Note: ITINERARY is subject to change due to environmental factors and or accessibility.
Day 1 & 2:
ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU.
Kathmandu Fly in From Australia, Stay at Pilgrims Guesthouse, Thamel and sightsee in the area. Accommodation included. We can arrange sightseeing activities, Money exchange, sim card and assist in guiding around the city. Taxi, food and entry costs to attractions are not included. Maximum cost expected: Taxi shared $20 for a day of touring, plus food approx. $15-$25
7.30am Take Bus to Pokhara, Approx 7 hours, seeing Nepali life. Relax on the journey seeing the terrain and learning just how challenging logistics and travel is in Nepal, Lunch included. Travelling a total of 200Km @ around 40-60km p/h stopping enroute for toilet stops and Nepali food. Arrive in Pokhara around 3pm, settle into Guest house, meet Guide and have dinner in Lakeside at your leisure. Explore lakeside a little. Dinner with the group, venue TBA. (shopping for trekking gear with Govin between 5-6pm, for those that need it)
Leave Pokhara by Jeep at 6.30am-7am travelling mostly off road 10-12 hours to Jomsom.
Winding through amazing villages, views and waterfalls. We travel along the famed Kali Gandaki river for most of the journey. Stopping regularly at tea houses along the way.
Traditional Breakfast onroute at a typical Nepali roadside stop,
Lunch and Dinner included. Resting in Jomsom for the evening.
YOU will need to start rugging up here… 😉
Wake up to the most amazing views. Take a coffee, grab some breakfast. Nice and easy first day of trekking along the river to Kagbeni, find your own pace, meditate as you walk through the vast valley and take in the first glimpses of the Annapurnas, approx. 11kms. Great photography. Late Lunch and Dinner provided in Kagbeni. Snacks are available onroute, walk with Govin when you can, to learn of the history and stories of the region. Ask him about Shiva and the Muktinath temple. When you arrive in Kagbeni, freshen up, have lunch then find Govin if you want to learn about the area and explore the Buddhist temple.
Feel free to stop and grab some Nepali chiya(tea) and snacks along the way at any of the teahouses and chat with locals. Once in Kagbeni spend time checking out the tiny cobbled streets, Buddhist monastery and grab some amazing pics of the local scenery and village life. Truly feels like you are in another world.
Early start – Breakfast at 6.30-7am then 7.30am walk to Muktinath. Breakfast will be ordered the night before. The path follows the footsteps of millions of Hindu pilgrims over thousands of years. The views are spectacular. At times the altitude makes the walking slow, but don’t worry you can stop whenever you need to and take a rest. It’s the perfect opportunity to Meditate as you walk focusing on your breath, the eagles as they fly above and the beautiful sparse country side.
Mustang is a unique place and truly feels like you are on Mars at times. Expect to walk for at least 5 -7 hours, 12kms and take your time, you will experience less dizziness and lessen your chances of altitude issues if you go slow and steady. Once we each the village of Muktinath we will be at 3800 metres so everything moves slow here, including you… After some rest, we will take the steps up to the famous temple. If you like you can do what the Hindus do and wash in the cleansing waters of 108 fountains and then offer a prayer to the Shiva God of the mountain. I will warn you though it is FREEZING… Those who have taken part always report a feeling of elation and lightness. Dinner is in the lovely Shambala Guest house.
After breakfast, please order the night before to be ready for 7.30am to leave the guesthouse by 8am. Downhill walk today cross country, so look after your knees and ankles. We head along the ridge for part of the walk and challenge a few of you that are scared of heights, but we promise to keep you safe… the views here are also amazing. If you are lucky you might see a plane come in to land on one of the most dangerous airstrips.
Stop in a local tea house for some lunch and then onto Jomsom for Dinner. Don’t forget to explore the Jomsom Monastery. Take lots of Pics. Today you will walk approx. 17 – 19kms
Enjoy a little sleep in, Leave Jomsom around 8am grab a cappuccino if you like before we go. As we head to the gorgeous village of Marpha. We meander off the path towards Dhumba Lake, such a pretty spot through a little village and then on the pilgrims path around the mountains to Marpha. Marpha, is famous for its apples and traditional looking ancient Mustang village. Amazing pics to be had here and lots of little nooks and crannys to explore. Climb the temple steps to get a great view of the village. If you are really wanting a challenge talk to Govin about the Hill climb directly behind the village to the top to touch the snow. Notice on the hill behind the tucked away homes that are dug into the mountains. Make sure you try everything Apple in Marpha. Talk to locals and explore the surrounds. Short walk today approx. 10-11kms
Marpha to Kalopani leaving around 7am
Today is the longest day enjoy the downhill trek through more unique villages, swing bridges and watch the landscape change rapidly. Approx. 7 hours walk 20-22kms, stopping along the way at tea houses. Take it slow today and stop whenever you need, bring snacks as there are not many shops along this route… however it is amazingly picturesque, at times you will feel like you are in Alaska or Canada. This part of the walk it is best to walk together as there are many ways that you could take a wrong turn… Following the Kali Gandaki river, watch as she gets bigger along the way, and enjoy the amazing villages and people along the way.
Today we take the Jeep down the mountain, the last leg from Kalopani to Baglung. Leaving just after breakfast taking approx. 6-7hours. We will stop at the hot springs in Tatopani. Take a quick dip, and grab some lunch, tea and snacks. On arrival to Baglung we will settle into the hotel and then meet up with Govin to explore his home town… We will meet the family, enjoy Nepalese hospitality, homecooked food. This day is usually unforgettable by our trekker and they always report that it is an experience they will never forget. In the evening we will gather in Govins home to share with the family.
Leaving Baglung, we head to Kusma to the Caves, an amazing barefoot experience and the highest swingbridge in Asia.
OPTIONAL: Bungee Jump is available here off the Swing bridge.
WE arrive back in Pokhara in the evening and meet for Dinner.
Paragliding and massage day… YOUR choice.
You can do both, however you will have to arrange that with us.
Fewa Taal Boat cruise in the afternoon to relax and unwind, an opportunity to swim too.
Dinner at 7pm. TBA
END of TOUR.
Or add on a LUX PACK.
$1700pp for the 12 days. $300 Deposit.
OPTIONAL LUX Package ADD ON. @$650 2nights/3days:
Start your day with a jeep ride up to Sarangkhot giving you amazing views of the mountains from afar and Pokhara Valley, includes lunch, Visit the Tibetan Refugee Camp, Take a boat across Fewa Taal and hike up to the Bouddha Stupa, spend the days sightseeing Pokhara and spend 2 nights in Temple Tree Guest house, twin share (5 star), enjoy the cocktail bar, resort style pool and Spa Packages available at the Resort or take a Massage treatment in the Ayurvedic Health Home (included)… Breakfast included with Room, Lunch and Dinner your choice at own cost. Guide included.
OPTIONAL YOGA PACKAGE ADD ON @$600
2 nights/3 days at PurnaYoga, Accom, food etc included, staying at the lodge, 3 star accom.
A full 3 days of pampering, vegetarian food, Sound healing, Yoga practice, Massage and more.
Flights return to Kathmandu can be arranged at approx. $130AUD or Coach bus is included in price.
International Flights: between $890 – 1450pp return, departing Melbourne. Book early.
MEALS included on the TREKKING component of the trip from DAY 4 – DAY 9.
MEALS included in HOMESTAY ADD ON.
MEALS IN Kathmandu not INCLUDED.
ACCOMMODATION IN POKHARA AND KATHMANDU INCLUDED BETWEEN DAY 1-11.
BUS COST INCLUDED.
TAXI COST from AIRPORT not included (budget around $10)
TAXI for sightseeing AT OWN COST.
LEISURE ACTIVITIES at own COST.
Please note that alcohol and bottled water is not included. Water is provided at mealtimes. All other drinks are at your own expense. You can refill your water easily with mountain water as it is safe to drink.
At mealtimes, one meal per person only, if you require extra that’s fine, however you will have to pay for it.. However if you eat Dhal Bhat you can eat as much as you want as they will keep refilling your plate for no extra cost. Dhal bhat power, 24 hour… Thank you for your understanding.
Backpacks should not weigh more than 10-12kgs for trekking component… if you are having trouble talk to us and we can help you pack more efficiently. I would not expect you to carry more than you could handle and I wouldn’t expect a porter to carry more than he/she could handle. Most essentials you can get along the way… challenge yourself to minimalism, it can be liberating. Lighten your load, you can leave some non essential items in Pokhara safely, we have access to locked storage.
Spending money required for the whole trip is approx. $350 – 550 dependant on how you like to spend… Average water cost is $1 -2 in this area of Nepal. Coffee is approx. $2. If you refill your water bottle with mountain water it is free.
Basic medical; we can find easily in here, however if you have any special medical requirements this is your responsibility and also it is important to tell us as we may not be equipped to handle it. So please let us know.
Travel insurance is your responsibility and we must see a copy before you can join us. For your own protection. I can assist with this as I have a friend who in the business. So if you need help with this, let me know and we can arrange at extra cost.
Nepali visas are easy to get $55 AUD and can be bought at the airport easily. (I’d advise this as the easiest way) No photo required. Online application available at Kathmandu Airport via their visa terminals.
We will arrange transfers and taxi/bus/accomodation in Kathmandu. Food in Kathmandu is at own cost. Budget for around $35-50 per day.
Kathmandu to Pokhara is either a 6-8 hour coach bus leaving daily at 7.30am We will organise this for you. Food is provided on route.
Kathmandu and Pokhara have some great sights and are worth a few days exploring if you have the time.
Nepali people are extremely friendly and helpful and even if they want to make a few dollars along the way they will not harm you… enjoy their hospitality and culture.
If you have any other questions just email me at [email protected]
Or contact me via facebook. Reconnection Treks. My number in Nepal is +977 9803718594 or in Australia 0433 376 298
Whilst travelling I am available at anytime via Facebook Messenger.
To secure your place just send your deposit of $300 as soon as possible and the remainder to be paid at least 1 month before trip
TOTAL TOUR COST: $1700
(if you want to do both add ons this is possible, however it would mean your fly back dates may be different… Unless you only do one night Homestay)
FLIGHT COST is extra and TBC. ( approx. $780-1200 return)
Insurance COST is extra and TBC.
If paid in full 5 months before departure we can give $190 discount.
BOOKINGS FOR GROUPS OF 7 can receive a discount if PAID and BOOKED together, FLY and TRAVEL together. Discount to be advised.
Terms and Conditions – Further General Information
Please note refunds only given if accompanied by a medical certificate 1 month before the departure.
FINAL NOTE: Nepal is a developing country and as such please be aware that the itinerary is subject to change. However no matter what changes are made our promise to you is that you will have an amazing cultural experience that will stay in your heart forever. Check out the videos on our fb pages for other peoples testimonials and there are pics as well.
Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to sharing this amazing journey with you.