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Highlights of Nepal – Group Tour

2-week Nepal group tour – From Valleys to Mountains

Tourists on the Kathmandu Valley Community Day Hike

Trip highlights

  • Explore the ancient cities and folklore of Kathmandu Valley
  • Visit lakeside Pokhara, and take a 3-night trek into the Himalayan foothills
  • Chance to see tigers, rhinos and elephants in Chitwan National Park
  • Experience Nepali hospitality during homestays in Panauti and Barauli
  • Small group tour with professional tour leader (also available as a private tour)

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US$1265

* Per-person price guideline based on 2 people sharing services

Overview

How much of a country can you really see in 2 weeks? Well, quite a lot, as it turns out!

This small-group tour offers a taste of everything that makes Nepal such a unique destination, with a little trekking, wildlife, local living, culture, history and cuisine all packed into 14 incredible days on the road.

Beginning in Kathmandu, you’ll explore the capital and the historic towns and cities of the Kathmandu Valley – once home to ancient kings, and regarded as the hub of Nepalese civilisation. Before leaving the valley, you’ll have the chance to stay with a local family at the innovative Panauti Community Homestay, where you’ll enjoy the warmth of Nepali hospitality and some delicious home-cooked food.

You’ll then travel west to Pokhara, Nepal’s 2nd city. Situated on the shores of Lake Phewa, at the foot of the Annapurna Mountain Region, this charming city attracts trekkers from all over the world, ready to take on famous trails such as the Annapurna Circuit. From here, you’ll set off on your own Himalayan adventure, with a 3-night trek into the Annapurna foothills. Sleeping in local tea houses along the way, you’ll pass through tiny village communities, rivers, waterfalls and hot springs, with some of the world’s highest mountains as a spectacular backdrop.

The trek is not difficult, stays at low altitude, and you’ll have a professional guide and porters.

After some free time to enjoy Pokhara, you’ll travel south towards Chitwan National Park – home to many of Nepal’s most iconic species, including elephants, rhinos and Bengal tigers. We can’t guarantee you’ll see them all, but we’ll arrange a jeep safari to take you into the into the wildlife-rich jungles which make this area so famous. You’ll also get to know the people who call this place home, as you stay at a homestay set up by the local Tharu community.

Your journey ends back in Kathmandu, where you can celebrate with the rest of your group before travelling home.

Detailed Description

DAY 1: KATHMANDU
Activities of the Day: Arrival Kathmandu.
Accommodation: Hotel Traditional Comfort or Similar
Meals Included: None

You’ll be met at the airport by a local representative, and after navigating the city’s traffic, you’ll arrive at a very comfortable hotel in a good location near to the centre. This evening you’ll meet your group to enjoy dinner together (optional)

DAY 2: KATHMANDU
Activities of the Day: Sightseeing Pashupati, Boudha & Patan Golden Temple
Accommodation: Hotel Traditional Comfort or Similar
Meals Included: Breakfast in Hotel Traditional Comfort

This morning you’ll visit two of Kathmandu Valley’s most important sites, the Hindu temple of Pashupatinath and the Buddhist stupa of Boudhanath. These holy sites represent Nepal’s most prominent cultures and religions, which exist together in harmony. Your afternoon is free to explore Kathmandu independently and to prepare for the start of your trek.

DAY 3: KATHMANDU
Activities of the day: Sightseeing of Bhaktapur & drive to Panauti
Accommodation: Panauti Community Homestay or Similar
Meals Included: Breakfast in Hotel Traditional Comfort, Lunch & Dinner in Panauti Community Homestay

Following the Araniko Highway out of Kathmandu, you reach one of the most fascinating and important World Heritage Sites in Nepal. Bhaktapur is made up of three large squares filled with historic shrines and temples, Newar architecture and fine art. Famous for its clay pots and exquisite wood carvings, Bhaktapur is also legendary for its colourful festivals and its delicious and unique cuisine.

Continuing a little further into the Kathmandu Valley, you arrive at Panauti, another historic Newar town where you have lunch with your Homestay host. In the afternoon your host will take you around the old town center. Panauti is an old traditional Newari village where you can see a large number of Hindu and Buddhist religious monuments and temples

DAY 4: PANAUTI- POKHARA
Activity of the day: Drive from Panauti to Pokhara (235 km, 7-8 hrs drive)
Accommodation: Bodhi Suites Hotel or Similar
Meals Included: Breakfast in Panauti Community Homestay

After breakfast, returning via Kathmandu (35km) you continue your drive on one of the country’s oldest and busiest highways. The construction of the highway started in 1967 with the help of the Chinese government and completed in 1974, made it possible to travel to Pokhara by road (until then it took at least two weeks on foot). The highway is named after King Prithivi Narayan Shah. Weather permitting, you may catch glimpses of the Himalayas along the way. Driving first along the Trisuli River – the main tourist attraction for white water rafting, you then follow the massive Marshyangdi River. During the drive, you have the opportunity to stop for photos and lunch. Arriving in the afternoon, the rest of the day you have free in Pokhara.

DAY 5: POKHARA- NAYAPUL- GHANDRUK
Activity of the day: Pokhara to Nayapul & trek to Ghandruk (1940m, 6-7 hrs)
Accommodation: Basic Tea House
Meals Included: Breakfast in Hotel

After breakfast, you you’ll set off by road to Nayapul (about 1.5 hours) to start your trek. Here you’ll meet your team of porters who will be carrying your baggage during the trek. After completing the necessary formalities with the Annapurna Conservation Area Park entry permit, you start your trek to Ghandruk.

Trekking in Nepal is not about hard work and no fun. You can go at your own pace and enjoy yourself, taking time to enjoy nature, the views and local culture. You will pass waterfalls, icy rivers and streams, and local people. Take breaks while you walk, say “Namaste” to the locals or other trekkers passing by; return “Hellos” to the children in the villages (please don’t give them anything if they ask for ‘pen’ or sweets, as this encourages begging). You will feel the warmth of Nepalese hospitality of the villagers from their smile as you walk through.

The time needed to reach Ghandruk is around 6 hours (including breaks). The trail descends steeply to Birethanti and follows the west bank of Modi Khola (khola = river) to reach Syauli Bazaar. You then start the climb to Ghandruk. This is a Gurung village from where you see good views of Machhapuchhre (6993m), Annapurna South (7219m), Hiunchuli (6441m) and of the upper Modi Valley (1951m). Ghandruk is a friendly village, with most of the inhabitants Gurungs, famous for their bravery as Gurkha soldiers in the British and Indian army.

DAY 6: FOREST CAMP – LOW CAMP
Activity of the day: Trek to Landruk (1620m) via Jhinu Danda (1650m, 4 hrs)
Accommodation: Basic Tea House
Meals Included: None

Starting with a descent to the Modi Khola River, walking directly from Ghandruk to Landruk would take just a couple of hours. However, going to Jhinu and detour allows you the chance to take a dip in the natural hot spring there. Please make sure you have your swimsuit and towel packed in your daypack. On reaching Jhinu, you can order your lunch and you walk another 20 – 25 minutes to the hot spring. Here you can relax. After lunch, you continue another 2-3 hours trekking to Landruk where you spend the night.

DAY 7: LANDRUK TO DHAMPUS
Activity of the day: Trek to Dhampus (1650m, 5 hrs)
Accommodation: Basic Tea House
Meals Included: None

The trail follows a ridge to Deurali, passing through forest and scattered villages. Along the way you are accompanied by spectacular views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. The village of Dhampus is a culturally rich village of Gurung people where you have a good opportunity for a closer look at the daily lives of the villagers.

DAY 8: DHAMPUS- PHEDI- POKHARA
Activity of the day: Trek to Phedi (900m, 2 hrs) & drive back to Pokhara (30 min)
Accommodation: Bodhi Suites Hotel or Similar
Meals Included: None

This morning, you’ll lace up your walking boots for the final time as we end our trek at Phedi, around 2 hours away. We bid farewell to our supporting porter and thank them for their support during our wonderful trekking at Annapurna Foothills. Drive from Phedi to Pokhara is approximately around an hour.

DAY 9: POKHARA
Activity of the day: Free Day
Accommodation: Bodhi Suites Hotel or Similar
Meals Included: Breakfast in Bodhi Suites Hotel

There are lots of things to see and do in Pokhara. There are a few museums, the most notable being the International Mountain Museum (IMM). In addition, there is an ethnographical museum, Pokhara Regional Museum and Annapurna Natural History Museum with collections of flora and fauna, and butterflies. There is also the Gurkha Museum featuring the history of the Gurkha soldiers. Gurkha soldiers are still recruited here in Pokhara. You might like to go boating or take the opportunity to try out paragliding. For the fearless, you might want to have a go at Nepal’s second bungee jumping site: Water Touch Bungee Jumping. Or if you are interested in Tibetan culture, you can take a tour of the Tibetan settlements with a Tibetan guide.

DAY 10: POKHARA- CHITWAN (BARAULI)
Activity of the day: Private transfer from Pokhara to Chitwan Barauli
Accommodation: Barauli Community Homestay or Similar
Meals Included: Breakfast in Bodhi Suites Hotel, Dinner in Barauli Community Homestay

It is about a five hour drive to Barauli in Chitwan, very close to Chitwan National Park which is home to hundreds of species of birds and many endangered animals. The Barauli Community Homestay was created to help the local Tharu people to preserve their rich culture and as a way for them to interact with the rest of the world and benefit more directly in tourism. Villagers take care of you in their Community Homestays where you stay in relative comfort. Each of the twelve cottages, made by the locals, is named after the housewife who owns it. All huts contain clean, ensuite bathrooms and a hot shower. On arrival, you are welcomed with a traditional Barauli program that includes song and dance by women dressed in their traditional Tharu gowns. During your stay, you can sample the local food and experiencing the local lifestyle. (Barauli Community Homestay)

DAY 11: CHITWAN (BARAULI)
Activity of the day: Jungle Activities
Accommodation: Barauli Community Homestay or Similar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner in Barauli Community Homestay

Starting the day with jungle activities like jeep drive, it can make you feel that you are close to nature. Village walk tour and cultural dance program provide great opportunity to know the culture and tradition of the Tharu peoples. Accommodation in Barauli Community Homestay.

DAY 12: CHITWAN (BARAULI)– KATHMANDU
Activity of the day: Drive from Chitwan (Barauli) to Kathmandu
Accommodation: Hotel Traditional Comfort or Similar
Meals Included: Breakfast at Barauli Community Homestay

Departing Chitwan you will leave the lowlands, climbing into the Central Hills to join the main highway at Mugling. It is then a slow journey east along Nepal’s busiest highway, to Kathmandu. It is, however, a scenic route with steep rice terraces making a dramatic backdrop to the river, funeral pyres, suspension bridges and villages.

DAY 13: KATHMANDU
Activities of the day: Free Day
Accommodation: Hotel Traditional Comfort
Meals Included: Breakfast in Hotel Traditional Comfort

You have the day free. You can visit Swayambunath Temple, otherwise nicknamed the ‘Money Temple’. On a hill overlooking the city, it is one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the country. Not for the faint-hearted, there are 350 steps to the top, though you can cheat and take the back route, though less steep it doesn’t offer such good views. Lose yourself in Asan, the area between Thamel and Kathmandu’s Durbar Square, which is a warren of narrow streets where Nepalis come to shop for everything from the kitchen sink to saris and vegetables. Why not visit the elusive Kumari in Durbar Square, or go shopping in Thamel where you can find all sorts of souvenir shops selling handicrafts, local organic tea and coffee and other mementoes.

DAY 14: DEPARTURE
Activities of the day: International airport departure transfer
Accommodation: None
Meals Included: Breakfast in Hotel Traditional Comfort

You transfer to Tribhuvan Airport to connect with your onward flight. Please note that you should check in three hours prior to your flight time.

 

 

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Included

** English Speaking Guide for trekking and sightseeing
** All transfers mentioned in the itinerary by private vehicle
** Porter (01 porter for 02 pax, can carry upto 15 kgs)
** Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS Permit)
** Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)
** 04 Nights’ accommodation in Hotel Traditional Comfort on Bed and Breakfast Basis
** 01 Nights’ accommodation in Panauti Community Homestay- AP basis
** 03 Nights’ Accommodation at basic tea house on room only meal plan
** 03 Night accommodation at Bodhi Suites and Spa on Bed and Breakfast Basis
** 2N/3D accommodation package in Barauli Community Homestay on JP basis
** Sightseeing tours with entrance and monumental fees
** Meals as mentioned in the itinerary

Not included

** All meals during trek
** Meals other than mentioned in the itinerary
** Travel and medical insurance
** Tips and Expenses of personal nature e.g. bar Bills, laundry, telephone calls
** Any item not mentioned in the cost includes.
** Any unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of suppliers

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