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The Annapurnas and Chitwan

from £2460
Enjoy the best of Nepal - this holiday is a feast of mountain walking, trekking, teahouses and wildlife spotting.

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.


 

Holiday Highlights

  • An excellent introduction to Himalayan trekking
  • In Chitwan wildlife viewing from jeep, on foot or canoe are outstanding
  • Savour the morning light as the sun rises over the Annapurnas
  • Spend an evening in the company of a former Ghurkha solider
  • Experience the majesty of the Himalayan Mountains in person
  • Meet and chat with local people on the walking trails

 

 

 

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

  1. Day 1

    You depart the UK on your overnight flight to Kathmandu.

  2. Day 2

    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.

  3. Day 3

    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.

  4. Day 4

    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.

  5. Day 5

    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.

     

  6. Day 6

    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.

  7. Day 7

    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.

  8. Day 8

    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). 

  9. Day 9

    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. 

  10. Day 10

    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.

  11. Day 11

    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.

  12. Day 12

    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.

  13. Day 13

    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.

  14. Day 14

    After breakfast, you will transfer back to the airport for your flight back to the UK

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Kathmandu via Istanbul (Turkish Airlines) 
  • Arrival transfer by road 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.