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Nepal Annapurna Trek with Chitwan Safari 2018

Solo Travellers 40 Years & Over
Sunday 7 - Friday 19 October 2018 (ex. Kathmandu)

Itinerary

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Wildlife viewing and nature walks at Chitwan National Park
  • Stunning views of the Annapurna Range
  • Fully supported camping based trek including 3 hearty meals per day prepared by our cooks
  • Local Hindu culture
  • Himalayan Mountain flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu; Pashupatinath (a major Hindu shrine) and the giant Buddhist stupa at Boudhanath
  • Travelling with like-minded solo travellers

 

AT A GLANCE

DAY 1  JOIN KATHMANDU (1330M)

DAY 2  HALF DAY SIGHTSEEING TOUR. REST OF DAY AT LEISURE.

DAY 3  FLY TO POKHARA, COMMENCE TREK TO DHAMPUS (1990M) ‑ WALK APPROX. 3 HRS

DAY 4  TO LANDRUK (1600M). WALK APPROX 5 HOURS

DAY 5  TREK TO CHOMRUNG (2020M) 6‑7 HOURS

DAY 6  TO TADAPANI (2650M). WALK APPROX. 6 HOURS

DAY 7  TO GHANDRUK (1990M). WALK APPROX. 6 HRS

DAY 8  TREK TO NAYAPUL AND DRIVE POKHARA, WALK APPROX. 2 HOURS, DRIVE 2 HOURS

DAY 9  IN POKHARA

DAY 10  DRIVE POKHARA TO CHITWAN APPROXIMATELY 4 HRS DRIVE

DAY 11  IN CHITWAN

DAY 12  DRIVE TO KATHMANDU APPROXIMATELY 5 HRS DRIVE

DAY 13  TRIP CONCLUDES KATHMANDU

 

DAY 1  - SUNDAY 7 OCTOBER 2018
Join Kathmandu (1330m)

Depart Australia on the group flight with Cathay Pacific, arriving Kathmandu, Nepal near the end of the evening. On arrival you will be met by a representative of World Expeditions and transferred to the Radisson Hotel to rest for the evening.

Meals: Nil

DAY 2 – MONDAY 8 OCTOBER 2018
In Kathmandu

This morning a sightseeing tour takes in the key attractions in and around Kathmandu. We will visit Pashupatinath and Boudhanath, returning to the hotel by 2pm. In the afternoon you may have time to explore Swayambhunath, Durbar Square, Patan or Bhaktapur, and the lesser-known towns that dot the valley on foot, by bicycle or trishaw. The area has an amazing range of fascinating highlights, whatever your interest. Excellent bookshops, extensive markets, and novelty and handicraft shops contrast with fantastic centres of cultural and spiritual significance - Kathmandu has more World Heritage sites than any other city in the world.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3 –  TUESDAY 9 OCTOBER 2018
Fly to Pokhara, commence trek to Dhampus (1990)m
Walk approximately 3 hours

This morning we take a flight west to Pokhara, Nepal’s second largest town (820m). In good weather we are greeted with sights of the entire Annapurna Range. From here we drive for an hour to a pass between two river valleys to the village of Khare, where we commence our trek. There is no need to rush as this is a short day with plenty of time to reach our overnight stop. The trail ascends for the first hour, following a ridge through fields of bamboo clusters to magnificent rhododendron forest. Villagers greet us with “Namaste”, the traditional Nepalese greeting, as we pass their homes and continue to the ridge top where at the crest the scale of the mountains astounds us. Machapuchare (6993m), Hiunchuli (6441m) and Annapurna South (7219m) can be seen from our immediate viewpoint.

NOTE: Maximum of 15kg (33lbs) for checked luggage and maximum of 5kg for hand luggage between Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4 –  WEDNESDAY 10 OCTOBER 2018
To Landruk (1600m)
Walk approximately 5 hours

The views from our campsite are excellent, and morning generally offers the best opportunity to view the huge peaks. As we walk, the peaks of the Annapurnas will be visible through the scattered rhododendron forest, offering a sample of the trek to come. After our longer uphill morning session, this afternoon will be a more gradual. We descend towards the Mardi Khola, trekking through dense forest of rhododendron, oak and birch until we reach the terraced fields of Landruk. We have time to explore the village and visit the nearby waterfall before spending the night at our private eco camp site.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5 –  THURSDAY 11 OCTOBER 2018
Trek to Chomrung (2020m)
Walk 6-7 hours

High on the opposite side of the river, you can explore the village of Ghandruk. From this point, the trial descends along terraced slopes & forest down to the river. After crossing the river at New Bridge, the trail ascends steeply 500m to join with the trail from Ghandruk. From here it is a short walk to Chomrong (1960m). Chomrong is a village which offers spectacular views of Annapurna South & Machapuchare.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 –  FRIDAY 12 OCTOBER 2018
to Tadapani (2650m)
Walk approximately 6 hours

Our trail meanders downhill through fields and into forest of rhododendron, magnolia and lichen covered fig. We pass by waterfalls that cascade down narrow gullies that provide the perfect home for many small ferns and delicate plants such as exotic orchids bursting with colour.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7 – SATURDAY 13 OCTOBER 2018
To Ghandrukruk (1990m)
Walk approximately 6 hours

It is a wonderful traverse through the forest and a fine contrast from the previous stages on the trek. We gain views of Annapurna South from Bhaisi Kharka before heading through a series of clearings that define the trail to the substantial Gurung settlement of Ghandruk (1990 meters). We visit the local Gurung museum in the heart of the village and then overnight at our private eco campsite.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8 – SUNDAY 14 OCTOBER 2018
Trek to Nayapul, drive to Pokhara
Walk approximately 2 hours

Today we take a short trek to Nayapul before being transported back to Pokhara for an overnight stay. Remainder of the day is at leisure to explore the Pokhara city. It is important to us that this trek follows few of the commercial tea-house trails. Accordingly the route and campsites may be varied at the discretion of the group leader. Note that the walking hours include rest stops, are a guide only and can vary due to trail or weather conditions. On arrival into Pokhara transfer to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9 – MONDAY 15 OCTOBER 2018
Pokhara

Today is at your leisure in Pokhara.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10 – TUESDAY 16 OCTOBER 2018
Pokhara to Chitwan

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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11 – WEDNESDAY 17 OCTOBER 2018
Chitwan

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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12–  THURSDAY 18 OCTOBER 2018
Chitwan to Kathmandu

After breakfast, we transfer by road back to Kathmandu.  The journey will take approximately 5 hours.  On arrival in Kathmandu, you have the evening at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13 – FRIDAY 19 OCTOBER 2018
Depart Kathmandu

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight home.

Meals: Breakfast

POST TOUR – SATURDAY 20 OCTOBER 2018
Return to Australia

Travellers on the group airfare return home today.

 

This itinerary is subject to change with any change in Community regulations as well as Governmental changes and natural circumstances beyond our control.

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