Witness the wind catch prayer flags amid mountainous backdrops, hike through beautiful landscapes and explore ancient towns deep in the Kathmandu Valley. Travelers get to experience the affection of being treated as a family member throughout the homestay and immerse themselves in the local culture. Further, get an exciting adrenaline-pumping rafting adventure in Bhote Koshi River.
- Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu airport
On arrival at Tribhuvan International airport, our representative will be awaiting you to cordially welcome with great hospitality. The representative will be displaying the “Nepal Sanctuary Treks” placard outside the airport terminal. You will be then escorted and transfer to the hotel in our private vehicle.
Further, you will be given a brief description of the activities that will take place during the upcoming trip and a preliminary briefing on hygiene and safety by our representative.
In the evening, you can enjoy a traditional welcome Dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant by Nepal Sanctuary Treks.
- Day 2: Walking tour to Cultural Heritage Sites
9:00 AM: After Breakfast we start our guided cultural tour around Kathmandu Valley. On this cultural tour, you will experience the numerous colors, sounds, and tastes of authentic Kathmandu and surroundings. You will explore deep into the world of customs, traditions, and beliefs of this charming and vibrant country through its classic art and architecture, cultural temples, and most of all its people. Our experienced tour guides will tell you all you need to know and answer all your curiosities regarding those sites.
After breakfast, we drive to Boudhanath, one of the largest stupas in Nepal as well as the sacred Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. Built-in the 5th century, this UNESCO World Heritage Site still attracts many pilgrims, particularly Tibetan Buddhists and local Nepalese. When you visit stupa, you can take a serene atmosphere and observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa.
You can see the vibrant prayer flags tied to the stupa that conveys mantras and prayers into the universe while fluttering in the wind. Traditionally, prayer flags come in sets of five, one in each of five colors. The five colors signify the elements and the Five Pure Lights.
Visit Thanka Painting School at Boudhanath
After touring around Boudhanath stupa we visit Thanka Painting School. You will gain a rare insight into the traditional Buddhist culture and learn about this fascinating religion through art. The instructor provides you an informative and hands-on introduction to this Ancient Art Form and shares the forms of painting.
Further, we take a short drive to Pashupatinath temple, a Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva located on the bank of the Bagmati River. You will be visiting Pashupatinath area to indulge in the spiritual journey.
Pashupatinath is more than just a religious destination. It is a combination of religion, art, and culture. It offers peace and devotion. The temple, spread across 246 hectors of land abounds in temples and monuments. Hundreds of rituals are performed here every day. You will get to witness people performing religious rituals and funeral pyres burn at open-air cremation.
You can see elaborately dressed holy men meditating outside the temple and pilgrims placing offerings at the shrines.
- Day 3: Drive to Godavari 1,500m (Approx. 1 hour); Hike to Chapakharkha 2,080 m (approx. 2 hours)-Khani Gaon 1,848m (1 ½ hours)-Manedobhan (1 ½ hours) - drive back to Panauti (approx. 15 minutes)
After having a hearty breakfast, we take a drive to Godavari- the starting point of the hike. We take ascend through the picturesque forest that provides a cool breeze to soothe the sweat and heat from the sun. The trial involves multiple shortcut routes and a series of sharp switchbacks. The foot trail frequently meets up with the brownish tranquil off-road through the dense forest.
The uphill climb from Godavari to Chapakharka incorporates the beautiful sights of layer hills, glorious Himalayan ranges like Lakpa Dorje, Langtang, Manaslu, and eagle view of entire Kathmandu and Lalitpur valley. Moreover, you are likely to spot a diverse range of birds and their melodious sounds make hiking more energetic and mesmerizing.
From Chapakharkha, we hike through meandering flat off-road trail and narrow path enjoying the distant view of the mountains and thatched houses perched on the hill. We pass the village-like Khani Gaon from where we take a downhill journey all the way to Manedobhan. From here, we take a short ride to Panauti.
Upon arrival at Panauti; you will be welcomed by the host with garland and vermilion with great smiles followed by a briefing. Then you will be taken to a host family home for an authentic local experience. In the evening, try out cooking some Nepali recipes during the cooking class at your host’s kitchen.
- Day 4: Hike Panauti- Khopasi (1 hour approx.)-Balthali (1,730m) approx. 1.5 hours hike
You will be starting your day with a typical Nepali breakfast prepared by the host. After breakfast, you will bid farewell by the host family. You can take a stroll around the beautiful medieval town. Witness the finest arts and culture with a brief tour of the old part of the town which preserves and depicts Panauti’s history and wellness. One of the more stunning temples (a classic example of Newari craftsmanship) is the three-tiered Indreshwor Mahadev Temple, which stands in the center of a huge brick-paved courtyard.
We start today’s hike by passing Khopasi village and reach a small bridge then hike up to the little village. Then we walk up to the little plateau-like hill from where the valley, gorges, adjacent hills, terraces can be seen. Further, we make our way all the way to the hill-top village of Balthali. Once you check in, you can refresh yourself and enjoy your lunch there with beautiful views of the village and some mountains.
- Day 5: Balthali-Namobuddha (2,565m); 3-4 hours hike
After breakfast, we make our way to Namobuddha. We then walk to Pada Gaun (2,100 m), from where one can have tremendously superb views of the entire Himalayan range to the north horizon and beautiful green forest of Mahabharata, and trek to Namobuddha, one of the pilgrimage sites of Buddhists in Nepal. It is a sacred Buddhist place where Lord Buddha is believed to have saved the life of a tiger dying from hunger, by giving him his flesh. From here you have breathtaking views of Gauri Shanker and several other glorious Himalayas.
- Day 6: Namobuddha-Dhulikhel (1,550m); 3 hours hike approx.
After hearty breakfast, we start our hike to Dhulikhel following the path to Kavre Bhanjyang the hike up to the top of Dhulikhel. Reaching Dhulikhel, this Newar town offers a traditional ambiance along with remarkable views of the Himalayas. The magnificent panoramic undisturbed views of mountains in the Langtang range, Jugal Himalayan range, and other snow-capped peaks can be seen from the different vantage points in Dhulikhel.
You can wander around the ancient town to witness some fine old Nepalese buildings and several interesting temples and the traditional Newari culture. The trek reveals the religious atmosphere in the region.
- Day 7: Dhulikhel- Lomosangu (1.5 hour approx.)- Bhote Koshi Raft- Drive back to Bhaktapur (45 minutes approx.)
After breakfast, we take a scenic drive to Lomosangu. Lomosangu Dam is the starting point of our rafting experience. Upon arrival, the River Guide will give a ‘safety procedure’ talk and hand over the life-vests and helmets to each member before you start to float. We end our rafting journey at Sukute beach from where we take a drive back to Bhaktapur.
- Day 8: Explore Bhaktapur- Drive to Kirtipur (50 minutes approx.)
After breakfast, we explore the remarkable ancient city of Nepal. This important area, also known as an ‘open museum’, is home to some best conserved historical monuments in Nepal comprising palaces, courtyards, temples, pagodas, and monuments.
You can explore intricately detailed wood carvings and the stonework of the many sculptures that blow your mind. Juju Dhau or King Curd is a must-try here.
Bhaktapur is also well-known for its awe-inspiring crafts including pottery, woven cloth, Thanka, and masks. The place is popular for its mask dances that reveal the lives of different Gods and deities. The name Bhaktapur literally translates to “City of Devotees”, therefore one can expect to find a multitude of religious places, monuments, and events in Bhaktapur.
You get to witness wood carving and pottery making. After touring around Bhaktapur prominent sites you will be transferred safely back to your hotel.
In the afternoon, we take a short drive to Kirtipur, the historical city of Nepal that carries its own history and has many places to visit around. Kirtipur is one of the oldest cities of Nepal and is originally dominated by the Newars. You get to know about a classic Newari village that very few people know about.
- Day 9: Drive back to Kathmandu (approx. 45 minutes)
After breakfast, we take a scenic drive back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, you can check-in at your hotel and spend the day to rest or catch up on some last-minute shopping.
- Day 10: Final Departure
It is time to fly back home keeping all the terrific experiences of Nepal in mind. After breakfast, the representative from Nepal Sanctuary Treks will transfer you to TIA airport where you should check in 3 hours prior to your scheduled flight.