Annapurna is one of the finest trekking locations in the world due to its incredible Himalayan beauty, brilliant collection of stunning trekking routes and vibrant Nepalese culture.
Combine a community project with a multi-day trek in the stunning Annapurna region of Nepal. Experience one of the most amazing mountain panorama sunrise views in the Himalaya before finishing your trip with a visit to Royal Chitwan National Park.
Today you will embark on your trip. It is likely that you will fly overnight from London Heathrow Airport to Muscat/Delhi where you will arrive tomorrow morning and transit to another flight which will take you on to Kathmandu.
Your flight will arrive into Muscat/Delhi and you will need to transit to another flight which will take you to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. Arriving into Kathmandu in the early evening, you will be picked up from the airport and taken straight to your hotel for dinner.
You will spend the day exploring Kathmandu and recovering from your overnight flight. A city tour will take you to see the highlights of Kathmandu such as the Living Goddess Temple and Swauabhunatha.
This morning you will transfer to your project site near Bandipur as there are schools there we work with and would really appreciate the help. Bandipur is located between Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan, in the ‘warm heart of Nepal’. The enchanting paradox of Bandipur is that although it is a definitive mountain town, there is in fact nowhere else quite like it. You’ll love its eagle’s nest location, its lazy walks through orange groves, its simple architecture and you’ll never forget the stunning, pink-tinged, Himalayan skyline at dawn and again before twilight.
Days 5-8 : Project in Bandipur
Today you will transfer to Pokhara – the gateway to Annapurna.
Your guide will meet you this morning and you’ll then transfer out of Pokhara to the start of the trekking trail at Phedi. Your bags are loaded and you’ll begin by steadily climbing up a series of stone steps through forest and woodland, to follow an undulating trail to the village of Dhampus at an altitude of 1525m.
From Dhampus, the trail continues to ascend and descend steadily as you skirt around the mountainside toward the Modi Khola valley. Tantalising glimpses of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli begin to appear through breaks in the canopy of immense Rhododendron trees. Reaching a place called Deorali, the Modi Khola river can be clearly seen below. Passing through cheerful villages and terraced fields you descend to the river, crossing by bridge and then climb to Ghandruk, the most important settlement in the Annapurna region. The ascent to Ghandruk is again on a flight of stone steps, and at each stage you take a rest during the ascent your efforts are rewarded with fine views of Macchapuchhre (Fishtail) back across the valley.
A shorter day, but all ascent as you head for the village of Tadapani. As with most walks, the higher you climb the better the views become and today is no exception, with even better to come.
The ascent continues steadily to the ridge top village of Ghorepani. You are now at the junction of several trails and with all the trails involving a long climb, modern day trekkers stop here to quench their thirst and rest. Ghorepani has always been a traditional stopover on the route from Pokhara to the trade route of the Kali Gandaki valley, so it may be no surprise to learn that Ghorepani means ‘horse watering place’. From Ghorepani you get your first tantalising views across to the Kali Gandaki.
A pre-dawn start is in order today to make a trekking pilgrimage to the celebrated viewpoint of Poon Hill (3210m). This is essentially a continuation of a ridge to the west of Ghorepani. Ascending with the aid of your head torch you’ll follow a well marked track to the summit. You’ll usually find a local entrepreneur already ahead of you at the top with tea and coffee for sale! As the first light of dawn breaks through, the imposing bulk of Dhaulagiri and Tukuche Peak begin to glow a surreal pink. In the clarity of the early morning light, Annapurna South becomes detailed like never before and the entire Himalayan panorama will simply take your breath away. This truly is one of the best moderate altitude views in the entire Himalaya and definitely worth the effort. Returning to Ghorepani for breakfast, you then trek in a different direction from whence you came, following a broad, forested ridge that leads down seemingly endless steps to the village of Tikhedunga.
The final day of walking begins to level out as you follow the river’s course to the trailhead. From here you will transfer back to Pokhara, where you will then transfer down to Chitwan National Park.
Whether you’ve just trekked in the Annapurna or Everest regions, a visit to Royal Chitwan National Park is a complete contrast to the Himalaya. Here in Royal Chitwan you’ll be able to enjoy a series of wildlife activities in the company of local naturalists. Nepal’s most famous Wildlife Park, Royal Chitwan is home to the elusive Bengal Tiger, as well as Leopard, various species of deer, Sloth bear, crocodile, monkeys, the one-horned rhinoceros and a rich variety of birds too.
Today you leave the sights and sounds of Chitwan behind, as you head back to bustling Kathmandu.
This morning you will visit Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath and then have the rest of the day to spend at leisure.
Your flight out of Kathmandu will depart in the morning and get you back to the UK in the evening. Welcome home!
- Destination: Nepal
- When to go: Mar to Oct
- Duration: 19 days
- Trip type: Expedition
- Royal Chitwan National Park
- The view from Poon Hill
- Bandipur National Park
- Trekking through the Annapurna Valley
- Accommodation: Hotels, lodges and camping
- Ideal for: Ages 16 to 18
Travellers will need:
- High level of fitness
- Strong interest in outdoor adventure
- Strong interest in encountering new cultures, often in a remote and demanding environment
The point of entry for trips in Nepal, Kathmandu is a city bursting with religion, culture and history. Located in the beautiful Kathmandu Valley, the city is the heart of Nepal.
Tigers, rhinos, leopard and much more can be found in the pristine scenery of Royal Chitwan National Park. Groups can enjoy safari here to encounter Nepal’s finest wildlife.
The gateway to the Annapurna mountain range and a popular tourist destination, Pokhara is the place to go for trekking and adventure activities in the foothills of the mighty Himalayas.