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GLOBAL EXPEDITIONS CLUB - Nepal: A Scenic Trek in the Himalaya - 11 Days

*** 2 DEPARTURE DATES TO CHOOSE FROM ***

The Global Expeditions Club is offering this awesome 11 day Nepal Hiking Trek for just $998 per person... just book either small group departure date listed below and you get to trek the Himalaya in Nepal's amazing Annapurna Mountain Region for less than a grand. An amazing price for a trip of a lifetime.

Two Departure Dates:
- November 5 - 15, 2014
- November 19 - 29, 2014
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"Incredible views and peaceful culture" best describes this famous and relatively "easy" Himalayan trek to the popular Poon Hill. At only about 32 total miles in 5 days of trekking to about 10,500 feet, plus visiting Kathmandu and Pokhara, this trip is a great way to witness incredible views, experience the thrills of trekking in Nepal, and to enjoy a guided exploration of exotic Nepal.

This trek is ideal for those travelers seeking to experience the wonders of the Himalaya at an incredible price. While definitely requiring you to be in good enough shape to hike for 5 days, the Poon Hill trek is suited for both beginners and those with some hiking experience. Best of both worlds… see the spectacular and highest peaks in the world but at an altitude that is suitable for everyone.

Begin the tour in the vibrant and exciting city of Kathmandu exploring ancient temples, Buddhist stupas and the boutique shops that make this exhilarating Nepalese capital a must for exotic souvenirs and inexpensive trekking gear.

We then travel through Nepal’s countryside and off the beaten path villages to reach the lakeside town of Pokhara set in the foothills of the Himalaya. From here we set off on the 5 day trek with our Sherpa guide and porters. After starting off in Rhododendron forests we hike our way through quaint Nepalese villages only accessible on foot via winding trails and cobbled paths. Along the way you will witness incredible views of snowcapped mountains and enjoy a breathtaking sunrise on top of the famous Poon Hill as it reflects the morning glow across the whole of the Annapurna Mountain Range. As you enjoy the local culture, witness Yaks carrying supplies between local villages, and breathe in the fresh, clean air of the roof of the world.

When you return to Kathmandu, why not indulge yourself with one of Kathmandu's famous and inexpensive post-trek-massages... a 'must do' treat regularly experienced by many of the travelers who trek among these amazing mountains.

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Places Visited:

Poon Hill, Annapurna Viewing, Pokhara, Kathmandu, Nepal, Poon Hill trek, Tatopani


Trip Itinerary:
B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner


Brief Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 2: Guided tour of Kathmandu (B)
Day 3: Kathmandu to Pokhara (B)
Day 4: Start Trek (B, L, D)
--- 5.8 miles
Day 5: Trek (B, L, D)
--- 6.5 miles
Day 6: Trek - Poon Hill Sunrise hike (B, L, D)
--- 6.6 miles
Day 7: Trek (B, L, D)
--- 4.5 miles
Day 8: Trek - Return to Pokhara (B, L, D)
--- 8.2 miles
Day 9: Pokhara to Kathmandu (B)
Day 10: Leisure day Kathmandu (B)
Day 11: Trip ends after breakfast. OR add on another great adventure in Nepal or to Tibet (B)


Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1:
Arrive Kathmandu (4,200 feet)

Arrive at the designated hotel in Kathmandu and meet your local guide. Or, if you purchased round trip airport transfers from us, arrive at the Kathmandu airport where you will be met by one of our representatives. You will be transferred in a private vehicle to your hotel.

After you settle in our representative will meet up with you to discuss the itinerary and to answer any last minute questions. The remainder of the day is yours to relax and enjoy the gardens of the hotel or take a walk through the exotic, energetic and vibrant streets of Thamel. Don't forget, if you are looking for inexpensive trekking gear, you will definitely find what you are looking for among the hundreds of trekking shops spread throughout the Thamel neighborhood.


Day 2:
Kathmandu (4,200 feet) (B)

Today you will take a guided tour of Kathmandu in a private car. Your English speaking guide will introduce you to the magic of this amazing city and its peaceful Buddhist culture. The tour will include many interesting attractions including the old Royal Palaces in Durbar Square, the Hindu temple of Pashupatinath and Buddhist temple of Swayambhunath.

The afternoon is a great time to pick up any last minute personal equipment you may need. Kathmandu is a great place to buy supplies for your trek, such as extremely inexpensive, yet quality warm weather clothing, sleeping bags, snacks, etc. Get a good night of sleep tonight, as tomorrow starts your trek to Poon Hill and the Annapurna Region!


Day 3:
Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara (B)

In the morning you will take a picturesque drive from Kathmandu to the town of Pokhara via private car. The afternoon is free to explore this peaceful lakeside town and its wonderful views of the mighty Annapurna range, including Machhapuchhre Mountain (a.k.a. Fish Tail Mountain), considered by many to be one of the most beautiful mountains in the world.


Day 4:
Pokhara to Naya Pul and Trek to Tikhedhunga (6,905 feet - 4 hours - 5.8 miles) (B, L, D)

Getting an early start, travel with your Sherpa guide (and a Sherpa porter who will carry your 1 main bag) through lovely villages to the town of Naya Pul, where you will begin your trek. From Naya Pul, your trek follows the main trail along the river and steadily up the valley to Tikhedhunga where you will spend the night in a traditional Nepalese tea house.


Day 5:
Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (9,350 feet - 6 hours - 6.5 miles) (B, L, D)

Leaving Tikhedhunga after a hearty breakfast, you will cross a stream and climb a stone staircase to the village of Magar. From here, the trail leads you through lush forests, farming villages and across sparkling streams. As you climb, the views open up and the mountains seem to get closer and closer. You will spend the night in the village of Ghorepani at the bottom of Poon Hill.


Day 6:
Ghorepani to Poon Hill (10,500 feet) to Tatopani (8,268 feet 6 hours - 6.6 miles) (B, L, D)

A pre-dawn ascent brings you to the top of Poon Hill where you will witness a stunning sunrise over the Annapurna Mountains. After taking in the breathtaking sunrise, you will return to the lodge for breakfast, then begin your decent by trekking to the village of Tatopani. The trek to Tatopani consists of a beautiful walk along and over a ridge and through an intriguing rainforest of moss covered rhododendron, maples, and coniferous trees.


Day 7:
Tatopani to Ghandrung (6,365 feet - 4 hours - 4.5 miles) (B, L, D)

Continuing your decent, the trek is easier as you walk down through a shaded and moss covered forest loaded with hundreds of streams and waterfalls that started life up in the nearby peaks.


Day 8:
Ghandrung to Birethanti (3,446 feet) to Pokhara (2,691 feet - 5 hours - 8.2 miles) (B, L, D)

The final day of your trek takes you through a number of picturesque villages and farms where you are greeted with smiles and waves from the friendly children and adults of the area. When you reach the village of Birethanti, you will be transferred to Pokhara where you will again spend the evening. Be sure to get out and enjoy the many restaurants and bars that dot Pokhara.


Day 9:
Pokhara to Kathmandu (B)

In the morning, you will travel from Pokhara to Kathmandu. The evening is free to once again explore the fascinating city of Kathmandu.


Day 10:
Leisure Day in Kathmandu (B)

Today is a free day to relax and explore Kathmandu. Why not indulge yourself with one of Kathmandu's famous and inexpensive post-trek-massages, get some last minute shopping done, buy some gifts for those at home, sample the many great restaurants that dot the Thamel neighborhood, or perhaps take a scenic flight around Mt. Everest (best to arrange directly with your hotel as it is weather dependent). Regardless of what you do, it's a sure thing that you definitely won't want to leave this wonderful city!

Day 11:
Trip Ends (B)

The trip ends after breakfast. If you purchased round trip airport transfer with us, then (based on your flight time) you are picked up at the designated time and transported to the airport for your flight home. OR, why not stay and join one of our other incredible Nepal, Tibet or Bhutan trips? Contact us for details.



Important Information

This tour requires a total minimum group size to run. Please DO NOT purchase your airfare or any personal travel requirements until you receive a written confirmation of guaranteed departure.

This is a Global Expeditions Travel Club group trip that is open to anyone.

Prices are based on double occupancy. If you would like your own hotel room (where available), please choose the optional single supplement at check out. If you do not mind being paired up with a roommate of the same gender, then the single supplement does not apply.

Visas are required for Nepal and can typically be purchased upon arrival in Kathmandu for citizens of most countries (about US $25). Please check the nearest Nepalese Embassy or Consulate for current requirements. NOTE: it is the traveler's responsibility to obtain any and all visas for entry to Nepal.

This trek reaches altitudes of over 10,500 feet (3,200 meters). Please confer with your doctor prior to purchasing this trip to ensure that you are physically capable of completing this adventure safely and so that you fully understand the effects and required actions when trekking at altitude.

Actual trekking route may vary slightly depending on trail conditions.

It is highly recommended that you extend your arrival and departure by at least one day to avoid conflicts due to potential travel delays and to further explore the wonderful city of Kathmandu. Contact us for details and prices.

No refunds will be issued in cases were the trek cannot be completed due to illness, adverse weather conditions, flight delays or any other reasons such as political, natural disaster, etc.

All clients trekking in Nepal must bring 4 passport size photos with them to Nepal and may be required to submit a photocopy of the personal page of their passport and 1 passport sized picture to the local guide upon arrival (for national park entrance permit).

While in Nepal, why not add on a trip to Tibet, the Mt. Everest region, Chitwan National Park, or Bhutan.

Trip ID: AS1154
PRICING
Departure Dates:

Local Fees
$100.00
Optional Add-Ons
 
OPTIONAL: Airport/Hotel Transfers
$35.00
OPTIONAL: Single Room (choose only if you want your own hotel room-where available)
$325.00

Price Includes
  • 11 day Nepal tour and trek to Poon Hill in the Annapurna region
  • Kathmandu sightseeing tour in private car with an English speaking local guide
  • Transportation in private vehicle between Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • 10 nights in nice 3 star hotels & Himalayan tea houses on trek
  • Local English speaking Sherpa guide throughout
  • Sherpa porter during trek
  • All meals while trekking
  • Breakfast in Pokhara & Kathmandu
  • Annapurna Area trekking permit and National Park entrance fees
Price Does Not Include
  • International airfare between your home country to Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Airport transfers
  • Beverages and meals other then specified
  • Nepal visas (about $25 US avail on arrival)
  • Local fees
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for guides and porters
Group Leader
  • Local English speaking Sherpa guide throughout
  • Sherpa porter during trek
Number of Days
  • 11 days, 10 nights
Accomodation Included
  • 10 nights in nice 3 star hotels and Himalayan tea houses
Transportation Included
  • Transportation in private vehicle between Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Trekking
Meals Included
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner while trekking
  • Breakfast in Pokhara & Kathmandu
Budget
  • US$200 - $300 per person for additional meals and typical personal expenses
Seasonal Info
  • Can be trekked nearly anytime. The most popular seasons are February-May and August-mid December. The late December & January winter season can be a bit cold and the June-July summer season can be a bit wet. Regardless of when you trek in the Himalaya, it is always advisable to extend your stay in Nepal to avoid shortened trekking due to weather delays and to enjoy the vibrant Thamel neighborhood in Kathmandu.


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