The Ultimate Annapurna Trek
Nepal, Trek & Walk, 22 days - from £1,495 (land only) - from €1,795 (land only) - from $2,465 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Complimentary airport transfers are provided. KE group package services begin with dinner and overnight at the group hotel.
Day 2: We make an early start for the drive across country on the Prithvi Highway towards Pokhara. Turning towards the north, we then drive through the Marsyangdi Valley as far as Dharapani (1860m), where we check in at our lodge accommodation. This long day of driving takes us as far as we can reasonably go on the ever-advancing road.
Day 3: Today, we set off on our trek through Bagar Chap and a number of other villages, with good views of Manaslu and Annapurna 2. Even during today's walk, we are obliged to follow sections of the new valley road. Beyond Lata and Koto, we arrive at our lodge accommodation in the important regional centre of Chame (2713m).
Day 4: Continuing our trek, we cross the river several times today, passing another spectacular gorge section and crossing a forested ridge, to finally reach the more open valley at Lower Pisang (3150m). We overnight at Upper Pisang (3300m).
Day 5: Today's walk will take us away from the valley floor and up onto its northern slopes, via the village of Ghyaru (3670m). There are superb views of the Annapurna peaks, as we traverse around to our lodge in the relatively isolated village of Ngawal.
Day 6: After our leisurely breakfast, overlooking the Annapurnas, we follow a gently descending trail back down into the valley. We pass above the airstrip at Hongde and rejoin the main valley trail at Braga. Here, we spend some time looking around the spectacular monastery, before completing our day's walk to Manang (3540m).
Day 7: A rest and acclimatisation day in Manang, with several options for day hikes. We spend a second night at our lodge in Manang.
Day 8: Only a short day, but we need to be aware of the increasing altitude as we approach the base of the Thorung La. Today, we trek via several isolated tea houses to our lodge at Letdar (4200m). Arriving in time for lunch, we take it easy in the afternoon.
Day 9: We continue our trek on the eastern side of the Jarsang Khola, with views back to Gangapurna. Beyond a bridge, a steep trail climbs across scree to reach the tea-houses at Thorong Phedi (4450m) (a name which means 'base of the Thorung La').
Day 10: We make an early start for the climb to the Thorung La (5416m). Climbing on a zig-zag trail across scree, we can look back to the Chulu peaks. At the pass itself, we stop for the obligatory photos, before descending steeply to the pilgrimage centre of Muktinath (3800m).
Day 11: By a combination of trekking and mostly driving, we head down the Kali Gandaki Valley, through Marpha and Ghasa, to finally arrive at the hot springs at Tatopani (1189m).
Day 12: Today we leave the Kali Gandaki behind, and climb once more through a patchwork of forest and farms, with great views behind us to Dhaulagiri. Overnight at Ghorepani (2855m).
Day 13: We have an optional ascent of Poon Hill at dawn for the sunrise over Dhalugiri and the Annapurnas. We then trek eastwards on a spending ridge-top trail to Tadapani.
Day 14: Continuing our trek towards the Modi Khola (the river flowing out of the Annapurna Sanctuary) and with great views of the 'Fish Tail' peak, Machhapuchhre, we arrive at Chhomrong (2210m).
Day 15: Turning north we now begin our journey up into the Annapurna Sanctuary, following 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 simply as 'Himalaya' with the 'Fish Tail' peak of Machhapuchhre high up on our right. (2310m).
Day 16: Passing Hinko Cave and the lodges of Deurali (3170m), the valley narrows even more, as we continue our steady ascent beside the ever-diminishing river to Machhapuchhre Basecamp at 3700 metres. It is a relatively short walk from here to the thrshold of the Sanctary and just beyond we reach our lodge at Annapurna Basecamp (4130m).
Day 17: 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)
Day 18: 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.
Day 19: We contour around and then descend through rhododendron forest to the pretty village of Gandruk (1940m) on the western side of the Modi Khola.
Day 20: Our last day of trekking takes us down to the roadhead beyond Naya Pul. 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.
Day 21: We take the spectacular flight along the chain of the Himalaya to Kathmandu. After checking into our hotel there is an optional guided tour of the city or free time for independent sightseeing and shopping. This evening we will have a celebration dinner in a local restaurant.
Day 22: KE group package services end after breakfast. Complimentary airport transfers are provided.