- Itinerary in Short
- Itinerary in Detail
- Trek Briefing Notes
Trip FactTrip name: TASTE OF ANNAPURNA
Duration: 12 nights / 13 days
Trip activity: Comfort lodge trek and safari
Max. Altitude: 2000m
Best time to Travel : Jan, Feb, March, April, May, Oct, Nov, Dec
Annapurna region is Nepal’s most popular trekking destination for the beginners and the gateway to this beautiful range is Pokhara: the city of lakes and mountains. While walking alongside the beautiful Phewa Lake towered by the Annapurna Massif, you will enjoy the different peaks reflected in the calm waters. This short trek provides a good introduction into trekking whilst also offering close up views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchare (Fishtail) as well as lowland typical Gurung villages. Located in the Annapurna Mountains, the Ker and Downey lodges offer the opportunity to trek in comfort and enjoy the spectacular views without having to sacrifice the luxury.
|Day1||Arrive Kathmandu, transfer to hotel||Gokarna Resort MAP|
|Day2||Fly to Pokhara, trek 1 > Birethanti||Sanctuary Lodge on FB|
|Day3||Trek 2 > Ghandrung||Himalaya Lodge on FB|
|Day4||Trek 3 > Landrung||Landrung Lodge on FB|
|Day5||Trek 4 > Majgaon||Gurung Lodge on FB|
|Day6||Trek 5 > Dhampus||Basanta Lodge on FB|
|Day7||Trek 6 > Phedi, Transfer to Pokhara||Temple Tree demie pension|
|Day8||Transfer to Bandipur||OLD INN on FB|
|Day9||Transfer to Chitwan||Kasara or Varahi on FB|
|Day10||Chitwan||Kasara or Varahi on FB|
|Day11||Fly back to Kathmandu||Gokarna Resort on MAP|
|Day12||Kathmandu Valley sightseeing||Gokarna Resort on MAP|
|Day13||Depart Kathmandu, transfer to airport|
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu
On arrival in Kathmandu, after you have passed through Customs and Immigration, you will be met by our airport representative at the airport and will be welcomed with garlands of flower and taken on a short drive to the Gokarna Forest Resort, which is your comfortable base for your first night. Then you’ll be served with welcome drink and our officer will start briefing about your programs, will collect necessary documents for permit for the trekking.
Gokarna Forest Resort is located inside the serene temperate Gokarna Forest, the former private Royal hunting grounds of the Kings of Nepal. A winding road climbs leads through the forest up to the main complex, comprising a mix of subtly majestic Malla period architecture, Rana period lodges, and sanctuaries harmoniously blending with nature.
Further on exotic Forest View cottage rooms are set beside a century old restored Hunter’s lodge. A quiet peaceful haven set between ancient towering trees with glimpses of the second fairway in the valley below make the perfect getaway for a few days of golf, relaxation and rejuvenation at the Spa, enchanting forest walks, and time close to nature.
Dinner is included at the hotel this evening.
Day 2 Flight: Kathmandu- Pokhara (25 minutes flight by Jetstream-41)
After breakfast, we transfer to the airport before 1.5 hours of your flight time for the flight about 25 minutes to Pokhara by Yeti Airlines. This flight follows the Ganesh Himal, Manaslu Massif before entering the Central region where Annapurna massif is towering the city of Pokhara. After your arrival at Pokhara Airport you will be welcome at the airport exit byKer & Downey staff for a briefing about the following trek.
Ker & Downey staff will drive you to Lumle, about 30 km away from Pokhara and starting point of the trek. Leaving the road, you can start walking on a level trail crossing Gurung village of Lumle at 1585m. The trail follows the flagstone-paved main street. Beyond Lumle, the trail rounds a bend and descends to Chandrakot, which is perched on the end of a ridge at 1550m. The views of Annapurna South and Machapuchare are excellent from this point. From there the trail descends a steep, dusty trail that switchbacks to the Modi Khola. Passing a few houses near the river, the route crosses a suspension bridge. On the far side of the bridge is Birethanti, a large and prosperous town.
Overnight in Sanctuary Lodge(B L D).
Day 3 Trek 2 > Ghandruk (2050m)
After breakfast you embark for the second day trek toward Ghandruk. The trail goes through terraced rice fields passing Chimrong village then follows the west bank of the Modi Khola and ascends gradually to Shyauli Bazar at 1220m. The trail leaves the bank of the river to go west and climbs steeply to Kimche where we stop for picnic. After lunch the trail continues to ascend steeply to Chane, a junction point with a trail coming from Tikhedhunga. The path enters a gate and is on flagstone-paved trail reaching Ghandruk after a steep staircase ascent. Ghandruk village is the second largest Gurung village in Nepal. It’s a confusing cluster of closely-spaced, slate-roofed houses. There are neatly terraced fields situated both above and below the village. The views of Annapurna South from here are outstanding.
Overnight in Himalaya Lodge (B L D).
Day 4 Trek 3 > Landrung (2050m)
The trail goes all the way downstairs till the Modi Khola. When there is river to cross, there is bridge. On the other side the trail goes steeply up till Landrung, another beautiful typical Gurung village.
Day 5 Trek 4 > Majgaun (1400m)
Overnight in Gurung Lodge(B L D)
Day 6 Trek 5 > Dhampus (1650m)
After a spectacular sunrise over the Annapurna South and Fishtail you enjoy a delicious breakfast. Then the trail climbs up to a short pass at about 2000m, going through forests of oaks and rhododendrons. Beyond the pass the trail descends to Dhampus, a large Gurung village strung out along a ridge. From the ridge you are rewarded with great views of the Annapurna Range.
Overnight in Basanta Lodge (B L D).
Day 7 Trek 6 > Phedi (1080m) , drive to Pokhara
Leaving Dhampus the trail drops on a staircase through forested area and reaches a small plateau with nice terraced fields. From that point, the path drops again till the road down. After half an hour drive you will reach Temple Tree Resort & Spa which is a boutique hotel combining western standards with the distinctive architecture and culture of Nepal’s Western Himalayas. Named after the fragrant temple tree plant frangipani found here, we offer a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere, privacy when preferred and attentive service. You can relax from your tiring trekking and walk alongside the lake or do shopping in the several shops near the lake.
Day 8 Drive to Bandipur 4hrs drive
After getting up early to watch another beautiful sun rise over the Himalaya it’s time to have a delicious breakfast before stepping up in our vehicle for a drive to Bandipur, a beautiful newar town on the way to Chitwan. You will enjoy the peaceful town and experience what is life in towns other the big touristic ones. O/N at OLD INN. From there you shall have wonderful views over Annapurna Range, Manaslu Range, Ganesh Himal and Langtang Range.
Day 9 Drive to Chitwan 4hrs drive
Another morning drive to reach the Chitwan National Park for a safari. The road follows the Marshyangdi river till Mugling and the bridge over the confluence of Marshyangdi and Trisuli rivers. There is a fork and our destination is by right side, alongside the Narayani River gorge. At Chitwan you will be welcomed by local staff and briefed about safari activities program. The main activities led by nature guides are: elephant back ride, canoe ride, nature walk, etc.
Day 10 Safari in Chitwan
After waking up early and having been served a hot drink, it’s time to start the activities of the day. Elephant back drive or nature walk before returning for breakfast. Rest of the day will be spent in the park with your nature guide.
Day 11 Fly back to Kathmandu
AAccording to the flight schedule you will be driven to the airport about 1,5 hrs before the departure time. At Kathmandu you will be welcome at the airport exit by our staff. After a short transfer to Gokarna Resort you will enjoy relaxing and walking around in the forest. Dinner included.
Day 12 Full Day Kathmandu Sightseeing
This day is fully sightseeing day and souvenir shopping day. You will visit around the local, markets, most popular sights of Nepal like Bhoudhanath, Bhaktapur & Pasupatinath.
Pashupatinath (crematory temple): Hindus holiest temple situated at the bank of Bagmanti River, 5 km away from the downtown of Kathmandu. Thousands of devotees converge here on an annual pilgrimage on the occasion of Maha Shivratri, the night of Lord Shiva falls in the month February. Entrance into the templeprecincts is permitted only for the Hindus but other can clearly see the temple and rituals beings performed inside from the eastern bank of the Bagmati river.The temple was listed in the UNESCO world Heritage Monument list in 1797.
Boudhhanath Stupa: Holiest Buddhist stupa of Nepal located at 6 km away from downtown Kathmandu. It was built in fifth century by Lichhavi king Karna Dev. It looms 36 meters high and presents one of the most fascinating specimens of Stupa design. A huge statue of Lord Buddha is kept. Boudhanath a World Heritage Site is also known as Khasti.
There are more than 45 Buddhist monasteries in the area.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square: This complex of palaces, courtyards, and temples were built in the 12th to 18th centuries used to be the seat of the ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu situated at 12 km from Kathmandu in Baktapur district. An intriguing piece here is the 17th century stone inscription set in to the wall of the palace with writing in 15 languages. Durbar Square is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city.
Lunch during the tour and dinner at the evening is included.
Day 13 Departure from Kathmandu
Upon your international flight time, we will transfer you to the airport 3hrs before your departure time.
What is provided for the trek:
- 1. Duffel bag: Your porter will carry this bag. In this bag, you should pack whatever you require for the trip. You may wish to pack items in plastic bags since the duffel bag can get wet if there is heavy rain during the day.
- 2. Rain poncho: Your porter will carry a poncho for you, should you need it.
- 3. Walking stick: it can be adjusted to suit your requirements.
- 4. Daypack: We recommend carrying the following: your camera and any other items that you will need to get to during the day. This should also include a light fleece for stops on the trail. Some people have their own daypacks that they prefer to use.
- 5. 2 water bottles for each guest: we suggest you carry one in your daypack. Your porter will carry the other. If you have your own water bottle, your porter can refill it as necessary.
- 6. Sun scarf and sun hat: these are for you to keep as a souvenir of the trip.
- 7. Down jacket, wool hat and wool gloves: these items are provided in each of the lodge bedrooms.
- 8. Crocs: 2 pairs (medium & large sized croc sandals are in each room).
- 9. Towels, liquid soap, shampoo are in each room.
- 10. Hair dryer kept in each lodge. Please ask your guide.
Packing list for the trek:
1 pair of trekking boots, 3-4 T-shirts, 2 pairs of long trousers for evenings, 1-2 pairs of shorts or skirts, 3-4 pairs of thick socks, 1 long-sleeved shirt, 1 sweatshirt or fleece (all 3 not required), Toiletries, Flash light, ear plugs, large zip lock plastic bags to keep clothes in.
Baggage left in Pokhara: personal belongings not required on trek can be stored at either your Pokhara hotel or our Pokhara office. Please ensure you lock any bags that you are leaving behind.
Laundry while trekking: there is a free laundry service in each lodge. However, the length of your stay and the weather will determine whether your clothes will dry.
Electricity: Power is provided by generators or village electricity schemes. Power is sufficient to recharge video batteries (power is 220 volts). Sockets require a plug with 2 round pins. Where generators are used, lights will be turned on around dusk and off at around 9.30 in the evening.
What you should wear during the day: we recommend T-shirts or polo shirts, shorts for men and skirts for women. Lightweight long trousers are also okay for men or women and you may choose to wear these in the winter. We also suggest a lightweight fleece in the winter. Once warm, you can keep this in your daypack.
First Aid Kit: your guide carries a first aid kit; however, if you brought your own first aid kit, please carry it with you.
Showers in the lodges: each room has its own hot water supply. Please be considerate of your roommate by not taking a long shower. Please check that the water is hot enough by running the sink water for a few minutes before showering. Since hot water is provided using solar panels, it is best to take a shower soon after you arrive. Hot water is generally not available in the mornings. If there is a problem, please contact your guide.
Timings for the trek: your guide will inform you what time you will set off each day. Generally, you will trek about 2-6 hrs per day with lunch upon arrival at the lodge.
Money needed while trekking: the amount required for shopping will vary from person to person. You will see interesting souvenirs along the way. Perhaps the equivalent of US$ 50-100 (in Nepalese rupees) will be enough. Please do not give to children on the trail and keep your personal possessions in a safe place.