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. Rest of the day at leisure. Pre-tour info meeting in the evening.
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)
After breakfast we leave the hotel and drive to the airport and fly to Pokhara. On arrival in Pokhara, the car will be waiting for us, and we will go strait on sightseeing. Nepal’s second largest city lies at the shores of Phewa Tal Lake, at the foot of the Annapurna range, with a beautiful view to the famous fishtail mountain Machapucchare. We highly recommend that you spend the evening at Lakeside Road where you will find all the restaurants and shops.
After an early breakfast we will and drive to Phedi where our trek begins. The trail leads up through the forest until we reach the village of Dhampus. Here we will have our first great view of two Himalayan giants, Annapurna, 8.091m and Manaslu, 8.163m. From Dhampus it is all downhill to the small village Pothana, where we will spend the night in a teahouse.
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.
From Landrung we hike down to the Modi Khola River and cross the river on a suspension bridge. From the river we continue up to the village of Ghandrung. There are lots of teahouses here and a small Gurung museum. From Ghandrung there is a grand view to Annapurna South, 7,229m (23,717ft), Hiunchuli, 6,441m (21,132ft), Annapurna III, 7,755m (25,443ft), Tarke Kang, 7,193m (23,599ft) and the Fishtail Mountain, 6,993m (22,943ft). We have plenty of time to visit the Annapurna Conversation Area Project, Nepal's largest protected area. Overnight a teahouse in Ghandrung.
We leave Ghandrung and walk towards Nayapul and Birethani before continuing down through Kimshe and Shaulo Bazaar. After a nice lunch, we trek to Birethani and on to Nayapul, where we will spend the last night in the mountains.
From Nayapul we walk the last stretch out to the road, where the waiting car will take us back to Pokhara. Rest of the day at leisure in Pokhara.
We leave Pokhara and drive south to Mugling. Before we jump into the rafts, we will be thoroughly instructed in how you use the paddles and are equipped with life jackets and helmets. Rafting on this part of the Trisuli River is not wild or technical, but it is good fun with some great rapids. As we approach the lowlands the rafting trip comes to an end and we continue by car to Unique Wildlife Resort in Chitwan National Park. If times permit, we will go on a late afternoon safari, before we enjoy a typical nepalese dinner.
Our day will begin before sunrise with an early wake-up call. After a quick refreshments, we will go out on the river in a canoe. It's a great experience to slide down along the river and watch the crocodiles lying watching us from the sand banks. After the canoe trip we continues on foot together with our nature guides into the jungle. The protected national park hosts a lot of wildlife. A total of 68 mammal species lives here. We will be back at the lodge at 9.am and breakfast will be waiting for us.
After lunch we will jump on the back of the elephants. They will take us deep into the jungle, where there are excellent opportunities to meet the rhino, deer and wild elephants. If we are really lucky, we might even encounter the Bengal Tiger. We will be back at the lodge around sunset. We will have a nice barbecue dinner in the evening and there will be a cultural program made by people from the nearby Tharu villages.
Another early wake up call. Today’s safari will be by jeep and it is a very effective way to experience the national park and the game drive usually offers some good wildlife. After a couple of hours we return to the lodge and the waiting breakfast. We pack our luggage and heads towards Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Two days at leisure in Kathmandu. We strongly recommend visiting the royal cities of Patan and Bhaktapur. There is a wonderful atmosphere and it is a fantastic experience to get lost in the narrow streets and visit the fine old temples.
Our guide meets you at the hotel and takes you to the airport for departure
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