ABC Trek – 15 days
Annapurna foothill region is the focus of the article “Honey Hunters of Nepal”, written by Eric Valli and DianeSummers and another article “Annapurna Sanctuary for the Himalaya” written and photographed by GalenRowell. Both articles were published in National Geography magazine. It has been subject of writers ,photographers and climbers since Mourice Herzog first ascent to 8000 m peak Annapurna 1 back in 1950s.
The glacial basin of Annapurna Sanctuary is formed by the circle of Annapurna Himalaya range, Gangapurnaand Machapuchre. As you travel from Chumro towards the Sanctuary the trail pass through narrow valley whichis prone to avalanche in winter and early spring. You follow Modi Khole (river) through thick bamboo andrhododendron forests into the center of lateral moraine and base camp of Annapurna to view the spectacularAnnapurna range all around. Stop at Ghorepani to see beautiful sunrise view over Dhaulagiri and Annapurna.
The Gurung villages and frequent stops at tea-shop dotted along the way gives an unique cultural experience.Like the Sherpa in Everest, Gurung are in Annapurna and Limbus in Kanchanjunga.
Day 01 ARRIVAL - KATHMANDU
Arrive Tribhuvan International Airport. Meet and greet by our representative and transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel. (No meal)
Day 02 KATHMANDU-POKHARA
Breakfast at hotel at 0700 hrs. Check out hotel and transfer to Pokhara by tourist coach. Though it is only 200 kms away from Kathmandu it takes 6 hrs journey to reach Pokhara. No wonder the 6 hrs journey will be as memorable as anything driving right next to the banks of Trishuli River and Marshyangdi River which are very famous for rafting and not to miss out the charming pastoral scenery on the way. We stop at Hamlet Restaurant on the way to rest and try the local flavour of Nepalese readymade tea. We then drive onwards and stop at Riverside Springs Resort to eat lunch. After lunch we drive onwards to Pokhara driving past the only cable car of the country and one of the busiest local stops of the country. Arrive Pokhara at around 1500 hrs and check into hotel. Rest of the day at own leisure for individual activities.Dinner and overnight at The Fulbari Resort or similar. (B/L/D)
Day 03 POKHARA - PHEDI - TOLKA
Breakfast in the hotel at 0630 hrs. Check out the hotel and get transferred to Phedi by Coach. Get off at Phedi and get prepared for the wonderful trekking experience. We continue the trail watching the local villages and beautiful landscapes to Tolka (Australian Camp) (1525m). Overnight at available hotels or lodges.
Day 04 TOLKA - CHHOMRONG
Breakfast at hotel early in the morning. We then continue the trail climbing up to reach Chhomrong. Lunch en route. We then walk through the fine forests of oak and rhododendron. We then reach Chhomrong (2170m). Rest of the time at own leisure for individual activities.Overnight at available hotels or lodges.
Day 05 CHHOMRONG - DOVAN
Breakfast at hotel early in the morning. We leave the beautiful place of Chhomrong with an eagerness to reach another properly placed small town called Dovan (meaning intersection of 2 roads). Lunch en route. We descend the train to some extent at times and climb at times. We arrive Dovan (2870m) and rest of the time at own leisure. Overnight at available hotels or lodges.
Day 06 DOVAN - DEURALI
Breakfast at hotel early in the morning. We leave the beautiful place of Dovan and get ready for another 5-6 hrs walk to reach Deurali (3230m). Lunch en route. We descend the train to some extent at times and climb at times. We arrive Dovan (2870m) and rest of the time at own leisure. Overnight at available hotels or lodges.
Day 07 DEURALI - ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP
Breakfast at hotel early in the morning. We leave the beautiful place of Deurali and get ready for another 5-6 hrs walk to reach the most awaited moment and destination, Annapurna Base Camp (4130). Lunch en route. We arrive ABC and rest of the time at own leisure. Overnight at available hotels or lodges.
Day 08 ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP - BAMBOO
Breakfast at hotel early in the morning. Depart from ABC and descend the trail to reach Bamboo. Lunch en route. We arrive Bamboo (2870m) and rest of the time at own leisure. Overnight at available hotels or lodges.
Day 09 BAMBOO - TADAPANI
Breakfast at hotel early in the morning. We leave Bamboo and start moving our tired legs towards Tadapani. Lunch en route. Maximum walk of about 5-6 hrs will reach us to Tadapani. Overnight at available hotels or lodges.
Day 10 TADAPANI - GHOREPANI
Wake up early in the morning to finish off with the breakfast and continue the challenging trails that leads to yet another heaven on earth. We pass through the jungles of oak and rhododendron giving way to the heavy traffic of mules at times. Lunch en route. We then ascend the trail to reach Ghorepani which is situated at the height of 2750m above sea level. This places directly faces and has mirror view of the beautiful landscapes. Free time at own leisure to admire the place and chat with the locals.Overnight at available hotels or lodges.
Day 11 GHOREPANI - POON HILL - TIKHEDHUNGA
Wake up early in the morning to walk the way up to Poon Hill. We pass through Deurali and village with spectacular views. We then arrive Poon Hill (3210m), one of the best Himalayan viewpoints of Nepal. Watch the glorious sunrise from there. We spend about 1-2 hrs time on this hill enjoying the beautiful sights and the Himalayan ranges. We then slowly move down Deurali to have lunch. Stop at Deurali take some rest and continue our journey down to Ghorepani. Pack up the belongings and bid goodbye to the beautiful place to descend the train towards Tikhedhunga. The trail is really steep and have to avoid aching our joints. Arrive Tikhedhunga and check into lodges. Overnight at available hotels or lodges.
Day 12 TIKHEDHUNGA - NAYAPUL -POKHARA
Continue our journey by coming down to Birethanti. Leaving behind the mountain trails and the villages we then slowly descend to reach Nayapul not leaving behind to rest and stop at the Thantichour to admire the natural beauty and have lunch. We reach Nayapul and then board the local transport to get to Pokhara.
Upon Arriving Pokhara, check into hotel and finally enjoy the modern facilities and get freshened up. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 13 POKHARA
Wake up a bit late in the morning. Breakfast at hotel. Afternoon laze around the Fewa Lake boating on a wooden boat to reach the Barahi Temple situated in the middle of the lake.Walk around the Pokhara city shopping in the Lakeside area.Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 14 POKHARA -KATHMANDU
Check out hotel and transfer back to Kathmandu at 0830 hrs. We stop at Highway Restaurant for some break and to rest. Then we continue our journey to stop at the Riverside Springs Resort to have lunch which is situated right beside the Trishuli River (recalling the golden moments of rafting). We then continue our journey to reach Kathmandu and visit the Swoyambhunath Temple (famously known as the monkey's Temple). This temple is situated on top of the hill overlooking the Kathmandu valley. We then transfer and check into hotel. Rest of the time at own leisure for individual activities.Overnight at Marshyangdi Hotel or similar.
Day 15 KATHMANDU - BACK HOME
After breakfast visit Swoyambhunath Stupa located on top of the hill and overlooking the Kathmandu valley. Rest of the time free at own leisure for shopping until your departure time to the airport.
Airport arrival and departure by private vehicle
2 night's twin sharing accommodation in 5 star hotel in Kathmandu
2 night's twin sharing accommodation in 5 star hotel in Pokhara
All meals and accommodation in lodge during the trek
Service of trek guide, and Sherpa assistant for group 6+
Porters to carry personal baggage (each 15 kg.)
Accident insurance for staffs and porters
All Land Transfers
Annapurna conservation area entry permit (ACAP),
Local / public transportation as shown in the programmed for staffs
Personal clothing and sleeping bag
Personal accident and health insurance
Emergency evacuation and medical expense
Alcoholic and bottled beverage, mineral water, laundry, and tips
Any other services and expenses that are not specifically mentioned
Expenses due to flight delay, sickness other contingencies