School Trek - Annapurna Sanctuary
Nepal, School Expeditions, 16 days - from £1,595 (land only) - from €1,915 (land only) - from $2,630 (land only)
- A a great first visit to the Nepalese Himalaya
- Learn about the Buddhist religion and way of life
- Trek into the spectacular heart of the Annapurnas
- Includes trekking to Ghorepani and Poon Hill
- Annapurna Basecamp
This trek into the hidden mountain stronghold of the Annapurna Sanctuary is one of the most popular mountain walks in Nepal and is a fantastic challenge for a school group. Surrounded by a ring of impressive mountains, including the 8000 metre peak, Annapurna 1, the high and glaciated wilderness of the Sanctuary is simply awe-inspiring. From the terraced farmland above Pokhara, we trek on good trails through scattered settlements and abundant forest, climbing gradually into a world of ice and snow. The combination of pretty villages and farmland, set against the panorama of high peaks beyond, makes this one of the most picturesque of treks. After exploring the inner sanctuary, we walk out via an alternative route, following high ridges to Ghorepani. Here, a pre-dawn start for the walk up to Poon Hill is rewarded by inspirational views of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurnas. Presenting a magical mix of excellent trekking, friendly villagers and outstanding mountain views, this is Nepal mountain holiday at its best.
Is this holiday for you?
This is a short and relatively straightforward trek and is a great challenge for a school group. The pace is steady and the altitude is moderate, making this a great first-time visit to the Nepalese Himalaya. We allow six days for our approach trek to the Annapurna Sanctuary from Pokhara, and this pace is governed by our need to acclimatise properly, rather than by the actual distance which we are prepared to walk each day. The altitude at Annapurna South Basecamp is a little over 4000 metres, and our six day walk-in to this altitude should ensure that nobody has a problem with their acclimatisation. The distances covered each day are short, averaging about 5 or 6 miles. But, the hiking trails are always either steeply up or down, and in the lush forest of the approach to the Annapurna Sanctuary the underfoot conditions can be slippery. We will generally be walking for between 4 and 6 hours each day. As this is a very popular trekking route, the paths are good, and there are numerous lodges and tea-houses to show you that you are on the right track. The same conditions apply to our walk-out trek via Ghorepani.