The Korchen Trek
Difficulty : Moderate
Reference Code: TKTNP
Trip Start: Kathmandu
Trek Start: Hyangja
Trek Days: 6 Days
Season: Spring, summer, Autumn ane winter
Service: Full Board
Trip End: Kathmandu
Trek End: Ghachowk
Trip Durations: 12 Days
Physical Rating: Moderate
Group Size: 2-16
The undisturbed and serene region of the unfrequented region of the Korchen trek makes for a great trek in the culturally and geographically diverse county, Nepal. With the view of the mighty and legendary Annapurna range, and Mt. Machhapuchhre, the Korchen trek is itself a jewel to trekking enthusiasts.
Walking through a beautiful forest of Rhododendron, the trail leads to the largest Gurung village of the region lavishly shows off the royal snow-capped Machapuchrey and Annapurna range. The thatched roofs, their unique cultures and costumes can be observed on the homestays. The Korchen summit offers an extravagant view of the panoramic Himalayan peaks that seem to be almost blanketed faintly with sun rays. The welcoming a friendly vibe of the people residing in GhaleGau is sure to make you feel at home. The swiftly flowing ModiKhola along the way and the scattered waterfalls gives a refreshing vibe.
The carefully drafted 12 days itinerary offered by Trek Guide Pvt Ltd guarantees safety amidst the worth-while time for both the veteran trekkers and the amateur and enthusiastic trekkers who want to embark on an upbeat trek towards the intriguing and the less-knownKorchenSiklish.
Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu 1350m.
Namaste! And welcome to Kathmandu, the colourful capital of Nepal where ornately carved balconies mingle with beautiful shrines and temples. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting on arrival at the exit gate of Kathmandu airport. Our staff will welcome you and pick you to your accommodated hotel. Please seek our company palmplate to find our staff at the main exit gate of the airport. Rest of the day you can relax at the hotel or short evening walk around local market on your own as per your wish.
Day 02 Rest and preparation day
A well deserved rest day at cosy of hotel after a long tiring flight. This day, one can move around nearby local market to purchase or hire trekking equipment that is necessary for the trekking like sleeping bags, walking sticks etc, exchange currency as requirement or simply walk around in the local market or Kathmandu Durbar squire nearby with small entrance fee as per your preference on your own. Evening at the hotel lobby there will be pre-trip briefing in which you will be introduced with your trekking guide and explained about your trip in short, instruction for safety etc.
Day 03 Drive to Hyanja 1100m. and trek to Ribbon
Drive to the start point of our trek at Hyanja 1100m, crossing the clear waters of the Mardi Khola by a suspension bridge at Mardi Pul. This half day of trekking takes us up the valley to the Gurung village of Ribban.
Day 04 Trek to Odane 2511m.
We make our way up the ridge to Odane Hill 2511m where we have our second camp. Already we will start to get some of the legendary views, which are a feature of this trek.
Day 05 Trek to Kumai 3000m.
We now join the main ridge which we will see stretching ahead of us. We follow the crest of the ridge, passing various kharka (open pastures) from where there are stunning views in all directions. Annapurna South 7219m lies to the left, Annapurna II 7937m and Annapurna IV 7525m to the right, while up ahead and appearing to dwarf all three is the 'fishtail' peak of Machhapuchhare 6993m. After lunch at Simre Kharka, we climb steeply up the open grassy ridge to camp the next two nights at Khumai 3000m.
Day 06 Exploration day around Korchen Peak
We leave camp early for the walk up Korchen Peak 3682m to catch all the mountains in the early morning light. Here some of the most magnificent mountains in the world are ranged in a 150 degree arc. If you are feeling strong, you CAN continue up the ridge towards Mardi Himal, before turning back to Khumai camp.
Day 07 Trek to Diphrung 1305m.
We make our way back down the main ridge and then cut down a side ridge to the valley of the Seti Khola, through patches of rhododendron forest, which in spring lend a splash of colour to the landscape. Camp near Diphrung 1305m, a village of Gurung, Magar and Buddhist Tamang peoples.
Day 08 Trek to Ghachowk 1260m. and drive to Pokhara 820m.
Following the Seti Khola downstream we pass the village of Ghachok, from where we continue mostly on the flat to Hyangja and the end of the trek 3 hours. We then have a short drive to reach Pokhara, where we check into the hotel and enjoy a welcome hot shower. Pokhara is a lovely lakeside town, which is a great place to relax at the end of the trek.
Day 09 Exploration day at Pokhara
Explore at leisure, take a boat trip on the lake or shop for crafts.
Day 10 Drive to Kathmandu
While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli, Dumre, Mugling, and Kurintar where Nepal's first Cable car is operated to reach the famous Manakamana Temple (a temple where people go to make special wishes which they hope will be granted by the deity). En route, you can enjoy mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people happily engaged in their daily life chores. From Naubishe, you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to the capital city of Kathmandu.
Day 11 Rest and final shopping day
Weather permitting we take a short early morning flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu on day. We'll return to the hotel and have free time during the afternoon for further sightseeing or shopping. Shop in some of Kathmandu's many markets for clothing, embroidery, carpets or ceramics. If shopping is not your thing, take a trip over the Bagmati River to the adjacent city of Patan, with its abundance of temples and monasteries.
Day 12 Final departure
A.We say 'Namaste' for memories that will last a lifetime. There are no activities planned for today and you are able to depart the hotel at any time. Check out time from the hotel is at 12 noon. If you are departing later, you can arrange luggage storage at the hotel. For your final departure, our staff will pick you up from the hotel and transfer to Kathmandu airport approximately 3 hours prior to your international flight time.
All ground transportation as per itinerary
3 night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B plan.
2 night hotel accommodation in Pokhara with B/B plan.
½ day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley with English Speaking Cultural guide
Domestic flight from KTM-PKH-KTM with airport tax (Optional)
TIMs (Trekking Information Management system) card
Annapurna Conservation Project Area Entry Fee
Food for the members on camping basis
All camping equipment and camping charges
Medical supplies(First aid Kit will be available)
All required Nepalese staffs (salary, food, clothing, accommodation)
All Nepalese staffs insurance as per Nepalese government rules
Company service charge, VAT and government taxes etc.
International flight with airport tax.
Nepalese Entry Visa fee
Food during stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara
All personal equipment and personal expenses
Photography Charges, Monument charges and Monument entry fees
Personal Medical and travel insurance(must cover helicopter rescue evacuation cost)
Telephone and internet charges
Alcoholic beverage, bottled drinks and cold drinks during the trip
Rescue evacuation charges if required
Staff and porters Tips...