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Annapurna and Everest Trekking – Flora, Fauna and the Ice Giants

Nepal Nepal

Trekking Map

Let yourself be carried away on this trek into the species-rich flora and mountain world of the Annapurna region and into the ice giants of the Everest region.

The trek starts with a flight to Pokhara and takes you through picturesque villages, terraced fields, rhododendron forests with a gigantic mountain backdrop to the newly developed and rarely visited Muldai Peak. From the Muldai viewpoint (3,660 m) you will be able to marvel at the most beautiful mountain scenery in the Annapurna region with Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Annapurna I (8,091 m), Fishtail (6,997 m) and many other mountains.
Next you fly by plane to Lukla, in the Everest region. You walk past prayer wheels, manifolds and fluttering prayer flags to Namche Bazaar. From Namche, your companions will be the 8,000-meter peaks of the region, including Mount Everest and one of the most beautiful 6,000-meter peaks, the Ama Dablam. At the famous Tengboche Monastery, you will get to know the culture and religion of the Sherpa people a little better and from there you will get many beautiful impressions and pictures on the way back.

Since this trek will not reach heights above 4,000 meters, it is ideal for beginners with little to no trekking experience. A certain level of fitness is of deeply required.

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu – Introduction and welcome dinner
Arrival in Kathmandu. You will be met outside at the airport and driven to your hotel in Kathmandu. In the afternoon we will explain the details of the trip with you, and in the evening you are invited to dinner with your guide. Overnight in Hotel Tibet or similar category, (D).

Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing and preparation for trekking
Today we explore Kathmandu with a local guide. This day can be designed flexibly according to your wishes. The most popular places and most impressive sights include Pashupatinath – a Hindu temple with cremation places, Swayambhunath – also known as the monkey temple – and the Boudhanath Stupa.
Return to the hotel in the late afternoon to pack for the trek the next morning. The rest of the afternoon is then at leisure. You can also leave a bag with items that you do not need on the tour at the hotel. Overnight in the hotel, (B).

Day 3: Flight to Pokhara (30 min), drive to Kimche and trek to Ghandruk, 3-4 hours drive and 1 ½ hours hike
We take the flight to Pokhara early in the morning. Upon arrival we drive to Kimche and hike for about 1 hour until we arrive in Ghandruk. Ghandruk is a mountain village, which is mainly inhabited by the ethnic Gurung caste. From here there are breath-taking views of the Annapurna south face, Machapuchare and Hiunchuli. Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 4: Trek to Tadapani (2,630m) – 5 hours hike
On this beautiful day of hiking we gradually walk uphill through dense pine and rhododendron forests covered with moss to Tadapani. Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 5: Trek to Dobato (3,426m) – 4 to 5 hours hike
The trekking route takes us deep into a rhododendron forest. If we are lucky, we will encounter some wild animals. The path goes up and down until we arrive in Dobato. From here we have a breath-taking view of the mountains. Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 6: Sunrise at the Muldai view point (3,637m) and trek to Bhantanti (2,200m) – approx. 6 to 7 hours hike
It is worth getting up early and tackling the 45-minute climb to the viewpoint before sunrise. This peak is only known to a few trekkers. From the view point we can admire more than 25 peaks, including Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Annapurna I (8,091 m), Fishtail (Machapuchare 6,997 m) and many other mountain giants. When the weather is clear, we can even see Pokhara Valley and Phewa Lake from the top. After sunrise and breakfast,we continue to Ghorepani. Lunch break in Ghorepani. In the afternoon we continue downhill to Banthati. Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 7: Trek Banthati to Birethanti – 3 to 4 hours and drive to Pokhara – approx. 2 hours
After breakfast we hike downhill to Thinkedunga. From Thinkedunga we follow the Burungdi Pass Hille, where the landscape becomes more and more picturesque the closer we get to Birethanti. Here we are driven back to Pokhara. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at Mount Kailash Resort or similar, (B|L).

Day 8: Drive to Kathmandu – approx. 7 hours drive
Early in the morning we take the tourist bus to Kathmandu. The drive is a bit bumpy, but we see many terraced fields and the colourful life of the Nepalese on the way. Overnight in Hotel Tibet or similar category, (B|L).

Day 9: Off to the Everest Region – flight to Lukla (2,840m), hike to Phakding (2,610m) 4 to 5 hours hike
We are transferred to the airport for the early morning flight to Lukla and its adventurous runway. This is a truly spectacular start to the hike as we fly over the gentle foothills of Nepal with the large Himalayan peaks visible to the north. Some say that the flight to Lukla alone is worth the trip. Upon arrival, we will meet our porters and begin our hike. Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 10: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,445m) – 5 to 6 hours
Today we hike to the main town in the Khumbu region to Namche Bazaar, and if we are lucky with the weather, we will be rewarded halfway up a hill with a first view of Everest and Lhotse. Namche is the largest city in the Khumbu and has a magnificent view of Thamserku (6,648m), Kwangde (6,220m) and Khumbila (5,700m). Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 11: Day hike to Everest viewpoint and sightseeing in Namche Bazaar
We start the day with a morning walk up the steep mountain ridge above Namche Bazaar. During the ascent on the mountain path, we always have very good views of the main route to Everest Base Camp. High up on the ridge, we bypass the mountain side and get to the viewpoint on Mount Everest. The views during the uphill and downhill hike are just spectacular. On the way back we will have our lunch very close to the interesting Sherpa Cultural Centre and Everest Mountaineering Museum. A visit here is always worthwhile. After lunch we come back to the lodge and in the afternoon you can either relax or go exploring in Namche Bazaar. Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 12: Hike to Deboche (3,770m) and visit the monastery in Tengboche – 5 to 6 hours walk
From Namche Bazaar, the path meanders high above the Dudh Khosi through a rhododendron forest with a wonderful view of the valley, Everest and the Ama Dablam. After crossing the river at Phunki Tenga, we begin the ascent through the forest to Tengboche. The main monastery of the Khumbu is located here and is well worth a visit. The Tengboche Monastery is the most important stupa in the Sherpa region and the home of the abbot and about 80 monks and novices who are followers of Nyingmapa (‘red hats’) Buddhism. There is a good view of Everest from here. Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 13: Trek to Monjo – 6 to 7 hours of walking
After leaving Deboche, we descend steeply through birch and rhododendron forests to Dudh Khosi. From here we hike further down to Tashinga and return to the main route to the base camp as far as Monjo. Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 14: Return to Lukla – 5 hours walk
From Monjo the route continues downhill through the Dudh Khosi valley and the villages of Phakding, Ghat and Cheplung. At Chaurikharka the ascent to the last hill of the trek begins to reach Lukla. After arriving at the sunrise hut, we can relax and enjoy the last evening with our guides and porters. Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 15: Flight back to Kathmandu & transfer to the hotel
You will be picked up from the airport and driven to the hotel. The rest of the day can be used as free time. Overnight in Hotel Tibet or similar, (B).

Day 16: Leisure day in Kathmandu
Today is at your disposal, which you can spend relaxing, sightseeing or shopping in Thamel. One last good opportunity to get some souvenirs. Overnight at Hotel Tibet or similar category, (B).

Day 17: Flight back home
Farewell and transfer to Kathmandu Airport. End of the journey, (B).

We reserve the right to make program changes due to special events, force majeure or weather reasons.

F = Breakfast | M = Lunch | A = Dinner

Our tours start every Saturday:

German guided tour
English guided tour

This trekking tour can also be booked for individual travelers (one person alone) at an additional cost or for your group at dates other than shown here.

Duration: 17 days
Costs: € 1.990
Group size: min. 2 Persons (all the tour dates are guaranteed with a minimum group size of only two persons)
€ 200 for single room supplement (only for hotel accommodation, for lodge overnight stays during the trek, especially during the high season, single accommodation is not available).

What’s included:

  • Airport transfers in Nepal
  • All relevant surface transfer (with private vehicles)
  • All hotel accommodation with breakfast
  • All meals on trek (B,L,D)
  • All internal flights (with Tara Air, Yeti Air, Summit Air, Sita Air or Buddha Air), inclusive Airport Taxes and 15kg free luggage
  • Sightseeing with entrance fees, guide and vehicle
  • Permit, National Park Entrance/Conservation Fees
  • Guide and porters
  • 12 kg free luggage on trekking tours, carried by porter
  • Quality service
  • Oxymeter

Not Included:

  • International flights
  • Additional tours and meals that are not mentioned
  • Beverages
  • Personal bills
  • Visas
  • Excess baggage charge (beyond 15 Kg each)
  • Insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects)

Visa
Your visa can be issued on arrival at a counter at Kathmandu airport. Visa costs on arriving in Kathmandu amount to US $ 50 (stay of up to 30 days) and US $ 100 (stay of up to 90 days). The fees can also be paid in euros, which are converted by the bank at the airport in accordance with the dollar exchange rate. Two passport size photographs must be provided for the visa. At the time of the trip your passport must be valid for at least a further six months and have at least one blank page.

These visa and passport regulations apply to EU countries, Switzerland and the USA. Other nationals should check with the relevant consular authorities.

Insurance
Travel health insurance (with recovery costs) is essential for your own safety and a precondition for participation in our trips. In the event of an accident in the mountains which requires a helicopter rescue, the helicopter will not take off before the responsibility for the cost is clarified. The conclusion of travel cancellation insurance is highly recommended. In the case of bargain price flights in particular, changes or cancellations generally can’t be made free of charge. In Nepal complications with the weather or with your health could make it necessary to break off your journey. We have requested ERGO (Reiseversicherung) to create various service packages for you. You can book travel health insurance at https://www.reiseversicherung.de/vrv/partner/ep-Assistent.html?/data/agent/hagtnr=027256&/data/agent/nagtnr=000000.

Please note: ERGO insurance can be booked by residents of Germany and Austria. Those living in other countries are requested to book their travel insurance through an insurance provider in their own country.

It should be noted that geoDiscovery Tours advises its customers to book their travel insurance via ERGO as a recommendation only, and accepts no responsibility for the contractual content between the customer and the travel insurance provider. Customers can book their travel insurance via ERV or another provider at their own discretion.

The hotels and lodges booked by us
In Kathmandu and Pokhara the hotels we book are good and correspond to medium-level Western standards. Sanitary facilities are clean and functional; the hotel cuisine is adapted to Western eating habits and the food is safe to enjoy. There may sometimes be power cuts, or no hot water may be available for a while. The hotel staff is generally very friendly and looks after the welfare of guests. The hotels booked by us are as follows:

Kathmandu: Hotel Tibet/Manaslu ***+ Pokhara: Mount Kailash Resort, Lake side retreat *** Palpa/Tansen: Hotel Srinagar ** Lumbini: Hotel New Crystal *** Chitwan: Jungle Villa Resort Nagarkot: Nagarkot Farmhouse

During the trek and in the interior of the country conditions are very varied, and travellers must sometimes expect basic sanitation facilities. For standard treks and tours you will stay overnight in typical “lodges” (teahouses). These usually offer very small single rooms or double rooms (some with no running water and no private shower / toilet). In general, during the trekking tour you can select what you wish to eat from the menu. However, at altitudes of 4,000 meters it can happen that on some routes the choice of food is not very extensive. Typical Nepalese cuisine is mostly vegetarian, but very tasty, filling and wholesome. Travelers need to be adaptable, however.

Flying in Nepal
The domestic flights booked by us are with Tara Air, Yeti Air, Summit Air, Sita Air or Buddha Air.

Tour program
The travel program for all of our recommended tours is carefully planned. It can happen, however, that roads are closed without advance notice or are impassable, that there are waiting times of several hours because of traffic congestion or fuel shortages and that specific tourist attractions are closed for various reasons. Other restrictions such as flight delays or even cancellations due to bad weather, strikes, the health of participants or unfavourable conditions while trekking may also make the implementation of the travel program more difficult or at worst make it impossible. However, our local guides are prepared for such situations and will make every effort to achieve every aspect of the program to your satisfaction. As a result the inconvenience can normally be kept to a reasonable level. Nevertheless, it must be pointed out at this juncture that for the above reasons program changes are possible at any time and cannot be influenced by the organizers. The resulting costs are borne by the traveller. We ask for your understanding.


Trip Details

  • Duration: 17 days
  • Holiday Type: Lodge Trek
  • Best trekking period: Oct/Nov/Dec/Jan/Mar/Apr/May
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Max Altitude: 3.860 m
  • Group size: Min 2 persons (all the tour dates are guaranteed with a minimum group size of only two persons)
  • Tour guide: English speaking, trained Nepalese mountain guide
  • Difficulty:
  • Fitness:
  • Price: 1.990,00 
  • Single room supplement: 200,00 €
    (only for hotel accommodation, for lodge overnight stays during the trek, especially during the high season, single accommodation is not available)