Annapurna & Everest In-Style

Trip Facts

Duration : 19 days/18 nights – 2 nights Kathmandu,5 nights on Annapurna trek,1 night Pokhara,1 night Kathmandu,7 nights on Everest trek,2 nights Kathmandu
Grade : moderate-strenuous
Accommodation : Deluxe Heritage Hotel in Kathmandu (Dwarika’s Hotel) and Comfortable lodges on trek.

Description

Starting and ending in Kathmandu, this combined 19 days/18 nights Annapurna & Everest Trek itinerary features the very important destination of the Trekking in the Himalayas. 

The first part of the trek in the Annapurna valley is not too long or too high on trails that are well used and within relatively easy reach of Pokhara and Kathmandu.  Accommodation on trek is in comfortable Ker & Downey Lodges with ample staff always at hand to look after you. All rooms are tastefully decorated and have attached bathrooms with hot and cold running water. After spending a night in Kathmandu you will take a flight to the Everest Region.

Everest. Named after Sir George Everest, the British Surveyor General of India at the time when the mountain was first identified as ‘Point XV’ on the border with Nepal and Tibet. To the Sherpas and Tibetans however she is ‘Chomolungma’ - Mother Goddess of the Earth. And the Nepalese have their own name, ‘Sagarmatha’. But there is no dispute about the mountain - the highest in the world.

Up until recently if you wanted to get close to Everest then you either had to trek with a full Sherpa crew, sleeping in tents, or trek using fairly basic tea house lodges. However, now there is a more comfortable option and we utilise the most comfortable Lodges available in the region that have recently been built.

Having flown into Lukla you trek to the Sherpa capital, Namche Bazaar, and then trek through a series of pretty Sherpa villages, first in the direction of Everest as far as the famous monastery at Thyangboche and then in the direction of the famous Tibetan trade route, the Nangpa La, to visit the pretty villages of Thame, Mende and others.

The scenery is sensational as you will find yourself surrounded by many Himalayan giants, including of course views of Everest and the more elegant Ama Dablam. 

Itinerary

01

Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon arrival you will be met and assisted by an Asian Tour Company representative  and transferred to the award winning Dwarika’s Hotel which is located 5 minutes from the airport and 20 minutes from the tourist district of Thamel.

This Heritage style Hotel is beautifully designed with traditional Nepalese carvings and offers superb service and accommodation.

Overnight at Dwarika’s Hotel, inclusive of breakfast. 

02

Day in Kathmandu

A pre-trip briefing will be conducted today in which maps and other general information will be distributed.  This will also offer you the ideal opportunity to ask any last minute questions that you may have.  Half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu.

Overnight at Dwarika’s Hotel, inclusive of breakfast. 

03

Fly Kathmandu-Pokhara and begin trek

Transferred to the airport for the 30min flight to Pokhara. After arrival in Pokhara, you will be transfer by road with guides & porters to the trek start point {1-hour}. The walk will follow a ridgeline in the lower foothills of the Annapurnas with surrounding views of the Pokhara Valley. This route then drops to the Modi River Valley, where Ker & Downey's Sanctuary Lodge is located at 3470 ft/1060 meters. The lodge has magnificent views of the sacred and unclimbed Fishtail Mountain, or Machhapuchhre, as it is locally known. Lunch is at the lodge followed by an optional walk to the nearby village of Birethanti or the afternoon is free to explore the surrounding river valley. (Trek time 3 hours) 

Overnight Sanctuary Lodge, breakfast, lunch, and dinner

04

Trek Sanctuary Lodge – Himalaya Lodge

In the morning, leave the lodge walking out through the outlying farms following the Modi River Valley. Soon you begin to climb out of the valley & up towards the mountains. Lunch is a picnic en route with spectacular views of the surrounding valleys. The trail passes through small hamlets, terraced rice fields and forests. Arrive in the afternoon at Ker & Downey's Himalaya Lodge in Ghandruk at 6600 ft / 2000 meters (Trek time 5 hours). It is from this lodge that there are magnificent close up views of the surrounding mountains. 

Overnight Himalaya Lodge, breakfast, lunch, and dinner

05

Leisure day at Himalaya Lodge.

Wake up this morning with tea and coffee served in the garden and watch the sunrise over Annapurna South, Annapurna 1, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, and the Fishtail. After enjoying a relaxing breakfast and the glorious views from the Himalaya Lodge, the guide will take you on an exploration of this mountain village and the surrounding countryside. The maximum altitude will be about 8000 ft or 2400 m. Ghandruk is a major recruitment centre for the famous Gurkha soldiers. The women of Ghandruk maintain a local industry of weaving traditional Nepalese rugs. 

Overnight Himalaya Lodge, breakfast, lunch, and dinner

06

Trek Himalaya Lodge – Gurung Lodge

After breakfast, leave the Himalaya Lodge walking out through the village of Ghandruk towards the Modi River. Midway down, we pass through the village of Kimche. After about 3 hours, reach the village of Lamakhet where you will have a picnic by the banks of the river. After lunch, cross the Modi river and trek to the Gurung Lodge in the village of Majhgaun at 4750 ft / 1450 m. The uphill trek to the Gurung Lodge takes about 2 hours and passes through the village of Patlekhet and terraced farmland. (Total trek time 5 hours.). The Gurung Lodge is built along the lines of a traditional Nepalese village. Every room has spectacular views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. 

Overnight Gurung Lodge, breakfast, lunch, and dinner

07

Trek Gurung Lodge – Basanta Lodge

This morning start out trekking through the unspoilt village of Majhgaun. Our walk then takes us through sub-tropical forests that include tree orchids, rhododendrons and magnolias. You will also pass through the village of Pothana where many Tibetan traders live and sell their souvenirs. After about 4 hours, reach the Basanta Lodge in time for lunch. After lunch there will be an optional trek to the old village of Dhampus. From the lodge, there are sweeping views of the entire Annapurna Range.  The altitude of Dhampus is 5000 ft / 1525 meters.

Overnight Basanta Lodge, breakfast, lunch, and dinner

08

Trek Basanta Lodge – Pokhara

After an early breakfast, depart along the ridge to the valley floor. Trek time 1 ½ hours. We then transfer by vehicle to Pokhara (30 minutes) and on to the Shangri-la Village Resort.

Overnight at Shangri-La Village Resort inclusive of breakfast.

09

Fly Pokhara- Kathmandu (Dwarika’s Hotel).

Transferred to the Pokhara airport for your 30 minutes flight back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu you will be met and transferred to the Hotel.

Overnight at the Dwarika’s Hotel.

10

Fly Kathmandu - Lukla (2880m).

Your early morning flight by Twin Otter aircraft rushes us to Lukla, the most renowned mountain airstrip in the world. Originally conceived by Sir Edmund Hillary’s Himalayan Trust as an emergency evacuation runway for casualties brought to the Trust’s hospital at nearby Kunde, Lukla is now one of the busiest runways in Nepal. On the flight you will watch the rugged foothills give way to the snowline of the Himalaya; many of the world’s highest mountains, including Kanchenjunga, Lhotse and Makalu (the world’s 3rd, 4th, and 5th highest respectively) may sometimes be seen from the window of the plane. 

On arrival, you will be met & introduced to your crew guides, Sherpa and porters. It is about 2 hours to Phakding (8,700ft/2,652m) where you will stop for lunch.  First the path drops down a steep, stony path to meet the trail coming up through Chaurikharka.  You will encounter porters, sherpas, trekkers and the common beast of burden, the dzo, then the path contours the mountainside, past lodges and the small hamlets of Ghat (8,169ft/2,490m) and Chuthrawa (8,500ft/2,591m).  

The trail takes you past large stones carved and painted with prayers, a couple of large new suspension bridges and under large cliffs with trickling waterfalls.  From Phakding it is another 2 or 3 hours to Monjo (9,301ft/2,835m),  which lies just past Chumoa.  Before you get to Monjo, have tea at Benkar at a lovely lodge in a wild spot.  Memories of the day will include the sounds of porters with transistor radios, a cacophony of different languages, beautiful sounding birds, the sights of porters and loads resting on sticks outside tea houses, panting, prayer flag poles and of course the dramatic scenery.

Overnight Everest Summit Lodge, breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

11

Trek Monjo - Namche (3445m).

After breakfast at lodge, we trek to Namche which should take between 5-6 hours. Descending stone steps you come to a suspension bridge and after short climb you reach Jorsale which is the entrance to the National Park and you must wait here while your guide pays the entrance fees. Walking beside the river, you reach a forested mountainside and pass a rocky area. 

After crossing a high, winded path, you descend to the riverbed and reach a V-shaped valley.The river forks here: the right stream is the Dudh Koshi and the left is the Bhote Koshi that leads to Nangpa La. Crossing another suspension bridge and walking a short distance alongside with the Bhote Koshi, you ascend to Tup Dhara where you will get the first view of Mount Everest. (Trek time 3.5 hours).  

Overnight Hotel Sherpaland, breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

 

12

Namche -Rest/acclimatisation day

After breakfast you will take an easy 1 hour walk to the 50th Anniversary Tenzing & the sherpa’s of the Everest memorial stupa.the views from here of the Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Amadablam and the surrounding peaks of the Khumbu is breath taking. After the visit to stupa you will be taken to the Sherpa Cultural Center. There will be ½ hour presentation by Lhakpa Sherpa who has great talent and passion on Sherpa culture and photography. Luncha at the Lodge Yeti Mountain Home. After lunch you are free to head down the Namche market for shopping and great bargains wait for you. You may see Tibetans traders who make a yearly journey from the Tibetan Plateau to sell at the market.

Overnight Hotel Sherpaland, breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

 

13

Trek to Tashingna (11,023ft/3,360m).

Every Saturday Sherpa people from all the villages around and about come to sell their vegetables, yak products and other goods in a very colourful market.  This is a chance to see the traditional way of life of Sherpa people and perhaps to bargain for some souvenirs to remind you of your trip to Everest.

Overnight Everest Summit Lodge, breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

 

14

Excursion to Tengboche and return to Tashinga

This morning, looking across the valley, you can see the path sloping diagonally up towards the famous monastery of Thyangboche, but first you have to descend to the river.  This takes half an hour to an hour, descending steeply in a series of zigzags to the Dudh Kosi river.  Here you cross a suspension bridge in the lee of a gigantic overhanging cliff (10,498ft/3,200m).  A little way further on is a small hamlet, Phunki Tenga, where you could stop for a cup of tea.  It is 2-3 hours from the bridge to reach the monastery at a slow, even pace.  At first you climb steeply up through a pine forest, thankfully in the shade, and then emerge to walk up a long gentle straight path that rises like a ramp to the monastery.  

Emerging at the top, there is a mandala gateway and a huge chorten which are passed before your first sight of the gompa.  The setting is nothing short of magic and it is incredible to think that the temple was burnt down only a few years ago and was re-built largely through the efforts of the Sir Edmund Hillary Trust.  There is a very good Visitors Centre and in the afternoon it is possible to sit down inside the temple for afternoon prayers.  Conch shells are blown, the monks arrive and visitors are expected to sit quietly on the right hand side of the temple.  A small donation is appreciated.  Then sadly it is time to leave and return down the trail and back up through the forest to Tashingna.

Overnight Everest Summit Lodge, breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

15

Trek to Monjo Lodge – 4-5 hours.

Return back to Namche and then descend back down to Monjo.

Overnight Everest Summit Lodge, breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

16

Trek to Lukla

Today you will trek back to Lukla. You will pass through the village of Phakding and have a chance to view the monastery at Gumila above Phakding. Within the monastery reside 12-15 monks from the Gelukpa Sect; it is also a Buddhist teaching monastery. It takes about 30-45 minutes to reach the monastery from the main trekking route. From here you will retrace your steps back to Lukla.

Overnight Everest Summit Lodge, breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

17

Fly to Kathmandu.

This morning you will take the small fixed wing aircraft flight back to Kathmandu and you will be met by our Escape 2 Nepal representative and you will be transferred to the exclusive Shivapuri Heights Cottage located just 30 mins drive away from the Kathmandu airport & followed by 15 mins walk uphill in the foothills of the Shivapuri National Park.  The cottage combines traditional Nepali architecture with the comforts of modern living and Steve’s own personal touches.   The cottage provides a great retreat escape from the madding crowd of Kathmandu. 

Overnight at the Shivapuri Heights Cottage inclusive of dinner and breakfast.

18

In Kathmandu.

Leisure day in Kathmandu with own activities. Additional sightseeing could be arranged at extra cost.

Overnight at the Shivapuri Heights Cottage inclusive of dinner and breakfast.

 

19

International Departure

Transfer to the International airport for your final departure from Kathmandu.

 

Dates

Price Guide & Trip Facts

  • From
    $4520

    price shown is per person based on a sharing basis and a minimum of 2 persons in the final group. US$ 1660.00 single supplement for those person preferring not to share.

 

Cost Includes

  • All airport transfers and long drives as mentioned in the itinerary
    ½ day sightseeing of Kathmandu city
    Domestic flights Kathmandu-Pokhara, Pokhara- Kathmandu, Kathmandu-Lukla & Lukla-Kathmandu by scheduled air services
    X2 nights accommodation at the Dwarika’s hotel in Kathmandu inclusive of breakfast
    X6 day fully inclusive trek arrangements with accommodation and all meals in comfortable Lodges
    X1 night accommodation at the Shangri-La village Resort in Pokhara inclusive of breakfast
    X1 night accommodation at the Hotel Dwarika’s in Kathmandu inclusive of breakfast
    X8 day fully inclusive Everest trek arrangements with accommodation and all meals in comfortable Lodges
    X2 nights accommodation at the Shivapuri Heights Cottage in Kathmandu inclusive of dinner & breakfast

     

 

Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
    Personal insurance
    Price rises beyond our control (e.g.; increase in permit fees, airfares)
    Charges for unexpected expenses
    Personal expenses such as gratuities, laundry etc.
    Personal clothing and equipment
    Nepal visa fees
    International airfare

     

 
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