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What’s included

  • An English-speaking Sherpa leader
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK departure tax (flight inclusive only)
  • A single, timed group airport transfer on arrival and departure (to coincide with the timings of the group flights)
  • Good standard hotel accommodation (4 star) in Kathmandu, twin share, bed and breakfast basis
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • All meals on trek including tea and coffee
  • Morning bed-tea on trek
  • An evening fill of your water bottle with drinking water
  • A good quality down jacket, four-season sleeping bag and fleece liner (supplied in-country)
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag
  • Trek staff and full porterage
  • Sherpa/porters properly insured and equipped
  • Park fees
  • The opportunity to attend a pre trip meet in the Cotswolds

Annapurna Sanctuary Great Treks of the world

Walking & Trekking

Nepal, Annapurnas | Walking & Trekking

Annapurna Sanctuary

Suitable for enthusiastic hill/mountain walkers.

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Grade: Vigorous ? Vigorous
Duration:  16 days from the UK  
On trek: 12 days

Flight inclusive from £2,220,
Land only from £1,545

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The perfect first Himalayan trek through classic Nepali scenery into the heart of the Annapurnas.


  • The perfect first Himalayan trek through classic high mountain scenery
  • Highly experienced Sherpa leaders
  • Free hire of a down jacket, 4 season sleeping bag and fleece liner
  • Stay in traditional tea houses on trek
  • Four-star hotels with swimming pools in Kathmandu and Pokhara


Felt personal, friendly, both with MK and team in Pokhara. You really do get the best accommodation available, by the leader sending a runner - well done.
Mr B-B, Hants

Annapurna Sanctuary is the best trek I've ever been on - amazing scenery, superb organisation and friendly, competent trek staff.
Mrs L H, Bristol

I fell in love with the country and its people and I'm planning to go back in a couple of years' time. What made the trek really special was having local guides. I saw other companies who used European guides and I'm so glad we had local ones. Nima and Bir in particular were outstanding in terms of their hospitality and kindness, and I couldn't recommend them highly enough.
Mrs W, Devon

Service on the trek was well thought out - plenty of tea, good lunch stops, tea brought to door in the morning, etc. Guides were very attentive.
Ms S, Exeter

Thank you MK for providing the opportunity to fulfil a lifetime ambition to visit the high Himalaya - I can truly say it exceeded all our expectations. The advice and customer care provided by MK staff both in the UK prior to departure and throughout the trek was exceptional and ensured that our trip was a truly memorable experience.
Mr H, Worcestershire

Everything was so well organised that we were able to relax and enjoy the magnificent mountains and the Nepalese countryside, only having to focus on the physical exertion of the trek, knowing that food, water, accommodation etc. was all under control. The guides and porters did their jobs superbly.
Ms L, West Glamorgan

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The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is the perfect first Himalayan trek – It offers wonderful walking and superb views without undue acclimatisation problems and all within 16 days, London to London.  The trek takes you right into the Annapurna Sanctuary, a high glacial basin located north of Pokhara and known as the ‘Sanctuary’ both because of its natural beauty and its religious significance to local people who believe in the divine presence there of the goddesses, Annapurna and Gangapurna, important figures in Hindu myth and folklore. The focus of the trek is Annapurna Base Camp, a magnificent spot at 4,130m/13,550 set below a ring of eleven of Nepal’s major peaks. Here you will have a spectacular view of these giants including the immensely impressive south face of Annapurna 1.

Setting out from Pokhara through typical Nepali terraced farmland and villages, you trek through varied scenery toward the Annapurna Sanctuary, lying forty kilometres directly north of Pokhara. Beyond the village of Chomrong, from where the views of Machhapuchare are exceptionally beautiful, the trail enters a dense mountain bamboo forest clinging to the sides of the steep Modi Khola gorge. Waterfalls cascade down the cliffs to the river far below and you will often see troops of Langur or Rhesus Macaque monkeys and varied birdlife along the way. In the past, few people apart from a few hunters and shepherds, ventured beyond Chomrong up the narrow trail into the remote Annapurna Sanctuary and there are no permanent human habitations apart from at Kuldi Ghar where there are some shepherds huts and more recently small settlements built along the way to accommodate trekkers to the Sanctuary. The entrance to the Annapurna Sanctuary is ‘guarded’ by the mountain giants Machhapuchare and Hiunchuli, and you pass between them into a huge ice-clad cirque of some of the highest mountains in the world. You spend two days here exploring, with a visit to Sir Chris Bonington’s Annapurna Base Camp, 4,130m/13,550ft, with some staggering views of the South Face of Annapurna.

The trek back to Pokhara is by a different route and includes a dawn hike up Poon Hill for sunrise over the Himalaya. This is one of the best first treks to do in the Himalaya, as the trail gets spectacularly close to the mountains but does not go dramatically high.
If you would prefer to do this trek in a bit more comfort take a look at our Annapurna Base Camp in Style itinerary which utilises luxury lodges where these can logically be incorporated into the itinerary.

At a glance

Grade: Vigorous

Duration:  16 days from the UK  
On trek: 12 days

Max. Altitude: 4,130m/13,550ft, Annapurna Base Camp, Day 8

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Kathmandu

Accommodation types: Hotels, Tea Houses

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

Itinerary overview
Day Activity
(This is the itinerary for our autumn 2018 and spring 2019 dates. For our March 2018 depature, please download the Detailed Itinerary below). Arrive Kathmandu.
Fly to Pokhara. Drive to Dhampus Phedi. Trek to Pothana.
Trek to Deurali via Sinuwa and Bamboo.
Trek to Machhapuchare Base Camp, 3,658m/12,000ft.
Trek to Annapurna Base Camp, 4,130m/13,550ft.
Trek to Dovan, then on to Tadapani and Ghorepani.
Climb Poon Hill, 3,210m/10,532ft, and trek to Hille.
End trek at Naya Pul. Drive to Pokhara.
Time at leisure in Pokhara. Fly to Kathmandu. Fly to London.
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. Group transfer to hotel.
    annapurna sanctuary kathmandu bazaars a harrison.

    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 people today as they have for the past hundreds of years while roads are crowded with rickshaws, cars, roaring motorbikes and buses. 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. Although this is a crowded, noisy and polluted city it is also friendly, fascinating 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
  3. Day 3 - Fly to Pokhara. Drive to Dhampus Phedi, 914m/3,000ft. Trek to Pothana, 1,829m/6,000ft - 4-5 hours.
    annapurna sanctuary machapuchare from dhampus c egglestone.

    You will be met at your hotel and taken to the airport for your flight to Pokhara. This is a spectacular and exciting flight in its own right passing over the Himalayan foothills, with views of the main range. From Pokhara, it takes about 1-1½ hours to drive to Dhampus Phedi then it is a steep two-hour uphill walk to the village of Dhampus for lunch, with Annapurna as the backdrop. The trail then climbs more gradually for a few hours to Pothana, a small village in the middle of the woods, with a grand view of the Annapurna range including the majestic Mt. Machhapuchare ('Fish Tail'), a beautiful spot for your first overnight stay in a tea house.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  4. Day 4 - Trek to New Jhinu Danda, 1,780m/5,839ft - 6½ hours.

    From Pothana, the trail leads up through chestnut forest with occasional views of the snow-capped peaks. The trail climbs gradually for about an hour, before reaching the ridge top at Deurali. Deurali is a fabulous spot with enchanting views of the surrounding landscape. After a brief stop here, a steep half hour descent brings you down to Bheri Kharka. The trail is then almost level with a few undulations until you reach Landrung village (about an hour from Bheri Kharka). From Landrung, the route diverts north-west towards Chomrong, and an hour's walk brings you to the bank of the River Modi. From here the trail winds uphill gradually, alongside the river, for an hour until New Bridge is reached. From New Bridge you traverse round to cross a river and then climb very steeply to the houses of Jhinu Danda for your overnight stay. There are hot springs about a 20 minute walk below the village if you have the energy and wish to visit them!

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  5. Day 5 - Trek to Sinuwa, 2,340m/7,677ft - 4-5 hours.

    From Jhinu Danda you ascend until you reach the main Ghandrung to Chomrong trail. The trail then climbs more gently to a corner before making a long descent on stone steps to Chomrong village, the gateway to the Sanctuary. Weather-permitting, you will be treated to a surfeit of fantastic mountain views, which include Annapurna South, 23,687ft/7,220m, Hiunchuli, 21,132ft/6,441m, Annapurna III, 24,786ft/7,555m, Machhapuchare, 22,943ft/6,993m, and Gandharba Chuli, 20,498ft/6,248m. From Chomrong the trail continues down on steps through terraced fields to cross the river. After the bridge, it is steeply uphill through farmland and forest for an hour and a half to Sinuwa Danda, a small settlement on the ridge with 2-3 teahouses and offering great views of the surrounding landscape.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  6. Day 6 - Trek to Deurali via Bamboo, 3,200m/10,498ft - 7 hours.

    From Sinuwa, an hour's walk through forest brings you to the small village of Khuldi-ghar, where your trekking permit and conservation ticket is checked and registered. From here you descend on slabs and then climb gently upwards to a small place called Bamboo, 2,347m/7,700ft, named after the dense vegetation in this area. Another hour's walk through bamboo forest, following the River Modi upstream, will bring you to another small settlement of Dovan, or Dobang. You then continue more steeply uphill, high above the river until you reach Himalaya at 2,870m/9,416ft. A few short steep climbs on and you arrive at Deurali.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  7. Day 7 - Trek to Machhapuchare Base Camp, 3,658m/12,000ft - 3-4 hours.

    You will now be feeling the altitude, as you get closer to the snowy peaks and the vegetation changes from forest to shrubs. From Deurali the valley narrows as you pass through the so called 'gates' of the Sanctuary, and then there are several steep climbs to reach the Machhapuchare Base Camp area for your overnight stay.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  8. Day 8 - Trek to Annapurna Base Camp, 4,130m/13,550ft - 3-4 hours.
    annapurna sanctuary trek to annapurna base camp l denniff.

    From Machhapuchare Base Camp the trail winds up steeply for 1 hour. As you reach the upper ridge in the open wide valley, you enter a hidden amphitheatre with a complete view of an array of snowy peaks spread out before you. Another 1-2 hours of slow and steady walking will bring you to Annapurna Base Camp in the heart of the Annapurnas.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  9. Day 9 - Sunrise views at Annapurna Base Camp. Trek to Dovan, 2,630m/8,628ft - 6-7 hours.

    Today you need to rise early to be rewarded with the most spectacular sight of the sun rising over Annapurna South and her awe-inspiring neighbours. You are now completely surrounded by soaring, snow-capped giants, including Annapurna 1, Tent Peak, Hiunchuli, Gandharba Chuli, and Machhapuchare. After this unforgettable feast of glorious mountain scenery, you retrace your journey back down to Himalaya and on to Dovan. The lungs respond well to the treat of going downhill and to the lower altitude.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  10. Day 10 - Trek to Chomrong, 2,177m/7,144ft - 4-5 hours

    Today's walk begins with a downhill walk through dense forest of oak, rhododendron, pine and bamboo, all the way to Bamboo, a small settlement built to cater to the needs of the trekkers. From Bamboo, a 45-minute steep climb brings you back to Khuldi Ghar where you have to sign out before you leave. You walk through forest back to Sinuwa and then descend steeply to the river. After crossing the bridge, an hour steeply uphill on steps brings you back to Chomrong village for your overnight stay.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  11. Day 11 - Trek to Tadapani, 2,590m/8,497ft - 5-6 hours.

    From Chomrong you climb stone steps out of the village back to the corner where the trail forks, one way down to New Bridge and the other round into the valley of the Kimrong Khola. You stay on the high trail and continue round to where the trail divides again, one branch going downhill to Kimrong Village and on to Gandrung and the other branch, on the right, staying high and going to Tadapani. You take the right branch and follow an easy wide trail which meanders through the farm fields and then descends to the Kimrong river valley and down to the river. Your route then leads west, very steeply uphill, through dense forest for three hours until Tadapani is reached for your night's stay. This is a magnificent spot in the midst of the magnolia and rhododendron forest, overlooking great views of Annapurna South, Machhapuchare and beyond towards the Manaslu range.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  12. Day 12 - Trek to Ghorepani, 2,750m/9,022ft - 6 hours.

    The path descends to cross a small stream and climbs to the village of Banthante. Then it is steeply uphill in a narrow forested gorge, often climbing on stone steps, to reach Deurali, four hours from Tadapani, from where there are good views down into the valley of the Kali Gandaki. From Deorali you climb again for a short while through fine forest before reaching an open ridge top from where there are fantastic views if the weather is still clear at this time of the day. There is another hour of easy descent through the rhododendron forest to Ghorepani, which is famous for its panoramic views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu and beyond, from the nearby Poon Hill.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  13. Day 13 - Climb Poon Hill, 3,210m/10,532ft, and trek to Hille, 1,520m/4,987ft - 5-6 hours.
    annapurna sanctuary annapurna from poon hill m hobby.

    You have the option of an energetic early morning hike to Poon Hill, 3,210m/10,531ft, to catch the sunrise over the Himalayan peaks (about 45 minutes steeply uphill). After this beautiful and memorable image of the mighty Himalaya, trek down on the busy trail of the old Trans-Himalaya trade route where you will often see laden mule trains, firstly through forest to Banthante, continuing to Ulleri, before the classic descent of 1,640ft/500 metres on a steep Gurung 'staircase' to Tirkedhunga, 1,540m/5,052ft. You then continue more gently down to Hille, 1,520m/4,987ft, for your final night in the mountains.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  14. Day 14 - Trek to Naya Pul - 2½ hours. Drive to Pokhara - 1 hour.

    After breakfast, you descend from Hille to Birethanti (approximately 2 hours) and then continue for half an hour to the road head at Naya Pul. You then drive back to Pokhara.

    The rest of the day is free for you to explore this lakeside town stunningly set against a mountainous backdrop. You can walk down to the lake Phewa Tal, and along the lakeside with its many cafes, bookshops and gift shops for souvenir shopping or some may be attracted to the hotel pool.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Shangri La Village Hotel, Pokhara or Similar
  15. Day 15 - Morning in Pokhara. Fly to Kathmandu.

    You will have a few more hours to explore Pokhara before catching an afternoon flight to Kathmandu and the transfer to your hotel.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Shangri La Hotel, Kathmandu
  16. Day 16 - Fly to London.

    After breaksfast there will be a group transfer to the airport for your flight back to London.


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What’s included

  • An English-speaking Sherpa leader
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK departure tax (flight inclusive only)
  • A single, timed group airport transfer on arrival and departure (to coincide with the timings of the group flights)
  • Good standard hotel accommodation (4 star) in Kathmandu, twin share, bed and breakfast basis
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • All meals on trek including tea and coffee
  • Morning bed-tea on trek
  • An evening fill of your water bottle with drinking water
  • A good quality down jacket, four-season sleeping bag and fleece liner (supplied in-country)
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag
  • Trek staff and full porterage
  • Sherpa/porters properly insured and equipped
  • 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 and Pokhara
  • Tips

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Overall score:           (Based on 11 reviews)

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek          

We had a brilliant time on our trek and it was even better as we had the same Guide that we had five years ago on another trek in Nepal - Was lovely to see him again and to know that we had a great Guide leading us. Our two Porters were the most happiest of guys and it was really good to share experiences with them and have a laugh. The walking was great and no matter how many times you visit Nepal and the Himalaya you are always taken back by the vastness and beauty of it all. Must say the provided sleeping bags and fleece liners worked a treat the higher up we went. Very enjoyable..

Another great trek.          

This trek proved to be another enjoyable experience, in some ways exceeding expectations in that the standard of accommodation and food in the tea houses has improved compared with a previous occasion. We had the good fortune in that our sirdar was K.C. He was unfailingly upbeat and amusing even when the weather was a little unkind. His knowledge of vocabulary and idioms was amazing, a real treasure! The organisation of the whole trek, both before and during was exemplary, the scenery splendid and the Nepalese as welcoming as ever.

Excellent Annapurna Sanctuary          

Great Countryside with wonderful Mountain Views. An unforgettable experience which I can Heartily recommend.

What a fantastic holiday!          

What I enjoyed was the faultless organisation, friendly office staff, and feeling of safety and being looked after. The porters were very kind and sociable - wonderful people.

Annapurna Sanctuary - magnificent          

Annapurna Sanctuary is a fantastic trek with memorably magnificent scenery.

Extend your holiday

Dwarika’s Hotel & Dwarika’s Dhulikhel

Dwarika’s Hotel & Dwarika’s Dhulikhel
  • 5* Dwarika's heritage hotel in Kathmandu with a pool
  • Stylish Dwarika's Dhulikhel resort with panoramic mountain views
  • Relax in style with Ayruvedic Spa facilities and beautiful pools
  • First rate dining and luxurious rooms

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Extend your stay in Kathmandu at either of Dwarika's indulgent properties: a 5* heritage property offering a tranquil haven in central Kathmandu or a mountain retreat above the pretty town of Dhulikhel.

Both offer wonderfully spacious rooms with many touches of luxury together with Ayurvedic spa facilities and enticing outdoor pools. Dhulikhel's resort also offers a Himalayan salt room, a meditation room and a Chakra sound therapy centre - the ultimate in relaxation.

With produce grown on their own organic farm, Dwarika's has a reputation for serving superb food using the finest, local ingredients. The Krishparnan Restaurant at their hotel is considered one of the finest in Kathmandu and offers a true feast of Newari cuisine.

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.

Kathmandu Valley sightseeing, Nepal

Kathmandu Valley sightseeing, Nepal
  • Visit the ancient cities of Bhaktapur, Patan, Kathmandu and Timi with their stunning art and architecture
  • Observe traditional crafts such as pottery, woodcarving and thangka painting
  • Choose from a selection of full and half day guided tours
  • Travel in a private car with a driver and an English-speaking guide

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The Kathmandu Valley has a long and rich history and a vibrant culture and there is much that is worthwhile to see there - crowded bazaars, ancient temples, Buddhist stupas, crumbling shrines and picturesque palaces. The Malla kings who ruled in the valley created three major cities in the valley, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan and each of these cities has buildings that are showpieces for the art and architecture of local Newari craftsmen. We offer a selection of half day trips and full day trips to these sites the valley.

Koshi Tappu, Nepal

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.

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
  • 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
  • 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.

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.

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.

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!

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