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.
This 12-day itinerary provides a trekking challenge through a section of the Annapurna range. Reaching a maximum altitude of 3,210 metres at the summit of Poon Hill, groups can witness the sunrise over this towering peak, where the panoramic views are simply breathtaking, and make all the physical effort worthwhile!
Starting in Nepal’s capital city, Kathmandu, there is time to explore the culture and timeless traditions found in Nepal. In Kathmandu, students can visit temples, monuments and the historic squares found in the bustling cultural district. From Kathmandu, the group moves onto Pokhara, the gateway to the Annapurna Range: a relaxed city to explore, with a tranquil lake at the heart of city.
At the start of the trek, the ascent is gradual, in order to best acclimatise to the mountain conditions. As you trek higher, the rewards become more greater and the views more spectacular, climaxing with the stunning views from Poon Hill at sunrise. The six day trek finishes back in Pokhara, with time to relax and celebrate completing your trek. Back in Kathmandu, there is time for some final souvenir shopping in the markets, before a farewell dinner and a flight back home.
Depart the UK on an overnight flight to Kathmandu.
On arrival in Kathmandu, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in the city. After some time to relax after the journey, take a short orientation walk to the famous Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return for dinner at the hotel, before an early night, ready for the challenge ahead.
After breakfast, transfer by private bus to Pokhara, passing by rural scenery giving an insight into the small towns and villages beyond Kathmandu. After arriving in Pokhara, there will be some free time at the hotel to relax before a trek briefing, followed by dinner at the hotel.
After breakfast, drive out from Pokhara to the trek starting point. The first section crosses a suspension bridge, over the Modi Khola River,, before slowly ascending through scenic terraced fields and mountain villages. During the trek you are likely to encounter mule or goat caravans carrying supplies, distinctive by ringing bells. Towards the end of today, as the village of Tikhedhunga draws near, the peaks of Machhapuchare and Annapurna 1 come into sight for the first time.
Today starts with a steep ascent then, after a rest stop, the trek takes a gradual uphill route, passing small village and terraces, before reaching Ghorepani. Along today’s route, the group will pass rhododendron forests, typically found in this part of the Himalayas. If it is a clear day, you will be rewarded with stunning mountain views from Ghorepani (2,570 metres), making the challenging section very rewarding. Form here, views stretch across the rolling valleys to the northwest and the famous Dhaulagiri.
Waking up before dawn, today's trek begins in the darkness by torch light to the stunning viewpoint of Poon Hill (3,210 metres). Arriving before sunrise, groups will be able to witness the dawn breaking and the stunning illumination of Dhaulagiri and Tukuche Peak with its surreal pink glow, before the sun slowly climbs up and the full Annapunra Panorama comes into view. Afterwards, return to Ghorepani for breakfast, before a shorter day's trekking to the village of Tadapani, again through rhododendron forests and small villages.
Today’s trek starts with steady descent through a forested hillside, with some steep sections to watch out for. Upon arrival at the small settlement Bhaisi Kharka, stop for a tea break before continuing the descent and meeting the path to Kyunri Khola until the village of Ghandruk, where you will overnight. This is a traditional mountain village, which has prospered from the famous Gurkha soldiers returning home and settling here.
For the rest of the day the group can relax and enjoy magnificent views of the famous Annapurna Panorama, Fishtail Mountain, plus Annapurna South, Gangapurna and Hiunchuli. If it is a clear night, star-gazing here is an awe-inspiring learning experience for pupils.
After breakfast, descend slowly, passing small villages clutching the mountain side. As the trail continues, you will join a wider section and maintain the ridge descent slowly. Passing through the village of Kimchee (1,670 metres), pupils can enjoy a scenic picnic spot for lunch, overlooking the mountains above and the valleys below. In the afternoon, the surroundings become greener as you descend into the valley and your overnight stop. A highlight of today’s trek is the opportunity to visit a natural hot spring and sooth your feet in the naturally heated waters.
Today is the final day of the trek, following the valley to the village of Nayapul. This is followed by a return drive into Pokhara, after which there is free time for pupils to relax before the end of trek celebration dinner with the guides and porters.
After breakfast, return to Kathmandu by road, visiting the UNESCO World Heritage site of Bhaktapur en route. A local guide will take the group through the old town and historical centre. The city is renowned for its temple, courtyards and art markets.
After breakfast, enjoy a guided walking tour of Kathmandu, visiting the most important Buddhist and Hindu temples in the city, before visiting the famous Swayabhunatha Temple, or as it is commonly known, the ‘Monkey Temple’.
After lunch, there is time for some final souvenir shopping, before the final night dinner at a local restaurant.
After an early breakfast, depart for Kathmandu airport for the return flight to the UK.
- Destination: Nepal
- When to go: Feb to Oct
- Duration: 12 days
- Trip type: Explorer
- Annapurna Mountain Range
- Village communities
- Accommodation: Hotels and teahouses
- Ideal for: Ages 15 to 16
Travellers will need:
- High level of fitness
- Appreciation for outdoor adventure
- Interest in encountering new cultures
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.
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.
One of the ancient capitals of the Kathmandu Valley, Bhaktapur is a beautifully preserved historic city with its Durbar Square, Newari architecture, statues and pagodas.