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Annapurna View Trek

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 11 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 15 people
Destination(s): Nepal  
Specialty Categories: Hiking & Trekking   Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1500 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1500 US Dollar (USD)

"Annapurna" is a Sanskrit word meaning "Goddess of the Harvests" and the area of and around the massif allows for both high altitude climbs as well as moderate elevation trekking through fertile valleys. Our tour starts and ends in the bustling capital of Kathmandu, where we explore the famous sights of Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, Swayambunath and Patan. We then head to Pokhara with its picturesque lakeside setting, and where the beautiful Machhapuchhare (Fishtail) mountain dominates the skyline.

The trail takes us from Naya Pul to the prosperous town of Bhirethanti on the Modi Khosi, to the Magar Village of Ulleri and on to Ghorepani. From Ghorepani we ascend Poon Hill for sunrise, and spectacular panoramic views over the Annapurnas. We trek through pine and rhodedendron forests to Tadapani and continue our descent to Ghaundrung. The Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal is a land steeped in history, with a fascinating culture, and stunning mountain scenery.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Kathmandu (1310 m/4298 ft). Our airport representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. It is 7 km and takes about 30 minutes. Our tour leader will brief the group about the trip during the pre-departure meeting. This will be held at 6:00 p.m., and a notice regarding where it is to be held will be posted in the hotel reception. The briefing will cover the itinerary and confirm the departure time for the city tour on "Day 2".

Day 2: Kathmandu. Breakfast. Today we explore the culturally diverse city of Kathmandu by bus with a local guide to ensure you receive the best explanations about the amazing sites seen on the tour. These include: Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath, Swayambunath (Monkey Temple) and Patan Durbar Square. It is about 35 km and takes approximately 6,5 hours.

Day 3: Kathmandu - Pokhara (910 m/2986 ft). Breakfast. After breakfast, we transfer to the airport for our flight to Pokhara. The afternoon is free for sightseeing, or relaxation.

Day 4: Naya Pul. Drive to Naya Pul (New bridge), and trek to Tikhe Dhunga (1495 m/4905 ft). Breakfast. After an hours drive to Naya Pul we then commence our trek to Birethanti, a large and prosperous town beside the Modi River. We head up the main trail to Sudami where we climb gradually up the side of the valley, reaching Hile (1495 m) before pushing on to Tikhe Dhunga, 3,5 hours.

Day 5: Trek to Ghorepani (2850 m/9350 ft). This is a pleasant walking day today. From Tikhe Dhunga the trail crosses a stream and then ascends a steep stone staircase to the large Magar village at Ulleri (2070 m). We trek through rhododendron and oak forests and across streams before making a short, final climb to Nangethanti. From Nangethanti we head up to Ghorepani (2850 m, 5,5 hours).

Day 6: Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani (2520 m/8268 ft). An early start and an hour hiking to Poon Hill (3195 m) leads us to a brilliant spectacle. This vantage point provides an unobstructed view of sunrise over the high Himalayas, as well as a 360 degree panoramic Himalayan and mountain view. After spending time 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 (2960 m). We descend to reach Banthanti, before winding our way to Tadapani (2540 m, 6 hours).

Day 7: Tadapani to Ghaundrung (1950 m/6398 ft). Today we have a fairly easy descent through stool oak and rhoddendron forests. We reach Ghaundrung about noon. Ghaundrung is a village of Gurung people, one of the ethnic groups of Nepal, they have their own dialect, culture, costume, and life style. Ghaundrung is one of the famous destinations of trekkers for its beautiful mountain views and easy reach from Pokhara or Kathmandu. Our early arrival means we have the afternoon to visit the Gurung Culture Museum and to explore the village, 3 hours.

Day 8: Birethanti. Trek to Birethanti, Naya Pul, Drive to Pokhara (1910 m/6266 ft). From Ghandrung it's easy walking down hill past rice fields and beautiful scenery to Syauli Bazar and on to Birethanti Naya Pul where our trekking ends, 4 hours. We then go by vehicle us to Pokhara about an hour away. The remaining of the day is free.

Day 9: Pokhara. Today is spent in Pokhara. There is the chance to go boating on Phewa Lake, hike up to the World Peace Buddhist Stupa, David Falls and Shiva Cave, and visit the International Mountaineering Museum. Alternatively you can just rest and relax and enjoy Pokhara.

Day 10: Pokhara - Kathmandu. Fly back from Pokhara to Kathmandu. After breakfast, we drive to the airport for our flight to Kathmandu. The flight takes around 25 minutes to Kathmandu. On arrival we transfer to our hotel in Kathmandu, and the remainder of the day is free.

Day 11: Kathmandu. Today the tour ends after breakfast. A departure transfer is included, so please ensure that you have provided us with your flight details, to enable us to organize this airport transfer.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- All domestic flights
- All domestic transportation
- Hotel in Kathmandu with bed and breakfast
- Twin share rooms while on trek and Kathmandu
- All trekking arrangements including permits and fees
- English speaking local expert guide, porters
- All other necessary trekking staffs and equipments
- All guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and entry fees
- Insurance of the guide and porters
- Oxygen for emergency.

Price Excludes:
- International flight to/from Kathmandu
- meal during the trek
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Nepal entry visa fee
- Personal clothing and equipment
- Staffs tips and expenses of personal nature.

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