Trekking. Yoga. Culture. Nature. Meditation. Himalayas. Adventure. Inspiration. Beauty...
The Annapurna Base Camp trekking circuit is one of the most famous and breathtaking trekking routes in the world. This 10 day trek will take us through all types of jaw-dropping environmental zones, as well as allowing for cultural exchanges while trekking through tiny mountain villages, and of course, immerse us in raw adventure. This trek is rich with hidden treasures of Nepalese spiritual culture and tradition, and vistas of the spectacular Himalayan range. Includes daily sunrise yoga and evening candlelight meditation under the stars.
The trek will pass through the area of the world famous Gorkha warrior clan, the Gurung, charming Magar villages, dense rhododendron forests (Nepal's national flower), Oak forests full of birds, green hills and patchwork valleys, terraced fields, smiling, warm, welcoming Nepali faces, and rugged mountainous terrain near snow-capped peaks and under crystal blue skies. Just about every angle is a tantalizing glimpse of Mt. Machhapuchhre, or Fishtail (22,942 ft./6,992 m.), Annapurna (26,545 ft./8090 m.) and Dhaulagiri (26,794 ft./8,116 m.) range. You will even have the chance to immerse yourself in the Gurung culture, and enjoy a homestay with a local family.
Wait until you see the morning sunrises over the mighty Himalayan peaks, practicing daily morning yoga saluting the sun, and evening meditation all bundled up, under the stars in these remote pockets of the world. Ahhhhmazing!!
Time for self-exploration and introspection, time to get away, travel consciously, explore nature, conquer mountains, discover a new fascinating culture, destress, feel freedom, make new life-long international adventure friends, push your body to new limits, and relish in the incredible spiritual energy and magnificent and astounding natural beauty of the mighty Himalayas.
Day 1/Nov. 1 Arrivals into Kathmandu (KTM) Upon arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, our driver will greet you at the airport and will transfer you to our team hotel in Kathmandu. Time to rest and acclimate, walk through Thamel district, shop, explore. Overnight in Kathmandu hotel.
Day 2/Nov. 2 Cultural Day in Kathmandu Valley Hotel breakfast. Opening Circle. Full day sightseeing around ancient UNESCO sites in Kathmandu: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Temple, with stunning views of the city, and the powerful Boudhanath Stupa, the greatest Buddhist stupa in the world. Our Nepali local guide will escort us on this tour of these important and historic Kathmandu Buddhist and Hindu temples and shrines that so beautifully reflect the local traditions. Packed lunches or eat before tour. Trekking permits will be finalized on this day in preparation for our trekking departure the following day. In the evening, enjoy a delicious traditional Nepali dinner and Nepali cultural show. Overnight in Kathmandu hotel.
Day 3/Nov. 3 Kathmandu to Pokhara Hotel breakfast. Drive 7 hours scenic drive to Pokhara, our trek starting point. Local lunch along the road. Dinner and overnight in Pokhara hotel. Rooftop meditation under the stars.
Day 4/Nov. 4 Begin Trek: Pokhara to Tikhedhunga (5,003 ft./1,525 m.). Hotel breakfast. Drive for an hour to Nayapul and commence our trek to Birethanti, a large and prosperous town beside the Modi River. Local trekker lunch on the trail. We head up the main trail to Sudami where we climb gradually up the side of the valley, reaching Hille (4,904 ft./1,495 m.) before pushing on to Tikhedhunga and onto Ulleri Camp, where our cook team will be waiting for us with delicious warm meal and you will have stunning views of Annapurna, Himalayas. Overnight in tents. Evening yoga/meditation under the stars. Estimated trekking time: 4 1/2 hours
Day 5/Nov. 5 Trek to Ghorepani (9,022 ft./2,750 m.) Sunrise yoga. Local breakfast. Enjoy a pleasant day walking, trekking through rhododendron and oak forests and across the Bhurungdi Khola stream before making a short, final climb to Nangethanti (8070 ft./2,460 m.). After local trekker lunch in Nangethanti, we head up to Ghorepani. Overnight in trekker tea house/guesthouse with shower facilities. Evening meditation under the stars. Estimated trekking time: 5 1/2 hours
Day 6/Nov. 6 Ghorepani to Poon Hill for sunrise and onto Tadapani (8,267 ft./2,520 m.) After an early start at around 4am we will ascend to Poon Hill (10,531 ft./3,210 m.). This is a steep climb, but not too hard. It will take us about 1 hour and leads us to a brilliant viewpoint, providing an unobstructed sunrise over the high Himalayas. After spending about 40 minutes on the hillside and enjoying a warm cup of coffee or tea, we come back to Ghorepani, have a hot breakfast, and start walking to Tadapani. From Ghorepani the trail climbs along ridges and through pine and rhododendron forests to Deurali (9,711 ft./2,960 m.). Local lunch on the trail. We descend to reach Banthanti, before winding our way down to Tadapani. Overnight in trekker tea house/guesthouse with shower facilities. Evening candlelight meditation under the stars. Estimated trekking time: 6 hours
Day 7/Nov. 7 Tadapani to Chhomrong (7,250 ft/2,210 m) Sunrise yoga. Local breakfast. Dropping down from Tadapani Gurjung the route offers views of the upper Modi Valley. The path then starts the long ascent high above the west bank of the Modi Khola. Local lunch on the trail. We then arrive in the village of Chhomrong, which lies tucked at the very base of Himal Chuli. Chhomrong is the last permanent settlement in the valley. Overnight in trekker tea house/guesthouse with shower facilities. Evening candlelight meditation under the stars. Estimated trekking time: 5 hours
Day 8/Nov. 8 Chhomrong to Doban (8,333 ft/2,540 m) Sunrise yoga. Local breakfast. From Chhomrong the trail descends to Chhomrong Khola, then the trail begins a slow climb as we head up to our first destination – Sinuwa. We then proceed to Kuldi Ghar (8,103 ft./2,470m) about 2 1/2 to 3 hrs walking. The trek now enters the upper Modi Khola valley. Local lunch on the trail. We continue our trek going down to Bamboo through an uninhabited forest area, scattered with big rocks. From Bamboo the road will take us through bamboo and rhododendron forests to Doban. Overnight in trekker tea house/guesthouse with shower facilities. Evening candlelight meditation under the stars. Estimated trekking time: 6 hour
Day 9/Nov. 9 Doban to Deurali (10,400 ft./3,170 m.) Sunrise yoga. Local breakfast. After climbing 1,000 ft, or 300 m., we will first pass the Himalayan Hotel at 9,317 ft./2,840 m. We then continue on to Hinko Cave (10,170 ft./3,100 m.) and then onto Deurali. Local lunch on the trail. During this day if we are lucky we can see interesting wildlife like deer, jackals and peacocks. Here we will also have great views of mind-blowing Machhapuchhre mountain and you will understand why the translation of its name means 'fishtail mountain.' In Deurali we will stay overnight. Evening candlelight meditation under the stars. Estimated trekking time: 5 1/2 hours
Day 10/Nov. 10 Deurali to Annapurna Base camp (13,451 ft./4,100 m.) Sunrise yoga. Local breakfast. Today we climb on past the Machhapuchhre Base Camp to the Annapurna Base Camp!! This area is called the Annapurna Sanctuary since it is totally surrounded by mountains. Local lunch on the trail. From here it is a two-hour trek to Annapurna Base camp (ABC), which offers spectacular and surreal Himalayan views. Overnight in trekker tea house/guesthouse with shower facilities. Evening candlelight meditation under the stars. Estimated trekking time: 5 1/2 hours
Day 11/Nov. 11 Descent from Annapurna Base Camp to Sinuwa Sunrise yoga. Local breakfast. Today we descend from Annapurna Base Camp to Sinuwa. Local lunch on the trail. Overnight in trekker tea house/guesthouse with shower facilities. Evening candlelight meditation under the stars. Estimated trekking time: 5 hours
Day 12/Nov. 12 Sinuwa to Ghandruk (6,364 ft./1,940 m.) Sunrise yoga. Local breakfast. From Sinuwa we continue to Chhomrong from where the trail descends through forests to Gurjung Khola and then the trail ascends slightly until Kimrong. Local lunch on the trail. Then we reach the top of the Deurali, from where it is an easy way to reach Ghandruk. Ghandruk is a village of Gurung people, one of the ethnic groups of Nepal, with a distinct dialect, culture, dress, and lifestyle. Ghandruk is one of the most famous destinations for trekkers and is known for its beautiful mountain views. (It is an easy reach from Pokhara or Kathmandu.) Our early arrival means we have the afternoon to visit the one of the Gurung Museum and explore the village! Local dinner with Guriug people. Overnight homestays with a Gurung or Magar family. Estimated trekking time: 4 1/2 hours
Day 13/Nov. 13 Trek to Birethanti, Nayapul; Drive to Pokhara (3,000 ft./910 m.)
Local breakfast. From Ghandrung it's easy walking, all down hill, to Nayapul where our trekking ends (4 hrs). Hooray!!! Lunch on the trail. Our private transport will drive us to Pokhara, about an hour away. Dinner, dancing, cultural show, and night out in town to celebrate. Overnight in Pokhara hotel.
Day 14/November 14 Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu Hotel breakfast. Set out early for 7 hour drive back to Kathmandu. Lunch along the road. Free half day for last minute shopping. Dinner and night out in Kathmandu! Overnight in Kathmandu hotel.
Day 15/Nov. 15 International Departures from Kathmandu (KTM)
Breakfast at hotel. Closing circle. Transfers to airport. Departure from Kathmandu
Price includes: Airport transfers, 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu hotel & 2 nights in Pokhara hotel with breakfast & dinner, sightseeing tour around Kathmandu Valley by private vehicle with professional Nepali local guide, all inclusive trek: such as ground transportation, all necessary trekking permits, any activity entrance fees, porters for heavy bags and Sherpa trekking guide and their expenses including their insurance and equipments, all trekking accommodations in lodges and all meals during trek, tents, and homestays en route, water/tea/coffee, daily yoga, evening meditation
Price excludes: Alcoholic beverages, tips for your guides (10%), mandatory travel insurance, personal expenses, lunches in Pokhara and Kathmandu, optional add on Everest flight, optional add on volunteer program expenses
Price: $1,850 All trekkers (ages 10+)
$500 nonrefundable deposit required to save space.
Balance must be paid in full by September 1, 2017. Payment plans available. Please inquire at email@example.com.
PLEASE NOTE: All diets accommodated. A certain level of physical fitness is required for this adventure. We will be trekking high altitudes for 10 days. We will trekking rigorously, but will never be trekking more than 6 hours in one day. Sherpas and porters (1 porter for 2 team members) WILL be available to help carry up to 20lbs of your daily weight, if necessary.
International airfare should be purchased into KTM. This will be a very special and intimate trip. Space is limited to 15 team members and is open until filled.
1) Mountain flight over Mt. Everest, $250. Early morning of November 15th, 2 hour flight
2) Volunteer placement: If any team members on this retreat would like to extend their stay in Nepal after the retreat ends to do humanitarian work in the village that we support, Enlightened Globetrekker will place you in the village, for a time period of 1-4 weeks. Accommodations are provided at our volunteer hotel (at your cost of $10/night, meals are $2/meal). Positions needed in the village that we sponsor are: teaching English, helping in the fields, helping to reconstruct homes lost in the earthquakes, and working on sustainable village agro-forestry and earth bag home building projects. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for this optional humanitarian add on component.
For more information on the location of the village we sponsor, and the humanitarian needs we have there, or to donate, click here.