Mountains & Wildlife-13days

Annapurna Mountains and Wildlife Tour provides travelers with a taste of the country's rich culture and amazing natural landscapes and mountains along with the diversity in its wildlife. The tour begins with a fabulous trip to the Lake City of Pokhara which is trek start point to different short and long treks in Annapurna Mountain Region. In our 13 day tour we trek for 5 days in one of the most popular trekking region of Nepal, visit popular landmarks in the beautiful city of Pokhara with stunning nature walks and jungle safari in the tropical jungles of Chitwan National Park. From Chitwan we drive to Kathmandu and take a domestic flight to Biratnagar where our representative will meet you at airport and drive to your Lodge in Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve. We have here 3 days to get engaged with different activities in Wildlife Reserve Area. After here we fly back to Kathmandu. We end our tour discovering the ancient Hindu and Buddhist temples and different Palaces  of Kings of Kathmandu Valley which now are UNESCO Listed World Heritage Sites.

 

Tour Highlights:

  •            •   5 days trek to Annapurna Himalayas
  •            •   Chitwan National Park
  •            •   Koshi Tappu Wildlife
  •            •   Visits to Pashupatinath, Kathmandu Durbar (Palace) Square

 

Trip Cost Includes:

  •          •   All ground transportation in private vehicles and tourist bus
  •          •   Twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu hotel (3 Nights)
  •          •   Twin sharing accommodation in Pokhara hotel (1 Night)
  •          •   Best available lodges and guesthouses during the trekking days (4 Nights)
  •          •   Best available hotels and resorts in Chitwan National Park (2 Nights)
  •          •   Koshi Wildlife Reserve (2 Nights)
  •          •   12 Breakfast, 8 Lunch, 9 Dinner
  •          •   All jungle activities in the Chitwan National Park.
  •          •   All activities in Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve
  •             An English speaking Licensed Tour Guide for Kathmandu Pokhara Tour
  •          •   An English speaking knowledgeable trekking guide
  •          •   An English Speaking Nature Guide (Naturalist) in Chitwan and Koshi WIldlife Safari
  •          •   Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff
  •          •   Annapurna Conservation Park permit and TIMS permit for trekking.

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

  •             Round Trip Domestic Flight Kathmandu-Biratnagar-Kathmandu
  •          •   Pick up drop from Biratnagar Airport to Hotel in Koshi Tappu
  •          •   Monument entry fee in Kathmandu Pokhara
  •          •   Porter if required

 

Day 01: ARRIVE KATHMANDU
On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from our office will greet you at the airport and escort you to your pre booked hotel. You’ll have rest of the day at leisure to freshen up and relax. 

Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

 

Day 02 DRIVE TO POKHARA; DRIVE TO NAYAPUL;TREK TO TIKHEDHUNGA (4 Hours Walk)

After breakfast in the hotel we drive to Pokhara. From Pokhara we continue by road to our trek start point at Naya Pul (1.5 hours). Our walk today follows the river upstream past rice paddies, cultivated fields, alder and mimosa forest to Tikhedunga. During the walk we will be following the Burungdi Khola and we should spot some of Nepal's fine river birds including White Capped River Chats, Plumbous Redstarts, Dippers and Kingfishers.

Overnight: Lodge in Tikhedhunga

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 03 TREK TO GHOREPANI (5-6 Hours Walk)

Today we cross the Burungdi Khola and then have a steep climb up a series of stone steps past wonderful terraced hillsides to the village of Ulleri. The trail continues climbing and now enters a beautiful forest. This lofty rhododendron forest is one of the highpoints of the trek as it is full of birds. We hope to see Rosefinches, Laughing Thrush, Woodpecker, Babblers and Warblers. We may also see Common Langur Monkeys and the very rare Red Panda or Muntjac. We eventually arrive at Ghorepani and can relax outside the lodge with great sunset views of the Annapurna Himal.

Overnight: Lodge in Ghorepani

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 04 TREK TO TADAPANI ( 5 Hours Walk); POON HILL VIEW POINT

This morning there is an optional ascent of Poon Hill (about an hour's walk above Ghorepani) to see the spectacular sunrise over the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himals. As the sun pops out from behind the mountains the sky glows red and pink in the first rays of the sun and the panorama from the summit must be one of the world's great mountain vistas. Best seen at dawn, it's well worth the effort of the climb. After breakfast we head east, following a forested ridge to cross a pass at 3,193m. The trail then descends through dense forests of fir, spruce, oak and rhododendron home to many birds and a few mammals. Passing through Banthanti at 2,620m, we climb back to 2,745m, where we reach another small pass at Tadapani where we have a superb view of Annapurna South and the peak of Machhapuchhare.

Overnight: Lodge in Tadapani

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 05 TREK TO GHANDRUK

An easier walk today through wonderful uninhabited forest with great mountain views. This forest is one of the highlights of the trek. Look out for monkeys and high forest birds including Tragopan, Juniper Finch and Rosefinches. We emerge from the forest just above Ghandruk, the largest Gurung village in the area. This area is mostly populated by subsistence farmers who tend the carefully laid out terraces. Stretching thousands of feet down steep hillsides they are a work of art and the Nepalis are experts at using every piece of land. Wheat, rice and vegetables are grown throughout the year on the well-tended terraces. Although there are now many new modern lodges in Ghandruk there are still older traditional houses with their neat slate roofs. In the afternoon your leader will take you on a village walk and in the evening we can relax in the teahouse and watch the sunset on Annapurna South.

Overnight: Lodge in Ghandruk

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 06 TREK TO NAYAPUL & DRIVE TO POKHARA

Descending on stone staircases towards the Modi Khola, and passing through Shyauli Bazaar we come to the pretty village of Birethanthi, where we have lunch overlooking the river. Another short walk brings us to Naya Pul, where we will meet the road and drive back to Pokhara. There will be time this afternoon to explore this pretty lakeside resort. You could go for a boat trip on the lake looking for water birds or just sit and relax in one of the many lakeside cafes

Overnight: Hotel in Pokhara

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 07: DRIVE TO CHTWAN AND DO THE VILLAGE TOUR AND JOIN CULTURAL DANCE

Driving for 5 hours we reach our Lodge in Chitwan National Park where we spend two nights. We freshen up and go for village tour to a nearby ethnic Tharu village where you will learn more about the life and lifestyle of the Tharus and also visit the National Park Visitor’s centre where you can learn more about the history of the National Park and about wildlife & Sun set view from the bank of Rapti River. In the evening we watch and join the Tharu cultural dance presentation by the local villagers in which you can participate or Slide show presentation on almost everything under the Chitwan.

Overnight: Resort in Chitwan

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 08: ACTIVITIES IN CHITWAN

After breakfast in the lodge we go for canoe ride along the Rapti River which is an excellent opportunity for Bird Watching and for seeing the rare species of crocodiles; the Marsh Mugger and the fish eating Gharial. + Jungle Walk + on the way back one can enjoy the elephant bathing. After lunch we go for Jeep Safari whcih is an excellent opportunity to see different kinds of animals such as deer, rhinoceros, wild bore, monkey, leopard, sloth bear and the Royal Bengal Tiger.

Overnight: Resort in Chitwan

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 09:  BREAKFAST AND DRIVE BACK KATHMANDU

An early morning wake up call followed by breakfast and drive back to Kathmandu and drop you to your hotel.

Overnight:  Hotel in Kathmandu

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 10:  FLY TO BIRATNAGAR AND DRIVE TO KOSHI TAPPU WILDLIFE CAMP

Check in to the hotel, freshen up, have lunch and go on a walk for birdwatching around Saptakoshi River
Overnight: in KOSHI Tappu Wildlife Camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
 
Day 11:  KOSHI TAPPU WILDLIFE RESERVE
You get a wake up call in the morning and go for nature walk within near vicinity. Have breakfast and go for rafting on the upper part of Sapta Koshi River with naturalist to view some of the water birds, water buffaloes, dolphins and various water habitats. End the boat trip by the bank of river and have picnic lunch and short drive to Koshi Barrage to view some bird life and fresh water Dolphins. Late afternoon return to the Camp for overnight stay.
Overnight: in KOSHI Tappu Wildlife Camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
 
Day 12:  BIRD WATCHING AND FLY BACK TO KATHMANDU AND KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING
You get a wake up call in the morning and go birdwatching in nearby jungle. You return from walk freshn up and have breakfast and drive to Biratnagar for flight to Kathmandu. 
 
Pashupatinath Temple:  Pashupatinath, a pagoda style Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is considered to be the powerhouse of Hindu spiritual power in religious terms.  Situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, the temple is 6 kms from Kathmandu city and just a few hundred meters from the end of the runway at Tribhuwan International Airport.  Non-Hindus are not allowed to enter the main temple, but you can view the temple from the east bank of River Bagmati. Pashupatinath is the centre of annual pilgrimage on the day of Shivaratri which falls in the month of February/March. Behind the temples are the cremation grounds.
BoudhnathStupa: Listed in the UNESCO World Heritage list, this enormous stupa where thousands of pilgrims gather daily to make a ritual circumnavigation of the dome, beneath the watchful eyes of the Buddha, which gaze out from the gilded central tower. This is one of the few places in the world where Tibetan Buddhist culture is accessible and unfetered, and the lanes around the stupa are crammed with monasteries and the surrounding is a paraphernalia for Buddhist life.
 
Kathmandu Durbar Square: is one of three royal palace squares in the Kathmandu Valley. This site was the royal residence until the 19th century where important ceremonies, such as the coronation of the Nepalese monarch use to take place. The two-hectare palace complex is divided into two main courtyards, and was initially constructed in the 16th century, although subsequent additions were made in the Shah dynasty in the 18th century and by the Rana rulers in the 19th century. The palace is decorated with elaborately-carved wooden windows and panels and houses the King Tribhuwan Memorial Museum, dedicated to the monarch who opened up Nepal to the outside world, and the Mahendra Museum, dedicated to his son, King Mahendra. At the southern end of Durbar Square is the Kumari Chowk. The gilded cage has the Kumari, a young girl chosen through an ancient and mystical selection process to become the human incarnation of the Hindu mother goddess, Durga. She is worshipped during religious festivals and makes public appearances at other times for a fee paid to her guards. Kashthamandap is the source of the name Kathmandu and supposed to be made from the timber of a single tree.
 
We spend our last evening in Kathmandu in a farewell dinner together sharing photos recalling the excitements of trip and exchanging emails in one of the traditional Nepalese restaurant.
Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
 
Day 13:  AIRPORT TRANSFER
Today after breakfast you are in leisure on your own. You will be escorted to airport for your flight home at your flight time.
Meals: Breakfast
 
 

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The springtime from March, April, May and the autumn months from September, October, November is considered the best months for trekking part of the itinerary. So please email us your desired dates at info@eveholidays.com

 

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Best Months for Trekking

The springtime from March, April, May and the autumn months from September, October, November is considered the best months for trekking.

Maximum Altitude in this trek:

Nepal Visa & Visa Fee

15 days - US $ 30.00 for 15 days single/multiple entry.
30 days - US $ 50.00 for 30 days single/multiple entry.
90 days - US $ 125.00 for 90 days single/multiple entry.
 
For more information please visit Department of Immigration of Nepal

Weather

Weather in the mountains is difficult to predict.  Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for trekking, only issue is cold. The weather is sunny and warm offering outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing in higher elevations. Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed.

Experience Required

Anyone who is fit and healthy and have a habit of walking for couple of hours daily can opt for this trekking.

Packing  List

It is recommended that you carry a light 35-50L rucksack with your personal belongings that you may need handy such as camera, hat, glasses, gloves, sun creams, first-aid kit, toothpaste/brush, soap/ towel, and other personal items.

To keep yourself hydrated at high altitude, always remember to carry water container with at least 1 litre of water in your backpack.  Around base camp you will need your down jacket.

Trekking Guides

All our trekking guides have received a 45-day training from the Hotel Management and Tourism Centre in Nepal. The guides have also received high altitude first aid training from KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project).

Accommodation

We use standard rooms at star hotels in Kathmandu with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, you stay in teahouses and lodges that generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory. The toilets in tea houses provide essential and basic facilities and are always outside the room.

In summit base camps, the accommodation will be a tented camp.

Meals

Meals are provided at Guesthouses and lodges on the way and in a star hotel in Kathmandu. We make it sure that the food we provide is hygienic and at the same time suits your palate. Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge where you will stay and lunch will be on the way. Foods cooked in lodges and guesthouses on the way are pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal bhat (rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization. In many larger villages you may find some meat items on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps.

During tented camps our professional cook will provide you the best vegetarian food.

Means of Transportation

Depending on the nature of the travel, the transportation to and from the destination varies from domestic flights to vehicular transportation to even piggyback rides on mules and yaks. We provide you only those options which enhance your local experience while allowing you to travel comfortably and efficiently. We use private tourist vehicles for sightseeing, city tours. Depending on the group size we use cars, minibus, vans or alternatively 4WD SUVs

Vaccination

No vaccinations are compulsory in Nepal, but we do recommend you are covered for Diphtheria, TB, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Typhoid, Polio and Tetanus. We also do recommend for a dental check-up prior to travelling and you should know your blood group in case of emergency in your travel

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on your tour, you need to inform to us

Communication while trekking

There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. Our guides will have their local mobile phones, in case you want to make international calls or want to provide your number to your family for the call back to you Any international calls made you can pay to the guide

Insurance Coverage

A travel insurance policy that covers medical expenses, evacuation, theft and loss is recommended. Your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses.

Departure Dates

The trekking will be arranged for you according to your needs. So, please contact us for your required departure date.  Best Months: March to May & September to November. You can have a look at our fixed departure dates to see if that suits your plans.

Contact Us

Information required for this trip is provided here. If you want to consult us regarding any aspect of the trip, please feel free to email us or give us a call at 977 9841414582

 

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