Hiking the Himalayas on a 14-Day Trek Through Nepal

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Escape Kit

  • A 14-Day Trip to Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Annapurna Conservation Park in Nepal ($1,575 per Person), Including:
  • Round-Trip Ground Transportation per Itinerary from Airports to Hotels and Sightseeing Destinations, Plus Van Transport to Trailhead at Naya Pul
  • Accommodations for Three Nights at Newa Chen, The Yellow House, or Summerhill House in Kathmandu; Two Nights at Mum's Garden in Pokhara; and Eight Nights at Tea Houses Along the Trek Trail
  • 14 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, and 10 Dinners, Including a Welcome Dinner and Farewell Banquet
  • Nine Days of Guided Trekking in the Himalayas
  • English-Speaking Guides Throughout
  • Hotel Fees, Entrance Fees, Trekking Permits, and Medical and Evacuation Insurance Included
  • 10% of Trip Cost Goes to OneSeed Microfinance Fund for Investment in Local Entrepreneurs

Lace up those hiking boots and get ready for a breath of the most exhilarating air you've ever experienced on this 14-day trek through the Himalayas of Nepal.

The Destination
Most travelers are familiar with Nepal's swatch of the Himalayas: The majestic mountains have been gracing the covers of travel magazines for decades. But no photographic skill can capture the way the icy blue peaks warm to brilliant gold when you're perched atop Poon Hill at sunrise.

Make your way from stupa-studded squares and vibrant alleys in Kathmandu to the Annapurna Sanctuary, a high-altitude combination of pristine forests and snow-capped peaks near Nepal's northern border. On your nine-day tea house trek, you'll ascend through terraced mustard fields and rhododendron forests to an altitude of nearly 10,000 feet. Around each bend in the trail, discover spectacular vistas of some of the Himalayan range's most famous mountains: Annapurna South, Annapurna I, and Machhapuchhre. Cozy tea houses adorned in prayer flags provide trekkers respite on the trail.

A gradual descent past waterfalls and white-faced langur monkeys brings you ultimately to Pokhara, a lakeside town perfect for celebratory beers and apple pie. This 14-day OneSeed Expedition to Nepal's most spectacular sanctuary is bound to leave you breathless—and not just because of the altitude.

The Itinerary
All itineraries are subject to change based on local conditions and the judgment of the guide.

day 1:
Once you arrive in Nepal, a OneSeed staff member will greet you at Kathmandu's international airport and take you to the OneSeed partner lodge in the ancient city of Patan, situated in the Kathmandu Valley. Catch up on some shut-eye and venture out for dinner on your own.
Overnight at Newa Chen, The Yellow House, or Summerhill House in Kathmandu.

day 2:
Spend the day exploring the Kathmandu Valley, thanks to the guided sightseeing tour. Shake your jetlag with a visit to Swayambhunath, the "Monkey Temple." Then, take in the views of the city from atop one of the most important Buddhist stupas in Nepal. Head back to your hotel for the welcome dinner before resting up for the next day.
Overnight at Newa Chen, The Yellow House, or Summerhill House in Kathmandu. Breakfast and dinner provided.

day 3:
Start your journey with a van transport to the trailhead at Birethanti, a local village known as the gateway to the Annapurna region.
Overnight at a tea house. Breakfast and lunch provided.

day 4:
Your trekking expedition begins with an approximately four-hour hike until you reach the village of Tirkhedhunga. Check out stunning waterfalls as you pass through rhododendron forests.
Overnight at a tea house. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided.

day 5:
After a five- to seven-hour trek, you'll gain more than 3,000 feet as you enter the hilltop village of Ghorepani, exhausted but triumphant. Enjoy the sense of accomplishment—as well as your first views of the Annapurna range.
Overnight at a tea house. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided.

day 6:
Rest up in Ghorepani or trek 45 minutes to Poon Hill, known as one of the best vantage points for taking in the Himalayan dawn and enjoying the view of the mountains.
Overnight at a tea house. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided.

day 7:
Start your gradual descent, as you make the approximately five-hour trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani. After ascending for two hours, you'll stop for tea at Deurali, then descend down to Banthanti. Don't miss the picturesque waterfalls along the way.
Overnight at a tea house. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided.

day 8:
Walk for four or five hours through pristine forests as you move into the alpine region, where you'll reach Ghandruk, renowned for its natural beauty and terraced fields that open up to views of the surrounding peaks.
Overnight at a tea house. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided.

day 9:
Explore Ghandruk at your leisure. The Gurung museum displays traditional clothes and equipment used by the Gurung people—buy some of the traditional garb for yourself from the factory, located in upper Ghandruk.
Overnight at a tea house. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided.

day 10:
Hike for three or four hours until you arrive in Pothana, a beautiful village with breathtaking views where you can try savory sukuti—a roasted dry meat.
Overnight at a tea house. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided.

day 11:
Take the two-hour return route to Pokhara and bask in the sense of accomplishment as your trek nears its finish. Check in at Mum's Garden, where guests stay in beautiful cottages made of hand-cut stone. Dine at the on-site Garden Cafe or head out to explore Pokhara.
Overnight at Mum's Garden in Pokhara. Breakfast and lunch provided.

day 12:
Relax in Pokhara as you spend the day by the lake, taking in the views.
Overnight at Mum's Garden in Pokhara. Breakfast provided.

day 13:
You'll travel by van or jeep to Kathmandu. Join the rest of your group for a farewell banquet in Kathmandu.
Overnight at Newa Chen, The Yellow House, or Summerhill House in Kathmandu. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided.

day 14:
After breakfast, you'll board your ground transport back to the Kathmandu airport. You may depart Nepal with slightly sore muscles, but you'll also be leaving with more than a few unforgettable memories.
Breakfast provided.

The Dates
February 13, 2015
February 27, 2015
March 13, 2015
April 10, 2015
September 25, 2015
October 2, 2015

Why Choose OneSeed Expeditions?
"Travel can accomplish real and meaningful good." That's the motto at OneSeed Expeditions, founded by a group of former teachers, researchers, and guides. More than just a tour provider, this four-year-old social enterprise seeks to improve the lives of locals in each of five destinations in which tours are offered. By exploring the world with OneSeed, which invests 10 percent of total revenue in local entrepreneurs, you're helping this mission come to fruition. And because OneSeed Expeditions puts a premium on environmental, economic, and social sustainability, you can rest easy knowing your personal travels are doing a world of good.

  • "Nowhere else can you trek for days or even weeks in incredible mountain scenery, secure in the knowledge that a hot meal, cosy lodge and warm slice of apple pie await you at the end of the day. Nepal is nirvana for mountain lovers."

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  • "My relationship with OneSeed has just begun... So far, they're fantastic. I can't wait for the trek to begin!"

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