUDED
Airport pickup and drop by private vehicle and all other domestic transports. Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara at 3-star Hotel with twin sharing B&B rooms.
All trekking permits and Trekkers’ Information Management Systems (TIMS) Card Accommodation in tea house/ lodges during trekking.
Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during trekking including tea/coffee. Experienced and qualified local trek guides (max ratio of 1 guide to 4 trekkers) and porters to carry your baggage.
Farewell dinner in a Nepalese restaurant on your last evening in Nepal As members of 1% for the planet, we donate 1% of the total trip cost to an environmental cause.
NOT INCLUDED
Personal trekking gear; sleeping bags, down jackets. Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Upgrade to flight between Kathmandu and Pokhara (land transport included) Optional activities in Pokhara: Paragliding, Zip wire, Boating, etc.
FLIGHT COST £750

 

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1

Arrival to Kathmandu

Activity: Arrival and transfer to hotel
Accommodation: Hotel in Thamel, Kathmandu

You will be picked up from Tribhuvan International Airport on your arrival to Kathmandu and transported to your hotel in Thamel for your first night. You will have some down time to rest, have a shower and recuperate after your flight. This evening you will meet your fellow teammates and be introduced to your guide, who will brief the team on your adventures ahead.

2

Kathmandu to Pokhara (823m) and final preparation before trek

We take an early morning bus to Pokhara, the beautiful lake city, which takes around 7-8 hours drive. We arrive in the afternoon where we check into our hotel, in the Lakeside district. We have the rest of the day to try one of Pokhara’s many restaurants, bakeries or simply relax on the shores of Lake Phewa.

Alternatively, you can opt to take a short flight to Pokhara to arrive in the morning and have more time to explore the town.

3

Drive to Nayapul, and trek to Tikhedunga (1520m)

Activities: Short drive and half day trek
Accommodation: Teahouse in Tikhedhunga
Difficulty: Moderate (4-5 hours)

After breakfast, we drive for 1.5 hours in a private vehicle to the village of Nayapul, where we begin our trek. Once at the trailhead we will set off on foot to the village of Birenthati. We cross a couple of bridges and continue walking until we reach the village of Tikhedhuga. Upon arrival in Tikhudhuga, we check into our guesthouse, freshen up and have free time until dinner is served. Our guides will provide the plan for the next day.

4

Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2750m)

Activities: Trekking
Accommodation: Teahouse in Ghorepani
Difficulty: Moderate (5-6 hours)

After breakfast, we begin to slowly ascend to the village of Ghorepani. The word Ghorepani translates into ‘Horse-water’ due to its importance as a campsite for past traders. There are also amazing views of the surrounding mountains, including Annapurna South, the Nilgiri mountains and Mt. Dhulagiri. We overnight in Ghorepani.

5

Ghorepani to Tadapani (2700m)

Activities: Trekking
Accommodation: Teahouse in Tadapani
Difficulty: Moderate (6-7 hours)

This morning we wake up before the sun rises and hike up to the summit of Poon Hill (3210m) Dress warm as we will witness the sunrise on Annapurna South, Dhulagiri and the Mustang region of Nepal. After taking photographs and having some chia/tea/coffee, we return back to Ghorepani. Upon arrival back in Ghorepani, we pack our gear and have breakfast.

After breakfast, we begin our walk East and climb an adjacent ridge before descending through a rhododendron forest. We will pass by beautiful waterfalls before reaching the village of Tadapani, where we will spend the night.

6

Tadapani to Chhomrong (2170m)

Activities: Trekking
Accommodation: Teahouse in Chhomrong
Difficulty: Moderate (6-7 hours)

Today after breakfast, we begin walking down a steep trail through a dense rhododendron forest. The trail opens up to perfectly manicured rice terraces. We then ascend steadily, passing a few waterfalls before reaching a suspension bridge. We ascend a few more miles on “Nepali flat” terrain (Ups and Downs) until we reach the village of Chhomrong, where we will spend the night.

Tonight you may choose to attend a cultural show put on by the local Gurung people. The show involves active participation and plenty of dancing!

7

Chhomrong to Deurali (3230m)

Activities: Trekking
Accommodation: Teahouse in Deurali
Difficulty: Challenging (6-8 hours)

Today is a long and challenging day. We descend via uncountable stone steps and cross the suspension bridge above Chhomrong Khola. From here it is an uphill climb to Sinuwa. Next, we pass through a beautiful forest to Kuldihar followed by an easy downhill walk to Bamboo camp.

After a stop for lunch, we continue through the bamboo forest, which is damp and cold then ascend steadily with a few steep sections. It is only after reaching Himalaya Hotel that the forest opens up and we are out in the sun again with astounding views of the glacial river below. It is a steep climb up through a much drier forest before reaching Hinku Cave. From here we can see the trail drop closer to the river before climbing again to Deurali, the most scenic stretch of the day. The vegetation is sparser, allowing magical views of the valley, the river below, and the sheer rock-face cliffs above with bands of wispy waterfalls.

8

Deurali to Machhapuchhre Base Camp MBC (3700m)

Activities: Trekking
Accommodation: Teahouse in Machhapuchhare Base Camp
Difficulty: Challenging (2-3 hours)

The hike from Deurali to Machhapuchhre Base Camp is somewhat strenuous but quite a short of 2-3 hours. From Machhapuchhre Base Camp we get excellent views of the majestic Machhapuchhre along with Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli and Gangapurna, which is certainly a rewarding experience. We check into our teahouse and have a rest afternoon. Nevertheless, we will hike uphill for 25-30 minutes from MBC in the evening and decent down to MBC as to help acclimatise to the altitude. We overnight at Machhapuchhare Base Camp.

9

Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m) to Annapurna Base Camp(4,130m) and back to Machhapuchhre Base Camp

Activities: Trekking
Accommodation: Teahouse in Machhapuchhre Base Camp
Difficulty: Moderate (3-4 hours)

Today will be one of the most difficult, yet rewarding days of the trek. This morning we will wake up early at around 4:30am, grab a hot drink and head out into the mountains to attempt to climb to Annapurna Base Camp. This walk takes around one and half hours to two hours. We are hoping to reach the base camp before sunrise. From here, we get sensational views of the near-vertical south face of Mt. Annapurna towering above us. The sanctuary boasts of a dynamic view without anything impeding the 360-degree panorama. From the base camp, we again get to savour mesmerising views of the Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli and other peaks. We spend around 3 hours at the base camp enjoying the views, taking breakfast and can even do some yoga (optional) in the lap of the giant Himalaya. We then return back to our teahouse in MBC and rest for the afternoon.

10

Machhapuchhre Base Camp to Sinuwa: (2340m)

Activities: Trekking & Hot Springs
Accommodation: Teahouse in Sinuwa
Difficulty: Moderate (6-7 hours)

From the Machhapuchhre base camp we retrace our steps to Sinuwa, a very peaceful place just below the ridge. Today’s trek is downhill, so it shouldn’t be very difficult. Besides, we will always have the company of the extraordinary landscape to cheer us up. From Sinuwa, we have a great view of the sunset over Machhapuchhre.

11

Sinuwa to Jhinu Danda

Activities: Trekking
Accommodation: Teahouse in Jhinu Danda
Difficulty: Moderate (4-5 hours)

From Sinuwa, it is a downhill walk to Chhomrong Khola. Then we climb the stone steps to Chhomrong. The trail then descends to Jhinu Danda, where we will be resting for the night. We will most probably reach here by 1 pm. So, today we will have an opportunity to enjoy the natural hot springs, which is just a 20 minute downhill walk from Jhinu Danda to soak our sore muscles. Overnight in Jhinu Danda.

12

Finish trek and transfer to Pokhara

Activities: Trekking & transfer to Pokhara
Accommodation: Teahouse in Jhinu Danda
Difficulty: Moderate (4-5 hours)

Today is one of our longest trekking days of this trip. We trek for around 7 hours to reach Nayapul. Then drive to Pokhara, we say goodbye to our porters, check into our hotels, take showers and have free time. Overnight in Hotel.

13

Pokhara to Kathmandu

Activities: Transfer to Kathmandu. Optional White Water Rafting.
Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu.

After breakfast, we will leave early to travel to Kathmandu by private transport (7-8 hours), or alternatively, by early morning flight.

On arrival to Kathmandu we will check in our hotel and refresh ourselves or catch up on some last minute shopping. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Between Pokhara and Kathmandu lies the Trusili River. It is possible to stop on the way to take in a White Water Rafting experience and lunch on the river. Please let us know in advance if you would like to take advantage of this opportunity.

14

Depart Kathmandu

Activites:Transfer to airport and fly home.

Today it\’s time to say goodbye to Nepal at the end of your adventure. You will be picked up 3 hours before your flight and transferred to the airport.

If you would like to spend time exploring either Kathmandu or Pokhara we can arrange extra nights in each city and fly the following day.


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