Day 1, Sep 3. Arrive in Kathmandu
Arrive in Kathmandu, the bustling Nepalese capital. The streets of Kathmandu reflect the turbulence the country has seen over the last decades. The Maoist rebellion, the deposition of the king and the abolishment of the kingdom, and finally, the devastating 2015 earthquake which left deep scars throughout the city. However, a second look beyond the ongoing buzz typical to most big cities reveals the charm of a place that keeps some cards close to chest. From the airport drive to the hotel, and if time permit, take a first orientation tour around the old city center
Day 2, Sep 4. Exploring Katmandu
Spend the entire day exploring those hidden gems the city closely guard. Begin with a walk through Durbar Square, a cluster of temples, stupas and shrines, and the historic seat of the monarchs of Nepal. This mystical site epitomizes the religious and cultural life of the commoners. From here take to Swayambhunath Stupa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site commonly known as the Monkey Temple for the troops of holy monkeys roaming the vast grounds of this holy site. Drive out of town to Bhaktapur, a historical city with a medieval feel to it, known for its ages-old tradition of mask making. These masks are used during elaborate mask dances performed here several times a year. Visit Bhaktapur and its historic sites before reverting to Kathmandu for a second night.
Day 3, Sep 5. Kathmandu âœˆ Pokhara
Leave Kathmandu and drive back to the airport for the short flight to Pokhara. While Kathmandu is the beating heart of Nepalâ€™s vibrant commerce, culture, and education, Pokhara, the countryâ€™s second largest city, better known as a recreational city. With Phewa Lake stretched right at the edge of the city, and the majestic views of the Annapurna range at its backdrop, Pokhara retains a very tranquil environment to it. Spend the day exploring sites in and around town, including an excursion to Davisâ€™ Falls, paddling and kayaking over the lake, and a walk through the backstreets of Pokhara.
Days 4 - 7, Sep 6 - 9. Trek along the Annapurna foothills
A one-hourâ€™s drive out of Pokhara stops at the trail-head for a four-and-a-half daysâ€™ trek. The trek follows a moderate terrain along Himalayan forests, through narrow valleys, passing by local farms and terraced wheat fields offering magnificent views over the ever-snowed peaks of the Annapurna Range, and the sacred and unclimbable Fish Tail mountain, locally known as Machhapuchhre. Overnight elevation throughout the trek would range between 1000 to 2012 m (3300 to 6600 ft) above sea level, and walking times would consist of 3 to 6 hours a day in an average walking pace.
Day 8, Sep 10. Last day of trekking, first day of wildlife
The last day of trekking is also the most demanding one. From the lodge, at 1000 m (3300 ft) above sea level, ascend to 1620 m (5300 ft) and meet the vehicle. Drive back to Pokhara for lunch, and continue the road trip to Chitwan National Park. Though not equal to an African safari, Chitwan serves as safe haven for some of Asiaâ€™s rarest species, amidst these are the Royal Bengal Tiger and the One-Horned Rhinoceros, both seeing amazing recovery in the region thanks to ongoing efforts to preserve these majestic mammals. Arrive late in the afternoon and set in the simple lodging facility at the reserveâ€™s buffer zone.
Day 9, Sep 11. Explore Chitwan
Spend an entire day exploring the reserve, with opportunities to see Gharial (fish-eating crocodile), One-Horned Rhinoceros and different species of antelopes and deer, to name only few of the 68 species of mammals known to inhabit the park. Probably the biggest success story of the park is the thriving community of Bengal Tigers, which numbered as low as 25 individuals back in 1973, when the park was first established. It is estimated that there are now as many as 100 tigers roaming the park, which is the maximum number of tigers this habitat could support. After a full day packed with adventures while enjoying the mammals, birds, and flowers of the park, revert to the lodging facility for a second and last night by the park.
Day 10, Sep 12. Chitwan âœˆ Kathmandu
In the morning hours drive to the small airport by Chitwan National Park for the short flight back to Kathmandu. Upon landing back in the Nepalese capital, drive to the hotel, and then take to the Thamel- the undisputed backpackersâ€™ city within the city. Here, amidst souvenir booths, shops of knock-off outdoor equipment, travel books and maps and restaurants of varied cuisines, the thriving community of backpackers living their lives totally disconnected from the reality of everyday Nepalese roaming the streets nearby the Thamel. Spend an afternoon of wandering through this place of alternative reality and unique international atmosphere before enjoying a farewell dinner in one of the cityâ€™s finest restaurants.
Day 11, Sep 13. Celebrating the Indra Jatra Festival
Spend the entire day walking the streets of Kathmandu, joining the crowds of the Newar people as they celebrate the day Indra, the king of gods came down to earth, disguised as a human being to look for a flower for his mother. During the eight daysâ€™ festival, processions are taking place throughout the streets, mask dances performed outside temples, and the Kumari, the living-goddess is leaving her temple and being carried around town. At evening the shrines and temples throughout Durbar Square are beautifully lit by oil wicks. As the celebrations and excitement winds down, take a to a local restaurant for a farewell dinner before reverting to the hotel for a last night in Nepal.
Day 12, Sep 14. Departure from Nepal
After breakfast at the hotel, drove to Kathmandu airport for the last time, this time to check-in and board the international departing flight out of Nepal.
Dates & Pricing
3rd September, 2020–14th September, 2020
- $2,548 Per Person (From 2 people)
- $631 Single Room Supplement
All prices in US dollars and per person based on twin share occupancy
Trip rates valid for two confirmed travelers and above. If you are booking this trip for a party of four travelers or more, please contact us for our special rates.
Note: Trip rates are valid all year round, but are not valid for trips that occur (in whole, or in part) during Chinese national holidays: May 1st to 3rd, September 15th to 17th, or October 1st to 7th.
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Prices are based on twin share occupancy.
Discounted rates for groups of 4 travelers and above:
4 travelers- US$2383/ person
6 travelers- US$2319/ person
8 travelers- US$2277/ person
- Applicable only for travel groups of 4 people or more booking their trip together.
- 2 domestic flights Kathmandu/Pokhara and Chitwan/Kathmandu
- Accommodation at selected hotels
- Transfer by private A/C vehicle
- Bottled drinking water
- Meals as indicated in the program
- English speaking guide
- Entry fees for all sightseeing mentioned on the program
- Porters and basic hiking gear throughout 5 trekking days
- International flight to/from Kathmandu
- Nepal tourist visa (available upon arrival for most nationals)
- Travel insurance
- Excess luggage
- Gratuities to local service providers
- Expenses of personal nature (food and drinks beyond those provided, laundry, etc.)
- Anything not clearly mentioned in the program
- Kathmandu- Shambala Hotel
- Pokhara- The Fish Tail
- Chitwan- Tigerland
Note: the listed hotels are tentative. Final hotel list shall be confirmed upon placing a booking and paying a deposit.
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