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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.

From Pokhara: 2-Day Poon Hill Trek

2. 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.

Pokhara: 7-Day Trek to Annapurna Base Camp and Hot Springs

3. Pokhara: 7-Day Trek to Annapurna Base Camp and Hot Springs

The experience begins with pickup from your hotel and heads to the trek’s starting point in Nayapul. Get kitted out with all the necessary equipment while your permits are checked then set out along the Modi Khola River, passing through several small villages on the way. Cross over the river to reach the village of Jhinu Danda, before arriving at your accommodation for the night, a quaint tea lodge. Day two starts with an uphill trek to Chhomrong, one of the largest villages along the route. Continue the walk through a dense forest landscape to reach your accommodation for the second night. Enjoy a leisurely trek to Deurali on day three, stopping for lunch against the backdrop of the stunning Himalayas. On day four, follow the trail across several streams towards the Machhapuchhare Base Camp, then hike to Ablation Valley. Follow your guide through the valley, which is a hollow corridor between the glacier and the mountain, then cross over the hills to reach Annapurna Base Camp where you’ll spend the night. On day five, hike through the only way out of Annapurna Sanctuary towards Bamboo. Bamboo is 1,600 m lower than Annapurna Base Camp, so you should expect a hard day on your knees. After a restful night’s sleep, continue your hike down the valley on day six, soaking up panoramic views as you descend to Chomrong and then Jhinu. Arrive at Jhinu and enjoy a well-deserved rest in one of the hot spring baths. Wake up on the final day to a short morning trek, passing by the quaint farmland that surrounds the river. At the end of an unforgettable seven-day trek, arrive back in Nayapul for your drop-off to Pakhora.

From Pokhara: 4-Day Ghorepani and Poon Hill Trek

4. From Pokhara: 4-Day Ghorepani and Poon Hill Trek

Day 1 After getting picked up from your hotel in Pokhara, enjoy a 1-hour drive to Birethanti, where you will begin your trek. Ascend through a landscape of teahouses and stunning scenery to reach the Magar village of Ulleri after 2 hours, where you will spend the night. Day 2 Enjoy a 2-hour trek through stone steps this morning. Admire panoramic views of Annapurna and Mt. Fishtail as you ascend into an alpine forest. Stop for a break at one of the route's many teahouses before reaching Ghorepani after 6 hours. From here, enjoy views of the world's deepest valley before retreating to a teahouse lodge for the night. Day 3 Rise early to watch the sunrise from Poon Hill. This is sure to be one of the highlights of your trip as you admire the sun rising over 15 mountain peaks. Marvel at some of the world's largest peaks before descending to Ghorepani. After sunrise, follow a trail that will take you through a rhododendron forest, over mountain ridges to reach Tadapani, where you will spend the night at another teahouse lodge. Day 4 Today, enjoy a short descent to the village of Ghandruk. Soak up the atmosphere of this charming mountain village as you wander through streets filled with thatch and slate roof houses and farming terraces. Stop for lunch at a viewpoint where you can admire views of Annapurna South and Huinchuli. Afterward, continue trekking for 1 more hour before catching a ride back to Pokhara, where you will be dropped off at your hotel.

From Pokhara: 2-Day Australian Camp Trek

5. From Pokhara: 2-Day Australian Camp Trek

Day 1: Start with pickup from your hotel or residence in Lakeside, Pokhara at 8:30 AM. Meet your guide and enjoy breakfast in Pokhara. After breakfast, hop in your transport and travel to Kande, a journey which takes approximately 1.5 hours. Once you arrive in Kande, start your hike to the Australian Camp. Trek uphill through the beautiful forest for about 2 hours to reach the Australian Camp. From here, enjoy fantastic view of the Annapurna Mountain Range including the peaks of Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Annapurna South Hiuchuli, Annapurna II and IV, and Lamjung Himal. You may also visit the beautiful village of Pothana. After your day of trekking, enjoy a stay overnight in a tea lodge house, with all meals included. Day 2: Wake early in the morning to catch the sunrise and beautiful Himalayas view. Enjoy breakfast at the lodge before beginning a hike down from the Australian Camp to Phedi via Dhampus village. After hiking down, be returned to Pokhara.

From Pokhara: 5-day Mardi Himal Trek

6. From Pokhara: 5-day Mardi Himal Trek

Day 1: At 8:30 AM, your guide will meet with you at your hotel in Pokhara. Then, drive to Kande and trek to Pothana/Deurali (2125 m). Overnight stay at a teahouse lodge. Day 2: Trek to Low Camp (3150 m). The next day, the trail continues to the low camp at height of 3150 m. It will take about 3 hours to reach and, once there, you will be able to enjoy views of beautiful rhododendron trees covered with moss, fern, and lichen. The best view from this camp is the splendid Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) Mountain. There are just 3 lodges at the low camp and you will stay in Low Camp GH or similar. Overnight stay at a teahouse lodge. Day 3: Trek to High Camp (3700 m). On day 3, trek straight to the high camp, which will take around 5 to 6 hours to reach. Pass through the Mardi Ridge, which shall provide majestic views of Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. Isolated rhododendron bushes and colorful Danphe pheasants are also a major attraction of the trail. There are 3 hotels at the high camp, which are much bigger than the ones at the low camp. The best hotel there is Trekkers Paradise, with internet facilities, hot and cold water, showers etc. Overnight stay at a teahouse lodge. Day 4: Hike to Mardi Base Camp and trek down to Sidding (4500 m). On day 4, the trek arrives at Mardi Base Camp. Start the journey there after breakfast. It will take around 5 hours to get to. Explore the area and enjoy the exotic flora and fauna, mountain ranges, and snowy landscape. After spending some time there, begin the descent back to Sidding. It will take around 4 hours. The way can be slippery too, so caution is advised here. Stay at Trekkers Lodge or similar at Sidding. Organic and non-organic foods, water, internet facilities available. Overnight stay at a teahouse lodge. Day 5: Drive back to Pokhara by Jeep. From Sidding, trek to Lumre, passing through the villages of Kalimati and Ghalel. From Lumre, travel by Jeep until arrival back in Pokhara. You will be dropped off at your hotel.

Pokhara: Half-Day Guided Sightseeing Tour

7. Pokhara: Half-Day Guided Sightseeing Tour

After breakfast, start your sightseeing program in Pokhara, also known as the city of the lakes, one of the most visited areas in Nepal. Take this opportunity to witness the natural and phenomenal beauty of the gorgeous city. First, head towards the Davis Fall, followed by a visit to the wonderful Gupteshor cave. Afterward, drive to Bindabasini temple, Seti river gorge, Gorkha museum. Later, drive to the Suspension bridge. Spend some time with some great views and Nepal's countryside. Afterward, return back to the city to conclude your tour.

From Kathmandu: 11-Day Annapurna Base Camp Trek

8. 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.

Kathmandu: 14-Day Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

9. Kathmandu: 14-Day Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Beginning from Kathmandu, make your way to the Annapurna Sanctuary where your 14-day trek will commence. Throughout your trek there will be a leader, an assistant leader, and porters for carrying luggage. This arrangement ensures that even in the event that anybody in the group becomes sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. Your day-to-day itinerary is as follows: Day 1: Arrival to Kathmandu (1,300 meters) Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing and preparation Day 3: Fly to Pokhara and trek to Ulleri (2,050 meters) Day 4: Ulleri to Ghorepani, 4 to 5-hour trek (2,750 meters) Day 5: Ghorepani to Tadapani, 6 to 7-hour trek (2,700 meters) with a visit to Poon Hill (3,210 meters) Day 6: Tadapani to Chhomrong, 6-hour trek (2,170 meters) Day 7: Chhomrong to Bamboo 4 to 5 hour-trek (2,310 meters) Day 8: Bamboo to Deurali 3 to 4-hour trek (3,230 meters) Day 09: Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp, 5 to 6-hour trek (4,130 meters) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3,700 meters) Day 10: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo, 7 to 8-hour trek Day 11: Bamboo to Jhinu Danda, 5 to 6-hour trek (1,760 meters) Day 12: Trek to Nayapul then drive to Pokhara, 6-hour trek Day 13: Fly to Kathmandu Day 14: Final Departure

Annapurna Base Camp: Wellness & Culinary Trek

10. Annapurna Base Camp: Wellness & Culinary Trek

Venture into a dazzling myriad of snow-capped stone giants en route to the rustic beauty of the Annapurna Sanctuary and Base-Camp in an exciting fortnight of unimaginable adventure! Trek through the Modi Khola Valley with its lush forests of oak, rhododendron, and bamboo, passing local Gurung villages, towards a breathtaking horizon that hosts some of the world's most spectacular scenery. The vast natural amphitheatre of the sanctuary is encircled by the Himalaya's famous peaks – the 'fishtail' spire of Machapuchare, Annapurna South, Gangapurna, the unconquered Fang, and the gargantuan Annapurna 1 – each one taller than the last. Itinerary: Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal's capital city, where you'll spend the night. Day 2 From Kathmandu you'll fly to Pokhara and then walk over foothills to the little town of Hile, where you'll enjoy the domineering panorama of the Himalayas and its most famous peak, Everest. Day 3 Trek to Ghorepani, an historic rest-stop once used for ancient traders and their horses. Day 4 Descend slightly on your journey around the hills to the tiny village of Chuile. Day 5 Hike to the beautiful small town of Sinuwa, that overlooks the confluence of the rivers Modi Khola and Chhromrong Khola. Day 6 On the sixth day you will reach the edge of what is officially recognised as the Himalayas mountain range. Day 7 Trek to the first of the two base-camps you'll visit. Machapuchare Base-Camp lays at an altitude of 3700 meters, a little over halfway up to the mountain's extraordinary fishtail-shaped peak. Day 8 Hike to Annapurna base camp, the highest point of the tour at 4130 meters. Relish the stunning views over Nepal and stay the night. With any luck the morning will be clear enough to witness the unbeatable sunrise! Day 9 Descend the rocky paths to Bamboo, a tiny village that takes its name from the surrounding forest dense with the favoured food of Nepal's native Red Pandas. Day 10 Head to Jhinu Danda where you'll enjoy the afternoon soaking in the town's hot-springs. Day 11 On the longest day of the tour you'll hike 8 hours to the village of Dhampus. Day 12 Walk to the small town of Phedi where you'll be met by a driver and taken back to Pokhara for a chance to enjoy the sights of the city or simply get some well-earned rest! Day 13 Fly back to Kathmandu. Please inform the company in advance whether you'd like to return in the morning or afternoon, depending on whether you'd value the extra time more in Pokhara or in the capital. Day 14 International departure.

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The organization was correct. Everything was coordinated. Transportation, accommodation, meals and the route that interested me was fulfilled. The very professional guide, I take care of all the details. I've already been to Pokhara and I knew what to expect.

Very kind guide who was helping us with everything, beautiful place to hike