This low altitude trek in the Annapurna foothills is specifically devised for families. We include time in the traditional Hindu villages where children regard the Himalaya as their playground. Each campsite we join our crew and the villagers in dancing, singing and games of volleyball and cricket. There is also time to visit the local schools and markets where cultural horizons are so different from our own. During the trek we appreciate the magnificent oak and rhododendron forests as we ascend to alpine meadows that afford spectacular views of the Annapurna Range. After completing our trek we travel to Chitwan for nature walks and a safari in search of rhino and the Bengal tiger.
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|DAY 1||Join Kathmandu|
|DAY 2||In Kathmandu|
|DAY 3||Fly to Pokhara|
|DAY 4||Commence trek, camp Beri Kharka|
|DAY 5||Trek to Landruk|
|DAY 6||Trek to Ghandruk|
|DAY 7||Trek to Birethanti, transfer Pokhara|
|DAY 8||Drive to Chitwan|
|DAY 9||Safari at Chitwan|
|DAY 10||Morning Chitwan, transfer to Kathmandu|
|DAY 11||At leisure to explore Kathmandu|
|DAY 12||In Kathmandu, trip concludes|
just thought I would let you know we had a fantastic trip to Nepal. All of the family really enjoyed it, and the kids coped very well with the trekking, lack of showers and loved the whole experience. I really enjoyed the whole "expedition" type set up that World Expeditions provide. BK, our guide, was great, as was our sirdar Babu and all the crew. We were very well looked after by BK and the crew, we couldn't fault them. The girls enjoyed playing cards each night with BK and our Sherpa boys Promit and Tara , and they also seemed to really enjoy it as well asking the girls each day if we were playing cards that night. The porters are amazing with what they carry, hard to imagine although we did try some "light" loads strapped to our heads! We could barely lift the real loads off the ground. The kitchen staff provided excellent meals and were a lot of fun. I was worried about the food as I am quite a fussy eater and even for the girls but what was prepared for us was excellent, with none of us going hungry or getting an upset stomach. We especially enjoyed how happy the kitchen crew were, with Tika their boss being such a happy bloke and this seemed to really rub off on the young boys working with him. They all came and danced and sang with us on the last night. Even trekking each day we would hear them joking around on the trail ahead or behind us. The scenery was as good as we had hoped, with the mountains, villages, gorges etc. and we have some amazing photos to show for it. The weather tended to cloud over late morning and then on many nights we had a thunderstorm late arvo and then the sky would clear late. It even snowed one day late arvo and all the crew joined in a snow fight with the girls which was a real highlight. Early morning was probably the best viewing time. To sit and have your breakfast with the views we had, it doesn't get much better.
So overall the trip was as good as we had hoped, possibly even better, living up to our expectations. We are very glad we finally made it to Nepal and still plan for Jacqueline and I to return one day to do the Everest Base Camp.
The only issue came at the end of the trip as I (Peter) have an early stage of Deep Vein Thrombosis in my left calf muscle. I got onto it straight away when I got home and am on tablets to assist with cleaning up the clotting. It will be a long process for the next few months. Now I am not sure what our travel insurance costs but would it cover something like the doctor costs and and the tablets?
Thanks again for organising such a fantastic trip, I'm sure it will be an experience the family will talk about for ever.