|from £1,085* per person||17 Days||March, April, August-November
Exertion level: 3
|Operator: Social Tours
12 people max
Trekking is one of the best ways of seeing the real Nepal. This we will do off the scenic town of Pokhara in the Annapurna Circuit. Edmund Hillary described the Jomsom-Muktinath trail in the west of the Annapurna Circuit to be one of the best trips in the world due to its cultural and ecological diversity and the incredibly friendly Nepali people.
After a brief rest in the lake town of Pokhara, we go on to the jungles of Chitwan for an enchanting three days jungle safari to view the one horned rhino and the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger. Sightings of the tiger are very rare but every once in a while it happens. All to do with luck, as the guides will put it.
After flying back to Kathmandu, we take you to a two day rafting trip into one of the best rivers in the world for rafting, the Bhote Koshi, which comes from Tibet on Class IV to V rapids, with an overnight in an enchanting resort called the Bhote Koshi, which is situated just 16 kms from the Tibet border and besides the thundering Bhote Koshi.
The grand finale of the trip will be a mountain flight to see the entire range from Langtang to Everest in a one-hour flight close to the Himalayan range.
Interesting extensions would be to include a 2 days canyoning along with the rafting experience, or a side trip off Chitwan to Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha.
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Day 01: Kathmandu
Arrival at airport. Pick up by socialtours.com staff and transferred to hotel. Trip briefing and welcome dinner in the evening.
Overnight at hotel
Day 02: Kathmandu
After breakfast, taken to see some of the rich cultural heritage of Kathmandu. This day is also meant for trip preparation by buying up gear and provisions as required.
Overnight at hotel
Day 03: Pokhara
Early morning flight to Pokhara. We laze around the lake and get ourselves ready for the trip. Last minute details are cleared out then.
Overnight at hotel
Day 04: Pokhara to Pothana
Early morning drive to Phedi and trek to Pothana. Trekking time: Three- three and half hours maximum.
Overnight at Pothana
Day 05: Pothana to Landruk
Trek starts early morning after breakfast. The trail starts with gentle uphill trek until we reach Deurali and then we descend down crossing suspension bridge to reach Landruk.
Overnight at Landruk
Day 06: Landruk to Ghandruk
The trail descend down beside the Modi Khola (river) with scenic view of the south face of Annapurna. The walk is a pleasant one observing not only the mountains but also the beautiful Gurung villages one passes by. Then we ascend uphill until arriving at Ghandruk-the biggest Gurung village in the region. Gurungs have been known in the history of Nepal for their bravery and up until now Gurungs are recruited as Gurka soldiers in United Kingdom and other countries- an honorary title of the British Army.
Overnight at Ghandruk
Day 07: Ghandruk to Banthanti
After breakfast, we roam around the village watching the beautiful Himalayan landscape of the Mt. Machhapuchre, Annapurna south and Himchuli and discovering the culture of the village. Then we head towards Tadapani crossing woods where rhododendrons are rampant during the spring season and one gets to glimpse occasionally the surprised white spotted monkeys also known as Langurs. Then we descend downhill and again trek uphill to reach Banthati.
Overnight at Banthati
Day 08: Banthati - Ghorepani
We trek towards the highest point of the trek (3400meters) and descend down spotting the beautiful Poon hill. We stop at Deurali for lunch and walk towards Ghorepani.
Overnight at Ghorepani
Day 09: Ghorepani to Tatopani
Early morning we hike to the Poon hill to take the breathtaking views of the Himalayan range of Nepal from Mt. Dhaulagiri to Mt. Manaslu when the sun rises from the mountains. The sight is unforgettable and eternal. After descending back to Ghorepani and having breakfast, we descend down towards Tatopan the place of the natural hot spring. The hot spring is natural and bathing there is said to heal body and mind. Also a relaxing treat in the nature's wonder hot spring after 7 days of hectic trek.
Overnight at Tatopani
Day 10: Tatopani to Pokhara
After breakfast and a bit of sightseeing around the place, we get on the awaiting bus/vehicle to drive back to Pokhara.
Overnight at hotel
Day 11: Chitwan
Early transfer by bus to Chitwan. Upon arrival at the jungle lodge, the managers and naturalists will brief you on the activities they have planned. After lunch you will start your jungle activities such as elephant safaris for2 hours deep into the jungle to experience the wildlife, flora and fauna of the park at close quarters or a bird watching tour will be organized. Dinner and overnight at the jungle lodge.
Day 12: Chitwan
Early morning wake up call. Tea / Coffee will be served and there will be either an elephant safari or a nature walk. After breakfast, canoe ride or a bird watching tour. Lunch at the lodge and after lunch an elephant briefing at the Elephant stables where naturalists will give a lecture on the Asian Elephant. Here you will have an opportunity to witness and participate in the bathing of an elephant. Dinner and overnight at the jungle lodge.
Day 13: Kathmandu
Early morning wake up call. After Tea/ Coffee there will be an early morning elephant safari or nature walk. Breakfast and transfer to waiting vehicle for drive back to airport and flight back to Kathmandu. Afternoon free till trip briefing for the rafting trip.
Day 14: Tibet Border
Early morning transfer to the Bhote Koshi with Nepal’s top rafting agency for a three hour practice on the lower section of the Bhote Koshi which has III and III+ rapids. After that we transfer you to the resort just near the Tibet border for the evening.
Day 15: Kathmandu
This is the big rafting day as we put in just at the resort and start our descent through rapid after rapid for about 4 hours. After the take out, we take all the exhausted souls back to Kathmandu for a night rest at the hotel.
Day 16: Kathmandu
Early morning mountain flight to see the Himalayan splendour and wrap up the trip. Rest of day free to shopping and leisure. Sumptuous farewell dinner in the evening.
Day 17: Departure
Day free till departure to airport
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