Departure Dates 2019:
- April: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, 29
- May: 2, 5, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 27, 29
- June: 3, 8, 12, 17, 22, 28
- July: 4, 9, 15, 21, 28
- August: 1, 5, 10, 15, 21, 27
- September: 2, 6, 9, 12, 17, 21, 26, 30
- October: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30
- November: 1, 4, 7, 10, 13, 17, 21, 24, 27
- December: 4, 10, 16, 21, 23, 26, 28, 31
Departure Dates 2020:
- January: 1, 4, 9, 18, 26
- February: 2, 11, 20, 25, 28
- March: 4, 8, 11, 15, 20, 23, 26, 29
- April: 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 18, 21, 24, 26, 29
- May: 2, 5, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 26, 29
- June: 5, 10, 15, 20, 27
- July: 3, 9, 15 21, 28
- August: 3, 8, 12, 18, 21, 27
- September: 1, 5, 8, 11, 16, 20, 25, 29
- October: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31
- November: 2, 5, 8, 11, 14, 18, 22, 25, 28
- December: 5, 17, 22, 24, 25, 27, 31
If purchasing food included option:
- Pick-up and drop at airport by private car
- Two-night hotel stays in Kathmandu on B/B Plan (3 star)
- One-night hotel stay in Pokhara in B/B Plan (3 Star)
- Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Kathmandu to Nayapul and Pokhara to Kathmandu by Tourist Bus
- Eight-night accommodations during the trek
- A government license holder English Speaking guide
- Porter to carry your baggage (one porter per two clients)
- Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipment, transportation and local tax for guides and porters
- Ground Transportation Charge while returning back to Kathmandu from the trekking destination
- TIMS card (Trekker’s Information Management System)
- First aid kit (carried by your tour guide)
- Trekking permits needed
- Himalayan Recreation’s t-shirt and duffel bag
- All government taxes, VAT and service charges
- Farewell dinner with cultural show
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Food during the trekking (unless the food included option is purchased)
- Travel insurance
- Visas (you will get on arrival visa at the Kathmandu airport in $35 USD for 15 days)
- Tips for trekking staffs
- Travel insurance
Please note meals indicated are only included if the food option is purchased
Day One: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400 meters)
When you land at the Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted and welcomed by a staff member. He will help you get to your hotel in the city. You will meet with the guide. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day Two: Drive to Nayapul (1,070 meters), Duration: 7-8 Hours (B)
Early in the morning your guide will pick you up and take you to Bus Park to get the schedule bus drive to Nayapul. The bus goes to Nayapul along the river with beautiful landscape views and the bus will stop in the required place for lunch and tea. Overnight at Tea House.
Day Three: Trek to Ghandruk (1,940 meters), Duration: 5-6 Hours Trek (B,L,D)
You will begin your trek to Ghandruk - a Gurung town from where the views of the Annapurna I (8091m) and the Himchuli Peak (6441m) are absolutely amazing. Trekking along verdant bamboo forests and crossing terrace farms laden with wet rice, barley, and maize, you will also cross several small settlements along the way, like Nayapul and Lumle. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.
Day Four: Ghandruk to Chhomrong (2,170 meters), Duration: 5-6 Hours (B,L,D)
From Ghandruk, you will follow a steady uphill-and-downhill climb through lush woodlands and rhododendron-laden trail to Chhomrong. Today might be a rather tough day of trekking on uneven trails. Initially, the trail is paved with slate stones and after a while, you will reach the top of the hill from where you can overlook the gaping valley below. After a steep downhill walk, you will cross the river and arrive at the isolated settlement of Kimrong. Chhomrong is situated about a 90 minutes’ walk uphill from here. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Day Five: Chhomrong to Bamboo (2,310 meters), Duration: 4-5 Hours (B,L,D)
The trail continues towards the Chhomrong Khola. Crossing the river and ascending up 2,500 stone steps carved into the hillside, you will reach Sinuwa. All along the journey, you can catch amazing sights of the Machhapuchhre Peak (6997m), the Annapurna Himal (8091m) as well as the Himchuli Peak (6441). After passing Kuldighar, the trail is an easy downhill walk towards bamboo. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Day Six: Bamboo to Deurali (3,230 meters), Duration: 3-4 Hours (B,L,D)
Passing through amazing lush, damp and wet bamboo forests that form a dense green canopy above the trail, you will descend steadily downwards along steep sections that are cut across the hills. You reach the Himalayan Hotel and with a steep climb, you will reach the Hinku cave. From here, the trail drops down towards the river again and turns uphill to reach Deurali. Shrubs of magnolia and small rhododendron trees cover the trail and wildflowers add a colourful patina to the wet rocks along the terrain. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Day Seven: Deurali to Annapurna Base camp (4,130 meters) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3,700 meters), Duration: 5-6 Hours (B,L,D)
Climbing gently alongside the riverbed, you will be making your way over a mountainside towards Bagar. From here, the trail ahead leads towards the Machhapuchhre Base Camp. It is a somewhat strenuous trek. From the Machhapuchhre Base Camp, the Annapurna Base Camp is situated at a distance of about two hours. Views of the Machhapuchhre Himal (6997m), the Himchuli Peak (6441m), Annapurna South (7219m), Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna III (7555m) and the Gangapurna Peak (7454m) from the base camp of Machhapuchhre are quite spectacular. Along the trek through the Annapurna sanctuary, you can get a sensational view of the near-vertical south face of the Annapurna towering above in a hauntingly beautiful way. Trekking through an amazing landscape, you will finally reach the Annapurna Base Camp from where the sights of the Annapurna massif, as well as many neighbouring peaks, are splendid. Overnight stay at the Annapurna Base Camp.
Day Eight: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo, Duration: 7-8 Hours (B,L,D)
From the Annapurna Base Camp, you will retrace your steps back towards bamboo. Trekking through the sanctuary, you can take in the moist wetland feel of the landscape, where the trail passes over small brooks and rivers and mighty trees shadow the trail overhead with branches covered in lichen, orchids, and moss. The trek back towards bamboo is downhill, so it isn’t very difficult. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Day Nine: Bamboo to Jhinu Danda/Hot Spring (1,780 meters), Duration: 5-6 Hours (B,L,D)
Tracing your steps back, you will trek uphill from bamboo towards Kuldighar, then descend down again towards the Chhomrong Khola. Climbing the stone steps once again to Chhomrong, you will follow the trail towards JhinuDada - a beautiful tranquil village that is famous for its natural hot springs. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Day Ten: Trek to Nayapul then Drive to Pokhara, Duration: 6 Hours Trek and 1 Hour Drive (B)
From Jhinu, you will trek along the beautiful countryside towards Nayapul. Distant views of the Annapurna Mountains loom up quite dramatically and the wet farms brimming with rice plantations provide the hamlets with a rich natural pulchritude. From Nayapul, it is an hour’s drive to Pokhara. When you reach Pokhara, in the evening, you can also enjoy a beautiful boat-ride on the pristine Phewa Lake and explore the lake-side area where there are many restaurants that cater to many different continental cuisines as well as cultural programs. Overnight stay at a hotel.
Day Eleven: Drive to Kathmandu (B,D)
On the 11th day you will drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara. It’s all up to you whether you want to stay one more day or willing to return to your own hometown. If you want to depart on this day, then you will be transferred to Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.
Day Twelve: Final Departure (B)
Team members will assist you in last minute preparations and will drop you off at the Tribhuvan International Airport, where they will bid you farewell and hope to serve you again!
B = breakfast, L = Lunch, D = dinner
Meals only included if food option is purchased
For standard option with no food included, breakfasts in Kathmandu and Pokhara are still included