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Premium comfort Annapurna - Bandipur trek

Premium comfort Annapurna - Bandipur trek

Trip Facts:

Destination
Dhampus - Pokhara - Bandipur
Group Size
2-12
Region
Annapurna
Trip Duration
14 days
Activities
Sightseeing - Trekking
Culture
Gurung / Magar
Meals
Full board
Accommodation
High end exclusive hotels/resorts
Max Elevation
2100
Best Month
Jan- May / Sep - Dec
Trip Grade
easy
Trek Starts / Ends
Kathmandu
Transportation
Private Vehicle and Flight

Overview

Beginning in Kathmandu, this adventure seamlessly integrates cultural immersion with expertly guided city tours. The light to medium trek (from 2 to max. 6 hours a day) through the Annapurna foothills showcases stunning villages and cosy accommodations at the Mountain Lodges of Nepal. After a leisurely stay in Nepal’s second city, Pokhara, the trip moves on to Bandipur for an authentic Nepali village encounter. With opportunities for short treks, optional walks, and cultural exchanges, this itinerary guarantees a diverse mix of landscapes and traditions, culminating in a return to Kathmandu. This condensed expedition encapsulates the heart of Nepal's cultural legacy and the breath-taking beauty of the Himalayas in a brief yet fulfilling journey.

This premium trekking packages include:

High-End Accommodations: Instead of basic tea houses, luxury treks offer stays in luxury lodges or boutique hotels along the route. These accommodations often feature comfortable beds, hot showers, and in some occasions even amenities like spas and gourmet dining options.

Experienced Guides and Porters: Luxury trekking companies provide experienced guides and porters who are knowledgeable about the region and can enhance the trekking experience with their insights and support. The porters carry all luggage and we offer enough porters and guides per number of participants.

Gourmet Meals: Rather than simple meals served in tea houses, luxury treks offer gourmet dining experiences with a focus on quality and variety. Meals may include a mix of local and international cuisines, prepared by skilled chefs.

Personalized Services: Luxury trekking companies often provide personalized services and attention to detail, catering to the individual preferences and needs of their clients.

Trip Highlights:

  • Sightseeing all the UNESCO Heritage monuments in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu, including Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple) offers panoramic views of the city and is adorned with colorful prayer flags and intricate carvings. Boudhanath is one of the largest stupas in the world and is a focal point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. The stupa's massive mandala and the eyes of Buddha painted on the tower symbolize wisdom and compassion. Pashupatinath Temple is the most sacred Hindu temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is one of the holiest shrines in Nepal. Located on the banks of the Bagmati River. Kathmandu Durbar Square in the heart of Kathmandu is home to the former royal palace of the Malla kings. The square is adorned with ancient temples, palaces, courtyards, and intricately carved wooden structures, showcasing the rich architectural and cultural heritage of Nepal.
  • Comfort trekking in the breath-taking mountains of the Annapurna Himalayas. The Annapurna region is blessed with breathtaking natural beauty, including towering snow-capped peaks, lush forests, cascading waterfalls, and picturesque villages. The highest peak is Annapurna I also known as Annapurna Main, it is the 10th highest mountain in the world, standing at an elevation of 8,091 meters (26,545 feet). Visit many villages of traditional Magar and Gurung people and their clothing, music, and dance that play an essential role in preserving their cultural heritage
  • Enjoy Pokhara, it is blessed with unparalleled natural beauty. The panoramic views of the Annapurna range reflected in the tranquil waters of Phewa Lake are simply mesmerizing. Despite being a tourist hub, Pokhara has managed to retain its cultural charm. Visitors can explore the diverse ethnic communities, each with its own traditions, festivals, and cuisine. The World Peace Pagoda, located atop a hill overlooking the city, offers panoramic views of Pokhara and the surrounding mountains. It's not only a place of worship but also a symbol of peace and tranquility.
  • Visit and stay in Bandipur, a picturesque hilltop town in Nepal, that offers a unique blend of cultural heritage, stunning vistas, and authentic experiences. Bandipur is renowned for its well-preserved Newari architecture, which reflects its rich cultural heritage. The town's cobblestone streets, traditional buildings adorned with intricately carved windows, and ancient temples create a charming ambiance reminiscent of a bygone era. It offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Himalayas, including the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu ranges.  Visitors can interact with the friendly locals, participate in traditional rituals and festivals, and savor delicious Newari cuisine. Popular hikes include the trek to Siddha Cave, a massive limestone cave, and the hike to Ramkot village for panoramic views.Bandipur has a rich history dating back to the Magar civilization. The town served as an important stop on the trade route between Tibet and India, contributing to its cultural diversity and historical significance.
  • Staying in luxurious hotels, lodges, and resorts with full board.

Premium comfort Annapurna - Bandipur trek Itinerary

Details Outline

Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, you'll be greeted by a team member who will assist with your transfer to the group's hotel. Once you've checked in, the remainder of the day is yours to explore at your own pace. In the evening, we'll convene for a group meeting over dinner at one of the renowned restaurants in the city.

Food
Dinner
Accomodation
Nepali Ghar Hotel
Highest Altitude
1400 m

Today, a guided half-day sightseeing tour is arranged to explore significant landmarks in the Kathmandu Valley, including the ‘Monkey Temple’ of Swayambhunath, the Hindu Temple honoring Lord Shiva in Pashupatinath, Durbar Square, and Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal. Following the sightseeing tour, the rest of the day is available for unwinding in the hotel gardens or for self-guided exploration. In the evening, we will gather again to dine out with our guide in another one of Kathmandu’s finest restaurants.

Food
Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Accomodation
Nepali Ghar Hotel

Upon arriving in Pokhara, you'll receive a warm welcome and be transported by vehicle to the starting point of your trek, which typically takes around an hour. Accompanied by a local trek crew, you'll embark on a trail through the lower foothills of the Annapurnas, offering stunning panoramic vistas of the Pokhara Valley. Eventually, you'll descend to the cozy Mountain Lodges of Nepal (MLN) Birethanti Lodge, nestled in the Modi Khola valley. Lunch will be provided at the lodge, and in the afternoon, you'll have the choice to take a relaxed stroll to the nearby village of Birenthanti (1025m). Alternatively, you can opt to unwind at the lodge, explore the local area, or indulge in some birdwatching.

Food
Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Accomodation
Sanctuary Lodge
Highest Altitude
1025 m
Walking Hours
2-3 hrs

After breakfast, your journey kicks off as you leave the lodge and meander through farmland and scattered small farms, following the course of the Modi Khola, the river originating from the Annapurna Sanctuary. Traversing along the river's right bank, you head northwards with the majestic sacred peak of Machhapuchhre (Fish Tail) looming ahead. As you ascend out of the valley toward the mountains, the trail winds through quaint hamlets, terraced rice fields, and forests, treating you to breathtaking views of the surrounding valley. Snacks will be provided along the way. Arrival at the MLN Ghandruk Lodge is anticipated in the late afternoon, where a hot lunch awaits. The lodge boasts stunning views of the Annapurna Massif peaks arrayed before you.

Food
Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Accomodation
Himalaya Lodge
Highest Altitude
2012 m
Walking Hours
5-6 hrs

After enjoying a leisurely breakfast accompanied by stunning Himalayan vistas at the Himalaya Lodge, you embark on your trek to Landruk. Setting off from the village of Ghandruk, the trail descends sharply towards the banks of the Modi River. En route, you might catch glimpses of the cliffs where Nepal's renowned honey hunters expertly ascend ropes to harvest the nests of the world's largest (and most perilous) honeybees. We cross the river via a sturdy suspension bridge and ascend along a winding trail to reach the village of Landruk. This enchanting village offers further awe-inspiring views of the Annapurna range. Following a satisfying lunch at the Landruk, our guide will take you on a sightseeing excursion of this picturesque mountain village.

Food
Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accomodation
La Bee Lodge
Highest Altitude
1565 m
Walking Hours
4-5 hrs

Leaving behind Landruk and the Modi Khola valley, today's trek follows the contour of the valley-side eastward before veering south, with gentle undulations along the way. Passing through picturesque villages and farmland, you'll enjoy splendid views back towards the Annapurnas. By lunchtime, you'll arrive at Majhgaon. The lodge is designed to resemble a traditional Nepalese village, and each room offers spectacular vistas of the surrounding valley and mountains. The afternoon can be spent relaxing in the lodge gardens or exploring nearby villages with our guide.

Food
Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Accomodation
Mala Lodge
Highest Altitude
1400 m
Walking Hours
4-5 hrs

This morning, your trek begins with a journey through the pristine village of Patlekhet. The path winds through sub-tropical forests adorned with tree orchids, rhododendrons, and magnolias. En route, we pause at the village of Pothana, known for its Tibetan traders selling souvenirs. Once again, our aim is to reach our next lodge in time for lunch. Tonight, we'll stay at the small yet magnificent MLN Dhampus, offering sweeping views of the entire Annapurna Range. Following lunch at the lodge, there's an optional stroll through the historic village of Dhampus.

Food
Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Accomodation
Basanta Lodge
Highest Altitude
1740 m
Walking Hours
5 hrs

After enjoying a leisurely breakfast at the lodge, you begin a brief downhill stroll along a picturesque ridge to reach the expansive Yangdi Khola Valley, dotted with farmland and scattered houses. Here, you'll encounter the road where your awaiting vehicle waits for a 30-minute transfer to Pokhara. Along the way, you can opt to visit the Tibetan refugee camp, renowned for its captivating temple complex. Upon arrival in Pokhara, you settle into a luxurious resort hotel at Lakeside. Pokhara is celebrated for its relaxed ambiance, and the Lakeside area bustles with captivating shops, cafes, and bars, all against the stunning backdrop of the Annapurnas. Following lunch, the afternoon is yours to explore this enchanting town. Additionally, you have the choice to trek up to the 'Peace Stupa' for a panoramic vista of the lake or take a boat excursion on the water. In the evening, you return to the hotel for dinner.

Food
Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Accomodation
Hotel Temple Tree Resort
Highest Altitude
822 m
Walking Hours
2 hrs

Pokhara, also nicknamed as the Lake City, is the second largest and most beautiful place in Nepal. The town offers magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, five peaks of Annapurna among others. Pokhara owns numerous lakes, known as ‘Tal’ in Nepali, and offers fishing, boating and swimming. We visit Devi’s Fall and the Gupteshwar Gufa Cave. We also make a sightseeing trip to some of Pokhara’s marketplaces, old bazaars and interesting landmarks. In the evening, there is a nice opportunity to explore the surrounding lakeside areas at sunset!

Food
Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Accomodation
Hotel Temple Tree Resort
Highest Altitude
822 m
Walking Hours
2 hrs

Starting your day with a reasonably early departure, you'll begin your journey with a brief drive to the traditional Newari village of Bandipur, perched on a high ridge above the Pokhara to Kathmandu highway. Upon arrival, you'll relish lunch at the 'Old Inn' and meet a local guide who will lead you through the village. Bandipur, rooted in the Magar Kingdom of Tanahun, boasts a history dating back several centuries. It served as a vital staging post on the trade route between India and Tibet. With its 18th-century architecture and labyrinthine streets, it's an ideal spot to spend a couple of hours.

Next, you'll embark on a short trek, beginning with a descent into a valley enveloped by a blend of forest and farmland. Along the trail, you'll encounter various hamlets and schools, culminating in a steady ascent during the final 40 minutes to your overnight lodging at the splendid lodge. Positioned on a ridge just over 1000 meters, the lodge offers commanding views of three towering peaks over 8000 meters tall: Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, and Manaslu. After settling in, drinks will be served around the central fireplace, followed by dinner in the dining room later in the evening.

Food
Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Accomodation
Three Mountain Lodge
Highest Altitude
1010 m
Walking Hours
1 hr

You'll awaken to a refreshing cup of tea or coffee delivered to your rooms. Weather permitting, and if the mountains are visible, you'll have the chance to sit on your private verandas and savor the breathtaking views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, and Makalu. Following breakfast, we'll embark on a brief stroll through orange orchards to visit two local schools. Alternatively, you can opt for a hike to a higher viewpoint peak, offering an even more stunning panorama of the northern mountains and views southwards towards Chitwan and the Terai. Returning to the lodge for lunch, you'll then join the guide once again to explore a couple of nearby villages, where you may have the opportunity to meet retired Gurkhas. This area remains relatively unexplored and retains much of its original charm. You'll return to spend a second night at the Three Mountain Lodge. 

Food
Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Accomodation
Three Mountain Lodge
Highest Altitude
1010 m

Following breakfast at the unique lodge, you'll trek back to Bandipur. Upon arrival in Bandipur, you'll meet your transportation and embark on a 4-hour drive eastward along the Prithvi Highway to Kathmandu. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you'll check in at your hotel, where you'll have a couple of hours to rest and freshen up before dinner.

Food
Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Accomodation
Nepali Ghar Hotel
Highest Altitude
1400 m

Exploring the streets of Kathmandu is a highlight of any trip to Nepal, offering a captivating blend of shops, cafes, restaurants and food markets, and street vendors, along with a diverse array of vibrant temples and shrines. Kathmandu is a generally safe city (just keep an eye out for the traffic) and venturing out on your own can be a delightful adventure.

Alternative: a sightseeing daytour to Bhaktapur

Food
Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Accomodation
Nepali Ghar Hotel
Highest Altitude
1400 m

Airport transfers to Kathmandu are included in the package. If you're interested in extending your stay in Nepal, you might want to consider pre-booking a day's sightseeing tour in the Kathmandu Valley or a multi-day excursion to the wildlife reserve at Chitwan. For further information, please don't hesitate to reach out to our office.

Food
Breakfast

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Service Included on Trip Cost

Cost Includes

  • Arrival and transfer to and from the international and domestic airports
  • Welcome dinner upon arrival in Kathmandu
  • 4 nights Hotel – Nepali Ghar in Kathmandu on full board (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
  • Cultural guide and private transport during Sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Domestic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara with Buddha Airlines including airport taxes.
  • 5 nights in best lodges in Annapurna Region as per program on Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) and happy hour at Lodges between 6 pm to 7 pm.
  • 2 nights in Temple Tree resort in Pokhara on full board (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • 2 nights at Three Mountain Lodge in Bandipur on Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Permits for Annapurna Conservation Area (ACAP) and Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS)
  • Experienced, first-aid trained, government-licensed, English-speaking trekking guide
  • Porter for trekkers' luggage (one porter for two trekkers, maximum weight limit 18 kg, one trekking luggage limit 9 kg)
  • Coverage for guide, porters and necessary stags including meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, flights, and necessary equipment
  • private transport as per program.
  • Standard room amenities (Attached Bathroom, Hot Shower, Unlimited boiled & filtered drinking water, Bathroom slippers, Hair dryer on request)

Cost Excludes

  • International flight airfare
  • Extra night accommodations in Kathmandu due to early arrival or late departure
  • Nepal Visa on arrival at the international airport in Kathmandu (USD 30 for 15 days and USD 50 for 30 days and 4 passport-sized pictures needed)
  • Personal Equipment & Insurance (Travel insurance covering emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation)
  • Personal Expenses (hot & cold beverages, laundry, telephone, and other personal expenses)
  • Additional costs due to delays caused by factors beyond the company's control like landslides, weather conditions, safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes, etc.
  • Other personal Expenses
  • Tips for Staffs
  • Any costs or expenses not mentioned in the "Included" list

Premium comfort Annapurna - Bandipur trek Altitude Profile

FAQs

What is the Premium Comfort Annapurna - Bandipur Trek?

This trek offers a unique combination of the scenic Annapurna trails with a comfortable stay in the picturesque village of Bandipur. It is designed for those who wish to enjoy the natural beauty of the Himalayas without forgoing comfort.

The trek typically lasts between 10 to 12 days, covering various landscapes and cultural sites from Kathmandu to Bandipur and through key sections of the Annapurna region.
 

The trek is considered moderate, suitable for average trekkers who are in good health. The paths include some steep ascents and descents but are generally manageable with regular breaks.

Accommodations are premium compared to standard trekking lodges, with options for upgraded rooms in guesthouses and eco-lodges that offer amenities such as attached bathrooms, comfortable bedding, and occasionally Wi-Fi services.
 

The best times to embark on this trek are during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons, when the weather is clear and the views of the Himalayas are most spectacular.
 

Packing should include layers for varying temperatures, trekking boots, a first-aid kit, water purification tablets, a sleeping bag (if preferring one’s own), sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses. Most importantly, pack light to make the walking easier.

While it's possible to trek independently, hiring a guide is highly recommended for navigational assistance, safety, and to enrich the experience through local knowledge and insights into the culture and history of the region.
 

Yes, trekkers need an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and a Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card. These can be arranged by a trekking agency or obtained in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

The trek offers a mixture of local Nepali food and more familiar Western meals. Dal Bhat (rice and lentils) is a staple, but menus in lodges often include pasta, pizza, and even apple pie.

It’s advisable to engage in regular physical activity like jogging, swimming, or cycling for several months before the trek. Also, including some hikes that involve steep inclines in your routine will help acclimatize your body to similar conditions.
 

Charging opportunities are available in many lodges, though sometimes at an extra cost due to the remote locations. It's advisable to bring additional batteries or a solar charger.
 

The trek features panoramic views of the Annapurna range, encounters with diverse cultures in the villages, and the charming, historically rich town of Bandipur.
 

The trek moves through various altitudes, starting from Kathmandu at around 1,400 meters, up to higher points around 3,200 meters in the Annapurna region before descending to Bandipur.

The region is home to diverse wildlife, including species like the Himalayan tahr, langur monkeys, and a variety of birds. Rare sightings of snow leopards have also been reported.

It’s important to dress modestly, avoid public displays of affection, and ask for permission before taking photographs of locals. Always follow your guide’s advice on cultural etiquette.

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