Our challenging adventure combines exploration of Kathmandu and Pokhara with a stunning 7 day trek in the Annapurna region of Western Nepal. Our destination is one of the truly iconic adventure travel destinations in the world and perfectly suited to travel for young men. On arrival in Kathmandu we gain an insight into the Nepalese people and culture as we explore the historical and cultural highlights. We then embark on a spectacular trek into the Annapurna region. Our group will trek through small Gurung villages and visit the Annapurna Conservation Area Project site in Gandruk. We continue through beautiful mountain scenery to the stunning vantage point of "Poon Hill", gaining uninterrupted views across the whole of the Annapurna range.
After the months of planning and preparation the wait is finally over! You will need to check in at the International Airport 2 hours prior to your flight.
On arrival you will be met at Kathmandu airport and transferred to the Gangjong Hotel. A pre-trek briefing will be given around 5pm where arrangements will be made for the distribution of your kit bag, sleeping bag and down/fiberfill jacket. Tonight we will head out as a group and enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight Gangjong Hotel
This morning we take a flight west to Pokhara, Nepal's second largest town (820m). On arrival we are met at the airport and drive a short distance to Pokhara township where we will have lunch and meet our crew. We then board our private vehicle and drive past a Tibetan Refuge Camp, to the road head to commence our trek. The students will be responsible for carrying all their personal equipment on the trek, whilst our Sherpa crew will carry all the group requirement. We immediately leave the main road and ascend steeply towards the ridge where we gain panoramic views of the Annapurna mountain range in the distance. The scale of the imposing mountains astounds us as we gaze at the adjacent peaks of Machapuchare (6993m), Hiunchuli (6441m) and Annapurna South (7219m). We follow a ridge through fields and clumps of bamboo before arriving at the small village town of Dampus, our stop for the night. Villagers greet us with "Namaste", the traditional Nepalese greeting as we have wonderful views across the Annapurna Range.
This is an interesting day with some steep sections as we trek through mainly forest, in and out of gullies, as the path leads us toward the mountains. The rhododendron forests are lush and offer a protective canopy for the smaller delicate flora. It also provides a haven for birdlife and we can hear their varied calls as we move through. Local villagers use the trail to take goods to market, and children pass by on their way to school. The trail soon opens onto fields as we approach the village of Landrung for spectacular views of the Annapurna Range.
Overnight permanent eco-camps
The views from our campsite are excellent, and morning generally offers the best opportunity to view the huge peaks. As we walk, the peaks of the Annapurnas will be visible through the scattered rhododendron forest, offering a sample of the trek to come. As we reach Deroli (2200m) we can get our first views of Dhaulagiri, the world's 6th highest peak. We take lunch at Forest Camp, and after our longer uphill morning session, this afternoon will be a more gradual ascent to our camp
The views today are fantastic as the spectacular mountains start opening up around us. Our trail runs through fields and into forest of rhododendron, magnolia and lichen covered fig. We are away from the main trails now and pass by waterfalls that cascade down narrow gullies that provide the perfect home for many small ferns and plants such as exotic orchids. We rise above 2500 mtrs in altitude as we approach our eco lodge located in the village Tadapani.
Our walk today joins the old Tibet-Nepal trade route. It is a challenging day as we rise and fall with the path. We have risen above the tree-line, and now have excellent views of the dramatic range of mountains known as the Dhaulagiri Himal as the trail zigzags until we reach Ghorapani. This is a larger trading town complete with markets and bazaars. We have the chance to wander through the trading areas this afternoon before heading to bed early in preparation for our early morning climb on Poon Hill.
Overnight eco lodge
This morning we wake early for our steep climb to the famous view point of Poon Hill. From Ghorepani a pre dawn 45 minutes mostly staired climb brings us to the summit of Poon Hill (3200m). The view of the Himalaya from here are tremendous, with forested foot hills as a fore ground and some of the world's greatest mountain ranges surrounding us. The glow of the rising sun catches Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Annapurna, making the early morning rise more than worth the effort. We descend to Ghorepani for breakfast and during the morning we descend further through first and small settlements to Chitre.
Today is the last day of our trek as we head out of the forest to the road head where we meet our vehicle for the drive to Pokhara. On arrival at our permanent eco camp in Pokhara we say goodbye to our crew who have been with us for the last 7 days. Tonight we will have a celebration dinner with the crew.
Overnight permanent eco-camp
After breakfast we say goodbye one last time to our new found friends and transfer to the airport for your flight to Kathmandu. On arrival transfer to your hotel, this afternoon is at leisure for last minute shopping and exploration of Kathmandu as well as organising your luggage for your flight home. Tonight we will head out on a farewell dinner and debriefing to reflect on our journey.
Overnight Hotel Gangjong
This morning after breakfast we check out and transfer to the airport for the Thai Airways flight to Melbourne.
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