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Escorted Tours

Hiking the Himalayas' Annapurna Trail for Solo Travellers including

Tigers of Ranthambore


Route:
  • UK
  • Kathmandu
  • Pokhara
  • Syauli Bazaar
  • Ghandrung
  • Jhinu Danda
  • Landrung
  • Dhampus
  • Pokhara
  • Kathmandu
  • Delhi
  • Ranthambore
  • Delhi
  • UK

4 NIGHTS from £pp

Tour Highlights
  • Ranthambore National Park
  • Two Jungle Safaris
  • Farewell Dinner and Cultural Dance Show
  • Trek along the famous Annapurna Trail, taking in panoramic vistas of snow-capped Himalayan peaks
  • Enjoy a full day of sightseeing in Kathmandu, visiting historic Durbar Square, the Swayanbhunath stupa and ancient city of Patan
  • Stay in unique mountain lodges with spectacular views
  • Visit Pokhara, on the shores of Phewa Lake
  • Relax in the hot springs of Jhinu Danda and enjoy a sunrise viewing from Dhampus
  • Observe local farming communities and visit sleepy rural villages

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Visit the Tigers of Ranthambore

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Kathmandu

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

2
Kathmandu

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

  • Lunch & Dinner
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
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
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
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
7
Syauli Bazaar to Ghandrung - Average 3-4 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 a 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
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
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
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
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
12
Pokhara

Following your mountain trek, enjoy today at leisure or choose one of two optional excursions (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
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
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
15
Kathmandu to Delhi

Following breakfast in Kathmandu fly to India's capital for a day at leisure.

  • Dinner
16
Delhi to Ranthambore

From Delhi, board the train for a relaxing journey through rural India to Ranthambore for a wildlife experience of a lifetime. Ranthambore National Park is renowned for its stunning array of wildlife including tigers, leopards, striped hyenas, sambar deer, sloth bears and black buck.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
17
Ranthambore

Enjoy an early morning jungle safari followed by breakfast back at your hotel. After a relaxing stint at the hotel, take a safari trip later this afternoon for another chance to spot Ranthambore's wild inhabitants.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
18
Ranthambore to Delhi

Depart Ranthambore and catch the train to Delhi. The remainder of your day within the Indian capital is at leisure.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
19
Delhi to UK

After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

  • Breakfast

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.

Insurance

You must obtain suitable travel insurance prior to departure. Mercury Direct is partnered with Holiday Extras which offer insurance at the following prices:

Age in YearsUp to 6465 - 7475 - 85
Up to 24 days cover£48£94£146
For all persons 86 years and over, please contact us for insurance prices. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24 hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Direct will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

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.

Flight Information

Your initial flight is to Kathmandu International Airport via Delhi with Jet Airways (9W), departing from London Heathrow Terminal 4. Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage & hand luggage of 5kg not exceeding 55cm x 35cm x 25cm in size and 1 personal item such as a handbag, briefcase or laptop case. Weight restrictions will be finalized on E-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in.

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

There is no minimum number of travellers for this extension however the main tour passenger numbers will apply for the main part of the tour. If in the unlikely event there are less than the required number of people booked on your main tour date then 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.

Tour Guide

This is an escorted tour extension, meaning that you will have the services of a local guide during each of your excursions.

Currency Information

The currency in India is the Rupee or Rs. The Rupee is a closed currency and officially you are not allowed to take any cash out of India. US Dollars are also widely accepted in India 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 personal purchases, such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £100 - £200 will be sufficient for the duration of the tour, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are!

Tour Dates & Prices

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Included in the Price

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

Additional Expenses

  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Any meals not specified in your itinerary
Travelling Alone?

We have 2 rooms available on every tour date for single occupancy use, however a single supplement must be paid on the add-on part of the tour.

What to expect

Fact File
When to go

The climate in the Nepalese Himalayas can vary, in winter days are warm, but nights and early morning can be surprisingly cool and even cold especially when at high altitude. The rest of the year temperature can exceed 30 degrees Celsius with clear skies, however at altitude the temperatures are lower, it is important to remember the strength of the sun. Heavy rain can also affect the region; however, this is uncommon outside of monsoon season which runs from June until September. Please see the 'What to Pack section' for more details on clothes recommended to take.

What to pack
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Hat
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Camera and charger
  • An electric plug excursions
  • Loo paper for public WCs
  • Binoculars
  • Sunglasses
  • Torch
  • Water Bottle and Chlorine Dioxide to sterilise
  • Anti-bacterial hand wash
  • Lightweight towel or sarong
  • Trail mix/nuts/muesli bars (bring zip lock bags from home)
  • Trekking poles with rubber points are recommended
  • Rucksack to use during treks, we recommend 30-35 litres
  • Long Trousers - For everyday walking, light cotton or linen trousers are the most suitable. Jeans are not recommended as they are often difficult to walk in over longer distances
  • Warm clothing - A thick fleece or sweater is necessary as nights can be at altitude
  • Down Jacket - After sunset, temperatures can fall below freezing
  • Waterproof lightweight jacket
  • Hat and gloves - thermal type is most appropriate
  • Tracksuit or fleece pants for evenings
  • High-quality hiking socks
  • Walking boots - we recommend you bring boots with ankle support that are worn-in and comfortable before you start your trekking
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