This low-altitude trek, by Himalayan standards, on the Annapurna foothills, is devised specifically for families (boutique-quality accommodation).
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Book this Nepal trek and get a complimentary one hour Trekker’s’ massage after the trek is over. The masseuses will be from a marginalized community. This is part of our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
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This is an extremely varied trip that offers everything from fascinating ancient Kathmandu to seeing Nepal’s countryside during the drive to Pokhara and Chitwan and game-watching in Chitwan. However, the highlight is a short trek, with our expert trek leader and porters, visiting some of the most interesting villages in the Annapurna’s foothills surrounded by magnificent mountain views.
We use a series of picturesque luxury lodges that offer a much higher comfort level than is ordinarily available while trekking. Each lodge has twin rooms, attached bathrooms, hot running water, dining rooms, cozy lounges, gardens, and stunning views.
The trekking part is ideal for active persons from a child to someone in their 70s.
Why Choose Us?
Arrive at Kathmandu airport. You will be met at the airport by our representative and be brought to your hotel. You will be given a full trip briefing in the evening.
We will leave the hotel in the morning for our sightseeing tour of Kathmandu. We drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Boudhanath to see the famous Buddhist stupa with its giant mandala, one of Nepal’s largest stupas. We then continue to Kathmandu Durbar Square (which also has UNESCO status). This one of three royal palace squares in the Kathmandu Valley. The Kathmandu Durbar Square was heavily damaged in the 2015 earthquake. The many palaces, courtyards, and temples built in the Newari style are fascinating. You will be given a full briefing for the trip today.
We leave for Pokhara early this morning in a private vehicle. The drive to Pokhara can be delayed by traffic leaving Kathmandu. Once we are out of Kathmandu city, the trip usually takes around 6 hours, depending on the road and traffic conditions. In the afternoon, your trek leader will take you for a familiarization walk along the shore of Phewa Lake. Pokhara is a pretty lakeside resort at the foot of the Annapurna range.
We have a short drive to the starting point of our trek. We follow a trail on a ridgeline in the middle hills of the Annapurna range. We walk through terraced fields, forest and descend to the Modi River Valley to the Sanctuary Lodge. Machapuchare or Fishtail is a sacred mountain that is unclimbed. Fine views of the holy ‘Fishtail’ Mountain can be seen on clear days from the Sanctuary lodge.
You leave the lodge after breakfast and hike past scattered farms. We go upstream of the Modi River with continuous views of Machapuchare in front of us. You will soon start ascending the hills on quite a long climb on stone steps. The trail takes you through a mixture of farmland and forests with plenty of stops for rehydrations, photos, and observing the scenery.
We arrive at the Himalaya Lodge in Ghandruk for a late lunch. Hopefully, the spectacular views of the Annapurna massif will be clear.
Landruk village can be seen on the other side of the Modi valley. We have a steep descend to the valley floor. You might be able to see the hives of cliff bees. The honey from these bees is known to be hallucinogenic if consumed in quantity – this could be a little as three teaspoons!
We cross a suspension bridge and ascend for about one hour until we reach our stop for the day at Landruk. Impressive views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli will inspire you to keep walking. Lunch will be ‘waiting’ as we arrive at our lodge. You can take a rest or go for a walk in the lovely village with your trek leader.r
Today the hike to Majhgaon is somewhat leveled and gentle in the morning. We will trek through farmlands and villages. We arrive at the lodge for lunch once again. The afternoon can be used to relax in the lovely garden or explore the quaint village and surroundings. If you want, a guided tour can be arranged as well.
We start our morning by hiking towards Patlekhet, a small village on the way to Pothana. We will be walking in subtropical forests until we come to an opening close to Pothana. Tibetan traders will be displaying their gifts and souvenirs for the trekkers that pass through Pothana either on the way to or from Annapurna Base camp.
The panorama from Dhampus is something you will not forget for a long time to come.
We depart after breakfast along a ridge before descending through the wooded hillside to Phedi. We board the waiting vehicle and transfer to Pokhara. We have a free afternoon (optional boat trip on Lake Phewa).
After breakfast, we depart along the ridge & descend on a stone staircase through the wooded hillside and terraced farmland to the valley floor—Trek time 1.5-2hrs hours. We then transfer by vehicle to the hotel in Pokhara (1hr). The afternoon is free to explore Pokhara. You may want to visit the interesting mountain museum, or you can go for a boat ride on Phewa Lake or hire a bike for a cycle along the lakeshore. Or you may want to relax by the hotel pool or wander along with the lakeside browsing in the shops. Your leader will brief you on the various options available.
We take a private vehicle for the drive to Chitwan, which takes about 4 hours. The panoramic views of the Annapurna and Manaslu mountain range will be clear on the left side of the vehicle on a clear day. We drive back to Mugling, from where we drive turn south to Nepal’s lowlands and our resort in Chitwan. We should get to the resort by lunchtime. We will meet our naturalist guide, who will go through the program of activities available for us. We can participate in activities that have been planned for us.
The activities include – jungle walk, village walk, bird watching, canoe ride, etcetera. Knowledgeable staff from the lodge always accompany us on all activities.
We will be taking part in activities that we didn’t partake in yesterday. The jungle is home to more than 800 bird species, the great one-horned rhino, four types of deer, monkeys, two types of crocodiles, the sloth bear, the spotted leopard, and the ever-elusive Royal Bengal tiger, to name a few wildlife.
There is an opportunity for an early morning bird-watching walk before breakfast. We leave for Bharatpur airport for our flight to Kathmandu.
You will have one last dinner with your trek leader and talk about the many highlights of this tour.
International departure. You will be brought to the airport three hours before your departure time.
- A family-owned Boutique hotel in Kathmandu on a bed and breakfast basis on twin sharing basis
- A Boutique hotel in Pokhara on a bed and breakfast basis on twin sharing basis
- All transportation
- Responsible Adventures’ expert trek leader or Hire Raj
- Complimentary T-shirt
- Use of trekking kit bag during the trek
- One assistant guide between 4 trekkers
- 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
- Two nights in Chitwan with game viewing
- All meals on the trek and in Chitwan
- Domestic airfare
- International airfare
- 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$100 per week for staff only), Leader’s tipping up to your discretion
- Items of a personal nature, e.g., alcoholic drinks, bottled beverages, laundry, souvenirs, etc.
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.
Outside of Nepal, A visa can also be obtained at the nearest Nepal Embassy or Diplomatic Mission.
For more information, go to 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 travelers?
You are safe as long as you are respectful of the culture, do not show affection in public, and dress decently (this won’t pose too much problem as you will be covered up in layers to stay warm).
Here are some helpful articles:
- Am I too old to go trekking?
- Arriving at Kathmandu airport.
- Should I bring cash or ATM cards?
- The differences between luxury lodges and teahouse lodges
- What to pack for a trek?
- Do I need to train for a trek?
- What is a typical day on a trek like?
- What is the food like on the trek?
- The Benefits of using trekking poles.
- What do I need to know about high altitude?
- High altitude myths.
- How to trek safely?
- For more articles, you can go to our blogs.