Hike up to the natural amphitheater of Annapurna Sanctuary, surrounded by the Annapurna peaks, one of which, Annapurna I, is the 10th tallest mountain in the world. Spend nearly two weeks trekking through the surprising tropical slopes up to the icy regions above 3000 metres elevation. Afterwards, volunteer on a range of sustainable development projects.
Journey to the mythical Annapurna Sanctuary, traditionally held to be the home of the gods. Your trip starts in Pokhara, a meeting place for international visitors looking to climb the Himalayas, with a tour of the old bazar and several Hindu temples. You then start your trek to Annapurna Base Camp through the Annapurna Conservation Area, known for its unique biodiversity and diversity of cultural communities that speak their own distinct languages. It is home to the world’s largest rhododendron forest and the world’s deepest river gorge both of which you pass on your trip up to the Sanctuary.
There is the opportunity of an immersive cultural experience on the Annapurna trip. The population along the trail to Everest Base Camp traditionally subscribe to a mostly Tibetan Buddhist way of life, while The Annapurna Sanctuary trek features Gurung, Thakali, and Manangba communities, among others, and practice a range of cultural and religious traditions.