Saturday, December 12, 2009

Annapurna Base Camp trek gives you the opportunity to get up close to the giant Annapurna mountains as well as the holy mountain Machhapuchre. You will get the opportunity to spend the night at both base camps. The huge south face of Annapurna (8,090m/26,535ft) provides an impressive backdrop, while the closeness of 10 peaks over 6,000m/20,000ft, including Hiunchuli, Fang, Annapurna III and Machapuchare (the Fish Tail Peak), inspire a delicious joy as a fitting highlight of this spectacular trek. On the return journey we will have a chance to visit the beautiful village and the Gurung 'capital' of Gandruk before heading back to Pokhara.


Day 01 : Kathmandu arrival/ transfer to hotel/ our represent will be at the airport to receive you on your arrival. Just look for Adrift Adventures Neapl's banner.
Day 02 : Kathmandu guided city tour
Day 03 : Kathmandu - Pokhara by comfortable tourist bus (200 km / 6 hr. driving)
The road to Pokhara snakes along one of the most famous rafting river of Nepal known as trishuli. You can make your day more exciting by adding up three hour's rafting trip to your itinerary. To make it less hectic, stay one night in our riverside camping. It's all about fun. Check Trishuli River Rafting
Pokhara is called natural capital of Nepal. Tourist hotels and restaurants are situated by a 4.43 sq km lake with crystal clear peaks of Annapurna, Fishtail and Lamjung Himal.
Day 04 : Pokhara – Drive to New Bridge (Birethati / 41 km / 1 hrs 30 minutes) and trek to Tirkhedunga : On this first day of trekking, we will walk only for 4 hrs through charming villages, terraces and mountain streams. The day is easy with few short ascends and mostly plane walk.
Day 05 : Trek to Ghodepani (2,750m / 5 hr). It si mostly uphill. At first you will climb flights of stone made steps for 2 hrs and then enter the lush forest. After the climb you will see Annapurna South. The climb then gets more gradual and the walk will be more pleasent. Ghorepai is situated right on the top of the pass. Hence one can see spectacular view of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Massif.
Day 06 : Poon Hill and trek to Tadapani: We will leave hotel before sunrise for poon hill. After almost an hour's climb we will arrive at the altitude of 3190m at poon hill. From here Annapurna appears more beautiful. You will find yourself surrounded by gigantic peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Massifs (Annapurna I, 8091m / Dhaulagiri I, 8,167m). After spending ample of time in Poon Hill, we climb down to the lodge and do our breakfast. Trek to Tadapani through Rhododendron forests with two short climbs and rest downhill. Tadapani offers closer view of Annapurna South, Huinchuli and Fishtail.
Day 07 : Trek to Chhomrong village (2,180m / 5 hrs): From Tadapani we climb down a long section to Kymrong River and then climb for 20 minutes to the other side. Rest is plain walk to Chhomrong. From chhomrong Valley of Annapurna Sanctuary is visible with closer view of Annapurna South, huinchuli and Fishtail.
Day 08 : Trek to Bamboo (2,335m / 5 hrs): We climb down to the chhomrong River and climb up to Sinwan (two hours climb). We enter the Annapurna Sanctuary here. Then a plane walk along the lower flank of Huinchuli for 1 hr and downhill for another 1 hour will take us to the small settlement of Bamboo with 4 lodges.
Day 09 : Trek to Deurali (3,200m / 5 hrs): Trek from here becomes more interesting in the deep gorge with lush vegetation of bamboo and rhododendron. This is paradise for bird watchers. Except the climb from Himalaya to Deurali, the trail is fairly plain.
Day 10 : Deurali to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3,700m / 3 hrs): From here the valley widens up and the vegetation thins up. One can even feel thin air climbing to Machhapuchhre Base camp. You can even go all the way to Annapurna Base Camp if you feel fit.
Day 11: Trek early morning to Annapurna Base camp and trek down to Himalaya or Dovan. (6 -7 hrs).
Day 12: Trek back to Chhomrong (6 – 7 hrs)
Day 13: Trek to Ghandruk (1,900m / 5 hrs)
Day 14: Trek down to nayapul and drive back to Pokhara
Day 15: Spend morning in pokhara and fly back to Kathmandu
Day 16: Kathmandu free day
Day 17: Drive to the airport and fly back

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