So Macchapucchre So Little Time

Bodhnath Stupa of Kathmandu - one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world
Kathmandu’s hidden old town
Having a (eye)ball in Nepal
The cultural and physical diversity of Nepal's Annapurna region
  • Kick off your trip in Kathmandu, go rafting and hang in Pokhara. Head off on your trekking adventure in Annapurna, stay in rad lodges, take a bazillion photos, fall in love with Nepal, then head back to Pokhara and Kathmandu. 


    Macchapucchre. Birethanti. Syauli. Bhichok Deorali. We don’t expect you to be able to say them, but after this trip you can definitely say you’ve seen them. 


    Day 1 - Kathmandu

    Meet up with your crew for a chat about your trip. Get to know each other over a bite to eat in the Thamel area.

    Feed your spiritual side at Bodhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world. Then feed your hungry side at Yak Cafe (not very popular with actual yaks).

    Day 1

    If arriving early, perhaps wander down to Kathmandu's Durbar Square

    • Pre-departure meeting and optional group dinner in the evening
    Hotel Shakti or similar

    Day 2-3 - Pokhara

    Enjoy a morning drive over the rim of the Kathmandu Valley and, weather permitting, views of the Ganesh, Manaslu and Annapurna ranges. Arrive in Charaudi for an exciting white water raft on the Trisuli River. Hit the water and enjoy the thrill of the rapids aptly named Ladies Delight, Upset and Surprise. Camp on the beach enjoy dinner by the river


    Day 3 

    • More fun on the river including negotiating the Tea Pot
    • In late morning, end rafting at Simaltal enjoy a light lunch and drive to Pokhara (4hrs) and arrive in Pokhara in the afternoon
    • Chill out at the lakeside cafes
    Tulsi Hotel or similar

    Day 4 - Ghandruk

    We'll do about 5 hours trekking each day (you'll walk off those momo in no time), following the Modi Khola River to Ghandruk. Stay in lodges, meet villagers and try to refrain from filling up your memory card in the first hour.

    • Today we set off on the Annapurna Trek
    • Visit villages along the way
    • Gain superb views of the Annapurna Mountains

    (Walking time: approx 5 hours)

    Lunch | Dinner

    Day 5 - Tolkha

    • Continue trekking through awesome scenery

    (Walking time: approx 5 hours)


    Day 6 - Hyenjakot

    Day 6 – Hyenjakot

    • Ascend through a forest of oak and rhododendron to Hyenjakot
    • Stop overnight in Hyenjakot, a spot boasting epic panoramic views
    • Enjoy sunset and sunrise from the lodge


    Day 7 - Pokhara

    • Descend through terraced hillsides to road, drive to Pokhara
    • Afternoon by the lake - maybe take out a boat on the water



    Day 8 - Kathmandu

    • Arrive this evening in Kathmandu, (approx 5pm) there’s time to sip on banana lassis and wish you didn’t have to go home.
    • At the end of your tour please consider donating to the KEEP Porters Clothing Bank. As you will have come to realise on your tour, porters play a vital role in the tourism industry enabling tourists to visit Nepal’s most picturesque and difficult terrain. The majority are subsistence farmers who travel from lower areas of Nepal to the higher elevated trekking routes to find employment. Contrary to the belief that porters are well-adjusted to the cold and altitude of the Himalayas, every year many porters suffer from a variety of illnesses such as altitude sickness, snow blindness, hypothermia and frostbite and some even die as a result. The Clothing Bank was set up in 2009 to provide ill-prepared porters with better clothing suitable for trekking in a mountain environment and reduce the number of unnecessary illnesses and fatalities which occur each year.
      Usually donations of used jackets and trousers/pants from Westerners do not fit Nepali porters who tend to be smaller. However donations of other clothing items such as socks, boots, sunglasses, warm gloves and sleeping bags are always welcome. Your leader can ensure that your donation is passed on.
      If you would like to make a financial contribution to KEEP please do so through the Intrepid Foundation and we will match your donation dollar for dollar.

  • What's Included

    • • Gecko's expert English-speaking local tour guide and guides.

      • 4 day trek in the Annapurna region.

      • Twin-share lodge accommodation on trek, generally in rooms with sleeping mattresses.

      • Porterage on trek.

      • Gecko’s Kit Bag.

      • Time to unwind in Pokhara.


    Not Included

    • International flights, arrival and departure transfers, airport/departure taxes, visas, pre or post tour accommodation, all other meals, optional tours sightseeing or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature, laundry and flights unless specified.

    Safety Information

    Personal Safety:
    Pick-pocketing and bag-snatching are common, particularly in airports and on buses. Take care when walking around at night. Avoid walking on your own and don’t carry large sums of cash. Keep valuables in a hotel safe if possible. Bars and restaurants now close at midnight as part of a government crackdown on illegal activities. Foreigners remaining in bars and clubs after hours have been detained by the police.

    With the exception of medical and emergency evacuations, due to the safety risks involved we are unable to use helicopters as a substitute for cancelled or postponed internal flights or for any other itinerary alterations.

    Travelling in India and Nepal whilst the Holi festival is on (a lunar festival but generally held in March every year), can at times be dangerous - a lot of locals participate in consumption of intoxicating substances. The day has been associated with physical violence and danger. Your leader will be advising you and your group on what places to avoid on this day and it may even be necessary for us to alter your itinerary for the day to avoid putting you or our group leader in high risk situation.

    Traffic and Roads:
    Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home. Be aware!

    Seat Belts:
    Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in your home country and not all the transport which we use is able to provide seat belts.

  • Map Itinerary

  • Trip Dates and Prices

    Start Date – End Date Trip Status Price
    03 Jan 2015 - 10 Jan 2015 Fully Booked US $680 Contact Us
    17 Jan 2015 - 24 Jan 2015 1 place left US $760 Book Now
    13 Feb 2015 - 20 Feb 2015 4 places left US $825 Book Now
    13 Mar 2015 - 20 Mar 2015 4 places left US $825 Book Now
    10 Apr 2015 - 17 Apr 2015 Fully Booked US $810 Contact us
    08 May 2015 - 15 May 2015 Available US $750 Book Now
    04 Sep 2015 - 11 Sep 2015 Available US $750 Book Now
    18 Sep 2015 - 25 Sep 2015 Available US $780 Book Now
    25 Sep 2015 - 02 Oct 2015 Available US $810 Book Now
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    20 Nov 2015 - 27 Nov 2015 Available US $810 Book Now
    18 Dec 2015 - 25 Dec 2015 Available US $780 Book Now
    01 Jan 2016 - 08 Jan 2016 Available US $750 Book Now
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    26 Feb 2016 - 04 Mar 2016 Available US $750 Book Now
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    16 Sep 2016 - 23 Sep 2016 Available US $780 Book Now
    23 Sep 2016 - 30 Sep 2016 Available US $810 Book Now
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    18 Nov 2016 - 25 Nov 2016 Available US $810 Book Now
    16 Dec 2016 - 23 Dec 2016 Available US $780 Book Now
  • Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments

    At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.

    So Macchapucchre So Little Time

    Huynh (Lisa) - Australia, 17 Mar, 2013
    Overall Rating

    I loved getting a glimpse of what Nepal offers- towns, mountains, rivers and national parks. Its only whetted my appetite for more. Though we were constantly on the move, travelling by foot, raft (and elephant) meant I could absorb my surroundings. The only downside was the incessant traffic and pollution on Kathmandu, but the guide and driver helped us through.

    So Macchapucchre So Little Time

    Sheridan - Australia, 17 Feb, 2013
    Overall Rating

    Great trip for a bit of everything in Nepal

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Auto-rickshaw, Local bus, Whitewater raft
4 nights Hotels/guesthouses, 2 nights Trekking lodge, nights Jungle lodge, nights Camping, 1 night Homestay

What to know

A good level of fitness is required. You will trek on hilly terrain, generally on well-defined paths, walking between 4-5 hours per day. Altitude may exceed 2200 metres - check the trip notes for details.  Rafting on the Trisuli River is grade 3+.

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