12 Days of trekking in Annapurna with the world's toughest people!
Almost everyone has heard of the Sherpa people, but how many of you have heard about the Gurung tribe? These mountain people are some of the toughest people in the world!
The British Army prized the Gurungs for their bravery and fighting skill. They became the true Gurkha Army forces of Great Britain and India. They were noted for such intense bravery, that their soldiers were the most highly decorated of the British Army.
Small and strong, they can run up and down mountains without breaking a sweat. Yet, in spite of their toughness in combat, they are some of the friendliest people you will ever meet. Their hospitality is second to none, and they love visitors to their villages.
Their main village is Ghandruk where there is a museum and a chance to experience their culture to the fullest. But this trek will take you through their lands to the hot springs of Tatopani, plus an early morning sunrise over the high Himalayas at Poon Hill. This trek will also feature some free time in both the cities of Pokhara and Kathmandu where you can do some sightseeing.
You will like the Gurung people when you meet them, and come away with a great deal of respect and admiration. This is a trip that combines beautiful scenery and incredible culture. Why not discuss this trip with a representative at PANDA TREKS & EXPEDITIONS. They are on good speaking terms with the Gurungs, and will be happy to introduce them to you.
Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu, pick up from the airport and transfer to hotel, rest and refresh for couple of hour and complete the official formalities.
Day 02 : Morning fly to Pokhara (820m) drive to trailhead Nayapul trek via Birethati (1025m) to Tikhedhunga (1540m)
Day 03 : Trek Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2800m)
Day 04 : Early morning visit Poon Hill (3210m) and trek to Tadapani (2600m)
Day 05 : Trek Tadapani (2600m) to Ghandruk (1940m)
Day 06 : Trek Ghandruk (1940m) to Landruk (1565m)
Day 07 : Trek Landruk (1565m) to Pothana/ Deurali (1900m)
Day 08 : Trek to Kande via Australian camp, drive back to Pokhara and end the trek and transfer to hotel and afternoon free day in Pokhara for personal activities
Day 09 : Free day in Pokhara for personal activities- go for boating in Fewa Lake/rest/ shopping/sightseeing etc…
Day 10 : After breakfast transfer to airport, fly to Kathmandu or drive by tourist bus (6-7 hr.) and transfer to hotel and afternoon free day in Kathmandu for personal activities.
Day 11 : Sightseeing tour around the Kathmandu valley - Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath stupa (famous monkey temple), Boudhanath stupa and Pashupatinath. This day sightseeing tour will take you to visit all the major historical and cultural monuments of Nepal.
Day 12 : International departure or go for onward program.