The Annapurna region is synonymous with the greatest adventure and exploration exploits undertaken anywhere on earth. Annapurna I (8,021m) was the first of the 8,000m giants to be climbed by a hugely under-resourced French team. Their epic adventure was captured in the classic book “Annapurna”. The mighty south face of the mountain was deemed the greatest challenge of the Himalayas and was conquered by a British team in the 1970's. A trek into the Annapurna sanctuary not only follows in the footsteps of these exploits but is also an unsurpassed introduction to what Himalayan adventure is all about. This trek encompasses Kathmandu, Nepali rural life, traditional villages that have changed little since the first European explores ventured through, with wilderness landscapes and incredible panoramas. We climb through ancient oak and rhododendron forest, cross raging rivers and pass thundering waterfalls, and always towering perilously high above us are the Himalayan mountains that take your breath away. The iconic Fishtail Peak (Machapuchare - 6,993m), the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri (8,167m) and Hiunchuli (6,441m) reign over this enchanting landscape. For a spectacular, enthralling experience this trek is hard to beat. This trek is graded moderate and with only 11 days trekking is short by Himalayan standards. We will be staying in local tea houses which provide basic but comfortable accommodation. The higher tea houses are heated by a central pot-belly stove but have no heated sleeping quarters.
|Charity||Departure & Return||Duration||Registration Fee|
|31 March 201714 April 2017||15 days||£395 Minimum sponsorship £(charity dependant) Self funded £1,870 (plus £1000 sponsorship)|
|07 October 201721 October 2017||15 days||£395 Minimum sponsorship £(charity dependant) Self funded £1,870 (plus £1000 sponsorship)|
|21 October 201704 November 2017||15 days||£395 Minimum sponsorship £(charity dependent) Self funded £1,870 (plus £1000 sponsorship)|
- International & domestic flights plus taxes
- local qualified guides and 360 guide UK to UK
- National park fees
- Accommodation during trek
- Accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
- Airport transfers
- All accommodation based on two people sharing
- Welcome dinner and celebratory dinner.
- All food whilst on trek
- All city based meals as per itinerary
- Professionally edited highlights video of your trip!
- Personal equipment
- Staff/guide gratuities
- Alcoholic beverages
- Trip Insurance
- Unscheduled hotels and restaurant meals e.g. if bad weather grounds flights
- Country departure fee of approx. Rs. 1100 (just under $10)
(Annapurna Base Camp- Charity trek )
We meet our 360 leader at Heathrow airport for team introductions and to check onto our overnight flight to Nepal.
Arrive Kathmandu, Nepal
Meeting us at the airport will be the 360 Nepali team. We transfer to the heart of the city's centre, Thamel, and check into a comfortable hotel. It's a long flight so we will be given a chance to rest and refresh ourselves for the afternoon. For the adventurous the manic street life of Thamel will soon beckon with it's shops, restaurants bars and unique blend of cultures. We will all meet up for a group brief in the evening where all the nuts and bolts about trekking into the Sanctuary will be covered . Then it's into Thamel to eat at one of the many restaurants and to get a taste for the nightlife.
Pokhara - Tikhe Dhunga
Our day starts with an early morning flight on a twin otter aircraft to the picturesque lakeside town of Pokhara. Already the Himalayas make their presence felt as we fly from east to west over the backbone of the mountains. It is possible to see the massive Manaslu (8,156m), Annapurna and Dhalaugiri as well as impressive 7,000m and 6,000m peaks. After we land we will drive by car to Nayapul via the large village of Lumle, about a 1 hour and 30 minute drive. We will start our walk from Nayapul, walking through Birethanti, a large and prosperous town. The trekking trail today follows bamboo forests and passes waterfalls with plunge pools which we can cool off in. We'll stop for lunch at the small village of Sudame. After lunch the trail climbs steadily up to Hile, and after a short walk we will arrive at Tikhe Dhunga, staying overnight at a guest house.
Tikhe Dhunga - Ghorepani
From Tikhe Dhunga the trail ascends to Ulleri village up a long series of stone steps. Ulleri is a large Magar village situated at 2,070m. From Ulleri the trail gently climbs through pasture and cultivated fields, allowing us to gain an insight into Nepali rural life. As we climb up we walk beside the cascading river through refreshingly cool oak and rhododendron forests. We will have lunch at Nangethanti. The trail again ascends this time to Ghorepani, today’s final destination. Ghorepani provides majestic views of Dhaulagiri I (8,167m), Tukuche Peak, Nilgiri (6,940m), Annapurna South, Annapurna I (8,091m), Hiunchuli (6,441m) and Tarke Kang (7,193m) and other mountains.
Ghorepani - Poon Hill (3,193m) - Tadapani (2,540m)
An early morning rise will take us up to Poon Hill after an hour's trek, This is one of the best Himalayan viewpoints in Nepal so bring a camera. Poon Hill provides an unobstructed view of sunrise over the high Himalayas. From Poon Hill we can enjoy spectacular views of Dhaulagiri I (8,167m), Tukuche Peak Nilgiri (6,940m), Annapurna South, Annapurna I (8,091m), Hiunchuli (6,441m) and Tarke Kang (7,193m), Gangapurna (7,454m), Lamjung Himal (6,986m), Mt Fishtail ( Macchapuchre 6,997m), Tent Peak and many more. Below us lie vivid green pastures and forests. We will walk down to Ghorepani for breakfast and then trek to Tadapani, A short early morning climb to the Deurali pass for a spectacular panorama over Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna, The trail descends steeply through dense moss-covered forest rich with bird life to Tadapani which provides you with a view point from which sunsets are nothing short of staggering.. Overnight at guest house. 45 minutes to Poon Hill and 4 hours to Tadapani.
Tadapani trekking - Chhomrong
The trail drops down from Tadapani, through dense rhododendron forest. An overnight stay at Chhomrong (2040m) will once again afford us the spectacle of the towering peaks of Annapurna South, Annapurna 4 with Fishtail (Machhapachhure) facing it across the valley, dwarfing the villages below. Overnight at the guest house.
Chhomrong Trekking - Himalaya Hotel
Initially we pass terraces of barley and mix with the local villagers on their way to school and to the fields. But soon the communities begin to disappear and the country begins to feel more rugged as the terrain becomes too steep to farm. As we gain altitude we enter the untouched forest of Kuldighar, a blend of ancient oak and cloud forest where a keen eye might spot several bird species. We finish in the village of Dovan and to Himalaya hotel where we spend the night. Today will be one of the toughest days on this trek but by having made an early start we will be arriving by mid afternoon in the hotel to recoup and to enjoy our wildly different surroundings.
Himalaya Hotel - Machhapuchhre Base Camp
The path is gradual apart from a few small steep sections for most of the day. It enters the Modi Khola valley whose steep walls reach immense heights above us. We now enter a world of vegetation stunted by cold and altitude and leave the forest for alpine pastures. We stop for lunch at Deorali and from there climb the moraine that forms the glacial bowl of the Annapurna glacier. Tonight we stay in a tea house under the huge west face of Machupuchare. This mountain treats us to a sunset spectacle of iridescent glow as it changes colour from pink to orange to purple.
Machhapuchhure Base Camp - Annapurna Base Camp - Himalaya Hotel
We wake up to stunning views of the Modi Khola alley below us and the dramatic west face of Machupuchare above us, in itself a once in a lifetime experience. But our day only gets better as we enter the immense cirque of towering peaks that create the Annapurna Sanctuary. It will take around 3 hours to reach Annapurna Base Camp, our objective and final destination where we are rewarded for our efforts with an unsurpassable 360 vista of legendary Himalayan mountains. Here you will spend a few hours soaking up the panorama, watching the clouds drift by, gazing away at the snow covered peaks above and the beauty of the landscape around. In the afternoon we descend back past our tea house from last night to the Himalayan Hotel. This descent will feel much easier now that the going is downhill and we have acclimatised by now.
Himalaya Hotel - Chomrang Village
Today the trail gradually drops all the way down to Chomrang Village through Bamboo and Dovan, We spend the night at a guest house, where we'll have a beer to reward our achievements so far.
Chomrang Village - Ghandruk
From Chhomrong about an hour of walking will take us to Jhinu Danda where we can enjoy a relaxing dip at the natural hot spring. Another night in a guest house.
Ghanruk - Pothana (1,990m)
After breakfast the trail continues on to Landruk, a beautiful Gurung village that gives us an excellent view of the surrounding mountain ranges. The trail emerges in the main Modi Khola valley and reaches Tolkha. After that we will continue on to Pothana to spend the night. We'll have an excellent view of Mt Fish tail (Machapuchare 6,697m) from here.
Pothana - Pokhara
Today we will walk along a paved stone trail back through rhododendron forests that leads us to Dhampus (1,750m). This village is inhabited by a mix of people from different Nepalese cultures: Gurung, Brahman, and Magar communities. After a rest here we will walk mostly downhill through fields to the forest and on to Phedi. From Phedi we pick up the vehicles for our drive to Pokhara.
During the afternoon we can go boating on Phewa lake and explore around Pokhara. That night we head out for fantastic Nepalese dinner to raise a glass to our amazing achievement before retiring to our hotel for a well-earned night's sleep.
Flight to Kathmandu
It is a 30 minute flight to Kathmandu. As we won't have had much time at the start to explore more of Kathmandu. That evening we head out once more for a Nepali dinner on our final night in this fabulous and enchanting country.
Depart Kathmandu, arrive UK
1 * 5 Season Sleeping Bag
1 * Daysack
2 * Dry Sacks
1 * Kit Bag
1 * Sleeping Bag Liner
1 * Sleeping Matt
1 * Small Bag
2 * Buff Or Scarf
1 * Sunglasses
1 * Wide Brimmed Hat
2 * Woolly Hat
2 * Base Layers
1 * Down Jacket
1 * Expedition Mitts
1 * Gilet
1 * Gloves
1 * Light Insulated Jacket
2 * Mid Layer
1 * Outer Layer
1 * Long Johns
2 * Trekking Trousers
1 * Underwear
1 * Waterproof Trousers
1 * 3- 4 Season Walking Boots
1 * Trainers
4 * Trekking Socks
1 * Alcohol Rub
1 * Dental Check Up
1 * Insect Repellent
1 * Nappy Bags
1 * Toilet Paper
1 * Travel Towel
1 * Wash Kit
1 * Water Bottles
1 * Water Purification
1 * Wet Wipes
1 * Spare Clothing
1 * Personal First Aid Kit
1 * Personal Medication
1 * Vaccinations
1 * Camera
1 * Credit Card
1 * Headtorch
1 * Lipsalve
1 * Money
2 * Padlocks
1 * Penknife
1 * Sewing Kit
1 * Snacks
2 * Sunblock
1 * Trekking Poles
1 * Copy Of Passport
1 * Passport
1 * Passport Photos X4
1 * Travel Insurance
1 * Visa
Nepalese travel agent Ajay Kumar Shrestha from Swotah Travel and Adventure on challenges at the Big Annapurna Trail, seasons change, and beauty of the region