Day 01 - Arrival in Kathmandu
Today is your arrival day. We welcome you upon your arrival at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer you to Hotel in Kathmandu or anywhere in Kathmandu Valley (Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur). A city briefing concerning the necessary formalities on your tour and trek program ahead will follow. Depending upon your arrival time you may spend free time visiting nearby historic/Countryside areas or resting.
Day 02 - Half Day Cultural Sightseeing in Bhaktapur
Half day sightseeing in Bhaktapur World Heritage site where your guide will accompany you on a tour of UNESCO enlisted temples and unique fusion shrines of Newari architecture, reflecting a rare blend of Hinduism and Buddhism. There is enough time to explore the city’s many places of interest with your guide or on your own or simply take a rest. Our Trek Leader/Guide will meet you in the afternoon for trek briefing and final trek preparation. In the evening, sample a delicious traditional Nepali Welcome dinner in authentic Nepali Restaurant with the cultural dance performance and music. Private vehicle is there for you to pick up and drop in at your Hotel. Overnight Hotel stay in Kathmandu.
Day 03 - Drive to Besisahar (820 m)
In the early morning we Drive to Besisahar which is situated nearly 165 km west of Kathmandu through the TradingVillage at Dumre. It is very scenic 6 hours drive where you will find the sprawling TrishuliRaftingRiver, the lush highway, colorful and easily recognizable multi ethnic people. The highway in Nepal is winding and jig jag pitch leaving the plain southern semi tropical region. We cross the river Marsyangdi after nearly 100km drive from Kathmandu which also separates the highway to west and east/south/west long drive linking to Indian Borders. It is 2 hours from here to our trekking start in Point at Besisahar.
Day 04 - Besi Shahar to Bahundanda (1311 m)
Our first day’s trekking introduces us to the diverse cultural elements of Nepal and we pass by many typical local houses and the faces of varied ethnic tribes exchanging greetings (Namaste) as we pass. We will share the trail with mule caravans that transport supplies to the remote villages. Our route makes its way through subtropical forests and the rice terraces of Sera to the village of Khudi (840m). After we pass the village of Bhulbule we will see a majestic 60m high waterfall. Along the way we have views of Manaslu (8156m). The mountain views disappear as we come closer to the small town of Ngadi, here we will have to cross the Ngadi Khola by a long suspension bridge. From here on the trail moves gently upwards to Bahundanda, an attractive village in the saddle of a long ridge at 1300m (7 hrs).
Day 05 - Bahundanda to Chamje (1430m)
We start the day by descending on a steep slippery trail past amphitheatre-shaped rice terraces. There will be a small hot spring after this descend. The rest of today’s trek will have us pass the river a few times and we will see a few waterfalls as well. As we near the village of Jagat, we will have a steep 200m climb to a trail that has been blasted out of the rock face. 15 minutes below this village we can visit another small hot spring. From Jagat we climb up to Chamje (6 hrs).
Day 06 - Chamje to Bagarchhap (2160m)
Today we will do the 940 meter ascent to Bagarchap through bamboo and rhododendron forests, on a trail high above the river bank. We will pass the village of Tal at 1700 meter which lies at the foot of a large waterfall. The trail crosses a broad, flat valley that was once a lake (Tal means lake) after which we will cross the Marsyangdi by a 60 meter long suspension bridge. The trail will climb up from a second suspension bridge to a stone kani (an arch over the trail) which marks the entrance to Dharapani at 1960 meter. All old villages from here to Kagbeni have these arches and they become more elaborate and picturesque as the Tibetan influence becomes stronger. The trail slowly climbs from here on through a forest of blue pine, spruce, hemlock, maple and oak to Bagarchhap. This is the first village on the trek with typical Tibetan architecture: closely spaced stone houses, with flat roofs piled high with firewood. (7 hrs).
Day 07 - Bagarchhap to Chame (2670m)
We will first follow the south bank of the river climbing to Syal Khola (the river of jackals) at 2210 meter, after which we will cross the river over a cement bridge near a spectacular waterfall. The route crosses several landslides as it works its way uphill through a walnut tree forest and aside apple orchards until we arrive at Chame. At the entrance of the village is a long wall with many prayer wheels. Throughout the day there are nice views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II and Annapurna IV (7525m) (6 hrs).
Day 08 - Chame to Pisang (3354m)
We will first pass the older part of Chame and climb up to Telekhu at 2840 meter and continue with a long pleasant and mostly level walk through the forest to Brathang, which lies at 2950 meter. After the trail rounds a bend here we will see the first view of the dramatic Paungda Danda rock face, a tremendous curved slab of rock rising more then 1500 meter from the river. We will cross back to the south bank of the Marsyangdi on a suspension bridge at 3080 meter and then make a long gentle climb over a ridge through blue pine forests. After this the trek will be reasonably level as it heads to the upper part of Manang valley to Pisang. This town marks the beginning of the region known as Nyesyang, the upper portion of the Manang district (5 hrs).
Day 09 - Pisang to Manang (3520m)
Today our trek will slowly climb up to the Tibetan-style village of Bryaga at 3500 meter following the valley floor. At Bryaga we will see houses stacked one atop the other, each with an open veranda formed by a neighbour’s rooftop. The gompa, perched on a high crag overlooking the village, is the largest in the district and has an outstanding display of statues. We then continue through a very arid countryside, dominated by weird cliffs of yellow rock, eroded into dramatic pillars alongside the trail to reach today’s destination, the village of Manang, where the shops are surprisingly well stocked with all the things you might want to refuel on (5 hrs).
Day 10 - Manang.
Today we stay in Manang where we can do a short hike to ascent slightly higher to for instance Khangsar, which is a 200 meter ascend. It is important to have a relatively restful day today, to allow your body to acclimatize to the higher altitudes and thinning air. It also gives us the possibility to wash some of our clothing.
Day 11 - Manang to Khangsar (3734m)
From Manang we follow the path down to the river. After we cross the river we continue on the south side of it through coniferous forest towards Khangsar. One section is across a steep and exposed slope.It’s spectacular walk making us ample opportunites to view the stunning Manang valley and beyond. Crossing the Khangsar Khola on the bridge below Khangsar we then ascend the slope to the village.We stop for the overnight here in the lodge to acclimatize.(5 hrs)
Day 12- Khangsar to TilichoLake (41200m)
Today we continue from Khangsar on a large path. The route ahead goes on a recently constructed path up towards a high ridge. At one point is an intersection. One path maintains the altitude, traversing the slopes towards a place where the valley is narrow; the other continues to ascend towards the line of the ridge. We continue along the new path, reach a high crest, and descend on switch backs carved out through the scree slopes to a side valley of the main valley. At its bottom is a brook. On the other side of it is known as Tilicho Base Camp. Heading up along moraine ridges and grassy slopes to some large switch backs carved out of the slope. Reach the watershed. On the other side is TilichoLake. Camp sites are found on its north eastern shore. To go this far is rather uncomplicated. The route ahead is a bit complicated and demanding. There are two ways ahead. One may cross the glaciers that come down from Tilicho Himal. To take this path we need ice climbing gear, and the competence to use it. This should only be attempted when the glacier is bare so all crevasses are visible. The second way traverses three minor passes in the mountains north of the lake. Many regard TilchoLake as the highest lake in the world, which is a holy lake due to Guru Ringpuche bathing place so, normally every year Pilligrimage festival in August. Overnight at teahouse lodge. (6hrs)
Day 13 - Exploration day around TilichoLake (41200m)
It is possible to cross the Meso Kanto La pass to Jomsom which is take nas the alternative route to World’s famous Thorung Pass(5425m) of Annapurna Circuit.We have opened this in the interest of Adventure Trekkers.
Day 14 - TilichoLake to Khagsar (3734m)
We take the same route down via Tilicho Base Camp to Khangsar.
Day 15 - Khangsar to Yak Kharka (4090m)
Trekking slowly upwards to Thorung La we will leave the large trees behind and see vegetation consisting mainly of scrub juniper and alpine grass and we will pass a few meadows where horses and yaks graze, we reach Yak Kharka where we will see herds of blue sheep grazing the steep slopes as well. (6 hrs)
Day 16 - Yak Kharka - Thorung Phedi (4450m)
The trail now turns northwest up the tributary valley of the Jargeng Khola. It is sometimes possible to see herds of Blue mountain sheep along the cliffs. We cross a covered cantilevered bride and ascend to Phedi, the last campsite lodge before the ThorungPass. (6 hrs)
Day 17 - Thorung Base to Muktinath (3800m) via ThorungPass(5425m)
The big day and the one we have all been looking forward to! We start early in the morning. Our ascent starts with a steep climb for 2 -3 hrs to rock ledge and notch at 4605 m. We then track along an undulating trail to the Thorung La itself 5225 m. At the pass we can seethe AnnapurnaRange to the south and the Mukut Himal bordering Dolpo to the west. The peak immediately north of the pass is Thorongtse: to the south is an unnamed 6500m peak. The descent to our campsite at Muktinath is long and steep, but we are compensated by the splendid views of Dhaulagiri. Most people find that this day takes them in the order of 10 -11 hours. Muktinath is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Hindus. It is mentioned in the classic Indian Epic, the Mahabharata, and we may see pilgrims bathing in the holy water flowing from the 108 carved spouts surrounding the VishnuTemple. Muktinath is also home to many ethnic Tibetans and is holy to Buddhists as well. (10 hrs)
Day 18 - Muktinath (3800m) to Marpha via Kagbeni (2800m)
We continue to descend, gently this time, through fields and poplar groves, then steeply into the KaliGandakiRiver valley, reaching the valley floor at Eklaibhatti at a height of 2730m. We then follow the valley southward to Jomsom, the headquarters of the Mustang District. Jomsom is a large settlement with an airstrip, police station and banks. Here the Kali Gandaki river is called the” Thak Khola” by the Thakali ethnic group, many of whom live in this area. Enterprising and ambitious, the Thakalis formerly dominated the salt trade with Tibet in this region and after its collapse diversified into running trekking hotels, construction and other business. We continue into Marpha, a lovely village of white-washed houses and apple fields. (7 hrs)
Day 19 - Marpha to Kalopani
Passing the government vegetable and horticultural farm below Marpha, we continue down the Kali Gandaki, reaching the former Thakali trading centre of Tukuche with its large, richly carved homes now largely deserted or converted in to trekking lodges. We continue down along the Kali Gandaki to the twin villages of Kalopani and Lete through an area of beautiful pine woods and grassy meadows. (5 hrs m)
Day 20 - Kalopani to Tatopani (1190m)
A classic trekking day. The trail cuts through the Himalayan chain at 2400 m with massive Annapurna and Dhaulagiri rising over 6000m on either side of the valley, the deepest in the world. The day brings a transition from the alpine zone to the tropical: in just a few days we have crossed the major climatic zones of the world-tropical, alpine and high altitude desert – as well as having travelled geographically from Central Asia to South Asia. We have Thakali country at Ghasa and enter an area of mixed Hindus: high caste Brahmin and Chhetri hill farmers as well as the Gurung and Magar Hill tribes. As we emerge from the barren Tibetan landscape, water buffalo, banyan trees and poinsettias return to the trail side. Tatopani means “Hot Water” and indeed there are natural hot springs at this place. (6:30 hrs)
Day 21 - Tatopani to Chitre
Today we cross the KaliGandakiRiver in the steel suspension and head towards the old suspension bridge after walking a while along the river side. We start ascending from through the beautiful hillside villages Ghar, Shikha and through some dense forest .The brief respite is over as we tackle a stiff uphill path for some 1200 m to the village of Chitre. (5 hrs)
Day 22 - Chitre to Ghorepani (2800m)
Yet more uphill until we reach Ghorepani where we stop for lunch. In the afternoon there is a climb up to Poon Hill which offers a magnificent panoramic view of the mountain ranges. Annapurna south and Hiunchuli, Dhaulagiri is up front, towering and prominent, while Machhapuchhre and others look a little less distinguished further to the east. Look past these mountains and the rolling hills diminish in size until you can see the serpentine Chinese road snaking its way through the hills. (5 hrs)
Day 23 - Ghorepani (2800m) trek to Tadapani (2650m)
The morning ascent takes us eastwards for about an hour until we come to the crest of the hill. For a brief period the trail becomes fairly even before it descending through thick forest to Banthati where we stop for Lunch. Banthati is a small village comprising of a new houses turned into lodges and restaurants. From here we descend for another hour before climbing a steep hill at the top of which lies Tadapani. Tadapani comprise of a few nicely built houses turned into lodges. The people here are all from Ghandruk and they settled here for the purpose of setting up in business for the trekker who passes this way. A more central and close –up view of Machhapuchhre can be enjoyed from here. (6 hrs)
Day 24 - Tadapani to Ghandruk
The Ghaundrung trail descends steeply through forests to the village of Ghaundrung where we will arrive around noon. We will overnight here so have the afternoon to visit the Annapurna conservation office and museum. As well as take time to explore this maze like village (3 hrs).
Day 25 - Ghandruk to Nayapul (1070m) / End Trek & drive to Pokhara.
This is the last day of our Great Annapurna Base Camp trek with Mountain-Culture- Ethnic experience. We walk down in appropriately paved stone steps in the middle of the terraces down to Syaulebazar viewing the great dramatically Changing Mountain views.You have best chances to see the beautiful flowers down here and the Photography is just superb.Then we walk on the rough motorable trail down to Birethanti the rapiding ModiRiver, and end our trek in Nayapool.We arrange private car to Pokhara. You have plenty of time to explore around Lakeside Pokhara, book Paragliding in the morning or just relax in the lakeside Restaurant,Pubs.
Day 26 - Flight to Kathmandu.
After the Breakfast we drive to Domestic airport of Pokhara to Fly ot Kathmandu.It’s a short nearly 25 minutes flight with Budha air offers you scenic and stunning Mountain flught to Kathmandu.We meet you at Kathmandu airport to transfer to Hotel in Kathmandu.You have reast of the day free or can join one of our guided Cultural tour around Kathmandu valley.
Day 27 - Leisure in Kathmandu
Leisure Time in Kathmandu. It’s indeed time for the souvenir hunting around Kathmandu’s noted places having optional trip to tranquil historic Heritages in your own or with us or with our versatile guide. We provide extra drive and drop services anywhere.
Day 28 – Departure Kathmandu
Our Tour officer will meet you in your Hotel for Departure Transfer to Kathmandu’s International Airport. We will always welcome you back to Nepal in future and look forward to serving you as per your interests.
The Trek Cost Includes:
-- All the International and Departure Transfers
-- Pre and Post Trek deluxe star Hotel Accomodation in Kathmandu and in Pokhara
-- Domestic airport Transfers
-- Private transportation to Besisahar
-- Domestic Flight to Kathmandu from Pokhara
-- Half Day Guided Cultural Sightseeing
-- Comprehensive Trekking Map
-- Authentic Nepali Welcome Dinner
-- All the accommodation and full board meals and hot beverages on trek
-- Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit
-- Our Extensive Knowledgeable Licensed Guides and porter services with porter gears
-- Field staff Insurances
-- Private Transportation to / from Nayapool
-- Domestic Airport Tax
-- Private Car to Kathmandu from Pokhara
-- Dawn Jackets, Sleeping bag, walking poles, duffel bag, facilitiies
-- Extensive First aid medical kit
-- Quick Rescue supporting services in case of Emergency
-- Extra snacks services
-- Satellite phone/Communication services in case of Emergency
-- Applicable government Taxes
-- Himalayan Eco Trek Team Management
The Trek cost excludes:
-- All the personal expenses like Alcoholic beverages, Bottled drinks etc.
-- Medical and Travel Insurances
-- International Airfare and taxes
-- Visa Fees
-- Emergency Helicopter Rescue charges
-- Main Meals in Kathmandu