Ghandruk village with
A village home
Included: Twin-sharing bed and breakfast hotel accommodations in Kathmandu, airport transfers in Nepal, overland travel by vehicle Kathmandu to Pokhara, Pokhara to Kathmandu flight, sightseeing as specified, trek lodging and three meals a day, trekking guide and staff, conservation fee.
Not Included: International flight, airport taxes, Nepal visa fee, etc (see subsequent literature). International airfare between US-Kathmandu-US is approximately US $1500-1700, depending on the route.
For more information and a detailed itinerary... please contact
KarmaQuest Ecotourism and Adventure Travel
Tel: (650) 560-0101/
699 Spindrift Way, Half Moon Bay,
California 94019 USA
The Annapurna Sanctuary - indeed an Abode of the Gods - lies in central west Nepal near the lakeside town of Pokhara. This 13-day trek takes you deep into the lap of 20,000+’ peaks, revered by the local Gurung people. You’ll start the trek from Pokhara (3000’) and ascend gradually to 13,800’, traversing breathtaking rhododendron forests (in full bloom in spring) and stunted bamboo. Staying in local lodges invites cheerful banter with villagers, many the families of retired British Gurkha officers with impeccable English! Visit the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) office in Ghandruk, and learn about local efforts to conserve this natural and cultural wonderland.
Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu, check in and visit Swayambunath Temple
Day 2 Full day sightseeing to Bhaktapur & Patan medieval cities and the award-winning Patan museum.
Day 3 Scenic drive to Pokhara (6 hrs), and begin the trek. Trek to Dhampus (5810’), with its spectacular panorama of the Annapurna range, well deserved after a steep climb up a never-ending staircase, shared with village farmers.
Day 4 Trek to Landrung (6800’). Trek through Rhododendron forests bursting with spring color, and grass-thatched Gurung villages. 6 hrs.
Day 5 Trek to Chomrong. (6700’) Cross the Modi Khola (river), and ascend through stair-stepped fields and forest to Chomrong, gateway to the Annapurna Sanctuary. Sunset turns Annapurna South ablaze. 5-6 hrs.
Day 6 Trek to Dovan (8000’). Descend through village rice fields to cross a suspension bridge. Enter the Modi Khola gorge and climb through Rhododendron and bamboo forests. 5-6 hrs.
Day 7 Trek to Machhapuchhare Base Camp (12,000’). From Dovan the trail soon enters the Sanctuary, crossing glacial streams. Reach Machhapuchhare Base Camp in 6-7 hrs, with its splendid, panoramic views of snow-bound peaks Hiunchuli, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, and Machhapuchhare, the famous ‘Fish Tail.' A sight to remember!
Day 8 Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) (13,430’). Rise early to catch the first sun rays on the peak summits and assure a clear view. Climb a short but strenuous distance to ABC, from where opens an unbelievable 360° degree view of even more peaks, including the South Face of Annapurna I, III, IV, Annapurna South, Machhapuchhare, Singha Chuli, Tent Peak and Hiunchuli.
Day 9 Trek to Bamboo (7600’). Make your way easily down valley. Notice this unusual thick bamboo forest, passing beneath brimming waterfalls. 5-6 hrs.
Day 10 Trek to Chomrong (6700’). Revisit Rhododendron and oak forests. 5 hrs.
Day 11 Trek to Ghandruk (4000’). A welcome site, at the end of a long climb up from the Modi Khola. This model village boasts of hydro-electricity and active conservation groups as well as souvenir shopping. 6 hrs.
Day 12 Ghandruk. Rest and spend the day exploring Ghandruk, where women spin wool in flagstone courtyards. Visit ACAP visitor center and a local museum.
Day 13 Trek to Birethanti (3600')and drive to Pokhara. Stone-staircases - and last views of the Sanctuary’s peaks - accompany you down to Birethanti. This bougainvillea-adorned, riverside village is an ancient trade center between Pokhara and Tibet. 4-5 hrs. Overnight in a hotel in Pokhara.
Day 14 Pokhara/Fly to Kathmandu. Explore Pokhara in the morning, then fly to Kathmandu, now seeing the grand Himalaya from a bird’s eye. Transfer to hotel.
Day 15 Free time to explore and shop in Kathmandu.
Day 16 Depart Kathmandu (or extend your stay in Nepal with a 2 night/3 day Jungle Safari excursion to Chitwan. Please inquire.
4-6 persons US $2375/person
7-10 persons US $2175/person
11-15 persons US $1995/person
Single supplement US $300/person