Annapurna, at 8091m, is the 10th highest mountain in the world and will be forever known as the first 8000m peak to be climbed – by Herzog’s French party in 1950. The climb was an epic of Himalayan climbing and has entered mountaineering folklore.
The trek into the area below the massive south face of Annapurna – known as the Annapurna Sanctuary – is one of the most popular treks in Nepal. The trek begins in Pokhara and leads up through the breathtaking Modi Khola gorge into the vast mountain ringed amphitheatre of the Sanctuary. As we trek through bamboo and rhododendron forests we have superb views of the Annapurna range. We eventually pass between the mountains of Machhapuchhre and Hiunchuli which guard the entrance to the Sanctuary, and after 6 days reach our goal, the high glacial basin that is the site of the Annapurna south face base camp.
This is one of Nepal’s classic treks and allows access to the high mountains of the Himalaya within a reasonable timeframe and with a maximum altitude of 4000m. Accommodation and food is provided in the local lodges. Transport to and from Pokhara is by air.
Fixed Trip Dates
Spring 2021 11 – 26 Apr, 25 Apr – 10 May, 2 – 17 May, 9 – 24 May
Autumn 2021 10 – 25 Oct, 24 Oct – 8 Nov, 31 Oct – 15 Nov, 7 – 22 Nov
Day 01 : Arrive Kathmandu, transfer from airport to hotel
Day 02 : At leisure in Kathmandu, preparation for trek
Day 03 : Fly to Pokhara, transfer to hotel
Day 04 : Drive to Phedi, and trek to Tolka
Day 05 : Tolka to Chhromrong
Day 06 : Chhromrong to Bamboo Lodge
Day 07 : Bamboo Lodge to Himalayan Hotel
Day 08 : Himalayan Hotel to Machhapuchhre Base Camp
Day 09 : Machhapuchhre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp
Day 10 : Annapurna Base Camp to Doban
Day 11 : Doban to Chhromrong
Day 12 : Chhromrong to Ghandruk
Day 13 : Ghandruk to Birethanti
Day 14 : Birethanti to Naya Pul, drive back to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 15 : Fly to Kathmandu
Day 16 : Transfer from hotel to airport, fly home
What is included in the price?
When you arrive at Kathmandu International Airport you'll be greeted by our representatives and transferred to your hotel. Likewise when you return home you'll be transferred to the airport and looked after by our staff. For your flight to Pokhara, you will also be similarly looked after by our ground staff and trek staff for transfers to and from the Domestic Airport Terminal.
Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara
3 nights in Kathmandu and 2 nights in Pokhara in a 3-star hotel, bed & breakfast, sharing in a twin room is included or a single supplement can be added to your package.
The return flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara and transfers to and from the trailhead.
On the trek
Our trips are all operated on the GAP system - Guides, Accommodation, Porterage. Over our many years of experience we have realised that clients prefer to choose and pay for their own food and drink on the trail. Not only does this result in a more cost effective regime but it takes into account the many factors that can influence our clients choice. Some clients prefer a hearty breakfast with relatively light lunches and dinners, whilst others prefer the opposite and so we allow our clients to make their choices and the sirdar helps to settle bills as we progress along the trail. We recommend that you allow US$25 per day for food and drink.
Permits and Entrance Fees
All trekking permits and entrance fees are included.