Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Surround yourself with the snowy magnificence of Himalayan peaks
Overview

overview

Trek high into one of the most beautiful glaciated valleys of the Annapurna range and find yourself surrounded by the full majesty of the Himalayas. Your approach route through the Annapurna Conservation Area offers the potential of wildlife viewing, interaction with friendly villagers, and a vigorous hike through varied, protected habitats. This trek is excellent both in the spring for vivid blooming rhododendrons and sunbirds and in the fall for the clearest skies, local festivals, and the color and activity of harvest season. You will encounter Buddhist and Hindu villagers, schools, reforestation projects, sustainable energy experiments, neatly groomed communities, dense bamboo forests, steep trails (possibly muddy), rushing streams, massive glaciers, and maybe mountaineers, ex-Gurkha soldiers, Maoist cadres, and a few other trekkers. This trek is safe, spectacular, and supremely rewarding of the effort you invest to reach the goal of the beautiful Annapurna Sanctuary. Ask us also about a lodge stay trek.

itinerary

itinerary

  • Day 1: Kathmandu
    Namaste, Kathmandu

    On arrival in Kathmandu (4,600 ft), you will be met by a Journeys staff member at the airport and transferred to your Western-style hotel. Your guides will be available for advice on everything from how to bargain to choosing restaurants to learning a little bit of the Nepali language. You will have some time to just relax, or to nibble at the feast of new experiences in this exotic city. Later, there will be a brief orientation.

    Meals
    None
    Lodging
    International Guesthouse or similar
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  • Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing
    Explore Kathmandu's famous temples

    Your second day in Kathmandu includes guided visits to some (or all, time permitting) of the famous temples of Swayambhunath, Pasupatinath, and Boddhanath. You will see life going on as it has for hundreds of years against a background of sacred peaks, terraced hillsides, and an exotic culture. In Kathmandu, and throughout your trip, we encourage you to interact with local people either through your guide as interpreter, or through participation in the activities available all around you. While you explore, your staff gets all your food supplies and logistical requirements in order.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    International Guesthouse or similar
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  • Day 3: Kathmandu / Pokhara
    Stay on the shores of Pokhara's lovely lake (photo by Slleong)

    Travel to Pokhara (2,700 ft) by road today (or fly, depending on road conditions), experiencing your first taste of rural Nepalese life along the way, with terraced fields allowing insights into local farming methods. The road follows the broad riverbed until your arrival in the early afternoon. Transfer to your hotel, located close to the lake, where you will have the opportunity for swimming, nature hikes, or boating on the lake.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Mum's Garden Resort or similar
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  • Day 4: Pokhara / Dhampus
    Enjoy fantastic views of Annapurna (photo by J.M. Hullot)

    Get an early start on a six-hour hike today because the lower sections of the trail can be very hot by midday. You'll hike out past a Tibetan refugee camp in Hyangja and then on to the village of Suikhet. Then you climb the ridge above the Yangri Khola Valley. Your lodge is located near Dhampus at an elevation of about 5,900'. This site offers an excellent view of Annapurna.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Local guesthouse or camping
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  • Day 5: Dhampus / Ghandruk
    Hike among beautiful mountain villages (photo by Maj)

    This morning on a five-hour hike, you reach a 7,085' pass and then descend to the Gurung village of Landrung above the Modi Khola River. After crossing the river, a set of stone stairs leads you into the maze of alleyways and terraces of one of the most beautiful communities in this area, Ghandruk, the second-largest Gurung village in Nepal. From here, you'll have excellent views of Annapurna South.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Local guesthouse or camping
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  • Day 6: Ghandruk / Chomro
    Camp with a view of Annapurna South (photo by Arite)

    As you continue farther into the Himalayan range on a five-hour hike, the trail climbs and descends steeply as you cross over another pass and make your way down to the Khumnu Khola. Another steep hike eventually takes you through the forests of the Modi Khola Valley. Overnight near the village of Chomro (6,395'), the highest permanent Gurung settlement in the valley. Annapurna South and Machapuchare can be seen from here.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Local guesthouse or camping
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  • Day 7: Chomro / Bamboo Lodge
    Hike through lovely rhododendron forests

    After crossing the river on today's four-hour hike, you climb high above the Modi Khola on its west bank, passing through beautiful rhododendron, oak, and hemlock forests leading to Kuldi (7,800'). From here, it is downhill toward the Modi Khola. You camp in the dense bamboo forests which supply raw materials to weave dokos, the woven baskets carried by porters, and mats for floors and roofs.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Local guesthouse or camping
  • Day 8: Bamboo Lodge / Deurali Cave
    Camp in a picturesque and rugged valley with mountain views

    Today's three to four hour ascent through dense rhododendron forests, takes you to Deurali (10,300'), a tiny village in northern-central Nepal. Here you can acclimate and relax before continuing on the next day.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Local guesthouse or camping
  • Day 9: Deurali / Machapuchare Base Camp
    Hike on grassy slopes beneath massive peaks

    After hiking about three hours, you enter the sanctuary, surrounded on all sides by the Annapurna massif, Machapuchare, and the upper reaches of the valley at 13,285'. From here, you see a large grass-covered moraine ahead with more grassy slopes beyond. A number of peaks are accessible from here, such as Tharpu Chuli (formerlly known as Tent Peak - 18,575'), a non-technical climb that offers a commanding 360-degree view of the entire sanctuary. Overnight near Base Camp.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Local guesthouse or camping
  • Day 10: Machapuchare

    Spend the day exploring around Machapuchare, hiking to neighboring peaks for spectacular views, or just relaxing and enjoying the scenery.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Local guesthouse or camping
  • Day 11: Machapuchare Base Camp / Annapurna Base Camp

    Today's two hour trek takes you to Annapurna Base Camp (13,546 ft). The trails follows a stream and past prayer flags. From the trail, you'll excellent views of Annapurna. After arriving at Base Camp, you'll have the remainder of the day free to explore the area.

     

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Local guesthouse or camping
  • Day 12: Annapurna Base Camp / Dovan

    Today you descend about 4,300 feet to Dovan (approx. 4 hrs hiking) where you have the free afternoon to relax.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Local guesthouse or camping
  • Day 13: Dovan / Chomro
    Rice terraces cover Nepal's

    Today's estimated six hour trek descends about 3,700' before ascending about 1,700' back to the mountain village of Chomro where you stop for the night.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Local guesthouse or camping
  • Day 14: Chomro / Ghandruk

    After trekking for around four hours, you arrive back at the village of Ghandruk. The rest of the day is free to relax.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Local guesthouse or camping
  • Day 15: Ghandruk / Birethanti
    The trails lead through villages where you'll be warmly welcomed.

    Descend about five hours down the long stone staircases from Ghandruk to Birethanti. At Birethanti (3,360') there are good shopping opportunites, an art gallery, cultural museum and even internet access.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Local guesthouse or camping
  • Day 16: Birethanti / Pokhara

    After a leisure breakfast, return to Pokhara by car where you have the rest of the day free to relax and enjoy the scenery.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Mum's Garden Hotel or similar
  • Day 17: Pokhara / Kathmandu

    Depart for Kathmandu at midday by flight or car. The rest of the day in Kathmandu is free to explore or do some shopping.
     

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    International Guesthouse or similar
  • Day 18: Kathmandu
    Bhaktapur village

    Today is a contingency day and you'll spend the day as you like. You will probably find a more diverse range of cuisine and a larger variety of restaurants within a mile of your hotel than exists anywhere else in Asia. You are also within walking distance of many major architectural and religious sites of the city. Your guide will offer suggestions for restaurants and guidance in navigating the enticing chaos of commerce around you. 

    Consider visiting the ancient city of Bhaktapur, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with some of the best preserved palace courtyards and temple in Nepal. Here you will feel you are walking back in time as you stroll through the core of the old preserved city. Take some time to look in the shops to observe potters, weavers, brass-makers, religious artisans, Brahmin priests, and spice merchants carrying out their professions as they have done here for hundreds of years. This is the best place in all of Nepal to shop for souvenirs. 

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    International Guesthouse or similar
  • Day 19: Depart Kathmandu

    Transfer to the airport for your onward international flight.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    None
Price and Date Details

Price and Date Details

Oct 13-31, 2015
Or Privately on Request
Land Cost:
$4,450
Includes local Nepal flights
Single Supplement:
$650
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Need to Know

Need to Know

NUMBER IN PARENTHESES INDICATES ESTIMATED WALKING TIME IN HOURS BETWEEN CAMPS

Duration:
19 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
1
Basic guesthouses to 3* Western style hotels (upgrades available in Kathmandu & Pokhara)
Group Size:
2-12
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Activity Level:
5
hiking over high, rough terrain

Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Included in costs: Meals as noted, each night in double occupancy accommodations, land transfers between components, English speaking guides, park or site entry fees, surface transport, equipment other than personal gear, government tax, airport transfer assistance, in-country ticket reconfirmation and check-in assistance (where permitted), complete pre-departure packet, toll-free pre-departure phone assistance.

Not included in costs: Meals not noted as included, gratuities, beverages (except tea or coffee at meals), international or domestic airfare unless specified, airport departure taxes not included with air tickets, visas, itinerary changes after confirmation, any services not included in itinerary, any costs incurred due to canceled or delayed flights, acts of nature or other happenings beyond our control, or other costs as are more fully described in JOURNEYS Terms & Conditions.

Deposit and payment schedule: $500 per person per trip or the applicable amount based on the trip and the proximity of the departure date. A second deposit of $800 per person is due four months prior to departure, and final payment for land arrangements is due 60 days prior to departure.  Any applicable permit fees required in advance are non-refundable as well.  Airlines require full payment when tickets are issued. The deposit may be made by Visa, Master Card, American Express, or check, and the Reservation Form may be submitted by fax, mail, or via our website. Full payment schedule and cancellation penalties are described in our Terms and Conditions as noted in our Global Expedition Catalog, on our website, and elsewhere. Please request these if you do not have them before advancing a deposit.

Air fares: JOURNEYS can make complete air arrangements applicable to your trip as noted in this itinerary. If you wish to redeem frequent flyer mileage or arrange flights directly with the airline, you may do so on your own at no penalty. If you do, please consult with us on exact arrival and departure dates and times before having your tickets issued to avoid errors.

Insurance: When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee: There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

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