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COMFORT TREK IN THE ANNAPURNAS

At a Glance Days

Program

Accommodation

1

Arrive Kathmandu

Gokarna Resort

2

In Kathmandu

Gokarna Resort

3

Fly to Pokhara and trek to Sanctuary lodge

Sanctuary lodge

4

Trek to Himalaya lodge, Ghandruk

Himalaya lodge

5

In Himalaya lodge

Himalaya lodge

6

Trek to Mala lodge, Tamijung

Mala lodge

7

Trek to Basanta lodge, Dhampus

Basanta lodge

8

Trek to Phedi and drive to Pokhara

Temple Tree Resort

9

Sightseeing in Pokhara and fly to Kathmandu

Gokarna Resort

10

Final Departure


COMFORT TREK IN THE ANNAPURNAS DETAILED ITINERARY: DAY 01: Meals: None

ARRIVE KATHMANDU (1300 M)

Welcome to Nepal! Upon your arrival in Kathmandu Airport, you’ll be met at the airport by our representative. You’ll be served with a welcome drink and will start briefing about your programs and collect necessary documents for permit for the trekking. Overnight at Gokarna Forest Resort DAY 02: Meals: Breakfast

IN KATHMANDU

OPTIONAL: MOUNTAIN FLIGHT One of the must-see landmarks of Nepal is, of course, the highest peak in the world – Mount Everest. An awe-stricken silence comes close to matching the experience of a mountain flight. For one hour, you’ll fly over the Eastern Himalayan Ranges of Nepal where some of the highest peaks in the world including Mt. Everest lie for a surreal feeling as you come face to face with the world’s tallest and most enigmatic of Mountains. Even those visitors who like the rigors of a trek won’t miss the opportunity to “conquer” the mountains in one stunning swoop.

After breakfast at the hotel, commence the Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath & Boudhanath.

sightseeing

tour

of

Kathmandu

city,


COMFORT TREK IN THE ANNAPURNAS KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE The durbar square with its arrays of temples, courtyards, monuments and the ancient palaces of the former Nepali Royals is located in Basantapur in the heart of Kathmandu city, the country’s capital. Chief attractions here include Hanuman Dhoka Royal Palace, the magnificent Taleju Temple towering more than 40 meters; Kumari Ghar, the residence of the Living Goddess, Kumari; the temple of Ashok Vinayak dedicated to lord Ganesh (elephant headed deity), and Kal Bhairav, the God of Wrath. There is a giant pagoda of ‘Kasthamandap’, a structure which is said to have been built out of a single tree. The name of the capital ‘Kathmandu’ is said to be actually derived from ‘Kasthamandap’. Note: The recent earthquake completely destroyed Kasthamandap and some temples in the durbar square premise. Hanumandhoka palace complex and Kumari Ghar also fall amongst the affected ones.

SWAYAMBHUNATH Said to be around 2000 years old, this Buddhist Stupa sits atop a hillock 02 kilometres west of Kathmandu overlooking the valley. The oldest written reference to the stupa dates from the 5th century, but it could have existed much earlier. Moreover, a legend has it that the stupa evolved spontaneously at the time of the Kathmandu valley’s creation. PASHUPATINATH Pashupatinath Temple dating back to 400 A.D. is one of the oldest temples dedicated to Lord Shiva- the superior god as per Hindu mythology. Situated 05 kilometres east of Kathmandu amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, the temple is built in a two storey Pagoda design with gilded roof and richly carved silver doors. It houses the sacred linga or phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. BOUDHANATH One of the oldest and the biggest Buddhist monuments ever built in Nepal; Boudhanath is a spherical stupa structure imposing at a height of 36 meters with three massive Mandala style


COMFORT TREK IN THE ANNAPURNAS platforms. Located 08 kilometres east of Kathmandu, the stupa with four pairs of eyes at the four cardinal directions is believed to be keeping watch for righteous behavior and human prosperity. Built on an octagonal base inset with 108 prayer wheels, the shrine is ringed by the settlement especially of the Tibetan refugees who entered Nepal in the 1950s. They have developed the place into a ‘Mini-Tibet’ ever since. Overnight at Gokarna Forest Resort DAY 03: FLY TO POKHARA AND TREK TO SANCTUARY LODGE (1150 M) Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Our representative will assist you till the departure terminal at domestic airport just in time before you will board a short-sweet 25 minutes flight to the beautiful Pokhara.We transfer by road with guides & porters to our trek start point {1.5 hour}. Our walk will follow a ridge line in the lower foothills of the Annapurnas with surrounding views of the Pokhara Valley. This route then drops to the Modi River Valley, where Ker & Downey's Sanctuary Lodge is located. The lodge has magnificent views of the sacred and unclimbed Fishtail Mountain, or Machhapuchhre, as it is locally known. Lunch is at the lodge followed by an optional walk to the village of Birethanti. Or you may choose to spend the afternoon exploring the surrounding river valley

(Trek time 3-4 hours). Overnight at Sanctuary Lodge


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DAY 04: TREK TO HIMALAYA LODGE (2012 M) Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, we leave the lodge walking out through the outlying farms following the Modi River Valley. Soon we begin to climb out of the valley & up towards the mountains. The trail passes through small hamlets, terraced rice fields and forests with spectacular views of the surrounding valley. Snacks are provided along the trail. Hot lunch is served on arrival at the lodge in the early afternoon. (Trek time 5-6 hours). It is from this lodge that there are magnificent close up views of the surrounding mountains. Overnight in Himalaya Lodge DAY 05: IN HIMALAYA LODGE Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


COMFORT TREK IN THE ANNAPURNAS We wake up this morning with tea and coffee served in the garden and watches the sunrise over Annapurna South, Annapurna 1, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, and the Fishtail. After enjoying a relaxing breakfast and the glorious views from the Himalaya Lodge, our guide will take us on an exploration of this mountain village and the surrounding countryside. Ghandruk was once a major recruitment centre for the famous Gurkha soldiers. The women of Ghandruk maintain a local industry of weaving traditional Nepalese rugs. Overnight Himalaya Lodge

DAY 06: TREK TO MALA LODGE, TAMIJUNG (1,445 M) Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner After breakfast, we leave the Himalaya Lodge walking out through the village of Ghandruk. Buffaloes and goats graze in the surrounding fields and you may have to make way for the

donkey and mule trains that convey goods to and from the Gurkha settlements. You may also meet some of the trekkers coming down from or heading up to the Sanctuary itself. We


COMFORT TREK IN THE ANNAPURNAS continue descending for about 2 or 3 hours until we reach Shauli Bazaar. We reach the Mala Lodge after about 3 hours. (Trek time 5-6 hrs). Overnight Mala Lodge DAY 07: TREK TO BASANTA LODGE, DHAMPUS (1525 M) Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner This morning we start out trekking through the unspoilt village of Patlekhet. Our walk takes us through sub-tropical forests that include tree orchids, rhododendrons and magnolias. Along the way, we will stop at the village of Pothana where many Tibetan traders live and sell their souvenirs. After about 3 ½ hours, we arrive at the Basanta Lodge. From the lodge, there are sweeping views of the entire Annapurna Range. After lunch at the lodge there will be an optional walk through the old village of Dhampus. Overnight Basanta Lodge

DAY 08: TREK TO PHEDI AND DRIVE TO POKHARA Meals: Breakfast After an early breakfast, we depart along the ridge & descend through the wooded hillside and terraced farmland to the valley floor. Trek time 1 ½ hours. We then transfer by vehicle to Pokhara (30 minutes). On the way back to Pokhara, the vehicle can stop on request at the Tibetan refugee camp where you will have time to explore the temple complex. BOATRIDE AT FEWA LAKE Spend a quiet time boating in the ultimate lake where the reflections of Mount Annapurna and Machhapuchhre range falls. You will also see a variety of fishes while boating. An island temple is located at the middle of the lake. Thick forest lies on the adjoining southern slopes of the lake. It’s hard to escape the draw of Phewa Lake and any visitor with even a few spare minutes should endeavour to take a boat out on the water to fully experience the wonderful views of the reflected mountains.


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Overnight at Temple Tree Resort. DAY 09: POKHARA SIGHTSEEING AND FLY BACK TO KATHMANDU Meals: Breakfast Today will be a much relaxed one with tours to below locations. POKHARA OLD BAZAAR Pokhara’s traditional bazaar is bright and colorful, as are its ethnically diverse traders. Located around 4km from Lakeside, it is a pleasant, shady spot, strewn with shops selling everything from edibles and cloth to cosmetics and gold! BINDEBASINI TEMPLE Bindabasini Mandir is of great religious importance to Hindus living in the Pokhara region. It is a vital hub of religious fervor. The temple itself is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Durga, who is Pokhara's chosen guardian deity. Durga, also known as Shakti or Kali has numerous manifestations and at the Bindabasini temple she is seen as Bhagwati, a blood-thirsty aspect of the goddess. Durga appears in the form of a Saligram. A Saligram, according to Hindu mythology is a propitious stone. It is said that the temple was created after the goddess ordered king Khadag Bum Malla to set up her statue here. The Bindabasini temple was then founded in BS 1845. Since its establishment, Bhagwati has been an object of worship here on a daily basis. Animal sacrifices are typically presented at the temple on Saturdays and Tuesdays. The Hindu festival of Dashain sees large numbers of believers coming to offer sacrifices at Bindyabasini Mandir. Indeed, there is little space for tourist during the festival of Dashain.


COMFORT TREK IN THE ANNAPURNAS SETI RIVER GORGE ‘Seti’ means White in Nepali and that’s how the famous Seti River got its name with its flowing silver white water. It silently flows in the centre part of the valley carving out a wonderful Gorge. The Seti Gorge comprises the deep rifts of the Conglomerate Mountains carved upto 40 to 50 meters deep which could mostly be witnessed from KI Singh Bridge at Bagar, Mahendra Bridge at Mahendrapool market and Chinese bridge at Lakhan chowk. DEVI’S FALLS Locally known as Patale Chhango (or Hell's fall), Devi's fall is an amazing waterfall lying about 2 km south-west of Pokhara airport on the highway to Tansen. It was named after Devi, a Swiss lady who was swept away when the floodgates were accidently opened, never to be seen again. GUPTESHWAR CAVE The cave is probably the longest and attractive cave in south Asia which is located at a pristine location northwestern part of Pokhara district. Ancestors called this place as desolate Khatri Tara. At that time water steam used to come out from this place and some courageous youngsters used to go inside and catch fishes. In 1970, 1980 and 1982 a British Expedition Organization named British course Research Cave Expedition expatiated this cave and published about it in The Atlas of the Great Caves of the World. This cave is now a religious as well as touristic destination. Hindus visit this cave to worship lord Shiva- the superior god as per Hindu Mythology.In the afternoon, fly back to Kathmandu. Overnight at Gokarna Forest Resort DAY 10: FINAL DEPARTURE Meals: Breakfast Transfer to the International Airport to connect the flight for onward journey. *** TRIP ENDS***

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