Itinerary Details

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be welcomed by a Rahhalah representative and you will be transferred to the hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you may have the chance to relax a bit or explore some of the picturesque alleys of Kathmandu, before meeting with your guide for a briefing session.

Accommodation: Fairfield by Marriott or similar.
Altitude of Kathmandu: 1,345 m.

After breakfast, you will depart for Pokhara (a 6-7-hour drive), located 200 km west of Kathmandu. The ride is long but beautiful, as you climb out of the Kathmandu valley and then descend towards Trisuli River, following its course until its junction with Marshyangdi River. From then onwards, you pass through terraced fields and small hill towns until you reach Seti River which leads you directly into Pokhara.

With its cultural heritage sites and natural beauty, Pokhara is any traveler's paradise. Lakes, caves, and temples intertwine with the mountains, offering meditative moments and spectacular views towards Phewa Tal (lake) and the white peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Ranges.

After settling in the hotel, you can enjoy the rest of the day, exploring the area at your own pace.

Optional: You can also fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara (a 25-minute flight). Extra cost applies.

Accommodation in Pokhara: Hotel Peninsula (http://peninsulanepal.com) or similar.
Altitude in Pokhara: 914 m.

After breakfast, you will drive to Nayapul (approx. a 1.5-hour drive), from where you will begin your trekking adventure. You will start from an altitude of 1,050 m, passing via Birethanti (1065m) until your you reach Tikhedhunga at 1,577m.

The first part of the trek is easy, as you cross through numerous small villages and settlements before ascending gently towards your final destination. The majority of locals are Gurung. They are Buddhist, most of them engaged in agricultural activities and tourism while some work in Gorkha and Indian regiments.

Accommodation: Local lodge/tea house.
Total altitude difference: +500m.
Hiking time: 4.5 hours.

The first part of the trek is a steep ascend for 2 hours, before the path eases up, passing through the villages of Ulleri (2070m.) Banthanti, and Magar. On the way, you can enjoy good views of Machhapuchhre or Fish Tail (6997m.), Huinchuli (6441m.), and Annapurna (7219m.) south. Later in the day, the trail becomes even more enjoyable as you pass through a forest and descend gently towards the final camp in Ghorepani (2,675m). You may even see some of the region’s wildlife such as monkeys and various species of birds.

Accommodation: Local lodge/tea house.
Total altitude difference: around 1100m.
Hiking time: 6 hours.

The trail that leads from Ghorepani to Poonhill (3,193m) is a very steep stone staircase, and it taks about 1½ hours to reach the top. From Poonhill, one can enjoy the colors of the sunrise and views on mountains such as Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna I, and Annapurna south, Himchuli, Annapurna III, Fishtail, Annapurna IV, and Annapurna II.

After Poonhill, you will descend to Ghorepani and trek to Tadapani (2590m) through a series of ascends and descends. The mountain trail passes through several villages as well as oak and Rhododendron forests.

Accommodation: Local lodge/tea house.
Total altitude difference: +500/-500m.
Hiking time: 6-8 hours.

Today’s trail is easy and enjoyable as it descends gently through rhododendron, oak and other dense forests. This is one of the most popular destinations for bird lovers, as you can hear different kinds of birds chirping on the way.
Ghandruk (1950m) is a big Gurung village that hosts a handicraft centre and a museum. From there, you can enjoy good views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna (7455m.), Annapurna III (7755m.) and Fishtail.

Accommodation: Local lodge/tea house.
Total altitude difference: -600m.
Hiking time: 3 hours.

From Ghandrug, the trail is descending before it flattens around the bank of Modi River, passing through several villages such as Kimle, Shyauli Bazzar, and Birethani, finally leading to Nayapul. There, the car will wait for you to drive you back to Pokhara.

Accommodation in Pokhara: Hotel Peninsula or similar.
Total altitude difference: -900m.
Hiking time: 5 hours.

While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head to Damauli, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where Nepal's first Cable car operated towards the Manakamana Hindu Temple. En-route, you will enjoy mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people engaged in traditional, daily activities. From Naubishe, you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to the capital city of Kathmandu.

Optional: You can also fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu (a 25-min flight). Extra cost applies.

Accommodation: Fairfield by Marriott or similar.

After breakfast, and depending on your departure details, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home.