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We have shown the itinerary on the basis of a complete holiday purely for illustrative purposes. Naturally as tailor-made Nepal holiday specialists we would be happy to discuss additional options, whether it be other activities, more/less sightseeing, alternative/upgraded accommodation etc dependent upon your interests, preferences and time available. We even tailor-make a suggested 'what to pack' list for you based upon your ultimately chosen Nepal tailor-made holiday too.
Day 1 - Arrive Kathmandu
Arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you'll be met and receive a private transfer for the short distance into central Kathmandu and to the "KGH" Hotel in the heart of the Thamel district. You'll be given a briefing on your forthcoming adventure, and in the evening can take dinner at your leisure in one of the many choices of cafes & restaurants in Kathmandu, although the open air courtyard cafe of the KGH Hotel is as good as anywhere,
Day 2 - Fly to Pokhara & Trek to Dhampus/Pothana
A private transfer back to the airport for the 25min flight to Pokhara. From Pokhara it's a very short private vehilce transfer to the start of the trail at Phedi and to commence your trek to Annapurna Base Camp. It's very much an uphill sort of a day as you ascend a long flight of stone steps and into hill village Nepal. Things ease off eventually and become more moderate as you walk to the village of Dhampus (1650m). The distance is a deceiving 3.5km with around 710m of ascent and just over 160m descent. The walking time is usually around 3-4hrs, but you may choose to take longer to ease yourself in.
Accommodation: Trekkers Lodge, Dhampus/Pothana
Day 3 - Trek to Landruk
Breaks in the dense rhododendron forests reveal tantalising glimpses of snow covered peaks, but all is revealed as you walk up to the Deorali Pass, reaching here in 2-3hrs. The trail then descends steeply passing Tolka and eases as you contour to Landruk (1620m) and lose the remaining height without hardly noticing. Walking distance is about 16km with almost 1000m of ascent and 1080m descent over 5-6hrs of walking.
Accommodation: Trekkers Lodge, Landruk
Day 4 - Trek to Chhomrong
A case of down and then up as you descend to the river valley floor and cross the Modi Khola via a bridge to then ascend up the other side of the valley to Chhomrong (2210m). Here you'll get some better views of Macchapuchhre (Fishtail). Walking distance is about 9km but with 1200m of ascent and 650m of descent it takes around 6hrs walking.
Accommodation: Trekkers Lodge, Chhomrong
Day 5 - Trek to 'Bamboo'
The day starts by descending down a stone-stepped trail, and then annoyingly you have to ascend up through forests and to emerge at Sinuwa Hill. Thankfully there are some great views of the Annapurnas and Fishtail to make it worthwhile. The trail then mostly contours the hill side before dropping down to 'Bamboo' (2315m). Not really a village as such, a collection of trekking lodges. Walking distance is about 8km with 850m of ascent and 785m of descent and takes around 5hrs to walk.
Accommodation: Trekkers Lodge, Bamboo
Day 6 - Trek to Deorali
A different Deorali to that of previous. You continue to trek up the Modi Khola Valley and about 90 minutes beyond Dovan the trail can sometimes vary as this bit is prone to avalanches and so the detours required are always uncertain. Passing the Hinko Cave, it's then a continual rise to walk to Deorali (3170m). Walking distance is almost 12.5km with a stiff 1000m of ascent and 190m descent, taking around 5-6hrs to walk.
Accommodation: Trekkers Lodge, Deorali
Day 7 - Trek to Machhapucchare Base Camp (MBC)
There's no hurry today and after the past few days a later start may be welcomed as in comparison to previous days the walk today is much shorter. You're also heading above 3000m and it is usually around this mark that the effects of altitude can be felt. So, go slowly as you ascend up and up and pass through the narrow 'gateway' in to the Sanctuary. From here things open out scenery wise. It's around 3hrs walking and 3.5km distance to reach the collection of lodges that form MBC (3700m), and afer 620m ascent and with minimal descent you'll be glad that the rest of the day can be at rest.
Accommodation: Trekkers Lodge, MBC
Day 8 - Trek to the Annapurna Sanctuary
The 'prize' for your efforts as you now head up and up, sometimes quite steeply. There's always the possibility of having to walk up through snow. One final steep section and 'bingo!', the mountain amphitheatre of the Sanctuary is your reward for todays struggles. The distance is just 3.5km and involves about 550m of ascent, with just over 100m descent. It takes around 3-4hrs walking. Overnight at 4130m.
Accommodation: Trekkers Lodge, Annapurna Sanctuary
Day 9 - Down to Dobhan
Virtually downhill all day today. Your legs will certainly know all about it as you descend steeply for much of the way to Dobhan (2540m) and it'll likely also start to feel warm once more. Walking distance is 13.5km with 1710m descent and just over 100m ascent. Around 5-6hrs walking.
Accommodation: Trekkers Lodge, Dobhan
Day 10 - To Chhomrong again
Into the forest once more, past Bamboo and Sinuwa Hill Top and then a descent to the Chhomrong Khola. A sting in the tail as you then have to ascend to Chhomrong itself. Walking distance is almost 14.5km with 430m ascent and 710m descent over 5hrs.
Accommodation: Trekkers Lodge, Chhomrong
Day 11 - To the roadhead and transfer to Pokhara
“Down and Out”. It’s an initial short ascent from Chommrong before descending sharply to Jhinu. The walking then becomes mostly downhill with the odd short bit of uphill as you walk past villages and cultivated terraces to reach a 4WD track in the lower Modi Khola at Syauli Bhatti . Here you’ll transfer to Pokhara (approx. 2-3hrs) by private vehicle, perhaps arriving late afternoon. Walking time is around 5 hours with around 300m ascent and 1260m descent.
Day 12 - Fly to Kathmandu
A private transfer to Pokhara Airport for the short flight back to Kathmandu. A private transfer will take you from the airport back to the KGH Hotel.
Day 13 - Depart Nepal
A private transfer will take you to the airport for your return international flight.
Of course there's no reason to depart today, your Nepal holiday can be readily tailor-made.
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