Trek Highlights

  • One can immerse oneself in the splendid beauty of Himalayas of the Annapurna range including Annapurna South, Fang, Annapurna 1, Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Annapurna V. Machhapuchhre seen throughout the trek.
  • This trek takes the travelers through relatively gentle walk traversing Nepal’s Middle Hills and is designed for those who have no experience of Himalayan trekking
  • Relaxed walking with more time to enjoy nature and views.
  • Experience authentic local culture and lifestyle of local inhabitants.
  • Scenic drive to the flatlands of Nepal’s Terai region; Chitwan National Park
  • Hear the gurgle, the rumbling thunder as river rises, and the laughter as it falls during rafting

Trek Overview

Situated in the northwest part of Nepal, Annapurna region is recognized as the best trekking route in Nepal and also popular in the world. From the lake of Pokhara, popular treks lead to Jomsom, Annapurna base camp, Mustang, Manang and Annapurna Circuit trek. Annapurna Trek with Comfort has been a perfect trek to discover one of the most beautiful trekking destinations in the world.

“Annapurna Comfort Trek” have been regarded as “Easy and Short Trek in Annapurna” as the trek is undertaken within a low elevation. This trek is a perfect combination of adventure with villages, white water rafting, wildlife, and relaxation. In addition, it is a way of discovering Nepal in style while staying in the comfortable lodges of the Annapurna region. Nepal Sanctuary Treks uses comfortable lodges that feature, landscaped gardens, comfortable lounges, and bedrooms including hot shower and western style washroom. The trails between lodges lead you through picturesque typical hamlets with remarkable vistas of Annapurna region and the amazing local residents and their friendliness.

The trek is relatively gentle walks through the low-lying middle hills which provides the amazing picturesque Annapurna foothill hiking spectacular alpine exploration walking in the Annapurna Himalayan region.

The trail starts in primeval Kathmandu, where you will explore the city at your leisure. Taking a flight to Pokhara offers an amazing view of the terraced Nepalese landscape and Himalayas. Once you land at Pokhara, you will be greeted by the majestic mountain. You will continue your Annapurna comfort trek from Pokhara-Nayapul-Birenthati-Ghandruk-Lhandruk-Majgaun-Dhampus and back to Pokhara. During the trek, you will trek through lush, terraced hillsides, typical Nepali hamlets with slate rooftops, whitewashed ochre houses, tropical fruit trees, and crops drying on the terraces and Buddhist prayer flags sending out prayers into the universe.

During spring the entire forest embellished with vibrant rhododendron trees and varied orchids. Additionally, throughout the trek, you will hear the melodies sound of birds that makes the environment serene.  Along the trail, you will encounter langur monkey playing in their clan and hanging on a tree in its natural state which is truly charismatic. After the wonderful trek, we will drive back to Pokhara. Once you arrive at the vicinity of Pokhara, you are greeted with superb views of the mountains and you will be astounded by its sheer beauty and pristine charisma. Along the way, we take in a rafting adventure on the Seti River before spending a day on a jungle safari in the famous Chitwan National Park. Chitwan is home to the Bengal Tiger and Asian one-horned Rhino as well as a large variety of rare bird and wildlife, and a lovely national park surrounded by traditional Tharu villages. With an extra day, you will be exploring the traditional thatched hut Tharu villages, where water buffaloes laze under tropical skies or involve in different jungle activities such as jungle walk, jungle safari, and bird watching. After spending the time in the Annapurna region, doing adventurous rafting and jungle safari we take a short flight to Kathmandu, the city of temple.

If you are pondering to hike through mountainous areas with family, solo or a group of individuals then Annapurna Trek with comfort is perfect for you

Nepal Sanctuary Treks organizes Comfort trekking in Annapurna with the best quality service in the high level of comfortable accommodation. If you have any questions or would like to further customize this itinerary, please e-mail us at info@nepalsanctuarytreks.com

 

Note: Below trekking hours, altitudes and distances are approximate, and absolutely for the general idea only.

Map

Itinerary

  1. Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1,302m/4,270ft)

    Upon arrival at Tribhuwan International airport, our representative will be awaiting you to welcome with Nepal Sanctuary Treks placard. You will be then escorted and transfer to hotel. Further details and short preliminary briefing will be provided after transferring to the hotel. Stay overnight in Hotel.

    Highlights:

    • Arrival at charming and exotic city engrossed with ancient temples and tradition. Fused with lively markets and the bustle of spice sellers and merchants.

    Hotel **** Shangri-La or similar

     

  2. Day 02: Local Market tour and explore the world's UNESCO Heritage sites

    After breakfast, we will start our fresh morning by wandering Ason and Indrachowk marketplaces to get a glimpse of traditional Nepalese life. You’ll witness the bustle of the market, see how locals purchase the products and haggle for a bargain. Whilst walking around enjoy the lively and vibrant atmosphere this local market has to offer.

    We walk through a narrow alley and see people rushing. Observe the first hand the local produce people from Nepal actually purchase. You will also take in the sights and smells of the market. Your friendly tour guide will explain in full detail all the products and procedures you will see. There is plenty of opportunities to buy something for your selves and lots of photo opportunities to capture in your camera.

    Next, we head towards Kathmandu Durbar Square, also called Hanuman Dhoka Durbar, and used to be the residence of the Nepali royal family and administrators. This ancient sites situated in the traditional heart of Kathmandu that incorporates an architecturally extraordinary complex of ancient palaces, temples, courtyards, and shrines dating from the 15th to the 18th century.

    The most revered places of Kathmandu Durbar Square is the three-storied temple named Kumari Bahal. The structured like a typical Newari Vihara. In this house lives Kumari, a girl who is respected as the living goddess. During the festival of Indra Jatra, the Kumari is paraded around the square in a custom-built gilded chariot and worshipped by the people.

    The tallest temple of Kathmandu valley ‘Taleju Bhawani’ built in 1549 AD. This temple is deliberated to be the most outstanding work of art in the Durbar square and considered to be the royal goddess.

    Jagannath temple built in the 16th century is well-known for erotic carvings, and the Hanuman Dhoka (the royal palace) is situated in Kathmandu Durbar Square.

    Kalbhairav is considered to be the destructor form of Lord Shiva. Built in the 17th century, this, 10 ft. high stone statue of terrifyingly portrayed Kal Bhairav is sited near Jagannath temple.

    Temple of Shiva Parvati, rectangular in shape enshrines Nava Durga, a group of goddesses on the ground floor. It has a wooden image of Shiva and Parvati at the window of the upper floor looking out at passerby in Durbar Square.

    Swayambhunath:

    You are then taken to Swayambhunath (monkey temple) which is the magnificent ancient religious architecture and center faith of Hinduism and Buddhism. Its lofty white dome and dazzling golden spire are visible from far and wide. Upon arriving at the top, you can hear the Buddhist songs “Om Mani Padme Hum” resound everywhere. The candles and the aromatic fragrance of incense that burns constantly create a serene vibe, and we can turn the enormous prayer wheels which encircle the stupa.

    Boudhanath:

    Buddhist shrine of Boudhanath, one of the largest stupa in Nepal as well as the sacred Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. You will observe the monk chant in the prayer hall while people lighting butter lamps and reciting mantras. You can see the vibrant prayer flags tied

    to the stupa that conveys mantras and prayers into the universe while fluttering in the wind. Traditionally, prayer flags come in sets of five, one in each of five colors. The five colors signify the elements and the Five Pure Lights.

    Pashupatinath:

    Further, we visit Pashupatinath temple, a Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva located on the bank of Bagmati River. You can see elaborately dressed holy men meditatingoutside the temple and pilgrims placing offerings at the shrines. You can also observe people performing the religious ritual and funeral pyres burn at open-air cremation.

    After visiting fascinating cultural heritage sites, you will transfer back to Hotel. The evening can either be spent strolling the marketplaces in Kathmandu or resting at the hotel.

    • Accommodation:   Hotel **** Shangri-La or similar

       Meal:  Breakfast

  3. Day 03: Kathmandu – Pokhara (895m/2,938ft) 35mins flight

    We fly to Pokhara early in the morning. We can catch stunning views of the Himalayas from the right side of our airplane. Upon our arrival in Pokhara, the beautiful lake city, we are rewarded with superb views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, the five peaks of Annapurna and others.

    Accommodation: Temple Tree Resort

      Meal: Breakfast

  4. Day 04: Pokhara: Drive to Nayapul (1,074m/3,525ft) & trek to Birethati(1,025m/3,362ft) 2 hours walk

    Today with an early start we drive for about an hour along the Seti River valley from Pokhara to the trek start point. From Pokhara, we will drive to Nayapul from where our trek will start.  We will meet our accompanying trekking crew in Nayapul and after a short briefing about the trek we will leave for Birethati (1,025m/3,362ft) The trail follows a ridge in the lower foothills of the Annapurna where have a superb mountain views and Pokhara valley. The route descends towards the Modi River through bamboo and terraced farmland.

    After reaching Birethati we will check-in to Lodge, The Sanctuary Lodge is located a few miles from Birethanti village overlooking the Modi River. The lodge is a typical Kerr and Downey set up with comfortable sitting room, dining room and attractive gardens. We will have our lunch there and after lunch we will have free leisure time.

    Highlights:

    •   Wander around the mixed settlement of Birethati village where you will get to see the lives of the local people.
    • You might see the mule trains being driven from here up to the valley, transporting goods to less well-connected villages.
    •  Spectacular flight to Pokhara where you can see the majestic views of Himalayas.

    Accommodation:   Ker & Downy Lodge

      Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  5. Day 05: Birethati – Ghangruk village (1,970m/6,463ft) 5 – 6hrs hike

    After an early breakfast we start to ascend uphill to Ghandruk. The trail to Ghandruk passes through rhododendron and oak forest, after 3hrs hike we reach Kimche(1,554m/5,098ft) for lunch. After lunch we climb further higher until we will reach unusual oval shaped houses and stoned streets of the people following Gurung Ethnicity, the settlement of the Ghandruk, The largest Gurung Settlement in the area. Our accommodation; The Himalaya lodge is a 19th century Gurung village house with a pleasant infrastructure and facilities. Overnight at Himalayan Lodge.

  6. Day 06: Explore Ghandruk

    Ghandruk is a popular place for treks in the Annapurna range of Nepal (i.e. specially for Annapurna Base camp trek), with easy trails and various accommodation possibilities. Today with a good breakfast we start our day, we explore Ghandruk today, we will visit places around the village and if interested we can visit the ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) headquarter. From Ghandruk there are views to the mountains of Annapurna including Machapuchare, Himchuli. By this reason it’s purely in natural setting. Overnight at Himalayan Lodge.

  7. Day 07: Ghandruk – Landruk (1,565m/5,133ft)- 5 hrs hike

    Leaving Ghandruk the trial descends steeply to the banks of Modi River, crossing the suspension bridge and walk through fields past a beautiful waterfall keeping to the river for 1/2 hour before climb to Landruk. Along the way enjoying the views of Annapurna range and passing through the cliffs that where honey hunters climb up on the ropes to hunt the wild bee honey. After lunch, either you can rest in lodge enjoying the spectacular views of the mountains or go on a sightseeing tour in the village with your guide.

  8. Day 08: Landruk - Majgaun (1,400m/4,593ft) 5 – 6hrs hike

    Today with an early breakfast we start our trek towards our next destination, the trek passing through villages and farmland with the view of Annapurna at your back. Its an easy trek to Majgaon today, you arrive at the Ker and Downy Lodge. You can enjoy the views of the mountains from your room itself relaxing after the trek or spend your time at the garden. You can also take a short walk to the village with our guide.

  9. Day 09: Majgaun – Phedi via Dhampus & drive to Pokhara. 4hrs hike

    After an early breakfast, we start our trek walking through forests of oak, rhododendron and silver birch along with tremendous views of Annapurna south, Hiuchuli and Lamjung. The path soon reaches Pothana from where we descend downhill to Dhampus. After lunch, we descend to Phedi from where we will drive to Pokhara. It is a short drive to Pokhara from Phedi, once we reach our hotel we will rest and have leisure time to explore the beautiful city of Pokhara. 

    Accommodation: Temple Tree Resort

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

  10. Day 10 : Pokhara - Damauli (349m/1,145ft) {1.5hrs drive} Seti River (1,834m/6,017ft) {2-3 hrs raft}

    With an early breakfast we will take a ride to Damauli, with a short ride along the country side we will reach Damauli and there we will meet our highly experienced rafting crew who will brief us on prior to lunch. The Seti River has no road access so the river and surrounding valley remain pristine; floating down the river gives us a chance to see village life along the banks as well as the abundant variety of birds. There will be a picnic lunch on a sandy beach on the way to the camp. On the way there are 2 small rapids of no more than grade 2 and are no longer than 165′ / 50m, the remaining of the trip is very much a float experience. Upon arrival, you will be shown to your safari style tent with beds, changing room and balcony and attached bathroom. Overnight at Seti River Camp.

  11. Day 11: Seti River – Chitwan (224m/733ft) 2-3hrs drive

    We will start our morning with rafting, there are 5 class 2 rapids and each is no more than 165 ft / 50 metres. The remaining of the trip is a float when you can enjoy the surrounding countryside. Rafting time will be 2 to 3 hours depending on water levels. On completion of the rafting, we transfer by vehicle to Chitwan. Chitwan National Park is a World Heritage Site; it is a large conservation area with 30 species of bird, tigers, one-horned rhino and many other animals. 

    Accommodation: Barahi Jungle Lodge.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch,Dinner

  12. Day 12: Activities in Chitwan

    After a good breakfast, we involve in different activities such as jungle walk, jungle safari, bird watching or canoe ride.

    Accommodation: Jungle Barahi Lodge

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch,Dinner

  13. Day 13: Chitwan – Kathmandu

    We will have an early breakfast at the hotel then be transferred to the airport and take a flight back to Kathmandu. After landing in Kathmandu you will then be accompanied to your hotel and you have free time for yourself.

    Accommodation: Hotel Shangri -La or similar

    Meal: Breakfast

  14. Day 14: Fly Back Home

    You will be assisted by our staff in a vehicle and transferred to TIA airport in Kathmandu from where you will take your flight back home.

 

 

Fast Facts

  1. Max altitude :  (2,043m/6,702ft)
  2. Suitably designed itinerary for acclimatization
  3. Accommodation in the best-selected lodges and tea houses along the trail and in Kathmandu
  4. Experience Gurung culture in the Annapurna region and Tharu culture in Chitwan
  5. Beautiful views of the Annapurna ranges
  6. In Annapurna region: Flora and Fauna – oak, beech and rhododendron, pika, blue sheep and Himalayan Tahr. 
  7. In Terai region: Flora and Fauna – As it is a national park various species of plants like Sal, Rosewood, Beleric, Kapok, Gooseberry and more than 700 species of wild animal, 19 species of snakes, 113 species of fish, more than 450 species of birds and yet being surveyed for butterflies. The park is well known for one-horned rhino.
  8. The trek is adventurous as you will trek, raft and explore the national park

What's Included

  • Airport transfers,
  • Private transfer to/from a trek
  • Full day Kathmandu Sightseeing guided tour
  • Internal flight Kathmandu-Pokhara, Chitwan-Kathmandu
  • 3 nights in a **** hotel in  Kathmandu with breakfast,
  • 2 nights  **** hotel in Chitwan on full board,
  • 2 nights **** hotel in Pokhara with breakfast
  • 2 days rafting on full board; overnight in Seti River camp
  • Accommodation at Ker & Downy lodge during the trek on full board
  • Trek Permits & National Park Fee,
  • Staff insurance on the trek,
  • Trek guide & porter/s
  • Duffel bag, trek equipment 
  • Map

What's not Included

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara (approx. US$ 20 per day)
  • Beverages
  • Personal equipment, 
  • Personal bills, 
  • International airfare
  • Excess baggage beyond 15 kilos including day pack Visa fee: US$ 25 for 15 days and US$ 40 for 30 days multiple entry
  • Insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects), Liability insurance
  • Tips

Most Common FAQs

  1. 1 . Why choose Annapurna Luxury Lodge trek?

    Annapurna Region is one of the most visited destinations for trekkers in Nepal, about 2/3 of the trekkers in Nepal visit Annapurna region.  The area is easily accessible, hotels in the hills are plentiful and treks here offer good scenery of both high mountains and low villages. Along with mountain life this trek includes rafting in Seti River and adventurous tour to Chitwan National Park.

  2. 2 . How fit do I need to be for this trek?

    You will be walking for minimum of 5 – 7hrs a day, you don’t have to really fit but minimum level of fitness is required as the trek is not an easy one. You do have to be healthy and mentally prepared for trekking in this region although it doesn’t require mountaineering skills.

  3. 3 . What is the best time of the year for this trek?

    The trek is possible throughout the year. However, autumn and spring are the best seasons; choose to trek in autumn (Sep-Nov) as spring is busy with expedition stuff.

  4. 4 . Why should I trek with Nepal Sanctuary Treks (NST)?

    We (NST) believe in socially and environmentally responsible, sustainable tourism. Our personalized services are guided by these principles and our 27 yrs of experience in the field of trekking is invaluable in giving our clients quality service. Our itineraries are suitably designed for acclimatization and we use the best selected lodges through the trail and in Kathmandu.

  5. 5 . Can children trek in this region or are there any age restrictions?

    Yes, children can trek as there is no age restrictions. Nepal Sanctuary Trek can design suitable trekking itinerary for all age group above 8yrs. However, for children fewer than 8 can have high time trekking for longer period of time and altitude sickness can be a problem.

  6. 6 . What to take for the trek (clothes, personal kits)?

    To make it easier for you Nepal Sanctuary Treks have prepared you a kit check list, you can have a look at it below:

  7. 7 . Do I need travel insurance covered while trekking/traveling in Nepal?

    Insurance is a compulsion as anything can happen in the trek; for emergency rescue, personal liabilities, cancellation, loss of luggage and other reasons if necessary.

  8. 8 . How much weight do I have to carry or how much will my porter carry?

    You can bring as much as clothes you want but extra luggage is not required for the trek, you can leave your extra luggage in Kathmandu or Pokhara’s hotel. For the trek you can carry enough clothes you require in your backpack or carry only the camera, water bottle few clothes etc in your backpack.
    The potter can carry your extra duffle bag clothes which can weigh up to 15 to 30kg and a camping porter carries up to 30kg. However the local domestic flights allows maximum of 18kg per person.

  9. 9 . What medical facilities are there on Annapurna Luxury trek?

    In case of emergency you need to get evacuated by helicopter to Kathmandu, you need to take proper care of your health. Anyways, you will find small clinics along the trek. There are major hospitals in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan. However, you need to bring your medicine (if any) and a first aid box will be provided by Nepal Sanctuary Treks, also your guide will be trained for first aid in case of emergency.

    For further enquiries you can contact Nepal Sanctuary Treks at:

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