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Annapurna Base Camp and Muktinath Trekking

Annapurna base camp trekking

Annapurna base camp and Muktinath trek is a medium level trek. This trek requires a good experience of walking and a good physical condition. It covers views of the Machhapuchare, Annapurnas, Daulagiri, Nilgiri and other beautiful mountains. The trail passes through different ethnic villages, forests, and cultivated land. It holds scenic charming during the trek. Rhododendron is the national flower of Nepal, which is blooming in March-April.

This route steps ascending up to 4130m at Annapurna Base Camp and descends same way to Chomrong village then ascends to Ghorepani poon hill it is best view point of whole Annapurna region where you can enjoy nice view of sunrise and descends until Tatopani (Natural hot spring) The trek continues follow Kali Gandaki valley till Pilgrimage town of Muktinath. You can fly back from Jomsom or walk back to Pokhara.

Permit for Annapurna base camp & Muktinath trekking only apply to have Annapurna conservation area project (ACAP) entry permit it cost RS 2000 per person and Trekkers’ information management system (TIMS).

ITINERARY:

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing to Swayambhunath, Kathmandu and Patan
Day 03: Drive or flight to Pokhara (850m)
Day 04: Drive to Dhampus Phedi then trek to Tolkha (1700m)
Day 05: Trek to Chhomrong (2170m)
Day 06: Trek to Dovan (2600m)
Day 07: Trek to Machhapuchhre Base camp (3700m)
Day 08: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m)
Day 09: Trek to Dovan (2600m)
Day 10: Trek to Chhomrong (2170m)
Day 11: Trek to Tadapani (2610m)
Day 12: Trek to Ghorepani (2855m)
Day 13: Visit Poon Hill (3210m) then trek to Tatopani (1190m)
Day 14: Trek to Ghasa (2010m)
Day 15: Trek to Tukuche (2590m)
Day 16: Trek to Kagbeni (2800m)
Day 17: Trek to Muktinath (3800m)
Day 18: Trek to Jomsom (2713m)
Day 19: Flight to Pokhara (850m)
Day 20: Drive to Kathmandu (1350m)
Day 21: Sightseeing to Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Bhaktapur
Day 22: Leisure day in Kathmandu
Day 23: Depart Kathmandu


Destination: Nepal
Trekking Region: Annapurna
Trek Start Point:  Dhampus Phedi
Trek End Point: Jomsom
Trekking Accommodation:  Teahouse / Camping
Trekking Grade: Medium
Best Season:  March - June / September-November
Max Elevation: 4130m
Duration: 23 Days

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
After you arrive in Kathmandu airport please check our company board outside the main gate there will be our airport representative you will meet with him and he will transferred to hotel by private vehicle and our representative will help you to check-in your hotel after that if time enough, representative will take you to our office for short briefing about the trip but if not enough time then give a short trip brief in hotel and request to pay the due balance for the trip. Overnight at Hotel

Day 02: Sightseeing to Swayambhunath, Kathmandu and Patan

After breakfast, tour guide will take to you for full day sightseeing in historical monuments sightseeing places including swayambhunath known as monkey temple, Kathmandu durbar square & Patan durbar square then drive back to Hotel. Overnight at hotel

Day 03- Drive to Pokhara (850m)

Trekking staff will arrive at your hotel at 6:30 am to pick you up to tourist bus station for journey to Pokhara. Normally bus leave at 7:00 am from Kantipath and it takes about 7 hours from Kathmandu. Today, you can take a breakfast in your hotel that you order earlier night or request to manage packing breakfast that you eat in bus journey because on the way we are not stopping for breakfast as well not available good breakfast but we stop for a lunch so try to eat Nepalese food (Dal Bhat). Afternoon you arrive in Pokhara then check in your hotel and refresh and look around lakeside. Pokhara is a beautiful valley, with panoramic views of Annapurna, Machapuchare (shape of fish tail) in the north, Dhaulagiri in the west, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu in the east. The town of Pokhara is set on the banks of the Phewa Lake. It is smaller and much less hectic than Kathmandu providing the perfect starting point for our trek. Overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Pokhara drive to Dhampus Phedi then trek to Tolkha (1700m)
Today, we will take private vehicle to drive Dhampus phedi from where your trekking is begins. First parts of trekking you have to climb uphill to Dhampus village after that little easy up hill to Pothana (1900m) then continue trek up hill to Deurali (2100m). On this trail you are enjoying with panoramic view and different forests with beautiful birds. After Deurali you will descends to Bhichok suspension bridge and slightly flat trail to reach at Tolkha (1700m). Overnight at teahouse

Day 05: Tolkha trek to Chhomrong (2170m)
Today, easy walk to Landruk village (1545m) a pretty big village inhabited by mixed community of Gurung, Magar and Brahmin. There is one trail lead you to Ghandruk but we are follow the trail for Chhomrong just little down and flat walk till the suspension bridge in Modi Khola and cross the bridge  then climb uphill to Himalpani (1340m) continue trek  till arrive another bridge at Kimrong Khola and cross the bridge then steep climb to Jhinu Danda (1780m).  Here is natural hot spring just 15 minutes walking distance from Jhinu Danda. If you are interested to go hot spring please just consult with your guide. After rest in Jhinu Danda then steep climb uphill to Chhomrong (2170m) it is little hard but it gives real adventures. Overnight at teahouse

 

Day 06: Trek to Dovan (2600m)
Today the trail drops down to the Chhomrong Khola and again we continue climbing to Khuldighar at 2380meters where there used to be an ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area) Check post. There is a clearing in the forest a little further on, from which, the route travels very steeply down a rock bank then levels out, running through thickets of bamboo at the bottom of the gorge, keeping always on the west side of the river. Overnight at teahouse

Day 07: Trek to Machhapuchhre Base camp (3700m)

The trail continues for about 2 hrs. from here, the route winds up steeply to a bank of rock and then levels out, running through thickets of Bamboo at the bottom of the gorge keeping always on the west side of the river. It then reaches the small shrine at Panchen Barah and from here the trail climbs to Himalaya Hotel it's about an hour walk, first on a rocky trail through forests then up a steep ravine, to Hinko at 2,960m. The trail crosses a ravine & a major avalanche track just beyond Hinko, then climbs through large boulders. About half an hour beyond Hinko we reach Deurali at 3,000m. As the trail continues into the sanctuary, it crosses two wide avalanche tracks on a narrow trail that huddles up against the cliffs. The trail then descends to meet the Modi Khola & follows the river to Bagar. From Bagar we climb across more avalanche paths cross a moraine & a stream, and then climb towards an area known as Machhapchhre Base Camp at 3700m. One can have panoramic views of Hiunchuli, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, and Gangapurna & Machhapuchhre (6,997m). Overnight at teahouse 

 

Day 08:  Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m)
On the way to Annapurna base Camp (ABC) from Machhapuchhre base Camp (MBC), the vegetation disappears. We'll see the snow boulders melting and forming small streams. The path widens as we enter the sanctuary, follows a stream, and then climbs to a few huts alongside a moraine. There are sensational views of the near-vertical south face of Annapurna towering above the sanctuary. Annapurna Base Camp sanctuary boasts of a dynamic view without anything impeding panorama of the 360 degrees. Savor the mesmerizing views of the Machhapuchre, Annapurna south, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli and other peaks. Climax of our trip almost ends today. Overnight at teahouse

Day 09:   ABC Trek to Dovan (2600m)
Get up in the early morning and savor the magnificent sunrise over the Himalayas from Annapurna base camp. After taking breakfast, we start descending from Annapurna base camp to Bamboo back through Machhapuchre base camp, Deurali, Himalayan Hotel and finally reach at Dovan (2600m). Heading back down to the valley is much easier than climbing up. You will see the waterfalls that drop down from a high point to the rocks below. We pass through the forests with great views of Fishtail and Hiunchuli mountains. Overnight at teahouse.

Day 10: Dovan trek to Chhomrong (2170m)
The path is descent up to Bamboo passing through forests with varieties of rhododendron, oaks and bamboo plants. After Bamboo, the trail goes steeply up to the Kuldi Ghar and now the trail is quite flat until you reach Sinuwa. You trek gradually descend to the Chhomrong Khola there is suspension bridge that you have to cross then you have to ascends through stone staircase for almost an hour to reach Higher Chhomrong village (2170m) Overnight at teahouse

 

Day 11: Chhomrong trek to Tadapani (2610m)
First part of trekking you will walk on slightly flat then descend to suspension bridge at Kimrong Khola  that you have to cross and ascend to Tadapani (2610m). You will cross some Gurung villages and landslide. This place is surrounding by rhododendrons forest so you will have an opportunity to see lounger monkey and different birds.  You will see fabulous views of fishtail, Gangapurna, Hiunchuli, Annapurna south.  After you reach at Tadapani sure you feel you are in heaven because all teahouses are in hilltop with beautiful jungle and closed up view of Himalayas. Overnight at teahouse

 

Day 12: Tadapani trek to Ghorepani (2855m)
The trial descends through rhododendron forest to stream then you have to steep climb uphill to Deurali (2960m) through the Banthanti.  The trail leads in Jungle with beautiful different forests specially rhododendrons and oaks. After you arrive in Deurali you will have opportunity to visit Gurung Hill, it gives the same view as Poon Hill. From Deurali where you will see fabulous view of Himalayas including Mt. Dhaulagiri and Tukuche peak etc. After Deurali the trail descends to Ghorepani (2,855m). Overnight at teahouse

Day 13: Visit Poon Hill (3210m) then trek to Tatopani (1190m)

Today, early in the morning, we start an hour hiking to Poon Hill (3210m), a brilliant spectacle; this vantage point provides an unobstructed view of sunrise over the high Himalayas including Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak, Dhampus peak, Nilgiri, Annapurna south, Hiunchuli Peak, Machapuchare, Lamjung Himal etc. After enjoying the views then returning to Ghorepani we take a breakfast at teahouse then descends to till Kali Gandaki River to go for Tatopani (1190m) though Chitre (2420m) Phalate (2390m), Shikha and Ghara.  After cross the bridge in Kali Gandaki than flat walk and some ascend then you reach at Tatopani (1190m). You can enjoy the hot spring at Tatopani known as natural hot spring situated at the bank of the Kali Gandaki River. It is popularly believed that taking bath in Hot Spring helps you to get rid of skin diseases. Overnight at teahouse.

 

Day 14: Tatopani trek to Ghasa (2010m)
The trail ascends gently up the Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world, towards the village of Dana, which is surrounded by orange groves. From autumn to winter, baskets of these oranges are offered for sale to passing travelers. Just beyond the small hamlet of Rupse Chhahara (Rupse waterfall), a thundering waterfall cascades down beside the trail. From here, the trail enters the steepest and narrowest section of the gorge, but the layered stone path is well-constructed and wide. When the rock cliffs end, we descend to the river before making the short climb back up to Ghasa. This is the first Thakali village we come across and the houses here are all built in the flat-roofed Tibetan style. Overnight at teahouse


Day 15: Ghasa trek to Tukuche (2590m)
The trek ascends crossing the wide valley of Kali Gandaki through  the enjoying the mighty Rhododendron trees and many ethnic villages with a sparse population of Gurung, Thakali and few Tibetans. On the way to Tukuche we trek along the banks of Kali Gandaki River passing through Lete (2480m), kalapani (2530m), Kokhethanti (2545m), Larjung (2550m), Kobang (2560m) and finally you reach at Tukuche (2590m). It is popular apples garden village and you enjoy here with Tukuche brandy. Overnight teahouse

Day 16: Tukuche trek to Kagbeni (2800m)
You continue to follow the wide valley of the Kali Gandaki, passing through Marpha, is a delightful Thakali village, complete with a drainage system beneath the flagstone streets. Its narrow alleys and passageways provide welcome shelter from the strong winds of the Kali Gandaki Gorge and Marpha is particularly well known for its apples, apple cider and apple, apricot and peach rakshi (wine) and continue easy trek to Jomsom then your trek to Kagbeni trail still follow along the bank of Kali Gandaki River. En- route, you pass through arid part of Kali Gandaki River with beautiful Ekle Bhatti. Kagbeni people are influence with more Tibetan and also Kagbeni is gateway for Upper Mustang and Damodar Kunda trekking. After reaching at Kagbeni (2800m) there is oldest monastery so better to visit this monastery and look around Kagbeni village. Overnight at teahouse.

Day 17:  Kagbeni trek to Muktinath (3800m)
The Trail steeply ascends for couple of hundred meters. While gradually walking you can enjoy beautiful deserted landscape, caves, old Tibetan Style villages, apple garden, yaks herds, sheep herds and so on. You can look at Thorong La valley straight up to the Muktinath. You can take a small rest or take a break for delicious lunch at Jharkot and visit Monastery believed to be built in 15 century. Now you head towards Muktinath following steep ascent path about half an hour. Muktinath temple is situated in 3800m but you are staying little down where available teahouse facilities so you can visit the temple and monastery as your suitable time but pilgrimages are going there in morning time. It takes about 15 minutes walk to reach at Muktinath temple from your teahouse / hotel, where you can enjoy a holy bath of 108 taps. You can see splendid view of Dhaulagiri (8165m), Nilgiri (7061m.) and others from Muktinath and people of Kagbeni, Jharkot and Muktinath are close to the life style, culture, religion and idea of Tibetan people. Overnight at teahouse

Day 18:  Muktinath trek to Jomsom (2713m)
Today, trek is begin with the descent down hill to dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge, initially through arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet. After passing through Jharkot (3500m) and Khingar (3280m), villages with typical Tibetan architecture, you follow the valley floor most of the way to Jomsom (2713m) through Ekle Bhatti (2740m) which is sprawled along both banks of the Kali Gandaki .From here there are fine views of the Nilgiri peaks. overnight at teahouse

Day 19:  Jomsom Flight to Pokhara (850m)

Today, you will take the early morning flight which again will give close-up views of the Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Annapurna range and  you are flying about 25 minutes flight in a small aircraft. After arrival in Pokhara airport drive to hotel check-in your hotel and relax or do your own activities in Pokhara or look around lakeside. Overnight at hote

Day 20: Drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus

It takes about seven hours, while driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli,, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where the Nepal's first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. En route, you could enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to capital city. You can also fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu which takes about 25 minutes. Overnight Hotel

 

Day 21: Sightseeing to Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Bhaktapur
After breakfast, tour guide will take to you for full day sightseeing in historical monuments sightseeing places including Boudhanath (biggest Buddhist stupa), Pashupatinath temple (A biggest Hindu temple) & Bhaktapur durbar square then drive back to Hotel.

Day 22: Leisure day in Kathmandu

Today, you have leisure day for relax or shopping in Kathmandu so you can do your own activities by yourself or consult with company to arrange extra activities. Overnight at hotel

 

Day 23: Depart Kathmandu
After breakfast, End of our services with departure transfer to the Kathmandu airport to board flight for your onward destination

PRICE INCLUDES :-

  • Airport pick up & airport drop by private transportation
  • Twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast (Tourist standard hotel)
  • Historical monuments cities sightseeing with tour guide
  • Sightseeing transportation by Non A/C comfortable vehicle
  • Sightseeing entrance fees for historical cities sightseeing
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara & Pokhara to Kathmandu overland transportation by tourist bus
  • Twin sharing accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast (Tourist standard hotel)
  • Twin sharing trekking accommodation in normal Trekkers lodge / Teahouse
  • Jomsom to Pokhara air tickets and airport for guide and members
  • Domestic airport to hotel transfer and porter expenses to take Jomsom from Kathmandu
  • Three time meal during the trekking Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Desert /fruit after having diner as company provide
  • Government license holder trekking guide /leader for the team
  • One porter who will carry your luggage during the trekking (Two tourist get one porter)
  • Annapurna Conservation area project entry fee
  • Trekker’s Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • Insurance for Nepalese staff (Trekking guide and Porters)
  • Pokhara to Dhampus Phedi transportation by car/van/bus depend on group size
  • Nepal Government tax and Office service charge



PRICE EXCLUDES :-

  • Lunch & Dinner during the stay in Kathmandu
  • International or domestic air tickets & airport taxes -Except Jomsom to Pokhara
  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 25 (duration 15 days ) and US$ 40 (duration 30 days )
  • Personal trekking equipment s & Clothing
  • Wire Transfer charge or Credit card service charge as company rule
  • Alcoholic beverages, laundry, Telephone calls & all type of hot drinks
  • Soft drinks such as cola, mineral water etc
  • Personal nature expenses & Tipping (Tips)
  • High risk medical / travel insurance & First aid kit
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (if needed)
  • Any other things not mentioned

The price will be depending on service quality that you are going to use accommodation (Deluxe, Standard & Budget) in cities and entire the trekking either way normal teahouse or best available or Camping (Fully tented camp) so better to mention us what you are expecting? PLease click here to request the price.

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