Trip Facts

Grade: Moderate/ Reasonable
Altitude: Max. 4130m
Group Size: 1 - 15 Pax
Time: October to May

Description

For many years this very popular trek has been one of the classic adventures in Nepal, allowing you to reach to the heart of the mountains quickly and safely. Fly out to Pokhara and begin the trek from Birethanti, trekking through extended rough road trail to Hille by the river bed of Bhurungdi Khola. A whole day ascent to Ulleri village and continue next day as well to popular spot Ghorepani. If weather is clear, it is an excellent idea to go for excursion to Poon Hill (3200m) early in the morning. When weather is clear, Mt. Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range including close views of the Fishtail or Machhapuchhare, Lamjung and many other peaks. After we trek through bamboo and rhododendron forest via Tadapani with up and down trail by crossing bridge over Modi Khola, left or right sides, we continue to Machapuchere and further to Annapurna base camp (4130m). It is a natural and magnificent amphitheatre of Himalayan giants and tumbling glaciers.
 
This is one of the most dramatic and spectacular locations in Nepal. From many lodges, we view the massive south face of Annapurna 1 (8091m), Annapurna III, Gangapurna, Annapurna South and Machhapuchhare. Our return route retraces our tracks to the village of Chomrong to Jhinu Danda which is popular for Hot Spring where you can relax and take hot natural bath. We trek until Potana or Birethanti and drive back to Pokhara. Spend a night in Pokhara to relax or explore the picturesque lakeside.  Next day drive back to Kathmandu via Prithvi Highway or can combine to go for Safari or rafting trip.
 
NOTE: All trips can be customized as per your interest, fitness level and schedule.
Day 01: 30 minute flight or 6-7 hour drive to Pokhara, West of Kathmandu valley through Prithivi Highway, 200 km and to Nayapul. After 20 minute walk to stop at Birethanti for overnight.
Day 02-03: From Birethanti, the trail follows the Burungdi river up to Tirkedunga, 1577m. The trail passes through several small village to Ulleri and to further uphill to biggest, Gurung village of Ghorepani.
Day 04: We make early excursion to Poon Hill for breathtaking view of high Himalayas. After breakfast, steep descent to Bhanthanti local tea house to Tadapani via deep forest trail.
Day 05-06: Trail drops down through rhododendron and oak forest to Chomrong, a Gurung village with tremendous view across the South of Annapurna and Machapuchere. Again climb up to Kuldi and Dovan.
Day 07-08: Walk from the bed of glacier to Macchapuchere base can and further to Annapurna base camp before clouds roll in. Best close view of Annapurna with several other mountain peaks.
Day 09-10: Trek down to Jinu Danda at 1780m for Hot spring bath, relax. Trek further down next day to Landrung village via donkey trail. We end our trek at Potana, we drive back to Pokhara.
Day 11: We drive or fly out from Pokhara.

If wishing to travel at other times alternative itineraries are available.

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Trek Grading

The Following Is Designed to be a Rough Guide to help you select the trek that suits you best.

Moderate/Reasonable

More remote country, often camping in the wild, the occasional 7 or 8 hour day (camp to camp) but not more than 5 days consecutive walking. Altitude gains of up to 600m. a day.

Adventurous/Vigorous

Up to 9 days consecutive walking including high passes up to 4500m. (With snow covering), but more typically on passes of 3650-4300m. Again, occasionally a 7 or 8 hour day, but usually 5 or 6 hours. A long way from any road!

Challenging / Strenuous

Only one of our treks, "A Himalayan Summit" fully merits this grade. This is purely on account of its altitude, 6000m. Given the time for acclimatization, this is well within the grasp of the fit and healthy.

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