The ridge above the village of Sikles commands incredible views above the Eastern Annapurnas, including Annapurna IV (7,525 meters) Annapurna II (7,939 meters) and the hulk of Lamjung Himal (6,932 meters), and another dozen or more summits. All are impressively above 6,500 meters while sliding down from the heights of Annapurna II, is the huge icefall and glacier that feed into the Mardi Khola.
The large village of Sikles is dominated by Gurungs, one the ethnic groups found only in Nepal. Many Gurungs have served in the British Army as Gurkhas. This trek is combined with sightseeing, rafting, and a jungle safari in Chitwan.
3 Hours Before Flight Time
Upon arriving in Kathmandu (Tribhuvan International Airport), a Visit Heaven representative will meet you and help you transfer to your hotel by private bus. Enjoy a free evening to explore Kathmandu and recover from your jet-lag. Meet the Visit Heaven staff during a short pre-tour briefing before dinner.
A half-day guided tour around Kathmandu city’s historical and cultural landmarks. Visit Bouddhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple, the most important sites of Buddhism and Hinduism in Nepal. Catch the playful antics of the monkeys and beautiful city views at Swayambunath temple. Get lost in Kathmandu’s old city bazaars, public squares, and former royal palaces at Durbar Square.
Head towards Pokhara either by car or plane. The short flight gives you a spectacular bird’s eye view of the Himalaya or the drive on the Prithivi Highway takes you along the Trisuli river. Enjoy traditional Nepali cuisine (dal bhaat) in Mugling. After an hour’s drive, the road leads you along the side of the Marsyandi River to Pokhara. Get the last essentials needed for your trip and take in the atmosphere of Lakeside Pokhara in the evening.
An hour’s drive from Pokhara takes us to Bhurjung Khola, from where we start our trek to Ghalegoan. Along the route we will see the place where the local village men go hunting for honey. The area is also culturally rich and displays a diverse variety of ethnic traditions. The housing and farming styles gives you in-depth insight into life in the Himalayan foothills of Nepal.
Today’s trek is mostly uphill. Leaving behind the well-established tourism village of Ghalegoan, we trek upwards along the upper reaches of the Seti River towards Tara Tops. On route, we will stop at a view point from where we get panoramic views of the Himalaya including Lamung Himal, Annapurna South, Fish Tail, and Annapurna III and IV.
The views of the Himalaya are truly amazing and a highlight of the journey. Once returning down, you can also get dramatic views of the Pokhara Valley. Continue trekking onwards to our overnight stop at Tara Tops. Tara Tops is a unique and beautiful campsite.
Leaving behind the campsite at Tara Tops we bid farewell to the breathtaking views and trek mostly downhill through magnolia and rhododendron forests towards Parche in the lower foothills.
Today is for exploring the area around Sikles, which is a Gurung-dominated region. The Gurkha soldier, usually recruited from this area, is renowned for his hardiness and skill in battle. We explore the area and trek to another view point where we can again get stunning view of the mountains and glacier which roll down from Annapurna II, Annapurna IV, and Lumjung Himal. We return to Parche for the night for evening entertainment by the local community.
Trekking from Parche, we head towards Lamakhet and the main road. The trek is mostly downhill through rural farming lands and at times passes alongside the Mardi Khola River. From Lamakhet, it’s about an hour and a half drive back to Pokhara along some rough and ready roads.
We take a day of sightseeing around the beautiful lake-side town of Pokhara. Paddle across the lake in a row boat and make the 40 min trek through the jungle to the World Peace Pagoda. From this hilltop location, you can get amazing views of the Himalaya and the lake below you. From the Pagoda, trek down the other side and visit the Tibetan Refugee Camp and Davis Falls before returning back to Pokhara for a free afternoon and evening.
Leaving Pokhara, we drive about an hour and half to Damuli. Here is our rafting starting point. Meet your rafting team and get a safety briefing before heading into the river for some big splashy fun! We will stop for lunch and then paddle down to our riverside camp site for the night. Camp out under the stars, get to know your rafting guides, and make new friends around the camp fire.
Wake up early and enjoy a luscious breakfast by the river before breaking up camp and rafting along the beautiful gorge to the Seti’s conflux with the Trisuli River. Paddle down to the beach at Gai Ghata where we take out the river and have lunch. From here we drive the one and half hours to Chitwan. Once at Chitwan, check into the resort and enjoy an evening exploring the Tharu village, a cultural dance program, and dinner.
After breakfast, we paddle down the Rapti River in a dugout canoe and walk through the jungle looking for rhinos. On route, we will stop at the Elephant Breeding Center and get to meet the female elephants and babies which are bred for use in the tourism industry. Before lunch head back to the River for an elephant bathing session before returning to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, we take you into the jungle on an elephant’s back for a safari in search of one-horned rhinos, Bengal tigers, sloth bears, monkeys, and deer.
Take extra trip back into the jungle for bird watching early in the morning. Take breakfast and then explore the local Tharu village, male elephant stable, and Chitwan National Park Museum. After lunch, catch the late afternoon flight back to Kathmandu. From Kathmandu airport, you will be transferred to a hotel for the night.
Take a free day back in Kathmandu with time for shopping and sightseeing. In the evening join the team at Visit Heaven for a last evening dinner and celebration of your journey through Nepal.
A Visit Heaven representative will accompany you to the airport to catch your returning flight. We hope to see you again soon!