Overview


Nepal is a beautiful country and has so much to offer. During this two-week tour through Nepal you will see all the highlights of this country. You will see the highest mountains of the world, Buddhist and Hindu temples and holy shrines, the king cities and look for rhinos in Chitwan National Park.


Trip highlights:

- Spectacular mountain views

- Holy Pashupatinath

- Spot wildlife


Day to Day


Day 01 - Flight to Kathmandu

Today you get on your flight to Kathmandu. You will arrive the next day (time depends on your airline). You will be picked up from the airport and brought to your hotel in Bhaktapur.


Day 02 - Bhaktapur sightseeing and overnight

This medieval city is like an open museum, filled with temples, pagodas, ornate pools and ancient palaces. The palace of 55 windows is built in 1754 during the period of Malla king. The golden gate, and all the temples of various designs are great to explore. You will find many traditional red old buildings and locals drying corn and chilies, and making pottery. You will spend the night here, so you have the entire day to rest and wander around to see all the beautiful things this city has to offer.


Day 03 - Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath

After breakfast you will go to Boudhanath Stupa. Lord of wisdom Boudhanath is a bastion of Tibetan culture, in the east of Kathmandu. Energized by the arrival of thousands of Tibetans after 1959, it still remains an important centre for Tibetan Buddhism. The stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world. It presents Buddha eyes on all four sides. The nose represents the number 1, symbolizing unity and the way to reach enlightenment. Above this is the third eye, symbolizing the wisdom of the Buddha.

On the way to Thamel (the main tourist area), you will visit Pashupatinath, one of the holiest shrines for all Hindus, located on the banks of the Bagmati river. The sacred Hindu pilgrimage is one of the largest complexes in the world with Shiva Lingam shrines and god and goddess. Thousands of followers come to pay homage to Pashupathinath every day. Elderly Hindus come here to find shelter for the last weeks of their lives, to meet death and be cremated on the banks of the river. You will see numerous platforms where cremations take place on a daily basis. You will stay overnight in Thamel.


Day 04 - Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambunath and Patan Durbar Square

In the morning you will go by walk from Thamel to Kathmandu Durbar Square. On the way there you will see some nice temples, the local market and you can experience the Nepali life style. Durbar Square is very much the sacred heart of the city. Here you can visit the living goddess Kumari, who acknowledges greetings of devotees from the balcony of her temple residence. Durbar Square is filled with ancient temples and a museum showing some history of Nepal. Many of these temples were damaged during the earthquake, but it is still worth seeing.

Next, you will get a transfer to Swayambunath, or Monkey temple. This white dome  is the most ancient Buddhist shrine in the valley. The temple is located on a hill, with 365 steps leading you up to the temple. The pilgrimage is covered in colourful prayer flags. From the top of the hill you have a great view over Kathmandu valley.

After lunch you will go to Patan Square, full of ancient temples and stupas, and listed as a world heritage site. It has a remarkable monument of Hindus god Krishna from the 17th century and a temple built entirely of stone. The formal royal complex is the centre of Patan's religion and social life. You will return to your hotel in Thamel.


Day 05 - Kathmandu to Pokhara

You will have to get up early for your transfer to Pokhara. This will take about seven hours, with stops on the way for breakfast and lunch. You will arrive in the afternoon and will be transfered to your hotel. Take a rest an go for a walk along the lake.


Day 06 - Sightseeing in Pokhara valley

After breakfast you will go to Davis falls, a waterfall that ends in a tunnel at the bottom. After exiting the tunnel the water passes through Gupteshwor Mahadev (cave) where you will go next. The journey continues to the Mahendra cave, which is a limestone cave containing stalactites and stalagmites, and to Chamera Gupha, also known as the Bat cave.

After lunch you will go to Hemja Tibetan Refugee camp and the monastery. 


Day 07 - Sunrise mountain view from Sarangkot (and paragliding) and World Peace Pagoda

Early in the morning a car will take you up to Sarangkot from where you will have the most beautiful views of the Annapurna range, including Machhapuchhre, at sunrise. Optionally you can go down by paragliding. The rest of the morning you can just wander around.

After lunch you will go up to the Pagoda, from where from where you can look over the lake and the city of Pokhara. You can walk down to the lake from where a boat will take you back to lakeside. Enjoy the rest of your day by boating, walking along the lake and relaxing in one of the many cafes or cycle along the lake.


Day 08 - Start your Poonhill trek. Drive to Nayapul and trek to Ulleri – 4-5 hours

After breakfast, you will take a one hour drive to Nayapul. From here you will start trekking. You will walk along the Modi stream to reach Birethanti, a village with loads of tea shops and guest houses. Then you continue along the Burungdi stream, hike up to the valley of Hile and Tikhedhunga, which leads you to Ulleri village. Ulleri is a beautiful Magar village. Here you will stay for the night.


Day 09 - Trek to Ghorepani – 5-6 hours

Today’s trek is a steeper uphill walk, with stone staircases. During the walk, the first views of Annapurna South appears. You then pass through Rhododendron forest. After crossing a stream, you will arrive at Banthanti. Following a stream up a narrow valley with more stairs you eventually end up in Ghorepani, where you will stay for the night. From here you can enjoy the spectacular views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range.


Day 10 - Hike to Poon Hill and trek to Gandruk – 6-7 hours

You get up early in the morning, for a one hour climb to Poon Hill. From here you can see tremendous views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range at sunrise. After viewing all the mountains, you trek down to Ghorepani for breakfast and proceed to Tadapani. From Ghorepani you will follow the path through forests. You keep climbing along the ridge through pine and rhododendron forests, with more spectacular views on the way. The trail then descends to a stream, going to Tadapani. From Tadapani the trail descends through forests to Gandruk, which is a village of Gurung people. They are known for their distinctive culture, customs and life style. From here you have amazing views of Annapurna range and Macchapuchhre.


Day 11 - Trek to Nayapul and drive back to Pokhara – 5-6 hours

Today starts with a steep descent down a stone stairway. When you reach flat ground, you will cross a stream followed by an easy walk to Chane village. Another short descent leads you to Birethanti and Nayapul. From here you will take a drive back to Pokhara.


Day 12 - Pokhara to Chitwan National Park. Tharu village tour and cultural program in the evening

Today you will take an early bus to Chitwan National Park.  You will arrive at the hotel between 13:30-14:00. This is a good time to have some lunch. In the afternoon there will be a village tour around the Tharu village, where you can learn more about their life and culture. You can also visit the National Park Visitor centre for more information about the history of the park and the wildlife. After dinner you will go for a Tharu cultural dance program.


Day 13 – Jungle walk and jeep safari

You will get up early in the morning for breakfast. After breakfast you will take a canoe ride along the Rapti river. This is an excellent opportunity to do some bird watching and see the two species of crocodiles: the Marsh Mugger and the fish eating Gharial. From here you will start your jungle walk to look for deer, rhinos, sloth bears and other wildlife. After lunch you go for a jeep safari into the jungle, through grasslands and forests. The jeep safari will also take you to a crocodile breeding centre. The day ends with a nice dinner.


Day 14 – Bird watching and drive to Kathmandu

Today you can wake up early again to go bird watching. Chitwan has over 500 species of birds, so there is enough to see. After breakfast you will be transfered to Pokhara. You will arrive in the afternoon and will be transfered to your hotel. Take a rest or go shopping in Thamel for some souvenirs. Enjoy your last evening in Nepal.


Day 15 - Flight back home

You will be dropped off at the ariport from where you will fly back home. Your trip ends here.

Prices


The price per person is €650 (minimum 2 persons)


Included in the price are all transportations (except international flight), a professional English speaking guide, entree fees, all necessary permits, and accommodation and meals. See the trip details for the included meals.

 

Not included is your own insurance, visa costs, international flight, beverages other than tea/coffee and water, optional tips for guide (and trekguide), and personal expenses.

Extra


If you don't like trekking much, you can also do an easier and shorter trek to Panchasee. Or you can go white water rafting instead. Contact us for the possibilities.

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