Nepal Panorama

Code: NPWHW

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Activity types:

  • Culture
  • High Mountains

Level

  • Easy
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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.

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From £2,189.00 - 15 to 16 nights

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Holiday overview

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Nepal offers a true walking adventure - the ancient cities of the Kathmandu Valley, the massive Annapurna mountains, and a distinct and ancient mountain culture. Walk through friendly villages, valleys untouched by time and see spectacular panoramas at every turn.

Holiday highlights

  • Great variety of walks on ridges, through valleys and traditional villages
  • The historic centres of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Newari villages
  • Interesting culture of the Sherpa lands and the spiritual places of the Himalayas
  • Hotels and lodges in fantastic locations, with mountain views and in peaceful valleys
  • First rate, experienced local guides with a deep knowledge of their country

Price includes

  • 15 nights’ accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Full Board from dinner on arrival to breakfast on departure
  • A full programme of guided walks and excursions led by local guides and an HF Holidays’ leader
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees
  • Travel by coach/minivan
  • Internal flights
  • Tips

Accommodation

We stay in a selection of 3 and 4-star hotels and comfortable mountain lodges in excellent locations.

Arriving in Kathmandu, we stay at the  Hotel Malla, a 4-star hotel located in the centre of the city in the Thamel area. We return for our final night in Kathmandu, at the same hotel. 

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. 

In Godawari we stay at the Hotel View Bhrikuti, a modern hotel, with superb views overlooking the nearby village of Godawari and the high peaks of the Himalaya.

In Pokhara stay 4 nights at Temple Tree Resort. Named after the fragrant temple tree plant frangipani, the resort offers a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. Attractive cottages are set within landscaped gardens.  There is an outdoor infinity pool, welcoming restaurant and bar. There is also a spa where you can have treatments (payable locally)


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.

Itinerary

Following the earthquake in April 2015 we have had to make some changes to the programme. Below is the itinerary as it stands currently. In Kathmandu where there was a lot of damage, most of the UNESCO listed buildings have reopened to some degree but the exact itinerary on the ground will be determined by our local agent and local leaders.

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A variety of walks in beautiful mountain scenery, 4-8 miles (6.5-12.75km) with a maximum ascent of about 2,700 feet (810m). Paths are easy to follow though rough at times. Once out of Kathmandu walks will be at an altitude of up to 7,500ft (2280m)

Day 1: To Kathmandu - Fly to Kathmandu via Doha

Day 2: Kathmandu - Afternoon arrival and transfer to the hotel for 2 nights. Visit the Boudhanath, the largest Stupa in Nepal, for a chance to stretch the legs after the journey.

Day 3: Kathmandu - See the sights of the historic centre on a walking tour of the capital, visiting Durbar Square, the Temple of the Living Goddess and the lively vegetable and spice markets. Continue to Swayambhunath temple, with the all-seeing eyes of Buddha, perched on a hill overlooking the valley.

Day 4: To Bhaktapur - A 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: To Nagarkot - Morning walking tour of the medieval city of Bhaktapur, with its traditional houses with fine wood carvings and small cottage industries.  Visit Durbar Square and Nyatapola Temple, the highest in the valley. Continue to Nagarkot for 2 nights. Nagarkot is notable for its hilltop position, which offers views of spectacular sunsets over the valley and memorable sunrises over the Himalayas. On clear days there are panoramic views of the peaks of Everest, Mt. Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Choba Bhamre and other parts of the eastern Himalayan range.  Afternoon free to explore the town or take a stroll to the surrounding villages.

Day 6: Changu Narayan - Our trail leads through fields and villages to the forests of Telkot, where we enjoy our picnic in the forest clearing. After lunch we continue to the UNESCO Heritage Site of Changunarayan.

Day 7: To Balthali - This morning’s walk leads through jungle rich in animal and plant life on a level trail to Nala. Transfer to the Newari town of Panauti, home to the oldest temple in Nepal dating from the 13th century. Walk through paddy and potato fields directly to our accommodation (3 nights). The area surrounding the resort is thickly forested with luxuriant flora and great birdlife which opens out to the terraced fields. The views of the Himalayas here, with beautiful sunrises and sunsets, will leave a lasting memory.

Day 8: Day hike to Pada Gaun - Wonderful views as we walk to Pada Gaun, through traditional Tamang villages. The Tamang originally came from Tibet several hundred years ago. Their villages remain secluded and far removed from the trappings of the modern world. Sitting back to relax and enjoy our picnic, we are surrounded by wonderful views of the major part of the Himalayan ranges and beautiful green forest of the Mahabharat range.

Day 9: Neupane Gaun - A morning walk to the confluence of the Roshi and Ladku Khola rivers leads us through a beautiful pristine valley to a traditional maize mill, and to the holy shrine of Lord Shiva, before we return to the resort for lunch and an afternoon of relaxation.

Days 10-11: to Godavari - We drive to Godavari (2 nights) where we can relax in this landscape of lush green hills, and where we can enjoy a walk to the neighbouring village of Bungamati.  

Day 12 to Pokhara - After breakfast we drive to Kathmandu airport for a short flight to Pokhara. After lunch we walk through the forests to the Peace Pagoda. From here we walk down to the beautiful Phewa Tal, and enjoy a boat ride back to our hotel, where we stay for 4 nights.

Day 13: Kalikasthan & Begnas Tal - Today we transfer to the start of our walk. The trail ascends, quite steeply at times, through the colourful ethnic villages of the Gurung and Ghaley people, to Kalikasthan. After lunch we follow the ridge line through villages down to the pretty shores of Begnas Tal, transferring from here back to Pokhara. 

Day 14: Sarangkot - We begin our walk from Naudandan, a pleasant level walk through the Bhramin and Chhetris villages takes us to the vantage point of Sarangkot. Our descent back down to Pokhara is steep in places.

Day 15: Pokhara area - short walks in the area surrounding Pokhara and plenty of time to explore the town.

Day 16: To Kathmandu - This morning we explore Pokhara itself, visiting the famous Davies Falls. After lunch we drive to the airport for the short flight to Kathmandu. We have the rest of the afternoon to relax before enjoying a farewell dinner and a Nepali cultural show.

Day 17: To London - Transfer to the airport for a flight to London via Doha, arriving this evening.  


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 1: 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 2: 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 3: 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 4: transfer to the airport for your flight home (breakfast included).

Price includes:

  • 3 nights en-suite accommodation
  • Transfers and return flights to Bharatpur
  • 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Please note there will be no HF Holidays' leader, nor local leader in Chitwan. All activities are accompanied by local experts.

General Information

Passport
A full passport valid for the duration of the stay is required.

Visas
Visas are needed for Nepal for British Passport holders, as well as many other nationalities. They are best obtained in advance from the Nepalese Embassy in London. Details will be supplied with your travel documents. 

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.

Health advice
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

Vaccines: Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Tetanus & Polio vaccinations are recommended. Malaria and Rabies are sometimes recommended too. 

Climate
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.

Money
The currency is the Nepalese Rupee (Rs), which is divided into 100 paisa (p). The import of local and Indian currency is prohibited. Away from major centres changing a Rs500 or Rs1000 note can be difficult, and outside the Kathmandu Valley even Rs100 notes can be hard to change. ATMs are available in Kathmandu and Pokhara, though not widely. Credit cards are also useful in most major hotels, restaurants and shops. However, it is always sensible to check first that a particular card is acceptable. Traveller’s cheques are not advised.

Time

Time in Nepal is GMT +5.45 hrs

Tipping
Tips are included on this holiday.

For flights information please see the Dates and Prices tab. 

Leaders

George Wormald

George has been a leader for HF Holidays for over 12 years, leading holidays in the UK and Europe. He has travelled extensively in Nepal and Asia and is passionate about the beauty and diversity of Nepal.

In the last 20 years George has been to Nepal on four occasions. Three of these have been high altitude research expeditions to the base camps of Everest, Dhaulagiri and Manaslu with ascents of peaks over 6,000m. He has also visited the cultural sights of Pokhara and the Kathmandu valley, staying with a Nepali family he met in the UK.

George was in Kathmandu during the earthquakes in April 2015 and is keen to encourage tourism to help rebuild the economy.

When not leading for HF Holidays, George likes walking long distance paths and cycle touring in Europe and the UK with his wife, and studying Nepali and landscape history.

George is leading our 27 October 2016 holiday

Linda Skelton

Linda has been a leader for HF Holidays for over 14 years, leading holidays in the UK and Europe. She has travelled extensively in Asia, including Thailand, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka and Nepal, as well as to other continents such as South America, Africa and Australia. Finding the people engaging, the culture fascinating and the scenery stunning, she is passionate about Nepal and what the country has to offer the traveller. In Nepal she has completed the Annapurna Circuit, as well as visiting the cultural sights of Pokhara and the Kathmandu valley.

Aware of the importance of tourism in supporting and rebuilding the economy after the tragic earthquakes of April 2015, Linda is particularly keen to promote and encourage travel to the region.

When not leading for HF Holidays, Linda enjoys walking long distance paths and tackling mountains in Europe, as well as Worldwide. Actively involved in her local hockey club, she is also an enthusiastic hockey player who has represented England in the World Grand Masters.

Linda is leading our 21 October 2017 departure.

Reviews

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10 Nov 2015, 9:37 p.m.

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We were well looked after. The hotels were of a good standard. There was a good mix of walking and sight seeing.

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Excellent opportunity to visit a really interesting country and culture. Fantastic.
2 Nov 2015, 1:53 a.m.

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The trip was excellent, and the leader and guide always pleased to vary the plans to accommodate changes in circumstances (e.g. hot weather) and personal requests. Full marks to HF for running the trip with such a low number of guests, goodness knows the country needs its tourist dollars, especially with the ongoing fuel crisis, now six weeks old, showing no sign of being resolved.

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What an interesting country! It was great to see so much outside the cities, walking through farms and villages and seeing how the people in rural areas subsist too. However, I agree with the number of guests from previous trips who have commented that the walks grading is too low, and should be medium.
20 Oct 2015, 5:52 p.m.

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This was our first holiday With HF and we were very impressed and will hopefully use them in the future

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Nepal exceeded all of our expectations and it was all due to the excellent Sherpas, guide and HF leader
22 Nov 2014, 4:31 a.m.

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The water at the Hotel Malla comes out of the tap brown. They were the only hotel to charge for wifi, and it didn't work. Park Village was nicer. Well run trip, but I would have left a larger tip for the Sherpas if I'd know how little HF was giving them. Otherwise, well done.

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I think Nepal is a difficult place for comfortable travel. The Balthali hotel was poor, but the location unique, so worth the trouble. Food was poor most places. Hygiene challenging. Not a trip for the faint of heart. The people are wonderful, scenery and temples well worth the trouble. And its very affordable.
21 Nov 2014, noon

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Efficient no-fuss service.

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Plenty of walking and an excellent introduction to this fascinating country and its people.
28 Oct 2014, 5 p.m.

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First time using HF and was well pleased with all of the arrangements

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Nepal is such an interesting country and the guides which HF provided were excellent. I would change the word "walks" in the it to "hikes" as this is indeed what they were
15 Nov 2013, 9:56 a.m.

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The company is excellent but the group felt the HF rep was not always in tune with the needs of the group. I will expand on this in a letter to you.

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The holiday grading is totally inaccurate as per your grading system which says walking experience isn't necessary. A lot of the walks were up steep hills with difficult climbs. If the weather had been bad it would have made walking very difficult. Without the fantastic Nepalese guide and the sherpas, we would have found it very difficult at times.
Thank you for your review. It's great to read how great you rate our company. I was sorry to read that the leader on your recent holiday to Nepal didn’t match your expectations. Our leader team are investigating this and will share your comments with the leader.

Thanks, Sarah Davis
Research & Development Manager
HF Holidays Ltd
11 Nov 2013, 2:07 p.m.

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excellent

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good
9 Nov 2013, 5:09 p.m.

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always feel one can trust HF

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much harder than expected but we all made it
9 Nov 2013, 11:40 a.m.

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I have traveled with HF many times and always receive good service and have a very well organized holiday.
Unfortunately on this occasion I found the HF leader to be lacking and not really up to the job. The local tour guide was however generally excellent.

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Overall a good holiday but could be improved.
The walking difficulty rating in the brochure under estimates the holiday.
Could probably be reduced from 16 days to 14 without much loss on content.
7 hotels in 16 days is too much and could be reduced, again without loss of content as the distance between the hotels is not great.
Thanks so much for your holiday review. It's great to read how great you rate our company. I was sorry to read that the leader on your recent holiday to Nepal didn’t match your expectations. Our leader team are investigating this and will share your comments with the leader, in order for us to improve.

Thanks, Sarah Davis
Research & Development Manager
HF Holidays Ltd

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Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
18 Mar 2017 NPWHW - Nepal Panorama
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

QATAR AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 18 Mar 2017, 8:30 p.m.
  • Arrive: 19 Mar 2017, 3:10 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Kathmandu International

Flight - Return

QATAR AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 3 Apr 2017, 12:45 p.m.
  • Arrive: 3 Apr 2017, 10 p.m.
  • Depart from: Kathmandu International
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
16 £2,789.00 Book Now
19 Mar 2017 NPWHW - Nepal Panorama 15 £2,189.00 Book Now
23 Sep 2017 NPWHW - Nepal Panorama
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Flight - Outbound

QATAR AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 23 Sep 2017, 8:30 p.m.
  • Arrive: 24 Sep 2017, 3:10 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Kathmandu International

Flight - Return

QATAR AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 9 Oct 2017, 12:45 p.m.
  • Arrive: 9 Oct 2017, 10 p.m.
  • Depart from: Kathmandu International
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
16 £2,789.00 Book Now
24 Sep 2017 NPWHW - Nepal Panorama 15 £2,189.00 Book Now
21 Oct 2017 NPWHW - Nepal Panorama
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Flight - Outbound

QATAR AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 21 Oct 2017, 8:30 p.m.
  • Arrive: 22 Oct 2017, 3:10 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Kathmandu International

Flight - Return

QATAR AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 6 Nov 2017, 12:45 p.m.
  • Arrive: 6 Nov 2017, 10 p.m.
  • Depart from: Kathmandu International
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
16 £2,789.00 Book Now
22 Oct 2017 NPWHW - Nepal Panorama 15 £2,189.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

Information

  • Single room: £440 (2016) £400 (2017)
  • Chitwan extension from £440
  • Non-member associate fee: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person