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Annapurna & Chitwan in Luxury - Exodus Travels
Annapurna & Chitwan in Luxury - Exodus Travels
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Starts
Kathmandu
+7 Destinations
Himalaya Mountains
Ends
Kathmandu
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Start and end in Kathmandu! With the discovery tour Annapurna & Chitwan in Luxury, you have a 13 day tour package taking you through Kathmandu, Nepal and 7 other destinations in Nepal. Annapurna & Chitwan in Luxury includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Age range
16 to 99 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
16
Travel style
Discovery

26 Reviews

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  • Annapurna & Chitwan in Luxury reviewer 1
    Written on November 14, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Amazing trip! Trekking absolutely excellent although challenging. The day when we had to walk almost 900m up the hill was difficult, but we felt that we have really achieved something. River rafting excellent as well. All the lodges during the trekking and rafting part of the holidays were absolutely brilliant and we have even been treated with a cup of tea in the morning to watch the sunrise! We haven't enjoyed Chitwan that much and we felt that it would have been much more enjoyable to have couple more days trekking instead. We were a bit disappointed that we were not actually staying/visiting the park itself - we were only allowed on the outskirts. Overall excelent and definitely recommended.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Definitely trekking! Stunning scenery, beautiful and welcoming lodges....and those sunrises with excellent mountain views and a warm cup of tea.What did you think of your group leader?Dawa was absolutely brilliant. He was going out of his way to make our trip everything we hoped for.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?If you think that the weather will be on the wet side take shin protectors with you - a lot of leeches while trekking. While in Chitwan - make sure you have long sleeves and good insect repellent. Plenty of drinking water available. There were a few step uphills with quite big steps that required a certain degree of fitness.Is there anything else you would like to add?Absolutely amazing trip! Thank you to our group leader Dawa for everything and our amazing porters while trekking (huge respect for the guys - they were doing the same uphills as we did but with all our stuff on their backs). Would definitely recommend this trip to anyone whishing to visit Nepal.

  • Annapurna & Chitwan in Luxury reviewer 2
    Written on October 23, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Trekking great, white water rafting great fun but would have preferred two extra days trekking rather than going to Chitwan. The food and accommodation was excellent and the fact that we could rely on an endless supply of safe water to drink was very reassuring.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The best moments of the trip were the trekking and the early morning views of the Annapurna range.What did you think of your group leader?Nabim was great. Very caring, thorough, trustworthy and a pleasure to be with.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Just make sure you've done a few steep, uphill walks to build up the climbing muscles. Uphill trekking out there tends to be up stone steps of varying height which can be tiring especially the taller steps for short legs. It's fantastic and am so pleased I went.Is there anything else you would like to add?I felt the visit to Chitwan was a bit of a let down and we all felt a bit deflated after that visit. Two extra days trekking would have been much more enjoyable.

  • Annapurna & Chitwan in Luxury reviewer 3
    Written on April 17, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    The scenery was breathtaking and it was certainly a memorable trip and the trekking / steps were more challenging than I anticipated. I feel that every aspect of Nepal was covered from the somewhat dusty Kathmandu through to the inspitational mountains.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?When waking the morning after our long trek to Ghandruk we were met with an amazing view over the mountains, I just pulled up a chair and stared open mouthed at the scenery with my coffee.What did you think of your group leader?The leader was very attentive and supportive to me when I had a cold / hip problem. He endeavoured to sort out any problems swiftly and amicably and I would recommend him to anyone.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?There are a significant number of steps throughout the trip and a decent level of finess is required; the walking poles were very helpful although please be aware that "gentle" can give a false impression. A mask may be required for the dusty Kathmandu as a couple of us developed sore throats, as highlighted in Lonely Planet.Is there anything else you would like to add?There was some confusion over our hotel at Kathmandu and we did not stay at the destination in the itineray, which was frustrating after a long outward journey.

  • Annapurna & Chitwan in Luxury reviewer 4
    Written on January 2, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    amazing view of Himalaya mountainsWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Anapurna view.What did you think of your group leader?Our team leader was great, friendly and very educated.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?amazing trip , just go, perfectly organise.Is there anything else you would like to add?just do it.

  • Annapurna & Chitwan in Luxury reviewer 5
    Written on December 22, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    Exciting variety of activities with the trekking, whitewater rafting, elephant safari to see rhinos and dugout canoes to see crocodiles. Also we stayed longer in Kathmandu and did Everest flight and saw lots of temples.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Waking early with a cup of tea to sit outside and watch the colours change on the 8000m Annapurna range. Totally magical and I keep going back to that memory.Elephant safari getting close to two rhinos. What did you think of your group leader?Chandra was brilliant. Enormously knowlegeable and inspired us with his love for Nepal. His organisation was excellent and he was always prepared to go the extra mile.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Be very careful about hygiene issues as there are some really nasty bugs.Consider spending an extra couple of days in Kathmandu. There is so much to do, but try and spend as much time as possible out of the polluted centre.Think carefully about the level of trekking in the different trips according to your fitness level. This one was at the easy end, but if you are fitter you may want to do something more demanding.Is there anything else you would like to add?Seeing the Himalayas was top of my list of things to do before I die. This trip achieved what I wanted to do with a comparatively high level of comfort

  • Annapurna & Chitwan in Luxury reviewer 6
    Written on December 3, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    Fabulous views and fantastic accommodation with a good variety of activities made this a perfect trip. It was almost like having three holidays in one, trekking rafting and then finally wildlife spotting.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Seeing Everest. The views of Annapurna were amazing. Spotting a tiger from the back of an elephant in the early morning mist. The local life style from city hustle and bustle to the peaceful villages still living a simple subsistence farming life.What did you think of your group leader?Keshar is a great guy, he is very professional and knowledgeable. He is very passionate about Nepal and ensuring we all had a good time. We loved his optional walks in the afternoon and wherever we went people seemed to know him.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?You don't need to take shampoo or shower gel it is provided in all the lodges and the river camp and as you would expect in the hotels also. Water bottles are provided at the start of the trek and the down jackets hats gloves and crocs at the lodges are great. Once you start walking in the mornings you soon loose your fleece layer and the porters carry rain ponchos so you don't need to pack a raincoat. In fact you need very little other than a couple of changes of clothes. We visited a local school, it would have been really nice to have had some pens/pencils etc to give them. The Everest flight was brilliant, top of the world. Although the trip is graded leisurely the are a couple of days of quite strenuous trekking, especially if suffering with tummy trouble. Most of the trek is on uneven stone steps. I used a walking pole for the first time and found it quite useful both up and down, you don't need to take one as this is also provided at the beginning of the trek. The was a hair dryer and power points in each of the lodges and generally the water was lovely and hot.Is there anything else you would like to add?The food was excellent and abundant and a good variety at the lodges. Food in restaurants in Katmandu and Pokhara was more western and generally not quite as good. The accommodation in Chitwan is not as nice as the lodges but it was worth it to see a tiger. The Nepalese are lovely very friendly people. When shopping you are expected to barter which I normally hate but it was more of a friendly agreement at a price and the Nepalese are not aggressive or pushy. If you like great mountain views and walking but prefer a bit of luxury at the end of the day then go for it.

  • Annapurna & Chitwan in Luxury reviewer 7
    Written on April 27, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    A very exciting and varied holiday. Kathmandu hits your senses when you arrive, then it's on to the tranquility of the mountains. The trekking was harder than leisurely, and it'd be best to train beforehand to get the full benefit. The scenery was stunning and well worth the effort. The accommodation in the lodges was excellent, and the food was superb. Rafting was fun, and the rapids were relatively tame - even those of a nervous disposition enjoyed themselves. Chitwan was interesting, but probably the least enjoyable part of the trip. The accommodation wasn't as good as the lodges. Bathing with the elephants was the highlight. There didn't seem to be many animals in the jungle area, which was a little disappointing.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The second day of trekking, walking through the villages, and seeing the way of life.End of trek party with the porters.Bathing with the elephants. What did you think of your group leader?Gum was an excellent group leader. Everything ran like clockwork, and he looked after us all really well.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Train beforehand - the second day is a long walk uphill, and there are lots of steps!The lodges are well equipped with down jackets and crocs, so don't pack too much. Backpacks, waterproof capes, walking sticks, and water bottles were provided if you need them.  Don't worry about the food - it's plentiful and delicious.Don't change too much money for the trek, there isn't much to spend it on.Is there anything else you would like to add?Would have loved an extra day to explore Pokhara. It would be worthwhile staying on for a couple of extra days in Kathmandu at the end of the trip. We didn't have time to see it all, and would have liked time to take the Everest flight. The weather was too bad on day one. 

  • Annapurna & Chitwan in Luxury reviewer 8
    Written on November 21, 2011
    4.0 - Good

    Avery well run holiday in not the easiest of places. The lodges we stayed in, were of a much higher standard than I expected. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The dignity of some the poorest people I have ever met and how they kept there homes cleaner than the rest of the population.What did you think of your group leader?our leader Keshar Khadga was absolutely brilliant . I did pity him as he is payed so little by Exodus, if I am very wrong on this , please put me right. His enthusiasm for his country was fascinating. Do you have any advice for potential travellers?not reallyIs there anything else you would like to add? I have always enjoyed meeting other people on these trips , am now planning the next.

  • Annapurna & Chitwan in Luxury reviewer 9
    Written on November 21, 2011
    4.0 - Good

    Avery well run holiday in not the easiest of places. The lodges we stayed in, were of a much higher standard than I expected. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The dignity of some the poorest people I have ever met and how they kept there homes cleaner than the rest of the population.What did you think of your group leader?our leader Keshar Khadga was absolutely brilliant . I did pity him as he is payed so little by Exodus, if I am very wrong on this , please put me right. His enthusiasm for his country was fascinating. Do you have any advice for potential travellers?not reallyIs there anything else you would like to add? I have always enjoyed meeting other people on these trips , am now planning the next.

  • Annapurna & Chitwan in Luxury reviewer 10
    Written on November 13, 2011
    4.0 - Good

    An amazing trip with some hard trekking in the most beautiful country. Our group became close friends quickly and we had a lot of laughs, which eased some of the most taxing bits of the trek. River rafting and swimming in the Cheti river near the camp was spectacular, as is the elephant trekking and jungle in Chitwan.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Meeting our group for the first time and thinkiing what a great bunch of people,The cups of cola, packet of peanuts with cotton wool balls for our ears, on the flight into PokharaThe first night at the Sanctuary with the roar of the river in the backgroundPlaying football with the local village children, then drinking the local Roksi in china mugs  Learning the stick game with ChandraCard tricks and folding napkins as evening entertainmentThe fantastic scenery to wake up to Elephant trekking at dawnHappy hourEverest trip Ed's 50th birthday celebrated by river rafting, sunset over the river watching rhinos feed, dancing with the locals in Chitwan, champagne and birthday cake!What did you think of your group leader?Chandra was fantastic, always laughing, a great leader and friend.Each day we would have a 'Ask Chandra' question time, usually at Happy Hour where he would tell us about Nepalese culture. He is also a dab hand at card tricks!We were honoured to meet his family in KatmanduDo you have any advice for potential travellers?Pack more lightweight clothing, it was much hotter than we expected and we were continually washing clothing. Some of the group bought more clothing in Pokhara. If it does get cold in the mountains, jackets, crocs, gloves and hats are provided. If you want to see Everest first hand, do it! Take a pack of cards!Is there anything else you would like to add?we all felt extra days in the mountains were needed on this trip, also, one night in Chitwan and one in Katmandu at the end of the trip would have been better.

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  1. Day 1: Start Kathmandu.
  2. Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing tour including Durbar Square and Boudhanath Stupa.
  3. Day 3: Drive to Pokhara; evening trek briefing.
  4. Day 4: Walk along the Modi River Valley to Sanctuary Lodge, perched on a ridgeline in Birethanti, offering fine views of the sacred 'Fishtail' Mountain.
  5. Day 5: Picturesque trek through villages, padi rice fields and forest to Himalaya Lodge in Ghandruk.
  6. Day 6: Descend to cross the river by suspension bridge, then climb to La Bee Lodge in Landruk.
  7. Day 7: Gentle walk to Gurung or Mala Lodge at Majgaon; afternoon free to relax in the garden or explore the village.
  8. Day 8: Trek through sub-tropical forests to Basanta Lodge at Dhampus, with spectacular views of the entire Annapurna Range.
  9. Day 9: Short descent through wooded hillside to Phedi; transfer to Pokhara; free afternoon (optional boat trip on Lake Phewa).
  10. Day 10: Fly to Bharatpur and transfer to Chitwan; take an ox-cart ride around Tharu village and witness a traditional Tharu dance.
  11. Day 11: Explore the jungle on a bird-watching walk, take a dugout canoe ride down the Rapti River in search of crocodiles and try to spot rhinoceroses on a jeep safari.
  12. Day 12: Morning flight to Kathmandu; free time.
  13. Day 13: End Kathmandu

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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 406 km.
  • Kathmandu (Nepal)
  • 144 km
  • Pokhara (Nepal)
  • 23 km
  • Birethanti (Nepal)
  • 18 km
  • Ghandruk (Nepal)
  • 17 km
  • Pothana (Nepal)
  • 1 km
  • Dhampus (Nepal)
  • 56 km
  • Damauli (Nepal)
  • 59 km
  • Chitwan National Park (Nepal)
  • 88 km
  • Kathmandu (Nepal)

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