Trip Overview

Golden dawns over divine snowlines, touchdown on the world’s highest pitch in the numbing cold, traversing wild terrains on foot, ice sheeted lakes and glacial waters, the rich cultural heritage of a country as ancient as the earth itself-- it’s a slice of Nepal for you on the Everest Annapurna Chitwan Trek! Fly where eagles dare fly-on the summit of the world, connect soul-deep with the auspiciousness and timelessness of Kathmandu’s Durbar Square, spend a relaxing evening boating in Lake Phewa, and accomplish the great pilgrimage on foot to where the transcendent Mt. Annapurna rises into the sky. This compounded journey of flying over the Everest, tracing the famed trail to Annapurna Base Camp, and into the deep dark niches of Chitwan forests is a treat as much for the body and mind as it is for the soul. This trek is about voyaging closer to the kind of divine which is present in the magnificence of the Himalayas and on the pilgrimage, unwinding off all the ill-health and tensions deposited in the body and mind.

                                                         

The spellbinding array of terrains and landmark natural heritage to be touched upon on this special trek truly makes the effort worth it all. Arriving at Kathmandu and after acclimatizing there for a day, we shall fly to Lukla at the whopping height of 9187 ft. The flight over the serrated ice peaks is heady as it is beautiful. From Lukla, the trek kicks off along the valley and deep gorges of the Dudh Kosi River. Soon, we will be spiraling downhill into the depths of forested valleys, ford some sprightly tributary streams and treat our visions to tantalizing vistas of soaring peaks. Moving along, a couple of days are spent in the bustling Namche Bazar settlement town, on the way crossing exquisite Gorkha villages like Zamphute and Tok Tok, and acquainting with lesser known peaks as the Thamserku, Khumbu, and Kwangde. The Saturday haat or special weekend bazaars are a big hit around here for tourists to collect local handicraft, traditional attire, and more. Towards Khumjung, you will find one notable among the many typical ‘Gompas’ of Nepal. These are Buddhist monasteries of a typical architecture, reverberating with the vibes of depthless peace.

 

Along the way, you will also come across some chortens, or the grave of Buddhist monks with a monument of sorts erected over them. Around the 7th day, we will cross by Thenboche-- traveling now on a cherished forest route filled with rhododendrons and birches. This locale is known for spotting a lot of wildlife-- from musk deer to herds of blue sheep or bharal, and the taur or mountain goat. Tengboche holds a special place in the books of a Himalayan traveler also because of the Mani Rimdu festival held at the Tengboche monastery grounds in autumn involving a sensational mask dancing ritual that goes on for 3 days straight!

 

On the Ghorepani-Poon Hill-Ghandruk leg of the trek, a different resplendent side of the mountains reveals. Green pastures, innumerable suspension bridges, thrilling trail drops, ok and rhododendron forest trails, the famed Poon Hill view point looking into magnificent sunrises and sunsets, and winning panoramic frames marking Dhaulagiri to Annapurna to Machhapuchhre peaks make the highlights of this trail. The settlements here are of a different mountain people -- the Gurung people. Reaching Ghandruk around day 14, you can take an interest in the ancient Gurung culture on visiting the town’s celebrated Gurung museum. The enchanting views of Annapurna South and the ‘Fish Tail’ peak - Machhapuchhre remains with you till Nayapul reaching on day 15.

 

The third leg of the 19-day trek is towards destination Chitwan. Chitwan National Park is located 90 km south-west of Kathmandu and covers an area of 932 sq.km. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to 43 species of mammals, 450 species of avian life and rich vegetation including grasslands, riverine foothill forests, and conifers. One of the most interesting ways to travel within the forest is by a raft down the Trishuli River. On day 17, depending on the weather and availability of facilities, the tour will be conducted either on Jungle safari jeeps, a slow paced cautious walk, elephant safari in selected areas, or a relaxing canoeing slide down the rivers Rapti and Narayani.

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival KATHMANDU                    

Arrive at Kathmandu. There’s much to explore and enjoy here. This ancient capital of the mountainous country of Nepal is a historic and vibrant city, more than a quick jumping off point for trekking in the Himalayas. The representative of the trek team will be seeing you at the appointed hotel at an appointed time.

                                                        

Day 2: Acclimatization at KATHMANDU 

The bowl-shaped Kathmandu Valley nestling at a height of 4,600 ft will be for the team to explore this entire day. The purpose here is to refresh from the journey’s exhaustion and kick into an active mode for the coming days to unfold.

The city upholds an ad-mixture of sanatan Hindu values, Tibetan Buddhism, along with a more recent, growing western cafe culture. On a brief cultural tour of the city, we will be focusing on the glorious Newari architecture of the old palace in Kathmandu Durbar Square, join the pilgrims in circumambulation around the enormous Boudhanath and Swayambhunath Stupa, and then head on toward the ancient, illustrious and sublimely beautiful, glorious Shiva temple-- the Pashupatinath by the river Bagmati. There’s plenty of window today for getting some last minute shopping done, and coming back to the boarding, there is going to be a grand spread of welcome buffet waiting.
 

Day 3: Fly to LUKLA; trek to PHAKDING

Lukla is a mountain airstrip at an altitude of 9187 ft, a get-off point for any of the numerous treks inside the Dudh Kosi river valley, and further down into the forested valley base. This flight is going to be a thrilling one, it often described as the most dangerous in the world, Tenzing Hillary Airport of Lukla. The flight takes 30 minutes from runway to runway with wide open glimpses of the Dhaulagiri to Mt. Everest given it’s a clear day, pray you don’t luck out!

From Lukla, taking a brilliantly scenic route taking a 50 m not too steep ascent, one crossing several tributary streams, we reach our next destination -- the small settlement town of Phakding at 8563 ft.

 

Day 4: Trek to NAMCHE

Namche Bazaar is undisputedly the biggest town in the Khumbu Valley and is the second destination on our book selected for an acclimatization stay for one day. The path winds over the Khumbu River, fording by many swing bridges that dance over the waters in the high current winds. The way we take is part of a longer shepherd’s trail, so you will be frequently coming across the typical scenes of large hordes of Yaks and sheep herded along the slopes by the locals, accompanied with sheep dogs. The team starts on the trail today before it is light and will be seeing the sun rise above the snow capped peaks while on the way. The mesmerizing sunrise gives way next to the shadowy forests of rhododendrons and magnolias. We stop to get a bite to eat at Jorsalle after entering the UNESCO natural heritage site -- the Sagarmatha National Park. There’s packed lunch for today.

The highlights for this day to keep an eye out for are:

The Thamserku peak, dazzling in the mellow sun arising near the hamlets of Zamphute and Tok Tok, the scenic sherpa villages of Benkar, Chumoa, and Monjo, the beautiful Chomling Gompasitting on a rock bluff with the Dudh Koshi melodiously flowing to the back, the green and splendorous Sagarmatha National Park.

 

Day 5: Acclimatize at NAMCHE; Trek to KHUMJUNG, and back to NAMCHE

Namche Bazaar is a busy settlement town with pleasant views of green slopes, the simple life in the villages, typical gorkha houses, terraced agricultural lands, and dazzling ice-clad peaks -- Kwangde, Khumbu, Thamserku, Kusum Kangru and more. The village side has a big weekly event every Saturday-- a carnivalesque market where you can find people from nearby settlements coming in, selling local food, beautiful handicrafts, traditional attire and rare finds from the forests.

The Team Lead will take you on a little climbing trip before lunch time for more clarified views of the faraway peaks. The famous Everest View Hotel is near the intersection from where the road to Khumjung divides. The day trek will continue towards Khumjung, by-passing the Hilary School and the end of the ay stands the Khumjung Gompa in a grove of cedars. A life-like image found in this monastery, of the Guru Padmasambhawa -- the spiritual pioneer of Buddhism in Tibet, with his two consorts is awe-inspiring. Preserved for many thousands of years, there is a skull inside the gompa that the lamas believe to be of a yeti.

By afternoon, we will be heading back towards Namche and stay the night at a guesthouse there.

 

Day 6: Trek to KHUMJUNG

Today, we will ascend to 12402 ft, trekking our way along the U-shaped hillside above Namche from beside the Gompa. It’s going to be a peak view galore with snowy summits of Kwangde, Khumbila, and Thamserku, Tagi Tau and Pharchamo rising gloriously on a clear day.

We reach Khumjung way before nightfall, right in time for some comforting tea and watching the sunset from the veranda.

 

Day 7: Trek to TENGBOCHE

Setting out of Khumjung, one can see the Tengboche monastery perched at 12697 ft on a ridge straight ahead. One part of the trail is rich in wildlife right amidst a forest of rhododendrons, oaks and birches. Trekkers are asked to cross silently to advantage spotting of musk deer, herd of blue sheep, and the Himalayan goat called the “tahr”. The trail soon winds downhill, bringing us at level with the Dudh Kosi. From here, the climb arches steeply up the hill finally coming to a halt at Tengboche meadow, which is dominated by its monastery. The entire vast gamut of the lower and middle Khumbu peaks -- Kangtega, Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Taboche, Kwangde, and a few more peaks besides the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge on the northeast with Mt. Everest can be clearly outlined from here.

At the Tengboche monastery, during the tenth lunar month of the Tibetan calendar, corresponding to the months of October-November, the Mani Rimdu festival is held. The festival involves ceremonies and meditation, lasting 19 days. Attendees receive small red pills known as rimdu, blessed with good omens and fortune. The tourist influx is great during this season. 
 

Day 8: Trek back to NAMCHE

On this day, we trace our steps back to Namche, first crossing through Phunki Tenga, and then climb a ridge.
 

Day 9: Trek back to LUKLA

Retracing our steps further back, we reach Lukla today, once again rejoicing the journey along the banks of Dudh Kosi, through the rhododendrons and pines.
 

Day 10: Fly Back to KATHMANDU

Gearing up for the second leg of the journey, we fly back to Kathmandu and stay a restful stay.

 

Day 11: Fly to Pokhara; Drive to NAYAPUL and walk to BIRETHANTI

One more flight to Pokhara later, the team will have someone pick you up from the airstrip and head on motor to Nayapul. From here, a breezy short walk later, we reach Birethanti -- a well populated, prosperous village.

 

Day 12: Trek to GHOREPANI

We begin early in the morning today, taking the bazaar road of Birethanti. Winding through bamboo forests and past a large waterhole, we stop at Sudami. The trail is ancient and known to facilitate caravans between India and Tibet since time immemorial. A climb ensues steadily up the valley side till Hille. From Hille, we climb further to Tikhedhunga, approxing a 15 minutes more. There’s a fascinating suspension bridge crossing around here at Tikhedhunga Khola after which the trail sharply drops and passes over Burundi Khola.

Proceeding towards Magar village of Ulleri, we climb by a stark stone staircase, known to have 3300 steps. Easing off the exhaustion of the big climb, the trail now enters a shadowy forest toward the hamlet of Banthanti. Oaks and rhododendrons, sparkling clear streams, small ridges, and green slopes peppered with bright flowers make up the grand visuals. Reaching Ghorepani nearing sundown, we come across vast rhododendron thickets with eight different species of Nepal’s national flower in fiery bloom during summer time.

 

Day 13: Trek to POON HILL; Trek to TADAPANI

Poon Hill is a famous view point for magnificent sunrises, opening up a brilliant Himalayan panorama stretching from Dhaulagiri to Annapurna to Machhapuchhre. More peaks come to view across the Nepal-Tibet border -- Tukuche, Nilgiri, Annapurna South and Annapurna I, Hiunchuli, and Tarke Kang. Passing through the beautiful town of Chomrong, we will next reach Sinuwa. Here, at a checkpoint, you will be asked to give away plastic bottles that you might be carrying to keep the forests free of plastic.

Enjoy the soothing sensations of crossing through a forest of lovely conifers, and later reach Deurali through slippery stretches calling for some mindful walking. A gurgling stream flows on this part of the trail and there’s a suspension bridge to cross over the waters. Nearing the hamlet of Bandhani, a steep flight of stairs secured by iron railings go up. Again, the path drops close and steeply down through dense forests, and following a bridge and another flight of stone steps later, reach Tadapani, opening up to a ring of peaks glowing in the sun.

 

Day 14: Trek to GHANDRUK

Today’s going to be pleasant descent, though steep. The trail passes through the jungles of Bhaisi Kharka. Descending on quick foot, by lunchtime we would come into a maze of villages with Ghandruk as the second largest Gurung settlement in Nepal framed by outstanding views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre peaks.

 

Day 15: Trek to NAYAPUL; Drive to POKHARA

The trail back to Nayapul is a winding drop by a flight of downward spiraling stairs, followed by traversing high above the river on a stone paved trail. We will pass by intersections of the stream at Chane, continuing to Kimche, and then following the ridge downhill to join Modi Khola at Syauli Bazar. A Level walk from here will reach us till Birenhati and a 30 minutes drive on a rocky road later, we will be in Nayapul and from there drive to Pokhara.

 

Day 16: Drive to CHITWAN

We start early this morning, right after breakfast, heading westwards to Chitwan National Park. It’s a 4-5 hours drive from Pokhara, expanding over 160 km. Different jungle activities for a perfect field day awaits -- from elephant safari to jungle drives, and nature walks.

 

Day 17: CHITWAN

Enjoy the many moods of the jungle, watching wildlife and birds, rare flora and fauna, safari into the jungles by jeep, canoe down the River Rapti or River Narayani, or choose to go on safari on elephant. Also, explore the surrounding villages if there’s time!

 

Day 18: Drive back to KATHMANDU

After breakfast, we drive back from Chitwan through Pokhara to Kathmandu, reaching in the afternoon. The farewell night will unfold with a nice, big buffet at Kathmandu.

 

Day 19: Fly back to HOME or extend your HOLIDAYS

You may arrange for your travel back home on the 19th day.

Included

  • Airport and hotel pick-up and drop service in private car or van
  • 4 nights stay in Kathmandu with breakfasts included
  • 7 nights stay in lodge or guest house, or tea house at different pit stops on the Everest trek
  • 1 porter to every 2 trekkers, and an experienced English-speaking guide for the whole group
  • Paid food, lodging, and subsistence costs for the guide and porters
  • Refreshments with small, quick meals on the way, tea and coffee prepared by the trek unit kitchen staff
  • Lunch and dinner all the way every day on the trek
  • Reception at Kathmandu on the day of arrival and farewell on the day of departure with meals included
  • National Park permits and access to Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) for Everest and Annapurna
  • Air fare from Kathmandu to Lukla and return to Kathmandu, domestic flight departure taxes included
  • Kitbag and T-shirt from the organizing team
  • 4 nights stay at lodge, guest house, or tea house on the Annapurna Trek
  • Driver subsistence costs, meals, and fees included
  • Car fuel costs, toll taxes, parking fees
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara flight ticket, including departure taxes
  • 2 nights and 3 days stay at Chitwan National Park, inclusive of meals, accommodation, and sundry activities
  • 1 night accommodation at Pokhara with breakfast included

Excluded

  • Arrival and departure from Nepal travel costs
  • Bar bills, extra meals , laundry, and personal expenses
  • Travel insurance and evacuation or rescue operations (if required)
  • Tips for local staff, guides, and porters

Good to Know

The post-monsoon window, from October to November is the best time to do this trek, with greater chances of having clear days at the higher altitudes and pleasant wintry feels down low in the Chitwan forests.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival KATHMANDU                    

Arrive at Kathmandu. There’s much to explore and enjoy here. This ancient capital of the mountainous country of Nepal is a historic and vibrant city, more than a quick jumping off point for trekking in the Himalayas. The representative of the trek team will be seeing you at the appointed hotel at an appointed time.

                                                        

Day 2: Acclimatization at KATHMANDU 

The bowl-shaped Kathmandu Valley nestling at a height of 4,600 ft will be for the team to explore this entire day. The purpose here is to refresh from the journey’s exhaustion and kick into an active mode for the coming days to unfold.

The city upholds an ad-mixture of sanatan Hindu values, Tibetan Buddhism, along with a more recent, growing western cafe culture. On a brief cultural tour of the city, we will be focusing on the glorious Newari architecture of the old palace in Kathmandu Durbar Square, join the pilgrims in circumambulation around the enormous Boudhanath and Swayambhunath Stupa, and then head on toward the ancient, illustrious and sublimely beautiful, glorious Shiva temple-- the Pashupatinath by the river Bagmati. There’s plenty of window today for getting some last minute shopping done, and coming back to the boarding, there is going to be a grand spread of welcome buffet waiting.
 

Day 3: Fly to LUKLA; trek to PHAKDING

Lukla is a mountain airstrip at an altitude of 9187 ft, a get-off point for any of the numerous treks inside the Dudh Kosi river valley, and further down into the forested valley base. This flight is going to be a thrilling one, it often described as the most dangerous in the world, Tenzing Hillary Airport of Lukla. The flight takes 30 minutes from runway to runway with wide open glimpses of the Dhaulagiri to Mt. Everest given it’s a clear day, pray you don’t luck out!

From Lukla, taking a brilliantly scenic route taking a 50 m not too steep ascent, one crossing several tributary streams, we reach our next destination -- the small settlement town of Phakding at 8563 ft.

 

Day 4: Trek to NAMCHE

Namche Bazaar is undisputedly the biggest town in the Khumbu Valley and is the second destination on our book selected for an acclimatization stay for one day. The path winds over the Khumbu River, fording by many swing bridges that dance over the waters in the high current winds. The way we take is part of a longer shepherd’s trail, so you will be frequently coming across the typical scenes of large hordes of Yaks and sheep herded along the slopes by the locals, accompanied with sheep dogs. The team starts on the trail today before it is light and will be seeing the sun rise above the snow capped peaks while on the way. The mesmerizing sunrise gives way next to the shadowy forests of rhododendrons and magnolias. We stop to get a bite to eat at Jorsalle after entering the UNESCO natural heritage site -- the Sagarmatha National Park. There’s packed lunch for today.

The highlights for this day to keep an eye out for are:

The Thamserku peak, dazzling in the mellow sun arising near the hamlets of Zamphute and Tok Tok, the scenic sherpa villages of Benkar, Chumoa, and Monjo, the beautiful Chomling Gompasitting on a rock bluff with the Dudh Koshi melodiously flowing to the back, the green and splendorous Sagarmatha National Park.

 

Day 5: Acclimatize at NAMCHE; Trek to KHUMJUNG, and back to NAMCHE

Namche Bazaar is a busy settlement town with pleasant views of green slopes, the simple life in the villages, typical gorkha houses, terraced agricultural lands, and dazzling ice-clad peaks -- Kwangde, Khumbu, Thamserku, Kusum Kangru and more. The village side has a big weekly event every Saturday-- a carnivalesque market where you can find people from nearby settlements coming in, selling local food, beautiful handicrafts, traditional attire and rare finds from the forests.

The Team Lead will take you on a little climbing trip before lunch time for more clarified views of the faraway peaks. The famous Everest View Hotel is near the intersection from where the road to Khumjung divides. The day trek will continue towards Khumjung, by-passing the Hilary School and the end of the ay stands the Khumjung Gompa in a grove of cedars. A life-like image found in this monastery, of the Guru Padmasambhawa -- the spiritual pioneer of Buddhism in Tibet, with his two consorts is awe-inspiring. Preserved for many thousands of years, there is a skull inside the gompa that the lamas believe to be of a yeti.

By afternoon, we will be heading back towards Namche and stay the night at a guesthouse there.

 

Day 6: Trek to KHUMJUNG

Today, we will ascend to 12402 ft, trekking our way along the U-shaped hillside above Namche from beside the Gompa. It’s going to be a peak view galore with snowy summits of Kwangde, Khumbila, and Thamserku, Tagi Tau and Pharchamo rising gloriously on a clear day.

We reach Khumjung way before nightfall, right in time for some comforting tea and watching the sunset from the veranda.

 

Day 7: Trek to TENGBOCHE

Setting out of Khumjung, one can see the Tengboche monastery perched at 12697 ft on a ridge straight ahead. One part of the trail is rich in wildlife right amidst a forest of rhododendrons, oaks and birches. Trekkers are asked to cross silently to advantage spotting of musk deer, herd of blue sheep, and the Himalayan goat called the “tahr”. The trail soon winds downhill, bringing us at level with the Dudh Kosi. From here, the climb arches steeply up the hill finally coming to a halt at Tengboche meadow, which is dominated by its monastery. The entire vast gamut of the lower and middle Khumbu peaks -- Kangtega, Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Taboche, Kwangde, and a few more peaks besides the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge on the northeast with Mt. Everest can be clearly outlined from here.

At the Tengboche monastery, during the tenth lunar month of the Tibetan calendar, corresponding to the months of October-November, the Mani Rimdu festival is held. The festival involves ceremonies and meditation, lasting 19 days. Attendees receive small red pills known as rimdu, blessed with good omens and fortune. The tourist influx is great during this season. 
 

Day 8: Trek back to NAMCHE

On this day, we trace our steps back to Namche, first crossing through Phunki Tenga, and then climb a ridge.
 

Day 9: Trek back to LUKLA

Retracing our steps further back, we reach Lukla today, once again rejoicing the journey along the banks of Dudh Kosi, through the rhododendrons and pines.
 

Day 10: Fly Back to KATHMANDU

Gearing up for the second leg of the journey, we fly back to Kathmandu and stay a restful stay.

 

Day 11: Fly to Pokhara; Drive to NAYAPUL and walk to BIRETHANTI

One more flight to Pokhara later, the team will have someone pick you up from the airstrip and head on motor to Nayapul. From here, a breezy short walk later, we reach Birethanti -- a well populated, prosperous village.

 

Day 12: Trek to GHOREPANI

We begin early in the morning today, taking the bazaar road of Birethanti. Winding through bamboo forests and past a large waterhole, we stop at Sudami. The trail is ancient and known to facilitate caravans between India and Tibet since time immemorial. A climb ensues steadily up the valley side till Hille. From Hille, we climb further to Tikhedhunga, approxing a 15 minutes more. There’s a fascinating suspension bridge crossing around here at Tikhedhunga Khola after which the trail sharply drops and passes over Burundi Khola.

Proceeding towards Magar village of Ulleri, we climb by a stark stone staircase, known to have 3300 steps. Easing off the exhaustion of the big climb, the trail now enters a shadowy forest toward the hamlet of Banthanti. Oaks and rhododendrons, sparkling clear streams, small ridges, and green slopes peppered with bright flowers make up the grand visuals. Reaching Ghorepani nearing sundown, we come across vast rhododendron thickets with eight different species of Nepal’s national flower in fiery bloom during summer time.

 

Day 13: Trek to POON HILL; Trek to TADAPANI

Poon Hill is a famous view point for magnificent sunrises, opening up a brilliant Himalayan panorama stretching from Dhaulagiri to Annapurna to Machhapuchhre. More peaks come to view across the Nepal-Tibet border -- Tukuche, Nilgiri, Annapurna South and Annapurna I, Hiunchuli, and Tarke Kang. Passing through the beautiful town of Chomrong, we will next reach Sinuwa. Here, at a checkpoint, you will be asked to give away plastic bottles that you might be carrying to keep the forests free of plastic.

Enjoy the soothing sensations of crossing through a forest of lovely conifers, and later reach Deurali through slippery stretches calling for some mindful walking. A gurgling stream flows on this part of the trail and there’s a suspension bridge to cross over the waters. Nearing the hamlet of Bandhani, a steep flight of stairs secured by iron railings go up. Again, the path drops close and steeply down through dense forests, and following a bridge and another flight of stone steps later, reach Tadapani, opening up to a ring of peaks glowing in the sun.

 

Day 14: Trek to GHANDRUK

Today’s going to be pleasant descent, though steep. The trail passes through the jungles of Bhaisi Kharka. Descending on quick foot, by lunchtime we would come into a maze of villages with Ghandruk as the second largest Gurung settlement in Nepal framed by outstanding views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre peaks.

 

Day 15: Trek to NAYAPUL; Drive to POKHARA

The trail back to Nayapul is a winding drop by a flight of downward spiraling stairs, followed by traversing high above the river on a stone paved trail. We will pass by intersections of the stream at Chane, continuing to Kimche, and then following the ridge downhill to join Modi Khola at Syauli Bazar. A Level walk from here will reach us till Birenhati and a 30 minutes drive on a rocky road later, we will be in Nayapul and from there drive to Pokhara.

 

Day 16: Drive to CHITWAN

We start early this morning, right after breakfast, heading westwards to Chitwan National Park. It’s a 4-5 hours drive from Pokhara, expanding over 160 km. Different jungle activities for a perfect field day awaits -- from elephant safari to jungle drives, and nature walks.

 

Day 17: CHITWAN

Enjoy the many moods of the jungle, watching wildlife and birds, rare flora and fauna, safari into the jungles by jeep, canoe down the River Rapti or River Narayani, or choose to go on safari on elephant. Also, explore the surrounding villages if there’s time!

 

Day 18: Drive back to KATHMANDU

After breakfast, we drive back from Chitwan through Pokhara to Kathmandu, reaching in the afternoon. The farewell night will unfold with a nice, big buffet at Kathmandu.

 

Day 19: Fly back to HOME or extend your HOLIDAYS

You may arrange for your travel back home on the 19th day.

Included

  • Airport and hotel pick-up and drop service in private car or van
  • 4 nights stay in Kathmandu with breakfasts included
  • 7 nights stay in lodge or guest house, or tea house at different pit stops on the Everest trek
  • 1 porter to every 2 trekkers, and an experienced English-speaking guide for the whole group
  • Paid food, lodging, and subsistence costs for the guide and porters
  • Refreshments with small, quick meals on the way, tea and coffee prepared by the trek unit kitchen staff
  • Lunch and dinner all the way every day on the trek
  • Reception at Kathmandu on the day of arrival and farewell on the day of departure with meals included
  • National Park permits and access to Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) for Everest and Annapurna
  • Air fare from Kathmandu to Lukla and return to Kathmandu, domestic flight departure taxes included
  • Kitbag and T-shirt from the organizing team
  • 4 nights stay at lodge, guest house, or tea house on the Annapurna Trek
  • Driver subsistence costs, meals, and fees included
  • Car fuel costs, toll taxes, parking fees
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara flight ticket, including departure taxes
  • 2 nights and 3 days stay at Chitwan National Park, inclusive of meals, accommodation, and sundry activities
  • 1 night accommodation at Pokhara with breakfast included

Excluded

  • Arrival and departure from Nepal travel costs
  • Bar bills, extra meals , laundry, and personal expenses
  • Travel insurance and evacuation or rescue operations (if required)
  • Tips for local staff, guides, and porters

Good to Know

The post-monsoon window, from October to November is the best time to do this trek, with greater chances of having clear days at the higher altitudes and pleasant wintry feels down low in the Chitwan forests.