Mountain views that leave you spellbound
The Annapurna range whets your appetite for mountain views right from Pokhara. This is even before you start the trek. At Ghandruk, you get distinct views of Machapuchare, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. Views of different peaks of the Annapurna massif and Machapuchare stay with you all the way till Sinuwa. The tip of Machapuchare teases you at Dovan. As you burst out of the forest past Himalaya and Deurali, Machapuchare appears before you in its full glory.
Machapuchare, the ‘fish tailed mountain’, is revered by the Nepalese for its exquisite beauty. It is believed to be one of the homes of Lord Shiva. It has never been officially summitted! At the Machapuchare base camp, in addition to Machapuchare, you will see Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Gangapurna and Hiunchuli up close.
The Annapurna Base Camp is a small cluster of lodges opposite the Annapurna glacier. As you look up from the edge of the glacier, you come face to face with the Annapurna massif. Annapurna I, III and South, Gangapurna, Gandharvachuli and Machapuchare are all there to meet your gaze when your eyes rest upon them.
Trekking inside the forests of the Annapurna Conservation Area
The trail takes you through a variety of vegetation. While trekking from Ghandruk to Chomrung you are surrounded by rhododendron, fern and bamboo. Once you cross Sinuwa to enter the Annapurna sanctuary, the forest becomes dense. Tall oak trees become prominent here. As you move higher up towards Deurali, the thick forests give way to tall grass. Around this area, you will find trees with thick bark called Daphne. This is used by locals to make paper. These trees are commonly found around Sandakphu as well. Closer to Machapuchare base camp, the terrain turns Alpine. You see patches of grass amidst boulders. There are also flowering plants lining the trail at this section.
The trail has 3 sections through forest that is so dense that sunlight barely seeps through. The first one starts right after the villages around Chomrung and extends till New Bridge. On the trail from Sinuwa, you hear the Modi Khola roaring past right next to you. But the trees around are so dense that you can’t really see the river. The third stretch is after Bamboo and goes all the way to Dovan. The beauty of this trek is that you walk through these forests not once, but twice!
The trek is nestled in the 7,629 sq km Annapurna Conservation Area. This is home to 1,226 species of flowering plants, 102 mammals, 474 birds, 33 reptiles and 22 amphibians. If you’re lucky you might spot an exotic bird or even a marmut.
A peek into Nepali culture
This trek is a classic tea house trek. You stay in small lodges which typically accommodate 20-25 people. These are run by locals. People also migrate from different parts of Nepal to work here in the tourist season. Interacting with the staff at tea houses, guides and porters on the trail will give you a glimpse into their way of life. Most people speak English so communication is not a problem. The food served at tea houses is prepared in the Nepalese style. You will notice that a lot of it is quite similar to Indian food.
Ghandruk is the biggest village in this area. As you begin the trek, you walk past several small villages, each inhabited by less than hundred people. This trail is commonly used by the locals to get to their homes and fields. So you’re likely to bump into villagers right till Sinuwa, where the Annapurna Sanctuary begins. The area just outside the villages is cultivated with banana plantations and paddy fields.
Melting pot of adventurous souls
The ABC trek attracts mountain lovers from all over the world. In October, when the views are known to be outstanding, expect to hear a variety of languages on the trail. Tea houses become convenient forums to discuss and exchange notes with strangers who could be from anywhere. You experience this kind of diversity on very few treks.
Option I.Annapurna base camp Ghorepani poon hill trekking Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1334m, transfer to hotel, Annapurna base camp trekking briefing with officially arrangements. overnight at Kathmandu
Day 02: Katmandu by flight or by tourist bus to pokhara (915m), drive approximately 5-6 hours and fly approximately 35 minutes. We Beautiful Pokhara Adventure arrange three different options transportation by tourist bus by private vehicle or by flight to Pokhara
Day 03: After breakfast, Pokhara by private car drive to Phedi (900m) drive approximately 1 hours then trek to Damphus(1950m)
Day 04: Dhampus trek to Tolka (1750m) walk approximately 5-6 hours
Day 05: Tolka trek to Jhinu dada (1870m) walk approximately 5-6 hours where you will enjoy with natural hot spring.
Day 06: Jhinu dada trek to Chhomorung / Sinuwa (2135m) walk approximately 5-6 hours
Day 07: Chhomorung / Sinuwa trek to Dovan. (2250m) walk approximately 5-6 hours
Day 08: Dovan trek to Himalaya Hotel. (3345m) walk approximately 5-6 hours
Day 09: Himalaya Hotel trke to MBC (fishtail/ Machhapuchhare base camp) (3788m) walk approximately 3-4 hours
Day 10: Fishatail base camp /Machhapuchhare base camp trek to Annapurna Base camp (4130m) walk approximately 2-3 hours
Day 11: Annapurna base camp trek to Himalaya hotel/ Bambo (2910m) walk approximately 5-6 hours
Day 12: Himalaya hotel / Bambo trek to Chhomorung. (2135m) walk approximately 5-6 hours
Day 13: Chhomorung trek to Tadapani. (2015m) walk approximately 5-6 hours
Day 14: Tadapani trek to Ghorepani. (2810m) walk approximately 5-6 hours
Day 15: Early in the morning Himalaya Journey Treks & Expedition’s trekking guide will take to you Poon Hill 3210m for superb Himalayan scenery including the Dhaulagiri 8167m, Nilgiri 7041m, Fishtail/Machhapuchhare 6998m, Annapurna I 8091m, Annapurna II 7939m, Annapurna III7555m, Annapurna IV 7525m, Annapurna south 7219m, Hiunchuli 6441m, Lamjung Himal 6986m, Tukuche peak 6920m etc., breakfast at ghorepani and continue trek to Tikhedhunga/Hile. (1555m) walk approximately 6-7 hours
Day 16: Tikhedhunga/Hile trek to Naya pul(867m) walk approximately 3-4 hours than by private car back to Pokhara. (915m) drive approximately 1 hours 30 minutes
Day 17: Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus or flight. By bus drive approximately 5-6 hours and by flight approximately 35 minutes. we Himalaya Journey Trekking will arrange either flight ticket or overland transportation as per trekkers desire.
Day 18: After breakfast, our tour guide will take to for historical monuments sightseeing in kathmandu valley such as Boudhhanath: visit Bodhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa than visit Pashupatinath: the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here you see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. Kathmandu durbar square: you will enjoy with different Hindus Temple, Goddes Kumari, legend of kathmadu valley and in the evening farewell dinner in Nepalese Restaurant, overnight at kathmandu in Hotel.
Day 19: After breakfast, Relaxing/shopping with own activities than Beautiful Pokhara Adventure’s Airport representative will drop to you Kathmandu international Airport for onward journeys or if you have time to stay in Nepal trip will arrange accordingly such as Chitwan jungle safari tour, Lumbini Pokhara Nagarkot tour, Rafting etc.