Annapurna Christmas New Year Holidays 2020

Annapurna Christmas New Year Holidays

Annapurna Christmas Holiday

Celebrate your Christmas and New year holidays in Nepal with AdventureTreks Nepal where we take you to one of the most popular trekking destination of Nepal from where you will be able to witness some of the mountains above 8000 meters like Annapurna I (8,091m) and Dhaulagiri(8,167m) along with many other mountains such as Annapurna South, Hiuchuli, Machhapuchre (Fishtail) and many more. The Christmas and New Year Package is for people of all age groups, families with children or a newly married couple. No one will be disappointed by this amazing journey. The panoramic view from Poonhill along with the sun slowly appearing in the sight in one of the best Himalayas views that you will have during this Package.

We begin with sightseeing around World heritage sites in Kathmandu followed by a drive to Pokhara. On our way to Pokhara we stop at a place named Chumling tar for some white after river rafting. After rafting in Trishuli for couple of hours we continue our drive towards Pokhara, the city of lakes. Pokhara is also a junction for most of the trekkers, so without any delay we drive to Nayapul from where it’s all on our legs. Walking for few minutes from Nayapul we enter the Annapurna Conservation Area from where we reach Birethanti where our permits will be checked by the Conservation Area. The trail then climbs upto Ulleri after crossing two suspension bridges in Tikhedhunga.

From Ulleri, the trail climbs gradually up to Banthanti followed by the hiking inside the forests where we pass some streams along the way. We reach Ghorepani as we hike through Nangethanti. The rest of the trek is takes you to Ghandruk, a beautiful Gurung village situated at the lap of Himalayas offering you amazing view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Annapurna III, Gangapurna and Machhapuvhhre (Fishtail). Before reaching Ghandruk, we spend a night in Chuile. From Chuile, we gradually trek to the famous Gurung village, Ghandruk. We then cross the Modi Khola (River) once again to begin an uphill climb to Landruk from where we gradually reach Tolka. From Tolka the path reaches Dhampus via Pritam Deurali and Pothana. The trek finally ends at Phedi from where drive to Pokhara where you spend a night shopping in local market or have a nice time at the lake side. We also have sightseeing around Pokhara.
After nice time in the mountain and around Pokhara we'll fly back to Kathmandu. We have a sightseeing tour around Bhaktapur, Pashupatinath and Boudhanath before you fly back to home of other destinations.

Trip Details

  • Itinerary
  • Detail Itinerary
  • Trip Info
  • Weather
  • Equipment
  • Useful Info

Itinerary:

Day 01:
Arrival in Kathmandu [1,338m]. 22 Dec 2020.

Day 02:
Sightseeing tour around Swayambhunath, Kathmandu durbar Square and Patan. [1,330 m]. 23 Dec 2020.

Day 03:
Drive to Pokhara [930 m] via Rafting. "B". (06-07 Hours drive). 24 Dec 2020.

Day 04:
Drive to Nayapul trek to Ulleri [2,020 m]. "B,L,D". (Drive 01-01:30 Hours). Trek (05-06 Hrs). 25 Dec 2020.

Day 05:
Trek to Ghorepani [2,810 m]. "B,L,D". Trek (03-04 Hrs). 26 Dec 2020.

Day 06:
Sunrise trip to Poonhill in the morning back to Ghorepani, Trek to Chule [2,375 m] via Tadapani [2,645 m]. "B,L,D". Trek (06-07 Hrs). 27 Dec 2020.

Day 07:
Trek to Ghandruk [1,945 m] afternoon village visit.  "B,L,D". Trek (03-04 Hrs). 28 Dec 2020.

Day 08:
Trek to Tolka [1,730 m]. "B,L,D". Trek (05-06 Hrs). 29 Dec 2020.

Day 09:
Trek to Dhampus [1,650 m]. "B,L,D". Trek (05-06 Hrs). 30 Dec 2020.

Day 10:
Trek to Hyangja and drive to Pokhara [930 m]. "B,L, New year D". (Trek+Car). Trek (05-06 Hrs). (Drive 00:30 Hours). 31 Dec 2020.

Day 11: Half day city tour afternoon free in Pokhara [930 m]. "B". 01 Jan 2021. (Happy New Year).

Day 12:
Mountain Flight to Kathmandu. [1,338m]. "B". (Car+Flight+Car). 02 Jan 2021.

Day 13:
Sightseeing tour of Bhaktapur, Pashupatinath and Boudhanath. [1,330 m]. "B". 03 Jan 2021.

Day 14:
Trip ends! Fly back home, taking with you the memory of a life time. "B". 04 Jan 2021.

Details Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival to Kathmandu [1,330 m] - (B): Upon your arrival, a representative from Adventure Treks Nepal will be waiting outside the airport gates to take you to the hotel. Depending on time of arrival, plans will be made for a briefing meeting once you have settled in. Please let us know if there is anything special you would like to do while in Kathmandu and we can help you arrange that. Overnight stay at Hotel. 22 Dec 2020.

Day 02: Cultural Tour in Kathmandu [1,330 m] - (B): You will have breakfast in the Hotel. After breakfast we will drive to various UNESCO listed world heritage sites of Nepal which are situated inside the Kathmandu Valley. Swyambhunath is the initial heritage site that we will be visiting, a famous and important stupa for Buddhists is situated at the top of a hill in Kathmandu Valley. The temple is also known as Monkey Temple due to hundreads of monkeys living around the temple area. We then head to the ancient palace of Kathmandu, Kathmandu Durbar Square which consists many historical temples such as temple of the living Goddess Kumari, the Jagannath temple, and the Kasthamandap, a famous three storey building which was built from a wood of a single tree. Later today we will visit the Patan City second largest city of valley including Royal Palace, Bhimsen temple, Manga Hiti, King Yogaendra Malla's Statue, Krishna temple, Taleju temple 15th century Golden Temple and Mahaboudha Temple known as temple of 10,000 Buddha, Kumbeshwar Temple. Bishwakarma Temple, Uma Maheshwar Temple. Overnight stay at the Hotel. 23 Dec 2020.

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara [970 m] Via Rafting in Trisuli River - (B): After an early a5breakfast, you drive to the rafting starting point where we will begin rafting for about two to three hours on exhilarating rapids. You will then drive to the city of Pokhara to get the chance to view the natural beauty of this area. Overnight stay at Hotel.Overnight stay at Hotel. 24 Dec 2020.

Day 04: Drive to Nayapul, trek to Ulleri [2,020 m] - (B,L,D): After your breakfast at the hotel in Pokhara we begin our drive to Nayapul which is approximately 40 k.m. from Pokhara. The drive will take around 1 hour 30 min after which we will begin our trek. The first part of the trail takes us to Birethati where we will check in our ACAP permit and TIMS. We then cross the river at Birethati and head left along the gentle slope to Tikhedhunga where we cross the BhurungdiKhola River on two suspension bridges. After crossing the river we will start the steep climb to Ulleri where we will be spending the night. (Car+Trek). (Drive 01-01:30 Hours). Trek (05-06 Hrs). Overnight stay at Tea House. 25 Dec 2020.

Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani [2,810 m] - (B,L,D): After breakfast we continue our trek towards Ghorepani through the settlements of Banthati and Nangethati. We also pass a spring inside the forest after Banthati. Crossing the spring by a bridge we continue towards our destination. Occasional views of the peaks give way to a narrower valley, passing through Rhododendron forest then eventually reaching the village of Ghorepani where we spend a night. Trek (03-04 Hrs). Overnight stay at Tea House. 26 Dec 2020.

Day 06: Sunrise Trip to Poonhill in the morning back to Ghorepani Trek to Chule [2,375 m] via Tadapani [2,630 m] - (B,L,D): During the night, your guide will check for clear weather to make the one-hour climb up to the Poonhill viewpoint at 3,210m. It’s usually misty when you start off and arrive, then at sunrise the clouds part to reveal one of the most majestic sunrises in the world; Machapuchhre, Annapurna South, Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri Mountain are all viewable from here.

We then head back to Ghorepani for breakfast before trekking down to Chule via Tadapani.

Along the trail towards Tadapani, we make climb along ridges and through pine and rhododendron forests to Deurali (2,960 meters). After that we descend to the Banthanti, we then turn off to Chule via Tadapani. Overnight stay at Tea House. Trek (05-06 Hrs). 27 Dec 2020.

Day 07: Chule to Ghandruk [1,945m] - (B,L,D): From Chule the trail descends through forests to Ghandruk. Ghandruk is a village of Gurung people, one of the ethnic groups of Nepal; they have their own dialect, culture, costume, and life style. Ghandruk is also home to many Gurkha soldiers. It is a famous destination for trekkers as it is known for its beautiful mountain views and within easy reach from Pokhara and Kathmandu. We have the afternoon to visit the Annapurna conservation office, Museum and explore the village. Overnight stay at Tea House. Trek (03-04 Hrs). 28 Dec 2020.

Day 08: Ghandruk-Tolka [1,730 m] - (B,L,D): After breakfast, we will have a breath taking views of waterfalls, landscapes, Annapurna South, Himchuli, Fishtail and other mountains. We will continues our walk to step down till Modi Khola and then climb up steeply about an hour more then we reach to Landruk where we have a lunch.
After Lunch we leave Landruk almost flat trails about an hour then little steep for 20 minutes to reach Tolka. Overnight stay at Tea House. Trek (05-06 Hrs). 29 Dec 2020.

Day 09: Tolka - Dhampus [1,650 m] - (B,L,D): Early morning we can enjoy the view of Sunrise, Annapurna South, Himchuli, Machhapurchre & the countryside. After breakfast we leave Tolka, The trail follows through forest then starts again steep ascends about one & half hour to get Deurali, from where you can see valley of Pokhara. There tea shops are available between Tolka and Deurali. After Deurali trails leads you gradually descend to Dhampus via Pothana. Overnight stay at Tea House. Trek (04-05 Hrs). 30 Dec 2020.

Day 10: Dhampus - Pokhara [920 m] Via Hyangja - (B,L): This morning will be one of the great morning with views of Annapurnas Himalayas & scenic settlement villages, After breakfast we start our Trek to Hyangjakot and Astam. Then we further down to Hyangja from where we take a drive to Pokhara. Trek+Car (04-05 Hrs) and Drive 30. Minute. 31 Dec 2020.

Day 11: City tour aroubnd Pokhara [930 m] - (B): After breakfast: We have a half day sightseeing tour of Bindhyabasini Temple known for its fabulous view of the city and mountain ranges. Also have a chance to see unique waterfall know as Davis fall (in Nepali Patale Chango) (Tibetan Camp at Chorepatan), home to the legend of the Devi’s fall (to add a little mystery to your adventure, be sure to ask about the legend when your there). You then head to the illustrious Gorkha Museum that represents the mountains, people, and the area’s environment. (Afternoon free) Overnight stay at the hotel. “B”. 01 Jan 2021. (Happy New Year 2021)

Day 12: Mountain Flight to Kathmandu [1,338m] - (B): After breakfast in Pokhara, we have a mountain flight to Kathmandu; it is a thrilling exciting flight over forests, fields and villages with the Himalayas at the background. On arrival, we transfer to the hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight stay at Hotel. (Car+Flight+Car). 02 Jan 2021.

Day 13: Cultural Tour in Kathmandu [1,330 m] - (B): AM: Breakfast at Hotel. Proceed for sightseeing tour of Bhaktapur city 15 km from Kathmandu, known as city of Devotees and center of medieval art and architecture founded by King Anand Dev in 889 AD, visit Nyatpola temple, the most beautiful temple of Nepal, the 15th century palace of 55 windows, Golden gate and other place of Interest. Lunch Time: 1300hrs-14:00hrs PM: Visit Pashupatinath temple one of the most sacred Hindu shrine in the World. The holy river Bagmati and the burning ghats and also visit one of the oldest and biggest stupa of Boudhanath. Overnight stay at Hotel. 03 Jan 2021.

Day 14: Kathmandu [1,338m] Departure - (B): Trip ends! Fly back home, taking with you the memory of a life time. 04 Jan 2021.

 

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Arrival and Departure Transport.
  • Sightseeing tour around Kathmandu and Pokhara with entrance fee.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast.
  • Duffle Bag using for Trekking.
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner during the Trekking.
  • Accommodation in Tea house (mountain lodge) while trekking.
  • Kathmandu - Pokhara drive and Pokhara Kathmandu Fly.
  • Pokhara-Nayapul and Hyangja - Pokhara by Car.
  • New year Dinner.
  • Rafting with Lunch.
  • Trekking Porter with Insurance. (We Provide 01 Porter for 02 Pax).
  • Trekking Guide with insurance.
  • Annapurna Ghorepani Trekking Region map.
  • TIMS / National park / ACAP / Conservation entry fees.
  • All Government taxes.
  • Office service charge.

Trip Cost Excludes:

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance of any kind
  • Nepal entry Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days you should get visa open your arrival)
  • Drinks, Dessert, Juice, Mineral Water, Heater charge, Hot Shower during the Trekking and main meals in cities.
  • Tips for Guide, Porter and driver.

Weather information

We offer trekking in Nepal from mid-September to May. However within this period there are clear seasons in the weather. From early September the monsoon rains decrease. By mid-October through to December the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights and clear views. Daytime temperatures can reach 25-30 deg C at low altitude in October and nights can drop to below 0 deg C at higher altitudes.

Winter trekking, from December to February, offers cool to mild and clear days with often very cold nights. Daytime temperatures at low altitudes will be mild, around 20 deg C and at night may drop to 0 or as low as -10 deg C at the higher points. Occasionally winter storms can bring snow as low as 2500m.

In March the cold, dry winter season begins to give way to warmer, wetter spring conditions. Mornings are usually clear with cloud build-up occasionally bringing afternoon rainstorms. Daytime temperatures increase quickly in March, with temperatures of up to 30 deg C and mild nights at low altitudes. The increase in rainfall in the hills is more than compensated for by the spectacular displays of rhododendrons and other wildflowers at this time of year. Late spring conditions, as in April and May, are generally hot at low elevations and as the clouds build up to the next monsoon, daily afternoon rainstorms are common. This is a period that generally has clear weather at the higher altitudes and is traditionally a time when mountaineering expeditions commence their ascents.

The monsoon creates a rainy season in Nepal, which lasts from mid-June to mid-September. During this time the Nepal Himalaya is unsuitable for trekking, with the exception of a few remote valleys. We offer treks during this period in Low altitude Treks in the Nepal Himalaya, Tibet & India (Kulu, Ladakh).

The post-monsoon period: From early September the monsoon rain starts to decrease. By mid-October through to mid-December the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights and clear views. Daytime temperatures can reach 25-30 degrees Celsius at lower altitudes and decrease as you gain height. Over 3000 meters the daytime temperatures can vary as much as 10 to 20 degrees Celsius, and may be hotter or colder, depending on whether it is sunny or windy etc. At night at lower altitudes, temperatures do not normally drop much, although as you approach November it does get colder and the days shorter. Up high it can drop sharply at night, from 0 to minus 10 or 15 and more when camped on the ice or snow.

The pre-monsoon period:In March the cold, dry winter season begins to give way to warmer, wetter spring conditions. Mornings are usually clear with cloud build-up bringing occasional afternoon rainstorms. Views of the mountains in the middle of the day and afternoon may often be obscured. Daytime temperatures increase quickly in March with temperatures of up to 30 degrees Celsius and mild nights. At higher altitudes it is similar to the conditions of the post-monsoon period, however there is usually more snow, which has accumulated over the winter period. There are spectacular displays of rhododendrons and wildflowers at this time of year. Late spring conditions ie April and May, are generally hot at low elevations and as the clouds build up to the next monsoon, daily afternoon rainstorms are common.

List of Clothing Equipments & Personal Effects

  • Lightweight Trekking (walking) (Waterproof) boots and spare laces. If new one is being bought, “walk then in” to avoid blisters. Also bring spare laces.
  • A pair of track shoes for evening and walk around campsite.
  • Warm Jackets (Fiber fill or down) down should be adequate.
  • A rainproof jacket with hood or ponchos (Get guaranteed Waterproof)
  • Woolen shirts and thick sweaters.
  • A pair of lightweight/heavyweight trousers. Jeans are unsuitable to wear on treks.
  • Thermal underwear.
  • A tracksuit.
  • 2 pair of loose fitting long shorts/skirts.
  • Few pairs of cotton T-shirts.
  • At least 1 lightweight long sleeved shirt is particularly to avoid sun born.
  • A woolen hat for morning and evening and Sun cap (Hat) during the day and ensure it has a wide brim to cover the face and neck..
  • A pair of gloves.
  • A pair of sandals to shower and campsite.
  • Few pair of thin and thick woolen socks.
  • Underwear: normal quantity and swimming costume.
  • Sleeping bags for night. (At least -20 Celsius)

Equipment and Accessories

  • Duffle bag or kit bag to carry gears while trekking. (We provide)
  • Daypack to carry personal day requirements. (25-30 Ltr) This is a small rucksack to carry personal requirement for the day
  • Water bottle.
  • Snow glasses and sunglasses.
  • 2-5 large plastic bags to separate clean and dirty clothes. Some small plastic bags for garbage.
  • Toiletries with large and small towels. Toilet paper can be by in Kathmandu and some villages in the mountains.
  • Wallet or money belt with compartment for coins.
  • Headlamp or torch light with spare batteries and bulbs.Candles or lighter to burn toilet paper and to lit on.
  • Snow gaiters essential during winter and High Altitude trekking.
  • Walking poles. (If you like to have).
  • Camera with spare batteries and films
  • Reading materials, game items (optional), note book, rubber band, pen and pencil, envelopes, a diary, a calendar, a pocket knife, binoculars (optional), a small pillow or headrest (optional). Thermoses (optional)- an inflatable sleeping mat, trekking map, adequate quantities of
  • passport photograph
  • First aid kit with enough Personal medicine.

Physically prepare yourself: It is important that your body is adequately prepared for the physical challenges of trekking. It is thus important that you assess your own condition and train accordingly. In general, the fitter you are, the easier it will be for you to handle the rigors of the trek. A well-rounded training program would include strength training, aerobic cross training, and hiking (ideally at high altitude but not necessary).

Mentally prepare yourself: Mental preparation is often overlooked. You should always keep a positive state of mind, but not ignore the signals your body sends you. Your mental stamina will, without a doubt, make the most difficult parts of the trekachievable.

We will keep the packing list update asnew equipment becomes available. If you have reviews or suggestions please send us an email.

Trekking in Nepal need not be considered risky affair as far as your health is concerned. Nevertheless, preventive measures such as a through medical checkup and inoculations before you start trekking can save you from unexpected hazards. Since the remote places of Nepal are not supplied with necessities that are essential for modern medical facilities and as the rescue and evacuation are measured in days, it is imperative to make a comprehensive first aid box consisting of basic drugs and accessories as part of the paraphernalia for trekking. Modern dentistry is unknown in the hill of Nepal so it is advised to have a checkup before departure from home. Tooth fillings; sometimes loosen in cold temperatures and high altitudes, so it is recommended to have them checked. Travelers are requested to bring medicine prescribed by their doctor at home. Common medicine for stomach problems, headache, and malaria is available in Kathmandu. Medicine is usually not available in remote areas. So necessary medicine is advisable to carry with you. Before going to Nepal, it is advised to get injections against typhoid, meningitis and hepatitis.

OVERCOMING ALTITUDE PROBLEM:
This is often known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), which is particularly a matter of important medical consideration while trekking in the Himalayas. Altitude Sickness means the effect of altitude on those who ascend too rapidly to elevations above 3000 meters. Early mountain sickness will manifest itself in headache, nausea, shortness of breath, fatigue; etc can be encountered as initials of the sickness. The major information source on prevention and treatment of the sickness is Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) and Adventure Treks Nepal (P). Ltd. is the confide life member of it. We assure every trekker that all our guides have followed the training conducted by HRA with the understated information.

CAUSE/FACTOR OF ALTITUDE SICKNESS
1. Less Oxygen
2. Low Pressure i.e. Barometric Pressure
3. Rapid Ascent
4. Possible Dehydration
5. Hypothermia TYPE OF ALTITUDE SICKNESS

  TYPES ALTITUDE SICKNESS
1. AMS - Acute Mountain Sickness
2. HAPE - High Altitude Pulmonary Edema
3. Hace - High Altitude Cerebral Edema

SYMPTOMS
1. (AMS) ACUTE MOUNTAIN SICKNESS
Mild symptom feels like hangover/not feeling good
a. Headache
b. Fatigue/Tiredness
c. Nausea
d. Shortness of breath
e. Loss of appetite
f. Sleep disturbance
g. Dizziness

2. (HAPE) HIGH ALTITUDE PULMONARY EDEMA (Water in lungs)
a. Increasing shortness of breath even at rest
b. Severe cough-dry/Productive
c. Very tired-Unusual fatigue while walking
d. High Pulse rate i.e. 110
e. Blueness of face, lips, finger nails that means inability to transport Oxygen into the blood

3. (HACE) HIGH ALTITUDE CEREBRAL EDEMA (Water in the head)
Severe symptoms of altitude sickness
a. Severe Headache
b. Vomiting
c. Walking like a drunk (Ataxia)
d. Mental confusion/Altered mental status
e. Irritable-Does not want to be bothered by other people
f. Unconsciousness or Coma
TEST - Tandem walking test, Heel to toe step fall off from the line.

DECISION MAKING
1. Find out the main problem i.e. at altitude. Assume all problems are Altitude Sickness unless proven otherwise.
2. If it is an altitude problem with mild symptoms, stay at the same altitude until the symptoms are completely gone. Take an Aspirin tablet, try to go up but listen to your body. If symptoms are worsening, go down.

PREVENTION
1. Acclimatization: - After a 1000m. Ascent, stay one more night for acclimatization.
2. Do not make RAPID ASCENT; don't go too fast too high.
3. No alcohol, sleeping pills and smoking.
4. Drink more fluid 3-4ltrs a day… clean, boiled or treated water/tea/coffee/soup/juice etc.
5. Do not carry heavy packs.
6. Climb higher sleep lower.
7. Do not travel alone.

TREATMENT
1. DESCENT is the best medicine; do not wait for the Helicopter.
2. Medicine:
a. Oxygen.
b. Diamox…for AMS 125mg. Before dinner, for sleeping problem if feeling suffocated.
c. Nafedipine for HAPE
d. Steroids/Dexamethasone for HACE
3. Hyperbolic Bag - Gammow Bag
4. Golden Rules
a. Awareness of ALTITUDE SICKNESS
b. If you have mild symptoms, do not go higher. Take Aspirin.
c. If you have worsening symptoms, go down.
d. Do not leave your team member behind unattended, either trekker or porter.
5. IMPORTANT
a. Go up slowly.
b. Drink plenty of fluids (at least 3 liters per day)
c. Get all information about Altitude Sickness before your trekking tour that will make you confident to make your tour successful.

Our advice: Drink 3-4ltr of water minimum a day, don't exhaust yourself so much and breathe deep and take rest more than usual.

 

Physically prepare yourself: It is important that your body is adequately prepared for the physical challenges of trekking. It is thus important that you assess your own condition and train accordingly. In general, the fitter you are, the easier it will be for you to handle the rigors of the trek. A well-rounded training program would include strength training, aerobic cross training, and hiking (ideally at high altitude but not necessary).

Mentally prepare yourself: Mental preparation is often overlooked. You should always keep a positive state of mind, but not ignore the signals your body sends you. Your mental stamina will, without a doubt, make the most difficult parts of the trekachievable.

We will keep the packing list update asnew equipment becomes available. If you have reviews or suggestions please send us an email.


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