The Ker & Downey Annapurna Lodge Trek

Trip Facts

Duration : 11 days/10 nights- 6 day Ker & Downey trek, 4 nights in Kathmandu
Grade : Easy-Moderate (also suitable for children 5 years and over)
Accommodation : Comfortable lodges on trek

Description

Starting and ending in Kathmandu, this 11 day/10 night itinerary features the main reason why most people come to Nepal: Trekking in the Himalayas. 

The trek 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.

 

Itinerary

01

Arrive in Kathmandu-Shivapuri Heights Cottage.

Upon arrival you will be met and assisted by an Asian Tour Company representative  and transferred to the Shivapuri Heights Cottage.  

Authentic Nepal, awaits you at the Shivapuri Heights Cottages. Our traditionally designed Cottages, located on the edge of the Shivapuri National Park, are your home-away-from-home when visiting Nepal. Shivapuri Heights Cottages provide an ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of the City whilst having the advantage of being only 30 minutes drive plus a short walk away from the city centre.   Situated in the Himalayan foothills at an altitude of 6000 feet and surrounded by trees this Kathmandu home stay allows for tranquil rejuvenation in a quiet rural setting without traffic jams and urban pollution. Enjoy healthy home cooked meals made with fresh locally grown ingredients. Stretch your legs whilst hiking to nearby Monasteries. 

Overnight at The Shivapuri Heights Cottage (dinner and breakfast).  

 

02

In Kathmandu- Shivapuri Heights Cottage.

A pre-trek 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.  A half day sightseeing tour will also be arranged. 

Overnight at The  Shivapuri Heights Cottage (dinner and breakfast).  

03

Fly Kathmandu-Pokhara and begin trek

Transferred to the airport for the 30min flight to Pokhara. After arrival in Pokhara, 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

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

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

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

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

Basanta Lodge – Pokhara

After an early breakfast, depart along the ridge & descend through the wooded hillside and terraced farmland 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 which boasts a swimming pool and offers excellent facilities.

Overnight at Shangri-la Village Resort inclusive of breakfast.

 

09

Pokhara- Kathmandu-Shivapuri Heights Cottage

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

Overnight at the Shivapuri Heights Cottage.

 

10

Day in Kathmandu-Shivapuri Heights Cottage

Leisure day in Kathmandu.

Overnight at the Shivapuri Heights Cottage.

11

International flight

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

Dates

Price Guide & Trip Facts

  • From
    $2015

    price shown is per person based on a sharing basis and a minimum of 2 persons in the final group. US$ 895.00 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
    Transfer by road Pokhara to trek start point and vice versa
    Domestic flights Kathmandu/Pokhara/Kathmandu
    x6 day fully inclusive trek arrangements with accommodation and all meals in comfortable Lodges 
    X4 nights accommodation in Kathmandu

     

 

Cost Excludes

  • 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
    International departure airport tax
    Visa fees
    International airfare

 

Departure Dates

  • 1st Apr 2016 To 11th Apr 2016

    31st Oct 2016 To 10th Nov 2016

 
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