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Hiking the Himalayas' Annapurna Trail

  • Route:
  • UK
  • Kathmandu
  • Pokhara
  • Syauli Bazaar
  • Ghandrung
  • Jhinu Danda
  • Landrung
  • Dhampus
  • Pokhara
  • Kathmandu
  • UK
WALKING TOUR PACE:
14 DAYS from £1399pp

Tour Highlights

  • Hike along the Annapurna Trail
  • Marvel at the stunning views of the Himalayas
  • Enjoy a day of sightseeing in Kathmandu

To book call us on 0800 781 4893

Hiking the Himalayas' Annapurna Trail

Journey into the Himalayas along the Annapurna circuit, staying in unique mountain lodges on this 14-day tour that travels past snow-capped peaks and spectacular mountain vistas along one of the world's most rewarding walking trails.

Walking Tour Itinerary

Day 1: UK to Kathmandu

Depart the UK on your scheduled, overnight flight to Kathmandu, via Delhi.

    Day 2: Kathmandu

    On arrival in Kathmandu, you be will met and transferred to your hotel, re-joining your group later tonight for a welcome dinner.

    • Lunch & Dinner

    Day 3: Kathmandu

    Enjoy breakfast at your hotel or have an early breakfast and set out on a thrilling helicopter flight that carries you over Mount Everest for a spectacular bird's eye view of the world's highest mountain (at a fee). A full day of sightseeing following in Nepal's stupa-studded capital. Begin at historic Durbar Square where you'll follow ancient streets to the temple of the Living Goddess. Continue on to the Buddhist stupa of Swayanbhunath and admire this gilded structure under the watchful painted eyes that adorn its sides. After lunch at a local restaurant, journey onward to the nearby city of Patan, a 3rd century settlement enclosed within four stupas. Wander among its 136 monasteries and temples, visiting the ancient Krishna Temple and the Tibetan Refugee Camp and Handicraft Centre where you'll witness artisans weaving Tibetan carpets and moulding metal statues. Return to Kathmandu for your overnight stay.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 4: Kathmandu

    Set out on a morning tour of Bhaktapur. Perched on a hill to the east of Kathmandu, the city is still untouched by urbanization and retains its brick paved roads, charming red brick houses and old traditions. Visit Nyatapola, the tallest temple in Nepal, and the intricately adorned Bhairav Temple before exploring Pottery Square, the Palace of 55 Windows and the gilded archway of the Golden Gate. After lunch at a local restaurant, journey to the immense Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple, one of the most sacred Hindu temples of Nepal. Return to Kathmandu for an evening of culture as you enjoy dinner and a Nepalese dance show in a traditional restaurant.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 5: Kathmandu to Pokhara

    After breakfast, drive into the Himalayan foothills, arriving in the mountainous city of Pokhara for an afternoon at leisure in this picturesque lakeside settlement.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 6: Kathmandu to Syauli Bazaar - Average 2 - 3 hours of walking including breaks

    This morning, drive from Pokhara to Nayapul then start your spectacular trek into the Himalayas. Follow the winding course of the mighty Modi River, observing daily life on the river banks and taking in the fantastic views before reaching the compact village of Birethanti. After a break in the village, continue along the river banks for another hour, arriving in the tiny village of Syauli Bazaar for your overnight stay.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 7: Syauli Bazaar to Ghandrung - Average 2 - 2.5 hours of walking including breaks

    Journey further into the mountain range as you embark on a walk along level terrain, stopping for a break before you begin a steep ascent up a stretch of stone steps. Reaching the top of the steps, walk onward through sleepy villages and terraced rice paddies until you arrive in the village of Ghandrung to check into your lodge. In the afternoon, visit the Annapurna Conservation Area Project Head Office and learn about local conversation efforts in the area before gaining fascinating insight into the culture and customs of the Gurung people at the village museum. Stop at a viewpoint for panoramic vistas of Annapurna and the surrounding snow-capped peaks then return to your mountain lodge for dinner.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 8: Ghandrung to Jhinu Danda - Average 4 - 5 hours of walking including breaks

    Follow an undulating trail which ascends and descends towards Jhinu Danda, your base for the night. Arrive at your lodge and break for lunch before you explore the surrounding area on foot, walking through forest-filled pockets to the riverside and some nearby hot springs. Lay back and relax in the rejuvenating waters of the hot springs for the remainder of the afternoon before returning to your lodge.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 9: Jhinu Danda to Landrung - Average 3 - 4 hours of walking including breaks

    Depart Jhinu Danda on today's trek, descending to some nearby cliffs where the region's famed honey hunters scale ropes during their forages. Next, cross a suspension bridge which provides superb views of the valley and River Modi, stopping for a photo opportunity. Walk onward as you ascend to the village of Landrung where you will check into your mountain lodge and enjoy dinner in the evening.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 10: Landrung to Dhampus - Average 5 - 6 hours of walking including breaks

    Today's trail takes you through rolling paddy fields and villages on a flat, hour-long walk. Following a break, begin a steep ascent up a series of stone steps to the charming village of Tolka, reaching the upper part of the village after a short walk along level ground. Enjoy lunch in this peaceful setting then set out on your afternoon trek, going further uphill through forested woodland towards Pothana village. From here, the trail gradually descends to Dhampus, where you'll stop for your overnight stay.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 11: Dhampus to Pokhara - Average 2 -3 hours of walking including breaks

    Wake before sunrise this morning to soak in magnificent views of the mountain peaks bathed in hues of pink and purple. After breakfast, descend through farmland and wooded areas to reach Suikhet Phedi. Depart for Pokhara, stopping for lunch en route or on your arrival in Pokhara. The afternoon is at leisure, allowing you to explore the city sights or relax before dinner in your hotel.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 12: Pokhara

    Following your mountain trek, enjoy today at leisure or choose one of two optional excursion (at a fee). For the first excursion, drive up to the viewpoint at Sarankot for mesmerising sunrise views over the whole Annapurna range, with the option of a three-hour walk back down to the lakeside from Sarankot. Alternatively, take a stroll around the lake in the afternoon and a boat ride on its serene waters.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 13: Pokhara to Kathmandu

    This morning, travel back to Kathmandu, stopping en route for lunch at a local restaurant. On arrival, the rest of the day is at leisure giving you the opportunity to wander Kathmandu's lively streets.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 14: Kathmandu to the UK

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK, or continue on to your extension.

    • Breakfast
    Your Meals
    • Included Breakfast will always be served at your accommodation each morning during the tour.
    • Included Lunch and Dinner, where included, will be served in local restaurants or at your accommodation.

    Included in the Price

    • Included Fully Escorted Tour with local English Speaking Guides throughout
    • Included Scheduled Flights from the UK.
    • Included All internal travel including air-conditioned/heated transportation.
    • Included Accommodation, meals as specified and entry fees to all sights.
    • Included All airport taxes and security charges.

    Included in your Walking Tour

    In addition to wonderfully scenic walking trails, we've included a number of features with your comfort, convenience and safety in mind:

    • Included All walks and treks are led by a knowledgeable, local, English-speaking guide and accompanied by a back marker, with well-timed rest stops and picnic breaks factored into all itineraries
    • Included While we can never guarantee weather conditions, departure dates have been carefully selected in order to avoid extreme weather conditions, such as severe heat, cold or rain
    • Included Enjoy comfortable, hand-picked accommodation with all meals provided; packed meals may be provided for long walks and treks.
    • Included Baggage is always transported to your next hotel or lodging with porterage included
    • Included A wide selection of extensions is available at the end of your tour, giving you time to relax and unwind or explore your destination further
    • Included Once you've booked your tour, a comprehensive dossier will be sent to you with a more detailed day-by-day itinerary, flight details, visa requirements and helpful information on what to pack
    • Important Information

      Visas

      British passport holders do not need to obtain a visa for Nepal prior to departure. A Nepalese visa can be purchased on arrival into Kathmandu; you will need to download a form from the Nepal Embassy website and present this completed form on arrival at immigration together with a passport sized photograph (we recommend taking a couple spare) and payment (currently USD $25). When applying for the visa on arrival you will need to ensure you apply for a multiple entry visa. We recommend you check the following website before travelling for all the most up to date advice, requirements and any changes http://www.nepembassy.org.uk/visa.php. We strongly advise you to check with your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding required passport validity.

      Payment

      If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

      Health and Vaccinations

      It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, www.travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

      Flying insects including mosquitos are common in this part of the world, you may find it useful to wear long-sleeved, long-legged clothes and use repellents which contain DEET.

      Altitude Sickness
      Altitude sickness is a fairly common condition that can occur when you ascend to a high altitude (generally higher than 2,500 metres above sea level) quickly. The decrease in atmospheric pressure can make breathing more difficult as the body is not able to take in as much oxygen. Most cases are mild with symptoms that can include: headache, nausea, dizziness and exhaustion. Several of the places on your trekking holiday are located at high altitude. Therefore, you may find you experience some symptoms at this altitude. It is advised that at these high altitudes, you keep hydrated and avoid alcohol. If you do experience symptoms of altitude sickness during your tour, ensure you tell your guide immediately who will be able to advise the best thing for you to do. It is advisable to consult your doctor before your holiday for any advice on the effects of altitude sickness and if you have any health problems that this could affect. It is advisable to carry the name, address and telephone details of your GP, in the event of becoming unwell your insurance company may require this information.

      Physical Accessibility

      For this trekking holiday previous experience and a good level of fitness & stamina is recommended. Trekking will be along well-worn paths with different levels of pace, you will need to be prepared to negotiate steep inclines and uphill treks climbing stone steps. Your treks will be between mountain lodges and daily distances will vary from 6 to 13 kilometres. You will be able to take short breaks during your treks and you can look forward to arriving at your lodge on average, in time for lunch. Please do consider the pace may vary depending on the abilities within the group. Most of the treks will take please in the morning allowing you to have the afternoons at leisure to relax or make the most of exploring the local area. It is important to note altitudes vary with most walks between 1170m and 1780m, the highest altitude that you will reach will be around 2000m. We recommend carrying a small backpack and if you are in any doubt as to the tours suitability, please speak to your GP as soon as possible as this is a physically challenging holiday.

      Group Size

      The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 7 and the maximum will be 20. In the unlikely event there are fewer than 7 passengers booked on your tour date, you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

      Currency Information

      The currency in Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee or NPR, divided into 100 paisa. US dollars and UK ster-ling are both also often accepted should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you.

      Personal Expenses

      You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any lunches and dinners where these are not mentioned on your itinerary and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £100- £200 per person will be sufficient for the duration of the tour.

    Tour Dates & Prices

    Depart UKArrive UKPriceBook Now
    2018 Dates
    05 Oct 201818 Oct 2018£1699Book
    26 Oct 201808 Nov 2018£1799Book
    16 Nov 201829 Nov 2018£1749Book
    30 Nov 201813 Dec 2018£1699Book
    2019 Dates
    25 Jan 201907 Feb 2019£1699Book
    22 Feb 201907 Mar 2019£1649Book
    15 Mar 201928 Mar 2019£1599Book
    05 Apr 201918 Apr 2019£1399Book
    27 Sep 201910 Oct 2019£1499Book
    11 Oct 201924 Oct 2019£1599Book
    22 Nov 201905 Dec 2019£1699Book

    Tour Map

    Hiking the Himalayas' Annapurna Trail Route Map

    Tour Dossiers

    2018 Dossier

    2019 Dossier

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