After a pleasant overnight stop at Pokhara facing views of Annapurna Himalaya range of mountains with Machhapuchare peaks 'Fish Tail', having hearty breakfast in the hotel then drive beyond Pokhara to commence our first day walks.
Journey with grand views of Annapurna heading past farm villages and towns and then reaching Bhirethati, one of the most charming village around Annapurna area.
From here walk starts following Modi River for short walk around low and warmer farm areas and then on stone steps uphill to reach at Gurung village Ghandruk.
At Ghandruk overnight in a nice comfortable lodge with view of Annapurna peaks with time to visit around this nice Gurung village, which is also a gateway to many trekking and adventure around Annapurna areas.
From Ghandruk morning walk up at the village top and then on gradual path for short-while soon our route picks to a climb to reach at Kimrong Danda (ridge) with some Tea-House and Lodge. Here with short break downhill into cool forested trails to reach the valley floor of Kimrong River with its nice farm village located in this peaceful valley, from here climbs starts for an hour or more to reach a hill top.
After the climb on gradual winding path paved with fine stone work to reach above Chomrong village and then a short descend to reach our overnight place within nice and large village of Chomrong. A large Gurung village similar to Ghandruk which is the last permanent human settlement on route to Annapurna base camp within sanctuary.
After Chomrong on downhill to cross a bridge over Chomrong river with uphill to Sinuwa danda (ridge) with couple of Tea-House and shops, where walk leads into deep forested areas on winding ups and then descend into dense woodland with bamboo grooves to a place called also as Bamboo.
A small settlement to cater the needs of the trekkers with many good lodges located in a river gorge surrounded by forest of rhododendron-pines and bamboo.
From the Bamboo place walk is gradual into woods with easy ups to reach at Dovan for overnight stops in a small remote and isolated place with few lodges for travelers.
Slowly our adventure leads closer to our aim and highlight as walk leads into winding ups into forest past a lonely place called Himalaya Hotel, located next to large overhanging cave Hinko which is directly beneath Annapurna South and Huin-Chuli peaks.
From Himalaya Hotel downhill near Modi River then with short climb to reach at Deurali where tall tree lines stops for short alpine bushes, walk carries on uphill following Modi river right up to our overnight stop at Machhapuchare base camp located at the bottom of majestic North Face of Machhapuchare Himal ‘Fish Tail’.
An easy and short day morning walk to Annapurna base camp, as from Machhapuchare where Annapurna Sanctuary starts right up to base camp, walk leads to short ups to reach a level ground on a huge field or a plateau within Sanctuary enclosed by array of peak and soon walk leads to a welcome sign-post of Annapurna Base Camp.
Reaching our final destination and highest spot at above 4,130 m high situated beneath towering Mt. Annapurna and range of other peaks of Vara-Shikar, Gangapurna with Annapurna South.
Annapurna Base Camp, one and only base camp in whole Himalaya region with facility of nice and cozy lodge including nice food menu and rooms facing amazing views of Annapurna peaks.
Enjoying lovely and pleasant scenic times at Annapurna base camp a long walk of near six hours leads you downhill with short ups to reach at Bamboo and back into tall tree lines and lush vegetation, after being on arctic zone climate at Annapurna base camp and sanctuary.
Return journey back to Chomrong with ups and downhill trail, from Chomrong hill top our route diverts to another fresh new trail to reach at nice hill village at Jhinu located on a ridge with grand scenery of rolling hills and mountains.
Jhinu provides refreshing natural hot-spring for interested people which is a mere distance downhill of half hour to the hot spring with two nice warm pools close to raging Modi-River.
Our last day of trekking, where morning leads to a nice pleasant walks downhill within low and warmer farm and paddy fields areas, where interesting drive takes you at scenic and beautiful Pokhara for overnight stops by famous serene Lake Phewa.
We have planned the itinerary days and program so that people with short frame of time can enjoy the walks to Annapurna Base Camp, allows you to stand right in the heart of massive Annapurna Himalaya at base camp.
From minimum 3-4 hrs to maximum of 6-7 hrs, that is why we designed this trekking shorter days programs where all can join requires good physical fitness to cope with long uphill and downhill walks.
On this trek around main villages we provide excellent lodge where available as per the budget and cost of the trek, either with rooms attached bath / toilets or common.
But from Chomrong village onward where choice of facilities lacks due to limited numbers of lodge on each day walks, but be glad that where on this world one can find a nice and cozy right next and beneath world’s highest peaks.
Which you can find only on Annapurna Base Camp at the height of 4,130 m where room faces tremendous views of high peaks and surrounding beautiful landscapes.
Tea-House Trekking an old word, when much commercial trekking was not popular in the Himalaya, where camping was more popular due to lack of tea-house and lodge in villages on route.
Tea-House is simple shops with rooms to shelter travelers with basic facilities providing simple local meals, as trekking became more popular around the region where Tea-House turned into better lodge to provide great comfort of travelers.
At present even though accommodation are much upgraded with many good facilities with warm rooms, toilets, showers (hot / cold) and serving great meals the term Tea-House is tagged rather than lodge trekking, as it become a customary or a tradition from early times till present.
Water is the main cause for health risk on mountains or in third world developing countries; we are extremely take care where in camping all drinking waters are thoroughly boiled to high temperatures and the cooling off to provide guest to pour in the water bottles.
While on Tea-House Treks the lodge owner or our guide will make sure that drinking water provided is safe to drink after its been boiled, filtered and ready for drinking, some areas in Annapurna do have safe drinking water post provided by local community known as ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Project) charging minimum price for a liter.
We totally disapprove plastic bottle to buy and drink, pollution to the environment as long one will use and re-cycle it, plastic bottle water we allow sometime unless people are desperate for drinking due to under de-hydration condition, or in ill health on walks.
Meals provided from the lodge where most of lodge owner family member cooks meals for the guest where some high standard lodge, a cook is hired from cities to give the best to the customers from famous Nepalese Dal Bhat (boiled rice with lentil soup and semi spicy vegetable or meat curries). Includes Tibetan, Chinese to Continental dishes as well in the menu, where fresh vegetables and fruits depend upon season wise and availability.
Meals according to the list of menu provided, where some vegetable and fresh fruits depend upon seasons, all meals are well cooked and hygienically prepared so that customers can come back and use the same lodge and restaurants and keep the business flowing, flourishing.
For larger groups it is best to have set meals as this save time and energy and much better for all including the lodge owner.