Classic Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
Nepal, Trek & Walk, 14 days - from £1,195 (land only) - from €1,615 (land only) - from $2,000 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Complimentary airport transfers are provided. KE Land Only package services begin with the evening meal and overnight at the group hotel.
Day 2: We take a morning flight to Pokhara, where we transfer directly to the roadhead at Phedi and make the short trek, largely uphill and on a good, stepped trail, to our first overnight lodge at the village of Dhampus (1700m.). Walk distance 3.3 km, with 708 metres of ascent and 67 metres of descent. 3 - 4 hours.
Day 3: Trekking through Pothana we cross a low pass, where we have our first clear views of the mountains ahead. We then drop down into the valley of the Modi Khola River to reach Landruk (1620m) where we make our second overnight stop. Walk distance 16 km, with 997 metres of ascent and 1070 metres of descent. 5 - 6 hours.
Day 4: From the 'new' bridge below Landruk, we have a steady climb to the ridge of the Jhinu Danda, where there is a hot spring. Then, it's up the ridge to our camp at the the colourful village and several lodges of Chhomrong (2210m). Walk distance 9 km, with approx. 1200 metres of ascent and 650 metres of descent. 5 - 6 hours.
Day 5: A day of undulation as we follow the course of the Modi Khola on an often stepped pathway, through an area notable for its rhododendron and bamboo forest. We overnight at the place known as Bamboo (2310m). Walk distance 8 km, with 848 metres of ascent and 784 metres of descent. 5 hours.
Day 6: From Bamboo we climb through forest, passing the lodges of Dobhan and Himalaya, with the 'Fish Tail' peak of Machhapuchhre high up on our right. Passing Hinko Cave, we reach our lodge accommodation at the place known as Deorali (3170m). Walk distance 12.15 km, with approx. 1000 metres of ascent and 180 metres of descent. 5 - 6 hours.
Day 7: North of Deorali, the valley narrows even more, as we continue our steady ascent beside the ever-diminishing river to Machhapuchhre Basecamp at 3700 metres. Walk distance 3.72 km, with 612 metres of ascent and 42 metres of descent. 3 hours.
Day 8: A short morning's walk, with increasingly impressive views, takes us around to the Annapurna Basecamp area (4130m). We have lunch at our lodge and in the afternoon we can take it easy and admire the splendid mountain panoramas. Walk distance 3.42 km, with 534 metres of ascent and 108 metres of descent. 3 hours.
Day 9: Those looking to witness the spectacular sunrise will need to be up early. Then, after breakfast at the lodge, we retrace our steps as far as Dobhan (2540m). Walk distance 13.43 km, with approx. 100 metres of ascent and 1700 metres of descent. 5 - 6 hours.
Day 10: Today we are back into the forests again as far as Sinuwa, where we rejoin the stone steps that take us down to the Chhomrong River. A final steep ascent then leads to our lodge in Chhomrong. Walk distance 4.39 km, with 428 metres of ascent and 707 metres of descent. 5 hours.
Day 11: Taking a different route to that of our ascent, we contour around and then descend through rhododendron forest to the pretty village of Gandruk (1940m) on the western side of the Modi Khola. Walk distance 9.52 km, with 826 metres of ascent and 1032 metres of descent. 6 hours.
Day 12: Our last day of trekking takes us down to the roadhead beyond Birethanti. Here, we meet our transport and drive to Pokhara, where we check in at our hotel. After lunch, there is time to relax and enjoy the special ambience of 'Lakeside' Pokhara. Walk distance 12 km, with 371 metres of ascent and 1322 metres of descent. 3 - 4 hours.
Day 13: We have a morning flight to Kathmandu, where we check in at the group hotel. In the afternoon, there is the option of a sightseeing tour, followed by a celebratory dinner in the evening.
Day 14: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Complimentary airport transfers are provided.
This holiday involves going to high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 3500 metres. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude.
GPS Trip Data
Click on the link below to view the detailed stats for this holiday via Garmin Connect. Tracked using a Garmin etrex20 you can see detailed mapping of the route, daily distances travelled, the total ascent and descent each day and maximum altitude.