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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.

From Pokhara: Annapurna Base Camp Trek

2. From Pokhara: Annapurna Base Camp Trek

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

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: 14-Day Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

4. 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

Kathmandu: 6-Day Kathmandu and Pokhara Experience

5. Kathmandu: 6-Day Kathmandu and Pokhara Experience

Day 1: Arrival to Kathmandu Following your arrival to Kathmandu, transfer to your hotel to check in. Following that, begin some city sightseeing which includes the Pashupatinath Temple - the most sacred of the Hindu temples in Nepal. Moving on, discover the Boudha Nath Temple, which is the world’s largest stupa. Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing Your morning city sightseeing tour visits highlights of the city, including Durbar Square, Hanuman Dhoka, the ancient royal residential quarter, Mahadev, and the Parvati Temple. Later, explore the Swayambhunath Stupa, before moving on to Patan City and Bhaktapur City. Day 3: Kathmandu to Pokhara Following breakfast, check out from your hotel before driving to Pokhara. Enjoy the beautiful 5 to 6-hour drive to Pokhara, where once having arrived you check in to your hotel. Following check-in, enjoy a boating tour of Phewa Lake - the second-largest lake in Nepal. That evening, make the most of free time for personal activities/shopping at the lake-side market, before spending the night in Pokhara. Day 4: Pokhara Sightseeing Before breakfast, drive to Sarangkot for a hike. This area is a popular hilltop which offers superb panoramic view of Annapurn, Machhapuchhre, and the Dhaulagiri Himalayas. Hike to places within the rim of the Pokhara Valley, and walk to the surroundings which offer captivating glimpses of rural life. After traveling back to your hotel, enjoy breakfast before exploring the Bindyabasini Temple, International Mountain Museum, the Seti River, Devi’s Fall, and the Gupteshowre Mahadev Cave. Day 5: return to Kathmandu Following breakfast, begin your 5-hour trip to travel back to Kathmandu or opt instead to take a morning flight. At the conclusion of your day, receive a welcome-back dinner accompanied by a Nepali cultural program. Day 6: Depart from Kathmandu Following collection from your accommodation, your guide drops you off to the airport where your tour concludes.

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What people are saying about Pashchimanchal, Western Region

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!

Great trip - have only words of praise!

From Andreas and Camilla: We have a fan-fucking-tastic trip! Well organized, flexible, lots for the sake of our wishes, a wonderful guide and a porter who we had a lot of fun with. In addition, they taught us a lot about nature, the mountains, the locals and culture. The best recommendations from here!