Annapurna Trek and Jungle SafariSolidarity tourism in Nepal Nepal
- Region: Around Pokhara and Kathmandu
- Activity: Trekking
- Season: Sep — May
- Duration: 14 Days
- Grade: Easy
Nepal is a small country enclosed in the South by the plain of the Ganges and in the North by the Himalayan high mountains. Contact point between the Chinese and Indian civilizations, it consists of 40 ethnic groups with more than 70 languages. It was a monarchic and multicultural democracy.
Nepal is the only State to the officially Hindu world (more than 90 % of the population) but the Buddhism (6 %) and the Islam (3 %) are also practised. The religious tolerance and the harmony which we find there, there makes maybe a unique example for the world.
PASHUPATINATH TEMPLE: Pashupati Nath temple is considered one of the holiest shrines of all the Hindu temples. It is 6 km. east of Kathmandu. The temple has remained the presiding deity of ruling Nepalese Royalty.
BHAKTAPUR DURBAR SQUARE: The City of Devotees. This is a unique city located east of Kathmandu at 1,400m above sea level. With an area of 5 sq. kms. this unique city is divided into 24 traditional localities. It was founded by King Ananda Dev in 889 A.D.
PATAN (Lalitpur): This ancient city of Patan also known as Lalitpur of the city of fine arts is about 5-kms south-east of Kathmandu. The city is full of Hindu temples and Buddhist monuments.
SWAYAMBHUNATH STUPA: Swayambhunath Stupa is the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Kathmandu valley. Its lofty white dome and glittering golden spire are visible for many miles and from all sides of the valley. Historical records found on a stone inscription give evidence that the stupa was already an important Buddhist pilgrimage destination by the 5th century AD.
DURBAR SQUARE: Durbar Square is situated in the hub of the Capital of Nepal, the ancient city of Kathmandu. It is Nestled in the fertile valley under the majestic Himalayas, Katmandu is part of the ancient trade and pilgrimage route from India to Tibet and China.
KUMARI GHAR: Situated in the vicinity of Hanuman Dhoka Palace is the temple of Kumari – the living Goddess, the goddess acknowledges the greetings from her balcony. With profusely carved wooden balconies and window screens, the building is simply majestic.
This picturesque town is Situated at an altitude of 827 m on the bank of Phewa Lake and in lap of magnificent Annapurna and Summit of Machhapuchhre rising behind creates an ambience of peace and tranquility. one hour boat ride at Phewa Lake, later visit the Temple situated in the middle of the lake., than excursion to Sarangkot hill. back to Pokhara. night in hotel.
After breakfast drive one hour from PKR along the Kusma/Baglung road to Nayapul. Commence trek to Ghandrug via Birethathi.It is a long day trek to Ghandrug.Ghandrug, is the huge Gurung village at 1970 m.The views of Annapurna South from here are outstanding.The Traditional Gurung Museum & Restaurant Offers a variety of dishes and drinks that are unique to this region. Lunch will be served enroute. Dinner and overnight in lodge in Ghandrung.
From Ghandrug the trail climbs steadily up through forests, streams and reach Tadapani which is at an altitude of 2540 m. Lunch will be served enroute and dinner in the camp in the evening. Overnight in lodge.
After breakfast start trek to Ghorepani. Overnight at Ghorepani Camp/lodge.
A three hour trek brings us to Tirkhedhunga. This is the last night on the trek and a special farewell dinner and dance program will be organized by the Sherpa Team. Overnight at Tirkhedhunga.
After breakfast, descend gently down to the banks of the Bhurgundi river and follow the trail along the river for three hours to Birethanti. Lunch. There is a check post where all trekkers must have their permits checked and logged. After lunch, cross the suspension bridge and walk a further 20 minutes to arrive at Nayapul.
Bid farewell to the trekking staff and porters and board the waiting vehicles for the 1 Â½ hour drive back to Pokhara.
Morning one hour boat ride at Phewa Lake, later visit the Temple situated in the middle of the lake. Back for breakfast at hotel, than excursion to Sarangkot hill. back to Pokhara. night in hotel.
Jungle safari continue: Royal Chitwan National Park is synonymous with some of the most rewarding and stimulating wildlife activities in Nepal. The park is approximately 1,000 sq. km. of sub-tropical lowland jungle, five hours by road from Kathmandu or a 25 minute flight. It is home to a multitude of wild animals including the Royal Bengal tiger and the endangered one horn Rhinoceros native to Nepal of which there are less than 1,500 surviving. There have also been more than 420 species of birds recorded inside the park.
Drive back to Kathmandu through scenic mountain terrain. On arrival check in hotel, rest day free to explore the capital your self.night in hotel.
BODHNAT: One of the largest stupas in South Asia is located at Boudhanath, 5.km east of the center of Kathmandu. It is the focal point for Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. It is considered to be one of the most important Tibetan Buddhism monuments outside of Tibet. It is believed to date to the 5th century. It is known to Tibetans as Chorten Chempa or the “Great Stupa).There are over 35 gompas in the area of the stupa. It is a nice walk from Pashupatinath. Bodhnath is a little north of the airport.
There is an entire village around the stupa inhabited mainly by Tibetans. Many of the Tibetans are in exile since the Chinese took over Tibet in 1959. There is a big festival here on Losar, the Tibetan New Year in February or March. This is the biggest Tibetan New Years festival in Nepal. Buddha Jayanti, the birthday of the Buddha, is on the full moon night of April/May. On this day a statue of the Buddha is taken on an elephant around the Stupa.
NAGARKOT: Nagarkot is situated in 33 kilometers east of Kathmand (1:30 am), the most popular village for his beautiful views on the massifs of Jugal, Khumbu and Rolwaling, and by very good weather distant view on the Everest.