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Made for Mountain Majesty: Hiking in the Annapurna Foothills of Nepal

Known for its time-honored culture and pristine, panoramic views, Nepal is a unique combination of vibrant population and remote landscapes. While its larger cities provide endless opportunity for any visitor, the quaint villages scattered abundantly throughout the omnipresent mountains are indeed the most intriguing elements in this effervescent landscape. Begin your journey with an exploration of colorful Kathmandu. Then, continue on foot into the untouched mountains for an adventure unlike any other.

Highlights
  • Explore Kathmandu’s famous “Monkey Temple” of Swayambhunath
  • Watch the glorious sunrise over the Annapurna Foothills Shop in the charming village of Pothana
  • Relax on a peaceful, private boat ride across Phew Lake
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1

Arrive right among the breathtaking, snow-capped mountains of Kathmandu, Nepal. After landing amidst endless natural beauty, greet your driver and allow yourself to be swept away by the tranquil grace of the panoramic views as he escorts you to your hotel. We recommend spending a beautiful night in the charmingly elegant Dwarika’s Hotel.

Day 2

Enjoy a delicious breakfast before taking to the city’s historic streets to explore Durbar Square, a cornerstone of cultural Nepal that allows any visitor to feel like the royalty for which the elaborate architecture of this square was once reserved. After, journey through Swayambhunath, Kathmandu’s famous “Monkey Temple”, which is as old as the city itself. Finally, retire to your hotel for a relaxing evening of local food and drink.

Day 3

Rise early and enjoy a brief flight to Pokhara, Nepal’s city of adventure. Once on the ground, indulge your senses in a scenic trek along the stunning foothills of the Annapurnas. Follow the glorious mountain ridgeline in the Modi River Valley, ending your journey at Ker & Downey’s Sanctuary Lodge, your secluded and peaceful destination for the rest of the evening.

Day 4
Ghandruk

Indulge in a reviving breakfast before setting off on the next portion of your unforgettable adventure. Return to the mountain path and fulfill your wanderlust as you treat yourself to scenic panoramas of the surrounding valley. After six hours of challenging terrain, interspersed with breaks for photography and nourishment, relax for the night in the cozy Himalaya Lodge.

Day 5
Ghandruk

Rise early and sip warm refreshments as you watch the colorful sunrise over the Annapurnas. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. After, enjoy a delicious breakfast and a guided exploration of the traditional mountain village of Ghandruk. Then, return to the Himalaya Lodge for a delicious dinner and a restful sleep.

Day 6
Tamijung

After breakfast, continue your magnificent adventure as you climb higher into the mountain peaks. Enjoy this unique exploration as you come across picturesque fields full of buffalo and goatherds. After the challenging hike is complete, reward yourself with a peaceful night in the charming and hospitable Mala Lodge.

Day 7
Dhampus

Return to the mountainous trail and continue your incredible journey through the untouched, sub-tropical village of Patlekhet. Enjoy a mid-day shopping break in Pothana, a village popular among Tibetan traders offering handmade goods. After reaching the beautiful Basanta Lodge, enjoy a delightful lunch overlooking the Annapurnas. After, indulge in a guided exploration of the surrounding village of Dhampus before retiring to the Basanta Lodge for the night.

Day 8

Rise early and descend from your soaring mountain heights. Enjoy a brief car ride back to Pokhara, stopping en route to explore a traditional temple complex. After returning to Pokhara, spend a lovely afternoon peacefully boating across Phew Lake, which offers astounding reflections of the towering mountains all around. Then, return to your hotel for refreshments and rest.

Day 9

Enjoy a relaxing final day in Pokhara. Choose to partake in a guided journey in one of the several options: the colorful and exciting Pokhara Old Bazaar, the quiet and mystic Bindebasini Temple, the relaxing and beautiful Seti River Gorge, the amazing and folkloric Devi’s Falls, or the desolate and intriguing Gupteshwar Cave. After, board a brief flight back to Kathmandu and spend an evening of tranquil luxury in your chosen hotel.

Day 10
Departure

After breakfast, enjoy a brief stroll through the city streets as you bid Nepal farewell. It is time to head to the airport and return home… or embark on your next adventure!

 

Suggested Accommodations

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KATHMANDU
Dwarika's Hotel

Dwarika's Hotel

Located just outside Kathmandu, near Pashupatinath, Nepal’s most sacred mountain, Dwarika’s is the recipient of a prestigious World Heritage Award given for outstanding historical preservation. The 74 guest rooms and suites are decorated with intricately carved wood and terracotta work in the traditional Newari style and are equipped with wi-fi access. Krishnarpan, one of the hotel’s two restaurants, offers six- to 22-course authentic Nepali meals, Toran has Chinese and Indian specialties, while Fusion has live blues and jazz in a bar setting. Dwarika’s has no spa, but does offer massage treatments and a swimming pool. The business center is fully equipped with broadband Internet access and secretarial services. The hotel is approximately a 10-minute drive from the airport in Kathmandu.

 
 
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