Explorations in the land of adventure & high mountains

Explorations in the land of adventure & high mountains

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350m)  - Bouddhanath Stupa -  Pashupatinath

Upon arrival at the Kathmandu International Airport, you will be met outside the customs and immigration area for transfer to your hotel. This afternoon, meet with your guide for a trip orientation. Post lunch, we head for a sightseeing trip to Bouddhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple. The Bouddhanath Stupa, which sits on multi-layered mandalas, is a big white dome with golden pinnacle at the centre. At the base of pinnacle there are four pairs of eyes facing four directions. Rotate the prayer wheels with other pilgrims as your circumambulate the stupa. The stupa premise has a peaceful ambience. It is one of the best places in Kathmandu to buy Tibetan jewelleries. Next we move on to the holy Pashupatinath Temple. It is advised that you visit the temple premises in the evening as there are fewer crowds. Also, you get to experience the holy Aarti offered to Lord Shiva from across the Bagmati River. A pagoda temple with golden roof which houses the scared lingam, or phallus, of Lord Shiva is the major attraction on the temple premises. There are numerous temples dedicated to different gods and goddesses. You can, if interested, also watch cremation of dead bodies on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. After visiting the temple, return to your guesthouse/ hotel. 

Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing – Nagarkot (2195m) ( 8 hrs activity)

We begin our sightseeing after our breakfast at the hotel. We drive to the Swoyambhunath Stupa which overlooks the Kathmandu Valley. Popular among foreign tourists as Monkey Temple, thanks to abundance of monkeys in the nearby forest, the main attraction in the complex is the Swoyambhunath Stupa with a lofty white dome and a glittering golden steeple. The stupa premises also offer fantastic view of Kathmandu Valley on a clear day. Next we move on to Budhanilkantha Temple premises. The drive takes less than an hour. The main attraction here is the massive stone statue of Lord Vishnu in sleeping posture. It is probably the largest stone sculpture in Nepal. The temple premises are situated in the lap of the Shivapuri hills. A drive of around one hour from the temple will take us to Bhaktapur Durbar Square. After having lunch at a good restaurant, we will begin sightseeing in this UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy the city rich in medieval art and architecture. Visit the famous 55-window palace, Nyatapola temple, Golden Gate, Dattatreya temple and Taleju temple. You can also watch potters making clay utensils at the pottery square in Taumadhi. Then we heard toward Nagarkot. Nagarkot is a popular hill station situated on one of the ridges surrounding the Kathmandu Valley. The road passes through lush forests on winding roads. The drive takes around an hour. Upon your arrival in Nagarkot, you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight in guesthouse/ hotel.

Day 3: Nagarkot – Pokhara with Trishuli raft  (Drive / 7 hrs)

The day begins early and we head for a scenic drive towards Pokhara. Stop at Charaundi for lunch. After lunch, we will enjoy rafting on the mighty Trishuli River. The rafting takes around three hours. Enjoy the Trishuli waters splash on your body in rapids like UPSET, LADIES’ DELIGHT and SURPRISE, among others. The rafting ends at Fisling. We board our waiting car and start the drive toward Pokhara. The distance from here is roughly around 130 kilometres. The journey takes around three-four hours. Upon your arrival at Pokhara, you will be transferred to your hotel. In the evening, enjoy some live music at local pubs in the lakeside. Overnight in guesthouse/ hotel.

(Rafting section can be changed depending on water discharge in the River).

Day 4: Full day cycling

Today is going to be our adventurous day. Today, we are doing the Royal Trek – the famous trail walked by Prince Charles of England. After breakfast, we meet our machine and biking guide and start biking, pedaling uphill on a single track passing through lush forest and beautiful settlements. Enjoying the beauty of the hillside, we take our first pit stop about two and half hours since leaving Pokhara at a roadside tea stall in the beautiful village of Kalikasthan. The track from here is mostly downhill on a dirt road. We pedal down at a relaxed pace until the Begnas Lake gradually unfolds before us. Begnas is the second biggest lake in Kaski district. We cycle down to the Begnas Lake for lunch. After lunch, we pedal toward Pokhara in a slow pace through the beautiful countryside. In about one and half hours, we will reach Lakeside. Overnight in guesthouse/ hotel.

Day 5:  Pokhara - Kande - Australian Camp (2100m) (Drive / 45 mins & Trek / 4hrs)

Today we get up early and take a short drive of about 45 minutes to Sarangkot hill to enjoy sunrise. Sarangkot, which used to be the fort of Sen Kings centuries ago, is now popular among tourists for mountain views and sunrise. Enjoy the sun rise over the hills. The view of mountains like Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Machhapuchhre and Himchuli, among others, glittering in morning sun is an amazing experience. It takes around four hours to reach Australian Camp. Overnight in a lodge.

Day 6: Australian Camp -  Dhampus Phedi via Pothana -Pokhara

We start our walk after having breakfast. You can see peaks in the Annapurna range glittering just before you. Though you can walk downhill right to Dhampus village, we are taking a detour to Pothana. Pothana is a secluded settlement in the middle of nowhere. Standing atop a small hill with mountains watching from afar, Pothana is a lovely settlement. It is a small junction as various trekking routes begin from this village. The village offers unhindered view of mountains in the Annapurna range dominated by the impressive Mt Machhapuchhre or the Fishtail. After having lunch at Dhampus and exploring the village, we begin our downhill walk toward DhampusPhedi. The total walking time is approximately 4 hours. We meet the road where our car is waiting to take us to Pokhara.

Day 7: Pokhara - Kathmandu ( Drive / 7hrs)

Today is your last day in Pokhara. Try out adventure sports like paragliding, zipflier, bungee or ultra light flight in the morning. Or you can simply choose to travel to Manakmana Temple after a cable car ride of around 10 minutes. The cable car station is situated roughly midway between Kathmandu and Pokhara. Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight in guesthouse/ hotel.

Day 8: Depart from Kathmandu

Today is your last day in Nepal. Walk on the streets of Thamel to buy some souvenirs for your friends and family back home. If your flight is in the second half of the day, half day activities (nature walk, bird watching, cycling or some more sightseeing) can be arranged for you. You will be transferred to the airport three hours before your flight so that you don’t have to rush in the customs process. 

PRICE INCLUDES

  • Arrival transfer
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing
  • 1 night hotel accommodation in Nagarkot
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Pokhara
  • 1 full day mountain biking with bike hiring charges
  • 1 night/2 days light trekking with lodges accommodation and 3 meals (BLD)
  • Transportation by private vehicle
  • Trekking permits
  • Dinners and Breakfast throughout the trip
  • Support of a guide
  • Sightseeing monument entry fees

VEHICLES USED

  • 1-3 pax: Toyota Corolla Car
  • 4 – 10 pax: Toyota Hiace
  • 10 – 12 pax: ToyotaJumboHiace
  • 13 – 18 pax: ToyotaCoaster
  • 19 – 22 pax: HIGERbus
  • 23 and above: Sutlej bus
  • Also high quality Camping arrangements

TRIP PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • GST
  • International flight tickets
  • Lunches throughout the trip
  • Any wear & tear of hired equipment
  • Personal insurance
  • Bar & beverages
  • Boating charges in Phewa Lake in Pokhara
  • Tips for tour staff
  • Any expenses incurred due to unforeseen circumstances such as road blockade, natural disaster, strikes and political unrest, delays or cancellations.
  • Any expense other than mentioned in the inclusion list
  • All adventure activities as mentioned in the itinerary would be supported by our experienced team of Instructors using State-of-the-art equipment. This ensures safety for any activity and is the lynchpin of the trip.
  • An experienced Trip Leader would accompany you on the trip. These leaders have many years of experience in leading family groups and are usually people with an intimate knowledge of the mountains. They are also experienced instructors on one adventure sport or the other and are sure to keep you charged with many interesting stories.
  • A number of Activity Experts would be joining the team as and when required. These people are domain experts in various fields like water activities, rope sports, wildlife, birds, mountaineering, etc. and are the flavour of this trip. They bring an intimate knowledge of each aspect of the trip and go beyond just getting you to do an activity and rather give you a deep insight of the whys and whats of the activities by sharing their knowledge. Guests, especially kids, tend to become best friends with these experts and end up picking up essential life skills that aid them in moving into the outdoors.
  • Basic first aid kit for the group
  • Forest entry charges & permits (if Any)

PLEASE NOTE

  • If due to bad weather, sickness, natural calamity or any other personal reasons, the itinerary is changed on ground the extra charges arising due to it will be borne by the guests. same will be applicable if a guest decide to change the itinerary due to personal reason. Also if days are cut short on the trek/trips for any of the above reasons GIO Adventures will not be liable to make hotel arrangements at the base or any other location for the guests
  • Guest will be required to fill up an indemnity form before embarking on the trek/trip
  • We request you to kindly disclose/share information if suffering from any major ailment. We request you to submit your health Certificate.
  • On our fixed group departures please note that we will follow a fixed schedule & standardised services. In case of individual requirements other than what is offered as part of the package, we might not be able to entertain them so please be aware of this fact
  • In case of trips/treks with a backup day, where this backup day is not utilised for whatever reasons GIO will not be liable to make hotel or any other arrangements
  • In case a departure cancelled due to bad weather conditions guest will receive full refund. GIO Adventures

OTHER OPTIONAL CHARGES

  • Charges for a porter/mule to carry personal bag throughout the trek (not more than 10 kgs) per person for the complete trek. If you want us to arrange for portage of your personal luggage you can book the same by selecting the option of Personal Luggage Charges
  • Personal trekking gear
    You can save on buying expensive trekking equipment for the trek by hiring the same from our gear store. High quality equipment is provided at reasonable rental/sale and you are assured of clean equipment that has been checked for its efficacy.

EQUIPMENT RENTAL/PURCHASE

EQUIPMENT RENT*
Windproof, Water resistant Warm jacket (with hood) 250

Down jacket (for additional warmth)

300
Lightweight & Warm Fleece pullover 75
Warm Gloves 50
Waterproof Trekking boots 300
Balaclava 50
Rucksack (60 ltrs) 150
Waterproof gaiters 50
Warm high-length woollen socks 50
Poncho/Raincoat 50
Trekking poles 60

*Cost in INR per day

*Taxes extra

PAYMENT TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • All payments for the trips, transfers, gears, porterage, etc. should be made in full before the trip starts.
  • Cancellation Policy
  • In the event that you need to cancel your booking due to any avoidable or unavoidable circumstances:
    • We must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive the request in writing.
    • Payment for this trip will not be adjusted towards any future trip(s)
  • Cancellation charges will be as follows
    • >45 Days: Full refund (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • 30-45 Days: 75% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • 15-30 Days: 50% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • <15 Days: No refund
  • Please Note
    • Written cancellation will be accepted on working days (only). Any cancellation sent on a Sunday or any National Holiday(s), will be considered on the next official working day.
    • In the event of any cancellation(s) after trip commencement, there will be no refunds and any costs incurred due to this cancellation will be borne by you.

* Irrespective of when a trip is booked, the above condition will hold true

TRANSPORT

For travel to Kathmandu & back one can choose air travel. For air travel, Kathmandu is well connected to Delhi and other parts of the country by Indigo, Air India, Jet Airways and other commercial airlines. 

List of Essentials

Mountain/adventure travel requires one to be adequately equipped with the right kind of personal gear. Since one is travelling in the wilderness there will be hardly any opportunity to buy anything once you hit the trail so we urge you to carefully pack everything into your bags. Also please keep in mind you can rent out or purchase equipment from our Gear Store, if required.

  • Shirts / T-shirts
  • Jeans / Trekking Pants - 2
  • Windproof jacket of decent quality (no flimsy wind cheaters please!) preferably with a hood
  • Warm and thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollen sweater
  • Thermal inner wear (upper & lower)
  • Woollen cap
  • Woollen gloves
  • Woollen socks & regular socks (3-4 pairs)
  • Scarf/muffler (optional)
  • Comfortable Trekking/Hiking shoes (shoes with a thick sole are recommended)
  • Lightweight floaters/sandals/slippers
  • Raincoat / Poncho
  • Small light weight towel
  • Water bottle (sturdy ones, no empty Bisleri bottles!!)
  • Cap / Hat to keep the strong sun away from your face
  • Sun glasses
  • Walking stick / Trekking pole
  • Sunscreen Lotion
  • Lip Balm
  • Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • Medicines, if requiring any specific medication
  • Personal toiletries
  • Books, if you like reading
  • Day pack/small bag which you will carry on your back every day and keep your essentials in it
  • Carry rain cover for your bags
  • Keep a few poly bags or waterproof bags in your bag in which if required you can put your belongings in case of heavy rain
  • Camera if you like (with fully charged batteries)

…LOADS OF ENTHUSIASM!! AND A PLEDGE TO LEAVE NO TRACE

Carry your stuff in a duffel bag, soft shoulder bag or a rucksack. Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage. As you will be walking long distances carrying a rucksack, avoid bringing unnecessary items on the trek. Please avoid carrying expensive watches, jewellery and electronic items on the trip
Also please note this is a comprehensive list & there might be few items which you might not need depending upon the month of travel. Kindly check with us on the final list  before travelling

Duration: 08 Days | Season:  Sep- Nov & Mar - May | Grade: Moderate | Max Alt:  Nagarkot( 2195m)


HIGHLIGHTS

  • Variety of adrenaline pumping activities tailor made for families
  • Experience sunrise in Nagarkot
  • Captivating views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Machhapuchhre and Himchuli from Sarangkot
  • Taming the rapids of Trishuli

Sketch Itinerary

DAY 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350m)  -Bouddhanath Stupa -  Pashupatinath
DAY 2: Kathmandu sightseeing – Nagarkot (2195m) ( 8 hrs activity) 
DAY 3: Nagarkot – Pokhara with Trishuli raft  (Drive / 7 hrs)
DAY 4: Full day cycling
DAY 5: Pokhara - Kande - Australian Camp (2100m) (Drive / 45 mins & Trek / 4hrs)
DAY 6: Australian Camp -  Dhampus Phedi via Pothana - Pokhara
DAY 7: Pokhara - Kathmandu ( Drive / 7hrs)
DAY 8: Depart from Kathmandu

Description

This special tour package comprises of best of Nepal’stours and adventure activities. This trip starts with the sightseeing trip to some of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu Valley – Bouddhanath, Swoyambhunath, Pashupatinath and Bhaktapur – the journey moves toward Nagarkot – a popular hill station famous for sunrise and mountain views. The journey then moves towards Pokhara on a scenic, Prithvi Highway. We stop at Fisling for an adventurous rafting trip in the Trishuli River that provides the much-needed adrenaline rush.

In Pokhara, we enjoy hiking, boating and cycling before driving to the foothills to start a two-day trek to Dhampus. There is also an option to try jaw-dropping adventure activities like paragliding, zip flier, ultra light flight and bungee, among others. Or you can simply make a detour to the famous Manakamana Temple – the wish-fulfilling goddess – using a 10-minute cable car journey.

DETAILS
Duration 08 Days
Region Kathmandu

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