Mount Annapurna is 8091 meters high and it is the 10th highest mountain in the world. The journey to its base camp is believed to be one of the most popular trekking experience on the earth. The Annapurna region trek begins in the most beautiful Pokhara city widely known as the ‘Lake City’. It passes through amazing mountains, beautiful villages, terraced farmlands, lush rhododendron forests, cascading waterfalls and friendly people.
Itinerary : 07 Nights / 08 Days “Gandruk Circuit Trek”
Highlights: 3 Nights Kathmandu, 2 Nights Pokahra, 1 Night Phedi, 1 Night Gandruk.
Activities and cost might be different from agency to agency but you’ll get similar details at most of the agencies.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu:
Upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, your tour company representative will be there at the Airport to pick you up and transfer you to your Hotel. Your first overnight at your hotel in the valley of the gods, masterpiece of an ancient civilization. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Kathmandu – Pokhara
After breakfast in hotel, Half day sightseeing:
A. Swayambhunath Temple:
Swayambhunath is an ancient Buddhist religious temple at the top a hill in the Kathmandu Valley. You can see beautiful view of the city from the top. It is also known as the Monkey Temple by tourists as there are holy monkeys living in the small forest of the temple but it’s name is not monkey temple. The Swayambhunath complex consists of a stupa, a variety of shrines and temples, some dating back to the Licchavi period. Although the site is considered Buddhist, the place is revered by both Buddhists and Hindus and numerous king Hindu followers are known to have paid their homage to the temple, including Pratap Malla, the powerful king of Kathmandu before unification of Nepal.
B. Boudhanath Stupa
Boudhanath Stupa is the largest stupa in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside Tibet which is the center of Tibetan culture in Kathmandu. The stupa consists of a dome at the base, above which is a cubical structure painted with eyes of Buddha looking in all four directions with the word “unity” in the main Nepali dialect between them. The stupa has many artifacts inside it.
C. Pashupatinath Temple
Pashupatinath Temple, with its astonishing architectural beauty, stands as a symbol of faith, religion, culture and tradition. Regarded as the most sacred temple of Hindu Lord Shiva in the world, Pashupatinath Temple’s existence dates back to 400 A.D. The richly-ornamented pagoda houses the sacred linga or phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. Thousands of pilgrims from all over the world come to pay homage to this temple, that is also known as ‘The Temple of Living Beings’.
D. Hanumandhoka Durbar Square
Kathmandu Durbar is one of three Durbar (royal palace) Squares in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites . Hanuman Dhoka (Hanuman Gate), with several complexes spread over an area of about five acres, is the social, religious and urban focal point of Kathmandu. The square is the complex of palaces, courtyards and temples that were built between the 12th and the 18th centuries by the ancient Malla Kings of Nepal. The Durbar is divided into two courtyards, the outer comprising Kasthamandap, Kumari Ghar, and Shiva-Parvati Temple, and the inner consisting of Hanuman Dhoka and the main palace. It also houses two museums. Important ceremonies, including the coronation of the Nepali monarch, are held in the Kathmandu Durbar Square.
Day 03: Kathmandu – Pokhara
E. Depart from Kathmandu to Pokhara.
Passing through beautiful landscape, paddy farm, river, tiny villages etc. Pokhara is located 200 kilometer west of Kathmandu city and it is second largest city of Nepal. It is a most beautiful city with lakes and panoramic view of Annapurna Himalayan ranges. The Annapurna and the famous “Fishtail” mountain peak of Machapuchare can be seen from Pokhara valley.
F. Pokhara: Arrival
Pokhara is blessed with stunning panoramic views of the Annapurna range which forms its backdrop. The mesmerizing Machhapuchhre also called Mt. Fishtail dominates the scenery because of its proximity to the valley and can be seen from anywhere in Pokhara. Stretching from east to west, the Annapurna massif includes Annapurna 1 to IV and Annapurna South. Further away are seen the giants, Dhaulagiri (8,167m) and Manaslu (8,163m).
Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.
Day 04: Drive to Phedi (30min) and trek to Tolka (1810m) 4-5 hrs walk
After breakfast you will drive up to Phedi from where the trek begins. You will be rewarded with great views of the mountains that continue to improve as you ascend along the ridge to Dhampus (1750m at the top), from where you will have magnificent view of Fishtail and Annapurna mountain. Continues trek to Pothana where you will have lunch break. After lunch you will have up and down trek to Small settlement Tolka. Stay overnight at the tea house.
Day 05: Trek to Ghandruk (1970m) 4-5 hrs walk
After an early morning breakfast at the lodge, you will trek slowly down hill to Landruk from where the trail descends all the way to Modi Khola. After crossing Modi Khola stream on a suspension bridge with a view of wild honey bee hives on the rocky cliff, from here the trail leads all the way up to a Ghandruk village. Ghandruk village is a big Gurung Settlement, kind of modern town of this trek where you can see local museum and Buddhist Monasteries. Stay overnight at the lodge.
Day 06: Trek to Nayapul-Pokhara (4-5 hrs walk and 2 hrs drive)
Ghandruk village is one of the best places from where you can have best view of the Annapurna, Hiunchuli and Fishtail very close by. After wonderful short time in the Ghandruk village, trek down all the way to Nayapul via Birethanti. Nayapul is the ending point of the trek, drive back to Pokhara. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 07: Drive back to Kathmandu
After fantastic time in and around Pokhara, today after breakfast you will transfer to the tourist bus station for day scenic countryside drive to Kathmandu. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Note: You can fly to Pokhara which takes 35 minute.
Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 08: Kathmandu – Departure
After breakfast, transfer to airport for final departure.
Equipment and Packing List for Annapurna Base Camp Trek
The following basic equipment check lists should help you with your packing. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. At the start of the trek your packed trek bag should weigh not more than 33 pounds or 15 kg.
Items market with (*) can be provided by Himalayan Glacier inclusive in the service
- Sun hat or scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Under Garments
- Hiking shorts
- Lightweight cotton long pants
- Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
- Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
- Thin, lightweight inner socks
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks
- Hiking boots with spare laces
- Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
- Down vest and/or jacket
- Lightweight gloves
- Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)
- Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F *
- Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
- Trekking Bags/Duffel bag *
- Basic First Aid Kit
- Large plastic bags to keep items dry inside the trek bag
- Day pack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
- Trekking Poles
- Water bottles
- Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
- Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)
- 1 medium sized quick drying towel
- Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
- Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
- Nail clippers
- Face and body moisturizer
- Female hygiene products
- Small mirror
- Wet wipes (baby wipes)
- Tissue /toilet roll
- Anti bacterial hands wash
- Reading book
- Trail Map/Guide book
- Journal and Pen
- Pencils and small notebooks
- Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
- Swimming customs (for Kathmandu and Trek)