14 days / 13 nights
Annapurna Base Camp trek 14 days
- 8 nights and 9 days of food and accommodation during trek (local lodge)
- Transportation from Kathmandu to trekking departure point, and back to Kathmandu after trek
- English speaking local expert guide, porters( porter carry 20 to 24 k.g and one porter between two person)
- Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) fees
- Annapurna Conservation permit
- Three nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu at bed and breakfast, two nights accommodation in Pokhara at bed and breakfast
- Airport transfers and escort
- Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
- Trekking certificate
- Equipment & clothing for porter & staffs
- Equipment (sleeping bag, first aid kit, oximeter etc.)
- Insurance for all staff & porters.
- Kathmandu and Pokhara sightseeing
- Insurance for clients (i.e. helicopter evacuation, etc.)
- Lunch & dinner during hotel stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Shower and electronic charging fees at guest houses during the trek
- Alcoholic drinks, candies, etc.
- Extra accommodation and meals outside of itinerary
- Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
- Tips, any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/road block due to any reason, table drinks, snacks while walking.
It is possible to book a flight to see Mount Everest whilst you are in Kathmandu. The cost is US$195.00 (subject to change) per person .
The one hour Everest flight takes off from Kathmandu Airport and flies east where you can see magnificent mountains, including Mount Everest, from a height of around 25,000 feet. You can enjoy a seemingly endless chain of snow capped peaks as you fly above the clouds, over glaciers and lakes, rivers and gorges from your private individual window. This excursion offers a great opportunity to experience and photograph the aerial view of the highest mountain peaks in the world, the Kathmandu valley and the landscapes of Nepal.
The mountain flights are operated by one of the domestic airlines and they depart in the morning. Please note that the flight only operates when the weather is good and view is satisfactory. The best season is September to May. If you are interested in booking this please ask your tour leader for further details.
Swayambunath Temple(Monkey Temple)
The famous Swayambunath Temple is perched on a hill outside Kathmandu and has a square golden stupa rising from a lovely white dome. Monkeys play on the steps up to this temple. Swayambhunath is said to be more than 2000 years old and is a very holy place for Buddhists as well as Hindus. You have a wonderful view over Kathmandu from here.
Boudhanath Stupa (or Bodnath Stupa) is the largest stupa in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside Tibet . It is the center of Tibetan culture in Kathmandu and rich in Buddhist symbolism. The stupa is located in the town of Boudha , on the eastern outskirts of Kathmandu .
Bodnath was probably built in the 14th century after the Mughal invasions; various interesting legends are told regarding the reasons for its construction. After the arrival of thousands of Tibetans following the 1959 Chinese invasion, the temple has become one of the most important centers of Tibetan Buddhism. Today it remains an important place of pilgrimage and meditation for Tibetan Buddhists and local Nepalis, as well as a popular tourist site.
Pashupatinath Temple :
Situated 5km east of kathamandu, the temple of Lord Shiva , Pashupatinath, with two tired golden roof and silver door is considered one of the holiest for Hindus. Although only Hindus are allowed inside the temple, visitors can clearly see the temple and the activites performed in the Temple premises from the eastern bank of the Bagmati river. The Temple was listed in the UNESCO world heritage Monument List in 1979.
Kathmandu - Birethanti
The region is very scenic with terraced fields, colourful villages and women in brightly coloured saris. We pass fields of rice and rocky bottomed rivers and there is an ever present majestic backdrop of the Himalayas. After Pokhara we continue on to the start point for our trek. This afternoon we have a half an hour walk along flat ground through villages, to get to Birethanti where we spend the night. Birethanti itself is a very picturesque village situated right on the edge of the river, with superb views of Machapuchare (Fish Tail Mountain).
Today is our first real day of walking and the guide will be able to properly evaluate the fitness of the group. The route is very scenic passing initially along a lovely river, with a gentle uphill slope. We pass through small whitewashed villages and past steeply terraced hills. The river runs alongside, bubbling into small green pools and waterfalls.
After lunch, the path becomes more difficult. Rather than continuing up the valley, we now ascend up one of the hills flanking the valley, climbing steadily for 3-4 hours. You should take this section of the walk very slowly – even if you feel fine today, you may find you ache tomorrow. There are fantastic views along the way of Annapurna South (one of the mountains that remains in almost constant view throughout the trek). We spend the night in the village of Banthanti, near to Ulleri.
We spend the night in Ghorepani, a bustling trekking village with superb views of the majestic Annapurna South. In the spring time the views are perfectly set off with bright pinks and oranges from the rhododendron bushes.
In the afternoon you have the opportunity to climb Poon Hill. This rises up above the village of Ghorepani and provides one of the best viewpoints in the entire Annapurna region – on one side are the foothills of the Himalaya receding towards the plains in layers of purple hills and on the other, a breathtaking 180° view of mountains. From here you can see Butterfly Mountain, Dhaulgiri, Tukche Peak, Nilgiri, Annapurna Frank, Annapurna South and Machapuchare.
Our trail today is one of the most glorious imaginable. First we rise early to climb Poon Hill for the most incredible sunrise that you will ever see. The views are the same as the previous afternoon but the sunrise adds a further dimension and many travellers will consider this to be one of the main highlights of the trip. We return to Ghorepani for breakfast before continuing, climbing steadily through rhododendron forest. The forest clears every so often, providing absolutely beautiful views of the Dhaulgiri Massif.
Once we have reached the top of the ridge we continue on a stunning ridge walk through the forest with lovely views of Dhaulgiri poking through the trees. We then start to descend and continue downhill through jungly forest, with moss covered trees, thick foliage and lianas hanging down. We follow the river as it leaps and jumps down waterfalls, and continue down for several hours. After a final ascent we then arrive in Tadapani where we stay in a teahouse with stunning views of Annapurna South, Machapuchare and down the valley to the horizon.
Another day of exquisite scenery as we make our way to the trekking hub of Chomrong. Our path initially descends for about three hours, through rhododendron forest with superb mountain views glimpsed through the trees and then through open terraced farmland dotted with villages. The descent is quite hard on the knees but the views more than make up for it.
Once we reach the bottom of the valley floor, we cross a river and start ascending the other side. The path climbs steadily for about two hours with great views down the valley before we arrive in Chomrong. Chomrong is the only place from where you can reach Annapurna Base Camp and has developed into a major trekking centre.
We continue uphill to Doban. Approx 6 -7 hours trekking
Today’s walk is quite tiring as we start on our way towards Annapurna and Machapuchare Base Camp. The trail initially descends steeply to the Chomrong River before we start climbing. The rest of the day is spent steadily gaining altitude, sometimes gradually and at other times more steeply through thick jungle and rhododendron forest. Our route takes us up a steep sided valley with Machapuchare towering above us on one side of the valley and Hinchuli Mountain on the other.
The trail initially follows the Modi Khola river and continues along a rocky path to Hinko cave. We ascend steadily with great views of steep-sided mountains and the majestic Glacier Dome mountain at the top of the valley. Finally, after several hours, we pass through the gates of the sanctuary where we are rewarded with a 360° view of the Annapurna giants.. The trail is not especially steep but many trekkers find this a difficult ascent due to the altitude. Take it slowly and make sure that you drink lots of water. The views are stupendous as the higher you climb, the more mountains you can see. From ABC itself you can see Machapuchare (6,997m), Annapurna 1 (7,219m), Annapurna South (7,219m), Hinchuli (6,441m), Annapurna 3 (7,555m), Tent Peak (5,663m), Gandharba Chuli (6,250m), Gangapurna (7,454m), Annapurna Frank (7,647m), Khangsha Kang (7,485m) and Glacier Dome (7,193m). The feeling of achievement at reaching the Base Camp, combined with the extraordinarily beautiful views, make this a very special day.
Note: The Annapurna Sanctuary is the only trek in Nepal where there is a risk of an avalanche during the winter and early spring (January until mid-March). The avalanche area is just before the gates of the Sanctuary and if there has been bad weather and the guide thinks that there is any risk of an avalanche he may decide that it is not safe to continue to MBC or ABC. In the unlikely event that this does occur your guide will arrange an alternative route for these days.
There is only one route in and out of the Sanctuary, and today we return the way that we came, steadily descending. Bamboo is 1,600m lower than ABC so you should be prepared for a hard day on your knees. The views are beautiful and you see the valley unfold in a new direction. It is also interesting to see the change in scenery from the snowy rocks of the base camps, past steep-sided rocky mountains, then later into rhododendron and bamboo forest, lush with foliage and rivers. Bamboo is a small village with pleasant tea houses.
We continue back down the valley on a gently undulating path with lovely views before descending steeply to the Chomrong Khola. From here the path ascends steeply to Chomrong before descending again to Jhinu. About 20 minutes walk downhill from Jhinu are some hot springs (about 105°F) where you can relax and soothe your muscles. You should not wear a swimming costume in the hot springs – women should wear shorts and a T shirt whilst men are fine just in a pair of shorts.
We follow the bank of river. The views back up the valley to Annapurna South are absolutely breathtaking with green terraced hills topped by snowy peaks. Our path then continues on through farmland .
Pokhara is set in a lovely valley at the foot of the Machapuchare so you get spectacular views of the mountains from all parts of the town. It is quite different from Kathmandu, with few temples, but it does have plenty of scenic attractions and is close to the mountains. There are some interesting short walks or bicycle rides from Pokhara, you can swim and canoe on Lake Phewa or just watch the last rays of the sun stream across the dip in the mountains that hold the lake. Along the lakeside road there is a continuous stretch of small hotels, restaurants and shops; it’s an area which still has a bit of the old hippy scene feel about it.
The serenity of lakes and the magnificence of the Himalayas rising behind them create an ambience of peace and magic. So today the city has not only become the starting point for most popular trekking and rafting destinations but also a place to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature.
Pokhara is part of a once vibrant trade route extending between India and Tibet. To this day, mule trains can be seen camped on the outskirts of the town, bringing goods to trade from remote regions of the Himalaya. This is the land of Magars and Gurungs, hardworking farmers and valorous warriors who have earned worldwide fame as Gurkha soldiers. The Thakalis, another important ethnic group here, are known for their entrepreneurship.
The climate of Pokhara is slightly warmer than Kathmandu with daytime temperature hovering around 15 degrees Celsius in winter and 35 degrees in summer. The monsoon season which lasts from mid-June to mid-September is very wet; in fact Pokhara records the highest rainfall in the country. Best time to visit is between October and April.
The activities of foreign visitors to Pokhara focus around two districts known as Damside and Lakeside (or Pardi and Baidam, in Nepali, respectively). These two areas, with their strips of hotels and restaurants, are a few kilometers south-west of the main Pokhara bazaar. More
The view of the Annapurna Himalaya from Sarangkot is almost a religious experience. From here, you can see a panoramic sweep of Himalayan peaks, from Dhaulagiri (8167m) in the west to the perfect pyramid that is Machhapuchhare (6997m) and the rounded peak of Annapurna II (7937m) in the east. Most people come here at dawn or dusk, when the sun picks out the peaks in brilliant colours.
Fewa Lake, the second largest lake in the Kingdom, is the center of attraction in Pokhara. It is the largest and most enchanting of the three lakes that add to the resplendence of Pokhara.
Another of nature’s wonders in Pokhara is the Mahendra Gupha. This large limestone cave is locally known as the House of Bats, an apt name for it. A two-hour walk to the north of Pokhara, it is best to bring your own torch to see the stalactites and stalagmites, as well as the local winged residents.
Another of Pokhara’s natural wonders that unfailingly interests visitors is the Seti river. Flowing right through the city, this river runs completely underground at places. Amazingly, at certain points the river appears hardly two meters wide. But its depth is over 20 meters! Mahendra Pul, a small bridge near the old Mission Hospital, provides a perfect view of the rivers’s dreadful rush and the deep gorge made by its powerful flow.
The Barahi temple is the most important monument in Pokhara. Built almost in the center of Phewa Lake, this two-storied pagoda is dedicated to the boar manifestation of Ajima, the protectress deity representing the female force Shakti. Devotees can be seen, especially on Saturdays, carrying male animals and fowl across the lake to be sacrificed to the deity.
The Pokhara Museum, located between the bus stop and Mahendra Pul, reflects the ethnic mosaic of western Nepal. The lifestyles and history of ethnic groups such as the Gurung, Thakali and the Tharu are attractively displayed through models, photographs and artifacts. One major attraction is a display highlighting the newly-discovered remains of an 8000-year-old settlement in Mustang.
Open daily, except Tuesdays and holidays, from 10 am to 5 pm
Locally known as the Patale Chhango (Hell’s Fall). Devi’s Fall (also known as Devin’s and David’s) is a lovely waterfall lying about two km south-west of the Pokhara airport on the Siddhartha Highway. Legend has it that a trekker (Devin, David..) was washed away by the Pardi Khola and disappeared down into an underground passage beneath the fall.
The Golden Gate is the entrance to the main courtyard of the Palace of 55 Windows, built by King Ranjit Malla. The gate is one of the most beautiful and richly carved specimens of its kind in the entire world. This gate is embellished with deities and monsters with marvelous intricacy. The palace of 55 Window was built in 1700 AD. Among the brick walls in their gracious setting and sculptural design, is a balcony of 55 windws. This balcony is a masterpiece of wood carving. The stone temple of Batsala Devi which is also located in the Durbar Square is full of intricate carvings. This temple also sets a beautiful example of Shikhara style architecture in Nepal . There is a bronze bell on the terrace of the temple which is also known as the Bell of Barking Dogs. This colossal bell, placed in 1737 AD, used to ring to signal curfew those days. The main square of the city contains innumerable temples and other architectural showpieces like the Lion Gate, the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla, the Picture Galley, the Batsal Temple , etc. A magnificent statue of King Bhupatindra Malla in the act of worship is placed on the column facing
the palace. It was listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Monument list in 1979.
The ancient city of Patan , lying 5 km southwest of kathmandu, is known as the city of fine arts, The city is full of Hindu temples and Buddhist monuments. The diversity of the medieval culture that allowed both Hinduism and Buddhism to flourish has left a rich legacy of impressive sightseeing in this city for today’s visitors.
Patan Durbar Square:
Situated in the heart of the city, constitutes the focus of visitor’s attraction. The square is full of ancient palaces, Temple and shrines, noted for their exquisite carvings. The Patan durbar Square consist of three main chowks or countryards, the Central Mul Chowk, Sundari Chowk and Keshar narayan Chowk, The Sundari Chowk holds in its center a masterpiece of stone architecture. The Royal Bath called Tushahity. It was listed in the UNESCO world Heritage Monument list in 1979.
Built in 1637 AD, the temple of Lord Krishaa holds a commanding position in the palace complex of Patan. It is supposed to be the first specimen of Shikhara style architecture in Nepal . It is the only temple in Nepal having 21 spires and is completely 21 spires and is completely mad of stone.
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