Kathmandu, Annapurnas and Terai Jungle
Day 1 Kathmandu
Welcome to Kathmandu! Your guide will greet you and escort you to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, perhaps your trip leader can show you the old streets of Ason Tole and Indra Chowk and introduce you to the Nepalese way of living.
Meals not included
Day 2 Kathmandu Durbar Square - treasure hunt in Bhaktapur (1360m) - initiation to pottery
A morning of authentic fun in the old city of Kathmandu. In a rickshaw, we visit old Kathmandu. We stroll through the heart of Durbar Square, the historic center of Kathmandu with its palace and Newars temples. We walk to the market of Asan Tole, typical market teeming with stalls of spices, incense, fruits and vegetables ... We then leave by privatized minibus for the sumptuous pedestrian city of Bhaktapur, located 15 km from Kathmandu where a local family welcome us for lunch. Bhaktapur is the most beautiful of the three imperial cities of the valley. We sleep in Bhaktapur giving us the opporunity to visit the city at peace when all the visitors have gone. We organize a treasure hunt and then a local potter, prajapati, introduces the children to traditional Nepalese pottery.
Accommodation: Hotel in Bhaktapur
Day 3 Bhaktapur - Bandipur (1200m)
We leave the valley of Kathmandu, and take the road to Bandipur, a splendid village of Newar traders. In good weather, we have a spectacular views of the Himalayan chain of Annapurna in Manaslu. We settle into tonight's lodge accommodation and then proceed to explore the village.
Walking: 1 hour
Transport: 5 hours drive
Accommodation: Charming Inn
Day 4 Bandipur - Kande Trek (1700 M) To Australian Camp (2050m)
Morning transfer to Kande, the starting point of today's short trek. We get to know our carrier team. We walk about 1 and 1/2 hours to Australian camp (2050m), from where we have splendid views of Lamjung Himal, Macchapuchare, Hiunchuli (6441 m), Annapurna South (7219 m). We settle in to Nepali lodge.
Walking: 1 and 1/2 hours
Transport: 4 hours drive
Day 5 Australian Camp (2050 M) - Deurali (2200 M) - Landruk
It is a gradual climb up to the small pass of Deurali. We then descend to Tolka before reaching the village of Landruk, inhabited mainly by the Gurung ethnic group. Nice views of Macchapuchare, Hiunchuli and Annapurna South await. Installation in our accommodation and stroll through the village.
Walking: 4 hours 30 minutes
Day 6 Landruk To Ghandruk (1950 M)
We go down to the Modi Khola river and we cross it via a suspension bridge. Then it is a fairly steep climb up to the village of Ghandruk. Ghandruk is a beautiful settlement of the Gurung ethnic group with charming dry stone houses. We settle into our lodge and enjoy very nice views of the Machapuchare. Evening stroll through the village.
Walking: 4 hours
Day 7 Ghandruk - Nayapul (940 M) - Pokhara
It is a pleasant downhill walk through terraced crops to Birethanti where we leave our local team and the say goodbye to the ponies. After lunch, we take the road to Pokhara. In Pokhara, we sail by boat on Lake Phewa and discover a magnificent panorama of the chain of Annapurnas, dominated by the sacred mountain of Machapuchare.
Walking: 4 hours
Transport: 1 hour 30 minutes
Day 8 Pokhara - Shanti Stupa - Phewa Lake
Early in the morning, we walk to Shanti Stupa, the peace pagoda. From this unique temple, we should have a panoramic views of the stunning Annapurnas. After a good contemplative pause, we descend to Phewa Lake, which we cross by boat. Meals by the lake. In the afternoon we discover the banks of lake Phewa by bike, a lovely way to discover Pokhara.
Walking: 2 hours (+/-300m)
Cycling: 2 hours
Dinner not included
Day 9 Pokhara - Chitwan
It is a half-day transfer by road to the Chitwan National Park, a unesco world heritage site. Arrival at our accommodation in Chitwan for lunch after which we leave to discover our first peak of the park.
Transport: 4 hours
Day 10 Chitwan: Canoeing - Elephant Riding - Warrior Dance Show
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.
Accommodation: Same hotel
Day 11 Chitwan - Kathmandu
We take the road to Kathmandu and upon arrival we visit Swayambhunath. This temple is also known as 'the monkey temple' because cheeky monkeys from nearby forest come to "steal" offerings made to the Gods! The site overlooks the whole valley of Kathmandu and its surroundings. Optional flight: Today you can take a flight between Chitwan and Kathmandu.
Transport: 5 - 6 hours driving (optional 25 minute flight)
Dinner not included
Day 12 Patan - Bodhnath - Initiation To Yoga - Vist Of A School - Kathmandu
This morning, we take the road to Patan, one of the three ancient imperial cities of the valley. It is mainly Buddhist and known for its statue artisans. We visit Patan, the alleys, the workshops of artisans, the bahals (local monasteries). We then travel to Bodhnath and visit the big stupa located in the heart of the Tibetan quarter where many monasteries have been built. Here we can enjoy a traditional yoga initiation session. This afternoon, we visit Bal Mandir School: this government-run school takes care of abandoned children and youth from disadvantaged families. We have the unique opportunity to spend some time with these children and interact with their care givers. Return to Kathmandu for evening and dinner.
Dinner not included
Day 13 Kathmandu
Enjoy a day at leisure in the vibrant city of gods - Kathmandu
Meals not included
Day 14 End of stay
End of stay
Dates & prices
Departures for English-speaking groups:
No departure for now
Trip code: NEPFAM-EN
- All in-country transfers as detailed in itinerary
- Transport by private vehicle according to itinerary
- 3 * hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (Hotel Tibet, Manaslu or similar)
- Full board and lodging when trekking
- Accompaniment by an English speaking Altaï Guide
- Visit of Patan, Balhtapur, Swayambunath, and Bodhnat sites in the Kathmandu Valley
- Luggage transport - up to 12kg maximum per person during the trek
- Trekking team: assistants and porters
- ACAP and TIMS trekking license
- Staff Insurance
- All local taxes
- The meals Day 13 & 14, lunch Day 1 and dinners days 8, 11 and 12
- The entries in the sites
- Nepalese visa to get at the airport: US $ 25 + photos
- International flights
- Repatriation insurance
- Drinks, tips and personal expenses - all that is not 'included'
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 with vibram soles - trails can be rocky and muddy
- 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
- A notebook or travel journal
- 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.