Nepalese walk from the royal cities to the Himalayan foothills

From the historic cities of the Kathmandu valley to idleness in Pokhara, this diverse journey holds moments of wonder and contemplation of the Himalayan snowy peaks. We begin our journey diving into the effervescent valley of Kathmandu. The fascinating visits to Swayambhunath and Bouddhanath (the two oldest Buddhist stupas in the valley) and to Pashupatinath (a 12th century Hindu site dedicated to Shiva) illustrate the two religions that are often one in the Nepali syncretism. Still more emotions in Bhaktapur, the most beautiful medieval city of the valley. Then drive to Pokhara and two days of excursion among the villages at the foot of the Machhapuchhare before reaching Terai. Traduction en Anglais. 

Chitwan National Park, its fauna and tropical vegetation form a Kipling décor in which we walk, do canoe and elephant ride to meet rhinoceros... and maybe tigers!

HIGHLIGHTS

- UNESCO classified sites of the Kathmandu Valley
- Countryside walks to discover everlasting Nepal
- Possible Himalayan views from Namobouddha, Pokhara and Bandipur
- The Chitwan National Park
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Itinerary

  • Level of Trek: Easy
  • Best Period: February - May & September - December
  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Number of walking days: 5
  • Highest Altitude: 2000 Meters
  • Flights: Pokhara - Kathmandu
  • Accomodation: Hotel in Kathmandu & Lodge during trek

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Day
Airport pick-up, transfer to hotel and check-in.
- Accommodation: Hotel Newa Chen
Tour of Patan, one of the three ancient royal cities of the valley, known for its statue makers. We continue to Bungamati, a 15th century village populated by Newari craftsmen. Walk across terrace fields to the village of Khokhana. Back to hotel in the late afternoon.
- Meal on own
- Hours of walking: 1
- Accommodation: As previous day
A day to discover the pearls of Kathmandu valley: Pashupatinath, a Hindu cremation site dating back to the 12th century, dedicated to Lord Shiva where pilgrims come to bathe in the holy Bagmati River. Then we go to Bhaktapur, 15 km-far from Kathmandu, a splendid pedestrian town and the most beautiful of the three royal cities of the valley. Visit and overnight. We stay in Bhaktapur when all visitors are gone!!!
- Lunch on own
- Accommodation: Guest house
In the morning, stroll in the alleys of Bhaktapur. Then transfer to Changu Narayan, panoramic viewpoint and the oldest temple of the valley, dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Drive to Dhulikhel, site visit and transfer to Namo Buddha, a Buddhist pilgrimage site and beautiful viewpoint over the Himalayas. (Possibility of climbing to Namo Buddha).
- Lunch on own
- Accommodation: Namo Buddha Resort
In the morning, walk to the village of Balthali where we take lunch. Then walk to Khopasi. Short drive to Panauti and visit. Transport then tour of the great stupa of Bouddhanath located in the heart of the Tibetan district where many monasteries were built by refugees.
- Meal on own
- Hours of walking: 3
- Accommodation: Guest house
We leave the Kathmandu Valley and take the road to the Chitwan National Park in the Terai region. We arrive at the community lodge, near a Tharu village. The lodge is located next to the river where the Tharu people come to fish. Possibility to share this activity or to participate in a cooking or dance workshop...
- Full board
- Hours of driving: 5
- Accommodation: Hotel
Full day dedicated to the jungle discovery. Canoeing down the river for watching birds at sunrise. Elephant ride in search of rhinoceros; walking in the jungle like Kipling with deers, does, bears and sometimes even… tigers! In the evening, watch some Tharu warrior dances.
- Accommodation: As previous day
Drive to Bandipur, a magnificent village of Newari traders. Superb view of the Himalayan range. We will be accommodated in a guest house, in single rooms near our host.
- Lunch on own
- Hours of driving: 3.5
- Accommodation: Home stay
Easy stroll between Bandipur and Chirkini via Ramkot, a typical Magar village. Then transfer to Pokhara.
- Meals on own
- Accommodation: Hotel
Drive to Kande for our little trek. Climb up to Australian camp and discover a splendid viewpoint on the Lamjung Himal, Machhapuchhare, Hiunchuli and Annapurna South. Gradual ascent to the small pass of Deurali. Descend to Tolka and arrival at the Gurung village of Landruk. Beautiful view of Machhapuchhare, Hiunchuli and South Annapurna.
- Ascent: + 100 m.
- Descent: - 450 m.
- Hours of walking: 4.5
- Accommodation: Lodge
We descend to the Madi Khola that we cross. Then we start a steep ascent to the beautiful Gurung village of Ghandruk with its dry-stone houses. Superb panorama on the Annapurna range.
- Ascent: + 600 m.
- Descent: - 400 m.
- Hours of walking: 3.5
- Accommodation: Lodge
Descent by many steep stone steps that become gradual along the river after Kimche. Lunch at Birethanti. Then we reach our car and go to Pokhara.
- Dinner on own
- Ascent: + 50 m.
- Descent: - 250 m.
- Hours of walking: 4
- Accommodation: Hotel
Morning drive to the Gurung village of Bhumdi then climb to the heights. We discover a superb view of the Annapurna range and the Machhapuchhare. Going on the heights, we reach the Shanti Stupa, "the Peace Pagoda". Then we descend by Phewa Lake that we cross by boat. Free time
- Meals on own
- Hours of walking: 4
- Accommodation: As previous day
Mid-morning flight to Kathmandu. Then visit to Swayambhunath, a Buddhist stupa overlooking the Kathmandu valley. Visit to the old city of Kathmandu. By the teeming narrow streets of the market, we reach Thamel, a district where you can do some shopping.
- Free time
- Meals on own
- Accommodation: Hotel
Free time and transfer to the airport depending on the return flight time.
End of our services.

What's included

- All transfers and transports in private vehicle as per itinerary.
- 2 nights in Newa Chhen or similar in Patan on a B&B basis
- 2 nights in Lake View Resort or similar in Pokhara on a B&B basis
- 2 nights in Maruni sanctuary in full board, with national parc entrance tickets and activities (included the elephant ride)
- 1 night in Shiva Guest House Deluxe or similar in half-pension
- 1 night in Old Inn in half-pension in Bandipur
- 1 night in Namo Budha Resort in a cottage in half-pension
- 1 night in Dhundrup Guest House or similar on a B&B basis
- During the trek : 2 and ½ day in lodges full board
- Trekking team: 1 porter for 2 people and 1 Sherpa for a group of 4 people or more
- Visits and site entrance tickets as per program
- ACAP trekking permit & TIMS card
- English -speaking cultural guide
- Domestic flight Pokhara – Kathmandu (125 US$, might change)

What's not included

- Meals other than breakfast in Patan, Kathmandu, Pokhara. In Chitwan and during the treks, all meals are included.
- Visa for Nepal ($30 + Photo)
- Compulsory repatriation insurance
- Tips, personal expenses and equipment, drinks, hot showers, charging batteries during the trek, etc.
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