Join Responsible Adventures on one of the world’s most scenic and diverse treks. The complete circuit of Annapurna is an estimated 300km, with different scenery daily.
Annapurna Wellness Trekking Tour with Chitwan Safari
- Per Person Min 4 persons
- Private Tour Min 2 persons
Popular Ghorepani, Annapurna Wellness hike
The Annapurna trek to Ghorepani is a highly popular trekking route in Nepal, attracting thousands of hikers annually. It is renowned for its picturesque landscapes, cultural encounters, and stunning mountain views.
One of the appealing aspects of this trail is its ease of navigation. The well-marked route is relatively easy to follow, even for novice trekkers. Additionally, numerous tea houses and lodges along the trail provide convenient accommodation and dining options for trekkers, adding to its popularity.
As you trek through the Annapurna region, you will pass through charming villages that showcase the local Nepalese way of life. These villages offer glimpses of traditional architecture, cultural traditions, and warm hospitality. They provide trekkers unique opportunities to interact with the locals and learn about their customs and daily routines.
Throughout the trek, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of prominent peaks like Machapuchare (Fishtail), Annapurna South, and Dhaulagiri. These majestic mountains stand tall against the backdrop of the dramatic Himalayan landscape, creating awe-inspiring vistas that leave a lasting impression on trekkers.
In addition to the trekking adventure, this particular itinerary offers an extension of two nights for a wildlife safari at Chitwan National Park. Located in the Terai region of Nepal, Chitwan National Park is famous for its rich biodiversity, including rare wildlife such as one-horned rhinos, Bengal tigers, elephants, and various bird species. This wildlife safari adds a unique and diverse experience to the overall adventure.
Combining trekking in the Annapurna region with a wildlife safari in Chitwan National Park provides a well-rounded exploration of Nepal’s natural and cultural treasures, making it an enticing adventure for outdoor enthusiasts.
Food and nutrition on the trek
We are pioneers of culinary trekking in the Himalayas. We provide a varied, exciting menu on treks throughout the Himalayas. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free meals can be catered for upon request, and other special diets can be accommodated with advance notice.
Trekking is not only fun, but it is beneficial for you. It helps in detoxifying the body while also nourishing the soul. Although to provide a better experience, we also tailor our meals to include superfoods as ingredients to keep you fit and healthy while assisting in acclimatization to high altitude. Combining hiking in the pristine mountain air and healthy food makes trekking with us a complete adventure. Read More on Food and nutrition on our treks.
Why Choose Us?
- Our expert trek leader will ensure your safety while enhancing your trekking experience.
- Your private social bubble by staying in less busy lodges and trekking away from the crowded trails where possible.
- Experience the Himalayas in style.
- Your food is prepared with superfood ingredients to give the best nourishment, recovery, and acclimatization to high altitudes for our Wellness culinary trekking adventures.
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by our representative, who will transfer you to your hotel. This ensures a smooth and comfortable start to your journey.
Once you have settled in, your trek leader will introduce you to the other members of your group. During this introduction, you will also receive a briefing about the program for the following day. This will include important details about the trek, such as the route, timings, and any necessary preparations or equipment. This initial meeting helps establish camaraderie among the group and ensures that everyone is well-informed and prepared for the adventure ahead.
During your stay in Kathmandu, you will embark on a walking tour of notable attractions in the city. The first stop will be Ason, the old bazaar, where you can immerse yourself in the bustling atmosphere and explore the local market. Here, you can enjoy traditional Nepali life’s vibrant sights, sounds, and flavours.
Next, you will visit Patan Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This ancient palace complex showcases intricate Newari architecture and historical artefacts, allowing you to delve into Nepal’s rich cultural heritage.
Another highlight of your sightseeing tour will be a visit to Boudhanath Stupa, one of Nepal’s largest and most important Buddhist sites. As you circle the stupa with prayer flags fluttering in the wind, you can witness the locals’ devotion and experience this sacred place’s peaceful ambience.
Apart from exploring the city’s cultural treasures, you will also have the opportunity to make any last-minute purchases of gear or equipment for the upcoming trek. Kathmandu offers a wide range of stores and markets where you can find high-quality trekking gear, ensuring you are fully prepared for the journey ahead.
Additionally, your trek leader will provide a detailed briefing on the program for the next day. This will include important information about the route, trekking duration, overnight accommodations, and safety precautions. The briefing ensures you are well-informed, confident, and ready to embark on your trekking adventure into the Annapurna region.
After enjoying a delicious breakfast, your day will commence. You will be transported in a private vehicle along the main highway that connects Kathmandu to various parts of Nepal. This scenic journey offers breathtaking views of terraced fields and charming small towns, allowing one to witness the country’s beauty.
The vehicle will stop for restroom breaks and lunch, ensuring comfort throughout the journey. After approximately 6 to 7 hours on the road, you will arrive in Pokhara. From there, you will embark on another 90-minute drive to reach your final destination for the day, Birethanti.
Birethanti, a picturesque village next to the Modi River, holds historical significance as a former junction for trekking before the road was constructed. The village’s serene ambience allows you to unwind and appreciate the soothing sounds of insects and the flowing Modi River. This tranquil setting provides a perfect opportunity to relax and connect with nature, setting the stage for a peaceful and enjoyable evening.
After a hearty breakfast in Birethanti, your trekking journey begins. You will embark on a scenic trail through captivating landscapes, including the charming Burungdi River, whitewashed village houses, and terraced fields. As you immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the surroundings, you will gradually make your way towards Tirkhedhunga, an approximately 3-hour trek from the starting point.
Upon reaching Tirkhedhunga, you will face a challenging uphill hike for approximately two hours to reach Ulleri. The terrain becomes steeper during this section of the trek. However, the stunning views and the sense of accomplishment make it a rewarding experience. After the uphill climb, you will take a well-deserved break and stop at Ulleri for lunch.
After replenishing your energy, the trail continues with a less steep ascent as you proceed towards Banthanti. Banthanti serves as your stop for the night, offering a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere. Unlike other popular trekking destinations, Banthanti is relatively less crowded, and you will be accommodated in a lodge run by a warm and friendly local family. This comfortable lodge provides a pleasant resting place after a day of trekking.
In summary, your trekking route for the day covers approximately 3 hours from Birethanti to Tirkhedhunga, followed by a steep uphill hike of about 2 hours to Ulleri. After lunch in Ulleri, you will continue on a less steep trail until you reach Banthanti, where you will spend the night in a cosy lodge managed by a friendly local family.
After a fulfilling breakfast, you will begin your hike to Ghorepani. The trail will lead you through dense Oak and Rhododendron forests, accompanied by cascading streams’ mesmerizing sights and sounds. As you ascend through varying gradients, you will be treated to a captivating journey through the region’s natural wonders.
Ghorepani, nestled atop a ridge, is a delightful settlement that serves as the destination for today’s hike. Upon reaching Ghorepani, you can soak in the breathtaking panoramic views if the weather is clear. This vantage point offers a stunning vista of Mount Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Barahi Shikhar, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Machapuchare, and many other peaks to the east.
If the weather permits, an optional hike to Poonhill for sunset is highly recommended. By opting for this timing, you can avoid the crowds typically gathered for the sunrise view. From the summit of Poonhill, you will be rewarded with a magical experience as the sun casts its golden hues over the surrounding mountain peaks. The unobstructed vistas and the tranquil atmosphere create a memorable moment that will etch itself in your memory.
So, prepare yourself for a day spent traversing the enchanting forest trails, relishing the panoramic splendour of Ghorepani, and potentially concluding with a rewarding hike to Poonhill for a breathtaking sunset view.
The early morning of this leg of your trek promises a memorable experience as you embark on an excursion to Poon Hill, situated at an elevation of 3210m. Poon Hill is renowned for its breathtaking sunrise views and panoramic vistas of the majestic Himalayan peaks.
To witness the sunrise spectacle, you must wake up early and make the approximately 45-minute ascent, covering 400 meters in elevation. The rewarding views from the hilltop will undoubtedly make this effort worthwhile, as the rising sun bathes the mountains in a warm and golden glow. It’s a truly enchanting sight.
After relishing the sunrise and taking in the awe-inspiring panorama, you will return to your lodge for a well-deserved breakfast. Following breakfast, your trekking journey continues as you make your way towards Tadapani, located at 2540m.
However, if you prefer to avoid the crowds typically gathered at Poon Hill, there is another option available. Instead of heading directly to Poon Hill, you can trek towards Tadapani and enjoy the sunrise in solitude from a high point along the trail. Not only will this provide you with a peaceful and serene experience, but it will also shorten your trek for the day.
Discussing this alternative option with your trek leader the day before will allow you to decide and tailor your itinerary according to your preferences. Whether you choose to ascend Poon Hill or opt for a quieter sunrise experience on the trail, both options offer their unique charm and unforgettable moments.
Embrace the beauty of the early morning and prepare for a day filled with natural wonders as you continue your trek towards Tadapani.
As you depart from Tadapani, the trail leads you through a descent into the dense forest. The air is filled with the delightful melodies of chirping birds, and if you’re lucky, you may catch sight of Langur monkeys amidst the treetops, adding to the natural charm of the surroundings.
After approximately 45 minutes of walking downhill, the trail steepens, guiding you through terraced fields until you reach Kimrung Khola. Here, a suspension bridge awaits your crossing, marking the continuation of your hike towards Gurjung village. Along the way, you’ll find yourself immersed in the captivating beauty of the landscape.
At Gurjung, you’ll pause for a well-deserved lunch break at Durpin Danda. Enjoy a satisfying meal amidst the tranquil ambience, replenishing your energy for the remainder of the day’s journey.
Following lunch, the trail descends for about 20 minutes before contouring along the hills. As you move forward, you’ll pass through a picturesque Alder forest, encountering terraced fields that gradually bring you closer to the inviting destination of Chomrong village. This trek section entails a series of ups and downs, enriching your experience with a dynamic and varied terrain.
The final leg of today’s hike concludes with your arrival at Chomrong village approximately two hours after lunch. This part of the journey typically takes around five hours from Tadapani. Chomrong village offers a welcoming atmosphere and a delightful resting place, allowing you to unwind and prepare for the adventures.
Embrace the rhythmic pace of the trail as it unveils its ever-changing scenery, providing opportunities to marvel at nature’s wonders and immerse yourself in the enchanting surroundings.
From Chomrong village, your trek takes a steep descent that typically lasts 60 to 90 minutes, leading you to the Jhinu Danda Hot Springs. Upon reaching Jhinu Danda, you can leave your backpacks at the lodge before proceeding to the hot springs.
A 20-minute hike downhill from Jhinu Danda brings you to the hot spring pools alongside the serene Modi River. Here, you can immerse yourself in the therapeutic and rejuvenating waters while enjoying the picturesque surroundings. Remember to bring your swimsuits and a set of dry clothes to change into after your dip.
Savour the tranquil ambience and the soothing warmth of the hot springs, allowing yourself a refreshing break amidst nature’s tranquillity. Relish this well-deserved relaxation before resuming your trek.
After enjoying your time at the hot springs, you will begin descending towards New Bridge, where you’ll stop for a satisfying lunch. The subsequent portion of the hike entails approximately two hours of trekking through beautiful forests, accompanied by the melodic sounds of the flowing Modi River.
As you continue your journey, the trail gradually ascends for about an hour, leading you to the welcoming destination of Landruk village. This picturesque village will serve as your daily stop, allowing you to rest and refresh while appreciating the charm of the local surroundings.
The diverse landscapes, natural elements, and cultural experiences along this leg of the trek will enrich your journey and leave you with lasting memories. Embrace the serenity of the hot springs, savour delicious meals, and revel in the wonders of the forested trails as you make your way towards Landruk village.
From Landruk village, your trail leads you on a level walk for approximately an hour, guiding you to the lower region of Tokha village. The path remains relatively flat, providing a comfortable and relaxed hiking experience.
However, once you reach the bottom of Tokha village, the trail begins ascending, encompassing a two-hour uphill journey that takes you through a captivating forest. As you make your way uphill, the natural beauty of the surroundings accompanies and motivates you during this challenging but rewarding portion of the trek.
Upon reaching the top of the hill, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views and a sense of accomplishment. Take a moment to appreciate the scenic vista before continuing your descent through the forest towards the village of Pothana.
After the uphill climb, the trail gradually descends, leading you through the forest for an enjoyable walk to the village of Pothana. Here, you’ll pause for a well-deserved lunch break, replenishing your energy while immersing yourself in the charming ambience of the village.
Following lunch, your final leg of the trek commences with a one-hour downhill hike to Dhampus village. Dhampus village is where your walk concludes, offering a picturesque and serene environment as the culmination of your adventurous journey.
Reflect upon the incredible landscapes, the diversity of flora and fauna, and the cultural experiences you’ve encountered throughout your trek. Dhampus village serves as the perfect spot to rest, celebrate your achievement, and embrace the accomplishment of completing a memorable tour.
As you conclude your trek, take a moment to appreciate the beauty surrounding you and let the experiences and memories you’ve gained stay with you as a reminder of this remarkable adventure.
After completing your trek and reaching Dhampus village, you will begin the journey back to Pokhara the following morning. The drive back takes you through a rough road for approximately 45 minutes before reaching Pokhara.
Upon arriving in Pokhara, you will have approximately 90 minutes of travel from Dhampus village. Once you reach Pokhara, you’ll be greeted by its relaxing atmosphere, making it an ideal place to unwind and reflect on your trek.
During the afternoon, you have the opportunity to explore the lakeside area of Pokhara. Take a stroll around the lakeside, where you can enjoy the scenic beauty of Lake Phewa and the surrounding mountains. The vibrant lakeside area offers many shops, allowing you to indulge in retail therapy or pick up souvenirs.
If you prefer a more laid-back experience, the countless cafes in Pokhara offer the perfect setting to relax, sip coffee, or enjoy cocktails. You can soak in the pleasant ambience while taking in the views of the lake and the charming surroundings.
In the evening, you’ll find no shortage of options for dining and entertainment. The Lakeside in Pokhara boasts numerous restaurants serving various cuisines, catering to different tastes and preferences. Whether you’re in the mood for local delicacies or international dishes, you will find a place that suits your palate.
Additionally, Pokhara’s vibrant nightlife offers venues to enjoy live music or cultural performances. Immerse yourself in the local music scene or unwind with some soothing tunes while savouring the unique atmosphere of this lakeside city.
Pokhara’s relaxed ambience and fantastic dining and entertainment options provide a perfect way to conclude your trekking adventure, allowing you to rest and rejuvenate before departing for your next destination.
Indeed, Pokhara is renowned for its adventure activities and offers a range of thrilling experiences for those seeking an adrenaline rush. One popular option is tandem paragliding, and it’s fantastic that you have the opportunity to partake in this adventure. You can opt for a tandem paraglide ride in the morning, adding a thrilling and breathtaking experience to your Pokhara itinerary. The fact that the company is owned by a National Geographic Adventurer of 2012 adds an exciting element of expertise and credibility to the activity.
After your paragliding adventure, you’ll have the rest of the afternoon to explore Pokhara’s lakeside area. Take a leisurely walk along the lakeside promenade, where you can enjoy the stunning views of Lake Phewa. The area is dotted with numerous shops, offering a variety of merchandise, handicrafts, and souvenirs for you to peruse and purchase.
To add to the relaxation and enjoyment of your afternoon, Pokhara offers a plethora of cafes where you can sip on coffee or cocktails. These cafes provide idyllic settings for you to unwind, soak in the ambience, and genuinely appreciate the laid-back vibe of Pokhara.
In the evening, the lakeside area comes alive with vibrant food and music scenes. A wide range of excellent restaurants and eateries offer diverse cuisines to satisfy all tastes. From local Nepali dishes to international fare, you’ll have ample choices for a satisfying meal along the lakeside.
Additionally, many establishments in Pokhara host live music performances, creating a lively and engaging atmosphere. You can immerse yourself in the local music culture, enjoy the talents of local artists, or relax and unwind while savouring your favourite tunes.
Overall, Pokhara offers an ideal balance between adventure activities and relaxation. Whether you embark on a thrilling paragliding experience, explore the lakeside area, indulge in retail therapy, or enjoy the welcoming cafes, the city ensures a memorable and fulfilling stay.
After spending time in Pokhara, your next destination is the Terai region of Nepal. The Terai is a flat and fertile region that borders India. Known for its agricultural significance, it is home to several National Parks and offers unique wildlife and cultural experiences.
The journey from Pokhara to the Terai region will take approximately 4-5 hours by road. As you traverse through this scenic route, you’ll notice the landscape gradually transitioning from the hills to the flat plains of the Terai. Enjoy the views as you make your way to your resort, which is beautifully situated in the buffer zone of Chitwan National Park.
During your stay at the resort, you’ll have a range of activities to keep you engaged and enthralled. Bird-watching activities will allow you to observe the diverse avian species that call this region home, including resident and migratory birds. The Terai’s rich biodiversity ensures a rewarding bird-watching experience.
One of the highlights of Chitwan National Park is the opportunity to embark on an animal safari. Accompanied by experienced guides, you can explore the parks searching for elusive wildlife, such as the one-horned rhinoceros, Asian elephants, Bengal tigers, and various deer species. This safari is a chance to witness these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.
Jungle walks offer an immersive experience where you can explore the forest on foot, guided by knowledgeable naturalists. This activity allows for a deeper appreciation of the flora, fauna, and intricate ecosystems present within the national park.
For those interested in cultural exploration, village walks are an excellent opportunity to learn about the local communities residing in the Terai region. Engage with the villagers, witness their daily lives, and gain insights into their traditions, customs, and livelihoods.
While the resort offers a range of activities, it’s important to note that participation in these excursions is optional. If you prefer a more relaxed experience, you can unwind at the resort, enjoying the amenities and serene surroundings. The resort may offer additional facilities and services for a truly rejuvenating stay.
The Terai region, with its proximity to Chitwan National Park, provides an exceptional opportunity to immerse yourself in nature and cultural encounters. Whether you actively participate in the various activities or prefer a more leisurely experience, your stay in the lovely resort will be a memorable and enriching one.
That’s wonderful to hear! The resort manager’s plan to organise activities for you ensures you’ll have a well-rounded experience during your stay in the Terai region. They will likely curate a schedule that includes activities suited to the area’s offerings and your interests.
Participating in the planned activities will allow you to maximise your time in the Terai region. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the natural wonders of the Chitwan National Park, engage in cultural experiences, and witness the local way of life. The activities may include bird-watching excursions, animal safaris, jungle walks, and village walks.
For instance, bird-watching activities will enable you to spot various avian species and appreciate the region’s rich birdlife. Animal safaris will take you into the heart of Chitwan National Park, allowing you to observe wildlife such as rhinoceros, elephants, tigers, and deer in their natural habitat.
Furthermore, jungle walks will allow you to immerse yourself in the captivating forest environment while accompanied by knowledgeable guides. Village walks will provide insights into the local culture, customs, and livelihoods, fostering a deeper connection with the community.
However, it’s important to note that while the resort manager will plan activities for you, you are not obligated to participate in all of them. If you prefer a more relaxed and leisurely stay, you can choose which activities to partake in and which to skip. This flexibility ensures you can tailor your experience based on your preferences and needs.
If you decide to “chill out” and relax, the resort should offer a comfortable and serene atmosphere where you can unwind. You may have access to amenities such as swimming pools, spa services, or peaceful outdoor spaces where you can enjoy the tranquillity of the surroundings.
Whether you choose to engage in the planned activities or take a more laid-back approach, your stay at the resort in the Terai region is designed to cater to your preferences, ensuring you have a memorable and enjoyable experience.
After your 20-minute flight from Bharatpur to Kathmandu, you will have the rest of the day to explore the capital city. Some recommended activities include visiting Durbar Square and its historic temples, exploring the Swayambhunath and Boudhanath stupas, indulging in Nepalese cuisine, shopping in Thamel, experiencing the Pashupatinath Temple, and exploring Patan Durbar Square if time permits. Enjoy your free day in Kathmandu, and make the most of the city’s cultural attractions and vibrant atmosphere.
You will be brought to the airport three hours before your departure time.
- Boutique hotel in Kathmandu on a bed and breakfast basis
- Boutique hotel in Pokhara on a bed and breakfast basis
- Hotel/lodges on twin sharing basis
- All transportation
- Responsible Adventures’ expert trek leader or Trek with Raj
- Complimentary T-shirt
- Use of trekking kit bag during the trek
- One assistant guide between 4 trekkers
- Trekking Chef
- One porter between two trekkers
- Proper clothing for porters and crew
- Food for porters & crew members (we are less than a handful of trekking companies that provide this facility)
- Insurance for team and porters
- All permits
- Twin sharing room on the trek
- All meals on the trek. We provide the healthiest and most varied menu in the Himalayas.
- Domestic airfare
- International airport taxes
- All optional additional tours or activities during free time
- Transportation outside of the tour program
- Travel insurance (compulsory to have insurance that covers helicopter evacuation)
- Tips (suggested amount US$75 per week for staff only); Leader’s tips at your discretion
- Items of a personal nature, e.g., alcoholic drinks, bottled beverages, laundry, souvenirs, etc.
A Responsible promise
Despite the exceptional circumstances in which we find ourselves at the moment, we don’t want you to give up your holiday – and we want you to be able to book your trip without any worries.
To provide additional security for your booking, we have introduced a new rebooking and cancellation policy so that you can easily rebook or cancel your trip free of charge if the worst comes to the worst.
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For new bookings made between May 10th 2021, and December 31st 2021, you may cancel your complete package (activities, hotels, tours, excl. flight) free of charge up to 30 days before your departure and get 100% of your money back. However, to stay flexible, we recommend that you choose a flexible fare when booking your flight.
Complete flexibility on your booking
Stay flexible with our new rebooking service until shortly before your departure. For new bookings made between May 10th and December 31st, 2022, you may rebook your package (activities, hotels, tours) free of charge up to 30 days before your departure (subject to availability). Rebooking is only allowed once, and you must inform us 30 days before your planned departure. Any additional costs incurred due to changes in your schedule or upgrades, such as additional fees in high season or upgrades to your accommodation, will still apply. To remain flexible, we recommend that you choose a flexible fare when booking your flight.
Most of our clients have completed their treks from 3 years old to some in their 70s with almost no exercise or training.
Do you offer hotel/airport pick-up?
We offer hotel and airport pick-up. As you continue with your booking, there will be an option to input flight details or hotel names.
Do I need a Visa?
A visa for Nepal can be acquired on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, and at border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki on the Nepal-India border, and Kerung on the Nepal-China border.
A visa can also be obtained outside of Nepal at the nearest Nepal Embassy or Diplomatic Mission.
For more information, visit the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Kathmandu.
What should I bring on a Trek?
Being adequately equipped is one of the keys to a successful trek. For information to help you select the best type of clothing and equipment for your trip, please see our Clothing and Equipment Guide.
Also, see our Links page for details of specialist retailers who will offer further advice and assistance with purchasing new clothing or equipment.
If you have more questions, please check this article to reference equipment to pack or contact us.
Is this trip safe for solo/female/LGBT+/minority/POC travellers?
You are safe if you respect the culture, do not show affection in public, and dress decently (this won’t pose too much of a problem as you will be covered up in layers to stay warm).
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