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.
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.
Nepal offers outstanding mountain trekking with some of the most epic and rewarding views on planet earth. Chitwan delivers a very different side to the trip with the opportunity for closeup wildlife experiences.
This tour is the perfect introduction to Nepal, covering two important aspects – epic Himalayan walking and the chance to observe rhino, elephant, rhinoceros, wild boar, monkey, sloth bear and potentially the Royal Bengal Tiger.
You have a brief time in Kathmandu before enjoying your first mountain views on the flight to Pokhara. After a night in Pokhara, you’ll take transport north to Nayapul and start up into the Himalayan foothills. You then head through Tikhedunga, Gorepani, Tadapani, Ghandruk and back to Nayapul. You will be walking under the Annapurna massif, featuring an 8,000m 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 7,000m but as distinctive as the Matterhorn. These are memorable views that accompany us everywhere on your trek.
At the end of the trek you can relax in Pokhara before descending to a quieter world within Chitwan National Park. This wonderland is home to all manner of wildlife from rhinoceros, wild boar, monkey, sloth bear and the Royal Bengal Tiger. You 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 Rapti River.
This is Nepal at its 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.
You depart the UK on your 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. It is recommended that you take things easy today to help with acclimatisation. 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 located in northwest Kathmandu and also known as the monkey temple. This is an important place of worship for both Hindus and Buddhists. In fact, this is one of the holiest chaityas (shrines) for Buddhists. Kathmandu's Durbar Square is listed in the worlds UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is one of the three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley. It was the royal Nepalese residence until the 19th century and also it is known as Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square and KumariGhar Living Goddess house. Here you will find some of the greatest examples of the native culture and architecture. It is still possible to see the after effects of the 2015 earthquake but Nepal has done a wonderful job with reconstruction.
You fly out of the Kathmandu Valley and head 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 your centrally located hotel. You will 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 so there is time to enjoy views along the way. Starting out, we cross a stream on a suspension bridge before taking trail that takes us 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.
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 decent trails through sections of lush forest to reach Birethanti where we stop for lunch. From here, we retrace your steps from Birethanti to Nayapul which completes the trekking portion of your trip. It is here that you bid farewell to your trekking crew. From here you make your way back to Pokhara by vehicle, where you 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 is a long drive day as you return 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 lace in the evenings.
After breakfast,we transfer back to Kathmandu airport for our flight back to the UK.
Departure dates for your selected tour
17th Oct 2020 - 30th Oct 2020 (13 Nights)
21st Dec 2020 - 3rd Jan 2021 (13 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.
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 is a comfortable modern hotel with all the facilities you might expect. Situated in the Lakeside area of Pokhara it is a couple minutes’ walk from Phewa lake. It offers a buffet breakfast and a selection of Nepali or European dishes for dinners.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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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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