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A MARVELOUS TREKKING IN NEPAL

WALKING HOLIDAY to ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP of NEPAL
Annapurna Base Camp trek of Nepal is also known as Annapurna Sanctuary trek or ABC trekking. To reach to the base camp of Annapurna the hiking path goes through a hidden alpine amphitheater overshadowed by surrounding ice bound giants including Annapurna One peak over 8,000 meters (26,000 ft), thirteen peaks over 7,000 meters (23,000 ft), & sixteen more over 6,000 meters (20,000 ft).

Lonely planet recommended Annapurna base camp trek as best place to travel in October 2015 although there was an earthquake in Nepal. …most of Nepal was untouched by the disaster, including the most popular trekking areas like Annapurna. It further says … the classic trekking routes such as the Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Sanctuary Trek climb breathlessly into the Himalaya, offering the kind of views normally reserved for mountaineers. In the process, you’ll be performing a valuable social service, helping Nepal to rebuild after the disaster by investing directly in the local economy….

The gateway to ABC trek is the Lake City of Pokhara. A 1.5 hour drive from Pokhara takes us through lush subtropical forests and traditional farming villages offering a Himalayan panorama with Annapurna in the south, Fishtail and Himchuli soaring above to the trek starting point at Nayapul. Trekking the narrow Modi khola valley brings you to the base of Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) and into the Annapurna sanctuary. Here you will spend two remarkable days gazing with breathtaking 360-degree views of the snow covered peaks above you and the beauty of the landscapes around you, that make up the Annapurna Sanctuary.

The Annapurna Sanctuary is a high glacial basin surrounded by eleven of Nepal’s major peaks and is accessed by a deep gorge that carves through this mountain fortress. It is referred to as the Annapurna “Sanctuary” because of the divine presence of the Hindu goddesses – Annapurna (Hindu Goddess for nourishment) and Gangapurna (Hindu Goddess of Ganges River Water).

Following some part of a traditional route of the Tibetan traders we will trek for 5 to 7 hours daily, passing through terraced fields and bamboo forests, remote villages and into the ice-bound heart of the vast mountainous amphitheater of the Annapurna Base Camp. In total, Annapurna Base Camp Trekking offers adventurers a great opportunity to explore the mountains and enjoy their magic.

Brief ItineraryView full

  • Day 1 : Arrival Day
  • Day 2 : Kathmandu Exploration Day
  • Day 3 : Kathmandu - Drive to Pokhara
  • Day 4 : Pokhara - Tikhedhunga
  • Day 5 : Tikhedhunga - Ghorepani
  • Day 6 : Ghorepani - Poonhill - Tadapani
  • Day 7 : Tadapani - Chhomrong
  • Day 8 : Chhomrong - Dovan
  • Day 9 : Dovan - Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC)
  • Day 10 : MBC - Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) - Dovan
  • Day 11 : Dovan - Jhinu (Hot Spring)
  • Day 12 : Jhinu - Tolkha
  • Day 13 : Tolkha - Pokhara
  • Day 14 : Pokhara - Kathmandu
  • Day 15 : Departure Day
Day
1

Arrival Day

You will be welcomed by our representative on your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Later, you will be transferred to your hotel. Check into the hotel, freshen up, relax a bit or you can explore the vicinity until we meet in the evening for the trip briefing. The time for the briefing will be provided to you once you arrive at hotel. Stay overnight at hotel.

accomodation

Accomodation

Hotel

altitude

Altitude

1300m

Day
2

Kathmandu Exploration Day

After breakfast in the morning we go for the Kathmandu sightseeing tour of the UNESCO CULTURAL HERITAGE sites which includes: Swayambhunath - The oldest Buddhist Stupa in Kathmandu Valley, also a beautiful home to lots of monkeys, thus also known as Monkey Temple, is also a perfect vantage point to see Kathmandu valley. Pashupatinath- A holy pilgrimage site for Hindus and Hindu Crematorium, watch as the Hindu dead bodies are cremated in the most unique way in the world; we come across Hindu Holy Men known as Sadhus, with ash rubbed body and matted dreadlocks. For a donation you can take your picture with them and receive a blessing. Boudhanath- the biggest Buddhist temple in the world; a site for Tibetan Buddhism where we can visit monasteries, watch the Holy Monks busy in their chanting ritual, and pilgrims going around the temple performing their kora. Patan Durbar Square- A Medieval Royal Palace area which is also known as the city of fine arts, we can see the finest example of metal and stone carving back to 14th century and also the amazing Nepali Architecture. Spend another night at the hotel in Kathmandu.

meal

Meal

B

accomodation

Accomodation

Hotel

altitude

Altitude

1300m

Day
3

Kathmandu - Drive to Pokhara

Early morning breakfast and we check out the hotel to go to Pokhara. A 7 hours drive by tourist bus takes us to the amazingly beautiful city of Pokhara 200 km west of Kathmandu. The drive is very scenic which goes through the winding and stretching road along side the famous rafting rivers of Trishuli and later on Marsyangdi. Along the way you will pass through beautiful small Nepali villages which give you a glimpse of the Nepal countryside.

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Meal

B

accomodation

Accomodation

Hotel

altitude

Altitude

900m

time

Time

6HR

distance

Distance

200KM

ascent

Ascent

150 m

descent

Descent

350 m

Day
4

Pokhara - Tikhedhunga

We drive from Pokhara to Nayapul, the starting point of the trek, which is about 1.5 hours drive and we will eventually trek to Tikhedhunga on an easy dirt road alongside beautiful river stream. The beginning of the trek gives you some glimpses of the Himalayan peaks but the rest of the day we will enjoy the beauty of green mountain surroundings and local villages. We will spend the night at a comfortable Guest House (called the tea house) at 1527 meters.

meal

Meal

B/L/D

accomodation

Accomodation

Tea House

altitude

Altitude

1527m

time

Time

5HR

ascent

Ascent

600 m

descent

Descent

200 m

Day
5

Tikhedhunga - Ghorepani

After a mouth watering mountain breakfast at the tea house we start the trek of the day. Probably the most difficult day of the trek in the sense that the trail continues to higher elevations. The first part of the trek is a steep upward walking for about 2 Hrs and then a gradual upward walk. The walk on the stone paved steps is a daring adventure early in the morning. The whole trail leads you through villages and forest to Ghorepani. All the efforts you put out through the day will be rewarded when you reach Ghorepani, with magnificent close up views of the Himalaya (given the weather is clear). We will stay the night at a Guest House at 2850 meters.

meal

Meal

B/L/D

accomodation

Accomodation

Tea House

altitude

Altitude

2850m

time

Time

7HR

distance

Distance

14KM

ascent

Ascent

1300 m

descent

Descent

50 m

Day
6

Ghorepani - Poonhill - Tadapani

We will hike to Poon hill, the highlight of the trip, about 1.5 Hrs early in the morning to see a spectacular sunrise and the mountain views of 10 different peaks. We will trek back to Ghorepani for the breakfast. After enjoying the second mountain breakfast, we will trek to Tadapani, another great place to take a close up view of the Himalaya. It is a pleasant walk through a lush green forest. Eventually we will stay the night at a guest house

meal

Meal

B/L/D

accomodation

Accomodation

Tea House

altitude

Altitude

2700m

time

Time

7HR

distance

Distance

14 km

ascent

Ascent

500 m

descent

Descent

300 m

Day
7

Tadapani - Chhomrong

We are craving for yet another 6 hours walk today. Today’s walk takes us through beautiful mountain civilization and some forested areas. We will also admire the meditative sound of the flowing river. When we reach today’s destination, Chhomrong you will enjoy the life and culture of the mountain ethnic community of Gurungs.

meal

Meal

B/L/D

accomodation

Accomodation

Tea House

altitude

Altitude

2100m

time

Time

5 hrs

distance

Distance

10 km

ascent

Ascent

150 m

descent

Descent

500 m

Day
8

Chhomrong - Dovan

We trek though lush green forest with an occasional encounter with deer and monkeys to today\'s destination - Dovan. We stop at Sinua for a tea break after about 2.5 hours. Then we continue our onward walking adventure enjoying the green mountain scenery. We also enjoy the magnificent views of Mt. Fishtail and Mt. Gangapurna from Chhomrong and Sinua. Stay at a tea house.

meal

Meal

B/L/D

accomodation

Accomodation

Lodge

altitude

Altitude

2600 m

time

Time

5-6 hrs

distance

Distance

10 km

ascent

Ascent

500 m

descent

Descent

300 m

Day
9

Dovan - Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC)

We enjoy the walk again through green mountains and rugged mountain trails. It takes us about 4 hrs to reach Deurali to have our lunch. Once we reach Deurali, we can again enjoy the view of the snow capped mountain peaks. After the lunch, it will be about 2 hrs walk to today\'s destination - Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC). Enjoy the breath taking view of Himalayan peaks from MBC. Stay at a tea house

meal

Meal

B/L/D

accomodation

Accomodation

Lodge

altitude

Altitude

3800 m

time

Time

6-7 hrs

distance

Distance

9.5 km

ascent

Ascent

1200 m

descent

Descent

100 m

Day
10

MBC - Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) - Dovan

We wake up early in the morning to hike to Annapurna Base Camp, the highlight of this trip. We enjoy the stunning sun rise and mountain views from ABC and return back to MBC. After having breakfast, we start trekking down to Dovan, today\'s stay over.

meal

Meal

B/L/D

accomodation

Accomodation

Lodge

altitude

Altitude

4100 m

time

Time

8 hrs

distance

Distance

17 km

ascent

Ascent

300 m

descent

Descent

1400 m

Day
11

Dovan - Jhinu (Hot Spring)

Another day of walking with a lot of up and down, to today\'s destination - Jhinu. The scenic walk leads you to find a natural hot spring waiting for you on the bank of Modi Khola (River Modi). You can wash away your tiredness with nice natural hot spring bath and feel rejuvenated. Overnight at a tea house.

meal

Meal

B/L/D

accomodation

Accomodation

Lodge

altitude

Altitude

1750 m

time

Time

7 Hrs

distance

Distance

11 km

ascent

Ascent

300 m

descent

Descent

900 m

Day
12

Jhinu - Tolkha

Enjoy yet another day of beautiful walking through the terraced fields, river side, local villages, forested areas to reach a beautiful mountain village of Tolkha. With the lunch break at Landruk, a typical ethnic Gurung village, we have enough breaks to relax and re-energize. Overnight at a tea house.

meal

Meal

B/L/D

accomodation

Accomodation

Lodge

altitude

Altitude

1860 m

time

Time

5 hrs

distance

Distance

8 km

ascent

Ascent

110 m

descent

Descent

200 m

Day
13

Tolkha - Pokhara

We trek to Dhampus Phedi covering an easy and beautiful path through Dhampus village to a magnificent view point. It takes about 5 hrs of trekking and half hour of drive to reach Pokhara. By the lunch time, we reach Pokhara where you have the rest of the day free to relax and explore the beautiful lake city of Pokhara. Go for massage or adventure activities like paragliding, zip flying, bungy jumping, ultralight flight etc. Overnight at hotel.

meal

Meal

B/L

accomodation

Accomodation

Hotel

altitude

Altitude

990 m

time

Time

5 hrs

distance

Distance

20 km

ascent

Ascent

250 m

descent

Descent

800 m

Day
14

Pokhara - Kathmandu

We take yet another long but beautiful drive to return to Kathmandu today, then free time. You have option to fly back at an extra cost. The flight is 25 mins long. In the evening we go for farewell dinner where we will have Nepali food and enjoy a cultural show. We talk and share our experiences about the trekking and trip.

meal

Meal

B/D

accomodation

Accomodation

Hotel

altitude

Altitude

1300m

time

Time

5-6 hr

distance

Distance

200 km

ascent

Ascent

400 m

descent

Descent

50 m

Day
15

Departure Day

Today is the last day of the trip, so, we take you to airport for final departure home. Namaste! After the trek, you can also include Jungle safari activities at Chitwan National park for 2 - 3 days from Pokhara Or add extra days for the Himalayan white water river rafting adventure. Or add some days for Yoga or meditation. Or simply get involved in social services like volunteering to make your visit even more worthwhile

meal

Meal

B

altitude

Altitude

1300m

time

Time

25Min

distance

Distance

7KM

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Having trekked with Earthbound 2 years ago, for a really life changing, expedition to the Everest Base Camp - I was keen to return. Last year I set about negotiating a return trip with some of the friends I had made on my previous trip, and with Rajan, Earthbound's president. Last month (Nov) 8 of us returned to Nepal for the Annapurna Base Camp trek. It was amazing! I dealt with Rajan directly, by email, and we were able to easily arrange an itinerary for the trek. Having trekked with Earthbound before I was entirely confident that everything would be organised to a high standard. Rajan, and his team, delivered a perfect trek, for a really excellent price, with no hidden extra costs. I specifically requested Resham to be our tour guide, and this was honoured, to our delight. Resham is extremely knowledgeable, with boundless enthusiasm and instills great confidence in the groups he guides. Nepali people are very hospitable and Rajan runs a tight ship, where tourist/customer satisfaction is priority. This filters down to the staff in the Thamel Eco Resort, the tour/trek guides and the porters. The 4 porters ('supporters' Resham prefers to call them) on this trek, were really great young men. They carried our heavy bags, served us drinks/food in the tea houses and even though they must've been exhausted they were always courteous and accommodating. It was a pleasure to spend time with them. If you're reading this trying to decide which trek to do then I'd say they are both tremendous. Others in the group prefer the stunning scenery and greenery of the ABC terrain but I think EBC has the edge for me. It's tougher physically than ABC but walking at altitude, with snow capped mountains as your daily view, creates an enormous sense of achievement. I'm thinking ahead to my next Nepali trek and I know I can't go wrong booking with Earthbound. Thank you Rajan, Resham, Sunil, Santosh, Rajess, Anil and Davindra. Namaste Visited November 2016

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  • All accommodation in cities (Kathmandu, Pokhara - 3 star level hotels) on BB
  • Simple tea house accommodation and 3 times meal a day in trek, as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All entry fees in conservation area and TIMs
  • All ground transportation as per itinerary
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag for the Trek (if necessary)
  • One guide and necessary number of porter for the trek
  • City sightseeing with English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Group First Aid Medical Kit
  • Local Taxes and VAT
  • Nepali cultural show and Dinner

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  • Major meals in cities (Kathmandu, Pokhara - where not mentioned)
  • Laundry, postage, personal clothing medical expenses, personal travels insurance
  • All items of a personal nature, mineral water, beers and other extra snacks and drinks
  • Mountain, Road rescue or any other emergency evacuation charges
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Pokhara Eco Resort

Pokhara Eco Resort

Pokhara Eco resort (PER) offers affordable prices, as well as a convenient location. Situated in the heart of the tourist district of Pokhara, you are never far from restaurants or shops. Visit the  world famous Mountains, Phewa Lake, Barahi Temple, Seti river, Mahendra Cave, Devi”s Fall, World Peace Pagoda, The Old Bazzar and because you are in  Barahi Path Pokhara you can”t miss the Barahi Chowk with its countless restaurants and shops. At the hotel, guests enjoy complimentary wireless internet access, fruits and tea / coffee. Pokhara Eco Resort makes for an excellent choice to stay in the tourist district of Pokhara.

A 32 room eco-friendly boutique hotel in Pokhara with a beautiful view from the balcony has 29 deluxe rooms and 3 suite rooms with Restaurant , Yoga and meditation hall,Spa and massage center. We also have conference and seminar halls.

http://www.pokharaecoresort.com/ +977 61 463991
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Thamel Eco Resort

Thamel Eco Resort is an eco-friendly boutique hotel with a beautiful quiet courtyard garden away from the noise and traffic of Kathmandu. We are an authentically styled Nepalese hotel delivering international standards. We maintain 43 rooms including suites, family rooms, deluxe and standards rooms to meet the needs of any traveler. Our multi-cuisine restaurant, bar, and Yoga hall are on site to make your stay complete.

Renown for our friendliness and hospitality, we offer affordable prices in a convenient location in the heart of the tourist district of Thamel. You are walking distance to countless restaurants, shops, and the entertainment of Thamel. Just a short walk from Kathmandu Durbar Square, King’s Palace Museum, and Swayambhunath – the most revered Buddhist stupa in Nepal, we provide easy access to the sights of the City.

Enjoy complimentary wireless internet access, safe drinking water (we maintain eco-friendly re-fill stations), and tea/coffee. Thamel Eco Resort makes for an excellent to stay in Kathmandu.

We are only 8 km from the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) and don’t miss the panoramic view of the Kathmandu Valley and the surrounding hills. We are here to make your stay in Nepal excellent.

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