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All of Nepal Himalayas In One Adventure


13 days 12 nights

Code NP-AN12

Category Nepal Classic Tours

  • Group Size 2-16 persons
  • Difficulty Level 3
  • Highest Altitude 1980 m/6,494 ft
  • Trip Starts From Kathmandu
  • Trip Ends At Kathmandu
  • Accommodation Hotels, lodges and camps
  • Type Tours
  • Destination Kathmandu Bandipur Pokhara Birethanti Majgaon Dhampus Chitwan
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Overview

This trip is for travelers who are looking to sample and experience Nepal as a whole, in one great trip.

This trip takes adventurers across a grand survey of all that is Nepal – UNESCO cultural heritage sites, trekking in the Himalayan foothills, river rafting, jungle safari excursions, and village explorations. On your trekking, you walk about three or four hours per day at your own pace, free for photography and stops in villages along the way. You will stay in the comfortable Ker and Downey lodges that have the highest standards in the region. When possible, our trips overlap with local festivals that provide an opportunity to understand the rich Nepali culture and traditions truly.

Trip highlights

  • Durbar Square of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan and UNESCO listed world heritage sites.
  • Scenic mountain flight.
  • Exciting jungle safari rides in Chitwan National Park.
  • Visit the lesser known Bandipur, a traditional Newari town.
  • Explore lake, cave, and gorge at Pokhara Valley.
  • Four days of easy trekking in the foothills of Annapurna Himalaya.
  • Experience Himalayan white-water rafting in Trishuli River.
  • Attend local festivals and folklore dances.
  • Visit the local art and craft workshops.
  • Try local cuisines.

Trip Dates 2019

16 Sep, 14 Oct, 26 Oct, 4 Nov & 2 Dec

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01~Arrive in Kathmandu.

You can apply for a Nepal visa on arrival. Currently, a 15-day valid visa costs $25 and requires one picture. After clearing immigration and custom, you can meet your guide and driver at the arrival gate and transfer to the hotel in the city.

You will have time to settle into your room before we leave for sightseeing. We start with the 2,000-year-old Swayambhunath Stupa atop an 80-meter-high hillock in the western part of the city, a shrine to the evolution of Kathmandu Valley and its civilization. Then to Durbar Square of Kathmandu, in the heart of the old town. The Durbar Square includes the former Royal Palace complex and a cluster of ancient and medieval temples, all rich in art and architecture. We visit the Kumari House, the residence of the Living Goddess of Nepal. The last earthquake in Apr 2015 destroyed the palace, and some temples here and restoration works are currently underway, but there are quite a few other monuments to see around.

We’ll walk through the vibrant markets of Indrachowk and Assan, then to Thamel, the tourist hub of Kathmandu, and home to all manner of budget accommodations, restaurants, and curio shops.

Our day ends in a typical Nepali restaurant, for a welcome dinner and folklore dancing.

Overnight: Maya Manor Boutique Hotel
Meals : Dinner
Day 02~Visit Bhaktapur City, Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa

Optional: Everest view flight for $215 including airport transfer. It is a one-hour long flight that takes you over the Everest region and offers an eye-level view of majestic peaks, including Mount Everest. The flight is usually early morning, and booking is required.

After breakfast, we proceed for the exploration of the valley. Today, we visit  Bhaktapur, Pashupatinath and Boudhanath Stupa.

Bhaktapur is the best preserved of the three medieval principalities of Kathmandu Valley. We enter the city from its eastern gate and walk through the pottery street and arrive at Dattatreya Square with an ancient temple and a monastic complex. All the houses and temples exhibit beautiful wood carving. The peacock window of Pujarimath Complex is the masterpiece wood carving in Nepal. Continuing on the brick paved street, we arrive at Taumadhi Square where rises an impressive five storied Nyatapola Temple that survived two major earthquakes of Nepal. Finally, we enter the Bhaktapur's Durbar Square that constitutes the former palace and many temples with intricate wood carving and beautiful stone sculpture. The Golden Gate-the main entrance is the masterpiece metal work of Nepal. We will visit the palace museum, the courtyard and the Royal Bath Tank of the palace complex.

Next stop will be at Pashupatinath Temple- the holiest Hindu Temple of Nepal. The temple sits on the bank of sacred Bagmati River which is also one of the tributaries of holy Ganges. Admission to the main temple sanctum is for Hindus only, but you can view the temple and activities in its courtyard from another side of the river.

The final stop of the day is at Boudhanath Stupa- which is claimed to be the tallest Buddhist stupa in Asia! The stupa is believed to be one of the "must visit" site for all Buddhists in their lifetime. There are a number of monasteries belonging to different schools of Buddhism. The area is predominantly Tibetan and reminds of Barkhor area of Tibet.

Overnight: Maya Manor Boutique Hotel
Meals : Breakfast
Day 03~Experience the white water rafting and transfer to Bandipur

We will have an early morning breakfast and then transfer to the rafting put-in point (about 3-hours drive from Kathmandu). We’ll get a briefing from the rafting guide about the river, paddling, and safety techniques before we set off. All equipment, such as life vest, helmet, dry bags, spray suits, and booties, is included. Depending on the water level, the rafting trip lasts in two and a half to four hours, plus we will have an hour break for picnic lunch by the riverside. The river, with rapids between Class II to III, will be rewarding for both beginners and rafting enthusiasts. 
We meet our transport at the rafting finish point and then transfer to Bandipur - a small medieval looking town in the mountain slope. 

Overnight: The Old Inn
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Day 04~Bandipur: Sightseeing and hiking

On clear weather, Bandipur offers spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains. 
After breakfast, we proceed for sightseeing and exploration. We first visit the Khadga Devi Temple, the most sacred and auspicious temple in Bandipur. Then we head up to the Martyrs Memorial Area, which honors seven men from Bandipur - killed during the anti-Rana revolt of 1951; and then down to the shrine of Paarpani Mahadev (Shiva), important because it is he who receives appeals for rain from Bandipurays during dry spells. We return to the bazaar along the main trail and visit the two other famous temples, Bindebashini and Mahalaxmi. The rich wooden carving and detailed brass-work that adorn the temple are replicas of those found in the many old pagoda structures of the Kathmandu Valley. We will also visit the Silk Farm, which is less than half an hour’s walk towards the west. The staff there will give you an exciting tour-and-talk on the history and method of silk-harvesting in the Nepali hills.

Overnight: The Old Inn
Meals : Breakfast
Day 05~Travel to Pokhara

After breakfast, we leave for Pokhara (40 miles, 3-hours). Pokhara, situated in the lap of western Himalaya is often referred to as the capital of nature! 

We spend the rest of the day exploring the local attractions. We will enjoy a boating trip in Lake Fewa to visit the Island temple of Goddess Barahi. Fewa Lake is the second largest lake of Nepal (Rara Lake in Mugu District is the largest) and is the foremost attraction of Pokhara.
Next, we visit the Bindhebasini Temple, the most famous religious shrine for rituals and worships for Hindu devotees. This white dome-like structure dominates a spacious courtyard built atop a shady hillock. It is dedicated to Goddess Bhagwati, a manifestation of goddess Durga. The verdant grounds make a little picnic area. On Saturdays and Tuesdays devotees flock there to offer sacrifices and it takes on a festive scene.

Next, we stop in Pokhara's colorful traditional Old Bazaar, with its ethnically diverse traders. The temples and monuments show a close architectural connection with the Newari styles of Kathmandu valley. The market area is full of shops selling commodities ranging from edibles to cloth to cosmetics to gold. It is a pleasant and shady spot to stroll around.

We will visit the startling gorge of Seti River at Mahendrapool, which provides a perfect view of the river’s surging rush and deep canyon created by its powerful flow. Amazingly, at certain places, the river appears hardly two meters wide. However, its depth is quite beyond imagination, over 20 meters.

Nearby is the Gurkha Memorial Museum. Gurkha or Gorkha is the term referred to the Nepalese soldiers known for their bravery. The museum commemorates that bravery and the accomplishments of the Gurkha regiments. Aided by sound effects, the museum displays Gurkha history from the 19th-century Indian Uprising, through two World Wars to current-day disputes and peace-keeping missions, with a fascinating display on the Victoria Cross medal winner Gurkhas!
Depending on available time and interest, we may or may not visit all the attractions listed above.

Overnight: Atithi Hotel and Spa
Meals : Breakfast
Day 06~Begin the trekking

Following breakfast, meet your trekking guide and porters. Following a briefing about the accommodation and facilities in the mountains and the trip itself, we travel by car with our crew, to Nayapul, the trailhead for the trekking. The trail for some time goes along a ridgeline in the lower foothills of the Annapurnas with panoramic views of the Pokhara Valley; it then drops to Modi Khola Valley (Khola means river), where our Sanctuary Lodge is located. The location of the lodge serves as a perfect viewpoint for Mount Machhapuchhre (which means fishtail).

Following a picnic lunch, we can explore Birethanti, a small village set at the foot of the Modi Khola Valley at around 1,100 meters. (Trek time, three to four hours).

Overnight: Sanctuary Lodge, Birenthanti
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 07~Trek to Gurung Lodge, Majgaon

(4620ft./ 1,400m) (2nd day of trekking)

Following a leisurely breakfast, we leave the Sanctuary Lodge and head out to Gurung Lodge in Majgaun, approximately 2 hours of easy walking away. The lodge is built along the lines of a traditional Nepalese village. Every room has spectacular views of the surrounding valley and mountains. After lunch at our lodge, we can visit Tanchok Village with its house-turned-ethnic museum dedicated to sharing the daily life and culture of the villagers. We can also visit a local school, meet the children and teachers and learn about the school system. Children love to try their English with visitors.

Overnight: Gurung Lodge Majgaon
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 08~Trek to Basant Lodge, Dhampus

(5000 ft. /1525 m). (3rd day of trekking)

We will enjoy breakfast with splendid views of the mountains and the surroundings in the morning and then re-join the trail through the unspoiled village of Patlekhet. The trail goes through sub-tropical forests that include tree orchids, rhododendrons and magnolias, a variety of birdlife, and incredible mountain views. Trekkers in the spring will enjoy the colorful flowers. Along the way, we will stop at the village of Pothana, where many Tibetan traders live and sell their souvenirs.

In about four hours or a little less, we arrive at the Basanta Lodge in Dhampus. The lodge is centered around an old Gurung village house and offers sweeping views of the entire Annapurna Range. After lunch at the lodge, we might go for a free walk in the village or relax at the lodge gazing the mountains and terraced landscape.

Overnight: Basant Lodge Dhampus
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 09~Finish the trek and transfer to Pokhara

(2919 ft. /890 m) (Fourth and last day of trekking)

The last day of the trekking is easy and short, less than two hours. Following breakfast, we bid farewell to the friendly staff of Basant Lodge and descend through the wooded hillside and terraced farmland to Phedi at the valley floor. We meet our transport here and then drive to Pokhara, just 45 minutes away. On the way, we might stop in Tibetan refugee camp and visit its Buddhist monastery.

Check in hotel and rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight: Atithi Hotel and Spa
Meals : Breakfast
Day 10~Travel to Chitwan National Park

After breakfast, we leave for Chitwan National Park. It's a scenic road trip for about 5 hours or a little more.

Chitwan National Park is the first national park of Nepal and is recognized by UNESCO as the World Heritage Site. The park covers an area of 360 square miles and has diverse flora and fauna. The park has Royal Bengal Tiger; leopard, sloth bear; Great One Horned Rhinoceros; four species of deer, including the Sambar; wild boar; two species of monkeys; two species of crocodiles; and more than 600 species of resident and migratory birds.

After lunch and followed by some rest, your guide will take you for a nearby Tharu Village tour. Tharu people are the aboriginal inhabitants of Chitwan, and many of them still follow their centuries-old lifestyle and traditions.

Evening time is to relax in the riverside deck and watch the sunset. You may also see rhinoceros and other wildlife in the riverside. Before dinner, there will be a slideshow presentation on flora and fauna of the park.

Overnight: Jungle Villa Resort
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11~Chitwan NP:Jungle safari excursions

Chitwan National Park is the first national park of Nepal and is recognized by UNESCO as the World Heritage Site. The park covers an area of 360 square miles and has diverse flora and fauna. The park has Royal Bengal Tiger; leopard, sloth bear; Great One Horned Rhinoceros; four species of deer, including the Sambar; wild boar; two species of monkeys; two species of crocodiles; and more than 600 species of resident and migratory birds.

Based on the season and availability, our activity options include an elephant safari, nature walk, and canoeing trip. Most commonly sighted animals are rhinoceros, deer, monkeys, wild boar and crocodiles.

We may also visit the Gharial Conservation Project based in the park headquarter.

 

Overnight: Jungle Villa Resort
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12~Flight back to Kathmandu

Early in the morning, we can take an hour-long bird watching tour to see what we can of those 600 different species of resident and migratory birds. Within one hour, we will certainly be able to spot more than 30 different species of birds before we pack up for our flight back to Kathmandu.

Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, you are met and transferred to the hotel. Balance of the day is open to pursuing your interests.

 

Overnight: Maya Manor Boutique Hotel
Meals : Breakfast
Day 13~Departure

After breakfast, you are transferred to the airport in time for your flight to next destination. 

Meals : Breakfast

Trip Map

Trip Info

Trip Includes

  • Nine nights first class and deluxe hotels and resorts in the cities; three nights Ker & Downey luxury lodges in the Annapurnas; and one night at a camp in the riverside. 
  • All transfers and sightseeing by a private vehicle.
  • Breakfast only when in Kathmandu, Bandipur and Pokhara
  • Three meals a day during trekking and Chitwan National Park.
  • English speaking Tour and Trekking Guides.
  • One porter for every two trekkers during trekking.
  • Sightseeing admission fees and permits for trekking.
  • Personal accident insurance for trekking crews.
  • Domestic airfares as per the itinerary.

Trip Does Not Include

  • International Airfares and Airport Taxes. 
  • Lunch and dinner in the cities 
  • Drinks, tip and other expenses of personal nature 
  • Nepal visa (obtained in advance or upon arrival).
  • Travel & health insurance.
  • Entrance fees other than listed in the itinerary.
  • Medical Immunizations.
  • All extra expenses caused due to nature or unforeseen events.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Optional tipping to local staffs, hotels, etc.

Internal and International Airfare

Generally, most of our travelers book their international airfare on their own, but we are ready to help you book the international airfare reservations. Unless you combine other countries on this trip, you will need to buy a round trip airfare to and from Kathmandu. Cathay Pacific Airlines flies from New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles to Kathmandu with a stop in Hong Kong. Thai Airways flies from East and West coast cities with a stop in Bangkok. Qatar Airlines has a stop in Doha; Etihad Airlines stops in Abu Dhabi, and Jet Airways flies to Kathmandu via New Delhi.

This trip involves three short internal flights between Pokhara to Chitwan and then to Kathmandu. These flights are locally booked and included in the trip cost.

Passport and Visa

All foreigners, except Indian citizens, require a valid passport and visa to travel to Nepal. Passports must be valid for at least six months at the time of travel. You can obtain a Nepali visa from any Nepal Embassies abroad or wait until you arrive at Kathmandu airport. You will need to provide a photograph and pay US$ 25 for a 15-day visa. A 30-day visa is available for $45. All other permits, if necessary, are locally obtained for you by us.

Accommodations and facilities.

Nine nights in hotels and three nights in Ker and Downey Lodges during trekking in the Annapurnas

The trip features a mix of deluxe and first-class accommodations in the cities that ensure private bathrooms with running hot and cold water, air-conditioning and heating, and most amenities that you would expect in first class-to-deluxe accommodations.

While in the Annapurnas, Ker and Downey's lodges are the best accommodations – built in local architectural style but ensuring maximum comfort. You will have an en suite bathroom and running hot and cold water. The accommodation in Bandipur Village will be in a heritage-style property – a renovated old building of a local Newari merchant – and is among the best accommodations in the town.

All our hotels and lodges promote traditional heritage and culture, and at the same time provide the highest standard of service.

Meals

12 Breakfasts, six dinners, five lunches.

The trip includes daily buffet breakfasts at your hotels, resorts, or lodges. You will have one Nepali welcome dinner in Kathmandu. Meals in Chitwan will have a set menu; however, if you have any dietary restrictions, we will do our best to serve your needs. In the mountains, there will be fewer choices than in the cities, but the lodge cook will prepare meals with the utmost hygienic care; they will also be plentiful and delicious. In breakfast, expect toast, different styles of eggs, pancakes, porridge, and muesli or cereals with milk available. For lunch and dinner, you can expect a Nepali set meal, usually a combo of boiled white rice, lentil soup, curried vegetables, and pickle. The lodges also serve potato dishes, different curries, rice, noodles and pasta, pizza, spring roll, and chapati bread. Cookies and chocolates are also available. You may want to bring some additional vitamin supplements, dry fruits, and energy bars with you as well.

Mode of Transportation

We will arrange all ground transportation from the airport to airport. We will provide well-conditioned sedans, SUVs, vans or coaches, depending on the group size, for all transfers and tours. Vehicles are air-conditioned, have comfortable seats, and meet all safety standards. Driver and guide will be different people. Drivers, unlike guides, might speak little or no English.

The trip includes one domestic flight from Chitwan to Kathmandu.

Trip Activity Level

This trip neither involves technical climb nor requires any special skills or abilities. Participants should be in good health, lead an active life, and enjoy walking – even up steep hills. If you are not at the best shape, it’s strongly advisable that you start some exercises about two or more months before the trip, gradually increasing the intensity and duration of the preparations. Training could be anything akin to jogging, cycling, swimming, uphill walking, aerobics, or indoor work out room exercises.

You have three carefree days of trekking in the Annapurna foothills. The trails are uneven, usually with stone stairs, and sometimes with slate pavers; they are at times steep. On average, we’ll walk two to three hours each day, at our own pace, carrying a daypack for your wallet, sweater, camera, water bottle – whatever you need that day. Porters carry rest of your luggage. Each set of two trekkers will be assigned to one porter, who can take a maximum 15 kg (33 lb.). We will also have short day hikes in Kathmandu Valley, and village walks in Chitwan and Bandipur; anyone in generally good health will enjoy those.

Trishuli River is a Class III river, and so it provides an accessible, but also exciting experience of white water rafting in Nepal. The guide and his helper steer and power the boat with 10-foot oars; you don’t have to paddle if you don’t want to. The rafting crew provides safety jackets and helmets. This trip also includes jungle safari activities such as elephant riding, a canoe trip, and jungle hiking, all of which are adventures of a scale that anyone in decent shape can enjoy the fullest. But one thing is essential: All participants need to maintain team spirit, be flexible, and have a high sense of adventure.

Before you go, we provide you final trip dossier that lists necessary pre-departure information, health and safety tips, checklist, etc.

How is it like trekking in the Annapurna?

The trekking day typically starts at 7 a.m. We should all be in the dining hall for breakfast at around 7.30 am. We have a healthy breakfast of porridge, eggs, and toast. By 8:30 a.m. we will be off on the trail.

The itinerary is designed for the slow pace trekkers. If you are looking for more active or strenuous hiking, probably this may be not a right trip for you. The first half of the day, generally, we walk from two to three hours through forests, terraced farmland, and villages, ascending and descending hills and valleys. We will stop in the local teashops, at viewpoints for photos, chit chat with the people we meet along the way, exchanging friendly Nepali greetings (“Namaste” means “hello” as well as “bye bye”).

Generally, we should arrive at our lodge early in the afternoon for lunch; afterward, we can explore the village. We will visit schools and temples, stopping to meet farmers working in the field. We will return to our lodge usually by 4 or 5 p.m. The rest of the time is for us to relax, read, take photographs, or write in our journals. Dinner is at 6 pm. It will be a multi-course dinner that often includes ethnic cuisine as well as western favorites. If you want to try something local and particular, go for Yak cheese pizzas and momos – Tibetan pot-stickers. After dinner, we’ll cover the next day’s schedule. Usually, we retire to our beds early.

Expert Local Guide and Tour Escorts

A local certified tour guide leads the trip. The trip guide will be fluent in English and has in-depth knowledge of Nepal's history, culture, and religion. Ker and Downey lodges and the resort in Chitwan provide in-house guides and naturalists who are also talented locals. They will show you the area’s wonders, many of which you would never find on your own.

Booking and payment schedule

We request an initial deposit of US$ 300 along with with a completed booking form a passport scan. The balance payment is due 90 days before the trip date. The balance payment by a credit card attracts an additional fee of 3.5% to cover the merchant's commission.

Cancellation and refund

We must receive a cancellation request in written form by email or fax. Our cancellation fee structure is as follows.

  • Ninety days prior departure: Administrative fee US$ 150 per person.
  • 60-89 day's before departure: US$ 250 or 25% of the land cost whichever is higher.
  • Forty-five days to 59 days before departure: US$ 450 or 50% of the land cost whichever is higher.
  • Thirty days to 44 days before departure: US$ 600 or 75% of the land cost whichever is higher.
  • Less than 30 days: 100%.

Visa fee is non-refundable. Cancellation and refund of air tickets will be as per the airline's policy, and the consolidator will levy $25 for the processing of the refund. For details, please view booking and cancellation terms and conditions

Add Ons

Everest View Flight

US$ 215

Mountain Flight

Buddha Air and other major domestic airlines of Nepal operate one hour daily mountain flight over the Himalayas - a wonderful opportunity to view Mount Everest and other majestic peaks without venturing into a laborious trekking. Of the fourteen peaks higher than 8000 meters, eight are in Nepal. Although there is no denying that walking up and down the hills for a close up view of the Himalaya is very much worth the effort, this we have to confess is not for everyone, due to the physical and time requirements. Buddha Air’s Everest Experience is meant especially for those who don’t want to leave Nepal without touching the sacred and majestic Himalaya. To get the best of the weather conditions in the mountains where strong winds start blowing gathering clouds and raising snow plumes which block the view as the day progresses ahead, mountain flights take place early in the morning. Mountain flight is something you don’t want to miss while you are traveling in Nepal.

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