ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP
We are looking for fit and healthy optometrists to provide primary eye care for people of the Annapurna Sanctuary. You will spend an entire day testing at the villages of Hille, Ghorepani and Chhomrong en-route to Annapurna Base Camp .
Register for September 12 to 29, 2018
PRE-TREK: Meet & Greet in Kathmandu (1330m)
The drive from the airport to the hotel is around 20 minutes. Our representative will set a time for your trek briefing. We will then show you around Thamel before enjoying cultural dinner at a fine local restaurant to formally welcome you to Nepal.
Fly to Pokhara & Trek to Ulleri
It is a 30 minute flight to Pokhara, which offers spectacular views of the main Himalayan chain, including the 8000m peaks of Manaslu and Annapurna. After arriving in Pokhara, we drive to NayaPul to start our journey. The trek following the ModiKhola River to Birethanti, which offers great views of the 'fish tail' Machapuchhare (6993m). Afterwards we pass through the small settlements of Matathvanti, Sudame and Hille before arriving at Ulleri.
Eye Testing at Ulleri
Ulleri offers a great view of the valley below. We spend an entire day performing eye tests for the Ulleri people.
Ulleri to Ghorepani
We ascend gradually through the beautiful forest of rhododendron and oaks and arrive in Banthanti to enjoy some tea. We have lunch at Nangethanti before making the final steep ascent to the village of Ghorepani. There are views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli.
Eye Testing at Ghorepani
We spend an entire day performing eye tests for the Ghorepani people. Ghorepani is a popular place with trekkers because of Poon Hill - the vantage point of the best mountain pananorma in Nepal.
Ghorepani Poon Hill to Tadapani
We get up early to enjoy the sunrise over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges from Poon Hill (3210m). This is a major highlight of the trip! After breakfast it is a leisurely walk to Tadapani, which involves an ascent and descent to the village of Deurali and Banthanti where we will have lunch. Tadapani is a steep but short ascent away.
Tadapani to Chhomrong
Today we trek through the jungle and pass through many Gurung villages. We will have lunch at one of these villages before heading to Chhomrong. This charming village is home to the Gurung people and sits on the lap of Mt Hiunchuli. There is an excellent view of Mt Macchapuchare (Fishtail) and the narrow canyon of the Annapurna Sanctuary.
Eye Testing at Chhomrong
We spend an entire today performing eye tests for the Gurung people of Chhomrong.
Chhomrong to Doban
We head out of Chhomrong along the ModiKhola leaving behind inhabited foothills to the slopes of the Himalayas. After crossing a suspension bridge, we venture up to Sinuwa Danda. The trail also passes through rhododendron and bamboo forests on the way to Khuldighar and finally Doban.
Doban to Deurali
Waking up to see sun rays glinting off the magnificent of Machapuchare, we'll have a relaxed start today. We will ascend slowly to Deurali, allowing us to soak in every detail of the spectacular snow-capped giants we are walking among. Spend the evening enjoying the quiet mountain atmosphere, or trying to capture that perfect sunset shot.
Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp
We make a gentle climb through river bed followed by a steep climb over to the mountain side. Some parts of this trek are prone to avalanches so we must be alert and move quickly. The trek from Bagar to Machhapuchhre Base Camp is strenuous but the unfolding view makes it worthwhile. We can see Mt Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, I, III, Gangapurna and Fishtail. The vegetation disappears and the path widens into a bed of moraine. We are met with the south face of Annapurna towering above us as we reach Base Camp.
Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo
We watch the sunrise over the Himalayas from Annapurna Base Camp and make our descent to Bamboo via Deurali and Doban.
Bamboo to Jhinu Danda Hot Spring
There is a steep ascent to Kuldi Ghar and then Sinuwa following the stone steps that leads to Chhomrong. We then descent to Dhindu Danda and enjoy the hot springs just 15 minute walk from the village. We celebrate our last night with the guides and porters.
Rest in Pokhara
A free day in Pokhara to explore, shop or just take it easy. Your trek leader will be there to assist you with further sightseeing in Pokhara.
Jhindu Danda to Nayapul, Drive to Pokhara
From Jhindu Danda, we trek to New Bridge, Khumi village and after lunch, Syauli Bazar and descend towards Birethanti. After an hour trekwe will be at Nayapul, our pick up point. After saying farewell to our guides and porters, you will be transported by private coach to your hotel in Pokhara where you can relax and explore.
Fly Back to Kathmandu
We take an early flight back to Kathmandu and visit a local family run restaurant to learn to make either 'Dhal Bhat' or Momo. This is followed by a visit to the Singing Bowl Master to learn about Art of Meditation. The evening is free for you to do some more shopping and enjoy your last dinner as a team!
Last day in Kathmandu
After breakfast there maybe time to squeeze in some sightseeing and shopping. What a way to finish our adventure! We wish you a safe journey home!