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Welcome to India and the start of your adventure with On the Go Tours. Upon your arrival into Kolkata's international airport you will be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel for check in. Remainder of the day at leisure. (Please note: the night of the 24th November has been booked so you may check straight in to your hotel upon your early morning arrival into Kolkata).
Day at leisure for you to independently explore the city. Later this evening we will transfer you to the railway station for your overnight sleeper train to Darjeeling (Pedatik Express, 2255/0905, 1st Class AC).
Arriving into the railway station this morning you will be met and transferred to your hotel for check in. Remainder of the day at leisure. (HOTEL BOOKED INDEPENDENTLY BY CLIENTS).
Enjoy a drive to Tiger Hill to catch sunrise over the snowy peaks of Kanchenjunga - the world’s third highest mountain. Continuing, enjoy a visit to the Ghoom Gompa (monastery) taking the scenic toy train here. Later this afternoon enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Darjeeling including a visit to a local Tibetan refugee camp.
This morning we visit a local tea plantation for an insight into our tea is harvested. There will be time to sample the local goods. Rest of the day is at leisure.
Departing Darjeeling and India we will transfer you to Bhadarpur airport via Kakar Bitta border for your flight to Kathmandu (depart 1455, arrive 1535). Arriving into Kathmandu you will be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel for check in. (HOTEL BOOKED INDEPENDENTLY BY CLIENTS).
This morning take a stunning scenic flight over the mountains to view Mt. Everest from the sky (subject to weather conditions). After your flight we explore Kathmandu and its surrounds. The highlights include the Buddhist Stupas of Bodhnath and Swayambhunath, which are fabulous examples of Buddhist temple architecture and a great place to observe Buddhist life and culture. We’ll also explore Patan Durbar Square, home to more than 50 stunning temples and shrines. This evening enjoy dinner and a cultural Nepali dance performance.
This morning we will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Pokhara where upon your arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure. (HOTEL BOOKED INDEPENDENTLY BY CLIENTS).
From Pokhara we drive to Phedi [Birethanti] where we’ll have lunch before starting our trek. Following the Modi Khola River we reach Chimrong, where we cross a bridge and climb to Chandrakot before reaching the picturesque valley of Syauli Bazaar. The highlight of Syauli is the stunning backdrop of the ‘fishtail’ peak of Machhapuchre. Sit back, relax and enjoy the views!
The Annapurna region has a truly diverse landscape - agricultural land, beautiful rhododendron forests and austere alpine climes, the thundering Modi Khola river and an array of pretty blooms in spring. Today we continue our steep ascent through terraced fields and small thatched hamlets to Ghandruk. Our lodge is located in the heart of the village and you’ll have plenty of time to explore and meet the friendly villagers. The skyline beyond the village is dominated by the snowy flanks of Annapurna South, Humchuli and the famous spire of Machapuchare, known as the ‘Matterhorn of Nepal’.
We follow a well trodden trail climbing higher through magnificent forests of oak, witnessing Himalayan village life along the way and stopping at the local Gurung museum. We spend the night at Tadapani, where the views of Annapurna South and Huinchuli are spectacular.
From Tapadani we head to the Bhurungdi Khola (stream) to begin our ascent to Banthanti village. We pass a series of picturesque waterfalls, cascading downstream to a beautiful rhododendron forest. At Gurung Hill we are treated to some fabulous views before crossing Deurali for our final ascent of the day to Ghorepani village. Take time to meet the locals, many of whom have served as Gurkha soldiers in the Indian and British armies.
It’s an early start, as we take an excursion to Poon Hill to view the sunrise over one of the most spectacular panoramas in Nepal - a sea of 30 majestic peaks line the horizon, encompassing three of the highest mountains including the mighty Manaslu. We then begin our steep descent through forests, pastures and fields to the village of Tikhedhunga.
Following the old trading route, trek past waterfalls and through bamboo forests to the prosperous village of Birethanti where our expedition ends and we drive back to Pokhara. After a chance to freshen up, visit Lake Phewa, a popular tourist spot where you can hire sail boats, shop or simply relax and enjoy the picturesque views. (HOTEL BOOKED INDEPENDENTLY BY CLIENTS).
Today we will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Kathmandu where upon your arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. (HOTEL BOOKED INDEPENDENTLY BY CLIENTS).
Free day with no services arranged.
Today marks the end of your adventure with On the Go Tours. After breakfast and hotel check out we will transfer you to the airport for your onward departure flight. End of services.
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