Annapurna, Nepal

13 days

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$4,115

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Experience a 360° degree view of no fewer than 5 massive mountains in the heart of the Himalayas. Welcome to the Annapurna Sanctuary. A beautiful steep valley without parallel elsewhere on the planet, a place held in unique reverence. For centuries, it has been thought that the high deities of Hinduism, Buddhism, and the oldest shamanistic traditions all call this part of the world ‘home’.

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We specialize in curating unique expeditions. Want to summit Kilimanjaro on a full moon so you can ask your sweetie to marry you? Plan a gastronomic experience along the Camino De Santiago with your foodie friends? Trek lodge to lodge to Machu Picchu with your corporate team? You dream it and we'll make it come true. We will make a charitable donation in your name as our way of thanking you for choosing us. This is paid through our partnership with Crowdrise. We'll even set you up.

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Description

Imagine a 360° degree view of no fewer than 5 massive mountains in the heart of the Himalayas, all but one well above 7,000m, and home of Machapuchhare (6,997m) “The Fish Tail” one of the most spectacular mountains in the world. This is the Annapurna Sanctuary, a beautiful steep valley almost without parallel in the known world. Our journey into this amazing region begins from Pokhara, a trekkers trail-head whose views of the Annapurnas, Machapuchhare and Manaslu are enough to captivate anyone’s attention. After walking along the Kaski Ridge with villages inhabited by the friendly and brave Gurungs, a tribe whose men form a large portion of the famed British Gurkhas, we turn northward towards the Sanctuary itself. We rise up the steep gorge through the thickets of bamboo, changing to coniferous forest, finally breaking into the alpine grasslands of the Sanctuary itself at the Machapuchhare Base Camp. Several days are spent in this incredible interior, wondering from view to vista to an entirely different perspective.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Kathmandu

    Upon arrival into Kathmandu Tribhuvan International airport you are personally met and transferred to your hotel. There is a briefing and welcome dinner. Overnight Dwarika’s Hotel (D)
  • Day 2 Pokhara / Dhampus

    This morning we take a scenic flight to Pokhara, west of Kathmandu. The Pokhara Valley, situated right next to it is the Phewa lake, offers a spectacular panorama of Nepal’s central Himalayas with Annapurna I and III, Machapuchare and Manaslu. We take a short drive to Phedi and meet our Sherpa staff, where we allow time to load up supplies. Once we are sorted out, we immediately start with a steady up-hill climb and a series of stone steps passing through villages and ultimately arriving at Dhampus (5,413 ft). Enjoy big views of Mt. Machhapuchhre, ‘The Fish Tail’ (22,885 ft). Walking: 3 hrs. Overnight local teahouse (B,L,D)
  • Day 3 Landrung

    After breakfast, we start our trek to Landrung (5,134 ft). We begin our climb steadily through chestnut forests to the small villages of Pothana and on to Deurali (6,500 ft), enjoying glimpses of the Annapurna range. From here we start our descent down to Bainshikharka and Tolka. Our day ends in Landrung, a Gurung village where we spend the night. Walking: 6 hrs. Overnight local teahouse (B,L,D)
  • Day 4 Chomrong

    We leave Landrung and our trail starts to descend towards the river below. We cross the Modi Khola on a suspension bridge. The trail then ascends to a ridge top, passing through rhododendron forests and terraced fields. We reach Jinwa Danda and continue our steady climb for another few hours to arrive at the Gurung village of Chomrong (7,120 ft). This village is the gateway to the Annapurna Sanctuary and, on a clear day one can witness fantastic mountain views of the impressive Annapurna South (23,684 ft). Walking: 5-6 hrs. Overnight local teahouse (B,L,D)
  • Day 5 Dovan

    Today the trail descends steeply to the banks of Chumrong Khola. We cross over the river on a suspension bridge, and then the trail climbs steeply through bamboo thickets leading to the small village of Sinuwa Danda. Here, the trail levels off and follows a ridge traveling through rhododendron and bamboo forests, always in view of the mountains. After descending through Khudi and Bamboo villages, we hike for about 1.5 hours before arriving at Dovan (8,530 ft) for the evening. Walking: 6 hrs. Overnight local teahouse (B,L,D)
  • Day 6 Machapuchhare Base Camp

    From Dovan the trail starts to ascend. As we gain elevation we see a dramatic shift in the natural vegetation from forest and trees to open wide valleys with shrubs. We continue our trek crossing steams and walking across moraines. There are a few spots along this trail that are prone to avalanches in winter. We continue to climb slowly but steadily for few hours and before long we reach Machapuchhare Base Camp (12,200 ft). If the clouds haven’t settled in yet we will be rewarded with a magnificent panoramic views which include Hiunchuli, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, and Machapuchhare, ‘The Fish Tail'. Machapuchhare is a sacred peak to the local Gurung people, considered the home of a Gurung goddess, and as such has been declared off-limits to climbers by the government. Walking: 6 hrs. Overnight local teahouse (B,L,D)
  • Day 7 Base Camp / Dovan

    Today is the day we have been preparing for on this trip. With an early morning start we make our way up slowly towards Annapurna Base Camp (13,430 ft). The path up to to the base camp is moderately steep and you will find this stretch very pleasant as you gently stroll along the river through tranquil meadows with many boulders to rest upon and gaze in awe at the surrounding peaks. From here the panorama is breath taking, Annapurna I rears above a rubble covered glacier while to the south Himchuli and Annapurna South loom ominously whilst Machapuchhare appears quite magnificent. For a view of Gangapurna climb the moraine with a few rock cairns to the south. We have a complete rest here while enjoying the dramatic views of the Annapurna Range letting it all soak in. After a few more photographs we trek back the same way descending all the way to Dovan. Walking: 6-7 hrs. Overnight local teahouse (B,L,D)
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  • Day 8 Chomrong

    Today we retrace our steps all the way up to Chomrong. Walking: 5 hrs. Overnight local teahouse (B,L,D)
  • Day 9 Tadapani

    Hike from Chomrong to Tadapani (8,497 ft). The next two days of trekking will take us down into and out of numerous river/stream canyons. We'll hike up through rhododendron forests with trees up to 60 feet tall. These rhododendron forests grow between 6,500 and 11,000 feet and, from a distance, appear to be a red/pink strip around the higher foothills. Walking: 6 hrs. Overnight local teahouse (B,L,D)
  • Day 10 Ghorepani

    Hike from Tadapani to Ghorepani (9,022 ft). Our hike takes us through Banthanti (8,268 ft) and Deurali (9,810 ft). As we approach Ghorepani we will enjoy magnificent views of Annapurna South and Dhaulagiri. Ghorepani is high on a ridge above the Kali Gandaki Gorge. Separating the Annapurna and the Khaulagiri ranges, the Kali Gandaki is one of the deepest canyons on earth. Walking: 6 hrs. Overnight local teahouse (B,L,D)
  • Day 11 Pokhara

    With an optional sunrise hike up to nearby Poon Hill (10,476 ft), which features unbelievable views of the Himalayan range to the west, north, and east. If it's a typical, clear morning and you're into photography, you'll shoot lots of photographs atop Poon Hill. After breakfast we'll descend the toughest part of the Gurung Staircase. We will be walking on steps much of the time. We will pass through several small villages and tea shops that we use as resting points along the way. We'll get glimpses of the Annapurna peaks as we descend along the trail and through another rhododendron forest to arrive at the town of Nayapul. From there, arranged transportation will take us to the lovely Tiger Mountain Lodge perched on a hill with breathtaking views of the Annapurna range. Walking: 6-7hrs. Overnight Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge (B,L,D)
  • Day 12 Kathmandu

    Fly to Kathmandu after breakfast. Transfer to Hotel. Afternoon free for resting or last minute shopping/sightseeing in the city. Tonight there is a farewell dinner. Overnight Dwarika’s Hotel (B,D)
  • Day 13 Kathmandu

    Today you are transferred to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International airport for departures. (B)

Tailor Made Expeditions

We specialize in curating unique expeditions. Want to summit Kilimanjaro on a full moon so you can ask your sweetie to marry you? Plan a gastronomic experience along the Camino De Santiago with your foodie friends? Trek lodge to lodge to Machu Picchu with your corporate team? You dream it and we'll make it come true. We will make a charitable donation in your name as our way of thanking you for choosing us. This is paid through our partnership with Crowdrise. We'll even set you up.

Price varies based on the size of your group. The more people, the lower cost. Contact us for pricing and fundraising details.

Want to start planning your tailor made expedition?

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