Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by a company representative, who will drop you off at our hotel. After checking in, take a rest or visit Amazing Nepal's office. You may also stroll in the streets of Thamel, a tourist hub in Kathmandu for some souvenir shopping. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Amazing Nepal Trek & Expedition. For dinner, you will be served excellent Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the country's authentic food culture. If your flight arrives late, both the meeting and dinner can be scheduled for the following day. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Sightseeing Kathmandu Valley and Preparation for Trekking (1,300 m/4,264 ft)
After breakfast, you will set out for sightseeing of the culturally and architecturally rich heritage sites of the Valley. Places such as the Pashupatinath, the world famous temple precinct of the Hindus, the Boudhnath and Swaymbhunath, the world famous Buddhist stupa precinct, and Kathmandu Durbar Square will open up completely a new cultural world of Nepali art and architecture to you. You will also be taken to the Kumari Ghar, where resides the Virgin Goddess. We will also discuss the trip, and you will be introduced to your fellow trekkers and our crews.
Day 03: Kathmandu – Pokhara by tourist bus (910 m/2,986 ft) 6-7 hrs, 200km drive
After breakfast, around 6:30 am transfer to Tourist bus station and drive to Pokhara by tourist bus. This scenic drive offers fascinating glimpses of rural Nepal as you pass through Middle Hill scenery along the famous rafting Trishuli River originated from Tibet northeast of Kathmandu. Arrive Pokhara midafternoon.
Day 04: Pokhara– Nayapul –Ulleri (1,950m/6,395ft), 1½ hrs drive (45 km), 5-6 hrs trek
After early morning breakfast, drive along the zigzag route to Nayapul where we commence our trek to Birethanti, a large and prosperous riverside village at the confluence of the Modi and Bhurungdi Khola (streams). We hike up to Sudame along the off-road and then climb gradually up the side of the valley, Tikhedhunga.
Cross suspension metal bridge and steep ascent on stone staircases to the village of Ulleri – and an amazing landscape of valley floor where we came during the day with marvelous views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli.
Day 05: Ulleri - Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft), 5-6 hrs trek
After breakfast, our pleasant trekking begins through rhododendron and oak forests. The scenery will give you the energy to continue up the steps as you immerse yourself in the walk. After a few hours and with several breaks we reach Ghorepani. Upper Ghorepani (Deurali) where we stay on this trip, offers fantastic views of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna Himalayas.
Day 06: Walk up Poon Hill (3,210m/10,528ft) - Ghorepani – Tadapani (2,520m/8268ft), 7-8hrs trek
Make a pre-dawn start for the 45-minute walk up Poon hill (3,210m/10,530ft); through rhododendron forest. From the grassy top of the hill, there is an unobstructed panoramic view of the high Himalayas stretching from far western Dolpo, and Dhaulagiri (8,172m/26,812ft), the Annapurna Range in the north, including Machhapuchhare (Fish Tail) and on to Manaslu (8,163m/26,783ft) in the northeast. To the south, the mist slowly rises from the flatlands towards India. After countless photographs, walk back to Ghorepani for breakfast.
The eastward trail to Tadapani crosses numerous ridges through thick pine and rhododendron forest with occasional flat sections and wonderful views of the snow peaks to the north from high ground.
Day 07: Tadapani - Chhomrong (2,110m/7,249 ft), 5-6 hrs trek
The trail turns north to Chiule before dropping to cross the Kimrong Khola on a suspension bridge and then gradually climbs into the forested Modi Khola Valley that carries glacial meltwaters from the Annapurna Sanctuary. After lunch at the Gurung village of Talung, undulate for another 1½hrs, sometimes on staircases up to the charming agricultural village of Chhomrong: the largest settlement in the valley. Views of the upper valley plus Annapurna South and Himal Chuli gradually come into view.
Day 08: Chhomrong – Himalaya Hotel (2,920m/9,578ft), 6-7 hrs trek
After breakfast, the trail drops to cross the Chhomrong Khola and then ascends to the pretty village of Sinuwa. Thereafter the trail enters the upper Modi Khola Valley through dense forests of cane, rhododendron, and oak. It rises then drops to the village of Bamboo (2,310m/7,580ft) on the banks of the river: a perfect lunch spot. After lunch, continue up through the uninhabited forest to Dobhan, later crossing several avalanche chutes before reaching the small village of Himalaya Hotel.
Day 09: Himalaya Hotel – Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,546ft), 6-7 hrs trek
As the altitude increases, the forest gives way to alpine scrub and grasses. The valley walls steepen with the river raging far below. Explore the cave at Hinku before crossing a ravine and major avalanche track prior to reaching Deorali (3,230m/10,598ft). Breathtaking views of the sacred Annapurna Sanctuary gradually appear as the trail heads over a ridge and climbs to the Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3,700m/12,136ft). Another two hours slow walk up grassy slopes leads to the Annapurna Base Camp hotels on the Annapurna South glacial moraine, beneath the peaks crowning the surrounding ice walls.
Day 10: Annapurna Base Camp – Bamboo (2,300m/7,544ft), 5-6 hrs trek
A pre-dawn wake-up call promises unforgettable views and photo opportunities from the rim of the glacier. A circle of peaks from Hiunchuli, past Annapurna South to the vast ice wall topped by Annapurna I (8,097m/26,566ft) and Khangsar Kang tower above you round, to Gangapurna, Annapurna III, and Machhapuchhare. Below, in its U-shaped valley, the glacier grinds relentlessly. After breakfast, retrace your steps down to Bamboo on the river for a more comfortable night.
Day 11: Bamboo – Jhinu Danda (1,780m/5,859 ft), 5-6 hrs trek
Today’s trail regains height as it rises to Kuldi and attractive Sinuwa beyond which it drops to cross the Chhomrong Khola and the neat steps that return you to Chhomrong. From there it is but a short, steep drop to the compact village of Jhinu Danda. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the hot spring at the river below the village.
Day 12: Jhinu Danda – Pothana (1,910m /6,266ft), 5-6 hrs, trek
The trail meanders through scattered trees and bushes to the village of Tolka before beginning a steep and attractive two-hour forest ascent to Deorali. This bustling hilltop village looks back towards the high peaks with an extended view of the Annapurnas from Dhaulagiri (8,167m/26,796ft: the highest peak in western Nepal) across to its right flank. It also offers scintillating views over the Pokhara Valley and Phewa Lake to the south.
The trail then descends (over slippery red clays when wet) through forests and farmland to the quieter welcoming village of Pothana.
Day 13: Pothana – Phedi – Pokhara (910m/2,986ft), 3-4 hrs trek and 40 min drive
The final, short day’s trek is mainly downhill through attractive open farmland. An hour’s walk, with good views back over the Annapurnas, leads to a slight ridge and then the large village of Dhampus. The trail then descends along a dirt road through scattered hamlets and paddy fields to Phedi – and the Pokhara – Baglung Highway. A short drive will return you to your hotel in Pokhara. Rest of day free.
Day 14: Pokhara-Kathmandu by Tourist Bus (6-7 hrs), 200km drive
After breakfast, transfer to Tourist bus station and 07:30 am drive back to Kathmandu by tourist bus. Arrive Kathmandu 02:30 to 03:00 pm.
Day 15: Final Departure
Transfer to the international airport and fly to the onward destination.