Classic Larapinta Trek in Comfort

On this fully supported Larapinta Trek you walk with just a day pack to explore the best sections of this iconic desert trail: from the high ridge lines of the West MacDonnell Ranges you’ll see the vast flood plains that form this ancient land. You’ll be dwarfed by the immensity of Ormiston and Serpentine Gorge and soothed by their idyllic waterholes. You’ll be amazed by dramatic colour changes in the rock formations at Simpsons Gap and Standley Chasm… and to top it all off you’ll climb to the lofty peak of Mt Sonder to watch the sunrise (1,380m).

At the end of each day we relax in comfort at our architect-designed camps – including hot showers, comfortable lounges and heated dining shelter – as our guides prepare gourmet 3-course dinners around the campfire. Our exclusive camps combined with passionate guides, spectacular food, and an unsurpassed itinerary make this tour the ultimate Larapinta experience

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Telegraph Station to Wallaby Gap (14km)

We pick you up from your accommodation between 7-7.30am and begin our walk at the historic Alice Springs Telegraph Station, the official start of the Larapinta Trail. From here the trail takes us west through witchetty bush, mulga scrub, and bird-filled shady woodlands. We climb high over exposed hills to the jagged outcrop of Euro Ridge, with expansive views over Alice Springs and the surrounding landscape, before descending to the passage of Wallaby Gap. After a stop for refreshments you take a quick transfer by bus to Nick’s Camp. Nick’s Camp is one of our exclusive award-winning camps, nestled in the bush with stunning views across the Heavitree Range and Alice Valley. Following your introduction to camp you will be treated to a spread of local bush foods prepared by local specialist Rayleen Brown.

Walking Time: 5-8 hours

Day 2: Nick’s Camp to Simpsons Gap (7km) then to Standley Chasm (2km)

From Nick’s Camp we continue west through magnificent, shady Bloodwoods and tall Ironwoods, the dominant trees on this narrow alluvial flat. We may catch sight of Black-footed Rock Wallaby as we approach one of the most important waterholes of the area, Simpsons Gap. A short transfer takes us to the stunning Standley Chasm where you will enjoy a talk about indigenous culture. All departures will journey into Arrernte country for a cultural conversation. After a delicious picnic lunch and a walk into the magnificent Chasm – a private reserve still run by the traditional owners – we transfer to back to our campsite.

Walking Time: 3-5 hours

Day 3: Serpentine Gorge to Charlie’s Camp (16.5km)

Today’s highlight is the 5km walk along the crest of the high ridge leading to Counts Point. From here we have clear views of Central Australia’s western horizon to Mt Zeil (1531m), the highest peak in the Northern Territory, and Mt Sonder which marks the end of the Larapinta Trail. We can also see the huge comet crater of Gosse Bluff, a feature of the landscape for the next few days. We descend from the high ridgetop though mysterious stands of mulga trees. At the base of the ridge we follow a track of dolomite limestone toward camp; keep your eye out for fossil stromatolites under foot, one of the most ancient forms of life. Stepping off the main trail, we follow our private track to Charlie’s Camp, named in honour of pioneering Larapinta guide Charlie Holmes. Tonight’s camp is nestled in secluded wilderness at the foothills of Counts Point. Spend the evening relaxing around the campfire while your guides prepare a scrumptious dinner.

Walking Time: 5.5-6.5 hours

Day 4: Charlie’s Camp to Ochre pits (8km)

After another wonderful breakfast we walk out of camp to the breathtaking Inarlanga (Echidna) Pass, visiting Serpentine Chalet en route. We spend some time in the magnificent pass to enjoy the peace and marvel at the ancient cycad palms. From here we trek south-west to an original ochre quarry, a sacred Aboriginal site. The rainbow of vibrant colours on the wave-like ochre wall makes for stunning photos. We then break for a picnic lunch and an early finish in preparation for our big day tomorrow. This afternoon you can relax at Glen Helen Homestead Lodge. We transfer west to one of our exclusive Camps. Fearless – named in honour of trekking guide Sue Fear, or Sonder Camp – named after the majestic Mt Sonder. Both Camps are located at the foothills of Mount Sonder.

Walking Time: 3-7 hours

Day 5: Early morning sunrise walk up Mount Sonder 1380m (16km)

Your guides will have you up early this morning (2-3am) for our pre-dawn walk up Mount Sonder. Weaving your way up to the 1380m summit of this majestic mountain following only the glittering light of your head-torch, surrounded by deep and peaceful darkness, is a truly inspiring experience… and watching the sunrise from the top is unforgettable! Mount Sonder is the official end and highest point of the entire Larapinta Trail and as such we have expansive views across the entire vast landscape we have been exploring over the last few days. We descend to Redbank Gorge and can enjoy a great brunch back at camp. If time permits in the afternoon we may visit the Glen Helen Homestead at the base of the range where we can relax with a drink. A short transfer returns us to camp looking back up toward Mt Sonder.

Walking Time: 6-7 hours

Day 6: Ormiston Pound Walk (8km), transfer to Alice Springs

This morning we enjoy the best side walk of the entire Larapinta Trail: Ormiston Pound. The Pound offers an immense variety of extraordinary scenery and is the perfect walk to complete our journey. We explore the upper reaches of the Gorge where we may see Rock Wallabies scamper about the imposing cliffs, and follow the track through scrub filled with native birds: Spinifex Pigeon, Budgerigar and Mistletoe Bird. Keep an eye out overhead for the majestic Wedge-tailed Eagle, Australia’s largest raptor. After lunch we board the bus and transfer to Alice Springs. Sitting back and watching the now familiar ancient desert landscape slide by the bus window gives most trekkers a sense of awe and satisfaction. Congratulations on all you have achieved over the last six days! We will drop you to your accommodation at approximately 4-5pm. This evening your group may like to arrange a celebratory dinner together at one of Alice’s great eateries.

Walking Time: 3-4 hours

2021 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 04, 07, 11, 14, 21, 25, 28$2,985.00$3,385.00
May: 02, 05, 09, 12, 16, 19, 23, 30$2,985.00$3,385.00
June: 02, 06, 09$2,985.00$3,385.00
June: 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30$3,085.00$3,485.00
July: 04, 07, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28$3,085.00$3,485.00
August: 01, 04, 08, 11$4,555.00$3,485.00
August: 15, 18, 22, 25, 29$2,985.00$3,485.00
September: 01, 05, 08, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26$2,985.00$3,485.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners, snacks & hot drinks
Transport:All transport during the tour
Accommodation: 5 nights exclusive semi-permanent campsites
Guide: Professional wilderness guide & support staff
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Best of the Larapinta Trail

This fantastic route along the Larapinta Trail will take in the most spectacular highlights along the 223km track. The camping based trek will allow you more time to explore and soak in the beauty of the Central Australian desert as you traverse the most scenic stages of the Larapinta Trail.

Carrying just a day-pack, this walk will delight the wilderness lover and challenge even seasoned walkers. The Larapinta Trail offers one of the greatest desert treks on earth and is a bucket list experience for anyone who enjoys walking holidays. Following the spine of the West MacDonnell range, this extended walk along the Larapinta Trail will take in the sections along the trail that simply cannot be missed. It also provides a more achievable objective for walkers not yet ready for our 14 day Larapinta End to End trip. There will be some demanding stages as you pass over remote ridges and canyons, walking up to 30kms on some days.

The group camping gear is transported to each campsite by our professional support crew, freeing walkers to enjoy the diverse desert scenery, revel in the camaraderie of like-minded travellers and focus on achieving your goal

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Jay Creek to Standley Chasm (15km)

We pick you up from your Alice Springs accommodation between 6:30-7:00am and transfer to Jay Creek (the last section of this transfer is on a 4WD track). Leaving Jay Creek we are on sacred ground, where the Aboriginal custodians ask that we walk only in the creek bed. Today’s walk is nothing short of spectacular. We continue on through varied terrain dotted with Mulga and Witchetty Bush to Tangentyere Junction. Here the track diverges to follow the ridgeline above the Finke River. We trek to our lunch spot at Millers Flat, from which we climb through rocky terrain before descending into Standley Chasm from the north. Camp this evening is at Standley Chasm.

Day 2: Standley Chasm to Birthday Waterhole (19km)

From Standley Chasm we follow the spectacular Bridle Trail, an old trading route used by the early settlers in the region. We head up to follow the ridgeline over Reveal Saddle to Brinkley’s Bluff. From this high point, just over 1100m, you are rewarded with superb views of the spine effect created by the West MacDonnell Ranges. After lunch we take on a steep descent and pass Mintbush Spring, named for the native plant that grows here: a beautifully mint-scented bush related to sage and lavender. Our welcoming camp tonight is at the peaceful Birthday Waterhole.

Day 3: Birthday Waterhole to Hugh Gorge (16.5km)

We rise early today for one of the most challenging and rewarding sections on the trail. The track undulates over rough, rocky terrain and we are exposed (to the elements and to the magnificent views!) atop Windy Saddle and Razorback Ridge for the first part of the day. In the afternoon we drop down to Fringe Lily Creek, a nice place for a break as it offers some shade. After lunch the trail takes us on a rough spinifex journey through this semi-arid region allowing breathtaking views of Hugh Gorge. A transfer will bring us to camp, which will either be at Birthday Waterhole or up Hugh River.

Day 4: Ellery Creek to Serpentine Gorge (14km)

Today we are walking through the vertical-spined dolomite country of the Bitter Springs formation. These 800 million year old rocks contain fossilised stromatolites, the cyanobacteria that were amongst the first life forms on this earth. It is worth taking time to admire the Ellery Creek Big Hole waterhole before we start trekking. The trail takes us through scattered woodlands and over a stile to a trig point, a good spot for lunch. Arriving mid afternoon at camp provides us with an opportunity to relax or wander at leisure around the hills of our campsite. We will camp at Serpentine Chalet, and a transfer will bring us to camp from Serpentine Gorge.

Day 5: Serpentine Gorge to Serpentine Chalet (17km)

This section of the trail offers breathtaking views as you walk along the high quartzite ridge lines that typify the West MacDonnell Ranges. We ascend to Counts Point where we are able to take in clear views of Central Australia’s western horizon, to Mt Zeil (1531m) the highest peak in the Northern Territory, and Mt Sonder which marks the end of the Larapinta Trail. We can even see the fascinating, huge comet crater of Gosse Bluff. A descent through mysterious old Mulga stands brings us back to our camp at Serpentine Chalet, where we enjoy another great evening meal together.

Day 6: Serpentine Chalet to Ormiston Gorge (31km)

An early start is required to fit in all of the highlights of this section of the trail. Today takes us into the rugged heart of this ancient landscape on a track only opened to the public as recently as 1997. The trail today is again challenging as we ascend to 1088 metres. And again, as always on the Larapinta, our epic climb is rewarded with expansive views. The view opens up across the Alice Valley to the giant, bulky mass of of Mt. Giles, one of the Northern Territory’s highest peaks at 1389m.

Day 7: Ormiston Pound Walk (8km)

This morning we enjoy the best side walk of the entire Larapinta Trail: Ormiston Pound. The Pound offers an immense variety of extraordinary scenery and is the perfect walk to complete our journey. We explore the upper reaches of the Gorge where Rock Wallabies scamper about the imposing cliffs, and follow the track through scrub filled with native birds: Spinifex Pigeon, Budgerigar and Mistletoe Bird. Keep an eye out overhead for the majestic Wedge-tailed Eagle, Australia’s largest raptor. We will spend the afternoon relaxing at our campsite in preparation for tomorrow.

Day 8: Davenport Creek Walk (16.5km)

This morning we walk out of our camp on the Finke River. The local Arrernte name for the river is ‘Lhere Pinte’, meaning salty river, which is where this trail gets its name from. The Finke is also estimated at being the oldest river in the world. Today we have views and trail dominated by the bulk of Mt Sonder, whose colours change magnificently throughout the day. We initially head north-west through spinifex before crossing Davenport Creek, a tributary of the Finke River. We climb over a low section of the range to Hilltop Saddle, arguably one of the best views of the mountain which will be tomorrows walk before descending into Rocky Bar Gap, where we will be met by your support vehicle to be transported a short distance back to camp on the Finke River.

Day 9: Mt Sonder (16km), transfer to Alice Springs

Your guides will have you up early this morning for our pre-dawn walk up Mount Sonder. Weaving your way up to the 1380m summit of this majestic mountain following only the glittering light of your head-torch, surrounded by deep and peaceful darkness, is a truly inspiring experience… and watching the sunrise from the top is unforgettable! From the peak we have expansive views across the entire Larapinta landscape we have explored over the last few days. We descend to Redbank Gorge and can enjoy a great brunch on the Finke River before returning to Alice Springs. We aim to drop you at your accommodation by 3pm.

2021 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 16$3,195.00$3,195.00
May: 04, 25$3,195.00$3,195.00
June: 15, 27$3,295.00$3,295.00
July: 06$3,295.00$3,295.00
August: 17, 31$3,195.00$3,195.00
September: 12$3,195.00$3,195.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners
Transport:All transport during the tour
Accommodation: 8 nights Camping - Tents and swags for sleeping (Sleeping Bag Hire - $20 per person)
Guide: Professional wilderness guide & support staff
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Hike

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a spectacular trekking experience. In the ranking of Peru treks, it is far and away number one, but we could also certainly claim that it is among tops in the entire world. The hike trail winds through some of the most sublime countryside in the Peruvian Andes and, as if that were not enough, leads to one of the Wonders of the World, famed Machu Picchu. Awaken your senses through this awe-inspiring Machu Picchu Inca Trek Tour.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Cusco – Chilca – Wayllabamba

Our guide will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco very early in the morning to take bus to km 82, the entrance of the trail to begin the trek to Machu Picchu. You will walk for approximately three hours along the Urubamba river until the archaeological site of Llactapata, where you will stop for lunch. Then you will continue walking towards your first camp at Wayllabamba. Dinner and overnight in tents at the campsite.

Walking time: Between 5 – 6 hours
Distance: Approx. 13 kilometres
Highest point: 3,000 metres above sea level

Day 2: Wayllabamba – Warmiwañusca – Pacaymayo

After breakfast, the toughest part of the trail begin, walking towards the highest point in the Inca Trail where you will have an unbelievable panoramic view of the whole area and will observe different types of microclimates. After 3 hours of walking you will reach the first pass, named Warmiwañiusca or Dead Woman`s Pass, at approximately 4,200 m.a.s.l. Here, you will feel a tremendous sense of achievement as you reach the top and gaze at the landscape below. After lunch you will continue your walking down to Pacaymayo where you will camp and have dinner.

Walking time: 6 -7 hours
Distance: Approx. 11 kilometres
Highest point: 4,200 metres above sea level

Day 3: Pacaymayo – Puya Patamarka – Wiñay Huayna

After breakfast you will start the descent towards the second most important pass of the trail at 3,850 m.a.s.l. Having a guided visit at the archaeological complex of Runkurakay and the Inca citadel of Sayacmarca. Continue your trekking towards Puya Patamarka (Cloud-level town), another important archaeological monument, where lunch will be served. After a short break you will continue walking to Wiñay Huayna (Forever Young) for a guided visit of this impressive archaeological complex with a spectacular setting. Dinner and overnight at the camp.

Walking time: Between 7 – 8 hours
Distance: Approx. 10 kilometres
Highest point: 3,900 metres above sea level

Day 4: Wiñay Huayna – Machu Picchu

After breakfast, have a very early start to arrive in time for sunrise at Machu Picchu. After a one hour walk through the forest towards the Inti Punku or the Gate of the Sun, also known as the Entrance Gate to Machu Picchu, you will have the most impressive panoramic view of the citadel. Upon arrival at Machu Picchu, your guide will take you on a tour around the citadel visiting the main sites and monuments. After the tour you will have free time to wander, then you will meet with the rest of the group to drive by bus down to Aguas Calientes and then to your hotel for overnight or board the train back to the city of Cusco.

Please note: Entrance into Machu Picchu is included for this day only

Walking time: 2 hours
Distance: Approx. 4 kilometres
Highest point: 2,700 metres above sea level

Day 5: Machu Picchu – Cuzco

Free day to explore the ruins before your afternoon train back to Cuzco.

Please note: Park entrance fee not included on day 5

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs Cusco daily:
Camping & Tourist Class Hotels:$1,345.00$1,565.00
Camping & First Class Hotels:$1,815.00$2,084.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
Transport: Transfer to Entrance of the Inca Trail
Rail: Tourist train ticket: Aguas Calientes - Cuzco
Accommodation: 3 nights camping & 1 night accommodation
Guide: Local English Speaking guide & Porters to carry equipment only
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.

* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Northern Wonders

This journey takes you to the lesser explored north of Sri Lanka where you will have some time to relax on the beach at Jaffna along with visiting some of the country’s best preserved sites. Watch the sun set over the city from Jaffna Fort, visit the Hindu temple of Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil, originally built in the 15th Century, and wander the backstreets of Trinocomalee or spend time relaxing by the beach or exploring the coast.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Dambulla

Drive from your hotel in the Cultural Triangle to the far north of Sri Lanka and Jaffna.

Day 2: Jaffna

Take a tour of this interesting city which has historically linked Sri Lanka and south India. Visit the fort and Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil, a major temple.

Day 3: Jaffna – Trincomalee

Drive to the east coast of the island and the historic town of Trincomalee with its Portuguese fort and medieval Hindu Temple. Check into your beach accommodation, situated on the stunning coastline.

Day 4: Trincomalee

Spend the day at leisure, enjoy the beach or relaxing by the pool. Your vehicle os available if you want to go back into town.

Day 5: Trincomalee – Colombo

After breakfast transfer Colombo.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs Dambulla Daily:From $1,018.00Price on Application
Inclusions 
Meals: 4 breakfasts
Transport:Airport transfers & private air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation:4 nights accommodation
Guide:English speaking chauffeur guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Journey Through The Himalayas

Experience a jungle stay in Chitwan and explore the impressive jungle by jeep. Discover the lively and eclectic lanes and bazaars of Kathmandu, where you can find arts, crafts and delicious food. Visit one of the holiest Hindu temples in Kathmandu dating back to the fifth century.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Kathmandu to Dhulikhel

On arrival in Kathmandu be transferred to Dhulikhel.

Hotel: Dhulikhel Mountain Resort

Day 2: Dhulikhel to Kathmandu

Rise early to enjoy sunrise views in Dhulikhel before setting out on the scenic journey to Kathmandu.

Hotel: Vivanta Kathmandu, 3 nights

Day 3: Kathmandu

This morning, visit Pashupatinath which is one of the holiest Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Day 4: Kathmandu

Explore Kathmandu Durbar Square which used to be the palace of the kings. Delve deeper into Hindu traditions as you interact with Ex-Kumari of Patan.

Day 5: Kathmandu to Chitwan

Fly to Bharatpur before continuing the drive to Chitwan. On arrival a naturalist will explain the schedule for your upcoming stay. Stay the next two nights at Jungle Villa resort.

Day 6: Chitwan

Gain a fascinating insight into Chitwan as you drive through the rugged trails of the jungle on a jeep ride. Continue on a local village walk and experience a local ethnic cultural dance.

Day 7: Chitwan to Lumbini

This morning, drive to Lumbini. Lumbini is the place where the Buddha, known as the Tathagata was born.

Hotel: Lumbini Hokke, 2 nights

Day 8: Lumbini

Venture to Lumbini Garden, this sacred garden is a small complex lying at the southern end of Lumbini. It marks the place where the Buddha is reputed to have been born.

Day 9: Lumbini to Pokhara

Travel to Pokhara. Pokhara is a remarkable place for its natural beauty as well as most dramatic sceneries in world.

Hotel: Temple Tree Resort, 2 nights

Day 10: Pokhara

Rise early to visit Sarangkot and be amazed as the sun rises over Himalayas. Later, visit Bindhyabasini temple. This is one of the oldest temples in Pokhara. Cruise the waters of Phewa Lake on a traditional boat.

Day 11: Pokhara to Bandipur

Rise early and drive to Bandipur. Bandipur has miraculously preserved its old time cultural atmosphere with passage of time.

Hotel: Old Inn Bandipur

Day 12: Bandipur to Kathmandu

Start your day with a drive to Kathmandu. This afternoon is free at leisure.

Hotel: Vivanta Kathmandu

Day 13: Kathmandu

Enjoy breakfast before being transferred to the airport for your onward journey.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs Kathmandu Daily: From $3,577.00Price on application

Inclusions 
Meals: 12 breakfasts, 1 lunches, 1 dinners
Transport:Airport transfers & Air-conditioned vehicle
Flights:Air Ticket: Kathmandu - Bharatpur
Accommodation:12 nights accommodation
Guide:Local English-speaking guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Everest in Style

Adventure through the foothills of the one and only Mount Everest. Embark on an unforgettable Everest in Style adventure that makes no compromise on creature comforts. This new and unique itinerary combines the thrills of Nepal trekking with the very best available accommodation in the area. Surround yourself with the greatest mountain scenery in the world, combining an incredible sense of accomplishment with landscapes that must be seen with your own eyes to be truly appreciated. With time to soak up the unique atmosphere of Kathmandu, fly to Lukla and explore the trails, villages, and snow-dusted peaks of the Himalayas. Meet Sherpas, monks, farmers and more, ending each day with new achievements and retiring to first-rate mountain lodges. This is what adventures are made of.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu

Namaste! Welcome to Nepal. When you arrive in Kathmandu Airport, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. A representative will be waiting outside the airport terminal a few metres from the exit door – look out for the Peregrine signboard. The drive from the airport to the hotel takes around 20 minutes. There are no activities planned for today until a welcome briefing given by the group leader this afternoon to discuss your trekking program and coordinate any last-minute arrangements. Afterwards, enjoy a free evening, perhaps joining your leader and fellow travellers for an optional meal at one of Kathmandu’s fine Nepali restaurants.

Hotel: Hotel Shangri-La or similar

Day 2: Lukla / Phakding (2610m / 8563ft)

Rise early and board a plane for a quick journey from Kathmandu to Lukla (2827 m) (approximately 45 minutes). This spectacular journey flies parallel to the giants of the Himalayas, with unforgettable views of the mountains bordering Nepal and China. Land on an airstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary and the Sherpas in the mid-1960s. After landing, spend time exploreing the village while the Sherpa crew sort and load your trekking equipment. After a quick safety talk, begin your trek to Phakding. You’ll descend towards the milky white waters of the Dudh Kosi River, where you will join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, located just above Chaunrikharka (2713 m). The walk is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat (2550 m), it’s only a short hike to Phakding. Settle into your first mountain lodge of the trip. It features organic gardens, a peaceful riverside location, and comfortable rooms designed in traditional Khambu style.

Hotel: Yeti Mountain Home Phakding

Day 3: Namche Bazaar (3450m / 11319ft )

Today you’ll trek approximately 7 hours to Namche Bazaar, when you will see Everest for the first time. From Phakding, cross the river and head up the valley, following in the footsteps of the porters carrying supplies for Namche Bazaar. The trail, lined with blue pine forest, follows the river valley and is especially spectacular in spring when the rhododendron flowers are bright in bloom. Cross the Dudh Kosi River at Benkar, and look up to see the peaks of snow-capped Kusum Kanguru (6369 m) and Thamserku (6623 m). Press on to Monjo (2835 m), a good place to break for lunch. From here the walk starts to get a little tougher, with a steep ascent to Namche Bazaar. Enter into the national park, cross the river through the village of Jorsale (2805 m) and then continue upstream. Cross another spectacular suspension bridge and begin the ascent to Namche Bazaar at a steady pace. There are some fantastic photographic opportunities as the peaks of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Taweche (6542 m) come into view for the first time. Your base for the next three nights, the Yeti Mountain Home, boasts a breathtaking location, perched on the upper slopes of the Sherpa capital.

Hotel: Yeti Mountain Home Namche, 3 nights

Day 4: Namche Bazaar (3450m / 11319ft )

Namche Bazaar is a great place to properly acclimatise to the altitude. One of the best ways to do this is to take a walk up to a higher altitude then come back down to sleep – there’s an optional walk above the Bhote Khola River Valley towards Thami today (3810 m). Taking a walk to see both the sunrise and sunset views from the national park headquarters above the village is also a great option. This stunning vista includes a super panorama of the Khumbu peaks and great views of Everest.

Day 5: Namche Bazaar (3450m / 11319ft )

Enjoy some more free time in Namche Bazaar. The national park headquarters are home to interesting displays about Sherpa lifestyle and culture, and the local flora and fauna. Namche gained its importance during the period when Tibetan salt was traded for the lowland grains of Nepal. Rugs, clothing, salt and dried meat still all do a roaring trade in the village centre. Your guides are on hand to offer advice and escort you on further day walks.

Day 6: Monjo (2835m / 9301 ft)

Today, descend to the small Sherpa settlement of Monjo, (approximately 3 hours). Your route travels to Jorsale which is located just north of Monjo and south of Namche Bazaar. This village is situated on the west side of the holy Dud Khoshi River which follows from the mountain. An exciting part of today’s walk is crossing a suspension bridge – one of the popular bridges going across the Dudhkoshi. Settle into your plush lodge and enjoy some rest and relaxation. Tonight’s accommodation is the newest of the Yeti Mountain Home lodges. It’s spacious, comfortable and fitted out in classic Sherpa style.

Hotel: Yeti Mountain Home Monjo

Day 7: Lukla (2860m / 9383ft)

This morning, depart Monjo and continue your descent along the Dudh Koshi River. Along the way, pass by several monasteries and villages before making a final ascent to reach the Lukla plateau (approximately 4.5 hours). You should arrive there by mid-afternoon. On your arrival in Lukla, there will be time for you to relax and unwind. Your tranquil and beautifully decorated lodge offers the added bonus of a Himalayan Healers spa. Take the time to indulge in a few creature comforts as you reflect on the adventure that has been.

Hotel: Yeti Mountain Home Lukla

Fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla Airport. In the late afternoon, visit the Garden of Dreams. This Edwardian garden, located centrally in Kathmandu, was created by Field Marshal Kaiser Sumsher Rana in early 1920. About half of that original garden still exists today and it’s a beautiful sight, having been restored with the help of the Austrian Government between 2000 and 2007. Spend some time exploring its elegant flower arrangements, pavillions and fountains. Afterwards, retire to your accommodation for the evening.

Hotel: Hotel Shangri-La or similar

Day 9: Depart Kathmandu

With no activities planned for today, your trip comes to an end in Kathmandu this morning. You are free to leave the accommodation at any time, provided you comply with the hotel’s internal check-out times.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
October: 25$4,035.00$4,260.00
November: 15$4,035.00$4,260.00
2021 Dates & Prices
March: 21$4,230.00$4,455.00
April: 11$4,230.00$4,455.00
September: 26$4,230.00$4,455.00
October: 17$4,230.00$4,455.00
November: 07$4,230.00$4,455.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
Transport:Airport transfers & Air-conditioned vehicle
Flights:Air Ticket: Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu
Accommodation:2 nights Hotel accommodation & 6 nights Lodge accommodation
Guide:English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

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* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Annapurna in Style

Introducing Annapurna in Style, a unique itinerary that combines luxury mountain accommodation with all the hallmarks of a classic Nepal trek. Discover a stunning wilderness of alpine ridges, holy lakes and sensational mountain views. The Annapurna ranges, towering in excess of the magical 8000-metre height, is the great attraction, along with the beautiful fish-tail peak of Machapuchhare. Make the scenic flight to Pokhara; embark on awe-inspiring treks to Birethanti, Majhgaon and Lumle; explore the culturally and ethnically diverse mountain community of Ghandruk; and cruise across gorgeous Fewa Lake. Enjoy a touch of comfort at every step of the journey, staying in some of the finest lodges in the Himalayas.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Kathmandu (1400m / 4593ft)

On arrival in Kathmandu, meet your representative who will be waiting with a Peregrine sign outside the terminal. After you settle into the hotel there will be a group briefing with your trip leader in the late afternoon. They will discuss the trek details and co-ordinate any last minute arrangements. The evening is free, but the leader will usually organise dinner (optional) at one of Kathmandu’s fine Nepali restaurants.

Hotel: Shangri-La or similar

Day 2: Pokhara (1400m / 4593ft)

You will have an early departure from the hotel today for your flight to Pokhara. The flight often boasts spectacular views of the main Himalayan chain to the north. Retire for the evening at the Shangri-La Village, centrally located in Pokhara. Enjoy the outdoor swimming pool with beautiful Himalayan views.

Hotel: Shangri-La Pokhara or similar

Day 3: Ghandruk (2020m / 6627ft)

Drive in a private vehicle to Kimche (approximately 2.5 hours). From here you embark on a trek to Ghandruk (approximately 1.5 hours). Take in beautiful scenery and local village life along the way. The route soon climbs up to the village of Ghandruk, one of the biggest Gurung villages in the area. The difference in the Gurung’s lifestyle here to that of their neighbours in the lower areas is very apparent. Ghandruk is well known for the number of its men folk who have served in the British Gurkha regiments. Your accommodation for the next two nights, the beautiful Himalaya Lodge, is located in the shadow of Annapurna and overlooks the rest of Ghandruk, affording superior views of the mountains, agricultural terraces and various wildlife.

Hotel: Ker & Downey Himalaya Lodge, 3 nights

Day 4: Ghandruk (2020m / 6627ft)

Enjoy a guided tour of Ghandruk village. Observe a fascinating mix of co-existing cultures, mainly Buddhist and Hindu. Gurung people (who are Buddhist) have the majority of settlement, but Brahmin, Chhetri, Magar, Damai, Kami and Saarki people also reside here. Your tour stops in Gurung Cultural Museum, which is a good chance to learn more about local life and history. Visit ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) and the Ghandruk Monastery. This monastery has resident lamas, as well as a collection of religious scriptures. This is also the source of daily Tibetan chant music that is played out daily over the town. There may also be the option to venture south of Ghandruk to a beautiful traditional Gurung village (Gairi Gaon), which has slate-roofed houses clustered on a canyon wall.

Day 5: Birethanti (1097m / 3600ft)

Trek to Birethanti (approximately 5 hours). This is a fairly easy walk, passing through Modi Khola river, rhododendron forest, and Syauli Bazaar. Birethanti is situated at the other side of Nayapul. It is a small community set at the foot of Modi Valley and one of the main stops on the Annapurna Sanctuary and Annapurna Circuit treks. From here you can enjoy stunning views of the sacred Fish Tail Mountain in the distance. There are some souvenir and handicraft merchants in the village, so perhaps take the opportunity for some shopping. Later, relax and unwind at the Sanctuary Lodge, your accommodation for the night which was handcrafted by local artisans and offers spectacular views of Machapuchare in the distance.

Day 6: Majhgaon (1408m / 4620ft)

Following a leisurely breakfast, trek to Majhgaon (approximately 3 hours). Begin by crossing the suspension bridge near the lodge, then head up the banks of the Modi River. This is a little-used trail that starts off on a rocky path and winds through a forested area. Walk through the stone staircase and small farming hamlet before reaching Majhgaon. Then trek along this ridge to the small village from where you can see right out across the valley. The route then descends for a while to another bridge. Cross over and, after one more uphill push, pass through the small villages of Patlekhet and Majhgaon. Arrive at your lodge and enjoy some lunch. Afterwards, perhaps choose to hike to nearby Tanchok village (approximately 1.5 hours), where there is a museum set in a traditional house. Reaching the Majhgaon village, enjoy views of the beautiful surrounding valleys and take the opportunity for photos. The photo opportunities continue as you retire to the lovely Gurung lodge, a collection of tribal-style houses and manicured gardens located on the edge of Majhgaon.

Hotel: Ker and Downey Gurung or Mala Lodge

Day 7: Pokhara (1400m / 4593ft)

Walk to Lumle today (approximately 2.5 hours). Chartered vehicles will be waiting for you at Lumle. Along the way you can perhaps stop at the Tibetan refugee camp, one of the first that was established in Nepal. If you choose to stop, meet one of the monks, who will show you around and explain the symbols and significances of the Tibetan culture and religion. Drive back to Pokhara (approximately 1.5 hours). Explore the lakeside and beach of Fewa lake and perhaps try Chilli, Byanjan or Moondance restaurants – all great options for dinner.

Hotel: Shangri-La Pokhara or similar, 2 nights

Day 8: Pokhara (1400m / 4593ft)

In the late morning, embark on a boat trip around Fewa Lake. Visit Talbarahi Temple which is located on the lake itself (on a small island on the lake’s southeast section). This double-storey, pagoda-style temple is a place of both Buddhist and Hindu worship. Today you also visit the International Mountain Museum which is dedicated to the sacred peaks of Nepal and the people that live around them or have climbed them. Here there is a collection of equipment on display from many of the early expeditions in the Himalayas, as well information on their natural history.

Day 9: Kathmandu (1400m / 4593ft)

Fly to Kathmandu in the late morning. With free time in the afternoon, perhaps do some last minute shopping. Enjoy a farewell dinner at Utsav Restaurant, dining on excellent Nepali food and enjoying a traditional dance performance.

Hotel: Shangri-La or similar

Day 10: Depart Kathmandu

Farewell fellow travellers as your trip comes to an end.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
October: 16$3,320.00$4,090.00
November: 06$3,380.00$4,150.00
2021 Dates & Prices
March: 12$3,475.00$4,245.00
April: 02$3,475.00$4,245.00
September: 17$3,475.00$4,245.00
October: 08$3,475.00$4,245.00
November: 29$3,475.00$4,245.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
Transport:Airport transfers & Air-conditioned vehicle
Flights:Air Ticket: Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu
Accommodation:5 nights Hotel accommodation & 4 nights Lodge accommodation
Guide:English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Handpicked Nepal

Dive into Nepal’s eclectic culture and astounding natural beauty on this 12 day Handpicked Nepal tour. Explore the ancient city of Kathmandu with its ancient temples, shrines, Buddhist stupas and sculptures. In the Kathmandu valley, admire masterpieces of Newar architecture, explore an elegant hillside temple overrun with monkeys and stand under the towering Boudhanath Stupa. Venturing out of the city, hike the Annapurna mountains, search for rhinos and tigers on a safari in Chitwan and visit the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu

On arrival transfer to your hotel.

Day 2: Kathmandu

Today visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square and take a heritage walk through its medieval alleys. Visit Bouddhanath Stupa and experience an interaction with Lama who will offer a blessing. Drive to Pashupatinath Temple and attend the evening Aarti Ceremony, the lighting of lamps in devotion.

Day 3: Kathmandu – Chitwan National Park

Chitwan is one of the best wildlife viewing parks in Asia and you’ll have an excellent chance of spotting one-horned rhinos, monkeys and up to 544 species of birds.

Day 4: Chitwan National Park

Today is yours to discover the national park with a full day of activities available.

Day 5: Chitwan National Park – Bandipur

Bandipur is a beautifully preserved village above the main road to Kathmandu.

Day 6: Bandipur – Pokhara

Travel by road to the lakeside town of Pokhara. This afternoon visit the Old Bazaar and Kali Temple followed by an evening boat ride on Phewa Lake.

Day 7: Pokhara

Visit Ki Singh Bridge and nearby Devi Falls before moving on to a Tibetan refugee village to discover the community’s thriving textile and carpet industry.

Day 8: Pokhara – Annapurna Hike

Today morning drive to Phedi. We take the right hand track uphill through thin forest and farmland and scattered villages to Dhampus Village 1650m which offers the spectacular views of the snow clad mountains of the Annapurna range including the famous Mt. Machhapuchhre. A further walk of one hour will take us to Pothana for overnight stop. Total walking time 4 hours. Spend the night in a guesthouse.

Day 9: Annapurna Hike

Having our breakfast in the morning we walk to Deurali on a gradual ascent a then take a steep downhill walk through thick rhododendron forest to Bhichuk. From here the trail eases until Langdrung where we take our lunch. After lunch we continue to walk down to Modi Khola (river) to take a steep uphill walk to Ghandruk, a large Gurung Village for an overnight stop. Ghandruk offers the views of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, and other peaks of Annapurna range. Total walking time 6 hours. Overnight at Tea House.

Day 10: Annapurna Hike – Pokhara

We see a gradual descent walk to Seuli Bazar for 2 hours and get on a Flat land walk through rice fields until Birethanti. We further walk on a very busy trail approximately one hour to Nayapul and then drive back to Pokhara. Total walking time 4 hours.

Day 11: Pokhara – Kathmandu

Fly to Kathmandu. Tour Kathmandu city and and see the Swayambhunath Stupa.

Day 12: Depart Kathmandu 

This morning is the best day to take the 8am Everest Mountain flight. You can book this at the time of booking. At 11am, check out of your hotel and transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs Kathmandu daily:From $2,633.00Price on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
Transport:Airport transfers & private air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation:11 nights accommodation
Guide:Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Annapurna Sanctuary

Discover a world of breathtaking mountain peaks on this exciting expedition to the vast natural amphitheatre of the Annapurna Sanctuary. Leaving the terraced fields and forests of the foothills behind, pass under the great bulk of the ‘Fishtail’ Mountain and discover Machhapuchhre Base Camp. An early morning ascent to Annapurna Base Camp sees you surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of some of the world’s highest mountains.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Days 1: Arrive Kathmandu

Our trip begins in Kathmandu. Meet your Tour Leader and the rest of the day is at leisure.

Days 2: Arrive Kathmandu

Today we take a walking tour of Kathmandu’s top attractions.

Day 3: Kathmandu – Pokhara

Leaving the capital, we drive to Pokhara. The drive will take much of the day but the mountain views are spectacular.

Day 4: Pokhara – Ghandruk

Depart Pokhara and drive via Nayapul to Badaldanda village where we begin our trek. The walk follows a stone path of roughly hewn steps. We finish in Ghandruk.

Day 5: Ghandruk – Chhomrong

We then begin the long steep ascent towards Chhomrong. The high point above the main valley is a favourite place for soaring vultures and provides us with awesome vistas.

Day 6: Chhomrong – Dovan

Descending to cross the Chhomrong Khola by suspension bridge, we enjoy excellent views of Machhapuchhre and Annapurna South. We continue to climb steeply until we reach a welcome teahouse. This afternoon we continue our ascent towards Dovan through bamboo forest to our accommodation.

Day 7: Dovan – Deurali

This morning the track continues up past the so-called ‘weeping wall’ and the shrine of the ‘God of the Jungle’, to the Himalaya Hotel. Passing several spectacular waterfalls, we climb through bamboo forest to reach Hinku Cave. We ascend further until we reach the small settlement of Deurali where we spend the night.

Day 8: Deurali – Machhapucchre Base Camp

Today we pass between Machhapuchhre and Huinchuli – the ‘Gates’ into the sanctuary. Climbing over rocky moraine we arrive at Machhapuchhre Base Camp, an awe-inspiring setting in which to end our day’s trekking.

Day 9: Machhapucchre Base Camp – Annapurna Base Camp

We follow a classic route to a spectacular viewpoint, with peaks encircling us including close up views of the south face of Annapurna and of Annapurna South glacier.

Day 10: Annapurna Base Camp – Bamboo

We begin our descent as we head for Bamboo, crossing a number of rocky avalanche chutes.

Day 11: Bamboo – Jhinnu Danda

Descending through rhododendron forest full of birds, we cross the Chhomrong Khola and climb up to Chhomrong village for a rest. We then climb for a short while before descending to Jhinnu Danda, our home for the night.

Day 12: Jhinnu Danda – Pokhara

We descend to the Kimrong Khola which we cross and then tackle a short ascent. Descending further we follow the Modi River until we reach Simai. From Simai we transfer back to Pokhara.

Day 13: Pokhara

Pokhara is smaller and more relaxed than Kathmandu and is beautifully situated on the banks of Phewa Tal. Only foothills separate the town from the high mountains and there are superb views of the snow-capped Annapurna range.

Day 14: Pokhara – Kathmandu

Today we take the scenic six hour journey back to Kathmandu.

Day 15: Kathmandu

Our trip ends after breakfast.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs Kathmandu on selected Sundays
March to April & October to November:
From $2,490.00Price on Application
Inclusions 
Meals: 14 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners
Transport:Airport transfers & private air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation:6 nights standard hotel accommodation & 8 nights simple teahouse accommodation
Guide:Explore tour leader, guides & porters
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Kathmandu with Nagarkot Trek

An itinerary which combines the main attractions of Kathmandu with a few days of easy to moderate trekking, offering the best Himalayan views around the Kathmandu Valley.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu

Arrive in Kathmandu, located in the Kathmandu Valley at 1,400 metres in elevation. Here you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2: Kathmandu

This morning tour Kathmandu’s historic Durbar Square, including the home of the Living Goddess and the former Royal Palace. Continue on to Swayambhunath, the beautiful hilltop stupa dating back to the 5th century. In the city, see the stupa of Bouddnath, one of the city’s most popular sites with its constant stream of pilgrims, and Pashupatinath, Nepal’s most sacred Hindu shrine and one of the subcontinent’s great Shiva sites.

Day 3: Kathmandu – Dhulikhel

The trip starts with a short drive along the scenic Arniko highway. Stop at Banepa and walk to the beautiful temples and bazaars of this well-preserved Newari town. From here we trek after crossing the suspension bridge on Pungmati Khola, on a wide trail meandering along the gentle cultivated slopes of the valley. Take a steeper climb to a temple and our first Himalayan views (weather permitting) before we descend gently for about an hour through terraced hillsides to arrive at our hotel in Dhulikhel.

Day 4: Dhulikhel – Nagarkot 

Wake up before dawn to watch sunrise over the Himalaya. After a relaxing morning and breakfast in the open air, we walk along hillsides, through pine forests and into farmland. Climb gradually to Lamichhanegaon village. A gradual climb brings us to the view tower atop Nagarkot ridge, then on to our overnight stop in Nagarkot – famous for its views of the Himalayan range, stretching from Dhaulagiri in the west and Everest to Kanchenjunga in the east. It is the best close range Himalayan vantage point from anywhere on the Kathmandu Valley rim.

Day 5: Nagarkot – Kathmandu

Wake for sunrise views of the Himalayas. After breakfast drive to Telekot then walk to Changunarayan and its lovely 18th century temple. Afterwards, drive back to Kathmandu.

Day 6: Kathmandu

After breakfast we drive to Muhan Pokhari and commence our walk, through forests to a nunnery. Beyond the monastery, the trail goes steeply uphill through the oak, rhododendron and bamboo forest for another three hours, finally opening to spectacular mountain views of Ganesh Himal and Langtang-Lirung. Take a leisurely downhill walk and drive back to Kathmandu.

Day 7: Depart Kathmandu

After breakfast your journey ends with an airport transfer.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs Kathmandu Daily:From $1,162.00Price on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
Transport:Airport transfers & private air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation:6 nights accommodation
Guide:Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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