A trek to Annapurna Base Camp in the heart of Annapurna starting from Pokhara is a hidden alpine amphitheater, overshadowed by surroundings ice-bound giants of 20,000ft and more. Actually, this trek is with few altitude problems, providing you with unparalleled access to spectacular horizons of snowy peaks, so high that you'll find yourself looking twice before you believe that they are not clouds. As well as providing the views for which the trek is famous, the trail takes you through an ever-changing landscape of rice fields, misty forests, and tiny local villages. You will climb gradually along the ridges that are the foothills of the Annapurnas. You will pass through many villages where you will have ample time to take photographs and chat with the local people. There are many different ethnic groups along the trail, but the predominant people in this area are the Gurungs. Together with the Magar and Cherie people, the Gurungs are famous as soldiers in the British Army, better known as Gurkhas.
Along the trail the views of Machapuchre, Annapurnas as well as Dhaulagiri and Lamjung are magnificent. Climbing higher, the winding trail passes through magnificent forests of oak and rhododendron that line the southern foothills of the Himalaya. You will visit the famous Poon Hill where you will hopefully be blessed with a fantastic sunrise view of all the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range to the West. Finally, you will trek down to Birethanti from where we drive back to Pokhara.
Day 1: Welcome to Kathmandu.
Arrive at Kathmandu airport; you will be met by the staff from our agency then transfer to Hotel.
Day 2: Kathmandu - Pokhara.
Transferred by tourist bus for about 6 -hour to Pokhara, a beautiful town set on the banks of the Phewa Lake. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy either doing last minute shopping for the trek or packing your kitty bag for the following day's departure.
Day 3: Pokhara - Birethanti – Ulleri 2070m.
Drive an hour to Birethanti and start trekking through the lush, green Modi river valley, past waterfalls with plunge pools. After crossing the bridge ascend as the staircase to Magar village of Ulleri where you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the Annapurna South and Hiunchuli.
Day 4: Ulleri - Ghorepani.
A gentle climb through pasture and cultivated fields. As the trail climbs higher, you walk up beside the cascading river through refreshingly cool oak and rhododendron forest to Ghorepani (2840m.)
Day 5: Ghorepani – Tadapani 2540m.
Early morning climb to the Poonhill and enjoy a sunrise over the peaks and magnificent mountain panoramic view. A short ascend to Deurali pass and further Tadapani through dense moss-covered forest rich with the bird.
Day 6: Tadapani - Chhomrung.
The trail drops down through dense rhododendron forest and a long ascent high above the west bank of the Modi Khola and continues up to the village of Chhomrung (2040m.) Towering above the village is the mighty peak of Annapurna South, with the Fishtail facing it across the valley.
Day 7: Chhomrung - Himalaya Hotel.
We walk through the forest to Kuldi Ghar then steeply down a bank of rock and then levels out, running through riverside bamboo thickets along the base of the gorge. From here the trail winds steeply up through deep bamboo and rhododendron forest to the Himalaya Hotel (2680m.)
Day 8: Machhapuchre Base Camp.
The trail along the west bank of the Modi flows through a more open valley and eventually emerges into the Sanctuary. Straight ahead is the high lateral moraine of the South Annapurna glacier and the Modi follows a deep cliff to the right. This is the site of Machhapuchhre base camp 3480m.
Day 9: Annapurna South Base Camp Visit.
The route begins on a broad grassy path, soon we reach the British Expedition Annapurna South Face Base Camp (4234m.) which provides the best views of the Annapurna, Hiunchuli and exciting walk on the glacier.
Day 10: Annapurna South Base Camp- Bamboo.
Descend and follow the same route to a pleasant Himalaya hotel then further 3 hrs to Bamboo.
Day 11: Bamboo – Jhinu Danda.
The trail passes the rhododendron and bamboo fields to the Jhinu Danda near the hot spring.
Day 12: Jhinu Danda - Pothana.
After an easy descend to the Gurung village of Landrung, the trail crosses a pass before arriving at the tiny village of Pothana with great view os Annapurna.
Day 13: Pothana - Pokhara.
Trek along the ridge of Dhampus and further a short climb down Phedi, where we meet the road and drive back to Pokhara. Your last night in Pokhara is a great opportunity to throw a party with trekking crews.
Day 14: Pokhara – Kathmandu 6hrs drive.
Early morning start driving through the beautiful countryside scenery along the way. Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel. Join the farewell dinner in the evening most probably with la vie cultural program.
Day 15: Departure.
If you have time and are interested in other adventures like white water rating, wildlife safari or any other activities can extend your holiday or transfer to airport and fly back to sweet home.