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Overview

 Highlights


  • Savour stunning views and experience a magical sunrise over the Annapurna Range on this low altitude trek
  • Observe glaciers flowing from the mighty Annapurnas from Ghandruk
  • Meet the students of a local school for a unique cultural immersion experience
  • Travel to Chitwan National park in search of rhino and the Bengal tiger
  • Soak up the Nepali way of life
  • Experience a stunning Himalayan mountain flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • Immerse yourself in Kathmandu

This low altitude trek in the Annapurna foothills is specifically devised for families. We include time in the traditional Hindu villages where children regard the Himalaya as their playground. Each campsite we join our crew and the villagers in dancing, singing and games of volleyball and cricket. There is also time to visit the local schools and markets where cultural horizons are so different from our own. During the trek we appreciate the magnificent oak and rhododendron forests as we ascend to alpine meadows that afford spectacular views of the Annapurna Range. After completing our trek we travel to Chitwan in search of rhino and the Bengal tiger.

Countries:

Starting Point:

Kathmandu

Activities:

Grading:Introductory   


Transit in Melbourne for Thai Airways flight to Kathmandu via Bangkok. Overnight on flight.

Meals:  Nil

On arrival in Kathmandu (1330 metres) you will be met by your group leader and transferred to the hotel. Overnight: Radisson Hotel Kathmandu

Meals:  Nil

Today we explore some of Kathmandu’s bustling streets and significant landmarks like the city’s two most important World Heritage Listed spiritual sites: Pashupatinath, Nepal’s most sacred Hindu temple and an important cremation site; and Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal and the most sacred Tibetan Buddhist shrine outside of Tibet. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight: Radisson Hotel Kathmandu

Meals:  B

After breakfast we transfer to Kathmandu’s domestic terminal to take our flight to Pokara, the main gateway for trekkers into the Annapurna region. This is one of the most scenic flights in the Himalaya, as we trace the backbone of the impressive Ganesh, Manaslu and Annapurna ranges. The flight path heads west up and over the rim of the Kathmandu Valley along the Trisuli River to Pokhara, Nepal's second largest town and our first night's camp near the shores of the Phewa Lake.

Meals:  B,L,D

We drive for an hour to pass between two river valleys at the village of Khare, and commence our trek to Dhampus. The trail ascends for the first hour, following a ridge through fields of bamboo clusters to magnificent rhododendron forest. Villagers greet us with “Namaste”, the traditional Nepalese greeting, as we pass their homes and continue to the ridge top where at the crest the scale of the mountains astounds us, with Machapuchare (6993m), Hiunchuli (6441m) and Annapurna South (7219m) in our immediate viewpoint. Overnight eco lodge.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we will have the chance to meet the students at Bichowk School. Overnight eco lodge

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast today, we will go back to the Bichowk school for a second day of activities. Overnight eco lodge

Meals:  B,L,D

This is an interesting day as the trail gently glides through forest, and in and out of small gullies, all the time bringing us closer to the mountains. In the rhododendron forests the lush canopy affords protection for the smaller delicate flora, such as primula and daphne. It also provides a haven for birdlife and we can hear their varied calls as we move through. The trail soon opens onto fields as we approach the village of Landruk with its excellent views of Annapurna South at the head of the valley. Overnight private eco campsite.

Meals:  B,L,D

Our destination today is easily seen across the valley; the attractive Gurung village of Ghandruk. Unfortunately we must descend to the valley floor to reach it! Slowly descending through rice terraces, we cross the steel cable suspension bridge that spans the glacial river of the Modi Khola and commence our ascent. As we trek up the many staircases, we enjoy the beauty of the Himalaya at a relatively close range and observe the glaciers flowing from them and feeding the rivers below. It is a magnificent location and a photographer's delight. Our leisurely approach along these ridges with their fine mountain views ensures proper acclimatisation and the un-hurried opportunity to fully savour this magnificent scenery. Ghandruk is the centre for the Annapurna Conservation Area and after lunch we will visit the headquarters. Overnight private eco campsite.

Meals:  B,L,D

The morning views of Annapurna South and Machapuchare are stunning, and will remain with us as we walk for around 4 hours on a broad trail that traverses and descends to our lunch stop at Shaule Bazaar, on the banks of the Modi Khola. After lunch we walk gradually downhill through neat villages and along well-worn trails busy with local people. We pass through Birethanti, an interesting village with traditional architecture, before continuing to the roadhead at the busy market of Naya Phul. We transfer by coach to Pokhara and our final camp beside Phewa Tal. This evening we will have a celebratory dinner with our porters and trek staff.

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we transfer to Chitwan by road. On arrival we are briefed on the planned activities during our stay. Late afternoon and early morning are the best times to sight wildlife, so other times tend to be for less energetic activities. We will have lunch at our lodge and commence our activity program. Our accommodation is at the Chitwan Adventure Lodge outside the park, generally in 2-bed huts with a private bathroom. Solar heated hot water is available in the afternoons.

Meals:  B,L,D

A full day's activities are available including jungle walks, canoe rides, bird-watching and jeep safari, as well as lectures on other fauna. Our concession area is the territory of many species of wildlife including 3 tigers, 5 leopards, 7 rhino, and many deer, boar, bear, peacocks, an extraordinary number of bird species and is occasionally visited by wild elephants.

Meals:  B,L,D

We complete our last activity, and we make the journey out of the jungle and back to the Kathmandu by vehicle, arriving late afternoon.

Meals:  B

There are a million things to see in Kathmandu and we recommend you spend this day wandering the town and exploring some more of the city’s significant sites such as Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) or the World Heritage Listed plazas of Patan, Bhaktapur or Durbar Square. Our staff can arrange a guide and/or transport (optional).

Meals:  B

After breakfast the trip will conclude and you will be transfer to the airport for your homeward journey via Bangkok. Overnight on flight

Meals:  B

Transit in Melbourne, fly to Tasmania.

Meals:  Nil


Inclusions

  • Trek Pre-departure Information Guide, with all you need to know for your trek.
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu at a first class hotel on a twin share basis with breakfast
  • Accommodation on trek in selected eco lodges, and World Expeditions fixed camps with large 2 person tent with stretcher bed
  • All internal transport by private coach or scheduled air services
  • World Expeditions trek pack which includes a quality sleeping bag, down or fibre fill jacket to use while on trek
  • Daily breakfast and all meals while trekking
  • All group airport transfers
  • Expert bilingual guide
  • Porters to carry all personal and group equipment and porters insurance and protective clothing
  • Emergency medical kit
  • All park entrance fees and trekking permits
  • Jeep safari Chitwan
  • Return flights from Tasmania to Kathmandu
  • Internal flight Kathmandu to Pokhara

  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
  • Bottled water and soft drinks
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Tips
  • Airport and departure taxes
  • Nepal Visa
  • Travel Insurance

Grading

Introductory

To determine the grade of a particular adventure we consider a number of factors. These include the condition of the walking terrain, the altitude, the number of pass crossings and the length of the trek. This trip is graded introductory. This is primarily due to the low altitude gains and the condition of the trail which is well defined and not unduly demanding. During the trek you will be walking for up to five to six hours a day at a slow but steady pace. You will need a reasonable level of fitness (remember there is no such thing as an easy trek) and we suggest 30 minutes of aerobic type exercise, (either cycling or jogging) three times a week for the three months leading up to your trek. Hill walking with a daypack in variable weather conditions is also recommended.


Why travel with us

Why travel with us

Assisted over
14,000 Students Worldwide

Since the 1980's, we have helped students from around the globe to experience the world's most exciting destinations, allowing them to travel, give, grow.

400+ Service Learning
Programs

Together with students, we have completed over 400 Service Learning programs in developing countries. We will always continue to support causes including social justice, animal welfare, the environment and more.

Fully Customised
School Travel Programs

Want to include service learning, your school curriculum and a physical challenge, or any of the above? Contact us and we can design a program fully catered for your students and budget.

Safety and
Support - Our #1 Priority

Every school receives a detailed risk management plan that is guided by government advisories and the local partners we work with. We never compromise on the safety of your students to reduce the price of the program.

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