Arrive in Kathmandu anytime. Then dinner and drinks to meet the group in one of Kathmandu’s local favourite haunts.
Spend the day with our local guide, exploring the best of what ancient Kathmandu has to offer. Keep hold of your iPhone when we climb the 350 steps of the famous Monkey Temple, one of Nepal’s most holy spots, offering epic views of the city, and a few primates to keep you on your toes! On to the Dubur square, a UNESCO world heritage site no less, which has been around for over 1000 years. Then wander the back streets of the Thamel district, trying local delicacies before a group dinner overlooking the streets.
Back to our backpacking routes. We leave our cute hotel early in the morning and head on the local bus through the Himalayas to Pokhara, home to Nepal’s best trekking areas. Located on the side of the atmospheric Fewa Tal Lake, we’ll arrive in time for our charity project briefing from our partner community, a delicious dinner and an early night ready for the hard work tomorrow.
Time to get your hands dirty. Our partner project, on the outskirts of Pokhara, is still recovering from the horrific 2015 earthquake, killing in excess of 8,000 people and rendering 10s of thousands homeless. We’re still in talks with the community as to how best allocate our funds to their needs, regardless of what they decide, it’ll be hot, sweaty and hugely worthwhile.
Another full day at our partner project, painting, manuel labour, and a few coke breaks to keep the sunstroke at bay!
A final early start to make sure we get all our allocated work complete in time for the opening ceremony. The local community will have been working on our project for weeks by the time we get there, we will help furnish and finalise, then an intimate religious blessing ceremony and the work is complete. Time to prepare your mind for the travel stuff!
We have the full day to explore Pokhara today. An early morning on the lake beckons, rowing across the mirror-reflection, snow capped mountains as a backdrop, monkeys calling you from the forest. You’ll wish all Saturdays were like this.
After the scenic morning, time to test those hiking legs with a 30-45 minute (steep! Eeeek. (Don’t worry you can do it!)) climb to the World Peace Temple in time for sunset. The views make the climb all the more worthwhile, earning these experiences make them taste even sweeter.
And so it begins! One of the most epic trekking journeys on the planet. A 3 hour drive to Kimche and then a gentle trek to Ghandruk (2020m) to get us warmed up. Today is the easiest day, and if the skys stay clear, we’ll see breathtaking views of Annapurna South, Himchuli, Annapurna III, Machhapuchhre. The Himalayas in all their glory. The rest of the day we will warm down and explore Ghandruk village before settling in our local teahouse for the evening.
And we’re off. 6-7 hour walk today, from Ghandruk to Sinuwa (2340m).. The trail from Ghandruk to Komrong Danda is a slow climb. From Komrong Danda, we’ll trek down to Komrong Khola. Again then climb up to Chhomrong, Chhomring is another nice and big village. From this village, you will trek down to the river and will climb again to Sinuwa. If weather is nice, we will have nice the Himalayas staring right back at us. Another tea house for a warm dinner, some tea and even time for a local beer.
Today we’ll keep climbing thought beautiful mountain vistas until we reach Dovan which leads us to Machapuchare Base Camp (MBC). Our last stop until we reach Annapurna Base Camp tomorrow, soak it up, we’re making real progress.
This morning we’ll wake up early to reach the Annapurna Base Camp Sumit (4130m.) for sunrise. We’ll sip tea and coffee perched at the bottom of the impressive Annapurna, spending a few hours at Base Camp to enjoy the top and take photographs before returning back to Dovan.
Today we’ll pass through the lush bamboo forests as we wind down the trail to Chomrong village to spend the night and rest our weary limbs.
This morning we’ll follow the trail to Ghandrunk village along the Kimring Khola to the famous Gurung village Ghandruk, full of Buddhist monasteries, and prayer flags. This is the Nepal we dreamed about.
Today is our last day of trekking. After brekky we’ll take the trail downwards and soak up the last sights of the trail. We’ll take a transfer back to Pokhara and reward ourselves with a big meal and a few Nepalese sundowners, we earned them!
That’s a wrap! Project done, Annapurna Base Camp done. Time to make our way back to Kathmandu and those sad goodbyes. See you in Indonesia!
The earthquake in Nepal in 2015 decimated the country, over 8,000 dead, 22,000 injured and countless homeless. Help us work with our partner community to regenerate a small local community.
In conjunction with our local partners on the group in rural Nepal, we’ll be lending a hand with the reconstruction of their damaged infrastructure, as always with a focus on education.
All accommodation in comfortable hotels usually with wifi, air-con and hot water as a minimum.
All breakfast included on tour.
Your whole ABC trek is included, which means all meals each day, your guides, and each night accommodation in local tea houses.
All group in country transportation.
100% of your donation goes directly to the project.
Two experienced guides that will be there for you 24/7.