The Great Buddhist Trail Trek and Marathon
November 6 - November 19
The Great Buddhist Trail Marathon 2021 (our 5th year)
- Cost for 5 day Nepalese experience and Marathon £349.00 Per person (based on 2 sharing)
- What is Included
- A guided tour of Kathmandu
- 3 Nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Dulikhel
- Return transport to Bhimkori Village
- All inclusive Nepalese food & camping/bunkhouse for 2 nights in the village
- Race entry fee
- Unique Prizes for all participants in the run/walk
- Farewell Nepalese dinner & Celebration party under the stars
- Heritage site entrance fee to attractions.
- English speaking leader, marshals salary, their insurance,
- Itinerary for the most amazing adventure of your life!
Saturday 6th November 2021
Meet up this evening in the hotel to get to know each other and discuss the plan for the next few days before heading to the bars for a refreshing Everest beer! The hotel is very comfortable with European standards and the staff are very friendly and provide us with a superb buffet style breakfast.
Sunday 7th November 2021
A nice early start to the day as we stroll through the city’s unusually quiet streets to Swayambhunath where we take time to enjoy the sun rising up over Kathmandu. At this ancient religious World Heritage Site, you will take in the heightened atmosphere as the locals come out to make a ritual circumnavigation of the stupa, spinning the prayer wheels set into its base. it really is a magical place early in the morning.
Wander back to the hotel for breakfast before continuing our sightseeing of Kathmandu. We will visit Pashupatinath which is a Hindu Cremation Site located on the river Bagmati, and Boudhanath which is the largest Tibetan Stupa in Nepal. Our guide will explain about the religion and beliefs they hold here.
Hotel accommodation and breakfast is provided tonight in Dulikhel, a beautiful hotel with panoramic views of the snow capped mountains of The Langtang region. After the chaotic city, life now takes on a different pace. Enjoy the beautiful quiet countryside.
Monday 8th November 2021
Jeep Journey from Dulikhel to Manegau Village (1500m/ 4921ft)
After breakfast we will take an easy trek before getting in the bus for the journey to the village which will take approximately 90 minutes. We will be met by the villagers who will have prepared a traditional Nepalese lunch for us and you can wander around and settle into your new environment. Please do not expect western accommodation and comforts in the village. We are here for a Nepalese Experience, this trip is about soaking up the culture and living like a native. Accommodation (camping or house) will provided for the next 2 nights.
Tuesday 9th November 2021
The run! The scenery in the village is totally stunning so you will be woken by the sound of the chanting monk who will be blessing the mountains and the runners – you will be itching to get going to explore further. The route will take you in the sacred footsteps of the Grand Master Buddha through the heart of traditional Nepalese villages. Marshals will be posted around the course making sure you are ok and have plenty of water. Enjoy the run, and take time to take in the beauty around you and say hello to the locals.
After the run we will have a celebration meal cooked by the ladies in the village, and we will enjoy a traditional Nepalese party under the stars.
Wednesday 10th November 2021
After a leisurely breakfast we will head back to Kathmandu where accommodation is again provided for the final night in the hotel. The afternoon is free for you to get your last minute shopping. If you are doing further trekking it will continue in the morning.
Your Travel and rescue insurance, Visa fees, Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu,
bar bills, personal expenses.
Plus White Water Rafting
Plus Chitwan Jungle safari
Plus Pokhara tour
All of this for just £799.00 Per person (based on 2 sharing)
Note: single supplement for the whole trip £90
What is Included:
Kathmandu sightseeing tour
3 nights Accommodation in a European standard hotel in Kathmandu.
(1 night for night before KTM tour, 1 night after village, 1 night return from Pokhora)
Return transport to the remote Countryside Village of Bhimkori
All inclusive food & camping for 2 nights in the Countryside
Prize giving ceremony
Celebration party and farewell dinner around the camp fire the Nepalese way!
Transport to take you white water rafting at Charauti
All Heritage site entry fees.
Rafting River permit, High quality necessary equipment,self-bailing rafts, life jackets, helmets, plastic paddles, wet suits (only during the winter) dry bag for gear, camera barrels and all safety and medical equipment. Necessary staff – guide, helpers, etc.
Transport to Chitwan with 2 Nights accommodation with Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
A cultural evening of tribal dance displays
All Jungle activities in Chitwan – boat ride, guided trek, jeep safari or ride on elephant
Transport to Pokhora, Nepal’s second largest city
Guided tour and visit to various sites including the magnificent World Peace Pagoda which overlooks the beautiful Phewa lake and a visit to the eye opening Gherka museum.
1 night hotel B&B,
Domestic flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
Thursday 11th November 2021
Early morning pickup from your hotel and then a beautiful 3 hour drive to Charaudi by tourist bus. When you reach Charaudi a crowd of friendly local people will eagerly wait to meet you, the sight of foreigners all geared up for rafting fascinates them.
The crew prepare the rafts, after which we will all head towards the river for a safety talk and lessons on how to use the paddles. A number of Class I to Class III rapids are encountered. Ratings are all given on the international rating scale. Two hours down the river is a beach with strange shaped boulders that resemble sculptures and this is the lunch spot
Outdoor lunch by the river is always an enchanting experience. It also gives everyone a break from paddling and time to take in the scenery. After lunch continue paddling down to a large gorge called the Trishuli gorge. Here it is narrow and the walls very steep causing the river to accelerate through it. Naturally the rapids here are more ferocious and also more frequent.
About 2:00 or 3:00 PM In the afternoon we will drive down to Chitwan. After checking in to the hotel,there will be a briefing on the activities we will be engaging in during our stay here. We will then walk on the banks of the Rapti River to enjoy the sunset in the sub-tropical jungles of Chitwan, followed by evening dinner with a brief cultural program showcasing the tribal dances unique to this region of Nepal.
Friday 12th November 2021
Early in the morning, we will be mounted on elephants for a jungle safari through dense grasslands to witness wildlife in its natural habitat. After breakfast, we visit the elephant stables and even enjoy bathing the elephants. During the afternoon we can drive through the jungles followed by a canoe ride down the Rapti River. While canoeing, we may get a close look at the Gharial and Mugger crocodiles along with fresh water dolphins, otters and varieties of water birds. We may even go bird watching or go on a nature walks, maybe see rhino, sloth bears, tiger or python. There is a beautiful variety of wild flora and fauna found in the park. Overnight in Chitwan.
Saturday 13th November 2021
Early in the morning, we spend our time bird-watching as Chitwan National Park is also home to a large variety of resident and migratory birds. We then have breakfast and drive towards the beautiful lake city Pokhara.
Sunday 14th November 2021
Today is a day for you to explore one of the many things available. Pokhara is a great place for Mountain bike hire or there are lots of places to visit.
The Phewa Lake, the second largest lake in Nepal, adds to the enthralling beauty of Pokhara. The changing light of the sun on the Phewa Lake provides aesthetic calmness to the lovers of nature. On the eastern side of the lake, visitors can find a cluster of restaurants and pubs. Along with these attractions, boating, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, bird watching, fishing and angling are some of the activities which you can participate in at Phewa Lake. In the midst of the lake stands the Varahi Temple, where animal and bird sacrifices are offered to the goddess Varahi by Hindu worshippers every Saturday.
David’s Fall is a charming little waterfall located about 2 km southwest of the Pokhara Airport on the Siddhartha Highway. Also located very close to David’s Fall is GupteswarGupha, a mysteriously sacred cave that holds special value for Hindus since a phallic symbol of Lord Shiva is perfectly preserved here in the condition it was discovered in. Locally, it is also named as GupteswarMahadev.
Bindybasini Temple is the oldest religious shrine in Pokhara built in the 16th century. The main shrine of the temple is dedicated to the Goddess Durga where Hindu worshippers flock to perform sacrifices, especially on Saturday.
SetiGandaki Gorge, a wonder of nature that goes underground, vanishing from sight in many places along its route through the city. At various points the river is barely two meters wide and cuts a deep, narrow valley. . A good spot for watching the river below is MahendraPul, a small bridge at the center of the city.
World Peace Pagoda, a massive Buddhist stupa, is an impressive site in Pokhara situated on top of a hill on the southern shore of Phewa Lake. Besides being an impressive sight in itself, the Buddhist shrine is a great vantage point which offers spectacular views of the Annapurna range and Pokhara City.
Monday 15th November 2021
We fly back to Kathmandu today. After arriving in Kathmandu, we will be escorted to our hotel for our final night. You can enjoy the day leisurely, catch up on some last minute shopping or explore any landmarks you may have missed during your first day in Kathmandu.
What is not Included
Your Travel and rescue insurance. Visa fees, Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara,
All the bar bills, personal expenses.
River Grade: Class III+
- Starting point: Baireni/Charaudi
- Ending Point: Gaighat
- River Distance: 38 km
The Great Buddhist Master Trail Marathon & Nepalese experience
PLUS Annapurna Base Camp Trekking
The 5 day run experience (package 1) PLUS Annapurna Base Camp
£1199.00 Per person (based on 2 sharing)
Annapurna Base Camp without 5 day Nepalese experience & Marathon
£950 per person (based on 2 sharing)
Note: single supplement for the whole trip £150
3 Night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
Kathmandu sightseeing with our tour guide
Return transfers to Mangeau a remote Countryside Village
Traditional home cooked food & accommodation for 2 nights in the Countryside
Prize giving celebration party and farewell dinner under the stars
English speaking leader, marshals salary, their insurance, medical kit
All Heritage site entrance fees.
Teahouse accommodation during the trek
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
All ground transportation
Trekking permits and Annapurna conservation fee
Domestic flight (Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu)
1 Night hotel accommodation in Pokhara with Breakfast.
An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant
trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
Porter service (2 trekkers:1 porter) Staff costs including their salary, insurance,
equipment, food and accommodation
Thursday 11th November 2021
Fly to Pokhara (823m/2,700ft), trek to Ghandruk (1940m/6360 ft): 30 minutes flight, 5 – 6 hours trek
We take the 08.00 flight to Pokhara, the beautiful lake city and catch great views of the Himalayas from the right side of our airplane. After landing in Pokhara airport, we drive to NayaPul (1 hour and 20 minutes) and start the trek. From Birethanti, we trek to Ghandruk, a beautiful village mostly inhabited by the Gurung community. If time permits, we will also visit the Gurung museum today. Overnight in Ghandruk.
Friday 12th November 2021
Ghandruk to Chhomrong (2170m/7120ft): 5 – 6 hours
At this juncture, we climb up for around an hour up to Kimrungdanda. On the way we can enjoy great views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail Mountain (Machhapuchhre) and Ganggapurna. A steep descent takes us to the KimrongKhola. After another steep ascent from KimrongKhola to ChereDanda, we descend for a while and then it’s a gentle walk to Chhomrong. Chhomrong is a beautiful village located on the lap of the giant Annapurna massive. Overnight in Chhomrong.
Saturday 13th November 2021
Bamboo to Deurali (3230m/10,595ft): 3 – 4 hours
We pass through a damp and cool bamboo forest before ascending steadily with a few steep sections. It is only after reaching the Himalaya Hotel that the forest opens up and we are out in the sun again with astounding views of the glacial river below. It is a steep climb up through a much drier forest before reaching Hinku Cave. From here we can see the trail drop closer to the river before climbing again to Deurali, the most scenic stretch of the day. The vegetation is sparser, allowing magical views of the valley, the river below, and the sheer rock-face cliffs above with bands of wispy waterfalls. Overnight in Deurali.
Sunday 14th November 2021
Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,545ft) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m/12135ft): 5- 6 hours
Climb gently through a river bed then over a steep trail over to the mountain side. The hike from Bagar to Machhapuchhre Base Camp is somewhat strenuous. From Machhapuchhre base camp we get excellent views of the majestic Machhapuchhre along with Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli and Gangapurna which is certainly a rewarding experience. The vegetation disappears and the path widens as we enter the Annapurna sanctuary. From here, we get sensational views of the near-vertical south face of Annapurna towering above us. The sanctuary boasts of a dynamic view without anything impeding the 360-degree panorama. From base camp we again get to savor mesmerizing views of the Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South , Annapurna I, Hiunchuli and other peaks. Overnight at Annapurna Base Camp.
Monday 15th November 2021
Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo: 7 – 8 hours
From the Annapurna base camp we retrace our steps to Bamboo. Today’s trek is downhill, so it shouldn’t be very difficult. Besides, we will always have the company of the extraordinary landscape to cheer us up. Overnight in Bamboo.
Tuesday 16th November 2021
Bamboo to JhinuDanda (1760m/5770 ft): 5 – 6 hours
From Bamboo, it is an uphill trek to Kuldighar followed by a downhill walk to ChhomrongKhola. Then we climb the stone steps to Chhomrong. The trail then descends to JhinuDanda, where we will be resting for the night. Today we will have an opportunity to enjoy the hot springs which is just a 15-20 minute downhill walk from JhinuDanda to soothe our aching body. Overnight in JhinuDanda.
Wednesday 17th November 2021
Trek to NayaPul then drive to Pokhara: 6 hours trek, 1 hour drive
On our way to NayaPul from Jhinu Danda, we get to enjoy the amazing hill landscape of western Nepal. We have lunch on the way. Our trek will end at NayaPul where we board our vehicle to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.
Thursday 18th November 2021
Fly to Kathmandu
We fly to Kathmandu in the afternoon. After arriving in Kathmandu, we will be escorted to our hotel. We can enjoy the day leisurely, explore more landmarks or catch up on some last minute bargain shopping. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening. Hotel included for this last night in Kathmandu.
Friday 19th November 2021
Our journey in Nepal comes to an end today, but your experiences will live with you. Somehow this Country just opens your eyes and makes you re valuate what life is about. It is not like a normal holiday where you go home back to normality. Something magical happens here.