Balcony of Annapurnas and Ghorepani trekking

Duration : 14 days

Nepal, Annapurna

Level : quite good hikers

from 2690 € / p. from 7 to 12 persons

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Description

I propose you a magnificent trekking with daily panoramas on Annapurnas Massif, Macchapuchare, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, and through forests of giant rhododendrons in bloom!

This trekking level "pretty good walkers" is a permanent delight, to meet this Nepali people but also yourselves! Accompanied by a team always attentive to our well-being, the conscious walk helps you to appreciate each moment fully: every step, every breath, every perception! This allows you to have time for yourself, explore the surroundings, or simply do nothing ...

As always I will give a real training to the Art of walking for more pleasure.

Program

D1: Flight to Kathmandu from Paris.

D2: Arrival in Kathmandu, welcome by our Nepalese friends and transfer and installation to the hotel Holy Himalaya. Meal outside (at your expense) and overnight at the hotel.

D3: Kathmandu.
I am at your disposal to organize these few hours in the valley of Kathmandu. Morning visit Buddhist center of Bodnath with its big stupa.
In the afternoon, flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara (1650m) and bus transfer by road to the foot of the climb to Dhampus. According to the time of our flight we go up in the morning or the afternoon. Night in a lodge with a backdrop, the Himalayan range including the majestic Machapuchare, the "Cervin of the Himalayas!"
2 hours of walking, elevation gain: 300m, night in lodge.

D4: Dhampus - Landrung (1565m).
The path descends and then goes up through the flowering rhododendron forests, passes through Deurali, descends again, goes up and crosses: a very varied day that will take you to Landrung, always closer to the mountains and glaciers. You are in gurung country, this famous ethnic group for the bravery of its inhabitants and its soldiers, the Gurkhas. Fortunately the kindness of the inhabitants has nothing to do with this image!

D5: Landrung - Ghandrung (1940m).
Today you go to the country capital gurung, Ghandrung, a large village with nearly 5000 inhabitants, where are located the offices of the Association for the preservation of the Annapurna region. But to get there you have to go down to New Bridge and cross the Modi Khola on a long suspension bridge, then go up through the terraces on a "steep" path! This will be the first real climb of the trekking and you will enjoy it, climbing without hurry!
4h walk, altitude difference: +600m / -300m, night in lodge.

Day 6: Ghandrung - Thadapani (2690m).
Ghandrung
is the largest village of the Gurung ethnic group. Each family is proud to have at least one member belonging to the clan of the famous warriors who are the Gurkhas! You cross the village, before starting the walk towards Thadapani. Thada pani means "distant water" in Nepali. You take the climb towards the Komrong Danda Pass (2650m). Beautiful views of the Machapuchare. A balcony path leads to the villages of Melanje (2050m) and Chiule (2050m). The path straighten and cross a forest of imposing rhododendrons, real trees, flowered in March. Standing on the ridge, Thadapani (2590m) offers a bird's eye view of the deep valley leading to the Annapurna Sanctuary. Annapurna III (7555m) and Gangapurna (7454m) dominate the place...
5h walk, altitude difference: +800m/-100m, night in lodge.

J7: Thadapani - Ghorepani (2850m).
The path climbs through the forest of flowering rhododendrons, magical moments of communion with these large trees, up to Deurali Pass. This day you walk on one of the most beautiful parts of this trekking, mainly on a ridge. You pass near the village of Banthanti (3180m) where it may be possible to see the Annapurna I (8091m) but also the Daulaghiri (8172m).
5h walk, altitude difference:  +600m/-350m, night in lodge.

Day 8: Ghorepani - Poon Hill (3160m) - Mohare Danda (3300m).
An exceptional day punctuated by two belvederes connected by a magnificent ridge: the classic Poon Hill, which remains a must, and the belvedere of the evening stop, Mohare Danda. Sunrise at Poon Hill, we are not alone but it is one of the most beautiful belvederes of Nepal! Then you take the Mohare Danda Ridge and keep the Dhaulagiri in sight all the way. You leave the rhododendrons, pass a magnificent sheepfold of yaks and buffaloes and stay on the crest lines. Finally you arrive at the community lodge of Mohare Danda, from where the view, once again, is impregnable. Mardi Himal, Lamjung Himal, Machapuchare, Hiunchuli, Annapurnas on one side. On the other side: the Dhaulagiris, the Tukuche ... and even the Phewa Lake of Pokhara.
4 to 5 hours of walk, altitude difference: +700m/-160m, Night in lodge.

D9: Mohare Danda - Nangi (2260m).
Early departure after admiring the sunrise: you follow a beautiful ridge first and then walk in the forest to a small pass and go down. Gentle climb to the small pass of Hampal Pass (2990m). Beautiful view overlooking the deep valley carved by Kali Gandaki between Baglung and Beni. Efficient descent to the village of Nangi.
4 hours of walking, altitude difference: +200m/-1200m, night in lodge.

Day 10: Nangi - Lespar (2062m).
A pleasant path in the middle of the rice fields and villages makes it possible to join the splendid hamlet of Lespar. Very nice day, in the middle of rice fields and colorful villages.
3h walk, altitude difference: 150m/-160m, night in lodge.

D11: Lespar - Pokhara.
Another 4 hours walk to reach the road and the bus from where you start the return on Pokhara. From the end of the track to Pokhara: 45 km, 2 hours drive. In Pokhara, installation at the hotel

Day 12: Transfer to Kathmandu.
Flight to Kathmandu. Depending on the time of the flight, I suggest you visit various places in the city: Durbar Square, Swayambunath .... Dinner at the restaurant and overnight at the hotel.

D13: Free day in Kathmandu.
I will be at your disposal to organize these few hours in the valley of Kathmandu. Morning visit Buddhist center of Bodnath with its big stupa. The afternoon is free for shopping. Last evening meal in Kathmandu shared with my Nepali friends. Overnight at the hotel (with breakfast).

Day 14: flight Kathmandu - France.
Depending on the flight schedule, transfer in the morning or afternoon to the airport and return flight to France.

J15: France.
In the case of early morning hours, arrival on the evening of Day 14 in France.

I also reserve the right to shorten or modify the planned stages or the accommodation whatever the causes (climatic conditions, complete accommodation ...). Depending on this, I will find the best compromise to meet these constraints, without harming the success of your stay.

The price includes

  • International flight from Paris
  • Domestic flight Kathmandu / Pokhara (with a local company)
  • Airport / hotel / airport transfers
  • Pokhara / Kande, Lespar / Pokhara and Pokhara / Kathmandu transfers by private bus
  • Full board accomodation in lodge during the trek
  • An experienced English-speaking guide
  • One porter for 2 participants
  • The Annapurna Conservation License (ACAP)
  • TIMS card
  • 3 nights hotel in Kathmandu in a double room with breakfast
  • One night hotel in Pokhara in a double room with breakfast
  • Supervision by the hiking  guide, sophrologist, and assisted by a Nepalese team

The price does not include

  • Everything not specified in "The price includes"

Accommodation

Comfortable ** hotel *** (Nepalese standard) in Kathmandu and Pokhara (double room with shower) and lodge during trekking.

Catering: the cook of the lodges realizes at each meal feats so that the food is varied and energetic enough for the efforts provided every day. You will have, however, a supplement of food from France, including cereal bars, chocolate ... do not hesitate to bring your regional specialties.

Next departures :

No scheduled departure, bu you can contact me to book your dates.

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