Annapurna & Chitwan in Luxury

Annapurna & Chitwan in Luxury
Annapurna & Chitwan in Luxury
Annapurna & Chitwan in Luxury
Annapurna & Chitwan in Luxury
Annapurna & Chitwan in Luxury
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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.

Highlights
  • Kathmandu's historic sites, including Boudhanath Stupa, the largest on earth
  • Dugout canoe ride down Chitwan's Rapti River in search of crocodiles 
  • Pokhara, nestled on the shore of Lake Phewa in the shadow of the Annapurna Range
  • Chance to spot rhinoceros and birdlife on a jeep safari and bird-watching walks in Chitwan
  • An excellent introduction to Himalayan trekking
  • Luxury Ker & Downey lodges with suberb mountain views
Food

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.

Destinations
  • Everest
  • Kathmandu
  • Pokhara
  • Bharatpur
  • Indian Subcontinent
  • Nepal
  • Chitwan
  • Annapurnas
Tour Types
  • Adventure
  • Safaris
  • Scenic
  • Singles
  • Trekking
  • Walking
  • Cultural
  • Wildlife

Location: Kathmandu

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.

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Hotel Yak & Yeti, or similar

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Kathmandu

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 day 1. 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: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Hotel Yak & Yeti, or similar

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: 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 Annapurna range.

Accommodation: ,Temple Tree Resort & Spa, Pokhara

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Modi

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 (Sanctuary Lodge, 1,025m

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,

Location: Ghandruk

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 (Himalaya Lodge, 2,012m)

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,

Location: Landruk

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.

Accommodation: ,Ker and Downey Lodge (La Bee Lodge, 1,565m)

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,

Location: Gurung Cottage

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 (Gurung / Mala Lodge, 1,400m)

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,

Location: Dhampus

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 village. On the Christmas departure (18 December 2021) a cultural performance at Basanta Lodge is included to celebrate.

Accommodation: ,Ker and Downey Lodge (Basanta Lodge, 1,525m)

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,

Location: Pokhara

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: ,Temple Tree Resort & Spa, Pokhara

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Chitwan

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 excursions. 

Accommodation: ,Kasara Lodge

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,

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 here. 

Accommodation: ,Kasara Lodge

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,

Location: Kathmandu

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.

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Hotel Yak & Yeti, or similar

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: 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. **

Accommodation: ,

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Included
  • Happy hour drinks in the K&D lodges
  • All listed transport and activities
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Trek Pack including a daypack, walking stick, rain poncho, sun hat and scarf
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • All accommodation 
  • One internal flight
  • Tour leader throughout
  • All breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners

Not Included
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
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  • Travel insurance
    -
  • Visas or vaccinations
    -
Yes,Arrival and departure transfers
Minimum 16 years age people can go on this tour.
There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A.
5* GREAT TRIP TO NEPAL
My wife & I went to Nepal with Exodus in March this year & had a fantastic time! As the 'Annapurna in Luxury' group tour didn't exactly meet our needs -we wanted to do water rafting & an elephant experience in Chitwan - SHARMIL at Exodus created a personal itinerary for us. The holiday was great - superb trekking in the Annapurna region, water rafting down the SETI river , various activities in the Chitwan National Park plus a fascinating day in Kathmandu!All Exodus staff were excellent but a special mention to BIKASH - our guide for 5 days of trekking. BIKASH was an outstanding guide/walk leader - he took us on less obvious/well known routes, adjusted the pace to suit our needs (not fast but not slow - taking account of my 'dodgy knee' etc) & encouraged us when we got a bit tired. A very talented Guide/Trekking Leader that we highly recommend !Thanks for a superb experience !Steve & Suzanne Marsh
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5* Annapurna in Luxury TNX
Another great trip and an enjoyable diverse itinerary from, temples to trekking, to white water rafting, to safari. Some long days transferring between sites, but well worth it in the end. Great company, excellent leader and a wonderful, friendly country well worth visiting.
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5* Fantastic way to see Nepal
Booked this as wanted to see Nepal without roughing it. Far exceeded my expectations. A great taster of several regions, the culture, fabulous scenery and wildlife of this incredible country. It may not be heavy trekking, but you still need to have a good fitness level for all the uneven steps and relentless ups and downs. It is pretty full on if you make use of the optional trips in free time, but there is so much to see. Kathmandhu is pretty much as you imagine, and as little time spent there as possible is probably a good plan, it was the least impressive hotel, dirty, crowded and polluted, but still has areas of culture and history worth a look. When the new airport in Pokhara opens, that might mean you can fly there which would reduce the long and 'exciting' road trip. Pokhara was a much nicer place all round and could have spent longer there. Chitwans wildlife was also amazing, we just skimmed the surface on this trip, could have easily spent longer there. The lodges are of a great standard, although unheated, so you need to dress accordingly. The food was far better than I anticipated, and with happy hour, I failed to lose weight or detox on this trip! The trekking was mainly off the main paths and as it was end of season, we saw very few other tourists either on the paths or in the lodges. It was only a group of 7 and felt like a very personal trip.
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5* A beautiful country with wonderful people
A wonderful trip - this was out first visit to Nepal, and we were definitely able to experience a lot within the time. From the bustle of Kathmandu (which while manic, was really enjoyable) to the calm of the trekking, walking through the rural villages and seeing how they live. Everyone is so friendly - we Namaste'd a lot!We spent the last night of the trek with our porters where they sang, played drums and danced - we also attempted the dancing! And did a rendition of 'Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes' and 'If You're Happy & You Know It' for them - was good to see them joining in with the moves too! It was a lovely night, full of laughs and big smiles from everyone.In Chitwan we were lucky enough to see 2 Indian one-horned rhinos when we were on the jeep safari. It does get quite busy with other jeeps following similar trails, but definitely worth it.
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5* TNX191008
Great trip fulfilled all our expectations. The trekking was hard work but the scenery made it all worth while. The guide was excellent as were all the porters and local guides. And really appreciated the comfort of the lodges and the good, varied foods they provided.
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4* Annapurna in Luxury (TNX)
Excellent holiday in Nepal but the level 2 grading is misleading as the walks on two of the days are far harder than level 2. This point has been raised in several reviews by previous travellers and should be picked up by Exodus. The trip code TNX includes a really good mix with trekking, rafting and wildlife. Accommodation was of a really good standard - trekking lodges, Pokhara and Kasara Lodge (Chitwan). The hotel at Kathmandu was perfectly OK but £11 for a beer and soft drink was excessive even for hotel prices.
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5* An amazing adventure never to be forgotten
I would not hesitate to recommend this holiday. The steep ascents of the treks were tough going but the routes through the villages at harvest time and the 'Namaste's of the local children kept me going. Arriving at the beautiful mountain lodges to such wonderful hospitality made it all worth while and the sunrise and sunsets were stunning (we were lucky in having clear skies every day). The rafting was fast enough to be fun and exciting but not scary, and the river camp felt like a real story book adventure. The activities at Chitwan were well planned and allowed for some time to relax by the pool.
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5* Annapurna and Chitwan in Luxury
A wonderfully varied holiday, with city visits, trekking in the foothills of the Himalayas and a jungle safari to see the rhino.
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5* Fantastic Trip covering large part of Nepal
Can highly recommend this trip, it was absolutely amazing from start to finish. It provides a fantastic insight into Nepal and you will see a lot in a short space of time, it far exceed my expectations and is worth the money. It is fast paced but a good mix of city/history and cultural introduction of the country to start with in Kathmandu followed by the excellent walking, and finishing in Chitwan before going back to Kathmandu. I agree that Kathmandu was not the highlight and in my view could of easily been missed altogether, or only covered at the end of the trip for half a day, it was very polluted and dirty, the hotel was a good standard for Nepal but not amazing, but fine for a few nights and comfortable. Definitely would recommend flying straight into Pokhara when the airport is open to International carriers in the near future. I could easily have spent more time in Pokhara and Chitwan. The walking was amazing, you do need a good level of fitness there are one or two steep ascents, poles are a good item to bring with you in your kit bag, the porters carry your bags for you as you walk, my recommendation is to pack light for the walking! Lodges were very comfortable and the people very friendly food very god standard and plenty of it! Cold at night but good hot showers and nice bathrooms, I loved that you were delivered a hot water bottle every night. Food in the lodges was amazing and catered for everyone. The walking thought the unspoilt and at times completely isolated parts of the countryside will be something that will stay with me for a long time, that was truly unique and in complete contrast to Kathmandu. We saw hardly any tourists and saw farmers at work and people living in the countryside, it was peaceful and you truly could appreciate this amazing country. Pokhara was fantastic and is an amazing city, with a lot to do, I would definitely go back there. Chitwan Safari was truly unique and the hotel was absolutely outstanding and luxury. A few opportunities in Pokhara, Chitwan and Kathmandu to have massages to ease away the aches of the walking. Our guide Keshar was fantastic, extremely knowledgeable about Nepal, the flora, fauna and history, there was nothing he could of done to make our trip any better. Going in December meant we had very clear views of all the spectacular mountain ranges and I would definitely recommend this time of year, albeit it is cold in the evenings. Each trip I do with exodus just gets better and better!
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Start:Kathmandu
Finish:Kathmandu
Group size:4 - 12
Suitable for: 16 to 99
Physical rating:Moderate
Meals:12 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners.
Diets:Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements
Tour operated in: English
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