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Destination

Nepal

Duration

20 Days

Price

From $2,298 pp

Trek your way through vast canyons and deep forested valleys as you defeat even the highest of altitudes on this incredible journey towards the heart of the fierce Himalaya mountains. Panoramic views of staggering peaks will be yours to relish at every turn as you conquer spectacular mountain passes at dizzying heights. Experience utter tranquility intensified by the flapping of colorful prayer flags in the gentle wind as you gaze upon the majestic Pisang peak which towards at 20,000 feet. Make your way through apple orchards and dense forests to behold the breathtaking Ngadi Chuli (25,850ft) gleaming in the golden sunlight. Witness the ancient rituals of farmers in the most remote mountain village from where you will finally gaze upon the absolutely splendid Annapurna (26,545ft). The vastness of nature will leave you awestruck on this unforgettable trek into Nepal’s untamed nature.

Note: To prevent yourself from unexpected costs related to accidents, theft and health conditions we require that you have an active travel insurance which includes mountain rescues if necessary. By booking a tour with Travelous, you acknowledge that you have such a travel insurance. What's more? We offer it. Check out our insurance page or call us directly to discuss.

Days Activities Accommodations
Day 1
Kathmandu
  • Airport Assistance & Transfer (Arrival)
  • Kathmandu City Tour
  • Hotel Yak and Yeti - Dinner
Hotel Yak and Yeti - Deluxe Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 2
Besisahar - Annapurna Region
  • Kathmandu to Besisahar
Besisahar Tea House or Lodge - Lodge Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 3
Annapurna Region
  • Trek from Besisahar to Bahundada
Bahundada Tea House/Lodge - Lodge Room
Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
Day 4
Annapurna Region
  • Trek from Bahundada to Chamje(1410m)
Chamje Lodge/Tea House - Lodge Room
Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
Day 5
Annapurna Region
  • Trek from Chamje to Dharapani(1960m)
Dharapani Lodge/Tea House - Lodge Room
Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
Day 6
Annapurna Region
  • Trek from Dharapani to Chame(2675m)
Chame Lodge/ Tea House - Lodge Room
Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
Day 7
Annapurna Region
  • Trek from Chame To Pisang(3100m)
Pisang Lodge/ Tea House - Lodge Room
Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
Day 8
Annapurna Region
  • Trek from Pisang to Manang(3440m)
Manang Lodge/ Tea House - Lodge Room
Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
Day 9
Annapurna Region
  • Rest and Acclimatization in Manang
Manang Lodge/ Tea House - Lodge Room
Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
Day 10
Annapurna Region
  • Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka(4350m)
Yak Kharka Lodge/ Tea House - Lodge Room
Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
Day 11
Annapurna Region
  • Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4420m)
Thorong Pedi Lodge/ Tea House - Lodge Room
Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
Day 12
Annapurna Region
  • Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath
Muktinath Lodge/ Tea House - Lodge Room
Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
Day 13
Annapurna Region
  • Trek from Muktinath to Marpha via Jomsom
Marpha Lodge/ Tea House - Lodge Room
Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
Day 14
Annapurna Region
  • Trek from Marpa to Ghasa(2010m)
Ghasa Lodge/Tea House - Ghasa Lodge/ Tea House
Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
Day 15
Annapurna Region
  • Trek from Ghasa to Tatopani(1190 m)
Tatopani Lodge/ Tea House - Lodge Room
Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
Day 16
Annapurna Region
  • Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani(2860 m)
Ghorepani Lodge/Tea House - Lodge Room
Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
Day 17
Annapurna Region
  • Trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani via Poonhill(3130m)
Tadapani Lodge/Tea House - Lodge Room
Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
Day 18
Annapurna Region
  • Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk(1940m)
Ghandruk Lodge/Tea House - Lodge Room
Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
Day 19
Annapurna Region - Pokhara
  • Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul(1070 m)
Pokhara Grande - Deluxe Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 20
Pokhara
  • Airport Transfer (Depart)

Day 1
Kathmandu

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be greeted by one of our local Travelous, English-speaking representatives who will be holding a sign with your name printed on it. Your representative will escort you to the hotel and assist you with check-in.

The culturally and architecturally rich Kathmandu stands at an elevation of approximately 1,400 metres (4,600 ft) in the bowl-shaped Kathmandu Valley of central Nepal. It lies at the crossroads of ancient civilizations of Asia and is known as the "City of Temples" because of its numerous and unique temples. The city has a profound history, spanning nearly 2000 years, as inferred from inscriptions found in the valley. Religious and cultural festivities form a major part of the lives of people residing in Kathmandu.

(Note:Tourist Visa can be obtained upon arrival at the airport)

You will first visit Swayambhunath, a temple and monastery, which is one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites for Buddhists. It is also known as the Monkey Temple because of the holy monkeys that live there. Swayambhunath is situated amidst a beautiful natural scenario on the top of a hill, offering a generous panorama of the peaceful city.

You will then be taken to Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square, and Boudhhanath Stupa. These most visited touristic sites offer an authentic representation of Nepalese culture, arts and daily life. In the Pashupatinath Temple, you will find one of the greatest Shiva sites and a Hindu shrine, visitors will have the opportunity to observe different ceremonies and specific rituals of Hindu worship. The most intriguing scene is the cremation area on the banks of the river, next to the temple where visitors can witness a Hindu burial ceremony.

Kathmandu Durbar Square is the next stop. You will be able to enjoy the intricate Newa architecture, used by the indigenous Newari people Kathmandu. The Square is a place of living history in the heart of the ever-modernizing Kathmandu.

The last place you will explore is the Bauddhanath Stupa where you will be amazed by the rich symbolisms found in this famous Tibetan Community and traditional Buddhist temple complex.

Hotel Yak and Yeti - Deluxe Room

 

Day 2
Besisahar - Annapurna Region

Later in the morning, you will begin your trip to Besisahar, a scenic mountainside drive of approximately six hours. On the way there, you will be given plenty of time to stop in local villages and to marvel at the uniqueness of the culture you will encounter there. It is always possible to request a stop at a sight that is interesting to you.

In the evening, savour a traditional Nepalese dinner with a cocktail event following dinner. You will spend the night in Besisahar.

Day 3
Annapurna Region

The first part of the hike will take you through the banks of the swift Marshyangdi Khola River. The gentle trek offers an incredible view of the Himalchuli and Ngadi Chuli (7871m), the second largest mountain in the Mansiri Himal subrange. You will cross a suspension bridge over Ngadi Khola and admire the unbelievable panorama. From there, it is a warm two hours climb to Bahundada,(literally meaning "Brahman Hill"). Bahundada used to be the northernmost point of settlement for Brahmans (members of the priestly social class). The pace will be more leisurely as you pass through what seems like never-ending terraced fields.

You will then arrive in the picturesque town of Bahundada, which has several shops, lodges and restaurants. You will stay overnight in Bahundada (1310m).

Day 4
Annapurna Region

From Bahundada, the path drops steeply for the first half an hour and then follows a flat trail through rice terraces to Ghermu (1140m), with its view of a waterfall gushing down across the river. The trail descends further to the town of Syhange (1080m), which was named after the sound of its waterfall. You will then cross a suspension bridge and climb steep slopes to Jagat (1300m). Jagat means "toll station" and the name is a historical one: this town used to be the customs point for the salt trade with Tibet. From here on, the trail descents further into a deep canyon before climbing through the pine, aromatic forest to Chamje (1430m). Relax overnight at a local lodge or Tea House.

Day 5
Annapurna Region

The first part of the trail descends down to the Marsyangdi River, a location known for its impressive gorge. You will once again cross over a suspension bridge and then follow the canyon steadily uphill to the wide valley of Tal (1700m). Tal is the first village of Manang District and is situated in a broad, pleasant valley.

From a cultural, architectural and climatic perspective, the differences between the Lamjung District and the Manang District are striking. In the latter, the people are Buddhist and of Tibetan ancestry. Mud and thatched houses give way to stone buildings with flat roofs. The amount of rainfall is considerably lower in these northern regions and sub-tropical vegetation changes to the firs and pine trees familiar to the highlands. Tal means lake and this whole valley was once a lake. Beyond Tal, the valley narrows. You will stride through corn, barley and potato fields, crossing a small stream and then a short climb will take you to Dharapani (1960m). From Dharapani, Tibet is only about 50 kilometres away, beyond the Gya La Pass that is still used as a trading route, although not as busy today as it had been in the past. Relax overnight at a local Lodge or Tea House.

Day 6
Annapurna Region

The route to Manang continues ahead. Until now, you have been travelling roughly towards the north, but now the trail saunters off to the west. The route crosses the Marshyngdi River and you will catch spectacular views of Annapurna II (7937m) as you reach Bagarchhap (2160m). Bagarchhap is a quaint Tibetan influenced village. A few minutes after passing through the village, the trail climbs steeply gaining 500m to Timang. You will then follow a winding trail as you make your way through pine forests. This takes you to the traditional village of Thanchowk and then to Koto (2460m), at the junction of the high Nar-phu valley. Nar and Phu are two high altitude villages of Tibetan influence. Nearby, Chame (2675m), is the headquarters of the Manang district. Its buildings include lodges, internet cafes, trekking gear shops, a health post and a bank.

Day 7
Annapurna Region

With the beautiful view of Lamjung Himal (6893) in the morning sun, you will head towards Pisang. The mountain disappears as you climb the path up the valley, passing a huge apple orchard. Then the trail descends to a bridge. You will continue along the swiftly flowing river through deep forests in a steep, narrow valley.

Across the valley, Annapurna II looks close enough to touch and the Pisang peak (6091m) offers an awe-inspiring sight. The final part of the trek is a steep climb to the village of Pisang where you will spend the night (3100m).

Day 8
Annapurna Region

The first half hour of the walk is flat along the banks of a river. Then it's a strenuous, uphill climb of nearly two hours to the village of Ghyarmu (3670m). From here, you will have astounding views of Annapurna II/IV, Annapurna III and the Manang valley below. You can also see the air-strip and settlement of Hongde. You will continue through small streams, crop fields and green pastures where you will see sheep and goats grazing on the sparse grass available at this altitude. After lunch, you will begin a descent back to the river and the main trail to Manang. Situated at the lap of the gigantic Himalaya, Manang (3440m) is a unique village with a compact collection of 500 flat-roofed houses separated by narrow alleyways. The summits of Annapurna and Gangapurna are less than 8 kilometres away. The dinner menu is a bit more varied at the lodges and you are encouraged to discover the local cookies and pastries at the town's bakery shop.

Day 9
Annapurna Region

You will spend the day relaxing and exploring the village. This is an important day for acclimatization before crossing the Thorong-La mountain pass.

The Manang Valley, which lies close to the Nepal-Tibet border, offers tremendous opportunities due to its rich natural flora and fauna. Manang is a beautiful village just below the Thorong la pass situated within the Annapurna conservation area. Thorong La Pass (5,416m) is one of the highest trekking passes in the world. Yak roam the valley sides surrounded by stunning 6000 to 8000m peaks, and the area also contains high concentrations of endangered species such as snow leopard and blue sheep. The area is a botanist's paradise with rare flowers and herbs in abundance. Just above the valley The world's highest situated lake(5000m), Tilicho lake, is just above the manang valley.There are various options for day excursions: a visit to the monastery or a hike up to a nearby hill to have great views of the Gangapurna glacier and lake.

Day 10
Annapurna Region

Leaving the old city of Manang behind you will soon arrive at a stupa with breathtaking views of Gangapurna Lake. Now the trail ascends gently all the way to Yak Kharka (4350m). On the way, you will be surrounded by incredible panoramic views of Annapurna mountain peaks, thanks to the high elevation of the trail. This is an approximately four-hour hike and you will have ample oppourtunity for some great photos.

Day 11
Annapurna Region

Although the hike today is an approximate duration of only three hours, it will challenge your physical resistance in many ways. You will first descend to the river and cross the wooden bridge at 4310m and then after a steep climb, you will follow a narrow trail and descend to Phedi (4420m), the base camp of Thorong-La Pass. Rest and get ready for the strenuous yet glorious journey that awaits you tomorrow.

Day 12
Annapurna Region

Today, you will have a 10-hour hike to surmount. If you have any signs of altitude sickness we will not recommend you to attempt the pass. We will keep good track of your condition and of the weather. You will wake up before dawn and catch a glimpse of the thousands of twinkling stars in the crisp night sky. You will begin to ascend early in the morning, just after the first light. The trail is steep but it is well used and easy to follow. It will take approximately five hours to reach the prayer flags and chhortens over the Pass (5416m). There are teashops where hot tea is served. The views from the Pass are utterly magnificent, offering an unforgettable sense of vastness. After the Pass, you will have a 1,600 metres descent to Muktinath which you may find difficult on the knees.

It will take you another four hours to reach Muktinath (3850m). Muktinath is a pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists. Mukti means "salvation" and pilgrims visit Muktinath in search of liberation from the cycle of births and rebirths. There is a small Pagoda style Vishnu temple, an eternal flame (thin blue flame of natural gas burning from a hole) and 108 water sprouts in the Muktinath temple complex. After visiting the Muktinath Temple complex, you will finally bring your day"s journey to an end at Ranipauwa, where a comfortable lodge awaits you.

Day 13
Annapurna Region

You will walk down the Kali Gandaki riverbed to Jomsom, the administrative center of the region. The Kali Gandaki valley gets very windy in the early afternoon, so it is important to arrive before noon. Walk through a desolate, rocky valley that offers overwhelming silence and tranquility. You will have lunch in Jomsom while watching trees dance in the ever more swift wind. The town of Jomsom is spread over both the banks of the Kali Gandaki River and even has its own airport. It offers a stunning view of the Niligiri and Dhaulagiri peaks. For the next few hours, you will walk along the same riverbed, which will ultimately lead you to the tidy and attractive village of Marpha. Marpha is a prettey stone lined village set in time.The local villages are Tibetan influenced and the inhabitants of the land are known as Thakalis.

Day 14
Annapurna Region

You will continue descending along the Kali Gandaki riverbed and walk through the world"s deepest gorge to Ghasa. The Kali Gandaki river flows between two mountains Annapurna (8091m) and Dhaulagiri(8168m). If one measures the depth of a canyon by the difference between the river height and the heights of the highest peaks on either side, this gorge is the world's deepest. The views are astounding. You will then pass through beautiful villages like Tukuche, Larjung, Lete and Kalopani. You will walk through pine, juniper and cypress forests to Kalopani, enjoying fine views of Annapurna I. Ghasa, our next destination, lies an hour beyond Kalopani.

Day 15
Annapurna Region

You will continue to descend down to Tatopani via Dana. In Nepali, Tatopani means "hot water." You will find a few natural hot springs next to the riverbed, which will seem very inviting after a long day"s walk. Jump in and relax your tired muscles!

Day 16
Annapurna Region

It is a hot and strenuous climb to Ghorepani. The first hour of the trail ascends steeply. Then your trek will become gentler as you walk through a series of ethnic mountain villages and terraced farms. You will cross the Kali Gandaki River with panoramic views of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range. After an unforgettable walk through a dense rhododendron forest, you will arrive at the spectacular Ghorepani village.

Day 17
Annapurna Region

Early in the morning, if the skies are clear, you will hike up to the sunrise point at Poonhill. From Poonhill , the views are breathtaking. You will marvel at a wide range of Himalayan Panorama from Dhaulagiri(8167m) to Manasalu(8156m) and the Annapurna range in between. This is a strenuous walk so eating before the walk and carrying a water bottle are essential.

After the sunrise view, you walk back to Ghorepani for breakfast and continue the trek to Tadapani. From Ghorepani, the trail climbs steeply through the Rhododendron forests, climbing above 3000m before descending down to Deurali (2987m). From Deurali, the trail decends into the impressive river gorge and to a small village called Banthati, your lunch point. Langur monkeys are often visible on the trees in this area. After lunch, the trail descends to a second bridge and from here, you will climb up to Tadapani(2595m). There is quite a superb view of Annapurna (8091m) from here.

Day 18
Annapurna Region

You will walk along the forest trail, terraced farms of maize, barley and potatoes to Ghandruk(2170m). Ghandruk is a Gurung village with an excellent view of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhare. Gurungs are an ethnic tribe of Nepal, famous for their service as Gurkha regiment in British forces. You can spend the afternoon exploring this beautiful mountain village.

Day 19
Annapurna Region - Pokhara

The final day of trekking from Ghandruk to Nayapul is 13.2 Kms with a initial descent of 900 meters .During this downhill journey you will go over some stairs and many beautiful trails.The remaining hike is on a dirt road running parallel to a river. Total hike time will be around 6 hous including stops. Once at Nayapul you will be met by your driver who will take you to your hotel in Pokhara.

Pokhara Grande - Deluxe Room

Day 20
Pokhara

Unfortunately, we will have to say goodbye to you today. A Travelous representative will accompany you to the airport and assist you there. From Pokhara you will take a regional flight to Kathmandu airport where you will connect to your international flight home. Keep the memories alive and hope to see you again in Nepal. Stay Travelous!

Nestled in the Himalayan terrain, Nepal is unique, diverse, and exceptionally beautiful. A landlocked country with India to its south and China to its north, its mountainous region has eight of the world's ten highest mountains, including the tallest, the majestic Sagarmatha, also known as Mount Everest. Unknown to many, Nepal is a country that offers intricate cultures and ethnic groups, outstanding cuisine and deep jungles. Boasting vibrant rhododendron forests, deeply astounding heights, dancing prayer flags with crisp, cool mountain lakes and rivers; Nepal is every adventurers paradise.

Hotel Yak and Yeti

The Hotel Yak & Yeti with the historic character, suitable for both short and long stay, is fashioned as the fusion of modern design and the noblesse of original heritage interiors. This exceptional city centre hotel is located minutes away from both domestic and international airport. It continues to be the city's leading luxury hotel for business and leisure.

Rooms are created, with an emphasis on the highest quality of materials, with smoke detectors, safe locks, working desks, LCD TV set with satellite reception, In-room tea/coffee making facility, direct call phone, high-speed Internet connection and a mini bar.

Besisahar Lodge/Tea House

Sample Lodge/Tea House Accommodations.

Bahundada Lodge/Tea House

Chamje Lodge/Tea House

Dharapani Lodge/Tea House

Chame Lodge/Tea House

Pisang Lodge/ Tea House

Manang Lodge/ Tea House

Yak Kharka Lodge/ Tea House

Thorong Pedi Lodge/ Tea House

Muktinath Lodge/ Tea House

Marpha Lodge/ Tea House

Ghasa Lodge/Tea House

Tatopani Lodge/ Tea House

Ghorepani Lodge/Tea House

Tadapani Lodge/Tea House

Ghandruk Lodge/Tea House

Pokhara Grande

Pokhara Grande is the five star hotel of Pokhara, Nepal providing the right blend of service, luxury and quiet efficiency. C block is a new addition in Pokhara Grande, seamlessly blending in with the hotel"s same elegant style. Pokhara Grande is the ideal retreat for the nature lovers seeking style and authenticity in panoramic and adventurous city of Pokhara. Discover the perfect blend of nature and comfort.

Deluxe rooms come with a choice of either twin beds or a king size bed. The interiors are designed keeping an ideal place for rest and restoration in mind, each room having temperature control options within. All rooms come with a stocked minibar, wifi connectivity and telephone service to make local and international phone calls.

Terms and Conditions

What's Included:

  • Accommodation, Activities, Transfers, Meals, and Fees as indicated on your itinerary. Local and international traveler assistance during your tour. Specialised and personalised services.

What's not Included:

  • Airfare to/from the Tour start point, including domestic or inter-country connecting flights, unless otherwise stated in itinerary.
  • tips and gratuities
  • items of a personal nature such as incidentals, excess baggage charges
  • airport taxes/entrance fees, port charges, foreign government departure taxes
  • Visas (unless otherwise indicated), Inspection, Customs, Immigration and Naturalization fees Additional fuel surcharges on cruises
  • Travel Insurance including Medical, Lost Baggage and Trip cancellation
  • Optional activities (golf, watersports, etc.)
  • any other activities or items not explicitly advertised as included in the price of a Tour

 

Reservations/Booking and Deposits:  To book a Tour, each Traveler (or leader of a Group of Travelers) must submit:

 

A.     A completed booking form signed electronically by the main Traveler. By submitting the booking form on the payments page, the traveler accepts our full Terms and Conditions.  

B.     A deposit of 30% of the Tour price (minimum $250 per person), is due immediately upon booking.

C.     The full balance of the trip cost is due ninety days (90) before the trip departure date.

D.      If you book your trip with us ninety days (90 days) or less before the departure date, the full cost of the trip is due at that time.

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G.     Ticketing & credit card processing for international transport and other select domestic airfare pertaining to a specific country is done by a 3rd party and not included in your total land package price unless otherwise stated.

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       *NOTE: Certain destinations require a 30% non-refundable deposit at the time of booking and therefore, would supersede our standard cancellation policy prior to 90 days in this instance.

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