From colourful Kathmandu to the snow-capped peaks of the world's highest mountain range, this trek in Nepal shows the many facets of this mysterious country. The Annapurna Massif, a true paradise for trekkers, will dazzle you with the exceptional diversity of its landscapes and the great ethnic variety you will meet in the villages along the way. This trip takes you several days away from the classic route for a sportier version of the Annapurna circuit.
From Kathmandu, you make your way to Pokhara to begin your trek. Passing through Ghandruk, Chhomrong and Himalaya Hotel you make your way through traditional villages before reaching the Macchapuchhare and Annapurna Base Camps for a spectacular view of the imposing mountain range. Full of stunning scenery, waterfalls, riverside and serene nature, this trek in Nepal offers a wonderful experience in tranquility and calm.
Boasting excellent acclimatization conditions, this itinerary that brings you to the edge of the world, showcasing Nepal in a new light. From the high valleys of Tibetan culture, this trek offers you an exciting alternative to the classic circuit of the Annapurna Massif. This trek in Nepal requires very good physical fitness as the route takes paths seldom visited. A hyperbaric chamber is systematically provided for this route, in the event of altitude sickness.
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Do you dream of trekking in the Annapurna Massif? This tour allows you to explore the classic Annapurna tour while staying away from crowds of trekkers through smaller side paths. A great adventure for those looking for a physical challenge off-the-beaten-track.
First steps in Nepal
The road to Pokhara
Today, you leave the capital and make your way to Pokhara. Sit back and relax as your driver navigates you through the varied landscapes. The road twists through steep mountains and secluded countrysides, home to pretty villages and many temples. Wave at the villagers wearing their traditional colored clothes and enjoy this magnificent journey.
First day of your trek
Today, get ready for the first leg of your trek, from Nayapul to Ghandruk (5h walk) - 1,940 m. Start your hike to the village of Ghandruk, and discover its incredible nature and rich ethnic culture and lifestyle which attracts many tourists from around the world each year. Ghandruk is the most visited trekking region of Nepal owing to its unique beauty and cultural identity. The main attractions of Ghandruk village are the commanding view of the Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchre peaks, as well as the Gurung culture. Apart from that, the rural way of life, the untouched culture, the welcoming of guests, the local food and the view of the majestic mountains will blow your mind.
Along the banks of the Modi Khola River
Today, be prepared to be awestruck by nature and snow-capped peaks on your trek from Ghandruk to Chomrong. Hike through lush vegetation that contrasts with the high snow-capped peaks. Start a small descent made of stairs to reach the banks of the Modi Khola River. You cross a series of small handcrafted bridges and the famous New Bridge, a wooden suspension bridge worthy of Indiana Jones. Take a tea break before leaving the rapeseed and millet fields for a long and regular climb which alternates between path and stone staircase in a forest of rhododendrons, the emblematic flower of Nepal. You arrive at the village of Chomrong from where you can admire the beautiful trail you have climbed. Night in a lodge at 2,170 m.
The path to the Himalaya Hotel begins with a steep descent into rocky scree before continuing on flat along the gorge, amid the bamboo, and still staying on the west side of the river. Then you cross the pastures of Tomo before finally arriving at the end of the gorge at Panchen Barah, where a small shrine is held. You will then go up to reach your destination: the Himalaya Hotel.
Staying always on the right bank of the Modi River, you advance through a valleythis time wider, to finally enter the Annapurna Sanctuary. Congratulations, you have achieved a world-famous climb, and probably one of the most beautiful. Right in front of you, you will be able to observe the glacier of Annapurna South. You are now at Machapuchare Base Camp, where you spend the night.
Arrival at Annapurna Base Camp
Today, after an hour of walking, you reach the Annapurna Base Camp. Once there, take a day off to enjoy the surroundings and the stunning nature around you. If you wish, you can walk to the base of the Annapurna South, before returning to the Base Camp where you spend the night.
Descent to the Modi Khola Valley
Today marks the start of your return journey. Wake up in the morning to contemplate the soft morning lights illuminating the circus of the summits that rise around you. After your breakfast, it's time to start a long descent to the Modi Khola Valley. In this sense, you observe the landscapes of your ascent from another point of view with wonder. You make a stop in Deurali at 3200m where you have your lunch. Perhaps you have the opportunity to taste Dal bhat, the traditional and emblematic dish of Nepal, a spicy lentil rice. Then, you find the rhododendron forests before arriving in Dobhan.
Through rhododendron fields
After a good breakfast, set off to begin the descent that brings you to New Bridge. Almost throughout your day, the snowy face of Annapurna South faces you, giving you courage for your descent. Observe again the change of landscapes between a high mountain universe, to a bamboo forest where you recognise the village of Bamboo. Still on the same side of the Modi Khola River, you pass through Sinuwa in a beautiful rhododendron forest where you come across many sheep. You then begin a fairly steep climb made of stone stairs to Chomrong before plunging towards New Bridge.
Through charming villages
Today, take the New Bridge and continue on a beautiful route that crosses torrents, waterfalls, glades and forests to Landruk, a charming little village in the heart of terraced cultures. Stop to enjoy a tasty Tibetan salted butter tea as you contemplate a beautiful unobstructed view of the lush valley of Modi and Annapurna South which stands out against the blue sky. You gradually climb up to Tolka, still surrounded by beautiful vegetation. This is a village typical of the region, with its brick houses painted white, pierced with many small windows. Climb to a pass at 2,100m and follow the ridge before descending to Pothana.
Last day of your trek
Your trek in the Annapurna Sanctuary ends today. Get ready for the last leg of your trek, which brings you from Pothana to Pedhi . You start your last day of walking via the village of Dhampus with a small gradual descent. Turn around from time to time. Behind you: Annapurna III, Annapurna II, Annapurna IV and Machhapuchhare, the sacred mountain that has never been climbed. You arrive at Phedi where a vehicle awaits you to take you to Pokhara.
Back to the capital
Today, your private drvier brings you from Pokhara to Kathamndu. Sit back and relax as your driver navigates you through the varied landscapes. The road twists through steep mountains and secluded countrysides, home to pretty villages and many temples. Take this moment to reflect on your achievements and the beautiful trek you have experienced surrounded by pristine and majestic nature. Upon arrival in the Kathmandu, why not take this moment to try some Nepalese cuisine?
Depending on the schedule of your international flight, you may still have time to venture into Kathmandu to enjoy its endearing atmosphere. Stroll through the old town near Durbar Square. Although damaged by the 2015 earthquake, life is in full swing in this picturesque historic district. Why not hop in a taxi to discover Patan. This ancient royal city of the Kathmandu Valley has kept its atmosphere, identity and an exceptional heritage! Eat a last meal of momos, delicious Tibetan dumplings, before being taken to the airport for your flight home. End of our services.
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