Annapurna foothills and Chitwan

Trip Overview

This trip is an ideal introduction to the delights of Nepal. It offers a great variety of experiences and allows you to see many types of scenery.   The city of Kathmandu offers many cultural experiences and is full of history. We will have plenty of time to explore the narrow streets, temples, stupas and pagodas of the city and the surrounding valley some of which has an almost medieval atmosphere. There will also be opportunities to visit the local bazaars and buy local produce. Next we drive to Bandipur to enjoy magnificent mountain panoramas and have the option of rafting on the riverTrisuli. We continue our trip by trekkingin the foothills of the Annapurna mountain rangewhere we will enjoy magnificent views of Machhapuchhare, which is also known as the ‘fishtail’ mountain.  Whilst in this area we will also have the opportunity to see the sun rise over the mighty Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain range from Poon Hill. We continue on to Pokhara which is set in a subtropical valley and is famed for its lakes. Here we will have time to explore the lakeside on foot or by bicycle or take a boat out onto the water. From here we continue to Chitwan National Park where we will explore in canoes, by foot and ride on elephants during our safari when we will see a variety of animals and birds and have every chance of seeing an Asian Rhino.

Day to Day Activity
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive to Bandipur/ optional Trisuli river rafting,
Day 04: Village tour in Bandipur,
Day 05: Drive to Kande, then trek to Dhampus (1450m)
Day 06: Trek to Landruk (1565m)
Day 07: Trek to Ghandruk(1940m)
Day 08: Trek to Tadapani(2700m).
Day 09:Trek to Ghorepani (2855m).
Day 10: Sunrise view from Poon hill and trek to Nayapulto Pokhara (825m),
Day 11: Free in Pokhara,
Day 12: Drive to Chitwan,
Day 13: Jungle activities in Chitwan,
Day 14: Return to Kathmandu
Day 15: Depart Kathmandu

Note: Bed and Breakfast is provided in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Full board is provided during the rest of the trip.

Trip Highlight

Kathmandu - Walking tour of the old city and excursion to the temples of Pashupatinath and Bodnath.
Visit Bandipur - an ancient village with magnificent views of Annapurna, Manaslu and Ganesh himal.
Himalayan trek - 6 days walking amidst the spectacular mountain scenery of the Annapurna Range.
Pokhara - Beautiful lakeside setting nestling in the shadow of the Himalayas.
Chitwan N.P.- Jungle activities and elephant safari in search of the rare one-horned rhino.

  • Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu,
    Check in to your Hotel (Yak and Yeti) right in the centre of the town, just off Thamel. It’s easy to get all the important sights in Kathmandu valley.
    Overnight 4-Star Hotel, Meals included: breakfast

    Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu (1350m)
    Today there is a half day guided tour to visit the old part of Kathmandu Durbar Square in the heart of the old city. Here is the old Royal palace, with its intricate woodcarving and four fine towers. There are several Hindu temples to house for different Hindu deities and images including the resident for Kumari, the young girl who is revered as a living Goddess from mid 18th century. You’ll get magnificent example of Nepali architecture from medieval period around this Durbar square. Leading away from the square in all directions are narrow alleys, full of the most amazing variety of shops and stalls.

    You are free in the afternoon to visit the most important Hindu temple in the valley at Pashupatinath, one of the largest Buddhist Stupas in the world at Bodnath or you may wish to visit the monkey temple at Swayambunath.
    Overnight 4-Star Hotel, Meals included: breakfast

    Day 03: Drive to Bandipur and optional rafting on Trisuli River,
    We leave Kathmandu early in the morning and head towards Pokhara. After leaving the Kathmandu valley, the Chinese built road winds its way westwards along the Trisuli Valley and we get superb views of the mountains as we follow the river west. Today there is a chance to do some optional rafting on the Trisuli River, which offers the best introduction to rafting in Nepal. Those who want to participate in rafting will meet the activity guides a couple of hours after leaving Kathmandu. An open raft holds 8 people. Life jackets and helmets are provided and the rafting guide will run through the safety proceedure. There will be about three hours rafting with grade 2-4 rapids. We stop for lunch on the riverside and afterwards we will continue on to Bandipur. Situated at 1030 meters this picturesque town is nestled in the Himalayan foothills and has wonderful panoramic views of the Annapurna Range. Full of traditional Newari architecture it is a beautiful place to explore and soak up the tranquil atmosphere. There are numerous temples, caves and shrines and is the perfect retreat after busy hectic city Kathmandu.

    Those not rafting will drive direct to Bandipur and will be there by lunchtime. The afternoon is free to explore the town.
    Overnight Simple Hotel, Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Day 04: Village tour in Bandipur,
    Today we explore the surrounding area of Bandipur. After breakfast, we will have a choice of walks, a walk to Ramkot, a typical Magar village with traditional round houses, untouched by modern development. 4 hour round trip or the other option is an easy hike to the biggest cave
    yet discovered in Nepal, ‘Siddha Cave’ - 4 hours round trip for either walk we will take a picnic lunch from the hotel with us.
    Overnight Simple Hotel, Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Day 05: Drive to Kande, then trek to Dhampus (1450m),
    Driving to Kande via Pokhara this morning, a short drive of around 3 hours through Pokhara valley. We then begin our trek up to Dhampus, this village is set on a ridge. A two-hour climb that takes us through a landscape of terraced fields and forests and affords some stunning views out across the Central Himalayas. Before us lie the Snow-capped peaks of the Annapurna range, including Manaslu and Machhapuchare – the famous Fishtail Mountain. Approx 2 hours walking.
    Overnight Teahouse, Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Day 06: Trek to Landruk (1565m),

    Today’s trek involves a relatively easy hike along the ridgeline from Dhampus to the Gurung village of Landruk, crossing a landscape of open meadows and small villages. Climbing through a pass at 2150m, the views of the Annapurna are absolutely breathtaking and from here we then begin the descent down into a lush forest alive with birds, orchids and ferns. Following a small canyon leading off from the Modi Khola, we then take a meandering trail through tiny hamlets to our final destination for the day. Landruk lies along the trekking route to Annapurna Base Camp and is famed for its honey hunting festival, where intrepid harvesters climb bamboo ladders and dangle precariously from ropes to gather the honeycomb from the sheer cliff faces. Surrounded by some of the most stunning scenery of the entire journey, the village lies within the Annapurna Conservation Area and provides us with one of the visual highlights of the trek. Approx 5 hours walking.
    Overnight Teahouse, Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Day 07: Trek to Ghandruk (1940m),
    Following a steep trail out of the village, through a patchwork of terraced fields that take us towards the Modi River, we then cross over a suspension bridge and continue up towards Ghandruk. The second largest Gurung village in the region, Ghandruk is a wonderfully confusing cluster of closely spaced, slate-roofed houses nestling between terraced fields of wheat and barley. A network of narrow alleyways, the village is a delight to explore and certainly one of the most beautiful in the Himalaya and at the top of the village a large handicraft factory provides an interesting venue to search for some traditional souvenirs. Approx 4 hours walking.
    Overnight Teahouse, Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Day 08: Trek to Nayapul and Drive to Pokhara (1070m),
    Leaving Ghandruk behind this morning, we descend through villages and terraces to the Syauli Bazaar, a 2-hour trek that offers a dazzling backdrop of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhare. From here, we then continue to follow the Modi River towards Nayapul, where we rejoin our vehicle for the hour and a half drive on to Pokhara, on the banks of Phewa Tal Lake. Nepal’s second largest town, Pokhara is more relaxed than Kathmandu and its beautiful lakeside setting, beneath the imposing shadow of the stunning Annapurna Range, makes it the perfect ending for our trek, with only the foothills separating the town from the high mountain landscapes of the snow-capped Annapurna. Approx 5 hours walking.
    Overnight Simple Hotel, Meals included: breakfast, lunch

    Day 09: Free in Pokhara,
    We have a full day to enjoy the delights of Pokhara.The energetic can hike up to the Japanese built Peace Pagoda, which overlooking the lake and has great mountain views. There is a mountaineering museum in town or the Mahendra Caves to explore, or for those who wish to relax there are many lakeside cafes serving delicious cakes and pies and plenty of shops to browse in.
    Overnight Simple Hotel, Meals included: breakfast

    Day 10: Drive to Chitwan,

    Leaving Pokhara early this morning we drive eastwards following Prithivi High way to Mugling and then take right turn along Trisuli River to Chitwan national park. Possibly even dugout canoes, to complete our journey into the lush landscapes of Chitwan National Park. Over the next two days, our time here will be spent in a range of diverse activities, including jungle walks, bird spotting excursions, canoe trips along the Rapti River (seasonal) and Elephant safaris.
    Overnight Jungle Lodge, Meals included: breakfast, dinner

    Day 11: Jungle activities in Chitwan,

    Lying at the foot of the Himalayas, amidst subtropical lowlands, Chitwan is home to a staggering array of flora and fauna, with some 450 different species of birds being recorded here, as well as tiger, rhino and Gangetic dolphins. During our stay we will enjoy exploring the jungles and riverbanks with local guides, both on foot and (river conditions allowing) in dugout canoes. We’ll also take elephant back safaris in search of the rare one-horned rhino, possibly even getting an opportunity to join the elephants for their daily bath (early autumn and late spring trips only). Royal Chitwan National Park is Nepal’s oldest reserve and a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was once the exclusive hunting reserve for the Rana ministers. It was turned into a rhino sanctuary in 1963 and its rich alluvial flood plains and Sal forests are home to a rich array of wildlife, including striped hyena, python, monitor lizards, sloth bear, leopard and mugger crocodiles. We aim to cram, as much into our time as possible whilst we are here, but it won’t all be hard work. There will be plenty of opportunity to relax around the lodge and in the evenings, we will enjoy informative slideshows about the park and its wildlife.
    Overnight Jungle Lodge, Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Day 12: Return to Kathmandu,

    If you wish to do something early in the morning, usually you can do any suitable activity - bird watching or Tharu village tour if you haven’t done so. After breakfast, you pick up your transport and drive back to Kathmandu arriving in the evening.
    Overnight 4-Star Hotel, Meals included: breakfast

    Day 13: Depart Kathmandu,

    The trip ends after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to the airport for the flight back home.
    Meals included: breakfast


Price Includes:

» Transport-Comfortable Bus, elephant, on foot, canoe,
» Accommodation - Hotels, Guest House, Lodge
» All sightseeing in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Bandipur and jungle activities in Chitwan
» Local leader throughout the trip, local guide and naturalist
» All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner), snacks, welcome drink, Tea/Coffee as listed in the itinerary
» Domestic flights and applicable taxes.
» All National Park permits and entrance fees
» Comprehensive medical kit

Price Excludes:

» Personal expenses such as soft drinks, beverage, postage, laundry
» Meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara
» International flights and departure taxes
» Visa and passport fees
» Travel insurance
» Emergency evacuation
» Tips and gratuities
» Costs arising from unforeseen events outside the control of Griffon Travel

Equipment List

You can bring your personal clothing if you already have them with you, if not it's worth buying all below mentioned clothing and equipment's here in Kathmandu in good rates and your guide will help you with it. You will have plenty of time before the trek to buy stuffs in Kathmandu(Thamel). 

Equipment List:

  • Fleece beanie
  • Sun glasses
  • Chap stick/ Sunscreen
  • Face mask or Scarf
  • Hand towel
  • waterproof top and bottom
  • Cold weather down jacket below waist
  • Fleece jacket and trouser
  • Trekking trouser
  • T-Shirts(short or long sleeves) dry fit is better
  • Polypropylene thermal tops and bottom
  • Wind stopper and fleece gloves
  • Socks and under wears
  • Trekking boots/ Shoes or Sandals for the evenings
  • Runners
  • Head torch
  • Personal medical kit
  • Water Bottle/Camel Pak
  • Trekking/ Ski pole (Optional- handy for anyone with knee problem)
  • Spare batteries for Camera and flash light. Check charging facility along your journey
  •  Day pack  Minimum25L with side pocket for water bottle
Latest News
TAAN Pokhara Chapter Explored New Trail
A team of Trekking Agencies'' Association of Nepal (TAAN) Western Regional Association Pokhara has explored a new trekking trail that starts from Kushma of Parbat and ends at Baskharka of Myagdi district.

A 17-member team led by Narayan Sapkota, former president of TAAN Pokhara, started the exploration with a drive to Kushma from Pokhara. From Kushma, the walk started toward Banau (2150 meters) through Ghumti, Bagaicha, Bhatebari, Dhakdhake and Sidhali
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Griffon Travel is an adventure company in Kathmandu, Nepal, which has been established by experience people from the Himalayas
Address: Minbhawan, Kathmandu, Nepal