Start: Kathmandu Finish: Kathmandu
Physical rating: Moderate
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Tour code: TNX
Group size: 4 - 12
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From a city tour of ancient Kathmandu to game viewing in Chitwan, this trip showcases the best of Nepal. The highlight is a short trek in the Annapurna foothills, surrounded by magnificent Himalayan mountain views and passing through traditional villages. Using luxury lodges, we offer a higher standard of comfort than is normally available on trek, and this premium tour also includes upgraded accommodation in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan. With comfort in mind, we fly back from Chitwan to Kathmandu.
Accommodation Name: Hotel Yak & Yeti, or similar
Meals Included: No Meals
The tour starts at our hotel in Kathmandu this afternoon. Free arrival
transfers are available for any flight, provided you have supplied Exodus
with your flight details in advance and have requested one. The group flights
are scheduled to arrive in the mid-afternoon. This evening there will be a
full trip briefing.
Meals Included: Breakfast
For those who wish, there is the chance to do an optional Everest sightseeing
flight early this morning; this can be booked locally through your leader on
We will leave the hotel late morning for our Kathmandu sightseeing tour.
First, we drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Boudhanath to see the
famous Buddhist stupa with its huge mandala; one of the largest spherical
stupas in Nepal and indeed in the world. We have lunch nearby and then
continue to Kathmandu Durbar Square (which also has UNESCO status), one of
three royal palace squares in the Kathmandu Valley. Although the Kathmandu
Durbar Square was heavily damaged in the 2015 earthquake the many palaces,
temples and courtyards in the Newari style are interesting. There will be a
full trip briefing today.
Accommodation: Temple Tree Resort & Spa, Pokhara
We leave Kathmandu early this morning and drive to Pokhara - traffic leaving
Kathmandu can prolong the journey but once out of Kathmandu city, the journey
usually takes around 6 hours depending on the road and traffic conditions. In
the afternoon your leader will take you for an orientation walk along the
shore of Phewa Lake. Pokhara is a pretty lakeside resort at the foot of the
Accommodation: Ker and Downey Lodge (Sanctuary Lodge, 1, 025m
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We have a short drive to our trek start point, from where we follow a
ridgeline in the lower foothills of the Annapurnas with surrounding views of
the Pokhara Valley. This route then drops to the Modi River Valley, where Ker
& Downey's Sanctuary Lodge is located. The lodge has magnificent views of the
sacred and unclimbed Fishtail Mountain, or Machhapuchhare, as it is locally
known. A picnic lunch is provided today.
Accommodation: Ker and Downey Lodge (Himalaya Lodge, 2, 012m)
After breakfast, you will leave the lodge to start the trek through the
scattered small farms. Following the Modi Khola and with constant views of
Mt. Machhapuchhre ahead, you will soon climb the valley towards the
mountains. It is quite a long climb up stone steps passing through the rice
fields and forest, but we take plenty of stops. Finally, we arrive at
Himalaya Lodge in Ghandruk in the early afternoon to a late lunch that is
served on arrival as you enjoy the spectacular views of Annapurna Massif.
Accommodation: Ker and Downey Lodge (La Bee Lodge, 1, 565m)
Although we can see Landruk across the valley we have to descend to the river
and climb up the other side to get there! Leaving the Ghandruk village, the
trek descends steeply to the banks of Modi River. Crossing the suspension
bridge, we trek up a stone staircase to Landruk village, enjoying the views
of the Annapurna Range and passing under the cliffs where honey hunters climb
up on the ropes to harvest the wild bee honey. Lunch will be ready as we
arrive at our lodge. After lunch, you may either rest and enjoy the
spectacular views of the mountains, or go on a sightseeing tour in the
village with your guide.
Location: Gurung Cottage
Accommodation: Ker and Downey Lodge (Gurung / Mala Lodge, 1, 400m)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
You will start your trek passing through the village and farmlands with views
of the Annapurnas behind. Today is an easier walk to Majgaon with no steep up
or downhills. We will arrive at the lodge by lunchtime and in the afternoon
you can enjoy the views of the mountains from your room itself or spend time
in the garden. There is also the option of a guided village walk.
Accommodation: Ker and Downey Lodge (Basanta Lodge, 1, 525m)
Starting your trek today, you continue trekking towards Patlekhet, a small
village on the way towards Pothana. Pothana is used by Tibetan traders to
sell their souvenirs and gifts to the tourist trekking up and down the trails
to Annapurna Base Camp. As you reach your lodge in Dhampus, you get the
spectacular views of the entire Annapurna range. Once at the lodge you will
be served hot lunch after which you can take a short walk into Dhampus
On the Christmas departure (18 December 2021) a cultural performance at
Basanta Lodge is included to celebrate.
After breakfast, we depart along the ridge & descend on a stone staircase
through the wooded hillside and terraced farmland to the valley floor. Trek
time 1.5-2hrs hours. We then transfer by vehicle to the hotel in Pokhara
(1hr). The afternoon is free to explore Pokhara. You may want to visit the
interesting mountain museum or you can go for a boat ride on Phewa Lake or
hire a bike for a cycle along the lakeshore. Or you may simply want to relax
by the hotel pool or wander along the lakeside browsing in the shops. Your
leader will brief you on the various options available.
On the Christmas departure (17 December 2020) a special dinner is included in
Pokhara to celebrate.
Accommodation: Kasara Lodge
We drive from Pokhara to Chitwan, which will take about 4 hours. On a clear
day look to the left as we leave Pokhara for the magnificent panoramic views
of the Annapurna Range. The road takes us back to Mugling, from where we turn
south to the lowlands of Nepal and our jungle lodge in Chitwan. We should
arrive by lunchtime and after lunch we’ll meet our naturalist guide who
will go over the programme of activities. In the late afternoon we take an
ox-cart ride around Tharu village and witness a traditional Tharu dance.
The knowledgeable staff from the lodge will accompany us on all the
Location: Rapti River
Activities may be offered in a different order but usually, the programme
will include an early morning bird watching walk before breakfast. Before
lunch there will be another activity, normally a trip along the Rapti River
in a dugout canoe, looking for crocodile and observing the many birds. Then
before dinner, we set out on a jeep safari. If we are lucky we may encounter
the Indian one-horned rhinoceros or some of the several species of deer found
For those who wish, there is a bird-watching walk early this morning. We then
transfer to Bharatpur airport and catch a flight to Kathmandu.
The trip finishes after breakfast. Those travelling on the group flights to
London will transfer to the airport for their flight back to the UK.
Arrival and departure transfers
Tour leader throughout
Trek Pack including a daypack, walking stick, rain poncho, sun hat and scarf
All breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners
Happy hour drinks in the K&D lodges
All listed transport and activities
One internal flight
Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Visas or vaccinations
Single accommodation (available on request)
All breakfasts, 8 lunches and 7 dinners are included.
The Ker and Downey luxury lodges and Kasara Lodge in Chitwan are on a full
board basis. There is a daily happy hour in the K&D lodges, serving
complimentary drinks. Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara is on a bed and
breakfast basis. Please allow between £20 and £25 (approx. US$30-40) per
day for meals not included in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Dhal bhat is the staple diet in Nepal and comes in many different forms but
generally comprises some curried lentil dhal and meat or vegetables, some
rice, and a pickle/chutney. Another popular snack is momos; a type of
Nepalese dumpling, fried or steamed, filled with meat or vegetables.
Meals in the lodges range from traditional Nepalese food to Chinese and
western dishes. The food served is of good quality and is usually buffet
style. You will be provided with safe drinking water whilst on trek.
Yes,Arrival and departure transfers
There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A.
Minimum 16 years age people can go on this tour.
If you wish to make any changes to your booking, particularly if you need to alter any flights booked through us, please let us know as soon as possible. There is a booking or flight amendment fee of £40 per change and flight amendments often incur extra airline costs depending on the changes to be made and if the ticket has been issued or not.
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