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We depart the UK on the overnight flight to Kathmandu.
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.
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.
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 long drive.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From Bhadaure we trek down about 2hrs to Naudanda village to meet transport to take us back to Pokhara. The drive should be about 1 hr. 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.
Today we have a long drive back east towards Nuwakot (1022m). Perched on a hill-top and encircled with beautiful valleys, forests, rivers and agricultural lands, it is a lovely place to stay. Walking trails in and around Nuwakot offer superb views of the Himalayan foothills with lush green vegetation and fields. The drive wll take approximately 7 hrs with stops.
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.
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.
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.
We return to Kathmandu Airport to take our day flight back to the U.K.