ANNAPURNA SANTUARY

 

This trip is suitable for optometrists who are new to trekking and have doubts about their fitness. We will be providing primary eye care for people of the Annapurna Sanctuary. You will be testing at the villages of Hille, Ghorepani, Chhomrong, and Landruk.

Register for August 31 to September 17, 2018


SAMPLE ITINERARY

 
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Day 1

PRE-TREK: Meet & Greet in Kathmandu (1330m)

The drive from the airport to the hotel is around 20 minutes. Our representative will set a time for your trek briefing. We will then show you around Thamel before enjoying cultural dinner at a fine local restaurant to formally welcome you to Nepal. 

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Day 2

Fly to Pokhara & Trek to Hille

It is a 30 minute flight to Pokhara, which offers spectacular views of the main Himalayan chain, including the 8000m peaks of Manaslu and Annapurna. After arriving in Pokhara, we drive to NayaPul to start our journey. 

 
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Day 3 & 4

Eye Testing at Hille

Hille offers a great view of the valley below. We spend an entire day performing eye tests for the Gurung people.  

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Day 5

Hille to Ghorepani

We ascend gradually through the beautiful forest of rhododendron and oaks and arrive in Banthanti to enjoy some tea. We have lunch at Nangethanti before making the final steep ascent to the village of Ghorepani. There are views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. 

 
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Day 6

Eye Testing at Ghorepani 

We spend an entire day performing eye tests for the Ghorepani people. Ghorepani is a popular place with trekkers because of Poon Hill - the vantage point of the best mountain pananorma in Nepal. 

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Day 7

Ghorepani Poon Hill to Tadapani

We get up early to enjoy the sunrise over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges from Poon Hill (3210m). This is a major highlight of the trip! After breakfast it is a leisurely walk to Tadapani, which involves an ascent and descent to the village of Deurali and Banthanti where we will have lunch. Tadapani is a steep but short ascent away.

 
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Day 8

Tadapani to Chhomrong

Today we trek through the jungle and pass through many Gurung villages. We will have lunch at one of these villages before heading to Chhomrong. This charming village is home to the Gurung people and sits on the lap of Mt Hiunchuli. There is an excellent view of Mt Macchapuchare (Fishtail) and the narrow canyon of the Annapurna Sanctuary.  

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Day 9 & 10

Eye Testing at Chhomrong

We spend an entire today performing eye tests for the Gurung people of Chhomrong. 

 
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Day 11

Chhomrong to Landruk

We head out of Chhomrong along the ModiKhola leaving behind inhabited foothills to the slopes of the Himalayas. 

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Day 12 & 13

Eye Testing at Landruk

We spend two days performing eye tests for the Gurung people of Landruk. 

Day 15

Rest in Pokhara 

A free day in Pokhara to explore, shop or just take it easy. Our representative can assist you with further sightseeing in Pokhara.

 

Day 14

Landruk to Pokhara 

We travel from Landruk to Pokhara by jeep. Once we get to Pokhara, it is time to relax.  

 
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Day 16

Fly Back to Kathmandu

We take an early flight back to Kathmandu and visit a local family run restaurant to learn to make either 'Dhal Bhat' or Momo or a visit to the Singing Bowl Master to learn about Art of Meditation. The evening is free for you to do some more shopping and enjoy your last dinner as a team!

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Day 17

Last day in Kathmandu

After breakfast there maybe time to squeeze in some sightseeing and shopping. What a way to finish our adventure! We wish you a safe journey home!