Explore the highlights of Kathmandu including a walk to Boudinath.
Trekking in the world’s most spectacular mountain range, this 13 day holiday has been designed to experience the best that both the Annapurna and Everest regions of Nepal have to offer, without requiring any technical climbing experience.
Explore the highlights of Kathmandu including a walk to Boudinath.
Trek from Pokhara, following the Modi river, climbing towards the Annapurna Range.
Burn a butter lamp for your loved ones at Namche Monastery.
Experience landing at Lukla, the highest airstrip in the world, carved out of the mountain side.
This trip has it all. Touching upon two of the world’s greatest classic treks. Experience the high mountains of Nepal. A dream come true for many, see the windswept peak of Everest, traverse high passes, meet holy men and take in nature. 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.
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 include hiring a boat on Phewa Tal Lake, which is the second largest in Nepal. Pokhara has an interesting old area as well as an elaborate Hindu temple and a Buddhist monastery.
Stylish lodges, handcrafted by local artisans, Ker & Downey offer home comforts during these shorter treks. The Sanctuary Lodge offers stunning sunset views of the sacred Fishtail Mountain. The lodge is reached by walking alongside the Modi River passing quiet villages. The second stop is Gurung Lodge, depicting tribal style houses with views of the surrounding valleys. The walk takes you onwards through orchids, rhododendrons and subtropical forest, home to Tibetan traders. Basanta Lodge, in Dhampus, is the final stop on the Annapurna Circuit and offers views of the entire range.
The starting point for many of the Everest treks is Lukla. After a spectacular mountain flight into the small town, the trekking crew meets you at the airstrip. A soft walk to Phakding Lodge, continuing the next day to the village of Monjo – crossing many of typical wire suspension bridges iconic in this area, to reach this destination. The third day is the climb to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar. You have now reached 3000 metres. From here there are a number of wonderful viewpoints to see the rockstars of the mountain world, spread out before you:Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest and Ama Dablam. Visit the delightful villages of Kumjung and Kunde with their health post and school both started by the Sir Edmund Hilary Fund.
Once a major trading centre of the Khumbu region, Sherpas from neighbouring villages and traders from Tibet would gather to barter goods displaying exotic traditional arts and crafts. Namche Bazaar despite its prosperity still maintains its ancient culture, traditions, and heartwarming hospitality. Every Saturday morning, Namche Bazaar gears up for the weekly market fair which lights up the place. This fair puts the spotlight on the middle of the town, where traders from Tibet and other villages display their artefacts and essential goods to attract potential customers.
Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.
Located in the Annapurna Mountains, the Ker and Downey Lodges offer the perfect opportunity to experience trekking in the Himalaya in luxury and comfort. With hot showers, comfortable beds and great food, these lodges are the best on offer whilst trekking. There are seven lodges all set an easy day walk apart from each other. Each lodge accommodates between 14 and 20 people. Every room in each lodge has an en-suite bathroom with hot running water and everything is provided from sheets and blankets to hot water bottles, down jackets, scarves and hats. You will trek for around five to six hours each day, with your English speaking guide and porter who will carry everything for you, even your water bottle.
The Pavilions Himalayas is nestled in the natural paradise of a lushly forested valley and set against the backdrop of the majestic Himalayan mountain range in Nepal. Set on an organic farm, guests enjoy the natural beauty of Pokhara, the gateway to the Annapurna Himalayas. Whether adventurous or contemplative, guests can be reassured of the resort’s deep commitment to the sustainability of the natural environment and the welfare of the people of Nepal. The entire resort and its 14 luxurious villas are powered by solar and renewable energy, and the organic farm is the source for fresh produce and dairy products used to make all meals. For even more adventure consider staying at the Lake View Tented Villas.
Dwarika’s Hotel is a museum-like complex showcasing a wide range of traditional Nepali art. All of its 71 rooms display original works of art – they have four-poster beds and deluxe bathrooms with sunken baths. There is also a presidential suite and two further standard suites. Room service offers light refreshments and the hotel has two restaurants, a bar, a library, and a meeting room. Massages are also available. The hotel is close to the national heritage sites of Pashupatinath and Boudhanath. It is in the heart of a busy and colourful street with people and farm animals constantly passing by.
In Kathmandu, our guide Archie was fabulous. She was knowledgeable, thoughtful, fun, warm, open and a total pleasure to have with us. She really made sure we got the most out of our two days in Kathmandu - a real class act.
Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.
With two distinct seasons, dry and wet, Nepal is at its best from October through to December. This is when the monsoon, which runs from June to September, come to an end and the dry season begins, leaving the countryside green, lush and bursting with life. Mountain views are clear and crisp across the Himalayans.
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