Trek to the top of Tent Peak, a beast of a Himalayan mountain rising above 18,500 feet from sea level, as you gradually gain altitude in this 18 days’ expedition to the summit and back. The final summit is just an icing on a cake as the journey will take you through breathtaking Himalayan landscapes and beautiful villages that will leave you enchanted.
One of us will be there to pick you up as you land into Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Stay overnight at your hotel where we will brief you on your big trip ahead while you muse on your Himalayan adventure of a lifetime.
We will take you on a guided tour to three iconic monuments in Kathmandu which are included in the Unesco’s World Heritage List. Our first stop will be the Pashupatinath Temple, one of the biggest and holiest shrines in the world of Hindu god Shiva.
We visit another World Heritage Site of Boudhanath Stupa, one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the country. It is believed that the Stupa is a tomb of an incarnation of Lord Buddha.
We then drive to Bhaktapur to visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. The square is a former royal courtyard where there are several ancient temples and monuments to visit. The place is rich in culture and preserves the traditional way of living.
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.
A short drive to Nayapool village begins the day. This is where the trekking circuit around Mount Annapurna begins. We will walk to Ghandruk to begin our own expedition. It is an easy six hours of walking alongside forests and streams. Ghandruk is perfect to mix with the local people, who are very friendly, and get a sense of the culture. There is a monastery, a temple and even a museum here to keep you busy throughout the day. The view of the Annapurna Range is another prime attraction. Oh and yes, you have to try the local food here. It is something to die for.
We have to head closer to the Annapurna. We have to make a tough uphill climb which takes as much as six 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 Machhapuchchhre 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 four 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 peaks higher than 20,000 feet in the Annapurna massif. Mount Machhapuchchhre (22,943 feet) stands majestically with its almost vertical slopes and pointed double-peak shaped as a fishtail. The place is so intimidating and breathtaking that people consider it sacred so climbing the mountain is not allowed.
Rest well as we will gain quite an altitude in the coming days. Our guides will train you on some skills and techniques for high-altitude climbing.
After setting foot on an actual Himalayan giant, we move to another. We walk for four hours among glaciers to reach the base camp of Tent Peak or the Cave Camp. You will be accumulating mountain climbing knowledge as you walk to prepare for your summit of Tent Peak.
We climb up to the High Camp of Tent Peak. It takes three hours to get there and will serve as the perfect preparation for our journey to the summit the next day. Latter part your day will involve learning valuable mountain climbing skills from our guides.
This is the day you paid all that money for that climbing permit. We start early and try to reach the summit by mid-day. Put your ice climbing equipment to good use and do as our guides tell you to. On the top of Tent Peak, also known as Tharpu Chuli, you will be right in the middle of the Annapurna massif. We will return to High Camp before night. All in all, you will have to trek for 10 hours in this day.
We start getting back now. We walk back the same way we arrived for about five hours till we reach Machhapuchchhre Base Camp.
We walk further downhill taking the same track back through which we had arrived. We walk for six hours past the Modi Khola River and a forest towards Bamboo.
It takes six to seven 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.
This downhill trek takes over five hours but thankfully it is the last of it. This far in the journey, even downhill walking hurts. After resting for some time at Nayapool, we drive to Pokhara and go for sightseeing. Pokhara is the most beautiful city in Nepal and that is why tourists from all around the world come here. The lakeside area is a great place for tourists to hangout and the nightlife here is amazing.
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 250.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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