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What’s included

  • A Sherpa leader
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK departure tax (flight inclusive only)
  • All internal flights and hotel/airport transfers
  • Good standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (4 star) and Pokhara, bed and breakfast, twin share basis
  • Kathmandu sightseeing tour
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Free use of a good quality down jacket
  • A bedding pack containing a sheet, pillow slip, four season sleeping bag, fleece liner and a hot water bottle (on winter treks).
  • All meals on trek including tea and coffee
  • An evening fill up of your water bottle with drinking water
  • Some supplementary snacks on trek
  • Morning ‘bed’ tea on trek
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag
  • Trek staff and full porterage
  • Sherpa/porters properly insured and equipped
  • Solar showers while on trek
  • Park fees
  • The opportunity to attend a pre-trip meet in the Cotswolds

Annapurna & Everest Panorama Trek Festivals

Walking & Trekking

Nepal, Annapurnas, Everest Region | Walking & Trekking

Annapurna & Everest Panorama Trek
Moderate

Suitable for anyone who enjoys hill walking.

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Grade: Moderate ? Moderate
Duration:  17 days from the UK  
On trek: 11 days
Private Departures Available

Flight inclusive from £3,135,
Land only from £2,395

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Two short tea house treks amidst the breathtaking scenery of Nepal’s two most famous mountain ranges

Highlights

  • Trek in the both the Annapurna foothills and the heart of the Everest region
  • Take in the stunning views of numerous Himalayan giants including Everest and the ‘Fish-Tail’ - Machapuchare
  • Enjoy our full service tea house trekking experience with many extra touches of comfort
  • Relax in a 4-star hotel in Kathmandu and tour the city sights

Reviews          

Thank you for organising our trip of a lifetime to Nepal - we loved it!
Mr & Mrs W, London

It was a holiday and experience of a lifetime; I look forward to another trip. Sirdars made the experience extremely interesting with their willingness to share the knowledge about their country. Superb!
Mr W, Staffordshire

Very well organised – gave us confidence. Excellent sherpas who made us feel cared for, friendly office staff, a really good combination of two treks, was ideal for a first visit to Nepal.
Mr & Mrs M, Cambridgeshire

The trek was excellently balanced and gave the opportunity to experience two different cultures. Guide teams and porters were excellent.
Mr & Mrs M, Manchester

Thank you for making our dreams come true – a trip of a lifetime.
Mr & Mrs Broad, Bath

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The Annapurna massif and Everest’s Khumbu valley are home to some of the most celebrated treks in the world. This exciting new trip offers the chance to explore both areas on one moderately graded holiday, with excellent acclimatisation and our renowned full service tea house trekking experience.

Flying west from Kathmandu, we first complete a five-day trek in the Annapurna foothills, taking in the classic sunrise/sunset views of Machapucchare (Fishtail) and the Annapurna massif from Poon Hill, 3,210m/10,531ft. The scenery here is a mix of deciduous woodland, farmed terraces and open valleys scattered with small settlements.

After time to relax in lakeside Pokhara and a night in Kathmandu, we fly to Lukla for a six-day trek in the Khumbu. This is the home of the Sherpa people and we’ll stay in their capital, Namche Bazaar, before trekking on for great views of Everest from Thyangboche Monastery, 3,870m/12,697ft. A magnificent climax to a great trekking holiday. Here, on the October departure, we join the Mani Rimdu festival celebrations, a magnificent climax to a great trekking holiday.

Private Departures

Annapurna & Everest Panorama Trek Private Departure

We can also offer the Annapurna & Everest Panorama Trek as a private holiday for a minimum of two people sharing.  Prices vary by season but start from £2,830 per person (land only). International flights available from £810. Contact the office for further details or to book your private departure.


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At a glance

Grade: Moderate
Moderate

Duration:  17 days from the UK  
On trek: 11 days

Max. Altitude: 3,863m/12,674ft (Thyangboche), Day 12

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Kathmandu

Accommodation types: Hotels, Teahouses

Festival:

The October 2017 departure attends the Mani Rimdu festival at Thyangboche Monastery.

Meal arrangements: Bed and Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara, all meals are provided elsewhere.

Itinerary overview
DayActivity
1-2
Fly to Kathmandu. This city is a wonderful mixture of the ancient alongside modern.
3
First you trek in the Annapurna region. Fly to Pokhara and begin the trek to Ulleri. (4-5 hours trek)
4-5
Trek to the ridge-top settlement of Ghorepani. (4 hours). Climb Poon Hill to watch the sunrise, and then on to Tadapani. (5 hours trek)
6-7
Continue on to Ghandruk and Birethanti, drive to Pokhara. (3 hours trek each day)
8
Spend the morning at leisure in Pokhara. Relax at the hotel, or visit one of the lakeside shops or bars. Fly to Kathmandu.
9
The second trek is in the Everest region. Fly to Lukla, trek to Chumoa. (4-5 hours trek)
10
Enter Sagamartha National Park and trek to Namche Bazaar, the principal town in the region. (6 hours)
11-12
Trek to Thyangboche via Kyanjuma. This is the highest point of the trek. Visit the monastery. The October departure visits Mani Rimdu Festival. (5-6 hours trek each day)
13-14
Trek to Lukla via Monjo. On arrival you can relax and enjoy a celebratory beer!
15-17
Fly to Kathmandu. Guided walking tour to explore the city, including Durbar Square and Swayanbunath Stupa. Spend the afternoon at leisure. Transfer to the airport for your international flight.
Leader: Local Leader, Nepal
Local Leader, Nepal

Whether it's a cultural tour, gentle walking holiday or strenuous trek, our holidays in Nepal are led by professionally-trained English speaking leaders. They have an intimate and expert knowledge of the history, culture and nature of Nepal.

They will be sure to provide you an unforgettable experience in their wonderful country of Nepal. 


  1. Day 1 - Fly London To Kathmandu

    Fly overnight London to Kathmandu.

    Overnight iconOvernight: In flight
  2. Day 2 - ARRIVE KATHMANDU.

    On arrival in Kathmandu you will be transferred to the Shangri-La Hotel. Kathmandu is a wonderful mixture of the ancient alongside the modern - crowded bazaars still throng with colourful ethnic peoples today as they have for past hundreds of years while roads are crowded with cars, roaring motorbikes and buses belching out black smoke; ancient temples and crumbling shrines sit alongside modern offices, picturesque palaces slowly sag into dereliction while Buddhist stupas gaze over the bustling scene with their all seeing eyes. Meanwhile in the tourist hub of Thamel you will find restaurants and bars, shops and internet cafés. Although this is a crowded, noisy and polluted city, it is also fascinating, friendly and vibrant.

    Tonight, you may choose to eat at the hotel, or you could head off into Thamel to one of the famous restaurants there, such as Rum Doodle Restaurant, a place frequented by trekkers and climbers alike, with pride of place given to a board with the signatures of many Everest summiteers.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Shangri La Hotel, Kathmandu Or Similar
  3. Day 3 - FLY TO POKHARA (884m/2900ft), DRIVE TO BIRETHANTI, TREK TO ULLERI (2,070m/6,830ft) 4-5 hours

    You will be met at your hotel and taken to the airport for your short flight to Pokhara. This is a spectacular and exciting flight in its own right passing over the Himalayan foothills, with views of the Annapurna and Manaslu ranges on your right. On arrival at Pokhara Airport, you will meet your trekking guide and make the short 1-1½ hour drive north, towards the foothills of the Annapurna range.

    After completing formalities at a trekkers' check point in Birethanti, you start your trek northwards alongside the waters of the Bhurungdi Khola. A long ascent lies ahead, frequently on stone steps (Stephen Bezruchka's book says that it is 3,767 steps) but there is plenty of time to enjoy the scenery too. Firstly, the trail ascends gradually up the valley through a series of small hamlets. There are a few points alongside the trail to sit and take a break above the falls and swirling waters of the river, or at a friendly tea shop. After passing through Hille (1,520m/5,016ft/), you reach Tirkhedunga where you use a suspension bridge to cross a tributary. Now begins the final steeper part of the ascent (some 500m/1,650 feet) to reach your overnight halt in Ulleri. The path twists its way back and forth up the hill, but the steps make it a straightforward ascent.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  4. Day 4 - TREK TO GHOREPANI (2,775m/9,105ft) 4 hours.

    It is a shorter day's trekking today, but uphill all the way. Above Ulleri, the landscape changes and you will leave the cultivated terraces behind as you enter a forest of oak and other deciduous trees. You will pass through the small settlements of Banthante and Nyathante, doubtless stopping for refreshment here, or at one of the other wayside tea houses popular with trekkers. Finally, you will reach the ridge-top settlement of Ghorepani (2,775m/9,105ft). This is a large village with numerous tea houses and a small number of shops selling snacks, postcards and maps. There is plenty of time this afternoon to relax, or take a stroll to enjoy the views looking north up the deep valley of the Kali Gandaki and the mountains to the north. If you have both the energy and the inclination, you may wish to make a walk up nearby Poon Hill to catch the sunset.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  5. Day 5 - CLIMB POON HILL (3,210m/10,532ft) AND BACK approx 1½ hours. TREK TO TADAPANI (2,540m/ 7,620ft) approx 5 hours.

    At sunrise you can climb Poon Hill to see the mountains turn pink - one of Nepal's classic views. It takes about 45 minutes to one hour to make the ascent. Although it will be warm work making the climb, remember to take your down jacket, as once you reach the top to take pictures and sit and marvel at the scenery you will soon notice the cold morning air. Then you will return to your tea house for breakfast before setting off on trek once more. From Ghorepani, the trail gradually climbs eastward through forests of oak and rhododendron. Breaking through the trees onto a small grassy outcrop you are rewarded with yet more magnificent views, including Machhapuchare (Fishtail peak) which you will have seen from a distance in Pokhara.

    Keeping the height you have gained you trek to a point at 3,030 metres (10,000 feet) before descending to a pass at Deurali (2,960m/9,770ft.) From Deurali the trail becomes steeper as you follow a mountain stream down a gorge complete with small plunge pools and waterfalls. As you approach Banthante the descent becomes gentler and you will arrive at a tea house in time for lunch. From Banthante, you continue downstream to a corner, descending into a side valley to cross a small stream and then it's the last climb of the day amongst trees to reach Tadapani (2,540m/7,620ft). Tadapani actually means "far water" and is so named because of the half hour or more walk required by the villagers to reach their best source of water.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  6. Day 6 - TREK TO GHANDRUK (2,012m/6,600ft) 3-4 hours. AFTERNOON AT LEISURE.

    There are two routes to Ghandruk from Tadapani, both taking you steeply downhill through fine,atmospheric forest. However there is plenty of time to complete today's walk so you'll be able to take sufficient time and care to avoid any slips. After just 3-4 hours you descend through the outskirts of Ghandruk and descend through the winding village streets to your lodge for the night.

    Ghandruk is a huge Gurung village set at just over 2,000 metres (6,600 feet.) It is in fact the second largest Gurung village in Nepal and is a confusing cluster of closely-spaced, slate-roofed houses. There are neatly terraced fields situated both above and below the town. It is wonderfully easy to get lost in the network of narrow alleyways while trying to trek through the village. Your lodge is constructed around a 19th Century Gurung village house, with a dining room and reception area, where you can sit around an open fire, and a pleasant bedroom wing with a covered verandah. All around are clues to the village's connections with the Gurkha people and soldiers. (Ghandruk is a major recruitment centre for the famous Gurkha soldiers) The women of Ghandruk maintain a local industry of weaving traditional Nepalese rugs.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  7. Day 7 - TREK TO BIRETHANTI (1,065m/3,494ft) 4 hours, DRIVE TO POKHARA.

    Your final morning's trekking in the Annapurna range leads you down from Ghandruk back to Birethanti. Along the way you will pass through the settlement at Kimche before descending to the banks of the Modi Khola. An hour or so of further trekking close to the river brings you to the suspension bridge that leads you back to Birethanti.

    You will complete your final ACAP formalities in Birethanti and then rendezvous with your transport for the drive back to Pokhara. You should arrive in Pokhara by lunchtime. The rest of the day is then yours to relax by the lakeside to or explore Pokhara Town. The hotel pool will doubtless be an attraction for some whilst the many book and gift shops will tempt others into the odd souvenir purchase.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Barahi Hotel, Pokhara
  8. Day 8 - AT LEISURE IN POKHARA, FLY TO KATHMANDU.

    It is well worth getting up early to see sunrise on the mountains - the moment when the first flush of pink hits the peaks is stunning. You may ask reception at the hotel to arrange an early morning call for you so that you do not miss this.

    The morning will be free to relax in Pokhara, either at the hotel or you may venture out into Pokhara Town. Along the lake side are numerous bars and places to shop for souvenirs as well as internet cafes. There are also some nice walks in the area, or you could visit the Tibetan camps at either Hyenja or Devis Falls - at Devis Falls (which is the closest) be sure to take a look at the strange nearby gorge and rock formation as well as the cute Tibetan kids in the kindergarten. Here you may also watch carpets being woven, or elderly Tibetan ladies spinning, or dying the wool. There are good opportunities here to shop for souvenirs.

    You will take an afternoon flight back to Kathmandu where you will be met upon arrival and transferred to the hotel.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Shangri La Hotel, Kathmandu
  9. Day 9 - FLY TO LUKLA (2,804m/9,199ft) TREK TO CHUMOA (2,820m/9,252ft) 4½-5½ hours.

    This morning you will be transferred back to the airport for the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. This is one of the most spectacular flights in the world. As you fly east, the snow line of the Himalayan range to the north will be on your left, with the rugged foothills of Nepal immediately below and stretching away to the south on your right. Lukla is situated high above the river Dudh Koshi on a shelf at 2,800m, and arriving there is a unique experience because the runway is on a slope and there is a difference of almost 60 metres between its lower and upper ends which all makes for an interesting landing. On arrival you can have a cup of tea while your trek staff retrieve your baggage. From the airstrip you will head north-west, through the village of Lukla and descend to the Dudh Khosi River at Phakding (2,652m). The path leads upstream along the valley, through areas of conifer trees and several more small villages. Another 2-3 hours walking will bring you to Chumoa (2,743m/8,997ft), a small and picturesque village of about 25 houses located below Thamserku Mountain (6,618m) and close to the entrance to the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  10. Day 10 - TREK TO NAMCHE BAZAAR (3,445m/11,303ft). 6 hours.

    A principal benefit of walking as far as Chumoa on the first day is that you can walk up the steep hill to Namche when fit and fresh in the early morning. Shortly after leaving Chomoa you cross the Monjo Khola and continue to the park gates of the Sagarmartha National Park where you complete entry formalities. You then walk on alongside the river to arrive at the confluence of the Imja Drangka and the Nangpo Drangpo, which combine to form the Dudh Khosi. Crossing the river on a high bridge, you start the steep climb to Namche. Near the halfway point up the hill, if the sky is clear, your first views of Everest and Lhotse come into sight. You then continue the climb, less steeply now, to Namche.

    Namche is the largest and most prosperous village in the Khumbu. Thamserku (6,618m) and Kwangde (6,224m) loom to the east and west and the sacred mountain Khumbila (5,707m) dominates the skyline to the north behind the village. The narrow streets at its centre are a mixture of traditional and modern, with Sherpa homes mingled with cafes, handicraft shops and shops selling or renting trekking and climbing equipment, foodstuffs and vegetables, tennis shoes and Tibetan boots. Your first trek, in the Annapurna range, will have given you valuable acclimatisation, but don't be surprised if after the exertion of the climb and the rise in elevation, you feel a little tired and head-achey here. You will feel better after a cup of tea and a rest.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  11. Day 11 - TREK TO KYANJUMA (3,500m/11,483ft) 5-6 hours.

    This morning you climb steeply out of Namche, past the high airstrip at Syangboche and continue over the top of the ridge before descending to Khunde (3,840m/12,672ft.) The trail then descends again to Khumjung, with chortens forming a dramatic frame to a view of Ama Dablam (6,696m), and Kangtaiga (6,779m), flanked by the towering heights of Sagarmatha (the Nepalese name for Everest), Lhotse and Nuptse. You might have time on the way to visit the ancient gompa situated in a grove of trees near Khumjung. As you descend from the village, first through walled fields and then through moss-covered rhododendron forest, watch out for blood pheasant and beautiful Impeyan pheasant scratching in the undergrowth. Just out of Sangnasa is Kyanjuma where you will stay overnight.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  12. Day 12 - TREK TO THYANGBOCHE (3,860m/12,664ft) 5-6 hours. VISIT MONASTERY.

    This morning you descend through forests of rhododendron and blue pine to the village of Trashinga - watch out here for the Tibetan traders selling their wares alongside the trail - they are very jolly ladies! You descend further to cross the Dudh Kosi at Phungithanga with its water driven prayer wheels and then climb through beautiful forests to reach Thyangboche, the main monastery of the Khumbu area, situated on a high saddle.

    Thyangboche lies on the forested ridge at the base of Kangtaiga and this position affords panoramic views of the main peaks of Khumbu including Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam. It may be cloudy by the time you arrive in the early afternoon, but should normally be clear first thing in the morning, so it will be well worthwhile getting up early for the sensational views. There should be time this afternoon to visit the monastery. Remember that a small donation is expected when you visit monasteries.

    MANI RIMDU FESTIVAL
    The 26 October 2017 departure of this holiday coincides with the Mani Rimdu Festival, which takes place at Thyangboche. Those travelling on this departure will leave Kyanjuma early to reach Thyangboche in time to witness some of the festivities on arrival in Thyangboche and before departure for Monjo, the following morning. The festival is governed by the Tibetan calendar and the dates vary quite a bit each year. The festival consists of nine days of ceremonies and meditation, concluding with a special blessing ceremony given by the re-incarnate lama of Thyangboche to the public, after which there is a day of masked dances and celebration. The masked dances and various mystical ceremonies are performed primarily to dispel evil spirits and to pass on 'merit' to those attending. Long Tibetan horns blare, drums beat, black hat dancers twirl and the whole event has a magical ambiance. Each day of the festival is interesting in its own right and besides the masked dances there is the making of a sand mandala, construction of butter tormas (symbolic offerings made of coloured butter and barley flour), and a fire puja. Please be aware that the 'running order' of the festival (and even the dates) sometimes change due to the whim of the Gods and the inclination of the Sherpa people!

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  13. Day 13 - TREK TO MONJO (2,800m/9,186ft) 6 hours.

    You will probably be woken in the early hours, while it is still dark, by the sound of horns and cymbals as the monks have their first prayers of the day. You will have time to enjoy the views and to visit the monastery in the morning if you did not go yesterday.

    From Thyangboche you descend to the river at Phungithanga and then climb up through pine forest to reach the Tibetan traders at Tashinga and then a short ascent to Kyangjuma.

    From Kyanjuma you take a delightful undulating trail with some of your last high altitude mountain views of the trek, looking across to the summits of Thamserkhu and Kangtaiga. You reach a corner in the trail and then will find Namche below you. You descend into Namche before making the knee crunching descent back down to the valley. The warmer climate should offer a good opportunity to shed a layer or two. You will still have wonderful views, and the chance to relax in warmer valley surroundings. Trek back down the Dudh Kosi valley for a short way past the checkpoint at Jorsale to Monjo. (Walking poles will be a big help).

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  14. Day 14 - TREK TO LUKLA (2,804m/9,199ft) 5 hours.

    Most people head towards Lukla with a heavy heart. There is something very special about the setting, the villages and the people of the high Khumbu hills and valleys and these memories will help you up the deceptively long, final climb into Lukla.

    The trail to Lukla follows the main trail as far as Chablung, and then turns off above the village of Chaunrikharka towards Lukla. There are signs beyond the stream at Chablung pointing you in the direction of Lukla. The broad trail, leading uphill to the left, climbs steadily past a few bhattis and the school, then through scrub forests above the school and houses of Chaunrikharka. After a steep final climb there is a collection of houses and bhattis in Tamang Tole, a new settlement a short distance from the airport. As you approach the airstrip the houses and hotels rapidly proliferate. On arrival you can finally relax and enjoy a celebratory beer.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  15. Day 15 - FLY TO KATHMANDU, AT LEISURE IN KATHMANDU

    Today you make the early morning flight back to Kathmandu from the Lukla airstrip. Please note that flights into Lukla are sometimes delayed due to weather conditions either in fog-bound Kathmandu, or windy Lukla; be reassured that our staff in Lukla and in Kathmandu will be doing everything possible to minimise the inconvenience caused if this happens. Your patience in the trying circumstances, which can occur, will be greatly appreciated. Your final day of leisure in Kathmandu does of course provide a valuable 'cushion' against missing your flight home to the UK should the Lukla flight be delayed.

    On arrival in Kathmandu you will be met and transferred to the Shangri-La Hotel. The afternoon is free to do your own sightseeing or just to relax at the hotel.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Shangri La Hotel, Kathmandu
  16. Day 16 - HALF DAY’S SIGHTSEEING IN KATHMANDU.

    This morning there is a half-day guided walking tour. Your transport will drop you at Kathmandu Durbar Square with its many temples and palaces, and from here you will walk to the 'monkey temple' at Swayambhunath, visiting Asan Tol, Kathmandu's busy main bazaar, and Thamel en-route. The afternoon is free for some last-minute shopping or a bit more sightseeing.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Shangri La Hotel, Kathmandu
  17. Day 17 - FLY TO LONDON.

    Transfer to the airport for your flight back to London.

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2017

DatesAvailabilityLand OnlyFlight Inclusive from
Thu 26 Oct - Sat 11 Nov 2017Available£2395 Book£3135 Book

2018

DatesAvailabilityLand OnlyFlight Inclusive from
Fri 30 Mar - Sun 15 Apr 2018Available£2595 Book£3435 Book

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What’s included

  • A Sherpa leader
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK departure tax (flight inclusive only)
  • All internal flights and hotel/airport transfers
  • Good standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (4 star) and Pokhara, bed and breakfast, twin share basis
  • Kathmandu sightseeing tour
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Free use of a good quality down jacket
  • A bedding pack containing a sheet, pillow slip, four season sleeping bag, fleece liner and a hot water bottle (on winter treks).
  • All meals on trek including tea and coffee
  • An evening fill up of your water bottle with drinking water
  • Some supplementary snacks on trek
  • Morning ‘bed’ tea on trek
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag
  • Trek staff and full porterage
  • Sherpa/porters properly insured and equipped
  • Solar showers while on trek
  • Park fees
  • The opportunity to attend a pre-trip meet in the Cotswolds

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • Tips


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Annapurna and Everest trek          

What we enjoyed about travelling with Mountain Kingdoms was that it was well organised.

We loved it!          

Thank you for organising our trip of a lifetime to Nepal - we loved it!

Superb!          

It was a holiday and experience of a lifetime; I look forward to another trip. Sirdars made the experience extremely interesting with their willingness to share the knowledge about their country. Superb!

Excellent Sherpas          

Very well organised Ð gave us confidence. Excellent Sherpas who made us feel cared for, friendly office staff, a really good combination of two treks, was ideal for a first visit to Nepal.

Trip of a lifetime          

Thank you for making our dreams come true Ð a trip of a lifetime.


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The Pavilions Himalayas, Nepal
  • Spend two or more tranquil nights in rural Pokhara
  • Sample the organic and locally sourced Nepali cuisine
  • Idyllic setting with mountain views
  • The resorts offers a swimming pool, spa and gym
  • Eco-friendly

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We are delighted to offer this new luxury stay in a rural location just outside Pokhara.  We are sure this is set to become a favourite with our clients.

The Pavilions Himalayas is a luxury resort set in beautiful farmland amid paddy fields in a tranquil rural location approximately 5km outside Pokhara. There are dramatic mountain views from the resort as well as Pokhara’s famous Peace Pagoda seen on top of a nearby ridge.

The beautiful rooms are set in individual villas and are large and comfortable, all having whirlpool baths, separate rain shower cubicles, enormous beds and offering wonderful hand made soaps and shampoos made with herbs from their garden.

All facilities at the resort are top of the range and include a lovely swimming pool and spa.  From the resort it is just a short drive to explore Pokhara or there are pleasant walks from the hotel or you can just chill at the resort, have a massage and enjoy the facilities.


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  • Koshi Tappu is home to over 500 species of birds
  • Look out for exciting wildlife like jungle cats, crocodiles and rare water buffalo
  • Explore the park by foot, raft and jeep
  • Stay in the pleasantly located Koshi Camp

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Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve is one of the finest birdwatching and wildlife areas in all Asia. Located in south-east Nepal, the reserve covers 175 square kilometres with large expanses of open water created by the Koshi barrage, with marshes, lagoons, sandbanks and mudflats offering an outstanding wetland habitat. The reserve is home to over 500 species of birds, with the resident inhabitants being joined by large numbers of migratory species from Siberia and Tibet, which take up residence from November to February. The Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve provides one of the best places in Nepal to view migratory water fowl, waders and shore birds with many species seen here which are not recorded elsewhere in the region.

There is also much wildlife to be seen in Koshi Tappu including blue bull, golden jackal, Bengal fox, fishing cat, jungle cat, mongoose, civet cat, porcupine, Indian flying foxes and rare Gangetic dolphins as well as rare Marsh Mugger crocodiles.  In addition, Koshi Tappu is the last habitat of the endangered Arna, a type of wild water buffalo.

During your visit you will explore the park with bird and animal spotting from a raft trip on the Koshi River, birdwatching walks, jungle walks and jeep trips. You will also have the opportunity to visit a family in one of the very interesting nearby local villages for a taste of rural Nepalese life. The Koshi Camp offers simple but comfortable accommodation and an expert staff of naturalists and birdwatchers to give you a comprehensive introduction to this wonderful area.


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  • Luxuriously furnished accommodation
  • Enjoy stunning mountain views of the Himalaya
  • Relax and rejuvenate in the top of the range spa
  • Take a dip in the refreshing infinity pool
  • Restaurants serve locally sourced organic food

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Dwarika’s Resort is a charming hotel located just an hour’s drive from Kathmandu city and set on a ridge above the town of Dhulikhel. At an altitude of 1,700m/5,600ft and enjoying panoramic views of the mountains, Dwarika’s Resort is the perfect way to relax and feel revitalised and rejuvenated. The resort promises ‘a Himalayan approach to well-being in rustic luxury.’

Built in Dwarika’s own inimitable style the resort offers a relaxing atmosphere of complete harmony in the tradition of ancient Buddhist and Hindu beliefs. The rooms are spacious and luxurious and are set in lovely gardens with inspiring mountain views. Facilities include an infinity pool overlooking beautiful countryside, top of the range spa facilities, a fitness centre, a Chakra sound therapy centre and a Himalayan salt room and meditation room all inspired by a blend of Vedic Philosophy and Buddhist Medicine.

The resort offers an impressive range of ayurvedic treatments as well as yoga and meditation and classes. Its wonderful restaurants offer delicious food, sourced locally and from Dwarika’s own organic farm, with delicious menus carefully created to complement Dwarika’s philosophy and treatments. Other activities include lovely walks to visit their farm or to explore the surrounding area and visit traditional villages such as the legendary Namobuddha Monastery or the Newari village of Panauti, to experience the simple joys of Nepalese rural life.


Tibet Extension
  • Visit some of Tibet's most important historical and cultural sites and monasteries of Tibetan Buddhism.
  • Offers a scenery completely different to that of Bhutan and Nepal.
  • Suitable to add to any holiday flying in/out of Kathmandu.

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​A visit to Tibet offers an exciting extension to a visit to Nepal or Bhutan. Regular flights to Lhasa from Kathmandu make it possible to visit most of the major sights in and around Lhasa on an 8 day itinerary and a visit to Tibet will provide an exhilarating contrast to your trek or tour in Nepal or Bhutan. Tibet’s high plateau offers totally different and starker scenery to that of the other Himalayan countries. Here you will see some of the most important historical and cultural sites and monasteries of Tibetan Buddhism – the Potala Palace and Samye, Ganden and Drepung Monasteries.

If taking this extension you will need to spend an extra day beforehand in Kathmandu while our agents there process your Tibet visa. They will need your passport for the day for this purpose. You need to let us know in good time if you wish to take this extension as we need to put this process in hand and send your details to the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu well before your departure date.


Tiger Mountain Lodge, Pokhara
  • Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara in the Annapurna range of Nepal
  • The lodge is an ideal base for you to relax in a rural mountain setting
  • Beautiful outdoor swimming pool reflecting view of the Annapurna range
  • Delicious Nepali dishes & continental specialities made from local fresh ingredients, home-grown herbs & garden salads

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Why not extend your adventure in Nepal by visiting the beautiful Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge. Tiger Mountain Pokhara lodge is a lovely place, situated on a ridge half an hour outside Pokhara and enjoying the most stunning mountain views over the Annapurna range of mountains.

The lodge is an ideal base for you to relax in a rural mountain setting, away from the bustle of town. With a central lodge, bar and dining room, the comfortable rooms are arranged in clusters of cottages resembling a Nepali village. All have attached bathrooms, private verandas and Himalayan views. Daily menus feature a range of Nepali dishes as well as continental specialities made from local fresh ingredients and home-grown herbs and garden salads. You may enjoy lovely walks through the forests and villages of the lovely countryside surrounding the lodge, escorted by trained local guides. The beautiful swimming pool reflects the distant white peaks of the Annapurna range. The lodge also offers a range of Ayurvedic and shiatsu therapy and yoga and meditation sessions are also available (at additional cost). You may also venture further afield to visit Pokhara, Nepal’s second city located on a lovely lake and also enjoying spectacular views.


Everest Flight - extension
  • Fly within five nautical miles of Everest
  • As well as Everest, see views of other 8,000m giants; Makalu, Kanchenjunga, Cho Oyu and Lhotse
  • Flights operate in the early morning, when weather conditions are at their best.

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While in Kathmandu, why not experience the spectacular sight of Mount Everest? Instead of trekking into the region to gain a good view of this must-see landmark you could see it in under an hour! We fly with either Buddha Air or Mountain Air who both operate modern Raytheon Beechcraft 1900 aircraft. These hold between 16 and 18 people and as the seating is only two abreast everyone is guaranteed a window seat.


Chitwan National Park - extension

Chitwan National Park - extension
  • Activities include; bird watching, elephant washing, canoe ride, elephant experience, landrover safari and jungle walks
  • Choice of accommodation from budget to luxury
  • Suitable to add to any holiday flying in/out of Kathmandu

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Why not extend your adventure in Nepal by visiting Nepal’s jungle region for a complete contrast to the high mountains and the Kathmandu Valley. Chitwan is home to a rich and varied wildlife. Here are found wild elephant, rhinos, leopard, sambar, chital (spotted) deer, wild boar and
arguably the most magnificent of cats, the Royal Bengal Tiger. You may even see sloth bear, gaur (wild cattle) and crocodiles. Chitwan is also wonderful for birdlife especially in the spring, when the jungle rings day and night to the calls of several kinds of Asian cuckoo.


Bhutan extension from Nepal
  • 5-day cultural tour or 8-day gentle walking options available
  • See the main sights in Paro, Thimphu and Punakha
  • Bhutan is just a short flight from Kathmandu

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Though only a short flight from Kathmandu, Bhutan offers a very different Himalayan experience to Nepal. Characterised by lush valleys, terraced hillsides and soaring peaks the landscape is endlessly picturesque, whilst the imposing dzongs (monastery/fortresses) and Swiss chalet style houses give each town or village a look that is distinctly Bhutanese.
Here are just two options – if you would prefer something different please discuss with this office.

A taste of Bhutan - five-day cultural tour
This five-day tour visits Bhutan’s key sights and cultural centres including magnificent Taksang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest), the beautiful riverside dzong at Punakha and the fascinating treasures housed in the National Museum at Paro. The tour will be led by a knowledgeable Bhutanese guide and accommodation is in comfortable hotels with all meals included.

A short walk in Bhutan - eight-day gentle walking and cultural tour
This eight-day gentle walking trip offers the perfect introduction to some of the cultural highlights and scenic delights of Bhutan. You begin with sightseeing om Thimphu and a walk to Cheri Monastery, one of Bhutan’s most historic temples before travelling over the Dochu La Pass to Punakha, the former winter capital. In Punakha you take a lovely valley walk and visit the beautiful riverside dzong. Driving back to Paro you take a pretty walk from the Dochu La through beautiful forest. You then drive up to the Chele La Pass and take the lovely walk to Kila Nunnery, before ending your trip with the walk up to Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Bhutan’s greatest cultural treasure and a fitting conclusion to a superb extension. You will stay in good quality, comfortable hotels throughout and all meals are included.


Agra, Taj Mahal & Jaipur - extension (Nepal)

Agra, Taj Mahal & Jaipur - extension (Nepal)
  • 3-day and 6-day extension options available
  • Add to the beginning or end of your holiday in the Himalaya
  • Sights include the Red Fort, Taj Mahal, City Palace and Amber Fort

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After your adventurous trek to the Himalaya why not add an exciting trip to Agra to see the sights of the one time capital of the great Mughal empire? Or, if you have more time available, perhaps a longer trip visiting both Agra and another gem of the ‘Golden Triangle’, Jaipur. For those travelling to or from Kathmandu for their holiday it is very straightforward to stop off in Delhi en-route to make a side-trip in India. Whichever option you take, once in Agra you will be looked after by one of our fully trained, English-speaking guides who will show you around the Red Fort, the Taj Mahal and the ancient city and mosque of Fatehpur Sikri. For those travelling on to Jaipur, you will take guided visits to the Amber Fort, Palace of the Winds and City Palace, and have time to explore the colourful bazaars of the ‘Pink City’.


Bardia National Park - extension

Bardia National Park - extension
  • Jungle activities including an elephant experience, bird watching, rafting and nature walks
  • See wild elephant, rhinoceros, leopard, deer, wild boar and if you are lucky, the famous Royal Bengal Tiger
  • Stay at the delightful Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge situated on the edge of the park

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After your adventurous time in the Himalaya why not add a relaxing Jungle Safari to your trip?
The Royal Bardia National Park is situated in the west of Nepal. We use Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge, which is acknowledged to be the best lodge in the area. Bardia’s remote geographic location and the fact that the lodge has only 12 rooms, lends a degree of exclusivity to the experience, in comparison to other more popular parks. From the lodge you will be able to participate in safaris and have the chance of seeing some of the country’s wonderful wildlife, for instance, wild elephant, rhinoceros, leopard, deer, wild boar and if you are lucky, the famous Royal Bengal Tiger. There is also the possibility of visiting the villages of the Tharu tribal people that surround the lodge. With its abundant wildlife, relaxing lodge and first class service, our Bardia extension is an experience you will savour!


Shivapuri Heights Cottage extension
  • Escape the crowds and hustle and bustle of Kathmandu
  • Walks available from the cottage - explore the nearby countryside
  • Single and double rooms available, or exclusive hire of the entire cottage
  • Breakfast and dinner included, plus unlimited tea and coffee

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While in Kathmandu, why not experience an exclusive, private, home away from home? Shivapuri Heights Cottage is a “home-stay-style” property that offers a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the City. It is located in 2 acres of land at an altitude of 6,000ft /1,830m on the edge of the protected Shivapuri Reserve, with beautiful views looking down into the Kathmandu Valley.


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