Annapurna Chitwan

Annapurna Chitwan

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Annapurna Chitwan

11 Days Starting in Kathmandu and ending in

Visiting: Nepal

Tour operator:

World Expeditions

Tour code:

AEX

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

4 - 16

Physical rating:

Introductory

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Tour Overview

We combine our Annapurna Trek with a wildlife safari at Chitwan National Park. This adventure is a fine contrast between trekking the remote foothills of the Annapurna's and a safari in the vicinity of Chitwan. We trek through traditional Hindu villages and pristine forests to ridge top camps that afford remarkable views of Annapurna South and Machapuchare. At Chitwan we undertake a wildlife safari in search of rhino and the Bengal tiger. (Our wildlife safaris take place inside the park boundaries.)

Highlights

  • Savour uninterrupted views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges

  • Search for Asiatic Rhino and Bengal Tiger in Chitwan National Park

  • Witness a magical sunrise over snow capped peaks at Poon Hill

  • Experience a breathtaking mountain flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara

  • Immerse yourself in Nepali culture as your trek through Gurung villages

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Join Kathmandu (1330M).

You will be met by a representative of World Expeditions and transferred to the Radisson hotel. Remainder of the afternoon at leisure. A pre-trek briefing will be given around 4.30-5pm where arrangements will be made for the distribution of your kit bag, sleeping bag and down/fibrefill jacket. This evening we will head out for dinner, this is a great opportunity to get acquainted with your fellow group members.
Overnight: Radisson Hotel

Day 2 : Fly To Pokhara, Drive To Kimchi (1640M) - Approx. 3.5 Hours And Trek To Ghandruk. Approx 40Min

We take a short 25min early morning flight to Pokhara, Nepal’s second largest city (820m). In good weather we are greeted with sights of the entire Annapurna range. From here we drive alongside the Kali Gandaki river and through foothills and valleys to Kimche. On arrival we will begin our walk to Ghandruk, our first overnight stop.
Overnight: Exclusive eco-comfort camp

Day 3 : To Tadapani (2650M). Walk Approx. 6 Hours

Our trail meanders uphill through fields and into the forest of rhododendron and magnolia. We pass by waterfalls that cascade down narrow gullies that provide the perfect home for many small ferns and delicate plants. Tadapani is a clearing in the forest and a rest place for porters. We overnight in an eco lodge and observe the local people as they travel by.
Overnight: eco-lodge

Day 4 : To Ghorepani (2880M) Walk Approx 6-7 Hours

The walk this morning offers excellent views of the Dhaulagiri range as the trail zigzags until we Ghorepani. This is a sizeable town on the main tourist trail. You may wish to wander through the bazaar, browse through Tibetan wares on display and enjoy local treats from the bakeries.
Overnight: eco-lodge

Day 5 : Early Morning Poon Hill & Trek To Ulleri, Walk Approx 5-6 Hours

From Ghorapani a pre dawn 45 minutes climb brings us to the summit of Poon Hill (3200m). The view of the Himalaya are tremendous, with forested foot hills as a fore ground and some of the world's greatest mountain ranges surrounding us .The glow of the rising sun catches Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Annapurna, making the early morning rise more than worth the effort. We descend to camp for breakfast and during the morning we descend further through small settlements to enter a deep ravine where multiple waterfalls follow our trail. We over night in an eco lodge in the village of Ulleri. From Ulleri we will have an over view of our trek route, as well as views of the Annapurnas at the head of the valley. Overnight at our private eco lodge

Day 6 : Trek To Birethanti And Drive To Pokhara, Walk Approx. 4 Hours, Drive 2-3 Hours

Today we descend steeply down to valley floor, passing through the beautiful countryside villages of Tirkhedhunga and Hile. Once we reach the valley, we cross the river via a suspension bridge and the trail continues with a more gentle walk along the riverside as we make our way to Birethanti. From here we board our vehicle for the picturesque drive back to Pokhara.
Note that the walking hours include rest stops, are a guide only and can vary due to trail or weather conditions.
Overnight: hotel

Day 7 : In Pokhara

Today you will have a free day to explore Nepal's second largest city, Pokhara. This relaxing city surrounds Phewa Lake, the second largest lake in Nepal and is a popular starting and ending point for trekking in the Annapurna region. This city offers plenty of modern restaurants, bars and a buzzing nightlife. There are countless stores to pick up last minute souvenirs or locally made goods. For those still in seek of adventure can choose to go paragliding, cycling tour, paddle boat across the lake or an ultra light scenic flight. You may also explore historical and religious sites including Devi's Falls, Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave or Binyabasini Temple. Whilst there are plenty of options, nothing beats a gentle stroll to discover this relaxing city.
Overnight: hotel

Day 8 : Drive Pokhara To Chitwan. Approx 5 Hours

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.

Day 9 : In Chitwan

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.
Overnight: adventure lodge

Day 10 : Drive To Kathmandu Approx 5-6 Hours Drive

After breakfast we transfer by road to Kathmandu.
Overnight: Radisson Hotel or similiar

Day 11 : Trip Concludes Kathmandu

After breakfast arrangements cease unless further arrangements have been made. Those people travelling by aircraft to further destinations will be transferred to the airport and assisted with check-in procedures.

What's Included

  • Accommodation
    4 nights hotel

  • 10 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 8 dinners, including all meals on trek valued at US$400

  • flight Kathmandu/Pokhara US$133 approx

  • Airport transfers if arriving on day 1 and 11 or if you booked pre/post tour accommodation at the Radisson through World Expeditions

  • expert bilingual guide and group medical kit

  • private transportation

  • good quality accommodation in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan National Park

  • use of a trek pack including sleeping bag, down or fibre filled jacket and insulated mat, valued at USD $500

  • souvenir World Expeditions kit bag

  • all park entrance fees and trekking permits

  • porters to carry all personal and group equipment along with porter's insurance

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Accommodation

4 nights hotel
In Kathmandu we stay at the comfortable, well located Radisson Hotel. The Radisson Hotel is situated in Lazimpat, a quiet and central area of Kathmandu. Only a short 12 minute walk to the main tourist district of Thamel, the Radisson acts as a base for World Expeditions travellers. The hotel has a World Expeditions tour desk in the foyer, free WIFI, a pool and bar, gymnasium, restaurants, room service, currency exchange and free luggage storage whilst you are on trip. A hearty buffet breakfast is included with every night stay in the Radisson. The Tranquility Spa, within the Radisson offers massage, reflexology, steam room and sauna, plus many beauty treatments for your enjoyment as a World Expeditions client you will receive a 30% discount off the retail prices on any treatment at the Spa. You can book these services through the Radisson while you are in Nepal.

What You Carry

In your daypack you will need to carry extra warm clothing (depending on the altitude, location and weather), a rainjacket, water bottle, camera gear, valuables and personal items such as sunscreen, lip-eze etc. Porters and mules carry all group gear and your trek pack.

Grading

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. The Annapurna Trek 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.

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  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    We have offices on three continents which means your travelling companions will be just that – international and wonderfully eclectic. Part of small group travel means that although travellers come from various locations and backgrounds, you will be travelling with like-minded companions who, like you, are keen to share the experience and forge lifelong friendships.

  • What about environmental impact?

    We believe that adventure travel revolves around establishing a strong relationship with the people and environments in which we operate. Our responsible travel policies have been carefully developed to ensure that we minimise the impact of our presence and help to protect the regions we visit while contributing positively to the local community.

  • What should I pack?

    Your pre-departure documents include a detailed packing list with items that you need to bring. While most of the equipment for daily activities is included in your tour cost, some items like helmets and hiking boots are best brought from home. The pre-departure documents also include information on layering and recommended brands for various items to ensure you are fully prepared for your trip.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Yes. World Expeditions does not require single travellers to pay a surcharge for travelling alone on the vast majority of our trips. Our holidays are primarily on a twin share basis, so if you are joining the group as a solo traveller, we will match you with someone of your own gender. The choice is yours however; if you prefer not to share, we do offer single supplements for private occupancy.

  • Are tips included in my trip price?

    Tips are not included in the tour cost. Tipping is a personal thing, do not worry about how much, or when, to tip. Tipping guidelines are provided for certain destinations in our pre departure information upon booking, however the best advice will be provided by your tour leader.

  • Am I suited to small-group travel?

    We recognise that many of our travellers have not been on a ‘group trip’ before. Yet what our departures provide is both structure and flexibility, allowing you plenty of freedom within the framework of the itinerary. You’ll find that with our maximum group size at 16, you’ll travel in a minimal impact style with a great group of like-minded travellers.

  • Can you advise which vaccinations are recommended?

    While our pre-departure kit provides information on vaccinations, we suggest that you consult your doctor, local government inoculation centre or a travel medical specialist in order to get the most current advice regarding vaccination requirements.

Reviews from travellers on this tour

J. Gibson(UK)  

Annapurna Chitwan

28 Dec 2017

You will be pleased to know that our trip was superb. All was perfect; companions, guide, weather, scenery and organisation. Last year we felt our trip was more strenuous than advertised but this year it was just right, suiting our youngest trekker of 22 to us oldies. Our female guide, BK, was excellent and she is wanting to take us on a similar level trek to Everest region next year. Thank you very much for organising and we look forward to another trek in 2018.

S. Watt(Baulkham Hills, NSW)  

Annapurna Chitwan

29 Dec 2017

For a first time trekker and camper, this trip was amazing. The camp sites were clean with real beds, hot water and electricity. The food was incredible, so much variety, delicious and enough to make sure you were never hungry. The guide and group leader were friendly, helpful and so easy to get along with. The trek was so challenging mentally and physically, but the beautiful scenery kept me going. I would definitely recommend! 5 stars all round.

Annette Munday(Kirkham, NSW Australia)  

Annapurna Chitwan

2 Apr 2024

Wonderful adventure,very well cared for by Romeu and his team

T. Nichols(Chatswood, NSW)  

Annapurna Chitwan

10 Apr 2019

Just returned from a once in a lifetime trip Annapurna/Chitwan with World Expeditions and it was fantastic! The 6 day trek was not easy for me as a 55 year old but I made it ok (my hubby of the same age thought it was pretty easy). The views were incredible at every turn. Our guide Bijay was wonderful as were all the support staff. Food was delicious and plentiful, accommodation great. If you have been thinking about it - just do it!

Roland Stone(Kirkham, NSW Australia)  

Annapurna Chitwan

12 Apr 2024

I really enjoyed the trip. The mountain views were great and the Rhododendrons beautiful as well. Romi was also an excellent trip leader. Two small things: there was a lot of haze and I think this is common at this time of year. Not sure if that is properly disclosed. Also I tried to organise a Heli flight to mt Everest through world expeditions. It took a long time to get back to me and the price was prohibitive, (close to $5k US). I then organised one by myself over the internet and did so for a price of about US$2600 for 2. The flight was great. I think the wold exp price was for us to charter a helicopter just for us which we didn’t want - maybe that was not understood. However, the long time it took for World Ex- to get back to us meant that we didn’t have time to look into variations. Going on the internet I arranged everything in 1 day.

K. Bertram(Brighton, VIC)  

Annapurna Chitwan

26 Apr 2018

We had an excellent support team who looked after us very well, and made it such an easy trip for us. The bus driver was excellent in trying conditions. Our team leader was amazing, looking out for everyones needs, ours and the support crew, and teaching us about the mountains, the villages, the Nepali history and culture along the way. This made it more than just a trip with a group but an immersive and special experience. The team clearly had a great relationship with the villagers we met along the way making us feel welcomed into the area. I was really impressed by the organisation and support of the company.

R. Murray(Elanora Heights, NSW)  

Annapurna Chitwan

30 Apr 2019

We could not be more impressed with our group leader. She and her assistant were great inspiration along all the way.

S. Nasim(Beckenham, UK)  

Annapurna Chitwan

13 Dec 2018

This is an amazing trek that combines some moderate trekking with the safari. Each day is different and my favourite part of the day was watching the incredible sunsets and sunrises. They were simply stunning. The porters and kitchen staff are amazing and do a great job of looking after us.

L. Sullivan(Casey, ACT)  

Annapurna Chitwan

01 Nov 2018

Great trekking experience through the Annapurna area visiting hillside villages and experiencing a different way of life. Magnificent views of the Annapurna ranges. Trek was challenging at times with a few steep climbs. We were wonderfully looked after by our guide BK and Sherpas Kami and Tendy. The food was well prepared and tasteful considering the environment and limited conditions the cooks were working in. Not one of us became unwell on the whole trek. Overall I really enjoyed our trek in the Annapurna and experience in the Chitwan and would travel with WE again.

Natalie Noack(Port Augusta, South Australia)  

Annapurna Chitwan

27 Oct 2016

Trekking in Annapurna was an amazing experience - our guide Bharat made it full of laughs and memorable moments. Our cook, Ram, and his team never disappointed in the array of meals they were able to create along the way. Beautiful scenery and friendly people have certainly ensured that I will be returning to Nepal in the future.

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