This trek known also as the small Annapurna Circuit is a very popular one in Nepal. The highest point of this trek (3200 mtrs) and for many the highlight is an early morning pilgrimage to Poon Hill for a spectacular sunrise over the Himalayas where the mountains stretch as far as the eye can see North towards Tibet West towards the Dhaulagiri Himal and East with superb views of the Annapurna Himal. Not a difficult trek but it helps if you have a reasonable degree of fitness. This trek is considered to be the best introduction to trekking with some spectacular views.
Day 01: Upon arrival in Kathmandu:
You will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel in a private vehicle and briefed about your trekking program and the equipment’s you will require during the trekking period and other important aspects related to trekking. In the late afternoon visit swoyambhunath or monkey temple to have a spectacular birds eye view of Kathmandu and on a clear wintry day you can see beautiful mountain views of the Ganesh Himal.
Perched atop a hill on the western edge of the Kathmandu Valley, the ancient Swayambunath Stupa (known to tourists as the Monkey Temple) is most important Buddhist shrine. The sleepy, all-seeing Buddha eyes that stare out from the top have become the quintessential symbol of Nepal. When this temple was founded about 2,000 years ago; Kathmandu Valley was filled with a great lake. According to Buddhist legend, a single perfect lotus grew in the center of the lake. When the bodhisattva Manjushree drained the lake with a slash of his sword, the lotus flower settled on top of the hill and magically transformed into the stupa. Thus it is known as the Self-Created (Swayambhu) Stupa.
Square: Listed as one of the eight Cultural World Heritage site by UNESCO, Kathmandu Durbar Square is a cluster of ancient temples, palaces, courtyards and streets that date back to the 12th and 18th centuries. The square is known to be the social, religious and urban focal point of the Capital City. The Palace Complex was the royal Nepalese residence until the 19th century and is the site of important ceremonies, such as the coronation of the Nepalese monarch. The palace is decorated with elaborately-carved wooden windows and panels and it houses the King Tribhuwan Memorial Museum and the Mahendra Museum.
Day 02: Drive Kathmandu – Pokhara: (200km / 6 hrs.)
Today after breakfast you drive west to Pokhara. The drive will take you around six hours and on the way you can enjoy beautiful landscapes and rural villages of Nepal, and you drive along the course of Trisuli River you can also have views of people rafting on the Trisuli River. On reaching Pokhara you can enjoy lunch in one of the finest restaurant in lakeside and then check in to your hotel in Lakeside. The rest of the day is at your leisure and you can do anything of your interest. Overnight in Hotel Pokhara
Day 03: Drive to Naya Pul and trek to Tikhe Dhunga / Ulleri (1495m):
After breakfast you drive to Naya Pul which means new bridge in Nepali in a private vehicle which is 42 kms and start trekking to Tikhe Dhunga. On the way you pass through Birethanti and you can have great views of the pastures and bamboo forests and water falls and springs, you have lunch in Ramghai and after trekking for about 4 hours you reach Tikhe Dhunga. Overnight in Guest House.
Day 04:Trek from Tikhe Dhunga to Ghorepani(2850m):
After breakfast you start trek and the trail takes you through beautiful pastures and cultivated fields and you pass through a large Magar village called Ulleri at 2080m. You stop in Nangethanti for lunch and slowly trek towards Ghorepani after Nagethati you will walk through beautiful mixed forests with colorful rhododendron flowers. Ghorepani in Nepali means water drinking spot for horses and this was the popular spot for pony caravans. You reach Ghorepani after trekking for around six hours and from here you can enjoy the spectacular views of Dhaulagiri I (8091m), Hiunchuli(6441m) and Tarke Kang(7193m). Overnight at guest house.
Day 05:Ghorepani(2850m) to Poon Hill(3180m) and Trek to Tadapani(2520m):
Early in the morning you take a side trip hiking to Poon Hills from where you can enjoy the majestic views of the Himalayas and sunrise. After spending about an hour you trek back to Ghorepani for breakfast and then trek to Tadapani. In the beginning the trail goes slimly up along rhododendron forest after an hours walk you will see close view of Annapurna south which is a very beautiful mountain .After an hours walk the trail goes down through forest then you reach Deurali (2960m) passing through beautiful pine and Rhododendron forests and then trek to Banthanti where you will have lunch and then start trek to Tadapani. Tadapani is between beautiful nature from the hotel you will enjoy very beautiful view of Machhapuchre (Fish tail) a holy mountain overnight stay at Tadapani this evening you will enjoy with local people with welcome music and dance which is arranged by mother community of local village people.
Day:06: Trek from Tadapani to Ghanndruk :
It takes about five hours. It is very easy trek by descending gently all the way through Rhododendron, Oak and other kinds of dense forests. You could hear different kinds of birds chirping on the way to Ghandruk, Ghandruk is one of the beautiful gurung village Of Nepal from here you will see Annapurna South and Fishtail from a very close range tonight stay in Guest house.
Day 07: Gandruk to Pokhara Pokhara,
After breakfast we will walk along the Modi River which flows from Annapurna base camp and continue walking through villages where you can see Nepalese rice fields and terraced fields after around 4 hours we will arrive in Birethati where we have hot lunch with fresh fish items from river. After lunch walk around 30 minutes to get to Nayapul where our vehicle will be waiting for us and our trekking ends here with beautiful memories. Now drive back to Pokhara enjoys dinner in one of the many restaurants available in lakeside as per your choice. Overnight in hotel.
Day08: Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu: in the late afternoon after Lunch you will fly back to Kathmandu in domestic airlines enjoying the panoramic views of Annapurna and Langtang Himalaya ranges. The flight takes about 25mins.
Upon arrival in Kathmandu you will visit the following places.
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In the Late afternoon free time for shopping and personal activities and in the evening enjoy a farewell dinner in a typical Nepali cultural restaurant with cultural dance.
Day 09: End of your Nepal Tour. Transfer to airport in a private car for your final departure to your destination.
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