Highlights

  1. Visiting Asia’s largest stupa in Kathmandu
  2. Rafting the Trisuli River’s raging rapids
  3. Trekking part of the Annapurna Circuit
  4. Witnessing the Himalayan sunrise from Poon Hill
  5. Exploring Chitwan National Park on an elephant

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

Welcome to Kathmandu, a city of medieval temples, narrow lanes and craftsmen’s workshops. On arrival you’ll meet your local representative and be briefed on your upcoming itinerary. Overnight at Park Village Resort.

Day 2: Kathmandu

Spend the day exploring Kathmandu’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, namely Boudhanath – Asia’s biggest stupa – the riverside Pashupatinath Temple and Patan’s ancient Durbar Square. Overnight at Park Village Resort.

Day 3: Kathmandu to Pokhara

Travel west to Charaudi, where you’ll embark on a thrilling white-water rafting trip down the River Trisuli towards Pokhara. On arrival in Nepal’s second city the rest of the day is spent at leisure. Overnight at Hotel Barahi.

Day 4: Pokhara to Hile

Make the relatively short journey to Nayapul, the starting point for the spectacular Annapurna trek to Hile. Following the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola, you’ll climb steadily to an altitude of 1,495 metres. Overnight in a traditional tea house.

Day 5: Hile to Ghode Pani

Today’s trek begins with an easy stretch to Tikhedhunga, from where it’s a steep climb towards Ulleri. A gentler ascent towards Banthanti follows, after which you’ll pass through Nangethanti en route to Ghode Pani at an altitude of 2,775 metres. Overnight in a traditional tea house.

Day 6: Ghode Pani to Tadapani

An early-morning ascent of Poon Hill, which offers stunning views of ‘Fish Tail’ mountain, precedes today’s trek to Tadapani. The villages of Deurali and Bahnthali will be passed during a hike through remarkably varied terrain. Overnight in a traditional tea house.

Day 7: Tadapani to Ghandruk

The early section of today’s hike involves a forested descent towards Ghandruk, which later flattens at an altitude of approximately 2,000 metres. The village itself is home to the Gurung people, who have their own distinct culture. Overnight in a traditional tea house.

Day 8: Ghandruk to Tolka

Enjoy more exceptional mountain views on the descent to Tolka, passing the Gurung village of Landruk along the way. This evening will be spent at an altitude of 1,810 metres. Overnight in a traditional tea house.

Day 9: Tolka to Pokhara

The final day’s descent, which actually begins with a climb, takes in the villages of Pothana, Dhampus and, finally, Phedi – via beautiful valley views – from where it’s a 20-minute drive back to Pokhara. Overnight at Hotel Barahi.

Day 10: Pokhara

Spend the day discovering Pokhara’s highlights, namely Bindhyabasini Temple, the holy Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave and Devi’s Falls. Later, go boating on the ethereal Phewa Tal. Overnight at Hotel Barahi.

Day 11: Pokhara to Chitwan

Travel south-west to Chitwan National Park, seeing the banks of the River Trisuli and numerous paddy fields en route. Later, enjoy a sub-tropical jungle walk beside the Rapti River at sunset. Overnight at Green Mansions Jungle Resort.

Day 12: Chitwan

Begin today by visiting Chitwan’s Elephant Breeding Centre. Later, take a canoe ride along the Rapti River – watching out for fish-eating crocodiles – before embarking on a exciting elephant safari. Overnight at Green Mansions Jungle Resort.

Day 13: Chitwan to Nagarkot

Journey north-east via Kathmandu to Nagarkot, a village famous for its panoramic Himalayan views. Depending on the weather, it’s entirely possible to catch a glimpse of Mount Everest. Overnight at Club Himalaya Nagarkot.

Day 14: Nagarkot to Kathmandu

Witness the early-morning Himalayan sunrise before returning to Kathmandu via Bhaktapur, a medieval Kathmandu Valley city state that’s begun its slow recovery from the 2015 earthquake. Overnight at Park Village Resort.

Day 15: Kathmandu

Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport ahead of your international return flight home.

Activities to consider

  • Paragliding from Sarangkot
  • A one-hour flight over Mount Everest from Kathmandu
  • Canyoning near Pokhara
  • Sampling Krishnarpan, a slow Nepali fine-dining experience
  • Learning how to make delicious momos
  • A day trip to Kulekhani Dam

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