Group Size: Min 1 to Max 8 Maximum Altitude: 13,000ft Trip Grade: Easy
Total duration: 16 days Start from: Kathmandu End at: Kathmandu
Annapurna and Everest with Chitwan trip includes both of the most popular trekking regions of Nepal, Annapurna Trek and Everest Trek, a sightseeing day in Kathmandu and Chitwan National Park. This rewarding tour offers spectacular mountain views and in between the trekking days you have two nights in Chitwan for an experience getting involved with several activities in Chitwan National Park. The trip starts in Kathmandu with a guided sightseeing tour to three World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu on Day 2. On Day 3, after a warm breakfast in the hotel we will drive to Pokhara in a tourist bus and start on our legs. We trek upto the view point Poon Hill at an altitude of 3,210 meters for a beautiful view of sunrise over Annapurna, Fishtail and Dhaulagiri Mountains. On Day 7 we walk back to Nayapul and drive to our hotel in Lakeside Pokhara. Next day we drive to Chitwan National Park in a tourist bus to get engaged in different activities in the Park. On Day 10 drive to Kathmandu and relax for a night in Kathmandu. Next morning we fly to a mountain airstrip of Lukla for our Everest trek. We trek upto Syangboche Airstrip and further to Everest View Hotel at an altitude of 3,880 meters, the hotel listed in Guiness Book of World Records. From here we catch the nice view of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest and we trek back to Lukla and fly back to Kathmandu.
- Sightseeing to Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square and Swayambhu Temple
- 4 days trek in Annapurna Region starting trek from Pokhara
- 4 days trek in Everest Region starting from Lukla
- Scenic flight from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu
- Highest Altitude we reach in this trip is 13000ft at Everest View Hotel
- UNESCO Listed World Heritage Site and Wildlife Hub Chitwan National Park
All Activities in Chitwan National Park
Poon Hill Trek at 3,210 m
Trip Cost Includes:
- Airport pick up and drop in private vehicles.
- Kathmandu to Pokhara, Pokhara to Chitwan and Chitwan to Kathmandu in tourist bus
- 4 Nights in Kathmandu on twin share basis
- 1 Night in Pokhara on twin share basis
- 8 Nights in lodges and guesthouses during trekking on twin share basis
- 2 Nights in Chitwan on twin share basis
- Airfare from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu including airport departure tax at Kathmandu and Lukla airport.
- An English speaking Licensed Tour Guide for Day 2
- An English speaking Licensed and well experienced trekking guide
- Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for staff.
- Sagarmatha National Park permit,TIMS permit and Local Government Tax for trekking
- Annapurna Conservation Park Permit and Local Government
- Farewell Dinner in aTraditional Nepalese Dinner with Dance
- All government and local tax
Trip Cost Excludes:
- Meals and drinks except in Chitwan and Farewell dinner
- Monuments entry fee on Day 2
- Personal Expenses(Laundry/phone/beverages/battery recharge/extra porter/bottle water/shower etc)
- Tips for guides and porters
- Any cost not mentioned in inclusion
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 hotel.
Overnight: in Kathmandu
Day 02: GUIDED KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING
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.
Swoyambhunath Temple: This Buddhist Stupa, said to be 2000 years old is a perfect architecture of gilded spire and white washed dome located under thousands of fluttering prayer flags. From the spire, four faces of Buddha stare out across the valley in the cardinal directions. The entire structure is symbolic. The white dome represents the earth, the nose like shape below the piercing eyes is actually the nepali number ‘one’ signifying unity, and above is a third eye signifying the insight of the Buddha, while the 13 tiered beehive like structure at the top symbolizes the 13 stages that human being has to pass through to achieve nirvana. The base is ringed by prayer wheels which pilgrims circuiting the stupa spin each one as they pass by.
Patan Durbar Square: Located about 5 km south of Kathmandu in the Kathmandu Valley, on the southern side of the Bagmati River, Patan is one of the three royal cities in the valley. A paradise of fine arts, Patan is filled with wood and stone carvings, metal statues, ornate architecture, including dozens of Buddhist and Hindu temples, and over 1200 monuments. The city of Patan is believed to have been built in the third century B.C. by the Kirat dynasty. It was expanded by Lichhavis in the 6th century A.D. and again by the Mallas in medieval period. Listed as a World Heritage Site, the former royal palace complex is the center of Patan’s religious and social life, and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects.
Overnight: in Kathmandu
Day 03: DRIVE TO POKHARA~NAYAPUL; TREK TO BIRETHANTI (30 minute Walk)
We leave early and drive westwards to Pokhara. This town is set in a beautiful valley and is overlooked by Machhapuchhare, one of the most distinctive of the Himalayan peaks. We continue on another 1.5 hour drive through Pokhara to NayaPul and from there have a 30-minute walk to the village of Birethanthi, where we stay overnight. Birethanthi is a riverside village at the confluence of the Modi Khola and the Burungdi Khola.
Overnight: Lodge in Birethanti
Day 04: 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
Day 05: TREK TO TADAPANI ( 5 Hours Walk); POON HILL VIEW POINT 3210m
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
Day 06: TREK TO GHANDRUK 1970m
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
Day 07: TREK TO NAYAPUL 3-4hrs & DRIVE TO POKHARA 1.5hr
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 the pretty lakeside Pokhara. 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: in Pokhara
Day 08: DRIVE TO CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK
Today we drive to Chitwan National Park. On reaching the lodge in the National Park, our Jungle Guide will brief about the activities.
Chitwan is in the lowlands of Nepal, known as the 'terai'. The National Park comprises 932 square kilometres of sal and riverine forest and grassland. It is a magnificent and unspoilt jungle environment with a greater variety of wildlife than any other part of Nepal. 543 species of bird have been recorded and we should be able to spot many of these as well as some of the 43 species of mammals and reptiles including Indian Rhinocerous, Gharial Crocodile, Sambar, Mutjac Deer, Rhesus and Monkeys. There are also Tigers, Sloth Bears and Leopards in the park but these are rarely seen. During our stay here we will be based at a simple lodge and will make excursions into the forest on foot and on elephant back. We also make trips along the Rapti River in a dugout canoe, looking for crocodile and observing the abundant bird life.
Overnight: Hotel in Chitwan
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Day 09: ACTIVITIES IN CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK
Overnight: Hotel in Chitwan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10: ACTIVITIES; DRIVE BACK KATHMANDU
An early morning wakeup call followed by tea orcoffee. Again your guide will take you for a Bird Watching / Elephant Safari / Jungle Walk followed by breakfast with your departure back to Kathmandu.
Overnight: in Kathmandu
Day 11: FLY TO LUKLA (2800m) & TREK TO PHAKDING (2652m)
We fly to the mountain airstrip of Lukla (2,800m), and set off on the first short leg of our trek, heading northwards up the valley of the DudhKosi. We descend from the small plateau, down into the forested valley. The trail offers some tantalising views before reaching the small settlement of Phakding (2,652m), where we spend our first night.
Overnight: Lodge in Phakding
Day 12: TREK TO NAMCHE (3450m)
From Phakding, we cross and re-cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve the fragile mountain environment. You then take a steep hike to Namche. If the weather is clear, you get the first glimpse of Mt Everest. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu and has a busy Saturday market - a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have crossed the glaciated Nangpa La.
Overnight: Lodge in Namche
Day 13: REST DAY IN NAMCHE FOR ACCLIMATIZATION
Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops. It is an ideal place to spend a day, acclimatizing to the new altitude before heading off towards Tengboche. To acclimatize, you can do a strenuous day walk to a higher altitude, coming back down to Namche for sleep.
Overnight: Lodge in Namche
Day 14: TREK FROM NAMCHE TO SYANGBOCHE & BACK TO LUKLA
After an early breakfast, the route starts by climbing upto the Syangboche airstrip. Above the airstrip is the Hotel Everest View, listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the highest hotel on earth from where you catch the nice view of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest. You trek back to Lukla.
Overnight: Lodge in Lukla
Day 15: FLY BACK KATHMANDU (35 minutes)
In the early morning you take off from Lukla airstrip for a spectacular mountain flight back to Kathmandu. After being met at the domestic airport terminal and transferred to your hotel, the rest of the day is free to explore this wonderful city; shopping for souvenirs, trying out the various restaurants in Thamel or simply relaxing.
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: in Kathmandu
Meals: Farewell Dinner
Day 16: 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.
You can design your own trip exactly how you like it according to your requirements, travel dates and budget.
Best Months for Trekking
The springtime from March, April, May and the autumn months from September, October, November is considered the best months for this trek.
Maximum Altitude in this trek: 13000ft at Everest View Hotel
Your safety is our most important concern while traveling with Eve Holidays. Please note that adventure travel goes to the remote part of the mountain where weather conditions, health condition of team member, unexpected natural disasters and delay or cancellation of flights can affect the itinerary. Every effort will be made to keep to the itinerary but your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns, without any pre consultation with clients. So please be prepared to be flexible if required.
Please be aware that Kathmandu- Lukla - Kathmandu flight gets delayed by a few hours or may even be canceled for one, two, or more days due to poor weather conditions. Such conditions may arise even in the best seasons. Hence, in such cases, you must be prepared for long waits either at Kathmandu or Lukla airport, as this can happen either at the start or end of the trek or even both. We will do our best to avoid such delays, and arrange the next flight for you. We also organize Helicopter rescue in such conditions, if it is available and upon request by our clients. The helicopter can lift 4-5 persons per flight and will cost extra. Still, we suggest you to be prepared for possible delays/cancellations, and if possible to come with some extra buffer days (1-2 days) at the end of the trip to accommodate such delays. If everything runs smoothly and you still have a few days of your buffer days left then you may even engage yourself in optional activities or shopping etc which can be arranged by Eve Holidays upon request.
In case the flight delay/cancellation that happens at the start of trip and it goes so long that it disturbs your onward travel schedule, you are free to choose an alternative trip (of the same cost), such as a trek in the Annapurna, Langtang, or any other region. If you are not interested in the alternative trip and would rather wait for your original preferred trip, you are welcome to wait in Kathmandu for as many days as it takes to get a flight to Lukla. However, please note that there will be no refund and all the costs incurred due to such situations will not be our responsibility. So please ensure you have adequate travel insurance.
Nepal Tourist Visa & Visa Fee
You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at International Airport in Kathmandu. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos with accurate USD for visa fee.
Weather in the mountains is difficult to predict. Spring season (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) is considered the best months for Annapurna Chitwan and Everest Trek. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for trekking, only issue is cold. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing in higher elevations. Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July, August) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a good choice for botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed
Anyone who is fit and healthy and have a habit of walking for few of hours a day can do this trek. However walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior to the trip is a good idea to enhance your stamina. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lungs and blood diseases are required to consult their doctor before taking the trip. It is also advised that you inform Eve Holidays about the medical condition before booking the trek.
All of Eve Holidays trekking itineraries are planned keeping in mind the risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Going up at higher altitude too fast causes a medical condition called AMS which is serious enough to kill if neglected. We are well aware that it is essential to allow you sufficient time for acclimatization to minimize the risk. However it is important to remember that some people are more vulnerable than others.
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. Here is the guideline of Equipment and Packing List
Luggage Limit in Lukla Flight
Domestic flights to Lukla allows 10kg of check-in luggage and is included with your flight ticket. Excess baggage (up to 5kg per person only) will be charged at your own expense.
All our trekking guides are highly experienced, well trained and Government Licensed guides. As we focus on employing single women with the aim of helping them make a living for themselves and their children, we usually provide female trekking guides. But we provide male as well if you prefer male guide.
We use standard rooms in hotels/guesthouses in Kathmandu and Chitwan and Pokhara. Along the trekking routes, you stay in teahouses that generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. Accommodation are on a twin sharing basis. The accommodation in lodges in trekking routes can be single and double rooms, or a dormitory. The toilets in tea houses provide essential and basic facilities and are always outside the room. Single supplement will be provided on request and will cost an additional. Although single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation, it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations. Hotels in Kathmandu can be upgraded to 4 star and 5 star in an additional cost.
Farewell dinner in Kathmandu, all meals in Chitwan are provided. While on trekking, usually, each day dinner and breakfast will be at teahouses where you will stay and lunch will be on the way. We make it sure that the food is hygienic and at the same time suits your palate. 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 find hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps.
Means of Transportation
We use private tourist vehicles and tourist buses. Depending on the group size we use cars, minibus, vans or alternatively 4WD SUVs. For Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight we use domestic airlines.
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
One MUST have travel insurance policy to join any of Eve Holidays trips. You must be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs and theft and loss) and also trip cancellation. We don't arrange or sell insurance.
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.
Information required for this trip is provided here. If you want to consult any aspect of the trip, please feel free to email us or give us a call at +977 9841414582.
Very much professional and customer friendly. We would want to go for a long trek, either to Everest Base Camp or Annapurna Circuit next time with this company again.
Katherine & Sam