Involves trekking up to 6 hours a day upt 5400 meters for the duration of 9 -18 days . Any reasonably active person should be able to manage these trips.
As if one Himalayan peak is not enough, travel to the base camps of two mountains in the Annapurna range in this thrilling journey through forests, gorges, valley, rivers and hills.
The 34 miles long Annapurna massif, at its highest, rises over 26,500 feet in elevation and has over 30 peaks over 20,000 feet high. We will trek to the western end of the massif at the Annapurna Sanctuary and from there to the southern end at Mardi Himal Base Camp, completing a circuit of sorts. The massif itself is breathtaking but we also travel through the beautiful villages that lie along the way. The trip is action-packed with no spare days in between for rest so come prepared.
We will receive you at the airport in Kathmandu (4,600 feet) and take you to your hotel.
We will take you around Kathmandu to different heritage sites and happening places to make you see why this ancient city is so popular among tourists. Kathmandu is rich in culture and the ancient parts of the city have not changed for hundreds of years. A pre-trip meeting will be held in the evening to run you through the itinerary.
A tourist bus will take you to Pokhara, the famous tourist town on the bank of the Phewa Lake. We reach Pokhara in seven hours and have to pass green hills after hills to get there. Everyone going to or returning from Annapurna stays at Pokhara, so you will meet plenty of travellers like yourself here. The lakeside area offers an amazing nightlife to relax you ahead of your trekking trip.
We will begin the day with a short drive to Nayapool village where the trekking circuit around Mount Annapurna begins. We will walk six miles alongside forests and streams from here to Tikhedhunga to begin our own expedition.
Steps have been laid all the way up to Ghorepani. Walking up the steps for five to six hours will definitely put a lot of pressure on your legs but we will pass through several villages and stops to keep you fresh. The forests and hills provide a very good distraction from your fatigue.
The Himalayas will accompany you throughout the way to Tadhapani as we pass through forests and streams. It takes five hours to get here but the clear view of the majestic mountains from Tadhapani makes the tough trek worth the effort.
We have to head closer to the Annapurna. We have to make a tough uphill climb which takes as much as five hours. The view of the beautiful Himalayan range and the rhododendron forests and rivers along the way might distract you away from your fatigue.
There is no rest for the weary. We have to climb up for about five hours through forests and cross the Chomrong River and enter the Modi Khola Valley to reach Dovan village.
Deurali is four hours of trekking away from Deurali. We start early and attempt to reach Deurali before noon so that we can catch enough rest for the trek to Annapurna Base Camp the next day. We have to cross the Modi Khola River and bamboo forests and there are several waterfalls and caves along the way to keep us entertained.
You have to walk for five hours on a straight path to reach our point of interest. To reach this glacial basin, we have to pass through narrow ways between the bases of Mount Himchuli (21,132 feet) and Mount Machhapuchchhre (22,943 feet). Standing on the foot of the Annapurna Massif is breathtaking; you will be surrounded by mountains over 23,000 feet. No wonder the local people consider this place a home of the gods.
We take the same route back to Dovan through which we had arrived. It takes six hours of downhill trekking to get there.
It takes six hours to trek to Jhinu. After all these days of hiking, you will be in a lot of pain but the natural hot water spring at Jhinu will ease your pain a little.
We have to cross some forests and a river on our way downhill towards Tolkha. We also pass through Landruk village which is home to the indigenous Gurung community. We will reach Tolkha five hours after leaving from Jhinu.
As the name suggests, Forest Camp is a village in the middle of a forest. The locals call it Kokar and it is about six hours of hiking away from Tolkha. You will enjoy walking in the forest to get there and spending a night here is an amazing experience.
We gain quite an altitude this day, about 3,500 feet. You have to walk all day through forests. If you are lucky, you might get to see an exotic Himalayan animal like the snow leopard. Most travellers rest for the day at the Low Camp (9,744 feet). But since we will be fully acclimatized after so many days in the mountains, we trek further uphill to the High Camp.
You will climb non-stop for four hours to reach the base camp of Mardi Himal. The mountain is in the southern end of the Annapurna range and standing on its foot, you will have completed the circuit from Annapurna Base Camp to Mardi Himal Base Camp. We will return to High Camp before night.
We leave the Himalayas and walk all the way down to the lowlands. We climb down to Low Camp in about three hours. After that, the village of Sidhing is one hour away through forests and farmlands. At Sidhing, we will stay at the home of one of the locals and get to experience their culture and food.
The farmlands between Sidhing and Lawang with the Himalayas in the background make a beautiful trail. We have to walk down for six hours but the beauty of the landscape will heal your fatigue a little. At Lawang, we again opt for homestay.
It is slightly uphill climb today. We pass through tiny villages and forests to reach Pothana. This will be your second last day in the Annapurna.
This downhill trek will take over three hours but thankfully it is the last of it. This far in the journey, even downhill walking hurts. After resting for some time at Phedi, we drive to Pokhara and rest in the comfort of a city.
We take the same road back through which we had arrived at the beginning of our journey. Look out the window from your bus to see what places you remember. The view of the Himalayas in the distance will surely remind you of your travel there. We will host a farewell dinner for you before you leave.
We will see you off at the airport. It will be a happy-sad moment as we know that it is hard to leave this wonderful country but you will be leaving with very rich memories.
In Kathmandu, you will stay in a three-star hotel while you will be staying at standard guesthouses during your travel. There will be electricity, internet, laundry and hot showers in all of the places you stay. You will have to share your room with a fellow traveller in our typical package. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 300.Also note that single rooms is easily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.
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Note: The lists have been prepared by our guides based on experience and are meant as suggestion for an average trekker. Each trekker will have his/her own preferences and necessities and we recommend carrying everything that you think you might need. You will find several options for each equipment and we advise to select the best match for your particular trip. You can purchase almost everything on the lists in Kathmandu and we are happy to help you choose.
We give you the power to choose the departure date that suits your group best. A private trip is a perfect solution if you can’t find a published departure date that you and your companions agree on. You can set up a private departure for most of the trips we offer.
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