Annapurna Trails and Jungle Safari
13 days, Grade B
A taste of Nepal with an introductory trek in the Himalayan foothills and jungle safari on elephant back. After a cultural tour of Kathmandu including the Hindu pilgrimage site of Paspathinath and the Buddhist Stupa of Boudha, you will head west towards Pokhara for a five day trek in the foothills of the Annapurnas. This trek takes you through beautiful alpine villages. You will visit Ghandrung, one of the main Gurung villages from where Gurkhas have been recruited, and the high point of the trek will be the viewing point at Poon Hill from where you can experience the sun rise over the Himalayan giants of Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchare and Annapurna and enjoy the splendid mountain vista.
You will then descend to the Terai jungle to indulge in nature and enjoy elephant back safari in Chitwan National Park in search of the one horned Rhino, crocodile, deer and birdlife.
Back in Kathmandu, you have a free morning to take an optional Everest view flight and then join a guided tour of Baktaphur, the medieval capital city of Nepal – now a registered UNESCO site. The streets are studded with fine examples of Newari architecture, with many temples and exquisite buildings. This trip gives you a great taste of Nepal.
The Vital Statistics
- 13 days ex Kathmandu
- Tour of Highlights of Kathmandu
- 5 nights city hotel B&B
- 5 nights lodge based trek
- Maximum Altitude: 3200m
- 3-5 hours daily walking on trek
- 2 nights Chitwan National Park