This trek in the Annapurna sanctuary in Nepal is one of the world’s finest treks, taking us through scenic villages, rich oak, bamboo and rhododendron forests and is a great introduction to the joys of high altitude trekking. We climb steadily through beautiful villages with neatly terraced rice fields enjoying several days of pleasant ridge-walking through a mix of abundant forest and scattered fields, with spectacular views of the majestic Annapurna range throughout. Our journey begins in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. We drive to the road head at Phedi beyond Pokhara where we start with a short trek to Dhampus. We stay overnight in comfortable tea houses throughout. We spend the next four days trekking upwards through a series of forested ridges with sharp descents to the rivers between them, until we reach the Machapuchare Base Camp (3700m). From here it is only a short climb further to the Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) our ultimate destination.
Show Detailed Itinerary
Hide Detailed Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
We fly to Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and transfer to our hotel. We get time to explore the city and visit some of its famous temples as well as do some shopping. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Fly Kathmandu-Pokhra, drive to Phedi; trek to Dhampus (1,650m)
After an early morning breakfast, we fly to Pokhara and then drive on to the road head at Phedi. From here, we start the trek with a steep climb to Dhampus. We can see all the Annapurna Massif and Machhapuchhre as well as Dhaulagiri I from here. Overnight at tea-house.
Day 03: Trek to Landruk (1620m) 5-6 hrs
From Dhampus the initial walk is steep uphill till we reach to Pothana through rhododendron and orchid forest. We will arrive Landruk at 1646m with the walking hours of around 05hrs which lies on the east canyon wall above the Modi river. From Landruk, the views of Machhapuchhare (6920m), Annapurna south (7219m) and Hiunchuli (6441m) are amazing. Overnight at tea-house.
Day 04: Trek to Chhomrong (2210 m) 6-7 hrs
After breakfast we will descend to Kimru river and then there is big ascend to Village Chhomrong through village Jhenu Danda. The trail joins later with the main route from Ghandruk so the trail is wider. This Gurung village can be categorized in three distinct parts: upper, lower and middle spread out over 200m of elevation difference. Overnight at tea-house.
Day 05: Trek Chhomrong to Doban (2,600m)
The day starts with a steep descent down some stone steps to the Chhomrong Khola which we cross by a suspension bridge. There follows an undulating climb through terraced fields and bamboo and rhododendron forests to Sunawa. After several ascents and descents we reach the abandoned check post at Kuldi. Another steep descent on slippery stone steps through dense bamboo forests to reach the aptly named settlement of Bamboo. After Bamboo, the trail climbs gradually to reach Doban. Overnight at tea-house.
Day 06: Trek Doban to Machapuchre Base Camp (MBC) (3,700m)
We continue the trek through lush forests, going past the Hinku Cave. Beyond Deorali, the valley narrows even further as we approach the gushing torrent of Modi Khola. After walking on a level trail for some time we make the final ascent to MBC. Here we have some opportunities to take pictures of the spectacular Annapurna I and II, Gangapurna and, of course, Machapuchare. Overnight at tea-house.
Day 07: MBC to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) (4,130m)
This is an easy day as we make a short ascent to the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC). It’s a pleasant walk along a stream beside the moraine. The views become more and more impressive as we approach the ABC and once there, we find ourselves in a giant natural amphitheatre, surrounded by mighty 7,000m+ mountains on all sides. Overnight at tea-house.
Day 08: Trek ABC to Doban (2,600m)
We now leave Annapurna Base camp and retrace our steps back to the Doban village. As we are going downhill most of the way the walk takes less time although it can be hard on the knees! Overnight at tea-house.
Day 09: Trek Doban to Jhinu (1,750m)
We continue to retrace our steps as we return to Chhomrong, from where instead of going to Tadopani we descend to Jhinu. The natural hot springs at Jhinu are a brilliant remedy for sore and aching muscles. Overnight at tea-house.
Day 10: Trek Jhinu to Nayapul (1,600m) and drive to Pokhara (6 hrs trek & I hr drive)
After the breakfast we start our trek down to Nayapul which takes around 5-6 hours following the Modi river all the way down to Nayapul with several villages on the way. When we arrive Nayapul we would take our awaiting vehicles for 01 hour drive to Pokhara. Ovenight at Hotel
Day 11: Fly Pokhara to Kathmandu to New Delhi
We get up early to catch the morning flight to Kathmandu from where we take the connecting flight to Delhi.
57,200 / 965
KATHMANDU TO KATHMANDU
- - 3 star Hotel in Kathmandu & Pokhara (Bed & Breakfast) on twin sharing basis
- - Internal Flights and all Land transport in the itinerary
- - A White Magic Trip leader being assisted by a Nepalese Trek guide
- - 1 porter between two trekkers
- - Food for porters & crew members
- - All permits
- - Twin sharing room on trek
- - All meals on trek (3 meals / 3 times Tea or Coffee)
- - GST as applicable (Subject to change as per govt rules).
- - International Airfare
- - International airport taxes
- - Visas
- - Sleeping bags & all optional additional tours or activities during free time
- - Transportation outside of the tour program
- - Travel insurance
- - Tips
- - Items of a personal nature like phone calls, alcohol, cigarettes, bottled beverages, laundry, souvenir etc
- - Costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.
- - One should budget for at least Rs. 250 per day for the bottled water on the trip. Average cost of bottled water on the trail is Rs. 70 per bottle.
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of White Magic