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Trek the Annapurna Sanctuary Route

Explore remote Himalayan valleys, hike mountain trails and follow wild rivers to see some of the most incredible views on the planet

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Trek the Annapurna Sanctuary Route

Explore remote Himalayan valleys, hike mountain trails and follow wild rivers to see some of the most incredible views on the planet

DURATION

13 nights

LOCATION

Nepal

ANNUAL LEAVE

2 weeks off work

SEASON

Sep—May

GROUP SIZE

Up to 12 people

MEETING POINT

Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu

ACCOMMODATION

Classic

Hotel · Teahouse

OVERALL RATING

5.0

Based on 30 reviews
DIFFICULTY

Moderate

It certainly requires good fitness and stamina, but the trip is well-paced, with plenty of time to recover and enjoy the views

Experience views that will leave you speechless, including Hiunchuli, Gangapurna and the awesome Annapurna Massif

Hike to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) – summit of the trek and the reason this is one of the world's most famous treks

Witness the endless colours of a Himalayan sunset from Ghorepani and watch dawn break from the top of Poon Hill

Day 1

Kathmandu awaits

Check into your hotel in Thamel, the heart of the sensory overload that is Kathmandu. After meeting your guides and making any last-minute plans for the trek, finish the day with a group dinner alongside the rest of your team.

Day 2

The road to Pokhara

Driving

8hrs

Drive to the lakeside city of Pokhara (approximately eight hours away) – the gateway to your trek. After road-tripping through some mind-bendingly beautiful Himalayan scenery and terraced farmland, settle into your hotel and soak in the tranquillity as you prepare for your first full day of hiking in the morning.

Day 3

The trek begins

Hiking

6hrs · 10-11km · 1186m up · 200m down

Take a short scenic drive (about two hours) to Nayapul and set off from the trailhead, taking your first steps along the path that gradually ascends through dense forest, passing remote waterfalls and villages along the way. Tuck into lunch with an epic view of Mount Machapuchare (6993m), then cross a suspension bridge and begin the long, steep climb up a stone staircase all the way to Ulleri. This will be one of the most challenging stretches of the whole trek, but your guide will help with the pace so that it's manageable for your group. Once at the village, refuel with a well-deserved hot meal and enjoy your first night in a Nepalese teahouse.

Day 4

Ulleri to Ghorepani

Hiking

4hrs · 8km · 820m up · 80m down

Enjoy a morning coffee as you soak up the panoramic view from your teahouse and prepare for a moderate uphill trail through a mixed forest of oak and rhododendron. If you're travelling in the early spring, the area will be covered in colourful flowers – a true spectacle of nature. Camera ready, head straight up the nearby mountain, catching glimpses of Hiunchuli (6441m) and Annapurna South (7219m). After another lunch with world-class views, continue on to Ghorepani, home to the Magar people, in time for a special sunset over the Himalayas.

Day 5

Ghorepani to Chuile

Hiking

8hrs · 15-16km · 923m up · 1453m down

Set off before dawn and hike to the top of Poon Hill (3210m, about an hour's walk uphill), famous for its epic mountain views, just in time for the sunrise of a lifetime. Backtrack to Ghorepani for breakfast, then descend steeply through the rhododendron forest negotiating yet more stone steps to Deurali Pass (3210m). Cross a small stream by bridge, grab lunch surrounded by a beautiful lush forest and begin the short but steep ascent to Tadapani village – eyes peeled for Annapurna South and Machapuchare ('Fishtail' Mountain). From there it’s a slow descent to tonight’s destination, the village of Chuile.

Day 6

Chuile to Sinuwa

Hiking

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

Greet Machapuchare peak from your teahouse as you enjoy breakfast, then set off following the trail downhill through sparse settlements to Kimrong Khola. See the landscape change by the second as the forest thickens into untamed jungle. After following the trail downhill to Ghurjung there's a steep ascent to Chhomrong, the last permanent village in the valley. The route undulates once more as a stone staircase leads down to the river and then climbs steeply up the opposite side of the valley to tonight’s destination, Sinuwa, overlooking again the beautiful Machapuchare.

Day 7

Sinuwa to Himalaya

Hiking

5hrs · 9-10km · 840m up · 280m down

Descend via stone steps through dense jungle and follow an undulating trail along the banks of a wild river as it weaves its way through some of the most challenging terrain on the entire trek, until you reach the village of Bamboo. The mountaintop views make all the hard work worthwhile. After resting up, continue through the forest to tonight's stop – the perfectly named village of Himalaya.

Day 8

Machapuchare Base Camp

Hiking

4hrs · 8-9km · 1100m up · 506m down

Start the day with a steep ascent through Oak and bamboo forest to a Hinku cave, then push onwards and upwards on a rocky trail crossing some steep ravines as well as a few small streams on wooden bridges. As the trail reaches Deurali, negotiate the glacial river bank and ascend through birch forest, flanked by multiple layers of snowy and sharp ridges on both sides. Finally emerge above the tree line and over the mountaintop to Machapuchare Base Camp. Try not to lose the power of speech as you look out on some of the most spectacular vistas on the entire trail, including Hiunchuli, Gandharyachuil, Gangapurna and the awesome Annapurna Massif. Relax, recover and then enjoy a Himalayan night sky filled with stars.

Day 9

Annapurna Base Camp

Hiking

3hrs · 4km · 430m up · 20m down

Enjoy breakfast with magnificent views of surrounding mountains, then leave the greenery behind and head into the snow-blanketed and rocky landscape that lays above. Though the trail ascends gradually and does not steepen, you may feel the effect of altitude on your breathing and pace. Hike the final stretch to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) – the summit of the entire trek and a major reason why this is one of the most famous treks on the planet. If the weather is clear, enjoy a magical sunset you'll remember for a lifetime.

Day 10

Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo

Hiking

6hrs · 18-19km · 60m up · 1860m down

Rise early to glimpse the breathtaking view of giant peaks such as Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Hiunchuli and Machapuchare as they emerge at the glow of sunrise. Then get back on the trail, this time heading downhill, soaking in the 360-degree mountain views before dropping back down to the forested slopes with a long descent to the village of Bamboo for the night.

Day 11

Last night in the mountains

Hiking

6hrs · 10-11km · 498m up · 1235m down

Climb to Khuldighar on stone staircases and follow the gentle downhill trail and stone steps that lead to Chomrong Khola. From there, it's a short uphill walk through the village, followed by a downhill section to Jhinu Danda. From there, you'll head to the bubbling hot springs at Jhinu Danda for some much-needed downtime.

Day 12

Return to Pokhara

Hiking

6hrs · 11km · 386m up · 1570m down

Begin your last day of trekking with some mesmerising views of the mid-hills of Nepal. Breathe in that mountain air, take some final photos and then enjoy your final descent into Naya Pul, from where you’ll be driven back to Pokhara. Spend your last night relaxing, partying beside the lake, eating, sleeping – whatever you want, you’ve earned it!

Day 13

Back to Kathmandu

Driving

8hrs

Take a bus through the Himalayas (approximately eight hours) back to Kathmandu and your hotel in Thamel. Enjoy some downtime in Nepal’s capital and a final dinner with your team.

Day 14

Last chance to enjoy Nepal

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

Included

Guides

Local, expert, English-speaking guides

Accommodation

2 nights in Kathmandu, 2 nights in Pokhara and 9 nights in teahouses on the trail

Meals

Welcome and farewell dinner with your team in Kathmandu

Transfers

To and from the airport and everything in between

Porterage

Your overnight luggage will be carried for you

Permits

All entrance fees and permits are taken care of

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

Tips for your guides

Visas where required

Day 1

Hotel · Twin or triple share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Hotel · Twin or triple share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 3 – Day 11

Teahouse · Twin or triple share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 12

Hotel · Twin or triple share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 13

Hotel · Twin or triple share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 14

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

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?

Kathmandu

You’ll stay in a hotel in Thamel close to the main shopping area and heritage sites. Expect a twin- or triple-share ensuite room, with air-con and WiFi included.

On the trail

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

Pokhara

You'll stay in a hotel near the lake on a twin- or triple-share basis, close to local bars and restaurants.

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room can be booked – see Optional Extras. This only applies to the nights spent in hotels, and is subject to availability. Please request this at the time of booking.

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu

Arrive by 16:00 on Day 1

Ends

Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu

Any time on Day 14

Transfers

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 overnight kit)
Clothes
  • 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
  • Wool hat
  • Sun hat
  • Spare underwear
  • Buff or similar
  • Swimwear (optional, for hot springs)
Shoes
  • Worn in waterproof hiking boots
  • Lightweight trainers (for the evenings)
  • Flip flops or sandals
Sleeping
  • 4 season sleeping bag
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Pillow case (optional)
Other
  • 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 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: costs approx. $1.5/day with a deposit of $50
  • Sleeping bag (3 season only available): costs approx. $2/day with a deposit of $80
  • Spikes (for winter departures only) costs approx. $1.5/day.

(Please ask your host if this is needed so they can assist you with how to arrange 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 that 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.

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Per Person

Extra night in Pokhara (Single Room)

Payable Before Departure

Extra night in Pokhara (Single Room)

Extra night in Pokhara (Twin/Double Room)

Payable Before Departure

Extra night in Pokhara (Twin/Double Room)

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)

- Sarah(May 2023)

Great trip!

- Charlene(May 2023)

Trip far exceeded my expectations! Guides (Tika, Asman and Pemba) and the porters were brilliant. Both incredibly fun and very professional. The organisation of the trip was beyond reproach. We left everyday in good time, the tea houses were always ready for us, and we were always properly briefed on the challenges ahead.

This was my first multi day trek and I’m pleased to say I completed it, but there were some challenging days! Tika and the guides keep the pace sustainable and are very encouraging. I ultimately surprised myself with their help.

As others have mentioned you should expect longer distances than those noted in the itinerary (I think they are more point to point and don’t take into account navigating sometimes rocky paths) and as the description notes there are a lot of stairs. You won’t regret decent hiking poles or knee supports. Also wet weather gear that gives you a full range of motion (I got this wrong and paid the price). But if you take the kit list seriously and come prepared you’ll have a really special experience!

My thanks to Tika and his team. You guys were the best

- Miriam(May 2023)

Annapurna sanctuary trek was my first multi day trek and I am happy I chose this one! It was nicely paced with enough time to recover in the evenings. Our main guide Tika was always supporting us along the way and together with the rest of the team (Pimba and Assman) made sure we all made the whole trek. As our tour happend in second part of May, we were told that we are very lucky with weather. We had very little rain and beautiful mornings. However, if you are preparing for this, do not underestimate waterproof gear. It might be gamechanger in your whole experience. Whole trek is great experience and I can only recommend it!

- Ludmila(May 2023)

Trip of a lifetime! I absolutely loved every minute of it. The landscape is breathtaking, food amazing and our guides (Tika, Asman, and Pemba) together with a team of porters took excellent care of us, making sure we were safe as well as enjoying the trip. Thank you so much! I'm already looking forward to my next visit to Nepal.

- Jemimah(May 2023)

We had the best ever trip with much better adventures, we felt really safe and well looked after by our team Chika, Pimba & Aslam. We loved the variety of scenery and that there were a few longer walking days but also a few shorter ones with a diversity of scenery. The Himalayas are insanely beautiful and the guides would sometimes wake us up to see the views early before the clouds and took lots of great photos for us to remember the trip. we were so lucky to have had a really friendly group to explore with also. The guides really catered to what we needed in terms of walking and there was always a tea break, lunch break and toilet stops if needed. We’re planning our next much better adventure already!

At the tea houses we were generally in rooms of 2-4 people. Toilets often there was one western style toilet but more drop toilets on the walk. In teahouses much better range of food than expected- daal baht, but also rosti, pancakes, porridge, different soups and teas. Would advise bringing a range of snacks however can buy some on the trail just at slightly higher prices.

We did some walking prior to the trip but weren’t at our best fitness and still really enjoyed the trip. Essentials for the trip- definitely some good cold weather gear, sleeping bag, good quality bottles, chlorine tablets, walking poles, hand sanitizer and good waterproofs! Definitely need to bring walking poles.

- Megan(May 2023)

The Annapurna sanctuary trek was incredible! Tika and his team were incredible and thoughtful throughout and constantly made sure we were safe and happy!

- Alex(April 2023)

Went on the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek in April, and it was absolutely amazing! This was my first multi-day trek. I've only had experience doing moderate day hikes, never anything high altitude. Each day we hiked around 6 hours with steep ascents and descents, so endurance was the main challenge, but the trail never felt too technically challenging. I was amazed at how attentive and supportive the whole Freedom Adventures team was during the whole experience. Prashnat, coordinated everyone's logistics, accommodation, transportation, and everything else in between. Our trek leader Pujan, his assistant leaders DV and Manju, along with supporting staff Lila, Govinda, Balaram, Sujan, Padam and Devan took care of us every step of the way. They gave us the advice and guidance needed to ensure every participant stayed healthy and happy while reaching our goal, Annapurna Base Camp. I learned a lot from this team, particularly how to take care of your body in high altitude areas. If this is your first high altitude trek, I highly recommend Freedom Adventures. I do hope to see members of this highly experienced team again on a future adventure:

Pujan DV, Manju Lila, Govinda, Balaram, Sujan, Padam and Devan

- Dan(April 2023)

What an amazing trip that was. The perfect level of challenge, and the scenery made the daily dose of leg pain worth it. I couldn't ask for a better group of people to spend two weeks in the mountains with; guides (Pujan, DV and Munju), supporting staff and adventurers were all amazing people that made the experience.

For those of you in two minds about this trip, jump in - you won't regret it.

- Stacy(March 2023)

What a great experience, and a brilliant team.

Back in the UK after a couple of weeks traipsing around the Annapurna region. This trek was definitely different to what I expected, the distances in the itinerary felt more 'as the crow flies' than what they actually were, but still - I wanted a challenge!

I really enjoyed meeting the Nepali team and we had a good group dynamic too - everyone was massively supportive of each other. Getting to base camp felt like a great achievement and I guess the only thing I would have changed would be the weather! But what can you do about that?! Definitely make sure you have enough dry clothes and proper waterproof clothing - the weather can change quickly in the mountains as we discovered!

- Jo(March 2023)

I would def recommend this trip if you're up for a challenge and enjoy mountains. The trekking is by no means easy, it can be quite challenging some days but it's totally worth it. The Himalaya views are breathe taking and the feeling of achievement you get at the end is priceless. I only have words of appreciation for the supporting team who ensured we walked these mountains safely and also ensured we had fun and a great holiday. They totally nailed it! Be prepared to all kinds of weather (be sure you have good waterproof boots, jacket and warm layers). With the appropriate kit you'll then just have to walk and enjoy the views, the culture, andthe people.

We've crunched the numbers to work out the total carbon footprint of this trip, and plant enough trees to suck 2x as much back out the atmosphere.

What's the number?
It works out on average at 482kg 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 for 2023 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. For every person booked with us since 2016 we’re planting enough trees to suck at least 2x more carbon out the atmosphere than is emitted by their trips. All native trees, as part of amazing projects that are re-foresting degraded land, tackling the biodiversity crisis and supporting local communities at the same time. We go further than that too, also funding re-wilding projects worldwide to help protect important keystone species from extinction. See the reforestation and re-wilding schemes we support. See our carbon action plan.

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.

The Annapurna Sanctuary 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 Annapurna Circuit. Ideally you should have some experience of trekking but the trip is designed with plenty of time factored in to rest up 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 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 you adjust to the altitude. 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.

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

We do not include meals on this trek, as from experience we know that altitude and physical exercise mean appetites vary hugely. The cost of food also rises as you ascend, because it all has to be carried in by porters and yaks – very little can be grown locally. 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 approx. breakdown of some items:

  • Dal baht: $4 to $7C
  • Chow mein: $2 to $4
  • Eggs: $2 to $4
  • Toast: $1.50 to $3
  • Tea/hot chocolate: $1.00 to $3.00
  • 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 GBP300.

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.

When you trek in the mountains there is always the risk of getting altitude sickness, regardless of how old, young or fit you are. We would expect most trekkers to feel some mild symptoms of altitude sickness (headache, sleeplessness, heavy breathing) when over 3000m. Our guides are trained to identify the symptoms and if more serious ones are noted there is a strict procedure regarding extra care or even a rapid descent if needed. As this trip spends very little time at high altitude, it is not one where altitude sickness is a regular occurrence.

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 a little bit 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 (approx. 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-$50pp, depending on the 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-$59pp, depending on the 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 practising 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, depending on group size.

Yes! Lakeside Pokhara, with its laidback vibe, is a popular spot to relax after a trek. Although the tour starts and ends in Kathmandu, your host can arrange extra nights for you in Pokhara after your trek. They will simply shift your included bus transfer from Pokhara to Kathmandu and your final night's hotel reservation in Kathmandu to a later date for you, so you'll only need to pay for the additional accommodation in Pokhara.

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 here, and also talking to a travel nurse.

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

Whilst there are no domestic flights included in this itinerary, should you choose to add one to your booking as an additional service you should be aware of the following:

Nepal's mountainous terrain and weather make for challenging flying conditions and sadly more incidents (including fatalities) occur here than in other countries. Since 2013 the EU has banned all Nepalese domestic airlines from flying within EU airspace in order to raise awareness of the poor safety record (although no Nepalese airlines were operating routes within the EU prior to the ban). You should be aware that flying in Nepal is an identified risk: please consider this carefully before booking. Additional information can be found on the Aviation Safety Network entry for Nepal as well as the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office travel advice for Nepal

Domestic airlines in Nepal are generally not accredited by any internationally recognised safety audit systems and the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal does not operate to the same standards as those of Western nations.

What does MBA do about this?

MBA collaborates with other UK travel companies that arrange for independent air-safety auditors to visit Nepal annually to assess the local airlines. MBA then only uses the carriers that were approved as part of the most recent audit. If any concerns are subsequently raised about an approved airline between audits, we put them on hold until the auditors are satisfied that safety standards are being met.

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.

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!

We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

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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 in good company. Our adventures are typically made up of a mix of solo travellers and small groups of two or three friends who simply love adventure, pushing themselves and meeting awesome like-minded people. See here for more info about our lovely bunch of Much Better Adventurers.

Want to book a private trip? Just tap ‘Private Group’ in the dates and prices tab.

Your trip is led by carefully curated local hosts and expert guides. See here for more info about the guides we work with.

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