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16 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek Tour

16 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek Tour

() Kathmandu - Pokhara-Tirkhedhunga- Ghorepani-Poon Hill- Chomrong-Himalaya Hotel- Annapurna Base Camp-Pokhara-Kathmandu

Overview

Annapurna Base camp (ABC) Trekking is also known as Annapurna Sanctuary. The tour begins at Pokhara and trek to Tirkhedhunga. On the way to Ghorepani, you can have good views of Annapurna South and Himchuli. Then follow the trail to Poon Hill and trek forwards to Tadapani. After arriving in Chomrong, you will pass the Modi Khola, which goes steeply up to Himalaya Hotel. Then, enjoy the excursion to Machapuchare Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp. Trek back to Pokhara from Chomrong to fly back to Kathmandu.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, and you are welcomed by the hospitable meeting and then you will be transferred to your hotel. 

Stay overnight in Kathmandu

Day 2: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing(B)

After breakfast, we will have a full day of sightseeing in Kathmandu valley. You will visit Kathmandu City, Swayambhunath and Patan City.

Stay overnight at hotel

Day 3: Kathmandu to Pokhara (B)

After breakfast, you will drive to the domestic airport and fly to Pokhara. Upon arrival in Pokhara, you will be transferred to your hotel and relax for the afternoon.

Stay overnight at hotel

Day 4: Pokhara to Tirkhedhunga, from 1,000m to 1,540m. 4-5 hrs (B/L/D)

We will drive two hours to the village of Lumle where we meet our trekking crews before we begin our trek. Then we will walk through meadows and terraced rice fields for about an hour before the trail crosses a big bridge by the confluence of Bhurungdi Khola and the Modi River. Here lies a large village bazaar named Birethanti.

For the next three hours or so we will continue the walk on the gentle but steadily climbing trail to the village of Hille (1,540m) and shortly after (15 mins) we get to the lovely hill village of Tirkhedhunga for our night stop.

Day 5: Tirkhedhunga to Ghorepani,1,540m to 2,750m. 5-6 hrs (B/L/D)

Today the walk takes us more than 3,000 stone steps to the breathtaking views from Ulleri. From here you can have good views of Annapurna South and Himchuli. After the hard climb you will find the trail eases off and after an hour it reaches Banthanti where just a few tourist lodges are situated. You will soon enter a forest of beautiful rhododendrons, which is really spectacular in March & April. After about two more hours gradually ascend the trail reaches Ghorepani.

Day 6: Excursion to Poon Hill with 3 hrs. Trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani 2,750m to 3103m to 2,590m. Additional 4 hrs (B/L/D)

After waking up at 5am,  you will carry out your pre dawn assault on Poon Hill. During your one hour hike to the top you will witness breathtaking views as a wide Himalayan vista opens up before you that includes Dhaulagiri 8167m (the world's seventh highest peak) and Manaslu 8156m (the world's eighth highest peak) with the mighty Annapurna range stretched in between them. You will return to Ghorepani for breakfast before you start the undulating four walk to Tadapani.

Day 7: Tadapani to Chomrong, 2,590m to 2,170m. 5 hrs (B/L/D)

We now leave Tadapani for the interesting hike to join the main Ghandrung to Chomrong route. Today you will hike a series of undulating trails and small paths leading to the villages of Chiule and Klisigo before you get to your overnight stay at Chomrong.

Day 8: Chomrong to Himalaya Hotel, 2,170m to 2,920m. 6 hrs (B/L/D)

After descending to the suspension bridge over the Chomrong Khola you hike the undulating trail to the small hamlet of Dobhan via the villages of Sinuwa, Kuldihar and Bamboo. About half an hour past Dobhan a shrine, which is the sacred home of the deity Panchhi Baraha and next to it is a view of an impressive waterfall. Passing the Modi Khola the trail goes steeply up to Himalaya Hotel for your night halt.

Day 9: Himalaya Hotel to Machapuchare Base Camp, 2,920m to 3,700m. 5 hrs (B/L/D)

About one hour from the Himalaya hotel stands the huge rock that forms the Hinku Cave, a favourite camping shelter and landmark for mountaineering expeditions, which is a pleasant place to rest. About 30 minutes from Hinku Cave is Deurali and after Deurali the trail crosses several streams before you enter the sanctuary itself where a few lodges are located where you will stay overnight.

Day 10: Excursion to Annapurna Base Camp and Trek back to Himalaya Hotel, 3,700m to 4,130m. 6 hrs (B/L/D)

The path up to to the base camp is moderately steep and you will find this stretch very pleasant as you gently stroll along the river through tranquil meadows with many boulders to rest upon and gaze in awe at the surrounding peaks.

From here the panorama is breath taking, Annapurna I rears above a rubble covered glacier while to the south Himchuli and Annapurna South loom ominously whilst Machhapuchre (Mt. Fishtail) appears quite magnificent. For a view of Gangapurna climb the moraine with a few rock cairns to the south. Have a complete rest here and enjoy your views of the Annapurna Ranges before you trek back the same way to Himalaya Hotel.

Day 11: Himalaya Hotel to Chomrong, 2,920m to 2,170m. 5 hrs (B/L/D)

On this day we retrace our path from day 8.

Day 12: Chomrong to Pothana,2,170m to 1,900m 5 hrs (B,L,D)

Leaving Chomrong we follow the undulating path to Pothana crossing over several suspension bridges in the process. There is a stiff 550m climb on this day but you will be a veteran Himalayan hiker by now and this will not present you with any undue difficulty. On the way you should be able to see Dhauagiri and towards the end of the day the path descends gently to Pothana.

Day 13: Pothana to Dhampus to Pokhara,1,900m to 1,650m. 2 hrs (B)

From Pothana trek about for two hours through more beautiful landscape to reach Dhampus where we take the two- hour drive back Pokhara.

Day 14: Pokhara to Kathmandu (B)

You will have a free morning in Pokhara and you can make good use of the city's ample shops and cafés. If you are still feeling energetic go for a boat ride on beautiful Phewa lake.

In the afternoon, we will fly back to Kathmandu, where we will transfer back to our hotel and then visit Patan square, which is famous for its temples, arts and crafts. Then, we will take the short flight back to Kathmandu.

Day 15: A free day in Kathmandu (B)

A free day for your own activities (optional tours).

Day 16: Departure from Kathmandu (B)

You will be transferred to airport to connect onward flight.

Service Guide

Service Included:

  • Tibet travel permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
  • All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
  • Personal knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide;
  • Personal comfortable, clean and safe vehicle with reliable Tibetan local driver; vehicle ranging from 4WD land cruiser to minibus depending on your group size;
  • All lodging listed in the itinerary; it’s your decision about the accommodation class: luxury 5-star international hotel, comfortable 4-star hotel, economic 3-star hotel or budget hostel, guesthouse or tent. Please tell us your accommodation preference when submitting the enquiry; we will arrange the best-value hotels for you.
  • Domestic flight/train tickets listed in the itinerary;
  • All meals listed in the above itinerary;
  • Tourist accident/casualty insurance;
  • First aid kit;

Service Excluded:

  • International flight to and out of China;
  • Chinese visa (Note: we could help you with the Chinese visa application, like providing the invitation letter, presenting the hotel or domestic flight reservation copies, etc that you may need. )
  • Domestic flight/train not listed in the itinerary. (We can provide you the domestic flight/train ticket booking service at the BEST discount price; please contact us our travel experts for the details.)
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary; usually it costs about USD3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).
  • Tips and gratitude to tour guide and driver;
  • Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks (please do the best to avoid the alcoholic beverages during your Tibet trip), optional tour activities, etc.

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