Annapurna Sanctuary

Expedition Date

1st -17th April 2018

31st March-16th April 2019

Expedition Price

£1495 (excluding flights)

Our spring expedition is to trek the famous and stunning route to Annapurna Base Camp (also known as the Annapurna Sanctuary).  This is a beautiful trekking area with everything from dramatic stunning peaks to lush valleys and tranquil village communities.  Everything, and of course, the ultimate goal of reaching the Annapurna Sanctuary and views across to the awe inspiring south face of Annapurna

The whole route is a delight to the senses and once at  Annapurna Base Camp the towering peaks of Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna South (7273m), Annapurna Fang (7647m), and Machhapuchhare (6997m) bathed in snow set the scene for one of the most spectacular mountain settings on the planet.

On the trek you will experience variety and beauty in both the landscapes you walk through and in the peoples you meet along this classic route.  The people of Nepal are incredibly welcoming and proud of their country and culture.  Our Annapurna Base Camp Trek is the complete package of adventure and sensory experiences and should be on everyone's to do list.

The Peak Mountaineering Difference

Peak Mountaineering is a specialist provider of mountain training and expeditions.  We provide all types of mountain adventures throughout the UK and each year we run a select range of expeditions overseas.

We make client safety our top priority and all our teams are accompanied by a UK leader supported by additional in country staff.

What is the format for the trip?

This is a great itinerary as it can fit into just over 2 working weeks. It also stays relatively low (for the Himalayas at least!) with a high point of around 4130 metres which means it can be a shorter duration and acclimatisation is less of a factor.

Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu                                                                  

Day 2 Today we will spend time talking about the itinerary and checking kit.  There will also be time to explore the exciting Thamel district although, as you will be tired after the long flights, we will take the day at a fairly relaxed pace.

Day 3 Kathmandu to Pokhara. It will be a very early start for the bus journey to the city of Pokhara.  Pokhara is a beautiful place to relax and make final preparations for the trek ahead.

Day 4 Pokhara to Ulleri. From Pokhara we drive for 2hrs up the Yamdi Khola valley into the mountains to Naya Pul. From here we start our trek to the village of Ulleri perched high on a shoulder above the valley.

Day 5 Ulleri to Ghorepani.  We continue to follow the higher ground above Ulleri to meet a valley bringing us up to the village of Ghorepani.  We will relax in Ghorepani and probably have quite an early night so that we can be up early the next day.

Day 6 Ghorepani via Poon Hill to Tadapani.  We will get up before the sun this morning and make the 30 minute climb up to Poon Hill to greet the sun as it rises over the Annapurna range. After enjoying the sunrise we drop back down to Ghorepani for breakfast before setting off through forests of giant Rhodedendron to the village of Tadapani.

Day 7 Tadapani to Chomrong.  From Tadapani we drop down into a deep wooded valley then steeply up over a ridge and into another valley before ascending to the village of Chomrong.

Day 8 Chomrong to Himalaya Hotel. From Chomrong we follow the spectacular Modi Khola valley as it heads straight up into the heart of the Annapurnas.

Day 9 Himalaya Hotel to Machhapulchare Base Camp. The tantalising view of the Annapurnas get progressively bigger today as we continue to follow the Modi Khola between the towering peaks, including the distinctive and sacred 7000m Machhapulchare (Fish Tail mountain) to our right. The view opens right out as we reach the sharp turn in the valley at Machhapulchare Base Camp.

Day 10 Machhapulchare Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp.  Today is a short day but the altitude and stunning surroundings mean that we are happy to take it slow and we will arrive at Annapurna base camp with plenty of time to spend the rest of the day enjoying the surroundings.

Day 11 Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo.  We now turn to retrace our steps to the green surroundings and thick air of Bamboo.

Day 12 Bamboo to Jinnu Hot Springs.  Dropping back into the Rhodedendron forests it will be noticeably warmer and the air less dry.  Near to Chomrong we can leave the route we took on the way up and descend steeply down to Jinnu Danda in the valley bottom. There are some natural hot springs here which can be a welcome soak after the days up high.

Day 13 Jinnu Danda to Dhampus.  We continue on down the wooded valleys of the Modi Khola past more frequent small villages. We split off the main valley ascending to our left up over higher ground to a collection of villages clustered around a broad bowl in the wooded hillsides.

Day 14 Pothana to Pokhara.  From Pothana it is a short down-hill walk to the road that passes through Phedi. Here we will be met by our vehicle that will drive us for an hour or so back down into Pokhara. We will arrive early enough to relax and see a bit of the city.

Day 15 Pokhara to Kathmandu.  We will have an early start back to Kathmandu. If it is clear we will get to look out on the valleys and peaks that we have traversed and maybe even pick out some of our route. In Kathmandu we will check back into the accommodation of your choice and have free time to shower, relax and reflect on our trek.

Day 16 Kathmandu.  This will be a day to enjoy the sights and sounds of Kathmandu, complete any last minute shopping and maybe explore some of the famous religious or historical sites around the city. 

Day 17 Return flights to UK

Is it suitable for me?

This is a non-technical itinerary and to be suitable for this expedition you simply need a good level of fitness and a sense of adventure.  Any additional training that's required will be provided once we arrive in Nepal.  We are always happy to chat through the route in more detail prior to booking, but as a general guide if you can comfortably walk 10 miles a day in hilly countryside for several days in a row then you should be fine on this trip.

How much will it cost?

The cost for our Annapurna Sanctuary expedition is £1495. This includes all instruction, all accommodation, internal transfers and all food. Infact, the only additional cost is the flights to and from Kathmandu and meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara.  Often our teams make arrangements together to fly out from a certain airport and we can help to coordinate this.

Our expeditions are competitively priced but we also want you to have a good standard of living during your expedition.  The hotels and guesthouses will be simple yet comfortable and the food will be plentiful local fare.  Having said that, this is an expedition to a developing country so you’ll need to be willing to go without a few luxuries along the way.

Environmental Considerations

We know our expeditions pollute.  It is unavoidable and, rather than try and claim it isn't happening, we prefer to take steps to try and minimise our impact.

For all participants we purchase carbon offsetting credits for the flights we use.  We do this at no extra charge to the clients.

Peak Mountaineering operates a ‘1% for the Environment’ scheme.  This means we donate 1% of our annual turnover (turnover…not profit) to environmental charities.  This is a big commitment for a small business – but we are proud to do it.

We also try to minimise our impact on the countries we visit by working sustainably with a variety of local producers and organisations.  For our overseas trips this includes making an annual donation to a number of local support agencies.

We also encourage our team members to operate as sustainably as possible both before the expedition and while in country.  Steps like using water purification systems rather than purchasing bottled water, emailing rather than posting expedition information and encouraging the safe disposal of waste to name a few.  Every little helps.

The Other Stuff

We know expeditions of this type are expensive so we try very hard to minimise the team members additional expenditure.  Our Annapurna itinerary doesn’t need any special equipment and the clothing you wear can be mostly your normal hillwalking kit.  The only thing you’ll want to make sure is that your sleeping bag is cosy and it is worth having a toasty duvet jacket for star gazing with a mug of hot chocolate at base camp.  Other key items will be a comfortable pair of walking boots and a supportive day sack.  Inevitably there’ll be a few other bits and bobs and we’ll give you plenty of guidance – but don’t feel you’ve got to come prepared for an ascent of Everest!

Inclusions

UK Leader

Local support staff and guides

UK Leader

All accommodation

All in-country transport

Fully supported trek with porters

Meals on trek

Airport transfers (within the itinerary dates)

 
Exclusions
 
Transfer to and from UK airports
 
Return flight to Kathmandu
 
Passport and Nepal visa
 
Travel insurance
 
Meals when not on trek
 
Individual sightseeing
 
Inoculations
 
Excess baggage
 
Optional tips for local staff
 
Personal items such as drinks and souvenirs

 

What next....?

You’ll have questions…..we’re all ears.  Please call on 01433620283 or email info@peakmountaineering.com and we’ll be happy to answer any queries.  Alternatively, if you are around the Peak District call in for a coffee and a chat. Once you want to book a place just let us know and we’ll send you a booking form.  At that point we’ll also need a 20% deposit, which can be paid by cheque or BACS transfer.