Annapurna Trek with Rafting and Chitwan Jungle Safari

Duration: 13 Days

Annapurna Trek with Rafting and Chitwan Jungle Safari is a perfect combination trip that includes trekking in the popular Annapurna region in the Nepalese Himalaya, rafting in Seti River followed by a Chitwan Jungle Safari in the plains.  It is an ideal combination trip for adventure seekers. This 13-day-long trip can be separated into three parts; short trek to Annapurna, white water rafting in Seti River and Chitwan Jungle Safari.

We start the trip with a sightseeing tour of some of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu. The sightseeing tour is your basic introduction to Nepalese culture and History. We drive to the picturesque lake city of Pokhara the next day and begin our short Annapurna trek the following day.

We trek the beautiful Rhododen trail with white, pink and red flowers all around us on our way to Ghorepani. Views of Mt. Machhapuchhre, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri range keep us company during this beautiful trek. The highlight of the short trek in the Annapurna region is the sunrise view from Poon Hill, one of the best vantage points in Annapurna.

We complete the 1-hour-long uphill climb to Poon Hill before sunrise. Enjoy the sun coming up over some of the world’s highest mountains- Annapurna I (8,091m) Dhaulagiri I (8,167m) and Mt. Manaslu (8,156m) along with over a dozen other mountains including Mt. Machapuchhre ( 6,993m).The next part of the trip is white water rafting on the Seti river. It is an important river in western Nepal originating from glaciers and snowfields around the twin peaks of Nampa and API in the south.

The rafting is a rejuvenating experience with exciting small, moderate to big rapids in the way. It is also an opportunity to see birdlife in western Nepal. Egret, Chat, and Kingfishers are three main birds here. Rhesus monkeys and Langurs are other attractions. We spend the night on the river bank in camps after enjoying a bonfire and some interesting group activities. The final but equally exciting part of Annapurna Trek with Rafting and Jungle Safari is the Chitwan Jungle Safari part.

We drive to Chitwan, an Inner Terai valley (because it situated between Mahabharata and Siwalik ranges also called the foothills of the Himalaya) for our Jungle adventure. Chitwan National park is popular worldwide for hosting the endangered one-horned Rhinoceros, Royal Bengal tigers, Asian Elephants, and Gharial crocodiles. You can choose whether to take the elephant back safari, Jungle walk or a jeep safari. The adventure also includes canoe ride and bird watching.

Other possible sightings during the safari include Swamp Deer, Sambar deer, Barking deer, Hog Deer, Spotted deer, Asian Elephants, sloth bears and monkeys among others. The national park is also renowned for its 543 species of birds. Annapurna Trek with Rafting and Chitwan Jungle safari with Adventure Club Trek is safe, reasonably priced and unlimited fun. If you are looking for other trips in the Annapurna region, Annapurna Base Camp-14 Days or Annapurna Sanctuary Trek-15 Days are worth exploring.

Trip Highlights:

  • Watch wildlife including one-horned rhinos, Bengal tigers and sloth bears in their natural habitat at Chitwan National Park.
  • Canoe in the Narayani River and observe gharial crocodiles.
  • Elephant safari or jeep safari in Chitwan
  • Adventure-filled white river rafting in Seti River.
  • Panoramic view of the sunrise over Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Machhapuchhre and mountains in Annapurna Range and Dhaulagiri range from Poon Hill.
  • Explore Ghandruk, a beautiful Gurung Village with home-stay facilities set against the backdrop of Ghandruk and Machhapuchhre peaks.
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu
  • Relax in the City of Lakes, Pokhara.

Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m)
  • Day 02: KATHMANDU: Sightseeing and trip preparation.
  • Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (910m): 6-7 hours
  • Day 04: Drive to Nayapul (1010m) and trek to Ghandruk (1,940m): 5 hours
  • Day 05: Trek Ghandruk to Tadapani (2,710m): 5 hours
  • Day 06: Trek Tadapani to Ghorepani (2,800m) : 3- 4 hours
  • Day 07: Trek Ghorepani to Tikhedhunga (1,577m) with a visit to Poon Hill (3,200m): 6 hours
  • Day 08: Trek Tikhedhunga - Nayapul to Pokhara: 4-5 hours trek, one hour drive
  • Day 09: Drive to Scenic Seti River and rafting start / tented camping at sandy bank
  • Day 10: Rafting end and drive to Chitwan National park and jungle safari starts.
  • Day 11: Full day Chitwan jungle safari including the elephant back safari
  • Day 12: Drive from Chitwan to Kathmandu: 5- 6 hours
  • Day 13: Transfer to airport, and homeward flight
  • Trip Duration 13 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty Easy-Moderate
  • Accomodation Standard hotels with breakfast and teahouses
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