The mountain ranges of central Nepal are dominated by the Annapurna Himal. This range to the north of the Pokhara Valley has rightly gained a reputation as being one of the Nepal's most beautiful trekking areas.We have designed this trek route deliberately to keep away from the very popular 'tea house' trekking routes. We have now moved into an area that requires us to be a self-contained unit, and in doing so, have created a more intimate experience with the environment.
From Pokhara, the Annapurna Himal is only 30 kms away. With no intervening ranges, dramatic views of the Himalayan gains, Annapurna I (8078m), Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna III (7577m), Annapurna IV (7507m), Annapurna South (7237m), Machhapuchhare (6997m) and Lamjung Himal (7246m) dominate the skyline over 6000 metres above the valley.
Our trekking route follows the middle hill ranges under the shadows of these Himalayan giants. The routes are relatively easy grades, therefore they are suitable for all ages. The contrasts are great as we walk through rice paddies back dropped by the beautiful Fish-Tail peak of Machhapuchhare. The large rhododendron and oak forests are alive with exotic bird life. There are hospitable village folk, the Gurung and Magar Tribes, and herdy, middle hill people of Tribeto Burma stock, famous for their worldwide exploits as soldiers in the Gurkha regiments. In the lower valleys, we pass through Hindu, Indo-Aryan, Brahmin and Chhetri villages. As stunning introductory trek to Nepal, or for experienced trekkers, a new insight into the Annapurna region.
Tibetan Camp 900m .
An early departure from Kathmandu for the drive to Pokhara. On arrival, we meet our trekking crew, sort out our gear, and then we move on towards the Tibetan camp for lunch. The Tibetans came to this place in 1959 as refugees and settled on this wasteland. Today with the increase of population all the
land has been used for cultivation. After lunch we visit the Tibetan refugee camp for a look at the community carpet factory. We then visit the Monastery. Camp here is inside the campingfor ground.
Ghachok (1277m) Walking 5 hrs approx.
Our trail now is along the ancient trade route that was in use until the road to Baglung was built in 1991. The trail is through Hyngja which comes and crosses the high way at Milanchautara and then head to Melbot. From here we see the Seti Gorge and hear its deafeningly humming roar.
We arrive at the confluence of the Mardi Khola and the Seti Khola. The Mardi is famous for its fish called Asla, Nepalese river trout. In about half an hour we shall reach to the outskirt of Ghachok where there are a few tea shops. Trek through the flat paddy fields then up to plateau of Ghachok. The walk provides good opportunity to meet different tribes. We first come to Brahmin settlements followed by a Chhetri settlement on the left and Sarki settlement on the right. Sarkis used to be untouchables and their destiny was to be ploughmen and agriculture workers of the entire village. Today the same practice does exist but they have adopted other professions as well. Then we come to Gurung settlement which looks different from Brahmin
settlement. We shall have an excursion after refreshment in the village.
Kharpani ( 1310m) Walking 5 hours approx.
Walking through Ghachok village then to Dhiparang Village. Nice and easy walk.
The village life of Dhiparang and its culture. We arrive in three hours at the camp at the hot spring . Have lunch and settle in the camp. PM : commence exploration to Ghajemrang or Bharbhari area. After exploration return to the campsite for afternoon tea. Hotspring dip.
GHALE KHARKA (1900m)Walking 5 hrs approx.
The Greatest walk today. The walk along the east bank of the Seti Rive on a level path via pastures. Then reach Chaura Gurung Village and walking through this viallge will give you the living museum. The walk to Bhurjung Khola after crossing the Syardi Khola then up through the large Gurung village of Khandarjung and lunch on the way to Ghale Gaun. Today's camp in Ghalekharka
TARA HILL (3000m) Walking 5 hrs approx.
As we leave and climb up from the Campsite the views of Machhapuchhare and Annapurnas becomes overwhelmingly beautiful. The up hill walk is through the beautiful rhododendron forest. By mid day we shall arrive at the top of the ridge. There will be refreshment provided on the way up as the lunch could be a little bit late. The campsite, Tarahill is the best view point in the area. In the spring the forest below will have magnolia and rhododendron in flowers.
GHADERI Walking 5 hrs approx.
Today we descend through rhodendron forest to the ridgeline of Ghaderi. This will be really fascinating. In the evening the Local mothers'group will bring the cultural group.
POKHARA Walking 5 hrs approx.
We shall go through Thak village where the Gurkhas will welcome us with village band. They will send us off then descen towards Bijaypur Khola for Lunch. 2 hours walk then to Road end for bus drive to Pokhara Hotel.