Adventure holidays tour visit Kathmandu and Bhaktapur durbar squares, search for tigers in Chitwan National park, trekking in the foothill of the Annapurna range, marveling at the mountain landscapes.
From the colours and magic of Kathmandu’s market to the serenity of Himalayan trails, this real adventure tour in Nepal offers an interesting blend of well placed excursions. The rugged foothills of the Annapurna range will reward those willing to break a sweat with stunning views of mountains vistas. An experience Nepal from a different perspective as you included activities and options for more like a soak in the restorative waters of a natural hot spring; you will come away with a full and real appreciation of this fascinating land. Talk local tour guide and leader for adventure holidays map, cost and customized tour itinerary.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu
Receive you at Kathmandu airport upon your arrival by our smiling and friendly faces, and then transfer to hotel. In the afternoon, short tour briefing and pay rest of the balance amount.
Kathmandu is Nepal’s magical capital and largest city and for many, simply the name alone is sufficient to conjure up images of temple pagodas, long-haired saddhus in clouds of hashish smoke and the ever-present Himalayas. Kathmandu is all this and more. Sitting in a bowl-like valley surrounded on all sides by some of the highest mountains on earth, Kathmandu has been a crossroads of cultures since hundreds of years before Christ, a tradition very much alive today. Kathmandu is fascinating at every turn and a great place to just wander, seeing where chance, fate or the city may lead you.
Day 2: Kathmandu City Tour
After breakfast, start Kathmandu city tour visit Kathmandu durbar square, Boudhanath stupa, Pashupatinath temple and Swoyambhunath stupa.
Kathmandu durbar square is in list of world heritage sites by UNESCO. Durbar Square was built primarily in the 16th and 17th centuries. Within the square there is of course the Royal Palace and many temples built in the traditional Newari pagoda style. On the south side lies the Kumari Chowk, home to the living goddess Kumari, a virgin girl is considered as the incarnation of the Hindu goddess Taleju –Durga, Kali the powerful female goddess. The Kumari lives a protected life rarely leaving the confines of the chowk, when she does it is for important religious festivals and whilst traveling her feet must never touch the ground. Once the Kumari reaches at youth means that she leaves blood from her body, another 3-5 year old girl will take her place.
Boudhanath Stupa isone of the largest Buddhist shrines in the world. Here you may observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the Stupa. Another fascinating place is Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we will see Hindu holy-men (or Sadhus), pilgrims performing ritual bathing, and occasionally, funeral pyres burning on the ghats.
Swoyambhunath stupa is the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Kathmandu valley. Its lofty white dome and glittering golden spire are visible for many miles. On each of the four sides of the main stupa there is a pair of big eyes. These eyes are symbolic of God is all-seeing perspective. There is no nose between the eyes but rather a representation of the number one in the Nepali alphabet, signifying that the single way to enlightenment is through the Buddhist path. Above each pair of eyes is another eye, the third eye, signifying the wisdom of looking within. No ears are shown because it is said the Buddha is not interested in hearing prayers in praise of him. To reach Swayambhunath you climb 365 steps that lead up the hill and the area surrounding the stupa is filled with temples, painted images of deities and numerous other religious objects.
Mountain flight, known as Everest flight
Regular flights are conducted daily from Kathmandu towards the Himalayan Range in the North and East of Kathmandu. The flight generally takes off in the morning and lasts for one full hour. This is the quickest way to get a close look at Mt. Everest, the highest mountains in the world. Other mountains that can be viewed at close range are Nuptse (7879 M), Lhotse (8501 M), Cho Oyu (8000M), Makalu (8475 M) and Kanchenjunga (8584 M).
Day 3: Kathmandu Pokhara Tour
An early bus ride along stunning scenery brings us from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Pokhara lies on a once vibrant trade route extending between India and Tibet. To this day, mule trains can be seen camped on the outskirts of the town, bringing goods to trade from remote regions of the Himalaya.The enchanting city has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panoramic views of Himalayan peaks - creating the ambience that has made it such a popular place to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature. Nestled in a tranquil valley at an altitude of 827m, Pokhara is a place of natural beauty. The serenity of Phewa Lake and the magnificence of the fish-tailed summit of Machhapuchhre (6977m) rising behind it create an ambiance of peace and tranquility.
Day 4: Pokhara Ghandruk Trekking
We transfer to our trekking start point Nayapul which is around 1.5 hours from Pokhara. From here we start to trek uphill passing the foothill of Annapurna Region to reach Ghandruk. Ghandruk is a village which is populated by mostly Thakalis, Gurungs and Magars. Total hiking time today is about 5 - 6 hours and distance hiked is 8-9 km.
Day 5: Ghandruk Landruk trek via Jinu danda hot spring.
After breakfast, we trek all the way to Jhinu Danda which takes approx. 4 hours for 6 km distance walk. We spend about 2 hours in Jhinu so we can take a break and enjoy the hot springs. In the afternoon we hike another 3 hours (5-6 km) through the forest of Annapurna to reach Landrung.
Day 6: Landruk Dhampus trekking
Today there is 4 - 5 hour trek brings you to Dhampus for the evening. The total distance hiked is 8-9 kms.
Day 7: Pokhara- Chitwan
Today we have a final two hour trek to Phedi from where we return to Pokhara for lunch before continuing to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Royal Chitwan National Park (approx 4-5 hrs). Known as the Terai, the landscape you travel through today is a belt of marshy grasslands, savannas, and forests at the base of the Himalayas. The Terai zone is composed of alternate layers of clay and sand, with a high water table that creates many springs and wetlands; the zone is inundated yearly by the monsoon-swollen rivers of the Himalaya.
Day 8: Chitwan National Park Tour
The Terai-Duar savanna and grasslands form an eco-region that stretches across the middle of the Terai belt. They are a mosaic of tall grasslands, savannas and evergreen and deciduous forests; the grasslands are among the tallest in the world, fed by silt deposited by the yearly monsoon floods. It is this eco-region that is home to the endangered Indian Rhinoceros, as well as elephants, Bengal tigers, bears, leopards and other wild animals. Much of the region has been converted to farmland, although both Royal Chitwan National Park and Royal Bardia National Park preserve significant sections of habitat, and are home to some of the greatest concentrations of rhinoceros and tiger remaining in South Asia.
Royal Chitwan National Park is the oldest national park in Nepal. Established in 1973, it became a World Heritage Site in 1984. Within its area of 932km², the Royal Chitwan National Park is home to at least 43 species of mammals, 450 species of birds, and 45 species of amphibians and reptiles including sambars, chitals, rhesus monkeys, and langurs.
Until 1950 the Chitwan Valley was a hunting reserve for big game. Happily, today tourists come only to spot wildlife, rather than shoot it, and the park offers some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities in Asia. We explore the national park by jeep safari before we are accompanied by our local guide for a half day walk inside the park. There will also be free time to go on a canoe ride or to enjoy a spot of bird watching.
Day 9: Chitwan -Kathmandu Tour
Return to Kathmandu by road takes approx 6 hours drive. The afternoon is free for your own explorations and shopping. If you have not done so already you could visit the burning ghat at Pashupatinath and Swoyambhunath, the monkey temple. More than almost any city in the world, Kathmandu is fascinating at every turn, and some travelers prefer to just wander, seeing where chance, fate or the city may lead them.
Day 10: Kathmandu airport
Final airport transfers to get flies back to home.