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Annapurna Panorama and Trisuli Rafting

Trip Title: Annapurna Panorama and Trisuli Rafting

Trip Length: 9 Days

Trip Grade: B       [Grading Overview]

Country: Nepal

Area: Annapurna

National Park: Annapurna       [Parks Overview]

Activity: Trek-Raft Combi

Activity Grade: 2+       [Grading Overview]

Special Focus: Poon Hill and White Water

Months: April, May, September, October, November, December,

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Description:

Gorepani trekking is a gentle way to see the impressive Annapurna Massif. The highlight of this trek is an early morning hike up to Poon Hill to observe the sunrise reflecting off the snowy peaks.The Trisuli is one of Nepal’s most popular rafting rivers, easy access from Kathmandu and Pokhara, scenic valleys and impressive gorges, exhilarating rapids and easier sections as well as the right amount of time all make it the perfect trip for first time rafters. At most flows the Trisuli is pretty mellow, but during the monsoon months the Trisuli changes character completely as huge runoffs make the river swells and shear like an immense ribbon of churning ocean. When the river is running high and wild, there are hardly any rafters around and rafting the Trisuli is a big water blast. Let’s face it, monsoon is wet and hot, so if you find yourself in Nepal during the monsoon there is nothing better you can do with two days and you may as well get properly wet. A two-day trip starting at Baireni and finishing at Gai Ghat is a classic river experience. You run all the good rapids, following the river through it’s middle stage; watch the river grow as its tributaries join, marvel as it cuts its way through impressive gorges, then leave it as it spills over the lowlands.A two-hour early morning drive along the main road out of Kathmandu (or a five-hour drive from Pokhara) brings us to the put-in point at Bhareni. After a comprehensive safety briefing and paddling technique demonstration, you are ready to begin your river descent.Nothing can match the exhilaration of running the rapids-as the rushing water draws the raft into the torrents, the adrenaline rises with each wave bucking the raft. The guide shouts instructions above delighted screams of the crew as we maneuver the raft through the churning waters. While the rapids are great fun, the slow times are just as relaxing…look back at the river valley, watch birds at the riverside, maybe see group of langur monkeys chattering away in the forested slopes. Most of your time on the river will be thrilling sandy beaches by riverside villages, feeling the presence of the river in the roar that pervades the air.Though some of the rapids can be quite challenging, it is nothing beyond a spirited, we; instructed crew with a skilled guide at the helm. Great care is taken to ensure a safe trip. We have safety kayakers on each trip and our experienced raft guides are internationally certified in river rescue and first aid. On the first day we have a couple of hours of smaller rapids to hone our paddling skills before we drop into the first class 3-4 rapid, affectionately known as Snell’s Nose, a boiling series of pulsing, chaotic waves. We normally stop for a riverside lunch here just above Monkey rapid. A huge Banyan tree provides shade and you can wander down to a small tributary which has a beautiful waterfall and some premium swimming holes Below Monkey rapid we come to the crux of the day, a long technical rapid called Teen Devi (this translates as three goddesses). The guides normally scout this one, as with crashing levels the ride can become, well, interesting. After Teen Devi things settle down a bit, then it’s back into the soup with bid crashing waves finishing the day off at a rapid called Twin Rocks. We then drift down below Charaudi to our campsite at Royal Beach. Royal Beach is well named and this sprawling area of w white sand is our riverside home for the night. We set up camp and have time to explore, play volleyball or simply read a book and relax. Eating is always one of the main activities as rafting promotes a very healthy appetite.Below our camp the swift waters are confined to narrow gorges as we run such exhilarating rapids as Ladies Delight, S-Bend, Highway, Monsoon, Upset and Surprise. At Mugling the swollen waters of the Marsyangdi River tumble into the Trisuli further increasing the volume. After Pinball rapid at Mugling the river eases a bit, but there are still a few challenging rapids and the scenery and geography are impressive.Where we start rafting the river is confined to the narrow valleys and gorges of the middle hills, and two days rafting downstream brings us to where the valley opens out to the lowlands near Chitwan. It is a good idea to connect to a wildlife; the jungles of Chitwan are at their wildest and the wildlife experience is superb at this time. Alternatively where we finish it is only three hours onto Pokhara.

Itinerary:

Day 01:
5 hours driving by private transport to Nayapool and overnight stay at Birethanti (1080m).

Day 02:
Trekking along the river bank of Modi Khola and Hiking up from Syauli Bazaar to Ghandrung(1940m), the biggest and oldest Gurung Village.

Day 03:
Trekking up within beautiful forests through Bhaisikharka to Tadapani (2590m).

Day 04:
30 minutes descent and 45minutes ascent and a 40 minutes incline will reach Banthanti. Trekking up to Deurali and walking an hour to Gorepani (2860m) through protected forests.

Day 05
Early in the morning hiking up an hour to Poon Hill (3,210m.) to observe sunrise, beautiful landscapes and mountain ranges like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Nilgiri etc. Trek down 4 hours to Birethanti.

Day 06
Walking 45minutes to Nayapool and driving back to Pokhara. Visit Davis Fall, Shopping, Boating in Fewa Lake etc.

Day 07/08/09 Rafting the Trisuli river and driving back to Kathmandu

OR:

Safari Option

Royal Chitwan National Park is considered by many to be one of the best national parks in Asia, and has a diversity of fauna and elusive wildlife which makes this a splendid way to relax after the excitement of the Trisuli.

Please ask for Chitwan prices.

Price:

Tea House + Camping in River Price:

477 Per Person – Trekking and Rafting only

Includes: Food (No bar bill), accommodation, ground transportation, all staffs and their all expenses, ACAP entry fees, rafting and its all expenses and local taxes.

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