DAY 7 – Pokhara
A full day with which to be as active or inactive as one likes. Optional treks to view the nearby Annapurna range can be organised as well as a chance to paraglide from the heights of nearby Sarangkot, or simply stroll along the lakeside and take in your fill of this relaxed tourist centre. (B)

DAY 8 – Pokhara – Bandipur (O/N The Old Inn)
And so from Pokhara to Bandipur. The choice is yours: those who wish can finish the journey in the traditional, time-honoured fashion by trekking from the roadside village of Bimal Nagar to Lungili and thence to Bandipur. Alternatively, our transportation takes you to the gates of Bandipur, with its eagle’s nest location, its provincial architecture, its interesting walks and a warm welcome at The Old Inn. (B,D)

DAY 9 – Bandipur
Rise early for sunrise over the snow-capped Annapurna peaks, then enjoy a morning walking tour of Bandipur, followed by free time. Hike to Thani Mai temple at the top of Gurunche Hill or down to Siddha Gufa, one of the largest caves in Nepal, or simply enjoy the lane ways and village paths of this enchanting small town. Find a quiet place to sit in the central, traffic-free bazaar, sip tea, nibble snacks or play giant chess at the Ke Garne Café, and be a part of village life as children, watched by parents, race each other and play in the village square near sunset. (B,D)

DAY 10 – Bandipur – Chitwan National Park (O/N Royal Park Hotel)
It’s time to go ‘on safari’. Chitwan National Park lies at the foot of the Himalaya on the plain known as The Terai. The Park is 900 kms of virgin forest, grasslands and lakelands, on Nepal’s border with India. This is the home of the Bengal Tiger (only rarely seen), the rare Asian Rhino and ferocious sloth bear, a number of species of deer, the mugger and rare gharial crocodiles, a myriad of birds and other wildlife. After arrival, visit a local Tharu village, offering a fascinating insight into traditional lowlands Nepali life. (B,D)

DAY 11 – Chitwan National Park
An elephant-backed foray into the Park provides an opportunity to study the rhino at very close quarters. The Sal Forest through which one passes is a quiet wonderland, full of birds, monkeys, deer and other species. In the afternoon a canoe river trip offers the chance to spot crocodiles and birdlife up close, and this is followed by a visit to an elephant breeding centre/nursery. (B,L,D)

DAY 12 – Chitwan National Park-Kathmandu (O/N Kathmandu Guest House)
Journeying once more from the plain of The Terai, following river courses, and then on into the Himalayan foothills, it’s then upwards, upwards and still upwards to finally reach the Valley Rim and descent into the city of Kathmandu. (B)

DAY 13 - Kathmandu Optional early morning Everest Mountain Flight.
It’s time to explore the amazing ‘mix’ that is Kathmandu; a morning walking tour of Durbar Square and the labyrinth of backstreets and alleys leading from one bazaar to another. And the ‘Great Stupa’ at Boudhanath, the place of pilgrimage or Tibetans and Nepal Buddhists is splendid in the late afternoon light. (B)

DAY 14 – Kathmandu
A full free day to explore the shops in search of that last minute bargain or souvenir. Or perhaps rise early and climb the commanding hill to Swayambhunath to visit the ‘monkey temple’, or take a taxi to the holy site of Hindu’s Lord Pashupati, or the splendid city of Patan with its world-renowned museum, before a farewell dinner. (B,D)

DAY 15 – Depart Kathmandu Your tour ends after breakfast. (B)

(Meal Codes: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

Important: Although this is not a ‘walking ’itinerary, some physical fitness and mobility is necessary. Most sightseeing is conducted on foot, and at times we will be walking on uneven ground and climbing stairs.

HIMALAYAN ODDESSY – 15 Days
Operates with minimum 2 persons
PRICE TWIN: US$ £
PRICE SINGLE: US$ £
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