Annapurna Yoga Trek
Your journey will begin in Kathmandu, the ancient capital city of Nepal. You’ll spend a day exploring the historic temples and landmarks that encompass the bustling city. A scenic flight to Pokhara will offer spectacular views of the Himalayas before starting the trek the same day. The Annapurna Skyline trek passes through several bucolic Gurung villages. The Gurung people are one of sixty ethnic groups in Nepal and the predominant race recruited in the famous Gurkha regiment of the British and Indian army. At the beginning, the trek goes through temperate terraced rice fields. Later the trail gradually ascends to old growth and bamboo forests. The highlight of the trek is the early morning ascent up Pun Hill for an opportunity to watch the sun rise over the Annapurna range.
This trek will also include a post-trek massage, Nepali cooking class and more special touches.
Every day on this incredible adventure there will be opportunities to commune with your body & spirit through yoga and meditation. In Kathmandu and Pokhara, the yoga will be in places suited for a comfortable yoga class. And while on the trek, you will be treated to some of the best and most unconventional settings for yoga classes ever. Each lodge will have a different arrangement, but often those classes – weather permitting – will be outside with the spectacular Himalayas standing guard over your practice.
Our Nepal and Tibet treks and climbs are operated by our sister company based in Nepal – Crystal Mountain Treks – managed by our founder’s family. Crystal Mountain Treks has been in business for over two decades and employs only the best guides with a minimum of 15 years experience. We treat our staff with the utmost care and respect. Each staff member is provided high-quality equipment and paid higher-than-average wages. Our clients have commented that our treks provide a better value (we provide more for less) than other companies they researched, comparing services, quality and price. We are happy to provide references of people who have journeyed with us in the past upon request.
- Spectacular Annapurna range as backdrop for daily yoga and meditation
- Explore the ancient palaces and temples of Kathmandu
- Post trek massage.
- Cooking class and dinner at a Nepali home.
Your Guide: Danielle Gibson
This trip will be led by Danielle Gibson of Communion Yoga. A confirmed yogi since 1997, Danielle teaches because yoga has changed her life for the better, and she feels an obligation to extend that outward. Having completed many trainings – including power vinyasa, hatha, kundalini, and yoga sculpt – Danielle’s interests over the years have been fine-tuned to highlight the trifecta of a challenging, alignment oriented physical practice, devotional mantra, and blissful meditation. Her aim is to inspire as she has been inspired, to empower as she has been empowered, to assist you in cultivating your own connection with self, and to guide you towards up-leveling your practice in a way that is meaningful and relevant to you. But hopefully you’ll be having too much fun on this trip to realize that’s what’s going on.
Day 01, 29 Oct - Kathmandu
Arrive Kathmandu. You will be met on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport. Transfer to Hotel. Day Free. Enjoy welcome dinner. Briefing during group dinner. Overnight Hotel Shambaling or similar. (Dinner)
Day 02, 30 Oct - Kathmandu
Visit Bodhnath – the Stupa of a million dew drops. Bodhnath is a sacred destination for Buddhists. Here, you will find devotees, many from Tibet, circumambulating the monument at any time of the day.
Visit Pashupatinath, Nepal's most sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva, the God of Destruction. Non- Hindu visitors cannot enter the main temple sanctum and must view it from across the sacred Bagmati River. Here, you are likely to witness a Hindu cremation.
After lunch, visit the well- maintained Patan Museum which houses ancient Nepali artifacts, followed by a tour of Patan Durbar (Palace) Square. Patan is also known as Lalitpur, the City of Arts.
Overnight Hotel Shambaling or simlar. (Breakfast and Lunch)
Day 03, 31 Oct - Kathmandu to Pothana (5,600 ft.)
Transfer to the domestic terminal at the Kathmandu airport for your flight to Pokhara. You must arrive at the airport one hour before your scheduled departure time. Be ready for a wait at the airport if your flight is delayed due to weather or other reasons.
The flight to Pokhara (800m/2,640ft) is approximately 30 minutes. Depending on the weather, you will be able to view the Himalayan range including Manaslu and Annapurna IV from your airplane window. Note: sit on the right hand side of the plane if possible.
After arriving in Pokhara, transfer by private vehicle to the starting point of your trek at Phedi. The first day's walk is a steep ascent through terraced paddy fields and small villages to Dhampus and then to Pothana.
Overnight Lodge. (All meals)
Day 04, 01 Nov - Pothana to Landrung (5,400 ft.)
The trail now becomes a steady ascent as you trek through rhododendron forest. Mt. Machhapuchare (Fishtail) is prominent in the distance. Slowly ascending, trek past Pothana and the pass at Deorali (7,100ft.). There are great views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and, on a clear day, Dhaulagiri I. From Deorali, it is a steep descent through rhododendron forest (muddy and slippery at times) to arrive at Landrung. Overnight Lodge. (All meals)
Day 05, 02 Nov - Landrung to Jhinu Hot Spring (6,900 ft.)
Today is a short day of about three to four hours to Jhinu. Descend to the Modi Khola. Then ascend steeply to Jhinu, a small cluster of lodges. There is ample time to take a dip in the hot springs at Jhinu. The hot springs are about 15 minutes hike past Jhinu and are properly maintained by a caretaker who charges around US$2 per person. Overnight Lodge. (All meals)
Day 06, 03 Nov - Jhinu to Ghandrung (6,400 ft.)
From Jhinu, descend to the Kimrung Khola. Ascend steeply (approximately 1,400 ft.) on switchbacks thorough a forest to Kimrong Danda (7,300 ft.). It is a short descent to Ghandrung.
Ghandrung, with 275 households, is the second-largest Gurung settlement in Nepal - Sikles is the largest. The older settlement of Ghandrung is a closely-knit village of slate-roofed houses with terraced fields both above and below the settlement. There is also a Gurung museum which you can visit.
Overnight Lodge. (All meals)
Day 07, 04 Nov - Ghandrung to Tadapani (8,890 ft.)
The trail continues steeply through thick mixed forests. Trek through Bhaise Kharka (Buffalo pasture) to Tadapani (far water). Look out for wild Langurs up on the tall trees. Rhododendron trees in this area are not shrubs but grow to become 90 feet or more.
The views of Annapurna South, Macchapuchare and Hiunchuli are spectacular from Tadapani. Overnight Lodge. (All meals)
Day 08, 05 Nov - Tadapani to Ghorepani (9,020 ft.)
Ascend through rhododendron forests gently to Banthati and then to Deorali. Continue to Ghorepani (literally translated as horse water) on a ridge with a big cluster of lodges. Overnight Lodge. (All meals)
Day 09, 06 Nov - Ghorepani to Ulleri (6,400 ft.)
Wake up early (4ish) and hike steeply (1 hour) to Pun hill (10,600 ft.) to view the sunrise over the Himalayas. From Pun hill, there are unobstructed views of Dhaulagiri I (8,167m), Tukuche (6,920m), Nilgiri (6,920m), Annapurna I (8,091m), Hiunchuli (6,441m), and Glacier dome (7,193m).
After breakfast at Ghorepani, descend steeply to Ulleri. Overnight Lodge. (All meals)
Day 10, 07 Nov - Ulleri to Pokhara
Descend to Nayapul. Trek ends here. A chartered vehicle will take you Pokhara.
Short bus ride to Pokhara from raft put out point. Transfer to your hotel. After your long shower, enjoy the rest of the day for shopping, relaxing or exploring on your own. Overnight: Fishtail Lodge or similar (B, L)
Day 11, 08 Nov - Pokhara
Short boat ride on the Phewa lake. 30 minute uphill hike to Peace Stupa.
Visit the International Mountaineering Museum which has an excellent display of exhibits of the world’s mountains. Lunch at the museum café.
Evening, enjoy a trekkers massage at the hotel. Overnight: Fishtail Lodge or similar. (All meals)
Day 12, 09 Nov - Kathmandu
Morning flight back to Kathmandu. Morning is free for you shop, relax or explore on your own.
In the afternoon, a Nepali cooking class followed by dinner at a Nepali home. Overnight: Hotel Tibet or similar. (All meals)
Day 13, 10 Nov - Final departure
After breakfast, transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your final departure. (Breakfast)