“Nepal – Once is not enough” a slogan brought forward by Nepal Tourism Board is true. The diversity in the cultural, land and nature’s beauty makes Nepal a unique travel destination. The greeting smile of locals and hospitality offered here welcomes you where ever you decide to visit. Nepal is a landlocked country located in South Asia, with an area of 147,181 Square Kilometer. It is located in the Himalayas and bordered to the north by China and to the south, east, and west by India.
Spend 14 days traveling to the major tourist destinations of Nepal and with every possibility of getting the chance to have a glimpse of local urban and rural life of Nepal, culture, tradition, nature and wildlife. We explore the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu Valley, serene and calm town Panauti, touristic town Pokhara & surrounding trekking region and Chitwan – an experience of living with the local Tharu Community & chances of seeing wildlife at its best.
|Day 1||Touch Down in Kathmandu - Meet your local Nepalese Leader.|
|Day 2||Glimpse to Cultural Kathmandu Valley|
|Day 3||Experience exotic Bhaktapur and live locally in Panauti|
|Day 4||Scenic Highway to Pokhara (235 Km, 7-8 hrs drive)|
|Day 5||Hello Ghandruk (1940m) - Village of Gurkhas|
|Day 6||On the Nature: Landruk (1620m) via Jhinu Danda (1650m)|
|Day 7||Dhampus (1650 m) - Goodbye to the Hills and Himalayas|
|Day 8||End trek at Phedi and drive to Pokhara - Back to city lights!|
|Day 9||Free day – Pokhara|
|Day 10||Drive to Chitwan - Into The Lowlands of Nepal|
|Day 11||Experience Wildlife and Indigenous lifestyle in Chitwan|
|Day 12||Drive back to Kathmandu|
|Day 13||Free Day Kathmandu – A Day on your own|
Service of 01 English Speaking Tour leader for the whole trip (from the group of 06 pax onwards only in Fixed Departure group tours).
Local guides for sightseeing at all places (for a group of 01 – 05 pax and Private Group departures).
All land transportation as per group size by private vehicle.
Sightseeing in Kathmandu with entrance fees to Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath temple, Patan Durbar Square, Golden Temple & Patan Museum.
04 nights twin/double rooms sharing hotel accommodation in Hotel
Vajra, Kathmandu on BB basis.
01-night local Homestay accommodation in Panauti Homestay on AP basis.
03 nights twins/double rooms sharing hotel accommodation in Mt. Kailash Resort, Pokhara on BB basis.
02 night and 03 days package trip of Barauli Community Homestay which includes accommodation on twin sharing basis, 3 meals per day, jungle activities such as Jeep Safari, Cycling to Narayani River, Village walking tours, cultural dance program, & entrance fees to Chitwan National Park.
Service of trekking guide.
03 nights trek accommodation at Basic lodge/Tea house on a bed only basis.
Service of 01 porters each for 2 people (each porter will carry a maximum of 15 kg luggage).
Duffel bags for trekking.
ACAP Permit & TIMS CARD.
Please allow USD 220.00 – USD 250.00 for additional meals which are not included in the package. Breakfast hotels in Kathmandu & Pokhara will be laviMore...
Please allow USD 220.00 – USD 250.00 for additional meals which are not included in the package. Breakfast hotels in Kathmandu & Pokhara will be lavishing and plentiful with lots of varieties. But breakfast in other places such Panauti Homestay, Trekking community Home, Barauli Homestay will be very limited and choices may not be there as well. We would also like to emphasize that the Homestay that we are using have been trained and prepared to make good and delicious meals in a very hygienic environment. We have encouraged them to use as much of local products, vegetables and other items prepare the meal so that all meals are very fresh and organic also. Since locals of all communities are used to taking water directly from the tap or nearby rivulets, we would like to encourage all travelers to bring their own drinking water bottle, purifying tablets or equipment.
For a group size of 7 people or above, the trip will be escorted by our experienced English Speaking Tour Leader.
If the group is of 6 people or below, then there will be a local English Speaking guide at every new place. For the trekking portion, you will meet your trekking guide in Kathmandu and he will brief you about your trekking requirements and trekking information. He will be with you till the end of the trekking.
Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara will be in deluxe and comfortable hotels with private bath. Rooms will be either twin bedded or double bed as per your requirement with all modern amenities.
Accommodation in Panauti will be in Homestay where you will be hosted by local people of the community. You will be having your dinner and next day breakfast with your host. Rooms are very basic and bathrooms will be common. Mostly, all houses have squat toilets and there will be no toiletries and hence you need to bring your own. Hot shower is not a priority for the locals, but if required, host will provide you hot water in a bucket.
Accommodation during treks, we will be using lodges owned by the community of the villages. Rooms are basic and mostly twin bedded only. Toilets are shared and squat.
Accommodation during the Community Homestay in Barauli will be in twin bedded rooms with private bath. There are not many amenities in the room, but the comfort level of the room is very much higher to that of other Homestay.
Depending upon the group size, the trip will run on a private vehicle.
It is essential that you take out comprehensive travel insurance prior to your travel. Your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, medical expenses, emergency evacuation and repatriation (including helicopter evacuation) and personal liability. We also recommend that it covers cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
There are no specific health requirements for entry into Nepal. However, you should consult your doctor for up-to-date information regarding vaccinations, high altitude medication and medications for any reasonably foreseeable illnesses whilst traveling in Nepal.
Be aware that some drugs, including anti-malarias, have side effects at altitude. Please discuss this carefully with your doctor.
Please be aware that we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities for some time during this trip. We strongly recommend that you carry a personal First Aid kit as well as sufficient quantities of any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses).
AMS (acute mountain sickness) is a serious issue. It is the result of the failure of the body to adapt to high altitude and can affect anyone, regardless of age or fitness. It usually occurs above 1,800 meters and the likelihood of being affected increases as you ascend. The way to reduce the effects of altitude is to ascend slowly, 300 meters per day above
3,000 meters until you have acclimatized. Poor acclimatization results in headache, nausea, sleeplessness, difficulty breathing and swelling of fingers and glands. The only cure for AMS is to descend to lower altitude and your guide’s decision on this matter is final.
Although our routes are carefully planned to allow for proper acclimatization you may feel some effects of altitude for the first few days or at higher altitudes. Breathlessness, lethargy, and mild headaches are not uncommon and generally decrease as your body adjusts. Maintaining adequate fluid intake is essential. Please advise your guide if you feel more severe symptoms and do not medicate yourself without discussing it with them first.
Nepal has a generally temperate climate, however altitude makes distinct variations. The monsoon sweeps up from India each summer, making mid June to mid September humid and wet. The three other distinct seasons are all suitable for trekking and each has its own advantages.
Changing global weather patterns have had their effect on the Himalayan climate and mountain weather is notoriously changeable. Always be prepared for a change in conditions and note that if severe or dangerous weather conditions occur your guide’s decision on any course of action is final.
Travelers need to be prepared for all weather conditions.
The guide will help you budget for your trip. Prices for vehicle-based excursions on number of participants and the actual price may vary depending on group size.
Please note it is your responsibilities to arrange visas before you travel to Nepal. Very recently the Government of Nepal has started the online visa application process. You have to fill the online visa form, though the website, please visit: www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.np
You will get a unique code after submitting your online visa application. Based on this code, upon arrival in Nepal, the immigration office will grant you visa with required Visa Amount which as below:
Multiple entry visa valid for 15 days – US $25
Multiple Entry Visa for 30 days – US $40
Multiple entry visa valid for 90 days – US $100
The best is to bring a mixture of cash in major currencies – USD, CAD, EUR, AUD – and ensure you have a mixture of large and small denominations. Cash, ATM cards are mostly used in Nepal. Both Visa card and Master card accepted by ATM machines. Currency exchange rates may be fluctuating often so we ask that you to follow different websites which provide you information about different currency rate. As of January 2016 the exchange rate for Nepal is 1USD=104.25 Rupee. There are no ATM machines in Nuwakot Homestay, trekking and Barauli Homestay. You should exchange enough money into Nepalese Rupees to last the entire time of your trek before leaving Kathmandu, as there are no exchange facilities in villages along the way.
It is customary in Asia to tip service providers such as waiters, at approximately 10%, depending on the service. Tipping is expected – though not compulsory – and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your tour. There are several times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip the local guides or drivers we use. You may do this individually, or your tour leader will offer to collect the money and tip as a group. Recommendations for tipping drivers and local guides would range from $1-$2 USD per person per day depending on the quality and length of the service. For porters during the trekking portion of your trip, the recommended amount is 300-500Rs (4-5USD) per porter per day; ask your guide for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture. The amount is entirely a personal preference; however as a guideline $20-30 USD per person, per week can be used.
You will need to bring a comfortable medium sized daypack to carry the things you will need during the day. This should have a waist strap or (better) a padded waist belt.
Touch Down in Kathmandu - Meet your local Nepalese Leader.
Today is the first day of the trip and we have people arriving at different time. So we will not be having any scheduled program for the day except for our first group meeting and introduction to your fellow travelers at the hotel. During the arrival transfer, you will be briefed about your meeting time and other necessary information.
During the meeting time, we will be collecting your insurance information and we will also be discussing on how this trip will run for the next coming days. After the meeting, we will be having our first group dinner and your tour leader will be taking you to a nice restaurant in Thamel. It is not compulsory that you take part in this first group dinner but we would like to recommend so that you have the opportunity to be familiar with your tour leader and your other group members.
Glimpse to Cultural Kathmandu Valley
We start our day with sightseeing tours in Kathmandu visiting Boudhanath Stupa. This great stupa is one of ancient monuments and most important Buddhist sites in Nepal, one of the largest Buddhist shrines. The Stupa is located in the area of ancient trade route to Tibet where Tibetan merchants rested and offered prayers for many centuries. Many refugees entered Nepal from Tibet in 1950s & decided to live around Boudhanath.
The most important Hindi shrine in Nepal, Pashupatinath (Lord of the Animals) is the protecting deity of the country, and is a fascinating complex of shrines and Arya-Ghats (cremation sites) on the banks of the Bagmati River. This temple is build with a bunk roof and a golden spire and the most fascinating shrine is the main temple with its pagoda style roof and the 300-year-old huge bronze Nandi (the bull—Shiva’s carrier) in front.
Patan Durbar Square
It is surrounded by a fascinating array of temples in different architectural styles. The Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust (KPVT) offices are also here – opposite one of the largest and oldest (and as yet un-restored) temples of Patan. Most aptly its offices are marvels of restoration. In Patan Durbar Square we will be also visiting Golden Temple and Patan Museum. Golden Temple – it is one of the best example of courtyard temple architecture. This temple is mixture of both Buddhist and Newari culture so it have its own religious believes like shoes and leather articles must be removed to enter the temple. Patan Museum – it is one of the royal palaces for the Malla kings of the Kathmandu valley which shows the beauty of Nepalese art and architecture.
Experience exotic Bhaktapur and live locally in Panauti
Today we will start our day by first doing the sightseeing tours in Bhaktapur. We will then continue to Panauti where you will be welcomed by your Homestay host.
Bhaktapur is the essential Newari city with some of the finest architecture in Nepal. It is an important and fascinating World Heritage Site, made up of three large squares filled with shrines, temples and activity. Among three cities (of Kathmandu Valley) it was the largest city of Newari Kingdom and capital of Nepal during the Malla period. It is one of the fascinating places to explore the traditional crafts of pottery, metalwork, art and woodwork.
After having sightseeing of Bhaktapur city we will drive to Panauti. Upon arrival at Panauti, we will be welcomed by the whole community. After introduction with your Homestay host, you will head to your home for the night. Panauti is also one of the oldest typical Newari village where we will get chance to see the tradition and the culture of the Nepalese society. Panauti boasts a large number of fascinating temples which is connected to Hindu religion. According to a historical myth, it is believed that the entire valley of Panauti rests in a single stone underneath. There are also several years old temples. You will be wandering and doing sightseeing in Panauti town with your host. In the evening, you have the opportunity to learn to cook traditional Nepalese Cuisine courtesy of your Homestay host.
Scenic Highway to Pokhara (235 Km, 7-8 hrs drive)
From Panauti it is a very short drive back to join the Arniko Highway for the 35 kms down into the Kathmandu Valley and into the city (35 km, 1 hr). We continue our drive on one of the country’s oldest and busiest Highway. The construction of the highway started in 1967 with the help of the Chinese government. The construction was completed in 1974. The highway is named after King Prithivi Narayan Shah. Weather permitted while leaving the Kathmandu Valley; we may have the opportunity to view the Himalayas of Nepal. We will be driving first along the Trishuli River – one of the main tourist attractions for white water rafting and then later the massive Marshyangdi River. During the drive, we will be stopping at good points for photography. There will be short stopovers for toilets and lunch breaks too.
Pokhara is a place of remarkable natural beauty. This city is god gifted with different natural beauty like beautiful lakes, panoramic views of Himalayan Peaks, breath taking view of sun rise and sun set from Sarangkot. After reaching Pokhara and comfortably checked into our hotel, we have the opportunity to walk around the touristic street of Pokhara – Lakeside. You may wander around the shops, restaurants or even time permitting walk by the Phewa Lake.
Hello Ghandruk (1940m) - Village of Gurkhas
After breakfast, we start our trekking day with an hour and half drive to Nayapul. After reaching Nayapul, we meet our team of porters. The porters will be carrying your luggage during the trekking days. After necessary formalities with the Park Entry Permit, we then start our trek to Ghandruk. Trekking in Nepal is not all about hard work and no fun. Hence we recommend that you enjoy yourself while trekking, enjoy the nature, local view and culture. We come across beautiful Himalayas, waterfalls, icy rivers. Take breaks while you walk, say “Namaste” to the locals or other trekkers passing by; return “Hello” to the children of the villages. You will feel the warmth of Nepalese Hospitality of the villagers from their smile as you walk through. On average today the walking distance will be around 6 hours. The trail descends steeply to Birethanti and follows the west bank of Modi Khola to reach Syauli Bazaar. We then begin the climb to Ghandruk. Ghandruk is a Gurung Village from where you have the opportunity to the views of Machhapuchhre (6993m), Annapurna South (7219m), and Hiunchuli (6441m) and of the upper Modi Valley (1951m)
On the Nature: Landruk (1620m) via Jhinu Danda (1650m)
Generally if we walk straight from Ghandruk to Landruk, it will take only 2 – 3 hours walking time. But we make this day special by taking a detour. Hence we will be trekking from Ghandruk to Jhinu and walking time will be around 4 hours maximum. We are taking this detour to make your trekking adventurous and the opportunity for yourself to take a dip in Natural Hot Spring in Jhinu. Hence please make sure that in your day pack you are carrying your swim suits and towels. After reaching Jhinu, we order our lunch. We walk for another 30 – 40 minutes to the hot spring, where we can relax and enjoy the hot spring.
After lunch it is another 2 hours – 3 hours walking distance to Landruk.
Dhampus (1650 m) - Goodbye to the Hills and Himalayas
This day it’s an approx 5 hrs walk to Dhampus, where we stop for the evening. The trail goes along the ridge to Deurali and we have to pass through scattered forests and villages which offer spectacular views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. Dhampus is naturally and culturally rich village of the ethnic Gurung people where you will have an opportunity for a close look at the daily lives of the villagers.
End trek at Phedi and drive to Pokhara - Back to city lights!
We will make final trek for 2 hours and end our trek at Phedi. We bid farewell to our supporting porter and thank them for their support during our wonderful trekking at Annapurna Foothills. Drive from Phedi to Pokhara is approximately around an hour.
Free day – Pokhara
Pokhara is a place of remarkable natural beauty. This city is god gifted with different natural beauty like beautiful lakes, panoramic views of Himalayan Peaks, breath taking view of sun rise and sun set from Sarangkot, four different popular caves – Mahendra Cave, Bat Cave, Gupteshwar Cave, and Crystal Cave. This city also offers you different adventure activities like zip flyer, paragliding, boating, hiking, trekking, sky tour (gliding), mountain biking.
Drive to Chitwan - Into The Lowlands of Nepal
Chitwan is 5 hours drive from Pokhara, this drive provides you to see the views of deep rocky gorges crossed by rapidly flowing rivers and precarious suspension bridges to the intersection at Mugling. After arrival in Chitwan, there will be welcome program by Tharu people in Barauli Community Homestay. In the evening, there will be cycling trip to Narayani River from where sunset looks like golden ball sinking into the Narayani River which is one kind of mesmerizing experience of all the time.
Experience Wildlife and Indigenous lifestyle in Chitwan
Starting day with jungle activities like jeep drive can make you feel that you are closely to the nature. Village walk tour and cultural dance program provides great opportunity to know the culture and tradition of the Tharu peoples.
Drive back to Kathmandu
Departing Chitwan you will leave the lowlands, climbing into the Central Hills to join the Prithivi Highway at Mugling. It is then a slow journey east along Nepal’s busiest highway, to Kathmandu. It is however a scenic route with steep rice terraces making a dramatic back drop to the river, funeral pyres, suspension bridges and villages.(170 km, 6 hr)
Free Day Kathmandu – A Day on your own
Kathmandu, a city of temple and historical monuments which carry the unique history of Nepal – This day you can enjoy early morning Mountain Flight, local shopping in market, visiting tourist area – Thamel, cooking course, observing local market – Asan
Departure to the airport for flight onwards journey.