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.
This was a fabulous trip! The scenery was spectacular, the Nepali people were incredibly friendly, our guides were all wonderful people, and all aspects of WT's organization of the trip were excellent.
— Jane R., Glastonbury, CT
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.
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.
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.