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Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
Nepal offers a true walking adventure - the ancient cities of the Kathmandu Valley, the massive Annapurna mountains, and a distinct and ancient mountain culture. Our trek in the Annapurna takes us to the Gurung village of Siklis, through welcoming villages, valleys untouched by time, rewarding us with spectacular panoramas with every step.
- Admire the stunning Annapurna range up close
- Explore Nepal’s historic centres of Kathmandu, and Bhaktapur
- Experience huge smiles and warm welcomes as we walk through traditional Nepali villages
- Enjoy the comfort of a fully supported trek, with expert guides, who choose the perfect pitch for superb mountain panoramas
- 9 nights’ accommodation in en-suite rooms, 6 nights in twin-bedded tents
- Full Board from dinner on arrival to breakfast on departure
- A full programme of guided walks led by local guides and an HF Holidays’ leader
- Sightseeing, entrance fees, internal flights & coach travel
- Services of a fully supported trek team, with cooks, porters and expert leaders
We stay in a selection of 3 and 4-star hotels and comfortable mountain lodges in excellent locations.
Our first and final nights stay is in the 4-star hotel Malla, in the Thamel district of Kathmandu. All rooms are en-suite, comfortable, spacious and there's a nice garden area where you can escape from the hubbub of the city.
In Bhaktapur, we stay overnight at the excellent Hotel Heritage. The fantastic feedback the hotel gets is justly deserved: good rooms, attentive service, and accommodation oozing with charm and character. The hotel is located in a quiet area of town and will provide a lovely haven in which you can relax.
In Nagarkot, stay for 2 nights at the Club Himalaya Resort, a lovely mountain lodge built in traditional style, yet stylish and elegant with modernist touches. The hotel is located on a hillside with wonderful views across the valley and features attractive rooms decorated in pine, a wonderfully decorated restaurant, bar, and 'teahouse' adjacent to the hotel.
The Balthali Village Resort enjoys a stunning location atop a hill with views of the snowy peaks of Dorjee Lhakpa, Langtang and a whole range of mountains to the north. Rooms are attractive and bright and there are large communal areas, including an outdoor dining option. The hotel is surrounded by pristine nature and a profusion of plants and native birds.
For nights 9 to 14 you stay in camps in wonderful locations, on mountain ridges and outside remote villages, waking up to the sight of the Himalayas at dawn and relaxing under starry night skies. Camps are well equipped with sizeable two-person tents, separate dining tent, toilet tent, three meals a day and plenty of drinking water. (Sleeping bags can be hired locally)
In Pokhara we stay at the Fishtail Lodge, the former residence of the late Princess Helen Shah, part of the Princess Trust which donates to health issues for the poor. Attractive individual cottages are set within landscaped gardens on a peninsula of Lake Phewa, accessed by ferry shuttle. There is an outdoor pool, welcoming restaurant and bar with log fire.
On occasion we may need to change the accommodation listed above. If this happens, your replacement accommodation will be of the equivalent standard or higher. In the rare instance this is not possible, we will contact you in advance.
A variety of walks in beautiful mountain scenery, 4-8½ miles (6.5-13.75km) with a maximum ascent of 3,280 feet (984m) and descent of 2,300 feet (690m) in any one day. Paths can be rough at times. On days 9-15 the walks involve some steep ascents and descents, walking at altitudes up to 8,750 feet (2,625m).
Day 1: depart UK via Doha.
Day 2-3: arrive Kathmandu (2 nights). We visit the historic centre of the city, the Kathmandu valley, and Shivapuri National Park.
Day 4: walk to the serene surroundings of Nagi Gompa and onto the ridge for views of the paddy fields of the Kathmandu valley, pine forests and the Bagmati River. We then travel to the medieval city of Bhaktapur (1 night) with time to explore.
Day 5-6: after a morning in Bhaktapur we head to our hilltop retreat at Nagarkot (2 nights) with its panoramic views of the eastern Himalayas. A choice of walks takes us through friendly villages, on the old trade route to Tibet.
Day 7: after witnessing sunrise over the Himalayas we follow the path to Nala through a jungle of diverse flora and fauna. We continue to Panauti and the relaxing Balthali Village Resort (2 nights).
Day 8: our walks take us to into the heart of traditional Nepal, through pristine scenery, pretty villages and along fast moving rivers. Visit typical Tamang villages and ascend to Pada Gaun for excellent mountain views.
Day 9-14: our trek escapes the main trekking routes and takes you for a superb introduction to rural Nepali life, on the Siklis trek. Accompanied by fantastic panoramas of the Annapurna Range throughout, our trek winds its way through traditional villages to the Gurung settlement of Siklis, where we spend a free day exploring its cobbled streets, little touched by the passage of time. Our evenings are spent enjoying the comfort of our fully supported camp, spotting the peaks of the Annapurnas and Machapucchare as the sun sets.
Day 15: our final stage of the trek takes us down to the beautiful lakeshores of Begnas Tal, and our transfer to Pokhara (1 night), where our accommodation for the night is an idyllic setting - a peaceful island hotel, in Phewa Lake.
Day 16: enjoy a morning walk in the Pokhara valley before our afternoon flight to Kathmandu (1 night) for further sightseeing and a farewell dinner.
Day 17: return flight home via Doha.
Extend your stay - Chitwan National Park
Chitwan National Park is one of Nepal’s biggest attractions, after the mighty Himalaya. This beautiful park is home to a plethora of wildlife, including the endangered one-horned Indian rhino, and healthy populations of tiger and leopard amongst many other species. Your stay in the park will treat you to safaris in this stunning area. Keep your eyes peeled!
Day 17: fly from Kathmandu to Bharatpur and a transfer to the Jungle Villa Resort, your accommodation for exploring Chitwan National Park (breakfast, lunch and dinner included).
Day 18: a full day of activities ranging from wildlife viewing with experienced naturalists to elephant safaris into remote regions of the park (breakfast, lunch and dinner included).
Day 19: one last chance to search for wildlife this morning before transferring to Bharatpur and your flight to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu you will be transferred to your final night’s accommodation at the Hotel Malla (breakfast included).
Day 20: transfer to the airport for your flight home (breakfast included).
- 3 nights ensuite accommodation
- Transfers and return flights to Bharatpur
- 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
A full passport valid for the duration of the stay is required.
Visas are required for UK, British passport holders, and these can be obtained from the Nepalese Embassy: Embassy of Nepal, 12A Kensington Palace Gardens, London, W8 4QU. Detailed information and an application form can be found on www.nepembassy.org.uk. Other countries should consult the embassy for advice.
It is possible to obtain visas on arrival in Kathamandu, however it can take time completing the form and queuing. If you plan to get your visa on arrival, please download and complete a form from the Nepalese Embassy web site. This will save time on arrival.
Before booking, you should check with your doctor to see if any health precautions are needed. The following websites provide a wealth of information on travelling and health: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk www.traveldoctor.co.uk
Vaccinations: Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Tetanus & Polio vaccinations are recommended. Malaria and Rabies are sometimes recommended too.
Holidays take place in the dry season, when visibility is good and temperatures are at their best. October is after the summer monsoon and the countryside is lush and green, with excellent visibility and generally balmy temperatures. In March temperatures are similar, although the land is dryer and visibility may not be quite as good. However at this time flowers are in bloom adding wonderful colour to the landscape. The temperature can change quickly at any time of year, it can be cold at night and when the sun goes behind a cloud.
Nepal: Nepalese Rupee (Rs). The import of local and Indian currency is prohibited. Away from major centres Rs500 & Rs1000 notes can be difficult to exchange, please carry some smaller notes. Credit cards are widely accepted. ATM’s are available in Kathmandu & Pokhara.Bhutan: Ngultrum (BTN) or the Indian rupee. US Dollar travellers’ cheques are best. Most credit cards have limited acceptability. Traveller’s cheques are not advised.
GMT + 5.45 hrs
Tips are included on this holiday.
For flights information please see the Dates and Prices tab.
David began hill walking at a young age, when he explored the hills around Rochdale with his parents. During his career he was fortunate to live in Cumbria, Scotland, Switzerland, Brazil and Portugal, which all provided excellent opportunities to walk in the mountains, and to learn fluent German and Portuguese, as well as some Spanish, French and Italian.
He is a long-time member of Long Distance Walkers Association, for whom he was a member of the Long Distance Path team, and also the Swiss Alpine Club. He has been leading for HF Holidays since 2002, in mountain houses in the UK, mountain resorts in Europe, several Trails and also worldwide holidays in New Zealand, Patagonia, Bhutan and China. He has travelled in the USA, Latin America, Asia and Australia, and always enjoys the local cuisine, history and culture. He is very interested in geology, flora and fauna and in his spare time he enjoys theatre, including set building, and also volunteering at sporting events, especially disabled sport.
David has travelled and trekked independently in Nepal and is looking forward to returning to lead our Annapurna Trekking holiday.
David will be leading our 2 November 2017 departure.
Dates & Prices
|2 Nov 2017||
NTWHW - Annapurna Trekking
Flight - Outbound
Flight - Return
|3 Nov 2017||NTWHW - Annapurna Trekking||15||£2,229.00||Book Now|
Prices are per person
- Single room: £350
- Extension to Chitwan - price from £470
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person