Are you looking for the best trekking in Nepal or just the Trekking in Nepal? Here is one important question from Trekking agency in Nepal before you choose your Nepal Trekking. If you are looking for one of the best trekking trips in Nepal then simply choose your Trekking area Annapurna , the forgotten giant of Nepal which doesn’t receive the hype or coverage of its neighbor Mount Everest but is every bit as intimidating and more picturesque than its rival. Standing at 8091 meters, Annapurna is the 10th tallest mountain in the world and is the gem of the Annapurna range. The trek to base camp features crystal clear natural waterfalls, terraced mountainside farms, intimidating forests of local trees and rhododendron with plenty of mountain scenery along the way.
The journey beings in Kathmandu, the heart of Nepalese culture and the countries’ largest and most interesting city. Here you will spend a day absorbing the bustling city streets taking in the environment where you pass by timeless shrines on one side of the road while a local peddles authentic handicrafts nearby. With a certain mystique, Kathmandu is a wonderful blend of Buddhist roots coupled with a strong Hindu influence that needs to be experienced to appreciate. You will see everything from the bustling backpacker hub of Thamel to the worlds ‘largest stupa to Hindu cremation sites and maybe spot a living Hindu Goddess in between. After a day exploring Kathmandu you travel to the peaceful lakeside city of Pokhora to prepare for the trek.
Starting the trek at the relatively low altitude of 800 meters the climate acclimation will be gradual as your work up the scenic pass. A highlight of this low altitude is the chance to see the regional transformations that take place at different altitudes witnessing how elevation can change the landscape from a dry balmy farm to a frozen tundra in a matter of days.
The trek begins in the town of Nayapool which is a short drive from the peaceful lake town of Pokhara. From here you will work your way to an elevation of 4210 meters spending your daysyour days hiking and getting accustomed to the hospitality and warmth offered by the indigenous people inhabiting the small mountain towns. Each stop has its own charms ranging from the bustling markets to the quiet tranquil villages where you feel like living in a tiny bubble surrounded by the tranquility of the Annapurna range. Here you will have a chance to speak with shirpas whose families have guided the trails for generations and experience first hand their wisdom about one of the worlds most popular trekking destinations. Couple this with home cooked meals of Daal Bhat and other authentic Nepali cuisines to truly give you a taste of Nepal
As you work your way to the basecamp, highlights will include a trip to poon hill to watch a dramatic sunrise over a panorama of peaks that make up the Annapurna range. Waking up early and hiking under the moonlight and starts along a remote path to the hill offers a truly unforgettable experience. Upon arrival at poon hill you can watch the sunrise over some of the worlds highest mountain as it reflects its beauty and slowly illuminates one of the most picturesque views in the world. As you work your way back to Ghorepani you will continue your persuit to Annapurna passing through Chhomrong, Dovan and Deurali.
Upon Arrical at the Base camp, you will be privy to spectacular views of the region before continuing onto your descent. The beauty of the descent allows you to take a trip through different towns and trails rather than returning to villages you have always visited allowing the descent to be just as interesting on the way down as the climb up as it offers new views and landscapes where you can appreciate the local flora and fauna of the region as you return to Nayapool. The Annapurna truly offers a unique combination of views and villages that will relax the mind, strengthen the body and allow you to connect yourself to the simple outdoor pleasures and lifestyle offered by the region
Trekking Itinerary For Annapurna Base Camp Trek :
Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu :
The Good Karma Trekking team will welcome your arrival to Kathmandu by meeting you in Tribhuwan International Airport and transfer you to your hotel. After some welcome drinks and a quick briefing with the team you will be free to explore the backpacker haven of Thamel.
Day 2 Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley:
Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its mysterious doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hindu, Tibetan, Buddhist and Western influence in the Valley. The neighboring cities of Patan and Bhaktapur provide immense historical, cultural and religious significance. There will be a half day guided tour to the infamous Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal Boudhanath, the 15th century palace of 55 windows and Swoyambhunath “the monkey temple”. Prior to your departure you will receive more information about the trip and offered an English-speaking guide to give you unique insights into the culture and architecture of each destination.
Day 3: Fly or Drive to Pokhara & drive to Phedi, trek to Dhampus [1700m]:
From Kathmandu there will be a 45 minute flight or 5 hour bus ride to Pokhara. Upon arrival you will get a chance to see many magnificent and sensational view of Himalayan range and the spectacular lakeside town, You will travel by bus to Phedi to begin your trek staying overnight in the quaint Dhampus.
Day 4: Trek to Landrunk [1550m]:
The trail narrows as it rounds pointed nose like ridge as you progress through Pothana to Deurali. You will find yourself engulfed by awe-inspiring scenery as you travel up the east side of Modhi Khola's towards Annapurna Circuit Sanctuary. We will continue until reaching the scenic Gurung settlement of Landrunk after a lunch break and 4-hour walk. Landruk offers excellent views of Annapurna south and Hinchuli during the sunset.
Day 5: Trek to Chomrong [2100m]:
This day you is spent hiking through beautiful bamboo forests, babbling rivers, suspension bridges and natural beauty. You will have lunch at Jhinnu for before proceeding downhill to Daaula in the northern part of the region. You will stay the night at Chomrong specifically selected for solitude and hospitable reputation.
Day 6: Trek to Himalaya hotel [2850m]:
You will continue your accent into the heart of the Annapurna range as the trail becomes increasingly picturesque with every step you take. We will reach the Himalaya hotel in the evening where you can enjoy your first stay in the peaceful ridges of the Himalayan Mountains.
Day 7:Rest day:
This rest day should be used for climate acclimation and to treat any sores or fatigue you might have endured. This offers a chance to relax and explore the area while absorbing a bit of the local culture and lifestyles.
Day 8: Trek to Machhapuchhare base camp [3700m]:
As you approach the basecamp you will alternate between descents and steep climbs as you approach the Machhapuchhare camp. We will pass by timesless Hinku caveand move on past Deorali before finally arriving at grassy moraine platform known as Machhapuchhare Base Camp.
Day 9: Trek to Annapurna south base camp [4130m]:
Our final accent to our highest destination is two hours hike through a tranquil meadow with broad terraced fields showcasing like pristine mountainside. You will see a timeless panoramic scene of Annapurna’s southern slope celebrating your climb before returning Machhapuchhare camp.
Day 10 Trek to Chomrong [2100m]:
We will now continue down through our previous path giving your muscles a much-needed rest. You will take you time to enjoy the surrounding scenery and enjoy a relaxing lunch before arriving at the Chomrong in the evening.
Day 11 Trek to Ghandrunk [1940m]:
From Chomrong we will travel an alternative path back to Pokhara via Ghorepani passing through the Annapurna flatlands. This is home to the unique gurung tribal culture and way of live which also offers a new vantage point to view Annapurna.
Day 12 Trek to Banthanti [2410m]:
The trail to Banthanti, surrounded you with jungle flowers creating a dreamlike serenity as you travel. We will stay overnight in Banthati where you can learn more about the local culture and customs of this peaceful small town and its friendly inhabitants.
Day 13 : Trek to Ghorepani [2880m]:
Today will mostly be a steep descent through ever-changing flora and fauna as you change altitudes. You will see majestic mountain peaks from different viewpoints while exploring the trails around Ghorepani. Ghorepanani is one of the busiest villages in the Annapurna region and is a great place to explore during your trip.
Day 14 Trek to Nayapul, drive to Pokhara:
Today is the final day of trekking and and you will descend after seeing the sunrise from the infamous Poon Hill. After a 4 AM wakeup we will hike under starlight trails to reach the best panoramic view in the Annapurna region. We will then return to Ghorepani for breakfast before continuing to Nayapul via Ulleri. After few hours you will reach the main road and continue by car back to Pokhara. You will have time at night to enjoy this scenic town and its peaceful lakeside setting.
Day 15: Fly or drive back to Kathmandu:
We will arrange for a 5 hour bus ride back to Kathmandu or you can choose to book a flight if you want more time in Thamel upon your arrival. This is a perfect time to do some souvenir shopping and visit a few temples before your departure.
Day 16 Depart Kathmandu:
A Good Karma Trekking representative will escort you to airport with a special farewell and wish you the best of luck on your return home or to your next destination.
# Airport pick up & Transfer to hotel
# Nepal Visa fee
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