Annapurna Luxury Lodge
Nepal

Himalaya lodge in Ghandruk
  • TRIP TYPE: Trekking
  • TRIP GRADE: Gentle
  • TRIP STYLE: Luxury Lodge
  • TRIP LEADER: Local Leader
  • GROUP SIZE: 2 - 10 people
  • NEXT DEPARTURE: 25 Feb 2021

Details

Annapurna Luxury Lodge trek is an ideal introduction to trekking in Nepal while staying at high quality Ker and Downey lodges in the Annapurna region

Our Annapurna Luxury Lodge trek is a superb way of exploring Nepal in style while staying in the comfortable lodges of the Annapurna region; they are at a standard far better than anything else available in the area.

The Ker and Downey lodges provide a high level of service with landscaped gardens, comfortable communal areas and bedrooms including hot showers and western toilets. The bedrooms in the Ker and Downey lodges are not heated however in winter months there will be a fire pit in the bar area. The fire will be lit in the late afternoon and guests will sit around to warm up while have a drink during Happy Hour (from 6pm to 7pm).

The trail between lodges takes you through beautiful Nepalese villages with spectacular views of the Annapurna region. This is a walk in the low-lying hills fringing Pokhara and is a culturally rich journey passing through Gurung villages with wonderful mountain views. We trek for six days through the Annapurna foothills with each day having between four and six hours walking.

  • Our Annapurna Luxury Lodges trek uses the Ker & Downey lodges, they are ecologically sympathetic and carefully located for their scenic views with accommodation at a standard far better than anything else available in the area.
  • We are Himalayan trekking specialists and we have been operating trips in Nepal for many years. Roland Hunter, owner and founder of The Mountain Company, has modified this itinerary based on his first-hand experience of the Annapurna region.
  • Read our AITO Traveller Reviews for Annapurna Luxury Lodge where our overall holiday rating is 100%. Our approach to organising trips in the Himalayas has helped The Mountain Company win awards such as 2018 Gold Award as AITO Tour Operator of the Year and 2015 Bronze Award as AITO Tour Operator of the Year.
  • We send a Thuraya satellite phone on all of our treks in Nepal. It is essential for your guide to have reliable communications with us for logistics, planning and group safety.
  • We provide all porters with windproof jacket & trousers, crampons and shelter as per International Porter Protection Group (“IPPG”) guidelines.
  • We bring a comprehensive first aid kit plus high altitude medicine, antibiotics and other medicines. 
  • Pre trip support will be given by our Operations team with first hand knowledge of Annapurna Luxury Lodge trek. During high season we have a TMC representative from our UK Operations team based in Kathmandu.

Route Map

Itinerary

Arrival in Kathmandu

No meals

Hotel Shangri La in Kathmandu

You will be met on arrival at Kathmandu airport and driven back to the hotel.  Please provide travel plans on booking and we will arrange the pick-up and transfer. A trip briefing will be given in the afternoon.

Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Breakfast

Hotel Shangri La in Kathmandu

This is a one day guided sightseeing tour of the Kathmandu Valley visiting three out of the seven World Heritage Sites. You will start off by visiting Patan Durbar Square then drive to the Buddhist stupa at Boudhanath followed by the last stop of the day at the Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath. The tour is likely to finish around 4pm and the rest of the day is free to further explore Kathmandu as well as to pack your bags for the trek starting tomorrow morning. You can leave a bag at the hotel with items not needed on trek.

 Three major towns are located in the valley, Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, each having a great artistic and architectural tradition. Kathmandu is the capital and the largest city in the country. Patan, the second largest is separated from Kathmandu by a river. Bhaktapur, the third largest, is towards the eastern end of the valley and its relative isolation is reflected in its slower pace and more distinctly mediaeval atmosphere.

 

In the Valley the landscape is dramatically sculpted by the contours of the paddy fields. The towns and villages are alive with the colours of farm produce, ranging from pyramids of golden grain to the vivid reds of chilli peppers laid out on mats to dry in the sun. In the streets and towns there is a constant bustle of activity, especially in the bazaars and markets where the farmers sell their vegetables and fruit.

Flight to Pokhara

Sightseeing in Pokhara

Breakfast

Temple Tree Resort in Pokhara

You will be transferred from the hotel to Kathmandu domestic airport for the flight to Pokhara where, on a clear day, you will get superb views of the Annapurnas from the right hand side of the plane.

After landing at Pokhara you will be driven to the hotel and you have the rest of the day to explore the place. We recommend you take a boat trip across Phewa Lake then walk to Shanti Peace stupa above the lake, on a clear day the panoramic views are superb. The walk uphill from the lake to Shanti Peace stupa takes about 45 minutes.

Later in the afternoon your trek guide will come to the hotel to meet you and give a briefing on the trek. He will also handover the trekking gear, this includes the following: a duffel (kit) bag to be carried by the porter and day pack as well as a rain poncho, umbrella, walking stick, cotton scarf and sun hat. Down jackets, wool gloves, hats and slippers are provided in each of the lodge rooms. You can pack your bags ready for the trek starting tomorrow. It is also worth leaving a bag of clothes and other items not required for the trek in the store room of the hotel to collect on return.

Drive to Lumle (1 hour)

Walking 3.5km (4 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Ker & Downey Sanctuary Lodge

After breakfast you will drive for about an hour from Pokhara along the Seti River valley to the trek start point off the road at Lumle, Chandrakot or Dhab. The path follows through forest in the lower foothills of the Annapurnas where there are good views of the mountains and of Modi khola far below in the valley.

The trail passes through Tomijung known as the bee village due to the old style bee hives attached to the side of the traditional houses. There are terraced fields nearby growing rice and maize as well as a variety of vegetables. Descending from Tomijung we cross the suspension bridge over Modi river and then it is a short walk along the jeep track to Sanctuary Lodge a few miles from Birethanti village.

During the months of April, May and October it will very hot and humid with temperatures often more than 30 Degrees Celsius during this trek. If you prefer cooler weather then it would be best to choose the March, November and December departures. It is important to bring plenty of water, wear a sun hat and frequently apply sun cream.

Walking 8.5km (5 to 6 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Ker & Downey Himalaya Lodge

After breakfast we walk along the jeep track for 20 minutes before turning off near Shyauli Bazaar to head on smaller local trails uphill away from the road. This trail passes through terraced fields and there are sections through forest of bamboo, rhododendron and oak trees. You will observe daily life in the hills of Nepal as you pass through traditional houses in hamlets and attractive villages such as Tikhyang. After 3 hours you pass through the village of Kimche (1,640m) where we may stop to eat our pack lunch.

There is a further two walk to Ghandruk contouring through terraced fields until we walk along a short section of jeep track then start ascending the stone steps into the village of Ghandruk. This village is a recruitment centre for Gurkha soldiers and has the headquarters of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project known as ACAP, which promotes many varied ecological projects.

Day walk around Ghandruk

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Ker & Downey Himalaya Lodge

The day starts by sitting on a rattan chair under the verandah outside your room or in the garden with a cup of tea or coffee enjoying the sunrise over the Annapurna range. After breakfast your guide will explain the options for exploring Ghandruk and the surrounding area. In the morning, there is a lovely walk through forest to a temple with good views and then in afternoon you can explore the village itself. It is worth visiting the Old Gurung Museum and ACAP headquarters.

Walking 2.5km (4 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Ker & Downey Bee Lodge

After breakfast we follow the trail on stone steps descending steeply down to the suspension bridge over Modi Khola. Before the bridge take a look at the cliffs overhanging the river and this is where the honey hunters of Nepal climb ropes to collect the honey.

After the bridge you ascend the trail passing through terraced fields and several teahouses to reach Lhandruk at an altitude of 1,596m. This village is at lower altitude than Ghandruk located on the opposite side of the valley across from Modi khola river. From Bee Lodge there are good views up valley of Annapurna South and Huinchuli.

You will arrive at Bee Lodge in time for lunch and then in the afternoon you can explore Lhandruk village and also relax at the lodge. After lunch the now familiar timings of tea will be served around 4pm, Happy Hour at 6pm followed by dinner at 7pm.

Walking 9km (4 to 5 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Ker & Downey Gurung Lodge

Today we start off following the main trail to Pothana however after an hour we turn off onto a smaller path through the forest. The trail contours high above the Modi Khola river and then descends through terraced fields and forest to reach Majgaun village.

Walking 6km (4 to 5 hours)

Drive to Pokhara (1 hour)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Temple Tree Resort in Pokhara

After breakfast we start the walk through forests of oak, rhododendron and silver birch with lovely views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Lamjung. The path soon levels out and joins the main trail near the lodges at Pothana. We descend through forest to Dhampus and the Basanta lodge where we have lunch.

Basanta Lodge, like the Himalaya Lodge in Ghandruk, is a traditional Gurung village house and from its garden there are superb views of the Fishtail peak and the Annapurna range. After lunch at Basanta lodge and we leave Dhampus and descend to the Pokhara valley passing more villages and terraced fields. We meet the vehicle at Phedi for the short drive to Pokhara.

Flight to Kathmandu

Breakfast

Hotel Shangri La in Kathmandu

Transfer to the airport for the flight to Kathmandu. You will be met at the airport and driven back to the hotel. In the afternoon you can rest and relax at Shangri La after the trek, go shopping or to do more sightseeing around the city.

Flight home

Breakfast

Transfer to Kathmandu airport for the flight back home.  End of trip.

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What's Included

  • Internal flight to/from Pokhara and Kathmandu.
  • All transfers including airport collections.
  • One day sightseeing in Kathmandu with Nepalese cultural guide and private vehicle.
  • Twin share room at Hotel Shangri La in Kathmandu, Temple Tree in Pokhara and five nights at Ker & Downey lodges while on trek. Breakfast only at hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara, all meals and Happy Hour drinks included while on trek.
  • Complementary drinking water and electricity for charging batteries at Ker & Downey lodges.
  • All trekking arrangements including permits and fees, Sherpa guide and porter(s). Weight allowance of 10kg for your main bag to be carried by porter during the trek.
  • For your convenience, we will provide each trekker with a duffel (kit) bag and day pack as well as a rain poncho, umbrella, trekking pole(s), cotton scarf and sun hat. These items will be given to you when you arrive in Pokhara. The lodge rooms at all Ker & Downey lodges provide down jackets, wool gloves, warm hats and slippers.
  • Annapurna trekking map given to you on arrival in Kathmandu.
  • Rubberised luggage tags posted to you before departure.
  • Full financial protection for all monies paid to us through our membership of Association of Bonded Travel Operators Trust (our ABTOT membership number is 5365) and having an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence (our ATOL number is 10921).

What's Not Included

  • International flight to/from Kathmandu.
  • Travel & trekking insurance.
  • Nepal visa for 30 days at US$40 (approx £25).
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Personal clothing & equipment, please see the Appendix for suggested kit list.
  • Tips (guidance on amounts included in our “Nepal Pre Trip Information” notes).
  • Other items not listed in “What is included”.

Accommodation

Hotel Shangri La in Kathmandu

Shangri La is our usual hotel for our Luxury trips in Nepal as our clients enjoy staying in this property with well-appointed rooms, lovely garden and swimming pool plus good restaurants and Lost Horizon bar.

Hotel Shangri La is located in Lazimpat and within 20 minute walking distance from the tourist hub of Thamel.


Temple Tree Resort & Spa in Pokhara

Temple Tree Resort & Spa is located close to Lakeside. This resort is newly built in traditional style and the rooms are in cottages with a private veranda overlooking the inner courtyard and landscaped gardens.

There is an infinity pool with Jacuzzi and the Spa has a blend of treatments available.


Ker & Downey lodges in Annapurna

Our Annapurna Luxury Lodge trek using Ker & Downey lodges is a superb way of exploring Nepal in style while staying in the comfortable lodges of the Annapurna region; they are at a standard far better than anything else available in the area. The Ker and Downey lodges provide a high level of service with landscaped gardens, comfortable communal areas and bedrooms including hot showers and western toilets.

Ker & Downey lodges are conveniently placed within a reasonable days walk from each other making this itinerary a good objective for a wide range of people. The lodges are ecologically sympathetic and carefully located for their scenic views.

The bedrooms in the Ker and Downey lodges are not heated however in winter months there will be a fire pit in the bar area. The fire will be lit in the late afternoon and guests will sit around to warm up while have a drink during Happy Hour (from 6pm to 7pm).

At Ker & Downey lodges the following items are available in the rooms: torch/ flashlight, candles, soap, towels and hair dryers. There are also down jackets, wool gloves, hats and slippers. Complementary drinking water and electricity for charging batteries at Ker & Downey lodges.


Practical Information

Clothing and Equipment List for Annapurna Luxury Lodge

As a reminder, the weather on this trek will vary season to season and day to day as you ascend to higher elevations. During the first couple of days on Annapurna trek you will experience hot and humid conditions with temperatures up to 25˚to 30˚C with hottest months in April, May, September and early October.

Each trekker should bring one backpack for gear required during the day. Your day backpack will contain items such as warm clothes, jacket, camera, water bottles, personal first aid kit and snacks. The maximum weight allowance for back pack is 5kg. The rest of your personal equipment packed in a duffel or kit bag will be carried by a porter. The maximum weight allowance for your duffel bag  is 10kg. Please ensure that your bag is marked clearly on the outside for easy identification.

At Ker & Downey lodges the following items are available in the rooms: torch/ flashlight, candles, soap, towels and hair dryers. There are also down jackets, wool gloves, hats and slippers. Please note that the bedrooms in the Ker and Downey lodges are not heated however in winter months there will be a fire pit in the bar area. The fire will be lit in the late afternoon and guests will sit around to warm up while have a drink during Happy Hour (from 6pm to 7pm).

We suggest you print the kit list and tick items off as you pack them then weigh your kit bag before you come on trek.

Footwear:

  • Walking boots. A pair of water repellent boots with ankle support.
  • Walking socks.
  • Trainers or trail shoes. Can be used in lodge in the evenings.

Clothing:

  • Waterproof and Windproof jacket (with hood) and trousers (goretex or similar). For use if it rains or snows during the trek and in windy conditions.
  • Trekking trousers. Minimum two pairs of trousers.
  • Long sleeve shirts. Minimum two shirts.
  • Micro fleece.
  • Mid to heavyweight fleece.
  • Casual clothes for evenings at the lodges.

Handwear:

  • Fleece gloves (only required for winter treks).

Headwear:

Personal Equipment:

  • Trekking pole/s (Black Diamond with “Flick Lock” are best). Having two poles is mandatory as required for your safety on steep and steeper sections of the trail such as Day 7 for 2 hour+ descent down to the Modi Khola river. As mentioned above we can provide trekking poles to you on arrival in Pokhara if required.
  • Stuff sacks for keeping your gear dry and organised. Or even better are fold- drybags such as from Exped.
  • Sunscreen and lipsalve with a high SPF.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Books, ipod and cards etc.
  • Camera with spare batteries and memory cards.
  • There is also a torch/ flashlight in the rooms at Ker & Downey lodges.
  • Insurance certificate.
  • Hand sanitizer (optional).

Travelling:

  • Small combination padlock to secure the bag.
  • Travel clothes. You will need casual clothing for air travel days and time spent in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Toiletry bag including toothbrush, etc.

Personal first aid kit

Note: we provide a comprehensive group first aid kit but please bring personal medications and other items you might use regularly such as:

  • Any personal medications.
  • Blister treatment (Compeed patches are the best)
  • Rehydration powder (eg Dioralyte).
  • Analgesics (paracetamol, ibuprofen and aspirin).
  • Plasters and zinc oxide tape.
  • Throat lozenges.

Threat and risk assessment for Annapurna Luxury Lodge

Participants should be aware trekking, mountaineering and travelling in a developing country are activities that involve a risk of personal injury or death. As a condition of booking you must accept these risks and be responsible for your own actions and involvement.

Adventure travel requires an open and flexible attitude. You may experience extreme conditions, unpredictable weather and last minute changes to the itinerary beyond our control. The ability to work in team is an important aspect of all of our trips.

As a part of our planning process we have performed a detailed threat and risk assessment for our Annapurna Luxury Lodge trek. It is worth pointing out all of our trips have a certain degree of risk, this is of course part of the attraction of adventure travel and why so many people choose to join this type of holiday. However by identifying the potential hazards on Annapurna Luxury Lodge we can assess the level of risk and implement control measures to reduce this happening.

Our full threat and risk assessment for Annapurna Luxury Lodge is available to clients on request. For your information we have listed below a summary of the significant risks and hazards identified by us:

  • Falls and trips resulting in physical injury eg. slipping on ice or falling off the path. Please note there are stone steps to follow for several sections of this trek and on Day 7 there is 2 hour+ descent on steep a trail down to the Modi Khola river.
  • Climatic injuries (dehydration, sun burn, heat exhaustion, hypothermia or heat stroke). Please note during the months of April, May and October it will very hot and humid with temperatures often more than 30 Degrees Celsius.
  • Rock fall and landslides.
  • Lightning strike.
  • Wildlife, pack animals (eg. donkeys or horses) or stray dogs. Pack animals have been known to knock people off the path. Dogs can attack and bite, we advise you discuss rabies vaccination with your doctor.
  • Earthquake.
  • Risk of fire in the hotel or lodge.
  • Endemic local diseases. We advise you discuss vaccinations with your doctor before departure.
  • Physiological injury such as heart attack, appendicitis, hernia, toothache etc. in a remote area.
  • Road traffic or flight accident [see paragraph “Internal flights in Nepal” for further information].
  • Contaminated food and/ or water.

This trip visits an area where you are away from normal emergency services and medical facilities. In case of a serious injury requiring hospitalisation evacuation could take up to several days and may impede your ensuing recovery. Helicopters are the most usual means of evacuation, however they are not always available or they may be hindered by poor weather and flying conditions.

Internal Flights

British Foreign & Commonwealth Office (“FCO”) travel advice to Nepal states that “STOL airstrips in Nepal are among the most remote and difficult to land on in the world and are a challenge for even the most technically proficient pilots and well-maintained aircraft.” For their latest advice please take a look at their Safety & Security section under Air Travel.

There have been a number of recent air accidents in Nepal and in December 2013 The European Union banned all airlines based in Nepal from flying in the 28-nation bloc under the latest changes to a list of unsafe carriers.  For more information on Nepal’s air safety profile take a look at Aviation Safety Network.

Weather and climate for Annapurna Luxury Lodge

Annapurna Luxury Lodge trek will have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and the time of day. In the mountains between 1,000m and 3,500m the nights will be cool, normally around 5˚C, and during the day temperatures sometimes rise to 30˚C.

The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to May, with October and November generally recognised as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. 

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