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Pokhara: 7-Day Trek to Annapurna Base Camp and Hot Springs

1. Pokhara: 7-Day Trek to Annapurna Base Camp and Hot Springs

The experience begins with pickup from your hotel and heads to the trek’s starting point in Nayapul. Get kitted out with all the necessary equipment while your permits are checked then set out along the Modi Khola River, passing through several small villages on the way. Cross over the river to reach the village of Jhinu Danda, before arriving at your accommodation for the night, a quaint tea lodge. Day two starts with an uphill trek to Chhomrong, one of the largest villages along the route. Continue the walk through a dense forest landscape to reach your accommodation for the second night. Enjoy a leisurely trek to Deurali on day three, stopping for lunch against the backdrop of the stunning Himalayas. On day four, follow the trail across several streams towards the Machhapuchhare Base Camp, then hike to Ablation Valley. Follow your guide through the valley, which is a hollow corridor between the glacier and the mountain, then cross over the hills to reach Annapurna Base Camp where you’ll spend the night. On day five, hike through the only way out of Annapurna Sanctuary towards Bamboo. Bamboo is 1,600 m lower than Annapurna Base Camp, so you should expect a hard day on your knees. After a restful night’s sleep, continue your hike down the valley on day six, soaking up panoramic views as you descend to Chomrong and then Jhinu. Arrive at Jhinu and enjoy a well-deserved rest in one of the hot spring baths. Wake up on the final day to a short morning trek, passing by the quaint farmland that surrounds the river. At the end of an unforgettable seven-day trek, arrive back in Nayapul for your drop-off to Pakhora.

10 Day Annapurna Base Camp Trek from Pokhara

2. 10 Day Annapurna Base Camp Trek from Pokhara

Annapuran range is the most exquisite , 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 roved 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 natural capital of Nepal. Pokhara is known as lake city with an amphitheater of mountains. Annapurna range makes 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 trail head at 1,100 m from Pokhara and start our trek to Ghorepani first. Ghorepani or its top Pun Hill (3,200 m) offers 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 good start of the trek. Then 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. Annapurna base camp (4,200 m) has snow peaks at 360 degree. Day 01: Drive to Nayapul from Pokhara (1.5 hrs) and trek to Thikedunga (4 hrs) We will depart Pokhara at around 8:30 by a private car. The road snacks through the scenic country side for about 1.5 hrs to the trekking trail head at Nayapul. This is the confluence of Modi river draining Annapurna base camp and Burungdi river. We follow upstream Burungdi river climbing gradually for about 4 hrs to Thikedunga. Thikedunga is a small charming village full of lodges where we will spend the night. Day 02: Climb to Ghorepani (6 hrs / 2,800 m) After breakfast, we will start our days walk with steep climb to Ulleri village. There are about 3,000 stone steps to Ulleri village which will take about 2 hrs to climb. From Ulleri the trail climbs gradually through the forest for another 4 hrs to Ghorepani at 2,800 m. Ghorepani is the mountain pass overlooking at the deep KaliGandaki valley wedged between two eight thousand meter peaks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. Day 03: Hike to Pun Hill (50 mints / 3,200 m) | Trek to Tadapani Pun Hill is the most beautiful view point in the Annapurna region. We will hike for about 50 mints to Pun Hill at 3,200 m for sunrise view over the Himalayan peaks. One can see about 15 different peaks including Dhaulagiri I (8,167m / 7th highest), Annapurna  I (8,091m / 10th highest) and Manaslu (8,156 m / 8th highest). After breakfast, we will head for our next destination of Tadapani. The trail passes through the rhododendron forest with few ups and downs of 400 m each. Day 04: Trek to Chhomroong (5 hrs / 2,100 m) Tadapani has got the beautiful view of Annapurna south and Fishtail mountain. From here we will climb down steeply about 900 m to the valley basin at Ghurjung river. Climb gradually along the mountain side to Chhomrong perched high up on the mountain ridge. Chhomrong is a large Gurung village at the corridore of Annapurna Sanctuary. The village offer the upclose view of Annapurna South (7,219 m), Fishtail (6,993 m). Day 05: Trek to Dovan (2,400 m / 6 hrs) Trek down to Chhomrong khola (river) and then climb up to Sinwa in 3 hrs. From here we enter into steep valley towards Annapurna sanctuary at the buttresses of Annapurna South and Fishtail. From Sinwa we will climb down to Modi River at the little hemlet of 'Bamboo' in 2 hrs and then climb gradually for another hour to Dovan (2,400m). Day 06: Climb to Deurali (5 hrs / 3,300 m) Above Dovan we enter into the region where effect of the high altitude effects are felt. So with slow pace we gradually climb to another hamlet of Himalaya in 2 hrs. Himalaya has got two lodges. After Himalaya (2,900m), we enter into sparsely vegetated rocky terrain and climb steeply for one hrs to Hinku cave. Deurali is across the arduous moraine intercepted by creeks with ice deposition. 07: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (5 hrs / 4,200m) The trail from Deurali to Fishtail base camp is avalanche prone area. So we will change the route to the other side of the Modi river according to the situation. It will take about 3 hrs to get to Fishtail base camp at 3,700 m. At Fishtail base camp valley opens up wide and bright with beautiful snow peaks. The trail to Annapruna base camp climbs gradually to the snowfield and the the edge of glacier. At base camp we are at the base of world's highest mountains surrounding us in 360 degree. Day 08: Trek down to Bamboo (6 hrs) After a beautiful sunrise view over the Annapurnas, we will head down slowly to Bamboo. First part of the trail might be steep and slippery. Bamboo is a clean settlement before we climb to Sinwa. Day 09: Trek back to Jhinu Danda (5 hrs / 1,600 m)| Bathe in natural hot spring We follow the same trail that we took to climb up till Chhomrong. Climb down steely on the stone steeps to the village of Jhinu. We settle into our lodge and then head down half and hour to natural hot spring pool in the shore of Modi river. Enjoy the natural hot spring and enjoy your last night in the mountain. Day 10: Follow the Modi river coast to Nayapul and drive back to Pokhara From Jhinu, we will basically traverse along the Modi river to Nayapul from where we started our trek in 5 hrs. We will be picked up by a car for a drive to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.

From Kathmandu: 11-Day Annapurna Base Camp Trek

3. From Kathmandu: 11-Day Annapurna Base Camp Trek

This 11-day Annapurna Base Camp experience offers a shorter trekking trip for those time-pressed travelers.  • Day one: Arrival in Kathmandu (4,264 feet) Take in an amazing view of The Himalayas as you approach Kathmandu. At the airport, you will be welcomed by a local representative. In the evening, settle in for some authentic Nepalese cuisine, an excellent introduction to the country’s food and culture. Stay overnight in Kathmandu. • Day two: 30-minute flight to Pokhara (2,700 feet), trek to Ghandruk (6,360 feet) in 5-6 hours  Take a flight to Pokhara. The right side of the plane will offer the best views of The Himalayas. Local representatives will pick you up at the Pokhara airport. Take a one hour and 20-minute drive to Nayapul (new bridge) on the main road near Birethanti and begin your trek. From Birethanti, trek to Ghandruk, a beautiful village mostly inhabited by the Gurung community. If time permits, you can visit the Gurung museum. Overnight in Ghandruk. • Day three: Ghandruk to Chhomrong (7,120 feet), 5–6 hours • Day four: Chhomrong to Bamboo (7,578 feet), 4-5 hours • Day five: Bamboo to Deurali (10,595 feet), 3-4 hours • Day six: Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (13,545 feet) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (1,2135 feet), 5–6 hours • Day seven: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo, 7-8 hours • Day eight: Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (5,770 feet), 5–6 hours • Day nine: Trek to Naya Pul then drive to Pokhara, 6-hour trek, 1-hour drive • Day ten: Fly to Kathmandu Fly back to Kathmandu in the afternoon. In Kathmandu, you may spend the day exploring or shopping for souvenirs, lovely pashminas, or intricate art work. There will be a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu. • Day eleven: Final departure, home sweet home  Local representatives will transport you to the meeting point or your hotel in Thamel to conclude the tour.

Ghandruk: 3-Day Loop Trek from Pokhara

4. Ghandruk: 3-Day Loop Trek from Pokhara

Get a taste of the Himalayas in this 3-day trek through dense green forest and paddy fields. With the help of an expert guide, learn the traditions of the local people as well as the history of the Annapurna region.     Day 1: Pokhara to Ghandruk (1540m) 5-6 hours hike.  The day starts with hotel pickup and a 1.5-hour drive to Nayapul. From Nayapul trek up to Ghandruk, enjoying the dense green forest along the way. Once in Ghandruk, visit the Gurung museum to learn the history of the region and the traditions of the Gurung community. Spot the nearby peaks such as Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Annapurna II, Hinuchuli, and Fishtail. Overnight in lodge.   Day 2: Gandruk to Pothana (2870m) 5-6 hours hike. Wake up early to witness the first rays of sun over the Himalayas. After breakfast, descend down to Modi Khola then climb up to Landruk village. Pass through paddy fields and walk past the village of Deurali before reaching the overnight lodge in Pothana. Day 3: Pothana to Pokhara, 3-4 hours hike. Spend the morning exploring Pothana and take in great views of Annapurna Massif, Fishtail, and other mountains. The trek then begins to Phedi, where the coach will be waiting to return the group to Pokhara.

From Kathmandu: 6-Day Private Trek up Poon Hill

5. From Kathmandu: 6-Day Private Trek up Poon Hill

Enjoy a 6-day trek through mountain trails to the peak of Poon Hill. See views of the snow-capped Himalayas and pass through old villages and hamlets along the way. Fly for 1-hour from Kathmandu to Pokhara, where you’ll begin your 6-day tour. This trek is one of the most popular treks in Nepal because of its developed trekking routes, accommodation, and facilities. Stay in 3-star hotels with hot showers and good food for the 5 nights of the trek. Over the 6-days you’ll have the chance to interact with local people and experience the culture of the region. Experience Poon Hill at sunrise and see panoramic views of e Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalayan Ranges. Itinerary: Day 1: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara and drive to Nayapul (elevation 1070 meters) Day 2:Trek to Tikhedhunga for 3 - 4 hours (elevation 1480 meters). Stay overnight in a mountain lodge. Day 3: Trek to Ghorepani for 5 - 6 hours (elevation 2880 meters). Stay overnight in a mountain lodge. Day 4: Early morning climb to Poon Hill (elevation 3210 meters). Trek to Ghandruk (elevation 2000 meters). Walk for 6 hours in total. Stay overnight in a mountain lodge. Day 5: Trek to Ghandruk (elevation 2000 meters) and Till Nayapul. Walk for 6-7 hours in total. Drive to Pokhara. Stay overnight in a hotel. Day 6: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu in a tourist bus.

Kathmandu: 14-Day Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

6. Kathmandu: 14-Day Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Beginning from Kathmandu, make your way to the Annapurna Sanctuary where your 14-day trek will commence. Throughout your trek there will be a leader, an assistant leader, and porters for carrying luggage. This arrangement ensures that even in the event that anybody in the group becomes sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. Your day-to-day itinerary is as follows: Day 1: Arrival to Kathmandu (1,300 meters) Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing and preparation Day 3: Fly to Pokhara and trek to Ulleri (2,050 meters) Day 4: Ulleri to Ghorepani, 4 to 5-hour trek (2,750 meters) Day 5: Ghorepani to Tadapani, 6 to 7-hour trek (2,700 meters) with a visit to Poon Hill (3,210 meters) Day 6: Tadapani to Chhomrong, 6-hour trek (2,170 meters) Day 7: Chhomrong to Bamboo 4 to 5 hour-trek (2,310 meters) Day 8: Bamboo to Deurali 3 to 4-hour trek (3,230 meters) Day 09: Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp, 5 to 6-hour trek (4,130 meters) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3,700 meters) Day 10: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo, 7 to 8-hour trek Day 11: Bamboo to Jhinu Danda, 5 to 6-hour trek (1,760 meters) Day 12: Trek to Nayapul then drive to Pokhara, 6-hour trek Day 13: Fly to Kathmandu Day 14: Final Departure

From Kathmandu: 11-Day Annapurna Base Camp Trek

7. From Kathmandu: 11-Day Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Start your trek to Annapurna Base Camp by meandering through lowland hillsides abundant with golden rice terraces. Explore small villages to witness the different cultures and lifestyles of the local people. Along the way, trek past the stunning Annapurna South and Machapuchare (‘fishtail’) peaks. Continue to the base camp to admire the great peaks of Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Fang, Annapurna, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, and Machapuchare. Marvel at the deep glacier-covered amphitheater they create. Stay in teahouses and lodges where delicious hot meals are provided. Itinerary: Day 1: Get picked up from Kathmandu by private car and driven to Pokhara. Relax during the 6-hour drive and enjoy the views through the window. Stay overnight in a hotel in Pokhara. Day 2: After breakfast in your hotel, hop in the private vehicle for a 30-minute drive to Phedi, where you start the trekking excursion. Spend 4-5 hours trekking to Tolka with a break for lunch on the way. Stay overnight at a lodge/teahouse where you will also have dinner. Day 3: After having breakfast, trek from Tolka to Jhinu Danda (1,780 m). Spend about 5-6 hours walking, with a stop for lunch. Enjoy dinner at the lodge/teahouse where you will spend the night. Day 4: Trek from Tadapani towards Sinuwa (2,310 m)/Bamboo Lodge via Chhomrong. Walk for 6-7 hours with lunch provided. Stay in a lodge/teahouse overnight. Day 5: Hike for 6-7 hours to Deurali (3,020 m). Enjoy lunch on the way and overnight accommodation with dinner at a teahouse/lodge in Deurali. Day 6: Trek for about 4-5 hours to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m). Enjoy lunch on the way and stay overnight in a teahouse where you will also have dinner. Day 7: Start heading down from the base camp. Walk for 5-6 hours to Dovan (2,600 m), where overnight accommodation and dinner await. Day 8: Walk for 5 hours from Dovan to Chhomrong (2,170 m). Stay overnight at a teahouse. Day 9: Trek from Chhomrong to Ghandrung (1,940 m). Walk for 4 hours and stay overnight at a teahouse. Day 10: On the final day of trekking, walk for 3 hours from Ghandrung to Nayapul (1,070 m). Be driven back to Pokhara, where you will spend the night at a hotel. Day 11: Take a 6-hour bus drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu, where you will spend the night in a hotel.

Kathmandu: 20-Day Tilicho Lake Trek

8. Kathmandu: 20-Day Tilicho Lake Trek

Following two days in Katmandu, the trek starts from Besisahar and follows the Marshyangdi River. These first few days will offer some great views of Manaslu and Himal Chuli to the east. You will then trek through villages inhabited by a wide diversity of people from different ethnic groups, with the trail offering spectacular views of the snow-clad Himalayas. This customized route is basically the same as Annapurna Circuit from Manang, but instead of taking the valley north to Tanki Manang and Yak Kharka, this route traverses the main valley to the west passing through Khanshar Village (the last village of Nepal). Before trekking up to Tilicho Lake, you’ll stop in Yak Kharka then up to the high pass of Thorung La, at an elevation of 5,416 meters. From the pass of Thorung La, the trek leads down to Muktinath then to Jomsom from where a 35-minute scenic flight takes you to Pokhara. Your tour will later conclude with you flying from Pokhara back to Kathmandu, where you will have a final overnight before the conclusion of your experience.

From Kathmandu: 13-Day Annapurna Base Camp Trek

9. From Kathmandu: 13-Day Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Day 1: Upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport, meet your tour representative and transfer to your hotel in the city. After you are checked-in, receive a briefing on the itinerary for your trek. Relax and spend the night at the hotel. Day 2: Depart from Kathmandu and travel to Pokhara. The journey takes approximately 5 to 6 hours. Upon arrival, use some free time to explore Phewa Lake. Enjoy an overnight stay at a local hotel. Day 3: Make the 1-hour journey to Nayapul by private car or van, and then trek to Tikhedhunga. Enjoy an overnight stay at a tea house lodge. Day 4: Prepare for the long uphill climb to Ulleri, up 3,200 stone steps. Enjoy fantastic views of the surrounding valley and the Annapurna massif. Stay overnight in Ghorepani. Day 5: Hike to Poon Hill station early in the morning and witness a beautiful sunrise. Hike back to Ghorepani, and then to Tadapani after breakfast. Stay overnight at a tea house lodge. Day 6: Trek from Tadapani to Sinuwa reaching an altitude of 2,340 meters. Hike through a forest and cross a suspension bridge on a leisurely portion of the hike. Continue to Chomrong, followed by a short climb to Sinuwa. Stay overnight at a tea house lodge. Day 7: Start with an easy walk through the forest, followed by a climb up to Dovan at an elevation of 3,230 meters. Follow the trail through the valley towards the Himalayas. Finish the day at Deurali with an overnight stay at a lodge. Day 8: Depart from Deurali and climb up through the valley to Machhapuchhare Base Camp, where you will have an hour of rest. Then head to Annapurna Base Camp, located at an elevation of 4,130 meters. Stay at Annapurna Base Camp for the night. Day 9:  From Annapurna Base Camp, descend to Bamboo at an altitude of 2,340 meters. Stay overnight at a tea house lodge in Bamboo. Day 10: Make your way from Bamboo to Jhinu, which is located at an altitude of 1,780 meters. Stay overnight in a lodge. Day 11: Hike from Jhinu back to Pokhara, which is at an altitude of 1,640 meters. After breakfast, relax in the hot springs and then trek down to Nayapul, followed by a drive back to Pokhara. Stay overnight at a local hotel.  Day 12: Travel back to Kathmandu on a journey which takes 6 hours. Stay overnight in a hotel in the city. Day 13: Be dropped off at the airport for your flight departure.

Kathmandu: 10-Day Annapurna Base Camp Yoga Trek

10. Kathmandu: 10-Day Annapurna Base Camp Yoga Trek

Day 1: Arrival to Kathmandu Airport (1,345 meters) You will be met by your representative before being transferred to your hotel for a short brief about the trekking and some refreshments. That evening you will overnight at your Kathmandu hotel. Day 2: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara On your second day you will travel for 5-6 hours to Pokhara by tourist bus. In the evening you'll have free time to self-explore around Phewa Lake, before spending the night at the Hotel Third Pole or similar. Day 3: Drive to Modktu (1,250 meters), Chhomrong Trek (2,170 meters) On your third day you will begin the trek from Siwai. You will travel in a shared vehicle for 3 hours to Siwai, traversing along the snake-line road via Naudanda, Nayapul, and Birethanti. The trekking route from Siwai to Chhomrong is very picturesque, and at the conclusion of the day you will stay at the Teahouse Lodge. Day 4: Trek to Himalaya Hotel (2,840 meters) Take a morning walk downhill to the river, before crossing a short bridge and heading up to Sinuwa, at 2,330 meters. This is a lonely spot with a few shops and nice lodges, and from there you can walk into the cool forested area of oaks-rhododendron and pines trees before taking a short steep descent to Bamboo. Bamboo is a small settlement with 5-6 lodges surrounded by bamboo trees which sits on the Modi River Gorge. Day 5: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 meters) Today the trail continues steeply up to the Hinko Cave. You will soon begin a short descent before crossing a rocky moraine. Following that, a short climb will take you to Deurali. That night you will overnight at the Tea House Lodge. Day 6: Trek back to Bamboo (2,310 meters) Day 6 will begin with you observing the splendid sunrise from the Annapurna Base Camp. After breakfast, you will begin to descend. You will take a hike down to Modi Khola at Bamboo, which contains an elevation drop of 1,700 meters. That evening you will overnight at the Bamboo Tea House lodge. Day 7: Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu Hot Spring (1,780 meters) Jhinu Danda is the destination set for today. From Bamboo you will first hike up to to Kuldhigar, where the office of ACAP and the visitor center is located. The Jhinu hot spring is then 15-20 minutes downhill from Jhinu Danda. You can relax your tired muscles by taking a relaxing dip in the hot spring bathing pool, before your evening is spent at a lodge in Jhinu Danda. Day 8: Jhinu to Pokhara (1,640 meters) Today you can choose to go to the hot spring once more, before beginning your trek down to Nayapul. You will then drive back to Pokhara. where you will overnight at the Hotel Third Pole. Day 9: Drive back to Kathmandu On your second last day you will travel back to Kathmandu by tourist bus, a journey which takes about 6 hours. That evening you'll overnight at the Thamel Eco Resort or Skyline Hotel. Day 10: Kathmandu On your final day you will transfer to the international airport for your final flight departure.

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The trek to the base camp was a magnificent experience, 100% recommended. Each of the stages is worth it, the ascent was very progressive and well planned by our guides so we did not have any incidents or discomfort at any time. Our incredible guide and porter, the treatment was very close, we consider them friends. They told us stories about Nepal and solved any curiosity we might have. We will certainly repeat!