Full day tour of Pokhara city, with 1 hour boat ride on Phewa Lake.
1 night at Fort Resort, which has beautiful views of the Himalayas. Breakfast included.
Visit medieval city of Bhaktapur with views of eastern and central Himalayas toward the Tibetan border
Roundtrip transfers in Nepal
1 night in Singapore with hotel and transfers.
Airline fuel charges (subject to change)
PRICE UPON REQUEST
AIRFARE and FUEL SURCHARGES SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
OPTIONS: Trekking the Annapurna Range and other treks also available
DETAILED ITINERARY IN NEPAL
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
Arrive in Kathmandu International Airport. Transfer to hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure
Evening: Welcome dinner at one of Nepal’s finest Nepali restaurant with Nepali cultural dance show.
Overnight at Hotel Himalaya [-/-/D]
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
This morning you will be picked up from your hotel for your full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu City, Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath and Boudhanath.
Kathmandu City: Visit the temple of the Living Goddess, who acknowledges the greetings of the devotees from the balcony of her temple residence. Kasthamandap – the source of the name Kathmandu, supposedly made from the timber of a single tree. See Durbar Square with its array of temples overlooking the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, the ancient residence of Nepalese Royalty.
Swayambhunath: Located approximately 4 km/2.5 miles, this Buddhist Stupa is said to be 2000 years old. The Stupa, which forms the main structure, is composed of a solid hemisphere of brick and earth supporting a lofty conical spire capped by a pinnacle of copper. Painted on the four-sided base of the spire are the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. This hill is a mosaic of small Chaityas and Pagodas temples.
Pashupatinath: Situated 5 Kilometers east of Kathmandu city, Pashupatinath is one of the holiest Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the banks of the sacred Bagmati River, the temple built in pagoda style has a gilded roof and richly carved silver doors. Visitors will be permitted to view the temple from the east bank of the River Bagmati. Entrance to the temple is strictly forbidden to all non-Hindus. Pashupatinath is the center of an annual pilgrimage on the day of Shivaratri which falls in the month of February / March. Behind the temple are the cremation grounds.
Boudhanath: This Stupa, eight kilometers east of Kathmandu City is one of the biggest in the world. It stands with four pairs of eyes in the four directions keeping watch for righteous behavior and human prosperity. King Man Dev built this Buddhist stupa at the advice of the Goddess Mani Jjogini. It is built on an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels. Houses of Lamas ring the shrine or Buddhist priests.
Overnight at Hotel Himalaya [B/-/-]
Day 03: Drive to Nagarkot en-route visit Bhaktapur
This morning you will be driven to Nagarkot which is approx an hour drive, en-route visit Bhaktapur city.
Bhaktapur: Bhaktapur is the third major city in the Kathmandu Valley. Visit its Durbar Square, which, although larger than Katmandu’s, has fewer temples due to an earthquake in 1934. We also visit the Nyatapola Temple, which at 98ff. height, is not only the highest temple in the valley but also one of the best examples of traditional Nepali architecture. A major German funded project brought pavements and sewers, but Bhaktapur is still the most distinctly medieval of the three cities. The main occupations are weaving, pottery and fanning, and the houses are traditionally of brick with intricate wood carvings for decoration.
Nagarkot is famous for its hilltop position, which offers views of spectacular sunsets over the valley and of memorable sunrises over the Himalayas. There are panoramic views of Mt. Everest (8850 m), Mt. Manaslu (8563 m), Ganesh Himal (7111m), Choba Bhamre (6010 m) and other parts of the eastern Himalayan range. Standing between Kathmandu Valley in the west and the snow-fed Indravati River in the east, the scenery in this beautiful spot is breathtaking.
Overnight at Fort Resort [B/-/-]
Day 04: Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to airport for your flight to Pokhara
Pokhara has mesmerized visitors from all over the world with the rare combinations of snow-clad peaks and snow fed lakes and rivers. The serenity of Phewa Lake accompanied by the grandeur of Machhapuchhre creates an ambience of peace and magic. Pokhara is home to dense forests, gushing rivers, lucid lakes and the world famous view of the Himalayas.
Overnight at Fishtail Lodge [B/-/-]
Day 05: Full day sightseeing tour in Pokhara City
Sarangkot is 9 kms to the north west of Pokhara and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal. Conveniently perched high on the top of a ridge at 1,592m., the serene hill resort offers a spectacular panorama of the entire Annapurna range stretching from east to west and the un-spoilt rural settlements just below those towering peaks. Looking 700m down from the top of Sarangkot you have awesome sights of the stretching Pokhara Valley, Phewa Lake and more.
Davids fall: Witness a unique waterfall that lies 2 Km from central Pokhara City. The water fall goes into a deep and narrow canal with no ends. It is believed that this deadly waterfall took the life of a tourist named David, who fell down into the canall and was never found. Hence the name David waterfall, named in his memory by the people of Pokhara.
Gupteswor Mahadev Cave: Gupteshwor Mahadev cave is one of the longest caves in Nepal. On the way to the cave, there are shining stones seen everywhere and in the temple there is big stone that looks like snake's head and a tortoise which is considered the image of the Lord Shiva. It is very beautiful. You see shining stones and different types of rocks like bee hives.
Bindebashini Temple: This is one of the oldest temples in Pokhara. Legend says that when Pokhara was part of the Kaski Kingdom, the main deity of the temple, Goddess Durga, was brought from India. Apart from the peace and tranquility that can be felt in this region, the temple offers a good view of the Himalayas on a clear day. There is a bazaar near the temple worth a visit.
The Fewa (or Phewa) Lake 1.5 kilometer long, second largest lake in Nepal, offers an excellent view of the mountains and their reflections on the lake. Many tours and trekking operators and hotels are located lakeside. One can easily find a place to sit back, relax and enjoy a nice meal while watching the scenery. One hour boating on the lake. Most hotels and guest houses have traditional designs and layouts to match with the surrounding views.
Overnight at Fishtail Lodge [B/-/-]
Day 06: Fly back to Kathmandu and half day sightseeing tour of Patan city
Fly back to Kathmandu. Transfer to the hotel.
Patan: It is 5 km / 3 miles away from Kathmandu city. Patan, also known as Lalitpur, is the city of fine arts, enclosed within 4 stupas said to be built in the 3rd century AD, by Emperor Ashoka. You will see Durbar Square, the Patan Durbar which houses a bronze collection, the Krishna Temple built by King Siddhi Narsingh Malla, Hiranya Varna Mahavihar and Mahaboudha Temple. A trip to The Tibetan Refugee Camp and the Handicraft Center will also be done while visiting Patan, where you will witness the hand weaving of Tibetan carpets and molding of metal statues.
Overnight at Hotel Himalaya [B/-/-]
Day 07: Departure from Kathmandu [B]
Transfer to International airport or extend your stay to Chitwan Game Reserve, or other areas nearby.
Meet and assist at the airport and transfer to the hotel.
3 night’s accommodation at the hotel Himalaya [Deluxe room] – Kathmandu in a twin sharing room on bed and breakfast plan.
1 night accommodation at Fort Resort – Nagarkot in a twin sharing room on bed and breakfast plan.
2 night’s accommodation at Fishtail Lodge [Deluxe room] – Pokhara in a twin sharing room on bed and breakfast plan.
1 welcome dinner at the selected local restaurants including necessary transfers.
All the sightseeing tours and transfers as per the above program with local English speaking guide by private A/C vehicle.
All the necessary arrival and departure transfers as per the program by private A/C vehicle.
All the entrance and monuments fees as indicated in the program.
The above cost does not include:
Nepal visa fees.
Lunches and dinners during your stay in Kathmandu/Nepal [except 1 welcome dinner].
Refreshments, tips, bottled drinks and bar bills.
Insurance and rescue of any form.
Tipping to guide, porter and driver.
Cost arising out of flight cancellation/road blockades/landslides and reasons beyond our control.
Expenses of personal nature and any other expenses not mentioned in the above cost.
Meals not mentioned in the program.
NEPAL SOFT TREK - 8 nights
Roundtrip air from LAX or SFO on Singapore Airlines, midweek, coach class.
Flight from Singapore to Kathmandu roundtrip
4 nights in Kathmandu, at Hotel Himlaya or similar, with breakfast
1 night at Bhadgoan Guest House in Bhaktapur, with breakfast
1 night at Club Himalaya Resort at Nagarkot, with breakfast
2 nights in Singapore, at Hotel Peninsula Excelsior or similar with transfers, free sightseeing coupons
All transportation, transfers, sightseeing and treks as listed in itinerary below.
Meals as listed below
All entrance and monument fees
PRICE UPON REQUEST
NEPAL DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu
Arrive in Kathmandu, meet and transfer to hotel. If time permits visit Pashupatinath temple and Boudhanath or visit these places on the next morning.
Pashupatinath, one of the holiest Hindu Shrines situated on the banks of Holy Bagmati River: the richly ornamented pagoda houses, the sacred linga, (or phallic symbol) of Lord Shiva. This is also a cremation site for Hindus, where the dead bodies are burned with ritual ceremony on the banks of the Holy River.
Boudhanath, one of the holiest of Buddhist power places in Nepal, and one of the biggest stupas in the entire world. With its four pair of eyes in four cardinal directions, it keeps watch for righteous behavior and human property.
Overnight at Hotel Himalaya or similar [-/-/-]
Day 2: Visit Kathmandu city and Swayambhunath
Kathmandu City: Durbar Square is the heart of Kathmandu and encompasses not only Durbar Square but also Hanuman Dhoka Square, Basantapur Square, Hanuman Dhoka, and Maru Tole. With more than 50 temples and shrines within a few blocks of one another, the square contains one of the most concentrated groupings of historical structures in the valley. This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu.
Swayambhunath: This is one of the world’s glorious Buddhist Stupas. Painted on the four-sides of the spire bases are the never sleeping eyes of Lord Buddha, always keeping a close watch over the Valley from the top of a hillock. It lies 3 Km. West of the city and situated about 77m above the valley floor.
Overnight at Hotel Himalaya or similar [B/-/-]
Day 3: Drive to Nagi Gompa-Gokarna-Bhaktapur
After an early breakfast, drive to the hike starting point and start todays walk to Nagi Gompa which is approx an hour’s ascend. We visit the Gompa located in a peaceful surrounding. Tulku Urgen Rinpoche, a renowned Buddhist teacher is the head Lama of this Monastery. Descend through forests and stop on the way for a picnic lunch. After lunch, walk through the forests and arrive at Gokarna. From Gokarna drive to Bhaktapur [medieval city]. Explore Bhaktapur on your own.
4-5 hours of moderate hiking.
Overnight at Bhadgaon Guest House in Bhaktapur or similar [B/L/-]
Day 4: Bhaktapur - Nagarkot
After an early breakfast explore Bhaktapur.
Bhaktapur is the third major city in the Kathmandu Valley. Visit its Durbar Square, which, although larger than Kathmandu’s has fewer temples due to an earthquake in 1934. Also visit the Nyatapola Temple, which at 98ff. height, is not only the highest temple in the valley but also one of the best examples of traditional Nepali architecture. A major German funded project brought pavements and sewers, but Bhaktapur is still the most distinctly medieval of the three cities. The main occupations are weaving, pottery and fanning. The houses are traditionally of brick with intricate wood carvings for decoration. Spend the better part of the morning exploring this well preserved medieval city on foot. After lunch in Bhaktapur drive for an hour to Nagarkot (7265 ft).
The afternoon is free to relax in Nagarkot. An optional walk for about 2 hours to nearby villages can be done. Or enjoy the view of the valley below you.
Nagarkot is famous for its hilltop position, which offers views of spectacular sunsets over the valley and of memorable sunrises over the Himalayas. There are panoramic views of Mt. Everest (8850 m), Mt. Manaslu (8563 m), Ganesh Himal (7111m), Choba Bhamre (6010 m) and other parts of the eastern Himalayan range. Standing between Kathmandu Valley in the west and the snow-fed Indravati River in the east, the scenery in this beautiful spot is amazing, if weather permits.
2 to 3 hours of easy hiking.
Overnight at Club Himalaya Resort or similar [B/L/-]
Day 5: Nagarkot – Changu Narayan
After breakfast in Nagarkot, start your walk to Changu Narayan. The trail from Nagarkot to Changu Narayan descends to Telkot Village passing through villages and fields. From Telkot, the trail enters the forest. Stop for a picnic lunch, then a short level walk to Changu Narayan. The entire walk offers superb views of villages and mountains and is filled with cultural experiences. Changu Narayan is a UNESCO world heritage site. It is said to have been built in 323 AD by King Hari Datta Varma and it is the oldest temple of Nepal. The temple is richly decorated with sculptures and carvings. After spending some time in the area drive back to Kathmandu.
05 hours of easy to moderate hiking.
Overnight at Hotel Himalaya or similar [B/L/-]
Day 6: Nagarkot to Patan
Drive for an hour or so to Patan then explore the mystical city of Patan.
Patan: also known, as Lalitpur is the second major city of the Kathmandu valley. This medieval city is full of Hindu temples and Buddhist monuments with bronze gateways, Guardian deities and wonderful carvings. It is also known as the city of the arts. The major attractions of Patan are Durbar Square, Krishna Mandir, and Kumbheshwor and the Patan Museum.
Overnight at Hotel Himalaya or similar [B/-/-]
Day 7: Depart Kathmandu for final departure [B/-/-]
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight back home.
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Morning pick up for your full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu City, Swayambhunath and Patan city.
Kathmandu City: Visit the temple of the Living Goddess, who acknowledges the greetings of the devotees from the balcony of her temple residence. Kasthamandap – the source of the name Kathmandu. It is supposed to be made from the timber of a single tree. See Durbar Square with it’s array of temples overlooking by the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, the ancient residence of Nepalese Royalty.
Swayambhunath: Located approximately 4 km/2.5 miles from the city, this Buddhist Stupa is said to be 2000 years old. The Stupa, which forms the main structure, is composed of a solid hemisphere of brick and earth supporting a lofty conical spire capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt. Painted on the four-sided base of the spire are the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. This hill is a mosaic of small Chaityas and Pagoda temples.
Patan: It is 5 km / 3 miles away from Kathmandu city. Patan, also known as Lalitpur, is the city of fine arts, enclosed within 4 stupas said to be built in 3rd century AD, by Emperor Ashoka. You will see Durbar Square, the Patan Durbar which houses a bronze collection, the Krishna Temple built by King Siddhi Narsingh Malla, Hiranya Varna Mahavihar and Mahaboudha Temple. A trip to The Tibetan Refugee Camp and the Handicraft Center will also be included while visiting Patan, where you will witness the hand weaving of Tibetan carpets and molding of metal statues.
Day 3: Fly Kathmandu to Lhasa
Transfer to the airport for the flight to Lhasa. Meet and assist at the airport by our representative. Check in to the hotel and adjust to the high altitude for most of day.
Lhasa: Lhasa, the heart and soul of Tibet, is a city of wonders. The visits to Potala Palace, Barkhor Market, Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery and Jokhang Temple are an awesome experience.
Potala Palace: Potala Palace has been the focus of travelers for centuries. It is the cardinal landmark and a structure of massive proportions. This symbol of Tibet, an architectural gem built in the colossal monastic style of Central Tibet by Gyelwa Ngapa, the fifth Dalai Lama, in the 17th century, stands 300m above the valley atop Marpo Ri hill. The thousand rooms in Potala date from 1645 when the fifth Dalai Lama began erecting a palace that would serve as a sacred and administrative center. It served many succeeding Dalai Lamas and as one of Tibet’s most impressive and enduring monument, the Chinese Army of Red Guards protected it during the Cultural Revolution. As a result many of its chapels and treasures are intact, virtually unchanged since the 17th century.
Jokhang Temple: The oldest and the most revered religious structure in Tibet dates back to 639 to 647. Construction was initiated by King Songtsen Gampo to house a Buddha image Akshobhya brought to Tibet by his Nepalese wife. But now, the main statue in this temple is of the Sakyamuni, which was a gift from his Chinese wife Won Cheng in 641 A.D to King Songtsen Gampo. The statue of Akshobhya was switched to Romoche. Pilgrims from all over Tibet come to worship here and prostrate themselves in full length in front of the main doors of' the temple. It is truly a moving and unrivalled experience to witness such a sight and more so to actually join them in their pilgrimage around the temple.
Barkhor Market: The word Barkhor refers to the middle of the three concentric holy circuits around the Jokhang. The Barkhor Circuit runs through the heart of the old city where life has changed little down the centuries. It gives you a curious sensation of having slipped through time into a medieval carnival. It is an area unrivalled in Tibet for its fascinating combination of deep religiosity and market economics. This is both the spiritual heart of the holy city and the main commercial district being the center of Tibetan capital's trade for centuries.
Drepung Monastery: About 8km to the west of central Lhasa is Drepung, one of the world’s largest monasteries, built in 1416 by Jamyang Choje a pupil of Tshong Khapa, the founder of the Gelugpa Sect. Drepung literally means “heaps of rice. The fertility of its fields supported a monastic community that before 1959, ranked as Tibet’s largest monastery with 7,770 monks. For over 500 years Drepung served as the major pillar of the theocratic state, serving as the main political headquarters for the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It also served as the residence of the Dalai Lamas until the Potala Palace was constructed in 1645. Suffering only minor damage during the Cultural Revolution Drepung has plenty of historical relics, Buddhist scriptures and arts.
Sera Monastery: 5km North of Lhasa, in one of the prettiest settings in Lhasa, hugging the ridge that forms the Northern wall of the Kyi Chu Valley. Founded in 1419 by Sakya Yeshe, a disciple of Tsongkhapa, belonging to the Gelugpa sect it is one of the three great monasteries of Tibet, the other two being Drepung & Ganden. In its heyday, Sera hosted a huge monastic population and five colleges. Like Drepung, the colleges in Sera specialized in: Sera Me in fundamental precepts of Buddhism, Sera Je in instruction of itinerant monks and Sera Ngagpa in Tantric studies.
Day 6: Fly Lhasa to Kathmandu. PM: Sightseeing tour:
After breakfast, drive to airport for your flight back to Kathmandu. PM: Sightseeing tour of Bhaktapur city.
Bhaktapur: Bhaktapur is the third major city in the Kathmandu Valley. Visit its Durbar Square, which, although larger than Katmandu’s has fewer temples due to an earthquake in 1934. Also visit the Nyatapola Temple, which at 98ff. height, is not only the highest temple in the valley but also one of the best examples of traditional Nepali architecture. A major German funded project brought pavements and sewers, but Bhaktapur is still the most distinctly medieval of the three cities. The main occupations are weaving, pottery and fanning, and the houses are traditionally of brick with intricate wood carving for decoration.
Evening: Farewell dinner at one of Nepal’s finest Nepali restaurant with Nepali cultural dance show.
AIRFARE TO TIBET - Extra Cost [Subject to change, if revised]:
US$ $460 to $715 per person [Subject to availability]
Chinese Visa Fees:
$175 per person for US nationals and
$85 per person for other nationals
The above cost includes:
Meet at the airport by our representative and transfer to the hotel.
3 night’s hotel accommodation at the Hotel Himalaya - Kathmandu in a twin sharing room, with breakfast.
One full day and one half day sightseeing of Kathmandu city, Swayambhunath, Patan and Bhaktapur city with local English speaking guide by private vehicle.
1 farewell dinner at one of Nepal’s finest Nepali restaurant with Nepali cultural program.
All the entrance and monument fees as indicated in the program.
Meet at the airport by our representative and transfer to the hotel
3 night’s hotel accommodation at the Hotel Kyichu or similar – Lhasa, in a twin sharing room on bed and breakfast plan.
· Local English speaking Tibetan Guide.
· Transportation as per the itinerary by vehicle.
· Monastery entrance fee.
· Tibet Travel permits.
· Emergency mineral water in the vehicle.
· Emergency portable oxygen cylinder in the vehicle.
· Trip briefing by Tibet expert.
· Trip Information pack.
· Gift pack (prayer flag or string of flag & paper prayer Lungta).
Please Note: Offer Prayer flag or Lungta (string of prayer flag) in high passes, temple for good fortune or long life.
The above cost does not include:
Nepal entry visa fee.
Chinese Visa Fee.
Airfare for the sector Kathmandu-Lhasa-Kathmandu.
Lunch and dinner in Nepal and Tibet [except 1 farewell dinner in Nepal]
Refreshments, bottled drinks.
Insurance and rescue of any form.
Cost arising out of flight cancellation/road blockades/landslides/riots and events beyond our control, including China closing Tibet to visitors.
Expenses of a personal nature and any other expenses not mentioned in the above cost.
Photography charges in the monasteries and monuments.
Meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
Tibet Visa Rule when entering from Nepal to Tibet
China visas issued in the passport by other Chinese embassies are not valid for entry to Tibet from Nepal. The Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu must issue the Chinese visa for Tibet, which will be in a piece of paper, commonly known as a Group visa. The group visa can be issued for one person onwards and will be valid for the duration of the tour only. The rule of having a minimum of 5 persons in a group to visit Tibet is NOT applicable anymore.
The process of issuing China visa for Tibet entry is: Our local contact in Lhasa processes the permits of the individual/groups and sends it to us in Kathmandu and we take this to the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu along with the group’s passports, group visa application and visa fees in US Dollars cash (not traveler’s cheques) from 9.30 am to 11 am.
The visas are processed the same day and we collect them next day in the evening between 5.30 pm-6.30 pm. The Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu is open for visa application on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only. If visa fees increase during the time of application, the extra cost will have to be paid by the clients.
10 NIGHTS/11 DAYS Nepal Tour with Annapurna Trek
This is a moderate trek. The combination of easy walking and majestic scenery makes the trek to Annapurna very popular and exciting. Ghorepani Poonhill trek is a colorful short foray into the Annapurna region. The trail winds through patchwork valleys, dense forests and past icy waterfalls where you can stop to cool yourself. Around every corner is a tantalizing glimpse of the high mountains, whole horizons of which will be revealed to you as you reach the high points of your trek.
This trek in the Annapurna foothills to the view point on Poon Hill offers all the best of trekking in Nepal. Enjoy trekking in the spectacular mountain scenery through charming villages inhabited by the Gurungs, Magars, dense rhododendron forests full of birds and deep sub-tropical valleys, all set below the Annapurna’s with the picturesque peaks of Machhapuchre (Fish Tail Peak) dominating the skyline. At the climax of this trek you will climb Poon Hill at dawn to enjoy one of the most spectacular mountains on Earth. As the sun touches the snow-capped summits the Himalayan giants, Dhaulagiri (8,167m) and Annapurna (8,091m) along with a maze of other peaks, slowly begin to appear, like magic, before your eyes. This is a rewarding trek that can be enjoyed by every lover of nature and beautiful landscape.
Transfer to Hotel for check in. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at the Hotel [-/-/-]
Day 2: Full-day Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu City, Swyambhunath and Patan City:
Optional - MOUNTAIN FLIGHT offers the closest possible aerial views of Mt. Everest, Kanchanjunga and the Tibetan Plateau. Twice the size of the Alps, their sheer immensity is mind-blowing. Mountain flights appeal to all category of travelers and have become a popular tourist attraction of Nepal. The 45-minute flight offers an incredible panorama, and you can take a photograph of the world’s highest mountain from the cockpit. (Clear visual not guaranteed. No refunds).
Kathmandu Durbar Square is located in the heart of old Kathmandu. There are around 50 temples in the vicinity. Visit the 17th Century Durbar complex, Hanuman Dhoka, Paravati temple, great Bell and Drum, Bhairav and Taleju Temple. A few steps away is the Temple of the Living Goddess, where the you may catch a glimpse of the Kumari at one of the open windows overlooking the inner courtyard. All around the splendor of historical monuments is the hustle & bustle of the market place. Vegetable vendors, trees of flutes, salesmen with their wares displayed on their person, souvenir hawkers, and street shops selling imported goods. Tucked away in a quiet corner the glittering bead market for custom made bead necklaces.
Swayambunath is an ancient religious complex atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley, west of Kathmandu city. It is also known as the Monkey Temple as there are holy monkeys living in parts of the temple in the North West. Swayambhunath occupies a central position. It is probably the most sacred among Buddhist Pilgrimage sites. Afternoon visit to Patan.
In Patan, the old Newar city, see historic Durbar Square, the Golden Gate, the sky piercing temple of Taleju and the statue of Yogendra Malla, Krishna Mandir, Sati Temple, Hiranya Varna Mahabiar (the golden temple), and Mahabouddha with views of old carved wooden windows through the streets, curios shop and bazaars. Visit Tibetan Refugee Settlement.
Overnight at the Hotel [B/-/-]
Day 3: Fly to Pokhara and H/D sightseeing of Pokhara [900 m]:
After breakfast, we will fly to Pokhara [approx 25 mins]
Pokhara is a remarkable place of natural beauty. Situated at an altitude of 900m above sea level and 200 km west of Kathmandu valley, the city is known as a center of adventure. The town has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panoramic views of Himalayan peaks. The serenity of the lakes with the magnificent Himalayas rising behind them gives it an ambience of peace and magic.
The Fewa (or Phewa) Lake 1.5 kilometer long, second largest lake in Nepal, offers an excellent view of the mountains and their reflections on the lake. Many tours, trekking operators and hotels are located lakeside. One can easily find a place to sit back, relax and enjoy a great meal with scenery. You will also enjoy boating on the lake. Most hotels and guest houses have traditional designs and layouts which match the surrounding views.
Davids Fall’s: Witness a unique waterfall that lies 2 Km from central Pokhara. The water fall goes directly into a deep and narrow canal. It is believed that this deadly waterfall took the life of a tourist named David, who fell down into the canal and was never found, and hence the name David’s waterfall, named in his memory by the people of Pokhara.
Mahendra Cave (Gufa or Gupha in Nepali): Mahendra cave is located about 10km north from central Pokhara. Located in Batulechaur village, across the Seti river pass, Mahendra Cave is a house of bats. This limestone cave has an artificial lighting system. But if you want to make your cave walk more adventurous, you must take a torch light and go searching for bats.
Overnight at the Hotel [B/-/-]
Day 4: Trek from Nayapool [1700m] to Tirkhedhunga [1577m] 4-5 hours trek [3.5 Kms]:
From Pokhara we take an hour’s pleasant drive through mountain highways to Nayapool. Walk about 20 minutes on a level trail to Birethanti (1056) on the bank of the Modi river to the Annapurna Conservation area check post. From Birathanti the trail follows Bhurungdi River up to Tirkhedhunga (1577m). The trail is level and passes through several small villages on the way. Then the trail climbs through stone steps for about 1 ½ hrs to Ulleri – a large Magar village. There are several lodges.
Overnight at Simple Lodge [B/L/D]
Day 5: Trek from Tirkhedhunga to Ghorepani [2850m] 7 hrs trek [10-11 Km]:
From Ulleri the trail climbs gently through pastures and cultivated fields. The fields soon give way to deep forests as the trail climbs to Banthanti. Beyond Banthanti, there are magnificent oak and rhododendron forests. Then we climb through forests all the way to Ghorepani – a pleasant village on a ridge top with excellent views of several peaks such as Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, Machhapuchre Hiunchuli, Tukche etc. Ghorepani means ‘horse water’ in Nepali. There is watering spot for the teams of horse, mules and ponies that carry loads between Pokhara and Jomsom.
Overnight at Simple lodge [B/L/D]
Day 6: Trek from Ghorepani to Poonhill [3210m] to Tadapani [2540m] 7-8 hrs trek (11-12 Kms):
We make an early morning excursion to Poon Hill, about an hour’s climb, provides a breathtaking view of the high Himalayas. From Ghorepani, the trail climbs through a ridge with excellent mountain views for about 1 ½ hrs. Then prepare for a steep descent to Banthanti with few teahouses. Another 1 ½ hrs walk through forests with short ups and downs will take you to Tadapani.
Overnight at Simple lodge [B/L/D]
Day 7: Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk [1955 m] 3 hrs trek [5 Kms]:
It is all downhill through forests to Ghandruk from Tadapani.
Ghandruk is one of the most popular and beautiful villages of the Annapurna region. It is second largest Gurung village of Nepal and supplies a considerable number of British Gurkha soldiers. It is the headquarters of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) with a visitor center and daily documentary shows about the area.
Overnight at Simple lodge [B/L/D]
Day 8: Trek from Ghandruk to Pothana [1720 m] 6-7 hrs trek [10-11 Kms]:
From Ghandruk, the trail descends to the Modi River. A short climb through terraced fields will take you the beautiful Gurung village of Landruk, with a pleasant level walk through the fields and villages. Finally climb through forests to Deurali on a ridge top followed by a short descent to Pothana from Deurali. Pothana is a small pleasant village with few Tibetan shops. A nice view of Machhapuchre can be seen from the camp.
Overnight at Simple lodge [B/L/D]
Day 9: Trek from Pothana to Phedi (920m) trek 3 hrs (4 Kms) and drive 1 hr to Pokhara:
The entire trail from Pothana to Phedi is downhill. In the beginning the trail descends through rhododendron and pine forests to Dhampus, a beautiful Gurung village on a ridge top. Then the trail descends through terraced fields and small villages to Phedi. A short drive will take you to Pokhara from Phedi and rest day in hotel.
Overnight at Hotel [B/L/-]
Day 10: AM: Sarangkot and later fly to Kathmandu:
Early morning, visit to Sarangkot for sunrise and magnificent view of mountains.
At an altitude of 1592 meters, this mountain sits north of Pokhara overlooking the valley and Fewa Tal. Sarangkot is a village best known for its sunrise, where on a clear day you can see an unobstructed view of the Himalayan mountains of Annapurna range, Dhauligiri, and Fishtail. To experience true Nepali culture take a 3 hour tour around Sarangkot and meet the locals to see how they live.
After breakfast today we will drive to the airport for the flight back to Kathmandu.
Afternoon sightseeing tour to Bhaktapur.
Bhaktapur is located about 20 km east of Kathmandu, Drive around 30 min. Bhaktapur is another Newar city founded in the 9th century. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is located in the center of Bhaktapur. The Square is one of the most charming architectural showpieces of the Valley as it highlights some of the finest medieval art of Nepal. The main items of interest in Bhaktapur Durbar Square are the Lion Gate, the Golden Gate and the statues of kings on stone monoliths. The Golden Gate was erected by King Ranjit Malla as the entrance to the main courtyard of the Fifty-five Windowed Palace. The Palace of Fifty-five Windows was built during the reign of King Yakshya Malla in A.D. 1427 and was remodeled by King Bhupatindra Malla in the seventeeth century. The art Gallery of Bhaktapur Durbar Square contains ancient paintings belonging to Hindu and Buddhist traditions of various periods. This gallery is open every day except Tuesday. Bhaktapur's Durbar (Royal) Square was added to the list of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 1979.
Evening: Farewell dinner at one of Nepal’s finest Nepali restaurant with Nepali cultural program.
Overnight at the Hotel Himalaya [B/-/D]
Day 11: Depart Kathmandu [B/-/-]:
After breakfast transfer to airport for your flight back home.
Meet and assistance at the airport by our representative
3 night’s hotel accommodation at the Hotel Himalaya [Deluxe room] – Kathmandu, twin sharing with breakfast
2 night’s accommodation at Fishtail Lodge [Deluxe room] – Pokhara, twin sharing with Breakfast
5 nights/6 days’ tea house/ lodges based trek schedule. on full board basis with support staff –1 trekking guide and [Sherpa/Sirdar] and necessary porters [1 porter for 2 travelers].
1 Full day and half day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and half day in Pokhara with local English speaking guide by private A/C vehicle.
Transfers to/from the starting point of trek (Nayapool) as per the itinerary by private vehicle.
Annapurna Conservation Fees and TIMS card.
All the entrance and monument fees as indicated in the program.
The above cost does not include:
Nepal entry visa fee.
International and domestic airfare and airport taxes. Quoted Separately.
Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu and Pokhara [Except in Trekking which is on full board plan including 1 farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a selected local restaurant]
Refreshments, tips, bottled drinks and bar bills
Insurance and rescue of any form
Cost arising out of flight cancellation/road blockades/landslides and reasons beyond our control
Expenses of personal nature and any other expenses not mentioned in the above cost
Sleeping bags [It can be arranged in Kathmandu at the cost of $2 per bag/person].
Gratuities, Tipping to guides and drivers
Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
Trekking gears – equipment for trekking:
CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT
The clothing you bring will need to allow for both the warmth of the days and the chill of the nights. While trekking during the day at lower altitudes, lightweight trekking trousers and T-shirts are recommended. It's always a good idea to carry a waterproof jacket and some warmer clothing with you as mountain weather is notoriously unpredictable. For the cold nights, thermal underwear, a warm fleece jacket and even a down jacket will help to keep you warm.
Kitbag (duffel bag)
For all the treks your gear that is carried by the porters or yaks is best packed in a strong duffel bag. A simple design without wheels and without foldable handles is best. You can buy it in Kathmandu, although they are not as tough as the North Face Base Camp Duffel.
Down-filled bags are better, high altitude nights will be cool. Good down is fluffy, light and thick. A muff (an extra section around the neck) makes a big difference to the overall warmth of a bag. Sleeping bags are available for rent in Kathmandu. Alternatively add a fleece sleeping bag liner to add warmth to a 3-4 season bag.
Sleeping bag liner
Cotton, silk or fleece. Saves washing your sleeping bag and adds warmth. Cotton or silk ones can be made in Kathmandu but are more easily bought from home. Fleece ones are readily available in Kathmandu and cost around $15.
This should be comfortable with a good waist band that transfers some of the weight to the hips is most important. It needs to be big enough to take a jacket, fleece, water, camera and odds and ends.
For a happy trek you need comfortable feet. Good boots have: good ankle support, plenty of toe room for long descents, a stiff sole to lessen twisting, and are light because with every step you lift your boot up. Look at the inner lining - leather is good and Cambrelle is even better, a material that eats smelly feet bacteria. Good lightweight trekking boots or light all leather boots are perfect. Boots must be lightly worn in before trekking and this should include some steep hills to show up trouble spots. The longer the trek, the better the boots you need.
In the low country your feet will be warm or even hot while walking so quality cotton mix sports socks are best. Three to four pairs are enough. Thick trekking socks are better for higher up and cool evenings, four pairs. Modern trekking boots fit snugly so wearing two pairs of socks at the same time is impractical.
A luxury for your feet at the end of the day, sandals or running shoes. Flip-flops, available cheap in Kathmandu, are a necessity for showers during the trek.
Most trekkers consider this essential, but alternatives are a thick thermal top or a light down jacket. In Kathmandu you can get almost any sort of fleece you need.
Waterproof and breathable plastic ponchos or non-breathable raincoats are not suitable. Gore-tex (or similar) jackets are recommended for treks over passes or climbing trips. Lighter jackets should be a second jacket, easy to throw in the daypack for warmer days.
Good thermals, both tops and bottoms, are one of the secrets to cold weather trekking comfort. Expedition-weight thermals are the most versatile and can be worn as your high altitude trekking top or under pants on extremely cold days. Zip-up tops are great for changeable weather.
Silk-weight is lightest and warm, mid-weight is perfect. Great for warm nights in the sleeping bag!
Great for chilly evenings, thicker is better (except for when the stoves in the teahouses really heat up!). Readily available in Kathmandu
T-shirts are popular but a cotton shirt or mixed yarn travel shirt is more versatile. The collar protects the back of your neck and the sleeves can be rolled up or down. Take two or three so you can swap damp for dry.
You will live in these. Light material, loose and dark-colored is best. You can survive with only one pair, although two is better.
If your trekking pants are reasonably windproof then special wind pants are not needed. If you do bring a pair, it is not necessary to have Gore-tex. Similar, non-waterproof is quite OK.
4 to 7 pairs
Nice for the evenings, hats essential for cold trekking days
For winter trekking they are really the best for staying warm!
Definitely useful, especially on steep, rough terrain, but if you are not used to using them you can survive without.
A good pair of wind-proof gloves is essential. Available in Kathmandu cheap if you don't have a pair.
Should be one liter or more in capacity, take boiling water and be leak-proof. Nalgene or a similar brand, or European fuel bottles, are best. You need AT LEAST 2 water bottles, or at least 1 water bottle IN ADDITION to a Camelback or hydration system. Naglene's are great, available in Kathmandu, real or fake.
Bring only a small towel while trekking. In Kathmandu, hotel supplies towels.
Sunscreen and lip balm with sunscreen
The sun is strong at altitude, especially after snow. Bring at least sunscreen and lip balm with SPF 15, and better still SPF 30+.
A small tube for sensitive or well cared for skins. The air is dry and the sun harsh.
A baseball cap is ideal. Bring 5, if you like to change colors every day. A wide-brim sun hat is also good.
First aid kit
We carry one with aspirin, paracetamol, ibuprofin, decongestants, lozenges, various antibiotics for Nepalese varieties of diarrhoea and chest infections, Diamox (an acclimatizing aid drug), antiseptic, antihistamine cream, rehydration, bandages and band-aids, tough blister tape (but not moleskin). We highly recommend you bring any personal medicines that you need.
One or two with high swap ability. Kathmandu has some great second-hand book shops.
Most people find wearing one while trekking is a hassle and keep it buried in their kitbag or daypack. The Kathmandu hotel has safety deposit boxes.
Snacks and nutrition
You will feel best with plenty of good food and keeping hydrated. We provide the food and the water. However you will also want wholesome snacks and vitamin tablets. Chocolate, chocolate bars, dried fruit bars and dried fruit are readily available in Kathmandu, but Cliff bars, Power bars and the like are not usually available.
GEARS AVAILABLE IN KATHMANDU
It's not necessary to spend a lot of money buying extra equipment and clothing before your trip. Majority of these gears can be hired at reasonable rates in Kathmandu. You can get all the trekking gears, both Nepali made and original.
A simple but adequate medical kit can be very useful while traveling. The following items are recommended:
Aspirin or Panadol - for pain or fever
Antihistamine - as a decongestant for colds, allergies and to help prevent motion sickness
Antibiotics - useful if traveling off beaten track but they must be prescribed
Kaolin preparation (Pepto-Bismol), Imodium or Lomotil - for stomach upsets
Rehydration mixture - for treatment of severe diarrhea
Antiseptic, mercurochrome and antibiotic powder or similar 'dry' spray for cuts and grazes.
Other things to be included are:
Calamine lotion to ease irritation from bites or stings, bandages and band aids for minor injuries, scissors, tweezers, thermometer, insect repellent, sun block lotion, chopsticks, water-purification tablets, throat lozenges (Strepsils), moleskin, Sulamyd 10% eye drops, Acetaminophen (Paracetamol, Antacid tablets).
However, we do provide a medical kit with the necessary medicines that is required during the trek.
OPTIONAL TOURS :
RAFTING AND WILDLIFE- 4 DAYS
Transfer from Pokhara to Chitwan Kathmandu
All rafting equipment, crew, safety helmet, life vest, all camping gear while rafting
2 person tent with soft mattresses , sleeping bags
2 nights at Rhino Residency Resort or similar
Pick up from Pokhara to Nayapul for rafting and overnight camping on the Seti River (all meals)
Rafting the next day on Trishuli river, all meals
Transfer to Chitwan Park , full board
Elephant back game viewing, nature walks, dugout canoe excursion, cultural visits
CHITWAN WILDLIFE ADVENTURE – 3 DAYS
Transfer from Kathmandu and return
2 nights at Rhino Residency Resort or similar, full board
Elephant back game viewing
Nature walk, bird watching, dugout canoe excursion, cultural visit
Flights from and to Kathmandu also available.
Lodge upgrades available at Chitwan: Tharu Village Resort, Island Jungle Resort
GURKHA HOME HOSPITALITY VISIT- 3 DAYS
Transfer from Pokhara to Sirubari (3 ½ hrs drive) then walk about 1 ½ hrs to village
Welcome ceremony and assignment to host family.
Meals with host family
Morning trek to Mainda Kharka or Thurmo hill for sunrise views- 1 ½ hours
Village visit with tea and snacks
School visit . We encourage you to bring school supplies.
Evening cultural program
Minimum 2 passengers required for all the above trips.
PRICES UPON REQUEST
Please contact us for trekking and non-trekking options and Tibet additions to Nepal trips.
LAND OF BIO AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY
Nepal not only has some of the tallest mountains in the world, but it is also comprised of many different ethnic groups 97% of which are Hindu and Buddhist. In addition, Nepal’s jungles are famous for tigers, rhinos, elephant safaris, bird watching and an amazingly diverse bio-system. Ancient cities like Bhaktapur have buildings and temples that are hundreds of years old in a culture that has changed very little especially in the mountain villages. You can experience Nepal by visiting these sights and the villages that make up this ethnic diversity easily, with or without trekking. Trekkers will be able to get to more remote villages. Non-trekkers will visit a variety of ethnic villages closer in. If you are a trekker, when you unzip your tent early in the morning, and there unexpectedly the tops of the world’s tallest mountain range peak out over the clouds, you will find yourself redefining beauty and majesty. The sight will leave you speechless and humble. The uniqueness of Nepal lies not just in its mountains but in the variety it offers including jungle stays, village stays, diverse scenery.