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ANNAPURNA SANCTUARY

Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu
Arrive in Kathmandu at any time.

Day 2 Kathmandu
Just wait until you feel the vibe of colourful Kathmandu. Meet the monkeys while climbing to Swayambhunath, walk around the mammoth Bodhnath Stupa and delve into the magical history of Durbar Square in the old city. Don't forget to check out Thamel's great shopping!

Day 3 Pokhara
Time to chill out in Pokhara and hire any gear that may be needed for the next step of our adventure. Gaze across the picturesque lake and contemplate the snow-capped peaks of our upcoming challenge, the Annapurna Ranges.

Day 4-13 Annapurna Ranges
On the Annapurna Sanctuary trek we'll traverse a wide variety of terrain from lowland pastures and peaceful villages to dramatic glaciers and stunning mountain pathways. While the trekking is challenging, averaging six to seven hours a day on steep terrain, our expedition into the mountains allows you to experience the 'Roof of the World'. Along the way see thundering waterfalls, cross icy rivers and high mountain passes and reward ourselves with a soak in natural hot springs. Overnight we stay in small, rustic teahouses allowing us to meet Nepali hill people.

Days 14 Pokhara
Return to Pokhara for a well-earned shower and an end of trek celebration. Relax, recover and reminisce!

Day 15 Depart Kathmandu
A morning flight brings us back to Kathmandu where trip ends upon arrival at airport.


EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK

Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu
Arrive in Kathmandu at any time.

Day 2-4 Pakding/ Namche Bazaar
Heading through pine and cedar woods along the Dudh Kosi to Pakding, encounter your first yak caravans carrying trekking equipment and supplies – including yours – towards base camp. Spend a day acclimatizing in Thame. Intricately carved mani stones mark the path to this large valley.

Day 5 Tengboche
Leaving Namche, the route is unbelievably beautiful. Hike through Sherpa villages and forests of fir and rhododendron to reach Tengboche Monastary, home to Tengboche Rinpoche, a Lama incarnate.

Day 6-7 Dingboche
Walk through alpine meadows of scrub juniper and wild flowers. From Dingboche, the mountain views are outstanding. Hike up the Imja Khola. The fluted ice walls flanking the Amphu Lapcha pass are one of the highlights of the trek.

Day 8-10 Lobuche/ Everest Base Camp
Climbing above the tree line, cross alpine pastures and glacial moraine to reach Everest Base Camp where colourful expedition tents give a bizarre appearance to this desolate place surrounded by walls of rock, snow and ice.

Day 11-13 Tengpoche/ Mongo/ Lukla
Descend the Imja Khola past Pangboche, the highest permanent settlement. Its gompa, the oldest in Khumbu, is built over the hermitage of Khumbu’s saint Lama Sanga Dorje.

Day 14 Kathmandu
You made it! Take a well-deserved rest and enjoy one last day with your fellow trekkers in this bustling city.

Day 15 Depart Kathmandu
Mar 21, 2010 - START OF ANNAPURNA SANCTUARY TRIP
Days 1-2 Kathmandu

Travellers arrive from all corners of the world during the day. There are no arranged activities on Day 1, so please arrive by 18:00 for a group and trek meeting followed by an optional dinner. Check the GAP noticeboard in the hotel to find out...  (more...)
Mar 23, 2010 - Day 3 Pokhara

Leaving the Kathmandu valley behind, we head for the enchanting Nepalese town of Pokhara (approxiomately 8 hours). Pokhara enjoys a delightful setting on a lake beneath the snow-capped peaks of the Annapurna range, making it an excellent place to relax and contemplate what lies ahead....  (more...)
Mar 24, 2010 - Days 4-13 Annapurna Ranges

At 8091 metres, Annapurna 1 is one of the highest mountains in the world. Its surrounding sister mountains are equally imposing and create magnificent panoramas from any view point. This trek covers a wide variety of terrain, from lowland pastures and peaceful villages to...  (more...)
Mar 25, 2010 - Day 5 Trek to Commrung 1952 m 5 hours- Lodge
Mar 26, 2010 - Day 6 Trek to Doban 2,286 m 6 hours- Lodge
Mar 27, 2010 - Day 7 Trek to Deurali 3,080 m 5 hours- Lodge
Mar 28, 2010 - Day 8 Trek to Machapuchere Base Camp 3,720 m 4 hours- Lodge
Mar 29, 2010 - Day 9 Trek to Annapurna Base Camp/Sanctuary 4,095 m 4 hours-Lodge
Mar 30, 2010 - Day 10 Trek to Himalayan Hotel 3,020 m 4 hours-Lodge
Mar 31, 2010 - Day 11 Trek to Chommrung 1,952 m 5 hours- Lodge
Apr 1, 2010 - Day 12 Trek to Ghandrung 1951 m 6 hours-Lodge
Apr 2, 2010 - Day 13 Trek to Nayapul 1030 m 5 hours. from here it is a short downhill stretch all the way from Pothana to Phedivia via Dhampus village... yes, we made it! After a late lunch it's only about 1 hour (driving!) to Pokhara for a well-earned shower and an end-of-trek celebration to enjoy the good...  (more...)
Apr 3, 2010 - Days 14 Pokhara

An easy day to relax the muscles, do some last minute shopping or float on a boat in this beautiful town in the foothills of the Himalayas.
Apr 4, 2010 - Day 15 - Kathmandu
START OF EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK
Day 1 Kathmandu

You may arrive at the joining-point hotel at any time on Day 1 as no group activities are planned for today except for a group meeting in the early evening followed by an optional dinner. It is important that you arrive in time for...  (more...)
Apr 5, 2010 - Days 2-4
The mountain flight into Lukla is spectacular and the landing an exciting beginning to the trek – one end of the runway is 60 meters higher than the other. Heading through pine and cedar woods along the Dudh Kosi to Pakding you will encounter your first yak caravans carrying trekking and...  (more...)
Apr 6, 2010 - Days 3 - Namche Bazaar (3440m)6hr walk - 9km
Apr 7, 2010 - Days 4 - Namche Bazaar (3440m)6hr walk - 9km
Apr 8, 2010 - Day 5
Leaving Namche the route is unbelievably beautiful – the Dudh Kosi is far below and Thamserku, Kantega, Ama Dablam, Lhotse and Everest rise in front. Woods, rhododendron forests, mani walls, chorten and suspension bridges across the river make this a lovely walk. The morning view from...  (more...)
Apr 9, 2010 - Days 6-7
Stone steps lead down through rhododendrons, birches and conifers where, due to the hunting ban, almost tame pheasants are regularly seen. At the bottom lies the small village of Deboche and its nunnery. Rising above the tree line the trail enters alpine meadows of scrub juniper and, in...  (more...)
Apr 10, 2010 - Days 7 - Dingboche (4410m) 6hr walk - 8km
Apr 11, 2010 - Days 8-10
Alpine meadows and summer yak pasture lead toward the end of the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier where there is a steep, tough climb. There are stone monuments to six Sherpa who died in avalanche as well as monuments to other climbers. From Lobuche the view is straight towards Nuptse and...  (more...)
Apr 12, 2010 - Day 9 – Gorak Shep (5184m)3hr walk - 6km (optional hike to Kala Patthar 1.5hrs)
Apr 13, 2010 - Day 10 - Everest Base Camp (5300m)4hr walk - 5km - Pheriche or Dingboche.
Apr 14, 2010 - Days 11-13
Descend the Imja Khola past Pangboche, the highest permanent settlement. Its gompa, the oldest in Khumbu, is built over the hermitage of Khumbu’s saint Lama Sanga Dorje. The juniper trees on either side are said to have sprung from hair cut from his head and a rock-like projection is a...  (more...)
Apr 15, 2010 - Day 12 - Monjo (2835m)5hr walk
Apr 16, 2010 - Day 13 - Lukla (2860m)3hr walk
Apr 17, 2010 - Day 14 Kathmandu

On Day 14 we take the short flight back to Kathmandu where the rest of the day is free for shopping, sightseeing or relaxing in one of the many rooftop cafés.

You may depart at any time on Day 15.
Apr 18, 2010 - Day 15 - Kathmandu & departure
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