Nepal Discovery12 Days & 11 Nights 5 Read 2 reviews
- Kathmandu; Durbar Square, Swayambhunath and Patan
- A short three day & two night lodge based trek in the Annapurna Foothills
- Watching dawn break over Annapurna South, Annapurna 1, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, and Machhapuchhre
- Enjoying Pokhara’s Lakeside markets
- The old world charm of Bandipur
- Wildlife watching by elephant in Chitwan National Park
What To Expect
Private Guided | Alone or with your chosen companion(s), benefit from a private guide throughout most of your trip.
Walking, Wildlife Watching, Cultural Activities | Walking as part of a multi activity trip., Trip includes wildlife watching as part of the itinerary, Trip includes cultural activities in the itinerary
This trip is suitable for:
Families, Multi-Generational, Mixed Abilities
Ideal if you have an interest in:
- Elegance & Unique Stays
- National Parks & Trails
- Alpine & Mountains
Activity Level & Terrain
This three days trekking trip on this trip is graded moderate and includes up to 6 - 7 hours of trekking with up to 1000m of ascent/descent. The maximum altitude is 2000m (6,600 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.
In Kathmandu you will stay at either Hotel Annapurna, Hotel Yak & Yeti or Hotel Shanker. All of these are deluxe properties and are conveniently located for Kathmandu attractions. In Pokhara we use deluxe standard hotels such as the Shangri-La Village Resort.
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.
- All airport and internal transfers in Nepal
- Internal flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara including taxes
- 4 Nights Kathmandu superior hotel including breakfast
- 2 Nights in local trekking lodges on a full board basis
- 2 Nights Pokhara superior hotel including breakfast
- 1 Night hotel accommodation in Bandipur
- 2 Nights at Kasara Jungle Resort on a full board basis
- Jungle activities in Chitwan National Park including walking and elephant back safaris
- 3 Days guided trekking with guide, porter (1 porter for 2 clients : luggage allowance - 15 kg per person)
- Trekking permits
- Full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, visiting Boudhanath and Durbar Square including entrance fees
- International flights to/from Kathmandu, Nepal
- Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Bandipur
- Travel insurance
- Beverages, tips, personal expenses
- Accommodation upgrade in Kathmandu
- Extra nights in Kathmandu, Pokhara or Chitwan
When To Go
The best time to visit Nepal is from September to May. The most popular times 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. Trekking is possible from December to February but it can be cold at night at high altitude. In September and April/May Chitwan can be fairly hot. You can start your trip on any date in the season.
Getting to the Start
Flights to/from Kathmandu
Flights to Kathmandu are available daily from the UK and Europe via the Gulf or India. Airlines include Jet Airways, Gulf Air, Emirates Airlines, Qatar Airways & Etihad Airways. Kathmandu is also very well served from North America and Australasia.
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.
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 - https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/nepal/safety-and-security.
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. Your luggage will be transported by porters (1 porter between 2 people).
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.
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.
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.
We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as the region is extremely popular especially over October/November and March/April. However, we will always try our best to accommodate your plans.
Your bags will be transported on trek by local porters. We have a strict porter protection policy and, for this reason, we ask you to keep your baggage weight to a maximum of 15kgs per person. If you do want more luggage than this for your trip it is possible to leave items you will only want for Kathmandu at your hotel, thus helping to decrease the weight of the bag your are taking on trek.
The best time to travel to Nepal is from September to May. The most popular times 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. Trekking is possible from December to February but it can be cold at night at high altitude. In September and April/May Chitwan can be fairly hot.
ItineraryDay 1 Arrive Kathmandu
Upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.
Today you will discover why Kathmandu is such a beguiling city. On a full day guided tour of Kathmandu’s highlights you will explore Durbar Square, Swayambhunath and Patan City.
After an optional early morning flight to Mount Everest, you fly to Pokhara (1000 m). On arrival you will have a briefing before you are transfered by road (1 hour) with guides & porters to your trek start point at Phedi.
Your walk passes through typical rural Nepali countryside and the village of Dhampus, climbing along a ridge and rewarding with wonderful mountain views, before arriving in Pothana. The view of the sacred and unclimbed Fishtail Mountain, or Machhapuchhre is superb from Pothana.
Overnight height: 1900 m
The trail continues high above the Modi Khola, before reaching Landruk. Here you leave the main route to Annapurna Sanctuary and descend to cross the Modi Khola before climbing to Ghandruk.
Ghandruk was once a major recruitment centre for the famous Gurkha soldiers. The women of Ghandruk maintain a local industry of weaving traditional Nepalese rugs.
Ascent/descent: 700m ascent/descent
Overnight height: 1940 m
After breakfast, you depart for another fine day of trekking on the western side of the Modi Khola valley to Birethanti and then Naya Paul. Walking through farms, forests and villages the scenery changes constantly as you descend to Naya Pul. From Naya Pul it is a one hour transfer to your hotel in Pokhara.
Ascent: 1000 m
Pokhara is a delightful lakeside town enjoying wonderful views of the Himalaya. It is home to the International Mountain Museum, Gurkha Museum and a large Tibetan curio market. Use today as an opportunity to rest and explore what Pokhara has to offer.
A delightful two hour drive brings you to Bandipur, once a important stop on the India Tibet trade route. Bandipur perches at 1000m on a ridge and is a living museum of Newari culture. Narrow lanes lined with cafes and lodges wind through glorious 18th century buildings giving glimpses of mountain vistas.
After a relaxed morning you are driven to the Kasara Resort on the border of the Chitwan National Park (2 - 3 hours.) On arrival at the resort, you will receive a briefing prior to an afternoon safari or nature walk.
Activity: Afternoon safari or nature walk
Chitwan National Park offers protection to 56 species of mammals including the one horned rhinoceros, Bengal Tiger, leopard, sloth bear, wild elephant, striped hyena, Gangetic dolphin and wild bison. There are an estimated 543 species of birds, 126 species of fish, 590 species of butterflies and 47 species of reptiles in the park. The day is spent game viewing on elephant back/by jeep, and on foot. There are also lectures on the wildlife of the Park. Canoe trips are available on request.
Activity: Game viewing on elephant back/by jeep, and foot.
After an early morning game viewing and breakfast at the resort, you will be driven back to Kathmandu (3-4 hours). Upon arrival in Kathmandu you will have the rest of the day free to explore or relax.
Take the time to explore this ancient city, relax or do some shopping.
Transfer to the airport for your international departure home.
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