Destinations Covered: Kathmandu - Pokhara
You will be greeted at the airport by a representative and transported to your hotel. Overnight at hotel.
We’ll depart Kathmandu this morning by a short yet scenic flight. Then we take a short drive to the trail-head to Nayapul and begin our trek, walking via Birethanti through a series of villages along the KhumnuKhola. The day ends in the Gurung village of Ghandruk, surrounded by spectacular views of Machhapuchare, Annapurna south, and Hiulchuli.
An hour’s climb from Ghandruk followed by a steep descent takes us to the banks of the KimronKhola. After a further climb we’ll arrive in the stunningly scenic vicinity of Chhomrong, a charming town nestled near the base of several towering Himalayan peaks.
The terrain takes on a more remote feel as we ascend further into the foothills. A river crossing over suspension bridge will take us through thick forests to SinuwaDanda, Khuldighar, and finally to Dovan.
The river is far below us now as we continue up the side of the lush valley. Crossing several streams, we pass through a serene expanse of oak and rhododendron. Our gradual climb brings us to our overnight stop in Deurali.
The walk to Machhapuchare Base Camp will be a challenge today, navigating a boulder-strewn riverbed followed by a steep climb. The unfolding views of Machhapuchare are spectacular, as well as the snowy peaks that emerge to surround us on all sides.
The terrain is starkly different from the verdant green hillsides now as we approach the sanctuary, encountering our first views of glacial moraine. Annapurna south towers before us as we approach the sanctuary, arriving eventually at a remarkable viewpoint where a 360 degree panorama can be had including the peaks of Machhapuchare, Annapurna south, Huichuli, and a host of others.
After a spectacular sunrise, we’ll begin our descent out of the sanctuary, which will feel much easier than the previous days due to the decrease in altitude. Passing back through Deurali, Dovan, and Bamboo, we’ll return into the lush world of the Annapurna foothills, descending into a valley flanked by two tremendous waterfalls beneath a skyline dominated by Huichuli and Machhapuchare.
Descending via Sinuwa to lower Chomrong, we’ll climb a challenging stretch of stone steps to upper Chomrong. The trail continues on to JhinuDanda, where welcome relief can be found at the hot springs just a short walk from the village.
Starting the trek early leaving the towering peaks behind, we continue the descent past Kyumi village and Sayali Bazaar. We’ll reach Nayapul via Birethanti to board our vehicle to Pokhara. Overnight at Pokhar hotel.
After breakfast, transfer to Pokhara airport to fly back Kathmandu, arrival and departure transfer to Kathmandu International airport to catch onward destination flight. Thanks for travelling with us. Farewell and Namaste ……… Have a nice and safe flight.
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