Annapurna Adventure

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Annapurna Adventure

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This trek in the Annapurna foothills to the view point on Poon Hill offers all the best of trekking in Nepal. Enjoy trekking in the spectacular mountain scenery through charming villages inhabited by the Gurungs, Magars, dense rhododendron forests full of birds and deep sub-tropical valleys, all set below the Annapurnas with the picturesque peaks of Machhapuchhare (Fish Tail Peak) dominating the skyline.

 

you will climb Poon Hill (vantage point) at dawn to enjoy one of the most spectacular views of the himalayan Peaks. As the sun touches the snow-capped summits the Himalayan giants, Dhaulagiri (8,167m.) and Annapurna (8,091m.) along with a maze of other peaks, slowly begin to appear, like magic, before your eyes. This is a rewarding trek that can be enjoyed by every lover of nature and beautiful landscape.Views of the ‘fishtail’ peak Machhapuchhare and Annapurna South dominate the skyline as we trek via Shyauli Bazaar to Ghandruk, before we return to Pokhara to relax by beautiful Phewa Lake.

Itinerary

Day 1 :  Arrival and transfer to the hotel in Kathmandu (1360m)

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be met by our Himalayan Hikers representative and transferred you to the hotel. The drive from the airport to the hotel is around 20 minutes.After your checkin the group leader will set a time for your trek briefing to discuss in regards to the trek. The evening is free but your trek leader will organise a welcome dinner at a fine local restaurant.

 

Day 2 :  City Tour (1360m)

Today, you will visit BodhnathStupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world and Pashupatinath ,the main temple for the hindus. Here you will see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing, and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. The rest of your afternoon is free. In the late afternoon you will be issued with your trek.
Departure information for the next morning will also be given. Meals included: B

 

Day 3 :  Fly to Pokhara & trek to Tikhedhunga (1540m)

Transfer to the domestic terminal and fly to Pokhara, with a flight time of about 30 minutes. There are spectacular views of the main Himalayan chain to the north, including the 8000 metre peaks of Manaslu and Annapurna during this short flight. After arriving in Pokhara you are transferred by private transport to NayaPul.Here You stop for a while to get the crew organized and start the trek .Youleave Nayapulfollowing  theModiKhola River to Birethanti where you will have your trekking permits checked. From here you get great views  of the ‘fish tail’ Machapuchhare (6993m) . After checking our trekking permits you follow the BhurungdiKhola River valley passing through small settlements of Matathanthi and Sudame.You may like to stop here for some refreshment before reaching Hille.From here it is only a short walk to the village of Tirkedunga and our overnight halt in the village.You can go for a walk to have a look at the waterfall,which  is closeby. Meals included: B, L, D 

 
Day 4 :  Trek to Ghorepani (2860m)

We pass through the village and cross a small suspension bridge before ascending 500 metres up a stone staircase to the village of Ulleri. From Ulleri we get great views overlooking the valley below.we ascend gradually through beautiful forest of rhododendron, oak and  little creeks before reachingBanthanti.You enjoy a welcome break over a cup of tea or soft drink before continuing the gradual ascent through forest to Nangethanti where we stop for  lunch. In the afternoon you continue to ascend before a final steep ascent leads to the village of Ghorepani. From the village there are views of theDhaulagiri,Annapurna south and Hiunchuli.Ghorepani is a popular overnight halt with trekkers as the views from nearby PoonHill,thevantge point offer one of the best mountain panoramas in Nepal. Meals included: B, L, D

 

Day 5 :  Trek to Tadapani (2450m)

In the morning we rise early to enjoy the sunrise over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges from  Pun Hill (3210m). If conditions are clear,the views from here are breathtaking. one can see Dhaulagiri ,Nilgiri,Varashikar,Annapurna,Hiunchuli,Fishtail,Manaslu and other snow capped mountains.This is a major highlight of the trip and it is really worthwhile making the effort to make an early start. We return to our lodge for breakfast and then make a liesurely start for the walk to Tadapani. Initially we ascend from the village to follow a ridgeline with more magnificent views. We then descend through the village of Deurali and enter the rhododendron,oak and pine forest for the walk downhill to Banthanti where we take lunch.After lunch we descend and follow the stream and the trail begins with ups and downs. There is then a final short but steep ascent to our lodge in the village of Tadapani. The village is perfectly located between the rhododendron forest.Sunrise and sunset views is a must to capture from here. Meals included: B, L, D 

 

Day 6 :  Trek to Ghandruk (1990m)

There are fine views of Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna III (7555m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Annapurna South (7237m), Machhapuchhare (6993m) and LamjungHimal (6931m) along the way. We continue to descend through oak and rhododendron forest. This is a particularly beautiful part of the trek, as our trail crosses over streams and passes small waterfalls under the canopy of the forest. There are no villages on the trail, but there are a few tea houses at BhaisiKharkha providing welcome drinks and a place to rest. We will reach our lodge at Ghandruk for lunch and in the afternoon we explore this beautiful village that is home to the ethnic Gurung group and is well known for the number of its men folk who have served in the British and Indian Gurkha regiments. . From our lodge at Upper Ghandruk, we have spectacular views of Annapurna South (7219m), Hiunchuli (6441m) and Machapuchhare (6993m). Meals included: B, L, D 

 

Day 7 :  Trek to Nayapool & drive to Pokhara

You make an early start to get the most out of the day. We start to descend passing through the main village of Ghandruk into the Modikholavalley.We pass Kimche following the stone staircase to get to upper Shyauli with constant view of the Fishtail. The final part of the trek is on the motorable dirt road to Bireythanti.Here you stop for lunch and have your permits checked out.You then cross the bridge  and follow the river to Nayapul,your pick-up point. After saying farewell to your porters you are transferred by private coach back to your hotel in Pokhara where the rest of the afternoon is free to relax or do some exploring. In the evening there is the option to dine out at one of the many lakeside restaurants. Meals included: B

 

Day 8 :  Explore Pokhara

A free day in Pokhara to explore, shop or just take it easy. Your trek leader will be there to assist you for further sightseeing’s in Pokhara. Meals included: B
 

Day 9 : Drive back to Kathmandu - 6. 5 hours drive

After breakfast we drive back to kathmandu to our starting hotel. The rest of the day is free to do shopping or further sightseeing.Our final night in Kathmandu gives us a chance to go out on the town and enjoy a final dinner (optional) with our travelling companions and new-found friends. Meals included: B
 

Day 10 :  International Departure

Our trip ends today after breakfast. Your leader will be on hand to advise and assist with your onward travel arrangements.

 

Includes / Excludes

 

Includes

  • All arrival and departure transfer
  • 3 nights in Kathmandu with bed & breakfast
  • 2 nights in Pokhara with bed & breakfast
  • Standard guest house/lodges in mountain
  • All accommodation and meals during the trek
  • A half day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide and monumental fees
  • Domestic flights and airport departure taxes
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide) assistant guide also known as Sherpa, porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter)
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, Himalayan Hikers Trekking duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag, cottonliner are to be returned after trip completion)
  • A comprehensive medical kit, with medical oxygen on high altitude trips and PAC BAG (Portable Altitude Chamber)
  • All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS and insurance of the staff)

Excludes

  • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Extra night accommodation/s in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure or early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case you return early from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Travel and rescue insurance

Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)

Tips for guides and porters

 

Gear List

 

SUGGESTED CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT LIST

Head:

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses with UV protection

Lower Body:

  • Under Garments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Feet:

  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp

Upper Body:

  • T-shirts
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *

Hands:

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)

Accessories:

  • Sleeping bag  *
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Trekking Bags/Duffel bag *
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry 
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • Trekking Poles
  • Water bottle (2) or camel bag
  • Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
  • Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)

Toiletries:

  • 1 medium sized quick drying towel
  • Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror

Personal Hygiene:

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti bacterial hands wash

Extras/Luxuries:

  • Binoculars
  • Reading book
  • Trail Map/Guide book
  • Journal & Pen
  • Gadgets - music and communication
  • Pencils and small notebooks
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, cards etc

Swimming costume (for Kathmandu & Pokhara)

Please note:

The gears  with an asterisk (*) sign are handed out  by Himalayan Hikers as a part of service You can use your personal gears if you prefer to do so i.e. sleeping bag, liner, down jacket.

 

 

 

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Duration 10 Days

Grade Easy

Max-Altitude 3240 Mt.

Accommodation
Tea House

Country Nepal

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