The south face of Annapurna South (7291m), at the head of the Annapurna Glacier, guards the Western flank of the Sanctuary, itself an amphitheatre of high peaks, in the centre of which is Tharpu Chuli (5663m), named Tent Peak because of its outline. Awe-inspiring views of Annapurnas I, III and V, Baraha Sikhar, Gangapurna, Khansar Kang, Tarke Kang (all in excess of 7000m), and, perhaps the most beautiful of all, Machhapuchhare (6993m), may be gained from the summit of the peak. On leaving Pokhara, the trek passes through the Gurung and Magar villages of Ghandruk and Chhomrong, before entering the corridor leading to the Sanctuary. Following a night at Machhapuchhare Base Camp, the trek continues to Annapurna Base Camp for acclimatization before moving on towards High camp (Tharpu Chuli Base Camp). This requires crossing the Annapurna Glacier, involving a steep descent over very rough ground, prior to a hard climb up the other side. It takes about 7 hours to reach High camp, at the foot of the steep snow face leading to the summit ridge of Tharpu Chuli. Technically straightforward all the way to the summit, Tent peak has attracted a lot of novice climbers over the past few years, which factor, added to stunning views throughout, has popularized this particular trek and climbing peak. Return to Pokhara, of necessity, follows the same route as the ingoing one, due to the cul-de-sac nature of the Sanctuary. However, thanks to the awe-inspiring majesty of the region, this is no hardship! Pokhara itself provides a relaxing antidote to the exertions of the Tharpu Chuli trek, before the return journey to the heaving metropolis of Kathmandu.
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This style of trip is organized for specific groups of people (families, friends,school and college students, colleagues, business associates etc.), and is closed to outsiders. If you are interested in this particular trip departure date then please get in touch with us.
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Lodge Based Trip/Trek
This trip/trek is lodge (teahouse) based. All accommodation, including food, is provided in local lodges. Occasionally however, where a large group is concerned we may choose to send our own cook along, as well, to take care of your food hygiene and to cook some special additional items.We provide all necessary documentation, including permits, and arrange all internal transport. We provide trekking guide, assistant guide(s) and porters/animals for transport of your gear. You merely carry a daysack with essentials, including water.
Camping Based Trip/Trek
This trip/trek is camping (tent) based. We will provide one 3-man tent for every two people, also single tents, where requested, on payment of supplementary costs. All food and drinks are provided by our experienced cook and his kitchen team. We provide all necessary documentation, including permits, and arrange all internal transport. We provide trekking guide, assistant guide(s), cook, kitchen crew, food and drink, and porters/animals for transport of your gear. You merely carry a daysack with essentials, including water.
Guide, Accommodation & Porter only
In this trip neither food nor transportation is included. Clients are responsible for food and local transportation, and our responsibility is to provide insured guide, insured porter, and all necessary permits. All additional costs are the responsibility of the clients, including charges incurred as a result of delays or cancellation of services beyond our control. Clients pay for their own accommodation. Any additional costs are the responsibility of the clients, We can arrange hotels and international airport transfer, on request.
Self Guided Budget Trip
This trip is specially designed for low-budget travellers who prefer fairly basic facilities with reduced services. It is a pre-requisite that a porter is hired for any self-guided trip, which is an ideal set-up for those who enjoy independent travel with minimum cost. We have added support to minimise the hard work of planning and costing, and we will be available to help in the unlikely event of an emergency. We will arrange all documentation (including permits), before you arrive in Nepal, so that you are free to get on with your adventure, relying only on your porter to help you on your way. All additional costs are the responsibility of the clients, including charges incurred as a result of delays or cancellation of services beyond our control. Hotel accommodation, local transportation and international airport transfers may be arranged, on request.
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