Depart UK. Below is the provisional itinerary.
Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to the Guest House.
Morning: Optional early-morning flight to view the world’s highest and most famous mountain, Mt. Everest. Afterwards: A scenic drive to Pokhara.
Today we will have the chance to explore the interesting city of Pokhara. Optional boat trip across the lake and visit to the World Peace Pagoda on the top of the hill overlooking Pokhara.
Drive to Phedi (3,000ft/914m). We then start our trek with a walk to Pothana, stopping at Dampus for lunch.
Today we trek to Landruk (5,431ft/1,646m) through chestnut forests with occasional views of the snow-capped peaks. Deurali is a fabulous spot with enchanting views.
Our next trek is to Ghandruk (6,600ft/2,012m), through fertile terraces, meeting the friendly people of the foothills. Ghandruk is a major recruitment centre for the famous Gurkha soldiers.
We trek to Tadapani (8,497ft/2,590m), a magnificent spot in the midst of the magnolia and rhododendron forest, overlooking great views.
Today we trek to Ghorepani (9,022ft/2750m), which is famous for its panoramic views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu and beyond. Part of the trek takes us steeply uphill in an attractive forested gorge.
We have the option of an early morning hike to Poon Hill, (10,531ft/3,210m), to catch the sunrise over the Himalayan peaks. Today we walk along the old Trans-Himalaya trade route where you will often see laden mule trains. We make the classic descent, losing 500 metres of vertical height on a steep staircase to Tikedunga.
Our final trek is to Naya Pul. After lunch at a riverside restaurant we meet up with our bus that takes us back to Pokhara.
Today we enjoy a relaxed day with the chance to explore more of the attractive city of Pokhara.
We take an internal flight back to Kathmandu. We have links with the church in Imadole, a residential district of Kathmandu, and they will be pleased to welcome us for an informal evening meeting.
We spend the day exploring Kathmandu with its mixture of bazaars, temples, ancient architecture and more modern buildings. Rickshaws, taxis and hooting motorists add to the din and create that special atmosphere that Kathmandu is famous for. There is also a chance for some last-minute shopping.