This wonderful lodge-based trek explores the spectacular world of the Annapurna Himal, one of the most culturally rich and intensely scenic areas of Nepal. We’ve crafted a trek that grants superb views of the mountains (so close they seem within arm’s reach) as you hike from one lodge to the next under the gaze of mighty Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machapuchare, and other soaring, ice-clad peaks. And it’s all at a comfortable elevation—no higher than 7,300 feet! Our cozy mountain lodges are perfectly positioned to take full advantage of the amazing views. After our trek, you’ll head to Temple Tree Resort and Spa, a wonderful retreat near Phewa Lake in the Pokhara Valley, an ideal spot to relax after our exhilarating adventure.
All the trek leaders, raft guides, porters, and naturalists made the trip exceptional. I loved the interactions and insights of the local Nepalese people.
— KT W., San Antonio, TX
Kathmandu’s intriguing sights include Bodhnath, a 1,400-year-old stupa attracting pilgrims from across Buddhist Asia, and Pashupatinath, a riverside Hindu temple with cremation ghats (steps) and wandering sadhus (holy men).
Trek In the foothills of the Annapurnas, our lodge-to-lodge trek brings you through picturesque mountain hamlets, neatly terraced fields, and lush rhododendron forests, with the snowy summits of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Machapuchare gleaming beneath the cobalt-blue sky. In Ghandruk, with its maze of cobbled lanes and Gurung hill people, an Exploration Day allows you to meet the villagers and learn about their traditions and customs. Our lodge here is an idyllic setting from which to enjoy sunrise over the snow-clad mountains—an unforgettable sight. Continuing higher, we may pass donkey and mule caravans on trail, which convey goods to and from the Gurung settlements. All along the way, you’ll experience the magic of the Himalaya while staying in cozy lodges that offer stupendous mountain views as well as easy access to nearby villages. Private rooms feature comfortable beds with linens, blankets, and pillows, solar-heated showers, and en suite bathrooms. Our return trek leads through wooded hillsides and terraced farmlands to the floor of the Pokhara Valley, where our stay at Temple Tree Resort and Spa caps our extraordinary adventure.
Return to Kathmandu with a day to explore this lively city before departing on Day 12 (or join one of our exciting extensions).