Annapurna Lodge Trek

View the high snowy Himalayas as you hike between tea houses
Overview

overview

View the panorama of very high Himalayan peaks of the Annapurna range without going to very high elevations. Trek ridgetops and hillsides through friendly Buddhist and Hindu villages. October trekkers may catch the great fall eagle migration, while March trekkers will experience rhododendrons in a spectacular full bloom. Combine visits to attractive Gurung villages with stunning views of some of the most beautiful peaks in the Himalayas. This trek can be taken at any time of year, and the itinerary can be modified for your particular interests or preferred length of travel. You will spend your nights in small lodges specifically designed to host Western travelers who desire the amenities of modern plumbing, electricity, and private quarters, but who also wish to gain an insider's view of  Nepalese culture and village life. Your days are spent hiking mountain trails which afford ever-changing views and perspectives on the land, its people, and Nepalese life. This is a great trip for birders, photographers, and anyone who appreciates the profound rewards of getting away from roads, cities, and the concentrations of mass tourism sites.

itinerary

itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu
    Say hello to vibrant and exotic Kathmandu

    Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be met at the airport by your JOURNEYS guide and transferred to your centrally-located hotel. On the ride from the airport to your hotel, you will dodge water buffalo, bicycles, and cattle. Golden-roofed temples glisten in the distance, and neatly-terraced rice fields sculpt the hillsides. The rules and conventions of Western life have been exchanged for the customs of ancient Asia. You will have an orientation to Nepal by our staff.

    Meals
    None
    Lodging
    International Guesthouse or similar
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  • Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing
    See the sights as your guides prepare for your trek

    Your city guide will take you to Swayambhunath, where Tibetan chants, Hindu religious rituals, and processions of pilgrims establish a rich spiritual setting for your visit. Afterwards, our staff will assist you with buying or renting gear you may need for this trip such as coats or sleeping bags.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    International Guesthouse or similar
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  • Day 3: Kathmandu / Pokhara
    Annapurna range from Pokhara (by Jean Marie Hullot)

    In the morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Pokhara, where you meet your guide and transfer to your hotel, a beautiful resort complete with a swimming pool. From here you will have views of the Annapurna range, including the sacred mountain Machhapuchhare, or "Fishtail".

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Four Season Lodge or similar
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  • Day 4: Pokhara / Dhampus (3 hrs hiking)
    Mt. Dhaulagiri is Earth's seventh-highest summit (photo by Bhismakandel)

    Today you will be driven to Phedi to begin your hike up to Dhampus, from where you will have your first views of rural Nepal life. You climb the ridge above the Yangri Khola Valley, which takes about two hours. Your lodge has eight double rooms with hot running water, 24 hours a day, in an attached bath with flush toilet. The dining hall has a wide view of the Annapurna range and the hotel's beautiful gardens. This is the only hotel in Dhampus with views of Mt. Dhaulagiri.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Local Guesthouse
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  • Day 5: Dhampus / Ghandruk (7 hrs hiking)
    Annapurna South is visible in the distance (photo by Arite)

    Today you hike over a small pass and then descend to the Gurung village of Landrung, set above the Modi Khola River. After crossing the river, a set of stone steps leads you into the maze of alleyways and terraces of one of the most beautiful communities in this area. From here, you have excellent views of Annapurna South and Machapuchare. Your lodge sits within its own garden and apple orchard on the higher terraces of the village. From the garden, some of the highest peaks in the world can be seen in all their snow-capped glory. The lodge is centered on a 150-year-old traditional Gurung village house, which now serves as the dining room and main reception area. New bedrooms with a covered verandah, solar heated showers and western style toilet facilities have recently been added for your comfort.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Local guesthouse
  • Day 6: Explore Ghandruk
    Explore village alleyways and lanes

    You have a free day to explore this mountain village, which is not only a major recruitment center for the famous Gurkha soldiers, but also the hub of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project, which promotes many varied ecological projects. The women of Ghandruk maintain a local industry of weaving traditional Nepalese rugs. You will enjoy walking through the network of alleyways through town.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Local guesthouse
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  • Day 7: Ghandruk / Birethanti (5 hrs hiking)
    Meet Nepali such as this village girl

    After breakfast, return to Birethanti via a spectacular ridge and forest route, stopping to explore the rarely-visited village of Moharia. After lunch at the lodge, you may either take a short walk with your guide to photograph the flora and fauna of the valley or simply relax by the river or in the landscaped gardens from which there are direct views of magnificent 23,000' Machapuchare. Your lodging has twin bedrooms, solar heated showers, and proper toilet facilities. There is also a central reception and dining area with fireplace, comfortable chairs, books, and magazines.

     

     

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Local guesthouse
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  • Day 8: Birethanti / Pokhara
    The Annapurna range looms above Phewa Lake

    In the morning, you make the 1.5-hour drive back to Pokhara, where the rest of the day is free to relax and enjoy the views, hike to some nearby villages, or take a boat ride on the lake. Some activities available are:

    • A boat ride on enchanting Phewa Lake, the second-largest lake in Nepal, is a great way to take in the surrounding beauty.
    • The Barahi Temple, the most important religious monument in Pokhara, can be found almost in the middle of Phewa Lake. This two-storied pagoda is dedicated to the boar manifestation of Ajima, the female deity representing Shakti. Devotees can be seen here, especially on Saturdays, carrying animals and fowl across the lake to be sacrificed.
    • The World Peace Pagoda, a massive Buddhist stupa, is situated on top of a hill on the southern shores of Phewa Lake. From here, there are spectacular views of the Annapurna range and Pokhara. You get here by crossing the lake and hiking up the hill.
    • The Seti Gandaki River runs right through Pokhara town and is completely underground in some places. Though not very wide at certain points, it may surprise one to learn that its depths reach over 65 feet! The Mahendra Pul, a small bridge near the old Mission Hospital, provides a great view of deep gorges made by the river’s powerful flow.
    • Patale Chhango, or Hell’s Fall, as known to the locals (also known as Devin’s or David’s Fall), is an incredible waterfall about 1.5 miles outside of Pokhara.
    • Gupteswar Gupha is a sacred cave located across from Devin’s Fall. The cave itself is almost two miles long and contains both large, hall-sized rooms and tiny passages. A phallic symbol of Lord Shiva is preserved here in the condition it was discovered, holding a special value for Hindus.
    • Mahendra Gupha (locally known as Chamero Odhaar), or “House of Bats”, is a large limestone cave said to have been discovered around 1950 by a couple of shepherd boys. It is a two-hour walk through the cave, and it is best to bring your own flashlight in order to get a good look at the stalactites and stalagmites.
    • The Bindbyabasini Temple, dedicated to the goddess Bhagwati, is a center of religious activity in the Old Bazaar. This festive scene, especially on Saturdays, brings worshippers from all around to perform sacrifices.
    • The Pokhara Museum displays the lifestyle and history of ethnic groups of Western Nepal such as the Gurung, Thakali, and Tharu.
    • The Annapurna Museum, also known as the Natural History Museum, is managed by the Annapurna Conservation Area Project and contains an excellent collection of wildlife, insects, and birds, as well as a variety of precious and semi-precious stones and volcanic rocks.
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Four Seasons Lodge or similar
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  • Day 9: Pokhara / Kathmandu
    Back in Kathmandu, do not forget your last minute shopping

    After breakfast, a flight takes you back to Kathmandu, where the rest of the day is yours free to do some last-minute shopping and exploring. JOURNEYS staff will be on hand to assist with further explorations and sightseeing (not included in land cost).

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    International guesthouse or similar
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  • Day 10: Kathmandu / Onward

    Transfer to the airport for your onward flight or extend to Chitwan National Park.

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    Breakfast
    Lodging
    None
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Price and Date Details

Price and Date Details

Mar 24-Apr 2, 2015
Nov 9-18, 2015
Or Privately on Request
Land Cost:
$2,950
Includes local Nepal flights
Single Supplement:
$450
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

(Numbers in parentheses indicate the estimated walking time between camps.)

Duration:
10 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 (hotel 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:
4
Basic guesthouses to 3 * Western style hotels (hotel upgrades available in Kathmandu & Pokhara)
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.

Resources

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