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You depart the UK on your overnight flight to Kathmandu.
On arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to your 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.
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 Swayambnath, 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 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 one of the greatest examples of the native culture and architecture. Unfortunately, after the devastating earthquake, the Durbar suffered extensive damage and is currently under construction to repair it.
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, you take a short drive towards Nayapul and walk for around 20 minutes to reach Birethanti. Here you join the main trail up into the mountains where you'll walk through the forest, passing waterfalls to reach Ramghai where you'll stop for lunch. With a full belly, you continue gently upwards to reach Tikhedunga (1540m). The trek will take between 3 - 4 hours.
You will spend the night in Tikhedunga.
Today, you set out for Ghorepani. This a long day which climbs over 1200m but you'll have a slow pace so there is time to enjoy views along the way. Starting out, you'll cross a stream on a suspension bridge before descending the stone staircase and trail that takes you to the village of Ulleri for lunch. You'll continue your walk through the rhododendron forest, along flag-stone steps, before reaching Ghorepani, a classic Himalayan settlement with outstanding views of the mountains. Hopefully you can enjoy the amazing panorama of Dhaulagiri I (8167m), Annapurna I (8091m), Nilgiri (7061m), Machhapuchhre (6993m), and other snow-clad peaks. Ghorepani is at 2570m so expect the temperature to be cooler in the evenings.
You'll 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 you'll reach on this Nepalese holiday. You 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. You then walk through the beautiful rhododendron forest to reach Tadapani (2590m).
Today you will be walking for 5 - 6 hrs.
Today, you'll descend steeply through the dense forests to reach Baise Kharka. You may encounter monkeys and a multitude of bird life along the way, before continuing from Baise Kharka where you will reach the Gurung community village of Ghandruk. Upon arrival, something quite incredible awaits you; breaktaking views of Annapurna South (7219m) and Machhapuchhre (6993m).
Today, you gently descend along decent trails through sections of lush forest to reach Birethanti where you'll stop for lunch. From here, you retrace your steps from Birethanti to Nayapul which completes your the trekking portion of your trip. It is here that you bid farewell to your trekking crew. Ramblers have allocated funds to tip the crew already.
From here you make your way back to Pokhara by vehicle, where you can enjoy some well deserved R&R.
This morning following breakfast, you depart Pokhara and drive south east 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 have plenty of time in Chitwan National Park so the pace will be leisurely, hopefully you'll enjoy some outstanding wildlife encounters. During your time in the park, you embark on a jeep safari which offers the finest (and safest) chance of observing rhino in the wild. Fear not, sightings are common. 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.
Today you'll 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.
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.
After breakfast, you will transfer back to the airport for your flight back to the UK