Annapurna Sanctuary

Active, Kathmandu to Kathmandu

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Don't just visit the roof of the world — climb all over it. Take a 10-day trek through the remote and imposing mountains of the Annapurna Range. Begin and end the journey in Kathmandu with its colourful temples, city squares, and great shopping. With the support of a team of expert Sherpas, the challenging trails of Annapurna will reward you with a stunning combination of towering peaks and dramatic valleys. Rest and relax overnight in tea houses, where you’ll reconnect with ancient ways long forgotten by the modern world.

What’s included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Sisterhood of Survivors Project, Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu guided tour
  • English-speaking guide and full support team of porters and assistants for the Annapurna Sanctuary trek
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Take in panoramic views and prayer flags in the himalayas
  • Explore rhododendron forests and tiny hamlets
  • Meet local yak herders
  • Experience tea house lodges and high passes.

Itinerary

Day 1 Kathmandu Arrive in Kathmandu at any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Kathmandu (1L) Opt to wake up with the birds and climb to the Swayambhunath Temple. Later, walk through the heart of the old city to Durbar Square, home to the palace of the Kumari Devi, considered to be a living goddess. Enjoy free time in the afternoon. Have lunch at G Adventures-supported Sisterhood of Survivors Project, a grassroots organization that trains survivors of human-trafficking to become certified paralegals. Included Activities: Sisterhood of Survivors Project Kathmandu Guided Tour
Day 3 Kathmandu/Pokhara Leaving the Kathmandu valley behind, head for the enchanting Nepalese town of Pokhara. Depending on our arrival time, there may be time to hire a small boat for a quick paddle on the lake for sunset. Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s))
Day 4 Pokhara/Tikhedhunga At 8,091m (26,545.3 ft), Annapurna 1 is one of the highest mountains in the world. Its surrounding sister mountains are equally imposing and create magnificent panoramas from any view point. This trek covers a wide variety of terrain, from lowland pastures and peaceful villages to powerful glaciers and stunning mountain views. In the rugged mountain scenery, we stay in mountain communities and meet friendly Nepali hill people as they go about their daily lives. The expedition is not only visually superb, but also a chance to learn about local cultures. Along the way, see thundering waterfalls of melted snow, cross icy rivers and high mountain passes, and reward ourselves with a soak in natural hot springs. While the trekking is challenging, averaging 4-6 hrs walking a day on steep terrain, our Annapurna Sanctuary expedition into the Himalayas allows you to experience 'the roof of the world' without major issues associated with high altitude. The highest point on the trek is Annapurna Base Camp at 4,130m (13,550 ft). Additional Notes: Note - This is a trek that requires a very good level of fitness as there are plenty of ascents and descents (in fact there's hardly anything flat!) and the walking is strenuous. The weather can be harsh in December and January with snow and frosts. Our expedition is led by an experienced local guide who speaks English. We stop at teahouses where our basic mountain accommodation is twin or multishare, toilet and washing facilities are rudimentary, and the food is simple but filling, usually vegetarian and cheap. Included Activities: Annapurna Sanctuary Trek Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 46km)
Day 5 Tikhedhunga/Ghorepani Trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani. Included Activities: Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
Day 6 Ghorepani/Tadapani Enjoy a morning excursion to Poon Hill. Afterwards, trek to Tadapani. Included Activities: Poon Hill Excursion Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
Day 7 Tadapani/Chhomrong Trek from Tadapani to Chhomrong. Included Activities: Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
Day 8 Chhomrong/Himalaya Hotel Trek from Chhomrong to Himalaya Hotel. Included Activities: Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
Day 9 Himalaya Hotel/Annapurna Base Camp Trek from Himalaya Hotel to Annapurna Base Camp. Included Activities: Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
Day 10 Annapurna Base Camp/Bamboo Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo. Included Activities: Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
Day 11 Bamboo/Jhinudanda Trek from Bamboo to Jhinudanda (hot springs). Included Activities: Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
Day 12 Jhinudanda/Pothana Trek from Jhinudanda to Pothana. Included Activities: Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
Day 13 Pothana/Pokhara Trek to Phedi, where our trek ends. Drive back to Pokhara to celebrate the adventure we just completed. Included Activities: Annapurna Sanctuary Trek Transport: Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s), 19km)
Day 14 Pokhara/Kathmandu Today we return to Kathmandu where you will have free time perhaps some last minute shopping, or simply wander around the beautiful old Durbar Square or visit Bodhinath. Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s))
Day 15 Kathmandu Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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