Annapurna - Luxury Trek

  • Duration11 Days
  • GradeEasy to Moderate
  • Max. Altitude4130 meters (Annapurna Base Camp)
  • AccommodationHotel + Tea Houses
  • Best SeasonSpring & Autumn
  • Group Size2+

Annapurna, One Step from Heaven: Luxury Trekking 

This is one of the easiest and most spectacular trek that winds along the southern side of the Himalayan chain. Along the entire route you will be able to admire some of the most beautiful mountains in the world: the Annapurna range, Machhapuchhre and Dhaualgiri. 

The path winds through cultivated fields, villages of the Gurung and Magar ethnic groups, rhododendron forests and the richly vegetation valley of the Modi Khola. This is one of the easiest and most spectacular treks in Nepal starting in the beautiful Pokhara Valley and ending in Dhampus. 

The structures in which we stay that are part of the Ker & Downey Lodges chain are the only possibility in Nepal that allows the trekker to experience a magnificent spectacle in style and with every comfort, sleeping in comfortable rooms, with beds with sheets , blankets, pillows and hot water bottles to warm the bed. It is the ideal trek for travelers who want to see breathtaking views from the first day, without worrying about the altitude since you walk, almost always at an average altitude of 2,000 m. and the highest point is located at 2,015 m. (Ghandruk), from which you will have a 360° view of the Dhaualgiri and Annapurna mountain ranges with numerous peaks above 7,000 m. 

Although the highlights of this trip are certainly the mountains, we must certainly not overlook some of the beauties that Kathmandu and its surroundings offer: Durbar Square, the Pasupatinath temple, the Newari cities of Bhaktapur and Patan.

Day 1Departure for Kathmandu

Departure for Kathmandu. Meals and overnight on board. 

Day 2Arrival in Kathmandu in the morning

Upon our arrival at Kathmandu airport and after completing the visa formalities, meeting with the Everest Sherpa Expedition's guide and transfer by private coach to the hotel. 

In the afternoon visit Kathmandu's Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which has always been the heart of the old city as well as a splendid legacy of traditional architecture. The Kumari House-Temple, where if you are lucky you can admire the young Living Goddess looking out from the balcony; the Royal Palace of the Malla dynasty, Hanuman Dokha, which takes its name from the stone statue of Hanuman, the Hindu monkey god, which stands near the main entrance door. 

We continue with the excursion to Swayambunath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, an ancient religious complex located on top of a hill west of the capital, known as the Monkey Temple for the numerous monkeys that populate the site. For Nepalese Buddhists, the Swayambunath hill, with the ancient stupa with the compassionate eyes of Buddha, plays a primary role and is one of the most sacred places of pilgrimage. Full board. 

Day 3Transfer to Pokhara and continuation to Nayapul and Birethanti

After breakfast, transfer to the airport and flight to Pokhara, subject to reconfirmation. If this route cannot be made by flight, an early morning transfer by minibus to Pokhara will be made. It normally takes 7/8 hours but, due to recent maintenance work on the road, it may take more than 10 hours. In this case the program will undergo some changes. All treks that take place in the Annapurna region have Pokhara as their starting point which is located in the central part of the country. 

The town is located at 884 meters above sea level and one of the reference points is represented by Lake Phewa, on whose waters in the months of October and November some of the highest peaks of the Himalayas are often reflected: among these the Machhapuchhare (6,944 m ) which due to its particular shape is also called Fish Tail, Annapurna I (8,091 m.), Dhaulagiri (8,167 m. and Himachuli Himal (7,893 m.). 

Arrival in Pokhara and continuation towards Nayapul where we begin our trek which in just over an hour will take us to Birethanti (1025 m), a rich and extensive town with a road paved with large stones. Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel. 

Day 4The final destination of our day is Ghandruk along the Modi Khola valley

After breakfast, depart on foot for Ghandruk (2,015 m), through terraced cultivated land, along the Modi Khola valley. It is the second largest Gurung village and consists of a chaotic collection of slate-roofed houses built next to each other. The country is surrounded by the fantastic snow-capped peaks of Fish Tail, Hiuchuli, Annapurna I and Annapurna South. 

The Gurung are a people of Mongolian-Tibetan ethnicity and are mainly dedicated to pastoralism and the cultivation of corn, millet, potatoes and mustard seeds. They also raise buffalo but it is the sheep that are of great importance in their economy: each flock is made up of the sheep of each family and the flocks can be seen grazing in the upper Marshyangdi valley, towards Manang. 

After shearing, the flocks accompanied by their shepherds and some mastiff dogs are accompanied towards the high pastures, from April to September and their return to the village coincides every year with the Dashain festival (mid-November), while in the winter period they move further south into the Terai region. They are divided into clans and many of them have joined the ranks of the Gurkha regiments of the United Kingdom, real elite shock troops, also used in the European field in the Second World War. Full board and overnight stay in a lodge. 

Day 5Our trek today takes us to Landruk (1,565 m.)

We leave the gurung village of Ghandruk, descending towards the Modi river, and then ascending towards Landruk (1565 m), also a gurung village. The surrounding landscape is very pleasant, also because, in addition to the peaks that stand out around us, the vegetation is also made up of rhododendron plants and orchids. Full board and overnight stay in lodge. 

Day 6From Landruk to Majgaon (1,400 m.)

Through a wonderful landscape, accompanied by our guide and porters, we walk towards the village of Majgaon (1,400 m), surrounded by the Himalayan chain that never abandons us during our trekking. Full board and overnight stay in a lodge. 

Day 7 We leave Majgaon to head to Dhampus (1,600 m.), a beautiful Gurung village

The village we reach today on our trek is Dhampus (1,600 m), located north of the Pokhara valley overlooking terraced rice fields. Walking towards this village offers us the opportunity to admire nature, landscapes, snow-capped peaks. Different varieties of birds populate the area and from here you dominate the Pokhara valley and its lake. Full board and overnight stay in a lodge. 

Day 8Our trek ends today in Phedi, from where we reach Pokhara by minibus

After breakfast, we continue our last trek to reach the village of Phedi, from which we reach Pokhara with a short drive. Here we can visit the Mountain Museum, inaugurated in 2014 which is certainly a source of pride for the Nepalese population eager to reclaim their history and culture. Visiting this museum means understanding more about the history of the conquest of the Himalayas, its geography and the populations that inhabit it. After lunch, we sail the waters of the lake with a boat until we reach a small island where the Tal Barahi Temple stands, in the center of Lake Phewa. It is a two-story Hindu pagoda temple, dedicated to the Goddess Durga (Barahi), the protector of deities. The temple is visited by both Hindus and Buddhists. Rest of the day free for relaxation or shopping. Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 9Transfer to Kathmandu

The flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu is scheduled for this morning, subject to reconfirmation. In case it is not possible to make the journey by flight, very early in the morning departure by minibus for Kathmandu (normally it takes 7/8 hours but it could be more, depending on traffic conditions). If the arrival is not too late we will visit Pashupatinath, also known as the "little Benares", where the most important Hindu temple in Nepal dedicated to Pashupati is located, one of the incarnations of Shiva in his positive form, as shepherd of animals, men and sign of fertility, whose symbol is the lingam, its sexual organ which represents energy and fertility. 

Pashupatinath is considered the heart of Kathmandu, the link that unites and transforms life forms. Here we die, but we also begin the journey towards a new life. Its construction began in 427 of the Christian era; the temple dominates the sacred river Bagmati (born from the mouth of Shiva), which is accessed via a long staircase. On one side it is reserved for Hindus, on the other, dotted with small chapels where the stone lingams are located; on this side non-Hindus go to attend the daily rites of cremation of bodies. The sadhus, the ascetics, the wandering Hindu sages, live in the small temples. Full board and overnight stay in hotel. 

Day 10Day dedicated to visiting the town of Bhaktapur and Patan

In the morning visit Bhaktapur, a place located about fifteen kilometers from the capital and very well preserved which reflects a Nepal that is perhaps more difficult to perceive in Kathmandu. Its other name is Bhatghaon, which means "city of devotees" and is the ancient capital of one of the kingdoms of the valley. It has a particular charm and despite having fewer temples than other cities, it boasts the distinction of having one of the most beautiful in Nepal, the Nyatapola Devala. It is also the tallest in Nepal and one of the symbols of the country. It is a large five-storey pagoda that King Bupathindra Malla dedicated to the mysterious tantric goddess Siddhi Laksmi in 1702. 

In this city you can truly breathe the air of the past, there is no noise from cars and life goes on as in past, without television, without traffic, but with silversmiths beating metal, women drawing water from fountains. It was apparently founded in the 9th century by the legendary king Ananda Malla and was the capital of the valley from the 14th to the 16th century. From the original nucleus of Dattatraya, the city then expanded towards Taumadi Tole, the square famous for the large pagoda temple. We will visit Durbar Square, Pashupati Pagoda. At right angles to the Nyatapola temple is the Kasi Bishwanath Temple which dates back to the 18th century. From the terrace of the small restaurant located in the Nepalese-style building located in front of the Bhairav ​​temple you can observe the comings and goings of the square, while sipping a masala tea. From the square we will head towards the old neighborhoods to discover this part of the city and reach Tachupal Tole, once the center of Bhaktapur and Golmadhi Tole. The houses overlooking the two squares have wooden balconies, the shops and artisans sell and produce everything. 

We continue to Potter's Square, a place not to be missed: thousands of hand-shaped vases are placed in the square to dry. Our visit continues with the city of Patan located just 5 km away. From the capital. Its other name Latipur means "city of beauty". Located on the other bank of the Bagmati River, it is predominantly Buddhist and appears to be the oldest Buddhist city in the world. The city is divided into four sections thanks to the north-south and east-west road axes and the center is formed by Durbar Square and the Royal Palace. This grandiose complex, a city-wide example of Newar architecture, includes palaces, Buddhist pagodas, Hindu shrines, stone elephant columns and the "Great Bell", a must in all royal squares. Full board and overnight stay in a hotel. 

Day 11Departure from Kathmandu

Transfer to the airport in time for boarding the flight, where arrival is expected in the late evening. 1. Annapurna 2. Pokhara 3. Bhaktapur     

  • Arrival & departure transfer from and to the airport & hotels
  • B&B accommodation in Kathmandu (twin share basis)
  • Teahouse accommodation on full board (breakfasts, lunches & dinners) during the trek
  • Domestic Airfare: Kathmandu / Pokhara / Kathmandu for members, and staffs
  • Land Transportation : Kathmandu / Pokhara / Kathmandu for members and staffs
  • Required number of porters with wages, equipment, medical and accidental insurances
  • Baggage Allowance of 20 kg per member which will be carried by the porters.
  • Medical Kit
  • Walkie Talkie and Satellite Phone (Charges Per Call)
  • Salary & load carrying bonus for Sherpa
  • Welcome and Farewell Dinner at an authentic Nepali restaurant in Kathmandu
  • Applicable local and government taxes
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Nepal Visa fee
  • Travel & medical insurance including insurance for emergency rescue & evacuation
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry, bottled water, bar bills, etc.
  • Trekking/Climbing gear (also available on hire)
  • Cost for the daily weather forecast
  • Tips for the staffs as a gratitude
  • Any extra cost arising out of natural calamities or cancellation of the program
  • All other items not mentioned in the list of ‘Inclusions’

USD ACCOUNT

Bank Name: Nepal Investment Mega Bank Limited (NIMB) 

Account Name: Everest Sherpa Expedition Pvt. Ltd.

Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal

Swift Code: NIBLNPKT

Account No: 13201100003780

The Trekking Day

The day usually begins between 6.30 am and 7.30 am, with breakfast. During breakfast, the crew members make up the loads for the porters. You often start hiking by 7:30 am, though we wait for the sun to warm the air at higher altitudes.

The pace for the day is set at a lower speed. Instead, you will have time to become aware of everything around you and to enjoy it. Our guides are excellent timekeepers but cannot make you rush over the mountains!

The afternoon walk follows a similar pattern to the morning; it is often shorter, and your lodge is usually reached between 4 pm and 5 pm. There is plenty of time to relax or explore the surrounding area until the evening meal is served at about 6.30 pm. After dinner, there is time to chat, read or enjoy a game of cards with our crew. Most members are asleep by 9 pm.

We offer a highly skilled and experienced team of trekking guides, porters, support staff, cooks, and kitchen staff if required. Our team is dedicated to ensuring your safety and comfort throughout your trek. We provide high-quality camping gear, nutritious meals, and clean drinking water to keep you energized and hydrated on your trek. Our guides are knowledgeable about the local culture, flora, and fauna and will provide you with insights into the region's history and traditions. Our porters will carry your luggage, leaving you free to focus on enjoying the stunning scenery and challenging trails. We are committed to making your trekking experience memorable and enjoyable.

The Company offers a variety of trekking, peak climbing, mountaineering expedition, and tour services through its website (everestsherpaexpedition.com).

Our Terms & Conditions contain legal obligations, we encourage you to read them carefully. They form the basis on which bookings are accepted by the Company.

Inquire, Booking & Payment Details

  1. You can make further queries about your desired trip through the “Get a Quote” form available on each trip detail page, we will reply to you within 24 hours with the best possible answer, and the rest of the communication will be through our official mail info@everestsherpaexpedition.com.
  2. To make confirmation of the booking, you need to make a non-refundable deposit prior to your departure date (the prior deposit and amount required to pay will notify you through our official mail because it depends on the season, and the nature of the trip you have chosen).
  3. You can pay non-refundable deposit via wire transfer to our company bank account. Or any payment method that is easy for you. For our banking details see the Bank Details section.
  4. The service charge taken by Bank or service provider during the money transfer whether that is wire transfer or credit card use will be your liability.
  5. The rest amount of the trip needs to pay upon your arrival in Kathmandu before the departure date.
  6. If you are not able to pay the due amount before your trip departure will be treated as the cancellation of the trip.
  7. Unforeseen situations like domestic flight delays, bad weather, and natural disasters causing trip delays are not our responsibilities and additional personal expenses will not be covered by us.

Payment Refunds & Cancellations

  1. If the trip is cancelled 45 days before the trip start, 50% of the deposited amount will be charged, but if the trip is postponed for some other date within 1 year time period, no charge will be made.
  2. If the trip is cancelled two weeks before the departure date, No refund will be made.
  3. If you are not able to continue your trip once it begins because of health or another other situation, no refund will be made.
  4. Trip cancellation because of an unforeseen situation like bad weather, we will assist you to follow other trips because most of the thing required for the trip has already been purchased, and making a refund for such thing is not possible therefore by mutual understanding, a certain percentage of amount will be refunded.

Only Staff Insurance

  1. Our company is responsible to make proper insurance (accident and medical insurance) for all the field staff including guide, cook, Sherpa, kitchen staff, and porters.
  2. We are not responsible for any type of insurance for the clients, therefore, we would like to suggest you to make proper insurance before you travel. If you need to know further about this you can contact us at info@everestsherpaexpedition.com

Disclaimer

  1. Our field leader and guide of the company have full rights to make decisions on changing the trip routes, and walking hours to make your trip comfortable and secure because of bad weather, and health-related issues.
  2. Everest Sherpa Expedition Pvt. Ltd. Can cancel any fixed departure but we will notify you prior to one month. The cancellation of the trip can be because of bad weather, natural disaster, or insufficient group size, all the deposit will be refunded in this case.
  3. It is your responsibility to take care of your valuable belongings in a safe place, if anything went wrong because of your carelessness, we are not responsible for such cases.
  4. Activities like Trekking, peak climbing, and mountaineering in the remote area could have high levels of risk, if anything goes wrong like serious injuries or death (very rare case), the company is not responsible which is beyond anyone’s hands.
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