Surrounded by four mountains – Chandragiri, Phulchowki, Shivapuri and Nagarjun - Kathmandu, the capital and largest city in Nepal, lies in the Kathmandu Valley along with Bhaktapur and Lalitpur.
Lying to the west of Kathmandu on an ancient trading route between Tibet and India, Pokhara is Nepal’s third largest city and has stunning views of the Himalayas and several gorgeous lakes.
Offering protection from evil and danger, and encouraging wisdom, harmony and strength, Tibetan prayer flags are hung outside temples, holy sites, on rooftops and bridges and crossroads, where they will catch the wind.
The Earth’s highest mountain range and home to both Mount Everest and K2, is about 2,400 kilometres long. Your have the opportunity to view these mountains in close proximity on a thrilling mountain flight.
- All breakfasts and more
- VIP door to door
- Small Group 14 or less
Discover the spellbinding Annapurna valleys
Trek through the spellbinding valleys of the Annapurnas led by experienced guides and accompanied by friendly sherpas. You stay in traditional mountain lodges, meeting the villagers and experiencing their remote mountain life as you trek.
- VIP door-to-door service
- Return scheduled flights and transfers
- All breakfasts, nine lunches and all dinners including welcome and farewell dinners
- Free drinks for one hour each evening after your trek
- Excursions as described
- Experienced guides and sherpas to accompany you during your trek
- Saga tour manager
- Porterage at all hotels
- Tourist visa
Day 1 - 2 UK to Kathmandu
After taking Saga’s included UK VIP door-to-door travel service to Heathrow, depart the UK in the evening for your overnight flight to Kathmandu. Your base for the next two nights is the Hotel Malla (4Q), where you enjoy a welcome meeting before a short orientation visit to nearby Thamel.
Day 3 Kathmandu
Today, an included sightseeing tour reveals Kathmandu, known as the 'City of Glory'.
Perhaps take a thrilling optional flight over the Himalayas.
Day 4 Kathmandu to Pokhara
Take a short flight to Pokhara for an overnight stay at the Water Front Resort (4Q). After lunch at the hotel, enjoy an included tour of this enchanting town and its serene lake.
Day 5 Pokhara to Birethanti
Drive to the starting point of your trek, where you begin by walking along the lower foothills. You will arrive at the Sanctuary Lodge (3Q) in time for lunch. Later on you may wish to explore the village of Birethanti.
Day 6 Birethanti to Ghandruk
Follow the Modi River Valley up into the mountains. Your five-hour hike which is mostly steep uphill on steady paths, takes you through over 1000 terraced steps on to charming hamlets, paddy fields and lush forests, with plenty of opportunity for interesting and refreshing stops along the way.
Upon arrival in Ghandruk enjoy a late lunch at the Himalayan Lodge (2Q), your base for the next two nights.
Day 7 Ghandruk
Admire the sunrise before setting off to the village of Ghandruk. After venturing into the countryside, return to the lodge for lunch and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 8 Ghandruk to Birethanti
Return to Ghandruk and head down to the banks of the Modi River. Pass the village of Kimche before reaching the Sanctuary Lodge (3Q), your base for the night.
After lunch you have time to relax or to do some local exploring.
Day 9 Birethanti to Majgaun
Today you follow the course of the Modi River, crossing a cable bridge to reach an uphill path which leads to the Gurung Lodge (3Q), where you stay overnight.
After lunch, discover the nearby villages of Majgaun and Patlekhet.
Day 10 Dhampus
Trek through the unspoilt villages of Tanchok and Pothana this morning. Then arrive at the Basanta Lodge (3Q) for lunch and an overnight stay.
Later, you may wish to join an optional walk through the old village of Dhampus.
You may wish to join an optional walk through the old village of Dhampus.
Day 11 Damphus to Pokhara
Hike along a mountain ridge and descend to the valley floor where you board a minibus for the half-hour drive back to Pokhara. Spend the night at Water Front Resort (4Q).
Day 12 Pokhara to Kathmandu
Fly to Kathmandu and return to the Hotel Malla (4Q) for your final night.
Day 13 Kathmandu to the UK
Travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK, arriving in the evening for your included UK VIP door-to-door travel service.
2 nights' post-extension
Enjoy three days rafting on the gentle waters of the Seti River, with two nights at the Seti River Camp. Return to Kathmandu for one night at the Hotel Malla (4Q).
Day 1: Pokhara to Seti River Camp
Travel south-east by road to Damauli and join your raft for a three-hour ‘rafting experience’ that will take you down the Seti River to the camp.
Your crew will give a full briefing before you set off. All equipment, such as life vests, helmets, dry bags, spray suits and booties, is included. Experienced guides and porters will accompany you throughout your trip.
During the course of your journey a stop will be made for a picnic lunch.
You arrive this afternoon at the Seti River Camp, where you stay for two nights. The camp consists of safari-style tents with beds, a changing room, a verandah and an attached bathroom.
All meals are included during your stay at the camp, in addition to drinking water and soft drinks, tea or coffee with meals. In the evenings there is a Happy Hour, usually from 6pm to 7pm, when a free bar serves a limited selection of local beers, spirits and soft drinks.
Day 2: Seti River Camp
Spend today at the Seti River Camp, with a chance to relax or participate in some organised activities.
In the morning, you can join a hike through the forest to visit remote villages where tourists seldom go. Afterwards, you may wish to take a dip in the river, before returning to the camp for lunch.
This afternoon is free to explore the landscaped gardens and the riverbanks, or you may simply prefer to relax in a hammock or tree house.
Day 3: Seti River Camp to Kathmandu
The morning is spent rafting. There are five Class II rapids, none of which are more than 50 metres long. The remainder of your journey is a relaxing float trip that allows you to sit and enjoy the surrounding countryside. Depending on the water level, you should spend between two and three hours on the raft.
On completion of the rafting, you will be taken by road to the Malla Hotel, as used on the main tour, for your final night in Nepal. You will have the rest of the day to spend at leisure before a farewell dinner this evening, a chance to share your experiences and memories.
Day 4: Kathmandu to the UK
It is time to leave this magical country as you journey to the airport for your flight back to the UK..