The Annapurna Region in central Nepal is the most geographically and culturally diverse region for trekking. Over 2,500 trekkers visit the Annapurna Sanctuary region yearly. The Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) working along with the National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) has declared this region as area of conservation and sustainable development. Stretched over 2600 sq. km., the area boasts of a variety of diverse cultures, tribes and castes as the Brahmins, Chettris, Newars, Gurungs, Magars, Manangis and the Tibetans. This area has sub-tropical lowlands, valleys, bamboo, oak and rhododendron forests, alpine meadows, windswept desert plateaus and the towering Annapurna Mountains. This area has the world’s deepest river gorge, Kali Gandaki, lying some 6900-metres/22,563 ft. below some of the worlds largest and most beautiful mountains as the Annapurna I (world’s 8th highest) & Fishtail (one of the most beautiful). Animals and birds are in abundance in this region. 440 species of birds and animals like the marten, deer, langur and the elusive snow leopard live in this area.
Upon arrival in Katmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport, meet, assist and transfer to hotel. After welcome refreshments and room check in the hotel, there will be a short briefing and orientation about the trek.
Am: After breakfast, proceed for a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu City. It includes visit to the Bouddhanath Stupa, the biggest stupa in Nepal. This is also called by many as Khasti Chitya, is one of the oldest stupas in the country. The stupa, a well-known Buddhist pilgrimage site, is included in World Heritage Cultural site list by UNESCO. With diameter of about 100m and 40m height, Buddhanath holds its place among the largest Stupa in the world!
Later proceed to Pashupatinath Temple, with its astonishing architectural beauty, stands as a symbol of faith, religion, culture and tradition. Regarded as the most sacred temple of Hindu Lord Shiva in the world, Pashupatinath Temple’s existence dates back to 400 A.D. The richly-ornamented pagoda houses the sacred linga or phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. Thousands of pilgrims from all over the world come to pay homage to this temple that is also known as ‘The Temple of Living Beings’, which is listed UNESCO world heritage Site. Later transfer back to hotel for some rest and refreshment.
After visiting Pashupatinath Temple proceed for sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square. Listed as one of the eight Cultural World Heritage site by UNESCO, Kathmandu Durbar Square is a cluster of ancient temples, palaces, courtyards and streets that date back to the 12th and 18th centuries. The square is known to be the social, religious and urban focal point of the Capital City. The Palace Complex was the royal Nepalese residence until the 19th century and was the site of important ceremonies, such as the coronation of the Nepalese monarch. We can also visit Temple of Living Goddess “Kumari”, and the Kasthamandap Temple, which is believed to be constructed from the wood of a single tree from which Kathmandu derives its name
Pm: Free for trek preparation – briefing and orientation etc.
After early breakfast, transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport to board the 25 min flight to Pokhara. Upon arrival in Pokahra meet waiting vehicle and drive to Kande, where you will meet by your trekking crew.
After short preparation start gentle climb to Austrian Camp for lunch. After lunch continue on the trail doing down a fairly gentle slope cut into steps in the middle of the forest and then a short climb brings us to the settlement of Pothana (1890 m) after an hour, with magnificent views of the western Himalayas. The path from here slowly ascends until it reaches the locality of Bichok Deorali (2,080 m) located at the crest of the ridge. From here, the trail descends slowly but gets steeper until it meets the Modi Khola Valley first and then the village of the Bheri Khola, cross a small suspension bridge as the path follows the ridge of a hill for an hour to the settlement of Tolka (1700 m).
Am: After breakfast trek to Kyumrong Danda. This area offers some of the finest trekking in Nepal. The Annapurna range and Machapuchhere dominate the mountain views through glimpses further East to lamjung Himal and Manaslu range are also possible. After short break in Kyumrong Danda descent down to Kyumrong Khola for lunch.
Pm: After lunch cross Kyumrong Khola and start climb to Choomrong Village village with hotels and houses dotting the whole hillside and a most panoramic and close views of the Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machhapucchhare mountains. Chhomrong controls the entry to the Annapurna Sanctuary.
Am: After breakfast start trek to Dovan initially go down until the suspension bridge, which crosses the Chhomrong Khola, and then climb up the opposite side for about 30 minutes till you reach the hamlet of Banuwa. Carry on for another thirty minutes until you reach Sunawa (about 2400m) where you will find at least two lodge-restaurants. Here the path leaves cultivated fields to enter the beautiful tropical forest. You can follow the ridge of the hill, about 2500 meters high, but unfortunately the mountain is drained by several small streams and the trekkers are forced to take several ascents and descents. It takes about an hour to reach the locality of Khuldi ghar (2,477m. From here the path suddenly descends until it reaches the hamlet of Bamboo (2300m) with four or five lodges and is a good place to make a lunch break. As the name suggest, Bamboo marks the beginning of the huge bamboo forest, which leads, after about an hour of walking, to Tiptop (2571m). There are two lodges here competing with the lodges established at Doban(2606m).
Am: Soon after Doban you will enter the sacred forest of Jode Yehm, where near the waterfall on the east bank of Modi khola, you will see an altar surrounded by thousands of white banners suspended from the trees. A sign indicates the name of the place and reminds the travelers not to lean over. One assumes it is better not to disturb the Gods. From Doban, it will take an hour to reach Himalayan Hotel (2873m). The track continues through the middle of the forest, going up and down following the flow of the rivers, until the last stretch where a steep path leads to Hinku Cave (3,139 m). It will take about half an hour to reach Deaurali (3,230 m) for lunch.
Pm: After lunch it is about 2 hours to reach Machhapuchhre Base Camp or “fishtail”, has been thus named because its twin summits resembles a twitched fishtail. After having walked along the river for thirty minutes, the path rises up and goes thorugh several naves. If it has snowed recently, this part of the route will be quite difficult, though the use of crampons in not necessary, a stick should suffice.
Am: After breakfast trek to Annapurna Base Camp, except for a few hills, the route is flat and therefore quite easy. Also, the spectacular views of Annapurna south in the forefront are so satisfying that one easily forgets the exhaustion. At the end of the route (4,130 m), there are about five or six lodges. A little further, the path leads to a small hill, which is the best point to admire the entire panorama of the Sanctuary.
Am: After breakfast back track to Choomrong for lunch. After lunch start descent down to Jhinu Danda – 1,770 m, this has a few comfortable looking lodges and many Tibetan traders selling trinkets to Trekkers.
Pm: Walk to hot spring which is about 20 minutes steep descent to enjoy the natural hot spring bath.
All arrival/departure group transfers, accompanied by English speaking Escort or Guide.
All necessary drive in a private vehicle as per Itinerary.
2 Nights stay at Hotel in Kathmandu on BB basis (Bed and Breakfast )
2 Nights stay at Hotel in Pokhara on BB basis.
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek arrangements in as per Itinerary inclusive of all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner), accommodation in Teahouses/Trekkers Lodges.
Services of trained, trusted and highly experienced trek Guides & Sherpa assistants including
a team of strong and reliable porters.
Trekking Information Management Service (TIMS) fees.
Services not Inclued
International airfares and airport departure taxes.
Nepal entry visa fees.
Airfare for sector Pokhara / Kathmandu quoted separately.
Any lunches in Kathmandu.
Hiring charges for Sleeping bags and down jackets.
Items of personal nature such as bar bills, telephone calls, laundry, drinking water, extra mileage and any extra costs incurred due to natural calamities, flight delays etc.
Comprehensive Travel Insurance or “Umbrella Insurance” to cover – Illness, hospitalization, travel medicines, loss of valuables, thefts change of itinerary, flight and tour cancellations due to unavoidable circumstances and most of all Emergency Helicopter Charter for evacuation.
Quoted Single supplement rates are only for accommodation in Kathmandu.
Items not specified in the above in “costs include column”.