15 Days Nature tour itinerary for nepal: Trace The ABC Of Nepal
Kathmandu, Pokhara, Annapurna, Ghorepani, Chomrong
Explore one of the top 10 trekking trails that is tranquil yet touristic; the entire route is ornated with lush valleys and strewn by prayer flags and fast-flowing rivers.
Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m/4430ft)
As you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and complete the formalities in the customs, you shall be greeted by the representative.
After then, you shall be escorted to the hotel for your stay in a private vehicle where you shall take proper rest to your jetlagged body.
In the afternoon, you will be briefed by the representative about the tour. You may also use your free time in the afternoon to explore the surrounding area.
In the evening, you shall be greeted with an authentic dinner.
Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
Full day in Kathmandu
On this day, prepare for guided sightseeing of the ancient heritages in Kathmandu; explore the Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimages and ancient monuments with your Nepal tour guide.
From the ancient royal complex of Kathmandu Durbar Square with the Historical royal place, temples, and courtyards to the Buddhist sacred pilgrimage of Swayambhunath Stupa, also known as the Monkey Temple, you shall be exploring amazing heritages.
The other heritages of Boudhanath Stupa, one of the largest and oldest stupas in the world has the unique octagonal design of the shrine and Hindu sacred site of Pashupatinath Temple located on the bank of holy Bagmati River dating back hundreds of years are worth visiting.
Later after exploration, you shall have interaction with the Nepali trekking guide about the trek and clarify the doubts regarding that.
Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
Drive to Pokhara (820m/2690ft) about 7 hrs by tourist bus
For your trekking adventure, you shall today leave for scenic Pokhara after breakfast.
Driving along the winding roads along the mountainside with fast-flowing rivers below to the other end, have a pleasant, adventurous and entertaining journey to Pokhara.
Driving up to the confluence of Marshyangdi and Trishuli Rivers at Mugling, follow the road leading to Pokhara to the west. This drive of around 7 hours shall take past the beautiful view of terraced fields, lush green hills, and forests, rural settlements, rocky gorges, cool waterfalls and sight of the lofty Himalayas greeting us from far.
After being welcomed by the representatives, take some rest at the hotel in Pokhara.
Later in the day, stroll around the streets of Pokhara and explore the quaint Phewa Lakeside and/ or have boating there, or visit the market area here.
Stay overnight in Pokhara.
Pokhara to Nayapul to Tirkhedhunga (1570m/5150ft) about 2 hrs drives and 3-4 hrs walk
The actual trekking shall begin from today as you shall drive to the trailhead of your adventure trek, the settlement of Nayapul.
After a drive of around 2 hours through some of the popular settlements such as Lumle, reach Nayapul and have further preparations with the other trekking members.
Beginning your walk towards Birethanti, navigate past the small shops and houses of locals, across some bridges and on the stone stairs accompanied by the Modi River to reach the settlement of Birethanti. Here you shall have your trekking permits checked and then move ahead on the trail along the Bhurungdi River.
The trek to Tikhedhunga from here shall take us through the dense forest adorned with rhododendron, bamboo and mosses, beautiful waterfalls and serene landscape, several warm welcoming rural settlements and the pleasant views of the Himalayas overlooking the entire trail. Tikhedhunga is a Gurung settlement with a scenic landscape.
Stay overnight in Tikhedhunga.
Tikhedhunga to Ullery to Ghorepani (2780m/9121ft) 5-6 hrs walk
As usual, start your trek after breakfast, as you trek out of the beautiful settlement of Tikhedhunga.
As you emerge out of the valley and trek along the steep trail for a couple of hours, take notice of the increasingly beautiful scenery.
Walk along around 3200 stone steps in this steep trail which shall be bit strenuous experience before reaching Ulleri, a village dominated by Magar community. The beautiful view of Annapurna range and scenic landscape shall make this ascent easier.
Relaxing for some time, march ahead in a trail relatively relaxed and with gradual elevation. Through the pine and rhododendron forest, crossing over streams couple of times over suspension bridges and through some beautiful settlements of Banthati and Nayanthati.
Gradually, trek to the destination for today, the settlement of Ghorepani. A traditional rest-stop where traders found water (pani in the Nepali language) for their horses (ghora in Nepali), Ghorepani sits beautifully within the Annapurna Conservation area and provides the view of Annapurna massifs and Dhaulagiri.
Stay overnight in Ghorepani.
Ghorepani to Tadapani (2660m/8727ft) 4-5 hrs walk
When you are at Ghorepani, it is an absolute must for you to reach the celebrated viewpoint of Poonhill and watch the marvellous sunrise over the Himalayas.
Whether lit by moonlight or pitch-black condition, begin your trek before dawn equipped with torch lights and cameras and walk for around 45 minutes to reach Poonhill. Named after the local indigenous ethnic group of Pun, Poonhill provides a magnificent view of the sunrise over the stunning Himalayas including Annapurna massifs, Dhaulagiri, Fishtail Mountain, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and many other peaks. The sight when the orb of the sun slowly lightens the silhouette of peaks, crests, valleys and hills, and then glows over the extensive range of mountains is truly outstanding.
After capturing beautiful moments, descent and head towards lush Tadapani village. Traversing through the forest that is home to above 15 varieties of rhododendron besides the pine and bamboo trees, you shall also witness the langur monkeys swinging from one tree to the other.
Climbing on a steep trail to the hilltop called Deurali, then trek down through bamboo and rhododendron forest and reach to Tadapani after a climb for the final half an hour.
Stay overnight in Tadapani.
Tadapani to Chomrong (2060m/6759ft) 4-5 hrs walk
This section of the trail has ups and downs for the trekkers as they embark on another beautiful section of this trekking expedition.
Heading out to the north of the valley, navigate through the forest with rhododendron and other flora and faunas, walk along the green ridge to reach a small village of Chule.
After having a beautiful view of Kimrong River from here, descent steeply to the Komrong village and further on to the riverbed of the Kimrong River through terraced fields and green landscape surrounded by cascading hills.
After this steep descent to the river, now have a steep ascend out of the valley on a steep path to the Taulung village ahead where the trail meets another trail from Jhinu Danda before turning towards Chomrong village.
As you progress ahead, reach Gurung settlement of Chomrong. With some teahouses, Chomrong provides a beautiful view of the Annapurna South towering above the village and the Fishtail Mountain across the valley.
Stay overnight in Chomrong.
Chomrong to Dovan (2606m/8550ft) 5-6 hrs walk
As the altitude increases the trek becomes difficult in the same proportion.
From the end of this beautiful village of Chomrong, start your trek with a long descent via 2500 stone steps to the riverbed of Chomrong River and across the river, climb to Sinuwa village via few smaller settlements after exploring the forest of oak, rhododendron, and bamboo.
Ahead is the trail surrounded by rhododendron, orchids, and ferns that lead us to another settlement of Kuldighar which has helicopter base used generally for medical emergencies in the region.
Continue your trek on the rocky path, have a long and steep stone staircase before reaching Bamboo village and ahead to Dovan village after trekking through the mixed vegetation of bamboo and rhododendron on a less steep trail. The view of Annapurna South, beautifully arranged villages and scenic landscapes add to the beauty of this trek.
Stay overnight in Dovan.
Dovan to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3707m/12163ft) 4-5 hrs walk
Today the Machhapuchhre Base Camp is the destination which is one of the most scenic sites in the region.
With the beautiful view of the unique Fishtail Mountain, begin your trek through the higher trail above the river surrounded by bamboo forest and gradual ascent through dense forest, crossing over several smaller streams and traverse past some places of solitude.
On a trail with canyon muddy trail, trek ahead and sometimes later climb on to Hinku cave, which is used by the passerby for an overnight stay in many occasions.
Traversing further along the trail, ass huge boulders and rocks and ascent through the riverbed to reach the village of Deurali for lunch.
Climbing ahead to the mountainside past steep ravine and continue your trek.
Progressing through the rocky trail, you have to trek carefully at several places which are prone to avalanches.
Follow the path to the river and then the narrow trails which shall take you through increasingly rocky and bit narrower paths with some sections prone to avalanches, glimpses of Hiuchuli and Machhapuchhre and more ravines before reaching to the almost non-existing Machhapuchhre Base Camp.
Enjoy the sunset where this unique peak is painted by setting the sun and get relaxed with the view.
Stay overnight in Machhapuchhre Base Camp.
Machhapuchhre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp (4135m/13567ft) 2-3 hrs walks
The ultimate destination is waiting today. In this climax day, the beginning is decorated with the glorious view of the sunrise over the Fishtail Mountain. The trek shall proceed ahead through a trail with rocks, ice and the grassy path which increases the chance of slipping.
Carefully move ahead through relatively easy and steady plod that opens up gradually as you inch closer to the heart of the sanctuary.
Trek away from the valley of Modi River far below the trail and turn to the base of Annapurna peak, through a trail surrounded by glaciers and neighbouring hills and paved with glacial moraines.
After a trek of around 3 hours, reach the final destination of this trek, the Annapurna Base Camp.
With the awe-inspiring mountains such as Annapurna I and III, Machhapuchhre Mountain, Hiuchuli Peak, Annapurna South, Annapurna Fang and Gaganpurna peaks encircling, observe the grandeur of these peaks from proximity.
Have a leisurely walk around the scenic landscape where prayer flags and memorials enhance the majesty of this place.
Stay overnight in ABC, looking over the majestic glacier and breathtaking sunset over these glittering peaks.
Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) to Dovan (2505m/8219ft) 5-6 hrs walk
Today, leave the heart of Annapurna sanctuary and the landscape with 360 degrees of a panoramic view of some of the tallest and most beautiful peaks in the world after a breathtaking sunrise over these lofty peaks.
After breakfast, retrace your steps back on the same route that led to hereafter taking enough pictures of this beautiful display of natural wonder in the form of sunrise.
Through glacial moraines, join the trail to the valleys formed by Modi River across several small glacial streams, and gradually trek past several shepherd huts, huge boulders, trail section marked with landslides and avalanche tracks, and the greenery of forests with bamboo, oak, and other vegetations.
After lunch in Deurali, trek down past Hiku cave, Himalaya hotel to reach Dovan.
Stay overnight in Dovan.
Dovan to Jhinu (1780m/5840ft) 4-5 hrs walk
The trek from Dovan to Jhinu has many sections of ups and downs for the trekkers today accompanied by some steep trails as well.
Beginning with the descent to Bamboo through the forested trail, you shall be ascending to Kuldighar and descend back through orchid and ferns to Chomrong village past small settlements of Sinuwa, Bhanuwa, and others.
After some refreshments at Chomrong, have a short ascent before descending to Jhinu.
Trek straight in the trail or through gradual winding trails and then through the steep section for almost an hour, to reach the settlement of Jhinu Danda.
If you have enough time and energy, you may trek to the natural hot water springs below by the Modi River and near Jhinu village.
Stay overnight in Jhinu.
Jhinu Dana to Pokhara (820m/2690ft) 5-6 hrs walk and about 2 hrs drive
Today you shall have the last section of this trail with physical trekking.
Beginning your trek in Jhinu, descend via New Bridge, past waterfall and green landscapes to Landruk.
From here, follow the downhill path to the Modi River and climb back to the trail from Ghandruk meeting near Purgiyu.
Descend to Syauli Bajar through trails with tracks of a landslide, some stone staircase and flat sections, and several small settlements.
Ahead from Syauli Bajar, enter into easier terrains through smaller settlements to reach Birethanti near the Modi River and then reach to Nayapul.
From Nayapul, have a drive of a couple of hours to reach Pokhara.
Stay overnight in Pokhara.
Drive back to Kathmandu (1350m/4430ft)
Ending a wonderful adventure in the Annapurna region and reaching to the base of Annapurna peak, drive back to Kathmandu.
After breakfast, you shall be transferred to the tourist bus station and then through the scenic landscape, rural settlements, rocky gorges and lush hills, fast-flowing rivers and cool waterfalls, and overlooked by the Himalayas from far away for a considerable part of the journey we reach to Kathmandu.
Be escorted to your hotel, where you shall have rest.
Later in the day, you may go for some souvenir shopping, stroll around the streets of Thamel or take complete rest at the hotel.
Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
Your adventurous and enriching Annapurna Base Camp Trekking comes to an end today. The representative shall drop you to the international airport as per your departure schedule.
Thank you for being a part of this trekking team on this wonderful adventure and hope to welcome you back for some other adventurous experiences in Nepal.
All airport pick up drop by private vehicle.
Welcome dinner in Authentic Restaurant.
03-night twin/double sharing accommodation on BB in Kathmandu.
02-night twin/double sharing accommodation on BB in Pokhara.
Guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu and in Pokhara with all necessary entrance fee and private vehicle.
Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and Trekkers’ Information Management System( TIMS card).
A highly experienced, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English speaking well trained, Government license holder guide with attainments of salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport, and insurance.
Twin/double sharing accommodation in the mountain during the trekking.
Three meals per day: breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as tea/coffee during the trekking
First Aid Kit.
Trekking Planner’s sleeping bag, down jackets, Tee-shirt, Cap, duffle bags, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.
Your Nepal Visa fees (should bring small accurate fees in USD and 02 passport size photos)
All the international airfare from and to Kathmandu (no need to pay departure tax for international flight)
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
Meals during the travelling time
Personal travel and health insurance, insurance for helicopter evacuation
In case of extra more night accommodation, lunch and dinner in city due to early arrival and late departure as well as early back/return from mountain/trekking (due to any reason) than the given time period of itinerary
Your personal expenses such as laundry, baggage charge, phone calls, battery recharge, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottle water, hot and cold shower, extra porter, etc.
The tips to the trekking crews and drive
Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of anybody's control
Anything not included in service includes column.
A trekker or walker who is able to hike normally 5-6 hours per day carrying a lightweight backpack will be very fit enough to do this trekking.
There is a stone step up and down which is very uneven and due to some long descents, your leg may feel shaky so recommend using walking poles to feel safer.
Normally, maximum altitude of the trek is 4130m, so you should be more careful about your health and altitude related risk.
To get rid of it please walk slowly and have more water and other drinks.
Basically, you can get mineral water bottles in lower places but as you go higher you cannot find it. In that case, suggest you drink boiled water which may charge a small fee, found in tea houses and better to bring chlorine tablets to purify water.
Due to no provision of plastic bottles better to use boiled rather than mineral water, helpful for the protection of the environment.
Hydroelectricity or solar power sources are used to charge your electrical items like a camera, batteries, iPod, iPhone, etc.
Tea houses or lodges may charge a small fee per hours for charging facilities. Better to buy adapters before the trip since plugs are limited. In Nepal, 220-240 volt power is used and sockets fit round at flat plugs.
You may see some beautiful and sweet children and you may want to distribute balloons, chocolates, money, and pens as many trekkers have felt the same. But better not to do so because it encourages them to beg and ask the Trekkers.
In the trekking, keep your valuables safe. Do not leave anything anywhere. Ensure that you lock your door when you leave your room and do not hang things outside at night.
Use a dustbin and do not throw anything into the fire. Carry garbage in the way where dustbin facilities are not available and conserve the environment.
It mainly depends on spending habits, normally you should allocate US$ 9-12 per meal in Kathmandu and Pokhara. On trekking, US$ 10-15 a day is good enough to buy drinks and chocolates.
You should be sufficiently protected and need to have travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, lost items, liabilities, injuries and medical treatment. Ensure the insurance covers all the activities in the Himalayas. Trekking Planner can offer the appropriate medical response based on your policy and insurance.
All the guesthouses offer hot showers, which can be in the bathroom or can be a bucket of hot water.
Please note that at high altitude there may not be enough hot water for all the trekkers. Limit the use of hot water unless the water is solar heated or firewood for the ecological reason. Every lodge has some kind of washing facilities but you must carry a bar of soap. If the water froze then ask your guide to get a warm bowl of water.
The toilet is mainly Asian squat style. Basically, the toilet is outside of your room and vary in how clean they are. You should not through toilet paper in the toilet hole rather you should use a rubbish bin that is kept inside the toilet.
On this trekking route, local people have built tea houses lodge with food and beverage facilities. A simple room usually has two narrow beds. While staying in the tea houses you will see the charming local people with their good hospitality services.
Trekking planner is a government licensed trekking company in Nepal as you can see photos of legal documents in about us section. Under the following terms and condition, accept your booking:
Require a nonrefundable deposit of 15% down payment in advance to book flight tickets, hotel booking and for the permit process. Booking must be done 5 days earlier and amount can be either bank transfer or Western Union, money gram as well as through credit cards and the rest amount must be paid upon your arrival to Nepal.
Kathmandu, Pokhara, Annapurna, Ghorepani, Chomrong
Type of Tour
Private or Group Tour
This tour is offered throughout the year on the following days of the week.
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