- Spectacular mountain scenery through charming villages inhabited by the Gurungs and Magars
- Dense rhododendron forests full of birds and deep sub-tropical valleys
- Panorama Mountain views of Annapurna, ranges of Dhaulagiri, Lamjung, Fishtail, Gangapurna and diversity landscapes of surrounding valley
- Stunning sunrise view from Poonhill
- Explore Pokhara, Lumbini and Tansen
Shrine to mystical mountain and wildlife tour offers the views of snowy mountains and an idea of the typical Nepali countryside life. This tour encompasses the combination of trekking, wildlife adventure, cultural immersive tour, and magnificent views of the mountain. The travelers experience the clean mountain air and the spiritual soul of the locals. The diverse culture and customs revealed to guests as they discover indigenous Tharu and Gurung ethnic groups village. One can participate in meditation and bird watching in Lumbini. Dugout canoe adventure on the Rapti River gets an opportunity for travelers to see marsh mugger crocodiles and various birds. The trip also brings the opportunity to witness the mountain magnificence and beautiful sunrise over the Himalayas. You will treasure the experience and memories that you get from this trip.
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- Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport (1,302m/4,270ft)
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 02: 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 its 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 the 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 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 hectares of land abounds in temples and monuments. Hundreds of rituals are performed here every day. You will get to witness people performing religious ritual 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.
Then we drive to Bhaktapur, a city also known as the City of Devotees is one of the three medieval cities in Kathmandu Valley.
PM: Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Bhaktapur literally translates to “the place of devotees”. Also called Bhadgaon, it is an ancient Newar city in the east corner of the Kathmandu Valley and lies about 8 miles from the capital city, Kathmandu. 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 will 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. Also, witness handicrafts including wood carving and pottery making.
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.
After touring around Bhaktapur prominent sites you will be transferred safely back to your hotel.
- Day 03: Flight Kathmandu – Pokhara (895m/2,938ft)– Drive to Nayapul; Trek Ulleri
Flight duration: KTM-PKR 20 minutes approx.
Altitude above sea level: Ulleri 1,960m/6,430 ft.
Driving Duration: PKR-Nayapul approx.2 hr.
Hiking Duration: Approx. 4 hours
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport and will take a flight to Pokhara. From Pokhara we will drive to Nayapul from where our trek will start. We will meet our accompanying trekking crew there and after a short briefing about the trek, we will leave for Birethati (1,025m/3,362ft) down the hill from Nayapul. The initial point at NayaPul takes you through cozy rural villages and relatively easy slight uphill terrain to Hille following the Bhurungdi Khola River and crossing a few suspension bridges.
We pass more villages like Tikhedhunga and continue a path having 3,200 steep stone steps that will lead to getting our first view of Annapurna south and finally reach Ulleri by evening.
- Day 04: Ulleri – Ghorepani (2,750m/9,022ft) 5hrs trek
Altitude above sea level 🙁 2,750m/9,022ft)
Hiking Duration: 5 hrs trek
After breakfast, we continue our trek to our next destination Ghorepani. It is believed that the village was named Ghorepani as in the past it used to be rest place for merchants where they found water for their horses, from where the name became ‘Ghora’ horse and ‘pani’ water.
This part of the trek is the challenging one; the trail is uneven as it leads hills to hill making the trekkers trek down hills and up hills too. We climb to the Ghorepani through stone stairs. As we take ascend you can see the beautiful scenery of Annapurna South. We walk through a forest filled with trees often in bloom and bamboo plants. You will be overwhelmed by the uniqueness and tranquility of this spectacular region.
Trekking higher passing through Birethathi and Nagathanti (2,520m/8267ft) we will reach Ghorepani approximately within a couple of hours. We will rest at Ghorepani and prepare ourselves for the next day’s Poonhill trek.
- Day 05: Ghorepani- Poonhill (3,210 m) and trek to Dobato (3,426m)
Altitude above sea level: Poonhill (3,210 m/10,531 ft.)
Hiking duration: Ghorepani-Poonhill 45 mins; Poonhill-Dobato-7 hours approx.
We rise up early, for a pre-dawn hike to Poon Hill for sunrise over Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna Range. Once we reach at the elevation of 3210 m and we will be greeted with clear panoramic views of several snow-capped mountains and peaks like Gangapurna Mountain, Annapurna South Mountain, and Annapurna I mountain, Dhaulagiri Mountain, and the Hiunchuli Mountains with a magnificent sunrise.
After we spend quality time here we return to our tea-house for breakfast. After breakfast we ascend above the tree line and follow a ridge to Muldai hill. We climb up Mulde Viewpoint which gives us an incredible eyes level panorama mountains views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung, Fishtail & Gangapurna and diversity landscapes of surrounding valley. After savoring the mountain vistas we descend to our lodge at Dobato.
- Day 06: Dobato– Ghandruk (1,970m/6,463ft)
Altitude above sea level: (1,970m/6,463 ft.); Mulde peak
Optional Sunrise hike; (3,637m/ 11,932 ft.)
Hiking Duration: – 5 to 6 hours approx.
We make the pre-breakfast hike to Muldai viewpoint for 30 minutes. It’s truly glorious and stand at 3,637 m/11,932 ft. offers eyes level 360-degree magnificent panorama mountains views of Annapurna, ranges of Dhaulagiri, Lamjung, Fishtail, Gangapurna and diverse landscapes of surrounding valley. The rays of the rising sun when illuminated by the majestic mountain makes you overwhelmed.
After breakfast, we take to descend to a stream and climb again through the forest to a ridge with a tea shop. Easy walking past unusually oval-shaped homes, and you come to the flag- stone-lined streets of the Gurung settlement of the Ghandruk, the largest Gurung settlement in the area.
- Day 07: Ghandruk to Nayapul (approx. 4 hrs. hike ) Drive to Pokhara (approx. 2 hours)
Hiking Duration: Approx. 4 hours
Driving Duration: Nayapul-PKR approx. 2 hr.
After breakfast, we join the trail that descends downhill all the way to Birethati and back to Nayapul from where our trek started. As a vehicle will be waiting for us, we will return to Pokhara. Upon reaching Pokhara you will be overwhelmed with the tranquility of lakes and the radiance of the Himalayas escalating behind them that create a rhythm of harmony and magic. After check-in at the hotel, we freshen up and drive to Devi’s fall and Gupteswor Mahadev Cave.
After visiting both interesting sites we will do boating at Fewa Lake. In this lake, you can involve yourself in various activities like boating, sailing, bird watching, etc. The image of the Fishtail Mountain in the crystal clear and calm water of Phewa Lake is something not to be missed.
In the middle of the Lake, you will be landed on the island of the Barahi temple, which is the major attraction of the tour. In the evening, you can stroll the streets of Pokhara, which provides a captivating mosaic of shops, cafés, and restaurants.
- Day 08: Pothana to Pokhara via Dhampus 4-5hours
After the decent breakfast leave Pothana behind and trek to Dhampus (1,580m). Dhampus lie out at the end of the ridge then walk down steeply to the valley floor. Drive back along a road to Pokhara. Overnight stay in hotel
· Walk through cultivated terraces
· Majestic view of the holy mountain Machhapuchre 6,973mtrs (Fish Tail) and Annapurna Range from Pothana
- Day 09: Explore Pokhara Valley
We rise up early in the morning and visit a famous sunrise viewpoint in Pokhara called “World’s Peace Pagoda” offering a long panoramic backdrop of the high Himalayas and lake beneath the vantage point with Tal Barahi Temple isolated. We can see a panoramic views of the high Himalayan range from Manaslu to Dhaulagiri range with Machhapuchhre and Annapurna Massif along with scenic Pokhara Valley and Phewa Lake.
- Day 10: Drive from Pokhara to Tansen 123km , Approximately 4 hours
After having breakfast we drive to Tansen which is 17th-century city that offers the vantage point of Shreenagar Hill from where an awe-inspiring Himalayan backdrop from Dhaulagiri in the west to Ganesh Himal in the east can be seen. We visit to Ranighat, the palace built on the banks of the Kali Gandaki River in commemoration of his beloved wife Tej Kumari.
- Day 11: Drive from Tansen to Lumbini (44km) approximately 1 hour 30 minutes- Bhairawaha (25km) Approximately 1 hour
After the breakfast, we drive to Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha where we visit Secret Garden, Maya Devi Temple, Ashoka Pillar, Puskarani or Holy Pond where Queen Mayadevi had taken a bath just before giving birth to the Buddha. After sightseeing, we drive to Bhairahawa and stay overnight in hotel.
· Visit Lumbini palace premises
- Day 12: Drive to Chitwan National Park.(138km), Approx 2 hours 45 minutes
After the breakfast, we will leave Lumbini to get Chitwan and cabin in a wilderness inn. After check-in at hotel, we take rest and explore Tharu village.
- Explore Tharu village and their culture
- Day 13: Full Day Safari
After the breakfast, you will spend your day in Chitwan National Park engaging in different jungle activities such as jungle walk, canoeing, bird watching, cultural tour and others.
- Jungle Safari, Jungle walk
- Bird watching
- Opportunity to see one-horned rhinoceros, tigers and the narrow-snouted gharial crocodile and many more
- Day 14: Fly back to Kathmandu
We will have an early breakfast at the hotel then be transferred to the airport and take flight back to Kathmandu. After landing in Kathmandu you will then be accompanied to your hotel and you have free time for yourself.
- Day 15: Back Home
It is time to fly back to home keeping all the terrifying experiences of Nepal in mind.
The representative from Nepal Sanctuary Treks will transfer you to TIA airport where you should check-in 3 hours prior your scheduled flight.
What's not Included
Our entire holiday went like clockwork, especially our tour to Pokhara, Lumbini, and Chitwan. We have already started saving for a return trip to Nepal next year.We really had truly meaningful and wonderful experience throughout the trip.
Lindsey, like me, has fallen in love with Nepal. We look forward to our next visit.
We express our sincere thanks to Tulsi and Jyotsna for organized trip and helping to make our trip so memorable.