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MEET THE LOCALS

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Get a unique and close-up insight into community life and meet the locals. Visit the King cities, hike in the Kathmandu hills, sleep in a homestay  and walk to a monastery. Overnight in Bandipur, a small medieval village with typical Newari style houses. From Pokhara you start the community trek, meet the local farmers, yak herders and village communities and enjoy their hospitality. Experience the local culture, lifestyle and traditions. You stay in cozy ecolodges run by the community and homestays and get treated to home-cooked meals. Learn more about the Tharu culture in Chitwan National Park and spot wildlife. 

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Price: €1450 Per person

Duration: 21 Days / 22 nights

Transportation: Private transportation

Accommodation: Hotels / Guesthouses / Homestay & Lodges

Note: We can arrange international flights on request.

Day 01 – Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 02 – Durbar Square & Swayambunath

Day 03 - Patan & Bhaktapur (overnight)

Day 04 - Drive to Nagarkot

Day 05 - Sunrise view and walk to Dhulikhel (homestay)

Day 06 - Walk to Namo Buddha

Day 07 - Bouddhanath & Pashupatinath

Day 08- Drive to Bandipur

Day 09 - Drive to Pokhara

Day 10 to 16 - Community Trekking

Day 17 – Rest day in Pokhara

Day 18 – Drive to Chitwan

Day 19 – Jungle walk and jeep safari

Day 20 – Drive to Kathmandu

Day 21 – 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 – Durbar Square & 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. Swayambunath 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 - Patan & Bhaktapur (overnight)

After breakfast you will drive 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 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. Also, the golden gate, and all the temples of various designs are great to explore. 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 - Drive to 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 (homestay)

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 - Bouddhanath & Pashupatinath

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, 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. You will see numerous platforms where cremations take place on a daily basis. You will be transferred back to Thamel.

Day 08- Drive to Bandipur

After breakfast you drive towards Pokhara. Around halfway you find Bandipur,  a small medieval village in Newari style, where it seems like time stood still. There are some beautiful temples, woodwork and houses with pagoda roofs. You overnight here.

Day 09 - Drive to Pokhara

Wander around in the morning, and have a nice traditional lunch. After lunch you continue for another 3 hours driving to Pokhara. Take a rest, relax by the lake or walk through the main street looking for some nice souvenirs.

Day 10 to 16 - Community Trekking

Get a unique and close-up insight into village life and meet the locals. Mohare Hill offers spectacular panoramic views of the Annapurnas, Dhaulagiri and Macchapuchhre. This off the beaten track leads through a pristine and unspoilt area. Meet the local farmers, yak herders and village communities and enjoy their hospitality. Experience the local culture, lifestyle and traditions. You stay in cozy community-run ecolodges and homestays and get treated to home-cooked meals. The trek helps to support the community in a real sense, ensuring most of the economic benefit stays with the local people.

Day 17 – Rest day in Pokhara

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

Day 18 – Drive to Chitwan

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 19 – 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 20 – 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. Enjoy your last evening in Nepal.

Day 21 – 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: €1450 Per person

Duration: 21 Days / 22 nights

Transportation: Private transportation

Accommodation: Hotels / Guesthouses / Homestay & Lodges

Note: We can arrange international flights on request.

Day 01 – Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 02 – Durbar Square & Swayambunath

Day 03 - Patan & Bhaktapur (overnight)

Day 04 - Drive to Nagarkot

Day 05 - Sunrise view and walk to Dhulikhel (homestay)

Day 06 - Walk to Namo Buddha

Day 07 - Bouddhanath & Pashupatinath

Day 08- Drive to Bandipur

Day 09 - Drive to Pokhara

Day 10 to 16 - Community Trekking

Day 17 – Rest day in Pokhara

Day 18 – Drive to Chitwan

Day 19 – Jungle walk and jeep safari

Day 20 – Drive to Kathmandu

Day 21 – 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 – Durbar Square & 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. Swayambunath 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 - Patan & Bhaktapur (overnight)

After breakfast you will drive 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 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. Also, the golden gate, and all the temples of various designs are great to explore. 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 - Drive to 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 (homestay)

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 - Bouddhanath & Pashupatinath

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, 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. You will see numerous platforms where cremations take place on a daily basis. You will be transferred back to Thamel.

Day 08- Drive to Bandipur

After breakfast you drive towards Pokhara. Around halfway you find Bandipur,  a small medieval village in Newari style, where it seems like time stood still. There are some beautiful temples, woodwork and houses with pagoda roofs. You overnight here.

Day 09 - Drive to Pokhara

Wander around in the morning, and have a nice traditional lunch. After lunch you continue for another 3 hours driving to Pokhara. Take a rest, relax by the lake or walk through the main street looking for some nice souvenirs.

Day 10 to 16 - Community Trekking

Get a unique and close-up insight into village life and meet the locals. Mohare Hill offers spectacular panoramic views of the Annapurnas, Dhaulagiri and Macchapuchhre. This off the beaten track leads through a pristine and unspoilt area. Meet the local farmers, yak herders and village communities and enjoy their hospitality. Experience the local culture, lifestyle and traditions. You stay in cozy community-run ecolodges and homestays and get treated to home-cooked meals. The trek helps to support the community in a real sense, ensuring most of the economic benefit stays with the local people.

Day 17 – Rest day in Pokhara

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

Day 18 – Drive to Chitwan

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 19 – 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 20 – 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. Enjoy your last evening in Nepal.

Day 21 – 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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