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Rice terraces of the Pokhara Valley

Both of Nepal’s most famous trekking regions—Everest and Annapurna—are on this fantastic Private Journey.

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Everest and Annapurna Private Journey

Lodge-Based Trekking in Nepal’s Extraordinary Mountains

Everest and Annapurna Private Journey route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $4195  
Length: 15 days
Arrive: Kathmandu, Nepal
Depart: Kathmandu, Nepal
Lodging: 5 nights in first-class hotels, 9 nights in Luxury lodges of the Annapurna and Everest regions
Meals: All meals included except 4 lunches and 4 dinners
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: Easy to moderate hikes, 3-5 hours a day, altitudes between 3,000-12,500 feet
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Highlights

  • Spectacular treks in the Annapurna Himalaya and in the Everest region
  • Beautifully located lodges with breathtaking vistas, picturesque villages
  • Exotic Kathmandu, with its maze of ancient temples and lively marketplaces

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

We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

Departure Notes

Once you have signed up on the trip, we send a complete packing list, relevant health information, and required travel documents.

Nepal is the greatest hiking destination in the world, and on this Private Journey, you experience two of Nepal’s most spectacular mountain realms—the Annapurnas and the Everest region—on one trip! The adventure begins with a trek in the subtropical foothills of the mighty Annapurnas, where slate-roofed Hindu hilltribe villages nestle below towering peaks including Annapurna and Machapuchare. In this roadless world, hiking is the only way to get around and the mountain views are more spectacular with ever bend in the trail. Then fly up to the world-renowned Everest region, home to the Sherpas, to hike amid whitewashed villages and Tibetan Buddhist monasteries festooned with prayer flags. Glorious Himalayan giants including Mt. Everest itself are a feast for the eyes in every direction. You have your own private guide, and at night, you enjoy the comfort of a mountain lodge with a private room and a private bath. There’s no better way to experience the wondrous scenery, welcoming hospitality, and diverse cultures of Nepal.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-2
Kathmandu, City of Temples

In bustling Kathmandu, wander the narrow streets in the Thamel bazaar, visit golden-roofed temples, and enjoy a guided exploration of the extraordinary sights and sounds of Kathmandu, including Pashupatinath, with its temples to Shiva and devout sadhus (holy men).

Days 3-5
Annapurna Lodge to Lodge Trek

Fly to Pokhara and set off into the Annapurna foothills with your guide and porters. Your trek route is designed to grant you superb views of the Annapurnas (so close they seem within arm’s reach!) as you hike from one lodge to the next, visiting picturesque hamlets and villages. The Annapurnas are a treasure house of traditional cultures, and the mix of peoples is one of its delights.

Days 6-7
Enchanting Pokhara Valley

Descend through wooded hillsides and terraced farmlands to the floor of the lush Pokhara Valley for an overnight at the Shangri La Village Resort. Enjoy a refreshing dip in the hotel’s pool and gaze on panoramic Annapurna views from your room and from the spacious gardens. The next day return to Kathmandu for overnight.

Days 8-12
Everest Lodge to Lodge Trek

A spectacular mountain flight brings you to Lukla, where you join your Sherpa guide to hike stunning trails lined with Tibetan Buddhist shrines, visit ancient whitewashed villages, and feast your eyes on magnificent Himalayan panoramas, including the ice-draped peak of Thamserku (21,729'), sacred Khumbila (18,800'), holy to the Sherpa people, and of course, Mt. Everest itself, gleaming in the distance.

Days 13-15
Kathmandu

Return to Kathmandu for last-minute shopping or a visit to Swayambu, the great hilltop temple with its painted “all seeing” eyes of Buddha. Depart on Day 15.

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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 4+, or Moderate to Strenuous, according to our trip grading system. Most of the hiking is below altitudes between 5,000 and 12,500 feet. Your guide hikes along with you to make sure that you find the way and to share their knowledge of the local culture. There is ample opportunity for exploring the villages and beautiful surroundings near the lodges, and of course for photography.
    
The Everest and Annapurna regions provide a truly ideal Himalayan trekking experience, relatively short yet intensely scenic. Incredible mountain panoramas and easy access make them Nepal’s two most popular trekking areas, so please note that during the spring and autumn (the ideal hiking seasons), the trails can be busy and bustling with hikers and local people alike.

You carry only a daypack on the hikes. For your own enjoyment, we recommend that you make a special effort to be in good physical condition. Daily brisk walking and/or regular hiking (or using a stair-climbing machine at your gym) are excellent preparatory exercises. You should wear sturdy, well-broken-in hiking boots for maximum comfort on the trail.

Explanation of Trip Levels

 

When to go

Late September to mid-May

For our Private Journey trips, you choose your own group and your preferred dates—there are no set departure dates. Private Journeys are available to groups as few as two people or as large as you like. Contact us for availability, questions, or to book your adventure!

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2015
$4195 per person, double occupancy
Single supplement: $1320
Internal airfare: $640 (subject to change)

Prices are not guaranteed until services are confirmed.
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Extension Costs
Taj Mahal and Jaipur Extension
   from: $2595
Scenic Everest Flight
   from: $245
Temples of Angkor Extension
   from: $850
Varanasi and Khajuraho Extension
   from: $1295
Burma Extension
   from: $2595
Chiang Mai Extension
   from: $490
Phuket Extension
   from: $795
Bangkok Extension
   from: $645
South India Extension: The Malabar Coast
   from: $2155
Kanha National Park Extension
   from: $2095

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Guide on trek
  • Accommodations
  • All meals included except 4 lunches and 4 dinners
  • Trekking permits and national park fees
  • Airport transfers and guided sightseeing as noted in the Full Trip Brochure

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, internal flights, airport departure taxes, additional costs over and above the cost of the scheduled Pokhara/Kathmandu and Kathmandu/Lukla flights if alternative transportation is necessary due to flight delays, hotels en route to or from Kathmandu, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Full Trip Brochure, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessary due to airline schedule changes or other factors, pre-trip expenses of medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, or passports and visas; and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.). Tipping the trek crew is customary but entirely at your discretion.

Trip Payment Schedule

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

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule*

More than 90 days prior to departure: $250 per person
46-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Gokarna Forest Lodge

Gokarna Forest Lodge

Days 1 to 2 (2 nights),
Day 7 (1 night),
Days 13 to 14 (2 nights), Kathmandu, Nepal

Perched on a hillside about four miles outside of Kathmandu, this resort is a tranquil oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the city, with ...
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Annapurna Mountain Lodges

Annapurna Mountain Lodges

Days 3 to 5 (3 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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Temple Tree Resort and Spa

Temple Tree Resort and Spa

Day 6 (1 night), Pokhara, Nepal

This boutique hotel is an oasis of comfort and an ideal place to relax after our Annapurna trek. Two-story cottages feature private balconies ...
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Yeti Mountain Home Phakding

Yeti Mountain Home Phakding

Day 8 (1 night), Phakding, Nepal

With its organic gardens and peaceful riverside location, YMH Phakding (8,563') is a welcoming place. It is a half-day hike from Luka, set on the ...
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Yeti Mountain Home Namche

Yeti Mountain Home Namche

Days 9 to 10 (2 nights), Namche Bazaar, Nepal

This 20-room lodge is perched at 11,155 feet on the upper slopes of the bustling Sherpa capital, Namche Bazaar. A 20-minute hike up behind the lodge ...
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Yeti Mountain Home Monjo

Yeti Mountain Home Monjo

Day 11 (1 night), Monjo, Nepal

At 9,348 feet, YMH Monjo is on the edge of Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park, just a short day from Namche Bazaar. The lodge has 12 comfortable ...
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Yeti Mountain Home Lukla

Yeti Mountain Home Lukla

Day 12 (1 night), Lukla, Nepal

Located in Lukla, gateway to the Khumbu, YMH Lukla (9,383') offers 20 guest rooms, all with en suite bathroom and hot and cold running water. The ...
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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.

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

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