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Annapurna Foothills: Trekking in Style

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  • Gentle trekking in the Annapurna Foothills
  • Stay in comfort and style at Ker and Downey’s luxury trekking lodges
  • Watching dawn break over Annapurna South, Annapurna 1, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, and Machhapuchhre
  • Kathmandu; Durbar Square and Boudhanath
  • Discovering Nepali village life as you walk from lodge to lodge
Discover the magic of trekking in the Nepal Himalaya on an easy going trek through the Annapurna Foothills between comfort trekking lodges. Magnificent mountain vistas, charming mountain inns and first class service. The lush green hillsides of the Annapurna Foothills perfectly frame the white peaks of the mighty Himalayas. Criss-crossed by quiet trails from village to village you will discover village life, enjoy wonderful views and stay in comfort and luxury at Ker and Downey’s unique lodges, which feature en suite rooms, comfortable beds with sheets, blankets and hot water bottles. Your stay in Nepal begins at the Gokarna Forest Resort, in the Kathmandu Valley. After an optional Everest View flight you fly to Pokhara and begin your trek through the foothills of the Annapurna range to the Sanctuary Lodge in Birethanti, and then on to Himalaya Lodge, Ghandruk, where you spend two nights. Enjoying the dawn break over Annapurna South, Annapurna 1, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, and Machhapuchhre (the Fishtail) from the terrace at sunrise is a highlight, as are the village walks. Your trek continues along the Modi River to Sanctuary Lodge and then Gurung Lodge, a charming collection of traditional houses and manicured gardens on the edge of Majgaun village before you spend a final night at Basanta Lodge in Dhampus. Each day you can look forward to fabulous walking (3 - 6 hours) on quiet trails through traditional Nepali villages and magnificent mountain scenery. You will have plenty of time to learn about village life, visit shrines and places of interest and relax in the most beautiful of surroundings. From Basanta Lodge it is a short one to two hour walk to the road head, from where you will be transferred to the Temple Tree Hotel in the pretty lakeside town of Pokhara. The next morning you fly back to Kathmandu where you can look forward to a sightseeing tour visiting Durbar Square, Swayambhunath and Patan. After a final night at the Gokarna Forest Resort we will transfer you to the airport for your flight home.
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What To Expect

This trip is perfect if you want to experience the delights of trekking in the Himalaya, whilst staying in comfortable Kerr & Downey Lodges.

Trip Style:

Private Guided | Alone or with your chosen companion(s), benefit from a private guide throughout most of your trip.

Activity:

Inn to Inn Walking | A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night

This trip is suitable for:

Avid Adventurers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Personal Growth
  • Luxury & Unique Stays
  • Alpine & Mountains

Grade & Terrain

This trekking trip is graded easy to moderate and includes 3 - 4 hours of trekking on most days with one day of 5 - 6 hours with 1000m of ascent. The maximum altitude is 2100m (6,700 feet).To get the most from this trip you should be comfortable walking for up to six hours through hilly terrain.

You follow well maintained paths and tracks, away from the tourist trail. Some short sections can be steep so walking poles are helpful.

During your walk you will be accompanied by an experienced guide so you do not need to navigate.

Navigation

Quality guides make the difference between a great trip and an unforgettable experience. Our Nepali guides are qualified and trained. All have many years experience of guiding trekkers in Nepal, and speak fluent English. They bring a wealth of knowledge to your journey, opening your eyes to the legends, culture, food, flora and fauna of the Himalayas. Additionally they are first aid trained and fully trained and experienced in dealing with cases of Altitude Sickness. Your luggage will be transported by porters (1 porter between 2 people). 

Accommodation Information

On this in-style trekking trip we have carefully selected high quality accommodation both on trek and in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Single Rooms and Solo Walkers

Unfortunately this trip is not available to solo walkers, however if you do require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you, although there is a single room supplement payable.

During your trek you will stay 6 nights at Ker & Downey’s acclaimed trekking lodges in the Annapurna foothills. Ker and Downey lodges offer guests the opportunity to experience the magnificent scenery of the Himalayas in style and comfort whilst staying in en suite rooms with comfortable beds with sheets, blankets, down pillows and hot water bottles.

Alternative Kathmandu Hotels

If you would prefer to stay in the heart of Kathmandu just let us know and we can book your stay at the Yak & Yeti Hotel or Annapurna Hotel for a small supplement. If you would like a touch of luxury in Kathmandu I would suggest booking the historic Dwarika’s Hotel, undoubtedly the finest property in Kathmandu. There is an additional cost for this.

Included
  • All airport and internal transfers in Nepal
  • Return internal flights from Kathmandu to Pokhara including taxes
  • 2 Nights accommodation at Gokarna Forest Resort including breakfast
  • 1 Night accommodation at Temple Tree Lodge in Pokhara on a full board basis
  • 7 Days guided gentle trekking with guide and porter
  • Trekking permits
  • 6 Nights at Ker & Downey’s Lodges
  • Half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu visiting Durbar Square and Boudhanath
  • Farewell Dinner
Excluded
  • International flights to/from Nepal
  • Lunches and dinners while in Kathmandu
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal equipment
  • Nepal Visa
  • Extra drinks and snacks, laundry
  • Excess baggage charges for internal flights
  • Tips for your trekking crew (expected, but not mandatory)
Extras
  • Additional nights
  • Accommodation upgrades in Kathmandu

When To Go

This trip is available to start on any day of the year from the end of September through to May. The most popular times to go trekking in Nepal are October/November, when the post monsoon mountain air is clear and fresh, and March to April when the weather is dry and pleasant and the rhododendrons bloom. You can start your trip on any date in the season.

Getting to the Start

Flights to Kathmandu are available daily from the UK and Europe via the Gulf or India. Airlines include Jet Airways, Emirates Airlines, Gulf Air, Qatar Airways & Etihad Airways. Kathmandu is also very well served from North America and Australasia.

Getting from the End

Flights from Kathmandu are available daily to the UK and Europe via the Gulf or India. Airlines include Jet Airways, Emirates Airlines, Gulf Air, Qatar Airways & Etihad Airways. North America and Australasia are also very well served from Kathmandu.

Baggage Transfer

Your luggage will be transported by porters (1 porter between 2 people). Luggage allowance of 15kg per person. 

General Information

The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, (for example, proper rain gear jacket and pants, sun hat, sunscreen). Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Your Guide & Porters

Quality guides make the difference between a great trip and an unforgettable experience. Our Nepali guides are qualified and trained. All have many years experience of guiding trekkers in Nepal, and speak fluent English. They bring a wealth of knowledge to your journey, opening your eyes to the legends, culture, food, flora and fauna of the Himalayas. Additionally they are first aid trained and fully trained and experienced in dealing with cases of Altitude Sickness. Your luggage will be transported by porters (1 porter between 2 people). 

Air Travel in Nepal

Due to the nature of our treks in Nepal, access to the start point is often only possible by taking an internal flight. Flying in Nepal is an acknowledged risk due to the changeable nature of mountain weather and the fact that the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal does not operate to the same standards as those of the UK and other western nations.

However, we have taken steps to ensure that our customers travelling to Nepal are as safe as they can possibly be by becoming stakeholders in an independent air audit of Nepal airlines undertaken by UK tour operators in 2015. This audit deemed several airlines as safe to fly to with including Yeti Airlines and Tara Air, and our itineraries will only include flights with these particular airlines. Tara and Yeti Airlines have also fulfilled the IATA Standard Safety Assessment (ISSA) which is a new global safety standard for commercial airlines operating smaller aircraft.

Whilst we have taken the above steps, you should be aware that flying in mountainous areas like Nepal does carry with it a certain amount of risk.

If you would like to find out further information on flying on Nepal and the associated risks, you can read advice on the UK Foreign Office Travel Advice page 

Visa

Please be aware that you need a tourist visa for Nepal to enter. You can get this upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, where a few forms need to be filled out before you can go through customs. You will need to make sure you have the right amount of USD with you and two passport photos in order to obtain your visa. Alternatively Nepali embassies will also issue visas.

Equipment

You will need comfortable walking/hiking clothes and footwear, warm and waterproof clothes and comfortable clothes fro the evening. We will send you a comprehensive packing list on confirmation of your booking.

Additionally we include the loan of a duffle bag, walking poles and water bottle if you require them. Down jackets, gloves and warm hats are provided at the lodges for cooler evenings.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu Day 2 Fly to Pokhara and Trek to Sanctuary Lodge (1150m) Day 3 Trek to Himalaya Lodge, Ghandruk (2012m) Day 4 Himalaya Lodge Village Walks (2012m) Day 5 Trek to Sanctuary Lodge (1150m) Day 6 Trek to Gurung Lodge, Majgaun (1400m) Day 7 Trek to Basanta Lodge, Dhampus (1525m) Day 8 Trek to Pokhara Day 9 Fly to and Explore Kathmandu Day 10 Depart Nepal

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