PRICE

$3600

SCHEDULE

Fall
November 17 – November 30, 2019
Lead Guide: Dennis Broadwell

DETAILS

14 days in Nepal
Trekking Grade: Intermediate

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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OVERVIEW

This trek is an extraordinary journey that leads into the very heart of the Annapurna Massif. The Sanctuary is a vast mountain ringed amphitheater situated below the massive south face of Annapurna I. At 8091 meters, the peak is the 10th highest mountain in the world and was the first 8000 meter peak to be climbed by Herzog’s French party in 1950.

The beautiful Machhapuchare peak sits at the Southeastern end of the sanctuary, also known as “Fish Tail” and is revered by the local Hindu population as sacred to the god Shiva. Nepal a country known for its friendly faces, amazing Himalayan landscapes and fascinating cultural discoveries is sure to make for wonderful memories long beyond the journey.

This classic trek allows you to experience some the most fascinating places within the Annapurna Region making it a great experience for new or advanced trekkers.

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek • 14 Days

Our trek first takes us to Poon Hill, considered one of the finest viewpoints in all Nepal. At sunrise we gaze at the remarkable South Face of 8000-meter giant Dhaulagiri and the famous Kali Gandaki river valley recognized as the deepest gorge in the world. We explore farming villages steeped in traditional Nepalese culture and meet the Gurung people known for their outstanding bravery in the revered Gurkha Army.

Our route continues to Chhomrong village and leads up through the breathtaking Modi Khola gorge. As we trek through bamboo and rhododendron forests we have superb views of the Annapurna range. We eventually pass between the sacred mountain of Machhapuchare at 6,993 m (22,943 ft) and Himalchuli which guard the entrance to the Sanctuary and Annapurna basecamp.

Once in the Sanctuary we explore this amazing and wild landscape enjoying the beauty and sheer scale of the Himalaya. We will also have the opportunity to discover the historic Nepalese cities of Kathmandu, known for its ancient temples as well as serene Pokhara with the spectacular lake Phewa Tal.

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Tent Peak Climb • 4 Days

Situated above Annapurna Base Camp, Tent Peak known by the Nepalese as Tharpu Chuli sits at 18,684 ft (5663m). The summit offers magnificent panoramic views of the snow-capped mountains of the Annapurna region. Mountain Gurus offers a four-day expedition extension during our sanctuary trek. Tent Peak presents a challenging yet truly spectacular expedition experience.

Chitwan Jungle Safari • 3 Days

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

Trek Highlights

  • 10 days trekking to Annapurna Base Camp
  • Our trek allows amble 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 Nepalese guide
  • Welcome dinner in Kathmandu
  • Tea house trek in comfortable family owned lodges
  • Fully supported trek includes meals with porter service
  • Pokhara flight and airport transfers
  • Friendly MG office staff will help prepare you for the adventure

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1 • Arrive Kathmandu
Day 2 • Flight to Pokhara • Ulleri
Day 3 • Ghorepani
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 • Dobhan
Day 10 • Landruk
Day 11 • Phedi • Pokhara
Day 12 • Pokhara
Day 13 • Flight to Kathmandu
Day 14 • Depart Kathmandu

Tent Peak Climb

Day 9 • Cave Camp
Day 10 • Tent Peak High Camp • 17,056 ft
Day 11 • Summit Day • Tharpu Chuli • 18,684 ft
Day 12 • Contingency Day
Day 13 • Deurali
Day 14 – 18 • Landruk – 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 our hotel in Thamel. Our trek begins in the historic city of Kathmandu, known for its fascinating Nepalese culture and ancient temples. The hotel is located near the popular Thamel district jammed with restaurants and shops selling Nepali handicrafts. In the late afternoon we will have a trek orientation followed by our welcome dinner. (D)

Day 2 • Flight to Pokhara • Nayapool • Ulleri

We transfer to Kathmandu’s domestic airport for our morning flight to Pokhara. The views from the airplane are nothing less than remarkable, providing amazing scenes of the terraced Nepalese hillside as well as the Annapurna and Dhalagiri mountain ranges. Once in Pokhara we drive to the village of Nayapool and trek steep stairs to the village of Ulleri. (B, L, D)

Day 3 • Ghorepani

The trek continues through Rhododendron forest, passing numerous villages along the way to Ghorepani meaning “Horse Water“. (B, L, D)

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

Today we rise early to climb Poon Hill, this outlook is considered one of the best viewpoints in all of Nepal. We’ll watch the magnificent sunrise over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himal. After brunch we cross Deurali Pass (10,137 ft) and trek through tropical forest to Tadapani meaning “Far Water“. (B, L, D)

Day 5 • Chhomrong • 7,200 ft

Today we descend through a jungle-like forest where the tree branches are draped with hanging mosses and the air is filled with the scent of flowering trees. Eventually we emerge past a woodcutter’s saw-station and onto terraced fields on the side of a deep valley. From here we follow the valley down past cowsheds and small houses, stopping to watch local farmers working on the terraces. At the river we cross a bridge, before climbing up to the other side of the valley. Here we round the shoulder of the hill and join the much larger Modi Khola Valley. It’s only a short distance along the valley before we get to Chhomrong. The village of Chhomrong is relatively large and spread out along a steep stone staircase down the side of the valley. Chhomrong is the last major inhabited settlement we encounter before returning from basecamp. (B, L, D)

Day 6 • Himalaya • 9,200 ft

Following a well-worn trail, we rejoin the Modi Khola Valley. The route travels through rhododendron forest gently climbing uphill and past bamboo forests populated with monkeys. We eventually reach a divide in the trail and bear right to the lodges of Bamboo near the river and take a much welcomed break. Leaving the river, we again walk though wet rhododendron forest and begin climbing to the lodges at Dobhan. After some more steep sections of trail we arrive at the Himalaya Hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 8 • Annapurna Base Camp • 13,550 ft (4130m)

Much of the day is spent enjoying the spectacular scenery that surrounds us. The huge south face of Annapurna I (8,091m) provides an impressive backdrop, while the closeness of 10 peaks over 6,000m, including Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III and Machhapuchhre, is simply awe inspiring. Sunrise is particularly special as the rising sun slowly illuminates the snow-capped Peaks. Walking through the sanctuary, the views are spectacular as you feel almost completely surrounded by the nearby mountains. The silence is crushing and only occasionally broken by the distant roar of avalanches. (B, L, D)

Day 9 • Dobhan

Leaving the towering peaks behind, we make our descent back down the valley and through the rhododendron and bamboo forests again reaching Himalaya. We soon reach Dobhan where we stay the night. (B, L, D)

Day 10 • Landruk

After breakfast, we continue back along the Modi Khola Valley, leaving the bamboo and rhododendron jungle towards Chhomrong. From here it’s a short walk to Jhinnudanda, and descent towards Landruk. (B, L, D)

Day 11 • Phedi • Pokhara

This morning we trek to the roadside village of Phedi and return to Pokhara. After lunch we can explore the local shops and bazaars, visit the lakeshore of the Phewa Tal and gaze towards the remarkable peaks of the Annapurna Range. (B, L)

Day 12 • Contingency Day • Pokhara

Today is an extra contingency day if needed for acclimatization, weather or delay.
If we arrive early in Pokhara, we can enjoy the day exploring the city. (B)

Day 13 • Flight to Kathmandu

After saying farewell to our staff we depart to Kathmandu on an early morning flight. The rest of the day remains flexible depending on the desires of the group. There are many opportunities to tour Kathmandu’s world heritage sites. Pashupatinath Temple one of the most famous Hindu temples in Nepal and the Buddhist temples of Boudhanath are recommended. Some in the group may simply want to relax and shop in Thamel. (B)

Day 14 • Depart Kathmandu

Transport to Tribhuvan International Airport for flights home. (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

$3600

Tent Peak Climb: $2000

Rates are quoted based on double sharing hotel accommodations while in Kathmandu, Pokhara and lodges during the trek. Single room fees apply.

Deposit and Payments

$700.00 deposit includes reservation fee, due with application
Balance due 120 days prior to departure

Price Includes

  • Round-trip flight to Pokhara
  • Annapurna NP fees
  • Scheduled land transportation in Nepal
  • Hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Lodges during the trek
  • Scheduled meals during the trek
  • Professional mountain 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 day multiple-entry visa ($40), or 90 day multiple-entry visa ($100)

Health & Immunizations:
Immunizations are not required for entry into Nepal

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 countries destination city. When booking your flight, you will need to account for travel time and crossing the international dateline if needed. 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

The approach trek requires 5-7 hours hiking per day carrying a 20 lbs. pack, utilizing porter support for personal gear. We will spend each evening in local tea houses to rest and recharge. Good physical conditioning and experience at altitude are ideal to make this trek a pleasant experience.

Prior to the expedition we recommend running, hiking local peaks, backpacking and trekking to gain strength and stamina for the climb.

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

  • Mount Fuji, Morocco High Atlas, Mustang Explorer, Bhutan Explorer, Machu Picchu
  • Northwest Climb (Mount Baker), optional

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the physical requirements needed for this trek?

This trek requires 6-8 hours of hiking per day with a small day pack. Elevation gains of 2000 feet per day. Strong hiking skills and excellent physical conditioning are required.

Who will be guiding?

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

What are the Nepal trekking seasons?

The best time to trek is in the pre-monsoon Spring season, March-April-May and the post-monsoon Fall season, October-November. Nepal experiences the monsoon (heavy rains and snow) from June to September. Winter is very cold in the high mountains (December-February).

How much will my pack weigh?

During the trek you will only carry the gear you’ll use for each day. Porters will carry all your extra clothing items and overnight gear. At no point will you carry camping gear or equipment for overnight. Daypacks should not weigh more than 15-20 lbs. for your comfort.