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Daring to approach the base of the 10th highest mountain in the world… doesn’t it sound appealing? Yes, we are talking about the massive and mesmerizing Annapurna (8091 m), boisterously poised in the northern fraction of central Nepal. Think of splendid waterfalls, pinky rhododendron bushes, neat farmlands, soothing vista of the tallest mountains; you are certain to behold them all during this trek. Not a surprise why it is one of the most favored treks in Nepal!
Day 01: Drive Kathmandu / Pokhara (820m), (6 hours drive). Overnight stay at hotel.
Early morning, after breakfast, board a bus and drive to Pokhara. It's a drive of about 8 hours through lush green forest, meandering road through the hills and gracefully flowing riversides. You will also come across lively markets and clusters of villages on the way. Lunch will be taken in one of the road side restaurants. Upon reaching in Pokhara, you will be received and driven to the hotel. Check into hotel.
Day 02: Drive to Nayapul and start trek to Ulleri (1960 m.) – 4 to 5 hrs walk
Morning after breakfast, we drive to Nayapul and start our trek to Ulleri. For an average trekker, it is a 5 hours trek. The journey will take about 2 hours over the hill to Chandrakot from where we start walking. Cross the river at Birethanti and head left along the gentle slope to Tikhedhunga where we cross the Bhurungdi Khola to start the long steep climb to Ulleri. There we find a lodge to spend a night (full board)
Day 03: Trek Ulleri / Ghorepani (2750 m.) – 5 to 6 hrs walk.
We continue to walk, making sure that we're always on the inside of the path, thereby allowing the donkeys to pass. Occasional views of the peaks give way to a narrower valley. We then proceed to pass through Rhododendron forest and eventually reach Ghorepani. It is a beautiful place from where we can enjoy the most panoramic views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range (full board)
Day 04: Morning, excursion to Poon hill (3193 m.) and trek to Tadapani (2590 m.) – 6 to 7 hrs walk.
Early morning, we will climb for one hour to Poon hill. It is one of the most popular vantage points of this trek. It is situated at an elevation of 3210 meters from where we can see the tremendous views of giant Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range. After admiring the views and taking a good pause, we come down to Ghorepani village and have breakfast and proceed to Tadapani.
From Ghorepani the trail climbs south following a path through deep forests. It finally emerges on a grassy knoll which offers good mountain views, including sight of Machhapuchhare (not visible from Ghorepani) and a panorama all the way south to the plains of India. The vantage point is quite similar to that of Poon Hill. Keep climbing along the ridge through pine and rhododendron forests to a crest at 3030 m, then descent to two inns, a second pass, also called Deurail, at 2960m. The trail then descends steeply to a stream before the climbing resumes, going through a forest to Tadapani. Overnight stay at Lodge (full board)
Day 05: Trek Tadapani / Chhomrong (2340 m.) – 5 hrs walk
Tadapani is a small village from there the trail divides for Chorong and Ghandrung. The south trail goes to Ghandrung, you have to take the eastern one for Chomrong. From here, the way goes down through dense forest to Gurajon village that lies just after the suspension bridge. Then onwards, no more ups & downs till Chomrong village. Chomrong is a beautiful village located on the lap of giant Annapurna massive. It's a typical Gurung village but now is modernized and has almost lost its culture & traditions. Trek duration - 5 hours (full board)
Day 06: Trek Chhomrong / Doban (2505 m.) – 5 hrs walk
Step down to Chomrong stream, cross the suspension bridge then trek up to Sinuwa Danda. Sinuwa is a beautiful village on the top of this ascends from here the trek becomes flat. From Sinuwa, the trail runs through thick & dark rhododendron forest up to Khuldighar then step down to the Bambboo through the rocky cliff. You continue the walk and reach Dovan where you take shelter and celebrate the evening. Trekking duration 6 and half hours
Day 07: Trek Doban / Deurali (3100 m.) - 3 hrs walk
We have a silence jungle walk from Dovan to Himalaya because there is a temple in between the Jungle so it is believed that disturbance and big noise is not allowed at the jungle. You can also see many water falls during the journey from Dovan to himalaya. From Himalaya you have to walk steep up then you will reach Hinku- Lake. Deurali seems to be near the Dovan, it takes 40 minutes walk from Hinku- cave to Dovan. Deurali is at 3250m height.
Day 08: Trek Deurali / Annapurna Base Camp (4130 m.) – 4 hrs walk
The trail from here takes right bank of the stream, through the rugged path, which sticks on the rocky cliff and is slippery some times. In winter, this part is most dangerous part of the trek for avalanches. It's not possible to monitor the situation from down. From here, the way is easy and flat for a while. At the bottom of the cliff lots of moraines can be seen. After a while, the path goes gently up until Machhapuchare base camp. There are few tourist lodges. From here keep on walking up through grassy land for two hours then you will reach to the Annapurna Base Camp. Trek duration 5 hours (full board)
Day 09: Trek Annapurna Base Camp / Bamboo (2335 m.) – 5 hrs walk
From Annapurna Base Camp the route rapidly descends past the Machhapuchhre Base camp, Deurali, Himalayan Hotel and Doban and comes Bamboo.
Day 10: Trek Bamboo / Jhinudanda (1610m). – 4 hrs walk
The route passes through beautiful fields of rhododendron flowers, oaks and bamboo. We trek through Sinuwa, cross the Chhumrung Khola and continue on to Chhumrung Village. From here it is downhill to Jhinu Danda. Jhuiu Danda is small local commercial village where we stay tonight. For those with enough energy there is a 20 min walk to a nearby hot water spring to relax all those muscles.
Day 11: Trek Jhinudanda / Landruk (1565 m.) – 3 hrs walk
The trek starts with a downhill section of about 20 minutes to the Kimrungkhola river where we will cross a suspension bridge before reaching a small village. We continue to the Modi Khola river and up to the Langdruk village where we will stay for the night.
Day 12: Trek Landruk / Dhampus (1650 m) – 5 hrs.
On this day you will once again be stunned by spectacular views of Annapurna South. Once we reach Dhampus, the largest village on the trek, we will see cars again, even a local school- all signs that we are almost back to civilization.
Day 13: Trek Dhampus / Phedi (approx. 1 hr walk) and drive to Pokhara (approx. 30 min drive). Overnight stay at hotel.
The last day of your trek is a quite steep downhill hike into Phedi, where you will catch a ride back into Pokhara where we will overnight.
Day 14: Drive Pokhara / Kathmandu
It takes about 4 – 5 hours to drive back to Kathmandu crossing over some mountain passes and rivers along the way. In the evening we enjoy a farewell dinner and reflect on a great adventure
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