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Best Time of Year: October - April
Jomsom Annapurna Chitwan Trek
This is a fantastic compact, intense trip absorbing some of Nepal's fantastic High Mountain scenery, amongst 8000m peaks, but also with time to savour the cultural splendour, and the incredible wildlife of this incredible land. Trek amongst towering peaks, ride on elephant back, and get spiritual amongst the myriad of hindu and buddhist temples... get set for a real Adventure!
A compact thirteen day itinerary (excluding Travel time) which includes an eight day Jomsom Annapurna Trek, time to soak in the relaxing atmosphere of Lakeside Pokhara, and then time in the popular Chitwan National Park to enjoy the fantastic array of wildlife on offer, and also to appreciate the other face of Nepal down on the plains within striking distance of India. The highlight in Chitwan is certainly the opportunity to experience wild rhino close up on an elephant back safari. Finally your tour will conclude in Kathmandu with maybe a little time to check out the sights and sounds of the inimitable Kingdom in the clouds.
And of course, don’t forget that throughout this wonderful itinerary, there will be the all pervading exploration of Nepal’s fascinating lifestyle, culture and religion. Maybe take a row out to the island temple on Fewa Tal Pokhara Lake, and explore the backstreets of Kathmandu to find myriad temples and stupas. This is a real adventure - so fasten your shoelaces!
Day 1 - Depart London
Day 2 - Arrive Kathmandu – some free time to explore Kathmandu
Day 3 - Transfer Pokhara – internal flight Free Half Day
Day 4 - Start Trek – Pokhara to New Bridge (1050m) to Tirkhedunga (1570m)
Day 5 - On Trek – Tirkhedunga to Ghorepani (2750m)
Day 6 - On Trek – Ghorepani to Tatopani (1190m)
Day 7 - On Trek – Tatopani to Ghasa (2000m)
Day 8 - On Trek – Ghasa to Larjung (2560m)
Day 9 - On Trek - Larjung to Jomsom (2713m)
Day 10 - On Trek – Spare Day
Day 11 - Return to Pokhara by internal Flight – Rest of Day free to relax
Day 12 - Transfer by road to Chitwan (private vehicle)
Day 12 - Chitwan Wildlife Safari
Day 13 - Chitwan Wildlife Safari
Day 14 - Transfer to Kathmandu by road (private vehicle)– some free time in Kathmandu
Day 15 - Depart Kathmandu
Day 16 - Arrive London
NB – Average Length of trekking day is between 5 & 6 hours.
This itinerary balances trekking more evenly with some of the other highlights of a trip to the Himalayan Kingdom (wildlife and exploration of cultural highlights).
Occasionally, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons – climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best alternative arrangements possible that maintains the integrity of the original itinerary, you will be advised as soon as possible to this effect.
In Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan you will be accommodated in simple but clean accommodation. There are many great restaurants and cafes for breakfast, lunch and dinner in these places. Eating out is a fun part of any trip to Nepal! Whilst on trek you will be staying in simple lodges along the trail. These are an essential part of the trekking experience in the Himalayas, as you will be staying with other fellow trekkers from around the world, sharing stories and maybe a few games of cards in the evenings…
What is a Level 2.5 Trekking Challenge Like?
For this type of challenge - you can expect either distance (up to 12 or 15 miles), or altitude gain - around 1000m. But not both! If you climb, then the distance will be less, if you cover the distance, then the altitude gain will be little. Typically conditions underfoot will be good - although there are exceptions to this. If you encounter rough conditions underfoot, then the distance / altitude will be reduced. These events would suit someone of good all round fitness, who takes exercise regularly - without neccessarily being of high fitness.
How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 2.5 ‘Trek’ ?
You must be active and with moderate fitness level. You should be taking regular exercise, consisting of regular walks and possibly other sports (swimming / football etc.) You should be comfortable in undertaking long country walks of up to 7+ hours or 15+ miles in the lowland English countryside.
Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar.
You should be used to walking reasonable distances each day to contemplate this trek. It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.
Travel insurance is required for all overseas adventures and can be purchased through Ventureguard using the link on the left hand toolbar of the website.
Travel insurance is not compulsory for UK adventures but it is advised. For further information, please don't hesitate to contact the Café.
Visas / Redtape
When travelling abroad you may require a Visa. Please check the Travcour website (www.travcour.com) for up to date Visa information. Here they can advise you on the best action to take. If you require further information please don't hesitate to contact the Café.
Included In Trip
Airport transfers in Nepal, domestic flights, internal road journies, all accommodation, food on trek, guide, porter. Option to use local Nepali Guide whilst in Kathmandu.
Excluded From Trip
International Airfares - please ask if you require assistance with flights and we should be able to offer well priced flights with good connections. Excludes transfers in UK to airport (Lift Share may be available – expect to share costs on Parking at Air
Suncream, Blister Repair Kit, Plasters, Vaseline
Rehydration Salts, Painkillers, Sunbloc, Immodium
Anti-Malarial Medication, Hand Disinfectant Lotion (optional)
Pack Towel (lifesystems recommended), Soap (small bar)
Shampoo (not a full size bottle!)
Toothbrush, Toothpaste (small size)
Hill Walking Items
Sleeping Bag - 4 season rated to -15°C comfort rating
Sleeping Mat (thick Karrimat/Thermarest style)
Day Sack (25-35 litre)
Big Rucksack (to carry all your overnight gear)
Rucksack Liner(s) / Plastic Liner(s) for Rucksack
Bladder System (highly recommended - or other water bottles e.g. exercise bottle/Nalgene bottle)
Walking Poles (highly recommended)
Sun Hat (wide brimmed), Neck Scarf
Snack Foods for time in trek - esp. items that you may crave on the trail
Lightweight Fleece, Medium Weight Fleece, Heavyweight Fleece
Duvet Jacket, Lightweight Gloves, Heavy Gloves (mitten type recommended)
Fleece Hat, Balaclava
Long Cotton Trekking Trousers, 1 Pair Tracksuit Bottoms
Comfortable Trekking Shirts (long/short sleeved)
Walking Boots (broken in with ankle protection)
Walking Socks, Liner Socks
Underwear, Thermal Underwear
1 Change of Casual Evening Wear
Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (Gore-tex, E-vent)
Outer Waterproof Bottoms
Toilet Roll / Pack of Travel Tissues
Diary, Spare Lace
Camera, Film / Memory Card / Spare Battery
Travel Documents, Visa's (if applicable - in most of our long haul countries you may pay for your visa on arrival)
Travel Insurance (compulsory)
Wallet, Money Belt, Credit Cards, Cash (local currency - please note on long haul treks it may not be possible to get currency before you travel)
Sunglasses, Spare Comfortable Shoes
Penknife, Mobile Phone (packed in a plastic bag deep inside your day pack!)
Emergency Rations (energy foods - for the tough days on trek)
Head Torch with spare batteries and bulb
Specialist Items for Long Haul Trips
Mosquito Nets, Water Purification Kit, Sewing Kit
Non-Caffeinated Drinks - i.e fruit powdered drink / green tea / herbal tea
US Dollars are the most convenient and convertible form of currency in many distant corners of the world - recommended!
It is possible to hire equipment via our specialist kit hire providers Outdoor Hire Ltd. We have negotiated a 10% discount for all our mountain challengers.
By nature all activities contain an element of risk.Your leader will be first aid qualified and will carry the appropriate safety kit for the activity. On a trek in a developing country the main areas to be aware of and to guard against are stomach bugs picked up from dirty water / food, altitude sickness, sunburn, and dehydration. If you are careful, and cautious - you will get much more from your trip! Your joining instructions will contain more information about these issues.
One of the most fascinating things about Nepal is that in the space of a hundred miles you can go from the coldest and most bitter conditions on earth to the sweltering heat of the North Indian Plain. In general it's best to plan for temperate conditions ranging to around freezing on most trekking itineraries. Temperatures in the daytime range from +5—+20 degrees Celsius, with evenings being 8 to 10 degrees cooler. The best times of the year by far are the spring and the autumn. Whilst it is possible to trek during winter—it’s a little cold for most people. The monsoon is not fun—as paths are washed out, it’s exceptionally humid, and you’ll spend a lot of time wet through! Most people are surprised to find that Nepal is actually the same latitude as Florida or Egypt, the extremes in temperature and climate are all do to altitude variations.
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