Trek Overview

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.

Our Annapurna Luxury Lodge trek is the ultimate way of exploring Nepal in style while staying in the comfortable lodges of the Annapurna region; they are at a standard far better than anything else available in the area.

The Ker and Downey lodges provide the highest level of service whilst on the trek with landscaped gardens, comfortable lounges, and bedrooms including hot showers and western toilets.

Trekking Annapurna is a relatively gentle walk designed for the first time trekker in the low-lying hills fringing Pokhara.

Trek in Annapurna is a culturally rich journey through Gurung villages with an ever-increasing build-up of mountain views.

We trek for six days through the Annapurna foothills with about five hours walking each day

Annapurna Trek with Comfort

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

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Itinerary

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

    You will be received and escorted to the hotel by our staff, refresh yourself and take some rest or explore the area around your hotel. Overnight at Shangri-la Hotel, Kathmandu.

  2. Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and Trek preparation

    Kathmandu is the cultural heart of Nepal and has been a famous destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its borders to visitors. Today after breakfast we will explore Kathmandu valley, a guided tour will be conducted to major world heritage sites inside the valley. As Kathmandu valley is a beautiful combination of Hinduism and Buddhism we will visit historical sites like; Durbar Squares, Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath (monkey temple) and Buddhist shrine of Bouddhanath which is one of the largest stupa in the world. After the tour you will prepare yourself for the trek, will be briefed about the trek; buy all the trekking equipments required and overnight at hotel.

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

    After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for flight to Pokhara; if it’s a clear day then you will be able to see amazing views of Annapurna. After landing in Pokhara you will be escorted to Shangri la village resort. You will have the afternoon to yourself to explore Pokhara or to relax at the hotel. Accommodate at Shangri la village resort.

  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 Birethanti (1,025m/3,362ft) down the hill from Nayapul. After reaching Birethati we will go to our 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. Overnight at Sanctuary Lodge.

  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. Overnight at Shangri-la village Resort.

  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. Overnight at Barahi Jungle Lodge.

  12. Day 12: Activities in Chitwan

    After a good breakfast we will go for elephant ride in the jungle along with more other activities such as jungle walk, jungle safari, bird watching or perform activities with elephants.

  13. Day 13: Chitwan – Kathmandu

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

  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.

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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 trek

Full day Kathmandu Sightseeing guided tour

Internal flight Kathmandu-Pokhara, Chitwan-Kathmandu

3 nights in  **** hotel in  Kathmandu with breakfast,

2 nights  **** hotel in Chitwan on full board,

2 nighs **** hotel in Pokhara with breakfast

2 days rafting on full board; overnight in Seti River camp

Accommodation at Ker & Downy lodge during 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 kilo 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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