Nepal Annapurna Deluxe

A luxury experience trip in Nepal with a short Annapurna trekking in deluxe Ker and Downey lodges, relaxing at The Pavilions Himalaya in Pokhara,  a visit to the rhinoes in Chitwan National Park from the superb Kasara Resort and an introduction to the culture of Kathmandu.


Price: as from € 1820 depending on group size

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Nepal Annapurna Deluxe is a great two-week trip that gives you a complete image of Nepal in some of the most comfortable and special accommodations of Nepal.

Your journey start in medieval Kathmandu, the bustling capital that leaves nobody untouched. Although Kathmandu is still growing (and in some respects suffering) it remains a cultural gem with ancient temples and remarkable places where time has stood still.

Annapurna Trek from Pokhara

A flight along the Himalayas brings you to Pokhara where you will start a short 5-day trek through the foothills of the famous Annapurna Mountains. With a private guide and the necessary porters you walk about 4-5 hours a day on lower altitude (highest point is about 2000m). Still you will have great views on Fishtail, and Annapurna South.  The trail goes through lush forests, terraced fields and farmland, and along ragin rivers. Regularly you will pass small villages where you can meet the friendly Nepali people.

Every night you sleep in one of the Ker and Downey Lodges, the best lodges in Nepal, offering you a trekking experience in style.

After the Annapurna Deluxe trek it is time to unwind for 2 nights in Pokhara in the new Pavilions Himalaya resort, nestled in a small valley, away from the busy Lakeside Area. This eco-resort has a remarkable story behind it

Rhinos in Chitwan National Park

Time for a jungle experience in Chitwan National Park, near the Indian border, on the plains of the Terai. Homeland of the One Horned Rhinoceros and the rare Royal Bengal Tiger, this National Park shows you a completely different aspect of Nepal. By walking, on elephantback, by jeep and with a local canoe… you will make several trips in the Park from the luxury Kasara Resort.

Your trip ends in the Kathmandu Valley with a visit to the old city of Bhaktapur.

Nepal Annapurna Deluxe is a perfect trip for active travellers who want to see a lot in a short time. We use some of the best accommodations in Nepal for this journey, thus enabling you to combine a real Nepal experience with all modern comfort.

All accommodation on this trip is carefully selected and handpicked.

  • Kathmandu – Gokarna Forest Resort
  • Pokhara – The Pavilions Himalayas
  • On Trek – Ker and Downey Luxury Lodges
  • Chitwan National Park – Kasara Resort

We can also make this trip in other luxury accommodation like Tiger Mountain Lodge in Pokhara, Dwarika’s Hotel in Kathmandu and Green Park in Chitwan.

This is just a sample itinerary that can be tailormade according to your wishes.

Day 1: Kathmandu – Gokarna Forest Resort

Arrive in Kathmandu International Airport where you will be met by our representative. He will bring you to the Gokarna Forest Resort, a delightfull hotel in the outskirts of Kathmandu which will be your home for the next two nights. Depending on the time of arrival  one of our guides will take you for a citywalk or even up to the monkey temple of Swayambunath. In the evening you have a welcome diner with our local crew.

Day 2:  Old Kathmandu

Although Kathmandu has a growing population and is sometimes very polluted, it still remains a nice place to spend a couple of days visiting some of the cultural highlights.

A local guide will take you first to Pashupatinath, the most important Hindu-temple of Nepal. Entering the inner temple is not allowed to non-hindus, but from the opposite side of the river you will have a good view on the whole temple site. Pashupatinath is famous for the cremation ‘ghats’ where every day corpses are cremated. You can witness these  open air cremation ceremonies from the riverside.

Your next stop throws you back in ancient Tibetan times. The giant stupa of Bodnath is one of the iconic images of Nepal. Buddhist pilgrims from all over the subcontinent come to Bodnath to make a kora (ritual circumnavigation) while making their prayers. The streets around the stupa are full of monasteries and Tibetan shops. It is a nice place to have lunch on one of the rooftop terraces and see the Tibetan community in their daily life.

After lunch you go for a visit of the central area of Old Kathmandu with the famous Durbar Square and you can walk back through the bustling medieval shopping streets to Thamel, the tourist area with shops, bars and restaurants.

Day 3: Pokhara – Start Trek to Birethanti (1150m)

In the morning you fly to Pokhara, the second city of Nepal, at the foot of the Annapurnas. Your trekking guide is waiting for you at the small airport and will take you by car straight to the startpoint of the trekking where you meet the porters who will accompany you the coming days. We will start our walk along a forested ridgeline with nice views on Pokhara Valley. After a long descent into the Modi Valley we arrive at the Ker and Downey Sanctuary Lodge in Birethanti (3 – 4 hours walk). From the lodge there a great views on the sacred Fishtail Mountain that looms in the distance.

Day 4: Trek to Ghandruk (2012m)

After breakfast, we leave the lodge and walk through farmland along the Modi Khola. We gradually climb out of the valley through small hamlets and terraced fields with great views to the peaks in the distance. The day ends in the large Gurung village of Ghandruk that is spread out on a hillside. Our Ker and Downey Himalaya Lodge is located on one of the best spots above the village (5 hours walk)

Tip: a lot of travellers spent an extra night in this beautiful lodge to enjoy the views and to explore Ghandruk.

Day 5: Trek to  Lhandruk (1560m)

On the other side of the valley lies Lhandruk. It seems close, but to reach this village, you need to walk down all the way to the Modi Khola and climb up again. On the way, you’ll pass some cliffs where the famous honeyhunters of Nepal collect honey by climbing on ropes. After crossing a suspension bridge, you climb through the fields to Lhandruk; Being there in time for lunch, your guide will take you for another village walk in the afternoon (4 hours walk). The Ker and Downey Bee Village Lodge will be your place for the night.

Day 6: Trek to Majgaun (1400m)

Through villages and farmland the trail goes up and down to Ker and Downey Gurung Lodge, near Majgaun (4 hours walk). After lunch some optional walks to neighbouring villages are possible or you can just relax in the garden of the lodge. It’s your last night in the mountains, so enjoy it.

Day 7: Trek to Dhampus (1525m) and to Pokhara

After a v isit to the village of Patlekhet, we walk through subtropical forests with magnolias and rododendrons. After a short teastop in Pothana  you finally reach Dhampus. This old village along a ridge has nice views on the whole Annapurna-range. After lunch in Ker and Downey Basantha Lodge, you descend to the roadhead at Phedi. Our driver will pick you up and bring you back to Pokhara in about 45 minutes.

After the trek you can unwind in the luxury boutique resort The Pavilions Himalaya. Situated in a small valley, about 15minutes drive from the busy Lakeside, this eco-resort has only 15 beautiful villa’s. Surrounded by farmland and some small hamlets, it is probably the best place in Pokhara to relax. The spacious villa’s have all modern comfort, ensuite bathrooms (some with jacuzzi), free wifi and a large terrace. An infinity-pool with views on the valley and an inspiring Clubhouse make this thé perfect place.

Day 8 : Pokhara – The Pavilions Himalaya

A day to explore Pokhara (car and driver at your disposal). You can go to the Lakeside and stroll along the shops or visit an old Hindu-temple by boat.

Those who are more into action can go paragliding from Sarangkot with views on the Himalayas (tandemflights) or take an Ultralight Flight from Pokhara Airport.

Keeping it more calm, you can be pampered in the wellknown Spa Svastha of the hotel, or you can just relax at the poolside.

Day 9 – 10: Royal Chitwan National Park – Kasara Resort

Your driver will take you to down to Chitwan National Park, in the Terai, the lower part of Nepal. You enter the jungle now, as described in the books of Rudyard Kipling: big rivers, Sal forests, marshes and grasslands. This is the homeland  of the Royal Bengal Tiger , the Asian Elephant and of course the famous One Horned Rhinoceros. On the riverbanks Gharial Crocodiles and Marshmuggers  enjoy the sun. More than 600 species of birds can be spotted in the park.

You will stay 2 nights in the Kasara Resort, far from the busy town of Sauraha where most people go.  This resorts seamlessly blends nature and comfort with 35 upscale rooms and 2 private villa’s. A large, refreshing pool and an open air restaurant and bar, make it an excellent basecamp to explore the wonders of Chitwan National Park.

During your stay a naturalist will take you on several trips into the National Park by walk, by jeep, by canoe and (for those who want) on elephantback. Although most people come to see the rhinoes, you will certainly meet other animals like spotted deer, wild pigs, crocodiles or maybe the endangered Bengal Tiger. Keen birdwatchers can get up early in the morning and sit by the river to spot some of the most interesting species of Nepal.

Another great activitiy (especially for children) is Elephant Bathing where you can help the local mahouts to wash the elephants of the Kasara Resort in the nearby river.

In the evening some indigeneous Tharu-people come to perform dances in the courtyard of the Resort. Feel free to join !

Day 11: Fly to Kathmandu – Gokarna Forest Resort

After a last excursion in the Park, you will be given a transfer to Bharatphur Airport (30 minutes) for a flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival transfer to the Gokarna Forest Resort, situated on what once was a royal hunting ground. Situated about 10km for the city centre it is a haven of peace and tranquillity. An 18 hole golf, the relaxing Harmony Spa and the old Gokarna Forest nearby, make it a perfect place to explore the Kathmandu Valley.

Again you will stay here for 2 nights.

Day 12: Daytrip to Bhaktapur

After breakfast your local guide will pick you up for a daytrip to the medieval city of Bhaktapur, about 30 minutes drive from Kathmandu. It is the 2nd royal city of the valley and it is a real gem of Nepali architecture. Although the city suffered from the 2015 Earthquake the most important temples and squares are still intact. It is a great place to walk around through the old alleys and backstreets. Take your time to just sit on one of the temple stairs and observe the Nepali life passing by !

In the afternoon you go back to Kathmandu where we can take you to the tourist area of Thamel for some last shopping or a beer during one of the happy hours.

Day 13: Fly home

Depending on your flight schedule your guide will bring you to the airport in time for your onward flight

This itinerary can be easily adapted to your wishes and suggestions. A longer stay in Pokhara or Chitwan, more time in Kathmandu, a longer trekking in the Annapurnas, some other hotels…  Feel free to contact us.

Visa and formalities Nepal

For entering Nepal you need a valid pasport and a visum.

Visa can be easily obtained in Thribuvan Airport Kathmandu upon arrival. You just need 1 pasportsize picture, 1 visaform and some cash. Visa come for 15 days or 30 days.

Best Travel Period for Nepal

The best season for trekking and travelling in Nepal is from October to May*, depending of course of the altitude you’re on. For lower treks in the foothills of the Annapurna and in the Kathmandu-valley you can easily come for a Christmas holiday e.g. without having too cold. Higher up in the mountains the months of December to February can be really cold with temperatures dropping under -10°C -15°C at night.

October – November is the ‘classic’ main season for travelling in Nepal and on most trails you’re likely to meet other groups and people from different nationalities. The weather is fairly good with blue skies, lots of sun and mild temperatures. Normally you also get good views of the mountains.

Although winter really starts in December, it is a pleasant month to travel around in Nepal. In recent years the temperatures didn’t drop too low and there are less tourists than in October.

March and April are also very nice months for trekking and travelling in Nepal. Temperatures are rising, people are working on the fields planting new crops, nature is awakening after a long winter.

Some areas in Nepal like Dolpo and Mustang who are behind the main Himalayan range have a different season: they can be visited best between May and October.

What to bring to Nepal ?

For most of the classic trekkings and trips in Nepal you do not need any special equipment.

When you book a trip with us we provide you with an specific equipment list for your tour.

If you go on a cultural tour or only go for dayhikes in the lower hills, you can just wear light normal clothing as you would wear for a dayhike at home.

Following items however are essential if you go trekking in the mountains.

  • Good  sturdy walking boots, preferably waterproof
  • Trekking trousers
  • Warm Fleece and windstopper
  • Jacket
  • Thermal underwear for chilly nights and cold days
  • Sleeping bag ( type depending on the type of trek – can be rented)
  • Gloves /scarf / hat
  • Daypack (40-50 liters)
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen lotion
  • Torch or headtorch

 

What’s included in your Nepal trip ?

As we work completely on a tailormade basis, we can offer you the full package or a  basic trip with lots of personal freedom.

As most travellers however don’t have the time to organise everything themselves, most of our clients go for a full package.

All our Nepaltrips normally include:

  • All airporttransfers in Kathmandu (international or domestic)
  • Meet and greet by our local partners
  • Welcome diner in Kathmandu
  • Hotelnights with breakfast (as per your program)
  • All transportation in a private vehicle with experienced driver
  • Domestic flights (if in the program)
  • Local cultural guide for sightseeing
  • Full board (3 meals a day) while on trekking
  • All necessary paperwork: TIMS, trekkingpermits, parktaxes
  • Local trekking guide and enough porters for the luggage
  • Insurance for guides and porters
  • All necessary taxes
  • 24/7 assistance of our local partner in Nepal

Fitness Level

This trek can be done by everyone who is reasonably fit and has an active mindset.  However, we always recommend to get some exercise before coming to trek in Nepal. You will enjoy the beauty of the mountains more if you are in good shape. Each day you will walk about 4-5 hours with ups and down

Luxury Trekking

Forget about basic lodges with shared toilets and showers. The Ker and Downey Lodges that we use on this tour offer you the most comfortable trekking experience in the Annapurna mountains.

Each lodge is carefully designed and has nicely decorated twin rooms with ensuite facilities (bathroom with solar heated shower and flush toilet). Each room has soft beds with sheets, pillows and blankets, so you don’t need to bring a sleeping bag.

Also included are:

  • All meals, snacks, drinking water, tea and coffee while on trekh
  • All laundry while on trek
  • Evening Happy Hour including local soft drinks and local alcoholic beverages
  • Services of qualified Ker & Downey guides and porters
  • The loan of Ker & Downey Trek Pack, which includes duffel bags, daypacks, hat and scarf (these items you may keep) walking stick, poncho
  • Down jackets, warm hats and gloves in the lodges
  • A comprehensive group First Aid Kit, carried by your guide

Each deluxe trekking is operated on a private basis, so even if you’re on your own or with only two people, you will have your own private guide.

 

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