Crystal Mountain Treks

Annapurna Skyline Trek

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Annapurna Skyline Trek
Country: Nepal | Destination: Annapurna | Activity: Lodge Trek | Grade: 3 - Mildly Strenuous

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, one of sixty ethnic groups in Nepal and the predominant race recruited in the famous Gurkha regiment of the British and Indian army. On this trek, you will climb up and down the infamous staircases along the Modi Khola river. In the beginning, the trek goes through temperate terraced rice fields, gradually ascending to old growth and bamboo forests. You will make an early morning ascent up Pun Hill with the opportunity to watch the sun rise over the Annapurna range. On your descent you will pass through rhododendron forests that may just be in bloom!

Crystal Mountain Treks has been in business for over two decades and employs only the best guides with a minimum of 15 years experience. We treat our staff with the utmost care and respect. Each staff member is provided high-quality equipment and paid higher-than-average wages. Our clients have commented that our treks provide a better value (we provide more for less) than other companies they researched, comparing services, quality and price. We are happy to provide references of people who have journeyed with us in the past upon request.

Highlights

  • Spectacular views of the Annapurna range.
  • Trek through rhododendron forests in bloom.
  • Post trek massage.
  • Cooking class and dinner at a Nepali home.


Day 01 - 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 Tibet or similar. (Dinner)

 

(Pottery square in Bhaktapur)

Day 02 - Kathmandu
Visit Pashupatinath, Nepal's most sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva, with its two-tiered golden roof and silver door. Here, you'll likely witness a Hindu cremation along the banks of the Bagmati River.

Then drive to Bhaktapur, the City of Devotees, for lunch and a tour of the royal palace square. Bhaktapur is a medieval city in the Kathmandu valley and is least disturbed by modern life. Here, you can absorb the architectural splendor of the five-storied Nyatapola temple, or the sculptural delight of the Peacock Window. Overnight Hotel Tibet or simlar. (Breakfast and Lunch)

Day 03 - Kathmandu to Dhampus (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 grueling ascent through terraced paddy fields and small villages to Dhampus. You are rewarded with great mountain views as you arrive at Dhampus.

Overnight Lodge. (All meals)

 

(Machhapuchare from Pothana) 

Day 04 - Dhampus 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) 

 

(Crossing the bridge over the Modi Khola) 

Day 05 - Landrung 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 06 - Jhinu 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)

 

(Langur monkeys near the forests of Tadapani) 

Day 07 - Ghandrung 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)

 

(Pun Hill) 

Day 08 - Tadapani 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 09 - Ghorepani 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: Temple Tree or similar (B,L)



(Fewa Lake with Macchapuchare in the background)

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. Overnight: Temple Tree or similar. (All meals) 

Day 12 - Kathmandu
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)

 

Total Package Cost Per Person: USD 1,750

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Detailed Cost Information

Per Person Price for 2017

2 – 4 persons: $1,900 USD per person
5 or more persons: $1,750 USD per person

Single Supplement: $400 USD

(Contact us for USD and Euro quotes)


Price includes:

·       Expert pre-trip advice and detailed information

·       Motivated, well-cared-for staff

·       All airport transfers

·       Sightseeing in Kathmandu as indicated in the itinerary and entrance fees to monuments.

·       3 nights twin sharing hotel accommodation at Hotel Tibet (3 star) in Kathmandu

·       2 night twin sharing hotel accommodation at Temple Tree Resort (4 star) in Pokhara

·       Round trip airfare: Kathmandu to Pokhara

·      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 does not include:

·       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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