Discover a harmony of mountains, rivers, temples, and villages on one of Boundless Journeys’ popular custom tours through the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal. From the foothills of the Annapurna trekking routes to the river valleys feeding into the southern jungles of the Terai, our custom tours in Nepal span remote villages and stunning vistas of the world’s highest mountains.
You’ll encounter the vibrant sights and sounds of Nepalese culture in Kathmandu then move into the Himalayas for trekking along traditional trade routes through the valleys of the Annapurna region. And on our Annapurna Trekking and Rafting tour, you’ll board rafts for an easy, three-day adventure downstream on the Seti River. It’s the picture-perfect opportunity to slow down and take in the pristine beauty, while enjoying the camaraderie shared with our river guides.
At the end of each evening during our Boundless Journeys’ tours of Nepal, you’ll enjoy a restful sanctuary in accommodations ranging from mountain lodges and deluxe riverside camps to five-star hotels in Pokhara and Kathmandu.
Based on our years of designing custom tours to Nepal we believe that the combinations below deliver the best experiences in each region. Our Boundless Journeys trip specialists can further customize these options to match the interests of your group, and can mix and match the experiences below. Don't worry: If you don't see what you are looking for, there are many more options to explore! Give us a call at 1-800-941-8010 to start the conversation.
The Sanskrit name "Annapurna" can be translated as "Goddess of the Harvests" or "The Provider" — which is particularly apt, as trekking in the foothills of the Annapurna Mountain Range will provide you with an array of unforgettable moments. The views are spectacular, combining a variety of landscapes such as rhododendron forests, sub-tropical valleys, and charming villages, all set against a backdrop of some of the highest mountains on Earth.
Stunningly situated in a bowl-shaped valley and encircled by some of the highest peaks in the world, Kathmandu is the largest city in Nepal, as well the namesake of the Kathmandu Valley. It’s home to seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites of medieval temple complexes and royal palace squares, plus Buddhist monasteries and religious statues, although some of these incredible sites were damaged in a 2015 earthquake. However, the resilience and strength of the Nepalese are helping restore this incredible capital back to its former glory.
The rural capital of western Nepal and the second largest city in the country, Pokhara is considered the starting point for most treks in the Annapurna Mountain Range. It’s a bucolic place, situated on Phewa Lake, with stunning views of the snow-capped Annapurna Mountains. Pokhara is also an adrenalin lover’s paradise, with a variety of active adventures to do including boating, whitewater rafting, kayaking, mountain biking, paragliding, and naturally, trekking and hiking.
Our trekking and rafting adventure takes us through Nepal exploring Nepalese culture and scenic beauty in all its richness. The hikes range from 3-6 hours in length with minimal vehicle support. Elevation gains and losses vary from 500-3000 feet in one day. The rafting portion of the journey is 2-3 hours per day on Class I and II rapids. Please note that the trekking route can be modified to best suit the interests and abilities of your group.
Kathmandu | Pokhara | Annapurna Mountain Range | Seti River
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu and afternoon city tourDays 2-8: Fly to Pokhara; set out on a trekking journey through remote villages in the foothills of the Annapurna MountainsDay 2: Transfer from Pokhara to trailhead; trek to Lamkhet Day 3: Trek Lamkhet to Ghandruk Day 4: Rest day; optional hike and village exploration Day 5: Trek Ghandruk to Lhandruk Day 6: Trek Lhandruk to Majgaun Day 7: Trek Majgaun to Dhampus Day 8: Dhampus to Pokhara; explore this bustling town on the shores of Lake Phewa and catch a glimpse of the Annapurna Mountains if the weather is clearDay 9: Transfer to the Seti River to begin your rafting journey Day 10: Seti River day at leisure with optional hikingDay 11: Seti River; return to KathmanduDay 12: Departure from Kathmandu; optional Mount Everest scenic mountain flight
The main reason why most people come to Nepal: Trekking in the Himalayas. The hikes range from 3-6 hours in length with minimal vehicle support. Elevation gains and losses vary from 500-3000 feet in one day. Please note that the trekking route can be modified to best suit the interests and abilities of your group.
Kathmandu | Pokhara | Annapurna Mountain Range
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu and afternoon city tour.Day 2: Fly to Pokhara; explore this bustling town on the shores of Lake Phewa and catch a glimpse of the Annapurna Mountains if the weather is clearDays 3-9: Set out on a trekking journey through remote villages in the foothills of the Annapurna MountainsDay 3: Transfer from Pokhara to trailhead; trek to Lamkhet Day 4: Trek Lamkhet to Ghandruk Day 5: Rest day; optional hike and village exploration Day 6: Trek Ghandruk to LhandrukDay 7: Trek Lhandruk to Majgaun Day 8: Trek Majgaun to Dhampus Day 9: Dhampus to Pokhara; fly to KathmanduDay 10: Departure from Kathmandu; optional Mount Everest scenic mountain flight
Epic mountain scenery, terraced hillsides and beautiful forest, and friendly villagers greet us on our cultural trek. The hikes range from 3-4 hours in length with minimal vehicle support. Elevation gains and losses vary from 500-1,640' feet in one day. Please note that the trekking route can be modified to best suit the interests and abilities of your group.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu and afternoon city tourDay 2: Fly to Pokhara; explore this bustling town on the shores of Lake Phewa and catch a glimpse of the Annapurna mountains if the weather is clearDays 3-6: Set out on a lodge-to-lodge trekking journey through remote villages in the foothills of the Annapurna MountainsDay 3: Transfer from Pokhara to trailhead; trek to Lamkhet Day 4: Trek Lamkhet to Majgaun Day 5: Trek Majgaun to Dhampus Day 6: Dhampus to Pokhara; fly to KathmanduDay 7: Departure from Kathmandu; optional Mount Everest scenic mountain flight
Khoma Village, Bhutan
This remote village is known for its homestay program, and Chimi Yuden was not only the first to be established, but is also one of the best in area. Owner Tshering Yangki ensures a comfortable stay with basic amenities and warm hospitality.
Located in picturesque suroundings, this is one of the nicest hotels in the area. Ensuite rooms are decorated in traditional Bhutanese style and have private balconies with panoramic vistas.
Situated on a hill overlooking the small town of Mongar and terraced farmland, Hotel Wangchuk offers comfortable ensuite rooms, each with views of the mountains and valleys below.
The Sanskrit name "Annapurna" can be translated as "Goddess of the Harvests" or "The Provider" -- which is particularly apt, as trekking in the foothills of the Annapurna Mountain Range will provide you with an array of unforgettable moments. The views are spectacular, combining a variety of landscapes such as rhododendron forests, sub-tropical valleys, and charming villages, all set against a backdrop of some of the highest mountains on Earth.
This simple lodge is perched on a ridge overlooking the beautiful Phedi and Mardi Valleys and the span of the Annapurna range to the north. The property features 8 rooms with ensuite baths, providing a comfortable respite after trekking. From the lodge you may explore the old village of Dhampus, or simply relax and soak in the tranquility of its location.
The lodge is built along the lines of a traditional Nepalese village, complete with tribal-style houses and a manicured garden. Each of the 11 rooms typifies a Gurung house with ensuite baths and encompassing views of the surrounding valley and mountains. Explore the nearby villages of Majgaun and Patleket by foot, visit the local school or ascend the famed Gurung Hill to gain better views of the impressive Himalayan peaks.
Located at the highest point of the tour at approximately 6,600, this former mountain home is perched over the ancient village of Ghandruk. The Annapurna Range is in full view from each of the 11 rooms, which have ensuite baths and are decorated with local cultural motifs. You may explor Ghandruk by foot or ascend the hills above the lodge to see the impressive terraced fields and towering Himalayan peaks above.
La Bee lodge is the newest lodge in the region, located in Landruk, a typical village of the Gurung community who are known as the famous Gurkha soldiers. La Bee has 12 rooms featuring local designs and affords glorious views of the Annapurna range. Explore the nearby cliffs dramatically rising from the Modi River, also known for the famed honey hunters of Nepal.
The Sanctuary lodge is situated near the tranquil village of Birethanti along the Modi River, offering stunning views of the sacred Fishtail Mountain, Machupuchure, in the distance. The property features 18 simple rooms with ensuite baths and touches of local style. You may unwind on the open grounds over a cup of Nepali tea, or explore the nearby village on foot.
Stunningly situated in a bowl-shaped valley and encircled by some of the highest peaks in the world, Kathmandu is the largest city in Nepal, as well the namesake of the Kathmandu Valley. It's home to seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites of medieval temple complexes and royal palace squares, plus Buddhist monasteries and religious statues, although some of these incredible sites were damaged in a 2015 earthquake. However, the resilience and strength of the Nepalese are helping restore this incredible capital back to its former glory.
Dwarikas is a five-star heritage hotel, espousing Newari-style architecture and Nepalese charm and hospitality. It is well-located near the famous Pashupatinath and Boudanath Temples, as well as the international airport. Unwind over live music at the fusion bar or dine at the famous Krishnapan restaurant, featuring the best in contemporary Nepali cuisine. Choose to relax at the swimming pool or treat yourself to a traditional ayurvedic treatment at the Pancha Kosha Himalayan spa.
Located on a pine-forested ridge and seemingly far removed from the hustle and bustle of the city, Haatiban offers the peace and serenity of nature. The resort offers beautiful views of the valley below and the snow-capped Himalayan Mountains in the distance.
The Yak & Yeti in Kathmandu is a luxury hotel in the heart of Kathmandu. Modern day sophistication greets cultural heritage in the grounds of this 100 year-old former palace. The property is a fusion of modern design and the noblesse of original heritage interiors. Within walking distance of shops and restaurants of the Thamel district, this is a convenient place to base before and after our trek.
Ama Dablam View Inn is owned and run by a local Sherpa family and has been in operation for over twenty years. The inn has several rooms, many which have attached toilets but shower facilities are shared. There is a cozy, traditional Sherpa dining hall that serves delicious Sherpa, Nepali and continental cuisine.
Panorama Inn is owned and run by a local Sherpa family and has been in operation for over twenty years. The Inn has thirteen rooms, some of which have private baths and other which have common baths. There is a traditional Sherpa dining hall that serves delicious Sherpa, Nepali and continental cuisine.
Everest Summit Lodge Lukla is most conveniently located in close proximity to the Lukla Airport. The Lodge offers seventeen spacious double rooms with en suite baths, and a lovely sunny garden. The lodge is recognized for its traditional Sherpa interiors and unmatched hospitality.
Everest Summit Lodge Monjo is a comfortable trek from both Lukla and Namche bazar. Overlooking the quaint village of Monjo and the rushing Dudh Koshi River, this lodge is located against the striking backdrop of Thamserku Himal, rising between the Khumbu and Hinku Valleys. The lodge boasts twenty very comfortable rooms with en suite baths and gracious Sherpa hospitality.
Hotel Namche is on the high street in Namche Bazar, an ideal location for most trekkers in this mountain village. The hotel is known for its friendly staff, an assortment of good food, great hospitality, daily housekeeping, dry cleaning and laundry services. The hotel has thirty rooms with en suite baths.
Everest Summit Lodge Pangboche is right off the main trail to Everest base camp and serves as an excellent location at one of the highest permanent settlements in the Khumbu region. Pangboche village is inhabited by the Sherpa people and is home to the oldest monastery in Nepal. The lodge has ten rooms with en suite baths, and a restaurant that serves traditional and continental cuisine.
Situated on the main trail to Namche bazar in the Everest region, The Mountain Resort has nine rooms with en suite baths, a clean and warm dining hall and a comfortable sun room. The outside garden offers majestic views of Thamserku and serves as an ideal place for relaxing. The resort is run by Raj Kumar Tamang, local to the Khumbu region, who provides guests with a warm welcome.
The rural capital of western Nepal and the second largest city in the country, Pokhara is considered the starting point for most treks in the Annapurna Mountain Range. It's a bucolic place, situated on Phewa Lake, with stunning views of the snow-capped Annapurna Mountains. Pokhara is also an adrenalin lover's paradise, with a variety of active adventures to do including boating, whitewater rafting, kayaking, mountain biking, paragliding, and naturally, trekking and hiking.
Set next to the river and accessed only by boat, Seti River Camp provides rustic and relaxing accommodations in Nepal’s verdant forests near Pokhara. This permanent tented camp features 16 roomy safari-style tents with beds, verandahs and ensuite baths, including hot showers and flush toilets. Around camp guests can relax in the hammocks, loungers and around a cozy fire pit that is lit nightly.
A deluxe hotel located within walking distance from Pokharas bustling lakeside, this boutique property combines distinctive architecture of the region with western standards and amenities. The hotel has a pool, beautiful gardens, and rooms tastefully decorated with Nepali and Tibetan art. Enjoy intimate dining and contemporary cuisine at the Bay Leaf restaurant, or a cocktail at the casual Island Bar. Temple Tree is a great place to pamper yourself either before or after a trek in the mountains.
Rivendell Lodge is located in the quiet and cozy settlement of Debuche, and a fifteen min walk from the spiritual center of Tengboche monastery. The lodge is surrounded by rhododendron and birch trees, an area that is frequented by the elusive Musk Deer and Impeyan Pheasants, locally known as the danphe. There are nine rooms with attached bathrooms and a restaurant offering an array of local and European-stlye dishes.
From providing accommodation options based on your budget, to recommendations on pre- or post-tour travels, to assisting you with booking regional air, to meeting you at the airport when you arrive: Boundless Journeys can help you with each step in planning your custom tour. We will seamlessly guide you, so that you can simply relax and enjoy the adventure of a lifetime in Nepal.
Temperatures tend to be quite cool in the mornings and evenings, but heat-up around mid-day due to the strong direct sunlight at high altitudes. Climatically, the country ranges from subtropical to temperate and alpine. There are four main seasons:
Mid-October/November: Clear skies, hot during the day, cool evenings. Temperatures steadily decrease during these months.December/January/February: Clear skies, warm days, and cold at night.March/April/May: Clear mornings, afternoon hazy skies, hot during the day and cool evenings.June/July/August: This is Nepal's rainy season, although fascinating for those interested in the flora and fauna of the country.
You may obtain more detailed weather information at www.weatherbase.com.
Nepal is generally delightful for hiking in the spring and fall. The driest weather and clearest skies are typically in October and November. In the months of March and April, beautiful flowers are in bloom and you will encounter fewer travelers.
In spite of being among the highest peaks in the world, the elevations you will experience on this trip are not extreme. Kathmandu is at 4,500 feet, Pokhara about 3,080 feet, and during the trek we will range from 3,000 to 8,000 feet.
Our trekking routes can be moderate to strenuous, though we follow a leisurely pace. The route in the foothills of the Annapurnas is carefully planned to take the best advantage of amazing mountain scenery and charming mountain lodges. Each morning after breakfast we set out at about 8:30 a.m., stopping mid-morning for tea, and then continuing on until our mid-day stop for lunch. The trails are generally in good condition and many are made from inlaid stones, including steep steps at times. Porters will carry your luggage; all you need to carry is a daypack with extra layers, your camera, water, and lunch.
On our Annapurna Trekking and Rafting tour, we spend two and a half-days rafting on the Seti River -- a wide but relatively shallow river with mild Class I & II rapids. Your guides will provide a safety briefing and paddling instruction before starting. The paddling is not strenuous, and the time spent on the river is about 2-3 hours per day. Accommodations are roomy safari-style tents with attached bathrooms.
Our Nepalese custom tours include a variety of accommodations. They range from 5-star hotels to deluxe tents erected on permanent sites. In Kathmandu and Pokhara we stay in deluxe hotels with TVs, phones, hair dryers, and pleasant public areas.
During the trekking portion of our trips in Nepal, we stay in mountain lodges. These are the very best accommodations on an Annapurna trek. The lodges are simple and rustic but fit well with the environment. They have private bathrooms, two twin beds in each room, and electricity.
Madhav’s family and forefathers are from the hills surrounding the Kathmandu Valley. After completing his initial schooling, he began leading treks and has worked his way up to guiding in the spectacular Annapurna region.
Madhav has traveled extensively in his beloved country of Nepal and enjoys sharing his knowledge and culture with guests. He is quick to assess and respond to the needs and dynamics of groups and has a knack for spotting wildlife. Madhav’s friendly attitude, attention to organization, prioritization of safety, and wealth of local information make him not only a spectacular guide, but also a great traveling companion.
With a Boundless Journeys guide, your experience is that of friend and local adventurer. We believe strongly in working with local guides, experts in the areas to which we travel, and they hold the keys to unlocking the hidden delights of your chosen destination. Although you will never know they are at work—the mark of a truly great leader—our guides make magical things happen and add a dimension to your trip that you could not experience on your own. Over the years we have forged bonds with some of the best guides in the world, and we typically work with a small team of guides in each region. You will be informed of the guide for your trip one month prior to your departure.
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