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Mystical Mountains of Nepal

Journey through the valleys and villages of the magnificent Himalayas with your new group of wild friends, immersing in the vibrant culture of the Nepalese people and hiking through the snow caped mountains. 

This trip will take you on an adventure through the different highlights of Nepal, from visiting the temples of Kathmandu, to white water rafting on the river, and trekking to the stunning Poon Hill lookout.

Here the towns are just as stunning as the lushous nature surrounding, splashed with vibrant colours of paint and nepalese prayer flags. Along the trek we will stay in local tea houses, having home cooked meals and heart warming drinks to nourish us along our journey. Our rooms will have comfortable beds and hot showers. Many of these villages are inaccessible by road, only walking paths, and have only received electricity within the last few years through addition of solar panels. Their supplys are brought up the trails by donkeys and horses. On this journey you will be humbled by the traditional lifestyle of the Nepalese mountain people. 

Our trek will take us through the villages of Nayapul, Tikhedhunga, Ghorepani, Ghandruk and Jhinu Danda, eventually arriving at the spectacular summit of Poon Hill. Here we will be wonderstruck with 360 degree views of the Annapurna ranges at sunrise, including the shiny peaks of several 8000m+ mountains. After our hike, we will finish with a rejuvenating bath in the Hinu Danda hot springs to relax and heal our bodies with the mountain minerals.

This is a beginner level trek, so we welcome all women who would love to start adventuring in the mountains. We will take the trek slowly with lots of breaks along the way, so dont worry about "holding the group up". However in saying that this trek will cover 38kms and has MANY stairs, so a moderate level of fitness is required. You should be able to walk continuously up a sloping hill with some stairs for 1-2 hours (with breaks). 

The Details:

Duration: 12 days 

Dates: 28th Sept - 9th October, 2024


Meeting place: Kathmandu, Nepal

Group size: 14

Price: $2399 AUD
*Payment plans available

 

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Included: 

•    3 nights accomodation in Kathmandu Hotel.
•    7 nights accomodation in traditional Nepalese "teahouses"along trek.

•    1 night camping on the river.

•    Airport transfer upon arrival and departure in Kathmandu

•    Tourist coach from Kathmandu to Pokhara
•    Professional female Nepalese mountain guides.

•    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner every day.

•    Daily yoga classes 
 

Fitness:

 

The Poonhill trek is a very popular route in the Annapurna ranges because it is an easy beginner level trek, reaching a maximum elevation of only 3210m, but has STUNNING views of the Annapurna mountains making it very rewarding. We will be walking for 6 days, covering in total 38kms. This doesnt sound like much, however there are a LOT of stairs. So this trek definitely requires a moderate level of fitness. You should be capable of walking up continuous sloping ground with some stairs for several hours. The path is primarily stone and concrete, with some dirt sections, so it is very stable ground to walk on. In saying this, we will take it slow, and have lots of breaks. So don't worry about "holding the group up". We are all in this together and will be there supporting each other! 

We will have porters carrying most of our gear so you will only need to carry a light day pack with water.

Yoga:

 

We will have daily yoga classes in the afternoon to stretch out after the hikes. All of our yoga classes will be at a beginner level and no experience is required. Yoga is an amazing practise for your body, mind and soul; no level of flexibility or fitness is required, you participate to your own capabilities! 

Season:

We have chosen November to go trekking as this is the best month of the year for the climate in Nepal. It will be the end of autumn, so summer temps have dropped, but its not quite the cold snowy winter yet. November is also the lowest expected rainfall month of the year, so we shouldnt be getting rained on (unless the weather gods want to play a trick on us of course)!

 

The first few days of our hike will be very warm, t-shirts and shorts weather, then the higher and higher we get up the mountain the cooler it will get, untill the final morning when we summit Poon Hill it will be close to 0 degrees. So this means you'll have to pack summer clothes AND winter clothes. 

Here is an overview of the temps throughout our trek:

What to bring: 

  • 3 Passport size Photos (required for National Park trekking permits)

  • Day pack for you to carry on hike

  • Torchlight / Headlight

  • Sunglass and sun-cream

  • Trekking poles (optional only if you feel your knees struggle with down hills or your worried about your endurance)

  • Dry fruits and chocolates for trekking snacks - can buy in Kathmandu aswell

  • Down jacket

  • Long trousers

  • Hiking boots - "broken in" and comfortable

  • Summer clothes (temps will be around 30° in day time)

  • Swimmers 

  • Thongs

  • Hat

  • Toiletries

  • Camera/gopro

  • Chargers - international adapter

  • Water bottle 1L minimum

Meeting point:

 

We will be meeting in Kathmandu, Nepal, on the 28th of September. You can book your flight arriving in on the 28th or earlier. We will be having our official "meet and greet" around 5pm on the 28th, so it would be good to arrive earlier than that to give you time to settle in. 

A driver will be waiting for you at Kathmandu airport with your name on a card ready to bring you to the hotel. 

Finish point:

 

We will arrive back to Kathmandu after our trek on the 8th of October and stay that night in the same hotel, so you can fly out any time the next day on the 9th.

Visa:

 

All Australians can obtain a Visa on Arrival to Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. It costs $30USD for 15 days, $50USD for 30 days, or $125USD for 90 days. 

Important notes:

  • You will need a valid passport and one passport -size photo with a light background with you at immigration to get the VOA.

  • Visa can be obtained only through payment of cash in the following currency: Euro, Swiss Franc, Pound Sterling, US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Singapore Dollar and Japanese Yen.

  • Credit card, Indian currency and Nepali currency are not accepted as payment of visa fees

Covid Vaccines:

While traveling to Nepal, you are required to bring with you the following documents:

  1. A vaccination certificate showing a full dose of vaccination against COVID-19, completed at least 14 days prior to entering Nepal.

 or

    2. If you are not being fully vaccinated, or have not completed a full dose of vaccination at least 14 days prior to arriving in Nepal, COVID-19 test report (RT-PCR, Gene Expert, True NAAT or WHO accredited test) showing negative result done within the last 72 hours of boarding from the first airport or, if you are entering through land border, done within 72 hours of entry.

Travel Insurance:

Travel Insurance is compulsary for this trip, you will need to send confirmation of your insurance to info@wildwomenjourneys.com before the trip begins. There are lots of different companys offering travel insurance with different prices, so do some comparing and find the insurance which fits best for you. Make sure it includes surfing and medical assistance.

Itinerary:

Day 1: (28/9/24) Arrive at Kathmandu/ Meet & Greet


Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport (Kathmandu). Our staff member will be waiting for you at the arrivals exit with your name on a card to drive you to Kathmandu Guest House, your hotel for the next 2 nights. This afternoon at 6pm we will have a meet and greet dinner where you will meet your new adventure buddies and guides.
 

Meals included: None.

Accomodation: Kathmandu Guest House (twin share)

 

Day 2: (29/9/24) Kathmandu Sightseeing


Starting the morning off with a delicious buffet breaky from the hotel, we will head off for a day exploring Kathmandu around 10am. You'll be amazed at the history and culture of this ancient city, visiting the Durbar Square, Swoyambhu Mahachaitya (a Tibetan Budhist temple), and tasting the local delicacies. We will return to the hotel around 5pm and have a briefing to prepare for departure the following morning. You can rest early or try one of the many nearby restaurants for your dinner tonight.

 

Meals included:  Breakfast, Lunch.

Accomodation: Kathmandu Guest House (twin share)

Day 3: (30/9/24) White Water Rafting


The adventure begins today! We will grab a quick breaky and depart the hotel early to begin the scenic drive out of Kathmandu towards the west, meandering through the mountains and getting our first look at the smaller villages. It will be about a 4 hour drive to the river side where we will go for our rafting adventure. If youve never tried white water rafting, your in for a thrill! Guided by expert river guides, we will put on wetsuits and safety gear and ride the waves of the small rapids downstream several kilometers to our riveride campsite, where we will spend the night under the stars with a campfire marvelling at the nature surrounding us. 

 

Meals included:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Accomodation: Riverside Camping in tents (twin share)

Day 4: (1/10/24) Travel to Pokhara (1400 m): 4 – 6 hours drive


Rising early to the sound of birds calling, the morning will be spent enjoying our last moments by the river, and packing up camp to hop on the bus to Pokhara. It is another 4-6 hour drive to reach Pokhara, a beautiful city surrounding Lake Phewa. You'll have a few hours free in the afternoon to stroll around the lake, do some last minute shopping at the many adventure stores, and get yourself some dinner. You'll be able to leave a small bag a this hotel with items you dont need for the trek as we will be returning here on day 8.

 

Meals included:  Breakfast, Lunch.

Accomodation: 3-star hotel (twin share)

Day 5: (2/10/24) The Trek Begins! Nayapul (1070m) to Tikhedhunga (1480m)


From Pokhara city we will travel via Jeep for approximately 2.5 hours to Nayapul, from here the journey begins on foot!
The first stretch of the trek is an easy walk on a dirt road along a beautiful river. Here we will see
glimpses of the mystical Himalayan peaks and lush green mountain surroundings.
We will be passing local villages while taking in the Nepalese mountainside life and culture. Day 1 is a
four-hour trek which ends at Tikhedhunga Tea House where we will be staying the night. This guest
house is a quaint and comfortable space, situated at 1527m.

 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Accomodation: Tea House (twin share)
 

Day 6: (3/10/24) Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2874 m): 11 km: 6 – 7 hours


From Tikhedhunga a steep walk for about 2 hours will take us to Ulleri (2070 m). On the way, we cross
the Magar village of Banthanti from where we get to see the stunning view of Machhapuchhre (6997 m),
Hiunchuli (6441 m) and Annapurna South (7219 m). We then cross a small river and climb to Nangethani.
Upon arrival at Ghorepani, we get soaring views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Annapurna I
and other mountains.

 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accomodation: Tea house (twin share)
 

Day 7: (4/10/24) Summit day! Poon hill (3210m) And walk down to Tadapani (2630 m): 6.5 km: 5 – 6 hours


Today is the highlight of our trek, Poon Hill! We will wake up 2 hours before sunrise and make the slow journey up to the lookout to watch the first rays of sunlight hit the Annapurna Massif Ranges. Here you are surrounded by huge snow capped 8000m+ peaks, showing the true majesty of the Himalays. It is a popular lookout so we can even treat ourselves to a cup of hot chai from the tea shop on top! Warming our fingers as we watch the sunrise. Then, it will be time to make the journey back down, stopping for breakfast and lunch as we walk to our destination for the night, Tadapani. You may also see some wild yak on your journey. We will spend the night at another cosy guesthouse.

 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accomodation: Tea house (twin share)

Day 8: (5/10/24) Tadapani to Gandruk (1950 m): 3 – 4 hours hike


After breakfast in Tadapani, we start our hike to Gurung village, one of the "bigger" towns on our trek, in Ghandruk. We will walk for 2-3 hours through the deep forest before we reach our lunch spot. After lunch, we will explore the local village and do some cultural sightseeing. If your lucky, you might see a local cultural dance.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accomodation: Tea house (twin share)

 

Day 9: (6/10/24) Ghandruk to Jhinu Danda (1780 m): Hot springs bath: 5 hours hike


After having breakfast in Ghandruk, we will head towards the Jhinu Danda hot spring. Today is about
relaxing and reflecting upon the journey your body, mind and soul has just embarked on. What better
way to do this then soak your muscles in a natural hot spring? The pools are built into the riverbank,
relax in the therapeutic hot water, and enjoy a wonderful view of the river. Close your eyes and enjoy
the sound of nature or enjoy a dip in the ice-cold river and return to the hot pool for the full hot and cold
muscle treatment. We will stay overnight at Jhinu Danda.

 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accomodation: Tea house (twin share)

Day 10: (7/10/24) Jhinu Danda to Pokhara (1400 m): 2 – 3 hours hike


The final day will consist of a 1 hour walk and then you will be transported back to Pokhara via Jeep.
We will spend the night back at our Pokhara hotel which offers spa and massage facility, for those who wish to treat themselves after seven days of mountain trekking. It will also provide free WiFi and an outdoor swimming pool only 600m from Fewa Lake. Tonight you will be free to explore the town and grab your own dinner.

 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch.

Accomodation: 3-star Hotel.

Day 11: (8/10/24) Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 7 – 8 hours drive


After breakfast, we end our beautiful trek and drive back to Kathmandu in a tourist coach. We arrive at
Kathmandu in the evening, where we have some time for leisure.

 

Meals included: Breakfast

Accomodation: Kathmandu Guest House (twin share)

Day 12: (9/10/24) Farewell and Final departure


After breakfast, a staff member will pick you up from the hotel and transfers you to the airport for the
final departure. We wish you a pleasant and safe flight back home and hope to see you soon again.

Meals included: Breakfast

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