Your adventure begins when you arrive at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan airport, and transfer to the domestic airport for a spectacular 20-minute flight to Pokhara. Pokhara is a beautiful town set on the banks of the Phewa Lake, Pokhara is smaller and much less hectic than Kathmandu, it is the perfect starting point for your trip. Whilst in Pokhara you will stay at a delightful boutique hotel, situated close to the lake and main shopping bazaars and restuarants. Upon arrival you will be free to relax in the hotel after your journey or you may wish to get out there and explore this friendly easy-going town.
After a good night’s sleep and hearty breakfast the group will be accompanied by your guide and taken on a relaxing canoe ride on Phew Lake, with the backdrop of the Annapurna mountains which will amaze any traveler. Time to stretch those legs for a training walk to the Peace Temple which is set high above the lake, this is a great pre training session before you begin your trek the following day
The group will hike from the Peace Temple to the Tibetan Refugee Camp before returning to Pokhara for lunch. The afternoon will be at your leisure, you may wish to do some last minute shopping for our trek or pack your kit bag for the following day’s departure.
No other area in Nepal has such a splendid variety of natural beauties as the Annapurna region. It is a rare combination of long arrays of snow-capped peaks, crystal lakes, and turbulent rivers with deep gorges, Tibetan monasteries, and picturesque villages, inhabited by simple and friendly ethnic people.
On this trek you will pass through many villages where you will have ample time to take photographs and chat with the local people. Language is not a big problem as many of the local people speak English, if not your Guide will be happy to translate for you. There are many different ethnic groups along the trail, but the predominant people in this area are the Gurung. Together with the Magar and Chetrie people, the Gurung are famous as soldiers in the British Army, better known as Gurkhas. You will experience diverse terrain from glacial valleys to sub-tropical valleys with banana trees and rice paddies to high ridges clad in thick rhododendron forest. You will have a rare treat on your last 2 nights on the trek where you stay in a local Gurung home, you will have the chance to work with the women of the village and learn how to grind rice, bake roti bread, dress in local traditional dress, and visit the local tea plantation. This is a rare treat that many tourists miss when trekking in busy tourist trails
After your trek we will depart by private vehicle for a 4 drive to Chitwan.. On arrival we will be transferred to our wildlife resort. The next 2 days will be full of adventure, either riding on the back of an elephant, jeep safari, canoeing and jungle walking. We will see rhino, many species of birds, deer, crocodile and if you are lucky maybe the odd sloth bear and tiger.
Royal Chitwan National Park where you will see yet another side of Nepal. The 3 days here are spent on trips into the jungle on an elephant's back, swimming, jungle walks, and bird watching and if the river is up, even a canoe trip on the Rapti River to look at crocodiles. Or, if you prefer, you can stay at the lodge and just relax. The food is excellent - a combination of western and traditional Nepali. The friendliness and knowledge of the staff will be a highlight of your stay here.