PRICE

$3,995

SCHEDULE

Fall
November 2 – November 14, 2020
Lead Guide: Terray Sylvester

DETAILS

13 days in Nepal
Trekking Grade: Intermediate

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Talk to an ADVENTURE expert
425.749.7421

BOOK THIS TRIP »

OVERVIEW

This trek is an extraordinary journey into the heart of the Annapurna Massif and some of the most storied terrain in mountaineering history. The Annapurna Sanctuary is a vast, mountain-ringed amphitheater situated below the massive south face of Annapurna I, the 10th highest mountain in the world. Annapurna I (8,091 meters) was the site of the first successful 8,000-meter climb when a French team led by Maurice Herzog touched its summit in 1950, a feat chronicled by Herzog in his classic book, “Annapurna.”

The beautiful Machhapuchare, or “Fish Tail,” Peak towers over the southeast end of the Sanctuary. It is one of the most iconic peaks of Nepal, but because Nepal’s Hindu population reveres it as sacred to the god Shiva, climbing it is forbidden and it has never officially been summited.

The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek leads deep into the most stunning terrain of the Annapurna Massif, far away from the busy jeep tracks of the Annapurna Circuit. With unrivaled scenery and rich cultural offerings, this trek is ideal for both new and experienced trekkers and will leave you with wonderful memories to last a lifetime.

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek • 13 Days

Our trek begins in Pokhara, Nepal’s beautiful second city, set on the shores of Phewa Lake below the snowcapped peaks of the Himalaya. After a short drive to the outskirts of town, we begin hiking through lush, terraced farming villages home to Nepal’s Gurung people, renowned for their courage in the Gurkha divisions of the British Army. We sleep in the village of Ghorepani, then rise before dawn to climb Poon Hill, one of the most famous viewpoints in Nepal. From its summit, we watch the rising sun illuminate the immense south face of Dhaulagiri, the seventh tallest mountain in the world, and filter into the depths of the Kali Gandaki River Valley, the deepest gorge on the planet.

From Poon Hill, we continue to the village of Tadapani, then enter the breathtaking Modi Khola Gorge on our way to Chhomrong Village, the final settlement before Annapurna Base Camp. As we trek through lush bamboo and rhododendron forests, we enjoy superb views of the Annapurna Range rising high above us. Eventually, our trail leads between the sacred mountain Machhapuchare (22,943’) and its neighbor, Hiunchuli (21,132’), twin sentinels guarding the entrance to the Annapurna Sanctuary.

In the Sanctuary we explore a wild landscape of ice and rock, surrounded by 10 peaks taller than 6,000 meters. The silence around Annapurna Base Camp is immense, broken only by the sound of distant avalanches. Finally, we retrace our steps back to Pokhara and onto Nepal’s bustling capital, Kathmandu. Before flying home, we have a chance to explore the beautiful waterfront districts of Pokhara and Kathmandu’s ancient temples and vibrant streets. Related treks: Everest Base Camp Trek, Everest Base Camp Sherpa Trek

Tent Peak Climb • 4 Days

Tent Peak rises more than 5,000 vertical feet above Annapurna Base Camp in the heart of the Annapurna Sanctuary. From its 18,684-foot summit, climbers enjoy panoramic views of Annapurna I and its snowcapped neighbors. Known in Nepali as “Tharpu Chuli,” Tent Peak’s climbing consists of moderate, non-technical terrain that is nonetheless an excellent challenge for mountaineers of all experience levels. Mountain Gurus offers the Tent Peak climb as a four-day extension to our Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. Tent Peak Climb

Chitwan Jungle Safari • 3 Days

Enjoy two nights at Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge and Tent Camp deep in the heart of Chitwan National Park in southern Nepal. Explore the jungles of the Terai Region from the back of an elephant and try your luck at spotting a rare tiger or rhinoceros.

Trek Highlights

  • 8 days trekking to Annapurna Base Camp
  • Our trek allows ample time for acclimatization and allows you to trek at your own pace
  • 4 nights in Kathmandu and Pokhara includes breakfast
  • Co-led by an American mountain guide and a Nepalese Sherpa trekking guide
  • Welcome dinner in Kathmandu
  • Teahouse trek in comfortable family owned lodges
  • Fully supported trek includes meals and porter service
  • Pokhara flight and airport transfers
  • Friendly MG office staff will help you prepare for your adventure

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1 • Arrive Kathmandu
Day 2 • Flight to Pokhara • Ulleri
Day 3 • Ghorepani • 9,429 ft
Day 4 • Poon Hill • 10,531 ft • Tadapani
Day 5 • Chhomrong
Day 6 • Himalaya • 9,850 ft
Day 7 • Machhapuchhre Basecamp
Day 8 • Annapurna Basecamp • 13,550 ft
Day 9 • Jhinu Danda
Day 10 • Pokhara
Day 11 • Contingency Day / Flight to Kathmandu
Day 12 • Kathmandu
Day 13 • Depart Kathmandu

Tent Peak Climb

Day 1 – 8 • Kathmandu to Annapurna Base Camp
Day 9 • Tent Peak Base Camp
Day 10 • Tent Peak High Camp
Day 11 • Tent Peak Summit • 18,684 ft
Day 12 – 15 • Dovan – Pokhara
Day 16 – 17 • Pokhara – Kathmandu

ITINERARY

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Trek begins and ends in Kathmandu, Nepal

Day 1 • Arrive Kathmandu

Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal (KTM). A Mountain Gurus representative will transfer you to our hotel in the bustling tourist district of Thamel. Our trek begins here, in Nepal’s vibrant capital city, surrounded by shops selling Nepali handicrafts, restaurants and ancient Hindu and Buddhist temples. In the late afternoon we gather for a trek orientation and welcome dinner.

Accommodations: Hotel in Kathmandu
Meals Included: Welcome Dinner (D)

Day 2 • Flight to Pokhara • Nayapool / Ulleri • 6400 feet

We transfer to Kathmandu’s domestic airport for our morning flight to Pokhara. From the plane, we enjoy incredible views of the lush, terraced farms of the Himalayan foothills and the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges high above them. From Pokhara, we drive to the village of Nayapool, and then on to Ulleri, home to Nepal’s Gurung ethnicity.

Driving Time: 3-4 hours

Accommodations: Lodge in Ulleri
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 3 • Ghorepani • 9,429 feet

Today we set out on foot for the first hiking leg of our journey into the heart of the Annapurna Massif. From our cozy lodge in Ulleri, we walk through the verdant foothills of the Himalayas, ascending red dirt paths through Rhododendron forests and villages surrounded by lush terraced gardens until we reach Ghorepani, our destination for the night. Ghorepani means “Horse Water,“ named for the water troughs once used by passing traders.

Vertical Ascent Trekking: 3,100 feet
Trekking Time: 5-6 hours

Accommodations: Lodge in Ghorepani
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 4 • Poon Hill • 10,531 feet • Tadapani

Today we rise early to climb Poon Hill, one of the best mountain viewpoints in all of Nepal. We watch the sunrise illuminate the magnificent Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, then descend back to Ghorepani for brunch. In the afternoon, we cross Deurali Pass (10,137’) and trek through tropical forest to Tadapani, which means “Far Water.”

Vertical Ascent Trekking: 1,100 feet to Poon Hill
Vertical Ascent Trekking: 1,500 feet to Deurali Pass
Trekking Time: 1.5 hours roundtrip to Poon Hill, 4-5 hours to Tadapani

Accommodations: Lodge in Tadapani
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 5 • Chhomrong • 7,200 feet

Today we descend through lush rainforest, where mosses sway from the tree branches and the scent of flowering trees fills the air. We pass a woodcutter’s saw-station and emerge onto farmland on the side of a deep valley. The trail descends into this valley past cowsheds and small houses where local farmers tend their terraced fields. We take a bridge across the river, then ascend the far side of the valley until we crest a hill above the much larger Modi Khola Valley. Shortly later we arrive in Chhomrong, a relatively large village flanking a steep stone staircase on the side of the valley. Chhomrong is the last major inhabited settlement on the way to Annapurna Base Camp.

Vertical Descent Trekking: 1,400 feet
Trekking Time: 4-5 hours

Accommodations: Lodge in Chhomrong
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 6 • Dovan • 9,850 feet

Following a well worn trail, we descend into the Modi Khola Valley. We ascend gently through forests of rhododendron and bamboo while keeping an eye out for monkeys. Eventually, we reach a fork in the trail and bear right to the tiny settlement of Bamboo, where we take a welcome break for lunch in one of the teahouses near the river, tinted turquoise with glacial flour. In the afternoon, we leave the river and climb again though wet rhododendron forest to our lodge in Dovan.

Vertical Ascent Trekking: 2,600 feet
Trekking Time: 4-5 hours

Accommodations: Lodge in Dovan
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 7 • Machhapuchhre Base Camp • 12,100 feet

Today we enter the Annapurna Sanctuary! As we leave the outskirts of Dovan, we catch sight of spectacular waterfalls cascading from the massive glaciers high above us. Our trail steepens. We ascend through the tiny hamlet of Himalaya and then pass Hinku Cave, where a massive overhanging boulder has sheltered travelers for many centuries. These days, it is also home to a band of monkeys. As we leave the village of Deurali, the valley narrows. Fish Tail Mountain towers high above us as we walk into Machhapuchhre Base Camp and the grand landscape of the Annapurna Sanctuary.

Vertical Ascent Trekking: 2,300 feet
Trekking Time: 4-5 hours

Accommodations: Lodge in Machhapuchhre Base Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 8 • Annapurna Base Camp • 13,550 feet • Himalaya

Today, we immerse ourselves in the spectacular scenery that surrounds us. From camp, we sip our morning tea as the rising sun illuminates the massive south face of Annapurna I (8,091 meters). Ten peaks taller than 6,000 meters tower just above us, including Annapurna South, Annapurna III and Hiunchuli. After breakfast, we trek higher into the Sanctuary, where the deep silence is broken only by the roar of distant avalanches. In the late afternoon, we retrace our steps back into the lush bamboo forests and down to the Himalaya Guest House at 9,300 feet, or, closer, to Dovan.

Vertical Ascent Trekking: 1,400 feet to Annapurna Base Camp
Vertical Descent Trekking: 2,800 feet
Trekking Time: 2 hours to ABC, 4-5 hours to Himalaya, or 3-4 hours to Dovan

Accommodations: Lodge in Himalaya
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 9 • Jhinu Danda  5,700 feet

Leaving the towering peaks behind, we descend back down the Modi Khola Valley past Chhomrong, with the river’s turquoise water far below us. A long descent on a well-built path takes us to Jhinu Danda, where we spend the night.

Vertical Descent Trekking: 3,600 feet
Trekking Time: 5-6 hours

Accommodations: Lodge in Jhinu Danda
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

*** Or continue to Base Camp if climbing Tent Peak ***

Day 10 • New Bridge to Pokhara

This morning, we cross one of the longest suspension bridges in Nepal. We then trek to a small roadside village, where we meet our jeep drivers for the return to Pokhara. After lunch, we are free to explore Pokhara’s picturesque shops and bazaars on the shores of beautiful Phewa Tal beneath the peaks of the Annapurna Range.

Trekking Time: 1 hour
Driving Time: 3-4 hours

Accommodations: Hotel in Pokhara
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch (B, L)

Day 11 • Contingency Day • Pokhara or Flight to Kathmandu

Today is an extra contingency day if needed for acclimatization, inclement weather or other delays. We spend the day exploring Pokhara or fly back to Kathmandu.

Accommodations: Hotel in Pokhara or Kathmandu
Meals Included: Breakfast (B)

Day 12 • Flight to Kathmandu

We say farewell to our staff and depart to Kathmandu on an early morning flight. The rest of the day remains flexible depending on the desires of the group. Some in the group may simply want to relax and shop in Thamel, while others may tour Kathmandu’s many world heritage sites. This ancient city is home to Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in Nepal, and the enchanting Buddhist temples of Boudhanath and Swayambunath, as well as many other wonderful museums and holy sites.

Accommodations: Hotel in Kathmandu
Meals Included: Breakfast (B)

Day 13 • Depart Kathmandu

Transport to Tribhuvan International Airport for flights home.

Meals Included: Breakfast (B)

Itinerary Notes
Mountain Gurus makes every effort to uphold the scheduled itinerary, although our guides are given discretion to adapt the itinerary for reasons beyond our control or due to the needs of the group. Meal schedule: (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner

DETAILS

Price

$3,995

Tent Peak Climb: $1,995

Rates are quoted based on double/twin sharing hotel accommodations while in Kathmandu, Pokhara and lodges during the trek. Single room fees apply. An American co-guide is based on 4 or more trekkers.

Deposit and Payments

  • $700.00 deposit includes a $500.00 non-refundable registration fee, due with application.
  • Balance due 120 days prior to start date.
  • The balance can be paid by check, wire transfer, or by credit card with a convenience fee of 3.0%

Price Includes

  • Roundtrip flight to Pokhara
  • Annapurna National Park fees
  • Scheduled land transportation in Nepal
  • Hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Lodges during the trek
  • Scheduled meals during the trek
  • Professional mountain guide in addition to a local trekking guide
  • Scheduled porter service based on the itinerary
  • Luggage transport (limited to 15kg / 33lbs)
  • All group equipment for the trek (including emergency oxygen)

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare and meals during travel
  • Visa fees
  • Non-scheduled airport transfers
  • Non-scheduled meals
  • Personal gear
  • Trip cancellation insurance (highly recommended)
  • Single room supplement (hotels only) $300
  • Medical and evacuation coverage
  • Early departure fees
  • Excess baggage fees
  • Tips and gratuities

GEAR LIST

A complete clothing and equipment list specific to your trip will be sent to you in the PreClimb information upon reservation.

Head and Face

  • Warm Hat: Wool/ synthetic, one that covers the ears.
  • Buff or Neck Gaitor
  • Sun Hat or Baseball Cap
  • Sunglasses: Essential eye protection at altitude.
  • Sunscreen: SPF 30+
  • Lip Balm: SPF 30+
  • LED Headlamp: Bring one extra set of batteries.

Upper Body

  • Baselayer Tops: Three synthetic shirts are best for trekking. Three cotton shirts for lodges.
  • Mid-layer Top: This is a synthetic or fleece top.
  • Softshell Jacket: This breathable but wind-and-weather resistant jacket. Hoods are highly recommended.
  • Hardshell Jacket: GORE-TEX© or a fully waterproof shell. Hoods are highly recommended.
  • Light Insulated Jacket: Light synthetic insulated jacket
  • Insulated Jacket: 700+ fill down.

Handwear

  • Lightweight Gloves: One pair (WINDSTOPPER© is recommended)

Lower Body

  • Baselayer Bottom: One pair. Synthetic, no cotton
  • Trekking Pants: One pair. Synthetic, stretchy, non-insulated
  • Hardshell Pants: Bring a good pair of rain/wind pants.
  • Insulated Pants: One pair of synthetic insulated pants with full side zips.

Footwear

  • Trekking Socks: Six pair synthetic medium weight
  • Hiking Boots or Trekking Shoes: One pair medium weight hiking boots/shoes large enough to be comfortable with sock.
  • Sport Sandals or Camp Shoes: These are to wear in lodges.

Sleeping

  • Sleeping Bag: Bring a warm bag (rated to 20ᵒ fahrenheit).

Packing and Backpack

  • Backpack: One 30L pack with good support, adequate to carry personal.
  • Duffel: One large duffel for transporting gear via porters
  • Liner Bags: One large plastic contractor bags.

Trekking Gear

  • Trekking Poles: Adjustable and collapsible.

Hydration

  • Water Bottle: Two, 1L wide-mouth plastic bottles. NALGENE©

Personal Health and First Aid

  • Snacks and drinks
  • Small personal first-aid kit and medications
  • Toilet paper, blue bag or wag bag
  • Earplugs

TRAVEL & FITNESS

Travel

Program Location:
Begins and ends in Kathmandu, Nepal

Visa/Entry Information:
Passport must have six months or more validity remaining at the time of entry. American citizens may obtain a visa prior to travel or upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.

  • 30 days multiple-entry tourist visa ($50 USD)
  • 90 days multiple-entry tourist visa ($125 USD)

Health & Immunizations:
Immunizations are not required for entry into Nepal. Consult your doctor, local travel clinic or Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for updated immunization recommendations in Nepal and China. Recommended immunizations include: diphtheria-tetanus (DPT), polio, measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), meningitis, hepatitis A and B, cholera, typhoid, rabies. Malaria medication is only necessary if you plan to visit low-lying areas of Nepal / India after the climb.

Flight Travel Information:
Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), Kathmandu, Nepal

International Departures:
Itineraries reflect the date and time you will need to arrive in-country for a program. Mountain Gurus programs begin and end in the country’s destination city. When booking your flight, you will need to account for travel time and crossing the international dateline if applicable. It is easiest to give your booking agent the day and time you will need to arrive.

Meals and Food:
All meals are provided as per meal schedule. See itinerary.

Gear:
A complete clothing and equipment list specific to your program will be sent to you in the pre-departure packet upon reservation. For your safety and comfort, it is extremely important that you adhere strictly to the equipment list.

Annapurna Basecamp Fitness & Training

Trekking Grade: Intermediate

On this trek, you must be able to hike for 5 to 7 hours per day while carrying a 20-pound daypack. Porters will carry your additional personal gear and group expedition equipment. We will spend each evening resting and recharging in local teahouses. For the most pleasant experience, it is ideal for you to have good physical fitness and prior experience at altitude.

Before the expedition we recommend that you train by running, hiking local peaks, backpacking and trekking to gain strength, stamina and outdoor experience for the ascent to the Annapurna Sanctuary.

Here’s a suggested progression of treks before attempting the Annapurna Basecamp Trek:

  • Mount Fuji, Morocco High Atlas, Mount Kilimanjaro, Everest Base Camp Trek
  • Northwest climb such as Mount Baker (optional)

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Choose Mountain Gurus

Since 2008, we have offered world-class Seven Summits expeditions, high-altitude climbs, and specialized treks around the globe from the Himalayas to the Andes, and from the heights of Africa to the rainforests of the Amazon Basin. We make safety our foremost priority. We employ some of the most talented guides in the industry, and we maintain low client-to-guide ratios to ensure that you enjoy the best possible experience. Our business is rooted in environmental and social stewardship. We also offer a wide selection of mountaineering courses and climbs in the Pacific Northwest through our partner company, Northwest Alpine Guides. To learn more about our services, history and philosophy, please visit: Why Choose Mountain Gurus.

What are the physical requirements of this trek?

For this trek, you must be able to hike for 6 to 8 hours per day with a small daypack. We may gain as much as 2,000 feet of elevation in a day. Strong hiking skills and excellent physical fitness are required.

Who guide my trek?

Our Annapurna treks are led by a professional American mountain guide with experience leading international mountaineering expeditions. Your American guide will be assisted by a staff of highly experienced Nepalese guides and porters.

What are the Nepal's trekking seasons?

Nepal’s trekking seasons are dictated by the annual monsoon, which brings heavy rain and snow from June to September. Trekking conditions are excellent from March through May, before the monsoon arrives, and in October and November, after it ends. The winter months are very cold in the high mountains.

How much will my pack weigh?

During the trek you will carry only the gear you’ll need for each day. Porters will carry all your extra clothing and overnight gear. At no point will you carry your own camping gear or any group expedition equipment. For your comfort, your daypack will not weigh more than 15 to 20 pounds.

TREKS & ADVENTURES

Mount Kilimanjaro

Morocco High Atlas Trek

Northern Thailand Explorer

All Treks & Adventures

)