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.
We loved Nepal and loved trekking in both Annapurna and Everest. Loved the people, the majestic Himalayas, so peaceful and welcoming. It was also so special to meet Nepalese on the treks, to talk to great sherpas, guides, teachers, and others. We hold on to great memories in our minds and in our hearts.
— Andre and Mira L., Voorheesville, NY
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.