Ker & Downey Royal Nepal Spectacular

Ker & Downey Royal Nepal Spectacular - INTRODUCTION

Ker & Downey Royal Nepal Spectacular Trekking Annapurna AreaStarting and ending in Kathmandu, this 13 night / 14 day itinerary is considered to be one of the most comprehensive programs offered in Nepal. It allows guests to experience all aspects of this wonderful and exciting country. It has been designed so that the minimum amount of time is spent travelling between each destination, enabling one to enjoy the best that each activity can provide. The Royal Nepal Spectacular features the 5-star Hyatt Hotel (in Kathmandu), the 5-star Shangri-La Village (in Pokhara), Ker & Downey Lodges (while on trek), Ker & Downey River Camp (on the Seti Gandaki River) and Tiger Tops Tented Camp (in Royal Chitwan National Park)

Ker & Downey offers the finest, most complete adventure programs in Nepal. Our programs enable you to experience all aspects of this wonderful exciting country.

Ker & Downey Royal Nepal Spectacular Trekking Annapurna AreaLocated in the Annapurna Mountains, we offer walking trails using purpose built lodges constructed and managed by an American company with 20 years experience in both Africa and Nepal. All lodges are a days walk apart and allow guests to experience in comfort some of the most spectacular mountain vistas in the world.

Trekking in Nepal has always been associated with sleeping in small tents on hard beds or mats, washing in cold water, sharing communal toilets and living fairly basically.

Ker and Downey is unique in Nepal as it offers the only program which allows guests to experience the magnificent scenery in style and comfort whilst staying in en suite rooms with comfortable beds with sheets, blankets, down pillows and hot water bottles.

Ker & Downey Royal Nepal Spectacular - ITINERARY

Ker & Downey Royal Nepal Spectacular Trekking Annapurna AreaStarting and ending in Kathmandu, this 13 night / 14 day itinerary is considered to be one of the most comprehensive programs offered in Nepal. It allows guests to experience all aspects of this wonderful and exciting country. It has been designed so that the minimum amount of time is spent travelling between each destination, enabling one to enjoy the best that each activity can provide. The Royal Nepal Spectacular features the 5-star Hyatt Hotel (in Kathmandu), the 5-star Shangri-La Village (in Pokhara), Ker & Downey Lodges (while on trek), Ker & Downey River Camp (on the Seti Gandaki River) and Tiger Tops Tented Camp (in Royal Chitwan National Park)

DAY 1: KATHMANDU (4265 ft / 1300 meters):
Reception at international airport and transfer to the centrally located Hyatt Hotel. The Hyatt Hotel is a unique property featuring a temple complex in its lobby as well as 25 acres of land. There will be a briefing on our program. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided walk Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal. This is followed by a welcome dinner at the hotel.
O/N Hyatt Hotel

DAY 2: TREK TO SANCTUARY LODGE: (3750ft/1150m)
Ker & Downey Royal Nepal Spectacular Trekking Annapurna AreaAfter an optional early morning flight to Mount Everest, we fly to Pokhara (3300 ft /1000 m). We’ll have a briefing at the Ker & Downey head office before we transfer by road with guides & porters to our trek start point {1-hour}. Our walk will follow a ridgeline in the lower foothills of the Annapurnas with surrounding views of the Pokhara Valley. This route then drops to the Modi River Valley, where Ker & Downey's Sanctuary Lodge is located. The lodge has magnificent views of the sacred and unclimbed Fishtail Mountain, or Machhapuchhre, as it is locally known. A picnic lunch is provided with a late afternoon arrival at the Lodge. (Trek time 3-4 hours).
Overnight Sanctuary Lodge (B, L, D)

DAY 3: TREK TO HIMALAYA LODGE, GHANDRUK. (6,600ft/2,012m).
After breakfast, we leave the lodge walking out through the outlying farms following the Modi River Valley. Soon we begin to climb out of the valley & up towards the mountains. The trail passes through small hamlets, terraced rice fields and forests with spectacular views of the surrounding valley. Snacks are provided along the trail. Hot lunch is served on arrival at the lodge in the early afternoon. (Trek time 5-6 hours). It is from this lodge that there are magnificent close up views of the surrounding mountains.
Overnight Himalaya Lodge (B, L, D)

Ker & Downey Royal Nepal Spectacular Trekking Annapurna AreaDAY 4: HIMALAYA LODGE:
We wake up this morning with tea and coffee served in the garden and watch the sunrise over Annapurna South, Annapurna 1, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, and the Fishtail. After enjoying a relaxing breakfast and the glorious views from the Himalaya Lodge, our guide will take us on an exploration of this mountain village and the surrounding countryside. Ghandruk was once a major recruitment centre for the famous Gurkha soldiers. The women of Ghandruk maintain a local industry of weaving traditional Nepalese rugs.
Overnight Himalaya Lodge (B, L, D)

DAY 5: TREK TO SANCTUARY LODGE, BIREHTANTI: (3750ft/1150m)
After breakfast, we leave the Himalaya Lodge walking out through the village of Ghandruk. Buffaloes and goats graze in the surrounding fields and you may have to make way for the donkey and mule trains that convey goods to and from the Gurkha settlements. You may also meet some of the trekkers coming down from or heading up to the Sanctuary itself. We continue descending for about 2 or 3 hours until we reach Shauli Bazaar. From here, we follow along the Modi River until reaching the Sanctuary Lodge. We’ll have lunch at the lodge followed by another opportunity to walk to the village of Birethanti. Or you may choose to spend the afternoon relaxing by the river bank. (Trek time 4 hrs).
Overnight Sanctuary Lodge (B, L, D)

DAY 6: TREK TO GURUNG LODGE, MAJGAUN:(4620ft/1,400m)
Ker & Downey Royal Nepal Spectacular Trekking Annapurna AreaFollowing a leisurely breakfast, we leave the Sanctuary lodge & trek to Ker & Downey's Gurung Lodge. The lodge is built along the lines of a traditional Nepalese village. Every room has spectacular views of the surrounding valley and mountains. Trek time to the Lodge is just 2 hours. After lunch at the lodge, you will be escorted to the local village of Tanchok. There will be a talk at a local house, now made into a museum. The contents of the house illustrate how the local people live, together with the tools and implements of day to day traditional village life. There will also be a visit to the school and should there be more than 6 guests, the school children will visit the lodge and perform a number of local dances and songs typical of the region.
Overnight Gurung Lodge (B, L, D)

DAY 7: TREK TO BASANTA LODGE, DHAMPUS (5000 ft / 1525 m).
This morning we start out trekking through the unspoiled village of Patlekhet. Our walk takes us through sub-tropical forests that include tree orchids, rhododendrons and magnolias. Along the way, we will stop at the village of Pothana where many Tibetan traders live and sell their souvenirs. After about 3 ½ hours, we arrive at the Basanta Lodge. From the lodge, there are sweeping views of the entire Annapurna Range. After lunch at the lodge there will be an optional walk through the old village of Dhampus.
Overnight Basanta Lodge (B, L, D)

Ker & Downey Royal Nepal Spectacular Trekking Annapurna AreaDAY 8: TREK TO POKHARA (3300 ft /1000 m)
After breakfast, we depart along the ridge & descend through the wooded hillside and terraced farmland to the valley floor. Trek time 1 ½ hours. We then transfer by vehicle to the Shangri-La Village Resort in Pokhara (30 minutes). On the way back to Pokhara, the vehicle can stop on request at the Tibetan refugee camp where you will have time to explore the temple complex. We’ll arrive at the Shangri-La Village in time for lunch. The rooms at the Shangri-La are filled with ethnic touches. Surrounding the rooms are spacious, landscaped gardens, water features, a swimming pool and stunning views of the surrounding mountains. The rest of the afternoon is free to explore the lakeside where most of Nepal’s Tibetan curio shops are located.
Overnight Shangri-La Village Resort (B, L, D)

DAY 9: SETI RIVER CAMP (1000 ft / 300 m)
After breakfast, we transfer to Damauli, a journey of some 1½ hours through the countryside. Here we will be met by our experienced boat crew, who will give us a full briefing prior to launch. The Seti River has no road access so the river and surrounding valley remain pristine. Floating down the river gives us a chance to see village life along the banks as well as the abundant variety of birds. There will be a picnic lunch on a sandy beach on the way to the camp. Today, there are 2 small rapids of no more than grade 2 and are no longer than 165 ft / 50 metres. The remainder of the trip is very much a float experience. Upon arrival, you will be shown to your safari style tent with beds, changing room, veranda and attached bathroom. Rafting time 2 to 3 hours depending on water levels.
Overnight Seti River Camp (B, L, D)

DAY 10: SETI RIVER CAMP (1000 ft / 300 m)
Today we will have a layover day at the Seti River Camp. This second day allows us time to truly relax. In the morning, we’ll hike through surrounding forests to remote nearby villages where no other travel companies go. After our hike, we can take a dip in the river. Lunch is at the camp. The afternoon is free to explore the landscaped gardens, riverbank, or just relax in a hammock or tree house. Evenings are spent around an open fire of driftwood, at this unique safari-style river camp.
Overnight Seti River Camp (B, L, D)

DAY 11:
The morning is spent rafting. There are 5 class 2 rapids. Again, each is no more than 165 ft / 50 meters. The remainder of the trip is a float when you can enjoy the surrounding countryside. Rafting time will be 2 to 3 hours depending on water levels. On completion of the rafting, we transfer by vehicle to the Royal Chitwan National Park, enjoying lunch en route (a journey of some 2 hours.) On arrival at the park, we are transferred to the Tented Camp by canoe and four-wheel drive vehicle. On arrival at camp, we will receive a briefing prior to an afternoon safari or nature walk. The safari-style tents at Tiger Tops have en suite bathrooms.
Overnight Tiger Tops Tented Camp (B, L, D)

Day 12:
The day is spent game viewing on elephant back and on foot. There are also lectures on the wildlife of the Park. Boat trips are available on request.
Overnight Tiger Tops Tented Camp (B, L, D)

Day 13:
After early morning game viewing and breakfast at camp, we will be transferred to the airfield. We’ll have a light lunch here before our 30-minute flight back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we’ll visit Pashupatinath, the holiest of the Hindu Temples in Kathmandu. We’ll then return to the hotel before enjoying our farewell dinner at Krishnarpan Restaurant at Dwarikas Hotel. Overnight Hyatt Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 14:
Transfer to international airport for your departure (B)

Ker & Downey Royal Nepal Spectacular - TARIFF & DEPARTURE DATES

Ker & Downey Royal Nepal Spectacular Trekking Annapurna AreaRates Are Group Joining Basis:
US$ 3350 Per Person
Single Supplement US$ 650
Mount Everest Flight including transfers: US$ 185

Departure Dates
February 16 – March 1, 2009
March 5 – March 18, 2009
April 3 – April 16, 2009
Oct 15, 2009 – Oct 28, 2009
Nov 4, 2009 – Nov 17, 2009

Ker & Downey Royal Nepal Spectacular includes:
Nepalese Tour Leader from start to finish
Two nights' accommodation at the Hyatt Hotel:
Deluxe rooms
Daily Breakfast
Welcome dinner
Ker & Downey Royal Nepal Spectacular Trekking Annapurna AreaOne nights' accommodation at Shangri-La Village Resort, Pokhara:
Deluxe rooms
Full Board
Six nights' accommodation in Ker & Downey's Lodges. Featuring:
Solar heated showers, flush toilets and electricity
All meals, snacks, drinking water, tea and coffee while on trek
All laundry while on trek
Evening Happy Hour including soft drinks and local alcoholic
Services of qualified Ker & Downey guides and porters
The loan of Ker & Downey Trek Pack, which includes duffel bags, daypacks, hat and scarf (these items you may keep) walking stick, poncho
Down jackets, warm hats and gloves are provided in the lodges
A comprehensive group First Aid Kit, carried by your guide
Three days, two nights rafting featuring:
Accommodation at Ker & Downey's Seti River Camp
All meals, snacks, drinking water, tea and coffee
Evening Happy Hour including soft drinks and local alcoholic
All equipment including life vests, helmets, dry bags, spray suits and rafting booties
Ker & Downey Royal Nepal Spectacular Trekking Annapurna AreaTwo nights accommodation in Tiger Tops Tented Camp including
All activities
All meals
Drinking water, coffee and tea
Sightseeing in Kathmandu:
Boudhanath and Pashupatinath
Farewell dinner at Krishnarpan Restaurant
All internal air and land transfers in Nepal
All permits
Use of trained guides throughout your trip

Ker & Downey Royal Nepal Spectacular excludes:
International air, departure taxes, insurance, gratuities, Mount Everest Flight, Beverages with meals.

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