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This Annapurna sunrise trek and wildlife safari tour begins with visits to the ancient Hindu and Buddhist temples and different Palaces of Kings of Kathmandu Valley which now are UNESCO Listed World Heritage Sites. You then drive to Chitwan National Park which is the first National Park in Nepal and a World Heritage Site. You will spend days getting engaged in different jungle activities along with joining a cultural dance group of traditional locals of the area. You then drive to the Lake City of Pokhara which is trek start point to different short and long treks in Annapurna Mountain Region. You will trek, watch the sunrise and the close up view of magnificent Annapurna Range.
Eve Holidays will provide a three-star hotel accommodation for the entire trip on a twin sharing basis. The hotels offer the facilities of attached bathrooms with hot shower, dining place, a bar and internet service. You can upgrade the accommodation to a five-star hotel or can have a single supplement for the entire trip for an additional charge.
In the Chitwan Wildlife Safari, you will stay at Hotel Hermitage just attached to Chitwan National Park. In Kathmandu, you will stay at Avataar Hotel in Thamel. You will stay at a lakeside in Pokhara and in lodges and tea houses with basic facilities during the trek.
On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), a representative from Eve Holidays will greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. You’ll have rest of the day at leisure to freshen up and relax.
Boudhnath Stupa: Listed in the UNESCO World Heritage list, this enormous stupa where thousands of pilgrims gather daily to make a ritual circumnavigation of the dome, beneath the watchful eyes of the Buddha, which gaze out from the gilded central tower. This is one of the few places in the world where %Tibetan Buddhist culture is accessible and unfetered, and the lanes around the stupa are crammed with monasteries and the surrounding is a paraphernalia for Buddhist life.
Swoyambhunath Temple: This Buddhist Stupa, said to be 2000 years old is a perfect architecture of gilded spire and white washed dome located under thousands of fluttering prayer flags. From the spire, four faces of Buddha stare out across the valley in the cardinal directions. The entire structure is symbolic.
Pashupatinath Temple: Pashupatinath, a pagoda style Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is considered to be the powerhouse of Hindu spiritual power in religious terms. Situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, the temple is 6 kms from Kathmandu city. Behind the temples are the cremation grounds.
Kathmandu’s Durbar Square: Is one of three royal palace squares in the Kathmandu Valley. This site was the royal residence until the 19th century where important ceremonies, such as the coronation of the Nepalese monarch use to take place.
After driving for five hours, you reach the lodge in Chitwan National Park where you spend two nights. You freshen up and go for village tour to a nearby ethnic Tharu village where you will learn more about the life and lifestyle of the Tharus and also visit the National Park visitor’s center where you can learn more about the history of the National Park and about wildlife and sun set view from the bank of Rapti River. In the evening you watch and join the Tharu cultural dance presentation by the local villagers in which you can participate or slide show presentation on almost everything under the Chitwan.
After breakfast in the lodge, you go for a canoe ride along the Rapti River which is an excellent opportunity for bird watching and for seeing the rare species of crocodiles; the marsh mugger and the fish eating gharial and a jungle walk on the way back one can enjoy the elephant bathing. After lunch, you go for jeep safari which is an excellent opportunity to see different kinds of animals such as deer, rhinoceros, wild boar, monkey, leopard, sloth bear, and the royal Bengal tiger.
An early morning wake up call followed by breakfast and drive Nayapul, the trek start point. The walk today follows the river upstream past rice paddies, cultivated fields, alder and mimosa forest to Tikhedunga. During the walk you will be following the Burungdi Khola and you should spot some of Nepal's fine river birds including white capped river chats, plumbous redstarts, dippers, and kingfishers.
Today you cross the Burungdi Khola and then have a steep climb up a series of stone steps past wonderful terraced hillsides to the village of Ulleri. The trail continues climbing and now enters a beautiful forest. This lofty rhododendron forest is one of the highpoints of the trek as it is full of birds. You hope to see Rosefinches, Laughing Thrush, Woodpecker, Babblers and Warblers. You may also see Common Langur Monkeys and the very rare Red Panda or Muntjac. You eventually arrive at Ghorepani and can relax outside the lodge with great sunset views of the Annapurna Himal.
This morning there is an optional ascent of Poon Hill (about an hour's walk above Ghorepani) to see the spectacular sunrise over the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himals. As the sun pops out from behind the mountains the sky glows red and pink in the first rays of the sun and the panorama from the summit must be one of the world's great mountain vistas. Best seen at dawn, it's well worth the effort of the climb.
After breakfast you head east, following a forested ridge to cross a pass at 3,193m. The trail then descends through dense forests of fir, spruce, oak and rhododendron home to many birds and a few mammals. Passing through Banthanti at 2,620m, you climb back to 2,745m, where you reach another small pass at Tadapani where you have a superb view of Annapurna South and the peak of Machhapuchhare.
An easier walk today through wonderful uninhabited forest with great mountain views. This forest is one of the highlights of the trek. Look out for monkeys and high forest birds including Tragopan, Juniper Finch and Rosefinches. You emerge from the forest just above Ghandruk, the largest Gurung village in the area. This area is mostly populated by subsistence farmers who tend the carefully laid out terraces. Stretching thousands of feet down steep hillsides they are a work of art and the Nepalis are experts at using every piece of land.
Wheat, rice, and vegetables are grown throughout the year on the well-tended terraces. Although there are now many new modern lodges in Ghandruk there are still older traditional houses with their neat slate roofs. In the afternoon your leader will take you on a village walk and in the evening you can relax in the teahouse and watch the sunset on Annapurna South.
Descending on stone staircases towards the Modi Khola, and passing through Shyauli Bazaar you come to the pretty village of Birethanthi, where you have lunch overlooking the river. Another short walk brings you to NayaPul, where you will meet the road and drive back to Pokhara. There will be time this afternoon to explore the pretty lakeside Pokhara. You could go for a boat trip on the lake looking for water birds or just sit and relax in one of the many lakeside cafes.
You spend your last evening in Kathmandu in a farewell dinner together sharing photos recalling the excitements of trip and exchanging emails in one of the traditional Nepalese restaurant.
Today after breakfast you are in leisure on your own. You will be escorted to airport for your flight home at your flight time.
Starting off and ending at Kathmandu, this tour will take you through Thamel, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhnath Stupa, Kathmandu’s Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath Temple, Chitwan, Chitwan National Park, Nayapul, Tikhedunga, Burungdi Khola, Ghorepani, Ulleri, Annapurna Himal, Tadapani, Poon Hill, Banthanti, Ghandruk, and Modi Khola.
All the restaurants that you dine at cater for continental, Chinese, Mexican, and American based cuisine with some local influences. There is always plenty to choose from. While in Kathmandu and Pokhara you will have buffet breakfast in the hotel where you stay and a farewell dinner on the last day. While in Chitwan, you are provided with all three meals per day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
Tribhuvan International Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Eve Holidays will pick you up from the airport drop you to your hotel.
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