Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu, hotel transfer.
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu.
Day 3: Drive to Pokhara. Explore the lake side area.
Day 4: Trek from Pokhara to Tikhedhunga (915m - 1577m/ 4.30h). First one hour by car to Nayapul (1050m) from Pokhara to reach trekking starting point, then to Tikhedhunga (1577m) via Birethanti (1065m) which takes 4.30hours walk in total. We depart after breakfast in Pokhara around 8.30h, the first part of the trek is very easy passing through numerous tiny villages and settlement, afterwards the trail ascend gently to the final destination of the day. The majority of people here are Gurung and they follows both Hindu and Buddhist religions, they are engaged in agriculture, tourism and some are employed in Gurkha regiments in the UK & in India.
Day 5: Trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (1577m-2875/ 5.30h). The trail from Tikhedhunga goes step up for 2 hours until a Magar village of Ulleri (2070m), afterwards the ascend becomes more gentle through the forest of rhododendron and shadowy, on the way we get to see Mt Machhapuchhare (the Fish Tail, 6997m), Hunchuli (6441m) and south summit of Annapurna (7219m), possibility to see wild animals and various species of birds on this walk.
Day 6: Trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani (2875- 3150m-2675m/ 5h). On this day you have choice to go up to pun HILL, renewed for it’s great panoramic Himalayan view, it will be extra 2 h walk early morning to see the Dhaulagir (8167m) and Annapurna (8091M) mountain ranges at one time, other mountain we see from poon hill are Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhare (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m.) and other numerous snowcapped mountain peaks. After doing Poon Hill we depart for Tadapani, the trail goes as high as poonhill at Gurung Hill (3150m) after 1 h from Ghorepani, then the trail goes steeply down through dense forest all the day, the forest are mainly rhododendrons, bamboos and oaks, we also see waterfalls, rock walled wild animals birds on this beautiful walk.
Day 7: Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk (2675m-1950/ 4h). This is an easy day descending gently through rhododendron, oak and other kinds of dense forests. We could hear different kinds of birds chirping on the way. This is one of the popular destinations for the birds' lovers. Ghandruk is a big Gurung village. There is a handicraft center and Gurung museum. From this village we will see Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna (7455m.), Annapurna III (7755m.) and Fishtail Mountain in a close range.
Day 8: Trek from Ghandruk to Pothana (1950- 1900/ 5h). We starts with step down to the Modi Khola valley from Ghandruk, it takes 2 hours approximately to descend nearly 1000m, we do this descend through the agriculture terrace field on the stone paved trail. As soon as we reach at Modi Khola river valley we ascend to Ghandruk village, a pretty big village inhabited by mixed community of Gurung, Magar and Brahmin as well, from now the trail gently ascends to Tolka (1850m.) and then ascent and level path to Bherikharka. Now we we do the final ascend of the day, the trail goes steeply up to Deorali (2100m.) with a view of different mountain peaks in panorama. Now the trail gradually descends to Pothana passing through different oak forests. Pothana is a small town resided by Gurung, an ethnic community of Nepal. From here, we can enjoy the splendid views of various mountain peaks.
Day 9: Trek from Pothana to Dhampus phedi - Pokhara (1950- 925/ 4h). On this day we descend from Pothan via Dhampus, a village mainly inhabited by Gurung, beyond Dhampus we trek through flat land for some distance and steeply descend to Dhampus Phedi. From here take half an hour car drive to Pokhara.
Day 10: Drive to Kathmand.
Day 11: Visit Kathmandu valley.
Day 12: Departure.
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