Qatar Airways offers connecting flights from Washington Dulles to Kathmandu, Nepal, with late September fares starting at $1,553 round-trip. From Kathmandu, you can either fly or take the bus to Pokhara. Yeti Airlines and Buddha Air offer several flights a day, with fares starting at $70 each way. Tickets for the six-hour bus ride cost about $5. You can arrange your travel to Pokhara after you arrive in Kathmandu; just stop by one of the many travel agencies in the touristy Thamel neighborhood.
WHERE TO STAY
Hotel Holy Himalaya
Clean and quiet hotel with rooms starting at $20 a night.
Rooms at this luxurious boutique hotel start at $220 a night.
Sacred Valley Inn
Lakeside, Baidam-6, Pokhara
A popular spot with good mountain views. Rooms from $10 a night in high season (October-December and March-May), from $6 in low season (January-February and June-September).
House No. 43 & 45, Pahari Marg, Lakeside, Pokhara
Friendly owner can help arrange guides and porters for trekking. Doubles start at $29 a night.
Along the trek
You can either sleep in a tent or stay in guesthouses. During the peak seasons, the guesthouses often fill up by the end of the day. A guide can run (or sometimes call) ahead to ensure that you always have a bed.
GUIDES AND TOURS
We opted to hire a local guide through the owner of our guesthouse in Pokhara. For $15 a day, he walked with us along the trek but didn’t carry our bags. Most hotels in Pokhara offer similar booking services. If you’d rather leave all the logistics to the professionals — including travel between Kathmandu and Pokhara, as well as all food and lodging — several companies offer all-inclusive trekking tours in Annapurna.
KE Adventure Travel
Offers a 14-day trek up to Annapurna Base Camp for $1,486, excluding airfare.
Runs a 15-day trek to Annapurna Base Camp for $2,750 (for non-REI members), also excluding airfare.