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The Annapurna Skyline

On our six-day trek through the Annapurna foothills, we stay in comfortable mountain lodges offering spectacular views of this mighty massif.

Photo by Ray Rodney

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Annapurna Sanctuary Private Journey

Lodge-to-Lodge Trek in the Heart of the Annapurna Himal

Annapurna Sanctuary Private Journey route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $4695  
Length: 16 days
Arrive: Kathmandu, Nepal
Depart: Kathmandu, Nepal
Lodging: 10 nights in mountain lodges, 5 nights in first-class hotels
Meals: All meals included except 2 lunches, 3 dinners
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: Moderate to strenuous hiking on steep trail, 4-6 hours a day, altitudes between 4,000-13,500 feet
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Highlights

  • Spectacular classic trek into the soaring mountain cirque of the Annapurna Sanctuary
  • Timeless Gurung and Tamang villages, lush rhododendron forests
  • Beautifully located lodges with breathtaking Annapurna panoramas


The trip was a wonderful adventure and we will remember it forever.Jon S.—Orlando, FL

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.

The Annapurna Sanctuary, an aptly named mountain-ringed amphitheater in the heart of the Annapurna Himal, is one of the most spectacular places on earth, with a 360-degree panorama of snow-covered giants including Annapurna I (26,545')—whose name in Nepalese means the Goddess of Abundance—and Machapuchare (22,943'), a sacred peak whose distinctive unclimbed twin summit remains forbidden to mountaineers. On this Private Journey in an intensely scenic high-altitude realm, immerse yourself in the full spectrum of Nepal’s glorious scenery, from dense bamboo jungles, magnificent stands of rhododendrons, and the timeless villages of the Gurung and Tamang clans to the alpine world above treeline, as you enter the sanctuary “gates” to behold this renowned mountain cirque. Along the way, you’ll stay at rustic yet comfortable mountain lodges situated in picturesque villages that offer amazing panoramas of the mighty Annapurnas.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-2
Exotic Kathmandu

Enjoy a tour of Kathmandu with your private guide, exploring its extraordinary Hindu and Buddhist temples and vibrant, colorful bazaars.

Days 3-5
Trek into the Heart of the Annapurna Himal

Fly to Pokhara, meet your guide and porters, and begin trekking up the Modi Khola Valley, enjoying spectacular views of the snowy giants of the Annapurnas including Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and the sacred 22,943-foot spire of Machapuchare, whose twin summits remain off limits to climbers. You'll follow trails through lush forests of bamboo and rhododendron festooned with ferns and orchids, neatly terraced rice fields, and picturesque hamlets that are home to the Gurung and Tamang clans.

Days 6-7
Machapuchare Base Camp, Annapurna Sanctuary

From the settlement of Dobhan (8,350'), follow a trail that emerges above treeline to Panchenin Barha, the natural "gate" to the sanctuary, and on to Machapuchare Base Camp (12,150'), site of a 1957 British Expedition to Machapuchare that climbed to within 200 feet of the summit. From your mountain lodge, enjoy an incredible view of the west face of Machapuchare, which often glows with the light of the setting sun long after dusk.

Days 8-9
Annapurna Base Camp

You have two full days to explore and feast your eyes upon the full glory of the Annapurna Sanctuary. In this extraordinary mountain cirque ringed by Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Fang, Annapurna II, Roc Noir, Glacier Dome, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, and Machapuchare, the views in any direction are indescribably beautiful and ever changing. Optional day hikes take you up to the sanctuary's high ridges and toward Advance Base Camp on Annapurna I. At evening, gaze in wonder as sunset paints the summits pink-the sight of alpenglow on Machapuchare is amazing!

Days 10-13
Trek to Pokhara

Descend to Pokhara by a slightly different trek route. The finale is a relaxing overnight at the Shangri-La Village Resort, with its landscaped gardens, swimming pool, and views of the ice-hung southern ramparts of the Annapurnas.

Days 14-16
Lively Kathmandu

Return to Kathmandu for last minute shopping in the bustling lanes of Thamel and to explore among the carved wooden temples and vibrant markets brimming with spices, flowers, textiles, and dyes of every color. Depart on Day 16.

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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 Level 5+, Strenuous. There are 11 hiking days, with hikes of 4-7 hours a day on moderate to steep trails. Most of the hiking is between 5,000 and 13,000 feet, and the highest camp is at about 13,000 feet. There is a good bit of up-and-down (often 2,000 to 3,000 feet in elevation gain or loss per day), including sections of steep, stone staircases.

The Annapurna Sanctuary route provides a truly ideal Himalayan trekking experience, relatively short yet intensely scenic and leading directly into spectacular high altitude glacier basin in the heart of the Himalayas. Incredible mountain panoramas and easy access make it among Nepal’s most popular treks, so please note that during the spring and autumn (the ideal hiking seasons), the trails can be busy and bustling with hikers and local people alike.
                
You carry only a daypack on 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 2015
$4695 per person, double occupancy
Single supplement: $725
Internal airfare: $265 (subject to change)

Prices are not guaranteed until services are confirmed.
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Extension Costs
Taj Mahal and Jaipur Extension
   from: $2595
Scenic Everest Flight
   from: $245
Bangkok Extension
   from: $645
Phuket Extension
   from: $795
Chiang Mai Extension
   from: $490
Temples of Angkor Extension
   from: $850
Varanasi and Khajuraho Extension
   from: $1295
Burma Extension
   from: $2595
South India Extension: The Malabar Coast
   from: $2155
Kanha National Park Extension
   from: $2095
Tharu Lodge Extension
   from: $660

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Accommodations
  • All meals included except 2 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Guide and porters on trek
  • Trekking permits and national park fees
  • Airport 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 necessary due to 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% of trip cost
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 14 to 15 (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

Days 3 to 12 (10 nights), Annapurna Foothills and Sanctuary, Nepal

These simple yet comfortable mountain lodges are situated in picturesque villages that offer amazing panoramas of the mighty Annapurnas. The lodges feature private rooms, with private or shared bath. At night you’ll rest comfortably and enjoy delicious meals prepared by your cook staff. Our top notch Sherpa crew accompanies you each day on the trail and carries most of the gear (you’ll only need to carry your own daypack with trailside essentials—jacket, water, camera, etc.).

Shangri-La Village Resort

Shangri-La Village Resort

Day 13 (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

angkor wat cambodia temples

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+

taj mahal agra india cultural tour

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

everest flying views himalaya

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