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Annapurna South and Himalchuli pierce Nepal’ skyline

The snow-capped Annapurnas seem other-worldly from the lush Pokhara Valley. On a lodge-based Private Journey, enjoy wonderful hikes from one ancient village to another with your own guide and porter.

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Annapurna Lodge Trek Private Journey

Soaring Himalayan Views, Exquisite Hill Village trek

Annapurna Lodge Trek Private Journey route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $3195  
Length: 11 days
Arrive: Kathmandu, Nepal
Depart: Kathmandu, Nepal
Lodging: 5 nights in first class hotels, 5 nights in lodges
Meals: All meals included except 2 lunches and 2 dinners
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: Moderate to strenuous hikes, 3-5 hours a day, altitudes between 3,000-6,600 feet
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Highlights

  • Spectacular trek below the soaring peaks of the Annapurna Himalaya
  • Beautifully located lodges with breathtaking vistas, picturesque villages
  • Exotic Kathmandu, with its maze of ancient temples and lively marketplaces

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

References

We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

Departure Notes

Once you have signed up on the trip, we send a complete packing list, relevant health information, and required travel documents.

In the Annapurnas of Nepal, snowy peaks shimmer in the cobalt sky above spectacularly terraced fields, forests of giant rhododendrons, and slate-roofed villages that are centuries old. On this Private Journey, experience this extraordinary Himalayan beauty on a delightful lodge-based trek under the gaze of mighty Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Machapuchare. As you hike from one village to another in the company of your own private guide, you enjoy exploring one of the most culturally rich and scenic regions of the Himalayas. Along the way, our selection of charming lodges offers you the comfort of private rooms, en suite baths, and hot showers—and the mountain views are amazing!

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-2
Kathmandu, City of Temples

In the hidden corners of fabled Kathmandu, the ancient past lingers on in an enthralling maze of narrow streets crowded with spice merchants, golden-roofed temples, wandering sacred cows, and traditional workshops. Enjoy a guided exploration of the extraordinary sights and sounds of Kathmandu, including Pashupatinath, with its temples to Shiva and devout sadhus (holy men).

Days 3-7
Lodge to Lodge Trek

Fly to Pokhara and set off into the Annapurna foothills with your guide and porters. Your trek route is designed to grant you superb views of the Annapurnas (so close they seem within arm’s reach!) as you hike from one lodge to the next, visiting picturesque hamlets and villages. The Annapurnas are a treasure house of traditional cultures, and the mix of peoples is one of its delights. Hike through villages of Brahmins and Chettris as well as Newaris, Gurungs, and Tibetans as your trail contours along terraced fields and through forests of giant rhododendrons, with blue skies and stunning Himalayan vistas all around. Follow a ridgeline into the Modi Khola Valley, enjoying magnificent views of 22,943-foot Machapuchare, a sacred peak, and continue through brilliant green hills brightened by the splash of colorful saris of local women. Enjoy an exploration day at Ghandruk, a beautiful village of slate-roofed houses with a maze of cobbled streets and neatly terraced fields. Ghandruk is home to generations of Gurung men who have served in Britain’s legendary Gurkha regiments, and in the lanes of this lovely village you’ll have a chance to learn about the local handicrafts and fascinating Gurung culture. The unique Gurung faith encompasses both Hindu and Buddhist beliefs. Continue on beautiful trails to the remote villages of Lamakhet and Majgaun, where you can visit the local schools. All the trails are at altitudes below 6,600 feet, and the lodges are well-appointed and stunningly located. They offer ample comforts at each day’s end, including private rooms with solar-heated showers and flush toilets. Delicious meals are served, including breakfast in landscaped gardens with the panorama of the snow-covered Himalaya before you.

Day 8
Enchanting Pokhara Valley

Descend through wooded hillsides and terraced farmlands to the floor of the lush Pokhara Valley for an overnight at the Shangri La Village Resort. Enjoy a refreshing dip in the hotel’s pool and gaze on panoramic Annapurna views from your room and from the spacious gardens.

Days 9-11
Kathmandu

Return to Kathmandu for forays through the lively bazaars of Thamel or enjoy a visit to Swayambu, the great hilltop temple with its painted “all seeing” eyes of Buddha. Swayambu is a great example of the religious harmony of Nepal, with Hindu and Buddhist shrines side by side throughout the temple complex. Depart on Day 11.

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Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:

What the Trip is Like

This trip is rated Level 3+, moderate. There are five hiking days, with hikes of 3-6 hours a day on moderate to steep trails. Most of the hiking is below altitudes of 6,500 feet. Your guide hikes along with you to make sure that you find the way and to share their knowledge of the local culture. There is ample opportunity for exploring the villages and beautiful surroundings near the lodges, and of course for photography. You carry only a daypack on the hikes. For your own enjoyment, we recommend that you make a special effort to be in good physical condition. Daily brisk walking and/or regular hiking (or using a stair-climbing machine at your gym) are excellent preparatory exercises. You should wear sturdy, well-broken-in hiking boots for maximum comfort on the trail.

Explanation of Trip Levels

 

When to go

Late September to mid-May

For our Private Journey trips, you choose your own group and your preferred dates—there are no set departure dates. Private Journeys are available to groups as few as two people or as large as you like. Contact us for availability, questions, or to book your adventure!

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2014
$3195 per person, double occupancy
Single supplement: $960
Internal airfare: $265 (subject to change)

Prices are not guaranteed until services are confirmed.
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Trip Cost Includes:

  • Accommodations
  • All meals included except 2 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Guide and porters on trek
  • Trekking permits and national park fees
  • Guided sightseeing and airporrt transfers as noted in the Full Trip Brochure

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, internal flights, airport departure taxes, additional costs over and above the cost of the scheduled Pokhara/Kathmandu flight if alternative transportation is necessitated by flight delays, hotels en route to or from Kathmandu, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Full Trip Brochure, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessary due to airline schedule changes or other factors, pre-trip expenses of medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, or passports and visas; and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.). Tipping the trek crew is customary but entirely at your discretion.

Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $500
120 days prior to departure: 20%
60 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule*

More than 90 days prior to departure: $250 per person
46-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Hotel Shangri-La

Hotel Shangri-La

Days 1 to 2 (2 nights),
Days 9 to 10 (2 nights), Kathmandu, Nepal

This well-regarded hotel is renowned for its friendly staff and also has two excellent restaurants. The Shangri-La  is located just a 15- to ...
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Annapurna Lodges

Annapurna Lodges

Days 3 to 7 (5 nights), Annapurna Foothills, Nepal

Experience the magic of the Himalaya while staying in cozy lodges that offer stupendous mountain views as well as easy access to nearby villages. ...
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Shangri-La Village Resort

Shangri-La Village Resort

Day 8 (1 night), Pokhara, Nepal

The Shangri-La Village Resort is a haven of tranquility, with its spacious landscaped gardens, swimming pool, and panoramic views from every room. ...
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Extension Accommodations

If you would like to view the accommodations offered with our extensions options:

Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:

Burma

Burma Extension

Yangon and Bagan

Cultural Adventures
6 days  -  Level 2

Cambodia

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Temples of Angkor Extension

Exploring the Glories of a Bygone Khmer Civilization

Cultural Adventures
4 days  -  Level 2

India

Kanha National Park Extension

Gameviewing in one of India’s Great Wildlife Reserves

Wildlife & Natural History
5 days  -  Level 2

South India Extension: The Malabar Coast

Cochin and a Cruise Along the Backwaters of Kerala

Cultural Adventures, Walking
4 days  -  Level 1+

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Taj Mahal and Jaipur Extension

Romantic Rajasthan, Land of Princes

Cultural Adventures
4 days  -  Level 1

Varanasi and Khajuraho Extension

Holy City Along the Ganges, Magnificent World-Famous Temples

Cultural Adventures
4 days  -  Level 1

Myanmar

Burma Extension

Yangon and Bagan

Cultural Adventures
6 days  -  Level 2

Nepal

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Scenic Everest Flight

Admire the Giants of the Himalaya from a Close Perspective!


Level 1

Tharu Lodge Extension

Cultural Encounters, Jungle Walks, Elephant Rides

Cultural Adventures, Walking, Wildlife & Natural History, Photography
3 days  -  Level 1

Thailand

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Bangkok Extension

Discover the Beautiful Cultural Monuments of Bangkok

Cultural Adventures
3 days  -  Level 1

Chiang Mai Extension

Explore the Wonders of Northern Thailand

Cultural Adventures, Walking, Wildlife & Natural History
3 days  -  Level 2

Phuket Extension

Explore a Jewel Set in the Andaman Sea

Cultural Adventures, Sea Kayaking
4 days  -  Level 2