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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

More info page for 'BOTH' Poon Hill to Chitwan and Annapurna Base Camp (ABC)

WHAT'S APP GROUP:

 

It's essential to download WhatsApp as we'll be using it for communication before and during our adventure. The WhatsApp group will be open three weeks prior to the retreat start date, allowing us to connect and share important updates. Additionally, it will be a perfect platform for sharing photos with our new friends after the trip.

GETTING THERE:

 

Book a return flight to Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. We offer complimentary airport transfers to and from Kathmandu International Airport within 2 days of your trip's commencement and departure dates.  A driver will be waiting for you at Kathmandu airport with your name on a card ready to bring you to the hotel.  (INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS ARE NOT INCLUDED)

 

VISA ON ARRIVAL:

 

The good news is that entry requirements for Nepal are quite simple and straightforward for most travellers. Indian nationals do not need a tourist visa to visit the country, and most other tourists can obtain a 15, 30, or 90 day visa upon arrival. This also applies to visitors from the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, and most other Western European countries.

 

When you land at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will need to fill out an arrival card and have your photo taken at one of the automated registration machines - to save time, you can do this in advance online (this must be done less than 15 days before your arrival). If you wait until you arrive in Kathmandu to do this, expect the process to take over an hour and you will have to wait in line for a long time.

 

Once the paperwork is done, you will need to pay a visa fee at the counter of US$30 for 15 days, US$50 for 30 days, or US$125 for 90 days. Children under the age of 10 do not need to pay for their tourist visa unless they are US citizens. Various currencies are accepted as payment, but it is advisable to bring small bills. Finally, go to the immigration counter with your arrival form, payment receipt and passport and enjoy Nepal.

Nepal launched the Online visa application system in January 2014. For more information and updates, please visit the department’s official website: www.nepalimmigration.gov.np

 Visa Requirements:

  • A valid passport and one passport-size photo with a light background.

  • Visa can be obtained only through payment of cash in the following currency: Euro, Swiss Franc, Pound Sterling, US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Singapore Dollar, and Japanese Yen.

  • Credit card payment, Indian currency and Nepali currency are not accepted as payment of visa fees. The following visa fees have come into effect from 17 July 2019 (as per the Nepal Government’s decision made on 26 May 2019. Source: http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/post/notice-regarding-visa-fee-updates

PLEASE NOTE: Minimum numbers of 6 are required for this trip to go ahead; please hold flight booking international flights until six weeks before departure. 

TRAVEL INSURANCE: Travel Insurance is compulsory for this trip, you must provide a copy of your international travel insurance before the trip begins. When making the final payment for this trip please reply to the confirmation email with your payment confirmation and a copy of your international travel insurance. for ABC insurance should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking.

Altitude Sickness Awareness:

Before your trip: Some pre-existing medical conditions are known to severely worsen at high altitudes and be difficult to adequately treat on the ground, leading to more serious consequences. It is imperative that you discuss your pre-existing medical condition/s with your doctor. We understand certain medications are reported to aid in acclimatizing to high altitudes. Please discuss these options with your doctor if you have pre-excisting medical conditions.

Altitude sickness can affect anyone travelling above 2,800 meters (9,200 feet), with symptoms ranging from mild to severe. These symptoms include headaches, loss of appetite, fatigue, and more. If left untreated, altitude sickness can escalate, potentially leading to serious conditions like High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) or High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE), both of which can be fatal.

To mitigate the risks, here are some key points:

  1. Know the Symptoms: Be aware of symptoms such as headaches, nausea, and fatigue, which may indicate altitude sickness.

  2. Stay Hydrated: Drink at least 4 litres of water per day and avoid alcohol and tobacco, as they can exacerbate symptoms.

  3. Eat Well: Consume small, frequent meals high in carbohydrates to maintain energy levels.

  4. Take it Easy: Pace yourself, walk slower than usual, and avoid over-exertion to aid acclimatization.

  5. Seek Treatment if Necessary: Descend to a lower altitude if symptoms persist or worsen. Your health and safety are our priority.

If you experience any symptoms of altitude sickness, please inform your leader immediately. Together, we'll monitor your condition and take appropriate action to ensure your well-being.

Remember, everyone experiences altitude differently, so it's crucial to listen to your body and communicate any concerns promptly.

AFTER THE TRIP: We arrive back in Kathmandu to relax and wind down from the trek; included are one night's accommodation in Kathmandu and airport transfers. If you wish to stay longer, you can book extra nights and airport transfers at your own expense.

WHO IS THIS TRIP FOR: Our trips are gender-inclusive; if you are young at heart and free-spirited, with a reasonable level of fitness, then you are perfect for our adventures! In saying this, the average age of our groups is 20-55 years old.

IMPORTANT!! PLEASE PACK LIGHT: Please note: that each person will have a baggage allowance of 10kg on the hike carried by our porters. Anything over this weight allowance will have to be carried by the individual. If you wish to store language at the hotel in Kathmandu, We can arrange it at an extra expense. Please pack a cloth bag to pack your hiking gear for the porter. Each porter will carry 20kg. 

TIPPING: While we pay fair rates to our Nepalese team, tipping is very much a part of the Nepalese culture. Assuming the experience was excellent, a good rule of thumb when trekking is to tip the equivalent of $5 - $10 per day for your guides and porters. 

WEATHER: We have chosen November to go trekking as this is the best month of the year for the climate in Nepal. It will be the end of autumn, so summer temps have dropped, but it's not quite the cold snowy winter yet. November is also the lowest expected rainfall month of the year, so we shouldn't be getting any rain.​ The first few days of our hike will be very warm, t-shirts and shorts weather, then the higher and higher we get up the mountain the cooler it will get, until the final morning when we summit Poon Hill it will be close to 0 degrees and as you climb higher to base camp the temperature will continue to drop. So this means you'll have to pack summer clothes AND winter clothes. ​​​​​​

Yoga and Movement: Each day, we offer a yoga session, wake up with meditation, and stretch with some simple stretches to prepare the legs for the day ahead. These sessions will be guided by

an experienced yoga teacher, who will tailor the classes based on the group's energy and level, providing variations to accommodate everyone. Please note most classes take place outdoors.

Need gear: Down jackets are available for hire at an extra expense if you are booking ABC we advise you either bring or hire a good quality down jacket as temperatures drop dramatically once you pass 3000m 

PACKING LIST 

  • Supportive hiking daypack (preferably with water bladder)

  • Sunglasses and hat 

  • One pair of shorts 

  • One pair of comfortable hiking pants for the end of every day

  • T-shirts

  • A warm long, sleeve shirt

  • Comfortable socks & underwear (Some tea houses have fire pits, and you can hand wash & dry your clothing and dry by the fire.)

  • Comfortable hiking boots

  • Lightweight travel yoga mat

  • Waterproof jacket

  • Extra warm, lightweight down jacket

  • Head-torch / flashlight

  • Microfiber towel

  • A sleeping bag liner (blankets will be provided for extra warmth) sleeping bag will be provided however, you may choose to bring your own.

  • First aid kit (ibuprofen, band-aids, Imodium, toilet paper, sunscreen, hand sanitiser)

  • Bug spray & sunscreen

  • Lip balm

  • Camera

  • Local currency

  • Swimwear for hot springs

  • Plastic bag for wet clothes

  • Snacks (along the way, you can buy Pringles, chocolate bars and biscuits, but they are $$$)

  • Photocopy of passport ( required for TIMS permits)

  • ABC: Please bring extra warm clothing for ABC. It can get extremely cold at night with these high elevations.

Please note: Be mindful of our porter's 10kg limit per person on the trek. Anything over 10kg should be left at the Kathmandu guesthouse and can be picked up upon return. 

 

Our team brings along a basic first aid kit, but we recommend you also carry the following :

Ibuprofen painkillers, Diamox for altitude sickness, personal prescriptions as required, diarrhoea tablets, rash cream, basic toiletries, wet wipes, and hand sanitiser. Women, please remember sanitary wear as tampons and sanitary pads may not be able to be purchased at the guest houses. 

YAMA TRADITION: You will know that we love dress-up if you have seen the YAMA Instagram @yamamovement. Because we have limited space for packing on this trip, we will make the theme simple (Bring a funny hat). You can also purchase some incredible and outrageous beenies in Kathmandu city. 

DAY 1

Welcome to Kathmandu

Upon arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, you'll receive a warm welcome and be swiftly transported to Kathmandu Guesthouse, conveniently located in Tumal. After settling in, you'll have free time to explore the vibrant city of Kathmandu, nestled at 1400 meters above sea level. The locals, known for their warm smiles and welcoming demeanour, add to the lively atmosphere. In the evening, we'll gather for a delicious local meal accompanied by cultural dances and live entertainment.

Here's our Day One recommendation:

1. Swayambhunath Monkey Temple: Take in the spiritual ambience of this iconic temple and enjoy breathtaking views of Kathmandu Valley. 2. Explore the bustling streets of Tumel: Enjoy shops, restaurants, and art galleries, soaking in the rich culture and vibrant energy of the area.

Feel free to utilize the WhatsApp group to connect with fellow travellers, share experiences, and plan activities together.

Walking Time: City stroll (just some laid-back exploration!)

Elevation: 1400m

Terrain: The rhythmic pulse of city life

 

 

DAY 2

Let the adventures begin - Kathmandu - Pokhara

Kickstart your day with tranquillity as you immerse yourself in our invigorating early morning yoga class followed by a mouthwatering breakfast. Afterwards, buckle up for a scenic bus transfer to the enchanting destination of Pokhara by comfortable air-conditioned (7-hour journey)

Upon arrival, you'll have the opportunity to settle into your accommodations and unwind. The afternoon is yours to explore Pokhara at your own pace. Feel free to roam around, grab a delicious dinner, and take in the sights and sounds of this charming city.

Make sure to rest up and prepare for the trek that awaits us tomorrow. Get a good night's sleep, as we'll begin on our adventure bright and early in the morning.

Walking time: explore Pokhara town (no trekking on this day)

Elevation: 822 m

Terrain: Pokhara town

DAY 3

The journey by foot begins - Nayapul - Ghandruk ​

 

Awaken your senses with a morning yoga class and a delicious breakfast, setting the perfect tone for the day's adventure. From Pokhara, we have a short scenic drive to Nayapul, marking the starting point for our trek towards the picturesque village of Ghandruk.

 

Views of Fishtail, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli are painted in the horizon.

 

Our journey includes visiting the Gurung Museum in Ghandruk, offering insights into the rich local culture. As the day winds down, we'll find comfort in a traditional Nepalese tea house, providing a cute, clean, and comfortable stay. Tea houses will be our haven for the remainder of this trekking experience.

​ Walking time: 5 - 6 hours

Elevation: 1480m

Terrain: Stone staircase, steep inclines.

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Itinerary


POONHILL & CHITWAN 

POONHIL ITINERARY
Image by Himal Rana

DAY 4

Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani

 

Today's adventure, begins with an exhilarating climb to Ulleri at 2,070m. This is but a taste of the trek's grandeur. Journeying through oak and rhododendron forests, we might catch glimpses of langur monkeys and the rare musk deer.

 

Our path takes us to the charming stops of Banthanti and then Nangethanti. However, the day's highlight is Ghorepani at 2,840m. From this vantage point, the majestic Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, Nilgiri, and Hiunchuli peaks grace the horizon. Conclude the day in a warm guesthouse, reflecting on the challenges met and the beauty witnessed, and a very relaxed well deserved yin yoga class —a day of both endurance and wonder.

 

Walking Time: 7 - 8 invigorating hours

Elevation: 2100m

Terrain: Steps, steps, and more rewarding steps.

DAY 5

Ghorepani to Poon Hill's Majesty

 

Early birds, today's dawn holds a treasure for you. A brisk morning trek takes us to Poon Hill, and as you ascend, anticipate the grandeur that awaits. As the sun casts its first golden rays, the vast expanse of the Himalayas transforms into a mesmerizing tableau. The canvas unfurls: mountains awash in sunrise hues, demanding nothing less than "awe's" and countless snaps. This is nature's gallery at its finest!

 

The climax of our trek, this day starts with a spirited 45-minute hike to Poon Hill's vantage point. As the first blush of daylight graces the sky, you're treated to the celestial dance of sun rays painting the lofty Himalayan giants. The panorama is unparalleled - an ensemble of snow-capped marvels gleaming in the daybreak.

 

From our majestic perch atop Poon Hill, the horizon offers up its wonders: the imposing Mt. Dhaulagiri, majestic Mt. Annapurna I, the grandeur of Annapurna II and III, the distinguished Annapurna IV, the stately Mt. Nilgiri, and the formidable peaks of Annapurna South, Himchuli, Lamjung Himal, and the iconic fishtail silhouette of Machhapuchhre. Each peak, a testament to nature's grandeur and your adventurous spirit. Remember, moments like these? They're once in a lifetime. Cherish every second!

 

Walking Time: A breezy 2 hours

Elevation: 3210m

Terrain: Lush trails with a side of Himalayan magic.

DAY 6

Dive into Culture, Tadapani to Ghandruk

 

Kick-start your day with a hearty breakfast in Tadapani, setting the right tone for our journey ahead. Today’s destination? The captivating Gurung village of Ghandruk.

 

Our feet will tread for about 2-3 hours through a maze of dense forests, a medley of rhododendron, oak, and more. The gentle descent is therapeutic, with nature's whispers accompanying us. Upon reaching our lunch haven, we refuel and recharge, prepping for the cultural immersion ahead.

 

Post-lunch, it’s time to get lost in the charm of Ghandruk. Wander through its alleys, soak in the authenticity, and peek into the daily life of the locals. Cultural sightseeing is on the menu, and if luck’s on our side, the rhythmic beats of a cultural dance might just grace our day.

 

 

Trek Duration: 3-4 hours

Elevation: 1940m

Landscape: A serene descent through diverse forests.

DAY 7

Ghandruk's Echoes to Jhinu Danda's (Hot Springs)

 

Start your day with the flavors of Ghandruk, and as breakfast fills you with energy, prepare for a day dedicated to rejuvenation. Setting our compass towards Jhinu Danda's acclaimed hot springs, today's journey is not just about covering miles but about tuning into the symphony of one's inner being.

 

Imagine this: the weariness of your muscles meets the soothing embrace of nature's very own spa. These hot springs, set naturally into the river bank, become an oasis for trekkers. Let the warmth envelop you, let the murmurs of the river serenade you, and let the panoramic vista play a motion picture for your eyes.

 

For those looking to kick the thrill up a notch, take a chilly dive into the adjacent river, only to immediately sink back into the warmth of the springs. This hot-cold plunge is nature's version of spa therapy, rejuvenating every tired muscle fiber.

 

Nighttime finds us nestled in Jhinu Danda, where your dreams will dance to the echo of the tranquil bubbling of the springs. Another day, another chapter in our Himalayan adventure. Sleep tight, knowing tomorrow brings yet another tale.

 

Trek Duration: 5 hours

Elevation: 1780m

Landscape: An easy-paced walk, meandering through villages on well-trodden paths.

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DAY 8

Farewell Mountains, Hello Comforts of Pokhara

 

As dawn breaks on our eighth day, we'll lace up for the last stretch of our foot journey. With each step, as we descend towards Pokhara, reminisce the highs and lows, the sweat and the serenity, and the tales each mountain whispered.

 

After a light 2-3 hour walk, the rugged charm of the mountains will give way to the convenience of modern transport. A Jeep awaits to whisk you away on a smooth ride back to the heart of Pokhara.

 

By evening, find yourself unwinding at the plush Hotel. For those whose muscles yearn for some pampering, indulge in a rejuvenating spa session or a massage. Dive into the digital realm with free WiFi or make a splash in the outdoor pool, with Fewa Lake shimmering just a short stroll away.

 

 

Trek Duration: 2-3 hours

Elevation: 1400m

Terrain: A relaxed descent on clear paths, wrapping up our trekking chapter.

DAY 9

Rest day in Pokhara

 

Today is a perfect opportunity to unwind and indulge in some leisurely activities in Pokhara. Take the day to pamper yourself with a relaxing massage at the hotel or one of the local spas, followed by a leisurely stroll around town. Explore the charming streets filled with art, shops, delightful restaurants, and cozy bars. Treat yourself to some shopping, and enjoy local cuisine. Whether you're seeking relaxation or a bit of adventure, Pokhara has something for everyone to enjoy during this restful day.

 

 

Here are our top recommendations for your day in Pokhara:

First three required prior booking and include hotel pick-up.

 

1. Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride: Our number on recommendation! Is this mesmerising hot air balloon ride over Pokhara. Experience stillness over the breathtaking views of the majestic mountains as the sun rises. The cost is $130 USD

 

2. White Water Rafting: Feel the thrill of white-water rafting on the Trishuli River. Navigate through exhilarating rapids for an adrenaline-packed adventure. The cost is $55 USD per person.

 

3. Paragliding: Seeking even more adventure, try paragliding over Pokhara. Soar through the skies and marvel at the stunning landscapes below. The cost is $100 USD per person.

 

4. World Peace Pagoda: The World Peace Pagoda, offers a panoramic views of Pokhara and its surrounding mountains. Enjoy the tranquility of this sacred site, free of charge.

 

5. Phewa Lake canoe ride: take a leisurely stroll along the shores of Phewa Lake or hire a canoe and enjoy tranquil waters and the majestic mountains in the distance.

DAY 10

 

Pokhara to Chitwan

 

Kickstart the day with an invigorating yoga session, preparing both mind and body for the next leg of our adventure.

 

Today we have a 5 hour scenic bus ride to the captivating destination of Chitwan, where the wild awaits. Chitwan, where urban charm blends with the wild, the daily spectacle of rhinos strolling through city streets is both charming and extraordinary. This seamless coexistence adds a touch of wild charm to the urban landscape.

 

We arrive in the afternoon settle into our hotels and spend the afternoon bird watching.

This photo was taken from last years trip and this is how close you get to these beautiful creatures.

DAY 11

Chitwan jeep jungle safari and canoe ride

 

Begin your day with serenity in a morning yoga session, preparing both mind and body for the day's adventures. After yoga and breakfast, embark on a captivating jeep safari into the heart of Chitwan's lush jungle. Traverse through verdant landscapes, keeping an eye out for rhinos, tigers, elephants, and diverse wildlife.

 

We end the day with a Canoe ride down crocodile filled lakes, watch as they rest on the sand banks as you pass by. dont worry as long as you keep or your limbs in your will be fine :)

DAY 12

 

Chitwan to Kathmandu

 

Today, following a serene session of yoga and a hearty breakfast, we'll venture into the jungle on foot. Accompanied by a knowledgeable local guide, well-versed in the intricacies of the jungle, we'll explore hidden paths, spot rare birds, and witness wildlife in its natural habitat.

 

After our walking safari its time to say goodbye to Chitwan and head toward Kathmandu for our final night together. Time to celebrate.

DAY 13

Farewell

 

With a heart full of memories and a camera roll brimming with scenic snapshots, it's time for the final act. After a wholesome breakfast, preparations are made for your onward journey. Transfers to the Kathmandu International Airport ensure a smooth transition.

 

As you buckle up for your flight, our team waves you off with a warm "Phir milenge!" (See you again!). Your journey with us might have concluded, but the tales of this Nepalese adventure will echo in your heart for a lifetime. Safe travels and until our paths cross again!

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Itinerary


ABC BASE CAMP 

ABC ITINERARY

DAY 1

Welcome to Kathmandu

Upon arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, you'll receive a warm welcome and be swiftly transported to Kathmandu Guesthouse, conveniently located in Tumal. After settling in, you'll have free time to explore the vibrant city of Kathmandu, nestled at 1400 meters above sea level. The locals, known for their warm smiles and welcoming demeanor, add to the lively atmosphere. In the evening, we'll gather for a delicious local meal accompanied by cultural dances and live entertainment.

Here's our Day One recommendation:

1. Swayambhunath Monkey Temple: Itake in the spiritual ambiance of this iconic temple and enjoy breathtaking views of Kathmandu Valley. 2. Explore the bustling streets of Tumel: Enjoy shops, restaurants, and art galleries, soaking in the rich culture and vibrant energy of the area.

Feel free to utilize the WhatsApp group to connect with fellow travelers, share experiences, and plan activities together.

Walking Time: City stroll (just some laid-back exploration!)

Elevation: 1400m

Terrain: The rhythmic pulse of city life

 

 

DAY 2

Let the adventures begin - Kathmandu - Pokhara

Kickstart your day with tranquillity as you immerse yourself in our invigorating early morning yoga class followed by a mouthwatering breakfast. Afterwards, buckle up for a scenic bus transfer to the enchanting destination of Pokhara by comfortable air-conditioned (7-hour journey)

Upon arrival, you'll have the opportunity to settle into your accommodations and unwind. The afternoon is yours to explore Pokhara at your own pace. Feel free to roam around, grab a delicious dinner, and take in the sights and sounds of this charming city.

Make sure to rest up and prepare for the trek that awaits us tomorrow. Get a good night's sleep, as we'll begin on our adventure bright and early in the morning.

Walking time: explore Pokhara town (no trekking on this day)

Elevation: 822 m

Terrain: Pokhara town

DAY 3

The journey by foot begins - Nayapul - Ghandruk

 

​Awaken your senses with a morning yoga class and a delicious breakfast, setting the perfect tone for the day's adventure. From Pokhara, we have a short scenic drive to Nayapul, marking the starting point for our trek towards the picturesque village of Ghandruk.

 

Views of Fishtail, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli are painted in the horizon.

 

Our journey includes visiting the Gurung Museum in Ghandruk, offering insights into the rich local culture. As the day winds down, we'll find comfort in a traditional Nepalese tea house, providing a cute, clean, and comfortable stay. Tea houses will be our haven for the remainder of this trekking experience.

Walking time: 5 - 6 hours

Elevation: 1480m

Terrain: Stone staircase, steep inclines.

Image by Sebastian Pena Lambarri

DAY 4

Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani

 

Today's adventure, begins with an exhilarating climb to Ulleri at 2,070m. This is but a taste of the trek's grandeur. Journeying through oak and rhododendron forests, we might catch glimpses of langur monkeys and the rare musk deer.

 

Our path takes us to the charming stops of Banthanti and then Nangethanti. However, the day's highlight is Ghorepani at 2,840m. From this vantage point, the majestic Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, Nilgiri, and Hiunchuli peaks grace the horizon. Conclude the day in a warm guesthouse, reflecting on the challenges met and the beauty witnessed, and a very relaxed well deserved yin yoga class —a day of both endurance and wonder.

 

Walking Time: 7 - 8 invigorating hours

Elevation: 2100m

Terrain: Steps, steps, and more rewarding steps.

DAY 5

Ghorepani to Poon Hill's Majesty

 

Early birds, today's dawn holds a treasure for you. A brisk morning trek takes us to Poon Hill, and as you ascend, anticipate the grandeur that awaits. As the sun casts its first golden rays, the vast expanse of the Himalayas transforms into a mesmerizing tableau. The canvas unfurls: mountains awash in sunrise hues, demanding nothing less than awe and countless snaps. This is nature's gallery at its finest!

 

The climax of our trek, this day starts with a spirited 45-minute hike to Poon Hill's vantage point. As the first blush of daylight graces the sky, you're treated to the celestial dance of sun rays painting the lofty Himalayan giants. The panorama is unparalleled - an ensemble of snow-capped marvels gleaming in the daybreak.

 

From our majestic perch atop Poon Hill, the horizon offers up its wonders: the imposing Mt. Dhaulagiri, majestic Mt. Annapurna I, the grandeur of Annapurna II and III, the distinguished Annapurna IV, the stately Mt. Nilgiri, and the formidable peaks of Annapurna South, Himchuli, Lamjung Himal, and the iconic fishtail silhouette of Machhapuchhre. Each peak, a testament to nature's grandeur and your adventurous spirit. Remember, moments like these? They're once in a lifetime. Cherish every second!

 

Walking Time: A breezy 2 hours

Elevation: 3210m

Terrain: Lush trails with a side of Himalayan magic.

DAY 6

 Tadapani to Chhomrong 


Today we will delightfully descend along the path that leads to Chhomrong. Winding through heavenly dew-glazed bamboo forests and vibrant rhododendron bushes, the trail unveils breathtaking views of the Himalayan range that will captivate the mind & soothe the soul. We’ll wind down in another fairytale-like tea house to fill our bellies with local delights and assimilate the grand happenings from the previous days events.

 

Walking time: 4 - 5 hours

Elevation: 2170m

Terrain: Bamboo forest 

DAY 7

 

Chhomrong to trek to Himalaya 

With tummies & hearts full to the brim, our trek will commence from Chhomrong, leading us on a mesmerizing journey through diverse landscapes towards the almighty Himalaya. We'll traverse through some of the most beautiful & varying terrains to ultimately culminate in the serene ambiance of the Himalaya. Each step will unveil new vistas and experiences, promising an immersive and unforgettable trekking adventure.

Walking time: 6 - 7  hours

Elevation: 2150m

Terrain: Varying terrains

Image by Sylwia Bartyzel

DAY 8

Deurali to Machhapuchhare Base Camp

 

Today marks the beginning of our trek towards the breathtaking Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC). Our journey unfolds with a gentle ascent through a picturesque riverbed, paving the way for a steep climb along the mountainside. Enveloped by towering snow-capped peaks, the surroundings create a majestic spectacle.

 

As the sun graces the horizon, its warm rays illuminate the snow-clad mountains, casting a radiant glow on the entire river valley. The hike from Bagar to Machhapuchhre Base Camp presents a formidable challenge, but as the saying goes, "no reward without a challenge."

 

The tough terrain is a testament to the unparalleled beauty that awaits. The view from Machhapuchhre Base Camp, with the majestic Machhapuchhre in its full glory, is an experience that transcends challenges and makes the journey truly worthwhile. ​

 

Walking time: 4 hours

Elevation: 3700m

Terrain: Uphill, tough terrain

DAY 9

Machhapuchhare Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC)

 

As we ascend higher into the mountains from Machhapuchhre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp, the terrain undergoes a captivating transformation. The once lush vegetation gradually fades away, and the path widens, exposing us to the vastness of the towering peaks.

 

Embrace the sense of awe as the landscape opens up, allowing us to truly feel the grandeur of the mountains. The Annapurna Base Camp's conservation area unfolds before us, treating us to a dynamic 360-degree panorama. Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli, and an array of other majestic peaks paint the horizon.

 

As night falls, Annapurna Base Camp becomes our home, providing a sanctuary amid the mountainous embrace. Take this opportunity to gaze up at a night sky uninterrupted by city lights.

Walking time: 6 - 7 hours

Elevation: 4130m

Terrain: less vegetation, wide paths

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DAY 10

 

Annapurna  Base Camp - Bamboo 

What goes up must come down, today we say goodbye to the high point of the mountains from ABC we start our descent towards  Bamboo, passing a picturesque village along the way.
Overnight at Teahouse Lodge.

Altitude: 2310 m

Duration: 5 - 6 hours

Terrain: Down stone steps

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DAY 11

 

Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (Hot springs)

Down down down, past cascading waterfalls, through the woods, passing an experimental sheep farm and rich bamboo and rhododendron forest which frame the breathtaking mountain scenery,  towards Jhinu Danda where well-deserved reward awaits – a soothing bath in natural hot springs. After 10 days of walking you can just imagine how good it will feel to soak you muscles in mineral rich hot baths. 

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Altitude: 1760 m

Duration: 5 - 6 hours

Terrain: Down stone steps

DAY 12

 

Jhinu Danda to Nayapul to Pokhara

 

Post a refreshing session of yoga and breakfast, set out on a leisurely 3-hour hike towards the quaint Kyumi village. Here, immerse yourself in a long and relaxed lunch break, savouring the serene surroundings before continuing our journey to Nayapul.

 

As we reach Nayapul, the endpoint of our trek, take a moment to celebrate the triumph of this incredible hike. A 1-hour jeep ride awaits us back to Pokhara's vibrant city. Tonight you can treat yourself to a long hot shower and the hotel comforts. 

Attitude: 822 m

Duration: 3 hours

Terrain: Dirt road

 

 

DAY 13

 

Pokhara to Kathmandu

 

After a good night's rest, stretch yoga class and delicious breakfast its time to head back into the city. Today we have a short flight back to Kathmandu (45 min flight)

DAY 14

Farewell

 

With a heart full of memories and a camera roll brimming with scenic snapshots, it's time for the final act. After a wholesome breakfast, preparations are made for your onward journey. Transfers to the Kathmandu International Airport ensure a smooth transition.

 

As you buckle up for your flight, our team waves you off with a warm "Phir milenge!" (See you again!). Your journey with us might have concluded, but the tales of this Nepalese adventure will echo in your heart for a lifetime. Safe travels and until our paths cross again!

Image by Eugene Ga
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