Trek in the Annapurna region, travelling from one village to another, experiencing the way of life of the mountain people and soaking in the beauty of the Himalayas. But that is not all, you will also travel to other corners of Nepal like rivers for whitewater rafting and jungles for exploring.
The Annapurna region which lies over Pokhara is rich in both beauty and culture. People say the western part of the Himalayas look more beautiful than the eastern ranges and so we travel from one Himalayan village to another to see the Himalayas from different vantage points.But we will also meet the Himalayan people who live in such beautiful but harsh conditions and take a life lesson from their experience.Apart from the mountains, we have also managed to pack whitewater rafting and jungle safari in this tour to make your vacation more complete.
One of us will be there to pick you up as you land into Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Stay overnight at your hotel where we will brief you on your big trip ahead while you muse on your Himalayan adventure of a lifetime.
We will take you on a guided tour to three iconic monuments in Kathmandu which are included in the Unesco’s World Heritage List. Our first stop will be the Pashupatinath Temple, one of the biggest and holiest shrines in the world of Hindu god Shiva.
We visit another World Heritage Site of Boudhanath Stupa, one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the country. It is believed that the Stupa is a tomb of an incarnation of Lord Buddha.
We then drive to Bhaktapur to visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. The square is a former royal courtyard where there are several ancient temples and monuments to visit. The place is rich in culture and preserves the traditional way of living.
Our final destination for the day will be the Swayambhunath Stupa, also known as the Monkey Temple. This Buddhist monastery that sits on a hilltop has a peaceful atmosphere and provides panoramic views of the Kathmandu Valley.
A less-than-30-minute flight will take you to Pokhara which is one of the most beautiful cities in Nepal. The city has a beautiful lake, is surrounded by mountains and has plenty of restaurants, bars and other hangouts geared for foreign tourists.
We will take a short drive to Nayapool village where the trekking circuit around Mount Annapurna begins. We will walk six miles alongside forests and streams from here to Tikhedhunga to begin our own expedition.
Steps have been laid all the way up to Ghorepani. Walking up the steps for five to six hours will definitely put a lot of pressure on your legs but we will pass through several villages and stops to keep you fresh. The forests and hills provide a very good distraction from your fatigue.
Poon Hill, which rises over 10,535 feet above the sea level, lies in Ghorepani and you can opt to trek to its summit. People say the western part of the Himalayas look more beautiful than the eastern ranges and nowhere is this true than from Poon Hill.
The Himalayas will accompany you throughout the way to Tadhapani as we pass through forests and streams. It takes five hours to get here but the clear view of the majestic mountains from Tadhapani makes the tough trek worth the effort.
We have to head closer to the Annapurna. We have to make a tough uphill climb which takes as much as five hours. The view of the beautiful Himalayan range and the rhododendron forests and rivers along the way might distract you away from your fatigue. Local group AmaSamuha (a women-only group which conducts social work) will host a cultural dance show in the evening. Donations to the group will help it to carry on with its work.
Jhinu lies downhill from Chomrong so it is a couple of hours of easy walking. After all these days of hiking, you will be in a lot of pain but the natural hot water spring at Jhinu will ease your pain a little. After lunch, we will walk for three hours, crossing hills and rivers in the process, till we get to the beautiful village of Landruk which is home to the indigenous Gurung community.
It is uphill for one and a half hours to Pothana. The village offers beautiful views of the Himalayas and as this will be the last night you will spend in the Annapurna region you might want to take in as much as you can. We will also have an end-of-trek celebration with all the travellers, guides and porters.
It takes three and a half hours to reach Kande. On the way we pass through the Australian Camp which is one of the best places to watch mountains like the Machhapuchchhre, the Annapurna and the Dhaulagiri from a distance. From Kande, we will reach Pokhara in roughly an hour by a private vehicle.
We will take you to the World Peace Pagoda in the morning. It lies above the Phewa Lake and is a short drive away. It is a beautiful place to explore and see the city, the lake and the mountains. We will walk down to lakeside which takes about 45 minutes and go boating before coming off-lake for lunch.After lunch, we embark for further sightseeing in the city. We will visit the Tibetan Refugee Camp, the Gupteshwor Cave, the Mountain Museum, and the Davis Fall this day.
It takes four to five hours to reach Charaundi where the rafting begins. With help from our guides and trainers, you will raft in the Trishuli River from Charaundi to Kurintar with grade 2 and 3 rapids on the way called the Ladies Delight. After lunch, we will drive to Chitwan National Park in a tourist bus. It is approximately a one to two hour drive with beautiful scenes of the hills throughout the way to keep you entertained.
There are so many fun activities in the national park like elephant safari, jeep safari, watching wildlife, canoeing, etc. In the evening we will visit the indigenous Tharu people who live inside the national park and watch their cultural show.
It takes less than an hour to reach Bharatpur by a private vehicle. From here, we take a short flight back to Kathmandu. Your tour ends here. In the evening, Mountain Kick will host a farewell dinner to officially end your vacation.
We will drop you to the airport and bid you goodbye.
In Kathmandu, you will stay in a three-star hotel while you will be staying at standard guesthouses during your travel. There will be electricity, internet, laundry and hot showers in all of the places you stay. You will have to share your room with a fellow traveller in our typical package. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 250.Also note that single rooms is easily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.
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As one of the core guiding principles for Mountain Kick, we always give back to the mountain community in any way we can as a means of gratitude. The people who live in the Himalayas and share their homes with us deserve to have all their little problems fixed which seem very basic for outsiders but are commonplace in rural Nepal. The people lack proper access to healthcare, sanitation and education but a little effort from travellers goes on a long way to solve these issues. Mountain Kick has made it its corporate social responsibility to help improve the living standards of the local community. We make donations to their cause, organize social campaigns and programs and also have a few trips designed to mix a little volunteer work in your holiday.READ MORE ABOUT CSR