The Kathmandu Valley is indeed a unique type of valley, wearing an exotic setting. Twenty-five centuries back it stood as a titanic lake. It is completely surrounded by a tier of Green hills  walls above which to the north tower the mighty snow-capped peaks during. It consists of four major cities carrying great historic, artistic and cultural interest. They include Kathmandu, Patan, Bhadgaon and Kirtipur. Ironically speaking, Kathmandu Valley was an empire owning four petty kingdoms till 1769 A. D. The four kingdoms of Kantipur, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur and Kirtipur have today appeared as independent modern cities. The Valley with an approximate population of 2.5 million .covers an area of 218 square miles and is situated at an elevation of (1300m) 4,423 feet above the sea-level as part of the Shangrila. Kathmandu (Kantipur)-the Capital.You can explore great Hindus and buddist temples.

Annapurna (Ghorepani-Ponhill) trek, Information:

This trek to north of Pokhara is known as a beautiful Annapurna Trek with the magnificent Himalayan view sighted from the top of Poon Hill. The Poon Hill is one of the best viewpoints for a camera to catch the Panoramic Himalaya including Machhapuchhre, Annapurna and giant Dhaulagiri. Highlights Sunrise at Poon Hill, Charming Nepali villages, Dense Rhododendron forests.

Trip Highlights:

  • Annapurna, Macchapuchare and Dhaulagiri's massifs.
  • Extensive flora and fauna year round.
  • Unique hill cultures to explore.
  • Restful hot springs to soak in.
  • Trekking peaks to climb.
  • Connecting treks to remote areas.

Trip Facts:

  • Starting From :Pokhara 7 hrs tourist bus drive from Kathmandu Or. 30 Mins fly
  • Ending at :Pokhara, 7 hrs by tourist bus or 30 mins fly to Kathmandu
  • Grade :Easy to Moderate
  • Highest access of the trek :Poon Hill(3210)
  • Culture :mixed but majority of Gurungs(Gurkhas) and Magars. (Pun)
  • Season :Aug- May
  • Mode of Trekking : Lodge (Teahouse)
  • Daily Walking Time : 4hrs to 6 hrs

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01:Arrive in Kathmandu Airport

Day 02: Free day for Sight seeing in Kathmandu(Hindus and Buddist Temple

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (900m) 5 hrs by bus or (25min by air by paying extra$: 100)

Day 04: Drive to Nayapul (1010m) and trek to Tikhedungha (1570m) 3.30hrs

Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani (2840m) 6hrs walk.

Day 06: Hike up to Poon Hill (3210m) and trek to Tadapani (2710m) 5hrs walk.

Day 07: Trek to Ghandruk (2000m) 3hrs walk.

Day 08: Trek to Nayapul (1010m) and drive to Pokhara

Day 09: Drive back to Kathmandu, 5 hrs by tourist bus or (25min by air by paying extra$: 100)

Day 10: Free day or departure

General Information:

Time Zone: 5 hours 45 minutes ahead of GMT

Dialling Code: +977

Electricity: 220V, 50 Hz

 

Entry Procedure and Visa Rules:

All foreigners (except Indian nationals) require visas, which can be obtained in advance or on arrival. Passport should be valid at least for six months to enter Nepal and if you are planning to visit Tibet and Bhuatn, good to have one year validity.

Note: Visitors from the following countries should obtain a visa before arrival at the immigration entry points of Nepal: Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Switziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine & Afghanistan. For more information on visas you can visit www.nepal-consulate.net.au and also email at adelaide@nepal-consulate.net.au or contact immigration of Nepal. Please do not rely (100%) on the website information for visa rules as the website may not have been updated recently. 

Nepalese consulates issue visa in Australia (approx: AU$ 65 for 15 days, 85.00 for 30 days or $ 175 for 90 days) or at entry point's immigration offices provide various duration’s visa on request upon the presentation of a one year valid passport, one passport size photo.

 

Entry points:

By Air: Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.

By Land: • Kakarvitta, Jhapa • Birganj • Parsa • Kodari , Sindhupalchowk • Belahia, Bhairahawa • Jamunaha, Nepalgunj • Mohana, Dhangadhi  • Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar. Further details can be obtained on request.

 

Duty Free:

Import: 

Apart from your used personal belongings, visitors are allowed to bring to Nepal free of duty 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars, distilled liquor (one 1.15 litre bottle), and film (15 rolls). You can also bring binoculars, movie or video camera, still cameras, laptop computer and portable music devices.

Export:

The export of antiques requires a special certification from the Department of Archaeology. It is illegal to export objects over 100 years old such as sacred paintings and manuscripts that are valued for culture and

religious reasons.

 

Bank & Currency:

Nepali currency is Nepalese Rupees (NRS). Approximately $ 1 is equivalent to Rs 85 to 90.00 (as AUD is a fluctuating currency) Nepalese Rupees (Currency conversion subject to change). Credit cards are accepted in banks, big hotels and many bigger shops. Please retain your cash receipts and for changing local currency into foreign currency on departure at exit points or at the Tribhuvan International Airport departure lounge. Banks in Kathmandu Valley are open between 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. from Monday through Friday except government holidays. Out of Kathmandu valley banks are open from 10 am to 2:30 pm from Sundays through Fridays.

While traveling in Nepal, Australian $ or US$ both currency are accepted by banks or hotels in Kathmandu. When you travel out of Kathmandu or Pokhara, please take local currency.

ATM:

ATM machines are located in a few banks in the capital and Pokhara. We do not recommend you to rely on ATM as they are not widely available, lots of time black out and it does not operate without electricity. If in case you forget password and have one card or anything wrong and taken away by the machine, you could be sort of money. So alternative backup plans are recommended.

Note: Travellers cheques are not accepted in Nepal.

 

Insurance:

A comprehensive travel insurance policy that covers theft, loss and medical treatment and evacuation and $ 200,000 personal liability is recommended. Insurance is must to participate in the tour.

 

Tipping:

Tipping is becoming fairly common in Nepal. Hotels and restaurants already added 10% service charge as tips. If you are going on a trek,  good to save your tipping money to guide and porters.

 

Can I bargain?

Bargaining is commonplace in markets and tourist shops, but recommended to treat it as a form of polite social discourse rather than a matter of life and death.

 

Health Guide:

The golden rule is not to drink tap water or other water from open sources. Bottled water or soft drinks are available widely. Salads and fruit should be washed with purified water or peeled where possible. Food, drinks and snacks from reputable sources are usually safe. Iodine tablets or Iodine drops are alternative means to treat water during the trek. Bottle of water is available to purchase widely.

 

Medical Services:

Medical facilities in Kathmandu Valley are good. The Kathmandu Valley also offers the services of major general hospitals and private clinics. Health posts have been set up by the government in different parts of rural Nepal. However, facilities are not on a western standard.

 

Immunization:

Vaccinations for cholera, meningitis, tetanus and diphtheria, typhoid and Hepatitis A should be considered, however it may be a good idea to get a complete check-up with a travel doctor or your GP before departure. A useful article to read at: http://www.ciwec-clinic.com/CIWEChandouts/Immunizations_Recommended_for_Travel_in_Nepal.pdf 

 

Climate:

Climatic conditions of Nepal vary from one place to another in accordance with the geographical features. In the north summers are cool and winters severe, while in south summers are tropical and winters are mild. Nepal has namely five major seasons: spring, summer, monsoon, autumn and winter.An average temperature drop of 6°C occurs for every 1,000 m gain in altitude. In the Terai, summer temperatures exceed 37° C and higher in some areas, winter temperatures range from 7°C to 23°C in the Terai. In mountainous regions, hills and valleys, summers are temperate while winter temperatures can plummet under sub zero. The valley of Kathmandu has a pleasant climate with average summer and winter temperatures of 19°C – 35°C and 2°C – 12°C respectively.

The Himalayas act as a barrier to the cold winds blowing from Central Asia in winter, and forms the northern boundary of the monsoon wind patterns. Eighty percent of the precipitation is received during the monsoon (June-September). Winter rains are more pronounced in the western hills. The average annual rainfall is 1,600 mm, but it varies by eco-climatic zones, such as 3,345 mm in Pokhara and below 300 mm in Mustang.An interesting fact is that there is no seasonal constraint on traveling in and through Nepal. Even in December and January, when winter is at its severest, there are compensating bright sun and brilliant views. As with most of the trekking areas in Nepal, the best time to visit are during spring and autumn. Spring is the time for rhododendrons while the clearest skies are found after the monsoon in October and November. However, Nepal can be visited the whole year round.

 

Here’s a brief view of the average temperatures and rainfall during peak summer and winter in three most popular tourist areas:

Place

Summer (May, June, July)

Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb)

Max (°C)

Min (°C)

Rain (mm)

Max (°C)

Min (°C)

Rain (mm)

Kathmandu

28.1

19.5

312

19.3

3.0

15.4

Pokhara

29.7

21.3

829.7

20.3

7.7

26.3

Chitwan

33.0

25.3

404.0

24.1

8.3

13.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

Culture:

Customs and traditions differ from one part of Nepal to another. A conglomeration lies in capital city Kathmandu where cultures are blending to form a national identity. Kathmandu Valley has served as the country’s cultural metropolis since the unification of Nepal in the 18th Century.A prominent factor in a Nepali’s everyday life is religion. Adding color to the lives of Nepalis are festivals the year round which they celebrate with much pomp and joy. Food plays an important role in the celebration of these festivals.

 

Religion:

Nepal was declared a secular country by the Parliament on May 18, 2006. Religions practiced in Nepal are: Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, Jainism, Sikhism, Bon, ancestor worship and animism. The majority of Nepalis are either Hindus or Buddhism. The two have co-existed in harmony through centuries.

Buddha is widely worshipped by both Buddhists and Hindus of Nepal. The five Dhyani Buddhas; Vairochana, Akshobhaya, Rathasambhava, Amitabha and Amoghasiddhi, represent the five basic elements: earth, fire, water, air and ether. Buddhist philosophy conceives these deities to be the manifestations of Sunya or absolute void. Mahakaala and Bajrayogini are Vajrayana Buddhist deities worshipped by Hindus as well.

Hindu Nepalis worship the ancient Vedic gods. Bramha the Creator, Vishnu the Preserver and Shiva the Destroyer, are worshipped as the Supreme Hindu Trinity. People pray to the Shiva Linga or the phallic symbol of Lord Shiva in most Shiva temples. Shakti, the dynamic element in the female counterpart of Shiva, is highly revered and feared. Mahadevi, Mahakali, Bhagabati, Ishwari are some of the names given. Kumari, the Virgin Goddess, also represents Shakti.Other popular deities are Ganesh for luck, Saraswati for knowledge, Lakshmi for wealth and Hanuman for protection. Krishna, believed to be the human incarnation of Lord Vishnu is also worshipped widely. Hindu holy scripts Bhagawat Gita, Ramayan and Mahabharat are widely read in Nepal. Vedas, Upanishads and other holy scriptures are read by well learned Brahmin Pundits during special occasions.

 

Customs:

The diversity in Nepal in terms of ethnicity again makes room for various sets of customs. Most of these customs go back to the Hindu, Buddhist or other religious traditions. Among them, the rules of marriage are particularly interesting. Traditional marriages call for deals arranged by parents after the boy or girl come of age.

Nepalis do not eat beef. There are several reasons for this, one being that the Hindus worship cow. Cow is also the national animal of Nepal. Another interesting concept among Nepalis is division of pure and impure. “Jutho” referring to food or material touched by another’s mouth directly or indirectly, is considered impure by Nepalis. Nepalis consider cow dung to be pure for cleansing purposes. During menstruation women are considered impure and hence, are kept in seclusion until their fourth day purification bath.Nepal is a patriarchal society. Men usually go out to work while women are homemakers. However, in cities, roles can differ. Most Nepalis abide by the caste system in living habits and marriage. Rural Nepal is mostly agrarian, while some aspects of urban life carry glitz and glamour of the ultra-modern world.

 

Food:

Nepal does not have a distinct cooking style. However, food habits differ depending on the region. Nepali food has been influenced by Indian and Tibetan styles of cooking. Authentic Nepali taste is found in Newari and Thakai cuisines. Most Nepalis do not use cutlery but eat with their right hand.The regular Nepali meal is dal (lentil soup), bhat (boiled rice) and tarkari (curried vegetables), often accompanied by achar (pickle). Curried meat is very popular, but is saved for special occasions, as it is relatively more expensive. Momos (steamed or fried dumplings) deserve a mention as one of the most popular snack among Nepalis. Rotis (flat bread) and dhedo (boiled flour) also make meals in some homes.

Detail Itinerary

Day 1:  Arrive in Kathmandu airport

Upon arrival at Kathmandu, our local representative will meet and greet you at the airport and will assist with your transfers to your local hotel in Kathmandu. After rest look around Thamel.

 

Day 2. Free day for Sight seeing in kathamndu (Hindus and Buddhist temple)

As kathamdnu is temple of the city. Visiting famous Hindus Pasupatinath temple and famous buddist temple buddhnath. Meeting guide  and make gear ready. Overnight at Hotel.

 

Day 3 Drive to Pokhara (900m) 5 hrs by bus or (25min by air by paying extra$: 100)

Pokhara is a beautiful valley town, with panoramic views of Annurpurna, Machapuchare, and Dhaulagiri in the west, Lamjung Hi mal and Manaslu in the east. The town of Pokhara is considerably less hectic than Kathmandu and is the starting point of your trek. Explore beautiful Phewa Lake, known for its tranquility and picture perfect postcards; or visit Devi Falls, a minor waterfall named after a tourist that fell inside. Overnight in Hotel in Pokhara.

 

Day 4  Drive to Nayapul (1010m) and trek to Tikhedungha (1570m) 3.30hrs

Arrive to Nayapul and After a short walk along the banks of the Modi Khola river, we reach Birethanti (1015m), a large village that has many shops and teahouses. From here, the trail continues along the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola before climbing steadily up the side of the valley to Hille (1495m) before reaching Tikhedungha at 1570m. Today's walk is a short and relatively easy climb to allow you to get used to the experience of trekking in Nepal. Overnight in guesthouse.(Lodge)

 

Day 5 Trek to Ghorepani (2840m) 6hrs walk.

Leaving Tikhedhunga, we continue with our journey with a steep climb up Ulleri. Uleri is a large Magar village at 2070m. The trail then continues to ascend more gently, through fine forests of oak and rhododendrons towards Banthanti at 2250m. Then we trek towards Nangethanti at 2460m before arriving at Ghorepani at 2840m. Ghorepani is a relatively large village with excellent views of the Annurpurna range, Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri. Here you can stock up on supplies such as drinking water, snacks etc. Overnight in guesthouse.

 

Day 6 Hike up to Poon Hill (3210m) and trek to Tadapani (2710m) 5hrs walk.

From Ghorepani, we wake up early morning  to visit Po on Hill (2 hrs), for the spectacular sunrise over the Annurpurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. An excellent vantage point, Poon Hill provides an unobstructed view of the high Himalayas. Here we spend an hour or so before returning back to Ghorepani for breakfast. Leaving Ghorepani, we climb along ridges and through pine and rhododendron forests toward Deurali (2960m) before reaching Tadapani. Overnight in guesthouse.

 

Day 7  Trek to Ghandruk (2000m) 3hrs walk.

From Tadapani the trail descends through forests to Ghandruk. Ghandruk is a village of Gurung people, one of the ethnic groups of Nepal; they have their own dialect, culture, costume, and life style. Ghandruk is also home to many Gurkha soldiers. It is a famous destination for trekkers as it is known for its beautiful mountain views and within easy reach from Pokhara and Kathmandu. We have the afternoon to visit the Farmers Village, Museum and explore the village. Overnight at guesthouse.

 

Day 8 Trek to Nayapul (1010m) and drive to Pokhara

Today, we are going to end our trek at Nayapul after a short drive back to Pokhara. Mostly downhill to Sauli bazaar and pretty flat to Nayapul.You can see farming Terrace and local life style. We arrive in Nayapul where our vehicle will drive us back to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara hotel.

 

Day 9  Drive back to Kathmandu, 5 hrs  by tourist bus or (25min by air by paying extra$: 100)

This morning, we depart at approximately 7.30am for Kathmandu by tourist bus. Lunch is provided along the way and we arrive back in Kathmandu at around 2-3.00pm. The rest of the evening is free and easy. Overnight at hotel.

Option: Chitwan National Park (jungle safari, see white rhinoceros) 2 nights 3 days extension option available.

Paragliding & Ultra-light flight: Can be arranged on request

Free days: Free days can be arranged and accommodation in Kathmadnu can be provided one extra night at no cost as one night accommodation on your return is included.  

Rafting: Rafting can be organized on your request.

 

Day 10. Free day  or departure

Trek Cost Details:

COST : US$ 999

COST INCLUDES:

  • Arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and day 10.
  • Guide and 1 porter  every two trekkers, assistance guide and runner for bigger group.
  • Accommodation. (Lodge) during the trek and Tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Land transportation by  tourist bus
  • TIMS (Trekking information Management System)
  • Annapurna conservation entry Permit.
  • All government taxes.

COST EXCLUDES:

  • Any meals during the trek. 
  • Client’s personal insurance, any kind of unforeseen expenses etc.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Insurance, any flight etc.

Coming Soon..

Departure dates: 

May 17 to 26             May 31 to 09 June        September  13 to 22   September 20 to 29

October  6 to 15        October  12 to 21          October  20 to 29        October  25 to 03 November

November 8 to 17     November  22 to 1 December   December 6 to 15  December  20 to 29

December  27 to 5 January

Recommended equipment/packing list

Recommended equipment/packing list

Footwear:

  • Well broken-in walking shoes - these must be suitable for snow
  •  thick socks
  • light socks
  • camp shoes / slippers

 

Clothing:

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Sweater or fleece jacket or down jacket
  • Underwear
  • Warm and cotton trousers or jeans
  • Shirts and T-shirts
  • Thermals
  • Wool hat
  • Sun hat
  • Gloves
  • Bathing suit
  • Track suit

 

Other equipment:

  • Sleeping bag (2 seasons)
  • Trekking holdall or stash sack with lock (keep approx. 10kg to 12 KG)
  • Day pack ( 5 kg to carry yourself)
  • Water bottle
  • Sun cream
  • Sunglasses
  • Small alarm clock
  • 5 small clothes pegs
  • Head torch / flashlight with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Gaiters (optional, for walking through snow – in case)
  • Walking poles (optional -  helps on sleepy path)

 

Other items:

  • Insect repellent
  • Toilet articles
  • Wet wipes (very handy)
  • Small bottle of hand sanitizer
  • Lip salve
  • Plasters
  • Personal medical kit
  • Water purification tablets or buy bottle water one the way
  • Laundry soap - option
  • Laundry bag - option
  • Pocket knife
  • Towel
  • Sewing kit - option
  • Binoculars - option
  • Camera - option
  • Cards - option
  • Diary - option
  • Polar / Cotton liner for sleeping bag
  • Pillow Case - option

 

Admin:

  • Approx.: $20-30 cash for your meal per day during the trek.
  •  If you go to high classes restaurants, will cost more in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • 2 x passport size for trekking registration
  • Lightweight gifts - pens & pencils etc.
  • Photocopy of visa, passport & insurance
  •  Money for tipping guides & porters (withdraw before start of trek, as no access to ATM on the trek)

Notes: It is much cheaper (& better for the Nepali economy) to gear up in Kathmandu. You can buy anything you need including down jackets, gaiters, walking poles, power adaptors ($3), stash sacks ($10), water purification tablets. Jackets & sleeping bags can also be hired. ($ 2- $ 3 ea. per day) Quality is not up to Australian standards, but will do, most of the time.