9 nights in Nepal
From the colours and magic of Kathmandu's markets to the serenity of Himalayan trails, this 10-day adventure offers an intriguing blend of well-paced excursions. The rugged foothills of the Annapurna Range will reward those willing to break a sweat with stunning views of mountain vistas. Experience Nepal from a different perspective as you explore Chitwan National Park on a 4x4 safari. With many included activities and options for more, like a soak in the restorative waters of a natural hot spring, you'll come away with a full and real appreciation of this fascinating land.
|Hotels (7 nts), teahouse lodges (2 nts).|
|Flights not included|
|Travel insurance is mandatory and not included|
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We suggest you bring along USD50 for additional sightseeing. Entrance to Durbar Square – USD10 Entrance to Bhaktapur – USD15 Entrance to Patan – USD10 ** Extra - Mountain Flight 1 hour (from) – USD190 per person including Domestic Airport tax All prices are per person (unless stated otherwise), and are subject to change as services are provided by third party operators.
Arrive at any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Take a tour of the world heritage site of Bhaktapur and visit Bodhnath Stupa, one of the largest Buddhist shrines in the world. Opt to visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Swayambhunath is the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Kathmandu Valley. Its lofty white dome and glittering golden spire are visible for many miles. Included Activities: Bhaktapur Excursion Sisterhood of Survivors Project Bodhnath Stupa Visit
A lively bus ride along stunning scenery brings us from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Pay a visit to the striking temple of Brindabasim which stands proudly over Pokhara. Later, opt to relax in a café, hire a boat and float around the lake, or shop for Nepali and Tibetan souvenirs in the endless stalls and shops. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours)
Drive to the start point of the trek, Naya Pul. Throughout the trek, come across isolated mountain communities, each observing different ancestral customs and traditions, resulting in not only a visually superb expedition but also a culturally rich one. Amid the rugged mountain scenery, meet warm and welcoming locals herding yaks and goats on the grassy pastures. Enjoy the opportunity to visit monasteries and temples. Along the way we see waterfalls of melted snow, cross icy rivers, broad plains, and high mountain passes. Opt to soak in natural hot springs (you've earned it). Included Activities: Annapurna Foothills Trek Day 1 Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))
Trek through the foothills from Ghandruk to Jhinu Danda for a rest and an optional soak in the hot springs. Continue on to Landruk, enjoying the views along the way. Included Activities: Annapurna Foothills Trek Day 2
For the final day of trekking, walk approx. 5 hr enjoying gorgeous scenery along the way. End the trek in Kande and board a vehicle bound for Pokhara where you will spend the night. Included Activities: Annapurna Foothills Trek Final Day Transport: Private Vehicle
Continue on to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Royal Chitwan National Park. Known as the Terai Tarai ("moist land"), the landscape you travel through today is a belt of marshy grassland, savannah, and forests at the base of the Himalayas. Included Activities: Tharu Community Experience Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours)
Explore the national park by 4x4 safari before a guided half-day walk inside the park. Enjoy free time to enjoy some bird watching. The Terai-Duar region is home to the endangered Indian rhinoceros, as well as elephants, Bengal tigers, bears, leopards, and other wild animals. The Royal Chitwan National Park and Royal Bardia National Park preserve significant sections of habitat for these animals, making them home to some of the greatest concentrations of rhinoceros and tigers left in South Asia. Included Activities: Chitwan 4x4 Safari Royal Chitwan National Park Guided Walk Tharu Community Experience
Return to Kathmandu and enjoy a free afternoon to continue exploring. Opt to visit the burning ghats at Pashupatinath and Swayambhunath or the monkey temple. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s))
Depart at any time. Opt for an Everest flight this morning, if weather permits.
A tea house is the combination of guest house, restaurant, and social hang out. Private rooms are available in most tea houses, except for high altitudes ones where it will be just dormitories. The lodges are fairly basic. The rooms are sparse with twin beds and very little additional furniture. Blankets are generally provided. Most bathrooms are shared and toilets can be either squat type or western style. Most tea houses have running water. The majority of tea houses only have cold showers, a few may have hot water available at an additional cost. However, we discourage our groups from using water heated by wood, as lack of firewood in villages is a big environmental concern in Nepal. There is a large dining room-cum-lounge, warmed by the bukhara stove (an iron cylinder, fitted with a chimney duct, in which a log fire is lighted). There is normally no electric lighting in the rooms unless the village has hydroelectric power. The dining room usually has solar lighting. Some tea houses now also have electricity for charging small appliances - mobile phones and cameras - and there may be a small charge for this. During a tea house trek you will usually have breakfast and dinner at the tea house, lunch will be eaten at one of the trail side restaurants. Every tea house serves the traditional Nepali meal Dal Bhat (rice and lentils), as well as a variety of different food items, such as rice, vegetables, noodles, potatoes and soup. Some have Nepali versions of western food such as pizza, pasta and french fries. Soft drinks, snacks and beer are available in most of the tea houses and trail side restaurants. And, of course, Nepali milk tea is served everywhere. All tea houses have boiled water for trekkers. We discourage the purchase of bottled water while on the trail. The plastic bottles are difficult to dispose off and have become an environmental problem.
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