nepalannapurna sanctuaryUS$630*CA$630*Active*plus Local Payment US$200Physicalculture shock• Experience Nepali life• Explore the temples ofancient Bhaktapur• Trek through theAnnapurna Sanctuary• Visit the ‘Monkeytemple’ in Kathmandu• Enjoy the challenge ofhiking the Himalayas• Relax weary legs innatural hot springs• Soak up the vibe ofKathmandu’s buzzingbazaars16 days, Kathmandu to PokharaITINERARY... Days 1-2 Kathmandu Both modern and historical,Kathmandu swarms with life and colour. Meet the monkeys whileclimbing to Swayambhunath, walk around the huge BodhnathStupa and delve intothe magical history of Durbar Square in theOld City. Keep your eyes open for a glimpse ofthe Kumari Devi, aliving goddess whose palatial home is in the heart ofthe square.There are plenty of buzzing bazaars to explore as well, so leaveroom in your backpack for a Kathmandu memento or two! Day 3Bhaktapur The ancient city of Bhaktapur is a haven of intricatetemples, grand palaces and vibrant courtyards. Few cars enterthe Old City, so wandering through the paved streets and narrowalleyways it is easy to get a sense of what Nepal was like beforethe modern world came knocking. Be sure to have your camerahandy as you explore, this town is a photographer’s dream. Day 4Pokhara Temples and palaces are replaced by soaring mountainsand glass-like lakes. Once a vibrant trade route between India andTibet, Pokhara later became a hippy hangout. These days it is thegateway to some of Nepal’s greatest treks and has everything anoutdoor enthusiast could want. Pick up some outdoor trekkinggear, hire a boat and take a trip out ontothe lake or just soak upthe chilled-out vibe. Days 5-14 Annapurna Ranges It’s time topull on the hiking boots and head for the hills.Trek through lowlandpastures, past peaceful villages, thundering waterfalls and powerfulglaciers. You’ll be surrounded always by unspeakably beautifulmountainscapes. Staying in basic teahouses operated by the localsoffers us the opportunity to learn about the daily lives ofthe Nepalihill people. While trekking the Annapurna Sanctuary is challenging,it allows you to experience the Nepalese mountains without themajor issues associated with high altitude. The optional trek totheAnnapurna Base Camp (4,130 m / 13,549 ft) is as high as we go. Onday 13 you’ll even have the opportunity to reward your hard workinglegs with a soak in steamy hot springs. Days 15-16 PokharaThe final trek is downhill all the way, a welcoming change from daysof climbing. Back in Pokhara enjoy a well-earned shower. There isplenty of time to relax, recover and reminisce about the spectacularAnnapurnas over a final feast, a steaming chai or an ice cold beer!Start Finish200812 Apr 27 Apr03 May 18 May07 Jun 22 Jun06 Sep 21 Sep20 Sep 05 Oct27 Sep 12 Oct04 Oct 19 OctAbove: Bhaktapur, NepalBelow: Intrepid Photography Competition 2007, Meditation, Nepal - Peter FurlongACCOMMODATION Hotels/guesthouses (5 nts), teahouse lodges (10 nts)TRANSPORT Bus, minibus, walking GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS No mealsincluded BUDGET Allow US$150 for meals not included DEPARTS Selected SatGUARANTEE Departure guaranteed TRAVELLER RATING 4.79 out of 518 Oct 02 Nov01 Nov 16 Nov15 Nov 30 Nov29 Nov 14 Dec06 Dec 21 Dec13 Dec 28 Dec20 Dec 04 Jan27 Dec 11 Jan200903 Jan 18 Jan10 Jan 25 Jan17 Jan 01 Feb31 Jan 15 Feb14 Feb 01 Mar28 Feb 15 Mar14 Mar 29 Mar28 Mar 12 Apr04 Apr 19 Apr25 Apr 10 May02 May 17 May06 Jun 21 JunTRIP CODEnxs19
nepallangtangUS$880*CA$880*Active*plus Local Payment US$200Physicalculture shock• Experience the serenityof holy Gosainkunda• Visit a Sherpa village• Spend the night on anorganic farm• Trek through thevalleys of Langtang• Explore jungles, rivervalleys and glaciers• Wander the ancientstreets of OldKathmandu16 days, ex KathmanduITINERARY... Day 1 Kathmandu A vibrant travellers’ centre formany years, there is plenty to do in Kathmandu. The city is afascinating mixture of legend and modern development, with arich artistic and cultural heritage. For those who arrive early, takethe time to explore the many sights such as Durbar Square or the‘Monkey’ temple of Swayambhunath. Day 2 Nuwakot Leavethe city streets behind and head out along the criss-crossing ruralroads of Nepal. Visit the historic village of Nuwakot and enjoy a stayon an organic farm to get an insight into local farming. Nuwakotwas Nepal’s capital some 200 years ago and a journey from youridyllically located old Newar-style accommodation tothe village’s16th century fort and palace is fascinating. Day 3 SyabrubesiTravel by bus on rugged gravel roads high above the Trisuli River.Hindu legend has it that the river was created by Lord Shiva drivinghis trident into a hill. Spend the night in Syabrubesi, the trailheadfor treks into Langtang Valley. Days 4-14 Langtang A deciduouszone rich in birdlife and flowers, the Langtang region is a stunningarea to explore. It’s also home to hunderds of species of birds andthe elusive red panda so keep your eyes peeled. The first day ofthetrek starts the legs pumping straight away. Follow a steep uphill trailthat becomes more of a gradual incline as it follows the gorge oftheLangtang Khola. As the days progress be captivated by jungle andriver valleys, glacial scenery and rhododendron forests on this gorgeoustrek. There is an optional hike to Langtang Glacier on day 6,or feel free to just roam around the village visiting the famous, 500year-old, cheese factory. As you trek deeper intothe region discoverancient spiritual sites, such as the heavenly lake of Gosainkunda anda spot where Shiva is said to be sleeping. Spending time in small villagesin lodges, teahouses and even homestays, affords a chance tomeet friendly Nepali locals. The trekking can be arduous but you willbe rewarded with breathtaking sights at almost every turn in thelush valleys of Langtang. Days 15-16 Kathmandu Rise early andtake a final walk as you head back tothe road at Sundarijal. You’ll bemet at the road and transferred back to Kathmandu. Explore sightsyou may have missed on your first visit. Take the time to unwindand celebrate your amazing hiking adventure.Start Finish200810 Sep 25 Sep01 Oct 16 Oct22 Oct 06 Nov12 Nov 27 NovAbove: Intrepid Photography Competition 2006, Nepalese trekker - Ben BarkerBelow: Red panda - Benj BinksACCOMMODATION Hotels/guesthouses (2 nts), homestay (1 nt), teahouselodges (12 nts) TRANSPORT Bus, minibus, walking GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALSNo meals included BUDGET Allow US$300 for meals not included DEPARTSSelected Wed GUARANTEE Subject to min 4 NOTES This trip starts at 1:00pm onday 1 TRAVELLER RATING Not applicable as this is a new itinerary03 Dec 18 Dec24 Dec 08 Jan200914 Jan 29 Jan04 Feb 19 Feb25 Feb 12 Mar18 Mar 02 Apr08 Apr 23 Apr29 Apr 14 May20 May 04 JunTRIP CODEnxl20
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