Kathmandu Valley, the Annapurna Massif and the Teraï
Day 1 Kathmandu
Welcome to Kathmandu. Your transfer to your hotel has been arranged. After settling in, you can visit Swaymbhunath, the hilltop Buddhist stupa which overlooks the valley.
Day 2 Patan - Khokana - Kathmandu
Enjoy a guided tour of the Kathmandu valley and its historical treasures. Visit Patan, one of the three ancient imperial cities of the valley known for its artisans, the founders of the decadent statues seen there. Then, you continue to Bungamati, a village of 15th century Newar artisans and stroll among the terraced crops at the village of Khokhana. Late afternoon return to your hotel.
Day 3 Pashupatinath - Bhaktapur
There is a fabulous array of historical sites and monuments in the Kathmandu valley. Visit Pashupatinath, a Hindu site which dates back to the twelfth century and has a place of cremation dedicated to Shiva, where the pilgrims bathe in the sacred river Bagmati. You then leave for the sumptuous pedestrian city Bhaktapur, 15 km from Kathmandu, this is the most beautiful of the three imperial cities of the valley. Stay overnight in Bhaktapur to soak in all it has to offer. Evenings and early mornings in Durbar Square are incredibly soothing.
Day 4 Bhaktapur - Changu Narayan - Bodhnath
Early in the morning, you stroll through the narrow streets of Bhaktapur. Drive to Telkot and go hiking along the ridge to Changu Narayan, the oldest temple in the valley. It is dedicated to Vishnu and found on a promontory overlooking the Kathmandu valley. Descend on foot to the Newar village of Sankhu and then it is a short transfer to Bodhnath, a great stupa in the heart of the Tibetan district where many exiled monasteries were constructed. We spend the night in Bodhnath to enjoy this sacred place after the departure of the tourists.
Day 5 Katmandou - Bandipur
You leave the valley of Kathmandu at Thankot (1400m). Take a public vehicle to Bandipur, a sumptuous village of Newari traders. This place has superb views of the Himalayan mountains including Mount Manaslu (8163m). This afternoon, we take a short walk in the vicinity of this village which is famous for its orange trees.
Hiking: 1 hour
Drive: 4 hours
Day 6 Bandipur - Pokhara - Australian Camp (2050 m)
The first golden rays of the morning sun bathe the arid high mountains in a warm glow, sunrise here is a unique and lovely. Take a local bus to Pokhara (2h30) for your lunch break. Then, continue the drive by private vehicule to Kande (1700 m) which is surrounded by terraced rice fields. Now, you are in Gurung country and have reached the beginning of our trek to Annapurna Camp.
Hiking. 1 hour
Drive: 4 hours
Day 7 Australian Camp - Landruk (1640 m)
This morning, we wake up to sun rise over the towering Annapurnas just nearby. After breakfast, you trek to the village of Landruk in the valley of Modi Khola. Enjoy a pleasant day walking between villages and rice fields, in the heart of the Annapurna Mountains.
Hiking: 4 hours
Day 8 Landruk - Ghandruk (2050 m)
Enjoy breakfast with superb views of South Annapurna (7219 m) and Himchuli (6441 m). Then, trek down to Modi Kola and up to Ghandruk, another Gurung village with typical houses, surrounded by stone walls which protect the rice and wheat fields. You can expect lovely views of South Annapurna and Machapuchare from Ghandruk.
Hiking: 4 hours
Day 9 Gandruk - Pokhara
After breakfast, you descend to Birethanti (1100 m) and join a vehicle transfer to Pokhara. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to rest and relax in Pokhara: stroll along the lakeside or enjoy a drink on the banks of Lake Phewa.
Hiking: 5 hours
Day 10 Pokhara – Tansen - Lumbini
After breakfast you take the road to Tansen. A journey which crosses beautiful Nepalese countryside and displays varied landscapes of mountains, valleys, rice fields and villages. Afternoon arrival in Tansen and time to discover this ancient city and fief of the Rana dynasty as well as the historical center and Tansen Durbar palace. Then, continue your drive to Lumbini, which is very close to the Indo-Nepalese border.
Drive: 8 hours
Day 11 Visit of Lumbini - Chitwan Park, Terai region
Visit Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautama Buddha. Walk in the Lumbini Gardens for a fascinating experience. Various international Buddhist communities have built temples and monasteries in this holy place. We can visit some of them before driving to Chitwan National Park this afternoon.
Drive: 5 hours
Day 12 Chitwan Park: canoeing, elephant ride and hiking
A day devoted to the jungle - discover Chitwan national park. Go canoeing down the river to observe birds and crocodiles as the sun rises. Ride elephants and search of rhinoceros and walk through the jungle tracking and spotting deer, bears and tigers! In the evening, we witness a Tharu warrior dance, performed by the Terai ethnic group.
Day 13 Stroll and return to Kathmandu
Enjoy an early morning walk to observe the fabulous birds here in the jungle; indian roller, kingfisher, bee-eater, bar-headed goose... After breakfast, you take the road to Kathmandu. Free time upon arrival in Kathmandu. Option: Short flight to Kathmandu from Bharatpur Airport.
Drive: 5 hours
Day 14 End of stay
End of our services
Period & budget
When to travel?
The best period for travelling is during the following months:
The budget is an indication of the price per person, subject to availability. Your local agent will send you a customized quote with the exact price. The price can vary according to availability, level of services, period of travel, number of participants, booking time frame and other items.
- Transport by private/public vehicle according to itinerary
- Accommodation in 2 * hotel or B&B in Kathmandu (Hotel Norbulinka or similar)
- Accommodation in a 2 * hotel in Pokhara (Hotel Lake View or similar)
- Trek includes full-board and lodging
- Accompaniment by an English-speaking Altaï Guide
- Visits as per itinerary: with a cultural guide and a private vehicle
- Porterage of luggage: up to 10kg maximum per person during the trek
- Trekking support team: assistants and porters
- Trekking permits: ACAP and TIMS
- Staff Insurance
- Entrance to historical sites & monuments
- Meals in Kathmandu & Kathmandu Valley
- Nepalese visa: US $ 25
- Supplement flight Chitwan - Kathmandu: US $ 115
- International flights
- Insurance: Repatriation, Medical & Helicopter Services
- Drinks, tips and personal expenses - all that is not in "THE PRICE INCLUDES"
Terms and conditions
- Cancellation received more than 30 days prior to the departure date: No cancellation fees.
- Cancellation received 30 to 21 days before the departure date: 30% of trip price will be retained.
- Cancellation received within 20 days of the departure date: 70% of trip price will be retained.
Changes to travel contract
Budget & exchange
- Warm Sleeping Bag
- Water purifiers (micropur, aguatabs ...)
- A cap or sunhat
- 1 or 2 sets of thermals: long-sleeved thermal tops and full-length long johns
- Long sleeved and short sleeved t-shirts, preferably in quick-drying technical material
- A light fleece or equivilent (plus extra warm layers if necessary)
- A breathable wind proof, waterproof jacket (Gore-Tex...)
- Lightweight waterproof over trousers
- Suitable shorts
- Walking trousers
- A pair of high-rise walking boots - strength, good grip of the foot and ankle (high stems) and impermeability are essential. Choose shoes with non-slip soles (vibram).
- A pair of trainers/sandels or equivilent casual shoes for cities, villages and evenings
- Thick walking socks
- Warm gloves, hat and scarf (it can be chilly in the mountains)
- Your personal toiletries and a fast drying towel
- Water bottle(s). Min. 2 litres, light and isothermal
- A good pair of sunglasses (think min. category 3)
- Sun-cream, face and lips
- Head torch and spare batteries
- A pocket knife
- A pair of hiking poles
- A waterproof bag cover (or plastic bags) to protect your belongings
- Toilet paper
- Anti-bacterial hand gel
- Your camera
- Notebook or travel diary
- No cotton
- Always carry dry spares of everything, including underwear and gloves
- A warm breathable base layer
- A second thermal layer
- Wind and water proof protective outer layers
- A rucksack (35-40L or 45-50L) for use as a day bag. This will contain your (vital) personal belongings for the day (sweater, spare t-shirt, water bottle, picnic-lunch, sunglasses, small things ... )
- A larger bag (60-80L) containing the rest of your belongings, which can be safely stored in Kathmandu.