Group trekking trip in Nepal, history and nature – Fixed date 17 October
Trekking in Nepal is synonymous with great peaks, vast spaces, and unspoiled nature. A “must” for trekking enthusiasts. This program allows you to test yourself with a moderate trek in the Annapurna valley, without missing the opportunity to discover Nepalese culture and nature. The first part of the trip is dedicated to Kathmandu and its valley, to learn about the origins of Nepal, in a lively and crowded city. This will be followed by 4 days of trekking in the Annapurna valley, starting from Pokhara, home of the trekkers. We will do a relatively simple route that offers a taste of trekking with a view of one of the 8000. The trekking itineraries include about 4/5 hours of trekking per day, the route has been designed to make acclimatization quick and easy. The trip ends in Chitwan National Park with some game drives. Royal Chitwan Park is home to elephants, tigers, leopards, rhinos, sloth bears, and 350 species of birds. Once mystical and inaccessible, Nepal is a small jewel dotted with valleys and peaks, rich in history and culture. But Nepal is also home to numerous national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. This unmissable group proposal with a guide from Italy, offers you glimpses of Nepal, its natural beauty, its culture, and mystery, introducing you to the Nepalese lifestyle. Taking you from the mystical Kathmandu valley, filled with temples and monasteries, to the Annapurna mountains, dotted with lush green rice fields and quaint little villages. From the bustling capital that boasts some of the centuries-old architecture to the mesmerizing view of the peaks of the Himalayas. The unmissable of our trip:
Experience Nepal through this easy but comprehensive escorted trip from Italy. Optional, for the more curious, the possibility of admiring the mountain range with a beautiful panoramic flight at sunrise.
Fixed date 17 October 2021 with guide from Italy
Minimum group program of 10 participants
Departure from Italy with scheduled flights.
Arrival at Kathmandu airport, meeting with our contact person, and transfer to the hotel (about 30 minutes) and hotel accommodation after 14.00.
In the afternoon, you will visit one of the most important historical sites in Kathmandu. Starting from the Boudhanath Stupa (UNESCO World Heritage Site); the 2500-year-old Buddhist stupa in the valley was built in the 5th century with four pairs of Lord Buddha's eyes in four cardinal directions while maintaining eternal control over people and their belongings. With a base of 82 meters in diameter, Boudhanath is the largest Buddhist stupa in the world. Today, Boudhanath teems with Tibetan people, engaged in the manufacture of carpets, trade, and prayers in the different monasteries belonging to different sects of Tibetan Buddhism. Following the visit to a monastery where young monks reside and study Tibetan Buddhism.
Dinner at the hotel and overnight stay
The panoramic flight over the Himalayas is optional with a supplement before sunrise. *
Scenic flight over Everest
The one-hour flight departs from Kathmandu airport, flying over the valley and allowing a panoramic view of some of the wonderful innervated peaks of the mountain range.
You will see The Gosaithan, also called Shisha Pangma, standing at the majestic height of 8,013m. immediately to the right of Gosaithan, Dorje Lhakpa (6,966m) appears, a mountain that looks like number 8 lying down and covered in snow. To the right of Dorje Lakpa, you will find Phurbi-Chyachu, which oversees the Kathmandu Valley.
This is followed by Choba-Bhamare, the smallest at 5,933m but singularly stubborn, as it has never been climbed. Then appears the mountain rich in spirituality - Gauri-Shanker. Shiva (Shanker) and his consort Gauri are said to protect this mountain, at a proud height of 7,134m, and the summit had a history of failed attempts until 1979. Finally a succession of glorious mountains. Melungtse, a mountain similar to a plateau, extends up to 7,023 m. Chugimago at 6,297m is still a virgin, waiting to be climbed. At 6,956m, Numbur Mountain resembles a breast, the maternal spring in the sky that supplies pure milk to the Sherpas of the Solukhumbu. Next up is Karyolung, an intensely white mountain which at 6,511m shines with the rising sun. Cho-Oyu is the sixth highest mountain in the world. Reaching a height of 8,201m, it looks incredibly beautiful from the plane.
But still waiting for you is Gyachungkang, at a majestic height of 7,952 m, considered an extremely difficult climb. To the right of Gyachungkang is Pumori (7,161m). As you approach Everest, there is Nuptse (7,855m), which means West Peak, indicating its direction from Everest. Finally, there is Everest (8,848m) itself, known as Sagarmatha by the Nepalese and Chomolungma by the Tibetans. Much has already been written about Everest, but witnessing it face to face during a mountain flight is something else. Even as it looms there before the eyes, it remains an enigma, this highest point on earth.
Breakfast and land transfer to Pokhara (approximately 6 hours). The journey is an opportunity to discover the views of the country.
Pokhara is the gateway to trekking in Annapurna, a place where you can practise many sports.
Hotel accommodation and rest of the day free.
After breakfast departure for Ghandrung (about 2/3 hours).
Ghandrung is the largest Gurung village in Nepal's Annapurna region, where children and male members of the local community have sacrificed their lives to serve Gurkha armies and security forces around the world. The brave and chivalrous Gurkhas have earned a reputation as the most loyal and indomitable soldiers in the world!
From Ghandrung, the trek begins, first through a drier, open forest. We will climb through the Rhododendron forest, through the deep gorges along a clear stream. The trail crosses the place called Bhaisikharka and then starts to climb again through the narrow path in the dense Rhododendron forest until it reaches Tadapani.
Duration of the trek 3.5 / 4 hours
Lunch will be at a local lodge on the road.
Upon arrival in Tadapani, check-in at the local lodge
Dinner and overnight at the Tadapani lodge (rooms with two or more beds)
After breakfast, we will descend to a riverbank for about 30 minutes, and from the river, we will start gently climbing through the dense rhododendron forest towards Banthanti. From Banthanti we will go up until we reach Deurali. From Deurali you can see the best views of the mountain. We will now pass through the pine forest from here and the path will descend steeply until we reach the main village Ghorepani.
Ghorepani at an altitude of 2874 meters is one of the largest Magar villages (ethnic people of Nepal) in the Annapurna region and one of the main junction of the trails for various trekking in the Annapurna region and is also famous for the mountain views surrounding as it offers amphitheater views of the Himalayas.
Duration of the trek 4.5 / 5 hours
Dinner and overnight at the Ghorepani lodge (B, L, D)
Wake up just before dawn trekking about an hour of trekking to Poon Hill to witness the sunrise (3,200 m) one of the panoramic points to see a magnificent sunrise over the Annapurna chain and the view of the amphitheater on the surrounding mountains.
Shortly after we return to Ghorepani for breakfast.
After breakfast, we say goodbye to the villagers and the trek starts from the village's main square. We will begin to descend through the Magnolia and Rhododendron forest and crossing several small rivers to finally arrive at the village of Nangathanti. From Nangathanti, keep walking through the dense Rhododendron forest and descend to Banthanti village. We will have lunch in Banthanti and then we will continue to descend to reach the Ulleri destination.
Trekking duration: 4 - 5 hours
Lunch at a local lodge along the way.
From Ulleri, transfer by car to Pokhara. Duration of transfer by car: 2 - 3 hours
Pokhara is coming to hotel accommodation. Dinner and overnight.
Breakfast, in the morning visit to the international mountain museum.
This expansive museum is dedicated to the mountains of Nepal, the climbers who have climbed them, and the people who call them home. Inside, you can see the original equipment of many of the first Himalayan climbs, as well as exhibits on the history, culture, geology, flora, and fauna of the Himalayas. Once you have been inspired by past climbers, head outside where there is a 21m climbing wall and a 9.5m high climbing model of Mount Manaslu.
To follow a boat ride of about 1 hour on Phewa Lake.
Phewa Lake is the largest and most beautiful of the three lakes, attracting large numbers of visitors who enjoy boating on its placid waters. Boats can be hired and many visit the Barahi Island Temple in the middle of the lake.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel
Breakfast and departure by private van to the Chitwan jungle, about 5 hours of travel.
Chitwan National Park is located in the inner plains of the Terai and is made up of forests, populated by elephants, hills, lakes, and floodplains of the Narayani, Rapti, and Reu rivers. A UNESCO (natural) heritage site in 1984, the park covers an area of 932 sq. km. The park is home to 56 species of mammals, 49 species of amphibians and reptiles, and 525 species of birds. The wildlife found here includes endangered species such as the one-horned rhino and the royal Bengal tiger, wild elephant, four-horned antelope, leopard, sloth bear, wild boar, rhesus monkey, gray langur monkey, dog wild, small wild cats, and many other smaller animals. Cobras and pythons are also found here. The wetlands and numerous lakes of Chitwan provide a home for crocodiles. In a stretch of the Narayani River is one of the few remaining populations of endangered crocodiles that eat only gharial fish. One of the world's four freshwater dolphin species is also found here.
Upon arrival, there will be a short briefing of the resort and the program
Lunch at the Resort
After lunch, the Tharu village tour begins
Dinner and overnight.
Today is jungle and elephant day. We will sail aboard a canoe carved in wood along the river that crosses the Chitwan, meeting the many species of birds that inhabit the area, monkeys, bears, and crocodiles. In the afternoon jeep tour in the with the possibility to see the Indian single-horned rhinoceros, deer, and antelopes. Remembering that it is the Kingdom of the Bengal Tiger.
Chitwan activities mentioned above are summary and activities may change according to Hotel selection in Chitwan. The actual schedule will be notified to guests upon their arrival at the properties.
Breakfast and ground transfer to Kathmandu. Rest of the day free to roam freely and do the last shopping.
Dinner and overnight.
Breakfast and transfer to the airport for the return flight.
Overnight stays take place in comfortable lodges but with degrees of overall comfort that drop slightly as you go up. The rooms generally have two or more beds, not heated and a medium-heavy duvet is required for the overnight stay. Meals are served and consumed in the lodges offering a wide choice of local and western dishes.
To participate in this trip you need a Nepalese visa, a passport is required, which must be valid for 6 months and have 1 free page, and 1 passport photo, the visa can be obtained on-site for USD 30 per person (* to be reconfirmed in based on current legislation updated in 2021)
Given the particular nature of our travel proposals, the daily programs should be considered as a guideline. A series of variable factors that distinguish traveling to high mountain regions in remote areas (prohibitive weather conditions, landslides, communication interruptions, etc.) can jeopardize the safety of participants and consequently impose changes to the planned itineraries. The organizer has the right to make any changes to the program that the security needs require. The package is proposed with the current measures concerning the coronavirus emergency, in the event of changes in the procedures it will be communicated promptly.
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