Kathryn’s Nepal Adventure Holiday - Abbey Travel, Ireland

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Kathryn's Nepal Adventure Holiday 

by Kathryn McCarthy 

Nepal Adventure Holiday


I’ve always wanted to overcome my fear of heights and improve my fitness, my trip to Nepal certainly helped me to achieve both goals. I was lucky enough to visit this country thanks to Exodus, Jetair and Abbey Travel. It was truly an amazing experience and a personal journey.



Some colleagues and I arrived in Kathmandu and were greeted by our Guide, Bikmash. He transferred us to our hotel, the 4-star Hotel Royal Singi. The staff were extremely welcoming, and the rooms were lovely.


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The following day we travelled to Bandipur, a hilltop settlement and beautifully preserved village where time seems to have stood still. We spent the night in the Bandipur Inn which was a very quaint and peaceful property. The owner and his wife cooked us a beautiful Nepalese meal.

The following day we travelled to Pokhara. Here we stayed in the Temple Tree Resort Hotel. The hospitality was amazing! I spent as much time as I could relaxing by the pool before we spent the next three days on the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek.


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What I Loved  

The most challenging part of this holiday is also the part I loved the most, the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek. I don’t think I couldn’t have done it without the help of our guides! Hari set the pace at the front, Karma kept us motivated in the middle and Bikmash was at the back to ensure nobody fell behind. We began with an 8-hour trek, gradually uphill. This included short rest stops and after about 4 hours a lunch stop at 1480 metres. At one point we had to climb 3,200 steps but with plenty of water breaks and words of encouragement, we got through it. We were eventually greeted by the owners of the Banthanti Inn, our home for the night.  This accommodation is very basic, with shared toilets and showers. We had dinner here and a bit of craic around the fire.

Nepal Adventure Holiday

Day two of the Trek began with a hearty breakfast and stretches. The goal for today was to reach Ghorepani which is at 2,875 metres. This trek was more uphill but the views were stunning as we passed by many waterfalls and gorges. After a 6-hour trek we made it to the Hotel Hill Top. Once the clouds cleared the spectacular views of the Annapurna Mountains made all the hiking worth it. We explored the little village of Ghorepani and had dinner before heading to bed early. Bikmash warned us that the last part of the trek tomorrow would be very steep, and we would be doing it in the dark.

Nepal Adventure Holiday

Before we knew it, it was 4am the following morning and it was freezing! After a tough one-hour trek in -5 degrees we reached Poon Hill just in time to watch the sunrise from 3,210 metres. It was such an achievement to reach the top, I was so proud of myself. After roughly one hour of enjoying the views we made our way back down the mountain. We thought this would be the easy part, but it certainly wasn’t! I was worried about being the one crying while climbing up the mountain, I never even thought about coming down! 10 hours later we reached Pokhara and celebrated our achievement with dinner, a few drinks and some Nepalese music…… which we couldn’t dance to with our sore legs.


Activities and Places to See 

  • While travelling from Kathmandu to Bandibur we stopped to walk across the suspension bridge over Trisuli River. This is were I overcame my fear of heights. I don’t know why I was so scared, it was fun! 

Nepal Adventure Holiday

  • Visit the Tibetan Refugee Camp in Pokhara and learn about the Tibetans people history and problems they are facing today. There is even a museum located in the area.

  • Visit Monkey Temple in Kathmandu not only is this a beautiful temple, but it is the perfect place for panoramic views of the city.

  • Exodus donate money to various charities in Nepal. We wanted to see how their donations are helping to make a difference, so we visited a local school. This was great fun and the children were on their best behaviour.

  • Nepal suffered a devastating earthquake in 2015, there is a museum in Kathmandu which showcases some of the destruction caused. It was very inspiring too see how the Nepalese people have overcome this.


Food & Bars 

I had the most amazing meal ever at the Krishnarpan restaurant which is in the 5-star Dwarika’s Hotel, Kathmandu. Many important people have dined here such as Hilary Clinton and Prince Harry… if it’s good enough for them, its certainly good enough for me.  The dining was in traditional Nepalese style, which meant low tables and floor chairs which wasn’t great for our poor legs, but we managed. It was the perfect end to this Nepal experience. 


This Nepal holiday was certainly a challenging one, but I am so glad I went! I achieved so many of my goals and seen a beautiful side to Nepal that not many people have. The culture, food and scenery were unbelievable. I have made memories that I will cherish for life. However, I was delighted to be upgraded on the flight home, it was pure bliss to be able to stretch out my poor legs!


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