Exploring The Sorrento Peninsula
Combine leisurely walks on the Sorrento Peninsula and in the Lattari Mountains and enjoy visits to the myriad of local world class sites.
One of the world's most iconic hikes.
What does this mean?
Tour codes: 42360
Hard mountain walking every day in the Alps, the Balkans and the Pyrenees, with long ascents, descents and scrambling.
Stamina and a good head for heights are essential.
Distances will probably not exceed 12 miles, but cumulative ascents and descents will normally be between 1000 and 1500m each day.
Few people enjoy the privilege of completing the Annapurna Circuit. One of the most demanding and rewarding long distance walks on the planet. Over 15 nights trekking, experience altitude changes from 760m at Besisahar to 5146m at the Thorong La.
We fly to Kathmandu, stay a night and drive to the start of the trek at Besisahar. From here we climb through ever changing climate, with deciduous forest giving way to pine and alpine tundra. Views open up to offer panoramas of the Annapurna range and from Thorong La, views north to the Tibetan plateau. The altitude gain is carefully managed with rest days and shorter walks as appropriate.
For some it's the sense of achievement, for others the memories and encounters on the way will endure. For many it is the camaraderie at the tea huts, sharing the day’s experience over a beer will form an essential part of the overall enjoyment.
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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.
We depart the UK on our flight to Kathmandu.
Transfer Time = 30m
On arrival in Kathmandu we transfer to our centrally located hotel. There may be time for a stroll around for those with the inclination after the flight.
We depart Kathmandu first thing driving up and out of the Kathmandu Valley towards Pokhara. The journey might take 6-7 hours to reach our trail head at Besisaha. We will make appropriate stops en route. From the trail head we take a trail away from the new road, up the Marsyangdi Valley to Bhulebhule. The path has a rural feel to it as we pass villages and rice paddies with views of the mountains ahead. We should reach Bhulebhule and our accommodation for the night in about 3 hrs.
We start out walking up the river to the new hydroelectric project at Ngaddi. From here the climbing begins in earnest as we trek through forest passed the villages of Lampatta and Bahundanda. From here we cross over the ridge and we descend to Syange and Jagat (1300m) where we stay for the night. 12 miles, 7 hrs walking.
We start out to Chyamje and climb through oak forest. We emerge into a valley and continue to Tal, were we come across an impressive waterfall. Continuing up the river valley we eventually reach Dharapani (1940m). 12 miles, 7 hrs.
From Dharapani we climb up to Bagarchap, at 2,164m. We then walk through forest to Dhanagyu and climb up to Temang. Here will have lunch hopefully accompanied by fine views of Manaslu (8156m). After lunch we go down though forest to Koto and Chame (2,713m) where we stop for the night. 11 miles, 6 hrs.
Today we get above the forest and into alpine terrain. We walk through the river canyon to Brathang (2,920m). The trail then crosses the river and climbs to Dukha Pokhari, where we stop for lunch. A notable feature this morning will be the western rock face of Paungda Danda which rises some 1500m from the valley floor. It is known locally as Swarga Dwar, 'Heaven's Gate' in English. From Dukha Pokhari we climb to Upper Pisang (3300m), where we stay for the night. We should arrive in plenty of time to visit the local monastery before dinner. 9 miles, 7 hours.
This is a day od spectacular views. We walk to Manang, the local administrative centre. We go up steeply up to Gyaru village and continue with magnificent views of the Annapurna range to Ngawal, where we have lunch. We descend from Ngawal passed Mungi and Braga. Look out for the Buddhist Monastry at the top of the village. Finally we reach Manang (3,520m). 11 miles, 8 hours.
This is a rest and acclimatisation day. There are plenty of local walks to enjoy and Manang offers plenty of opportunity to sample the local cakes and a cup of coffee. Manang is also beautifully situated and an ideal place to enjoy the sunrise and sunset.
Leaving Manang we head towards the base of the Thorong La. Finally we leave the valley of the Marsyangdi River. We will walk through dry, alpine country, with little vegetation. We will likely pass herds of Yaks, the local beast of burden. We spend tonight at Yak Kharka (4050m). The plan is to arrive around lunchtime and after lunch take another acclimatising walk. 5 miles, 4 hours.
As we reach the high point of the holiday at Thorong La we have to be careful to acclimatise. With this in mind we have another short day. We climb up to Phedi (4,420m), the last settlement before the pass. There is little shelter at this altitude and its gets very cold at night. We will arrive by lunchtime and can acclimatise further this afternoon. 4 miles, 5 hours.
Today, we cross one the highest passes in the world, Thorong La (5416m). It is likely we will encounter snow at this altitude. The trail is marked by chortens, prayers flags and several false summits. The views from the pass are stunning with the entire Annapurna range to the south and Mustang Himal to the west. The gorge of the Kali Gandaki river drops away in front of us. After enjoying the views we descend to Muktinath (3800m), an important pilgrimage place for Buddhists and Hindus. 8 miles, 8 hours.
We leave Muktinath and continue our descent towards Kagbeni. En route we pass through the medieval villages of Jharkot and Jhong where we can get a simple lunch and enjoy the views. We then continue walking down to the village of Kagbeni (2800m). 6 miles, 3 hours.
Today we trek along above the world’s deepest gorge, the Kali Gandaki. After lunch in Jomsom we head towards the Dumba Lake.The lake is a holy place for the native Thakali people. Here we get to enjoy magnificent views of the Kali Gandaki valley, Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Tukuche (6920m). After crossing few wooden bridges, the trail takes us to the beautiful village of Marpha (2667m). Marpha is the apple capital in Nepal where we can enjoy the local produce in many guises. 9 miles, 7 hours.
Back to civilisation today. After breakfast we hire a local jeep for the drive to Tatopani. The journey takes about 5 hours with stops. It is quite a contrast to the days on trek. Tatopani (1200m) has natural hot springs which may well come as a welcome relief to some.
After an easier day today’s trek is going to be demanding yet beautiful. We climb upwards through terraced farmlands and rhododendron forests with the beautiful views of the Himalayan giants finally arriving at Ghorepani (2855m). 10 miles 7 hours.
We start early today to enjoy the famous sunrise view from Poon Hill over the snow capped Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Then, we return to our lodge for breakfast and walk down to reach Birethanti (1100m).
We take a short walk from Birethanti to Nayapul where our transport will take us at Pokhara. We normally reach Pokhara at lunch time.We have the afternoon to relax an recover.
From Pokhara we catch the flight back to Kathmandu and have an afternoon to explore the city.
After breakfast we return to the airport for our flight back to the UK.
Departure dates for your selected tour
7th Nov 2020 - 26th Nov 2020 (19 Nights)
Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each nights' accommodation for each departure date.
We're awaiting further details on the accommodation on this holiday, please contact us for more information.
Tea huts are a classic Nepali institution that are effectively ‘B&B’s’ run by friendly locals. Staying in one arguably offers the chance to experience the area in a more connected way than can be found through hotel accommodation. They vary in standard, each with its own unique setting and offer ever improving accommodation, good food, warmth and shelter and there is always a great welcome. Breakfast and dinner are taken in the houses. Many have electricity but, in others, dinner will be by romantic candlelight!
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.
We're awaiting further details on the accommodation on this holiday, please contact us for more information.
This is a Grade 8 challenging holiday. It will include hard mountain walking every day with long ascents and descents and scrambling. Stamina and a good head for heights is essential. Distances will probably not exceed 12 miles, but ascents and descents will normally be between 1,000 and 1,500m. Expect long and exhilarating days. 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 lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.
Currency in Nepal
A convenient place to change money is at the airport on arrival in Kathmandu. There is also a money-changing booth 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 any money whilst on the trek, please discuss with your RWH Travel leader. Also, change is in short supply in the mountains so bring rupees in small denomination notes from the cities. Most hotel 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.
Ramblers Walking Holidays include a tipping kitty for this trip so you don't need to worry about this on a day to day basis. All local staff are included within this amount, excluding the main tour guide (Sirdar) who you may wish to tip as a group depending on how happy you were with their service.
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.
We fly from London Heathrow to Kathmandu and vice versa by Turkish Airlines with a stop en route at Istanbul.
The transfer from the airport to our Kathmandu hotel is by road and takes approx. 30 mins.
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 is required for the visa on arrival. Two passport photos as well as a photocopy of your passport details page for your trekking permit. We recommend you bring 4 passport photos. The price of your trekking permit is included in the holiday price and will be obtained on your behalf by our local agent.
Good quality waterproof walking boots with a moulded sole with a deep tread and good ankle support are essential for holidays at grade 7 and above.
Footwear As Hand Luggage
We recommend that you either wear your walking boots or shoes or pack them and some waterproofs in your hand luggage as in the unlikely event that your hold luggage is delayed, you will still be able to participate in the holiday programme.
General Kit List
The following items of kit should be considered essential:
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
Maps and guidebooks relating to your the areas you will be walking in may be brought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk
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.
You must be adequately insured to join our holidays. We do not insist that you insure with us but we require that you are adequately insured for the nature of your holiday. You will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.
Please ensure that as a minimum your travel insurance policy covers you for travel to your holiday destinations (country and geographical region) and for medical expenses, mountain rescue (including helicopter rescue) and emergency repatriation to your home country in the event of illness or injury. Your policy should also provide adequate cover for the activities, included and optional, you are likely to participate in during your holiday.
See our brochure or website for further advice regarding holiday insurance.
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.
The UK Foreign & Commonwealth 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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