Annapurna Region and Kathmandu

Meet: Kathmandu, Nepal

Return: Kathmandu, Nepal

Itinerary: Click on photo for details

Hiking level: Be prepared for some serious physical activity. The fitter you are, the more you’ll enjoy it, as most activities will be challenging.

From ancient kingdoms to majestic mountain vistas, trek through the breathtaking Himalayan landscape of the Annapurna Ranges. Pass awe-inspiring glaciers, stay on the banks of pristine rivers, cross mountain pastures, dip into natural hot springs and encounter mule trains carrying supplies to remote villages. Rest and revive in cosy mountain teahouses and meet friendly locals along the way. Time spent in Kathmandu and Pokhara completes the adventure with insights into Nepali culture and tradition.

Day 1
Kathmandu

Arrive any time and join the important welcome meeting at 18:00.

2017 Departure Dates & Prices*

 

Departure dates

Prices*

Jan.7

$1,470
Feb.4

$1,415

Mar.4

$1,470
Apr.1

$1,605

Apr.15

$1,530

Apr.29

$1,470

May 13

$1,415

Sep.23

$1,470

Oct.7, 14, 21

$1,530

Nov.4

$1,470

Nov.11, 25, Dec.9

$1,415

Taxes are included

Day 2
Bandipur

Leaving Kathmandu, we head for Bandipur, stopping along the way at Dumre (approx.5 hours). Located high on a ridge (1,000 m) above the road to Pokhara lies this little-known Newari trading village.

 

 

What’s included?
  • Accommodation at Heritage Property (1 nights), Hotel (4 nights), Teahouse (10 nights) in shared room
  • Transportation: bus, private vehicle
  • Small group experience (maximum 12)

 

Day 3
Pokhara

Leaving the Bandipur behind, we head for the enchanting Nepalese town of Pokhara (approx. 3 hours).

Pokhara enjoys a delightful setting on a lake beneath the snow-capped peaks of the Annapurna range, making it an excellent place to relax and contemplate what lies ahead. This afternoon we have our trek briefing and preparation, but depending on our arrival time, there may be time to hire a small boat for a quick paddle on the lake. There are also plenty of cafes where you can put your feet up and enjoy international cuisine, while the main street is full of shops and stalls selling a wide range of Nepali and Tibetan souvenirs. If you need to hire some extra trekking gear then there are numerous shops available offering everything you could possibly need.

Notes:

  • Minimum age on this trip is 16 years
  • A limited number of single rooms are availabe. Enquire on availability and rates.
  • *All rates are subject to change and space is subject to availability at time of booking.
  • Airfare is not included. You may obtain air on your own or contact Travelpath: 905-319-8818 or email Info@hikingholidays.ca

 

Days 4-13
Annapurna Ranges

At 8,091m, Annapurna 1 is one of the highest mountains in the world. Its surrounding sister mountains are equally imposing and create magnificent panoramas from any view point. This trek covers a wide variety of terrain, from lowland pastures and peaceful villages to powerful glaciers and stunning mountain views. In the rugged mountain scenery, we stay in mountain communities and meet friendly Nepali hill people as they go about their daily lives. The expedition is not only visually superb but also a chance to learn about local cultures. Along the way we see thundering waterfalls of melted snow, cross icy rivers and reward ourselves with a soak in natural hot springs.

While the trekking is challenging, averaging 6-7 hours’ walking a day on steep terrain, our Annapurna Sanctuary expedition into the Himalayas allows you to get up close to the massive Himalayas without major issues associated with high altitude. The highest point on the trek is Annapurna Base Camp at 4130m, which is optional. Those concerned about altitude sickness are welcome to remain in the Machhapuchhre Base Camp (or even lower) for an afternoon of rest.

 

Day 14
Pokhara

This is the final day of the trek and it is a short downhill stretch all the way from Pothana to Phedi (approx 1.5 hours) via Dhampus village… yes, we made it! After lunch it’s only about 45 mins (driving!) to Pokhara to check into our hotel for a well-earned shower and an end-of-trek celebration to enjoy the good things in life – like cold beer and a steak, or vegetarian lasagne!

 

Days 15-16
Kathmandu

Drive back to Kathmandu (6-7hrs approx) and enjoy an optional final dinner with your group to celebrate your Nepal trekking holiday.
Day 16 is the final day of your trip.