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, 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 by road today, 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 lakeside hotel, where you will have the opportunity for swimming, nature hikes, or boating on the lake.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Four Season Lodge 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
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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
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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
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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
    Loca guesthouse
  • Day 8: Bamboo Lodge / Deurali Cave
    Camp in a picturesque and rugged valley with mountain views

    In the morning, hike through dense rhododendron forests to Deurali, 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
  • Day 9: Deurali / Machapuchare Base Camp
    Hike on grassy slopes beneath massive peaks

    After hiking a ways, 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 Tent Peak, (18,204'), 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
  • Day 10: Machapuchare
    Spend a couple of days exploring Annapurna sanctuary

    Today is a rest day. You may either relax or hike around neighboring peaks.

    Meals
    3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
    Lodging
    Local guesthouse
  • Day 11: Machapuchare Base Camp / Annapurna Base Camp
    Spend a few days exploring in and around Pokhara

    Start early on your trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m). The trek takes approximately two hours.   

     

     

    Meals
    4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
    Lodging
    Local guesthouses
  • Day 12: Annapurna Base Camp / Dovan
    Explore Kathmandu's shops

     In the morning, trek to Dovan.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    International guesthouse or similar
  • Day 13: Dovan / Chomro
    Kathmandu's colorful shops have much to offer

    Begin the trek back toward the mountain village of Chomro. Overnight in Chomro.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    International Guesthouse or similar
  • Day 14: Chomro / Ghandruk

    Trek to the village of Ghandruk, one of Nepal's largest and prettiest Gurung villages.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    None
  • Day 15: Ghandruk / Birethanti

    Descend the long stone staircases from Ghandruk to Birethanti.

  • Day 16: Birethanti / Pokhara

    You return via the same route for the first day, but then choose an alternative route back to Pokhara via Ghorapani, Uleri, and Birethanti. This route offers a little more cultural and scenic variation and is a bit less steep in terms of climbing. Spend a final night near Phewatal in Pokhara.
     

  • Day 17: Pokhara / Kathmandu

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

  • Day 18: Kathmandu

    Enjoy a free day in Kathmandu.

  • Day 19: Departure

    Transfer to the airport for your onward departure, or extend your trip further into Nepal.

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. The total number of days includes the time required to travel between the USA and the destination country.
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
Basic guesthouses to 3* Western style hotels (upgrades available in Kathmandu & Pokhara)

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