The Singalila Ridge trail is a classic Himalayan trek, enjoyed for almost 150 years, since officers of the British Raj, around the mid-19th Century ...
This is a combination of one of the most popular and best-known viewpoint treks in Nepal, and a Himalayan wildlife experience with elephant-back safari. The trail is not overly difficult, and there are plenty of villages along the way. It is possible to fit into one week a short, low-altitude trek to Ghodepani and Pun Hill, from where there are magnificent panoramic views of the snow- covered peaks of Dhaulagari I to V, Nilgiri, Machhapuchhare, Annapurna South, Himchuli, Bharashikar and other peaks.
After a couple of days and nights in Kathmandu, acclimatizing, sightseeing and resting, followed by an interesting bus or air journey to, and a night in, the lovely, lakeside resort of Pokhara (820m) - the Pokhara valley, incidentally, is the closest valley in distance (29 km) to the great Himalaya – the trek begins at Nayapul, a short drive from Pokhara, and passes through many Gurung and Magar villages, such as Ghandruk, which is the largest Gurung village in Nepal, home to many male members of the local community who risk, or have sacrificed, their lives to serve with the British Gurkhas and security forces around the world.
In the first day or so, there is the challenge of a very steep hill climb of almost 4000 steps, before the trail moves along ridges where stunning panoramic views disclose spectacular mountain-scapes. One early morning sees a diversion from the trail, when there is a steep, torchlit climb, to the famous Pun Hill (3210m), for one of Nepal’s best panoramic, 360 degree, sunrise views, encompassing Daulaghiri I - V, Nilgiri (7061m) , Machhapuchhare (6993m) , South Annapurna(7219m) and Himchuli (6441m).
This is a classic trek with a well-deserved reputation for spectacular mountain views, breath-taking sunrises, jungles and beautiful rhododendron forests (the tree rhododendron, Lali Gurans, is Nepal’s national, and much-treasured flower). It culminates in the village of Pothana (1969m) where there will be a last night and farewell party – a cause for celebration and feasting at the end of this spectacular trek – before moving back to Pokhara.
Over night of rest at lakeside town of Pokhara, after leisurely breakfast an exiting bus journey takes us on to Chitwan National Park, sanctuary for the endangered one-horned rhino and the Bengal Tiger, where there will be a chance to take an elephant ride into the jungle, see the only elephant breeding centre in Nepal, ride in a bullock cart to the local Tharu village and Museum of Culture, and go on bird watching excursions. Also, Chitwan provides the opportunity to experience a completely opposite life style, landscape and climate to that of the Annapurna region, reminding you that Nepal is even more than mountains!
Next day sees you off on bus journey back to Kathmandu, and all the excitement of that heaving metropolis, as well as a chance to search the shops for souvenirs of your holiday in Nepal.
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This trip/trek is lodge (teahouse) based. All accommodation, including food, is provided in local lodges. Occasionally however, where a large group is concerned we may choose to send our own cook along, as well, to take care of your food hygiene and to cook some special additional items.We provide all necessary documentation, including permits, and arrange all internal transport. We provide trekking guide, assistant guide(s) and porters/animals for transport of your gear. You merely carry a daysack with essentials, including water.
This trip/trek is camping (tent) based. We will provide one 3-man tent for every two people, also single tents, where requested, on payment of supplementary costs. All food and drinks are provided by our experienced cook and his kitchen team. We provide all necessary documentation, including permits, and arrange all internal transport. We provide trekking guide, assistant guide(s), cook, kitchen crew, food and drink, and porters/animals for transport of your gear. You merely carry a daysack with essentials, including water.
In this trip neither food nor transportation is included. Clients are responsible for food and local transportation, and our responsibility is to provide insured guide, insured porter, and all necessary permits. All additional costs are the responsibility of the clients, including charges incurred as a result of delays or cancellation of services beyond our control. Clients pay for their own accommodation. Any additional costs are the responsibility of the clients, We can arrange hotels and international airport transfer, on request.
This trip is specially designed for low-budget travellers who prefer fairly basic facilities with reduced services. It is a pre-requisite that a porter is hired for any self-guided trip, which is an ideal set-up for those who enjoy independent travel with minimum cost. We have added support to minimise the hard work of planning and costing, and we will be available to help in the unlikely event of an emergency. We will arrange all documentation (including permits), before you arrive in Nepal, so that you are free to get on with your adventure, relying only on your porter to help you on your way. All additional costs are the responsibility of the clients, including charges incurred as a result of delays or cancellation of services beyond our control. Hotel accommodation, local transportation and international airport transfers may be arranged, on request.
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