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Called as one of the most accessible areas in Nepal, the Annapurna range is a short distance from the lake town of Pokhara. With mountain ranges over 8000 meters and with lowlands and foothills full of ethnic inhabitants, the Annapurna region is the most visited trekking destinations of Nepal. From the deepest gorge in the world to the sacred Fishtail Mountain, the Annapurna sanctuary trek exposes all of the jewels of the Annapurna region. The high point of the trek is reaching the base of the sacred Annapurna Mountain. Ringed by giants such as the Annapurna 1, Macchapuchhre, and Glacier Dome, the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek has been graded as a difficult yet a hugely adventurous one.
The itinerary has been created, so as to eliminate the threat of suffering from Acute Mountain Sickness. Proper acclimatization and good physique is the key to success in this trek.
Today, upon arrival from your respective countries, our representative will transfer you to the hotel from the airport. The rest of the day will be spent in the hotel itself. You can either relish the unique and delicious Nepali cuisine that Nepal is famous for or decide to stroll around the streets of your hotel. Breathe in the ambience of Kathmandu as much as you can. There will also be a full trek briefing on this evening.
After breakfast early morning drive to domestic terminal of Kathmandu. On board to Pokhara. After arrival in Pokhara, drive to Ghandruk (1980m) bust park and continue walk to lodges for approx. 20 minutes. Flight approx. 25 minutes, Drive from Pokhara airport to Ghandruk approx. 3.5 hrs.
After breakfast, we will walk toward to Kimrong Danda and descend for a short time to reach Kimrong Khola through forested areas filled with rhododendrons, which is the tributary of Modi Khola. After this, the path takes on an upward path. The ascent up to the village of Chhomrong takes about 6 hours.
Chhomrong is a Gurung village which stands tall at the height of 2170 m. this village is also the last permanent settlement in the valley. Beyond Chommrong, we will be observing the views of Yersasa. Yersasa is the shelter of herdsmen, which are used in the summer months. Chhomrong also greets us with the views of the MacchapucchreMountain as well as the Annapurna South in its full glory.
Today, the track starts with a descending stone staircase. After some time of descending, we will come across the banks of the ChhomrongKhola. Upon passing it, we trail finally climbs out of this side valley to enter the Modi Khola Valley.
After this point, the trekking trail will pass through rhododendron, oak, and hemlock trees to reach the settlement of KuldiGhar at the height of 2540m. KuldiGhar was initially a sheep breeding area. The trail now follows an undulating path through dense bamboo shoots. These bamboo thickets are utilized to make the carrying baskets which are used by our porters, called locally as the ‘doko’. Bamboo shoots are also used for creating roofs and flooring. After climbing up through the densely packed bamboo thickets, we will come across rhododendron forests again. If you happen to come by this area in the spring season, we will be greeted with snow. The forest now clears out to Dovan(2505m), where we will spend the night. Dovan is home to several teahouses. The trek will take approximately 7 hours in total.
The path today passes through the forest. We will firstly come across the lodges at the Himalaya Hotel. After this, we will come across the Hinko Cave. Initially, when there were no treehouses in the valley, trekkers used to spend their nights in the Hinko Cave. Upon crossing a ravine, the trail starts becoming steeper and steeper. Leaving the trees behind us, we will cross boulders as the valley becomes wider. Wild scenery greets our path after which we will be greeted with the gates of the sanctuary. We will pass through the heights of Macchapuchhre and Hiunchuli. After relishing the views of the awesome peaks, we will reach the base camp of the sacred Macchapucchre Mountain. The Macchapucchre Base Camp (3700m) is where we will spend the night. The stupendous views include the panorama of Macchapucchre, Annapurna 1, Annapurna 2, Gangapurna and much more. The trek from Dovan to Macchapucchre Base Camp completes in 7 hours.
Today, we will get the chance to explore the high alpine wilderness put forward by the Annapurna Sanctuary. We will start off on an early morning trek today. A 2-hour walk will take us to the highlight of the trek, the Annapurna BaseCamp. The ABC is surrounded, by the extremely beautiful snowcapped peaks which are among the highest mountains in the world. We will be encircled by the unbroken soaring ramparts like the Annapurna 1, Annapurna 3, Gangapurna and the Macchpucchre. The sunrise views from the Base Camp are truly splendid.
At times, the Annapurna Base Camp is almost full with snow. This makes it difficult to spend the night in the heavenly place. This is why we will make a return back to the Macchapucchre Base Camp. Approx. 3-4 hrs. trek.
After gathering our belongings, we move descend back down the valley. Descending past Hinko, we will leave the sanctuary behind. Through paths adorned by bamboo thickets and rhododendron forests, we reach Bamboo Hotel. Bamboo Hotel is called so, as the entire area is full of dense thickets of bamboo. We spend the night in the Bamboo Hotel. Approx. 7 hrs. trek.
After breakfast, the trek descends down the Modi Khola Valley today. We will trek up and down through several stone steps to reach the ChhomrongKhola. Crossing it will bring us back to the inhabited region of the valley. We climb up the stone steps to reach the village of Chhomrong. After spending some time to rest, the path descends steeply downwards to reach Upper Sinuwa, which offers magnificent views ofthe massive Annapurna and Macchpucchre peaks that we left behind. We will pass through several terraces in order to reach JhinuDanda (1760m). The path to the Jhinu Danda is a vertical steep descent and somewhat difficult. JhinuDanda is home to the famous Jhinu hot springs where you can relieve your aching muscles. The trek from Bamboo Hotel to JhinuDanda takes approximately 6 hours.
Today marks the end of this adventure. This is a short day as we drop downwards to the Modi Khola River. We will pass through the banks of the roaring Modi Khola, to trek down to Kyumi through New Bridge and Kyumi. This takes about 4 hours approximately. From Kyumi, it is a 2.5 hours drive to Pokhara via Birethanti. We will be spending the night in a hotel in Pokhara. If time permits, you will be free to roam about and cycle in the streets of the beautiful Lake City of Pokhara.
You will be free in the morning and after breakfast; there is the option of boating in the beautiful Phewa Lake in Pokhara. Phewa Lake offers an extensive view of the vista of the Annapurna and Dahulaigiri mountain range that we were able to view from an up close distance. If time permits, we can also visit the Gupteshwore Cave and the Davis Falls before bidding farewell to the beautiful Lake City of Pokhara. A 25-minute flight will take you back to Kathmandu and you will be transferred to the hotel. The flight will certainly be a beautiful one with the views of the peaks of the Annapurna region glistening all around us.
After the experience of a lifetime, you will finally bid farewell to the Himalayan country of Nepal. Keeping the memories of this adventure in mind and with a promise to come back for more, you can finally depart from the country. You will be transferred to the airport for your safe flight back home.
All transfers will be conducted on a private vehicle
A visa for Nepal can be obtained on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and at border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki on the Nepal-India border and Kodari on the Nepal-China border.
Outside of Nepal, A visa can also be obtained at the nearest Nepal Embassy or Diplomatic Mission. To renew a Visa you can go to the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Kathmandu.
Your passport must be valid for at least six months and you will need a blank page on your passport for visa.
Visa Facility Duration Fee
Multiple entry 15 days US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency
Successful trek require proper clothing for ease, comfort & safety. Read along to find the checklist of items which are essential for a typical multi-day trek in Nepal.
Trekking Gears & Accessories
We personally don’t recommend or advertise any particular insurance organization but we can help you figure out what kind of insurance company you should make a deal with. We kindly advise our guests that travel insurance is mandatory before any other travel and trek agreements.
Ways of triggering your insurance:
Personally we recommend you to pick an insurance company who are willing to pay you while you need medical attention in Nepal during the time of evacuation and other medical emergencies and not after you return from Nepal.
Main conditions to look for in an insurance policy:
General insurance only offers medical evacuation up to 4000m but we will attain maximum height of more than this, so we advise our clients to search for a company that provides medical insurance and evacuation plans up to 6000m. If you are planning to climb any peak along with trekking please make sure your policy also pays for “Climbing” as an option.
You will need to find a policy where your insurance is activated only for the days that you are trekking. If you suffer from altitude sickness and have to be evacuated in an instant you will have to trigger your insurance. These insurance can cost up to $5000. Although these kinds of evacuations are very rare we still need to be prepared for it. So to make any insurance claim you firstly need to get a medical report from a hospital of Nepal as proof before triggering your insurance claim. You will be charged about $150 as a medical fee by the hospital to get your medical reports and documentations before claiming your travel insurance. Some insurance also cover for minor interference and obstacles like flight cancellations to Pokhara or even from Kathmandu to your home.
As mentioned before, please look for an insurance policy that pays you during the time of emergency while trekking and not after you get back to your country.
What you need to know:
We inform you that any kind of medical fees that your insurance does not cover will be your responsibility. So we want you to have a very good and thorough look at the insurance policy before applying for it. We do not take any kind of responsibilities for insurance related payments and fiscal managements but we will help you get required documentations and reports for the insurance.
Examples of insurance companies:
Bigcattravelinsurance.com, WorldNomads, travelguard.com, Squaremouth.com
Important highlights to remember:
Our normal route for flying to Pokhara is always a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara and for returning its Pokhara to Kathmandu. During unforeseen bad weathers there are no other option except to wait for weather to get better. If we can fly in the same day we will do accordingly. If not then the flight will have to rebooked for the next day. You can also fly in a chartered helicopter if needed but you will have to pay for this on your own which will cost $400 extra approximately (price varies according to availability & group size). We will refund the flight ticket fare if you decide to take helicopter.
Here are the answers to some of the most frequent queries we get about flight delays and fare:
If you decide to ride by helicopter omitting the chance of travelling in a flight then you will have do it in your own expense. We will manage a helicopter for you but financial roles are all up to you. The price of helicopter rides might vary according to it demands and the time you are booking for. We can give you an outline of the price but it is not an exact value. We can also book you a helicopter ride in advance if you pre inform us.
If there is any kind of cancellation we will rebook tickets for the next day. Accommodation fees will be your responsibility. As your tickets were booked in advance, months before you arrived in Nepal. The next day when we book tickets after cancellation of our originally booked ticket we will have low priority seats. This applies to both ways either from Pokhara to Kathmandu or Kathmandu to Pokhara flight.
For these kinds of emergencies we suggest our guests to add extra days to their schedule. If there is any symptom of altitude sickness our first step is to descend down without wasting time. Our guides have professional certificates and trainings to handle these kinds of situations (WAFA certification). Basic first aid kit is always carried by our guides. Our guides also check your oxygen levels make sure you are hydrated throughout the trek. If you need a rescue operation or emergency health service our guides are completely ready and trained to take care of it by contacting responsible health offices.
There are two ways things can pan out if you suffer from altitude sickness. You can either continue your trek after some rest or you will not continue your trek at all.
If you want to continue the trek even after the altitude sickness you will firstly have to descend down to lower altitude and rest for few days until our next group comes along so that we can add you to that group and you can continue the trek with them. The few extra days that you take for resting, the financial cost will be your responsibility. We do not assure any financial help but we will provide you with manual assistance as a porter and an assistance guide will take care of you while you are resting here in the tea house. You will have to pay additional amount for extra days while trekking if you go off schedule and trekking routine. If there are no other traveling groups coming up your way and you still decide to trek then you will have to pay separately for your own guide and porter.
If you have altitude sickness & unable to trek and need immediate evacuation service our guides will make the necessary arrangements.
There are two ways to deal with modification in travel plans. First is you can cancel the trip completely and second is you can postpone the date. But for any of these change to take effect we need to be informed 6 weeks before your booked trip date before cancelling or postponing the trip.
Important note: In case of natural disasters and national political issues our hands are tied so we cannot undertake any kind of activities which we will take full responsibility of and make sure our clients get the flexibility of making decisions to either postpone or cancel the trip they initially advocated for. There will be no extra fees or cost for rescheduling but if you decide to cancel the trip volunterily our cancellation fees apply which is listed and described below.
Cancellation fees rules:
These are our specific rules for trip cancellations and refund fees involved:
So, we request our respectful guests to inform us about any kind of modification plans (postpone or cancellations) at least before 43 days of travel date. This will help us to refund your designated deposit and also maintain financial status of every worker and organization involved.
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If you would like to avoid the 4% transaction fee then you also have an option to deposit the money into Makalu Travels' bank account in Wells Fargo Bank, USA. The bank details will be provided on request. You will receive a notice from us after a successful deposit or any kind of financial transaction. We will make sure that your transfer amount has arrived to us before sending you any type of confirmation invoice or notification.
Our package includes most of all the major expenses that you will have to bear while your time in Nepal. While you are in Kathmandu your breakfast is included but while trekking all your meals are included so you don’t have to pay. But there are certain circumstances where you will have to make extra payments personally. They are listed below:
The thing to keep in mind is that the higher you go more expensive it gets. So you will have to pay for hot showers, Wi-Fi, charging devices as they rely on solar power because luxury of power lines and gas cylinders are difficult to find up in the mountains. You can also take helicopter from Kathmandu to Pokhara if flight cancellations occur. Flight cancellations are normal occurring as the weather can be unpredictable sometimes in the Himalayas.
So for this we suggest you to carry about 300-400 USD extra for your safety. Although insurance money will cover certain aspects while travelling it never hurts to carry extra for your own well-being.
The hotel we will accommodate you to is Hotel Le Himalaya pre and post trek in Kathmandu. We will book the hotel rooms for you as per your request with a good pricing than that of online booking. We will transfer all your luggage while being transferred from one accommodation center to another. In Kathmandu we will have a very standard hotel but while trekking we won’t have such luxury so we will have to spend our nights in tea houses. These tea houses are fairly of good standard, you can’t be too picky in the Himalayas! You can contact us if there is any specific query you have about the accommodation structure.
Rooms are very spacious and have private bathrooms and toilets. You will not have to compromise even a bit while your stay at Kathmandu. Hotel Le HImalaya is where you will be before and after the trek as we will have pre booked everything for our respected guests. In case of extending your vacation in Nepal we can help you book rooms for extra nights but we will need to be pre informed. If it is a peak season it will be difficult to manage room in same hotel but we will make an utmost effort to accommodate you in the hotel of same caliber.
We have very less accommodation facilities and options while we are trekking. Bathrooms and toilets are common and shared. Usually there are at least two bed rooms in one room. But if any of our clients wants a private room it can be negotiated with the tea house owner. This management for private room can only be done if the rooms are empty in tea houses and the owners agree with it. It is impossible if you are trekking during peak seasons.
Note: Our guests will not have to pay for the nights that they don’t spend in a hotel room in Kathmandu. We can always come to an agreement if there are certain flight delays or cancellations. During these kind of situations we will accommodate our guests fitting best to their requirements.
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