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Annapurna to Muktinath

ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP & MUKTINATH TREKKING





The Annapurna base camp and Muktinath trek is an intermediate level trek. It requires a good experience of walking and you also need to have a good physical condition as well. On the way, you see the stunning view of the great Himalayas such as Machhapuchare, Annapurnas, Daulagiri, Nilgiri and other beautiful mountains. It seizes the scenic picturesque charming during the trek. The Rhododendron, nation flower of Nepal, blooms in March-April.




The route further steps ascending up to the 4130m at the Annapurna base camp. Then the route descends to Chhomurong village and then ascends to Ghorepani Poon hill. You can have the best view of Annapurna region from this point. Then the trek descends until Tatopani (natural hot spring) and again it continues to follow Kali Gandaki valley till pilgrimage town of Muktinath. You can choose to either fly back Jomsom or walk back to Pokhara.



For visiting Annapurna base camp and Muktinath trekking requires permission from Annapurna conservation area project (ACAP) Rs. 2000 per person.



Facts of Trip:

Country: Nepal
Destination: Annapurna Base Camp and Muktinath Trek
Starting point: Phedi
Ending Point: Jomsom
Mode of Trekking: Lodge Trek ( Tea house Trek) or Camping
Best season in Nepal: Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct & Nov
Total Trip Duration: 24 Days
Grade: Moderate
Majors interesting: Buddhist monasteries and Hindu temples,
Accommodation: 4 Nights in Kathmandu, 2 Nights in Pokhara, 16 nights in trekking lodge
Max. Altitude: 4130 meters
Activities: Trekking & Walking, Cultural Tours & Sightseeing
Group Size: Min 01 pax, Max 12 Pax




Annapurna Base camp and Muktinath Himalayan Sights

Annapurna I- 8091m. Annapurna II-7937m.Annapurna III-7855m, Annapurna IV- 7525m, Annapurna South 7819m, Varaha Shikhar 7847m, Himchuli 6441m,Dhaulagiri 1- 8163m, Dhaulagiri II- 7751m, Nilgiri 6940m, Thapa Peak 6015m, Tukche Peak 6920m, Machhapuchhre 6993m, Mardi Himal 5588m. Singu Chuli 6500m, Tharpu Chuli 5663m. Gangapurna 7483m, Lamjung Himal 6931m,Manaslu 8163m, Ganesh Himal 1-7429m. Ganesh Himal 2-7163m, Ganesh Himal 3-7110m, Ngadi Chuli 7871m, Himalchuli 7893m, Shringi 7187m, Pisang peak 6019m, Himlung 7126m, Gyajikhang 7038m, Cheo Himal 6820m, Chulu East 6338m, Chulu West 6420m, Thorong Peak 6484m, Yakawa Kan 6482m, Ratna Chuli 7035m, Brikuti 6364m and more snow capped mountains



Trip day to day itinerary --

Trip day to day itinerary --
 
DAY 01:  Arrival in Kathmandu [1,300m/4,264 ft]
Upon our arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, we will be warmly greeted by a representative from Beauty Nepal Adventure. After completion of our custom formalities (Visa, etc), we pick up our luggage and look for our representative with Beauty Nepal Adventure display board at the arrival gate. We will be then escorted to Hotel in Kathmandu. After check in, we can either take a rest or hang around in the city site. It all depends upon our interests and condition. At the evening upon our reception,Beauty Nepal Adventure will organize a Welcome Dinner at an excellent traditional Nepalese restaurant where we enjoy a Nepalese cultural program as well as a fine meal. Included meal: Dinner (D)
Note: B refers to Breakfast, L refers to Lunch and D refers to Dinner
 
*Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara and Transfer to Hotel
 
*Day 03: Trek Pokhara-Dhampus (1650 m)
After breakfast, we take 45 minutes drive to Suikhet Phedi (1130m), where our trekking crews will be waiting for us. Then we start the trek ascending the trial, from here the path diverts and climbs the ridge above the Yangri Stream and reaches the village of Astam at the top of the ridge. Follow the ridge west through the Henjakot & reach to Dhampus, from here one can have a closer view of Mt. Machhapuchre & Annapurna South. Over night stay lodge.
 
*Day 04: Dhampus-Landrunk (1646 m)
we start the trek & ascend up for an hour through the dense forest of Rhododendron & Orchid to a Pass at 2160 m then descend gradually for another an hour to reach Ghatte Khola for lunch. Then continue the slope downhill to Landrung. . Over night stay at lodge.
 
*Day 05: Landrunk to Chomrong: ( 1960M)
The first village you can be at Landruk (1646m), a typical Gurung (out of ethnical group) community. High on the opposite side of the river, you can explore the village of Ghandruk . From this point, the trial descends along terraced slopes & forest down to the river. After crossing the river at New Bridge, your trial moves to steep ascend 500m and join with the trial from Ghandruk.From here it is a short & fairly walk to Chomrong (1960m).Chomrong is a village which offers a spectacular views of Annapurna south & Machhapuchhre. Over night stay at lodge.
 
AY 06:  Chhomrong to Dovan (2580m/8460ft): 7 hrs trek
Upon leaving behind Chhomrong along the Modi Khola, we will be at inhabited foothills into the high step and wooded slopes of Himalayas. We cross the suspension bridge then trek up to Sinuwa Danda. The ascent from Sinuwa becomes somewhat flatter. The trail passes through thick and dark arresting rhododendron forest up to Khuldighar. Then the trail passes through deep bamboo and rhododendron forest to the village of Dovan. (B, L, D)
 
DAY 07:  Dovan to Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3700m/12135ft) 7 hrs
The day starts with gentle gradual ascend following the trail above the river through a thick bamboo, oak and rhododendron forests up the side of the canyon. We cross two streams over small bridges. The trail further passes through solitary places. The nature's wilderness and solitariness give peace to our mind. There is also the possibility of seeing a variety of species of wildlife such as wild pig, deer, and snow leopard. after the lunch at deurali,the trail climbs gently through a river bed and then it rises steeply over the mountain side. There are also avalanche prone areas at few points on the trail. After about half an hour's walk from Deurali, we will find ourselves in middle of river bed surrounded by giant snow-covered mountains. When the sun rises, the snow on mountains shine and river valley is filled with warm sun rays. The hike to Machhapuchhare Base Camp is somewhat strenuous but the unfolding views of the majestic Machhapuchre are certainly a rewarding experience. Overnight at Machhapuchhare Base Camp. (B, L, D)
 
DAY 08:  Machhapuchhare Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,545ft): 2 - 3 hrs trek
On the way to Annapurna Base Camp from Machhapuchhare Base Camp, the vegetation disappears. We will encounter with the snow boulders melting and forming small streams. The path widens as we enter the Sanctuary, follows a stream, and then climbs to a few huts alongside a moraine. Upon arrival at this juncture, we will have sensational views of the near-vertical south face of Annapurna towering above the sanctuary. Annapurna Base Camp sanctuary boasts of a dynamic view without anything impeding panorama of the 360 degrees. The heart inspiring views of Machhapuchre, Annapurna south, Annapurna I, Hiuchuli and other peaks will be the boon of our hard efforts. Climax of our trip almost ends today! Overnight at Annapurna Base Camp (4130m/13550ft). (B, L, D)
 
DAY 09:  Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (2310m/7575ft): 7 hrs trek 
At dawn, we relish the magnificent sunrise over the Himalayas from Annapurna Base Camp. Upon our breakfast, we start descending from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo back through Machhapuchre Base Camp, Deurali, Dovan and finally reach Bamboo. Heading back down to the valley is much easier than climbing up. We will see the waterfalls that drop down from a high point to the rocks below. We further pass through the forests with great views of Fishtail and Hiunchuli mountains. Overnight at Bamboo. (B, L, D)
 
 
*Day 10: Bamboo / Chhomrung 6 hrs
Descend a long, stone staircase through bamboo and rhododendrons forests to Kuldi. The trek continues through beautiful rhododendron forests and down to Sinuwa. From Sinuwa, the trail leads downhill to the Modi Khola, closing the day with a steep climb to Chhomrung.
 
*Day 11: Chhomrung to Tadapani (2610M)
The trial descends down to Kyumrong and all the way to Tadapani. From the trial, you can have superb view of Annapurna I, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri etc. and the forest of rhododendron flower. Over night stay at lodge.
 
*Day 12: Tadapani to Ghorepani: (2840M)
Ascend the walk with magnificent view of western Himalaya , all the way to the base of best view point of Poonhill called Ghorepani.This point can be accessed either from Tirkhedhunga or from natural hot spring Tatopani. Over night stay at lodge.
 
*Day 13: Ghorepani Tatopani (1189M)
Trek from Ghorepani to Tatopani (1189m.) trek takes about seven and half hours. This day offers you an early morning trip to Poon Hill (3232m.) to enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhare (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m) whole day, we descend Tatopani. Overnight stay at guesthouse with breakfast, lunch and dinner included with Tea and Coffee.
 
*Day 14: Tatopani-Ghasa (2013M)
Trek from Tatopani to Ghasa (2013m, it takes about five hours. The followed route ascends gently up the Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world, towards the village of Dana , which is surrounded by orange groves. This is the first Thakali village we come across and the houses here are all built in the flat-roofed Tibetan style. Overnight stay at guesthouse with breakfast, lunch and dinner included with Tea and Coffee.
 
*Day 15: Ghasa- Marpha (2667M)
Trek from Ghasa to Marpha (2667m.) which takes about six and half hours. The trek ascends crossing the wide valley of Kali Gandaki for about six to seven hours. Through out the trek you will be enjoying the mighty Rhododendron trees and many ethnic villages with a sparse population of Gurung, Thakali and few Tibetans. Overnight stay at guesthouse with breakfast, lunch and dinner included with Tea and Coffee.
 
*Day 16: Marpha -Jomsom / Kagbeni ( 2897M)
Trek from Marpha to Jomsom (2713m.) to Kagbeni (2897m.) and it takes about five hours. You continue to follow the wide valley of the Kali Gandaki, passing through Khobang and Tukuche. Tukuche is a delightful village where narrow alleyways and houses built around enclosed courtyards attempt to provide some shelter from the winds which howl through the gorge. Overnight stay at guesthouse with breakfast, lunch and dinner included with Tea and Coffee.
 
*Day 17: Kagbeni-Moktinath ( 3795M)
Trek from Kagbeni to Muktinath (3795 m.) which takes about 4 hours. The Trail steeply ascends for couple of hundred Meters. While gradually walking, you can enjoy beautiful deserted landscape, Caves, old Tibetan Style Villages , apple Garden , Yaks Herds, Sheep Herds and so on. You can look at Thorong La valley straight up to the Muktinath. At this point, you can see splendid view of Dhaulagiri (8165m), Nilgiri (7061m.) and others. Now you walk for fifteen minutes to reach Muktinath Temple , where you can enjoy a holy bath of 108 Taps. Overnight stay at guesthouse with breakfast, lunch and dinner included with Tea and Coffee.
 
*Day 18: Rest day in Muktinath
Rest and exploration around  the Muktinatha Pilgrim area.
 
*Day 19: Muktinath to Jomsom [2713m]
We now begin descent down the dramatic Kali Gandaki valley, initially through arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet . After passing through Jharkot and Khingar, villages with typical Tibetan architecture, we follow the valley floor most of the way to Jomsom. En route, we sight tremendous views of both Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri. Jomsom is a large town sprawled along both banks of the Kali Gandaki River , and it is here we will spend the final night of our trek. Overnight stay at guesthouse with breakfast, lunch and dinner included with Tea and Coffee.
 
*Day 20: Flight Jomsom to Pokhara
We take an early morning flight to Pokhara. It is a spectacular flight along the Kali Gandaki Gorge and provides wonderful views of both the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges.
 
*Day 21: Rest day in Pokhara
 
*Day 22: Pokhara to Kathmandu
Early morning, transfer to pokhara tourist bus station for driving back to Kathmandu and it takes around 6 hours, check in Hotel in Kathmandu , overnight stay at hotel.
 
*Day 23: Departure your destination.
Transfer to international airport for your final departure. The trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.

*Cost Details*


*Trip Cost Includes -

• All airport/hotel transfers
• Welcome and farewell dinner
• Guided sightseeing in Pokhara with a tour guide and all temples/monuments entrance fees.
• All accommodation and meals during the trek
• An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
• Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, Beauty Nepal Adventuire, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
• All necessary paper work and permits (ACAP, Trekking permit)
• A comprehensive medical kit
• All government and local taxes.

*Trip Cost Does Not Include -

• Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
• Excess baggage charges
• Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
• Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara(and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
• The flight tickets for Guide and Porter Pokhara to Jomsom or land transpotatin.
• International and domestic flights (Pokhara to Kathmandu-$98)
• Travel and rescue insurance
• Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
• Tips for guides and porters

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