Annapurna Ghorepani Circuit Trek - Kathmandu

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 13 Days
  • Departure Time :
    06:00 am Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
  • Departure Details :
    Hotel Holy Himalaya, Thamel
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable

Overview

One of the exciting trekking routes in Nepal Ghorepani trek offers a wonderful opportunity to witness the beauty of the Annapurna region. This place is rich in hidden treasure of Nepalese culture and tradition. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek offers pleasing trip through the rhododendron forest to perceive sunrise view. One of the important highlight of this trip is to make a climb on Poon Hill, possibly the most spectacular mountains on Earth. When sun rises, it touches the snow-capped summits the Himalayan giants, Dhaulagiri (8,167m) and Annapurna (8,091m) along with a maze of other peaks which gradually appear, just like an enchantment that your eye could not believe. It offers a fine opportunity to surround oneself with Himalayan peaks. During this trek you are visiting some of the best place such as Jhinu Hot Spring(1780m), Landruk Gurung Village,and tinyDhampusVillage .

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Day 1: Your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport and transfer to hotel, orientation program at 4:00 pm. At evening welcome dinner with cultural program. Overnight at hotel Holy Himalaya. (D)
Day 2: Morning Yoga and Full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley (Kapan Monastery, Boudhanath, Patan Durbar Square and Swaymbhunath Stupa). Overnight at hotel. (BD)
Day 3: Kathmandu to approx. 2 hours drive to rafting starting point Charaudi 85 KM and do raft for about 4 hours and Overnight at Manakamana Valley Resort. (B.L.D)
Day 4: After breakfast Hike to Manakamana Temple or by Cable car (Cable car is optional) to see the view of Mt. Manaslu and drive to Pokhara approx. 3 hours by tourist bus. Same day drive to Nayapul by private vehicle, 1-2 hour drive and trek to Birethati. Overnight at Guest House. (B.B)
Day 5: Trek to Banthati 2400M, 5-6 hours via Ulleri. Overnight at Guest House. (B.B)
Day 6:  Trek to Gohrepani 2800m, 5-6 hours through stunning jungle path. Overnight at Guest House. (B.B)
Day 7: Early morning hiking to Poonhill to see Sun rise and Mountain View in a clear day, panoramic view of 10 different peaks. Trek back to guest house.  After breakfast trek to Tadapani (2700M) 4-5 hrs. Overnight at Guest House. (B.B)
Day 8: Trek to Jhinu (hot spring) where you can take natural hot bath. Overnight at Guest House. (B.B)
Day 9: Trek to Tolkaha (1700M), 4-5 hours. Overnight at Guest House. (B.B)
Day 10: Trek to Phedi and drive to Pokhara. Overnight at Hotel. (B.B)
Day 11: Sightseeing in Pokhara or boating in Phewa Lake and hiking in peace pagoda. Overnight at hotel. (B.B)
Day 12: After breakfast drive back to Kathmandu by bus/ by flight. Overnight at hotel (B.B) 
Day 13: After breakfast, transfer to airport for your departure or start new trip. (B)

Optional Chitwan tour US 160$ per person (3* category accommodation)

Day12: After breakfast and drive to Chitwan approx. 4 hours by tourist bus, transfer to hotel, welcome drinks, lunch, and evening walk, bird watching, Dinner and Tharu Cultural show. (B.L.D) 
Day 13: After breakfast, Canoeing, Jungle walk, Visit Elephant breeding center, Lunch, and Elephant Safari or Jungle Drive, evening walk, dinner. (B.L.D) 
Day 14: Chitwan to Kathmandu 4-5 hours' drive. (Flight is an optional.) (B.B) 
Day 15: After breakfast, transfer to airport for your departure

Note:

  • Your trip will end after your breakfast at 8am. You can either start the new trip or depart to the airport.
  • Guests will have private AC vehicles and its seat will depends on the number of traveller (with four-seater to 14-seater)
  • English speaking guide and driver

Inclusions

  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Airport pickup & drop
  • Accommodation in 3 star category hotels in Kathmandu (HotelHoly Himalaya),Pokhara (HotelSplendid view), Rafting (Manakamana Valley Resort) and in Chitwan (HotelSevenstar)in twin sharing bed and breakfast basis.
  • Meals, accommodation insurance and other expenses of trekking crew (guide and porters) 2 people will have one porter and highly experienced English speaking guide.
  • All activities (Elephant bathing, bird watching, Elephant breeding, canoeing, Jungle safari Tharu village visit, Tharu cultural dance) and meals (B.L.D) in Chitwan and rafting.
  • Necessary Rafting equipments. (Helmet, Life jacket, Paddle...)
  • Accommodation in lodge with breakfast during the trek
  • Necessary permit, TIMS and national park fees
  • Necessary equipment during the trek [Sleeping Bag, Duffle Bag if necessary]
  • Farewell dinner with cultural programs.
  • Guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu and Pokhara by private vehicle
  • Luxurious transportation Kathmandu -Rafting starting place -Chitwan -Pokhara-Kathmandu and Pokhara-Nayapul-Pokhara and Pokhara-Nayapul-Phedi Pokhara.
  • All Government taxes, VAT and service charge.

Exclusions

  • Personal equipment and clothing
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu, Pokhara and trekking days. (Meal cost about US $ 4 - $6per item depending on place where you eat)
  • City sightseeing entry fee in Kathmandu (entrance fee cost RS. 200+250+1000) and flight fare (if clients prefer to fly Pokhara- Kathmandu andChitwan Kathmandu)
  • Cold drinks and alcoholic drinks in Chitwan
  • Any other activities or items not mentioned in the itinerary

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Booking your international flight
If you don't have a regular travel agent then you can check for international flight options at one of these sites. 
makemytrip.com   www.kayak.com     www.vayama.com
They usually have good offers. After you check on a good offer I would recommend trying to purchase the same flight from a local travel agent. That way there is more flexibility with flight cancellation/change of flight.

How many people in each room?
There will be two people accommodated in each room for the duration of the tour. If you prefer private accommodation, you'll find the option for "single supplement".  Important:  Please note that during the trek there are some lodges which won't have sufficient rooms to provide private accommodation. So, even if you purchase single supplement you will end up sharing a room for some days of the trek.

Who will be leading the tours/treks?
Our local Nepali team is one of the most experienced and respected trekking outfits in Nepal. The team is fully licensed and affiliated with the Trekking agency's association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal mountaineering Association, Nepal Tourism Board, Govt of Nepal, Sustainable Tourism Network, Himalayan Rescue Association and Kathmandu Environmental Educational project. With  experience,  well trained, friendly guides, and courteous porters you are assured  of a wonderfully memorable experience. 

Vouchers
If you have purchased a voucher for the tour please inform us which tour date suits you as soon as you are certain. We need time to purchase your domestic air ticket and make other arrangements so please confirm your spot on a tour at least 2 months ahead of the start of the tour. Your booking on a particular tour date is subject to availability of spots so please book your place asap. Also please send your redemption code and voucher number.

Trekking
Our trek will be in a very beautiful part of the Annapurna region. Expect to trek about 5-7 hours daily or about 10-14 kms per day. It is recommended that you prepare for the trek by suitable training such as climbing hills or stairs, jogging, and spending some time in the gym to improve your stamina for a few months prior to the trek.  If you are quite fit and do sufficient training prior to arriving in Nepal the trek will be enjoyable, and it is suitable for fit people in to their early 60's. This trek is the most popular trek for those wishing to get wonderful views of the Himalayan peaks.
   If you have health issues please consult your doctor about the advisability of going on the trek. The highest altitude we reach is 3210 meters at Poonhill which offers a breathtaking view of many of the World's greatest peaks. It is stunning!  Any trekking equipment such as walking poles, jackets, water bottles, and rucksack is very easily available in Kathmandu near our hotel.  Important! Please bring two photos for your trekking permit.

What type of plug and what is the voltage used in Nepal? Please click here for details.

Which currencies are accepted in Nepal?  Some major currencies (USD, AUD, EURO) are accepted for both visa and in general. There are plenty of ATM's in both Kathmandu and Pokhara and credit cards are accepted in limited shops and many restaurants. Please note that only Nepali rupees are accepted on the trek.

Altitude sickness a problem?
The altitude sickness will get  from 3000 meters.  Normally below three 3000 meters will not have altitude related problems usually for people for stable health. But above it can cause altitude related sickness. If you have a health condition which might cause problems please consult a doctor on the advisability of doing the trek


Drinking Water on trek?
There are two good options for having proper drinking water during the trek. You can bring water purification tablets or fill your bottle for a nominal fee from the recognized and regulated "pure water" stations along the trek. As a last alternative you can also purchase bottled water at the lodges but this is not recommended.
It is very important that you drink at least 3 liters of pure water daily during the trek. 


Is there Laundry facility on the trek?
There will be laundry facility in Kathmandu and Pokhara but not while on the trek. 

What Clothes shall I bring?

Depending on when you plan to travel it's important to have the proper clothes and be prepared for unexpected weather. Fairly well worn hiking boots/shoes are a must! For tours between November and the first two weeks of March bring a jacket suitable for zero degrees Celsius. For tours at other times please bring a jacket suitable for 4 to 6 degrees Celsius, Otherwise the daytime weather will tend to be warm or pleasant. 

Sleeping Bag
 If you have your own sleeping bag, you can bring. Otherwise, we will provide you sleeping bag during the trekking days.


Visa
You can get a visa in Kathmandu airport upon arrival for $25 USD (or equivalent in other major currencies) for a 15 day visa or $40 USD for a 30 day visa. Please bring 2 photos for the visa. Expect to have some waiting time in the que for obtaining your visa. You can also get your visa prior to coming on the tour by contacting your closest Nepali embassy. 

Is there an Orientation program?
 Yes, the orientation will be at the Kathmandu hotel after your arrival and before starting trekking. The orientation meeting is scheduled for evening on the first of the tour. Generally the orientation meeting will be at 5 or 6 pm and this will be posted upon your arrival at the hotel.
 
How large is each tour group?
For each tour date there will be several separate groups. Each trekking group will have a maximum of 15 people with it's own experienced English speaking guide. During the trek there will be a suitable number of porters to carry your luggage. .

Where will I stay during the tour?
In Kathmandu we will be staying at the Hotel Holy Himalaya or a similar quality hotel. These places come highly recommended but please don't expect a European standard of hotel. These hotels are good, clean tourist hotels and are a good quality by Nepali standards. In Pokhara we stay at  Hotel Splendid view or  Lake Star. In Chitwan we stay at Hotel parkland or at Hotel Hermitage.  On the trek we'll be staying at simple lodges run by Nepali families. During the trek the bathrooms are outside the rooms and hot water is dependent on solar panels so don't count on many warm showers.

What do we eat?
The lunches and dinners in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Trekking days are not covered by the tour and will cost from $4 to $6 depending on meal items and restaurant category.

Will we see Everest?
 If you want to see   close  view of  Everest and Himalayan peaks,we can arrange mountain flight.  You can contact reservation@nepalsocial.com.np to book. To know more about it, please  Click here.

 


Travel Insurance?
It is strongly advised that you get traveler's insurance. Please consult with your travel agent to choose a suitable insurance company. 
 Insure and Go (click) or World Nomads (click) are two possible insurance companies. Travel insurance is compulsory for all clients taking the EBC or Annapurna Circuit treks. It should provide adequate protection for the full duration of the tour to cover personal injury, death, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, air ambulance and adequate cover for baggage.

What is the weather like in Nepal?
The width of Nepal is only about 200 km on an average, but within this short distance the altitude of the land rises from 60 m up to 8,848 m. Hence the weather depends upon the altitude of the place in Nepal. However, in general Nepal has four climatic seasons: Spring, summer, autumn and Winter.

Spring starts from March to May. The temperature of this season fluctuates between 20C to 30C (68F to 86F). Summer starts from June last to August. These are also the monsoon months with occasional evening-thunderstorms and hot temperature. Autumn starts from late September and ends by November. During this period, the climate is generally dry and mild with temperature fluctuating between 20C to 30C (68F to 86F). Winter starts from December till February. The mornings and evenings are very cold while the afternoon is pretty sunny. The temperature during these months rises from 10C to 20C (59F to 68F). At higher altitudes it is cold during the winter months. 

How much money for my personal expenses?
Its difficult to give an exact amount of money that you should bring. Costs will vary according to how much  you want to spend  for shopping and where and what meals (lunch& dinner) you want to eat . Only Nepali rupees are accepted on the trek

Porters
For the trek we'll have one porter for two person. The weight limit for the trek  is 10-13 kgs per person. Before the trek we will store all our excess baggage in our Pokhara hotel and only take what we require on the trek.

Tips

A general rule of thumb for tipping is to USD30 to USD60 per Traveler, depending on the length of the trek. Porters do appreciate a personal tip, although it is not uncommon for the Guide and his Porters to pool the tips they have collected before splitting it amongst themselves, with the Guide getting a little more for overseeing the welfare and safety of both the Travelers and Porters as a whole. That said, this is just a guide and you may tip however much you think is appropriate for the services rendered which made your trek a memorable one.

Not recommended for participants with back problems

A maximum of 10 people per booking

Not recommended for participants with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions

Not wheelchair accessible

A current valid passport is required on the day of travel

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