Day 1: Australia – – Kathmandu (D)
Today, depart Australia for your Himalayan adventure! Welcome to Nepal. On arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu. Tonight, join an orientation discussion while enjoying the evening with a welcome diner and cultural performance.
Please note: Some flights may depart 1 day earlier
Day 2: Kathmandu (B)
Kathmandu city stands at an elevation of approximately 1,400 metres (4,600 ft) in the bowl-shaped Kathmandu Valley of central Nepal and is surrounded by four major hills: Shivapuri, Phulchoki, Nagarjun, and Chandragiri. This morning enjoy a relaxing yoga session before heading out on a day tour of Kathmandu city and surrounding valley. Visit Pashupatinath Temple, a sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Pashupatinath and is located on the banks of the Bagmati River. Enjoy the Boudhanath. This ancient Stupa is one of the largest in the world and is on the ancient trade route from Tibet which enters the Kathmandu Valley by the village of Sankhu in the northeast corner. The Stupa is said to entomb the remains of Kassapa Buddha. See the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Patan Durbar Square, one of the three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Day 3: Kathmandu – Charaudi – Manakamana Valley (B)
This morning after breakfast we head out towards Charaudi approximately 2 hours drive from Kathmandu. Hear, experience the thrill of white water rafting in the hands of experts on one of Nepal’s largest rivers the Trishuli. After about 4 hours, we make our way to our hotel in the Manakamana Valley.
Day 4: Manakamana Valley—Pokhara (B)
After breakfast, hike to the spectacular temple of Manakamana. The Manakamana Temple is situated in the Gorkha district of Nepal is the sacred place of the Hindu Goddess Bhagwati. The temple is located on a distinguished ridge 1,302 metres (4,272 ft) above sea level and overlooks the river valleys of Trisuli in the south and Marsyangdi in the west. The pilgrimage to Manakamana is made by a great many people every year. This religious expedition to see the Goddess Bhagwati at Manakamana is hence referred to as Manakamana Darshan. We hike to the top of the ridge to view the temple and for spectacular views of Mount Manaslu. After, we have made our way back down we drive to Pokhara for our overnight stay.
Day 5: Pokhara – Nayapul -Tikhedhunga (B)
After breakfast we drive to Nayapul by private transportation to begin our trek to Tikhedhunga. Today marks the day where our Annapurna circuit trek begins as we make our way through some of Nepel’s most stunning sights over the next few days. Making our way to Tikhedhunga, we will be following the Modi River, walking past forests of blooming rhododendron and crossing small streams. While the trekking is challenging, averaging 4-6 hrs walking a day on varying terrain, our Annapurna expedition into the Himalayas allows you to experience ‘the roof of the world’ without major issues associated with high altitude.
We arrive into Tikhedhunga this afternoon for our overnight.
Day 6: Tikhedhunga – Ghorepani (B)
Begin today with a slow ascent through woodland, with views of the Annapurna range stretching out ahead. Passing through dense forest, the route ends in Ghorepani, where there are incredible mountain views across the region.
Ghorepani is a village in Myagdi District in the Dhaulagiri Zone of northern-central Nepal. It lies 17 kilometres from the district capital of Beni at an elevation of approximately 2874 m. From here we can rest tonight before continuing up Poonhill tomorrow for spectacular views.
Day 7: Ghorepani – Poon Hill – Tadapani (B)
This morning after breakfast take in the incredible mountain scenery that lines the route from Ghorepani to Poon Hill. Enjoy the views across rhododendron forests and of spectacularly coloured birds during the trek. Arrive at Poon Hil to enjoy some of Nepal’s best vistas. Descending from Poon Hill, the views of the Annapurnas continue as the hike heads for Tadapani. Views of Machhapuchhare are absolutely spectacular on a sunny day.
Day 8: Tadapani – Ghandruk (B)
Today our trek takes us on a trail which winds through one of the world’s largest rhododendron forests, where white-faced monkeys swing from trees and stare curiously. More waterfalls cascade over mossy boulders. We make our way down from an elevation of 2630 meters (8628 feet) to an elevation of 1945 meters (6381 feet) into Ghandruk. Ghandruk, known as the “Switzerland of Nepal”, a terraced mountain village primarily populated by one of Nepal’s many ethnic groups, the Gurung people.
Day 9: Ghandruk – Nayapul – Pokhara (B)
Today, trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul. As the trail goes down you have fantastic views of the Annapurnas and Manaslu. Manalu is the eighth highest mountain in the world at 8,163 metres and the Annapurna range feature one main peak over 8,000 metres and thirteen peaks over 7,000 metres. From here your trail goes quite flat until you reach Nayapul. You need to walk almost half an hour to get to Nayapul. Our trekking ends here. We then drive back to Pokhara for our overnight stay and well earned rest.
Day 10: Pokhara (B)
We begin today by exploring the sites of Pokhara on an in depth day tour. Noted for its tranquil atmosphere and spectacular natural scenery, Pokhara is considered by many to be the most beautiful place in the world. Visit sacred Hindu sites, hike to World Peace Pagoda, and see the unique natural wonder of Devis Falls. Surrounded by monkey-filled forests and high white peaks, Phewa Lake is the second largest lake in the Kingdom of Nepal, but second to no one in terms of beauty. Complete your day by enjoying a boat trip on the calm waters of this enchanting lake before returning to your hotel.
Day 11: Pokhara – Kathmandu (B)
After breakfast, we begin our way back to Kathmandu by road. The trip takes approximately 5-6 hours which gives you plenty of time to relax and reflect on your unforgettable trek as we wind our way back to the capital city. On arrive the remaining afternoon is at leisure.
Day 12: Kathmandu – – Australia (B) (Option to extend, please see below)
Today there is leisure time until you are transferred to the airport for your departure flight home.
Day 13: Australia
Arrive home today.
Extend your journey to a 15 day tour and experience incredible Chitwan National Park
Day 12: Chitwan National Park (B,L,D)
Today wake up in Chitwan National Park. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the forested hills and changing river landscapes Chitwan, which is home to more than 60 species of mammals, 544 species of birds, 126 species of fishes, and 56 species of reptiles and amphibians. The park is especially renowned for its protection activities of One Horned Rhinoceros, Royal Bengal Tiger and Gharial Crocodile. This morning proceed for an elephant-back safari. Ride on elephants to explore the jungle and wildlife the one-horned rhinoceros, several types of deer, monkeys, wild boar, bison, sloth bear, leopard and, if lucky, the Royal Bengal tiger. After, visit an elephant-breeding centre where you will get a unique chance to know about the majestic creatures of nature. An expert naturalist will brief you about the behavior, nature and general habits of elephants. Learn about the life cycle of elephants and watch these fascinating creatures as they interact, bond and share with each other. Observe them multitask with their trunks from grabbing their food to scratching their backs. Tonight, a jungle experts will introduce the background data and history of the Royal Chitwan National Park as well as some other topics relating to its wildlife.
Day 13: Chitwan National Park – Kathmandu (B)
Today, wake up early to enjoy the wide range of bird life in Chitwan National Park. Chitwan National Park is a magnet for avid bird watchers who can observe numerous species of resident and migrant birds here. Afterwards, we start making our way back to Kathmandu. The trip takes approximately 4-5 hours which gives you plenty of time to relax and reflect on your unforgettable trek as we wind our way through beautiful scenery. On arrival the rest of the evening is at leisure.
Day 14: Kathmandu – – Australia (B)
Today, there is free time before your departure. You will be met at your hotel and assisted with your transfer to international airport for your onward flight.
Day 15: Australia
Arrive home today.