There are few treks that combine many different landscapes and yet bring you so close to the base of 8 000-meter-high peaks in a short period of time. One of the best examples is the Annapurna Base Camp Trek.
This is one of the most popular treks in the Annapurna region. The trail goes alongside terraced rice paddies, millet and other grain fields, unique rhododendron forests and high-altitude landscapes with the Annapurna Range and Fishtail in view most of the time. The unique and spectacular Annapurna Base Camp is at 4170m amidst the majestic peaks of Annapurna (8091 m), Annapurna South (7219 m), Machapuchhre (6993 m) and Hiunchuli (6441 m).
These Annapurna Himalayan Luxury Treks 8 days, after a day of sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley. It starts with a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara and a 1 1/2-hour drive from Pokhara to Nayapul. It then goes north up to Gorepani to reach the famous viewpoint of Poon Hill (3210m/10,531ft). From Gorepani we go eastward to Chomrong and then north again entering the Modi Khola (true river coming from ice) Valley which leads up to the Base Camp.
Many people trek the circuit Nayapul-Ghorepani-Ghandruk-Nayapul, which is very rewarding. This trek can easily be done with children and elderly people.
The lodges and teahouses in the Annapurna Trekking Region are well equipped with extensive menus ranging from the typical Nepali dahl bath (rice with lentils) to pizza and mo mo, and much more. The entire menu will be open to you. The local products are mostly organic. Hot showers are readily available as well. Most of the teahouses along the way do have Wi-Fi so that you can contact your loved ones at home and even send them photos of the day.
In spring time, the huge rhododendron forests are in full bloom which gives the trek an extra appeal.
A hearty welcome to Kathmandu, the Nepalese capital and cultural hub. We’ll be waiting with a warm greeting and easy transfer to your hotel by private tourist car. We will then have an early evening briefing about your trek and introduction to your guide.
Today after breakfast we will go on a cultural tour to some of the most historic and architectural attractions in Kathmandu valley some of which are listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. We will visit the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath), historic Kathmandu Durbar Square, Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath), which is the largest Buddhist stupa in the world and the Hindu divine temple of Pashupatinath. In the evening, you will meet your fellow participants, and briefly discuss our trip.
Today we are formally starting our trip from Kathmandu. We will take a morning flight from Kathmandu. During the 30 minute flight to Pokhara, you can see fantastic views from the aircraft. It is a beautiful valley set on the banks of the Phewa Lake and is known for its panoramic views of Annapurna, Machapuchare (shape of fish tail) in the north, Dhaulagiri in the west and Lamjung Himal and Manaslu in the east. Pokhara’s small, clean and natural setting is less crowded than Kathmandu and hence a perfect starting point for our trek. After our arrival at Pokhara we will check into our hotel and rest for about an hour before we take a short hike to view the Phewa Lake. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.
We will awake around 6.30 am and have breakfast at our hotel around 7.30 am. After a one and a half hour drive from Pokhara, we will begin our trek from Nayapul. We start our walk along the banks of the Modi Khola, and pass through Birethanti (1 015 m), a large village with many shops and teahouses. From here, the trail continues through the village and follows the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola. Most of today’s hike is flat and easy. There are very nice and traditional villages on both sides of the valley. The trail continues with some steep uphill to Hille village. After a short climb we reach Tikhedhunga at (1 570 m). Overnight we have good rest and sleep in a teahouse in Tikhedhunga.
Today is a long trek and might be difficult for the not-so-fit; most of the trail is a steep uphill climb. After breakfast, we will start hiking around 7 am. We cross two suspension bridges, one after the other. Then the trail continues uphill to Ulleri, a large Magar village at an altitude of 2,070 m. From here we have incredible views of Mt. Annapaurna South (7 219m). After crossing Ulleri village, we will continue on the trail for about another hour until we reach Banthati. We might consider stopping here for a short time to have hot or cold drinks and rest while taking in the fantastic views of the mountains and forest. After our well-deserved rest, we will continue our way north. Most of the remainder of the trail will be less steep and will be covered in shade which gives us some relief from the long, steep uphill we climbed earlier. We will enter a Rhododendron forest that is lush with the most beautiful flowers during the spring season. From here, we will trek towards Nangethanti at 2,460 m. After an hour walk, we will reach the popular village, Ghorepani (2,840 m) where we will have a well-deserved overnight rest and sleep.
Today, with a very early starting time of around 4:30 am, we will hike to the top of Poon Hill. We will need our head lamps for most of the hike. It is a very steep uphill, but you will be rewarded with a breathtaking view of the Himalayas. POON HILL at a height of 3 210m, is the best viewpoint to see the overall Annapurna range, Dhulagiri, Tukche, Lamjung himal, Fishtail and many more. Sunrise over the mountains is astonishingly beautiful. We will spend a half hour at this fantastic viewpoint basking in the incredible beauty. After sunrise, we head back to the teahouse for a well deserved breakfast before starting our trek to Tadapani.
We start by heading uphill to almost the same height as Poon Hill, in a north-easterly direction. This part of the trail is beautiful with the combination of pine and rhododendron forests with White Mountain. We will reach the high point of the hill and then head down to Deurali where we will have some time to rest at one of the teahouses. The teahouses have souvenir shops, organized by Tibetan refugees. After our rest, we will descend to Banthati. The trail from here goes steeply downhill; we need to be careful because the trail might be slippery due to mud or even some ice. We will trek downhill along the deep Rhododendron forest to the river and from here we climb up to Tadapani, which is covered by a thick forest. Overnight for a good rest and sleep at Tadapani
As we awaken in the morning, we see the real beauty of Mt. Annpurna South, Hiuchuli, Fishtail which are close to us. The day starts with a gradual downhill through Rhododendron forests. After a short walk, we reach Ghandruk, one of the most popular mountain villages of Nepal. Most of the people in this village are of the Gurung cast and ethnicity. Their traditional houses are amazingly well made. We will have lunch here and in the afternoon explore this nice village. Stay overnight at Ghandruk.
Today is the final part of the trek, which is an easy downhill of a couple of hours. Then the trail becomes wide and flat. Along the trail, we will see several traditional villages and may see a variety of birds. Our car is waiting for us in Nayapul. After a one and half hour drive, we are back in Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.
We leave from Pokhara in the morning. After reaching Kathmandu, we can rest. In the afternoon, we can shop for souvenirs. There will be a farewell dinner in the evening to celebrate the successful completion of our journey. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! We wish you all the best!! You can exchange emails and photos with your travel companions and Zam Zam Trekking P. LTD. A representative from Zam Zam Trekking will take you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight.
You are welcome to make your own custom made itinerary. Kindly be advised that we suggest that you make provision for at least 1 to 2 extra days in your trip.