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ANNAPURNA SANCTUARY & BASE CAMP TREK – 21 day 22 Mar-11 Apr 2020 escorted by Marielle Sengers. AUD$2,495

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Join professional guide Marielle Sengers on this specially designed trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal which takes in both the Annapurna Sanctuary, the Annapurna Base Camp and spends a night high up on the Kopra Ridge. On this trip we combine 14 days of actually being on the trail, trekking through the magnificent Annapurna foothills getting closer and closer to the peaks, with 3 nights in the quiet, picturesque lakeside town of Pokhara and 4 nights in the bustling, medieval city of Kathmandu.

We have deliberately chosen this time of year to, hopefully, be there when the spring flowers on the massive Rhododendron trees blossom. No guarantees though. These forests have to be seen to be believe, ancient, gnarled trees covered in green moss and lichens and stretching up to the sky providing us with glimpses of white peaks getting closer but still distant.

We will climb out of the forest on to the exposed Kopra Ridge where we can see eagles soaring along the ridge in the thermals of the evening. We will climb a little higher to visit the glacial lakes above our lodge right underneath the massive face of Annapurna South.

We spend a couple of nights in the relaxing lakeside resort of Pokhara, strolling along shoreline, shopping in the many local boutiques and enjoying the excellent local food.

This trip has all the things you don’t want to miss in Nepal.

Summit Trip Itinerary:

Private Annapurna Sanctuary & Base Camp Trek Itinerary
Day 1 / Sunday 22nd March 2020 – Kathmandu (1345 m)

Namaste! Welcome to Nepal. Please arrive by 2pm on Day 1 as we will have an important group
briefing. Your leader will leave a note at reception telling you where and when this important
meeting will take place. Please ask a member of reception for this information. Kathmandu, the
colourful capital of Nepal, is a fascinating blend of traditional architecture and symbols of the
20th Century. Its rich artistic and cultural heritage is evident where ornately carved
balconies mingle with beautiful shrines and temples. If you arrive early we recommend you check
out Durbar Square with its temples, markets and busy atmosphere. It is also worth the climb to
visit the Swayambhunath – the ‘Monkey Temple’. Explore the network of street markets and alley
bazaars and Pashupatinath. For those with a few extra days in Kathmandu, the neighbouring towns of
Patan and Bhaktapur are well worth a visit.

Arrival transfer: Included Meals:
There are no meals included on this day. Accommodation: Hotel Moonlight or similar

Day 2 / Monday 23rd March 2020 – Kathmandu (1345 m)

Visit of Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Bhaktapur.

Pashupatinath: The magnificent temple of Pashupatinath with its astonishing architectural beauty is
situated on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River. This temple is regarded as the most sacred temple
of all Lord Shiva temples and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Boudhanath: Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Boudhanath Stupa is one of the
most imposing landmarks of Kathmandu. This ancient stupa is built on a massive three level
mandala style platform and is the largest in the world.

Bhaktapur or Bhadgaon, literally the ‘City of Devotees’ is a major tourist destination that takes
visitors back in time. Bhaktapur is still untouched by rapid urbanization and has managed to retain
its brick paved roads, charming red brick houses and a way of life that goes back to medieval
times.

Later in the evening, you will have time for some last-minute shopping.

Included activities: Guided tour of Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Bhaktapur
Accommodation: Hotel Moonlight or similar

Meals: Breakfast included

Day 3 / Tuesday 24th March 2020 – Pokhara (900 m)

Leaving Kathmandu behind early this morning, take a tour bus to the enchanting Nepalese town of
Pokhara. 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. Pokhara is
part of a once vibrant trade route extending between India and Tibet. This is the land of Magars
and Gurungs, hardworking farmers and valorous warriors who have earned world-wide fame as Gurkha
soldiers. The Thakalis, another important ethnic group here, are known for their entrepreneurship.
This afternoon you will have our trek briefing and preparation, but depending on your 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.

Included activities: Drive to Pokhara (approx. 7hrs) Meals: Breakfast
included Accommodation: Mount Kailash Resort or similar

Day 4 / Wednesday 25th March 2020 – Ulleri (2080m)

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, you 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, see thundering
waterfalls of melted snow, cross icy rivers and reward yourself with a soak in natural hot springs.
An hour-long drive (remember driving times are always approximate in Asia – patience is your
closest friend!) brings you to Nayapul where you commence your trek. Gear up and follow the
Bhurungi Khola to Thikhedhunga.
Trek through farm land before a steep ascent to reach Ulleri.

Total walking time: Approx. 6/7 hours Accommodation:
Local Tea House

Included activities: Drive to Nayapul (approx. 2hrs), guided trek to Ulleri.

Meals: Breakfast included

Day 5 / Thursday 26th March 2020 – Ghorepani (2750m)

The trail ascends gently to Ulleri Village through a pleasant oak and rhododendron forest, much
more impressive than the trees your grandmother has in the garden! We stay overnight at Ghorepani
(check out the local disco – but don’t get your hopes up in case it’s closed!)

Total walking time: Approx. 4 hours Accommodation:
Local Tea House
Included activities: Guided trek to Ghorepani Meals: There are no
meals included on this day.

Day 6 / Friday 27th March 2020 – Swanta (2270m)

Rise early this morning to hike to Poon Hill for sunrise and witness the mesmerizing
mountain views. Later hike back to Ghorepani for a well-deserved breakfast before the
adventure continues as we trek on to Swanta located in a valley surrounded by mountains. In the
evening you will feel that it is not as cold as your previous night in Ghorepani.

Total walking time: Approx. 5 hours Accommodation:
Local Tea House
Included activities: Guided trek to Swanta Meals: There are no
meals included on this day.

Day 7 / Saturday 28th March 2020 – Chistibung (3350m)

Today you will follow small paths out of the village and up into the mountains. The area is
inhabited by the Gurung and Magar people, it’s quiet and lovely green. After arriving at
your tea house in Chistibung take some time to rest and enjoy the surroundings.

Total walking time: Approx. 4 hours Accommodation:
Local Tea House
Included activities: Guided trek to Chistibung Meals: There are no
meals included on this day.

Day 8 / Sunday 29th March 2020 – Khopra Ridge (3660m)

Khopra Ridge is one of the least explored and incredible trekking destinations in Nepal and
arguably the best place to observe Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 meters), Annapurna I (8,091 meters),
Nilgiri (7,061 meters), Bahrashikhar (7,647 meters), Annapurna South (7,219 meters), Annapurna II
(7,937 meters) and many other mountains from a close distance. You may even see Upper Mustang in
the distance. Here you will have time to explore the local area. There is only a lodge but we can
climb higher up to 4,000m to visit the Holy Lakes. If we are lucky, we might see the majestic
Lammergeyer or Himalayan Griffon gliding along the ridge line and riding the thermals.

Total walking time: Approx. 4 hours Accommodation:
Local Tea House
Included activities: Guided trek to Khopra Ridge Meals: There are no
meals included on this day.

Day 9 / Monday 30th March 2020 – Bayeli Kharka/Dobato (3420m)

Today we trek from Khopra Ridge along an exposed hill side to Bayeli Kharka and further to Dobato.
It’s a good long day’s hike partly through rhododendron forest varied by incredible rewarding
views.

Total walking time: Approx 6 hours Accommodation:
Local Tea House
Included activities: Guided trek to Bayeli Kharka Meals: There are no
meals included on this day.

Day 10 / Tuesday 31st March 2020 – Tadapani (2700m)

The terraced farming lands of the lower valleys play a significant role in decorating the trail.
After breakfast we trek down to the small settlement of Tadapani snug in the forest via Magar and
Gurung communities.

Total walking time: Approx. 6 hours Accommodation:
Local Tea House
Included activities: Guided trek to Tadapani Meals: There are no
meals included on this day.

Day 11 / Wednesday 1st April 2020 – Chomrong (2177m)

We descend through the forest to Kimrung Khola before climbing again to Chomrong village, at the
base of Hiunchuli (6441m). There are breathtaking views of Annapurna and Machhapuchhre from here,
plus delicious pizza!

Total walking time: Approx. 5 hours Accommodation:
Local Tea House
Included activities: Guided trek to Chomrong Meals: There are no
meals included on this day.

Day 12 / Thursday 2nd April 2020 – Doban (2670m)

Today we trek down to Chomrong Khola through the forest before we climb to Kuldi Ghar (2380m) for
about 3 hours’ walking. The trek continues down to the rock banks of the Modi River through bamboo
at the bottom of the gorge and up again to Doban on the west side of the river.

Total walking time: Approx. 6 hours Accommodation:
Local Tea House
Included activities: Guided trek to Doban Meals: There are
no meals included on this day.

Day 13 / Friday 3rd April 2020 – Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m)

Passing through Himalaya Hotel, we continue up the narrow valley to Deurali. Sticking to the west
bank of the Modi River, we enter an open valley near Machhapuchhre Base Camp. Surrounded by
breathtaking high peaked snowy mountains this area is known as the Annapurna Sanctuary.

Total walking time: Approx. 6 hours Accommodation:
Local Tea House
Included activities: Guided trek to Machhapuchhre Base Camp Meals: There are no meals included
on this day.

Day 14 / Saturday 4th April 2020 – Annapurna Base Camp (4130m)

We ascend further from Machhapuchhre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp, the highest point of our
trek (4130m). You can decide how your legs and your lungs are holding up. You may remain at
Machhapuchhre Base Camp or stay at Annapurna Base Camp for the night. The views from both base
camps are fantastic – all the hard work to get here is worth it!

Total walking time: Approx. 6 hours Accommodation:
Local Tea House
Included activities: Guided trek to Annapurna Base Camp Meals: There are no meals
included on this day.

Day 15 / Sunday 5th April 2020 – Bamboo (2335m)

Early morning wake up call for the sunrise view. We’re close enough now to reach out and touch the
peaks of Annapurna 1, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, Tent Peak, Gangapurna, Himchuli and Annapurna
3. Yep! After watching a sunrise on these snowy peaks we head back down the valley the same way to
Bamboo (or further if the knees can handle it). It’s a long day but we have plenty of time to get
there.

Total walking time: Approx. 6 hours Accommodation:
Local Tea House
Included activities: Guided trek to Bamboo Meals: There are no
meals included on this day.

Day 16 / Monday 6th April 2020 – Jhinu Danda (1780m)

Passing back through the up and down staircases of Chomrong we continue on down to Jhinu Danda
through rhododendron and bamboo fields. From here, it’s a 20 minute walk down to a hot spring by
the Modi Khola for a well-deserved rest.

Total walking time: Approx. 6 hours Accommodation:
Local Tea House
Included activities: Guided trek to Jhinu Danda Meals: There are no
meals included on this day.

Day 17 / Tuesday 7th April 2020 – Pothana (1970m)

By now, we have thighs of steel and are pretty good at carrying our packs! It’s down to cross the
river and an ascent to Langdruk, Tolkha, Deurali and Pothana.

Total walking time: Approx. 6 hours Accommodation:
Local Tea House
Included activities: Guided trek to Pothana Meals: There are no
meals included on this day.

Day 18 / Wednesday 8th April 2020 – Pokhara (900m)
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, you made it! After lunch it’s only about 45 mins
(driving!) to Pokhara to check into your 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 lasagna!

Total walking time: Approx. 6 hours Accommodation:
Mount Kailash Resort or similar

Included activities: Guided trek to Nayapul, drive to Pokhara (approx. 45min). Optional activities:
Boat ride in Phewa Lake.

Meals: There are no meals included on this day.

Day 19 / Thursday 9th April 2020 – Pokhara (900m)

Enjoy a free day in Pokhara to unwind, relax, and give those muscles a rest after all that
trekking. Your leader can advise you of sightseeing opportunities. It is worth taking a boat for a
row out on the lake, especially if the weather’s fine. The lakeside area has great shopping
opportunities and internet cafes. Pokhara has an interesting old area as well as an elaborate Hindu
temple and a Buddhist monastery. Perhaps visit the Peace Pagoda, where spectacular views of the
mountains await. You can see the Annapurnas from here, and the famous fishtail peak,
Machhapuchhare, and back across to Pokhara. You can also visit the fascinating International
Mountain Museum and learn some amazing tales of past climbing expeditions.

Accommodation: Mount Kailash Resort or similar Meals: Breakfast included

Day 20 / Friday 10th April 2020 – Kathmandu (1345m)

Journey back to bustling Kathmandu by tour bus and see the city in a whole new light after days of
rugged mountain wilderness. Enjoy an optional farewell dinner with your group to celebrate your
Nepal trekking holiday.

Included activities: Drive (approx. 7hrs) or flight (approx. 1hr) to Kathmandu, optional farewell
dinner.
Accommodation: Hotel Moonlight or similar

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner included

Day 21 / Saturday 11th April 2020 – Kathmandu (1345m)

Your adventure comes to an end after breakfast this morning. There are no activities planned for
the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.

Departure transfer: Included Meals:
Breakfast included

 

Summit Trip Dates:

22 March 2020 – 11 April 2020

 

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Group Size: 16

Start: 22 March 2020

End: 11 April 2020

Duration: 21 days

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