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1. Posted by wyre83 (Budding Member 47 posts) 10y

I am planning a trip to Nepal for 3 weeks feb/mar 2007. Im looking at doing a 3 day rafting tour in the Chitwan National Park. Has anyone done anything similar?
Also would like to do a week's hiking trip around Annapurna or lukla area? Base camp? or somewhre around this area. Can anyone recommend a company or a tour?
Most tours I have seen with local acencies are for 9day's + but we really need something between 5-7days if possible.
Can I trust booking through a local company or should I try with a larger more known company?

Any advice is apriciated. Would also like to hear about other peoples experiences in Nepal.

Thanks for your help.

2. Posted by stokesy (Budding Member 76 posts) 10y

we were in nepal in 2002 and went on a rafting trip for 3 days, down the sun kosi, we booked at a travel agency in Thamel next to the Katmandu guest house and opposite the new orleans bar. It was extremely well run, with experienced guides and rafters, I think it cost about £25 including two nights accommodation and food. Sorry I cant remember the name of the agency but it is easy to find.We also did a three day trek in the foothills of the annapurna, fantastic journey, nepalese people are so lovely, you will have a great time. I remember one of the rapids along the river was called "frog in a blender" and another "wipeout"!!!!

3. Posted by HimalayanO (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

Hi,

Might be you would like to consider this trek

PHEWA LAKE RIM (7 DAYS)
Description: Panchase Danda (hill) stretches around the western edge of Phewa Lake. The trek is through dense rhododendron and orchid forests in the first half, and an inhabited ridge on the last half. From the delightful grassy camp at Patali Kharka there is a view of Machhapuchhre and the Annapurna Range. The trail gradually ascends to the highest point on this trek at Panchase Danda (2509 m). This ridge lies at the intersection of routes from Syanja, Parbat and Kaski. The trail descends and joins the popular Pokhara – Jomsom route. All along the trail there is are excellent views of the valley and mountains until the trek ends at Sarankot before descending down to Pokhara.

Deepest point: Pokhara, 820 m
Highest point: Panchase Danda, 2509 m
Main difficulties:
- None
Equipment: There are lodges and tea houses everywhere.
Best time: Whole Year
Object of
interest: • Beautiful view of the mountains range around Pokhara.
• Phewa-Lake
Starting point: By bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara

PROGRAM:
Days 01: Kathmandu to Pokhara by bus or flight 0.0 km (820 m)
Days 02: Pokhara to Bhimdahra 7.5 km (1250 m)
Days 03: Bhimdahra to Bhanjyang 14 km (2080 m)
Days 04: Bhanjyang to Naudanda 12.5 km (1458 m)
Days 05: Naudanda to Sarangkot 9.5 km (1592 m)
Days 06: Sarangkot to Pokhara 6.1 km (820 m)
Days 07: Pokhara to Kathmandu by bus or flight

AROUND POKHARA TREK (5 DAYS)
Description: Easy trekking on low hills around Pokhara.

Deepest point: Pokhara, 820 m
Highest point: Dhampus, 1650 m
Main difficulties:
- None
Equipment: Lodges and tea houses everywhere.
Best time: October until May, ideal during the winter season.
Object of
interest: • Gompa in Shyabru and Kyangin.
• Cheese factory in Kyangin.
• Wild animal observations in the Langtang-valley.
Starting point: By bus from Kathmandu to Dunche.

PROGRAM:
Days 01: Kathmandu to Pokhara by bus or flight 0.0 km (820 m)
Days 02: Pokhara to Dhampus 19.2 km (1650 m)
Days 03: Dhampus to Naudanda 5.9 km (1440 m)
Days 04: Naudanda to Sarangkot and back Pokhara 13.6 km (820 m)
Days 05: Pokhara to Kathmandu by bus or flight

GHOREPANI TREK (9 DAYS)
Description: Easy trek to Ghorepani and climb up Poon Hill to see the spectacular panoramic view of the high Himalayas.

Deepest point: Birethanti, 1025 m
Highest point: Poon Hill, 3193 m
Main difficulties:
- None
Equipment: Lodges and tea houses on the whole way.
Best time: October - May
Object of
interest: • Spectacular panoramic view from the Poon Hill of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range
Starting point: From Pokhara by bus to Nayapul

PROGRAM:
Days 01: Kathmandu to Pokhara by bus or flight 0.0 km (820 m)
Days 02: Pokhara to Nayapul by bus and trek to Tirkhedhunga 9.6 km (1540 m)
Days 03: Trikhedhunge to Ghorepani 9.4 km (2750 m)
Days 04: Ghorepani climbing to Poon Hill (3193 m) and trek to Tadapani 11.7 km (2590 m)
Days 05: Tadapani to Ghandrung 5.4 km (1940 m)
Days 06: Ghandrung to Landrung 3.2 km (1640 m)
Days 07: Landrung to Dhampus 11.6 km (1770 m)
Days 08: Dhampus to Milanchok and to Pokhara by bus 2.3 km (820 m)
Days 09: Pokhara to Kathmandu by bus or flight

VIA JIRI - LUGHLA/ PHAKDINGMA (7 DAYS)
Description: 6-7 days from Jiri over three passes to the Dudh Kosi. An interesting and excellent way to acclimatize with many changes in altitude cultures and climate.

Deepest point: Likhu Khola, 1520 m
Highest point: Lamjura, 3530 m
Main difficulties:
-No technical problems; in the winter there can be snow on the passes.
Equipment: Lodges and tea houses everywhere.
Best time: From October until May
Object of
interest: Monasteries in Thodung, Sela, Thupten Choeling, Chiwang and Tragsindo.
Mani Rimdu in Chiwang in October/November. Cheese factory in Thodung and Tragsindo. Rhododendron flowers from February to June. Flora and fauna at the Lamjura way.
Starting point: By bus from Kathmandu over Lamsangu to Jiri.

PROGRAM:
Days 01: By bus from Kathmandu over Lamsangu to Jiri (1951 m)
Days 02: Jiri to Bhandar 15.0 km (2200 m)
Days 03: Bhandar to Sete 9.5 km (2575 m)
Days 04: Sete to Junbesi 11.5 km (2675 m)
Days 05: Junbesi to Manedingma 13.5 km (2300 m)
Days 06: Manedingma to Paiya 15.0 km (2760 m)
Days 07: Paiya to Phakdingma 10.5 km (2600 m)

Alternatively you can fly to lukla and do a bit of trekking

More more info please contact me

4. Posted by ron2100 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

Hi,

I was in that region in February 2004 and it was a fantastic trip. I had a guide... Pasang Kaji Sherpa. It was a totally accidental trip. I was deployed with the Canadian military in Afghanistan where I met Kaji who was working on the Camp in Kabul. Things progessed from there and soon I was in Nepal trekking through the himilayian mountains. We started east of Kathmandu in a village called Phaplu were i met his family who are very friendly people. From there we hiked into the highlands through Lukla, Namchee, and onto Gokyo. Had the trip of my life! Anyway I would suggest Kaji's trekking company without reservation. His website is http://www.solutreks.com/
and his personal email is: solusherpa @enet.com.np

Feel free to contact myself if you have any questions about my trip.

Happy Trails!!

Ron Hawboldt
Ontario, Canada
voyota @hotmail.com