You arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, where you stay overnight at a hotel. This is the City of a Thousand Temples, where every second day is a festival and there are several UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
There is a 30-minute flight to the lakeside city of Pokhara then a drive of less than an hour to Nayapul. You start your trek here. In 15 minutes or so, you reach Birethanti, a large village featuring many shops and tea houses. The trail goes along the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola, climbing steadily until Hille is reached. At the end of a short climb is Tikhedhunga where you stay for the night.
After Tikhedunga, there is a steep climb to the large village of Ulleri. The ascent then continues, but more gently. You will pass through forests of oak and rhododendron before reaching Banthani. You then continue to Nangethanti. An hour after that, you come to Ghorepani where you stay for the night.
You arise early this morning and hike to Poon Hill. Here you are presented with the best possible view of the fabulous Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. You then return to the tea house for breakfast and walk to Tadapani.
At first, the trail leads sharply downhill through forests but later it eases as you approach the village of Gurjung. The walk to Chhomorung is fairly easy. You stay at Chhomorung for the night. There are many chalet-style, wooden lodges in Chomrong (2210m) which have great views out toward the prominent Machhapuchhre (Fish-Tail Peak). A brilliant place to end the day!
The trail descends to Chhomorung Khola and then ascends to Khudighar where there is a checkpoint. In less than 2 hours of trekking we reach the village of Sinuwa where we take a welcome break. From here, the trail continues to climb through terraced fields and then through forest of rhododendron and bamboo to the ridge crest at ‘Sinuwa Hill Top’ which you should reach after a further hour. You stay the night at Bamboo.
You begin the day by traversing the bamboo and rhododendron forests before arriving at Dovan where you stop for lunch. You will stay the night at Hinko, or in particular, Deurali, which is on the ridge above.
This day, the trail rises on the way to Annapurna Base Camp. Here, the mountain scenery is at its most spectacular with towering mountains surrounding you.
Now it is time to explore the Hidden Valley before returning to Dovan. You will have the option to walk from your camp to Annapurna South Basecamp (4130m) which is a distance of only 4 kilometres. Along the walk you will witness increasingly impressive mountain views and jaw-dropping scenery. At South Basecamp you will be rewarded with views of the entire south face of Annapurna.
You trek to Jhinu Danda, where there is a hot spring in which you will doubtless spend time in the evening.
Trekking now takes you in the direction of Pothana via Landruk. Look out for the waterfalls along the way. Today is a relatively easy trek with a fairly level 2 hour trail.
Two hours is spent walking downhill to Phedi, which is fairly easy. At Phedi, the road links to Pokhara, a half hour drive away.
You return to Kathmandu.
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References: (1) Personal experience, (2) Guidebooks