Nepal Guided Walking Holiday

Culture, heritage & wildlife adventure in the Himalayas

Code: NPWHW

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Activity types:

  • Culture
  • High Mountains
  • Stay longer

Level

  • 2
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Choosing the level of your walks

Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. 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 grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £2,699.00 - 15 to 16 nights

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Holiday overview

2019 Nepal Guided Walking trip notes will be available to download soon.

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.

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

In pictures...

Accommodation

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

Hotel-Malla

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, in Bhaktapur, Nepal

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 in Nepal

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 in Nepal

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 in Nepal

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 in Nepal

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.

Itinerary

Guided Walking & Sightseeing in Nepal

2019 Nepal Trip Notes will be available to download soon.

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

Days 1-3: Kathmandu

Statues of three Golden Budhas in KathmanduFly to Kathmandu via Delhi; we arrive in the afternoon and transfer to the hotel for 2 nights. The rest of the first day in Kathmandu is at leisure, a great opportunity to relax after the journey.

The following day, we drive north of Kathmandu into the foothills of the Shivapuri Hills to the Budhanikantha Temple with its large stone statue of Lord Vishnu. We walk from the temple towards Baghdwar, believed to be the source of the holy river Bagmati. We hike through dense forest, home to hundreds of species of plant, and on beyond Baghdwar to the Sivapuri danda, situated at an altitude of 2,563m. We then continue to Nagi Goempa, a Buddihst monastery before descending and returning to our hotel.

Days 4-5: to Nagarkot

Stunning views of the Himalayas from NagarkotWe begin with an ascent to Nagi Gompa before ascending further to a ridge which meanders through verdant pine forests and along a trail to Gokarna. Along the trail we'll enjoy stunning views of the Nagarjun mountain, paddy fields and Nepalese villages. Once in Gokarna we drive to Nagarkot, which is famous for its hilltop position and offers incomparable views over the surrounding valley and Himalayas. We stay here for 2 nights. The afternoon is free to relax or explore the local villages independently.

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 6-8: Balthali

Temples at PanautiWalk through jungle rich in animal and plant life on a level trail to Nala, passing Tamang villages along the way. Later, we transfer to Khopasi and walk to Balthali, where we stay for 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.

Day 9: Bhaktapur

Today we drive to the medieval city of Bhaktapur, where we will spend the afternoon exploring. Visit its Durbar Square and the Nyatapola temple, which is both the highest temple in the Kathmandu Valley and one of the best examples of traditional Nepali architecture. See traditional buildings and occupations, such as weaving and pottery, as we discover this well-preserved city on foot.

Days 10-11: Bandipur

We transfer to Kathmandu airport and fly to Pokhara; we'll then drive to Bandipur in time for lunch. In the afternoon, we'll spend some time exploring the local area.

The next day we'll hike to Ramkot, a typical Magar village. We'll pass through other villages and temples and the route offers an unparalleled insight into the traditional, rural lifestyle of Nepal - all basking in the glory of the stunning Himalayas. Time and other conditions permitting, the walk can be extended from Ramkot to visit Chadbi Barahi, a pilgrimage site. 

Days 12-15: Pokhara

Stunning scenery of snowcapped mountains at Pokhara LakeWe begin our day with a hike to Siddha Cave, one of the largest in Nepal. Later, we drive to Pokhara. where we stay stay for 4 nights, and visit the International Mountain Museum.

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 takes us from Kande to the Australian Base Camp; this is sure to be a highlight of the trip. Ascending through forest on stone stairs, we pass bazaars on route to the camp from where we'll have unsurpassed views of the Himalayas, including the Annapurnas and Machhapuchre. We continue to Dhampus for lunch and return to Pokhara.

Our final walk takes us from the Peace Pagoda to Pumdi Bhumdi, situated at an altitude of 1,200m/3,937ft. We pass the famous Davis Falls en route to the start of our hike, where we ascend to a ridge before dropping down to Bhumdi, our trail surrounded by rich flora and fauna and lush green forests.

Day 16-17: Kathmandu & return flight

Colourful temple at SuayanbunathThis morning we transfer to Pokhara airport for our flight to Kathmandu. Explore the city with a walk around Thamel, before we enjoy a farewell dinner and a traditional Nepali culture show.

On Day 17 we transfer to the airport for our return flight to the UK.

 

Extension

Chitwan National Park

Continue your adventure in Nepal with our extension trip and explore the wonders of the Chitwan National Park, a prime spot for wildlife watching. Established in 1973 and formerly named the Royal Chitwan National Park, this was the first national park in Nepal and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Covering an area of lowland meausring 932km2, altitudes within the park range from 100m in river valleys to 815m in the Churia Hills. With a tropical climate, there is a rich abundance of flora and fauna to see as you explore the park accompanied by local experts. From grassy areas to jungles, hundreds of species call the park home: you may spot a Bengal tiger or a leopard, elephants or the rare one-horned rhino. For bird lovers there's also a huge diversity of bird species to spot

NoneDay 14 - From Kathmandu we take an afternoon flight to Bharatpur. We'll then drive to our accommodation in the north of the national park.

 

 

 

  

NoneDay 15 - A full day of activities in the national park. The exact programme for your stay will be given to you on your arrival, as activities are adjusted according the the season and weather conditions, but to give you a flavour activities range from wildlife viewing with knowledgeable and experienced naturalists to elephant safaris in more remote areas of the park. It's also possible for you to explore the local forests independently, but for your safety (there are wild animals living there, after all!) you should ensure a local guide accompanies you.

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Day 16 - This morning we'll have a final opportunity to search for wildlife in the park. We return to Bharatpur for our flight to Kathmandu; on arrival, we'll transfer to our hotel in the Thamel district. Located in the heart of the city, this is an ideal location if you want to pick up any last minute souvenirs.

 

 

Day 17 - We transfer to the airport for our flight home

Price includes

  • 3 nights' en-suite accommodation
  • Transfers and return flights to Bharatpur
  • 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners - from breakfast on Day 14 to breakfast on Day 17

Please note: All activities are accompanied by local experts, with no HF Holidays' leader or local leader.

Essential 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 Embassy of Nepal. 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 £20, £35, or £75 for 15, 30 or 90 days respectively.

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: http://www.travelhealthpro.org.uk/ www.redplanet.travel/mdtravelhealth  

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. Traveler’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

Adrian Gostelow

Adrian has been leading for HF for several years both in the UK and Europe, At home in the mountain environment, Adrian has travelled extensively in the European mountain ranges including his favourites, the Spanish Picos, and Swiss Alps. In the last few years his travels have taken him to the mountains of Mexico, Peru, and the Everest region of the Nepal Himalaya where he spent a month exploring the main valleys and climbing several peaks. He describes Nepal as an amazing experience, with stunning scenery, cultural beauty and some of the friendliest people he has ever encountered.

Adrian is looking forward to sharing his enthusiasm for this country and its people and will be leading our 20th October 2018 departure.

Anne Richards

Anne has been a leader for HF Holidays since 2008, leading holidays in the UK, Europe and Worldwide. Anne has travelled widely including four months in South America in 2016 during which she completed the W trek in Patagonia, trekked in the Cordillera Blanca and visited the Galapagos Islands. Anne spent 5½ weeks travelling in Vietnam and Cambodia in early 2018, including a two-week cycle ride, and will be spending Christmas in Tasmania after leading in New Zealand.

Anne is very much looking forward to returning to Nepal and sharing the delights of a unique country; she has previously trekked to Everest Base Camp.

When Anne is not leading for HF she enjoys swimming, cycling and walking in the Costa Blanca Mountains in Spain.

Anne will be leading our September 2019 holiday.

Len Harbottle

Len has a passion for the mountains and has been walking them since his school days, where he headed to the Lake District on regular monthly trips. He has extensive experience of mountain walking in UK, Europe, Nepal and Bhutan.

Len has been a leader for HF Holidays since 1995, leading holidays throughout the UK, Europe and Asia (Nepal and Bhutan) and led the HF holiday in Nepal after the earthquakes affected the region in 2015, which he describes as a very humbling and moving experience.

With his love of meeting people and interest on learning other cultures, he is looking forward to share his passion with our groups so that they have a truly memorable holiday.

When he is not leading, Len is an active member of a mountain rescue team in South Wales and an executive officer of the South Wales Search and Rescue Association.

Len will be leading our October 2019 holiday.

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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.

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
28 Sep 2019 NPWHW - Nepal Panorama
(Travel included - Departs from: London Heathrow)

Flight - Outbound

JET AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 28 Sep 2019, 8:45 p.m.
  • Arrive: 29 Sep 2019, 2:50 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Kathmandu International

Flight - Return

JET AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 14 Oct 2019, 9:50 a.m.
  • Arrive: 14 Oct 2019, 6:20 p.m.
  • Depart from: Kathmandu International
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
16 £3,399.00 Book Now
29 Sep 2019 NPWHW - Nepal Panorama - Without Flight 15 £2,699.00 Book Now
19 Oct 2019 NPWHW - Nepal Panorama
(Travel included - Departs from: London Heathrow)

Flight - Outbound

JET AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 19 Oct 2019, 8:45 p.m.
  • Arrive: 20 Oct 2019, 2:50 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Kathmandu International

Flight - Return

JET AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 4 Nov 2019, 9:50 a.m.
  • Arrive: 4 Nov 2019, 6:20 p.m.
  • Depart from: Kathmandu International
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
16 £3,399.00 Book Now
20 Oct 2019 NPWHW - Nepal Panorama - Without Flight 15 £2,699.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

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

Other important information

  • Single room: £475 (2018), £499 (2019)
  • Chitwan extension: from £525 (2018), from £499 (2019)
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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