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Start and end in Kathmandu! With the hiking & trekking tour Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, you have a 15 day tour package taking you through Kathmandu, Nepal and 8 other destinations in Nepal. Annapurna Sanctuary Trek includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
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- AnonymousWritten on November 5, 20135.0 - ExcellentI wanted to have challenge, experience new culture in friendly environment and I received all that!Staff in UK and Nepal were very supportive. Our guide Prem was fabulous and all tead extremely friendly.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Visiting new places.We were well looked after and given space to do what we wanted.What did you think of your group leader?Prem was really interesting, supportive and inspirational.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?do it. You will love it!Is there anything else you would like to add?Thank you
- AnonymousWritten on April 14, 20135.0 - ExcellentThis was an amazing trek into a beautiful mountain range; We had stunning views of snow capped mountains throughout the trip. Walking along paths used by locals, livestock and visitoors alike gave a real insight into local village life.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The first view of the range above base camp, including Annapurna (One & Two) and "Fish Tail", was truely memorable.What did you think of your group leader?Our local tour leader was wonderful; very patient, trustworthy, knowledgeable and fun; although he did cheat at cards a bit!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Take ice grips / crampons if going early season.Â We walked through ice and snow on some very steep paths for the two days to Annapurna base camp.Â A good level of fitness beforehand and some experience of hill walking made the trip much more enjoyable.Is there anything else you would like to add?If you get a chance go for it!
- AnonymousWritten on April 8, 20134.0 - GoodStunning views ! Hard work but worth it.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Getting to ABC.What did you think of your group leader?Keisher was excellent.Â Very knowledgeable and very supportive when it got tough (which it did).Do you have any advice for potential travellers?There are more steps on this trip than the trip notes say - so bear that in mind.Â Its VERY cold at MBC and ABC so don't underestimate the quality of sleeping bag you need.Â Take any medications you need as you will not be able to get them in the mountains.Â Showers are limited - take lots of wet wipes.Is there anything else you would like to add?Its a great hike and gives you amazing views over the mountains.Â It is however hard work.Â If you work in an office (like me) and your exercise is limited to the gym and an odd run you can do it (just) but its a struggle.Â Most of the people on this trip were very fit (we had hill runners for example) so make sure you train for it.
- AnonymousWritten on January 30, 20135.0 - ExcellentThere are not an enough words to describe this holiday. It was an amazing experience and one which will live in the memory for a very long time. The trek was challenging, but truly worth it. The scenery and the views were absolutely beautiful as well as experiencing the Nepalese culture. Feeling the fresh air and eating and drinking local produce like freshly made masala tea were sometime. One thing which real made it excellent trip was the company, and the people we met, which made it even more enjoyable. It won’t be long before I will be planning other adventure back in Nepal!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?There were many, but the one that stands out was the early morning sunrises, and seeing the first rays of the golden sun slowly and majestically climbing over the mountain peaks as it rises in the sky. Is truly superb sight to behold and not to be missed!What did you think of your group leader?The guides were absolutely magnificent they could do an enough for us, making sure everyone was okay and with great professionalism and with a good sense of humour.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Expect the unexpected! J
- AnonymousWritten on January 30, 20135.0 - ExcellentThere are not an enough words to describe this holiday. It was an amazing experience and one which will live in the memory for a very long time. The trek was challenging, but truly worth it. The scenery and the views were absolutely beautiful as well as experiencing the Nepalese culture. Feeling the fresh air and eating and drinking local produce like freshly made masala tea were sometime. One thing which real made it excellent trip was the company, and the people we met, which made it even more enjoyable. It won
- AnonymousWritten on January 3, 20135.0 - ExcellentAn absolutely amazing holiday. Spectacular scenery, gorgeous weather, inspirational sights and lots of steps!! What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?It's difficult to pinpoint.Â The views were amazing and the sense of achievement in the whole group accomplishing the whole trek without injury or altitude sickness were some of the highlights.What did you think of your group leader?Our group leader, Keshar,Â and the tour guides were excellent.Â Keshar had a fantastic knowledge of both Nepal and the flora and fauna we were passing and, also, of Europe so he could make interesting comparisons.Â I always felt incredibly safe with Keshar and the guides - even on the first few days when my climbing legs felt a bit wobbly!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?There are a few days (in particular at MBC and ABC) where there is only a few hours walking and a lot of waiting around in order to acclimatise to the altitude. I'd advise taking a good book and a pack of playing cards etc to entertain yourself!Â In October, we were incredibly lucky with the weather (blue skies andÂ temperatures of about 80 degrees during the day, although very cold nights) and some of us were caught out with too many cold weather clothes and not enough short sleeve tshirts.Â So, be prepared for a variety of temperatures!Â Is there anything else you would like to add?I'd never trekked before so I was slightly apprehensive about booking this holiday.Â However, apart from slight alarm on the first day that the afternoon's journey included 1000s of steps, it was completely manageable.
- AnonymousWritten on January 2, 20134.0 - GoodAmazing amazing Annapurna, this was a wonderful experience. The scenery is truly breathtaking every step of the way. I went alone, but the group was a great mix of young and old, individuals and couples, and I met some fantastic people. A perfect escape for Christmas and New Year, when the trails are nice and quiet. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The panoramic views at Poon Hill were pretty spectacular, but the arrival into Annapurna Sanctury was pretty inspirational, surrounded by giant snowcapped mountains.What did you think of your group leader?The tour leader was knowledable about the region, and provided detailed briefings each evening about the following day which was useful since the group split out throughout the day (according to the different hiking speeds). There were occasions when a couple of us in the group would have probably moved a bit faster than the guides would let us, but we managed to get into a routine that worked well for all.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?This is a greatÂ tour, and good for a moderate/challenging hiking experience at altitude.Â Some of the days are pretty longÂ with some pretty big altitude gains, and a LOT of steps (check the ups and downs each day). You need to be in reasonable shape to enjoy this.Â Â Is there anything else you would like to add?I actually wanted to go to Everest Base Camp, but decided on Annapurna Sanctuary since I had some reservations about hiking atÂ elevations over 4000mÂ (and this tour is a good bit lower on average). I had no issues, and a lot of this has to do with a well organised andÂ paced tour that considers the altitude gains well. I will hopefully be heading to Base Camp Everest in 2013! Lots of people sell tours like this one,Â but do not be fooled by other companiesÂ sellingÂ "lodge" treks. Pretty much all use the same "tea-houses" which are great, and I personally would chose over camping, for having a little more room each night, as well as basic wash facilities.
- AnonymousWritten on December 9, 20124.0 - GoodA thoroughly enjoyable breathtaking Himalayan trek.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Spectacular views from Poon Hill andÂ Annapurna Base camp. Beautiful views from the the World PeaceÂ StupaÂ above Pokhara.Changu Narayan temple above Bhaktapur was fantastic.What did you think of your group leader?Prem was excellent, a good organiser.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Layers, layers, layers (its cold up at ABC). Wet wipes and tissues ++I wish I had hadÂ a face mask inÂ ourÂ kit (the trails can be pretty choked with dust). Flip flops or similar for showers, many of which are in a seperate building from the tea houses - facilities fairly basic.In Katmandhu,Â opposite side of road 30yds to the right of Royal Singi Hotel, is a well stocked supermarket, in case you have forgotten anything.Leave out Chitwan extension, unless you are desperate to see a few rhinos up close.Â 2 of the 3 days are spent in taxi travel to/from Chitwan. In the 3 day extension we only had 2 hours of safari. Not recommended.
- AnonymousWritten on December 5, 20124.0 - GoodA varied, reasonably strenuous, and interesting trek, with an excellent lead guide in Prem and 15 other "solos" to chat with. It took in paddy fields, farms, small settlements, forest, ridges, deep valleys, treeline then snowline and barren desolation. A true adventure.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Free walking up from the narrow gorge to Fishtail base camp and the vast bowl of Annapurna.Watching oxen used to trample/flail the rice, and the communal rick building.Wallowing in the hot springs pool, while watching the monkeys across the river watching us. What did you think of your group leader?Excellent. Undertook the leadership role with diplomacy and sensitivity.Â Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Understand the basis of "layering" of clothing before you go.Â Take : flip flops, wet wipes, a good thermal sleeping bag, head torch, good book, kleenex tissues, spare lightweight footwear, hand gel, spare camera battery.Is there anything else you would like to add?The quality of the tea houses is variable, and the washing and toilet facilities can be basic, but that is part of the experience. Keep expectations low, and the landscape will more than compensate.
- AnonymousWritten on December 3, 20125.0 - ExcellentThis trek provided a truly superb experience. We were blessed with excellent weather throughout and enjoyed clear blue skies with only a few hours of patchy cloud, normally in the mid afternoon. The route was very attractive and gave a sensible opportunity to prepare for altitude. Only three of our group of sixteen seemed to be affected by it. The locals were friendly and warm; they responded enthusiastically to our five words of Nepalese!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Entering the Sanctuary and listening to the growl of the glacier and the rumble of the avalanches in the far distance.What did you think of your group leader?Excellent, Prasant was a superb leader; combining fun with a high degree of professionalism. He was ably assisted by his three guides all of whom added to the enjoyment of the trek.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Be prepared for single sex dormitories at the overnight stop before MBC, at MBC and ABC and make sure you have a good supply of hygienic wipes to cover those three days when showers were not easily available. Make a note of the food you order at the tea houses.....it can be quite embarassing when delivered to the table and you find you have eaten someone else's lunch.....Â Is there anything else you would like to add?We are seasoned walkers, (having completed all of the Lakeland tops and topped out 50 Munros) and although aged 61 and 59 we found the walking very comfortable; the paths were easily negotiated; and only found ourselves tiring on the three long descent days.Â You can find three 10 minute videos of out trek at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VK38mLIy23Y There is no reason not to go on this trek!
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- Day 1: Start Kathmandu.
- Day 2: Drive to Pokhara and on to Naya Pul; short walk to Birethanthi.
- Day 3: Climb to lower Banthanti.
- Day 4: Ascend through rhododendron forests to Upper Ghorepani.
- Day 5: Optional early morning ascent of Poon Hill for incredible views of the Annapurnas, Machhapuchhare and Dhaulagiri at sunrise. After breakfast head through rhododendron forests to Chuili.
- Day 6: Descend to the Kyumnu Khola and climb up into the Modi Khola valley to Chhomrong.
- Day 7: Trek up the Modi Khola valley towards the Annapurna Sanctuary; overnight in Dobhan.
- Day 8: Continue up the valley to Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3700m).
- Day 9: Explore the high alpine wilderness of the Annapurna Sanctuary. Stay at Annapurna Base Camp.
- Day 10: Descend back down the valley to Bamboo.
- Day 11: Ascend and descend stone steps to Chhomrong. Descend steeply through terraces to Jhinnudanda.
- Day 12: Trek to Sinwai; transfer from Naya Pul to Pokhara.
- Day 13: Free day in Pokhara.
- Day 14: Fly to Kathmandu.
- Day 15: End Kathmandu.
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Covering a total distance of approx 427 km.
- Kathmandu (Nepal)
- 144 km
- Pokhara (Nepal)
- 23 km
- Naya Pul (Nepal)
- 1 km
- Birethanti (Nepal)
- 12 km
- Ghorepani (Nepal)
- 1 km
- Poon Hill (Nepal)
- 21 km
- Chomrong (Nepal)
- 14 km
- Machhapuchhare (Nepal)
- 8 km
- Annapurna (Nepal)
- 6 km
- Chomrong (Nepal)
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