Annapurna & Dhaulagiri

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35 Days
Moderate
2,509 m at Panchase ridge top.
Overview
  • Off the beaten track, constant views of the snow capped peaks, traditional villages, and panoramic scenery.
  • In the serene forest from the paddy fields to alpine region with fabulous wide angle views.
  • From Mt.Dhaualgiri, Annapurna, and Manaslu including the majestic Mt.Machhapuchare the Fish Tail.

Our adventure trip starts from Nepal’s second largest valley, the beautiful Pokhara Valley – offering magnificent Himalayan panoramas of Mt.Dhaulagiri, Annapurna & Manaslu Range. Machhapuchare, the Fish Tail Peak stands out majestically.  This will be a good walking holiday as some of the best middle-hill trekking is done along this part of the region, under spectacular view of the Annapurna Range, trek combines along with incredible ethnic and cultural diversity and traverses through very friendly villages and people. Ascending gradually beyond the beautiful villages of Bhumdi, we trek through the serene woods of Rhododendron and alpine meadows towards Panchase Danda, the most beautiful View Point of the Area. According to Dr. Tony Hagen, a famous Nepal Expert, Panchase may offer the only best point for dramatic photo Angle of the Annapurna – Dhaulagiri Massif.

Panchase is also a pilgrimage Place for the local people, who gathers-up yearly to pay homage to their deceased ancestors by making offerings to the local deities and mountain spirits.

This trek passes through a more diverse range of climate, vegetation and cultures than most small countries can boast in their entire, from lush vegetation of rain and temperate forests to the terraced rice fields. The land and its people change daily, giving the trekkers a tantalising introduction to Nepal’s cultural and natural beauty.

The trail is not overly difficult, as you will be passing through plenty of villages along the way.  The trail begins in Pokhara and the first portion passes through lush green hill country typical of the heartland of Nepal.

Tiny thatched roofed villages, set among the terraced fields, make an attractive picture with the backdrop of the magnificent snowy range of Annapurna, Manaslu and Dhaulagiri including the most majestic peaks of all the Himalayan ranges the Machapuchere (Fish Tail)

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01:

Arrive Kathmandu.1, 300m via respective airlines.

Day 02:

A day in Kathmandu with half day sight seeing tour.

Day 03:

A scenic flight to Pokhara 950m 3-hrs trek to Bhumdi village 1500m.

Day 04:

Trek to Panchase Bhanjyang 2,200m 5-6-hrs walk.

Day 05:

Hike to Panchase hill 2,509m and trek to Bhadaure village 1670m,

Day 06:

Trek to Bhirethati or Syauli Bazaar 1,200m 5 hours walk.

Day 07:

Trek to Ghandrung 1,750m approx 3-4 hours walk.

Day 08:

Morning free after lunch trek to Landruk 1,500m 2-3 hrs.

Day 09:

Trek to Australian Camp (Thulo Kharka) 2,050m approx 4-5 hours.

Day 10:

Trek to Kande and drive to Pokhara.

Day 11:

Drive to Rafting put in point and start rafting.

Day 12:

Morning drive to Chitwan National Park.

Day 13:

Full day Jungle Safari.

Day 14:

Drive back to Kathmandu.

Day 15:

Transfer to Airport for the International departure.

 

Itinerary

Day 01:

 Arrive Kathmandu.1, 300m via respective airlines.

 

On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport you will be received by our staff and will escort you to the Hotel, where our guide will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Treks / Camping, do’s and don’t and other related information that you might require while in Nepal. 

Day 02:

A day in Kathmandu with half day sight seeing tour.

 

After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest. Sometime, depending upon your flight arrival if it’s late in the night we will do this tour in the afternoon instead of morning to give you a nice rest before you venture out of the Hotel in our interesting tour.

Day 03:

 A scenic flight to Pokhara 950m 3-hrs trek to Bhumdi village 1500m.

 

As per the flight schedule for Pokhara, our staff will transfer you to the domestic airport for a short half hour scenic flight to Pokhara. On arrival at Pokhara our trekking staff will receive you for a short drive on the suburb of Pokhara to start the scenic trek. Walk begins with an 1-2 hr uphill through the rice terraces, once on the ridge a gradual walk for 2-3 hrs through the farm village of Gurung (one of the famed Gurkha hill tribes of Nepal) with few ups and down brings you to the overnight camp at the suburb of Bhumdi village. A superb view of the Annapurna mountain range can be seen from the campsite.

Day 04:

Trek to Panchase Bhanjyang 2,200m 5-6-hrs walk.

 

Trek after breakfast leads to gradual uphill leaving the farm villages behind through the cool shade of the temperate forest of oaks and rhododendron and meadows with occasional view of the Annapurna ranges. The walk is fairly moderate for few hours, lunch is served on the open grass meadows after a 3-4 hr walk, after lunch a gradual climb through the woods, another two hours downhill and uphill walk brings you to a small settlement of Panchase Bhanjyang at approx 2,200m altitude.

Panchase Bhanjyang is situated at the base of Panchase hill.The campsite here has magnificent view of the snow-capped range and of the surrounding landscapes.

Day 05: 

Hike to Panchase hill 2,509m and trek to Bhadaure village 1670m,

 

Early morning 1-1/2 hr hike to Panchase-hill top at 2,509m for the superb panorama of Mt.Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Mt. Manaslu range, Panchase is also a holy spot during the auspicious time (once in a year), pilgrims from the nearby village and as far from Pokhara pay their homage. You can see the religious shrine around  and a view tower for the panoramic scenes of the western and eastern Himalayan range of mountains. After a wonderful time here return to Bhanjyang for lunch and continue the nice journey to Bhadaure village through the pristine rain forest till the camp is reached above the village, from this spot a view of Mt.Dhaulagiri, Mt Annapurna south and Mt Machhapuchare can be seen, with ample time to visit the Gurung village at Bhadaure.

Day 06: 

Trek to Bhirethati or Syauli Bazaar 1,200m 5 hours walk.

 

The trek today is an easy walk overlooking the views of the snow capped mountain and the terraced farm fields and fertile valleys passing through several farm villages and paddy fields, as we get lower area, come across more Hindu tribe the landscapes and climate changes into sub-tropical and to more rice paddy field. After 3 hours walk the trail joins at Nayapul, where most of the Annapurna and Kaligandaki trek begins. It will be quite a change after being in the absolute wilderness for the past few days; the walk from Nayapul is very gradual on the winding trail following the glacial river Modi upstream to camp at Syauli Bazaar, a small village at the bottom of Ghandrung village by the Modi River.

Day 07:

Trek to Ghandrung 1,750m approx 3-4 hours walk.

 

The trek from Syauli on leaving the river behind is an uphill walk nearly all the way to Ghandrung, passing through the village and terraced farm fields with occasional view of the Annapurnas. The last leg of the journey is quite easy till the large Gurung village of Ghandrung is reached for the overnight camp, after lunch, afternoon free to visit the village. Ghandrung is one of the major villages in the Annapurna area the people here of Gurung tribe of Mongol origin their religion Tibetan Buddhism, but also worship their own tantric family household deities of shamanisms and other natural spirits. The Gurung people are mostly farmers-shepherds and as well serving as gallant soldiers in the Nepalese -British and in Indian army.

Day 08:

Morning free till lunch and trek to Landruk. 1,500m 2-3 hrs.

 

 A well worth morning rest after a good trek for five days, an optional hike around Ghandrung for more good views, visit the local village, after lunch time at Ghandrung, the trail leads downhill for an hour to Modi River, after the bridge an hour climbs to the Landrung village for the overnight stop, with grand views of the surrounding landscapes and of Mt.Annapurna South and Huichuli.

Day 09: 

Trek to Thulo-Kharka 2,050m(Australian Camp) via Pothana 4-5 hours.

 

From Landrung the walk is gradual on the winding path through the villages and terraced fields, after two hours of good walk the trail leads you to the last hour uphill to a small pass at Deurali ridge 2,150m. After Deurali, a nice downhill walk through the forest with magnificent view of the Annapurna and Mt.Manaslu range all the way to the small village of Pothana, situated at a lovely spot in the midst of the woods overlooking magnificent view of snow capped mountain range, valleys and as far up to the Phewa lake in Pokhara, from here another 50 minutes of good walk through the cool shade of the forest brings you at Thulo Kharka and is also known as Australian Camp a wonderful spot in the midst of the forest with large meadows overlooking magnificent views of the Himalayan range of mountains from Annapurna to Manaslu.

This place also offers a great view of the sunrise and sunset as well.

Day 10:

Trek to Kande and drive to Pokhara 1 hr walk with 1 hr drive.

 

From this fabulous spot an easy downhill walk leads through the village of Kande by the Baglung-Pokhara highway. It is also the start and ending point of various trekking around Annapurna region. From here an hour drive reaches you to the Hotel by the Phewa Lake in Pokhara.

Day 10: 

Drive to Trisuli River and commence Rafting.

 

Morning after breakfast 3-4 hours drive reaches you for the next great adventure, rafting at Trisuli River. The driving journey leads to the “put in point” of Rafting, here you will be received by our Rafting Captain and will brief you on the safety measures regarding, River, rafting and about do’ and don’t, a picnic lunch will be served by the rafting staffs depending upon the time of your arrival, if it’s too soon we will have on the beaches downstream.

Once in the Raft you’ll have helmets, life-jacket and paddle each, the float down stream takes you through many interesting, exciting rapids, and before the end of the trip Bijili rapid will give you a big wash, and then back to the bank of the river at Kuringhat or further downstream depending where you started. Overnight at riverside resorts.

Day 11: 

Morning drive to Chitwan National Park. 

 

Today after breakfast two hours drive leads further down on the flatland of southern Nepal. A few hours drive will bring you at the outskirt of the “Chitwan National Park” where the Jungle Camp staffs will receive you and transport you in other four wheel drive for half an hour drive into the dense Jungle of Chitwan for your last adventure of this trip. On arrival welcome by the senior naturalist or the manger for the briefing on do’s and don’t, lodge rules and activities. A fixed set lunch of continental or semi-continental lunch is served at 1 pm in the main dining hut. (If you are vegetarian or need Indian meals can be arranged prior to your pre-booking or on arrival) after lunch, at leisure for a few hours. Afternoon activities as per the Lodge set program for different groups. Afternoon Jungle activities are elephant briefing & bathing (depending upon the depth and size of the river at different seasons) Nature or Introductory walk.

Elephant Safari, jungle walk includes visit to the tower (Machan) visit and Jungle drives. 

After the afternoon jungle activities of 2-3 hours an evening program slide show on Chitwan National Park and its history, flora and wildlife. Cultural Tharu Stick Dance.  Dinner is served at 8 pm. The dinner will be served Nepali dishes or Chinese-Indian dishes.

Day 13:

Full day Jungle Activities.

 

Early morning a knock at the door for your early Jungle activities, the morning program will be according to group wise either Bird watch tour, Elephant Safari or a Jungle walk.

After the morning program of 1.5to 2 hours back to the lodge for few hours of leisure before the next program as above in Day 12 till evening time.

Day 14: 

Drive back to Kathmandu 180 km 5 hrs journey.  

 

Early morning wake up call with a knock at the door for different activities as in Day 13. After breakfast, prepare for the scenic drive back to Kathmandu.

Day 15:

Transfer to Airport for International departure.

 

Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, and your passport handy. Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.

 

Includes / Excludes

Price includes following services:

Accommodation sharing twin at Hotel in Kathmandu for 4 nights and Hotel in Pokhara for 1 night on Bed & Breakfast basis.
Airport transfers in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
Half day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu with applicable entrance fees.
Transportation Kathmandu / Nayapul and Trek / Pokhara by non AC private vehicle.
Trekking & camping arrangement backed by our Sherpa crew on full board basis.
Applicable Trekking Permit & National Park Fees.
Internal flight Pokhara / Kathmandu with applicable airport taxes.
Insurance for Nepalese crew.

 

 

Our price does not include followings:

International flights to / from Kathmandu.
Nepal entry visa fees.
Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu Hotel.
Travel, Medical and Personal insurance.
Rescue evacuation in case of emergency.
Personal clothing and personal trekking gear including sleeping bag & down jacket.
Expenses of personal nature, i.e. tipping, laundry, bottled drinks, bar bills etc.
Any expense for early returning member due sickness, injury or any other reason. No refund will be entertained for any unused service.
Extra expense occurred due to unexpected circumstances like cancellation of internal flights, floods, strike etc.

Extensions

If you are not tied up with time limitations, or have more time before or after your main trip with us, you can join / take following extension trips to make your holiday even interesting. According to extra time you have, you can choose a visit to National Parks for jungle safari viewing rare animals, migrant birds and exotic reptiles or enjoy the whitewater rafting or take a cultural tour of Kathmandu, Pokhara, Nagarkot or even make a quick visit to neighboring countries of Tibet – Roof of the world, India – The country of wonders, Bhutan – The Dragon Kingdom.

We can add these extensions before or after your holiday according to the flights that you have booked / can book. Beside these, if you even want just stay in Kathmandu for relax or any independent activities, we can book extra nights at the Hotel. You can book these extensions together with your main trip booking.

 

Chitwan National Park

It is one of the oldest and popular National Parks in Nepal recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Site. More than 500 Asian one-horned rhinoceros and some 100 nocturnal Royal Bengal Tigers have made their home in this dense forest. There are an estimated 50 species of mammals, over 526 species of birds, 49 amphibians and reptiles and 150 species of butterflies.

The park is spread over an area of 932 sq kms and located in the lowlands of Nepal. The forest cover is predominantly Sal, interspersed with tall grasslands, small hills, ox-bow lakes and flood plains.

Standard Packages are of 2 nights and 3 nights. Chitwan can be reached both by surface and air.

 

Bardia National Park

The park provides excellent habitat for endangered animals like the rhinoceros, wild elephant, tiger, fresh water Dolphin and many other species of mammals along with over 200 species of birds.

Standard Packages are of 2 nights and 3 nights. Bardia can be reached both by surface and air but since it will be too far to drive from Kathmandu, we offer the packages by air only.

 

Kathmandu

It is a treasure trove of ancient art and architecture that lie hidden in the labyrinth of manmade structures. The ancient pagoda temples and Buddhist stupas stand majestically above the rest of the landmarks. The Palace squares fascinate visitors with its exquisite woodwork and carving. You can extend your holiday from 1-3 days visiting these sites.

 

Pokhara

Pokhara is most popular tourist destination after Kathmandu, not because of its easy accessibility but because of its scenic beauty and proximity to many Himalayas. Rarely does a tourist miss a trip to this beautiful valley of lakes and mountain views. Ekai Kawaguchi who was the earliest visitor of this district, was awed by its beauty. The Annapurna range of the Himalayas dominates the landscape around Pokhara and many of treks and expeditions start from here. Around Pokhara one can go boating on lakes, bird watching, paragliding, fishing, ultralight flying or even pony trek besides regular treks. Pokhara can be reached by air as well as surface.

 

Nagarkot

Nagarkot is one of the most popular hill resorts on the fringe of the Kathmandu valley. With an elevation of 2,195m, is 32 kms away from Kathmandu offers a panoramic view of the valley and is described by the visitors as a place whose beauty endures year round. The extraordinary view of the Himalayan peaks from Dhaulagiri to Kanchenjunga is stupendous. Sunrise view from here is truly magnificent. An array of luxury resorts has made this place enjoyable for all kinds of tourists.

 

Tibet

Tour in Tibet offers a fabulous journey with awesome beautiful picturesque landscape and its colorful people and their culture, tranquil lakes, numerous high passes with stunning views of the mountains. Enriched by the ancient most lavishly decorated monasteries and temples with chanting saffron colored monks, ever smiling faces of people and their typical lifestyle all contributes to this trip a memory of your lifetime. A land so rich in culture, tradition and steeped in religion with its unique landscape, casts an enchanted spell that holds you in thrill and excitement. A journey of a life time, at the roof of the world with exciting adventure on route, and breathe-taking views of range of snow capped mountains. This is truly a stunning trip starting with a panoramic drive or flight over the gigantic Himalayas, a tour of great historical cities of Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse in the comfort of the spacious land cruiser and standard Hotels that Tibet has to offer.

 

India

The country of wonders, the lively bazaars, ornate architecture and the something puzzling customs of Indians make any visit a refreshing from the western life. Endowed with a backdrop of that can be anything from snow capped mountain to palm-lined beach, Indian rarely fails to delight adventurous travelers. India is considered to be the rich cultural melting pot with its colorful festivals of all the religion and people, blending well with magnificent landscape of historical cities, jungle, valleys, arid desert to high beautiful Himalayan peaks which makes it a traveler’s destination from sand, sea to snow.

 

Bhutan

The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, commonly known as ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’ is regarded as the last paradise on earth is slowly emerging from centuries of self-imposed isolation. Closed for the outside world until early seventies, Bhutan has adopted the regulated tourism policy for its visitors in this tiny Himalayan Kingdom by allowing to enter limited numbers of tourists every year. Bhutan has retained its religious and cultural values despite of encroachment of modern civilization in the every nook and corner of the world. Unspoiled majestic virgin peaks, unique cultural heritage preserved for many centuries, an architectural style like no others, a land of full of warm hearted and friendly people have made Bhutan a truly unique destination. You will still find its past in present.

 

ACTIVITIES

River Rafting

Rafting is undoubtedly the best way to explore the Arcadian Nepal. It involves excitement, scenic views and challenge. Nepal has numerous fine rivers for rafting, kayaking or canoeing. The most prominent white water rafting regions are the eastern, the mid and the western rivers. Of all these regions, river Trisuli and the Bhotekoshi are the main popular rafting rivers for short trips. The rivers sometimes offer hair raising roller coaster rides. The float down stream is exhilarating and the scenery of the valley gorges between Himalaya and min Himalayan range is equally captivating. So whatever duration or level of excitement you need we have it.

 

Mount Everest Flight

Mountain flight is truly a memorable experience that one should not miss out in Nepal. If you feel you have not seen enough mountains, the mountain flight is the right choice to rejoice with spectacular panoramic mountains’ views. The bird’s eye view of the 6 mighty mountains above 8,000m out of the 14 from a close range is simply unbelievable. The one hour magic flight will make it possible for you to view uninterruptedly all the enchanting beauty of lofty and snowcapped mountains beyond your imagination. Above all is towering figure of Mount Everest amidst cluster of mountains spread all over Nepal and Tibet will mesmerize the onlookers with its astounding charm and grandeur. It is a great personal pride for you to hover above the clouds closer to the highest peak of the world-a-feat to be achieved only through mountain flight.

 

Bungy Jumping

Just imagination of jumping down from a bridge of 160m above a tropical gorge with the Bhote Koshi, one of the Nepal’s wildest rivers raging below is enough to make your heartbeat run faster. It is the thrill of Bungy jumping as it there is no fun for real adventure lover if challenge is not so hard and difficult. It is located within a reach of 4 hours outside Kathmandu and just 19 kms away from the Tibet Border.

The Bungy bridge happens to be the only privately owned bridge in Nepal. It has been specially designed for Bungy Jumping with a 4X safety factors and has a loading factor of 41,500kg or 4.5 tons according to Swiss measurement.

 

Paragliding

Paragliding is relatively new adventure sports in Nepal. Paragliding in this Himalayan country can be a truly wonderful and fulfilling experience for the adventure seekers. You can experience unparalleled scenic grandeur as you share airspace with Himalayan griffin vultures, eagles, kites while floating over the villages, monasteries, temples, lakes and the jungle with a fantastic view of the majestic Himalayas.

The main area for flying in Nepal is the Annapurna region, more specifically the Pokhara valley. This lakeside town is Nepal’s second city, nestled at the foot of the Annapurna Himal. The views commanded from here of 3 of the world’s 8000m peaks, are unsurpassed. At an altitude of 800m ASL the subtropical climate means that year round, it is short and T shirt weather. The micro climate of the valley makes it an ideal area for flying, with far more constant conditions.

 

Ultralight Flight

Ultralight aircraft is being operated from Pokhara. It has an unique blend of both mountain and plateau area. While flying over the Pokhara valley, you will not miss the scenic beauty of both the Himalayas and the most famous lake of Nepal, Phewa Tal. The flight will be a journey through nature. Don’t miss this truly unique experience.

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