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adventure travel trip to Nepal
Feel tiny surrounded by Himalayan giants
Dates
  • Oct 14-Nov 1, 2014
  • Oct 13-31, 2015
  • Privately on Request
  • Duration 19 days
    Group Size 2-12
    Land Cost $4,350 Details
    Single Supplement $600
    Lodging 1 star-2 stars
    Grade III
    Best Time

    Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

    Surround yourself with the snowy magnificence of Himalayan peaks

    Day 1      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

    Namaste, Kathmandu
    Day 2      Kathmandu Sightseeing

    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

    Explore Kathmandu's famous temples
    Day 3      Kathmandu / Pokhara

    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

    Stay on the shores of Pokhara's lovely lake (photo by Slleong)
    Day 4      Pokhara / Dhampus

    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

    Enjoy fantastic views of Annapurna (photo by J.M. Hullot)
    Day 5      Dhampus / Ghandruk

    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

    Hike among beautiful mountain villages (photo by Maj)
    Day 6      Ghandruk / Chomro

    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

    Camp with a view of Annapurna South (photo by Arite)
    Day 7      Chomro / Bamboo Lodge

    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

    Hike through lovely rhododendron forests
    Day 8      Bamboo Lodge / Deurali Cave

    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

    Camp in a picturesque and rugged valley with mountain views
    Day 9      Deurali / Machapuchare Base Camp

    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

    Hike on grassy slopes beneath massive peaks
    Day 10      Machapuchare

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

    Meals: 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
    Lodging: Local guesthouse

    Spend a couple of days exploring Annapurna sanctuary
    Day 11      Machapuchare Base Camp / Annapurna Base Camp

    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

    Spend a few days hiking back to and around Pokhara
    Day 12      Annapurna Base Camp / Dovan

     In the morning, trek to Dovan.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Lodging: International guesthouse or similar

    Explore Kathmandu's shops
    Day 13      Dovan / Chomro

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

    Meals: Breakfast
    Lodging: International Guesthouse or similar

    Kathmandu's colorful shops have much to offer
    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.



     
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