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Experience the famous Annapurna mountain range on this teahouse trek. Visit Buddhist stupas, hike through pristine forest and soak in all that Nepal has to offer!

 

Price: Starting from $1,785

Duration: 14 days (oct-nov, feb-apr)

Activity Level: 1 2 3 4 5

PRICE: $2100

Student (15% discount): $1785
Private Departure (1-4 pax): $2730
Private Departure (5-10 pax): $2100

Single Supplement Fee: n/a

ITINERARY SUMMARY

Day 1: Arrive to Kathmandu
Day 2: Tour of Monkey Temple
Day 3: Travel to trailhead
Day 4: Hike to Banthanti
Day 5: Hike to Ghorepani
Day 6: Rest day in Ghorepani
Day 7: Hike to Tadapani
Day 8: Hike to Ghandruk
Day 9: Rest day in Ghandruk
Day 10: Hike to Pothana
Day 11: Complete trek and head to Pokhara
Day 12: Rest day in Pokhara
Day 13: Return to Kathmandu
Day 14: International departures

Arrival DateEnd DateStatus
Sept 25, 2015Oct 8, 2015Open
Oct 2, 2015Oct 15, 2015Open
Oct 16, 2015Oct 29, 2015FULL
Nov 6, 2015Nov 19, 2015Open
Nov 13, 2015Nov 26, 2015Open
Feb 12, 2016Feb 25, 2016Open
Feb 26, 2016Mar 10, 2016Open
Mar 11, 2016Mar 24, 2016Open
Apr 8, 2016Apr 21, 2016Open
Sept 23, 2016Oct 6, 2016Open
Sept 30, 2016Oct 13, 2016Open
Oct 14, 2016Oct 27, 2016Open
Nov 4, 2016Nov 17, 2016Open
Nov 11, 2016Nov 24, 2016Open
Feb 10, 2017Feb 23, 2017Open
Feb 24, 2017Mar 9, 2017Open
Mar 10, 2017Mar 23, 2017Open
Apr 7, 2017Apr 20, 2017Open

INCLUsions

  • medical/evacuation insurance for all participants confirmed 30 days or more prior to their expedition start date
  • 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu
  • 2 nights accommodation in Pokhara
  • all accommodations on trek (double occupancy w/ shared bathroom)
  • breakfast, lunch and dinner on the trek
  • trekking permits and entry fees
  • farewell banquet
  • guide and porter services
  • baggage transport (limited to 22lbs/10kg)
  • all ground transportation in Nepal
  • guided excursions in Kathmandu

NOT INCLUDED

  • personal items (laundry, clothing, snacks, etc.)
  • trip cancellation insurance (offered as an option)
  • international airfare and meals during travel
  • snacks during trek
  • beverages outside of designated meals

Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu (4,593ft/1400m). We pick you up at the airport. Arrive in Kathmandu and check into our OneSeed partner lodge in the heart of the ancient city of Patan. Catch up on some much needed sleep and venture out for some dinner on your own.

Inclusions: Private airport transfer; accommodations

Day 2: Kathmandu (4,593ft/1400m). Spend the day exploring the Kathmandu Valley. Shake the jetlag with a visit to Swayambhunath, the “Monkey Temple”. Take in the views of the city from atop one of the most important Buddhist stupas in Nepal. Return around 1pm to spend the afternoon exploring the city on your own. In the evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner banquet.

Inclusions: Breakfast (Choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water, juice, soft drinks. Other options available for guest purchase); guided tour; welcome dinner (vegetarian option available); accommodations

Day 3: Kathmandu to Birethati (3,362ft/1025m). Travel by private van or jeep to Birethati, the entrance point for the Annapurna region. Stay in Birethati for the night.

Inclusions: Breakfast (Choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water, juice, soft drinks); transportation; lunch (Choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); double occupancy accommodations

Day 4: Birethati to Banthanti (6,430ft/1960m). Your expedition begins! This first day is a tough one. From the trailhead of Birethati, reach the village of Tirkhedhunga. Check out the stunning waterfalls as you pass through rhododendron forests.

Total distance: 8 miles. Approximately 4 hours trekking

Inclusions: All meals (Choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase), park entrance fee, trekking permit,; double occupancy accommodations

Day 5: Banthanti to Ghorepani (9,383ft/2860m). Gaining almost 3,000ft/914m this day, you’ll be exhausted, but triumphant as you enter the hilltop village and get your first views of the Annapurna range. Tired legs are to be expected and a rest day will be appreciated.

Total distance: 6.2 miles. Approximately 5-7 hours trekking

Inclusions: All meals (Choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); double occupancy accommodations

Day 6: Ghorepani (9,383ft/2860m). Ghorepani is a beautiful village at the top of a hill. You can rest in the village itself or trek 45 minutes to get to Poon Hill, known as one of the best vantage points for taking in the Himalayan dawn and enjoying the view of the mountains.

Optional 2 hours trekking

Inclusions: All meals (Choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); double occupancy accommodations

Day 7: Ghorepani to Tadapani (8,629ft/2630m). Your gradual descent has begun! This trek takes around 5 hours. You ascend for two hours, stop for tea at Deurali, then descend down to Banthanti. Enjoy the picturesque waterfalls along the way.

Total distance: 7.5 miles. Approximately 5 hours trekking

Inclusions: All meals (Choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); double occupancy accommodations

Day 8: Tadapani to Ghandruk (6,365ft/1940m). Walk through pristine forests and move into the alpine region where you reach the famous village of Ghandruk.

Total distance: 3 miles. Approximately 4-5 hours trekking

Inclusions: All meals (Choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); double occupancy accommodations

Day 9: Ghandruk (6,365ft/1940m). Ghandruk is a one of the most famous villages in Nepal, renowned for its natural beauty and terraced fields that open up to views of the surrounding peaks.

Inclusions: All meals (Choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); double occupancy accommodations

Day 10: Ghandruk to Pothana (6,201ft/1890m). Pothana is a beautiful village where you can get tasty sukuti (roasted dry meat). The views of the mountains will still accompany you.

Total distance: 5 miles. Approximately 3-4 hours trekking

Inclusions: All meals (Choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); double occupancy accommodations

Day 11: Pothana to Pokhara (2,900ft/884m). Trek the return route to Phedi and then drive for 45 minutes to Pokhara. Enjoy Pokhara in the evenging as you bask in the accomplishment of the trek.

Total distance: 2 miles. Approximately 2 hours trekking

Inclusions: Breakfast, lunch (Choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); accommodations

Day 12: Pokhara (2,900ft/884m). Rest day in Pokhara. Spend this rest day by the lake, taking in the views and enjoying your first hot shower in days!

Inclusions: Breakfast (Choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); accommodations

Day 13: Pokhara to Kathmandu (4,593ft/1400m). Travel by private van or jeep to Kathmandu. Join the rest of your group for a farewell banquet in Kathmandu.

Inclusions: Breakfast, lunch (Choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); transportation, farewell dinner (vegetarian option available); accommodations

Day 14: Kathmandu (4,593ft/1400m). International flights depart.

Inclusions: Breakfast (Choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); airport transfer

All itineraries are subject to change based on local conditions and the judgment of the guide. We reserve the right to modify the itinerary due to medical considerations or the ability of participants as judged by the guide. For complete terms and conditions, see here .

PACKING LIST

You are responsible only for personal clothing and gear listed below. We'll take care of everything else.  A gear check will be completed before you depart for the trail. This list does not include additional clothing/items you may want for travel or for your time off the trail.  Any luggage not needed on the trail can be left in storage during your expedition.

Packing System: This expedition includes porters for bag transport. You are only responsible for carrying a daypack. We recommend packing your items in a large backpack or a durable duffle bag. 

Carried Bag Weight Limit: 22lbs/10kg

Rentals Available:

  • Not available on this expedition. 

Documents and Logistics

  • International flights booked and confirmed to Kathmandu
  • Flight information submitted
  • Passport valid through end of trip
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Four (4) passport-sized photos for arrival visa and trekking permits
  • US Currency for 15 or 30-day Nepali Tourist Visa (available upon arrival for US citizens)
  • Medical insurance card
  • Cash for tipping guides, buying souvenirs, incidental costs, etc.

Documents and Logistics

  • International flights booked and confirmed to Kathmandu
  • Flight information submitted (http://oneseedexpeditions.com/arrival-information)
  • Passport valid through end of trip
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Four (4) passport-sized photos for arrival visa and trekking permits
  • US Currency for 15 or 30-day Nepali Tourist Visa (available upon arrival for US citizens)
  • Medical insurance card
  • Cash for tipping guides, souvenirs, incidents etc.

Expedition Gear

  • Change of clothes for Kathmandu - to be kept in storage during expedition
  • Medium/Heavyweight down jacket
  • Fleece jacket or vest (1)
  • Synthetic hiking pants (1)
  • Rain Jacket
  • Synthetic long underwear (top and bottom)
  • Synthetic T-shirt
  • Wool or synthetic hat
  • Gloves
  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • Nylon-wool blend socks (2-3)
  • Sandals/Crocs/Old Sneakers (for walking around the lodges/restrooms in the evening)
  • Day pack
  • Water bottle
  • Headlamp
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Personal toiletries and medicine
  • Sleeping bag w/ 15-20ºF rating
  • Toilet paper (available in Kathmandu)
  • Hand sanitizer

Other (optional)

  • Reading material for the trail
  • OTC medications (Advil, Imodium, Pepto-bismol etc.)
  • Hotel reservations for extended time in Nepal (if applicable)
  • Guidebooks
  • Camera
  • Trekking poles
  • Bandana (for dust and wind)
  • Energy bars
  • Yaktrax (especially useful for late fall and early spring trips)
  • Outlet adapter (available to purchase in Kathmandu)
  • Zip-lock bags for waterproofing passport and other valuables

CLIMATE OVERVIEW

Peak season to travel to the Annapurna region falls between September and November and then again between February and April. The weather on the trail will vary at different altitudes, but in the town of Ghorepani, which is located at 9,393 feet; June is the hottest month of the year with averages as high as 68°F. Winter months like January can get a cold as 25°F.

The monsoon season falls during the summer months of June, July, and August, when rainfall can be as high as 5.5 inches per month. The rest of the year is relatively dry with only 1 inch of rain.

Annapurna Region Weather

 

Elevation


Annapurna Discovery Reviews

Every question I had was answered and I was able to learn about the history and culture of the local communities I’ve passed. My guide was extremely knowledgeable and was more astute as other guides along the trail. Despite the high altitudes and strenuous days, they were often filled with laughter.
We loved our guides and guides in training. The itinerary provided a culturally rich experience and brought Nepal to life, while also connecting us to the nature of the himalayas. OneSeed was very accommodating and had AMAZING customer service.
I will most definitely recommend OneSeed Expedition to my friends! I loved everything about this trip from the small group, the microfinancing that OneSeed does, the insurance they provide for their guides and guides in training, and the amazing things they have planned and organized for us in the cities.

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CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY

If you cancel 60 days or more prior to your scheduled departure for this adventure then you will be able to reschedule or be reimbursed the full cost of this adventure net the non-refundable deposit of $1000.00. If any cancellation is made less than 60 days prior to your scheduled departure for this adventure then you will lose the complete value of your experience.

If your expedition must be canceled by OneSeed due to circumstances outside of your control (e.g. natural disasters, weather, etc.), we will work with you to reschedule at no extra cost. If rescheduling is not possible, you will be reimbursed the total amount of your purchase less 20% of trip cost.

All discounted and promotional offers made through third-party partners are 100% non-refundable and non-transferable.

INSURE YOUR TRIP

OneSeed provides optional cancellation and interruption insurance for all expeditions. Please review the OneSeed Cancellation and Refund Policy before purchasing any expedition.  Travelex cancellation and interruption insurance covers unforeseen events that may prevent you from participating in your scheduled expedition.