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Location

Nepal

Difficulty

6-7

Challenging to Strenuous

Length

11

Trip Cost

from $2890
twin share

Overview

  • Be embraced by the genuine warmth and welcome of the Nepalese people and their culture and traditions
  • Witness the extraordinary mountain ranges of the Annapurna Himalaya region from the popular view point of Poon Hill
  • Discover Ghandruk, the most famous Gurung village known for its beauty and insights into the local way of life
  • Trek terraced rice fields, rhododendron forests, cross tranquil rivers and pass through hindu villages
  • Experience warm hospitality and a unique oasis amongst the mountains at Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge
  • Explore the energetic and intoxicating sites, sounds and smells of Kathmandu

A trekking holiday in Nepal is both exhilarating and rewarding, allowing you to witness the country’s breathtaking beauty and unique culture. The Annapurna region is a popular destination for trekkers and offers an outstanding introduction to Himalayan trekking. This trip offers a less taxing option to its sister trek of Everest with lower altitude and fewer steeper climbs but without compromising on scenery. Trails weave through fertile, lower valleys to rushing rivers that you cross by long suspension bridges and up through spectacular Rhododendron forests, where ferns and orchids grow within their gnarled branches. Travel in Spring to enjoy the gorgeous Rhododendron blooms that vary from red, white and pink depending on the altitude.

Along the way, keep your eyes peeled for coloured butterflies that flitter along the river, the large raptors that soar in the striking blue skies and listen for the yelp of the barking deer roaming amongst the oak forests. Trek over terraced hills, stay at colourful teahouses and immerse yourself in the rich culture and traditions of the local villagers. All the while your trail is flanked by some of the world’s most biggest and beautiful mountains; a continuous display of stunning scenery you will never forget.

Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge

Overlooking the spectacular Pokhara Valley and the Hilmalaya’s beyond, Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge is a perfect haven for guests to relax and rejuvenate before and after an invigorating trek.

Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge is operated on the concept that the lodge is not a hotel, it is a home for guests; and that is how you will be warmly received by Jhalak, Dol Raj, Hari, Sujan or Marcus from the moment you step through the elegant front doors. You will arrive as guests and leave as friends.

Set in lush surrounds of the mountain, the lodge offers a tranquil space for bird-watching, yoga and meditation sessions or simply taking in the breathtaking views. Guest cottages are built of locally hand-cut stone and furnished with beautiful Tibetan rugs, original artwork and hand-crafted wooden furniture. Described as ‘barefoot luxury’ this special place portrays beauty in its simplicity.

Lodge activities range from Pokhara sightseeing tours, golf, Ayurvedic and shiatsu massage therapy to paragliding and micro-light flights for the more adventurous. Guests can participate in authentic village walks or nature adventures, all customised to the individual guest’s interests by an experienced and knowledgeable guide. At the end of the day, a cocktail beckons from a candlelit terrace before you settle in to enjoy a range of culinary options featuring Nepali and continental dishes created from fresh and locally sourced ingredients.

With a commitment to the environment and local communities, the lodge is actively involved in conservation and community projects. We welcome you to experience this hidden jewel as part of your incredible journey to Nepal.

Are you a first-time or solo traveller?

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu

It is a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The emotions conjured up by the views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that will stay with you for a long, long time. A RAW Travel representative and driver will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel and brief you about your upcoming daily activities.

Day 2: Kathmandu exploration

Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and home to some of the most revered temples in both the Buddhist and Hindu community. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence. There will be a guided tour to Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, before continuing on to the most popular Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva, Pashupatinath. We take a tour to Patan or Lalitpur (the City of Artisans), which is 5km away from Kathmandu. We walk through Patan Durbar Square, and delight in the architectural wonders of Malla era. Mahaboudha Temple, Kumbeshwor Temple, Krishna Temple and Golden Temple are the major attractions at the square.

Meals: B

Day 3: Fly to Pokhara

Today you take the short but scenic 30 minute flight to Pokhara, enjoying the views of Ganesh, Manaslu and the Annapurnas along the way. With majestic sights of snow-capped mountain peaks and tranquil lakes, Pokhara’s beauty is sure to have you mesmerised. The afternoon is free to explore Pokhara or relax before your hike tomorrow. You spend the night at the beautiful Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge*, a beautiful hidden jewel that you will not want to leave!

Meals: B

Day 4: Transfer to Shyauli Bazaar (3 hour drive) and trek to Ghandruk (3 hour trek – 1940m)

After breakfast at the hotel, we take a one-hour leisurely drive to Naya Pul along the graceful Modi Khola Valley. On reaching Naya Pul, we take a local vehicle to Shyauli Bazaar avoiding having to walk along jeep roads that are not particularly interesting. On reaching our destination, we begin our highly panoramic Annapurna trek.

We trail along terraced fields beneath the awe-inspiring, glaciated Himalayan mountain ranges. On passing a succession of flatlands, forest, cultivated lands and a suspension bridge over Khumnu Khola, we arrive at the beautiful village of Ghandruk. The ancient village offers glimpses of time-honored ancient cultural traditions along with a vantage point that offers breathtaking views of Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, Machhapuchhare and Hiunchuli. The Gurungs are the ethnic group that live here and will welcome us with warmth and sincere hospitality. They have been called a ‘martial tribe’ by the British, and are well known for their bravery as Gurkha soldiers in the British, Indian and Nepal armies.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 5: Trek Ghandruk to Chhomrong (5-6 hour trek – 2210m)

Our path this morning starts out fairly flat as we make our way through small villages, fields and farmland before descending steeply to the Kimrong Khola river. The afternoon will have us taking a long, steep, sustained climb up towards our destination for the night.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 6: Trek Chhomrong to Tadapani (5-6 hour trek – 2540m)

Today we descend further along a trail that showcases rich rhododendron forests, glorious, cascading mountain streams and other mystical vistas of nature. You may be lucky to spot a ‘langur’ (white monkey) along the way. After continuously climbing for 3 hours, we step on the territory of Tadapani at an altitude of 2540 meters. Tadapani offers the most magnificent mountain views of the overpowering peaks of Annapurna South. 

Meals: B, L, D

Day 7: Trek Tadapani to Ghorepani (6 hour trek – 2880m)

This morning we depart Tadapani and proceed down a steep, sustained descent, mainly on stairs. We are blessed with scenery of majestic snow-capped mountain peaks, lush vegetation and rich plant life. We climb through rhododendron forests to Deorali (3100m) and reach a hamlet and cultivated fields and grazing pastures. Don’t forget to look up as we may see eagles and vultures soaring above.  We continue walking for approximately 3 hours before reaching Ghorepani.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 8: Trek Ghorepani to Tikhedhunga via Poon Hill (5 hour trek – 1540m)

A very early start this morning as we climb up to Poon Hill view point (3210m) to witness the warm, golden light of sunrise as it spreads across the dramatic mountain ranges. After savouring the mesmerising sight of Dhaulagiri massif, Tukuche Peak and other Himalayan giants, we leave Ghorepani and start to make our way towards Tikhedhunga and our accommodation for the night.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 9: Trek Tikhedhunga to Hille and transfer to Pokhara via Naya Pul (40min trek, 3 hour transfer)

Today we make our way towards Hille, where we will meet our driver and head back to our accommodation in Pokhara. The rest of the day is yours to relax, explore or maybe seek out a well deserved massage!

Meals: B, L

Day 10: Fly Pokhara to Kathmandu

After a flight back to Kathmandu, we will transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Tonight you will be treated to a special farewell dinner and cultural show.

Meals: B, D

Day 11: Depart Kathmandu

You will be transferred to the airport today for your onward journey.

Meals: B

*Subject to availability

Dates

Self-guided trips offer flexibility, independence and choice. Set your own agenda while someone else worries about the logistics. Our self-guided walking holidays are fully flexible which means you can normally start your walk on any day during the season and customise by adding extra days for resting or sightseeing. As you’re walking independently, you’re free to follow the trail at your own pace. You set your own speed as you are not limited by the constraints of group travel.

Note that if booking for a start date of less than 30 days from the time of booking we cannot guarantee that your trip is possible unless you have contacted us first and your trip details have been confirmed.

Inclusions

  • Private tour with your own guide
  • Flexibility to select your own departure date* and travel with your own group of friends or family
  • Trip Cost is based on 2 people travelling together (enquire for better rates for larger groups)
  • Accommodation on trek in traditional lodges/teahouses (twin share basis, with non-attached bathroom)
  • Experienced, English-speaking local guide and porters (1 porter for every 2 guests; luggage limit 15kg only per person)
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during teahouse trek only
  • Airfare Kathmandu/Pokhara/Kathmandu
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and Trekking permit
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • 2 nights accommodation at the special Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge* with breakfast
  • Farewell dinner and cultural show in Kathmandu
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with English-speaking local guide and entry fees as per itinerary
  • Airport transfers and tour transfers in private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Insurance for all guides and porters

* Subject to availability

Not Included

  • Nepal visa fees
  • International flights and any airport tax
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara (except 1 x farewell dinner in Kathmandu)
  • Personal gear and clothing
  • Any applicable extra baggage charge above allowance (Pokhara flight 20kg main luggage +5 kg hand carry)
  • Tips for guides, porters and local staff
  • Single supplement $790
  • Solo surcharge – please contact office for details

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Trip Grading

This trip has a difficulty rating of 6-7 out of 10.