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Welcome to Nepal. Upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel where you will receive a welcome drink and a briefing about your trip.
Today, we transfer you to the airport for your flight to Pokhara, gateway to the magnificent Annapurna Range, which consists of five mountains over 7200m and Machhapuchare Mountain at 7000m. From Pokhara we drive to Phedi [Birethanti] where we’ll have lunch before starting our trek. Following the Modi Khola River we reach Chimrong, where we cross a bridge and climb to Chandrakot before reaching the picturesque valley of Syauli Bazaar. The highlight of Syauli is the stunning backdrop of the ‘fishtail’ peak of Machhapuchre. Sit back, relax and enjoy the views!
The Annapurna region has a truly diverse landscape - agricultural land, beautiful rhododendron forests and austere alpine climes, the thundering Modi Khola river and an array of pretty blooms in spring. Today we continue our steep ascent through terraced fields and small thatched hamlets to Ghandruk. Our lodge is located in the heart of the village and you’ll have plenty of time to explore and meet the friendly villagers. The skyline beyond the village is dominated by the snowy flanks of Annapurna South, Humchuli and the famous spire of Machapuchare, known as the ‘Matterhorn of Nepal’.
We follow a well trodden trail climbing higher through magnificent forests of oak, seeing Himalayan village life along the way and stopping at the local Gurung museum. We spend the night at Tadapani, where the views of Annapurna South and Huinchuli are spectacular.
From Tapadani we head to the Bhurungdi Khola (stream) to begin our ascent to Banthanti village. We pass a series of picturesque waterfalls, cascading downstream to a beautiful rhododendron forest. At Gurung Hill we are treated to some fabulous views before crossing Deurali for our final ascent of the day to Ghorepani village. Take time to meet the locals, many of whom have served as Gurkha soldiers in the Indian and British armies.
It’s an early start, as we take an excursion to Poon Hill to view the sunrise over one of the most spectacular panoramas in Nepal - a sea of 30 majestic peaks line the horizon, encompassing three of the highest mountains including the mighty Manaslu. We then begin our steep descent through forests, pastures and fields to the village of Tikhedhunga.
Following the old trading route, we trek past waterfalls and through bamboo forests to the prosperous village of Birethanti where our expedition ends and we drive back to Pokhara. After a chance to freshen up, visit Lake Phewa, a popular tourist spot where you can hire sail boats, shop or simply relax and enjoy the picturesque views. Overnight Landmark Hotel
Today we fly back to Kathmandu and enjoy some time in the capital to explore or perhaps buy some souvenirs.
Hotel check-out and included onward transfer to Kathmandu Airport.