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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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.
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.
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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