Annapurna, Glaciers and  Holy Lakes off The Beaten Track

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18 Night/19 Days
Nepal
Nepal
Min Age : 12+
Max People : 20
Tour Details

Trek Highlights:

  • An exciting and adventurous trek high into the heart of the mighty Annapurna region
  • An itinerary of great contrast from the terraced village lowlands to the glacial basins of the Annapurna mountains.
  • the combination of camping with helpful Nepali staff and great variety of food and ecolodge, an experience of sustainable tourism

This trek will take you to. some of the wild glacial areas below Annapurna South where few trekkers have gone before. After exploring rural Nepal and Gurung and Magar villages, it is a wild world of mountains, lakes, glaciers and gigantic moraines that awaits you. You will have ample opportunity to experience and absorb local lifestyles that have changed little over centuries. This is an adventure for those truly looking for something exciting

Price Includes

  • Transfers airport / hotel / airport and transportation througout the tour
  • Entrances fees and transportation during the guided tour of Kathmandu and its valley
  • Accommodation with breakfast in comfortable 3* hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Full board during trekking (15 days) with all logistics for camping (spacious tents, mattresses, etc.)
  • Experienced trekking guide, sherpa, Kitchen boy and cook, porters (1 for 2 clients)
  • Insurance, transportation, full board for our staff
  • Flight Pokhara-Kathmandu

Price Excludes

  • Meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara and during transfers
  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • Equipment (sleeping bag, walking sticks, etc..)
  • Nepali visa and the international ticket
  • Tipping (around 4-5 usd per day / per person)
  • Personal and mountain rescue insurance (required). Ask your insurer to make sure you are properly covered.
Itinerary

Day 1Kathmandu (1300 m)

Arrival in Kathmandu, where you are welcomed by our staff outside the terminal and transfer to your hotel. Late afternoon, enjoy a guided walking tour through the narrow lanes of the old city. Discover the colorful and bustling local bazars and Durbar square, the site of the ancient royal palace, full of temples and monuments.
Overnight in hotel

Day 2Kathmandu (1300 m)

Guided tour of Kathmandu valley. Boudhanath, one of the great Buddhist shrines of Nepal. Its stupa is the oldest and the largest of Nepal. You will enjoy the activity here where Tibetans, sherpas come to turn around this monument, reciting prayers and turning the prayer’s wheels.. Then, continue to Patan, the ancient royal capital also known as Lalitpur “city of fine arts “ and famous for its ancient Newari architecture. It is an open air museum full of palaces, pagodas, monasteries, temples and shrines.
Overnight in hotel

Day 3Nayapul (8h drive) - Shiaule bazaar (1,310m 1 hrs walk)

Drive to Nayapul through the green fields terraces. It is the starting point of our trek. After walking through the village of Birethanti, you’ll arrive at your lodge, located nearby the Modi Khola river in a picturesque setting.
Overnight in Lodge

Day 4Ghandrunk (1,950m 6hrs walk)

Today, we’ll climb up the famous stone steps of Nepal, giving us some superb views of the Himalayan range. We’ll follow the path around terraced wheat and millet fields to reach the largest Gurung village in the area. This village faces Annapurna South (7,237m), Macchapuchare (6,993m) and Ghandrung (7,455m).
Full board in the Lodge

Day 5Tadapani (2,300m 4hrs walk) or Chule (2200 m +30 min walking)

You’ll leave behind the terraced fields of Ghandruk to enter the famous oak and rhododendron forest, which is in full bloom in springtime. As you walk, you’ll hear the soothing sound of singing birds and tumbling waterfalls. You’ll also admire the view over the Himalayan peaks. Your lodge provides a perfect setting to watch the magnificent sunset and sunrise.
Full board in the lodge or in a quieter place at Chule

Day 6Baili Kharka (2,900m 5hrs walk)

We’ll leave the main trail to follow a path leading to the local buffalo pastures. We’ll walk up through the dense rhododendron forest and cross a small pass. From your lodge, you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of the Dhaulagiri range.
Overnight stay in community lodge (built by the locals to reap the benefits of tourism).

Day 7Chistibung (3,000m 5hrs walk)

We’ll descend through open spaces towards the pastures of Lower Chistibung. After lunch, we’ll gradually make our way up to the pastures. The vegetation here is sub-alpine with short trees and shrubs.
Overnight stay in a community lodge

Day 8Kopra (3,870m 3hrs walk)

Today, we’ll make a steady climb to reach Kopra ridge. We’ll arrive at our community lodge for lunch. You can relax while taking in the magnificent views of the mountains and the world’s deepest valley: the Kali Gandaki. This extraordinary panorama includes Annapurna South, towering directly above and only six kilometres away, and Fang and Nilgiri prominent to the north, whilst across the depths of the Kali Gandakhi Valley, the Dhaulagiri Himal dominates the entire western skyline. Keep your eyes open to spot the Himalayan Thar or the Danphe (Nepali pheasant). Your newly-built lodge is next to a Yak farm.
Overnight stay in a community lodge

Day 9Khaire Khola (4200 m 4hrs walk)

Today we ascend gradually to the stone huts built to shelter pilgrims who attend religious ceremonies at the holy lake. In the monsoon months shepherds move large flocks of sheep into this area to graze on the grassy hillsides. This is a hauntingly beautiful region with the huge peaks of Annapurna South and Fang towering above our campsite.
Overnight in tent

Day 10Khaire Khola (4200 m 4hrs walk) acclimatisation day

During we remain in the same campsite. We take packed lunches and follow a well-defined trail up a stone staircase to a lake known as Pautarko Kaire. This lake is the site of the Badau Purnima Festival. Villagers from the surrounding area converge here to pray to Lord Shiva, bathe in the icy-cold waters of the lake and offer sacrifices of sheep. After reaching the lake, we will ascent the hill behind the lake for superb views of Annapurna I. After lunch, we retrace our steps back.
Overnight in tent

Day 11Celli Kharkha (3850m 5hrs walk)

From the campsite we trek into a region only occasionally visited by local shepherds.Only few other trekkers will have visited this region. We climb on a well-defined trail, marked by stone cairns and prayer flags, winds its way implausibly to the top, where a majestic panorama greets us. We get great views of the fishtail peak of Macchapuchare and Annapurna South.
Overnight in tent

Day 12Hidden Lake (4250m 5hrs walk)

Today will be a highlight of our trek, as we reach a rarely visited lake set among jagged, rocky spires. The scenery is truly awe-inspiring and is known only to a handful of shepherds and hunters. We camp a short distance from the lake itself and enjoy a full day exploring this remote place where you will undoubtedly find some of the most magnificent scenery in all of Nepal.
Overnight in tent

Day 13Annapurna South Base Camp (3400m 4hrs walk)

Today we gradually climb up to a small pass that leads to a steep descent to Annapurna South Base Camp. The scene is here breathtaking, with tumbling glaciers and huge moraine walls. We have a chance to head up to the main glacier of this magnificent peak. Today it is our last camping night.
Overnight in tent

Day 14 Annapurna South Base Camp (3400m 4hrs walk)

Full day to explore Annapurna South glacier.
Overnight in tent

Day 15Chhomrong (3120m 6hrs walk)

We follow the Kymrong Khola down a narrow gorge and out of this small sanctuary. We climb out of the valley to the rim. A steep, but short, descent then leads us to Baisi. We then follow a contouring trail that then gradually descends to Chhomrong. We now join the main trail to Annapurna Sanctuary and spend the night in one of the fine lodges in the village.
Overnight in Lodge

Day 16 Tolka (1900 m 6hrs walk )

From Chhomrong, we have a steep descent to Jhinu. We have a short stop to enjoy the hot springs. We stop for lunch at Landrung, a traditionnal Gurung village. Some ups and downs in the forest and great views of the cultivated terraced fields before reachingt the village where we stay .
Overnight in Lodge

Day 17 Dhampus (1700 m) to Pokhara (900 m/ 1hr walk)

Today it is our last hiking day. We enjoy the great views of the Himalayan range until Dhampus. We descend via stone step to Phedi, the ending of our trek. We have a short Transfer to Pokhara by bus. We stay near lake side and you have the rest of the day free to wander nearby Fewa lake..
Overnight in hotel

Day 18Kathmandu (40min)

Drive to airport and flight to Kathmandu. You will get stunning views of the Annapurna range. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to wander.
Overnight in hotel

Day 19Departure

Transfer to the airport for your international flight.

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