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Trekking

Trekking

The trek to Annapurna Base Camp is one of the world’s most celebrated treks. Although leading you into the heart of the mighty Himalaya, the trekking itself presents no major difficulties and can be undertaken by any enthusiastic hill walker. The bustling city of Kathmandu is the gateway to the Himalaya for all trekkers in Nepal. You’ll have a day here to explore and visit some of the celebrated temples before driving west. After a night in the village of Bandipur, you’ll set off on trek, gradually ascending to reach Tadpani and the chance to take in the classic Himalaya sunrise view from Poon Hill. Staying in tea-houses en route, you continue to climb through small settlements and farmland to reach the landscapes of rock and ice beyond. You’ll spend a night at Annapurna Base Camp (4150m), surrounded by some of the most awe inspiring mountain scenery on earth, before descending to the lakeside town of Pokhara.

Day-by-day itinerary

 
Day 1: Fly to Kathmandu  Begin your journey on an overnight flight to Kathmandu.
Day 2: Arrive Kathmandu Transfer to your hotel for two nights. Your Group Leader will brief you on arrangements for the trek. The evening is free to dine at one of Kathmandu’s wonderful local restaurants.
Day 3: Kathmandu Set off with your guide on a tour through Kathmandu’s labyrinthine streets and markets to see the ancient temples of Pashupatinath and the iconic Buddhist temple of Swayambhunath, or ‘monkey temple’ as it’s also known. The afternoon is yours to ask questions about the trek, stock up on supplies or simply relax.
Day 4: Bandipur, a forgotten village Today you leave Kathmandu for Bandipur, a traditional Nepali hill village high on the hillside, where few foreigners travel. Sit back and enjoy superb views up the Marsyangdi river valley, to the Himalaya beyond.
Day 5-13: Annapurna Sanctuary trek Transfer to the start of your trek in the Annapurnas. Before joining the main trail, you trek through the foothills to acclimatise and get a taste of village life. Your first night stop will be the pretty village of Ulleri at 2070m, reached via a couple of typical Nepali suspension footbridges. (Walking time approx.6-7 hours). The next morning you climb gradually through rhododendron forest to reach Ghorepani at 2750m, close to Poon Hill (walking time approx 5hrs).At sunrise, you make the short ascent of nearby Poon Hill (3193m) for a stunning, uninterrupted view of the high Himalaya. You then join the main trail at Ghorepani. Then trek along the crest of a long, broad ridge to reach Deurali, before descending steeply to cross a river into the village of Tadapani at 2700m, your next overnight stop. (Walking time approx 6 hours)The next day your Group Leader will choose the best route to Chomrong, the beginning of the main trail (2170m) and home to the Gurung ethnic group – often found in the British Army’s Gurkha regiment. (Walking time approx. 6 hrs)To Annapurna Base Camp. After breakfast, you cross the Chomro Khola River before climbing, steeply at first, through rhododendron forest and the seasonal settlements at Sinuwa and Khuldigar to  Bamboo. You continue onwards and upwards to reach your lodge at Himalaya (2920m). (Walking time approx 7 hours).Rising another 780m today, you pass Machhapuchare Base Camp (3700m). Along the way there’s the Hinku Cave, where an enterprising local has built a simple lodge beneath a large tilted rock. You pass through Deorali, where the valley begins to broaden out ahead and approach the “gates” of the Sanctuary for magnificent views of Annapurna I and III, along with Hiunchuli and Machhapuchare itself. It is another six kilometres walk further on to Annapurna Basecamp. The higher elevation and ever more dramatic views make a night at Annapurna Base Camp (4150m) one of this trip’s unquestionable highlights.Descent to Ghandruk. After an early call to watch the sunrise over the Sanctuary, you begin your descent back to the Annapurna foothills, back to Bamboo. (walking time approx 7 hours).You continue your descent to Chomrong, then take a more direct route towards Naya Pul. At first your descent is relatively gentle but becomes steeper as you reach the Khumnu Khola River. Once across the river it’s a steep climb up to some very welcome tea houses at Uri, before you descend once more to reach the village of Ghandruk (1950m). This is one of the largest of all Gurung villages, with a maze of narrow alleyways in all directions. This has been your last full day of trekking - tomorrow you return to Pokhara. (Walking time approx 7-8 hours)We stop at local lodges, better known as teahouses, where accommodation is comfortable without being luxurious, toilets and washing facilities are shared and rudimentary, and the food is plain and filling.
Day 14: Pokhara You descend this morning to Naya Pul (1340m), where you say goodbye to your trek crew and meet the bus for the short drive to Pokhara. You should arrive in the tranquil lakeside town with time to stroll down to the water’s edge to perhaps enjoy a cool lassi or take a boat trip. This evening there’s time to relax and enjoy a post-trek celebratory dinner.
Day 15: Return to Kathmandu Today you fly to Kathmandu from Pokhara. This flight not only saves a road journey of some 7-8 hours but also gives a chance to view the Himalaya from a different perspective. The afternoon is free to relax those tired feet!
Day 16: Trip ends Fly home.
Day 17: Arrive home
 
Small group adventure holiday
Typically you will be sharing your experiences with between 4-20 like minded travellers (depending on the trip, operator and how many others are booked on the trip) and you'll have a group leader with you. Whether you are travelling alone or with friends its good value, and a great way to meet new people! While itineraries are pre-planned there is some flexibility and you'll have plenty of privacy. This trip will appeal to travellers of all ages who enjoy meeting new people as well as seeing new places.

How Annapurna Sanctuary trekking holiday makes a difference

 

Environment

On this trip: We work hand in hand with a local Nepalese owned agency, who employs on our behalf, group leaders, sirdars, porters etc - and whom without our employment would be living a subsistence living as hill farmers. Our local Nepalese owned agency employs responsible working practices throughout their operations. This includes a porter welfare policy to limit the load each porter to carries to 25kg, to pay a fair wage so porters can equip themselves properly and to use the same pool of porters offering them further training opportunities to become guides and more if they wish.

Our Responsible Travel Code: Being Responsible is at the heart of everything our company does - full details of our code can be found on our website. The local supplier for this trip will promote our responsible travel code throughout your adventure. You will also receive specific information on this trip’s responsibility in your trip notes.

Charity Partnerships: As a company we support The Travel Foundation, a UK charity that has been established to promote responsible travel practises throughout the whole of the travel industry. We also work with a number of charity partners who work in the destinations that we visit; including Friends of Conservation and Born Free Foundation. We partner with many small grassroots projects throughout the destinations that we visit - they all share our responsible vision.

Carbon Balancing: All of our customers are invited to offset their international flight emissions. Contributions go to the Blue Ventures Carbon Offset program, a non-profit organisation which provides solar stoves for subsistence communities in Madagascar, benefiting the people and protecting the environment. We also contribute £2 per person towards offsetting of your in-country travel. We fully offset all emissions from our staff travel and run an energy efficient office.

Our Foundation: We’ve highlighted a few of the ways in which we offer our support, financially or otherwise, and now you can, too. We have set up our own foundation, which will administer funds donated by you. A small donation of £1 per person will be taken when booking a holiday, we then double this amount and that money will be put to good use by one of our carefully selected projects. If you don’t want to make the donation, just tell us when you book.

Community

Money from our stay reaches a wide number of people - many of the teahouse owners now gain thier sole income from trekkers.

Together with our local agent in Nepal we have helped to build a community / sports facility that can be used by schools and villagers in surrounding areas. This consista of a football pitch and centre, with the primary aim of creating a club around sports activities and teaching practical skills that will help communities operate as just that. 

We hope the $5 pp contribution we make for every person travelling with us to Nepal will help to maintain this facility, assist with the development of the Trisuli Young Leaders Club & fund facilities for a local school in Nuwakot.

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