Duration: 19 Days
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Nepal has amassed various religions, caste, cultures, and traditions for several millennia. The influx of people from various backgrounds has provided a rich amalgamation of cultures; hence, the small nation is home to numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Nepal Exploration Tour entails views of the pristine Himalayas, lush green forests and herbs, exotic wildlife, temples, and stupas of massive essence. Traversing the four major cities in Nepal; namely: Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan, and Lumbini, the tour is made even spicier with small detours while on the trip.
The 19-day tour takes you on a round journey of Nepal beginning at Kathmandu. The tour begins at Kathmandu with a brief cultural tour of the city. You’ll drive 3hr west of Kathmandu to Charaudi River and indulge in a Grade-3 rafting experience. Afterwards, you’ll head further west to the tourist city of Pokhara. You’ll head towards Annapurna to undertake a brief trek to Poon Hill to enjoy the beautiful sunrise along with the magnificent panorama of the Himalayas. Afterwards, you’ll head back to Pokhara and explore the city along with the outskirts. The tour advances to the south of Nepal to the historical city of Lumbini, also the birthplace of Gautam Buddha. After exploring the UNESCO designated site of Mayadevi Temple, you’ll head east to the exotic Chitwan National Park. The oldest national park in Nepal is home to the endangered species of Royal Bengal Tiger and One-Horned Rhino. After indulging in the fun-filled Jungle Safari and cultural visit to the nearby Tharu village, you’ll head back to Kathmandu city. The final leg of the tour takes you to the popular hill-station of Nagarkot and Dhulikhel along with the cultural site of Changunarayan and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. To end the tour, you’ll make a cultural tour of the Lalitpur district and visit the Newari town of Bungmati, Khokana, and Patan before conceding the tour at Kathmandu.
Himalayan Recreation has been specializing in custom tours and treks in Nepal. We operate solo, private, group, and family tours at a reasonable cost. We offer all-inclusive tour packages which cover entire transportation, quality meal and hotels, an experienced guide, permits, and the entire logistics.
Travellers can expect some light physical activities.
Narayan Baniya (nature pathfinder) and Sumir Gyawali (yoga teacher) guide me in
this adventure. Actually they manage perfectly my short time and all the noisy
burocratic thinks like documents or Covid control. They makes me feel safely and
had care of me since the moment I reserved .. now I’m at home and still feel the
power of their experience, friendship and good nature. They makes me “enter” in
the Nepali lifestyle, from metropolitan Kathmandu until the top of the mountain
were the vibes are soo deep. Their good vibes are compatible with all, Sumir had a
clinical yogi eye and Narayan the calm you need to arrive over the clouds.. it was
like a day dreaming and I never forget this experience out of time. Thank you
A great & well organised experience. I highly recommend Himalayan
recreation to anyone planning to trek to the Annapurna Basecamp. Everything from
start to finish was all taken care of, taking away all of the stress of
organisation so that I could focus on enjoying the trek.
Ashok was very responsive on whatsapp at all times and was able to adapt the tour
when circumstances changed. For example, when my flight to Pokhara was cancelled,
Ashok arranged for a friendly driver to take me all the way there by private car
instead (I did have to wait 1.5 hours for the driver, but traffic in Kathmandu is
difficult). My guide Santosh and porter Bal were very friendly and accommodating
and were good company during the trek. They have the English skills required to
answer the majority of questions, particularly relating to the trek. Overall, a
very good experience.
The trek itself is very beautiful. It has everything, including rural villages
with rice terraces, bamboo forests, and epic mountains. The accommodation is basic
but everything you need for a trek (much better than camping). The weather
forecast is inaccurate - I enjoyed decent weather despite the forecast being
constant rain/thunder. I found the difficulty to be much easier than others state,
and could have completed the trek in 5-6 days. Almost anyone with a decent level
of fitness would be able to complete this trek (adjusting the duration to
The Annupurna Poon Hill Trip is a lovely trek through the lower elevations of the
Annupurna range of the Himalayas. Starting from Pokhara, a 90 minute drive in a
taxi drops us off at the beginning of the trek and then goes up from there. My
guide, Raj, was absolutely awesome and provided a lot of great information about
the area during our trek over the several days that this trek takes place. The
second day of the climb takes us to the small town of Ghorepani, and then an early
climb the next morning to Poon Hill.
I went on this trip in the 2nd year of the virus. According to my guide, the
number of travelers was still way down from pre-pandemic years. So, in one way, it
is a great time to travel since you will have most of the trails to yourself. The
tea houses are also pretty empty. The negative side to this is that there are
limited menu items and several places didn't have WiFi.
There are a few recommendations I would make about this trip. The first is the
ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara. I took the bus and regretted it about halfway
there. While the distance is only 200 km, it took about 8 hours on the bus. If I
were to do this again, I would have opted for a 30 minute flight. It costs more,
but is so worth it.
Second, make sure you bring toilet paper with you on the trek. The tea houses I
stayed in during my trek didn't have any. So, bringing a roll of your own is a
huge help. And speaking of bathrooms, most of the toilets along the route are not
the western style sit-down toilets. Rather they are the hole in the grounds. So,
make sure to use the bathroom before leaving the tea house since the next
western-style toilet isn't until the next guest house, which could be a half day
Finally, if you have time after the trek, spend an extra day in Pokhara. It is
much more interesting than Kathmandu.
Otherwise, the trek was wonderful and the folks at Himalayan Recreation did a
great job in staying in touch, picking me up at the airport when I arrived in
Nepal, and provided excellent service all the way through.
This trip was the first we took with those guys. It was very nice, guide was
interesting and gave us a lot information about Bhaktapur and Nepal itself.
After they arranged few more trips for us. First was Chitwan national park and
jeep safari. After Pokhara and paragliding. And then return to Kathmandu. It was
very helpful to have someone local there who can arrange flights, pick ups, all
the activities and return wherever needed.
We didn't have more time, but all the time we had, they managed to organize for
us, without stressing or worrying.
I truly recommend them, because they are very responsible and helpful for any
situation. I firstly met them in Kathmandu for our first trip and they helped us
with all the others.
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu, our representative will warmly receive you and bring you to your hotel. After checking in, you’ll meet your guide and discuss the trip. If time permits, you can go outside to take a stroll or to shop for essential gear, goodies, or snacks. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
After a brief meeting with our representative, you’ll embark on a sightseeing tour of the historical Kathmandu valley. The legend suggests that Kathmandu came into existence after the renowned Bodhisattva Manjushree cut through the hills to drain out the excess water from the valley. During the tour, you’ll get to explore the famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, and Boudhanath. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
3-hour drive west of Kathmandu will take you to CharaudiKhola Bridge. The 86.7km drive will go through the lush forests and spiralling hills. Charaudi is located beside the Prithvi Highway nearby Dhusatar and Kaldada. Upon arrival, you’ll be transferred to the lodge just beside the Charaudi River. You can simply relax and enjoy sightseeing in the area. Overnight stay at Charaudi.
Today, you’ll wake early and prepare for the rafting. The raft guide will mentor you with all the necessary detail. The rafting route starts from Charaudi and ends at Kurintar. Charaudi rafting is classified as 2 to 3 Grade according to the rapids encountered. You’ll enter the Trishuli gorge and as the rock canyon gets narrows the rock walls will start closing in. After completing the rafting, you’ll catch a commute to Pokhara city. The 3-4hr ride through the hills will comfortably take you to Pokhara. Overnight stay at a hotel in Pokhara.
After breakfast, you’ll embark on a drive from Pokhara through Baglung Highway to Nayapul. It takes around 1.5 hours to reach Nayapul, the starting point of the trek. Instead of starting the trek right away, you’ll spend the night at Nayapul preparing for the trek. You can also head to explore the town to spend the remainder of the day. Overnight stay at Nayapul.
The trek begins in the early morning. You’ll start ascending to reach Hile via Birethanti, Lamdawali, and Sudame. After lunch, you’ll resume the trek and head towards Ghorepani. At Ulleri (1960m) you’ll encounter the mighty 3,200 stone steps which go all the way to Ghorepani village. Once at Ghorepani, you will be welcomed with the mesmerizing view of Annapurna massif, Dhaulagiri (8167m), and Hiunchuli (6441m). Overnight stay at Ghorepani.
Today, you’ll make an early morning hike to the vantage point of Poon Hill (3193m). The hike begins as early as 4 in the morning which allows you to enjoy the beautiful sunrise along with the majestic panorama of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Hiunchuli peaks at dawn. After a brief stop at Poon Hill, you’ll make your way down to Ghorepani and spend the day sightseeing and exploring the village. Overnight stay at Poon Hill.
Today, you’ll trek 15.1km northeast to the village of Ghandruk. The trail passes through the lush green forest and small settlements to the Gurung village of Ghandruk, which is also the headquarters of Annapurna Conservation Area (ACAP). The highly preserved village consists of rich indigenous houses, stone-paved paths, cozy lodges, ethnic lifestyles, and is also known for its home-stay practice. From Ghandruk, you can enjoy a close view of Machhapuchhre (6997m) and Annapurna I (8091m). Overnight stay at Ghandruk.
Today, you’ll hike a short distance from Ghandruk village to another village from where you’ll catch your commute back to Pokhara. The 2-3hr ride will go through Nayapul and along the Baglung Highway to Pokhara. Once at Pokhara, you can enjoy a few fun activities. You can indulge in boating at Phewa Lake, or take up cycling around the city. Overnight stay at a hotel in Pokhara.
You’ll make an early morning drive to the Sarangkot, a small hill station located on the outskirts of Pokhara. The scenic hill station boasts the popular sports of paragliding and zip-lining. You will witness the beautiful sunrise from the top of Sarangkot including the panoramic views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, and Manaslu ranges. After returning to Pokhara, you’ll embark on a short tour of the city. You can explore Phewa Lake, Davis Fall, Mahendra Cave, Mountain Museum, and a few other touristic places. Overnight stay at a hotel in Pokhara.
Today, you’ll drive 168.9 km south to Terai of Nepal. The 6-7hr drive will take you through the lush forests, spectacular roads and along the enormous gorges. Lumbini is a historical city known around the world as the birthplace of Gautam Buddha. You will explore the UNESCO-designated site of Mayadevi Temple at the noon. The temple premise also contains a stone pillar built by the Great Ashoka in the 3rd century BC. If time permits, you can take a stroll and explore other Buddhist stupas around the Mayadevi temple. Overnight stay at Lumbini.
You’ll catch an early morning commute from Lumbini and head east to the Chitwan. The road spanning 176km will be covered in 5-6hr and goes through the towns of Narayanghat, and Bhairahawa. The plain lands will make up for a smooth drive to Chitwan. At Chitwan, you can enjoy a leisurely stroll along the Rapti River beach. Overnight stay at a resort in Chitwan.
You’ll embark on an exotic journey inside the Chitwan National Park. It is the first national park in Nepal. The vast forestland preserves the endangered species of Royal Bengal Tiger, One-horned Rhino, Mugger crocodiles, Asiatic elephants, blackbuck etc. You’ll indulge in an Elephant Safari inside the forest. After completing the Safari, you’ll visit the local museum, visit the Tharu village, and the nearby Elephant breeding centre. In late noon, you can visit the Rapti River and embark on a brief boating tour. Overnight stay at a resort in Chitwan.
Today, you’ll drive back from Chitwan to Kathmandu. The 148km long route will be completed within 6hr. The journey goes along the Trishuli River through the Prithvi Highway to Kathmandu. Once at Kathmandu, you’ll drive 35km outside of Kathmandu to a popular Hill-station called Nagarkot. The hill station is famous for its cool weather and the magnificent panorama of Everest (8848m), Manaslu (8163m), and DorjeLakpa (6966m) on a clear day. Overnight stay at Nagarkot.
After early morning breakfast, you’ll drive 11.9km west to the religious site of Changunarayan. Located atop the hill called Changu or Dolagiri, the temple is dedicated to the Hindu deity Lord Vishnu. It is believed to be the oldest Hindu temple in Kathmandu. After exploring the temple site and having a delicious lunch, you'll make your way 19.8km east to another popular hill station of Dhulikhel. Dhulikhel is a pristine location with beautiful weather and scenery. Overnight stay at Dhulikhel
After exploring the Dhulikhel, you’ll head back to Kathmandu. You’ll drive along the Araniko Highway and make a short detour to the historical city of Bhaktapur. A formerly royal state, Bhaktapur Durbar Square is popular for its age-old palaces, temples, and monuments. You will get to see the large fish-pond, 55-window palace, 5 storied temples, and a few other monuments. After exploring durbar square, you’ll head back to your hotel in Kathmandu. Overnight stay at Kathmandu.
Today, you’ll embark on a cultural tour of Kathmandu and the outskirts. You’ll make your way to the Newar village of Bungmati. Lying in the Lalitpur district, Bungmati is a historical destination with the remnants of the Lichhavi dynasty dating from 605 AD. Afterwards, you’ll make your way towards Khokana, another Newar village located close to Bungmati. To end the tour, you’ll drive to the historical Patan city and explore the old town, shops, palace, and temples. After ending the tour, you’ll make your way back to your hotel. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Today is a leisure day. You can choose to relax in the hotel or go out to explore the vicinity. Thamel is a popular town located in the centre of Kathmandu city. You can visit the place and enjoy the touristic place at its full glory. In the evening, our representative will come to receive you and take you to a farewell dinner. You can share your trip experience with us. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Today, you’ll bid adieu to Kathmandu city. Our representative will drive you to the airport approximately 2hr early and help you to complete the procedures to head to your next destination.
All ground transport in a private vehicle, including airport transfers
Professional tour guide
1 hrs scenic Mountain flight
Food as per the itinerary
Kathmandu to Chitwan to Lumbini to Pokhara to Kathmandu in private car (Round way)
5 days Trekking to Poon Hill
5- night accommodation at 3-star hotel in Kathmandu (including breakfast)
2- night accommodation at 3-star hotel in Chitwan (including full board meal)
1- night accommodation at 3 star hotel in Nagarkot (including breakfast)
1- night accommodation at 3-star hotel in Dhulikhel (including breakfast)
1 - night accommodation at 3-star hotel in Lumbini (including breakfast)
3- night accommodation at 3-star hotel in Pokhara (including breakfast)
5- night accommodation at Tea House on trek (including breakfast Lunch and Dinner)
All the activities as per the itinerary such as sightseeing in Kathmandu Pokhara Lumbini and Chitwan jungle safari and more.
First aid kit
Bottle of water
Farewell dinner prior to departure
All government taxes, VAT and service charge
Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the above itinerary
Personal trekking equipment or expenses
Tips for trekking guides, porters and drivers (tipping is expected)
Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the 'Price Includes' section.