Active Nepal (with a 3-day trek)

From the bustling and chaotic streets of Kathmandu to the peace of a dawn canoe ride along the Rapti River, this 12-day tour includes the highlights of Nepal as well as an introductory 3-day trek in the Annapurna Mountains.


  Monkeys at Swayambhunath
  Dodging holy cows in Kathmandu
  Boat rides on Phewa Lake
  Trekking in sublime scenery
  The sun setting over the Annapurnas
  Searching for the elusive Bengal tiger

12 days from £995 pp

Plus international flights from £450

A 12 day holiday for a family of four in Nepal will cost from £3,980 (excluding international flights).

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Active Nepal (with a 3-day trek) day-to-day itinerary

Day 1 Kathmandu
Arrive in Kathmandu where you will be met by a Stubborn Mule representative and accompanied to your hotel. Kathmandu is a wonderful city and on arrival you are immediately transported into a completely different world, packed with temples, rickshaws, palaces and the ubiquitous holy cows which amble unhindered around the narrow streets.

Day 2 Kathmandu
A full day to explore Kathmandu with a guide. Your visit will include Swayambhunath, a beautiful Buddhist Temple that sits on top of a hill with lovely views over the city; chief attraction may be the monkeys that ‘guard’ the entrance and who delight in playing tricks on the many visitors. You will also visit the Durbar Square, where kings were traditionally crowned and which is still home to many architectural marvels as well as a living goddess. Lastly you will head for Pashupatinath, Nepal’s most important Hindu Temple and fascinating as it is home to many saddhus (or holy men), distinctive in their white and orange robes, dreadlocks and painted bodies.

Day 3 Kathmandu
A second day to further explore Kathmandu with your guide. You will head to Bhaktapur and Patan. Together with Kathmandu itself these were the ancient royal capitals of Nepal and are full of beautiful medieval architecture and temples. (Alternatively if you would prefer to explore on your own, this can be a free day).

Day 4 Kathmandu – Pokhara
Transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Pokhara. You will spend the afternoon exploring the city with its dramatic backdrop of the Annapurnas, including a boat ride on the picturesque Phewa lake. Older children might enjoy a bike ride in the countryside outside town and there are many routes of varying difficulty, all with stunning views. Alternatively perhaps take part in a cookery lesson and learn how to make the perfect ‘momo’, a delicious Tibetan dumpling.

Day 5 Pokhara – Trek
Today starts with a drive to Kimche (which takes around 2.5 hours) from where you start your trek into the Annapurnas. Your route will take you through rhododendron forest and small villages with incredible views over neatly terraced fields to Machapuchare (Fishtail Mountain). You will spend the night in the pretty village of Ghandruk. If you have the energy make sure that you explore the old part of the village and wander amongst the rows of slate-roofed houses, bunches of dried corn draped beneath the eaves and pumpkins drying in the courtyards.

The trek usually takes around 2-3 hours and you will spend the night in a teahouse. This is a simple trekking lodge with private rooms, each with a bed but little else. Bathroom facilities are communal and simple. (Note that there may be the chance to upgrade to rooms with private facilities on request).

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Day 6 Ghandruk – Tolkha
Continue trekking, along small footpaths that have been used for hundreds of years by local villagers, again with incredible views towards the mountains. You will cross the Modi Khola River and climb through terraced fields and moss-draped rhododendron forest.

The trek today takes around 4 hours and ends in Tolkha, famous for the spectacular sunset panorama that it offers.

Day 7 Tolkha – Dhampus
Today’s walk is glorious, with truly spectacular views of the Annapurnas. It takes around 4 hours and follows ancient trails through terraced fields of wheat and corn and traditional villages. You end the day in the small village of Dhampus, in a dramatic ridge-top setting with panoramic views towards Machapuchare.

Day 8 Dhampus – Bandipur
After breakfast you have a short walk to the road head at Phedi where you will meet your vehicle and transfer to Bandipur (around 3 hours).

You will spend the night in a converted traditional Newari Homestead, reached by a steeply climbing road that switchbacks up the mountain for 8km. The views are stunning, stretching over orange orchards to the south and towards the Annapurnas in the north.

Day 9 Bandipur – Chitwan
Spend the morning exploring the small town of Bandipur, a real gem that offers an insight into a more traditional (and less touristy) rural town. Stroll along the quiet streets and visit the bazaar then stop in the shade of a giant piple tree to sip a cup of hot chai and admire the views from the escarpment.

In the afternoon transfer to Chitwan, which takes around 3 hours. You will spend the night at a traditional jungle lodge right on the edge of Chitwan National Park.

Day 10 Chitwan
This morning rise early and head to the river for a trip in a dugout canoe through the wetlands surrounding the Rapti River. This area is home to a great variety of birds but the main attraction for the children will be the local crocodiles. Keep your eyes peeled and your fingers inside the dugout!

You will also explore by jeep as you venture into different parts of the park in search of the elusive Bengal tiger as well as wild elephant and rhino. Depending on your choice of jungle camp, there may also be the opportunity to help look after and care for elephants.

Day 11 Chitwan – Kathmandu
Transfer to Bharatpur airport for a short flight back to Kathmandu. The rest of the day is free for some last minute shopping where you can use your newly acquired haggling skills to purchase souvenirs… particular popular with children are the elephant-dung notebooks!

Day 12 Kathmandu
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.


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