Return to Nepal.
It has been one year to the month since the 2015 Nepalese earthquake that claimed the lives of over 8,000 people. At Compass we were shocked and saddened by the news but hoped we could continue to assist the Nepalese tourism industry by sending adventure seekers to its vast and beautiful Mountain ranges and it's sacred, secluded monasteries.
Our two spectacular Nepal adventures available through our website offer a unique perspective on this proud and stunning country. Set back in the heart of the Himalayas you will have the opportunity to bare witness to Mount Everest and walk amongst the vast ranges in the Qomolangma National Park, the highest National Park in the World and home to the Himalaya mountain range.
Arrive KathmanduOvernight Hotel.At Kathmandu International Airport, you will be met by a representative of the company and transferred to your hotel, followed by a full tour briefing in the evening. Fly to Lukla then Trek to Phakding Overnight Lodge/Teahouse. In the early morning you will have a mountain flight to Lukla (2,840m) with spectacular views of Gauri Shankar (7,135m), Melungtse (7,181m) and Numbur (6,959m), which takes you to the gateway at Everest Base Camp and the land of Sherpas. The trek then heads northwards through the village of Lukla, descending to Ghat along the east bank of the Dudh Koshi, followed by a gentle climb and a level meandering walk to Phakding. Awaiting you are great views of Kusum Kanguru (6,367m) and Sherpa hospitality. Namche BazaarOvernight Lodge/Teahouse. The trail climbs through forests of rhododendron and giant pines to the small village of Jorsale. Shortly after completing check post formalities, we cross the Dudh Koshi via a suspension bridge to start a steep ascent to Namche Bazaar. During this ascend, weather conditions permitting, we encounter our first sight of Everest and Lhotse. Namche Bazaar, 'Sherpa Capital', is situated in a crescent amphitheatre that towers above two great rivers; Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi, and offers a stunning view of the mountains across the valley. Namche Bazaar Overnight Lodge/Teahouse.Today is an acclimation day to allow us to adjust to the high altitude. Explore the local market, observe the local culture, walk up to the Everest viewpoint or simply relax. After, there is time available to make an excursion to either the village of Thamo or Syangboche. TyangbocheOvernight Lodge/Teahouse.The trail ascends out of the village and follows a fairly flat path along the valley with stunning views of Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse coming into view. After crossing the river we climb up a zigzagging path through a rhododendron forest where we may encounter both musk deer and wild colourful peacocks. The climb steepens as we approach Tyangboche, which opens up to breathtaking views of Everest, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and Taboche. There is time to visit both the monastery and museum in Tyangboche.
TyangbocheOvernight Lodge/Teahouse.A day to explore Tyangboche and its famous monastery. The monastery is en route to Everest Base Camp and Everest mountaineers visit here to light candles and seek blessings of gods for a safe and healthy passage. We join the monks in the evening for prayer and light our own candles seeking blessings for ourselves. Close by in Deboche is the Nunnery which is administered by Tyangboche Monastery. Khumjung Overnight Lodge/Teahouse.From Tyangboche, head uphill towards the large Khumjung valley, which foots the Khumbi Yul Lha - a sacred mountain for the Sherpas, we come to rest at Khumjung. En route there are excellent views of Taboche, Thamserku and Kangtega. LuklaOvernight Lodge/Teahouse.The trail continues to descend, taking us through Namche Bazaar and passing under the imposing Kongde ridge (6,186m). We continue along the banks of Dudh Koshi to Phakding. We then retrace our steps to Lukla along the east bank of the Dudh Koshi. Time to relax and reflect on the truly amazing days since arriving in Lukla, and enjoy Sherpa hospitality. KathmanduOvernight Hotel.Flight back to Kathmandu, departure time is subject to weather conditions. Your time is free to further explore Kathmandu and its shops, or simply chill out. Depart KathmanduTransfer to airport.
The tour benefits from low altitude and has an emphasis on admiring the Himalayas from the bottom looking up.
9 days, 8 nights
Overnight in Hotel.At Kathmandu International Airport, you will be met by a representative and transferred to your hotel. There will be a full tour briefing in the evening. Drive PokharaOvernight Hotel. You will be driven out of the Kathmandu valley following the Prithvi highway, and descend to the scenic and tranquil town of Pokhara. En route we will have outstanding views of the Ganesh, Manaslu and Annapurna ranges of the Himalayas, along with river valleys, terraced fields and local villages. Pokhara is set on the banks of Phewa Tal (lake) beneath the Annapurna range that create a spectacular backdrop for this serene town. On arriving you are free to explore the town, take a boat out on to the lake, walk up to the peace pagoda or simply relax and soak up the atmosphere by the lake. Drive to Nayapul then Trek to Hile Overnight Lodge/Teahouse. Included meals breakfast, lunch and dinner. To reach the start point of today's trek, there will be a short drive, west of Pokhara, to Nayapul. The trek today is short and gentle as you follow the Bhurungdi Khola (river) upstream to Hile. You pass streams, waterfalls, tropical vegetation and thriving rice fields that give this area its lushness.
GhorepaniOvernight Lodge/Teahouse. Included meals breakfast, lunch and dinner. As you leave Hile, the trails become more established, wide, and woven into these are stone stairways. You will reach a suspension bridge, where there is an imposing waterfall on the other side of it. The path then winds upwardly until it enters a rhododendron forest. You then will travel towards Ghorepani, the home of the Magars. Originally a horse watering post, Ghorepani has evolved into an important crossroads for tourists and the numerous mule caravans on the Jomsom-Pokhara trip. Sunrise at Poon Hill then Trek to Tadapani Overnight Lodge/Teahouse. Included meals breakfast, lunch and dinner. To capture the highlight of this trek you will leave early in the morning for Poon Hill (3,210m). A 45 minute walk above Ghorepani brings us to the panorama of peaks of Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Annapurnas, Machhapuchhre (6,997m), Manaslu (8,163m) and many more. As the sun rises over Dhaulagiri (8,167m) and Annapurna Himals they glisten with the first rays of the sun while the skies glow through an array of reds to pinks. This is one of the world's most incredible mountain vistas. After breakfast we join the trail that heads north following a ridge with stunning views of the Annapurnas from east to west. The final climb of the day brings us to Tadapani. Jhinu DandaOvernight Lodge/Teahouse. Included meals breakfast, lunch and dinner.Away from Tadapani the trail descends steeply through an enchanting rhododendron forest that emerges out to rice terraces. The trail then ascends steeply through open spaces with magnificent views of the surrounding Annapurna range and a spectacular view of the valley rivers below until we reach Chhomrung, a village that clings to the hillside. A short distance further on up the Modi Valley we arrive at Jhinu Danda, our destination. Trek to Birethanti then Drive to PokharaOvernight Lodge/Teahouse. Included meals breakfast and lunch. Your final morning of walking starts with the trail dropping down to the Modi Khola. Following the river, the upward trail contours the rice terraces bringing us to Syauli Bazaar. Beyond here, the trails gradient levels as we walk alongside the river passing through a number of villages and orange orchards to Birethanti. From here we drive back to Pokhara, arriving late in the afternoon.
KathmanduOvernight Hotel.Morning: Drive back to Kathmandu.Afternoon: Free time to further explore Kathmandu and shops. Depart KathmanduTransfer to airport.
Both of our Nepal tours runs all year apart from monsoon season which is from mid June to mid September. For specific dates, please call 01242 250642 or email email@example.com
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