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Mountains, hiking and temples

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Fewa Lake in Pokhara

Group Size: Max 18

Trip code: ANKK

Duration: 10 days

Twin room accommodation
Budget friendly tour
Supports local projects

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.  

Trip Highlights

  • 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
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  • Tour guide
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Panauti Homestay, Panauti
  • Patan Durbar Square Tour
  • Swayambhunath Temple Visit
  • Hike to Panauti Community Homestay
  • Bike Tour of Panauti Region
  • Bandipur Orientation Walk
  • Ramkot Village Hike
  • Pokhara Orientation Walk
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • 24 hour emergency support

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. 

Accommodation

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 advisor for more information.

Meals

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.

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