Annapurna and Everest Luxury Lodge Trek

Unique adventure trekking holiday in Nepal`s Himalayan Mountains




From $3,380 Land only

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Holiday Overview


  • Experience the best Annapurna and Everest area lodges
  • Exciting mountains flights to Lukla and out of Syangboche
  • Relax in a 5 star Kathmandu hotel with sightseeing to Bhaktapur
  • Kathmandu Airport transfers and all meals included

The Annapurna and Everest regions of Nepal have been a ‘must see' destination for the intrepid trekker for over forty years. Up until now, a trekking holiday in these spectacular mountain environments involved either camping or staying at basic tea houses. Now it is possible to trek in these famous valleys while staying at comfortable lodges with all the modern conveniences of a hotel. Our luxury lodges all offer spacious rooms which are pleasantly decorated and with running hot and cold water in an attached bathroom. Best of all, each lodge has been carefully sited to present a magnificent panorama of the Himalaya or surrounding valley from the lodge itself. For those who would like to see both the Annapurna and Everest areas in a single holiday and would also like to do this in comfort, we can wholeheartedly recommend this holiday. In each of these regions we have four days of easy walking. No less spectacular is the way we travel between Annapurna and Everest, taking exciting flights along the chain of the Himalaya. In the Annapurnas we trek in the foothills north of Pokhara through picturseque villages and with a sublime backdrop of snowy peaks. In the Everest region we walk from the high airstrip of Lukla to the Sherpa 'city' of  Namche Bazaar, where we have time to explore this thriving town and to visit the nearby villages of Khunde and Khumjung. We can also enjoy world-famous views of Everest and Ama Dablam before returning to Lukla. Using first class hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and absolutely the best standard of lodge available in each of the areas we visit, this really is a 'pampered' trekking holiday.

Is this holiday for you?

Generally, the trekking conditions on this Nepal hiking holiday are relatively easy, following good paths and local village trails throughout. The maximum altitude reached on the trip is under 4000 metres. By Himalayan standards this is a fairly modest elevation and the altitude issues attendant on a treks to higher elevations should not be of concern to us on this holiday. It should be noted however, that trekking at altitudes above 3000 metres makes greater demands on the body than walking at low elevations, and is of itself challenging even for fit hikers. Our itinerary is well staged and provides for a very gradual approach to the higher elevations encountered in the Khumbu section of the holiday. No camping is involved on this trip and we stay each night in well-appointed lodges with en-suite facilities. The trekking element of this trip is not long or sustained. However you need to ensure you are physically prepared for the trek. You should be comfortable with walking for 3 to 4 hours each day with the occasional longer day and with ascents up to five or six hundred metres on some days. This trekking holiday should be well within the capabilities of all active hikers and hill-walkers.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the 5-star Gokarna Forest Resort Kathmandu. Transfers from Kathmandu Airport are provided.
  • Fly to Lukla, then trek mainly downhill to the riverside settlement of Phakding (2610m).
  • Trek through farms and villages to Monjo (2835m). Afternoon free or optional walk with the guide.
  • Trek to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar (3400m). Rest of the day free to relax or explore.
  • At Namche Bazaar. Optional day-walk to Khumjung and Kunde for views of Everest.
  • After a leisurely start, trek back down the valley of the Dudh Kosi to Monjo.
  • Trek back to Lukla, with the afternoon free to explore this thriving airstrip settlement.
  • Fly via Kathmandu to Pokhara. Then transfer to the roadhead and trek to Birethanti (1025m).
  • Trek beside the Modi Kola to Majgaon (1400m). Optional afternoon visit to the village of Tanchok.
  • Trek via the ‘Tibetan’ village of Pothana to Dhampus (1740m), with great views of the Annapurnas.
  • Trek out to the road, return to Pokhara for lunch, then fly back to Kathmandu.
  • In Kathmandu. Half-day sightseeing tour included. Rest of the day at leisure.
  • Departure day. Transfers to Kathmandu Airport are provided.
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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the 5-star Gokarna Forest Resort Kathmandu. Transfers from Kathmandu Airport are provided.

    Meet at the 5-star Gokarna Forest Resort in Kathmandu. Set within a forested, former royal hunting reserve on the edge of the city, this is a luxurious hotel with all amenities and just a short taxi ride from Thamel. All clients are met at the airport in Kathmandu by a KE representative who will arrange the transfer to the group’s hotel. KE Land Only package services begin with this transfer. After checking in the rest of the day is free and the group will formally meet together for the evening meal which will be taken in the hotel restaurant or one of the city’s famous establishments.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

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  • Fly to Lukla, then trek mainly downhill to the riverside settlement of Phakding (2610m).

    An early start for the flight to the high airstrip in the Everest region known as Lukla. This incredible flight is a highlight of the trip, taking us through the Himalayan foothills and offering perhaps a glimpse of Everest as we come into land on the tiny airstrip at Lukla. After meeting our porters for this section of our trip, we will take lunch in the Yeti Mountain Home lodge and then start our trek with an easy, mostly downhill leg, from Lukla to Phakding. This trek takes us through pastoral lands of the Sherpas and we pass several small villages and individual farms. Many Sherpas now make their living exclusively from trekking and there are many tea-houses and basic lodges where it is possible to stop for a drink. We will also pass by many stones intricately carved with prayers in the evocative Tibetan script, as well as prayer wheels of all sizes. Everywhere in the valley colourful strings of prayer flags flutter from high points and bridges. After 2 to 3 hours of walking we finally meet the river and reach our first lodge at Phakding located beside the tumbling Dudh Kosi. The altitude at this first stop is actually lower than Lukla at 2610 metres.

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    • Time 3 hours

  • Trek through farms and villages to Monjo (2835m). Afternoon free or optional walk with the guide.

    Leaving Phakding we head north along the west bank of the Dudh Kosi (literally ‘Milk River’) passing several lodges and tea houses to a high thin waterfall at Benkar (2710m). Here there are sensational views of Thamserku (6623m). Beyond Benkar we cross the river on a high suspension bridge and continue along the east bank below high cliffs clothed in rhododendron forest. The trail undulates as we negotiate several side valleys bringing melt water from the high peaks. Crossing the Kyashar Khola, we make a final climb to the village of Monjo (2835m) and our overnight halt.

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    • Time 2 hours

  • Trek to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar (3400m). Rest of the day free to relax or explore.

    Just beyond our lodge, we pass the entrance to the Sagamartha National Park where details of our permits are recorded. We have a short but steep descent on stone steps to another suspension bridge where we cross once more to the west bank of the Dudh Kosi. We continue up the wooded valley on a good trail and cross the river again before reaching a confluence of rivers one coming down from Thame and the other from the main Khumbu Valley. We make a final crossing here on a spectacular high suspension bridge and then begin an hour and half long ascent to Namche on a wide switch-back trail. This is the sting in the tail of today’s otherwise gentle ascent, and one of the steepest of the trip. About half an hour below Namche, we gain our first views of Everest. On arrival in Namche, we can take a breather in one of the town’s coffee shops before finishing off the climb to our Yeti Mountain Home Lodge. The location of our lodge is superb giving us a birds eye view over Namche and across the Valley to the serrated ridges of the Kongde range, while the magnificent peak of Thamserku (6623m) rises as a back drop. Just a short walk away is a classic view of Ama Dablam, one of the most beautiful mountains in all Nepal and of Lhotse and Everest.

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    • Time 3 hours

  • At Namche Bazaar. Optional day-walk to Khumjung and Kunde for views of Everest.

    Namche Bazaar is tucked away between 2 ridges amongst the giant peaks of the Khumbu. An ancient market place where goods from as far away as Tibet were and still are traded, Namche today boasts an abundance of lodges, cafes, bars and souvenir shops. Close to our lodge is the internationally known Museum of Sherpa Culture and the traditional villages of Kunde and Kumjung are a highly recommended half-day excursion. We spend a second night at our lodge in Namche Bazaar.

    • Accommodation Lodge

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  • After a leisurely start, trek back down the valley of the Dudh Kosi to Monjo.

    We have a leisurely start to the morning and then retrace our steps down the valley of the Dudh Khosi to Monjo, where we check in at the Yeti Mountain Home - Monjo.

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    • Time 3 hours

  • Trek back to Lukla, with the afternoon free to explore this thriving airstrip settlement.

    With a chance to catch all the views that were behind us on the way up, we now walk back to Lukla. The prominent mountain of today is Kusum Kanguru which is well seen from this direction. Descending to ever more lush environs we walk through several villages before making a final short but steep climb to the airstip in Lukla where we check in to the Yeti Mountain Home before exploring this ever-expanding small town. Here we will say goodbye to our trek crew for the Everest region.

    • Accommodation Lodge

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    • Time 4 hours

  • Fly via Kathmandu to Pokhara. Then transfer to the roadhead and trek to Birethanti (1025m).

    We will be up early today to catch the spectacular flight back to Kathmandu. Here we connect with the 30 minute flight to Pokhara. This equally spectacular flight offers views of the Langtang, Manaslu and Annapurna ranges. On arrival we transfer to the start of our walk which follows a trail through the lower foothills of the Annapurnas with surrounding views of the Pokhara Valley. Finally we descend to the village of Birenthanti (1025m) and our first night's accommodation.

    • Accommodation Lodge

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    • Time 2 hours

  • Trek beside the Modi Kola to Majgaon (1400m). Optional afternoon visit to the village of Tanchok.

    We start a morning of trekking following the Modi Kola up-stream before climbing and contouring through mixed forest to our next lodge at Majgaon (1400m). The lodge is built to resemble a traditional Nepalese village. and every room has spectacular views of the surrounding valley and mountains. After lunch at the lodge we have the option of an afternoon walk to the local village of Tanchok. Overnight at the Gurung Lodge Majgaon.

    • Accommodation Lodge

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    • Time 2 hours

  • Trek via the ‘Tibetan’ village of Pothana to Dhampus (1740m), with great views of the Annapurnas.

    Our walk today takes us through sub-tropical forests of tree orchids, rhododendrons and magnolias to the village of Pothana (1990m) where many Tibetan traders live and sell their wares. Here we join the main trail into the Annapurna Sanctuary and there are spectacular views of Machhapuchhare (Fishtail), the Sanctuary’s sacred sentinel. Here we are also on a ridge separating the Mardi Khola and Modi Khola Valley giving us a splendid bids-eye view on all sides. From Potana we descend the ridge on a stone paved trail through thick rhododendron forest to Dhampus (1740m) and our next overnight halt. We reach our next lodge in time for lunch and afterwards there is an option to walk through the old village of Dhampus. From the lodge, there are sweeping views of the entire Annapurna Range.

    • Accommodation Lodge

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    • Time 3 hours

  • Trek out to the road, return to Pokhara for lunch, then fly back to Kathmandu.

    A short downhill walk of about an hour and a half along a scenic ridge brings us to the end of our Annapurna trekking amongst the fields and scattered houses of the broad Yangdi Khola Valley. Here, we meet the road and our waiting vehicle and make the 30-minute transfer to Pokhara. Depending on our onward flight scedule, we take lunch at a restaurant beside the lake of Phewa Tal and have time to explore the lakeside with its picturesque array of colourful shops. In the afternoon, we take the short flight back to Kathmandu where we check in once again at the group hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals bld

    • Time 1 hour

  • In Kathmandu. Half-day sightseeing tour included. Rest of the day at leisure.

    Today we have arranged a full day’s guided sightseeing tour of several of the main sights of the Kathmandu Valley which include the ‘monkey temple’ of Swayanabath, the Hindu Temple of Lord Shiva in Pashupatinath, Durbar square, and Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, as well as the nearby medieval city of Bhaktapur. After our sightseeing tour the rest of the day is free to relax in the hotel gardens or beside the pool, or for further independent sightseeing. One of the attractions of any visit to Nepal is the chance to walk the streets of Kathmandu, which presents a fascinating mosaic of shops, cafes and restaurants, food markets and street vendors, as well as a bewildering array of colourful temples and shrines. Kathmandu is a very safe city (provided you watch out for the traffic) and exploring on your own is great fun. This evening we will have a celebratory dinner to mark the end of a most excellent trip.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

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  • Departure day. Transfers to Kathmandu Airport are provided.

    KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Transfers to Kathmandu Airport are provided. There are lots of extensions that can easily be added to your holiday in Nepal. Why not pre-book a simple day-tour in the Kathmandu Valley, or a multi-day excursion to one of the important wildlife reserves at Chitwan or Bardia. Extension packages are also available to include a visit to neighbouring Tibet or Bhutan. Contact our office for details.

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Holiday Information

  • An English-speaking local leader
  • Kathmandu Airport transfers
  • Internal flights and all land transport included in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • All meals
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu
  • Once on trek the group will be assisted by porters and experienced Sherpa guides

  • Travel Insurance
  • Nepalese Visa
  • Tips for porters and other trek staff
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

All clients travelling to Kathmandu will be met at the airport by a KE representative who will arrange the transfer to the group hotel. 'Land Only' clients MUST provide the KE office with full details of their flights and should let us know if Kathmandu Airport transfers are not required. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

This holiday involves going to high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 3500 metres. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude on our website which can be viewed via the link below. You can also talk to one of our trekking experts if you have any concerns about altitude.

In Kathmandu we stay at the Gokarna Forest Resort, a luxurious haven of tranquility, set within a former royal hunting reserve on the outskirts of the city. While on trek we will have a total of 8 nights in Ker and Downey and Yeti Mountain Home lodges. These high-end lodges have comfortable twin or double rooms with attached bathroom and hot and cold running water. While these lodges are vastly superior to standard lodges in the mountains (which generally do not have running hot water and use shared washing rooms and toilets), they are never-the-less remote. All furnishings fittings and equipment have to be carried long distances by porters. You should therefore not expect the standards that can be achieved in luxury accommodation in the city. All accommodation is arranged on a twin sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. Depending on availability, single rooms can be requested at a supplementary cost. Additional hotel nights in Kathmandu can also be arranged.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

Throughout this trip there will be the opportunity to sample local cuisine, but there will always be an option for more familiar international dishes. All the lodges on this trek have trained chefs and food is prepared to the highest quality. In Kathmandu the city’s restaurants are internationally known and it is possible to see a restaurant or dish from almost every cuisine in the world.

All meals are included in holiday price from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 12

Approximately £250 (or equivalent in US dollars, Euros etc.) changed to local currency, should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses including approximately £50 - £60 (in equivalent Nepali rupees) for porter and trek crew tips. It is not necessary to obtain local currency prior to departure. Sterling, US Dollars and Euros are equally acceptable for exchange in Nepal. We recommend that you carry your travel money in the form of cash, since you will exchange the majority of this on the day of your arrival in Kathmandu. It is also possible to withdraw money from ATMs in Kathmandu using your debit or credit card. During the trek it is possible to buy snacks, chocolate, soft drinks, beer and wine on most days. Please be aware that since everything is carried up, these items become more expensive as you gain altitude.

Internal Flights

Access to the high and remote areas of the Himalaya where our treks start is often only possible using internal flights. The changeable nature of mountain weather makes flying conditions complex. In addition the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal does not operate to the same standards as those of western nations and all airlines in Nepal appear on the European Commission’s list of airlines that are banned from flying into EU member states. Flying in Nepal is an acknowledged risk, and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice provides further details which you can read on their website at: KE is mindful of its duty of care to clients travelling with us in Nepal and we were stakeholders in a recent independent air audit of Nepal airlines undertaken by UK tour operators during 2013. KE uses only three airlines in Nepal which were approved by this audit as safe carriers. These airlines are: Yeti Airlines, Tara Air and Buddha Air. We continue to cooperate with other tour operators to monitor aviation safety in Nepal and will ensure we remain a stakeholder in any further air safety audits. While we have taken appropriate action to try to minimise the risks of flying in Nepal, you should be aware that flying in mountainous terrain is not without any risk. Please note that poor weather can cause delays on the flights to and from Lukla. If the flight to Lukla should be cancelled for the day, you will spend an extra night in Kathmandu and this may be at a hotel other than the group hotel. There is enough flexibility in the trekking itinerary to make up a lost day, but alternative arrangements must be made if your Lukla flights are cancelled for a second day. Helicopters can sometimes fly when the scheduled fixed wing aircraft cannot. If your group is offered the opportunity to use a chartered helicopter, either flying up to Lukla or back to Kathmandu, the cost will be shared between those choosing to take this option. In the extremely unlikely event that flight cancellations cause you to miss your homeward international flight, KE will render all assistance, but cannot be held liable for any extra costs incurred. We advise you to take out suitable insurance and to keep your receipts, as you may subsequently be able to make a claim

The group will be accompanied by an experienced English-speaking local trek leader, additional Sherpa guides and porters for luggage carrying.

Tipping is the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ for good service. Tips do not form part of the wages of your trek crew but they are very much appreciated. It is important to remember that tipping is voluntary and should be dependent on good service. Normally the tips are given at the end of each trek and this is best done as a group. As a rough guide, a contribution of around £50 -60 (in rupees) from each group member should provide a suitable pot for tips. At the end of a trek many people also like to donate various items of their equipment to the porters and trek staff who work so hard to make the trip a success. If you think you would like to donate equipment at the end of your trip, your local trip leader will make arrangements for a fair distribution among the trek crew.

Your baggage on trek will be carried by porters or pack animals. The packed weight of your trek bag whilst trekking should be no more than 15kg (33 pounds). For all flights to and from STOL airstrips in Nepal, the maximum allowance for hold baggage AND hand baggage combined, is 15kg. It is essential you keep the total weight of your baggage within this limit. This weight allowance is normally strictly enforced and excess baggage will be charged. Please be aware that you will have to pay for this at check-in. It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the group hotel.

KE Trek Bag / Free Gift

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

All nationalities need a valid passport and a current Nepalese Visa for entry into Nepal. The easiest way to get your Nepal visa is on arrival at Kathmandu Airport. Visa fees must be paid in cash. The most convenient currency to purchase Nepalese visas is US dollars, but GB pounds and Euros are also accepted. The charges for the visa depend on your length of stay (please see fee information below). Two passport photos are also needed. Photographs can be obtained at the airport but this may be time-consuming.

Nepal visa fees (Multiple Entry). 15 days: US$25, 30 days: US$40, 90 days: US$100

Note that visa fees can change without warning and we advise that you bring extra cash as a contingency.

Please note that if you are travelling to Nepal via Delhi you may also require a visa for India. This may apply even if you are not leaving the airport unless your baggage has been checked all the way through to your destination. Generally, if you use the same carrier for both legs of your journey (into Delhi and from Delhi to Kathmandu), you will not need an India Visa. Please note that the responsibility for ensuring you have the necessary visas, travel permits etc, for your chosen route of travel to the joining point, lies entirely with you. We are always happy to give advice on these requirements if you contact us.

Note that if you book a UK flight-inclusive package with KE using Jet Airways or Air India via Delhi, you will not require an India visa.

Important Notes:

For all regions of Nepal you are now required to have a permit to trek / bike. To apply for this we must have your full passport details before your departure. We recommend you also take 4 passport photographs with you to Nepal.

We require additional items for following trips:

Annapurna trips (ANS, ASL, ACL, APL, AEL, ANL, ANC, UAT), Dhaulagiri via the French Pass (DLG), and Royal Trek and Chitwan (RTC).

1 passport photograph to be sent / emailed to the KE office at least 4 weeks prior to departure.

Kanchenjunga (KAN), Mustang (MUS), Dolpo (DOL), Manaslu (MAN), Hidden Valleys of Naar and Phu (NAP), Naar to Mustang (NTM), Humla and Limi Circuit Trek (HUM), Naya Kanga and the Ganja La (NKG), Yala Peak and the Ganja La (YPGL), Tent Peak (TPK), Ramdung and Parchemo (RAM), Mera Peak, Island Peak and the Amphu Labsta (MIP), Island Peak Climber (IPC), Peaks and Passes on Nepal (MTR); Mera Peak Climb (MER); and Chulu Far East & the Tilicho La (CTL); Tabsar Peak and the Tsum Valley (TVC), Mukot Peak (MKP).

1 passport photograph plus 1 copy of the information page of your passport to be sent / emailed to the KE office at least 4 weeks prior to departure.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 kgs./33 lbs. For all flights to STOL airstrips in Nepal, the maximum allowance for hold baggage AND hand baggage combined, is 15 kg. It is essential you keep the total weight of your baggage within this limit. Paying for transportation of excess baggage is not normally an option on these flights. It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the group hotel.

You must bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots
  • Socks
  • Trekking trousers / pants
  • Waterproof overtrousers / rainpants
  • Underwear
  • Baselayer shirts
  • Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat
  • Eyewear - Sunglasses
  • Warm gloves or mittens
  • Headtorch/Headlamp with spare bulb and batteries
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottles 1 Litre (1 Quart) x2
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)
  • Small padlock (to lock trek bag)
  • Daypack 20 -25 litres
  • Basic First Aid Kit including: plasters (band aids), blister treatment (e.g. compeed), and pain-killers

The following items are optional:

  • Down jacket (recommended - evenings can be chilly)*
  • Trekking poles (recommended)
  • Training shoes /Sneakers or similar (for use in the lodge)
  • Spare laces
  • Shorts
  • Gaiters
  • Scarf or buff
  • Nailbrush
  • Wet wipes
  • Travel clothes
  • Camera, film/memory cards, batteries
  • Penknife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)


  • *All the lodges are heated but if you wish to spend time outside in the evening you will require an extra layer. This is optional. Down jackets can be hired through KE. Bedding and towels are provided at the lodges

    The Nepalese are still traditional and conservative in the way they dress. Therefore to avoid embarrassment on both sides we recommend that you respect this and do not wear revealing clothing or sleeveless tops while visiting Nepal. Shorts are acceptable, but they should reach to just above the knee and be modest and for women it is preferable to wear trousers or a long skirt.

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Know before you go

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking holiday getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. Although the trekking on this trip is not difficult or sustained and is mostly on well-maintained trail, hiking at altitude is more demanding than similar terrain at lower elevations. We suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime leading up to your trip. Regular hiking in hill country is the best training but any regular exercise such as jogging, squash and swimming is also good for developing cardio vascular fitness and stamina. Before coming on the trip we recommend that you make time for some longer walks in hilly country.

The months of March to May and October to December either side of the summer monsoon season offer the best conditions for trekking. The post-monsoon months usually offer the clearest skies and the most settled weather while late spring brings the blooms of the rhododendron. In both seasons you should expect pleasant daytime walking conditions, even getting a little hot around mid-day. Above 3000 metres once the sun goes down (around 5.30 pm) the temperature plummets dropping close to freezing or even below beyond November. A selection of layers is the best option for dealing with the range of temperatures you will encounter.

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Annapurna Base Camp. 1:50,000. Nepa Maps.

If you would like to follow the route as you trek, this is a good scale map made by local publisher Nepa. It has with contour interval at 40 metres. This is the definitive map for the Annapurna Sanctuary trek and covers the route of our first trek.

Extend Your Holiday

Chitwan Jungle Extension

The jungles of southern Nepal are an interesting counterpoint to trekking in the foothills or the high Himalaya. Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge provides a relaxing and comfortable base for a wildlife safari and cultural village experience. On two full days of wildlife viewing in the National Park 'buffer zone' - the interface area between visitors and the animals that live at Chitwan – you will be accompanied by expert guides on safaris by jeep, boat, on foot and by elephant back.

Chitwan Jungle Tharu Lodge Extension

From $980 per person

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Tiger Mountain Resort Pokhara

Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge sets the standard for comfortable and luxurious mountain lodge accommodation with its relaxed atmosphere, tranquil setting, eco-tourism and conservation ethos. Located on a spectacular hilltop ridge, it has panoramic views of ‘Fishtail Mountain and Himalayan giants, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu. It has won several prestigious awards including the PATA Heritage and Culture Gold Award and the Conde Nast Traveler magazine Ecotourism Award.

Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge (join Pokhara)

From $700 per person

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Kathmandu Tour - Nagarkot and Bhaktapur

The Kathmandu Valley contains the cities of Patan, Bhaktapur and Kathmandu itself, all of which were once independent kingdoms. An exploration of the valley’s historic and cultural sights is an excellent way to begin or end your adventure in Nepal. Highlights of the day's tour include the ancient city of Bhaktapur, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for it’s temples and traditional buildings, and Nagarkot on the Kathmandu Valley rim, the perfect place to watch a Himalayan sunrise.

Kathmandu Valley Tour - Nargakot and Bhaktapur

From $125 per person

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Malla Hotel

From $100 per room per night

Gokarna Forest Resort Kathmandu

From $138 per room per night

Shangri La

From $119 per room per night Another of Kathmandu’s original ‘luxury’ hotels. While the sophistication of its amenities may be upstaged by Kathmandu’s more modern concrete and glass hotels, the Shangri La maintains an old world charm that cannot be beaten. Located in the diplomatic enclave of Lazimpat, away from the hustle and bustle yet just 10 minutes walk from tourist centre of Thamel, the hotel is set in a pleasant garden and facilities include a pool, tennis court and massage therapist. The hotel has a speciality Indian restaurant and a garden café serving international cuisine as well as a bar.

Dwarikas Hotel

From $279 per room per night Dwarika’s is a heritage hotel modelled on the grandeur of the palaces of the Newar Kings. Consisting of several buildings arranged around a quiet courtyard, the hotel incorporates many original 15th – 17th century features in its architecture from the lifetime collection of its founder. The rooms are in the same Newari style and lavishly luxurious in their appointments. Its location close to Pashupathinath and Bouddhanath is perfect for exploring this side of Kathmandu. There are 3 restaurants serving Nepali, Japanese and international cuisine, a bar, spa and fitness centre, and a swimming pool.

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