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Living With The Locals

Essence of Nepal

Tour Information

This tour offers the best of Nepal. Nepal is not only a destination for trekking in some of the world’s highest mountains. Here you can find a rich culture and history. As well as seeing some of the seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu and the Kathmandu Valley like Patan Durbar Square, Swyambhunath (aka the Monkey Temple) and Bhaktapur Durbar Square, you also get the chance to experience the essence of Nepal by living with locals.

Our Homestays can be found in several places around the country. You visit Chitwan where you are made very welcome by the Tharu people in Baurauli, staying in their Community Homestay. Returning to the Kathmandu Valley, you then get the chance to see the day to day life in the historic Newar town of Panauti staying within a homestay here. Then to finish your trip, you stay in Patan in a homestay.

At all the Homestays, we are committed to providing the highest levels of comfort and security. The Homestays all follow the standards designed by RMT and are regularly checked to ensure that they maintain the highest levels of safety protocols.

Itinerary Overview

DaysActivity
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2 Sightseeing: Kathmandu, Swyambhunath and Bhakatpur City
Day 3 Drive to the green belt of Nepal, Chitwan
Day 4 Explore the rich 'Chitwan National Park'
Day 5 Drive to Panauti
Day 6 Sightseeing around the beautiful Panauti Valley
Day 7 Patan Sightseeing
Day 8 Bungamati and Khokana
Day 9 Kathmandu – Free Day
Day 10 Departure

Information

What's Included?
  • Transport to and from Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport on individual basis
  • Three nights accommodation in Traditional Comfort Hotel or equivalent with breakfast on twin sharing basis
  • Two nights at Panauti Homestay (including breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • 3 day/2 night package at Barauli Community Homestay (accommodation on twin sharing basis, 3 meals/day, jungle activities including jeep safari, cycling to Narayani River, village walking tours, cultural dance program, and entrance fees to Chitwan National Park)
  • Two nights at Patan Homestay
  • Sightseeing with English speaking tour guide, including private transport and entrance fees to Kathmandu, Swyambhunath, Bhaktapur, Panauti
  • Land transportation – private vehicle
What's Excluded?
  • Personal expenses: tipping, internet, laundry etc
  • Nepal entry visa
  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Additional expenses which may arise due to circumstances beyond the control of RMT such as landslides, strikes, delays, flight delays, etc.

MORE OF TOUR INFORMATION 

Starting Hotel – Kathmandu

Hotel Traditional Comfort

Kamalpokhari- Kathmandu, Nepal

Email: info@traditiona More...

MORE OF TOUR INFORMATION 

Starting Hotel – Kathmandu

Hotel Traditional Comfort

Kamalpokhari- Kathmandu, Nepal

Email: info@traditionalcomfort.com

Tel: +977-1-4410455, 4410454


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Please note that the published itinerary is as treatment of intent and to be used as a guide only. Each day may vary due to the walking times of the group, camping and trail conditions. The guide in charge of your trip will alter the schedule as necessary and any/all such alterations are in the dis  -creation of Royal Mountain Travel and your guide.

 

What you carry

Your duffel bag is restricted to 15kgs. The duffle bag is carried by porters and is not available to you during the day. Your daypack should contain all that you need during the day. This generally consists of warm clothing, water bottle, camera gear, sunscreen, lip salve etc. Your guide will let you know each evening of any extra items you will need for the following day. If you have a comfortable daypack you load will only be a few kilograms and hardly noticeable

 

Food

Meals are provided according to mention on the itinerary.

 

 Money

It is best to bring a mixture of cash major currencies – USD, CAD, EUR, AUD – and ensure you have a mixture of large and small denominations.

Everyone’s spending is different, but as a guide, we suggest USD 5-7 per meal in Kathmandu and USD 25 per day while trekking (if you drink or smoke this could be higher).

 

Tipping

Tipping is a personal and voluntary matter and tips are not included in the trip price. If you wish to reward the efforts of those who have worked to make your trek the best they can, we suggest the following: USD 3 per day for groups of 8+, USD 5 per day for smaller groups – this will be shared amongst the whole staff, including porters.

 

Insurance

It is essential that you take out comprehensive travel insurance prior to your trek. Your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, medical expenses, emergency evacuation and repatriation (including helicopter evacuation) and personal liability. We als o recommend that it covers cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

 

Health

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 travel in Nepal.

Be aware that some drugs, including antimalarials, have side effects at altitude. Please e 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).

 

Altitude

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 a headache, nausea, sleeplessness, difficulty breathing and swelling of fingers and glands. The only cure for AMS is to descend to a 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.

 

Accommodation

While on trek accommodation is in lodges and teahouses and is of a basics standard. Room s may be twin or multi-share, with basic shared toilet facilities. Showers are available in some places for a small charge.

 

Climate

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.

Winter (December-February) – It is cold and you will need to be prepared, but the air is very clear providing the best mountain views.

Spring (March-May) – Days are increasingly warm and the rhododendrons are in bloom. Mist and clouds are not uncommon.

Summer (June-August) – The monsoon season. It will rain every day, although generally in the evening and night. The hills turn lush and green and at higher elevations, the alpine plants will bloom.

Autumn (September-November) – The most pleasant trekking season where days are warm, but not hot; there is little chance of snow and skies are clear.

 

IMPORTANT NOTES

Travelers need to be prepared for all weather conditions.

 

Visas

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:

US dollars cash only

Multiple entry visas valid for 15 days – US $25

Multiple Entry Visa for 30 days – US $40

Multiple entry visas valid for 90 days – US $100

 

Packing for your Trip

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.

  • First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, band-aids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
  • Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal)
  • Fleece top/sweater
  • Footwear
  • Hat
  • Locks for bags
  • Long pants/jeans
  • Money belt
  • Outlet adapter
  • Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.)
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Shirts/T-shirts
  • Sleepwear
  • Small travel towel
  • Sunglasses
  • Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable)
  • Watch and alarm clock
  • Waterproof backpack cover
  • Windproof rain jacket
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Royal Mountain Travel is a community for Adventure & Local Experience offering the best indigenous and community-oriented tours and treks in Nepal. Experience the authentic lifestyles of Himalayan civilizations and trek in some of the most unique landscapes on Earth with us.
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Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu

Arriving at the Tribhuwan International Airport is an experience in itself. Don’t let it put you off, as our airport representative will be waiting to welcome you with your name written on a placard. Depending on traffic, the drive to your hotel takes about 20-30 minutes.

Welcomed in true Nepali style, the staff at Traditional Comfort will offer you a Buddhist ‘khada’ scarf and tikki, a Hindu blessing. You then have time to relax and enjoy the ambience and comfort of the hotel until your evening Group Meeting held in one of the hotel’s meetings rooms.

(Traditional Comfort Hotel or equivalent)

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Day 2

Sightseeing: Kathmandu, Swyambhunath and Bhakatpur City

Kathmandu Durbar Square is listed as one of the Kathmandu Valley’s eight UNESCO World Heritage sites. Built between the 12th and 18th centuries, the ancient temples, palaces and courtyards and streets is a social, religious and urban focal point of the city. Visiting the Kumari’s house, home to a living goddess, if you are very lucky you might even see her peek out of her window at you. You also see the surrounding temples and the Itumbahal courtyard. This old Newari community that is set in its large courtyard is famous for its traders in herbal spices and medicines. From Durbar Square you then walk to through Asan to the bustling Indrachowk, one of Kathmandu’s most colourful local markets. Continuing to Asan Chowk you visit the Annapurna temple, dedicated to the goddess of Grains.

You then are taken to Swayambunath, otherwise nicknamed the ‘Monkey Temple’. This is one of the oldest and most revered shrines in the country. Perched on the top of a small hill, it is a not only a major landmark of the valley but a symbol of Nepal. The stupa has been an important Buddhist pilgrimage site since the 5th century. Buddha Jayanti (Buddha’s Birthday), Gunla (a month-long festival) and Lhosar (Tibetan New Year) are all celebrated with gusto here. You can reach the shrine by climbing 365 steps up the hill, or by a less steep but not so scenic route that winds around the back of the temple complex. You see many chaityas and temples but look out for the mysterious Shantipur Temple. This is where the 8th century Tantric Shantikar Acharya lived and it is said that his meditation kept him alive for many centuries.

In the afternoon you are driven to Bhaktapur, one of the most fascinating and important World Heritage Sites in Nepal. Bhaktapur is made up of three large squares filled with historic shrines and temples, Newar architecture and fine art. Famous for its clay pots and exquisite wood carvings, Bhaktapur is also legendary for its colourful festivals and its delicious and unique cuisine. Bhaktapur retains its medieval feel and the local people are still engaged in farming and traditional crafts like pottery, metalwork, art and woodwork which has supported the city since it was established in the 12th century. This is a ‘must see’ place to explore! You will be shown the magnificent Golden Gate in Durbar Square (square of the palaces), the Palace of 55 Windows, the Nyata Pola Temple, Newar houses and pottery square. Although the town was damaged in the 2015 earthquake, there has been a lot of work to repair the old buildings.

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Day 3

Drive to the green belt of Nepal, Chitwan

You are driven to Barahi Jungle Lodge in Chitwan where you spend the next couple of nights. Voted as number 1 by TripAdvisor in 2017, this stylish and luxurious jungle lodge hotel offers the best of Nepali hospitality. Located close to the Rapti River in Meghauli, you see the wildlife in and around Chitwan National Park during the two days of your stay here.

In the evening, take a stroll through the local village, and interact with locals to learn something about their way of life. Accommodation is provided in twelve little cottages that have been built by the villagers,  simply furnished, but offers everything for a comfortable stay. The village women, who are also the owner of each cottage, live nearby the homestay so that they can take care of their guests as staying at their homes. Enjoy the local welcome ceremony by the Tharu community people and cultural dance performed by the villagers.  (Barauli Community Homestay)

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Day 4

Explore the rich 'Chitwan National Park'

Chitwan National Park was the first national park in Nepal and was set up 1973. It was made a World Heritage Site in 1984. With an area of over 932 km2 and an altitude of between 100 m to 815 m in the Churia Hills, it is home to 68 species of mammals. You may see the “king of the jungle,” the Bengal tiger as this is reported as being one of the best tiger habitats in the world. More commonly sighted are the one-horned rhinoceros, sambar deer, red muntjac, hog deer, rhesus monkeys, Hanuman langurs and wild elephant.  You will be taken on a jungle jeep safari and a nature walk, visiting a local village outside the national park. (Barauli Community Homestay)

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Day 5

Drive to Panauti

It is a long day on the road as you return to Kathmandu and then a couple of hours out into the Kathmandu Valley to Panauti. Here you stay with a family in a homestay. Panauti is an old traditional Newari village where you can see a large number of Hindu and Buddhist religious monuments and temples. Originally a small state given by King Bhupatindra Malla as a dowry to his sister, it is still largely unchanged over the passage of time. Dinner is prepared by your Homestay host. (Panauti Homestay)

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Day 6

Sightseeing around the beautiful Panauti Valley

You have plenty of time to explore the narrow streets and medieval ghats with your homestay hosts. Panauti is an old traditional Newari village where you can see a large number of Hindu and Buddhist religious monuments and temples. Originally a small state given by King Bhupatindra Malla as a dowry to his sister, it is still largely unchanged over the passage of time. You visit Indreswor temple and Durbar square in the town centre. Situated at the confluence of the two rivers Rosi and Punyamati, it has been regarded as an important religious site since very early times.

Panauti is surrounded by scared rivers and is birthplace to a number of legendary figures and to a traditional Newari confection produced only during a harvest festival each year. Panauti is also famous for its 40 temples and 28 festivals. The temples are dedicated to various and are deities spread around the small one-kilometre town centre. Rich in Newari culture, many of the town’s festivals are similar to those of Kathmandu while some are unique to a completely local character. (Panauti Homestay)

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Day 7

Patan Sightseeing

Returning to Kathmandu, you are taken to visit Patan where you stay with a family. Take a stroll around with your host to explore the rich history and culture of this city that is now part of Kathmandu, but used to be one of the three independent kingdoms. Very different in character from the rest of Kathmandu, Patan’s Durbar Square is surrounded by the most superb of Newar architecture. It is a beautiful ensemble of temples and shrines beside the old royal palace that now serves as a little museum. In Patan, you can see a mixture of both Hinduism and Buddhism, with people worshipping in both at the same time. Renowned for the “Birth to Death” shops, these are where to shop for every little item that Nepalese rituals require from birth to death. There are many interesting festivals and traditions that are observed here.  (Patan Homestay)

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Day 8

Bungamati and Khokana

Today you visit a couple of very typical Newari villages not far out south of the city. These two villages have not changed much from its early days. As you walk the streets of Bungamati, you can see plenty of wood crafts and sculptures which might be a perfect handmade souvenir. Khokana is another small village that is very popular for its traditional way of producing mustard oil and its lovely little local temples. (Patan Homestay)

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Day 9

Kathmandu – Free Day

You are taken back to your hotel in Kathmandu and have the rest of the day free. You can visit Swayambunath Temple, otherwise nicknamed the ‘Money Temple’. On a hill overlooking the city, it is one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the country. Not for the faint-hearted, there are 350 steps to the top, though you can cheat and take the back route, though less steep it doesn’t offer such good views. Lose yourself in Asan, the area between Thamel and Kathmandu’s Durbar Square, which is a warren of narrow streets where Nepalis come to shop for everything from the kitchen sink to saris and vegetables. Why not visit the elusive Kumari in Durbar Square, or go shopping in Thamel where you can find all sorts of souvenir shops selling handicrafts, local organic tea and coffee and other mementoes.

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Day 10

Departure

You transfer to Tribhuvan Airport to connect with your onward flight. Please note that you should check in three hours prior to your flight time

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