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 & Spa, a delightful 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 Hindu temple set on the riverbank with cremation ghats (platform steps) and wandering sadhus (holy men).
Annapurna Foothills Trek
In the foothills of the Annapurnas, our trek skirts picturesque mountain hamlets and lush rhododendron forests, with the snowy summits of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Machapuchare gleaming beneath the sapphire sky. In Ghandruk, with its maze of cobbled lanes and welcoming Gurung hill people, an Exploration Day allows us to meet villagers and learn about their culture. We may pass donkey and mule caravans on the trail as they bring goods to and from the Gurung settlements. Along the way, experience the magic of the Himalaya while staying in cozy lodges offering stupendous mountain vistas. Private rooms feature comfortable beds, 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 we’ll explore from the comfort of the Temple Tree Resort & Spa.
Return to Kathmandu and depart on Day 12, or join one of our exciting extensions.