Trekking for Seniors in Annapurna Region
Season: Spring, summer
Important Note and Optional activities
Please note: all the trekking itineraries are flexible and can be revised in order to best meet your requirements i.e. your time, interests etc. Please make contact us if you have any special requirements or interest.
The Annapurna base camp trek is a classic for trekkers and it can easily be combined with a trip to Pun Hill or other lower altitude treks. The principal peaks of the western portion of the great Annapurna Himal including Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Fang, Annapurna, Ganagapurna, Annapurna 3 and Machhapuchhre are arranged almost precisely in a circle about 10 miles in diameter within a deep glacier-covered amphitheater at the center. From this glacier basin, known as the Annapurna Sanctuary, the Modi Khola knifes its way south in a narrow gorge below fully 4000mtrs deep. Further south, the gorge opens up into a wide and fertile valley the domain of the Gurungs. The middle and upper portions of Modi Khola offer some of the best short trekking routes in Nepal, and the valley is located so that these treks can also be easily combined with treks into the Kali Gandaki region and Muktinath to the west.
In spite of the great heights of the surrounding peaks and ice walls the valley floor between around 4300 m can provide comfortable camping spots in good weather or alternatively you can stay at a lodge.
|Day 1||Arrival in Kathmandu
Welcome and pick up / transfer to hotel / introductory briefing / overnight hotel.
|Day 2||Sightseeing in Kathmandu
It includes various monuments around Kathmandu of historic and cultural importance / overnight hotel.
|Day 3||Fly to Pokhara (820 m)
Receive from airport and transfer to hotel /Check into hotel/ Explore around.
|Day 4||Pokhara to Birethanti (1577) via Nayapul (1025 m) very short introductory day.
An hour and half’s drive out of Pokhara / we reach the starting point of our trek at Nayapul / Trek the banks of the river to Birethanti / overnight. Birethanti is a lovely village at the head of two rivers / as we are here for lunch there is an opportunity to do some walks up the rivers and also swim in the rivers deep pools.
|Day 5||Birethanti to Ulleri (2017 m)
The trail takes the left fork through the village and follows the north bank of the Burungdi Khola / trail climbs steadily up the side of the valley to Hile 1495m / short climb to reach Tikhedhunga / then climb up a steep stone staircase to Ulleri/ overnight.
|Day 6||Ulleri to Ghorepani (2860 m)
Relatively it’s an easy day. We continue ascending up through a Rhododendron forest/ Ghorepani, where we overnight.
For those that want an early walk to Poon Hill starting before sunrise, we promise that the walk is well worth it. From the hill the panoramic views of both the Annapurna Himal and the Dhaulagiri Himal at sunrise defy words. Rest day we spent at Ghorepani.
|Day 8||Ghorepani to Tadapani (2630 m)
Today’s trek takes us up a steep ridge of slate quarries to 3180 meters / from there, we descend back down to Tadapani / good mountain views /overnight.
|Day 9||Tadapani – Chhomrong (2050 m)
Trail goes downhill through rhododendron forest / crosses two small villages with farm terraces before crossing Kimrong Khola and it may takes 2 hours from Tadapani/ trail continues uphill to hour camp site, it may take about three hours on easy pace to Chhomrong / amazing view of Himalchuli, Machhapuchhre, and Annapurna South/ overnight.
|Day 10||Chhomrong – Himalaya Hotel (2900 m)
Initially the trail goes downhill all the way to meet another stream / and goes up hill about three quarters to get Sinuwa village/ Onward our trail continues downhill to Bamboo after Khudi Ghar crossing jungle and few field terraces/ trail goes slightly uphill through the bank of jungle to Himalaya Hotel/ During the day we will enjoy the different animals like languor, Snow-leopard etc/ Overnight.
|Day 11||Himalaya Hotel – Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC) (3700 m)
Trail goes by passing several water-falls before Hinku cave/ trail goes uphill passing the stone beds/ after lunch trail goes further to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC)/overnight.
|Day 12||MBC – Annapurna Base camp (ABC) (4130 m)
Continue the trek / it goes through the moraines to reach Annapurna Base Camp (ABC)/ explore our time to different mountain peaks/ overnight.
Rest day and explore more of ABC.
|Day 14||ABC – Bamboo (2240 m)
Trek back to Sinuwa by the same route/overnight.
|Day 15||Bamboo – Jhinu Danda, Hot spring (1780 m)
Reach Chhomrong with the same trails / then the trail goes steep downhill to Jhinu Danda /walk to Modi river bank to explore Hot spring/ take bath there in the natural hot spring/ back to lodge/ overnight.
|Day 16||Jhinu to Tolka (1700 m)
We descend to the banks of Modi kola and trek along the river for a while / before a short ascent to Landruk / after Landruk we climb a little and then skirt the side of the valley until we reach Tolka / overnight.
|Day 17||Tolka to Dhampus (1650 m)
We continue along the side of the hill before reaching a wood that is fairly steep / up through the wood for about an hour before reaching a ridge / from here to the end of the trek it is downhill all the way / we go through the village of Pothana and continue on to Dhampus / overnight / good view of Machhapuchhre.
|Day 18||Dhampus to Pokhara (820 m)
Today we leave the mountains for a fairly short descent to the road head / where our transport awaits / drive back to Pokhara / transfer hotel / pm at leisure.
|Day 19||Pokhara at leisure
A free day to relax / perhaps some boating / or a trek up to the peace stupa at the top of the hill over the lake / for the more adventurous there are opportunities to tandem paragliding / or perhaps take a ride on one of the fastest and longest zip lines in the world / overnight hotel.
|Day 20||Pokhara – Kathmandu
Drive back to Kathmandu by deluxe tourist bus / transfer hotel / Rest and free time for shopping, relaxation.
|Day 21||Departure Day
Transfer to airport/flight to onward destination.