An introductory trek to Nepals famous Annapurna mountain ranges along with wildlife and cities
Annapurna discovery is a short hiking experience in the Annapurna region of Nepal, followed by jungle safari in the biggest national park – Chitwan National Park. This is one of the most popular and relatively easy treks that meanders through the beautiful ethnic Gurung villages of Annapurna region,visiting Poon Hill for Himalayan viewpoint and passing through terraced fields and rhododendron forests enlivened with beautiful Annapurna range views.
We start by taking the spectacular flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara where you will get superb views of the Himalayan mountains. This trek will give you time to enjoy the views and the culture of Nepal. From Ghorepani village you have superb views of Annapurna, Lamjung, Dhaulagiri and Machapuchare (commonly know as Fishtail mountain). The high point of this trek is the walk up Poon Hill for the sunrise across a panorama of Himalayan mountains. After the trek you travel to Chitwan National Park where you will go an elephant safari, bird watching and a jungle walk. Chitwan National Park is one of prime habitat of the Royal bengal tiger and has many other interesting animals and birds.
Upon your arrival the Tribhuvan International airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by a representative from Nepal Wanders who will take you to our hotel. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner in a traditional Nepali cuisine restaurant where you will be able to enjoy authentic Nepali meal with a brief cultural program. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
A day to explore Kathmandu the capital city of Nepal. We organise a full day of guided sightseeing to the Buddhist and Hindu sights in Kathmandu, probably to Kathmandu’s Durbar Square, Swayambunath – the Buddhist monkey temple- and Pashupatinath a sacred Hindu temple complex on the banks of the Bagmati River. Three major towns are located in the valley, Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, each having a great artistic and architectural tradition. Kathmandu is the capital and the largest city in the country. Patan, the second largest is separated from Kathmandu by a river. Bhaktapur, the third largest, is towards the eastern end of the valley and its relative isolation is reflected in its slower pace and more distinctly mediaeval atmosphere. In the Kathmandu Valley the landscape is dramatically sculpted by the contours of the paddy fields. The towns and villages are alive with the colours of farm produce, ranging from pyramids of golden grain to the vivid reds of chilli peppers laid out on mats to dry in the sun. In the streets and towns there is a constant bustle of activity, especially in the bazaars and markets where the farmers sell their vegetables and fruit. You will get back to the hotel after your sightseeing tour around mid-afternoon and the rest of the day is free for you to explore the city further and pack bags ready for the start of the trek the following morning. You can leave a bag at the hotel with items you will not need on the trek. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
After breakfast, we take the morning flight to Pokhara. On arrival we drive to the road heading towards Phedi where you begin your trek up the trail to Dhampus which sits on a ridge with superb views. Overnight at teahouse lodge in Dhampus
Today the trek continues through forest to Landrung which sits above a gorge with the Modi River far below. Tomorrow’s destination, the Gurung settlement of Ghandrung, is visible on the hill opposite. Overnight at teahouse lodge in Landrung
Today you descend to the bridge over the Modi Khola river then climb up to Ghandrung. You can spend the rest of the day exploring the village with your guide. Overnight at teahouse lodge in Ghandrung
From Ghandrung, continue upwards through Deorali and into the forest. Continue on through rhododendron forests and over a pass to Tadapani. Overnight at teahouse lodge in Tadapani
From Tadapani the trail continues through rhododendron forest until we get to Ghorepani for lunch. Overnight at teahouse lodge in Ghorepani
Wake up early to make a pre-breakfast excursion to Poon Hill where, weather permitting, there are very good views of Dhaulagiri and the western Annapurnas. Return for breakfast. Start off down the ridge to Ulleri and descend the steep stairway to the Burungdi River. Tirkhedhunge lies at the foot of the cliff and then the trails moves up and down through Hille skirting fields and forest along the river to reach the charming village of Birethanti. Overnight at teahouse lodge in Birethanti
Trek to Nayapul, transfer to Pokhara- 2 hours walking. A short walk to the road head at Nayapul and an hour’s car ride will bring you into Pokhara. Rest of day free on your own. Overnight at Hotel in Pokhara
In the morning we drive to Chitwan National Park. In the afternoon we will ride on an elephant in to the National Park. There is a variety of animals including one horned rhinoceros, deer, wild boar and if you are very lucky a tiger. Overnight in Chitwan
We have a full day of activities starting with an early morning elephant ride into the National Park for game viewing. On getting back to the lodge we have breakfast on the verandah overlooking the Rapti river. Next we take a dug out canoe to visit the crocodile conservation project. After lunch you have the chance to take an elephant shower where you will be sprayed with water from their trunks. Overnight in Chitwan
Drive back to Kathmandu arriving back in the late afternoon. Overnight in Kathmandu
Our representative will pick you up at the hotel and transfer you to international airport for onward journey.
Comfortable van with A/C
One way flight to Pokhara
Kathmandu (3 nights)
Tea house (no facilities) (6 night)
Pokhara (1 night)
Chitwan (2 nights)