Annapurna Panorama Lodge Trek

Easy lodge-based walking holiday in the Annapurna foothills



From $2,100 Land only

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Holiday Overview


  • Includes trekking to Poon Hill and Ghorepani
  • Free day in Pokhara and sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Trek through beautiful Nepali villages
  • Kathmandu Airport transfers and all meals included

If you are looking an introduction to Nepal Himalaya trekking then this is the perfect trip for you. Staying in lodges whilst on our eight day trek in the Annapurna region makes this holiday great for those who do not like camping. The holiday begins in Kathmandu, where we have a sightseeing day and city tour, before taking the short and highly scenic flight along the chain of the Himalaya to Pokhara. Here we start our trek on a quiet trail which passes through several villages as it contours around cultivated terraced hillside. Seeing how the people in these foothills manage their humble dwellings and farms is a fascinating insight on a world almost lost in time. Our trek also takes us through rhododendron forests with tree orchids and magnificent magnolias as we follow the excellent trails built to assist trade and communications between the hill villages.  One of the highlights of the trip is the dawn view from the famous Poon Hill, followed by the stunning descent into the Kali Gandakhi Valley with the peak of Dhaulagiri as an awe-inspiring backdrop. After a night in Tatopani, with its hot springs and mini bazaar, we return to the charming town of Pokhara and have a day to explore its 'Lakeside' district and perhaps to take a boat ride on the lake of Phewa Tal. Presenting a magical mix of excellent trekking, friendly villagers and outstanding mountain views, this is Nepal mountain holiday at its best.

Is this holiday for you?

This is a short and relatively straightforward Nepal trekking holiday.  We have designed this holiday to appeal to those who wish to see the spectacular scenery of the Annapurnas without camping and without great altitude issues. Our highest overnight stop is  at Gorepani  (2900m) and the high point of the trek is at the summit of Poon Hill (3195m). The gradual ascent to this altitude and the fact that it is not vastly high will ensure that nobody has a problem with altitude on this trekking holiday in Nepal. The distances covered each day are short, averaging about 5 or 6 miles. But, the hiking trails are either steeply up or down and in the lush forest the underfoot conditions can be slippery. We will generally be walking for between 4 and 6 hours each day. As this is a popular trekking route, the paths are good, and there are numerous lodges and tea-houses to show you that you are on the right track.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Transfers from Kathmandu Airport are provided.
  • A free day in Kathmandu. A chance to rest and to do some sightseeing A half-day city tour is provided.
  • Fly to Pokhara, drive to the Kande roadhead and trek to Australian Camp (1950m) with Annapurna views.
  • Trek via Pothana into the valley of the Modi Khola. Overnight at Landruk (1620m).
  • Trek up to the Jhinu Danda, then along the ridge to the colourful village of Chhomrong (2210m).
  • Trek via the valley of the Khumnu Khola and the village of Chiule to overnight at Tadapani (2650m).
  • Follow the ridge to Banthanti and continue to Ghorepani (2900m) above the Kali Gandaki Valley.
  • Optional pre-dawn ascent of Poon Hill (3195m), then trek down to the village of Sikha (1980m).
  • Trek down through pretty farmland to a bridge over the Kali Gandaki. Overnight at Tatopani (1100m).
  • Drive to Beni and meet our onward transport to Pokhara. Afternoon free to explore colourful Lakeside.
  • A free in Pokhara to enjoy this relaxed town and its beautiful lake. A second night at our Pokhara hotel.
  • Fly to Kathmandu. Afternoon free to relax by the pool or to do some independent sightseeing.
  • Departure day. Transfers to Kathmandu Airport are provided.
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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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  • peaks
  • airport
  • trip direction
  • transfer
  • trek

Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Transfers from Kathmandu Airport are provided.

    Meet at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Transfers from Kathmandu Airport are provided. Depending on your arrival time, you may have the opportunity to explore the immediate vicinity of the hotel and get acclimatised to this bustling city. Alternatively, you may prefer to recover from your journey by relaxing beside the hotel pool. KE Land Only package services begin with the evening meal. Your guide will take dinner with you and will provide an informal briefing about the days ahead.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

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  • A free day in Kathmandu. A chance to rest and to do some sightseeing A half-day city tour is provided.

    After breakfast we board our tour bus with an informative local city guide for a sightseeing tour of some of the city’s most important sites. The afternoon is free for further independent sightseeing or shopping in the colourful bazaars.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals bld

  • Fly to Pokhara, drive to the Kande roadhead and trek to Australian Camp (1950m) with Annapurna views.

    After breakfast in the hotel we take a bus to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu Airport for the 30 minute flight to Pokhara. It is a most interesting flight, with the peaks of the Greater Himalaya clearly visible through the right-hand window as we travel westwards. Particularly prominent are Manaslu and the Annapurna group as we approach the airport at Pokhara. Getting off the plane into the heat of Pokhara is impressive, as is the sight of the snow peaks of the Annapurna Himal which form the skyline to the north. We set off immediately by bus for the roadhead at Kande and trek to our first overnight lodge at ‘Australian Camp’ (1950m).

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 300m

    • Distance 5km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 100m

    • Time 2 hrs trekking

  • Trek via Pothana into the valley of the Modi Khola. Overnight at Landruk (1620m).

    We have clear views of the mountains ahead, as we ascend through forest on a trail which is often made up of stone steps on the steeper sections. Passing through Pothana, we reach a clearing on a pass, at a place called Deorali (pass). At this point we are high up on the east side of the Modi Khola, the river which flows out of the Annapurna Sanctuary. From Deorali we descend steeply down through forest then contour around through villages and terraced fields to stay at the lodge in the picturesque Gurung settlement of Landruk (1620m) which affords spectacular views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 820m

    • Distance 10km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1190m

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs trekking

  • Trek up to the Jhinu Danda, then along the ridge to the colourful village of Chhomrong (2210m).

    We descend all the way down to the river, to cross at "New Bridge." Our route now climbs quite steeply, high above the river, through bamboo forest and isolated farmsteads. Lunch is at the tea-houses at Jhinu Danda. Those who are energetic can go down to bath in the hot springs here while awaiting lunch. From here there's a hot climb to reach the crest and go around to Chhomrong, our lodge stop for the night. There are many chalet-style, wooden lodges at Chomrong (2210m) which look out towards the prominent Macchapuchare (Fish-Tail Peak).

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 1750m

    • Distance 11km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1100m

    • Time 5 hrs trekking

  • Trek via the valley of the Khumnu Khola and the village of Chiule to overnight at Tadapani (2650m).

    From Chhomrong we retrace our steps for a short while before turning off the Annapurna Sanctuary trail to trek through pleasant terraced fields, passing through villages and sections of rhododendron forest before descending to a bridge over the Khumnu Khola. We now climb up though more fields to Chiule, where we lunch, after which we climb steadily through rhododendron forests to our lodge accommodation in Tadapani (2650m). From this village, there are excellent views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Macchapuchhare. Tadapani has a Tibetan market and feels very jolly and colourful.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 1230m

    • Distance 9km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 770m

    • Time 4 - 6 hrs trekking

  • Follow the ridge to Banthanti and continue to Ghorepani (2900m) above the Kali Gandaki Valley.

    Leaving Tadapani it's down to the river, then up and along to Banthanti. From here we climb steadily up through a beautiful rhododendron forest alongside a river in a narrow rocky gorge to another Deurali (3100m.). Deurali has another big market with Tibetian stalls and wears. Leaving Deurali we reach the ridge which is clad in rhododendron and in the springtime forms a pink sea of flowers down the hillside. With views of Poon Hill tomorrow we descend gradually to Ghorepani (2900m). At this point we are on a branch of the main Annapurna Circuit route and there are likely to be many travellers passing through this ridge-top village in both directions. Whichever way they have come, they will be tired after a long climb and will stop to slake their thirst at one of the many hostelries. Traditionally a stopping place on the route from Pokhara into the prosperous Kali Gandaki Valley, Ghorepani means 'horse-watering place.' Dhaulagiri is the impressive peak which can be seen across the broad valley of the Kali Gandaki to the northwest.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 1090m

    • Distance 9km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 890m

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs trekking

  • Optional pre-dawn ascent of Poon Hill (3195m), then trek down to the village of Sikha (1980m).

    It is a must for those who stay at Ghorepani to make the walk up to the celebrated viewpoint of Poon Hill (3195m), which is a continuation of the ridge to the west of the village. Dawn is the best time to go - so, we arrange a wake up call at 4 a.m. and those who wish can head up the well marked track by the light of our head-lamps. The first light of dawn illuminates Dhaulagiri and Tukuche Peak with a surreal pink glow. You may be able to buy coffee and breakfast from some enterprising Nepali who has carried his wares up to Poon Hill to take advantage of the morning trade. Descending to Ghorepani, we make time for breakfast, before we begin a descent into the Kali Gandaki valley, today dropping down as far as the village of Sikha (1980m) with wonderful views of Dhaulagiri.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 740m

    • Distance 10km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1630m

    • Time 5 hrs trekking

  • Trek down through pretty farmland to a bridge over the Kali Gandaki. Overnight at Tatopani (1100m).

    We continue our descent walking on a good trail through pretty farmland into the Kali Gandaki Valley finally reaching the river which rises on the high Tibetan Plateau and flows through the worlds’ deepest gorge between Annapurna and Dhauligiri. We cross the river on a suspension bridge to arrive at our final lodge on the trek, at the settlement of Tatopani (1100m). In the Nepali language, ‘Tatopani’ means ‘hot water’ and the village is so named because of nearby hot springs which have been developed into rudimentary baths if anyone needs a soak before dinner at the lodge.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 710m

    • Distance 8km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1390m

    • Time 3 hrs trekking

  • Drive to Beni and meet our onward transport to Pokhara. Afternoon free to explore colourful Lakeside.

    After breakfast at our lodge, we drive the ever-improving jeep road to the tarmac road at Beni, where we meet our main transport for the drive to Pokhara. We check in to our comfortable hotel close to Phewa Tal in time for lunch. The afternoon is free to wander by the lake, to browse the bazaar, or to simply sit in the garden of one of the excellent lakeside restaurants and admire the view of the Annapurnas.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • A free in Pokhara to enjoy this relaxed town and its beautiful lake. A second night at our Pokhara hotel.

    We have allowed a full day free in Pokhara to enjoy the special ambience of this most relaxed of Nepal towns and its beautiful lake. There are many possibilities for optional activities here from canoeing and sailing, to mountain biking, or even paragliding in tandem with a qualified instructor. These optional activities are not provided by KE or their agents but are easily arranged through local offices close to the group’s hotel. Alternatively, you can hire a rowing boat, cross the lake, and hike up to the ‘Peace Pagoda’ for stunning views across the lake and towards the Himalaya including the spectacular ‘Fishtail’ Peak.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Fly to Kathmandu. Afternoon free to relax by the pool or to do some independent sightseeing.

    We take the morning flight to Kathmandu. 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. This evening we will have a celebration dinner in one of Thamel’s excellent restaurants. We spend a final night at the group hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals bld

  • 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 experienced English speaking local leader
  • Kathmandu Airport transfers
  • Internal flights all land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • All meals throughout the trip
  • Guided half-day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu
  • Once on trek the group will be assisted by porters and a local guide

  • 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.

The group will rendezvous at the group hotel in Kathmandu in the evening of day 1 of the Land Only itinerary. All clients will receive complimentary meet and transfer at Kathmandu Airport.

Shortly after first light you should wake and start packing your kitbag and making preparations for the day. Coming down to the dining room we will be served breakfast from the lodge kitchen before setting off on the day’s trek. We will generally reach our lunch stop by mid-day after around 3 or 4 hours of trekking. Lunch is taken at tea houses along the route or occasionally as a packed lunch. This is normally a leisurely affair and is a great time for relaxing, reading and sitting in the sun. Our porters usually catch up with the group during lunch and then are well on their way to the evening’s stop by the time we set off again. It is usual for the afternoon’s walk to be shorter than the morning session. On arrival at the lodge the trek leader will organise everyone’s room. After checking in to your room you may wish to relax with a beer on the terrace of your lodge before taking dinner. Dinner is a 3-course set menu meal taken in the dining room which normally has some form of heating. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trek so far and for general socialising. By 9.00pm most trekkers will have retired to bed and by the whole lodge will be asleep.

Whilst on trek there are 7 nights in lodges/tea houses. The Nepalese trekking lodges also known as 'tea-houses' are simple, friendly and atmospheric. As mostly they are far from the nearest road, is it not surprising that they offer only basic facilities since porters or animals must carry everything up. Mostly these lodges have heated dining areas that are often attractively decorated. Accommodation is basic but clean in unheated rooms with wooden beds and foam mattress. You will need a sleeping bag. The lodges have shared washing and toilet facilities and these are sometimes located in a separate building to the main lodge. Note also that some lodges use continental style toilets and may require self-flushing with water buckets. Some lodges offer hot showers (for an additional charge) and battery charging facilities (also extra). Staying at the lodges is a great way to meet fellow hikers and the locals but it should be remembered that this is still a very remote area and facilities can be basic. The group will also spend 3 nights in Kathmandu and 2 nights in Pokhara at centrally-located tourist-class hotels. All accommodation is on a twin sharing basis (note that in some lodges only dormitory beds may be available). If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. For the 5 hotel nights single rooms are available for a supplementary cost. Additional hotel nights in Kathmandu are also available. For Hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website. Hotels are subject to availability and prices may vary.

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

Typical meals provided in the lodges will include some Nepali dishes but also international cuisine from pizza and chips to apple pie. To ensure that the group can eat together, we order meals in advance and your trip leader will arrange a set menu for the group, which will alternate daily between local and international dishes. Breakfast will usually be porridge, eggs, bread and a hot drink, lunch will be a simple meal with a hot drink, and dinner will be 3 courses consisting of soup, main meal and a simple pudding. If you wish to order additional dishes and/or snacks, you should budget accordingly. Boiled drinking water will be provided at breakfast, lunch and dinner. All the lodges and tea-houses sell snacks, chocolate bars, soft drinks and beer. In Kathmandu we take our meals in the hotel and local restaurants. In Kathmandu and in Pokhara we take our meals in the hotel and local restaurants.

All meals are included in the trip price from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 13

Approximately £200 (or equivalent in US dollars, Euros etc.) should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses including those itemised below. You should allow 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. If you prefer not to carry all of your spending money in cash, it is 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 and beer on most days. Please be aware that since everything has to be 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.

The group will be accompanied by an experienced English-speaking local tour leader.

Tipping is the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ for good service. Tips do not form part of the wages of your guides, porters and 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 the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the tips with a bit of ceremony (or sometimes a party) on the last evening, to mark the end of the trip. As a guide, we recommend that each group member contributes around £50 -60 (in rupees) to these 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. Boots, gloves, hats, scarves and even socks (clean of course) are always warmly received by the porters. Technical clothing and equipment such as head-torches and trekking poles are highly prized by the Shepa crews. 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). It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the group hotel

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.

This holiday involves going to moderately high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 2500 metres. Most people will have no difficulty with this level of altitude but before coming on the holiday, we recommend you read the advice on trekking at 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.

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.

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
  • 4 season sleeping bag*
  • Headtorch/Headlamp with spare batteries
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottles 1 Litre (1 Quart) x2
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Toilet paper (you can also buy this in the lodges if necessary)
  • Travel towel
  • 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: A broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

The following items are optional:

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


  • * Items marked can be hired through KE
  • 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.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

Transit via India

If you are travelling via India (Delhi or Calcutta) to your destination 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, you will not need an India Visa. Please download the detailed information document: Visa PDF India.

Visa Nepal

All nationalities require a visa. The visa fee is $25 for 15 days, $40 for 30 days, $100 for 90 days and is obtainable on arrival. Payment must be made in cash and USD, GBP or Euros are accepted. You will require 2 passport photos.

For all regions of Nepal that we visit an additional permit is required. This is included in the holiday price and KE will apply for it, with your full passport details and 1 passport photo copy (sent or emailed). You must supply this to us at least 4 weeks prior to departure.

For certain trips in additional to the above we also require a copy of the information page of your passport.

These trips are: 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).

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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. This is not a tough trek but you will benefit from a weekly exercise regime leading up to your trip. Regular hiking in hill country is the best preparation but jogging, squash and swimming are also good for developing cardio vascular fitness and stamina. Note that you will encounter a lot of steps on the trail while ascending the Modi Khola valley at the bginning of the walk and you might wish to tailor your exercise to take this into account. Whatever your preparation you should make time to spend at least a few days prior to your trip making long walks in hilly country. It is also a good idea to do some reading about the country and the culture of the local people before you embark on an adventure holiday.

You should contact your GP or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

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.

October to November and March to May are the best times for trekking in Nepal. These months either side of the summer monsoon season are neither too hot in the foothills nor too cold in the higher elevations and they offer the best conditions for trekking. Pre-monsoon is the best time to see the colourful blooms of the rhododendron at lower elevations. The post-monsoon months usually offer the clearest skies and the most settled weather. At either of these periods you will encounter a wide range of daytime temperatures during your trip from approximately 25ºC / 77ºF in Kathmandu and Pokhara to approximately 14ºC / 57ºF at 3000 metres / 10,000 feet. The ‘real feel’ temperature in the middle of the day will be much warmer than this. At night in the rarefied air the temperatures plummet. You can expect to experience overnight temperatures below freezing anywhere above approximately 3000m. / 10,000ft. Extended periods of rain or snow are very unlikely outside of the monsoon period but short lived storms can and do occur

Lonely Planet Guide to Nepal. Lonely Planet Rough Guide to Nepal. Rough Guides Trekking and Climbing in Nepal. Steve Razzetti. The Trekkers Handbook. Tom Gilchrist. Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya. Stan Armington. Kathmandu and the Kingdom of Nepal. Prakash Raj. Portraits of People:Nepal Himalayas. Eric Valli Annapurna. Maurice Herzog

Annapurna Adventure Trekking Map - 1:125,000.

This map is a collaboration between the Nepal publishers ‘Nepa’ and National Geographic. It covers the whole of the trek plus Pokhara. Topography is shown both by relief shading and contours (100m. interval). The map shows trails and villages and many peaks are named. On the reverse is a general road map of Nepal and also a street map of Kathmandu.

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

Shanker Hotel

From $100 per room per night

Situated next to the grounds of the former Royal Palace and only a 10-minute walk from the popular Thamel district, this former Rana residence was converted into a hotel in 1964. The original architecture was based on a French palace and the hotel has a grand appearance. Set in a large and beautifully tended garden, it provides a hideaway from the hustle and bustle of city life and is an ideal base from which to explore Kathmandu. All its rooms which are en-suite have been recently refurbished and the hotel facilities include 2 restaurants, 2 bars and a swimming pool where you can also order drinks.

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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