Duration : 3 Days
Group Size : 3-5 pax
Bandipur was once a prosperous trading centre, as its charming building with their neoclassical facades and shuttered windows. Originally a simple Magar village, Newars from Bhaktapur settled here in the early nineteenth century, taking advantage of its malaria-free location to develop it into an important stop on the India-Tibet trade route. The heart of Bandipur is the medieval-looking Bandipur Bazaar that sweeps in a gentle curve along the top of the hill in an east-west axis. The stone paved main street is lined with compact town houses with ornate windows and doorways and roofs of tin or slate. All along the street, a covered veranda extends in front of the rows of houses providing shade in summer sun and monsoon rain.
Bandipur village Tour – Bandipur is located between Capital of Kathmandu and the Lake town of Pokhara ridge above the highway above Dumre a picturesque Newar town that still retains of its centuries old appeal. The village is mix of history, architecture, incredible views, awesome caves and unspoiled landscapes. Located at an altitude of 1030 meters. Bandipur has been described as a natural view tower, providing a spectacular panorama of the entire Annapurna range plus the Peaks of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and Langtang to the marsyangdi valley which is below 500meters. Apart from the stunning views of the Himalaya and the marsyangdi valley; a visit to the town is an opportunity to get a close look ar Newar culture life that reflects the refined civilization of the Kathmandu valley. Bandipur was once a prosperous trading centre; as its charming buildings with their neoclassical and shuttered windows will attest. Originally a simple Magar village, Newars from Bhaktapur settled here in the early nineteenth century, taking advantage of its malaria –free location to develop it into an important stop on the India –Tibet Trade route.
Place to Visit around Bandipur:
Bandipur Bazzar - the heart of Bandipur is the medieval – looking Bandipur Bazzar that sweeps in a gentle curve along the top of the hill in an east –west axis. The stone paved main street is lined with compact town houses with ornate windows and doorways and roofs of tin or slate. All along the street, a covered veranda extends in front of the rows of houses providing shade in summer sun and monsoon rain.
Thani Mai (Purano Kot) - Thani Mai (Purano kot) originally a fort, Lies at a distance of about 500 m to the west of the main Bandipur bazzar. It takes about twenty minutes of easy and gently climbing to reach the top of Thani Mai. There is small temple nearby containing a number of old statues. Next to it stands newly build temple of Thanithan Mai. The local people believe that praying to the god Mahadev at this spot during a drought will bring rain. Since this spot lies on a hilltop above the Bandipur Bazzar. It’s providing stunning views of the mountains and the Bandipur village especially at sunrise and sunset.
Nature walk in Raniban - This mixed sal forest is located to the east of the main Bandipur Bazzar. It is a tranquil haven for the nature enthusiasts with abundant local flora and Fauna, including langurs, orchids, butterflies etc. Exploring the Siddha Cave Bandipur’s hillsides area dotted with caves, often carrying religious significance for the locals. The must see destination here is the
Siddha Cave discovered only in 1987. Rich in stalactites and stalagmites, it is said to be tha largest cave in the Himalayan region. Siddha Cave is situated just above the cliff of Bimalnagar from where it is a 30 minutes climb. Hike to Ramkot village.
Ramkot village is about two hour easy hike to the west of Bandipur. It passes through Muchuk village from where you can also visit Mukundeswari temple. Ramkot is a typical Magar village with traditional round houses, untouched by modern developments offering an opportunity to experience authentic lifestyle of rural Nepal. From here, one can go on to Chabdi Barahi, a pilgrimage spot which can be reached after easy 2 hour hiking.
Jhargaun, a lovely place lies on the isolated area of Bandipur. Jargaun lies on the east side of Bandipur, we will take a shortcut trail to make our walking hour short by switching the trail via village, school and some time walking through small jungle. The trail provides panoramic views of Annapurna range plus the peak of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and Langtang and the valley of Marshyangdi. It is also an opportunity to get a closer look of Newali cultural life that reflects the refined civilization of the Kathmandu valley.
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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