Annapurna Base Camp, Nepal. PHoto: Unsplash/christoffervoss
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Trek the Annapurna Sanctuary Route & Go on Safari

15 nights

Tackle a classic Himalayan trail among some of the world’s most incredible mountains and spot wildlife in the jungles of Chitwan

What's Included?

Activities & Certified Guides

All itinerary activities with local, expert, English-speaking guides

Hotel & Teahouse

6 nights hotels in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan and 9 nights in local teahouses along the trek


6 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners are included


To and from the airport and everything in between, with porterage of your luggage during the trek


All entrance fees and permits are taken care of

Small Like-minded Groups

Solo-friendly by design, join our small n’ sociable groups of up to 12 like-minded, active and outdoorsy people

excluding flights

What's it like?

Annapurna Base Camp, Nepal. PHoto: Unsplash/christoffervoss
Chitwan, Nepal. Photo: GettyImages-517194354
Annapurna Base Camp, Nepal. Photo: GettyImages-619405030
Annapurna Sanctuary trek, Nepal. Photo: Customer/Charlene Woolley
Annapurna South as seen from Poon Hill, Nepal. Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Santosh R. Pathak
Gharials, Nepal. Photo: Unsplash/mochamad-arief-RZXOIihzW1Q-unsplash

Hike among the astonishing beauty of the Himalayas, through lush forests, remote villages and towering mountain vistas

Reach Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) and come face to face with an 8,000m+ peak for views that will leave you speechless

Explore the unique jungles of Chitwan, home to one of the last remaining populations of single-horned Asiatic rhinos

This is an extended version of our bestselling Annapurna Sanctuary Route trek, allowing you to explore more of Nepal on your adventure

Key Information

Day 1

Welcome to Kathmandu

Durban Square, Kathmandu, Nepal. Photo: GettyImages-1755513351

Settle into your hotel in Thamel, the lively hub of bustling Kathmandu. Once you've met up with your guides and sorted out any last-minute trek details, wrap up the day over a group dinner, getting to know your fellow adventurers.

Day 2

Road trip to Pokhara

Photo: host, freedom adventures



Embark on a scenic drive to the picturesque lakeside city of Pokhara (approximately eight hours away). Settle in to the drive through awe-inspiring Himalayan landscapes and terraced farmlands. On arrival, unwind at your hotel and enjoy the peaceful surroundings as you gear up for your first day of hiking tomorrow.

Day 3

The trek begins

Suspension bridge on the Annapurna Sanctuary Route, Nepal. Photo: Shutterstock/1186837675


6hrs · 10-11km · 1186m up · 200m down

A picturesque drive (of around two hours) will take you to Nayapul, where your trek begins. From the trailhead, step into the lush forest that gradually gives way to remote waterfalls and villages. Stop for lunch with a breathtaking view of Mount Machapuchare (6993m), then traverse a suspension bridge to start the challenging ascent up a stone staircase leading to Ulleri. While this segment may be one of the toughest on the trek, your guide will ensure a manageable pace for the group. Upon reaching the village, tuck into a hearty meal and settle in for your first night at a Nepalese teahouse.

Day 4

Ulleri to Ghorepani


4hrs · 8km · 820m up · 80m down

Take in the sweeping vistas from your teahouse as you sip a steaming cup of morning coffee, gearing up for a moderate ascent through a lush forest of oak and rhododendron. If you're trekking in early spring, prepare to be dazzled by the vibrant array of wildflowers carpeting the landscape. Camera at the ready, continue directly uphill, capturing glimpses of Hiunchuli (6441m) and Annapurna South (7219m) along the way. Following another meal against the backdrop of magnificent panoramas, press onward to Ghorepani, a village that's home to the Magar community, hopefully catching a memorable sunset over the Himalayas.

Day 5

Ghorepani to Chuile


8hrs · 15-16km · 923m up · 1453m down

Rise before dawn to hike towards the summit of Poon Hill (3210m), a scenic hour-long uphill trek renowned for its breathtaking mountain vistas. Arrive just in time to witness an epic and unforgettable sunrise. Afterwards, retrace your steps back to Ghorepani for a hearty breakfast before descending steeply through the rhododendron forest, navigating more stone steps to reach Deurali Pass (3210m). Take a bridge over a small stream, stopping for lunch amidst the lush greenery of the forest. Prepare for a short yet steep climb to Tadapani village, keeping an eye out for glimpses of Annapurna South and Machapuchare (AKA Fishtail Mountain). Finally, take on a gradual descent to the village of Chuile, where you'll rest tonight.

Day 6

Chuile to Sinuwa

Jungle trekking in Nepal. Photo: GettyImages-455616559


5hrs · 11-12km · 1006m up · 1330m down

Wake up to the stunning sight of Machapuchare peak from your teahouse, and tuck into breakfast. Begin the day's trekking by descending along the trail through sparsely populated settlements until you reach Kimrong Khola. See the landscape transform before your eyes as the forest thickens into wild, untamed jungle. Descend further to Ghurjung before facing a steep uphill climb to Chhomrong, the last permanent village in the valley. The path undulates again as you follow a stone staircase descending to the river before ascending steeply on the opposite side leading to your destination for the night, Sinuwa, offering yet another breathtaking view of the majestic Machapuchare.

Day 7

Sinuwa to Himalaya

Annapurna Trek. Photo: GettyImages-588983806


5hrs · 9-10km · 840m up · 280m down

Descend yet more stone steps amidst the dense jungle foliage. Trace an undulating path alongside a wild river as you traverse some of the most demanding terrain of the entire trek, until you arrive at the village of Bamboo. The panoramic vistas from here reward every ounce of effort, and you can take a well-deserved break before pressing on through the forest to your next destination – the aptly named village of Himalaya.

Day 8

Machapuchare Base Camp


4hrs · 8-9km · 1100m up · 506m down

Begin today with a challenging uphill trek through oak and bamboo forests to reach Hinku Cave, then continue onwards and upwards along a rocky trail, crossing steep ravines and several small streams via wooden bridges. As the path leads you to Deurali, you'll navigate the banks of a glacial river and ascend through birch forests, flanked by layers of snowy ridges on either side. Finally, emerge above the treeline and ascend over the mountaintop to reach Machapuchare Base Camp. Take a moment to soak in the awe-inspiring vistas, including Hiunchuli, Gandharyachuil, Gangapurna, and the magnificent Annapurna Massif. Afterward, unwind and recharge under the thousands of stars glinting in the Himalayan night sky.

Day 9

Annapurna Base Camp

Annapurna Base Camp, Nepal. PHoto: Unsplash/christoffervoss


3hrs · 4km · 430m up · 20m down

Start your day with breakfast amidst breathtaking mountain views, then bid farewell to the forests and venture into the snow-covered rocky terrain above. While the trail ascends gradually without steep inclines, you may notice the effects of altitude on your breathing and pace. Press on to complete the last leg of the journey to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) – the pinnacle of the entire trek, which reveals why this is one of the world's most renowned trails. If the weather's good, keep your eyes out for a magical sunset in this magnificent setting.

Day 10

Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo

Annapurna Base Camp, Nepal. Photo: GettyImages-636974240


6hrs · 18-19km · 60m up · 1860m down

Rise early to catch an awe-inspiring glimpse of Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Hiunchuli, and Machapuchare as they are revealed in the peachy glow of sunrise. Get back on the trail for a downhill day, immersing yourself in the mountain vistas surrounding you from every angle. Enjoy this panoramic beauty as you gradually descend through forested slopes, culminating in a long trek to the village of Bamboo where you will spend the night.

Day 11

Last night in the mountains

Bridge to Jhinu Danda village. Photo: GettyImages-1174912586


6hrs · 10-11km · 498m up · 1235m down

Ascend to Khuldighar via yet more stone staircases then proceed along a gentle downhill path, navigating steps that guide you to Chomrong Khola. It's uphill again to through the village before descending to Jhinu Danda. Finally, make your way to the bubbling hot springs at Jhinu Danda for some well-deserved downtime.

Day 12

Return to Pokhara

Pokhara lake and Annapurna in Nepal. Photo: GettyImages-480374190


6hrs · 11km · 386m up · 1570m down

Start your last hiking day among mesmerising views of Nepal's mid-hills. Enjoy the crisp mountain air, capture those last mountain snapshots, and savour the descent into Naya Pul, from where you'll be driven back to Pokhara. Head out for dinner to celebrate with your crew, then spend the rest of the evening relaxing, partying or catching up on some well-deserved rest!

Day 13

Hit the road to travel to Chitwan

Chitwan, Nepal. Photo: Host/Freedom Adventures



Bid farewell to the picturesque Pokhara Valley and the iconic Fishtail Mountain as you embark on a journey towards Chitwan National Park. Nepal's first national park, Chitwan protects more than 900 square kilometres of forest, grassland and an incredible array of wildlife – including gharials (crocodilian reptiles known for their long, pointed snouts), rhinos, elephants, pythons, and several species of deer, as well as the very rare and elusive big cats: Bengal tigers and leopards. On arrival, freshen up, enjoy a tasty lunch, then pay a visit to the traditional Tharu village, catching sunset along the banks of the Rapti River. Conclude this leisurely day with a tasty dinner, then bed down in your comfortable jungle hideaway before a full day of exploration tomorrow.

Day 14

Wildlife encounters in Chitwan National Park

Chitwan, Nepal. Photo: GettyImages-517194354



Wake early and start your day of wildlife exploration with a visit to the Crocodile Conservation Project, an initiative dedicated to safeguarding the endangered crocodile species of Chitwan. Established in 1971, the Gharial Conservation Centre focuses on breeding and releasing these distinctive crocodiles into the wild. Next, board a dugout canoe for a leisurely cruise along the Rapti River, the perfect chance to get your first glimpse of aquatic birds, gharials, and other wildlife which feed along the picturesque riverbanks. Return to the hotel for lunch before embarking on a jeep safari through the thick, wild jungles of Chitwan, eyes peeled for local wildlife including bison and the elusive one-horned rhinoceros.

Day 15

Drive to Kathmandu

Chitwan jungle, Nepal. Photo: Unsplash/Jeevan Katel


1-2hrs · 5km



Begin the day with an early morning jungle walk, led by a knowledgeable park naturalist. Immerse yourself in lush surroundings as you look out for diverse bird species, flora, and fauna. Later, take a bus back to Kathmandu and check in to your hotel in Thamel. Enjoy some downtime in Nepal’s capital and an optional final dinner with your team.

Day 16

Last chance to enjoy Kathmandu

Photo: Unsplash

Enjoy a lie-in followed by breakfast at your hotel then, time permitting, spend your last day exploring the city before returning to the airport and back to reality.

Day 1

Hotel · Twin share




Day 2

Hotel · Twin share




Day 3

Teahouse · Twin or triple share




Day 4 – Day 11

Teahouse · Twin or triple share




Day 12

Hotel · Twin share




Day 13 – Day 14

Hotel · Twin share




Day 15

Hotel · Twin share




Day 16

Departure day




What is the food like?

Traditional Nepalese dhal bhat

Breakfast is usually hot porridge, muesli or Tibetan bread served with an omelette or boiled eggs.

The dinner menus in the teahouses are very similar at every stop and there will usually be a choice of traditional Nepalese dhal bhat (a mixed plate of lentils, rice, vegetables and pickles – delicious and healthy), momos (Nepalese dumplings), mixed noodles, pasta and even pizza. Although meat is available at some teahouses, we suggest that you ask your guide for their advice regarding its consumption, as it tends to depend on how far it has travelled as to whether or not it is a safe option.

Dairy-free, vegan or vegetarian diets can be catered for while trekking, although meals may get a bit repetitive – dhal bhat will likely be your go-to staple. Gluten-free/coeliac diets are tricky to cater for on teahouse treks (beware that powdered soups and seasonings used often contain gluten, and cooking oil is commonly reused and may cause cross-contamination). Please explain your dietary requirements to your guide so that they can assist when ordering, and bringing along some extra food/snacks is advisable.

What is the accommodation like?

Photo: Hotel

On your first and last nights, you’ll stay in a centrally located hotel in Kathmandu's Thamel area on a twin-share basis, in rooms with ensuite bathrooms, air-con and WiFi. This is usually in the Hotel Holy Himalayan or Thamel Heritage Hotel.


You'll stay in a hotel near the lake on a twin-share basis. This will usually be either the Hotel White Pearl, Hotel Big Pillow Inn or Hotel Kausion, depending on availability, all close to local bars and restaurants.

On the trail

You’ll be staying in teahouses – mountain lodges with a communal dining area and basic toilets, in twin- and triple-share rooms, usually sorted by gender. WiFi, phone charging and hot showers are often available for a small cost.

Photo: hotel

Your two nights in Chitwan will be spent in twin-share rooms at the comfortable Jungle Villa Resort (or alternatively, at the Jungle Wild Resort or Landmark Forest Park, subject to availability). The properties are surrounded by lush greenery and near the edge of the Rapti River.


For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room can be booked, subject to availability – see Optional Extras. Please request this at the time of booking.

This trip has been rated as Moderate

The Annapurna Sanctuary Route is the ideal trek for those who are keen to experience the Himalayas but aren’t quite ready for the longer, higher-altitude treks such as Everest Base Camp or the Annapurna Circuit. Ideally, you should have some experience of trekking but the trip is designed with plenty of time factored in to rest and enjoy the incredible views. Although the trek is graded as moderate, don't underestimate the effort it takes to complete: there are a lot of stone staircases on this undulating route as well as some longer days and steep steady climbs, so you may want to think twice if you suffer from bad knees.

This is one of the best routes in Nepal for acclimatisation as the ascent rate is well-paced. Still, it is important to note that trekking at altitudes above 3000m/10,000ft is more demanding on the body than walking at low elevations. Your guide will set the pace and as with all altitude treks, the theme is ‘slowly slowly’ to help your body adjust. A good level of fitness and stamina will make the going more enjoyable, so consider factoring in some training beforehand – we advise doing at least a couple of weekends of back-to-back days walking.

The days spent in Chitwan will be leisurely with short activities and walks, plus plenty of time to relax in peaceful surroundings.

What will I need to carry?

This trip includes one porter for every two trekkers. They will carry up to 20-25kg of kit so your overnight bags and spare clothes will be transported for you (maximum 12kg per person). You will only need to carry a daypack with essentials in (extra layer, snacks, water, suncream, camera etc).

The main trekking season in Nepal is from September to May (before or after the monsoon) and can be split into three seasons:

Winter (Dec-Feb): Despite being seen as ‘off-season’ this is often the best time to trek in Nepal. The nights can be very cold (down to at least -10ºC/14F) at Annapurna Base Camp but the trails are quieter and the mountain views are often at their best due to the crisp dry air and clear sunny skies.

Pre-Monsoon/Spring (Mar-May): Spring (particularly April and May) is the mildest time to trek in Nepal and magnificent rhododendron forests bloom along the Annapurna Sanctuary route at this time of year. It will be hot in the lowlands (30ºC/86F) but more comfortable as you gain elevation. Rain is not uncommon and snow cover is likely at Base Camp. Night-time temperatures should remain above freezing for the most part but can still drop below zero at Base Camp.

Post-Monsoon/Autumn (Sep-Nov): The rains can sometimes persist into September but in general this time of year is characterised by sunny, relatively mild days and clear skies. It can get cold and windy at higher altitudes and nights can be cold (typically -5ºC/23F) at the high points.

Of course, mountain weather is notoriously hard to predict and snow and extremes of temperature can be expected on any trip so come prepared.

Chitwan sits amidst the sub-tropical lowlands of Nepal and you may encounter temperatures above 30°C and high humidity.

The Area




Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu

Arrive by 16:00 on Day 1


Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu

Any time on Day 16


Airport arrival and departure transfers are included no matter when you arrive and depart (even if booking extra nights before or after the trip), provided you have completed your passenger information form and have supplied your flight details in advance. On Day 1, your tour leader will arrange a group briefing before a welcome dinner, so we strongly encourage you to book a flight landing by 16:00 in order to be able to join this on time.

Travel options

There are regular flights to Kathmandu from major aiports across the UK and Europe.

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What do I need to bring?

  • Day pack with rain cover (30 litre +)
  • Rucksack or duffle bag (for the porters to carry your overnight kit)
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Lightweight down jacket
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Lightweight trekking trousers
  • Hiking shorts (if trekking in the summer)
  • Thermals (top and bottom, merino ideal)
  • 2/3 trekking t-shirts/shirts
  • Fleece or warm mid-layer
  • Waterproof thick gloves
  • Glove liners
  • Hiking socks and lighter walking socks
  • Leech socks, for Chitwan
  • Wool hat
  • Sun hat
  • Spare underwear
  • Buff or similar
  • Swimwear (optional, for hot springs)
  • Worn in waterproof hiking boots
  • Lightweight trainers (for the evenings or while at Chitwan)
  • Flip flops or sandals
  • 4-season sleeping bag
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Pillow case (optional)
  • Insect repellent
  • Trekking poles
  • Travel towel
  • Sun protection (sunscreen, sunglasses)
  • 2 water bottles (1 litre each)
  • Metal SIGG bottle (useful to fill with hot water to use as a hot water bottle at bedtime)
  • Headtorch
  • First aid kit and/or personal medication
  • Water purification tablets/system
  • Hand gel
  • Biodegradable wet wipes
  • Small biodegradable bags to take toilet tissue off the mountain
  • Toilet paper/tissues
  • 1 x passport photo for trek permit
  • Powerbank
  • Universal plug adaptor
  • Book/kindle/cards for downtime
Winter departures only (end Nov-March)
  • Gaiters
  • Microspikes
  • Extra warm layers (add an extra warm item to all key items above)
  • Extra set of thermals (pair to walk in, pair to sleep in)
  • Merino trekking socks
  • Merino glove liners

This winter kit can sometimes be necessary even in the high season, depending on weather conditions. Your local host will contact you a week prior departure to let you know if any extra items are necessary. If you are unable to get them on time, you can also buy these items locally (see below).

What's available to hire?

The below can be rented in Kathmandu:

  • Down jacket: approximately $1.50 per day, with a deposit of $50
  • Sleeping bag (only 3-season available): approximately $2 per day, with a deposit of $80
  • Spikes (for winter departures only): approximately $1.50 per day.

(Please tell your host if these are needed, so they can assist you with arranging the hire)

What can you buy in Kathmandu?

Kathmandu has many outdoor gear shops - some are real with kit that is the same price you will find it at home and some are filled with cheaper imitation gear which may not be of the same quality. You will, however, find a soft duffel bag easily that the porters can carry.

Please remove all unnecessary packing before you leave home and ensure you take all plastic off the mountain to be disposed of in Kathmandu.

*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Pre/post-trip accommodation in Kathmandu (Single)

Payable Before Departure

Pre/post-trip accommodation in Kathmandu (Single)

Pre/post-trip accommodation in Kathmandu (Twin/Double)

Payable Before Departure

Pre/post-trip accommodation in Kathmandu (Twin/Double)

Optional Private Room Upgrade (6 nights hotels in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan)

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room Upgrade (6 nights hotels in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan)

This trip is brand new

We’re still waiting to collect any reviews from other travellers on this trip. However, all our hosts go through an extensive vetting process to ensure that your adventure is awesome.

We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity.

What's the number?
It works out on average at 360kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

But what does the number mean?
Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

  • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
  • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
  • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

What are we doing about it?
Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity, ensuring the protection of the reserve and its wildlife.

Want to know more?
Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

Marta Marinelli, raised in Italy’s serene Prosecco Hills, dreamt of global adventures, inspired by her father's travel stories. Her passion evolved into a career, backed by a decade of studies including degrees in international tourism and destination management. She’s worked in the adventure travel sector since 2012, living in Italy, the UK, and now sunny Portugal.

Over twenty years, Marta has explored over 55 countries, visiting remote areas like Ghana, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Haiti and Nepal’s Upper Mustang region. As a Senior Adventure Expansion Manager at Much Better Adventures, she focuses on creating life-changing experiences, ranging from multi-activity adventures, challenging treks to ultimate adventures in iconic places. She loves the challenge of finding the best local adventure hosts around the world, collaborating on adventures that offer genuine immersion, pushing beyond the beaten path and working on exclusive itineraries that challenge your comfort zone.

What makes her tick? Enabling people to live adventure-rich lives while positively impacting and empowering local communities around the world, generating sustainable opportunities for both the host, guides, community, and the environment.

Sure can! Over 70% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

How much you spend per day will vary according to your choice of meal, but generally people spend between $15-$25 per person per day on meals and hot drinks. Below is an approximate breakdown of some items:

  • Dal baht: $4 to $7
  • Chow mein: $2 to $4
  • Eggs: $2 to $4
  • Toast: $1.50 to $3
  • Tea/hot chocolate: $1 to $3
  • Chocolate bars: $2 to $4

Teahouses will provide cold water free of charge; however, it will need to be treated to enable you to drink it. Please read the drinking water FAQ for our advice. Other extra costs to be considered are:

  • Shower: $2-$4
  • WiFi: $2-5
  • Electricity: $2-5

It is customary in Nepal to tip guides and porters. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. You can give any tips to your lead guide at the end of your trip. This will then be shared amongst the whole team. For full transparency, the lead guide will distribute the tips to the guides and porters in your presence. It is customary for the guides to receive a higher share than the porters as they are more highly qualified. A good rule of thumb is around $115pp as a tip, although the amount you give is entirely your choice. 

If you would like to give an additional tip to a member of the team who has supported you personally, please do so directly and discretely.

The preferred currency is the Nepalese Rupee (NPR). Whilst ATMs are available in the main cities, please do not rely on them as they are often out of order and most have a maximum withdrawal limit equivalent to about £300.

It's best to bring the bulk of your money with you in cash and exchange it at a bank or at one of the many money changers in Nepal – your guide will help you with this. Most major currencies are accepted, including GBP (Sterling), Euros and US Dollars, however Scottish or Irish currency cannot be changed. Keep your exchange receipts in case you want to change any unused Rupees back into hard currency when you leave Nepal (it is illegal to export Nepalese Rupees, as it is a closed currency).

You will need to carry a fairly large amount of cash while trekking for the meals. We advise that you keep this in a waterproof bag and in your day bag along with your passport.

You can leave any luggage not needed on the trek at your hotel in Kathmandu.

This trip includes one porter for every two trekkers. They will carry up to 20-25kg of kit so your overnight bags and spare clothes will be transported for you (maximum 12kg per person). You will only need to carry a daypack with essentials in (extra layer, snacks, water, suncream, camera etc).

We work with some of the best leaders in the industry, every one of which is government licensed and very experienced. In order to ensure this high standard of performance, the host provides them with top-notch in-house training that covers advanced wilderness first aid, hyperbaric chambers, oxygen system, mountain rescue, incident management and Leave No Trace (LNT) principles to help keep the Himalayas pristine.

Although we schedule departure dates outside of the main monsoon season, weather conditions in any mountain region can be unpredictable and sometimes your host will need to revert to 'Plan B'.

No two trekking seasons are the same, but occasional landslides or heavy snowfall and avalanches have been known to lead to trail closures on this route – particularly in the areas around Machapuchare Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp. If the trail is closed or deemed unsafe your host will organise an alternative trek of similar difficulty and duration – usually to Mardi Base Camp.

We've sourced some great optional activities for you to do in and around Kathmandu should you wish to explore the area further. Please discuss these directly with your host, who will be able to book them for you.

Cook Like a Local: This short cooking workshop (approximately 3 hours) teaches you how to cook popular Nepali dishes like momos and dal bhat. You'll meet your teacher and accompany them shopping, then head to the kitchen and learn to cook alongside them. Price: pay what you think the workshop is worth!

Shop Local: A 2-3 hour guided exploration of the markets of Kathmandu. Learn about the vendors that line the narrow and crowded alleyways and witness everything you could ever imagine being sold, haggled, or bargained for. It’s a great chance to learn about the melting pot of cultures that exist in Kathmandu. Price: $9-$50 per person, depending on group size.

Master of the Arts: Patan Durbar Square is popular for its handicrafts, and this trip will explore the local factories where they are produced. You’ll visit 2-3 factories and learn about the traditional processes they use and see artwork being produced. Price: $14-$59 per person, depending on group size.

Introduction to Shamanism: Shamanism, which is believed to heal many diseases, is not practiced widely these days. However, this trip enables you to meet a practicing Guru and learn all about this age-old tradition. You’ll visit a small house for an introduction, followed by lunch and then a drumming session where you’ll learn the importance of rhythm to healing. Price: $90-$150 per person, depending on group size.

Although most teahouses have the option to buy bottled water, we advise against it to reduce the use of plastic in the mountains (this ends up being burnt or dumped in landfill out of sight). You will instead be provided with cold water that needs treating. There are a wide range of products available these days which are more effective than traditional purification tablets – some trekkers like to use UV handheld devices such as a Steripen but other options are available – just be sure to check the performance in freezing conditions.

We recommend checking out the country specific information and also talking to a travel nurse.

For current advice about travelling in Nepal, have a read of the UK Foreign Office pages.

Owing to the nature of this trip, it is essential that your personal travel insurance policy provides cover to the maximum altitude visited on this trip (4130m) as well as for emergency medical evacuation by helicopter.

This trip visits locations at or above 2500m. At this altitude some people may experience symptoms associated with Altitude Sickness, also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Previous experience at high altitude is not necessarily an indicator of future performance. Your guide(s) are trained to mitigate the risks associated with altitude, by carefully managing the rate of ascent and the intensity of the activity, and to provide the appropriate support response should someone feel ill during the trip. Should you experience health issues during your trip you should inform your guide immediately so the proper care can be provided. Owing to the nature of this trip, it is essential that your personal travel insurance policy provides cover up to the maximum altitude visited on this trip as well as emergency medical evacuation by helicopter.

This trip visits locations where daytime temperatures can range from extremely hot to extremely cold during the times of year when this trip operates. In very hot locations, high humidity and limited access to shade can also be factors, and warm temperatures can continue into the nighttime, which additionally influence the body’s ability to cool down. In cold locations, where daytime temperatures are consistently below freezing (0C/32F), at night it will likely be even colder. Personal care should be taken to keep cool/warm as best possible in the conditions, such as wearing appropriate clothing and proper hydration and nutrition. Very hot or cold temperatures can impair an individual’s physical abilities to perform an activity that they may otherwise be able to do competently at more moderate temperatures. In hot conditions, people may experience symptoms associated with Dehydration and Heat Stroke, and in severe cold conditions people may experience symptoms associated with Exposure, Frostbite and Hypothermia. Your guide(s) are trained to mitigate the risks associated with extremely hot and cold temperatures, by carefully managing the intensity of the activity, and to provide the appropriate support response should someone feel ill during the trip. Should you experience health issues during your trip you should inform your guide immediately so the proper care can be provided.

Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

Travel insurance is compulsory for all of our adventures and you are required to provide your policy information before departing.

Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure. We also strongly recommend it includes cancellation and curtailment insurance, should you be unable to join your trip for specific reasons such as illness.

We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last-minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

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All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

You're always in good company on one of our adventures.

Our trips are typically made up of a mixture of solo travellers and small groups of 2 or 3 friends, with most in their 30s-50s.

Our sociable adventures are solo-friendly by design and naturally attract outdoorsy people with a shared mindset; a love for adventure, a desire to push themselves and meet awesome, like-minded people along the way.

It’s this camaraderie that has so often turned a great adventure into a life-changing one.

Don't just take our word for it:

  • 95% of people rate the group dynamics on our trips 5/5
  • 90% of people recommend joining a trip to make new friends
  • 75% of people have met people on our trips that they would now consider friends

See here for more info about the Much Better Adventures tribe.

Interested in a more exclusive experience? Opt for a 'Private Group' through the dates and prices tab to book this adventure for just you and your chosen companions.

Our team of Adventure Hunters create exclusive adventures with highly vetted, specialist hosts. We only work with independent, local in-destination experts who know the very best places to explore and how to stay safe. Read more information about the local teams we partner with.

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