Annapurna Sanctuary and Base Camp trek, Nepal

Description of Annapurna Sanctuary and Base Camp trek, Nepal

This 16 day trip includes a fascinating tour of ancient Kathmandu and a 10 day trek, experiencing the soaring peaks of the Annapurna mountain range in the company of an expert guide.

The Annapurna Sanctuary is an oval-shaped plateau, 4,000m above sea level and surrounded by a ring of mountains, most of which are over 7,000m high. It is a unique place, sacred to local people and only discovered by Westerners in the 1950s.

Your trip starts in Kathmandu with its bustling streets and fascinating temples. You will have a couple of days here to acclimatise and enjoy some guided sightseeing, before starting a memorable trek up to the famous Annapurna Base Camp. The trek will show you the full glory of Nepal's moutain scenery, with rhododendren and bamboo forests, fast moving rivers, high arid plains and waterfalls.

On reaching Annapurna Base Camp (4,300m) you will have a couple of days to rest and take in some of the most impressive mountain scenery on earth, before descending through Bamboo to Jhinu Danda. The trek then ends, but your adventures continue with the chance to explore the beautiful lakeside town of Pokhara before taking the bus back to Kathmandu.

Highlights

• Exploring Kathmandu with its atmospheric streets and temples
• Watching the landscape change dramatically as you trek higher
• Bathing in hot springs at Chinu
• Relaxing at Annapurna Base Camp and discovering the special nature of the place – sacred to local people.

Why choose this trek?

We are a UK-based company who have worked closely with a reputable Nepali trekking company for the past eight years. Our Nepali guides are highly experienced and treat health and safety with the highest priority, tailoring the trip in line with your fitness, acclimatisation needs and weather conditions.

Our guides will make sure you see the very best of their country. They speak good English and will be delighted to tell you all about the wildlife, traditions and history of the area.

We choose the best available lodges en route. No camping.

Our UK office will give a very personal and friendly service, proving plenty of advice pre-departure and acting as a point of contact while you are there.

Trek level: Moderate
Moderate. Maximum elevation 4,130m.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1:You will be met on arrival at Kathmandu airport and taken to your hotel. Our representative will get you settled in and give you a basic introduction to the local area.
Day 2Thorough briefing on all aspects of the trek. After lunch a guided tour of the city.
Day 3:Drive to Pokhara, a popular lakeside town. Spend the afternoon exploring.
Day 4:Drive to nearby Phedi. Trek to Dhampus. After lunch continue to Deorali.
Day 5:Trek to Landruk village. After lunch cross the Modi Khola river to reach Ghandruk.
Day 6:Trek to Chomrong for lunch. Spend the afternoon relaxing.
Day 7:Trek to a high ridge with impressive views back to Ghandruk. Stop for lunch at Shinu Danda, then continue to Doban.
Day 8:Trek through the gorge to Deorali. After lunch we continue into the Annapurna Sanctuary. Stop at Machupare Base Camp for the night.
Day 9:Climb up to Annapurna Base Camp. After lunch you can choose to climb the slopes of Hiunchuli for outstanding views.
Day 10:Relax and enjoy the unparalleled views at the Sanctuary. Options to visit the Hiunchuli viewpoint or explore further towards the south face of Annapurna.
Day 11:An optional pre-dawn excursion up the hillside to watch the sunrise. Trek to Bamboo.
Day 12:Trek to Chomrong, then on to Chinu where you can bathe in the local hot spring. Continue to Jinhu Danda for farewell celebration evening with your crew.
Day 13:Trek to Birethanti for lunch. Drive back to Pokhara.
Day 14:Bus back to Kathmandu, enjoying spectacular views and villages.
Day 15:A day at leisure in Kathmandu
Day 16:Transfer to airport for final departure.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Annapurna Sanctuary and Base Camp trek, Nepal

Environment

We are passionate about this beautiful part of the world and want to keep it that way. We keep our groups small (10 maximum) to minimise their impact on the local environment. This means that the effect of their footfall on paths and vegetation is minimised.

All our trekkers are urged to be mindful of deforestation and use hot water only where there is solar power or a local electricity supply. We ask that only biogradeable soaps are used and that any clothes washing is done in designated areas rather than in water that may be used for drinking.

In order to minimise the risk of littering we ask that any rubbish that cannot be easily burnt is brought back to Pokhara or Kathmandu and that space is allowed for this. We advise against bottled water and recommend taking refillable water bottles and then buying boiled water or using water purification tablets. Careful briefing is given on responsible toileting and the burying of human waste.

Our UK office is also committed to supporting the environment. We believe in the policy of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Our office recycles paper and makes sure that paper that has been wrongly printed is reused. Our headed paper comes from a recyclable source. In addition, we run a long-standing carbon offset scheme for all our projects.

Community

Our company has been involved with community projects in Nepal for the last 10 years and has been arranging treks there since 2003. We want our treks to embody the very best of tourism, bringing employment to local people whilst encouraging them to value and conserve their culture and traditional way of life.

We keep our groups small, so that remote villages are not swamped with tourists. Group sizes are kept to 10 people or less. We also make sure that participants are fully briefed about the cultural differences, so that they do not offend local people by the way they dress or act. This includes, for example, taking photographs of them without permission. We also encourage a respectful attitude towards our local staff (porters etc).

Treks such as ours have become an important source of income for people living in remote areas of Nepal. Our participants support this by eating local food, staying in lodges rather than camping and buying locally-produced crafts. We employ local guides and porters from a reputable trekking company, ensuring good working conditions and a fair wage. In addition, we donate a proportion of our income to specific community projects with which we have an ongoing relationship.

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