Nepal is the Himalayan mountains, Kathmandu, Tibetan Buddhism, cozy teahouses, roaring rivers, strong traditions, Hinduism, wild jungle animals and small villages, where time seems to have stood still for centuries. This active adventure trip offers a bit of everything.
A short trek at Annapurna brings you in close contact with life in the mountains. The rafting trip on the Trisuli River takes you to Chitwan National Park, where, by canoe and jeeps, you'll experience the jungle and animals of Nepal's lush lowlands. From Pokhara, you can enjoy a unique view of some of the world's tallest mountains before the journey comes to its end in the capital Kathmandu. With its many temples, palaces and sanctuaries, the town resembles a huge open-air museum.
This is a great family adventure.
Upon arrival in Kathmandu our guide will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel, centrally located in Kathmandu. The rest of the day will be at your leisure.
Today you will have the opportunity to see Kathmandu. After a delicious breakfast you will be shown around the town where, among other things, you can see the famous Hindu temple Pasupatinath dedicated to the god Shiva and which is located on the banks of the holy river Bagmati. Built in pagoda style with beautiful carved silver doors, this is one of the most sacred temples in the Hindu culture. The Pasupatinath Temple is the destination of Hindu pilgrims from all over the world under Shivaratri (Hindu festival celebrating the god Shiva god). Only Hindus are allowed to enter the central courtyard of the temple. Tourists must therefore "settle" with seeing the temple from the opposite bank of the Bagmati River.
If you follow the banks of the river, you will find the Guheshwori Temple (also known as Akash Yogini), which lies on top of a hill and is surrounded by forest. The Guheshwori Temple, like Pasupatina, is also a fixed part of the pilgrim's route and inside the temple there's an altar dedicated to the god Parbati (Shiva's spouse).
The excursion also allows you to see the Nepali Hindu cremation rituals, which are practiced in public at the Bagmati River's shore.
Then you continue to the Buddhist temple of Bouddhanth, which is the largest Stupa (Buddhist ground hill) in South Asia and the center of Buddhism in Nepal. The old and huge Stupa was built in the 7th century by King Man Dab during the Lichhabi dynasty. The stupa rests on three large terraces and from above it takes the form of a lotus flower. The lotus flower has a particularly sacred significance in the Buddhist faith.
Lunch is served after the visit. Subsequently, the trip goes on to the medieval town of Bhaktapur. The city is known for its large squares, beautiful temples (Nyatpola and Dattatraya) and the beautiful "Palace of Fiftyfive Windows". The city is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
You will be picked up from the hotel and drive to the airport from where you fly to Pokhara. Upon arrival at Pokhara, you will immediately go sightseeing. Nepal's second largest city at the foot of the Annapurna Mountains, is marvelously beautiful. Late in the afternoon it is recommended to go on a boat trip on the Phewa Tal lake and enjoy the view of the beautiful Machabucchare Fishtail Mountain. There are lots of restaurants and shops at Lakeside, so the evening will also be entertaining.
After an early breakfast you'll be picked up and driven to Phedi, where the trek begins. The trail leads up through the forest until we reach the village of Dhampus. Here we will have our first great view of two Himalayan giants, Annapurna, 8.091m / 26,545 ft. and Manaslu, 8.163m /26,781 ft. From Dhampus it is all downhill to the small village Pothana, where we will spend the night at a teahouse.
The first part of today's trek is a nice climb up through the mixed forest to Deurali. From Deurali we continue steeply downhill to Tolkha, which is a beautiful Magar and Gurung village. The Magar and the Gurung people are two different ethnic groups. They are originally farmers, but their strong physical shape often qualifies them as Gurkha soldiers. From Tolkha, the trail gradually descends through terraced fields to the village of Landrung. We will spend the night here.
From Landrung we hike down to the Modi Khola River and cross the river on a suspension bridge. From the river we continue up to the village of Ghandrung. There are lots of teahouses here, as well as a small Gurung museum. From Ghandrung there is a grand view to Annapurna South, 7,229m (23,717ft), Hiunchuli, 6,441m (21,132ft), Annapurna III, 7,755m (25,443ft), Tarke Kang, 7,193m (23,599ft) and the Fishtail Mountain, 6,993m (22,943ft).
We'll have plenty of time to visit the Annapurna Conversation Area Project, Nepal's largest protected area. Overnight stay at a teahouse in Ghandrung.
We leave Ghandrung and walk towards Nayapul and Birethani, passing through Kimshe and Shaulo Bazaar. After a nice lunch, we trek to Birethani and on to Nayapul, where we will spend the last night in the mountains.
From Nayapul we walk the last stretch out to the road, where the car waits to take us back to Pokhara. The rest of the day in Pokhara is at your leisure. Enjoy a refreshing bath and a nice dinner at one of the many restaurants at Lakeside.
We leave Pokhara and drive south to Mugling. Before we jump into the rafts, we will be thoroughly instructed in how to you use the paddles, and are equipped with life jackets and helmets. Rafting on this part of the Trisuli River is not wild or technical, but it is good fun with some great rapids.
As we approach the lowlands, the rafting trip comes to an end and we continue by car to Unique Wildlife Resort in Chitwan National Park. If time permits, we will go on a late afternoon safari before we enjoy a typical nepalese dinner.
Our day will begin before sunrise with an early wake-up call. After quick refreshments, we will go out on the river in a canoe. It's a great experience to slide down along the river and watch the crocodiles lying in the sun, watching us from the sand banks. After the canoe trip we continue on foot together with our nature guides into the jungle. The protected national park hosts a lot of wildlife. A total of 68 mammal species lives here. We will be back at the lodge by 9.am and breakfast will be waiting for us.
After lunch we will go deep into the jungle, where there are excellent opportunities to meet rhinos, deer and wild elephants. If we are really lucky, we might even encounter the Bengal Tiger. We will be back at the lodge at around sunset. We will have a nice barbecue dinner and there will be a cultural program prepared by people from the nearby Tharu villages.
There's again an early wake up call. Today’s safari will be by jeep, which is a very effective way to experience the national park and the drive usually offers views of some exciting wildlife. After a couple of hours we return to the lodge and have breakfast. We pack our luggage and head towards Kathmandu. Accommodation at a hotel in Kathmandu.
You'll have two days at your leisure in Kathmandu. We strongly recommend visiting the royal cities of Patan and Bhaktapur. There is a wonderful atmosphere and it is a fantastic experience to get lost in the narrow streets and visit the fine old temples.
This day in Kathmandu is also at your leisure. We strongly recommend visiting the royal cities of Patan and Bhaktapur. There is a wonderful atmosphere and it is a fantastic experience to get lost in the narrow streets and visit the fine old temples.
After breakfast, you'll check out from the hotel. If you are leaving in the evening, you'll have the day to make the last purchases before you go to the airport for your return journey.
This is an individual holiday. This means that it is only you, who is on the trip, and you have your own guide and own porters. If, for example, you do not mind being put together with other travelers, then you can let us know and then we will put you together with others if they should have the same desire.
On this trip you have local guides and porters leading and supporting you. Your guides speak English, they are experts in the area, and have done the trip many times before.
Please note that transportation to and from Kathmandu is NOT included in the package, and that you have to make sure to book your own flight that matches the holiday start- and end date. This is easily done online or by contacting us for an offer on firstname.lastname@example.org
Important: We recommend that you book the trip with us before you buy your plane tickets.
We ensure that you are picked up from and brought back to the airport no matter what time of day you arrive and depart.
In Kathmandu and Pokhara breakfast is included at the hotels, but you have to take care of lunch and dinner yourself. There are many good and cheap restaurants both in Kathmandu and Pokhara. During the trek, breakfast and dinner are had at the lodge, where you stay. Lunch is had along the way, when it fits the local teahouses. The food is good, plentiful and tasty - also for the kids. There are many possibilities to buy fresh bottled water, as well as hot tea, coffee, cocoa, beer and soft drinks.
In Kathmandu and Pokhara you will stay at centrally located tourist class hotels.
On the trek you stay at teahouses as they are called in Nepal. The teahouses are guest houses that are run and owned by local families. The quality of the teahouses varies, and we strive to get the best options, but you must be prepared for the conditions to be relatively primitive. The teahouses often have a cozy common room, which is heated by a wood-burning stove. We usually stay in double rooms, but at some teahouses there may be multi-bed rooms with 4-6 beds in each room. The rooms are not heated. At some teahouses it is possible to buy a bath, but remember to ask, whether the water has been heated by solar energy, so that we can help protect the vulnerable forest growth.
In Chitwan National Park you stay at Unique Wildlife Resort - in double rooms with a bath and a toilet.
A typical trekking day begins with a morning wake-up call at 6.30 - 7am.
When you have gotten dressed and had your breakfast, you pack your luggage and start trekking at about 8am. It is important that you walk at your own pace and take the breaks you need.
At approx. 11.30am - 12.00pm you will have a nice long lunch break for about an hour before you continue on the afternoon's hike.
You arrive at the accommodation in the afternoon and once you have gotten your room, there is plenty of time to relax, experience the village, or read a good book. Dinner is served between 6-7pm.
Area: 147,181 km2
Population: approx. 26 million
Religious holidays / festivals
Nepal is primarily a Hindu country, which is also heavily influenced by Buddhism. Therefore, there are many religious celebrations. Several of the greatest ceremonies lie in the trekking season and can affect the activity level. Take it easy if things don't go according to the plan, everything always works out. Diwali is a great Hindu light festival, which is also celebrated by eg. Buddhists. The party should symbolize the victory of good over evil. Diwali also celebrates the Hindu goddess Lakshmi, who stands for prosperity, wealth and beauty. The festival days are shifted with the lunar calendar from year to year.
You can charge your equipment at lodges and hotels. The amperage is 240 volts, but can vary widely in the mountains. It is recommended to bring a multi-adapter with several options.
Telephone and Internet
Country code +977
Remember to turn automatic updates, data roaming and the like off on your phone / tablet, so you do not get a surprisingly large bill when you get home. There is WiFi in many of the teahouses. There is network coverage in many places along the way on the trekking trip, but it is expensive to call home so most people choose to keep in touch with the family via SMS. There will also be patches without any connection.
Nepal's official language is nepali, but a large number of dialects are spoken. Our local guides speak English well, but usually with an accent. At hotels, tea houses and in shops, English is also spoken. Great mastery of the English language should not be expected from the porters (and definitely not from the yaks!)
In general, the dresscode in Nepal is very relaxed, even at the finer hotels, but it is important to dress with respect for religion and local customs. Therefore, dress decently and avoid wearing shorts if you are going to visit temples and monasteries. It is good practice to have your shoulders and knees covered.
There are a lot of motifs in Nepal, so be sure to have plenty of room on your memory cards. Show the locals respect and ask for permission before photographing them.
We highly recommend that you are covered by a good travel insurance covering at least Medical Expenses, Illness, Personal Accident, Baggage and Repatriation. The customer is responsible to take the necessary travel insurance that covers these costs. Mountain Adventures, or our local partners, do not have any responsibility for our customers not being covered by an necessary travel insurance. You have to arrange your insurance in your home country.
The local currency is called rupee (NPR). In Kathmandu, there are many ATMs where you can withdraw money, as well as exchange booths, where cash dollars and euros can be exchanged. It is also possible to exchange or withdraw rupee on credit cards in Namche Bazar, but we recommend that you withdraw / exchange an appropriate amount of money for the trekking trip before leaving Kathmandu. At most teahouses, only rupees are accepted.
There is a tradition of giving tips in Nepal. At restaurants, around 10% of the bill is rounded up. There is also a tradition of giving tips to guides and carriers. You should prepare about 90-100 US dollars for that purpose. The tour guide gathers the group's tips together in an envelope and distributes it between our Nepalese team.
It is the customer’s responsibility to have a valid passport. It is also the customer’s responsibility to seek and obtain any necessary visa for travelling to the booked destination. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the expected return. Note that there may be special visa requirements for different foreign nationalities. Please note that processing time for visas to some countries may be several weeks. Mountain Adventures have no responsibility for any lack of travel documents. Be aware of any transit visa requirements.
Remember to bring along 3 passport photos for the visa (if it is possible for you to obtain it at arrival) and the trekking permit.
We advise you to contact a medical specialist or you personal doctor or a licensed vaccination clinic. Please note that you should bring your vaccination certificate when you travel to Nepal.
When you've booked your trip, you will receive all the practical information and a packing list for the trip.
The best seasons for trekking in the Everest region are spring and autumn. March, April, May, October, November and early December are great for trekking. It is usually clear weather and bright sunshine in the morning. During the afternoon the evaporation of snow in the mountains forms some clouds, but it usually clears up by sunset. It is also possible to trek in the winter months of January and February, but it can be very cold in high altitude. The summer season from June to the end of September is characterized by the Indian monsoon with a lot rain.
In the mountains, the temperature varies greatly depending on the height and time of day. In the middle of the day, it can easily be warm in even at great altitude (4,500 - 5,000m/14.750 - 16.400 ft.) with up to 20°C/273K. When the sun goes down, the temperature drops dramatically, and it can be - 10°C/263K at night at the same height.