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Nepal in 15 days
A jungle and an Annapurna trek adventure
4th - 18th November 2013

ITINERARY - difficulty grade C ( height gains of up to 1000m, 3,500 ft a day )

Day 1:

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Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal
We will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel.
Settling in, briefing and an evening meal together.

1st night in Kathmandu View hotel
Day 2:

Kathmandu (4,445') is one of three former medieval city-states in the Kathmandu Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with Bhaktapur and Patan. We will take a morning tour of Bhaktapur, which has preserved its ancient character and is an enchanting display of medieval Nepalese town life. A highlight is Durbar Square, with its many temples, remains of an ancient palace, and intricate Sun Dhoka (“Golden Gate”), a gilded copper gate crafted in 1753.

In the afternoon, we'll visit the many interesting sights, shrines, and markets, or stroll in Kathmandu's fascinating Asan Tole bazaar.

2nd night in Kathmandu View
Day 3:

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Kathmandu – Chitwan National Park
The road follows the valley along the Trisuli River, a popular rafting spot. In Mugling, a big village with many restaurants for travellers, we take the India Road and follow another river, the Narayani . We’ll stay for two nights in a Jungle Resort, in the heart of Chitwan National Park. (5 hrs driving)

Our general program while in the park will be : Tharu village tour to visit a local village. An elephant back ride to see rhinoceros and other animals. A canoe tour to see crocodiles and birds, bird watching, and a jungle walk.

1st night in Green Mansions Resort

Day 4:


Chitwan National Park
The park has been the jewel of Nepal’s wildlife parks since its inception in 1973. It is home to a healthy and stable tiger population as well as the largest population of Nepal’s one-horned rhinoceros, now under renewed attack from poachers.

2nd night in Green Mansions Resort

Day 5:

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Chitwan – Pokhara (2,700 ft)
We travel by private coach to Pokhara, a small and charming town 200 kms west of Kathmandu.

The enchanting Pokhara valley is situated at an altitude of 2,700 ft above sea level. Also known as the “city of seven lakes”, Pokhara offers magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Machapuchare, Manaslu, the five peaks of Annapurna and others. This is one of the few places in the world to provide such a dramatic view in a sub-tropical setting; the nearest snow-capped mountain, Machapuchare, is less then 30 kilometers. Pokhara's numerous lakes offer fishing, boating and swimming. 5h driving

1st night in Hotel Barahi, Pokhara

Day 6:

Free day to relax and visit fascinating Pokhara and it's lovely Lake Fewa.
Lunch & dinner on your own.

2nd night in Hotel Barahil

Day 7:
The start of the trek

The 3000 steps to Ulleri village
Private bus transfer to Naya Pul (1hr) and the start of our hike.
We cross rice fields and several small Magar villages : the Magar are farmers and herders. We stop for lunch at Tirkedunga (5,000 ft), on a bamboo-covered hillside. In the afternoon we climb the famous « 3000 steps » which lead through steep terraced fields to the tiny village of Ulleri (6,800 ft) and our first lodge.

6hr walking – height gain: 3,300 ft

Day 8:

The fantasy forest & Ghorapani pass
We climb gently up through the small villages of Banthanti et Nayathanti, where we can stop at a shaded tea-shop. We have our first views of the sacred peak Machapuchare (22,943 ft).
Our climb continues through a fantasy forest of big oaks, giant rhododendrons and orchids until we arrive at the Ghorapani pass (9,400 ft) with its blue lodges - our home for the night.

5h walking – height gain: 2,600 ft.

Day 9:

Sunrise on Dhaulagiri, and to Chuilé
An optional early start and a 1 hr walk takes us to a great viewpoint for catching the sunrise on Dhaulagiri (the 7th highest mountain in the world at 26,795 ft) and Annapurna South (23,684 ft). Back to our lodge for breakfast.
We hike to the top of Deurali for more great views. Then following the ridge we traverse through the most beautiful giant rhododendron forest of all Nepal, to arrive in Thadapani village. Then we descend, again through forest, to Chuilé village at 7,800 ft.

5h walking – height gain : 1,000 ft – height loss : 2,300 ft.

Day 10:

Jinhu Danda village and its thermal springs.
We drop down to a small bridge over the Kymun Khola river. Our trail then winds around the mountainside, passing through farming hamlets. The terraced fields on these steep hillsides are wonderful examples of Nepalese farming skills. Here they grow rice, millet and buckwheat. We have more great views of Machapuchare.
We descend to the pretty village of Jinhu Danda at 5,800 ft and from here we can visit (and test even) the thermal springs at Jinhu, a 20 mins walk.

5h walking - height gain: 1,600 ft - height loss: 1,600 ft

Day 11:

Landrung village, a ½ day
We drop down again, this time to cross the Modi Kola at « new bridge » (3,900 ft) - a small wooden bridge. From here we follow the river bed before climbing up to the overhanging village of Landrung at 5,200 ft. This charming village has colourful houses with stone roofs, and wonderful views of South Annapurna.
This short (rest) day gives us time to wander round the village, enjoy the views, and relax.

4hr walking – height gain: 1,300 ft – height loss: 2,000 ft

Day 12:

Pothana village (5,900 ft)
We wind along the terraced hillsides to the hamlet of Tolka, then climb up through a forest of oaks and giant rhododendrons to Deurali Pass (7,200 ft).
From this high-point we drop down ridge trails, crossing open fields and rhododendron forests, to arrive at the village of Pothana (6,200 ft).

5h walking – height gain: 2,000 ft – height loss: 1,000 ft

Day 13:

return to Pokhara
With great views of the Annapurna Range we descend a wide stone track, through open fields, to the large village of Dhampus and « civilisation » - we can hear buses and trucks further down the valley !. A last drop down through rice fields followed by an impressive « staircase » brings us to Phedi and the road.
A 30min transfer to Pokhara takes us to our comfortable hotel and welcome hot showers and a change of clothes.
Afternoon and evening free to visit Pokhara and its shops and try one of the many restaurants.

3rd night in Hotel Barahi

2hr30 walking – height loss: 3,300 ft

Day 14:

Return to Kathmandu
Our return flight to Kathmandu and into our hotel. The afternoon – depending on flight time – is free for you to visit Kathmandu.

In the evening we will gather for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

3rd night in Kathmandu View hotel

Day 15:
(Nov 18th)

After breakfast and even last-minute shopping. Or you may wish to continue your travels in Nepal or Asia. Or stay a few more nights in Kathmandu ?
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Dates are 4th-18th November 2013

Based on:
2 people sharing a twin room in the above hotels, 8 nights.
And in more basic Lodges whilst on the trek, 6 nights.
A single-room supplement is available for the hotels but not for the Lodges where accommodation is in twin or triple rooms.

What is included:
Inclusive of everything, i.e. airport transfers, bed and breakfast (days 2-15 inc), all lunches & evening meals (unless where specified that you are on your own to explore), private coach transport, 1 internal flight, and 2 European guides plus a Nepalese guide, cook and porters.

What is NOT included:
Insurance, alcoholic drinks and your postcards and obvious personal spending, including medical supplies.
Lunches on travel days (days 1 and 15) and where specified ie days 6 & 13.
Evening meals where specified ie days 6 & 13.

Key points:
* Everything is included in the price. There are no "local payments".
* We have time to enjoy the scenery, in comfort, with good quality accomodations and food.
* We have 3 GUIDES throughout the trip for maximum safety & support.

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Average height gain per day - 2,500 feet
Highest Point - Ghorapani pass 9,400 ft (2900m)
Languages Spoken - Nepalese, some English. Your guides speak English.
Difficulty Rating - "More strenuous"
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