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Eco-Community Cultural Trek-14 Days

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Daily Tour 14 day Availability: 2019-01-01
Kathmandu 44600, Nepal Annapurna Region Tour Guide: Ngwang Sherpa
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Overview

This trek gives you the experience to the beautiful mountain vistas and the rich cultural heritage of the Annapurna region in western Nepal. The trails will take you to the heart of the farming community while having one of the world’s highest mountains as the backdrop. This journey will also get you acquainted with the beautiful rhododendron forests, sacred Hindu temples, lakes with stunning views of the Annapurna, as close to you. Also this is a community based trip where you will be staying in community managed lodges/hotels where you can interaction with the locals.

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements:

Eco-Community Cultural Trek is a fairly easy therefore you are not required to have prior trekking experiences or rigorous training. However, light hiking experience and simple exercises that make you fit are always good.

It is vital, however, that participants with pre-existing medical problems or conditions make these known to Alpine Club of Himalaya at the time of booking. Medical and evacuation expenses are the responsibility of the participant. It is also important that you consult your doctor for vaccination and other medical requirements for your trip. Alpine Club of Himalaya reserves the right to require a medical certificate prior to booking your trip.

Important Note:

  Your safety is of paramount importance to us at Alpine Club of Himalaya. We have the absolute authority to cancel the trip or change the itinerary, when deemed necessary or when we have reason to believe your safety is at stake. Weather conditions, the health condition of a group member, natural disasters, and such, can contribute to changes in the itinerary when traveling in remote mountainous regions. In these extreme situations, we kindly request that you offer your full co-operation to the trusted leader of the group appointed by Alpine Club of Himalaya. However, we assure you that we will make every effort to keep to the above itinerary.  
DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION
Kathmandu International Airport(Google Map)

Trip Fact

PriceUSD 1299
Activities:  Trekking and Sightseeing in Pokhara/Kathmandu
Duration: 14 Days
Trek Style: Classic
Accommodation: 3 NightsHotel in Kathmandu, 3 night hotel in Pokhara and 7 nights in Lodge/Guest House during Trek
Meals: Full Board during Trek and Breakfasts, Welcome and Farewell meals in Kathmandu/Pokhara
Transportation:Private Vehicles/ Flights
Service Level:Comfort
Maximum Altitude:Nagi Village- 2330 meters
Trek Grading:2

 


COST INCLUDED & NOT INCLUDED
  • Pickups and drops from hotels and airports
  • 3-star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara; and teahouses during the trek
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara. All meals during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Transportation in comfortable private vehicle(s) except from Nagi Village to Milan chowk
  • English speaking, trained and experienced local tour guide
  • Alpine t-shirt and map
  • Heritage sites entrance fees
  •  All government and local taxes
  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Airfare for international flights to and from Kathmandu
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Extra night accommodation if required
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Personal expenses
  • Services not mentioned in the ‘Included in the Cost’ section

Departure Date

  The given cost are per person and exclude international flights. Given below are the departure dates available for online booking. If the given date is not favorable then please contact us and we will happily customize your trip on dates more appropriate for you.  
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November 2018
Nov 12 to 25 (US$1750) (original is US$1850)
December 2018
Dec 9 to 22 (US$ 1750) (original is US$1850)

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Highlights
Your safety is of paramount importance to us at Alpine Club of Himalaya. We have the absolute authority to cancel the trip or change the itinerary, when deemed necessary or when we have reason to believe your safety is at stake. Weather conditions, the health condition of a group member, natural disasters, and such, can contribute to changes in the itinerary when traveling in remote mountainous regions. In these extreme situations, we kindly request that you offer your full co-operation to the trusted leader of the group appointed by Alpine Club of Himalaya. However, we assure you that we will make every effort to keep to the above itinerary.
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Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Alpine Club of Himalaya will arrange pick up from the airport. You will then be transferred to our hotel. At the late afternoon, you can take a rest at our hotel room. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Alpine Club of Himalaya where you will be served excellent authentic Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to our food culture. Overnight in Kathmandu.

(Included Meals: Dinner)

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath and Boudhanath

After breakfast, let’s begin our sightseeing tour by visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites within Kathmandu. Kathmandu Durbar Square highlighted Nepalese art and architecture at its best. The architecture is typical of the Malla Dynasty who ruled over Nepal from the 12th to 18th century. Swayambhunath Temple is popular among the foreigners as the Monkey Temple owing to the large monkey population residing in the area. Pashupatinath Temple is situated on the banks of river Bagmati and is one of the principal temples of Lord Shiva. The Boudhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupas in South Asia which is built on the ancient trade route to Tibet.

(Included Meals: Breakfast)

Day 03: Kathmandu to Syangja (268 km, 6-7 hrs)

Drive to Syangja District located west of the Kathmandu Valley. The district has also recently gained popularity for growing citrus fruits. Here you can interact with the farmers and observe their farming techniques. During the evening, drive to Pokhara and throughout the journey enjoying the beautiful hill landscape. Overnight in Pokhara.

(Included Meals: Breakfast)

Day 04: Pokhara to Galeshwor Temple– trail walk to Banskharka (4-5 hrs walk)

Today visit the Galeshwor Temple that stands on a single rock and is dedicated to the Hindu God, Lord Shiva. Then walk to Banskharka following the Annapurna trail. Bansakharka is a scenic village inhabited by the Magar community of Nepal. This village is surrounded by beautiful rhododendron forests and with streams flowing through it. The village has lived for hundreds of years on the production of mandarins, oranges and honey, which you might learn about and taste during your visit. Stay in a community managed lodge and enjoy the delicious local food. Overnight in Banskharka.

(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 05: Sightseeing at Banskharka

Today will be a fun filled day with lots of activities. Strolling in the Citrus farms meeting the farmers and observing their farming practices, while interacting with the retired British Gurkhas. There will also be a cultural program during the evening where you can enjoy the local dances with delicious tasty authentic rural Nepalese food. Overnight in Banskharka.

(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 06: Banskharka to Dandakateri (5-6 hrs)

Embark upon a half day trek to Dandakateri today and enjoy the beautiful Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges which are both among the tallest Himalayan Mountains. While enjoying the incredible mountain vistas we also interact with the locals within the area. Overnight in Banskharka.

(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 07: Afternoon walk to Nagi Village (2-3 hrs)

Today we have two route choices. We could either follow a trail that passes through the Banmare village or walk in the dense high altitude pine and rhododendron forests. If you follow the first route, you will be surrounded by beautiful hill landscape with bench terraces greeting us in every bend. However, if you follow the second trail, you may get lucky and spot some wild deer and varieties of birds and butterflies all along the way. Either way, we will reach Nagi village late in the afternoon. There is another cultural show waiting for you tonight, while enjoying locally made food and millet liquor and spend the night at a community managed lodge in Nagi.

(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 08: Tour of Nagi Village- 2330 meters

Nangi is a village situated at the height of 2330 meters in a valley surrounded by sacred forests that host several Hindu temples. While taking a tour of the village you get to witness high altitude subsistence farming system along with a few cottage industries like handmade Nepali papers, Sitka mushroom cultivation, as well as vegetable seed production. This journey will also get you acquainted with the rich cultural heritage of the area. Overnight in Nagi village.

(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 09: Nagi to Mahare/Bhuwane Danda (6-7 hrs)

Enjoy the breath taking mountain scenery while walking up the slope in a stone paved trail that leads to Mahare Danda located 3330 meters in altitude. Again you will spend the night at a community managed lodge and take delight in a delicious evening meal. Overnight at Mahare Danda.

(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10: Return to Nagi from Mahare Danda (3-4 hrs)

Mahare Danda stands above deep gorges and valleys on the verge of a steep ridge and offers pristine views of the Annapurnas, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhre. Today, you bid goodbye to this place and take a down-hill walk from Mahare Danda to Nangi.  Overnight in Nagi.

(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11: Nagi to Pokhara via Mallaj Lekhphant

Today we leave for Pokhara via Mallaj Lekhphant in Parbat District. Enjoy beautiful hilly landscape along the way and sit for lunch at Ratamata. You will then participate in a 2/3 hours long interaction program with teachers and students in Gram Prakash Higher Secondary School. Overnight in Pokhara.

(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12: Sightseeing in Pokhara

Early morning leave for Sarangkot, a hill that overlooks the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges in the north and Pokhara city in the south. From here, you can catch amazing views of the sun as it rises in the mighty Himalayas. Then head back to Pokhara and continue touring the city’s landmarks. Davis Falls is a unique waterfall that flows directly into a narrow and deep canal which has no end. The Shiva Cave is located near Davis Fall and houses a shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva, a primary Hindu God. We also do some boating in Phewa Lake, the largest lake in Pokhara and visit Bindyabasini Temple located at the center of the lake. Visit the famous International Mountain Museum (IMM) that records, documents and chronicles the past and present development of mountaineering activities in the world and the Himalayas in particular. You can also tour the Tibetan refugee camp and witness how the refugees keep themselves busy by producing and trading woolen carpets and other handicraft items. Overnight in Pokhara.

(Included Meals: Breakfast)

Day 13: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (213km, 5-6 hrs)

After breakfast, we bid goodbye to the beautiful northern skyline of Pokhara and drive towards Kathmandu. This will be a journey along river banks with wonderful views of hills and rural Nepalese lifestyle. After reaching Kathmandu, take rest or do some souvenir shopping. We will have a farewell dinner in the evening to celebrate the successful completion of our trip. Overnight in Kathmandu.

(Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 14: Final departure

Our adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! A representative from Alpine Club of Himalaya will send you to the airport approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight.

(Included Meals: Breakfast)

This trek gives you the experience to the beautiful mountain vistas and the rich cultural heritage of the Annapurna region in western Nepal.

1 Review

  1. avatar
    Ola
    9:25 pm - April 4, 2019 / Reply

    Our trekking went very successful, we had awesome guide and porter, very knowledgeable and well experienced. Can’t thank enough what they have done to made our trekking successful.

    5

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