Annapurna Lowlands Trek – 9 Nights

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                               ANNAPURNA LOWLANDS TREK

At a Glance

Days Program Accommodation
1 Arrive Kathmandu Kathmandu
2 Full day visits In Kathmandu Kathmandu
3 Fly to Pokhara, afternoon visits Pokhara
4 Drive to trek to Sanctuary lodge / Birethanti Sanctuary Lodge
5 Trek to Himalaya lodge / Ghandruk Himalaya Lodge
6 In Ghandruk Himalaya Lodge
7 Trek to La Bee lodge / Landruk La Bee Lodge
8 Trek to Mala lodge / Tamijung Mala Lodge
9 Trek back to Pokhara, Fly back to Kathmandu Kathmandu
10 Final Departure ——————–

DETAILED ITINERARY:

DAY 1                         ARRIVE KATHMANDU

Meals: None

It is a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. A representative and driver from Yeti Holidays will meet you at the airport and escort you to your designated hotel. The representative will help you check into hotel. At the hotel you will be briefed about your daily activities.

Check In and Overnight in Kathmandu

  DAY 2:                        IN KATHMANDU

Meals: Breakfast

Embark on the day’s visits.

 KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE

The durbar square with its arrays of temples, courtyards, monuments and the ancient palaces of the former Nepali Royals is located in Basantapur in the heart of Kathmandu city, the country’s capital. Chief attractions here include Hanuman Dhoka Royal Palace, the magnificent Taleju Temple towering more than 40 meters; Kumari Ghar, the residence of the Living Goddess, Kumari; the temple of Ashok Vinayak dedicated to lord Ganesh (elephant headed deity), and Kal Bhairav, the God of Wrath. There is a giant pagoda of ‘Kasthamandap’, a structure which is said to have been built out of a single tree. The name of the capital ‘Kathmandu’ is said to be actually derived from ‘Kasthamandap’.

 Note: The recent earthquake completely destroyed Kasthamandap and some temples in the durbar square premise. Hanumandhoka palace complex and Kumari Ghar also fall amongst the affected ones.

 THAMEL

After sightseeing tour of Durbar Square get on a rickshaw (tricycle) for an interesting 20-minute ride to the tourist hub of Thamel. Travelers and the locals consider it a tourist haven. Its filled with narrow streets, all lined with budget hotels, small shops selling everything from food and provisions to clothes, carpets, walking gears, music CDs, DVDs, handicrafts, paintings which make it an ideal place for souvenir shopping. The area also has some very good restaurants when you need to stop for munching.

BOUDHANATH

One of the oldest and the biggest Buddhist monuments ever built in Nepal; Boudhanath is a spherical stupa structure imposing at a height of 36 meters with three massive Mandala style platforms. Located 08 kilometres east of Kathmandu, the stupa with four pairs of eyes at the four cardinal directions is believed to be keeping watch for righteous behavior and human prosperity. Built on an octagonal base inset with 108 prayer wheels, the shrine is ringed by the settlement especially of the Tibetan refugees who entered Nepal in the 1950s. They have developed the place into a ‘Mini-Tibet’ ever since.

PASHUPATINATH

Pashupatinath Temple dating back to 400 A.D. is one of the oldest temples dedicated to Lord Shiva- the superior god as per Hindu mythology. Situated 05 kilometres east of Kathmandu amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, the temple is built in a two storey Pagoda design with gilded roof and richly carved silver doors. It houses the sacred linga or phallic symbol of Lord Shiva.

Overnight in Kathmandu

DAY 3:                        FLY TO POKHARA

Meals: Breakfast

Fly to Pokhara (approx 25 minutes).

Once you reach Pokhara, check-in at the hotel.

POKHARA is a remarkable place of natural beauty.  At an elevation lower than that of Kathmandu, it has much more tropical feel to it; a fact well appreciated by the beautiful diverse flowers that prosper in this environment. The enchanting city with a population above 250000 has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panaromic views of the Himalayan peaks. The valleys surrounding Pokhara is home to thick forest, gushing rivers, emerald lakes and of course, the views of world famous Himalayas. The serenity of the lakes and the magnificence of the Himalayas rising behind them create an ambience of peace and magic.

Later embark on the tour of Pokhara.

POKHARA OLD BAZAAR

Pokhara’s traditional bazaar is bright and colorful, as are its ethnically diverse traders. Located around 4km from Lakeside, it is a pleasant, shady spot, strewn with shops selling everything from edibles and cloth to cosmetics and gold!

BINDEBASINI TEMPLE

Bindabasini Mandir is of great religious importance to Hindus living in the Pokhara region. It is a vital hub of religious fervor. The temple itself is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Durga, who is Pokhara’s chosen guardian deity. Durga, also known as Shakti or Kali has numerous manifestations and at the Bindabasini temple she is seen as Bhagwati, a blood-thirsty aspect of the goddess. Durga appears in the form of a Saligram. A Saligram, according to Hindu mythology is a propitious stone. It is said that the temple was created after the goddess ordered king Khadag Bum Malla to set up her statue here. The Bindabasini temple was then founded in BS 1845. Since its establishment, Bhagwati has been an object of worship here on a daily basis. Animal sacrifices are typically presented at the temple on Saturdays and Tuesdays. The Hindu festival of Dashain sees large numbers of believers coming to offer sacrifices at Bindyabasini Mandir. Indeed, there is little space for tourist during the festival of Dashain.

SETI RIVER GORGE

‘Seti’ means White in Nepali and that’s how the famous Seti River got its name with its flowing silver white water. It silently flows in the centre part of the valley carving out a wonderful Gorge. The Seti Gorge comprises the deep rifts of the Conglomerate Mountains carved upto 40 to 50 meters deep which could mostly be witnessed from KI Singh Bridge at Bagar, Mahendra Bridge at Mahendrapool market and Chinese bridge at Lakhan chowk.

DEVI’S FALLS

Locally known as Patale Chhango (or Hell’s fall), Devi’s fall is an amazing waterfall lying about 2 km south-west of Pokhara airport on the highway to Tansen. It was named after Devi, a Swiss lady who was swept away when the floodgates were accidently opened, never to be seen again.

GUPTESHWAR CAVE

The cave is probably the longest and attractive cave in south Asia which is located at a pristine location northwestern part of Pokhara district. Ancestors called this place as desolate Khatri Tara. At that time water steam used to come out from this place and some courageous youngsters used to go inside and catch fishes. In 1970, 1980 and 1982 a British Expedition Organization named British course Research Cave Expedition expatiated this cave and published about it in The Atlas of the Great Caves of the World. This cave is now a religious as well as touristic destination. Hindus visit this cave to worship lord Shiva- the superior god as per Hindu Mythology.

BOATRIDE AT FEWA LAKE

Spend a quiet time boating in the ultimate lake where the reflections of Mount Annapurna and Machhapuchhre range falls. You will also see a variety of fishes while boating. An island temple is located at the middle of the lake. Thick forest lies on the adjoining southern slopes of the lake. It’s hard to escape the draw of Phewa Lake and any visitor with even a few spare minutes should endeavour to take a boat out on the water to fully experience the wonderful views of the reflected mountains.

Overnight in Pokhara

DAY 4:                        TREK TO SANCTUARY LODGE (1150 M)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Our representative will assist you till the departure terminal at domestic airport just in time before you will board a short-sweet 25 minutes flight to the beautiful Pokhara.We transfer by road with guides & porters to our trek start point {1.5 hour}. Our walk will follow a ridge line in the lower foothills of the Annapurnas with surrounding views of the Pokhara Valley. This route then drops to the Modi River Valley, where Ker & Downey’s Sanctuary Lodge is located. The lodge has magnificent views of the sacred and unclimbed Fishtail Mountain, or Machhapuchhre, as it is locally known. Lunch is at the lodge followed by an optional walk to the village of Birethanti. Or you may choose to spend the afternoon exploring the surrounding river valley (Trek time 3-4 hours).

Overnight in Sanctuary lodge

DAY 5:                        TREK TO HIMALAYA LODGE (2012 M)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, we leave the lodge walking out through the outlying farms following the Modi River Valley. Soon we begin to climb out of the valley & up towards the mountains. The trail passes through small hamlets, terraced rice fields and forests with spectacular views of the surrounding valley. Snacks are provided along the trail. Hot lunch is served on arrival at the lodge in the early afternoon. (Trek time 5-6 hours). It is from this lodge that there are magnificent close up views of the surrounding mountains.

Overnight in Himalaya Lodge

DAY 6:                        IN HIMALAYA LODGE

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We wake up this morning with tea and coffee served in the garden and watches the sunrise over Annapurna South, Annapurna 1, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, and the Fishtail. After enjoying a relaxing breakfast and the glorious views from the Himalaya Lodge, our guide will take us on an exploration of this mountain village and the surrounding countryside. Ghandruk was once a major recruitment centre for the famous Gurkha soldiers. The women of Ghandruk maintain a local industry of weaving traditional Nepalese rugs.

Overnight in Himalaya Lodge

DAY 7:                        TREK TO LA BEE LODGE, LANDRUK (1565 M)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Leaving the Ghandruk village, the trek descends steeply to the banks of Modi River. Crossing the suspension bridge, we trek up into the Landruk village enjoying the views of Annapurna range passing through the cliffs that where honey hunters climb up on the ropes to hunt the wild bee honey. Lunch will be ready as we arrive at our lodge (4 – 5 hours). After the lunch, we could either rest in the room enjoying the spectacular views of the mountains or go on a sightseeing tour in the village with our guide.

Overnight in La Bee Lodge

DAY 8:                        TREK TO MALA LODGE, TAMIJUNG (1,445 M)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Following a leisurely breakfast, we leave La Bee lodge & trek to Mala Lodge at 1445 meters. Today’s trek contours the side of the hill, with small ups and downs, passing through villages and farmland. Trek time to the Lodge is about 4 hours. You’ll reach the Lodge in time for lunch with optional afternoon hikes to the surrounding villages.

DAY 9:                        TREK BACK TO POKHARA,  FLY BACK TO KATHMANDU

Meals: Breakfast

After early morning tea and coffee served, you’ll have the opportunity to photograph the stunning scenery of the Annapurnas from several different locations around the Lodge. After breakfast we trek to the village of Chandrakot through forests with surrounding views of the valley and mountains. Chandrakot is at an altitude of 1580 m/ 5200 ft. After a further 30 minute walk we arrive at the village of Lumle, which is situated at 1620 m / 5300ft. This is where we meet our vehicle. From Lumle we will return to Pokhara, a 1 hour journey.

From Pokhara, connect the next flight back to Kathmandu.

Check in and Overnight in Kathmandu

DAY 10                       FINAL DEPARTURE

Meals: Breakfast

Transfer to the International Airport to connect the flight for onward journey.

                                             END OF THE TOUR

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Gone are the days when trekking in Nepal used to be associated with a physically demanding activity that also included sleeping on hard mattresses and snacking on limited food items available locally. Our logistically planned out ‘comfort’ lodges that are strewn across the Annapurna lowlands are perfectly suited for the soft trekkers who wish to have the luxury of ensuite bathroom facility in their private rooms with available hot shower at their disposal. This trek entrails overnight stops at four of our major trek lodges in the outskirts of Pokhara which also have gratifying mountain views of the elusive Annapurna region.