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Nepal at High Altitude - Trekking Holidays

13 days

from £3,295pp (excluding flights)

Trekking in the world’s most spectacular mountain range, this itinerary has been designed to experience the best that both the Annapurna and Everest regions of Nepal have to offer.

  • Kathmandu highlights include a walk to Boudinath,  the largest stupa in Asia.
  • Flying from Syanboche airport experience spectacular views of Everest at close quarters
  • Stay at comfortable lodges with the most magnificent views of the surrounding peaks
  • Trek from Pokhara, following the Modi river, climbing towards the Annapurna Range
  • Visit local schools and community buildings built by the late Sir Edmund Hillary 
  • Experience landing at Lukla, the highest airstrip in the world, carved out of the mountain side

The accommodations are the most comfortable that each area has to offer. From the lodges there are magnificent views of the surrounding peaks. You will have the opportunity to experience first hand the differing cultures of each area together with the varying climatic regions from sub tropical to alpine to temperate. In Kathmandu there will be time to explore this fascinating city with all its history and culture. Aside from the trekking, one of the highlights will be your mountain flight in the Everest region which will allow you to view Everest and the surrounding peaks at close quarters.

This itinerary is suitable for anyone with some trekking experience and a good level of fitness.

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
£ 3295 £ 700
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what is included

  • All accommodation
  • Internal flights
  • International flights as detailed
  • Sightseeing with private guide as per the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas


Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Kathmandu

Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal - a heady and extravagant tangle of contrasts. Rapidly developing and almost alarmingly hectic, Kathmandu is a city to awake the senses, but it is not without its spiritual and cultural side. The old quarter's back streets, while still teeming with life and an array of smells from spices to incense, offer a more colourful side to the city.

Day 2

Listen to a full briefing on the upcoming programme.

You will be staying at Dwarika's Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 3

Fly Kathmandu to Pokhara

A relatively small city and known as one of the main gateways to the Himalayas, Pokhara is one of the most popular destinations in Nepal. Visitors are greeted by the stunning Mt Machhapuchhre, which looms large and reflects in the still waters of Lake Taal. Activities in Pokhara would include hiring a boat on the lake (Phewa Tal), which is the second largest in Nepal. Pokhara has an interesting old area as well as an elaborate Hindu temple and a Buddhist monastery. The lakeside area has good shopping opportunities and internet cafés. In the evening there is the option to dine out at one of the many fine lakeside restaurants .

Ker and Downey Trek Day 1
Meet the guide and porters, then transfer by road to the trek's starting point, which is 90 minutes away. Trek from here to a local restaurant for lunch, before spending some time strolling around the local village of Birethanti.
Afterwards, continue to the Sanctuary Lodge, which is around two and a half hours away on foot. Watch the sunset views of the magnificent and unclimbed Machhapuchhare Mountain.

You will be staying at Ker and Downey Sanctuary Lodge, Full board

Day 4

Ker and Downey Trek Day 2
After breakfast, set off towards the Gurung Lodge, which is situated at an altitude of 1,500 metres. This is an uphill trek that will take around two and a half hours to complete and passes through a famous honey-producing bee village. From the lodge, there are clear views of Annapurna South and the surrounding peaks. After lunch, visit a small museum that houses objects, which have been used by the villagers for centuries. In the late afternoon, watch local school children perform traditional songs and dances.

You will be staying at Ker and Downey Gurung Lodge, Full board

Day 5

Ker and Downey Trek Day 3
Set out through the unspoilt village of Majhgaun, before heading into an area of sub-tropical forest that is rich in tree orchids, rhododendrons and magnolias. Later, pass through the village of Pothana, where many Tibetan traders live and sell their souvenirs. After about 4 hours, arrive at Basanta Lodge.

After lunch, have the option to walk to the old village of Dhampus, which sits at 1,500 metres.

You will be staying at Ker and Downey Basanta Lodge, Full board

Day 6

Ker and Downey Trek Day 4
After an early breakfast, depart along the ridge and descend through the wooded hillside and terraced farmland to the valley floor. This will take around 90 minutes. Afterwards, transfer by vehicle to Pokhara in time for lunch.

Fly Pokhara to Kathmandu

Visit Pashupatinath
Pashupatinath is the most sacred of all Hindu temples in Nepal. Situated on the banks of the holy Bagmati River, it draws tens of thousands of pilgrims and devotees from Nepal and India during the festival of Mahashivaratri (the night of Lord Shiva). Non Hindus are not allowed to enter the temple precincts but may look into premises from the opposite bank from here it is possible to see the great Nadi Bull and the massive embossed silver doors of the temple from the terrace and wooden hill across the river. From a bridge over the river you can look down on the Ghats and see the funeral pyres.

You will be staying at Dwarika's Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 7

Fly Kathmandu to Lukla

Lukla - Namche - Lukla Trek Day 1
This morning you will make an early start to take a spectacular, short mountain flight to Lukla, which is the starting point for your trek. Watch out for the Langtang and Jugal ranges then the Rolwaling Himal, Gaurisankar and Menlumtse before getting your first glimpse of Everest on the flight. The trekking crew will meet you at the Lukla airstrip and you will spend a few minutes sorting out bags etc. before setting off through a winding village to the trek start proper at the Khumbu 'gateway'. It's a gentle downhill trek on pitched stone trails through low rhododendron forest, small 'garden' farms and old and new hamlets to the banks of the foaming Dudh Koshi River. There will be plenty of short stops to meet the locals, take photographs and just soak up the scenery and the clear mountain air as you meander along, the undulating trail glimpsing views of 6000m snow-capped peaks high above. Passing the enormous mani stone at Thado Kosi you meander up through the many chortens and prayer wheels of Sano and along to our destination of YMH Phakding in time for a late lunch. The afternoon is free for you to rest at the riverside gardens. If you wish to you can make a short trip up to the higher village and delightful tiny gompa perched on the valley side. Gather again for pre-dinner drinks around a fire followed by evening meal. Trekking time 3 hours.

You will be staying at Phakding Lodge, Full board

Day 8

Lukla - Namche - Lukla Trek Day 2
After breakfast you trek to the village of Monjo. The gently undulating trail follows the right bank of the Dudh Koshi through Phakding village before the first of several river crossings today on wire suspension bridges. Continuing through pine forest and small villages you come to a break in the trees to catch sight of the mighty Thamserku (6,623m) towering way above. A couple more hours of woodland trails and swaying bridges takes you to the small village of Monjo. Your lodge for the night is located above the village with spectacular views of Thamserku and Kusum Kangri. After lunch at lodge there's an opportunity to explore the side valleys and villages with your guide. Trekking time 3 hours.

You will be staying at Monjo Lodge, Full board

Day 9

Lukla - Namche - Lukla Trek Day 3
A short walk from the lodge brings you to the gateway of the Sagamartha National Park. Stop to have a look at the interesting 3D map and information boards whilst your guide sorts out your permits and entry. From here you have another 40 minutes or so along the sides of the Dudh Khosi before crossing the Bhote Khosi, and beginning your climb to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar.

The trail zig-zags up and away from the river, gradually ascending to the tree line opening out into a high mountain bowl and the vibrant village of Namche. You pass through the many tiny shops and colourful stalls picking your way slowly up hand cut stone steps to the wonderful Yeti Mountain Home Lodge. This will be your first night above 3000m so it's important to take it easy and let your body adjust. Relax with a tea or coffee and maybe even take a massage in the spa!! Trekking time 4 to 5 hours walk.

You will be staying at Namche Lodge, Full board

Day 10

Lukla - Namche - Lukla Trek Day 4
Today you’ll take a gentle walk to gain a little height and then you will have the afternoon free to explore the shops and cafes.

Your guide will take you to a couple of wonderful viewpoints to see the 'rockstars' of the mountain world spread out before you: Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest and Ama Dablam. You should also be able to see the trails to Everest. If you're feeling energised you’ll continue on to the delightful villages of Kumjung and Kunde with their health post and school both started by the Sir Edmund Hilary Fund.

After lunch you are free to head down to the Namche market to browse the shops, chat to the locals and maybe pick up a souvenir or two. You may also see the Tibetan traders who make a yearly journey over the high passes from the Tibetan plateau with their yaks laden with goods to sell at the markets. Late in the afternoon you will be given the option to visit Namche Monastery. The monastery is about 80 years old and has beautiful Thanka paintings of Tibetan deities. You are most welcome to burn a butter lamp for your loved ones.

You will be staying at Namche Lodge, Full board

Day 11

Lukla - Namche - Lukla Trek Day 5
After Breakfast, you descend back to Monjo, which you will reach at lunch time. After lunch at a lodge, you are free to relax or explore. Trekking time 4 hours.

Transfer to the airport.

Fly Lukla to Kathmandu

You will be staying at Dwarika's Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 12

Half a Day at Bhaktapur
Spend time exploring Bhaktapur, regarded as the home of medieval art and architecture. Also known as the 'City of Devotees', this impressively preserved city features three large squares that are teeming with temples.

Narrow cobbled streets twist their way between houses, artisans ply their trade on the curb sides and religious architecture peppers the skyline. The city's highlights include the Lion Gate, the Picture Gallery, the Golden Gate and the Palace of the Fifty Five Windows.

Day 13

Fly Kathmandu to London


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Dwarika's Hotel

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