“Trek to Everest Region, Cycling to Kali Gandaki River Valley and Jungle Safari in lowland of southern Nepal.”
Introduction of the Major Places
Everest region: Everest region is one of the most popular and spectacular destinations for trekkers, mountaineers and other adventure seekers. Definitely, the central attraction of this region is Mt. Everest, the highest mountain on the earth, but this region has more to offer to the visitors. In the field of tourism in Nepal, Sherpa people are internationally well-known ethnic group who are originated from this region. It offers pure traditional Sherpa culture which you rarely see in other regions in Nepal. Similarly, it has one of the most beautiful peaks in the world, called Amadablam which is proudly standing dominating all the other attractions.
The trek begins with a sweeping scenic flight to Lukla (2880 m.) following many farm villages on route with beautiful views of snow capped peaks. Depending upon your time limitations, this region permits you to be flexible in designing your itinerary. The itinerary can range from 5/6 days to 15/20 days. The shortest itinerary is to go up to Namche Bazaar or Hotel Everest View and return to Lukla to catch flight back to Kathmandu. The longest itinerary includes some passes and walk on snow for few days.
Kali Gandaki Valley: Our trek follows one of the most ancient trade routes of the Trans Himalaya, passing through many interesting villages, local people, and traders, donkeys and mule trains. The trail also follows through beautiful enchanting forests of rhododendron, oak and pine trees with constant views of the Annapurna and the Dhaulagiri mountain range. We start this marvelous trip in Pokhara which is located in the mid western Nepal. Pokhara, is one of the most unique sub-tropical valley’s in the Himalaya, and arguably in the world, where one can marvel the beauty of the Himalayan landscape and reflection of the imposing Annapurna Range, including the towering majestic peak of Mt. Machhapuchhre, and it’s beautiful lakes.The trail at one time served as a major trade route linking India and Tibet. Yak caravans loaded with salt descended from the Tibetan plateau, while mule trains carrying grain headed up river from Nepal’s hills, meeting halfway to barter their precious commodities. The Thak Khola region you enter after Tatopani was the centre of this vital and ancient tradition of trade. It is also the homeland of one of Nepal’s most successful ethnic groups, the Thakalis. Thakali tribes are wide spread from Pokhara up to the Mustang region, which used their strategic position on the trade route to great advantage. As you enter the cobbled streets of Marpha, you have entered another world, a reminiscent of the Tibetan Plateau. From Jomsom the trail stretches on the Kali Gandaki Valley, and up towards Kagbeni, and Muktinath; a Tibetan-like village with the ruins of fortresses set in the upper reaches of the Kali Gandaki river Valley. Headquarters of the Mustang district, Jomsom is an important government centre. In the heart of this scenic, magical valley lies Muktinath, one of the most sacred of pilgrimage places in all of Nepal. Here, the natural elements are displayed in miraculous form; flickering blue flames of natural methane gas burn on water, stone and earth in an offering said to have been first lighted by Brahma, the Hindu creator. The country changes dramatically in the days walk from Dana onwards, with fabulous views of Nilgiri Himal, the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. The culture and the people changes as you reach from higher to lower elevation. Prayer flags and stone chortens (prayer walls) marks the entrance to Tibetan influenced Buddhist villages and clustered around monasteries several centuries old. As the trek enters Tatopani onwards we will be walking on the deepest gorge in the world between the two towering massifs of Dhaulagiri 8,172m and Annapurna 8,091m with only 35 km apart, turning the plunge to the Kali Gandaki at Tatopani from their high top peaks into a staggering 6,660m gorge. Slowly, this marvelous trek comes to an end near Pokhara with glamorous scenery all the way a short interesting drive brings you at Pokhara and then to Kathmandu.
Chitwan National Park: Chitwan National Park is the best preserved conservation area in Asia and the most visited National Park by tourists in Nepal which is enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. Established in 1973 AD, the park covers an area of 932 sq. km which includes hilly areas of the Shiwalik Range covered by deciduous trees. The park is bounded by Rapti and Narayani rivers and the altitude ranges from 110 to 850 meters. Chitwan National Park used to be called “Royal Chitwan National Park” because it was a big game place for Royal Family of Nepal. But, after the People’s Revolution in 2006 AD, the initial word of the name (Royal) has been deleted. The park is the home for the endangered species like single-horned rhinoceros, Royal Bengal tiger. Other animals found in the park are rhesus monkey, leopard, sloth bear, wild boar, grey langur monkey, wild dog, small wild cats, marsh crocodile, the four species of deer and other animals. Similarly, it is also the home to 450 species of birds.
The Park offers interesting sites and activities, like Elephant safari, Jeep safari, canoeing etc. Elephant safari provides you great opportunity to have closer view of single-horned rhinoceros and you may get to see the Royal Bengal Tiger. A jeep safari through the jungle provides more game spotting opportunities than might be expected otherwise because it goes deeper into the jungle, usually beyond the beaten track. A thrilling tour in a four wheel drive into the heart of the park will enable you to view some of the rarest species of animals and birds.
||Arrive in Kathmandu (1300m) and transfer to hotel
||Full Day Guided Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
||Fly to Lukla (2860m) and Trek to Phakding (2610m) – 3.5 hrs
||Trek to Namche (3440m) – 4 hrs
||Hike to Everest View Hotel (3880m) and Return to Namche – 4.5 hrs
||Trek to Lukla (2860m) – 7 hrs
||Fly to Kathmandu – Pokhara (827m) – 1 hrs
||Fly to Jomsom and Cycle to Marpha (2670m) – 2 hrs
||Cycle to Tatopani (2010m) – 6 hrs
||Cycle to Nayapool and Drive to Pokhara – 5 hrs
||Drive to Chitwan (150m) – 4.5 hrs
||Full day sightseeing in Chitwan
||Fly to Kathmandu
||Guided Sightseeing in Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu (1300m) and transfer to hotel
On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by our staff, who will escort you to hotel, where our Sherpa guide or the office staff will give you a brief orientation about the hotel, Kathmandu itself, trekking, and the do's and don’ts of the area. They will also review any additional information that you might require while in Nepal, including an overview of the next day's sightseeing tour. Overnight in Hotel
Day 02: Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu valley
Early in the morning at 5 o’clock your guide will pick you up from the hotel and take you to visit Boudhanath at dawn. Boudhanath is the biggest stupa in Nepal which is believed to be built by a widow woman with 4 sons in Lichchhabi Era. You will fully enjoy the roof top breakfast at Boudhanath. After then you will visit Pashupatinath, the biggest temple of Hindus in the world, located approx. 3 km south of Boudhanath. Please, note that only Hindus are allowed to enter into the main temple. After spending couple of hours in Pashupatinath, you will be transferred to Garden of Dream to have lunch. It is one of the most beautiful garden restaurants in Kathmandu. After having lunch, you will be picked up by your vehicle and dropped to Kathmandu Durbar Square, where you will visit the ancient palace, the temple of Kumari also known as Taleju, hailed as the living goddess of Nepal, Hanuman Dhoka, and Kasthamandav Temple with a guide knowledgeable about Nepalese history, architecture, and religion. . After then you will visit Swoyambhunath located approx. 3 km west of Kathmandu Durbar Square, which is also called “Monkey Temple”. Swoyambhunath is situated 77 meters above the level of Kathmandu Valley. It is the oldest stupa in Nepal which is believed to be more than 2000 years old. After spending few hours at Swoyambhunath, you will be transferred to Garden of Dream to have lunch In the evening, you will be dropped at your Hotel. Overnight in Hotel
Post-Earthquake Kathmandu Valley and brief Introduction
Situated at an elevation of 1336 meters, Kathmandu is the Capital city and the largest city of Nepal. Kathmandu Valley covers an area of 218 sq. miles that comprises of three cities namely, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Patan. All of these cities have equal historical significance. Kathmandu has now been growing up as one of the best tourist destinations in the world because of its diverse historical, cultural and social importance as well as its ancient architecture. There are seven historical sites in Kathmandu valley which are listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Kathmandu valley has been badly affected by the mega earthquake of 7.8 magnitudes that hit Nepal on 25 April 2015. All the tourist destinations and historical sites in the valley have been either completely or partially damaged. The nine storied historical Bhimsen Tower (Dharhara) situated at the center of the capital completely collapsed.
Kathmandu Durbar Square which is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979 has also been affected by the earthquake. Some monuments and sites are completely and some are partially destroyed. It was temporarily closed for the tourists after the earthquake. But, the government of Nepal reopened the durbar square for the visitors from 15 June 2015 after conducting proper investigation by the technicians and government authorities. There are signs kept to alert the visitors from entering in the danger zones. While visiting the durbar square you have to be careful about those alert signs and symbols. You are not allowed to enter into the temples and the museums.
Boudhanath is another famous tourist site in Kathmandu. It is situated 8 km north-east of Kathmandu. It is the biggest stupa in Nepal. Every day thousands of Buddhist devotees visit Boudhanath. The earthquake has partially cracked its top part. Considering its future complications the local authority has destroyed the top part and started to rebuild again. It is open for tourists. The hotels and restaurants around Boudhanath are also safe and open. You can still enjoy the roof top lunch as usual. The only difference is that you will see the Boudhalnath without its head.
Swoyambhunath is another important Buddhist site in Kathmandu which is also called “Monkey Temple”. It is the oldest stupa in Kathmandu which is believed to be built more than 2000 years ago. The earthquake has severely damaged several monuments though the main stupa remained unaffected. It is open for tourists and there are alert signs which make you cautious about the danger zones. You should be aware of those alert signs while visiting Swoyambhunath.
Pashupatinath is regarded as the biggest temple of Hindus in the world which is located on the bank of Bagmati River. Only Hindus are allowed to enter into the main temple but you can still visit around the temples even if you are not Hindu. The earthquake has partially damaged some monuments at Pashupatinath. It is open for tourists. Since you are not allowed to enter into the main temple it is safe to visit. You can observe the Hindu rituals of cremation.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2860m) and Trek to Phakding (2610m) - 3.5 hrs
Early in the morning your guide will come with a private vehicle to receive you at the hotel and transfers you to the airport. At the domestic airport the reporting time is usually 1 hour before the flight time. Then you will fly by a small 17 seated Dornier or Twin-otter aircraft to Lukla. After half an hour’s flight above beautiful mountains you will land at Lukla Airport which is also called Tenzing-Hillary Airport. As soon as you get out of the plane you will feel difference in the temperature. Unlike in Kathmandu, you will feel cold. You will stop in a hotel near to the airport to have breakfast where you will be introduced with your porter. After having breakfast, you will start to walk. For the first 2 hours you will be walking slightly down-hill passing beautiful tea houses and Buddhist prayer stone walls. Please, as far as possible, always walk by leaving those prayer walls on your right. After 2 hour you will reach at a place called, Thada Koshi which is the lowest point of this trek. There are few tea houses where you will stop for lunch. From Thada Koshi, the path goes slightly up passing some beautiful Sherpa Villages. After 1 hour’s walking from the lunch stop you will reach at Phakding, where you will spend the night. Overnight at Tea-house Lodge
Day 04: Trek to Namche - 04 Hrs
After having breakfast at half past 7, you will start the journey of the day. Though, it is short walking day, most of the trekkers find it very tough, because you have to get at Namche to have lunch and the last 1 and half hours is very steep up. After 1 hour’s walking from Phakding you will reach Monjo where the local authority will check your Sagarmatha National Park Permit and TIMS Card. After crossing Dodh Koshi River you will stop in a restaurant to have a short tea break. Then, your journey starts again crossing the same Dudh Koshi River several times. After crossing the last suspension bridge over Dudh Koshi River you will get the first glimpse of Mt. Everest. After then, you will climb up hill to get Namche Bazaar, also known as capital of Sherpa villages. After checked in the rooms you will have lunch. In the afternoon, you can visit Namche Bazaar and Sherpa Museum and National Park Museum. Overnight at Tea-house Lodge
Day 05: Trek to Hotel Everest View (3880m) and Return to Namche - 4.5 hrs
Today is the shortest and the most beautiful day of your trek, because you will be seeing the perfect view of Mt. Everest and other beautiful mountains. After having breakfast, you will start climbing very steep up. After 1 and half hour’s climbing up you will reach at Syangboche Airstrip, the airstrip located at the highest place on the earth. This airstrip is blocked for the regular schedule flights because of its High Altitude Sickness risk factor and also for the business policies in the lower valleys. After 45 minutes easy straight walk from Syangboche airstrip will take you to Hotel Everest View, the star hotel located at the highest point on the earth which is situated at an elevation of 3880 meters. You will have lunch stop at Hotel Everest View. You will have very good views of mountains like, Mt. Everest, Amadablam, Kangtenga, Thamserku, Kongde and villages such as Portse and Tengboche from Hotel Everest View. After having few hours stop at Hotel Everest View you will return to Namche Bazaar to spend the night. Overnight at Tea-house Lodge
Day 06: Trek to Lukla (2860m) - 07 hrs
After having breakfast early in the morning you will start walking towards Lukla following Dukha Koshi River valley. You will have lunch break at Phakding. After then you will follow path that goes slightly up leaving Dudh Koshi River. You will have a last tea break at Chheplung village from where Lukla can be reached by 45 minutes walking. Overnight at Tea-house Lodge
Day 07: Fly to Kathmandu to Pokhara - 01 hrs
After having breakfast early in the morning you will start walking towards Lukla following Dukha Koshi River valley. You will have lunch break at Phakding. After then you will follow path that goes slightly up leaving Dudh Koshi River. You will have a last tea break at Chheplung village from where Lukla can be reached by 45 minutes walking.Overnight in Hotel
Day 08: Fly to Jomsom (2720m) and Ride to Marpha (2670M) - 02 Hrs
After an early breakfast, you will transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Jomsom. It is quite a scenic flight of only 20 minutes and Jomsom the district headquarter of Mustang. It is also a major village on the Kali Gandaki area linking the age old Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade route to Tibet. It is usually very windy in the afternoon in this valley. After having lunch in Jomsom, you will start riding cycle. The cycling follows the gradual path on the Kali Gandaki river bed for about hour and finally reaching Marpha village, also known as the Kingdom of apples. Here you will have time to celebrate with the local apple products like cider, brandy and juice this area from Kagbeni to Larjung is famous for its delicious apple and its product. Visit Marpha village with Monastery, Apple Brandy factory and around. Overnight at Tea-house Lodge
Day 09: Ride to Tatopani (2010m) - 06 Hrs
Dramatic changes of vegetation from dry arid desert to pine & conifer forests can he found while passing between Dhaulagiri & Annapurna region. Passing through Kalopani, magnificent views of Annapurna range can be seen. We stay overnight at Tatopani. After a wonderful time at Marpha, today’s a long good day to Tatopani, our route follows the wide gravel river banks to Tukuche and Larjung village. One of the most charming places on this route, after half an hour ride from Larjung and crossing the river, the trail climbs over a forested ridge, then heads down again and makes a long but easy traverse along gravel bars beside the riverbed. It then crosses the river back to the west side via a series of temporary bridges just before Kalopani (a small Thakali village) at 2,590 m. This is a best view point for Mt. Annapurna ‘I’ and only one place to catch in your eye along whole circuit. This is long and tidy Thakali village with a Dhaulagiri technical school. Kalopani is another lovely village of more than 20 houses with excellent tea houses and lodge with grandeur view of Mt. Annapurna I, Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri above the beautiful forest surrounding.
From Kalopani onwards leads to a dramatic change in the vegetation, from dry, arid desert to pine and conifer forests, as we pass between two giant peaks of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna ranges. After 1 hours of cycling brings you at Ghasa village. The path goes through the village of Rupsi with its beautiful waterfall; from here half an hour's ride brings you at Dana, situated near the deepest gorge of the world between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. From here another half an hours’ ride reaches you at our overnight stop at Tatopani. From Tatopani the view of Mt. Nilgiri is magnificent. Natural hot spring bathing is a main attraction at Tatopani. Tato is ‘hot’ and pani is ‘water’ in Nepali.
Overnight at Tea-house Lodge
Day 10: Ride to Nayapool and Drive to Pokhara
After having breakfast, we will ride to Beni following the Kali Gandaki River. Beni is headquarter of Myagdi District From beni we will cross Kali Gandaki River and finally reaching Baglung Highway. By following Baglung Highway we finally arrive at Nayapool which is the most famous point to start and end the treks to Annapurna Region. Our private vehicle will be waiting us at Nayapool. Then, we will drive to Pokhara which takes 1 and half hours. Overnight in Hotel
Day 11: Drive to Chitwan
Early in the morning you will drive to Tourist Bus Station. Then, you will drive to Chitwan. For three hours you will be following the road to Kathmandu. But, from Muglin, you will avoid the road to Kathmandu and drive to Chitwan following the Trishuli River. Overnight in Kasara Resort
Day 12: Sightseeing in Chitwan
5:30 AM: Bird Watching: Wake-up call followed by tea or coffee and proceeds for bird watching. Out of 519 species of the birds we have recorded 276 species in our area. Our guides will help you to identify some of the species of these birds.
8:30 AM: Breakfast at the resort.
9:30 AM: Elephant briefing/Bathing programme: Learn more about these fascinating animals during a visit to our elephant stables. (Note: Elephant bathing is done during summer season as elephant loves to bathe in the river willingly. Elephants are not forced to take bath during the cold season/day).
1:00 PM: Lunch at the dining hall
3:30 PM: Jeep Safari & Canoeing (subject to weather conditions): Drive by Land Rover to Kasara, the head quarter of The Chitwan National Park to see the Gharial (Alligator) hatchery project, founded by Frankfurt Zoological Society. After a short briefing about the project & visit, drive to the oxbow lakes (Lami Tal & Tamar Tal) by Land Rover through dense sal forest to encounter various plants and other wildlife. Then drive down to the Rapti river at canoeing put in point. Start canoeing in a traditional dug-out canoe which takes you on a silent trip down the Rapti River to view aquatic birds, crocodiles and the animals of the river banks. Overnight at Kasara Resort
Day 13: Fly to Kathmandu
After having breakfast in Chitwan, you will be transferred to Bharatpur Airport. After 20 minutes flight, you will land at Kathmandu airport. Upon arrival you will be picked up by a private vehicle and dropped to hotel. Overnight in Hotel
Day 14: Guided Sightseeing in Pashupatinath and Bhaktapur Durbar Square
After having breakfast, you will drive to visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is one of the three Durbar Squares of Kathmandu Valley. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the Kingdom of Malla Rulers and popular for its highly erotic ancient architecture design. You will have lunch break in a beautiful roof top restaurant in Bhaktapur Durbar Square Premises. In the evening, at 6:00 pm you will go for farewell dinner with the official representative. Overnight in Hotel
Post-Earthquake Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Bhaktapur Durbar Square has been badly affected by the mega earthquake of 7.8 magnitudes that hit Nepal on 25 April 2015. The earthquake has damaged 116 heritages in Bhaktapur Durbar Square, out of them 67 were completely damaged and others were partially damaged. Following the earthquake the durbar square remained temporarily closed for the visitors. But, after the proper investigation by the technicians and government authorities, the Nepalese government reopened the durbar square from 15 June 2015 for all the visitors. Some buildings and monuments are destroyed but the significance and historical importance of this place still remains the same. Now, you can visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square. There are boards and warning signs which alert you about danger zones. When visiting Bhaktapur Durbar Square you have to be careful about those signs. You are not allowed to enter into Danger Zone Areas. Otherwise, you can enjoy the historical Bhaktapur Durbar Square.
Day 15: Final Departure
Keep the departure time of international flight in mind, and make sure to keep your confirmed air ticket and passport handy!
Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from beautiful Nepal.
- The Company is not liable for any refunds after the departure date of the scheduled itinerary.
- Cancellation should be made 48 hours before departure and a 40% cancellation charge is approved besides tax, transportation and permit. See specific information below.
- No refund will be given if the program ends before the provided itinerary date.
- The Company is not to be held responsible for your early termination of a trek should our experienced leader feels it is unsafe for you to continue due to fitness and/or health issues
- The Company is not liable for an unconvinced or rescheduling due to natural, political or bureaucratic circumstances
- The Company is not responsible for delays caused by local weather conditions resulting in international flights being missed
- The Company is not responsible for the financial implications of rescue. Please ensure you have the appropriate insurance to cover these situations before you arrive in Nepal
- Our staffs are very experienced in leading treks at all altitudes. It is their responsibility to ensure your safety, their conclusions regard safety are final and should you not follow their advice the Company cannot be held responsible for the outcome.
If you wish to cancel your trip for any reason the following scale of charges will apply:
Date of Cancellation Charge Incurred
|2 months before departure
||Loss of deposit (40% of Total Trip Cost TTC)
|29 days to 2 months before departure
||50% of TTC
|10 to 28 days before departure
||70% of TTC
|Less than 10 days before departure
||100% of TTC