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The Gurung Annapurna Trail in Comfort

9 Days / 8 Nights

Trip Overview

Inspiration

Outline Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu (1300 m)

Day 2 Kathmandu – Pokhara (900 m) – Birethanti (1025 m) (B, L, D)

Day 3 Birethanti (1025 m) – Majgaon (1400 m) (B, L, D)

Day 4 Majgaon (B, L, D)

Day 5 Majgaon – Dhampus (1650 m) (B, L, D)

Day 6 Dhampus – Pokhara (B)

Day 7 Pokhara – Kathmandu (B)

Day 8 Kathmandu (B)

Day 9 Departure from Kathmandu

Full Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300 m)

Welcome to Nepal! Upon your arrival in Kathmandu Airport, you’ll be met at the airport by our representative.
There’s a short drive to the Gokarna Forest Resort, our peaceful haven on the outskirts of Kathmandu. This is your hotel base before and after trek. Your program on the hotel will be on Bed & breakfast plan.
You’ll be served with welcome drink and will start briefing about your programs and collect necessary documents for permit for the trekking.
Overnight at Gokarna Forest Resort

Gokarna Forest Resort is located inside the serene temperate Gokarna Forest, the former private Royal hunting grounds of the Kings of Nepal. A winding road climbs through the forest up to the main complex, comprising a mix of subtly majestic Malla period architecture, Rana period lodges, and sanctuaries harmoniously blending with nature. Further on exotic Forest View cottage rooms are set beside a century old restored Hunter’s lodge. A quiet peaceful haven set between ancient towering trees with glimpses of the second fairway in the valley below make the perfect getaway for a few days of golf, relaxation and rejuvenation at the Spa, enchanting forest walks, and time close to nature.

Day 2: Kathmandu – Pokhara (900 m) – Birethanti (1025 m) (B, L, D)

After breakfast, we transfer to the domestic airport for your 25 minutes flight to Pokhara. This spectacular flight offers views of the Langtang, Manaslu and Annapurna ranges.

We’ll have a briefing at the Ker & Downey head office before we transfer by road with guides & porters to our trek start point {1-hour}. Our walk will follow a ridgeline 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. A picnic lunch is provided with a late afternoon arrival at the Lodge.
(2-3 hours walk)
Overnight at Sanctuary Lodge

Day 3: Birethanti (1025 m) – Majgaon (1400 m) (B, L, D)

Following a leisurely breakfast, we leave the Sanctuary lodge & trek to Ker & Downey's Gurung Lodge at 1400 meters. We cross the bridge nearby the lodge and start trekking heading up the Modi River. This is a little used trail that is starts off rocky and then Meanders Through a forested area. We then reach a long, winding stone stair case which we start to trek up. We reach the level ground at a small farming hamlet. We then trek along this ridge to the village of Waday. From Waday there are far reaching views of the whole valley. Our trek then descends for a while to another bridge. After crossing this bridge, we have another uphill push, passing though small villages of Patlekhet and Majgaun before arriving at the Gurung Lodge.
After lunch at the lodge, we take rest and enjoy the views of the region along with the mountains. During the evening time, should there be more than 6 guests, the children along with the mother group will visit your place and perform local dances and typical songs of the region.
(4hrs walk)
Overnight at Gurung Lodge

Day 4: Majgaon (B, L, D)

After breakfast, 3 - 4 hrs walks around the Majgaon and Patle Khet village to discover the traditional homes and the living style of the local people. And in the mean time, visit local school as well as a local house which has been converted into a museum in the local village of Tanchok and back to the lodge for lunch. Afternoon, free time.
Overnight at Gurung Lodge

Day 5: Majgaon – Dhampus (1650 m) (B, L, D)

This morning we start out trekking through the unspoilt village of Patlekhet. Our walk then takes us through sub-tropical forests that include tree orchids, rhododendrons and magnolias. Along the way, we will stop at the village of Pothana where many Tibetan traders live and sell their souvenirs. After about 4 hours, we arrive at the Basanta Lodge. After lunch at the lodge there will be an optional walk through the old village of Dhampus. From the lodge, there are sweeping views of the entire Annapurna Range.
(4hrs walk)
Overnight at Basanta Lodge

Day 6: Dhampus – Pokhara (B)

After breakfast, we depart along the ridge & descend through the wooded hillside and terraced farmland to the valley floor. Trek time 1 ½ hours. We then transfer by vehicle to the Temple Tree resort in Pokhara (30 minutes). On the way back to Pokhara, the vehicle can stop on request at the Tibetan refugee camp where you will have time to explore the temple complex. We’ll arrive at Temple Tree in time for lunch. The rooms at Temple Tree are filled with ethnic touches. Surrounding the rooms are spacious, landscaped gardens, water features, a swimming pool and stunning views of the surrounding mountains. The rest of the afternoon is free to explore the lakeside where most of Nepal’s Tibetan curio shops are located. In the evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant
(2hrs walk)
Overnight at Temple Tree Resort

Day 7: Pokhara – Kathmandu (B)

After having breakfast at the hotel, transfer to airport for the flight to Kathmandu and then transfer to hotel.
On arrival in Kathmandu we’ll transfer to Gokarna Resort. Then you’ve free time to relax or head into the city. We find most people want to simply unwind and enjoy the hotel facilities – whatever you choose, we’ll help!
Overnight at Gokarna Forest Resort

Day 8: Kathmandu (B)

After enjoying a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, we'll be met by our guide for our day trip to a few of the Kathmandu valley's most spectacular and important sights and some vibrant, colourful markets.
With a blend of three ancient capitals and their associated palaces, temples and markets of Kathmandu has a lot to offer culturally and historically. However, we're mindful not to overload you so we will ensure the day has a good balance between sightseeing, exploring and relaxation time.
The exact itinerary may change depending on the local conditions but we shall most likely visit:

  • Pashupatinath, one of the most important temples in South Asia to the Hindu God, Lord Shiva;
  • One of the three Durbar (Palace) Squares, a complex of palaces and temples which was formally the social, religious and administrative focal point of the ancient city
  • Boudhanath Stupa, a wonderful Buddhist site centered on a huge Stupa topped with the all-seeing eyes. If possible we'll come here in the early evening to soak up the atmosphere of hundreds of Tibetan and Sherpa peoples walking their devotional kora
Overnight at Gokarna Forest Resort

Day 9: Departure from Kathmandu

Final departure depending on your flight schedules.

Prices

Rates:

Price per person on room sharing : US$ 2030
Single Supplement US$ 510

Includes:

  • All accommodation, meals as listed
  • All transfers, domestic flights with airport taxes
  • guides for each phase, all activities, local taxes, sightseeing
  • loan of trek packs including day packs, walking sticks
  • happy hour free drinks in Ker and Downey lodges and Camps.
  • water bottles, poncho, souvenir sun hat and scarf, welcome drinks at each location
  • coffee, tea, and boiled and filtered water in Ker and Downey lodges and camps

Excludes:

  • gratuities
  • meals not listed above
  • expenses of personal nature

*BB = Bed and Breakfast
*FB = Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

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