Day 1 – Kathmandu
- On arrival in Kathmandu, you are met at the airport by your representative and transferred to your hotel.
After you settle into the hotel there will be a briefing with your tour representative in the late afternoon. He will discuss the trek details and co-ordinate any last minute arrangements.
- The evening is free
Day 2 – Kathmandu
- This morning you explore Kathmandu on an organised sightseeing tour which includes: Bodhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where you observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa; you also visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here you see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats.
- The rest of your time in Kathmandu is free for further sightseeing and exploration.
- In the late afternoon you will be issued with your Trek Pack and departure information for the next morning.
Day 3 – Upper Tirkedunga (1540m)
- Transfer to the domestic terminal and fly to Pokhara, with a flight time of about 30 minutes. There are spectacular views of the main Himalayan chain to the north, including the 8000 metre peaks of Manaslu and Annapurna during this short flight. After arriving in Pokhara you are transferred by private transport to Naya Phul. Here you follow the Modi Khola River to Birethanti from where are beautiful views of the ‘fish tail’ peak of Machapuchhare (6993m) seen at the head of the valley. After checking your trekking permits you follow the Bhurungdi Khola River valley passing through small settlements of Matathanthi and Sudamibefore reaching Hille from where it is only a short walk to the village of Tirkedunga and your overnight halt in the village.
Day 4 – Ghorepani (2860m)
- You pass through the village and cross a small suspension bridge over the Bhurungdi Khola River before ascending 500 metres up a stone staircase to the village of Ulleri. From Ulleri you ascend gradually through beautiful forest of rhododendron and oak. At Banthanti you enjoy a youlcome break over a cup of tea or soft drink before continuing the gradual ascent through forest to Nangethanti where you take lunch. In the afternoon you continue to ascend before a final steep ascent leads to the village of Ghorepani. From the village there are views of the Dhaulagiri Himal as a taster of more to come. Ghorepani is a popular overnight halt with trekkers as the views from nearby Poon Hill offer one of the best mountain panoramas in Nepal. You can consider ascending to this viewpoint for sunset but most trekkers prefer the option of ascending the following morning for the spectacular sunrise.
Day 5 – Tadapani (2450m)
- In the morning you rise early to enjoy the sunrise over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges from the world famous Pun Hill (3210m). If conditions are clear one can see three eight thousand metre peaks Manaslu in the east, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, as youll as a sea of other snow capped mountains. This is a major highlight of the trip and it is really worthwhile making the effort to get out of bed and head uphill by torchlight to experience this magnificent vista. You return to your lodge for breakfast and then make a liesurely start for the walk to Tadapani. Initially you ascend from the village to follow a ridgeline with more magnificent views. You then descend through the village of Deurali and enter forest for the walk downhill to Banthanti where you take lunch. In the afternoon you initially descend following a small stream and then begin a series of ascents and descents through rhododendron forest that is particularly spectacular during March and April, when the trees are in flower. There is then a final short but steep ascent to your lodge in the village of Tadapani. The village is perfectly located to catch some wonderful sunset and sunrise views.
Day 6 – Ghandruk (1990m)
- There are fine views of Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna III (7555m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Annapurna South (7237m), Machhapuchhare (6993m) and Lamjung Himal (6931m) along the way. You continue to descend through oak and rhododendron forest. This is a particularly beautiful part of the trek, as your trail crosses over streams and passes small waterfalls under the canopy of the forest. There are no villages on the trail, but there are a few tea houses at Baisi Kharkha providing welcome drinks and a place to rest. You will reach your lodge at Ghandruk for lunch and in the afternoon you explore this beautiful village that is home to the ethnic Gurung group and is youll known for the number of its men folk who have served in the British and Indian Gurkha regiments. . From your lodge at Upper Ghandruk, you have spectacular views of Annapurna South (7219m), Hiunchuli (6441m) and Machapuchhare (6993m).
Day 7 – Pokhara
- You make an early start to get the most out of the day. From the lodge in Ghandruk you descend through the village to begin your descent into the Modi Khola River valley. There beautiful views of the ‘fish tail’ peak of Machapuchhare (6993m) at the head of the valley. The final part of the descent into the Modi Khola Valley is on a steep stone staircase that leads to the village of Shyauli, After giving the knees a well-earned rest, you continue on a more gentle gradient to the village of Birethanti, on the banks of the Modi Khola. Here you stop for lunch before crossing the new bridge to the east bank. You then follow the river back to your pick-up point at Naya Phul. After saying farewell to your porters you are transferred by private coach back to your hotel in Pokhara where the rest of the afternoon is free to relax or do some exploring. In the evening there is the option to dine out at one of the many lakeside restaurants.
Day 8 – Pokhara
- A free day in Pokhara to explore, shop or just take it easy. Optional visits to the Mountaineering Museum, a boat ride on Phewa Lake and perhaps a visit to the Peace Pagoda that overlooks the lakeside and town.
Day 9 – Kathmandu
- After breakfast you have the morning free in Pokhara to relax or do some more sightseeing.
- Fly back to Kathmandu and enjoy a free afternoon to shop for souvenirs or see some more sights.
- Patan which is located in the south of the city is worth a visit with its own Durbar Square full of historic structures and statues of past kings.
Day 10 – Kathmandu
- Your trip ends today after breakfast.
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