Ghandrung,Chitwan & Everest

Stunning trekking in the two most famous regions of Nepal plus wildlife.
Combining fantastic trekking with Nepal’s premier wildlife habitat, this trip offers a huge variety of scenery, flora, fauna and culture. The colourful villages, rich forests and rushing mountain streams of the Annapurnas offer an interesting contrast to the higher, and considerably more stark Everest region, home to the Buddhist culture of the Sherpas and the highest mountain on Earth. Your checklist of peaks includes Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Machhapuchhare, the Annapurnas and Dhaulagiri. This itinerary is an ideal introductory visit to Nepal for those who want a full and comprehensive look at this beautiful country.

 

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1
    You will arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel. You can spend the evening as you like.

     

    Day 2
    Today is a free Day for sightseeing in Kathmandu. You may wish to visit the monkey temple at Swayambunath; one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world at Bodnath; the most important Hindu temple in the valley at Pashupatinath. You can also visit Durbar Square in the heart of the old city, where the old Royal Palace, with its intricate woodcarving, is located. Outside is Kumari Chowk, home of the Kumari, the young girl who is revered as a living goddess. The area is a maze of temples and images, and, leading away from the square in all directions, are narrow alleys, full of the most amazing variety of shops and stalls. Sightseeing tours can be booked locally. ToDay there will also be a full trip briefing in the
    Morning.

    Day 3
    You will depart from Kathmandu early in the morning, and head towards Pokhara. After leaving the Kathmandu Valley, you will head westwards along the Trisuli Valley, getting superb views of the mountains as you follow the river to Mugling. You will stop for lunch at one of the roadside cafes before reaching Pokhara. A short drive will bring you to the end of the road at Naya Pul, from where it is a short walk to Birethanthi, a pretty riverside resort on the bank of the Modi Khola.

     

    Day 4 - 7
    Descending, you will have a final view of Machhapuchhare, the 'Fishtail Mountain’. You will wind down the long ridge to the Yamdi Khola, before transferring back to Pokhara. In Pokhara, you will stay in a hotel close to the lakeside. There should be time this afternoon for you to explore Lakeside, a beautiful resort on the banks of Phewa Tal.

     

    Day 8 - 9
    You will be driven to Chitwan, where you will spend the next two nights. The most popular way of seeing the wildlife here is on elephant back, and you would be very unlucky not to see at least the Indian one-horned rhinoceros and several species of deer! You will also take a trip along the Rapti River in a dugout canoe, looking for crocodiles and observing the many birds. The safari lodge has knowledgeable and helpful staff, who will accompany you on all the excursions. The lodge is made up of a small complex of two-roomed huts with attached bathrooms, and a dining/bar area.

     

    Day 10
    After breakfast, you will be driven back to Kathmandu, in order to arrive there in the afternoon.

     

    Day 11
    You will fly to the mountain airstrip of Lukla (2800m), before setting off on the first leg of the Everest trek, ascending northwards into the valley of the Dudh Kosi ('milk river'). You will then descend from the small plateau into the forested valley. The trail crosses several tributary streams, and there will be some tantalising views before you reach the small settlement of Phakding (2652m), where you will spend your first night.

     

    Day 12 - 13
    Today will be spent exploring the area around Namche Bazaar, the heart of the Khumbu region. You will have the chance to properly introduce yourself to the Sherpas, before you climb steeply out of Namche Bazaar and get excellent views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and many other peaks. You may be able to take tea at the spectacularly situated Everest View Hotel, and you will also have the opportunity of visiting the Edmund Hillary Hospital in Kunde. Passing through the village of Khumjung, you drop down to join the main trail at Kyanjuma (3600m), high above the Dudh Kosi, with excellent views of Ama Dablam across the valley.

     

    Day 14 – 15
    You will walk back to Namche Bazaar along a beautiful undulating trail high above the Dudh Kosi. There will be time to see the National Park Museum, which has wonderful views of Everest and interesting displays of Sherpa culture. Descending through Namche Bazaar, you will pick up the trail again, following the Dudh Kosi south through rhododendron and pine forests, past Jorsale, Monzo and Benkar, to Chaunrikhara. Here, you will leave the main trail, and climb the short distance to the small airstrip of Lukla

     

    Day 16
    You will fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel.

     

    Day 17
    Today will be a free Day in Kathmandu for sightseeing or shopping.

     

    Day 18
    After breakfast, Depart from Kathmandu.

Date & Price

Includes & Excludes

  • Profile
    9 days walking with full porterage. Altitude maximum 3600m, average 2750m.

    Accommodation
    5 nights hotels, 10 nights teahouses, 2 nights jungle lodge.

    Food
    8 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners included.

    What to Expect
    This itinerary is graded B with 9 days walking. The maximum altitude is 3600m and the average is 2,50m. The trekking is within the reach of anybody who is reasonably fit and is an ideal first trek taking in the highlights of the two most famous regions of Nepal. The Annapurna trek is almost entirely at moderate altitudes and on well-established trails. The trekking is all below 2000m. The days will be pleasant to hot and nights cooler. We will be walking approximately 4-5 hours per day. The Everest trek is all on good trails, but at higher altitude than the Annapurna trek. The highest we walk to is 3,600m and there is plenty of time for acclimatisation. We will be walking approximately 4-5 hours per day.

    Group size and age
    Min. 2, max.16, plus leader and appropriate local staff. Minimum age 16.

    Wildlife:
    Trips may be wholly wildlife focused, or contain an element of wildlife viewing within a less specific itinerary.
    Walking & Trekking: Trips are wholly trekking-focused or simply include a significant number of walking days during the itinerary.

     

Trip Notes

  • Do I need to take walking poles?
    If you are used to walking with trekking poles then take them with you, as you will probably find them useful especially on the way down. They are not essential though and the walk is manageable without them. It is mostly a personal preference but do remember to pack them as part of your main luggage to be stowed in the hold. If you decide later you'd like to have some, they are available to buy in Kathmandu.

    Any good tips for eating out in Kathmandu?
    Head down to the Everest Steak House in southern Thamel for a mouth watering steak and chips, well earned if you’re just back from trek. Finish it off with a cocktail in the legendary Tom & Jerry bar up the road!
    You can also head to Fire and Ice Pizzeria in Thamel, a great place with casual indoor and outdoor eating which is popular amongst travellers, and locals alike. This restaurant is a great place to meet for a morning cup of Italian espresso, or a hearty meal of delicious pizzas, pastas, ice cream and even a Grappa!

    Is there anywhere to store luggage while on trek?
    You will be packing your kitbag for the trek before you leave Kathmandu, and can leave your main luggage at the hotel  in Kathmandu, where it will be stored securely free of charge. However, as with any destination, we recommend you keep valuables with you at all times.

    Any special food I should try in Kathmandu?
    Momos
    This Nepalese version of dumplings/ wantons is a traditional delicacy and a must try local dish while you are in Nepal. Momo dumplings are either steamed or  fried with chicken/or buff (water buffalo) as well as stuffed with vegetables for vegetarians and have become the most famous fast food amongst Nepalese and can be found on the menus of most restaurants serving locals and tourists alike.
    Kwanti soup
    This mixed bean soup is usually served during festivals and gatherings and now has made its way in many of restaurant menus. Goes well with Naan or roti bread.
    Choela
    This is a typical Newari dish smoked meat (chicken; lamb or buffalo meat) tossed with spices and mustard oil. Easily available in most Nepalese and local restaurants in Kathmandu around Hotel.

    I have some free time in Kathmandu?
    If you are looking to do something off the beaten track just for half a day around Kathmandu, head out to Bungmati and Khokana. Just an hour drive on the outskirts of Kathmandu and you will find yourself in this sleepy little twin village where not much has changed in terms of construction, profession of people (most are still farmers, woodcarvers and weavers) or the pace of life. The twin villages are 15 minutes apart and you walk through the dirt trails, with farms and fields on either side. Should you have extra time and still want to do something, the Tibetan Refugee Settlement where you can see carpet weaving to a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery falls half way on the way back from here to the Hotel.

    On a lodge or teahouse trek, how much spending money should I allow ?
    US $ 40 – US $ 50 per day is ample, but it is possible to spend less (and more!). Meals are usually pretty cheap but extras such as sweets or snacks will add a bit more to your budget. There are plenty of ATMs in Kathmandu, so you can withdraw more Nepalese currency if you are running short towards the end of your trip.

    Can I buy any equipment in Kathmandu before the start of the trip?
    Yes. There are dozens of trekking shops in the Thamel area of Kathmandu. Depending on how good your bartering skills are, you can usually pick up items for about one third of the price that you'll pay in the Europe / America and its more fun to bargain! However, please note we cannot guarantee the quaility of anything you may purchase so buyer beware.

    Should I get my Nepalese visa in advance or at the airport?
    Most of our clients choose to get their visas at Kathmadu airport. This may mean some time queuing, but the transfer bus won't leave for the hotel until all arriving passengers are through Immigration and have collected their bags. So if you have your visa in advance, you will avoid the visa queue but you won’t get to the hotel any earlier. If you'd like to get your visa in advance, please contact the Nepalese embassy direct.
    Please note if you are staying in Nepal longer than 15 days, you will need to ask for a 30 day visa.

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