Lamjung Balcony Trek

This non touristic, short , easy and wild trek offers an opportunity to explore off the beaten path of Lamjung Balcony in Annapurna region, Hindu Bahuns and Chhetris, ethnic Gurung villages, typical houses, their culture, Gurung communities are influenced by Buddhism and Shamanism in this region.

Trek follows the route along the River bank of  Madi Khola to reach in Dudh Pokhari. It is  a sacred Hindu holy Lake which is the source of Madi khola. This is Hindu  pilgrimage site.  During this trek, you will enjoy with the excellent views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, Manaslu range, dense rhododendron forest with blooming flowers, wild honey hunting spots in steep bee hives etc.  Eric Valli depicted about this beautiful  region  in his documentary  film concerning honey hunters  in Nepal.

Trip summery in facts:
Trip Title: Lamjung  Balcony  Trek
Maximum Elevation: 4100m.
Walking Level: 5-7 hours per day.
Trip Duration: 8 Days
Mode of Operation:
Tented Camping  Trek
Best Season: Mar, Apr, May & Sept, Oct, Nov.
Trip Grade: Moderate
Group size: Minimum: 2 people to Maximum: 18 people

Outline Itinerary: Lamjung Balcony Trek
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu international airport, welcome by ART member and transfer to hotel 2 star at Thamel touristic city. Bed and breakfast included.
Day 02: Kathmandu - Pokhara  25 mn by flight, Pokhara - Sabi – Tanting  3 hours by  jeep    / + 800m / -80m. 2 hours trek. Overnight camping.
Day 03: Tanting - Karpu danda  4 hours :30 mn  / + 1400m / -0m. Then, Chomro Dharamsala 2 hours :30 mn / + 650m / -250m. Overnight camping.
Day 04: Chomro Dharamsala – Bhujung  7 hours  / + 600m / -2200m. Overnight camping.
Day 05: Bhujung – Galegaon 3 hours  / 500m + / -50m. Overnight camping.
Day 06: Galegaon – Khudi  3 hours  / + 50m / -1300m. Khudi –Besisahar – Kathmandu by local bus  6 hours and transfer to hotel 2 star at Thamel touristic city. Bed and breakfast included.
Day 07: Kathmandu free day, sight seeing optional. Bed and breakfast included.
Day 08: International departure.

COST INCLUDES:
-Airport-hotel transfers by private car or tourist mini bus according to group size.
-3  nights 2 star level hotel in Kathmandu at Thamel touristic city with breakfast except lunch and dinner.
-1 night hotel comfort  with bed and breakfast in Pokhara.
-Trekking permits of Annapurna Conservation Area Project and TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System).
-Accommodation in North Face tent and foam mattress.
-Camping equipment: tent, kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, utensils etc.
-Food (breakfast, lunch and dinner  with hot drinks)  during the trek.
-Salary, insurance, transport, food and accommodation for guide, cook  and porters.
-Transports: Kathmandu to Pokhara round trip tourist bus tickets, Pokhara to Kalikasthan  by jeep  as mentioned in above itinerary.
-13 % VAT compulsory government  tax and other local taxes.
-Experienced & professional English speaking trekking guide, assistant guide, cook  and porters.

COST EXCLUDES:
-Nepal tourist visa fee 25 $ for two weeks and  40 $ for a month. Nepal visa can be obtained up on arrival.
-International Airfare to and from Kathmandu.
-Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu  & Pokhara and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary.
-Travel, Trekking and Helicopter Rescue insurance.
-Cold and alcoholic drinks.
-Personal high altitude medicines, first aid kits, equipment, gears, cloths, sleeping bag -20 degree etc.
-Tips for guide, cook  and porters according to custom of trekking in Nepal.

Clothing & Equipment Check List:
Important documents and items
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.
Head
Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
Sunglasses with UV protection
Prescription sunglasses (if required)
Upper Body
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket *
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
Hands
1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
Lower Body
Non-cotton underwear briefs
1 pair of Hiking shorts
1 pair of Hiking trousers
1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
Feet
2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
Cotton socks (optional)
Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version
Sleeping
1 sleeping bag (- 15 degrees C)*
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carry on)
1 large duffel bag *
A small day bag/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
Medical
Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Anti-diarrhea pills
Anti-headache pills
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
Practical Items
1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
1 compass or GPS(optional)
1 alarm clock/watch
1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
large Zip lucks
2 water bottles (1 liter each)
1 small folding knife
Binoculars (optional)
4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
Toiletries
1 medium-sized quick drying towel
Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
Deodorants
Nail clippers
Face and body moisturizer
Female hygiene products
Small mirror
Personal Hygiene
Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti-bacterial hand wash
Extras/Luxuries
Reading book
Trail map/guide book
Journal and pen
iPod
Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at tea houses and/or camps)
1 modest swim suit
Binoculars (optional)
Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
Lightweight pillow case (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

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