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From a base at Pokhara, the foothills of the Annapurna Range offer great introductory treks to the Himalayas. Trekking through forests and ascending hilltops south of the Annapurnas, the spectacular peaks of these great Himalayan mountains will reveal themselves including Annapurna 1 (8091m), Dhaulagiri (8167m) and the fishtail mountain Machhapuchhare (6993m). The trails will pass through numerous colourful villages of the Gurung and other peoples, providing an itinery as rich culturally as it is naturally.


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Organised group tours: The following tours for Annapurna Trails are available:


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Annapurna and Everest Luxury Lodge Trek

£2295

excl. flights

13 days

With over 200 holidays to choose from, KE Adventure Travel has one of the very best collections of trekking and walking holidays worldwide. Graded on a scale from 1 to 12, we have holidays to suit everyone. Our tougher treks are likely to involve multi-day hikes through wilderness regions, with porter support and tented accommodation. Whilst at the other end of the scale, our softer walking holidays are more likely to be hotel or lodge-based with a day-walk format and an emphasis on uncovering the area's history, culture and cuisine. From our earliest days we've developed a range of treks that include celebrated classics such as Peru's Inca Trail trek, the ascent of Tanzania's Kilimanjaro and the ever popular Everest Base Camp trek in Nepal. Alongside these, we have always made it a priority to seek out distinctive and unique itineraries in less familiar areas such as Armenia, Cameroon, Madagascar and Burma. Whichever of our trekking or walking holidays you choose to undertake, you can be sure you'll enjoy breaking out of your day-to-day routine and exploring exotic landscapes on foot, with the chance to experience different cultures.

Annapurna and Everest Luxury Lodge Trek

The Annapurna and Everest regions of Nepal have been a ‘must see' destination for the intrepid trekker for over forty years. Up until now, a trekking holiday in these spectacular mountain environments involved either camping or staying at basic tea houses. Now it is possible to trek in these famous valleys while staying at comfortable lodges with all the modern conveniences of a hotel. Our luxury lodges all offer spacious rooms which are pleasantly decorated and with running hot and cold water in an attached bathroom. Best of all, each lodge has been carefully sited to present a magnificent panorama of the Himalaya or surrounding valley from the lodge itself. For those who would like to see both the Annapurna and Everest areas in a single holiday and would also like to do this in comfort, we can wholeheartedly recommend this holiday. In each of these regions we have four days of easy walking. No less spectacular is the way we travel between Annapurna and Everest, taking exciting flights along the chain of the Himalaya. In the Annapurnas we trek in the foothills north of Pokhara through picturseque villages and with a sublime backdrop of snowy peaks. In the Everest region we walk from the high airstrip of Lukla to the Sherpa 'city' of Namche Bazaar, where we have time to explore this thriving town and to visit the nearby villages of Khunde and Khumjung. We can also enjoy world-famous views of Everest and Ama Dablam before returning to Lukla. Using first class hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and absolutely the best standard of lodge available in each of the areas we visit, this really is a 'pampered' trekking holiday.


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Tour Map of Annapurna Chitwan

Annapurna Chitwan

£1090

excl. flights

13 days

Since the early days we have maintained that trekking is ideally suited to exploring villages and monasteries in remote regions and getting close up to inspiring mountain scenery. We design trekking holidays to perfection as so many of our past trekkers will testify. Our treks help you discover the remote trails of the Himalaya in Nepal, Tibet, India, Sikkim and Bhutan; the dramatic Karakoram in Pakistan; the Andes from Patagonia to Peru; the Table Mountains of Venezuela; the Rockies and National Parks of North America; the High Atlas of Morocco; the Simien Mountains of Ethiopia; Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya and Mount Meru in East Africa; along the Great Wall of China and ancient pilgrim trails in Japan; hill tribe country in Vietnam and Thailand; Turgen Mountain in Mongolia; the; the European Alps and Dolomites; Iceland’s rugged wilderness; the Southern Alps of New Zealand, Australia’s remote outback and Tasmanian trails.

Whether it be in Nepal's Chitwan National Park spotting the Asian Rhino or Bengal Tiger; in Tanzania's Ngorongoro Crater admiring the plethora of pink flamingo; in Costa Rica's Corcovado National Park viewing the two-toed sloth; in Antarctica getting up-close to penguins; or in Rwanda witnessing the impressive mountain gorillas, World Expeditions takes you to some of the world's best wildlife sanctuaries. Depending on the location, a Wildlife Safari requires a keen eye and patience! At all wildlife viewing opportunities you will have an experienced guide along with you to provide commentary and insight. Bring your binoculars!

These adventures are designed for families yearning more than the ‘typical family holiday’ and are manicured with the younger traveller in mind . The minimum age is generally 10-12 years. The pace of these is slower, with more time to relax.  However the emphasis is still very much about undertaking physical activity, whether it be trekking, cycling or exploring.

Annapurna Chitwan

This adventure is a fine contrast between trekking the remote foothills of the Annapurnas and a safari in the Chitwan National Park. We trek through traditional Hindu villages and pristine forests to ridge top camps that afford remarkable views of Annapurna South and Machapuchare. At Chitwan we undertake a wildlife safari in search of rhino and the Bengal tiger.


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Annapurna Luxury Lodge Trek

£1295

excl. flights

8 days

With over 200 holidays to choose from, KE Adventure Travel has one of the very best collections of trekking and walking holidays worldwide. Graded on a scale from 1 to 12, we have holidays to suit everyone. Our tougher treks are likely to involve multi-day hikes through wilderness regions, with porter support and tented accommodation. Whilst at the other end of the scale, our softer walking holidays are more likely to be hotel or lodge-based with a day-walk format and an emphasis on uncovering the area's history, culture and cuisine. From our earliest days we've developed a range of treks that include celebrated classics such as Peru's Inca Trail trek, the ascent of Tanzania's Kilimanjaro and the ever popular Everest Base Camp trek in Nepal. Alongside these, we have always made it a priority to seek out distinctive and unique itineraries in less familiar areas such as Armenia, Cameroon, Madagascar and Burma. Whichever of our trekking or walking holidays you choose to undertake, you can be sure you'll enjoy breaking out of your day-to-day routine and exploring exotic landscapes on foot, with the chance to experience different cultures.

Annapurna Luxury Lodge Trek

If you are looking for a short break easy walking holiday to Nepal and an introduction to Nepal Himalaya trekking then this is the perfect trip for you. Staying in Luxury Lodges whilst on our four day trek in the Annapurna region makes this holiday great for those who are not so keen on camping. We start in Kathmandu and take the short flight to Pokhara where we start trekking. We pass villages and contour around cultivated terraces seeing how the people in these foothills manage their humble dwellings. We walk through rhododendron forests with tree orchids and magnificent magnolias. From our comfortable mountain lodges we have spectacular views of the surrounding valleys and mountains. We return to Pokhara for one night before flying back to Kathmandu for a full day's sightseeing tour including Bhaktapur and Boudhanath. Using first class hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and absolutely the best standard of lodge available in each of the areas we visit, this really is a 'pampered' one week trekking holiday.


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Tour Map of Annapurna Machapuchare

Annapurna Machapuchare

£1140

excl. flights

14 days

Since the early days we have maintained that trekking is ideally suited to exploring villages and monasteries in remote regions and getting close up to inspiring mountain scenery. We design trekking holidays to perfection as so many of our past trekkers will testify. Our treks help you discover the remote trails of the Himalaya in Nepal, Tibet, India, Sikkim and Bhutan; the dramatic Karakoram in Pakistan; the Andes from Patagonia to Peru; the Table Mountains of Venezuela; the Rockies and National Parks of North America; the High Atlas of Morocco; the Simien Mountains of Ethiopia; Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya and Mount Meru in East Africa; along the Great Wall of China and ancient pilgrim trails in Japan; hill tribe country in Vietnam and Thailand; Turgen Mountain in Mongolia; the; the European Alps and Dolomites; Iceland’s rugged wilderness; the Southern Alps of New Zealand, Australia’s remote outback and Tasmanian trails.

Annapurna Machapuchare

This trek offers the opportunity to escape Nepal's tourist trails, to venture into the deep forests and roam the high alpine pastures to the base of the sacred, fluted peak of Machapuchare. The emphasis of this trek is on the forest and wilderness zones, combined with a sense of exploration. We ascend through Hindu villages and pristine forests (magnolia, oak and rhododendron) to the superb alpine campsite at Guhe for sweeping panoramic views of the Annapurna Range. Forays to the base of Machapuchare provide a further highlight before a delightful return through Gurung villages to Pokhara.


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Tour Map of Annapurna Panorama

Annapurna Panorama

£999

excl. flights

15 days

Over more than 30 years Explore has developed a diverse and exciting range of more than 100 walking and trekking holidays. Whether you’re new to walking holidays, a casual hiker or a seasoned trekker you will find plenty of expertly planned walks and treks to choose from. We specialise in small group walking and trekking holidays. On these you will be in a group of up to 16 along with an experienced tour leader. Depending on the trek you may also have guides, porters, muleteers, cooks and camping crew with you too. For many trekkers the camaraderie with the crew is one of the highlights of the holiday.

Annapurna Panorama

On this tour we make a gentle four-day trek in the foothills of the Himalaya with spectacular views of the Annapurna range. We walk among traditional villages and beautifully terraced fields, with the iconic silhouette of Machhapuchhre's 'fishtail' often in sight. We also explore the bazaars of Kathmandu, whitewater raft along the Trisuli River and take an elephant safari through Chitwan National Park.


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Tour Map of Annapurna Trek

Annapurna Trek

£990

excl. flights

11 days

Since the early days we have maintained that trekking is ideally suited to exploring villages and monasteries in remote regions and getting close up to inspiring mountain scenery. We design trekking holidays to perfection as so many of our past trekkers will testify. Our treks help you discover the remote trails of the Himalaya in Nepal, Tibet, India, Sikkim and Bhutan; the dramatic Karakoram in Pakistan; the Andes from Patagonia to Peru; the Table Mountains of Venezuela; the Rockies and National Parks of North America; the High Atlas of Morocco; the Simien Mountains of Ethiopia; Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya and Mount Meru in East Africa; along the Great Wall of China and ancient pilgrim trails in Japan; hill tribe country in Vietnam and Thailand; Turgen Mountain in Mongolia; the; the European Alps and Dolomites; Iceland’s rugged wilderness; the Southern Alps of New Zealand, Australia’s remote outback and Tasmanian trails.

These adventures are designed for families yearning more than the ‘typical family holiday’ and are manicured with the younger traveller in mind . The minimum age is generally 10-12 years. The pace of these is slower, with more time to relax.  However the emphasis is still very much about undertaking physical activity, whether it be trekking, cycling or exploring.

Annapurna Trek

It would be hard to beat this introduction to trekking in the Annapurna's. Beyond the tea house trails we and trek through traditional Hindu villages where we are assured of a warm welcome, and follow trails through oak and rhododendron forest where the sound of the bird calls fill the air, camping in serene locations that showcase dramatic views of the Annapurna Range. All this in the company of our magnificent crew whose friendship, sense of humour and caring nature will ensure your trek is a memorable one.


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Annapurna Trek and Chitwan

£1695

excl. flights

13 days

Annapurna Trek and Chitwan

This perfect introduction to Nepal combines a short, highly scenic trek through the Himalayan foothills with a wildlife experience in Nepal's premier National Park, close to the border with India. Arriving in bustling Kathmandu with its busy markets and multi-roofed temples, we then fly to the relaxed city of Pokhara on the shores of Nepal's second largest lake, lying under the gaze of the snowy Annapurna Himal. From here we start our 8 day trek through cultivated terraced hillsides, passing through rhododendron forests and villages where we have an insight into a world almost lost in time. Staying in comfortable lodges throughout, we follow the excellent trails built to assist trade and communications between the hill villages. One of the highlights of the trip is the dawn view of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurnas from the famous Poon Hill. After our trek we drive via Pokhara to Chitwan National Park. The jungles of southern Nepal are an interesting counterpoint to our trek in the foothills and during two days of wildlife viewing, you will be accompanied by expert guides on safaris by jeep, boat, on foot and by elephant back. While in Chitwan we stay in a comfortable modern lodge with air conditioning, ensuite rooms and well appointed communal areas. Finally we return to Kathmandu to explore the sights and bazaars of this ancient capital and enjoy an evening in one of the city's excellent restaurants. Presenting a magical mix of trekking through friendly villages, outstanding mountain views and a jungle safari experience, this is the quintessential Nepal insight holiday.


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Tour Map of Best of Annapurna Dhaulagiri

Best of Annapurna Dhaulagiri

£1250

excl. flights

16 days

Since the early days we have maintained that trekking is ideally suited to exploring villages and monasteries in remote regions and getting close up to inspiring mountain scenery. We design trekking holidays to perfection as so many of our past trekkers will testify. Our treks help you discover the remote trails of the Himalaya in Nepal, Tibet, India, Sikkim and Bhutan; the dramatic Karakoram in Pakistan; the Andes from Patagonia to Peru; the Table Mountains of Venezuela; the Rockies and National Parks of North America; the High Atlas of Morocco; the Simien Mountains of Ethiopia; Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya and Mount Meru in East Africa; along the Great Wall of China and ancient pilgrim trails in Japan; hill tribe country in Vietnam and Thailand; Turgen Mountain in Mongolia; the; the European Alps and Dolomites; Iceland’s rugged wilderness; the Southern Alps of New Zealand, Australia’s remote outback and Tasmanian trails.

Best of Annapurna Dhaulagiri

This popular circuit trek in the Annapurna region offers incomparable views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Our carefully researched itinerary is impressive, as within a few days we gain a sense of serenity as we gradually ascend through tiny settlements and pristine forests to the alpine heights of Kopra Ridge. The views from our camp are incredible with the colossal ramparts of Dhaulagiri plunging to the misty depths of the Kali Gandakhi - the deepest gorge in the world. A further highlight are the high pastures above Kopra Ridge beneath the awesome Fang Face of Annapurna 1, where ancient pilgrim trails lead to the sacred waters of Khayer Lake. Our route offers a broad experience of the Annapurnas today, as we pass through prosperous villages where western influence is minimal, traverse grassy ridges, pass through old growth forests with 1000 year old rhododendrons and camp underneath some of the most awe inspiring mountain scenery on earth.


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Tour Map of Best of Nepal

Best of Nepal

£2090

excl. flights

27 days

Since the early days we have maintained that trekking is ideally suited to exploring villages and monasteries in remote regions and getting close up to inspiring mountain scenery. We design trekking holidays to perfection as so many of our past trekkers will testify. Our treks help you discover the remote trails of the Himalaya in Nepal, Tibet, India, Sikkim and Bhutan; the dramatic Karakoram in Pakistan; the Andes from Patagonia to Peru; the Table Mountains of Venezuela; the Rockies and National Parks of North America; the High Atlas of Morocco; the Simien Mountains of Ethiopia; Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya and Mount Meru in East Africa; along the Great Wall of China and ancient pilgrim trails in Japan; hill tribe country in Vietnam and Thailand; Turgen Mountain in Mongolia; the; the European Alps and Dolomites; Iceland’s rugged wilderness; the Southern Alps of New Zealand, Australia’s remote outback and Tasmanian trails.

Whether it be in Nepal's Chitwan National Park spotting the Asian Rhino or Bengal Tiger; in Tanzania's Ngorongoro Crater admiring the plethora of pink flamingo; in Costa Rica's Corcovado National Park viewing the two-toed sloth; in Antarctica getting up-close to penguins; or in Rwanda witnessing the impressive mountain gorillas, World Expeditions takes you to some of the world's best wildlife sanctuaries. Depending on the location, a Wildlife Safari requires a keen eye and patience! At all wildlife viewing opportunities you will have an experienced guide along with you to provide commentary and insight. Bring your binoculars!

Best of Nepal

This adventure provides a complete overview of Nepal. We combine two popular treks – our Annapurna Trek and the Sherpa Everest trek - undertake a wildlife safari in the Chitwan National Park and savour the delights of the Kathmandu Valley. Contrast is the essence of this adventure. During our trek through the Annapurna foothills we visit villages where many of the Gurkhas were recruited and gain vantage points to view the peaks of the Annapurnas. After undertaking a jungle safari in the Chitwan National Park we head to the Everest region to experience the legendary hospitality of the Sherpa people and view Everest and a host of other spectacular peaks.


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Tour Map of Trek Annapurna and Everest

Trek Annapurna and Everest

£1490

excl. flights

15 days

Since the early days we have maintained that trekking is ideally suited to exploring villages and monasteries in remote regions and getting close up to inspiring mountain scenery. We design trekking holidays to perfection as so many of our past trekkers will testify. Our treks help you discover the remote trails of the Himalaya in Nepal, Tibet, India, Sikkim and Bhutan; the dramatic Karakoram in Pakistan; the Andes from Patagonia to Peru; the Table Mountains of Venezuela; the Rockies and National Parks of North America; the High Atlas of Morocco; the Simien Mountains of Ethiopia; Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya and Mount Meru in East Africa; along the Great Wall of China and ancient pilgrim trails in Japan; hill tribe country in Vietnam and Thailand; Turgen Mountain in Mongolia; the; the European Alps and Dolomites; Iceland’s rugged wilderness; the Southern Alps of New Zealand, Australia’s remote outback and Tasmanian trails.

Trek Annapurna and Everest

There are few places on earth that offer such stunning mountain vistas and incredible trekking. This carefully designed itinerary offers the first time trekker a wonderful introduction to Nepal's highest and finest mountain ranges - Annapurna and Everest. We commence with the delights of the Kathmandu Valley and the largest concentration of UNESCO sites in any one city of the world before our spectacular mountain flight whisks us off to Pokhara. We walk through the Annapurna foothills, experience picturesque villages, rhododendron forests on our way to our high point, the world famous Poon Hill. At 3190m the outstanding views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri are incredible. Our next trekking adventure takes us to the Khumbu region, home to Mount Everest. Now well acclimatised from our Annapurna trek, we ascend the Dudh Kosi Valley to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar and spend a day at Syangboche, with fine views of Everest and the picturesque villages of Khumjung and Khunde. This unforgettable journey showcases the contrasts of the best known regions of the Nepal Himalaya.

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