Annapurna Sanctuary

From ancient kingdoms to majestic mountain vistas, trek for ten days through the breathtaking Himalaya landscape. Pass awe-inspiring glaciers, stay on the banks of pristine rivers, cross mountain pastures, dip into natural hot springs and encounter mule trains taking supplies to remote villages. Rest and revive in cosy mountain teahouses and meet friendly locals along the way. Time spent in Kathmandu and Pokhara completes the adventure with insights into Nepali culture and tradition.

Itinerary

Days 1-2 Kathmandu

A fusion of historical and modern, the city of Kathmandu swarms with life and colour making it a wonderful place to launch a Nepal trekking experience. Meet monkeys while climbing to Swayambhunath, walk around the mammoth Bodhnath Stupa and delve into the mystical charm of Durbar Square.

Day 3 Bhaktapur

Travel south-east to ancient Bhaktapur, a haven of intricate temples, grand old palaces and vibrant courtyards. Few cars enter Bhaktapur, so wandering through the paved streets and narrow alleyways offers a sense of what Kathmandu was like before the modern world came knocking.

Day 4 Pokhara

Temples and palaces are replaced by soaring mountains and mirror lakes. Once on the vibrant trade route between India and Tibet, Pokhara later became a hippy hangout. These days it is the gateway to some of Nepal's greatest treks and is full of things to keep excited travellers busy before the Annapurna trekking adventure begins.

Days 5-14 Annapurna Ranges

Commence hiking through lowland pastures and peaceful villages; past thundering waterfalls and powerful glaciers; and surrounded by unspeakably beautiful landscapes. The ever-changing scenery covers some of the most ruggedly beautiful mountainscapes in the world and it's easy to understand why hiking in Nepal has long been revered by adventure travellers. Stay in basic Nepalese teahouses operated by locals and learn about the daily lives of the hill people. Witness spectacular sunrises over the Annapurna ranges and soak tired muscles in natural hot springs along the way. While the Annapurna Sanctuary trek is challenging, it is a great way to experience these spectacular mountains without the major issues associated with high altitude - the optional trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m) is the greatest elevation reached.

Days 15-16 Pokhara

The final stretch is downhill all the way. With the hard work all done, enjoy a well-earned shower back in Pokhara and plenty of time to relax, recover and reminisce about the Annapurna experience.

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