- Day 1 : Arrival In Kathmandu (1340m).
You will be met by a representative of Nepal Travels Expeditions and transferred to the hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. A pre-trek briefing will be given around where arrangements will be made for the distribution of your kit bag, sleeping bag, and down jacket. Evening drinks are held in the hotel for all World Expeditions clients arriving today. Drinks and snacks will generally be served in the evening and this is a great opportunity to get acquainted with your fellow group members before heading out to dinner.
- Day 2 : Full day sightseeing at Kathmandu
This morning a sightseeing tour takes in the key attractions in and around Kathmandu. We will visit UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kathmandu visit Pashupatinath and Boudhanath, returning to the hotel In the afternoon you may have time to explore Durbar Square, Patan, Swayambhunath or Bhaktapur, and the lesser-known towns that dot the valley on foot, by bicycle or trishaw. The area has an amazing range of fascinating highlights, whatever your interest. Excellent bookshops, extensive markets, and novelty and handicraft shops contrast with fantastic centres of cultural and spiritual significance - Kathmandu has more World Heritage sites than any other city in the world.
- Day 3 : Fly or drive to Pokhara
After breakfast we transfer to Kathmandu’s domestic terminal to take our flight to Pokara, the main gateway for trekkers into the Annapurna region. This is one of the most scenic flights in the Himalaya, as we trace the backbone of the monstrous Ganesh, Manaslu and Annapurna ranges. The flight path heads west up and over the rim of the Kathmandu Valley along the Trisuli River to Pokhara, Nepal's second largest town and our first night's camp near the shores of the Phewa Lake.
- Day 4 : Drive to Khare and trek to Beri Kharka. To Dhampus 1900m. Walk approximately 5 hours
We drive for an hour to a pass between two river valleys at the village of Khare, and commence our trek. The trail ascends for the first hour, following a ridge through fields of bamboo clusters to magnificent rhododendron forest. Villagers greet us with "Namaste", the traditional Nepalese greeting, as we pass their homes and continue to the ridge top where at the crest the scale of the mountains astounds us, with Machapuchare (6993m), Hiunchuli (6441m) and Annapurna South (7219m) in our immediate viewpoint. Overnight lodge.
- Day 5 : Trek to Landruk 1640m. Walk approx 4 hours.
This is an interesting day as the trail gently glides through forest, and in and out of small gullies, all the time bringing us closer to the mountains. In the rhododendron forests the lush canopy affords protection for the smaller delicate flora, such as primula and daphne. It also provides a haven for birdlife and we can hear their varied calls as we move through. The trail soon opens onto fields as we approach the village of Landruk with its excellent views of Annapurna South at the head of the valley. Overnight private eco campsite.
- Day 6 : Trek to Ghandruk 1740m. Walk approx 4 hours
Our destination today is easily seen across the valley; the attractive Gurung village of Ghandruk. Unfortunately we must descend to the valley floor to reach it! Slowly descending through rice terraces, we cross the steel cable suspension bridge that spans the glacial river of the Modi Khola and commence our ascent. As we trek up the many staircases, we enjoy the beauty of the Himalaya at a relatively close range and observe the glaciers flowing from them and feeding the rivers below. It is a magnificent location and a photographer's delight. Our leisurely approach along these ridges with their fine mountain views ensures proper acclimatisation and the un-hurried opportunity to fully savour this magnificent scenery. Ghandruk is the centre for the Annapurna Conservation Area and after lunch we will visit the headquarters. Overnight private eco campsite.
- Day 7 : Trek to Birethanti and return to Pokhara. Walk approx 5-6 hours.
The morning views of Annapurna South and Machapuchare are stunning, and will remain with us as we walk for around 4 hours on a broad trail that traverses and descends to our lunch stop at Shaule Bazaar, on the banks of the Modi Khola. After lunch we walk gradually downhill through neat villages and along well-worn trails busy with local people. We pass through Birethanti, an interesting village with traditional architecture, before continuing to the roadhead at the busy market of Naya Phul. We transfer by coach to Pokhara and our final camp beside Phewa Tal. This evening we will have a celebratory dinner with our porters and trek staff.
- Day 8 : Drive Pokhara to Chitwan
This morning we transfer to Chitwan by road. On arrival we are briefed on the planned activities during our stay. Late afternoon and early morning are the best times to sight wildlife, so other times tend to be for less energetic activities. We will have lunch at our lodge and commence our activity program. Our accommodation is at the Chitwan Adventure Lodge outside the park, generally in 2-bed huts with a private bathroom. Solar heated hot water is available in the afternoons.
- Day 9 : Chitwan Activities for full day.
A full day's activities are available including jungle walks, canoe rides, bird-watching and jeep safari, as well as lectures on other fauna. Our concession area is the territory of many species of wildlife including 3 tigers, 5 leopards, 7 rhino, and many deer, boar, bear, peacocks, an extraordinary number of bird species and is occasionally visited by wild elephants.
- Day 10 : Return to Kathmandu. Drive 5 hours.
We complete our last activity, and we make the journey out of the jungle and back to the Kathmandu by vehicle, arriving late afternoon.
- Day 11 : Trip concludes Kathmandu
After breakfast the trip will conclude unless further arrangements have been made. Transfer to the airport for your homeward journey.