Arrive in Kathmandu
Free Airport Shuttle to Hotel and hold evening meeting.
Bus ride to Pokhara
Six hours scenic drive to Pokhara city.
Along the Annapurna trail and Annapurna ranges
Trek start at Nayapul and reach Annapurna Sanctuary.
Return to Pokhara
Retrace our trail back to Pokhara.
Fly to Kathmandu
Fly back to Kathmandu
End of tour. Free to leave anytime. We offer 24/7 local customer service.
Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu
An SA representative will meet you at Tribhuvan International Airport (Kathmandu) and escort you to your hotel. Your representative will introduce you to your guide, walk you through your itinerary and provide a brief orientation. We’ll provide a cell phone or a SIM card that you can use for the duration of your trip and your SA representative will be available 24/7 should you need further assistance.
Day 2 Bus ride to Pokhara
We will take an early morning bus ride to Pokhara, 125 miles (200 km) west of Kathmandu. Six hours scenic trip through the Nepali countryside, with views of Mt. Annapurna and Machapuchhre (“Fishtail Mountain”) will leave you excited. You will be shuttle to your Hotel near Lakeside (Phewa Tal). Pokhara is a gateway to many of the most popular trek destinations in Nepal. Pokhara’s Lakeside is a tourist hub, full of hotels, restaurants, gift and outdoor stores. In the afternoon, your guide will help you pick up any supplies or personal items you might need for the trek. (B, D)
[Estimated travel time: 6 hours ]
Day 3-10 Along the trail to Annapurna Base Camp
Annapurna Sanctuary trek offers amazing up close view of Himalayan ranges without major concern to Altitude Sickness. The highest point of the trek is Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m; 13,549 ft.) and lowest is Naya Pul (1,000 m; 3,280 ft.). As much as uphill trek is physically challenging, the descending down on stone staircases is equally demanding on your knees. We strongly urge you to bring trekking poles.
Note: During the trek, you will be spending nights at local guesthouse. It is clean, basic twin sharing room without attached bathroom. The food is mostly vegetarian and healthy. Our guide will provide cooled boiled water every morning and evening and there are plenty of water bottles available to purchase along the route. During the winter season (December to March), there will be snow along the route. Please contact us if you were to book for during month of December to March, for more up to date information on the trail.
The trail starts from Naya Pul, gradually ascending on stone staircase towards the village of Tirkhedunga continue the next day to Ulleri and on to Ghorepani (Horse water in Nepali). Ancient route to Ghorepani is still shared by horse caravans carrying goods from Mustang Kingdom to Pokhara and often accompanied by the local herdsman, just as they have done for many centuries. Early morning excursion to Poon Hill offers amazing sunrise panorama view of Annapurna ranges and its sister mountains. The trial then descent down to Tadapani through bamboo, oak and rhododendron forest to Chomrong village, located on the lap of Annapurna. The trail began to climb along the rocky trail through the thick bamboo forest, crosses streams and pass avalanche tracks. The ascent continues, leaving Hinko Cave (cave used by porters for shelters) on a steep ravine and the trail climbs steeply through large boulders heralding the arrival of the Sanctuary. Trail along the Annapurna is mostly ascent on the way and descent on return to Pokhara. Most days we climb about 500 meters (1,545 ft.) at an average of 5 hours a day with plenty of rest.
Day 3: One hour bus ride to Naya Pul and trek to Tirkhedunga (1,580 m; 5,056 ft.)
[Estimated Trek Time: 4 hours. Ascent: 500 m; 1,000ft.]
Day 4: Ascend to Ghorepani (2,750 m; 8,800 ft.)
We climb on stone staircase via Ulleri village and on to Ghorepani.
[Estimated Trek Time: 5-6 hours. Ascent: 1,250 m; 4,000 ft.]
Day 5: Sunrise at Poon Hill (3,200 m; 10,240 ft.)
Incredible panorama view of Himalaya ranges. After breakfast decent to Tadapani (2,700 m;8,640 ft.)
[Estimated Trek Time: 4-5 hours. Ascent: 450 m;1,440 ft. Descent: 500 m;1,600 ft.]
Day 6: Descent to Chhomrong village (2,170 m; 7139 ft.)
The last inhabited village before we enter Annapurna National Park.
[Estimated Trek Time: 4 hours. Descent: 530 m; 1,695 ft.]
Day 7: Trek to Dovan village (2,600 m; 8554 ft.)
[Estimated Trek Time: 6 hours. Ascent: 430 m; 1,376 ft. ]
Day 8: Ascent to Deurali (3,200 m; 10,240 ft.)
[Estimated Trek Time: 4 hours. Ascent: 600 m; 1,920 ft.]
Day 9: Trek to Machhapuchre Base Camp (3700 m; 11,840 ft.)
Strenuous part of the trekking yet rewarded with close of view of Annapurna ranges.
[Estimated Trek Time: 3 hours. Ascent: 500 m; 1,600 ft.]
Day 10: Trek to Annapurna Sanctuary/Base Camp (4,100 m; 13,120 ft.)
Early morning trek to Annapurna Sanctuary/Base Camp; enjoy breathtaking sunrise views of Hiunchuli, Annapurna Fang, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gangapurna and Machapuchhre.
[Estimated Trek Time: 2.5 hours Ascent: 400 m; 1,280 ft.]
Day 11-13: We retrace our trail back to Pokhara
We retrace our route from the Annapurna Base Camp, the trail descent back into the valley leads to an overnight at Bamboo village, before we re-enter through the oak and rhododendron forest to the inhabited village of Chhomrong and descend steeply through terraces to an overnight at Jhinu Danda (1,700 m; 5,577 ft.). A final long descent along Modi Khola to Birethanti finally brings us back to Naya Pul, where our trek ends with a short bus trip to Pokhara. We will spend the night at hotel in Lakeside.
Day 11: Descend to Bamboo (2,300 m; 7,545 ft.)
[Estimated Trek trek: 5 hours.]
Day 12: Descend to Jhinu Danda (1,760 m; 5,772 ft.)
[Estimated Trek trek: 5 hours.]
Day 13: Descend to Nayapul and 1 hr. bus ride to Pokhara
[Estimated Trek Time: 5.5 hours.]
Day 14: Fly back to Kathmandu.
A short flight to Kathmandu in the morning and an open afternoon to shop for souvenirs or you can take a much-deserved break. In the evening, we host a farewell dinner in honor of a successful trek. (B, D)
Day 15: Farewell
After breakfast, we will transfer you to Tribhuvan International Airport and bid farewell. You might also decide to stay on and explore Kathmandu for a few days. In this case, you will be provided a SIM card and mobile phone should you need any further assistance during your extended stay in Nepal. We offer 24/7 local and international customer service. (B)