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What’s included

  • Local leaders
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • All internal flights and hotel/airport transfers
  • Excellent hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara, twin share, bed and breakfast basis
  • Luxury lodge accommodation on trek
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • All meals on trek
  • Costs of all porterage and their insurance
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Carbon offset for clients taking our flight-inclusive option
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag
  • A sun hat and scarf to keep as souvenirs
  • Free use of a day sack, down jacket, trekking pole, rain poncho, umbrella, woollen hat and gloves for the duration of the trek.
  • The opportunity to attend a pre trip meet in the Cotswolds

Gentle Trekking & Luxury Lodges, Annapurna Foothills ‘In style’ holidays

Walking & Trekking

Nepal, Annapurnas | Walking & Trekking

Gentle Trekking & Luxury Lodges, Annapurna Foothills
Gentle / Moderate

Gentle: Suitable for people who enjoy easy-paced walks or exploring the countryside on foot.

Moderate: Suitable for anyone who enjoys hill walking.

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Grade: Gentle / Moderate ? Gentle / Moderate
Duration:  13 days from the UK  
On trek: 6 days
Walks on: 1 day
Private Departures Available

Flight inclusive from £2,770,
Land only from £2,020

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A superb trek between a group of high quality lodges situated in the Annapurna foothills, and stays in the two very best hotels in Kathmandu & Pokhara.

Highlights

  • Varied trekking through beautiful Himalayan scenery and delightful villages
  • Sightseeing tours of the cultural highlights of Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Spend two nights at the beginning of the holiday in Kathmandu's best 4 star hotel, the Shangri La Hotel
  • Stay at Dwarika’s superb heritage 5 star hotel in Kathmandu after the trek
  • Extension options to enjoy rafting on the Seti River and/or time at Chitwan National Park

Reviews          

We enjoyed the trek immensely. Everything exceeded our expectations; the welcome, food lodges… Our guide was remarkable and a pleasure to be with! The six days were not enough for us, we could have done more.
Mrs K, York

The entire experience exceeded our expectations. We could not fault the organisation and support we experienced at all times on our trek. We would strongly recommend MK to anyone who wanted to visit/trek in a similar area - well done!
Mr & Mrs R, Yorkshire

The best thing about travelling with MK was: the quality of the organisation, the staff, the itinerary, the hospitality and kit provided. Pretty well everything in fact. Add to that Nepal, it's people and food- a memorable (and sometimes challenging) holiday, thank you MK.
Mr F, Bath

So many very happy memories, thinking about next year now and can't decide where to go! Too many wonderful trips to choose from. We will certainly travel with MK again, most impressed.
Mrs A, Hampshire

All airport and hotel pickups were very smooth and timely. Dwarika’s hotel was amazing and also enjoyed Fishtail Lodge. Ker & Downey lodges were exceptional – excellent food and service and very clean and nicely kept gardens. Our guides on trek were local and informed and spoke very good English.
Mrs G & Ms D, Gwent

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We begin our holiday with a tour of some of Kathmandu’s celebrated sights, including Patan Durbar Square and Thamel, before flying to the attractive lakeside town of Pokhara to begin our trek. It is approximately five hours’ slow walking between the lodges through a verdant rural landscape set against the backdrop of some of the Himalaya’s most beautiful and highest mountains – Machhapuchare and Annapurna. We pass through a number of pretty villages and meet the local people going about their everyday lives.

The lodges themselves have comfortable lounges, attractive en suite bedrooms, hot running water, flush toilets and electricity, so you can really unwind after each day on trek. After our foothills trek we enjoy two nights in the delightful surroundings of the Pavillions Himalaya Resort near Pokhara before returning to Kathmandu to stay at Dwarika’s, a luxurious heritage hotel. Our tour ends with a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu.


Book 7th October, 21st October or 16th December 2017 departures and save £75 per person off the published online Land Only price.

Private Departures

Gentle Trekking & Luxury Lodges, Annapurna Foothills Private Departure

Gentle Trekking & Luxury Lodges Private Departure
We can offer a private departure of this holiday in Nepal for a minimum of two people sharing. Prices vary by season but start from £2,345 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: Gentle / Moderate
Gentle / Moderate

Duration:  13 days from the UK  
On trek: 6 days
Walks on: 1 day

Max. Altitude: 2,400m/8,000ft

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 16

Land only joining city: Kathmandu

Accommodation types: Hotels, Luxury Lodges

Meal arrangements: Bed and breakfast in Kathmandu & Pokhara, all meals elsewhere. Lunches on day 3 and 12 (sightseeing in Kathmandu) are provided.

Itinerary overview
DayActivity
1-2
Fly to Kathmandu. Transfer to Kathmandu's best 4 start hotel, the Shangri La Hotel.
3
This morning there is the option to book an Everest Flight, or time at leisure. In the afternoon take a guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, including Thamel and Patan Durbar Square.
4
Fly to Pokhara, trek to Birethanti Luxury Lodge (approximately 4 hours trek). Each day of the trek you are rewarded with spectacular mountain views. The trail takes you through pretty villages, where you can catch a glimpse of Nepalese life.
5-6
Trek to Ghandruk Luxury Lodge (5-6 hours trek). The following day, explore the local village and walk to a small temple, return to Ghandruk Lodge.
7
Trek to Landruk, overnight at The Bee Lodge (4 hours trek).
8
Trek to Majgaun, overnight at Gurung or Mala Lodge (4-5 hours trek).
9-10
Trek to Damphus and onwards to Phedi (3.5 hours trek), then drive to Pokhara. The following day, take a boat ride across Phew Tal Lake and shop for souvenirs in Pokhara.
11-12
Fly to Kathmandu and stay at the luxurious and stylish 5 star Dwarika's hotel which has a superb restaurant, where you can eat in traditional style, as well as a swimming pool. It is a peaceful haven and an excellent place to unwind after your trek.
13
There are several extension options, including a safari at Chitwan National Park, a mini trek from Bandipur to the Seti River and 3 Mountain Lodge, or rafting on the Seti River. Or, 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 from London to Kathmandu.

    Overnight iconOvernight: In flight
  2. Day 2 - ARRIVE KATHMANDU (1373m/4,504ft)

    On arrival in Kathmandu you will be transferred to the Shangri-La Hotel. This is a 5* Boutique style hotel which is situated to the north of Thamel, the tourist district of Kathmandu. The hotel has award-winning gardens, a swimming pool and several excellent restaurants. The bustle of Thamel, with all its restaurants, shops and bars, is just a 20 minute walk or 10 minute taxi ride away

    Overnight iconOvernight: Shangri La Hotel, Kathmandu
  3. Day 3 - MORNING AT LEISURE. AFTERNOON HALF DAY SIGHTSEEING IN KATHMANDU

    If you have pre-booked a spectacular sightseeing flight of Everest, you will be transferred to the airport for this unforgettable experience first thing in the morning (please see the 'Optional Extensions' section of this itinerary for details). If you are not taking the Everest flight you will have the morning at leisure.

    Your afternoon sightseeing will begin in Thamel, the main tourist area of Kathmandu, where you will enjoy lunch at a local garden restaurant. From here an English speaking guide will accompany you on a half day's sightseeing tour first walking through Thamel, the main tourist area of Kathmandu with its many bars, restaurants and internet cafes and lots of opportunities for souvenir shopping. You will then visit Kathmandu's historic Durbar Square with its many ancient temples and palaces before driving on to visit Swayambhunath, the so called 'Monkey Temple', which sits on a prominent hillock to the west of Kathmandu city and is famous for the many families of monkeys which live round the temples. Its central stupa is surrounded by many ancient temples and the whole complex is an important pilgrimage site, being sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Shangri La Hotel, Kathmandu
  4. Day 4 - FLY TO POKHARA (827m/2,730ft). TREK TO SANCTUARY LODGE, BIRETHANTI (1,015m/3,330ft), Walking time 4 hours

    This morning you are transferred to the domestic airport for the short flight to Pokhara, Nepal's second city. This is an exciting flight in its own right passing over the terraced Himalayan foothills, with views of the main range to the north, overlooked by the stunning spire of Machhapuchare, known as the 'Fish Tail Peak. The town of Pokhara is the start point for treks to the Annapurna region, Mustang, Daulaghiri and Manaslu.

    From Pokhara, the Sanctuary Lodge at Birethanti is situated to the north-west towards Dhaulagiri and the start of the Kali Gandaki Gorge. You first drive along the fertile Seti River valley before the road winds up into the mountains to the village of Lumle (1,494m/4,900ft), which you reach after one hour. The trek starts here, following a well-paved path, with views of the mountains to the north and the expanse of the Pokhara valley. You climb gently up past terraced fields to reach Chandrakot at 1,555m/5,100ft after one hour. This is a good place to take a break, sitting on the shaded terrace of the Mountain View Café, enjoying the spectacular panorama of the valley below and eating your packed lunch. (Note that the packed lunch is provided to give flexibility in case of occasionally delayed flights to Pokhara). You may be lucky enough to meet the ex-Gurkha owner and hear about his exploits and those of his father, who won the Military Cross in World War One. The path then drops steeply down towards the Modi Valley, through sparsely forested hillsides, past the occasional rhododendron, tall bamboo stands and across wide terraces, with the calls of birds echoing from the surrounding mountain walls.

    En route, after another hour, you pass the charming village of Tamijung at 1,371m/4,500ft, with its houses decorated with intricately-carved wooden eaves and window frames. Here you will see unusual cylindrical beehives suspended on the sides of the houses, awaiting the time when the bees will be smoked out and the honey extracted. The fertile terraces around the village support a variety of crops, including maize, as well as orange and banana trees. Your path continues down to where you cross the grey-green waters of the Modi River on a cable bridge. From there it is a gentle walk to the Sanctuary Lodge, where you will spend the afternoon relaxing in the lodge's attractive gardens, surrounded by darting birds and extravagantly-coloured butterflies. Alternatively, you may take an optional guided afternoon hike to the nearby village of Birethanti and its waterfall.

    The Lodge is on a spur overlooking the River Modi, about twenty minutes from the village of Birethanti, and from here you can explore the local area, with plenty of opportunity for bird, plant and people watching. The lodge has a comfortable central lounge and dining area, with a reference library. After a three-course supper around the large dining table, it's off to bed, lulled to sleep by the rushing waters of the Modi River.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Sanctuary Lodge, Birethanti
  5. Day 5 - TREK TO HIMALAYA LODGE, GHANDRUK. (2,012m/6,600ft) Walking time 5-6 hours

    After breakfast you leave the lodge and walk briefly back along the Modi River valley, before beginning the long climb to Ghandruk. The steep steps lead across fertile terraces and up into forests of rhododendron and oak. All around are the friendly people of the foothills, tilling the fields with their buffalo-drawn ploughs and sharing your path with their cattle and flocks of multi-coloured goats. The trail gives splendid views across the terraces to the River Modi far below. Each village passed gives a fascinating glimpse of Nepalese life - with families using traditional tools to pound corn, weave cloth, re-thatch their roofs and build neat dry-stone walls and houses. After three hours, you pass through the village of Kimche (1,554m/5,100ft); here you will have a spectacular view to show the height you have gained since leaving the river bank.

    You continue your trek to Ghandruk and there are plenty of level sections where you can look down over the terraces and villages far below as hawks swoop and soar on the air currents rising from the valley. After two more hours you reach the welcoming arch of Ghandruk and a final climb, winding through the village streets, leads up to the Himalaya Lodge. Sitting on its terrace lawn, encircled by mountains and with a refreshing glass of lemonade in your hand, you can congratulate yourself on reaching the highest part of the trek. You will have been given a bag of snacks such as a sandwich, fruit and chocolate to munch on during your walk and will have a more substantial late lunch of hot soup and fried rice when you arrive at the lodge.

    The lodge is constructed around a 19th Century Gurung village house, with a dining room and reception area, where you can sit around an open fireplace, and a pleasant bedroom wing with a covered verandah. All around are clues to the village's connections with the Gurkha people and soldiers.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Himalaya Lodge, Ghandruk
  6. Day 6 - DAY IN GHANDRUK

    You wake up this morning with tea and coffee served in the garden and can watch the sunrise over Annapurna South, Annapurna 1, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna and Machhapuchare - the 'Fish Tail' mountain.

    After enjoying a relaxing breakfast and the glorious views from the Himalaya Lodge, your guide will take you on an exploration of this mountain village and the surrounding countryside. You will trek through the forest before reaching a small temple with incredible views. You'll then return to the Lodge via an open hill side and passing though the old village. After lunch, you can further explore the village of Ghandruk, which is a major recruitment centre for the famous Gurkha soldiers. The women of Ghandruk maintain a local industry of weaving traditional Nepalese rugs. Your maximum altitude will be about 2,400m/8,000ft.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Himalaya Lodge, Ghandruk
  7. Day 7 - TREK TO LANDRUK (5,415ft /1,565m) - ABOUT 4 HOURS.

    After watching the sunrise illuminate the surrounding peaks, including Annapurna South and Machhapuchare, you enjoy a leisurely breakfast on the lodge lawn. You then start your day's trek crossing the valley to the village of Landrung which you see across and slightly below the level where you are now. Leaving Ghandruk, the trail descends steeply through terraces to the banks of the Modi River. Here, you'll be at the base of the cliffs where the famed honey hunters of Nepal climb on ropes to collect the honey. You then cross the Modi Khola by a sturdy suspension bridge from where you start a climb up switch backs and steps to reach the village of Lhandruk. From Landruk you will have more glorious views of the Annapurna range. Today's walk is about 4 hours and you arrive in time for lunch at your lodge. In the afternoon your guide will take you to explore around this interesting mountain village.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Bee Lodge, Landruk
  8. Day 8 - TREK TO MAJGAUN (4,620ft /1,400m) - 4-5 HOURS.

    Today's walk from Landruk to Majgaun snakes along the valley through small untouched villages, through farm land, terraces and forest with some rugged sections and across three rivers that all descend down to the Modi Khola below.
    The start is gentle with the sounds of birds chirping and far away cockerels cock a doodling as you pass through villages where very few trekkers come by, it is quite untouched on this side of the valley.

    After around an hour and a half you do inevitably have some steps and a section of steep descent leading down to a small river and bridge. Ascending again to around your previous level the path levels out and you can enjoy the stunning views. A little while later there is another steep descent to another small river. After you have ascended again the path becomes easy and gently winds round the hillside. Your last river crossing is on a sturdy suspension bridge which leads you onto the path into Majgaun. If you are staying at Gurung Lodge there is a quite steep walk up above the main village or to Mala Lodge around and through the village, both lodges have commanding views down the valley and if the weather is still clear back towards Annapurna South.

    After a very enjoyable walk you will be greeted by the lovely lodge staff, a glass of still lemonade and soon after a hearty lunch making it all even more worthwhile. In the afternoon you can visit the Himalayan cottage museum in the upper village about 30 mins walk away.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Gurung Lodge Or Mala Lodge, Majgaun
  9. Day 9 - TREK TO DAMPHUS (1,700m/5,577ft and 3-3½ hours) CONTINUE TO THE ROADHEAD (1½ hrs). DRIVE TO POKHARA (1 hour) AND CONTINUE TO PUMDI BHUMDI.

    After breakfast, you say farewell to the ever-attentive Lodge staff. Your path climbs steeply on well-placed steps up through forests of oak, rhododendron, silver birch and silk-cotton, with stone-built porter stops at convenient intervals for a welcome rest. There is a mass of bird life to look out for, as well as the incredible views of, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Lamjung. After about an hour, the path begins to level out and you continue more gently upwards past shady woods and grassy banks of gentian violets. Eventually, you reach the busy village of Pothana at 1,981m/6,500ft, with its guest houses, restaurants and sellers of Tibetan silverware and other souvenirs. You then descend to the village of Damphus. You will have lunch in Damphus at the Basanta Lodge and enjoy some last close up mountain views. After lunch you start your final long descent to the Pokhara Valley road, passing through steeply terraced fields. You reach the road at Khare Khola at 1,006m/3,330ft, where a vehicle will be waiting to take you back to Pokhara. The one-hour journey takes you past a patchwork of rice fields, where farmers work with their buffaloes, surrounded by flocks of egrets. On arrival in Pokhara you drive a few minutes out of town to the west to the Pavilions Himalayas Resort, located in beautiful rural surroundings. Here you can enjoy the views, swim in the pool or visit the spa. If you are feeling more energetic you could walk up to the Peace Pagoda, located on the top of a nearby ridge and offering great views over the lake and towards the mountains.

    Overnight iconOvernight: The Pavilions - Pokhara
  10. Day 10 - MORNING BOAT RIDE, AFTERNOON AT LEISURE IN POKHARA

    It is well worth getting up early to see sunrise on the mountains, as the moment when the first flush of pink colours the peaks the view is stunning; you might ask the Hotel Reception to arrange an early morning call for you, so that you do not miss this. After breakfast, you will have a boat ride out onto Lake Phewa Tal. This is a very relaxing experience and gives you good views of the mountains and the surrounding countryside and you will also be able to visit a temple on a little island.

    The afternoon will be free to relax in Pokhara, either at the hotel or you may venture out into Pokhara town. Along the lakeside 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. However, be sure to take a look at the strange gorge and rock formation as well as the cute Tibetan kids in the kindergarten. Here you may also watch carpets been woven, or elderly Tibetan ladies spinning and dying the wool. There are good opportunities here to shop for souvenirs.

    Overnight iconOvernight: The Pavilions - Pokhara
  11. Day 11 - FLY TO KATHMANDU. AFTERNOON AT LEISURE.

    This morning you fly back to Kathmandu where you will be met and transferred for two nights at Dwarika's Hotel, a luxurious and stylish hotel, built in local palace style and furnished with Nepalese antiques, carvings and statues. The hotel has a pleasant courtyard garden with a swimming pool and bar and several restaurants - the Toran Restaurant serves very good continental, Indian and Nepalese food while the flagship Krishnarpan Restaurant is a superb restaurant for a special occasion where you can enjoy a multi course menu of real Nepalese food served in traditional style and surroundings. Dwarikas is a peaceful haven away from the noise and pollution of the city and is an excellent place to unwind.

    You will have the afternoon to relax at Dwarika's but you might also like to walk to nearby Pashupatinath, an important temple to the God Shiva which is just a 15 minute walk from the hotel. Pashupatinath has an important place in the lives of Kathmandu's Hindus and is one of the holiest pilgrimage destinations in Nepal. The temple is set on the banks of the holy Bagmati River and this is the principle place for cremations in Kathmandu which are thought to be particularly auspicious if performed here because the waters of the Bagmati eventually flow into the sacred Ganges. You could also visit the ancient Buddhist stupa at Boudhanath which is situated not far from Pashupatinath. Here you can join Tibetan and Sherpa pilgrims as they walk clockwise round the spectacular stupa, spinning their prayer wheels as they go round. Sunset at Boudhanath is particularly atmospheric.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu
  12. Day 12 - KATHMANDU FULL DAY SIGHTSEEING

    Today you will have a full day sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley.

    Firstly you visit Bhaktapur city, located just 9km from Kathmandu, a real cultural gem. It was one of three royal cities built by the former Malla kings who ruled the Kathmandu valley in the 15th century. Here there are many outstanding examples of the exceptional architecture and craftsmanship by the local Newari ethnic group. You will see fine palaces and temples with gilded roofs, open courtyards and elaborate windows carved in wood. The main focus for the town is the central Durbar Square where many of the finest buildings are found, including the famous palace of 55 windows which shows some of the best examples of elaborately carved windows and doors. The city is a centre for craftsmanship and is famous for its thangka painting, Buddhist subjects hand-painted on fabrics such as silk or cotton. Bhaktapur is quieter than Kathmandu city, having an almost a rural feel, with quiet brick-paved backstreets and squares. Local people are still predominantly farmers and the town is famous for its local yoghourt and for its pottery, made from the local red clay - you can see this production going on in the so-called 'pottery square' and other side streets. You will also visit Thimi, a smaller town nearby which is also famous for its traditional pottery production and for the making of colourful hand made papier-mâché masks.

    After lunch you visit another showpiece of Newari architecture, the city of Patan. Patan has its own spectacular Durbar square with many temples and palaces as well as a very fine museum housed in an old palace where there are excellent displays of cast bronzes and gilt copper repousse work, traditional crafts for which Patan's craftsmen are famous

    Overnight iconOvernight: Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu
  13. Day 13 - FLY TO THE UK

    You will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight back to the UK.

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    From £285
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What’s included

  • Local leaders
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • All internal flights and hotel/airport transfers
  • Excellent hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara, twin share, bed and breakfast basis
  • Luxury lodge accommodation on trek
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • All meals on trek
  • Costs of all porterage and their insurance
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Carbon offset for clients taking our flight-inclusive option
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag
  • A sun hat and scarf to keep as souvenirs
  • Free use of a day sack, down jacket, trekking pole, rain poncho, umbrella, woollen hat and gloves for the duration of the trek.
  • 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 and Pokhara, except for lunch on day 3
  • Optional trips
  • Tips


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Reviews

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Overall score:           (Based on 10 reviews)

Enjoyable holiday to Nepal          

It was our first trip and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The arrangements were all good and we were well looked after. The mix of the holiday was excellent: cultural, trekking and wildlife. We loved the Everest flight add-on. It was good being part of a small group. Also good to be able to bolt on an extension (Chitwan). Two nights at Dwarika's at the end was inspired as well (an experience in itself).

Superb adventure to Nepal          

Superb holiday/adventure. Great connections between activities i.e.: no long road trips.

Annapurna trek          

Trip ran smoothly, trek accommodation was excellent.

Great trek and wonderful extension to India          

I valued the certainty that most things would click into place. Everything did and for a solo traveller that was a comfort, thank you. My Indian extension was wonderful! The company which you had engaged to put this in place did a first class job. Every representative found me and my guide for the Taj Mahal Amit Udaphyay was a great companion.

Annapurna Foothills trek          

What we enjoyed about travelling with Mountain Kingdoms was the quality of organisation/logistics, good-quality lodges, group experience, quality of trek leaders & porters, and happy hour was excellent!


Extend your holiday

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.


Koshi Tappu, Nepal
  • 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.


Dwarika’s Resort Dhulikhel, Nepal
  • 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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