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Annapurna Yoga Trek

Annapurna Yoga Trek

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Trip Information

Trip Duration

11 Nights 12 Days

Difficulty Level

Medium

Destination

Nepal

Maximum Height

3660 m

Guiding Method

Trekking

Best Season

All time

Highlights

  • Indulge in a spiritual meditation and healing experience in the Annapurna region
  • Enjoy alternative Annapurna trail that is more peaceful and quaint
  • Observe the traditional lifestyle and culture of indigenous Gurung and Magar tribe
  • Enjoy seeing brilliant snowy peaks, including Annapurna South, Dhaulagiri, Fang, and Nilgiri
  • Enjoy doing yoga in a different setting, climate, and surrounding

Enjoy trekking to one of the most popular trails in the world while connecting with your spiritual self. Annapurna Yoga Trek takes you to the Khopra Ridge, a discreet destination located inside the Annapurna region. The panoramic view of the pristine mountains and fresh air offer a unique opportunity to indulge in Yoga and Spiritual healing. The Annapurna Yoga Trek explores the Gurung villages en route to the grand spectacle of Annapurna Himalayas from the Khopra Ridge.

The 12-day Annapurna Yoga Trek begins at Kathmandu followed by a complete Yoga session to help you get ready for the upcoming trek. You’ll drive to the touristic Pokhara city that lies almost 200km west to Kathmandu. In the evening, you’ll indulge in another session of Yoga in the company of the serene Phewa Lake and the Mt. Machhapuchhre (6997m). You take a short drive to Kimche on the following day. The trek begins at Kimche village and gradually advances northwest through scenic Gurung and Magar villages. The trail settles at the Gurung village of Ghandruk for the day. At Ghandruk, you can relish the sights of the Annapurna Himalayas while enjoying the Gurung hospitality and culture. From Ghandruk, you follow the popular trails along the Annapurna foothills for the first few days and trek past through magnificent rhododendron forests. You’ll reach the Khopra lodge (3660m) after passing Bayeli Kharka and Chistibung. You’ll wake up with the amazing sight of a beautiful sunrise with the panorama of Himalayas. You’ll indulge in Yoga every morning and evening throughout the trail. On the descent, you’ll retrace your path and trek down through oak and rhododendron forests. You’ll trek past Swanta and Ulleri villages en route to Nayapul. Afterward, you’ll catch a commute back to Pokhara. The trip concludes upon your return to Kathmandu. The perfect time to undertake the Annapurna Yoga Trek is during the seasons of spring and autumn.

At Nepal Ascent, we aim to provide our clients with the travel experience that they can only imagine. We arrange experienced guides who can help you on every step of the trip. Moreover, our services of transportation, accommodation, and logistics are also of the finest quality.

 

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Itinerary

Upon your arrival, our representative will receive you at the airport and bring you to your hotel. You can relax at the hotel and talk to your trek guide and Yoga Guru. In the evening, you’ll indulge in a full Yoga session before heading out for dinner.

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Private car

The day starts early as you have your breakfast and leave the hotel to embark on a scenic drive to Pokhara. Located almost 200 kilometers west to Kathmandu, you’ll drive through the serpentine roads and past the colorful settlements to reach Pokhara. Upon your arrival, you’ll be escorted to your hotel. In the evening, you’ll indulge in the spiritual session before having your dinner.

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Breakfast

Transportation
Tourist bus

You’ll wake up early and do an outdoor Yoga. After having breakfast, you’ll drive to Kimche village located outside Pokhara. It may take 2 hours to reach Kimche located on the outskirts of Annapurna Conservation Area. The first day of the trek only accounts for a short climb of around 2 hours through the stone-steps to Ghandruk, a beautiful Gurung village. From here, you can catch the beautiful views of Annapurna South (7219m), Hiunchuli (6441m), and Machhapuchhre (6997m) from the village. In the evening, you’ll indulge in a full Yoga session before having your dinner.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Private car / Walking

After an early morning Yoga session, you’ll leave Ghandruk to continue uphill through the forested trail to reach Deurali. The trail on this day continues as you trek alongside the Kimrong and Luprung hillsides. After a brief rest, you’ll continue through the Rhododendron forests to reach the Tadapani village. Tadapani lies close to the popular Poon Hill trail. In the evening, you’ll indulge in a full Yoga session before having your dinner.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

The day begins with a pleasant morning Yoga session in the company of the Himalayas. Leaving Tadapani, you’ll take a detour into the wilderness. A long walk from Tadapani will take you through rhododendron and oak forests towards Bayeli Kharka. The trail ascends above the tree line and follows a narrow ridge to Deurali and then heads directly to Bayeli Kharka. From here, you can catch the beautiful sight of Mount Dhaulagiri (8167m) and do yoga before ending the day.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

After an early morning Yoga session, you’ll head forward through the grassy slope and green pastures. If you’re lucky, you can catch the sight of Danphe or Himalayan Monal, the national bird of Nepal. Leaving Bayeli Kharka, you’ll head out to Chistibung village. The trekking trail runs in along the foothills of the Annapurna South (7219m) and rests at the Chistibung village. Overnight at a community lodge with an evening Yoga session.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Leaving Upper Chistibung, you’ll encounter a steady ascent through alpine meadows and green pastures en route to Khopra Ridge. Khopra is an open ridge that offers the beautiful panorama of the nearby mountains. Once you reach Khopra community lodge, you’ll find the complete panorama of the mountains including Mount Dhaulagiri (8167m), Nilgiri (7061m), Annapurna Fang (7647m), and Annapurna South (7219m). You can go for a short hike to Khopra Ridge viewpoint overlooking Kali Gandaki River.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

After an early morning outdoor Yoga, you’ll begin descending. The trail will lead you directly to Upper Chistibung. From here, you’ll head down to Swanta village, a small Gurung settlement. Along the way, you can catch the beautiful sights of the surrounding with Annapurna ranges shining in the background. You practice dong some yoga sessions before you conclude the events for the day.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Leaving Swanta village, you’ll head further down the forested trail to join the main trail leading to Ghorepani. Instead of climbing downhill, you’ll continue uphill and reach Ghorepani. From Ghorepani, you’ll continue along the rhododendron forested trail to reach Ulleri village. Overnight in a teahouse lodge with a Yoga session.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | dinner

Transportation
Walking

Today is the last day of the trek. You’ll leave Ulleri and trek down to Nayapul. You’ll encounter the stone step followed by a motorable road here on. Once at Nayapul, you’ll catch your commute back to Pokhara. In the evening, you can celebrate the trek. A full Yoga session will be held in the evening before you travel back to Kathmandu.

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch

Transportation
Walking / Private car

You’ll bid adieu to Pokhara and drive to Kathmandu. You’ll drive through the serpentine roads along the massive Trishuli River to reach Kathmandu. Once at Kathmandu, you’ll be escorted to your hotel. In the evening, you’ll indulge in a Yoga session and share your experience of the trekking along with the spiritual learning along the trek.

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Breakfast | Dinner

Transportation
Tourist bus

As usual, the day begins with yoga sessions. After the yoga, you have breakfast and prepare to pack your luggage. A company representative will accompany you to the airport. We hope that the trip had an impact on your life.

Meal
Breakfast

Transportation
Private car

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What's Included

Meal

  • Breakfast,Lunch and dinner during the trek.
  • Fresh seasonal fruits after the dinner (while on the trek).

Accomodation

  • Accomodation at finest hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Lodge expenses during the trek.

Staffs & Crew

  • A porter and his entire expenses.
  • Insurance of guide and porter.
  • Licensed, experienced and English speaking trekking guide.
  • Professional yoga guru

Transportation

  • Airport pickup and drop facility.
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu travel in a deluxe bus and Pokhara-Nayapul-Pokhara travel in a private taxi

Permits & Paperworks

  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)

Other

  • Down jackets and sleeping bags (provided upon request).
  • Nepal Ascent Treks duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map.

Complimentary Extras

  • Welcome and farewell dinner at one of the finest Nepalese Restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance.
  • Yoga mat

What's Not Included

  • Airfare for domestic and international flights.
  • Cost for additional trips.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Meals in the city except for breakfast and other mentioned special dinner.
  • Nepal arrival visa.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tipping to staffs (as an appreciation).
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency rescue and evacuation.

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Essential Info

Physical Fitness

Many people have questions as to what level of physical fitness is required for visiting Nepal, and that is extremely reliant on what activity the visitor is engaging in. With that said, for a standard trek of moderate grading (Everest Base Camp Trek is an example of moderate) the daily activity will be 7-8 hours, and elevation will generally not exceed 5,500 meters. The day’s trekking is sustained and will involve both long steep climbs, and descents with a variety of terrain underfoot from well-trodden paths, to rocks covered with ice or snow. A typical day would include a number of climbs or descents of 500 meters or more, starting after breakfast, resting at lunch, then continuous trekking until arriving at the teahouse.

In preparation for the trek, it is important to begin a training requirement at least 4 months before departing for Nepal. Three to four hours of aerobic exercise like running, walking, swimming, cycling & some gym work per week is the minimum and most will find it beneficial to add some basic strength training to their physical fitness routine. One of the best ways to prepare is to take practice hikes with a daypack roughly the same weight as what you will be taking on the trek. Do this only after a baseline of fitness has been reached. Moving fast is not the end goal, rather endurance is the focus, and will provide a more enjoyable and safe adventure.

Trekking Seasons in Nepal

There are two main seasons in which Nepal sees the most amount of visitors. Fall (September through November) being the most popular, and spring (March to May) coming in close behind. The summer months of June, July and August are the monsoon season and as such the trails are mostly washed out, and roads can sometimes be impassible due to landslide activates. Not to mention the view is non-existent. Still, there are a few places that lie in rain shadow areas and see significantly less rain if any at all, and summer can be a good time to visit these places. Winter is dry, but extremely cold and high passes become inaccessible due to ice and snow conditions. The temperature doesn’t usually fluctuate to a greater degree and the daytime temperature is around 20-25 degrees. However, the temperature starts to decrease as you gain altitude. The temperature can drop to around 0 to -10 degrees at night when staying at tented camps in Himalayan regions. However, it does not change as much in lower hilly regions and the nights are slightly colder than days.

Fall is the most popular because it’s after the monsoons, and the air is dry, the days are sunny, and everything is green in the lower valleys from the excessive rains. Spring is a popular choice because some rain returns, but the weather is generally warm and dry, and flowers are in bloom in the lower elevations.

Trekking Day

A typical trekking day begins with a cup of tea at around 6 in the morning. It is advised to pack your trekking gears in a duffle bag and essential supplies in your day pack in these early hours. After having breakfast, we begin the trek and head along the trail at around 8 am. The morning walk is designed to be longer as we begin with refreshed bodies and enthusiasm. Following a good morning’s walk, we make stop for lunch at around 11.30 am. The lunch involves group meals enjoying the vicinity around the stop. You can explore the surrounding or use the time according to your own consent. After resting for about an hour or two, we resume our trek to reach teahouse or camp by 3-4 pm. The afternoon walk is relatively shorter and can involve games and side trips as organized by the trekking guides. You also can enjoy breaks during the trek to relax, read or stroll around the area. You can converse with the local people and observe their lifestyle. Dinner is served around 7 in the evening to round off the day.

Meals and Accommodations

During the length of the trek, the accommodation style is commonly referred to as teahouse. These are family-run basic lodges that fill the role of the restaurant, meeting place, and boarding house for tourists. Electricity can be found in the rooms, which means one light bulb, and one or two outlets for charging electronics. The common areas are also lit by electricity. Teahouses may use solar, hydroelectric, or have electrical lines running into the village, so the commonality and availability of electricity may vary.

Most teahouses have private rooms, though if the trek is in a more remote or high altitude place dormitories are the norm. Each room has 1 or 2 single beds with basic bedding, and the bathroom is shared. Expect a mix of western and squat style toilets in the bathrooms.

Breakfast and dinner are taken at the teahouse and these lodges have large family style dining rooms centered on a stove to provide heat. The menu will have Nepali style western foods such as pasta, pizza, pancakes, burgers, and fries. Also on the menu is the traditional Dal Bhat meal. This is a lentil soup with rice and vegetable or meat curry. Most menus will also offer a smattering of local cuisine.

Travel Insurance

Many expeditions and tours require that travel insurance is purchased prior to arriving in Nepal, but other treks and tours may not. However, travel insurance is definitely an important consideration. There are a number of reasons to consider insurance. Firstly, it may be required, so check to see what is being asked for by the company. Second, Nepal is a landlocked country, and there are few direct flights. Travel in and out can encounter some disruptions and if purchasing insurance, make sure flight delays and cancellations are included. The next reason to choose insurance is that, though every safeguard is in place during your tour, there are always extenuating circumstances that may result in an accident. Read the fine print of insurance policies to ensure trekking or any other activity you are engaging in is covered, as some policies have stopped covering trekking in certain places. It is impossible to have a relaxing trip without the comfort of good insurance, so do the research and choose carefully.

Nepal Visa Entry Procedure

For entry into Nepal, there are visa requirements everyone (except Indian nationals) must complete before being allowed to pass through immigration. This is for air travel as well as overland transportation. Most visitors may obtain a visa to enter Nepal, however, there are exceptions. There are a number of entry points where you can obtain the visa upon arriving by land, but Tribhuvan International Airport is the only one for air transport.

Visa on Arrival Tourist Visa

Three options are available for entry

15-day single entry: US $30

30-day single entry: US $50

90-day multiple entries: US $125

Please have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the time of entry, and have cash ready, preferably in US dollars, though there are other currencies Nepal Immigration accepts. If you are entering via overland, you must have US cash and 3 passport photos. For arrival by air, the kiosks at the airport take your picture for you.

For the most up to date list of exceptions for visa on arrival or to obtain the most current visa information, visit the Nepal Department of Immigration website.

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

Acute Mountain Sickness is usually seen in un-acclimatized people shortly after ascent to high altitudes. The condition occurs due to the thinning of air as the altitude increases. The condition, if not taken seriously and treated immediately, can be life-threatening and its symptoms can be seen generally above 3000 meters. Some of the symptoms of AMS are nausea, vomiting, tiredness, shortness of breath and cerebral pain. The treks are designed to properly acclimatize you to the change in high altitude climate and sufficient precautionary measures too are taken to take utmost caution. We also equip our staffs with cell phones and satellite phones in occurrence of any emergency cases. We are greatly driven to keep the safety and security of our clients as our foremost concern.

Drinking Water

Water is essential for life, and clean water is imperative while on holiday. When choosing to visit less developed countries it is a concern that all travelers should consider. A few options are available when trekking or traveling in Nepal that will mitigate any chances of drinking contaminated water which could cause disruption of an otherwise fun adventure. The first consideration to take into account is that tap water should not be ingested. That even means when brushing your teeth. Most will choose to buy bottled water and if doing so make sure the cap has not been opened previously. Plastic bottle refuse is a problem, and with that being said there are other options on the market to assist in making water drinkable. Your local outdoor store can help with choosing what option might be best to use in conjunction with a reusable bottle. Your guide can also steer you to water that has been filtered and purified so ask him or her what is available.

Arrival Instruction

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our company representatives are stationed to welcome you to the country. We request you to carefully look for your name being held by our representatives following the events upon landing. The representatives are responsible to escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. You will see men offering you to carry luggage and take you to your destination as you exit the airport. We request you to pay no attention to these people and follow the designated representatives and follow their instructions. You will also need to keep an eye on your luggage and belongings to avoid any complications.

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