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Pokhara: 7-Day Trek to Annapurna Base Camp and Hot Springs

1. Pokhara: 7-Day Trek to Annapurna Base Camp and Hot Springs

The experience begins with pickup from your hotel and heads to the trek’s starting point in Nayapul. Get kitted out with all the necessary equipment while your permits are checked then set out along the Modi Khola River, passing through several small villages on the way. Cross over the river to reach the village of Jhinu Danda, before arriving at your accommodation for the night, a quaint tea lodge. Day two starts with an uphill trek to Chhomrong, one of the largest villages along the route. Continue the walk through a dense forest landscape to reach your accommodation for the second night. Enjoy a leisurely trek to Deurali on day three, stopping for lunch against the backdrop of the stunning Himalayas. On day four, follow the trail across several streams towards the Machhapuchhare Base Camp, then hike to Ablation Valley. Follow your guide through the valley, which is a hollow corridor between the glacier and the mountain, then cross over the hills to reach Annapurna Base Camp where you’ll spend the night. On day five, hike through the only way out of Annapurna Sanctuary towards Bamboo. Bamboo is 1,600 m lower than Annapurna Base Camp, so you should expect a hard day on your knees. After a restful night’s sleep, continue your hike down the valley on day six, soaking up panoramic views as you descend to Chomrong and then Jhinu. Arrive at Jhinu and enjoy a well-deserved rest in one of the hot spring baths. Wake up on the final day to a short morning trek, passing by the quaint farmland that surrounds the river. At the end of an unforgettable seven-day trek, arrive back in Nayapul for your drop-off to Pakhora.

From Kathmandu: 11-Day Annapurna Base Camp Trek

2. From Kathmandu: 11-Day Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Start your trek to Annapurna Base Camp by meandering through lowland hillsides abundant with golden rice terraces. Explore small villages to witness the different cultures and lifestyles of the local people. Along the way, trek past the stunning Annapurna South and Machapuchare (‘fishtail’) peaks. Continue to the base camp to admire the great peaks of Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Fang, Annapurna, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, and Machapuchare. Marvel at the deep glacier-covered amphitheater they create. Stay in teahouses and lodges where delicious hot meals are provided. Itinerary: Day 1: Get picked up from Kathmandu by private car and driven to Pokhara. Relax during the 6-hour drive and enjoy the views through the window. Stay overnight in a hotel in Pokhara. Day 2: After breakfast in your hotel, hop in the private vehicle for a 30-minute drive to Phedi, where you start the trekking excursion. Spend 4-5 hours trekking to Tolka with a break for lunch on the way. Stay overnight at a lodge/teahouse where you will also have dinner. Day 3: After having breakfast, trek from Tolka to Jhinu Danda (1,780 m). Spend about 5-6 hours walking, with a stop for lunch. Enjoy dinner at the lodge/teahouse where you will spend the night. Day 4: Trek from Tadapani towards Sinuwa (2,310 m)/Bamboo Lodge via Chhomrong. Walk for 6-7 hours with lunch provided. Stay in a lodge/teahouse overnight. Day 5: Hike for 6-7 hours to Deurali (3,020 m). Enjoy lunch on the way and overnight accommodation with dinner at a teahouse/lodge in Deurali. Day 6: Trek for about 4-5 hours to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m). Enjoy lunch on the way and stay overnight in a teahouse where you will also have dinner. Day 7: Start heading down from the base camp. Walk for 5-6 hours to Dovan (2,600 m), where overnight accommodation and dinner await. Day 8: Walk for 5 hours from Dovan to Chhomrong (2,170 m). Stay overnight at a teahouse. Day 9: Trek from Chhomrong to Ghandrung (1,940 m). Walk for 4 hours and stay overnight at a teahouse. Day 10: On the final day of trekking, walk for 3 hours from Ghandrung to Nayapul (1,070 m). Be driven back to Pokhara, where you will spend the night at a hotel. Day 11: Take a 6-hour bus drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu, where you will spend the night in a hotel.

Kathmandu: 13-Day Annapurna Circuit Trek

3. Kathmandu: 13-Day Annapurna Circuit Trek

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is still without doubt one of the best treks anywhere in the world, despite inroads being developed in the region. It is a trek of diverse culture that starts in the lush fields of Hindu farmers and takes you through one of the strongest Buddhist regions in Nepal, which is very similar to Tibet. The complete circuit starting from Besisahar takes between 18 and 21 days. Over the last few years, access to each of the major valleys that cut through the Himalayas to the east and west of the Annapurna Massif improves each year, as more sections of Jeep road are completed. Throughout your experience, your guides will make every effort to take this into account, allowing you to avoid hiking on the road as much as you can. Nowadays many people trekking the route choose to fly back to Pokhara from Jomsom or take a jeep to Baglung and a bus back to Pokhara. The Manang Valley is one of many reasons to choose this trekking route, offering a journey over the Thorong La at 5,416 meters. It is spectacular on a clear day, and awards views of the neighboring peaks around you. The full circuit will see you continue on past Jomsom to take a jeep ride for a day to Tatopani and the hot springs. There you can relax before continuing on to Ghorepani and Poon Hill, a part of the trek which has no road. Whatever you choose you will have climbed over the Annapurna Massif, lapped up more culture than you can imagine, and trekked through one of the most beautiful valleys anywhere in the world. At the conclusion of your experience, you will result back in Kathmandu, ready to fly to your next destination.

Kathmandu: 20-Day Tilicho Lake Trek

4. Kathmandu: 20-Day Tilicho Lake Trek

Following two days in Katmandu, the trek starts from Besisahar and follows the Marshyangdi River. These first few days will offer some great views of Manaslu and Himal Chuli to the east. You will then trek through villages inhabited by a wide diversity of people from different ethnic groups, with the trail offering spectacular views of the snow-clad Himalayas. This customized route is basically the same as Annapurna Circuit from Manang, but instead of taking the valley north to Tanki Manang and Yak Kharka, this route traverses the main valley to the west passing through Khanshar Village (the last village of Nepal). Before trekking up to Tilicho Lake, you’ll stop in Yak Kharka then up to the high pass of Thorung La, at an elevation of 5,416 meters. From the pass of Thorung La, the trek leads down to Muktinath then to Jomsom from where a 35-minute scenic flight takes you to Pokhara. Your tour will later conclude with you flying from Pokhara back to Kathmandu, where you will have a final overnight before the conclusion of your experience.

Annapurna Base Camp: Wellness & Culinary Trek

5. Annapurna Base Camp: Wellness & Culinary Trek

Venture into a dazzling myriad of snow-capped stone giants en route to the rustic beauty of the Annapurna Sanctuary and Base-Camp in an exciting fortnight of unimaginable adventure! Trek through the Modi Khola Valley with its lush forests of oak, rhododendron, and bamboo, passing local Gurung villages, towards a breathtaking horizon that hosts some of the world's most spectacular scenery. The vast natural amphitheatre of the sanctuary is encircled by the Himalaya's famous peaks – the 'fishtail' spire of Machapuchare, Annapurna South, Gangapurna, the unconquered Fang, and the gargantuan Annapurna 1 – each one taller than the last. Itinerary: Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal's capital city, where you'll spend the night. Day 2 From Kathmandu you'll fly to Pokhara and then walk over foothills to the little town of Hile, where you'll enjoy the domineering panorama of the Himalayas and its most famous peak, Everest. Day 3 Trek to Ghorepani, an historic rest-stop once used for ancient traders and their horses. Day 4 Descend slightly on your journey around the hills to the tiny village of Chuile. Day 5 Hike to the beautiful small town of Sinuwa, that overlooks the confluence of the rivers Modi Khola and Chhromrong Khola. Day 6 On the sixth day you will reach the edge of what is officially recognised as the Himalayas mountain range. Day 7 Trek to the first of the two base-camps you'll visit. Machapuchare Base-Camp lays at an altitude of 3700 meters, a little over halfway up to the mountain's extraordinary fishtail-shaped peak. Day 8 Hike to Annapurna base camp, the highest point of the tour at 4130 meters. Relish the stunning views over Nepal and stay the night. With any luck the morning will be clear enough to witness the unbeatable sunrise! Day 9 Descend the rocky paths to Bamboo, a tiny village that takes its name from the surrounding forest dense with the favoured food of Nepal's native Red Pandas. Day 10 Head to Jhinu Danda where you'll enjoy the afternoon soaking in the town's hot-springs. Day 11 On the longest day of the tour you'll hike 8 hours to the village of Dhampus. Day 12 Walk to the small town of Phedi where you'll be met by a driver and taken back to Pokhara for a chance to enjoy the sights of the city or simply get some well-earned rest! Day 13 Fly back to Kathmandu. Please inform the company in advance whether you'd like to return in the morning or afternoon, depending on whether you'd value the extra time more in Pokhara or in the capital. Day 14 International departure.

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