Nepal Discovery

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  • 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
Kathmandu, a short trek in the Annapurna foothills, Pokhara, Bandipur and Chitwan National Park. This twelve day adventure includes the highlights of Nepal. A land of terraced green hills, snow capped Himalaya, charming people , ancient cities and palpable history. You will discover the delights of Kathmandu, a short trek in the Annapurna foothills, the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara, the old world charm of Bandipur and the peace and tranquility of Chitwan National Park.

What To Expect

This trip includes the highlights of Nepal staying in trekking lodges, hotels and inns. An all round trip to Nepal that allows you to access a variety of its best bits.

Tour Style:

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

Activity:

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
  • Wildlife
  • 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.

Accommodations

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.

Included
  • 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
Excluded
  • International flights to/from Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Bandipur
  • Travel insurance
  • Beverages, tips, personal expenses
Extras
  • 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.

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.

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).

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

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.

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 Kathmandu Sightseeing Day 3 Fly to Pokhara & Trek to Pothana Day 4 Trek to Ghandruk Day 5 Trek to Naya Pul & Transfer to Pokhara Day 6 Free day to explore Pokhara Day 7 Drive to Bandipur & Explore Day 8 Chitwan National Park Day 9 Chitwan National Park Day 10 Drive to Kathmandu Day 11 Free day in Kathmandu Day 12 Depart Nepal

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