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Cultural and Adventure Tour of Nepal

Nepal: A Cultural and Adventurous Escapade

While Nepal may be famous for its magnificent Himalayan range, the country has so much more to offer – its architecture is reflection of a beautiful historical era, its people an example of harmony within diversity, and its landscapes varying from imposing peaks to wide expanses of Terai plains.

One trip to Nepal is never enough – however, this itinerary does attempt to offer an all-experience packed tour – feel the adrenaline rush as you paddle the gushing Trishuli, observe the idyllic life of a person from the mountains, travel through time as you walk through the ancient alleys of the different durbar squares, and be amazed with the amount of temples in Kathmandu – each element an intrinsic part of Nepal, and its identity.

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Duration : 9 Days

Type : Easy

Start & End Point: Kathmandu - Kathmandu

Highest Altitude : 1610m

Warning : Follow the leader instruction during Rafting

Best Period : Sep - Nov

Flights : Pokhara - Kathmandu

Your adventure begins today. Please be informed, that you might have to face a long queue for immigration clearance and it gets messy during baggage collection. It’s a common scenario due to the lack of proper infrastructure and the high volume of tourists’ inflow during the peak season. However be assured about the helpful airport staff and friendly Nepali people around you. Our representative will be there to receive/greet you. Just look around to locate our company’s logo at the placard. You will be transferred to hotel. There will be full briefing in the evening. 

Overnight at Hotel, Kathmandu. 
Breakfast Included.

Kathmandu Durbar Square: The residence of the early rulers of Kathmandu, Kathmandu Durbar Square, like an open space museum is a rich tribute to Nepal’s illustrative history. The streets are till date paved in brick, and features several temples, the former palace of Nepal’s rulers, and a museum, all in the traditional Newa: style architecture, and will feel like a journey back into time.

Ason Market: Ason, a busy market place lined with several shops and enthusiastic shoppers is directly connected to the Durbar Square. The market has been an important junction since ancient times when traders travelled through the route between Tibet and India.

Swayambhunath: Standing atop a hill, the Swayambhunath Temple (Moneky Temple) is an ancient and highly revered Buddhist temple with a stupa and a variety of shrines. The temple premise also offers a panoramic view of Kathmandu Valley.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square: Connected by stone-cobbled streets, exploring Bhaktapur Durbar Square offers an interesting insight into the rich history of Newa:s, their lifestyle, religion, food, and culture. The woodwork and its intricacies, the unique styled architecture (55 windowed Durbar, sculptures on temples) are a constant source of fascination and awe.

Overnight: Hotel, Kathmandu

After an immersive day exploring Kathmandu’s jewels, today, we head towards Pokhara. Leaving the busy city, we soon find ourselves in the beautiful countryside of Nepal. The highway meanders along Trishuli River, whose water we will soon be rafting upon.

White Water River Rafting: After gearing up for the ride, and with a paddle in a hand, we are ready for an adrenaline rushing and refreshing rafting experience. We maneuver our raft through the bends as we take on the Class III rapids – all a part of an enthralling experience.

After the unforgettable rafting episode, we head towards Pokhara – a beautiful touristy town 200 kms off Kathmandu.

Rafting: 3 hours (approx)
Travel: 200 kms (6 hours approx)
Overnight: Hotel, Pokhara.

Drive: Altitude: 1940m
Drive: 1.5 hrs (approx)
Trek: 5 – 6 hrs (approx)
Transfer: Via private vehicle (A/C)
Accommodation: Simple Tea House Lodge
Meals: Breakfast: Hotel, Lunch & Dinner: Lodge.

After an early breakfast, we drive to Nayapul. Here on, we walk – the trail start at the bottom of the river valley, we walk along the trail besides the river, crossing beautiful terrace farms to reach Birethani. At Birethani, we are granted our first treat – a sprawling view of Mt. Machhapuchhre (Fishtail). We head towards Syauli Bazaar – crossing beautiful forests, rice terraces, waterfalls, and other nature’s treats to reach the small Gurung village.

After Syauli Bazaar, we follow the stone-steps trail, first to Kimche and then to Ghandruk. Along the way, we are greeted with beautiful views – some of the magnificent Annapurna Range while some of the deep valley below. We can also observe the beautiful culture while passing through the occasional villages – rural schools, smiling children, their beautiful settlements, slow-paced lives, and more. In no time, we find ourselves in Ghandruk.

Ghandruk: Set along the backdrop of Annapurna South (7219m), Himchuli (6441m) and Mt, Machhapuchhre (6993m), Ghandruk is a prosperous Gurung Village – an ethnic people of the region. The village is quaint, and a quick tour provides us enough information to understand the place.

 

Altitude: 1610m
Trek: 5 -6 hrs (approx)
Accommodation: Simple Tea House Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner at Lodge.

Today’s hike will be a pleasant walk – snow capped Himalayan peaks in the distance, panoramic valleys, rhododendron forests, and the different sounds of nature.

We follow a nice walk through terraced fields, a small expanse of forest, and after crossing a deep valley and climbing some stone stairs we reach Jhinu Danda. Jhinu Danda features a hot spring, wherein, we can spend a relaxing evening – in nature’s pool.

Jhinu Danda lies along the trekking route to the famous Annapurna Base Camp.

Altitude: 1650m
Trek: 5 – 6 hrs (approx)
Accommodation: Simple Tea House Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner at Lodge.

Today, we head towards Dhampus – a small village offering an excellent view of the entire Annapurna Range.

We begin our trek after crossing the narrow suspension bridge over Modi Khola. Upon approaching Himal Qu, we reach a lovely waterfall and cross several bridges along the trail. A long stone step awaits us after Landruk – we trudge along slowly, enjoying the occasional break to take in the beautiful surrounding. We reach Tolka, and slowly make our way towards Dhampus village.

We settle down in the picturesque village of Dhampus, taking in the sight and sound of the Nepali village –our last night of trekking within Nepal’s hills. Dhampus also offers spectacular sunrise and sunsets

Trek: 2 hours
Drive: 1.5 hours
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch at Lodges.

Our last leg of the trekking journey is relative short and easy. We travel through a fairly easy trail, the view still breathtaking, we make a steady way downward to reach Phedi.

At Phedi, an awaiting car will transport us back to Pokhara.

In the evening, one is free to roam around Pokhara and its beautiful Lakeside.

Flight: Pokhara to Kathmandu (approx 20mins)
Transfer: Private Vehicle (A/C)

We catch a morning flight to Kathmandu. The afternoon can be spent exploring the city, or resting in the hotel. In the evening, we will roam around the bustling streets of Thamel, buy some souvenirs, and meet in a restaurant for a farewell dinner.

The evening dinner will be serving a traditional meal and be accompanied with an authentic Nepali dance performance.

After an eventful few days of delving into Nepal, and its culture, our short but eventful adventure comes to an end. We will arrange your transfer to the airport, and accordingly part our ways – as good friends.

Catch a flight back home, or to your next destination, and watch the Himalayas pass by.