On Day 1 you will make your way to Pokhara for your bus transfer to Nayapul to begin your trekking experience towards Tikhedhunga. On Day 2 you will continue your trek on towards Ghorepani where you will spend the night after a strenuous uphill climb. On Day 3 you will enjoy the sunrise at Poon Hill (3232m) before heading to the village of Tadapani where you will spend the night. On Day 4 you will pass by the village of Gurung people and Chomrong (2140m). Day 5 will lead you through a stone staircase across a the Chomrong Khola River and on to Bamboo Lodge (2340m). Venture through bamboo forests on your way to Deurali (3230m) on Day 6. Enjoy the mountain view scenery on Day 7 as you make your way to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m). Enjoy the views of the Himalayas as you make your way to Dovan (2630m) on Day 8. Descend towards Jhinudanda (1750m) on Day 9 where you will have time to enjoy the hotsprings. Your exploration of the Himalayas comes to an end on Day 10 as you ride your bus transfer back to Pokhara.
Day by Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Bus from Pokhara (915m) to Nayapul (1050m), Trek to Tikhedhunga (1577m) approx. 4 hours
Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul by bus (approx. 1.5 hours) to begin your trekking experience in Nayapul (1050m) to Tikhedhunga (1577m) via Birethanti (1065m) which takes about 4 hours. On the way you will be able to see the high peaks of the Himalayas looming in the distance as the road winds its way up to the starting point of the trek. Packed with your camera, warm sweater and some water you head off, accompanied by your guide and local porters.
Day 2: Trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2675 m) approx. 6 hours
After breakfast (not included) it's time to pack your things and head off on the trek. The first stretch is fairly easy as you walk downhill into the valley and cross the Burungdi Khola river. Make sure to stop and admire this spectacular mountain river which at times is a peacefully flowing stream but can fast become a wild churning rapid. Then get ready for a strenuous uphill climb to Ghorepani at 2675m.
Day 3: Trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3180m) to Tadapani (2675m) approx. 5.5 hours
Take an early morning trip to Poon Hill (3232m) to enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Tukuche Peak (6920m), Nilgiri (6940m), Varaha Shikhar (7847m), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna South (7219m), Annapurna III (7855m), Machhapuchhre (6993m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Annapurna II (7937m), Lamjung Himal (6931m) and other numerous snowcapped mountain peaks. Return to Ghorepani for a rewarding breakfast (not included) and begin your trek to Tadapani (2650 m) through the deep forests of rhododendrons, bamboos and oaks. On the way, you frequently see waterfalls, rocks, wild animals, local birds and green landscapes. Tadapani is a small village surrounded by beautiful forests which grant you a magnificent view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail, and Annapurna II and other snowy peaks. Stay overnight at a teahouse.
Day 4: Trek from Tadapani (2675m) to Chomrong (2140m) approx. 4.5 hours
The day starts with steep downhill hike departing Tadapani through rhododendron forests followed by a easy walk to reach Gurjung, the village of Gurung people. Continue to the the village of Chomrong at elevation of 2140 meters. Stay overnight at teahouse.
Day 5: Trek from Chomrong to Bamboo (2340m) approx. 5 hours
Leaving Chomrong, the trail descends on a stone staircase and crosses the Chomrong Khola River on a swaying suspension bridge, then climbs out of the side valley. High above the Modi Khola on its west bank, the trail passes through the tiny settlement of Tilicho in forests of bamboo, rhododendron and oak. Climbing further on a rocky trail (beware of the stinging nettles) you reach three hotels at Sinuwa (2350m) where you can take a break to catch your breath and enjoy the scenery. Climb through rhododendron forests to Kuldi (2520m), once a British sheep breeding project) where you can stop in at the ACAP visitor centre and check post housed in stone buildings. In winter, it's common to find snow anywhere from this point on. Descend a long, steep stone staircase into deep bamboo and rhododendron forests. It is then a short distance on a muddy trail to Bamboo Lodge (2340m). Stay overnight at teahouse.
Day 6: Trek from Bamboo to Deurali (3230m) approx. 5 hours
Make a gentle ascent through bamboo forests with varieties of rhododendron and oak trees. The first town you reach is Dovan (2630m) where there are few lodges and campsites. Now you pass through a muddy trail which traverses high above the river. After short trek, you reach the Himalayan Hotel (2900m) and a small village. Beyond it, the trail ascends steeply to Hinko Cave (3160m), a huge overhanging rock that provides some protection against rain and avalanches. From here you will ascend another twenty minutes to reach Deurali (3230m).
Day 7: Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4170 m) approx 4.4 hours
Today the trail climbs on past the Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3820m) through the Annapurna Sanctuary completed surrounded by mountains. A 2-hour trek from Machhapuchhare Base Camp takes you to the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) at an elevation of 4130 meters. There, you will enjoy unobstructed views of spectacular mountain scenery.
Day 8: Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Dovan (2630m) approx. 5 hours
Make your way back to the small village of Dovan enjoying the views of the Himalayas as you hike downhill descending nearly 1500 meters. Stop along the way to catch your breath and enjoy the peaceful mountain scenery.
Day 9: Trek from Dovan to Jhinudanda (1750m) approx. 6 hours
Descend from Dovan to Bamboo passing through forests with varieties of rhododendron, oaks and bamboo plants. After Bamboo, the trail goes steeply up to the Kuldi Ghar and then flattens out until you reach Sinuwa. Make a gradual descent to the Chumrong Khola and then follow a stone staircase for almost an hour to reach Chumrong. The last part of the trail takes you on a steep descent to Jhinudanda (1750m). Enjoy a well-deserved soak in the hotsprings at the bank of the Modi Khola located a short 20-minute walk from town.
Day 10: Trek from Jhinudanda to Birethanti (1025m), Bus to Pokhara approx. 5 hours
Enjoy your last day in the Himalayas by hiking from Jhinudanda to Birethanti descending 700 meters. Make your way back to Nayapul and Pokhara by bus reaching the comforts of the peaceful lakeside town of Pokhara in the afternoon/evening.
Physical rating: You must have a high level of fitness to take part in this trek. You will be walking at high altitudes every day and it will be physically demanding. In the months leading up to your trek, try walking with your daypack, climbing long staircases and add a couple of bricks to it for real training. Undertake regular aerobic exercise such as walking, jogging, swimming or cycling. The more preparation you have done in advance, the more you will enjoy it.
Suggested Packing List: Backpack (10 - 15 liters), sleeping bag (if desired-- sheets & blankets are provided), hiking poles, rain pants, plastic rain poncho, trekking boots, sandals/flip flops, thermals (socks, t-shirts, sweater), windbreaker, hiking trousers, shorts, wool hat/beanie, gloves, sun hat, sun block, sunglasses, flashlight/torch, camera (with extra batteries & memory card), personal medications, reusable water bottle, water purification tablets, toiletries (toothpaste, soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toilet paper, towel)
Food Budget: Please expect to spend at least 20 USD per day on food and beverages. Please note that food costs will vary depending on the number of portions consumed, location and availability.
Gratuity: Tipping is by no means mandatory, but is customary. For a job well done, we recommend tipping 10% to your guide, porter, and driver.
First Aid: All guides for this tour have completed first aid training.