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Nepal: Trek and Safari (12 days)

See Nepalese templed cities of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, trek in the Annapurna ranges and travel to Chitwan National Parks in search of antelope,  one-horned Indian rhinoceros, sloth bears, Nepal birds and with any luck the Royal Bengal tiger.

The majestic peaks of the Himalaya dominate Nepal, a country of deep spirituality and geographical diversity. Many travelers return over and over to this mountain nation to trek among the world's highest peaks, marvel at the country's incredible beauty and experience the richness and diversity of culture.

Experience a jungle safari by elephant to see a variety of exotic birds, rhino, crocodile, antelope, leopard, bear, sloth and if we are lucky the royal Bengal Tiger in Chitwan National Park. Lodges have been relocated to the park buffer zone allowing for greater protection for the variety fauna. Trek in the Annapurna ranges of Western Nepal and get up and close to the world's mightiest mountains and the charmidng villages that line their valleys. Marvel at the architectural magnificence of the temples in the towns near Kathmandu.


2017 Departure Dates and Costs

Nepal Tour with Safari & Ghorepani Trekking (12 days)
Daily departures based upon a minimum of two persons
12 Day Land Cost: $1,995 USD from Kathmandu
Single Supplement: $560 USD

EARLY BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL DUE TO LOW FLIGHT AVAILABILITY/HIGH DEMAND FOR AIR SPACE


ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu

Upon arrival at the International airport, meet / assist & transfer to Hotel.

Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal and the largest urban agglomerate of Nepal. The agglomerate consists of Kathmandu Metropolitan City at its core, and its sister cities Patan, Kirtipur, Thimi, and Bhaktapur. It also includes the recently recognized urban areas of Shankhapur, Karyabinayak, Champapur, Banepa, Dhulikhel and Panauti. According to a census conducted in 2011, Kathmandu metropolis alone has 975,453 inhabitants, and the agglomerate has a population of more than 2.5 million inhabitants. The city stands at an elevation of approximately 1,400 meters (4,600 ft) in the bowl-shaped Kathmandu Valley of central Nepal. It is surrounded by four major mountains: Shivapuri, Phulchoki, Nagarjun and Chandragiri.

Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu

Day 02: In Kathmandu (B, D)

AM: Half day sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath Temple + Swayambhunath

PM: Half day sightseeing tour of Bhaktapur City

Pashupatinath: This is Nepal’s most sacred Hindu shrine and one of the subcontinent’s great Shiva sites. The supreme holiness of the site stems from the Shiva linga enshrined in its main temple and its location. It expresses the very essence of Hinduism as pilgrims, priests, devotes, temples, ashrams, images, inscriptions and cremation ghats intermingle with the rituals of daily life, all sprawled along the banks of the sacred Bagmati River. The temple’s origins are obscure, an inscription dates from 477, but a shrine may have stood here for 1000 years before that.

This great stupa is one of Nepal’s most distinctive monuments and one of the most important Buddhist sites in Nepal and, with a diameter of over 100 meters, amongst the largest in the world. There are a number of legends accounting for the stupa’s construction, but it is generally believed to date from the 5th century. All stupas contain holy relics and Bouddha is said to contain the remains of the past Buddha Kasyapa.

Buddha is a particular focus for Kathmandu’s Tibetan community and throughout the day there is a constant stream of people circling the stupa spinning prayer wheels and reciting mantras. Surrounding the stupa are six major monasteries and a host of smaller ones as well as cafes, restaurants and shops selling Tibetan carpets and Newari silversmiths.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square: As you walk in, you cannot but be overcome by a feeling of inner harmony. Such is the art and architecture and the special layout here. The Palace of 55 Windows built during the period of King Bhupatindra Malla in 1754 situated to the left as you enter through the city gate, inspires admiration. The National Art Gallery is also housed inside. The Palace entrance, the Golden Gate known as Sunko Dhoka in Nepali is a masterpiece in repose art. In front of the palace building is a medley of temples of various designs. Amongst the three Durbar Squares in the Valley, the Durbar Square in Bhaktapur is the best preserved one.

In the evening enjoy Nepali typical local dinner with cultural dance show.

Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara & then Trekking to Tirkhedhunga (1491m) (B, L, D)

After breakfast drive to Nayapul (42km) 1.5 hours drive by car via large village of Lumle and walk about 20 minutes to Birethanti, a large and prosperous town. The trail follows the main street of Birethanti, going through bamboo forests and past a large waterfall and swimming hole. Beyond a pasture used by pony caravans, the trail reaches Sudami where you have Lunch. After lunch climb steadily up the side of the valley, reaching Hile (at 1495m) nearby Tirkhedhunga. Along the way, better to push on to Tirkhedhunga

Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge, Tirkhedhunga

Day 04: Trek Tirkhedhunga-Ghorepani (2855m) (B, L, D)

From Tirkhedhunga the trail crosses a stream on a suspension bridge near the camp site at Tirkhedhunga. The trail ascends a steep stone staircase to the large magar Village Ulleri (2070m). Above the village where the trail climbs gently through pastures and cultivated fields, there are magnificent more pleasantly through rhododendron and oak forest. There is a hut with water and a small camp site about 1 hr above Ulleri. The trail crosses two sparkling clear two streams before making a short final climb to Nangethanti. Your lunch spot will be in Nangethanti. Thanti is a Nepali word meaning “rest house” Dharmasala. In the winter the trail can be covered with snow. From Nangethanti about a one hour trek, climb to Ghorepani (2850m). Arrive at the top of the Ghorepani pass.

Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge, Ghorepani

Day 05: Trek Ghorepani - Poon Hill - Tadapani (2590m) (B, L, D)

Being of the early morning 5:30 wake up and start to you journey climb to Poon Hill (3195m) around 1 hr. to provides better unobstructed views and sunrise over the high Himalayas. You can see a lots of White Mountain peaks from Poon Hill. After sunrise, you will return to our camp and time for breakfast.

Ghorepani means “horse water” and it is no doubt a welcome watering stop for the teams of horses, mules and ponies that carry loads between Pokhara and Jomsom. From Ghorepani the trail climbs south on muddy path through the deep forests. It finally emerges on a grassy knoll which offers good mountain views, is including views of Machhapuchhre (not visible from Ghorepani pass) and a panorama all the way south to the plains of India. It is similar views from Poon Hill. Climbing along the ridge in pine and rhododendron forests to a top 3030 meters then descend to at a second pass also called Deurali, at 2960 meters.

The trails a ridge hides the mountains as makes a steep, sometimes treacherous, descent on a narrow path alongside the stream, as the descent continues. The stream has some clear pools alongside the trail and finally becomes a series waterfall over a jumble of boulders. The steep descent becomes gentler way to reach Banthanti and stop for Lunch approx. 1 hr.

From Banthanti, the trail follow the stream down to a bridge where the trails start climbing, leaving the moist high mountain forests and entering a field of cane, making some ups and downs past to a vantage point “Tadapani” (2540m) that offers a brief view of the mountains. Tadapani means “far water”. The village water supply is a long distance; it takes porters more than half an hour to fetch a load of water.

Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge, Tadapani

Day 06: Trek Tadapani – Ghandruk (1940m) (B, L, D)

After breakfast journey to Landruk, it takes approx 6 hours. From Tadapani, the trails descend through the forests then terraced fields, to the Khumbum Khola. The Ghandruk trails descends steeply from Tadapani, through forests, a short steep descend among rocks lead to a stream crossing, then the descent continues gently past over streams, finally leading out on the ridge to Ghandruk.

Ghandruk a huge Gurung village at 1940 meters, is the second largest Gurung village in Nepal and is a confusing cluster of closely-spaced, slate- roofed houses. There are neatly terraced fields situated both above and below the town. It is wonderfully easy to get lost in the network of narrow alleyways while trying to trek through the village. There is a larger handicraft factory at the top of Ghandruk. The views of Annapurna south from here are outstanding. Machhapuchhre is seen from here in its fishtail feature peeps over a forested ridge. ACAP has visitor centre and an office in Ghandruk and provides offers information about it activities.

Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge, Ghandruk

Day 07: Trek to Nayapul­ – Drive to Pokhara (B)

In the morning proceed for trekking to Nayapul for 3-4 hours. Later on drive to Pokhara. Upon arrival meet and assist then transfer to the hotel in Pokhara.

PM: Sightseeing tour of Pokhara City including Seti Gorge

The Old Bazaar + Bindhyabasini Temple: Pokhara's traditional bazaar is colorful and so are its ethnically diverse traders. In its temples and monuments can be seen ties to the old Newar Architecture of the Kathmandu valley. Located about 4 km from Lakeside, the market’s original charm is still evident. This area is strewn with shops selling commodities ranging from edibles to and cloth to cosmetics and gold is a pleasant and shady spot to stroll around.

The old Bazaar is also home to one of Pokhara’s most important shrines. Locally called the Bindhyabasini Mandir, this white dome-like structure dominates a spacious stone – paved courtyard built atop a shady hillock. It is dedicated to Goddess Bhagawati, yet another manifestation of Shakti. The park, like the grounds, offers a fine picnic area, and on Saturdays and Tuesdays when devotees flock there to offer sacrifices, it takes on a festive flavor.

Devi’s Fall: Locally known as Patale Chango (Hell’s Fall) also know as Devin’s and David’s is a lovely Waterfall is about 2 km south West of Pokhara airport on the Siddhartha Highway. Legend has it that a trekker by the name of Davy was washed away by the Padi Khola and mysteriously disappeared down into an underground passage beneath the fall.

Tashiling Tibetan Refugee Camp: It is located at the south past Patale Chango also knows as Devi’s fall. The Tibetan people living in this city keep themselves busy by producing and trading in woolen carpets and other handicraft items. They also run souvenir shops around lakeside. Some of them work like hawkers selling souvenirs at bargaining prices.

Overnight at hotel in Pokhara

Day 08: Pokhara – Chitwan (Approx. 175 km, 04/05 hours drive) (B, L, D)

After having breakfast, drive to Chitwan. Upon arrival meet / assist and transfer to the hotel.

Chitwan National Park is one of Asia's riches and the most spectacular National Park. It is situated 75 air miles southwest of Kathmandu. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the world's remaining jungles. Here, you will discover a lost world of towering trees and twisting vines, of pre-historic rhinos and lumbering. Rest of the day jungle activities if time permits.

Overnight at resort in Chitwan

Day 09: In Chitwan (B, L, D)

Full day jungle activities

Overnight at resort in Chitwan

Day 10: Chitwan - Kathmandu (Approx. 175 km, 05/06 hours drive) (B/L/D)

Awake before sunrise to spot birds and other wild life. After having breakfast, drive back to Kathmandu and then transfer to the hotel.

Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu

Day 11: In Kathmandu (B)

AM: Half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square

PM: On leisure

Kathmandu Durbar Square: Kathmandu’s number one tourist attraction swarms with life. Though a few of the square’s 50-plus monuments date from the 12th century, most are from the time of the Malla Kings. Probably the most famous building here is the Kumari Bahal, a building richly decorated with beautiful woodcarvings, which is home to the Royal Kumari, the Living Goddess, a manifestation of the great goddess Durga. Nearby the former Royal Palace is a Mall Dynasty dwelling, once considerably more extensive than today. Within, the courtyard Nassal Chowk, originally hosted dramatic dance performances, now it is the coronation site of the Shah kings and contains some of the finest wood carvings you will see anywhere in the kingdom.

The 14th century Jagannath Mandir is the oldest temple in the area, its steps carved with inscriptions in many languages, nearby Taleju Mandir is one of the largest and finest temples in the Valley. It is dedicated to the patron deity of the royal family, Taleju Bhawani, a wrathful form of Durga who once demanded human sacrifices.

Rest of the day at your leisure.

Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu

Day 12: Departure Transfer (B)

Departure transfer to the international airport to connect flight for onward destination with wonderful memories of an amazing Nepal trip!


Additional information

Nepal

Includes:

  • Four nights stay at respective hotel in Kathmanduwith with breakfast
  • Four nights/ Five days Ghorepani trek in Annapurna region based on teahouse/lodge on full board basis
  • One night stay at hotel in Pokhara with breakfast
  • Two nights stay at respective Resort in Chitwan on full board with Jungle activities, national park fee & entrance fee
  • All necessary arrival/ departure transfers with English speaking escort
  • Sightseeing tour as per the tour itinerary
  • Major monument entrance fees for the above mentioned sightseeing spots
  • Current airfare for the sector KATHMANDU/POKHARA with domestic airport tax
  • Surface transfer Pokhara/Chitwan
  • ACAP + TIMS fee
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu & Pokhara will be with local Engllishs speaking guide
  • In trekking, there will be an English speaking Sherpa guide
  • In Chitwan, there will be an English speaking Naturalists

Not included:

  • Nepal visa fee
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Any guide accompanying in roundtrip program
  • Any insurance, items of personal nature (i.e. tipping at hotel / laundry, telephone calls etc)
  • Any meals during the tour programme except as mentioned in the included list
  • Any alcoholic, non alcoholic drinks, mineral water, camera / video camera fee (if any)
  • Any visit other than the programme
  • Travel Insurance or any loss or extra cost arising due to unforeseen circumstances such as flight delay, or cancellation due to weather or technical problem, accidents, road blockage due to landslides or snowfalls etc will be extra
  • Any items not specified under the cost included