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Trip Facts

  • Trip Destination: Annapurna Region
  • Group Size: Min-2, Max 12,
  • Highest Altitude: 1964m
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Transportation: Private Vehicle, Domestic Flight
  • Type of Tour: Trekking, Hiking, Walking, Culture
  • Trekking Hour: Approximately 5-6 hours each day
  • Total Days: 13 Days
  • Trip Cost: USD 2750

Annapurna Luxury Lodge to Lodge trekking

Trip Overview

Annapurna Luxury Lodge to Lodge trekkingThis extremely varied trip offers everything from fascinating ancient Kathmandu to rafting the Seti River and game-watching in Chitwan. However the highlight is a short trek, with Sherpas and porters, visiting some of the most interesting villages in the Annapurna foothills, while surrounded by magnificent mountain views. Using a series of picturesque luxury lodges we offer a much higher standard of comfort than is normally available while trekking. Each lodge has twin rooms, attached bathrooms, hot running water, dining rooms, cosy lounges, gardens and stunning views.

Trip Information

Day to Day Outline Itinerary

Day Activities
Day 1: On arrival in Kathmandu we transfer to Hotel Yak and Yeti or similar.
Day 2 : Morning tour of Patan and Bhaktapur.
Day 3 : Fly to Pokhara and Trek to Birethanti
Day 4 : Trek to Ghandruk
Day 5 : Excursion around Ghandruk and surrounding area
Day 6 : Trek to Majgaon
Day 7: Trek to Dhampus
Day 8 : Trek to Dhampus Phedi and drive to Pokhara
Day 9 : Drive to Damauli and start rafting
Day 10 -11: Morning rafting and drive to Chitwan after lunch
Day 12 : After breakfast we fly back to Kathmandu.
Day 13 : International departure.

Day to Day Detail Itinerary

Day Activities
Day 1: On arrival in Kathmandu we transfer to Hotel Yak and Yeti or similar.
Day 2 : Morning tour of Patan and Bhaktapur.
Day 3 : For the next five days we walk through unspoilt villages and carefully cultivated terraces, where life has remained unchanged for generations. Forests of conifers, rhododendrons and bamboo surround us. Machhapuchhare, the sacred 'Fishtail' mountain is our companion as is the great bulk of Annapurna South, which towers above us at Ghandrung. We spend four nights in lodges known for their comfort. All of them are ideally located for the best views of the mountains. Early this morning we transfer to the airport for the flight to Pokhara during which we should have superb views of the Annapurnas. From Pokhara we continue by road to our trek start point core_1-hour). Our walk will follow a ridgeline in the lower foothills of the Annapurnas with surrounding views of the Pokhara Valley. This route then drops to the Modi River Valley, where the Sanctuary Lodge is located. The lodge has magnificent views of the sacred and unclimbed Fishtail Mountain, or Machhapuchhre, as it is locally known. Lunch is at the lodge followed by an optional walk to the village of Birethanti. Or you may choose to spend the afternoon exploring the surrounding river valley. (Trek time 3-4 hours).1150m
Day 4 : After breakfast we leave the lodge walking out through the outlying farms following the Modi River Valley. Soon we begin to climb out of the valley and up towards the mountains. The trail passes through small hamlets, terraced rice fields and forests with spectacular views of the surrounding valley. Snacks are provided along the trail. Hot lunch is served on arrival at the lodge in the early afternoon. (Trek time 5-6 hours). It is from this lodge that there are magnificent close up views of the surrounding mountains. (1955m)
Day 5 : We wake up this morning with tea and coffee, served in the
garden and watch the sunrise over Annapurna South, Annapurna 1, Hiunchuli,
Gangapurna, and the Fishtail. After a relaxing breakfast accompanied by
glorious views from the Himalaya Lodge,we will explore this mountain
village and the surrounding countryside. Ghandruk was once a major
recruitment centre for the famous Gurkha soldiers. The women of Ghandruk
maintain a local industry of weaving traditional Nepalese rugs.
Day 6 : After breakfast, we leave the Himalaya Lodge walking out through the village of Ghandruk. Buffaloes and goats graze in the surrounding fields and you may have to make way for the donkey and mule trains that convey goods to and from the Gurkha settlements. You may also meet some of the trekkers coming down from or heading up to the Sanctuary itself. We continue descending for 2 or 3 hours until we reach Shauli Bazaar. From here, we follow the Modi River until reaching the Sanctuary Lodge. We'll have lunch here before we ascend again on a mixture of well-paved steps and switch-backs. We reach the Gurung Lodge after about 2 hours. (Trek time 5-6 hrs).
Day 7: This morning we begin trekking through the unspoiled village of Patlekhet. Our walk takes us through sub-tropical forests that include tree orchids, rhododendrons and magnolias. Along the way we will stop at the village of Pothana where many Tibetan traders live and sell their souvenirs. After about 3½ hours we arrive at the Basanta Lodge. From the lodge there are sweeping views of the entire Annapurna Range. After lunch at the lodge there will be an optional walk through the old village of Dhampus (1525m).
Day 8 : After an early breakfast, we depart along the ridge and descend through the wooded hillside and terraced farmland to the valley floor. This should take around an hour and a half. We then drive to Pokhara (30 minutes) and should be back there by lunchtime and so you will have the afternoon to explore this small lakeside town. You can spend the afternoon sightseeing, rowing on the lake, renting a bike, shopping or you can simply relax in one of the many garden cafes.(1000m)
Day 9 : After breakfast we drive through the countryside to Damauli,(1½ hours). Here we will be met by our experienced rafting crew, who will give us a full briefing prior to launch. Floating down the river gives us a chance to see typical village life along the banks as well as an abundant variety of birds. There will be a picnic lunch stop on the way to the camp. We will raft over 2 small grade 2 rapids which are no longer than 50 metres. The remainder of the trip is very much a floating experience. Upon arrival, you will be shown to your safari style tent with beds,a changing room, veranda and attached bathroom. For those who feel energetic, an optional hike to a nearby village will be arranged.( Rafting time about 3 hours depending on water levels)
Day 10-11 : The morning of day 10 is spent rafting. The route we take passes 5 grade 2 rapids each being no more than 50 metres. The remainder of the trip is an opportunity to enjoy the surrounding countryside. Rafting time will be 2 to 3 hours in total depending on water levels. Following our morning of activity we drive to Chitwan, where we spend two nights in a comfortable safari lodge. The most popular way of seeing the animals is on elephant-back, and we should see the Indian one-horned rhinoceros and several species of deer. It is also possible to make trips along the Rapti River in a dugout canoe, looking for crocodile and observing the many birds. We stay in a safari lodge, whose knowledgeable and helpful staff accompany us on all the excursions. The lodge has a complex of two roomed huts with attached bathrooms and a larger dining room/bar area
Day 12 : After breakfast we fly back to Kathmandu.
Day 13 : International departure.

Fact Finder

Duration - 13 day Journey
Trip Details: -
  • Experienced Nepalese guides & Leader or Trek with Raj
  • Porters to carry personal gear
Activities - Trekking, Hiking, Walking, Culture, Rafting, Elephant Safari
Trip Grade - Trek with Raj
Mode of Travel - Private coach, Domestic flight
Group & Staff - Min 2, Max 12, Responsible Adventures leader, local guides plus driver
Accommodation - Boutique hotels, Luxury lodges
Land Cost - USD 2750
Single Supplement US$ 450

Trip Cost

Cost Includes:-

  1. 5 star hotel in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast basis on twin sharing basis
  2. 5 star hotel in Pokhara on bed and breakfast basis on twin sharing basis
  3. All transportation
  4. Responsible Adventures' Expert Trek leader or Trek with Raj
  5. Complimentary T-Shirt
  6. Use of trekking kit bag during trek
  7. 1 Assistant guide between 4 trekkers
  8. 1 porter between two trekkers
  9. Good clothing for porters and crew
  10. Food for porters & crew members (We are less then handful of trekking companies that provide this facility)
  11. Insurance for crew and porters
  12. All permits
  13. 2 days rafting on the Seti River
  14. 2 nights in Chitwan with game viewing
  15. Twin sharing room on rafting trip and Chitwan
  16. All meals on trek , rafting trip and in Chitwan.
  17. Domestic airfare.

Cost Does Not Include:-

  1. International airfare
  2. Visas
  3. All optional additional tours or activities during free time
  4. Transportation outside of the tour program
  5. Travel insurance (Compulsory to have insurance that covers helicopter evacuation)
  6. Tips(suggested amount; US$100 per week for staff only), Leader's tipping up to your discretion
  7. Items of a personal nature e.g alcoholic drinks, bottled beverages, laundry, souvenir etc.

Client Reviews

My first time outdoor trekking, thank u so much... I enjoyed my trip from the start to the end. It was hard for me during the first week to adapt to Nepal, especially in the mountains but you and your boys have made me so determined to come here again. You are not just a guide but have become my good friend. I learned a lot from you while in Nepal. I am fascinated by your stamina and ability to climb throughout the trip...I will miss Nepal... especially your musical songs. It was great to see such talent in your team. I will definitely recommend my friends to you, don't worry... It was a great 3 weeks with you once again.

Thank you so much... It was a great experience. I will miss your cooking too....:-))

Emli Ahmad
Central bank of Malaysia

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