Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu
Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying an icicles adventure treks and tour signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley afternoon flight to Pokhara.
After having breakfast, early in the morning, we embark for half day sightseeing tour around the UNESCO world heritage sites namely Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath and Boudhanath in Kathmandu valley.
Kathmandu Durbar Square: The ancient palaces, courtyards, temples and buildings exhibit the old tradition, culture and architectural brilliance that were built, crafted centuries ago. You will be visiting the home of living god Kumari, Kasthamandap temple and museums. The entrance fee is quoted Nrs. 250 for foreigners.
Next we will visit around 2000 years old Swayambhunath stupa which is world’s greatest Buddhist shrine. From top of the hill panoramic view of Kathmandu valley is seen which is considered best during sunset.
Pashupatinath temple is the biggest and most holy pilgrimage site among Hindu pilgrims all over the globe. The cremation ghats on bagmati river displays the rituals that is followed by hindus after end of the life. The gigantic temple with silver and gold plated doors and roofs is center of attraction in itself.
It is one of the largest Buddhist stupas in south asia and holy place for Buddhists. Large number of monks and monasteries are found in entire area. Encircling huge stupa along 108 small Buddha statues and prayer wheels certainly makes you feel like you are in enigmatic land of Tibet.
After completion of our half day sightseeing, we board a domestic flight to Pokhara.
Day 03: Drive to Naya Pul (New bridge) and trek to Tikhe Dhunga
After breakfast at around 07:30 hrs drive to Naya Pul (42km) by car via the large village of Lumle and walk for about 20 minutes to Birethanti, a large and prosperous town. This is the first day of your Annapurna Panorama ChristmasTrek. The trail follows the main street of Birethanti, going through bamboo forests and past a large waterfall and swimming hole. Beyond a pasture used by pony caravans, the trail reaches Ramghat where you have lunch. After lunch, climbs gradually up the side of the valley, reaching at Tikhe Dhunga. Overnight at Guest House.(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
Day 04: Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani
Today is Christmas eve and we will be celebrating at Ghorepani villge. The name Ghorepani in Nepali means horse-water owing to its role as an important campsite for traders before it became a trekker’s stop. Ghorepani is an interesting place with small shops and stalls for selling local products and craft. The town has two parts: one in a saddle and the other a few hundred feet lower. We stop at the higher part of the Ghorepani village that offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains including Annapurna South and Nilgiri mountains. Since Ghorepani lies quite higher than our previous stop, we begin to feel the chilly weather especially in the evenings. Playing snow would be fun with your family and friends. As the night falls, we will campfire, taste special cocktail mixed with local wine prepared by the local inhabitants. Christmas tree, camp fire, music and dance, it would be delightful party environment. Overnight at guesthouse Ghorepani. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
Day 05: Trek from Ghorepani - Poon Hill - Tadapani
Today is the Christmas day and a special day because we will be conquring Poon Hill- an icon of Annapurna region. To catch the magnificent splendor of sunrise over the Himalayas, we make an early morning climb along the steep trail to the viewpoint of Poon Hill (3200mtrs). Poon Hill (3,210m/10,529ft) is a great viewpoint from where we will be able to enjoy wonderful panoramic views of the Mustang part and Pokhara valleys including the closest views of more than 20 highest mountains including the close-up views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The snowy peaks of the high mountains loom above and around us glowing in the morning light. After taking photos and having some coffee or tea or hot chocolate, we return back to Ghorepani. Upon breakfast, we head east and climb a nearby ridge. We descend through rhododendron forest, pass by spectacular waterfalls along the way and reach Tadapani for overnight at guesthouse. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
Day 06: Trek fromTadapani to Ghandruk
From Tadapani, we make a steep descent through the dense and dark forest. This part of the trek will be through a thick forest of old rhododendron trees. When the rhododendron trees are in bloom, these forests actually turn into gardens of dazzlingly beautiful flowers, mostly red, when seen from the air or from far. By afternoon, depending upon the season of travel, we will be pleasantly surprised by the sight of some cherry blossoms in bloom on the slopes on the other side of the ravine. After trekking some more minutes, we enter the village of Ghandruk, a slope settlement with stone houses mostly inhabited by the Gurung people. Along with enjoying the stunningly close-up towering views of Fishtail, Annaurna South, and Hiuchuli mountains, we also acquaint ourselves with the simple but rich cultural traditions of the Gurung people at the Gurung Museum in Ghandruk overnight at guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
Day 07: Trek and drive from Ghandruk to Pokhara
Today, we trek from Ghandruk to Naya Pul then drive back to Pokhara. The trek will be downhill all the way to Birethanti. We step onto a staircase paved with stone slabs, curving in and out of the village and then terraced farms. It keeps on going down almost without breaks from Ghandruk until Modi Khola river valley. By the time, we arrive at Birethanti, some of us would feel like having made a downhill marathon. But our marathon is not over yet. From Birethanti, a half-an-hour’s walk takes us into Naya Pul. The journey on foot comes to an end at Nayapul. Then, we drive from Nayapul to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel (Breakfast, and Lunch Included)
Day 08: Drive back to Kathmandu
You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto Chitwan jungle safari, rafting adventure, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, and scenic Everest flight, mountain biking and other activities. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.(Breakfast, Included)
Day 09 - Transfer to the international airport for your final departure
Christmas trekking concludes today. Our airport representative will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your flight departure from Nepal. (Breakfast, Included)