14-Day ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT March 28, 2019


ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT

ESCORTED GROUP TREK - March 28, 2019

TRIP LENGTH: 14-Day/13-Night - MEALS: As outlined in itinerary - GROUP SIZE: 14

TRIP GRADE: Moderate - ACCOMMODATION: As outlined in  itinerary

FROM PRICE: USD 1,950 per person twin share. Single Supp USD 450


 This route has yet to be discovered by most trekkers and the diversity of terrain, villages and breathtaking mountain views make this adventure arguably one of the best treks in Nepal.

Our journey begins in the foothills of the Annapurna range where we experience the local village culture and a rural way of life that has changed little over the centuries. As we trek towards the mountains we ascend above the fertile terraced fields of the villages to walk through beautiful oak and rhododendron forest that lead to open pastures where nearby villagers graze yaks and sheep. The highpoint of the journey is Khopra Ridge where the panoramic mountain views are spectacular. There are close up views of two of the world’s 8000m peaks, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.

In the last few years four new lodges were built on this route as a joint venture with us in Nepal. They are 100% owned by the local community with all profits benefiting the Swanta Primary School and other local projects.


Day 1/Night 1
KATHMANDU (1360m) - October 14, 2017

You will be greeted at Kathmandu airport by our team in Nepal. It is only a short drive to your hotel located in the heart of the city. After checking into your room there will be some free time before your trek leader gives a detailed briefing on the program ahead. In the evening your trek leader will take you out for a welcome dinner in one of the fine Nepali Restaurants in the valley.

Accommodation: Hotel Shangrila or similar on BB

Meals: 1 Welcome Dinner

Day 2/Night 2
KATHMANDU (1360m)

This is a day to explore Kathmandu where we organize guided sightseeing to the Buddhist Stupa of Boudhanath and Hindu Temple of Pashupatinath on the banks of the Bagmati River in Kathmandu.

Three major towns are located in the valley, Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, each having a great artistic and architectural tradition. Kathmandu is the capital and the largest city in the country. Patan, the second largest is separated from Kathmandu by a river. Bhaktapur, the third largest, is towards the eastern end of the valley and its relative isolation is reflected in its slower pace and more distinctly medieval atmosphere. In the Kathmandu Valley the landscape is dramatically sculpted by the contours of the paddy fields. The towns and villages are alive with the colours of farm produce, ranging from pyramids of golden grain to the vivid reds of chilli peppers laid out on mats to dry in the sun. In the streets and towns there is a constant bustle of activity, especially in the bazaars and markets where the farmers sell their vegetables and fruit. You should get back to the hotel after your sightseeing tour around mid- afternoon and the rest of the day is free for you to explore the city further and pack bags ready for the start of the trek the following morning.

We will provide you with your trek pack in the afternoon and you will have plenty of time for shopping in case you need any last minute items. In the evening your leader will suggest restaurants for your evening meal.

Accommodation: Hotel Shangrila or similar on BB

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3/Night 3
UPPER GHANDRUK (1990m)

Driving approx. 3 hours/Trekking: approx. 2 hours

An early departure from the hotel this morning as we are transferred to the domestic terminal at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan Airport. From here we fly to Pokhara, with a flight time of about 30 minutes and often spectacular views of the main Himalayan chain to the north. After arriving in Pokhara we are transferred by private vehicle to Nayapul and then we ascend through sub-tropical terrain high above the Modi Khola Valley with super views of the fishtail peak, Machhapuchhre, and Annapurna South to the village of Kimche (1630m). From here we begin our trek and follow a well-defined path of stone flags that contours its way through fields of wheat and millet to the largest village of the region, Ghandruk. This Gurung village is well known for the number of its menfolk who have served in the British Gurkha regiments. Our lodge is located above the main village in a quiet location, where we enjoy fine mountain views, in particular Annapurna South (7237m), Machhapuchhre (6993m) and Gangapurna (7455m).

Accommodation: Trek Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4/Night 4
TADAPANI (2450m)

Trekking: approx 4 hours

It’s an easier walk today as you leave the terraced hillsides and the village of Ghandruk behind to enter oak and rhododendron forest. This is a particularly beautiful part of the trek, as your trail crosses over streams and passes small waterfalls under the canopy of the forest. There are no villages on the trail, but there are a few teahouses at Baisi Kharka providing welcome drinks and a place to rest. There are fine views of Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna III (7555m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Annapurna South (7237m), Machhapuchhre (6993m) and Lamjung Himal (6931m) along the way and you reach your overnight halt at Tadapani in time for lunch. The village is perfectly situated to catch some wonderful sunset and sunrise views.

Accommodation: Trek Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5/Night 5
BAYELI KHARKA (3450m)

Trekking: approx. 6 hours

Today you leave the main trail that leads to Ghorepani and instead follow a rarely used path, walking initially through dense rhododendron forest that leads to open ground used by local villagers for grazing pastures. The climb is gradual and you soon emerge above the tree line to enjoy superb views of the Annapurna range. We stop on the way at the small settlement of Meshram to have lunch. After lunch the trail continues to climb up and then traverse to reach the settlements of Dobato. From Dobato the trail undulates and then climbs up to reach a small pass and from here we descend to a small Chautara or resting place. From here we climb gradually up below the ridges of Khopra and then your trail descends through shrub rhododendron to an open clearing known as Bayeli Kharka, the first of the community owned lodges you’ll be staying in. From this peaceful and tranquil location here are great views of the Dhaulagiri Himal.

Accommodation: Community Trek Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6/Night 6
DHANKHARKA (2950m)

Trekking: approx. 3 hours

In the morning you descend through open ground and forest to reach the pastures of Lower Chistibung, where you stop for lunch. In the afternoon continue walking through forest, ascending gradually and passing through several buffalo grazing pastures to reach a clearing and a summertime herders settlement, known as Dhankharka. Here you again stay in a community owned lodge. It faces south and whilst there is no major mountain views the rolling hills of central Nepal can be seen stretching almost to the Indian border from this elevated location.

Accommodation: Community Trek Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 7/Night 7
KHOPRA RIDGE (3600m)

Trekking: approx. 3 hours

To reach Khopra you have a steady climb that takes you above the tree line and onto open ridges with spectacular mountain views. This area is noted for its wildlife and you should keep your eyes open for Himalayan Thar (mountain goat) and Danfe pheasant. You reach the community lodge at Khopra Ridge in time for lunch, where there are fantastic views from this prominent position high above the Kali Gandaki Valley. The extraordinary panorama includes Annapurna South, towering directly in front of the lodge; Fang and Nilgiri are also prominent to the north; in the west, across the Kali Gandaki Valley (the world’s deepest gorge), stands the Dhaulagiri Himal which dominates the entire skyline.

Accommodation: Community Trek Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8/Night 8
SWANTA (2220m)

Trekking: approx. 5½ hours

In the morning take opportunity to photograph the sunrise views before descending off the hillside to retrace your route back to Chistibung for a short break. Continue to descend through forest, crossing a small river, before passing through farmland and on to the village of Swanta, where you stay in the village lodge, located close to the local primary school. Our local operator has been sponsoring the salaries of two of the schoolteachers for three and has also helped in the funding of the new school extension. Swanta is a small village of only 150 people and the primary school was threatened with closure before these initiatives were implemented.

Accommodation: Community Trek Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9/Night 9
GHOREPANI (2870m)

Trekking: approx. 3 hours

From Swanta you descend through village fields to a small river and take a look at the local water mill. You then cross the suspension bridge and head up to the village of Chittre where you rejoin the main trail before another ascent to Ghorepani, where there are great views of the Dhaulagiri massif.

Accommodation: Trek Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10/Night 10
HILLE (1540m)

We have an early morning climb to Poon Hill to view the spectacular sunrise over the Himalaya. After an hour’s climb in the morning we reach Poon Hill which offers amazing views extending from Dhaulagiri to Annapurna to Machhapuchhre; that stretches from Dhaulagiri I ( 8167m) and Tukuche (6920m) to Nilgiri (6940m), Annapurna South, Annapurna I (8091m), Hiunchuli (6441m) and Tarke Kang (7193m). After breakfast and a well-earned rest it is all downhill for the rest of the day. The walk passes through beautiful rhododendron forest and you stop for lunch at the village of Banthanti. In the afternoon you continue trekking through the forest to arrive at Ulleri. From Ulleri there is a very steep descent of over 500 metres on a stone staircase to the Bhurungdi Khola River where you cross a small suspension bridge to reach the village of Tirkedunga and a further walk of fifteen minutes we reach the small settlement of Hille where we stop for the night.

Accommodation: Trek Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11/Night 11
POKHARA (850m)

Trekking: Drive approx. 3.5 hours

You make an early start to get the most out of the day. We have a short walk to the jeep stand where we catch the jeep to Nayapul and then onwards to Pokhara. After checking at our hotel the rest of the afternoon is free to explore the lakeside area.

Accommodation: Hotel Barahi or similar on BB

Meals: Breakfast

Day 12/Night 12
POKHARA (850m)

A free day in Pokhara to explore, shop or just take it easy. We do recommend a trip to the Mountainineering Museum, a boat ride on Phewa Lake and perhaps a visit to the Peace Pagoda that overlooks the lakeside and town.

Accommodation: Hotel Barahi or similar on BB

Meals: Breakfast

Day 13/Night 13
KATHMANDU (1360m)

After breakfast you are transferred to the airport for the flight back to Kathmandu. Weather permitting, you should get some exceptional mountain views. On arrival in Kathmandu you are met at the airport by our rep and transferred back to your hotel and the rest of the day is free to do souvenir shopping or further sightseeing. Enjoy a final evening out tonight.

Accommodation: Hotel Shangrila or similar on BB

Meals: Breakfast

Day 14
KATHMANDU (1360m)

After breakfast you are transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

Meals: Breakfast

What's Included

  • The services of an expert English-speaking and certified Wilderness First Responder Trek Leader throughout the tour
  • 8-day trek with accommodation in comfortable lodges as well as recently constructed Community Lodges
  • Porters on trek along with Assistant Guides where applicable
  • Trek Pack while on trek comprising up of a kitbag, high quality sleeping bag designed for sub-zero temperatures, inner sheet and high-altitude jacket
  • Trekking off the main trail in remote alpine terrain heading to Bayeli, Kopra Ridge, Swanta and Dhan Kharka
  • Sightseeing (and entrance fees where applicable) in Kathmandu
  • Insured Trek Crew
  • Transfer by private vehicle to the starting point of the trek and back to Pokhara at the end of the trek
  • All Airport transfers (International and Domestic)
  • Hotel Shangrila or similar in Kathmandu on BB
  • Hotel Barahi or similar in Pokhara on BB
  • Return local flights from Kathmandu to Pokhara (USD 280 with transfers)
  • Domestic Airport Taxes
  • Comprehensive Medical Kit on trek
  • ALL MEALS ON TREK
  • All accommodation in the city hotels and on trek will be on Twin share basis

Not Included

  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals not listed (Lunches and Dinners in Kathmandu and Pokhara)
  • Any optional tours and activities during free time
  • Camera fees where applicable
  • Showers on trek (if available),bar bills, souvenirs and personal expenses., etc
  • Tips or gratuities (Suggest USD 5-8 per day per person i.e. approx. USD 60 per person)
  • You can tip your Trek Leader separately
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