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Combine our Annapurna Trek, Chitwan Safari & Sherpa Everest Trek
This adventure provides a complete overview of Nepal. We combine our two popular treks - our Annapurna Trek and the Sherpa Everest trek - undertake a wildlife safari at Chitwan and savour the delights of the Kathmandu Valley. Contrast is the essence of this adventure. During our introductory trek through the Annapurna foothills we visit villages where many of the Gurkhas were recruited and gain vantage points to view the peaks of the Annapurnas that will undoubtedly whet your appetite for the Everest region. After undertaking a jungle safari in the Chitwan National Park we head to the Everest region to experience the legendary hospitality of the Sherpa people and gain views of Everest and a host of other spectacular peaks.
- Stunning views of the Annapurna & Everest mountain ranges
- Sherpa culture
- Fully supported camping trek in Annapurna & Everest regions
- 3 hearty meals a day on trek prepared by our cooks
- Wildlife safari
- Ample acclimatisation days built in
- Himalayan mountain flights from Kathmandu/Pokhara and Kathmandu/Lukla
- Sightseeing in Kathmandu - Pashupatinath (a major Hindu shrine) and the giant Buddhist stupa at Boudhanath
Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu (1330m).
You will be met by a representative of World Expeditions and transferred to the Radisson hotel. Remainder of the afternoon at leisure. A pre-trek briefing will be given around 5pm where arrangements will be made for the distribution of your kit bag, sleeping bag and down /fibrefill jacket. Evening drinks are held in the hotel from 6.30 – 7.15pm for all World Expeditions clients arriving today. This is a great opportunity to get acquainted with your fellow group members before heading out to dinner.
Day 2 Half Day Sightseeing Tour. Afternoon at leisure.
This morning a sightseeing tour takes in the key attractions in and around Kathmandu. We will visit Pashupatinath and Boudhanath, returning to the hotel by 2pm. In the afternoon you may have time to explore Durbar Square, Patan, Swayambhunath or Bhaktapur, and the lesser-known towns that dot the valley on foot, by bicycle or trishaw. The area has an amazing range of fascinating highlights, whatever your interest. Excellent bookshops, extensive markets, and novelty and handicraft shops contrast with fantastic centres of cultural and spiritual significance - Kathmandu has more World Heritage sites than any other city in the world.
Day 3 Fly to Pokhara, trek to Australia camp (1990 metres)
This morning we take a flight west to Pokhara, Nepal's second largest town (820 m). On arrival you are greeted with sights of the entire Annapurna Range. The drive to the roadhead at Khara takes around one hour. Our trail then winds uphill through terraced fields and mixed oak and rhododendron forest. There is no need to rush. This is a short day with plenty of time to reach camp. Australia Camp is located on a grassy ridge that affords inspiring views of the huge snowy face of Annapurna South and the sacred peak of Machapuchare. At dusk we can appreciate the lights of Pokhara over a thousand metres below our camp. Walk approx 2 hrs
Day 4 To Kooker (2590m). Walk approx 6 hours
The views from our campsite are excellent, and morning generally offers the best opportunity to view the huge peaks. As we walk, the peaks of the Annapurnas will be visible through the scattered rhododendron forest, offering a sample of the trek to come. As we reach Derali (2200m) we can get our first views of Dhaulagiri, the world’s 6th highest peak. We take lunch at Forest Camp, and after our longer uphill morning session, this afternoon will be a more gradual ascent to camp
Day 5 To Landruk (1600m). Walk approx 3 hours
We descend steeply towards the Mardi Khola today, trekking through dense forest of rhododendron, oak and birch until we reach the terraced fields of Landruk. We have time to explore the village and visit the nearby waterfall before we set camp by the river.
Day 6 Trek to Chomrung (2020m) 6-7 hours
High on the opposite side of the river, you can explore the village of Ghandruk. From this point, the trial descends along terraced slopes & forest down to the river. After crossing the river at New Bridge, the trail ascends steeply 500m tod join with the trial from Ghandruk. From here it is a short walk to Chomrong (1960m).Chomrong is a village which offers spectacular views of Annapurna South & Machapuchare.
Day 7 To Tadapani (2650m). Walk approx. 6 hours
Our trail meanders downhill through fields and into forest of rhododendron, magnolia and lichen covered fig. We pass by waterfalls that cascade down narrow gullies that provide the perfect home for many small ferns and delicate plants such as exotic orchids bursting with color. Tadapani is a small village with limited campsites.
Day 8 To Syauli Bazaar via Ghandruk (1990m). Walk approx. 6 hours
It is a wonderful traverse through the forest and a fine contrast from the previous stages on the trek. We gain views of Annapurna South from Bhaisi Kharka before heading through a series of clearings that define the trail to the substantial Gurung settlement of Ghandruk (1990 meters). We visit the local Gurung museum in the heart of the village and trek downhill through villages and terraced fields to Syauli Bazaar.
Day 9 Trek to Nayapul and drive Pokhara, walk approx. 2 hours, drive 2 hours
Today we take a short trek to Nayapul before being transported back to Pokhara for an overnight stay. Remainder of the day is at leisure to explore the Pokhara city. It is important to us that this trek follows few of the commercial tea-house trails. Accordingly the route and campsites may be varied at the discretion of the group leader. Note that the walking hours include rest stops, are a guide only and can vary due to trail or weather conditions.
Day 10 Drive Pokhara to Chitwan drive approx. 4 hrs
This morning we transfer by road to Chitwan. On arrival we are briefed on the planned activities during our stay. Late afternoon and early morning are the best times to sight wildlife, so other times tend to be for less energetic activities. We will have lunch at the lodge and commence our activity program. Our accommodation is in 2-bed huts with a private bathroom at the Chitwan Adventure Lodge outside the national park.
Day 11 In Chitwan.
A full day's activities are available including jungle walks, elephant rides, canoe rides, bird-watching and four-wheel-drive excursions, as well as lectures on elephants and other fauna. On safari we hope to site many species of wildlife including 3 tigers, 5 leopards, 7 rhino, and many deer, boar, bear, peacocks, an extraordinary number of bird species and is occasionally visited by wild elephants.
Day 12 Return to Kathmandu. Drive approx. 5 hrs.
We complete our last activity, and after breakfast we make the return journey by road to Kathmandu.
Day 13 Day at leisure in Kathmandu.
Time to relax, do some shopping, explore the sights and to look forward to the next trek ahead.
Day 14 Fly to Lukla (2800m) Trek to Ghat (2530m) Walk approx 2 hrs
We transfer to the airport for the 45 minute flight to the STOL airstrip at Lukla. This was the airstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary and his friends to service the Everest Region when he began his work of building schools and hospitals for the Sherpa people. It is a memorable flight, with marvelous views of the Eastern Himalaya. At Lukla we are immediately impressed by the scale of the huge peaks that surround the village, but this is only a foretaste of what is to come. Our crew assemble and we head downhill towards the Dudh Kosi, named "Dudh" (milk) Kosi (river) because of its colour, a raging river that flows from the highest peaks. The broad and well-marked trail meanders around fields of potatoes and buck-wheat and passes through small villages, as we pass rows of tree dahlia to make our way to our private permanent campsite at Ghat.
Day 15 To Monjo (2850m) - walk approx. 4-5 hrs
Today we cross and re-cross the thundering glacial river, named "Dudh" (milk) Kosi (river) because of its colour. Sections of today's walk are through pine forest and cleared areas reveal terraced fields and a variety of crops. We pass small groups of donkeys and yaks carrying trading goods and trek-gear along the trail. Our own gear will be carried by either porter or yak, or more correctly dzopko, a yak-cow crossbreed, a yak is a full-blood long-haired male, more commonly found at higher altitudes. We pass through a variety of small hamlets as we slowly gain altitude. Spectacular mountain peaks unfold above us and seem to hover above the tree-line as they rise above the deep river valley. Shortly after leaving camp we cross the Kusum Khola, a tributary stream to the Dudh Kosi, and the peak of Kusum Kanguru (6369 m) can be seen to the East, at the head of the valley. Further along the trail, across the valley to the North-West, Nupla (5885 m) and Kongde Ri (6093 m) rise above the forested ridges. At a turn of the trail, Thamserku (6808 m) rises majestically, seemingly from the river floor. We will see our first Mani walls today. These stone structures are a compilation of many stone tablets, each with the inscription "Om Mani Padme Hum" which translates to "Hail to the jewel in the lotus" and is mantra (chant) venerated by Buddhists and Brahmans alike. Buddhists will walk to the left of these Mani Walls and chortens but you may notice that people of the lowlands who have no knowledge of Buddhism do not follow this ceremony. The allure of the mountains is hard to resist but we must be patient, as it is very important that we acclimatise slowly in order that we can fully appreciate our time at higher altitude. Today's walk is not a long one and you will be eager to press-on. Slow down and enjoy every step of the way. Overnight is at our private permanent campsite set above Monjo.
Day 16 To Namche Bazaar (3440m) - walk approx 3-4 hrs
This morning we cross the green/aqua waters of the Dudh Kosi and pass through the gates of the Sagamartha National Park. The establishment of this national park is a significant attempt to stem the use of fire-wood in the area. Self-contained trek groups must use only kerosene fuels for cooking, a philosophy we follow everywhere in Nepal, whether we are in a national park or not. Tea-houses and lodges are encouraged to use kerosene, yak dung or electricity but unfortunately continue to use mostly fire-wood for cooking, heating and for hot water for trekker's showers. This practice continues to deplete the forests. We follow the river course to the confluence of the Dudh Kosi and the Bhote Kosi and cross a spectacular high bridge before commencing our ascent to the village of Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa "capital" of Nepal. It is a tough climb as the trail passes through forest of pine to a vantage point that provides our first view of Mt Everest. The trail continues to climb and meander to Namche and the sight of this prosperous village spread within a horse-shoe shaped valley opposite the beautiful peak of Kongde Ri is worth every step. After lunch you may wish to peruse the Tibetan trader's stalls or the Sherpa shops in search of a bargain. Our accommodation will be at Sherwi Khangba, a delightful Sherpa Hotel above Namche village.
Day 17 Rest Day in Namche.
This rest day in Namche Bazaar is very important for safe acclimatisation. Sagarmartha National Park Headquarters just above our Sherpa hotel offers a very interesting display of photographs, memorabilia and information on the park, and the hill above is a wonderful vantage point for the spectacular view up the Imja Khola Valley towards Everest. The change from the narrow lowland valleys to the broad glacial ones is immediately obvious. The steep-sided glacial valley before us gradually winds towards the base of Everest, broken only by the moraines left by retreating glaciers. Its more gradual rate of climb is a blessing for those trekking higher. Towering to over 4000 metres above the valley floor, spectacular peaks seem to engulf us. Around us are Tawatse (6542m), Thamserku (6808m), Kantega (6685m), Ama Dablam (6856m), Nuptse (7896m) and Lhotse (8511m). The greatest of all, Mt Everest (8848m), rises at the head of the valley. The Sherpa Cultural Centre next to our hotel has an interesting collection of mountaineering items and photographs. Those who are fit and acclimatising well may wish to take the optional morning walk to the Everest View Hotel where spectacular views of Everest and Ama Dablam may be seen.
Day 18 To Deboche (3770m). Walk approx 6-7 hours
The walk to Thyangboche is one of the most spectacular trekking days in Nepal. The trail meanders easily around the ridges and Everest can be clearly seen on the horizon ahead before we descend through splendid rhododendron forests for lunch. After lunch we cross the Dudh Kosi and begin the ascent to the top of a long ridge which flows from the summit of Kantega. Our trail takes us through pine and rhododendron forest, and, as this is a devout Buddhist region, the wildlife is unharmed and not too shy. As a result there is a possibility that we may see Himalayan Thar, Musked Deer or pheasants in the forest and around our campsite. As we approach the ridgeline we pass through a traditional gateway and around a chorten before cresting the ridge onto a wide grassy meadow at the monastery village of Thyangboche. The monastery was re-built with the assistance of Sir Edmund Hillary after it was destroyed by fire in 1989. The views of the Everest massif, as well as all the other major peaks of the area are astounding. After a rest and visit to the monastery we head downhill to our private permanent camp at Deboche.
Day 19 To Chulungche/Mingbo (4530m). Walk approx. 5 hrs
Leaving the main trail in favour of isolated trails we trek above Thyangboche and into the conifer forest. The views back to the monastery with Tawatse rising beyond are excellent. We follow paths through the forest that lead above the tree line to summer yak pastures and contour around the ridge lines of Kantega. Settlements that are a hive of activity in the wet summer months are deserted and we have these paths to ourselves enjoying the solitude of the walk. We pass through the small settlement of Omoga and travel onto Mingbo for, high above the valley floor. At this altitude, with the clear air, we can look across at the highest peaks, at their level, and only a few kilometers distant. Overnight eco lodge.
Day 20 Day trip to Ama Dablam Base Camp (4800m) and return to Deboche. Walk approx 6 hrs
Today we make our way up the ridge high in a sheltered valley. We may see many climbing expeditions on our arrival in the base camp as Ama Dablam is one of the world’s most beautiful mountains. It means “Mother’s necklace”; the long ridges on each side like the arms of a mother (Ama) protecting her child, and the hanging glacier thought of as the dablam, the traditional double-pendant containing pictures of the gods, worn by Sherpa women. We have lunch in the Base camp and walk towards Deboche. A lot of up and down on this section, with another crossing of the Imja Khola on a steel suspension bridge. Overnight private permanent campsite.
Day 21 To Portse Tenga (3600m). Walk approx 5-6 hrs
We make an early start for the ridge high above our camp for a superb panorama of the high peaks of the Everest region. An early start will get us to the ridge for sunrise as the dawn illuminates Lhotse and Everest. We have time to soak in the view and enjoy the quiet isolation of this, one of the best vantage points to view Everest. Later in the morning we descend to camp and continue on a short steep descent to the Imja Khola, followed by a gradual ascent to Pangboche Monastery. The isolated trail to Portse is undulating with magnificent views of Kantega, Thamserku and Cho Oyu. Overnight private permanent camp site at Portse Tenga.
Day 22 To Namche via Khunde or Khumjung (3780m). Walk approx 6 hrs.
If clear the mountain views from Thyangboche monastery on our way through are outstanding. Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse are at the head of the valley, their line of sight flanked by Taweche on one side and Ama Dablam on the other. Almost directly above us are Kantega and Thamserku. Completing a 360 degree panorama of mountains are Khumblia and Kongde Ri which encircle us from across the valley. It is a comfortable day’s walk, with time to explore these unique and more traditional villages. As we near the villages we pass through terraced fields that are home to a brightly colored pheasant, the Danphe Pheasant, the national bird of Nepal. Khumjung is where Sir Edmund Hillary built his “Schoolhouse In the Clouds” and the famed Khunde hospital is close by. World Expeditions supports both of these famous community facilities, as well as the many other projects operated by the Himalayan Trust. There will generally be the opportunity for you to visit the hospital and school. We will also be able to visit the monastery at Khumjung where we may have the opportunity to see the “scalp of a yeti”. It is not so far now to reach Namche where we will stop for the night.
Day 23 To Ghat (2850m). Walk approx 4 hrs
Today we continue down through the forest to the valley floor to follow the Dudh Kosi downhill and out of the national park to our private permanent camp at Ghat.
Day 24 To Lukla (2800m) - walk approx 2 hrs
Retracing our steps along the valley, we pass through a variety of settlements and forests before a gentle climb to Lukla. We savour our final mountain sunsets of the trek as we complete this exhilarating journey.
Day 25 To Kathmandu by air (1330m)
This morning we fly to Kathmandu, a thrilling flight over forests, fields and villages, with the Himalaya in the background. On arrival, we transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 26 Day at leisure in Kathmandu.
There are a million things to see in Kathmandu and we recommend you spend this day wandering the town and exploring the valley on bicycle or by taxi. The old Royal Palace, Durbar Square, Swayambhunath (the Monkey Temple), Pashupatinath (a major Hindu shrine) and the giant Buddhist stupa at Bodhnath are absolute musts. Our W.E. staff can arrange a guide and/or transport should you wish, or you can head off armed with a map and let the day unfold.
Day 27 Trip concludes Kathmandu
After breakfast arrangements cease unless further arrangements have been made. Those people travelling by aircraft to further destinations will be transferred to the airport and assisted with check-in procedures.
- 26 breakfasts, 22 lunches and 22 dinners
- airport transfers
- mountain flights within Nepal valued at approx US$397
- expert bilingual guide
- group medical kit
- good quality accommodation in Kathmandu
- the use of a World Expeditions trek pack which includes a quality sleeping bag, down or fibre fill jacket and insulated mat (valued at over US$500)
- souvenir World Expeditions kit bag
- private transportation
- all park entrance fees and trekking permits
- Porters to carry all personal and group equipment
- Porter's insurance
- sightseeing in Kathmandu
- site entry fees
- accommodation in our fully serviced wilderness campsites
- 27 day trip
- 7 & 11 day trek
- 2 day wildlife safari
- 6 nights hotels
- 2 nights adventure lodge
- 3 night Everest eco lodges
- 15 nights camping (5 nights in private permanent campsites)
Trip Main Activities
- 7 & 11 day treks
- 2 day Wildlife Safari
Group Size Min
Group Size Max
Specialist gear required include walking boots and day pack (a comprehensive gear list is provided in the pre-departure information provided on booking).
What You Carry
In your daypack you will need to carry extra warm clothing (depending on the altitude, location and weather), a rainjacket, water bottle, film and camera gear, valuables and personal items such as sunscreen, lip-eze etc. Porters and mules carry all group gear and your trek pack.