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From Valley to Mountains

Nepal

From Valley to Mountains

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Trip Overview

Discover Nepal’s rich diversity of history, culture, religion and landscape on our “From Valley to Mountains” tour. Partake in a range of activities from sightseeing to jungle safaris and trekking discovering local communities, different cultures and villages.

Your two-day trek is easy, and although you do not climb very high, you are surrounded by the spectacle of the high Himalayas.

A couple of days in Chitwan is a complete contrasts. The sub-tropical jungle is home to tigers, elephants, leopards and the unique one-horned rhino. Staying in a homestay in Panauti, a Newar town in the Kathmandu Valley, you will see how different life is in Barauli, a Tharu village in Chitwan. This trip gives you a bit of everything!

Guranteed Departure Date: 2024

Regular Departure Dates

05 May 2024

19 May 2024

10 November 2024

24 November 2024

Festival Departure Dates

7 January (Arrival on Sunday) – Celebrate Maghi in Barauli (Day 09)

9 February (Arrival on Friday) – Celebrate Sonam Lhosar in Kathmandu (Day 02)

7 March (Arrival on Thursday) – Celebrate Shivaratri in Kathmandu (Day 02)

17 March (Arrival on Sunday) – Celebrate Holi in Bandipur & Barauli (Day 08 & 09)

2 April (Arrival on Tuesday) – Celebrate Nepali New Year in Bhaktapur (Day 12)

24 April (Arrival on Sunday) – Celebrate Rato Machhindranath in Patan (Day 01)

17 June (Arrival on Monday) – Celebrate Ropain/ rice plantation day in Kathmandu (Day 13)

28 July (Arrival on Sunday) – Celebrate Srawan 15 kheer Khane din in Kirtipur (Day 03)

18 August (Arrival on Sunday) – Celebrate Janai Purnima in Kathmandu (Day 02)

5 September (Arrival on Thursday)– Celebrate Indra Jatra in Kathmandu (Day 13)

22 September (Arrival on Sunday) – Celebrate Vijaya Dashami in Bhaktapur (Day 12)

6 October (Arrival on Sunday) – Celebrate Vijaya Dashami in Bandipur (Day 08)

20 October (Arrival on Sunday) – Celebrate Laxmi puja in Kathmandu (Day 03)

15 December (Arrival on Sunday) – Celebrate Yomari Punhi in Patan (Day 01)

Highlights of From Valley to Mountains

  • Visit UNESCO World heritage sites, the three Durbar Squares of the valley – Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa
  • Kirtipur, the oldest Newari town rich in its culture and history
  • Learn the traditional Newari script – Ranjana Lipi
  • Spectacular panoramic view of Annapurna Ranges, bustling lakeside streets and serene lakes of Pokhara valley
  • Trekking in Annapurna Region
  • Tharu Community and their culture with ample of opportunity to see the wildlife of Chitwan National Park

Itinerary

International Airport Arrival and Transfer to Hotel. Orientation walk around Patan.

Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our airport representative will be waiting to welcome you with your name written on a placard. Depending on traffic, you will be at your hotel within 20 minutes or so. You have time to
relax and enjoy the ambience and comfort of the hotel until your evening Group Meeting with your fellow group members. This is when your tour guide collects your insurance details and discuss how the trip will run for the
coming days.

Later, you will go for an orientation walk around Patan Durbar Square, surrounded by a fascinating array of temples,
built in rich architecture varies from the era of its establishment.

Notes:
  • Accommodation: Hotel Traditional Stay or Similar
  • Meals Included: None

UNESCO World Heritage Sightseeing of Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Kathmandu Durbar Square and rickshaw ride to Thamel.

Today is spent visiting some of the major World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu.

Pashupatinath, one of the holiest Hindu temples in the world dedicated to Lord Shiva. Pashupatinath, which means Lord of all animals, is one of the many names of Shiva. Built-in 400 AD, but later renovated by the Malla Kings around the 6th century, inside the temple there exists the statue of four-faced six-foot lingam, phallic object as a symbol of Shiva, resting in the middle of a rimmed, disc-shaped structure, phallic symbol of Shakti – a concept or personification of divine feminine creative power.

Next is Boudhanath; one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world. The stupa is raised according to Tibetan philosophy, but before the construction of the 118-foot stupa, the site was a resting point for every Tibetan merchant passing through Nepal. Here they would rest and offer prayers to Lord Buddha for many centuries.

Later, you will be exploring Kathmandu Durbar Square, which has the palace and courtyard of the old kings in Nepal.Visit many temples and buildings, including Kumari Chowk (the courtyard of the living goddess), the Aakash Bhairav Temple, the Temple of Lord Machhendranath, and Itumbahal courtyard.

You will later take a ride on Rickshaw towards Thamel. This ride is designed to give you an authentic taste of Kathmandu while you sit back and relax. As you pass through narrow streets of Kathmandu, you can witness local life, local shops in Ason Market, small temples and stupas, shops selling trekking gears and souvenirs, restaurants and many more.

Notes:
  • Accommodation: Hotel Traditional Stay or Similar
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Transfer from Patan to Kirtipur. Sightseeing Tour in Kirtipur. Discover Ranjana Lipi.

Kirtipur, an old Newari town rich in its history, culture and its authentic cuisine, is about half an hour’s drive from the city. Exploring Kirtipur can be an unforgettable experience that you’ll cherish. You can discover the captivating beauty of this town, and explore through its charming old streets, visit many religious temples and stupas that adorn the surrounding landscape while experiencing the local livelihood and sights.
You will learn the intricate Ranjana Lipi (Newari script) and later enjoy the authentic Newari dish.

This experience will definitely share some insights into the Newari culture.

Notes:
  • Accommodation: Kritipur Community Homestay
  • Breakfast in Hotel, Lunch and Dinner in Kirtipur Community Homestay

Transfer from Kirtipur to Pokhara.

 Leaving the busy city road may be slow, but as you move forward, the views are impressive. For the first hours of the drive, the road is winding and downhill then continue along the Trishuli River. As you cross the Mugling Bridge, your drive passes through Marshyangdi Hydroelectric Powerhouse as well as villages with typical Nepalese house backed by steep rice terrace
and mountain beyond. As you approach Pokhara Valley, you will be welcomed mighty Annapurna Range Himalayas and Seti River. Arriving in Pokhara in the afternoon, the rest of the day is free.

Notes:
  • Drive Distance: 205 km Approx.
  • Drive Duration: 7 Hours Approx.
  • Accommodation: Pokhara Batika Classic Hotel or Similar
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Transfer from Pokhara to Hemja Phedi. Hemjakot Village.

You will be transferred from your hotel in Pokhara to Hemja Phedi. Your actual hike starts here. You will be walking 1.5-2 hours uphill to Hemjakot village crossing through lush jungles and small settlements.

After arriving at the Hemjakot, local people warmly welcome you with the tikas, garlands, and Bhangras (a white cloth worn criss-cross over the chest) as per the local Pokhreli tradition. A short hike to the Hemjakot viewpoint offers a spectacular view of surrounding valleys, the Annapurna range, and the gigantic Macchapuchre “Fishtail.”

You will be staying with one of the host families who are part of the Community Homestay Network, a program they have embraced for the chance it offers to meet and learn about people from all over the world, as well as support their income. They are keen to show you their homes and their way of life. You can even help with some of their daily tasks if you feel like it.

You can move around and explore the quaint village inhabited by multi-ethnic people.This is a great opportunity to see the day-to-day lifestyle of the local rural people. For Nepali people, “Guests are considered as God”. So, wherever you go, you will be welcomed with a warm, comfy, and friendly smile. If you feel like participating in their daily activities, and even seasonal farming activities, they will be elated to have you around.

Notes:
  • Driving Distance: 17 Km
  • Driving Duration: 30 – 45 Minutes Approx.
  • Hike Duration: 1 hr. 30 Minutes – 2 Hours Approx.
  • Accommodation: Hemjakot Community Homestay
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day Hike to Australian Camp via Dhampus. Trek to Kande. Transfer back to Pokhara.

Today, you leave Hemja and walk past the jungle trail as you trek to Dhampus. The trail then leads to Australian Camp, a beautiful village best known for its incredible views. The trail is a steep stone-paved surrounded by forests.

On a clear day, you can see an unobstructed view of the Himalayan Mountains of Annapurna range, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu range and see the silent Pokhara valley resting peacefully in the lap of green hills.

Notes:
  • Hiking Duration: 5 Hours Approx.
  • Drive Distance: 30 Km Approx.
  • Drive Duration: 45 Minutes Approx.
  • Accommodation: Pokhara Batika Classic Hotel or Similar
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Day at leisure for optional activities.

You have a free day in Pokhara. There are lots of things to see and do in Pokhara (at your own expense). You can choose to go boating or take the opportunity to try out paragliding, bungee jumping, take a tour to the Tibetan settlements and spend your leisure time.

Notes:
  • Accommodation: Pokhara Batika Classic Hotel or Similar
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Transfer from Pokhara to Bandipur. Village excursion in Bandipur.

You leave the beautiful Pokhara city and drive across the deep Seti River gorge and cross the Madi River and head towards the countryside, with small villages and farms along the winding roads to reach Bandipur, a beautifully preserved town on a hilltop with traditional Newari houses.

You climb through pristine forests on the historical trail at Dumre Bazaar to a town that has hardly changed. Well preserved Bandipur today invites travelers to experience its unique offerings: rich hill culture, mountain views, and hikes. Unlike most trading posts in the Nepal hills, Bandipur has retained its age-old cultural attributes – temples, shrines, sacred caves, innumerable festivals, and a Newari architecture.

Notes:
  • Drive Distance: 78 Km Approx.
  • Drive Duration: 3 Hours. Approx.
  • Accommodation: Bandipur Village Inn
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Transfer from Bandipur to Chitwan (Barauli).

It is about a four-hours’ drive to Barauli, very close to Chitwan National Park which is home to hundreds of species of birds and many endangered animals. On arrival, you are welcomed with a traditional cultural program that includes songs and dance by women dressed in their traditional Tharu attire. During your stay, you can sample the local food and experience the local lifestyle.

The Barauli Community Homestay was created to help the local Tharu people to preserve their rich culture and as a way for them to interact with the rest of the world and benefit more directly in tourism. Villagers take care of you in their Community Homestays where you stay in relative comfort. Each of the twelve cottages, made by the locals, is named after the housewife who owns it. All huts contain clean, ensuite bathrooms and a hot shower.

Notes:
  • Drive Distance: 126 Km
  • Drive Duration: 4 -5 Hours. Approx.
  • Accommodation: Barauli Community Homestay
  • Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Jungle Activities: Jeep Safari, Cycling, Tharu Cultural Stick Dance.

Jeep Safari: With Barauli located on the edge of Chitwan National Park, jungle safaris are one of the many highlights of our homestay. We have our own jeeps and excellent naturalists. There is no chance that you will miss anything there is to see on your jungle safari.

Cycling: We assure you that cycling via small Tharu villages and fish farms to the shore of the Narayani River is an experience you will recount often. We recommend cycling towards evening when the sunset looks like a golden ball sinking into the Narayani River.

Cultural Dance: Tharu are proud of their culture, perhaps because they have one of the best cultures in Nepal. The famous Tharu stick dance; when women dance and sing, is simply amazing. The dancing takes place in front of our homestay, normally at night, to provide a bit of recreation and relaxation from the days’ activities. If guests enjoy the dance, then they are more than welcome to join in.

Notes:
  • Accommodation: Barauli Community Homestay
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Transfer from Chitwan (Barauli) to Bhaktapur.

As we exit Barauli, we continue our drive along the straight and wide highway entering East-West highway. On our way we’ll drive along the green forest and farming fields. On a sunny day we could enjoy the glimpse of Seti Gandaki River which flows along us from Jugedi. Moving towards the valley highway becomes small and slow, leaving the river behind from Galchi we acclimate towards Nagdhunga and will enter the bustling city of Kathmandu driving towards Bhaktapur.

Bhaktapur is one of the Newari cities and has the best-preserved palace courtyards. Bhaktapur is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its rich culture, temples, and wood, metal and stone artworks from the medieval period.

Notes:
  • Drive Distance: 209 Km Approx.
  • Drive Duration: 7 Hours. Approx.
  • Accommodation: Hotel Central Bhaktapur or Similar
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Wood carving workshop and Sightseeing Tour in Bhaktapur. Transfer to Kathmandu.

When in Bhaktapur, you will be walking through the traditional alleys of the pottery square. Bhaktapur welcomes you with its rich traditional Newari architecture and culture. Today you will have hands-on experience into the art of traditional woodcraft. The ambience of the workshop will charm you as its adorned with exquisite woodcrafts. You can take home your piece of work as a souvenir. Later you will be visiting around Bhaktapur to explore the narrow historic alleys.

Later in the evening, you shall drive along concrete buidlings on each side of the highway to enter into Kathmandu, the capital city. Sometimes, it may take longer depending upon the traffic on the city roads. Kathmandu is an incredibly diverse, historic city with amazing architecture, exquisite wood carvings and metal craft which showcase the skills of the Newar artisans of centuries ago.

Notes:
  • Accommodation: Hotel Traditional Comfort or Similar
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Day at leisure for optional activities.

You have this day on your own. Your guide may suggest some of the optional activities and tours to visit to some of the World Heritage sites in Kathmandu city.

Notes:
  • Accommodation: Hotel Traditional Comfort or Similar
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Departure for onwards Destination.

Check-in is 3 hours prior to departure, and it is best not to skim on time as queues can be long and slow. Your booked airport transfer will be at your hotel ready to take you to the airport in time, allowing approximately 30mins driving time depending on time of day. At the airport security will check 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 Included: Breakfast

Services Included

  • International airport arrival and departure by private vehicle.
  • All transfers by private vehicle as per group size
  • 02 Nights’ Accommodation at Hotel Traditional Stay in Bed and Breakfast basis
  • 01 Night Accommodation at Kirtipur Community Homestay in Full Board basis
  • 03 Nights’ Accommodation at Batika Classic Hotel in Bed and Breakfast basis
  • 01 Night Accommodation at Hemjakot Community Homestay in Full Board basis
  • 01 Nights’ Accommodation at Bandipur Village Inn in Bed and Breakfast basis
  • 02 Nights 3 Days Package at Barauli Community Homestay on Full Board meal plan – Including activities
  • 01 Nights’ Accommodation at Central Bhaktapur in Bed and Breakfast basis
  • 02 Nights’ Accommodation at Hotel Traditional Comfort in Bed and Breakfast basis
  • 01 English speaking Nepali tour guide
  • 01 Assistant Guide from group of 06 pax and above
  • Porters for trek (01 porters for 02 Pax) (each porter will carry maximum of 15 kgs luggage)
  • Monumental entrance fees for Patan, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Kathmandu, Kirtipur and Bhaktapur
  • Ranjana Lipi session at Kirtipur
  • Wood carving workshop at Bhaktapur
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS)

Services Excluded

  • All meals during trek
  • All meals which are not mentioned as included in the package
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Expenses of personal nature as bar Bills, laundry, telephone calls and personal gratuities etc.
  • Any item not specified as included.
  • Any unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of Royal Mountain Travel.

Impact Footprints

  • We Encourage the use of refillable water bottles during tours and treks
  • Stay in locally owned accommodation throughout the trip
  • Booking for accommodation at community homestays run by indigenous women in Panauti and Barauli directly supports their families and boosts their economy and living standards
  • The local economy: Every penny you spend on destinations booked with us directly contributes to local economies
  • Help local communities retain pride in their heritage and support business initiatives which allow them to maintain their traditions
  • Generates income for local guides.
  • The trip supports the preservation of tangible and intangible cultural heritage.
  • Support local’s efforts in wildlife and natural resources preservation.