Annapurna Foothills Comfort Lodge Trek Dates & Rates
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Annapurna Foot Hills Comfort Lodge Trek (AFH09)
Duration: 15 Day Tour, Including 5 Day Trek
For teams, clubs or other groups of 6 or more we are happy to assist in organising a private departure of one of our amazing treks at a time that suits you best. Please contact us for more information or a group quote on +61 2 9252 1033 or email us.
|Annapurna Foot Hills Comfort Lodge Trek (AFH09)||26-Dec-15 to 09-Jan-16|
PLEASE NOTE: The 2016 Annapurna Foothills comfort Lodge Trek itinerary is 12 days and does not include the Seti River Rafting portion in the below itinerary.
Days 1-2: Arrive Kathmandu
Transfer from airport to Gokarna Forest Resort, located inside the serene former private Royal hunting grounds of the Kings of Nepal. Sightseeing in the Kathmandu including the Pashupati Nath Hindu Temple. Then drive to Boudhanath, one of the biggest stupa in Nepal known and finally visit the Monkey Temple and Durbar Square.
Day 3: Fly to Pokhara, overnight
Today we fly to Pokhara and overnight in our lodge overlooking Fishtail Mountain. This afternoon you'll have time to explore Pokhara's shops, markets and attractions, or even paddle a boat on the lake.
Day 4: Drive to Pokhara and commence Trek to Sanctuary Lodge
We take the shore drive to the village of Lumle, which is where the trek starts. Trek 4 hours to Chandrakot then towards the Modi Valley, and the charming village of Tamijung. Your path continues down to where you cross the grey-green waters of the Modi River and from there it is a gentle walk to the Sanctuary Lodge.
Day 5-6: Trek to Himalaya Lodge, Ghandruk
Trek 5 hours along the steep steps past fertile terraces and through forests of rhododendron and oak to Ghandruk. The trail gives splendid views across the terraces to the River Modi far below. Pass through the village of Kimche before continuing to Ghandruk. Overnight at the Himalaya Lodge where you will spend the next day.
Day 7: Trek to Gurung Lodge, Majgaun
5-6 hours trekking. Retrace your footsteps out of the village and follow one of the routes down from the Annapurna Sanctuary. Continue descending until you reach Shyauli Bazaar, then follow along the Modi River before you ascend again to Gurung Lodge. Every room has antique carved windows and spectacular views of the surrounding valley and mountains.
Day 8: Trek to Basanta Lodge, Dhampus
Trek through the unspoiled village of Patlekhet and through sub-tropical forests. Stop at the village of Pothana then continue on to Basanta Lodge. From the lodge, there are sweeping views of the entire Annapurna Range. After lunch at the lodge there will be an optional walk through the old village of Dhampus.
Day 9: Trek to Phedi and drive to Pokhara
Descend for 1.5 hours through the wooded hillside and terraced farmland to the valley floor. We then transfer by vehicle to the Fishtail Lodge Resort in Pokhara. We'll arrive at the Shangri-La Village in time for lunch and overnight at Pokhara where the rooms at the Fishtail Lodge are filled with ethnic touches.
Day 10-11: Drive to Damauli and Gentle Rafting on Seti River
Drive through green valleys and paddy fields to the launch point for rafting down the Seti River. Your rafting adventure begins on the wide stony banks of the Mardi, a tributary of the Seti River. Raft past steep green covered sides and rocky banks with occasional sandy beaches until you reach the Ker & Downey Seti River Camp where you will spend the next day either relaxing or exploring the amazing surrounding area.
Day 12: Kasara Jungle Resort
The morning is spent rafting, after which we transfer by vehicle to the border area of Chitwan National Park, then to Kasara Jungle Resort, where we will receive a briefing prior to an afternoon Kasara Jungle Safari or nature walk.
Day 13: Kasara Jungle Resort
Today we'll have a whole day of jungle activities: elephant-backed safari in search of rhinoceros, Bengal Tiger, deer, birds, monkeys… canoeing in the Rapti river. In addition there is an option for a forest walk with a naturalist, bird watching with an ornithologist, or a jeep safari. During the evening time, we'll be entertained with a cultural dance of the ethnic group Tharu who are the origin of Terai.
Day 14: Kathmandu
After early morning game viewing and breakfast at camp, we transfer to the airfield where we'll have a light lunch flight back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to Gokarna Forest Resort where the rest of the day is free.
Day 15: Depart
Transfer to the airport for your international departure or stay on in Kathmandu.
|15 Day Tour, Including 5 Day Trek||26-Dec-15 to 09-Jan-16|
How to Prepare
To ensure you have an enjoyable and safe trekking expedition we have developed some important pre-departure information to help you prepare. Our reservation staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Before you depart for your expedition we will send you a detailed pack including your itinerary, travel documents and any other essential information relevant to your voyage.
Our treks often venture into more remote country and cross mountain passes, with some also reaching high altitudes. Read more on our trek grading.
Fitness is an important aspect of any trekking holiday, especially in high altitude. The fitter you are the more easily you will adjust and enjoy yourself. It is also essential for resisting colds and illness during your trip.
The trek is suitable for anyone who loves hill walking and leads a healthy, active lifestyle. If you exercise regularly, we recommend as a minimum to train four to six months prior to the trip, walking for at least 3km, three times a week. If you are not normally active, you may need to increase your training to include 45 minutes of aerobic type exercise, three to six times a week. Ensure you train using your trekking gear, such as shoes and a backpack filled with 2-3 kilos.
As level ground is rare in the mountains, we also recommend to include some uphill training with a mixture of slopes and stairs into your training program. Remember to take the stairs wherever possible; not only does this build strength in your legs and buttocks, it is also one of the quickest ways to increase your fitness and expand your lung capacity.
You will be walking through undulating country for extended periods of time, albeit at an easy, comfortable pace. The distances are not great, however due to the amount of inclines and walking in high altitude, most people find that they are not able to maintain their normal pace. Our shortest walk is about three hours, whilst our last day is a full eight-hour day (including breaks).
The path itself is mostly a rocky, uneven surface, so good balance and stability is a must. Walking poles are provided for support only, you must be able to walk on uneven surfaces without them if required. We climb and descend an average of 300-400 metres each day, which can cause some pressure on knees, hips and joints. If you have any concerns please call our sales team to access your abilities on +61 2 9252 1033.
For treks going above 3,500 m we are very careful with acclimatisation to altitude, and our trekking schedules have been carefully designed to minimise the effects. We ascend slowly and ensure an adequate number of rest days to enable safe acclimatisation. It is still possible for mountain sickness to occur, so a close watch is kept on each group member by the leader, who is trained in recognising early symptoms of acute mountain sickness.
Medication such as Diamox is available to relieve the symptoms of altitude sickness. Please ask your doctor for advice before travelling. If you wish to find out more about acute mountain sickness visit http://www.himalayanrescue.org for more information.
Is your passport valid?
Your passport will be required to have validity that will extend to six months after the date of your return.
All nationalities require a visa for Nepal . It is your responsibility to obtain your own visa. Please visit these websites for more information on your Nepal Visa: http://www.nepalconsulate.org.au
Your Bhutan visa is included in your trip cost and will be organised by Aurora Expeditions.
For travellers from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, United States, United Kingdom, a visa is currently not required for visiting Argentina and Chile for tourism purposes.
**Please keep in mind visa and passport requirements for countries you will pass through to reach your trek destination.**
All passengers are required to provide travel insurance details including policy number and emergency contact number to Aurora Expeditions prior to departure. We strongly recommend insurance coverage that includes emergency medical evacuation from remote areas.
Emergency contact details
So that you can be contacted in the case of an emergency, remember to provide your family or friends with a copy of your travel documents as well as Aurora Expeditions’ contact numbers.
Remember to pack any valuables or essential items such as medication in your hand luggage to avoid issues in the case of lost baggage.
How to Book
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Preparation for your voyage
On receipt of the booking form, we will contact you to confirm your booking and our reservations staff will send you a comprehensive pre-departure kit. This kit will contain all necessary pre-departure information including visa information, insurance information, a medical and personal details form, comprehensive gear list and information tailored to your voyage.
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