Nepal | Annapurna

From Valley to Mountains

Nepal

From Valley to Mountains

USD 1150

Nepal
Trip Overview

From the mountains to the plains discover Nepal’s rich diversity of history, culture, religion and landscape. Partake in a range of activities from sightseeing to jungle safaris, trekking and homestays.

Your three-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 contrast. 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.

DEPARTURE DATES 

Regular Departure Festival Departure
27 March 2022 28 February 2022 (Celebrate Shivaratri during Trip )
24 April 2022 10 march 2022 (Celebrate Holi during Trip )
05 June 2022 12 April 2022 (Celebrate Bisket Jatra during Trip)
10 July 2022 15 may 2022 (Celebrate Buddha Jayanti during Trip)
18 September 2022 01 August 2022 (Celebrate Gai Jatra during Trip)
09 October 2022 29 August 2022 (Celebrate Teej and Indra Jatra during Trip)
13 November 2022 23 October 2022 (Celebrate Tihar during Trip)
27 November 2022  
12 December 2022  

 

Trip Highlights
  • The cultural heritage of Bhaktapur & Patan Durbar Square, Boudhanath & Pashupatinath
  • Serene & calm Panauti & its local people.
  • Spectacular panorama of the Annapurna Range.
  • Lakes and bustling streets of the Pokhara Valley.
  • Jungle Adventures & Tharu culture.
Itinerary

International Airport Arrival transfer in Kathmandu.

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 leader collects your insurance details and discuss how the trip will run for the coming days. 

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

World Heritage Sightseeing, Pashupatinath ,Boudhnath and Patan Durbar Square

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

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.

Next visit 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.

Patan, once an independent Kingdom, lies only a few kilometers south of Kathmandu, but is quite different in atmosphere. Patan’s Durbar Square contains some of the finest Newari urban architecture in all of Nepal as well as Hindu and Buddhist monuments. It is a beautiful ensemble of temples and shrines beside the old royal palace that now serves as a little museum.

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

Drive Kathmandu to Panauti via Bhaktapur.

Starting the day with a visit to Bhaktapur, another World Heritage site, you then are taken to the charming old town of Panauti, where you will be made very welcome by your homestay host.A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bhaktapur is a brilliant illustration of Newari architectural skills, a city of pagoda roofs and harmonious blend of wood, mudbrick and copper and many locals continue to practice these crafts. From the 13th century Bhaktapur’s kings of the Malla Dynasty were so fond of wrestling that Malla (wrestler/wrestling) became the hereditary title of the heir to Bhaktapur’s throne. Continue to Panauti, a small, traditional agricultural town where travellers can experience authentic Nepali-Newari hospitality and enjoy local home-cooked meals. Lunch at Panauti Community Homestay.

Notes:
  • Accommodation: Panauti Community Homestay
  • Meals Included: Breakfast in Hotel, Lunch and Dinner in Panauti Community Homestay

Transfer from Panauti to Pokhara.

After breakfast, returning via Kathmandu (35km), you continue your drive along one of the country’s oldest and busiest highways. This highway is named after King Prithvi Narayan Shah. If weather permits you may catch glimpses of the Himalaya along the way. Driving first alongside the Trishuli River, a main tourist attraction for white water rafting, you then follow the massive Marshyangdi River. Along the way you will stop for photos and lunch. Arriving in Pokhara in the afternoon, the rest of the day is free.

Notes:
  • Drive duration: 7 to 8 hours
  • Distance: 245 KM
  • Accommodation: Bodhi Suites Boutique Hotel and Spa or Similar
  • Meals Included: Breakfast in Panauti Community Homestay

Transfer from Pokhara to Nayapul. Trek to Ghandruk.

After breakfast, we drive to Nayapul where we will meet our porters and start our trek to Ghandruk (1940m).

Trekking in Nepal is not all hard work – there is ample time to admire nature, views and culture including beautiful Himalayan vistas, waterfalls, icy rivers and small villages. The trail ascends steeply to Birethanti and follows the west bank of Modi Khola to Syauli Bazar before climbing to Ghandruk.

Notes:
  • Drive Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Altitude: 1940 Meters (Ghandruk)
  • Trek Duration: 6 to 7 hours approx.
  • Accommodation: Basic Tea House

Trek from Ghandruk to Landruk via Jhinu Danda.

Starting by a descent to the Modi Khola River, walking directly from Ghandruk to Landruk would take just a couple of hours. However, going to Jhinu and detouring allows you the chance to take a dip in the natural hot spring there. Please make sure you have your swimsuit and towel packed in your daypack. 

On reaching Jhinu, you can order your lunch and you walk another 20 – 25 minutes to the hot spring. Here you can relax. After lunch, you continue another 2-3 hours trekking to Landruk where you spend the night.

Notes:
  • Altitude: 1650 Meters (Landruk)
  • Trek duration: 7-8 hours
  • Accommodation: Basic Tea House

Trek from Landruk to Dhampus.

The trail follows a ridge to Deurali, passing through forest and scattered villages. Along the way you are accompanied by spectacular views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. The village of Dhampus is a culturally rich village of Gurung people where you have a good opportunity for a closer look at the daily lives of the villagers.

Notes:
  • Altitude: 1650 Meters (Dhampus)
  • Trek duration: 5 hours approx
  • Accommodation: Basic Tea House

Trek to Phedi. Drive to Pokhara

Today, your final trek is for 2 hours ending at Phedi. Later you bid farewell to your supporting porter and thank them for their support during your wonderful trekking at Annapurna Foothills.  The drive from Phedi to Pokhara is approximately around an hour.

Notes:
  • Trekking Duration: 2 hours.
  • Drive Duration: 1 hours
  • Accommodation: Bodhi Suites Boutique Hotel and Spa

Free Day in Pokhara.

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: Bodhi Suites Boutique Hotel and Spa or Similar
  • Meals Included: Breakfast in Hotel

Transfer from Pokhara to Chitwan (Barauli). Welcome program in Barauli.

It is about a five-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:
  • Driving Distance: 171 km approx
  • Duration: 4.5hrs Approx
  • Accommodation: Barauli Community Homestay
  • Meals Included: Breakfast in Hotel. Dinner in Barauli Community Homestay

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

Chitwan (Barauli) to Kathmandu Transfer.

Returning to Kathmandu you will leave the lowlands, climbing into the Central Hills to join the Prithvi Highway at Mugling. It is then a slow journey towards east for approx. 6.5 hrs along the busiest highway in Nepal. It is however a scenic route with steep rice terraces making a dramatic backdrop to the river, funeral pyres, suspension bridges.

Notes:
  • Driving Distance: 177 km approx
  • Duration: 6.5 hrs approx
  • Accommodation: Hotel Traditional Comfort or Similar
  • Meals Included: Breakfast Barauli

Free Day in Kathmandu.

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.

Departure

Check-in is 2.5 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:
  • Meals Included: Breakfast in Hotel
Services Included
  • International airport arrival and departure by private vehicle.
  • All transfers by private vehicle as per group size
  • 04 Nights’ Accommodation at Hotel Traditional Comfort in Bed and Breakfast basis.
  • 01 Night Accommodation at Panauti Community Homestay in Full Board basis
  • 03 Nights’ Accommodation at Bodhi Suites in Bed and Breakfast basis
  • 03 Nights’ Accommodation at Basic Tea House during trek in Room only basis
  • 02 Nights 3 Days Package at Barauli Community Homestay on Full Board meal plan – Including activities
  • English speaking Nepali tour leader for the whole trip
  • 01 Assistant Guide from group above 05 pax
  • Porters for trek (01 porters for 02 Pax) (each porter will carry maximum of 15 kgs luggage)
  • Monumental entrance fees for Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Patan, Bhaktapur and Panauti
  • 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 item not mentioned in the cost includes.
  • 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.