|Group Size||2-16 persons||Duration||14 Days|
|Max Altitude||4130 meters||Difficulty Level||C- Streneous|
|Places||Kathmandu , Pokhara , Bamboo , Annapurna Base Camp , Jhinu Danda , Ghorepani , Boudha , Nayapul , Birethanti , Machhapuchhre Base Camp , Chomrong , Pokhara Airport|
|Activities||Trekking , Walking|
|Trip Style||Challenging , Trekking in Nepal , Trekking , National Park|
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Fly/drive to Pokhara and Nayapul and walk to Birethanti
We leave early and drive/fly westwards to Pokhara. This town is set ina beautiful valley and is overlooked by Machhapuchhare, one of the most distinctive of the Himalayan peaks. We continue through Pokhara to Naya Pul and from there have a 30-minute walk to the village of Birethanthi, where we stay overnight. Birethanthi is a riverside village at the confluence of the Modi Khola and the Burungdi Khola. If there is time we can bathe in the clear but cold pools of the Burungdi Khola.
Trek to Ulleri
We start our trek by following the Burungdi Khola upstream. After launch stop in Tirkhedunga (renowned for its variety of local beer called change) we start the long steep climb up a stone staircase through then early terraced hillsides to the top of Ulleri (2,073m).
Trek to Ghorepani
Places Visited: Ghorepani
Winding out of Ulleri the trail now enters rhododendron forests. Inspiring the forest is a blaze of color. Trains of mules provide colorful and noisy interludes to the continuous ascent today. Carrying rice and other supplies north to the kingdom of Mustang the trail resounds with the sound of their bells. Finally, we emerge from the forests at Ghorepani (2855m) and suddenly a splendid mountain vista appears before us - Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhare, Lamjung, and other Himalayan giants.
Trek to Chuili
This morning there is an optional ascent of Poon Hill (about anhour's walk above Ghorepani) to see the spectacular sunrise over theDhaulagiri and Annapurna Himals. As the sun emerges from behindthe mountains the sky glows red and pink in the first rays of the sunand the panorama is surely one of the world's great mountain vistas.Best seen at dawn, the climb is well worth the effort. After breakfast we head east, following a ridge to cross a pass at 3,193m. We pass through more open country then descend again through jungle to afew lodges in a clearing called Banthanti at 2,620m. Climbing back to2,745m, we reach another small pass at Tadapani where we have asuperb view of Annapurna South and the peak of Machhapuchhare.From here we descend for a short while to our lodge at Chuili, wherewe have great views of the mountains from the lovely garden.
Trek to Chomrong
Places Visited: Chomrong
he trail descends through the forest to the Kyumnu Khola, a tributary the Modi Khola. From here a steep ascent brings us to Chomrong, at 2,170m, another Gurung village and the last permanent settlement the valley. Beyond here we shall see years, the shelters used by herdsmen in the summer months. From Chomrong we have good views again of Annapurna South and from this point onwards the twin-peaked mountain Machhapuchhare ('fishtail') which gives the mountain its name.
Trek to Dovan
The trail from Chomrong descends first on a stone staircase to cross the Chomrong Khola and then climbs out of this side valley to reenter the main Modi Khola Valley. We pass through jungle of oak, hemlock and rhododendron trees to Kuldi Ghar (2540m), previously
the site of a sheep breeding project. Beyond here our route undulates through dense bamboo thickets. These are cut extensively to make'dokos' - the carrying baskets as used by our porters - and woven mats for floors and roofing. We climb up through the bamboo and then through forests of rhododendrons. In early spring we may encounter snow on the trail from this point onwards. At 2505m we reach Dovan,a clearing in the forest where there are several teahouses.
Trek to Machhapuchhare Base Camp
Places Visited: Machhapuchhre Base Camp
We continue up through the forest, passing the lodges at Himalaya Hotel and then further on past Hinko Cave, where the first expeditions to the Base Camp used to camp. Crossing a ravine theTrail climbs steeply among boulders, leaving the trees behind us.The valley broadens out and the scenery becomes wilder as we approach the gates of the sanctuary. Passing between the heights of Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhare, we reach Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3,700m), where we spend the night. The views are stupendous and the panorama includes Huinchuli, Annapurna 1, Annapurna 3, Gangapurna and Machhapuchhare.
Trek to Annapurna Base Camp
Places Visited: Annapurna Base Camp
In the early morning we walk for 2 hours up to Annapurna Base Camp surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of some of the highest mountains in the world. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna Fang, Annapurna 1 and 3, Gangapurna and Machhapuchhare.
Encircle us with unbroken soaring ramparts but for the route by which we entered. The sunset and sunrise are truly magnificent in this mountain arena. We spend the day in this special place with a chance to watch the sun rise the following morning. There should be time to make an excursion to the ridge overlooking the base camp from which Chris Bonington led the ascent of Annapurna's South Face. (Occasionally there is too much snow to stay at Annapurna Base Camp. In this case we would walk back down to Machhapuchhare Base Camp in the late afternoon.
Descend to Bamboo
Places Visited: Bamboo
We leave the Sanctuary today descending past Hinko, through the rhododendron jungle and bamboo thickets to Bamboo Lodge.
Trek to Jhinnundanda
Places Visited: Jhinu Danda
We return down the Modi Khola Valley, leaving it to cross the Chomrong Khola. We are back in inhabited country again as we climb the stone steps back up to Chomrong. We then descend very steeply on stone steps through terraces to Jhinnudanda.
Drive from Nayapul to Pokhara
Fly to Kathmandu from Pokhara
Places Visited: Kathmandu
After breakfast. We will transfer to the airport for the flight back.
International airport arrival and departutre transfers
All ground transportation as per the itinerary
One night' Pokhara hotel accommodation at 3-star hotel on bed twin (double room) sharing and breakfast basis.
Annapurna Conservation Area Permit fee
Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS)
First aid Kit
Personal medical insurance.
Personal trekking gear.
Nepal Visa Fee.
Personal Nature Expenses
Emergency rescue evacuation if needed.
The services not mentioned in “cost Includes
All the lunches and dinners in Kathmandu Pokhara and on trek days
International air ticket and airport tax
Comfortable Hiking Shoes
Close up mountain view like no other.
An unparalleled mountain adventures.
Be surrounded by 7000m - 8000m peaks.
Footloose in the Himalaya arranged everything for us from the moment we touched down in Kathmandu. All logistics were very well organised which was a real achievement given the fuel crisis during our visit. We also made changes to our itinerary which they accommodated very well. Our Sherpa team were very friendly, hard working and good humoured. I'd have no hesitation recommending Footloose and plan to take another trip with them in the future.View Complete Review