Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu – 1,300m/4,264 ft
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will be greeted by a Dawa Sherpa our team leader and expedition leader from Namaste Nomad. After completing your customs formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with a Namaste nomad display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to your hotel. Included meals.
Day 2:Kathmandu Sightseeing & Preparation for the Trek
Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of landmarks we visit include the World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhu Nath) and Buddhists shrine (Bouddha Nath). In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. You can do your last minute buying of personal items as you being your adventure tomorrow.
Day 3:Kathmandu – Pokhara Altitude: 820m/2510 ft Distance of driving: 6 to 7 hours of driving
We depart to Pokhara by tourist bus 7:00 in morning. This drive is along the local highway, via local villages, small hills and riversides. This drive takes approx of 6 to 7 hours. Once we reach our destination, we transfer you to hotel in Pokhara. You will have time to explore the lakeside and overnight at Pokhara.
Day 4:Drive to Nayapul (Trekking starting point) & trek to Tikhadhunga Altitude: 1,540m/5,052 ft Distance of driving: 1 hr drive Distance of walking: 4 hrs
Today, we take a short drive with the great scenery passing through several countryside villages all the way up to Nayapul, where from our adventure begins from the warm sub tropical region and follows the Modi River to Birethanti. There you can see the confluence of the two rivers of Modi and Bhurungdi Khola. We trek to Bhurungdi Khola seeing waterfalls and green forests. We follow the trail and after 3-4 hrs walking we will reach Tikhedhunga village for overnight stay.
Day 5: Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani Distance of walking: 5-6 hrs walks
This morning we prepare for the long uphill trek, it starts with a steep ascent on the long stone steps to Ulleri village with the amazing landscape and Annapurna scenery. After few hours of long hard climbing with several breaks in between we will reach the Ulleri village, from here the path is gradual on a winding trail through the cool shade of forests and streams, we continue to walk in the midst of the giant rhododendron forest and finally reach Ghorepani for overnight stop.
Day 6: Morning- Hike to Poon Hill & Trek to Tadapani Altitude: At Poon Hill 3,210m/10,531ft & at Tadapani 2650m/8694ft Distance of walking: 6-7 hrs walk
We start today with a hike up to Poon Hill, one of the panoramic view points of Annapurna. Pun Hill named after the hill tribe Pun, inhabitants of Ghorepani/Shikha village. This has wide panoramic scenery from the far western Himalaya of Dolpo, Mt. Dhaulagiri, and Annapurna including Mt. Machhapuchre (Fish Tail) and all the way to Manasalu Himalayan range. It is picturesque Himalayan scenery and good memorable moments spending an hour to the top. We will then return back to Ghorepani for breakfast and continue trek to our destination, the walk passes through the rhododendron, pine and fir forests with up and downs, and finally you will reach Tadapani for overnight at local teahouse
Day 7: Tadapani to Chhomrong Altitude: 1,950m/6,397 ft Distance of walking: 5-6 hrs walk
The trail is a steep downhill to the Kimrong Khola through clean forest of oaks and rhododendrons with great views of the Annapurna South & Fish Tail. After crossing the suspension bridge the trail follows up to the Gurjung village for your lunch stop. We trek further uphill for half an hour, once at the top of the ridge the walk is fairly easy all the way to village of Chhomrong the last village and the gateway to the Sanctuary. Gurung village in one of the biggest the surrounding area and we stop here overnight.
Day 8: Chhomrong- Dovan Altitude: 2,900m/9,514 ft Distance of walking: 6-7 hrs
Today, our trail leads to the long terrace village & farm fields as you descent to the Chhomrong Khola, after the bridge its uphill most of the way for 2 hours until we reach Sinuwa Hill. Further trail leads downhill for 2 hours through the bamboo bushes till you reach Bamboo, a place in the midst of the bamboo and rhododendron and oaks forest with couple of teahouses. After lunch stop here we walk for about 1 hour on the gradual uphill path brings you to Dovan for overnight stay At Dovan are a few teahouses surrounded by bamboo forest.
Day 9:Dovan- Machhapuchre Base Camp- Annapurna Base Camp Altitude: 4140m,13582 ft Distance of walking: 5-6 hrs
Todays trail continues for about 2 hrs. from here the route winds up steeply to a bank of rock and then levels out, running through thickets of Bamboo at the bottom of the gorge, keeping always on the west side of the river, we will reach a small shrine at Panchen Barah, from here the trail climbs to Himalaya Hotel. It’s about an hour walk, first on a rocky trail through forests then up to the Hinku cave, where the trail crosses a ravine and major avalanche track just a little further until we reach Deurali (3,000m/9,840 ft) for lunch. After lunch the trail continues into the Sanctuary, it crosses two wide avalanche tracks on a narrow trail that huddles up against the cliffs. After here we climb across more avalanche paths cross a moraine, then climb towards an area known as Machhapuchre Base Camp (MBC) for a break. Afterwards the walk leads you in the heart of the Sanctuary at the ABC for overnight stay. This is superb scenery of the Himalaya is seen rarely, and is a great photo opportunity with an amazing panoramic view of snow capped mountains surrounding you.
Day 10: Trek to Tent peak B. C. Distance of walking: 5-6 hrs
Traversing across the glaciated mountain passes we slide down to the glacial region lying on the southern side of Mt. Annapurna. Then, we follow the cairned route over the ice before climbing the moraine nestling on the opposite bank of the glacier and arrive at Tent Peak Base Camp, which is an ideal flat region for camping. Savor the magnificence of sparkling Himalayan peaks that range from 6000 to 8000m. Enjoy the views of the high mountains from 6000ers to 8000ers.
Day 11: Ascend to Tent Peak High Camp Distance of walking: 5-6 hrs
Today, we go through a challenging day as today’s walk involve sheer ascent to the High Camp of Tent Peak. On arriving at the High Camp keep your eyes wide open and cameras ready to see the dramatic views of of Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Virgin Fishtail, and many other snow-covered lofty mountains. The route to high camp, which is a glacial bowl demands efforts to ascend the sheer Nival Hill. Observe, plan and prepare at the high camp for next day summit.
Day 12: Summit Tharpu Chuli (Tent Peak) then back to Tent Peak High camp Altitude: 5,663m Distance of walking: 7- 8 hrs
Set off to summit the Tent Peak as early as possible today. As the most challenging part of our Tent Peak Climbing Adventure begins, we traverse across a small glacier to arrive at the base that houses several fluted shaped snowy structures. Beyond that we fix the climbing ropes to the ridge before the final summit. Tiptoeing along the ridge, we summit the peak, from where the view seems no less than a snowy paradise. After the successful summit we retrace the trail back to Tent Peak High Camp.
Day 13: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp Altitude: 4140m,13582 ft Distance of walking: 2-3 hrs
Actually, this is a short day to trek, which could also play as an reserve day essential during the peak climbing adventures in Nepal. Walk leisurely and enjoy the best of Annapurna Region before descending down. Included meals:BLD
Day 14: Trek to Bamboo Altitude: 2,300m/7,544 ft Distance of walking: 5- hrs walk
This morning wake up with glimpse of sunrise view on top of the Annapurna ‘I’ and retrace the journey back to Bamboo for the night. As you know there are few guest houses here. You can rest and relax at the evening with a good memorable view of the many snow capped peaks and enjoy the dinner.
Day 15: Bamboo to Jhinu Danda Altitude: 1,780m/5,859 ft Distance of walking: 5-6 hrs walk
This morning walk leads to a short climb to Khuldi Ghar and to Sinuwa hill, here after a long downhill to the Chhomrong Khola and trek up to the Chhomrong. After a lunch break we trek towards the Jhinu for our overnight stay. You may have chance to visit natural hot spring down at the stream and enjoy a dip and relax.
Day 16: Jhinu Danda to Pokhara Distance of walking: 6-7 hrs Distance of driving: 2 hrs drives
This will be long day, our walk follows the river Modi most of the way reaching at Landruk village from here follow the downhill path leading back to the Modi river reaching at Syauli Bazaar for lunch. The walk is pleasant most of the way following the Modi River and to Birethanthi and back to Nayapul. Our trek ends here and we drive back to Pokhara lakeside overnight. Remaining time explore the surrounding area and simply relax at the heart of Lakeside.
Day 17: Pokhara- Kathmandu Distance of driving: 5-6 hrs drives
After breakfast, we drive to back to Kathmandu by tourist bus and transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, in the evening, there will be dinner and Cultural show hosted by Namaste Nomad.
Day 18: Farewell Friend
We are saying good bye to the mountains as your journey in Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organise the photos. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight a representative from Namaste Nomad will take you to the airport. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.