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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Windproof, Water resistant Warm jacket (with hood)||250|
Down jacket (for additional warmth)
|Lightweight & Warm Fleece pullover||75|
|Waterproof Trekking boots||300|
|Rucksack (60 ltrs)||150|
|Warm high-length woollen socks||50|
*Cost in INR per day
* Irrespective of when a trip is booked, the above condition will hold true
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.
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.
…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)
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
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.