Annapurna Circuit trek
Description of Annapurna Circuit trek
This Annapurna Circuit trek is a seventeen day, small group and fully guided tour of an iconic Himalayan range. Although this route has been open since the mid 1970’s, improvements and changes are made all the time and our itinerary changes accordingly.
After a full day to explore Kathmandu, we hit the Pokhara Highway to start our trek in the Marsyandi Valley, ensuring that the gradients are not too tough to begin with, thus giving you plenty of time to adjust to this superb mountain scenery. We then cross the famous mountain pass, Thorong La which leads us into the Trans Himalayan region, where we can really start to take in the biodiversity of the region, which is rugged and arid as its geography means that it is not affected by monsoon.
Throughout your treks, the Annapurna panoramic vistas are everything you might have imagined, and more. Highlights include the beautifully barren Tibetan Plateau, the incredible Kali Gandaki Valley, one of the deepest gorges on earth, and of course Annapurna and Dhaulagiri holding court at 5000m above.
As well as the hiking highlights, we have a travel one too at the end of your time here, when we take a flight back to Pokhara , one of the most spectacular mountain flights you will ever experience from Jomsom, and then transfer at Pokhara to Kathmandu to bring this trip of a lifetime to a close.
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Planet and peopleWe stay in tents, not lodges and teahouses. Why does that make a difference? We want to support the fragile ecosystem of the Himalayas. Many lodges and teahouses burn wood to heat their water for cooking and hot showers. This in turn contributes to deforestation, associated erosion and loss of biodiversity. That is why twenty five years ago, we pioneered the use of only kerosene above and below the tree-line – to ensure that we are loyal to our policies of making a minimal impact on the environment. Also, we want to stay off the beaten track. We believe that you will get a greater understanding and appreciation of the natural beauty of your surroundings if you are away from the hordes which follow the ‘tea-house trails.’
Our pioneering Porter Policy
Porters are an integral part of your trip, and we have a close association with the IPPG, IMEC and Porters Progress to improve the conditions for porters. As well as paying our guides out of season, and an above-average take-home wage, our porter welfare supplement includes insurance, all meals on trek, appropriate clothing and accommodation for ALL our porters on all our treks. Their safety and comfort is as important to us as our customers.
We have committed US $3,000 to sponsor the Porter Rescue Post at Machermo which has been set up by the IPPG. This facility is for the benefit of sick or injured porters in the Everest region and building has already started.
Our Responsible Travel Guidebook
Our philosophy since 1975 has been to leave only footprints and take only photographs. To reiterate this, every customer who travels with us receives a copy of our award-winning Responsible Travel guidebook. This detailed book outlines our environmentally sustainable principles, and outlines how each customer can minimize their impact while traveling.
Global Warming and Carbon Balancing
The root cause of Global Warming is society's dependence on emission creating fossil fuel. Planting trees is not going to reverse this trend or cancel our carbon emissions very quickly or effectively. We believe the way to reduce these dependencies is to create clean energy production. Therefore, we support renewable energy projects like wind and solar power, and we are aligned with Climate Friendly, the gold standard setter in effective, meaningful action addressing climate change. So, while we believe that tree planting can play a small role in greenhouse gas abatement, we have gone the extra mile in promoting a longer term solution. Is this cheap? No. Is it responsible? Absolutely.
By joining this trek you can be assured that you will not be contributing to deforestation or the associated soil erosion and loss of biodiversity but rather you'll be making a significant contribution by supporting our efforts to set the standards for a sustainable trekking service.
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