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Annapurna Panorama

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13 days  |  Starts/Ends: Kathmandu  |  from USD $2,255  |   Guaranteed Departures 

Experience a wonderfully varied and easy-paced trek through the stunning Annapurna region, while lodging in quaint mountain villages. Track tigers at Nepal's finest national park, relax by picturesque Lake Phewa and sightsee in fascinating Kathmandu.

Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels
Inclusions
Reviews

Itinerary

Day 1

Kathmandu

Friday. Welcome to Nepal. Upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel where you will receive a welcome drink and a briefing about your trip.
Overnight: Kathmandu

Day 2

The Kathmandu Valley

Today we explore the Kathmandu Valley, starting with the Buddhist Stupa of Bodhnath which is a fabulous example of Buddhist temple architecture and a great place to observe Buddhist life and culture. Our next stop is the ancient city of Bhaktapur, Nepal’s cultural gem which has maintained its traditional way of life and is famous for its pottery. We visit Bhaktapur’s incredible Durbar Square and visit a local family to see Ju Ju Dhau (yoghurt) being made and to try our hand at pottery making in Pottery Square. Our final stop of the day is Patan Durbar Square, home to more than 50 temples and shrines. This evening we enjoy dinner and a cultural Nepali dance performance.
Overnight: Kathmandu  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Days 3-4

Chitwan National Park

Kathmandu – Chitwan. On day 3 we travel to Chitwan National Park. Hailed as one of Asia’s finest game parks, Chitwan is home to the vulnerable one horned rhino, gharial crocodile, bison, sambar deer, elephants, sloth bears and striped hyenas. Included within our stay is a jeep safari through the buffer zone that adjoins the national park which will take place on day 3 or day 4. The remainder of our stay offers free time for you to choose from the various optional activities available in Chitwan National Park. You can opt for additional safaris within the NP or the buffer zone, take part in a nature walk or journey in a dugout canoe and admire the scenery - if you are very lucky you may spot rhinos or even an elusive tiger!
Overnight: Chitwan National Park  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 5

Pokhara

Chitwan National Park – Pokhara. Today we travel on to scenic Pokhara. Pokhara is the gateway to the magnificent Annapurna Range, which boasts five mountains over 7200m and has one of the Himalayas most distinctive mountains - Machhapuchare with its unique ‘fishtail’ peak. The local people believe Machhapuchare is sacred to the god Shiva and therefore is off limits to climbing. Arriving in the afternoon, there's time to relax and perhaps take a stroll around the lakeside market.
Overnight: Pokhara  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Annapurna Region

Pokhara – Nayapul - Ulleri. From Pokhara we drive to Nayapul, where we’ll start our trek heading towards Birethanti on the opposite bank of the Modi Khola. From here we’ll follow a trail on the north bank of the Hurungdi Khola up to Sudame Village. Our trail then climbs steadily up to the Hille Village where we’ll trek to Ulleri.
Overnight: Ulleri (lodge)  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

Ghorepani

Ulleri – Ghorepani. Today after crossing over the Burungdi River, the trail immediately climbs very steeply up to the large Magar Village of Ulleri. As we climb, the tops of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli begin to merge from behind the hills. After Ulleri, the trail climbs gently through pastures and cultivated fields. The fields soon give way to deep forest as the trail climbs to Banthanti where we stop for our lunch. Beyond the village of Banthanti, there are magnificent oak and rhododendron forest. From here, Ghorepani is reached in about 3 hours past some sparkling clear streams and some teashops.
Overnight: Ghorepani (lodge)  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8

Tadapani

Ghorepani – Tadapani. An early morning excursion to Poon Hill provides spectacular unobstructed views of the High Himalayas. After enjoying the mountain scenery we return to Ghorepani for breakfast before continuing our trek. Our trail climbs a stone staircase until we reach the ridge where we’ll then trek downhill to the village of Banthanti for a lunch break. From Banthanti the trail starts climbing, leaving the high mountain forests behind and entering a field of cane. The trail then climbs steeply again before reaching our base for the night.
Overnight: Tadapani (lodge)  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9

Chomorung

Tadapani – Chomorung. Our trek today starts with a steep downhill through the forest before the trail eases as we reach Gurjung, the village of the Gurung people. From here its an easy walk to Chomorung.
Overnight: Chomorung (lodge)  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10

Ghandruk

Chomorung – Ghandruk. Today our trail heads gradual downhill to Kimyo Khola. Crossing the river we start our ascent to Ghandruk village, where we’ll encounter Gurung tribal people.
Overnight: Ghandruk (lodge)  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11

Pokhara

Ghandruk – Nayapul – Pokhara. After breakfast we take the trail down to Syauli Bazar where we’ll stop for lunch. From here a local jeep takes to Nayapul where we’ll then 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.
Overnight: Pokhara  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12

Kathmandu

Pokhara – Kathmandu. Fly back to Kathmandu this morning and in the afternoon we explore more of the city. After visiting the beautiful Swayambhunath stupa, we walk to Kathmandu Durbar Square, which is home to more than 50 stunning temples and shrines. We’ll also enjoy a rickshaw ride through the bustling back streets of the city which is a great way to observe the everyday life of the locals.
Overnight: Kathmandu  |  Breakfast

Day 13

Kathmandu

Wednesday. Kathmandu – breakfast. Hotel check-out and included onward transfer to Kathmandu Airport.
Breakfast

Trek Info

Area covered: Pokhara Valley - Annapurna region
Grade: Easy - Moderate
Walking duration: 4 - 6 hours daily
Altitude: Max. 3210m
Average group size: 2-8

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged provided there is another single traveller booked on the tour date of your choosing.

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates can be guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons.

Guaranteed Departure
4+ places available
Limited places
Sold out
On Request (Please Contact Us)
2017
Price/Person
Single Supp.
USD $2375
USD $680
USD $2375
USD $680
14 Apr - 26 Apr
15% off
G
USD $2255
USD $680
USD $2255
USD $680
USD $2255
USD $680
USD $2255
USD $680
USD $2375
USD $680
USD $2375
USD $680
USD $2375
USD $680
USD $2375
USD $680
2018
Price/Person
Single Supp.
USD $2375
USD $680
USD $2375
USD $680
USD $2255
USD $680
USD $2255
USD $680
USD $2255
USD $680
USD $2255
USD $680
USD $2255
USD $680
USD $2255
USD $680
USD $2255
USD $680
2019
Price/Person
Single Supp.
USD $2255
USD $680

Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Hotel Manaslu, Kathmandu

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Set over 3 floors, Hotel Manaslu is a charming hotel decorated in a classic Nepali style - using local artisans to create an aura of beautiful Newari tradition. Guest rooms are well furnished with air conditioning and en suite facilities. The hotel also benefits from an out door pool, cocktail bar and complimentary Wi-Fi. The hotel can arrange shuttles into the centre of Kathmandu which is just over a mile away.

Machan Coutry Villa, Chitwan National Park

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

Sporting a traditional jungle theme, Machan Country Villa carefully combines being in the wilderness with the comforts of home. Guest rooms are tastefully decorated with modern amenities including air conditioning and an uninterrupted electricity supply. The hotel also boasts a lovely bar and restaurant serving up a whole host of Nepali, Pan Asian and Continental cuisine. All food is sourced locally ensuring that every meal is perfectly fresh and of the highest quality whilst supporting the local community. The property is ideally located near the Chitwan National Park.

Mount Kailash Resort, Pokhara

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Mount Kailash Resort is a newly built hotel affording amazing panoramic views of Fewa Lake and the Annapurna mountains. Guest rooms are spacious, contemporary and well furnished with air conditioning and TVs. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout and the onsite restaurant serves a wonderful selection of local dishes and beverages. The outdoor pool is a great spot for a refreshing morning dip!

Trip Highlights

Kathmandu & Kathmandu Valley - Rickshaw ride through the city, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa & Bodhnath Buddhist Stupa
Amazing panoramas of the Dhaulagari Himal and Annapurna Range
Pokhara and beautiful Lake Phewa
Bhaktapur - Durbar Square, visiting local families to watch Ju Ju Dhau (yoghurt) being made and try making pottery
Trekking through the scenic Pokhara Valley and Annapurna region
Waterfalls, rhododendron forests, rice paddies, mountain villages
Safari in Chitwan National Park - home to elephants, rhinos, striped hyenas and more
Patan - Patan Durbar Square

Included

12 breakfast, 8 lunches, 8 dinners including dinner at a Nepali cultural evening
Airport arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and day 13
Touring of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur
Annapurna trek with porter and mountain guide including trekking permit fee
Rickshaw ride in Kathmandu and pottery making in Bhaktapur
7 nights - 3 star hotels, 5 nights - simple tea houses (shared facilities)
Economy class flight - Pokhara to Kathmandu
Chitwan National Park jeep safari in the buffer zone and park fees
Services of local English speaking guides for all scheduled sightseeing
All relevant transfers and transportation in private air conditioned vehicles

Not Included

International flights, domestic departure taxes and visa
Entrance Fees: USD$45-55, paid in local currency
Tipping - refer the 'Tipping' paragraph in the trip notes for a recommended guideline.

Reviews

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Hi Cherylyn,

Well, we just got back Sat. night from our fantastic trek. Everything about the trip went smoothly. On The Go in Nepal was fantastic. We had a really great guide and porter. The scenery was ever changing and on the high ridges we even had snow and saw yaks which was very rare. The lodges were basic but fine and I was constantly amazed how they could cook such delicious food in such tiny kitchens with only a wood stove.

I would say that if you are talking to future clients about this trip, I would inform them that it isn't easy and it is 90% steps straight up and down. Luckily we did a lot of training and were fine. Our guide said that, because of the steps, it is harder than Everest Base Camp except for the altitude. The Sherpa Society that ran our trek was very professional at all times. Also, I can highly recommend upgrading to the Yak and Yeti and Atithi hotel in Pokhara. Also, as the roads are a nightmare and the drivers even worse, I would really recommend a private car and driver. It was much safer and much quicker.

We are already thinking of our next trip--maybe trekking in Jordan.

Karen and Peter Anderson • Submitted 23 Apr 2014

Our guide Mohan and our porter Padam were the best and helped us the whole time. They made our trip perfect!

Karen Anderson • Submitted 16 Apr 2014

All of our guides were very friendly and informative in particular Mohan and Gilly on our trek were excellent.

Frances Quinlivan • Submitted 07 Mar 2014

A very good introductory tour of Nepal. Trekking through the jungle was a great experience and views of the mountains - simply amazing! We was very impreesed with the guides. They were gracious, knowledgeable and pleasure to trek with.

Kelly & Marian Wheeler • Submitted 05 Oct 2009

Overall the trip was everything i had hoped for and all the guides we encountered along with the staff at eh Sherpa Society were brilliant!

The only piece of constructing feedback I would have is that I recommend that travelers are advised to purchase phone cards for the airport in case internal flights are cancelled so the representative can be contacted. Our flights was cancelled and we had problems using our mobile phone to contact anyone.

Adam Gooch • Submitted 02 Oct 2009

Guides and porters could not have been better. They really made the trekking part of the trip very special.

Dave Blumhardt • Submitted 02 Oct 2009

I was thoroughly impressed with the organisation of the entire trip. The Sherpa Society were outstanding. The guide and porter for the trek were so good that I would recommend them to any one!! I will definitely be back.

Sarah Green • Submitted 30 Apr 2009

An amazing experience. A great way to see Nepal and trek the Himalayas. Binod the guide was great. Always helpful and informed. The porters were also great. 'On the Go' has been very Professional from start to finish. I will definitely use and recommend them again. As a travel agent I will definitely recommend On the Go to all clients.

Christine Kapnopoulos • Submitted 27 Apr 2009

Trip surpassed expectations, Binod and porters were exceptionally good and looked after us throughout the trip - cannot compliment them highly enough.

Jason Ross • Submitted 15 Mar 2009

We found the overall organisation and pace of the tour, and vehicles used excellent. The meals included on the tour were good! The highlight certainly was the early morning canoe trip in Chitwan National Park. A fantastic holiday!

Mr Graham Boasey • Submitted 03 Nov 2008

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Tour Details
Starts
Kathmandu
Ends
Kathmandu
Departs
October to May
Hotel Rating
3 star & simple tea houses
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - for included sightseeing & trekking
Meals
Breakfast: 12, Lunch: 8, Dinner: 8

Our guide Mohan and our porter Padam were the best and helped us the whole time. They made our trip perfect!

Karen Anderson
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