Nepal is the Himalayan mountains, Kathmandu, Tibetan Buddhism, cozy teahouses, roaring rivers, strong traditions, Hinduism, wild jungle animals and small villages, where time seems to have stood still for centuries. This active adventure trip offers a bit of everything.
A short trek at Annapurna brings you in close contact with life in the mountains. The rafting trip on the Trisuli River takes you to Chitwan National Park, where, by canoe and jeeps, you'll experience the jungle and animals of Nepal's lush lowlands. From Pokhara, you can enjoy a unique view of some of the world's tallest mountains before the journey comes to its end in the capital Kathmandu. With its many temples, palaces and sanctuaries, the town resembles a huge open-air museum.
This is a great family adventure.
Upon arrival in Kathmandu our guide will meet you in the airport and take you to your hotel, centrally located in Kathmandu. After you complete check-in formality, and have a short rest, a guide will introduce you to the market of Thamel – the buzzing tourist hub where you can eat your supper, change money or buy some stuff from supermarket, You will visit our guides office at Thamel to complete remaining formalities of trekkingpermits and here you will meet your trekkingguide.
Hotel (exampel): Kathmandu Garden Hotel***
After breakfast we leave the hotel for a full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley. We will visit the famous monkey temple Swayambunath. The temple is Kathmandu's oldest Buddhist shrine, and stands on top of a hill, overlooking the Kathmandu Valley. We will also visit Nepal's largest shrine Boudanath. The beautiful big stupa is surrounded by Buddhist monasteries. The day ends on the banks of the Bagmati River and the Hindu temple Pashupatinath. (B)
Sightseeing in Kathmandu approx. 6 hours
Hotel (exampel): Kathmandu Garden Hotel*** (B)
The guide will pick you up at the hotel and take you to the airport for the short flight to Pokhara (approx. 25 min). Upon arrival in Pokhara, you drive to Kande (about 1 hour). From here the first trek of the tour starts, with mountainous views of the Annapurna Range and Fishtail Mountain. The hike leads you quietly by small trails taking you up to Australian camp where you stay overnight. From the camp area you can enjoy the sunset over Annapurna 2,3,4 as well as Annapurna south - all are +7000m peaks. Also there are views of Machhapuchhre (Fishtail. Mt) with its distinctive profile, and 6,998m, it is particularly impressive.
Trek: Approx. 3 hours (+1.950m)
Accommodation: Australian camp - Tea house (B,L,D)
Wake up to a steaming cup of tea and a stunning view of Annapurna and Fishtail (weather permitting).The first part of today's trek is a nice climb up through the mixed forest to Deurali. From Deurali we continue steeply downhill to Tolkha, which are a beautiful Magar and Gurung village. The Magar and the Gurung people are two different ethnic groups. They are originally farmers, but their strong physical shape often qualifies them as Gurkha soldiers. From Tolkha, the trail gradually descends through terraced fields to the village of Landrung. We will spend the night here.
Trek: approx. 4 hours +1,500m
Accommodation: tea house (B,L,D)
After Landrung you descend steeply to the Modi Khola River, which you cross on a swinging suspension bridge. On the other side of the river, it's another steep climb to Ghandrung. Here are many tea houses, a Gurung museum and traditional houses built of stone slabs. From Ghandrung there are views of Annapurna South, 7,229m, Hiunchuli, 6,441m, Annapurna III, 7,755m, Tarke Kang, 7,193m and Fishtail Mountain (Machapucchare) 6,993m. The area has 1226 species of flowering plants, 102 species of mammals, 474 species of birds, 39 species of reptiles and 22 different kinds of amphibians.
Trek: approx. 3-4 hours +1.960m
Accommodation: tea house (B,L,D)
After breakfast, you'll spend the last few hours trekking along paths through small villages and terraced fields to Syauli Bazar, where you'll have lunch before being driven back to Pokhara. Here there will be time for some relaxation, after some great hiking experiences.
Trek approximately 3 hours (mostly downhill terrain)
Accommodation: 3-star hotel in Pokhara (B,L)
Today you will explore Pokhara. You will visit Gupteshwor cave, and Devi’s Fall (Patalo Chango). The cave and the waterfall located opposite to each other. Then you drive to International Mountain Musium where you can learn more about world famous climbers, the heighest mountains and the Ethinic Groups in Himalaya. After the museum you will go boating on Phewa Lake. With its five square kilometers the lake is beautifully situaged with the magnificent view of mountains both in distant and in water as a reflection. You will return back to your hotel, and have the rest of the day at your own disposal.
Sightseeing: approx. 5 hours.
Accommodation: 3-star hotel in Pokhara (B)
After breakfast you will have a transfer to Chitwan National Park where you will be welcomed with drinks and introduction to the park and your rooms.
After enjoying lunch, there is a cultural excursion to a Tharu-village where you will be introduced to the daily life and activities of the Tharu people in a tourist-friendly manner. Dinner is served back at the resort.
Accommodation Standard resort in Chitwan (B, L, D)
The day starts with an early wake-up and breakfast, after which you set off on the river in a canoe. It's a great experience to glide down the river and watch the crocodiles basking in the morning sun. After the canoe trip, visit the local elephant breeding centre where you will learn about the elephants' life in the park. You will return to the resort for a delicious lunch, after which there is the option to go on either an elephant safari or a jeep safari. The trip takes you into the jungle, where there are good opportunities to meet armoured rhinos, deer and wild elephants. If you're very lucky, you'll also meet the Bengal tiger. Dinner is served at the resort, after another full day of adventure.
Overnight: Standard resort in Chitwan (B, L, D)
You wake up early in the morning for a quick cup of tea or coffee before heading out on a short bird-watching tour. Then it's breakfast time at the resort.
The journey then goes by car to Charaudi on the banks of the Trisuli River. It is from here that you will be river rafting. Your rafting guide will meet you after lunch, where a lesson on river safety and important paddling techniques will also be given. Once the lesson is reviewed and all questions are answered, the river adventure begins wearing life jackets and helmets. The rafting trip ends at the Fishing Village where you will stay overnight at a resort.
Birdwatching tour: approx. 1 hour
Transfer to river rafting: approx. 2.5 hours
Rafting trip approx. 3 hours
Overnight at local resort. (B, L, D)
The day starts with an early morning, and a review of the day's rafting and paddling techniques. The river takes you through a forest canyon with impressive geo-landscapes. The flowing Marsyangdi River tumbels into the Trisuli River at the village of Mugling, greatly increasing the volume of water in the river. After a thrilling and adrenaline pumping trip, it is time to relax in the car as you drive back to Kathmandu.
Rafting trip approximately 3 hours
Transfer to Kathmandu approx. 4 hours
Hotel (example): Kathmandu Garden Hotel*** (B,L)
Kathmandu is a mysterious and wonderful place. This historic city is mainly inhabited by Newars, who with their history and traditions have made the city what it is today. This ethnic-group follows the ancient traditions and is divided into both Hindu and Buddhist faiths, and they have contributed greatly to Nepalese culture, art, commerce and cuisine.
On this half day walking tour of Kathmandu you will explore Ason/Asan Bazzar, Indra Chowk, various narrow shopping streets and visit Chaityas, courtyards and the guide knows both the tourist attractions, and the local secret gems. The tour ends with a visit to Durbar Square
Kathmandu Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and also known as the Basantapur Durbar area, was once Nepal's centre of power from where the Malla Kings and Shah Kings ruled between the 14th and 18th centuries and the 18th and 20th centuries respectively. Various temples, shops, courtyards and ongoing festivals and celebrations bring this square alive all year round. The famous Kumari Temple and the 'living goddess' Kumari are the main attraction of the square.
Guided walking tour approximately 4 hours.
Hotel (example) Kathmandu Garden Hotel*** (B)
This day is for you to get the last Katmandu experiences of your own wish. Wheater it is souveniershopping, relaxing or a trip out in the vally - you will have time to do this on you own today.
Hotel (example) Kathmandu Garden Hotel*** (B)
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