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Duration: 13 days
Minimum Age: Min Age : 12+
Grade: 3 - Mildly Strenuous
Max Elevation: 9020 ft
Accomodation: Lodge

The trek portion of this trip is similar to the Annapurna Skyline trek – making a slow ascent from Ghandruk to the Ghorepani ridge.

Your journey will begin in Kathmandu, the ancient capital city of Nepal.   You’ll spend a day exploring the historic temples and landmarks that encompass the bustling city. A scenic flight to Pokhara will offer spectacular views of the Himalayas before starting the trek the same day.  The Annapurna Skyline trek passes through several bucolic Gurung villages. The Gurung people are one of sixty ethnic groups in Nepal and the predominant race recruited in the famous Gurkha regiment of the British and Indian army. At the beginning, the trek goes through temperate terraced rice fields. Later the trail gradually ascends to old growth and bamboo forests. The highlight of the trek is the early morning ascent up Pun Hill for an opportunity to watch the sun rise over the Annapurna range. A certified Nepali yoga instructor will conduct daily morning/evening yoga on the entire trip.

This trek will also include a post-trek massage, Nepali cooking class and more special touches.

Every day on this incredible adventure there will be opportunities to commune with your body & spirit through yoga and meditation. In Kathmandu and Pokhara, the yoga will be in places suited for a comfortable yoga class. And while on the trek, you will be treated to some of the best and most unconventional settings for yoga classes ever. Each lodge will have a different arrangement, but often those classes – weather permitting – will be outside with the spectacular Himalayas standing guard over your practice.

Highlights

  • Spectacular Annapurna range as backdrop for daily yoga and meditation
  • Explore the ancient palaces and temples of Kathmandu
  • Post trek massage.
  • Cooking class and dinner at a Nepali home.
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Trip at a glance

Brief Itinerary

Day Description Overnight Altitude
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu Kathmandu 1,340m/4,300ft
Day 2 Exploring Kathmandu Kathmandu 1,340m/4,300ft
Day 3 Kathmandu to Pothana Pothana 1,890m/5,300ft
Day 4 Pothana to Landrung Landrung 1,565m/5,150ft
Day 5 Landrung to Jhinu Hot Spring Jhinu 1,565m/5,150ft
Day 6 Jhinu to Ghandrung Ghandrung 1,940m/6,400ft
Day 7 Ghandrung to Tadapani Tadapani 2,630m/8,890ft
Day 8 Tadapani to Ghorepani Ghorepani 2,860m/9,020ft
Day 9 Ghorepani to Ulleri Ulleri 1,960m/6,400ft
Day 10 Ulleri to Pokhara Pokhara 827m/2,700ft
Day 11 Pokhara Pokhara 827m/2,700ft
Day 12 Kathmandu Kathmandu 1,340m/4,300ft
Day 13 Final Departure    
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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu

Arrive Kathmandu. You will be met on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport. Transfer to Hotel. Day Free. Enjoy welcome dinner. Briefing during group dinner. Overnight Hotel Shambaling or similar. (Dinner)

Day 2Exploring Kathmandu

Visit Bodhnath – the Stupa of a million dew drops. Bodhnath is a sacred destination for Buddhists. Here, you will find devotees, many from Tibet, circumambulating the monument at any time of the day.

Visit Pashupatinath, Nepal’s most sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva, the God of Destruction. Non- Hindu visitors cannot enter the main temple sanctum and must view it from across the sacred Bagmati River. Here, you are likely to witness a Hindu cremation.

After lunch, visit the well- maintained Patan Museum which houses ancient Nepali artifacts, followed by a tour of Patan Durbar (Palace) Square. Patan is also known as Lalitpur, the City of Arts.

Overnight Hotel Shambaling or simlar. (Breakfast and Lunch)

Day 3Kathmandu to Pothana (5,600 ft.)

Transfer to the domestic terminal at the Kathmandu airport for your flight to Pokhara. You must arrive at the airport one hour before your scheduled departure time. Be ready for a wait at the airport if your flight is delayed due to weather or other reasons.

The flight to Pokhara (800m/2,640ft) is approximately 30 minutes. Depending on the weather, you will be able to view the Himalayan range including Manaslu and Annapurna IV from your airplane window. Note: sit on the right hand side of the plane if possible.

After arriving in Pokhara, transfer by private vehicle to the starting point of your trek at Phedi. The first day’s walk is a steep ascent through terraced paddy fields and small villages to Dhampus and then to Pothana.

Overnight Lodge. (All meals)

Day 4Pothana to Landrung (5,400 ft.)

The trail now becomes a steady ascent as you trek through rhododendron forest. Mt. Machhapuchare (Fishtail) is prominent in the distance. Slowly ascending, trek past Pothana and the pass at Deorali (7,100ft.). There are great views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and, on a clear day, Dhaulagiri I. From Deorali, it is a steep descent through rhododendron forest (muddy and slippery at times) to arrive at Landrung.

Overnight Lodge. (All meals)

Day 5Landrung to Jhinu Hot Spring (6,900 ft.)

Today is a short day of about three to four hours to Jhinu. Descend to the Modi Khola. Then ascend steeply to Jhinu, a small cluster of lodges. There is ample time to take a dip in the hot springs at Jhinu. The hot springs are about 15 minutes hike past Jhinu and are properly maintained by a caretaker who charges around US$2 per person.

Overnight Lodge. (All meals)

Day 6Jhinu to Ghandrung (6,400 ft.)

From Jhinu, descend to the Kimrung Khola. Ascend steeply (approximately 1,400 ft.) on switchbacks thorough a forest to Kimrong Danda (7,300 ft.). It is a short descent to Ghandrung.

Ghandrung, with 275 households, is the second-largest Gurung settlement in Nepal – Sikles is the largest. The older settlement of Ghandrung is a closely-knit village of slate-roofed houses with terraced fields both above and below the settlement. There is also a Gurung museum which you can visit.

Overnight Lodge. (All meals)

Day 7Ghandrung to Tadapani (8,890 ft.)

The trail continues steeply through thick mixed forests. Trek through Bhaise Kharka (Buffalo pasture) to Tadapani (far water). Look out for wild Langurs up on the tall trees. Rhododendron trees in this area are not shrubs but grow to become 90 feet or more.

The views of Annapurna South, Macchapuchare and Hiunchuli are spectacular from Tadapani.

Overnight Lodge. (All meals)

Day 8Tadapani to Ghorepani (9,020 ft.)

Ascend through rhododendron forests gently to Banthati and then to Deorali. Continue to Ghorepani (literally translated as horse water) on a ridge with a big cluster of lodges. Overnight Lodge. (All meals)

Day 9Ghorepani to Ulleri (6,400 ft.)

Wake up early (4ish) and hike steeply (1 hour) to Pun hill (10,600 ft.) to view the sunrise over the Himalayas. From Pun hill, there are unobstructed views of Dhaulagiri I (8,167m), Tukuche (6,920m), Nilgiri (6,920m), Annapurna I (8,091m), Hiunchuli (6,441m), and Glacier dome (7,193m).

After breakfast at Ghorepani, descend steeply to Ulleri.

Overnight Lodge. (All meals)

DAY 10 Ulleri to Pokhara

Descend to Nayapul. Trek ends here. A chartered vehicle will take you Pokhara.

Short bus ride to Pokhara from raft put out point. Transfer to your hotel. After your long shower, enjoy the rest of the day for shopping, relaxing or exploring on your own.

Overnight: Fishtail Lodge or similar (B, L)

DAY 11 Pokhara

Short boat ride on the Phewa lake. 30 minute uphill hike to Peace Stupa.

Visit the International Mountaineering Museum which has an excellent display of exhibits of the world’s mountains. Lunch at the museum café.

Evening, enjoy a trekkers massage at the hotel.

Overnight: Fishtail Lodge or similar. (All meals)

Day 12Kathmandu

Morning flight back to Kathmandu. Morning is free for you shop, relax or explore on your own.

In the afternoon, a Nepali cooking class followed by dinner at a Nepali home.

Overnight: Hotel Tibet or similar. (All meals)

DAY 13 Final departure

After breakfast, transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your final departure. (Breakfast)

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Detailed Cost Information

Per person price (valid until December 31, 2019)

2 – 4 participants:         US$ 2,600  per person

5 or more participants:  US$ 2,340 per person

Single Supplement: US$ 450

US$ 150 per person discount on January, February and December departures

Payment policy:

  • A 20% non-refundable deposit is required at the time of booking.
  • Balance is payable a week prior to departure.
  • Contact us for coupon code if you are eligible for a US$150 low season discount or a US$150 alumni discount. Only one discount is applicable.

Cancellation policy:

  • Deposit is non-refundable.
  • No refunds for unused services once trek begins.

Price Includes

  • Expert pre-trip advice and detailed information
  • Motivated, well-cared-for staff
  • All airport transfers
  • A certified yoga instructor for the entire trip
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu as indicated in the itinerary and entrance fees to monuments.
  • 3 nights twin sharing hotel accommodation at Hotel Shambaling and Hotel Tibet (3 star) in Kathmandu
  • 2 night twin sharing hotel accommodation at Temple Tree Lodge (4 star) in Pokhara
  • Round trip airfare: Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • 60 minute post trek massage
  • Cooking class
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Lodge trekking as indicated in the itinerary
    • Three meals a day
    • Sterilized water for your bottles three times a day
    • Guide and staff wages, equipment and meals
    • Guide and staff insurance
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Fee
  • Trekkers Information Management Card

Price Excludes

Your international airfare, Nepal Visa, Meals not indicated in the itinerary, Tips and gratuities, Personal equipment (a suggested list will be mailed to you), Travel insurance (Required), Other expenses of a personal nature

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This trip is fully customisable for a party of two or more. Please contact us…

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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

What is a yoga trek?

On a yoga trek, besides trekking, you would practice yoga every morning (prior to breakfast) or in the evening. The yoga sessions will be led by a certified yoga instructor. There will also be time for instructor led meditation. Besides your trekking gear, all you need to bring is comfortable yoga attire. We will provide yoga mats.

When is the best time to do this trip?

On a yoga trek, besides trekking, you would practice yoga every morning (prior to breakfast) or in the evening. The yoga sessions will be led by a certified yoga instructor. There will also be time for instructor led meditation. Besides your trekking gear, all you need to bring is comfortable yoga attire. We will provide yoga mats.

How fit do I need to be to participate on this trip?

Anyone who is reasonably fit and can hike 8 miles a day can participate in this trip. Most of the trek involves ascents and descents. That said, the better shape you are in, the more you will enjoy the trek.

It is advised that anyone with a pre-existing condition consult their doctor before signing up for a trek.

We rate this trip a 3 (moderately strenuous) on a scale of 1 (easy) to 5 (challenging).

What kind of food should I expect on this trip?

In general, expect porridge (Oatmeal), toast, eggs (any style), muesli, hash browns, sausages etc for breakfast. And sandwich, pizzas, momos, noodles (dry and with soup), rolls, fried rice, Indian bread with vegetables etc for lunch and dinner. And expect Nepali dal-bhat (rice-lentils with vegetables and/or meat) at all the lodges.
Ours is an OPEN menu. Meaning we allow our clients to order anything from the lodge menu besides bottled beverages, specialty coffee and packaged snacks. We also don’t limit the number of items per meal as long as you aren’t wasteful. When choosing your trekking company, ask if meals are fixed or if you are only allowed to order one item from the menu.

What kind of gear do I need for this trip? Can I rent in Kathmandu?

Layering is key. And it’s always recommended to trek with good branded gear. A good pair of hiking boots that’s been broken in is very important. Good top and bottom base layers, a mid layer (fleece or capilene), and an outer layer (Gore-tex or other material). If you tend to get cold quickly, bring a down parka especially for the evening at the lodge. On most days, you’d be hiking in a convertible hiking pant that can be converted into shorts and one or two top layers.

if you’re trekking with Crystal Mountain Treks, we provide a sleeping bag (rated to 0 degree F or -17 degree C), duffel bags, down jacket and Steripen for water purification to our clients for no charge.

It is possible to buy cheap and relatively functional gear in Kathmandu – convertible pants, down jackets, fleece, Gore-tex jackets. But remember, you get what you pay for. Wool gloves, hats, socks are available too.

There are quite a few branded stores too. North Face, Moutain Hardwear, Marmot and Sherpa. If you’re coming from Australia or Europe, items in these shops are probably cheaper than back home. But if you’re coming from the US, it’s better to buy branded gear at home.

Can I drink tap water on this trek?

Nepali tap water is NOT safe to drink. Even if you see the locals drinking water straight from the tap, never drink water before boiling or sterilizing. Bring water purifying tablets or other water purifiers. At higher elevations during the coldest times of year the water will freeze, so you’ll need to buy boiled water from teahouses. If you plan to use a STERIPEN, bring wide mouth water bottles. You would need at least 2 one-liter water bottles for the trek. Even if you plan to bring a hydration pack, bring 1 one-liter water to sterilize the water before pouring into your hydration pack.

Crystal Mountain Treks will provide you with a Steripen to use on the trek for no charge.

Is there mobile signal on this trek? Wi-fi?

Most of the places on the main Annapurna trail now have cell coverage. But once you get off the main trail, coverage may not be available. Lodges will offer wi-fi for between $1 to $10 per hour. You can also buy a Sim card with 5GB or 10GB data for under $25: do this in Kathmandu.

How should I prepare for this trek?

The more physically fit you are, the more you will enjoy the trip. There are three aspects to training for any trek. 1) Cardiovascular Training will make your body more efficient in using oxygen. Running, walking, swimming or biking, or any combination of these are great for cardiovascular conditioning. 2) Strength Training by either using free weights or machines at the gym will build hiking strength. Walking stairs, especially with a pack will simulate the hiking environment. We also recommend practicing squats. Trekkers will encounter low hanging obstacles to duck under, and many toilets are at ground level, which requires a low squat.
3) Endurance Training is where you build endurance in the months leading up to your trek, slowly increase your length of training sessions. By the time you are 2 weeks from the scheduled trek date you should be able to ascend 3,000 ft. in a 3-4 hour period.

In the end, the more your training simulates a trek, the better off you will be. So hiking 4-5 hours outdoors, uphill and downhill, about once or twice a week in addition to other cardio vascular training at the gym or at home will greatly benefit and prepare you for the trek.

What are the toilet facilities like on the trek? Will I have a chance to take a shower?

Most tea houses have a common toilet. Some tea houses, especially those at the beginning of the trek, have en suite rooms. While squat toilets are more prevalent, newer lodges have Western style toilets.

It is possible to shower in almost all the lodges. And hot shower usually means a bucket of boiled water. Be prepared to pay anywhere from $2-$5 for this service.

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Leslie Spero., Covington, WA

Group Traveller

There are few words in the English language to describe the grandeur and majesty of trekking in the Annapurna region or its people. Crystal Mountain Treks’ staff made navigating this adventure not only comfortable but joyful. Morning brings breathtaking vistas and evenings bring new villages with their warm welcoming people. Then there’s the trek itself…nothing can truly capture the spirit-filled adventure that I had. The words that come flooding to mind, are these: well planned, cared for, inspiring, heart stopping, gratitude, kindness, new friendships, yaks, glorious children, unbridled laughter, “a little up, a little down”, nightly dancing and trip of a lifetime!

Leslie Spero., Covington, WA: Annapurna Skyline Trek 2014

December 2, 2014