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Ideal for anyone that wants to experience the beauty of the Annapurna range without going to altitude extremes. This 13 day adventure incorporates a short, steady trek through the region’s most inspiring terrain.
After exploring UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley, it’s time to venture through a world-renowned landscape fringed by spectacular mountains. A steady 6 day trek takes you through the tranquil Annapurna foothills, stopping each night at luxury lodges perched above welcoming Sherpa villages. Take time to explore the lakeside city of Pokhara, before searching for the elusive Bengal tiger in Chitwan National Park.
Our Trek itineraries offer adventurous travellers a rewarding experience to create lifelong memories in some of the world's most amazing destinations . Trek itineraries can be extended or customised to suit your interests and fitness. Discuss itinerary options and extensions with our Asia Travel Experts.
Meet your guide at the airport and travel together to your hotel for check-in. During your drive your guide will provide an introduction to Kathmandu, answer your questions and discuss plans for the following day. Enjoy free time for the remainder of the day.
Kathmandu is by far Nepal’s largest and most diverse city, a genuine melting pot of ethnicities and cultures and a haven for travellers since its rise to popularity as part of the ‘hippie trail’ in the 60s and 70s. Once described as having more temples than houses, this exhilarating and complex capital is rapidly changing, but the half-hidden temples, chilli-growing courtyards and tiny craft workshops of its narrow lanes and alleyways reveal a city that has not yet abandoned its fascinating traditional cultural identity.
Discover the rich culture and history of the Kathmandu Valley on a tour of the UNESCO World Heritage sites at Patan and Bhaktapur.
Patan, located south of Kathmandu, is home to some of the most revered masterpieces of Newar architecture, including the beautiful Krishna Mandir Temple, embellished with carvings of scenes from mythological war Mahabharat, and the Bhimsen Temple with its striking golden windows.
The brick paved plaza of Bhaktapur Durbar Square, sometimes referred to as an ‘open museum’ also paints a fascinating picture of the grandeur of medieval Nepal. You’ll find architectural surprises around every corner, with 10 exquisite temples and many more magnificently fearsome statues and beautifully intricate carvings to discover.
Take in tantalising views of the Himalayan panorama on your flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara, before journeying to our trek start point by car.
From here you embark on the first leg of your adventure across the Annapurna region, meandering through picturesque meadows and terraced rice fields to the village of Birethani on the banks of the Modi River. Following a ridgeline in the lower foothills of the Annapurna range, we continue on a gentle climb through the lush green valley, past waterfalls rushing out from rocky outcrops and packs of burros carrying supplies into the hills. Crossing a suspension bridge adorned with brightly coloured prayer flags, we reach the Sanctuary Lodge, where we lodge tonight.
In the afternoon, take the short stroll downhill to explore the tearooms and trinket shops that line the nearby village of Birethanti or simply relax at the lodge and soak up outstanding views of Machapuchare’s still unconquered pyramid peak.
This morning’s trek takes us through a network of tiny farms that cling to the side of the Modi Valley. It’s not long before our trail begins to wind upwards, leading us out of the valley and up into the mountains. Passing through small hamlets, past carefully cultivated golden rice terraces, we venture into areas of dense forest teeming with bird and animal life. Every twist in the trail offers fresh mesmerising views and we stop regularly to appreciate them, rest and snack. Arriving in the small town of Ghandruk after an invigorating 5-6 hour trek, we enjoy a welcome hot meal before soaking up the lodge’s fantastic views of the mountains, now closer than ever.
Rise early to watch the first rays of sunlight hitting the valley, flooding the entire Annapurna range from Annapurna South to Machapuchare with dazzling golden light. After enjoying the sunrise with tea and coffee in the lodge garden, there’s time for a leisurely breakfast overlooking the mountains before exploring the town of Ghandruk.
Surrounded by rice terraces, this picturesque slate-roofed town was once a major recruitment centre for Gurkha soldiers. Today, the women of the village maintain a thriving local industry weaving traditional Nepalese rugs. Take in a snapshot of life in the mountains as you pass the farms, house-fronts and courtyards where locals pound corn, feed chickens, and weave baskets to a welcoming chorus of ‘Namaste’.
There are fields of grazing buffaloes and goats each side of us as we leave Ghandruk, occasionally stepping aside to give way to donkey and mule trains carrying goods to and from the Gurkha communities. We continue, descending through the valley for 2-3 hours, until the village of Shauli Bazaar. From here, we continue through the valley along the beautiful Modi River, stopping off at the Sanctuary Lodge for lunch before climbing the winding stone steps and switch-backs that lead to Gurung Lodge in Majgaon, where we lodge tonight.
Passing through the village of Patlekhet, our trek takes us through wildlife-rich sub-tropical forests of orchids, rhododendron and magnolia. We stop at the village of Pothana to browse the handicrafts of Tibetan traders and rest, before continuing on the mainly downhill trek to Basanta Lodge in the village of Dhampus, where we’re greeted with sweeping views of the entire Annapurna Range.
After lunch you have the option to explore this charming village, which is strung out along a mountainside ridge under the watchful gaze of Machapuchare.
We leave Dhampus early, venturing along the village’s mountainous ridge before weaving our way down the forested hillside and terraced farmland to the valley floor. From here, it’s a short, 30 minute car journey to Pokhara.
Enjoy a free afternoon exploring this beautiful lakeside city, which stands on the shores of the placid Phewa Tal Lake in the shadow of the looming pyramid-peak of Machapuchare.
Ease yourself back into the now unfamiliar bustle of urban life with a relaxing afternoon spent browsing one of the many local museums, venture into the surrounding hills to explore half-hidden Tibetan villages or climb the concrete steps to the dramatic viewpoint at Sarangkot to take in one last dazzling panorama of the Himalayan peaks in all their glory.
This morning, we embark on a short scenic drive through the countryside to Damauli, where you will meet your experienced rafting crew. After a full safety briefing, embark on a rafting adventure along the Seti River, passing through a stunning landscape of verdant hills and valleys past several small mountainside villages. We stop and enjoy a picnic lunch on the banks of the river before continuing over a series of grade 2 rapids to our luxury safari-style camp.
Those with energy left to burn can take on an optional hike to a nearby village in the afternoon.
Embark on the second leg of your rafting adventure, confronting several grade 2 rapids as you proceed through a picturesque green landscape teeming with native and migratory birds.
Back on dry land, drive to Chitwan with your guide, where you’ll stay in a comfortable safari-lodge for the next 2 nights.
With a name that translates literally to ‘heart of the jungle’, Chitwan National Park encompasses 932 sq km of protected forest, marshes and sweeping grasslands. Sitting on the fringe of the Indian Plains, the park is one of the last remaining refuges for rare and endangered species such as the one horned rhino, tigers, leopards and Gangetic dolphins.
Rising early to avoid the mid-day heat, embark on a jungle safari across Chitwan National Park. Explore the park by elephant-back, venturing deep into sub-tropical Sal forest and across muddy lagoons where the Indian One Horned Rhino wallows. Traipsing through rippling grassland which grows up to 20 feet tall in places, get up close to hyenas, buffalo, deer and wild elephants, always keeping one eye peeled for the majestic Bengal tiger creeping through the overgrowth like a shadow.
In the afternoon, relax around the lodge, or explore more of the park by 4 wheel drive and canoe. You can glide down river on a traditional dugout canoe carved from half a tree trunk, passing just metres from the Gharial and mugger crocodiles looming silently just beneath the murky surface. Freshwater dolphins, otters and a large selection of water birds are also common sightings.
Retuning to Kathmandu by plane, you have some more time to explore this fascinating city at your leisure.
Soak up the woody aroma of incense as you wander the heaving, chaotic streets of Asan Tole marketplace, where traders from all over the valley come to sell their exotic produce. Pay a visit to the atmospheric Seto Machhendranath Temple and its pigeon-filled courtyard of elegant shrines and statues, or shop for bargains in lively Thamel.
On your last day, enjoy free time until your departure transfer.
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Boutique hotels, Luxury lodges each night of the itinerary (excluding your departure day).
Visa for Nepal
All foreign nationals (except Indians) require a visa to enter Nepal
Getting a visa at the airport can sometimes take time due to long queues. There have been instances when passengers were asked to show return flight tickets. You will also need to provide 2-4 passport photos and the following fees in US dollars cash. Always have extra US dollars just in case.
The following costs were correct at time of writing:
- Multi entry visa valid for 15 days - US$25
- Multi entry visa valid for 30 days - US$40
Availability of accommodation and season.
|Dates:||All year, pending group size (talk to us)|
"On the base camp I booked helicopter from Namche up to Gorak Shep to pick up Lana and our guide see Everest and then fly back to Kathmandu- incredible views! Barahi Lodge in Chitwan was fantastic, probably would have liked one extra day. Pokhara was also interesting, walked up to the Peace Pagoda as a training hike after boating across the lake. Sarangkot lookout was also a bit of a hike (by moonlight) for sunrise and although a fairly clouding had some good views. Bandipur was also very nice .Thank you for your help. " — Dale and Lana, Sydney, October 2017