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From Valley To The Mountains - 14 days

Spend 14 days traveling to the major tourist destinations of Nepal and with every possibility of getting the chance to have a glimpse of locally urbanized and rural lifestyle of Nepal, and its culture, tradition, nature, landscapes, and wildlife. We explore through the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu Valley, to a serene and calm town Panauti, to tourists’ favorite Pokhara and its surrounding trekking regions, and Chitwan – filled with the indigenous Tharu Community and high-probability of observing wildlife at its best. 

Day 1:    Arrival Kathmandu
 
 

Welcome to Nepal. After executing your custom celerance at the arrival lounge, our company’s representatives shall be waiting you at the exit of the airport. Our representative will brief you about Nepal, general do’s and don’t, and your scheduled meeting program during on the way to hotel. As we shall be holding your rooms at the Vajra hotel, you may check-in anytime, per desire, during the afternoon. 

Overnight in Hotel Vajra
Meals - No meals included

Day 2:    Sightseeing tours at Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath & Patan Durbar Square
 
 

Boudhanath Temple

We start our day sightseeing around Kathmandu’s major highlights, visiting Boudhanath Stupa. This great Stupa is one of the ancient monuments and most pious Buddhist sites in Nepal, and, also, one of the largest Buddhist shrines in the world. The Stupa is located on such area, which was once a prime hub for merchants from Sout-East Asia, as it was an ancient trade route to Tibet, where Tibetan merchants would rest and offer prayers. Thousands of devotes pay their respect, everyday, to this site. Boudhanath Stupa possesses a high respect from, both, Hindus and Buddhists. 

Pashupatinath Temple

The most important Hindu shrine in Nepal, Pashupatinath (Lord of the Animals) is the protecting deity of the country and is a fascinating complex of shrines and Arya-Ghats (cremation sites) on the banks of the Bagmati River. This temple is built with a bunk roof and a golden spire and a fascinating shrine is the main temple with its pagoda-style roof and the 300-year-old huge bronze Nandi (the bull—Shiva’s carrier) in front. 

Patan Durbar Square  

It is surrounded by a fascinating array of temples in different architectural styles. The Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust (KPVT) offices are also here – opposite one of the largest and oldest (and as yet un-restored) temples of Patan.  Most aptly its offices are marvels of restoration. In Patan Durbar Square we will be also visiting Golden Temple and Patan Museum. Golden Temple – it is one of the best examples of courtyard temple architecture. This temple is a mixture of both Buddhist and Newari culture so it has its own religious beliefs like shoes and leather articles must be removed to enter the temple. Patan Museum – it is one of the royal palaces of the Malla kings of the Kathmandu valley which shows the beauty of Nepalese art and architecture.  

Overnight in Hotel Vajra
Meals – Breakfast in Hotel Vajra

 

Day 3:    Drive from Kathmandu to Panauti via Bhaktapur
 
 

Bhaktapur is the essential Newari city with some of the finest architectures in Nepal. It is an important and fascinating World Heritage Site made up of three large squares filled with shrines, temples, and activity. Among three cities, it was the largest city of Newari Kingdom and capital of Nepal during the Malla’s period. It is one of the fascinating places to explore the traditional crafts of pottery, metalwork, art and woodwork.

After having sightseeing of Bhaktapur city, we will drive to Panauti. Upon arrival at Panauti, we will be welcomed by the whole community. After the introduction with your Homestay host, you will head to your home for the night. Panauti is also one of the oldest typical Newari villages where we will get a chance to see the tradition and the culture of the Nepalese society. Panauti boasts a large number of fascinating temples, which is connected to Hindu religion. According to a historical myth, it is believed that the entire valley of Panauti rests on a single stone underneath. There are also several old temples. You will be wandering and doing sightseeing in Panauti town with your host. In the evening, you have the opportunity to learn to cook in traditional Nepalese Cuisine courtesy of your Homestay host.

Overnight in Panauti Homestay
Meals – Breakfast in Hotel Vajra & Dinner with your Homestay host

Day 4:    Drive from Panauti to Kathmandu and then to Pokhara (235 Km, 7-8 hrs drive)
 
 

From Panauti, it is a very short drive back to join the Arniko Highway for the 35 km down into the Kathmandu Valley and into the city (35 km, 1 hr).  We continue our drive to one of the country’s oldest and busiest Highway. The construction of the highway started in 1967 with the help of the Chinese government. The construction was completed in 1974. The highway is named after King Prithvi Narayan Shah. If weather permits, while leaving the Kathmandu Valley; we may have an opportunity to view the Himalayan ranges of Nepal through car’s window only. We will be driving first along the Trishuli River – one of the main tourist attractions for white water rafting and, then, later the massive Marshyangdi River. During the drive, we will be stopping at the good points for photography. There will be short stopovers for toilets and lunch breaks, too.

Pokhara is a place of remarkable natural beauty. The city is god gifted with different natural beauty like lakes, panoramic views of Himalayan Peaks, breathtaking sights of sunrise to sunset from Sarangkot, Pokhara. After reaching Pokhara, and comfortably checked into our hotel, we take a walk around the touristic streets of Pokhara – Lakeside. You may wander around the shops, restaurants, and walking by the Phewa Lake is, already, a mesmerizing moment to remember for a long time.

Overnight in Mt. Kailash Resort
Meals – Breakfast with your Homestay host

Day 5:    Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk (1940m, 6hrs)
 
 

After breakfast, we start our trekking day with an hour and a half drive to Nayapul. After reaching Nayapul, we meet our team of porters. The porters will be carrying your luggage during the trekking days. After necessary formalities with the Park Entry Permit, we then start our trek to Ghandruk. Trekking in Nepal is not all about hard work and no fun. Hence, we recommend that you enjoy yourself while trekking, enjoy the nature, local view, and culture. We come across beautiful Himalayas, waterfalls, icy rivers. Take breaks while you walk, say “Namaste” to the locals or other trekkers passing by; return “Hello” to the children of the villages. You will feel the warmth of Nepalese Hospitality of the villagers from their smile as you walk through. On average, today, the walking distance will be around 6 hours. The trail ascends steeply to Birethanti and follows the west bank of Modi Khola to reach Syauli Bazaar. We then begin the climb to Ghandruk. Ghandruk is a Gurung Village from where you have the opportunity to the views of Machhapuchhre (6993m), Annapurna South (7219m), and Hiunchuli (6441m) and of the upper Modi Valley (1951m)

Overnight in Basic Lodge
Meals – Breakfast in Hotel Mt. Kailash

Day 6:     Trek from Ghandruk to Landruk (1620m) via Jhinu Danda (1650m)
 
 

Generally, if we walk straight from Ghandruk to Landruk, it will take only 2 – 3 hours walking time. But we make this day special by taking a detour. Hence, we will be trekking from Ghandruk to Jhinu and walking time will be around 4 hours maximum. We are taking this detour to make your trekking adventurous and the opportunity for yourself to take a dip in Natural Hot Spring in Jhinu. Hence please make sure that in your day pack you are carrying your swim suits and towels. After reaching Jhinu, we order our lunch. We walk for another 20 – 25 minutes to the hot spring, where we can relax and enjoy the hot spring. 

After lunch it is another 2 hours – 3 hours walking distance to Landruk.

Overnight in Basic Lodge
Meals – No meals included

Day 7:    Trek from Landruk to Dhampus (1650 m, 5hrs trek)
 
 

This day it’s an approx 5 hrs walk to Dhampus, where we stop for the evening. The trail goes along the ridge to Deurali and we have to pass through scattered forests and villages which offer spectacular views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. Dhampus is naturally and a culturally rich village of the ethnic Gurung people where you will have an opportunity for a close look at the daily lives of the villagers.

Overnight in Basic Lodge
Meals – No meals included

Day 8:    End trek from Dhampus to Phedi (900m, 2hrs) and Drive to Pokhara
 
 

We will make a final trek for 2 hours and end our trek at Phedi. We bid farewell to our supporting porter and thank them for their support during our wonderful trekking at Annapurna Foothills.  Drive from Phedi to Pokhara is approximately around an hour.

Overnight in Mt. Kailash Resort
Meals – No meals included

Day 9:    Free day at Pokhara for individual activity
 
 

Pokhara is the one of the most beautiful cities and second largest tourist destination in Nepal. It is popular for lakes with spectacular views of the mountains. Boating in Fewa Lake in front of the mountains is truly mesmerizing. Barahi temple is an amazing temple in Pokhara, which is situated at the middle of the Fewa Lake like an island. You can hire bikes for your own short exploration around Pokhara. International Mountain Museum is a great place to visit if you have some extra time. It has lots of information about the trekking and Mountaineering history of Nepal. Paragliding is another attraction, which allows you to float over the lakes of Pokhara with a bird’s eye view.

Overnight in Mt. Kailash Resort
Meals – Breakfast in Mt. Kailash Resort

Day 10:    Drive from Pokhara to Chitwan (160 km, 5 hrs drive)
 
 

Chitwan is 5 hours drive from Pokhara, this drive provides you to see the views of deep rocky gorges crossed by rapidly flowing rivers and precarious suspension bridges to the intersection at Mugling. After arrival in Chitwan, there will be a welcome program by Tharu people in Barauli Community Homestay. In the evening, there will be cycling trip to Narayani River from where sunset looks like golden ball sinking into the Narayani River, which is certainly one of a kind experience of all the time.

Overnight in Barauli Community Homestay
Meals – Breakfast in Mt. Kailash  Resort & Dinner at Barauli Community Homestay

Day 11:    Jungle Adventure in Chitwan National Park
 
 

Starting a day with jungle activities, like elephant safari to jeep drive can make you feel that you are in the right place where you had to be, already, in a long time ago. Tour the Tharu village by walking, or you may cycle, and observe the local cultural and lifestyle of the village. Cultural dance program, in the evening, is an opportunity to understand the culture and traditional values of the Tharu peoples.

Overnight in Barauli Community Homestay
Meals – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner at Barauli Community Homestay

Day 12:    Drive from Chitwan to Kathmandu (170 km, 6hrs)
 
 

Departing from Chitwan, you will leave the lowlands, climbing into the Central Hills to join the Prithivi Highway at Mugling. It is then a slow journey east along Nepal’s busiest highway, to Kathmandu. It is however a scenic route with steep rice terraces making a dramatic back drop to the river, funeral pyres, suspension bridges and villages.

Overnight in Hotel Vajra
Meals – Breakfast in Barauli Community Homestay

Day 13:    Free Day Kathmandu – A Day on your own
 
 

Kathmandu, a city of temple and historical monuments which carry the unique history of Nepal – This day you can enjoy early morning Mountain Flight, local shopping in market, visiting tourist area – Thamel, cooking course, observing local market – Asan

Overnight in Hotel Vajra
Meals – Breakfast at Hotel Vajra

Day 14:     Departure
 
 

Meals – Breakfast at Hotel Vajra
Departure to the airport for flight onwards journey.

SERVICES INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE:

  • Service of 01 English Speaking Tour leader for the whole trip (from the group of 06 pax onwards only in Fixed Departure group tours)
  • Local guides for sightseeing at all places (for a group of 01 – 05 pax and Private Group departures)
  • All land transportation as per group size by private vehicle
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu with entrance fees to Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath temple, Patan Durbar Square, Golden Temple & Patan Museum
  • 04 nights twins/double rooms sharing hotel accommodation in Hotel Vajra, Kathmandu on BB basis.
  • 01 night local homestay accommodation in Panauti Homestay on AP basis
  • 03 nights twins/double rooms sharing hotel accommodation in Mt. Kailash Resort, Pokhara on BB basis
  • 02 night and 03 days package trip of Barauli Community Homestay which includes accommodation on twin sharing basis, 3 meals per day, jungle activities such as Jeep Safari, Cycling to Narayani River, Village walking tours, cultural dance program, & entrance fees to Chitwan National Park
  • Service of trekking guide
  • 03 nights trek accommodation at Basic lodge/Tea house on bed only basis.
  • Service of 01 porter each for 2 person (each porter will carry maximum of 15 kgs luggage)
  • Duffel bags for trekking
  • ACAP Permit & TIMS CARD.

SERVICES NOT INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE:

  • All meals during  trek
  • Sleeping bags
  • All meals which are not mentioned as included in the package
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Bar bills, Internet facilities, hot water showers while on trek, expenses of charging electronic devices while on trek
  • Tips & Gratuities
  • Additional Expenses which may arise due to circumstances beyond control of RMT such as landslides, strikes, delays, flight delays etc.

Spend 14 days traveling to the major tourist destinations of Nepal and with every possibility of getting the chance to have a glimpse of locally urbanized and rural lifestyle of Nepal, and its culture, tradition, nature, landscapes, and wildlife. We explore through the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu Valley, to a serene and calm town Panauti, to tourists’ favorite Pokhara and its surrounding trekking regions, and Chitwan – filled with the indigenous Tharu Community and high-probability of observing wildlife at its best. 

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EUR 813 per person

MEALS INCLUDED 10 BREAKFAST, 3 DINNERS, 1 LUNCH

Meals
Please allow USD 220.00 – USD 250.00 for additional meals which are not included in the package. Breakfast in hotels in Kathmandu & Pokhara will be lavishing and plentiful with lots of varieties. But breakfast in other places such Panauti Homestay, Trekking community Home, Barauli Homestay will be very limited and choices may not be there as well. We would also like to emphasize that the Homestay that we are using have been trained and prepared to make good and delicious meals in very hygienic environment. We have encouraged them to use as much of local products, vegetables and other items to prepare meal so that all meals are very fresh and organic also. Since locals of all communities are used to taking water direct from the tap or nearby rivulets, we would like to encourage all travelers to bring their own drinking water bottle, purifying tablets or equipments.

Tour leader 
For group size of 7 people or above, the trip will be escorted by our experienced English Speaking Tour Leader. 

If the group is of 6 people or below, then there will be local English Speaking guide at every new place. For the trekking portion, you will meet your trekking guide in Kathmandu and he will brief you about your trekking requirements and trekking information. He will be with you till the end of trekking. 

Accommodation
Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara will be in deluxe and comfortable hotels with private bath. Rooms will be either twin bedded or double bed as per your requirement with all modern amenities.

Accommodation in Panauti will be in Homestay where you will be hosted by local people of the community. You will be having your dinner and next day breakfast with your host. Rooms are very basic and bathrooms will be common. Mostly all houses have squat toilets and there will be no toiletries and hence you need to bring your own. Hot shower is not priority for the locals but if required, host will provide you hot water in a bucket.

Accommodation during treks, we will be using lodges owned by the community of the villages. Rooms are basic and mostly twin bedded only. Toilets are shared and squat.

Accommodation during the Community Homestay in Barauli will be in twin bedded rooms with private bath. There are not many amenities in the room but the comfort level of the room is very much higher to that of other Homestay.

Transportation 
Depending upon the group size, the trip will run on a private vehicle.

Insurance
It is essential that you take out comprehensive travel insurance prior to your travel. Your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, medical expenses, emergency evacuation and repatriation (including helicopter evacuation) and personal liability. We also recommend that it cover cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. 

Health
There are no specific health requirements for entry into Nepal. However, you should consult your doctor for up-to-date information regarding vaccinations, high altitude medication and medications for any reasonably foreseeable illnesses whilst traveling in Nepal. 

Be aware that some drugs, including anti-malarias, have side effects at altitude. Please discuss this carefully with your doctor. Please be aware that we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities for some time during this trip. We strongly recommend that you carry a personal First Aid kit as well as sufficient quantities of any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses).

Altitude
AMS (acute mountain sickness) is a serious issue. It is the result of the failure of the body to adapt to high altitude and can affect anyone, regardless of age or fitness. It usually occurs above 1,800 meters and the likelihood of being affected increases as you ascend.  The way to reduce the affects of altitude is to ascend slowly, 300 meters per day above 3,000 meters until you have acclimatized. Poor acclimatization results in headache, nausea, sleeplessness, difficulty breathing and swelling of fingers and glands. The only cure for AMS is to descend to lower altitude and your guide’s decision on this matter is final.

Although our routes are carefully planned to allow for proper acclimatization you may feel some effects of altitude for the first few days or at higher altitudes. Breathlessness, lethargy, and mild headaches are not uncommon and generally decrease as your body adjusts. Maintaining adequate fluid intake is essential. Please advise your guide if you feel more severe symptoms and do not medicate yourself without discussing it with them first. 

Climate
Nepal has a generally temperate climate, however altitude makes distinct variations. The monsoon sweeps up from India each summer, making mid June to mid September humid and wet. The three other distinct seasons are all suitable for trekking and each has its own advantages. 

Changing global weather patterns have had their effect on the Himalayan climate and mountain weather is notoriously changeable. Always be prepared for a change in conditions and note that if severe or dangerous weather conditions occur your guide’s decision on any course of action is final.

Winter (December-February) - It is cold and you will need to be prepared, but the air is very clear providing the best mountain views.

Spring (March-May) - Days are increasingly warm and the rhododendrons are in bloom. Mist and clouds are not uncommon.

Summer (June-August) - The monsoon season. It will rain every day, although generally in the evening and night. The hills turn lush and green and at higher elevations the alpine plants will bloom.

Autumn (September-November) - The most pleasant trekking season where days are warm, but not hot; there is little chance of snow and skies are clear.

Important Notes Travellers need to be prepared for all weather conditions. 

Optional Excursions Guide will help you budget for your trip. Prices for vehicle-based excursions on number of participants and the actual price may vary depending on group size.

Visas Please note it is your responsibilities to arrange visas before you travel to Nepal. Very recently Government of Nepal has started online visa application process. You have fill the online visa form though the website please visit: www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.np

You will get a unique code after submitting your online visa application. Based on this code, upon arrival in Nepal, the immigration office will grant you visa with required Visa Amount which as below:

US dollars cash only Multiple entry visa valid for 15 days - US $25 Multiple Entry Visa for 30 days - US $40 Multiple entry visa valid for 90 days - US $100

Money exchange
The best is to bring a mixture of cash in major currencies - USD, CAD, EUR, AUD - and ensure you have a mixture of large and small denominations. Cash, ATM cards are mostly used in Nepal.  Both Visa card and Master card accepted by ATM machines. Currency exchange rates may be fluctuating often so we ask that you to follow different web sites which provide you information about different currencies rate. As of January 2016 the exchange rate for Nepal is 1USD=104.25 Rupee. There are no ATM machines in Nuwakot Homestay, trekking and Barauli Homestay. You should exchange enough money into Nepalese Rupees to last the entire time of your trek before leaving Kathmandu, as there are no exchange facilities in villages along the way. 

Tipping
It is customary in Asia to tip service providers such as waiters, at approximately 10%, depending on the service. Tipping is expected - though not compulsory - and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your tour. There are several times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip the local guides or drivers we use. You may do this individually, or your tour leader will offer to collect the money and tip as a group. Recommendations for tipping drivers and local guides would range from $1-$2 USD per person per day depending on the quality and length of the service. For porters during the trekking portion of your trip, the recommended amount is 300-500Rs (4-5USD) per porter per day; ask your guide for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture. The amount is entirely a personal preference; however as a guideline $20-30 USD per person, per week can be used.

Packing for your Trip
You will need to bring a comfortable medium sized daypack to carry the things you will need during the day. This should have a waist strap or (better) a padded waist belt.

• Rain jacket or poncho
• Water bottle - minimum 1 liter, aluminum or Nalgene polypropylene are best.
• Walking boots - lightweight, waterproof and well worn in.
• Socks: thick wool (winter season)/blend and thin cotton to be worn in combination - ensure boots fit such combinations.
• Running shoes or sandals for evening
• Lightweight wool sweater
• Fleece jacket
• T-shirts - 2 or 3
• Shirt - long-sleeved • Pants: lightweight long trousers (jeans are unsuitable)
• Hats - beanie with ear flaps or balaclava for nights / peaked ‘French Legionnaire’ style sun hat that will give neck protection during the day
•  Gloves - wool or fleece
• Scarf
• Underwea
• Thermal Underwear
• Swimsuit
• Sarong - a multitude of uses
• Sunglasses
• Bag liners - large, thick garbage bags to line and water/dust proof your duffle bag.
• Sewing kit
• Money belt
• Toiletries
•  Towel
• Torch / flashlight - headlamp style is ideal
• Lighter - for burning toilet paper and rubbish
• Swiss Army Knife
• First Aid Kit
• Hand Sanitizer
• Purification Tablets

HOW WE WORK

Welcome to the start of creating your unique, personalised travel experience. Here are the typical steps involved in planning your trip with 12GO:

 

  • Once you have browsed our website and have some ideas about the kind of trip you want, our specialist travel consultants will help you to create the perfect itinerary to suit your needs. Your personal travel expert will help you with every detail of your trip - always ensuring at each step that your journey will be truly memorable.
  • Contact us by email and tell us which of our tours are of interest. Or let us know your ideas and preferences. Also please let us know when you want to travel, the numbers travelling and any other information you feel we might need in order to design an itinerary that matches your vision. 
  • We will call you by phone within 24 hours of receiving your email. Your personal travel consultant will answer your questions, clarify your ideas, desires and expectations.
  • Using this information your personal travel consultant will suggest a personalised, tailor-made itinerary for you - complete with recommended accommodation and activities, prices and information about the area. Once you have read your itinerary, your consultant will answer your questions and revise it until you are satisfied.
  • Once you confirm the itinerary we will ask you to pay your deposit so we can complete and confirm all bookings.
  • Your personal travel consultant will maintain ongoing contact with you and is here to answer your questions and concerns - he/she will continue to check that all arrangements are in place.
  • About two weeks before your departure you will receive your personal detailed day-to-day itinerary of your upcoming trip, as well as additional information such as cultural etiquette and other recommendations that will help you to maximise your experience.

 

During your trip your personal travel consultant will continue to be available to ensure that your travel experience is running smoothly and to your expectations.

SanjitaGreetings from Nepal! My name is Sanjita your local specialist. I have done my bachelor in Travel and Tourism. To understand and exhibit the core beauty of places is my passion. Adding another brick to my passion, meeting people from different countries, from diverse ethnicities, and learning about their culture and tradition.

If you would like to explore Nepal, and would like not to miss any possible beauties of Nepal then I hope I see you soon as your absolute assistant for your adventurous and comfortable stay in Nepal

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From Valley To The Mountains - 14 days

Spend 14 days traveling to the major tourist destinations of Nepal and with every possibility of getting the chance to have a glimpse of locally urbanized and rural lifestyle of Nepal, and its culture, tradition, nature, landscapes, and wildlife. We explore through the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu Valley, to a serene and calm town Panauti, to tourists’ favorite Pokhara and its surrounding trekking regions, and Chitwan – filled with the indigenous Tharu Community and high-probability of observing wildlife at its best. 

Day 1:    Arrival Kathmandu
 
 

Welcome to Nepal. After executing your custom celerance at the arrival lounge, our company’s representatives shall be waiting you at the exit of the airport. Our representative will brief you about Nepal, general do’s and don’t, and your scheduled meeting program during on the way to hotel. As we shall be holding your rooms at the Vajra hotel, you may check-in anytime, per desire, during the afternoon. 

Overnight in Hotel Vajra
Meals - No meals included

Day 2:    Sightseeing tours at Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath & Patan Durbar Square
 
 

Boudhanath Temple

We start our day sightseeing around Kathmandu’s major highlights, visiting Boudhanath Stupa. This great Stupa is one of the ancient monuments and most pious Buddhist sites in Nepal, and, also, one of the largest Buddhist shrines in the world. The Stupa is located on such area, which was once a prime hub for merchants from Sout-East Asia, as it was an ancient trade route to Tibet, where Tibetan merchants would rest and offer prayers. Thousands of devotes pay their respect, everyday, to this site. Boudhanath Stupa possesses a high respect from, both, Hindus and Buddhists. 

Pashupatinath Temple

The most important Hindu shrine in Nepal, Pashupatinath (Lord of the Animals) is the protecting deity of the country and is a fascinating complex of shrines and Arya-Ghats (cremation sites) on the banks of the Bagmati River. This temple is built with a bunk roof and a golden spire and a fascinating shrine is the main temple with its pagoda-style roof and the 300-year-old huge bronze Nandi (the bull—Shiva’s carrier) in front. 

Patan Durbar Square  

It is surrounded by a fascinating array of temples in different architectural styles. The Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust (KPVT) offices are also here – opposite one of the largest and oldest (and as yet un-restored) temples of Patan.  Most aptly its offices are marvels of restoration. In Patan Durbar Square we will be also visiting Golden Temple and Patan Museum. Golden Temple – it is one of the best examples of courtyard temple architecture. This temple is a mixture of both Buddhist and Newari culture so it has its own religious beliefs like shoes and leather articles must be removed to enter the temple. Patan Museum – it is one of the royal palaces of the Malla kings of the Kathmandu valley which shows the beauty of Nepalese art and architecture.  

Overnight in Hotel Vajra
Meals – Breakfast in Hotel Vajra

 

Day 3:    Drive from Kathmandu to Panauti via Bhaktapur
 
 

Bhaktapur is the essential Newari city with some of the finest architectures in Nepal. It is an important and fascinating World Heritage Site made up of three large squares filled with shrines, temples, and activity. Among three cities, it was the largest city of Newari Kingdom and capital of Nepal during the Malla’s period. It is one of the fascinating places to explore the traditional crafts of pottery, metalwork, art and woodwork.

After having sightseeing of Bhaktapur city, we will drive to Panauti. Upon arrival at Panauti, we will be welcomed by the whole community. After the introduction with your Homestay host, you will head to your home for the night. Panauti is also one of the oldest typical Newari villages where we will get a chance to see the tradition and the culture of the Nepalese society. Panauti boasts a large number of fascinating temples, which is connected to Hindu religion. According to a historical myth, it is believed that the entire valley of Panauti rests on a single stone underneath. There are also several old temples. You will be wandering and doing sightseeing in Panauti town with your host. In the evening, you have the opportunity to learn to cook in traditional Nepalese Cuisine courtesy of your Homestay host.

Overnight in Panauti Homestay
Meals – Breakfast in Hotel Vajra & Dinner with your Homestay host

Day 4:    Drive from Panauti to Kathmandu and then to Pokhara (235 Km, 7-8 hrs drive)
 
 

From Panauti, it is a very short drive back to join the Arniko Highway for the 35 km down into the Kathmandu Valley and into the city (35 km, 1 hr).  We continue our drive to one of the country’s oldest and busiest Highway. The construction of the highway started in 1967 with the help of the Chinese government. The construction was completed in 1974. The highway is named after King Prithvi Narayan Shah. If weather permits, while leaving the Kathmandu Valley; we may have an opportunity to view the Himalayan ranges of Nepal through car’s window only. We will be driving first along the Trishuli River – one of the main tourist attractions for white water rafting and, then, later the massive Marshyangdi River. During the drive, we will be stopping at the good points for photography. There will be short stopovers for toilets and lunch breaks, too.

Pokhara is a place of remarkable natural beauty. The city is god gifted with different natural beauty like lakes, panoramic views of Himalayan Peaks, breathtaking sights of sunrise to sunset from Sarangkot, Pokhara. After reaching Pokhara, and comfortably checked into our hotel, we take a walk around the touristic streets of Pokhara – Lakeside. You may wander around the shops, restaurants, and walking by the Phewa Lake is, already, a mesmerizing moment to remember for a long time.

Overnight in Mt. Kailash Resort
Meals – Breakfast with your Homestay host

Day 5:    Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk (1940m, 6hrs)
 
 

After breakfast, we start our trekking day with an hour and a half drive to Nayapul. After reaching Nayapul, we meet our team of porters. The porters will be carrying your luggage during the trekking days. After necessary formalities with the Park Entry Permit, we then start our trek to Ghandruk. Trekking in Nepal is not all about hard work and no fun. Hence, we recommend that you enjoy yourself while trekking, enjoy the nature, local view, and culture. We come across beautiful Himalayas, waterfalls, icy rivers. Take breaks while you walk, say “Namaste” to the locals or other trekkers passing by; return “Hello” to the children of the villages. You will feel the warmth of Nepalese Hospitality of the villagers from their smile as you walk through. On average, today, the walking distance will be around 6 hours. The trail ascends steeply to Birethanti and follows the west bank of Modi Khola to reach Syauli Bazaar. We then begin the climb to Ghandruk. Ghandruk is a Gurung Village from where you have the opportunity to the views of Machhapuchhre (6993m), Annapurna South (7219m), and Hiunchuli (6441m) and of the upper Modi Valley (1951m)

Overnight in Basic Lodge
Meals – Breakfast in Hotel Mt. Kailash

Day 6:     Trek from Ghandruk to Landruk (1620m) via Jhinu Danda (1650m)
 
 

Generally, if we walk straight from Ghandruk to Landruk, it will take only 2 – 3 hours walking time. But we make this day special by taking a detour. Hence, we will be trekking from Ghandruk to Jhinu and walking time will be around 4 hours maximum. We are taking this detour to make your trekking adventurous and the opportunity for yourself to take a dip in Natural Hot Spring in Jhinu. Hence please make sure that in your day pack you are carrying your swim suits and towels. After reaching Jhinu, we order our lunch. We walk for another 20 – 25 minutes to the hot spring, where we can relax and enjoy the hot spring. 

After lunch it is another 2 hours – 3 hours walking distance to Landruk.

Overnight in Basic Lodge
Meals – No meals included

Day 7:    Trek from Landruk to Dhampus (1650 m, 5hrs trek)
 
 

This day it’s an approx 5 hrs walk to Dhampus, where we stop for the evening. The trail goes along the ridge to Deurali and we have to pass through scattered forests and villages which offer spectacular views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. Dhampus is naturally and a culturally rich village of the ethnic Gurung people where you will have an opportunity for a close look at the daily lives of the villagers.

Overnight in Basic Lodge
Meals – No meals included

Day 8:    End trek from Dhampus to Phedi (900m, 2hrs) and Drive to Pokhara
 
 

We will make a final trek for 2 hours and end our trek at Phedi. We bid farewell to our supporting porter and thank them for their support during our wonderful trekking at Annapurna Foothills.  Drive from Phedi to Pokhara is approximately around an hour.

Overnight in Mt. Kailash Resort
Meals – No meals included

Day 9:    Free day at Pokhara for individual activity
 
 

Pokhara is the one of the most beautiful cities and second largest tourist destination in Nepal. It is popular for lakes with spectacular views of the mountains. Boating in Fewa Lake in front of the mountains is truly mesmerizing. Barahi temple is an amazing temple in Pokhara, which is situated at the middle of the Fewa Lake like an island. You can hire bikes for your own short exploration around Pokhara. International Mountain Museum is a great place to visit if you have some extra time. It has lots of information about the trekking and Mountaineering history of Nepal. Paragliding is another attraction, which allows you to float over the lakes of Pokhara with a bird’s eye view.

Overnight in Mt. Kailash Resort
Meals – Breakfast in Mt. Kailash Resort

Day 10:    Drive from Pokhara to Chitwan (160 km, 5 hrs drive)
 
 

Chitwan is 5 hours drive from Pokhara, this drive provides you to see the views of deep rocky gorges crossed by rapidly flowing rivers and precarious suspension bridges to the intersection at Mugling. After arrival in Chitwan, there will be a welcome program by Tharu people in Barauli Community Homestay. In the evening, there will be cycling trip to Narayani River from where sunset looks like golden ball sinking into the Narayani River, which is certainly one of a kind experience of all the time.

Overnight in Barauli Community Homestay
Meals – Breakfast in Mt. Kailash  Resort & Dinner at Barauli Community Homestay

Day 11:    Jungle Adventure in Chitwan National Park
 
 

Starting a day with jungle activities, like elephant safari to jeep drive can make you feel that you are in the right place where you had to be, already, in a long time ago. Tour the Tharu village by walking, or you may cycle, and observe the local cultural and lifestyle of the village. Cultural dance program, in the evening, is an opportunity to understand the culture and traditional values of the Tharu peoples.

Overnight in Barauli Community Homestay
Meals – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner at Barauli Community Homestay

Day 12:    Drive from Chitwan to Kathmandu (170 km, 6hrs)
 
 

Departing from Chitwan, you will leave the lowlands, climbing into the Central Hills to join the Prithivi Highway at Mugling. It is then a slow journey east along Nepal’s busiest highway, to Kathmandu. It is however a scenic route with steep rice terraces making a dramatic back drop to the river, funeral pyres, suspension bridges and villages.

Overnight in Hotel Vajra
Meals – Breakfast in Barauli Community Homestay

Day 13:    Free Day Kathmandu – A Day on your own
 
 

Kathmandu, a city of temple and historical monuments which carry the unique history of Nepal – This day you can enjoy early morning Mountain Flight, local shopping in market, visiting tourist area – Thamel, cooking course, observing local market – Asan

Overnight in Hotel Vajra
Meals – Breakfast at Hotel Vajra

Day 14:     Departure
 
 

Meals – Breakfast at Hotel Vajra
Departure to the airport for flight onwards journey.

SERVICES INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE:

  • Service of 01 English Speaking Tour leader for the whole trip (from the group of 06 pax onwards only in Fixed Departure group tours)
  • Local guides for sightseeing at all places (for a group of 01 – 05 pax and Private Group departures)
  • All land transportation as per group size by private vehicle
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu with entrance fees to Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath temple, Patan Durbar Square, Golden Temple & Patan Museum
  • 04 nights twins/double rooms sharing hotel accommodation in Hotel Vajra, Kathmandu on BB basis.
  • 01 night local homestay accommodation in Panauti Homestay on AP basis
  • 03 nights twins/double rooms sharing hotel accommodation in Mt. Kailash Resort, Pokhara on BB basis
  • 02 night and 03 days package trip of Barauli Community Homestay which includes accommodation on twin sharing basis, 3 meals per day, jungle activities such as Jeep Safari, Cycling to Narayani River, Village walking tours, cultural dance program, & entrance fees to Chitwan National Park
  • Service of trekking guide
  • 03 nights trek accommodation at Basic lodge/Tea house on bed only basis.
  • Service of 01 porter each for 2 person (each porter will carry maximum of 15 kgs luggage)
  • Duffel bags for trekking
  • ACAP Permit & TIMS CARD.

SERVICES NOT INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE:

  • All meals during  trek
  • Sleeping bags
  • All meals which are not mentioned as included in the package
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Bar bills, Internet facilities, hot water showers while on trek, expenses of charging electronic devices while on trek
  • Tips & Gratuities
  • Additional Expenses which may arise due to circumstances beyond control of RMT such as landslides, strikes, delays, flight delays etc.

Spend 14 days traveling to the major tourist destinations of Nepal and with every possibility of getting the chance to have a glimpse of locally urbanized and rural lifestyle of Nepal, and its culture, tradition, nature, landscapes, and wildlife. We explore through the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu Valley, to a serene and calm town Panauti, to tourists’ favorite Pokhara and its surrounding trekking regions, and Chitwan – filled with the indigenous Tharu Community and high-probability of observing wildlife at its best. 

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EUR 813 per person

MEALS INCLUDED 10 BREAKFAST, 3 DINNERS, 1 LUNCH

Meals
Please allow USD 220.00 – USD 250.00 for additional meals which are not included in the package. Breakfast in hotels in Kathmandu & Pokhara will be lavishing and plentiful with lots of varieties. But breakfast in other places such Panauti Homestay, Trekking community Home, Barauli Homestay will be very limited and choices may not be there as well. We would also like to emphasize that the Homestay that we are using have been trained and prepared to make good and delicious meals in very hygienic environment. We have encouraged them to use as much of local products, vegetables and other items to prepare meal so that all meals are very fresh and organic also. Since locals of all communities are used to taking water direct from the tap or nearby rivulets, we would like to encourage all travelers to bring their own drinking water bottle, purifying tablets or equipments.

Tour leader 
For group size of 7 people or above, the trip will be escorted by our experienced English Speaking Tour Leader. 

If the group is of 6 people or below, then there will be local English Speaking guide at every new place. For the trekking portion, you will meet your trekking guide in Kathmandu and he will brief you about your trekking requirements and trekking information. He will be with you till the end of trekking. 

Accommodation
Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara will be in deluxe and comfortable hotels with private bath. Rooms will be either twin bedded or double bed as per your requirement with all modern amenities.

Accommodation in Panauti will be in Homestay where you will be hosted by local people of the community. You will be having your dinner and next day breakfast with your host. Rooms are very basic and bathrooms will be common. Mostly all houses have squat toilets and there will be no toiletries and hence you need to bring your own. Hot shower is not priority for the locals but if required, host will provide you hot water in a bucket.

Accommodation during treks, we will be using lodges owned by the community of the villages. Rooms are basic and mostly twin bedded only. Toilets are shared and squat.

Accommodation during the Community Homestay in Barauli will be in twin bedded rooms with private bath. There are not many amenities in the room but the comfort level of the room is very much higher to that of other Homestay.

Transportation 
Depending upon the group size, the trip will run on a private vehicle.

Insurance
It is essential that you take out comprehensive travel insurance prior to your travel. Your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, medical expenses, emergency evacuation and repatriation (including helicopter evacuation) and personal liability. We also recommend that it cover cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. 

Health
There are no specific health requirements for entry into Nepal. However, you should consult your doctor for up-to-date information regarding vaccinations, high altitude medication and medications for any reasonably foreseeable illnesses whilst traveling in Nepal. 

Be aware that some drugs, including anti-malarias, have side effects at altitude. Please discuss this carefully with your doctor. Please be aware that we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities for some time during this trip. We strongly recommend that you carry a personal First Aid kit as well as sufficient quantities of any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses).

Altitude
AMS (acute mountain sickness) is a serious issue. It is the result of the failure of the body to adapt to high altitude and can affect anyone, regardless of age or fitness. It usually occurs above 1,800 meters and the likelihood of being affected increases as you ascend.  The way to reduce the affects of altitude is to ascend slowly, 300 meters per day above 3,000 meters until you have acclimatized. Poor acclimatization results in headache, nausea, sleeplessness, difficulty breathing and swelling of fingers and glands. The only cure for AMS is to descend to lower altitude and your guide’s decision on this matter is final.

Although our routes are carefully planned to allow for proper acclimatization you may feel some effects of altitude for the first few days or at higher altitudes. Breathlessness, lethargy, and mild headaches are not uncommon and generally decrease as your body adjusts. Maintaining adequate fluid intake is essential. Please advise your guide if you feel more severe symptoms and do not medicate yourself without discussing it with them first. 

Climate
Nepal has a generally temperate climate, however altitude makes distinct variations. The monsoon sweeps up from India each summer, making mid June to mid September humid and wet. The three other distinct seasons are all suitable for trekking and each has its own advantages. 

Changing global weather patterns have had their effect on the Himalayan climate and mountain weather is notoriously changeable. Always be prepared for a change in conditions and note that if severe or dangerous weather conditions occur your guide’s decision on any course of action is final.

Winter (December-February) - It is cold and you will need to be prepared, but the air is very clear providing the best mountain views.

Spring (March-May) - Days are increasingly warm and the rhododendrons are in bloom. Mist and clouds are not uncommon.

Summer (June-August) - The monsoon season. It will rain every day, although generally in the evening and night. The hills turn lush and green and at higher elevations the alpine plants will bloom.

Autumn (September-November) - The most pleasant trekking season where days are warm, but not hot; there is little chance of snow and skies are clear.

Important Notes Travellers need to be prepared for all weather conditions. 

Optional Excursions Guide will help you budget for your trip. Prices for vehicle-based excursions on number of participants and the actual price may vary depending on group size.

Visas Please note it is your responsibilities to arrange visas before you travel to Nepal. Very recently Government of Nepal has started online visa application process. You have fill the online visa form though the website please visit: www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.np

You will get a unique code after submitting your online visa application. Based on this code, upon arrival in Nepal, the immigration office will grant you visa with required Visa Amount which as below:

US dollars cash only Multiple entry visa valid for 15 days - US $25 Multiple Entry Visa for 30 days - US $40 Multiple entry visa valid for 90 days - US $100

Money exchange
The best is to bring a mixture of cash in major currencies - USD, CAD, EUR, AUD - and ensure you have a mixture of large and small denominations. Cash, ATM cards are mostly used in Nepal.  Both Visa card and Master card accepted by ATM machines. Currency exchange rates may be fluctuating often so we ask that you to follow different web sites which provide you information about different currencies rate. As of January 2016 the exchange rate for Nepal is 1USD=104.25 Rupee. There are no ATM machines in Nuwakot Homestay, trekking and Barauli Homestay. You should exchange enough money into Nepalese Rupees to last the entire time of your trek before leaving Kathmandu, as there are no exchange facilities in villages along the way. 

Tipping
It is customary in Asia to tip service providers such as waiters, at approximately 10%, depending on the service. Tipping is expected - though not compulsory - and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your tour. There are several times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip the local guides or drivers we use. You may do this individually, or your tour leader will offer to collect the money and tip as a group. Recommendations for tipping drivers and local guides would range from $1-$2 USD per person per day depending on the quality and length of the service. For porters during the trekking portion of your trip, the recommended amount is 300-500Rs (4-5USD) per porter per day; ask your guide for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture. The amount is entirely a personal preference; however as a guideline $20-30 USD per person, per week can be used.

Packing for your Trip
You will need to bring a comfortable medium sized daypack to carry the things you will need during the day. This should have a waist strap or (better) a padded waist belt.

• Rain jacket or poncho
• Water bottle - minimum 1 liter, aluminum or Nalgene polypropylene are best.
• Walking boots - lightweight, waterproof and well worn in.
• Socks: thick wool (winter season)/blend and thin cotton to be worn in combination - ensure boots fit such combinations.
• Running shoes or sandals for evening
• Lightweight wool sweater
• Fleece jacket
• T-shirts - 2 or 3
• Shirt - long-sleeved • Pants: lightweight long trousers (jeans are unsuitable)
• Hats - beanie with ear flaps or balaclava for nights / peaked ‘French Legionnaire’ style sun hat that will give neck protection during the day
•  Gloves - wool or fleece
• Scarf
• Underwea
• Thermal Underwear
• Swimsuit
• Sarong - a multitude of uses
• Sunglasses
• Bag liners - large, thick garbage bags to line and water/dust proof your duffle bag.
• Sewing kit
• Money belt
• Toiletries
•  Towel
• Torch / flashlight - headlamp style is ideal
• Lighter - for burning toilet paper and rubbish
• Swiss Army Knife
• First Aid Kit
• Hand Sanitizer
• Purification Tablets

HOW WE WORK

Welcome to the start of creating your unique, personalised travel experience. Here are the typical steps involved in planning your trip with 12GO:

 

  • Once you have browsed our website and have some ideas about the kind of trip you want, our specialist travel consultants will help you to create the perfect itinerary to suit your needs. Your personal travel expert will help you with every detail of your trip - always ensuring at each step that your journey will be truly memorable.
  • Contact us by email and tell us which of our tours are of interest. Or let us know your ideas and preferences. Also please let us know when you want to travel, the numbers travelling and any other information you feel we might need in order to design an itinerary that matches your vision. 
  • We will call you by phone within 24 hours of receiving your email. Your personal travel consultant will answer your questions, clarify your ideas, desires and expectations.
  • Using this information your personal travel consultant will suggest a personalised, tailor-made itinerary for you - complete with recommended accommodation and activities, prices and information about the area. Once you have read your itinerary, your consultant will answer your questions and revise it until you are satisfied.
  • Once you confirm the itinerary we will ask you to pay your deposit so we can complete and confirm all bookings.
  • Your personal travel consultant will maintain ongoing contact with you and is here to answer your questions and concerns - he/she will continue to check that all arrangements are in place.
  • About two weeks before your departure you will receive your personal detailed day-to-day itinerary of your upcoming trip, as well as additional information such as cultural etiquette and other recommendations that will help you to maximise your experience.

 

During your trip your personal travel consultant will continue to be available to ensure that your travel experience is running smoothly and to your expectations.

SanjitaGreetings from Nepal! My name is Sanjita your local specialist. I have done my bachelor in Travel and Tourism. To understand and exhibit the core beauty of places is my passion. Adding another brick to my passion, meeting people from different countries, from diverse ethnicities, and learning about their culture and tradition.

If you would like to explore Nepal, and would like not to miss any possible beauties of Nepal then I hope I see you soon as your absolute assistant for your adventurous and comfortable stay in Nepal

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Sunset in Chitwan

Highlights

  • The cultural and heritage of Bhaktapur & Patan cities, and their Durbar squares
  • Serene and Calm town of Panauti and their local people
  • Spectacular panorama of Annapurna Ranges, bustling lakeside streets and lakes of Pokhara Valley
  • Trekking in Annapurna Region
  • Tharu Community & their culture with ample of opportunity to see the wildlife of Chitwan National Park

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