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A feast of mountain walking, trekking, tea houses and wildlife spotting

Guided Walking Holidays - Himalayan Vistas

We would guess that anybody who has experienced the sun rising across the Himalaya on a cold crisp morning will say it is life affirming. 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, body and soul will be captivated by the sight. There is nowhere in the world to enjoy this better than Nepal.

We fly to Kathmandu and immediately continue to Bhaktapur, a quiet and relaxing centre to start your holiday. Astonishing restoration after the 2015 earthquake has returned the city to its former glories. We will walk from Nagarkot to Dhulikhel to enjoy the first of many Himalayan vistas. At Dhulikel we can enjoy fresher mountain air, it is a classic taste of the delights yet to come.

Then west to the village of Gorkha where the Annapurna range will come into view. The spectacular walking here is away from the tourist circuit and much the better for it. We will enjoy some expansive views of the Himalayan massif rising up in front of us.

Our trekking section starts at the Peace Pagoda above Pokhara. Built in the 1970’s it offers superb views over Pokhara and the area we will cross on our trek. From here we head south passing hills and villages. The tea huts will be simple but the views outstanding. We return to Pokhara for a day and then on to Nuwakot for more magnificent mountain scenery. In Nuwakot we plan to use the ‘Famous Farm’; have a look at the hotel website. Our time in Kathmandu will be spent sightseeing this impressive city and its environs. Unsurprisingly this is a great place to shop, from camping gear, fleece jackets, Tibetan hats or books; everything can be found and haggled over.

Holiday Highlights

  • Meet and chat with the locals on the trek.
  • Marvel at the best mountain vistas in the world.
  • Get away from the tourist circuit at Gorkha an Nuwakot.
  • Feel the dawn chill as the mountains turn black to pink.
  • The Gorkha and Nuwakot hotels combine comfort and local craft.
  • Take an optional flight over Everest.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Heathrow to Kathmandu via Istanbul (Turkish Airlines)
      Airport transfers
      Full board accommodation
      Services of an experienced local trek support team on trekking days
      Entrance fees to all included highlights
      All transport for walks & excursions.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, 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.

This departure: Grade 6/SS

  1. Day 1

    We depart the UK on the overnight flight to Kathmandu.

  2. Day 2

    On arrival in Kathmandu we transfer  about 1 hr to Bhaktapur in the hills above the Kathmandu valley. It is a lovely relaxed place, ideal after a long flight.

  3. Day 3

    After breakfast, we will have a look around Bhaktapur before driving up to Nagarkot to hopefully enjoy our first Himalayan vista.  If the skies are clear it is possible to see Everest from here. After enjoying the view we will walk to Dhulikhel. The trail first descends from Nagarkot then slowly ascends. Its a pleasant walk through lush green forest which encloses the path at times, heavily shading small sections along narrow trails. Terraced fields mostly with corn plantations can be seen in places with small settlements. The walk will take 3-4hrs at a gentle pace with plenty of stops to take in the views and scenes of traditional Nepali life. At the end of the walk we will drive back to Bhaktapur for dinner in our hotel.

  4. Day 4

    After breakfast we will leave Bhaktapur to drive to Gorkha town. The drive takes us around Kathmandu and continues west. It will take between 6-7hrs including stops. After check in at the hotel we should have time for a stroll around Ghorka town to stretch our legs after the journey.

  5. Day 5

    Today we will explore the historic town of Gorkha and walk the surrounding countryside. We will drive to 'Ale Bhanjhyang' from where we start the walk up to the historic Gorkha Palace which is perched on a hill top. The route will take us through “GairiChautari” and the community forest of “Rani Ban”. On a clear day the views of mountain ranges, the hills and the valley is spectacular. Later we will walk on to visit Gorkha Museum below the hill. We will get a lift back to the hotel for dinner.

  6. Day 6

    After breakfast we make our way to Pokhara where we stop for lunch. Later we drive to the base of Pokhara's Peace Pagoda. Built in 1973 by a group of Japanese Buddhists, it forms an impressive landmark on the hill above Phewa Lake. The trail climbs for a short distance up to the World Peace Pagoda then down through the forest and then steeply back up and through the village of Lukum Swara. The hike ends at Bumdi village (1520m). We will climb 700m during the trek which is about 10km. Expect to walk around 4 hrs. We will overnight at a local tea house in Bhumdi village. It may be necessary to split the group between two tea houses.

  7. Day 7

    Today’s walk will continue through the forest with glimpses of the mountains from time to time. Peaks to look out for are Lamjung, Gangapurna, Machhapucchare, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, and Manaslu. We will encounter a variety of flora and fauna, including an abundance of birdlife, monkeys, orchids and numerous other plants. The day ends with a gentle ascent to Panchase Bhanjyang(2065m) where we stay our second night on trek in tea houses. We will climb 550m and cover 11 km over the ground and should take about 5 hours.

  8. Day 8

    Today we have the highlight of the trek as we reach the summit of Panchase Peak (2500m). We start before breakfast to climb the stone steps about 500m up to the peak. This is the highest point on the trek. Our breakfast will be served at the summit. After feasting on the Himalayan vista we will descend gently to Bhadaure, our last stop on the trek. The walk takes about  4hrs descending 400m from Panchase Bhanjyang.

  9. Day 9

    From Bhadaure we trek down about 2hrs to Naudanda village to meet transport to take us back to Pokhara. The drive should be about 1hr. After lunch at Pokhara Lakeside we will have a boat trip out on Phewa Tal, with views of the Peace Pagoda where we started trekking a few days ago. We will also have time for sightseeing around Pokhara including visits to the International Mountain Museum, Barahi Temple and Davis Fall. This evening we will be taken to have dinner at the house of a retired Gurkha soldier. Please feel free to ask about his experiences.

  10. Day 10

    Today we have a long drive back east towards Kurintar and the Summit River Lodge. We break our journey to Nuwakot here with time to enjoy the hotel facilities.

  11. Day 11

    We will have an early start to reach Nuwakot in time to enjoy this atmospheric village. The main feature of Nuwakot is the pagoda-style Nuwakot Palace that stands seven storeys high. Although the 2015 earthquake severely damaged the Palace, renovation and restoration is ongoing and is expected to take until 2021 for it to be completed. After exploring the palace and town we will walk to Malika hill (1450 m), which offers views of the terraces along with the distant mountains. The walk will take about 3hrs.

  12. Day 12

    After breakfast we make our way back to Kathmandu, a scenic drive back through the hills that meanders up to Kakani and then all the way down to Kathmandu. The drive will take about 5hrs with stops. Depending on city traffic we should get to our hotel around 15.00. We will have some free time at the hotel before taking dinner out in a local restaurant with a Nepali cultural dance show.

  13. Day 13

    Our day today is devoted to sightseeing in Kathmandu city. It is obviously impossible to see everything in a day but we will include highlights such as Boudhanath, Pashupatinath & Patan Durbar Square. We will have a farewell dinner at the Dechenling Restaurant in the Thamel area of Kathmandu.

  14. Day 14

    We return to Kathmandu Airport to take our day flight back to the U.K.

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Kathmandu via Istanbul (Turkish Airlines)
  • Arival transfer by road c.1hr.
  • We can offer regional flight options and often there will be up to two transfer vehicles (which may include coaches, minibuses or taxis) from the airport to the hotel and vice versa which will minimise any waiting time at the overseas airport.
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • Visa is required

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

The Famous Farm

The Famous Farm is located just above Nuwakot, a truly off the beaten track gem, it provides the chance to get away from the tourist trails and witness Nepal's rural authenticity in all its charm.

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