Day 01 – Welcome to Nepal
We will be waiting for you in the arrivals area of Kathmandu Airport, to accompany you to your hotel after you clear customs. Depending on your arrival time you may have the opportunity to go sightseeing at one of the many World Heritage Sites in the city, or have time to go shopping or relaxing in a cafe or restaurant. In the evening the whole group will meet at the hotel to get a trip briefing and to meet each other.
Day 02 – Fly to Pokhara, drive to Dhampus, Trek to Australian Camp (1,800m)
We’ll wake up early and grab a big breakfast before heading to domestic airport in Kathmandu to catch our flight to Pokhara. After a 30 minute hop we'll arrive in Pokhara, where our private transport will be waiting to take us to Dhampus. Dhampus a large mountain village, about 1.5 hours’ drive from Pokhara. When we arrive in the village, if the weather is clear, we will see incredible panoramic views of the Annapurna Mountain Range, including Annapurna 1, Annapurna South and Macchapuchare peaks.
From Dhampus we’ll start our trek, heading towards our destination for the day, Australian Camp. The day won’t be too long; only about 2 hours of trekking, on gentle slopes to reach the village. We should get there in time for a late lunch, which will give us plenty of time to relax before dinner and bed.
Day 03 – Trek to Forest Camp (2,520m)
After breakfast we will be on our way once more. Today our goal is Forest Camp, also known as Kokar. The start of the day will see us trekking through forests of oak, rhododendron and hemlock, before we pop out at a clearing, where we see some stunning views of the Himalaya, a lot closer than we did in Dhampus. This is in fact our goal for the day, forest camp. It’s a much smaller village than Australian Camp, and it sets the tone for the rest of our trek. The day will take about 5 hours, getting us to our tea house for a late lunch or early dinner, depending on how you feel.
Day 04 – Trek to Low Camp (2,970m)
Today we will continue up through the calming forest with regular breaks along the way as we slowly gain altitude. There will be a few breaks in the trees where you can see magnificent views of the valley below along with the stunning mountains. By the time we reach Low Camp the views of the Annapurna range are starting to get very special, and tomorrow it will improve again. A 4 hour day will see us in Low Camp with plenty of time for lunch and plenty of time to relax, play cards, get to know the guides, or simply catch a nap.
Day 05 – Trek to High Camp (3,700m)
Once we finish breakfast we will then hike up the trail and also start to notice that the forest will slowly start to disappear as we gain altitude. Keep your camera ready because once we are out of the forest we are then greeted with stunning views of the surrounding mountains!
Then we can have some lunch and tea at a small teahouse where we can see the stunning ‘fishtail’ peak of Machhapuchhare 6993m. We follow the crest of the ridge, passing various kharka (high pastures) from where there are stunning views in all directions. As we reach High Camp there will be incredible sunset views while you rest and enjoy some food before you head to bed.
Day 06 – Trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,300m), Trek back to Low Camp
Today is a long and rewarding day! We will wake up very early in time for sunrise where you will see a beautiful golden horizon over valley.
Then after we have breakfast we will trek up to the Mountain Viewpoint (4,100m) where you can see 14 mountains and Machhapuchhare 6993m will be in touching distance!
After enjoying the the views of the mountainside, depending on how we feel we will then continue our trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp where you will be greeted by even more incredible views of the serene mountainside.
We will then head back to High Camp where we can have some lunch and review some of the stunning photos that you just took. Then we will hit the trail again and trek back down to Low Camp and relax after a long day of trekking.
Day 07 – Trek to Sidhing (1,700m), Back to Pokhara by jeep
Following breakfast we leave our camp and backtrack for a while, our trail descending steeply through the forest as we head down towards a small village called Sidhing.
After some lunch we will then take a jeep back to Pokhara where we will check into our hotel. You will then have time to explore Pokhara and take advantage of the local restaurants and bars.
This has been a challenging trek, which has brought great rewards for us along the way, in terms of a strong physical challenge, stunning views and interacting with some the friendliest people you’ll ever meet.
Day 08 – Fly to Kathmandu and on to home
We will all have slept well last night, and we’ll be treated to a late breakfast at our hotel. A late morning flight will take us back to Kathmandu, where after lunch we will visit Bouddha Stupa, one of the most important Buddhists shrines in the World. Here we will be given an introduction the Buddhism and learn why Nepal is the home to Buddhism.
We’ll head to the airport in the afternoon in order to catch our flight back to Dubai in the evening.