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Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be met and driven to your hotel. Stay at Dwarika’s Hotel for three nights- our favourite hotel in Kathmandu and the best place to experience traditional Nepalese living and hospitality. You can take it easy after your flight, or dive straight into the city’s hustle and bustle with a short tour with your expert local guide.
Explore the ancient Newar city of Bhaktapur this morning famed for its fine architecture. Return to Kathmandu in the afternoon and visit the famous religious sites of Pashupatinath and Boudhnath.
Today, you will have the opportunity to witness Mount Everest from close quarters on a private helicopter trip: an unforgettable once in a lifetime experience! You will be accompanied by an expert summiteer Sherpa guide who will offer an unparalleled overview of the majestic mountains and a rare glimpse into the world of mountaineering. Weather permitting, make a short stop at the Everest Base Camp or Kala Pattar before enjoying an exclusive champagne breakfast at the highest mountain lodge in the world with stunning panoramic views of the snow-clad Himalayas. In the afternoon, explore the ancient capital of Patan.
Take an early morning flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. You will be met and driven about an hour to the starting point of your trek. Trek for about 3-4 hours in the lower foothills of the Annapurnas to Ker & Downey’s Sanctuary Lodge (1,150m), where you will spend the night.
After breakfast, trek 2-3 hours to Majgaon area where you will visit a small and very rural primary school. Spend some time here to interact with the teachers and children to learn more about the local life, education system and culture. At this school, with the help of the headmaster, we have set up a scheme to fund the midday meal for the children, which has made a very positive impact on the local community. A voluntary donation of US$250 per person is included in the tour price, which we will offer to the school on your behalf towards the current scheme. Please do let us know if you’d like us to amend the donation amount or contribute in any other way. You will spend the night at Ker & Downey’s Gurung Lodge (1,408m).
After breakfast, you will trek 4-5 hours to Dhampus through beautiful villages and sub-tropical forests. You will spend the night at Ker & Downey’s Basanta Lodge (1,525m). In the afternoon, you could relax at the lodge and take in the sweeping views of the Annapurna Range or explore the old village of Dhampus. This evening, enjoy a special cultural programme by the locals.
After a leisurely breakfast, you will trek 1.5 hours to Ghattekhola where you will be met and driven (about 40 minutes) to Pokhara. Stay at the Temple Tree Resort and Spa for one night- a simple yet comfortable boutique style property located close to Phewa Lake. In the afternoon, you will have the option of taking a leisurely boat ride on the lake and exploring the laidback town.
After breakfast, you will be driven (4 hours) to Chitwan National Park. Stay at Barahi Jungle Lodge for three nights- a stunning eco-friendly lodge located on the banks of Rapti River. Enjoy a safari experience in the afternoon. .
Day 9 & 10:
Spend the next two days enjoying a host of jungle activities including jeep safaris, boat safaris and jungle walks. You could also explore the nearby village to learn more about the local aboriginal Tharu culture.
This morning, you will fly back to Kathmandu. You will be met on arrival and driven 1.5 hours to the picturesque hill-station of Dhulikhel. Stay at Dwarika’s Dhulikhel Resort for two nights- a traditional-style Himalayan retreat in a serene location.
Today, you can relax at the resort, practice Yoga, enjoy Ayurveda and naturopathy treatments, participate in a cooking class or explore the nearby village and an organic farm.
After breakfast, you will be transferred back to Kathmandu Airport (1.5 hours) for your flight home
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This country should be on everyone’s list of “must see” destinations. Nepal’s culture and gentle approach to visitors is a stand-alone reason to visit and is immediately striking and impressive. A holiday here is especially productive when visited on a truly individual itinerary.
It has a terrific variety of superb, active and engaging things to do whilst also being visually utterly dramatic and spiritually superb with the whole brought together under the umbrella of a culture that is utterly friendly and welcoming to the visitor.
Combine this with a selection of small, personally run lodges and eclectic hotels that exceed expectations and Nepal becomes irresistible.
Where should you go?
Kathmandu, the capital, is fabulous in itself with, even now after the major earthquake, so many treasures and sights at almost every turn. One could easily spend several days exploring the different districts of Kathmandu, seeing temples, collecting treasures and absorbing the culture.
Outside Kathmandu the options are almost endless. Activities can be split into the country’s three distinctly separate regions, The Terai, the Middle Hills and the Himalaya itself.
In the Terai, the low-lying fertile lands, one can try to spot the elusive tiger in Chitwan or Bardia, take an elephant safari or do some excellent birding.
The Middle Hills include Pokhara and Gorka, where some of the best trekking and hiking trails on the planet can be found. The adventurous can go parasailing (alongside raptors!) here, or try out rafting or kayaking on world-class rafting rivers. Or why not go cycling, birding, boating on beautiful lakes, ballooning, canyoning, or take a cookery course?
The Himalaya allow one to trek very much off the beaten track on a tailored itinerary to suit the individual, with some of the best guides in Nepal. Here the scenery is stunning, the small villages totally absorbing, and the spiritual ambiance is wonderful. The regions of Annapurna and Everest are ruggedly stunning and can be trekked on foot or visited by helicopter.
Often overlooked, though, and one of our absolute favourite regions of Nepal, is the starkly remote and beautiful high desert of Mustang, where riding, trekking and meditation join hands to create an other-worldly, uniquely rewarding, experience.
Finally, if you’d like a place to relax after a trek, a climb or a tiger safari, simple relaxation is catered for at a small but significant number of absolutely first class and very individual properties that cater for the wellbeing of the mind, body and spirit.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour and catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore – Dream – Discover - Mark Twain - You can view clips of some of our own favourite discoveries here.
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- Established over 30 years ago we have been around longer than most
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- Unparalleled knowledge provides you with the best possible experience
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