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Destination
Trekking
Adventure
The Annapurnas are Nepal’s most popular trekking area and it’s not hard to see why. Spectacular scenery, diverse cultures, forests, lakes and glaciers combine to make it one of the most scenic areas for novice or experienced trekkers. When you reach Annapurna Base Camp, sometimes referred to as the Annapurna Sanctuary in the centre of the Annapurna Range you will be reward with 360 degree views of awesome soaring peaks and glaciers.
Total Duration
15 Nights / 16 Days (Ex Kathmandu)
Grade
Moderate Plus
Maximum Altitude
4,200 m/ 13,779 ft
Best Season
April to May; September to October
Accommodation
Hotel – 4; Teahouse Stay – 11
Food
Kathmandu, Pokhara – Bed and Breakfast basis; On trek – All meals included
Travel
In small Non AC vehicles/coach depending on the group size; Tourist bus transfer from Kathmandu to Pokhara and back

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM THIS ADVENTURE TRIP

The Annapurnas are Nepal’s most popular trekking area and it’s not hard to see why. Spectacular scenery, diverse cultures, forests, lakes and glaciers combine to make it one of the most scenic areas for novice or experienced trekkers. When you reach Annapurna Base Camp, sometimes referred to as the Annapurna Sanctuary in the centre of the Annapurna Range you will be reward with 360 degree views of awesome soaring peaks and glaciers.
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DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU (1,402 m / 4,600 ft)

Arrive in Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport. Upon arrival meet our representative to assist and transfer to the hotel. After welcome refreshments check into your rooms. Eve: Pre-departure trip briefing followed by welcome dinner at an authentic Nepali restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.
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DAY 2: DRIVE TO POKHARA BY TOURIST SHUTTLE BUS (7 hrs)

Early breakfast, transfer to Kantipath (Tourist Bus Station), to board the tourist shuttle to Pokhara via the Prithivi Highway. En-route stop for lunch. Upon arrival in Pokhara transfer to hotel. Rest of the day is free to stroll around colorful lakeside bazaar. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.
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DAY 3: DRIVE TO PHEDI AND THEN, TREK TO DHAMPUS (1,700 m/5,577 ft - 3 hrs)

After breakfast, get in to a waiting vehicle and drive to Phedi. Upon arrival in Phedi, meet our porters and Sherpa guides and commence trek to Dhampus. The trek starts immediately with a steep climb through mixed forests and takes about an hour to arrive at the Mina Lodge, which marks the end of the steep path and arrival at Dhampus plateau. From here the incline is much easier as the trail continues to climb steadily in more forested area and after about two hours we arrive at the first checkpost at the entrance to Dhampus village with a maze of houses and alleyways of stonewalls. There are magnificent views of the mountains from west to east of the Annapurna South (7,219 m), Hiunchuli (6,441 m), Mardi Himal (5,587 m) and Macchapucchare (6,993 m)to the north. Dinner and overnight at Dhampus.
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DAY 4: DHAMPUS TO LANDRUNG (1,699 m/5,475 ft)

After breakfast, visit the Annapurna Conservation Area Project office to register and continue on the trek. After leaving the village, we continue on the trail going down a fairly gentle slope cut into steps in the middle of the forest and then a short climb brings us to the settlement of Pothana (2,000 m) after an hour with magnificent views of the western Himalayas. The path from here slowly ascends until it reaches the locality of Bichok Deorali (2,149 m) located at the crest of the ridge. From here, the trail descends slowly but gets steeper until it meets the Modi Khola Valley first and then the village of the Bheri Khola, which is a convenient place to stop for lunch. After lunch, cross a small suspension bridge as the path follows the ridge of a hill for an hour to the settlement of Tolka (1,895 m).Then cross the hamlets of Tolka Naga and Tolka Medi Gara before again going down gently towards the village of Landrung on a trail where the forest gives way to vast expanses of terraced cultivation covering the surrounding hills. Dinner and overnight at Landrung.
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DAY 5: LANDRUNG TO CHOMORONG (2,170 m/7,119 ft; 5 hrs)

We start by going through the village and at the end of the village we walk towards north on a path which gradually leads to the river bank and then on to the New bridge which takes about an hour. After crossing the bridge, the path rises steeply and it is tough going for about 45 minutes before it eases out on a slope gently going down until our arrival the Kyumnu Khola, a tributary of the Modi Khola. From here, it is another 30 minutes of climbing to the settlement of Jhinu Danda (1,760 m), which has a few comfortable looking lodges and many Tibetan traders selling trinkets to trekkers. After lunch, the climb to Chomorong is a steep one with an average slope of 30 degrees incline. But fortunately there are a few lodges located on the trail making the necessary stops an enjoyable one. At the end of the 2 hour ordeal, we arrive at a ridge with a few hotels but we continue further (for camping groups) about 10 minutes to arrive at the main Chomorong village with hotels and houses dotting the whole hillside and a most panoramic and close views of the Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Macchapucchare mountains. Chommorrong controls the entry to the Annapurna Sanctuary. Dinner and overnight at Chommorrong.
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DAY 6: TREK TO HIMALAYA HOTEL (2,873 m/9,425 ft; 7 hrs)


Go down until the suspension bridge, which crosses the Chomorong Khola, and then climb up the opposite side for about 30 minutes till you reach the hamlet of Banuwa. Carry on for another thirty minutes until you reach Sunawa (about 2,400m), where you will find at least two lodge-restaurants. Here the path leaves cultivated fields to enter the beautiful tropical forest. It takes about an hour to reach the locality of where you will encounter the second checkpost. (You will have to show your trekking permit as well as you entrance ticket to the National Park.) The headquarters of ACAP and its environment centre are also located at Khuldi Ghar. After the check post the path suddenly descends until it reaches the hamlet of with four or five lodges and is a good place to make a lunch break. As the name suggest, Bamboo marks the beginning of the huge bamboo forest, which leads, after about an hour of walking, to Tiptop (2,571 m). There are two lodges here competing with the lodges established at Doban (2,606m). Soon after Doban you will enter the sacred forest of Jode Yehm, where near the waterfall on the east bank of Modi Khola, you will see an altar surrounded by thousands of white banners suspended from the trees. A sign indicates the name of the place and reminds the travelers not to lean over. One assumes it is better not to disturb the Gods. From Doban, it will take an hour to reach Himalayan Hotel (2,873 m). Dinner and overnight at Himalaya Hotel.
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DAY 7: HIMALAYA HOTEL TO MACCHAPUCCHARE BASE CAMP (3,700 m/12,139 ft; 5 hrs)

The track continues through the middle of the forest, going up and down following the flow of the rivers, until the last stretch where a steep path leads to Hinku Cave (3,139m). It will take another three hour to reach the actual site of the Hinku Cave, noticeable by a huge rock half sheltering a bhatti. From here it will take about three hours to reach Deorali (3,230m). On the way you probably would have to cross two naves or slabs of old frozen ice, commonly found in glacial area. The next stop, the base camp of Macchapucchare, is about two hours walk away. Macchapucchare or “Fishtail’, has been thus named because its twin summits resembles a twitched fishtail. After having walked along the river for thirty minutes, the path rises up and goes through several naves. If it has snowed recently, this part of the route will be quite difficult, though the use of crampons is not necessary, a stick should suffice. Dinner and overnight at Macchapucchare Base Camp.
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DAY 8: TREK TO ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP (4,200 m; 3 hrs)

To enjoy the magnificent sunrise over the Sanctuary one has to go to the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC), which is only three hours away from the Macchapucchare Base Camp. Except for a few hills, the route is flat and therefore quite easy. Also, the spectacular views of Annapurna south in the forefront are so satisfying that one easily forgets the exhaustion. At the end of the route (4130 m), there are about five or six lodges. A little further, the path leads to a small hill, which is the best point to admire the entire panorama of the Annapurna Sanctuary. Dinner and overnight at Annapurna Base Camp.
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DAY 9: REST DAY IN ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP

Rest day in Annapurna Base Camp. Dinner and overnight at Annapurna Base Camp.
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DAY 10: BACK TRACK TO HIMALAYA HOTEL (2,873 m/9,425 ft; 6 hrs)

Back track to Himalaya Hotel from Annapurna Base Camp. Dinner and overnight at Himalaya Hotel.
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DAY 11: BACK TRACK TO CHOMMORRONG (2,170 m/7,119 ft; 5 hrs)

Back track to Chommorrong from Himalaya Hotel. Dinner and overnight at Chommorrong.
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DAY 12: TREK TO GHANDRUNG (1,920 m; 5 hours)

After breakfast, trek towards Kyumrong Khola for lunch. After lunch trek to Ghandrung Village via Kyumrong Danda. This area is offers some of the finest trekking in Nepal. Ghandrung village is rich through its excellent farming land and the generations of its sons who have sent and received pay and pensions from the British and Indian Gurkha armies. Dinner and overnight at Ghandrung.
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DAY 13: TREK DOWN TO NAYA PUL & DRIVE BACK TO POKHARA (4 hrs)

After breakfast, trek through a pleasant downhill trail and then the trail levels out and follows the banks of the river. After having spent a long time at higher altitudes, the heat sometimes makes traveling on the open riverbed an uncomfortable one. After about 3 hours, arrive at the riverside and settlement in Birethanti for lunch. This is also the main entry point to the Annapurna Conservation Area and after lunch, walk along the high banks of the Modi Khola for about 30 minutes and end trek at Naya Pul to meet waiting vehicles and drive (1 hr) back to Pokhara.
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DAY 14: REST DAY AT POKHARA

This day is to rest and relax in the scenic city of Pokhara. You can go for a sightseeing tour here or go for an evening boat ride at Lake Phewa. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.
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DAY 15: DRIVE BACK TO KATHMANDU BY TOURIST SHUTTLE BUS

After early breakfast transfer to Tourist Bus Station in Lakeside to board bus to Kathmandu. Upon arrival transfer to hotel. Group farewell dinner and overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
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DAY 16: FINAL DEPARTURE FROM KATHMANDU

Free until final departure transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport.
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Tour Reviews

5 based on 2 reviews
May 24, 2017

An experience of a lifetime !
The journey.. beautiful beyond words,your journey spans the entire spectrum of landscapes from the plains, to river sides, villages, ridges and valleys, stark himalayan terrain with the glacial water cascading from the heights to finally the base camp walk on ice with stunning vistas all around ! The machupichare peak and the absolutely stunning annapurna ranges. With lots of climbing up and down hills, the trek itself follows a fairly popular and a defined route so you will company along the way..
Nepal’s luxury trekkin :) u have rooms to sleep in, beds and even blankets some nights, fantastic pizzas, noodles and dal rice all along.. and some great people along the way.. simple warm and hospitable
At the end of it all.. thank you getupandgo. And thanks Arjan ! . you guys were fabulous ! Its this team that held us together constantly making sure we were taken care off and always watched over. Very efficient and very knowledgeable of the ways of the mountain.. i owe this experience of a lifetime entirely to u guys ! Thank you and look forward to doing this again :)

May 29, 2017

A totally different experience all together ..Annapurna range conjures up an image of the unparalleled and sublime beauty of nature. The trek that we went on with getupandgo simply re-emphasised the fact that you guys teach us to not conquer nature …but ourselves .The terrain was tough and the steps were ‘up and down’ sometimes winding… sometimes straight & it sometimes Seemed never ending ..but thanks to the constant encouragement of the brilliant team members and leader that it all went good .The unbelievable beauty , the huge expanse of snow capped mountains ..the luxury tea houses ,..the different patches of landscape we saw …from brown to green ..from snowing terrains to icy turfs ,the beautiful rhododendrons etc ….what an experience !
Getupandgo truly has made me a very happy trekker indeed…they made me do something which has always been a must to do in the trekking dictionary and ..yes ,..it’s all about just Getupandgo ..always !!!!!
Thanks for the trust
thanks for the push
A fantastic experience ..where the mind along with the body was challenged and how !!!!!!
Gratitude much .

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