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Annapurna Cultural Trek (05 days)

Trip Code:NET-TR-CTA

  • Trip Type Lodge (Teahouse)
  • Duration 05 days
  • Grade Easy
  • Max.Altitude 1950 m.
  • Group Size 1
  • Travel Mode Land
Annapurna Cultural Trek

Thorang-La Pass 5416m.

This trek is a short but colorful foray into the Annapurna region. The trail winds through patchwork valleys, dense mossy forests and past waterfalls where you can stop to cool yourself. Around every corner is a tantalizing glimpse of the high mountains, whole horizons of which will be revealed to you as you reach the high points of your trek. 
 
During this trek, you pass through different Gurung, Magar and Brahmin villages where you get an insight into their cultural, social practices. In short period, you can experience the colorful culture of these people and most of all you meet Buddhist and Hindus living in harmony and peace. The main occupations of local people are agriculture, animal husbandry, tourism and military service. 

 Trip code: NET-TR-CTA
  Region Annapurna Region
 Trip Rating
 Trip Duration 05 days
 Trip Type: Lodge (Teahouse)
 Trip Grade: Easy
 Min. Group Size 1
 Max Altitude: 1950 m.
 Trip Start: Kathmandu
 Trip Ends: Kathmandu
 Best Season: Autumn: SEP-OCT-NOV
Spring: MAR-APR-MAY
 Transportaion: Land
 Meals: 3 Meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
 Acommodation: 2-3 Star Hotel Accomodation in Kathmandu
Lodge (Teahouse) Accomodation during Trek

Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.) takes about six hours. You depart for the six hours drive to Pokhara (915m,), 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu. Pokhara is tourist's paradise with full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with mountains. You can observe views to the north across the hills and Phewa Tal (lake) to the white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. You can also fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara which takes about 25 minutes.

Drive from Pokhara (915 m.) to Phedi (1130 m.) and trek from Phedi to Pothana takes about five hours. From here you begin your trek to Pothana (1900m.). The trail ascends all the way to Pothana through forests till you reach the village called Dhampus. It is a Gurung village which gives you an opportunity to look at the magnificent views of Annapurna ranges, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu. The ascent trail follows to Pothana through the forests. This is a small village which is surrounded by forests having marvelous mountain views.

Trek from Pothana to Ghandruk (1950 m.) takes about six hours. The early part of trek is gradual ascend for almost an hour up to Deurali (2100 m.) which passes through oak and mixed forests with splendid views of Manaslu, Annapurna ranges and Mardi Himal. Leaving Deurali, you begin to trek steep downwards to reach Tolkha (1840 m.) , a beautiful Magar and Gurung village. To reach the next destination Landruk, a village inhabited by mostly Gurung and few Brahmins the trail is gradual descent passing through terraces and few settlements. Now the steep descent trail moves downwards to Modi Khola river and crossing iron bridge you follow steep uphill to reach Ghandruk.. There are many lodges, Gurung museum and traditional houses made of stone slabs. You can enjoy from here are Annapurna South (7229 m.), Hiunchuli (6441 m.), Annapurna III (7755 m.), Glacier dome (7200 m.) and Fish tail (6997 m.).

Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul via Birethanti takes about 5 hours. This day you descend through Kimshe to Shaulo Bazaar. From here your trail goes quite flat until you retrace back to Birethanti. You need to walk almost half an hour to get to Nayapul. Drive from Nayapul to Pokhara by taxi.

Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist mini bus that takes about seven hours. While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where the Nepal's first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. En route, you can enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to capital city. You can also fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu which takes approximately 25 minutes.


The Trip includes following services:
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services by private A/C car or Van
  • Trekking guide
  • Porter/s (1 porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Accommodation in teahouses (lodges) during the trek
  • Sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags and trekking sticks etc.
  • Entry Permit for Annapurna conservation Area
  • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • All land transportation wherever applicable
  • 2 night hotel accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast at 2 - 3 star standards hotel
  • Insurance and equipments for the guides and porters
  • First aid kit
  • Rescue assistance (Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will    provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, it would be better to have your own travel insurance that can cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost incase required.)
  • One farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • Souvenir (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.) 
     
The Trip does not include:
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Lunch and dinner in Pokhara
  • Meals and hotel accommodation in Kathmandu 

Note:  There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu ranging from budget to 5 star hotels. We are happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget. Please inform us in advance about the type or category or price range of hotel that you would like to stay in.
 
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    Angelina Veugas

    This has been an adventure of a life time for me.

    This has been an adventure of a lifetime for me, and everyone at Nepal Environmental Treks helped to make it possible. Nava chose the best guide for me who through his kindness and wisdom save me through the Annapurna Cultural Trek. 
     
    Hari encouraged me every step of the way with so much patience. I have a heart condition called Atrial Fibrillation and though it is minor it has often caused me to re-consider  doing some things in life. 
     
    I came to Nepal not sure if I would be able to complete the trek, but I know Hari proved to be a big part of this accomplishment. I have to give kudos to Umesh also. When my knee started hurting on the second day, he took my backpack and carried it the whole way, so I had only myself to take care of. I pray I will come back on day, and see NET and Hari and Umesh again.
     
    Sincerely ,
    Angelina Vergas