Annapurna and Everest: Trekking in Style

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  • Overnight stays in some of the finest comfort lodges in the area
  • Trekking amongst the world's highest peaks in the Everest Region
  • Close-up views of the iconic Macchapuchre (Fishtail Peak)
  • Immersing yourself in traditional Gurung and Sherpa village life and culture
  • Kathmandu; Durbar Square, Swayambhunath and Patan
Explore both the Annapurna and Everest regions in style on this 2 week tour with gentle trekking between comfort lodges and charming mountain inns. From being surrounded by the majesty of the world’s highest mountains to the slow pace of village life in the low foothills, this tour really does allow you to experience Nepal at its best. The trekking is easy and your accommodation is in Ker & Downey’s unique lodges and charming Yeti Mountain Homes, which all feature ensuite rooms, comfortable beds with sheets, blankets and hot water bottles. This allows you to really relax and enjoy Nepal at your own pace whilst in near-perfect comfort.

What To Expect

This tour is perfect as an introduction to trekking as the days are fairly short and the accommodation is very comfortable so it allows you to relax and really take your time.

Tour 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:

  • Elegance & Unique Stays
  • Alpine & Mountains

Inspiration:

  • Classic

Activity Level & Terrain

This trekking trip is graded moderate and includes 3 - 4 hours of trekking on most days with one day of 5 - 6 hours. The maximum altitude is 3535m. 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.

Accommodations

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

During your trek in the Annapurna region you will stay 3 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.

During your trek in the Everest region you will stay 6 nights in a series of charming mountain lodges at Yeti Mountain Homes. A step above the traditional teahouses, Yeti Mountain Homes provide indulgent comfort and high quality cuisine in en suite rooms with sheets, blankets and electric mats.

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.

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 we would suggest booking the historic Dwarika’s Hotel as an upgrade, 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
  • Return internal flights from Kathmandu to Lukla including taxes
  • 4 Nights accommodation at Gokarna Forest Resort including breakfast
  • 3 Nights in Ker & Downey's Lodges
  • 6 Nights in Yeti Mountain Homes
  • All meals, snacks, drinking water, tea and coffee while on trek
  • All laundry while on trek
  • Evening Happy Hour including local soft drinks and local alcoholic beverages
  • 10 Days guided gentle trekking with guide and porter
  • Trekking permits
  • Down jackets, warm hats and gloves in the lodges
  • Full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, including lunch, visiting Boudhanath and Durbar Square
Excluded
  • International flights to/from Nepal
  • Lunches and dinners while in Kathmandu
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal equipment
  • Nepal Visa
  • Extra drinks and snacks, hot showers, 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.

Average day time temperatures between October-November and April-May range from approximately 25c in Kathmandu to approximately 14c at 3000m, and approximately 3c at 5000m. From December through to April, the temperatures will be about 5c lower. Night time temperatures are lower and will get to below freezing once above 3000m.

Getting to the Start

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

General Information

Guides & Porters

You will have a English speaking Nepali guide throughout your trek. Together with our sherpas, porters and lodge staff, our guests are assured a level of service and care essential to a safe, yet exciting adventure. We are proud of our intimate understanding of Nepalali culture and tradition and take pleasure in showing guests the true charm and courtesy for which the Nepalali people are known.

Air Travel in Nepal

Due to the nature of the 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 .

Altitude Sickness & Trekking at Altitude

Acute Mountain Sickness or Altitude Sickness is a major concern when trekking in Nepal and although our itinerary is designed to minimise the chances of you suffering from AMS each individual is affected differently by altitude. The majority of trekkers will suffer from at least mild altitude sickness.

Your leaders are all trained in dealing with AMS but your health is your responsibility and you should educate yourself on AMS. If you have any pre-existing health conditions that you think may make you more susceptible to AMS we recommend that you consult your doctor before booking this trip. You should also report any illness to your guide right away.

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 & Trek to Sanctuary Lodge (1150m) Day 3 Trek to Gurung Lodge, Majgaoon Day 4 Trek to Basanta Lodge, Dhampus (1650m) Day 5 Descent to Valley floor/Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu Day 6 Fly to Lukla (2804m) / Trek to Phakding (2610m) Day 7 Trek to Monjo (2835m) Day 8 Trek to Namche (3535m) Day 9 Namche (3535m) Day 10 Descend to Monjo (2835m) Day 11 Monjo to Lukla (2804m) Day 12 Fly to Kathmandu Day 13 Kathmandu Day 14 Depart Nepal

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