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Nepal: Annapurna Basecamp

Exceptionally scenic trekking - Trip for singles

Book From   € 699,-
GROUP SIZE: 2-24 | 18 DAYS

Nepal: Annapurna Basecamp

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There's plenty to do in this beautiful region. Select below or on the map opposite, the highlight you want to read more information about. Read through carefully and then go directly to the tour description.
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Kathmandu

Kathmandu

Spread all over Kathmandu you'll find many temples with lingams that are covered with offerings for the god Shiva. |Nepal

Pokhara

Pokhara

Pokhara is a picturesque town at the shores of the blue-green Phewa mountain lake. Here, relaxing is made easy in one of the many garden cafés. |Nepal

Tirkhedhunga

Tirkhedhunga

Walk over the unsteady rope bridge over the river and enjoy the atmosphere of the small village Tirkhedhunga! |Nepal

Ghorepani

Ghorepani

The highlight of this trekking is the fantastic sun rise and the spectacular view of the Annapurna mountains and the Dhaulagiri peaks! |Nepal

Tadapani

Tadapani

This jungle region is home to many big ape colonies and with a little luck you'll spot the grey long-tailed apes.|Nepal

Annapurna Circuit

Annapurna Circuit

In the Annapurna mountains hiking is beautiful. You'll discover several valleys and traditional villages. |Nepal

Day to Day description

Transport Route Overnight stay
1 Arrival Kathmandu Kathmandu
2 Kathmandu Kathmandu
3 Bus Kathmandu - Pokhara Pokhara
4 Bus, Walk Pokhara - Nayapool – Tirkhedhunga Tirkhedhunga
5 Walk Tirkhedhunga - Ghorepani Ghorepani
6 Walk Ghorepani - Poon Hill - Tadapani Tadapani
7 Walk Tadapani - Chhomrong Chhomrong
8 Walk Chhomrong - Himalaya Hotel Himalaya Hotel
9 Walk Himalaya Hotel - Machapuchare Base Camp - Annapurna Base Camp Annapurna Base Camp
10 Walk Annapurna Base Camp - Bamboo Bamboo
11 Walk Bamboo - Jhinu Danda Jhinu Danda
12 Walk Jhinu Danda - Pothana Pothana
13 Bus, Walk Pothana - Phedi - Pokhara Pokhara
14 Pokhara Pokhara
15 Bus Pokhara - Kathmandu Kathmandu
16 Kathmandu Kathmandu
17 Kathmandu Kathmandu
18 Kathmandu End of tour

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Day 1: Arrival Kathmandu

Welcome to Nepal!

Your tour commences in Kathmandu. Your hotel room will be available at around noon. You will also meet your tour leader at this time, in the hotel lobby.

It is contradictory how Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, at first appears unchanged since the Middle Ages and is also being developed. The colourful inhabitants of Kathmandu perform their daily routine, yet it is only fifty years since there were no real roads. The people had to travel on foot for a whole week to reach the plateau of Tibet.

After arriving at the hotel you may wish to explore the city. In the 'tourist mecca' Thamel you'll eat your first Nepalese meal. There is plenty of choice in Kathmandu. Choose a small restaurant on one of the rooftops or courtyards.

Day 2: Kathmandu

Free day. Kathmandu is one of 3 royal cities in the valley, the others being Patan and Bhaktapur. Together they contain some stunning temples and pagodas that you can enjoy exploring.

There is plenty to do in Kathmandu. A nice starter is the fine Durbar Square where you can climb the stairs of one of the ancient temples and see the royal palace. On a hill outside the town is the great stupa of Swayambunath (the Monkey Temple), a holy place for Buddhists. In Bodnath you can admire an even bigger stupa, where a piece of bone of the Buddha is claimed to lie. You can see many pilgrims, often in Tibetan costume. The most sacred spot in all of Nepal is Pashupatinath. The temple here (non-Hindus are not allowed to enter the inner part) is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. From the stairs down to the Bagmati River you will see the rituals as cremations are prepared.

Day 3: Kathmandu - Pokhara

Today we will drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Pokhara is at an altitude of 910m and is a 6 hour drive from Kathmandu.

From the subtropical valley where Pokhara lies you have a breathtaking view of the mountains. Pokhara is located around Phewa Lake and offers rowing, cycling, hiking and swimming possibilities.

Pokhara is an ideal starting point for trekking in the Annapurna massif. The population here has cleverly played into this by opening restaurants and souvenir shops. Furthermore, a visit to the small Barahi-Bhawani Temple is highly recommended.

Shree Pancha Kanya School

Our local agent in Nepal helps a number of schools with costs for teachers, libraries and computers. In 2014 Shoestring showed support for this project by contributing towards the cost of upkeep for windows/window frames at Shree Pancha Kanya School. The furniture here (old and in poor condition)deserves more attention in the coming years. This high school has about 700 children, aged 6 to 16 years.

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Day 4: Pokhara - Nayapool – Tirkhedhunga

After a 2 hour drive from Pokhara, we reach our starting point, Nayapool (1035m)  from where we begin our adventurous trek to Annapurna Base Camp. We walk for about 20-minutes along the Modi River which will take us to a place called Birethanti - a beautiful village which is surrounded with plenty of tea shops and guest houses. From there, we ascend slightly up to the valley of Hile (1495 meters) and then to Tikhedhunga (1535 meters). We will be walking today for a total of 3-4 hours. 

Day 5: Tirkhedhunga - Ghorepani

The next morning, we continue our journey, walking down towards the Magar Village of Ulleri. On the way, we cross the river Burungdi Khola. After crossing the river, we climb the stepping stone staircase towards Ulleri. This will be the toughest part of the trek, since the numbers of stairs are above anyone’s expectation. There are altogether 3767 steps on the staircase. Despite the toughness of the trek, you will be mesmerized by the peaks of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli as they emerge from behind the foothills. Passing through the pastures and cultivated fields, we will soon enter the deep forests of oak and rhododendron. The trail finally takes you to Ulleri, a large beautiful Magar village and then onwards to Ghorepani.

Ghorepani is one of the most popular destinations of the Annapurna region situated at an altitude of 2873 meters. Today's trek offers you a memorable experience of trekking in Nepal and will take about 6-7 hours.

Day 6: Ghorepani - Poon Hill - Tadapani

Early in the morning, we climb up to Poon Hill (3210 meters approx. 90 mins) to view the panoramic views of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Lamjung Himalayan ranges as well as a beautiful sunrise over the charismatic Himalayas. The stunning views over the Himalayan mountains will undoubtedly provide you with a special lifetime experience.

After enjoying such a spectacular moment, we descend back to Ghorepani. After breakfast, we proceed further to Tadapani (2500 meters approx 4-5 hours). The trail goes along the ridges of rhododendron and pine forests until we reach Tadapani.

Day 7: Tadapani - Chhomrong

Today we descend to Kimrong stream through the forest of rhododendron for our next destination, Chhomrong (2100m). We follow the long acsent up above the west bank of the Modi Khola until we reach the village of Chhomrong, located in the lap of the giant Annapurna massif. The village offers the mighty peak of Annapurna south, with the Fishtail facing it across the valley.

It will take about 5 hours to get to Chhomrong. It’s a typical Gurung village but now that everything has been changed, the village has also been modernized, and hence lost its culture & traditions that it used to have before. However, the communities and people we meet are generally friendly. You may get the opportunity to observe them as they go about their daily lives. Thus, the expedition is not only visually superb and exceptional but also a chance to learn about different local cultures and religion of the villages.

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Day 8: Chhomrong - Himalaya Hotel

The next morning, we step down to Chhomrong stream and cross the suspension bridge. The trail ascends up to Sinuwa Danda. Sinuwa is another beautiful village which lies on the top of this ascent. After this part of the trek, the trail flattens out. The trail continues through dark and thick rhododendron forest up to Khuldighar after about three hours. Then we climb through deep bamboo and rhododendron forest until we reach Himalaya Hotel (2820m) Today you will be walking for about 6-7 hours.

Day 9: Himalaya Hotel - Machapuchare Base Camp - Annapurna Base Camp

Today will be the most exciting day of the trek as you stride on to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m). It will last 7-8 hours. We hike through pristine forests for few hours to begin and then the terrain becomes more rugged.

The final stretch to Annapurna Base Camp follows the ablation valley, the corridor-like hollow between the glacier and the mountain flank. The dynamic 360-degree view includes Annapurna I (8091m) & III (7555m), Machapuchare, Varhha Shikar (7647m), Khansar Kang (7485m) and numerous other peaks standing like a screen of snow and ice and whilst here you may see tahr, Himalayan weasles or pika (mouse-hare), there are few birds.

Day 10: Annapurna Base Camp - Bamboo

Today the trail gradually goes all the way down to Bamboo (2300m) past the Himalayan Hotel and Dovan. This takes approximately 6-7 hours.

Day 11: Bamboo - Jhinu Danda

Today, we trek back to Chhomrong via the same route. From Chhomrong we move down towards Jhinu Danda (1700m) after an hours' walk. Once at Jhinu Danda, you can enjoy a relaxing dip at the natural hot spring. A total of 5 hours will be spent walking today.

Day 12: Jhinu Danda - Pothana

After breakfast this morning, we continue our trek to Landruk, a beautiful Gurung village. The village gives you an opportunity to view the amazing surrounding mountain ranges. The trail emerges in the main Modi Khola valley and reaches Tolkha. We will continue our journey to Pothana (1900m). You will also have an excellent view of 'Fish tail' mountain. Walking today- approx. 6-7 hours.

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Day 13: Pothana - Phedi - Pokhara

Today will be the day, we accomplish our exciting trek. We will walk along a paved stone trail through Rhododendron forests arriving at Dhampus. The village is inhabited by a mix of people from different Nepalese cultures, Gurung, Brahman, and Magar communities. After some relaxation, we will descend through fields to the forest and on to Phedi (930m- approx. 2 hrs). From Phedi we will drive down to Pokhara taking about 45 mins.

Day 14: Pokhara

Take today to do whatever you please in Pokhara. If you still have the desire, row to the other side of the lake and climb the hill. Halfway up the hill stands a hut where you can buy some food. You can stop to take a last look at the mountains you have walked through during the last day and feel proud. Tomorrow you leave the eternal peace of the Himalayas to return to the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu.

Day 15: Pokhara - Kathmandu

Today we will return to Kathmandu (about a 6 hour drive) for the final part of our stay.

Day 16: Kathmandu

Enjoy your last few days in Nepal. You could for example, take a visit to one of the many villages and towns in the Kathmandu Valley for souvenirs. The street vendors join you in negotiating the price of tiger balm, necklaces, Tibetan rugs, painted masks, prayer wheels and fabrics in beautiful colours.

Day 17: Kathmandu

Maybe you would like to end your trip to Nepal in spectacular style by booking a rafting trip. Our local agent can arrange this for you. Much training and technique is not required for the trip that you will make but a fast-flowing river makes a daring and adventurous ride however! In summer, the waters of the Trisuli, Sun Kosi and Kali Gandaki are pleasantly warm and you do not have to take measures against the cold. A rain jacket can be nice as it is constantly splashing water during some parts. Rafting in Nepal is an ideal way to enjoy nature!

Day 18: Kathmandu

The last day of your tour. The tour will end in Kathmandu. Check out time from your hotel is normally about 12 noon. We wish you a comfortable journey home and are sure you will take with you some wonderful memories of Nepal.

Your personal ‘my.shoestring’ page on our website is the perfect way to make contact with other travellers before and after your trip. You can read and create journals from trips and upload your photos onto the photo gallery. Visit my shoestring today.

When booking your tour, please check to see whether you need any post-tour nights, bearing in mind that accommodation for the night of the final day of the tour (day 18) is not included.
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