Annapurna Panorama

Foothills of the Annapurna
Phewa Lake, Pokhara
Rhino at Chitwan
Patan, ancient city near Kathmandu
Pokhara views
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Enjoy a gentle four-day trek in the quieter foothills of the Himalaya with spectacular views of the Annapurna range. Walking among traditional villages and beautifully terraced fields, with the iconic silhouette of Machhapuchhre's 'fishtail' often in sight, we stay in teahouses (mountain lodges) and meet the friendly locals. We also explore the bazaars of Kathmandu and search for rare one-horned rhino on a jeep safari through Chitwan National Park.

Highlights
Panoramic trek - Take to the trails and complete a four-day trek through the Annapurna foothills
Kathmandu - Explore the temples and Bazaars of Nepal's capital including a visit to Bodnath Stupa
Chitwan National Park - Spot a wide variety of animal species and the rare one-horned rhino.
Pokhara - Relax on the banks of Lake Phewa
Why Book this Tour
10 Reasons to trek Nepal with Explore

- Local knowledge: Over 30 years of experience in organising treks in Nepal and long established network of local partners throughout the country
- Our trek leaders in Nepal are consistently voted among the best Explore leaders anywhere in the world
- Our trekking ascent rates are carefully planned to be safe and fall within Wilderness Medicine Society (WMS) guidelines
- All our trek leaders are qualified in first aid and specially trained to recognise and deal with Altitude Sickness
- We carry a Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC) on treks above 3000 metres
- On treks into extremely remote areas we carry a satellite phone for emergency use
- We support our trek crew by following the guidelines of the International Porter Protection Group (www.ippg.net)
- All our trekking staff, from trek leaders to guides, porters and cooks, are Nepali - revenues from our treks benefit the local people
- All meals are included on camping and teahouse based treks making them excellent value for money
- FREE Explore kitbag. If you trek with us in Nepal you will receive a free Explore kitbag when you arrive in Kathmandu
Destinations
  • Chitwan
  • Asia
  • Nepal
  • Kathmandu
  • Bhaktapur
  • Pokhara
  • Chitwan National Park
Tour Types
  • Discovery
  • Active
  • Small Group
  • Cultural
  • Scenic
  • Walking
  • Wildlife
  • Trekking
  • Adventure
  • Safaris
Day 1: Join trip in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu
Our trip begins today in Kathmandu. After time to freshen up there will be a quick briefing with your Tour Leader and the rest of the day is at leisure to relax or take a first wander in the bustling streets of Kathmandu.

Day 2: Walking tour of old city and visit temples
After breakfast we have arranged a walking tour visiting the bazaar and temples of old Kathmandu. Much of the day to day life of Kathmandu takes place in the local bazaar: a fascinating mixture of people selling spices; potters spinning their wheels; rickshaw wallahs honking their horns and the ever present sacred cow wandering amongst it all. In the afternoon we plan to visit the temple of Pashupatinath on the banks of the Bagmati River, the holiest Hindu shrine in Nepal, and also to visit Bodnath, the largest stupa in the country and a destination for Buddhist pilgrims from all over Nepal.

Day 3: Drive to Pokhara
Today we leave the Kathmandu Valley behind and drive to Pokhara. Pokhara is smaller and more relaxed than Kathmandu and is beautifully situated on the banks of Phewa Tal (lake). From here there are superb views of the snowcapped Annapurna range,including Machhapuchhre - the famous Fishtail Mountain. Only foothills separate the town from the high mountains, making it a fine starting point for trekking. In the afternoon there will be a briefing by your tour leader to give you an idea of what to expect on a day to day basis while on trek and to make sure that everyone is properly equipped.

Day 4: Trek to Badauri (1661m)
First we drive north west from Pokhara (840m) to our trek start point at Kande (1700m). From here we walk for around two hours across country passing cultivated fields and scattered small settlements to the Gurung village of Badauri (1661m) where several trails cross. After lunch in the village we set out on an afternoon walk to explore some of the nearby villages.

Today's five kilometre walk is expected to take around two hours with a total ascent of 305 metres and a descent of 405 metres.

Day 5: Hike with panoramic mountain views to Panchase Bhanjyang (2100m)
After breakfast our walk takes us mostly through mixed oak and rhododendron forest to the high point of the trek - Panchase Danda 2500m. The summit has panoramic views of all the Annapurna peaks as well as 8000m Dhaulagiri to the west and 8000m Manaslu to the east. This area is also part of a pilgrimage route and we may visit the nearby shrine to the Hindu god Shiva. We descend to Panchase Bhanjyang - a bhanjyang being the local name for a pass (2100m). There are several local houses at the pass and we have wonderful views of the mountains as well as of Pokhara and Phewa Tal.

Today's nine kilometre walk is expected to take around six hours with a total ascent of 940 metres and a descent of 440 metres.

Day 6: Trek through forest and meadow to Bumdi (1500m)
Our walk today is through a largely uninhabited area on a less major trail. We will spend some time in forest but will also pass several open meadows specifically cleared to graze water buffalo. In the spring you can look out for rhododendrons and white orchids in bloom in the forest. There are several welcome stone built resting places along the route which climbs to the top of a ridge and then crosses three small passes on the descent to our overnight stop at Bumdi (1500m).

Today's 14 kilometre walk is expected to take around six hours with a total ascent of 470 metres and a descent of 1020 metres.

Day 7: Trek back to Pokhara (850m) via Peace Pagoda
We're now coming back into a much more inhabited area and pass many cultivated fields and several settlements. There are lots of cherry trees in blossom here in November. We pass the chhettri village of Pumdi with its distinctive houses to reach the white dome of the Japanese Peace Pagoda all the while with good views of the mountains to the north. From here we descend through Rani Ban (the Queen's Forest) to the end of the trek near the dam at the south eastern end of Phewa Tal. From here we drive a very short distance to our hotel.

Today's 10 kilometre walk is expected to take around four hours with a total ascent of 60 metres and a descent of 791 metres.

Day 8: A free day in Pokhara to relax and explore
The day is free to explore the interesting town of Pokhara. You could visit Tashiling, a thriving village of Tibetan refugees with its own schools and monastery, where you can watch Tibetan carpets being made. Alternatively hire a boat to visit a small temple on an island in Phewa Tal. There will also be time for some souvenir shopping.

Day 9: Drive to Chitwan National Park. Jungle activity
We drive from Pokhara to Mugling then follow the Naryani River to Naryanghat into the flat Terai region of Nepal very close to the Indian border. Our lodge is situated outside the park, near the village of Jagatpur, just across the Rapti river from the Chitwan National Park. Once a private hunting ground, Chitwan is now a National Park with thick tree cover and tall elephant grass sheltering a wealth of animals. In January the local people are permitted to enter the park to cut the long grass for roof thatching. Total driving approx 5-6 hours.

Day 10: Full day of activities in Chitwan National Park
Throughout your stay you will be kept busy except for a couple of hours around lunch time when you can read or relax in the shade. Activities available in the Park include jeep safaris searching out the famous one-horned rhino, bird watching, jungle walks and dugout canoe trips along the Rapti River. Canoeing on the Rapti River is dependent on the water level. Floating silently along in a traditional dugout canoe you may spot many varieties of water birds. There are more than 450 species to be found here and an early morning walk near the river to visit a watch tower is another great opportunity for keen bird watchers. Alternatively you may wish to visit the nearby small lake which supports a lot of birdlife as well as several marsh muggers - a variety of crocodile. A trained naturalist will help you get the best enjoyment and interest from these excursions.

Day 11: Early morning jungle activity. Drive to Kathmandu
We drive back to Kathmandu via Naryanghat and Mugling.

Day 12: A free day in Kathmandu
Today there is an opportunity to take an optional excursion to the Newari town of Bhaktapur in the eastern corner of the Kathmandu Valley. Also know as Bhadgaun or the City of the Devotees, Bhaktapur evokes the feel of a medieval village, a snapshot of a time when the city lay along the prosperous trade routes between Tibet, China and India. The ancient centre of the town is a dazzling collection of temples, palaces and monasteries that has earned it a place on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

Day 13: Trip ends in Kathmandu
Our trip ends this morning after breakfast.

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Meals:Breakfast: 12 Lunch: 7 Dinner: 5
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