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The Annapurna Panorama Trek with Chitwan is probably one of the easiest treks to be carried out in Nepal. Without the possibility of altitude sickness and without having to take you to extreme altitudes, this trek offers the close-up views of the panoramic Annapurna Range.
The major attraction of the trek is the hike up to the viewpoint of Poon Hill. The magnificent views from atop this viewpoint, of the sun glistening slowly over the snow-capped peaks, are surely a sight worth capturing. The tantalizing moment is surely an experience of a lifetime which will make you relish the decision of embarking on this trek.
Hike through villages and mix in with the local inhabitants. Be welcomed to the territory of ethnic inhabitants and explore their culture. Explore the wilderness of the Annapurna region and click the views of the mesmerizing mountain peaks into your mind. This trek offers it all, that too in a short period of time and with less difficulty.
Apart from trekking the Annapurna Panorama Trek with Chitwan also offers the chance to tour around the Chitwan National Park. Activities like bird watching jungle safari, elephant safari, are surely set to delight you and ease away the pain experienced through the duration of your trek.
This trek is recommended to all kinds of thrill seekers. With a positive attitude, a good physique and the interest to accomplish the experiences of a lifetime, this trek can be carried out by thrill seekers of all age groups. The ever smiling faces of the local people and the mystique of the wonderful Annapurna Region welcomes you with open hands. Come and experience the beauty of the beautiful nation of Nepal.
Today, from your respective locations, you will arrive at the beautiful country of Nepal. Upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be transferred to the hotel. TIA is the only international airport in Nepal. All of the check-in procedures will be completed by our representative. You have the rest of the day free to intermingle with the beautiful capital city of Nepal.
This is the day, the trek starts. The most part of the morning will be spent on the drive to Pokhara. Pokhara, also called the Lake City, lives up to its name and is situated 210 km west of Kathmandu. After reaching the beautiful lake city after a 6-hour drive, we will continue further to reach Nayapul after a drive of 1.5 more hours. views of the Annapurna range adorn the path. From Nayapul it’s a mere 4 hours walk to Trikhedunga.
Today, graceful open fields pave the way into dense forests of beautiful rhododendron trees. We climb upwards to reach the settlements of hotels in Banthanti (2250m). Magnificent oak and rhododendron forests are present beyond this point. Sparkling clear streams give way to another stream. From here, it is a steep climb to the beautiful hotel complex in the middle of a forest clearing, called Nangethanthi (2460m). Thati stands for rest house.
In the winter, the trial to this point is slippery and covered with snow. Short detours are mandatory to reach this point. After some rest in Nangethati, it is finally time to move towards Ghirepnai, which is just an hour away. Spectacular panorama of Annapurna range, including the peaks like Annapurna South, Tarke Kang, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Nilgiri, and Hiunchuli welcome us to this town.
Ghorepani stands for “horse water”. It was once a spot for horses and mules on their way to Pokhara from Jomsom. Reminiscent of ancient Tibetan route, this area is filled with trains of animals. You can even encounter 200 to 300 pack animals on a day. Approximately 5 hours of trek.
Today, we will hike up to the top of probably the most beautiful viewpoint in Nepal. On an early morning, we will hike up to the Poon Hill, in order to witness the views of the sun rising high over the glistening snow-capped peaks. Unobstructed, 360-degree views of the mountains of the Annapurna region is surely set to make your mind boggle. The views are surely camera worthy and will remain embedded in your memory for a long time to come. Peaks like the Annapurna Feng, Fishtail mountain, Mt. Manaslu and Annapurna south shine in full glory and welcome the rising sun.
After this wonderful experience, we will return back to Ghorepani and move upwards to the Bahun Danda. From here, beautiful views of the mountain peaks will adorn the region. Moving forwards, we will be entering the rhododendron forests, making the views of the mountain peaks disappear. A steep and treacherous descent along a narrow path along the stream, bring us to clear pools. A jumble of boulders over waterfalls adorns the path. From here, a gentle path takes us to Banthanti.
The trail now follows undulating paths to reach the vantage point of Tadapani (2540m). Briefly peeking views of the mountains will appear from this point. Tadapani essentially means “far water” and the name is apt as the water supply of the village is a long distance away. Approximately 6 hours trek.
Today, we will pass through rhododendron forests with open views of KimrongDanda. From Chuile, the path now takes us to a wooden forest. A gentle descent will bring us to a stone paved way which comes to an end in Ghandruk.
Ghandruk (1951 m) is a large village, inhabited mostly by Gurung populations. It is the second; largest Gurung village in Nepal which is clustered with the slate roofed house. Terraced fields and narrow alleyways give an almost mystical beauty to the village which showcases the wonderful views of peaks like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Macchapucchre. Exploring around Ghandruk is a wonderful experience at it beams with ethnicity and warmth. You have the opportunity of wearing the ethnic dress and clicking pictures with it or exploring the handicraft factory that this village is famous for. Approximately 4 hours of trek.
This day brings an end to the trek and is mostly a downhill trek. Through terraced fields and village, the path reaches Kimche. Walking in the stone paved staircase takes about 2 hours. Views of Macchapucchre and Annapurna South adorn the path. From Kimche, we will be transferred to a local jeep to reach Nayapul. The 1.5 hours’ drive will be followed by another 1.5-hour drive to the beautiful lake city of Pokhara.
Exploring around Pokhara is another experience worth all the trouble. Known as the most picturesque location in Nepal, lovely lakes adorn the city. Magnificent views of the mountain we observed from close by, are reflected in the massive Phewa Lake.
Phewa Lake we the largest lake in the Kingdom and is the center of attraction of Pokhara. Most hotel in this city is situated around the lake, called commonly as the Lakeside. This enchanting lake contains a temple in the middle and we can hire a boat in order boat around the massive lake. 2 hours trek. 3 hours of drive.
Pokhara is not only home to beautiful lakes, but also to natural creations like caves. We will visit the famous Mahendra Cave and the Gupteshore Cave today. Above the Gupteshwore cave is the Davis Falls. Also included is the opportunity to make a visit to the beautiful Mountaineering Museum which also contains a medal of the Macchapucchre. Clothes worn by the traditional Sherpa people and information about previous mountaineering expeditions in different regions of Nepal are showcased in the museum. Gurkha museum, Saragngkot and Peace Pagoda are other locations which we will visit if time permits. This relaxing day is surely set to make you forget the pain in your aching muscles after the trek
Today we will rise up early in the morning, in order to reach the destination of Chitwan in time. An approximately 5 hours’ drive from Pokhara brings us to the city of Chitwan, home to the famous Chitwan National Park. The enjoyable and scenic drive is followed by a briefing by the Guest Relation officer in the lodge inside the national park. After the exciting briefing, a choice of activities will be arranged for you.
The background information about the Chitwan National Park lies in its name itself. Chitwan stands for Chitwan, meaning the leopard. Chitwan National Park is a preserved wildlife location which comprises of the great one horned rhino, 2 species of crocodile, 2 species of monkeys, 4 species of deer, sloth bear, wild boar and the infamous Royal Bengal Tiger. If you are particularly lucky, you might even get a chance to look at this specimen of an animal from up close. 450 species of birds and various reptiles are added attractions of this naturally preserved region.
In the afternoon, an elephant safari or nature walk will surely be an experience, different from the one experienced in the trek a few days ago. Depending upon the time of arrival, activities will be set for you.
Before dinner, flora and fauna slide presentation will enlighten you about the Chitwan National Park and all of its surrounding glory. If possible, traditional Tharu dance will be the perfect ending for the day. Tharu is the ethnic inhabitants living in the area. 6 hours of drive.
Today is yet another exciting day as it will be full of jingle activities. Guest will be mounted on elephant back and 2-3 hour jungle safari will be done in the early morning. Dense grasslands offer the unobstructed views of the wildlife in their natural habitat. The dense elephant grass is the perfect spot for tiger and rhinoceros to stroll around in.
After breakfast, a senior naturalist will be called over to brief around the habitat of elephants. The second of the elephants taking a bath is surely interesting to look at.
After lunch, there is the opportunity to either relax in the resort or embark on a jeep safari. Another activity worth carrying out is the canoe ride on the Rapti River. Gharial crocodiles, dolphins, water birds and otters are present in the beautiful Rapti River. Another option is to go for a nature walk and explore the different species of birds that adorn Chitwan.
Today, we come to an end of the trip and return back to the capital. After breakfast, a 6 hours’ drive will bring us to Kathmandu, we have the entire afternoon for ourselves. Leisure time to explore the throbbing city can be utilized to mix in with the nightlife of Kathmanduities or to relax around the hotel premises after the tiring trek and tour. Approximately 6 hours of drive.
For those of you, who cannot get enough of the capital, an optional sightseeing tour will be organized. An early morning drive to Pashupatinath Temple is both alluring and spiritual.
Pashupatinath is a UNESCO World Heritage site and probably one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world. Ornamented with pagoda houses, its focal point of attraction is the sacred linga of Lord Shiva. The temple is said to have existed prior to 400 A.D. the roaring Bagmati River, considered as a sacred river for the Hindus, consists of devotees dipping in its waters to purify them.
Another UNESCO World Heritage site and the focal point of attraction of Buddhist populations, called Boudhanath is our second destination. Called as Little Tibet, this stupa is one of the largest in south Asia. It looms thirty-six meters overhead and is located on the ancient trade route to China.
In the afternoon, we will be visiting the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. An epitome of ancient architecture and ethnicity, the Durbar Square is a living heritage. Countless temples, architectural showpieces and stone figures adorn the entire region. Major attractions are 55 Windows Palace, golden gate, picture gallery, the statue of king Bhupatindra Malla, among many other attractions and temples.
The trip ends today and it's time to bid goodbye to Nepal. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Kathmandu International Airport for departure as per your flight timings.
All transfers will be conducted on a private vehicle
A visa for Nepal can be obtained on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and at border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki on the Nepal-India border and Kodari on the Nepal-China border.
Outside of Nepal, A visa can also be obtained at the nearest Nepal Embassy or Diplomatic Mission. To renew a Visa you can go to the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Kathmandu.
Your passport must be valid for at least six months and you will need a blank page on your passport for visa.
Visa Facility Duration Fee
Multiple entry 15 days US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency
Successful trek require proper clothing for ease, comfort & safety. Read along to find the checklist of items which are essential for a typical multi-day trek in Nepal.
Trekking Gears & Accessories
We personally don’t recommend or advertise any particular insurance organization but we can help you figure out what kind of insurance company you should make a deal with. We kindly advise our guests that travel insurance is mandatory before any other travel and trek agreements.
Ways of triggering your insurance:
Personally we recommend you to pick an insurance company who are willing to pay you while you need medical attention in Nepal during the time of evacuation and other medical emergencies and not after you return from Nepal.
Main conditions to look for in an insurance policy:
General insurance only offers medical evacuation up to 4000m but we will attain maximum height of more than this, so we advise our clients to search for a company that provides medical insurance and evacuation plans up to 6000m. If you are planning to climb any peak along with trekking please make sure your policy also pays for “Climbing” as an option.
You will need to find a policy where your insurance is activated only for the days that you are trekking. If you suffer from altitude sickness and have to be evacuated in an instant you will have to trigger your insurance. These insurance can cost up to $5000. Although these kinds of evacuations are very rare we still need to be prepared for it. So to make any insurance claim you firstly need to get a medical report from a hospital of Nepal as proof before triggering your insurance claim. You will be charged about $150 as a medical fee by the hospital to get your medical reports and documentations before claiming your travel insurance. Some insurance also cover for minor interference and obstacles like flight cancellations to Lukla or even from Kathmandu to your home.
As mentioned before, please look for an insurance policy that pays you during the time of emergency while trekking and not after you get back to your country.
What you need to know:
We inform you that any kind of medical fees that your insurance does not cover will be your responsibility. So we want you to have a very good and thorough look at the insurance policy before applying for it. We do not take any kind of responsibilities for insurance related payments and fiscal managements but we will help you get required documentations and reports for the insurance.
Examples of insurance companies:
Bigcattravelinsurance.com, WorldNomads, travelguard.com, Squaremouth.com
Important highlights to remember:
For these kinds of emergencies we suggest our guests to add extra days to their schedule. If there is any symptom of altitude sickness our first step is to descend down without wasting time. Our guides have professional certificates and trainings to handle these kinds of situations (WAFA certification). Basic first aid kit is always carried by our guides. Our guides also check your oxygen levels make sure you are hydrated throughout the trek. If you need a rescue operation or emergency health service our guides are completely ready and trained to take care of it by contacting responsible health offices.
There are two ways things can pan out if you suffer from altitude sickness. You can either continue your trek after some rest or you will not continue your trek at all.
If you want to continue the trek even after the altitude sickness you will firstly have to descend down to lower altitude and rest for few days until our next group comes along so that we can add you to that group and you can continue the trek with them. The few extra days that you take for resting, the financial cost will be your responsibility. We do not assure any financial help but we will provide you with manual assistance as a porter and an assistance guide will take care of you while you are resting here in the tea house. You will have to pay additional amount for extra days while trekking if you go off schedule and trekking routine. If there are no other traveling groups coming up your way and you still decide to trek then you will have to pay separately for your own guide and porter.
If you have altitude sickness & unable to trek and need immediate evacuation service our guides will make the necessary arrangements.
There are two ways to deal with modification in travel plans. First is you can cancel the trip completely and second is you can postpone the date. But for any of these change to take effect we need to be informed 6 weeks before your booked trip date before cancelling or postponing the trip.
Important note: In case of natural disasters and national political issues our hands are tied so we cannot undertake any kind of activities which we will take full responsibility of and make sure our clients get the flexibility of making decisions to either postpone or cancel the trip they initially advocated for. There will be no extra fees or cost for rescheduling but if you decide to cancel the trip volunterily our cancellation fees apply which is listed and described below.
Cancellation fees rules:
These are our specific rules for trip cancellations and refund fees involved:
So, we request our respectful guests to inform us about any kind of modification plans (postpone or cancellations) at least before 43 days of travel date. This will help us to refund your designated deposit and also maintain financial status of every worker and organization involved.
Makalu Travels offers easy & reliable online payment through credit/debit card, & Paypal. All online payments are processed through the our highly secured online payment partner Authorize.net Please kinldy be informed that all online payments are subject to additional 4% bank surcharge & processing fee.
If you would like to avoid the 4% transaction fee then you also have an option to deposit the money into Makalu Travels' bank account in Wells Fargo Bank, USA. The bank details will be provided on request. You will receive a notice from us after a successful deposit or any kind of financial transaction. We will make sure that your transfer amount has arrived to us before sending you any type of confirmation invoice or notification.
Our package includes most of all the major expenses that you will have to bear while your time in Nepal. While you are in Kathmandu your breakfast is included but while trekking all your meals are included so you don’t have to pay. But there are certain circumstances where you will have to make extra payments personally. They are listed below:
The thing to keep in mind is that the higher you go more expensive it gets. So you will have to pay for hot showers, Wi-Fi, charging devices as they rely on solar power because luxury of power lines and gas cylinders are difficult to find up in the mountains. You can also take helicopter from Kathmandu to Lukla if flight cancellations occur. Flight cancellations are normal occurring as the weather can be unpredictable sometimes in the Himalayas.
So for this we suggest you to carry about 300-400 USD extra for your safety. Although insurance money will cover certain aspects while travelling it never hurts to carry extra for your own well-being.
The hotel we will accommodate you to is Hotel Le Himalaya pre and post trek in Kathmandu. We will book the hotel rooms for you as per your request with a good pricing than that of online booking. We will transfer all your luggage while being transferred from one accommodation center to another. In Kathmandu we will have a very standard hotel but while trekking we won’t have such luxury so we will have to spend our nights in tea houses. These tea houses are fairly of good standard, you can’t be too picky in the Himalayas! You can contact us if there is any specific query you have about the accommodation structure.
Rooms are very spacious and have private bathrooms and toilets. You will not have to compromise even a bit while your stay at Kathmandu. Hotel Le HImalaya is where you will be before and after the trek as we will have pre booked everything for our respected guests. In case of extending your vacation in Nepal we can help you book rooms for extra nights but we will need to be pre informed. If it is a peak season it will be difficult to manage room in same hotel but we will make an utmost effort to accommodate you in the hotel of same caliber.
We have very less accommodation facilities and options while we are trekking. Bathrooms and toilets are common and shared. Usually there are at least two bed rooms in one room. But if any of our clients wants a private room it can be negotiated with the tea house owner. This management for private room can only be done if the rooms are empty in tea houses and the owners agree with it. It is impossible if you are trekking during peak seasons.
Note: Our guests will not have to pay for the nights that they don’t spend in a hotel room in Kathmandu. We can always come to an agreement if there are certain flight delays or cancellations. During these kind of situations we will accommodate our guests fitting best to their requirements.
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