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The Ulitmate Annapurna Trek Guided Walking Holiday
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Tour Summary


The Annapurna Circuit and Sanctuary in one classic 3-week trek

· Around Annapurna and across the Thorung La
· Trek into the spectacular heart of the Annapurnas
· Views of Manaslu, the Annapurnas and Dhaulagiri
· The incredible Annapurna South Face and `Fishtail` peak

3 nights hotels, 18 nights lodges, 18 days trekking, Max altitude – 5416 metres. Join in Kathmandu. MEAL PLAN: All meals included

Tour Introduction


After Everest, the Annapurna range of mountains north of Pokhara are the most well known in Nepal and the highest peak, Annapurna I, has the distinction of being the first 8000-metre peak ever to be climbed.

Four Annapurna peaks over 7500 metres together with Gangapurna form the main range, considered to be the most beautiful in the Himalaya and extending southwards, two encircling arms ending in Annapurna South and achhapuchhre (the ‘Fishtail’ peak), enclose a high cirque only penetrated by outsiders as recently as 1956.

These are the locations for two of the Himalaya’s classic treks, namely the Annapurna Circuit which circumnavigates the range and the Annapurna Sanctuary which visits the hidden cirque to view the incredible South Face of Annapurna.

Previously these two treks were quite separate but taking advantage of new jeep roads which allow high access to the valleys of the Marsyangdi and Kali Gandaki we can combine the two most famous trails of the region into one classic 3-week trek. This Ultimate Annapurna trek combines spectacular mountain scenery with a wide diversity of ethnic and cultural experiences as we travel through very different ecological life zones. This is without doubt, the ultimate Annapurna experience and is justifiably placed among the world’s top treks.

Day-by-Day Walking Holiday Itinerary


Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

Rendezvous at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Complimentary airport transfers are provided. Package services begin with dinner and overnight at the group hotel.

Day 2: Dharapani

We make an early start for the drive across country on the Prithvi Highway towards Pokhara. Turning towards the north, we then drive through the Marsyangdi Valley as far as Dharapani (1860m), where we check in at our lodge accommodation. This long day of driving takes us as far as we can reasonably go on the ever-advancing road.

Day 3: Regional centre of Chame

Today, we set off on our trek through Bagar Chap and a number of other villages, with good views of Manaslu and Annapurna 2. Even during today’s walk, we are obliged to follow sections of the new valley road. Beyond Lata and Koto, we arrive at our lodge accommodation in the important regional centre of Chame (2713m).

Day 4: Lower Pisang

Continuing our trek, we cross the river several times today, passing another spectacular gorge section and crossing a forested ridge, to finally reach the more open valley at Lower Pisang (3150m). We overnight at Upper Pisang (3300m).

Day 5: Village of Ghyaru

Today’s walk will take us away from the valley floor and up onto its northern slopes, via the village of Ghyaru (3670m). There are superb views of the Annapurna peaks, as we traverse around to our lodge in the relatively isolated village of Ngawal.

Day 6: Hongde to Manang

After our leisurely breakfast, overlooking the Annapurnas, we follow a gently descending trail back down into the valley. We pass above the airstrip at Hongde and rejoin the main valley trail at Braga. Here, we spend some time looking around the spectacular monastery, before completing our day’s walk to Manang (3540m).

Day 7: A rest in Manang

A rest and acclimatisation day in Manang, with several options for day hikes up to 4000 metres. We spend a second night at our lodge in Manang.

Day 8: Letdar

Only a short day, but we need to be aware of the increasing altitude as we approach the base of the Thorung La. Today, we trek via several isolated tea houses to our lodge at Letdar (4250m). Arriving in time for lunch, we take it easy in the afternoon.

Day 9: Thorung High Camp

We continue our trek on the eastern side of the Jarsang Khola, with views back to Gangapurna. Beyond a bridge, a steep trail climbs across scree to the base of the pass at Thorung Phedi. To make the pass crossing easier tomorrow, we hike up for a further hour to the lodge at Thorung High Camp (4750m).

Day 10: Thorung La

Starting from High Camp, there’s no need for too early a start. After breakfast at around 6 am, we trek up to the Thorung La (5416m). Climbing on a zig-zag trail across scree, we can look back to the Chulu peaks. At the pass itself, we stop for the obligatory photos, before descending steeply to the pilgrimage centre of Muktinath (3800m).

Day 11: Kali Gandaki Valley

Today, we will have a long day of driving through the spectacular Kali Gandaki Valley, passing through Marpha and Ghasa, to finally arrive at the hot springs at our lodge accommodation in Tatopani (1189m).

Day 12: Overnight at Ghorepani

Today we leave the Kali Gandaki behind, and climb once more through a patchwork of forest and farms, with great views behind us to Dhaulagiri. Overnight at Ghorepani (2855m).

Day 13: Tadapani

We have an optional ascent of Poon Hill at dawn for the sunrise over Dhalugiri and the Annapurnas. We then trek eastwards on a spending ridge-top trail to Tadapani.

Day 14: Chhomrong

Continuing our trek towards the Modi Khola (the river flowing out of the Annapurna Sanctuary) and with great views of the ‘Fish Tail’ peak, Machhapuchhre, we arrive at Chhomrong (2210m).

Day 15: Peak of Machhapuchhre

Turning north we now begin our journey up into the Annapurna Sanctuary, following the course of the Modi Khola on an often stepped pathway, through an area notable for its rhododendron and bamboo forest. We overnight at the place known simply as ‘Himalaya’ with the ‘Fish Tail’ peak of Machhapuchhre high up on our right. (2310m).

Day 16: Annapurna Basecamp

Passing Hinko Cave and the lodges of Deurali (3170m), the valley narrows even more, as we continue our steady ascent beside the ever-diminishing river to Machhapuchhre Basecamp at 3700 metres. It is a relatively short walk from here to the thrshold of the Sanctary and just beyond we reach our lodge at Annapurna Basecamp (4130m).

Day 17: Dobhan

Those looking to witness the spectacular sunrise will need to be up early. Then, after breakfast at the lodge, we retrace our steps as far as Dobhan (2540m)

Day 18: Chhomrong

Today we are back into the forests again as far as Sinuwa, where we rejoin the stone steps that take us down to the Chhomrong River. A final steep ascent then leads to our lodge in Chhomrong.

Day 19: Modi Khola

We contour around and then descend through rhododendron forest to the pretty village of Gandruk (1940m) on the western side of the Modi Khola.

Day 20: ‘Lakeside’ Pokhara

Our last day of trekking takes us down to the roadhead beyond Naya Pul. Here, we meet our transport and drive to Pokhara, where we check in at our hotel. After lunch, there is time to relax and enjoy the special ambience of ‘Lakeside’ Pokhara.

Day 21: Himalaya to Kathmandu

We take the spectacular flight along the chain of the Himalaya to Kathmandu. After checking into our hotel there is an optional guided tour of the city or free time for independent sightseeing and shopping. This evening we will have a celebration dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 22: Departure

Package services end after breakfast. Complimentary airport transfers are provided.

Is this holiday for you?

This Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Sanctuary lodge trek is quite sustained but offers relatively straightforward trekking conditions throughout, following excellent trails which are well-served with tea-houses and lodges. The trek has a number of quite long days and the crossing of the Thorung La will present a significant challenge to the regular hill-walker.

It should be noted that trekking at altitudes above 3000 metres makes greater demands on the body than walking at low elevations, and is of itself challenging even for fit hikers.

Our itinerary is well staged to allow the best possible acclimatisation but you will need to ensure you are physically prepared for the trek. You should be comfortable with walking for 5 to 7 hours each day and for several days continuously.

Map & Route Information

Is this holiday for you?

After Everest, the Annapurna range of mountains north of Pokhara are the most well known in Nepal and the highest peak, Annapurna I, has the distinction of being the first 8000-metre peak ever to be climbed.

Four Annapurna peaks over 7500 metres together with Gangapurna form the main range, considered to be the most beautiful in the Himalaya and extending southwards, two encircling arms ending in Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre (the ‘Fishtail’ peak), enclose a high cirque only penetrated by outsiders as recently as 1956.

These are the locations for two of the Himalaya’s classic treks, namely the Annapurna Circuit which circumnavigates the range and the Annapurna Sanctuary which visits the hidden cirque to view the incredible South Face of Annapurna.

Previously these two treks were quite separate but taking advantage of new jeep roads which allow high access to the valleys of the Marsyangdi and Kali Gandaki we can combine the two most famous trails of the region into one classic 3-week trek.

This Ultimate Annapurna trek combines spectacular mountain scenery with a wide diversity of ethnic and cultural experiences as we travel through very different ecological life zones.

This is without doubt, the ultimate Annapurna experience and is justifiably placed among the world’s top treks.

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What’s Included?

• An experienced English speaking local leader
• Kathmandu Airport transfers
• Internal flights and all land transport involved in the itinerary
• All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
• All meals
• Guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu
• Once on trek the group will be assisted by porters and a local guide

What’s Not Included

• Travel Insurance
• Nepalese Visa
• Tips for porters and other trek staff
• Miscellaneous expenses – drinks and souvenirs etc.

Meal Plan

All meals are included in the trip price from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 22.

Accommodation

Whilst on trek there are 18 nights in lodges/tea houses.

All accommodation is on a twin-sharing basis (note that in some lodges only dormitory beds may be available).

If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex.

The Nepalese trekking lodges also known as ‘tea-houses’ are simple, friendly and atmospheric.

As they are far from the nearest road is it not surprising that they are simple establishments as everything must be carried up by porters or animals.

Mostly these lodges have heated dining areas which are often attractively decorated.

Accommodation is basic in unheated rooms with wooden beds and foam mattress. You will need a sleeping bag.

The lodges have shared washing and toilet facilities. Some lodges have solar powered showers (charged at $2 – $3 per shower) and battery charging facilities (also charged at a rate per hour).

Staying at the lodges is a great way to meet fellow hikers and the locals.

The group will also spend a total of 3 nights in Kathmandu and Pokhara at centrally-located tourist-class hotels.

For the 3 hotel nights single rooms are available for a supplementary cost.

Additional hotel nights in Kathmandu are also available.

For Hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website.

Hotels are subject to availability and prices may vary.

Is this holiday for you?

This Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Sanctuary lodge trek is quite sustained but offers relatively straightforward trekking conditions throughout, following excellent trails which are well-served with tea-houses and lodges.

The trek has a number of quite long days and the crossing of the Thorung La will present a significant challenge to the regular hill-walker. It should be noted that trekking at altitudes above 3000 metres makes greater demands on the body than walking at low elevations, and is of itself challenging even for fit hikers.

Our itinerary is well staged to allow the best possible acclimatisation but you will need to ensure you are physically prepared for the trek. You should be comfortable with walking for 5 to 7 hours each day and for several days continuously.

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The Ultimate Annapurna, 22 days, 21 nights,
Whilst on trek there are 18 nights in lodges/tea houses. All accommodation is on a twin-sharing basis (note that in some lodges only dormitory beds may be available).

Please call us on 0161 703 5819 for latest prices and availability.

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