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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 Majgaon Dhampus Chitwan
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Overview

This is our tour 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 are timed with local festivals that provide an opportunity to truly understand the rich Nepali culture and traditions.

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.
  • 4 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 2018

15 Oct, 6 Nov, 3 Dec,

Trip Dates 2019

8 Jan, 4 Feb, 11 Mar, 13 Apr, 17 May, 10 Jun, 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 accommodations. This afternoon, we visit the Boudhanath Stupa, the largest stupa in Nepal and one of the most revered Buddhist shrines outside Tibet. The area is predominately Tibetan, and reminds people of Barkhor Street of Lhasa, Tibet. Our final stop of the day will be at Pashupatinath Temple, at revered Hindu Temple in South Asia. The temple is situated on the bank of holy Bagmati River that provides the cremation sites for deceased Hindus as well. Some visitors wait until dusk to witness the Aarati Ceremony with oil lamps that wrap up the day's ritual.

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

 

Overnight: Maya Manor Boutique Hotel
Meals : Dinner
Day 02~Sightseeing of Patan and Bhaktapur

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

After breakfast, off to Patan, one of the three medieval principalities of the Kathmandu Valley, along with Bhaktapur. Patan is called the "City of Arts and Crafts." We begin from the cobblestone streets of Durbar Square, with former Royal Palace and an array of ancient and medieval temples – Golden Temple, Kumbheshwar Temple, Mahaboudha Temple, and Machindranath Temple.

Now, we drive to the traditional Bungamati Village of Newari, untouched by modern influences. We walk on the narrow alleys and visit the Machhindranath Temple in the center of the village - the temple was destructed in the recent earthquake. On the way to Bungamati, we may stop at Tibetan Self Help Center where Tibetan refugees produce famous Tibetan hand-woven rugs.

This afternoon, we visit Bhaktapur – the third, the smallest, and the best preserved of the three medieval principalities of Kathmandu Valley. The city of Bhaktapur gives the impression of an open air museum, and is for many people the highlight of a trip to Kathmandu Valley. In addition to its palace and temples, we will stop at the pottery square to learn the traditional methods of making ceramics.

We can also stop in Traditional Thangka Paintings Gallery & Workshop to learn about this traditional Buddhist art. A Thangka is a Buddhist painting on cotton or silk appliqué, usually depicting Buddhist deity or wheel of life or Mandala, symbolizing the universe used in Buddhist rituals.

 

Overnight: Maya Manor Boutique Hotel
Meals : Breakfast
Day 03~Experience the whiter 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 driver 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 a clear weather morning, 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 Bandipur sons who were killed during the anti-Rana insurrection 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 important 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 interesting tour-and-talk on the history and method of silk-harvesting in the Nepali hills.

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

After breakfast, we leave for Pokhara (40 miles, 3-hours). Pokhara, a beautiful valley, situated in the lap of western Himalaya is referred as the capital of nature! 
We spend the rest of 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.

We will then want to visit Bindhebasini Temple, the center of religious activities in Pokhara. This white dome-like structure dominates a spacious courtyard built atop a shady hillock. It is dedicated to Goddess Bhagawati, a manifestation of goddess Durga. The verdant grounds make a fine 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 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 gorge 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 Gurkha Memorial Museum. Gurkha or Gorkha are 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 Gurkhas who have been awarded the Victoria Cross medal.

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  transfer by road, with our crew, to Nayapul, the trail head 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 view point 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 the visitors.

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 be blessed with 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 little less, we arrive at the Basanta Lodge in Dhampus. The lodge is centered round an old Gurung village house and offers sweeping views of the entire Annapurna Range. After lunch at the lodge, we might go for an optional walk in the village or just relax at the lodge gazing the mountains and terraced landscape.

Basanta Lodge, Dhampus.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 09~Finish the trek and transfer to Pokhara (2919 ft. /890 m) (4th 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 in Atithi Hotel.

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

After breakfast, you are transferred to the airport in time for flight to Chitwan National Park. Upon arrival at Bharatpur airport, meet your local guide and transfer to the lodge. After lunch at the resort, the in-house nature guide will take you on jungle safari excursion as available that day. 

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.

Overnight: Jungle Villa Resort
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11~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 a span of 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 pursue your own 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 Seti River Tented Lodge. 
  • All transfers and sightseeing by a private vehicle.
  • Breakfast only when at Kathmandu, Nagarkot, Pokhara and Bandipur.
  • Three meals a day during trekking and Chitwan National Park.
  • English speaking Tour and Trekking Guides.
  • One porter for each 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 in 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 Nepali visa from any Nepal Embassies abroad or wait until your arrival at Kathmandu airport. You will need to affix a passport size photograph on the visa application 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 lodges are the best accommodations – built in local architectural style, but ensuring maximum comfort. You will have 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 highest standard of service.

Meals

12 Breakfasts, six dinners, five lunches.

The trip includes daily buffet breakfasts in our hotels, resorts, or lodges. You will have one Nepali welcome dinner the day you arrive at Kathmandu. Meals in Chitwan will have a set menu; however, if you have any dietary restrictions, we will do our best to cater your needs. In the mountains, there will be fewer choices than in the cities, but all meals are prepared with 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, 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

All ground transportation from airport to airport will be arranged by us. 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 has two domestic flights between Kathmandu and Pokhara and 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 should 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. Of course, you should consult your physician for advice on the best training program for you.

The trip involves four easy days of trekking in the Annapurna Mountains. 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. A porter or pack animal carries rest of your luggage. Each set of two trekkers will be assigned to one porter, who can carry maximum 15 kg (33 lb.). We will also have short day hikes in Kathmandu Valley and village walks in Chitwan and Bandipur; anyone in general 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. Basically, 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. You will be provided with the 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 can enjoyed by most travelers in decent shape. But one thing is important: All participants need to maintain team spirit, be flexible, and have a high spirit 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 Annapurnas?

The trekking day typically starts at 7 a.m. We should all be in the dining hall for breakfast 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 has been crafted for the slow pace trekkers. If you are looking for more active or strenuous hiking, probably this is the wrong 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 view points 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 the lunch; afterward we can explore the village. We will definitely 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, make 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 special, 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

All the trips are led by a local Far & High guide, a university graduate who is trained and certified by the Nepali government's tourism academy. They are fluent in English and have deep 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

When you are sure you are traveling, please don't delay in booking so that we can confirm you in preferred hotels and flights. A deposit of US$300 on land plus the cost of internal airfares is requested along with a completed trip application form plus copy of the photo page of your passport. Balance payment is due 90 days prior to your departure. Reservation booked within 90 days prior departure requires making full payment at the time of booking. Balance payment must be paid by personal check or wire transfer. Final payment on credit card attracts 3.5% additional fee.

Cancellation and refund

Cancellation request must be received by us in written form. Cancellation fee of the land cost will be as below.

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

Visa fee are non-refundable.

Cancellation and refund of air tickets will be as per airline policy and $25 will be levied by us to process 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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