Poon Hill Sunrise, Rhodenderon Forests, Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Mountain Ranges, Machapuchare Mountain, Annapurna Base Camp, Boudnath Stupa
- Land Tour costs only (excluding international airfare)
- Minimum 1 pax to depart. (1 Guide & Porter will be assigned)
- Nepali visa on arrival (USD$25 for 15 days)
- During super peak season from Oct-Dec, accommodation at higher altitudes might be limited. Trekkers are expected to share rooms in the event of a limited room supply.
Day 1: Singapore – Kathmandu
Arrive in Kathmandu airport. Upon arrival at Kathmandu, our local representative will meet and greet you at the airport and will assist with your transfers to your local hotel in Kathmandu. Rest of the day is free and easy. Explore the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu’s Thamel area. Haggle at the local markets, or simply chill out at a café watching life go by. Overnight in hotel.
Day 2: Kathmandu – Pokhara – Nayapul – Tikhedungha (B,L,D)
Depart for Pokhara by domestic flight. Pokhara is a beautiful valley town, with panoramic views of Annurpurna, Machapuchare, Dhaulagiri in the west. It is also the starting point of your trek. We drive to Nayapul (2 hrs) by private vehicle from Pokhara and after a short walk along the banks of the Modi Khola river, we reach Birethanti (1015m), a large village that has many shops and teahouses. From here, the trail continues along the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola before climbing steadily up the side of the valley to Hille (1495m) before reaching Tikhedungha at 1570m. Today’s walk is a short and relatively easy climb to allow you to get used to the experience of trekking in Nepal. Overnight in guesthouse.
Day 3: Tikhetungha – Uleri – Banthanti – Nangethanti – Ghorepani (B,L,D)
Leaving Tikhedhunga, we continue with our journey with a steep climb up Ulleri. Uleri is a large Magar village at 2070m. The trail then continues to ascend more gently, through fine forests of oak and rhododendrons towards Banthanti at 2250m. Then we trek towards Nangethanti at 2600m before arriving at Ghorepani at 2840m. Ghorepani is a relatively large village with excellent views of the Annurpurna range and Machapuchare, Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri. Here you can stock up on supplies such as drinking water, snacks etc. Overnight in guesthouse.
Day 4: Hike up to Poon Hill & trek to Tadapani (B,L,D)
From Ghorepani, we wake up at 5.00am to visit Poon Hill (2 hrs), for the spectacular sunrise over the Annurpurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. An excellent vantage point, Poon Hill provides an unobstructed view of the high Himalayas. Here we spend an hour or so before returning back to Ghorepani for breakfast. Leaving Ghorepani, we climb along ridges and through pine and rhododendron forests toward Deurali (2960m) before reaching Tadapani. Overnight in guesthouse.
Day 5: Trek to Chommrong (B,L,D)
Today's trek starts with a steep downhill through rhododendron forests. Leaving Tadapani, we descend deeply through forests and the trail eases as we reach Gurjung, which is the village of the Gurung people. It is then an easy walk towards Chommrong (2040m). Overnight in guesthouse.
Day 6: Trek to Dovan (B,L,D)
Today, the trail drops down to Chommrong Khola, before we continue climbing to Khuldighar at 2380m where there used to be an ACAP (Annurpurna Conservation Area) Check Post. There is a clearing of the forests a little further on, from which, the route travels very steeply down a rock bank then levels out, running through thickets of bamboo at the bottom of the gorge. From here, it is another hour before we arrive at Dovan (2600m). Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 7: Trek to Deurali (B,L,D)
The trek to Deurali will be short due to the potential risks of altitude sickness. Our day begins with a climb through bamboo then rhododendron forests to Himalayan Hotel and on to HinkoCave. The accommodation will be in Deurali, on the ridge above Hinko. Overnight in guesthouse.
Day 8: Trek to Annurpurna Base Camp (B,L,D)
We start off early today towards the highest point of our trek, the Annurpurna Base camp. Our journey will take us past MBC (Machapuchare Base Camp, 3700m) into an area totally surrounded by mountains, known as the Annurpurna Sanctuary. Here you will have arrived at ABC (Annurpurna Base Camp - 4130m) where you will enjoy spectacular unobstructed views of mountain scenery all around you. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 9: Trek back to Bamboo(B,L,D)
Early morning, sunrise with all surrounded White Mountains. After breakfast we follow the same trail back today, towards Bamboo (2500m). Overnight in guesthouse.
Day 10: Trek to Jhinu Hot Springs (B,L,D)
From Bamboo, walk to Chommrong, the trail falls very steeply to Jhinu Hot Springs, where you can bathe in natural hot springs.
Day 11: Trek to Nayapul & drive to Pokhara (B,L)
From Jhinu Hot Springs, we walk along the right side of the Modi Khola through small villages and bamboo forests to Birethanti. This part of the journey is on relatively flat ground and is considered one of the most relaxing and enjoyable part of your journey. We arrive in Nayapul where our private vehicle will drive us back to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara hotel.
Day 12: Pokhara – Kathmandu – Boudnath Excursion (B)
We head back to Kathmandu by domestic flight via a morning flight. Upon reaching Kathmandu, transfer to your hotel and it’s a free and easy after that. In the late afternoon, embark on an excursion to Boudnath Temple with your guide to visit the largest Buddhist Stupa in Kathmandu as we witness devotees circumventing this holy site. Overnight at hotel.
Day 13. Kathmandu – Singapore (B)
Transfer to the airport for your return flight back to Singapore.
Note: During super peak season from Oct-Dec, accommodation at higher altitudes might be limited. Trekkers are expected to share rooms in the event of a limited room supply.
- Airport-hotel-airport transfers in Kathmandu.
- All hotel and lodge accommodation in Kathmandu, Pokhara and during trek.
- Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu domestic airfare including taxes.
- Half Day Boudnath Stupa excursion (including transfers & entrance fees)
- 1 x English speaking Government registered guide.
- 1 x Porter for every 2 pax. (Max. 20kg/porter)
- 3 x meals a day during trek and as listed above during non-trek days. (1 main course only)
- 3 x Hot Coffee, Tea or Lemon (cup) during trek.
- Annapurna Conservation Area protection permits.
- TIMS (Trekking information management system) permit.
- Optional Down Jacket and Sleeping Bag. (Reserve in advance)
- All Internal transfers (Bus/Car).
- All expenses for porters and guides while on trek, including equipment and insurance.
- All taxes
- International Airfare SIN-KTM-SIN
- Excess Baggage Charges (with domestic airlines)
- Nepali Visa on Arrival
- All Meals during stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara (except for breakfast, which is part of the accommodation package)
- Confectionary and snacks during trek
- Heating charges for hot water shower during trek
- Boiled drinking water & Bottled Mineral Water
- Personal expenses, ie Alcohol and soft table drinks (eg. soda, liquor etc)
- Personal insurance
- Guide and Porter tips (Tips is not compulsory but expected)
My wife and I have just completed our second tour with Adrian, the first being to Mount Bromo 6 months ago. Bromo was more active in the sense of having to get up super-early and sleep when we normally wake up so as to beat the crowds for astrophotography, sunrises and sunsets. It was a medium-sized group but so well-coordinated by Adrian, even out in the dark freezing rain trying to find the Milky Way. His quick-thinking and flexible planning countered a potential problem with the withdrawal of 4WD jeeps due to last-minute local issues. He instilled a sense of collective responsibility among the group so there was no single episode of \”lost\” member or time delay throughout the trip. Adrian paid attention to how every member got their shot and made photo-taking technique as simple as he could for the less experienced.
On this recently-completed trip to the backwoods of Rakhine State in Myanmar, we were clearly feeling jittery about safety and possible military conflict. Adrian went to great lengths to ensure personal safety and in providing for our different dietary needs in this religiously-sensitive area of Sittwe and Mrauk-U, centre of the Rohinggya and Arakan conflicts. This situation meant that there were almost no foreigners jostling for position and throughout the tour, we had all the scene to ourselves. Sunrise over the stupas was also thankfully devoid of hot-air balloons like those hanging over Bagan. We also interacted with displaced communities by Adrian\’s foresight to encourage us to bring and distribute small gifts as a friendship gesture, thereby strengthening rapport for street and portrait photography. A two-hour boat ride allowed us to document the fading face tattoos of Chin tribe women as this practice has been banned for a generation. Again Adrian\’s contingency planning skills came to the fore when our connecting flight out of Yangon was cancelled at last minute and we had to stay in town for 24 hours. Instead of chilling out in a hotel, Adrian arranged for an impromptu street photo session at a jetty followed by shooting sunset over a lake before dinner. On trips like these participants must be flexible and lay their trust in the leader, and on both trips for us Adrian delivered the itinerary goals and we took back great photos and more importantly wonderful memories, and made good friends.
An enjoyable trip with lots of photo opportunities under the expert guidance of Adrian.
I must admit that my recent trip to West Java was fairly relaxing and easy going as well.
Facing the Indian Ocean, the coastline of Sawarna offers fascinating and stunning scenery for
seascape photography during golden hour – the times around sunrise and sunset. However, the most
challenging task is to secure firmly the camera and tripod on rocky and undulating grounds.
I was completely overwhelmed by the sheer beauty of magnificent waterfalls in Ciletuh Geopark. Diehard photographers can spend hours at the various waterfalls to try out and experiment creative options in composition, lighting and mood at different high-low vantage points. Throughout the trip, participants were in high spirits and felt well-rewarded with many wonderful shots. Adrian, you had again done an excellent job in fulfilling our dreams of an ideal photographic trip. Thank you.