Annapurna Sanctuary

NEXT ADVENTURE: 15 October – 3 November 2018

The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is often used as an introduction trek at altitude. Reaching a high of 4130m and offering breathtaking views of the Annapurna Sanctuary, this 16-day trip will take you on a journey through remote villages, terraced fields, rhododendron forests and into the heart of the mountainous amphitheatre that is home to Annapurna Base Camp.

This high glacial basin is ringed by ten of the most impressive peaks in Nepal – you can imagine the magical sunrises and starry nights that are waiting for you on arrival!

Duration:
17 days door-to-door
Difficulty:
6
Co-ordinates:
28°0’26″N, 86°51’34″E
 
Price:
From USD$2,795 to USD$2,995
Inclusions

 

  • Conservation/National Park fees and all Government taxes
  • All trekking permits
  • Three nights’ hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on a bed-and-breakfast basis (twin beds sharing)
  • Welcome dinner in Kathmandu
  • Half-day world heritage sites tour with a guide and private transport
  • All airport/hotel/airport transfers
  • Domestic airfares (Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu) and domestic airport taxes
  • Two nights’ hotel accommodation in Pokhara on a bed-and-breakfast basis (twin beds sharing)
  • All accommodation and meals whilst on the trek
  • Hot drinks with meals
  • Western leader/facilitator
  • Nepali Head Guide and assistant guides
  • Porters as required
  • Insurance for all Nepalese staff
  • General first aid kit
  • Celebration Meal after the trek
exclusions
  • International airfare and departure taxes
  • Visa costs
  • Items of a personal nature – personal gear, telephone calls, laundry etc.
  • Staff/ guide gratuities
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu and Pokhara, other than those mentioned above
  • Alcohol, soft drinks, mineral water and boiled water
  • Personal medical expenses, medical and evacuation insurance
  • Any costs arising from flight cancellation/ delays, political disturbance or natural disasters.
Skill Level
This is a fairly moderate trek that is even suitable for unseasoned trekkers. That being said, a certain amount of training before the trip is important so that you do not find the steep parts of the trip unpleasant. Remember that we take a “slow and steady” approach – so factor in some long walks at home to prepare your body, as well as frequent trips up and down flights of stairs
Trekking Equipment

A variety of clothing is necessary for the trip. You will need clothing for around Kathmandu, trekking in the humidity and heat, and to protect you from the cooler temperatures in the mountains. This list is designed to help you choose the right gear for the demands for this trek and is the minimum requirement. These items are mandatory for survival in the mountains, so ensure you have everything on the list.

The emphasis on equipment necessary for mountain travel follows two simple tenets: Lightweight and Functional. The items you choose to take should be lightweight, dependable, and adaptable to a variety of extreme conditions. The quality of the equipment you choose has a lot to do with how warm, dry, and safe you will remain, so be critical of quality and the proper fit of clothing. Comfort lends itself to a more enjoyable experience!

The layering system outlined below is usually sufficient for most people, but if you tend to be colder, bring one extra medium layer such as a vest which would be ideal for extra warmth around camp. When making the final decision as to what goes into your pack, remember that it’s a fine art of taking just enough clothes and accessories to do the job, while not over-burdening yourself with items you probably will not use.

Cotton clothing must be avoided because it dries very slowly and is a poor insulator when wet. Instead, choose wool or synthetic fabrics that “wick” the sweat and moisture away from your skin to keep you much warmer.

Upper Body

  • 3 T-shirts
  • 2 thermal long-sleeved shirts
  • 1 fleece long-sleeved top
  • 1 long-sleeved hiking shirt
  •  2 women’s sports bras
  •  1 fleece jacket
  •  1 down jacket
  •  1 waterproof jacket with hood
  •  1 pair liner inner gloves
  •  1 pair fleece windstopper gloves
  •  1 pair waterproof shell gloves
  •  1 beanie or balaclava
  •  1 sun hat or peaked cap
  •  1 pair 100% UV protection sunglasses with side shields

Lower Body

  • 4 pairs sock liners
  • 4 pairs trekking socks
  • 1 pair hiking boots
  • 1 pair long thermal underwear
  • 1 pair long hiking pants
  • 1 pair tracksuit pants
  • 2 pairs hiking shorts
  • 1 pair waterproof pants
  • 3 pairs underwear
  • 1 long skirt (women)
  • 1 pair running shoes
  • 1 pair sandals

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Day pack (50 litres)
  • Sleeping bag
  • 1 large duffel bag for gear
  • 1 small duffel bag for storage in Kathmandu
  • 1 pair trekking poles (optional)
  • 1 headlamp
  • 2 water bottles (wide-mouth Nalgene) with insulators
  • 1 camp towel
  • 1 medical kit
  • 1 toiletry kit
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Wet wipes
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Camera & battery charger (optional)
  • Books, diary, iPod, etc. (optional)
  • Moneybelt
  • Favourite snack foods (optional)
  • Stuff sacks for food and gear storage – large Ziplocks are also useful
  • Water purification tablets
  • Small padlocks for duffel bags etc
  • 3-4 large plastic bags to keep gear dry
  • Pee bottle (optional)
  • Pocket knife
  • Spare batteries and bulbs

This was the first time that I had trekked in a group before and in the beginning I was apprehensive about that, but it turned out to be an incredible experience. I met some life-long friends and in many ways it played a role in many changes that I made to my life.

Adventures Global were outstanding. Thanks to Ronnie and his Nepali team.

Elizabeth

Phoenix, USA

Visas and Vaccinations

Visas

Tourist entry visas can be obtained at Tribuvhan International Airport on your arrival in Kathmandu for US$ 25. You need 2 colour photos for your entry visa (bring 5 in total as you will need additional colour photos for trekking permits etc.)

Vaccinations

The following vaccinations are suggested:

  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Typhoid
  • Tetanus-Diphtheria- Revaccination recommended every 10 years

I joined this trek at the last minute and had no idea about all of the planning that had gone into making it the success that it turned out to be. I loved every minute of it. Adventures Global were outstanding and the attention to detail was superb. I will definitely do a trek with them again.

Peter

Cape Town, South Africa

As someone who was about to turn 75, this trek became a spiritual journey. Finally reaching the Base Camp, with all of its incredible views, was one of the highlights of my life. This trek is highly recommended.

Hein

Cape Town, South Africa

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