Duration : 4 Days
Group Size : 3-5 pax
This trek is popularly known as Royal Trek because Prince Charles did his first trek in Nepal in this area. The trek starts from Kalikathan (1372m) near Pokhara. You walk through Shyaklung (1734m) village and Chisopani danda (ridge). Trek ends at Begnas-tal (lake), about 10km from Pokhara. You pass through small villages that have remarkable ethnic diversity of Nepal. Highest elevation gain on the trek is 1830 meter. The best part of the trek is there are no tea houses and it is away from the crowded trail. This trek starts and ends in Pokhara though you can start from Kathmandu if you have flight in the morning.
The area through which the trek passes falls within the Gandaki zone populated mainly by the Gurungs who are renowned as one of the leading martial races in Nepal. Since the middle of 19th Century they have served with pride and distinction in the Nepalese, British and the Indian armies. Their homeland is the southern flanks of the Annapurna-massif, bounded in the east by the Buri Gandaki river, and in the west by the Kali Gandaki river.
Near the start of the trek many Brahmins and Chettris will be met, and village populations are often mixed. Living at lower altitudes, they farm land and provide many young men and women for government work in offices, the police, etc. Originating from India the Brahmins in particular have played a major role in the development of Nepal. Their influence has waned considerably in recent times because of modernization and development.
As the trek progress more villages populated only by Gurungs are encountered. They tend to live high up on relatively steep slopes, among maize and millet fields, and from these places cultivate rice fields on the valley floor. Their cattle consist mainly of water buffaloes with which they go up in summer to pastures as high as 3800 meters on the southern flank of Annapurna. The Gurung following Buddhist customs and have Mongolide features. They are normally short and stocky but the women are attractive. Tribal languages differ greatly. The Gurungs together with Tamangs, Sherpas and the Thakali speaks Tibeto-Burmese based languages whereas the Chettri and Brahmin tongues originate from the south. Now days most people speak “Nepali” the national language derived originally from the Hindi of the Rajputs.
Along the way many resting-places built for weary travelers are met. These are normally stone built chautaras stepped to provide temporary resting-place for the heavy loads carried on the back of porters. These resting-places are built by richer village dweller, or on the suggestion of a bahun (priest) to ensure good health and prosperity. These Chautaras are normally built round two trees specially planted for the occasion. One of these trees is a fig tree called ‘Bar’ and has big leaves, the other ‘pipal’ with smaller leaves. As part of the initiation the two are married with a full religious ceremony. ‘Bar’ being the husband, ‘Pipal’ the wife. Traditionally there used to be small pond built nearby and at the same ceremony this too is ‘married’ to the chautara itself.
Many of the chautaras offer the traveler fine views of the Himalayas to the north. This trek route should offer glimpse of Dhaulagiri (8172 m) to the west, and superb views of (from west to east) Annapurna South (7195 m), Annapurna I (8078 m), Machapuchre (6997 m), Annapurna III (7195 m), Annapurna IV (7507 m) and Annapurna II (7937 m). Then comes the Lamjung Himal (6985 m), and to the east Himalchuli (7835 m), Manaslu (8125 M). Within Nepal’s boundaries there lie eight out of the fourteen peaks in the world, which rise to over 8000 meters. Clearly visible on this trek are three of these great mountains.
Duration : 7 Days
Group Size : 3-5 pax
Annapurna foothill region is the focus of the article “Honey Hunters of Nepal”, written by Eric Valli and Diane Summers and another article “Annapurna Sanctuary for the Himalaya” written and photographed by Galen Rowell. Both articles were published in National Geography magazine. It has been subject of writers , photographers and climbers since Mourice Herzog first ascent to 8000 m peak Annapurna 1 back in 1950s.
The glacial basin of Annapurna Sanctuary is formed by the circle of Annapurna Himalaya range, Gangapurna and Machapuchre. As you travel from Chumro towards the Sanctuary the trail pass through narrow valley which is prone to avalanche in winter and early spring. You follow Modi Khole (river) through thick bamboo and rhododendron forests into the center of lateral moraine and base camp of Annapurna to view the spectacular Annapurna range all around. Stop at Ghorepani to see beautiful sunrise view over Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. The Gurung villages and frequent stops at tea-shop dotted along the way gives an unique cultural experience. Like the Sherpa in Everest, Gurung are in Annapurna and Limbus in Kanchanjunga.
Duration : 6 Days
Group Size : 3-5 pax
Ghorepani (2530m) is the ultimate destination of Annapurna foothill trek. It used to be main pass through which traders with Mules from Mustang and Tibet used to pass through to reach Pokhara. Early morning sunrise over Dhaulagiri and Annapurna from Pun hill is very famous. The panoramic view of Annapurna range on the way to Ghandrung village is unforgettable. The other highlight of the trek is Ghandrung.
This is a large Gurung village from where Gorkhas are recruited in the British and Indian army. It is situated above Modi Khola (river) at the elevation of 1951 meter. It is one of the best-known villages in the foothill of Annapurna. The village has an office of Annapurna Conservation. The panoramic view of Annapurna dominates the entire skyline. Lodge and teahouse along the trail make this trip affordable and easily accessible.
The trail from Birenthati gradually climb to Tirkhedhunga. After an overnight at Tirkhedhunga you climb the steep trail to Ulleri. Continue to ascend the trail through thick oak and rhododendron forests till you reach Ghorepani. Camp is further on the ridge. Next day climb slightly up the ridge and then descend steeply on a narrow trail through rhodGhandrung villageodendron forest to Banthati and another up and down hill walk to Tadapani. Then descend gradually to Ghandrung. The trail from Ghandrung make steep descend to Modi Khola (river) and climb up to Landrung (1646m) and continue ascending gradually to Toljka (1892m) Continue the climb to the pass at 2439m and then descend to Pothana (1981m). On the lat day walk further to Dhumpus (1829m) situated at the end of the ridge and make steep descent through village of terraced rice field to the floor of Yangri khola (river). Drive from the Phedi (base of the hill) to Pokhara.
Duration : 3 Days
Group Size : 3-5 pax
The trek in the foothill of Annapurna range provides opportunity to visit villages and experience cultural life of simple folks living in hills. The elevation does not reach over 2000 meter therefore it is not a strenuous trek. Weather along the trek is quite warm except in December and January. Snow is not expected. The trail is very much used by local people and traders. Teashops dotted all along the trail make the walk interesting. The famous Machhapuchare peak (Matterhorn of Nepal) can always be seen from any point on this trek.
Meet your guide at the airport or hotel in Pokhara and then drive to Dhumpus Phedi; the drive is about 1 hour- about 40 km north west of Pokhara city. You drive through a large Tibetan camp at Hyanjha where local handicraft can be purchased and weaving of Tibetan carpet can be observed. The next village before Phedi is Suikhet. Depending upon weather, physical and logistical condition Suikhet provides alternative route to Dhumpus. The road to Phedi in the Yamdi Khola (river) valley is quite good. From Phedi you start climbing up hill to Dhumpus (1770 m). It takes about 2 hour easy walk up the stairs through the terraced rice field. It is a large Gurung village. There are several tea houses and lodge accommodations in this village.
From Dhumpus the trail climbs steadily and gradually to Pothana (1890m). The gradual uphill walk is about 2 hours. Lunch stop at at Pothana. Instead of taking the main trail to Ghandrung (1951m), one of the best-known villages in the foothill of Annapurna, situated above Modi Khola (river) you take the trail to Australian Camp (2232m); it is a well known name and has vantage point to see the Himalaya range all around. The trail from Pothana turns southwest to Khare (1524m) and Naundanda (1457m). In the beginning you make a gradual uphill ascend for about 45 minutes. After spending sometime at the vantagepoint you continue to descend the trail to Khara (1457m); it should take about one hour easy downhill walk. Overnight lodge Australian camp.
Duration : 6 Days
Group Size : 2 pax
Trek to the base of Mt. Everest had been nominated as the best adventure trek in Nepal by Lonely Planet and National Geographic Adventure .Everest Base Camp Trek is a ‘must-do’ for all intrepid trekkers and adventurers. Trek to Sherpa Villages such as discovering Thame, Khumjung , Syangboche , Namche Bazaar,and Tengboche villages are very famous sherpa village to discover in this trek. During the trek to Sherpa village offers awesome views above 8000 mountain inclusive Everest, cho oyu and lhotse. The trail follows the course of the Dudh Koshi (River of Milk) gradually climbing through forest of rhododendron and magnolia, pine forest, Sherpa villages and Buddhist Monasteries.
Trekking in the Everest regrion is incomplete without being influenced by the culture of Sherpa of the Khumbu region. Ever since the first successful ascent of Mt. Everest (8848m) by Sir Edmund Hillary the whole community benefited from the influx of tourist who come to enjoy the unique landscape of the high mountain that has been the subject of many books and research. Named it, all famous explorers and mountaineers have traded the path. Ever since the peak XV was spotted as the highest point on earth the whole region came into international focus. Though the mountain is named Sagarmatha by the Nepalese and Chomolongma by the Tibetan (Chinese) yet the name of Sir George Everest after whom the name was given has become synonymous with the peak itself and the region. After the British Swiss made 2 serious attempt to reach the summit; in 1952 Raymond Lambert with Tenzing reached 8500 meter in their second attempt. As a result they prepared unwittingly Tenzing Sherpa for the British expedition to help them summit the peak of Everest in 1953 When Sir Edmund Hillary created a record for the first time in the history of human being. Since then climbing Everest have kept on increasing every year, and hundreds of tourist flock to enjoy the majestic Himalayas .
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