Difficulty Level: 2
Price (US$): From $2,095
Months Available: September through June
Come explore Nepal with your family! This program allows you to learn about the history and culture of Kathmandu, hike the Annapurnas on a lodge-to-lodge trek at a leisurely pace, and view game including the one-horned rhinoceros and – if lucky – the elusive and endangered Royal Bengal tiger.
The trek is also called the Annapurna Foothills trek. You will climb up and down through terraced fields, rhododendron forests and Gurung villages. On this trek, weather permitting, you will have daily views of the Annapurna mountains. Our friendly guide staff will always be looking out for the safety of your little ones. This program has been experienced by children as young as two years old!
After the trek, you will have a day to relax in Pokhara. Continue to Chitwan for an adventurous jungle experience. Return to Kathmandu by plane, and spend some time exploring the temples and palaces in the ancient city.
Our Nepal and Tibet treks and climbs are operated by our sister company based in Nepal – Crystal Mountain Treks – managed by our founder’s family. Crystal Mountain Treks has been in business for over two decades and employs only the best guides with a minimum of 15 years experience. We treat our staff with the utmost care and respect. Each staff member is provided high-quality equipment and paid higher-than-average wages. Our clients have commented that our treks provide a better value (we provide more for less) than other companies they researched, comparing services, quality and price. We are happy to provide references of people who have journeyed with us in the past upon request.
Day 01 – Kathmandu
Arrive Kathmandu. You will be met on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport. Transfer to Hotel. Day Free. Enjoy welcome dinner. Briefing during group dinner. Overnight Hotel Tibet or similar. (Dinner)
Day 02 – Kathmandu
Visit Pashupatinath, Nepal’s most sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva, with its two-tiered golden roof and silver door. Here, you’ll likely witness a Hindu cremation along the banks of the Bagmati River.
Then drive to Bhaktapur, the City of Devotees, for lunch and a tour of the royal palace square. Bhaktapur is a medieval city in the Kathmandu valley and is least disturbed by modern life. Here, you can absorb the architectural splendor of the five-storied Nyatapola temple, or the sculptural delight of the Peacock Window. Overnight Hotel Tibet or simlar. (Breakfast and Lunch)
Day 03 – Kathmandu to Pokhara to Dhampus (5,600ft./1,700m)
Transfer to the domestic terminal at Kathmandu airport. Fly to Pokhara (approx 30 minutes). After arriving at Pokhara (2,640ft/800m), transfer by private vehicle to the starting point of the trek at Naya Pul. Trek through terraced rice fields to Dhampus. Overnight Lodge. (All meals)
Day 04 – Dhampus to Landrung (5,350ft./1,620m)
Steadily ascend to Tolka. Views of Macchapuchare are quite outstanding from the ridge. Descend to Landrung. Overnight Lodge. (All meals)
Day 05 – Landrung to Chomrong (7,300ft./2,210m)
Trek through terraced fields and descend to Nayapul. Ascend steeply to Chomrong. Chomrong is the highest permanent settlement in the valley, although there are tea-houses beyond this point. Overnight Lodge. (All meals)
Day 06 – Chomrong to Ghandrung (6,500ft./1,990m)
Descend to the Khumnu river. It is then a steep ascent to the Komrong ridge. Descend gradually to Ghandrung. Ghandrung is the largest Gurung settlement in the area. Overnight Lodge. (All meals)
Day 07 – Ghandrung to Nayapul to Pokhara.
Descend to Nayapul. Drive to Pokhara. Evening free in Pokhara. Overnight Hotel Temple Tree. (Breakfast and Lunch)
Day 08 – Pokhara to Chitwan
Drive to Chitwan. (5 hours). Overnight at Chitwan Jungle Lodge or similar. (Breakfast and Dinner)
Day 09 – Jungle activities in Chitwan
Activities include elephant back ride, Jungle walk and canoe ride to view Rhinos, gharial crocodiles and other animals. (All meals)
Day 10 – Chitwan to Kathmandu
Fly back to Kathmandu. Day free in Kathmandu or last minute shopping. Farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight Hotel Tibet or similar. (Breakfast and Dinner)
Day 11 – Final Departure
After breakfast, transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your final departure. (Breakfast)
Per Person Price for 2016
Families with 2 to 4 participants: $2,395 USD per person
Families with more than 5 participants: $ 2,095 USD per person
Single Supplement: $200 USD
Children below 12 years get 30% discount on above costs.
(Did you know that the price for Grand Asian Journeys’ treks are about 30% less expensive than other major US outfitters’ prices? It’s because we run a Nepal office and have direct access to the best rates and most reliable staff – without the middleman. Other outfitters sell the same trek package for an inflated price. Just ask our previous clients and they’ll tell you we provide more for less.)
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
All private departures for a date of your choosing. We are happy to customize this trip for no additional charge.
“Jwalant, as team leader, showed such a high degree of professionalism in communication and willingness to adapt to our personal aims and limitations, that we were reassured that he would deliver what we required. We have not had any reason to doubt we made the right choice. We had asked for a trekking route that would not be overrun by other trekkers and the Sikles trek provide exactly that. Our family of Mum, Dad and two teenagers had a ball. Our children had the opportunity to see life well outside their usual range of experience and loved it.
The attention to detail by Jwalant and his team allowed us to experience a lot within a short time, without having any difficulties with transport connections, miscommunication, financial surprises or even bad weather to spoil it. I great feat in a developing country.”