Annapurna Trek

8 days 7 nights
Trekking
1-15 Pax

Nepal
Nepal boasts eight of the world's tallest mountains and the world's oldest Hindu and Buddhist sites. While Kathmandu Valley is made of three ancient cities filled with enchanting medieval palaces, pagodas, temples, statues and stupas, the rest of the kingdom offers unparalleled adventure options with abundance in flora and fauna. As for its people - From the Tharus that share their land with the splendid Asian tuskers in the plains to the brave Yak herders of Dolpo, they are as amazing as the land itself. Here in its tropical jungles the Royal Bengal Tiger prowls, higher up the legend of the Yeti lives on. Although modernization has set in, the quintessence of ancient Nepal remains amongst its people.

Days    Program   Accommodation
Day 1  Fly to Pokhara, Drive to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk  Local lodge
Day 2  Trek Ghandruk to Chhomrong  Local lodge
Day 3  Trek Chhomrong to Bamboo   Local lodge
Day 4  Trek Bamboo to Deurali    Local lodge
Day 5  Trek Deurali to ABC via Machhapuchre Base Camp Local lodge
Day 6  Trek ABC to Bamboo   Local lodge
Day 7  Trek Bamboo to Jhinu Danda           Local lodge
Day 8  Trek Jhinu Danda to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                   

 

  • 1

    Upon arrival in Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be transferred to the hotel as booked. Later visit Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Bhaktapur Durbar Square
    Pashupatinath Temple: The magnificent temple of Pashupatinath with its astonishing architectural beauty is situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River. The temple built in pagoda style has gilded roof and richly carved silver doors. The temple stands as a symbol of faith, region, culture and tradition. Dedicated to the Hindu God of Destruction, Lord Shiva, this temple is regarded as the most sacred temple of all Lord Shiva temples. The richly ornamented pagoda houses the sacred linga or phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    Every year thousands of pilgrims from all over the world come to pay homage to this temple. Non-Hindu visitors are strictly prohibited to enter the temple. However, they are permitted to view the temple from the east banks of the River Bagmati.
    Pashupatinath is also Nepal's most renowned Hindu cremation site. In the Hindu Culture, after a person is dead, his/her body is wrapped in cloth, placed on bamboo litters and brought to the cremation site where the eldest son in the family burns the body. The ashes from the dead body are collected and swept into the River Bagmati that eventually joins the Holy Ganges. Arya Ghat, is of special importance because it is here the members of the royal family were cremated. The main cremation site is Bhasmeshvar Ghat, which is the most-used cremation site in the Kathmandu Valley.


    Boudhanath Stupa is one of the most imposing landmarks of Kathmandu and is a center of Tibetan Buddhism. The stupa is built on a massive three level mandala style platform and is 36 meters (118 feet) in height. The base of the stupa is adorned with 108 small images of the Dhyani Amitabha Buddha and inset with prayer wheels. Thousands of pilgrims circle the stupa in a clockwise direction each day spinning the prayer wheels. It is said that each spin of a prayer wheel is the equivalent of reciting the mantra. The stupa’s massive mandala makes it one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal. The ancient stupa is one of the largest in the world. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    Boudhanath Stupa is one of the most imposing landmarks of Kathmandu and is a center of Tibetan Buddhism. The stupa is built on a massive three level mandala style platform and is 36 meters (118 feet) in height. The base of the stupa is adorned with 108 small images of the Dhyani Amitabha Buddha and inset with prayer wheels. Thousands of pilgrims circle the stupa in a clockwise direction each day spinning the prayer wheels. It is said that each spin of a prayer wheel is the equivalent of reciting the mantra. The stupa’s massive mandala makes it one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal. The ancient stupa is one of the largest in the world. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


    Bhaktapur or Bhadgaon, translates as the ‘City of Devotees’. Still untouched by rapid urbanization, Bhaktapur retains its charm by its brick paved roads, red brick houses and a way of life that goes back to medieval times. Famous for pottery and woodcarving, the squares in the city display ample wood carved windows.
    A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the extraordinary Bhaktapur Durbar Square has monuments that reflect the glory days of the Malla Dynasty when art and architecture thrived in the three cities of the Kathmandu valley
    Overnight at Hotel

  • 2

    Flight Duration: 30 minutes approx.

    Upon arrival in Pokhara, you will be met by our representative and transferred to the hotel as booked.
    Pokhara’s bewitching beauty has been the subject of many travel writers. Once you arrive in Pokhara, enjoy the serenity of the place and later enjoy boating at the Phewa Taal, the second largest lake in Nepal and visit Barahi Temple – the island temple situated in a small island in the Phewa Lake surrounded by marvelous views.

    Visit the Davis fall, a lovely waterfall that marks the point where a stream from Phewa Lake vanishes underground through a natural tunnel.

    Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave, across the Devis Fall, is one of the longest caves in Nepal. Also visit Pokhara’s traditional

    Old Bazaar and International Mountain Museum displays the history, culture, geology, flora and fauna of the Himalayas. The museum is dedicated to the mountains of Nepal and the mountaineers who have climbed them.

    Visit Tibetan Refugee Camp, in the vicinity of Pokhara - Tashiling and Tashi Palkhel. The Tibetan people living in these villages keep themselves busy by producing and trading in woolen carpets and other handicraft items. They also run souvenir shops around lakeside.

    Overnight at Hotel

  • 3

    We take on an hour’s pleasant drive through mountain highway to Nayapul. Then we walk about 20 minutes on a level trail to Birethanti (1056) on the bank of Modi river where is an Annapurna Conservation area check post. From Birathanti the trail follows Bhurungdi River up to Tirkhedhunga (1577m) where the trail is level and passes through several small villages on the way and it takes around 5 hours to reach Tirkhedhunga. There are several lodges and campsites. 
    Overnight at Simple Lodge

    Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 4

    Then the trail climbs through stone steps for about 1 ½ hrs to Ulleri – a large Magar village. There are several lodges and campsites. From Ulleri the trail climbs gently through pastures and cultivated fields. The fields soon give way to deep forests as the trail climbs to Banthanti. Beyond Banthanti, there are magnificent oak and rhododendron forests. Then we climb through forests all the way to Ghorepani – a pleasant village on ridge top with excellent views of several peaks such as Annapurna ravde, Dhaulagiri, Tukiche peak etc.
    Overnight at Simple Lodge

    Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 5

    An early start and an hour hiking to Poon Hill (3195m) lead us to a brilliant spectacle. This vantage point provides an unobstructed view of sunrise over the high Himalayas. After spending about 40 minutes on the hillside, we return to Ghorepani, have a hot breakfast, and start walking to Tadapani. From Ghorepani the trail climbs along ridges and through pine and rhododendron forests to Deurali (2960m). We descend to reach Banthanti, before winding our way to Tadapani (2540m).

    Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 6

    Dropping down from Tadapani Gurjung the route offers good views of the upper Modi valley. The path then starts the long Ascent high above the west bank of the Modi Khola. We then arrive in the village of Chhomrong (2210m) which lies tucked at the very base of Himal Chuli. Chomrong is the last permanent settlement in the valley.
    Overnight at Simple Lodge

    Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 7

    From Chhomrong, we will take an hour’s walk to Jhinu. Further, we take a walk to the hot pools beside the river. From Jhinu, we will continue our trail down to the river and up to the Gurung village of Ghandruk. It is one of the most popular and beautiful villages of the Annapurna region. It is the largest Gurung village of Nepal and supplies a considerable number of British Gorkha soldiers. There is a Headquarter of Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) with two Gurung Museums.
    Overnight at Simple lodge

    Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 8

    Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul via Birethanti which takes 3-4 hours. You begin your trail following a gentle flat path passing through forests, rocks and terraces. After Kimche (1638m.) the trail descends through human settlements and terraces up to Seuli Bazaar. From here, the trail moves along the bank of Modi Khola to Birethanti. Walk for about twenty minutes up to Nayapul (New Bridge) where you board our private vehicle to drive back to your hotel in Pokhara which takes approximately a one and half hour and where you will be having a well-deserved day rest.

    Meals : Breakfast
  • 9

    Optional – Day Rafting
    After breakfast at the hotel; transfer to Damauli, a journey of 30 minutes through the countryside. Here we will be met by our experienced boat crew, who will give us a full briefing prior to launch. The Seti River has no road access so the river and surrounding valley remain unspoilt. Floating down the river gives us a chance to see village life along the banks as well as the abundant variety of birds.
    Lunch will be served. There are 2 small rapids of no more than grade 2 and are no longer than 50 metres or 165 feet. The remainder of the trip is very much a float experience.
    Rafting Time: About 3 hours depending on water levels

    Later, drive to Chitwan

    Upon reaching the National Park, you will be transferred to the Lodge. Briefing on the jungle activities & facilities applicable in the Lodge will be as per program.
    Situated along the banks of the Rapti River and directly overlooking the Chitwan National Park, Barahi Jungle Lodge is the first eco-jungle lodge of Chitwan. This quiet retreat is nestled on 12 hectares of virgin land surrounded by pristine wilderness, where you will find different types of plants, flora and fauna native to the Chitwan district and the National Park.  At  Jungle Lodge you will be welcomed by our unique blend of Hotel and the comforts of modern opulence. Built entirely with natural and local materials, the lodge's contemporary design provides an offering of comfort and luxury. With our highly trained naturalists, fine cuisine and amazing recreational activities,  Jungle Lodge provides an excellent base for the area. Activities on offer include elephant safari, jeep safari, canoe safari, bird watching, nature & jungle walks, village tours, elephant bathing, Flora and Fauna's slide presentation, spa and outdoor swimming pool.

    Overnight at a Lodge

    Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 10

    Today you will indulge in the Jungle activities – such as Elephant safari, Canoeing, Tharu Village visit, Jungle Walk etc, offered by the lodge.

    Overnight at Hotel

    Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 11

    Today we will fly back to Kathmandu which takes around 30 min. Rest of the day is at leisure.
    Overnight at Hotel 

    Meals : Breakfast
  • 12

    You will drive to the airport by our representative for your onward journeys

Included in the costs are:

  •  07 Nights’ accommodation in locally available basic tea lodges (no guarantee of attached bathroom and shower) during trek as per the program on full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) basis.
  •  A local English-Speaking Sherpa Guide and necessary Porters (NOTE: 1 porter for every 2 clients. Porter will carry a maximum of 30 kg only) for the trek.
  •  All staff daily wages / insurance.
  •  All currently applicable taxes.

Not included in the costs are:

  •  Personal trekking equipment.
  •  Attached bath rooms and shower.
  •  Personal multi risk insurance covering emergency evacuation by helicopter if required. Any beverages, including mineral water, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks etc.
  •  Internet charge, battery recharge charge.
  •  Meals not mentioned in the above itinerary.
  •  Any items of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls etc.
  •  The prices do not include: undue escalation in fuel prices, new taxes levies on hotels and transportation services or any hikes in entrance fees. Any large tax hikes and new levies
  • shall be payable extra and shall be billed accordingly with prior notice.
  •  Tips for the staff
  •  Any other items not mentioned in the cost inclusion.

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