The Annapurna region, Manang, and the old Tibetan Gurung villages offer breathtaking natural beauty and a rich cultural experience. The trek takes you through diverse landscapes, including lush forests, terraced fields, alpine meadows, and picturesque villages. The region is renowned for its majestic mountain views, with Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak dominating the skyline.
The trek to Manang typically starts from the town of Besisahar and follows the Annapurna Circuit route. Along the way, you'll pass through charming Gurung and Tibetan villages like Pisang, Ngawal, and Braga. These villages are known for their distinct architecture, traditional lifestyle, and warm hospitality. You can immerse yourself in the local culture, visit monasteries, and witness age-old traditions and rituals.
Bhujung and Ghale Gaun are traditional Gurung villages located in the Lamjung district. These villages offer a unique glimpse into the Gurung culture, with their traditional houses, terraced fields, and friendly locals. The villages are situated at higher altitudes, providing stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. You can explore the village trails, interact with the locals, and learn about their customs, festivals, and handicrafts.
After exploring the mountainous regions, a visit to the Royal Chitwan National Park offers a contrasting experience. Located in the lowlands of Nepal, Chitwan is a renowned national park and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The park is home to diverse wildlife, including the endangered one-horned rhinoceros, Bengal tigers, elephants, deer, and various bird species.
During the jungle safari in Chitwan, you can go on exciting wildlife excursions, such as jeep safaris, elephant rides, and canoe rides along the Rapti River. You'll have the opportunity to spot wildlife up close, observe their natural habitats, and learn about conservation efforts. Additionally, cultural programs featuring traditional Tharu dances and music are often organized for visitors.
Overall, the combination of the Annapurna region trek, the exploration of Manang's ancient Gurung villages, the homestays in Ghale Gaun and Bhujung, and the wildlife encounters in Chitwan National Park creates a well-rounded trip that offers both natural beauty and cultural immersion in Nepal.
Annapurna Region Trek: The trek in the Annapurna region is renowned for its stunning mountain views, including Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak. The trail takes you through diverse landscapes, from lush forests to alpine meadows, and offers breathtaking vistas at every turn.
Manang Ancient Gurung Villages: The Manang region is home to ancient Gurung villages like Pisang, Ngawal, and Braga. These villages showcase traditional Gurung architecture, terraced fields, and a rich cultural heritage. You can explore monasteries, interact with the friendly locals, and witness age-old traditions and rituals.
Ghale Gaun and Bhujung Gurung Home Stay: Ghale Gaun and Bhujung are traditional Gurung villages in the Lamjung district. Staying in a Gurung home allows you to experience their warm hospitality and immerse yourself in the local culture. You can participate in daily activities, taste authentic Gurung cuisine, and learn about their customs, festivals, and handicrafts.
Royal Chitwan National Park: Chitwan National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most popular national parks in Nepal. The park is known for its rich biodiversity, including endangered species like the one-horned rhinoceros and Bengal tigers. Jungle safaris, such as jeep rides, elephant rides, and canoe trips, provide opportunities to spot wildlife, explore the park's diverse ecosystems, and learn about conservation efforts.
Wildlife Viewing: During the Chitwan National Park trip, you can encounter a variety of wildlife, including rhinoceroses, elephants, tigers, deer, crocodiles, and numerous bird species. The park's trained guides will help you navigate the wilderness and increase your chances of observing these animals in their natural habitats.
Cultural Programs: In Chitwan, you can also enjoy cultural programs that showcase traditional Tharu dances and music. These performances provide insights into the local Tharu community's vibrant cultural heritage and are a delightful way to experience their traditions.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1,350 meters (4,429 ft), transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Full day Sightseeing of the UNESCO world heritage site.
Day 03: Bus journey Chame 2,670m (8,760 ft) about 250km, 10/11hrs.
Day 04: Trek to Pisang village 3,200 meters (10,498 ft), 4 hours.
Day 05: Trek to Manang 3,540 meters (11,614 ft), 9 hours.
Day 06: Manang acclimatization day with wonderful side trips.
Day 07: Drive to beshisahr (807m, 2648 ft), 5/6hrs.
Day 08: Drive to Bhujung via Ghale gau (2,100m, 6,889 ft), 4/5hrs.
Day 09: Drive to Chitwan via Besisahar ( 100 m, 330 ft)5 to 6 hours.
Day 10: Royal Chitwan national park sightseeing.
Day 11: Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel, 5/6hrs.
Day 12: Departure for home.
Representatives from Himalayan Diamond Adventures will greet you upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. You will be welcomed with a fresh flower garland, a traditional Nepali greeting, and then escorted to the hotel for bed and breakfast service. The drive from the airport to the hotel takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes, if there is no traffic jam on our way. After checking into the hotel, we will have a short refreshment meeting at the hotel. In the evening, the company will host a welcome dinner at a traditional Nepali restaurant, complete with a cultural dance performance, to celebrate the start of your trip. During the dinner, your guide will provide a brief overview of the schedule for the following day.
Today, after breakfast, we will embark on a journey to explore some of the popular landmarks and milestones in the Kathmandu Valley, including several UNESCO World Heritage sites such as Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Patan Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa, and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Kathmandu is widely known as the city of temples and a cultural hub in Nepal. These places that we will visit today showcase the cultural and religious diversity of Nepal. Pashupatinath Temple is one of the oldest Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Both Boudhanath and Swayambhunath are important sites for Buddhism and are visited by both Hindu and Buddhist followers. These places display the unique architecture, religious tolerance, and diversity that can be found in Nepal.
As Kathmandu has a huge historical history and carries cultural and religious essence a popular destination for tourists. The city presents a remarkable blend of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism via its heritage sites like Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath and Boudhanath. Our tour guide will provide you the relevant facts and historical significance of the places like Pashupatinath temple, the largest Buddhist stupa in town- Boudhanath, the 15th-century palace of 55 windows in Bhaktapur and Swayambhunath stupa in Kathmandu which we will visit today.
A scenic bus ride from Kathmandu through Besishahar will take us to Chame, the headquarters of Manang district. The journey begins on the highly busy Prithibi highway and then links to the Beshisahar-Manang road. Along the way, we can enjoy splendid views of the mountain terrain, including the Ganesh Himal range, Baudha Himal, Rani peak, Himalchuli ranges, Ngadichuli, and Manasalu. Besides the majestic Himalayas, we can also see many beautiful perennial rivers, tributaries, captivating waterfalls, rolling green hills, subtropical forests, cultivated terraced lands, and colorful villages. After a 10 to 11-hour bus journey, we will reach Chame.
Today, we have two options to reach Pisang, an ancient Tibetan Buddhist inhabited village. One is to walk along the newly opened road, and the other is to take a jeep. If we take a jeep, we can reach there within 30 to 45 minutes, while walking will take us about 4 hours. However, our trail follows the narrow Marsyangdi river valley, providing stunning views of the enormous cliffs, including a superb view of Lamjung Himal and Annapurna II. As we leave the treeline, we will pass through large apple gardens, and the trail gradually ascends towards a place with a more prominent snowline.
Before reaching Pisang Village, we will be greeted with an iconic view of Pisang Peak, and Chulu East can be seen in the distance. After reaching Pisang, we can hike to Upper Pisang to gain altitude and enjoy breathtaking views, including mesmerizing views of Annapurna II (7,937 meters), Annapurna IV (7,525 meters), and Annapurna III (7,555 meters).
Our destination today is Manang, a Tibetan Gurung village. The people of this Manang valley originally migrated from Tibet in the past. To reach Manang, we will take the upper panoramic viewing trail, which comprises isolated and peaceful villages like Ghyaru, Ngawal, and Chulu. At Pisang village, we will cross the Marsyangdi River over suspension bridges and then ascend to Ghyaru, a Tibetan primitive village. The uphill trail offers superb views of the Pisang valley behind us, including the majestic views of Annapurna II, Annapurna IV, Annapurna III, Gangapurna, and Tilicho. On a clear day, we will have truly breathtaking views. Although the upper trail is quite challenging, it is a rewarding trail as we trek through these ancient lands and sight Buddhist stupas, Buddhist Mani walls, and monasteries.
Today is our acclimatization day, which is crucial after rapidly ascending in the mountains. We will rest at the same elevation to help our bodies adjust. On this day, we have the option to explore some interesting places around Manang Valley, such as the Marshyangdi River and Gangapurna Lake. Alternatively, we can hike up to Deurali (4,200 meters) for splendid views of Chulu West Peak and Chulu East (also known as Manang Himal), or take a side trip to Milarepa Cave or Ice Lake. Hiking up to Ice Lake offers delightful views of the wide Manang valley, Tilicho Valley, and the massive Annapurna Himalaya range while also aiding in altitude acclimatization. There are plenty of choices for tourists, and it would be great to have more days to explore the Manang Valley.
After our beautiful Himalayan trekking experience, we will drive back to Besisahar for a homestay trip in Ghale Gaun and Bhujung, the largest Gurung village in Nepal. We will take the same road we previously traveled. The journey from Manang to Besisahar takes approximately 5 to 6 hours by private Jeep or Scorpio.
Today, we will embark on a journey to the Gurung villages of Ghale Gaun and Bhujung, the largest Gurung village in Nepal, using a private Jeep. The drive promises breathtaking scenery, with views of terraced rice fields, cultivated lands tended by local farmers, and numerous picturesque villages. The beauty of the landscape is further enhanced during the harvest season, which typically falls between October and November. During these months, the sky is clear, providing an opportunity for captivating views of majestic mountains such as Annapurna, Lamjung, Manaslu, and Ngadichuli. Today's drive will take approximately 4 to 5 hours and promises to be filled with stunning vistas. This afternoon, we will explore the Gurung village, and in the evening, we will enjoy a Gurung cultural dance and have a homestay experience with local chicken and curry rice.
After the beautiful homestay experience immersing in Gurung culture, we will proceed to the royal Chitwan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The journey to Chitwan will take approximately 7 hours by private Jeep or car. Upon arrival in Chitwan, we will first check into our rooms. Later, we will take a short drive to observe elephants, enjoy the sunset view, and witness a Tharu cultural dance performance in the evening. Finally, we will have dinner and rest for the night.
Today, our day will begin with a delicious breakfast. Around 7 am, we will have breakfast. At 7:45 am, we will set out for a jungle walk and enjoy a canoeing experience on the Rapti River. During these adventurous activities, we will have the opportunity to observe various species of birds and animals. Afterward, we will return to the hotel for lunch. Following the lunch hour, we will embark on a Jeep jungle safari, where we will have the chance to encounter a variety of wild animals, including tigers, bears, rhinos, wild boars, deer, monkeys, wild cows, peacocks, and more. The evening will be free for leisure activities.
After our wonderful trip experiences, we will drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to our hotel. Later, we will gather for a farewell dinner at an authentic Nepali cultural restaurant. Today's drive from Chitwan to Kathmandu will be a scenic journey lasting approximately 4 to 5 hours, either by private car or tourist bus.
Finally, we will arrange for your drop-off at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu using a private car or tourist bus, and bid you farewell.
At first I and my wife plan to trek along the annapurna circuit trek but when we arrived to Mananag valley she was sick and had a big Kumbu-cough,so we had to change our plan. Fortunately we were there with Chandra(the guide and the founder of Himalayan Diamond Adventure) he rearranged our plan.He took us to Ghale Gaun and stayed with Gurung family at Bhujung village that was so nice we love it, although we visited Nepal many times but never stay at homestay so far. Then he took us to Chitwan National Park where we went to safari tour on jeep.It was our first time to see the real rhino.All we did I want to call it as the special combination trek and tour of Himalayan Diamond. Many thanks to Chandra and his teams gave us the very impressive experience.
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When going on a tour, it's important to bring essential documents to ensure a smooth and hassle-free trip. Here are some documents that we highly recommend you bring with you.
Passport: When traveling to a foreign country, it is important to ensure that you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining before its expiration date and at least 2 blank visa pages. This is because many countries require that your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your expected departure date and has sufficient blank pages for visa stamps and entry/exit stamps.
Visa: Depending on your destination, you may need a visa to enter the country. Check with the embassy or consulate of the country you're visiting to see if you need a visa. Visit the official website of the Department of Immigration of Nepal at https://www.immigration.gov.np/page/tourist-visa
Travel itinerary: It's always a good idea to have a printed copy of your travel itinerary, including flight and hotel reservations, tour bookings, and any other important travel plans.
Travel insurance: As a traveler, it is advisable to purchase a comprehensive travel insurance package that covers potential medical issues, personal accidents, emergency helicopter evacuation, and hospitalization, loss or damage of personal belongings, and trip cancellations, especially if you are planning to trek to high altitudes up to 5,500 meters, such as Everest Base Camp. It is also important to ensure that the insurance covers the cost of cancellation for both your international flight and the trek. The minimum recommended coverage amount is USD 100,000. Many insurance companies offer travel insurance services online, so you can easily find a plan that meets your needs.
COVID-19 vaccination certification: To obtain a Nepal tourist visa during the ongoing pandemic, travelers need to show either a completed COVID-19 vaccination certificate with a QR code or a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of boarding.
Health documents: If you're traveling to a country with specific health requirements, such as a yellow fever vaccination, make sure to bring the necessary health documents.
Driver's license: If you plan on driving while on tour, make sure to bring your driver's license.
Credit cards and cash: Bring enough cash and credit cards to cover your expenses while on tour.
Emergency contact information: Write down the contact information for someone you trust in case of an emergency. This could include a family member, friend, or employer.
It's always a good idea to make copies of all your important documents and keep them in a safe place in case the originals get lost or stolen. Additionally, you may want to consider using a travel document organizer to keep all your important documents organized and easily accessible.
If you are traveling to Nepal, then here are some essential documents you will need to have with you in order to ensure a smooth and hassle-free trip.
❖ Valid passport with at least 6 months validity and at least 2 blank visa pages
❖ Travel insurance policy document
❖ Photocopies of your passport's personal information page
❖ One or more recent passport-sized photos with a white background (1.5 inch x 1.5 inch)
❖ Completed and signed Nepal visa application form
❖ Proof of accommodation in Nepal (such as a hotel reservation or address)
❖ Valid return flight or travel ticket
❖ Proof of sufficient financial means, such as recent bank statements
❖ Mastercard, Visa, and some cash in USD
❖ Proof of payment of the Nepal visa fee
❖ To obtain a visa for Nepal, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the travel date and you must present either a completed COVID-19 vaccination certificate with QR code or a valid PCR test negative result taken within 72 hours prior to boarding.
Visit the official website of the Department of Immigration of Nepal at https://www.immigration.gov.np/page/tourist-visa
1. Fill out the online application form with your personal information, including your name, date of birth, nationality, passport number, and intended travel dates.
2. Upload a recent passport-size photograph in JPEG or PNG format.
3. Pay the visa fee online using a credit card or debit card. The cost of the visa depends on the length of your stay in Nepal, but it typically ranges from $30 to $125.
4. Once you have submitted your application and payment, you will receive a confirmation email with a receipt and an application ID.
5. After your application has been processed, you will receive another email with a link to download your visa. You should print out the visa and carry it with you when you travel to Nepal. It's important to note that the online tourist visa is valid for multiple entries and is valid for 15, 30, or 90 days, depending on your length of stay. Also, be sure to apply for your visa well in advance of your travel date to allow time for processing.
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As Nepal's topography is divided into three geographical regions - Terai, Hills, and Mountains - each region experiences different temperatures during different seasons. Below is a tabular illustration of temperature changes throughout the different seasons in Nepal, which will allow you to better understand the changing weather conditions.
Seasons Minimum temperature (approx) Maximum temperature (approx) Weather Condition
Spring 4°C/ 39°F (Mountain) 20°C/ 68°F (Mountain) Moderate with occasional rain
Summer 12°C/ 53°F (Mountain) 25°C/ 77°F (Mountain) Extreme high with heavy rain
Autumn 3°C/ 37°F (Mountain) 18°C/ 64°F (Mountain) Moderate
Winter 10°C/ 50°F (Terai) -4°C/ 24°F (Mt.) 20°C/ 68°F (Terai) to 12°C/ 53°F (Mountain) Extreme low
After a thorough analysis of all the seasons, it has been suggested that autumn is the best time of the year to trek in Nepal. The mild temperatures from September to November make the trekking experience more enjoyable. During this time of the year, trekking routes throughout the country are jam-packed with travelers from all around the world.
However, as mid-December is generally the holiday season in most countries, including the United States, there is a spike in the number of international tourists during early winter as well. Interestingly, to make the holiday season even more special, travel companies offer some of the best holiday destination packages during this time. So, be sure to take advantage of the best travel opportunities with the assistance of Himalayan Diamond Adventure.
Nonetheless, if you cannot make it in autumn, spring also allows for favorable conditions for trekking in Nepal. The warmer days and nights, lush plants and vegetation, and clear trekking trails during spring make the trek worthwhile. However, the downside is occasional rain and slightly higher temperatures in the lower elevations. All in all, after autumn, spring is the second-best time to trek in Nepal.
Best time to trek in Nepal:
Thousands of tourists visit Nepal every year to enjoy the picturesque nature and trek through the adventurous and diverse terrain. However, the best times to trek in Nepal are autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May). During these seasons, travelers are blessed with moderate temperatures and enjoyable weather conditions throughout the country.
As calm as it may seem, the challenging terrains of the Himalayas in Nepal can present trekkers with gruesome scenarios during harsh weather conditions. To avoid any unforeseen situations and to enjoy nature at its best, most trekkers prefer autumn for backpacking. However, it may not be the best time of the year to trek in Nepal for everyone. Some may prefer off-season trekking to avoid the crowds. Therefore, exploring the various seasons can help you choose a favorable time for trekking in Nepal based on your preferences.
Trekking Seasons in Nepal
Throughout the year, the landscape of Nepal experiences four seasons, each with its own uniqueness that brings significant changes to the natural environment. Below are some detailed insights into the four seasons in Nepal.
1. Spring Season (March-May)
Spring in Nepal lasts from March to May and is one of the preferred seasons for trekking throughout the country. During this time, the climate is moderate, with slightly higher temperatures reaching up to about 32°C (89°F) in the lower elevation regions and around 20°C (68°F) at higher altitudes. The sky is usually clear with mild days and occasional rain.
Spring brings a rejuvenation of nature. Flowers begin to blossom, trees become lusher with newly sprung leaves, and spring vegetation sprouts again. Likewise, the flora and fauna of the Himalayan terrain also resuscitate from the harsh winter. Overall, spring is considered a great time for trekking in Nepal due to the alluring freshness of nature.
2. Summer Season (June-August)
With the end of May, summer starts in Nepal and lasts from June to August, which is also the monsoon season in the country. During these months, the weather can be harsh, with scorching heat and heavy rain throughout the nation. The rising humidity and extreme hot weather conditions may restrict travelers from fully enjoying their trip.
Although the lower elevation regions experience harsh summers, the Himalayan terrains are not as brutal. In the mountain regions, temperatures can range from approximately 25°C to 12°C (77°F to 53°F). However, heavy rains can make trekking through rocky mountain terrain challenging, and the cloudy sky may obscure mountain views.
3. Autumn Season (September-November)
With the arrival of autumn from September to November, Nepal becomes a popular destination for trekking. During this season, the weather is usually pleasant with clear skies, moderate temperatures, and gentle sunshine throughout the day. However, early autumn may bring occasional light rainfall. As the season progresses into October and November, the monsoon season completely ends, and cooler weather conditions prevail.
Many people choose to trek to popular destinations such as Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp, and Poon Hill and Langtang during this season. Additionally, autumn is festival season in Nepal, and visitors can witness major celebrations such as Dashain and Tihar, which provide an opportunity to experience Nepali culture and traditions. Many travel packages are available for the best treks in Nepal during this season, and our travel experts can help you plan your trip to align with the festival season.
4. Winter Season (December-February)
Winter, which lasts from December to February, is the harshest season for trekking in Nepal. As the temperature drops in December, nights become chilly, and temperatures can reach around 9°C (48°F) during the day and below 0°C (32°F) during the night in higher altitudes. During peak winter, many high passes and trekking routes in the mountains are covered with dense fog and snow, increasing the risk of unexpected accidents.
Because of the risks of unpleasant trekking conditions, most travelers avoid trekking in the Himalayan terrains during the winter season. Additionally, most expeditions and mountain climbing, including trekking in the Everest region, also come to a halt during the harsh winter. Overall, it may not be the best time to trek due to the challenges presented by the weather conditions.