One of the finest Himalayan treks, taking you into the inner sanctum of the Annapurnas in Nepal. Combining the spectacular Himalayan viewpoint of Poon Hill with a hike to Annapurna Base Camp, where giant 8,000m peaks encircle the natural amphitheatre known as Annapurna Sanctuary.
At Kathmandu you'll be met and transferred to our start hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the city or recover from your journey by relaxing beside the hotel pool. Meet your guide and the rest of the group at dinner, when you will receive an informal briefing about the days ahead.
Overnight: Kathmandu | Dinner
Kathmandu - Pokhara. This morning we take an incredibly scenic 30 minute flight to Pokhara, where the peaks of the Greater Himalaya are clearly visible, including Manaslu and the Annapurna group. After lunch, the afternoon is free to explore this laid-back lakeside town. You can explore the shops, take a rowing boat out on to the lake of Phewa Tal or hike up to the Peace Pagoda which sits on a ridge overlooking the town.
Overnight: Pokhara | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Pokhara - Nayapul - Hille. This morning we drive to the start point of our trek at Nayapul, which will take 1 - 2 hours. It's a straight forward walk into the hills initially, following the Mhodi Khola River before ascending the Burungdi Khola valley. Today we will encounter some of the famous Annapurna Sanctuary steps but the ascent is gentle and it's a good warm-up for the harder and longer days to come. Tonight, we stay at a lodge in the settlement of Hille (1460m).
Overnight: Hille | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hille - Ghorepani. Today there are more steps to climb as we trek through the forest to Ghorepani. We cross a suspension bridge over the river and follow the path to Ulleri, a large Magar village where many Gurkha soldiers have been recruited. We continue uphill to Banthanti, before passing through picturesque forests of rhododendron, magnolia and oak to Ghorepani (2860m) at the foot of Poon Hill.
Overnight: Ghorepani | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Sunrise at Poon Hill
Ghorepani - Chuile. It is a must for those who stay at Ghorepani to make the walk up to the celebrated viewpoint of Poon Hill (3195m), which is a continuation of the ridge to the west of the village. Dawn is the best time to go - sunrise on the Annapurnas is an unforgettable experience. Those who wish to go will need to get up early! Before the first light of dawn hits the mountains, we will trek up the well-marked path by the light of our head torches reaching the summit as the first rays of the sun illuminate Dhaulagiri and Tukuche Peak with a beautiful pink glow. The walk will take around 45 minutes to 1 hour. After enjoying the view, we'll retrace our steps to Ghorepani where we'll have a hearty breakfast before setting off on our trek to Chuile on the south side of the Annapurna Sanctuary. The trail undulates gently through the forest and we may be able to glimpse views of Machapuchare, the Fishtail Peak, through the trees. Altitude at Chuile 2309m.
Overnight: Chuile | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Trek to Bhanuwa
Chuile - Bhanuwa. After breakfast, we head downhill to the river, across a suspension bridge and then trek for approximately 2 hours before we reach the steep section of steps to Chhomrong where we stop for lunch and enjoy wonderful views of Machhapucchre, Hiun Chuli and Annapurna South. This afternoon it's a steep downhill trek, mostly down steps, to the valley floor and our overnight stop at Bhanuwa (2110m).
Overnight: Bhanuwa | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Trek to 'Himalaya'
Bhanuwa - Himalaya. From Bhanuwa we follow the trail through terraced fields and a rhododendron forest to 'Sinuwa Hill Top'. We continue trekking through forest, where we're likely to see troops of monkeys, then passing through a collection of lodges called Bamboo and Dobhan to reach a place known as 'Himalaya' (2920m) where we spend the night.
Overnight: Himalaya | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Machhapucchre Base Camp
Himalaya - Machapuchare Base Camp. Today we hike to Machapuchare Base Camp, passing the fire-blackened overhang of Hinko Cave and the lodges at Deorali (3170m) en route. Beyond Deorali the valley narrows to a steep sided gorge as we head towards the 'gateway' to the Annapurna Sanctuary and hike up to Machapuchare Base Camp (3700m), where we spend the night surrounded by giant snow covered peaks.
Overnight: Machhapucchre Base Camp | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Annapurna Base Camp
Machapuchare Base Camp - Annapurna Base Camp. Today's trek is short but spectacular, with incredible mountain views as we hike to Annapurna South Base Camp (4130m), where the entire south face of Annapurna is revealed. At the basecamp, we'll be surrounded by stupendous peaks, giving the feeling of being inside a hidden valley - a sanctuary in fact. After we check in at our lodge, the afternoon is free to relax and admire one of the most stunning mountain amphitheatres in the Himalaya.
Overnight: Annapurna Base Camp | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Annapurna Basecamp - Dobhan. It's well worth waking up early this morning to watch a spectacular sunrise over the mountains. After breakfast, we leave all this behind and retrace our steps Machapuchare Basecamp and then on to Deorali where we have lunch. This afternoon, we continue our descent to Dobhan (2540m) where it's warmer.
Overnight: Dobhan | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Descend to Chhomrong Khola
Dobhan - Chhomrong. We trek back through forests again today, as we pass through Bamboo and the ridge top Sinuwa where we break for lunch. This afternoon we descend through terraced fields to the Chhomrong Khola and begin a final climb of one and a half hours up the stone staircase to Chhomrong.
Overnight: Chhomrong | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Final day of the trek
Chhomrong - Pokhara. After a short hike up and out of Chhomrong we continue steeply down to Jhinu where there are some hot springs. Crossing Kimrong Khola on a sturdy bridge we then follow the river down to a confluence with the Modi Khola. We pass through terracing and small villages to reach the jeep road at Syauli Bhatti, we bid farewell to our trekking crew and take a short drive back to Pokhara.
The laid back town of Pokhara is the perfect place to relax at the end of our trek and this evening we will enjoy a celebratory meal in one of Pokhara's many great restaurants.
Overnight: Pokhara | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Pokhara - Kathmandu. This morning we fly back to Kathmandu and in the afternoon there's time to explore the bustling streets of city, which are brimming with shops, cafes, food markets and street vendors, as well as a bewildering array of colourful temples and shrines. This evening we have enjoy our last dinner of the tour in one of Kathmandu's excellent restaurants.
Overnight: Kathmandu | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Our adventure comes to an end after breakfast today and a transfer to Kathmandu Airport is included.
Is This Holiday For You?
This is a short and relatively straightforward trekking holiday in Nepal. As this is a very popular trekking route, the paths are mostly good. However, the trails are always either steeply up or down, often on stone steps built into the hillside and in the lush forest of the lower altitudes, underfoot conditions can be slippery in places. It should be noted that trekking at altitudes above 3000 metres makes greater demands on the body than walking at low elevations, and is of itself challenging even for fit hikers. We allow seven days for our approach to the Annapurna South Basecamp from Pokhara, and this combined with a visit to the viewpoint of Poon Hill provides the best possible acclimatisation. You will need to ensure you are physically prepared for the trek and you should be comfortable with walking for 5 to 7 hours each day and for several days continuously. Please read the Trip Notes for further information about this trip including the distance and duration that you'll be trekking each day.
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