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Annapurna Luxury Lodge Trek
12 days
Nepal - Trip code LAN

Annapurna Luxury Lodge Trek

A trek thought the magnificent Annapurna mountain range in Nepal staying in the relative luxury of Ker and Downey's famously comfortable and characterful lodges. Each lodge has been carefully positioned to enjoy spectacular Himalayan views; their traditionally decorated rooms have comfortable beds and ensuite bathrooms with hot running water. There's also the opportunity to explore the bazaars and temples of Kathmandu, relax in lakeside Pokhara and search for rare one-horned rhino and other wildlife in Chitwan National Park.

Trip highlights

  • Ker and Downey Luxury Lodges - En-suite rooms with comfortable beds and hot running water
  • Annapurna - Enjoy magnificent Himalaya views and learn about the Gurung people who live here
  • Kathmandu - Explore the fascinating temples and bazaars of this ancient city.
  • Pokhara - Relax and enjoy the stunning lake with far reaching views of the snow-capped peaks
  • Chitwan National Park - Spot a one-horned Rhino and other wildlife
Accommodation grade:
Standard
Our standard, mid-range accommodation offers a good level of service, often with other amenities such as a restaurant, bar, garden or swimming pool. Generally rooms will be comfortable with en suite facilities.
Walking grade:
Moderate
For those who are fit and active, these moderate walks are normally on good paths and tracks at low altitude. Days may include some fairly demanding ascents and descents, so previous experience is preferable but not essential.
Group Size:
10 - 16
Maximum group size ranges from between 6 to 20 people, depending on the type of trip, the transport and accommodation used and activities included. We rarely have groups that are smaller than five or six people and the average is 12 people plus an Explore leader.

Itinerary

Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.

Day 1 - Trip starts in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu

Kathmandu is a frantic and beautiful ancient city which dates back to 145 BC. Now home to 1.4 million mostly Hindu and Buddhist people it is a feast for all the senses. From the moment you step off the plane you will be dazzled by a kaleidoscope of colours, scents and noises. Today is free to relax after your journey or to start your explorations of the capital.

Accommodation: Shangri La Hotel(or similar)

Premium Hotel
Swimming pool available
Single room available
Meals Provided: None
Day 2 - Guided walking tour of Kathmandu Old Town and bazaars

After breakfast we set out with a local guide on a walking tour visiting the bazaar and temples of Old Kathmandu. Much of the day to day life of the city takes place in the local bazaar, a fascinating mix of people selling spices; potters spinning their wheels; rickshaw drivers honking their horns and the ever-present sacred cow wandering amongst it all. In the afternoon we plan to visit the temple of Pashupatinath on the banks of the Bagmati River, the holiest Hindu shrine in Nepal, and also to visit Bodnath, the largest stupa in the country and a destination for Buddhist pilgrims from all over Nepal.

Accommodation: Shangri La Hotel(or similar)

Premium Hotel
Swimming pool available
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 3 - Drive to the lakeside city of Pokhara; relax and prepare for the trek

After breakfast, we leave the Kathmandu Valley behind and drive to Pokhara, a journey of around 6 hours. We'll stop for lunch at a typical Nepali roadside cafe along the way. Pokhara is smaller and more relaxed than Kathmandu and is beautifully situated on the banks of Lake Phewa from where, on a clear day, there are superb views of the snowcapped Annapurna range, including Machhapuchhre - the famous 'Fishtail' mountain. In the afternoon there will be a briefing by your tour leader to give you an idea of what to expect on a day to day basis while on trek and to make sure that everyone is properly equipped.

Accommodation: The Lake Side Retreat(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 4 - Drive to start of trek; hike to Sanctuary Lodge (1,150m)

This morning we depart Pokhara by road, it's about an hour drive to the point where the trek starts. Our walk will follow a ridgeline in the lower foothills of the Annapurna with surrounding views of the Pokhara Valley. We plan to enjoy a picnic lunch with a view along the way. The route then drops to follow the Modi River Valley where the first of our comfortable Ker and Downey lodges, Sanctuary Lodge, is located. The lodge was constructed in the traditional mountain style by local artisans and has a beautiful garden where you can enjoy magnificent views of the sacred and unclimbed peak Machhapuchhre, or Fishtail Mountain as it's more commonly known because of its shape like a fish's tail. Find out more about all of the Ker and Downey Lodges used on this trip at https://keranddowneynepal.com/lodges. Today's seven kilometre walk is expected to take around three-and-a-half hours with a total descent of 460 metres.

Accommodation: Sanctuary Lodge(or similar)

Standard Lodge
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 5 - Trek to Himalaya Lodge near Ghandruk (2,000m)

After breakfast, we leave the lodge walking out through the outlying farms following the Modi River Valley. Soon we begin to climb out of the valley and up towards the mountains. The trail passes through small hamlets, terraced rice fields and forests with spectacular views of the surrounding valley. Snacks are provided along the trail and a hot lunch is served on arrival at the lodge in the early afternoon. Himalaya Lodge affords magnificent close-up views of the surrounding Annapurna mountain range. It also overlooks the settlement of Ghandruk with its whitewashed, stone tiled houses clustered closely together on the valley side. Populated by the Gurung ethnic group, Ghandruk is a popular recruitment location for the Gurkha soldier regiment of the British Army. Today's 10 kilometre walk is expected to take around five-and-a-half hours with a total ascent of 850 metres.

Accommodation: Himalaya Lodge(or similar)

Standard Lodge
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 6 - Trek to La Bee Lodge at Landruk (1,565m)

We wake up this morning tea and enjoy coffee served in the garden and watch the sunrise over some of the highest peaks on the planet - Annapurna South, Annapurna 1, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, and the Fishtail. After a relaxing breakfast and the glorious views from the Himalaya Lodge, we start our trek to Landruk. After leaving the village of Ghandruk, the trail descends steeply to the banks of the Modi River. We reach the base of the cliffs where the famed honey hunters of Nepal climb up on ropes to collect the honey from bees' nests on the cliff side. We then cross a strong suspension bridge to the opposite banks of the Modi. From here is it about an hour trek up switchbacks and steps to reach the Gurung village of Landruk which enjoys glorious views of the Annapurna range. La Bee Lodge is small and intimate, with only 12 en-suite rooms and is exquisitely perched on a cliff edge with awesome views stretching far into the distance. After lunch on arrival, we will set out in the afternoon to explore the village and surrounding area on a guided walk. Today's six kilometre walk is expected to take around four hours with a total ascent of 315 metres and descent of 750 metres.

Accommodation: La Bee Lodge(or similar)

Standard Lodge
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 7 - Hike to Gurung Lodge at Majgaun (1,400m)

After breakfast, we leave the Bee Lodge and trek to our final Ker and Downey lodge of the holiday, Gurung Lodge situated close by the village of Majgaun. Today's trek contours the hillside, with small ups and downs, passing through villages and farmland. We reach the Lodge in time for lunch with the option to join an afternoon hike through the surrounding villages. Gurung Lodge has been built in the style of a typical timber and stone tribal house, set in lovely gardens with 11 en-suite rooms, a beautiful lounge and dining area with exposed wooden roof beams. Today's six kilometre walk is expected to take around four hours with a total ascent of 135 metres and descent of 300 metres.

Accommodation: Gurung Lodge(or similar)

Standard Lodge
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 8 - Trek and drive to Pokhara (830 m) via Tashiling Tibetan village

After breakfast, we set off along the ridge and descend through the wooded hillside and terraced farmland to the valley floor where we meet the road and our trek ends. Driving back to Pokhara we plan to stop at Tashiling, a thriving village of Tibetan refugees with its own schools and monastery, where you can watch Tibetan carpets being made. On arrival back in Pokhara the afternoon is free to relax. You can hire a boat and spend time on the lake or explore the lakeside area where many of the souvenir and clothing shops are located. Pokhara also has a great choice of cafes and restaurants serving hungry trekkers all types of cuisine from around the world! Today's two kilometre walk is expected to take around one-and-a-half hours with a total ascent of 210 metres.

Accommodation: The Lake Side Retreat(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 9 - Drive to Chitwan National Park; afternoon activity in the National Park

Today we drive to the flat lands of Nepal's Terai region where we stay just outside of Chitwan National Park. Once a private hunting ground, Chitwan is now a National Park with thick tree cover and tall elephant grass sheltering a wealth of animals. Over the next two days we will enjoy a variety of activities in the park.

Accommodation: Jungle Villa Resort(or similar)

Standard Lodge
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 10 - Search for rhino, walk and canoe in Chitwan National Park

Our activities in the park include a jeep safari searching out the rare one-horned rhino, bird watching, jungle walks and a dugout canoe trip along the Rapti River. Canoeing will be dependent on the water level, floating silently down the river in a traditional dugout canoe gives us the opportunity to spot many varieties of water birds. On a nature walk in the company of trained native naturalists we walk along trails in the less densely forested parts of the park. An early morning bird watching walk near the river will reveal many of the 450 bird species that can be found in the park, especially kingfisher. A trained naturalist will helps us get the best out of this amazing UNESCO World Heritage National Park.

Accommodation: Jungle Villa Resort(or similar)

Standard Lodge
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 11 - Early morning game viewing; drive back to Kathmandu

After early morning game viewing and breakfast at the resort we drive back to Kathmandu. The journey back to the Nepalese capital will take around five to six hours. On arrival, time is left free for final exploration in this fascinating city.

Accommodation: Shangri La Hotel(or similar)

Premium Hotel
Swimming pool available
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 12 - Trip ends today in Kathmandu

Our trip ends today in Kathmandu.

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Walking and Trekking information

Walking grade
Moderate
Trek details
Trek on 5 days for between 1.5 to 6 hours. Walking is at low altitude throughout on well-marked and maintained mountain trails with some ascents and descents on stone steps. Please see website for more details.
Max walking altitude (m)
2000

What's included?

Included meals
  • Breakfast: 11
  • Lunch: 6
  • Dinner: 6
Transport
  • Bus
  • 4WD
Trip staff
  • Explore Tour Leader
  • Driver(s)
  • Local Guide(s)
  • Porter(s)
  • Safari Guide(s)
Accommodation
  • 3 nights premium hotel
  • 2 nights standard hotel
  • 6 nights standard lodge
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Trip information

Country information

Nepal Holidays & Tours

Climate

Temperatures in the lower altitude regions are extremely pleasant. At Pokhara variations in temperature are very limited: from the coldest recorded of 8°C (46°F) to the highest of 31°C (88°F). The mountains are best admired, with greater air clarity, from October to January, while from February to May the skies may be hazy. Monsoon rains are strongest in June, July and August. The coldest months are December and January.

Time difference to GMT

+5.45

Plugs

2 Pin Round

Religion

Hinduism

Language

Nepali

Budgeting and packing

Clothing

While you are trekking, daytime temperatures will generally be warm. On this trek you do not go above 2500m, so although you will need a sweater or fleece for the evenings, weather will generally be mild. However it can be chilly in the evenings, particularly between November and February, and at those times you will need warm weather clothing including a woolly hat and gloves, and a warm down jacket will be appreciated. Long trousers - For everyday walking, light cotton or technical fabic trousers are the most suitable. Knee length shorts are also acceptable Waterproofs - Breathable waterproofs not only protect against rain and wind but also stop you from overheating. They breathe and avoid condensation which you will experience from nylon waterproofs. Rain during the trekking season is fairly rare but can be heavy if it does happen. Gloves and warm hat - Useful in the morning and in the evening in the winter months. Sunhat Socks - It is best to wear a pair of reasonably thick loop stitch socks. These help to protect your feet against blisters. Avoid nylon socks, they are abrasive, don't breathe well and can cause blisters. Fleece pullover/jacket - You will need a fleece pullover/jacket for the evenings. Make sure that your waterproof jacket is loose enough to wear over your pullover or fleece. Thin Shirts/T-Shirts

Footwear

We strongly recommend you bring walking boots with ankle support- leather or fabric are both fine. Make sure that your boots are worn-in and comfortable before the start of the trip. Trainers and tennis shoes do not give the ankle support afforded by a decent pair of walking boots. Ideally, visit a specialist outdoor pursuits shop who will offer advice. Trainers or sandals are fine for relaxing and general wear. We suggest that on international flights you either carry your walking boots in your hand luggage or wear them - should your luggage be lost or delayed, your own boots are the one thing that will be irreplaceable.

Luggage

20kg

Luggage: On tour

One main piece of baggage and a daysac. Remember, you are expected to carry your own luggage and cabin space is limited, so don't overload yourself.

Equipment

Water Bottle - Large water bottle (preferably 2 litre). For environmental reasons, we do not encourage the purchase of bottled mineral water nor the boiling of water due to fuel and power shortages. Water along the trail must never be considered as drinkable. Each day you must sterilise water with Chlorine Dioxide with which to fill your own bottle. 1 litre is the minimum size suitable. If you dislike the taste of sterilised water, it is a good idea to add some powdered fruit juice. Torch/Batteries/Bulb - A small torch is essential. Head torches are particularly useful. Only a limited selection of batteries may be available locally so bring spare batteries and bulb. Toiletries - Try to keep heavy cosmetics etc to a minimum. Binoculars - Useful for game viewing in Chitwan. Sunglasses - A good pair of sunglasses is essential for protection against UV rays and glare. Sun Hat, Sun Cream/Block and Lip Salve - Choose a high factor suncream (Factor 15 or more) to protect your skin against the sun at higher altitudes. A combination sunblock/ lipsalve is ideal for facial protection. Personal First Aid Kit - Each trek carries an extensive first aid kit but no prescription medicines. You should have your own supply of plasters, aspirin, diarrhoea tablets and also a comprehensive blister kit, plus any other items you or your doctor feels advisable. (Please do not give medicines to local people without consulting the trek leader.) Trekking poles - Trekking poles with rubber points are recommended. Swimsuit Spare Laces Chlorine Dioxide for water purification Anti-bacterial handwash Ear Plugs- some may find it more comfortable to bring ear plugs with them so that while in hotels and lodges they are not disturbed at night. Insect repellent Almost every item required for a trek can be purchased or hired in Kathmandu and your Tour Leader can advise on the best shops to visit at your tour briefing.

Tipping

Explore leader
At your discretion you might also consider tipping your Leader in appreciation of the efficiency and service you receive.
Local crew
Although entirely voluntary, tipping is a recognized part of life in this region of the world. Some local staff look to members of the group for personal recognition of particular services provided. Accordingly you should allow approximately £40 for gratuities for local staff. In order to make things easier for you, the Leader may organise a group's tips kitty and if this is the case, they will account for it throughout the tour.
Country Information

Nepal Holidays & Tours

Food and drink

The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.


Lunch price
£7
Dinner price
£10
Beer price
£3
Water price
£0.3
Foreign Exchange
Local currency
Nepali Rupee.
Recommended Currency For Exchange
US$ or GBP.
Where To Exchange
In major cities and towns
ATM Availability
Although you may occasionally find cash machines these are very unreliable - do not rely on plastic!
Credit Card Acceptance
Credit cards are not generally accepted except in larger establishments in Kathmandu.
Travellers Cheques
Travellers cheques are not accepted as a valid mode of payment in Nepal.

Transport, Accommodation & Meals

Transport Information

Bus, 4WD

Essential information

FCO Advice

We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice click here.

For more information from Explore about travel advice, click here
 

Under 18 immigration guidance

Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under 18s. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.

Essential Information

Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information.Booking Conditions

Visa Information

Nepal: An entry visa is required by UK, New Zealand, Australian, US & Canadian citizens and can be obtained on arrival at Kathmandu Airport and various international border crossings between Nepal and its neighbouring countries. This currently costs 25 USD for a 15 day visa, and 40USD for a 30 day visa. All visas are issued as multiple entry visas and are valid from the date they are issued. A passport-sized photograph for immigration is required. Payment must be made in cash, UK sterling and US dollars are both accepted. You should confirm all visa related questions with the relevant Embassy prior to departure.


If you do require assistance in obtaining a visa then you may consider applying through Explore's recommended visa service in the UK, Travcour. See www.travcour.com to download the relevant visa application for your trip, if applicable (UK citizens only), along with details of how to apply for your visa through Travcour. The Team at Travcour will be happy to answer specific questions relating to visa applications, please call them directly on 0208 5431846.

Booking conditions

Before booking your Explore trip, please ensure that you read both our Essential Information and Booking Conditions.

Transfers

Find out more about Trip Transfer Terms and Conditions before you book.

Booking a land only package with Explore

Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found below in the dates and prices information. 

You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer.


Joining Tour Abroad

Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will now receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The transfers will be from the Explore designated airport or train station to the joining point of your tour, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.  

Free transfers are not available for Self-Guided, Tailormade or Tours for Churches customers.

If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.  


For more information regarding the Explore Free Transfer click here

Insurance

It is a condition of booking with Explore that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
Read more information about what travel insurance is required.

Flight information

Explore offers a wide range of flexible flying options to make joining and leaving our trips easy. Read more about them here.


Flight Information

You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.

  

Booking a flight inclusive package with Explore

We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.

On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.

Maximum altitude (m)

2000

Nepal Holidays & Tours

Vaccinations

Nothing compulsory, but we recommend protection against malaria, infectious hepatitis, typhoid, tetanus, polio and Japanese encephalitis. Consult your travel clinic for latest advice on different prophylaxis available against malaria. Although not compulsory, travellers may wish to take immunisation against meningococcal meningitis.

Dates, prices and booking

Date
Price from
Single room option
Saturday 20 October 2018 - Thursday 1 November 2018
This departure is guaranteed
LAN_2018
From £2880
Single room option +£625
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Kathmandu
Time and place
17:00 at Hotel Reception
Ending Point
Town
Kathmandu
Time
00:00
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes
Saturday 3 November 2018 - Thursday 15 November 2018
This departure is guaranteed
LAN_2018
From £2780
Single room option +£625
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Kathmandu
Time and place
17:00 at Hotel Reception
Ending Point
Town
Kathmandu
Time
00:00
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes
Date
Price from
Single room option
Sunday 21 October 2018 - Thursday 1 November 2018
This departure is guaranteed
LAN_2018
From £1965
Single room option +£625
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Kathmandu
Time and place
17:00 at Hotel Reception
Ending Point
Town
Kathmandu
Time
00:00
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes
Sunday 4 November 2018 - Thursday 15 November 2018
This departure is guaranteed
LAN_2018
From £1865
Single room option +£625
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Kathmandu
Time and place
17:00 at Hotel Reception
Ending Point
Town
Kathmandu
Time
00:00
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes

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