Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu
On arrival in Kathmandu, you will be met at the airport by our representative. After you settle into the hotel, there will be a group briefing with the tour leader in the late afternoon. They will discuss the trip details and co-ordinate any last minute arrangements. The evening is free, but the tour leader will usually organise dinner at one of Kathmandu’s fine Nepali restaurants.
Day 2: Kathmandu
Today you will explore Kathmandu on an organised sightseeing tour. You will visit Boudhanath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world. You will also see Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. In the evening, you will take a stroll to Basantapur Durbar Square, the traditional heart of the town.
Day 3: Kathmandu to Pokhara
After breakfast, you will drive to Pokhara, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The drive takes around seven hours, with plenty of time to get off the bus and take photos or to mingle with peers.
Day 4: Trek to Tikhedhunga (1540m)
From Pokhara, a one-hour drive will bring you to the start of your trek at Nayapul. From there you will trek through sublime green terraced fields and villages before arriving in Tikhedhunga.
Day 5: Trek to Ghorepani (2850m)
Today will be a great day of trekking as the beauty of the Himalayas reveals itself. The route will wind through rhododendron and oak forests before reaching Ghorepani, a beautiful blue-roofed village.
Day 6: Poon Hill and Trek to Tadapani (2590m)
An amazing pre-dawn trek to Poon Hill will reveal a stunning sunrise over the Himalayas, and one of the finest views you are ever likely to enjoy. After a well-earned breakfast, your trek will continue to Tadapani through pine and rhododendron forests. This will be your longest day of the trek.
Day 7: Trek to Chomrong (2210m)
You can look forward to a varied day of trekking today via either Ghandruk or Gurajun to join the main trail to Annapurna base camp at Taglung. An incredible stone staircase will bring you to Chomrong.
Day 8: Trek to Doban (2505m)
The trek will continue up the steep-sided Modi Khola valley via Sinuwa and Bamboo to Doban.
Day 9: Trek to Deurali (3140m)
The day will begin with the trail winding through bamboo forest before you climb gradually but steadily to the open spaces above the treeline and to Deurali.
Day 10: Machhapuchhare base camp (3680m)
Today will be a shorter day of trekking to assist with acclimatisation. From base camp, your home for the night, you will be able to feast your eyes upon the full glory of the Annapurna Sanctuary, the lateral moraine of South Annapurna Glacier and the Modi Khola river flowing nearby.
Day 11: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) and descend to Doban (2505m)
Today, you wake up early for your final ascent to Annapurna base camp. You’ll be surrounded by a 360-degree panorama of incredible Himalayan peaks including Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Fang, Annapurna II, Roc Noir, Glacier Dome, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, and Machhapuchhare.
After some time taking in the incredible views, you will begin your descent, passing back through Machhapucharre base camp and following the outward track back down the valley to Doban.
Day 12: Trek to Jhinu Danda (1780m)
Today you will detour off the trail and head steeply down to New Bridge on the Modi Khola River. From here, the route will flatten out somewhat before reaching a small settlement of lodges, known as Jhinu Danda. There is a small hot spring so bring a bathing suit if you’d like to take a dip!
Day 13: Trek to Birethani (1080m) and drive to Pokhara
The final day on the trail will contour through fields and villages to Biethani, where you will meet your transport for the drive back to Pokhara. The lakeside town of Pokhara is the perfect place to relax, enjoy a cold beer or browse the Tibetan curio market.
Day 14: Fly to Kathmandu
After breakfast, you will depart for your morning flight to Kathmandu, where you will have your last opportunity to do some shopping on the streets of Thamel – Kathmandu’s commercial neighbourhood. Dinner is organised for you tonight, with cultural dancing and time to reflect on your trip.
Day 15: Depart Kathmandu
Your trip officially comes to an end after breakfast today. Your tour leader will be on hand to advise and assist with your onward travel arrangements.