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One of the highlights of this trek is Kali Ghandaki, the world’s deepest river gorge if measured from the river to the summit. And the best part is that the trek ends with a day at a hotspring/ tatopani, where you can relax in the hot water and ease your sore muscles.
Majorly a forest walk with small waterfalls and streams, rhododendron, seldom trees and bamboo forming the landscape, it gives you the complete forest trail.
Added to that, the trail will take you through a ridge walk with a classic view of mountain peaks and villages down the valley. It will give you an opportunity to be one with nature, the mountains and more, without doubt.
From here you will see the 23 famous peaks of the Himalayas out of which three of them are amongst the highest mountain peaks of the world, Mt Dhaulagiri 7th highest, Mt Annapurna 10th highest, Mt Manasalu 8th highest.This is the only view point from where you will able to see the complete Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Range.
Day 2: Pokhara to Gandruk. The drive from Pokhara to Sauli Bazaar will take around three hours after which the trek begins. A narrow trail with a gradual ascent through bamboo forests will get you to Gandruk in about two hours.
Day 3: Gandruk to Tadapani. On this day, within ten minutes from the start of the trek you will encounter those mighty snow capped peaks. You will cross forest trail, streams with water flowing across, Rhododendron trees, small waterfalls before reaching Tadapani by lunch.
Day 4: Tadapani to Dobato. This day will be a mix of ascent and descent. The trail enters a deep forest and you will notice oak trees appearing. At Dobato after lunch you get to visit the Muldhai peak which is hands down the best view point in the entire trek.
Day 6: Chistibang to Khopra Ridge. The shortest day of the trek, but also the toughest. Waterfalls, streams, Yaks, clouds, sunsets, mighty peaks form the landscape through this day. On reaching Khopra Ridge in front of you will be Mt Annapurna south, Mt Annapurna Fank, Mt Annapurna I, Mt Nilgiri south and north & Mt Tukuche.
Day 8: Khopra Ridge to Tatopani. A day of complete descent till Tatopani which is a hot spring. On this day you will come across Kali Ghandaki as well, the deepest gorge. Tatopani justifies its name by providing a wonderful hot spring to relax at the end of the trek.
Day 9: Tatopani to Pokhara. This day is the final day where a taxi will take you back to Pokhara from Tatopani. Now you can experince the best part of Pokhara!
*The rooms in the hotel and tea houses can vary from single, double, or triple occupancy, depending on the availability.
Transport: Transport from the hotel at Pokhara to Gandruk on Day 1 and back from Tatopani to Pokhara on Day 8 will be covered by us.
Meals: Three meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and evening tea will be provided by us on all trek days. Included meals start with dinner at Pohkara on Day 1 and end with lunch at Tatopani on Day 8.
*At tea houses, you get to choose anything from the menu during all your trekking days.(Except alcoholic drinks)
Safety Equipment: First aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinder, oximeter will be carried by the trip leader.
Trip Leader: Experienced outdoor leader with Wilderness medical knowledge/Wilderness First Responder certified.
Certified Local Guide: A licensed guide with ample experience as a Himalayan Guide & with good communication skills will be a part of the team.
Porter: You can opt to offload one backpack weighing not more than 10 kgs.
TIMS and Permit: Trekkers information Management System and Permit for trekking in Nepal will be taken care of.
Rescue: Travel Insurance is not included. Rescue expenses incurred by helicopter, horse, mule or any other means are not included.
Transport: Flights from your country to KTM and Kathmandu to Pokhara, to and fro.
*Since Beyond The Wall as an organization has good ties with the local travel agencies there, we can help you book your tickets if needed. The fare will be added to the cost price of the trek while booking if you choose to let us book for you.
Phone, WiFi, and other battery charging costs – Tea houses in Nepal generally have an additional cost for extra electricity provided.
Backpack Offloading of more than 10 kg.
Hot Water for shower/bathing- Tea houses charge extra money for a bucket of hot water.
Packaged drinking water is not included except in Gorakshep where you will be provided with 2L packaged drinking water.
Any tip to porters or guides.
Anything apart from Inclusion.
Personal expenses of any kind.
If the trek gets canceled due to any unforeseeable condition like Covid or natural calamities or if you cancel before 30 days from the start of the trek, the complete trek fee will be refunded (minus a 4% transaction fee). The money will be transferred to the bank accounts from where the payment was made within a week.
For cancellation anytime between 30 to 15 days before the start date of the trek, get your full trek fee back minus a 15% cancellation fee.
For cancellation anytime between 14 days to the start day of the trek or on not showing up on the the trek, unfortunately, we cannot provide any refund as all the booking will already have been done at various campsites.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Yes, they will all provide warm blankets and beds. But as an added precaution we will also provide personal fleece liners to every trekker from the company.
2) Will I need Gaiters and Microspikes on the trek?
If it is required, we will provide them when necessary.
3) Do I have a weight limit for my porter bag?
Yes, we would like you to respect the mountains and their people and limit your weight to 10kgs.
4) Do I need to get insurance coverage?
Yes, in case of medical emergencies or evacuations, helicopter charges will be covered by the insurance only if you have one.
5) Travel (Adventure Travel) Insurance
Travel Insurance is mandatory for everyone traveling outside their country. Your insurance must include adventure travel and sports, and should cover emergency rescue operations or helicopter lift-off when needed. Along with adventure travel insurance, it must also cover personal accidents, medical expenses, and personal liability.
We will be asking for the insurance for the Permits.
6) Emergency Rescue & Health Care
Emergency rescue is conducted throughout the Himalaya in case of any accidents or sudden health deterioration. Helicopter rescue missions in such cases are covered by the insurance. However, you must check with your medical insurance before signing off on the documents. If not please make sure you get one before your trek.
7) Can I order anything from the menu and will that be covered by Beyond The Wall?
Yes, you can order anything from the menu at the time of the meal in tea houses during the trek and we will pay for it.
8) Food & Accommodation
Rice and Lentil, popularly known as Dal Bhaat, is the staple diet of most Nepalese. Rich in proteins and carbohydrates, Dal Bhaat can be eaten anytime during the day. Along with many other authentic dishes, Nepal hosts the finest array of international cuisines; American, Thai, Chinese, and Continental, etc, along with fast food which is commonly found in base camp and tea houses. Oats, Muesli, Roast, Pizza, Pancakes, and sandwiches are commonly found in almost every trek trail.
9) Trek Permits
A permit required to trek in Nepal will be provided by Beyond The Wall.
10) Cellular Connectivity
If you still want to buy a sim you can buy it from the airport in Kathmandu. We recommend you buy a SIM from the operator called Namaste. To buy a sim you will need your Passport / any form of ID, a passport size photo, and around 1200/- Nepali rupees, ie. about 750/ INR.
Electrical appliances use 220-240 volts and 50 MHZ of power to operate in Nepal (Some countries use 110-120 volts of electricity, and accept very specific shaped plugs.) If your appliance’s plug doesn’t match the shape of these sockets, you will need a travel plug adapter to the plugin. These adapters help fit your appliances in any socket.
12) Local Currency and Payments
Most of your stay and food will be taken care of by us once you reach Kathmandu. For stay at Kathmandu, it is better if you exchange currency at the airport. Although many places in Kathmandu do accept Indian Rupees, it would be ideal if you exchange your currency here. There are many licensed money exchangers in the city. Make sure you carry enough Nepali Rupees for the trek if you want extra facilities like Wifi, hot water, packaged drinking water, etc.
There are ATMs in Kathmandu where you can withdraw money using your debit/credit cards, but they will charge a nominal fee for each transaction.
Please check with your bank that your debit/credit card can do transactions in Nepal. Keeping some spare US Dollars is a good idea.
Also, If you are coming to a different country then obviously you will have to buy and shop for your love once ;)
13) Batch size
We as an organization believe in giving the best of the experience that comes with the outdoors. We also understand that nature is something that is better experienced without much disturbance around and in calm solitude so, on the basis of keeping it a truly uplifting experience, we keep our group size limited to 10 trekkers per batch.
14) Tipping custom for guides and porters
It is a part of the trekking culture to tip your porters and guides.