15 days | Best time: Jan - June, Oct. - Dec. | Min. 2 persons. | Max altitude: 3,440m | Easy to Moderate
The Annapurna to Everest combines two of Nepal's finest trekking regions to offer the best trekking experience in the entire mountain regions of Nepal. The highlights are the rich and varied cultures, tradition, ethnic diversity, scenery and wildlife of Nepal. Experience the majesty of the world's highest mountains and the intricacies of traditional lifestyles of villagers in the low foothills; the tranquil beauty of Pokhara and the vibrant bustle of Kathmandu and the mystical charms of some of the most beautiful and revered holy monasteries and temples.
The trip truly lives up to its name with close up views of both the iconic Macchapuchre 6,993m (Fishtail) capturing the skyline amongst the Annapurna and of course Everest, the Mother Goddess of the Earth (Chomolungma) as is known to the Sherpa people of the Khumbu region which is the gateway to Everest.
Whilst the trip offers an unparalleled combination of colour and lifestyles, the trekking days itself are short and the accommodation luxurious allowing you plenty of time and space to savour the delights of holidaying in the Himalayas.
GLIMPSE OF ANNAPURNA TO EVEREST TREK
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu. Transfer to airport.
Day 02: There's a short drive to the Gokarna Forest Resort, our peaceful haven on the outskirts of Kathmandu. This is your hotel base before and after trek. Your program on the hotel will be on Bed & breakfast plan.
You'll be served with welcome drink and will start briefing about your programs and collect necessary documents for permit for the trekking.
Overnight at the Gokarna Forest Resort.
Day 03: Kathmandu – Pokhara (820 m) – Birethanti (1,025m)
After breakfast, we transfer to the domestic airport for your 25 minute flight to Pokhara. This spectacular flight offers views of the Langtang, Manaslu and Annapurna ranges. On arrival we are met by our guide and trekking crew and then drive to Nayapul, the road head. From here we have about half an hour's walk to Birethanti village and our lodge. Our 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. 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. You may choose to spend the afternoon exploring the surrounding river valley.
30 minutes walk. Overnight at Ker & Downey's Sanctuary Lodge
Day 04: Birethanti – Majgaon (1,400m)
Following a leisurely breakfast, we leave the Sanctuary lodge & trek to Ker & Downey's Gurung Lodge. The lodge is built along the lines of a traditional Nepalese village. Every room has spectacular views of the surrounding valley and mountains. The route follows the Modi river before climbing and contouring through forests.
After lunch at the lodge, you will be escorted to the local village of Tanchok. There will be a talk at a local house, now made into a museum. The contents of the house illustrate how the local people live, together with the tools and implements of day to day traditional village life. There will also be a visit to the school and should there be more than 6 guests, the school children will visit the lodge and perform a number of local dances and songs typical of the region.
4hrs walk. Overnight at Ker & Downey's Gurung Lodge
Day 05: Majgaon - Dhampus (1,650m)
This morning we start out trekking through the unspoilt village of Patlekhet. Our walk then takes us through sub-tropical forests that include tree orchids, rhododendrons and magnolias. Along the way, we will stop at the village of Pothana where many Tibetan traders live and sell their souvenirs.
The trail from Pothana to the lodge offers spectacular views of the Annapurna range. After lunch at the lodge there will be an optional walk through the old village of Dhampus. From the lodge, there are sweeping views of the entire Annapurna Range. Dinner is included.
4hrs walk. Overnight at Ker & Downey's Basanta Lodge
Day :6 Dhampus – Pokhara – Kathmandu (B)
After breakfast, we depart along the ridge & descend through the wooded hillside and terraced farmland to the valley floor (3300ft/1000m). We meet our vehicles here for the short drive to Pokhara airport and our flight back to Kathmandu. Transfer to the Gokarna Forest Resort for some rest and relaxation.
3hrs walk. Overnight at Gokarna Forest Resort
Day 07: Kathmandu – Lukla (2,850m) – Phakding (2,610m)
We make an early start to take a spectacular, short mountain flight to Lukla, the start point for our trek. Watch out for the Langtang and Jugal ranges then the Rolwaling Himal, Gaurisankar and Menlumtse before getting your first glimpse of Everest on the flight. Our trekking crew meets us at the Lukla airstrip and we'll spend a few minutes sorting out bags etc before setting off through this winding village to the trek start proper at the Khumbu 'gateway'. It's gently downhill on pitched stone trails through low rhododendron forest, small 'garden' farms and old and new hamlets to the banks of the foaming Dudh Koshi River. There will be plenty of short stops to meet the locals, take photographs and just soak up the scenery and the clear mountain air as we meander along, the undulating trail glimpsing views of 6000m snow-capped peaks high above. Passing the enormous mani stone at Thado Kosi we meander up through the many chortens and prayer wheels of Sano and along to our destination of YMH Phakding in time for a late lunch. The afternoon is free to rest in the riverside gardens or sun lounge. For those who wish to we'll make a short trip up to the higher village and delightful tiny gompa perched on the valley side. Gather again for pre-dinner drinks round the fire followed by evening meal.
3hrs walk.Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home, Phakding
Day 08: Phakding – Monjo (2,835m)
After breakfast we trek to the village of Monjo. The gently undulating trail follows the right bank of the Dudh Koshi through Phakding village before the first of several river crossings today on wire suspension bridges. Continuing through pine forest and small villages we come to a break in the trees to catch sight of the mighty Thamserku (6,623m) towering way above. A couple more hours of woodland trails and swaying bridges brings us to the small village of Monjo. Our lodge for the night is located above the village with spectacular views of Thamserku and KusumKangri. After lunch at lodge there's an opportunity to explore the side valleys and villages with your guide. Dinner is also included.
3hrs walk. Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home, Monjo
Day 09: Monjo – Namche (3,440,m)
A short walk from our lodge brings us to the gateway to the Sagamartha National Park. We stop to have a look at the interesting 3D map and information boards whilst our guide sorts out our permits and entry. From here we've another 40 minutes or so along the sides of the Dudh Khosi before crossing the Bhote Khosi, raging in form a side valley, and beginning our climb to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar. The trail zig-zags up away from the river, gradually ascending to the tree line opening out into a high mountain bowl and the vibrant village of Namche. We pass through the many tiny shops and colourful stalls picking our way slowly up hand cut stone steps to our wonderful Yeti Mountain Home Lodge. This is our first night above 3,000m so it's important to take it easy and let your body adjust. Relax with a tea or coffee and maybe even take a massage in our spa.
4 to 5hrs walk. Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home, Namche
Day 10: Namche
Today we'll take a gentle walk to gain a little height and then have the afternoon free to explore the shops and cafes of this delightful little town.
Your guide will take you to a couple of wonderful viewpoints to see the 'rockstars' of the mountain world spread out before you: Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest, Ama Dablam. they ring the deep valley sides in a magnificent arena. You should also be able to see the trails to Everest. If you're feeling energised we'll continue on to the delightful villages of Kumjung and Kunde with their health post and school both started by the Sir Edmund Hilary Fund.
After lunch you are free to head down to the Namche market to browse the shops, chat to the locals and maybe pick up a souvenir or two. You may also see the Tibetan traders who make a yearly journey over the high passes from the Tibetan plateau with their yaks laden with goods to sell at the markets. Late in the afternoonthere's an option to visit Namche Monastery. The monastery is about 80 years old and has beautiful Thanka paintings of Tibetan deities. You are most welcome to burn a butterlamp for your loved ones.
Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home, Namche.
Day 11: Namche – Monjo
After Breakfast, we descend back to Monjo. We will reach Monjo at lunch time. After lunch at lodge, you are free to relax your day.
4hrs walk. Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home, Monjo.
Day 12: Monjo – Lukla
We retract back to Lukla after breakfast passing through Banker & Phakding and following the trail to Lukla. You spend your final night in the Everest region here. This is also a good time to give your gratitude to your porter and trekking crew for their wonderful support and to bid them farewell.
5 to 6hrs walk. Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home, Lukla
Day 13: Lukla – Kathmandu
After breakfast we take a short but spectacular flight back to Kathmandu. When the weather is clear, this short flight will be one of the magnificent highlight of your tour with amazing views of the surrounding mountains. After landing, you will be transferred to your hotel. You will have your free time to relax and enjoy spa after trek.
Overnight at the Gokarna Forest Resort
Day 14: Kathmandu
After enjoying a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, we'll be met by our guide for our day trip to a few of the Kathmandu valley's most spectacular and important sights and some vibrant, colourful markets.
With a meld of three ancient capitals and their associated palaces, temples and markets of Kathmandu has a lot to offer culturally and historically. However, we're mindful not to overload you on your first day so will ensure the day has a good balance between sightseeing, exploring and relaxation time.
The exact itinerary may change depending on the local conditions but we shall most likely visit:
Pashupatinath, one of the most important temples in South Asia to the Hindu God, Lord Shiva;
One of the three Durbar (Palace) Squares, a complex of palaces and temples which was formally the social, religious and administrative focal point of the ancient city Boudhnnanath Stupa, a wonderful Buddhist site centred on a huge Stupa topped with the all-seeing eyes. If possible we'll come here in the early evening to soak up the atmosphere of hundreds of Tibetan and Sherpa peoples walking their devotional khora.
Overnight at the Gokarna Forest Resort
Day 15: Kathmandu
Final departure depending on your flight schedules.