Astam Village hiking is could be a good option to explore mountain villages and enjoy the best views of the Himalayas. Astam village is famous for sunset and sunrise view over the Himalayas. The Astam offers the 360 degree panoramic view of the Annapurna range. You can observe mountains view of Annapurna South (7273 m.), Machhapuchhre (7059 m.), Annapurna I (8090 m.) and Annapurna IV (7525 m.). Astam is the perfect destination for day hiking. Astam village provides visitors to experience a traditional Nepali village rural life.
As your guide will meet you at your hotel lobby in the morning. We drive by private vehicle to hiking starting point from Pokhara. We hike towards Astam Village through villages and forests. It takes 3 hours to reach to Astam Village, and enjoy the Annapurna mountain range. We spend couple of hour at Astam village with local peoples. After that, our hike starts descending down to the highway, where our driver will drive you back to your hotel in Pokhara. A family friendly hiking to Astam village is a perfect hiking in Pokhara if you have a spare day in Pokhara.
We advise to wear comfortable hiking shoes to prevent any injuries. It is also advised to bring water, a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent. Depending on the season a rain coat might come in handy as well. Astam day hiking tour in Pokhara is possible throughout the year, but Spring, Autumn and Winter are the best season.
Why Astam Village Hiking
- Enjoy the 360 degree panoramic view of the Himalayas
- Enjoy the organic lunch
- Delve into the village farming life
- The happiest hiking in Pokhara Nepal.
7 hours BB Plan-Breakfast Standard Accommodation hotel in Pokhara
07:30 AM:Have breakfast in hotel and pick up you in your hotel
08:00 AM:drive to 40 minute for Hemja, a small village northwest of Pokhara.And leave the road hemja then start and follow hike to Astam which is located approximately 20 kilometres from Pokhara
10:00 AM:After arrival, Astam Village explore with their traditional houses, organic field and visit some houses to interact with locals.You will enjoy panorama view of the Annapurna and Manaslu mountain range, as well as Pokhara Valley. Astam village has been turned into an eco-village where much attention as paid to sustainability.
12:00 PM:After exploration, hike down to Hemja using same route.
12:00/13:00 PM: Short Break for lunch.
14:00 PM: Back to your hotel.
Full fledged Cost
- Airport transfer - hotel/airport/hotel
- Twin sharing standard hotel accommodation with breakfast in Pokhara before and after trek we can book only on your request.
- Private vehicles transportation service for hiking route.
- English Speaking guide and all his expenses like salary & allowance.
- All government taxes, vat, company service charge.
What's not included?
- Lunch and Dinner in Pokhara
- Entrance fee in sightseeing places in Pokhara
- Travel Insurance in case of emergency for rescue and other medication.
- Nepal visa fee
- All kind of hot and cold drinks - coke, fanta, beer, whisky, bottle of water, hot water, tea, coffee etc.
- Tips for guide and porter
- Personal expenses like wifi, hot shower, telephone, battery charge fee.
- All the cost not mention on above cost includes.
Yes, you can get on arrival tourist visa at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Most of people can obtain visa on entry to Nepal. There are some countries visa will needed to be organize prior to travelling. $25 for 15 days of visa from the date of issue, $40 for 30days and 100US$ for 90 days tourist visa. You need two photos.
You can apply online visa from 1st of March(http://www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/).
Yes, our agency airport representative will pick you up from airport. We will be displaying name card of Mission Eco Trek with your name on it. and when you finished you trip we will drop you to airport. Pick up and drop is complimentary from our company.
Autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May), these are the best season to go on a trek. But according to the will of the trekkers, the trekking and visiting in Nepal can be managed. The trekking at the high altitude should be done during the summer time or September to November and March to May but the trekking at the low lands can be done at throughout the year.
The trekking in Nepal is one of the most interesting things that the visitors in Nepal want to do. The trekking will take the visitors of Nepal to different parts of Nepal. Generally, trekking in Nepal will goes for about 5 to 7 hours per day in every trekking but the toughness of the trekking will differ from its grade. There are different types of trekking grading from the easy, medium, challenging and demanding. Normally in Trekking covers 3000 meters to 8848 meters which has categories in various stage of grade. Expedition is challenging but trekking is normal and easy.
It depends on you; if you’re reasonably fit and enjoy walking then trekking is certainly for you. Choose the trekking route suites your fitness level. Obviously shorter treks are easier then longer ones, longer and bigger treks require a better standard of fitness. If you are in good physical condition then you do not require any hiking experience for short trekking. But if you are planning for the longer ones then you should try some longer day hikes.
The trekking at the different parts of Nepal will be different according to the distance of the trekking destinations. Generally, there are different places where one can go for short and long trekking takes generally about 1 to 4 weeks or more week also. But in city places the trekking will be short and the trekking towards the base camp of the high hills will be generally long.
In Nepal, generally we can do two types of trekking. In the teahouses trekking, we will do the trekking by resting the night at the lodges or the teahouses at different places of the trekking trails. The teahouses trekking at Nepal will be comfortable than the camping trekking because the trekkers should not have to take any tensions regarding the accommodation and foods. But besides the teahouses trekking, camping trekking in Nepal is also equally popular. The camping trekking will be based on the trekking where the night will be resting at the camps, where we will set up our camps at the different parts of the trekking trails for our convenience. We will have our meals at the camps and will rest the night at camps. As compared to the lodging trekking, camping trekking is a bit difficult.
While trekking in Nepal, meals are prepared in tea houses, good standards of hygiene, fruit and vegetable soaked in iodine water before cooked. The food along the trail will be simple and a mix of local and international cuisine. If the trekking is camping trekking, then the trekkers will mainly be served with the local foods of Nepal and as well as continental and western foods. Due to the lack of electricity and refrigerators along our trekking route you will eat a largely vegetarian diet. In Kathmandu you will find meals in good quality tourist restaurants. Most of lodges serve boiled and filter water which is safe. It is possible to buy the bottle of mineral water in the trek
While visiting to Nepal, tour guides is almost mandatory to travel in Nepal for everyone. When you hired one your trip will lot more informative and memorable. You get lots of knowledge about country. But if the traveler is well experienced and have visited at different places of Nepal many times then s/he may not need the guide.So tour guide can play big role to make your travelling. They will provide information about the destination along with its surroundings. Similarly, if any problems will arise during the travelling, then the guides will solve it easily and it will be rather difficult for the traveller themselves to solve them.
Yes, Nepal is safe to Travel. Safety during the trekking or travel in Nepal is one of the prime concerns that every trekker or traveler want to know. In the past, Nepal has experienced political unrest, however since November of 2006, the signed Nepal Peace Agreement, between the Government of Nepal and the Nepal Communist Party (Maoists) has brought this unrest to a close. but now there is the situation of peace and tranquility in the field of trekking as well as in whole Nepal.
Besides, the trekking stakeholders in Nepal are also forwarding several steps for the safety of the trekkers. Now after election democratic parties will lead the government and rule the nation that’s why the huge possibility has seen in safety. Yes, there are pick pockets here, as you find in other countries so keep your belongings safe at all times. You need to take usual precautions as you would traveling anywhere in the world.
Yes, there is a good mobile phone reception on Trek destination. On the mountainous region, Wifi and phone network might not work everywhere or for many days. However, most of the guesthouses offer Wifi for free or for a little charge. It is better not to rely on the internet and enjoy your trip.
If someone get sick in the group, a fellow trekker in the group has to descend, then a porter/assistant guide would go with them. So the person descending would be well looked after and it would not impact on the rest of the group's experience. Emergencies are dealt with by the guide and depending on the severity.
Our Guides carry a comprehensive medical kit. But you should bring your own personal kit and carry it with you when on the trek. It should contain antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, headache pills, diarrhoea treatment, re-hydration salts eg Dioralite, Lemsip, plasters and Compede for blisters.
The hotel in Kathmandu provides the free storage services. So you can leave all your items that are not required for the trekking at your hotel or you can leave in our office too.
This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 20 to USD 1000 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you to spend minimum 10% of your total trip cost for tipping entire local staffs, the ratio of tipping guide and porter will be given to you at the pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu before starting the trek.
Yes, all our trips are guaranteed to run. We never cancel the trip due to not having enough participants; we can arrange the trip for one person as well as a private trip at very minimum additional cost. Please inquire about this during the time of booking.
According to thee size of your groups, it differs. The vehicles will be small and light so that it can be handled easily and safely through the narrow roads of Nepal. It can be a car, minibus, land cruiser, van, Jeep.