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This fabulous camping trek takes you about a week, starting at Beganas Tal (Lake) and heading north to the Madi Khola, then following the river\'s west bank up to well-preserved Siklesh (1,980m.), Nepal\'s biggest Gurung village. From here you strike westwards over the thickly forested ridge that separates the Madi and Seti Khola drainage\'\'s and then descent via Ghachok, another Gurung settlement, to reach the Pokhara - Baglung Highway. Variations on this route are often touted as the \'\'Royal Trek\'\', after a rally the troops swing Prince Charles took through the area in 1980 to visit the villages of Gorkha recruits, as part of an effort to develop this into a model eco-trekking route.
Day 1: Arrival and transfer to hotel
Day 2: Drive to Pokhara/hotel.
Day 3: Trek to Kalikasthan (1160m.)
Day 4: Trek to Lamachaur (910m).
Day 5: Trek to Siklis (1980m).
Day 6: Explore around siklish and Chipli (1760m).
Day 7: Trek to Ghale Gaon (1620m).
Day 8: Trek to near Pokhara (900m) and drive to Hotel.
Day 9: Drive to Kathmandu /Hotel.
Day 10: Day at leisure /farewell dinner
Day 11: Drive to airport for return flight.
This is easy trek and a wonderful introduction to the Annapurna mountain region starting in Pokhara, on the shores of picturesque Lake Phewa. The trek heads southwest, then loops north into the Annapurna Conservation Area through subtropical valleys and rice fields to high ridges of rhododendron forest. The Panchase area is known for a wide variety of birds and animals. Our trek takes us off the beaten track and offers a chance to explore the many cultures in the area, including Brahmin, Magar, and Gurung. We?ll spend a day resting in Ghaundrung, the largest Gurung village in the area. Fabulous views of Annapurna, Macchapucchare (Fishtail), and Himchuli are a highlight here.
Day 01 - Arrival in Kathmandu Upon arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, transfer to your hotel.
Day 02 - Sightseeing Cultural Day in Kathmandu Half day sightseeing around Kathmandu. Your guide will escort you on a tour of Buddhist and Hindu temples and shrines that reflect the ancient local traditions. There is time to explore the city?s many places of interest on your own or take a rest while trekking permits are finalised.
Day 03 - Drive or fly to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel near Lake Phewa.
Day 04 - Pokhara-Bhumdi [1520m] Start the day with a drive to Thado Khola, passing beautiful Davis Falls on the way. Trek to Bhumdi through lush forest teeming with interesting flora and fauna. The trail starts up a long staircase to a ridge before dropping down to Bhumdi. In Bhumdi you will have good views of Himalchuli, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Annapurna range and Fishtail. Overnight in Bhumdi. (3-4 hours walking)
Day 05 - Bhumdi-Panchase Bhanjyang [2030m] If the weather is clear, you will have more opportunities to view the beautiful mountains along the trail. Today?s trek takes us up through forest and then on to Bhanjyang, a small settlement at the foot of Panchase. From here the views over Pokhara Valley and Phewa Lake are awesome. Overnight in Bhanjyang. (5-6 hours of walking)
Day 06 - Panchase Bhanjyang-Panchase Peak-Chitre [1400m] Hike to the Panchase Hill summit (2500m) for a panoramic view of the Annapurna peaks, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu. The ruins of the temple at the summit sometimes shelter a holy man. The trek continues uphill steeply through sparse forests and pastures to Chitre, where we overnight. (6-7 hours of walking)
Day 07 -Chitre-Matathanti [1200m] Today?s trek takes us past scattered villages to the village of Matathanti, where we overnight.
It Gained Its Name Because Prince Charles Trekked Here. This Is An Easy And A Short Trek That Offers Good Mountain Views, Ridge Walking, Forests, Rice Fields And Different Cast Villages. If You Are Doing This Trek In The Summer The River May Be Difficult To Cross Due To Flood. After Crossing The River The Trail Ascends To Kalikastan, A Walk On The Ridges Of The Mountain With Spectacular Views Of Annapurna And Lamjung Himal, Through The Gurung Village, Rhododendron And Sal Forest. Half Way Through The Walk There Is A 400m Descent And 600m Ascent To Arrive At Chisapani. This Is The Best Point To See The Himalayan Panorama. You Will See The Dhaulagiri To The West Of Annapurna.
Day 01-Pokhara To Kalikathan 1370m.
Day 02-Trek To Shaklung 1730m.
Day 03-Trek To Chisopani.
Day 04-Trek Down Hill To Begnas Lake & Drive To Pokhara.
Day 05-Depart Kathmandu
Nepal is a land of cultures, adventures and religions where the colors, faith and other aspects are blending along with and make the country exotic for the people of the world.Nepal is also the land of Trekking where majority of visitors would like to have an experience. We have designed the Dhampus trek for short period trek which lasts only 02 days and gives the glimpse of Nepal rural culture. This is not so far from the Lake city of Pokhara and also possible to trek by everyone.
2 days trek in Dhampus
Day 01. Arrival transfer from airport to hotel.
Day 02. Transfer from kathmandu to Pokhara & visit lake on boat.
Day 03. Transfer to Phedi and trek to Dhampus. Overnight in the lodge which may have a beautiful view of the Annapurnas, the Dhaulagiri and other mountains as well as the culturally panoramic view of the Gurung and different ethnic group.
Day 04. Trek back to Phedi and transfer to Pokhara.
Day 05. Transfer to Kathmandu on Bus and afternoon free.
Day 06. Kathmandu city tour with guide.
Day 07. Departure transfer from hotel to airport
Dhampus,Landruk and Ghandruk Trek
The trek is start from Phedi near by Pokahra valley. Instantly after leaving Pokhara valley, it is not such a long wait before we get fantastic views of the mountains including the common shape of Machhapuchhre "The Fish-tail". From the next day trek, we follow the Modi gorge valley through rhododendron and orchid hang forest before we climb to Ghandruk. Ghandruk, a large & prosperous Gurung village, is beautifully set against the backdrop of Annapurna South (7219m), Hiunchuli (6441m) and holy Mount Machhapuchhre (6993m). The reminder of the treks follows the Modi valley and will drive back to Pokhara from Naya Pul.
Day 1: Arrival at Tribhuban International Airport and pick up you by our private vehicle and transfer to the Hotel.
Day 2: Drive west to Pokhara (215Km. / 7 hours) by bus and than transfer to the Hotel. This morning you will be driving to Pokhara (215km), depart in the early morning, approximately 8 hrs away by tourist bus Absorb a scenic route through the country lanes. You will be arriving at Pokhara in late afternoon. Pokhara Lakeside villages sits, "front row centre" to one of the most beautiful Himalayan panoramas in the world. The Annapurna and famous "Fishtail" mountain peak of Machhapuchhare tower over the tropical setting of Pokhara and you spend there will be the scenic highlight of your trip. Enjoy yourself for the trek to Poon Hill in the evening. Overnight camp in Pokhara near the lake.
Day 3: Pokhara to Phedi and start trek to Dhampus. Leave Pokhara and travel by road to Suikhet Phedi, 20 KM drive 30 minutes away. From here, the trail ascends steeply through forest and later through paddy fields to the village of Damphus where you stay overnight in lodge.
Day 4: Dhamphus/Landrung. (5100 feet and 5/6 hours walking) Today the trail goes along the ridge to Deurali. Descend through forest again for some time to the small villages of Tolka and Bheri Kharka. The trail then descends through scattered forests and villages to reach Landrung for overnight in lodge.
Day 5: Landrung/Ghandrung. (6500 feet and 3 to 4 hours walking) The trail goes steeply down towards the river for an hour then there is a steep ascent for about 2-3 hours through scattered villages with beautiful views of the Himalayas. Eventually, reach Ghandrung, one of the largest Gurung settlements in Western Nepal. You can have good views of Gangapura, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Mount Annapurna and other snow-capped mountains. If time permits, visit the Annapurna Mountain Conservation Area Project (ACAP) headquarters, the local museum and the village.
Day 6: Ghandrung/Birethanti/Nayapul/Pokhara. (3 hours walking) Today the trail descends to Sauli Bazaar for about two hours and then an easy walk for another hour to reach Birethanti after 45 minutes to Nayapul. From here, drive to Pokhara, about one hour away.
Day 7: 7 hrs drive by tourist coach or 30 minutes fly back to Kathmandu and check in Hotel. Rest of the time for shopping.
Day 8: Final Departure to your country.
Airport pickup and drop off by our private car
All land transfer as per itinerary
Trekking permit and Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry permit fees per person US$ 28
Accommodation and 3 meals a day while on the trek
Fully escorted trek with fluent English speaking license holder trekking Guide & each 2 persons 1 porter
All program according to itineraries on full board.
Wages, equipment, insurance and other facilities to staffs
Village Treks/ Home stay Treks
Village tourism in Nepal has meant city based sightseeing or days, or even weeks, of strenuous trekking. Now there is an alternative. Recognising the demand for tourism with a strong cultural base that is accessible to all, Nepal Village Resorts are offering visitors the opportunity to share the traditional lifestyle of village people from all sectors of Nepali culture
Our guests are taken to unspoiled villages where they spend a few days living with the local people and being treated as honored family guests. While staying in the villages, guests enjoy comfortable accommodation, delicious local food and drink and a welcome that will remain a happy memory for a lifetime. While they are with us our guests can rest assured that they are always in a secure and safe environment.
Local attractions, both scenic and cultural, are shown to our guests by our well trained ethnic guides who always do their utmost to make the guest’s stay a memorable experience. Many of our villages are close to unspoiled natural areas where wildlife may be seen undisturbed. This can be a feature of our packages for special interest groups.
The traditional culture of the different ethnic groups is a highlight of all of our village visits. These warm and friendly people are always ready to perform their music and dance and to give an insight into their religion. Examples of local handicrafts will be on display, and for sale, to guests.
Some village trek arround in Pokhara
Nirmal Pokhari Trek
What is provided in the cost of the package ?
Almost everything. Our packages include all transport from the designated starting point, all guide wages and insurance, all food and drink, all the facilities in the village including sightseeing, cultural programs and community donations and any permits or entry fees that may be required. The only extra that you can possibly spend are on the purchase of locally made handicrafts.
Our first village destination to be operational is the Gurung village of Sirubari, near Pokhara. Other villages, representing different ethnic groups, are being developed and we expect to have several more sites available during 2000.
Sirubari Village Trek
Sirubari village is a totally unspoiled Gurung settlement set in the hills at an altitude of 1700 metros above sea level. The climate is ideal at any time during the September to June season with warm days and cool nights. The village is a short drive and walk from Pokhara, the major tourist center for the Annapurna region. It is reached from the road to Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha. You will be welcomed into the community and invited to stay in the home of one of the village families. The accommodation is simple but comfortable with good bedding and clean toilet facilities. The food is delicious and you will be eating as one of the family. Each night there will be entertainment provided by the community. This will be in the form of traditional Gurung and Nepali dancing and singing, you can join in if you like . As the locals are all Buddhist, the village gompa, a simple but beautiful temple, will be a feature of your stay. There will be the chance to get a blessing from the resident lama before you leave. Just because you are not trekking it doesn’t mean that you won’t see the mountains. An easy walk above the village is a viewpoint at Thumro. At 2300 metros this is the highest point south of Pokhara and the views on a clear day are spectacular .Spread before you are rolling foothills dotted with isolated farming communities and crowned by an array of snow peaks that will leave you breathless. From Langtang in the east, through Machhapuchare and the Annapurnas and around to Dhaulagiri the Himalayan giants all line up for your camera to capture. During your stay you will be able to feel what it is like to live the life of a Nepali villager. Walk with your family while they go about their daily chores, tending animals, tilling the fields, going to school with the children, or just sitting in the sun talking to neighbors. Feel free to wander, safely, by yourself and look at all of the developments that the community have supported and funded; the primary health center with its’ doctor, the agricultural service center, the veterinary hospital, the plant nursery and forest plantation. The list goes on. And, at the end of your stay, you will be overwhelmed by the farewell that your new family will give you. If you never come this way again the village and its people will remain in your heart forever. -Bandipur
Bandipur is located at 27.56 N, 84.25 E and an elevation of 1030m on a mountain saddle (Mahabharat range) approximately 700m above the Marsyangdi River Valley, 143 km to the west of Kathmandu and 80 km to the east of Pokhara. Since 1998 it is connected by a 8km access road from Dumre (Kathmandu-Pokhara highway). Until then there was only an unreliable road, in monsoon usually not accessible or only by tractors. The mountain saddle, just 200m long, is barely wide enough to accommodate the main street lined by 2 –3 storey buildings on either side. At the backsides of these houses the mountainsides steeply descend and the gardens are only accessible by stairs. Its medium elevation, excellent view of the Himalayas (Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh, Langtang Himal, the Marsyangdi Valley, Mount Manakamana and Gorkha with its high perching palace), relatively easy accessibility and, of course, old Newari town flair, make Bandipur an interesting tourist site from which a few guesthouses and a hotel at the northern end of the Tundikhel try to benefit. It may well be that the seclusion of Bandipur saved the Newari architecture of its buildings which otherwise would have been replaced by faceless modern types found in many other towns of Nepal. The and various Newari and Magar festivals, which until recently have been held for own purposes several times a year, can also be of interest to tourists. Sorathi and Chutka dances are very popular. Due to the distance and poor accessibility of many of the home villages of pupils at Bandipur schools a number of houses have been turned into boarding houses. Many Magar and Gurung men serve as Gurkha soldiers. Other attractions include the Bindyabashini temple and the library in the village centre, Thani Mai, Tindhara(“Three Taps” washing place at the southeastern outskirts), Raniban (Queen's Forest), the downhill trek to the Siddha Cave and a hike to Ramkot village. On Mukundeswari, the elevation at the western end of the saddle is a little shrine and one has a view of Bandipur itself.
Some villagers have picked up growing oranges, which do quite well in the climate of that area. An hour’s walk to the west of Bandipur is a silk farm.
Drive 6 KM towards to east of Pokhara through Dhunge Sanghu village where you can see best view of Annapurna ranges. Drive up to Modgauda cross Seti rever and start climb up to Nirmal Pokhari through terrace of rice field and jungle. It will take you about one and half hours to reach at Nirmal Pokhari(1450). Once you reach there,you will feel like Pokhara is in your handfull with view of long ranges of Dhaulagiri,Annapurna, Machhapuchhare,Lamjung,Ganesh Himal,Manaslu and Fewa,Begnas and Rupa lakes. Then walk to wards to west ridge through different villages.Baji Pokhari,Shivalaya,Foksing and Dhopahare. During two and half hours walk through ridge,you will enjoy different angle of mountains,Pokhara valley and village itself with full of culture and nature beauties. Make sure you have enough water bottle with you from hotel because no teashop,no cold drinks on the way. From Dhopahare you have to walk down for about one hour and you will reach at Tashi Ling Tibetan village where 6oo Tibetan residents.Its own Gompa,SOS childrens village,Primary school and souvenir shops. You can drive back with local buses or taxi. This will take you about five hours full excursion.
Matikhan village trek
Mattikhan is a small village with a spectacular view of the Pokhara Valley including the Annapurna Range at a single glance. Its a one day trek from the Pokhara Valley.
The main attraction of Ghale Gaun are Village cultural tourism concept development, real mil-hills traditional life style observation, splendid mountain views of Annapurna II, Manaslu, Fish Tail, Lamjung Himal and more, inhabited by Ghale tribal cast, colorful photographic opportunities, unforgettable short trip.
Drive to Bensisahar to trailhead from Pokhara or Kathamndu, by bus 6-7 hr. start the trek according to itinerary, after the trek drive back to Pokhara.
Easy trail, 5-6 hr. average per day walk, temperate climate, max. altitude 2000m