Short Annapurna Trek with Wildlife Safari– itinerary
Day 01 Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1350m).
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu, you will be greeted by one of our trek leaders and transfer to hotel. Rest and relax till evening. One of our tour managers will come to see you and take you for a welcome dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant. Enjoy the meal with short brief about your great trip. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu or Rest.
Rest and shopping for the trip, or upon your request we can organize a guided tour of Kathmandu valley, there are many nice features to see and visit, some of them are Kathmandu Durbar square, Pasupatinath temple, Buddhanath stupa, Shoyambunath (also known as monkey temple), and Patan and Bhaktapur Durbar square. All these places are listed as UNESCO world heritage sites. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Drive or flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara (825m).
After breakfast being of the early morning before 7:00 AM. This morning we will be driving to Pokhara (200km), depart 7:00 AM in the morning, approximately 6hrs away by tourist bus. Lunch will be on the way to Pokhara. We will be arriving early afternoon at Pokhara approximately 1:00 O'clock. Pokhara lakeside villages sits, "front row center" to one of the most beautiful Himalayan panoramas in the world. The Annapurna and famous "Fishtail" mountain peak of Machhapuchhare tower over the tropical setting of Pokhara and we spend there will be the scenic highlight of our trip. Free in Pokhara Valley also called "Magic Land" or Dreamland" of Nepal, to explore the various interesting place on your own like boating in Fewa lake overlooking the region of Annapurna range of Himalayas. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.
Day 04: Drive from Pokhara Vijayapur and trek to Kalikasthan.
After breakfast, we drive to Vijayapur Khola and begin our trek from here. We walk about an hour through the flat rice fields and cross the river. If you are doing this trek in the summer the river may be difficult to cross if it is flooded. After crossing the river the trail starts to ascend to Kalikasthan. Lunch will be served at the middle of the climb. Arrive at Kalikasthan and camp at the top of the grassy land or choose a good guest house for overnight stay.
Day 05: Trek from Kalikasthan to Syanglung.
After breakfast, we start walking through the villages. We walk on the ridge of the mountain with good views of Annapurna and Lamjung Himal. Overnight camping in Syaglung or find a guest house for overnight stay.
Day 06: Trek from Syanglung to chisapani.
Today we walk through the Gurung Village, rhododendron and Sal forest. Half way through the walk there is a 400 meter descent and 600 meter ascent to arrive at Chisapani (cold water place). This is the best point to see the Himalayan Panorama. You will see Dhaulagiri to the west of Annapurna. Overnight camping in Chisapani or find a guest house for overnight stay.
Day 07: Trek from Chisapani to Pokhara.
Today we walk half way down hill to Rupatal and climb about 200 meters to arrive at Sundare danda and walk 15 minutes down to Begnas Tal for an hour's boating to catch the transfer to Pokhara. Overnight hotel in Pokhara.
Day 08: Drive from Pokhara to Rafting point then to Chitwan National Park.
After breakfast, drive to rafting point (Trisuli River for White water Rafting) It takes approximately 2 and half hrs drive from Pokhara. This River is popular as access to the Prithivi Highway makes "breaking off" the journey easy. Trisuli River is also an ideal beginner's River. Lunch we'll be served after 3/4 hrs rafting in the riverside. After lunch, drive to Chitwan National Park upon arrival, rooms assigned and there will be a short briefing on the program and our facilities.
4:00 PM: Elephant-back safari: Guests will ride on an elephant to explore the jungle and wildlife you will be able to see the one-horned rhinoceros, several types of deer, monkeys, wild boar, bison, sloth bear, leopard and, if lucky, the Royal Bengal tiger. This exciting ride lasts for 2-3 hours. 8:00 PM: Dinner and overnight at resort.
Day 09: Jungle activities in the Chitwan National Park.
5:30 AM: Wake-up call followed by tea or coffee, and then proceeds on a Nature Walk. This encounter on foot with the environment will introduce the main features of eastern Chitwan. Sal forest, open grassland and reverie jungle. Our guides will help you identify some species of birds, plants and other wildlife that you may encounter.
8:30 AM: Breakfast 9:30 AM: Elephant briefing program: Learn more about these fascinating animals during a visit to our elephant stable. (For the brave ones there is even a crash course in riding and leading the elephants)
1.00 PM: LUNCH. After lunch, Canoeing: A traditional dug-out canoe takes you on a silent trip down the Rapti river to view aquatic birds and the animals of the river banks. Back to resort through the Jungle.
7:00 PM: Tharu Stick dance: Farmers of the nearby villages will show some of their traditional skills and dances. 8:00 PM: Dinner around the campfire. Overnight at resort.
Day 10: Drive from Chitwan national park to Kathmandu.
5.30 AM: Bird Watching (or another elephant ride) after early morning tea/coffee.
8.00 AM: Breakfast
9.00 AM: Luggage down and departure at
9.30 AM: to Kathmandu. The actual program for your stay, will be given to you on arrival at Resort / camp. The activities are adjusted to the season and weather conditions. Naturally, it may not always be possible to follow this schedule to the minute and the circumstances may force us to alter the program at short notice. On safari in the jungle you will be accompanied by expert naturalists who will advise on safety procedures and we request you to respect their judgment at all times. If you wish to stroll in the forest alone, a guide will have to accompany you for your safety. Overnight hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 11: Free day in Kathmandu.
Breakfast at hotel, rest, relax and final shopping. In the evening, we invite you to join the farewell dinner with culture show. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12: Final departure.
After breakfast we will transfer you to the international airport and fly back to home. We wish you have a safe and sound flight and see you again in the future.
Note: The above information is just a guide and standard pattern of what we provide. The trip can be tailored at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. On adventure trips of this type, weather, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are needed the person in charge will make a decision what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does arise, we do everything we can to reduce its effect, but we cannot be liable for the results of changes or delays.