17 March 2018
Start
31 March 2018
Finish
MID+
level
590$
price

Details about this tour

The best way to get acquainted with the great Nepal is go hiking to the base camp of the great Annapurna. Our path goes to the very heart of the icy beauty, and during this fascinating trekking you can fully enjoy the views of the majestic Himalayas, bright green tropical jungle at the foot of the mountains and icy cliffs rising to the very clouds. The highest point we will reach is at 4200 m!

Even those without any hiking experience can cope with this tour, and this is one of the main advantages of this route.

ROUTE BY DAYThe price includesThe price does not include

DAY 1 

Flight to Nepal.

We coordinate the process of buying air tickets and in advance create a chat for all the participants of the tour. Therefore, you will get acquainted with each other long before you meet face to face in Kathmandu. As for the cost of air tickets – it depends on the airline, but on average it will cost about 450-500$ (return ticket). The best prices and comfortable transfers can be found with AirArabia and FlyDubai.

DAY 2 

Arrival in Kathmandu.

Immediately upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, you need to buy a tourist visa; its cost is about $25 for 15 days. Having got your visa, you need to come to the hotel we booked in advance; it is located in the tourist area – Thamel. Upon arrival to the hotel, you will meet your guide who arrives a few days earlier with the purpose of registering permits to the Annapurna National Park for the whole group. He will help you with your stay in the hotel; you should also show him your equipment (if there is an urgent need, you can always buy it in Kathmandu). The guide will also tell you where you can walk around the city to see all its sights. The first evening we will have a chance to try Nepalese cuisine, and be sure to go to bed early, because you need to rest after the flight, restore your strength and prepare for tomorrow.

DAY

Bus to Pokhara – Feva Lake

Today we will start quite early. We take only the most necessary things with us (the rest can be left in the hotel room), have breakfast and go to the bus stop. We will spend about 7 hours on the road, but it will be very interesting: we will enjoy the flashing pictures of the outskirts of the city of Kathmandu, then the way will go through the fluffy green jungle; however, once we leave the jungle, we will see extraordinary beauty – the snow-white peak, the very center of Annapurna.

We move closer to Pokhara. On arrival, we first take a room in the hotel, where we leave our belongings and then go to Feva Lake. Pokhara is truly an amazing place where every tourist has to experience a kind of ritual – first you have to go boating on the lake, and after this – visit the Hindu temple, which is directly on the lakeside, and finally it is necessary to climb up to the Stupa of the World. As soon as you climb to the very top, look around – it’s an incredible feeling, as if you can see the edge of the Earth. On the one hand – the soul becomes so calm and peaceful, and on the other hand – full of emotions and adrenaline, because we are still waiting for incredible adventure, and the journey has just begun.

DAY

Nayapul – 1000 stairs – Ulleri (2080 m).

The next day we wake up at 6-7 in the morning (not later). Fast breakfast at the hotel, we pack our belongings and leave for Nayapul. Duration of the journey is about 2-3 hours. As soon as we arrive at the final point of the route, we move on foot to the small village of Biretanti. We will walk by the Machapuchare Mount. It’s hard to believe it, but in just 8 days you will go back, and from afar see and know all the peaks that we passed.

We reach Biretanti, activate our passes to the Annapurna National Park. We hire a jeep and drive another 7 kilometers to the village of Tikhedung. Thus, we are saving our energy for more complicated areas. Our first test will be the crossing over the suspension bridge straight over a very beautiful mountain waterfall, where the ascent to “1000 steps” begins. For Nepal, this is a usual height gain – about 500 meters, up the stairs made of stone. The most important here is not to run fast; it is important to let your heart adapt to this type of stress.

We get to the village of Ulleri, which is located at 2080 meters above sea level, where we camp for the night.

DAY

GhodePani (2860 m), Poon Hill Mount (3193 m).

Today, as usual, we get up early in the morning, and if the weather is good, we can see a huge peak in the distance – this is the peak of Hinchuli (6441 m). In a couple of days, we will bypass this mountain to get into the heart of Annapurna – Annapurna Sanctuary.

We continue our ascent to the mountain more slowly and carefully than before, because yesterday we were in the open space and it was easy to climb, and today our way lies through the rhododendron forest (rhododendron is an exotic tree with very large leaves and flowers). But we carefully look around – there can be monkeys on the branches of these trees.

As soon as the forest is over, we will see a pretty large village – GhodePani at 2,860 meters, with a fabulously beautiful view of Dhaulagiri, which is 8 167 meters high.

It is in the village of GhodePani that we stay for the night. We have enough time so we can leave our backpacks in the village and walk up to the neighboring peak – Poon Hill at 3,193 meters. This will be a small training before tomorrow’s climb. Then, having taken few photos and having reached a new height for today, we go back to the village.

From the windows of our lodge you will enjoy chic pictures of the evening sunset. Wrapped in warm clothes, we will warm up, because the street becomes noticeably cold.

DAY

Deurali Pass – Tadapani – Kimrong.

Today we will find out how colorful this country is!

We get up before dawn, pack our backpacks and join tourists who are moving to the top – Poon Hill. There will be a lot of tourists, so the ideal option for everyone will go walking separately, so that every tourist of our team could go at a convenient pace. We meet at the end of this path, right by the tower. At this height you will witness incredible panoramas; there is no other place you can see everything like this! We take photos and go back to the village. There we refresh, take our backpacks and move to the next point.

On the way we will enjoy amazing landscapes: the densely wooded forest will part for a moment, and it is impossible to look up from these stunning views! To the left we will see snow-white mountain peaks, and to the right – a dense, green, boundless forest massif.

The first half of the day is the ascent to the Deurali Pass, to a height of 3,100 meters. In the forest rhododendrons will be smoothly replaced by the Himalayan pine trees. Further along the path we will have a few drops in height, where we will see mountain cascades and charming waterfalls of incredible beauty.

Next, we will climb the stone stairs to the village of Tadapani located at 2,630 meters. From there you can see the silhouette of Machapuchare Mount, also known as the Fish Tail Mount at 6,997 meters. Then we’ll go back, have a good lunch and make the last move for today – through the dense forest we’ll get to the small village of Chiule at 2,200 m.

DAY

The roller coaster – Chomrong – Sinuva (2340 m).

We wake up early in the morning, do warming and invigorating exercises, breakfast and go on a journey. The day will be more complicated than all the previous ones, but there will not be a special gain of heights. The difficulty is that the path we are going through will first lose altitude, and then gain it. If you have a player or phone and headphones with you, then turn on your favorite music or audiobook and walk forward. First, the path will be much easier than you expected, and second – the mood will be much better, and the time will pass faster.

Soon we will approach closely to the village Chomrong at 2,170 meters. Here we will stop for lunch and have a hearty meal. Our destination is on the other side of the gorge. We can already see small roofs of houses in the village of Sinuva (2,340 m), where we will stop for the night.

To get to Sinuva, we still have to walk much. First, we will go down to the bottom of the gorge (altitude 1,900 meters), and then again gain height. The important thing is that on our way, in the village of Sinuva, we will have the last chance of civilization; this is where you can also take a hot shower. Tomorrow we will be high in the mountains and it will be quite cold, so do not miss this opportunity and take a chance to wash in the warm water.

DAY

Bambu, Himalaya, Hinku Cave, Deorali.

After the village of Sinuva, our path gradually turns north. And now we are entering the deepest gorge of the local regions, which separates Machchapuchare and Annapurna. We walk through the dense jungle high in the mountains, and we go past the village of Bambu (2,310 m.)

We continue climbing up, along the gorge and observe a unique view: the fleeting mountain river of Modi Khola rushes off into the distance. It is impossible to guess where this river begins; it feels that it flows from the clouds!

Moving up the path, we will walk to the Hinku Cave. It is a small-sized rock shelter. Local legend says that this holy cave was inhabited by a holy pilgrim. In the winter or spring periods, avalanches often falls along the slopes of this gorge. The cave is the most comfortable option for living in this area. Closer to the evening we will reach our final destination for today, and we will rest in the Deorali Lodge at 3,200 meters.

Today is the 8th day of our trip and this is in fact our first night at more than 3,000 meters, so be very careful – if you suddenly become ill, immediately inform the guide about it.

DAY

Machapuchare base camp (3720 m), Annapurna base camp (4130 m).

Today, we will try to work as efficiently as possible so that you adapt to the height. We will try to make today’s climb up as long and slow as possible.

For us to succeed, we need to get up early, before sunrise. The temperature on the street is about zero, but backpacks will give your body a good load, so when walking you will warm up well.

Having reached Machapuchare base camp at 3,720 meters, we make a stop for breakfast, which we did not have yet. While those responsible for the meals cook the food, we enjoy incredible views. If you slightly descend, you can see the most beautiful panorama of the canyon.

After breakfast, and a little rest, we leave for the next point of our route. We head to the amphitheater of charming “sisters” of Annapurna. And here we are, not just near the mountains, but right inside! The snow-white summits shine under the sun’s rays and are visible all around us, and we are in the very center – in Annapurna Sanctuary.

Then we move along the route. It takes another 2 hours, and we are already approaching the base camp of Annapurna, which is otherwise called – ABC (Annapurna Base Camp), where we leave our things in the lodge and without our backpacks walk up to the breathtaking glacier. A little later we go down to the lodge, because it becomes Arctic cold closer to the night. In the evening you can watch a stunning starry sky, imagining that we are only a small “grain” on this many kilometers of sandy beach.

It is very important to monitor your health and at the slightest deviation inform the guide about it. Today, many tourists can feel weakness, shortness of breath, rapid pulse, headache, nausea, insomnia and other factors of mountain sickness. It is better to be safe and take a medicine – Diakarb.

DAY 10 

Dawn over Annapurna, descent to Bambu (2335 m).

As soon as the sun rises, everybody willing and the guide can climb a little higher (100 or 200 meters) to make cool photos from a new height. After that we go down to the lodge, eat delicious breakfast, pack our things, and start new walking day.

When we go up, we naturally try to slow our ascent a bit to improve the group’s acclimatization; now that we are rapidly losing height, we shall try to go faster so that we have a little time left for a relaxing walk after the hike. The plan for today is as follows: we go down to the tropical zone and stop for the night near the village of Bambu at 2,335 m, which is beyond Deorali and Himalaya.

DAY 11 

Chomrong, the hot springs of Gin Danda.

Today we again follow the same plan – get up early in the morning, eat and continue to descend. But the trail, as before, has a wavy form; we first descend, and then gain altitude. When we will descend on the stone stairs that are directly behind Chomrong, our knees will “ask” for rest. But we will try our best because the faster we go the more time we have to enjoy the city, considering this trip and remembering all the pleasant moments this story consists of.

You will experience mixed feelings when you see tourists who just go up. With shortness and tired, they only walk up to their goal, while you proudly walk back having already seen what you were flying for.

Our next “stop” is the village of Gin Danda, where we can have lunch and dinner. The settlement of Gin Danda is popular due to its hot springs, so we grab our swimsuits and towels and go down directly to the river; the journey will take about 20 minutes. This place is equipped for maximum comfort and relaxation after heavy climbing, there are also comfortable pools filled with hot water. Deserved relaxation! Well, if you want extreme, there is an opportunity to plunge into a fast-flowing mountain river, but you need to do it very carefully, since there is quite a strong course.

DAY 12 

Moving in Nayapul – Pokhara – Kathmandu.

It is not the first time that we wake up before sunrise. Tonight we should be in Kathmandu, so by 11 o’clock we need to get to the road in Nayapul. Moving first along the left, then along the right bank of the Modi Kholariver, we will walk by few villages belonging to the gurung people. These villages are not much like the villages we are accustomed to. This is a small “piece” of old Nepal, when there was no tourism here.

Next we find a dirt road and book jeeps that will take us straight to Nayapul. We are again on the checkpoint of the national park; however, this time it is the end of our trip.

From Nayapul we will go to Pokhara, by bus. The road takes 2 hours. In Pokhara we will have a hearty lunch and then move forward again. Our next point is Kathmandu. The road there is not long, yet tortuous and difficult; therefore our bus, circling all the mountain serpentines and narrow sections of the road, reaches the capital in about 7-8 hours.

In Kathmandu, we arrive almost at night, so immediately go to the hotel we already know and check in. At this time, most of the restaurants and shops are already closed, so after such a hilarious road the best solution is to go to bed.

DAY 13 

 Treasures of the Kathmandu Valley – Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Monkey Temple, Patan.

In Kathmandu we wake up not as early as we did before; on a pre-ordered bus we go to the city for the long-awaited cultural program. The first place we recommend to visit is the Pashupatinath Temple. This temple complex is located on the bank of the sacred river Bagmati, where the Hindus go to perform the ritual cremation of their deceased relatives. In case you are displeased with such spectacles, there is another trip – to the Buddhist stupa of Boudhanath; many filmmakers and photographers like it for its massive dimensions. There are many small Buddhist monasteries around this stupa.

The next stop is the Monkey Temple “Swayambhunath”. This temple is located on the highest hill with the incredible view of the Kathmandu valley. We want to warn you: no matter how lovely monkeys look like, be careful with them! They will demand goodies from you. Follow two important rules – do not show, but rather hide your food (they are trying to take it away), and do not try to touch them (they can bite).

At the end of the day if you still have the enthusiasm, visit another place in the suburb of Kathmandu – Patan. The historical center of Patan has the status of the museum, thanks to the exclusive architectural features of the ancient tribe of Newar. It is interesting that this museum is open-air, and the journey through it resembles some kind of computer game. You will wander through medieval streets, and in the end you will find yourself facing incredibly beautiful temple or a sacred river. And at the end of this “game” we will see the main surprise – the Royal Square of Patan. This is truly a unique place, because a small piece of land has a huge number of unique and stunning architectural structures.

After that, satisfied and full of cultural impressions, we go to the hotel, thinking about incredible views of the places we saw today.

DAY 14 

Kathmandu Durbar Square, shopping, flight home.

Today is the last day of our trip to the Annapurna base camp. We can finally afford to have a good night’s sleep, have breakfast, pack our things (to vacate the room) and leave backpacks with all the “possessions” in the storage chambers. Now, without any baggage, we can slowly wander around the ancient streets of Kathmandu. Go to the unsurpassed Durbar Square where, among other attractions, we will see the house where the real goddess Kumari lives – this is a Nepalese girl who, according to legend, is the embodiment of the goddess Taleju.

Also, do not forget about souvenirs. The goods here are most unusual, for example – things made from yak wool, cashmere kerchiefs, kukri knives, singing bowls that bring good luck, heal wounds and energize, or beautiful magnets with different photos, mostly a panoramic view of Annapurna. Why do we buy souvenirs here? The answer is pretty simple – because here you can perfectly negotiate the price.

In the evening we take our things from the storage chambers, have dinner, take the bus and go to the airport. For some reason, we do not want to part with this magical place. For 2 weeks we got connected with it – a whole story will proudly tell all our relatives and acquaintances. See you soon, Nepal!

DAY 15 

Way home.

Our adventure has come to an end. We really hope that you got wonderful impressions and positive emotions from the hike, because this is the most valuable we can bring home. Exciting stories, incredible landscapes, vivid impressions, unforgettable rest, friendly team, thanks to which we have succeeded – we will remember all this for the rest of our lives. Today we spent the night at Sharjah airport in Dubai, and now we are sitting on the plane. Everything around seems so ordinary and only a small group of people glow with happiness, pleasure and emotions, because they have just been in the Himalayas and conquered new heights.

  • All necessary permits: admission to the Annapurna National Park (Sagarmatha Park), TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) Card;
  • Accommodation in lodges on the route;
  • Accommodation in hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara;
  • Services of English-speaking guide (and also Russian-speaking guide);
  • Services of Nepalese guide;
  • Advice on preparing for hiking;
  • Assistance with the purchase of air tickets;
  • Group first-aid kit.
  • Flight to Catmandu;
  • Meals (about $20-25 per day);
  • Nepalese visa ($30);
  • Transfers along the route (about $50);
  • Insurance;
  • Services of porters (optional);
  • Other expenses not indicated in the program.
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