Annapurna Sanctuary trekking holidays

“The Annapurna Sanctuary is a dramatic, 4,000m-high plateau ringed with Himalayan mountains, clear air and the jangling bells of mule trains. You'll feel like you've trekked to the heavens and back.”

Highlights

Kathmandu | Pokhara | Naya Pul | Birethanthi | Ulleri | Ghorepani | Walk through rhododendron forests | Chuili | Modi Khola Valley | Machhapuchhare Base Camp | One night in Annapurna Base Camp | Chomrong | Jhinnudanda | Optional: ascent of Poon Hill for sunrise

Description of Annapurna Sanctuary trekking holidays

Nepal’s Annapurna sanctuary is a vast, natural amphitheatre ringed by the peaks of the Annapurna Himal, which soar up to 7,000m high. This Annapurna Sanctuary trekking holiday follows a circular route from Birethani to the Sanctuary and back, with magnificent views of Himalayan giants including Annapurna 1 and 3, Gangapurna, Glacier Dome, Machhapuchhare and Fang.

Over 11 days, you’ll be trekking through terraced hillsides and rhododendron forests – alive with colour in spring. There are opportunities to bathe in clear mountain pools – and to ascend hills in time to catch the sunrise over the mountains before returning to camp for breakfast. You’ll pass riverside villages, the summer huts of local herdsmen and mule trains carrying rice to Mustang – hearing their bells before you see them.

On reaching the Annapurna Sanctuary, at over 4,130m, you’ll have a full day to explore this plateau, with extraordinary, close-up views of the snow-capped peaks in the crisp, mountain air. You’ll then spend the night in Annapurna Base Camp, waking up to one of the most spectacular sunrises you’ll ever experience.

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Environment
Activity:
Few holidays have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a trekking trip. It is a low impact activity requiring comparatively little resources to support. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem and our trip leaders encourage clients not to stray from paths to minimise this. We work with a strict ‘leave no trace’ policy, meaning we have respect for wildlife and the landscape, separate rubbish and take all burnable waste back to Kathmandu. We also ask that clients consider using biodegradable toiletries and shower at lodges where electricity or solar power is used for hot water.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
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The Impacts of this Trip

Accommodation and Meals:
On this trip we spend 4 nights in standard hotels and 10 nights in local lodges (teahouses). Most of the teahouses are owned by families who have lived in this region all of their lives. This is an easy way to make sure a decent portion of the trip cost and the money you spend on meals in the teahouses goes directly back to the community. Breakfasts are included and will usually consist of something simple, locally sourced and carb-heavy for energy, like porridge and toast. Where meals aren’t included, clients can support local lodges by trying some authentic cuisine, rather than imported meals. Try Nepalese dumplings (Momos) or lentils and spicy curry (Dal Bhat).

Local Craft and Culture:
This trip is packed with colourful Nepalese culture and opportunities to immerse yourself in a range of religious, historical and natural sites. Highlights include stopping at several small villages along the way (e.g. Ghorepani, Chomrong and many more). Pokhara’s traditional bazaar, temples and lakes are another cultural favourite as are the temples in Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, Pokhara, and some of the villages we visit, there will be traditional and handcrafted souvenirs available for purchase. Buying handmade jewellery, painted masks and puppets, prayer wheels, hand woven bags and tapestries all helps to support small vendors and their craft.

Charity:
After organising tours to the Himalayas for over 40 years, we have developed many long lasting partnerships with our operators and leaders as well as some of the local communities we visit. We seek ways to give something back and we usually help with small-scale practical projects that can help local communities and their environment, whilst giving the maximum possible long-term economic benefit. Together with our local leaders we manage all our own projects and over the years we have helped build schools and a children’s home. We have built water tanks and provide water pipes for villages and have helped with hydro electric projects. We have sponsored and installed more than 130 smokeless stoves and 50 solar cookers.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

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Reviewed on 03 Jan 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The whole experience of trekking many days with many great views: it really is an immersion in a whole different world!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Pack the essentials only, but there is lots of essential items to take, from sanitation to variety of levels of clothing warmth. So READ ALL the information provided well (it's rather extensive and not as well laid out as it could be, as there are several areas to read, but it's important not to miss things.)

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I think the basic way of travelling kept impacts as minimal as possible. Staying at local hostels hopefully benefitted the locals.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was extremely good, well organised and well lead.

Reviewed on 09 Jan 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Outstanding scenery.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Variation of temperatures during the day , especially when the sun sets or you are in the shade.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes revenue found its way to local individuals.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Extremely satisfied.

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