We drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. In Pokhara, receive a final briefing and prepare for the first leg of your Himalayan trek in the afternoon.
Solo Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp Itinerary
Day 01 Drive or fly Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m), drive (6 hours):
Day 02 Drive to Nayapul, trek to Tirkhe Dhunga – 4 to 5 hrs hours:
Drive to the starting point of the trek - Naya Pul - and take an easy stroll along the sub-tropical Modi Khola River Valley to Birethanti (a large village on the old Nepal-Tibet trading route). Pass through the Nepal/Tibet checkpoint before continuing through the intricately-terraced rice paddies, before arriving at Tirkhe Dhunga for an overnight stay.
Day 03 Trek Tirkhe Dhunga / Ghorepani (2,750 m.) – 5 to 6 hrs hours:
From Tirkhe Dhunga, cross a stream before ascending a steep, stone staircase to the large Magar Village at Ulleri (2070 m). Then trek through rhododendron and oak forests; across streams before making a short, final ascent to Nangethanti. From Nangethanti, continue the trek up to Ghorepani (2,850m) for an overnight stay.
Day 04 Morning, excursion to Poon hill (3,193 m.) and trek to Tadapani (2,590 m.) – 6 to 7 hrs hours:
Rise with the sun and ascend to Poon Hill (3,195m) where an awe-inspiring sunrise greets us from over the mountains. Clear climate permitting, experience a magical, panoramic view of the mountains of Dhaulagiri I (8,167m), Annapurna I (8,019m), and Manalsu (8,156m). Also: views of the 6,000-meter-deep Kali Gandaki Gorge and the trans-Himalayan ranges are viewable - forming the border of Nepal with Tibetan China - making this one of Nepal's most sought-after vantage points. After this panoramic treat, descend to the lodge for a late breakfast before continuing onto Ghorepani (2,780m) - an important stop-over on the old trading route to Tibet. From Ghorepani, the walk is all downhill through beautiful forests before arriving at the village of Banthanti - finally ending the day's journey at Tadapani for an overnight stay.
Day 05 Trek Tadapani / Chhomrong (2,340 m.) – 5 hrs hours:
From Tadapani, the trail descends through additional rhododendron and oak forests, arriving at Chhomrung for a midday lunch. Chhomrung is a Gurung Village, and the highest permanent settlement in the valley with a tremendously vast view across to Annapurna South and Machhapuchhare. The day closes with an overnight stay in Chhomrung.
Day 06 Trek Chhomrong / Doban (2,505 m.) – 5 hrs hours:
Here, the trail descends via a stone staircase, eventually crossing the Chhomrung Khola. Climb high above the Modi Khola, traveling its west bank, and pass through forests of bamboo, rhododendron and oak. This portion of the day's trek is followed by yet another ascent to Kuldi before finally descending a long, steep, stone staircase to Dovan for an overnight stay.
Day 07 Trek Doban / Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m.) – 6 hrs hours:
From Dovan, climb high above the river, on to the lateral moraine, and down the other side to the glacier. This leg of the journey takes you up the bed of the glacier before finally arriving at the Annapurna Base Camp (4,237m) for an overnight stay.
Day 08 Trek Annapurna Base Camp / Bamboo (2,335 m.) – 6 hrs hours:
Beginning with an early morning ascent for a stunning sunrise and breakfast, the journey returns to Bamboo for an overnight stay.
Day 09 Bamboo to Chhomrung :
Descend a long, stone staircase through bamboo and rhododendrons forests to Kuldi. Continue trekking through beautiful rhododendron forests and down to Sinuwa. From Sinuwa, the trail leads downhill to the Modi Khola, closing the day with a steep climb to Chhomrung where you will remain overnight.
Day 10 Chhomrung to Ghandrung :
From Chhomrung, heads back to Taglung - descending gently through forests to Kummu. Once again, pass Ghandrung - offering, yet another, picturesque, panoramic view of Annapurna South - before ending the day's voyage with an overnight stay in Ghandrung.
Day 11 Ghandrung to Pokhara:
Trek downhill through villages and terraced fields to Syauli Bazaar, then onto Nayapul before being transported back to Pokhara for an overnight stay.
Day 12 Explore Pokhara:
King of the clean cities in Nepal, Pokhara is a place of remarkable natural beauty. The serenity of Phewa Lake and the magnificence of the fishtailed summit of Machhapuchhre (6,977 m) rising behind it create an ambience of peace and magic. At an elevation lower than Katmandu, it has a much more tropical feel to it, a fact well appreciated by the beautiful diversity of flowers, which prosper in its environs. Indeed, the valley surrounding Pokhara is home to thick forests, gushing rivers, emerald lakes, and of course, the world famous views of the Himalaya. Visiting various sacred places throughout Pokhara as well as Fewa Lake and take part in an extensive city tour of Pokhara.
Day 13 Pokhara to Kathmandu:
Depart Pokhara, leaving Tibet and crossing over into Nepal before ending the day in Kathmandu.