10% deposit within 7 days of booking / balance 24 weeks in advance
This is the walk that changed my life and I am so pleased to be in a position to offer it as part of my long-haul programme for 2024, exactly 30 years after my first trip. Trekking in Nepal is an experience of a lifetime and will create lasting memories. The landscape and the people combine to make this an extraordinary adventure and I am delighted to be returning.
The trek up to Annapurna Sanctuary is probably the most popular in Nepal and, when you get there, you will realise why. The walking begins in lush foothills with homes and small villages perched on the hillsides. As we progress, the landscape becomes more mountainous in nature with views of sheer, snow clad slopes and the distant peaks that loom above. The highlight, and the high point, of our trek is the view of the Annapurna Sanctuary, a glacial bowl surrounded by some of the highest peaks in the world. The sheer scale and grandeur are breath-taking.
However, our trip is not just about the trekking as Nepal has so much more to offer. We will spend time in Kathmandu exploring its fascinating history and culture and also take time out in Pokhara to enjoy its position on the shores of Lake Phewa Tal. Taking time to explore and acclimatise to a different country and culture will certainly add to our trekking experience.
Itinerary(subject to change in line with tea house availability)
Day 01: Overnight flight to Kathmandu
Day 02: Arrival and private transfer to your hotel in Thamel
Day 03: Sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley
Day 04: Drive to Pokhara and orientation walk in the Pokhara Valley.
Day 05: Drive to Hile in private vehicle. Walk to Uleri 2 hours. 1960m.
Day 06: Trek to Ghorepani 5 hours. 2874m.
Day 07: Early morning hike up to Poon Hill for sunrise. 3221m. After breakfast trek to Tadapani. 6.5 hours 1939m.
Day 08: Trek to Chomrong 6 hours 2170m.
Day 09: Trek to Dovan 6 hours 2505m.
Day 10: Trek to Macchapucchre Base Camp 7 hours 3700m.
Day 11: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp 4130m and return to M.B.C. 3700m.
Day 12: Trek to Dovan 6 hours. 2505m.
Day 13: Trek to Jhinu Danda. 6 hours 1725m.
Day 14: Trek to Seuli Bazar 4 hours. Drive back to Pokhara.
Day 15: Drive back to Kathmandu. Free time for relaxing, shopping, further sightseeing.
£2390 includes a single rooms on 5 nights. £300 discount per person for a shared room throughout
Included in the price
Bed and breakfast ensuite accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara - 5 nights
Tea houses are twin shared rooms (when available) apart from the 3 nights near base camp which are dormitories. Full board accommodation on trek (excluding drinks)
Airport transfer meeting certain flights
Return private minibus Kathmandu – Pokhara
All internal transfers by private vehicle
Professional and insured local guide and porters
Flight to / from Kathmandu
Insurance – must include altitude up to 4,130m
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
Personal expenses – drinks, snacks, laundry, hot showers and battery recharge on trek, etc
Entrance fees to sites on sight-seeing tour
Tips for local guides and porters
Any trek at altitude falls into the challenging category due to the very nature of the air around us. In Nepal it is better to think in terms of hours rather than distance as the latter are relatively short (up to 9 miles / 15km) but the terrain involves a lot of ups and downs within the same day and we walk at a leisurely pace for acclimatisation purposes. That said, with a reasonable level of fitness, this trek is very achievable especially with some preparation in advance. Naturally, the fitter you are, the more enjoyable it will be. In terms of altitude, we will be walking to a height of 4130m so this will affect you in some way and it is important to listen to your body and descend if necessary. Nobody can predict who will be affected by altitude sickness so the key is acclimatise as we go along and the itinerary we have chosen gives you the chance to do this.
3 nights small hotel in Kathmandu , 2 nights small hotel in Pokhara 6 nights tea houses on trek where rooms are normally based on 2 sharing (occasionally there may be more than 2 to a room), 3 nights dormitory accommodation on trek
The accommodaiton on trek is basic. The rooms are generally very bare and functional. You will need to bring a sleeping bag (can be hired in Nepal). Hot showers are available at some tea houses for a small fee. Some places have squat or long drop toilets.
Clare Kelly alongside a highly experienced local Sherpa and porters.
There are indirect flights to Kathmandu from London Heathrow and many regional airports. There will be one private transfer each way meeting certain flights and these will be confirmed towards the middle of 2024. Please do not book flights until the holiday is confirmed by Her on a Hill.