Elephants & Annapurnas

16 days from £3,995pp

This Nepalese adventure combines city experiences with the Nepalese jungle and allows for plenty of time in the villages of the Annapurna Region. You’ll spend time discovering Patan and visit Bungmati’s impressive stupa, then leave the hustle and bustle behind in search of elephants and tigers in Bardia National Park. Prepare yourself for an invigorating two-day hike through the Annapurna Region that promises astonishing scenery en route. Meet the locals in the small villages of Nuwakot and Bandipur with sweeping Himalayan views. And historical discoveries await in the ancient town of Bhaktapur.

 

Highlights

  • See a singing bowl demonstration and learn about its reputed healing properties

  • See the pilgrimage site of Pashupatinath Temple where Hindus travel to cremate loved ones

  • Explore Bardia National Park and meet elephants on a jeep safari through the jungle

  • Attend a pottery demonstration in the ancient town of Bhaktapur

  • Hike to Ramkot village, a small village with vast Himalayan views

  • Hike for two days through the Annapurna Region

Katy
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Having travelled extensively throughout the Indian Subcontinent, Katy loves spending time in Nepal and enjoying its tranquil Himalayan scenery. As it experiences much less tourism than its colourful cousin India, Nepal provides a great opportunity to explore away from the crowds, and Katy's highlights have included watching Rhino frolick in a river at Chitwan National Park, trekking in the mighty Himalayas and cooking momos (Nepalese Dumplings) in the artistic hub of Bhaktapur.

Elephants & Annapurnas

16 days from £3,995pp

Itinerary

This exciting trip to Nepal includes international flights, a private car and driver, excursions, accommodation, breakfasts and some lunches and dinners.

From the first conversation until you arrive home from your holiday, you’ll be looked after by one of our Travel Designers who has travelled extensively in the region and will give advice from their personal experience on how to make the most out of your trip. All of our trips are entirely bespoke and we will continually refine your itinerary until it’s perfect.

 

Day

Location

Type

1-3

Patan

City

When you arrive in Kathmandu, you'll be met by a guide and taken to Patan and your hotel, The Inn, to settle in. You’ll be raring to get going on your Nepalese journey, and you'll start with a visit to Patan’s Durbar Square to wander the ancient streets and admire the intricate detail of the architecture. Afterwards, enjoy a singing bowl demonstration, the reverberating sound is said to help you relax and some believe this ancient art form has healing properties.

The next day you’ll visit the nearby ancient township of Bungmati. Watch local wood carvers and artists go about their work, before heading out with a guide to tour Boudhanath Stupa, the largest Stupa in Nepal. With a diameter of 100 metres and a height of 40 metres, this Buddhist pilgrimage spot and World Heritage Cultural Site is also one of the tallest stupas in the world.

From here you’ll travel on to Pashupatinath Temple, Nepal's sacred Hindu shrine. Check out the Arya Ghat, Nepal's famous Hindu cremation site where many come to cremate their loved ones. Their ashes are swept into the river, which eventually joins the Holy Ganges.

4-6

Bardia National Park

Wildlife

You’ll leave the city behind on day four, turning your attention to the incredible Nepalese countryside. You’ll start at Bardia National Park in the far west of the country, where you'll stay for several nights at the Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge. Once a royal hunting reserve, today this unspoilt park boasts an excellent array of wildlife including Bengal tigers, one-horned rhinos, elephants and over 250 species of birds. In the afternoon, visit a local village where you can learn how the Tharuethnic groups live and find out more about their culture and traditions.

The next day you'll meet the resident elephants and learn about their daily routines. You might also like to go birdwatching, take a walk through the jungle or go tiger tracking. A jeep safari through the jungle will take you even deeper into the wilderness to spot more elusive wildlife. If you'd like to learn more about the local indigenous groups, head to the Tharu Museum where you can peruse a collection of ornaments, foods, equipment, dress, grain storage and a husking machine. On your last night, enjoy your evening meal with a melodious tribal Tharu dance, performed using rhymes, drums and clashing sticks.

7

Bhaktapur

General Tour  

Rise and shine early for a flight to Kathmandu, where you'll be picked up and transferred to the nearby ancient town of Bhaktapur and your hotel, the Hotel Heritage. Spend your time in this pretty town exploring its Durbar Square, temples and ancient streets, as well as seeing a pottery demonstration. 

8

Nuwakot

General Tour    

You'll leave Bhaktapur this morning and head to Nuwakot where the rest of the day is at leisure. While few people visit this small town, it plays an important role in the history of Nepal. It's from here that King Prithivi Narayan Shah planned and started his campaign of the unification of Nepal in 1750.

 

9-10

Bandipur

Activity and Adventure 

It's a scenic journey through hills and rice terraces from Nuwakot to Bandipur and your hotel, the Old Inn. When you arrive, you'll have the rest of the day to explore the small town and its snow-capped mountain vistas at your own pace. Thanks to its altitude of 1,030 metres, the town is something of a natural view tower, and from it you’ll enjoy a panorama of the Annapurna Region.

The next day enjoy a half-day hike to Ramkot Village, a traditional Magar village with fantastic Himalayan views. The walk leads you through rolling countryside, local communities and farm fields to get a glimpse into life in this part of Nepal.

 

11-12

Annapurna Region

Activity and Adventure  

Today you’ll embark on a spectacular trek through the beautiful Annapurna Region. After a briefing, you'll start from the lower foothills of the Annapurna mountains, dropping down into the Modi River Valley, where you'll spend the night at Sanctuary Lodge with magnificent views over the Fishtail Mountain.

The next day the trek continues, winding around the side of a hill and through varied landscapes of forests, local villages and farmland. Your walk finishes around lunchtime, and you can spend the afternoon exploring some of the local villages.

 

13-14

Pokhara

General Tour 

You’ll start your day with a short trek before making the journey to Pokhara, stopping off at the Tibetan Refugee Camp. Spend the remainder of your time in this area as you like, resting at the beautiful Himalayan Front Resort, exploring the local area or simply admiring the views.

 

15-16

Patan

City 

You'll finish up in Patan and your hotel, The Inn, where it all started. Spend your time here as you please, do some final sightseeing or pick up a few souvenirs to take home with you.

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