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This trek is perfectly suited for families with children. Easy trails, not going high on altitude, just over a week in duration and less crowd compared to other areas of Annapurna region, makes it a perfect area to get children to be introduced to hiking in the laps of the Himalayas and a lovely family bonding. The accommodation in lodges are basic and one has an option of doing a camping trek too.
This trek offers you various species of bird along with gigantic views of Mountains which includes: Mount Fishtail, Mount Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Ranges. The trail offers variety of topographical structures varying from subtropical valleys of rice paddies to ridges and green thickets where rhododendron and other wildlife are found in abundance. Ethnic groups of Brahmin, Magar, and Gurung are found in this region and we will be passing through their village.
Our trek starts with a drive to Khare Khola and hiking for about 3 hours to reach our first camp site at at Bumdi village. From Bhumdi, ascend further passing through lovely forest and villages to reach Panchase Bhanjyang, our highest overnight camp site on the trek at 2030 meters. camp. The next day we hike to the hill for great views of the Himalayan ranges (weather permitting) and after leisurely breakfast start descending to our camp site at Bhadaure. The next day is a short hike to Naudara and we take the vehicle to the lake side city of Pokhara thus ending our short but memorable trek in the laps of the Himalayas

Arrival in Kathmandu, met by a Khempalung Adventure representative and hotel transfer. Relax the rest of the day.

Overnight: Hotel

In the morning, travel through time as you explore the various UNESCO World Heritage sites of Kathmandu. Visit the temples and palaces of the Durbar Square with beautiful architecture, Swayambhu Stupa (Monkey Temple) and watch the Kathmandu Valley atop a hill.

In the evening a short brief about the trek and allow time to purchase last minute essentials.

Overnight: Hotel

After leisurely breakfast board the waiting vehicle and drive to domestic airport.

Catch the 25 minutes flight to Pokhara. Upon arrival met by the waiting vehicle and drive to Hotel. Check in. Rest of the day is free to rest, relax and enjoy the lake side city on your own.

Overnight at Hotel.

After breakfast, take a scenic drive towards Khare Khola. The drive is along the Tansen/Bhairahawa Highway and takes only about 30 to 45 minutes depending on the traffic. Upon arrival at the spot, ascend uphill for about an hour to reach the first rural community of Kalabang. From here, we will begin descending down towards Bhumdi. Upon reaching Bhumdi village (1,520m), you will be able to witness the grandeur of Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Machapuchare (Mt. Fishtail), Mt. Himchuli.

Drive Duration: 30-45 minutes Trek Duration: 3 hours approx..

Overnight at Lodge.

We start today’s hike early in the morning. During clear weather, we get the chance to view great Himalayan panorama on our trails. We will climb uphill and pass through thickets. Continuing our ascending walk through forest and then on to Bhanjyang, a small settlement at the foot of Panchase, we conclude this day’s hike. Panchase Bhanjyang which is a wonderful settlement located at the foot of Panchase Hill is famous for bird watching and its views of Pokhara Valley and Phewa Lake.

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours approx.

Overnight at Lodge.

Our trek guide will wake you up early in the morning for exploring the Panchase Danda you have to climb 500 meters from your campsite to enjoy the breathtaking views of the Himalayas including Lake Phewa in the foreground. Approximately 1 1/2hours Trek to the last point. Return to campsite for breakfast and proceed on with your trek.

The trail descends for awhile and follows the ridge to Bhadaure where lunch will be prepared and served.

Trek Duration: 5 ½ – 6 hours approx.

Overnight at Lodge.

Today’s walk descends gently, following a jeep trail much of the way, and will pass through several villages. At Naudanda, the trekking trail joins the road, and you will be picked up here and driven back to Pokhara.

Trek Duration: 2 hours approx.      Drive Duration:  1 hour 30- minutes approx

Overnight at Hotel.

After leisurely breakfast rest and enjoy Pokhara.

In the afternoon board the vehicle and drive to airport and catch the 25 minutes’ flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival met and transferred to the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

Free for final minute packing and shopping until transferred to the airport for final departure.

Best Period:                  Feb, Mar, April, May – Oct, Nov, Dec
Time Period:                 08 Nights / 09 Days.
Trek Period:                  3 Night / 4 Days
In Kathmandu:              03 Nights      
In Pokhara:                    02 Nights
Trek Type:                     Strenuous
Highest Altitude:          2500  meters
Warning:                        N/A.
Trek Start Point:           Khare Khola
Trek End Point:            Naunanda

National Park:    Annapurna National Park (1148 sq. kms)
Mountains:         Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna South, Machhapuchhare, Fishtail, Dhaulagiri etc. 
Rivers:                Modi, Burgundi, Kimrong etc
Tribes:                Brahmins, Chettris and Newars,
Forests:              Of Rhododendron and Pine. 
Landscapes:      Temperate valleys to snow clad mountains.

NEPAL TREK INFORMATION

A simple way to under Tea house / Lodge is probably ‘a small hotel’. However this can sometimes be misleading, as they do not have high-end facilities like modern hotels in urban areas. The concept though is same as hotels in providing accommodations (rooms) and meals for guest staying in it.

So if one does a trek going from point A to B to C etc., and spending nights in these kind of lodges or teahouse is called a ‘Lodge Trek’ or ‘Tea House Trek’

The most popular regions for treks in Nepal are Annapurna, Everest Langtnag and Upper Mustang.  All these places have good quality lodges, well managed, variety of food to choose from the menus available and boast of Wi-Fi, bakeries etc.  

Around the areas that have lesser trekkers like, Makalu Barun, Manaslu, Kanchenjunga etc. the tea house/ lodge are very basic in comparison. 

Basically good lodges have developed where foot traffic is the most and Annapurna, Everest and Langtang receive the most trekkers in Nepal. 

The rooms are very basic in most places. In some very popular areas like Annapurna and Everest high-end rooms with attach bath and flush toilet and ruining hot/ cold water have come out in the recent years. However these kinds of lodges are very few and not available in all places on the trek route. 

Basic room’s sizes are on an average of 8 feet by 8 to 10 feet. They have twin cots with mattress and pillows. Most lodges provide blankets, however for hygienic regions it’s advisable to carry a good sleeping bag of your own.  The walls are pretty thin and noises carry. Earplugs are recommended to be carried. 

In more remote areas one may only get dormitories for accommodations and dinning and sleeping arrangements may be in the same common area.

Most lodges have several common toilets inside the lodge. The number depends on how big the lodge is. On an average a lodge having 15 /18 rooms may have 3 /4 common toilets. The toilets are very basic and no flush or running water is available in the toilets. Please bring you own Toilet paper. Drums with water and a mug are the ways to flush!

In Annapurna and Everest region we try and provide rooms with attach bath 

where available. However, do note that there are only a handful of places where this kind of facility is available. 

Menu in most places especially the more popular trekking routes have extensive looking menus ranging from local, Tibetan to western delicacies.  Items like Dal Bhat (rice, vegetables and lentils), pizzas, pastas, momos (dumplings), noodles, soup, fried rice etc., are amongst the common ones in all menus. 

Our recommendation is to avoid meat, as in most places porter carry the meat to lodges without any hygienic way to keep the meat fresh on the way. It takes at least few days to reach the lodges. Even the canned meat items are not recommended, as one has no way to check the expiry date etc. 

Recommended food items are the local ones like Dal Bhat, Momos (Dumplings), noodles etc, as they are freshly made in comparison to other food items. Please remember the cooks in the lodges are ‘not chefs’, very few are trained professionally as most have learned through looking at other cooks cooking in the same lodges or similar ones in the area. Basically sticking to local food is best as they are hygienic and fresh. 

For breakfast pancakes, porridge, toast (not available everywhere), eggs etc. are available in all lodges. 

There is a common dining area with fireplaces in all lodges. This is not only a place to eat but also a good place to unwind, interact with fellow trekkers, read a book, play board games or cards and relax.

Everyday our guide will help you and provide information on what choices to make in which places / lodges for food. 

One can get boiled water or bottled mineral water or filtered water in the Everest region, Annapurna and Langtang region. On an average a liter of water will cost US $ 1.50 to US $ 4.00 per liter. As one gains altitude on trek or goes further from the urban areas the higher the cost of drinking water. 

Hot or Cold showers are available everywhere in the Lodges.  In some lodges, especially as we go higher in altitude instead of showers a bucket of hot water may be the option.  

A hot shower cost on an average of US $ 3.00 to US $ 5.50 per shower. The higher we go the more expensive the bath.

We recommend not to take too may baths on treks specially if one is going to high altitude treks. The reason being the temperature drops rapidly as the sunsets and getting the body temperature back to normal after shower at high altitude becomes difficult. This increases the chances of catching cold and walking with cold at high altitude with thin cold air is not a pleasant experience.  So please try and avoid taking showers as much as possible.

Electricity hasn’t reached all places in Nepal. So electricity is limited to certain areas of the trek. On an average one has electricity till about 3500 meters in altitude.  As we gain altitude solar system has been set up in all lodges. 

Rooms have lights only till places where electricity has reached. So where electricity has not reached there are no room lights. Dining hall, toilets and all common areas have electricity through the night even if it is being supplied through solar system. 

Charging camera batteries, mobile phones can be done at the dining hall upon informing the management. They charge on an average of US $ 2.00 to US $ 6.5 for getting the batteries fully charged. The higher we go the more expensive to charge. 

We recommended that you put your batteries in your sleeping bags at night to keep it warm as in cold the batteries drains energy very fast. 

Annapurna and Everest regions have lodges that provide Wi-Fi. A cost of US $ 5.00 to $ 12.00 depending on what data package they have is charged on per hour or per day basis. 

Other trek areas have not developed this facility. 

Annapurna and Everest region has good mobile connectivity. Other areas don’t have much coverage but the mobile network connection is growing.  Please enquire via mail about the mobile phone coverages on trek routes for details. 

One can get a mobile phone sim card on arrival at the airport. Passport photocopies with passport size photo (one) is required.