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HIMALAYAN VISTAS

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

Guided Walking Holidays - Himalayan Vistas

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 spend a relaxed day enjoying the many city sites.

Then west to the village of Bandipur where the Annapurna range will come into view. We will walk out to the village of Ramkot, hopefully enjoying mountain views to the north on the way. 

Our trekking section starts at Khande from where we trek north to the Australian Camp and on through Landruk and Ghandruk. We then descend to Nayapul to finish off what will hopefully have been a memorable few days. We return to Pokhara for a day sightseeing, walking and enjoying a Momo making class in a local Tibetan Camp. On the way to Kathmandu we will stop at Kurintar, beautifully situated above the Trisuli River. Our time in Kathmandu will be spent sightseeing in and around this impressive city. Unsurprisingly this is a great place to shop, from camping gear, fleece jackets, Tibetan hats or books; everything can be found and haggled over. We will have a final dinner in Thamel, the centre of tourist Kathmandu and full of life.


Holiday Highlights

  • Get away from the tourist circuit at Bandipur and Kurintar.
  • Wake up to incredible Annapurna Mountain range views.
  • Enjoy guided sightseeing in Kathmandu and Bhaktapur.
  • Guided tour of the village of Bandipur to meet the locals.
  • Sightseeing and boat ride in Pokhara, visit world peace pagoda.
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 
      English speaking Nepali guide
      Water-to-go refillable purification bottle 
      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 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.

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 Kathmandu valley. It is a lovely relaxed place, ideal after a long flight.

  3. Day 3

    Today will be an easy start to the holiday. After breakfast, we will visit Bhaktapur's Durbar Square with our Nepali guide. The square is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is regarded as the centre of traditional Nepali culture and custom. It is an ideal place to experience unique arts of wood carving and pottery. Look out for Nyatapola Temple, the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla, the Peacock Window and the Golden Gate. We will have an included restaurant lunch in Bhaktapur.

  4. Day 4

    After breakfast, we take a drive towards Bandipur which is 150 km to the west of Bhaktapur and takes 4-5 hours. Bandipur is a small mountain town and it is one of the best hill stations in Nepal. It is famous for its antique cultural atmosphere and unique geographical formations. On a clear day the view north to the Annapurna range is a joy to behold.

  5. Day 5

    Today we explore the village and visit some of the local attractions. We will take a leisurely hike to the less explored, delightful little ‘Magar’ village of Ramkot (4 hrs hiking up and back). On the way there is plenty of opportunity to interact with the local villagers, witness age-old farming methods and bask in the glory of stunning views of the Himalayas. The view from Ramkot offers stark contrast to the views you get from Bandipur.

  6. Day 6

    After breakfast in Bandipur, we take a drive towards Kande via Pokhara.  The distance is not huge, Kande, north of Pokhara is about 50 km to the west of Bandipur. However, the journey can take 4-5 hours with stops. On arrival in Kande we will have lunch. After lunch we start our trek hopefully enjoying marvellous views of the Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu ranges. The walk to Australian Camp takes about 3-4 hour. There is no time pressure so enjoy the walk and the mountain views. After all the views are probably what you came to Nepal for. We stay the night at Australian Camp (2232m).

  7. Day 7

    After breakfast we start out to walk to Landruk village. We first ascend 30 mins through the woods to reach Potana village where we can stop for a restorative cup of tea. From Potana, we again climb up for 1 hour through woods to reach Deurali situated at 2100m. From Deurali we can see the picturesque view of the Fewa Lake and Pokhara city. Continuing we slowly descend through the forest to reach Bhichuck. We will cross three bridges, classic features of trekking in Nepal, take your time and enjoy the experience. From Bhichuk the trail crosses the hill side to Tolkha where lunch awaits us. After lunch we continue our walking on another 1 hr to reach Landruk village (1565m).

  8. Day 8

    Today after breakfast we head for Ghandruk village. The trail contours easily round from Landruk for about 1.5hrs to our first tea stop. From here the trail descends steeply on a stone staircase to the Modi Khola River. We cross the river by bridge and continue to a lodge just up from the river for lunch. After lunch it is all the way up, it is important to take your time. We will climb on paths and on occasions a stone staircase. There are various tea houses on the way up for drink stops should any be required. We overnight in Ghandruk (1940m).

  9. Day 9

    After breakfast in Ghandruk village, we first descend for 2 hr to Syauli Bazar. The trail continues to a suspension bridge over the Modi River at Birethanti. From here we walk 2 more hours to reach Nayapul, the end of our trek. From Nayapul it is a 2 hr drive into Pokhara. In the evening, we can enjoy a visit to the lakeside area, quite a contrast to the mountain villages.

  10. Day 10

    Pokhara is a pleasant lakeside city and second largest tourist hub in Nepal after Kathmandu. After breakfast in our hotel today we visit some of the touristic highlights around the Pokhara Valley. First we visit Fewa Lake, take a boat ride across the lake and  hike 2 hours up to the World Peace Pagoda. After enjoying the view from here we will walk down to Raniban for lunch. Later we drive down to the Tibetan Refugee camp to immerse ourselves in the art of momo making. Momos are a Tibetan delicacy available throughout Nepal. They are something akin to Italian ravioli and come with a huge variety of fillings, including vegetarian options.

  11. Day 11

    After breakfast in Pokhara we take a drive towards Kurintar. The distance from Pokhara to Kurintar is 100 km and it takes 4-5 hours with stops. Kurintar is a small village located on the sandy banks of the Trishul river. Our hotel is beautifully situated above the river. After lunch, we will take time to explore a nearby ethnic Chepang village to learn something of local life.

  12. Day 12

    After breakfast we make our way back to Kathmandu. The distance from Kurintar to Kathmandu is 72 km and 4-5 hours drive. As with arrival in every big city traffic can slow us down. We will have some free time at the hotel before taking dinner out in a local restaurant.

  13. Day 13

    Our day today is devoted to sightseeing in and around Kathmandu City. It is impossible to see everything in a day but we will include highlights such as Boudhanath and Pashupatinath temples and Kathmandu's Durbar Square. We will have a farewell dinner in the Thamel area of Kathmandu. This the main tourist area and is full of friendly restaurants, souvenir shops, live music venues, bars, pubs and coffee shops.

  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)
  • Arrival transfer by road c.1hr.
  • 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.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. 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.

Hotel Barahi, Pokhara

The Barahi is a comfortable modern hotel with all the facilities you might expect. Situated in the Lake side 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

 

 

 

 

 

 


Old Inn, Bandipur

Ideally located in the centre of Bandipur Town the Old Inn is a beautifully restored Newari townhouse. It is full of character and a welcoming place to stay.  Breakfast a dinner are served in the Nepali style. Particularly look out for dahl Bhat for dinner, a Nepali classic.