Welcome by our representative at the airport, transfer to hotel in Kathmandu. In evening welcome dinner.
Stay overnight at Kathmandu.
After breakfast, introduce with the Sightseeing Guide & driver. We set to the first day sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley. Today you will see the following spots; the details are as described below:
The Swoyambhunath Stupa is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal and is situated at the mound. From this Stupa you can closely look at the settlement pattern in Kathmandu and have a close look at the Chaityas and Monasteries which circles the main stupa of Swoyambhunath. This stupa also relates itself to the history of creation of Kathmandu Valley as how Manjushree, a Buddhist monk, saw a huge lotus emanating bright light at the centre of the lake. So he cut a deep gorge allowing the water to drain from the lake because he wanted to observe and worship the lotus where it is said that Swoyambhunath is situated.
Kathmandu Durbar Square:
Kathmandu Durbar Square welcomes you to the palaces, courtyards and temples built between 12th to 18th centuries where the then Kings used to live and the coronations of Shaha dynasty Kings used to take place. You might be amazed with the number of temples and architectural styles that you see in this courtyard. Moreover, you might also get the glimpse of Kumari, a living goddess, whose residence is within this courtyard.
Kumari, Virgin Goddess, must be chosen from a Newar community, inhabitants of Kathmandu, with no body marks & injuries who will be replaced by another Kumari after puberty.
Kasthamandap meaning “Wood-Covered Shelter” is a three storied pagoda style temple which enshrines a statue of Gorakhnath. It was built in the early sixteenth century by the wood of a single tree which is open for everyone from mid day to mid night but people are not allowed to take the picture in the temple. The capital of Nepal, Kathmandu, is derived from this temple thus there are many myths and stories associated with this temple which is shared every year in a ceremony with different varieties of food by Newar community.
Patan Durbar Square is an enchanting melange of Palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. Listed as a World Heritage Site, the former Royal Palace complex is the centre of Patan’s religious and social life. A museum full of bronze statues and religious monuments is one of the fascinating places to visit within Patan Durbar Square. A temple entirely built by stone in the 17th century in the name of Hindu deity Krishna, is one of the major attraction of Patan
Tibetan Refugee Camp:
The refugee camp set up by the International Red Cross & the Swiss Development Corporation in corporation in 1960 AD with the government of Nepal might be one of the areas where you would buy carpets and handicrafts created by them and to support the less fortunate people.
Stay overnight at Kathmandu.
After breakfast drive to Pokhara. A very scenic drive lasts for about 6 hrs through the beautiful riverbanks & gorges. After reaching to Pokhara you will visit Seti george, Davis fall & Bindubasini temple.
Known as the city of lakes and the starting point for trekking destination and the second largest city of Nepal is Pokhara. The Barahi temple in the middle of the big lake which is the most fascinating landmark in Pokhara and the reflection of snow-capped mountain in the lake is so serene and magnificent that you will remember it for your entire life. With the closer view of Annapurna range and Mt. Fish tail you will feel close to nature and mysticism. The other destinations in Pokhara that you will not want to miss out are Devin’s fall, Bindabasini Temple, Seti George, Buddhist monasteries and the hike to Peace Pagoda which brings you close to the nature and to the different spectrum of life style in this magnificent city.
Stay overnight at Pokhara.
After arriving at Pokhara from Kathmandu, Annapurna base camp trek initiates as we take a short drive for about 2 hours through beautiful valleys and hilly roads leading towards Lumle. We meet our trekking crew here and start walking through meadows, fields and small settlements. Now after crossing a suspension bridge, surpassing Modi Khola (river) and Bhurundi Khola we reach at beautiful village of Birethanti. At this point we will be entering Annapurna Conservation Area Project. After entry registration, we will walk smoothly and gently crossing few suspension bridges, after trekking for about an hour, we arrive at hille and Tikhedhunga after fifteen to twenty minutes.
Stay overnight at Tikhedhunga.
Our next day of Annapurna Base Camp Trek begins as we have our early breakfast and start trekking activity after crossing a suspension bridge at Tikhedhunga. Then we will be climbing steeply up 3000 stone steps, which might be breathtaking but, the sceneries, surrounding and quick stops, will make it quite rewarding. This challenging climb leads us to Ulleri, which is known for its unmatched natural beauty and picturesque sceneries of snow-capped mountains like Annapurna South, Himchuli and other surrounding peaks. The place is locally inhabited by Magars, who have got very good skills in wood, stone art and crafts.
Following the trekking trails, we arrive at Ulleri followed by Banthani after couple of hour’s gentle climb. During the months of March and April, magical views of blossoming rhododendron can be viewed. Then finally we arrive at the overnight staying point for the day, Ghorepani after further two hours of walk through beautiful forests.
Stay overnight at Ghorepani.
Today we will be waking up very early and hiking up to Poon Hill for magical sunrise views over the Himalayas. We get to hear other fellow trekkers preparing for the same. In about an hour, hiking carefully in a dark, we reach at top of Poonhill. As soon as the sun rises above the Himalayas turning snow White Mountains into golden color, that’s the moment everyone out there is waiting for, the moment that you want to capture and remember forever. You will witness the Himalayas from Dhaulagiri stretching out to Manaslu in the east with great Annapurna Himalayas in between. Then after we descend towards Ghorepani and continue our journey to Tadapani, our final destination for the day; crossing through beautiful rhododendron forests.
Stay overnight at Tadapani.
After leaving behind Tadapani, Annapurna Base Camp Trekking trail directs us towards northern side dropping steeply through beautiful forests. Following the walls, we arrive at Chisapani, heading further downwards, lead us to Chiukle. It would be a great trekking experience while walking through terraced fields, crossing huge suspension bridge over Kimrong River. Passing through local schools, striking waterfalls, we arrive at main Ghandrung – Chomrong route, trekking through terraced fields and snow capped mountains along our way.
Stay overnight at Chomrong.
Today would be quite easy trekking day as there will be more downhill trekking. First we descend Chomrong village to crossover Chomrong River. Then we arrive at naturally blessed small village of Sinuwa, which is surrounded by greenery forests from both sides of the trail. If you are here during spring months of March and April then you just can’t get your eyes off its natural beauty. Soon after immersing ourselves in wilderness feelings, we enter the bamboo forests, climb gently towards Dovan crossing few small river streams. Between final stretch of our day, from Dovan to Himalaya Hotel, we visit sacred home of deity, Panch baraha, stop for few inside stories and pass Modi Khola to reach Himalaya Hotel.
Stay overnight at Himalayan Hotel.
Leaving behind Himalaya Hotel, today we will visit the Hinku cave which is believed to be formed due to huge rocks and very quiet and serene place. Further continuing our adventurous yet delightful Annapurna Base Camp journey for half an hour, we arrive at Deurali. This area is avalanche prone area with only short shrubs, large boulders without trees. Extra precautions are taken while passing this area and after Deurali, the trail crosses numerous river streams to enter sanctuary, walk over wooden bridges and finally stay overnight at one of the few lodges over there.
Stay overnight at Machhapuchre Base Camp.
We mark the most important day of the trek today as we will be stepping at Annapurna Base Camp. The base camp is inside Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), initiated by Nepal government to protect local flora and faunas. Also this area is home to many indigenous local inhabitants, dense coniferous rhododendron forests. Also there is a great chance of encountering various wildlife habitats like blue sheep, pika, snow-leopards and Himalayan Thar etc. Similarly, conservation area is the home for various birds like colorful Impatiens, Koalas, blood pheasants etc.
Trekking trail towards Annapurna base camp is not that steep, we will be progressing through gentle uphill walk, peaceful meadows with enthralling views of towering Himalayan peaks. We get the 360 degree panoramic views of Annapurna Himalayan range from base camp. The best view that you can’t get anywhere else. The utmost feeling of accomplishment strikes us as we immerse in the most beautiful and rewarding views of Annapurna, Machhapuchre and Gangapurna. In short time you would surely miss these moments as we follow the same route to Himalaya Hotel.
Stay overnight at Himalaya Hotel.
On this day, we will be following the same route as before from Himalaya Hotel to Chomrong with plenty of downhill and pleasant walks. We will interact with locals and get their cultural insights wherever possible.
Stay overnight at Chomrong.
During the final days of our Annapurna Base Camp Trek we follow the trails of Upper Chomrong to Summit view at Daulu. After trekking downhill approximately for 45 minutes we arrive at Jhinu danda where we encounter few tea houses. Carrying on our descents, we cross the bridge of Khumrong Khola and arrive at New bridge (Nayapul) after an hour. We come across the large suspension bridge over Modi Khola, walk across beautiful meadows, terraced rice fields and take some stone steps before arriving at Landrung. Between Landrung and the pass, Bichowk Deurali, the trail winds around two sides of valley and climbs 550 m, finally reaching Tolka. The route from Tolka continues in a fair grade, to finally encounter a steep climb through the trees to Bichowk Deurali, after passing the remains of the old suspension bridge at Bheri Kharka. From Bichowk Deurali, enchanting views of Dhaulagiri and Rhododendron forests are offered. Finally we gently descend to Pothana.
Stay overnight at Pothana.
The final day of our Annapurna Base Camp Trek, we have our breakfast and start trekking for around two hours through scenic landscapes, hills and mountainous views, we arrive at Dhampus and further short drive takes us back to scenic lake city of Pokhara.
Stay overnight at Pokhara.
Have breakfast in Pokhara and drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu. Lunch on the way to Kathmandu.
At evening Farewell Dinner.
Stay overnight at Kathmandu.
After breakfast transfer to the airport to fly to onward destination.