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adventure travel trip to Nepal
Marvel at the splendor of mountains all around
Dates
  • Oct 14-23, 2014
  • Mar 24-Apr 2, 2015
  • Privately on Request
  • Duration 10 days
    Group Size 2-12
    Land Cost $2,950 Details
    Single Supplement $450
    Lodging 1 star-3 stars
    Grade II-III
    Best Time

    Annapurna Lodge Trek

    View the high snowy Himalayas as you hike between tea houses

    Day 1      Arrive Kathmandu

    Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be met at the airport by your JOURNEYS guide and transferred to your centrally-located hotel. On the ride from the airport to your hotel, you will dodge water buffalo, bicycles, and cattle. Golden-roofed temples glisten in the distance, and neatly-terraced rice fields sculpt the hillsides. The rules and conventions of Western life have been exchanged for the customs of ancient Asia. You will have an orientation to Nepal by our staff.

    Meals: None
    Lodging: International Guesthouse or similar

    Say hello to vibrant and exotic Kathmandu
    Day 2      Kathmandu Sightseeing

    Your city guide will take you to Swayambhunath, where Tibetan chants, Hindu religious rituals, and processions of pilgrims establish a rich spiritual setting for your visit. Afterwards, our staff will assist you with buying or renting gear you may need for this trip such as coats or sleeping bags.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Lodging: International Guesthouse or similar

    See the sights as your guides prepare for your trek
    Day 3      Kathmandu / Pokhara

    In the morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Pokhara, where you meet your guide and transfer to your hotel, a beautiful resort complete with a swimming pool. From here you will have views of the Annapurna range, including the sacred mountain Machhapuchhare, or "Fishtail".

    Meals: Breakfast
    Lodging: Four Season Lodge or similar

    Annapurna range from Pokhara (by Jean Marie Hullot)
    Day 4      Pokhara / Dhampus (3 hrs hiking)

    Today you will be driven to Phedi to begin your hike up to Dhampus, from where you will have your first views of rural Nepal life. You climb the ridge above the Yangri Khola Valley, which takes about two hours. Your lodge has eight double rooms with hot running water, 24 hours a day, in an attached bath with flush toilet. The dining hall has a wide view of the Annapurna range and the hotel's beautiful gardens. This is the only hotel in Dhampus with views of Mt. Dhaulagiri.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Local Guesthouse

    Mt. Dhaulagiri is Earth's seventh-highest summit (photo by Bhismakandel)
    Day 5      Dhampus / Ghandruk (7 hrs hiking)

    Today you hike over a small pass and then descend to the Gurung village of Landrung, set above the Modi Khola River. After crossing the river, a set of stone steps leads you into the maze of alleyways and terraces of one of the most beautiful communities in this area. From here, you have excellent views of Annapurna South and Machapuchare. Your lodge sits within its own garden and apple orchard on the higher terraces of the village. From the garden, some of the highest peaks in the world can be seen in all their snow-capped glory. The lodge is centered on a 150-year-old traditional Gurung village house, which now serves as the dining room and main reception area. New bedrooms with a covered verandah, solar heated showers and western style toilet facilities have recently been added for your comfort.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Local guesthouse

    Annapurna South is visible in the distance (photo by Arite)
    Day 6      Explore Ghandruk

    You have a free day to explore this mountain village, which is not only a major recruitment center for the famous Gurkha soldiers, but also the hub of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project, which promotes many varied ecological projects. The women of Ghandruk maintain a local industry of weaving traditional Nepalese rugs. You will enjoy walking through the network of alleyways through town.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Local guesthouse

    Explore village alleyways and lanes
    Day 7      Ghandruk / Birethanti (5 hrs hiking)

    After breakfast, return to Birethanti via a spectacular ridge and forest route, stopping to explore the rarely-visited village of Moharia. After lunch at the lodge, you may either take a short walk with your guide to photograph the flora and fauna of the valley or simply relax by the river or in the landscaped gardens from which there are direct views of magnificent 23,000' Machapuchare. Your lodging has twin bedrooms, solar heated showers, and proper toilet facilities. There is also a central reception and dining area with fireplace, comfortable chairs, books, and magazines.

     

     

     

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Local guesthouse

    Meet Nepali such as this village girl
    Day 8      Birethanti / Pokhara

    In the morning, you make the 1.5-hour drive back to Pokhara, where the rest of the day is free to relax and enjoy the views, hike to some nearby villages, or take a boat ride on the lake. Some activities available are:

    • A boat ride on enchanting Phewa Lake, the second-largest lake in Nepal, is a great way to take in the surrounding beauty.
    • The Barahi Temple, the most important religious monument in Pokhara, can be found almost in the middle of Phewa Lake. This two-storied pagoda is dedicated to the boar manifestation of Ajima, the female deity representing Shakti. Devotees can be seen here, especially on Saturdays, carrying animals and fowl across the lake to be sacrificed.
    • The World Peace Pagoda, a massive Buddhist stupa, is situated on top of a hill on the southern shores of Phewa Lake. From here, there are spectacular views of the Annapurna range and Pokhara. You get here by crossing the lake and hiking up the hill.
    • The Seti Gandaki River runs right through Pokhara town and is completely underground in some places. Though not very wide at certain points, it may surprise one to learn that its depths reach over 65 feet! The Mahendra Pul, a small bridge near the old Mission Hospital, provides a great view of deep gorges made by the river’s powerful flow.
    • Patale Chhango, or Hell’s Fall, as known to the locals (also known as Devin’s or David’s Fall), is an incredible waterfall about 1.5 miles outside of Pokhara.
    • Gupteswar Gupha is a sacred cave located across from Devin’s Fall. The cave itself is almost two miles long and contains both large, hall-sized rooms and tiny passages. A phallic symbol of Lord Shiva is preserved here in the condition it was discovered, holding a special value for Hindus.
    • Mahendra Gupha (locally known as Chamero Odhaar), or “House of Bats”, is a large limestone cave said to have been discovered around 1950 by a couple of shepherd boys. It is a two-hour walk through the cave, and it is best to bring your own flashlight in order to get a good look at the stalactites and stalagmites.
    • The Bindbyabasini Temple, dedicated to the goddess Bhagwati, is a center of religious activity in the Old Bazaar. This festive scene, especially on Saturdays, brings worshippers from all around to perform sacrifices.
    • The Pokhara Museum displays the lifestyle and history of ethnic groups of Western Nepal such as the Gurung, Thakali, and Tharu.
    • The Annapurna Museum, also known as the Natural History Museum, is managed by the Annapurna Conservation Area Project and contains an excellent collection of wildlife, insects, and birds, as well as a variety of precious and semi-precious stones and volcanic rocks.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Lodging: Four Seasons Lodge or similar

    The Annapurna range looms above Phewa Lake
    Day 9      Pokhara / Kathmandu

    After breakfast, a flight takes you back to Kathmandu, where the rest of the day is yours free to do some last-minute shopping and exploring. JOURNEYS staff will be on hand to assist with further explorations and sightseeing (not included in land cost).

    Meals: Breakfast
    Lodging: International guesthouse or similar

    Back in Kathmandu, do not forget your last minute shopping
    Day 10      Kathmandu / Onward

    Transfer to the airport for your onward flight or extend to Chitwan National Park.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Lodging: None



     
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