Annapurna Sanctuary & Chitwan Tour
Destination: Kathmandu, Chitwan, Pokhara, Nayapul, Ghorepani, Annapurna Base Camp, Jhinu Danda.
DAY 01 - KATHMANDU
Upon arrival “Getaway” members will be there to receive you at the airport and escort to hotel. Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal and thus is the political and cultural heart of the Kingdom. The urban sprawl that makes up modern Kathmandu is in fact three cities, Bhaktapur, Patan and Kathmandu.
DAY 02 - KATHMANDU
This morning you will be taken for a visit of the Hindu culture in Nepal, Pashupatinath. This is the place where holy saddhus pray and cremations on the Bagmati River are carried out. We then continue to the holiest shrine for the Buddhist culture in Nepal, Bouddhanath, with its large stupa, this is the place where all devout Buddhists come for a pilgrimage. After completion of these two spots, you will be taken for a visit to Patan. Also known as Lalitpur , the city of beauty is separated from Kathmandu only by the Bagmati River and is the second largest town in the valley. Lalitpur is fragmented from other cities due to its substantive architectural ancient masterpieces. Patan's central Durbar Square is absolutely packed with temples. It’s an architectural center point with a far greater concentration of temples per sq. meter than in Kathamandu or Bhaktapur. Within the city also lies the Tibetan refugee center, home to most of the valley's Tibetan population. While technically refugees, the Tibetans are some of the wealthiest people in the valley because of the carpet industry they operate. For those looking to bring home a fine Tibetan carpet, this is the place to shop. You will then go to Swayambhunath the golden spire of the 5th-century Swayambhunath stupa is adorned with a colorful fluttering of prayer flags; it crowns a hill overlooking the Kathmandu Valley and offers fantastic views over the city of Kathmandu. Swayambhunath is one of the most recognizable symbols in Nepal and the painted eyes of Buddha watch all who ascend the worn stone steps.
DAY 03 – KATHMANDU TO CHITWAN (175 KMS)
We will fly to Bharatpur (Airport in Chitwan) which 25 minutes by flight from Kathmandu. Assistance upon arrival is provided to drive you drive to Chitwan and transfer to Hotel.
An elephant-back safari in the jungles of the Royal Chitwan National Park is a must for every visitor to Nepal. Less than 60 miles south of the Great Himalayan Range in Nepal's sub-tropical Terai lowlands (600 ft), Chitwan is one of Asia's premier wildlife reserves. Its 360 square miles of tall grasslands and forests are home to a wide variety of mammals and birds, including several endangered species. The park is most famous for Bengal Tiger, rare Gharial and Marsh Mugger crocodile and a large population of Asian rhinoceros. Overnight stay will be at hotel.
DAY 04 – CHITWAN
Today you will enjoy the jungle observation at Chitwan National park. The highlight being the Elephant Safari in the jungles and other activities are Canoeing, Dugout canoe, Nature Walk and Bird Watching. You will also be guided by Naturalist who will help you to identify the nature of wildlife and various plants and animals.
DAY 05 – CHITWAN TO POKHARA
Our group will fly to Pokhara and transfer to Hotel on this day. Overnight stay will be at hotel.
DAY 4: POKHARA TO NAYAPUL
We will take a drive to Nayapul (1010 meters) and trek to Tikhedunga (1570 meters) which takes 3 hours. We begin our trek at Nayapul after 1 hour driving by private vehicle from Pokhara. After 15 minutes short walk along the banks of the Modi Khola, we reach Birethanti (1015 meters) a large village that has many shops and teahouses. From there, the trail continues through the village followed by the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola. Finally, we reach Tikhedhunga at 1570 meters. Overnight stay will be at guest house where lunch and Dinner is served with hot drinks.
DAY 5: TREK FROM TIKHE DHUNGA TO GHOREPANI (2850M)
On this day we will trek to Ghorepani (2840 meters) 5 hours. Leaving Tikhedunga, we begin our journey with a steep climb to Ulleri is a large Magar village situated at an elevation of 2070 meters. The trail then continues to ascend more gently through fine forests of oak and rhododendrons towards Banthanti at 2250 meters. After a two hours walk we arrive at Ghorepani at 2840 meters.Lunch is served along the way of the trial in any nice restaurant as per the decision of the trekkers. Overnight will be at guest house with delicious dinner.
DAY 6: HIKING TO POON HILL (3180M) AND TREK TO TADAPANI (2500M)
Our group will hike up to Poon Hill (3210 meters) by early morning to see sunrise and magnificent Himalayan views from east to west including Mt. Dhaulagiri and Annapurna etc. and return for trek to Tadapani (2610 meters) via Ghorepani. Breakfast is served after returning back from Poon hill. Before starting towards Tadapani, we make climb along ridges and through pine and rhododendron forests to Deurali (2960 meters). After that we descend to the Banthanti, then turning off to Tadapani. Overnight stay will be at Guest House or Hotel.
DAY 7: TREK FROM TADAPANI TO CHHOMRONG (2020M)
Trek to Chommrong (2010 meters) for 5 hours is scheduled for this day. The day starts with steep downhill through rhododendron forests. Leaving Tadapani, we descend steeply through forests and then the trail eases as we reach Gurjung which is the village of Gurung`s, with an easy walk to Chommrong at elevation of 2140 meters. Overnight stay will be at Guesthouse or Hotel as per availability.
DAY 8: TREK FROM CHHOMRONG TO DOVAN (2600M)
Trekking to Dovan (2600 meters) for 5.30 hours will be our program which will be an exciting trip. Today the trail drops down to the Chhomrong Khola and again we continue climbing to Khuldighar at 2380 meters till Dovan. Overnight stay will be at Guesthouse or Hotel.
DAY 9: TREK FROM DOVAN TO DEURALI (3200M)
Trek to Deurali (3200 meters) for 4 hours is on the plan for day. A short walking day today because of altitude and risk of snow avalanches in the area that we need to cross by the next morning. We walk through bamboo & rhododendron forests to Himalayan Hotel and to Hinko cave. We will spend one night at Deurali, on the ridge above Hinko is the stretch of trail that is most subject to avalanche. Overnight stay will be at Guesthouse or Hotel.
DAY 10: TREK FROM DEURALI TO ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP (4210M)
Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4210 m.) via Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3700m.) takes about four hours. Here onward, the valley widens and becomes less steep and is the gateway of sanctuary. As the trail continues into the sanctuary, it crosses two avalanche tracks on a narrow trail that hurdles up against the cliffs. After short trek you will be at Bagar (3310m.), a meadow and some abandoned hotels. The normal trail follows the left side of the valley. Now the trail appears gently ascent until you reach Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3700m.). Here you will find almost 6 to 7 lodges. This is one of the places, where you can enjoy the view of Mount Hiunchuli (6441m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna III (7555m.), Gangapurna (7454m.) and Machhapuchhare or Fish Tail (6997m.). The path follows through alpine meadow and after some distance your trails go gently up. After a short trek, you begin to approach Annapurna Base Camp (4130m.). From here, you can see the views of numerous peaks at 360 degree.
DAY 11: EXPLORE ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP AND TREK BACK TO BAMBOO
Trek back to Bamboo (2345 meters) for 6 hours. We follow the same trail down today by the bank of Modi Khola to Bamboo at 2345 meters where there are few teahouses and lodges available. Overnight stay will be at Guesthouse or Hotel.
DAY 12: TREK FROM BAMBOO TO JHINU DANDA.
Trekking continues to Jhinu hot spring (1780 meters) on this day as well. As we have to follow the same trail till Chommrong, Khuldighar you will have a chance to see an experimental sheep farm then continue through rhododendron and bamboo fields. From Chomrong the trail descends very steeply to the Jhinu hot spring, where you can take bath. Overnight stay will be at Guesthouse or Hotel as per availability.
DAY 13: TREK TO NAYAPUL (1010 METERS) AND DRIVE TO POKHARA
From Jhinu hot spring we walk at the right side of Modi Khola for approx 5 hrs to Birethanti which is considered as one of the relaxing part of walking during this trek. We reach Nayapul and then an hour drive to Pokhara. Overnight stay will be at Hotel at Lakeside.
DAY 14: POKHARA TO KATHMANDU
Drive or Fly back to Kathmandu (1345 meters). Overnight stay will be at the Hotel in Kathmandu.
DAY 15: DEPARTURE:
You will be transferred to airport for your onward destination.