Annapurna circuit trek with us

This wondrous trek rising above 5,400 metres allows you to get close up and personal with one of the longest and most captivating mountain ranges on the planet. Trekkers the world over have fallen in love with this truly magnificent place, replete with stunning vistas, dazzling flora and fauna, and fascinating mountain culture.

The trails along the circuit are well designed and maintained, allowing for comfortable trekking. Solid suspension bridges, from which picturesque views of this remarkable place can be had, span many of the major river crossings.

The landscape along the route ranges from lush green subtropical valleys, home to Hindu villages and terraced farms, to the desert scape of the Tibetan Plateau, inhabited predominantly by Tibetan Buddhists.

Our trek will take us through four Nepalese rural districts – Lamjung, Manang, Mustang and Myagdi – each dotted with villages that offer tantalizing glimpses into traditional Nepali village life. Mustang is notably one of the last regions of the world to observe the ancient Bonpo religion, the oldest spiritual tradition of Tibet.

For better acclimatisation, we will trek counter-clockwise, passing by the prominent peaks of Manaslu (8156m, 8th highest mountain in the world ), Langtang Himal, Annapurna II, IV and III (7937m, 7525m and 7937m respectively), Gangapurna (7455m), Annapurna I (8091m, 10th highest mountain in the world) and Dhaulagiri (8167m, 7th highest mountain in the world). When we arrive at the prayer flags of Thorong La Pass at an elevation of 5416m, commanding mountain views will greet you from every side. Amazingly, the surrounding summits will appear to be at eye level or lower, making you feel like you are literally on top of the world. We will continue on through the world’s deepest gorge on either side of which two 8,000 metre-high mountains tower like stone gods. We will make an ascent to Poon Hill towards the end of the trek to enjoy an unobstructed, 360-degree view of these two monoliths as well as South Annapurna and Machapuchare, the famed ‘Fishtail Mountain’.

This trail is part of the Great Himalayan Trail (GHT) High Route, the longest and highest walking trails in the world.

Your Authentic Experience with us

Your authentic experience will include visiting some of the iconic Hindu temples and Buddhist monasteries in bustling Kathmandu, a living museum full of ancient monuments and buildings where you will be able to witness the day-to-day lives of intriguing locals including monks, priests, devotees and indigenous people. Walking through the villages while chatting with the guide on trek, you will feel like travelling back in time to see primitive forms of farming and indigenous way of living. You will also see exemplary community living in an ethnic settlement of Gurungs, who  are the predominant race recruited in the famous Gurkha regiment of the British and Indian army, and are known as brave Gurkha soldiers.

Our Services

Pre-departure

At the time of booking, we will provide you with a comprehensive trip note covering things like the difficulty level/expected fitness level, health and training tips for effective trek preparation and important safety information.

We will also organise a free pre-departure information session for groups which covers all important aspects of the journey and provides a forum for answering all of your questions.

In Kathmandu

In Kathmandu, a licenced tour guide will take you on a heritage sightseeing tour of ancient monasteries, temples, monuments and buildings. Drawing upon extensive local knowledge, the guide will take you through the side streets and alleyways where you will be able to see local and indigenous people up close, going about their day-to-day lives. This unique tour will literally make you feel like you are travelling back in time!

In the evening on the day of arrival, when the tour guide meets and greets you, he will facilitate a group dinner if there is an interest among the travellers for a traditional culinary experience (on your own expenses).

On The Trek

On your unforgettable trek, you will receive continual support from a highly experienced crew, which includes a licenced and seasoned English-speaking trekking guide, porter and Sherpa (for large groups). The trekking guide has first aid along with other relevant training, and understands high altitude sickness and its management.

All our guides are friendly and caring. They will go beyond the call of duty to ensure your continual safety and comfort. For example, they will check (where possible) with the lodge owners to ensure that your rooms throughout the trek are well set. They will advise you on how to stay hygienic on the trek and will help you with meal selection. If the crew is aware that someone in the group has a birthday, they may surprise everyone by organising (where possible) a birthday cake.

With us, all you will need to carry is a day pack to store your personal items (e.g. hat, sunscreen, chocolate and energy bars, etc).  The rest will be carried by a porter. All accommodation on this busy trail will be organized by us in advance. Meals are available at each lodge. Your guide will help you to place meal orders and will ensure that you are looked after. All you will need do each evening is kick back and relax at the lodge so that you will have a fresh start the next day.

So, get ready for a wondrous alpine journey which has been nothing short of a life-changing experience for so many.

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Ghorepani Poonhill trek in Annapurna with us

This popular short and low-altitude trek in the famous Annapurna region offers magnificent views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, which together boast three of the world’s eight thousand metre-high mountains, along with a unique insight into diverse Himalayan cultures.

The Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek offers what is commonly known as ‘Annapurna balcony trekking’, meaning that the route is fit for all trekkers and adventure seekers. This trail leads to the west of Pokhara, offering superb views of the entire Annapurna trekking region. Trekking in the area offers dazzling mountain scenery punctuated by the one and only Machapuchare (‘Mt Fishtail’), thick rhododendron forests teeming with birds, deep sub-tropical valleys and charming alpine villages inhabited by the Gurung and Magar peoples.

This trail is notable for the rhododendrons that bloom from March to May, making the hills look as though they have been carpeted in red. Apart from a visual spectacular, you will also enjoy an authentic cultural experience as you encounter the various ethnic groups of the region, including the Brahmin, Chhetri, Magar, Thakali and Gurung peoples.

Is this trip part of GHT ( Great Himalayan Trail), Nepal?

Yes, it is. This trip falls in Annapurna region of GHT, Nepal. This region is the 7th leg of the GHT, Nepal. The Ghorepani-Poonhill trek does not meet GHT high route, however, it follows the GHT cultural route between Ghorepani to Birethanti (Just before Nayapul), in the mid-hills of Annapurna region.

Annapurna circuit trek, one of our other popular trip follows most of GHT high route.

To understand the ‘Great Himalayan Trail’, please visit:

http://www.sherpatours.com.au/blog/2011/03/kick-off-the-ght-great-himalayan-trail/

Your Authentic Experience with us

Your authentic experience will include walking through the villages on trek where you will see primitive forms of farming and indigenous way of living.

Our Services

Pre-departure

At the time of booking, we will provide you with a comprehensive trip note covering things like the difficulty level/expected fitness level, health and training tips for effective trek preparation and important safety information.

We will also organise a free pre-departure information session for groups which covers all important aspects of the journey and provides a forum for answering all of your questions.

In Kathmandu

In the evening on the day of arrival, when the tour guide meets and greets you, he will facilitate a group dinner if there is an interest among the travellers.

On The Trek

On your unforgettable trek, you will receive continual support from a highly experienced crew, which includes a licenced and seasoned English-speaking trekking guide, porter and Sherpa (if you are going on a group camping trek). The trekking guide has first aid along with other relevant training, and understands high altitude sickness and its management.

All our guides are friendly and caring. They will go beyond the call of duty to ensure your continual safety and comfort. For example, they will check (where possible) with the lodge owners to ensure that your rooms throughout the trek are well set. They will advise you on how to stay hygienic on the trek and will help you with meal selection. If the crew is aware that someone in the group has a birthday, they may surprise everyone by organising (where possible) a birthday cake.

With us, all you will need to carry is a day pack to store your personal items (e.g. hat, sunscreen, chocolate and energy bars, etc).  The rest will be carried by a porter. All accommodation on this busy trail will be organized by us in advance. Meals are available at each lodge. Your guide will help you to place meal orders and will ensure that you are looked after. All you will need do each evening is kick back and relax at the lodge so that you will have a fresh start the next day.

So, get ready for a wondrous Himalayan journey which has been nothing short of a life-changing experience for so many.

To view itinerary, please click here.

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Kaligandaki Trek with us

Mostly a downhill journey, this trek offers a tantalising mix of the best that the Annapurna region has to offer along its most developed yet most dramatic trails, the deepest gorge in the world (lying between mountains 8,000 metres and above in height), an arid, Tibet-like landscape, lush green forests and the spiritual meeting point of Hindu and Buddhist cultures.

The Kali Gandaki Trek starts at Jomsom amid the arid Tibet-like landscape of Mustang. At the sacred place of Muktinath, situated at the foot of the Thorong La mountain pass, we will have a day to explore the central temple, local monastery and village, and enjoy wonderful mountain views. Between Jomsom and Muktinath are the typical Mustang villages of Tukuche, Marpha, Jharkot, with its medieval king’s palace, and Bonpo Gompa. Part of the trail is an ancient trade route between Mustang and Tibet.

This trek will take us to the deepest valley in the world, situated between the two Himalayan titans of Dhaulagiri (8,167m) and Annapurna (8,091m). The trail ascends the Annapurna foothills, passing through picturesque Gurung villages, and continues upwards through rhododendron forests to Poon Hill, a vantage point offering a sensational sunrise view of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges.

The deep valleys and high mountains encircling Annapurna embrace a diverse range of ethnic communities and enthralling variations in terrain, from subtropical jungle to a dry, high-altitude landscape resembling the Tibetan Plateau. This is one of the most popular trekking regions in the world. It is also among the tamest hiking areas, with excellent lodges run by Gurung and Thakali families lining the main routes. The Thakali, traditional traders, have converted their charming and wonderfully clean homes into trekkers’ lodges and are well known as some of the most gracious and successful innkeepers in all of Nepal.

Your Authentic Experience with us

Your authentic experience will include visiting some of the iconic Hindu temples and Buddhist monasteries in bustling Kathmandu, a living museum full of ancient monuments and buildings where you will be able to witness the day-to-day lives of intriguing locals including monks, priests, devotees and indigenous people. You will also pass through a bustling Sherpa Village as you take the historical trade route between Tibet and Nepal en route to Base Camp. You will feel the prevalence of ancient Buddhism in the region, brought from Tibet by Sherpas hundreds of years ago. You will also see first-hand the philanthropic work done by Sir Edmund Hillary in the area. You will visit a world class research centre and medical centres operated by volunteers in this remote part of the world.

Our Services

Pre-departure

At the time of booking, we will provide you with a comprehensive trip note covering things like the difficulty level/expected fitness level, health and training tips for effective trek preparation and important safety information.

We will also organise a free pre-departure information session for groups which covers all important aspects of the journey and provides a forum for answering all of your questions.

In Kathmandu

In Kathmandu, a licenced tour guide will take you on a heritage sightseeing tour of ancient monasteries, temples, monuments and buildings. Drawing upon extensive local knowledge, the guide will take you through the side streets and alleyways where you will be able to see local and indigenous people up close, going about their day-to-day lives. This unique tour will literally make you feel like you are travelling back in time!

In the evening on the day of arrival, when the tour guide meets and greets you, he will facilitate a group dinner if there is an interest among the travellers.

On The Trek

On your unforgettable trek, you will receive continual support from a highly experienced crew, which includes a licenced and seasoned English-speaking trekking guide, porter and Sherpa (if you are going on a group camping trek). The trekking guide has first aid along with other relevant training, and understands high altitude sickness and its management.

All our guides are friendly and caring. They will go beyond the call of duty to ensure your continual safety and comfort. For example, they will check (where possible) with the lodge owners to ensure that your rooms throughout the trek are well set. They will advise you on how to stay hygienic on the trek and will help you with meal selection. If the crew is aware that someone in the group has a birthday, they may surprise everyone by organising (if possible at the location) a birthday cake.

With us, all you will need to carry is a day pack to store your personal items (e.g. hat, sunscreen, chocolate and energy bars, etc).  The rest will be carried by a porter. All accommodation on this busy trail will be organized by us in advance. Meals are available at each lodge. Your guide will help you to place meal orders and will ensure that you are looked after. All you will need do each evening is kick back and relax at the lodge so that you will have a fresh start the next day.

So, get ready for a wondrous alpine journey which has been nothing short of a life-changing experience for so many.

To view the itinerary, please click here.

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Trek to Annapurna basecamp with us

On a short trek below an altitude of 4300 metres in one of the top ten trekking destinations in the world, you will be taken to a natural amphitheatre offering a 360-degree view of one of the longest and most beautify mountain ranges in the world, home to a multitude of mountains above 7000 metres in height, striking biodiversity and a rich local culture.

The Annapurna Himal (Range) is a vast massif of several peaks rising above 7,000 metres. Part of this magnificent range forms a natural amphitheatre known as the Annapurna Sanctuary. The Annapurna Himal is ringed by such awe-inspiring giants as Hiunchuli (6441m), Annapurna South (7219m), Annapurna I (8091m, the 10th highest in the world), Annapurna II (7939m), Gangapurna (7454m), Fang (7647m) and Annapurna III (7555m). The breathtaking sunrises over the snow-capped mountains together with the appearance of the ‘big tail’ (double summit) of ‘Mt. Fishtail’ (Machapuchare) are truly mind-blowing. Other highlights include the ever-changing landscape of deep subtropical valleys, rice fields, misty forests and tiny villages, incredible rhododendron and bamboo forests, beautiful jungle and, finally, high desert landscapes.

Along the trail, you will observe a mixed culture of different tribes/castes of people such as Brahmin, Chhetri, Gurungs and Magars. The Gurungs are the most prominent ethnic group in the area. The Gurungs are famed for their cultural performances and exemplary community living. The Gurung people native to the Annapurna Sanctuary are also renowned for their ongoing service as Gorkha soldiers in both the British Imperial and Indian armies, stretching back to the 1800s.

The difficulty level of this trek is moderate. We will be climbing steeply on the first couple of days, after which the trail will ease to a gradual ascent. This is a relatively short trek, terminating at a height of 4,200 metres. Thus, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, also known as the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek (as we will be travelling in the mighty shadow of the beautiful Annapurna Himal) is suitable for beginners who are seeking to discover a spectacular natural world in a relatively short space of time with minimal risk of altitude-related problems.

The Annapurna Himal trekking area is handled with the assistance of the King Mahendra Trust for Nature Conservation and the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). The total area of ACAP is 7,629 square kilometres, encompassing forested middle mountains, high Himalayan peaks and trans-Himalayan desert plateau ecosystems.

Your authentic experience with us

Your authentic experience will include walking through the villages where you will see primitive forms of farming and indigenous way of living. You will also see exemplary community living in an ethnic settlement of Gurungs, who  are the predominant race recruited in the famous Gurkha regiment of the British and Indian army, and are known as brave Gurkha soldiers.

Our Services

Pre-departure

At the time of booking, we will provide you with a comprehensive trip note covering things like the difficulty level/ expected fitness level, health and training tips for effective trek preparation and important safety information.

We will also organise a free pre-departure information session for groups which covers all important aspects of the journey and provides a forum for answering all of your questions.

In Kathmandu

In the evening on the day of arrival, when the tour guide meets and greets you, he will facilitate a group dinner if there is an interest among the travellers. On the final evening, a group dinner can be organised at a Nepali restaurant for your traditional culinary experience in Kathmandu (on your own expenses).

On The Trek

On your unforgettable trek, you will receive continual support from a highly experienced crew, which includes a licenced and seasoned English-speaking trekking guide and porter. The trekking guide has first aid along with other relevant training, and understands high altitude sickness and its management.

All our guides are friendly and caring. They will go beyond the call of duty to ensure your continual safety and comfort. For example, they will check (where possible) with the lodge owners to ensure that your rooms throughout the trek are well set. They will advise you on how to stay hygienic on the trek and will help you with meal selection. If the crew is aware that someone in the group has a birthday, they may surprise everyone by organising (where possible) a birthday cake.

With us, all you will need to carry is a day pack to store your personal items (e.g. hat, sunscreen, chocolate and energy bars, etc).  The rest will be carried by a porter. All accommodation on this busy trail will be organized by us in advance. Meals are available at each lodge. Your guide will help you to place meal orders and will ensure that you are looked after. All you will need do each evening is kick back and relax at the lodge so that you will have a fresh start the next day.

So, get ready for a wondrous alpine journey which has been nothing short of a life-changing experience for so many.

To view  the itinerary, please click here.

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