The Rhododendrons View Trail – 10 Days

Duration: 10 Days

Trip Duration

10 Days

Maximum Altitude

3180m

Trip Grade

Moderate

Group Size

2-12 People

Activity

Trekking on lovely trails

Accommodation

Hotel and Lodge

The Rhododendrons View Trail – 10 Days Overview

This is an exceptional trip that takes you across carpets of lovely Rhododendrons – Nepal’s one and only national flower which the country is very proud of and is known in Nepal as the ‘Laligurans’. Many hotels, restaurants, trek and tour companies proudly go by the name of this exquisite flower. It is on the basis of this beautiful flower that we have specially designed a unique trek that traces the trails from where these flowers are seen in blanket formation for miles on the mountains of the vast Annapurna range and the sublime Langtang region. These unique flowers are found in abundance in these regions of Nepal particularly.The Rhododendrons View Trail gives you views of stunning mountainous landscapes of famous peaks and as we begin our hike from the mid-hills, we see the pretty flowers blooming in a spectacular red colour during spring and it’s truly wonderful to behold. But as we go to higher altitudes, we notice the colour of these Rhododendrons tend to change to a pinkish shade of wonderful beauty that would have even made King Solomon of the bible feel jealous with all his riches and the beauty he was surrounded with. In some areas these rhododendrons are also found to be snow white with soft petals.This trek takes us through this vast range of rhododendrons with famous peaks in the backgrounds and while hiking the paths, we sweep through friendly villages with welcoming people where the culture tells us of the way of life in these hindu villages who spend most of their lives on the Himalayas. This trip is a wonderful experience of how nature teaches us to appreciate the elements as much as we come to see the naturalness of the wilderness at its true best.

The Rhododendrons View Trail – 10 Days Detail Itinerary


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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Our office vehicle and representative will be on standby to meet you on your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), you will then be transferred to your hotel. Refresh yourself and get familiar with your surroundings. Our senior guide will meet you later in the lobby of your hotel to brief you on your trip. Overnight at your hotel – B.B

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Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.) this will take about six hours.

It’s a lovely six hours scenic drive to the lake city of Pokhara (915m,), 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu. As you climb out of the Kathmandu valley, only to quickly descend again to the Trisuli River, you follow upstream to its junction with the Marsyangdi River. You follow the Marsyangdi gently up through heavily terraced fields and small hill towns to the Seti River that takes you directly into Pokhara. Blessed with pleasant weather, Pokhara is tourist’s paradise with a lot of natural as well as cultural heritage sites that include serene lakes, caves, and temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with the grand mountains. You can observe views to the north across the hills and Phewa Taal (lake) to the white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. This drive will take most of the morning, leaving much of the afternoon to romance the beauty of the lake city. You also have the option to fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara which takes about 25 minutes.

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Day 03: Trek from Pokhara (915m.) to Nayapul (1050m.) by car which is about one and half hours drive.

You begin your trek from Nayapul (1050m.) to Tirkhedhunga (1577 m.) via Birethanti (1065m.) which takes about four and half hours. After breakfast at hotel you could drive by car or van for one and half hours to Nayapul. Then you start your trekking. The first part of your trek is easy passing through numerous small villages and settlements. Afterwards you could ascend gently to the final destination of the day. The majority of the local folks around here are Gurungs and their religion is Buddhism. They are engaged in agricultural activities, tourism business and some are also employed in the Nepalese and Indian armies. Overnight at our teahouse lodge.

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Day 04: Trek from Tirkhedhunga to Ghorepani (2675m) and this takes about six hours.

To begin your trek, you could ascend steeply for the early 2 hours and then ascend gently passing through Ulleri (2070m.) and Banthanti, Magar villages. On the way, you could see good views of Machhapuchhre or Fish Tail (6997m.), Huinchuli (6441m.), and Annapurna south peak at (7219m.). Now your trail is quite easier passing through forest and descends gently up to the final camp. You could see some of the wild life such as monkey and various species of birds. Overnight at our lodge

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Day 05: Trek from Ghorepani to Poonhill (3180m.) to Tadapani (2675m.) which takes about five and half hours.

We rise early for our morning trip to Poonhill (3232m.) to enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhre (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m.) and other numerous snowcapped mountain peaks. After breakfast, trek Ghorepani to Tadapani (2650 m.) through the deep forests of rhododendrons, bamboos and oaks. En-route, you frequently see waterfalls, rocks, wild animals, local birds and a lot of green sceneries. Tadapani is a small village surrounded by beautiful forests which grants you a magnificent view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail, and Annapurna II and so on.

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Day 06: Trek from Tadapani (2675m) to Ghandruk (1950m.) and it takes about three hours.

It is very easy trek by descending gently all the way through rhododendron, oak and other kinds of dense forests. You could hear the sweet chirping of birds on the way. This is one of the popular destinations for bird lovers. Ghandruk is a big Gurung village. There is a handicraft centre and Gurung museum hereabouts. From this village you could see good views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna (7455m.), Annapurna III (7755m.) and Fishtail.

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Day 07: Trek from Ghandruk (1950m.) to Pothana (1990m.) which takes about six hours.

First part of your trek is steeply down following stone staircase to Kimbu (Bee hive). Kimbu or Bee hive is located at the elevation of 1200 meters on the bank of Modi Khola. Now your trail steeply ascends following the stone staircase up to Landruk. The trail ascends gently for early two hours and again ascends steeply for an hour to Deurali (2150m.) passing through Tolkha village (1850m.). From this point you can see panoramic view of Dhaulagiri I (8167m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Hiunchuli (6441m.), Fishtail (6997m.), Annapurna III (7755m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.) and Lamjung Himal (6930m.). Now the rest of the trail descends gently down to Dhampus passing through Pothana village (1900m.).

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Day 08: Trek from Pothana to Dhampus Phedi (1113m.) which takes about four hours.

Your trail descends gradually for at least an hour and follows gravel road for two hours and then steeply descends to Phedi passing through Dhampus village, paddy fields and forest protected by local community. Upon your arrival at Dhampus Phedi, you could take a vehicle to reach Pokhara and chill out.

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Day 09: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist mini bus that takes about seven hours.

While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli, Dumre, Mugling and Kurintar where Nepal’s first Cable car is operated to reach Manakamana Temple. En route, you could enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people engaged in their daily life activities. This journey gives you deep insights in to Nepal’s lovely rural landscapes. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to capital city. You are then directly taken to your hotel

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Day 10: Departure for connecting flight home.

Our office vehicle will wait at your hotel to take you down to the airport for your connecting flight home. Down here at Family Treks we are sure that you enjoyed your trek to the hilt. We do wish you a safe journey home and hope to see you again.

Cost Includes
  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car or van. It is depend of the group.
  • Two nights standard accommodation in 2/3 star category hotel in Kathmandu located tourist center, or up to you.
  • Meals on full board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the in trekking
  • Local fresh fruits like orange, apple, banana and grape etc.
  • All accommodations during the trek.
  • Everest trekking map.
  • Both ways domestic flight from Kathmandu/ Lukla/ Kathmandu with airport tax.
  • An experienced Government licensed holder guide and porter to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipments, transportation, local tax for Guide and porter
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • If you need we will provide you sleeping bag, down jackets, Duffle bag and, if necessary etc.
  • All necessary Government paper works and national park entry permits and TIMS Card etc.
  • Travel & Rescue arrangement.
  • All government taxes and Vat.
Cost Excludes
  • Meals your self Kathmandu (L+D).
  • Your Travel insurance.
  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa ( You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Nepal’s Airport in Kathmandu).
  • All kind drinks (Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks)
  • Personal shopping and laundry etc.
  • Personal trekking Equipments.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory)
  • If do any tour and sightseeing and other activities etc.

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