The Gurkha Heartland
Day 1 : To Kathmandu
Fly from London Heathrow on a non-direct flight to Kathmandu.
Day 2 : Kathmandu
Arrive Kathmandu. Meet, assist and transfer to Hotel. Two nights Shangri-La Hotel.Accommodation: Shangri-La Kathmandu
Day 3 : Kathmandu
In Kathmandu, with its remarkable Newar architecture, the tour includes the glorious Durbar Square and Teleju Temple with its gilded roofs. Wander the bazaar and labyrinthine back streets of the old city. Visit Swayambhunath - the ‘Monkey Temple’ - considered to be the oldest shrine in the world. Afternoon visit Pashupatinath: the most sacred of all Hindu Temples in Nepal, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Later visit Boudhanath as see the vast Stupa deeply venerated by Buddhists and Hindus alike.
Day 4 : To Sanctuary Lodge (1143m/3750’) via Pokhara
Morning flight to Pokhara. On arrival transfer by road with guides and porters to trek start point. Trek a ridgeline in the lower foothills of the Annapurna’s then drop down to the Modi River Valley to the Lodge with its magnificent views of the sacred Fishtail Mountain – Machapuchare. After lunch optional walk to the village of Birethanti. Overnight Sanctuary Lodge.
Day 5 : To Himalaya Lodge, Ghandruk (2011 m/6600’)
Following the Modi River Valley gradually climb out of the valley and upwards to the mountains. Trek past small hamlets with their spectacular mountain and forest views. Snacks are provided and lunch served at the Lodge early afternoon. Overnight Himalaya Lodge.
Day 6 : Trek to Gurung Lodge, Majgaun (1410 m/4620’)
After breakfast walk through the Gurung village of Ghandruk. Watch out for mule trains bringing goods to the local Ghurkha villages. Continue descending to Shauli Bazaar. Then follow the Modi River to Sanctuary Lodge. After lunch ascend again - partly on well-paved steps and partly on switch-backs. Overnight Gurung Lodge.
Day 7 : Trek to Pokhara (830 m/3080’)
Trek through the unspoilt village of Patlekhet. Later stop at Pothana where many Tibetan traders live and sell their souvenirs. Trek to the Basanta Lodge in Dhampus with its sweeping views of the entire Annapurna Range. After lunch trek along the ridge and descend through the wooded hillside and farmland to the valley floor. Finally drive to Pokhara. Two nights at Temple Tree Resort & Spa.Accommodation: Temple Tree Resort & Spa – Pokhara
Day 8 : Pokhara
Morning tour to see the Devi’s Fall, Tibetan Village and Seti River with its impressive gorge. See the important Binda Basini Temple, the Old Bazaar selling everything from gold to cosmetics to ‘must have’ souvenirs! Finally on Fewa Lake take a short boat ride and see the mountains reflecting in the waters. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 9 : To Kathmandu
After breakfast transfer to Pokhara airport for flight to Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel. Remainder of day at leisure. Evening Farewell Dinner at a Nepalese restaurant with a Cultural show. Overnight at Shangri – La Hotel.Accommodation: Shangri-La Kathmandu
Day 10 : To London
Transfer to the airport for flight back to London.
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|Price per person (Double/Twin share)|
- International flights in economy class.
- Accommodation with en-suite facilities.
- Daily breakfast throughout. Houseboat on Full Board.
- Services of English speaking guide during sightseeing.
- Transfers as per the itinerary by air-conditioned vehicles.
- Excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary.
- Full ATOL Bonding.
- Visa Fee.
- Any optional Excursions.
- Any expenses of a personal nature.
- Travel Insurance