Annapurna Explorer

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A spectacular flight from Kathmandu to the lakeside town of Pokhara provides us with our first views of the incredible Himalayan Mountains. The Annapurna foothills provide tremendous trekking with delightful trails connecting villages and ridge tops. This picturesque trek winds through enchanting villages with ochre thatched houses, terraced rice fields and rhododendron forests, which are spectacular in the spring when whole hillsides are cloaked in colourful flowers.

The ridge top village of Ghorapani provides one of the finest viewpoints of the Annapurna Mountains with magnificent views of Annapurna, Lamjung, Dhaulagiri and Machapuchare with its fishtail summit. The highlight of this trip is ascending Poon Hill (3193m) for sunrise for a breathtaking panorama of wonderful snow-capped mountains. We return to Pokhara for a luxurious night at the famous Fishtail Lodge, in its idyllic location on Phewa Tal Lake. From the beautiful landscaped gardens we may catch a glimpse of the sun setting on the now distant Annapurna and Machapuchare Mountains.

  • Itinerary Overview
  • Detailed Travel Plan
  • Included / Excluded
  • Travel Notes
  • Departure Dates
  • Day 1 : Arrive Kathmandu.
  • Day 2 : Sightseeing tour.
  • Day 3 : Fly to Pokhara and drive to Phedi, trek to Dhampus (5280ft/1650m)
  • Day 4 : Trek to Landrung (5008ft/1565m)
  • Day 5 : Trek to Ghandrung (6204ft/1939m).
  • Day 6 : Trek to Tadapani (8304ft/2595m).
  • Day 7 : Trek to Ghorapani (9065ft/2833m).
  • Day 8 : Trek to Tirkhedunga (4928ft/1540m).
  • Day 9 : Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara.
  • Day 10 : Drive to Chitwan.
  • Day 11 : Jungle activities.
  • Day 12 : Drive back to Kathmandu.
  • Day 13 : Depart Kathmandu
  • Day 1 : Arrive Kathmandu.

    It is a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. A representative and driver from Explorer Nepal will meet you at the airport and escort you to Hotel. At the hotel you will be briefed about your daily activities.

    Check In at the Hotel.

  • Day 2 : Sightseeing tour.

    After breakfast at the hotel, commence the sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city, Swayambhunath and Patan city.

    Kathmandu city: Kasthamandap, the source of the name Kathmandu means ‘made from the timber of a single tree’. Also known as Kantipur, the capital Kathmandu is the hub of Nepal's art and culture. It is a place for rest, relaxation and easy-day sightseeing of historic and artistic temples and monuments. Kathmandu Durbar Square with its arrays of temples, Seto Machhindranath and the ancient palace of the former Nepali Royals enriches your experience of the centuries old civilization.

    Swayambhunath Stupa: Said to be around 2000 years old, this Buddhist Stupa sits atop a hill. The main stupa is composed of a solid hemisphere of brick and earth supporting a lofty conical spire crowned by a pinnacle of Copper gilt. Painted on the four sided base of the spire are the all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. The hill of Swayambhunath is a mosaic of small Chaityas and Pagoda temples. You’ll get a scenic view of Kathmandu city from there.

    Patan city: Located about 5 km south of Kathmandu, Patan is one of 3 royal cities in the valley. A destination for connoisseurs of fine arts, Patan is filled with wood and stone carvings, metal statues, ornate architecture, including dozens of Buddhist and Hindu temples, and over 1200 monuments.

    Patan is believed to have been built in the third century B.C. by the Kirat dynasty later expanded and enriched by the Licchavi and the Malla rulers in the medieval period. Patan Durbar Square, like its counterpart in Kathmandu, is an enchanting mélange of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. The former Royal palace complex is the centre of Patan’s religious and social life, and houses a beautiful museum. One remarkable monument here is 16th century temples dedicated to the Hindu go Krishna, built entirely of stone.

    Check In at the Hotel.

  • Day 3 : Fly to Pokhara and drive to Phedi, trek to Dhampus (5280ft/1650m)

    Your trip starts with your 45 minute flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. During your flight, you will be sightseeing the most magnificent and sensational view of Himalayan range. As your flight lands on Pokhara, you will be mesmerized by the irresistible visual treat of Manaslu and the Annapurna mountain range. In Pokhara, A bus will take you to Phedi. From there onward begins your trekking in Annapurna mountain range. As you climb uphill, you will bask in the splendor of nature and your trails become more adventurous. Finally, after walking for 3 hours, you encounter several roadside teashops and at last your trail leads to the Gurung village of Dhampus. Here concludes your trip of the day.

    Overnight at Lodge.

  • Day 4 : Trek to Landrung (5008ft/1565m)

    Your path narrows as it skirts round a ridge snout. On proceeding further, you pass through Pothana and reach Deorali. At this point, you find yourself high up on the East side of the Modi Khola cascading down the Annapurna Circuit Sanctuary surrounded by complete ambience of nature. Continue with your trekking for four hours until you reach picturesque Gurung settlement of Landrung. Spectacular views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli instill more zest and excitement into your adventure spirit.
    Overnight at Lodge.

  • Day 5 : Trek to Ghandrung (6204ft/1939m).

    Our destination today is easily seen across the valley, the attractive Gurung village of Ghandrung. Unfortunately, we must descend to the valley floor to reach it! Slowly desending through rice terraces, we cross the steel cable suspension bridge across the glacial river of the Modi Khola and commence our ascent. As we trek up the many staircases, we contemplate. The beauty of the Himalayas at a relatively close range and imagine the glaciers flowing from them to form the river below us. It really is a magnificent location and a photographer's delight. Our leisurely approach along these ridges with their fine mountain views ensures proper acclimatization and the un-hurried opportunity to fully savor this magnificent scenery.
    Overnight at Lodge.

  • Day 6 : Trek to Tadapani (8304ft/2595m).

    Our trail descends steeply through forests to Ghasa, the last Thakali village and the southern-most limit of Tibetan Buddhism. We enter the steepest and narrowest part of the gorge shortly after Ghasa. At the hamlet of Rupse a magnificent waterfall tumbles down beside the trail. Continuing on, we come to Dana, a Magar village from where the massive peak of Annapurna South can be seen across the valley. The trail then descends to Tatopani where we can have apple pie and bathe in the hot springs.

    Overnight at Lodge.

  • Day 7 : Trek to Ghorapani (9065ft/2833m).

    A short distance downstream from Tatopani, we cross the river on a large suspension bridge and leave the Kali Gandaki behind. After passing through the villages of Sikha and Chitre, we climb through the forest to Deorali, a 2834m pass from where we can get excellent views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna I, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli. Just 10 minutes beyond the pass is the village of Ghorepani. Ghorepani literally means "horse water" and is a welcome watering spot for the packs of mules, which ply the route between Pokhara and Jomsom.

    Overnight at Lodge.

  • Day 8 : Trek to Tirkhedunga (4928ft/1540m).

    There will not be a single uphill step today as we descend all morning & afternoon to our camp while most of the descent is gradual and easy. The descent from Ulleri to Tirkhedhunga is memorable, a stone staircase built into the side of mountain that seems to have been constructed for giants.

    Overnight at Lodge.

  • Day 9 : Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara.

    After savoring the mesmerizing sight of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak and other Himalayan giants from the popular vantage point of Poon Hill [3195m], you leave Ghorepani and trek ahead for Nayapul. You further descend towards Birethanti. Birethanti lies stretched beside the Modi River and has resourceful town. On your trails of stone steps, you pass through dense forest and a small village of Ulleri. From Ulleri, a very steep section [with 3767 steps!] leads down to Hille on the Bhurungdi Khola. Forty minutes beyond Birethanti, you come to the main road. Now you can easily access any means of transportation to drive to Pokhara. In the evening, you are free to wander by the lakes of Pokhara.

    Overnight at Hotel.

  • Day 10 : Drive to Chitwan.

    After breakfast drive to Chitwan [182km/5-6 hours under normal road condition]

    Chitwan National Park is a large and beautiful nature reserve occupying 932 sq. km. of land inhabitant of endangered royal Bengal tiger and the one-horned Indian rhino. Chitwan National Park was protected since the 19th century as a hunting reserve for Nepali royals and foreign aristocrats. In a famous hunting expedition, King George V and his son Edward VIII managed to slaughter 39 tigers and 18 rhinos in a single blood-soaked afternoon. Unfortunately, habitat loss and poachers continue to decimate the number of tigers and rhinos. Today, there are less than 80 tigers and 500 rhinos left in the Park. There are more than 50 species of mammals in Chitwan including monkeys, tigers, leopards, sloth bears, wild boar, hyenas, deer, elephants and rhinos. There are also 450 different species of birds and 67 species of butterflies. The main attraction of Chitwan is the Elephant Safari. It is a unique experience to explore the jungle on the back of a trained elephant. While you are not likely to see the Bengal tiger, you should be able to see the Indian rhino and enjoy one of the nicest nature reserves of the Indian sub-continent. Watch out for branches – particularly if you are sitting behind other passengers.

    Elephant Safari and Visit to Observation Tower

    Seated high on the back of an elephant, gain a unique viewpoint of the Chitwan jungle. As an experienced mahout tracks animals through the dense jungle growth as you sit back on a howdah, you can imagine yourself being a Rajah or Rani going on a shooting trip (with cameras of course!) in the days of yore. An elephant safari allows you to go places that would be impossible to get to by foot or Jeep and get up close to the wild animals of the jungle that are normally wary, but at home with a fellow creature of the jungle

    Spending some time on a nice observation tower in the jungle is another amazing experience. After an interesting jeep drive through different traditional villages to reach the tower.

    Tharu dance
    A melodious tribal dance performed by men and women with rhyme or drums and the clashing of sticks embodies and projects how to keep away the rhino and other wild animals from the human habitat and their farming land. You can enjoy your evening after dinner and watch the Tharu Stick Dance. We will arrange dance for your enjoyment adjacent to our Restaurant.

    Lunch, Dinner and overnight at Resort.

  • Day 11 : Jungle activities.

    Wake up call.
    Morning tea/coffee

    Bird watching
    Chitwan is an ornithologist’s delight and a must for any serious twitchier, as more than 450 species of exotic birds such as the Oriental Pied Hornbill, Paradise Flycatcher, and Lesser Adjutant Stork congregate at this biological hotspot of Asia. Our experienced guides will take you to select spots ideal for birding, where you can observe a breathtaking diversity of these beautiful feathered creatures.

    After having hearty breakfast at the resort commences the Dugout Canoe ride.

    Dugout Canoe ride
    Floating down to Rapti River by dugout canoe is the best way to discover the habitat of crocodiles on the bank of the river. It is also a relaxing and better way to watch the different kind of birds and wildlife species when they come to the bank of the river to drink water.

    Elephant Breeding Center was established in 1985 at Royal Chitwan National Park (RCNP) and is the only EBC in Nepal. At the Elephant Breeding Program, 4km west of Sauraha, elephants are breed and trained. The best time to visit is in the afternoon when the elephants are fed. The Elephant Breeding Centre of Sauraha with great tourist attraction is said to be one of the only 3 such centers in the world.

    Elephant skin is extremely sensitive to sunburn and insect bites; they roll in dust and mud and throw dust on their backs to help protect their skin. This was one of such moments when this restless young Elephant tried to get rid of insect.

    Local school visit
    Situated in the serene location of Chitwan district, SOS Hermann Gmeiner School Bharatpur was established in 2004, with more than five hundred students and 45 staff at present. Nursery to Grade Five were the classes introduced in the first year, however, in the span of three years, the year 2007 came up with full-fledged classes up to Grade Ten. The school first appeared in the SLC examination in 2008 and started higher secondary level in Science stream in the very year with 38 students. In a very short span of time, with the efforts of dedicated, devoted and determined teachers, the school achieved fabulous result in the SLC examination glorifying its name as the best and one of the most reputed schools in the district. It was also awarded 'The Best School' by the District Education Office, Chitwan due to its excellent SLC result in 2008.

    Tharu village visit
    Tharu are indigenous people of the Terai. They have a distinct architectural style, building solely of the natural materials found in the area; straw, wood and mud. Even though by now almost all Tharus are Hindus some elements of their tribal religion can still be found. The villages are often peaceful, non-industrial havens, with the inhabitants engaged in a yearly agricultural circle.

    Drive back to lodge.

    Lunch, Dinner and overnight at Resort.

  • Day 12 : Drive back to Kathmandu.

    After breakfast at the hotel we drive back to Kathmandu – 157 kms (approx 05/06 hrs)
    On arrival in Kathmandu transfer to Hotel.

    PM: Free.

    Overnight at Hotel.

  • Day 13 : Depart Kathmandu

    Our Nepalese support team will take you to the airport for your flight home.

  • Included

    • Meet, assisted upon arrival at Kathmandu by our office representative.
    • All arrival / Departure transfers as per the itinerary by air-conditioned vehicle.
    • 03 Nights twin/double room accommodation with breakfast at 3 star hotel in Kathmandu.
    • 02 Nights twin/double room accommodation with breakfast at 3 star hotel in Pokhara.
    • Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea and coffee and hot water during the trek including guide and necessary support staffs with their insurance and salaries.
    • Lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek.
    • Necessary trek transfers as per the itinerary.
    • 02 Nights twin/double room accommodation with breakfast at 3 star hotel in Chitwan on full board basis including jungle activities and national park entrance fees.
    • Kathmandu city tour as per the above itinerary with our local English speaking guide including monumental entrance fees.
    • Airfare for the sector Kathmandu / Pokhara with domestic airport tax and necessary airport transfers.
    • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and Trekkers’ Information Management System fee.
    • Surface transfers Pokhara / Chitwan / Kathmandu with necessary vehicle retention.
    • First Aid Medical Kit box.
    • Applicable hotel taxes presently 24.3%
  • Excluded

    • Any meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara other than breakfast.
    • Travel insurance.
    • International air fare to and from Nepal.
    • Nepal Tourist Visa fees.
    • Items and expenses of personal nature.
    • Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, snacks, laundry, phone call, internet.
    • Personal Trekking Equipments.
    • Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
    • Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, landslides, domestic flight delays due to weather, political disturbance and strikes etc.
    • Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost inclusion.
    • Horse renting and additional porters during the trek.
    • Tipping amount.

What to Bring: Bring Warm cloth for evening and light cloth for the day time.

  • Visa
    In order to enter Nepal, holders of European, American, Asian and other passports need a visa for holiday or business purposes. All the passports must be valid at least six months beyond the intended length of stay. Visitors arriving without Nepalese visa can receive a 15 day visa at the Airport immigration Counter. Single entry tourist visas are available for 15 days ($15) or 30 days ($25), or you can also get multiple entry 60 days for ($60). You also need passport size photos. One you get your visa, you must use it within three months of the date it is issued.


  • Visa Extension
    Tourist visa can be extended for 150 days plus 30 more days can be granted on reasonable ground. Beyond 30 days of 180 days, you'll have to pay $ 1 per day for 150 days. One passport size photo is required.


  • Customs
    When you depart from Kathmandu, you may be searched very thoroughly. In addition to drugs, customs is concerned with the illegal export of antiques. Visitors are allowed to bring only few items from the duty free shop for their personal use only.


  • Credit Cards
    Major credit cards are widely accepted in Kathmandu and Pokhara hotels, restaurants and shops. Visitors can withdraw money through Visa /Master Card from Nepal Grindlays Bank and AMEX Card through American Express office in Jamal. There is a standard 1% commission.


  • Money Transfer
    You need to follow the right steps to transfer money from overseas. You have to select the bank which is the branch of International Bank and make sure that you transfer by fax as mail can take forever. Before you transfer your money, make sure that they have you name, bank name & address exactly right. Do not forget to inform the bank in Kathmandu about your transfer in advance.


  • Post
    The postal service to and from Nepal is sometime slow otherwise it take only a week. Make sure that you write down the name in bold and underline it and also do not forget to write the post box number of the hotel that you are staying . E-mail & fax services are available in most of the hotels and communication boots. There are few communication booths in Pokhara for e-mail as well.


  • Airport Security
    All luggage is X-rayed at Kathmandu airport on the way in and the way out of the country. Films are supposed to be safe in X-ray machines but, if you are really concern about your exposed films, please get them inspected manually.


  • Security
    Nepal is generally very safe with one of the lowest crime rates of all countries. Travel with children in Nepal, yet with a bit of planning it is remarkably hassle free. There is no fear of special threats, but it is always wise to keep an eye on one's luggage in busy areas. Pick-pockets are a world phenomenon.


  • Electricity
    Electricity: 220 Volts, 50 Hz.


  • Shopping
    Despite Nepal's lack of raw materials, shopping here is quite advanced. Curio arts, Garment and Carpets are head the export list. Nepal's carpet industries are world renowned. Apart from infinity variety of carpets, other hand made jewelry, thankas, block prints, embroidery, Tibetan carpet, pottery, masks & puppets, metal work, tea and other decorating items are among the best souvenirs you can buy here.


  • Currency
    We have a special regulation on exchanging foreign currency. Foreign currency can be exchanged only with the hotel cashier, banks and licensed establishments. Upon departure 15% of the amount exchanged can be converted on production of en-cash receipt.


  • International Calls
    International calls can be made from any hotel telephone booth. The access code is "00" followed by country code and so on (e.g. 00-81 for Japan). Most of the public shops also have telephones, but international calls are usually not accessible. However, there are plenty of private telephone booths around the streets of Kathmandu.
    To dial into Nepal, dial your international access code followed by 977 (Nepal's country code) and then the city code (1 for Kathmandu) and the phone number.


  • Food
    Nepal also has it's own "Nepali cuisine". However, other cuisine like Indian, Chinese, Italian, French, Japanese and Thai are available in most of the hotels and restaurants. Among all, Nepali and Newari cuisine are very popular. Nepali favorite dish 'MOMO' is world renowned.
    Dal, Bhat, KukhurakoMasu, Tarkari&Achar: A typical Nepali set meal consists of Rice, Lentil, Chicken, Vegetables and Pickle. Most of the Restaurants offer you food from the world.


  • Something to drink
    Nepali Raksi is one of our traditional common drink. It is made out of rice, beaten rice. People drink it in almost every special festivals in Kathmandu. However, we recommend you not to try more than a peg because it is a very b and burning drink. Nepal has also produced different variety of world renowned beer (Tuborg, Carlsberg, San Miguel etc.). We strictly recommend all our visitor not to drink water straight from the tap. A bottle of mineral water is easily available in every shops.


  • Tipping
    In our Nepali custom, tipping is not a big issue. People do not expect anything as a tip from you in Nepal. Even in big hotels, they do not levy service charge. However, if you feel like tipping, it's all up to you. Generally Rs. 50 - Rs. 100 is quite sufficient. Taxi drivers don't expect to be tipped.


  • Getting in and getting out of Nepal
    Several airlines have direct and non-stop flights from Europe and Asia to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu, the only international airport in Nepal. The national carrier, Royal Nepal Airlines Corporation, RNAC, has flights to eight international cities in seven different countries. One can enter Nepal by land from India. The most common entry points are Kakarbhitta (eastern Nepal), Birgunj and Bhairahawa (South Central Nepal).


  • Road Regulations
    Driver must keep to the left side of the road, and can pass on the left and right according to the traffic signs. There are no speed limit zones. An average driving speed inside Kathmandu valley is 40-50 Km/h (25-32 M/h). For your safety, seat belts must be worn in front seats.


  • Travel Healthcare.
    While traveling in India you may be exposed to a wide variety of air, water, and food contamination, as well as a higher rate of motor vehicle accidents and injuries. Make every attempt to avoid intense sun exposure, mosquito bites and dog bites (and licks). Try to anticipate medications or drugstore items that you might need while in India to treat medical problems or other injuries.,


  • Immunizations
    All routine childhood and adult immunizations should be reviewed and updated. This includes measles vaccine for children age 6-11 months, varicella vaccine for children and adults, tetanus-diphtheria vaccine (Tdap), influenza vaccine, and pneumococcal vaccine. The need for travel-related immunizations, including hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, rabies, Japanese encephalitis, meningitis, and cholera, should be considered. When travel is imminent and time is short, your doctor must make a decision to give immune globulin, hepatitis A vaccine, or both.
    travelers' diarrhea, are extremely common in India. Travelers should understand the principles of food and water sanitation. Only boiled water, hot beverages (such as coffee or tea), carbonated beverages, beer and wine are considered safe to drink. Food should be selected with care. Foods of particular concern include salads, uncooked vegetables and fruit, unpasteurized milk and milk products, raw meat, and shellfish. Food that has been cooked and is still hot is generally safe. Infants younger than 6 months should either be breast-fed or be given powdered commercial formula prepared with boiled water.
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  • Duration: 13 Days
  • Grade :Easy
  • Rating:
  • Region: Annapurna Region
  • Activity: Trekking, Tour, Jungle Safari, Cultural Tour
  • Max Altitude: 3210m

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