Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Moderate to Hard
12 Days 11 Nights
  • Destination:
    Nepal
  • Region:
    Annapurna
  • Max. Altitude:
    4130m
  • Activity:
    Lodge Trek
  • Group size:
    2 - 8 people
  • Accomodation:
    Hotel, Lodge
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  • Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is a famous tea house trekking route in the southern face of Annapurna base camp. Trekking along the Modi Khola gorge leads you to the panorama of vast mountains. The diverse culture in this region makes this 12 days trek all the more interesting as you pass by the gorgeous Himalayas including Annapurna 1, Gangapurna and Fishtail looking straight at you as you head towards the highest altitude at the Annapurna Base Camp at 4179M.

    The flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara takes 20 minutes through the scenic views of the Himalayas so we would suggest picking the seats on the right side for the better views of the Himalayas. The trek follows the traditional route from Birenthanti to where you will drive after arriving at the Pokhara airport.

    Trip Highlights

    • 12 days trek that approaches the high Himalayan peaks.
    • The spectacular atmosphere of the glacial circus of the Annapurnas sanctuary.
    • No night above 4,000 meters!
  • Detailed Itinerary

    • Day 1

      Arrival in Kathmandu. Transfer to the Hotel.

      Depending on your arrival time, our representative will be at the airport to receive you and transfer you to your booked hotel.

      Overnight in Hotel
    • Day 2

      Flight to Pokhara (20 Minutes). Drive to Phedi (1 Hrs Drive) and Trek to Tolka (1700m)

      Meals: BLD
      After breakfast and depending on your booked flight timing, you will be transferred to the domestic terminal for the scenic flight to Pokhara. The flight takes about 20 minutes providing spectacular views of Langtang, Manasalu and Annapurna ranges. Once in Pokhara, our crew along with private vehicle will meet you at the airport. From here you will drive to Phedi which is about 1-hour drive to start the trek to Tolka (1700M).

      Overnight in Lodge
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 3

      Trek to Jhinu Dada (1450m) – 4/5 Hrs Trek

      Meals: BLD
      We continue our trek towards Jhinu Dada through the magnificent oak forest to arrive Landruk after 50 minutes of walk. The trail further descends to the new suspension bridge through the Modi River. A gradual upward for about 1.5 hours brings you to Jhinu Dada. A Hot Spring awaits you 15 minutes down the riverside if you want to take a dip and relax. Chances are you also get to see some wild animals around here.

      Overnight in Lodge
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 4

      Trek to Bamboo (2310m) – 4/5 Hrs Trek

      Meals: BLD
      As we continue our trek after breakfast, we pass through Chhomrong. The trail descends from here through the stone staircase and crossing the Chhomrong River through a suspension bridge. Continuing the trail and climbing up the trail we arrive in a tiny settlement of Tilicho in a forest of bamboo, rhododendrons, and oak. Climbing further on a rocky trail we arrive at Sinuwa (2350M). As we climb further through the rhododendron forest and little further we arrive in Bamboo.

      Overnight in Lodge
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 5

      Trek to Deurali (3230m) – 5 Hrs Trek

      Meals: BLD
      After breakfast we ascend through the forest of rhododendrons and oaks trees and further up we arrive at Dovan (2630M) with few lodges on site. There are muddy trails that traverse high above the river and after a short trek, we arrive at Himalayan Hotel. Further, the trail ascends to Hinku Cave. Ascending another twenty minutes and we arrive at Deurali (3230M)

      Overnight in Lodge
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 6

      Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) – 5 Hrs Trek

      Meals: BLD
      The trail today goes past the Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3820M). Trekking further to Annapurna Base Camp where we arrive in about 2 hours, we enjoy the panorama of the Himalayas with Annapurna range looking straight at us.

      Overnight in Lodge
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 7

      Rest and Exploration Day

      Meals: BLD
      We will spend one more extra day at the base camp.

      Overnight in Lodge
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 8

      Trek to Dovan (2500m) - 4/5 Hrs Trek

      Meals: BLD
      After breakfast, the trek starts with the trail descending on a stone staircase and crossing the Chhomrong Khola then climbs through deep rhododendron and bamboo forests reaching Dovan, a small village with scattered lodges.

      Overnight in Lodge
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 9

      Trek to New Bridge – 6/7 Hrs Trek

      Meals: BLD
      We continue descending passing through Bamboo where we stayed overnight while coming up and continue through the forest. The trail continues descending steeply up to Kuldi Bazaar. From here we take the flat trail till Sinuwa after which there is a gradual descend until we arrive at New Bridge where we spend overnight.

      Overnight in Lodge
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 10

      Trek to Birenthati. Drive to Pokhara – 4/5 Hrs Trek

      Meals: B
      Your last day in the mountains today, you will hike towards Birenthanti and further towards Nayapul where our vehicle will be waiting for us to take us to Pokhara where we spend a very comfortable overnight at the hotel.

      Overnight in Hotel
      Meals: B
    • Day 11

      Fly Back to Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel.

      Meals: BD
      After breakfast, we are transferred to the domestic airport in Pokhara and we take a scenic 20 minutes fly back to Kathmandu. Our representative will be at the airport to receive you and transfer you to the hotel.

      Overnight in Hotel
      Meals: BD
    • Day 12

      International Departure

      Your checkout time at the hotel is 11 AM and 3 hours prior to your departure time you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight back.
  • Visa

    Most nationalities require a visa for Nepal, which can be obtained in advance or on entry. If you wish to apply before departure the current visa cost is £20 for a 15 day visa and £35 for a 30 day visa for UK passport holders. The current cost of a visa on arrival is US $25 for 15 days, US $40 for 30 days or if extending your stay $100 for 90 days. All are multiple entry. The visa on arrival fee can be paid for in cash in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Euros. You will also need a passport photo. Application forms are available in the immigration hall (or for electronic passports there are visa registration machines which, after inserting your passport, automatically fill out a form for you). You must firstly join the queue to pay the visa fee, and then go to the relevant immigration desk to obtain your 15, 30 or 90 day visa stamp. There can be long queues for visas on arrival.

    Non UK nationals should check requirements with their nearest embassy (a few nationalities are not permitted visas on arrival).

    Vaccinations

    There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is present in certain regions only (such as Chitwan); you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Most of our trips to Nepal go to high altitudes where there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed to enable everyone to acclimatise to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected. Please refer to the TRIP NOTES for complete advice on AMS.

    Eating & Drinking

    Breakfast is included throughout the trip and all meals are provided while camping (all breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners).

    Breakfast is included throughout the trip and all meals are provided while camping. On trek the breakfast will be a set menu usually consisting of porridge and toast. Any additional items that are not included in the set menu should be ordered and paid for separately. We do not include lunch and dinner in the tea-houses, allowing you to choose what you want to eat and when. Although most lodges have almost identical menus, they are reasonably extensive and offer a varied selection, ranging from traditional Nepalese dal bhat to pizza and apple pie.

    Although meat is available in the tea houses, we advise against eating it on trek. The meat has often been carried in the heat from lower altitudes for several days before reaching the lodges, and can cause stomach upsets or illness. Germs can also be spread by handling dirty money - we recommend using hand sanitiser.

    If you buy imported food and drink whilst on trek you will spend more than the suggested amount.

    Drinking Water

    Staying hydrated is important when undertaking any physical activity but particularly so at altitude where it is generally recommended to drink at least 3-4 litres per person per day.

    We strongly encourage you not to buy bottled water on trek as this contributes to the growing problem of plastic pollution in Nepal’s trekking areas.

    All tea houses will provide cold water free of charge, if requested. Although this should not be drunk untreated, we recommend that you bring a reusable bottle with a wide opening (Nalgene or similar) with you and use a SteriPEN to treat it with. A SteriPEN is a handheld UV water purifier – small, lightweight and battery powered so easy to pack for a trek. In Nepal’s trekking regions most of the bottled water isn’t strictly ‘mineral water’ anyway but is UV treated, so it’s exactly the same technology. It’s quick to use, far more effective than purification tablets, and the water is ready immediately. It’s fine to use a SteriPEN on non-boiled water so long as it isn’t cloudy or full of sediment (which is uncommon in these regions).

    SteriPENs are widely stocked on Amazon, outdoor shops and other online retailers; look for the latest models but avoid USB charging ones. Better still, a SteriPEN will pay for itself over the course of the trek and you won’t leave behind a single plastic bottle – you will end up spending the same or even less than you would on bottled water, plus you can keep it for future trips.

    If you prefer not to invest in a SteriPEN, the tea houses also sell boiled water for approx. Rs150-300 per litre (the price increases the higher you trek) which should not require treating. This is also perfect for a bedtime refill as it can double up as a hot water bottle.

    While camping boiled water is supplied for drinking.

    Weather

    The main trekking season in Nepal is from October to mid-May when daytime temperatures at most altitudes are generally comfortable for walking, the sky is clear much of the time and rain and snow are occasional occurrences. Daytime temperatures will vary from 15ºC to 35ºC in the Kathmandu Valley to around 10ºC at 3,600m and progressively lower the higher we go.

    Different seasons offer different advantages for trekking.

    Post Monsoon/autumn: Mid-September to November. This is the main trekking season in Nepal. Day temperatures in Kathmandu are approximately above 20ºC. Skies are usually clear and days on trek are sunny and mild with clear mountain views. At the highest altitudes although the days can be nice and sunny the temperatures can drop to 10ºC and much lower. Nights will be colder with temperatures dropping as low as minus 10ºC and lower at the highest altitudes.

    Pre-monsoon/spring: March to May. Both day and night temperatures will be warmer in general but haze will often build up in the afternoons. It is very hot in the lowlands and temperatures rise to 35ºC in Kathmandu. Flowers bloom in this season and this is one of the reasons people chose to trek in spring.

    Snow can be expected on any departure, usually at the higher altitudes. Summit day will be a very early start (usually about 2am) and will be extremely cold. Although mostly it is calm and clear on summit day the mountain does occasionally get high winds. You need to be equipped for temperatures as low as minus 25ºC plus wind chill on summit day.

    Please remember that in any mountain area the weather is never wholly predictable and you should be prepared and equipped to deal with any differences in weather beyond the conditions described above.

    More Info

    This is a Tough+ trek. It is activity level 9 with 16 days walking and full porterage throughout. The maximum altitude is 6,189m (or 5,545m without Island Peak) and the average is 3,680m. There are some steep ascents and descents and some narrow trails. As this trek also ascends to very high altitudes participants should be confident of their physical fitness and must have previous experience of trekking at altitude and in snow.

    Although it is not compulsory to participate in the climb (the summit attempt is optional), anyone who does must have previous ice axe and crampon experience and know how to use a jumar and abseil device. There will be equipment checks and practice sessions for rope use, ice axe, crampon and harness use, abseiling and crevasse rescue. For safety reasons it is compulsory to participate in these sessions. If you do not take part the leader and climbing Sherpas will not allow you to take part in the climb.

    Though technically harder than Mera Peak, for those with the necessary experience this expedition is within the reach of those seeking their first Himalayan summit. The climb requires strong lungs and a great deal of will power - it is graded alpine PD+ and starts with some rocky scrambling to a glacier. We cross the glacier roped up (there is one ladder to cross), and then come to a 200m steep 40-45 degree headwall, which leads to a 20m summit ridge. We will rope up to cross the glacier and you will be walking with an ice axe, crampons and plastic boots. There are fixed ropes up the headwall (approximately 200m) and along the summit ridge. On the ascent you will need to use a jumar and on the descent you will need to use an abseil device.

    Please be aware that altitude can have a significant affect on your physical state. It is important that you take heed of the leader's advice and decisions at all times. The leaders are trained in first aid and are well aware of AMS symptoms and will keep a close eye on the group. We ask you to refer to the altitude warning within the Trip Notes.

    The climb itself is not recommended for anyone with a fear of heights or vertigo and the main trail itself crosses three modern suspension bridges over rivers and valleys - all of these have mesh sides but some are quite long and high.

    Equipment Checklist

    Body Wear

    • Gore Tex Jacket
    • Gore Tex Pant
    • Hiking pant
    • Fleece trouser and jacket or warm jumper - Recommended not thick but warm enough that fits inside the Gore Tex pant
    • Anti-sweat T-shirtEarmuffs/Ear warmers (optional)
    • Thermal inner trouser
    • Down jacket with hoodie
    • Thermal inner trouser
    • Down jacket with hoodie

    Head Wear

    • Sun Hat/Normal cap
    • Fleece or woolen hat
    • Earmuffs/Ear warmers (optional)
    • Sunglasses with UV protection
    • Buff Scarf / thin face mask

    Hand wear

    • Fleece or woolen thin gloves
    • Expedition shell gloves
    • Gore Tex mitten gloves

    Other Equipments

    • Sleeping bag (comfort rated - 15ºC)
    • 30 Litre Rucksack with cover
    • Large size Duffel Bag with padlock
    • Headlamp with spare batteries
    • Water bottles 1 Litre X 2
    • Thermos
    • Basic First Aid Kit including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea.

    Washing kit & Toiletries

    • Waterproof washing kit bag
    • Towel - medium size
    • Washing soap, towel, tooth pest, tooth brush etc.
    • Sun Lotion Enough +30SPF (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
    • Hand wash & sanitizer
    • Toilet paper (you can buy this in the lodges)
    • Wet tissue

    Foot Wear

    • Trekking boots
    • Hollow Out Outdoor Slipper
    • Trekking socks (4-5 pair)
    • Snow Gaiter

    Optional Items

    • Trekking poles
    • Trainers or similar for use in the lodges
    • Shorts
    • Base layer leggings
    • Gaiter
    • Sleeping bag liner
    • Pillowcase
    • Ear plugs (particularly if you are not the one snoring)
    • Travel clothes
    • Camera
    • Pen-knife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
    • Repair kit – (egg. needle, thread, duct tape)
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  • Overview

    Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is a famous tea house trekking route in the southern face of Annapurna base camp. Trekking along the Modi Khola gorge leads you to the panorama of vast mountains. The diverse culture in this region makes this 12 days trek all the more interesting as you pass by the gorgeous Himalayas including Annapurna 1, Gangapurna and Fishtail looking straight at you as you head towards the highest altitude at the Annapurna Base Camp at 4179M.

    The flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara takes 20 minutes through the scenic views of the Himalayas so we would suggest picking the seats on the right side for the better views of the Himalayas. The trek follows the traditional route from Birenthanti to where you will drive after arriving at the Pokhara airport.

    Trip Highlights

    • 12 days trek that approaches the high Himalayan peaks.
    • The spectacular atmosphere of the glacial circus of the Annapurnas sanctuary.
    • No night above 4,000 meters!
  • Detailed Itinerary

    Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu. Transfer to the Hotel.

    Depending on your arrival time, our representative will be at the airport to receive you and transfer you to your booked hotel.

    Overnight in Hotel

    Day 2 : Flight to Pokhara (20 Minutes). Drive to Phedi (1 Hrs Drive) and Trek to Tolka (1700m)

    After breakfast and depending on your booked flight timing, you will be transferred to the domestic terminal for the scenic flight to Pokhara. The flight takes about 20 minutes providing spectacular views of Langtang, Manasalu and Annapurna ranges. Once in Pokhara, our crew along with private vehicle will meet you at the airport. From here you will drive to Phedi which is about 1-hour drive to start the trek to Tolka (1700M).

    Overnight in Lodge
    Meals: BLD

    Day 3 : Trek to Jhinu Dada (1450m) – 4/5 Hrs Trek

    We continue our trek towards Jhinu Dada through the magnificent oak forest to arrive Landruk after 50 minutes of walk. The trail further descends to the new suspension bridge through the Modi River. A gradual upward for about 1.5 hours brings you to Jhinu Dada. A Hot Spring awaits you 15 minutes down the riverside if you want to take a dip and relax. Chances are you also get to see some wild animals around here.

    Overnight in Lodge
    Meals: BLD

    Day 4 : Trek to Bamboo (2310m) – 4/5 Hrs Trek

    As we continue our trek after breakfast, we pass through Chhomrong. The trail descends from here through the stone staircase and crossing the Chhomrong River through a suspension bridge. Continuing the trail and climbing up the trail we arrive in a tiny settlement of Tilicho in a forest of bamboo, rhododendrons, and oak. Climbing further on a rocky trail we arrive at Sinuwa (2350M). As we climb further through the rhododendron forest and little further we arrive in Bamboo.

    Overnight in Lodge
    Meals: BLD

    Day 5 : Trek to Deurali (3230m) – 5 Hrs Trek

    After breakfast we ascend through the forest of rhododendrons and oaks trees and further up we arrive at Dovan (2630M) with few lodges on site. There are muddy trails that traverse high above the river and after a short trek, we arrive at Himalayan Hotel. Further, the trail ascends to Hinku Cave. Ascending another twenty minutes and we arrive at Deurali (3230M)

    Overnight in Lodge
    Meals: BLD

    Day 6 : Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) – 5 Hrs Trek

    The trail today goes past the Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3820M). Trekking further to Annapurna Base Camp where we arrive in about 2 hours, we enjoy the panorama of the Himalayas with Annapurna range looking straight at us.

    Overnight in Lodge
    Meals: BLD

    Day 7 : Rest and Exploration Day

    We will spend one more extra day at the base camp.

    Overnight in Lodge
    Meals: BLD

    Day 8 : Trek to Dovan (2500m) - 4/5 Hrs Trek

    After breakfast, the trek starts with the trail descending on a stone staircase and crossing the Chhomrong Khola then climbs through deep rhododendron and bamboo forests reaching Dovan, a small village with scattered lodges.

    Overnight in Lodge
    Meals: BLD

    Day 9 : Trek to New Bridge – 6/7 Hrs Trek

    We continue descending passing through Bamboo where we stayed overnight while coming up and continue through the forest. The trail continues descending steeply up to Kuldi Bazaar. From here we take the flat trail till Sinuwa after which there is a gradual descend until we arrive at New Bridge where we spend overnight.

    Overnight in Lodge
    Meals: BLD

    Day 10 : Trek to Birenthati. Drive to Pokhara – 4/5 Hrs Trek

    Your last day in the mountains today, you will hike towards Birenthanti and further towards Nayapul where our vehicle will be waiting for us to take us to Pokhara where we spend a very comfortable overnight at the hotel.

    Overnight in Hotel
    Meals: B

    Day 11 : Fly Back to Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel.

    After breakfast, we are transferred to the domestic airport in Pokhara and we take a scenic 20 minutes fly back to Kathmandu. Our representative will be at the airport to receive you and transfer you to the hotel.

    Overnight in Hotel
    Meals: BD

    Day 12 : International Departure

    Your checkout time at the hotel is 11 AM and 3 hours prior to your departure time you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight back.
  • Essential Info

    Visa

    Most nationalities require a visa for Nepal, which can be obtained in advance or on entry. If you wish to apply before departure the current visa cost is £20 for a 15 day visa and £35 for a 30 day visa for UK passport holders. The current cost of a visa on arrival is US $25 for 15 days, US $40 for 30 days or if extending your stay $100 for 90 days. All are multiple entry. The visa on arrival fee can be paid for in cash in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Euros. You will also need a passport photo. Application forms are available in the immigration hall (or for electronic passports there are visa registration machines which, after inserting your passport, automatically fill out a form for you). You must firstly join the queue to pay the visa fee, and then go to the relevant immigration desk to obtain your 15, 30 or 90 day visa stamp. There can be long queues for visas on arrival.

    Non UK nationals should check requirements with their nearest embassy (a few nationalities are not permitted visas on arrival).

    Vaccinations

    There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is present in certain regions only (such as Chitwan); you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Most of our trips to Nepal go to high altitudes where there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed to enable everyone to acclimatise to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected. Please refer to the TRIP NOTES for complete advice on AMS.

    Eating & Drinking

    Breakfast is included throughout the trip and all meals are provided while camping (all breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners).

    Breakfast is included throughout the trip and all meals are provided while camping. On trek the breakfast will be a set menu usually consisting of porridge and toast. Any additional items that are not included in the set menu should be ordered and paid for separately. We do not include lunch and dinner in the tea-houses, allowing you to choose what you want to eat and when. Although most lodges have almost identical menus, they are reasonably extensive and offer a varied selection, ranging from traditional Nepalese dal bhat to pizza and apple pie.

    Although meat is available in the tea houses, we advise against eating it on trek. The meat has often been carried in the heat from lower altitudes for several days before reaching the lodges, and can cause stomach upsets or illness. Germs can also be spread by handling dirty money - we recommend using hand sanitiser.

    If you buy imported food and drink whilst on trek you will spend more than the suggested amount.

    Drinking Water

    Staying hydrated is important when undertaking any physical activity but particularly so at altitude where it is generally recommended to drink at least 3-4 litres per person per day.

    We strongly encourage you not to buy bottled water on trek as this contributes to the growing problem of plastic pollution in Nepal’s trekking areas.

    All tea houses will provide cold water free of charge, if requested. Although this should not be drunk untreated, we recommend that you bring a reusable bottle with a wide opening (Nalgene or similar) with you and use a SteriPEN to treat it with. A SteriPEN is a handheld UV water purifier – small, lightweight and battery powered so easy to pack for a trek. In Nepal’s trekking regions most of the bottled water isn’t strictly ‘mineral water’ anyway but is UV treated, so it’s exactly the same technology. It’s quick to use, far more effective than purification tablets, and the water is ready immediately. It’s fine to use a SteriPEN on non-boiled water so long as it isn’t cloudy or full of sediment (which is uncommon in these regions).

    SteriPENs are widely stocked on Amazon, outdoor shops and other online retailers; look for the latest models but avoid USB charging ones. Better still, a SteriPEN will pay for itself over the course of the trek and you won’t leave behind a single plastic bottle – you will end up spending the same or even less than you would on bottled water, plus you can keep it for future trips.

    If you prefer not to invest in a SteriPEN, the tea houses also sell boiled water for approx. Rs150-300 per litre (the price increases the higher you trek) which should not require treating. This is also perfect for a bedtime refill as it can double up as a hot water bottle.

    While camping boiled water is supplied for drinking.

    Weather

    The main trekking season in Nepal is from October to mid-May when daytime temperatures at most altitudes are generally comfortable for walking, the sky is clear much of the time and rain and snow are occasional occurrences. Daytime temperatures will vary from 15ºC to 35ºC in the Kathmandu Valley to around 10ºC at 3,600m and progressively lower the higher we go.

    Different seasons offer different advantages for trekking.

    Post Monsoon/autumn: Mid-September to November. This is the main trekking season in Nepal. Day temperatures in Kathmandu are approximately above 20ºC. Skies are usually clear and days on trek are sunny and mild with clear mountain views. At the highest altitudes although the days can be nice and sunny the temperatures can drop to 10ºC and much lower. Nights will be colder with temperatures dropping as low as minus 10ºC and lower at the highest altitudes.

    Pre-monsoon/spring: March to May. Both day and night temperatures will be warmer in general but haze will often build up in the afternoons. It is very hot in the lowlands and temperatures rise to 35ºC in Kathmandu. Flowers bloom in this season and this is one of the reasons people chose to trek in spring.

    Snow can be expected on any departure, usually at the higher altitudes. Summit day will be a very early start (usually about 2am) and will be extremely cold. Although mostly it is calm and clear on summit day the mountain does occasionally get high winds. You need to be equipped for temperatures as low as minus 25ºC plus wind chill on summit day.

    Please remember that in any mountain area the weather is never wholly predictable and you should be prepared and equipped to deal with any differences in weather beyond the conditions described above.

    More Info

    This is a Tough+ trek. It is activity level 9 with 16 days walking and full porterage throughout. The maximum altitude is 6,189m (or 5,545m without Island Peak) and the average is 3,680m. There are some steep ascents and descents and some narrow trails. As this trek also ascends to very high altitudes participants should be confident of their physical fitness and must have previous experience of trekking at altitude and in snow.

    Although it is not compulsory to participate in the climb (the summit attempt is optional), anyone who does must have previous ice axe and crampon experience and know how to use a jumar and abseil device. There will be equipment checks and practice sessions for rope use, ice axe, crampon and harness use, abseiling and crevasse rescue. For safety reasons it is compulsory to participate in these sessions. If you do not take part the leader and climbing Sherpas will not allow you to take part in the climb.

    Though technically harder than Mera Peak, for those with the necessary experience this expedition is within the reach of those seeking their first Himalayan summit. The climb requires strong lungs and a great deal of will power - it is graded alpine PD+ and starts with some rocky scrambling to a glacier. We cross the glacier roped up (there is one ladder to cross), and then come to a 200m steep 40-45 degree headwall, which leads to a 20m summit ridge. We will rope up to cross the glacier and you will be walking with an ice axe, crampons and plastic boots. There are fixed ropes up the headwall (approximately 200m) and along the summit ridge. On the ascent you will need to use a jumar and on the descent you will need to use an abseil device.

    Please be aware that altitude can have a significant affect on your physical state. It is important that you take heed of the leader's advice and decisions at all times. The leaders are trained in first aid and are well aware of AMS symptoms and will keep a close eye on the group. We ask you to refer to the altitude warning within the Trip Notes.

    The climb itself is not recommended for anyone with a fear of heights or vertigo and the main trail itself crosses three modern suspension bridges over rivers and valleys - all of these have mesh sides but some are quite long and high.

    Is this Trip for you?

    Equipment Checklist

    Body Wear

    • Gore Tex Jacket
    • Gore Tex Pant
    • Hiking pant
    • Fleece trouser and jacket or warm jumper - Recommended not thick but warm enough that fits inside the Gore Tex pant
    • Anti-sweat T-shirtEarmuffs/Ear warmers (optional)
    • Thermal inner trouser
    • Down jacket with hoodie
    • Thermal inner trouser
    • Down jacket with hoodie

    Head Wear

    • Sun Hat/Normal cap
    • Fleece or woolen hat
    • Earmuffs/Ear warmers (optional)
    • Sunglasses with UV protection
    • Buff Scarf / thin face mask

    Hand wear

    • Fleece or woolen thin gloves
    • Expedition shell gloves
    • Gore Tex mitten gloves

    Other Equipments

    • Sleeping bag (comfort rated - 15ºC)
    • 30 Litre Rucksack with cover
    • Large size Duffel Bag with padlock
    • Headlamp with spare batteries
    • Water bottles 1 Litre X 2
    • Thermos
    • Basic First Aid Kit including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea.

    Washing kit & Toiletries

    • Waterproof washing kit bag
    • Towel - medium size
    • Washing soap, towel, tooth pest, tooth brush etc.
    • Sun Lotion Enough +30SPF (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
    • Hand wash & sanitizer
    • Toilet paper (you can buy this in the lodges)
    • Wet tissue

    Foot Wear

    • Trekking boots
    • Hollow Out Outdoor Slipper
    • Trekking socks (4-5 pair)
    • Snow Gaiter

    Optional Items

    • Trekking poles
    • Trainers or similar for use in the lodges
    • Shorts
    • Base layer leggings
    • Gaiter
    • Sleeping bag liner
    • Pillowcase
    • Ear plugs (particularly if you are not the one snoring)
    • Travel clothes
    • Camera
    • Pen-knife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
    • Repair kit – (egg. needle, thread, duct tape)
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Difficulty Level
Moderate to Hard

Moderate to Hard

Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many hikes. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet. 

Round Annapurna Trek
19
Days

Round Annapurna Trek

Nepal - Lodge Trek - Annapurna

Moderate
3/6
Ama Dablam
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Days

Ama Dablam

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Extreme
6/6
Manaslu Sanctuary and the Hidden Valley Trek
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Days
Moderate to Hard
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