bodha stupa kathmandu nepal

Bodha, Kathmandu, Nepal

The famed stupa at Bodha is a center of Tibetan Buddhist culture in Nepal. On our lodge-based Annapurna foothills trek, we hike to ancient villages and learn about Nepal’s unique intertwining of cultures and religions.

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Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $5195  
Length: 14 days
Arrive: Kathmandu, Nepal
Depart: Kathmandu, Nepal
Lodging: 5 nights in hotels, 5 nights in mountain lodges, 1 night in river camp, 2 nights in wildlife lodge
Meals: All meals included except 3 lunches and 2 dinners
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Wildlife & Natural History, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: 6-day trek on moderate trails, 3-5 hours a day, altitudes between 3,000-6,600 feet, easy rafting, wildlife viewing
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Highlights

  • Hike in the Himalaya without experiencing high altitudes!
  • Enjoy a perfect balance of trekking and cultural immersion
  • Relax in charming mountain lodges and savor spectacular Himalayan views
  • Jungle walks, birding, and gameviewing by elephant back near Royal Chitwan National Park


Thank you for our best trip ever.Larry M.—Placerville, CA

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

References

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Departure Notes

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This wonderful journey explores the spectacular, multi-faceted world of the Annapurna Himal, one of the most culturally rich and intensely scenic regions of Nepal. Here we experience a marvelous Himalayan realm at a comfortable elevation (no higher than 6,600 feet) as we trek village-to-village in the Annapurna foothills under the gaze of mighty Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machapuchare, and other soaring, ice-clad peaks. After each day’s hike, our overnights are in cozy mountain lodges magnificently positioned to take full advantage of the amazing views. Our comprehensive adventure continues with a fun float trip on the remote Seti River and exciting gameviewing by elephant back near Royal Chitwan National Park, haunt of the rare Bengal tiger.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-2
Kathmandu

Kathmandu’s intriguing sights include Bodhnath, a 1,400-year-old stupa attracting pilgrims from across Buddhist Asia, and Pashupatinath, a riverside Hindu temple with cremation ghats and wandering sadhus (holy men).

Days 3-8
Annapurna Foothills

Trek In the foothills of the Annapurnas, we hike through terraced fields and rhododendron forests to Ghandruk, with its ancient slate-roofed homes, maze of cobbled lanes, and Gurung, Magar, Chetri, and Brahman hill tribes. Lush subtropical scenery surrounds us as we continue through riverside settings and seldom-visited hamlets. Always with us, gleaming beneath the blue sky, are the snowy summits of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Machapuchare. Our trek ends in Pokhara.

Days 9-14
Seti River / Royal Chitwan National Park / Kathmandu

A journey by raft brings us down the Seti River, offering us a chance to see village life along the banks. Overnight at a safari-style river camp, with dinner around a crackling fire. We then enjoy gameviewing near Royal Chitwan National Park, home to endangered one-horned rhinos and the elusive Bengal tiger. Return to Kathmandu, then depart on Day 14.

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Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:

What the Trip is Like

This trip is rated Level 4, Moderate to Strenuous. We have five hiking days, hiking approximately 3-6 hours a day (6 to 8 miles) on moderate to steep trails at altitudes below 6,600 feet. The steepest hike is in the middle of the trek, when we ascend 2,850 feet from Lamakhet to Ghandruk village. For the most part, you can go at your own speed. The group spreads out along the trail during the day, with our guides hiking along with us to make sure that everyone finds the way. There is ample opportunity for exploring the villages and beautiful surroundings and, of course, for photography.
    
The Annapurna area provides a truly ideal Himalayan trekking experience, relatively short yet intensely scenic. Incredible mountain panoramas and cultural variety make it among Nepal’s most fascinating trekking areas.         

Even though you carry only a daypack (with camera, jacket, rain gear, water bottle, and other small necessities you may need while on the trail), we recommend you make a special effort to get in top physical shape for the trip. Daily brisk walking and/or regular hiking (or using a stair-climbing machine at your gym) are excellent preparatory exercises. Anyone in good health who enjoys hiking should find this trek enjoyable.

Each morning, after an early breakfast, we set out at about 8:30 am, stopping mid-morning for a rest. We continue trekking until our lunch stop around midday. The trails are winding and well worn, but are generally in good condition. Along the way there is plenty of time to stop and photograph the breathtaking Himalayan backdrop, and to explore the countryside. Following lunch, we continue along to our next lodge accommodation. We usually arrive at the lodge by around 3:00 pm, with happy hour and snacks before dinner at 6 pm.

Explanation of Trip Levels

 

Departures & Leaders

2014
Oct 22-Nov 4, 2014  Leila Thompson
Nov 9-22, 2014  Steve Webster
Dec 23, 2014-Jan 5, 2015  James Fuss
2015
Feb 23-Mar 8, 2015

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2014
$5195 (10-12 members)
$5495 (7-9 members)
$5795 (5-6 members)
Single supplement: $1585
Forced single supplement: $1385
Internal airfare: $240 (subject to change)
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Extension Costs
Taj Mahal and Jaipur Extension
   from: $2495
Scenic Everest Flight
   from: $245
South India Extension: The Malabar Coast
   from: $2195
Kanha National Park Extension
   from: $2095
Varanasi and Khajuraho Extension
   from: $1295
Temples of Angkor Extension
   from: $775
Laos: Luang Prabang Extension
   from: $720
Burma Extension
   from: $2395
Bangkok Extension
   from: $595
Phuket Extension
   from: $795
Chiang Mai Extension
   from: $425

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
  • Accommodations, including four nights in Kathmandu at Dwarika's Hotel or the Hotel Yak and Yeti, one night at Shangri La Village Resort, five nights trekker lodges, one night Seti River Camp, two nights at Tharu Lodge
  • All meals included except 3 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Porters, lodge staff, and lodge cooks
  • Sightseeing and airport transfers as noted in the Full Trip Brochure

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare; airport departure taxes; any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Full Trip Brochure; optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff; hotels en route to/from Kathmandu; any additional hotel nights that may be necessary due to international airline schedule changes or other factors; pre-trip expenses of medical immunizations, visa fees, travel insurance; and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.). In the event of non-availability of Pokhara-Kathmandu flights, alternative transport will be arranged at an extra cost to you.

Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $500
120 days prior to departure: 20%
60 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

Minimum fee: None per person
46-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Kathmandu Hotel

Days 1 to 2 (2 nights),
Days 12 to 13 (2 nights), Kathmandu, Nepal

In Kathmandu, we stay at one of the following properties:

Annapurna Lodges

Annapurna Lodges

Days 3 to 7 (5 nights), Annapurna Foothills, Nepal

Experience the magic of the Himalaya while staying in cozy lodges that offer stupendous mountain views as well as easy access to nearby villages. ...
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Shangri-La Village Resort

Shangri-La Village Resort

Day 8 (1 night), Pokhara, Nepal

The Shangri-La Village Resort is a haven of tranquility, with its spacious landscaped gardens, swimming pool, and panoramic views from every room. ...
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Seti River Camp

Seti River Camp

Day 9 (1 night), Seti River, Nepal

This permanent riverside camp in the remote Seti Valley features 16 safari-style tents with twin beds, veranda, and attached bathroom with hot ...
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Tharu Lodge

Tharu Lodge

Days 10 to 11 (2 nights), Chitwan National Park, Nepal

Peacefully set among the rural villages surrounding Chitwan National Park, Tharu Lodge has great charm, with large, simple rooms and excellent food ...
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Extension Accommodations

If you would like to view the accommodations offered with our extensions options:

Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Our Trip Leaders

Here are the Trip Leaders scheduled for this journey (please note that leader assignments are subject to change).

James Fuss

Departure Dates: December 23, 2014-January 5, 2015

James Fuss is a trekking guide, photographer, bicyclist, and chef extraordinaire. Born and bred in South Australia, James acquired his wanderlust early while exploring Australia extensively on camping trips with his parents. His love of the cooking arts began early, as well, and after embarking on ...
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Leila Thompson

Departure Dates: October 22-November 4, 2014

Leila Thompson has made the mountains her focus since she was 18, when she moved to Yosemite to climb, hike, and learn to guide backcountry adventures. Later in Oregon, she added the crafts of backcountry skiing and whitewater guiding to her skills. She began exclusively leading trips for us in ...
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Steve Webster

Departure Dates: November 9-22, 2014

Steve Webster was born in the Jersey Channel Islands of the United Kingdom and traveled to Nepal in the early 1980s to work with the famous Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge. He spent five years in the jungles of Nepal, managing several lodges and camps and studying wildlife, and he trekked extensively in ...
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Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:

Burma

Burma Extension

Yangon and Bagan

Cultural Adventures
6 days  -  Level 2

Cambodia

angkor wat cambodia temples

Temples of Angkor Extension

Exploring the Glories of a Bygone Khmer Civilization

Cultural Adventures
4 days  -  Level 2

India

Kanha National Park Extension

Gameviewing in one of India’s Great Wildlife Reserves

Wildlife & Natural History
5 days  -  Level 2

South India Extension: The Malabar Coast

Cochin and a Cruise Along the Backwaters of Kerala

Cultural Adventures, Walking
4 days  -  Level 1+

taj mahal agra india cultural tour

Taj Mahal and Jaipur Extension

Romantic Rajasthan, Land of Princes

Cultural Adventures
4 days  -  Level 1

Varanasi and Khajuraho Extension

Holy City Along the Ganges, Magnificent World-Famous Temples

Cultural Adventures
4 days  -  Level 1

Laos

Laos: Luang Prabang Extension

Gilded Temples and Traditional Buddhist Culture of Laos

Cultural Adventures
3 days  -  Level 2

Myanmar

Burma Extension

Yangon and Bagan

Cultural Adventures
6 days  -  Level 2

Nepal

everest flying views himalaya

Scenic Everest Flight

Admire the Giants of the Himalaya from a Close Perspective!


Level 1

Thailand

wat arun bangkok thailand

Bangkok Extension

Discover the Beautiful Cultural Monuments of Bangkok

Cultural Adventures
3 days  -  Level 1

Chiang Mai Extension

Explore the Wonders of Northern Thailand

Cultural Adventures, Walking, Wildlife & Natural History
3 days  -  Level 2

Phuket Extension

Explore a Jewel Set in the Andaman Sea

Cultural Adventures, Sea Kayaking
4 days  -  Level 2

Client Comments

Thank you for our best trip ever. Larry M., Placerville, CA Well balanced and most efficiently run, with an excellent leader. Barbara W., San Jose, CA Couldn’t be better. Peter K., Chico, CA What made this trip excellent was the variety—trekking, rafting, safari, and culture, and an outstanding leader. William N., Weston, FL Fantastic! The variety made the trip interesting, with never a dull moment. Scott S., Fresno, CA
Enjoyed everything about the trip! We had so much fun, and we'll use WT again. JoAnn S., Fresno, CA All the trek leaders, raft guides, porters, and naturalists made the trip exceptional. I loved the interactions and insights of the local Nepalese people. Lubab S., Mountain View, CA Quality as always. That's why I look to Wilderness Travel when I'm ready for my next adventure. Mary W., Crosby, TX Wonderful trip! I enjoyed the variety of environments. KT W., San Antonio, TX