From the moment you arrive in Kathmandu, your senses will be in overdrive. The wide array of sights, smells, and sounds will leave you awestruck. While in Kathmandu, ride on a rickshaw through crowded streets, marvel at medieval temples, or stroll the backstreets to experience the cultural and artistic heritage. Once you begin your trekking journey, be prepared for a truly amazing experience. As you trek your way up and down, through rice fields, can fields, across suspension bridges, and past waterfalls, you’ll truly be immersed in the aura of Nepal. At many moments, you’ll have pristine views of Himalayan peaks, standing in high mountain forests, or in a roadside village, where you’ll stop for lunch. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for long-tailed monkeys as you trek your way through Nepal.
Day 1 – Arrive in Kathmandu
Arrive in Kathmandu. Remember to have two pieces of photo ID and USD $25.00 per person ready get your visa on arrival after clearing Immigration and Customs (Passport expiration at least 6 months away). After clearing Immigration and Customs, transfer for check-in at hotel. Hotel Shakti or similar
Day 2 - Kathmandu (1,400m/4,600ft)
After an early morning yoga class at the Mandala-Yoga Studio, enjoy a day at leisure to explore the area on your own or take an optional tour. (Breakfast)
Day 3 - Kathmandu/Pokhara (827m /2,713ft, 5 hours driving)
Overland transfer on tourist bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Arrive and transfer to your hotel. For $110 extra per person, you can transfer partially doing a river rafting trip (3 hours) and then private transfer to Pokhara. (B) Hotel Dandelion or similar
Day 4 - Tuesday - Pokhara/Hille/Tikhedhunga (1,540m/5,052ft)
Meet the sherpa trekking crew and drive to Nayapool. Begin trekking towards Birethanti, a large and prosperous town with a winding street paved with large stones. After crossing two suspension bridges over the Modi Khola River, stop for lunch. Beyond Birethanti the trail is well defined at first, but then loses itself in rice fields. An hour past Birethanti and beyond Mathathanti, start climbing towards Sudre and Hille. Walk further up to Tikhedhunga. Overnight at your lodge. (4 miles: 4-5 hrs gradually up) (B)
Day 5 - Tikhedhunga/Ghorepani (2874m/9429ft) 12kms / 6hrs
Begin your journey towards Tikedunga. Once there, cross a bridge and a waterfall taking in the views. Then, head uphill towards Ulleri. From Ulleri, an hour-long journey takes you to Banthanti, a settlement in a forest clearing at 7,545 feet (2,300m), offering breathtaking views of Annapurna south and Mount Fishtail. After lunch, head uphill through oak and rhododendron forests to Deurali and then further to Ghorepani. Arrive and transfer to your lodge. (7 miles: 3 hrs steep up, about 3600 steps; 3 hrs gradually up through forest) (B)
Day 6 - Climb Poon Hill (3210m/10531ft) / Tadapani (2,647m/8,684 feet)
An early morning excursion takes you to Poon Hill, which provides an even better and unobstructed view of the high Himalaya peaks such as Dhaulagiri I, Tukuche Peak, and Dhampus Peak. Return to Ghorepani for breakfast. After breakfast, continue to trek towards Tadapani. Stop in Banthati for lunch. Beyond Banthati, the trail starts climbing, leaving the moist, high mountain forests and entering a field of cane. The trail climbs steeply for about 30 mins before reaching Tadapani, which means "Far Water." This is an ideal place to see the views of Annapurna, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, and the Glacier Dome. Spend the night at your lodge. (7 miles: 1 hr steep up from Ghorepani to Poon Hill, and 45 min return; 3 hrs steep up through rhododendron forest; 2 hrs steep down; 1 hr short ups and downs) (B)
Day 7 - Tadapani/Ghandruk (1,980m/6,500ft)
This morning, descend through a forest of wildflowers. Try and spot some of the long-tailed monkeys that inhabit this area! Arrive in the village of Ghandruk, beautifully set against the peaks of Mount Fishtail, Annapurna South, Ganga Purna, Annapurna III, and HiunChuli. Visit the Annapurna Area Conservation Project, the Gurung Museum, and a sheep wool weaving workshop. Overnight at your lodge in Ghandruk. (4 miles: 3-4 hrs gradually down) (B)
Day 8 - Ghandruk/Nayapool (1070m/3510ft) 15kms/6hrs / Pokhara (1 hour)
The trail descends at first on a stone staircase and then traverses high above a river on a wide stone-paved lane. The trail keeps heading downhill through terraced fields at Kilu, onto a suspension bridge over the Sadhu Khola, finally arriving alongside Modi Khola in Shauli Bazaar where you stop for lunch. Continue on this beautiful trail until you arrive at Nayapool. From here, drive back to Pokhara (about 1 hr) and transfer to your hotel. (9 miles: 4-5 hrs gradually down) (B) Hotel Dandelion or similar
Day 9 - Pokhara/Kathmandu (4-5 hours drive)
After Breakfast drive to Kathmandu. It’s a around 5 hours scenic drive along the riverside hilly road. After returning to Kathmandu, you have the afternoon and the evening to stroll along the streets of Kathmandu for some last-minute shopping. There is a farewell dinner in a typical Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. Hotel Shakti or similar
Day 10 - Departure
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Rates do not include
- Roundtrip airport transfers in Kathmandu
- Overland transfers as per itinerary via tourist public bus
- One twin room for 3 nights at Hotel Shakti or similar
- One twin room for 2 nights at Hotel Dandelion or similar in Pokhara
- 1 night each for 4 nights in lodges/bungalow accommodations in Tikhedhunga, Ghorepani, Tadapanim, and Ghandruk
- Breakfast daily (9 per person)
- One farewell dinner
- Sightseeing tours with English-speaking guides and entrance fees: one yoga class in Kathmandu;
- trekking as per itinerary with a guide;
- TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) fee - $20 per person
- ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) fee - $24 per person
- International air to and from Nepal
- Nepal visa fee
- Any expenses of a personal nature, such as tips, laundry, table drinks, telephone calls, etc.
- Optional Travel insurance
- Any item not mentioned above
- Travel period valid on select dates in 2017
- Book by Feb 28, 2017
- If above hotels not available at the time of reservation, alternative hotels at the same category could be used. Prices may differ.
- Itinerary changes made after initial confirmation incur a $100 per person service fee
- Major credit cards accepted; credit card authorization required.
- Travel protection strongly recommended and non-refundable.
- Hotel upgrades, additional hotel nights and air fares from various US cities are available.
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