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SIGHTSEEING | CYCLING | TREKKING | RAFTING | SAFARI

ACTIVE NEPAL TOUR

Overview

This complete active Nepal tour takes you to all the highlights of Nepal, while discovering the country in an alternative and more active way. 

You start with sightseeing in Kathmandu valley, visit the King cities by cycle, hike in the Kathmandu hills and to a monastery. From Pokhara you take a trek to Annapurna Basecamp and you end the trip with a trip down the river to Chitwan for a jungle safari. 

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Price: €1650 Per person

Duration: 23 Days / 22 nights

Transportation: Private transportation / domestic flight

Accommodation: Hotels / Guesthouses / Teahouses / Tent on the beach

Note: We can arrange international flights on request.

Day 01 – Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 02 - Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambunath

Day 03 – Cycle to Patan & Bhaktapur

Day 04 – Nagarkot

Day 05 – Sunrise view and walk to Dhulikhel

Day 06 – Walk to Namo Buddha

Day 07 – Boudhanath & Pashupatinath

Day 08 – Kathmandu to Pokhara

Day 09 - Sightseeing in Pokhara

Day 10 to 17 – Annapurna Basecamp Trek

Day 18 – Rest day in Pokhara

Day 19 – Drive to Damauli and start rafting (Lower Seti)

Day 20 – Rafting and drive to Chitwan

Day 21 – Jungle walk and jeep safari

Day 22 – Drive to Kathmandu

Day 23 – Fly back home

Note: We can arrange international flights on request.

Day 01 – Arrive in Kathmandu

You will be picked up from the airport and brought to your hotel in Thamel. Have a rest and wander around the tourist area with many souvenir shops.

Day 02 - Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambunath

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 (Monkey temple). This white dome is the most ancient Buddhist shrine in the valley, and is located on a hill, with 365 steps leading you up to the temple. The pilgrimage is covered in colorful prayer flags. From the top of the hill you have a great view over Kathmandu valley.

Day 03 – Cycle to Patan & Bhaktapur

After breakfast you cycle 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.

Continue by cycle to Bhaktapur. 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. Explore the golden gate, and all the temples of various designs. In Bhaktapur 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 rest of the day to wander around to see all the beautiful things this city has to offer.

Day 04 – Nagarkot

From Bhaktapur you travel to Nagarkot, a hill village in the east of Kathmandu. If the weather is clear you have a great panoramic view of the Himalaya. You overnight in Nagarkot.

Day 05 – Sunrise view and walk to Dhulikhel

Get up early to walk up to the view point in Nagarkot. From here you will have amazing mountain views. Then come down for breakfast and hike -mostly downhill- to Dhulikhel (5-6 hours), where you stay overnight.

Day 06 – Walk to Namo Buddha

After breakfast, start hiking from Dhulikhel to Namo Buddha. This is a relatively easy walk, and will take about 3 hours. Namo Buddha houses the Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery. This is one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Nepal. It is known as the place where Buddha, in a previous life as a prince, gave his body to a starving tigress and her cubs. You will overnight in Dhulikhel.

Day 07 – Boudhanath & Pashupatinath

After breakfast you drive back to Kathmandu, to visit Boudhanath Stupa, 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.

Close to Bouddhanath is Pashupatinath, which is one of the holiest shrines for all Hindus, located on the banks of the Bagmati river. 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. There are numerous platforms where cremations take place on a daily basis. You will be transferred back to Thamel.

Day 08 – Kathmandu to Pokhara

After breakfast, you take a short flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. You will reach in about half an hour, and will be transferred to your hotel. Take a dive in the swimming pool or relax by the lake.

Day 09 - Sightseeing in Pokhara

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. After a nice breakfast, the guide will take you around Pokhara. See the closeby waterfalls, walk up to the World Peace Pagoda and take a boat on the lake.

In the afternoon you can sit down by the lake or buy some souvenirs. If you like to be a bit more active, you can rent a cycle. Or go paragliding or bungeejumping!

Day 10 to 17 – Annapurna Basecamp Trek

This 8 day trekking passes through rice fields, charming villages with their slate-roofed houses and beautiful rhododendron forests to the heart of Annapurna, Annapurna Sanctuary. Annapurna Sanctuary is a 4000 meter high glacial basin north of Pokhara, which is fully surrounded by the Annapurna range and offers spectacular views of Nepal’s major vast massifs, such as Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Fang and Macchapuchare (fishtail). From here you take a different route back to the civilised world.

Day 18 – Rest day in Pokhara

Wash some clothes, take a well deserved rest or do some sightseeing today.

Day 19 – Drive to Damauli and start rafting (Lower Seti)

You depart early in the morning for a two-hour drive to the starting point below Damauli. Here you unload and get in the raft. The river passes through beautiful sceneries, offering a variety of landscapes, rice fields, waterfalls, jungle, beaches and small local villages. It’s a small and relatively warm river. There is plenty of time to jump in the water and swim. You overnight in a tent on the beach and will be served a nice dinner.

Day 20 – Rafting and drive to Chitwan

The next morning after breakfast we will get back on the raft. On this second day of rafting there are some more exciting grade III+ rapids for about two hours. Here we meet the Trishuli river, which is a lot colder than the Seti. Your trip ends at Gaighat (near Chitwan) around lunch time. You will be provided with lunch, and then continue to Chitwan.

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 21 – 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 22 – Drive to Kathmandu

After breakfast you will be transferred back to Kathmandu. You will arrive in the afternoon and will be transferred to your hotel. Take a rest or go shopping in Thamel for some souvenirs.

Day 23 – Fly back home

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

Note: We can arrange international flights on request.

Included

NOT included

Price: €1650 Per person

Duration: 23 Days / 22 nights

Transportation: Private transportation / domestic flight

Accommodation: Hotels / Guesthouses / Teahouses / Tent on the beach

Note: We can arrange international flights on request.

Day 01 – Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 02 - Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambunath

Day 03 – Cycle to Patan & Bhaktapur

Day 04 – Nagarkot

Day 05 – Sunrise view and walk to Dhulikhel

Day 06 – Walk to Namo Buddha

Day 07 – Boudhanath & Pashupatinath

Day 08 – Kathmandu to Pokhara

Day 09 - Sightseeing in Pokhara

Day 10 to 17 – Annapurna Basecamp Trek

Day 18 – Rest day in Pokhara

Day 19 – Drive to Damauli and start rafting (Lower Seti)

Day 20 – Rafting and drive to Chitwan

Day 21 – Jungle walk and jeep safari

Day 22 – Drive to Kathmandu

Day 23 – Fly back home

Note: We can arrange international flights on request.

Day 01 – Arrive in Kathmandu

You will be picked up from the airport and brought to your hotel in Thamel. Have a rest and wander around the tourist area with many souvenir shops.

Day 02 - Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambunath

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 (Monkey temple). This white dome is the most ancient Buddhist shrine in the valley, and is located on a hill, with 365 steps leading you up to the temple. The pilgrimage is covered in colorful prayer flags. From the top of the hill you have a great view over Kathmandu valley.

Day 03 – Cycle to Patan & Bhaktapur

After breakfast you cycle 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.

Continue by cycle to Bhaktapur. 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. Explore the golden gate, and all the temples of various designs. In Bhaktapur 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 rest of the day to wander around to see all the beautiful things this city has to offer.

Day 04 – Nagarkot

From Bhaktapur you travel to Nagarkot, a hill village in the east of Kathmandu. If the weather is clear you have a great panoramic view of the Himalaya. You overnight in Nagarkot.

Day 05 – Sunrise view and walk to Dhulikhel

Get up early to walk up to the view point in Nagarkot. From here you will have amazing mountain views. Then come down for breakfast and hike -mostly downhill- to Dhulikhel (5-6 hours), where you stay overnight.

Day 06 – Walk to Namo Buddha

After breakfast, start hiking from Dhulikhel to Namo Buddha. This is a relatively easy walk, and will take about 3 hours. Namo Buddha houses the Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery. This is one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Nepal. It is known as the place where Buddha, in a previous life as a prince, gave his body to a starving tigress and her cubs. You will overnight in Dhulikhel.

Day 07 – Boudhanath & Pashupatinath

After breakfast you drive back to Kathmandu, to visit Boudhanath Stupa, 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.

Close to Bouddhanath is Pashupatinath, which is one of the holiest shrines for all Hindus, located on the banks of the Bagmati river. 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. There are numerous platforms where cremations take place on a daily basis. You will be transferred back to Thamel.

Day 08 – Kathmandu to Pokhara

After breakfast, you take a short flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. You will reach in about half an hour, and will be transferred to your hotel. Take a dive in the swimming pool or relax by the lake.

Day 09 - Sightseeing in Pokhara

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. After a nice breakfast, the guide will take you around Pokhara. See the closeby waterfalls, walk up to the World Peace Pagoda and take a boat on the lake.

In the afternoon you can sit down by the lake or buy some souvenirs. If you like to be a bit more active, you can rent a cycle. Or go paragliding or bungeejumping!

Day 10 to 17 – Annapurna Basecamp Trek

This 8 day trekking passes through rice fields, charming villages with their slate-roofed houses and beautiful rhododendron forests to the heart of Annapurna, Annapurna Sanctuary. Annapurna Sanctuary is a 4000 meter high glacial basin north of Pokhara, which is fully surrounded by the Annapurna range and offers spectacular views of Nepal’s major vast massifs, such as Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Fang and Macchapuchare (fishtail). From here you take a different route back to the civilised world.

Day 18 – Rest day in Pokhara

Wash some clothes, take a well deserved rest or do some sightseeing today.

Day 19 – Drive to Damauli and start rafting (Lower Seti)

You depart early in the morning for a two-hour drive to the starting point below Damauli. Here you unload and get in the raft. The river passes through beautiful sceneries, offering a variety of landscapes, rice fields, waterfalls, jungle, beaches and small local villages. It’s a small and relatively warm river. There is plenty of time to jump in the water and swim. You overnight in a tent on the beach and will be served a nice dinner.

Day 20 – Rafting and drive to Chitwan

The next morning after breakfast we will get back on the raft. On this second day of rafting there are some more exciting grade III+ rapids for about two hours. Here we meet the Trishuli river, which is a lot colder than the Seti. Your trip ends at Gaighat (near Chitwan) around lunch time. You will be provided with lunch, and then continue to Chitwan.

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 21 – 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 22 – Drive to Kathmandu

After breakfast you will be transferred back to Kathmandu. You will arrive in the afternoon and will be transferred to your hotel. Take a rest or go shopping in Thamel for some souvenirs.

Day 23 – Fly back home

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

Note: We can arrange international flights on request.

Included

NOT included

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