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|Tour Code: GLABC002||Style: Gay and lesbian Travel|
|Grading:||Maximum Altitude: 4130m|
|Transport: Private||Duration: 16 Days|
|Start in: Kathmandu |Airport||End in: Kathmandu |Airport||Price: US$ 2199 per person|
Annapurna Gay Hiking is a great trek designed for LGBT Community. This trek is a showcase of cultural and physical diversities. High and beautiful mountain peaks such as Annapurna 1, Gangapurna and Machhapuchre encircle the Annapurna Sanctuary. The lodge-based trek is through terraced hillsides, picturesque villages and dense rhododendron forests with the magnificent Himalaya on the backdrop.
The trek is through forested hillsides to Ghorepani. Ascend next to Poon Hill for a magnificent panoramic sunrise view of the Annapurnas and Dhaulagiri. It passes below Mount Machhapuchhare before reaching the Annapurna Sanctuary. This trek offers opportunity to explore magnificent place before returning to Pokhara via Landrung and Dhampus.
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The Following dates and prices are LAND ONLY itinerary joining in Kathmandu. Please make your own flight arrangements. If you need some help to arrange an international flight, we can suggest you some agents who are specialized on ticketing.
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DATE WITH FESTIVAL & EVENTS - recommended If you are planning your holiday and want to have once in a life time experience then chose the date that combined with events or festivals. It will enhance an experience of life time in your holiday.
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You can also use this tour as a base for a tailor-made itinerary. Like your personal architect creating your one-of- a-kind home, our Travel Specialists will execute the trip of a lifetime. It's all up to you - logistics, pace, budget, dates, performances, visits, explorations, meals and lodging are hammered out down to the finest customized detail. Please fill in our tailor-made request form.
If you do not want to join a group then you can also make this a private trip with your friends and family one at your own schedule. Considering this, Trekking Team Group organizes private journeys as well. Please choose your own departure date.
Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu. Traditional welcome by our airport representative. Your guide briefs about your further programme. Typical Nepali dinner served in the evening.
Your day will begin with breakfast at your hotel. You will be taken for sightseeing of Kathmandu valley. You will explore color and contrast of the vibrant city also get chance to participate in different kind of activities from which you can know more about the culture and arts of Kathmandu Valley. You will be guided to the famous Buddhist Swayambunath Temple in Kathmandu. This Temple attracts Buddhists and tourists from around the world. The view of Kathmandu valley from the top of the temple is stunning. Then you will be taken to Visit pashupatinath Temple. Pashupatinath is the most important temple dedicated to god Shiva. Every year this temple attracts hundreds of elderly followers of Hinduism. On the same day you will be taken to visit Boudhanath Stupa. Boudhanath Stupa (or Bodnath Stupa) is the largest stupa in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside Tibet. It is the center of Tibetan culture in Kathmandu and rich in Buddhist symbolism. The stupa is located in the town of Boudha, on the eastern outskirts of Kathmandu.
Today you will drive approximately 1.5 hour to Nayapul, the starting point of the trek, on a private vehicle. Trek to Tikhedhunga on nice dirt road alongside beautiful stream. The beginning of the trek gives you glimpses of the Himalayan peaks but rest of the day you will enjoy the beauty of green mountain surroundings and local villages. You will spend the night at a guest house.
Today’s trek is bit challenging as you have to conquer 3300 stone steps. The trail crosses a suspension bridge across a stream. You climb through the steep stone steps to Ulleri, a settlement of Magar community. You will now gradually climb through meadows, cultivated fields and rhododendron forest. If you are a keen on bird-watching, here you can explore different kinds of redstarts, varieties of kingfishers, dippers and forktails in the area. You further trek to Nangethanti and finally reach Ghorepani. From Ghorepani you can enjoy the magnificent panorama of Dhaulagiri I, Annapurna I, Tukuche, Nilgiri, Hiuchuli and Tarke Kang. Overnight in Ghorepani lodge.
Wake up early today and trek about 400m uphill to Poon Hill which takes about 45 minutes. You enjoy mesmerizing sunrise over the Annapurna range. Watch the mountain peaks turn from soft pink to shimmering gold as the sun climbs higher in the clear blue sky. Of 14 mountain peaks above 8000 meters in the world, eight are in Nepal. Two among them can be seen from this spot if the sky is clear. Back to the hotel for breakfast and trek to Tadapani. Stay overnight at a lodge there.
The trail descends through forest with the chirping of birds. After walking down about 45 minutes the trail goes very steep downhill through the terraced field to Kimrung Khola, cross the suspension bridge and walk to Gurjung. Then the trail ascends for 45 minutes and walk straight to reach Chhomrung at an altitude of 2170m. It takes 4-5 hours from Tadapani to Chhumrung. Stay overnight at lodge.
The trail descends 310 meters through thousands of stone steps, cross Chhomrung stream and climbs up to Sinuwa at the height of 2340 meters. It is easy walk through rhododendron festooned with orchids and ferns. Climb down through steep stone steps to bamboo where you take lunch. You walk throughout the cool forest for about an hour and reach Dovan at an altitude of 2630 meters. Stay overnight at lodge.
You have a peaceful jungle walk to Himalaya from Dovan. It is believed that mountains are sacred and holy. Annapurna in Nepali means plenty of food. Annapurna is a Goddess of Harvests. She is taken as kitchen-goddess who feeds human beings. Her popular shrine is located in Kashi, on the banks of the river Ganga, in India. (It is not clear where you finally reach, which place?) Stay overnight at lodge.
Today is the most important day of the trek as we will be stepping at Annapurna Base Camp. The base camp is inside Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), initiated by Nepal government to protect local flora and fauna. This area is home to many indigenous local inhabitants and dense rhododendron forests. There is a high chance of encountering with various wildlife blue sheep, pika, snow-leopards and Himalayan Thar etc. Similarly, conservation area is the home of various birds like colorful Impheyans, Koklas, blood pheasants etc.The trail towards Annapurna base camp is not very steep, you will be progressing through gentle uphill walk through peaceful meadows with enthralling views of towering himalayan peaks. You get the 360 degree panoramic views of Annapurna Himalayan range from base camp. The best view that you can’t get elsewhere. One will be dumbstruck upon seeing the most beautiful and rewarding views of Annapurna, Machhapuchre and Gangapurna. You will surely miss these moments as you follow the same route to Himalaya Hotel for overnight stay.
Enjoy mountain view sipping hot tea or coffee. After breakfast you trek down to Dovan or Bamboo via MBC, Deurali and Himalaya. We take tea and lunch break on the way. Stay overnight at lodge
Then you will trek to Chhomorang where you can explore Gurung village and know about their culture and tradition.
From Chhomrong you will again trek down to Tolka. Tolka is the Gurung settlement where you can explore their culture and tradition. Can have interaction with the locals there.
After breakfast today you will trek down to Pokhara leaving Tolka behind lthrough the beautiful scenery and exploring Himalayan range. Furthermore walking you will reach beautiful Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara hotel.
Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu, enjoy panoramic mountain views. Spend the rest of the day sightseeing, exploring, shopping or just relaxing in Kathmandu’s numerous cafés and roof-top restaurants before spending the evening celebrating your achievements.
Your final day in Kathmandu is a free day. You do as you like. Many people take the time for shopping others enjoy exploring the cultural sites of the city. Our local guide can advise you on the best shops in the area. Farewells! Our airport representative will travel with you to the airport.
Apr 13 2016
I trekked the Annapurna Base Camp with Trekking Team Group in April 2017 and have nothing but very positive things to say about all those who helped make it possible. I was there with a larger group of 20 people and we all left Nepal with incredibly fond memories of the country, the places we visited, and of the Annapurnas themselves which we trekked through for eight days. The team went above and beyond to make sure that everything was properly prepared and organised, and we felt in safe hands throughout - able to just relax and enjoy everything that had been arranged. I would thoroughly recommend Trekking Team Group and look forward to another trip with them in the future.
Apr 05 2016
These guys were organised; personable ; informative ; incredibly helpful and friendly. Their experience showed through when we were up in the ABC and our accommodation was secured and organised - other groups' guides seemed to not have been as prepared and they were faced with no place to stay for the night.
Highly recommended for a safe enjoyable unforgettable experience.
May 09 2017
I enjoyed every minute of our 10-day trip with the Trekking Team Group. Goku and Tika and their team were great company and I'm really looking forward to doing another trek with them in two years. Also a huge thank you to Shreehari for the way he looked after us in Kathmandu - we couldn't have asked for more!
This is ADVENTURE travel, and many of the trip destinations in this site are remote areas, within under developed countries, where events are less predictable than is usually the case in. The unexpected is the norm in these areas and, despite painstaking planning and organization, our adventure trips can never be taken for granted like regular trips. Many of the places that we visit do not have the same quality of emergency health and safety services that you are used to in the developed world. Internal flights can be canceled, road transport is generally uncomfortable and unreliable, and hotels often do not approach the standards of the West.
IF YOU ARE NOT PREPARED FOR THIS, YOU SHOULD NOT TRAVEL WITH US. This unpredictability also means that the itineraries that we put forward for each of our trips should be seen as statements of intent, rather than as contractual obligations. A variety of factors, including weather, transport difficulties and political instability, might dictate that we change any itinerary. The trip leader will make any changes that are necessary, after consultation with the group. Only rarely will such changes be significant, and we will always do everything within our powers to minimize the effects of the enforced changes. We cannot be held responsible for the results of changes or delays, irrespective of how they are caused.
Trekking Team Group is the major supporter of Ambe Foundation, an apolitical and not-for-profit organisation. We contribute our support for the development of some community schools in remote villages in Nuwakot district. We have been supporting Gramin Devi School and Khumbeshwori School, both community-based educational institutions, through donation, sponsorship and partnership in various projects.
Trekking Team Group donates one percentage of its total business profits to the foundation on yearly basis. The donated amount supports the ongoing maintenance of Gramin Devi School and Khumbeshwori School in Nuwakot.
One of the major activities of Ambe Foundation is the children sponsorship programme. It is conducted in full collaboration with Trekking Team Group.
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The Ambe Volunteer Programme, organised by Ambe Foundation and Trekking Team Group, aims to mobilise teams of experts and interested individuals effectively for education, health and community development in Nuwakot district.