Trek into the Heart of the Himalaya

Overview

The mountain-ringed amphitheater of the Annapurna Sanctuary is one of the most dramatic settings in the Himalaya, presenting a 360-degree panorama of snow-covered peaks including Annapurna I (26,545') and the sacred “fishtail” spire of Machapuchare (22,943'). Our stunning trek brings you through a dazzling range of landscapes, from terraced rice fields to the bamboo groves and rhododendron forests of Gurung country and right to Annapurna Base Camp, set in a spectacular glacial world of towering peaks. Once inside this breathtaking sanctuary, our special Exploration Day brings you up to high ridges for ever-expanding views that are simply out of this world.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-5
Kathmandu / Pokhara / Annapurna Foothills

Discover Kathmandu’s extraordinary Hindu and Buddhist temples and bustling bazaars, then head to the Pokhara Valley. From here, our trek along picturesque trails and hand-built stone staircases brings you up through the Modi Khola Valley to the handsome Gurung village of Ghandruk, with its ochre-washed houses and slate-paved courtyards. 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 meet artisans and learn about their fascinating culture. Continuing higher, you’ll arrive at Chomrong, the last permanent village below the Sanctuary. Throughout our trek, we stay in locally-owned lodges that offer comfort and insights into this enchanting world.

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Days 6-9
Annapurna Sanctuary

Emerging above treeline, we enter the Sanctuary through a natural “gate” made by the lower ramparts of Machapuchare and Hiunchuli. From our lodge near Machapuchare Base Camp (12,150'), you’ll have an incredible view of the peak, often bathed in alpenglow long after dusk. Hiking higher into the Sanctuary itself to Annapurna Base Camp (13,760'), you’ll savor an Exploration Day in this extraordinary cirque ringed by some of the world’s highest mountains, including the stupendous South Face of Annapurna I.

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Days 10-16
Pokhara / Kathmandu

Enjoy panoramas of the entire Annapurna Massif as we descend to the Pokhara Valley by a different trek route. Fly back to Kathmandu and depart on Day 16.

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Highlights

Highlights

Enjoy one of Nepal’s most celebrated treks, with an Exploration Day in a spectacular mountain cirque—and no camping!
Sublime scenery, from beautiful Gurung villages to the highest peaks of the Annapurnas
Wilderness Travel’s expert Trek Leaders and Sherpa crew

Details

Length: 16 days
Cost From: $4295  
Arrive: Kathmandu, Nepal
Depart: Kathmandu, Nepal
Lodging: 5 nights hotels, 10 nights locally-owned Nepali lodges
Meals: All meals included except 3 lunches and 4 dinners
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

11-day trek on steep trails, 5-8 hours a day, altitudes between 4,000-13,700 feet

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