A trekkers' paradise, Nepal combines Himalayan views, golden temples, rural hill villages and jungle wildlife to offer one of the world's great travel destinations. Spend days in the mountains, gazing out at views too beautiful to put into words, and have our own David Attenborough wildlife moments in Chitwan National Park.
This tour is the perfect introduction to Nepal, covering two important aspects – epic Himalayan walking and the chance to observe elephant, rhinoceros, wild boar, monkey, sloth bear and potentially the Royal Bengal Tiger.
One of the biggest issues most people face when they visit Nepal is having a big enough memory card to capture the sheer magnificence of the Annapurna Range. That explains why people return time and time again.
We have a brief time in Kathmandu before enjoying our first mountain views on the flight to Pokhara. After a night in Pokhara, we’ll take transport to Nayapul and start walking into the Himalayan foothills. We then head through Tikhedunga, Gorepani, Tadapani, Ghandruk and back to Nayapul. Here we will walk under the Annapurna massif, featuring an 8000m peak, and imaginative names like Annapurna I, II, III and IV. However, the jewel in the crown is Machapuchare, ‘Fish Tail Mountain’, a minnow at 7000m but as distinctive as the Matterhorn. These are memorable views that accompany us everywhere on our trek.
South of Nepal's mountains lies something completely different: Chitwan National Park where nature buffs can scan the subtropical treetops for exotic bird species and comb the jungles for rhino, tigers and crocodiles. We will enjoy a canoe ride along the Rapti River to observe rare species of crocodiles and bird life, before witnessing a glorious sunset from the river. This is a memorable finale to an outstanding holiday and most certainly Nepal at its very best.