Oct
27

Trek and Raft in Nepal (36730)

Event Overview

Join us in 2018 for this expedition involving a 6-day trek in the Annapurnas and a 3-day white water rafting trip on the mighty Kaligandaki river.

The Poon Hill trek is a trek that leads you into the lush foothills of the mighty Annapurna range. Our goal during this 6-day trek is to reach the top of Poon Hill a viewpoint from where you can see the 8000m Himalayan giants of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri at close quarters. At 3210m Poon Hill gives you stunning views up close to the Himalayas without the difficulty and arduous nature of high altitude trekking. This trek gives a taste of the fantastic trekking Nepal has t...

Join us in 2018 for this expedition involving a 6-day trek in the Annapurnas and a 3-day white water rafting trip on the mighty Kaligandaki river.

The Poon Hill trek is a trek that leads you into the lush foothills of the mighty Annapurna range. Our goal during this 6-day trek is to reach the top of Poon Hill a viewpoint from where you can see the 8000m Himalayan giants of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri at close quarters. At 3210m Poon Hill gives you stunning views up close to the Himalayas without the difficulty and arduous nature of high altitude trekking. This trek gives a taste of the fantastic trekking Nepal has to offer. You will be staying in local 'tea houses' where all your meals will be cooked. Porters will be carrying your main bag during the trek and we will be employing local guides who have worked with ODL on previous trips to Nepal. 

Once we have completed the trek we will be rafting down the mighty Kaligandaki river from the end of the Annapurna circuit trail. Named after 'Kali' the goddess of destruction this river drains from the Tibetan plateau and plunges down through the Himalayas. We will be rafting through pristine jungle and past temples and traditional Nepali villages. With beautiful sandy beaches to camp on this river trip is considered one of the best in Nepal. No prior rafting experience is required but you must be confident in the water. 

On returning to Pokhara we will have a celebration meal in a lakeside restaurant and then get ready for an early transfer back to Kathmandu. 

Our trip organizer (and OutdoorLads Member) Nick Read, is a qualified and experienced International Mountain Leader and expedition guide who has been working regularly in Nepal for the last six years. He led a successful OutdoorLads trip to Everest Base Camp in 2014 and 2017 and a raft trip on the Sun Kosi in 2012. The trip is being run through Pride Expeditions, a company owned and directed by Nick Read. 

This price for this once in a lifetime adventure is £1650 which includes all accommodation and transfers in Nepal. It also includes a welcome meal in Kathmandu and a celebration meal on the 8th November. All meals during the rafting trip are included but you will need to pay for your own meals in the tea houses during the trek. You will also need to organize and pay for your own international flights. 

 

Itinerary

Day 1 27th October 2018 Arrival in Kathmandu 

Today you will be welcomed at the airport and transferred to your accommodation in Kathmandu approximately half an hour’s drive from the airport. Please do not arrive too late, we have an early start on day two and will be going for a welcome meal in Kathmandu at 8 pm.

 Day 2 28th October Early morning transfer to Pokhara 

After an early breakfast, you will be taken on a long drive (approx 7 hours) to Pokhara, the second city of Nepal and next to the beautiful Phewa Lake. The transfer will be via a private bus and we will stop for lunch along the way.

Day 3 29th October Trek from Phedi to Potana (elevation 1970m 6hrs trekking)

After breakfast, we drive about 1hr to Phedi. This is where we will start our 6-day trekking tour. Phedi lies at 1130m and we will mainly trek uphill until Dhampus where we will have lunch. After lunch, we will trek to Potana. 

Day 4 30th October Trek from Potana to Ghandruk (elevation 1940m 7hrs trekking)

Today we will trek up and downhill through the lush green foothills until we finally reach the beautiful Gurung inhabited village of Ghandruk. 

Day 5 31st October Trek from Ghandruk to Tadapani (elevation 2700m 5hrs trekking) 

Today’s trek will take us uphill partly through thick rhododendron forests with magnificent views of Machhapuchhre (Fishtail Mountain) and the Annapurna peaks.

Day 6 1st November Trek from Ghandruk to Ghorepani (elevation 2750m 6hrs trekking) 

Be prepared for lots of uphills today as we head for the beautiful village of Ghorepani nestled on the mountainside below our ultimate goal of Poon Hill. 

Day 7 2nd November Poon Hill sunrise experience and trek to Birethanti (elevation 1020m 7hrs trekking)

 Today we need to wake up very early in order to climb up to the top of Poon Hill (3190m) for a stunning sunrise view of the Annapurna mountains and Dhaulagiri. Afterward, we will trek down to Birethani and our tea house accommodation. 

Day 8 3rd November Trek from Briethani to Nayapul (elevation 1070m 1hr trekking) 

After breakfast, we will go on a short trek to Nayapul. It is a 2-hour drive to Beni from where we will start the rafting on the mighty Kaligandaki river. After a detailed safety brief, we will travel a short distance down some grade two rapids before setting up our campsite near Baglung. 

Day 9 4th November Rafting Baglung toPhalebass  (4hrs rafting)

After breakfast, we go on a thrilling whitewater rafting trip downstream on grade 3 and 4 rapids. After 2 hours we will stop for lunch by the river before we continue on to our tonight’s camp at Phalebass. Relax and sit beneath the stars. 

Day 10 5th November Rafting from Phalebass to Setibeni (5hrs rafting)

We will raft about 5 hours in total today with a lunch stop in between. Expect a succession of grade 2  and 3 rapids. Sadly this will be our last night in a tent. 

Day 11 6th November Rafting from Phalebass to Mirmi and drive back to Pokhara 

After breakfast, we head for our last rapids at grade 1 and 2. After about 2 hours we will reach Mirmi where we will finish the rafting and make the 3-hour drive back to Pokhahra. 

Day 12 7th November Drive back to Kathmandu

Today we drive back to Kathmandu. You will have time for some last minute souvenir shopping and afterward, we will have a farewell dinner in Thamel. 

Day 13 8th November Departure

You’ll be transferred back to the airport according to your flight schedule. Please do not fly out before the 8th of November. You are welcome to stay longer in Nepal!

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What to bring

Once you have booked onto this trip and your place has been secured by you paying a deposit a comprehensive kit list will be sent out to you via email. You will also receive a document detailing the necessary visa requirements and inoculations for Nepal. 

Food & Drink

During the trek, we will be staying in tea houses where the Nepali owners will cook all your meals for you. You will be able to choose from a range of meals on a comprehensive menu. You will need to pay for these meals yourself. Whilst white water rafting we will be camping on beaches beside the river. All meals will be provided. These will be basic meals cooked by our rafting guides who double as our chefs. 

Meeting & Times

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How to book

Bookings and Deposits: To book your place on this trip please pay a £400 deposit direct to Pride Expeditions with your surname and initial in order to identify the payment:

  • PRIDE EXPEDITIONS
  • Sort Code: 090129
  • Account: 09543216

Please message the Event Leader Nick Read with your full name and email address in order to receive further documents.

On receipt of your deposit, a confirmation email will be sent. Attached will be a comprehensive medical form for you to fill in as well as booking terms and conditions. Once ten people have paid a deposit the trip will be guaranteed and further payments can be made in installments. If you cancel after the trip has been confirmed and bookings have been made in Nepal you will lose your deposit. All monies must be paid by the 2nd of September 2018. Deposits are fully refundable until the trip is guaranteed and bookings are made at which point the terms and conditions will come into force.

Price

The price for this once in a lifetime trip is just £1650 which includes all accommodation during our time in Nepal and all transfers including to and from the airport on arrival and departure. It also includes a welcome meal and farewell meal and all food whilst we are white water rafting.  International flights to Kathmandu are not included in the price. You will need to organize these yourself. 


Event Reference No:
36730