Join us for an incredible adventure in October 2018
ANd trek to spectacular Annapurna Base Camp in Nepal!
Have you ever dreamed of hiking in Nepal but haven't made it here yet? Have you been here before and loved it so much you'd like to come again? Did you ever plan to visit this beautiful area then found yourself in a busy career or raising a family?
Why not take the leap and share an incredible experience with a small group of like-minded fit and adventurous people?
Imagine the experience you will have, giving yourself the opportunity to experience breathtaking scenery, learn about a fascinating culture, connect with other like-minded people and get fitter and stronger than ever before!
On our Nepal Adventure you'll be heading off with a highly experienced team to explore the best of Nepal. During the trip you'll visit the ancient temples of Kathmandu, trek through rice fields, bamboo forest and rugged mountains to reach the Annapurna Sanctuary at over 4000m and then relax and explore the beautiful lakeside town of Pokhara. You'll be getting off the beaten track, mixing with the wonderful Nepalese people and taking part in valuable community service and personal growth experiences.
Join us for the Adventure of a lifetime!
Dates: Sunday 14th October - Friday 26th October 2018
Adventure: 13-day adventure including:
- 9-day fully-guided return trek to Annapurna Base Camp
- 3 nights in 4-star hotel in Kathmandu, 8 nights in teahouses and 1 night in comfortable hotel in Pokhara (all twinshare)
- Return domestic flights between Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Experienced trekking team including Primal Adventures leader, sherpa guides and extensive porter team
- Personal development program including a visit to the Umbrella Foundation Children's Home in Kathmandu
- Kathmandu sightseeing of city highlights
- Private vehicle transport
- Airport transfers in Nepal
- Public and Professional Liability Insurance
Accommodation: We stay in one of Kathmandu's best hotels and a well located 3-star hotel in Pokhara near the lake. While trekking we stay in comfortable family-run trekking lodges, in twin-share rooms.
Food: Virtually ALL your meals are included, including breakfast, lunch and dinner while on the trek. See itinerary for specifics (BLD). Additional meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara plus a few drinks cost around US$10-15 per person (and typically much less).
Group size: 10-14
Investment: US$3,695 ***Super Special – US$2,595 for bookings made before 15th August***
Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu (SUnday)
On arrival we are transferred through to our luxurious 5-star hotel - the Yak and Yeti. It's great to finally be in Nepal! We'll head out to explore the bustling shopping area of Thamel and this is a great opportunity to pick up any final trekking clothes that you may need.
Day 2: Explore Kathmandu (Monday)
This morning we explore some of the city’s most interesting sites including the hilltop temple of Swayambunath. In the afternoon, we visit a children's home that we have supported for a number of years. In the evening, we have a pre-trek briefing and organise our packs before we visit a wonderful Nepali restaurant for a welcome dinner (BD)
Day 3: Fly to Pokhara and commence trek (tuesday)
We transfer out to the airport for our short but spectacular flight to the lakeside town of Pokhara. Here we meet the full trekking team and transfer out to the trailhead. We have a steady climb up to the village of Dhampus. The lodge is a welcome sight and offers great views of the towering Annapurna Range. (BLD)
Day 4: Trek to Landrung (wednesday)
We climb through Rhododendron forests to the crest which separates Pokhara Valley from the Modi Khola River Valley. We then descend to the picturesque village of Landrung. The views of the Annapurna massif at the end of the valley are spectacular from our lodge at Landrung. (BLD)
Day 5: Trek To Chhomrong (thursday)
Our trek undulates today as we cross the Modi Khola River, then climb up more than 800 metres to Chhomrong. The village offers tremendous views of all the Annapurnas and the stunning fish-tail peak of Machapuchare comes into view. Sunsets from here take your breath away. (BLD)
Day 6: Into the Sanctuary (friday)
We leave Chhomrong and begin the steep ascent into the Annapurna Sanctuary. The trail goes through beautiful rhododendron and bamboo forests and then into a narrow gorge which often has waterfalls cascading down its steep granite faces. (BLD)
Day 7: Machapuchare Base Camp (saturday)
The ascent into the Annapurna Sanctuary is over a rugged and often difficult trail. It will sometimes require scrambling over rocks and countless small streams although the tantalising glimpses of the massive peaks that loom ahead are more than enough inspiration to push on. When we enter the glacial moraine area the views are absolutely incredible. The Himalayan amphitheatre which completely surrounds the Annapurna Sanctuary is one of the most wonderful sights in adventure travel. We trek to a lower altitude to spend the night in our cosy lodge. (BLD)
Day 8: Visit the glaciers in the Sanctuary (sunday)
Today we trek to Annapurna Base Camp and explore the upper glaciers of the Annapurna Sanctuary. We can trek to the Hiunchuli Glacier at nearly 4,000m in elevation where the views are utterly jaw-dropping. Everywhere you look there are spectacular glaciers spilling down from gigantic peaks. This is an immensely rewarding day with incredible vistas in every direction. After a full day exploring the Sanctuary, we descend to the village of Dobhan. (BLD)
Day 9: Towards Chhomrong (monday)
After a good night’s rest, we head further back down the trail feeling invigorated after a week of trekking, with fresh Himalayan air filling our lungs. We are well into the rhythm of trekking life and no doubt you will have picked up a few Nepali words from the Sherpa guides along the way. Overnight back in our Lodge in Chhomrong. (BLD)
Day 10: Ghandrung (tuesday)
Today we take a different route back to the village of Ghandrung. We arrive at the lodge in the early afternoon and take an optional hike to the 3,100m pass up above the village. It’s well worth the effort - the views from the pass of the Himalayan chain of peaks that extend to the horizon in the setting sun are magnificent. If you prefer, you can take your time to explore the village – one of the largest Gurung settlements in the area and home to about 270 families. (BLD)
Day 11: Return to Pokhara (Wednesday)
After watching the sunrise we descend back down to the Modi Khola River. We then take a trail that follows the river downstream to the riverside village of Birethanti, where we have lunch. We then re-cross the Modi Khola and hike a short distance to the road where we catch a ride back to Pokhara with our support vehicles. The remainder of the afternoon is free to take a long, hot shower, explore Pokhara - or just rest and reflect on a fantastic adventure. There are a dozen or more restaurants and cafes, all within minutes from our well located hotel. (BL)
Day 12: Return to Kathmandu (thursday)
After breakfast we head to Pokhara airport for our return flight to Kathmandu. We are met on arrival and visit the nearby Buddhist temple of Bodnath. Its central stupa towers above the surrounding courtyard, and the prayer flags flap in the breeze. Our local guide explains the rituals and customs at this impressive sight, adding an extra dimension to our visit to Nepal. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. You can relax at the hotel or head into the downtown Thamel area. (B)
Day 13: departure – (friday)
Today is our last day in Kathmandu and we’ve deliberately left it free of any planned sightseeing activities. Many will want to return to Thamel to visit the shops and bookstores. Pick up a map and simply wander through the ancient streets and alleyways of this medieval city. Remember to bargain hard with the local store-keepers for that prayer wheel or yak wool jumper! We will organise your transfer to the airport for your homeward flight. Our incredible adventure comes to an end. After nearly two weeks in Nepal, expect to feel on top of the world and fitter than you’ve ever been! (B)
You'll be walking for around 5-6 hours each day carrying a daypack. Moderate fitness levels required.
Items not included are drinks, extra food, shopping, travel insurance, gratuities and Nepal visas.
A non-refundable deposit of US$800 per person is required to secure your place.
Full payment is required 12 weeks before the date of your trek.
Deposits are not refunded. More than 20 days prior to departure – 70% refund of full ticket price minus deposit
20 to 10 days prior to departure – 50% refund of full ticket price minus deposit
Less than 10 days prior to departure – NO REFUND
Comprehensive personal travel insurance is required for this trip. We will also ask you to fill out a disclaimer before you begin your training/the adventure. You must follow the instructions of your guides at all times.
When you book you must notify us of any medical condition, medical history, or medications that you are on. In particular, asthma, diabetes, heart conditions, allergies to wasp/ bee stings and food allergies.
With any outdoor activity, there is an element of risk. Primal Adventures operates in remote and mountainous areas. Risks in undertaking this activity could include hypothermia due to adverse weather conditions, personal injury, or property damage from hiking over rugged and uneven terrain.
The staff and management of Primal Adventures take all practicable steps to identify and minimise potential dangers. However you must follow our instructions (and use the safety equipment provided) at all times. Adults accompanying any person under the age of 18 must ensure that the underage person follows our instructions at all times. You must release or indemnify Primal Adventures and our staff against any liability we incur to anyone else, resulting from your failure to follow our instructions or the failure of any person accompanying you under the age of 18 to follow our instructions.
Primal Adventures and their guides reserve the right to make any alterations to the itinerary in the interest of safety, comfort or unforeseen circumstances due to causes such as weather, illness, or misadventure. Every reasonable endeavour will be made to keep to published schedules but no guarantee is given. Primal Adventures will not be held liable for costs incurred by change, delay, or the missing of connecting services.
Primal Adventures reserves the right to exclude a person from a tour at anytime if in the opinion of the guide or operator that person may be likely to risk the health, safety or comfort (including unsociable behaviour) of other clients, him or herself, or the environment. In such circumstances Primal Adventures will not be obliged to offer any refund or transfer of ticket.