April 12, 2020
Arrival in Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel.
April 13, 2020
We will spend the day in the beautiful Valley of Kathmandu Valley. We’ll visit the famous Hindu and Buddhist places such as Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhu and the Pashupatinath Temple. The Pashupatinath temple is a Hindu temple devoted to Lord Shiva, located beside the Bagmati River. It is one of the most significant temples for the Hindu devotees around the world and the UNESCO site.
The Buddhist Stupa of Boudhanath dominates Kathmandu’s skyline. It is one of the largest unique Buddhist structures in the world. As of 1979, the Boudhanath Stupa is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Along with Swayambhu Stupa, also lovingly called ‘Monkey Temple’ because of it’s huge monkey population. It is one of the most popular tourist sites in the Kathmandu area.
April 14, 2020
After breakfast at hotel we drive in our private shuttle bus on windy, partially paved, unpaved and at times bumpy mountain roads to the village of Karki Gaun through small cities and villages. This trip will take around 5 hours. Arriving at our destination in Karki Gaun at our beautiful Homestay.
April 15-19, 2020
Volunteering in the village of Karki Gaun. We are staying at Laxman’s Homestay.
April 20, 2020
Early morning after breakfast, we’ll drive in our private shuttle bus to Pokhara. This journey will take approximately 4 hours. Upon arrival we have a chance to rest a bit and use day to explore the City of Pokhara. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.
Besides the enchanting Phewa lake and the famous views of the Mt. Machapuchare (Fishtail mountain) it’s also known to be a popular tourist destination for visitors from all over the world. Every year, many people visit the location in order to travel to the Annapurna range and famous religious place Muktinath.
Overnight stay in hotel.
April 21, 2020
Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2,750m/9,020ft): 6-7 hours
Ghorepani Village lies within the Annapurna Conservation Area (ACA), and requires a national park permit to visit. Many trekkers get up before dawn to trek to the top of nearby Poon Hill (3210m/10531 ft) to watch the magnificent sunrise.
The place used to be a rest stop where ancient traders found water (pani in Nepali) for their horses (ghora in Nepali), thus leading to the nomenclature Ghorepani. Ghorepani lies on a major trail linking several other villages as well as the Annapurna Base Camp.
Overnight stay in Guest lodge.
April 22, 2020
Ghorepani to Tatopani (1,190m/3,904ft): 5-6 hours
Early morning at 4:30 am, upon our guide’s wake up call, we will hike about an hour to Poon Hill (3210 m). Poon Hill is one of the best viewpoints in the Annapurna trekking region. From Poon Hill, you will see the the fantastic sunrise, including the magnificent views of Annapurna range and Mt. Dhaulagiri 8,167m 26,795ft (one of the eleven highest mountains of Nepal).
After your sunrise, we’ll hike back to the hotel and have breakfast. Then we head to Tatopani (Hotsprings). We begin trek down to Sikha Village and continue descending to Ghar Khola Village. After crossing a suspension bridge, our trail climbs up to Tatopani.
Stay overnight at the hotel.
The natural hot water up to 100c flows out. It is believed that taking a bath in these springs cures paralysis, rheumatism and other diseases relating to the bone, joints, skin, etc. Residents around these springs often celebrate festivals in which they take a bath and drink the spring water rich in phosphorus and salt with the hope to cure their ailments and remain healthy.
April 23, 2020
After breakfast drive to Kagbeni (2,810/9,218ft) by local bus.
The village of Kagbeni awaits you with its audacious beauty. Officially Kagbeni is a settlement that bridges the gap between Lower and Upper Mustang, right at the feet of Muktinath Valley by the River Kali Gandaki. But spiritually, Kagbeni is every bit of a Tibetan village, stuck somewhere in between centuries. There is something irresistible about the windswept barrens of the high Himalayas. There is nothing pretentious about this village - there are no frills or frivolity to hide behind when you step your foot in Kagbeni. The haunting beauty of the blatant wilderness that Kagbeni holds hits you right in the face with all its brazen glory, and you will only be left wanting more and more.
We have plenty of time to explore. Overnight stay in hotel.
April 24, 2020
After breakfast at our hotel we’ll take a short drive to the village of Muktinath (3,710m/12,170ft), 1 hour.
Muktinath is situated at an altitude of 3,710 meters (12,172 feet) at the base of the Thorong La mountain pass in the Mustang district, Muktinath is a highly revered sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists.
Hindus call the site Mukti Kshetra, which means the "place of salvation" and it is one of the most ancient temples of the God Vishnu and the Vaishnava tradition in Nepal. The shrine is considered to be one of the eight sacred places known as Svayam Vyakta Kshetras (the other seven being Srirangam, Srimushnam, Tirupati, Naimisharanya, Totadri, Pushkar and Badrinath), as well as one of the 108 Divya Desam, or holy places of worship of Lord Vishnu. Additionally, it is also one of the 51 Shakti Pitha goddess sites.
The temple is small and contains a human-sized golden statues of Vishnu as Shri Mukti Narayana. In addition to Mukti Narayana, the temple has bronze images of Bhoodevi (the Earth-goddess form of Lakshmi), the goddesses Saraswati and Janaki (Sita), Garuda (the mount of Vishnu), Lava-Kusa (the sons of Rama and Sita) and the Sapta Rishis (Seven Sages created by Lord Brahma). There is an old Buddhist monk present in the temple, and Buddhist nuns conduct worship.
Overnight stay in Hotel.
April 25, 2020
After breakfast, we explore Muktinath, it’s temples and religious sights and the stunning views. In the late afternoon we’ll drive down to Jomsom (2,715m/8,910ft): 5-6 hours
Overnight stay in hotel in Jomsom.
April 26, 2020
Fly back to Pokhara: 15 minutes flight
We’ll take an early morning flight to Pokhara. The airplane passes through a gorge between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himal, making the flight itself an amazing experience. In Pokhara, we can spend the rest of the day in leisure. Boating in the Fewa Lake and strolling in the quaint streets of 'Lake Side' is a popular choice among visitors.
Overnight stay in hotel in Pokhara.
April 27, 2020
Today, you are your own to explore a full day in Pokhara.
Pokhara also features the International Mountain Museum with stunning collections of artifacts, original gears, stories and photographs of the mountains, their inhabitants' and the explorers who climbed some of the highest peaks in the world. The museum gives you a description of the people living in the Himalayas and the 14 highest peaks and their most famous expeditions. It also includes some exhibits from other mountain areas such as Slovenia and Japan.
Overnight stay in hotel
April 28, 2020
Drive back to Kathmandu.
Overnight stay in Hotel.
April 29, 2020
Rest day in Kathmandu to do shopping to buy gifts. You are on your own.
Overnight stay in hotel.
April 30, 2020
Departure day from Kathmandu international airport to your home destination.
Trip costs are $2875 based on 6 participants. (If we have less than 6 people signed up the price will increase accordingly. A donation of $280 per traveler goes to the Adult Literacy Program and it is included in the tuition.
Included in the cost
Four nights in a hotel in Kathmandu (with breakfast at the hotel) two nights at the start of the trip and two nights and the end of the trip. Rooms with double occupancy.
Two nights in a hotel in Pokhara (with breakfast at the hotel). Rooms with double occupancy.
9-days trekking with three meals daily.
Twin shared teahouse/ lodge accommodations.
Full day of sightseeing in Kathmandu with professional tour guide in private vehicle.
Pick up and drop off service from the airport to hotel.
Government licensed trekking guide (trained in wilderness, first aid and altitude sickness), porters (one porter for two trekkers). It also includes porter’s meals, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance, clothing and medicine.
Annapurna National Park trekking permit.
TIMS (Trekking Information Management System) card for Annapurna trekking.
Transportation from Kathmandu to Karki Gaun, to Pokhara and back to Kathmandu.
Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers.
All necessary paper works, office service charge and all Government taxes.
What is not included
International and domestic airfares
Lunch and dinners and your own private transportations during the stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara
Hot showers during the trek
Personal trekking equipment
Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, beverages, sweets and battery charging, etc.
Gratuities to the guides, porters and drivers
Visit your doctor before embarking on a trek in the mountains. Make sure you don’t have any lingering illnesses or undiscovered ailments that may hinder your success in higher altitudes. Most importantly, be prepared to turn around if you’re not feeling well. An annoying headache or minor chest pain could be the symptom of something much worse, and you don’t want to test your body’s ability to self-preserve when you’re miles away from a medical facility. But, despite how fit you may be, there is no guarantee that you won’t fall victim of altitude sickness.
But rest assured, our guides are knowledgeable and will advise you when needed.
Please keep in mind that if for any reason your trekking/ volunteering trip is not completed/or interrupted earlier than your proposed itinerary, your money cannot be refunded once you signed up for the trip. It’s advisable to purchase a travel insurance with trip interruption.
Important travel Insurance
It is important that you are fully insured to cover everything you need for your trip.
To finalize your trip, we require a deposit of $1000.00 per person. You can cancel your trip before 90 days, we will refund 50% of the total of trip costs. If you cancel your trip within 60 days of your departure, your deposit cannot be refunded. Please read and make sure you understand our policy before signing.
Mountain Culture Tours is based in Mill Valley, California. While bringing together over fifteen years of experience in organizing trekking and tour trips in Nepal, we believe that we have the unique idea of creating full-service, dream trips with the purpose of taking care of all the details every step of the way. Our objective is to give you the best possible service by pairing our knowledge and experience to allow you to relax and enjoy every aspect of the trip. We are committed to providing superior service in trekking, rafting, safari and sightseeing tours throughout Nepal.
Our personal attention to each tour member and their complete satisfaction is the foundation of our success. Our main goal is to introduce you to the diverse world we live in, and partnering with you in benefiting underprivileged children and adults, and serving schools in the remote areas of Nepal.