Honey Moon for Rob and Bea
Adventuring and Relaxing in the Himalaya
Day 1 – Depart the UK
Welcome to Kathmandu, enchanting and exotic, it is a city immersed with ancient temples and tradition! Fused with colourful markets and the bustle of spice sellers and merchants, Kathmandu with its exhilarating allure is a city you won’t forget!
You’ll be met at the airport by your guide and transferred to your hotel. You’ll have the afternoon free to explore the streets and markets. In the evening we’ll have dinner at a local restaurant.
Discover why the Kathmandu Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as we explore three culturally diverse temples within the city. High on a hilltop above Kathmandu is the magnificent Swayambutinath (“Monkey Temple”), used by both Hindus and Buddhists, and known for its many holy monkeys! Along the banks of the Bagmati River lies Pashupatinath, a temple devoted to Lord Shiva. It is the most important Hindu site in Nepal and pilgrims from all over the world come to show their faith.
Away from the city centre is the peaceful and impressive Bodhnath Stupa. Every day thousands of people descend daily to show their devotion and respect.
Day 4 – Free Day
Explore Kathmandu at your leisure, get yourselves lost in the back alleys and winding streets and have a real adventure.
Patan known as The City of Beauty is a city standing still in time, immersed in rich cultural history, bustling with the energy of today. A place best explored by foot, we’ll walk the cobbled streets with over 600 stupas whilst discovering ancient pagoda temples. See why local people still call it by its original name, Lalitpur – the City of Beauty. Patan is also home to the Kumari, the Living Goddess and we’ll visit her if she’s available. In the afternoon we’ll visit Durbar square Kathmandu, the centre of the ancient part of the city.
We drive East, before taking a small winding road to the lofty hill station of Nagarkot, a small community, it is well known for its fabulous views stretching out towards the horizon. Tonight is spent at the exclusive resort of Club Himalaya.
Once the sun has chased away the shadows from the night and as the sun rises you will be able to hear the peaceful sound of birdsong as you look out and see awe inspiring views of the Himalayan Mountains, from Annapurna to Everest. After breakfast you’ll descend to the valley and the medieval city of Bhaktapur.
A very traditional town, and World Heritage Site, Bhaktapur is traffic free and therefore the ideal place for taking a slow meander through its cobbled streets. There is plenty to see, from the traditional craftsman doing their trade such as potters, woodcarvers and weavers to the ancient monuments, temples and courtyards.
We drive west to Pokhara. The journey is breathtaking as we follow the gorge of the Trisuli River, passing by lush valleys, terraced rice fields and dramatic landscapes. Eventually we reach Pokhara, a quiet town nestled between the peaceful waters of Phewa Tal (Phewa Lake) and the spectacular Himalayan Annapurna Massif! The rest of the day is free to explore this laidback town. Hire a boat and relax on Phewa Tal, wander the streets of Old Pokhara or visit the Gurkha museum and discover the achievements of this world-renowned regiment.
We set out in the morning, taking a short drive to Nayapul before beginning our trek. The trail at first descends sharply to a bridge crossing the Burundi Khola. After crossing the river we will begin to ascend through bamboo forests to Tirkhadunga.
Day 10 – Tirkhadunga to Ghorepani (2810m)
Following stone steps we gain height, heading towards the village of Ulleri. From here you will be able to see some interesting views of terraced fields sloping down to the river’s edge. Onwards and the trail passes through the visually beautiful rhododendron forests that are a famous part of trekking in Nepal.
Rise early to witness one of the highlights of this trek, the remarkable view from Poon Hill. The Himalayan panorama from here is unforgettable, as you will see the whole of the Annapurna range lit by the spreading light of dawn.
The trail continues through lush terrain with a seemingly endless forest of rhododendron, coupled with steep, dramatic terraced fields growing a variety of fresh produce, including; rice, maize, potatoes and buckwheat. The trek leads us mostly downhill, past fertile valleys, waterfalls and across suspension bridges to Chhomrong, where we’ll spend the night. Stunning views of Annapurna South and the unclimbed holy peak, Machhapuchare are visible throughout the day.
Day 13 – Chhomrong to Jhinu Dhanda Hotsprings, then onto Ghandruk (1925m)
We’ll continue to make our way down through bamboo forest and down the steep stone staircase into Jhinu Dhanda. In Jhinu Dhanda, we’ll test out the endless supply of hot water in the natural springs; especially welcoming after 12 days of trekking in the high Himalaya. The perfect place to relax and soak in the atmosphere!
Explore the Gurung village of Gandruk then trek to Nayapul along the verdant valley bottom amongst blossoming flowers and butterflies before returning to Pokhara
Day 15 – Pokhara
Eat fresh fish from the lake, try the delicious cakes and drink coffees all day, you deserve it!
So many things to do! But we’d recommend taking a rowing boat on the lake, going for short hikes up the hills surrounding the lake, renting bicycles and going for a peddle, or bend yourself into all sorts of positions at a yoga studio. You could also spend the last few days of your honeymoon eating in all the nice restaurants and swimming in a pool.
*no activities are included for these days, just your accommodation with breakfast at the Peace Plaza.
Drive west, following the gorge of the Trisuli River as we make our way to the hillside retreat of Bandipur, overnight in a restored Newari mansion.
Day 21 – Return to Kathmandu
We return to Kathmandu arriving around midday. Wander around the city, sample some Newari cuisine, or shop for some locally made handicrafts and souvenirs.
Day 22 – Fly Home
Lost Earth Adventures services end after breakfast.
Transfers to the airport are complimentary. See you next time!
Click on the arrows below to take a photographic adventure through the mountains of Ghorepani and Poon Hill.
This trek is considered to be easy. There are a variety of ascents and descents, including a long trail ascending via steps, and we trek for 5-6 hours per day. As with most things a certain degree of fitness will make this trip more enjoyable.
- 6 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
- 7 nights guest house accommodation in Pokhara
- 1 night in a restored mansion in Bandipur
- 1 night at Club Himalaya Nagarkot
- 5 nights teahouse accommodation
- Included meals: All meals while trekking, breakfasts in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Club Himalaya and Bandipur, welcome dinner in Kathmandu. No other meals in Pokhara or on the journey to and from Pokhara. The food available in the tea houses is brilliant and there is a large selection of western, Chinese and Nepalese food available for you to choose from. We do not want you to be restricted in what you eat and want you to enjoy the vast menus and locally grown produce of the tea houses. We will let you eat whatever you want from the menu at meal times.
- Afternoon tea and biscuits while trekking
- Entrance fees and trekking permits
- Tour of Patan, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambu, Pashnupathi, Boudhanath, Bhaktapur.
- Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last day
- Fully qualified, first aid trained Trekking Guide from your arrival until the last day of trekking on day 14.
- All private transportation for duration of tour (unless otherwise specified)
- Porters and support staff to carry luggage
- Guides will check in with our office to get regular bespoke weather updates and confirm locations
- Financial protection: we are an ABTA and ATOL bonded and insured, UK based tour operator
- Pre-departure support and advice by email, phone and face to face meetings in York if you would like. After booking with us we will send you a highly informative and comprehensive trip information pack
- Remote medical support from specialist doctors
- We don’t force a fast or slow pace. Our teams are supported with plenty of staff so you can walk at your own pace. We let you walk at the pace that is right for you.
- Our guides and porters are paid fairly, properly equipped and fully insured for rescue and medical emergencies
- Trekking kit bag
- If you’d like to meet some of our team and experience our services beforehand you can join us on one of our UK adventures.
What’s Not Included
- Travel insurance (mandatory)
- Items of a personal nature (drinks, snacks, souvenirs, etc.)
- Nepalese visa (Available to buy for $30 USD on arrival in Nepal)
- International flights
- Tips to porters/local guide
- The activities mentioned on days 15-19
What Our Guests Say
Just to say Mandy and I had such a great holiday and trek. We loved the Poon Hill trek. Dhruba was really patient with us and helpful. So thanks again!”
Alice Windsor – Poon Hill Trek March 2014
Trekking Times and Altitudes
These tables show the approximate times it takes to walk to each place we stay at night. These times do not include rest and food breaks. The footpath on this trek is pleasantly smooth on well-trodden trails, allowing for nice walking 95% of the time.
|Nayapul (1070m) to Tirkhadunga (1577m)||1 hour drive, 4-5 hours trekking|
|Trek Tirkhadunga (1577m) to Ghorepani (2810m)||6-7 hours trekking|
|Ghorepani (2810m) to Tadapani (2710m) via Poon Hill (3210m)||6-8 hours trekking|
|Tadapani (2710m) to Chhomrong (2235m)||5-6 hours|
|Chhomrong (2235m) to Ghandruk (1925m)||6 hours|
Experience a breathtaking Mt Everest flight or explore a medieval city…
The price of £1845 per person includes our regular hotel in Pokhara which is the Peace Plaza. You have the option to upgrade to the following for £75 extra per night:
Temple Tree comprises of two storey individual cottages, finished in hand-cut stone and featuring beautifully-decorated timber struts and pillars. Each room has a private balcony with pergola looking on to a lush garden centered on an ancient tree formed from three interlocking trunks. This tree is believed to be inhabited by local deities and continues to be ritually offered flowers and perfumes to this day.
The resort is ideally located right at the centre of the Lakeside in an area called Gaurighat, the only stretch of the Lakeside enjoying a full view of the lake as well as the Himalayas.
Hotel Peace Plaza is our standard hotel when in Pokhara. It’s clean, comfortable, got a decent restaurant and a nice atmosphere, we only use the deluxe rooms for our clients. It’s a nice place to stay and centrally located. It’s fairly basic but kept to a decent standard. We have visited every guest house in Pokhara and this was our favourite.