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Daily Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour with Hotel Pickup

1. Daily Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour with Hotel Pickup

This Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour is a fantastic way to explore the Annapurna range without the hassle of long days of trekking. This ultimate scenic helicopter ride will give you some of the best mountain views and sceneries. As you fly above through the Annapurna range take in the breathtaking views of the glaciers, moraines, and peaks. In less than an hour, you will reach at an elevation of 13125 feet (4000m) and arrive at Annapurna Base Camp. You will have around 30 minutes at the base camo to take pictures, enjoy amazing views, and maybe even enjoy some tea and breakfast.  This tour is more suitable to those who have a short time in Nepal but wish to have a majestic view of mountains of Annapurna massif. Likewise, if you are unable to deal with the long trek this is the best alternative for you to still enjoy the views.

Easy Full-Day Hiking with Sunrise from Sarangkot

2. Easy Full-Day Hiking with Sunrise from Sarangkot

Start your day bright and early at 5:00 AM at your Lakeside area accommodation in Pokhara. Here, waiting in the lobby, your friendly driver/guide will be eager to meet you and after a brief meet and greet, you will head off on a short and scenic 40-minute drive to the top of Sarangkot hill.  Upon your arrival at Sarangkot hill, you will have the opportunity to take a scenic 30-minute hike to get yourself to a great vantage point that is excellent for views. From this location, you will have unimpeded views of the Sunrise over Mount Annapurna, truly a sight to behold. After your Sunset viewing experience, you will then enjoy a hike that descends through villages and forests. Your guide will be sure to fill you with heaps of information about the surrounding area as you pass through it. You will continue your descent until you reach Fewa Lake from the North-west, here, you will commence your walk on flat rice terrace for roughly 40-minutes. Whilst doing so, you'll cross a small bridge before ascending again to the World peace Stupa. From the top of Stupa, you will again enjoy more breathtaking views of the Annapurna ranges, Fewa Lake and Pokhara valley. During your time here you'll also get to explore the world peace pagoda and the Buddhist chanting room. Continue on your descent further for another hour until you reach the bottom of the hill. At this point, you will walk further to reach Devi's waterfall, and in front of it, the Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave. After your waterfall and cave experience, you will be transported back to the Lakeside area, completing your day of adventure. 

Tandem Paragliding in Pokhara

3. Tandem Paragliding in Pokhara

Glide over spectacular mountains with villages and monasteries perched on the hill tops, enchanting deep valleys, river gorges, and lakes on this paragliding adventure in Pokhara. Nepal is one of the world’s best paragliding locations as there are always reliable updrafts to take you soaring for hours. The scenery is magic and unforgettable especially when viewed from a few hundred meters above. On a perfect day, you will see dozens of paragliders soaring above Sarangkot, Pokhara, and Lake Phewa above some of the world’s best scenery including a fantastic view of the majestic Himalayas. Tandem flights include the services of qualified and experienced pilots. You may even have some hands-on practice at controlling the glider yourself under careful supervision. In the morning after breakfast, drive to Sarankot Paragliding spot to meet the pilot. After an expert briefing you take-off with your pilot on the tandem Paraglider. The 30 to 45 minute flight affords unforgettable views of Annapurna Range, the beautiful Fish Tail, Annapurna South, Himchuli, Annapurna, Lamjung Himal, Manaslu, and the great Dhaulagiri. Afterwards, you will be met at the landing location on the lake shore and transferred to your hotel or back to Sarangkot for another flight.

From Pokhara: 2-Day Poon Hill Trek

4. From Pokhara: 2-Day Poon Hill Trek

See some of the best sites of the Annapurna Region on a short but sweet overnight hike. Spend the night in a mountain cottage and enjoy meals in the great outdoors.  Day 1: Begin the day with breakfast before departing Pokhara in a 4-wheel off-roading vehicle. It takes 2-4 hours to reach Upper Ulleari, depending on traffic, season, and viewpoint stops. Ulleari is a beautiful Gurung village at an altitude of 2,090 meters. From the last station of Upper Ulleari, start the real Poon Hill trek, crossing the villages of Banthanti, Nangithanti, and Lower Ghorepani. Stop for lunch either in Banthanti or Nangithanti. Reach the Ghorepani camp at the base of Poon Hill at an altitude of 2,860 meters. Dinner and overnight in a cottage.  Day 2: Before sunrise, hike 45-60 minutes to Poon Hill at a height of 3,210 meters. Be mesmerized by the colors and panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayas. On clear days, you can see up to 32 peaks including the 12 peaks of the Bhara Shikhar. Return to camp for a hot breakfast and begin the trek down following the same trail. Return to the 4x4 for drop-off at your hotel in Pokhara.

From Pokhara: Annapurna Base Camp Trek

5. From Pokhara: Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapuran range is the most exquisite , with some of the world's highest mountain views including Annapurna I (8,091m / 10th highest). While the foothills are dominated by diverse ethnic groups with their charming villages and terraced farms, higher reaches are pristine roved only by shepherds. We will come across the several view points with world famous Himalayan views. The trekking is the best insight into the Nepalese mountain lifestyle, ethnic diversity and a moderate adventure in the Himalayas.  Our trek starts from Pokhara, the natural capital of Nepal. Pokhara is known as lake city with an amphitheater of mountains. Annapurna range makes its northern wall. This is a base for several treks in the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. We drive 44 km / 1.5 hrs to the trekking trail head at 1,100 m from Pokhara and start our trek to Ghorepani first. Ghorepani or its top Pun Hill (3,200 m) offers view of about 15 snow peaks including Dhaulagiri I (8,167m / 7th highest), Annapurna I (8,091m / 10th highest) and Manaslu (8,156m / 8th highest). This is the good start of the trek. Then we will walk through the rhododendron forest to Chhomrong village across the Annapurna South. From here one can enjoy the heights of Annapurna South and Fishtail. The trail further enters into the narrow valley wedged between Annapuran south and Fishtail. At Fishtail base camp (3,700 m), we come to meadows and glacial moraine with relatively bright and wide valley. Annapurna base camp (4,200 m) has snow peaks at 360 degree. Day 01: Drive to Nayapul from Pokhara (1.5 hrs) and trek to Thikedunga (4 hrs) We will depart Pokhara at around 8:30 by a private car. The road snacks through the scenic country side for about 1.5 hrs to the trekking trail head at Nayapul. This is the confluence of Modi river draining Annapurna base camp and Burungdi river. We follow upstream Burungdi river climbing gradually for about 4 hrs to Thikedunga. Thikedunga is a small charming village full of lodges where we will spend the night. Day 02: Climb to Ghorepani (6 hrs / 2,800 m) After breakfast, we will start our days walk with steep climb to Ulleri village. There are about 3,000 stone steps to Ulleri village which will take about 2 hrs to climb. From Ulleri the trail climbs gradually through the forest for another 4 hrs to Ghorepani at 2,800 m. Ghorepani is the mountain pass overlooking at the deep KaliGandaki valley wedged between two eight thousand meter peaks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. Day 03: Hike to Pun Hill (50 mints / 3,200 m) | Trek to Tadapani Pun Hill is the most beautiful view point in the Annapurna region. We will hike for about 50 mints to Pun Hill at 3,200 m for sunrise view over the Himalayan peaks. One can see about 15 different peaks including Dhaulagiri I (8,167m / 7th highest), Annapurna  I (8,091m / 10th highest) and Manaslu (8,156 m / 8th highest). After breakfast, we will head for our next destination of Tadapani. The trail passes through the rhododendron forest with few ups and downs of 400 m each. Day 04: Trek to Chhomroong (5 hrs / 2,100 m) Tadapani has got the beautiful view of Annapurna south and Fishtail mountain. From here we will climb down steeply about 900 m to the valley basin at Ghurjung river. Climb gradually along the mountain side to Chhomrong perched high up on the mountain ridge. Chhomrong is a large Gurung village at the corridore of Annapurna Sanctuary. The village offer the upclose view of Annapurna South (7,219 m), Fishtail (6,993 m). Day 05: Trek to Dovan (2,400 m / 6 hrs) Trek down to Chhomrong khola (river) and then climb up to Sinwa in 3 hrs. From here we enter into steep valley towards Annapurna sanctuary at the buttresses of Annapurna South and Fishtail. From Sinwa we will climb down to Modi River at the little hemlet of 'Bamboo' in 2 hrs and then climb gradually for another hour to Dovan (2,400m). Day 06: Climb to Deurali (5 hrs / 3,300 m) Above Dovan we enter into the region where effect of the high altitude effects are felt. So with slow pace we gradually climb to another hamlet of Himalaya in 2 hrs. Himalaya has got two lodges. After Himalaya (2,900m), we enter into sparsely vegetated rocky terrain and climb steeply for one hrs to Hinku cave. Deurali is across the arduous moraine intercepted by creeks with ice deposition. 07: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (5 hrs / 4,200m) The trail from Deurali to Fishtail base camp is avalanche prone area. So we will change the route to the other side of the Modi river according to the situation. It will take about 3 hrs to get to Fishtail base camp at 3,700 m. At Fishtail base camp valley opens up wide and bright with beautiful snow peaks. The trail to Annapruna base camp climbs gradually to the snowfield and the the edge of glacier. At base camp we are at the base of world's highest mountains surrounding us in 360 degree. Day 08: Trek down to Bamboo (6 hrs) After a beautiful sunrise view over the Annapurnas, we will head down slowly to Bamboo. First part of the trail might be steep and slippery. Bamboo is a clean settlement before we climb to Sinwa. Day 09: Trek back to Jhinu Danda (5 hrs / 1,600 m)| Bathe in natural hot spring We follow the same trail that we took to climb up till Chhomrong. Climb down steely on the stone steeps to the village of Jhinu. We settle into our lodge and then head down half and hour to natural hot spring pool in the shore of Modi river. Enjoy the natural hot spring and enjoy your last night in the mountain. Day 10: Follow the Modi river coast to Nayapul and drive back to Pokhara From Jhinu, we will basically traverse along the Modi river to Nayapul from where we started our trek in 5 hrs. We will be picked up by a car for a drive to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.

Pokhara: Sunrise Tour to Sarangkot

6. Pokhara: Sunrise Tour to Sarangkot

After pickup from your hotel, enjoy an early morning drive to Sarangkot. Sarangkot is one of the best viewpoints to admire the Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Fishtail, Mt. Dhaulagiri, and other mountains. You will admire a glorious sunrise from 1592 meters above sea level. The faint glow of the sun will slowly illuminate the peaks in a medley of colors, offering a truly inspiring scene.   After tea or coffee in a small tea house in Sarangkot, you will start the journey back to Pokhara. Enjoy a scenic drive through small villages, winding dirt trails and lush forests. Once back in Pokhara, visit Bindhya Basini Temple, the most sacred temple in Pokhara, built during the 17th century. You will then be dropped back to your hotel.

Ghandruk: 3-Day Loop Trek from Pokhara

7. Ghandruk: 3-Day Loop Trek from Pokhara

Get a taste of the Himalayas in this 3-day trek through dense green forest and paddy fields. With the help of an expert guide, learn the traditions of the local people as well as the history of the Annapurna region.     Day 1: Pokhara to Ghandruk (1540m) 5-6 hours hike.  The day starts with hotel pickup and a 1.5-hour drive to Nayapul. From Nayapul trek up to Ghandruk, enjoying the dense green forest along the way. Once in Ghandruk, visit the Gurung museum to learn the history of the region and the traditions of the Gurung community. Spot the nearby peaks such as Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Annapurna II, Hinuchuli, and Fishtail. Overnight in lodge.   Day 2: Gandruk to Pothana (2870m) 5-6 hours hike. Wake up early to witness the first rays of sun over the Himalayas. After breakfast, descend down to Modi Khola then climb up to Landruk village. Pass through paddy fields and walk past the village of Deurali before reaching the overnight lodge in Pothana. Day 3: Pothana to Pokhara, 3-4 hours hike. Spend the morning exploring Pothana and take in great views of Annapurna Massif, Fishtail, and other mountains. The trek then begins to Phedi, where the coach will be waiting to return the group to Pokhara.

From Kathmandu: 10-Day Ghorepani Yoga Trek

8. From Kathmandu: 10-Day Ghorepani Yoga Trek

Day 1  Upon arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, get picked up by your friendly driver and transferred to your 3* hotel in the city center. Enjoy some free time for sightseeing then destress with a 1-hour sleep meditation before bed.  Day 2 Start the day with a 1-hour yoga session followed by breakfast. After breakfast, travel to Pokhara and admire green hills, beautiful valleys and rolling mountains along the way. End the day with another sleep meditation session before bed.  Day 3  Enjoy another yoga session before breakfast then make your way to Nayapul, where your trek begins. Trek from Nayapul to Tikhedhunga on a 4.5-hour trek before spending the night at a traditional tea lodge, where you will once again be treated to a sleep meditation before bed.  Day 4 After your morning yoga session and breakfast, begin the trek from Tirkhedhunga to Ghorepani. You will be spending the night at another tea lodge. Day 5 Today, experience the breathtaking beauty of the sunrise over Poon Hill during your trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani. Tonight's accommodation is at another tea lodge and you will enjoy another sleep meditation before bed.  Day 6 Relax today with a relatively easy trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk before spending the night at a tea lodge. Day 7 Begin your descent after breakfast as you travel through Nayapul and Pokhara to reach the village of Pothana. Spend the night at a 3* hotel in Pokhara. Day 8 After your morning yoga session, spend the rest of the day exploring Pokhara at your own pace. See sights such as Davis Falls and the World Peace Pagoda or alternatively spend the day relaxing at your hotel.  Day 9 Begin the journey back to Kathmandu then destress after your 7-hour drive with a 1-hour sleep meditation before spending the night at a 3* hotel. Day 10 After your final morning yoga session, spend the rest of the day relaxing or doing a last-minute spot of souvenir shopping before getting dropped off at the airport in time for your flight.

Kathmandu: 13-Day Annapurna Circuit Trek

9. Kathmandu: 13-Day Annapurna Circuit Trek

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is still without doubt one of the best treks anywhere in the world, despite inroads being developed in the region. It is a trek of diverse culture that starts in the lush fields of Hindu farmers and takes you through one of the strongest Buddhist regions in Nepal, which is very similar to Tibet. The complete circuit starting from Besisahar takes between 18 and 21 days. Over the last few years, access to each of the major valleys that cut through the Himalayas to the east and west of the Annapurna Massif improves each year, as more sections of Jeep road are completed. Throughout your experience, your guides will make every effort to take this into account, allowing you to avoid hiking on the road as much as you can. Nowadays many people trekking the route choose to fly back to Pokhara from Jomsom or take a jeep to Baglung and a bus back to Pokhara. The Manang Valley is one of many reasons to choose this trekking route, offering a journey over the Thorong La at 5,416 meters. It is spectacular on a clear day, and awards views of the neighboring peaks around you. The full circuit will see you continue on past Jomsom to take a jeep ride for a day to Tatopani and the hot springs. There you can relax before continuing on to Ghorepani and Poon Hill, a part of the trek which has no road. Whatever you choose you will have climbed over the Annapurna Massif, lapped up more culture than you can imagine, and trekked through one of the most beautiful valleys anywhere in the world. At the conclusion of your experience, you will result back in Kathmandu, ready to fly to your next destination.

From Kathmandu: 11-Day Annapurna Base Camp Trek

10. From Kathmandu: 11-Day Annapurna Base Camp Trek

This Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a shorter trip catering to time-pressed travelers. You may opt for the longer Annapurna Sanctuary Trek – 14 Days if you would like to maximize your adventure. Join Alpine Club of Himalaya’s trekking expedition to Annapurna I, the 10th highest mountain in the world at 8,091m (26,545 ft) above sea level. Apart from the Annapurna 1, the Annapurna massif includes thirteen peaks over 7,000 meters and sixteen more over 6,000 meters. Our journey begins in Pokhara, widely known as the ‘Lake City. Pokhara offers magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, and Annapurna. Throughout our journey, we will encounter cascading waterfalls, beautiful villages, terraced farmlands, lush rhododendron forests, and amazing mountains. Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft) Welcome Dinner Day 2: Fly to Pokhara (823m/2,700ft) 30-minute flight, trek to Ghandruk (1940m/6360 ft): 5 – 6 hours trek We take a flight to Pokhara, the right side of the plane will offer the best views of The Himalayas. Representatives of Alpine Club of Himalaya will pick you up at the Pokhara airport. Then We take a 1 hour and 20-minute drive to Nayapul (new bridge) on the main road near Birethanti and begin our trek. From Birethanti, we trek to Ghandruk, a beautiful village mostly inhabited by the Gurung community. If time permits, you can visit the Gurung museum. Overnight in Ghandruk. Meals- Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Day 3: Ghandruk to Chhomrong (2170m/7120ft): 5 – 6 hours Day 4: Chhomrong to Bamboo (2310m/7578ft): 4 – 5 hours Day 5: Bamboo to Deurali (3230m/10,595ft): 3 – 4 hours Day 6: Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,545ft) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m/12135ft): 5 – 6 hours Day 7: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo: 7 – 8 hours We climb gently through a river bed then over a steep trail over to the mountainside, and then a somewhat strenuous hike from Bagar to Machhapuchhre Base Camp. From the base camp, we get excellent views of the majestic Machhapuchhre along with Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli, and Gangapurna. The vegetation becomes scarce thereafter 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 of 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. Meals- Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Day 8: Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1760m/5770 ft): 5 – 6 hours Day 9: Trek to Naya Pul then drive to Pokhara: 6 hours trek, 1-hour drive Day 10: Fly to Kathmandu Day 11: Final Departure: Home Sweet Home Representatives of Alpine Club of Himalaya will transport you to the airport. Meals- Breakfast.

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Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 9 reviews

The trek to the base camp was a magnificent experience, 100% recommended. Each of the stages is worth it, the ascent was very progressive and well planned by our guides so we did not have any incidents or discomfort at any time. Our incredible guide and porter, the treatment was very close, we consider them friends. They told us stories about Nepal and solved any curiosity we might have. We will certainly repeat!

Great trip - have only words of praise!

From Andreas and Camilla: We have a fan-fucking-tastic trip! Well organized, flexible, lots for the sake of our wishes, a wonderful guide and a porter who we had a lot of fun with. In addition, they taught us a lot about nature, the mountains, the locals and culture. The best recommendations from here!

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