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Nepal Exploration Tour

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$2,500USD

19 Days

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  • Duration:
  • 19 Days
  • Trip Level:
  • Easy
    Just about anyone can participate in one of these holidays. Minimum walking time is 2 hours and maximum walking time is approximately 5 hours a day. By the time you walk around a number of historical sites you’ll be surprised at how quickly the time passes. You do have the chance to take your time and there are plenty of places where you can rest if needed.
  • Max Altitude:
  • 2100
  • Activity:
  • Sightseeing and Trekking
  • Best Season:
  • 
March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October and November

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Nepal has amassed various religions, caste, culture, and traditions since 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 pristine Himalaya, 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 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 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.

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Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.

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 essential trek gears, goodies, or snacks. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

 

Day 02: Pre-trip meeting and sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley. Overnight at the hotel.

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.

 

Day 03: Morning drive to Charaudi for rafting. Overnight at a riverside Camp.

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.

 

Day 04: Rafting and later transfer to Pokhara (820m). Overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.

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 the Pokhara city. The 3-4hr ride through the hills will comfortably take you to Pokhara. Overnight stay at a hotel in Pokhara.

 

Day 05: Drive to Nayapul from Pokhara (1-hour drive) to start our trek. Overnight at a guesthouse.

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.

 

Day 06: Trek to Ghorepani (2,860 m). Overnight at a guesthouse.

The trek begins 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.

 

Day 07: Trek to Poon Hill (3193m). Overnight at a guesthouse.

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.

 

Day 08: Hike to Ghandruk (1940m). Overnight at a guesthouse.

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 path, cozy lodges, ethnic lifestyle, and is also known for its home-stay practice. From Ghandruk, you can enjoy the close view of Machhapuchhre (6997m) and Annapurna I (8091m). Overnight stay at Ghandruk.

 

Day 09: Return to Pokhara (820m). Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

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.

 

Day 10: Drive to Sarangkot (1600m) for sunrise and mountain views.  Sightseeing in Pokhara City. Overnight at the hotel.

You’ll make an early morning drive to the Sarangkot, a small hill-station located in 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.

 

Day 11: Drive to Lumbini on a tourist vehicle. Overnight at a hotel in Lumbini.

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 and known around the world as the birthplace of Gautam Buddha. You will explore the UNESCO designated site of Mayadevi Temple in the noon. The temple premise also contains a stone-pillar built by the Great Ashoka in 3rd century BC. If time permits, you can take a stroll and explore other Buddhist stupas around the Mayadevi temple. Overnight stay at Lumbini.

 

Day 12: Drive to Chitwan National Park on a tourist vehicle. Overnight at a Jungle Lodge.

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.

 

Day 13: Jungle Activities at Chitwan National Park. Overnight at a Jungle Lodge.

You’ll embark on an exotic journey inside the Chitwan National Park. It is the first national park of Nepal. The vast forestland preserves the endangered species of Royal Bengal Tiger, One-horned Rhino, and 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 the late noon, you can visit the Rapti River and embark on a brief boating tour. Overnight stay at a resort in Chitwan.

 

Day 14: Drive to Nagarkot on a tourist vehicle. Overnight at a hotel in Nagarkot.

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.

 

Day 15: Visit Changunarayan and transfer to Dhulikhel. Overnight at a hotel in Dhulikhel.

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 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

 

Day 16: Drive back to Kathmandu via Bhaktapur on a tourist vehicle. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

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 temple, and a few other monuments. After exploring the durbar square, you’ll head back to your hotel in Kathmandu. Overnight stay at Kathmandu.

 

Day 17: Guided sightseeing at Bungmati, Khokana and Patan City. Overnight at a hotel in 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 Lalitpur district, Bungmati is a historical destination with the remnants of the Lichhavi dynasty dating 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.

 

Day 18: Leisure day in Kathmandu. Farewell dinner in the evening.

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 at 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.

 

Day 19: Transfer to airport for your final departure.

Today, you’ll bid adieu to the 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.

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$2,500USD

19 Days

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