There are few treks that combine so many different landscapes and brings you so close to the base of 7,000 and 8,000-meter peaks in such a short period of time as the Annapurna Base Camp Trek (ABC). ABC helicopter trekking, one way walking all the way to ABC and helicopter fly back to Pokhara provides you to close up Annapurna Himalaya view of world biggest mountains including beautiful Himalayan villages. You will be trekking alongside the terraced rice paddies, lush Rhododendron forests and majestic view of Annapurna Range most of the times. Annapurna Base Camp at 4130m is unique and incredibly spectacular, from where you can view majestic peaks of Annapurna Himal, Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna ll, Ganagapurna, Annapurna III, Machhapuchhre arranged in a circle surrounding you.
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, Great Nepal Representative will pick you up from the airport. You will then be transferred to Hotel nearby Thamel as per your request or similar category hotel. The tour leader attends a formal briefing about your package. We can either visit Great Nepal’s office or take rest at our hotel room. Overnight at Hotel.
Kathmandu Durbar Square: This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples like Hanuman Dhoka Palace, Kumari Ghar (Abode of the Living Goddess), Taleju Temple, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla Kings of Kathmandu. An intriguing piece here is the 17h -century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. The Durbar Square, protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. Swoyambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple): The Great Stupa of Swayambhu stands on a hill to the west of Kathmandu. Its name means "The Self-created, Self-existent Buddha". The myth of its origin is also the myth of the primordial Buddha's enlightenment; it is the story of the origin and spread of Buddhism in Nepal and the origin myth of the Valley. This most sacred power place has always been the most important power place for Valley Buddhists and for pilgrims of all Buddhist persuasions from all over the world. It is considered to be the most powerful shrine in the Himalayas. At the top of the eastern stairway is the great Vajra set upon a drum that has the DharmaDhatu Mandala inscribed upon its gilt copper top. It is said that this drum covered a well that reflected images of the beloved dead with such flattery that wives and husbands would throw themselves in and drown. Another story has it that the Mandala covers a pit to the hells and the realms of the hungry ghosts. Patan City (City of Fine Arts): Patan City is full of Buddhist monuments and Hindu temples with fine bronze gateways, Guardian Deities and wonderful carvings. Krishna Mandir, which is one of the grandeur of the square, was built in 1637 by the king Siddhi Narsingh Malla. The entire temple is constructed from the stone. Noted for its craftsmen and metal workers, it is known as the city of fine arts or city of artists. The diversity of the Medieval culture that allowed both Hinduism and Buddhism to flourish has left a rich legacy of impressive sightseeing in this city for today's visitors. Krishna Mandir, Bhimsen Temple, Hiranya Varna Maha Bihar are just a few among the temples offering you an ecstasy of paintings, wood and metal carvings. Overnight at hotel.
Early in the morning after breakfast drive to Pokhara. Upon arrival at Pokhara, you move to hotel for check in process. Visit Fewa Lake for boating and visit Tal Barahi Temple on own in the evening. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, we drive to Nayapul (1 hour) which is the starting point for our trek. This is a relatively easy day of hiking as we follow the bank of the Modi Khola (river) passing through picturesque farmland and rice terraces. Dinner & Overnight at a teahouse in Tikedhunga.
Fuel yourself up very well with this span morning because today you will begin the real trekking. The day starts with a steep climb to Ulleri, ascending a steep stone staircase which has about 3300 steps and these first two hours will be challenging. Later, the path becomes more level although slightly uphill. Along the trail you will experience beautiful views, rhododendron forest, flora and fauna and the scenic hillside. Dinner & Overnight at a teahouse in Ghorepani.
Today we start with a predawn hike to Poon Hill (3245m). It is a steep climb up stairs that takes about 1 hour. From here we will watch the sunrise from this stunning viewpoint where we can see both the Annapurna Range and the Dhaulagiri Range with uninterrupted views. In spring the hillside of the surrounding areas is a stunning palette of red rhododendrons that blanket the hillside. This photogenic location is one of the highlights of this trek. After breakfast we continue on with a fairly easy walk to Tadapani through dense forest alive with greenery and wildlife. Dinner & Overnight at a teahouse in Tadapani.
From Tadapani to Chomrong, it is a steep descent through the dense forest to a beautiful village located in the lap of Annapurna. On the way, we follow the west bank of Modikhola (river) before arriving at Chomrong that is located below the towering peaks of Annapurna south and Machhapuchre (fishtail). Dinner & Overnight at a teahouse in Chomrong.
The day starts with an easy walk through forest and a climb up to Dovan before descending through the valley to Bamboo. The challenge for the day is that you will be climbing uphill after the initial descent from Chomrong to reach ChomrongKhola. After this it is a steep climb to Khuldighar (2380 m. / 7808 ft.). Although the path itself is fairly easy, the continual rise in altitude makes this day fairly challenging. Dinner & Overnight at a teahouse in Bamboo.
Today the trail climbs up through the valley to get to the Machhapuchhare Base Camp. It is a walk with gradual altitude gains up the valley. As you emerge from the valley to MBC the vista opens up and you are greeted with the stunning panorama of mountains in the Annapurna Sanctuary. On the trail to Annapurna Base Camp from Machhapuchhre Base Camp the vegetation disappears as we walk through grassland and boulders along the small streams into the sanctuary. As the path widens you will see the 360 degree panoramic view of the surrounding mountains. The Annapurna Sanctuary boasts stunning close up views of Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna and other peaks. Annapurna Base Camp being the epicenter of the sanctuary. It is a very easy gradual incline today made only slightly harder by the moderate altitude. Dinner & Overnight at a teahouse in ABC.
We will view the stunning sunrise and the scenic mountain panorama of Annapurna I 8,091m, Annapurna South 7,219m, Gangapurna 7,455m and Annapurna III 7,555m from Annapurna Base Camp. Capture these wonderful moments in the camera to step back to the memories of ABC. Later we will return to Kathmandu with a fascinating scenic Helicopter fly arranged by Great Nepal Treks and Expedition. It is an opportunity to watch the stunning mountains and high landscape with a close range that makes you feel WOW and perfect ending memory of your trip. After you land at Kathmandu Airport, you will be given free time to enjoy and complete your last minute shopping. Later in the evening, a farewell dinner will be served in a Traditional Nepali Restaurant where you will be able to enjoy authentic cuisine with a brief cultural program as a celebration of your completed trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Sadly your most memorable journey ends today. A Great Nepal representative will escort you to the airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you have plenty of time to think about your recent adventure and to plan your next wonderful adventure in Nepal.