The cold air of a Himalayan morning chills the bones as you
climb from a warm bed. The still world of the high mountains is
interrupted by the occasional cock crowing. But the day is slowly
changing. The faintest pink glow begins to illuminate the majesty
of the mountains in front of you. In contrast, the jungle sun warms
the afternoon as your elephant transport labours slowly through the
long grass. The mahout points to the right and there, completely
unconcerned by your presence stands a wild rhino. Different
experiences, different climates, both quintessentially Nepali. Enjoy!
We start in Kathmandu walking the back lanes and alleys of
this busy city, as well as the classic sites. On the second morning we
have left time for those who wish to take an independent optional
Everest viewing flight with a local air excursion operator before
travelling out to see Patan and walk in the valley.
We fly to Pokhara, drive to Nayapul and start trekking out along
the bank of the Modi River towards Ghandrung where we stay
two nights. We can visit the Annapurna Conservation Project and
enjoy some lovely local walking. The next day we continue to the hot springs at Jhinu for a soak then over two days we continue via
Landrung to Dhampus for perhaps the best view of the Annapurna
range. Make sure you are up early to enjoy the stunning view of the
mountains burning pink in the rising sun. Nobody should miss the
sight. The last day on trek is any easy trip down from Dhampus to
Suikhet from where we drive back to Pokhara for a bit of comfort
with two nights to recover and a day to see around the town.
Next we are off to Chitwan to walk, canoe and ride elephants
through the jungle, an extreme contrast to the mountains.
We are down on the plains that border India here, the terrain and climate are very different from the mountains.
Finally we fly back to Kathmandu for one night and fly home.