Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts in Kathmandu and full board elsewhere. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.
This 15-day trek takes intrepid travelers on an unforgettable journey from the Nepali capital to the breathtaking Annapurna Sanctuary. Along the way, you’ll pass through Pokhara, Machhapuchhre Base Camp and many picturesque Himalayan mountain villages until reaching Annapurna Base Camp at more than 13,500 feet above sea level. On the return journey, you’ll pass through Landrung, Dhampus and Phedi before driving back to Pokhara and Kathmandu, where you’ll have time to explore the ancient city of Patan before heading home.
Begin your journey in Kathmandu, where you’ll be transferred from the airport to your hotel. The Nepali capital has a wide array of world-class hotels and we recommend the Dwarika’s Hotel or the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu. In the evening, you’ll be briefed with the details of your upcoming trek and enjoy a restful night’s sleep in preparation for an early start.
After breakfast at your hotel in Kathmandu, you’ll fly to Pokhara, Nepal’s second-largest city, boasting gorgeous lake and mountain vistas. Pokhara is blessed with many beautiful lodges in the mountains and on the lake, including Begnas Lake Resort and Tiger Mountain Lodge. After settling into your hotel, you’ll have the option to take a cruise on Phewa Lake.
Today you’ll drive to Nayapul, around 90 minutes from Pokhara. From here, you’ll begin your trek to Tikhedhunga, a journey of around three hours. Nayapul means “new bridge” and is named after the suspension bridge where the trail begins. Following a stone pathway through picturesque valleys, small villages and beautiful farmland, you’ll camp in Tikhedhunga (5,050 feet). Here, you’ll enjoy a hearty meal - lentils, curry and rice are local staples - before having an early night.
Rise early and eat an energizing breakfast because today you’ll tackle an uphill climb to Ghorepani, at 9,415 feet. There are more than 3,400 stairs on the ascent to the halfway point of Ulleri, after which you’ll enjoy a less demanding hike along winding forest path criss-crossed by streams. In the villages you'll pass along the way, you’ll encounter a variety of different indigenous communities, and enjoy rest breaks with hot tea and stunning valley views. After approximately six hours of trekking, you’ll reach Ghorepani, where you will camp for the night.
Wake up before dawn and climb to Pun Hill (10,795 feet) where you’ll enjoy a scenic sunrise over a carpet of clouds. Here, you can take in panoramas of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges with a cup of hot tea or coffee, before descending along rhododendron-dotted trails to Tadapani (8,630 feet) - an overall trip of five hours. Camp and dinner in Tadapani tonight.
After passing through Tadapani, the trail splits in two - you’ll be descending into Ghandrung Village then trekking onwards to Jhinu Danda, where you’ll stop for lunch. Next, you’ll embark upon one of the trek’s most challenging legs - a steep climb up open hillside to Chhomrong (7,120 feet), where you’ll camp for the night.
From Chhomrong, the trail follows the Modi River, leaving behind inhabited foothills for the wooded slopes of Himalayas. Crossing a suspension bridge, you'll head up to Sinuwa Danda. The ascent from Sinuwa becomes somewhat flatter. You'll pass through thick and dark rhododendron forest up till Khuldighar, then continue further to descend steep stone steps into deep bamboo and rhododendron forests to Bamboo. From here, it's a gentle climb of around 90 minutes to reach Dovan, our campsite for the night. Total trekking time today is between five and six hours.
The initial steep climb from Dovan catches up to the fire-blackened overhang of Hinko Cave. From here, the trail drops closer to the river before climbing again to Deurali, the most scenic stretch of the day. The vegetation is sparser, allowing for magical views of the valley and river below, as well as the sheer rock face cliffs above with bands of wispy waterfalls. Leaving Deurali, the valley narrows even more as you enter the gateway to the Sanctuary. Climb up to Macchapuchare Base camp, a level and grassy moraine platform. Today's trek is around four to five hours.
This morning, you'll push for a fairly gentle ascent to Annapurna Base Camp. The vegetation disappears on the way to ABC and the path widens as you enter the sanctuary. From here, enjoy sensational views of the near-vertical south face of Annapurna towering above us. The sanctuary boasts a dynamic view with an uninterrupted 360-degree panorama. From the base camp, savor mesmerizing views of the Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli and other peaks. Later, start retracing your steps to Bamboo. The walk is mostly downhill, so it shouldn’t be very difficult. On the way, witness the waterfalls that drop down from a high point to the rocks below and pass through forests with great views of Fishtail and Hiunchuli mountains. The trek up to Annapurna sanctuary takes around two hours, while the trek back down to Bamboo takes around five to six hours.
Today, you'll descend to Chhomrong, a journey that takes between four and five hours. Located amid terraced crops of millet, potato and maize, Chhomrong is a picturesque stopping point with crisp streams and verdant valleys. Spend the night here, enjoying dinner made from fresh local produce.
Trek around four hours to Landrung (5,575 feet) via the Annapurna Conservation Area, where you will register with the office, then continue on via the Modi River. Landrung is home to a community of indigenous Gurung people and offers brilliant views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli Peak. You’ll spend the night here in Landrung.
Make the easy descent into the beautiful little village of Dhampus, then on to Phedi. In Phedi, you’ll be greeted by a driver who will take you to Pokhara where you can enjoy the comforts of luxury accommodation after many days of trekking and camping. We recommend the Begnas Lake Resort and Tiger Mountain Lodge.
Today, you’ll meet a knowledgeable English-speaking guide for a full-day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley with its palaces, historic architecture and ornate temples. You’ll also visit the ancient royal city of Patan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site founded in the third century BC. Tonight, you’ll enjoy the final night of your Himalayan tour in the comfort of your luxury hotel in Kathmandu.