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Enjoy the best of Nepal - this holiday is a feast of mountain walking, trekking, teahouses and wildlife spotting.
What does this mean?
Tour codes: 42350
Full day walks with appreciable amounts of ascent and descent.
These walks are in more remote areas such as Andorra or northern Portugal.
Similar to Grade 5, but with most of the walks at the upper level of ascent/descent, time and distance.
A trekkers' paradise, Nepal combines Himalayan views, golden temples, rural hill villages and jungle wildlife to offer one of the world's great travel destinations. Spend days in the mountains, gazing out at views too beautiful to put into words, and have our own David Attenborough wildlife moments in Chitwan National Park.
This tour is the perfect introduction to Nepal, covering two important aspects – epic Himalayan walking and the chance to observe elephant, rhinoceros, wild boar, monkey, sloth bear and potentially the Royal Bengal Tiger.
One of the biggest issues most people face when they visit Nepal is having a big enough memory card to capture the sheer magnificence of the Annapurna Range. That explains why people return time and time again.
We have a brief time in Kathmandu before enjoying our first mountain views on the flight to Pokhara. After a night in Pokhara, we’ll take transport to Nayapul and start walking into the Himalayan foothills. We then head through Tikhedunga, Gorepani, Tadapani, Ghandruk and back to Nayapul. Here we will walk under the Annapurna massif, featuring an 8000m peak, and imaginative names like Annapurna I, II, III and IV. However, the jewel in the crown is Machapuchare, ‘Fish Tail Mountain’, a minnow at 7000m but as distinctive as the Matterhorn. These are memorable views that accompany us everywhere on our trek.
South of Nepal's mountains lies something completely different: Chitwan National Park where nature buffs can scan the subtropical treetops for exotic bird species and comb the jungles for rhino, tigers and crocodiles. We will enjoy a canoe ride along the Rapti River to observe rare species of crocodiles and bird life, before witnessing a glorious sunset from the river. This is a memorable finale to an outstanding holiday and most certainly Nepal at its very best.
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NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen
Itinerary & Travel
Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.
We depart the UK on our overnight flight to Kathmandu.
On arrival in Kathmandu airport we transfer to our centrally located hotel. There may be time for a stroll around for those with the energy after the flight. Our hotel is located close by the lively Thamel tourist area which is well worth a look around. In the evening we will have a welcome dinner in a local restaurant.
Today, you'll enjoy an included sightseeing tour exploring this fascinating city. The pace will be relaxed but you'll have plenty to see. Highlights include Durbar Square and Swayambhunath, magnificently set on a hill top just outside the city. Swayambhunath is known as the monkey temple. The reason for this will be obvious on arrival. This is an important place of worship for both Hindus and Buddhists. Kathmandu's Durbar Square is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley. Here you will find some of the best examples of the local architecture. It is still possible to see the after effects of the 2015 earthquake but Nepal has done a wonderful job with reconstruction.
Tonight we plan to invite a former Ghurkha soldier along to take dinner with us. He will be delighted to share his experiences with you around the dinner table.
After breakfast we head back to Kathmandu Airport to take the flight west to Pokhara, Nepal's second city set beneath the Annapurna range. The flight offers spectacular views over the Himalayan range to the north so keep your eyes peeled and camera at the ready. On arrival into Pokhara, it is only a short distance to our centrally located hotel. We can enjoy a walk surrounding the lakeside area, which is only a short stroll from the hotel. Pokhara is a lively place in the early evening so it is worth heading out to sample another side of Nepalese life. You may even use your spare time for boating on the Fewa Lake.
After breakfast, we take the drive towards Nayapul. The distance is short but the road is not in the best state of repair so the journey can take some time. From Nayapul ('new bridge' in English) we walk along the banks of the Modi River to reach Birethanti. Here after going through the formalities of showing our trekking permits we join the main trail up into the mountains where we walk through forest, passing waterfalls to reach Ramghai where we stop for lunch. After lunch we continue gently upwards to reach Tikhedunga (1540m). We will spend the night in Tikhedunga.
Today, we set out for Ghorepani. This a long day which climbs around 1400m but we will walk at a slow pace. There will be plent of time to enjoy views along the way. Because of the climbing it is over grade but manageable. It is a good path that climbs steadily the whole way. Starting out, we cross a stream on a suspension bridge before taking the trail to the village of Ulleri for lunch. We continue to climb through the rhododendron forest, along flag-stone steps, before reaching Ghorepani, a classic Himalayan settlement with outstanding views of the mountains. Hopefully we can enjoy the amazing panorama of Dhaulagiri I (8167m), Annapurna I (8091m), Nilgiri (7061m), Machhapuchhre (6993m), and other snow-clad peaks. Ghorepani is at 2800m so expect the temperature to be very much cooler in the evenings. It is a magical place for looking at the night stars as there is so little light pollution.
We have an early start in order to catch the quintessential sunrise view from Poon Hill over the snow-capped mountains of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Poon Hill (3200m) is the highest point that we plan to reach on this holiday. We will start up to Poon Hill in the dark so head torches are essential. After enjoying the sunrise and illuminated views, you head back to Ghorepani for a warm breakfast having enjoyed one of the finest mountain vistas in the world. Nothing can prepare you for Annapurna views, they truly are some of Mother Nature's finest work. We then walk through the beautiful rhododendron forest to reach Tadapani (2590m). Please note the walk stats for today do not include the walk from Ghorepani to Poon Hill and back. This walk will add an extra 300m ascent and descent in just over a mile.
Today, we descend steeply through the dense forests to reach Baise Kharka. Keep a look out for monkeys and a multitude of bird life along the way. After Baise Kharka we climb up to the Gurung community village of Ghandruk. Ghandruk town probably offers the best views of any of our trekking stops with breathtaking views of Annapurna South (7219m) and Machhapuchhre (6993m).
Today, we gently descend along good trails through sections of lush forest to reach Birethanti where we stop for lunch. From here, we retrace our steps from Birethanti to Nayapul which completes the trekking portion of our trip. It is here that we bid farewell to your trekking crew. From here we make our way back to Pokhara by vehicle, where we can enjoy some well deserved R&R.
This morning after breakfast, we leave Pokhara and drive east and south to reach Chitwan National Park, located on the Terai plains and away from the mountains. Today's drive is approximately 100 miles and can take between 4 - 5 hours depending on traffic. We will make plenty of stops along the way for photo stops and to stretch the legs. You will notice temperatures increasing as we descend to the plains.
We have plenty of time in Chitwan National Park so the pace will be leisurely, hopefully we can enjoy some outstanding wildlife encounters. During our time in the park, we will take a jeep safari which offers the finest (and safest) chance of observing rhino in the wild. Fear not, sightings are common. We will have a local guide from our lodge come on the safari with us to look out for and explain about the wildlife we see. Our jeeps have raised seats in the back and a removable rain cover. If the weather is good this can be dispensed with giving fantastic all-round vision. You will also enjoy a canoe trip along the river which is the perfect way to observe how varied Nepal's bird life is. This is a thoroughly enjoyable day and a vast contrast to your previous days on foot in the mountains. A pair of binoculars will greatly increase the enjoyment today.
Today we continue your activities around the Park. For a more cultural experience, you will walk to a local ethnic Tharu village and gain insight into the way of life. Please remember that the climate is significantly warmer down here compared with the mountains, so the pace of activities will be slower. Hopefully we will also have the chance of some close-up experiences with elephants during the day.
Today we have a long drive back to Kathmandu. As ever, there will be plenty of stops so expect to arrive in Kathmandu in the late afternoon. If time allows, there may be free time to further explore the city. Our hotel is well located for a walk around the Thamel district which a full of shops and tourist bars and restaurants. It is a lively place in the evenings.
After breakfast,we transfer back to Kathmandu airport for our flight back to the UK.
Departure dates for your selected tour
11th Mar 2022 - 24th Mar 2022 (13 Nights)
14th Oct 2022 - 27th Oct 2022 (13 Nights)
18th Nov 2022 - 1st Dec 2022 (13 Nights)
Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.
Experience Nepal's historic capital city from the elevated comfort of Fairfield by Marriott Kathmandu. Impeccably located in Thamel, Kathmandu's most vibrant and buzz-worthy area, the hotel offers everything travellers need for a relaxing stay. Free Wi-Fi is available through out. The coffee bar in the lobby serves an excellent cup of coffee.
The Barahi Hotel is situated in the Lakeside area of Pokhara. All rooms feature balconies and offer free Wi-Fi, cable TV, minibars, safe and tea & coffeemaking facilities. A breakfast buffet is served in the restaurant or outdoor terrace. Other amenities include a cafe and an outdoor pool with a poolside bar.
Twin and single rooms are available, but please be aware that the experience is much more like staying in somebody’s house rather than a hotel. We will generally have access to hot running water and flushing toilets, but please note that hot water supplies can be erratic. Most teahouses will have facilities for charging phones/cameras and typically charge about £1 per hour.Blankets are supplied in tea huts but the supply is limited so you may choose to bring a 2-3 season sleeping bag or hire one in Kathmandu on arrival if you prefer.
The Sapana Lodge is beautifully situated close by Sapana village with views out across grassy plains. It is built in traditional style with chalet type accommodation in cottages around the grounds. There is plenty of outdoor seating areas. The restaurant overlooks the local river. Look out for kingfishers fishing from the footbridge. The rooms are beautifully appointed with individual murals on the walls, each room has a personal touch. Please read through the inspirational story owner Dhurba Giri on the hotel website. When you meet him ask about his elephants! It makes a good story.
This is a Grade 6 moderate holiday which includes full day walks with appreciable amounts of ascent and descent with walks in some remote areas. Paths are mostly good, but there may be some steep and rough ground. Walks will last up to 6 hours and could involve as much as 750m of ascent and descent. See the 'Proposed Itinerary' section for more information.
Local Transport Costs
All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.
A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.
When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for snacks and drinks is £5-£10 per person per day. This is a full board tour so no need to account for lunches.
Currency in Nepal
It is probably most convenient to chnage money in the hotel on arrival in Kathmandu. The rates will not be the best but perhaps the convenience outweighs the cost. There is also a money-changing booth at the airport before immigration which offers reasonable rates. Money can also be changed on the first day's sightseeing.
Sterling cash is freely exchangeable, as are US dollars and euro. It is now becoming possible to change money whilst on the trek, please discuss with your RWH Travel leader. Change is in short supply in the mountains so bring rupees in small denomination notes from the cities. Many hotels accept credit cards, check locally. There are ATM machines in towns and cities.
Nepalese Rupees can only be purchased once in Nepal and the export of Nepalese currency is illegal. You should remember to keep all exchange receipts as if you have any rupees left over when you get to Kathmandu Airport, you can change back up to 15% of the total amount you have changed during the holiday.
Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday. A suggested amount given is £25 - £30 per person.
Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.
Leader's Evening Briefing
Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.
To enhance your experience, as well as your tour leader, each holiday will be accompanied by a well qualified and knowledgeable English-speaking local guide.
Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?
If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.
Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.
If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.
Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.
Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.
Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents
For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.
Personal Details Check
To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.
General Passport Advice
It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.
Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.
Passport Information for Nepal
A passport is required plus a Nepalese entry visa for holders of British passports visiting Nepal. Passports must be valid for at least six months from the date of arrival. Holders of non-British passports should check with the Nepalese Embassy or their nearest consulate regarding visa requirements. Visas are also obtainable from the Nepalese embassy in London before you travel. They can be obtained by post or personal visit. The cost of the visa at present is £25, payable in by postal order or bankers draft by post or by cash in person.
For details of obtaining visas in London please consult the Nepalese embassy website:
Entry visas can be issued at the airport on arrival in Nepal, however this option involves excessive waiting, delaying yourself and fellow party members. The visa issued is the same as the one you obtain in the UK. It can make passing through immigration at Kathmandu Airport stressful and time consuming if you do not have a visa. A passport size photograph and the correct amount of cash are required for the visa on arrival.
Two passport photos as well as a photocopy of your passport details page are required for your trekking permit. We recommend you bring four passport photos with you to Nepal. The price of your trekking permit is included in the holiday price and will be obtained on your behalf by our local agent.
All meals are provided throughout the holiday starting with dinner on Day 2 and ending with breakfast on Day 14. Vegetarians are easily catered for in hotels and tea huts. In hotels breakfasts will be buffet style with plenty of choice. Dinners are commonly buffet as well with choices of meat and vegetable dishes to suit every taste.
In the mountains the food has a lot in common with Tibetan cuisine whilst in the foothills Indian influence is stronger. The staple of Nepali food is is dahl bhaat, a lentil stew served with rice. It is typically served up on a plate with green veg, relish and a meat dish (if required) possibly goat or buffalo but never beef. You will be offered it everywhere in large quantities. Momos will also appear on menus as starters, again in various flavours. Coffee is becoming common in Nepal with flat whites and the like available to those who feel they can't do without. Foreign wines are available at western prices but the local beers are generally good and reasonably priced. Perhaps they taste at their best after hiking up a mountain.
Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.
General Kit List
The following items of kit should be considered essential:
Country Specific Kit
Wildlife and scenery viewing experiences are always improved with binoculars. For seeing a bird in the treetops or picking out some detail on the horizon they are invaluable. If you have a pair, please bring them with you on your holiday. On some holidays it will be appropriate to have them with you all the time. Sometimes you might prefer to avoid carrying the extra weight. Your tour leader will always be happy to advise which days it will be particularly useful to take them.
Travel Documents Checklist
Documents and Information to take with you:
Free Water to Go Bottle
An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles. We have included a bottle for everyone who books on this trip to avoid the use of single use plastic bottles. Normally these bottles will be handed out in Nepal. Please use this water bottle any time you drink un-bottled water in Nepal. This will go a long way to help avoiding any issues with sickness.
The Map Shop
If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:
The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.
Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.
Health Advice for Nepal
No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Nepal. You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.
Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Diphtheria and Typhoid immunisation is recommended. You might also like to consider immunisation against Cholera, Japanese Encephalitis and Hepatitis B. Dengue fever exists in Nepal; please take normal precautions against mosquito bites.
Cities may at times experience periods of poor air quality. If you suffer from a respiratory condition you may wish to seek advice from your doctor prior to travel.
Altitude sickness can affect travellers whose itineraries take them above about 2,500m although some individuals can experience a milder form above about 1,900m.
Early symptoms include a headache, nausea, shortness of breath, loss of appetite and insomnia.
Further Travel Advice
For further advice please visit:
You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.
It is a condition of booking with Ramblers Walking Holidays that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the trip, including all optional activities.
Your travel insurance policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation. Please ensure your policy covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are walking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. Medical and repatriation insurance cover are not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.
Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.
Looking for travel insurance cover?
If you have not already arranged cover, please visit SunWorld who offer travel insurance.
SunWorld policies include cover for COVID-19, subject to applicable terms and conditions.
The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.
Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.
We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.
The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust
Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.
Heart and Sole
We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.
Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements.
Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.
As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.
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