About Best of Annapurna and Everest
The Best of Annapurna and Everest Trekking is a winning combination of the two most famous mountain ranges in Nepal. It includes both trekking around the Annapurna massif and trekking in the shadow of Everest in the Khumbu valley. A favorite for trekkers of all ages, as this alpine trek poses no risk of altitude complications while still offering the enthralling wonders of the Himalayan region. Trekkers on the Best of Annapurna & Everest Trek are immersed a wonderland of natural diversity and authentic local culture. The charming village tea houses are a welcoming sight at the end of each day.
The first five days of the trek are in the foothills of mighty mount Annapurna. The trailhead is at the beautiful Modi Khola River, about an hour’s 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 magnificence of the sun’s first rays touching the snow-covered Annapurnas, reflecting in 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. Traditional villages of the Gurung and Magar ethnic groups are scattered through the hills. Every day there are new and stunning views of the beautiful Machhapuchre, or ‘Fishtail’ in English and the Annapurna range. In between the Annapurna and Everest treks, there is a chance to relax at Lakeside in Pokhara, where you will find some luxuries which are not available on the treks.
We return to Kathmandu for the half-hour flight to Lukla, from where we start our six-day trek into the Khumbu Valley to see the best of the Everest Region. The alpine scenery, rich culture and comfortable tea houses of this region are distinctly different than the Annapurna Region. Walking through rhododendron and magnolia forests on the Everest Trek you get incredible views of the snow-capped peaks of Everest and Ama Dablam.
When we reach Namche Bazaar, we spend a day to acclimatize and explore this modern, bustling bazaar. A short hike from Namche reaches Syangboche, from where we can see Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and other mountains. We follow the Dudh Koshi (Milk River) on the popular Everest Base Camp trail to arrive at 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, Thamserku and Kantega.At this and other monasteries you will see Tibetan Buddhist monks in their daily rituals. This magnificent Everest Panorama Trekking also gives an insight into the lives of the brave Sherpa inhabitants who live in this harsh but spectacular region.
Ready to challenge yourself with an interesting climb of a 6000m peak? We organize exciting adventure climbs of Island Peak 6189m and Lobuche East Peak 6119m as an add on climb to any of the Everest region treks. We recommend our guests to do the Everest Base Camp Trek or Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp Trek or Khumbu Three High Passes Trek before attempting for either Island Peak or Lobuche East Peak.