EXPERIENCE THE INCREDIBLE PANORAMAS OF THE HIMALAYA
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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.
Journey through the famous Himalayan region. Explore the ancient cities of the Kathmandu Valley, walk through traditional villages, and admire the snow-capped peaks of the Annapurna. Wander through Bhaktapur, relax at the Peace Pagoda and Phewa Lake, and marvel at Sarangkot panoramas.
- 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
We stay in a selection of 3 and 4-star hotels and comfortable mountain lodges in excellent locations.
Hotel Malla, Kathmandu - 1nt at start and end of the tour
In Kathmandu we stay at the Hotel Malla at the the beginning and end of the holiday. This 4-star hotel is centrally located in the Thamel area of the city.
Hotel Heritage, Bhaktapur - 1nt
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.
Club Himalaya Resort, Nagarkot - 2nts
The Club Himalaya Resort is 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.
Balthali Village Resort - 3nts
Enjoy 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.
Hotel View Bhrikuti, Godawari - 2nts
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.
Temple Tree Resort, Pokhara - 4nts
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.
Nepal Panorama itinerary
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)
Days 1-3: Kathmandu
Fly to Kathmandu via Delhi; we arrive in the afternoon 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.
The following day 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.
Days 5 -6: 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.
The next day 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.
Days 7-9: Balthali
Walk through jungle rich in animal and plant life on a level trail to Nala. We then 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.
The following day enjoy 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.
We also take 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: 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.
Days 12-15: 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.
The next day 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.
Another walk begins from Naudandan. A pleasant level route through the Bhramin and Chhetris villages takes us to the vantage point of Sarangkot. Our descent back down to Pokhara is steep in places. There are also short walks in the area surrounding Pokhara and plenty of time to explore the town.
Day 16-17: Kathmandu & return flight
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.
Transfer to the airport for a flight to London via Delhi, 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).
- 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.
A full passport valid for the duration of the stay is required.
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 Kathmandu, however it can take time completing the form and queueing. 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. One passport photo must be provided together with the completed application form. A single entry visa currently costs US$25, 40, or 100 for 15, 30 or 90 days respectively.
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.
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.
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 in Nepal is GMT +5.45 hrs
Tips are included on this holiday.
For flights information please see the Dates and Prices tab.
Lonica is an enthusiastic traveller who has visited many different countries over the years and is particularly interested in their culture, history and geography. Asia including India and Indonesia are particular favourites and she is keen to share her knowledge and enthusiasm for the rich variety of these countries with guests. As she has travelled extensively in both those countries since the 1970s, she is also able to share tales of how they have changed and developed over time. Born in the Netherlands, she grew up in Australia and has lived in London since 1982. She is a keen walker and regularly leads walks with the Long Distance Walkers Association as well as with HF Holidays. She has been leading for HF Holidays since 2005.
Lonica is leading our 29 Septermber 2018 departure.
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Dates & Prices
Here at HF Holidays, we pride ourselves in offering a unique holiday full of experiences that you can’t find with anyone else. Find out what's included in this holiday.
|29 Sep 2018||
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|30 Sep 2018||NPWHW - Nepal Panorama - Without Flight||15||£2,540.00||Book Now|
|20 Oct 2018||
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|21 Oct 2018||NPWHW - Nepal Panorama - Without Flight||15||£2,540.00||Book Now|
Prices are per person
- 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
Other important information
- Single room: £475 (2018)
- Chitwan extension from £525
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person