Annapurna luxury holiday in Nepal
Description of Annapurna luxury holiday in Nepal
This two week holiday in Nepal makes use of luxury accommodation throughout, including along the legendary Annapurna trail, to ensure you get to experience the very best of the Himalayas from the most comfortable perspective possible.
As this is a small group tour you’ll find plenty of opportunities to get to know fellow travellers with a guided tour around the ancient city of Kathmandu and wildlife watching in Chitwan National Park just a couple of memorable moments bookending five days of trekking in the Annapurna range.
Throughout this 14 day holiday your group will be invited into some of Nepal’s finest luxury accommodation with upgraded sleeping arrangements in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan, and along the Annapurna trail, all offering first-class comforts for those who like to travel in style.
Additional efforts to increase comfort levels include a couple of domestic flights which not only cut down on lumpy bumpy road journeys but also present opportunities to view the Himalayas from on high as well as allowing you to experience much more of Nepal, on the ground.
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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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