Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport meet our staff with GA complimentary transport transfer to relevant Hotels, our guide will give you a briefing of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking, and related information that you might require while in Nepal with Great Adventure Treks & Expeditions.
Day 02: Half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.
After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest if booked in advance.
Day 03: Drive to Nayapul 1,070m. via Pokhara 820m. 6 – 7 hrs.
An early start by the main east-west highway leading towards the west to Pokhara, Nepal’s second largest city, and a remarkable touristic spot. Leaving the city suburb the road climbs to the valley rim and begins its descent along the Trisuli River valley. This scenic journey drive takes us on the long winding road through many villages and farmlands. As the drive continues we can have glimpse of Ganesh, Manaslu, and Annapurna snow-capped peaks, our drive takes us through Pokhara with a brief stop and continues for another short 1 1/2 hour drive which takes us up the newly built Chinese highway to Nayapul (new bridge) where we stop for the night camping by the river Modi.
Day 04: Trek to Purano Gaon 1,450m. 3 – 4 hrs.
From Nayapul soon we will leave the main traffic behind, heading towards west in the less frequented area by the trekkers for few days, to begin with, we will cross the bridge over the river Modi, the path leads to a gentle walk with few ups and gradual portion passing through small farm villages, cultivated terraces, and farm fields till we arrive at a small farm village of Purano gaon for our first overnight camping.
Day 05: Trek to Ramche 2,350m. 5 – 6 hrs.
A steady climb out of the village on the next day leads on to a ridge at 2,300 meters and your first views of Dhaulagiri Himal 8,167m, stretching across the horizon is spectacular. It is a day of a-little-bit-up-and-a-little-bit-down, as the Nepalese would describe it. The small trails wind through rhododendron and pine forest with a full view of the mountains at Ramche, before gradually climbing to open grazing pastures and to camp at Phulbari. Here, in a beautiful location, the entire Dhaulagiri ranges lies before us! a photographers paradise.
Day 06: Trek to Ghorepani 2,860m. via Punhill 3,193m. 5 – 6 hrs.
From Ramche, our walk leads to a climb in the serene forest of pines and rhododendron most of the way to the scenic Poon Hill, after 2-3 hours of scenic walk to the viewpoint hill at Poon Hill, if the weather is clear we can have a panoramic views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and all the way to Manaslu range towards east, after a great moment here, our route descends towards the main trail at Ghorepani, where we will come across trekkers, teahouse, lodge and the mule caravans. We will be Camping at Ghorepani Deurali where we can have magnificent views of the Dhaulagiri range of mountains with Annapurna Fang (Vara Shikar) and Annapurna South. Here we will have time to enjoy our self with the lovely snow-capped scenery from the camp itself.
Day 07: Trek to Sistebung, 3,150m. 5 – 6 hrs.
After Ghorepani, our trek continues to Chitre village which is just an hour descend through a cool dense forest of rhododendron, oaks and pine trees. Arriving at Chitre we will leave the main busy road behind, our path splits near the Dhaulagiri Lodge the walk passes through farmlands and terraces and then descending towards the stream for an hour, we cross the stream on a wooden log bridge, near the water mill.
From here our trail leads to a climb for nearly an hour to Sotaa village, where we catch up with the views of Dhaulagiri range of mountains, after Sotaa village the walk follows the winding gentle path through the rainforest area for an hour with few ups and downs in between till we come to a stream, from the stream gorge our route leads to a steep climb through the forest of pines, oaks and rhododendron trees, the walk passes few clearing and pasture field, from the last top meadow, an hour steep climb brings us to a small place at Sistebung for the overnight camp. Sistebung has one house which serves as a shop and a shelter for the locals and porters and two small ground for camping purpose. A good pleasant walk today, away from the main trekking trail, we will be in isolation from the main trekking route and busy trails for another few days in the complete wilderness, except for some few trekking groups around this region.
Day 08: Trek to Khopra Ridge, 3,730m. 3 – 4 hrs.
The ridge above our camp lies our destination today, and it should be accomplished in a steady but comfortable morning walk, we trek through the forest and above the tree line. Once atop the Kopra ridge, we contour around the grassy alpine meadows to our campsite. From the camp superb scenery can be seen below us lays the Kali Gandaki valley gorge, across the valley panorama of snow-capped mountains from the Dhaulagiri range including Tukuche and Nilgiri peaks and just near the camp towering peaks of Vara Shikar often known as Annapurna Fang and the Annapurna South.
Day 09: Rest day at Khopra Ridge for a hike.
At leisure for short hike around the ridge can be done, Khopra ridge had always been a summer pasture for the local Sheppard’s from Chitre, Ghorepani, Ghara and as far from Ghandrung and Kimche Khola village. Along with its spectacular scenery of the surrounding snow-capped peaks and magnificent landscape views, for strong and energetic people, a good walk to Bhara also known as Khayer Lake at 4,247m. can be done in a day, taking about 5-6 hours both ways. Bhara lake is considered as a sacred lake, which is actually a glacier-fed lake from the peaks of Annapurna South and Bhara Shikhar (Annapurna Fang) villagers from nearly all over Annapurna area and as far from Ghasa and Tatopani comes here for pilgrimages, once a year in the auspicious time around the month of August to take part in the holy ritual which they sacrifice young goats and sheep’s blood in the lake and offer prayer to the mountain and nature spirits. In heavy snow conditions, the trail to Bhara lake or even up to this ridge is not recommendable as the path is narrow with big drops and the snow around this area takes time to melt as it is hidden from direct sunlight.
Day 10: Trek to Dobato 3,420m. 5 hrs.
After a wonderful time here at Khopra /Khayer, our walk continues with a long descent back to near above Sistebung, reaching the near bottom the walk is on the gradual path for some time through the verdant rainforest, after few hours of good walk we come to a small clearing, we might stop here for lunch depending upon the time. After a stop here, our walk continues to a slow climb for an hour through the rhododendron and pine wood, coming to a open large pasture with a strong wooden Sheppard’s shade, from here our route diverts east with a short climb to a ridge through the dwarf rhododendron bushes, from the ridge few minutes of descend brings us to a small path on the cliff side, this almost level path for 5-10 minutes could be tricky walking in snow and hail-storm, which could happen sometime, however, this small section has to be undertaken cautiously. After reaching the other side of the ridge near the boulders, the walk is on the downhill slope overlooking superb views of the surrounding landscapes, Annapurna range including the most magnificent majestic peak Macdhhapuchare and Dhaulagiri range to the west. From here a gradual climb of fewer than two hours brings us to our overnight camp at Do Bato, which is a cowherd place full of scattered temporary built shade in the middle of rhododendron and magnolia forest with excellent close views of Annapurna mountains and as far as to Manaslu range to the east.
Day 11: Trek to Gandruk 1,950m. 5 – 6 hrs.
After wonderful morning along with the superb views, today’s walk leads us back to another popular trekking area at Gandruk village. Morning trek is more or less a descend all the way to Tadapani, the path passes through numerous Sheppard huts and pasture fields amidst the lovely forest of rhododendron and pines trees and then walking through the rainforest until we arrive at Tadapani, a great scenic place in the middle of the forest with another grand view of the Annapurna and Manaslu range of mountains. Tada plane onwards will be back on the normal trekking trail, where there are numerous teahouses and lodges on route from Tadapani. After a stop here at Tadapani, a gentle walk follows through the enchanting alpine forest for an hour coming to a small place at Bhaise Kharka, from here a downhill path leads us all the way to Ghandrung for another two hours. Ghandrung, one of the largest village in the Annapurna region, the people here are Gurungs an ethnic hill tribe of Tibetan Buddhism sect, unlike the Buddhism of Everest or from other high areas, Gurung people are Sheppard’s they do not follow the way of strict Buddhism, like other fellow Buddhist from high land, they are famed as Gurkhas in the British and Indian Army. Most of the Gurungs since last centuries; they are recruited as gallant soldiers in the Royal Nepal, Indian and in British Army. At Gandruk village visit around Gurung houses, and museum, afternoon free to enjoy the view of Annapurna South and the top portion of Mt.Machhapuchare ‘the fishtail’.
Day 12: Trek to Tolkha 1,700m. 5.hrs.
From Gandruk the trails lead downhill passing through the paddy terraces and small hamlets for an hour to the Modi River, after crossing the bridge over the raging Modi River, an hour climb reaches to Landruk village. From Landruk an easy walk on the winding trail overlooking excellent views of the surrounding landscapes and valleys below, after few hours of good walk a short steep climb reaches to the overnight stop at Tolkha. Tolkha a small scattered village with a primary school with a majestic view of Annapurna South.
Day 13: Trek to Kande and drive to Pokhara. 4 hrs walk with 1 hr drive.
From Tolkha, after a two hours of good walk the trail leads us to the last uphill of this trek, the climb takes an hour up to a small pass at Deurali ridge at 2,250 meters, a nice walk from here lead through forest with more magnificent scenery of Mt. Annapurna and Mt Manaslu range, all the way to Pothana. Pothana, situated in the midst of the forest with panoramic views of Annapurna and Manaslu range from here a short uphill walk to Australian camp or Thulo Kharka a lovely spot from here an easy downhill walk through the forest and meadows leads to Kande by the road-head on the motorable Pokhara-Baglung highway, it is also the start and ending point of various trekking route in the Annapurna region.
Day 14: Fly Pokhara – Kathmandu.
As per the flight to Kathmandu depart Pokhara this scenic half hour flight with views of the snow-capped peaks can be seen, on arrival at Kathmandu domestic terminal, Great Adventure staff will transfer you to respective Hotels.
Day 15: In Kathmandu.
A free day in Kathmandu please inform GA staff if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley or for scenic mountain flight.
Day 16: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.
Today as per your international flight time, Great Adventure Treks & Expeditions staff will transfer you to the airport for your final departure from this high Himalayan country, Nepal.