Group Size: Min 1 to Max 8 Maximum Altitude: 3,210m/10,529ft Trip Grade: Easy
Total duration: 11 days Start from: Kathmandu End at: Kathmandu
Feast on Nepal's "incredible mountain scenery" (Lonely Planet) on this 11-day guided tour with Eve Holidays. This tour includes the popular Annapurna trek and a trip to the jungle safari in Chitwan along with a Kathmandu sightseeing day.
- Scenic drive to the Lakeside city of Pokhara
- 3 days trekking 4-5 hours daily
- Trek to Poonhill for the close up views of Annapurna Range
- Jeep Drive for 3 hours in Chitwan National Park looking for Royal Bengal Tiger, Rhinos, Deers and Birds
- Watch and participate in Traditional Tharu Dance in the evening
- Crocodiles and Bird watching Tour along Rapti River in Chitwan
- Jungle Walk and Village Tour in Chitwan
- Visit to Elephant Breeding Center
- Trek to Poonhill for the close up views of Annapurna Range
- Visits to Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swayambhu and Kathmandu Durbar Suare
Trip Cost Includes:
- 3 Nights accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
- 1 Nights accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast
- 2 Nights accommodation in Chitwan
- 4 Nights in Teahouse during trek
- 5 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 3 Dinner (including Farewell Dinner in a Traditional Nepalese Restaurant with Dance)
- An English Speaking knowledgeable Tour Guide and Nature Guide for Chitwan
- All fees, permits and all activites for Chitwan National Park
- Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
- Annapurna Conservation Park permit and TIMS permit for trekking.
- All Government and Local Taxes
Trip Cost Excludes:
- Lunch and Dinner other than mentioned in the itinerary
- Alcoholic drinks and hot and cold drinks
- Tips and Personal expenses (Laundry,phone,beverages,battery recharge,bottle water,shower etc)
- Any cost or services 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 pre booked hotel.
Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu
Day 02: GUIDED SIGHTSEEING IN KATHMANDU
BouddhanathStupa (World Heritage Site) 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 ( World Heritage Site): 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.
Pashupatinath Temple (World Heritage Site): 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.
Kathmandu Durbar Square (World Heritage Site): 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.
Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu
Day 03: 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: Hotel with swimming pool in Chitwan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 04: 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:Hotel with swimming pool in Chitwan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 05: BREAKFAST AND DRIVE TO NAYAPUL;TREK TO TIKHEDHUNGA (4 Hours Walk)
An early morning wake up call followed by breakfast and drive Nayapul, the trek start point. 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 BurungdiKhola and we should spot some of Nepal's fine river birds including White Capped River Chats, Plumbous Redstarts, Dippers and Kingfishers.
Overnight: Teahouse in Tikhedhunga
Day 06: 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: Teahouse in Ghorepani
Day 07: 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. 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: Teahouse in Tadapani
Day 08: 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: Teahouse in Ghandruk
Day 09: 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 NayaPul, 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: Hotel in Pokhara
Day 10: DRIVE BACK KATHMANDU
We drive for 7 hours back to Kathmandu. We spend our last evening in Kathmandu in a farewell dinner together sharing photos recalling the excitements of trip and exchanging emails enjoying the cultural dance program in one of the traditional Nepalese restaurant.
Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu
Meals: Farewell Dinner
Day 11: 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 this trip
The springtime from March, April, May and the autumn months from September, October, November is considered the best months for this trip.
Maximum Altitude in this trek: 3,210m/10,529ft at Poon Hill View Point
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.
In case the trip has to be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, you are free to choose an alternative trip such as a trek in the Everest, Langtang, or any other region, or sightseeing tours, equivalent to the same price (If trip price is more it will cost you the difference between the two trips ). If you are not interested in the alternative trip, please note that there will be no refund. So, please make sure you have an 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 this trip. 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.
Anyone who is fit and healthy can do this trip. 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
All our trekking guides and tour 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. 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 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. .
Breakfast and farewell dinner will be in Kathmandu, in Chitwan 3 meals a day will be provided and for trekking days meals are not included so that you have the flexibility in food choice and the budget. While on trekking, usually, each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge 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.
Means of Transportation
We use tourist buses and private tourist vehicles for the trip.
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.
I was visiting Nepal for the first time. My trip to Nepal was an incredible experience. Thanks to Eve Holidays team. Short trek to the Annapurnas this time is making me dream of doing Annapurna circuit trek in my next visit to Nepal, probably next year.
We booked this tour with Eve Holidays on the recommendation of my friend. The tour was a perfect mix of few days of trekking, 1 day for visiting temples and palaces in Kathmandu and 3 days for wildlife tour in Chitwan. We all enjoyed our trip very much. We would like to thank Maina & her team for making perfect arrangement. Trekking guide during trekking & nature guide in Chitwan were knowledgeable and humurous,and food & accomodation was excellent. We did Kathmandu tour and Farewell dinner with Maina. I recommend the tour with Eve Holidays.