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Annapurna Base Camp and Bhutan Tour is a trip that goes to the Annapurna Himalayas in Nepal along with some major sites in Bhutan. The Annapurna Base Camp trek is shorter and easier compared to other high-altitude treks in Nepal. So, people who are physically fit can easily take this trip. In addition, the cultural tour to Bhutan gives you an opportunity to explore the culture and lifestyle of Bhutanese people. Moreover, you also get to learn about Buddhism in both the Annapurna region and in Bhutan.
Firstly, you’ll fly to Pokhara from Kathmandu and drive to Ulleri. Next, you trek to Ghorepani and hike to Poonhill and relish the views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Then, you head to Tadapani and follow with a trek to Sinuwa. Further, you continue your journey to Deurali passing Chhomrong and Bamboo. Finally, you head to ABC and make a stop at the Machhapuchhre Base Camp en route. After you visit the base camp, you return to Pokhara via Bamboo, Jhinu Danda, and Siwar. You fly to Kathmandu and take another flight to Paro to take Bhutan tour. Here, you drive to Paro and further to Punakha. You’ll sightsee and visit Gangtey valley then drive back to Paro. Then, you visit Taktsang Monastery, also called Tiger’s Nest, and tour around Paro. Lastly, you’ll fly back to Kathmandu where you visit Bhaktapur and Nagarkot.
Autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May) are the best seasons for this trip. Also, this trip is one of the best trips for family and friends. Thus, anyone with decent physical shape can undertake the trip.
At Trek Central Nepal, we aim to provide the best services to our clients. We have numerous trips across Nepal and Bhutan. Moreover, we also allow you the option to modify the trip itineraries.
Outline ItineraryDay 01: Arrival day
Day 02: Fly to Pokhara and trek to Ulleri
Day 03: Trek to Ghorepani
Day 04: Trek to Tadapani
Day 05: Trek to Sinuwa
Day 06: Trek to Deurali
Day 07: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp
Day 08: Trek to Bamboo
Day 09: Trek to Jhinu danda (Hot spring)
Day 10: Trek to Siwai and drive to Pokhara
Day 11: Fly to Kathmandu and Kathmandu city tour
Day 12: Fly to Paro, drive to Thimpu and Thimpu sightseeing
Day 13: Drive to Punakha and sightseeing
Day 14: Gangtey Valley day trip and drive back to Punakha
Day 15: Drive to Paro
Day 16: Hike to Taksang Monastery (Tiger’s nest) and sightseeing in Paro
Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu, visit Bhaktapur and drive to Nagarkot
Day 18: Departure day
- 1 hour trekkers massage / Yoga after the trip completion.
- 3 star accommodations during Bhutan tour
- 3 star accommodations in Kathmandu
- A porter and his entire expenses.
- Airport pickup and drop facility.
- All meals included in Bhutan
- All monument entrance fees.
- All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
- Bhutan visa fee and permits
- Breakfast,Lunch and dinner during the trek.
- Company duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map.
- Down jackets and sleeping bags (provided upon request).
- First aid medical kit
- Fresh seasonal fruits after the dinner (while on the trek).
- Full day guided city tour in Kathmandu (Day 2) by a private vehicle.
- Kathmandu-Paro-Kathmandu fly tickets
- Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu flight tickets
- Licensed, experienced and English speaking tour guides
- Licensed, experienced and English speaking trekking guide
- Lodge expenses during the trek.
- Welcome and farewell dinner at one of the finest Nepalese Restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance.
- A guided tour of important places
- Cost for additional trips.
- International Air, unless expressly paid for
- Meals in the city except for breakfast and other mentioned special dinner.
- Nepal arrival visa.
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
- Services not specifically stated in the itinerary
- Tipping to staffs (as an appreciation).
- Travel insurance which covers emergency rescue and evacuation.
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Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m)
Fly to Pokhara (820m) and trek to Ulleri (1,960m)
The journey commences with a quick flight that takes you to the magical Pokhara valley. The flight gives you a brief insight into the green hills and faraway mountains. Upon arrival in Pokhara, gather your necessities and drive to Nayapul. From there, you will start the trek that goes through forested trails and steep stairs. Crossing Tikhedhunga, you climb further to arrive at Ulleri. This small settlement is a famous resting point on the Annapurna treks. Overnight in Ulleri.
Trek to Ghorepani (2,880m)
Enjoy a delightful Nepali breakfast and carry your belongings towards Ghorepani. The path is slippery and steep, but provides amazing views of the surrounding Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges along with Mt. Machhapuchhre (6,997m). We shall have lunch at Nangethanti and proceed towards Ghorepani on a trail through dense rhododendron forests. This beautiful Gurung and Magar settlement is also the final resting point before Poonhill. Overnight in Ghorepani.
Hike to Poonhill (3210m) and Trek to Tadapani (2,630m)
Early in the morning, we shall head to Poon hill to observe the delightful sunrise that illuminates the majority of the mountains found in the Annapurna range as well as Mt. Machhapuchhre (6,997m) and Lamjung Himal (6,983m). After witnessing the view, we head back to Ghorepani and begin our journey towards Tadapani. We need to cross the Deurali pass and Banthanti village. From here, a 1-hour walk will lead us to Tadapani. This small village overlooks the Himalayas and gives an ethereal feeling. Overnight in Tadapani.
Trek to Sinuwa (2,360m)
Enjoy the captivating sunrise and delightful view of the mountains in Tadapani. From here, we shall head to Sinuwa. The trail is densely forested and is filled with a variety of flora and fauna in the Annapurna Conservation Area. We will follow the Modi River for the majority of the trail and reach Sinuwa. Overnight in Sinuwa.
Trek to Deurali (3,230m)
The trail from today sees a sudden rise in altitude as we leave Sinuwa and trek northwards. Our journey navigates along with a small settlement called Bamboo and later it goes to Dovan. We shall have lunch in Dovan and follow the Modi River for most parts of the trek. Passing Himalaya and Hinku Cave, we head to Deurali. Overnight in Deurali.
Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m)
Today, we shall visit the major landmark of the Annapurna region, which is the Annapurna Base Camp. The trail takes us through the Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m) initially and later into the Annapurna Base Camp. You can expect the trail to be steep and slippery. Once you reach the base camp, you can witness the delightful panorama of mountains in the Annapurna range and Machhapuchhre (6,997m). You can even interact with the climbers and trekkers there. Overnight in Annapurna Base Camp.
Trek to Bamboo (2,310m)
From the base camp, we begin to retrace our steps back to Pokhara. The initial aspect of returning sees us head back to Bamboo. The trail is mostly downhill and while you head downward, you can witness the vegetation slowly transcend from barren, icy ones to green ones. After walking past Himalaya and Deurali, we arrive at Bamboo. Overnight in Bamboo.
Trek to Jhinu Danda (Hot spring) (1,780m)
The road to Jhinu Danda sees us walk along the forested trails that comprise of small settlements which are filled with Gurung people. The trail is now level headed and we shall pass the Chhomrong village initially. The village is a lively place to relax and enjoy the surrounding view of mountains and hills. We shall spend the night in Jhinu Danda by relaxing in the hot springs. These natural hot springs are also believed to relieve from pain, aches, and sore muscles. Overnight in Jhinu Danda.
Trek to Siwai and drive to Pokhara (820m)
After spending a night in Jhinu Danda, we begin our journey towards Siwai. The road to Siwai is comparatively short and it can be completed in a short time. At Siwar, we will have lunch and then the journey will continue with a quick drive to Pokhara. At Pokhara, you can take a much-needed rest. Here, you can also head to some of the famous landmarks in the valley like the Phewa Lake, Davis Falls, Mahendra Cave, and Bat Cave among others. Overnight in Pokhara.
Fly to Kathmandu (1,300m) and Kathmandu city tour
A quick morning flight will take you to Kathmandu. This quick 25-minute flight will give you a picture of the snowy mountains and green hills in central Nepal. Once you arrive in Kathmandu, transfer to your hotel and commence the tour of Kathmandu. You shall visit the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, and the Pashupatinath temple as well. These sites will teach you about the culture and traditions in Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Fly to Paro, drive to Thimpu (2,334m) and Thimpu sightseeing
From Nepal, you will board an airplane and fly to Paro, Bhutan. Complete the airport formalities and then head out to Thimpu via the Paro-Thimpu highway. The drive takes more than an hour and in Thimpu, you will indulge in sightseeing. At Thimpu, you shall visit the Tashichho Dzong and the folk heritage museum. At night, you can enjoy the nightlife in Thimpu. Overnight in Thimpu.
Drive to Punakha (1242m) and sightseeing
From Thimpu, we shall get on a private vehicle and head out to Punakha. The journey sees us drive for at least 2 and a half hours. Once you reach Punakha, we shall explore the many wonderful sites like the Chimi Lhakhang temple. We will also visit the Punakha Dzong that was built in the 17th century. Head out to the suspension bridge in Punakha and observe the roaring river below. Overnight in Punakha .
Gangtey Valley (3,000m) day trip and drive back to Punakha
From Punakha, we will get on a bus and drive to Gangtey. The Gangtey valley is U shaped and, as per historical record, it is believed to have been carved by a glacier. This valley is the abode of rare black-necked cranes. There are marshland and swamps here. After exploring these sites and relishing the natural beauty of the valley, we will head back to Punakha. Overnight in Punakha.
Drive to Paro (2,200m)
A major part of the journey will be spent on traveling to Paro. The journey goes through the hilly roads which at some parts are unpaved. The journey goes along the Thimpu-Punakha highway. Once you reach Paro, you can indulge in a quick sightseeing tour that comprises of sites like the Rinpung Dzong and the Kichu Lhakhang temple. Overnight in Paro.
Hike to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s nest) and sightseeing in Paro
The major aspect of today’s visit involves us going to the Taktsang monastery. This sacred monastery is perched on a hill and is a great place to meditate. From here, we can catch stunning views of the green hills, faraway mountains, and the Paro Valley. This monastery is believed to the place where Guru Rinpoche meditated. From here, we will visit the Memorial Chorten and explore other attractions here. Overnight in Paro.
Fly to Kathmandu, visit Bhaktapur and drive to Nagarkot
A morning flight will take you back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at the airport, you will head to your hotel. If you did not have your breakfast, then you can have it there. After breakfast, commence the tour, which will take you to Bhaktapur. Learn the mysteries of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square and then proceed towards the hill station called Nagarkot. Head to the view tower to observe amazing pictures of the snowy mountains in Langtang, Jugal, Gaurishankar, and Ganesh Himal ranges. Overnight in Nagarkot.
Today is your final day in Nepal and our representative will drop you off at the Tribhuvan International Airport. The company staff shall have a brief session with you and we hope to see you soon.