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					              Réf. : ASI-NEP6-TK                                                         Annapurna - Népal                 11 Days




Ghorepani Trek (Annapurna)                                                         [ 2 540 M ]

A very accessible trek in the Annapurna region and
Katmandu




The Perfect Trek for a Beginner
Nature has certainly been kind to the Annapurna region. Easily accessible but very rewarding, this
picturesque and fascinating trek starts from Pokhara, from where we drive to the Nayapul and then trek to
Birethanti. These are gentle treks that introduce you to what trekking is all about. This trek is designed for
beginners and is for people who have never trekked before. Crossing terraced fields and rhododendron
forests, you will be taken to charming Gurung villages with their mud houses with thatched roofs. We will visit
mainly low-lying areas and will not go beyond 4,000m of altitude. The terrain is usually straight-forward and
does not require negotiating steep climbs and descents. Anyone who is healthy and enjoys the outdoors can
easily take part in this trek.


The Gurungs - between Hinduism and Buddhism
The ethnic group Gurung, local to Nepal, is considered by ethnoligists to be of Mongolian or Hun descent.
Providing most of the Gurkha bataillons, they are world-famous soldiers that have shown a remarkable ease
in adapting to the modern world wherever they have been stationed. However, on their own home territory
they continue to proudly defend their individual traditions, which combine Tibetan Hinduism and Buddhism.

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              Réf. : ASI-NEP6-TK                                                         Annapurna - Népal                 11 Days


DAILY PROGRAM SCHEDULE
Day 1 : Flight to Katmandu


Day 2 : Katmandu
On arrival at Katmandu Tribhuvan International Airport you will be met by our staff, who will escort you to the
hotel, where you will be given a brief orientation of the Hotel, Katmandu, trek information and other related
information that you might require while in Nepal. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 3 : Sightseeing of Katmandu
Pashupatinath: located 5 km east of Katmandu city, Pashupatinath temple is one of the holiest Hindu
temples, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred
Bagmati River, the temple built in pagoda style has gilded roof and richly carved silver doors. You will be able
to admire the temple from the eastern side of the Bagmati River – access to the temple is reserved for
Hindus. Boudhanath: located 8km east of Katmandu, this buddhist Stupa is one of the biggest in the world.
Built by king Man Dev, it stands with four pairs of eyes in the four cardinal directions, keeping watch for
righteous behavior. Syambhunath: Known as the "monkey temple", this is a 2000 year old Buddhist shrine
situated 8km west of Katmandou. Durbar Square: built in the 16th century, like Nepal's other squares, it
contains a royal palace "Durbar" and many "Newar" temples – otherwise said, those built in traditional
pagoda style.
Day 4 : Katmandu - Pokhara - Nayapul. Trek to Birethanti
Pokhara is situated on the foothills of the magnificent Mt. Macchapuchare, in the Pokhara valley (827m) It is
the starting point for many treks and rafting destinations. The serenity of the Phewa Lake, accompanied by
the grandeur of Macchapuchare, creates a peaceful and magical atmosphere. A pleasant drive from Pokhara
through mountain highway to Nayapool follows. We will then walk for about 20min before we reach Birethanti
(1 056m) situated on the bank of the Modi river. There, we will find a check post of the Annapurna
Conservation area. Overnight stay at camp.
Day 5 : Trek Birethanti - Ulleri (1577m)
From Birathanti the trail follows the Bhurungdi river up to Tirkhedhunga (1 577m). The trail passes through
several small villages on the way to Ulleri, a large Magar village. There are several lodges and campsites.
Overnight stay at camp.
Day 6 : Ulleri - Ghorepani (2 850m) (+/- 6h)
From Ulleri the trail climbs gently through pastures and cultivated fields. The fields soon give way to deep
forests as the trail climbs to Banthanti. Beyond Banthanti, there are magnificent oak forests. We climb
through forests all the way to Ghorepani and have excellent views of several peaks, including the Annapurna
and Dhaulagiri ranges, Macchapuchare, Hiunchuli, and Tukch. Overnight stay at camp.
Day 7 : Ghorepani - Poonhill - Tadapani (2 540m) (+/- 6h)
The day starts with an early morning excursion to Poon Hill. It is a 1h climb and it provides a breathtaking
view of the high Himalayas. From Ghorepani, the trail climbs through ridge with excellent mountain views.
There is a steep descent down to Banthanti, giving you the chance to see see many teahouses, and another
1.5h walk through forests will take you to Tadapani. Overnight stay at camp.

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               Réf. : ASI-NEP6-TK                                                         Annapurna - Népal                 11 Days




Day 8 : Tadapani - Ghandruk (1 970m) (+/- 3h)
It is all downhill through the forests from Tadapani to Ghandruk - one of the most popular and beautiful
villages of the Annapurna region. It is the second largest Gurung village of Nepal and supplies a considerable
number of British Gurkha soldiers. Overnight stay at camp.
Day 9 : Ghandruk - Pothana
From Ghandruk, the trail descends to the River Modi. A short climb through terraced fields will take you to the
beautiful Gurung village of Landruk. Then there is pleasant walk through the fields and villages. Finally there
is a climb through forests to Deurali on a ridgetop. There is a short descent from here to Pothana, a small
pleasant village with few Tibetan shops. A unique view of Macchapuchre can be seen from the camp.
Overnight stay at camp.
Day 10 : Pothana - Phedi - Pokhara
The entire trail from Pothana to Phedi is downhill. In the beginning the trail descends through rhodhodendron
and pine forests to Dhampus, a beautiful Gurung village on a ridge top. The trail continues through terraced
fields and small villages to Phedi, the end of the trek. A short drive will then take you to Pokhara.
Day 11 : Flight Pokhara - Katmandu
In the morning we explore the beautiful lake of this city and fly back to Katmandu in the afternoon. After
check-in at the Hotel, we are free for the whole day. We spend the day meandering through the streets of
Katmandu looking for trinkets to take back home as souvenirs. Overnight stay at hotel .
Day 12 : Return flight to Europe
Transfer to the airport for international departure.
Day 13 : Arrival Europe




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              Réf. : ASI-NEP6-TK                                                         Annapurna - Népal                 11 Days



TECHNICAL LEVEL 1                                                                                                      EASY

Discovery trek, a trek to all of you who want to discover a country in excellent conditions : some nights in
tents, some walk, transfer with 4X4W when required. For those trips no training is necessary. Only be curious
and a bit agile. Middle altitude and carriage included.

Date and Price
For prices and dates, please go online at www.trekonline.com www.trekonline.com
or contact our customer service department for price list
    by phone : +33 (0)1 43 25 27 74                 by fax : +33 (0)1 46 33 24 77
    or by mail : contact@trekonline.com

SERVICES INCLUDED

  Accommodation*               On double room basis, breakfast and tax included.
                               Hotel 4* in the capital, standard category on tours.
                               Tents, lodges, tea houses during treks and expeditions.
                               Single room with supplement.

  Air transport                Price includes international flight and domestic flights.

  Guides Nepal                 English speaking guide in Katmandu and on the trek.

  Meals Nepal                  Full board basis during the trek; including coffee, tea, filtered water.
                               Breakfast only in Katmandu and cities on excursions.
                               During the trek, our cook will prepare all your meals following an adapted
                               regime with fresh local products. If you follow a vegetarian regime please
                               mention it when booking. This modification is free of charge.

  Permit for the               Assistance and price included. You will need two ID photos and a copy of your
  National Park of             passport.
  the Annapurna                (kindly forward copy of your passport when booking)

  Porters & other              Salaries and insurance are included on the basis of 20kg per person. It is
  personnel                    common to tip the service team $US50 per participant.




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              Réf. : ASI-NEP6-TK                                                        Annapurna - Népal                 11 Days


  Transfers                   Our staff will pick you up at the airport and drive you to your hotel. After the
                              program, we will ensure your transfer back to the airport.


SERVICES NOT INCLUDED

  Beverages &                 Alcoholic drinks, soft drinks and all other personal expenses are not included.
  other personal
  expenses

  Insurance                   Insurance coverage is not included. Make sure you are properly covered when
                              booking your program.

  Mini group Nepal            Garanteed departure starting from two participants. Extra charge of 150€ per
                              person for groups under 4 participants.

  Porters                     Extra porters can be hired to assist you. Price is related to the weight to carry.
                              Kindly contact us for more information.

  Sleeping bag &              Nor the technical equipment, nor the sleeping bag or high mountain gear are
  personal                    included. You may rent some of the equipment locally.
  equipment

  Tax Nepal                   Departure tax to be paid at the airport upon departure from Nepal. Around 2150
                              Roupies (25€).

  Tips                        Are highly appreciated by the team that assisted you.

  Visa                        Visa fee not included



CHECKLIST PHARMACY


    Antibiotics
    Antiseptic - Mercurochrome, dry spray, antibiotic powder
    Aspirin or Panadol - for pain or fever
    Bandages and plasters - for minor injuries and wounds as well as special plasters for
    blisters.
    Eyedrops and antibiotic cream for eyes



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             Réf. : ASI-NEP6-TK                                                         Annapurna - Népal                 11 Days


    Hydroclonazone, Micropur - water purifier
    Imodium or Lomotil - for diarrhea, stomach aches, dehydration
    Moisturizing lotion
    Mosquito repellent
    Rehydration mixture - for treatment of severe diarrhea and dehydration
    Your usual medicine


CHECKLIST GEARS


    Clothes
    Bottle neck jumper
    Down jacket (warm duveted jacket)
    Goretex waterproof jacket
    Goretex waterproof trousers
    Polar jacket
    Rain gear
    Spare clothing
    Synthetic underclothes
    Wind stopper

    Head
    Sunglasses with UV protection
    Warm cap / balaclava

    Hands
    Goretex gloves (2 pairs)

    Foot
    Loop-pile socks (one thick one thin to reduce blisters)
    Trekking boots

    At camp
    Cutlery & swiss knife
    Sleeping bag (-10°C comfort zone)




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        Réf. : ASI-NEP6-TK                                                         Annapurna - Népal                 11 Days


Travelling
Camera & binoculars
Flashlight
Rucksack 30L
Rucksack 60L
Sunscreen / lip balm
Thermos
Water bottle




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              Réf. : ASI-NEP6-TK                                                         Annapurna - Népal                 11 Days




Geographic Information
Nepal
Capital: Katmandu
Highest peak: Mt Everest (8 848m)
Location: In Asia, between India and China
Population: approx. 26.5 million inhabitants


Administrative Requirements
As well as a visa, you must have a valid passport, with an expiration date of at least 6 months after your
return. The visa is free of charge for stays of less than 3 days. A tourism visa is valid for 60 days and can be
delivered upon arrival for 30USD, but you will need to bring two ID photos with you. If you are not an EU
national, we advise you to contact your local Nepalese diplomatic representation for more details.


Travelling hints
In order to avoid food poisoning, you are advised to drink bottled mineral water, eat only full-cooked food, and
to avoid fresh fruits and salads.
Recommended vaccinations: DTP (diphtheria, tetanus, polio), meningitis A/C, typhoid, hepatitis A/B,
tuberculosis. However, we still advise you to refer back to your doctor and local health authorities before your
trip.

Altitude Sickness:
During your visit to Nepal, you will be exposed to high altitudes. Breathing and sleeping difficulties,
headaches, loss of appetite, and sometimes nausea are all symptoms of altitude sickness.
We suggest that you acclimatise progressively, refraining from physical activity and resting during your first
day in altitude.


Useful Information
Food and Drink :
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In the Nepalese cuisine, you will mainly find rice and lentil based dishes. The national dish is the "Dal Bat",
rice served with a lentil based sauce, vegetables, spices and sometimes meat balls. The national drink is the
Chiva, tea with milk.

Traditional Products:
Nepalese crafts are famous for their woollen garments, silver jewellery, carpets, pots and "thangkas"
(Tibetan-style religious paintings on canvas).

Language:
Nepali is the official language. It is spoken by half the population, although there are various other Tibetan
dialects that are spoken, such as Newari.

Currency:
The national currency is the Nepalese Rupee, and an estimated exchange rate is 1€ for 109 Rupees (July
2008). We would advise you to bring US dollars in small notes as Euros are accepted, but the dollar is more
popular.

Use of Credit Cards:
You will find ATM machines in Katmandu and Pokhara for Visa and Master Card holders. Payment by credit
card is limited and only accepted by certain hotels and few restaurants.

Climate:
Nepal possesses three distinct climates: a subtropical climate in the southern Teraï region, a temperate
climate in the central region (Katmandu valley) and a cold and dry climate in the mountainous region.
The best season to appreciate Nepal's landscape is in the winter, between October and March. The monsoon
season falls between June and September, but with little effect on the mountainous region, which enables
people to continue to visit the Everest and Annapurna regions.

Time difference :
Time difference + 4h45 (in summer) and +5h45 (winter) between Nepal and the UK.

Electricity:
Wall sockets use American type plugs with 220 volts. You will also need a pocket torch due to power cuts.

Clothing:
Nepal has a variety of climates which change according to altitude and location. In order to find out the
specific requirements, refer back to our detailed list in each program.

Telephone:
Dialling code for Nepal from the UK: 00 + 977 + contact’s phone no
Dialling code for the UK from Nepal: 00 + 44 + contact’s phone number (without the first 0)
Intra-city calls in Nepal: dial number without city code

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               Réf. : ASI-NEP6-TK                                                         Annapurna - Népal                 11 Days


Regional calls in Nepal: dial city code first

Opening and Closing Times:
Banks: from Monday to Thursday from 10am to 4pm (winter) or until 5pm (summer). On Fridays, opening
times are from 10am to 3pm. Most banks are closed on Saturdays.
Post Office: closed on Saturdays. The postal service is very slow and a letter can take between a week and a
month to reach Europe.

Insurance:
It is vital that you have insurance for your trip. Please ensure that your insurance covers assistance, search
and repatriation if you are participating in a trek or expedition.


Key addresses
Embassy of Nepal
12A Kensington Palace Gardens
London W8 4QU
Telephone: (0) 207 229 6231
             (0) 207 229 1594
Fax:         (0) 207 792 9861
www.nepalembassy.org.uk

British Embassy
P O Box 106
Lainchaur
Katmandu
Telephone: (977) (1) 4410583
Fax:         (977) (1) 441178

Center for disease control and prevention :
wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinationList.aspx




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