It is a winning combination of the two most famous mountain ranges (Annapurna and Everest) in Nepal. It includes both trekking around the Annapurna massif and trekking in the shadow of Everest in the Khumbu valley. This is one of the favorite for trekkers of all ages, as this alpine trek involves zero risk of altitude complications while still offering the enchanting wonders of the Himalayan region. Trekkers on the Best of Annapurna & Everest Trek are engrossed with the wonderland of natural diversity as well as the authentic local culture. The end of each day charming village tea houses are a welcoming sight.
The first five days of the trek are in Annapurna area. The trailhead is situated at the beautiful Modi Khola River, which takes about an hour drive from Pokhara. One highlight of this trek is an early morning hike up to Poon Hill, 3210m, from Ghorepani. From Poon Hill, you will try to capture the majesty of the sun’s first rays touching the snow-covered Annapurnas, which can be seen reflected by the shades of red, orange and pink, but you might want to give up and just enjoy the reality of it. A winding stone path leads through rhododendron forests, rushing streams, terraced farmland and open valleys. The Traditional villages are scattered through the hills inhabited by the ethnic groups of Gurung and Magar . There are new and stunning views of the beautiful Machhapuchare, also known as ‘Fishtail’ in English and the Annapurna range. In between the Annapurna and Everest treks, there is an opportunity to loosen up at Lakeside in Pokhara, which will provide you with all the luxury which is deprived in the trek.
We return to Kathmandu to take the half-hour flight to Lukla, from where our six-day trek into the Khumbu Valley begins which gives us the best sight of the Everest Region. The Annapurna Region is distinctly different as it has alpine scenery, rich culture and nevertheless comfortable tea houses. The Everest Trek has incredible views of the snow-capped peaks of Everest and Ama Dablam while walking through rhododendron and mognolia forests.
When we reach Namche Bazaar, we spend a day to accustom yourself and explore this modern, bustling bazaar. A short hike gives you the beautiful view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and other mountains which takes place from Namche up to Syangboche. We then follow Dudh Koshi (Milk River) on the popular Everest Base Camp trail to reach the famous Buddhist Tengboche Monastery, 3850m, “The Great High Place” where climbers seek blessings on their way to the summit of Everest. From here again we get spectacular views of the peaks of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tamserku and Kantega. Here and in many other monasteries you will see Tibetan Buddhist monks in their daily rituals. This trek also gives you an insight into the lives of the brave Sherpa inhabitants who live in this harsh but spectacular region.
|1||Arrival in Kathmandu, 1300m|
|2||Preparation Day in Kathmandu, 1300m|
|3||Fly to Pokhara; Drive to Nayapul; Trek to Hile, 1400m|
|4||Trek to Ghorepani, 2855m||7hrs|
|5||Trek to Tadapani, 2610m||5hrs|
|6||Trek to Ghandruk, 1940m||4hrs|
|7||Trek to Nayapul, 1010m, 3hrs and drive to Pokhara.|
|8||Morning leisure in Pokhara; afternoon flight to Kathmandu|
|9||Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla; Trek to Phakdingma, 2610m|
|10||Trek to Namche Bazaar, 3441m|
|11||Acclimatization day- Trekking around Namche Bazaar|
|12||Trek to Tengbuche, 3860m|
|13||Trek to Namchhe Bazaar, 3441m|
|14||Namche Bazzar to Lukla|
|15||Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu|
|16||Free Day in Kathmandu|
Best Seasons for the Best of Annapurna & Everest Trekking
The best seasons for the Best of Annapurna & Everest Trek are from September to November and from March to May. These months are known for sunny and warm weather and outstanding views. The summer months from June to August are also beautiful, but the trek can be affected by the monsoon rains.
This is a Tea House/Lodge Trek
Accommodation is included in the cost of your package. Go Himalayan Adventures takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay.
In Kathmandu, our clients enjoy four nights in hotel before and after heading into the remote regions.
During the trek, the nights will be spent in clean and comfortable tea houses with plenty of character and good food. The simple rooms usually have two narrow beds. The family run lodges are a great place to get to know the Nepalese people. In Nepalese culture, a guest is equal to god, and surely this has become even more of a reality since the tourism industry has improved their meager opportunities to earn. You will be made very welcome!
Meals on the Best of Annapurna & Everest Trek
Three meals a day are included during the trek. The menu will be fairly simple, but freshly cooked and hygienic. You can enjoy typical Nepali, Tibetan and Sherpa food, as well as all types of international cuisine. Dinners and breakfasts will be provided in the teahouse/lodge where you spend the night. Lunches will be eaten in a teashop on the way to the destination of the day.
Drinking Water on the Best of Annapurna & Everest Trek
Most lodges in the Annapurna Region provide trekkers with water from Euroguard filters. In the Everest Region, we suggest that you drink boiled water or bring chlorine tablets to purify the normal water available in the guest houses along the way. There is a small fee charged for the boiled water. Although mineral water is available in most places, there is no provision to dispose of the plastic bottles, so we encourage the guests to do what they can to protect the environment.
If you have a reasonable level of fitness, this trek should be more than manageable. The altitude becomes more noticeable the higher we go, so we walk at a slow pace and take plenty of breaks to rest and acclimatize.
Safety on the Best of Annapurna & Everest Trek
While travelling in remote mountain regions uncertainties such as weather, health problems and natural disasters require a certain amount of flexibility. While our goal is to follow the itinerary, that is not our first priority; your safety is always our first priority. Go Himalayan Adventures requests your cooperation to accept the decisions and advice of our trusted and experienced guides if they deem it necessary to change or cancel any part of the itinerary due to safety concerns.
Local Customs You Should Know About on the Best of Annapurna & Everest Trek
Ethnic groups of the hilly and mountain regions are predominantly Buddhist, and you will see many mani stones, stupas, gumbas and prayer wheels. It is respectful to pass these objects with your right side nearest to the object, in a clockwise direction. Avoid sitting or standing on mani stones, stupas, tables used for worship or anything that is a religious symbol, as that is considered disrespectful.
Travel Insurance for your Annapurna & Everest Trek
It is strongly recommended to be sufficiently protected when you go into remote areas. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Go Himalayan Adventures can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy.
Domestic flights to mountain regions can be delayed or cancelled due to bad weather. Be aware that you may have long waits in the airports. From our side, if a flight is cancelled we make sure you get on the next possible flight.
If flight cancellations at the start of your trek delay your trek to the point of disturbing your onward travel schedule, you will be free to choose an alternative trip; there are many excellent options in the Annapurna, Langtang and other regions. If you do not wish to take an alternative trek, and wait in Kathmandu for the flight to Lukla, your original trek may be shortened due to the days lost in waiting. In such case, the client will be responsible to bear all additional expenses including food and accommodation.
If the client wishes to make an alternative arrangement such as a helicopter flight we will assist in making the booking, but will not cover the cost of the alternative arrangement. The refunded money of the unused flight ticket would be credited to the concerned client, however.
There will be no refund for the days of the trek that are missed. You will not be entitled to any refund for services in the package (i.e. hotel, transport, flight) that you did not use due to the cancellation.
It is advisable to allow one or two extra days at the end of your trip to allow for flight delay/cancellation.