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Walk through a diverse landscape of rich mountain vistas, terraced fields, quaint Gurung villages and a wide variety of flora and fauna on this 11-day trek to Annapurna Base Camp. Mt. Annapurna (8091m) in Nepal is the 10th highest mountain in the world and the journey to its base camp, at 4130m/13549ft height, is one of the most popular hikes on earth.

We will reach our destination via Mt. Machapuchhre (Fishtail), revered by the Nepalese for its unique beauty. This slightly faster route was designed for globetrotters who would like to hike to the base camp of this spectacular mountain but have restricted time.

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After arriving in Kathmandu, a representative from Himalayan Glacier will pick you up from the airport and take you to your hotel. In the afternoon, we may take a rest or visit Himalayan Glacier's office. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Himalayan Glacier. For dinner, you will be served authentic Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the country's food culture. Overnight in Kathmandu. Included meals: Dinner
We take an early morning flight to Pokhara, the beautiful lake city and catch great views of the Himalayas from the right side of our airplane. After landing at the Pokhara airport, we drive to Naya Pul (1 hour and 20 minutes) and start the trek. From Birethanti, we trek to Ghandruk, a beautiful village mostly inhabited by the Gurung community. If time permits, we will also visit the Gurung museum today. Overnight in Ghandruk. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
We climb up for around an hour to Kimrungdanda. On the way, we can enjoy great views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail Mountain (Machhapuchhre) and Ganggapurna. A steep descent takes us to the Kimrong Khola. After another steep ascent from Kimrong Khola to Chere Danda, we descend for a while and then it’s a gentle walk to Chhomrong. Chhomrong is a beautiful village located on the lap of the giant Annapurna massive. Overnight in Chhomrong. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. 5-6 hour trek
We descend via 2500 stone steps and cross the bridge above Chhomrong Khola. From here it is an uphill climb to Sinuwa. Next, we pass through a beautiful forest to Kuldihar followed by an easy downhill walk to Bamboo. Overnight in Bamboo. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. 4-5 hours trek.
We pass through a damp and cold bamboo forest, then ascend steadily with a few steep sections. It is only after reaching Himalaya Hotel that the forest opens up and we are out in the sun again with astounding views of the glacial river below. It is a steep climb up through a much drier forest before reaching Hinku Cave. From here we can see the trail drop closer to the river before climbing again to Deurali, the most scenic stretch of the day. The vegetation is sparser, allowing magical views of the valley, the river below, and the sheer rock-face cliffs above with bands of wispy waterfalls. Overnight in Deurali. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. 3-4 hour trek.
Today we climb gently through a river bed then over a steep trail over to the mountain side. The hike from Bagar to Machhapuchhre Base Camp is somewhat strenuous. From Machhapuchhre base camp we get excellent views of the majestic Machhapuchhre along with Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli and Gangapurna which is certainly a rewarding experience. The vegetation disappears on our way to ABC and the path widens as we enter the Annapurna sanctuary. From here, we get sensational views of the near-vertical south face of Annapurna towering above us. The sanctuary boasts a dynamic view without anything impeding the 360-degree panorama. From the base camp we again get to savor mesmerizing views of the Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South , Annapurna I, Hiunchuli and other peaks. Overnight at Annapurna Base Camp. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. 5-6 hour trek.
From the Annapurna base camp we retrace our steps to Bamboo. Today's trek is downhill, so it shouldn't be very difficult. Besides, we will always have the company of the extraordinary landscape to cheer us up. Overnight in Bamboo. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. 7-8 hour trek.
From Bamboo, it is an uphill trek to Kuldighar followed by a downhill walk to Chhomrong Khola. Then we climb the stone steps to Chhomrong. The trail then descends to Jhinu Danda, where we will be resting for the night. Today we will have an opportunity to enjoy the hot springs which is just a 15-20 minute downhill walk from Jhinu Danda to soothe our aching body. Overnight in Jhinu Danda. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. 5-6 hour trek.
On our way to Naya Pul from Jhinu Danda, we get to enjoy the amazing hilly landscape of western Nepal. We have lunch on the way. Our trek will end at Naya Pul where we board our vehicle to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara. If the road construction connecting Jhinu Danda to Naya Pul is complete, driving from Jhinu Danda to Pokhara could be another option.Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch. 6 hour trek, 1 hour drive.
We fly to Kathmandu in the afternoon. After arriving in Kathmandu, we will be escorted to our hotel. Enjoy the day at leisure or catch up on some last minute shopping or explore any landmarks we missed during our first day in Kathmandu. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu. Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner.
Our journey in Nepal comes to an end today. A Himalayan Glacier representative will drop you off at the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. Included meals: Breakfast.
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