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ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TREK

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15 days from $2799pp

EXPERIENCE NEPAL’S MOST POPULAR HIKING TRAIL
DISCOVER KATHMANDU, POKHARA & THE HIMALAYAS

INCLUDES RETURN INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS

 

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Long considered the best trek in Nepal for its relative ease and pure beauty, this 15 day adventure package takes you through the traditional settings of ancient kingdoms, religious deities and quaint villages. The trek through the Annapurna Sanctuary will take your breath away while you make your way through diverse landscapes of majestic mountain vistas and bamboo forests.

Experience the cultural heart of Nepal in Kathmandu before making your way to the laidback lakeside village of Pokhara. Begin the trek in nearby Nayapul, passing through enchanting forests and enjoying views of snow capped mountains and local villages. Make your way to Poon Hill for the iconic views of the Annapurna Sanctuary. On the way to Annapurna Base Camp, visit remote villages such as Chomrong, Tadapani and Sinuwa. The base camp is a destination in itself, one of the most popular destinations for hiking in all of Nepal. Sitting at 4170m, you have an uninterrupted view of the surrounding peaks of Annapurna I (8091 m), Annapurna South (7219 m), Machapuchhre (6993 m) and Hiunchuli (6441 m). Throughout the trek, rest and revive in cosy mountain teahouses and meet friendly locals.

Includes return international flights, 5 nights quality hotel accommodation, 8 nights in mountain lodges, 30 meals including full board during the trek and more!


 

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ITINERARY

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Day 1 New Zealand - Kathmandu, Nepal

Today depart Auckland or Christchurch for Kathmandu! Fly with airlines such as Singapore Airlines, Virgin Australia, Cathay Pacific and Emirates to name a few. Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1345m above sea level), and be met by a tour representative and transferred to the hotel. 

Overnight: Kathmandu (Standard or Premium Hotel Option) 
Meals included: In-Flight


 

Day 2 Full Day Sightseeing Tour - Kathmandu Valley

After breakfast, enjoy a full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu. The tour includes a visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square, Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa. In the afternoon, return to the hotel where you will have some free time to shop for any trekking gear (in the Thamel area) you need.

Overnight: Kathmandu (Standard or Premium Hotel Option) 
Meals included: Breakfast


 

Day 3 Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (approx. 200km)

After breakfast, drive along the scenic Trisuli & Marsyangdi Rivers to reach Pokhara. Ganesh Himal and the Manaslu peak (eighth highest mountain in the world) will be visible during the drive. Pokhara is a tourist’s paradise, being full of both natural & cultural heritage sites such as mountain peaks, lakes, caves & temples of Buddhist & Hindus. Check into the hotel & spend the afternoon at leisure exploring the city.

Overnight: Pokhara (Standard or Premium Hotel Option) 
Meals included: Breakfast


 

Day 4 Drive from Pokhara (915 m) to Nayapul (1050m) - Trek to Tikhedhunga (1577m)

Following breakfast at the hotel, drive to Nayapul (altitude 1050m) and then trek out to Tikhedhunga (altitude 1577m) via Birethanti. It is easy trekking, passing through several small villages and settlements. Afterwards, you will ascend gently to the final destination of the day.

Approximate Distance: 7 km

Approximate Trekking Duration: 4 hrs

Overnight: Mountain Lodge 
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner


 

Day 5 Trek to Ghorepani (2675m)

Today you will ascend steeply for the first two hours before ascending gently through Ulleri and Banthanti. You will enjoy a good view of the mountains of Machhapuchhre (Fish Tail), Hiunchuli and Annapurna South on the way. The trail then becomes easier, passing through rhododendron forests and shadowy trees, ascending gently to the final stop in Ghorepani (altitude 2675m).

  Approximate Distance: 12 km

  Approximate Trekking Duration: 7 hrs

Overnight: Mountain Lodge 
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner


 

Day 6 Hike to Poon Hill (3180m) - Trek to Tadapani (2675m)

Early this morning, you will hike to Poon Hill (altitude 3180m) to enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri and other numerous snow-capped mountains. After taking in the beauty and serenity of the environment, you will then hike back down to Ghorepani for breakfast at the lodge. Continue the trek to Tadapani (altitude 2675m). Most of the trail will be through rhododendron forest; the beautiful flower makes the jungle colourful when they bloom in spring.

Approximate Distance: 10 km

Approximate Trekking Duration: 6-7 hrs

Overnight: Mountain Lodge 
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner


 

Day 7 Trek from Tadapani (2675m) to Chomrong

Enjoy this morning’s hike toward Kimrung Khola descending gently through rhododendron, oak and other kinds of dense forests while hearing the chirps of numerous species of local birds. After reaching Kimrung Khola, ascend to Chomrong, the gateway to Annapurna Base Camp. Chomrong is a village that is situated at the base of the Himalchuli, the second-highest mountain in the Mansiri Himal.

  Approximate Distance: 8 km

Approximate Trekking Duration: 5-6 hrs

Overnight: Mountain Lodge 
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner


 

Day 8 Trek from Chomrong to Himalaya

Enjoy a hot breakfast at the lodge before taking a slightly different start to the day’s trekking - descending down a stone stairway for the first hour and a half before crossing to Chhomrong Khola on a suspension bridge. High above the Modi Khola on its west bank, the trail continues through forests of bamboo, rhododendron and oak. Climb further on a rocky path to reach Sinuwa (2350m) before trekking gently through the forest. Then descend a long, steep stone staircase into deep bamboo and rhododendron forests to reach Bamboo (2335m) and the more gentle trail towards Dovan and Himalaya.

Approximate Distance: 14 km

Approximate Trekking Duration: 6-7 hrs

Overnight: Mountain Lodge 
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner


 

Day 9 Trek from Himalaya to Annapurna Base Camp (4170m) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3820m)

This morning, the valley widens while becoming less steep as you will begin to see the gates to the sanctuary. As the trail continues into the sanctum, it crosses two avalanche tracks on a narrow trail that hurdles up against the cliffs. After a short trek, you will reach Bagar (3310m), a green meadow with some abandoned hotels. The trail will now gently ascend to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3820m). Enjoy some of the best landscapes in the world such as Mount Hiunchuli (6441m.), Annapurna South (7229m), Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna III (7555m), Gangapurna (7454m) and Machhapuchhare or Fish Tail (6997m). The path follows through alpine meadows and after some distance the trails gently ascend again. After a short trek, reach the infamous Annapurna Base Camp! (4170m) Enjoy the night resting in the lodge.

Approximate Distance: 16 km

Approximate Trekking Duration: 6-7 hrs

Overnight: Mountain Lodge 
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner


 

Day 10 Trekking from Annapurna Base Camp to Dovan (2630m.)

Today is another amazing mountain viewing day. After breakfast in the lodge, enjoy a morning exploring the Base Camp and its stunning surrounding views of the Himalayas. After this, begin the descent back down to Dovan. The trekking is a lot easier now it’s a gradual descent and should take around 6 hours to reach Dovan, enjoying the spectacular views throughout the day.

Approximate Distance: 13 km

Approximate Trekking Duration: 6-7 hrs

Overnight: Mountain Lodge 
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner


 

Day 11 Trekking from Dovan to Jhinu Danda (1750m)

It’s worth getting up early this morning to enjoy the hot springs. After having breakfast at the lodge, continue the descent to Bamboo passing through forests with wide varieties of rhododendron, oaks and bamboo plants. After Bamboo, the trail goes steeply up for an hour before it flattens until Sinuwa. Gradually descend to the Chhumrong Khola following a stone staircase for almost an hour to reach Chhumrong. The last part of the trail is a steep descent before reaching Jhinu Danda in the afternoon. Once checked into the lodge, you will have the opportunity to take a relaxing swim in the natural hot springs nearby before your final day of trekking tomorrow. The hike up & down to the hot springs is 1.4km total.

Approximate Distance: 14 km

Approximate Trekking Duration: 6-7 hrs

Overnight: Mountain Lodge 
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner


 

Day 12 Trek from Jhinu Danda to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara

The final day of trekking! Start today’s journey with a gradual descent that flattens out for a few hours before reaching Birethanti where you’ll stop for lunch. After lunch, walk 30 minutes to Nayapul where a van will be waiting to take the group back to civilisation. After an approx. 1.5hr drive, reach Pokhara, the city of lakes & natural wonders. Check into the hotel and relax for the night.

Approximate Distance: 19 km

Approximate Trekking Duration: 5-6 hrs

Overnight: Pokhara (Standard or Premium Hotel Option) 
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch


 

Day 13 Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

This morning, enjoy an early breakfast before taking the tourist bus back to Kathmandu at around 7:00am. The drive will be a fantastic experience passing through many satellite towns, rural settlements, gushing rivers & green rural landscapes. The drive takes around 6 hours. Check into the hotel in Kathmandu and enjoy a farewell dinner with your guide and the group, trading stories of your bucket-list experience you've just completed.

Overnight: Kathmandu (Standard or Premium Hotel Option) 
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner


 

Day 14 Nepal - New Zealand

Today transfer to the airport for your flight back to New Zealand after ticking off a truly spectacular bucket-list experience.


Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight


 

Day 15 Arrive in New Zealand

*Please note, some flights may arrive in New Zealand +1 day later


 

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TERMS AND CONDITIONS

*Prices are per person (pp) in NZD, twin share based on lead in season. All care is taken to promote correct pricing at time of publication but is dependent upon availability and will be confirmed at time of reservation. Valid for sale until sold out. Airfares not included unless specified. Offers are subject to availability and can change without notification due to fluctuations in charges and currency. Credit card surcharges apply. For full terms and conditions please contact a World Travellers consultant.