Day 01: Pokhara to Pothana (1,990 m)
Approximate altitude gain: 1,090 m
After breakfast, half an hour drive from Pokhara will take you to Phedi, also called Dhampus fedi. The trail then ascends steeply to the spread-out village of Dhampus. From Dhampus, you will climb further to Pothana for the overnight.
Overnight stay at Pothana; 3-course meal is included.
Day 02: Pothana to Landruk (1,620 m)
Leaving Pothana, you will climb along the stone-paved path towards Deurali which is perched up upon a hill. The place offers a great view of Annapurna. From here the trail climbs down to Modi River towards Tolka. You will then climb a gentle ridge towards the Gurung village of Landruk.
Overnight stay at Landruk; 3-course meal is included.
Day 03: Landruk to Chomrong (2,060 m)
Approximate altitude gain: 440 m
You will descend down to cross Modi khola at Himal Qu or Nayapul. The trail continues up to Jhinu Danda which is in a close proximity of a hot spring. Leaving Jhinu Danda behind, you will start climbing to the Gurung village of Chhomrong.
Overnight stay at Chomrong; 3-course meal is included.
Day 04: Chomrong to Dovan (2,580 m)
Approximate altitude gain: 520 m
The trail from Chomrong descends along a series of stone steps to a river called Chomrong Khola before ascending along rhododendron forest to Khurdi. The trail now passes through a bamboo forest towards Bamboo Lodge which is a popular stopover. However, it is advisable to ascend up to Dovan in order to make it to Machapuchre Base camp on the following day.
Overnight stay at Dovan; 3-course meal is included.
Day 05: Dovan to Machapuchhre Base Camp (3,700 m)
Approximate altitude gain: 1120 m
You need to be prudent and may even need to take a short detour as the next small portion of the trail is prone to avalanches. After about an hour of walk through a rocky path followed by dense forest, you will reach Hinko. The trail then follows a path along the bank of a river until Bagal. From here, you will pass through rhododendron forest. Now comes the difficult yet an exciting part of the trek—hike to the base camp of Machapuchre or Fish Tail peak which is, however, not an actual base camp since scaling of Mt. Machapuchre is forbidden.
Overnight at Machapuchre base camp; 3-course meal is included.
Day 06: Machapuchhre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m) and back
Approximate altitude gain: 430 m
A pleasant 2 hour’s walk will take you to the Annapurna Base Camp Sanctuary as the splendid views of majestic peaks start unfolding; the notable peaks noticeable are Annapurna I, AnnapurnaIII, Machapuchre, Khangsar Kang and Tarke Kang. After having a cup of tea or coffee and enjoying the majestic panorama, you will descend back to Machapuchre Base camp for overnight stay.
Overbight at Machapuchre base camp; 3-course meal is included.
Day 07 and 08: Machapuchhre Base Camp to Chomrong (2,170 m)
You will trace the same route to get back to Chomrong from Machapuchhre base camp.
Day 09: Chomrong to Ghandruk
Instead of returning back to Pokhara via the same path, you will take a detour from Chomrong towards Ghandruk – a picturesque village dwelled by the Gurungs. The route to Ghandruk first descends to Kimrung before ascending steeply to Kimrong Dada. You will then progress along a fairly flat trail in the direction of Ghandruk for stopover.
Overnight at Ghandruk; 3-course meal is included.
Day 10: Ghandruk to Pokhara
The ultimate day of your trek when you descend more than 900m within 3 hours!
The Nature Conservation and Human potential center which you will encounter shortly after leaving Ghandruk is worth visiting, as you have an ample amount of time to get back to Pokhara. Crossing the final suspension bridge at BireThanti, you will arrive at Nayapul from where you will drive back to the town of Pokhara. Since you will have a half of the day in this city of lakes, you may want to saunter around Lakeside and enjoy the boating in Phewa Lake. Or you may rest in your hotel to unwind the exhaustion of a week’s walk.
Overnight at Pokhara
Note: The itinerary is subject to changes owing to several unexpected factors; in such cases trekking guide/leader are entitled to make necessary alterations at their discretion. Nevertheless, all activities mentioned in the itinerary will be covered, as long as the weather permits, although there might be a few adjustment in the travel plan as deemed necessary by the guide.