Anybody who has experienced the sun rising across the Himalaya mountains on a cold crisp morning will say it is life-affirming, there is no other way to describe it. The enormity of the mountains and the scale of the vista transform one’s view of the world. As the world turns slowly from black through red and pink to white, the body and soul will be captivated by the sight. There is nowhere in the world to enjoy this better than Nepal.
We fly into Kathmandu and immediately continue to Bhaktapur, a quiet and relaxing centre where the holiday really begins. Astonishing restoration following on from 2015 earthquake has almost returned the city to its former glories. We will spend a relaxed day enjoying the many city sites.
We then continue west to the village of Bandipur where the Annapurna range comes into view. From our hotel it is a very short walk to the best viewpoint in the village. Make sure you are there at dawn to enjoy the best views. This is impressive in itself but we assure you, the views will only improve. We will walk to the village of Ramkot, hopefully enjoying mountain views to the north along the way.
Our trekking section kicks up a gear in Khande where we trek north to the Australian Camp and on through Landruk and Ghandruk. These two villages are at opposite sides of the valley. At night it is pleasant to look across the valley to see the very rew electric lights in each village. Because there is so little light pollution the view of the night sky is magnificent. We then descend to Nayapul to finish off what will have been a memorable few days. We return to Pokhara for a day of guided sightseeing, walking and enjoying a Momo making class in a local Tibetan Camp.
Along the way towards Kathmandu, we will stop at Kurintar, beautifully situated above the Trisuli River. Our time in Kathmandu will be spent sightseeing with a local guide, discovering the various pockets which make this one of the most interesting cities in Asia. Unsurprisingly, this is a great place to shop from camping gear, fleece jackets, Tibetan hats or books; everything can be found and haggled over.
As the trip comes to an end, we enjoy a final dinner in Thamel, the centre of tourist Kathmandu and full of life before boarding the plane with a bag full of experiences and memories. The world certainly is more beautiful on foot!