Annapurna Sanctuary Lodge Trek

One of the finest trekking holidays in Nepal into the Annapurnas




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Holiday Overview


  • Great views of Machhapuchhre, the `fish tail` peak
  • Surrounded by a wall of 7000 metre Himalaya peaks
  • Fantastic variety of landscape trekking into the Sanctuary
  • Lodge trekking with a Nepalese guide and full support crew

North of Pokhara, one of the greatest of Himalayan treks to the Annapurna Sanctuary, follows the valley of the Modi Khola into the heart of the Annapurnas. Here, giant peaks such as Annapurna 1, Gangapurna and Machhapuchhre encircle the natural amphitheatre known as the Annapurna Sanctuary. Starting out at Phedi, this excellent lodge-based adventure manages to cram the full range of Nepalese trekking experiences into 11 days of picturesque walking. We encounter sub-tropical heat, pretty villages and neatly terraced rice fields, followed by several days of pleasant ridge walking amongst forest and farmland. Finally, we pass a narrowing of the valley and reach the world of ice and snow that is the Annapurna Sanctuary. In common with all of our lodge treks, this trip provides great opportunities to meet and share experiences with like-minded travellers from around the world.

Is this holiday for you?

This is a short and relatively straightforward trekking holiday in Nepal. We allow six days for our approach to the Annapurna South Basecamp 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 distances covered each day are short and, as this is a very popular trekking route, the paths are mostly good. However, the 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 in places. It should be noted that trekking at altitudes above 3000 metres makes greater demands on the body than walking at low elevations, and is of itself challenging even for fit hikers. Our itinerary is well staged to allow the best possible acclimatisation. You will need to ensure you are physically prepared for the trek and you should be comfortable with walking for 4 to 6 hours each day and for several days continuously.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Transfers from Kathmandu Airport are provided.
  • Fly to Pokhara, drive to the roadhead at Phedi and trek to Dhampus (1650m) with views of the Annapurnas.
  • Cross the pass at Deorali (2100m) into the valley of the Modi Khola. Overnight at Landruk (1620m).
  • Trek up to the Jhinu Danda, then along the ridge to the colourful village of Chhomrong (2210m).
  • Follow the Modi Khola upstream on an often stepped pathway to the place known as Bamboo (2310m).
  • Trek via Dobhan with views of the 'Fish Tail' peak of Machhapuchhre. Overnight at Deorali (3170m).
  • Ascend through a narrowing valley to Machhapuchhre Basecamp (3700m).
  • A short trek with increasingly impressive views to Annapurna Basecamp (4130m). Afternoon free.
  • Early start for the sunrise views. Then, after breakfast at the lodge, descend to Dobhan (2540m).
  • Trek down through bamboo forest to the Chhomrong River. Then steeply up to Chhomrong.
  • Diverting away from the route of ascent, trek to Gandruk (1940m) on the west side of the Modi Khola.
  • Trek down to Birethanti. Drive to the hotel in Pokhara. Afternoon free to explore Lakeside.
  • Fly to Kathmandu. Afternoon free to relax by the pool or to do some independent sightseeing.
  • Departure day. Transfers to Kathmandu Airport are provided.
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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Transfers from Kathmandu Airport are provided.

    Meet at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Transfers from Kathmandu Airport are provided. Depending on your arrival time, you may have the opportunity to explore the immediate vicinity of the hotel and get acclimatised to this bustling city. Alternatively, you may prefer to recover from your journey by relaxing beside the hotel pool. KE Land Only package services begin with the evening meal. Your guide will take dinner with you and will provide an informal briefing about the days ahead.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

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  • Fly to Pokhara, drive to the roadhead at Phedi and trek to Dhampus (1650m) with views of the Annapurnas.

    After breakfast in the hotel we take a bus to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu Airport for the 30 minute flight to Pokhara. It is a most interesting flight, with the peaks of the Greater Himalaya clearly visible through the right-hand window as we travel westwards. Particularly prominent are Manaslu and the Annapurna group as we approach the airport at Pokhara. Getting off the plane into the heat of Pokhara is impressive, as is the sight of the snow peaks of the Annapurna Himal which form the skyline to the north. We set off immediately by bus for the roadhead at Phedi (which means bottom of the hill). Today's walk involves climbing a long flight of stone steps which is typical of the trails in these middle hills, to reach the straggling village of Dhampus (1650 metres) where we overnight at our first lodge.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 700m

    • Distance 3km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 70m

    • Time 2 hrs trekking

  • Cross the pass at Deorali (2100m) into the valley of the Modi Khola. Overnight at Landruk (1620m).

    Beyond Dhampus, we get our first clear views of the mountains ahead, as we ascend through forest on a trail which is often made up of stone steps on the steeper sections. Passing through Pothana, we reach a clearing on a pass, at a place called Deorali (2100m). This should take us between 2.5 and 3 hours and at this point we are high up on the east side of the Modi Khola, the river which flows out of the Annapurna Sanctuary. From Deorali, we descend steeply down through forest to the village of Tolka (1700m) where we take lunch. This afternoon's walk is much easier than the morning's, as we contour around the folds of the Modi Khola Valley, passing through villages and terraced fields. Less than 2 hours beyond our lunch stop we reach our lodge for the night in the picturesque Gurung settlement of Landruk (1620m), which affords spectacular views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 1000m

    • Distance 16km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1070m

    • Time 6 - 7 hrs trekking

  • Trek up to the Jhinu Danda, then along the ridge to the colourful village of Chhomrong (2210m).

    We descend all the way down to the river, to cross at New Bridge. Our route then climbs quite steeply, high above the river, through bamboo forest and isolated farmsteads. Lunch is at the tea-houses at Jhinu Danda which we should reach after approximately 3 to 4 hours of trekking. Those who are energetic can go down to bathe in the hot springs here while awaiting lunch. From Jhinu Danda we have a hot climb to reach the ridge crest where we contour around and then make a final descent into the charming village of Chhomrong and our lodge stop for the night. There are many chalet-style, wooden lodges at Chomrong (2210m) which look out towards the prominent Machhapuchhre (Fish-Tail Peak). A fantastic place to end the day!

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 1420m

    • Distance 9km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 870m

    • Time 4 - 6 hrs trekking

  • Follow the Modi Khola upstream on an often stepped pathway to the place known as Bamboo (2310m).

    We start the day heading downhill, mostly negotiating stone steps as we descend to the Chomrong Khola. What goes down must go up again, however and, having crossed this side stream, we continue our steady ascent of the Modi Khola Valley. In less than 2 hours of trekking we reach the village of Sinuwa where we take a welcome break. From here, the trail continues to climb through terraced fields and then through forest of bamboo and rhododendron to the ridge crest at 'Sinuwa Hill Top' which we should reach after a further hour or so. There are terrific views here of the Annapurnas and Machhapuchhre and this makes the perfect spot for lunch. After lunch we continue through the forest (with chance of spotting the troop of langur monkeys that live here) mostly following the contour and then making a final descent to the collection of lodges known as Bamboo (2310m) where we overnight.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 850m

    • Distance 8km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 780m

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs trekking

  • Trek via Dobhan with views of the 'Fish Tail' peak of Machhapuchhre. Overnight at Deorali (3170m).

    From Bamboo we continue upwards through yet more attractive forest, reaching the lodges of Dovan after just over an hour of trekking. We continue for another one and a half hours to the place known as Himalaya, where we take lunch. The next section of the trail is subject to avalanche during the winter and usually has to be rebuilt each year so it is not possible to describe exactly. Some years this may involve a long climb to by-pass unstable ground in the steep-sided valley but mostly the trail-makers do a good job of finding a route which makes a steady ascent including the construction of some ingenious bridges. Along the way we pass the fire-blackened overhang of Hinko Cave, used by porters as shelter and we should reach our lodge in Deorali (3170m) after an afternoon session of around 2 to 3 hours.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 1140m

    • Distance 12km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 320m

    • Time 4 - 6 hrs trekking

  • Ascend through a narrowing valley to Machhapuchhre Basecamp (3700m).

    Leaving Deorali, the valley narrows even more as we head towards the 'gateway' to the Annapurna Sanctuary. Depending on the trail conditions, we may opt to cross the young Modi Khola to the east side for a while before returning to the west to climb up to the area which is called Machhapuchhre Basecamp (MBC), a level and grassy moraine platform at 3700 metres elevation, with several lodges, one of which we stay in tonight. At this point we have passed through the narrow 'entrance' to the Sanctuary and find ourselves in more open country which is dominated by giant snow covered peaks. It will take around 3 hours of trekking to reach MBC where we will have our lunch. In the afternoon we can relax and enjoy the fantastic location or those who wish can go up to the ridge behind our lodge to look down onto the glacier and the view of Annapurnas 1 and 2, as well as Gangapurna and the nearby ‘Fishtail Peak'.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 610m

    • Distance 4km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 40m

    • Time 2 hrs trekking

  • A short trek with increasingly impressive views to Annapurna Basecamp (4130m). Afternoon free.

    Another short but spectacular day of trekking today. It is a relatively gentle walk from our lodge to Annapurna South Basecamp (4130m) and a distance of only about 4 kilometres. Increasingly impressive views and jaw-dropping mountain moments reward us for our efforts, as we climb the last steep section before reaching the basecamp area, where the entire south face of Annapurna is revealed. A cirque of stupendous peaks surround us and the feeling of being inside a hidden valley - a sanctuary in fact - is overwhelming. After we check in at our lodge, the afternoon is free to relax and admire one of the most stunning mountain amphitheatres in the Himalaya. Optionally, if conditions and route permit, there's a chance to walk out on the glacier towards Annapurna 1 Basecamp.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 530m

    • Distance 3km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 110m

    • Time 2 hrs trekking

  • Early start for the sunrise views. Then, after breakfast at the lodge, descend to Dobhan (2540m).

    For those who wish, a pre-dawn wake-up is worth the extra discomfort to catch the sunrise on this unique mountain scene. After breakfast, we leave all this behind and retrace our steps first to MBC then on to Deorali where we take lunch after around 3hours of trekking. In the afternoon, we continue our descent of the Modi Khola to reach the relatively warm climes of Dobhan (2540m).

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 360m

    • Distance 13km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1980m

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs trekking

  • Trek down through bamboo forest to the Chhomrong River. Then steeply up to Chhomrong.

    Back into the forests again, as we pass through Bamboo and the ridge top Sinuwa where we take lunch. After lunch we swap the forest for terraced fields, as we descend to the Chhomrong Khola and begin a final climb of one and a half hours up the stone staircase leading to Chhomrong.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 430m

    • Distance 4km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 700m

    • Time 2 - 3 hrs trekking

  • Diverting away from the route of ascent, trek to Gandruk (1940m) on the west side of the Modi Khola.

    Today is a relatively easy hike, starting on a fairly level trail for the first 2 hours, passing through small Gurung villages and rhododendron forests. After crossing a small wooden bridge over the Kimrong Khola we part company from the trail on which we walked in. Instead of crossing 'New Bridge' to Landruk our trail now follows the west bank of the Modi Khola and ascends steeply to the village of Gandruk. At an elevation of 1940 metres, Gandruk is an exceptional village and has been given the status of 'model village' by the Annapurna Conservation Area Authority.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 830m

    • Distance 10km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1030m

    • Time 4 hrs trekking

  • Trek down to Birethanti. Drive to the hotel in Pokhara. Afternoon free to explore Lakeside.

    The trail follows the fall of the Modi Khola and in around 3 to 4 hours we reach the bustling road-head town of Birenthanti. At the road beyond the town, we meet up with our transport for the one hour ride back to Pokhara where we check in to our comfortable hotel close to Phewa Tal. After a shower and clean-up, we will have some free time to wander by the lake - or sit in the garden of one of the excellent lakeside restaurants and admire the view of the Annapurnas. Compared to Kathmandu, Pokhara is a very laid-back town and is the perfect place to relax at the end of our trek. Pokhara also has a reputation for great restaurants and this evening we will go out for a celebratory meal.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 370m

    • Distance 12km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1320m

    • Time 4 hrs trekking

  • Fly to Kathmandu. Afternoon free to relax by the pool or to do some independent sightseeing.

    We take the morning flight to Kathmandu. One of the attractions of any visit to Nepal is the chance to walk the streets of Kathmandu, which presents a fascinating mosaic of shops, cafes and restaurants, food markets and street vendors, as well as a bewildering array of colourful temples and shrines. This evening we will have a dinner in one of Thamel’s excellent restaurants.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals bld

  • Departure day. Transfers to Kathmandu Airport are provided.

    KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Transfers to Kathmandu Airport are provided. There are lots of extensions that can easily be added to your holiday in Nepal. Why not pre-book a simple day-tour in the Kathmandu Valley, or a multi-day excursion to one of the important wildlife reserves at Chitwan or Bardia. Extension packages are also available to include a visit to neighbouring Tibet or Bhutan. Contact our office for details.

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Holiday Information

  • An experienced English-speaking local leader
  • Kathmandu Airport transfers
  • Internal flights and all land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • All meals throughout the trip
  • Guided sight-seeing tour of Kathmandu
  • Once on trek the group will be assisted by porters and a local guide.

  • Travel Insurance
  • Nepalese Visa
  • Tips for porters and other trek staff
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.

During this holiday the group will spend 2 nights in Kathmandu and 1 in Pokhara at centrally-located tourist-class hotels. Whilst on trek there are 10 nights spent in lodges/tea houses. The Nepalese trekking lodges also known as 'tea-houses' are simple, friendly and atmospheric. As they are far from the nearest road is it not surprising that they are simple establishments as everything must be carried up by porters or animals. Mostly these lodges have heated dining areas which are often attractively decorated. Bedrooms tend to be quite basic and are unheated with wooden beds and foam mattress. You will need a sleeping bag. The lodges have shared washing and toilet facilities. Some lodges have solar powered showers (charged at $2 - $3 per shower) and battery charging facilities (also charged at a rate per hour). Staying at the lodges is a great way to meet fellow hikers and the locals. Whilst most of the accommodation is arranged on a twin sharing basis, the lodges above Chhomrong have only dormitory style rooms with several beds. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. For the 3 hotel nights single rooms are available for a supplementary cost. Additional hotel nights in Kathmandu are also available. For hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website. Hotels are subject to availability and prices may vary.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

All meals are included in the holiday price from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 14.

Typical meals provided in the lodges will include some Nepali dishes but also international cuisine from pizza and chips to apple pie. To ensure that the group can eat together, we order meals in advance and your trip leader will arrange a set menu for the group, which will alternate daily between local and international dishes. Breakfast will usually be porridge, eggs, bread and a hot drink, lunch will be a simple meal with a hot drink, and dinner will be 3 courses consisting of soup, main meal and a simple pudding. Boiled drinking water will be provided at breakfast, lunch and dinner. In Kathmandu and in Pokhara we take our meals in the hotel and also in the excellent local restaurants which offer dishes from all around the world.

All Clients travelling to Kathmandu will be met at the airport by a KE representative who will arrange the transfer to the group hotel. Clients MUST provide the KE office with full details of their flights. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation. If you have time, it may be worth considering arriving earlier in Kathmandu. Our trekking holidays are normally designed with minimal 'down time' in the city, but Kathmandu is a fascinating place and it is well worth spending extra time here. Arriving a day or two early will have the additional benefit of allowing you time to get over the stress of travelling across time zones, leaving you refreshed and ready for your trek. Note that on this holiday we may have an early start on day 2 to catch the onward flight to Pokhara. We can easily arrange for you to spend extra nights in the city and airport transfers are included for all flights.

Shortly after first light you should wake and start packing your kitbag and making preparations for the day. Coming down to the dining room we will be served breakfast from the lodge kitchen before setting off on the day’s trek. We will generally reach our lunch stop by mid-day after around 3 or 4 hours of trekking. Lunch is taken at tea houses along the route or occasionally as a packed lunch. This is normally a leisurely affair and is a great time for relaxing, reading and sitting in the sun. Our porters usually catch up with the group during lunch and then are well on their way to the evening’s stop by the time we set off again. It is usual for the afternoon’s walk to be shorter than the morning session. On arrival at the lodge the trek leader will organise everyone’s room. After checking in to your room you may wish to relax with a beer on the terrace of your lodge before taking dinner. Dinner is a 3-course set menu meal taken in the dining room which normally has some form of heating. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trek so far and for general socialising. By 9.00pm most trekkers will have retired to bed and by the whole lodge will be asleep.

Internal Flights

Access to the high and remote areas of the Himalaya where our treks start is often only possible using internal flights. The changeable nature of mountain weather makes flying conditions complex. In addition the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal does not operate to the same standards as those of western nations and all airlines in Nepal appear on the European Commission’s list of airlines that are banned from flying into EU member states. Flying in Nepal is an acknowledged risk, and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice provides further details which you can read on their website at: KE is mindful of its duty of care to clients travelling with us in Nepal and we were stakeholders in a recent independent air audit of Nepal airlines undertaken by UK tour operators during 2013. KE uses only three airlines in Nepal which were approved by this audit as safe carriers. These airlines are: Yeti Airlines, Tara Air and Buddha Air. We continue to cooperate with other tour operators to monitor aviation safety in Nepal and will ensure we remain a stakeholder in any further air safety audits. While we have taken appropriate action to try to minimise the risks of flying in Nepal, you should be aware that flying in mountainous terrain is not without any risk.

The group will be led by an experienced English-speaking local leader, and on trek will have the services of porters or baggage animals to carry luggage and local guides.

Approximately £200 (or equivalent in US dollars, Euros etc.) changed into local currency, should be sufficient for miscellaneous personal expenses including porter and trek crew tips, beer and soft drinks. It is not necessary to obtain local currency (Nepali rupees) prior to departure. Sterling, US Dollars and Euros are equally acceptable for exchange in Nepal. We recommend that you carry your travel money in the form of cash, since you will exchange the majority of this on the day of your arrival in Kathmandu. If you prefer not to carry all of your spending money in cash, it is possible to withdraw money (rupees only) from ATMs in Kathmandu and Pokhara using your debit or credit card. During the trek it is possible to buy snacks, chocolate, tea, coffeee, soft drinks and beer on most days. Please be aware that since everything has to be carried up, these items become more expensive as you gain altitude.

Tipping is the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ for good service. Tips do not form part of the wages of your guides, porters and trek crew but they are very much appreciated. It is important to remember that tipping is voluntary and should be dependent on good service. Normally the tips are given at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group rathher than from individuals. Most groups will give the tips with a bit of ceremony (or sometimes a party) on the last evening, to mark the end of the trip. The level of tipping should be determined by the group as a whole with everyone contibuting an equal amount that all are comfortable with. As a rough guide, we recommend that a contribution from each group member of around £50 - 60 (in rupees) should provide a good level of tips when divided among your guides, porters, and other trek crew. At the end of a trek many people also like to donate various items of their equipment to the porters and trek staff who work so hard to make the trip a success. Boots, gloves, hats, scarves and even socks (clean of course) are always warmly received by the porters. Technical clothing and equipment such as head-torches and trekking poles are highly prized by the Shepa crews. If you think you would like to donate equipment at the end of your trip, your local trip leader will make arrangements for a fair distribution among the trek crew.

Your baggage on trek will be carried by porters or pack animals. The packed weight of your trek bag whilst trekking should be no more than 15kg (33 pounds). It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the group hotel.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

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. You can also talk to one of our trekking experts if you have any concerns about altitude. On this trip we carry a portable altitude chamber (PAC-bag) and/or bottled oxygen for use in emergencies.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

  • The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 kgs./33 lbs.
  • You must bring the following items:

    • Hiking boots
    • Socks
    • Trekking trousers / pants
    • Waterproof overtrousers / rainpants
    • Underwear
    • Baselayer shirts
    • Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
    • Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
    • Waterproof jacket
    • Warm jacket (down)*
    • Sunhat
    • Warm hat
    • Eyewear - Sunglasses
    • Gloves or mittens
    • Daypack 30 litres / 1800 cu in.
    • Headtorch/Headlamp with spare batteries
    • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
    • Water bottles 1 Litre (1 Quart) x2
    • 4 season sleeping bag*
    • Washbag and toiletries
    • Toilet paper (you can also buy this in the lodges if necessary)
    • Antibacterial handwash
    • Small towel
    • Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)

      Small padlock (to lock trek bag)

      Basic First Aid Kit including: A broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets.

    The following items are optional:

    • Trekking poles (recommended)
    • Training shoes /Sneakers or similar
    • Spare laces
    • Shorts
    • Long johns (thermal underwear)
    • Sleeping bag liner
    • Nailbrush
    • Swimwear
    • Travel clothes
    • Camera, memory cards, batteries
    • Penknife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)


    • *Available for hire/rental through KE Adventure Travel
    • Please make all requests at least 6 weeks prior to the trip departure date. Please note all hire / rental equipment is issued in Kathmandu. Please remember to allow room in your trek bag for these items.

      The Nepalese are still traditional and conservative in the way they dress. Therefore to avoid embarrassment on both sides we recommend that you respect this and do not wear revealing clothing or sleeveless tops while visiting Nepal. Shorts are acceptable, but they should reach to just above the knee and be modest and for women it is preferable to wear trousers or a long skirt.

    For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

    A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

    Transit via India

    If you are travelling via India (Delhi or Calcutta) to your destination you may also require a visa for India. This may apply even if you are not leaving the airport unless your baggage has been checked all the way through to your destination. Generally, if you use the same carrier for both legs of your journey, you will not need an India Visa. Please download the detailed information document: Visa PDF India.

    Visa Nepal

    All nationalities require a visa. The visa fee is $25 for 15 days, $40 for 30 days, $100 for 90 days and is obtainable on arrival. Payment must be made in cash and USD, GBP or Euros are accepted. You will require 2 passport photos.

    For all regions of Nepal that we visit an additional permit is required. This is included in the holiday price and KE will apply for it, with your full passport details and 1 passport photo copy (sent or emailed). You must supply this to us at least 4 weeks prior to departure.

    For certain trips in additional to the above we also require a copy of the information page of your passport.

    These trips are: Kanchenjunga (KAN), Mustang (MUS), Dolpo (DOL), Manaslu (MAN), Hidden Valleys of Naar and Phu (NAP), Naar to Mustang (NTM), Humla and Limi Circuit Trek (HUM), Naya Kanga and the Ganja La (NKG), Yala Peak and the Ganja La (YPGL), Tent Peak (TPK), Ramdung and Parchemo (RAM), Mera Peak, Island Peak and the Amphu Labsta (MIP), Island Peak Climber (IPC), Peaks and Passes on Nepal (MTR); Mera Peak Climb (MER); and Chulu Far East & the Tilicho La (CTL); Tabsar Peak and the Tsum Valley (TVC), Mukot Peak (MKP).

    You should contact your GP or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

    The unit of currency in Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee.

    We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

    It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking holiday getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. We suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime leading up to your trip. Regular hiking in hill country is the best training but jogging, squash and swimming are also good for developing cardio vascular fitness and stamina. Note that you will encounter a lot of steps on the trail while ascending the Modi Khola valley and you might wish to tailor your exercise to take this into account. Whatever your preparation you should make time to spend at least a few days prior to your trip making long walks in hilly country. It is also a good idea to do some reading about the country and the culture of the local people before you embark on an adventure holiday.

    As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

    KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

    October to November and March to May are the best times for trekking in Nepal. These months either side of the summer monsoon season are neither too hot in the foothills nor too cold in the higher elevations and they offer the best conditions for trekking. Pre-monsoon is the best time to see the colourful blooms of the rhododendron at lower elevations. The post-monsoon months usually offer the clearest skies and the most settled weather. At either of these periods you will encounter a wide range of daytime temperatures during your trip from approximately 25ºC in Kathmandu and a little higher in Pokhara to approximately 14ºC at 3000 metres, and approximately 7ºC at Annapurna Base Camp. The ‘real feel’ temperature in the middle of the day will be much warmer than this but at night in the rarefied air the temperatures plummet and you can expect to experience overnight temperatures below freezing anywhere above 3000 metres. In the Annapurna Base Camp, the night time temperatures may reach –10ºC or exceptionally, below this. Extended periods of rain or snow are very unlikely outside of the monsoon period but short lived storms can and do occur.

    • Lonely Planet Guide to Nepal. Lonely Planet
    • Rough Guide to Nepal. Rough Guides
    • Trekking and Climbing in Nepal. Steve Razzetti
    • Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya. Stan Armington
    • Kathmandu and the Kingdom of Nepal. Prakash Raj
    • Portraits of People: Nepal Himalayas. Eric Valli
    • Annapurna. Maurice Herzog

    Annapurna Base Camp. 1:50,000. Nepa Maps

    A good scale map with contour interval at 40 metres. This is the definitive map for the Annapurna Sanctuary trek. Nepa maps are published in Nepal but can also be ordered online through the KE website.

    Extend Your Holiday

    Chitwan Jungle Extension

    The jungles of southern Nepal are an interesting counterpoint to trekking in the foothills or the high Himalaya. Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge provides a relaxing and comfortable base for a wildlife safari and cultural village experience. On two full days of wildlife viewing in the National Park 'buffer zone' - the interface area between visitors and the animals that live at Chitwan – you will be accompanied by expert guides on safaris by jeep, boat, on foot and by elephant back.

    Chitwan Jungle Tharu Lodge Extension

    From $980 per person

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    Tiger Mountain Resort Pokhara

    Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge sets the standard for comfortable and luxurious mountain lodge accommodation with its relaxed atmosphere, tranquil setting, eco-tourism and conservation ethos. Located on a spectacular hilltop ridge, it has panoramic views of ‘Fishtail Mountain and Himalayan giants, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu. It has won several prestigious awards including the PATA Heritage and Culture Gold Award and the Conde Nast Traveler magazine Ecotourism Award.

    Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge (join Pokhara)

    From $700 per person

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    Kathmandu Tour - Nagarkot and Bhaktapur

    The Kathmandu Valley contains the cities of Patan, Bhaktapur and Kathmandu itself, all of which were once independent kingdoms. An exploration of the valley’s historic and cultural sights is an excellent way to begin or end your adventure in Nepal. Highlights of the day's tour include the ancient city of Bhaktapur, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for it’s temples and traditional buildings, and Nagarkot on the Kathmandu Valley rim, the perfect place to watch a Himalayan sunrise.

    Kathmandu Valley Tour - Nargakot and Bhaktapur

    From $125 per person

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    Malla Hotel

    From $100 per room per night

    Gokarna Forest Resort Kathmandu

    From $138 per room per night

    Shangri La

    From $119 per room per night Another of Kathmandu’s original ‘luxury’ hotels. While the sophistication of its amenities may be upstaged by Kathmandu’s more modern concrete and glass hotels, the Shangri La maintains an old world charm that cannot be beaten. Located in the diplomatic enclave of Lazimpat, away from the hustle and bustle yet just 10 minutes walk from tourist centre of Thamel, the hotel is set in a pleasant garden and facilities include a pool, tennis court and massage therapist. The hotel has a speciality Indian restaurant and a garden café serving international cuisine as well as a bar.

    Dwarikas Hotel

    From $279 per room per night Dwarika’s is a heritage hotel modelled on the grandeur of the palaces of the Newar Kings. Consisting of several buildings arranged around a quiet courtyard, the hotel incorporates many original 15th – 17th century features in its architecture from the lifetime collection of its founder. The rooms are in the same Newari style and lavishly luxurious in their appointments. Its location close to Pashupathinath and Bouddhanath is perfect for exploring this side of Kathmandu. There are 3 restaurants serving Nepali, Japanese and international cuisine, a bar, spa and fitness centre, and a swimming pool.

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