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Annapurna Community With Narchyang

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Annapurna Community & Narchyang

USD 1439

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USD 1439

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Trip Overview

Discover the magic and mystery of three cities Kathmandu, Patan & Bhaktapur.

This Annapurna Community trek provides a unique and close-up insight into village life in this beautiful area of the Himalayas. Mohare Hill (3,300m) offers spectacular panoramic views of the Annapurnas, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhare (Fish Tail Mountain); some of the highest mountains of the world – a definite highlight of this trip. Trekking in a pristine and unspoilt area, you are unlikely to meet many other trekkers. Instead, you will meet the local farmers, yak herders and village people in the communities where you will be treated more as a guest than a tourist.   

Annapurna Community Trek navigates trekkers through the rich nature and its tranquility together with the lovely mix of culture, eco-tourism concept, sustainable tourism and information technology in rural regions. Trekkers can appreciate the Himalayas, terrace farmland, rhododendron forest, village lifestyles, ethnic group culture, and tradition as well as the local effort to incorporate information technology in education, health, and community development. Annapurna Community Trek leads you to the villages cooperating together to have sustainable development of the community by balancing modern technology and preservation of nature.

COST PER PERSON ON TWIN SHARING BASIS

USD 1439.00 based on 02 pax group   

USD 1359.00 based on 03 pax group  

USD 1269.00 based on 04 pax group    

USD 1199.00 based on 05 pax group   

USD 1139.00 based on 06 pax group   

USD 1149.00 based on 07 pax group    

USD 1085.00 based on 08 pax group   

USD 1069.00 based on 09 pax group   

USD 1046.00 based on 10 pax group     

This tour is co-designed with Positive Impact Tourism (PIT)

Highlights Of The Trip

  • THE CULTURE AND HERITAGES OF ALL THREE DURBAR SQUARES OF KATHMANDU VALLEY
  • PRISTINE TOURIST DESTINATIONS INCLUDING NARCHYANG COMMUNITY HOMESTAY AND ANNAPURNA COMMUNITY TREK
  • APPRECIATE THE BLEND OF HINDU AND BUDDHIST SHRINES AND STUPAS
  • PATAN CITY HAS THE FINEST NEWAR CRAFTSMEN SINCE TIME IMMEMORIAL
  • TREKKING THROUGH A PRISTINE AND UNSPOILED AREA.
  • STAYING WITH LOCAL FAMILIES AND EXPERIENCING THE CULTURE OF THE COMMUNITY.
  • PANORAMIC VIEWS OF THE ANNAPURNA’S; CLOSE-UP VIEWS OF DHAULAGIRI AND MACCHAPUCCHRE.
  • SUNRISE AND SUNSET FROM MOHARE DANDA
  • DIVERSE FLORA, FAUNA, AND LANDSCAPE OF ANNAPURNA REGION
  • PATH OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND ECO-TOURISM
  • WITNESS THE DIVERSE CULTURE AND TOPOGRAPHY
  • CHARMING STREETS ADORNED WITH TRADITIONAL ARCHITECTURE, SHOWCASING THE RICH CULTURAL HERITAGE OF KIRTIPUR.

Itinerary

Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel/ Orientation walk around Patan Durbar Square

Namaste & Welcome to Kathmandu, Nepal!!!

Your first impression of arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport is an experience in itself. Your time to get clear of the immigration formalities depend if you are looking to get On Arrival Visa or not.

As you exit baggage claim/customs on arrival at Kathmandu Airport, there will be security check who will be collecting your baggage tag. Please note that there are trolleys available at the airport which are free to use.

As you walk down the tunnel to the arrival lounge, you will find many people showing various placards and waiting anxiously. Please do not get confused and look out for our airport representative who will be amongst the crowd waiting to welcome you with your name written on the placard. Our airport representative will assist you to your vehicle.

Depending upon the traffic on the road, your drive to your booked hotel can take up to 30 minutes or more.

In the Evening, get a taste of this lively city, which is fascination at every turn

Patan Durbar Square is surrounded by a fascinating array of temples, built in various architectural manners, varies from the era of its establishment. Patan Durbar Square is a home of numerous temples like Krishna Mandir, Bhimsen Mandir, Taleju Bell and much more, which displays Gods and Humans, in Nepal, have always lived with next to each other since long-long time ago. All the temples of the Patan Durbar Square are decorated with the samples of the masterpiece of Nepalese handicrafts; according to the Newari architecture. The city is built on Newari cultural perspectives, thus, the city envelopes the pride of Newari cultural history.

Notes:
  • Accommodation: Traditional Stay
  • Meals: None

Visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath & Kirtipur/ Enjoy Momo Cooking Course at Kirtipur

The Kathmandu Durbar Square, listed as one of the eight World Heritage sites by UNESCO, is a cluster of ancient temples, palaces, courtyards and streets that date back to the 12th and 18th centuries. The square is known to be the social, religious and urban focal point of the capital city. Our visit to Durbar Square includes many temples like Kumari Chowk; the Courtyard of the living Goddess “Kumari”, Aakash Bhairav Temple, Temple of Lord Machhindranath, and Itumbahal courtyard.

Itumbahal is an old Newari settlement set in a large courtyard and famous for its traders in herbal spices and medicines. From here we continue to Indrachowk, one of Kathmandu’s most colorful and ancient local markets. We finish our tour with a walk to Ason chowk; another market dedicated to spices and local vegetables, and Annapurna temple, which is dedicated to the goddess of Grains.

The assigned English Speaking guide will assist you for gathering local cooking ingredients while your walk from Ason to Kathmandu Durbar Square or vice versa. Indrachowk is famous for varieties of spices and local ingredients.

Swayambhunath Otherwise known as the ‘Monkey Temple’ for the number of macaque monkeys that live here, this is one of the most ancient and enigmatic of the Valley’s holy shrines.  It is a golden-spired stupa that sits at the top of a wooded hillock on the edge of the main city center, beside the Ring Road. Records of its history date as far as the 5th century, but its origins are believed to be older. It is the Kathmandu Valley’s most sacred Buddhist shrine and whilst its worshipers include the Vajrayana Buddhists of northern Nepal and Tibet, Newari Buddhists are the most fervent devotees.

The white stupa is topped by a golden spire with the eyes of Buddha, staring out in four directions. The stupa is symbolic, with the white dome representing the earth, and with the

13-tiered structure at the top symbolizing the 13 stages that need to be passed to reach nirvana. There are ancient and beautiful carvings all around and the atmosphere is further enhanced by incense and butter lamps in the shrines. Around the main stupa are bronze images and further shrines and temples.

Nestled in the Kathmandu Valley, Kirtipur is an ancient Newari town steeped in rich cultural heritage. With its meticulously designed temples, traditional architecture, and narrow streets lined with historical buildings, Kirtipur exudes a unique charm. Visitors can immerse themselves in the town’s vibrant culture, savor authentic local cuisine, and explore a tapestry of fascinating stories that echo through its streets, offering a captivating glimpse into Nepal’s history and heritage.

Immerse yourself in the heart of Nepali culinary tradition with the Momo Making Workshop in Kirtipur, a delightful journey into the world of delectable dumplings. This hands-on experience doesn’t just reveal the secrets of Nepalese cuisine; it invites you to forge connections with locals and embrace their culture.

Beyond the culinary delights, this experience fosters bonds. The kitchen becomes a space for cultural exchange, a place to share not just culinary skills but also personal stories and laughter. Finally, savor the culmination of your efforts as you enjoy the warm, freshly made momos, a symbol of Kirtipur’s hospitality and culinary legacy.

Indulge in this immersive journey that transcends mere cooking—it’s a cultural exchange leaving you with cherished memories of Nepali hospitality, traditions, and the flavors of Kirtipur.

The income generated from Momo making workshop will directly benefit the local Kirtipur community. The host allocate certain percentage of the amount for the development of the local communities.

Notes:
  • Accommodation: Traditional Stay
  • Meals: Breakfast

Drive from Kathmandu to Chitwan with visit to Stand Up 4 Elephants transfer to Lodge

Leaving Kathmandu on one of the country’s busiest roads can be slow, but once out of the city the views are impressive – the Trishuli River, ancient stone villages backed by steep rice terrace, precarious suspension bridges and the mountains beyond. At Mugling turn south, slowly descend from the central hills to the fertile lowlands of the Western Terai and Chitwan National Park. On the way to Chitwan (Sauraha), you will be visiting an NGO working in Chitwan at Kumroj “Stand Up 4 Elephants” (SU4E). This organization in Nepal works for the welfare of captive Asian elephants, their mahouts and the community in which we all live. The NGO allows visitors every day at 2:00 PM for 2 hours (closed on Saturdays). With every visit, we make a donation on behalf of the group to help support their mission.

After your visit to SU4E, drive to Chitwan (Sauraha) which, is the popular town lies in the edge of Chitwan National Park. It is also a tourist destination among foreigners and domestic tourist which, lies in the southern part of Nepal in Chitwan District of Bagmati Province. It is the entry point of Chitwan National Park.

Notes:
  • Accommodation: Sapana Village Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Driving Distance: 165 Km approx
  • Duration: 06 hours approx

Drive from Chitwan to Pokhara with visit to Eternal Hope Nepal

After breakfast, in the morning, you will be experiencing Jungle walk. Upon returning back to lodge, you will drive to Pokhara after your visit to Eternal Hope Nepal. It is situated at Bharatpur in Chitwan. The organization focuses on creating independence and a better future through education for some of the poorest children in the world. Teaching in slums and on the streets they provide health care, vitamins, food and menstrual hygiene training and kits as part of the process. For every visit, we make a donation to support the awesome mission of Eternal Hope on behalf of the group.

After your visit, from there, driving for about another 4.5 hours via Prithvi Highway, you reach the beautiful Pokhara city. Pokhara is well-known as the starting point for numerous trekking trails and expeditions in the Annapurna. The richness of valley in pure natural beauty is indeed one of the main attractions to the visitors from all over the world. We get to see the majestic Himalayas, three peaks above 8000m from an elevation of below 1000m within a very close aerial, distance. The serenity of Phewa Lake and the mountains like Machhapuchhre and Annapurna range rising behind creates an ambience of peace and magic.

This tour is co-designed with Positive Impact Tourism

 

Notes:
  • Accommodation: Hotel Aabas
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Driving Distance: 150 Km Approx
  • Duration: 4.5hrs Approx

Pokhara city sightseeing & visit the children welfare organization “Children Nepal”/ Evening boating at Phewa Lake

Today, you will visit around Pokhara, its popular sightseeing places such as Gupteshwor Mahadev Temple, Tibetan Refugee Camp, Bindabashini Temple, Devi’s fall. We will also visit  the welfare organization Children Nepal.

Major sightseeing in Pokhara city includes:

Gupteswor Mahadev Cave is a cave located in Pokhara – opposite to Davis Fall. The water from Davis fall passes through this cave. The cave is considered sacred which has statue of a Lord Shiva inside. Several Spiral stone steps leads to the cave from the Surface, near Siddhartha Highway.

About 03 kms south of Lake side, on the road to Butwal and near Devi’s fall, is the smaller settlement of TashilIng. Near the entrance of the camp is a small open space where handicraft purveyors set up stalls and entice visitors to part with cash. There is also a small Tibetan carpet factory, where Tibetan carpet weaving technique can be witnessed and there is also a carpet showroom in the premises.

Bindyabasini was founded in the 17th century and is sacred to Durga, worshiped here in the form of a saligram (ammonite fossil). It attracts a large number of locals, Nepalis form across the country and foreigners alike. The main temple is devoted to goddess Bindabasini, a Bhagwati, who is the incarnation of kali. There are also smaller temples of goddess Saraswati, Shiva, Hanuman, Ganesh in the premises. The temple is situated atop a small hill and can be accessed via stone staircases on the East and North East. The views of the Himalayas from the North of the temple are breathtaking while from the south one can see the expanse of Pokhara city. Depending upon the season, one may have chance to witness the marriage ceremony going on in the place.

Devi’ fall is a water fall located at Pokhara. The water forms a tunnel after reaching the bottom. The tunnel is approximately 500 feet long and runs 100 feet below ground level. On 31st July 1961, a swiss couple went swimming but the woman drowned in a pit because of the over flow. Her body was recovered 03 days late in river Phusre with great effort. Her father wished to name it “David’s fall” after her but changed to Devi’s fall . In Nepali the name is Patle Chango, which means ‘ underworld waterfall. This place is one of the most visited places in Pokhara.

After your Pokhara city sightseeing you will be visiting CHILDREN-Nepal (CN), a non-profit organization that works to promote the rights, welfare and development of children, youth, and their families living on the margins of society. CN works directly with children, youth and their families by offering programs and services that help them break away from the effects of discrimination, exploitation and violence based on their caste, disability, gender and/or social status. Along with your visit to the organization, you will have the opportunity to join in a Handicraft workshop with local women.

Notes:
  • Accommodation: Hotel Aabas
  • Meals: Breakfast

Drive from Pokhara to Galeshwor-Trek to Bans Kharka

Starting from Pokhara (895m), you are driven approximate 3 hours to Galeshwar (1170m) via Beni, where you start your trek.

Heading up to Bas Kharka from Galeshwor crossing the Kali Gandaki River by Suspension Bridge could be an amazing experience, you pass scattered farmhouses, climbing through forest and then orange groves as you approach this attractive village. You will have time to explore this Magar village, maybe visit the school and health post. In the month of November & December, enjoy the sweet oranges that grow on the hillsides here. Accommodation at Homestay and meals at community dining hall.

Along with visiting a local school you can provide supplies such as text books, pencil or any stationary at the school. These supplies can be brought from your home country or it is also possible to purchase in either Kathmandu or Pokhara city during your holiday in Nepal. During the orange season, there is an opportunity to help plant or harvest oranges as well.

Notes:
  • Accommodation: Community Homestay
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Altitude: 1525 meters (Bans Kharka)
  • Duration: 03 hours drive, 3-4 hrs trek

Trek from Bans Kharka to Nangi

Hike up through the forest to Danda Katteri where you stop for lunch. Overlooking the valleys, this is a great place to meet some of the local people and admire the views. After lunch, it is a leisurely walk to Nangi (2300m), the main village where you will spend the night. Here you may visit the school and observe the activities of the students from outside only. It is not encouraged to visit inside the classrooms. Here you may visit local cottage industries – as villagers making paper from locally grown plants and also visit some income generating projects. (please note: these visits depend on weather, seasonality and local holidays).

Depending on the number of guests, your trekking guide will help to arrange for you to cook lunch in the tea house kitchen together with the host. If this is not possible, you will enjoy their cooking instead. You will also visit the houses where kiwi have been planted and when in season you can help to harvest the fruit and of course, taste them as well.

Notes:
  • Accommodation: Community Lodge
  • Meals: None
  • Altitude: 2300 meters (Nangi)
  • Duration: 4-5hrs approx

Trek from Nangi to Mohare Hill                                                                                           

You climb through the forest with stunning views of the mountains. Upon the top of Mohare Danda, you can see the Himalayas stretching as far as the eye can see, with close-up views of Machhapuchhre (Fish Tail Mountain) and Dhaulagiri. Surrounded by forest, do not be surprised if you meet yaks grazing nearby. There is no village here but there is the highest wireless internet relay station in Nepal, providing internet to the remote villages for schools and health posts that use telemedicine, linking up with hospitals in Kathmandu to provide better healthcare in the villages.

Notes:
  • Accommodation: Community Lodge
  • Meals: None
  • Altitude: 3300 meters (Mohare Hill)
  • Duration: 5-6hrs approx

Trek from Mohare Hill to Shikha

Today, you can witness a stunning sunrise over the mountain ranges, including the renowned Mount Fishtail, Dhaulagiri I, Dhaulagiri II, Tukuche, South Annapurna, and Nilgiri, among others. 

After breakfast, you will gradually descend through a lush rhododendron forest, with a scenic backdrop and an opportunity to explore the local flora and fauna. The forest is home to the national flower of Nepal, Rhododendron which are indigenous to the Himalayan region, in addition to other plant species such as Oak and Bamboo.

Your guide will pre-inform the tea house owner at Shikha so that you can enjoy cooking local food such as Rice and Lentil (Dal Bhat) or Chapati (Roti) for dinner. You will also visit the animal farm and help out with some daily activities.

Notes:
  • Accommodation: Basic Guest House
  • Meals: None
  • Altitude:
  • Duration: 3-4hrs

Trek from Shikha to Narchyang

On this last day of your trek, you will descend through pastoral lands adorned with beautiful landscapes and lush vegetation. After a pleasant trek, you will arrive at Narchyang Community Homestay, where you’ll be warmly welcomed by the locals and a delicious lunch will be served by local families. Narchyang is a Magar village situated in the foothills of the Annapurna range who follow their own culture and speak their own language- Magar Kura. Magar people are recognized for their simplicity, innocence, and bravery. After you are assigned to your host family and a short break the host family will take you on a short hike to Narchyang Waterfall which is just opposite to the homestays.

The homestay offers a plethora of activities, from interacting with the friendly locals and learning about their culture to hiking and exploring the hidden wonders of the place which include the enchanting Narchyang Jharana (waterfall). During your stay, your gracious hosts will guide you on hikes and excursions to the untouched Lek region, showcasing the beauty of the village, their traditions and lifestyle.

You will be involved in various farm activities such as:

June to August: Millets & Bean farming

December to February: Potato farming (Planting)

March to April: Potato harvesting

Rest of the month regular farming in Kitchen garden where you can plant vegetables.

Notes:
  • Accommodation: Narchyang Community Homestay
  • Meals: Lunch & Dinner
  • Altitude: 1400 meters
  • Duration: 3 hrs approx

Narchyang village excursion, Drive to Pokhara Hotel

Wake up to a warm breakfast, prepared by your host family before you move to a short tour of the village with the hosts. Most of the houses are surrounded by their own vegetable gardens and farm fields from where they source their ingredients directly for meals. We will help out a little bit with some daily chores. The mountains can still be seen closely from the village and you can see the locals being busy with their daily activities. 

Shortly thereafter, you will be transferred to Pokhara driving along the Beni-Jomsom highway, which runs alongside the rapidly flowing Kali Gandaki River. You can take the rest of the day off or you can choose to walk along the nearby lake.

Notes:
  • Accommodation: Hotel Aabas
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Altitude: 915 meters (Narchyang)
  • Duration: 04 hours approx

Drive from Pokhara to Bhaktapur

You drive along the Prithivi Highway and take the winding road, pass small villages and beautiful

landscapes to cross the Kathmandu city road to reach Bhaktapur, one of the old Newari town with best-preserved palace courtyards. Bhaktapur is enlisted as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its rich culture, temples, architecture and artefacts that dates back to the medieval period.

If time permits, involve in Bhaktapur, an important and fascinating World Heritage Site, made up of three large squares filled with shrines, temples and activity; Bhaktapur is the essential Newari city with some of the finest architecture in Nepal. In its heyday (14th-16th centuries) Bhaktapur was the most powerful of the Kathmandu Valley kingdoms and its capital for 300 years.

Despite earthquakes and frequent rebuilding, Bhaktapur today retains a medieval feel; its neighborhoods are still caste-oriented and centered around the old ponds or tanks (built to store water for drinking, washing and religious ceremonies) and which continue as a social focal point. Local people here are predominantly farmers or engaged in the traditional crafts of pottery, metalwork, art and woodwork which have supported the city since its establishment in the 12th century to service the trade route between Tibet and India and remain active industries. A fascinating place to explore!

Notes:
  • Accommodation: Heritage Malla
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Driving Distance: 215 km approx
  • Duration: 06 hours approx

Drive back to Kathmandu via Boudhanath & Pashupatinath sightseeing

Boudhanath Stupa is one of the holiest sites in Nepal. It envelops an absolute admiration and faith not only from the Buddhist perspective, but Hindus of Nepal also pay their equal respect to this pious Buddhist site. The Stupa is one of the UNESCO world heritages for Nepal and the station where the Stupa stands with the message of peace and love; it used to be an ancient resting point for the Tibetan merchants to Nepal and India, where they would rest and perform their holy prayers. Ever since then and now, especially Tibetans, but also Buddhist from all around the world, value the Boudhanath Stupa as their ultimate holy destination.

Pashupatinath Temple is dedicated to the Hindu Lord – Shiva, the God of Destruction, also known as Pashupatinath (Lord of Animals). This temple is, moreover, one of the final destinations for Hindu devotees of all around the world. Built in around 400 A.D, the temple is located by the holy river Bagmati, decorated within the perfection of ancient arts and crafts. Four of the main gates of the temple are made of silver. Each gate is allocated for the four-faced lingam (phallic symbol of Shiva), which is to express that the blessing of the lord shall spread in all four directions around the world.

Pashupatinath Temple is home to many Hindu Sadhus from all around the world. They are spotted around preference of the temple, with long dreadlocks, meditating by the bank of the Bagmati river, and occasionally smoking marijuana – as it is believed that Lord Shiva was fond of smoking marijuana in his adobe, Kailash – Sadhus in Pashupatinath are seen impersonating Lord Shiva.

Notes:
  • Accommodation: Traditional Comfort
  • Meals: Breakfast

Departure transfer to the airport

As per airlines regulation, travelers need to check in to their respective airlines counter at around 2.30 hours before the scheduled flight time.

Your booked airport transfer will be at your hotel, ready to take you to the airport. Depending upon the traffic on the road, the drive from your hotel to airport may take around 30 minutes or more.

At the airport, security will check for your flight ticket – either hard copy or on your mobile along with your passport before you are allowed to enter the departure hall.

Notes:
  • Accommodation: None
  • Meals: Breakfast

Service Included

  • International airport arrival and departure transfers
  • All sightseeing tours in Kathmandu and Pokhara with private transfer as per group size
  • Private transfer from Kathmandu to Chitwan/Chitwan to Pokhara
  • Private jeep transfer from Pokhara to Galeshwor (max 04 pax in 01 Jeep)
  • Private jeep transfer from Narchyang to Pokhara (max 04 pax in 01 jeep)
  • Private transfer, Pokhara to Bhaktapur/ Bhaktapur to Kathmandu
  • 02 Nights Accommodation at Traditional Stay, Patan with Bed & Breakfast Plan on twin sharing basis
  • 01 Night 02 Days Sapana Village Lodge, Chitwan with Jungle Plan (Full board with room and activities) on twin sharing basis
  • 03 Nights Accommodation at Hotel Aabas, Pokhara with Bed & Breakfast plan on twin sharing basis
  • 04 Nights Accommodation at Community Lodges & Basic Guest House on room only with twin sharing basis
  • 01 Night Narchyang Community Homestay with full board plan on twin sharing basis
  • 01 Night Hotel Heritage, Bhaktapur with Bed & Breakfast plan on twin sharing basis
  • 01 Night Traditional Comfort Hotel, Kathmandu with Bed & Breakfast on twin sharing basis
  • English speaking local city guide during sightseeing tours in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • English speaking trekking guide while on trek
  • Service of Assistant guide while on trek from 6+ pax
  • Momo Cooking Course at Kirtipur
  • Donation to Stand UP 4 Elephants, Khumroj
  • Donation to Eaternal Hope Nepal, Bharatpur
  • Necessary trekking permits
  • Monumental Entrance Fees for sightseeing tours

Services Excluded

  • Any meals apart from mentioned in the itinerary
  • Any Meals throughout the trek
  • Travel and medical insurance including evacuation and cancellation (including helicopter evacuation for trek)
  • Expenses of personal nature including bar bills, laundry, telephone calls
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Any item not specified as included
  • Expenses arising from unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of Royal Mountain Travel

Impact Footprints

  • Promotion of Newari Cultures and Traditions
  • Support the Woman’s of Kritipur Community Homestay run by local women
  • Support the organization by donating Stand Up 4 Elephants and Eternal Hope Nepal
  • Income generation for the locals at Annapurna Community and Narchyang Community Homestay
  • Promotion of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Kathmandu and Bhaktapur