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Annapurna Ghorepani + Chitwan National Park

 
 

Spectacular mountains and rural ethnic villages.

An interesting and relatively easy trek through picturesque mountain villages, forests of bright rhododendron and a variety of ethnic groups and cultures. Winding your way up terraced hillsides pass through villages of the Gurung and Chhetri peoples and emerge onto ridges to indulge in incredible views. The highlight, and high point, of the trek is Poon Hill, which offers the best panoramic views of the high Himalaya in Nepal – Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and the mesmerizing fish-tail pinnacle of Machhapuchhre.

 

 

 

Chitwan National Park

 

Chitwan National park is Nepal’s first National park situated 162 Km south of Kathmandu in the lowlands of the inner Terai. It covers an area of 937Squire Kilometers.Thepark includes hillyareascovered by deciduous sal forest.One fifth of the park is made up of the floodplains of Narayani,Rapti & the Rues rivers and is covered by dense tall elephant grass intersperced withriverine forests of silk cotton, acacia andsisam trees.This ecologically diverse area is a heaven of a wide veriety of flora & fauna. This is the last remaining home in Nepal for the Asian one-horned rhino,rare Royal Bengal tiger and Leopard, varieties of deer, sloth, bear, rhusus, & Languor monkey, wild boar, bluecow, wilddog, jackals, civets, mongoose, cats,and snakes. The rivers and lakes are home for Crocodiles and the extraordinary gangetic dolphins.

Tharu Village and Machan:You can join with Tharu for washing their elephants in the morning. Lunch at village and after accompanied by local guides, we spend a day walking to Kumroj, a village in another section of the park. We walk slowly and quietly to maximize our chances of seeing animals. Accommodation in Kumroj is simple and there are shared facilities only. Early we walk back into the park for a short walk before meeting our jeeps, which return us to our base hotel on the edge of the park.

 

Where are you going?

 

Day1: Arrival Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel,free day.

 

Day 2 : Drive to Pokhara or you may choose to fly (USD100 one way – 35mins).

 

Days 3-4: Begin walking after the 2-hour drive to Birethanti. A wide trail leads through bamboo forests and pasture at Tikedungha. The next morning drop down to cross the Bhurungdi Khola before climbing the step stone staircase to the Magar village of Ulleri – – reputedly there are 3767 steps, the toughest section of the trek. As you climb the peaks of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli emerge from behind the foothills. Pasture and cultivated fields soon give way to deep forests of oak and rhododendron.

 

Days 5-7: An early hour-long climb up to Poon Hill (3190m) provides a spectacular, unobstructed view of the high Himalaya. The trail initially climbs through thick forest before emerging to further resplendent views, eventually reaching the Gurung village of Ghandrung. Continuing via Dhampus to Phedi the trail crosses the Modi Khola and a number of its tributaries, commanding views marking most of the route. From Phedi it is an hour’s drive to Pokhara.

 

Day8: Pokhara after breakfast drive to Chitwan National Park which is about 5 hours drive transfer to Sapana Lodge.. First day after Lunch you will get one program and rest.

 

Day9: Early morning walk to Jungle for watching animals and birds, after lunch we go for Elephant ridge about 2 hours which is one of the best fun in Chitwan jungle. And Evening we go to watch Local Tharu culture program.

Day10: Chitwan national park with elephant washing programmed, Tharu village visit, and Visiting Tharu handicraft area. Stay overnight at Machan.

Day11: Chitwan National park drive back to Kathmandu transfer to Hotel .

Day 12: Departure and transfer to the airport.

 

Note

Please note that the published itinerary is a statement of intent and to be used as a guide only. Each day may vary due to the walking times of the group, camping and trail conditions. The guide in charge of your trip will alter the schedule as necessary and any/all such alterations are at the discretion of Altavista Treks & Expedition Pvt.Ltd and your guide.

 

Itinerary

Day

Altitude

Time

1

Arrival kathmandu

1300m

2

KTM-Pokhara 

915m

6 hrs

3

Tirkhedhunga 

1540m

1 hr drive
4 hrs trek

4

Ghorepani 

2987m

6 hrs

5

Poon Hill
Ghandruk

3190m
1940m

1 hr
6hrs

6

Dhampus

915m

1 hr trek
1 hr drive

7

Pokhara

1320m

6 hrs

8

Drive Chitwan Park (Sapana)

9

Chitwan park(Sapana)

10

Chitwanpark(Sapana) to Tharu Village(Machan)

11

Chitwan back to Kathmandu

12

Departure

Costing:

02 Pax:

Euro 508

03 -04 pax:

Euro 485

05- 06 pax:

Euro 464

07-08 pax:

Euro 439

09-10 pax:

Euro 416

11-12 pax:

Euro 392

13- 14 pax:

Euro 390

15-above pax:

Euro 3761

Trek Grade: 2
Duration: 6 Days
Trek style: Tea House Trek
Best time to go: September – June

 

The Trekking Day

 

Some people have the idea that trekking is all sweat and hard work with no fun. This is far from the truth. Days are designed to be challenging, but not exhausting.

 

Obviously each day is different depending on terrain, distance to be covered, trail conditions and the pace of the group. However, as a guide, most days begin with breakfast at 7am. You will need to pack up your duffle bags before breakfast, as porters will set off early. Most days you will be on the trail by 8am to take advantage of the cool morning. Stop for a leisurely lunch around noon. This is generally about 2 hours, allowing plenty of time to explore the village or relax. The afternoon walk is shorter and you usually arrive around 4pm leaving time for excursions to nearby sites, exploration of the village or simply relaxing with a book and catching up on your diary. Dinner is generally around 7pm after which relax by the fire.

 

What you carry

 

Your dufflebag is restricted to 15kgs. The duffle bag is carried by porters and is not available to you during the day. Your daypack should contain all that you need during the day. This generally consists of warm clothing, water bottle, camera gear, sunscreen, lip salve etc. Your guide will let you know each evening of any extra items you will need for the following day. If you have a comfortable daypack you load will only be a few kilograms and hardly noticeable.

 

Food

 

No meals are included.

 

In Kathmandu and Pokhara restaurants of every style and price-range abound.

 

On the trek meals are available in tea houses, lodges and bhattis with limited menus. Meals are generally simple, but filling, but you may wish to stock up on ‘trail munchies’ before leaving Kathmandu.

 

Accommodation

 

Accommodation in Pokhara is on a twin share basis with private facilities.

 

Whilst trekking accommodation is in lodges and teahouses and is of a basic standard. Rooms may be twin or multi share with basic shared toilet facilities. Showers are available in some places for a small charge.

 

Trekking Staff

 

The Guide is in overall charge of the trek and looking after you. This is the person you should go to with all problems, concerns and questions. All our guides are highly trained in all aspects of trekking, conservation, high altitude medicine, first-aid and emergency procedures. They are professionals selected for their knowledge and passion for Nepal and its peoples, remember they are local guides and their English may be basic and limited to trek-related topics.

 

Porters transport your dufflebags – one porter for every two trekkers.

 

Trek Grading

 

It is impossible to have a ‘foolproof’ grading system as everyone has different expectations and perceptions of their own fitness level. Remember that no trek in the Himalaya is a stroll as all involve going up and down at altitude and that altitude affects everyone differently. Regardless of age or fitness, preparation before you arrive is essential. Aerobic activity, swimming, cycling or brisk walking is recommended or, at the very least, walk up and down stairs in your trekking boots.

 

Annapurna Ghorepani is a Grade 2 trek involving altitudes around 3000m and involves days of 6 hours walking.

 

What is Included

  • Accommodation Pokhara - Twin share

  • Accommodation on trek. Twin or multi share

  • All domestic transport by private coach as listed in itinerary

  • All National Park entrance fees

  • Porters to carry personal gear

  • 15kg luggage allowance while on trek

  • Duffle Bag for your gear

  • Sleeping Bag

  • Trek guide

  • 2night and 3days Chitwan Nationalpark with package

  • 1night and 2 days Tharu Village with Machan.

  • Comprehensive medical kit

What is not Included

  • Personal expenses such as drinks, postage, laundry
  • Meals
  • International flights and departure taxes
  • Visa and passport fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Emergency evacuation
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Costs arising from unforeseen events outside the control of Altavista Treks & Expedition Pvt.Ltd
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu. You may choose to book accommodation from our hotel list.
  • Kathmandu - Pokhara flight (optional) USD100 one-way.

Money

 

It is best to bring a mixture of cash and travelers checks in major currencies - USD, CAD, EUR, AUD - and ensure you have a mixture of large and small denominations.

 

Everyone’s spending is different, but as a guide we suggest USD 3-4 per meal in Pokhara and USD 10 per day whilst trekking (if you drink or smoke this could be higher). Shopping is difficult to predict, but most people buy more than they intended.

 

You should exchange enough money into Nepalese Rupees to last the entire time of your trek before leaving Pokhara, as there are no exchange facilities in villages along the way.

 

Tipping

 

Tipping is a personal and voluntary matter and tips are not included in the trip price. If you wish to reward the efforts of those who have worked to make your trek the best they can we suggest the following: USD2 per day for groups of 8+, USD3 per day for smaller groups - this will be shared amongst the whole staff, including porters.

 

Insurance

 

It is essential that you take out comprehensive travel insurance prior to your trek. Your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, medical expenses, emergency evacuation and repatriation (including helicopter evacuation) and personal liability. We also recommend that it cover cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

 

Health

 

There are no specific health requirements for entry into Nepal. However, you should consult your doctor for up-to-date information regarding vaccinations, high altitude medication and medications for any reasonably foreseeable illnesses whilst traveling in Nepal.

 

Be aware that some drugs, including anti-malarials, have side effects at altitude. Please discuss this carefully with your doctor.

 

Please be aware that we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities for some time during this trip. We strongly recommend that you carry a personal First Aid kit as well as sufficient quantities of any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses).

 

Altitude

 

AMS (acute mountain sickness) is a serious issue. It is the result of the failure of the body to adapt to high altitude and can affect anyone, regardless of age or fitness. It usually occurs above 1,800 meters and the likelihood of being affected increases as you ascend. The way to reduce the affects of altitude is to ascend slowly, 300 meters per day above 3,000 meters until you have acclimatized. Poor acclimatization results in headache, nausea, sleeplessness, difficulty breathing and swelling of fingers and glands. The only cure for AMS is to descend to lower altitude and your guide’s decision on this matter is final.

 

Although our routes are carefully planned to allow for proper acclimatization you may feel some effects of altitude for the first few days or at higher altitudes. Breathlessness, lethargy and mild headaches are not uncommon and generally decrease as your body adjusts. Maintaining adequate fluid intake is essential. Please advise your guide if you feel more severe symptoms and do not medicate yourself without discussing it with them first.

 

Climate

 

Nepal has a generally temperate climate, however altitude makes distinct variations. The monsoon sweeps up from India each summer, making mid June to mid September humid and wet. The three other distinct seasons are all suitable for trekking and each has its own advantages.

 

Changing global weather patterns have had their effect on the Himalayan climate and mountain weather is notoriously changeable. Always be prepared for a change in conditions and note that if severe or dangerous weather conditions occur your guide’s decision on any course of action is final.

 

Winter (December-February) It is cold and you will need to be prepared, but the air is very clear providing the best mountain views.

 

Spring (March-May) Days are increasingly warm and the rhododendrons are in bloom. Mist and clouds are not uncommon.

 

Summer (June-August) The monsoon season. It will rain every day, although generally in the evening and night. The hills turn lush and green and at higher elevations the alpine plants will bloom.

 

Autumn (September-November) The most pleasant trekking season where days are warm, but not hot; there is little chance of snow and skies are clear.

 

Visas and Permits

 

Single entry visas are available on arrival at Kathmandu airport and all land borders. The visa is valid for 60 days and costs USD30. One photo is required. The visa may then be extended up to 90 days.

 

Trekking permits are not required for this trek. The required National Park permit be obtained on your behalf by Altavista Treks & Expedition Pvt.Ltd when you arrive. Full name, nationality, passport number, sex, date of birth and 1 photograph are needed for the application.

 

Packing for your Trek

 

Altavista Treks & Expedition Pvt.Ltd supply a duffle bag to transport your gear during the trip.

 

You will need to bring a comfortable medium sized daypack to carry the things you will need during the day. This should have a waist strap or (better) a padded waist belt.

 

  • Rain jacket or poncho

  • Water bottle - minimum 1 liter, aluminum or Nalgene polypropylene are best.

  • Walking boots - lightweight, waterproof and well worn in.

  • Socks: thick wool/blend and thin cotton to be worn in combination - ensure boots fit such combinations.

  • Running shoes or sandals for evening

  • Lightweight wool sweater

  • Fleece jacket

  • T-shirts - 2 or 3

  • Shirt - long-sleeved

  • Pants: lightweight long trousers (jeans are unsuitable)

  • Hats - beanie with ear flaps or balaclava for nights (winter only) / peaked ‘French Legionnaire’ style sun hat that will give neck protection during the day

  • Gloves - wool or fleece (winter only)

  • Scarf

  • Underwear

  • Thermal Underwear (winter only)

  • Swimsuit

  • Sarong - a multitude of uses

  • Sunglasses

  • Bag liners - large, thick garbage bags to line and water/dust proof your duffle bag.

  • Sewing kit

  • Money belt

  • Toiletries

  • Towel

  • Torch / flashlight - headlamp style is ideal

  • Lighter - for burning toilet paper and rubbish

  • Swiss Army Knife

  • First Aid Kit

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