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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)
  • Single, timed group airport transfer for international flights on arrival and departure
  • Good standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara, 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

Mini Annapurna Circuit Great Treks of the world

Walking & Trekking

Nepal, Annapurnas | Walking & Trekking

Mini Annapurna Circuit
Vigorous / Strenuous

Vigorous: Suitable for enthusiastic hill/mountain walkers.

Strenuous: Suitable for fit individuals who have regular experience of mountain walking.

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Grade: Vigorous / Strenuous ? Vigorous / Strenuous
Duration:  15 days from the UK  
On trek: 9 days

Flight inclusive from £2,449,
Land only from £1,655

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A shorter version of the circuit that still offers sensational views and excellent acclimatisation

Highlights

  • A shorter version of the classic Annapurna Circuit trek but with all the main highlights
  • Wonderfully varied scenery and cultural interest at every step
  • Crossing the Thorong La - a true high point at 5,416m/17,769ft
  • Four star hotel and guided walking tour in Kathmandu

Reviews          

Everything was excellent. Having discovered how thoroughly enjoyable it was to have everything done (and carried) for me, by people who were always friendly and attentive, I am grateful to Mountain Kingdoms and I look forward to booking with you again.
Mr C, W Sussex

The trip was excellent all along. Sirdar, sherpas, porters, scenery, food, lodges etc. were excellent.
Mr Z, Spain

I found that the trip was very well organised, particularly the trek itself. Nima Temang was excellent and was able to communicate well. It was noticeable that other guides regularly sought his advice and some other groups also sought his advice because they were unable to communicate effectively with their guide. Nima took particular care over keeping the group healthy - from putting out...
Mr C, Channel Islands

Well planned trip - all the info as always is detailed and excellent, inc. equipment advice. Have travelled with you before and found this, as always, was up to your usual high standard. The Sherpa leader and porters were great and looked after us very well, sorry to say good-bye to them. A great trip, and as the only woman in the group at 60+ felt very happy that we made it all the way round.
Ms P & Mr S, Sheffield

This trek was a very well put together, extremely well guided and I thought that the pre-trip briefing notes were very comprehensive.
Mr S, Devon

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This is the ideal trek for those who wish to discover the variety and beauty of the Annapurna mountain range, on a shorter version of the full Annapurna Circuit. Following the Marshyangdi River our trek begins in Chamje, through paddy fields and sub-tropical rhododendron forest. Above the village of Manang the scenery changes as we enter higher, more arid landscapes and ascend steadily to cross the Thorong La at 5,416m/17,765ft, with fantastic views of the entire Annapurna massif.

Descending from our high point we spend a night at the small pilgrimage town of Muktinath, where Hindus and Buddhists come to see the ‘burning’ water, before completing our trek in the Tibetan township of Jomsom. Whilst trekkers on the full circuit continue on foot from here through the Kali Gandaki Gorge, we take to the air for the spectacular flight above the deepest gorge in the world to Pokhara and Kathmandu beyond.


At a glance

Grade: Vigorous / Strenuous
Vigorous / Strenuous

Duration:  15 days from the UK  
On trek: 9 days

Max. Altitude: 5,416m/17,769ft, Thorong La, Day 11

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 on trek.

Itinerary overview
Day Activity
1-3
(This is the itinerary for our 2019 departures. A separate detailed itinerary for our 2020 dates can be downloaded below). Fly to Kathmandu. Drive to Chamje.
4-5
Trek to Bagarchhap, 1,700m/5,577ft - 6-7 hours. Trek to Chame.
6-7
Trek to Pisang. Trek to Manang.
8
Rest day at Manang.
9-10
Trek to Yak Kharka. Trek to Thorong Phedi.
11
Cross Thorong La, 5,414m/17,764ft, trek to Muktinath.
12-13
Morning view temples, afternoon trek to Jomsom via Lupra. Fly to Pokhara.
14
Fly to Kathmandu.
15
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 and will make your trip a memorable experience.


  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.

    You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. You might like to venture out to Thamel for your evening meal, or eat in the restaurant if you are tired from your journey.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Shangri La Hotel, Kathmandu
  3. Day 3 - Drive to Chamje, 1,430m/4,692ft - 8 hours.

    Today you will be picked up from your hotel for the drive to Chamje. Your journey takes you through deep gorges as you trace the Trisuli River westwards. You will pass through the small town of Mugling where the Trisuli and Marshyangdi rivers meet. The town also serves as the crossroads between Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan in the south. You pass over an impressive suspension bridge and begin to follow the Marshyangdi River, which will become a familiar sight, as it will be your companion all the way to Thorong Phedi. On this section of the road you will gain your first sight of the Annapurna and Manaslu ranges. After Mugling you turn north and the Annapurna Massif looms as you approach Besi Sahar. From here you will join a jeep track for a couple of hours to reach your trek start point at Chamje via Syange and Jagat.

    Jagat is a very old village. Its name means 'toll-station', as this was once a tax collecting point for the Tibetan salt trade. When Bill Tilman visited the area in 1950 this route did not exist. Instead he had to walk along a series of wooden galleries tied to the rock face!

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  4. Day 4 - Trek to Bagarchhap, 1,700m/5,577ft - 6-7 hours.
    mini annapurna circuit trek from tal to bagarchhap n triggs.

    Leaving Chamje you soon come to a suspension bridge to cross to the Marshyangdi's east side. You continue through a series of overhanging rock formations. After a short climb the path begins to traverse the rock face on a broad ledge. You then come to a series of stone steps and pass a couple of “Bhattis” (historically liquor distilleries) on your way. “Bhattis” originally offered just alcoholic drinks and some lodgings, but since the advent of tourism they now stock all sorts of soft drinks and snacks.

    After a while, the trail evens out and you will pass through an archway - this is the gateway to Tal and the Manang district. “Tal” is the Nepali word for “lake” and you will see the broad expanse where a lake used to be. The trail leads to the right of this expanse beneath a mighty rock wall on your right. The people of the Manang region are Tibetan in origin and you will see increasing evidence of this Tibetan influence as you continue your trek up to Thorong Phedi. The architecture changes and you will see more Buddhist chortens and gompas. Another hint of this influence can be gained with a plethora of guesthouses named such as “New Tibetan”, “Lhasa” and “Potala” Guesthouses.

    The trail from Tal is level for a while, giving a welcome relief for your legs. The Marshyangdi is wide and calm at this point. After an hour you cross a bridge back to the western side of the gorge. Back on the eastern bank you will see the old trail which was used until recently - however due to landslides it is no longer safe. You continue to climb to reach the village of Dharapani, which has numerous hotels and a police check post. While you pass through the village you will see a valley coming in from the east along which the Dudh Khola flows. This is where the Manaslu circuit trek route joins the Marsyangdi River, coming down from the Larkya La.

    From here there is a 'low path', or a 'high path” leading to Bagarchhap. The high path involves climbing a series of stone steps for at least 45 minutes, however, it is worth it for the view and the two small villages you pass through. The first is called Odar and the second Ghalan Chok. As this trail is little used by tourists, the villages have retained their character and there is not a guesthouse in sight. The villages are surrounded by high terraces of maze and soya beans. From here you make the short descent to Bagarchhap for the night. If you have time you may want to visit the splendid Gompa in Bagarchhap.

    People along your route:
    The farmers of the lower Marshyangdi region are primarily Brahmins and Chetris, two high caste Hindu groups, with some communities of Gurungs and Magars in the nearby foothills.

    The people of the Manang Valley are Tibetan-type in culture and dress, although their origins have been lost in history. For centuries they have monopolised trade in the upper Marshyangdi, as well as being notorious for their international trading activities. These expeditions take the Manang men as far from home as Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangkok.

    The main villages in the Manang Valley - Pisang, Braga and Manang - are reminiscent of American Hopi communities. Consisting of tight clusters of flat-roofed stone buildings, the villages huddle against eroding sandstone cliffs for defence, as well as wind protection. One of the most interesting cultural sites in the Valley is the Braga Gompa, which dates back 400-500 years and belongs to the Kagyu-pa sect.

    The upper Kali Gandaki valley is populated by Thakalis, prosperous traders who once held a monopoly over the Tibetan salt trade. Colourfully decorated mule caravans are frequently seen on the Kali Gandaki route, either carrying loads of sugar, kerosene and rice up the trail or salt and barley down to Pokhara. For agriculture subsistence the Thakalis grow potatoes and barley, their towns reflecting this with their flat roofs for grain-drying and a few elaborate irrigation systems.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  5. Day 5 - Trek to Chame, 2,630m/8,628ft - 5 hours.

    Leaving Bagarchhap, you proceed up the valley gaining great views of Annapurna II (7,937m/26,040ft) and Lamjung Himal (6,932m/22,743ft) directly in front of you. After half an hour you will pass through the village of Danakyu. You pass a mani wall and a huge prayer wheel on your left hand side. If you look back you should be able to see the lofty peaks of Manaslu (8,154m/26,752ft), the eighth highest peak in the world, and Peak 29 (7,833m/25,699ft). After Danakyu there is the possibility of taking a "low route". However we recommend you take the "high route" which offers spectacular scenery. You will have a steep climb of just under an hour through a forest populated by pines and firs. The trail then flattens out and you cross a log bridge. You might catch sight of the Langur monkeys, which are resident here.

    The trail ascends again and looking back, Manaslu now appears closer than ever. The trail takes you through a natural amphitheatre, with high wooded hillsides all around. A short while after you will reach Timang Meadows - a small village. Continuing on, the path is level and after a river you will come to another village called Thanchok. Further up the trail you may get a sight of Annapurna II towering into the sky.

    The path then rejoins the main trail and in this area the trail is scattered with huge boulders. Descending through woodland you pass through the village of Koto which sits in the shadow of Annapurna II and on your right you will see the Naw Khola joining the Marshyangdi from a northern valley. In Koto there is a small Gompa adorned with brightly coloured paints. The valley then opens out and it is a short level walk to Chame, where you will spend the night. Chame houses the headquarters of the Manang district and you will see district officials riding up and down the trail on horseback, which is still the fastest means of transportation in this area. You enter Chame through an archway and there is a large mani wall just inside. Chame is a good place to do last-minute shopping for the higher altitudes you will soon encounter - you can buy woolly hats and gloves, chocolate and batteries, the bank may be open to change money and you may even be able to make a telephone call. You cross the Marshyangdi to the north side to find your tea house. There are some hot springs just five minutes' walk from the tea house and excellent views of Lamjung Himal.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  6. Day 6 - Trek to Pisang, 3,190m/10,465ft - 5 hours.

    Today will be a shorter walk but the scenery is so wonderful that you will want to take your time. Leaving Chame you pass a few mani walls, one overshadowed by a huge wall of rock to your right. You pass through a small hamlet marked by chortens at each end. The trail here is even and for a while is bordered by an attractive dry stone wall. Soon, you arrive at a water-turned prayer wheel. You pass through the village of Bhratang and begin a 45-minute climb through forest, levelling off and then reaching a suspension bridge. Crossing the bridge there is a moderate climb in forest and you begin to move away from the Marshyangdi. The valley begins to broaden out and Pisang Peak (6091m/19,983ft) will be directly in front of you. The woodland here is made up of juniper, pine and fir. You pass a couple of small lakes where wading birds can sometimes be seen. Pisang is divided into upper and lower villages. You cross a small wooden bridge to arrive in Lower Pisang where you will stay in a tea house. It is well worth while crossing the Marshyangdi River and climbing up to the upper village, which is more traditional and has an ornately decorated gompa overlooking both villages.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  7. Day 7 - Trek to Manang, 3,500m/11,482ft.
    mini annapurna circuit trek to manang a casebow.

    On this day there are two route possibilities; a lower route of 5 hours or a high route of 6-7 hours.

    Either: If your group takes the lower, less strenuous route, the path out of the valley is pretty level and then once out of the valley you begin to contour round to your left and climb up onto a ridge. The view from this ridge is breathtaking looking down into the Manang valley and you will want to stay here all day to enjoy it! Dropping to the valley floor the path is wide and dusty. You will have noticed that the scenery here is becoming more arid, the air drier and the wind colder. Annapurna III (7,555m/24,786ft) rises to the left and passing through the village of Hongde you will see the deserted remains of the old village on its outskirts. The path then rises gradually and takes you into the next valley. After a couple of hours' walk you will pass through the village of Braga, just 30 minutes' walk from Manang. Overnight either at Hotel Yeti or Himalayan Singe - both offer en suite facilities.

    Or: If your group are feeling fit and energetic then the high route on the east bank of the Marshyangdi is strenuous, but well worth the effort. You cross the river out of Pisang village and then take a reasonably level path through scrub land, passing a small picturesque lake on your right. You then pass a long mani wall and descend to cross a stream and begin a strenuous zigzagging climb up to the village of Ghyaru (3,673m /12,050ft). A welcome tea shop is the first house you reach in the village. It is well worth climbing up to visit the gompa at the top of the village. The views from here of Annapurna II and Annapurna IV are totally stunning. From Ghyaru you continue up the valley on a wonderful high level trail, passing the ruins of a castle set on a promontory, with views both ways up and down the valley. You then arrive at the village of Ngawal (3,650m/ 11,975ft) where there is a large newly built gompa up to the right. You leave the village near a long mani wall. Finally you descend back to the valley floor and re-join the main trail to continue to Braga and Manang. Before continuing it is well worth visiting Braga Gompa, which is the oldest in the area and is a wonderfully atmospheric building. Ask your guide to find the 'man with the key'!

    Flora and Fauna
    There are many interesting species you will see on this trek. In terms of flora, in the lower regions there are forests of broad-leafed trees such as spruce, silver fir, hemlock, Himalayan cypress, rhododendron and a variety of oaks. Higher up, birch, silver fir, blue pine and juniper trees grow. Flowers include gentian, edelweiss, primula and saxifrage.

    You will see a wide variety of fauna while on trek, many of which are used as beasts of burden. It is common to see water buffalo, mules, horses and at higher elevations, yaks. Wild mammals you may see include the Langur money, the Indian muntjac (barking deer), the thar (wild goat) and blue sheep. The snow leopard also roams the higher elevations and they have been seen around the "snow lake" above Manang.

    You will also see many varieties of birds. Common forest birds you may see are several types of thrush while on the rivers and streams you may see white-capped river chat, the plumbeous redstart, forktails, dippers and kingfishers. Other species you may see are the griffon vulture and lammergeier.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  8. Day 8 - Rest day at Manang.

    It is essential to spend time for acclimatisation in this area. There are splendid views of the peaks from both Manang and Braga villages. Manang is a large village situated on a rise immediately across from the huge Gangapurna glacier. A beautiful emerald lake lies at its foot. There are plenty of good walks in the area and for at least a couple of hours you should try to climb as high as possible above the village. Side trips are recommended to a small summit with prayer flags about an hour above Braga village, or up the ridge behind Manang village, or to a viewpoint above the lake opposite Manang Village. It is also possible to walk up the valley towards Tilicho Lake to the village of Khangsar. In addition it is worth visiting the Manang Gompa or, if it is open, visit the clinic run by the Himalayan Rescue Association - they often have talks about altitude in the afternoon. There are also shops to explore for souvenirs.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  9. Day 9 - Trek to Yak Kharka, 4,090m/13,418ft - 3-4 hours.

    Today is a shorter day. However, it is essential for acclimatisation to stop between Manang and Thorong Phedi. You will leave Manang and take about 30 minutes to reach the upper village. After this you contour round the hillside and gain great views of the “grand barrier”, the high ridge between Roc Noir and Nilgiri named by French climber Maurice Herzog. Below the grand barrier you will see down the Khangsar valley which leads up to Tilicho lake. Passing the hamlet of Gunsang you continue through the barren upper reaches of the Manang valley. The path ascends gradually but is still hard work due to the increased altitude. You will arrive at Yak Kharka and have lunch there. In the afternoon you could take a walk further up the valley or climb the ridge behind the village - if you make it to the top of the ridge there are great views of the north of the Annapurna range. Even if you only venture a short way above the camp there is the chance to see the large flocks of blue sheep which inhabit this area. Either of these walks would help with acclimatisation.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  10. Day 10 - Trek to Thorong Phedi, 4,490m/14,730ft - 3-4 hours.

    Again today is another short day, yet essential for proper acclimatisation. Leaving Yak Kharka you will pass through the small collection of lodges known as Letdar. You will take a high route, which winds its way around the eastern side of the Thorong valley, before dropping down to the valley floor. Crossing the river there is a short but sharp climb to Thorong Phedi. Phedi means "foot of the hill" and while it is the jumping off point for crossing the Thorong La it is not the prettiest place in the world! In the afternoon it is worth walking up beyond the first notch to the collection of huts known as upper base camp, as an acclimatisation walk, and then continuing up to the right to a small peak for superb all round views. Watch out here for blue sheep and snow leopard!

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  11. Day 11 - Cross Thorong La, 5,414m/17,764ft, trek to Muktinath, 3,810m/12,500ft - 8-10 hours.
    mini annapurna circuit view of dhaulagiri on trek to muktinath m hobby.

    Today you will need to have plenty of water and your down jacket with you. Starting early in the morning you first ascend steeply for 1½ hours to a rock ledge and notch at 4,679m /15,350ft, then continue up along an ascending and undulating trail. This ascent will seem endless and be warned - there are several false summits - but there are great views back down the valley as you go. Finally, after anything from 3 to 5 hours, you arrive at the top of the Thorong La (5,414m /17,764ft) with its large cairn and many prayer flags. You will have spectacular views of the Annapurna Range to the south and the Mukat Himal bordering Dolpo to the west. The peak immediately south of the pass is Thorong Peak - this is a 'trekkers' peak' and you may see people climbing here.

    You will probably not want to linger too long at the pass as it can be very cold and you will probably be feeling the effects of altitude. The descent to Muktinath is very steep and takes some 3 to 4 hours. This is where you might appreciate having walking poles to take the strain off the knees. During the descent there are splendid views of Dhaulagiri (8,167m/26,794ft) and Tukuche Peak (6,920m/22,703ft) and all the way down into the valley of the Kali Gandaki below. Finally you see the buildings of Muktinath coming in to view. You descend to the main village below the temples, which is actually called Ranipawa and not Muktinath, a name which technically refers just to the temple.

    The temples at Muktinath are one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Hindus and Buddhists. It is mentioned in the classic Indian epic, the Mahabharata, and you may see pilgrims bathing in the holy water flowing from the 108 spouts carved in the shape of cows' heads surrounding the Vishnu Temple. The temple is built in Tibetan style and contains huge brass idols of Vishnu, Shiva, Brahma and Kali. Muktinath is home to many ethnic Tibetans and is holy to Buddhists as well as Hindus, particularly for the temple in which fire miraculously burns in a stream of water.

    Pilgrims to Muktinath are able to gain Karma merit in a number of ways. The fire and water temple represents to Buddhists the life giving butter lamp that lights the path to enlightenment. Taking seven steps in devotion at Muktinath can help free you from the grievances of a bad rebirth. If you erect a silk banner at Muktinath you will be reborn in a future life as a universal monarch. Muktinath remains a place of atonement to its pilgrims in this modern age.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  12. Day 12 - Morning view temples, afternoon trek to Jomsom via Lupra, 2,713m/8,900ft - 7 hours.

    This morning you will have an opportunity to view the temples at Muktinath, after which you will begin your last day on trek. Here you leave the main trail and gradually climb to the grassy land on the southern side of Muktinath for 3 hours to reach the Lupra pass. The pass offers magnificent views of the mountains including Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Dhampus peak, Nilgiri, Annapurna I, Tilicho and many others. From the pass you descend for nearly 2 hours to reach Lupra, the only village on the route following the Bonpo religion. You will have the opportunity to visit the monastery nearby. After lunch you walk along the river bank of Lupra Khola for another 45 minutes to meet the main trail of the Kali Gandaki. You then follow the normal route for an hour to reach Jomsom - a large settlement with a STOL (Short Take-Off and Landing) airstrip, police station and bank. The Kali Gandaki here is called the Thak Khola, from the ethnic group, the Thakalis, many of whom live in this area. Enterprising and ambitious, the Thakalis formerly dominated the salt trade with Tibet in this region and after its collapse diversified into running hotels along the trek route, construction and other businesses.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  13. Day 13 - Fly to Pokhara.

    You take the sensational flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, passing between the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs, and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax and wander around this lakeside town.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Shangri La Village Hotel, Pokhara or Similar
  14. Day 14 - Fly to Kathmandu. Afternoon at leisure.
    mini annapurna circuit swayambhunath temple kathmandu a harrison.

    In the morning you will take the exciting flight back to Kathmandu giving you the opportunity to view the Annapurna massif you have just trekked around. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel and then have the opportunity to relax and reflect on your adventures and to complete any sightseeing and last-minute shopping.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Shangri La Hotel, Kathmandu
  15. Day 15 - Fly to London.

    After breakfast 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)
  • Single, timed group airport transfer for international flights on arrival and departure
  • Good standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara, 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

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  • Visa fees
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu & Pokhara
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Overall score:           (Based on 6 reviews)

Mini Annapurna Circuit          

Excellent organisation. Our leader Mani was an interesting guide with tremendous knowledge of local customs, flora and fauna. During the trip I wasn't feeling very well and the leader was very supportive. All staff we had contact with in Nepal were most helpful.

Extremely well-guided trek          

This trek was a very well put together, extremely well-guided and I thought that the pre-trip briefing notes were very comprehensive.

Well organised          

I found that the trip was very well organised, particularly the trek itself. Nima Temang was excellent and was able to communicate well. It was noticeable that other guides regularly sought his advice and some other groups also sought his advice because they were unable to communicate effectively with their guide. Nima took particular care over keeping the group healthy - from putting out disinfectant hand washing facilities at lunch and dinner times and ensuring that disinfectant hand gel was available at each meal. He often also supervised the kitchen and the preparation of our food. The training and acclimatisation was also excellent with extra excursions etc. arranged, which meant that none of our party suffered from altitude sickness.

Mini Annapurna Circuit - a great trip          

Well planned trip - all the info as always is detailed and excellent, inc. equipment advice. Have travelled with you before and found this, as always, was up to your usual high standard. The Sherpa leader and porters were great and looked after us very well, sorry to say good-bye to them. A great trip, and as the only woman in the group at 60+ felt very happy that we made it all the way round.

Everything was excellent - Mini Annapurna Circuit          

Everything was excellent. Having discovered how thoroughly enjoyable it was to have everything done (and carried) for me, by people who were always friendly and attentive, I am grateful to Mountain Kingdoms and I look forward to booking with you again.


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Dwarika’s hotel in Kathmandu is based on a vision that embraces the region’s great history and artisan craftsmanship in order to create an environment ‘with a sensation of the original’. This vision has been realised in the materials, style and artifacts that make Dwarika’s such a unique property and reflect Nepal’s ancient Newari heritage.

Dwarika’s though is so much more than a living museum. Large, luxurious rooms come complete with every comfort and the hotel has a library, fitness centre, Ayurvedic spa and free Wi-Fi throughout. Outside, it has a delightful courtyard and an enticing swimming pool that offers a haven from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu. Dwarika’s has several bars and dining options including the renowned Krishparnan restaurant. Here you can enjoy a true feast of traditional Newari cuisine made from the finest and freshest ingredients.


The Pavilions Himalayas, Nepal

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
  • 8203;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.


Dwarika’s Resort Dhulikhel, Nepal
  • Relax in luxuriously furnished accommodation with stunning Himalayan views
  • Relax and rejuvenate in the top of the range spa
  • Take a dip in the refreshing infinity pool
  • Enjoy locally sourced organic food at the resort's restaurant

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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 Pokhara Lodge - Extension

Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge - Extension
  • 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

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. The excursion includes hotel transfers, a celebratory glass of bubbly and a certificate signed by your captain after you land.


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.


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.


Bhutan extensions 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.


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