Annapurna and Everest Spectacular

13 Days / 12 Nights

Trip Overview

Trekking in the world’s most spectacular mountain range, this itinerary has been designed so that guests can experience the best that both the Annapurna and Everest regions of Nepal have to offer in the time available. The accommodations are the most comfortable that each area has available. From the lodges there are magnificent views of the surrounding peaks. You will have the opportunity to experience firsthand the differing cultures of each area together with the varying climactic regions from sub tropical to alpine to temperate. In Kathmandu there will be time to explore this fascinating city with all its history and culture. Aside from the trekking, one of the highlights will be your mountain flight in the Everest region which will allow you to view Everest and the surrounding peaks at close quarters.


Outline Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2 Trek to Birethanti [3470 ft / 1060m]

Day 3 Trek to Majhgaun [4756 ft / 1450m]

Day 4 Gurung Lodge

Day 5 Trek to Dhampus [5000 ft / 1525m]

Day 6 Trek to Pokhara and fly to Kathmandu [3300ft / 1000m]

Day 7 Trek to Phakding [8613ft / 2610m]

Day 8 Trek to Monjo [9500 ft / 2850m]

Day 9 Trek to Namche [11350ft / 3440m]

Day 10 Namche Excursion

Day 11 Kathmandu

Day 12 Kathmandu

Day 13 Departure for your onward journey

Full Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Reception and transfer to your hotel. After freshening up, there will be a full briefing on your program. This will be followed by a walk through the forest that surrounds the hotel. Being a former royal park and closed off to the public, deer and bird life proliferate and much of the forest is hundreds of years old and has remained untouched. Time permitting, you will also visit one of the local villages. Dinner tonight will be at the hotel.
Overnight Gokarna Forest Resort. D

Day 2: Trek to Birethanti [3470 ft / 1060m]

After breakfast, we transfer to the domestic airport for your 30 minute flight to Pokhara. This spectacular flight offers views of the Langtang, Manaslu and Annapurna ranges. On arrival, you will be transferred by road by road with guides & porters to your trek start point {1-hour}. Our walk will follow a ridgeline in the lower foothills of the Annapurnas with surrounding views of the Pokhara Valley. This route then drops to the Modi River Valley, where Ker & Downey's Sanctuary Lodge is located. The lodge has magnificent views of the sacred and unclimbed Fishtail Mountain, or Machhapuchhre, as it is locally known. Lunch will be en route to the lodge. Time permitting, there will be an an optional walk to the nearby village of Birethanti or You may choose to spend the afternoon exploring the surrounding river valley Trek time 2-4 hours depending on route taken.
Overnight Sanctuary Lodge B, L, D

Day 3: Trek to Majhgaun [4756 ft / 1450m]

Following a leisurely breakfast, we leave the Sanctuary lodge & trek to Ker & Downey's Gurung Lodge. The lodge is built along the lines of a traditional Nepalese village. Every room has spectacular views of the surrounding valley and mountains. The route follows the Modi river before climbing and contouring through forests.. After lunch at the lodge, you will be escorted to the local village of Tanchok. There will be a talk at a local house, now made into a museum. The contents of the house illustrate how the local people live, together with the tools and implements of day to day traditional village life. There will also be a visit to the school and should there be more than 6 guests, the school children will visit the lodge and perform a number of local dances and songs typical of the region. [Trek time 4 hours]
Overnight Gurung Lodge.B, L, D

Day 4: Gurung Lodge

After breakfast at the lodge, we will walk through the surrounding forests for 1 1/2 hours to a viewpoint only known by our company. This has the name of Gurung Hill. From here, there are magnificent views Annapurna South and the surrounding mountains. Tea and biscuits will be served from this viewpoint. We will then return to the lodge via a different route. Lunch will be at the lodge. This will be followed by a short walk to the local school where the headmaster will talk about the local education system. Guests may wish to leave pens or make a small donation to the school. Either would be much appreciated and will be used by the school for education purposes.
Overnight Gurung Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 5: Trek to Dhampus [5000 ft / 1525m]

This morning we start out trekking through the unspoilt village of Patlekhet. Our walk then takes us through sub-tropical forests that include tree orchids, rhododendrons and magnolias. Along the way, we will stop at the village of Pothana where many Tibetan traders live and sell their souvenirs. The trail from Pothana to the lodge offers spectacular views of the Annapurna range. After lunch at the lodge there will be an optional walk through the old village of Dhampus. From the lodge, there are sweeping views of the entire Annapurna Range. Trek time 4 hours.
Overnight Basanta Lodge B, L, D

Day 6: Trek to Pokhara and fly to Kathmandu [3300ft / 1000m]

After breakfast, we depart along the ridge & descend through the wooded hillside and terraced farmland to the valley floor (3300ft/1000m). We then transfer by vehicle to Pokhara (30 minutes) where we are dropped at the lakeside which is famed for its Tibetan shops and the lake itself on which you can take a boat if you choose. After lunch at a local restaurant we transfer to the airport for your short 25 minute flight to Kathmandu where we are met and transferred to your hotel. Trek time 1 ½ hours. Dinner will be at the hotel.
Overnight Gokarna Forest Resort. B.L

Day 7: Trek to Phakding [8613ft / 2610m]

After breakfast, we transfer to the airport for the ight to Lukla by Yeti Airlines. This flight follows the Annapurna, Manaslu, Langtang and Jugal ranges before entering the Eastern region where you pass Rolwaling Himal. Gaurisankar and Menlumtse before approaching the Khumbu area. After your arrival at Lukla Airport we walk for 5 minutes to the Yeti Mountain lodge for an early lunch. After lunch we trek to Phakding: We begin with a gentle climb up by the left bank of the Dudh Koshi River. Nupla 5885m and Kusumkang 6367m can be seen in the distance. Following the left bank of Dudh Koshi river we reach Phakding. Trek time 3 hours.
Overnight Yeti Mountain Phakding lodge. B.L.D.

Day 8: Trek to Monjo [9500 ft / 2850m]

After breakfast we trek to the village of Monjo. Your route follows a level path along the right bank from the resort, Thamserku 6623m.looms skyward on the opposite bank. After crossing a stream and climbing the terraced hill from the Dudh Koshi route, you arrive at Banker. Continuing through a forest you arrive at Chumow where you can visit the Vegetable Farm. Walking along a path with many ups and downs, you cross a stream and enter the small village of Monjo Our lodge for the night is located above the village and overlooks the Dudh Kosi river. There are spectacular views of Thamserku [21860 feet /6623m. After lunch at the lodge your guide will escort you on a local walk before returning to the lodge in the late afternoon. Trek time 3 hours.
Overnight Yeti Mountain Monjo lodge. B.L.D.

Day 9: Trek to Namche [11350ft / 3440m]

After breakfast we trek to Namche: The route initially descends until you reach a suspension bridge. After short climb you come to Jorshale, the entrance to the National Park where a park entrance fee is collected. Walking along the river you enter a forested mountainside and pass by a rocky area. After crossing a high winding path you descend to the riverbed and reach a V-shaped valley. Here river forks – to the right is Dudh Kosi and to the left the Bhote Kosi that leads to Nangpa La. Crossing a suspension bridge you walk a short distance along the Bhote Kosi before ascending to Namche Bazaar. The afternoon is free to explore the bazaar. Trek time 4 hours.
Overnight Yeti Mountain Namche lodge. B.LD.

Day 10: Namche Excursion

After breakfast we trek to Syangboche. Passing through a small forest we reach Khumjung Hillary High School. The village of Khumjung covers the largest area in Khumbu. After lunch at Khumjung we visit Khunde hospital. The hospital & school were built by the late Sir Edmund Hillary. From this area, there are spectacular views of Majestic Mountains like Thamserku, Kangtega, Ama Dablam, Lhotse and of course Everest. We then return back to Namche. Trek time 4-5 hours
Overnight Yeti Mountain Namche lodge. B.L.D.

Day 11: Kathmandu

After breakfast we return to Syangboche airport for our pickup and flight back to Kathmandu. Leaving the airport in the Pilatus plane, there will be spectacular views of Everest and the surrounding peaks. The flight lasts just 10 minutes before landing in Lukla and connecting with your scheduled flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu you will be transferred to your hotel in time for lunch. The afternoon is free to relax. Dinner tonight will be at the hotel. Trek time 2 hours.
Overnight Gokarna Forest Resort . B,L,D.

Day 12: Kathmandu

Today After breakfast, you will be escorted with your guide to the temple complex of Boudhanath. This is one of the largest Stupas in Asia and is home to some 10000 Tibetans. The Stupa is surrounded by colourful Tibetan shops and tea houses. We then drive to Durbar square in the heart of Kathmandu. The square has many colorful temples including that of the Living Goddess and the old Royal palace. From here we walk to the tourist area of Thamel which has an abundance of colourful shops and restaurants. Dinner will be at one such restaurant.
Overnight Gokarna Forest Resort. B.L.D.

Day 13: Departure for your onward journey


Price includes

  • Three nights' accommodation at Gokarna Hotel:on full board basis
    • Deluxe rooms
  • 8 nights' accommodation in Comfort Lodges. Featuring:
    • Solar heated showers, flush toilets and electricity
    • All meals and drinking water
    • Services of qualified guides and porters
    • The loan of Trek Pack, which includes duffel bags, daypacks, hat and scarf (these items you may keep) walking stick, poncho
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu:
    • Boudhanath, Durbar Square and Thamel, including 1 lunch
    • All internal air and land transfers in Nepal
    • All permits
    • Licensed City guides

Price excludes:

    • International air, departure taxes, insurance, gratuities, beverages with meals

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