Annapurna Discovery Trek is a leisurely paced trek in the Annapurna region and encompasses ascend to Poon hill which grants the magnificent vista of Himalayas and Gurung villages in the vicinity.
We will commence the trek by taking a scenic airstrip from Kathmandu to Pokhara through the Himalayas. The trek makes its way through the Annapurna foothills passing through Gurung villages, terraced fields and Rhododendron forests. This easy and relaxing trek gives you the enough time to enjoy the good views and cultural diversity of the country. The village of Ghorepani offers the magnificent views of Annapurna, Lamjung, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhare. The highest altitude we reach in this trek is the walk to Poon Hill for the awesome view of sunrise over the Himalayan panorama.
After completing the trek we will explore Pokhara and then dive to Chitwan National Park to experience wilderness at its finest. Chitwan National Park provides home to over 300species of local and migratory birds, deer, crocodile, rhino, leopard and many others. This Journey from the remote area of Annapurna region to the tropical forest of Chitwan deliberates the raw exquisiteness and assorted diversity of Nepal.
Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival
As your aircraft lands in Tribhuwan International Airport our representative will receive you and help you to transfer into the hotel of your choice.
Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Today we will start the day by visiting Pashupatinath temple which is situated 5km east of Kathmandu in the bank of holy Bagmati River. Pashupatinath is a pagoda shaped temple with tiered golden roofs and silver doors. Only the Hindu’s can visit the temple, but the visitors can clearly see the temple and activities performed in the temple premises from the eastern bank of Bagmati River where the dead bodies are cremated. From here we will visit Boudhanath Stupa which is located 8km east of Kathmandu. Boudhanath stupa is dome shaped monument representing the mind of Buddha and pilgrimage destination for Tantric Buddha. . In the afternoon we will drive to Patan Durbar Square which is situated in the southern area of the city. The square is dotted with ancient palaces, temples and shrines which are known for their antique and exquisite carvings. From here we will proceed to Kathmandu Durbar Square which is the historic seat of Nepalese royalty. Here we will visit Kastamandap Temple (a temple rumored to be constructed from the wood of single tree), Taleju temple, statue of Kal Vairab, Basantapur palace and Kumari Temple (residence of living goddess Kumari). After this we will pay our visit to Swoyambhunath temple which is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple dates back to 2500years and is situated in the hilltop offering the astonishing view of Kathmandu. Return back to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 3: Fly to Pokhara and Trek to Dhampus
We will take a early morning flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara through the Himalayas. Pokhara is Nepal’s most beautiful and most happening tourist destination in the country. Pokhara offers the magnificent vista of Annapurna, Machhapuchhare and many other snow clad Himalayas. From Pokhara we will drive to Phedi. From Phedi, the trail steely goes uphill to our camping site in Dhampus.
Day 4: Trek to Landrung(1565m)
From Dhampus the trail steeply goes uphill offering the magnificent mountain view of Annapurna, Machhapuchhare, Hiunchuli and distant Ghandruk village to Landrung where we will halt the day’s walk.
Day 5: Trek to Ghandruk (1940m)
from Landruk the trail crosses suspension bridge and takes us to the small village of Kyumi. From Kyumi the trail goes through terraced fields to Modi Khola and uphill to Ghandruk. Ghandruk is large Gurung settlement which offers the sensual vista of Annapurna south, Machhapuchhare and Hiunchuli.
Day 6: Trek to Tadapani(2590m)
From Ghandruk we will continue the trek through the Rhododendron forest passing different peaceful villages inhibited by people belonging to different ethnic group and watching the regal vista of Annapurna massif we will reach Tadapani.
Day 7: Trek to Ghorepani(2750m); 4-5 hours
Leaving Tadapani behind us the trail goes uphill through the Rhododendron forest to the beautiful but small settlement of Ghorepani. Stay Overnight at Ghorepani.
Day 8: Climb to Poon Hill and trek to Birethanti
Early in the morning we will hike up to Poon Hill (3210m) to witness the awe-inspiring vista of sun rising over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massif along with the hodgepodge of much other snow- capped peaks. After accomplishing glorious summit of Poon Hill we will hike back to Ghorepani, have breakfast and trek down to Birethanti via Ulleri.
Day 9: Trek to Nayapool and Drive back to Pokhara
From Birethanti we will continue the downhill walk through the terraced fields and pristine hamlets inhabited by people of different ethnic group witnessing the magical Himalayan view to the village of Nayapool. From here we will catch a ride to Pokhara. As we arrive we will check into the hotel have breakfast and set off for city tour and visit places like David’s fall, Gupteshwor cave and Tibetan refugee camp. Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.
Day 10: Drive to Chitwan National Park
Early in the morning after having breakfast we will leave Pokhara behind us and drive for Chitwan National Park. upon arrival we will check into the hotel, freshen up and proceed for Tharu village tour.
Day 11: Explore Chitwan National Park
Chitwan National Park before used to be a royal hunting reserve situated in the lowland of Terai zone in southern Nepal. It provides an habitat to an extraordinary range of world’s rarest wild animals and native and migratory birds. We will start the tour with bird watching, followed by jungle safari on elephant back and canoe ride. In the evening we will enjoy the Tharu cultural show.
Day 12: Drive Back to Kathmandu; 5hours approx
Early in the morning after having breakfast we will catch a ride back to Kathmandu. The late afternoon is usually free where you can do some family shopping or just relax in the hotel room. in the evening Actual Adventure will organize an evening meal in Nepali restaurant.
Day 13: Free day in Kathmandu
Today you are free to do anything you like. You can either explore the city on your own, or do some family shopping or simply opt for relaxation in your hotel lounge.
Day 14: Farewell
Nepal is a developing country, Outside of major cities area electricity on trekking can be scares. You should have to pay 100-800 NRs per hour to charge goods on many lodges and also many tea-house treks, including in Annapurna base camp trek, Everest Base camp trek and many others treks also. Chargers often won't work on low power solar systems you find right up in the mountains so u can buy alternative bayonet light to electricity power plug converter, which will only works in low voltage is highlow. The standard Nepalese electrical outlet is a three-pronged triangle so bring three-pronged triangle chargers.
Nepal is a landlocked country which lies in Hindu Kush Himalayan region. Nepal has monsoonal climate having four main seasons: spring, summer, monsoon, autumn and winter.
Below is a general guide to conditions at different seasons:
January to March (winter): In this season temperature will decrease at often 0°C (32°F) at night, with extreme cold at high elevations. It is possible to trek in places like the Everest region during the winter but due to extreme cold weather and heavy snow fall it may be quite difficult than as usual.
April to June (summer): In these months it is quite warm and dry weather. There is an abundance of blooming flowers in the Himalayas at this time, with rhododendrons, in particular, adding a splash of color to the landscape. This season is the best time to undertake mountain expeditions.
June to September (Monsoon): There will be heavy monsoonal rainfall in this season. Rains are generally lighter in high Himalayan reasons. In this season the mountain ranges are not often visible due to the clouds.
October to December (autumn): These months are cool and clear which is due to the end of monsoon, there is little dust in the air so this is the best season to visit the hilly and mountainous regions.
Visa in Nepal can be acquired on arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu and also at the border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki border of Nepal - India and Kodari on Nepal-China border. Visa can also acquire at the nearest Nepal Embassy. For visa renewal purpose you can contact at Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan at Kathmandu. A valid passport and one passport -size photo with a light background is required. Visa can be obtained only through payment of cash in the following currency: Euro, Swiss Franc, Pound Sterling, US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Singapore Dollar and Japanese Yen. Credit card, Indian currency and Nepali currency are not accepted as payment of visa fee.
Visa Facility Duration Fee
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Multiple entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency
In Nepal, “Namaste” or “Namaskar” is said to an older or high-status person with palms together, figure up. It is used to greet a person in place of goodbye or hello. There is no limitation how many times you say “Namaste” but, it is better if you say once per person, per day. If You want to say “Thank You” then you can say “Dhanyabaad /'ðɅnjɅbɑ:d/ (Dhan-ya-baad)”
When I first arrived in Kathmandu. I know many things from books but I don't know many outside the book... thanks to Mr Sujan Neupane. I found him at my hotel. And told me lots of stuff, furthermore, he manage to arrange all my trip and the price wasn't high as another. The guide that he found for me had knowledge about AC trek and try to speak to me, even I'm not good in English :)....
Finally, my first fear about trip had been disappear.
Thank you Mr Sujan Neupane to make my wonderful trip.