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Trekking in Nepal: Bandipur to Jomsom[ Print this itinerary Print this itinerary ]

Test your expertise and determination on this 15-day tour! This is your chance to go on an exclusive and rigorous trekking experience in the Kali Gandaki River area. View spectacular landscape, magnificent snow capped mountains and wildlife like never before!
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  • Travel to Bandipur
  • Hike to Siddha Cave
  • Trekking in Ghandruk Area
  • Trekking the Kali Gandaki River Area
  • Trek to Ghorepani
  • Exploring Forests near Ghasa
  • Trek to Larjung
  • Hike to Jomsom
Day 1 - Kathmandu

You will be received by our representative on arrival at Kathmandu airport who will help you settle into your hotel. Be sure to get a good night’s rest as tomorrow we embark on an exciting journey into the wilderness of Nepal!

  • Meals: No Meals
  • Accommodation: Hotel Shanker
  • Optional: City Tour
Day 2 - Kathmandu to Bandipur

In the morning we travel to Bandipur located on top of a hill. To reach our destination we travel a winding highway along the Trisuli river towards Pokhara.

We will be staying at the Old Inn for the next two days, surrounded by stunning landscape, simple fresh food, farms and orange groves. You can absorb the ambiance of the place by taking leisurely walks.

Attractive architecture and the fascinating history of the place help in creating an unforgettable holiday! Do not miss the spectacular one hundred mile pink-tinged skyline panorama before sunrise. It’s worth getting up before dawn to catch the dazzling drama of the skies!

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: The Old Inn
  • Route: Kathmandu to Bandipur
  • Travel time: ±4 hrs 30 minutes
Day 3 - Bandipur

Today we hike to the biggest cave discovered in Nepal, the Siddha Cave. In addition, you can scout around the surrounding woodlands for the typical wildlife of the Nepalese middle-hills.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel Old Inn or similar
  • Category of Hike: C (Experienced)
  • Route: Bandipur to the Siddha Cave
Day 4 - Bandipur to Ghandruk

In the morning, we take a three hour drive to Nayapul, where we will leave the vehicle and take a short walk to the river. We cross the bridge and hit the trail, from where our six hour trek begins. We start out on a levelled trail for about two hours and reach Shaule Bazaar at a distance of 1135 meters. On reaching the bazaar you can choose to have lunch from the many eateries available here.

The trek post lunch is tougher as we start a seemingly endless climb of stone-paved staircases all the way to Ghandruk. On the way we pass lush greenery, farms and follow the course of the Modi River. Ghandruk, at 1940 meters, has dramatic views of the peaks of Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Category of Hike: C (Experienced)
  • Route: Bandipur to Ghandruk
Day 5 - Ghandruk to Tadapani

Today we trek for about four hours in the morning. The trail begins as soon as we leave Ghandruk. We enter a forest filled with huge, twisted, moss covered Rhododendrons. We continue to trek up the hill until we reach Tadapani (2700 meters). The hike to reach Tadapani is a combination of laborious trekking and gradual climbs. The thick forest is inhabited by Common Langurs, Jackals, Himalayan Black Bears, Leopards and quite a few species of highland birds.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Category of Hike: C (Experienced)
  • Route: Ghandruk to Tadapani
  • Travel time: ±4 hrs
Day 6 - Tadapani to Ghorepani

We enter the forest area once again for today’s four hour trek. A rapid descent to a bridge is followed by a 150 meter steep climb through a forest stretch, where we may spot herds of Langurs. Later on we reach Banthanti at 2650 meters where we meet a panoramic view of the peaks. We break our journey for a while before continuing on the trek.

The trail continues along steep steps until we reach another bridge and enter the village of Deurali. We take the winding path, running through Birch and Rhododendron, out of the village. After this, we climb for a brief period and descend until we reach Ghorepani (2750meters).

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Category of Hike: C (Experienced)
  • Route: Tadapani to Ghorepani
Day 7 - Ghorepani to Tatopani, Karnali

After the tough climb the previous day, the trail on day seven descends mostly downhill. We trek for about six and half hours. We will see no habitation until we reach Chitre village. The trail is a steep descent cutting through forests of Rhododendron, Birch, Magnolia, with occasional meadows allowing us to stop and stare at the grand view of peaks.

The trail downhill continues to pass through Phalate and Sikha villages. From here, the trail cuts across terraced fields along sections of dense forests, finally dropping us at the basin of Kali Gandaki River. The large village of Tatopani, at 1160 meters, lies just above the banks of Kali Gandaki River.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Category of Hike: C (Experienced)
  • Route: Ghorepani to Tatopani
Day 8 - Tatopani, Karnali to Ghasa

Today we trek for about five hours. We start on a motor track and move on to the eastern flank of Kali Gandaki River. This trail will take you through the lower Najing village and a suspension bridge over Misti River. From here, we follow a winding trail until we reach Kopchepani and then futher to Bhalebas. The lush green high route over Kali Gandaki River takes you to a bridge, crossing which you rejoin the motor-track for a brief stretch to Ghasa (2010 meters).

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Category of Hike: C (Experienced)
  • Route: Tatopani to Ghasa
Day 9 - Ghasa

Day nine is spent exploring the thick riverside forest close to Ghasa. This is an ideal place to spot Wildlife like Vultures, Ghorals and Leopards. You can also find a wide variety of birds here.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tea House
Day 10 - Ghasa to Larjung

Today, there is a seven hour trek in store for us. We take the dirt road out of Ghasa and cross the river at Lete. The trail leads you to Chhayo, an open valley. From here, we will climb out of the valley and hit a dirt road, towards the twin villages of Kunjo and Taglung. The dirt road then gradually climbs towards the wetlands of Titi Lake, where a wide variety of birds may be spotted.

After spending some time bird watching, we make our way downhill to the riverside village of Kokethanti. Along the trail, we cross forests of Pine, Cypress and Juniper and emerge on to a motor track. We soon arrive at the place where Boxi Khola and Kali Gandaki River converge. The scenery here is spectacular, with dense slopes, woods, sea-buckthorn bushes, swamps and beautiful migratory birds.

The last stretch of the trail to Larjung, at 2550 meters, cuts across a wide riverbed, which is streaked with interweaving channels, framed by the Nilgiri Peaks above the right bank and has Tukuche Peak, Dhaulagiri and its massive icefall straight ahead!

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Category of Hike: C (Experienced)
  • Route: Ghasa to Larjung
Day 11 - Larjung

Bhuchharchho and Syokong Lake

Today we will hike for about four hours to the high yak pastures and wetlands of Bhuchharchho and Syokong Lake. These hills are high above the Boxi Khola, where you can bird watch and also view a grander sight of the Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri peaks.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Category of Hike: C (Experienced)
Day 12 - Larjung to Jomsom

Our day begins with a trekking expedition that starts on a motor track until we reach the ancient village of Tukuche, famous for its apple brandy distillery. The estimated time for trekking on day twelve of the tour is about six and a half hours.

We will cross a bridge after covering a short distance to reach the village of Chokhepani. After this we will walk past army training ground to the village of Chhairo. Later we will enter a thinly spread pine forest to a Tibetan Refugee Camp, a cluster of around 70 houses.

From here the trail inclines steeply with the picturesque sight of Marpha village(Apple capital of Nepal), Dhaulagiri and Tukuche peaks rising above the village. We now descend the barely discernible path to meet a bridge which gets you back on the motor-track and further on to Jomsom at 2720 meters.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Category of Hike: C (Experienced)
  • Route: Larjung to Jomsom
Day 13 - Jomsom to Pokhara

In the morning, we leave to the airport to board a short flight to Pokhara. You will be received by our representative upon arrival at the airport, who will help you to your hotel. Relax for the rest of the day in the lake city of Pokhara.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel Pokhara Grand
  • Route: Jomsom to Pokhara
Day 14 - Pokhara to Kathmandu

In the morning, we leave to the airport to board a flight to Kathmandu. You will be received by our representative upon arrival at the airport, who will help you to your hotel. The rest of the day may be spent at leisure.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel Shanker
  • Route: Pokhara to Kathmandu
Day 15 - Kathmandu

The last day of the Nepal Wildlife tour is spent at the hotel, after which we leave for the airport to board our flight home.

  • Meals: Breakfast

Please Note: Accommodation providers are subject to change without notice. The accommodations listed in this dossier are our preferred suppliers, but sometimes due to availability issues, we are unable to make use of the properties listed in this dossier. If we cannot use an accommodation provider as listed we will substitute another property of similar standards.

What's Included

  • Accommodation and meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Ground transportation with an English speaking driver/guide
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic Airfare
  • Sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Park or reserve entry fees
  • Game drives /activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Registered Guides
  • Trekking permit
  • Information Kit
  • Taxes

What's Excluded

  • Gratuities and Tips
  • Visas and Insurance
  • Vaccinations
  • Optional activities (if any)
  • Souvenirs
  • All items of personal nature
Advanced - At this level, PlanetWildlife recommends previous experience of the activity involved. These are our most challenging and advanced expeditions. They include long walks, cycling, trekking, hiking or rafting in variable weather conditions for more than ten hours a day. These trips may often be over 3 weeks in duration.

The ‘South Atlantic Odyssey’, a 31-day itinerary, is a perfect example of this trip activity level as it involves sailing for long hours in extreme weather conditions. Also, the ‘Snow Leopard Experience’ itinerary is another example which best suits this activity level. Ascents and descents are over 1000m at altitudes up to 6000m and the climate can be rigorous and challenging. Excellent physical condition and previous mountain trekking experience or appropriate preparation is essential.
Other Activity Levels
Basic - Designed for travellers who enjoy the outdoors, are in good health, and want an interesting yet relaxing wildlife experience. These trips may involve walking, trekking, hiking, cycling, rafting or sea kayaking at a very slow pace. Certain trips involve safari drives for a maximum of five hours a day. Most of these trips are usually a week long in duration.

The ‘Classic Yala Tour’, ‘Kenya Luxury’ and ‘Luxury in Botswana’ itineraries are the best examples of this activity level as you’ll have a relaxed holiday. These trips are mostly about culture and sightseeing. There will be exploring on foot and safaris drives involved as well. Most travellers will find themselves comfortable with the basic activity level trips.
Moderate - Requires a spirit of adventure and some degree of fitness, as the trip might consist of many activities or long journeys. These adventures involve walking, trekking, hiking, cycling, rafting, sea kayaking, or driving for long hours, at times for up to six to eight hours a day at a steady pace. The maximum altitude is 3000m, so it requires you to be reasonably physically fit. The trips are usually 6 to 12 days in duration.

The ‘Only Tigers’, a 11 day itinerary, is a perfect example of this activity level as it involves long journeys for up to eight hours a day and a bit of walking. Also, ‘Around Spitsbergen - Kvitøya and Beyond ’, a 10 day itinerary is another example of this trip activity level.

You should be reasonably fit because you will be travelling in extreme weather conditions.
High - Fitness is vital at this level, as the environment traversed may be remote and challenging. These rugged experiences include long walks, trekking, cycling or rafting in isolated areas through variable weather conditions for up to eight to ten hours a day. These trips are usually 13 to 19 days in duration.

The ‘Ultimate Nepal Trekker’, is a good example of this trip activity level as it involves hiking and trekking for up to eight hours a day. Maximum altitude will be 4000m and you need to be very fit in order to withstand the weather conditions. Also, ‘Kilimanjaro Trek- Rongai route’ is another example that applies to this this activity level. Good physical condition is essential and previous hill-walking experience or preparation is advisable.
This trip can be tailor made to suit your travel dates and preferences. The itinerary is designed to give you an overview of what you can do in this destination and is only a recommendation. All aspects of the trip – such as accommodation, activities etc., can be altered as per your own requirements.

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