Himalayan Highlights Walking
This short trekking package is particularly tailored for the family who are travelling with children and don’t want rigorous itinerary but still want a glimpse of Himalayan beauty, lifestyle and cultural practices. This heart-stirring adventure trip merges a relaxingly moving trek with a wilderness of Jungle trip in one of the Asia’s pristine wildlife reserve. We trek through scenic Annapurna region enjoying great mountain views. The trek is short but probably the best mix cultural trek in Annapurna region. There are no such other short treks in Annapurna region that have much natural diversity and cultural practices.
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The trek starts a short drive away from Pokhara at Naya Pool. The walking is quite relaxed and for overnight stay we will reach our lodge every day. 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 Himalayan foothills of Annapurna 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 Shyauli (1160m)
We will take a early flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara through the Himalayas. Upon arriving Pokhara we will have our breakfast and drive towards Nayapool where we will meet the tour guide and listen to the short description about the tour. From Nayapool we will commence the trek crossing Modi Khola watching the distant view of Machhapuchhare to the small village of Shyauli via Birethanti. Stay overnight in Shyauli.
Day 4: Trek to Ghandruk(1940m); 5 hours
From Shayuli the trail gradually goes uphill to suspension bridge, as we cross the bridge the trail climbs more steeply to the settlement of Klieu, Kimche and Chane which offers the beautiful vista of the surrounding environment. From Chane the trail traverses and climbs uphill to the village of Ghandruk where we will stop for overnight. Ghandruk is a large Gurung settlement which offers the sensual vista of Annapurna south, Machhapuchhare and Hiunchuli.
Day 5: Trek to Kot Danda(2200m); 4-5 hours
Leaving Ghandruk behind us we will make through hillside and head towards Annapurna Sanctuary. If the weather is clear the scenic vista seen is awesome. After a short climb we will reach Kymrong, a short ascend from here through the rhododendron forest takes us to our lodge which is situated in an isolated hilltop. The site offers the unthinkable view of Annapurna south(7237m) and Machhapuchhare(6993m). we will reach there by the time of lunch, and in the afternoon one can explore the nearby village before enjoying the scenic sight of setting sun.
Day 6: Trek to Kyumi(1350m); 3-4 hours
Today the walk is quite easy. We will start with a leisurely walk down to Modi Khola. Exploring the villages, meeting and interacting with local people and taking photographs we take the halt at Kyumi.
Day 7: Back to Pokhara(850m); 5 hours of walking & 1.5 hours of driving
Following Modi Khola downstream we will retrace our path back to Shyuli and then to Birethanti. After having the lunch in Birethanti we will cross a bridge and again following the river we will reach Birethanti. We will catch our ride here and drive back to Pokhara. Upon arrival, we will check into the hotel, freshen up and come out for a little exploration around the lakeside.
Day 8: Explore Pokhara
We will wake up very early in the morning and drive to Sarankot to see sunrise over the magnificently snow capped Himalayas. Sarankot situated in the altitude of 1500m from the sea level gives you an option of paragliding over the lake city. Later we will drive back to hotel and have breakfast. After breakfast we will 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 9: Drive to Chitwan; 5 hours
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 10: 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 11: Drive Back to Kathmandu; 5 hours 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 12: 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 13: Farewell
You will be transferred to Tribhuwan International airport for your onward journey.