Best of Europe – We’re Backpacking!

LONDON – BRUSSELS – AMSTERDAM – MUNICH (FUSSEN) – VENICE – ROME – FLORENCE – INTERLAKEN – NICE – BARCELONA – PARIS – LONDON

Hi Friends and Family!

I’ve been secretly planning an extended trip slated for June 2006 designed originally for my friends and I. But when cash was not flowing for most, G and I decided to take Europe on our own! His first trip out of the country, ever! I plan to make it an experience to remember. Armed with a 3 week Eurailpass, we are hitting up, what we call, the best of Europe, sampling superb cultures and tasty morsels along the way. Below is a briefing of where we plant to go and a bit about what we’re plan to do while there. Changes and more to come. Enjoy!

backpackeurope1 5- 6 June : London
We purposely cut London short knowing we would eventually be back where we started. But first on the agenda– fish ‘n chips!

backpackeurope2 6 June : Half Day in Bruxelles
We’re making a quick pit stop here on our way to Amsterdam. Here to enjoy all things Belgium– chocolate, waffles and fries.

backpackeurope3 6- 7 June : Amsterdam
Going to try some of their famous Heineken beer and other “special” treats!

backpackeurope4_0 8- 9 Muenchen
Eating brats and sausage at the Hofbrauhaus and kicking off the World Cup in true German style.

9 June : Day Trip to Fussen
A bike ride through the countryside followed by a visit to Neuschwanstein Castle.

backpackeurope5 10- 11 June : Venezia
Try our best not to get lost through the windy, dead- end streets of Venice making our way to St. Mark’s Sq.

11- 13 June : Roma
When in Rome.. we plan to do it all– Colloseum, Trevi Fountain, Vatican City, and of course, pizza!

13- 15 June : Firenze
Sampling the world’s best gelato one shop at a time.

backpackeurope6 15- 17 June : Interlaken
Extreme sports, here we come. Paragliding maybe?

17- 18 June : Nice
Enjoy some fun in the sun on the beach in the French Riviera.

backpackeurope7 19- 20 June : Barcelona
Can’t wait for tapas and sangria!

backpackeurope8 21- 23 June : Paris
L’amour! Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and much more.

23- 25 June : London
Back in London to end our 3- week trip. Shopping at Harrods is on the agenda.

 

Hopefully the next 30 days will fly by. 12 cities, 8 countries and 3 weeks — We cannot wait!

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  • Joe Pagane

    10 Day Annapurna Base Camp Trek from Pokhara

    ·
    Details

    Annapurna range is one of the majestic mountain massif in the
    Himalayas with Annapurna I (8,091 m ) – the 10th highest in the world. 10 days
    Annapurna Base Camp trek is the best route for cultural insight, moderate
    adventure and Himalayan views.

    Highlights:

    Trekking with
    local, experienced and hospitable guides and porters. Our staffs are trained
    and licensed from the Nepal government.

    Maximum
    flexibility in itinerary, route with personalized services. Guide will
    accompany you with his professional knowledge to make necessary changes

    Trekking with
    minimum impact in the local environment with choices of lodges using alternate
    fuel and following proper garbage disposal.

    Overnight stays
    in villages with great views avoiding altitude sickness.

    Availability:

    When do you want to go? Pick

    Activity
    Options

    ·
    10
    Day Annapurna Base Camp Trek from Pokhara

    $ 680.00

    (per person

    Annapurna range is the most exquisite, with some of the world’s
    highest mountain views including Annapurna I (8,091m / 10th highest). While the
    foothills are dominated by diverse ethnic groups with their charming villages
    and terraced farms, higher reaches are pristine roved only by shepherds? We
    will come across the several view points with world famous Himalayan views. The
    trekking is the best insight into the Nepalese mountain lifestyle, ethnic
    diversity and a moderate adventure in the Himalaya

    Our trek starts from Pokhara, the natural capital of Nepal. Pokhara is known as
    Lake City with an amphitheater of mountains. Annapurna range makes its northern
    wall. This is a base for several treks in the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.
    We drive 44 km / 1.5 hrs to the trekking trail head at 1,100 m from Pokhara and
    start our trek to Ghorepani first. Ghorepani or its top Pun Hill (3,200 m)
    offers view of about 15 snow peaks including Dhaulagiri I (8,167m / 7th
    highest), Annapurna I (8,091m / 10th highest) and Manaslu (8,156m / 8th
    highest). This is the good start of the trek. Then we will walk through the
    rhododendron forest to Chhomrong village across the Annapurna South. From here
    one can enjoy the heights of Annapurna South and Fishtail. The trail further
    enters into the narrow valley wedged between Annapuran south and Fishtail. At
    Fishtail base camp (3,700 m), we come to meadows and glacial moraine with
    relatively bright and wide valley. Annapurna base camp (4,200 m) has snow peaks
    at 360 degree.

    Day
    01: Drive to Nayapul from Pokhara (1.5 hrs) and trek to Thikedunga (4 hrs)

    We will depart Pokhara at around 8:30 by a private car. The road snacks through
    the scenic country side for about 1.5 hrs to the trekking trail head at
    Nayapul. This is the confluence of Modi river draining Annapurna base camp and
    Burungdi river. We follow upstream Burungdi river climbing gradually for about
    4 hrs to Thikedunga. Thikedunga is a small charming village full of lodges
    where we will spend the night.

    Day
    02: Trek to Ghorepani (6 hrs / 2,800 m)

    After breakfast, we will start our days walk with steep climb to Ulleri
    village. There are about 3,000 stone steps to Ulleri village which will take
    about 2 hrs to climb. From Ulleri the trail climbs gradually through the forest
    for another 4 hrs to Ghorepani at 2,800 m. Ghorepani is the mountain pass
    overlooking at the deep KaliGandaki valley wedged between two eight thousand meter
    peaks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna.

    Day
    03: Hike to Poon Hill (50 mints / 3,200 m) | Trek to Tadapani

    Poon Hill is the most beautiful view point in the Annapurna region. We will
    hike for about 50 mints to Poon Hill at 3,200 m for sunrise view over the Himalayan
    peaks. One can see about 15 different peaks including Dhaulagiri I (8,167m /
    7th highest), Annapurna I (8,091m / 10th highest) and Manaslu (8,156 m /
    8th highest). After breakfast, we will head for our next destination of
    Tadapani. The trail passes through the rhododendron forest with few ups and
    downs of 400 m each.

    Day
    04: Trek to Chhomroong (5 hrs / 2,100 m)

    Tadapani has got the beautiful view of Annapurna south and Fishtail mountain.
    From here we will climb down steeply about 900 m to the valley basin at
    Ghurjung river. Climb gradually along the mountain side to Chhomrong perched
    high up on the mountain ridge. Chhomrong is a large Gurung village at the
    corridore of Annapurna Sanctuary. The village offer the upclose view of
    Annapurna South (7,219 m), Fishtail (6,993 m).

    Day
    05: Trek to Dovan (2,400 m / 6 hrs)

    Trek down to Chhomrong khola (river) and then climb up to Sinwa in 3 hrs. From
    here we enter into steep valley towards Annapurna sanctuary at the buttresses
    of Annapurna South and Fishtail. From Sinwa we will climb down to Modi River at
    the little hemlet of ‘Bamboo’ in 2 hrs and then climb gradually for another
    hour to Dovan (2,400m).

    Day
    06: Climb to Deurali (5 hrs / 3,300 m)

    Above Dovan we enter into the region where effect of the high altitude effects
    are felt. So with slow pace we gradually climb to another hamlet of Himalaya in
    2 hrs. Himalaya has got two lodges. After Himalaya (2,900m), we enter into
    sparsely vegetated rocky terrain and climb steeply for one hrs to Hinku cave.
    Deurali is across the arduous moraine intercepted by creeks with ice
    deposition.

    07:
    Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (5 hrs / 4,200m)

    The trail from Deurali to Fishtail base camp is avalanche prone area. So we
    will change the route to the other side of the Modi river according to the
    situation. It will take about 3 hrs to get to Fishtail base camp at 3,700 m. At
    Fishtail base camp valley opens up wide and bright with beautiful snow peaks.
    The trail to Annapruna base camp climbs gradually to the snowfield and the the
    edge of glacier. At base camp we are at the base of world’s highest mountains
    surrounding us in 360 degree.

    Day
    08: Trek down to Bamboo (6 hrs)

    After a beautiful sunrise view over the Annapurnas, we will head down slowly to
    Bamboo. First part of the trail might be steep and slippery. Bamboo is a clean
    settlement before we climb to Sinwa.

    Day
    09: Trek back to Jhinu Danda (5 hrs / 1,600 m)| Bathe in natural hot spring

    We follow the same trail that we took to climb up till Chhomrong. Climb down
    steely on the stone steeps to the village of Jhinu. We settle into our lodge
    and then head down half and hour to natural hot spring pool in the shore of
    Modi river. Enjoy the natural hot spring and enjoy your last night in the
    mountain.

    Day
    10: Follow the Modi river coast to Nayapul and drive back to Pokhara

    From Jhinu, we will basically traverse along the Modi river to Nayapul from
    where we started our trek in 5 hrs. We will be picked up by a car for a drive
    to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.

    What’s Included:

    Package Includes
    :

    All trekking permits (Annapurna Conservation Area Project and TIMS)

    2 nights accommodation in Pokhara on bed and breakfast basis (2-3 star)

    Private car for transportation to and from the trekking trail head

    All meals with tea / coffee

    Lodge accommodation during the trek

    Trekking with English speaking guide and necessary porter

    What’s Not Included:

    Package
    Excludes :

    Bottled drinks and beverages

    Evacuation (will be done in your account)

    Tips (Service Charge in Hotel and Restaurants are included)

    Single supplement Charges

    Lunch & Dinner in Pokhara or away from the trek

    Tea breaks, chocolates or other snacks and any meals beside breakfast, lunch
    and dinner.

    Delay and cancellation because of natural phenomenon

    anything which is not specifically mentioned above.

    Good to Know:

    Please make
    sure that your insurance covers Helicopter evacuation up to 4,200 m. Helicopter
    is the only means of evacuation in case of emergency. Bring your one medicine from your home town

    http://www.nepalguideinfo.com/Annapurna-Sanctuary-Trek.php

    http://www.nepalguideinfo.com/Trekking-Guide-Nepal.php

    http://www.nepalguideinfo.com

    Email-:sanjib-adhikari@hotmail.com

    https://www.facebook.com/sanjib.adhikari

    Mobile +9779841613822

  • Joe Pagane

    10 Day Annapurna Base Camp Trek from Pokhara

    ·
    Details

    Annapurna range is one of the majestic mountain massif in the
    Himalayas with Annapurna I (8,091 m ) – the 10th highest in the world. 10 days
    Annapurna Base Camp trek is the best route for cultural insight, moderate
    adventure and Himalayan views.

    Highlights:

    Trekking with
    local, experienced and hospitable guides and porters. Our staffs are trained
    and licensed from the Nepal government.

    Maximum
    flexibility in itinerary, route with personalized services. Guide will
    accompany you with his professional knowledge to make necessary changes

    Trekking with
    minimum impact in the local environment with choices of lodges using alternate
    fuel and following proper garbage disposal.

    Overnight stays
    in villages with great views avoiding altitude sickness.

    Availability:

    When do you want to go? Pick

    Activity
    Options

    ·
    10
    Day Annapurna Base Camp Trek from Pokhara

    $ 680.00

    (per person

    Annapurna range is the most exquisite, with some of the world’s
    highest mountain views including Annapurna I (8,091m / 10th highest). While the
    foothills are dominated by diverse ethnic groups with their charming villages
    and terraced farms, higher reaches are pristine roved only by shepherds? We
    will come across the several view points with world famous Himalayan views. The
    trekking is the best insight into the Nepalese mountain lifestyle, ethnic
    diversity and a moderate adventure in the Himalaya

    Our trek starts from Pokhara, the natural capital of Nepal. Pokhara is known as
    Lake City with an amphitheater of mountains. Annapurna range makes its northern
    wall. This is a base for several treks in the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.
    We drive 44 km / 1.5 hrs to the trekking trail head at 1,100 m from Pokhara and
    start our trek to Ghorepani first. Ghorepani or its top Pun Hill (3,200 m)
    offers view of about 15 snow peaks including Dhaulagiri I (8,167m / 7th
    highest), Annapurna I (8,091m / 10th highest) and Manaslu (8,156m / 8th
    highest). This is the good start of the trek. Then we will walk through the
    rhododendron forest to Chhomrong village across the Annapurna South. From here
    one can enjoy the heights of Annapurna South and Fishtail. The trail further
    enters into the narrow valley wedged between Annapuran south and Fishtail. At
    Fishtail base camp (3,700 m), we come to meadows and glacial moraine with
    relatively bright and wide valley. Annapurna base camp (4,200 m) has snow peaks
    at 360 degree.

    Day
    01: Drive to Nayapul from Pokhara (1.5 hrs) and trek to Thikedunga (4 hrs)

    We will depart Pokhara at around 8:30 by a private car. The road snacks through
    the scenic country side for about 1.5 hrs to the trekking trail head at
    Nayapul. This is the confluence of Modi river draining Annapurna base camp and
    Burungdi river. We follow upstream Burungdi river climbing gradually for about
    4 hrs to Thikedunga. Thikedunga is a small charming village full of lodges
    where we will spend the night.

    Day
    02: Trek to Ghorepani (6 hrs / 2,800 m)

    After breakfast, we will start our days walk with steep climb to Ulleri
    village. There are about 3,000 stone steps to Ulleri village which will take
    about 2 hrs to climb. From Ulleri the trail climbs gradually through the forest
    for another 4 hrs to Ghorepani at 2,800 m. Ghorepani is the mountain pass
    overlooking at the deep KaliGandaki valley wedged between two eight thousand meter
    peaks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna.

    Day
    03: Hike to Poon Hill (50 mints / 3,200 m) | Trek to Tadapani

    Poon Hill is the most beautiful view point in the Annapurna region. We will
    hike for about 50 mints to Poon Hill at 3,200 m for sunrise view over the Himalayan
    peaks. One can see about 15 different peaks including Dhaulagiri I (8,167m /
    7th highest), Annapurna I (8,091m / 10th highest) and Manaslu (8,156 m /
    8th highest). After breakfast, we will head for our next destination of
    Tadapani. The trail passes through the rhododendron forest with few ups and
    downs of 400 m each.

    Day
    04: Trek to Chhomroong (5 hrs / 2,100 m)

    Tadapani has got the beautiful view of Annapurna south and Fishtail mountain.
    From here we will climb down steeply about 900 m to the valley basin at
    Ghurjung river. Climb gradually along the mountain side to Chhomrong perched
    high up on the mountain ridge. Chhomrong is a large Gurung village at the
    corridore of Annapurna Sanctuary. The village offer the upclose view of
    Annapurna South (7,219 m), Fishtail (6,993 m).

    Day
    05: Trek to Dovan (2,400 m / 6 hrs)

    Trek down to Chhomrong khola (river) and then climb up to Sinwa in 3 hrs. From
    here we enter into steep valley towards Annapurna sanctuary at the buttresses
    of Annapurna South and Fishtail. From Sinwa we will climb down to Modi River at
    the little hemlet of ‘Bamboo’ in 2 hrs and then climb gradually for another
    hour to Dovan (2,400m).

    Day
    06: Climb to Deurali (5 hrs / 3,300 m)

    Above Dovan we enter into the region where effect of the high altitude effects
    are felt. So with slow pace we gradually climb to another hamlet of Himalaya in
    2 hrs. Himalaya has got two lodges. After Himalaya (2,900m), we enter into
    sparsely vegetated rocky terrain and climb steeply for one hrs to Hinku cave.
    Deurali is across the arduous moraine intercepted by creeks with ice
    deposition.

    07:
    Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (5 hrs / 4,200m)

    The trail from Deurali to Fishtail base camp is avalanche prone area. So we
    will change the route to the other side of the Modi river according to the
    situation. It will take about 3 hrs to get to Fishtail base camp at 3,700 m. At
    Fishtail base camp valley opens up wide and bright with beautiful snow peaks.
    The trail to Annapruna base camp climbs gradually to the snowfield and the the
    edge of glacier. At base camp we are at the base of world’s highest mountains
    surrounding us in 360 degree.

    Day
    08: Trek down to Bamboo (6 hrs)

    After a beautiful sunrise view over the Annapurnas, we will head down slowly to
    Bamboo. First part of the trail might be steep and slippery. Bamboo is a clean
    settlement before we climb to Sinwa.

    Day
    09: Trek back to Jhinu Danda (5 hrs / 1,600 m)| Bathe in natural hot spring

    We follow the same trail that we took to climb up till Chhomrong. Climb down
    steely on the stone steeps to the village of Jhinu. We settle into our lodge
    and then head down half and hour to natural hot spring pool in the shore of
    Modi river. Enjoy the natural hot spring and enjoy your last night in the
    mountain.

    Day
    10: Follow the Modi river coast to Nayapul and drive back to Pokhara

    From Jhinu, we will basically traverse along the Modi river to Nayapul from
    where we started our trek in 5 hrs. We will be picked up by a car for a drive
    to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.

    What’s Included:

    Package Includes
    :

    All trekking permits (Annapurna Conservation Area Project and TIMS)

    2 nights accommodation in Pokhara on bed and breakfast basis (2-3 star)

    Private car for transportation to and from the trekking trail head

    All meals with tea / coffee

    Lodge accommodation during the trek

    Trekking with English speaking guide and necessary porter

    What’s Not Included:

    Package
    Excludes :

    Bottled drinks and beverages

    Evacuation (will be done in your account)

    Tips (Service Charge in Hotel and Restaurants are included)

    Single supplement Charges

    Lunch & Dinner in Pokhara or away from the trek

    Tea breaks, chocolates or other snacks and any meals beside breakfast, lunch
    and dinner.

    Delay and cancellation because of natural phenomenon

    anything which is not specifically mentioned above.

    Good to Know:

    Please make
    sure that your insurance covers Helicopter evacuation up to 4,200 m. Helicopter
    is the only means of evacuation in case of emergency. Bring your one medicine from your home town

    http://www.nepalguideinfo.com/Annapurna-Sanctuary-Trek.php

    http://www.nepalguideinfo.com/Trekking-Guide-Nepal.php

    http://www.nepalguideinfo.com

    Email-:sanjib-adhikari@hotmail.com

    https://www.facebook.com/sanjib.adhikari

    Mobile +9779841613822

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