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Nepal Holidays Kathmandu Himalayas Tiger Safari Chitwan Annapurna Trek

Hiking in Nepal: Mini Annapurna Trail + Chitwan Park


IPR12K
12 NIGHTS
FROM £1,995
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Annapurna Trail Nepal Photo Kathmandu Chitwan Elephant Safari

Walk a portion of the famous Annapurna Trail in Nepal on this amazing holiday, that also visits Kathmandu & Chitwan National Park. Enjoy a safari by elephant, jeep, boat & canoe, before completing your holiday relaxing at Dhulikhel with its magnificent views over the high Himalayas. All light aircraft flights, transfers, park fees & elephant safari included.

Annapurna Trail Nepal Photo Kathmandu Chitwan Elephant Safari
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Kathmandu
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Pashupatinath Temple
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Durbar Square
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Pokhara
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Annapurna Trail
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Bandipur
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Chitwan National Park
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Elephant Safari
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Jeep & Boat Safaris
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Dhulikhel Sunrise
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Kathmandu
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Pashupatinath Temple
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Durbar Square
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Pokhara
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Annapurna Trail
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Bandipur
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Chitwan National Park
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Elephant Safari
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Jeep & Boat Safaris
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Dhulikhel Sunrise
Day 1
You will be met at Kathmandu Airport and transferred to your hotel in this spectacular Himalayan country that is famous for trekking and is home to the highest mountain in the world - the mighty Mount Everest.
 
Check into your hotel amidst the intoxicating sights and sounds of this capital city that was devastated by an earthquake in 2015, but is now slowly recovering.
Day 2
Today you will be introduced to the highlights of Kathmandu (known locally as Kantipur), as you explore its ancient UNESCO World Heritage sites with your guide.
 
We start with a visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square, with its array of temples overlooked by the Hanuman Dhoka Palace - the ancient place of Nepalese royalty. This is one of Nepal's seven Monument Zones, each of which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Although many of these structures collapsed during the devastating earthquake of 2015, not all areas were affected. Most of the people living here are Hindu, but there are also many Buddhist as Lord Buddha was born in Lumbini, when Nepal was under the control of India. The true soul of this city can be found in its backstreets, where you can soak up the local cultural and artistic heritage.
 
Our next stop is the sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site of Swayambhunath (meaning 'sublime trees'), the oldest Buddhist stupa in the Kathmandu Valley that is said to be over 2,000 years. This perfectly proportioned monument rises up through a whitewashed dome to a gilded spire, from where four iconic faces of Lord Buddha stare out across the valley. The hill is a mosaic of small shrines and pagoda temples and, as many monkeys live here, it is also known as Monkey Temple. It is also a Monument Zone and World Heritage Site. From here you will have a perfect vantage point over the Kathmandu Valley.
 
After lunch (own account) we travel to Bhaktapur - an extraordinarily beautiful old city which was probably founded in the ninth century. Its ancient architecture comprises pagoda-style copper roofs set on wooden and mud-brick buildings, said to represent what Kathmandu looked like centuries ago before the arrival of the modern era. You can observe local artisans shaping pottery and tour Bhaktapur Durbar Square, another Monument Zone and World Heritage Site, with its Golden Gate and Palace of 55 Windows.
Day 3
Transfer to Kathmandu Airport for your light aircraft flight to Pokhara - known for its lovely lakes Phewa, Begnas and Rupa, which have their source in the glacial Annapurna Range of the Himalayas. It is also the gateway to the famous Annapurna hiking trail.
 
On arrival enjoy a half day of sightseeing, including a visit to Bindyabasini Temple - one of the oldest temples in the valley, set on a small hill at the north end of the old bazaar. View the Seti River as it rushes through the town; Seti Gorge and Devi's Waterfall with its water vapour and beautiful rainbow in sunlight.
 
After a visit to the International Mountaineering Museum, enjoy a late afternoon boat ride on Phewa Lake.
Day 4
This morning we set off early, transferring 1-hour by road with our guides & porters to the starting point of the Annapurna Hiking Trail - one of the most famous treks in the world, due to its spectacular mountain scenery and cultural encounters.
 
We walk for 3 to 4-hours today up to an altitude of 3,750 ft (1,150 m) following a ridgeline in the lower foothills of the Annapurnas, with wonderful views of the Pokhara Valley. Our route then descends into the Modi River Valley to our overnight lodge, with views of the sacred and unclimbed Fishtail Mountain - known locally as Machhapuchhre.
 
After lunch at the lodge, there is an optional walk to the village of Birethanti.
Day 5
Today we follow the Modi River Valley, walking past outlying farms as we begin our climb out the valley & up towards the mountains.
 
We walk for 5 to 6-hours to an altitude 6,600 ft (2,012 m), with the trail passing through small hamlets, terraced rice fields and forests with spectacular views of the surrounding valley. Snacks are provided along the trail and a hot lunch is served on arrival at the lodge in the early afternoon. From here there are magnificent close up views of the surrounding mountains.
Day 6
This morning we hike back down from the hills, passing through small villages and surrounded by breathtaking scenery.
 
On reaching the road you will be met and driven back to Pokhara, with remainder of day at leisure.
Day 7
Today we drive 3-hours to Bandipur, a beautifully preserved hilltop settlement set high on a ridge in the foothills of the Himalayas.
 
Time seems to have stood still in this town, which has a medieval feel and is a living museum of Newari culture, with its winding lanes and traditional houses. Surrounded by pristine scenery, the views towards the Annapurna and Manaslu mountain ranges are particularly spectacular.
Day 8
Today we drive 5-hours from Bandipur to your jungle lodge situated outside Chitwan National Park.
 
Chitwan National Park (meaning 'Heart of the Forest') is one of the few remaining undisturbed sections of the Terai Plains that extend along the southern foothills of the Himalayas - all the way through India, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh.
 
Together with the adjacent Parsa Wildlife Reserve in the east, and India's Valmiki National Park to the south, this huge protected area of grassland, marshland and subtropical forest covers an area of over 1,370 square miles (3,549 sq km) and ranges in altitude from 330 ft (100 m) in the river valleys to over 2,600 ft (800 m) in the Churia Hills.
Day 9
This morning we set out early on an Elephant Back Safari to view birds and search for wildlife in the dense sal forests, grasslands, riverine forests and oxbow lakes of Chitwan National Park.
 
Chitwan was the first national park established in Nepal and its river plains and jungle provide an important sanctuary for the endangered one-horned rhinoceros. This park also protects one of the largest populations of rare Bengal tigers, fish-eating Gharial crocodiles, Asian elephants, leopards and sloth bears. 68 species of mammals have been recorded here - including deer, wild boar, bison and monkeys. However the dense jungle, tall grass and nocturnal hours kept by many of these animals make spotting wildlife difficult and tiger sightings are rare. Birding here is excellent.
 
During the warm summer months, afterwards we visit the Elephant Stables to watch the elephants bathing in the river.
 
Subject to water levels, in the afternoon we glide down the Rapti River in a traditional dug-out canoe, viewing aquatic birds, crocodiles and other wildlife that come down to the river to drink.
 
Note: Wear warm clothes, including woolly hats and gloves, to protect you from the wind chill in the early morning. Jeep safaris are prohibited during the monsoon season (June to September).
Day 10
This morning we set out early on a jeep safari to view birds and search for wildlife in the dense sal forests, grasslands, riverine forests and oxbow lakes of Chitwan National Park.
 
Chitwan was the first national park established in Nepal and its river plains and jungle provide an important sanctuary for the endangered one-horned rhinoceros. This park also protects one of the largest populations of rare Bengal tigers, fish-eating Gharial crocodiles, Asian elephants, leopards and sloth bears. 68 species of mammals have been recorded here - including deer, wild boar, bison and monkeys. However the dense jungle, tall grass and nocturnal hours kept by many of these animals make spotting wildlife difficult and tiger sightings are rare. Birding here is excellent.
 
During the warm summer months, afterwards we visit the Elephant Stables to watch the elephants bathing in the river.
 
Subject to water levels, in the afternoon we glide down the Rapti River in a traditional dug-out canoe, viewing aquatic birds, crocodiles and other wildlife that come down to the river to drink.
 
Note: Wear warm clothes, including woolly hats and gloves, to protect you from the wind chill in the early morning. Jeep safaris are prohibited during the monsoon season (June to September).
Day 11
This morning rise early for a 2-hour bird watching nature walk around the lodge - a paradise for bird watchers, with over 670 different species having been recorded here. Alternatively join a guided walk to a nearby local village to learn more about the residents' lifestyle and culture, including a bullock cart ride.
 
Afterwards transfer 1-hour to Bharatpur Airport for your light aircraft flight to Kathmandu.
 
You will be met at Kathmandu Airport and transferred 1.5-hours to Dhulikhel, situated at an altitude of 5,500 ft (1,600 m) above sea level. This small town is famous for its panoramic views over the peaks of the high Himalayas, from Cho Oyu in the east to Himalchuli in the west.
 
Check in an relax in your spectacular surroundings.
Day 12
Weather permitting, rise early this morning to witness an amazing sunrise over the high Himalayas, before returning to your hotel for breakfast.
 
The balance of the day is at leisure to relax and explore Dhulikhel independently.
Day 13
Transfer 1.5-hours to Kathmandu Airport for your flight home.
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