Moderate trekking involves 5 – 6 hours a day walking at a steady pace below 4000 meters for around 10 days trekking trip.
Classic Annapurna sanctuary trek with side walk with religious hub Muktinath reward with authentic cultural experience of the remote countryside setting as trek leads through the unraveled Mustang region stunning with dramatic landscapes, natural caves with awesome arts carved in it and Muktinath temple; Mecca for both Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims and travelers.
During the trek also named as Annapurna Base Camp trek enjoy the Himalayan scenery from the diverse angles as the trek proceeds along the undulating trail through terraced fields, green meadows crossing deep canyons, rivers, swinging bridges draped with prayer flags. Apart from the cultural immersion trekkers thrill with the captivating glimpses of the Annapurna I, Mananslu, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre for the life time memory and with visit to religious haven Muktinath temple; shrine nestled on the backdrop of the mountains, making the trek not only trekking journey but also cultural and spiritual journey to be revered for whole life.
There are so many components to this great trek – an experience for body, mind and spirit.
Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. A Lantang Ri Trekking & Expedition representative will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. When you are ready you will be collected from your hotel lobby and driven to our Thamel office where you will be formally introduced to your trekking guide. We will go through all your trek itinerary and arrangements with you an ensure every detail is in place. We will also ask for your passport photographs and any other details so that we can organize all permits required for your trek and the region you will be exploring.
Today our office will secure your trekking permits and arrange domestic travel details. While you also recover from your international flight jet lag we can utilise today to escort you to some of the fantastic cultural highlights of Kathmandu. We will collect you from your hotel in the morning and provide you with a very knowledgeable sightseeing guide. The highlights of any tour of Kathmandu always include visits to the main religious and architectural sites of Swayambhunath, also known as the Monkey Temple; Pashupatinath Hindu temple on the banks of the Bagmati River in eastern Kathmandu; and the ancient royal heart of Kathmandu at Durbar Square.
Durbar Square: This is a UNESCO world Heritage site and deservedly so. It comprises a royal palace which has many buildings and courtyards that are now a fascinating museum of the history of Nepal and its royal Malla Kings heritage. Some of the royal buildings date back to the 12th century and now function as a wonderful museum focusing on royalty history. Outside the palace in the Durbar Square area there and many beautifully designed and constructed temples, each with its own historical and special religious significance. Your guide will tell you fascinating stories about each structure and explain its religious function and associated beliefs. The quality of woodwork and detailed figurative carving on many of these temples is exceptional.
Swayambhunath Buddhist Stupa: Is a 2000 year old Stupa – a religious hemispherical structure – that is the most important of all Buddhist shrines. It is the focal point of Buddist belief in Nepal. The main stupa structure is very large and its ornate central spire carries the all-seeing eye of the Buddha who observes all adherents and knows all. Your guide will escort you on a walk around the stupa – it is spiritually and culturally important to ensure you walk in the correct direction – and explain some of the history and significance of the stupa.
Pashupatinath Hindu Temple: At the very large and complex Pashupatinath temple we explore aspects of the Hindu religion. This old and very revered complex of buildings and shrines is dedicated to the Lord Shiva, one of the main deities of Hinduism. While Lord Shiva has multiple forms he is often seen as the destroyer. And this has great significance for the Pashupatinath temple as it is the site of many Hindi ritual cremations each day. Pashupatinath is considered by Hindus to be an auspicious site for passing from one stage of life to the next through the purifying and destroying flames of cremation. However, on a happier note, visitors may also get to see the temple in a buoyant festival mode with one of the many Hindu festivals celebrated every year.
Drive or fly to Pokhara. The flight is an optional extra for this itinerary. Pokhara is located about 200km west of Katmandu on the shores of the beautiful Lake Fewa. Pokhara is a mixture of restful and busy. It has the atmosphere of a relaxed “resort town” where visitors take it easy seeing the sights and resting before their Annapurna or Mustang trek and once again upon their return. But is also a busy place with all these visitors arriving, leaving and exploring the lake and nearby sights of Pokhara. The option to drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara provides an opportunity to experience more of the real Nepal beyond the national parks and trekking trails. The scenery and people you will meet on the drive is also worth the experience.
After breakfast, we drive from the Pokhara on the half pitched and half bumpy and windy road to reach the Ghandruk; beautiful village inhabited by the culturally adorned Gurung community. During the 3-4 hours drive, we cover 53.4 kilometers.
Today entire trek will be on the ascending trail passing Machhapuchhre base camp to reach at the base of the world tenth highest mountain peak located at the elevation of 4130 meters. During the 5-6 hours trek, we thrill at the amazing scenery of the spectacular Annapurna South, Macchhapuchhre, Hiunchuli from the Macchapuchhre base camp and cover 8 kilometers distance.
After breakfast, trek for 6-7 hours on the downhill trail that descends 1700 meters from previous day location to reach at Bamboo located at the height of 2310 meters, for overnight stay. During the trek, thrill on the breathtaking vision of the Annapurna, Annapurna South, Himchuli, Fishtail and many more. During 7 hours trek, we cover 18 kilometers distance.
After breakfast, continue the journey on the undulating trail that crosses the lush forests as well as the culturally adorned Choomrong village to reach Jhinudanda for the overnight stay. And on 5-6 hours trek, we descend 500 meters from the previous night location as Jhinudanda is nestled at the height of 1780 meters from the sea level. At Jhinudanda we will soothe the pain of trek taking bath on the natural hot springs. During the 6-7 hours trek covering 12 kilometers distance.
After breakfast, we descend to cross the suspension bridge over Kyumrong Khola, then take a steep uphill path till we reach a new bridge. And from the new bridge, we will take the downhill trail that goes left from new bridge to reach Modi Khola from where we take an easy path to reach Tolkha for the overnight. During the 5-6 hours trek, we descend from the previous night destination.
After breakfast, the trek from the Tolkha to Dhampus taking 5-6 hours for the overnight.
After breakfast trek to Phedi from Dhampus for 2 hours to catch the vehicle for the return drive to Pokhara indicating the end of the trek.
After breakfast in the morning, you say goodbye to Pokhara and head back to bustling Kathmandu by road. You may also choose to fly back to Kathmandu as an optional extra to your itinerary. You will be delivered back to your Kathmandu hotel at the end of today’s travels.
We will drive you to the airport for the departure according to your scheduled flight.
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