01. ARRIVE KATHMANDU
Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will
be met, assisted and escorted to your hotel by our representative.
After checking in, you can relax for sometime and later in the afternoon
proceed for half day sightseeing of Kathmandu city and Swoyambhunath Stupa.
: Kathmandu Durbar
with its medley
of temples and shrines is the traditional seat of the royalty where Kings
are crowned and their coronations are performed. The big bell
; Jagannath Temple
with its erotic carvings on the
temple struts; Kasthamandap - the temple
believed to have been built
from the wood of a single tree and from which the city of Kathmandu derives
its name, are some views you will enjoy on this tour. But on top of the list
is the Kumari Ghar - the temple of the living goddess. For most of the year,
the Kumari is available to greet people from the balcony of the temple.
Photography is strictly prohibited here. Spend some time browsing through a
typical Nepalese market place
. Swoyambhunath Stupa
These 2000 years old stupas are situated approx. 1.8 miles west of Kathmandu
on a hillock overlooking the Kathmandu valley
. This is one of the
most glorious Buddhist temples. It is decorated with the famous "Buddha's
eyes", and is surrounded by temples and Tibetan monasteries.
Stay overnight in Kathmandu. Day 02. IN
After an early breakfast proceed for half day sightseeing
of Pashupatinath and Boudhnath. Pashupatinath
: Lying on
the banks of the sacred Bagmati River
, this is the country's most
important Hindu temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. It was built in 1696 with a
two-tiered golden roof and silver doors and is famous for its superb
architecture. Each year it draws numerous devotees from all over India.
: It lies approx. 5 miles east of
Kathmandu. This is one of the largest Buddhist Shrines in the world, dating
before the birth of Christ. It is the religious center for Nepal's
considerable population of Tibetans and there are a number of thriving
monasteries. This area is also referred to as 'little Tibet'.
the afternoon visit Patan City. Patan
: Also known as
Lalitpur meaning city of devotees is where you will visit the Patan Durbar
Square with its exquisite architectural masterpieces depicting the Newar
craftsmanship. Krishna Mandir
- a stone structure with 21 spires;
Hiranya Varan Mahabihar
- the Golden temple
; and Mahaboudha
- a masterpiece in terra cotta, are some of the other highlights of the
tour. After the tour you will continue to the Tibetan Resettlement Camp
where Tibetan refugees are rehabilitated. You will see women weaving carpets
on their looms.
Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 03. KATHMANDU - POKHRA
After an early breakfast proceed by
surface to Pokhra. Pokhra
is situated approx. 131 miles
east of Kathmandu and is one of the most scenic spots in the country. The
Himalayan panorama of the Annapurna range with the dominating peak of Machhapuchhre
(Fish Tail) forming the backdrop for the city is a sight to behold. There
are many lakes in Pokhra, the major being Phewa lake
situated on the southernmost point of the city and is a popular tour spot.
Relax in the afternoon and later in the evening enjoy a boat ride
on Phewa Lake.
Stay overnight in Pokhra.
Day 04. POKHRA - TOLKA (6 HOUR'S WALK)
an early breakfast drive from Pokhra to Kanre for about an hour. We sort out
our gear; we commence our walk to Tolka (1850mts). As soon as we leave
Kanre, the trail climbs up through the forest and reaches the Australian
camp (1950mts) in about one and half hours where one is rewarded by a
panoramic view of the Himalayas extending from Dhaulagiri
to Lamjung Himal
(6932mts). After a detour we continue to walk to
(2050mts), a walk of half an hour, during which you will
enjoy the splendid views of Machhapuchhre/Mt. Fishtail
(7219mts), and Hiunchuli
2 hours uphill trek through dense forest of rhododendron and fir, you will
arrive at a small pass called Deurali at 2150mts, from where you can once
again enjoy the view of the mountains we saw from Pothana. After a steep
descent through a dense forest of birds, ferns and orchids walk along Modi
down to picturesque Tolka village at 1850mts. The descent
is another 2 hours walk.
Stay overnight in lodge at Tolka.
Day 05. TOLKA - CHOMRONG (6 HOUR'S WALK)
morning after breakfast we continue our trek to Chomrong (2170mts). The
walking time is approx. 6 hours.
At first the trail descends a
long stone staircase to a suspension bridge past some streams, paddy fields
of rice and wheat and some unusual oval-shaped houses looking down the Modi
. This will bring us to the village of Landruk at 1646mts
in about an hour. This village has a large collection of teahouses and
lodges. The trail now turns up north of the Modi Khola valley
passing alongside rice terraces, then through forests, where one can enjoy a
very classic waterfall. After about an hour's walk we arrive at Himal Pani
from where a stiff climb will lead to Jhinu Danda
at 1750mts where
we stop for lunch. There is a nice natural hot spring bath down the river
about 15 minutes away and if you so desire you could take a dip. After
lunch, we start to walk for Chomrong. It's a long, steep climb, broken only
by a few teahouses and a cluster of tea shops at Taglung and then the trail
rounds up a bend and enters the big village of Chomrong, a predominantly
Gurung village. This village lies tucked close to Mt. Hiunchuli
and is the best place to see Annapurna South
, and Machhapuchhre
in a lodge at Chomrong.
Day 06. CHOMRONG - TADAPANI (5 HOUR'S WALK)
This morning, if the
weather permits we wake up quite early to enjoy the magnificent sunrise over
the snow-capped Himalayas. After breakfast, we start to walk for Tadapani,
trekking through some terraced fields of rice and buckwheat past schools,
and villages. After walking for about 2 hours we will cross the Kyumun
on a suspension bridge and will arrive at a small village called
Chhule. Thereafter, it's a long steep walk up through a dense forest of
rhododendron, Daphne, firs and pine. This is particularly good for those who
have an interest in bird watching. One also gets to see lots of wild flowers
blooming in the spring months of March - April. At the end of the day we
reach Tadapani, a clearing in the middle of the forest that affords an
excellent view of the Himalayas from Annapurna to Mt. Machhapuchhre
Stay overnight in lodge at Tadapani.
Day 07. TADAPANI - GHOREPANI (5 HOUR'S WALK)
This morning, the
trail gently descends through a thick forest of rhododendron, Daphne, and
bamboo. In about an hour we cross a small stream on a wooden bridge and
arrive at the top of a ridge. Then we walk for some more time and reach the
village of Banthati located in the shadow of a huge rock face where some
teashops and lodges are located. Now we have a steep climb to Deurali
at 3078mts, which will be covered in approx. two and half hours.
The view from here is excellent. To the west one can see Mt. Dhaulagiri
(98167mts), the pyramid peak
of Annapurna in the south, while below
is the deepest gorge in the world called 'The Kali Gandaki valley
We descend through the tree line of rhododendrons and after an hour we reach
Ghorepani at 2853mts.
Stay overnight in lodge at Ghorepani.
Day 08. GHOREPANI - TIRKHEDUNGA (4 HOUR'S
Today we will take an early morning excursion to Poon
at 3210mts (an hours trek), from where we will enjoy the sunrise
over the Himalayan ranges of Dhaulagiri
I (8167mts), Tukuche
(6920mts), Dhampus peak
(5950mts), Nilgiri South
(6839mts), Baraha Sikhar
(7647mts), Annapurna South
. After enjoying the splendid view, we come down to
Ghorepani for breakfast. From Ghorepani the trail follows all the way down
through a thick forest of rhododendron
, oak, and firs past some
crystal clear streams, ravines and local teahouses. As we go further down
one can enjoy a better view of Annapurna South
Hiunchuli (6441mts) from behind the hills and then reach the village of Ulleri
where we will stop for lunch. Beyond Ulleri, the trail descends a stone
staircase until Bhurungdi Khola
at 1410mts, where we will cross the
river on a suspension bridge and finally arrive at Tirkhedunga
Stay overnight in lodge at Tirkhedunga.
Day 09. THIRKHEDUNGA - POKHRA
Today, the trail is simple along the
left bank of Bhurungdi Khola
. We cross some fields of rice and wheat
and after about two and half hours reach the prosperous town of Birethanti
at 1089mts, situated on the opposite bank of the Modi Khola
. We will
cross the confluence of two rivers on a steel bridge to arrive at Naya
at 1130mts. From here we will board the vehicle to return to
Pokhra. The drive to Pokhra is of one and a half hours.
arrival in Pokhra check in at the hotel and relax.
in Pokhra. Day 10. POKHRA - KATHMANDU
an early morning breakfast, drive back to Kathmandu.
checking in at the hotel the rest of the day is free to relax at the hotel
or explore the city centre.
Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 11. LEAVE KATHMANDU
Breakfast at the
hotel and transfer to the airport in time to connect to the flight for