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Nepal ABC trek with Bhutan tour - 21 daysNepal - 15 nights, Bhutan - 5 nights

This trip of 21 days combines the Trekking in Annapurna region of Nepal and tour of Bhutan, Paro and Thimpu. Annapurna Base Camp Trek or ABC trek is often regarded as one of the best trek in the world as Annapurna Base Camp offers the insight into mountain life, Culture and tradition in addition to the majestic view of the Himalayas.  Annapurna Base Camp Trek starts after 30 minutes flight or 7 hours of drive into Pokhara and another half an hour drive to Phedi and takes you to the base camp of the 10th highest peak in the world, Mt. Annapurna. Annapurna Base Camp Trek goes through the villages of Tamang, Thakali, Magar and Gurung People who have unique lifestyle and have a very good sense of Hospitality.  This trip gives you a clear picture of the country with its religion, culture, traditions, hospitality and inhabitants of the people. The scenery and landscapes are very stunning, mysterious and the Tibetan people believe in God and they are kind hearted and lives in harmony. The Bhutanese Myths and Mythology provides ecstasy and thrill to every visitor. This fabulous trip gives you an opportunity to see the renowned places of Bhutan, its Dzongs and monasteries and well preserved ecology.  

Tour Highlights

Kathmandu Durbar Square

The Kathmandu Durbar Square is enclosed with remarkable structural design and brilliantly settings the abilities of the Newar artists and craftsmen over some eras.

Annapurna Base Camp

Base camp of Annapurna Mountains

Tiger Nest Monastery

A prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred site and temple complex, located in the cliffside of the upper Paro valley

King’s Memorial Chorten

Tibetan-style chorten is one of the most visible religious structures in Thimphu, and for many Bhutanese it is the focus of their daily worship.

Changgangkha Monastery

Oldest temple in Thimphu, built in 12th century.

Swayambhunath

Swayambhunath is one of the largest and sacred Buddhist sites situated in Kathmandu.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu
Arrive at Kathmandu after a scenic flight over the mountains. Meet the representative of Adventure Mission Nepal Treks & Expedition (AMN) and transfer to Hotel.

Day 02: Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu covering Kathmandu Durbar Square, Syambhunath Stupa and Khokana Bungmati.

Kathmandu Durbar Square - Kathmandu Durbar Square lies in the center of the Kathmandu valley and has some of the most interesting monuments in Nepal. The Kasthamandap, the building from which Kathmandu derived its name, the Kumari Ghar, the House of the Living goddess Kumari, the Taleju temple and the most interesting the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, now a museum are some of the interesting buildings in Kathmandu Durbar Square. Besides that the program of different kinds and gathering of people from all over Nepal makes it a lively place and the best place to understand Nepal.

Swayambhunath Stupa- Swayambhunath stupa is also referred as the ‘Monkey temple’ and is one of the 7 UNESCO world heritage sites of Kathmandu. Situated on a hill top about 4 Km from the city center this stupa is one of the oldest monument in Kathmandu and comes from the Vajrayana sect of Mahayana Buddhism. With a pair of eyes in each direction this place is a spiritual center for the locals and tourist visiting this area. The hill top also offers the scenic view of the Kathmandu valley and the Himalayas.

Khokana and Bungmati- These two Newar Villages are located in the outskirts of the Patan District and are proposed as Tentative UNESCO heritage sites by the Nepal government. Khokana has the temple of Rudryaini and is also famous for the Mustard oil production. Bungmati, 20 minutes walk from Khokana through paddy fields is full of old Newari houses and architecture. These twin villages are one of the best places to experience Nepal’s age old heritages and to observe the daily life of the People. You will feel like walking in the 18th century Europe as you go through these streets.

Day 3 Fly/Drive to Pokhara & drive to Phedi, trek to Dhampus [1700m]
After breakfast we will drive or fly to Pokhara. (You can choose either flight or driving option based on the cost you want to pay). After reaching Pokhara drive to Phedi and trek towards Dhampus, a hilly area with small settlement of Gurung community. You can see peaks like Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal and Annapurna range from here.

Day 4 Trek to Landrung [1550m]
After breakfast we will head towards Deurali through Pothana. At this point, you find yourself high up on the East side of the Modi Khola cascading down the Annapurna Circuit Sanctuary surrounded by complete ambience of nature. We will continue walking for 4 hours until we reach Landrung another interesting Gurung settlement. You can explore the village in the evening or just rest at the hotel witnessing some of the high mountains in the Annapurna region.

Day 5 Trek to Chomrong [2100m]
After breakfast we start to walk along the mountain path of stone paved trail, pass through a hamlet, cross a suspension bridge until we across dense forest of bamboo. You will find yourself in complete isolation in the middle of nature and lush green forest. Your trek does not stop here. After walking for some time we will reach Jhinu and stop there for a short break for drinks and snacks. There after we will deviate towards the north and walk for around 4 hours to reach Chomrong. Chomrong is one of the best places to see the Mount Fishtail, the virgin peak.

Day 6 Trek to Himalaya Hotel [2850m]
After breakfast we will start walking towards Himalaya Hotel and immediately cross Chomrong Khola, and continue through the rhododendron-covered ridge path, mountainous terrains and forests of bamboo. The mesmerizing view of the Mountains including Fishtail, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli will energize you throughout the walk. We will cross Modi Khola and walk further for few hours until we reach The Himalaya Hotel for overnight stay.

Day 7 Free day for rest.
You can explore the surrounding villages or rest to save energy for tomorrow hike which is a bit difficult as we will head towards MBC tomorrow.

Day 8 Trek to Machhapuchare Base Camp [3700m]
We keep on ascending and descending for some time until we reach the Hinku Cave. We will further continue for 3-4 hours and you enter the Annapurna circuit Sanctuary, a huge amphitheater enclosed by a solid wall of snow-capped peaks which include Annapurna I, II, III and IV and the fish tail spire of Machhapuchare. We can find some guest houses at Deurali and Bagar stay in one of those and enjoy the proximity with the mountains.

Day 9 Trek to Annapurna Base Camp [4130m] & Back to Himalaya Hotel
On hiking the Annapurna circuit trail for 2 hours, you descend a small ridge branching out from the mountain pass to mountainside with widespread terraced fields showcasing tranquil meadows and lush fertile farming land. As you reach Annapurna Base Camp, witness awesome picturesque landscapes, majestic panoramic view of snow-capped mountainous peaks and varied Himalayan cultural settings tucked beneath the southern slopes of the Annapurna massif. Thereafter, you head back down to Himalaya Hotel.

Day 10 Trek to Chomrong [2100m]
The walk today is very exciting as we reach the river bed of Kaligandaki, the deepest gorge in the world which lies between the Annapurna and the Dhaulagiri Mountains. Kali Gandaki is the world’s deepest river gorge of great bio-geographical significance regarded as demarcating Eastern and Western avifauna. We will follow the trail up the Modi Khola passes for sometime through dense forests of rhododendron and bamboo across Annapurna mountain range. We will walk for 5 hours and reach Chomrong for overnight today.

Day 11 Trek to Ghandruk [1940m]
Today we start the second leg of the trek to reach Pokhara through Ghorepani and Ghandruk. We will march through flatland, forests and terraced fields; a suspension bridge comes your way. On crossing this suspension bridge over Khumbu Khola, you enter beautiful village of Ghandruk after walking for 3 to 4 hours. In Ghandruk you can observe the unique lifestyle and culture of Gurung Community and get the excellent view of the of Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Machhapuchare. Other than hotels and tea house here camping in the terraced fields can also be an option if you are interested.

Day 12 Trek to Banthanti [2410m]
We will leave Ghandruk and further walk through dense rhododendron forest to Tadapani which is an excellent view point to glimpse heavenly sight of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Fishtail. Today we will walk only for 3 hours until we reach Banthanti. It is a forest area with lots of streams and small pond of water. But the water is not as good for swimming as it is very cold!!!In the forest here you can see lots of Monkeys going from one tree to another and one rock to another. This area is comparatively warm and is ideal for these interesting creatures.

Day 13 Trek to Ghorepani [2880m]
From Banthanti, you proceed further along steep trails. Nature spreads exotic sight of majestic snow-capped mountain peaks, lush vegetation and rich plant life before you. You climb through rhododendron forest to Deurali [3100m] and reach a hamlet and cultivated fields. Continue walking for 3 hours and finally you will find yourself in Ghorepani. Ghorepani also houses lodges to provide food and accommodation to travelers.

Day 14 Trek to Nayapul, drive to Pokhara
We will hike to Poonhill [3210m], early morning for 45 minutes for sunrise view over the Manaslu range, and after breakfast we will leave Ghorepani and walk towards Nayapul. We will march through Birethanti to reach Ulleri where a steep descend of 3500 steps leads down to Hille on the Bhurungdi Khola. Forty minutes beyond Birethanti, you come to the main road. Now you can easily access any means of transportation to drive to Pokhara. In the evening, you are free to wander by the lakes of Pokhara. [6 hrs walking]

Day 15 Fly/Drive to Kathmandu
From Pokhara you can either fly or drive to Kathmandu.

Day 16: Arrival at Bhutan, Paro International Airport and sightseeing in the afternoon (2250m).
The flight into Bhutan is one of the most interesting Mountain flights in the world. You will be welcomed by the representative of Adventure mission Nepal treks and expedition and transferred to the hotel. After a brief rest and lunch we will head towards the Ta Dzong, the National museum of Bhutan. After the visit to the Museum we take a short walk to the Rinpung Dzong often described as the fort with heaps of Jewel. Khichu Lhakhang is the next place we visit. It is the oldest monument in the small kingdom of Bhutan. By the late afternoon we reach the Drugyal Dzong (Bhutan Victory Fort) built around the mid 17th century in the memory of the Bhutanese victory over the Tibetan invaders.

Day 17: Excursion to the Tigers Nest (3190m) and Drive to Thimphu (2 hours/54km) in the afternoon (2350m).
After a warm and nice breakfast served at the hotel we will hike up the 4200 steps to the Tiger's Nest, locally known as the Taktsang Monastery. This monastery has been the identification of Bhutan since a long time because of its religious significance and also because of its location. The Mahayani Buddhist believes that the first dalai lama, Padmasamvav flied on a back of a tigress to her for Meditation. While coming down we will have lunch at halfway down the hill and continue to Paro. We drive to Thimpu in the late afternoon. This is a scenic drive through the hills for around 2 hours.

Day 18: Full day sightseeing of Thimpu.
The places we visit today include the King’s Memorial Chorten, Nunnery Temple, Changgangkha Monastery, Majestic Thimphu Dzong etc.Besides that we also go to the Central zoo to see the animals over there and among them the Takin, a goat-antelope is a major attraction as it is the national animal of Bhutan . In the afternoon visit the Weekend market famous for all kinds of local products ranging from handicrafts to vegetables. You can also visit the radio tower on a hill top, which offers a panoramic view of Thimpu city.

Day 19: Drive back to Paro (54km/ 2 hours) and free time in the evening.
We will start our journey to Paro in the morning after breakfast. The couple of hour of journey goes through the winding road with lush green forest and small settlements. We will arrive Paro for Lunch. In the evening spend time around the local market.

Day 20: Early morning checkout from the hotel and drive to the Airport. Upon arrival at Kathmandu sightseeing Kathmandu Durbar square and Swayambhunath before checking in to the hotel. Evening Farewell dinner with Cultural program.

Kathmandu Durbar Square - Kathmandu Durbar Square lies in the center of the Kathmandu valley and has some of the most interesting monuments in Nepal. The Kasthamandap, the building from which Kathmandu derived its name, the Kumari Ghar, the House of the Living goddess Kumari, the Taleju temple and the most interesting the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, now a museum are some of the interesting buildings in Kathmandu Durbar Square. Besides that the program of different kinds and gathering of people from all over Nepal makes it a lively place and the best place to understand Nepal.

Swayambhunath Stupa- Swayambhunath stupa is also referred as the ‘Monkey temple’ and is one of the 7 UNESCO world heritage sites of Kathmandu. Situated on a hill top about 4 Km from the city center this stupa is one of the oldest monument in Kathmandu and comes from the Vajrayana sect of Mahayana Buddhism. With a pair of eyes in each direction this place is a spiritual center for the locals and tourist visiting this area. The hill top also offers the scenic view of the Kathmandu valley and the Himalayas.

Day 21: Final departure.

Cost Includes:

  • Accommodation on full board in Bhutan and Nepal except in Kathmandu(BB).
  • English speaking guide per as the itinerary.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Guide Fees.
  • All transfers and sightseeing on Private vehicle.
  • Bhutan Visa fees.

Cost excludes:

  • Drinks, Tips, Insurance and any extra cost occurring from the unfavorable circumstances such as weather, road blockade, flight cancellation Etc
  • All personal nature expenses such as tips, donations, bar bills etc.
  • Meals in Nepal
  • Travel insurance.
  • Nepal visa fee.
  • Air fare to Paro and back.
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