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- 10 Days
Begin Nepal Tour with visits to different UNESCO World Heritage Sites within the Kathmandu Valley which are a mix of graceful temples, elegant palaces, brick-paved courtyards and quaint streets. Next, visit Manakamana Temple, a highly venerated sacred place in Nepal that is also shrouded in myths and legends. During our 10-day Nepal Tour we also get to enjoy stunning views of the mountains Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Machapuchre from Pokhara. Watch the sunrise over the Himalayas from some of the best viewpoints in Nepal and explore the dense sub-tropical jungle of southern Nepal by canoeing and jungle safari. Our Nepal Tour ends with an adrenaline-fueled white water rafting and canyoning in the Bhote Koshi River.
|Day 01 Arrival Kathmandu||1,350m/4,429ft|
|Day 02 Sightseeing in Kathmandu: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath and Bauddhanath||1,350m/4,429ft|
|Day 03 Drive to Pokhara via Manakamana temple||827m/2,713ft|
|Day 04 Sightseeing in Pokhara||827m/2,713ft|
|Day 05 Drive from Pokhara to Chitwan||415m/1,362ft|
|Day 06 Chitwan safari||415m/1,362ft|
|Day 07 Fly to Kathmandu, sightseeing of Bhaktapur then drive to Nagarkot||2,175m/7,136ft|
|Day 08 Sunrise in Nagarkot, transfer to The Last Resort, cannyoning program||1,215m/3,986ft|
|Day 09 Rafting in Bhotekoshi River then drive to Kathmandu||1,350m/4,429ft|
|Day 10 Final departure||-|
Upon our arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, we will be greeted by a representative from Himalayan Glacier who will take us to Hotel Shanker or another hotel of a similar category. After checking in, we visit Himalayan Glacier’s office for trip preparation and also to meet your crew. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Himalayan Glacier which will introduce you to the Nepalese food culture.
After breakfast, we begin our sightseeing tour by visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites within Kathmandu. Kathmandu Durbar Square showcases Nepalese art and architecture at its best. The architecture is typical of the Malla dynasty who ruled over Nepal from the 12th to the 18th century. Swayambhunath Temple is popular among tourists as the Monkey Temple owing to the large monkey population residing in the area. Pashupatinath Temple is situated on the banks of river Bagmati and is one of the principal temples of Lord Shiva. The Bouddhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupas in South Asia which is built on the ancient trade route to Tibet.
We begin our journey to Pokhara, also known as The Lake City, on a winding road alongside the Trishuli River. Next, we board a cable car and visit the much revered Manakamana Temple dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Bhagwati and situated atop a 1300-meter hill. The name Manakamana is derived from two words, Mana, meaning heart and Kamana, meaning wish. It is believed that the Goddess Bhagwati rewards those who make the pilgrimage to her shrine by granting their wishes. After a tour of the temple area we take a cable car back to where we started and continue our drive to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.
Early in the morning we leave for Sarangkot, a hill that overlooks the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges in the north and Pokhara city in the south. From here, we catch amazing views of the sun as it rises in the mighty Himalayas. We then head back to Pokhara and continue touring the city’s landmarks. Davis Falls is a unique waterfall that flows directly into a narrow and deep canal which has no end. The Shiva Cave is located near Davis Falls and houses a shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva, a primary Hindu God. We also do some boating in Phewa Lake, the largest lake in Pokhara, and visit Bindyabasini Temple located at the center of the lake. We visit the famous International Mountain Museum (IMM) that records, documents and chronicles the past and present development of mountaineering activities in the world and the Himalayas in particular. We also tour the Tibetan refugee camp and witness how the refugees keep themselves busy by producing and trading woolen carpets and other handicraft items. Overnight in Pokhara.
After breakfast, we say goodbye to the beautiful northern skyline of Pokhara and drive towards Chitwan, a city located at the foot of the Churia range and famous for housing Chitwan National Park (CNP), the first national park in Nepal, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Upon reaching Chitwan, we take jungle/nature walks deep into the national park. During the walks, we enjoy the company of a wide variety of flora and fauna and spend some time bird watching. In the evening, there will be a presentation on the wide range of flora and fauna of CNP. Overnight in Chitwan.
Today there is something special in store for the animal lover inside us. Early in the morning, we will be mounted on elephant backs for a jungle safari through dense grasslands to witness wildlife in their natural habitat. After breakfast, we visit the elephant stables and even enjoy bathing the elephants. During the afternoon we can either drive through the jungles by Jeep or take a canoe ride down the Rapti River. During the safari, we go deep into the jungle and spot deer, the endangered one-horn rhinoceros, as well as other wild animals. If lucky, we may even spot the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger. While canoeing, we may get a close look at the Gharial and Mugger Crocodiles along with fresh-water dolphins, otters and varieties of water birds. Or, we may even go for bird watching or a nature walk and come closer to a variety of wild flora and fauna found in the park. Overnight in Chitwan.
We fly to Kathmandu in the morning and visit Bhaktapur, an irresistible city with an authentic local lifestyle preserved over centuries of isolation from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu. While in the city square, we get to admire the Nyata-Pola Temple, the Golden Gate, water spouts and the 55 Window Palace which merge together to provide an ambiance of a magical outdoor theater to its visitors. We also immerse ourselves in the authentic delicacy of the locals in Bhaktapur. After touring Bhaktapur, we drive to Nagarkot for an overnight stay.
Nagarkot is a village in Bhaktapur which sits at 7,200 ft and boasts stunning Himalayan vistas. It is also renowned for its sunrise and sunset views of the Himalayas. Therefore, we get up early in the morning to admire excellent views of sunrise from the mighty Himalayas. Later, we drive to the Last Resort and after settling in, take part in their canyoning program. Today we spend time abseiling, sliding, jumping, climbing and swimming which are all important aspects of canyoning. While canyoning, we pass over sheer cliffs and slides to pounding waterfalls. Feeling the adrenalin buzz while leaping off waterfalls and sliding down glass-smooth rocks will be an amazing experience for any adventure enthusiast and nature lover. Overnight at The Last Resort.
This day is set aside for white-water rafting, one of the most popular adventure sports in Nepal. While rafting, we come across all kinds of rapids not too far from one another. Battling these rapids will be a challenge. However, we also occasionally raft through calm sections of the river. During this time we admire the natural beauty of the surrounding areas. The green vegetation, curious villagers and the river banks are ours to marvel at. After completing our rafting journey, we head back to Kathmandu. In the evening, we celebrate the successful completion of our journey, with a farewell dinner in the evening.Overnight in Kathmandu.
Our deluxe trip in Nepal comes to an end today! A representative from Himalayan Glacier will take us to the airport approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight.
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Breakfast will be served in Kathmandu and Pokhara. All meals will be served in Chitwan and when pursuing the adventure activities. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners hosted by Himalayan Glacier.
We will be staying at Hotel Yatri Suites & Spa ,a three-star deluxe hotel in Kathmandu,Temple Tree Resort in Pokhara, Green Park Chitwan in Chitwan, Club Himalaya in Nagarkot and tents at The Last Resort. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 490.
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My friend and I were connected with Jay and his porter to trek 4 days around the Ghorepani-Poon Hill loop. The initial communication between Jay was great but we did not have our own written documentation of how the days or how the money would be spent. We were picked up at the airport in Kathmandu and were brought to a great hotel where we stayed one night.
After flying to Pokhara, which Jay also arranged, we drove a relatively short distance to the start of the hike. Our trekking time was at a decent pace and we had plenty of opportuntities to stop and take photos, enjoy the local foods and rest. The sunrise hike to the top of Poon Hill was exactly what we had hoped for and we enjoyed the cool clean air.
The accomadations that Jay found were ok and we were plenty warm enough in our room. If we had known more about the options for the last two days we would have like to have combined them - we stopped very early one day (13:30) and then only had 45 mins the next morning. When you stop at the teahouses there is not a whole lot to do so bring your books and games! The last teahouse we went to had decent rooms but the food was not great. The teas tasted like smoke from a fire and another drink tasted like cigarettes.
The demeanor of our guide changed after the last trekking day for some reason and some things were lost in translation which seemed to make for awkward silences. The meeting and changing times for exmple were changed without us knowing even though they were previously agreed upon.
While we were back in Pokhara the two ourdoor options Jay suggested, David Falls and Gupteshwor Cave, were not worth the money nor the time after we had just spent an amazing week outside in the mountains. The cave floods so it was smelly and trash can be seen very up along the walls including floating in the water. The falls had a large metal fence around it and so the view angles were not the best - also trash was everywhere. We wish he had told us otherwise as our cash on hand was running low for taxi's/exersions. Jay also did not offer to pay for his share of exersions.
Overall we had a great time but somehow the topic of money came up many times and it was uncomfortable. Be prepared that you will need a great deal of cash as many stores did not have credit card machines, more US dollars would have been handy.
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