One Adventure of All Nepal Himalayas
THE TOUR AT THE GLANCE
This trip takes adventurers across a grand survey of all that is Nepal – UNESCO cultural heritage sites, trekking in the Himalayan foothills, river rafting. Also jungle safari excursions, and village explorations. On your trekking, you walk about three or four hours per day at your own pace, free for photography and stops in villages along the way. You will stay in the comfortable Ker and Downey lodges that have the highest standards in the region. When possible, our trips overlap with local festivals that provide an opportunity to understand the rich Nepali culture and traditions truly.
EXPERIENCES AND VISITS IN THIS TOUR JOURNEY
- The ancient royal city of Kathmandu’s historic squares lined with temples and other beautifully intricate examples of Nepalese architecture
- The Kathmandu’s other ancient royal cities – Patan and Bhaktapur – make a perfect day trip.
- Enjoy natural skyline from the lake-side city of Pokhara, which is the gateway to the striking Annapurna Himalaya
- Visit the three Queen cities in the Kathmandu Valley
- Scenic mountain flight.(optional)
- Exciting jungle safari rides in Chitwan National Park.
- Visit the lesser-known Bandipur, a traditional Newari town.
- Explore lake, cave, and gorge at Pokhara Valley.
- Four days of easy trekking in the foothills of Annapurna Himalaya.
- Experience Himalayan white-water rafting in Trishuli River.
- Attend local festivals and folklore dances.
- Visit the local art and craft workshops.
- Seek out rare wildlife species, including the often-illusive Bengal tiger and Asian rhino in the lowland plains and Chitwan National Park
- Stunning Himalayan vistas of sunrise and sunset views of the Himalayas
- Try local cuisines.
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Arrive Kathmandu/Nepal: after clearing immigration and custom formalities, . You would be met by our representative in the arrival hall who would assist in all formalities to complete then transfer to hotel - arrive and check in.
Day at leisure for independent activities
Optional: Wake up early and after a quick cup of tea/coffee, transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport for Mt. Everest experience. Mountain Flight offers the closest possible aerial views of Mt. Everest and the Tibetan Plateau. Twice the size of the Alps, their sheer immensity is spectacular. The 45-minute flight offers an incredible panorama and you can take a nice photograph of the world’s highest mountain (depending upon weather visibility). We celebrate with a champagne in mid-air.
Return to hotel for Breakfast.
Morning: visit Kathmandu Durbar Square in the heart of old city Kathmandu. The complex was residence to Nepal's Royal family before the construction of the newer Narayanhiti Palace. There are around 50 temples in the vicinity. The Durbar is divided into two courtyards - the outer comprising the Palace of the Living Goddess – Kumari, and the inner is the main palace. Important ceremonies, including the coronation of the Nepali monarch used to be held in the Kathmandu Durbar Square. Visit Swoyambhunath - a UNESCO World Heritage site, believed to have been established more than 2,500 years ago and now an important Buddhist learning site
Take a Rickshaw ride from Kathmandu Durbar Square to Thamel passing through the old Kathmandu city and local bazaars filled with local people. Spend time and enjoy the colorful scene and interacting with the locals.
Afternoon Heritage walk to Boudhanath. The Stupa is located in the area of ancient trade route to Tibet where the Tibetan merchants used to rest and offered prayers for many centuries. When refugees entered Nepal from Tibet in the 1950s, many decided to live around Boudhanath. Smaller Stupas are located at the base. Gompa monasteries, curio shops, and restaurants surround Boudhanath. Light up the Butter lamp at the shrine and say your prayers.
Visit a Buddhist Monastery near Boudhanath and experience a glimpse of Buddhism and watch the monks pray. Have an interactive session with a High-Monk (depending upon availability).
Optional: Welcome dinner at the Krishna Arpan Restaurant at the Hotel Dwarika served in a traditional Nawari style and cuisine.
Today, drive to Bhadgaon - enroute visiting a Bamboo School. – Established in 2001 to provide free education to the children of the financially weak families. You would be welcomed by the children and each guest will be accompanied by a child to make a show around of the school and the orphanage. You can make donation and help fund the children.
Arrive Bhadgaon or Bhaktapur (Place of devotees) was the largest of the 3 Newar Kingdoms of the Kathmandu valley and was the ancient capital. It is the third largest city in Kathmandu valley and the majority of the population is Newars. It has the old Palace, courtyards and old city center in Nepal. Bhadgaon is a world Heritage site declared by UNESCO for its rich culture, temples and wood, metal and stone artworks.
Afternoon: Visit Patan city – founded in 3rd century and later expanded by the Mallas of Nepal. Patan Durbar Square, Mahaboudha Temple, Kumbeshwor temple, Krishna Temple, Golden Temple and other places of Patan - Patan is actually is an open museum showcasing intricately carved windows, intrinsic roof struts, statues of gods and goddesses, temples designed in pagoda style with erotic carvings and reposes’ metalwork facades , etc – Guest can also visit handicraft centre in Patan.
Early breakfast and then transfer to the rafting put-in point (about 3-hours drive from Kathmandu). We’ll get a briefing from the rafting guide about the river, paddling, and safety techniques before we set off. All equipment, such as life vest, helmet, dry bags, spray suits, and booties, is included. Depending on the water level, the rafting trip lasts in two and a half to four hours, plus we will have an hour break for picnic lunch by the riverside. The river, with rapids between Class II to III, will be rewarding for both beginners and rafting enthusiasts.
We meet our transport at the rafting finish point and then transfer to Bandipur - a small medieval-looking town on the mountain slope.
Today, enjoy the Bandipur spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains. After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing and exploration. visit the Khadga Devi Temple, the most sacred and auspicious temple in Bandipur. Then we head up to the Martyrs Memorial Area, which honors seven men from Bandipur - killed during the anti-Rana revolt of 1951 and then down to the shrine of Paarpani Mahadev (Shiva). This Shrine is significant because it is he who receives appeals for rain from Bandipurays during dry spells.
Then return to the bazaar along the main trail and visit the two other famous temples, Bindebashini and Mahalaxmi. The rich wooden carving and detailed brass-work that adorn the temple are replicas of those found in the many old pagoda structures of the Kathmandu Valley. Also visit the Silk Farm, which is less than half an hour’s walk towards the west. The staff there will give you an exciting tour-and-talk on the history and method of silk-harvesting in the Nepali hills.
Today, travel by road to Pokhara. situated in the lap of western Himalaya, is often referred to as the capital of nature!
Later visit the Bindhebasini Temple, the most famous religious shrine for rituals and worships for Hindu devotees. This white dome-like structure dominates a spacious courtyard built atop a shady hillock. It is dedicated to Goddess Bhagwati, a manifestation of goddess Durga. The verdant grounds make a little picnic area. On Saturdays and Tuesdays devotees flock there to offer sacrifices and it takes on a festive scene. visit gorge of Seti River at Mahendrapul. This place provides a perfect view of the river’s surging rush and deep canyon created by its powerful flow.
You will enjoy a boating trip in Lake Fewa to visit the Island temple of Goddess Barahi. Fewa Lake is the second largest lake of Nepal (Rara Lake in Mugu District is the largest) and is the foremost attraction of Pokhara.
Visit in Pokhara's colorful traditional Old Bazaar, with its ethnically diverse traders. The temples and monuments show a close architectural connection with the Newari styles of Kathmandu valley. The market area is full of shops selling commodities ranging from edibles to cloth to cosmetics to gold. It is a pleasant and shady spot to stroll around.
After breakfast, meet your trekking guide and porters. There will be a briefing about the accommodation and facilities in the mountains and the trip. Then travel by car with our crew, to Nayapul, the trailhead for the trekking. The trail sometimes goes along a ridgeline in the lower foothills of the Annapurnas with panoramic views of the Pokhara Valley. It then drops to Modi Khola Valley (Khola means river), where our Sanctuary Lodge is located. The location of the lodge serves as a perfect viewpoint for Mount Machhapuchhre (which means fishtail).
Following a picnic lunch, we can explore Birethanti, a small village set at the foot of the Modi Khola Valley at around 1,100 meters. (Trek time, three to four hours).
After a leisurely breakfast, leave the Sanctuary Lodge and head out to Gurung Lodge in Majgaun, approximately 2 hours of easy walking away. The lodge is built along the lines of a traditional Nepalese village. Every room has spectacular views of the surrounding valley and mountains. After lunch at our lodge, we can visit Tanchok Village with its house-turned-ethnic museum dedicated to sharing the daily life and culture of the villagers. We can also visit a local school, meet the children and teachers, and learn about the school system. Children love to try their English with visitors.
Enjoy breakfast with splendid views of the mountains and the surroundings in the morning and then re-join the trail through the unspoiled village of Patlekhet. The trail goes through sub-tropical forests that include tree orchids, rhododendrons and magnolias, a variety of birdlife, and incredible mountain views. Trekkers in the spring will enjoy the colorful flowers. Along the way, you will stop at the village of Pothana, where many Tibetan traders live and sell their souvenirs.
In about four hours you will arrive at the Basanta Lodge in Dhampus. The lodge is centered around an old Gurung village house and offers sweeping views of the entire Annapurna Range. After lunch at the lodge, we might go for a free walk in the village or relax at the lodge gazing the mountains and terraced landscape.
The last day of the trekking is easy and short, descend through the wooded hillside and terraced farmland to Phedi at the valley floor. You meet our transport here and then drive to Pokhara, just 45 minutes away. On the way, we might stop in Tibetan refugee camp and visit its Buddhist monastery. Check-in hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure.
Today, travel by road to Chitwan National Park. It's a scenic road trip for about 5 hours or a little more.
Chitwan National Park is the first national park of Nepal and is recognized by UNESCO as the World Heritage Site. The park covers an area of 360 square miles and has diverse flora and fauna. The park has Royal Bengal Tiger; leopard, sloth bear; Great One Horned Rhinoceros; four species of deer, including the Sambar; wild boar; two species of monkeys; two species of crocodiles; and more than 600 species of resident and migratory birds.
After lunch and followed by some rest, your guide will take you for a nearby Tharu Village tour. Tharu people are the aboriginal inhabitants of Chitwan, and many of them still follow their centuries-old lifestyle and traditions. Your tour guide will have a briefing about Chitwan National Park. Before arriving at Chitwan, you will go to enjoy the Sunset view from Rapti River Beach and walk nearby villages - where you will learn more about the life and lifestyle of the Tharus.
Early morning walk in the Park with naturalist. Return to hotel for breakfast
Later Jungle safari by Jeep (open Land Rover) with accompanying naturalist. You Can visit the elephant camp where elephants are free to roam. The elephants are still working elephants providing an interactive encounter with the guests walk alongside them on the jungle walks. They can also witness the elephant bathing and feeding activities.
Afternoon: Jungle activities Canoe Ride: Canoeing at Rapti River is also a great adventurous experience. You are able to observe crocodiles basking motionlessly under the sun with their snouts wide. It is also possible to see the exotic species of birds sipping at the waters. It takes about 45 minutes usually. Elephant Safari: Exploring Chitwan National Park on the back to lumbering elephant offers you a safe and splendid vantage point high above the towering bushes. You may even take a bath with an elephant and learn how to wash your elephant!
Early in the morning, we can take an hour-long bird watching tour to see what we can of those 600 different species of resident and migratory birds. Within one hour, we will certainly be able to spot more than 30 different species of birds
After visit rive to Kathmandu, Upon arrival at Kathmandu , you are met and transferred to the hotel. Balance of the day is open to pursuing your interests.
Transfer to Kathmandu airport to board International flight for onward Journey
WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE IN YOUR TOUR COST
- Accommodation for total 13 nights sharing double/ twin room on bed and breakfast basis.
- Meal Plan: -Chitwan and during Stay. Ten nights first class and deluxe hotels and resorts in the cities; three nights Ker & Downey luxury lodges in the Annapurnas; and one night at a camp in the riverside.
- All transfers, sightseeing/excursions as per the program by an air-conditioned vehicle.
- English speaking local guide as per program
- Entrance fee at Monuments.
- Meeting & Assistance on arrival/departure at airport/hotel by our representative.
- Visit a Bamboo School in Kathmandu
- One porter for every two trekkers during trekking.
- Sightseeing admission fees and permits for trekking.
- Jeep Safari, boat ride, park entrancce fees & elephant ride in Chitwan
- Boat ride on Phewa Lake in Pokhara
- All presently applicable taxes.
TOUR COST WILL NOT INCLUDE FOLLOWING EXPENSES
- International / Domestic Airfare
- Nepal Visa
- Any new admission fees / taxes / fuel surcharges/ Visa fees
- Meals not mentioned
- All personal expenses such as beverages, laundry, trip cancellation and personal insurance, gratuities, excess baggage fees
- Early check-in/late check-out (except as noted)
- Camera/video fees at monuments
- Communication costs
- Any additional expenses due to unforeseen problems like natural disaster, war or strikes, cancellation or misconnection of flights or last-minute change of timings etc.
- Any other service, which has not been specified as "included".
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