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Annapurna & Machapuchhre Base Camp Trek
Start of the Trip: Kathmandu
End of the Trip: Kathmandu
Duration: 14 Days
Difficulty: Easy - Medium
Seasons: October – May
Maximum Elevation: 4120m
With over 60,000 visitors a year, the Annapurna Himal has long been the most popular region amongst trekkers, and for good reason. The mountain views are flawless, the variety of scenery is hard to match and the villages and monasteries you pass offer an exotic slice of Nepali, Tibetan and Trans- Himalayan culture. You’ll be on the trail within an hour of leaving Pokhara and you can count on excellent food and accommodation whenever you need it.
The Annapurna Mountain (8091m) is the 10th highest peak of the world. With 109 ascents till date, Annapurna is considered to be one of the most difficult peaks to conquer The trekking route starts from Naya Pul and extends to Machhapuchhre Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp. The treks unfold gradually, climbing through the sub-tropical scenery to Tibetan – influenced valley and then over the high Thorung La to Kali Gandaki Valley.
Paungda Danda or Swarga Dwar (Gateway to Heaven) (huge slab of rock holy to locals), Hinko Cave (3100m), Poon Hill, Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3720m), and Annapurna Base Camp (4120m).
Photos of Annapurna & Machapuchhre Base Camp Trek
Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival (1,400m.)
Upon arrival, representative of Gandaki Tours will greet you at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel, and spend the rest of the day exploring Kathmandu, capital of Nepal.
Day 2: Kathmandu to Pokhara (1,740m.)
After breakfast, depart for Pokhara. Our staffs will accompany you to the airport and you can board a flight to Pokhara, which takes about 30 minutes. Or alternatively, you may also choose to take a pleasant bus ride of about 5 - 6 hours. For the rest of the day, feel free to explore the valley and to enjoy the beautiful scenery of snowcapped mountains and clear lake. There are plenty of places in Pokhara to enjoy, good food and fancy shops too can be found here.
Day 3: Pokhara - Birethani – Ghandrung (1951 m.)
Trek Duration: 5 hours, 211m. ascent
After breakfast in hotel, drive to Nayapul. It takes about an hour drive and upon arrival start trekking towards Birethani, it takes about an hour to reach Birethani. Then continue to trek towards the village of Ghandrung (1951 m). From here, you can get a great view of the majestic Himalayas such as the Fishtail or Machapuchare (6997m), Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna South (7273m), Gangapurna (7454m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), Tukuche (6920m), Nilgiri (6940m), Hiunchuli (6441m) and more. Ghandruk is the second largest Gurung village in Nepal. The village is a charming cluster of closely spaced, slate roofed house, surrounded by neatly terraced fields, and framed by outstanding views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhare. It is the one of the most prosperous villages of the region, and has the best accommodation facilities around. To learn more about the traditional lives of the villagers, you may visit the Gurung Traditional Museum and interact with ever friendly locals.
Day 4: Ghandrung to Chomrong (2,210m.)
Trek Duration: 5 hours, 480m ascent, 700m descent
After breakfast start trekking to Chomrong. The first half hours is an easy trek, and then follow a trail ascending up to the top of Khumrung. After lunch continue climbing up to Chomrong (2340 m). Spend the overnight at Chomrong.
Day 5: Chomrong to Dovan (3,250m.)
Trek Duration: 7 hours, 1040m ascent
Begin the trekking to Dovan via a small settlement village called Bamboo. After crossing Chhomrong Khola, it is mostly uphill trek for a couple of hours before reaching Sinuwa Hill. You may rest at Sinuwa before continuing your journey. Walk for another few hours through the bamboo jungles and finally reach Bamboo village. The Village is filled with Rhododendron and oak trees, and cozy Tea Houses. After lunch, walk further for an hour uphill from Bamboo Village to reach Dovan. Spend the overnight at Dovan.
Day 6: Dovan to Machapurchare Base Camp (3,700m.)
Trek Duration: 7 hours, 450m ascent
After breakfast continue to trek through the forest and past a small shrine of Panchen Barah, then eventually to a rocky trail onto a steep ravine to Hinko (3000 m). Hinko is named after the Hinko cave because of a huge overhanging rock and boulders. After lunch a Deurali, proceed to ascend uphill towards Machapuchare base camp passing through streams and a sparse wood, remains of what used to be a large forest. From Machhapuchhare Base Camp you can enjoy stupendous views of some of world’s tallest peaks.
Day 7: Machapurchare Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m.)
Trek Duration: 6 hours, 430m ascent
The route passes a few roofless shepherds huts alongside a moraine to hotels situated on a knoll. The area is cold and windy and often snowbound. From here, you can see a splendid view of the near vertical south face of Annapurna that towers above the sanctuary to the Northwest. Good camping sites are present along the area. The Machapuchhre mountain is off limits for climbers since it is sacred for the locals. There are decent accommodations and foods available at the lodges in the base camp. Nearby, there is also a prayer flag draped viewpoint in the moraine; here you can get a spectacular view of the glaciers. From the summit, you can clearly see some of the most challenging mountains to climb such as Tharpu Chuli (5663m), Singu Chuli (6501m) and Hiunchuli (6441m).
Day 8: Annapurna Base Camp to Dovan (3,250m.)
Trek Duration: 6 hours, 880m descent
Begin to retrace your way back. After breakfast trek down slope towards Dovan to apple pie country, making long steep climb back past the thickets of Bamboo forest to Dovan.
Day 9: Dovan to Chomrong (2,210m.)
Trek Duration: 5 hours, 1040m descent
Return by the same route to Chomrong. Along the trail you will pass through the bamboo, rhododendron and oak forests. After lunch at Bamboo, the trail steadily descends past the Bamboo River before reaching Chomrong.
Day 10: Chomrong to Tadapani (1192 m.)
Trek Duration: 6 hours, 1018m descent
After breakfast start trekking towards Tadapani (1192 m). Follow the trail descending downhill crossing the suspension bridge stop by a Gurung village for lunch. Then follow a steep uphill climb going past Kimrong Kohla through the forest before reaching Tadapani.
Day 11: Tadapani to Gorepani (2750m.)
Trek Duration: 6 hours, 1558m ascent
There is a series of ascending and descending trail leading to Banthati. Proceed pass the grassy knolls before reaching Deurali (3100 m). After further descent,l finally arrive to Gorepani (2750m).
Day 12: Gorepani – Poonhill – Birethani – Pokhara (1740m.)
Trek Duration: 8 hours
Wake early in the morning for a trek to Poon hill (3200 m). Poon Hill is named after the Pun tribe, who were the original inhabitants of Ghorepani/ Shikha Village. Poon Hill offers one of the most spectacular views of Annapurna, and the far Western Himalayan ranges of Dolpo. The other peaks also at sight are - Mt. Dhaulagiri, and Macchapuchhre all the way extending to Mansalu ranges. This is also one the highlights of the trip, many people visiting Annapurna region come to Poon Hill to view spectacular sunrise and mountains.After breakfast descend to Nayapul via Tikhedunga and Birethani. From Nayapul drive to Pokhara. Spend the overnight at Pokhara.
Day 13: Pokhara - Kathamndu (1400m.)
Take some time to visit some of the major tourist attraction sites of Pokhara such as Phewa Lake Bahagwati Temple, Phewa Lake, Davis Fall, World Peace Pagoda, and Pokhara Bazaar. And upon arrival at Kathmandu, depending upon the time you have left to spare you may also choose to visit the some famous attractions of Kathmandu.
Day 14: Kathmandu Departure
After a hearty breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport by our representative to catch your flight back home.
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