Annapurna Sanctuary and Base Camp trek, Nepal
Description of Annapurna Sanctuary and Base Camp trek, Nepal
This 16 day Annapurna trekking 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 trekking level of this trip is moderate, with maximum elevation of 4,130m.
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 mountain scenery, with rhododendron and bamboo forests, fast moving rivers, high arid plains and waterfalls.
On reaching Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m) 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.
Why choose this trek?
We are a UK-based company who have worked closely with a reputable Nepali trekking company since 2001. 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, with no camping on this itinerary. 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.
|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 2||Thorough 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.|
PlanetWe 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.
Protecting the world:
We are passionate about encouraging our travellers to be kind to the environment as they travel. Each participant receives advice about how to care for the environment whilst they are away. This includes water usage, how to avoid single use plastic, and electricity usage.
We insist that all participants bring their own water bottles when they travel with us, and clean free water is always available. We have even created a water bottle that can be purchased before departure and encourage people to use it at all stages of their journey including at the airport, on flights and whilst on their project. We are striving for all of our projects to be free of single use plastic.
We emphasise the importance of showing respect for local people and their customs in our briefing material. Participants will work alongside permanent staff, forming close bonds and getting an insight into real life in Nepal. Our policy is to send people out in small groups or individually. This minimises the environmental and social impact that the participants have on the destination and helps them to integrate into the local community.
PeopleOur company has been involved with community projects and treks in Nepal since 2001. 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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