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Incredible Annapurna Poonhill Circuit trek with Optional Chitwan Jungle Safari


12
Days

The trek to Ghorepani - Poon Hill (Pun Hill) which is located in Annapurna region, is truly known as all the best of the trekking in Nepal.

The trek offers the spectacular mountain scenery along with charming villages inhabited particularly by the Gurungs & Magars, dense rhododendron forests full of birds and deep sub-tropical valleys, all set below the Annapurnas with the picturesque peak of Machhapuchhare (Fishtail Peak) dominating the skyline.

One of the important highlight of this trip is to make a climb on Poon Hill, possibly the most spectacular mountain escapes on Earth. When sun rises, it touches the snow-capped summits the Himalayan giants, Dhaulagiri (8,167m) and Annapurna (8,091m) along with a maze of other peaks, there gradually appear, just like magic that your eye could not believe.

 

Trip Highlights

  • Trek through the majestic and breathtaking Himalayas in Nepal
  • Experienced local guide bestows knowledge on Nepali culture and traditions
  • Overnight stays in hotels in Pokhara and Kathmandu, and traditional lodges during the trek
  • Sharing the inspiring knowledge with Neplease people
  • Trishuli river rafting and Manakamana temple visit for close Mountain view
  • Chitwan jungle safari to observe wild animals

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport and transfer to Hotel. After orientation program at evening welcome diner with cultural program. Overnight at Hotel Holy Himalaya (D) 
Day 2: After breakfast guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle. Overnight at Hotel. (B) 
Day 3: Kathmandu to approx. 2 hours’ drive to rafting starting point Charaudi 85 KM and raft for about 4 hours and Overnight at Manakamana Valley Resort. (B.L.D)
Day 4: After breakfast Hike to Manakamana Temple or by Cable car (Cable car is optional) to see the view of Mt. Manaslu and back to resort to drive to Pokhara 3-4 hour by deluxe tourist coach and drive to Birethati by private vehicle. Overnight at Guest house. (B)
Day 5: After breakfast trek to Ulleri 2000m. Overnight at Guest House. (B)
Day 6: Trek to Gohrepani 2800M, 5-6 hrs walk, through stunning jungle path. Overnight at Guest House. (B)
Day 7: Early morning hiking to Poonhill to see Sun rise and Mountain View in a clear day, panoramic view of 10 different peaks and then trek back to guest house. After breakfast trek to Tadapani 2700m, 4-5 hrs. Overnight at Guest House. (B)
Day 8: Trek to Ghandruk 1900M – a beautiful old Gurung Village. Overnight at Guest House. (B)
Day 9: Trek down to Nayapul 4-5 hours walk and drive back to Pokhara. Overnight at Hotel Splendid View. (B)
Day 10: After breakfast Sightseeing tour in Pokhara or boating in Phewalake and hiking in Peace Pagoda. Overnight at Hotel Splendid View. (B)
Day 11: After breakfast drive back to Kathmandu by Deluxe tourist Coach or by flight (Flight is optional). Overnight at Hotel Holy Himalaya. (B)
Day 12: After breakfast transfer to airport for your departure. (B)

Annapurna Trek+Optional Chitwan tour (US$ 1250+ 220$ per person)

Day 11: After breakfast and drive to Chitwan approx. 4 hours by tourist bus, transfer to hotel, welcome drinks, lunch, walk around Tharu Village and at evening Tharu Cultural show. Overnight at Hotel Seven Star. (B.L.D) 
Day 12: After breakfast, Elephant Safari, Canoeing, Visit Elephant breeding center, Elephant bath, dinner. Overnight at Hotel Seven Star. (B.L.D)
Day 13: Early Morning Bird watching and drive back to Kathmandu 4-5 hour’s drive or flight. (Flight is optional). Overnight at Hotel Holy Himalaya (B.)
Day 14: After breakfast, transfer to airport for your departure. (B)

Note: B = Breakfast, B.B = Bed & Breakfast, B.L.D = Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Cost Includes

  • Airport pickup & drop
  • Accommodation at Hotel Holy Himalaya in Kathmandu, Hotel Splendid View in Pokhara and Hotel Seven Star in Chitwan in twin sharing bed and breakfast basis
  • Simple accommodation in lodge with breakfast during the trek
  • Necessary permit, TIMS and national park fees
  • Rafting in Trishuli River
  • Overnight stay at Manakamana Valley Resort with all meals on Day 3
  • Necessary rafting equipment (Helmet, life jacket and Paddle)
  • Trekking equipment during the trek [Sleeping Bag, duffle bag if necessary]
  • Sightseeing tour at Kathmandu and in Pokhara
  • All meals and all activities as per program in optional Chitwan 
  • Welcome dinner with cultural program
  • Transportation by Deluxe tourist Coach Kathmandu – Charaudi ( Rafting Starting point) -Pokhara- Chitwan -Kathmandu and by private vehicle Pokhara-Nayapul-Birethati-Pokhara
  • Meals, accommodation insurance and other expenses of trekking crew (guide and porters) 2 people will have one porter and highly experienced English speaking guide
  • All Government taxes, VAT and service charge.

Excluded in the price

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu, Pokhara and during the trekking days (Meal cost about $3 to $7 depending on what and where you eat)
  • Flight (Pokhara-Kathmandu: $120  PP for one way) and Makamana Cable car : US$ 21 per prerson for round trip
  • Sightseeing entry fees, NPR 200 (Syambhunath) +400 (Boudhanath) +1000 (Patan durbar square), Kapan Monastery or Pashupatinath 
  • Your travel Insurance

 Important Information

How should we make payment?

1. Down Payment

To secure place, minimum 20% down payment is required to make in advance for the confirmation as per the company policy.

2. How to pay your deposit?

You can choose two different ways making payment:
  a. Online payment by credit card and the  link to settle payment:
http://www.nepalsocial.com.np/payment.html  

   b. Bank Transfer:

 Account Holder's Name: Himalayan Social Journey Travel (P).Ltd
 Account No.:  01-2643197-51
 Bank's Name: Standard Chartered Bank
 Bank's Address: Lazimpat Kathmandu, Nepal.
 SWIFT CODE: SCBLNPKA

Note: Please do not transfer your amount to any other bank account then the above mentioned details. Even in case if you receive any mails that request you to transfer to any other bank account. Please immediately contact us!!


3. Payment of the rest Balance

Rest amount can be paid in our office after your arrival. If you choose to settle your holiday balance by credit card a handling charge of 4% on the outstanding balance is made. 

When and where should you arrive?

Please book your international flight to arrive and depart from Kathmandu international airport. The tour starts with an orientation meeting at about 5 pm on the first night of the tour.
You will be met outside the Kathmandu International airport terminal by a driver or airport representative holding a Himalayan Social Journey placard and he will escort you to the Hotel. 

If you plan to arrive early or depart late please make sure you make extra hotel arrangements by contacting reservation@nepalsocial.com.np
  
After you purchase your International air ticket please contact us to give your flight details.

Booking your international flight
If you don't have a regular travel agent then you can check for international flight options at one of these sites. 
makemytrip.com   www.kayak.com    www.vayama.com
They usually have good offers. After you check on a good offer I would recommend trying to purchase the same flight from a local travel agent. That way there is more flexibility with flight cancellation/change of flight.

How many people in each room?
There will be two people accommodated in each room for the duration of the tour. If you prefer private accommodation, you'll find the option for "single supplement".

Who will be leading the tours/treks?
Our local Nepali team is one of the most experienced and respected trekking outfits in Nepal. The team is fully licensed and affiliated with the Trekking agency's association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal mountaineering Association, Nepal Tourism Board, Govt of Nepal, Sustainable Tourism Network, Himalayan Rescue Association and Kathmandu Environmental Educational project. With  experience,  well trained, friendly guides, and courteous porters you are assured  of a wonderfully memorable experience. 

Vouchers
If you have purchased a voucher for the tour please inform us which tour date suits you as soon as you are certain. We need time to make necessary arrangements so please confirm your spot on a tour 
at least a month ahead of the start of the tour. Your booking on a particular tour date is subject to availability of spots so please book your place asap. Also please redeem your all vouchers by Clicking Here:

Trekking
Our trek will be in a very beautiful part of the Annapurna region. Expect to trek about 5-7 hours daily or about 08-12 kms per day. It is recommended that you prepare for the trek by suitable training such as climbing hills or stairs, jogging, and spending some time in the gym to improve your stamina for a few months prior to the trek. If you are quite fit and do sufficient training prior to arriving in Nepal the trek will be enjoyable, and it is suitable for fit people in to their early 60's. This trek is the most popular trek for those wishing to get wonderful views of the Himalayan peaks.
 
If you have health issues please consult your doctor about the advisability of going on the trek. The highest altitude we reach is 3210 meters at Poonhill which offers a breathtaking view of many of the World's greatest peaks. It is stunning!  Any trekking equipment such as walking poles, jackets, water bottles, and rucksack is very easily available in Kathmandu near our hotel.  Important! Please bring three photos for your trekking permit.

What type of plug and what is the voltage used in Nepal? Please click here for details.

Which currencies are accepted in Nepal?  
Some major currencies (USD, AUD, EURO) are accepted for both visa and in general. There are plenty of ATM's in both Kathmandu and Pokhara and credit cards are accepted in limited shops and many restaurants. Please note that only Nepali rupees are accepted on the trek.

Altitude sickness a problem?
The altitude sickness will get  from 3000 meters.  Normally below three 3000 meters will not have altitude related problems usually for people for stable health. But above it can cause altitude related sickness. If you have a health condition which might cause problems please consult a doctor on the advisability of doing the trek

Drinking Water on trek?
There are two good options for having proper drinking water during the trek. You can bring water purification tablets or fill your bottle for a nominal fee from the recognized and regulated "pure water" stations along the trek. As a last alternative you can also purchase bottled water at the lodges but this is not recommended.
It is very important that you drink at least 3 liters of pure water daily during the trek. 

Is there Laundry facility on the trek?
There will be laundry facility in Kathmandu ,Pokhara  and Chitwan but not while on the trek. 

What Clothes shall I bring?

Depending on when you plan to travel it's important to have the proper clothes and be prepared for unexpected weather. Fairly well worn hiking boots/shoes are a must! For tours between November and the first two weeks of March bring a jacket suitable for zero degrees Celsius. For tours at other times please bring a jacket suitable for 4 to 6 degrees Celsius, Otherwise the daytime weather will tend to be warm or pleasant. 

Sleeping Bag
 If you have your own sleepng bag,you can bring. Otherwise,we will provide you sleeping bag during the trekking days.

Visa
You can get a visa in Kathmandu airport upon arrival for $25 USD (or equivalent in other major currencies) for a 15 day visa or $40 USD for a 30 day visa. Please bring 2 photos for the visa. Expect to have some waiting time in the que for obtaining your visa. You can also get your visa prior to coming on the tour by contacting your closest Nepali embassy. 


Is there an Orientation program?
Yes, the orientation will be at the Kathmandu hotel after your arrival and before starting trekking. The orientation meeting is scheduled for evening on the first of the tour. Generally the orientation meeting will be at 5 or 6 pm and this will be posted upon your arrival at the hotel.
 
How large is each tour group?
For each tour date there will be several separate groups. Each trekking group will have a maximum of 10 people with it's own experienced English speaking guide. During the trek there will be a suitable number of porters to carry your luggage. .

Where will I stay during the tour?
In Kathmandu we will be staying at the Hotel Holy Himalaya or a similar in Kathamndu. This place come highly recommended. This hotel is good, clean tourist hotels and are a good quality by Nepali standards. In Rafting, we will stay in Mankamana Resort , Pokhara we stay at Hotel Splendid view or similar and in optional Chitwan Hotel Seven Star or similar. On the trek you'll be staying at simple lodges run by Nepali families. During the trek, in the most of the lodges the bathrooms are outside the rooms.
What do we eat?
The lunches and dinners in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Trekking days are not covered by the tour and will cost from $4 to 6$ depending on meal items and restaurant category
.

Will we see Everest?
 If you want to see   close  view of  Everest and Himalayan peaks,we can arrange mountain flight.  You can contact 
reservation@nepalsocial.com.np to book. To know more about it, please  Click here.

Travel Insurance?
It is advised that you get traveler's insurance. Please consult with your travel agent to choose a suitable insurance company. 
Insure and Go (click) or World Nomads (click) are two possible insurance companies. Travel insurance is recomended for all clients trekking to Annapurna Poonhill Circuit treks. It should provide adequate protection for the full duration of the tour to cover personal injury, death, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, air ambulance and adequate cover for baggage.

What is the weather like in Nepal?
The width of Nepal is only about 200 km on an average, but within this short distance the altitude of the land rises from 60 m up to 8,848 m. Hence the weather depends upon the altitude of the place in Nepal. However, in general Nepal has four climatic seasons: Spring, summer, autumn and Winter.

Spring starts from March to May. The temperature of this season fluctuates between 20C to 30C (68F to 86F). Summer starts from June last to August. These are also the monsoon months with occasional evening-thunderstorms and hot temperature. Autumn starts from late September and ends by November. During this period, the climate is generally dry and mild with temperature fluctuating between 20C to 30C (68F to 86F). Winter starts from December till February. The mornings and evenings are very cold while the afternoon is pretty sunny. The temperature during these months rises from 10C to 20C (59F to 68F). At higher altitudes it is cold during the winter months. 

How much money for my personal expenses?
It’s difficult to give an exact amount of money that you should bring. Costs will vary according to how much you want to spend for shopping and where and what meals (lunch & dinner) you want to eat. Only Nepali rupees are accepted on the trek

Porters
For the trek we'll have one porter for two person. The weight limit for the trek is 10-13 kgs per person. Before the trek we will store all our excess baggage in our Pokhara hotel and only take what we require on the trek.

Tips
A general rule of thumb for tipping is USD25 for guide per traveler and USD 25 for porter between two traveler if you are fully satisfied with their service. So we suggest you to allocate minimum US$ 50 for Tipping. This is just a guideline and you may tip whatever / how much you think is appropriate for the services rendered which made your trek a memorable one

What should I bring

·         Day pack (rucksack)

·         Back pack (porter will carry it) Recommended size: about 50 liter capacity (8-10 kgs per person) If you are travelling with a friend you can share one pack between the two of you.

·         Well worn Hiking boots or shoes

·          A pair of sandals

·          A one - liter hard water bottle to be filled up along the trekking trail

·         Warm  jacket for zero Celsius (during winter months)

·          Light-weight cotton clothing 

·         Jacket for poon hill

·         Water proof jacket (a fold -away windcheater is fine)

·         Light sweater

·         Bath towel

·         Sun hat

·         Sunglasses

·         Sun cream

·          Knee supports (optional for the downhill portions of the trek)

·          Trekking pole

         Water purification (Himlayan social Journey will provide sterpin which kills 99% germs of water) 

·         Small First-aid-kit (Himalayan Social Journey will also provide one)

·         Headlamp (preferable) or Flashlight (torch)

·         Camera

·         Loose stomach and nausea medicine

·         Toiletries for trek (toilet paper, soap, shampoo etc... which you can buy in mountatin areas too)


Optional: School supplies (pens, notebooks, colored pencils etc...). These gifts can be directly turned over to our company when you arrive in Nepal. And we will  arrange to distribute them through our proper channels. 
  
Much of your trekking clothes and supplies can be easily purchased in Kathmandu near our hotel at good prices. Bring hiking boots/shoes from your country. The Nepali ones are not recommended.


If you have any questions please don't hesitate to Contact us.

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