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Anupaya Adventures - Trek The Himalayas

Anupaya Adventure is a thoughtful, off the beaten path travel company, creating extraordinary adventures for people who give a damn. We offer authentic, culturally diverse, all inclusive experiences, while giving back to the communities we visit, hosting cleanups along the way.

TREK THE HIMALAYAS WITH ANUPAYA ADVENTURE!

OCTOBER  14TH  -  NOVEMBER  1ST,  2019

The Annapurna Circuit is universally recognized as one of the world’s premier trekking routes. For many centuries this historic trail, passing within the shadow of three of the world’s ten highest peaks, has beckoned to adventures, explorers, seekers, holy women and men, traders, refugees and even the Buddha himself. Those in search of the sublime and the mystical have felt the pull and so have we!! Join us as we journey, together, in the auspicious footsteps of legends and experience first hand the magic and allure of Nepal’s magnificent Annapurna Circuit! 

Traversing one of the most geographically and culturally diverse regions in Nepal, the Circuit passes through stunning alpine pastures, spectacular rhododendron forests, isolated Nepalese and Tibetan hamlets and rural mountain villages. Journey past breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls, glaciers and some of the most majestic mountain scenery on Earth.

This legendary route gradually ascends to the world’s highest navigable pass, the Thorong La Pass (5416m) and along the way meanders by countless mountain rivers, streams, stunning waterfalls, gurgling hot springs and the world’s deepest gorge - the Kali Gandaki. 

Amidst this rugged and majestic mountain scenery, we'll meet warm and welcoming locals, tending tea houses, herding yaks, goats and alpine ponies and visit some of their most sacred and holy temples and monasteries.

This adventure is open to everyone, though it should be duly noted that this is a challenging trek with 5 or more hours of hiking each day around one of the worlds highest mountain systems. Our trek is led by expert local Nepalese guides and assisted by local porters and support staff throughout. You’ll be greeted by locals who offer a fascinating glimpse of traditional rural life and majestic views few people get to experience. 

why travel with Anupaya adventure?

all inclusive approach

You get yourself to Kathmandu and we’ll take care of just about everything else. Accommodations, meals, domestic transportation and an incredible, experienced crew that will truly make this a trip of a lifetime. 

locally focused

We believe in supporting the communities where we travel and are committed to hiring local guides, porters and support staff on our journey. We aim to meaningfully and effectively contribute to the local economy by using existing, locally owned Nepalese infrastructure and tourism resources. 

we give a damn

We adhere to leave no trace practices while striving to leave our shared spaces cleaner than how we found them. On day three, we will host and fund a local cleanup in partnership with CleanUp Nepal, a Nepalese non-profit working to improve the health of the Nepalese environment. 

community centred

Every journey is richer and more meaningful when shared. Anupaya Adventure is committed to creating experiences and activities that build relationship, community and meaning. 

daily yoga and mindfulness

Each morning, join us for our optional pre trek stretching and mindfulness practice to optimally prepare our bodies and our minds for the day’s adventure. 

authentic experiences

At Anupaya Adventure, we strive to immerse ourselves in the local culture and learn directly from the people and places we visit. 

Meet your lead guide, tej!!

Tej is a skilled and highly knowledgeable Nepalese mountain guide who has been leading treks and expeditions throughout the Himalayas for over 20 years!!

He guided Pete on this exact trip 3 years ago and has been a wonderful friend and adventure partner ever since.

We're absolutely THRILLED to be working with him and his team of assistant guides and porters to curate this incredible trek for Anupaya Adventure.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu

Day 1 - Monday, October 14th

Welcome to Nepal!!!!

We’ll meet you at the airport and bring you back to our cozy hotel where you can wash up and recover from your long flight. Spend what's left of the day resting or getting acquainted with this magnificent city.

Meals Included - None 

Elevation: 1400m

Day 2 Kathmandu Sightseeing and Welcome Dinner

Day 2 - Tuesday, October 15th

After breakfast, we head out into Kathmandu for an exciting day of sightseeing!!

Our guide will show us Kathmandu’s colourful background and history, visiting temples, monasteries and markets.

In the evening, we’ll all get together for our official Welcome Dinner, to get to know each other better, meet our guiding crew and get prepped for our big adventure!! 

Meals included - Dinner

Elevation: 1400m

Day 3 Kathmandu Cleanup

Day 3 - Wednesday, October 16th

In the morning, we will meet the team from Cleanup Nepal, a local nonprofit helping to improve Nepal's natural environment. They’ll give us a presentation on the garbage crisis in Asia and how they are helping create positive change. We’ll then join them for a 2 hour cleanup, as a way of giving back to this beautiful community.

In the early evening, we’ll head to the market to do any last minute shopping before we turn in to bed early. In the morning we head for the hills!!! 

Meals included - None

Elevation: 1400m

Day 4 Kathmandu to Ngadi, by bus

Day 4 - Thursday, October 17th

It's a bus ride from A to B, what can we say... We'll stop for a delicious lunch en route and the changing scenery is sure to delight!

Meals included - Lunch and Dinner

Elevation: 1050m

Day 5 Ngadi to Jagat

Day 5 - Friday, October 18th

Today we trek through the valley towards Jagat, crossing several beautiful waterfalls along the way. 

Meals Included - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Elevation: 1400m

Day 6 Jagat to Dharapani

Day 6 - Saturday, October 19th

After a yummy breakfast, we’ll head out for Dharapani, crossing the Marsyangdi River via a high suspension bridge! This is a really wonderful day of trekking as its not too strenuous and we pass through some absolutely beautiful surroundings. 

Meals Included - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 

Elevation: 1943m

Day 7 Dharapani to Chame

Day 7 - Sunday, October 20th

Today we reach the incredible heights of Chame!! The trail gets a big more difficult and the air starts to cool. There are stunning views of the mountains in the Manaslu range and after 5 hours of trekking, we’ll be stoked to discover natural hot springs when we arrive!  

Meals Included - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 

Elevation: 2630m

Day 8 Chame to Pisang

Day 8 - Monday, October 21st

After enjoying our morning view of the beautiful Lamjung Himal, we will begin our trek to Pisang! Gentle hiking, suspension bridge crossings, expansive farmers fields, we finally see Pisang Peak - WOW. Once we arrive, everyone has the option to climb a little higher to see an old Buddhist Monastery.  

Meals Included - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 

Elevation: 3190m

Day 9 Pisang to Manang

Day 9 - Tuesday, October 22nd

Today we travel through dense pine forests and experience exceptional views of the Annapurnas, Tilicho Peak, Gangapurna, Pisang Peak and Chulu East. Passing through small mountain villages we finally reach Manang to REST. 

Meals Included - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 

Elevation: 3530m

Day 10 Acclimatization Day

Day 10 - Wednesday, October 23rd

Manang is a gorgeous spot and wonderful place to catch our breath for the day. We will take a little day jaunt up to Ice Lake and visit the Milarepa caves. There is also an optional show at the Himalayan Rescue Association by a local mountain specialist about altitude sickness, dangers in the mountains and best practices. Lots to see and do here while we rest our legs and let our bodies acclimatize for the last part of our journey.  

Meals Included - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 

Elevation: 3530m

Day 11 Manang to Yak Kharka

Day 11 - Thursday, October 24th

After breakfast, we’ll start the short but tough hike to Yak Kharka. Breathtaking views will definitely help, but its a slow climb and we will have all the time we need to get there.

Remember, we’re in it together! 

Meals Included - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Elevation: 4018m

Day 12 Yak Kharka to Phedi

Day 12 - Friday, October 25th

Wonderful, easy day of trekking to Thorong Phedi, which lies at the base of Thorong Himal.  

Meals Included - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 

Elevation: 4420m

Day 13 Phedi to Muktinath via Thorong La Pass

Day 13 - Saturday, October 26th

We begin early at 5am today. Its the longest and most challenging day of our entire trek. We move slowly along the steep, high altitude trail through gorgeous hills until we reach the highest point of our trek, Thorong La Pass at 5416m. Its a tough climb up, but the views are unimaginable and worth every effort. On the descent, along this ancient trading route, we are rewarded with spectacular views of Upper Mustang and the Kali Gandaki Valley. 

Meals Included - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 

Elevation: 3800m

Day 14 Muktinath to Jomsom

Day 14 - Sunday, October 27th

We have finally reached Muktinath!

This is a sacred site for both Hindus and Buddhists. Nepal’s largest stone Buddha stands here at 32 ft tall and looks out at an incredible view of the surrounding mountains. It’s an awe-inspiring place, and a beautiful example of the two religions sharing the same holy site with mutual respect and understanding.

After visiting the temples, we head down to Jomsom, following the trail of the Kali Gandaki river. 

Meals Included - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 

Elevation: 2713m

Day 15 Jomsom to Tatopani, by bus

Day 15 - Monday, October 28th

Another big adventure by bus. These roads are wild and hilarious and it's an exciting way to travel through these heavenly mountains!

Meals Included - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Elevation: 1189m

Day 16 Tatopani to Ghorepani

Day 16 - Tuesday, October 29th

A long and beautiful day hiking that ends in Ghorepani, where we finish the day with a chance at the best sunset in Nepal. This, is bliss. 

Meals Included - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 

Elevation: 2775m

Day 17 Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Pokhara

Day 17th - Wednesday, October 30th

Nice and early, we’ll head up for a spectacular sunrise on Poon Hill (3210m), one of Nepals most famous viewpoints. This typically clear morning view of the Annapurna range is nothing short of majestic. Its worth every single step to get here. 

Afterwards, we make our way down to Pohkara!

A cultural and natural landmark, Pokhara is an absolute gem of a city perched on the edge of Phewa Lake and surrounded by the Annapurna massif. Here we'll have our final Farewell Dinner to celebrate our remarkable accomplishment. 

Meals Included - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 

Elevation: 1400m

Day 18 Pokhara to Kathmandu

Day 18 - Thursday, October 31st

Spend the first half of the day driving back to Kathmandu. This is a bumpy and beautiful ride and once we are back in Kathmandu, most folks want to shower and chillllllllll. Options to head into town with the group for dinner or relax and eat dinner in bed! 

Meals Included - Breakfast

Elevation: 1400m

Day 19 Departure

Day 19 - Friday, November 1st

We’ll drive you to the airport for your departure flight home. Or maybe someplace else… 

Meals Included - None

Trek The Himalayas with Anupaya Adventure is $2400 CND

We've worked hard to keep the price low, while paying fair wages to our Nepalese guides and support staff. We recognize that this is a big investment of time and money and strive to make it as accessible as possible for those who are called to join us.

WHATS INCLUDED

- Highly experienced Nepalese trekking guide 

- Full support team of porters and assistants

- All transport to and from activities

- All meals and accommodations while on the trek

- Gentle yoga and stretching class each morning while on circuit

- All park entrance fees and trekking permits

- Site seeing in Kathmandu

- High quality, professional photos from our trek together 

- Private Facebook group with tips for training, prep, packing and an opportunity to connect with one another before we head out! 

whats not included

- International flights

- Meals in Kathmandu, except our welcome dinner

- Bottled water, snacks and alcoholic drinks

- Visa (you can get a tourism visa on arrival at the airport in Nepal for $40USD)

- Travel Insurance and Trip Cancellation/Interruption insurance

- Tips

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Where will we be sleeping?

Local lodges and Nepalese tea houses.  

When Pete did this trek a few years ago, this was one of his very favourite parts of the journey. Staying in locally owned lodgings, eating authentic and delicious home cooked meals and hanging out with other travellers on the trail.

Heaven!

do I have to carry my bags?

Nope! We have experienced Nepalese porters who will transport our heavy packs for us and be exceedingly grateful for the work! All you need to carry is your own day pack with a change of clothes, rain gear, water, hat, sunscreen, camera or anything else you might need during the days trek.

Can I come solo?

Helllllllls to the yes.

This trip is for the well versed wanderers AND the reluctant travellers.

Come with your person, your mates or all alone - we’ll all be soul family by the time we’re done anyways.

I'm not an experienced hiker, can I still do this?

Absolutely! We've seen kids as young as 12 and trekkers well into their 70's huffin' it round the circuit. If you're in relatively good shape, able to hike four to six hours a day - with lots of rests! - and willing to put in a little effort prepping prior to the trip, you should be golden. While the trek is strenuous at times, it isn't a technical route and we aren't heading into the worlds highest mountains to bag peaks. The only mountain equipment you'll really need is a good pair of hiking boots - unless your like Pete that is, who's done the trek barefoot for some unexplained reason. We will get pretty high mind you, gradually ascending to the Thorong La Pass at 5,516m but there is ample time for acclimatization along the way. 

I want to come, but I’m scared. Any advice?

Yup. Jump!!! If you are feeling the pull, stop second guessing and start trusting. This WILL BE the trip of a lifetime. It will CHANGE your life - change the way you see the world and the way you see yourself. And if you've forgotten, remember, fortune favours the brave.

whats your cancellation policy?

Your $500 trip deposit is non-refundable, although it is transferable to another attendee.

Your full balance is due 45 days before start date of the trip.

If you cancel more than 45 days before the start date, we will refund the full amount paid minus the $500 deposit.

Within 45 days of the retreat, there will be no refunds given, no exceptions. If it is possible, we promise that will always work with you to find someone to replace your spot.

We strongly recommend purchasing trip cancellation and interruption insurance so that your trip fees will be covered should you have a problem prior to your trip or while on the trip.

Exceptions cannot be made for any reason, including weather, injury/illness, personal emergencies. No refunds or credits for failure to attend or failure to complete the trip, or for arriving late or leaving early.

We also strongly recommend that you purchase your own travel insurance. Insurance should be purchased to cover medical expenses in the event that you need it on the trip.

We reserve the right to cancel retreats with inadequate participant interest, in which case all money paid to Anupaya Inc. will be refunded. Notification of cancellation will occur at least 1 month prior to trip start date. Anupaya Inc. cannot be held responsible for any personal expenses.

Your Hosts

Shan Maclaggan

Like Anupaya itself, Shannon strives to be a positive force for change in the world. Committed to responsible business practices and environmental stewardship, this long time entrepreneur and risk taker is the creative force behind Anupaya Inc. and gets really excited about social enterprise and using business as a powerful tool for change.

Along with her husband Pete, she's been leading retreats for over a decade and has a life long and insatiable desire to wander, explore and immerse herself in different cultures around the world. She's absolutely thrilled to be hiking these hills with you.

Pete Maclaggan

Co-owner of Anupaya Inc. Pete lives and breathes adventure. A long time musician, yogi, meditation instructor and world wide explorer, he's worked hard and long for the title of Seeker - logging many a mile on the pathless path in his 45 years on this magnificent planet.

In addition to being Anupaya's chief garbage collector, he's also a long time paddler, trekker and certified Wilderness First Responder. This will be Pete's second time trekking Nepal's APC and he can't wait to hike the Himalayas and explore the roof of the world with you!

where will #thepathlesspath take you?

"the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."

Trek The Himalayas Deposit

Trek The Himalayas Deposit

So, you're ready to jump!? Wooooohooooo!!!!

We're so stoked to have you!!

Trek The Himalayas with Anupaya Adventure is $2400 CND

This payment is a $500 deposit and the remainder is due 45 days before the trip begins.

Let's doooooo thissss!!!!

questions?

If you have any questions or concerns, we'd love to chat!

Send us an email at info@anupaya.ca