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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.
Depart the UK on your scheduled, overnight flight to Kathmandu, via Delhi.
On arrival in Kathmandu, you be will met and transferred to your hotel, re-joining your group later tonight for a welcome dinner.
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.
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.
After breakfast, drive into the Himalayan foothills, arriving in the mountainous city of Pokhara for an afternoon at leisure in this picturesque lakeside settlement.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK, or continue on to your extension.
In addition to wonderfully scenic walking trails, we've included a number of features with your comfort, convenience and safety in mind:
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.
If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of €300pp 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 7, and the maximum will be 20. If in the unlikely event there are less than 7 people booked on your tour date, we will endeavour to reduce any disruption to your holiday and try to operate your tour with lower passenger numbers. If we are not able to operate your departure date then you may be asked to change to a different date and a full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.
This is a fully escorted tour, meaning that you will be met on arrival by your national guide who will remain with you for the duration of your trip. You will also be joined by a backmarker on each of your treks.
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.
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.
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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.
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