Leave the beaten path in favor of the trails less traveled on this lodge-to-lodge trek through Nepal's Annapurna Range in the heart of the Himalayas. Take in sweeping views as you hike beside terraced hillsides and through subtropical forests covered with orchids, rhododendrons, and magnolias escorted by expert local guides that are delighted to share their insider’s knowledge of this amazing place with you.

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 Vistas along the Annapurna trek. Credit: Samrat Khadk  Mardi Himal Trek, Pokhara, Nepal. Credit: Laurentiu Morariu  Sunrise on the Annapurna Circuit in Pokhara, Nepal. Credit: Mamun Srizon  Sculpture at the temple in Bhaktapur, Nepal  Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu, Nepal  Yak near the Mardi Himal Base Camp in Lumle, Nepal. Credit: Sanjay Hona  Monkey overlooking Swayambhunath, Kathmandu, Nepal. Credit: Ben Pauer  Two women sit conversing in the morning sun in Bhaktapur, Nepal.  Credit: Kerensa Pickett  The center of Kathmandu, Nepal  View of the Annapurna range taken at Pokhara, Nepal Credit: Ambir Tolang

Trekking Nepal's Annapurna Range

12 days from $4,895

Leave the beaten path in favor of the trails less traveled on this lodge-to-lodge trek through Nepal's Annapurna Range in the heart of the Himalayas. Take in sweeping views as you hike beside terraced hillsides and through subtropical forests covered with orchids, rhododendrons, and magnolias escorted by expert local guides that are delighted to share their insider’s knowledge of this amazing place with you.

or Call 833-254-6678

Overview

Leave the beaten path in favor of the trails less traveled on this lodge-to-lodge trek through the Annapurna Range in the heart of the Himalayas. Take in sweeping views as you hike beside terraced hillsides and through subtropical forests covered with orchids, rhododendrons, and magnolias. Visit local villages and hamlets, and sleep in lodges looking out towards snowy peaks. Your guides, porters and lodge staff are all locals, and they are delighted to share their insider’s knowledge of this amazing place with you.

Top your trek off with a visit to Bardia National Park. Among the jungles of the lowlands, join your guide for nature walks, jeep tours, and river safaris, keeping a sharp eye out for Asian elephants, colorful birdlife, shy leopards, and— the star of the show— the elusive and endangered Bengal tiger. Returning to Kathmandu, visit restored Bhaktapur, a World Heritage site and architectural delight, before returning home from the trip of a lifetime.

Highlights Include

  • This low altitude trek follows less-visited trails with fewer travelers. Drink in magnificent Himalayan vistas while trekking in comfort below 6,000 feet.
  • Trek across bridges, beside rivers, and along ridgelines in the Annapurna Range before switching gears and embarking on nature walks and jungle safaris in Bardia National Park.
  • With no more than 16 people, you'll quickly develop a strong sense of camaraderie with your Adventure Guide and fellow active travelers.
  • Sleep well in the region’s most comfortable accommodations offering personal service, delicious meals, and sweeping mountain views.

Itinerary

Day 1 and 2 – Depart the U.S. for Nepal

Day 3 – Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal (4,500’)

Arrive in Kathmandu this afternoon. A Smithsonian Journeys representative will meet you at the airport and escort you to the hotel. Early this evening, join your guide and fellow travelers for orientation and a welcome dinner. (D)

Day 4 – Pokhara (2,800’) to the Modi River Valley (3,470’)

After breakfast, this morning, fly to Pokhara. On arrival, visit our trekking team’s local office for a short briefing and to pick up our lunches. We will then drive to the village of Lumle, the starting point for our trek. Our route today follows a ridgeline in the lower foothills of the Annapurnas, offering views of the surrounding Pokhara Valley. The trail then drops to the Modi River Valley where Sanctuary Lodge is located at 3,470’. The lodge has magnificent views of Machhapuchhare, the sacred and unclimbed “Fishtail Mountain,” named for its iconic shape. After settling in, there is the option to walk with your guide to the nearby village of Birethanti for some additional exploring. (B,L,D) (Hiking time 3-4 hours) 

Day 5 – Majgaun (4,620’)

Following a leisurely breakfast, begin today’s trek to Gurung Lodge, situated at nearly 4,800 feet. After crossing a bridge, our trail follows the Modi River. This trail is little used by others. Initially rocky, it then meanders through a forested area. We then reach a long, winding stone staircase that ascends to a small farming hamlet. Continue trekking along this ridge to the village of Waday and soak in far-reaching views of the whole valley. Catch your breath as we descend to a bridge before our final uphill push, passing through small villages before arriving at Gurung Lodge (Hiking time 3-4 hours.) 

After lunch, you may choose to join your guides on a short hike up to the nearby village of Tanchok, where you can visit a traditional house that now stands as a museum to illustrate how the local people live and offer a glimpse of village life. You also have the option to visit a local school. (B,L,D) (Optional hiking time 1-2 hours) 

Day 6 – Majgaun to Dhampus (5,000')

This morning we begin trekking through the unspoiled village of Patlekhet. Our hike then takes us through lush, sub-tropical forests brimming with tree orchids, rhododendrons, and magnolias. Along the way, we will stop at the village of Pothana where many Tibetan traders live and sell their wares. Arrive at Basanta Lodge in time for lunch.

This afternoon offers an optional hike to the old village of Dhampus for those who wish. Or, choose to enjoy some peace and relaxation from our lodge which affords sweeping views of the entire Annapurna Range. (B,L,D) (Hiking 3-4 hours, optional hiking 1-2 hours) 

Day 7 – Pokhara (2,800’)

Our final day of trekking begins along the ridgeline before descending through wooded hillsides and terraced farmland to the valley floor at 3300'. A vehicle will be waiting to transfer us to Pokhara. En route, we will stop to visit a Tibetan refugee camp. Following the Chinese annexation of Tibet, hundreds of thousands of refugees crossed the border into Nepal. Today, it is estimated that over 20,000 Tibetans settled here. Enjoy lunch at a lakeside restaurant before checking into our hotel.(B,L,D) (Hiking 2 hours) 

Day 8 – Bardia National Park

A short flight from Pokhara takes us back to Kathmandu where a connecting flight will continue to the town of Nepalgunj. Upon arrival, a vehicle will be waiting to drive us into Bardia National Park, a wildlife wonderland. Karnali Lodge offers a variety of opportunities to immerse yourself in nature and unwind in the peacefulness of a jungle environment. Join one of the lodge’s expert naturalists on your first nature walk this afternoon, keeping a lookout for Asiatic elephants, or an elusive leopard. (B,L,D)

Day 9 – Bardia National Park

Enjoy a full day exploring Bardia National Park. After breakfast at the lodge, you’ll again join expert naturalists to explore the park on foot, by jeep, or on a river safari. Look for rhinos, crocodiles, and deer. If you are very lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of the critically endangered tiger. Throughout the day, learn about Karnali Lodge’s environmental commitment and support of the local communities. (B,L,D)

Day 10 – Kathmandu

After breakfast, we'll drive to Nepalgunj for a short 25-minute flight back to Kathmandu. Transfer to your hotel, then spend the afternoon resting or exploring the city on your own. (B)

Day 11 – Kathmandu

Kathmandu is one of three former medieval city-states in the valley, along with Bhaktapur and Patan. We'll take a morning tour of Bhaktapur, a World Heritage site, which is a wonderfully preserved example of medieval Nepalese town life. One highlight is the recently restored Durbar Square with its many temples, the remains of an ancient palace, and the intricate “Golden Gate”- a gilded copper gate crafted in 1753.

The afternoon is free for last-minute shopping or final sightseeing on your own. Cap off your adventure with a farewell dinner at the hotel. (B,D)

Day 12 – Kathmandu

Transfer to Kathmandu airport and depart on homeward-bound flights. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)