Annapurna Sanctuary trekking holiday
Description of Annapurna Sanctuary trekking holiday
From ancient kingdoms to majestic mountain vistas, trek through the breathtaking Himalayan landscape of the Annapurna Ranges. Pass awe-inspiring glaciers, stay on the banks of pristine rivers, cross mountain pastures, dip into natural hot springs and encounter mule trains carrying supplies to remote villages. Rest and revive in cosy mountain teahouses and meet friendly locals along the way. Time spent in Kathmandu and Pokhara completes the adventure with insights into Nepali culture and tradition.
This 16-day adventure includes beautiful Bandipur, a low key, local town with few international travellers, the chance to explore Fewa Lake and gaze at snow-capped Himalayan peaks in Pokhara, witnessing the sunrise over Annapurna from Poon Hill and trekking to both Machhapuchhre and Annapurna Base Camps. Along the way we’ll thundering waterfalls of melted snow, cross icy rivers and reward ourselves with a soak in natural hot springs.
This trek covers a wide variety of terrain, from lowland pastures and peaceful villages to glaciers and stunning mountain scenery. This expedition is not only visually superb, but a chance to learn about local cultures. We meet friendly Nepali hill people as they go about their daily lives and stay overnight in small basic tea houses along the track, which provide simple, delicious hot food.
The trek expedition is led by an experienced local guide who speaks English, with support staff and porters. It 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. While the trekking is challenging, averaging 6-7 hours of walking a day on steep terrain, this Annapurna Sanctuary expedition allows you to get up close to the massive Himalayas without major issues associated with high altitude.
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PeopleOur 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.
The very ethos of our style of travel is responsible; small groups on fully escorted tours, experiencing the very best of a region, a culture and a landscape, with a friendly local hand guiding the way. Our itineraries are designed to give our travellers real life experiences without compromising the part of the world through which we are journeying, this is our commitment as a global tour operator.
As a company, our responsibilities don’t stop when our tours end. We run and support a variety of projects globally, from healthcare, education, human rights, child welfare, sustainable development and environmental and wildlife protection. Our own in house foundation has been in operation for over 11 years; a not-for-profit fund that has distributed over AU$3 million to more than 70 non-government organisations since 2002. Donations come from our travellers and are then matched by us dollar for dollar.
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.
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