Day 1, KATHMANDU: Arrive and transfer to hotel. Later this evening you will have the chance to meet your Trek Leader and the other members of the tour.
Day 2, KATHMANDU: Morning walking tour of the market area of Asan, Durbar Square and Swayambunath Temple.
Day 3, BIRETHANTI (1,000m): Drive from Kathmandu to the pleasant riverside village of Birethanti, at the edge of the Annapurna trekking region.
Day 4, BANTHANTI (2,300m): Our first day on the trail, we trek through oak and rhododendron forests and follow the Bhurungdi Khola (river) to Banthanti.
Day 5, GHOREPANI (2,850m): We continue along the Bhurungdi Khola and ascend Ulleri Hill, eventually arriving at Ghorepani where there are perfect views of the Annapurna range.
Day 6, POON HILL – TADAPANI: Rise early to climb up Poon Hill to watch a magnificent sunrise over the Himalaya. From west to east you can see Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Dhampus Peak, Nilgiri, Annapurnas and Machapuchare - breathtaking! We then continue to Tadapani, trekking through open grassland and deep forests. On the way there are excellent views of Annapurna South and the Manaslu range.
Day 7, CHOMRONG (2,000m): Today, we have a steep descent through rhododendron forest to the valley bottom, with fabulous mountain views. Later the path climbs steeply again before we arrive at the lively trekking hub of Chomrong.
Day 8, DOBAN (2,500m): Our trail descends on a stone staircase and crosses the Chomrong Khola before climbing through deep rhododendron and bamboo forests to Doban.
Day 9, MACHAPUCHARE BASE CAMP (3,600m): The goal today is to pass through the gates of the sanctuary. We trek up the muddy surface of the Modi Khola, then along a rocky trail to Hinko cave. From here we climb towards the base camp of Machapuchare. There are stupendous views of the Hirunchuli, Annapurna I & III, Gangapurna and Machapuchare, the ‘fish tail’ mountain peak.
Day 10, ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP (4,100m): We continue our exploration of the sanctuary and ascend to the Annapurna Base Camp.
Day 11, BAMBOO (2,500m): Retracing our steps we return along the only route to Bamboo.
Day 12, JHINU (1,750m): Descend to Chomrong, continue to Jhinu hot spring where we can enjoy a hot spring bath and soothe our trekking muscles!
Day 13, POTANA (1,600m): Our last full day trekking, we follow the route to the village of Potana.
Day 14, PHEDI – POKHARA: A short morning trek to pick up our vehicle for the journey to Pokhara. Rest of the day at leisure in this beautiful lakeside city.
Day 15, KATHMANDU: Drive to Kathmandu.
Day 16, KATHMANDU: Tour ends.