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Starting in the small riverside village of Nayapul, follow lesser used, locally known trails through the heart of the Annapurna region on this 14 day trekking adventure.
Trekking past golden rice terraces, stop by tiny hillside villages populated by agricultural communities unchanged for generations. Scale the renowned stone staircase up to Chomrong, before following the muddy banks of the churning Modi Khola River to Hinku Cave. Unforgettable views abound as you pass through the ‘gate’ of the Annapurna Sanctuary under the shadow of Hiunchuli and Machapuchare. After reviving your weary leg muscles in the hot springs at Jhinu Danda, ease yourself back into urban life in the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara.
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On arrival in Kathmandu, your experienced trek leader will lead an adventure briefing for the group. Unwind over drinks, get acquainted with your fellow trekkers and discuss plans for the following morning’s departure before trying out the delicious local cuisine.
Kathmandu is by far Nepal’s largest and most diverse city, a genuine melting pot of ethnicities and cultures and a haven for travellers since its rise to popularity as part of the ‘hippie trail’ in the 60s and 70s. Once described as having more temples than houses, this exhilarating and complex capital is rapidly changing, but the half-hidden temples, chilli-growing courtyards and tiny craft workshops of its narrow lanes and alleyways reveal a city that has not yet abandoned its fascinating traditional identity.
Take in tantalising views of the Himalayan panorama on your flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara, before journeying to the small village of Nayapul by car.
From here you embark on the first leg of your adventure across the Annapurna region, meandering through picturesque meadows and terraced rice fields to the village of Birethani on the banks of the Modi River. Leaving Birenthani, we continue on a gentle climb through the lush green valley, past waterfalls rushing out from rocky outcrops and packs of burros carrying supplies into the hills. Your day ends at Hille or Tirkhedhunga, (depending on flight arrival times) where the group will lodge overnight.
Set off for Ghorepani, following trails fringed by whitewashed houses, oak and rhododendron forests to Banthanti. Scale the famed 3,200 stone steps that lead up Ulleri Hill, taking in incredible views of Annapurna I, Himchuli and the slate-roofed Magar village of Uleri below as you ascend out of the valley and on to Ghorepani, situated 2,850 metres above sea level.
Surrounded by a pink sea of rhododendron forests, this charming village was an important rest stop for ancient traders searching for water (pani in Nepali) for their horses (ghora). Populated by Magars, the village rewards weary trekkers with spectacular views of the entire Annapurna range. Unwind here overnight, retiring early to prepare for your early start the next morning.
Enjoy an invigorating early morning climb up Poon Hill, arriving at its summit just in time to catch a dazzling sunrise over the Himalayas. Lean against a rock; catch your breath and witness as the sun slowly transforms the snow-clad peaks of the Annapurna range a deep burnt orange. Your mesmerising 180 degree view stretches from the cloud-swathed summits of Dhaulagiri in the west to Manaslu in the east, encompassing Tukuche, Dhampus Peak, Nilgiri, and Machapuchare, and immediately extinguishing any misgivings you may have felt about a pre-dawn climb an hour ago!
Venture on past Tadapani, trekking through a rolling terrain of open grassland and deep forests to Chuile, where the group stops overnight.
Today, we descend through a Rhododendron forest to the valley floor, before commencing the 600 metre climb up to the lively trekking hub of Chomrong, passing several traditional mountainside villages still untouched by tourism on the way. The houses of Chomrong -sprawled across an entire hillside - are each connected by a steep stone staircase. After resting awhile and admiring spectacular views of the Annapurna Sanctuary, follow the steps down through the village to the Chomrong River. Cross over the river and enjoy the ascent to Sinuwa with the refreshing sound of the tumbling glacial water below in your ears.
Your morning trek takes you through rhododendron and bamboo forest, across log bridges and stepping stones that lead over pristine mountainside streams. Venture down the stone steps and rough trails that wind through the villages of Bamboo and Dovan, recharge with a refreshing cup of chai tea, then ascend through the forest to Himalaya. Emerging from the trees, you will catch your first glimpse of the churning muddy torrents of the Modi Khola River hurtling through the valley below, before arriving in Himalaya (2,900 metres above sea level) where the day’s trekking ends.
The journey to Machapuchare Base Camp begins with a short trek along the muddy banks of the Modi Khola. Passing beneath the sheer rock walls of the valley, the trail becomes steep and rocky. After approximately one hour’s climb, you’ll find the Hinku Cave; this colossal slab of rock tilted at a 30 degree angle has become a favourite camping spot for mountaineers. Rest awhile and take in views of the striking double ‘fish tail’ summit of Machapuchare, now just 5km away.
Just 30 minutes on lies the blue rooftops of Deurali. After passing through the village and across several icy brooks, our trail takes you over a small wooden bridge to the lodges of Machapuchare Base Camp, where you will stop overnight.
Enjoy a morning exploring before setting off to Annapurna Base Camp.
The path to Annapurna Base Camp winds gently uphill along the river, passing through picturesque meadows nestled beneath the towering peaks of the surrounding mountains. Rest awhile upon a boulder and soak in the stunning panorama. To the north, the jagged spike of Annapurna I towers 8,000 metres into the sky above a rubble strewn glacier, to the south looms the ominous bulk of Hiunchuli and Annapurna South. The views of the majestic Machapuchare are breath-taking, and those with the energy to scramble up the moraine slopes can glimpse the icy ridges of Gangapurna.
Annapurna Base Camp lies in the Annapurna Conservation Area Project, the largest protected biodiversity area of in Nepal. Encompassing 7,629 kilometres square, this outstanding area of natural beauty is home to several rare and endangered animal and bird species, including snow leopards, tigers, Himalayan thar, koklas and blood pheasants.
Rise early to witness the first rays of sunlight slowly creeping across the valley, bathing the entire ridge - from Annapurna South to Annapurna I - in luminous golden light.
Today, enjoy a mainly downhill trek as the group retrace the only route to Bamboo.
Surrounded by dense, wet bamboo forest, this tiny village of little more than 10 houses is your lodging for tonight.
Today’s trek will take you back through Chomrong, passing by tiny farms clinging to remote cliff-tops two days walk from the nearest road. Leaving Chomrong, the village of Jhinu Danda with its much-loved natural hot springs appears almost vertically beneath you in the valley, but the promise of their soothing warmth is more than enough motivation for the steep descent.
Surrounded by dense green forest, these springs are an idyllic place to unwind after a long day’s trekking. Immerse yourself in the water, soak in amazing views of Annapurna South and Machapuchare and revive your weary leg muscles ready for tomorrow’s hike to Dhampus.
Today, rise early to embark on the eight hour trek to Dhampus.
Strung out along a mountain ridge, this friendly Gurung village is surrounded by golden rice terraces and wildlife-rich rhododendron forest. From here you can glimpse the picturesque Pokhara Valley with its gleaming white World Peace Pagoda and the mighty peaks of Machapuchare, Hiunchuli and Dhaulagiri are once again close and awe-inspiring. A wander through the village, where flocks of chickens and the odd water buffalo roam the streets, reveal a community with agriculture at its heart.
As evening falls, watch the whole valley flood with golden light as the sun sets on another day on the Annapurna peaks.
After a short morning trek to Phedi, travel to Pokhara by car, and enjoy the rest of the day exploring the city at your leisure.
Nepal’s unofficial ‘second city’ Pokhara stands on the shores of the placid Phewa Tal Lake in the shadow of the looming pyramid-peak of Machapuchare.
Ease yourself back into the now unfamiliar bustle of urban life with a relaxing afternoon spent browsing one of the many local museums, venture into the surrounding hills to explore half-hidden Tibetan villages, or climb the concrete steps to the dramatic viewpoint at Sarangkot to take in one last dazzling panorama of the Himalayan peaks in all their glory.
Today you have some more free time to enjoy exploring Pokhara before catching your afternoon flight to Kathmandu. Perhaps rise early to take in a boat trip on the Phewa Tal, or simply unwind outside a waterfront cafe with a cool lassi and reflect on your trekking adventure!
On your last day, enjoy free time until leaving for the airport for your departure flight.
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Hotels/lodges each night of the itinerary (excluding your departure day).
Visa for Nepal
All foreign nationals (except Indians) require a visa to enter Nepal
Getting a visa at the airport can sometimes take time due to long queues. There have been instances when passengers were asked to show return flight tickets. You will also need to provide 2-4 passport photos and the following fees in US dollars cash. Always have extra US dollars just in case.
The following costs were correct at time of writing:
- Multi entry visa valid for 15 days - US$25
- Multi entry visa valid for 30 days - US$40
Availability of accommodation and season.