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Difficulty : Moderate

Reference Code: ABCTNP

Trip Start: Kathmandu

Trek Start: Nayapul

Trek Days: 13 days

Maximum Altitude: 4,130m

Age: 10 and above

Season: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter

Accommodation: Lodge Basis

Service: Full Board

Destination: Nepal

Trip End: Kathmandu

Trek End: Phedi

Trip Durations: 18 days

Physical Rating: Moderate

Group Size: 4-16

Theme: Walking

Meals: 3 meals a day

Trip Highlights:

Pokhara:

Annapurna Sanctuary trek provides you with unparallel access to the spectacular where you will find yourself looking twice before you believe that they are not clouds. As well as providing the views for which the Annapurna sanctuary trek is famous. The sanctuary trail takes you through an ever-changing landscape of rice fields, misty forests and tiny villages. The trek starts from Pokhara and wings through lush subtropical forest and traditional farming villages. A trek of the narrow Modi Khola valley will bring you almost to the base of Annapurna Sanctuary. This trek provides you information about varieties of natural and cultural diversity. Breathtaking views of Annapurna Himalayan range, picturesque Gurung villages as well as we trek through rhododendron and bamboo forests, as we climb towards the famous Fishtail Mountain Base Camp.

From the Sanctuary you will ringed by such giants Ringed by such giants Annapurna Himal, including Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Fang, Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Gangapurna and Annapurna III. After visiting the sanctuary we use the same route en return back till Chomrong downstream the Modi Khola before making a worthy detour to Landruk, a Beautiful Gurung village

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Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu(1350m.)

Namaste! And welcome to Kathmandu, the colourful capital of Nepal where ornately carved balconies mingle with beautiful shrines and temples. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting on arrival at the exit gate of Kathmandu airport. Our staff will welcome you and pick you to your accommodated hotel. Please seek our company palmplate to find our staff at the main exit gate of the airport. Rest of the day you can relax at the hotel or short evening walk around local market on your own as per your wish.

Approximate Driving Hours: 30 minutes
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals include: None

Day 02 Rest and Preparation day

A well deserved rest day at cosy of hotel after a long tiring flight. This day, one can move around nearby local market to purchase or hire trekking equipment that is necessary for the trekking like sleeping bags, walking sticks etc, exchange currency as requirement or simply walk around in the local market or Kathmandu Durbar squire nearby with small entrance fee as per your preference on your own. Evening at the hotel lobby there will be pre-trip briefing in which you will be introduced with your trekking guide and explained about your trip in short, instruction for safety etc.

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals include: Breakfast

Day 03 Drive to Pokhara(820m.) Approximate Driving Hours: 5 hours

Leaving Kathmandu behind early this morning, journey to the enchanting Nepalese town of Pokhara by private vehicle (approximately 7 hours). Pokhara enjoys a delightful setting on a lake beneath the snow-capped peaks of the Annapurna range, making it an excellent place to relax and contemplate what lies ahead. Pokhara is part of a once vibrant trade route extending between India and Tibet. This is the land of Magars and Gurungs – hardworking farmers and valorous warriors who have earned world-wide fame as Gurkha soldiers. The Thakalis, another important ethnic group here, are known for their entrepreneurship. This afternoon you’ll have your trek briefing and preparation, but depending on your arrival time, there may be time to hire a small boat for a quick paddle on the lake. There are also plenty of cafes where you can put your feet up and enjoy international cuisine, while the main street is full of shops and stalls selling a wide range of Nepali and Tibetan souvenirs. If you need to hire some extra trekking gear, then there are numerous shops available offering everything you could possibly need.

Day 04 Drive to Nayapul and Trek to Ulleri(2080m.) Approximate Driving Hour: 1 hour and Approximate Walking Hours: 5 hours

At 8091 metres, Annapurna 1 is one of the highest mountains in the world. Its surrounding sister mountains are equally imposing and create magnificent panoramas from any viewpoint. This trek covers a wide variety of terrain, from lowland pastures and peaceful villages to powerful glaciers and stunning mountain views. In the rugged mountain scenery, you stay in mountain communities and meet friendly Nepali hill people as they go about their daily lives. The expedition is not only visually superb but also a chance to learn about local cultures. Along the way, see thundering waterfalls of melted snow, cross icy rivers and reward yourself with a soak in natural hot springs. An hour-long drive (remember driving times are always approximate in Asia – patience is your closest friend!) brings you to Nayapul where you commence your trek. Gear up and follow the Bhurungi Khola to Thikhedhunga, trek through farmland before a steep ascent to reach Ulleri.

Day 05 Trek to Ghorepani(2750m.) Approximate Walking Hours: 6 hours

Ascend to Ulleri Village through a pleasant rhododendron forest, much more impressive than the trees your grandmother has in the garden! Stay overnight at Ghorepani.

Day 06 Early morning Ascent Poon Hill(3210m.) and trek to Tadapani(2700m.) Approximate Walking Hours: 5 hours

Early birds can bounce out of bed to witness the sunrise over Annapurna from nearby Poon Hill (1-hour uphill climb) – you have to do this at least once in your life, right? Then the adventure continues as you continue your trek on to Tadapani.

Day 07 Early morning Ascent Poon Hill(3210m.) and trek to Tadapani(2700m.) Approximate Walking Hours: 5 hours

Early birds can bounce out of bed to witness the sunrise over Annapurna from nearby Poon Hill (1-hour uphill climb) – you have to do this at least once in your life, right? Then the adventure continues as you continue your trek on to Tadapani.

Day 08 Trek to Chhomrong(2177m.) Approximate Trekking Hours: 4 hours

This morning you’ll descend to Kimrung Khola before climbing again to Chomrong village, at the base of Hiunchuli (6441 metres). There are breathtaking views of Annapurna and Macchhapucchhre from here, plus delicious pizza!

Day 09 Trek to Doban(2670m.) Approximate Walking hours: 7 hours

Begin by trekking for approximately 3 hours through the forest to Kuldi Ghar, then down to the banks of the Modi River and up again to Doban.

Day 10 Trek to Machhapuchhre Base Camp(3700m.) Approximate Walking Hours: 6 hours

Passing through Himalaya Hotel, continue up the narrow valley to Deurali. Sticking to the west bank of the Modi River, enter an open valley near Machhapuchhre Base Camp.

Day 11 Exploration day to Annapurna Base Camp(4130m.) Approximate Walking Hours: 2 hours

Ascend further from Machhapuchhre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp, the highest point of your trek. You can decide how your legs and your lungs are holding up. Later you return to Machhapuchhre Base Camp for the night. The views from the base camps are fantastic – all the hard work to get here is worth it!

Day 12 Trek to Bamboo(2335m.) Approximate Walking Hours: 7 hours

Wake up early for the beautiful sunrise view in Base Camp! You're close enough now to (almost!) reach out and touch the peaks of Annapurna 1, Macchapucchhre, Annapurna South, Tent Peak, Gangapurna, Himchuli and Annapurna 3. After watching a sunrise on these snowy peaks, head back down the valley the same way to Bamboo (or further if the knees can handle it). It’s a long day but you have plenty of time to get there.

Day 13 Trek to Jhinu Danda(1780m.) Approximate Walking Hours: 6 hours

Passing back through the up and down staircases of Chhomrong, continue the decent to Jhinu Danda. From here it's a 20-minute walk down to a hot spring by the Modi Khola for a well-deserved rest.

Day 14 Trek to Pothana(1970m.) Approximate Walking Hours: 6 hours

By now you’ll have thighs of steel and will be pretty good at carrying your pack! Trek down to cross the river and continue the ascent to Landruk,Tolkha, Deurali and Pothana.

Day 15 Trek to Phedi(1130m.) and Drive to Pokhara(820m.) Approximate Walking Hours: 1.5 hours & Approximate Driving Hours: 45 minutes

This is the final day of the trek and it is a short downhill stretch all the way from Pothana to Phedi (approximately 1.5 hours) via Dhampus village – you made it! After lunch it's only about a 45 minute drive to Pokhara to check into your hotel for a well-earned shower and an end-of-trek celebration to enjoy the good things in life – like cold beer or cocktail!

Day 16 Exploration day in Pokhara

Enjoy a free day in Pokhara to unwind, relax, and give those muscles a rest after all that trekking. Your leader can advise you of sightseeing opportunities. It is worth taking a boat for a row out on the lake, especially if the weather's fine. The lakeside area has great shopping and cafes. Pokhara has an interesting old area as well as an elaborate Hindu temple and a Buddhist monastery. Perhaps visit the Peace Pagoda, where spectacular views of the mountains await. You can see the Annapurnas from here, and the famous fishtail peak, Machhapuchhare, and back across to Pokhara. You can also visit the fascinating International Mountain Museum to learn some amazing tales of past climbing expeditions.

Day 17 Fly to Kathmandu(1350m.) Approximate Flight Hours: 25 minutes & Approximate Driving Hours: 1 hour

Weather permitting we take a short early morning flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu on day. We'll return to the hotel and have free time during the afternoon for further sightseeing or shopping. Shop in some of Kathmandu's many markets for clothing, embroidery, carpets or ceramics. If shopping is not your thing, take a trip over the Bagmati River to the adjacent city of Patan, with its abundance of temples and monasteries.

Day 18 Departure to your next destination

We say Namaste; for memories that will last a lifetime. There are no activities planned for today and you are able to depart the hotel at any time. Check out time from the hotel is at 12 noon. If you are departing later, you can arrange luggage storage at the hotel. For your final departure, our staff will pick you up from the hotel and transfer to Kathmandu airport approximately 3 hours prior to your international flight time.

Inclusion

Lodge basis
All ground transportation as per itinerary
4 night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B plan.

3 night hotel accommodation in Pokhara with B/B plan.
½ day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley with English Speaking Cultural guide

Full day sightseeing in Pokhara
TIMs (Trekking Information Management system) card
Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Fee

Domestic flight with airport tax:  KTM-PKH-KTM

Food for the member during the trek( 3 meals a day as per lodge open menu)
Lodge accommodation on twin sharing basis

Medical supplies(First aid Kit will be available)

All required Nepalese staffs (salary, food, clothing, accommodation)

All Nepalese staffs insurance as per Nepalese government rules

Company service charge, VAT and government taxes etc.

 

Camping basis
All ground transportation as per itinerary
4 night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B plan.

3 night hotel accommodation in Pokhara with B/B plan.
½ day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley with English Speaking Cultural guide

Full day sightseeing in Pokhara
TIMs (Trekking Information Management system) card
Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Fee

Domestic flight with airport tax: KTM-PKH-KTM

Cargo charges

Food for the members on camping basis
All camping equipment and camping charges

Medical supplies(First aid Kit will be available)

All required Nepalese staffs (salary, food, clothing, accommodation)

All Nepalese staffs insurance as per Nepalese government rules

Company service charge, VAT and government taxes etc.

Exclusion

International flight with airport tax.

Nepalese Entry Visa fee
Food during stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara

All personal equipment and personal expenses
Photography Charges, Monument charges and Monument entry fees
Personal Medical and travel insurance(must cover helicopter rescue evacuation cost)
Personal Medicine

Telephone and internet charges
Laundry charges
Alcoholic beverage, bottled drinks and cold drinks during the trip
Rescue evacuation charges if required
All kinds of Tips...

Clothing and Equipments List
» Pack to pack out - bring enough waterproof bags to carry all non-biodegradable rubbish back down the mountain.
» Remove all unnecessary packaging before leaving home.
» Bring enough warm dry clothes so that you can wrap up rather than burn firewood in the evenings.
» If you are going to trek higher than 5000m or you know it will be cold, buy an aluminum water bottle which can also be used as a hot water bottle at night.
» The easiest way to keep hydrated while trekking is to buy a 1 x liter platypus-drinking bladder to carry in your day pack.
» Make sure to buy proper trekking socks. Don’t buy synthetic socks as these promote sweating and can give you blisters. Always carry a few blister pads in your first aid kit and keep them handy in your day pack.
» Walking poles are very useful while trekking and helpful when descending.
» Please remember that waste disposal and recycling facilitates are limited in Nepal. When buying batteries make sure they are rechargeable and/or high quality so they last longer, and take them home to recycle.

More Lists
There is no definitive list. What you bring will vary according to the area, time of year and the length of your trek. Below is a suggested check list which you should adapt to your own needs. Ask yourself: Will there be snow/how long /high is the trek/are we camping?

» Good quality trekking boots with ankle support
» Lightweight shell/raincoat with hood
» Detachable fleece liner or separate fleece
» Fleece trousers
» Shorts and / or convertibles trousers- quick drying
» Sunglasses
» Sun hat and warm hat(good quality)
» Gloves
» Spare T-shirt x 3
» Sweat towel x 2
» Spare socks x 3 ( walking sock and thin inner sock)
» Small day sack
» Sun cream
» Small water bottle aluminum doubles as a hot water bottle.
» Iodine or water purifying kit,
» Soluble vitamin tablets to taste water or powder fruit drink
» Talcum powder
» Walking sticks or Trekking poles(good quality)
» Camp shoes/trainers/flip flops to wear in evening.
» Spare underwear 3
» Toilet kit
» Tissues
» Pen knife
» Bum bag
» Head torch(good quality)
» Biodegradable washing liquid / soap
» FILM
» CAMERA
» Ear plugs
» Sleeping bag liner(good quality)
» Sleeping bag(good quality-30)
» Bin bag/ gasbag to keep kit dry
» Small towel
» Lip balm
» Available in KTM

Personal First Aid (Aids Kit)
» Antiseptic
» Bandages
» Blister plasters
» Decongestant
» AMS medication like Diamox
» Eye drops – it can get very dusty on trails
» Paracetamol and/or ibuprofen
» Rehydration sachets, Imodium and antibiotics for traveler’s diarrhea
» Scissors
» Sterile dressing
» Sticking plasters and tape
» Throat lozenges / sweets
» Tweezers
» A sewing needle etc.

This trekking equipment list has been prepared by Adventure Zambuling Treks (P) Ltd.

Reference No.:

ABCTNP

Trip Duration:

18 days

Trek Duration:

13 days

Trek Mode

Standard Full Lodge Basis

Price:

On Request

Fixed Trip Confirm group Size:

Atleast 4 pax

Spring Fixed Departure Dates:

·       Feb 25, 2021 to Mar 14,2021

·       Mar 19, 2021 to Apr 05, 2021

Autumn Fixed Departure Dates:

·       Sep 25, 2021 to Oct 12, 2021

·       Oct 14, 2021 to Oct 31, 2021

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