Discover Nepal Journey
This spectacular short teahouse trek takes you right into the Annapurna Sanctuary, traversing a variety of terrain, from rice terraces to glaciers. Very few treks bring you so close to the base of the Annapurna and Fishtail Mountains in such a short time as this one does. The setting of the Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m.) is spectacular, set amidst the mighty peaks of Annapurna I (8,091 m.), Annapurna South (7,219 m.), Machapuchhre (6,993 m.) and Hiunchuli (6,441 m.). This incredible trek can be combined with the Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Panorama treks.
Our trek starts from Pokhara and climbs through rice terraces and interesting Gurung villages before the trail enters a narrow valley wedged between Annapurna South and Fishtail. We reach Machapuchhare Base Camp and continue the short distance to Annapurna Base Camp (4,200 m.) which offers dramatic snowy peaks with 360-degree vistas.
7 or 9 NIGHT TREK
Maximum elevation: 4,095 m
Level of difficulty: Medium to hard
Availability: March to May & September to November
* Price based on twin share accommodation. Single room supplement available subject to availability. 9-night trek is US$995
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Domestic and international airfares. (These can be arranged for us. Please contact us for details).
Nepal tourist visa
Comprehensive travel insurance. Click here for an insurance quote
Snacks on the trek
Meals in Pokhara
Alcoholic or soft drinks, including bottled water (we recommend using filters or supporting safe drinking water programme)
Tips for trekking porters and guides
2 night Jungle safari at environmentally responsible lodge with English speaking guide and all activities
4 night trek including teahouse lodge accommodation, guide, porter, permits, all meals and transfers to start and end of trek
Domestic flights from Kathmandu to Chitwan and Polhara to Kathmandu
Private vehicle from Chitwan to Pokhara
3 nights accommodation in a comfortable hotel in Kathmandu
3 nights accommodation at a boutique resort in Pokhara
Kathmandu Arrive in Kathmandu and relax at your hotel
Altitude: 1,939 m.
Kathmandu: Explore Kathmandu including the Stupa at Boudhnath and The Monkey Temple
Chitwan National Park: Fly to Chitwan for the first part of a two night jungle safari
Chitwan Jungle Safari: Jungle activities with your guide
Drive to Pokhara and explore the lakeside town
Pokhara to Birethanthi: Depart Pokhara and travel by road to the village of Nayapul (approx. 90 minutes from Pokhara) and on to the pretty riverside village of Birethanthi where you enter the Annapurna Conservation area. Stay in a lovely lodge here for the night.
Altitude: 1,050 m.
Birethanthi to Banthanthi: After an early breakfast you commence your trek. The trail follows the river for some time, passing a few glorious rock pools before reaching pleasant rice terraces. Pass through the villages of Hille (1,475 m.) and Tirkedungaq (1,515 m.) and then commence the climb to Ulleri (1,960 m.). This part of the ascent is almost vertical, up a steep stone staircase! Continue to our lodge at Banthanthi for the night.
Walking time: 5 hours
Altitude: 2,210 m.
Banthanthi to Ghorepani: Depart from the lodge after breakfast and continue to climb through beautiful forests and rivers. Reach the lodge in Ghorepani for lunch. Wander around the pleasant village for the afternoon, browse the bookshop and look at the jewellery for sale. There is also an excellent little cake shop for afternoon tea! Leave space for a good evening meal though, as the lodge is renowned for its good food. Walk to Ghorepani.
Walking time: 5 hours
Altitude: 2,750 m.
Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani: Rise early for the climb up Poon Hill (3,210 m.) in time for the sunrise on the Annapurna range. The climb takes approximately 45 minutes and offers stunning views of the mountains. Return for breakfast at the lodge and continue your trek through rhododendron forests to Deurali. The path descends to Banthanthi and down to the river, and on to Tadapani for your overnight stay. Tadapani is also famous for its excellent views.
Walking time: 5 hours
Altitude: 2,721 m.
Tadapani to Ghandruk to Pokhara: Wake up to the magnificent views of Annapurna South and Fishtail. Follow the path through a lovely forest with great mountain views to the large Gurung village of Ghandruk. After lunch, return to Pokhara by car (approx. 3 hrs).
Walking time: 3 hours
Altitude: 1,400 m.
Walking time: 4-5 hrs
Return to Kathamandu by air.