Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Elevation: 4095 metres
Co-ordinates: 28° 35′ 42″ N, 83° 49′ 8.4″ E
Location: Nepal
Dates: 18 November to 5 December 2015 / 2 December to 20 December 2015
18 November to 5 December 2016 / 2 December to 20 December 2016

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General information on Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Fitness

This trek in the Annapurna region is fairly strenuous, but does not require that you have any previous trekking or mountaineering experience. It does not require any technical experience; only that you be in good physical condition and be able to hike for 4-8 hours over hilly terrain with a light day pack.

Acclimatization

Adaptation to altitude requires attention to regulated height gains and timing parameters.

Our itinerary has been tailored to ensure this and incremental height gains are interspersed with rest/acclimatization days.

Your acclimatization progress will be carefully monitored by your experienced Guides and Western Leader on an ongoing basis.

Accommodation

You will be staying at the Shanker Hotel in Kathmandu and the Landmark Hotel in Pokhara on a B&B basis, twin beds sharing. Single rooms can be arranged (depending on availability) at a surcharge.

Three night’s hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and two nights in Pokhara are included in the package. Should you require extra nights please inform us soonest so we can secure the booking.

A typical trekkers’ lodge has a central dining room with wooden tables and plank seats or, in some lodges, chairs. Rooms will be of a minimum size to accommodate two beds and separating walls will be wood. Beds are generally wooden bench-like structures with a foam mattress covered with a sheet. The communal toilet is often in an outside structure – in some cases it will be of the Asian squatting variety and will normally have a tin for the collection of used toilet paper. A bucket of water will improvise as a manual flush. Most lodges offer hot showers at an additional cost.

All trekking lodges are family-owned operations and they will try their best to make your stay comfortable.

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Annapurna Sanctuary Trek Itinerary

Day 1 – Kathmandu

You’ll be met at Kathmandu’s Tribubhan Airport by an Adventures Global representative (look out for an AG board) and transferred to the Shanker Hotel. After a short briefing you can explore this mystical city with its multitude of trekking and souvenir shops, internet cafes, hotels, restaurants and bars, bakeries, moneychangers, vegetable and spice markets, temples and stupas. Wander through the maze of narrow, cobbled streets filled with vendors, touts, eccentrically clad backpackers and of course the ubiquitous rickshaws with their persistent drivers offering you their services.

Day 2 – Kathmandu

This morning we will enjoy a half-day tour of Kathmandu, visiting some wonderful cultural sights in the company of a knowledgeable local guide. Climb the many steps to Swayambhunath (the monkey temple), with its commanding views of Kathmandu (at 1420 m), its whitewashed stupas and its unique synthesis of Buddhism and Hinduism. We then move on to the striking Buddha eyes of Boudhanath Stupa watch over a lively and colorful Tibetan community and attract pilgrims from all over the Himalayan Buddhist realm.

In the midst of traditional gompas, and hung with long strings of multi-colored prayer flags, Boudhanath attracts Sherpas, Tibetans and tourists alike for daily circumambulations of the stupa. We then visit the Hindu Pashupatinath and its sacred temple complex on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here, monkeys run up and down the steps of the burning ghats, and trident-bearing saddhus draped in burnt-orange and saffron sit serenely meditating – when they’re not posing for photos-for-rupees.

This afternoon we will do a gear check to ensure that you have all the necessary items for the trek. You will have the opportunity to do some last-minute shopping in Thamel should you need to replace or augment any gear.

Day 3 – Kathmandu to Tikedungha (1480m)

Early morning transfer to the airport and a 30 minute flight to Pokhara (200km WNW of KTM). Transfer by private bus (about 1 hour) to the trailhead at Nayapul. Cross the Modi Khola to Birethanti (1065m), a large and prosperous town with a winding street paved with large stones. Now follow the Bhurungdi Khola as the trail climbs steadily passing through Hille before reaching Tikedungha (1480m).

Day 4 – Tikedungha to Deorali (2834m)

Cross the Bhurungdi Khola on a large bridge at 1410m. The trail climbs very steeply on a stone staircase to the large Magar village of Ulleri at 2070m. The trail then climbs gently through pastures and cultivated fields which give way to deep forests as the trail climbs to Banthanti, at 2250m. We then pass through magnificent oak and rhododendron forests before making a short climb to Nangathanti at 2460m. We pass through Ghorapani (1hr from Nangathanti) and continue onto Deorali (another 15min away) at 2834m. Deorali (which means “pass”) is a collection of lodges, shops, camping sites and a requisite police checkpost.

Day 5 – Deorali – Poon Hill to Tadapani (2590m)

An early-morning excursion to Poon Hill (3210m), about a 45-minute climb, affords us the opportunity of witnessing the sunrise and an unobstructed view of the high Himalaya. Enjoy the spectacular views of Machhapuchhare, Dhaulagiri, Tukuchi, Nilgiri and the Annapurnas, before heading back to Deorali for breakfast.

After breakfast we head east, climbing a nearby ridge before dropping into the valley below, enjoying views of Annapurna South and the Manaslu range. A steep ascent brings us to Tadapani at 2590m.

Day 6 – Tadapani to Chhomrong (2040m)

Dropping down from Tadapani the route offers good views of the upper Modi valley. The path then starts a long ascent high above the west bank of the Modi Khola before arriving at Chhomrong. This is the highest permanent settlement in the valley.

Day 7 – Chhomrong to Bamboo Lodge (2340m)

The trail descends on a stone staircase, crosses the Chhomrong Khola, climbs out of the side valley and passes through forests of bamboo, rhododendron and oak reaching Sinuwa at 2350m. Climb in rhododendron forests to Kuldi (2520m). Descend a long, steep stone staircase into deep bamboo and rhododendron forests, then follow a muddy trail for a short distance to Bamboo Hut (2340m).

Day 8 – Bamboo Lodge to Himalyan Hotel (2900m)

The trail climbs steeply and up the side of the canyon, occasionally dropping to cross tributary streams, but ascends continuously overall. Traverse several avalanche chutes before reaching Doban at 2630m. Beyond Doban the trail is muddy and passes high above the river. Cross a landslide and another avalanche track to reach the Himalayan Hotel at 2900m.

Day 9 – Himalayan Hotel to Macchapuchhare Base Camp

About an hour’s walk, initially on a rocky trail through forests, then up a steep ravine, brings us to Hinko at 3160m. Cross a ravine and a major avalanche track and climb through large boulders to Deorali at 3230m. Above Deorali the valley widens and becomes less steep and we see the “gates” to the sanctuary. A narrow trail huddles up against the cliffs before descending to meet the Modi Khola. Follow the river to Bagar, a meadow and some abandoned hotels at 3310m. Climb across more avalanche paths, cross a moraine and a stream, before reaching an area known as Machhapuchhare Base Camp at an altitude of 3720m.

The mountain views are breathtaking; the panorama includes Hiunchuli, Annapurna 1 (8091m), Annapurna 111 (7555m), Gangapurna (7454m) and Machhapuchhare.

Day 10 – Machhapuchhare Base Camp tp Annapurna Base Camp (4095m)

The route passes through some roofless shepherd’s huts alongside a moraine, then climbs to the Base Camp, a collection of a few lodges on a knoll at 4095m. There are magnificent views of the near-vertical south face of Annapurna that towers above the sanctuary to the north-west.

Day 11 – Annapurna Base Camp to Deorali (3230m)

It is much easier going down!! We should comfortably reach Deorali in a single day from Annapurna Base Camp.

Day 12 – Deorali to Doban (2630m)

We retrace our steps through the Himalayan Hotel to Doban.

Day 13 – Doban to Chhomrong (2040m)

Trek back down to apple pie country.

Day 14 – Chhomrong to Ghandruk (1970m)

We pass above the prosperous-looking houses and potato and wheat fields of Taglung, descend gently through forests after which the trail drops steeply on switchbacks to Khumnu at 1780m. We climb steeply out of the valley reaching Uri, on a pass at 2220m. The trail then descends gently to the big Gurung village of Ghandruk.

Day 15 – Ghandruk – Naypul – Pokhara

The trail makes a long desent to the river valley, passing through Shauli Bazaar, Birethanti and on to Naya Pul.
Transport by private bus to Pokhara where we check-in at the Landmark Hotel. Pokhara, the second largest city in Nepal, is located on the shores of the Lake Phewa and has a wonderfully relaxing atmosphere. There is an abundance of restaurants serving a variety of ethnic foods, including Nepali, Indian, Chinese, Tibetan and Western fare. Browse through the many shops and check out the street vendors wares, including the handicrafts of the Tibetan refugees. Remember bargaining is the order of the day!

Day 16 – Pokhara

Enjoy a day at leisure. Rent a brightly-painted, wooden boat and either paddle yourself or hire a boatman to do the work while you sit back and relax.

Day 17 – Pokhara to Kathmandu

Transfer to the airport and flight back to Kathmandu.
Transfer to the Shanker Hotel.
Celebration dinner at Rumdoodles.

Day 18 – International Departures

Some final shopping before transfer to the airport and flight back home.

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Annapurna Sanctuary Trek Cost

Our basic trek rate is US$ 2295 and our deluxe trek rate is US$ 2995.

Included in the cost:

  • Conservation/National Park fees and all Government taxes
  • All trekking permits
  • Three nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast basis (twin beds sharing)
  • Welcome dinner in Kathmandu
  • Half-day world heritage sites tour with Guide and private transport
  • All airport/hotel/airport transfers
  • Domestic airfares (Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu) and domestic airport taxes
  • Two nights hotel accommodation in Pokhara on a bed and breakfast basis (twin beds sharing)
  • All accommodation and meals whilst on trek
  • Hot drinks with meals
  • Western leader/facilitator
  • Nepali Head Guide and Asst Guides
  • Porters as required
  • Insurance for all Nepalese staff
  • General first aid kit
  • Celebration meal after trek

Not included in cost:

  • International airfare and departure taxes
  • Visa costs
  • Items of a personal nature – personal gear, telephone calls, laundry etc
  • Staff/guide gratuities
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Alcohol, soft drinks, mineral water and boiled water
  • Personal medical expenses, medical and evacuation insurance
  • Any costs arising from flight cancellation/delays, political disturbance or natural disaster

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Practical Info

Medical Kit

Adventures Global will provide a comprehensive medical aid kit which will cater for the majority of ailments. However, we strongly recommend that you bring your own personal kit which should include antibiotics for stomach and respiratory tract infections.
Supplementary oxygen with a mask and regulator will be available in the event of an emergency.

Rescue and Travel Insurance

Whilst most trekkers may experience some minor ill-effects of high altitude, those with persistent symptoms will be required to return to lower altitudes or in severe instances require emergency helicopter evacuation.
All trekkers are thus required to have travel insurance which includes emergency rescue. Should you be unable to arrange cover locally, you can secure cover on the internet at www.ihi.com

Visas

Tourist entry visas can be obtained at Tribuvhan International Airport on your arrival in Kathmandu at the following costs:

 Visa Facility Duration

Fee

Multiple entry 15 days US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

 

You will require 2 colour photos for your entry visa. Bring 5 in total – also for trekking permits, etc.

Food and Drinks

Kathmandu restaurants offer varied and delicious fare. In Thamel try Rumdoodles, Everest Steak House, Fire & Ice, and many others.
Drink bottled water in Kathmandu.
The most common meal in Nepal is dal bhat – rice (bhat) with a soup made of lentils (dal) poured over it. Teahouse menus are, however, extensive and attractive and some cooks can turn out surprisingly good Western-style meals. If meat is on the menu, it will usually be chicken, goat, mutton, yak or buffalo is sometimes available.
Don’t drink tap water or stream water anywhere on the trek. Stick to bottled water, boiled water, soft drinks or water you have purified yourself. It is advisable to treat drinking water with iodine or chlorine purification tablets.

Personal Gear

A recommended gear list is available on request.
The bulk of your gear (15kg max.) will be carried by the porters in a duffel bag (strong & waterproof) and you will only need to carry a daypack which will contain your water supply, waterproofs, fleece, camera equipment etc – usually about 5kg.

Staff and Leadership

The trek will be led by an experienced Western leader who has trekked in this region many times and has summited numerous Himalayan peaks. He will be assisted by a Nepali guide who has intimate knowledge of the local surroundings, conditions and culture.
The client/guide ratio will be 1:5.
The client/porter ratio will be 1:2.

Communication

Fixed line and internet tele-communication is often available in villages en route. Mobile signal is available up to Chhomrong.
A satellite phone will be available throughout the duration of the trek for communication with Kathmandu and for international calls in the event of an emergency.
Guides will use hand-held radios to communicate with each other whilst on the trail.

Money

You can use either cash or travellers’ cheques for your expenses in Nepal. US dollars are the most accepted, though banks and money-changers are also happy with pounds sterling, Australian dollars and most European currencies. There are numerous money-changers in Thamel.
Whilst on the trek you should carry enough money in rupees to cover any additional costs, e.g. soft drinks, beer, bottled water, gratuities, telephone calls, etc.

Gratuities

In Nepal it is customary that each trekker makes a contribution toward staff gratuities. Staff are hard working and loyal and gratuities serve as recognition of a job well done and are accepted with humility and honour. Gratuities are pooled and distributed to individual staff members depending on their responsibilities and duration of employment.
Gratuities will be co-ordinated by the Western leader – please budget for an amount of not more than $150.

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Our next scheduled trips:

Our next scheduled trips are as follows:

  • 17 March to 3 April 2013
  • 2 April to 20 April 2013
  • 4 April to 22 April 2013

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Trekking Equipment

A variety of clothing is necessary for the trip. You will need clothing for around Kathmandu, trekking in the humidity and heat, and to protect you from the cooler temperatures in the mountains. This list is designed to help you choose the right gear for the demands for this trek and is the minimum requirement. These items are mandatory for survival in the mountains, so ensure you have everything on the list.

The emphasis on equipment necessary for mountain travel follows two simple tenets: Lightweight and Functional. The items you choose to take should be lightweight, dependable, and adaptable to a variety of extreme conditions. The quality of the equipment you choose has a lot to do with how warm, dry, and safe you will remain, so be critical of quality and the proper fit of clothing. Comfort lends itself to a more enjoyable experience!

The layering system outlined below is usually sufficient for most people, but if you tend to be colder, bring one extra medium layer such as a vest which would be ideal for extra warmth around camp. When making the final decision as to what goes into your pack, remember that it’s a fine art of taking just enough clothes and accessories to do the job, while not over-burdening yourself with items you probably will not use.

Cotton clothing must be avoided because it dries very slowly and is a poor insulator when wet. Instead, choose wool or synthetic fabrics that “wick” the sweat and moisture away from your skin to keep you much warmer.

Upper Body

  • 3 T-shirts
  • 2 thermal long-sleeved shirts
  • 1 fleece long-sleeved top
  • 1 long-sleeved hiking shirt
  •  2 women’s sports bras
  •  1 fleece jacket
  •  1 down jacket
  •  1 waterproof jacket with hood
  •  1 pair liner inner gloves
  •  1 pair fleece windstopper gloves
  •  1 pair waterproof shell gloves
  •  1 beanie or balaclava
  •  1 sun hat or peaked cap
  •  1 pair 100% UV protection sunglasses with side shields

Lower Body

  • 4 pairs sock liners
  • 4 pairs trekking socks
  • 1 pair hiking boots
  • 1 pair long thermal underwear
  • 1 pair long hiking pants
  • 1 pair tracksuit pants
  • 2 pairs hiking shorts
  • 1 pair waterproof pants
  • 3 pairs underwear
  • 1 long skirt (women)
  • 1 pair running shoes
  • 1 pair sandals

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Day pack (50 litres)
  • Sleeping bag
  • 1 large duffel bag for gear
  • 1 small duffel bag for storage in Kathmandu
  • 1 pair trekking poles (optional)
  • 1 headlamp
  • 2 water bottles (wide-mouth Nalgene) with insulators
  • 1 camp towel
  • 1 medical kit
  • 1 toiletry kit
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Wet wipes
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Camera & battery charger (optional)
  • Books, diary, iPod, etc. (optional)
  • Moneybelt
  • Favourite snack foods (optional)
  • Stuff sacks for food and gear storage – large Ziplocks are also useful
  • Water purification tablets
  • Small padlocks for duffel bags etc
  • 3-4 large plastic bags to keep gear dry
  • Pee bottle (optional)
  • Pocket knife
  • Spare batteries and bulbs

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