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Introduction to Annapurna for Family and Friends Tour

Tour was designed for a group of participants possibly of varied ages to experience easy exotic moderate level adventure and to help the group to develop good and positive bonding in a fun adventure setting. It requires the ability to walk steep outdoor steps and gain approximately 2200m over 3 days. You can expect something in order of 10,000 steps up and down over period of 5 days. This requires moderate level of fitness and should provide a participant with a good motivation for 3-6 months of moderate exercise prior to the trip.

We will take you from Kathmandu to Pokhara on tourist deluxe bus; this 7hrs trip will give you opportunity of a glimpse on a spectacular road up from Kathmandu Valley and down to Trishuli River gorge. The road is narrow and winding, so driving is slow and we pass through number of townships and villages allowing you bird’s eye view at colorful cultures. We will occasionally stop for short breaks, where you will have the opportunity to sample Nepalese cuisine.

From Pokhara we will take you on a hike to Poon Hill from where you can have one of the best views in world of two 8000m giants right in front of you Annapurna(8091m) Massive and Dhalagiri(8167m), the stunning picture will remain with you unforgettable for the rest of your life.

On the way back to Kathmandu we will take you for one day river rafting and to Chitwan National Park for jungle safari, where you can see, ride and play with elephants.

Back in Kathmandu we will take you on an exciting sightseeing tour including mountain scenic flight, where you will see entire Himalayan range including all eight 8000m giants. IMAGINE THAT!

Introduction to Kathmandu

Kathmandu(1400m) history dates back an impressive 2000 years. It is located centrally in Kathmandu Valley with its metropolitan area consistings of three cities: Kathmandu (Kantipur), Patan and Bhatapur. Thamel the old part of the city with quaint short and narrow streets, numerous nooks and crannies contains hotels, restaurants, offices and shops. Durbar Square, world heritage site, is important and fascinating place to visit, containing numerous Hindu temples, statutes of various Hindu deities and the palace of Kumari, the living goddess. Other important place is Pashupatinath, the biggest Hindu temple in the world, considered the most significant for Hindu followers attracting numerous pilgrims and colourful Sadus; for many Hindu it is a preferred cremation site on banks of Bagmati River. There are two significant Buddhist Gompas in Kathmandu Swayambhunath and Baudhanath, and also world heritage sites. Nagarkot, the highest hill in the range surrounding Kathmandu Valley, some 35km from the city centre offers unprecedented view on Langtang range and some of the giants beyond the range such as Annapurna, Manaslu, Cho Oyu and Shishapangma.

Interduction to Trishuli River

The Trishuli River is a trans-boundary river; it originates in Tibet and is one of the major tributaries of the Narayani River basin in central Nepal. It is named after the trishula or trident of Shiva, a powerful god in the Hindu pantheon. The legend says that Shiva drove his trident into the ground high in the Himalayas at Gosaikunda, to create three springs – the source of the river and hence its name Trishuli.
More than 60% of the total drainage basin of the Trishuli lies in Tibet with about 9% being covered by snow and glaciers. 85% of its catchment area of 4,640 square kilometres (1,790 sq mi) lies above 3,000 metres (9,800 ft) out of which 11% lies above 6,000 metres (20,000 ft).
The river has carved some truly impressive gorges in its lower part as it cut its way through the 2000 meter high Mahavarat Range. Nepal is a river rafter paradise; there is no other country with such a choice of multi-day trips away from roads with magnificent mountain surroundings, warm rivers, a semi-tropical climate, impressive geography, exotic cultures, wildlife and hospitable people.

Introduction to Chitwan National Park

Chitwan National Park the first national park in Nepal formerly called Royal Chitwan National Park it was established in 1973 and granted the status of a World Heritage Site in 1984. It covers an area of 932 sq km and is located in the subtropical Inner Terai lowlands of south-central Nepal in the Chitwan district. In altitude it ranges from about 100 metres (330 ft) in the river valleys to 815 metres (2,674 ft) in the Churia Hills. The park contains rich fauna and flora including exotic and endangered Bengal Tigers, Crocodile spices, Indian Rhino and Elephants. The stay and activities inside park are organised and controlled by the rangers to ensure safety of visitors and environmental protection and include elephant bathing rituals and safaris, bird watching, jungle walks and canoeing. The park also offers informative slideshow, introduction to local culture with the Tharu traditional dance shows. The rivers feeding to Chitwan allow a number of options for spectacular rafting adventures on Seti and Treshuli Rivers.

Introduction to Pokhara

History of Pokhara is linked with an important old trading route between China and India. In 17th centaury Pokhara was a part of very influential Kingdom of Kaski ruled by Shah Dynasty. Pokhara Valley is a home to ethnic groups of Brahmin, Gurung and Newar who are predominantly Hindu with a minority of Buddhists in particularly of Tibetan origin. It is one of the most spectacular valleys in Nepal, where two 8000m peaks Annapurna(8091m) and Dhaulagiri(8167m) raise up dramatically within 30km from Pokhara(1000m) forming incredibly picturesque vista over the Phewa Tal (lake). At Sarangkot (1680m) you will experience the golden sunrise view of Annapurna and magnificent vista of Lake Phewa and city of Pokhara. There will be optional activity of paragliding back to Pokhara on 45 minutes para-flight tandem. We also visit the amazing Bidubashini temple complex, Old Market, David’s Fall with Hindu Grotto Temple and the cave and Tibetan Buddhist monastery.


Testimonials

Poon Hill trip with a difference 13 February 2011

Tony ImageI have climbed many mountains and travelled many exotic destinations. This was one of my most memorable experiences ever. While working in Kathmandu Rishi organized the trip to Poon Hill. The trip to Poon Hill as such is not a big deal nowadays with easy access to the trailhead by public transport and numerous facilities along the trek. No surprise as it is probably one of the most popular treks in the world culminating with world classic view of enormous Annapurna Massive and majestic Dhaulagiri towering the left to it...Read More

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Itinerary Details of Introduction to Annapurna for Family and Friends Tour

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport and transfer to Hotel

Day 02: Early morning we depart Kathmandu for the 7 hours drive by tourist deluxe bus to Pokhara (915m.), 200 kilometres west of Kathmandu. We have leisurely afternoon in Pokhara where you can enjoy the tourist village atmosphere and your choice of local restaurants. We stay overnight in Pokhara

Day 03: It will take about 90 minutes to drive from Pokhara (915 m.) to the trailhead at Nayapul (1050m.). We start trekking from Nayapul (1050m.) to Tikhedhunga (1577 m.) via Birethanti (1065m.) which takes about 4 hours at moderate pace. The elevation gain of 500m is relatively gradual and ideal for the warm-up stage

Day 04: Today we trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2675 m.). It takes about 6 hours with initial steep ascend to Ulleri (2070m.) negotiating many hundreds of relentless steps for about 2 hrs. Once in Ulleri the path moderates and after another 4 hrs passing through another Magar village Banthanti we reach our destination for today, the village of Ghorepani, where we stay overnight in a comfortable lodge.

Day 05: Early morning gefore breakfast we make a short trip to Poon Hill (3232m.) to enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri , Tukuche Peak, Nilgiri, Varaha Shikhar , Mt. Annapurna I , Lamjung Himal and other numerous snow-capped mountain peaks, it is unforgettable experience. After breakfast we trek to Ghandruk (1950m.) which takes about 7 and half hours.

Day 06: From Ghandruk we trek back to the trailhead in Nayapul via Birethanti, which takes about 5 hours and we take a drive to Pokhara, where we stay overnight at our Hotel.

Day 07: We take a drive to the start of our rafting adventure at Damauli, some 2 and half hrs from Pokhara. We will raft for some 3 hrs to our camp site on the beach in the jungle setting near Sarangghat.

Day 08: We continue our rafting to Gaighat until early afternoon and take a drive to Chitwan for the jungle safari program. The safari program includes many activities conducted over two days. Park rangers will schedule all activities. We finish the day enjoying sunset over the river and a drink in the bar located at the river banks and stay overnight in the jungle resort.

Day 09: Second day the jungle safari activities will include elephant bathing, elephant riding and the opportunity to close encounters with these magnificent and highly intelligent creatures. You will be able to come close to the elephant and interact with them including touching and patting. You will be amazed with their dexterity, gentleness and intelligence. You will be able to bathe in the river with the elephant. While riding elephants through the jungle we will hope to see rhinos, maybe tigers, dears, giant pythons and more. Rangers also arrange other activities such as nature walks, canoeing and bird watching. We will spend second night in the jungle resort.

Day 10: This is our last day in the jungle with the last morning activities such as bird watching or a short discovery walk before breakfast. After breakfast we will depart to Kathmandu on the bus along scenic Trishuli River gorge. We will stay in Thamel.

Day 11: We take one hour scenic mountain flight early in the morning, which will take us to the top of the world to admire spectacular vista of Everest and all other 13 highest peaks in the world, all over 8000m as well as hundreds of peaks over 6000m. After the scenic flight we will continue sightseeing in Kathmandu visiting Kapan monastery and significant temples and gompas of Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Swayambhunath. We will conclude the day with well deserved Farewell dinner.

Day 12: After breakfast we’ll arrange transfer to the airport for your flight or alternatively you can join another tour.

Price for the Trip:

  • The cost of the tour or trek depends on group size and desired class of services dependent on your budget and optional activities of your choice. The larger the group the lower the cost per capita.
  • The above itinerary is a guideline and standard pattern which we provide. This program can be modified according to the client available time and requirements.
  • The Itinerary can be easily modified in accordance with final client specifications. Additional activities could be added or removed as per client's specifications before confirming the trip. Costs for reduced activities will be deducted and extra activities will be added as per client specification.
  • The above itinerary includes services from Airport pick-up to Airport drop-off to provide convenience to our clients.
  • There is very diverse choice of accommodation in major cities and we provide accommodation to the standard requested or we will book the accommodation nominated by the client.
  • The cost per capita will also be affected the number of guides and porters required to fulfil the program.
  • For all these reasons the cost of seemingly the same trip may vary.
  • For fixed departures with fixed price based on minimum number of clients we reserve the right to cancel the trip and refund the money or offer an alternative option.
  • The above price is indicative only and for conditions described in the itinerary. Our services are tailored to client’s individual requirements and hence fixed and final price can only be determined on case by case bases.

Thus; please mail us for up to date prices for the above Trip

Cost Include

  • Pick up and drop-off from/to Kathmandu airport.
  • 4/5 Days Ghorepani Poon hill full board Tea house trekking
  • 3 meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunch and Dinners with tea or coffee) during the trek.
  • Full board Accommodation of Lodges, Guesthouses in Twin Sharing Bases during the trek
  • Trekking Permit (National Park entry fee)
  • TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System) Permit
  • Necessary staff during the trekking period With Experience Guide and Porter.
  • 20 Kg Luggage free Per Person during the trekking.
  • Trekking porter carry all personal gear and group equipment.
  • Transportation by private vehicle (Bus, Car ,Van) as per Itinerary
  • Group medical supplies (First Aid kit )
  • A Full Day Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour.
  • 2/3 Days Full Board Jungle safari Activities
  • Escorted English speaking tour guide
  • All necessary monument entrance fee
  • All meals at Chitwan National Park segment.
  • Mountain Flight ticket and transportation
  • 2/3 Days full Board package in Pokhara.
  • Sightseeing in Pokhara valley
  • Flight Ticket from Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • complete pre-departure information, flight ticket reconfirmation and extend visa service(if necessary)
  • Our service charges
  • Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu before Departure.

Cost Exclude

  • Hotel Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Alcoholic beverages, Nepal visa fee & Personal nature expenses
  • Emergency rescue evacuation if required.
  • Personal accident insurance or Helicopter rescue.
  • Airfare international flights
  • Nepal entry visa fee, Visa can be obtained easy at the arrival
  • Mineral water, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls, internet.
  • Tips, gifts, souvenirs.

 

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