Annapurna Lodge Trek Private Journey

Soaring Himalayan Views, Exquisite Hill Village trek

Trip Level

This trip is a Level 4, Moderate to Strenuous. We have five hiking days, hiking approximately 3-6 hours a day on moderate to steep trails. Most of the hiking is below altitudes of 6,500 feet, but there is a good bit of up-and down, including sections of steep, stone staircases on moderate to steep trails, and an optional day of hiking to 7,300 feet. The Annapurna foothills are criss-crossed by an ancient network of hand-built steps that lead up and down between villages. You might want to bring a hiking pole, if you like to use one. There is ample opportunity for exploring the villages and beautiful surroundings and, of course, for photography.
    
The Annapurna area provides a truly ideal Himalayan trekking experience, relatively short yet intensely scenic. Incredible mountain panoramas and easy access make it among Nepal’s most popular trekking areas, 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 the 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.

Weather

In the Annapurna foothills, temperatures tend to be quite cool in the mornings and evenings, but heat up at mid-day due to the strong direct sunlight at altitudes over 5,000 feet. The Terai Plain, where Chitwan National Park is located, is about 3,000 feet lower in altitude than Kathmandu, and is consistently warmer than the rest of Nepal. Climatically, the country ranges from subtropical to temperate and alpine.
   
October and April: Clear mornings with clouds developing in the afternoons; hot during the day, mild evenings. Highs in the low 90s, lows in the mid 60s. In the Terai, highs in the mid 90s and lows in the low 70s.

December/January/February: Clear mornings with clouds developing in the afternoons, warm days but cold at night. Highs in the low 70s, lows in the low 40s. In the Terai, the mornings are misty, with the sun only breaking through the dew for a couple of hours per day. Mid-day high is in the upper 60s, evenings and morning are in the mid 40s.

November and March: Clear mornings with clouds developing in the afternoons, warm during the day and cool evenings. Highs in the low 80s, lows in the low 60s. In the Terai, highs in the upper 80s and lows in the low 70s.

May through September: This is Nepal’s rainy season, fascinating for those interested in the flora and fauna of the country. Highs are in the mid 90s and lows in the low 70s.

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

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