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Annapurna Luxury Lodge Trek - Birethanti, Ghandruk, Dhampus at Ker & Downy Lodges

Explore more than eight peaks over 7000m, unique culture, colorful villages, and diverse landscapes while staying in the Luxury lodges

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14 Days Kathmandu to Kathmandu

  • Max. Altitude: 2000 meters
  • Group Size: Min. 1 / Max. 12
  • Best Time: Feb to Jun, Sep to Dec
  • Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6
  • Accommodation: Hotel/lodge

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Leisurely Plus Level

This trip generally involves an average of 5-6 hours slow but steady walk in a day. This rating is for less than 10 days walk below 3500 meters.

Annapurna Luxury Lodge trek is the ultimate 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 the highest level of service whilst on trek with landscaped gardens, comfortable lounges, happy hours and bedrooms including hot showers and western toilets.

Hardly 40 kilometers north of Pokhara valley sits the most beautiful mountain range in Nepal - the Annapurnas. It was not until the mid-1950s that these majestic mountains were first explored by the outside world. Today the Annapurna Range is one of the most popular trekking destinations in the world, and with good reason - it is easily accessible from Pokhara and offers tremendous potential for scenic walks and for alpine exploration in a splendid high Himalayan setting. The mountains forming the great Annapurna Range boast no fewer than eight peaks over 7000 meters, including Annapurna South, Hinchuli, Annapurna 1 (8091 meters), Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Annapurna V. Mount Fish Tail (Macchapuchare) is surely the most beautiful mountain in this range.

The trekking trail between lodges takes you through beautiful Nepalese villages with spectacular views of the Annapurna region. This trekking is a relatively gentle walk designed for the first time trekker in the low-lying hills fringing Pokhara. It is a culturally rich journey through Gurung villages with an ever increasing build-up of mountain views. We trek for seven days through the Annapurna foothills with about four to five hours walking each day.

Annapurna Luxury Lodge trek - Short Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1345meters):
Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing:
Day 03: Scenic flight to Pokhara:
Day 04: Trek to Birethati -Sanctuary Lodge, (1100 meters):
Day 05: Trek to Ghandruk -Himalaya Lodge, (2000 metres):
Day 06: Himalaya Lodge, Ghandruk (2000 meters):
Day 07: Gurung Lodge, Majgaun (1400 metres)
Day 08: Trek to Dhampus, Basanta Lodge:
Day 09: Trek to Phedi and Drive Pokhara:
Day 10: Drive to Seti River Camp:
Day 11: Drive to Tharu Village resort, Chitwan National park:
Day 12: Full day jungle activities, overnight at lodge.
Day 13: Fly to Kathmandu:
Day 14: Transfer to Airport to your destination.

Note: We need minimum two people to organize this luxury lodge trek but upon your request we can also organize a private trek for solo travelers. You will get a good offer if you would be able to form a group more than 6 people. Please contact us for a best and fresh price details.

Most of our clients have asked us to make a whole package including rafting and Jungle safari to enjoy the mixed adventure holiday in Nepal so that we have designed a 14 day trip to cover all the activities but if you would like to skip any activity from the above outlined itinerary then please let us know we are happy to re-design your program as per your needs and interest.

Note: The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. The trek can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. On adventure trips of this type, weather, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

Annapurna Luxury Lodge trek - Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1345meters):
You will be met by our representative and transfer to hotel and a short brief about the trekking after refreshment. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing:
After breakfast, Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath Temple and Baudhanath Stupa. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Scenic flight to Pokhara:
After breakfast, drive to Kathmandu airport for a 35-minute flight to Pokhara, the rural capital of western Nepal. Transfer to fish-tail lodge. This is a first class lodge, superbly landscaped with magnificent tropical gardens, swimming pool and fantastic views of the snow-capped Himalaya. The rest of the day is free to explore Pokhara or relax at the lodge, over night at lodge.

Day 04: Trek to Birethati -Sanctuary Lodge, (1100 meters):
After breakfast, transfer to the trek start point (1.5 hour drive). Your 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 the Sanctuary lodge is located about 30 minutes walk from Birethanti. Hot lunch at the lodge with the afternoon free to explore the surrounding valley, the surrounding area is very lush and there is plenty of opportunity for bird watching and plant finding, over night at Lodge.

Day 05: Trek to Ghandruk -Himalaya Lodge, (2000 metres):
After breakfast, we leave the lodge walking out through the outlying farms following the Modi River Valley. Soon we begin to climb out of the valley & up towards the mountains. The trail passes through small hamlets, terraced rice fields and forests with spectacular views of the surrounding valley. Snacks are provided along the trail. Hot lunch is served on arrival at the lodge in the early afternoon. It is from this lodge that there are magnificent close up views of the surrounding mountains, over night at Lodge.

Day 06: Himalaya Lodge, Ghandruk (2000 meters):
There are tremendous views of the surrounding peaks from Ghandruk, including Annapurna South and Machapuchare. Ghandruk is a picturesque town of slate roofed houses surrounded by terraced fields. The headquarters of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project are here. Today you will explore the area with your guide, returning to the Himalaya Lodge, over night at the Lodge.

Day 07: Gurung Lodge, Majgaun (1400 metres)
After breakfast, on the lodge lawn we retrace our footsteps out of the village and descend to reach a landslip and the remains of bridges washed away by the monsoon rains. Here our trail continues straight and follows one of the routes down from the Annapurna Sanctuary. We trek down past terraces filled with crops and tiny villages.
We continue descending until after about 2 or 3 hours we reach Shauli Bazaar. From here, we follow along the Modi River until reaching the cable bridge you negotiated on your first day. Then we ascend again partly on well-paved steps and partly on switchbacks, reaching the welcome sign of the Gurung Lodge after about 2 hours. Overnight at the Gurung Lodge.

Day 08: Trek to Dhampus, Basanta Lodge:
After breakfast, we start our trekking through the unspoiled village of Patlekhet. Our walk 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. After about 3 ½ hours, we arrive at the Basanta Lodge. From the lodge, there are sweeping views of the entire Annapurna Range. After lunch at the lodge there will be an optional walk through the old village of Dhampus. Overnight Basanta Lodge:

Day 09: Trek to Phedi and Drive Pokhara:
After breakfast, trek along the ridge and descend through wooded hillside to the valley floor and after about 1½ hours we reach the road at Khare Khola at 999 meters, where a vehicle is waiting to transfer us to Pokhara (40 mins). Afternoon free to explore Pokhara and perhaps take a boat on Phewa Lake. Overnight at the Fishtail Lodge hotel.

Day 10: Drive to Seti River Camp:
After breakfast, drive to Seti River camp. Lunch will be at camp, after lunch 3 hours rafting. Overnight at Seti River Camp.

Day 11: Drive to Tharu Village resort, Chitwan National park:
After breakfast, rafting then drive to Tharu Village resort. Lunch will be provided at Tharu Village resort.  Jungle activities with nature guide, overnight at Tharu Village resort.

Day 12: Full day jungle activities, overnight at lodge.

Day 13: Fly to Kathmandu:
After breakfast, elephant back safari then drive to airport for flight back to Kathmandu. Overnight at Gokarna Forest resort.

Day 14: Transfer to Airport to your destination.

Service Includes

  • Airport pick up and drop by a private coach,
  • Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast,
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley with tour guide and private coach,
  • Flight fare from Kathmandu to Pokhara,
  • Hotel in Pokhara with breakfast,
  • Short and scenic sightseeing in Pokhara,
  • Necessary trekking permits and tims card,
  • Private coach drive to trekking starting point,
  • 7 days trekking with a guide and necessary porters,
  • Three meals a day with tea, coffee or hot chocolates,
  • Best lodges run by ker and downy with full hot shower and comfortable rooms,
  • Happy hour with delicious meals in every lodges,
  • Private coach drive back from trek ending to Pokhara (fish-tail lodge),
  • Transfer to rafting point (seti river camp),
  • One night two days rafting with full board(meals, camp, happy hours, raft with guide),
  • Transfer to Chitwan national park (Tharu Village resort),
  • Two nights three days jungle safari trip with full board,
  • Air fare from Bharatpur to Kathmandu,
  • Final transfer to airport.

Service Excludes

  • Personal nature expenses,
  • Bar bill and all kind of drinks,
  • Rescue & Evacuation,
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff.

Travel Insurances

Travelling is an investment and we believe that an insurance makes your investment secure. It is a condition of joining any of our adventure trips that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medial issues or accidents (to include helicopter rescue, air ambulance, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we do not arrange or sell insurance.

A relaxed trip is not possible without good travel insurance. In the event of any sickness or injury, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation is shocking. Therefore, travel insurance is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up with us. We strongly recommend that you be careful while choosing a policy as some makes special exceptions for adventure travel. Before buying your insurance make sure your insurer is aware of our adventure itinerary that you are going to undertake and is agreeable to cover all activities being undertaken in the trip. Such as if you are planning trekking or climbing/expedition in Himalayas your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses. For a group tours in urban areas, your insurance coverage of ambulance or helicopter rescue is not mandatory, however better to have with them too. Again, in Tibet trips there is no possibility of helicopter rescue, so no need to buy the air ambulance coverage in Tibet trips. Also, check your insurance policy firmly to even include trip cancellation, as all deposits paid are non-refundable.

Please kindly provide us your copy of insurance policy (e.g. your insurance certificate) or carry it with you while you come on the trip.


Alpine Eco Trek is professionals at operating at high-altitude. Each trip we run has a realistic acclimatization programme. Our entire adventure trips are designed to allow gradual height gain, spread over a number of days. High altitude is not predictable sickness, so there is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude but, for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent to height will produce minimal effects. We can provide 'Gamow Bag' as a precautionary measure as per your request on renting basis. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. All trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude sickness, and our leaders, guides and staffs are well trained to administer them and to know the symptoms.

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Further Information
Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you have any questions regarding trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 36844 (Ram Kumar Adhikari).


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