- Trip Duration : 12 Days
- Start - End : Kathmandu - Kathmandu
- Highest Altitude : 2200 m
- Difficulty : Easy
- Season : Jan-May, Mid Sep-Dec
- Activity : Tours
- Trip Grade :
Best of Nepal
The trip is the combination of all the major attraction of the country. Giving you chances to know and experience the diversity of the country from hill to the lowland.
Explore through the narrow alleys of Kathmandu to the highway of the lowland. Float on the rubber boat with the Rhythm of the ragging river or in the phase of Elephant in the wild dense forest. Experience the tranquility of the Birth place of Lord Buddha or boat in serene Lake of Fewa. Play hide and seek in pitch dark cave or feel the smoothness of natural dripping water from the limestone or check out the water fall vanishing underground. You will be amazed what nature offers here from Giant Mountain with cold breeze in the north to the hot and humid air in the south. It is all going to be a memory captured inside you for a life time.
|Day 01 :||Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel and stay overnight|
|Day 02 :||Visit to World Heritage sites|
|Day 03 :||Typical old town and hill station|
|Day 04 :||Ancient city Bhaktapur|
|Day 05 :||Raft and Jungle|
|Day 06 :||Explore wild animals|
|Day 07 :||Birth place of Buddha|
|Day 08 :||Old Kingdom|
|Day 09 :||Snow peak and serene lake|
|Day 10 :||Caves, waterfall and world peace stupa|
|Day 11 :||Sunrise and the great Himalayas|
|Day 12 :||Fly back home|
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel and stay overnight
You will be received from our representative in the airport and drive to hotel and relax.
Day 02: Visit to World Heritage Sites
After breakfast we proceed for some of the most popular world heritage sites of Kathmandu including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swyambhunath, Boudhanath and Pashupatinath Temple.
Kathmandu Durbar square:
"Kathmandu Durbar square" also known as Kantipur, the capital of The Kingdom of Nepal. Here you will visit the temple of the living goddess, who greets the devotees from the balcony of her temple residence, Kastamandap temple, the origin of the name Kathmandu, which is supposed to be built from the wood of a single tree and Durbar Square, the ancient palaces of the Nepalese Royalty. The square is filled with temples and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Located at the top of the hill approximately 4 km./2.5 miles west from Thamel. It is also known as The Monkey Temple as there are holy monkeys living in parts of the temple in the north-west. It is an ancient religious complex consists of a stupa, variety of shrines and temples surrounded by forest. The stupa has a cubical structure present with eyes of Buddha, looking in all four directions with the word "unity" in the main Nepali dialect between them. The stupa is said to be 2000 years old.
This stupa is located 8 km. East of Kathmandu city. It is one of the largest stupas in Nepal and listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It stands with four pairs of eyes in four cardinal directions, watching for righteous behaviour and human prosperity. The Buddhist Stupa was built by King Man Deva by the advice of the Goddess Mani Jogini. It is built on an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels. The shrine is ringed by houses of Lamas or Buddhist priest.
Situated 5 km. east of Kathmandu city and is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Pashupatinath temple is one of the holiest temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, Situated among a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River. The temple was built in pagoda style with beautifully carved wooden rafters and a gold pinnacle, which is a symbol of religious thought. The entrance of the temple is strictly prohibited for non-Hindus, how ever visitors are permitted to view the temple from the east bank of Bagmati River where the crimination takes place. Pashupatinath temple is one of the most important places of pilgrimages for the followers of Hinduism.
Day 03: Typical old town and Hill station ( Sightseeing in Patan, Khokana, Bundmati and Nagarkot)
Today we are going to explore some of the old town out of kathmandu city and then we head toward Nagarkot a beautiful hill station with lush hill and great mountain views.
The cities in the Kathmandu Valley are made up of 3 ancient cities and Patan is located across the Bagmati River to the south of Kathmandu city. Patan is also known as Lalitpur, the city of fine arts. According to legend the founding of Patan dates back to Pre-Christian times. As opposed to the Malla cities of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur that were mainly influenced by the Hindu religion, Patan was for many years a major Buddhist city. It is believed that it was founded in the third century B.C. by the famous Buddhist emperor, Ashoka, who visited the town while on a pilgrimage from Northern India and built four stupas that enclosed the center of the old town. This would make it the oldest continuing Buddhist town in the world.
Khokana is tiny traditional village lies about 8 km from south of Kathmandu which has hold its own tradition and culture. The village is popular for its oil pressing center where mustard seeds are pressed using traditional methods. Traditional weaving done by elderly ladies, men crushing seeds on the street and courtyards are the daily activities that could be seen in this farming communities where they depends on agriculture.
Bungamati is also known as a winter home of the Red Machhendra god of Patan who inhabit every winter in a big temple in Bungmati. Its large courtyard is often used for spreading grain to dry in the sun at harvest time. The long array of local houses attached to each other with similar style can be seen together with hanging red chilies in threads. If you walk between these alleys then the whole setting seems to be painted red.
Nagarkot is considered as one of the most popular hill station at the height of 2100 meter and and just 32km out of Kathmandu city. The majestic Himalayas, rolling hill, lush pine forest, magnificent sunrise/sunset views and a rural atmosphere makes its worth place to visit.
Day 04: Ancient city Bhaktapur and back to Kathmandu
After beautiful sunrise view and heartily breakfast we continue our drive to Bhaktapur Durbar square which is also know as a living museum and back to the Kathmandu.
Bhaktapur is the one of the three ancient cities within the Kathmandu Valley. It is also known as Bhadgaun, meaning the city of devotees and is the home of true medieval art and architecture in the Valley. Bhaktapur is the center of traditional Nepalese wood carving. Compared to other royal cities in Patan and Kathmandu, Bhaktapur is the most original and is without a doubt the most historically authentic. It is also literally a living museum where farmers dry their harvest, potters turn their wheel and people go about living as they have done for so long.
Day 05: Raft and drive to Chitwan National Park
We leave early in the morning from Kathmandu and make our way along river valleys, past terraced fields to rafting starting point and raft in one of the popular river in Nepal. We gona enjoy some of the 2-3 grade rapids and drive to the wilderness of jungle in chitwan national park which is one of the finest national parks in Asia and listed as a world heritage site since 1984. It covers an area of 932 square kilometres and is renowned for its variety and amount of wildlife. Check in to your hotel, relax and get introduced for the program for the following days.
Day 06: Explore Chitwan National Park
Explore the beauty and wilderness of national park with different activities: Elephant riding, Canoeing trip, elephant breeding center visit, cultural program.
Day 07: Chitwan national park to the land of Buddhism
After having breakfast we leave the beauty of jungle and head toward Lumbini the birth place of Lord Buddha and explore the area.
Lumbinī is a Buddhist pilgrimage site where lord Buddha was born and he founded Buddhism. The holy site of Lumbini is bordered by a large monastic zone in which only monasteries can be built, no shops, hotels or restaurants. It is separated into an eastern and western monastic zone, the eastern having the Theravadin monasteries, the western having Mahayana and Vajrayana monasteries.
The holy site of Lumbini has ruins of ancient monasteries, a sacred Bodhi tree, an ancient bathing pond, the Asokan pillar and the Mayadevi temple, where the precise place of birth of Buddha is located. From early morning to early evening, pilgrims from various countries perform chanting and meditation at the site.
Day 08: Lumbini to Tansen
After breakfast we leave lowland of Nepal and again head towards the hill of west Nepal. Tansen was the capital of the Magar kingdom Tanahun, one of the most powerful regional principalities before the rise of the Shah Dynasty. This old town offers magnificent panorama view of Himalayan to the north and flat landscape of terai to the south.
Day 09: Tansen to Pokhara
On this day we head toward one of the beautiful city of Nepal "Pokhara". Pokhara is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal. The northern skyline of the city offers a very close view of the Himalayas. Its pristine air, spectacular backdrop of snowy peaks, serene lakes and surrounding greenery make it ‘the jewel in the Himalaya’, a place of remarkable natural beauty.
Explore the lake side area with lots of shops or go for a boating in the fewa lake.
Day 10: Sightseeing in pokhara (Visit: world peace stupa, David fall, Gupteshowar cave, Tibetan refugee camp and Bat cave) and stay overnight at hotel in pokhara
Locally known as the Patale Chhango (Nether Fall), Devi’s Fall is a fascinating waterfall located about 2 km south-west of Pokhara.
During the Monsoon season, the water level in Devi’s fall rises to an amazing height, the most turbulent water currents engulf even the safety barrier built around the falls.
This is the most fascinating waterfall in Pokhara and the first of its kind in Nepal. It lies at 2 kms south-west of downtown Pokhara. This huge waterfall can be seen during the rainy season from June to September, and on winter the strength of the water dies down and only a stream of water runs down the rocks.
World Peace Pagoda:
The World Peace Pagoda can be seen on top of a hill on the southern fringe of Phewa Lake. It has four images of the Buddha facing the four directions. The dome-shaped pagoda is an impressive sight, and its hilltop location commands a great view. It is a great vantage point which offers spectacular views of the Annapurna.
The Bat’s cave is another prominent attraction for visitors to Pokhara. Located in the vicinity of the Mahendra Cave, it is predominantly a limestone cave and as the name suggests full of bats. Since the cave is not electrically light, the cavers must be cautious as it is shrouded in darkness and the path full of sharp stones. Every step must be taken carefully as water regularly seeps through the ceiling making it damp and slippery.
The cave is about 135 meters long.
Gupteswor Mahadev Cave:
Located in the southeast at Chhorepatan, Pokhara, the Gupteswor Mahadeva cave is considered 599 years old. The long flights of stairs wind down to the temple of Lord Shiva where the lord perched on a raised platform fenced by iron bars can be seen. The cave is musty and damp but a string of electric light bulbs emits enough light to see the stairs clearly. Most of the time you need to bend down until you have passed through the 50 meters long tunnel. However, once you have passed through the tunnel, there is a huge open cavern with enormous rocks, no trace of soil at all, only little pebbles scattered everywhere. On the right hand side there is a deep gorge. After a few yards of scrambling through the darkness, there is a crystal clear pond and from here you can see the awe-inspiring Patale Chhango (Devi’s falls) falling right from the top.
Tibetan Refugee camp:
After the invasion of Tibet by China, the influx of refugees to Nepal via border increased and started settling down in Nepal. We will take you to the camp where the Tibetan refugees are settled where you could see their daily life style, Tibetan culture and monastery.
Day 11: Visit to Sarangkot and drive back to Kathmandu
Early morning drive to Sarankot which is a spectacular spot 2000ft above and overlooking the Pokhara valley, with 3 of the highest mountains in the world - Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manasulu dominating the skyline to the north. Watching the Himalayas from Sarangkot has surreal experience. The golden rays of the sun painting the majestic mountains are incomparable.
Day 12: Drive to the airport and fly back
Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is Adventure Travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions, road conditions, vehicle breakdowns and the health of fellow travelers can all contribute to changes. We will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy going nature will be an asset!
Visa for Nepal
All nationalities except Indians require a visa for Nepal which could be obtain from Embassies abroad or on arrival at Tribhuwan international airport in Kathmandu.
You need to have one passport Photo and following fees in US dollars to obtain the visa on arrival.
1. USD 25 for Tourist visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days.
2. USD 40 for Tourist visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days.
3. USD 100 for Tourist visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days.
4. USD 2 per day for visa extensions.
Please Note: The visa regulations and fees for visa changes frequently so it is advisable to check the current rules with your nearest Nepalese Embassy or Consulate.
Nepal has the widest altitude range of any country on the earth. Each altitude has its own weather, from tropical heat to Arctic cold. In main seasons spring and autumn, the weather is generally stable and even the high passes may be free of snow and relatively easy to traverse at times. In autumn the air is clean by the monsoon thus the visibility is high and great views over the Himalaya and in spring it's the time for flower to bloom.
Travelling from June- August, its monsoon period and could get very hot and humid in lowland of Nepal. The temperature varies from one part to another because of its geographical location so be prepared for changes of temperature and weather!
What to bring:
As you are going into the country of Himalaya and the weather is subjected to change anytime. Autumn (September to November) the days are pleasant but the temperature drop in the night so a pair of warm cloths are needed for night time. In spring the days are hot and humid but for the night a pair of normal jakcet is recommended. June- August its monsoon time with rain, hot and humid so rain jackets and a pair of normal jacket are recommended. For winter (December-February), the days are pleasant when sun come up in the sky but as soon sun move apart its get chilly and could get below 0 degree so warm cloths are the most.
Please check the checklist carefully for details of what you need to bring on the tour and please arrange it according season wise.
- Loose comfortable T-Shirts
- Long sleeved shirts for sun protection
- A warm jacket and a fleece pullover
- A thermal layer (shirt and pants)
- Water and wind proof jacket
- Water and wind proof trousers
- Woolen or thermal gloves
- Sun hat and sun glasses
- Woolen or fleece hat
- Normal/warm woolen socks
- Comfortable shoes
- A comfortable day pack with adjustable waist and shoulder straps
- Personal toiletries - shampoo, soap, shavers, moisturizer, and travel towel etc
- Sun block and lip balm
- Personal first aid kit and any personal medications you need to take
- Camera, music and books
- Rucksack for your cloths and other accessories
- An airtight ‘dry bag’ is great for storing your dirty laundry!
- Sleeping Bag
- Sleeping bag liner – either silk, cotton or fleece
- HEAD TORCH!
- Batteries for camera, torch etc..
- A big smile for all and your sense of humor and adventure!
Note: These days most of these items can be purchased in Kathmandu. There are now several leading brand stores selling their own equipment and there are many stores selling cheap imitations and some well established local stores selling under their own labels. Ask us if you’d like some advice about where to go to get any gear. If you need to do any shopping for gear, please let us know with enough time to do this before leaving for trek!
All tour participants should obtain their own personal insurance which covers medical and emergency evacuation at a minimum. Helicopter evacuation is provided in emergency cases but please make sure that you insurance cover the cost of the evacuation. You will of course also want cover for loss or damage to personal effects, flight or trip cancellation etc.
The flight to and from mountain section of Nepal are with small aircraft and the flight depends on the weather condition, so there are chances of flight being delays for hours or even cancelled due to the weather. You will only be allowed to carry 10kg as luggage and 5 kg as a hand bag and extra charge will be charge by airlines for excess baggage. Therefore it is always recommended to have some extra day just incase if your flight got cancelled due to the weather or likewise then you still could catch your flight back to your next destination.
TIPPING AND CASH REQUIREMENTS
In Kathmandu and major cities it is possible to get Nepalese rupees from your visa/credit card in ATM machine or in Bank. If you are carrying cash USD/EURO or like wise then there are plenty of money exchange counter in major touristic area or you can exchange it in Banks.
Do not forget to bring some Nepalese rupees for drinks or snacks that you might purchase on the way. You will be surprised by what is available on the popular trekking routes now! The amount to carry on the trekking routes depends on the area you are going to trek in, so please ask your guide for advice.
Tipping is now common in Nepal but there is no strict rules about how much the tip should be. You could tip if you are satisfied with the service.
CONSIDERING THE ENVIRONMENT
You have to be careful not to destroy the very environment you are enjoying so much. It is not only for your enjoyment, people and wildlife rely on this environment for their drinking water and food supply and many places are of enormous religious significance to local people.