This low altitude trek in the Annapurna foothills is specifically devised for student group. We include time in the traditional Hindu villages where children regard the Himalaya as their playground. Each campsite we join our crew and the villagers in dancing, singing and games of volleyball and cricket. There is also time to visit the local schools and markets where cultural horizons are so different from our own. During the trek we appreciate the magnificent oak and rhododendron forests as we ascend to alpine meadows that afford spectacular views of the Annapurna Range. After completing our trek we travel to Chitwan in search of rhino and the Bengal tiger.
Meet our representative at the airport who will transfer you to the Hotel. Hotel checking-in and go for sightseeing tour. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Morning – breakfast in the hotel. After that leave for the full day UNISCO HERITAGE sightseeing tour, visit Swyambhunath Temple, Patan Durbar Square and Bungmati Village. Overnight in Kathmandu.
After breakfast we transfer to Kathmandu’s domestic terminal to take our flight to Pokhara (827m), the main gateway for trekkers into the Annapurna region. This is one of the most scenic flights in the Himalaya, as we trace the backbone of the monstrous Ganesh, Manaslu and Annapurna ranges. The flight path heads west up and over the rim of the Kathmandu Valley along the Trisuli River to Pokhara, Nepal’s second largest town. Once we have arrived in Pokhara we take a 2.5 hour drive to Nayapul and commence our trek to Syauli Bazaar (1100m). This is a very gentle walk along an often busy trail which follows the Modi River, past tea houses and villages. Villagers greet us with “Namaste”, the traditional Nepalese greeting, as we pass their homes and continue to your camp for the night. Walk approximately 1.50 hours. Meals: B,L,D
Todays trek to the facinating Gurung village of Ghandruk should be taken slowly and steadily as there are some big energy sapping up hills to tackle, welcome to the Himalayas! It is a beautiful walk and one which gets better as the day progresses. After lunch we walk through neat Gurung villages and along well-worn trails busy with local people going about their lives. Life is simple and has not changed much over the centuries. As you gain height the views keep improving till once you reach camp you see the beautiful peaks of Annapurna South and Machapuchare. Walk approximately 6-7 hours. Meals: B,L,D
After breakfast our trek starts for Tadopani (2650m). The trek up through small terraced fields past farmhouses and into dense jungle. This is a particularly good day for bird-watchers and those interested in wild flowers such as rhododendron, magnolias and orchids. On arrival into our camp we will enjoy magnificent views of snow-capped mountains. Walk approximately 5 hours. Meals: B,L,D
Today we trek to Ghorepani (2880m). Initially the trail gently descends down into a dense forest and gorge valley, followed by a steep climb to Deurali Pass (3078m) where the views at the top are magnificent, to the west we see Dhaulagiri (8167m). As we continue our walk downhill to Ghorepani we enjoy views of Annapurna South (7,219m). Walk approximately 6 hours. Meals: B,L,D
This morning those who are feeling adventurous can rise before dawn to make the 45 minute climb to the summit of Poon Hill (3200m). This is often a highlight of a persons trek in the Annapurnas as the views from this popular vantage point are impressive. After that breakfast and trek down to Ulleri. The trail meanders downhill through fields and into the forest of rhododendron and magnolia. We pass by waterfalls that cascade down narrow gullies that provide the perfect home for many small ferns and delicate plants. Ulleri is a clearing with more spectacular views of Annapurna South and Hinchuli. Walk approximately 3-4 hours. Meals: B,L,D
After absorbing even more spectacular views of Annapurna South and breakfast we head down the Modi Khola valley along a secluded village trail that is rarely followed by other trekking groups. After lunch at the scenic village of Dansing we complete a short, steep descent to the village of Birethanti along the Modi Khola. We cross a substantial bridge before making our way to the bustling bazaar of Nayapul. Here we are picked up and transferred back to Pokhara by private vehicle to our permanent campsite. Walk approximately 3-4 hours then drive 2 hours. Meals: B,L,D
After breakfast you will be taken for the sightseeing tour. Visit major attractions we have in Pokhara Valley like Davis Fall, Seti Gorge, Barahi temple, situated in the middle of Phewa Lake, Bindhabasini temple etc. Overnight in Pokhara.
This morning we transfer to Chitwan by road. On arrival we are briefed on the planned activities during our stay. Late afternoon and early morning are the best times to sight wildlife, so other times tend to be for less energetic activities. We will have lunch at our lodge and commence our activity program. Our accommodation is at the Chitwan Adventure Lodge outside the park, generally in 2-bed huts with a private bathroom. Solar heated hot water is available in the afternoons. Meals: B,L,D
A full day's activities are available including jungle walks, canoe rides, bird-watching and jeep safari, as well as lectures on other fauna. Our concession area is the territory of many species of wildlife including 3 tigers, 5 leopards, 7 rhino, and many deer, boar, bear, peacocks, an extraordinary number of bird species and is occasionally visited by wild elephants. Meals: B,L,D
We complete our last activity, and we make the journey out of the jungle and back to the Kathmandu by vehicle, arriving late afternoon. Meals: B
There are a million things to see in Kathmandu and we recommend you spend this day wandering the town and exploring the valley on bicycle or by taxi. Our staff can arrange a guide and/or transport should you wish, or you can head off armed with a map and let the day unfold. Meals: B
After breakfast the trip will conclude unless further arrangements have been made. Transfer to the airport for your homeward journey. Meals: B
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