Walking Holidays in Nepal - Annapurna Foothills Higher Grade Hotels

Annapurna Foothills Higher Grade Hotels - Hotel to Hotel Trek
Holiday Highlights
  • Walk through spectacular varied scenery amongst majestic mountain peaks
  • Begin in Pokhara, a quiet and peaceful place with shimmering lakes
  • Witness phenomenal views and sunsets from the mountain top village of Tadapani


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The Annapurna region has long been one of the most popular hiking regions in Nepal. This is not surprising as it offers the hiker an opportunity to walk through spectacular scenery amongst majestic mountain peaks.  In addition to experience Nepali mountain life passing through Gurung villages clinging to the mountain sides where farming has continued unchanged in its methods for centuries, but now supported by providing hospitality for trekkers. You will walk through Rhododendron forests which offer an unforgettably colourful  sight, and through giant bamboo stands above fast-flowing mountain rivers filled with melt water as they pass through deep gorges.

Guided Walking
A guide is essential when trekking in the Himalaya. He will not only make sure that the correct paths are Trekking in Himalaya Annapurna Foothills, Nepaltaken, but also ensure that you are looked after in the accommodation, manage the porters  and in addition, being fully conversant in English, will explain the scenery, culture, flora and fauna as you walk in this exotic land. We operate on a maximum of four clients to one guide, but if you are just a party of two persons - the guide will be yours alone. Our guides are all Nepali and usually from the region in which you are walking so be prepared for him to stop and chat with friends. He will manage the porters who carry your luggage. We also stress that New Experience Holidays  ensures that all our guides and porters are adequately paid, suitably  attired for high level hiking, and looked after by our local partners. In higher grade lodges the guide will eat his meals with you and in most cases stay in the same accommodation unless space determines he sleeps nearby. The porters sleep and eat in  porters’ lodges and eat with fellow porters as they prefer it that way.

Travelling to the Annapurna region

 The gateway airport to the Annapurna Region is Pokhara,  located 200km west of Kathmandu. We have included flights Pokhara with a flying time of 45 minutes. The airport here is in a valley location unlike Lukla used for Everest!  The return journey is  made by road in 6 – 7 hours and is a spectacular journey especially the entry/exit road into Kathmandu as you ascend/descend from the high plateau on which the city is perched. You travel along side fast flowing rivers, through gorges, alongside fields busy with buffalo tilling the soil and through Nepali villages. Your driver will make stops en route, but we have to say that road journeys in Nepal are not for passengers of a nervous disposition.  You can return by air or travel out by road if you wish.

Annapurna Foothills (Higher graded hotels all Kerr and Downey whilst on trek)

Our programme is subject to changes en route due to weather conditions. Should the need arise enroute, because of your individual circumstances, the guide may be able to alter the programme to suit your needs.  

Day 1 Depart from the UK

Day 2 Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel.  Dinner at your leisure,  (not included) either in the hotel or in a local restaurant.

Day 3 Morning  in Kathmandu where you can take a city tour which we can arrange in advance, or just relax to recover from the journey. In the afternoon transfer to the airport for a 40 minute flight to Pokhara.  Overnight in Pokhara on a Bed & Breakfast basis.

Day 4 Pokhara to Dhampus. In the morning you will meet your guide and porter for the trip. You are then driven to Kande , from where you trek to Dhampus eliminating the first 600m ascent  with 2000 steps, which would not be a great start! From here you walk along a ridge initially with fine views of the Matterhorn-like Fishtail mountain.  Overnight Kerr & Downey lodge Dhampus

Day 5 Local walk – second night in Dhampus

Day 6 Dhampus to Majgaun.  Overnight Gurung Lodge

Day 7 Majgaun to Ghandruk.  Overnight in Himalaya Lodge

Day 8 Local walk and overnight in Ghandruk

Day 9 Ghandruk to Birethanti.  Overnight in Sanctuary Lodge

Day 10 On your last day‘s walk, follow the river as it tumbles over dramatic rocks and through lush vegetation down to Nayapul and the road where you are met and driven to your hotel in Pokhara. BL Ascent 300m Descent 100m 4 miles 3 hours

Day 11 Pokhara to Kathmandu . You can either fly back or travel by road (5 hours)to your hotel in Kathmandu. Breakfast only

Day 12 If catching a later flight you have the chance for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before we transfer you to the airport for your flight home.

Day 13 Arrive home.

Luggage Transfer by Porter
Your luggage will be transferred by a (human) porter often referred to as a Sherpa. He will carry your luggage for the duration of the trek so you can just walk with a day rucksack.  Porters are limited to carry a maximum load of 30 kilos for tourist.  To make their load easier to carry this will be two 15Kgs soft duffel bags. We provide these, and they will be waiting for you in Nepal. We suggest you take up to your airline baggage allowance  on the flight and then re pack into your duffel bag while in Kathmandu all items  necessary for the trek.  The remaining luggage such as clothes more suitable for Kathmandu can be left in your suitcase, which we will take care of whilst you are trekking.

Nepal’s capital and largest city of 1 million people is located on a plateau at 1,400m and is a bustling, vibrant city rich in culture and heritage.  As soon as you leave the airport you are immediately consumed by the sights and smells of a way of life far removed from that of our own – it’s amazing! Most tourists stay and visit the oldest area of the city called Thamel, where the narrow streets are always bustling and every other shop is selling hiking gear at very reasonable prices.  There are also many restaurants in this area where you can sample some excellent Nepali and Tibetan food.  During your stay in the city it is worth taking a guided tour of the main attractions. Worth visiting is the great Durbar square full of ancient palaces, temples and artistic shrines where the Buddhist and Hindu religions predominate side by side.  Also take a trip to the Pashupatinath Hindu temple of Lord Shiva, renowned for its gold gilt roof and richly carved silver doors.

With only 10% of the population of Kathmandu, Pokhara is a quiet and peaceful place relative to the bustling capital. It lacks the historic and cultural architecture of Kathmandu, but the refreshing lakeside location and spectacular mountain backdrop with the famous ‘Fishtail’ mountain looking like a large Matterhorn in easy view, more than compensating for this. There is a very interesting museum of the mountains to visit and boats can be hired for a relaxing afternoon pottering on the lake. Pokhara is a superb place to spend a few extra days after your Annapurna trek. 

AMS –  Acute Mountain Sickness 
There is a risk when taking exercise above 2400m of AMS and all our treks to Nepal exceed this level. The higher you go the greater the effects but we ensure you receive a full briefing before you depart the UK and also your guide will monitor your health (as long as you let him know if you have any symptoms) during the ascending days. We have designed the treks to reduce the risks by insisting on acclimatisation days at critical levels. 

Hotel Fishtail, Pokhar - 3 Star

Arriving at Fishtail Lodge is a delightful start to a stay here as this former Royal Palace Lodge is located on the opposite shore of the lake and access is by a hand-pulled floating pontoon bridge. Its lakeside location is enhanced further by reflections of tropical flowers and foliage against a backdrop of the magnificent snow-capped Fishtail Mountain Peak - one of the most significant of all Himalaya mountains.


Nepal - Annapurna Higher grade hotels

Annapurna Foot Hills – Luxury Lodge Trek

On our Annapurna Foothills luxury lodge trek we use Ker and Downey Lodges and the trek is designed to follow trails interlinking the accommodation. These small lodges are of a superb standard and have locations with some of the best views in the region.  Rooms are comfortable with warm and cosy bedding enhanced by a hot water bottle or heated blanket.  Service follows a colonial style and meals are often served outside on the well manicured lawns by attentive, uniformed staff.  In the evenings, guests gather around a central wood burning stove for perhaps a ‘happy hour’ or singing and dancing provided by the guides and porters


Hotel Shanker 4* Katmandu - 4 Star

The  Hotel Shanker is truly a Heritage hotel being a 100-year –old converted palace, situated in the heart of the city, well placed for all the tourist sites and five minutes from the old part of the city - Thamel. The public areas and many of the rooms have intricate wood carvings giving an almost museum feel to the hotel. The 84 standard rooms have individual air conditioning, Wifi, cable TV, refrigerator and tea/coffee making facilities. The 10 suites also have an adjoining lounge. Breakfast is excellent buffet served in the elegant restaurant, or by the 24 hour room service. In front of the hotel there are superb manicured gardens with an open air pool, showers and bar – perfect for relaxing in after a day’s sightseeing in Kathmandu.


Availability Information

It is possible to go to Annapurna Region anytime from mid September when the Monsoon finishes, through to late May when the Monsoon starts. With today’s unpredictable weather patterns there is a possibility that May and September will be affected by Monsoon rains. In the mid December – February winter months it will be cold as you climb higher and the walking may be affected by snow.  The best time to go is from October to December and during March and April. However, everyone has the same idea and although the weather may be at its best, the trails are busy which can detract from the experience. Travelling just out of season brings the rewards of empty accommodation and quiet trails.

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