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Mt Dhaulagiri with Rhododendron blossom

March and April are the best Spring months for Nepal tour and treks. While April is the peak tourist season, March is the beginning. The moderate temperature, clear sky, lowered river levels, colorful blossoms and festivals make these months the best time to travel to Nepal.

Nepal has huge climatic variation because of vertically rising landscape ranging from 70 m to the top of Mt Everest within the distance of 180 km. So the temperature and best time to visit varies slightly with the places. However March and April have average best weather for the Nepal tour and trek.

March is less crowded

January and February are the winter. After the winter rain in mid February mercury starts to rise and thawing of the trekking trails begin. The month of March sees moderate temperature with warm and sunny days for trekking and touring around Nepal. The Rhododendron, Magnolia, Cherry blossoms and other flowers make the trail more picturesque. The month sees relatively lesser tourists making it the best way to avoid the crowd.
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April is peak tourist season

April temperature ranges from 12 – 30 degree centigrade in the most popular cities. The high altitude trekking trail can still see snowfall until mid – April. The temperature at base camps goes well below 10 degree centigrade. Days are warm and sunny which may cause sunburn or snow blindness. There are also more avalanches during the month of March and April. The avalanches change the route and make it tricky to get to base camps in the higher altitude.
Because of peak tourist season, choices of accommodation and transportation will be limited during the month of April. Accommodation in the busy trekking destinations like Annapurna and Everest may be overbooked. It is wise to book your tour in advance if you are travelling in the month.

Annapurna base camp

Annapurna base camp with Annapurna South

Nepal trips for March

March is the best time for cultural sightseeing, day hikes, short treks and tour of Terai like Koshi Tappu, Bardia national park, Chitwan National park and Lumbini the birthplace of Buddha. The warm and sunny days and the breeding season make the wildlife more active. It is also best time to do white water rafting as the water level is lower and calm with more stable and recognizable rapids. The air and water temperature also rise making rafting and kayaking more enjoyable.
It is possible to do big treks to Annapurna base camp and Everest base camps during the month of March but the snow deposition from winter and occasional snowfall makes it more challenging. However, short treks are highly recommended. Here are some of the recommended Nepal trips for March.

Nepal trips for April

April is peak tourist season in Nepal.  The rush makes the popular tour and trek destinations crowded. Chitwan national park, Bardia and Lumbini (the birthplace of Buddha) get hot but it is still possible to visit until the third week of April.  The month is best for high altitude trek and peak climbing. Treks and tours that avoid the popular destinations are recommended. Here are some of the pristine trekking trails avoiding the crowd.

Taktsang monastery or Tiger's nest monastery

Taktsang or Tigers nest monastery hiking in Paro, Bhutan.

The variation in altitude of Nepal has created different climatic zone within a short distances. Best time to visit and activities depends up several factors like temperature, precipitation, access and local festivals. Write us or visit our website Nepal Tour to know more about best things to do while you are in Nepal.

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Nepal tour in winter is perfect with sunny days with clear sky for Himalayan view. The temperature may go up to 0 degree centigrade or lower depending upon where you are. The minimum temperature is at night and is manageable with warm clothing and heating available in the hotels. Days are usually sunny with moderate temperature perfect for sightseeing and hiking.
So if you are not going on a high altitude treks or base camps, it is perfect to visit Nepal during winter months of December, January and February. There are fewer tourists as hardcore trekkers doesn’t come during these months.

Everest panorama

Sunrise over the Mt Everest sen from a short trek during the month of December

Nepal tour in December – January

December is known as shoulder season. There are still trekkers going and coming back from base camps. The first half of the December is perfect for high altitude trekking. Snow fall doesn’t starts yet. The temperature starts to drop but is manageable with down jacket, good sleeping bag and heating available at the lodges. Day temperature ranges from 12 – 22 degree centigrade.

The Christmas and New Year holiday in Asian countries like Japan, Singapore, Malaysia etc increase flow of tourist again in the end of December. It is perfect to do short treks in Nepal and tour of Kathmandu, Chitwan, Lumbini and Pokhara and surrounding hill towns.

January is the coldest month in Nepal and is definitely not good for big treks. It starts to snow up in the mountains above 3,000 m. It may rain little in the lower valleys like Kathmandu and Pokhara and the cold wave hits tropical low land. However it lasts only for about a week. This doesn’t disturb if you are driving around Kathmandu Pokhara, Lumbini and surrounding hill towns.

Annapurna south seen from Astam village.

Annapurna seen from Astam village during a short trek from Pokhara

Nepal in February

February is dry month and the mercury starts to rise again. February is a shoulder season to Spring. The best thing about visiting Nepal in February is that it is less crowded and the Himalayan views are clear. Himalayas appears more beautiful with fresh snow from the winter. This is perfect for short treks, cultural tours and wildlife tours.

Chinese new year holiday in Asian countries increase tourists in Nepal during the month. Also one of the major Hindu festival – Shivaratri falls in the month.

Thamsherku during the month of December

Thamsherku during sunset in the month of December

Best things to do in Nepal during winter

Short treks in Nepal during winter

There are several scenic and cultural treks in the foothills of the Himalayas which could be done throughout the winter. These short treks last from 2 days to week and goes to the altitude of 3,000 – 4,000 m only. Best thing about trekking in winter is the guaranteed clear sky and less crowd. As the trekkers going to high altitude and climber avoid winter trekking, the trekking routes are less crowded. The higher reaches may still have snow, but it makes trek fun. The fresh snow over the Himalayas make the scenery more picturesque.
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Nepal tour during winter

For those coming to enjoy Himalayan scenery and culture without much effort, winter is the best time. One can easily drive or fly to destinations like Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan and Lumbini in the low land. Cultural tour of 5 to 10 days could be planned with day hikes and overnight in ridge top villages like Nagarkot and Bandipur. Again the winter explorer have the benefit of fewer tourists, clear sky and moderate day temperature.

BBoudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu

Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu

Buddhist pilgrimage tour of Nepal

The months of December to February is also the best time to visit Buddhist pilgrimage sites of Nepal. Most of the important Buddhist pilgrimage sites including Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha are in lower valleys. Actually this is peak tourist season for Lumbini which will have temperature up to 40 degree centigrade during April to September.

Lumbini the birthplace of Buddha

Mayadevi temple in Lumbini development zone

Lumbini tour is visual aid to Buddha’s life and an introduction to Buddhist philosophy. This is great way to begin your journey into Buddhism or to know and observe the Buddhist practices from around the world. The region is also one of the important archaeological sites in Nepal with exclusive findings from about 3,000 years back.

Mayadevi temple Lumini

For secular tourists, visiting Lumbini is an opportunity to see rural south of Nepal dominated by happy self-sufficient peasants. The marshland, lakes and acres of paddies make it paradise for wide verity of birds with the most popular Sarus Crane. Sarus crane is the largest bird that flies over the Himalayas to come here during the winter.

Moreover, Lumbini is one of the important archaeological sites for the world with the ruins of civilisation dating back to at least 3,000 years. Recent excavation have shown existence of well planned city with road, fort, wells and other infrastructures in the area.

Here are some tips for making your Lumbini tour a best experience.

  • Mayadevi temple, Puskarini pond and the sacred garden

    Don’t forget to go to the Mayadevi temple and the sacred garden in the evening when there are pilgrims praying, lighting lamps and the monks and devout Buddhists meditating. The place has great energy to help you immerse into inner peace and meditate.

    Inside the modern temple, ruins of temples and sculptures from 1 – 12th centuries are preserved. The central compartment of the ruins have marker stone that was kept to mark the exact birthplace of Buddha. Temple was built over it with time. The marker stone is mentioned in the travel journal of Chinese traveller from 6th and 12th century. The pillar with inscription by Emperor Ashoka from 3rd century BC still stands next to the temple. After the birth Buddha and his mother took bath in the nearby pond known as Puskarini pond. The pond has been restored and is still glorifies the beauty of legendary garden.

  • World Peace Pagoda, crane sanctuary and monastic zone

    Lumbini is being developed under the master plan in the area of 5 X 5 miles. The 1 X 3 miles area is being developed as a pilgrimage site based on Buddhist symbolism and geometric shape. The remaining area makes a forested buffer zone around it. The 1 X 3 miles Lumbini project area consists of three sections – New tourist village, monastic zone and the sacred garden with the Mayadevi temple, the exact birthplace of Buddha.

    World peace pagoda in Lumbini

    World peace pagoda in Lumbini

    The pilgrimage tour of Lumbini begins from the New tourist village representing the worldly activities. The monastic zone is represents the knowledge and spiritual purification and the sacred garden represents the enlightenment.

    You can walk, cycle or hop into one of the auto-rickshaw for the pilgrimage tour. The new tourist village consists of World Peace Pagoda and crane sanctuary. The World Peace Pagoda is a Japanese style Stupa built to spread the message of non-violence after the second world war.

    Sarus crane

    Sarus the tallest flying birds

    The wetlands surrounding the World peace pagoda is protected as crane sanctuary. Sarus Cranes are the largest bird that migrates over the Himalayas. The bird is in the brink of extension in South Asia. About 90 pairs of resident cranes have been recorded in and around the sanctuary. The crane sanctuary is related with Buddha’s life and the compassion. Budda as prince rescued the wounded crane and released it in the jungle.

    The walkway towards north leads to the watch tower offering clear view of wetlands. There are also blue bulls and wolves in the sanctuary.

    Chinese monastery in monastic zone Lumbini

    Chinese monastery in monastic zone

    Monastic zone is divided by a canon into Theravadi and Mahayani monasteries. The sites have been allocated for world Buddhist communities to built their temples. Buddhist murals and symbolism are painted in the architecture representing respective countries. Walk around and visit the monasteries to catch up with the prayers or communicate with monks. Some of the monasteries offer meditation courses.

  •  Lumbini Buddhist circuit tourThere are over 62 archaeologically important sites around Lumbini. While some of them have revealed great resources for Buddha’s life and history of the region, others are still waiting for excavation. Among the most important findings are Ramgram Stupa, Tilaurakot palace ruins, Kudan monastery, birth place of Kanakamuni Buddha and Krakuchandra Buddha and Sagarhawa.
    Driving to these sites, one can also see rural life of southern Nepal. The villages are simple and self-sufficient in food with lots of agricultural activities.

    Ramgram stupa ruin

    Ramgram Stupa ruin

    Tilaurakot palace ruin

    Mahaniskramani dwar of Tilaurakot palace ruin

We at ‘i Tour Nepal P Lrd’ have been involved in research and development of Buddhist pilgrimage tour in Nepal. The tour is supposed to promote sustainable tourism in the region and help to maintain the Buddhist sites. Most of the Buddhist sites in Nepal are in remote and non touristic places. The ignorance of people make the site vulnerable. Buddhist pilgrimage tour support the local economy using local food, accommodation and other services involving people in conservation of the sites.

‘i Tour Nepal’ is dedicated in developing sustainable tourism in the Himalayas. We have got many local experience tours those gives exclusive cultural immersion opportunity and also sustains local culture and environment. Write us or visit our website for more about our Nepal tour packages.

Langtang is one of the few Himalayan valley that still sustains rich Himalayan ecology, awe-inspiring scenery and the authentic Himalayan culture less touched by modernisation. The national park comprising 1,710 sq km area is just about 18 km from Kathmandu. It shares the border with Tibet in the north. The valley of Kyirong provides one of the easy crossings to Tibet making it the most important trans-Himalayan trade route. This was also from where spirituality and culture spread across the border.

Langtang Lirung

Langtang Lirung as seen from Laurebina

Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer mentioned the valley as the ‘valley of happiness’ in his book ‘Seven Years in Tibet’. The essence of the name still sustains in Langtang across the border.
Langtang national park is dominated by the massif of Langatng with Langtang Lirung reaching the height of 7,234 m. One can also see Mt Shisa Pangma (8,013 m) the 14th highest peak in the world on the Tibetan side. There are about 70 glaciers, over a dozen of alpine lakes and majestic mountains with mystic Tibetan Buddhist villages.

Here are some of the highlights of the Langtang trek

Rebuilding after 2015 Nepal earthquake

The 2015 Nepal earthquake hit the region hard. Series of avalanches and landslide triggered by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake and its strong aftershocks, destroyed the valley. About 300 were killed including 70 foreigners. A village of Langtang was wiped out of the map burying 100 underneath to be never found. After about a year, locals have rebuilt the teahouses and fixed the trekking trail with more safety caution. However it will take over a decade to overcome their lost. Trekking in Langtang aids to the locals’ struggle in recovery from the earthquake.

Langtang village swept by the avalanches after earthquake.

Langtang village swept by avalanches after the earthquake in 2015

Listed in 52 places to visit in 2017 by New York Times

Langtang national park made it to the list of 52 places to visit in 2017. The valley of mountains and glaciers is thrived with the most pristine Himalayan Eco system and intact Tibetan Buddhist culture. The listing boosted tourism in the region, increasing the most needed revenue for recovery from the earthquake.

Choice of climbing peaks above 5,000 m within about a week long trek.
Langtang National park has got several peaks above 5,000 m that could be climbed within as less as a week long trek from Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. The most popular are Tserko Ri (4,994) and Yalla Peak (5,500 m). There are also few other trekking peaks like Naya Kang (5,844m), Ganja La Peak and Baden Powell Scout Peak (5,825m). The most popular climbing are Kyanjin Ri (4,773 m), Tserko Ri and Yalla Peak.

Tserko Ri Peak

Tserko Ri Peak with Langtang Lirung at the back.

The valley of glaciers and alpine lakes

Langtang national park have about 70 small and big glaciers. The sacred Gosaikunda Lake complex is supposed to have 108 small and big lakes. A trek in Langtang National park brings one close to some of the pristine alpine lakes and Glaciers.

View from Kyanjin Ri

Langtang valley from from Kyanjin Ri

Awe-inspiring mountain, rivers and waterfalls

Trek in Langtang offers great view of Langtang Lirung (7,200 m), Ganesh Himal (7,400 m) and Dorje Lakpa, Naya Khanga and many other spectacular peaks. one can also see Mt Shisa Pangma (8,013 m / 14th highest in the world) in Tibet side walking to the end of Langshisa valley. Melting snow and glacial Lakes make White Water and beautiful waterfall as the streams and rivers flow down the steep buttresses of the Himalayas.

Langtang Lirung

Langtang valley wedged between spectacular peaks.

Undisturbed alpine ecosystem with endangered wildlife

Langtang National park with the undisturbed thick forest, meadows and alpine vegetation still sustains the endangered Red Panda and Snow Leopard, making it the untouched spectrum of alpine ecosystem for researchers. It is also home of Himalayan black bear, Langur monkey, Ghoral and Leopards. Rare Himalayan Honey Guide and Larch have also been recorded in the national park along with the 250 species of birds.

Yak grazing in Langtang valley

Yak grazing in Langtang valley

The valley of Happiness with more intact Tibetan Buddhist culture

Langtang valley is just next to Kyirong (the valley of happiness), Tibet which was classic trans-Himalayan trade route. The culture from pre-Buddhist shamanistic practices till the cultural revolution had its effect in the Langtang side of Tibetan border. Tamangs and Sherpas of the region had less influence of outside world keeping the Tibetan culture more intact. Mani walls, traditional cantilever bridges, stone houses, carved wooden porches their dresses and monasteries reflect the rich culture.

Buddhist Chorten

Langtang valley is marked by Buddhist Chortens, Mani walls and flags.

Best Short treks in Nepal

Langtang offers some of the best short treks in Nepal. The national park is only about 18 km from the capital Kathmandu making it the closest short trek destination. Short trek to Gosaikunda Lake could be started right from the outskirt of Kathmandu valley. Also within a week’s trek, one can explore the inner Himalayan alpine zone and climb view points at above 4,500 m.
I am an adventurer exploring Himalayas of Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan for about 20 years. I love nature and the am always curious about the new knowledge. With my friends at ‘i Tour Nepal P Ltd’ we have tried to implement sustainable tourism in the Himalayas to help sustain local culture and environment. Treks we organise are culturally rewarding and ecologically safe. We handpick the safe and comfortable but very local accommodation supporting the local family directly. We make sure that the food served are produced locally as much as possible. Also our trekkers and staffs avoids plastics, bring back batteries and other wastes, filter water.
Visit our website -‘ Nepal tour ‘ and write us if you want to know more about our tours.

Mt Everest is the first attraction for many to visit Nepal. However the most popular way to experience the UNESCO Heritage site of Everest national park, is the two weeks trek in the region. What if you are not the person who like trekking or you don’t have two weeks ? There are several other way to see Mt Everest. Here are the three best ways to see Mt Everest while you are in Nepal.

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1) Everest sightseeing flight or Mountain flight

Mountain Flight or the Everest sightseeing flight is the most popular way of seeing Mt Everest while you are in Nepal. Most of Nepal touring activities visit west of Kathmandu like Chitwan, Lumbini and Pokhara. Mt Everest is about 100 nautical miles east of Kathmandu. So the 1 hr sightseeing flight from Kathmandu is the best way to get close encounter of Mt Everest and other snow peaks east of Kathmandu.
Mountain Flight is operated by all domestic carriers as the first flight in the morning. Earlier is better for the panorama. The seats are configured in a way that each passenger get window seat. If the weather turns bad or Everest is not visible, they refund the money or passenger can choose another day to fly.
The Everest sightseeing flight is not only about Mt Everest as one can see five out of fourteen 8,000 m peak in the world. Four of them are the top ten highest in the world with Mt Everest as the highest.
We will be able get spectacular view of Langtang, Jugal Himal and Rolwaling ranges as soon as we leave Kathmandu. The whole north is jagged with majestic peaks. Just in the Tibetan side of Jugal Himal range lies Mt Shishapangma (8.013 m), the 14th highest mountain in the world. The twin peaks of Gaurishankar (7,134 m) stands out from rest of the peaks. Next to Rolwaling Himal is Mahalangur Himal range which includes four 8,000 m peaks namely Mt Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse and Makalu.
The flight is the closed you can get to Mt Everest and the overview of the whole range is awe-inspiring.

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2) Helicopter tour of Everest base camp

With Helicopter you can actually touch the ground of Everest base camp or get the view from Kala Patthar, 5550 m, visit Gokyo Lake and have breakfast in ‘Everest view Hotel’, the hotel at the highest point in the world.
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Helicopter tour is expensive as it is based on charter and only two people can be lifted from the base camp. In case there are more people, it is possible to shuttle from lower valleys like Namche or Everest view hotel. The trip costs from USD 3,500 – 5,500 depending upon the destination and flight time. The regular itinerary fly to Lukla where it unloads and stores the fuel. From Lukla, Everest basecamp is just about 10 mints flight. Depending upon the weather, the helicopter allows passengers to get off and take picture at Base camp or Kalaphatter. The fly back to Shyangboche (2,800 m) for breakfast at Everest view hotel. The terrace restaurant of the hotel is looking at Mt Everest, Amadablam and other majestic peaks of the region.
The helicopter tour is private tour that allows you to touch the Everest base camp ground without the strenuous two weeks trek. You can cover the major highlights of the Everest national park within just few hours.
Some airlines are offering this trip on group joining basis making the trip as less as USD 999 / person. Minimum people required for this trip are 6 which is not difficult during the peak tourist season. The trip starts and ends in Kathmandu.

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3) Short Everest trek – 5 days

Just 5 days are enough for a short cultural trek in Everest national park. The trek starts with the fixed wing flight to Lukla and goes all the way to Namche bazaar at 3,440 m. This is best way to experience the landscape, Sherpa culture and view gigantic snow peaks for which the national park is enlisted as UNESCO Heritage site.
The trek is moderately difficult and requires certain level of fitness. Walking above 3,000 m takes lots of energy and the rugged trail climbs steeply at points. Assistance of pony and porters make it much easier. Unlike other Himalayan treks, there are luxury lodges and comfortable hotels with western toilet and room heating.
Since we fly right into Lukla in the lap of Himalaya, the trek is scenic from the very first day. As we walk into the valley, view of Khumbila, Kusum Kangraru 6,367 m and Thamsherku unveils themselves. Namche bazaar is perched high up on the mountainside with even more spectacular view of Kongde, Thamsherku and other snow peaks. The ridge above the village offers the panoramic view of Mt Everest, Lhoste, Tawuche, Amadablam and many other peaks.
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I am an adventurer exploring Himalayas of Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan for about 20 years. I love nature and the am always curious about the new knowledge. With my friends at ‘i Tour Nepal P Ltd’ we have tried to implement sustainable tourism in the Himalayas to help sustain local culture and environment. our short treks in Nepal are culturally rewarding and ecologically safe. We handpick the safe and comfortable but very local accommodation supporting the family directly. We make sure that the food served are produced locally as much as possible. Also our trekkers and staffs avoids plastics, bring back batteries and other wastes, filter water.
Visit our website -‘ Nepal tour ‘ and write us if you want to know more about our tours.

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Breakfast at mountain resort during the family trek in nepal

The holiday spend together becomes highlight of your kids’ year. Family holidays strengthened the family relationship by creating deep memories. You may have never thought Nepal as a family tour destination, but there are activities for family with kids. But with time, several other ways of enjoying Himalayan scenery have become popular among the families with kids. Exciting soft adventures with luxury resorts, cruising through the deep jungle looking for Bengal Tigers, village tour, sightseeing flights and educational and experimental torus make it perfect for every member in the family.

Here are five exclusive ideas for family holiday in Nepal.

1. Educational and experimental sightseeing

Educational tour of Kathmandu for kids

Making the Kathmandu heritage tour educational for kids

While sightseeing is mostly about history and culture of the place, it could be made educational and experimental for kids of all age. The heritage sites of Kathmandu is also known as living heritage for people still live their age old life in harmony with their monuments. There are different experiment opportunities for kids from making natural colors, art and crafts, pottery, metal sculpture and learn about the day to day life of the people. Visit a monastery and meet a young monk doing his chores. Learn about the stray dogs and visit the dog rescue centre and hear their stories. Or visit an orphanage or school to hear the different story of life.

2. Gentle family trekking with luxury lodges

Nepal trek for family with kids

Nepal trek for family with kids

With the extension of airstrip and the road, it is possible to organize short and gentle family trek in the hardcore Himalayan valleys. The most popular is the 6 days Everest cultural trek. The trek is based on luxury lodges built with authentic essence. The service of pony is available to make the trek easier. The trek is the best way to experience the land of legendary mountaineers, the Sherpas and watch Mt Everest. The mystic mountains, bewildering glaciers and the land of Yak and Yeti is enlisted by UNESCO as World Heritage site.

3. Jungle Safari

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Safe and private Chitwan jungle safari for family with kids.

The glacial rivers have created deep tropical forests in the south. The jungle shelters wide species of birds and mammals. Large no of birds migrates from Siberia flying thousands of miles and crossing the gigantic Himalayas. A jungle safari trip with veteran guide is an exciting and educational for kids. Jungle safari includes safe and private family excursion into the jungle by jeep, elephant, canoe and by foot. Track the Royal Bengal Tiger and the Asian single horned Rhinos and learn about these endangered animals.

4. Family White Water Rafting and camping

Nepal has got some of the best white-water rafting trips in the world. Some multiday trips take over two weeks. However, there are also some gentle rivers with mild rapids for family to paddle on. Seti River is one of such rivers popular among the families with kids. The 2 days private rafting trip goes off through the jungle and allows you to camp in a pristine river bank. Make a sand castle, play badminton and volleyball or just lay down hearing just the river and bird calls. An option of resort is also available.

5. Village tour and farm visit

Annapurna range seen from Pokhara

Annapurna range seen from Pokhara

 

Other interesting activities for family in Nepal is village tour and farm visit. There are several short hikes that ends with an overnight stay in charming and primitive villages. You will just see smiling faces and unlimited nature. A self-sufficient life that needs very little and basic things. Show kids the stone grinders, water mill, plank and suspension bridges and how the food comes. Milk the cow, pluck your vegetables and learn about differentspices and organic food.

The blog is based on my years of experience in running family holiday tour in Nepal. We make it an exclusive for the family with kids with more flexibility, child friendly holiday and travel games. Please visit our company – iTourNepal.com P Ltd for more info on Nepal Tour.

Going straight to 4,200 m definitely makes you seriously sick with altitude. For some ascend to Annapurna base camp in short time is a taste of their endurance. Others take 12 days from Pokhara with detour and rest day for acclimatisation.
I have met trekkers who did it in as less as 6 days. Locals do it in as less as in 3 or 4 days. But most people now seem concerned about how long is the shortest trek to Annapurna base camp that could be if done safely and without missing the major highlights?
From the several treks I have done in the region, I would say 8 days trek to Annapurna base camp is the safest way to do it without missing the highlights. The 8 days trek basically follows the classic trail to Ghopreani / Poon Hill and then to the Annapurna Sanctuary. It is also possible to do it in 6 or 7 days heading straight upstream Modi River. But the 8 days trek includes the detour of Ghorepani and Poon Hill with the additional view of Dhaulagiri range.

Annapurna base camp

Annapurna base camp with Annapurna South

Altitude wise, how safe is it?

8 day Annapurna base camp trek is the safest option altitude wise. The itinerary just cuts down your trekking days in the foothills of the Annapurna. It remains the same in the higher altitude. The extension of dirt road allows trekkers to drive further into the valley. The itinerary starts with drive to the Ulleri village and trekking for about 5 hrs to Ghoprepani at 2,800 m on the first day. Also we are able to drive back from the Ghandruk village cutting down a day’s trekking to earlier pick up point Nayapul.

8 days trek to Annapurna base camp also gives flexibility to change the itinerary and stay extra night in high latitude if needed. The extra night can be compensated with the last day we spend in hot spring.

I have been successfully leading this short trek to Annapurna base camp since 2016. Here are the pictures from the last trek with three Americans.

Day 01: Drive to Ulleri village and then trek 5 hrs to Ghorepani village at 2,0800 m.

On the way to Ghorepani annapurna

Day 2: Morning hike to Poon Hill and then trek 6 hrs to Chuile at 2,300 m.

Mt Fishtail seen from Chuile

Mt Fishtail seen from Chuile village on the second day of 8 day ABC trek.

Day 3: Trek down to Ghhomrong and further to Sinuwa Village takes about 6 hrs. The trail is scenic through the terraces, charming Gurung villages and the close up view of Annapurna South and Huinchuli.

Suspension bridge on the way to Annapurna base camp

Suspension bridge crossing to Chhomrong.

Day 4: Trek down to Modi River basin and follow it upstream to Deurali at 3,200 m / 6 hrs

Crossing plank bridge to Annapurna base camp.

Crossing plank bridge on the way to Annapurna base camp.

Day 5: Trek to Annapurna base camp – 5 hrs

Annapurna base camp

Annapurna I seen from Annapurna base camp.

Day 6: Trek back down to Sinuwa – 7 hrs.

Day 7: Trek down to Jhinu danda and enjoy the hot spring. 4 hrs

The trek itinerary is based on our long term experience or organising and leading the Himalayan treks. This is the safest and the best way to do the Annapurna base camp trek. ‘iTourNepal P Ltd’ have been organising sustainable Himalayan tours and treks for over a decade. Visit our link for more info on Nepal tour.