Days
18
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Trek the spectacular foothills of Annapurna and Everest

Surround yourself with the greatest mountain scenery in the world on this immersive Annapurna and Everest trek. Combine an incredible sense of accomplishment with landscapes that must be seen with your own eyes to be truly appreciated. Starting in legendary Kathmandu, trek through tranquil forest, along alpine ridges and through small villages, taking in sensational views of the great Himalayan peaks. Meet Sherpas, monks, farmers, Garung people and more, ending each day with new achievements and retiring to first-rate mountain lodges. This is what adventures are made of.

ALTERNATE ITINERARY:
In case of weather conditions leading to cancellations or delays in flights, this trip will operate on an alternate itinerary. Please see Day 11 of the itinerary for more details.


Start
Kathmandu, Nepal
Finish
Kathmandu, Nepal
Country
Nepal
Style
Peregrine
Theme
Trekking
Code
PHATC
Physical rating
Ages
Min 16
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why we love this trip

  • Help Nepal get back on its feet by returning to the country. You'll see Kathmandu has lost none of its legendary allure

  • Witness temples rich in symbolism and narrow streets filled with monks, incense, goats and sacred cows, all ringed by iconic Himalayan Mountains

  • Set eyes on some of the world’s most spectacular mountain scenery, hiking through small villages and oak and rhododendrons forests

  • Discover the fascinating mix of ethnic cultures living side by side in Ghandruk. Tour the Garung Cultural Museum, Annapurna Conservation Area Project and the Ghandruk Monastery

  • Embark on a boat trip around beautiful Fewa Lake, stopping in at Talbarahi Temple and the International Mountain Museum

  • Enjoy dinner in Kathmandu’s excellent Utsav restaurant replete with local cultural entertainment

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is a strenuous trip with 12 days of trekking, reaching altitudes above 5,500m. Please ensure you understand the fitness requirements for this high altitude trek. You should be in good health and able to trek between 4 and 8 hours a day. Physical preparation before your trek will be a definite advantage.

  • Please carefully read all trip information to gauge your fitness and suitability for this trip.

  • We have an alternative itinerary in place for when we are not able to reach Lukla by air due to weather conditions. Please see Day 11 of your itinerary for details.

Itinerary

On arrival in Kathmandu, meet your representative who will be waiting with a Peregrine sign outside the terminal. After you settle into the hotel there will be a group briefing with your trip leader in the late afternoon. They will discuss the trek details and co-ordinate any last minute arrangements. The evening is free, but the leader will usually organise dinner (optional) at one of Kathmandu’s fine Nepali restaurants.
Accommodation
  • Annapurna Hotel or similar (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Kathmandu - Rickshaw Night Explorer Urban Adventure - USD68
  • Kathmandu - Spiritual Nepal Urban Adventure - USD80
  • Kathmandu - In Focus: Cook in Kathmandu Urban Adventure - USD93
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
You will have an early departure from the hotel today for your flight to Pokhara. The flight often boasts spectacular views of the main Himalayan chain to the north. Retire for the evening at the Fish Tail Lodge, superbly located on a peninsula across from Fewa Lake. Enjoy panoramic views of Annapurna and Mount Machapuchare (Fish Tail) from here.
Accommodation
  • Fishtail Lodge or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Drive in a private vehicle to Kimche (approximately 2.5 hours). From here you embark on a trek to Ghandruk (approximately 1.5 hours). Take in beautiful scenery and local village life along the way. The route soon climbs up to the village of Ghandruk, one of the biggest Gurung villages in the area. The difference in the Gurung's lifestyle here to that of their neighbours in the lower areas is very apparent. Ghandruk is well known for the number of its men folk who have served in the British Gurkha regiments. Your accommodation for the next two nights, the beautiful Himalaya Lodge, is located in the shadow of Annapurna and overlooks the rest of Ghandruk, affording superior views of the mountains, agricultural terraces and various wildlife.
Accommodation
  • Ker and Downey Himalaya Lodge (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information

Enjoy a guided tour of Ghandruk village. Observe a fascinating mix of co-existing cultures, mainly Buddhist and Hindu. Gurung people (who are Buddhist) have the majority of settlement, but Brahmin, Chhetri, Magar, Damai, Kami and Saarki people also reside here. Your tour stops in Gurung Cultural Museum, which is a good chance to learn more about local life and history. Visit ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) and the Ghandruk Monastery. This monastery has resident llamas, as well as a collection of religious scriptures. This is also the source of daily Tibetan chant music that is played out daily over the town. There may also be the option to venture south of Ghandruk to a beautiful traditional Gurung village (Gairi Gaon), which has slate-roofed houses clustered on a canyon wall.
Accommodation
  • Ker and Downey Himalaya Lodge (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Ghandruk - Guided Village Tour
  • Ghandruk - Annapurna Conservation Area Project
  • Ghandruk - Ghandruk Monastery
  • Ghandruk - Gurung Cultural Museum
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Trek to Birethati (approximately 5 hours). This is a fairly easy walk, passing through Modi Khola river, rhododendron forest, and Syauli Bazaar. Birethanti is situated at the other side of Nayapul. It is a small community set at the foot of Modi Valley and one of the main stops on the Annapurna Sanctuary and Annapurna Circuit treks. From here you can enjoy stunning views of the sacred Fishtail Mountain in the distance. There are some souvenir and handicraft merchants in the village, so perhaps take the opportunity for some shopping. Later, relax and unwind at the Sanctuary Lodge, your accommodation for the night which was handcrafted by local artisans and offers spectacular views of Machapuchare in the distance.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Following a leisurely breakfast, trek to Majhgaon (approximately 3 hours). Begin by crossing the suspension bridge near the lodge, then head up the banks of the Modi River. This is a little-used trail that starts off on a rocky path and winds through a forested area. Walk through the stone staircase and small farming hamlet before reaching Majhgaon. Then trek along this ridge to the small village from where you can see right out across the valley. The route then descends for a while to another bridge. Cross over and, after one more uphill push, pass through the small villages of Patlekhet and Majhgaon. Arrive at your lodge and enjoy some lunch. Afterwards, perhaps choose to hike to nearby Tanchok village (approximately 1.5 hours), where there is a museum set in a traditional house. Reaching the Majhgaon village, enjoy views of the beautiful surrounding valleys and take the opportunity for photos. The photo opportunities continue as you retire to the lovely Gurung lodge, a collection of tribal-style houses and manicured gardens located on the edge of Majhgaon.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Walk to Lumle today (approximately 2.5 hours). Chartered vehicles will be waiting for you at Lumle. Along the way you can perhaps stop at the Tibetan refugee camp, one of the first that was established in Nepal. If you choose to stop, meet one of the monks, who will show you around and explain the symbols and significances of the Tibetan culture and religion. Drive back to Pokhara (approximately 1.5 hours). Explore the lakeside and beach of Fewa lake and perhaps try Chilli, Byanjan or Moondance restaurants – all great options for dinner.
Accommodation
  • Fishtail Lodge or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
In the late morning, embark on a boat trip around Fewa Lake. Visit Talbarahi Temple which is located on the lake itself (on a small island on the lake's southeast section). This double-storey, pagoda-style temple is a place of both Buddhist and Hindu worship. Today you also visit the International Mountain Museum which is dedicated to the sacred peaks of Nepal and the people that live around them or have climbed them. Here there is a collection of equipment on display from many of the early expeditions in the Himalayas, as well information on their natural history.
Included Activities
  • Pokhara - Fewa Lake boat trip
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Fly to Kathmandu in the late morning. Enjoy a dinner at Utsav Restaurant, dining on excellent Nepali food and enjoying a traditional dance performance. Say goodbye to some of your current group and leader - you will meet your new team tomorrow.
Accommodation
  • Annapurna Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
A briefing given by the group leader is scheduled for this afternoon. Your trekking program and co-ordinate any last minute arrangements will be discussed. Look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. The evening will be free, but the leader will usually organize an evening meal (optional) at one of Kathmandu’s fine Nepali restaurants. Alternatively you can enjoy dinner at the hotel.
Accommodation
  • Annapurna Hotel or similar (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Kathmandu - Rickshaw Night Explorer Urban Adventure - USD68
  • Kathmandu - Spiritual Nepal Urban Adventure - USD80
  • Kathmandu - Path to a Hidden Monastery Urban Adventure - USD83
  • Kathmandu - Kathmandu by Bike Urban Adventure - USD89
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Rise early and board a plane for a quick journey from Kathmandu to Lukla (2827m) (approximately 45 minutes). This spectacular flight goes parallel to the giants of the Himalayas, with unforgettable views of the mountains bordering Nepal and China. Land on an airstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary and the Sherpas in the mid-1960s. After landing you will have time to explore the village while the Sherpa crew sort and load your trekking equipment. After a quick safety talk, begin your trek to Phakding. You’ll descend towards the milky white waters of the Dudh Kosi River, where you will join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, located just above Chaunrikharka (2713m). The walk is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat (2550m), it’s only a short walk to Phakding. Settle into your first mountain lodge of the trip. It features organic gardens, a peaceful riverside location, and warm and cosy rooms designed in traditional Khambu style.

ALTERNATIVE ITINERARY DUE TO FLIGHT CANCELLATIONS:
Weather conditions in the Himalayas can change rapidly, which frequently results in the need for changes to be made to our intended itineraries. Flights throughout Nepal, particularly in high mountain areas, can be delayed or cancelled due to poor weather conditions. Flights between Kathmandu and Lukla are particularly prone to these delays which has the potential to vary the itinerary of all departures in the Everest region. Our contingency plans in case of bad weather preventing the fixed wing aircraft flight from Kathmandu to Lukla are as follows:

Day 2 - We will attempt to board our booked fixed wing flight as per the itinerary. If this flight is cancelled but helicopters are available and permitted to fly to Lukla we will use our best endeavours to charter a helicopter to transport the group. Travellers will need to use their emergency fund to cover the cost of this chartered helicopter. The exact cost will depend on how many travellers are in your group and could be up to US$500. If no fixed wing or helicopter flights are available we will return to our hotel in Kathmandu for an additional night.

Day 3 - We will again attempt to board our booked fixed wing or a helicopter flight. If we reach Lukla on Day 3 by either fixed wing aircraft or helicopter we will then follow a modified itinerary with one day less in Namche.

We also advise allowing a few extra days in Kathmandu at the end of your trip should your return flights from Lukla be delayed due to weather conditions.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
(Trekking: approximately 4 hours / 8.5km)
Today you’ll trek approximately 7 hours to Namche Bazaar, when you will memorably see Everest for the first time. From Phakding you’ll cross the river and head up the valley, following in the footsteps of the porters carrying supplies for Namche Bazaar. The trail, lined with blue pine forest, follows the river valley and is especially spectacular in spring when the rhododendron flowers are bright in bloom. Cross the Dudh Kosi River at Benkar, and look up to see the peaks of snow-capped Kusum Kanguru (6369m) and Thamserku (6623m). Press on to Monjo (2835m), a good place to break for lunch. From here the walk starts to get a little tougher, with a steep ascent to Namche Bazaar. Enter into the national park, cross the river through the village of Jorsale (2805m) and then continue upstream. Cross another spectacular suspension bridge and begin the ascent to Namche Bazaar at a steady pace. There are some fantastic photographic opportunities as the peaks of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Taweche (6542m) come into view for the first time. Your base for the next three nights, the Yeti Mountain Home, boasts a breathtaking location, perched on the upper slopes of the Sherpa capital.
Accommodation
  • Yeti Mountain Home Namche (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
(Trekking: approximately 5 hours / 10.5km)
Namche Bazaar is a great place to properly acclimatise to the altitude. One of the best ways to do this is to take a walk up to a higher altitude then come back down to sleep – there’s an optional walk above the Bhote Khola River Valley towards Thami (3810m). Taking a walk to see both the sunrise and sunset views from the national park headquarters above the village is also a great option. This stunning vista includes a super panorama of the Khumbu peaks and great views of Everest.
Accommodation
  • Yeti Mountain Home Namche (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
The best way to acclimatise is to do a strenuous walk up to a high altitude then come back down to sleep. Remember - it doesn't matter how fit you are, anyone can be affected by altitude, so have a chat to your doctor before you leave to talk about the symptoms and what to expect.
Enjoy free time in Namche Bazaar. The national park headquarters are home to interesting displays about Sherpa lifestyle and culture, and the local flora and fauna. Namche gained its importance during the period when Tibetan salt was traded for the lowland grains of Nepal. Rugs, clothing, salt and dried meat still all do a roaring trade in the village centre. Your guides are on hand to offer advice and escort you on further day walks.
Accommodation
  • Yeti Mountain Home Namche (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today you descend to the small Sherpa settlement of Monjo, (approximately 3 hours). Your route travels via Jorsale, which is located just north of Monjo and south of Namche Bazaara. This village is situated on the west side of the holy Dudkhoshi river which follows from the mountain. An exciting part of today's walk is crossing a suspension bridge – one of the popular bridges going across the Dudhkoshi. Settle into your plush lodge and enjoy some rest and relaxation. Tonight's accommodation is the newest of the Yeti Mountain Home lodges. It's spacious, comfortable and fitted out in classic Sherpa style. 
Accommodation
  • Yeti Mountain Home Monjo (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
This morning you depart Monjo and continue your descent along the Dudhkoshi River. Along the way, pass by several monasteries and villages before making a final ascent to reach the Lukla plateau (approximately 4 hours). You should arrive there by mid-afternoon. On your arrival in Lukla, there will be time for you to relax and unwind. Your tranquil and beautifully decorated lodge offers the added bonus of a Himalayan Healers spa. Take the time to indulge in a few creature comforts as you reflect on the adventure that has been.
Accommodation
  • Yeti Mountain Home Lukla (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla airport. In the late afternoon, visit the Garden of Dreams. This Edwardian garden, located centrally in Kathmandu, was created by Field Marshal Kaiser Sumsher Rana in early 1920. About half of that original garden still exists today, but it's a beautiful sight, having been restored with the help of the Austrian Government between 2000 and 2007. Spend some time exploring its elegant flower arrangements, pavillions and fountains. Afterwards, retire to the Hotel Annapurna for the evening.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Annapurna or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your trip comes to an end in Kathmandu this morning.
Optional Activities
  • Kathmandu - Kathmandu Living Urban Adventure - USD80
  • Kathmandu - Kathmandu Valley's Other Kingdoms Urban Adventure - USD124
  • Kathmandu - In Focus: Cook in Kathmandu Urban Adventure - USD93
  • Kathmandu - Exploring Patan & Bhaktapur Urban Adventure - USD141
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

16 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 12 dinners

Transport

Plane, Private vehicle

Accommodation

Comfortable hotel, Trekking lodge

Included Activities

  • Ghandruk - Guided Village Tour
  • Ghandruk - Annapurna Conservation Area Project
  • Ghandruk - Ghandruk Monastery
  • Ghandruk - Gurung Cultural Museum
  • Pokhara - Fewa Lake boat trip

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Important notes

1. Due to the demands of travelling at high altitudes a Passenger Self Assessment Form is required for this trip.
2. Please bring 2 passport sized photos to your joining meeting for your trekking permits.
3. In case of weather conditions leading to cancellations or delays in flights, this trip will operate on an alternate itinerary. Please see Day 11 of the itinerary for more details.
4. You must bring an emergency fund of 500 USD in cash with you on this trip, which you may need to use in case of delayed or cancelled flights.
5. We advise allowing a few extra days in Kathmandu at the end of your trip should your return flights from Lukla be delayed due to weather conditions.

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