From Kathmandu: 19-Day Everest, Annapurna, & Chitwan Trek
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- Follow in the footsteps of the famous mountaineers on this epic journey through the Himalayas
- Test your endurance and sense of adventure like never before as you trek amongst the world's highest peaks
- Allow your spirit to be invigorated in visits to Nepalese temples and monastaries
- Cast your eyes across the most breathtaking views imaginable
- Navigate the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu's winding streets and see the many colors of its cultures
- Rest your weary feet and heads in top quality accommodation high in the Himalayan mountains
- Get lost amongst the fascinating wildlife of Chitwan National Park
Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu
Your trip will begin in the lively city of Kathmandu where you will be greeted at the airport by a friendly face and accompanied to your hotel. Depending on your time of arrival you will be free to explore the sights of this captivating capital.
Elevation: 1300m (4265ft)
Day 2: Explore and Acclimatize, Kathmandu
Following breakfast you will be introduced to your trip leader who will brief you on what to expect in the coming days. Then its out into the vibrant streets of Kathmandu for a full-day exploration. Being at the heart of Nepal, you'll experience a crisscrossing of cultures and culinary delights, the many colors of its Buddhist and Hindu traditions, and build up a real sense of your surroundings.
Day 3: Flight to Lukla, Hike to Phakding
Your morning will begin with a short flight to Lukla, a small mountain town and gateway to the Everest region. After a quick gear check with the guides its time to begin the first leg of the hike; northwards to the valley of Dudh Kosi then down to Phakding village where you can relax for the night surrounded by the majestic mountains.
Elevation: Phakding - 2610m (8563ft)
Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar
A slightly longer hike today will take you through the narrow valley of the Dudh Kosi river, passing through the Sherpa villages of Benkar, Chumoa and Monjo, until reaching the entrance of the Sagarmatha National Park. A UNESCO world heritage site, Sagarmatha is home to a vast array of wildlife and boasts incredible views of the surrounding Himalayas. Following lunch you will begin your ascent to Namche Bazaar, which involves a spectacular high suspension crossing over the Dudh Kosi river. On arrival in Namche you will have your first opportunity to view Mount Everest.
Elevation: Namche Bazaar - 3440m (11,286ft)
Day 5: Acclimatize Namche Bazaar with optional hike to view Mount Everest
Today you will have a chance to acclimatize to the altitude. With its remote alpine setting and views across to Kongde Ri 6187m (20,298ft) and the surrounding peaks, Namche Bazaar is one of the most beautiful villages in the Himalayas. Get a real taste for high-altitude living in this small but historically significant village and test your bartering skills at the bustling saturday market. For those wanting to stretch their legs a bit more there is an optional hike to the famous Everest View Hotel. It is a steep trail but the views promise not to disappoint. Then its back to Namche for the night.
Day 6: Trek to Khumjung
Today you will begin the climb through the u-shaped hillsides above Namche taking you alongside the Tengboche Gompa. There will be many snow-capped peaks to see along the way and as you begin your descent towards the picturesque village of Khumjung you will pass by the famous tree nursery established by Sir Edmund Hillary's Himalayan Trust. Known for its cultivation of potatoes and the green roofs of its houses, Khumjung is a favorite overnight stop amongst our hikers.
Elevation: Khumjung - 3780m (12,401ft)
Day 7: Trek to Tengboche Monastary
As you start the days trek you will be able to catch a glimpse of your destination. Perched high on a ridge, the Tengboche monastary is quite a climb but well worth the effort. Through trails of rhododendron and birch trees, you may even be lucky enough to spot the native musk deer, herds of blue sheep or Himilayan goats, also known as Taur. The most challenging part of the trek comes with the ascent to Tengboche through the Kaani gateway but once at the top you will be blown away by the views of the valley below showcasing all lower and middle peaks of the Khumbu region. If your visit happens to fall during the Mani Rimbu festival in Autumn you will get a chance to see the mask dances held for three days outside of the monastary.
Elevation: Tengboche - 3860m (12,664ft)
Day 8: Return Trek to Namche
Day 9: Return Trek to Lukla
Day 10: Return Flight to Kathmandu
Day 11: Drive to Pokhara and Nayapul with Short Walk to Birethanthi
Its an early start from Kathmandu as you head westwards through the Trisuli Valley. Following the river Mugling this is the perfect opportunity to sit back and enjoy the view, no hiking required. After a pit stop and lunch break at a roadside cafe, its back on the bus to continue on to Pokhara and then Nayapul. From here is just a short walk to the large and prosperous village of Birethanthi where you will spend the night.
Day 12: Trek to Ghorepani
The trail begins directly out of Birethanti and holds many treasures for its hikers. Today you will be trekking through forests of bamboo, past waterfalls, beyond pastures, across bridges, meandering along rivers and climbing a stone staircase into the clouds. The trail will end in the village of Ghorepani.
Elevation: Ghorepani - 2750m (9023ft)
Day 13: Trek to Poon Hill and Tadpani
In the first part of the day you will take roughly an hours climb to the lookout point of Poon Hill. From here you will uncover panoramic views extending far across the regions of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Machhapuchhre. The trek continues through the hamlets of Deurali and Banthanti until its end in Tadapani.
Elevation: Tadpani - 2710m (8892ft)
Day 14: Trek to Ghandruk
The trail to Ghandruck makes a steep descent through forest to Bhaisi Kharka. From here there will be another sharp descent to a stream crossing, which leads you out onto the ridge above Ghandruk itself. You will keep following this ridge until you reach the stone steps that carry you down into the village. Ghandruck is the second largest Gurung settlement in Nepal, its maze-like streets are framed by exceptional views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre.
Elevation: Ghandruk - 1970m (6464ft)
Day 15: Trek to Nayapul, Drive to Pokhara
Following the main trail leading south, you will make a short descent then traverse a stone-paved trail high above the river. Crossing a stream from Chane (1690m) over to Kimche (1640m) you will follow the ridge downhill to Modi Khola. The river valley will lead the rest of the way through beautiful birch forest and terraced rice fields to Birethanti. A thirty minute walk on a rouch and rocky road will bring you to your destination of Nayapul, from where you will drive back to Pokhara.
Day 16: Drive to Chitwan
After a much deserved rest and revitalising breakfast you will board the bus bound for the Chitwan National Park where many wonderful sights and fun-packed activities lay in store for you.
Day 17: Chitwan National Park
Today is really a day for relaxing and taking in the magnificant surroundings. Recounting all that you have achieved so far whilst exploring the park at your own pace and with your own choice of transport. Take your pick from a 4-wheel drive Jungle Safari, a relaxing canoe trip down the Rapti or Narayani Rivers or a more adventurous elephant ride through the forest. Or if you'd prefer to remain firmly on two feet you can also take walk to explore the surrounding villages.
Day 18: Drive back to Kathmandu
Day 19: Depart Kathmandu
Today is your final day of an incredible 19-day adventure through the highest mountain range on earth. If you are looking to extend your holdays we are happy to offer suggestions on how to make the most of your time. Alternatively if you are departing today we will be sending you off refreshed, revived and with stories that will last you a lifetime.
- All accommodation costs within the 19 days
- All meals during the trek
- Breakfast during stays in Kathmandu
- All meals and activities in Chtiwan National Park
- All transportation during the 19 days
- Return flight from Kathmandu to Lukla including departure taxes.
- All airport transfers
- A professional english-speaking guide and porter during the trek
- Welcome and farewell meals in Kathmandu
- National Park Permit & TIMS for Everest & Annapurna Region
- Down jacket and sleeping bag to be returned following the trek
- Nepal entry visa fees
- International airfare and departure tax
- Personal Expenses
- Travel insurance
- Lunch and dinners in Kathmandu excluding welcome and farewell meals
Our driver will be waiting for you at the airport with your name or an ALPINE CLUB Sign. Please check carefully once you exit the baggage hall to ensure a smooth collection.
Single travelers joining group trips will be paired in twin or more same-sex accommodation for the duration.
Travel insurance is compulsory to participate and a copy of your policy must be provided to us on the day of arrival. Travel insurance must cover medical emergency, emergency evacuation and full trip cancellation. We recommend that the policy also cover liability and loss/damage to luggage and posessions.
We reserve the right to change the itinerary at any time without consultation with clients.
This trip is rated Strenuous. Trekking in Nepal is for active people in good health who enjoy vigorous hiking. There is very little level walking. Participants are to be experienced hikers in good physical condition. Gear and supplies will be carried by porters or yaks; guests carry only a daypack. No technical climbing or special abilities are required.
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