Annapurna Sanctuary

Trek to Annapurna Base Camp

This is the most popular trek in Nepal. Among other things, it is distinguished by the diversity of people, rich culture, beautiful landscapes and nature. The path takes you northwest from Pokhara lake, along the ancient road to Tibet, passing glaciers, canyons and turbulent waterfalls. Along the road following a cold glacier river is Tatopani, a hot spring with water that has a temperature of 40 degrees! Swimming in the pools with a view of the Himalayan peaks is spectacular. From the Annapurna base camp, you can enjoy a close up view of the peaks of Annapurna I and Annapurna Machapuchare. Our final goal is the Sanctuary located at 4200m, which is also the maximum height we will reach on this trip.

Local residents appreciated the Annapurna Sanctuary as a spiritual refuge long before trekkers “discovered” it. The natural amphitheater that is surrounded by Annapurna South (7219m) and Annapurna I (8091m), Varashikar (7847m), Gangapurna (7485m) and Machapuchare (6993m), serves as a base camp for expeditions, and is also a favorite destination for mountain lovers. Starting from Pokhara, you will climb to Naudande (1463m) and make a gradual increase in altitude from there to the Annapurna base camp. The Gurung people live in this region, and they will show us their rich cultural heritage through song and dance. As you walk through the authentic villages you will meet wonderful people, get to know their culture and religion (Buddhism) and, at the same time, will be fascinated by the rich vegetation that reaches up to 4000m.

Itinerary

Day 1

KATHMANDU

Meeting at the airport. Transfer & accommodation in hotel.

Day 2

KATHMANDU

Breakfast. Kathmandu sightseeing tour with a guide. Swayambhunath Stupa and Buddhist Monkey Temple. The temple is located on the hill with a beautiful view on Kathmandu Valley landscape. Lunch at the hotel. Trip to Thamel, a modest town which represents an interesting center of the touristic region. Dinner.

Day 3

KATHMANDU - POKHARA

Breakfast. Transfer to the Kathmandu airport. We are going to Pokhara lake by plane. The lake is located at the bottom of the holy Machapuchare peak (the name means “fish tail” – and indeed, it seems like that). A large number of Buddhist monasteries and Tibetan refugee camps are located near. Arrival in Pokhara, a small town near the lake with the same name. Transfer to hotel & accommodation. City tour in the evening: a walk by the lake, relaxation in an oasis of tranquility, shopping in the authentic ethnic stores… Dinner. The admirers of good music can enjoy the sounds that come from many clubs throughout the city.

Day 4

POKHARA-ULLERI

Drive towards Nayapul after breakfast. Start of the trek which begins with walking through the picturesque villages. Passing by Bhurungdi Khola river and its beautiful waterfalls. Authentic lunch in Tikhedhunka village. Walk towards Ulleri village (1960m). Accommodation in the hostel. Dinner.

Day 5

ULLERI – GOREPANI

Hiking from Ulleri (1960m) to Gorepani (2750m). Going through a strange villages of Gurung people. The lush vegetation and crystal clear rivers that cross their fascinating appearance. Arrival at Ghorepani. Accommodation in the hostel. Lunch. Individual village sightseeing and meeting local people. Dinner.

Day 6

GOREPANI – TADAPANI

Breakfast. Hiking from Gorepani (2750m) to Tadapani (2630m). Rest on the viewpoint above the village from which Dhaulagiri (8167m) can be seen. Passing through the blooming rhododendron forest. Arrival at Tadapani village. Accommodation in the hostel. Lunch. Ethno program by Gurung people. Dinner.

Day 7

TADAPANI – CHOMRONG

Breakfast. Hiking from Tadapani (2630m) to Chomrong (2180m). This region is interlarded with various contrasts of nature. At one moment we will passing by the blossoming cherry tree, then the woods with a green bananas, then fascinating gnarly Indian nuts….Crossing the picturesque Khimrong Khola river where women wash clothes the traditional way. Arrival at Chomrong – one of the largest villages in Annapurna region. Accommodation in the hotel. Dinner.

Day 8

CHOMRONG – DOBHAN

Breakfast. Hiking from Chomrong (2180m) to Dobhan (2600m). After passing through the bamboo and the rhododendron forests, the view of the holy peak Machpuchare (6993m) will leave you breathless. Arrival to Dobhan, a village with a small hydropower plant. Accommodation in the hostel. Lunch. Rest. Dinner.

Day 9

DOBHAN – DEURALI

Breakfast. Hiking from Dobhan (2600m) to Deurali (3230m). Walking beside Modi Khola river and Hinko cave. Accommodation in the hostel. Lunch. Afternoon rest. Dinner.

Day 10

DEURALI - ANNAPURNA BC – MACHAPUCHARE BC

Breakfast. Departure to Annapurna base camp (4200m). Visiting the Buddhist shrines in Annapurna base camp. Visiting Chorten built in honor of climbers. Arrival at Machapuchare BC (3700m). Lunch. Afternoon rest. Dinner.

Day 11

MACHAPUCHARE BC - DOBHAN

Breakfast.Hiking from Machapuchare BC to Dobhan (2600m). Lunch. Afternoon rest. Dinner.

Day 12

DOBHAN – JHINU DANDA

Breakfast, Hiking from Dobhan (2600m) to Jhinu Danda (1720m). Descent to Chomrong village taking the path which we have already passed. Lunch in Chomrong, than descent to Jhinu Danda and accommodation in the hostel. Arrival to the beautiful hyper-thermal springs Jhinu Danda. Bathing in the thermal springs.Dinner.

Day 13

JHINU DANDA – POKHARA

Breakfast. Hiking from Jhinu Danda to Phedi village. Minibus transfer to Pokhara. Accommodation in the hotel. Lunch. Free afternoon for individual sightseeing or relaxation on the lake. Dinner.

Day 14

POKHARA – KATMANDU

Breakfast. Transfer to the Pokhara airport & take a flight to Kathmandu. Accommodation in the hotel. Lunch. Afternoon we are going to visit Bodinath stupa. Dinner.

Day 15

KATHMANDU

Breakfast. Free time for the shopping in Thamel quart in Kathmandu. Lunch. Going  to OR2K. Dinner.

Day 16

KATHMANDU

Breakfast. Transfer to the airport Tribuwan, Kathmandu. Departure flight.

Dates & Prices

April 21st, 2019
Spots available: 15 1680 €, Per Person
May 6th, 2019
Spots available: 15 1680 €, Per Person

F.A.Q.

What’s included in the price?
To maximize convenience, we include as much as possible, so you can just relax and think about hiking. Here’s what’s included:

  • Minibus transfers from the airport to the hotel and from the hotel to the airport
  • Flight tickets & taxes Kathmandu – Pokhara Lake – Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu accommodation in hotel 3*  based on full board in 1/2 rooms
  • Pokhara accommodation in hotel 3* based on full board in 1/2  rooms
  • Accommodation in hostels in Himalayas based on full board in 1/2 or 1/3 rooms
  • Professional guide during the trek
  • Services of the local guides and porters
  • Trekking permits (TIMS)
  • Fee for Annapurna National Park

What does not included in the price?

  • Flights to/from Katmandu
  • Nepal visa when entering the country ($ 40)
  • International Health Insurance
  • Tickets to museums and temples (optional excursions)
  • Taxi service in Kathmandu
  • Individual costs in Kathmandu and during the trek

You will need to cover flights; insurance and extra spend. You’ll need to book your flights to and from Kathmandu, travel insurance and cover other personal expenses (etc. drinks, souvenirs…).

What’s the hike like?
The hike is moderate. Every day hike is around 5-6 hours, with easy pace. You will walk on mountain trail. It is safe and solid. It can be rainy below 3000m above sea level. Above 3000m snow is possible but during pre- monsoon season is very rear. Temperature is always above 0 degrees Celsius.

What’s the city tour like?

All-day city tour is organized with a our guide and transportation. We will see the most important cultural and historical monuments in Kathmandu.

What skills/experience/fitness do I need?

You need moderate level fitness level. The previous hiking experience at altitudes up to 4000 above sea level is not mandatory. Your guide will give you full instructions and a safety briefing at the start.

What do I need to bring with me?

  • Backpack (up to 40l)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Trekking trousers
  • Gore-Tex jacket (or anything waterproof)
  • Hiking shoes
  • Socks (thermal + cotton)
  • Cotton shirts
  • Base layer shirt and thermal long underwear pants (active underwear)
  • Woolen cap (or polar)
  • Hat (sun protection)
  • Polar jacket
  • Gloves
  • Towel and toiletries kit
  • Sunglasses
  • Head lamp
  • Water Bottle 1L
  • Medicines and vitamins
  • Sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) + lip cream
  • Raincoat
  • Trekking poles

 

What are the guides like?
All the activities on this trip will be led in English by qualified and licensed UIAA guide.

What’s the food like?
All food is local and is freshly cooked, hearty mountain meals. These include domestic cheese and other local milk products, dry meat specialties and vegetable. We can organize your meal in the way you like. The drinks are not included.

Can my dietary requirements be catered to?
Absolutely. Just let us know when you fill in your travel documents.

When can I go on this trip?
Book on to our pre-set dates above. If you are considering alternative dates, the perfect time for this adventure is between March and May  , and also between September and November.

What’s the weather like?
Spring and early autumn are the best periods to visit this region. In spring the average temperature in Kathmandu & Pokhara can be around is 25 degrees, but on the mountain is colder and temperature is between 0 and 15 degrees Celsius. Autumn is slightly chillier but still really pleasant and colors are stunning. At the Annapurna BC  there can be some snow parts.

Which flights should I book?
You should book flights to Kathmandu airport (Nepal capital).

How do I meet the transfer?
At your arrival, the transfer will be holding a sign with the name of the tour. We’ll give you all extra details before travelling.

How big will the group be?
This trip will run with a minimum of 6 people, and a maximum of 15. Please note, if there are not 6 people booked the trip may be rearranged or cancelled. Please contact us for confirmation before booking your flights, or book with a credit card.

Can I customize the trip?
Of course! For private groups of six or more the trip can run on any days you wish, be extended or changed to suit your needs. Enquire now for a private trip.