trip

16 Days$5595AUD

Activities
  • 14 day trek
Accommodation
  • 5 nights hotel
  • 5 nights wilderness camping
  • 5 nights private eco campsite
Meals
  • 11 Dinners
  • 11 Lunches
  • 15 Breakfasts
5
Moderate

Traveller Rating

 

 
 

Trip highlights


  • Trip escorted by Nicola Moran of Sterling Results Fitness Club
  • Trek to Kopra Ridge and optional Khayer Lake trek, away from the main trails and with outstanding views of Dhaulagiri
  • Stunning views of the Annapurna range
  • Fully supported camping based trek including 3 hearty meals per day prepared by our cooks
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu - Pashupatinath (a major Hindu shrine) and the giant Buddhist stupa at Boudhanath
  • Himalayan mountain flight Kathmandu/Pokhara/Kathmandu
  • ½ day Spa package at end of trek including Body Scrub, Massage and Facial

Join Nicola Moran from Sterling Results Fitness Club on this comprehensive trek of the Annapurnas which takes us from the delightful villages of the Annapurna foothills to the wild and rugged terrain of Kopra Ridge. Highlights of this trek include the magnificent views from our Kopra Camp, plus our very private camp situated adjacent to Poon Hill, where we view the stunning sunrise panorama from the comfort of our tents. Traversing above the main trail, we pass through villages seldom seen by foreign trekkers, and walk along lovely forested trails as we descend towards the foothills again. We hope you can join us!

Trip Code: SOG4522

You will be met by a representative of World Expeditions and transferred to the Radisson Hotel. Remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. A pre-trek briefing will be given around 5pm where arrangements will be made for the distribution of your kit bag, sleeping bag and down/fiberfill jacket. Evening drinks are held in the hotel for all World Expeditions clients arriving today. Drinks and snacks will generally be served from 6:30 pm until 7:15pm, and this is a great opportunity to get acquainted with your fellow group members before heading out to dinner. Overnight Radisson Hotel

Meals:  Nil

This morning a sightseeing tour takes in the key attractions in and around Kathmandu. We will visit Pashupatinath and Boudhanath, returning to the hotel by 2pm. In the afternoon you may have time to explore Swayambhunath, Durbar Square, Patan or Bhaktapur, and the lesser-known towns that dot the valley on foot, by bicycle or trishaw. The area has an amazing range of fascinating highlights, whatever your interest. Excellent bookshops, extensive markets, and novelty and handicraft shops contrast with fantastic centres of cultural and spiritual significance - Kathmandu has more World Heritage sites than any other city in the world. Overnight Radisson Hotel.

Meals:  B

This morning we take a flight west to Pokhara, Nepal’s second largest town (820m). In good weather we are greeted with sights of the entire Annapurna Range. From here we drive for an hour to a pass between two river valleys to the village of Phedi, where we commence our trek. There is no need to rush as this is a short day with plenty of time to reach our overnight stop. The trail ascends for the first hour, following a ridge through fields of bamboo clusters to magnificent rhododendron forest. Villagers greet us with “Namaste”, the traditional Nepalese greeting, as we pass their homes and continue to the ridge top where at the crest the scale of the mountains astounds us. Machapuchare (6993m), Hiunchuli (6441m) and Annapurna South (7219m) can be seen from our immediate viewpoint. Overnight eco lodge.

Meals:  B,L,D

After a glorious mountain sunrise we follow the trail through rhododendron forest before continuing through a series of Gurung villages where lifestyles have not changed substantially over the centuries. After lunch we follow a well-marked trail to the prosperous village of Landruk where we camp for the night. Our private eco campsite affords dramatic views of Annapurna South.

Meals:  B,L,D

Our destination today is easily seen across the valley, the attractive Gurung village of Ghandruk. We exit the village and slowly descend through rice terraces, crossing a steel bridge that spans the glacial river of the Modi Khola and commence our ascent. As we trek up the many staircases, we enjoy the beauty of the Himalaya at a relatively close range and observe the glaciers flowing from them to form the rivers below us. It really is a magnificent location and a photographer’s delight. Our leisurely approach along these ridges with their fine mountain views ensures proper acclimatization and the un-hurried opportunity to fully savour this magnificent scenery. Overnight at private eco campsite.

Meals:  B,L,D

Our trail meanders uphill through fields and into forest of rhododendron, magnolia and lichencovered fig. We pass by waterfalls that cascade down narrow gullies that provide the perfect homefor many small ferns and delicate plants such as exotic orchids bursting with colour. Tadapani is asmall village with limited campsites, our overnight accommodation will be in an eco lodge. This is the last stop before we head into the more uninhabited regions of our trek.

Meals:  B,L,D

Leaving the main trekking trail we continue to ascend on a less defined path through old growthforest where we may be fortunate enough to see Himalayan Thar, Hyrax or Ressus and Langurmonkeys. Eventually we rise above the tree line and gain stunning views of the AnnapurnaHimal, our lunch spot will most likely be a yak pasture at Timuje perched high on the hillside withfantastic views of Annapurna South and Himul Chuli. Following our lunch break we ascend steeplyto the ridge where spectacular views of Dhaulagiri and its surrounding peaks unfold before us.This section of the trek is magnificent and we are now well off the main trail. Continuing downthe opposite side of the ridge we drop into smaller rhododendron forest and arrive at our remotecampsite high on the hillside overlooking the valley. Overnight private eco campsite.

Meals:  B,L,D

Setting off early today we make our way downward towards the valley floor, eventually entering the old growth forest, surrounded by colourful rhododendron. We glimpse a small settlement lower down at Chistibung, which will be our lunch spot. After a relaxing lunch we will begin our ascent to Kopra. The views here are truly amazing and some of the best in the entire Annapurnas. Dhaulagiri dominates the scene and towers above the deepest gorge in the world, the Kali Gandakhi. Today is a challenging day of trekking and well worth the effort as we relax and take in the views in this very special location.

Meals:  B,L,D

For those who are feeling fit and motivated for a big day hike, and dependent on weather and route conditions, the trip to the sacred Khayer Lake high above us is well worth the effort. The views are outstanding and you will trekking along an ancient pilgrimage trail to the site of the annual Badau Purnima Festival. The trail contours the steep hillsides and takes us even closer to the impressively sheer cliff face of Annapurna's Fang Face. In the late afternoon, we will descend back to our eco lodge at Kopra. Our staff will accompany you on this hike and you may turn around after a few hours if you choose to, or simply enjoy a rest day in the comfort of our eco lodge.

Meals:  B,L,D

We descend steeply from our camp, following the ridge line towards the Kali Gandaki and pass shrines used by pilgrims on their annual visit to the sacred lakes. There may be shepherds on the trail, as well as villagers going about their daily activities as we descend. There is more activity and signs of settlement, a marked contrast to the trekking we have enjoyed on the high ridges. Overnight at our private eco campsite.

Meals:  B,L,D

A short walk brings us to Chitre where we join the old Tibet-Nepal trade route. The walk this morning offers excellent views of the Dhaulagiri range as the trail zigzags until we reach our lunch stop at Ghorepani. This is a sizeable town which is on the main tourist trail. You may wish to wander through the bazaar for a short period following lunch, as there are many Tibetan wares on display, and also a bakery or two. Most trekkers to Ghorepani take a pre dawn 45 minute climb to the summit of Poon Hill (3200m), which is a highlight of trekking in the Annapurnas. We will make the climb in the afternoon, when there are no crowds. From Poon Hill we leave the main trail and traverse on old yak herder trails to a private eco lodge at Upper Phulbari, which is set above the level of Poon Hill. The location affords even more spectacular views which we enjoy from the comfort of our eco lodge and with the luxury of no pre-dawn start, unless of course you chose to photograph the stunning views at sunrise.

Meals:  B,L,D

The views in the early morning are tremendous, with forested foot hills as a fore ground and some of the world’s greatest mountain ranges surrounding us. If you are up early enough, the glow of the rising sun catches Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Annapurna. Our trail takes us through beautiful forests of rhododendrons, fir, pine, cedar and bamboo, there are many small trails through the forest, and we are unlikely to see any other westerners in this section of the trek. Eventually we emerge to open grassland ridges that offer a particularly pleasant trekking experience, before descending to a pretty lunchspot in a narrow valley skirted by multicoloured rhododendron bushes. From here there are three trails; we take the south trail which leads us to our private eco campsite at Les Par (Swarga).

Meals:  B,L,D

Have your trekking poles at the ready today as our descent is approx. 1000m. We pass through interesting villages situated on steep rocky hills and terraces. The villages we pass are mixed communities of predominantly Gurung, Brahmin & Chettri. The final descent into Nayapul is 20 minutes on stone stairs. Here we will have a quick lunch break and then board the bus for Pokhara and our private eco camp. Once settled in we highly recommend you take a stroll down to the lake at Pokhara, there are many stores selling Tibetan wares which are less expensive than Kathmandu. The main street running along the lake is vibrant and an interesting place to sit and watch the world go by. Overnight at Kotee Home Hotel, Pokhara

Meals:  B,L,D

At leisure in Pokhara and half day spa package. Overnight Landmark Hotel, Pokhara

Meals:  B

After breakfast we transfer to the airport for our fight to Kathmandu, a spectacular 30 minute mountain flight along the face of the Himalaya. On arrival we transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight Radisson Hotel.

Meals:  B

Your trip concludes after breakfast. You will be transferred to the airport for your onward flights

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • Trip escorted by Nicola Moran from Sterling Results Fitness Club
  • Three month TREKFit Preparation Pack including fitness assessment and program ; regular monthly check in calls; facebook group page, and pack preparation planning
  • Accommodation in our fully serviced wilderness campsites
  • Expert bilingual guide and group medical kit
  • Porters to carry all personal and group equipment and porters insurance
  • 15 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 11 dinners including all meals on trek
  • Half day Spa package at end of trek in Pokhara, including Body Scrub, 1 hour Traditional Nepali or Deep Tissue Massage and Facial
  • Good quality accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Sightseeing and sight entrance fees in Kathmandu
  • Flight Kathmandu/Pokhara return
  • Airport transfers on day 1 and day 16
  • The use of a World Expeditions trek pack including sleeping bag, down jacket and insulated mat
  • Souvenir World Expeditions kit bag
  • All park entrance fees and trekking permits
  • Private transportation
  • Insurance, protective clothing, food and shelter for Porters

  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu, Lunch & Dinner in Pokhara Day 14
  • Bottled water, aerated & alcoholic drinks
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc
  • Tips
  • International flights
  • Airport and departure taxes
  • Visa
  • Travel Insurance

About Your Leader

Nicola Moran has been training people to achieve their hiking and fitness goals for the last 10 years. Over the same period, Nicola has also completed a range of treks with clients, leading them on many adventures including day trips to multi day overseas adventures. Nicola’s high altitude trips are the Gokyo Lake Trek, Nepal; Chomolhari Base Camp in Bhutan and Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, She has also completed many of Australia Great walks including South Coast Track Tasmania, Larapinta Trail, Overland Track and Cape to Cape to name just a few. Nicola finds being amongst majestic mountains brings a true sense of wonder and really tests a person’s inner strength and fitness . Her greatest strengths as a coach are empowering her clients so that they can withstand the challenges they face on a trail. She is patient and inclusive so that people have the ability to manage their mental or physical challenges that come during a trail. Because Nicola has completed most of her treks in a leadership role she is very accomplished at anticipating peoples’ needs and keeping them prepared for situations that they may face.


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