Mountains, hiking and temples
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Group Size: Max 18
Trip code: ANKK
Duration: 10 days
With golden temples, world-class hiking, charming hill villages, and some of the most spectacular views in the world, Nepal really is a slice of travel magic. This tour packs in sacred sites, snow-capped peaks, top treks and authentic tribes over ten incredible days. Explore the wonders of Kathmandu, spend two nights with a local family in Panauti, take a bicycle tour of local villages, hike through jaw-dropping mountain scenery, paraglide over pretty Pokhara, and watch the sun come up over the Himalayas - just amazing.
- Discover the highlights of Kathmandu, including Patan Durbar Square and Swayambhunath
- Immerse yourself in local culture with two nights in a homestay in Panauti
- Hike to remote Ramkot village and meet the Magar Tribe
- Explore the cobblestone streets of beautiful Bandipur
- Take a bicycle tour of the countryside and authentic villages around Panauti
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu. Welcome to Nepal! Take a taxi through the capital's riot of sights, sounds and smells to your accommodation. This evening, take a stroll through Patan Durbar Square and enjoy a local meal with the travel gang!
Day 2: Kathmandu. Start today with a real wow moment with an optional plane flight over the one and only Mount Everest. Next up it's a walking tour of the highlights of Patan Durbar Square, the sacred courtyard of Kumari Chowk (where we'll get a blessing if we're lucky), and Swayambhunath, the monkey temple.
Day 3: Kathmandu to Panauti. Pull on your hiking boots - we're taking an 11km scenic trek to Panauti, through stunning countryside and untouched villages. You'll be spending the next two nights in a homestay in Panauti. Settle in, meet your host family and share an evening meal with them - it's a really immersive cultural experience!
Day 4: Panauti bike tour. Take a scenic bicycle tour today through three indigenous towns: Panauti, Sunthan and Khopasi. We'll stop at temples, orange farms and a silk farm where we'll learn how silk is made and sip Nepali masala tea. Enjoy another evening and a meal with your host family tonight.
Day 5: Panauti to Bandipur. Drive to Bandipur today. It's a stunning route so just sit back and take in the views. We'll take an orientation walk around the town on arrival before an evening with the travel gang. Make sure you've got your camera ready - with a historic centre and views of the Annapurnas, Bandipur is seriously beautiful.
Day 6: Ramkot village hike. Hike local trails with mind-blowing views of the Annapurnas today. We'll pass rural communities, stopping at the old fort of Purano Kot, a sacred temple, and the village of Ramkot, home to the Magar Tribe. Hop in our private vehicle for the transfer back to Bandipur.
Day 7: Bandipur to Pokhara. Our next stop is pretty Pokhara where we'll take you on an orientation walk before leaving you to explore at your leisure. Hire one of the boats on Lake Phewa, hit the markets, or get your adrenaline pumping with our optional paragliding experience.
Day 8: Pokhara. Enjoy a full day in Pokhara. Join the Sarangkot sunrise walk, pick up some souvenirs in the market, treat yourself to a massage, visit the World Peace Pagoda, or paraglide over the town (if you didn't do it yesterday). We'll spend tonight toasting our adventure in a lakeside bar.
Day 9: Pokhara to Kathmandu. We've got a heck of a road trip ahead of us today as we make our way through snow-capped mountains on our way back to Kathmandu. Spend the afternoon exploring the fascinating city and picking up last minute souvenirs before a final night with the gang.
Day 10: Trip end. Time to say goodbye to your travel family and head home. If you want one last slice of Himalayan adventure, you can still take that hour long flight over Everest! Otherwise, make your way to the airport and get busy planning your next trip!
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Our trip kicks off in Kathmandu on day 1. Arrive into Tribhuvan International Airport and make your way to your starting accommodation. There are no activities planned until this evening so arrive at a time that suits you. A taxi from the airport to the accommodation will cost around £5.
The trip ends on day 10 in Kathmandu. You can either make your way to the airport, choose to stay on longer in the city, or continue your travels around Nepal. You can depart at any time.
If you wish to pre-arrange an airport pick up for extra cost please speak to a travel advisor.
This trip includes 9 nights of accommodation. You'll spend 7 nights in twin-share hotel rooms and 2 nights in a community homestay. We've chosen some stunning locations but in some instances, the style of the accommodation may be different to what you're used to at home. Rooms are generally small and simple and there may be shared toilet and shower facilities. While bedding is included, we'd recommend bringing a sleep sheet/bag of your own.
There may be the option to book a single room at an extra cost if that's your preference. Speak to your travel adviser for more information.
2 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners are included on this trip. The rest of the time you'll have flexibility to eat where and when you like. Food is generally very affordable and your trip leader will be able to recommend local restaurants. Included breakfasts are usually Asian style (e.g. noodles and congee) or bread and eggs. Vegetarians can be catered for (let us know in advance if you have any dietary requirements) although in some areas options may be limited.
The minimum age for this trip is 18. This trip is designed for travellers aged 18-39.
Visitors from the UK will require a visa to enter Nepal. Visas are obtainable from embassies abroad or on arrival at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan airport. 6 months passport validity is required in order to enter Nepal. It’s your responsibility to obtain the necessary visas for your time away. Visa rules are subject to change without prior notice, so please do check visa requirements at the time of your trip.
This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:
Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.
Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.
Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.
Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.
Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.
Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.
24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.
It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.