Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu meet our staff and transfer to Hotel.
On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport you will be received by Great Adventure staff with complimentary transport to respective Hotels, our guide will give you a briefing of Hotel, Kathmandu, Trek & Climbing, do’s and don’ts and other related information that you might require while in Nepal with GA.
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.
Day 03: Fly to Pokhara and begin trek to Pothana. 1,900m.
As per the flight schedule for Pokhara, GA staffs transfer you to the domestic airport for a short half hour scenic flight to Pokhara. On reaching Pokhara trekking staff will receive you for a short drive on the outskirt of Pokhara to begin this adventure, on reaching at Kande, where most of the trekking to Annapurna region begins, then coming at Australian Camp or Thulo Kharka overlooking great impressive view of the Annapurna and Manaslu mountain range including the majestic peak of Mt.Machhapuchare (Fish Tail), after a short break here or a possible lunch break. Journey continues walking on the ridge with constant view of the beautiful surrounding scenery; the path is gradual for 40 minutes through the forest to the village of Pothana for the overnight camp.
Day 04: Trek to New Bridge 1,500m. via Landrung. 6 hrs.
From Pothana, journey continues leading through the woods with occasional view of the snow capped peaks, the walk is on the level path with few short uphill till a small pass of Bhichok Deuarli is reached at 2,113m / 6,932ft. After Deuarli the trail descends through the rain forest, on the winding level ground till Tolka village is reached, from Tolka walk leads on the winding path with few up’s and down’s all the way to Landrung village, after Landrung descending through terraces and then through scrubby woodland and boulders where ahead you can see the deep gorge of the Modi Khola. From here an hour slow uphill climb brings us to the overnight camp at Nayapul by the suspension bridge, from where this place got its name after the new bridge over the Modi River, with 2-3 lodges with good camping places.
Day 05: Trek to Chomrong 1,951m. 5 – 6 hrs.
After Nayapul (New Bridge) the path leads to climb steeply up the west bank through the bamboo woodland, high above the river, entering a side valley after an hour of good steady walk reaching Jinu Danda, after nice break here the path continues to a steep climb and then on good stone stairs to a crest which leads to Tulu, where the two path to Sanctuary converge. From here route leads north towards Chomrong village. Chomrong will be the last village before the walk to the Sanctuary.
Day 06: Trek to Dovan 2,400m. 5 – 6 hours walk.
From Chomrong the trail leads to the terraced farm fields as you descent to the river, after the bridge it’s an uphill most of the way for nearly an hour through terraced fields and then through bamboo, contouring the northern flank of the Chomrong Khola. It’s worthwhile looking back, not only to the setting of Chomrong but also to see the height gained, the route leads past a small teahouse and then steeply up more steps past mani-stones, continuing more gently it leads to a tea shop at a place called Sinwa at 2,306m. A rough descent leads through rhododendron and boulders and on the crest of the ridge, and soon reaching to Khuldi Ghar, after Khuldi the trail leads to a steep down hill, the path continues through dense bamboo forest and then coming to the appropriately named Bamboo Lodge at about 2,260m. In snow or wet condition the trail through this forest of bamboo can be difficult and slippery. After a short break here, the trail leads through the gorge on this quite narrow valley, after an hour of good walk Dovan is reached for the overnight camp.
Day 07: Trek to Machhapuchare Base Camp 3,720m. 3 – 4 hrs walk.
The trek leads to the rim of the sanctuary, walk continues on the narrow path climbing steeply through the forest and then up steps past boulders below a cliff. Crossing a stream the route climbs to a huge, smoke blackened, overhanging boulder, and known as Hinko Cave, walk leads past crossing two large avalanches cones, the second of which is the most active. The trail climbs again, soon reaching Deorali for possible lunch stop. Soon after lunch Bhagar is reached just beyond Deurali, and at Bhagar there is a potentially dangerous avalanche chute that frequently wipes out the trail. Walk continues climbing steadily along a lateral moraine, crossing two more avalanche cones, following through between the moraine and the valley wall (what geomorphologies call a mulde) and reaching shortly at Machhapuchare base camp for the overnight stop, after a long interesting good walk. Machhapuchare base camp has about 4-5 Lodges located on the near level ground beneath the mighty North Face of Machhapuchare peak, from here the peak looks completely different.
Day 08: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp 4,095m. 3 – 4 hrs walks.
Today’s walk leads in the heart of the Sanctuary at the ABC, the trail follows uphill on the well defined path along the trough on the south side of the moraine bordering the Annapurna South Glacier for few hours, the trek is pleasant as you reach the higher ground with magnificent views of an array of snow peaks all around you with Annapurna I, a great wall of mountain on the north west, after a good scenic walk for few hours finally reaching at Annapurna Base Camp for the overnight halt. Camping is placed near the premises of the lodges around, with superb panorama of the surrounding snow range scenery.
Day 09: At Annapurna Base Camp.
Rest day for proper acclimatization with optional short hike around this magnificent surrounding, base camp has several lodges and is situated beneath the north-east flank of Annapurna South peak. Tent Peak base camp is on the opposite side of the glacier, on a flat shelf above the lateral moraine.
Day 10: Trek to Tent Peak Base Camp 4,115m. 4 – 5 hrs.
Trek through the rubble-covered glacier and climb the moraine cliffs, the path across the glacier is marked by cairns and heads directly towards the moraines on the north side of the glacier. The moraines might look loose and dangerous sometimes, there are several ways in case of very tricky and formidable. The path leads to a flat boulder strewn area below the moraine near a small stream bed, a faint path leads over loose terrain to the crest of the moraine, the flat, grassy area above the moraine at 4,115m is the only possible good camp site to establish as Tent Peak base camp.
Day 11: Trek & climb to High Camp of Tent Peak 4,877m.
To climb this peak, a high camp is necessary. From the Base Camp route follows the moraine north-west for about ten minutes to an obvious deep-cut gully. A stream emerges from the gully. A faint path climbs to the top of the east bank up a grassy buttress, then it crosses the stream above the gully and contours the hillside to reach the flat summit of buttress at 4,420m. A ridge above this place is followed to a level area which may be snow covered at 4,877m. This will be our suitable High Camp for the climb.
Day 12: Climbing Day and return to Base Camp.
From the high camp, the level glacier below the west flank of Tharpu Chuli can be reached without difficulty in about an hour with the support of GA expert guides, following easy slopes towards the Raksi Peak and the left-hand side of the glacier, avoiding all possible crevasses.This leads to the level glacier at 5,334 meters, from here crossing easily to the foot of the fluted wall separating Tharpu Chuli and Singu Chuli. The wall is approx.120 meters high at its lowest point, rising to 180 meters on either side. From the summit superb panorama of all the Annapurna range of mountains can be viewed from Hiunchuli 6,441m, Annapurna South 7,219m, Annapurna Fang 7,647m, Annapurna I 8,091m, Gangapurna 7,455m, Annapurna III 7,555m, Annapurna V 7,525m, Mt.Machhapuchare 6,993m including Singu Chuli or Fluted Peak 6,501m. After a great memorable feat descend by the same route towards the Base Camp.
Day 13: Spare day in case of bad weather.
A reserve day just in case of bad weather for the climb or if any delay occurs in the schedule itinerary days and as well depending upon the fitness of the members, if all goes well, this day can be used on some other days to making this trip more flexible.
Day 14: Trek to Machhapuchare Base Camp.
Retrace the journey back to MBC via Annapurna Base Camp.
Day 15: Trek to Bamboo.
Retrace the journey by the same route.
Day 16: Trek to Chomrong. 4 – 5 hrs.
From Himalaya Hotel retrace the journey back to Chomrong by the same path, the morning walk leads to a short climb to Khuldi where you check out in the register. The trail descends all the way to the bridge, from the bridge uphill will to Chomrong.
Day 17: Trek to Ghandrung or Ghandruk 1,750m. 5 – 6 hrs walks.
From Chomrong, walk leads to a short uphill, descending towards Kimche Khola valley as the trail splits here where the path from Landrung and Kimche Valley joins, the route leads to Kimrong khola valley, the trail branches off from last Tea-house of upper Chomrong, the walk is pleasant on the wide track for an hour till Kimche valley is reached. From Kimche Valley a short gradual path leads to the bottom of the Kimrong danda ridge, the climb takes for an hour towards the Kimrong danda where there are few tea houses / lodges where you can refresh with soft drinks and teas. From here a gentle downhill walk reaches you at Ghandrung village for the overnight stop.
Day 18: Trek and drive to Pokhara. 3 – 4 hrs walks with 2 hours drive.
The last day walk from Ghandruk leads to a descend on the wide stone paved path passing through farm villages of Kimche till Syali Bazaar is reached, from here the path leads on the gentle winding trail following the River Modi all the way to Nayapul. Few hours of good walk reaching at Bhirethati a charming village. From here cross the bridge over Modi Khola and follow the Modi Khola till Nayapul is reached. On reaching Nayapul board on the Bus for an hour and half drive to Pokhara for the overnight stop after a wonderful time in the tranquility and wilderness up in the mountains with Great Adventure Treks & Expeditions.
Day 19: Transfer to Airport for the flight back to Kathmandu.
As per the flight time schedule a scenic sweeping half hour flight reaches you back to Kathmandu.
Day 20: Free day at leisure 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.
Day 21: Transfer to Airport for International departure.
Today as per your international flight time, Great Adventure staff will transfer you to the airport for your final departure from this scenic country Nepal.