Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
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The Annapurna Himal is a vast massif with several peaks above 7000m. Part of the range forms a natural amphitheatre known as the Annapurna Sanctuary, ringed by such giants as Annapurna 1, Glacier Dome, Gangapurna, Fang and Machhapuchhare. The trek starts through forested hillsides before arriving into the Sanctuary with its panoramic views of the Annapurna. At higher altitudes the close-up mountain views are perhaps the finest in the world. There is a day to explore this breathtaking mountain arena before returning to Pokhara via a different route.

Highlights
  • Time in historic Kathmandu and lakeside Pokhara
  • Enjoy sunrise views of Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhare and the Annapurnas from Poon Hill 
  • Trek through magnificent forests, terraced fields and pretty villages
  • Stay overnight at Annapurna Base Camp surrounded by mountains
  • Explore the Annapurna Sanctuary, a huge amphitheatre ringed by glistening peaks
Food

Breakfast is included throughout the trip. On trek the breakfast will be a fixed set menu usually consisting of porridge or muesli, with either toast, chapatti or pancake, plus an egg or omelette and a cup of tea/coffee. Any additional items that are not included in the set menu should be ordered and paid for separately. We do not include lunch and dinner on trek allowing you to choose what you want to eat. Lunch will be taken at a teahouse en route - sometimes one of your guides will go ahead with the group’s order to make it more expedient. Dinner will be in the same teahouse that you sleep at (this is custom in Nepal as teahouses base their room rate on it). The menus in the lodges are almost identical to one another but offer a varied choice, ranging from traditional Nepalese dhal bhat to pizza and apple pie. Dhal bhat is the staple diet in Nepal and comes in many different forms but generally comprises some curried lentil dhal and meat or vegetables, some rice, and a pickle/chutney. Another popular snack is momos; a type of Nepalese dumpling, fried or steamed, filled with meat or vegetables. Although meat is available in the teahouses, we advise against eating it on trek. The meat has often been carried in the heat from lower altitudes for several days before reaching the lodges and can cause stomach upsets or illness. Germs can also be spread by handling dirty money - we recommend using hand sanitiser. If you have a gluten free diet, then we strongly recommend you bring some extra food and snacks with you to supplement the food on trek as there will be little variety available for you, particularly for breakfast. Even many of the soups are from powder/packets and contain gluten. If you buy imported food and drink whilst on trek you will spend more than the suggested amount. *Drinking Water* Staying hydrated is important when undertaking any physical activity but particularly so at altitude where it is generally recommended to drink at least 3-4 litres per person per day. We strongly encourage you not to buy bottled water on trek as this contributes to the growing problem of plastic pollution in Nepal’s trekking areas. A few villages along the Annapurna Sanctuary route have safe drinking water stations selling UV treated water for Rs40-50 per litre but these are not always open. The teahouses also sell boiled water for approx. Rs150-300 per litre (the price increases the higher you trek) which should not require treating. This is also perfect for a bedtime refill as it can double up as a hot water bottle. Alternatively, all teahouses will provide cold water free of charge, if requested. Although this should not be drunk untreated, we recommend that you bring a reusable bottle (or two) and use an effective form of water treatment. There are a wide range of products available these days which are more effective than traditional purification tablets - we recommend talking to an outdoor retailer for the latest advice as technologies are improving all the time: make sure to check the product’s performance in cold/freezing conditions and consider battery life (lithium batteries are best in cold conditions). Handheld UV filters such as a ‘SteriPEN’ are widely available to purchase from online retailers such as Amazon and Ebay – they’re very effective, can treat 1 litre of water in a couple of minutes and the water is ready immediately – look for lightweight lithium battery models and remember that you will need to bring a wide-mouthed bottle (e.g. Nalgene) for use with these devices. There are also an array of water filter and purifier bottles on the market but be wary of their weight, bottles with a small capacity and the products performance in freezing conditions. Exodus has partnered with Water-to-Go, a filtration system that eliminates over 99.99% of all microbiological contaminants from any non-salt water source – please visit https://watertogo.eu/exodus/" target="_blank">Water-to-Go for more information*. Exodus customers can claim 15% off your first order, and better still, 15% of the purchase value will be donated to the **Exodus Travels Foundation [1]**.* Please note that if the water freezes it will clog up the filter – in this event, defrost before use by sitting the filter in lukewarm water for 10-15 minutes. [1] node/211076

Destinations
  • Kathmandu
  • Pokhara
  • Nepal
  • Annapurnas
  • The Himalayas
  • Indian Subcontinent
Tour Types
  • Adventure
  • Scenic
  • Singles
  • Trekking
  • Active
  • Walking
  • History
  • Photography

Location: Kathmandu

The tour starts at our hotel in Kathmandu. There will be a full trek briefing this evening.

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Accommodation Name: Ambassador / Manaslu (or similar)

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Location: Pokhara

We leave early and drive westwards to Pokhara. This town is set in a beautiful valley and is overlooked by the Annapurnas and Machhapuchhare, one of the most distinctive of the Himalayan peaks. We continue through Pokhara to Naya Pul and from there have a 30-minute (2km) walk to the village of Birethanthi, where we stay overnight. Birethanthi is a riverside village at the confluence of the Modi Khola and the Burungdi Khola. If there is time we can bathe in the clear but cold pools of the Burungdi Khola.

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Location: Ulleri

We start our trek by following the Burungdi Khola upstream. After a lunch stop in Tirkhedunga (renowned for its variety of local beer called chang) we start the long steep climb up a stone staircase through the neatly terraced hillsides to the top of Ulleri. Continuing through Ulleri we stop tonight at lower Banthanti.(sleeping altitude 2240m)

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Location: Ghode Pani

The trail winds its way onwards and enters rhododendron forest. In spring the forest is ablaze with colour. Trains of mules provide colourful and noisy interludes to the continuous ascent today (there are many stone staircases). Carrying rice and other supplies north to the kingdom of Mustang the trail resounds with the sound of their bells. Finally, we emerge from the forests at Ghorepani and suddenly a splendid mountain vista appears before us - Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhare, Lamjung and other Himalayan giants. We continue up through Ghorepani to our lodge in Upper Ghorepani (2,900m), usually arriving by lunchtime. (sleeping altitude 2,900m)

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Location: Poon Hill

This morning there is an optional ascent of Poon Hill (3,210m - about an hour's walk uphill) to see the spectacular sunrise over the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himals. As the sun emerges from behind the mountains the sky glows red and pink in the first rays of the sun and the panorama is surely one of the world's great mountain vistas. Best seen at dawn, the climb is well worth the effort. After breakfast we head east, following a ridge to cross a pass at 3,150m. We pass through more forest and some tea houses and then the descent becomes steeper as we descend on stone steps through jungle to a few lodges in a clearing called Banthanti at 2,760m, where we have lunch. Descending further to a small stream, we cross a bridge and climb back up to 2,690m at Tadapani where we have a superb view of Annapurna South and the peak of Machhapuchhare. From here we descend for a short while to our lodge at Chuili, where we have great views of the mountains from the lovely garden. (sleeping altitude 2,290m)

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Location: Chhomrong

The trail descends steeply through the forest to the Kyumnu Khola, a tributary of the Modi Khola. From here a steep ascent brings us to Chhomrong, at 2,220m, another Gurung village and the last permanent settlement in the valley. Beyond here we shall see yersas, the shelters used by herdsmen in the summer months. From Chhomrong we have good views again of Annapurna South and from this point onwards the twin-peaked mountain Machhapuchhare ('fishtail') which gives the mountain its name. (sleeping altitude 2,220m)

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Location: Annapurna

The trail from Chhomrong descends first on a stone staircase to cross the Chhomrong Khola and then climbs steeply on another stone staircase out of this side valley to Sinuwa, where we enter the main Modi Khola Valley. From Sinuwa the trail descends on stone steps through dense jungle and then undulates to lunch at Bamboo, a cluster of lodges in a forest clearing. The forest around us is full of bamboo thickets. These are cut extensively to make 'dokos' - the carrying baskets as used by our porters - and woven mats for floors and roofing. Undulating further through the bamboo forest we reach Dobhan at 2,500m, another small clearing in the forest where there are several teahouses. (sleeping altitude 2,500m)

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Location: Machhapuchhare Base Camp

A tough day today as we walk above 3,000m. The trail continues up through the forest, passing the lodges at Himalaya Hotel. From here the trail gets steeper and rockier as we climb up past Hinko Cave, where the first expeditions to the Base Camp used to camp. Crossing a ravine, the trail continues to climb steeply among boulders, leaving the trees behind us. We have lunch at Deurali and from here the valley broadens out and the scenery becomes wilder as we approach the gates of the sanctuary. From Deurali there are two trails. The one on the left side of the valley is the main trail but especially in spring when there is a lot of snow it is not used and an alternative trail on the right side of the valley is used. Your leader will decide which trail to use. Both trails finally meet for the last 1.5hr climb up between the heights of Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhare, to Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3,700m), where we spend the night. The views are stupendous and the panorama includes Huinchuli, Annapurna 1, Annapurna 3, Gangapurna and Machhapuchhare. (sleeping altitude 3,700m)

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Location: Annapurna Base Camp (अन्नपूर्ण आधार शिविर)

In the early morning, we walk for 2 hours up to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m), surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of some of the highest mountains in the world. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna Fang, Annapurna 1 and 3, Gangapurna and Machhapuchhare all encircle us with unbroken soaring ramparts but for the route by which we entered. The sunset and sunrise are truly magnificent in this mountain arena. We spend the day in this special place with a chance to watch the sunrise the following morning. There should be time to make an excursion to the ridge overlooking the base camp from which Sir Chris Bonington led the ascent of Annapurna's South Face. (Occasionally there is too much snow to stay at Annapurna Base Camp. In this case, we would walk back down to Machhapuchhare Base Camp in the late afternoon). (sleeping altitude 4,130m)

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Location: Deurali

A long and mostly downhill day as we leave the Sanctuary. We follow the same trail back to Machhapuchhare Base Camp and further down to Deurali. Entering the forest, we descend slowly and carefully on a rocky trail through Himalaya and Dobhan back to the lodge at Bamboo. (sleeping altitude 2,330m)

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Location: Chhomrong

A rollercoaster walk today with lots of ups and downs. We start with a climb up to Sinuwa, then we descend to the river and climb back up the stone steps to Chomro. A final steep descent on stone steps brings us to Jhinnudanda. Close to Jhinnudanda, there are some hot springs that you can visit if you wish; getting there involves descending for twenty minutes or so down to the river, and the climb back up takes a little longer (around 30 mins). (sleeping altitude 1,710m)

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Location: Pokhara

The trail today undulates down the Modi River Valley. We follow the valley down to the road head at Sinwai. If the road is in good condition, we will pick up our transport here (sometimes our vehicle cannot get to here) and drive back to Pokhara. If we have to walk to Birethanthi this will add an additional 3 hours/10 km.

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Accommodation Name: Hotel Lakefront / Hotel Dahlia / Mount Kailash Resort (or similar)

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Location: Pokhara

A full day to relax in Pokhara. There are plenty of cafés and restaurants along the lakeshore where you can watch paragliders in flight. You may wish to take a rowing boat across Lake Phewa and walk up to the World Peace Pagoda, set on a hill overlooking the lake with fantastic views. There are also plenty of shops and a traditional bazaar where you can pick up some souvenirs. Alternatively, there are several museums to visit, including the International Mountain Museum and the Gurkha Museum.

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Accommodation Name: Hotel Lakefront / Hotel Dahlia / Mount Kailash Resort (or similar)

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Location: Kathmandu

We fly to Kathmandu. Weather depending there should be good views of the western end of Nepal on this flight. The afternoon is free for sightseeing. You may wish to visit the monkey temple at Swayambhunath, one of the largest Buddhist Stupas in the world at Boudhanath, or the most important Hindu temple in the valley at Pashupatinath. 

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Accommodation Name: Hotel Ambassador / Manaslu (or similar)

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Location: Kathmandu

The trip ends after breakfast. Those on the group flight will be transferred to the airport for the flight back to London. Those not on the group flight will leave us after breakfast. **

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Included
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Trekking map (provided locally)
  • 4 nights standard hotels and 10 nights teahouses
  • Morning bed-tea on trek
  • All transport and listed activities
  • All breakfasts 
  • Welcome drink at each overnight lodge
  • Full porterage throughout trek
  • Tour leader throughout, plus local staff (staff to client ratio of 1:4 on trek)
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Exodus kitbag 
  • Trekking permit and national park fees

Not Included
  • Travel insurance
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  • Single accommodation (available on request, Kathmandu and Pokhara only)
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  • Sleeping bag (possible hire in advance through Exodus)
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  • Down jacket (possible hire in advance through Exodus)
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  • Visas and vaccinations
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Yes, Arrival and departure transfers
Minimum 16 years age people can go on this tour.
There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A.
5* Great way to get into nature
Nepal has always been a place I have wanted to visit, especially due to the fact it hosts some of the tallest mountains in the world. I chose the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek because I wasn't sure my reaction to the high altitude of Everest Base Camp and also it was different. I lucked out with my trip for many reasons: small group (5 trekkers, 2 guides, 3 porters), good weather (sunny and clear mornings, no rain while walking), great guides (Ram and Maila took great care of us and made sure we all made it up to ABC and back with no incidents). During our trek we saw many other groups, specifically on the first few days and it surprised me that their "guides" did not keep the group together or seem to be properly pacing. The Exodus guides made sure we took smart breaks and typically had one person leading, the other at the back so as to not leave people behind or spread the group out too much. For me, waking up each morning getting closer and closer to ABC, seeing the sunrise gleaming off the white snowy peaks of the Annapurna range, those are images that are forever engrained on my memory (and camera). This trek has lots of stone steps, and although I consider myself physically fit, it is demanding. However, the payoff is seeing the beauty of Nepal and being removed from modern amenities like cars and other conveniences. I found the food in the tea houses good value for the money, especially Dal Bhat, which is almost an 'all you can eat' meal. Overall the trip is a great way to see the Himalayas and experience a bit of Nepalese culture.
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4* ANNAPURNA SANCTUARY
Very well organised and paced trek. Great guides. Some thought perhaps into evening entertainment. Disappointed that Exodus had withdrawn their allowance to provide some Christmas day celeberation and came from the guides pockets , given an increased supplement is levied at this time of year.Would like Exodus to justify reducing guides / porters wages by 20% when any cost cutting can be acheived in its brochures, the small amount this would have saved is a large amount to this personnel which is totally unfair on then. TUI you should be ashamed ! Pre ordering meals worked very well .
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5* Annapurna sanctuary
This was an amazing trip with Poon hill sunrise and Annapurna base camp sunrise , both of which we were spoilt on clear skies and lovely weather, The guides and porters were all amazing, trying to communicate with their broken english, our main guide Milan was fantastic , with his knowledge of mountains and other areas in nepal.I would highly recommend this trip, just be sure that you love steps and that you love mountains and breathtaking views!!
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4* ANNAPURNA SANCTUARY
" Go while your hips are still working "   Advice given to aged self by a friend !!  I went, I saw and I conquered.  It was a wonderful two weeks,  with some unforgettable moments and memories.   
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4* ANNAPURNA SANCTUARY
Stunning views !  Hard work but worth it.
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5* Annapurna Sanctuary trek code TNS 151107
This is a wonderful trek with beautiful and varied scenery and a good length- neither too short nor too long. We were fortunate in having good weather, a group that gelled really well and an excellent leader.
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5* Great time in great mountains
The Annapurna Sanctuary trek was well organized and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. It can be physically challenging at times (e.g. climb 3000 stairs in one go at the end of a walking day), but completely doable without many difficulties.
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4* ANNAPURNA SANCTUARY
A thoroughly enjoyable breathtaking Himalayan trek.
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5* Awesome Annapurna
Totally wonderful to be admidst the magnificent Himalayas, awesome.
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5* ANNAPURNA SANCTUARY
An amazing diversity of scenery and experiences. 8000 metre peaks, village life in the mountains, lovely people and a chance to chill in Pokhara and experience crazy Kathmandu as well.
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5* Fantastic Trip!
This was our first trek and we we struck gold - the scenery and people of Nepal are beautiful. They have left a lasting impression and a return trip is a must. The porters and guides looked after us - lugging our gear and organising food and accommodation, pointing out wildlife and keeping us safe - always smiling, they created a real family feel to the group. I miss the early morning wake up call of a cheerful Namaste with a cup of tea and a stunning sunrise.
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4* Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, Nepal
Very well organised, great team, good support and helpful advises before trip. Team based in Nepal absolutely brilliant. Everybody very cheerful and helpful. Bit more difficult email correspondence. Took ages to get any response. Country one of most beautiful on the planet. Unbelievable forests, great views and of course all in Nepali Flat :) I highly recommend that place and this company to everyone.
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5* ANNAPURNA SANCTUARY
I wanted to have challenge, experience new culture in friendly environment and I received all that!Staff in UK and Nepal were very supportive. Our guide Prem was fabulous and all tead extremely friendly.
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5* Awesome
Fantastic in all respects. The trails were good, ascent and descent almost entirely stepped, nice and quiet . Views were spectacular and the surroundings changes with the climatic zones (subtropical to alpine), plant and animal life was varied and interesting which prevented the trekking from becoming monotonous.The level of care given by the Guide, Sirdar and porters was excellent. Gum Hari RB were well informed and happy looking after us.Accommodation was as good as could be expected once on the trails (a long way from modern development), hotels in Pokhara and Kathmando were excellent.The change from 2 days in Kathmandu to 2 days in Pokhara was a very good choice and indicative of the consideration exodus paid to the enjoyment of its clients.We intend to go again this year we were so impressed.
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5* Annapurna Sanctuary & back!
11 days of wonderful walking through farmland, forests -the mountains were the bonus! Fantastic wildlife, views to die for, with a soundtrack of rushing water a constant companion.
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5* ANNAPURNA SANCTUARY
This is a fantastic trip to a really special part of the world. Stunning scenery, lovely people, a good physical workout, and an insight into mountain life. 
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5* Brilliant trip
This was a superb trip! The group support from the 15 trekkers was truly fantastic and we helped each other through any challenging bits. We had excellent guides and porters, and the teahouses were relatively comfortable, with a more varied diet on offer than I'd expected. I was genuinely surprised at how good the teahouses were - not luxurious of course, but certainly homely and welcoming. The views at all stages were stunningly beautiful and I felt truly humbled by the magnificence of the Sanctuary itself - it was very emotional getting there.
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5* ANNAPURNA SANCTUARY
This trek provided a truly superb experience. We were blessed with excellent weather throughout and enjoyed clear blue skies with only a few hours of patchy cloud, normally in the mid afternoon.  The route was very attractive and gave a sensible opportunity to prepare for altitude. Only three of our group of sixteen seemed to be affected by it. The locals were friendly and warm; they responded enthusiastically to our five words of Nepalese!
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4* ANNAPURNA SANCTUARY
The scenery was awesome and the trek challenging but within the range of anyone of normal fitness who's done a bit of hill walking.  The tour leader and guides were friendly and supportive. 
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4* ANNAPURNA SANCTUARY
The panaroamic view from Poon Hill at sunrise was amazing.  During two weeks trekking we experienced life in the mountain villages and saw some great views.  Unfortunately due to snowfall and the resultant avalanche risk our group did not make it to MBC or ABC (so we didn't actually see the Annapurna Sanctuary), however we went on a revised route at lower elevations instead.
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5* ANNAPURNA SANCTUARY
This was an amazing trek into a beautiful mountain range; We had stunning views of snow capped mountains throughout the trip.  Walking along paths used by locals, livestock and visitoors alike gave a real insight into local village life.
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4* Annapurna Sanctuary
My second time to Nepal after Everest Base Camp. I wanted to explore more of the country as it is stunningly beautiful so I chose Annapurna for the diversity of its landscapes, from rhododendron forests to snow capped 8,000m mountains and wasn't disappointed.Sadly, the earthquake shortened our trek and we had to turn back one day short of our ultimate goal of Annapurna Base Camp so missed out on the final Annapurna experience, but what we saw prior to that did not diminish the trip.Very sad to see Kathmandu and it's people in the aftermath of the earthquake, having experienced the city the year before at it's vibrant and busy best. I hope they can recover soon as I intend to return.
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5* ANNAPURNA SANCTUARY
One word sums this trek up: AWESOME! This was my third visit to Nepal, yet it never fails to delight, excite, challenge, reward and de-stress me! Having been to about 50 countries - I would say that the scenery at Annurpurna Base Camp (ABC), surpassed my own expectations and was glorious... an amphitheatre of some of the world's most dramatic, highest and prestigious mountains, in beautiful sunshine, moonlight and storms.. A rewarding trek to get reach ABC through valleys and hillsides, forests, snowdrifts, stark mountainscape and in some awesome company.
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4* ANNAPURNA SANCTUARY
The trip was both challenging and exilerating. It exceeded my expectations.
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5* ANNAPURNA SANCTUARY
This was an awe inspiring trek through incredible, varied scenery and culminating in visiting the home of the gods at ABC, all in the most amazing clear, sunny conditions. Our guide believed that the perfect conditions were evidence that that mountains had "called" us and it is easy to believe that those stunning mountains were in charge.
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5* Annapurna Guides, Porters and Sherpa - Easily the best!
The trip was made by a combination of two excellent guides, a wonderful hard working team of porters and a cheerful experienced Sherpa. They all work incredibly hard in their respective roles and simply made the holiday. Always encouraging, helpful and cheerful. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Easily the best guides of all my many Exodus trips, they were devoted to their role.It is incredible how the porters manage to carry such loads. Tourism is a major economic force for Nepal and without them tourism would cease in its current form. They are the unsung heroes and must be supported including financially as it is a dying skill, sad for Nepal and for those of us who loved our trip.
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5* ANNAPURNA SANCTUARY
Its an honnor and privilage to trek through one of the most beautifull parts of the world .allmost untouched, by what has become the rat race which we call home today ,the slow pace the fresh air the fresh food the friendly people ,god Iam ready to book another trip . WELL DONE EXODUS. 
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5* ANNAPURNA SANCTUARY
There are not an enough words to describe this holiday. It was an amazing experience and one which will live in the memory for a very long time. The trek was challenging, but truly worth it. The scenery and the views were absolutely beautiful as well as experiencing the Nepalese culture.  Feeling the fresh air and eating and drinking local produce like freshly made masala tea were sometime.  One thing which real made it excellent trip was the company, and the people we met, which made it even more enjoyable. It won’t be long before I will be planning other adventure back in Nepal!
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5* ANNAPURNA SANCTUARY
Challenging enough for me. Amazing mountain backdrop walking through terraces and tiny villages, with the most excellent guides going - I cant praise their input too much - just a superb experience and this trip has helped my understanding of Nepal and its people.
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5* Himalayan Highs
1st time in the Himalayas and what an introduction. Expectations were high but easily exceeded, both by the scenery and the people (guides, porters and fellow travelers).The trek was challenging but hugely enjoyable, helped greatly by the brilliant weather that allowed us the best views of the stunning mountains and valleys.Our guide, "Milan" and his team of assistants and porters were phenomenal, making everything run smoothly for us pampered western travelers. It was humbling to see how they and the local people cope with what seem harsh conditions compared to those many of us take for granted at home.Overall, an excellent trip that I would not hesitate in recommending to others.
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5* ANNAPURNA SANCTUARY
An outstanding trip that highlighted the magnificent range of beauty of the Himalayas.  Challenging but throroughly enjoyable.
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5* ANNAPURNA SANCTUARY
For a mountain lover this trip is a must do. From day one there are views round every corner until you reach Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) and the mountains are there in front of you,behind you in fact all round you. Magical. 
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5* ANNAPURNA SANCTUARY
The whole holiday was a sensory overload. The contrasts between city life (Kathmandu/Pokhara), village life and mountain life were fantastic to experience.
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4* ANNAPURNA SANCTUARY
Amazing amazing Annapurna, this was a wonderful experience. The scenery is truly breathtaking every step of the way. I went alone, but the group was a great mix of young and old, individuals and couples, and I met some fantastic people. A perfect escape for Christmas and New Year, when the trails are nice and quiet. 
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4* ANNAPURNA SANCTUARY
A varied, reasonably strenuous, and interesting trek, with an excellent lead guide in Prem and 15 other "solos" to chat with. It took in paddy fields, farms, small settlements, forest, ridges, deep valleys, treeline then snowline and barren desolation. A true adventure.
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5* ANNAPURNA SANCTUARY
I absolutely loved my walking holiday. I am an avid hiker but have never done such an extended trek before. There really is something glorious about spending days with no more pressing thought than what hiking tight/tshirt combo to throw on and whether it will be daal bhaat with gurung bread or pizza for dinner? ... and to just enjoy being in the most dramatic mountain scenery amougnst cool people:Good times!
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4* ANNAPURNA SANCTUARY
Wonderful walking in forested and farmed mountainsides.  Superb views from Poon Hill at sunrise, and expertly led by the guides.
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5* Annapurna Sanctuary, the enjoyable way !
Fantastic trek with amazing contrasts in scenery; jungle and monkeys to the high mountains in only a few days. Nice pace to each day that ensured that the altitude increase was never a problem. Superb Exodus Leader and wonderful Guides and Porters made the trek a truly memorable experience.
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4* ANNAPURNA SANCTUARY
Excellent trip. Delivered beyond my expectations. The scenery was amazing and the staff all very helpful and made trip really enjoyable. Definitely recommend this trip.
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4* ANNAPURNA SANCTUARY
A fine trek with almost constant mountain views, culminating in the Sanctuary itself . Quite demanding in a few places, but generally straightforward walking within the reach of any reasonably fit person. The teahouses provide more flexible accommodation than would be the case with a camping trip.
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5* Khopra Ridge / Annapurna
Originally booked on the Annapurna Sanctuary trek, as the first trek of the new season this got changed due to danger of avalanches on the original route, so we were rescheduled to walk the Khopra Ridge. This proved an excellent alternative. Considering the time of year the weather was kind to us, all except the early morning trek up Poon Hill, not much to see in a snow storm, but that only added to the adventure. The walking was tough, the terrain unrelenting, the snow drifts in parts deep, but the views stunning.Reading the trip notes was invaluable to adjust our "western expectations" to local conditions. The accommodation although basic was just what was needed and very welcome at the end of a long days walk. It was a constant amazement considering where we were trekking, as to how well feed we were, the food was wholesome, well cooked and in large proportions. A real battle to burn it off the next day.As a small group, 5 clients and 5 staff we managed to crack on, to get the walks done easily within the expected times, this may not be so with a larger group. Being a smaller group we also had more room in the tea houses. The fact we all got on well and had a good group leader and support staff made this a very enjoyable trip.Really glad to have done this, and walked in the Himalayas at last. Would recommend.
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5* ANNAPURNA SANCTUARY
A fantastic trek for anyone passionate about mountain walking. October was an ideal time to travel with a crystal clear sky, warm days and naturally chilly to very cold evenings.  
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5* A wonderful trek in the very heart of Nepal's Annapurna
Annapurna Sanctuary is 14 days of an excellent trek, which is very well organised, with excellent and attentive guides. It is great scenery, with such majestic and magnificent Mountains. You stay in sustainable, if frugal, Tea Houses offering great sustenance, which is all part of the fun experience.
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5* Peter Hodge
I am aged 62 with a decent overall level of fitness but no previous experience of trekking and limited day hike practice.I found this trek very 'do-able' and a fantastic way to experience the marvellous scenery and huge peaks of the Himalayas. The pace was very steady, the acclimatisation gradual; and the combination of group encouragement and the novelty of the scenery made the walk a pleasure.The tea houses were basic but clean and comfortable and the food wholesome.
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5* Annapurna Sanctuary
10 day trek via Poon Hill, night at MBC, overnight at Annapurna Base Camp
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4* Annapurna Sanctuary Trek Feb-March 2016
Very enjoyable trek to Poon Hill and ABC which must have some of the best panoramic views in the Himalayas. Interesting group of trekkers, Well organised with excellent leader, guides and porters.
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5* Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
This was by far the best trip I have taken in yet. Nepal was stunning and I only wish I knew how amazing it was before and I would have definitely spent even more time there.Exodus were great and made sure the trip lived up to my expectations.
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5* A wonderful trek in the very heart of Nepal's Annapurna
Annapurna Sanctuary is 14 days of an excellent trek, which is very well organised, with excellent and attentive guides. It is great scenery, with such majestic and magnificent Mountains. You stay in sustainable, if frugal, Tea Houses offering great sustenance, which is all part of the fun experience.
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4* Annapurna Sanctuary
Great adventure with excellent local guides and porters. The Nepalese people are a delight - so friendly, honest and helpful, especially in the mountains.
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5* ANNAPURNA SANCTUARY
An absolutely amazing holiday.  Spectacular scenery, gorgeous weather, inspirational sights and lots of steps!! 
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4* Annapurna Sanctuary Trek TNS
Original trekking itinerary was changed and notice was given just several days before we began the trek. We did not trek to Annapurna Base Camp due to snow, avalanche danger, and damaged structures. An alternative was provided that included climbing Punhill and also Khopra in Ridge. For me it was a physically challenging trip, partially due to my age. I felt I did well in spite of my replaced knees. I was offered encouragement at times which helped. The weather was not the best as a pre-monsoon weather pattern prevailed particularly during the latter part of the trek. This trip for me was primarily a time to bond with my son, Kevin, and I think we did a good job at that. Food was somewhat bland, but new dishes allowed us to get a real taste of what Nepalese eat. Ten years ago, I did the Everest Trek to base camp and Kala Patar. I would say this trip was every bit as physically challenging even though we did not achieve high elevations. The scenery did not include as much high alpine, but this trip traversed through rhododenron forests that were in full bloom.
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5* ANNAPURNA SANCTUARY
A wonderful experience of the Himalayas, Nepal and the wonderful Nepalese people. Breathtaking scenery, relatively comfortable walking and sleeping, with a chance to enjoy the culture of Nepal after the trek.
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4* Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
Spectacular scenery! Blessed with very good weather which helped a lot.Trek was significantly harder than expected with much more daily ascending & descending.Local support staff; guides, porters, etc were excellent. (The rest of the group were a pleasure to be with).A very memorable trip.
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5* ANNAPURNA SANCTUARY
A very professionally organised & lead trip with a great group of participants.A great introduction to a country of wonderful people.
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5* Annapurna Sanctuary
Publicised as one of Nepal's best and i imagine that few could beat it for the range of experiences on offer. The daybreak on the top of Poon Hill was fantastic. Although don't go there to be alone! Walking up the valley of the Modi Khola was hard work due to the numerous stone staircases - hundreds of steps down a side valley followed by more steps to go back to the same elevation. The situation of ABC in the Sanctuary is very special indeed.
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5* Comfortable trek with beautiful scenery
This is the third trek I've done in Nepal, the fourth in the Himalayas. I enjoyed the trek, found it easier than Everest Base Camp, the Annapurna Circuit and Ladakh- the Markha Valley. Yes, the numerous stone 'staircases' were a bit tough at the time, but very do-able and we were not rushed but had plenty of stops to catch breath and drink water. The tea-houses were OK (I always find the basic level of accommodation, especially the toilets & showers, also the rooms a tougher personal challenge than the actual walking) - the food they offered was OK (I didn't get sick!!), if a bit repetitive.The scenery was beautiful - big mountain landscapes, valleys with rippling streams and waterfalls, small villages and families farming their terraces using water buffalos and wooden ploughs. Always, the high snowy peaks were in the background. Add to that the colourful rhododendron forests and tiny bamboo bridges. When we first arrived at the Annapurna Sanctuary, I was a bit disappointed as there was no snow on the ground....and muttered to my friend 'Oh no, just a load of old rocks!!', but then, as we arrived at ABC, it started snowing heavily...and snowed and snowed all afternoon. The next morning, we trekked back across the flattish section between ABC and MBC and it was stunning - a perfect 'winter wonderland' and everything i'd hoped for.This trek reached a lower altitude than I had experienced on my previous Himalayan treks and I was fortunate not to experience any symptoms of altitude sickness at all (whereas I did have some (manageable) symptoms on the previous ones.Sunrise at Poon Hill was also a delight. I'd experienced this once before when on the Annapurna Circuit, but, unfortunately, on that occasion, although we climbed the hill, there was no view to be had - it was all obscured by clound. However, on this occasion, Mother Nature decided to reward my persistence and we were greeted by beautiful views of the mountains.
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5* Trip of a lifetime
From the moment we met our guide, he talked about us becoming a family for the next fortnight as he wanted us all to stick together. This we did and it really made our trip special. He, our porters and two assistant guides looked after us every step of the way.The high mountains were tantalisingly shy for the first few days, but then gradually showed themselves to us. Simply stunning.
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4* ANNAPURNA SANCTUARY
A hugely rewarding trip. Be prepared for very basic accommodation. Physically challenging but worth every bit of effort and hardship to get to the top.  We all run out of superlatives to describe the landspace and scenery but suffice to say you cannot fail to be hugely impressed.
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5* ANNAPURNA SANCTUARY
Great trip. Excellent local leaders and good group made it all the more enjoyable. What can I say about Nepal; it's beautiful. Stunning scenery and great trekking. Oh, and the rice is good too! Kathmandhu is busy, noisy and chaotic, but still a place to savour. Pokhara, where we stayed a night after completing the trek, is set in a beautiful location. Lovely lake, surrounded by mountains, felt Alpine in character.
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Start:Kathmandu
Finish:Kathmandu
Group size:4 - 16
Suitable for: 16 to 99
Physical rating:Moderate / Challenging
Meals:14 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 0 dinners.
Diets:Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements
Tour operated in: English
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