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Annapurna and Everest Panorama Trek 21 Days

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Isolated and forbidden by itself until 1950, the Himalayan country Nepal is becoming more popular as one of the unique natural, cultural and adventurous destinations in the world.

Isolated and forbidden by itself until 1950, the Himalayan country Nepal is becoming more popular as one of the unique natural, cultural and adventurous destinations in the world. The home of Mt. Everest, Buddha and Sherpas – Nepal is a place of eternal attraction with magical culture and people, ancient history, superb scenery and some of the best hikes on earth. Nepal offers an incredible diversity of sightseeing attractions and mountaineering opportunities found nowhere else on earth. The sights and sounds of Nepal are full of energy and life and rich with genuine excitement. Hundreds of thousands of tourists return to Nepal every year because of its beauty, simplicity and hospitality!

TREKKING IN ANNAPURNA REGION
The famous Annapurna region is undoubtedly one of the most popular trekking destinations in Nepal. The main attraction is the Annapurna range including its highest peak, Annapurna I (8,091m), the first of the 8,000-Metre Peaks to have been climbed (by a French team in 1950). Many other mountains are seen, such as Annapurna II (7,937m), Annapurna III (7,575m), Annapurna IV, Annapurna South and Dhaulagiri (8,167m).

TREKKING IN THE EVEREST REGION
Everest, the World’s highest mountain, rises in the eastern part of Nepal, in the Solu-Khumbu region, an area inhabited by the famous Sherpa people into the Everest National Park, with an area of 1,148 square kilometres with an average elevation ranging 2,845 to 8,848, the summit of Mount Everest. The name of the district Solukhumbu comes after Solu, the lower part from Monjo, and Khumbu, the upper part from Monjo. The northern part of Everest, dividing from its summit, falls into Tibet and protected under the Qomolangma National Nature Reserve. The Everest National Park is bordered with Makalu Barun National Park, a remote and wild stretch of mountain peaks and deep and densely forested valleys, to the east and Gaurishanker National Park to the west, into the Rolwaling valley, a well-protected microcosm of cultures and ecology. The central park area is the ancient settlement area of Sherpa people and remained undisturbed by outsiders and even by the central government for centuries. Tourists entered in 1960, and the National park was established in 1976 and became the first national park of Nepal in 1979. Into this national park, there are various established trekking routes, and one can optionally take a scenic walk of a less than a week to 3 weeks. The significant passes that cross from one valley to another through some of its panoramas filed hill saddles are Renjo La, Cho La, Kongma La and are also known as the three passes of Everest Region.

Most of the villages into the Everest National Park are the primitive settlements of Sherpa people. The history relates far to pre-Buddhist time in China and Tibet. It prospers following the development of Tibetan Buddhism in Tibet in the early 8th century. The Sherpas are followers of Mahayana Buddhism and one of the leading followers of Guru Rinpoche (Guru Padma Samvaba), the 8th-century Buddhist saint and founder of the Tibetan Buddhism in Tibet.

The trail leading to the north of Thame, crossing over the World famous Nangpa-La pass, is the main pass from which the Sherpas migrated in the current domain from their ancestral land at Kham, one of the most prominent regions in Tibet around eight hundred years ago. They discovered Solu Khumbu while seeking a refuge to escape war and religious persecution. Since then they continued to live in the region in peace and harmony. Their living, Buddhist practise, and the beautiful mountains attracted many spiritual travellers, trekkers and mountaineers, and it continues. The famous trans-Himalayan trail via Nangpa-La linked cultural and trans-Himalayan business, between Nepal and Tibet, for centuries and believed being in use since and far before the migration of the Sherpas. The Sherpas first settled themselves in the current Junbeshi, in Solu, area, and later dispersed in various parts of Solu, Khumbu, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, Rolwaling, Hyelambu, Sikkim and Bhutan.

The southern part of the district, Solu, is much less frequented by tourists, and consequently has retained much more traditional characteristics. The Peekye trek and the Dudh Kunda trek are two of the most beautiful destinations. The Peekye Trek is one of the most beautiful and easily accessible with options of taking a scenic walk of less than a week to two weeks.

BHOTE KOSHI RAFTING
Bhote Koshi River is a two-day run of pure adventure. The rafting site, above Baharabise, is located in a distance of 3-hour thrilling drive from Kathmandu. The first phases of the journey take us out of Kathmandu valley to Dhulikhel, 30 kilometres east of Kathmandu. Then we drive down-hill against the grandeur of a Himalayan backdrop toward Baharebise through Araniko highway, the only highway road between Nepal and Tibet, until 2015 April. This highway toward Tibet remained closed until June 2019 due to the damage of the 2015 earthquake. The trail continues through the vast valley with magnificent sceneries of villages scattered over the green mountains. On arrival to the rafting starting point, we will get welcomed with tea-coffee or cold drinks followed by a briefing on safety and other related topics. Then the twenty-six kilometres of continuous white water soaks rafters as they shoot through a veritable maze of canyons and boulders. It is one of the steepest rivers rafted in Nepal and requires much concentration and dedicated team-work to make it joy-filled rafting experience.

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy the lush mid-hill nature of Annapurna region.
  • Experience the cultural diversities of in the shortest period.
  • Experience the indigenous way of life and sample of Magar, Gurung and Sherpa hospitality.
  • Admire the most magnificent panorama of Lamjung, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Cho- Oyu, Everest, Nuptse, Makalu, Amadablam and uncountable other beautiful summits.
  • Relax and enjoy the comfort and beauty of Pokhara city, Nepal’s one of the most preferred tourist destinations
  • Fly over Pokhara city to capture the exceptional sceneries.
  • Visit the Gokyo, a worldly know valley for its natural beauty.
  • See the largest glacier from its rim and enjoy seeing several beautiful mountain lakes.
  • Take the bliss of Annapurna and Everest in a single journey.
  • Take a Helicopter flight to enjoy the glittering mountain sceneries from its nears points.
  • Enjoy an adventurous white-water farting
  • Visit centuries-old monuments and medieval towns

Trip Profile

  • The total length of the trip: 20 nights/21 days
  • Trip grade: Moderate to strenuous
  • Elevation achievement: Gokyo-Ri 5,357m.
  • Stay, and activities in Kathmandu: 4-nights in Kathmandu / visit UNESCO sites
  • Stay and activities in Pokhara: 1-night in Pokhara / visit and Paragliding
  • Stay and activities in Bhaktapur: 1-night in Bhaktapur / visit UNESCO sites
  • Annapurna region: 4-days panoramic Ghorepani trek
  • Everest region: 10-days Gokyo Everest View trek
  • Rafting: 2-days Bhote Koshi river rafting
  • Domestic flight: Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu
  • Domestic flight: Kathmandu – Lukla –Kathmandu by helicopter
  • Accommodation: Hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Bhaktapur, Teahouse (Lodge) on full board basis on the trek, and tented resort in Bhote Koshi while in rafting.
  • Meals: An open menu for each meal to choose by clients.
  • Best season to trek: From the second week of March to end of May and from thefirst week of October to mid of December.

Short Itinerary

DAY 01: Arrive in Kathmandu 1,350m, Nepal

DAY 02: Fly to Pokhara & trek to Ulleri 1951m. A 40-minute flight, 2 hours’ drive, & 2 hours Trek.

DAY 03: Trek to Ghorepani 2874m. A 5 hours Trek.

DAY 04: Excursion to Poon Hill 3,210m. and trek to Tadapani 2730m. A 5 hours Trek.

DAY 05: Trek to Gandruk 1,950m. and drive to Pokhara 820m. A 3 hours trek and 2 hours’ drive.

DAY 06: Paraglide, visit and fly to Kathmandu.

DAY 07: Fly to Lukla 2,866m. and trek to Phakding 2652m. A 45 minutes flight and 3 hours trek.

DAY 08: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440m. A 5 hours trek.

DAY 09: Trek to Khumjung 3,790m. A 2 hours trek.

DAY 10: Trek to Dole 4,084m. A 5 hours trek.

DAY 11: Trek to Machhermo 4,465m. A 3 hours trek.

DAY 12: Trek to Gokyo 4,750m. A 3 hours trek.

DAY 13: Day hike to Fifth Lake 4,980m. A 6 hours trek.

DAY 14: Excursion to Gokyo-Ri 5,483m. and trek to Phortse 3,840m. A 6 hours trek.

DAY 15: Trek to Namche and Jorsalle. A 5 hours trek.

DAY 16: Trek to Lukla 2,866m. A 6 hours trek.

DAY 17: Fly to Kathmandu and visit Bhaktapur. A 45 minutes flight and 45 minutes’ drive.

DAY 18: Drive to Khadichour and raft. A 3 hours’ drive and 2 hours rafting.

DAY 19: Raft to Sukute and drive to Kathmandu. A 3 hours rafting and 3 hours’ drive.

DAY 20: Visit UNESCO sites. A 6 to 7 hrs walking.

DAY 21: Departure.

Detail Itinerary

DAY 01: Arrive in Kathmandu 1,350m, Nepal

Pick up at the airport and transfer to the hotel at Boudhanath. Leisure time to rest. In the evening, we’ll take you to visit the UNESCO site of Boudhanath, possibly the world’s largest Buddhist stupa and a place of great reverence and Tibetan Buddhism. The vast dome-shaped monument representing the Mind of the Buddha. Boudhanath stupa is the primary pilgrimage destination for Buddhists o from all over the planet.
  • Overnight stay in the Hotel.

DAY 02: Fly to Pokhara & trek to Ulleri 1951m. A 40-minute flight, 2 hours’ drive, & 2 hours Trek.

In the morning, at around 8 a.m., we drive to Kathmandu airport to board a short flight to Pokhara. We will reach to Pokhara at approximately ten am where our porter and jeep will be waiting for our arrival.

We then start driving about 52 kilometres to a small village called Hile, from where we will start our walk for the next four days. Leave the vehicle and walk about 30 minutes to reach Tikhe Dunga, where we’ll make the lunch stop, a pleasant place where most of the trekkers from or to Gorapani make a rest. After around hours of relaxation and a hearty lunch, we start to walk, which is about 1 hour and 40 minutes walking up to Ulleri village. It is a village of Poon Magars (one of the ethnic groups of Nepal). Ulleri offers the first panorama of Mount Annapurna south and HiumChuli.
  • Full board service
  • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

DAY 03: Trek to Ghorepani 2874m. A 5 hours Trek.

After breakfast, we’ll begin the walk of the second day through a forest full of rhododendrons and pine and with a beautiful view of Mount Macchapuchare (Fish-tailed Mountain). Ghorepani village lies on a saddle of a hill at an elevation of 2874m. It is one of the famous destinations of short trekkers for its exceptional Panorama of all the Mount Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, Fishtail, Nilgiri, and many other small peaks ranging along with the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range.
  • Full board service
  • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

DAY 04: Excursion to Poon Hill 3,210m. and trek to Tadapani 2730m. A 5 hours Trek.

This day we will go to the Poon Hill viewpoint. Early in the morning, before breakfast, take a short walk to the Poonhill lookout to enjoy the sunrise. We will start around 5 in the morning to reach the viewpoint, in about 45 minutes. It’s worth the lost sleep. When walking up the eastern horizon lightens, and the stars begin to disappear behind the dazzling Annapurnas. The views from there are indescribable.

Then we back to the Lodge for a good breakfast, and we will begin our trek a day ahead. The first part of trek requires gentle climbing through a lovely hill ridge which provides a beautiful panorama of Dhaulagiri range, Kaligandaki gorge, the deepest gorge on earth, and the mountain that includes Tukche, Nilgiri, Annapurna range and Fishtail. To the southwest are a deep valley and rolling hills till the end of the horizon. Finally, we arrive at a Hill Saddle called Deurali with two tea houses, where one may want a rest / tea-stop. From here the trail descent direct to Banthanti through a narrow gorge and a lush jungle area with tall pine and rhododendron trek. Banthati is a lovely warm place under a sheer face, where we stop for lunch. From Banthanti the trail makes a level traverse through seemingly rain forest and arrives at Tadapani, another beautiful viewpoint to enjoy the panorama of Annapurna South, Hiumchuli, and Fishtail!
  • Full board service
  • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

DAY 05: Trek to Gandruk 1,950m. and drive to Pokhara 820m. A 3 hours trek and 2 hours’ drive.

Tadapani to Gandruk is three hours walk. From Tadapani the trail goes down continuously to Gandruk with views of Mount Fishtail and Annapurna South. Gandrud is a village of Gurung people, one of the ethnic groups of Nepal, has its dialect, culture, dresses, and lifestyle. Gandrud is one of the famous destinations of trekkers for its beautiful view of the mountains and easy access from Kathmandu and Pokhara. For many, this village is the starting point of Khopra, Ghorepani, or the Annapurna sanctuary Trek and, consequently, the trek ending point, as there is a road to Pokhara.

We stop here for our lunch and in the evening take a Jeep drive to Pokhara. The road descends through Modi River valley through sparse villages and fields. Once the trail descends from Naudanda, there are magnificent sceneries of Lamjung Himal, Fewa Lake, Peace Stupa, and city of Pokhara.

Arrive and get distributed into the rooms and free time. We are just in- front of Fewa lake with many choices of restaurants and shops. Time permitting recommended to walk through the bank of Lake Fewa for some stunning views.
  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation in the Hotel.

DAY 06: Paraglide, visit and fly to Kathmandu.

Early in the morning, before breakfast, we drive to Sarangkot viewpoint to enjoy the sunrise views. The view from the lookout covers the entire Annapurna: Lamjung, Dhaulagiri, Pokhara, and it’s surrounding.
We will stop in one of the restaurants for a sunrise breakfast and prepare for a paragliding flight to Pokhara.

We walk to Sarankot Paragliding spot to meet the pilot. After an expert briefing, we take-off with our pilot on the Paraglider. The 45-minutes flight affords views of Annapurna range, Fishtailed Mountain, Annapurna South, Himchuli, Lamjung Himal, Manaslu, and the Dhaulagiri range. The view also includes villages and monasteries perched on hilltops, and deep valleys, river gorges and Pokhara City. We finally get landed at Lakeside paragliding landing location and transferred to our hotel.

Just after landing, at the Lakeside, we will drive to the international mountain museum. The International Mountain Museum is devoted to the mountains of Nepal and the mountaineers who climbed them. Inside you can see original gear from many of the first Himalayan ascents, as well as displays on the history, culture, geology, and flora and fauna of the Himalaya. Evening in leisure.
  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation in the Hotel.

DAY 07: Fly to Lukla 2,866m. and trek to Phakding 2652m. A 45 minutes flight and 3 hours trek.

Early in the morning, at 06:00 hour, we drive to Tribhuvan International Airport to board a flight to Lukla. It is an exhilarating mountain flight of 45 minutes. During the journey, we can enjoy exceptional views of the Himalaya and most of the villages and valleys. Upon arrival at Lukla, we meet the porters and Sherpa staff. At Lukla, we stop for about an hour for refreshments and to reorganize and kitbags for porters.

After a short tour of Lukla village, we set out on a trek of about three hours to Phakdingma, where we lodge for the night. A pleasant walk of the first day passes through several Sherpa villages with the view of Kongde Peak. Phakdingma is a lovely place for an overnight stop set on the bank of the Dudhkunda river.
  • Full board service
  • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

DAY 08: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440m. A 5 hours trek.

Today’s trek goes through the villages of Toktok and Jorsalle and on to Namche. The entire route is scenic and full of nature. The surrounding hills are covered with dense forest and beyond them are mountaintops capped with snow. After a lunch stop in Jorsalle, we continue to Namche Bazaar. Along the way, we climb to a vantage point called Topdanda, near Namche Bazaar. From there, weather permitting, one can see Mt. Everest and the Tengboche valley and its famed monastery. Half an hour later and you are at Namche Bazaar, the “capital of the Khumbu valley”. Namche Bazaar, surrounded by beautiful mountains from all directions, is the commercial centre of the Khumbu region. If you arrive on a Friday, you can view the weekly bazaar the next day, when local people converge from the surrounding area. In the Khumbu Valley killing of any animal is forbidden so people from lower valleys come on Saturdays to sell meat and everyday supplies and the local people and hotel/lodge operator from around converge here to buy.
  • Full board service
  • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

DAY 09: Trek to Khumjung 3,790m. A 2 hours trek.

Today, your guide will take you to visit the monastery in Namche, Sagarmatha National Park Museum, and the Sherpa House Museum. Instead of staying all day in Namche, we move to the village of Khumjung. After lunch, we make a scenic Namche to Khumjung trek. The trail leads through the nose-ridge above Namche to Syangboche, a short landing field for Pilatus porter plane. The higher we go, the scenarios are more open. The Dudhkoshi Valley, Kongde Himal, Khumbila, Tawoche, Everest, Amadablam, Kangthega, Thamserku and Kusum Kangru are some of the great masses of mountains in the world surrounding us from all directions.

Going to Khumjung, there are several trails. Still, we take the going through the Everest View Hotel, the only five-star hotel situated at the highest place in the world, at an elevation of 3880 meters above sea level. The hotel has a spectacular view of Mount Everest, 8,848m., from every room. The hotel offers a panoramic view of Everest and many other high peaks, including the most imposing Amadablam (6,812m.), described by many as the most beautiful mountain they have ever seen. This hotel will surely make a stop for a cup of tea/coffee and enjoy the most magnificent panorama that the place offers. 
Then we descend to the village of Khumjung where we can optionally visit Khumjung monastery and its village.
  • Full board service
  • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

DAY 10: Trek to Dole 4,084m. A 5 hours trek.

The trek starts with magnificent views of Amadablam and Thamserku. The trail exits east and then begin a direct climb, till Mongla, through a narrow gully on the cliff, which brings us above a barren hill with fantastic panoramas toward Tengboche and Everest. A hilltop called Mongla with some house is a small resting place on a hill ridge with exceptional views of Phortse village, Tengboche monastery and lower valley, and the summits of the Khantega and Thamserku. Then the trail descends to Phortse Tenga, where we will meet the river that follows from Gokyo valley, a paradise valley to marvel at up to Gokyo. A gentle climb from Phortse Tenga offers a startling view of the tip of Mt. Cho-Oyu, which rests like a smiling baby. The path then enters summer pastureland. Huge mountains surround the entire valley. Our destination, Dole, is a beautiful place with an enchanting view of Mt. Amadablam.
  • Full board service
  • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

DAY 11: Trek to Machhermo 4,465m. A 3 hours trek.

The trail leads up a gentle incline and along an open ridge. It offers stunning views of the mountains including Kang Thega, Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Tawu Che, Cho Lhatse, and Macchermo Che. Machhermo lies watching over a small valley, which looks out east onto a fine panorama.
  • Full board service
  • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

DAY 12: Trek to Gokyo 4,750m. A 3 hours trek.

The trail first passes along a cliff and crosses a rushing glacial river. Finally, we reach the first lake of Gokyo. Gokyo itself is a most impressive place of blue lakes, dazzling views of giant mountains, and a breath-taking glacier.
  • Full board service
  • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

DAY 13: Day hike to Fifth Lake 4,980m. A 6 hours trek.

Today we take a day hike to the fifth lake to the north of Gokyo. In about 2.30 hours walking, we reach the fourth lake known as Thonak Tsho (4,840m), and further continuing, we arrive at the fifth lake known as Ngozumpa Tso (4,980m). On the edge of the moraine to the east of the lake, there is a small hill adorned with Buddhist prayer flags from where one will get to see the beautiful views of Mt. Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Ngozumpa glacier, Everest, Nuptse Lhotse, and Makalu. In 
the afternoon, we retrace the trail down to Gokyo (4,750m).
  • Full board service
  • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

DAY 14: Excursion to Gokyo-Ri 5,483m. and trek to Phortse 3,840m. A 6 hours trek.

The foot of Gokyo Ri lies five minutes away from the stream that feeds the Gokyo Lake. After an hour of steady and panoramic going up, one reaches the summit of Gokyo Peak. Your effort to reach this summit will be rewarded with Everest (8848m), showing more of its northern flank than from Kalapatthar, Makalu (8475m) further to the east and Cho Oyu (8153m), just in hand reaching distance. After spending a wonderful break at the summit, taking the essential photograph, or whatever one wishes, return to Gokyo for a hearty breakfast.

Then we continue a pleasant trek to Phortse village. The trail retraces till the first lake and then gradually goes down following the river and traverses to the Phortse village. This part of the path less frequented by local and trekkers, provide peaceful sanctuary to the wildlife and birds, and we may enjoy seeing some of them. The magnificent mountain sceneries are in every direction. At Phortse village we check into the lodge. This village is one of the typical Sherpa villages of Khumbu region and offers an excellent panorama containing Mount Amadablam, Kangthega, Thamserku, and Kusum Kanguru and Tengboche Monastery.
  • Full board service
  • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

DAY 15: Trek to Namche and Jorsalle. A 5 hours trek.

We go down to Phortse Tenga and cross the river that flows from the Gokyo Valley, and then begin a steep climb to the hilltop to Mongla. There we take tea-brake and enjoy the magnificent panorama once again. The trail further descends to Sanasa, below the Khumjung village, where we will make our lunch stop or one may continue further thirty-five minutes to Namche. From Namche, the trail directly drops to the Dudh Koshi River. We are getting back again to “European” altitudes as we descend towards the entrance to Everest National Park at Jorsalle, a pleasant place to spend a night after several days in height.
  • Full board service
  • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

DAY 16: Trek to Lukla 2,866m. A 6 hours trek.

From Jorsalle the trail mostly follows the river. We retrace through some small Sherpa villages and arrive at Lukla. In Lukla, we spend our last night in the Khumbu Valley. This evening is the occasion to enjoy a farewell party with your Sherpa friends who have accompanied you. They depart separately on a two days’ trek and one- day bus ride to Kathmandu or stay at Lukla to continue another trek back to Everest region!
  • Full board service
  • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

DAY 17: Fly to Kathmandu and visit Bhaktapur. A 45 minutes flight and 45 minutes’ drive.

We board an early morning flight, 08:00 hours, to Kathmandu and arrive at Kathmandu before 9 a.m. We then continue to drive to Bhaktapur, one of the most impressive medieval towns of Kathmandu valley. Arrive at the hotel and get distributed into the rooms — Rest, refreshing, and lunch.

After lunch, in the afternoon, the guide will take you to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bhaktapur – the home of medieval art and architecture. The Squares are some of the most charming architectural showpieces of the Valley as it highlights some of the most exquisite medieval art and architecture of Nepal.
  • Breakfast.
  • Accommodation in the Hotel.

DAY 18: Drive to Khadichour and raft. A 3 hours’ drive and 2 hours rafting.

In the morning, at 07:30 hours, drive to Khadichour, which will take around 3 hours. Arrive at rafting point and meet with the rafting guide and staff and briefing on river condition, safety, and paddling instructions. Then start the river journey with continuous hits of class three rapids. After rafting for about 16 kilometres, we reach our campsite. The rest of the day is free to enjoy at camp and around.
  • Full board service
  • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

DAY 19: Raft to Sukute and drive to Kathmandu. A 3 hours rafting and 3 hours’ drive.

Continue the rafting expedition driving up to Jambu, which is the second put-in point. It is a challenging and fun-filled day as we’ll be hitting a series of class three and class four-plus rapids including Barking Dog, Midnight Special, and the Great Wall which aren’t run-able. After an hour of rafting there are several significant rapids such as Liquid Bliss, Fake Right Go Left, and Golden Gate and finally put us at our take-out point, at the Sukute beach, where we will take lunch and head back to Kathmandu, another 3 hours’ drive. A 3 hours rafting and 3 hours’ drive.
  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation in the Hotel.

DAY 20: Visit UNESCO sites. A 6 to 7 hrs walking.

Today we visit the UNESCO site of Patan. After visiting all these places, return to Patan city. Believed to have been founded in the third century BC, and later expanded in the sixth century, the ancient town of Patan renowned for its rich Buddhist heritage, was one of the significant Buddhist cities in Asia by the 7th century as Buddhist pilgrims, scholars, and monks from India, Tibet and China visited the city. In its one period, the entire population of Patan City was comprised only with monks and artisans. We will visit major Buddhist temples of Patan such as the Golden temple founded in the 12th century, Mahaboudha (Temple of thousand Buddhas) of the 17th century, and other important Buddhist sites. Finalize the trip and drive to the hotel.

At around the end of the tour, we’ll also visit the Museum of Patan. Located inside the medieval palace, the Patan Museum is a must for anyone interested in Asian Art, history of Nepal, curatorial science, or religion. It is a world-class museum that displays the traditional sacred art of Nepal in an illustrious architectural setting. Its home is an old residential part of Patan Darbar, one of the royal palaces of the former Malla Kings of the Kathmandu Valley. Its gilded door and window face one of the most beautiful squares in the world. The museum also exhibits a long span of Nepal’s cultural history and some rare objects. Their meaning and context within the living traditions of

DAY 21: Departure.

Breakfast and free time till the time limit. In the indicated time, our office representative and vehicle arrive at your hotel to serve you till the airport. Drive to Kathmandu international airport to see off formalities and departure.
  • Breakfast

Cost

COSTS PER PERSON (per hotel category in cities)
NUMBER IN GROUP 3-Star Hotels 4-Star Hotels 5-Star Hotels
2 - 3 Persons 2998$ 3178$ 3328$
4 - 5 Persons 2855$ 3035$ 3185$
6 - 7 Persons 2793$ 2973$ 3123$
8- 10 Persons 2731$ 2911$ 3061$
Single room supplement 245$ 425$ 775$
HOTELS / ACCOMMODATIONS
CITIES 3-Star Hotels 4-Star Hotels 5-Star Hotels
Kathmandu Marshyangdi Shanker Del’ Annapurna
Pokhara Lakeside Resort Temple Tree Pokhara Grande
Bhaktapur Bhadgaun GH Milla Bhaktapur Milla Bhaktapur
Rafting In tented resort In tented resort In tented resort
During trek In the best lodges (attached double room) In the best lodges (attached double room) In the best lodges (attached double room)

What is included

  • Airport pick up and departure services as per itinerary.
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • A Trekking Map of Annapurna and Everest region in group
  • A good sleeping bag to each member (if required)
  • A pair of a trekking pole to each member (if required)
  • A trekking duffel bag to each member (if required)
  • A small Medial kit box for first aid medical purpose.
  • Annapurna conservation area entry and TIMS permits.
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu airfare (pax included)
  • 1 Nights hotel accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast.
  • Forty minutes paragliding service and visit international mountain museum, all transport included.
  • Everest and Annapurna Panorama Trek on full board basis.
  • Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu flight service (Tax included)
  • Khumbu Pasang Lhamu entry fee.
  • Everest National Park entry permit
  • Two days Bhote Koshi river rafting on full board basis and ground transportations.
  • Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley, with a language Speaking guide
  • 1 Trekking guide in the group and one porter between every two-member for both Annapurna and Everest panorama trekking period.
  • Insurance and all expenses of local staff.
  • All taxes and agencies service charges

What is not included

  • Travel insurance, International air tickets, Nepal entry visa
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Alcoholic and mineral beverages during the trek.
  • Tips and those, not mentioned in above price include section.

Best Seasons

Nepal has four primary seasons:
1. Winter: December–February
2. Spring: March-May
3. Summer: June–August
4. Autumn: September – November

General Weather:
The best season to Travel Nepal is from mid-September to mid-December or from the end of February to the end of May. June to August are rainy months for Nepal and December to February are winter months, but each season has its richness.

During the summer month, the jungles will be lush to the rain forest, and the rivers will swell, the lowlands or the fields of the hills will be full of rice and other crops. During summer month Japanese tourists and from other countries, loving the high Himalaya flower, comes to sight flowers. And most of the tourist willing to travel to Tibet comes from May to mid-October. And we also have a lot of Spanish tourists touring and trekking in Nepal in these months.

During summer months the parts of Terai may see with flood and travelling during these months is hot and temperature may reach around 38 degrees, but during this time the Indian tourists visit Nepal to escape the heat in their lowlands.

During winter months the part of Terai will be misty and may find under winter mist until late morning (11 a.m.). In this season, the southern lowlands of the country get beautifully decorated with mustard flowers and Papaya in ripe.

The end of February to mid-May is the best time for fauna and flora both in the mountains and in Terai. During this time, one may find a lot of rhododendron flower, magnolia, wild orchids, and birdlife. The weather mostly remains fine in all parts of Nepal.

January February is winter, and from the end of January to February, the high passes in the mountain valley will be in the snow. During this time, the temperature around the Everest Base camp will be -17 to -30 degrees (after sunset to before sunrise). During day time will be around 5 to 11 degree and more if sunny. Nepal is a sunny country, so the temperature, even full winter, is much better than some European countries and in America and in Canada. Many of them from those countries travel to Nepal to escape their cold weather and to enjoy the sunny Himalaya Panorama.

NOTE
Best months to take this itinerary is from the second week of March to the end of May and from the first week of October to the end of November. However, this region can be trekked in summer season and find the region in a beautiful setting of nature.


Spring season:
March to May is the second-best trekking season in Nepal with long daylight period. The mid-hill starting from 1,400 to 3,800 metres is generally beautiful with a lot of Rhododendron flowers, magnolia and full of wild orchids. It is also the best time to enjoy the bird and wildlife in all parts of Nepal and famously in its nature reserves such as Chitwan and Bardia National Parks. It is also the primary mountaineering season, and more than 600 climbers reach to Everest Basecamp targeting the summit of Everest. Bright days remain hazy and may expect some thunders and light rains in the lowland and light hailing all around the country. The temperature remains -5 at Everest Basecamp to 32 degrees in the Terai belt.

Summer season:
June to August is monsoon season of Nepal, the most important natural phenomena to recharge the mountains, hills to terrains, feeding with a tremendous amount of snow and rainwater. The primary rainy months are July and August and may expect daily rains after a late afternoon with heavy rains in the night. In this season of the year, the forest turns to lush rain forests; rivers get swelled to its full to destructive strength. The southern lowland of the country, known as Terai, may suffer from the flood. Low land to hill terraces gets attractive with full of crops, and the high land valley gets carpeted with colourful flowers and beautiful streams. During these months, from on May, people travelling to Tibet including Mount Kailash from Nepal flock to its capital Kathmandu. Indian tourist and others living in the hot-lowlands enjoy travelling to Nepal to escape the heat in their parts. Japanese and many other tourists arrive in these months to sight rare flowers and butterflies of the Himalayas. Summertime is also the best time to trek in the areas of Mugu, Upper Dolpo, Lower Dolpo, Manaslu and Tsum Valley, Naar-Phu and Upper Mustang regions. In this time of the year falls several important festivals such as Janai Purnima, Gaijatra, Gaura Parba, Shree Krishna Janmasthami, Teej, Rishi Panchami, Dumjee, Indra Jatra, Sakadawa, and Tiji etc. The temperature remains 17 to 35 degrees, and the average temperature remains 22 degrees.

Autumns season:
September to November is the most stable weather season in Nepal, characterised by crystal clear blue skies and very little precipitation. Autumn is the most travelled season to Nepal, especially to enjoy the crystal-clear mountain sceneries. Autumn season is a prosperous time; the country collects all its corps. During autumn/fall, several important festivals such as Dashain, Tihar, and mask dance festivals such as Manirimdu in Chiwang monastery and Tengboche monastery of Everest Region. The temperature starts dropping from mid-October and remains 0 to 22 degrees.

Winter season:
December to February is generally the coldest months, temperature ranging minimum 0 to -2 degree in Kathmandu (after sunset to before sunrise) to -17 to -30 degrees at Everest Basecamp (after sunset to before sunrise), the winter's bitterest cold with short daylight period. Above 1,500 metres the day remain sunny and night sky remain crystal clear enabling to count stars. The southern lowland of the country, known as Terai, and other lowland deep valleys remains under a misty cloud until late morning (11 a.m.). In this season, the southern lowlands of the country get beautifully decorated with mustard flowers and Papaya in ripe. From the mid of January, frequent snowfall could expect in the hilly regions above 2,700 metres and into the deep mountain valleys. Wintertime is still an ideal time to visit Nepal; the mountain sceneries are wider all around the Himalayas, and the famous destination such as Everest and Annapurna with less tourist. The temperature is still much more favourable than of many western countries. The night time temperature remains -17 to -30 degree (Everest BC) to -0 to -2 degrees in Kathmandu (sunset to sunrise). The day time temperature remains -5 degree (Everest BC) to 8 to 15 degrees in Kathmandu.

FAQ

Where do we sleep?
In Kathmandu and Pokhara we stay in comfortable 3-5 star hotels with private en suite bathrooms. In the rafting trip, we stay in comfortable non-star resort with private en suite bathrooms. While on trekking, in Annapurna and Everest regions, we stay at Nepalese lodges, operated by local people, which offer welcoming but straightforward accommodation and wonderful traditional hospitality.

Lodges typically have one large communal room where you can sit and take meals, and there is an adjoining kitchen where you can order your food and drinks. Bedrooms are twin bedded with or without private bathroom, and dormitories with shared bathrooms.

What Equipment do I need?
You will need to bring appropriate warm outdoor clothing and a good pair of walking boots. A complete equipment list gets supplied when you sign up. Many of the necessary items can be purchased or rented in Kathmandu so don’t worry if you can’t buy everything where you live. The guides will check your equipment and clothing before departing from Kathmandu, so if anything is missing, there will be time to obtain anything necessary.

Can I arrive early or extend my stay?
Yes, you can! All you need to do is to tell us what your flight details are and how many extra nights you need and we will book your hotel accordingly. Additionally, if you would like to arrange a program of activities either before or perhaps after the trek, there are a range of options to choose from including the jungle safari at Chitwan national park, or perhaps white water rafting on one of Nepal’s spectacular rivers such as the Sun Kosi. The Kathmandu has several not to miss UNESCO World heritage sites and to visit all of them with time require at least 3-5 days.

Do we join a group during trekking?
No, we do not join/mix groups in Nepal unless you come as a group. The numbers of persons coming together with you are a group and served privately.

Can I have a single room?
Yes, you can! There is a single room occupancy supplement indicated in the price list.

What about insurance?
It is a condition of joining the trek that you have insurance in place which will cover you for the costs of medical treatment, cancellations, emergency rescue and repatriation to your home country. You must ensure that it provides cover for trekking to altitudes above 4000 metres and includes helicopter rescue. We do not sell insurance scheme so requires to manage on your own.

Do I need a visa?
Yes, you do. Everyone needs to get a visa for Nepal, but you can obtain it on arrival at Kathmandu airport. You will need to bring two passport photos and the appropriate visa fee, which is the US $30 for 15 days, US $50 for up to 30 days, and the US $125 for 90 days. Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry to Nepal.

How fit do I need to be?
Anyone who is in reasonable shape and good health can accomplish this itinerary. Some days will be harder than others, but none require much more than 5 or 6 hours of walking each day, with a leisurely lunch stop to break up the day. There is no rush or need to ‘keep up’, and you are free to walk at your own pace. We would recommend that you undertake some form of simple training in advance of the trek, such as a 30-minute walk each evening for a few weeks before the start of the trek. Another exercise, such as swimming, bicycling and playing tennis, is also ideal.

Do I have to carry my pack?
We use porters to carry the majority of our equipment so daily you need only take a very light day pack which should contain no more than the camera, water-bottle, a selection of snacks and a warm or waterproof jacket. Everything else needs to pack into a large duffle bag which will be given to a porter each morning. The kitbag will be carried by the porter each day and delivered to your lodge room each afternoon. You need to make sure you have everything you need for the day before giving your bag to the porter as it can be difficult to access while trekking.

Will I be affected by altitude?
The Ghorepani trek is one of the most accessible treks with a maximum altitude of 3200 metres (Poon Hill Viewpoint) above the sea level. The part Ulleri to Ghorepani is altitude gaining day and unlikely to notice anything other than mild shortness of breath but you will get acclimatised quickly and feel more adjusted to the altitudes.

The Gokyo trekking in Everest region reach an altitude up to 5,383 metres the Gokyo-Ri viewpoint, but the trekking to Ghorepani helps to gain the acclimatisation and not worry to altitude problem for Everest region trek.br>
What currency do we need to pay for everything?
It would be best if you had Nepali currency, to pay for everything, which you can convert after you arrive in Kathmandu. You can bring in euro or dollar or any convertible foreign currency.

How much extra money should we allow on top of the package?
Most of the major expenses are included in the trekking package, please check what is include and what is not included section. Still, you will need some extra money to bear the expenses such as meals in Kathmandu, bottled drinks during the trek (Mineral water/Coke/Beer/Juice), laundry service, and hot shower (the lodges does not include this service in the room!). In general, please, allow about 600$ per person, which should be sufficient and ++ if you plan to buy anything in Kathmandu.

What kind of transport are we going to get?
In Kathmandu and Pokhara, we use a comfortable, full air-conditioned tourist vehicle (Car/Van/HiAce) as required by the numbers of persons travelling together. For Pokhara to Ulleri and Ghandruk to Pokhara we drive in Jeep. Between Kathmandu and Pokhara, we fly in a 70-passenger ATR 72-500 aircraft, and between Kathmandu and Lukla, we fly in a 19-passenger STOL utility aircraft or a (Do 228) twin-turboprop STOL utility aircraft. In case of flight cancelation, between Kathmandu and Lukla due to weather or other factors then we will provide an helicopter flight without supplementary charges.

What about the guide?
We provide government-certified local guides in any major international language you require. The guides are not only fluent in the respective language, but also have a good experience of the local culture and geography.

Do I need vaccinations to travel Nepal?
No vaccination is required to travel to Nepal, but we suggest to consult with your doctor before travelling. You can get a vaccination in Kathmandu/Pokhara but it is more comfortable if you get them before you travel.

How do I sign up?
All bookings need to be made through Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. and to secure your place we will require a non-refundable deposit of minimum US $200 or as indicated in the booking and payment conditions section.

Payment Options:
1. Bank Transfer -this is our preferred method. Payments in US Dollars should be sent to the following account:

Account Name: Annapurna Treks & Expedition
Bank Name: Nepal Investment Bank
Bank Address: Durbar Marg, Kathmandu, Nepal, PO. Box 3412
Account number: 001 611710T
Swift Code No.: NIBLNPKT

2. Payment by a Card - payments can only be processed in Nepalese rupees (NPR), so if you wish to pay by card, we will convert the dollar amount to a Nepalese Rupees equivalent at the prevailing exchange rate. Card payment is accepted only on your arrival into the country. There will be a 3.5% service fee on top.

Booking Payment Conditions

Booking and payment conditions
As soon as we have your Booking, with a specific program and more or less number in the group, we will release an invoice of 400$ per person for the confirmation deposit.

1. The final confirmation will require at least three months in advance of the tours commence with 50% of the tour payment.
2. The final and total payment will require at least 25-days before the program commences.
3. The banking transaction charges of each time payment will be needed to be borne by the sender, and a net amount of the total amount will require deposited in the company account.

Trip Cancellation
To compensate the administrative charges, and other expenses in dealing with the booking process, the following cancellation fees will be charged.

  • Cancellation after the confirmation - loss of the deposit
  • Cancellation 45-days before trip commences - 20% of the total cost
  • Cancellation 25-days before trip commences - 50% of the total cost
  • Cancellation less than 21-days before the trip commences - 70% of the total cost
  • Cancellation after arrival or during the trip - 100% of the total cost
Responsibility
We, Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd., accept responsibility for ensuring that the services booked with us are as close as possible to the itinerary outfitted in our mutual understanding. You agree and understand that it may be necessary to adjust the program due to unforeseen factors. In such a case, the group leader and sirdar/guide, in the team, will make the final decision.

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