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Nepal: Walking in the Himalayas

Duration: 13 nights
Type: Worldwide walking holidays
Walking Grade: 4
from £3,499pp £3,249pp with flights

Experience one of the world’s truly great travel adventures with a trip to Nepal that combines traditional villages, golden temples, jungle wildlife watching, and astonishing views over some of the highest mountain peaks on the planet. Led by our expert local guides and a fully-qualified mountain leader you’ll take on the Mardi Himal – a lesser-travelled trail east of Annapurna base camp that ascends to heights of over 3,500m above sea level. Highlights include visiting the pagoda-lined square of UNESCO-listed Patan, the chance to spot one-horned rhino in Chitwan National Park, and spending time in Kathmandu – Nepal’s intoxicating capital city.

What you’ll love

  • Following a Himalayan trail few tourists are aware of 
  • Exploring the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu 
  • Visiting the UNESCO-listed Boudhanath Stupa 
  • Soaking up sunrise views over the Himalayas 
  • A traditional Nepali cooking lesson 
  • The chance to spot rare one-horned rhino in Chitwan National Park 

What’s included

  • Guided walks with experienced local HF Holidays Leaders
  • Comfortable accommodation including six nights in traditional Nepalese teahouses with shared bathroom
  • 13 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 11 evening meals
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees (as per itinerary)
  • Transport
  • Tips
  • Return flights from the UK including hold baggage and airport transfers

    Please note: On days 4 to 9 inclusive we stay in traditional teahouse accommodation. Rooms are twin share, and we cannot guarantee single rooms. Guests may be asked to share with someone of the same gender within the group. 

Trip Notes

Easy to download as a PDF, our trip notes provide detailed information for every holiday. Please click below to find the trip notes for your departure date.

All our carefully-curated itineraries are designed by our experts. While we make every effort to adhere to the described itinerary, we may take alternative routes or adapt the running order for weather and/or operational reasons.

Depart UK on an overnight flight to Nepal. 

Your local leader will meet you at Tribhuvan International Airport to transfer you to your hotel where you’ll have free time to relax before dinner. If you’re arriving independently, your local leader will meet you in the hotel lobby at 6pm. 

Our first full day begins with a guided walking tour of Patan. We’ll explore the maze-like alleys and hidden courtyards of this fascinating area, rounding off in Patan Durbar Square – a UNESCO World Heritage site. After the tour we’ll experience a Nepali cooking class where you’ll learn how to create a range of delicious dishes that we’ll dine on for dinner.  

After an early start, we’ll set off in a private transfer to the lakeside city of Pokhara – the gateway to the Mardi Himal trek. While the journey will take approximately 7-8 hours it’s a beautiful route with much to see along the way. Once settled into our hotel, should time allow, there’ll be a boat ride across Phewa Lake followed by a short two-hour hike up to the Peace Pagoda for stunning views of the Annapurna massif, Phewa Lake, and Pokhara itselfWe will then take a private bus back to the hotel, where you are free to explore and have dinner at a restaurant of your choice.  

Distance: approx. 4 miles (6 km) 

Ascent: 1,310ft (400m) 

Today marks the start of our journey along the Mardi Himal, a lesser-travelled trail east of Annapurna base camp that ascends to heights of over 3,500m above sea level. Rising early, we’ll drive to the trail head at Khande and begin our trek with a steep ascent through the jungle. Passing through typical Nepalese villages we’ll enjoy a lunch stop at Australian Camp where on a clear day there are excellent views over the Annapurna mountain range. We’ll then follow a slight incline until we reach Pitam Deurali and our accommodation for the evening - an authentic Nepalese teahouse.  

Distance: approx. 5.5 miles (8.5 km) 

Ascent: 1,560ft (475m) 

Descent: 250ft (75m)

Our next stop is Forest Camp. It’s uphill walking through thick jungle for most of the day but we’ll enjoy beautiful views of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. We’ll take it slowly and steadily, ensuring there is time to take in the scenery. With luck, we may catch a glimpse of some of the region’s abundant wildlife, such as deer, monkeys, and many species of rare birds. We’ll reach Forest Camp and our teahouse accommodation for the night by afternoon. 

Distance: approx. 3 miles (5 km) 

Ascent: 1,550ft (470m) 

We’ll cover a short distance but with a steep climb today. Hiking through ancient rhododendron and juniper forest, we’ll reach a plateau where we’ll be rewarded with incredible scenery centred around Machhapuchhre (Fishtail Mountain). We’ll have lunch at Low Camp before a sharp uphill ascent leads us to our teahouse in Badal Dada. The afternoon is yours to spend as you wish.

Distance: approx. 2.5 miles (4 km) 

Ascent: 2,000ft (610m) 

Another short distance but across gentler terrain today. Weather permitting, we will have good views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, Tare Kang, and Khangsar along the way. There’ll be a stop at High Camp for lunch followed by an afternoon of rest, ready for an early start the next morning.   

Distance: approx. 5 miles (8 km) 

Ascent: 1,150ft (350m) 

Descent: 1,150ft (350m) 

The early wake-up call will be worth it today. After a quick breakfast, we’ll embark on a torchlight trek to an elevation of 4,200m for the chance to see the sunrise over the mighty Himalayas. Watch as a new day dawns over the peak of Mardi Himal and if the weather is clear we’ll also get up close views of Annapurna I (8,091m), Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, Tare Kang, Khangsar, Annapurna III, and Machhapuchhre.  Once the sun is up, we’ll head back down to our teahouse to warm up, rest, and prepare for our last full-day trekking. 

Distance: approx. 6 miles (10 km) 

Descent: 5,560ft (1,695m) 

Trekking poles are advisable today as we make the long, steep descent back to Low Camp. After lunch, we’ll head southeast from the ridge through dense forest towards the Mardi Khola and Siding Village – our final stop on the trek. Once we reach Siding it’s time to celebrate our achievement and enjoy a final evening with our team of porters before parting ways in the morning.  

Travel by jeep back to Pokhara and the afternoon offers free time to explore, relax, or take advantage of the facilities in the hotel.   

Heading south, we’ll travel to the lush jungles of Chitwan National Park where we can experience a range of jungle activities. Seek out rhinos, crocodiles, and elusive Bengal tigers during a 4x4 safari, glide downriver in a wooden canoe, and keep your eyes peeled for herds of elephants and rare birds on a jungle walk

Today we will continue with our jungle safari activities, heading deeper into the national park and hopefully getting even closer to Nepal’s amazing wildlife.  

Departing Chitwan we’ll return to Kathmandu where we will head to the northeast of the city for a guided tour of two UNESCO-listed sites. Pashupatinath is Nepal’s most important Hindu temple but also one of the most important Shiva temples on the Indian subcontinent. Boudhanath is the religious and cultural centre for Nepal’s considerable population of Tibetan exiles and is home to one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world. Upon completing our tours we’ll enjoy our last meal together at a rooftop restaurant overlooking the Boudhanath Stupa.  

After breakfast, we return to Tribhuvan International Airport for our flight home. 

Hotel Shanker, Kathmandu - Nepal

The 19th century residence of the rulers of Nepal, the Hotel Shanker has been offering stays fit for royalty since 1964 when it was converted from lavish palace into a luxury hotel. Spacious rooms have recently been refurbished and come with all mod cons, while Renaissance-style décor, complete with antique furnishings and glittering chandeliers add to the opulent feel of this unique heritage hotel. The large and welcoming restaurant serves up extensive buffet meals and the lobby bar boasts ornately carved windows that are over 200 years old. As for facilities, you’ll find an outdoor pool surrounded by manicured gardens, and a spa area offering a range of wellness treatments, perfect for indulging in post-walk relaxation. 

Barahi Hotel, Pokhara - Nepal

Small and friendly, the Barahi Hotel provides comfort and quality cuisine just a few minutes from the scenic shores of Phewa Lake. Sleek, modern rooms are kitted out in contemporary style and the chic restaurant area serves both local and international dishes to an excellent standard.

Sapana Village Lodge, Chitwan National Park - Nepal

Sapana Village is an environmentally conscious wilderness lodge in the heart of Chitwan National Park. Wake up to the sounds of wildlife in the trees with a stay in one of their comfortable jungle cottages, all of which come kitted out in traditional Tharu décor, mod cons, and a balcony or veranda. The restaurant offers healthy organic food made with fresh ingredients from their own yard and there are a wealth of jungle activities available to experience.

Teahouse accommodation - Nepal

Nepali teahouses are small, simple guesthouses that offer trail walkers a comfortable place to sleep, rest, and enjoy a hot meal. Due to their remote and high-altitude locations, teahouse facilities are often basic and hot water is not always readily available. You should also expect shared bathrooms. Rooms are usually twins and you may be asked to share a room with someone of the same gender. Most teahouses have a communal restaurant area where trekkers usually gather to eat, socialise, or read. 

Essential information

It's best to be prepared for all weather conditions. To make it easier, here is a list of items you should consider packing.   


  • Walking boots 
  • Waterproof jacket 
  • Waterproof trousers 
  • Insulated jacket/top 
  • Walking clothing  
  • Walking socks (plus spares)  
  • Sunhat 
  • Gloves/mitts and warm hat
  • Water bottle (minimum 2 litre capacity)  
  • Headtorch 
  • High-factor sunscreen (minimum SPF 30)  
  • Sunglasses with a dark lens 
  • Rucksack (15-30 litres)  
  • Mobile phone 
  • Personal first aid kit (containing your medication, blister plasters, etc.) 
  • Passport 
  • Visa (if applicable) 
  • Copy of your travel insurance policy 
  • UK Global Health Insurance Card (formerly known as EHIC


  • Collapsible walking poles 
  • Swimwear and travel towel
  • Snacks
  • Dry bags
  • Rubbish bags
  • Insect repellent

Optional extras

  • Camera 
  • Sit mat
  • Flask for hot drinks 
  • Durable lunch box
  • Gaiters 
  • GPS device 

Guest reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Supplements may apply.

Non-member fee: £30 per person.

All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised prices listed below show the lowest economy flight price option for that departure. On holidays where we offer local UK airports, details will appear in the “Important Information” section below and available alternative flight options will be offered when you book. Seating upgrades may be available on request and at an additional charge, please call 020 3974 8865 for a quote.

Date (Start - End) Itinerary Double / Twin Room Single Room Notes / Offers Trip Notes Book

01 Nov - 15 Nov 2024

13 nights

Flight from London Heathrow Airport

Single from

£3,884 £3,634

Double from

£3,499 £3,249 pp


£3,499 £3,249 pp


£3,884 £3,634

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Date (Start - End) Itinerary Double / Twin Room Single Room Notes / Offers Trip Notes Book

01 Nov - 15 Nov 2024

13 nights


Single from

£2,934 £2,684

Double from

£2,549 £2,299 pp


£2,549 £2,299 pp


£2,934 £2,684

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Important information

  • With flight holidays: Price includes return flights to Kathmandu, hold baggage and airport transfers

Please note that the single room supplement does not include the nights spent at teahouses. Single rooms cannot be guaranteed here and you may be required to share with someone of the same gender.

13 nights
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Walking Grade:

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