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Discovering Nepal

A feast of mountain walking and wildlife spotting 
 

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. Finally we fly back to Kathmandu for one night and fly home.

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You enjoy the great outdoors and possess a moderate spirit of adventure. For you, nothing beats exploring the natural world, whether by foot, wheels or water. You enjoy filling your days with great scenery and a range of different experiences. You are moderately fit. Previous outdoor activity experience is preferable.



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    Date
    17 Feb 2017
    Nights
    15
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    Level B
    Depart From
    London (Heathrow)
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    Date
    20 Oct 2017
    Nights
    15
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    Level B
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    London (Heathrow)
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  • Itinerary & Map
    17 Feb 2017 - 04 Mar 2017

    Day 1 - In flight
    Assemble at Heathrow or Manchester Airport for the overnight flight to Kathmandu.

    Day 2 - Kathmandu
    We arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to our hotel.

    Day 3 - Kathmandu
    Today we start the sightseeing programme in earnest. There is much to see in and around Kathmandu. Firstly we visit Pashupatinath, Nepal’s most holy Hindu pilgrimage site, & the great Buddhist stupa at Bouddanath. After lunch in the Rum Doodle restaurant in Thamel, we will continue to central Kathmandu City & Durbar Square.

    Day 4 - Kathmandu
    We travel via the Monkey Temple at Swayambunath to sightsee in Patan, Kathmandu’s twin city. Clients wishing to arrange a flightseeing trip (not included) around Everest will have the opportunity to do so this today or on day 15.

    Day 5 - Ghandrung
    We go back to the airport for our flight to Pokhara. On the flight you can enjoy some great views of the Himalaya. On arrival in Pokhara we drive to Nayapul and start our trek along the bank of the Modi River via Birethanti towards Ghandrung.

    Day 6 - Ghandrung
    We should have plenty of time to look around the head quarters of ACAP, the Annapurna Conservation Area Project and also take a walk in the local hills.

    Day 7 - Jhinu
    From Landrung we descend into the Modi river valley and then up to the village of Jhinu (1760m) where we over night. We should arrive in time to enjoy the Jhinu Hot Springs. A chance to get clean and refreshed. We plan to reach the highest point of the holiday at Taglung (2180m) today.

    Day 8 - Landrung
    After breakfast, the trail goes gradually down to the new bridge over the Modi River and on to the village of Landrung.

    Day 9 - Dhampus
    It is an easy walk from Landrung to Tolka where we have our lunch and then a steep ascent to reach Deurali. From here it is a gradual descent to the beautiful village of Dhampus where we spend the night in the lodge.

    Day 10 - Pokhara
    We should be able to enjoy a spectacular early morning sunrise view from Dhampus. After breakfast, we walk down to Suikhet. Here we meet our transport to go to our hotel in Pokhara.

    Day 11 - Pokhara
    We have a morning of sightseeing to see the attractive lakeside town of Pokhara with its many cafes, restaurants and shops. Free afternoon or visit the Mountaineering Museum which is within walking distance of the hotel and offers a fascinating history of mountaineering in the Himalaya.

    Day 12 - Chitwan
    We leave early and drive directly to Chitwan where we have two nights near the Chitwan National Park

    Day 13 - Chitwan
    A day's exploration and sightseeing in the Chitwan area. We will explore by elephant, canoe, jeep and on foot and have a good chance to see the rare one-horned Indian rhinoceros, various species of deer and, if we are astonishingly lucky, the Bengal tiger.

    Day 14 - Kathmandu
    We take a morning walk to a local Tharu village before flying to Kathmandu, where we stay for one night.

    Day 15 - In flight
    After a free morning we transfer to the airport for our flight home.

    Day 16 -
    We arrive back in the UK.


  • Accommodation

    In Kathmandu and Pokhara we will stay in comfortable four star hotels and in Chitwan in comfortable safari resort lodge accommodation. The tea huts used on trek provide simpler but adequate accommodation, with twin and single rooms available as required.

  • What's Included

    Holiday Price Includes:

    • Return flights and transfers.
    • All transport for walks and excursions.
    • Full board accommodation.
    • Services of an experienced local trek support team on trekking days.
    • Entrance fees to all included highlights.
    Supplement for single room: £455- £525

  • Holiday Highlights

    Holiday Highlights:

    • Meet and chat to the locals on the trek.
    • Enjoy the best mountain vistas in the world.
    • On the back of an elephant at Chitwan get up close to wild rhino.
    • The hot springs at Jhinu, a welcome soak on trek.

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    • Arrival transfer by road (c1hr).
    • Flights: Heathrow-Kathmandu via Istanbul (c11hrs + stop), Turkish Airlines.
    • Internal flights by Buddha Air or alternative.
    • Regional flights including Manchester and Birmingham may be available from £30 supplement. Please ask for details.
    • UK add-on flights from £150 return, British Airways.
    • Upgrades available, please contact us for a competitive quote. 
    • Visa is required. 

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Activity Level
alt
You enjoy the great outdoors and possess a moderate spirit of adventure. For you, nothing beats exploring the natural world, whether by foot, wheels or water. You enjoy filling your days with great scenery and a range of different experiences. You are moderately fit. Previous outdoor activity experience is preferable.



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