Annapurna luxury vacation in Nepal
Travel in style as part of a small group from Kathmandu to Chitwan via a 5 day trek along the Annapurna Trail. High grade accommodation used throughout as well as a couple of internal flights.
Kathmandu Durbar Square Pokhara Phewa Lake ridgeline trek along lower foothills of the Annapurnas Modi Khola Ghandruk village Modi River Landruk village Majgaon Pothana Dhampus village Chitwan National Park Rapti River
US $5149ToUS $5549excluding flights
Description of Annapurna luxury vacation in Nepal
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Small group tours:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modeled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
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We spend most of the trip hiking and sightseeing, which are low impact environmentally and benefit the Nepalese community. All the services and activities we use are run by local people. We visit the Chitwan National Park where we have a local naturalist to guide us round the park and we hope to see the one-horned rhinoceros, deer, and crocodiles to name but a few animals. In visiting the park, we hope to promote the conservation of the area and to educate visitors on the rich wildlife within the park. Our entrance fees also directly contribute to conservation initiatives in the area. We work with a strict ‘leave no trace’ policy, meaning we have respect for wildlife and the landscape, separate rubbish and take all burnable waste back to a proper point of disposal. We also ask that clients consider using biodegradable toiletries and showers at lodges use electricity or solar power is for hot water.
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
PeopleAccommodation and Meals:
On this trip we spend 4 nights in comfortable hotels, 5 nights in comfortable mountain hotels, 2 nights in a jungle lodge and 1 night in a riverside camp. The accommodation we use is locally owned and this is way to ensure that a healthy portion of the trip cost and any money you spend on meals here goes directly back to the community. Where meals aren’t included in Kathmandu and Pokhara, clients can support local businesses by trying some authentic cuisine, rather than imported meals. Try Nepalese dumplings (Momos) or lentils and spicy curry (Dal Bhat).
Local Craft and Culture:
This trip is packed with colourful Nepalese culture and opportunities to immerse yourself in a range of religious, historical and natural sites. Highlights include stopping at several small villages along the way (e.g. Ghadrung and Dhampus). Pokhara’s traditional bazaar, temples and lakes are another cultural favourite, as are the temples in Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, Pokhara, and some of the villages we visit, there will be traditional and handcrafted souvenirs available for purchase. Buying handmade jewellery, painted masks and puppets, prayer wheels, hand woven bags and tapestries all helps to support small vendors and their craft.
After organising tours to the Himalayas for over 40 years, we have developed many long lasting partnerships with our operators and leaders as well as some of the local communities we visit. We seek ways to give something back and we usually help with small-scale practical projects that can help local communities and their environment, whilst giving the maximum possible long-term economic benefit. Together with our local leaders we manage all our own projects and over the years we have helped build schools and a children’s home. We have built water tanks and provide water pipe for villages and have helped with hydro electric projects. We have sponsored and installed more than 130 smokeless stoves and 50 solar cookers.
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.
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