The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek takes us to the very heart of Annapurnas, to a wild, frosty basin ringed by awesome snow clad mountains through forests of Oak, Rhododendron and Bamboo, passing through and beyond Gurung villages and climb through the deep gorge of the Modi Khola river ( the only opening to this Himalayan amphitheatre) into the vast amphitheater of the Annapurna Sanctuary that is encircled by the famous Himalayan peaks of Machhapuchre (6997m/22957ft), Gangapurna (7454m/24457ft) Annapurna 1 (8091m/26547ft), unclimbed Fang (7647m/25090ft) and Annapurna South (7219m/23686ft). This easy trek offers fine close up mountain views without the acclimatization problems as in Everest region. From Pokhara, after short drive we reach Nayapul, 41km/25miles away from Pokhara, which is the starting point of the Annapurna Trek. One of the attractions of the Pokhara region is the opportunity to make short treks ranging from a few hours to a week, if you don’t have time for one of the longer treks or you are not ready for one. There are several route options from two possible trailheads for the first part of ABC trek upto the last major village of Chhomrong on the Modi Khola gorge from where there is a common single trail to Annapurna Base Camp ( ABC) South. As we are on the Annapurna circuit trek with Annapurna Sanctuary trek, we follow the route of Nayapul-Ghorepani-Chhomrong-ABC.
Price: USD 1599
Activities: Sightseeing in Kathmandu & Pokhara; 10 Days Trekking
Duration: 16 Days
Trek Style: Classic
Accommodation: 3 Nights Hotel in Kathmandu, 2 nights Hotel in Pokhara and 10 Nights Lodge/Guest House during Trek
Meals: Full Board during Trek and Breakfasts, Welcome and Farewell meals in Kathmandu/Pokhara
Transportation:Private Vehicles/ Flights
Maximum Altitude:4,130m (13,551ft) at Annapurna Base Camp
Day 1 Arrive KATHMANDU (1300m/4265ft)
Day 2 Trip orientation and half day sightseeing around KATHMANDU
Day 3 Fly to POKHARA (884m/2900ft)
Day 4 Drive to NAYAPUL (1070m/3511ft); Trek to TIKHEDHUNGA (1540m/5053ft)
Day 5-14 Trek to ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP (4130m/13551ft); Return to POKHARA
Day 15 Fly back to KATHMANDU
Day 16 Depart back HOME or EXTEND HOLIDAYS
This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. Those items marked by an asterisk (*) are provided by Alpine Club of Himalaya inclusive in the service. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 15 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your porter but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.
Important documents and items
Rucksack and Travel Bags
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel; in case there have been changes that affect your plans.
Temples and Stupas sightseeing around Kathmandu, HIMALAYAN Mountain flight while flying in and out from Luka, 8000m mountains including Mt. Everest, Khumbu valley and unique Sherpa culture, Tengboche monastery, SLOW and STEADY walking.
This trip follows through the classical route to the Everest Base Camp where we can expect lots of lodges and guest houses. We will be staying at night in these lodges and guesthouses all in the way to our trek and we need not fix a tent. Dinner and breakfast will be at the places where we sleep and the lunch in the way at places where we can relax with views of the magnificent mountains.
This trip is leveled as a standard which means standard hotel rooms are provided with breakfast, sightseeing tours and guest houses and lodges with private room with share bathroom.
The information provided in this web site or at the PDF TRIP DOSSIER has been compiled with attention and is provided in good faith. However it can be changed without prior notice, and does not apply as part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary prepared is correct while published and we do have most update information at the PDF or at the website. Occasionally we change our itinerary to make improvements that stem from past travelers comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra flight, hotels, sightseeing or meal in the itinerary. Please note that we are LOCAL OPERATOR from Kathmandu and we do not produce fancy brochures but update trip/website information usually end of December each year.
Our entire adventure travel itineraries and holidays are designed with care and experiences we have from our previous clients and from us. We must understand that adventure travel goes to the remote part of the mountain where weather, physical conditions of team member and delay or cancellation of flights will affect the itinerary without prior notice. So ACH reserves the right to change itinerary at any time without any pre consultation with clients. Travel can be unpredictable as we never know exactly where our journey will take us because of our walking style, physical level and the regions we visit. Our itinerary is brief and the information provided in this Trip Details document is a general guide to understand our travel destinations.
Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
Important Notes to know
This trip operates at altitudes over 2780m (max altitude 5545m). In this itinerary we dont have much acclimatizing days, so you may experience headaches, nausea, and lethargy on arrival in Namche Bazaar, 3420m. It is important to be aware of the affects of altitude on one’s tolerance especially on going high to Namche.
Accommodation in Everest Region is basic (only dorm rooms, rooms little or no running water) but at places like Lukla, Phakding, Namche, Lobuche and Dingboche there are upgraded accommodation (standard with attached shower & toilet) too. This trip includes basic rooms with two people share only. In case you want to UPGRADE YOUR ROOM, please feel free to let us know while you book the trip.
Group Leader Description
All Alpine Club trips are accompanied by one of our local Sherpa leader who speaks excellent English. He/she will provide information on the places you are traveling through, deal with health and safety issues and introduce to the local porters and villagers. As a local leader he/she has more specific knowledge to explain about historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.
Group Size Notes
Max 14 & Min 2
Your Fellow Travelers
When we travel in a group there are people from around the world of different ages who are multi lingual, multi cultural and multi racial. You are requested to understand the benefits may be some of the frustrations of traveling in a group. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well – this takes just a little effort on your part.
Welcome breakfast and fare well dinner are in Kathmandu hotels. Foods are provided on in a tea house or guest house in the mountain, there are variety of choice of local meal as well as continental even PIZZA and Sizzler. We also give more eating flexibility, groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other’s company. Our leader will be able to suggest favorite restaurants during your trip. Included breakfasts will usually be Asian style consisting of noodles or congee (rice porridge) or bread, hass brown and eggs of any style. Wide range of vegetarian foods is found, although in some places choices are limited. While trekking in remote regions food will be served plentiful and made of fresh local ingredients.
Private Bus, Car and Van
All local flights are included in the cost of our tour unless otherwise noted and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
We believe single travelers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travelers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travelers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Hotels with western facilities and guesthouses in the mountain
My Own Room Available on this tour with an extra surcharge.
Kathmandu – Peak Point Hotel
(close to Hotel Malla)Thamel, Kathmandu. Nepal
Joining information Our entire trip is a group joining basis unless any one does not request the private or the personal trip. We provide the airport pick up and drop to the hotel and sightseeing for the one who book land trip. We give the flexibility so that our clients can join the trip only .While the price will be relatively less in this case but airport pick up and transfer to the hotel and city sightseeing tours are not included.
When arriving into Kathmandu International Airport you will notice how small the city really is. It is on 7km from the downtown area and the only way to get there is by taxi. You can arrange a prepaid taxi from the counter outside of the baggage hall run by the Airport Queue Taxi Service Management Committee for about 400-450 Rupees (approx 6-7 USD). Please be aware of people wanting to help you with your bags as they will ask for money once you get to your taxi. If you have paid for an arrival transfer or booked whole trip our driver will be waiting with your name or an ALPINE CLUB Sign on it. Please check carefully once you exit the baggage hall as there seem to be hundreds of people waiting outside in the arrival area.
We don’t expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, as soon as possible please contact us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at +977 98510 20731 or your hotel +977 1 4440476/4440534 as emergency contact. If you have pre-booked an airport transfer and have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, we recommend that you make your own way to the Kathmandu Hotel and we will refund you the taxi cost if this occurs.
Should you need to contact Alpine Club during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call to the following contacts
Sujan +977 98510 20731 Mobile
Kathmandu – Peak Point Hotel
(close to Hotel Malla)Thamel, Kathmandu. Nepal
What to Take
What you need to bring depends on the trip you have chosen and the places or regions you are planning to visit. We suggest that you pack as lightly as possible and keep the weight of your bags between 15-20kg/22-30lb. Suitcases are not recommended for trekking and mountaineering because it is hard to handle by the support Sherpa while in the mountains and also some of our trips have non support Sherpa porter. Most travelers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size (no XXL ones please!) as they need to carry by the porters in the mountain although you have chance to leave some of your bags at the hotel you are staying. You will also need a day pack/bag to carry water, cameras and other electronics like iPods and mobile phones. If your trip involves overnights in home stays, villages or camping, Alpine Club does not provide the sleeping bags or warm Jackets. You usually have to rent sleeping bags if needed instead of bringing them from home.
Passport (with photocopies)
Photos for Nepal visa on arrival
Travel insurance (with photocopies)
Airline tickets (with photocopies)
USD cash and travelers cheques
Credit or debit card (see personal spending money)
Alpine Club Invoice , pre-departure information and Travel dossier
Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
Day pack for daily personal items
Wet wipes / Moist towelettes
Hand sanitizing lotion
Sun hat, Sun block, Sunglasses
Moisturizer, Lip balm
Water bottle, Plastic mug, Cutlery
Ear plugs for light sleepers
Small towel and swim wear (optional)
Sturdy walking shoes/Sport sandals
Shorts for summer months (June – September)
Hiking pants/track pants
Warm clothes for April-November. Hat and gloves Wool jumper / sweater / fleece. Light weight during summer, 1 heavyweight or 2 lightweights during winter months. Down jackets in winter.
Umbrella or waterproof jacket.
Cover for backpack or plastic bags to keep clothes dry or dust free.
Camera and film
Reading/writing material, cassettes/CDs or other entertainment for long travel days.
First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking).
Presents from home like photos, toothbrushes, stickers, postcards, children’s books, souvenir pins.
Protein bars, chocolate, dried fruits, candies and snack foods.
Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels in cities for a charge. While trekking in the mountain there will be times you need to do your own laundry so we suggest you bring non-polluting/biodegradable soap.
CHINA – Alpine Club will arrange a group visa for China. This is the only way groups may enter China from Kathmandu. If you already have a China visa the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu will cancel it and issue you a group visa that is valid for the particular trip only.
The cost of the visa is NOT included in the trip. You must pay it separately on arrival in Kathmandu at the group meeting. For all nationalities the visa fee is 114 USD EXCEPT American passport holders whose fee is 198 USD.
NEPAL – All foreign nationals (except Indians) require a visa to enter Nepal. Visas are obtainable from embassies abroad or on arrival at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan airport or at any Immigration if you are coming from India or from China TIBET. To obtain Nepal visa you are requested to have one passport photo and the fees below in US dollars cash only:
Single entry visa valid for 15 days – US $25:
Single Entry Visa for 30 days – US $40
And multiple entry visa valid for 90 days – US $100
Please inform us if you are planning an additional trip to China after The High Road to Tibet tour you will need long days visa or need to apply for a Chinese visa at the Chinese embassy in Kathmandu after your trip finished otherwise you cannot enter into China. Please check with Chinese embassy prior to travel as this is subject to change.
Destination Travel Guide
For more information on travel such as weather, costs, festival, visa information, politics and much more, please visit our Destination Travel Guide at www.alpineclubofhimalaya.com/travel-guide for more information.
Extra Spending Money
Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip. More than that if you wish to extend your other destination or the part of the adventure travel which is not included.
American Dollars are well accepted in Asia and exchange rates fluctuate often. We request you to follow the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com As of JULY 2010 the exchange rate for NEPAL was 1 USD = 73 NPR (Nepalese Rupees). There are many ATM machines in major cities that accept both Visa and MasterCard. We accept and also major credit cards are accepted in most shops but they may charge a 2-4% service charge fee.
Local payment if any
There are not any local fees or surcharge other than stated in the travel itinerary. We strongly believe that one fee one trip with ACH except Tips, Laundry, Shopping, Telephone and Meals which are not included in the trip. There will be an additional fee in situations that are beyond our control; say mountain flight cancels or mountain road blocks and need extra meal or accommodations.
All departure taxes should be included in your international flight ticket for TIBET and all domestic ticket.
Tips are expected but not compulsory. It is good to understand that it is customary in Asia to tip the service providers such as waiters at approximately 10% depending on the service.
Tips while travelling
Tipping drivers and local guides on local tours range from approximate $2 USD per person per day depending on the quality and length of the service your have received.
Tipping Sherpa Leader/Guide for a week trip 50 USD and for Sherpa porter 30 US$ from a group
Tipping Sherpa Leader/Guide for 2 weeks trip 100-125 USD and for Sherpa porter 50-75 USD from a group
Tipping Sherpa Leader/Guide for 3 weeks trip 150-200 USD and for Sherpa porter 75-100 USD from a group
Must have Good Health
You should well consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information before departure where you are travelling. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements although our local leader is carrying enough First Aid Kits. Please be aware that sometimes we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities. Alpine Club reserves the right to exclude any traveler from all or part of a trip without refund if in the reasonable opinion of our leader they are unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or rest of the group.
Safety and Security
Many national governments provide regular updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government’s advice for their latest travel information before departure.
We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travelers’ cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home – you won’t need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes which are the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.
Consult your Doctor for Medical Advice
We are a small and personalized group adventures bringing together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility’ is required to undertake our easiest tour programs. Travelers must have the good level of fitness for mountain trekking 3400m and above, at least walking 7-8 hrs each day at high elevation. And for trek, climb and mountain expedition you are requested to have the complete medical approval from your travel doctor to attend the trip.
Must Have Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance is provided to us up on arrival. Such travel insurance must cover medical, emergency evacuation and full trip cancellation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
Being a responsible adventure travel company is at the heart of what Alpine Club is all about. From the start, Alpine Club has been committed to offering low-impact travel that benefits traveler and host alike. We are responsible holiday planner to Himalaya areas; we conserve the environment and improve the welfare of local people to the region we travel. Alpine Club plan and organize our operation to maximize the net benefit for the poor people by empowering and by training on skills development that help them to take part on different tourism activities. We have strong policies to employ the local people and use the local products as much as possible while we travel. We are guided by “Take a photograph & leave zero foot print” and always travel that maximizes the benefits to local communities, minimizes negative social or environmental impacts and help local people conserve fragile cultures and habitats or species. Nature is not just for current generation what we firmly believe that meets the needs of present travelers and host regions while protecting and enhancing opportunities for the future.
We warmly welcome you all to take part this sustainable adventure travel and a couple of tips to start you thinking about traveling sustainably.
-Please bring rechargeable batteries, a battery charger (and plug adapter if necessary). Batteries are incredibly toxic and many places that we travel do not have proper disposal facilities. Rechargeable are best but if this is not possible we recommend that you bring any used batteries back home with you for proper disposal.
-Please ask before taking pictures. Just as you would not like to have a stranger come up to you and take a picture of you while sitting on your front porch either do the locals of the places that we visit. As you can imagine pictures of their children are also not appreciated.
Associated Children Education Project
Alpine Club is not just a business firm; it has a strong policy committed to ensure that we are socially responsible as well. We are helping per person per day US$1 donation to the charity www.cennepal.org.np from each person each trip.
How you can help?
There are numbers of children who are still away from the opportunity of getting educated in this 21st Century. Our aim is to provide these children a great opportunity to educate them and we warmly welcome you if anyone interested to help for sponsoring a child 80-100US$ for a child for one year.
Respect Local Dress
In Nepal the standard dress is more conservative than it is back home. In predominately while you travel in Nepal, India, Bhutan and Tibet we ask that you dress respectfully and avoid very short shorts/skirts and singlets/tank tops when visiting temples or mosques or other holy sites or local villages.
We are not 100% but we do 110% towards your complete satisfaction in order to be sure that you get the best of what you have paid for and expect. After your travel, we want to hear from you! Your feedback information is important to us. Please help us to help your friends and families for your next adventure travel. Please visit www.alpineclubofhimalaya.com/feedback
We Want Your Photos
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THANKS FOR TAKING TIME, SEE US IN KATHMANDU, HAVE A NICE DAY!!!
Day 1 Arrival KATHMANDU (1300m/4265ft)
Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport where you will be warmly welcomed by our representative and check in to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore this historic and vibrant city. Meals: NO
Day 2 Acclimatize KATMANDU
After breakfast we depart the hotel for a full-day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, the “city of glory.” We visit Durbar (Palace) Square, the epicenter of religious and cultural life, an area filled with old temples and historical significance with old glorious Newari architecture. Some of the sights include Kal Bhairav, Hanuman Dhoka, Taleju Temple, Kasthamandap and Kumari Ghar; home to the Living Goddess. Afterwards we visit Swoyambhunath Stupa, said to be one of the oldest Buddhist stupas in the world, which is majestically set high on a hill overlooking Kathmandu Valley. We proceed towards Pashupatinath Temple, a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. This massive temple complex sits alongside the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Only Hindus are allowed to enter the courtyard of the temple, whereas tourists can see the temple from the eastern side of the Bagmati River. Later we visit Boudhanath, a Buddhist Stupa said to be one of the largest in the world. This massive structure stands tall with four pairs of eyes each facing the four cardinal directions, watching for righteous behavior of mankind and for human prosperity. Meals: Breakfast, Welcome Dinner
Day 3 Fly to POKHARA (884m/2900ft)
After morning breakfast in the hotel, we take a 25 minutes flight from Kathmandu Airport to Pokhara. In Pokhara we visit the deep, narrow gorge of roaring Seti River from where we drive to Davi’s Falls and further to Gupteswar Cave and the Bat Cave. In the evening we go lazing by the Phewa Lake for the leisurely row on its sparkling waters. Meals: Breakfast
Day 4 Drive to NAYAPUL (1070m/3511ft); Trek to TIKHEDHUNGA (1540m/5053ft)
After breakfast we drive 41km/25 miles to Nayapul for the start of our ABC trek. A steep trail from Nayapul directs us down to a bridge over a small stream to get to Birethanti, a large and prosperous village. From Birethanti we take the left branch of the trail on the west side of the bridge at the ACAP Checkpost where we need to show ACAP permit and TIMS Card. Following the trail through main streets of Birethanti, winding through bamboo forests and past a large waterfall and swimming hole we reach Sudami beyond a pasture used by caravans. We climb steadily up the side of the valley to reach Hille and about 15 minutes above Hille is the Tikhedhunga. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 Trek to GHOREPANI (2750m/9023ft)
This is a 4-6 hours trek which starts crossing the Tikhedhunga Khola on a suspension bridge, then drops and crosses the Bhurungdi Khola on a large bridge at 1520m. The trail climbs very steeply on a stone staircase that is said to have more than 3300 steps which continue to the large Magar village of Ulleri (2080m) and climbing gently through the pastures and cultivated fields the trail makes its way to deep forests to reach a hamlet of Banthanti. Crossing the magnificent oak and rhododendron forests the trail passes through two sparkling clear streams, a small ridge and another stream before making final climb to another Magar village of Nangathanti (2460m). About an hour past this village we reach Ghorepani where we can see eight different species of Nepal’s national flower rhododendron in the hillsides below Ghorepani.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 Trek to POON HILL (3210m/10532ft); Trek to TADA PANI (2710m/8892ft)
After about an hours climb in the morning we reach Poon Hill which is a viewpoint for the spectacular Himalayan panorama extending from Dhaulagiri to Annapurna to Machhapuchhre; that stretches from Dhaulagiri I ( 8167m) and Tukuche (6920m) to Nilgiri (6940m), Annapurna South, Annapurna I (8091m), Hiunchuli (6441m) and Tarke Kang (7193m). Climbing just a little further beyond the viewpoint, the trail descends a bit and then goes through series of ups and downs through the forest of bamboo, rhododendron and birch to reach a hamlet of Deurali which also has a viewpoint tower some 200m/660ft above the hamlet. Beyond Deurali, crossing through the slippery stretches we reach a stream and taking the path above the stream. Crossing the bridge over the stream we climb steep stone steps with iron railings and reach the hamlet of Banthanti. The path drops steeply down now through the dense forests and crossing the bridge in the stream climb steep stone steps to reach Tadapani which offers an excellent ringside view of the entire region with a ring of mountains. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 Trek to CHHOMRONG (2210m/7251ft)
This day has a long descent of 780m and ascent of 280m starting from the narrow trail through forests full of bromeliads to a pasture and now crossing through Chiule we drop down on steep steps through corn and millet fields to Siprung and then to a old suspension bridge over the Khumbu Khola from where the trail starts climbing to the spread out village of Ghurjung passing through the yards of several homes and lodges. Now crossing a wooden bridge we walk 30 minutes in and out of side valleys to Dhiklyo Danda, where the Ghandruk –Chhomrong trail joins the route. Now climbing steeply gaining the views of Machhapuchhre we pass through Taglung and reach Chhomrong. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 Trek to DOBHAN (2500m/8203ft)
Leaving Chhomrong, the trail descends on a stone staircase and crosses the Chhomrong Khola on a swaying suspension bridge at 1860m and climbs out of the side valley via the tiny settlement of Tilche, through forests of bamboo, rhododendron and oak. Climbing further on a rocky trail we reach Bhanuwa and then to Sinuwa. Now climbing in a forest of rhododendrons we reach stone paved trail that passes Kuldi from where the trail enters the upper Modi Valley and descending a long, steep, slippery stone staircase into a deep bamboo and rhododendron forest we arrive at Bamboo (2310m). Now the trail climbs steeply through stands of bamboo and then rhododendron and crossing tributary streams on narrow bridges occasionally and keeping on eye on the troops of black faced langur monkeys and after traversing several avalanche chutes we reach the stone paved trail of Dobhan. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 Trek to ABC (4130m/13551ft)
This is a long ascend which we start crossing a stream and avalanche chute we climb across a landslide to reach a forest with a small temple of Baraha and one should not carry eggs or meat beyond this point. Climbing past a cascade over a rock platform we pass a decorated temple of Shiva to reach a rocky trail through forests then up a steep ravine to Hinku Cave. Now the trail crosses the remnants of a glacier just beyond Hinku Cave from where we climb through large boulders to Deorali. Above Deorali, the valley widens and become less steep from where the gate of the sanctuary can be seen. The trail now diverts to the east side of the valley to avoid dangerous avalanche area and climbs through an unusual mix of bamboo and birch to reach Bagar. From here, we climb across more avalanche paths, and then through a sparse birch forest and crossing a moraine descend to a stream. Now a stone staircase leads us to a helipad and a nearby German meteorological office from where we choose lower trail to reach Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m/12140ft) from where we can enjoy the great mountain panorama views of Hiunchuli, AnnapurnaIII, Gangapurna and ever changing Machhapuchhre. Trail hard if fresh snow/ pleasant walk / the trail follows a stream and then climbs to a few huts, where shepherds graze their sheep during summer/the area is cold, windy and often snowbound. Walking past the porter shelter and volleyball court to a prayer flag draped viewpoint on the moraine for a spectacular view over the glacier and nearby memorial chorten for climber Anatoli Bourkreev killed in 1997 by an avalanche, we reach ABC and the Sanctuary. In the sanctuary we can see few birds, tahr, Himalayan weasels and pika. Tharpu chuli (5663m), Singu Chuli (6501m) and Hiunchuli are the three trekking peaks accessible from the sanctuary which requires skill, equipment and advance planning to climb. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10 Trek to CHHOMRONG (2210m/7251ft)
Heading back down the valley retracing our steps to Dobhan and further making a long steep climb back to the Chhomrong.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11 Trek to GHANDRUK (1970m/6464ft)
To descend to Ghandruk we return to trail junction at Taglung and swing right to climb to the top of a landslide and again turn left after sometime at the trail junction and now we head towards straight south which is a heartbreaking sight. Now descending steeply we reach Kimrong village just above the Khumbu Khola. At Kimrong we cross the bridge and stay on the left trail as it climbs out of the Khumnu Valley and making a steep climb through forest we reach Kumrong Danda. From Kimrong Danda it’s an easy descent to a bridge over the Kyuri Khola, ten minutes from where the route is joined by a fork of the Ghorepani-Ghandruk trail from where we turn east to reach a second largest Gurung settlement in Nepal, Ghandruk village that has two museums out of which Gurung Traditional Museum is the best. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12 Trek to LANDRUK (1620m/5315ft)
The trek from Ghandruk to Landruk is the steepest part of our entire trek. The descent from Ghandruk to Kyumi at the bank of Modi khola is almost 70 degree vertical. Then we climb up to Landruk which is almost equally steep but shorter. Though a straight line distance between the two villages would not be more than 500 meters, it takes us more than 3 hours to reach from Ghandruk to Landruk. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day13 Trek to DHAMPUS (1700m/5578ft)
The early morning view from Landruk is gorgeous. We see another show of the beautiful Annapurna shrouded by clouds towards the north. Towards the south, we see the beautiful hills and the Modi river valley. The trek from Landruk is pretty easy for the first hour, somewhat steep for the next two or three (till Deurali) and a gentle downhill to a small village of Pothana through the forests for two more hours. The mountain views from Pothana are indeed heavenly with Machhapuchhre dominating the vista. The remainder of the trek is gradual downhill through the trails to Dhampus village. It takes us about two hours to reach Dhampus. This is the exit point of the ACAP region and foreigners need to check out at Dhampus. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 14 Trek to Phedi;
Drive to POKHARA Dhampus is connected to the highway by a graveled road to Pokhara. So we take a short walk downhill to Phedi passing few teashops and houses from where we reach Pokhara after half an hour drive. Meals: Breakfast
Day 15 Fly back to KATMANDU
From Pokhara we fly back to Kathmandu and are dropped to the hotel. This is a leisure day which can be utilized buying gifts and souvenirs for your friends and family. In the evening you will be invited to join FAREWELL reviewing great photos and share experiences of the trip. Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Day 16 Fly back HOME or extend your HOLIDAYS
If you prefer to stay longer, you can consult us for short tours such as game drive at National parks, rafting, mountain biking, Tibet, India or Bhutan tours etc. Meals: Breakfast
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