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KE Beyond The Annapurnas Trek

Family holiday in Nepal including a short trek and the cultural flavours of Kathmandu and Pokhara

  • Courtesy - Jay San

Nepal is the classic destination for trekking and we have put together a perfect itinerary for you and your family to incorporate a short trek and see many cultural aspects of this fascinating country. And you don’t have to camp, or get worried about altitude – just walk and enjoy the spectacular views of those famous, and totally stunning, 8000m snow-capped peaks such as Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri. We start with a couple of days in Kathmandu soaking in the atmosphere and learning about Hinduism and Buddhism by visiting the enormous Boudhanath stupa and Pashupatinath Temple. We also have time to paint our own classic Nepali mask. Our trek starts with a transfer from Pokhara to a village on the Jomsom road. From here we ascend through terraced foothills on the outskirts of the Annapurna Conservation Area and over the next few days up onto the southern section of the Khopra Danda ridge. This is a less walked route, so we can truly experience rural Nepal and its welcoming people. Our highest point is the stupendous viewpoint at Mohare Danda (3300m). Here we watch the sunrise over these immense peaks for a truly humbling and memorable experience. We descend past the popular Poon Hill and along the main Annapurna Circuit track. We have a night in the lake side town of Pokhara before a day in Kathmandu where we have the option of a ‘cooking like a local’ session. Our trek is especially designed for families to take it easy on the altitude without any compromise on the trekking quality and those Himalayan views.


Includes

  • All transfers
  • All ground transportation
  • Domestic Flights (Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu)
  • In Kathmandu: accommodation with all meals at Hotel Summit
  • In Pokhara: accommodation with all meals at Atithi Resort and Spa
  • During Trek: accommodation with all meals at teahouses, guide and porter, crew insurance and permits
  • During Tour: guide, entrance fees and transport
  • Welcome and Farewell Dinner
  • All Nepal government taxes

Excludes

  • Bar Bills
  • Personal Medication
  • Personal Insurance
  • Emergency evacuation charges
  • Tips and Gratitude
Day 1 | ARRIVAL | SUNSET WALK

After receiving you from the Kathmandu Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel which is about 10 KMs (around 30 minutes without traffic) away. Later in the evening, you will experience the gorgeous sunset on the hill of Swoyambhunath together with an expert guide followed by a traditional organic dinner at Bhojan Griha. If you are traveling to any country, you would not go back without trying its national food. "Bhojan Griha", the name directly interpreted in English means house of food, but the restaurant is about more than just a house of food. The house, the setting, is also special. It dates back over 150 years. A renovated 4 storey building, it originally belonged to the royal priest of the king of Nepal. Taste authentic organic Nepalese food. Enjoy simultaneously local folk dances and songs. Dining at Bhojan Griha, meaning House of Food, is a unique experience. Fascinating Nepalese cultural décor and artifacts bring past and present alive.


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Day 2 | ORIENTATION TOUR

This is the standard orientation tour. This tour connects two of the most important heritage sites of Kathmandu and learn more about Buddhism and Hinduism. The walk takes you from Pashupatinath, famous amongst Hindus, to Boudhanath, famous amongst Buddhists. This is a half day tour. Followed by trek briefing at socialtours where you will be meeting your guide and also be given information about the trek.


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Day 3 | MAKE YOUR OWN MASK

Make your own mask tour takes place in Thimi and starts with approx. 1 hrs drive. Here you will able to paint the wooden masks with the artisans who carved them and also can take them with you at the end of the tour.


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Day 4 | TREKKING | DAY 1 | FLY TO POKHARA | DRIVE TO GALESHWOR

After an early morning flight to Pokhara which is around 25 minutes flight, you will be transferred directly to Galeshwor. The drive from Pokhara Airport to Galeshwor is around four-five hours.


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Day 5 | TREKKING | DAY 2 | BASKHARKA

Today you will start your trek which is of around three hrs. The trek is mostly uphill and stay overnight at a home stay in Bas Kharka.


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Day 6 | TREKKING | DAY 3 | NAGI

Today for trek is also mostly uphill and takes about four hrs. At Nagi, you will stay at a community lodge.


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Day 7 | TREKKING | DAY 4 | MOHARE DANDA

Again after an uphill trek for about five hrs, you will reach Mohare Danda where you will be spending the night at a Community Lodge. Also if the weather is in favor, you will be seeing a beautiful view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Range with beautiful sunset and sunrise.


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Day 8 | TREKKING | DAY 5 | GHOREPANI

On this day, we will start early, and reach Poon Hill which is around two hrs hike to see the stunning sunrise with 360 degrees mountain view. And then hike downhill for 30 minutes to reach Ghorepani.


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Day 9 | TREKKING | DAY 6 | TIRKHEDHUNGA

The hike to Tirkhedhunga from Ghorepani is mostly downhill and takes about five hrs.


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Day 10 | TREKKING | DAY 7 | POKHARA

This is the last day of trekking. So, we will be trekking for around three hrs which is mostly flat and downhill followed by a one and half hour drive to Pokhara.


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Day 11 | FREE DAY

After such a long trek, you deserve a rest day. You can roam around Pokhara and relax. Also if you are interested in Biking or Boating, we can arrange that for you.


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Day 12 | FLY TO KATHMANDU

After a relaxing morning at Pokhara, you will fly back to Kathmandu, which is around 25 minutes flight and can spend your free time in Kathmandu followed by a farewell dinner.


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Day 13 | COOK LIKE A LOCAL | DEPARTURE

As part of the GO LOCAL series, socialtours now gives you an opportunity to learn how to cook like a Nepali! Each class starts with a tour of the bazaar in Kathmandu to source fresh ingredients, and continues on to the actual cooking and ends in lunch. And you will be transferred to the airport as per your flight schedule.


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Day Location Activity Transport Hotel Meals
1 Kathmandu Arrival | Sunset Walk land summit hotel D
2 Kathmandu Orientation tour land summit hotel B | L | D
3 Kathmandu Make your own mask land summit hotel B | L | D
4 Galeshwor TREKKING | Day 1 | Fly to Pokhara | Drive to Galeshwor air | land | trek river side resort B | L | D
5 Baskharka TREKKING | Day 2 | BasKharka trek homestay B | L | D
6 Nagi TREKKING | Day 3 | Nagi trek lodge B | L | D
7 Mohare Danda TREKKING | Day 4 | Mohare Danda trek lodge B | L | D
8 Ghodepani TREKKING | Day 5 | Ghorepani trek lodge B | L | D
9 Tirkhedhunga TREKKING | Day 6 | Tirkhedhunga trek lodge B | L | D
10 Pokhara TREKKING | Day 7 | Pokhara land | trek atithi resort and spa B | L | D
11 Pokhara Free Day - atithi resort and spa B | L | D
12 Kathmandu Fly to Kathmandu air | land summit hotel B | L | D
13 Kathmandu Cook Like A Local | Departure land Self B | L
Brief Itinerary Detailed Itinerary
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  • "Suspension bridge to Tikhedhunga village"

  • "cook like a local".

  • "Street of Kathmandu"

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GEAR LIST | What to bring on this Trek?

Think only safety. Safety from the rain, the cold, the heat and the altitude. So simply put the bare essentials would be

  • RAIN - a rain jacket and if required during monsoon, rainproof pants
  • COLD - layers of clothings - thermals, tee shirt, fleece, windstoppers and down. Sleeping bag and liner for the night
  • HEAT - Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses
  • ALTITUDE - Water bottle, snacks and a great Attitude! The rest is all about building an itinerary thats going up slow!

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