Everest and Safari

RICH RUN TO TOP “EVEREST and SAFARI”

Duration
5 Days
Group Size
2 - 8 people
Difficulty
Moderate
Luxury helicopter tour to view the highest point on earth, a lush jungle and the largest, deepest lake in Nepal.

Tour code: GE019

Luxury helicopter tour to view the highest point on earth, a lush jungle and the largest, deepest lake in Nepal

ITINERARY IN OUTLINE

  • Day 01: Departure from home country
  • Day 02: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m)
  • Day 03: Fly to Everest Region ‘Hotel Everest View’ (3,880m) breakfast, then fly to Chitwan (150m.)
  • Day 04: Fly to Rara Lake (2,990m) and return to Kathmandu via Shey Phoksundo Lake (3,612m.)
  • Day 05: Final Departure

Background of Major Places to be Visited

Everest Region: The Everest Region is the world’s most preferred trekking and climbing destination. The prime attraction of this region is Mt. Everest (8,848m), the highest mountain in the world. In addition, the area is widely popular because of the friendly Sherpa people, colourful festivals, ancient Buddhist monasteries and unique flora and fauna. In this region is also found Sagarmatha National Park, established to protect the endangered species such as the elusive snow leopard and Himalayan black bear, plus species such as the Impeyan pheasant, Himalayan musk deer, Himalayan thar and others. The story of the Yeti, a creature similar to Big Foot in North America, originates from this area and remains a mystery today.

Hotel Everest View and Surrounding Mountains Hotel Everest View is situated at an elevation of 3,880 metres and is the highest luxury hotel in the world. With space for helicopters to land, this is the perfect place for those who do not have time to trek into the Himalayas but who want to witness the mountains close up. From the hotel balcony view Mt. Everest (8.848m), the world’ highest mountain, plus the following impressive peaks: Mt. Lhotse (8,516m), the fourth highest mountain in the world; Mt. Nuptse (7,855m); Amadublam (6,812m), one of the most beautiful mountains in the world; Thamserku (6,608m); Kangtenga (6,809m); Lobuche Peak (6,119m), and various other mountains. Similarly, it also serves wonderful views of the Sherpa villages of Portse, Pangboche. and Tengboche.

Chitwan National Park: Chitwan National Park is the best preserved conservation area in Asia and the most visited national park in Nepal. Established in 1973, and placed on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site in 1984, the park covers an area of 932km 2 . Although situated in the lowland Terai area of Nepal, the park includes hilly areas of the Silwalik Range. The park is bounded by the Rapti and Narayani rivers, with an altitude from 110 to 850 meters. The park is the home to the endangered one-horned rhinoceros, and the 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, and four species of deer, among others. Similarly, it is home to 450 species of birds. A birdwatchers paradise! The Park offers activities such as elephant safaris, jeep safaris, canoeing and safaris on foot. While nothing can beat the feeling of being part of the jungle that you get on foot, a jeep safari will get you deeper into the jungle with more possibility of viewing rare animals and birds.

Rara Lake: Rara Lake is the largest lake (5.1km long and 2.7km wide) in Nepal. Sometimes referred to as Mahendra Taal, it is located in Mugu District in the western part of the country, and sits at an altitude of 2,990m. Although a potentially very popular tourist destination, it does not have good road access or tourist accommodation. This of course, makes it it more tranquil, in harmony with the surrounding nature. In fact, it sits within Rara National Park. Surrounding the lake are mainly pine forests, home to 214 species of birds, and migratory birds. The animals who live around the lake include the Himalayan black bear, musk deer, red panda, and jackal.

Tour Map

Tour Overview

Tour Duration
8 Days
Trek Duration
5 Days
Max. Elevation
3,880m (Hotel Everest View)
Min. Elevation
150m (Chitwan)
Group Size
2 - 8 people
Difficulty
Moderate

Itinerary

Day 1: DEPARTURE FROM HOME COUNTRY

We can arrange for your international flights, if necessary. Please ask us.

DAY 2: ARRIVE AT KATHMANDU (1,300M) AND TRANSFER TO HOTEL

On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by our staff, who will escort you to the Hyatt Regency Hotel, where our office staff will give you a brief orientation about the programmes in Nepal and the do's and don’ts of the areas you will visit. They will also review any additional information that you might require while in Nepal. In the evening our staff will guide you to visit Boudhanath Stupa, 10 minutes walking distance from the hotel. After returning to the hotel, enjoy the spa and a delicious dinner.

Overnight: Hyatt Regency Hotel

Hyatt Regency Hotel

DAY 3: KATHMANDU – HOTEL EVEREST VIEW (3,880M) and CHITWAN (150M)

Wake up 5am, in time for a cup of tea or coffee in the hotel. At 6am depart for the airport by private vehicle and board the latest model private helicopter (Airbus B3E). From here you will fly to the Everest Region, which takes approximately 30 minutes. The helicopter will land at Lukla (2,840m) to refuel. After about a 15 minutes stop, the chopper will fly to Tengboche Monastery (3,860m), one of the most sacred places for Buddhists in Nepal. By now it is approximately 8am and the snow-capped mountains are shining against the clear blue sky. Our representative will be waiting for you with hot Sherpa tea (salted butter tea mixed with barley flour). There is an opportunity to hand-over prayer flags to the monks, should you wish. We now board the helicopter for a short flight over Mt. Everest and the Hinku Valley, landing at Hotel Everest View (3,880m). Here you can enjoy a champagne breakfast while gazing at the extraordinary scenery. After an hour it is time to board the helicopter again.

At 10:00 am you will fly from Hotel Everest View to Chitwan National Park (150m), the lowest altitude tourist hub in Nepal. Check-in to the Taj Safari Resort and enjoy lunch followed by a jeep safari into the national park. In the evening you will be entertained by a Tharu Cultural Dance performance. Evening dinner will be served near the elephant stables so you can view the elephants eating their dinner as you eat yours!

Overnight stay: Taj Safari Resort (Meghauli Serai Resort)

Meghauli Serai Resort

DAY 4: FLY TO RARA LAKE (2,990M) RETURN KATHMANDU VIA SHEY PHOKSUNDO LAKE (3.612M)

After breakfast board a B3E helicopter and fly to Rara Lake (2,990m) in west Nepal. Note: the helicopter will stop at Nepalgunj to refuel for about 15 minutes before landing at Rara Lake. This is the largest lake in Nepal, and offers wonderful views of the surrounding green forests and snow-capped mountains. Since there are not any good restaurant in the area, we take a packed lunch from Chitwan. After lunch we return to Kathmandu by flying over Shey Phoksundo Lake (the deepest lake in Nepal). Again, on-route we may stop to refuel in Pokhara. In the evening, enjoy an authentic farewell dinner.

Overnight: Hyatt Regency Hotel

DAY 5: DEPARTURE

Our staff will take you to the airport in time for your departure. Please ensure your flight has been reconfirmed. We can do this for you. We wish you bon voyage and hope to see you again!

Highlights of Our Services

  • We use the latest model B3E helicopter.
  • We provide you with a luxury suite in the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kathmandu.
  • We provide luxury accommodation in the Taj Safari Resort in Chitwan.
  • We provide a champagne breakfast at Hotel Everest View, while gazing at Mount Everest.
  • Our guides are highly experienced, educated, dedicated and able to take decisions in any unforseen difficult situation.

Complimentary Services

  • Complimentary tourist registration in the respective consulate office or embassy.
  • Complimentary international flight ticket re-confirmation.
  • Complimentary Gurkha Encounters T-Shirt (subject to availability).
  • Complimentary welcome dinner in one of the finest Nepali restaurants in Kathmandu, including a culture show presented by different ethnic groups.
  • Complimentary use of freshly laundered sleeping bags and down jackets.

Services Include

  • 2 nights luxury suite accommodation in the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kathmandu with AP meal plan (3 meals a day).
  • 1 nights Rapti Villa (Presidential Suite) accommodation in Meghauli Serai (Taj Safaris Resort) in Chitwan with AP meal plan.
  • Latest model B3E helicopter for Kathmandu – Hotel Everest View – Chitwan – Rara Lake – Phoksundo Lake – Kathmandu flight.
  • Champagne with breakfast at Hotel Everest View.
  • Packed lunch for at Rara Lake.
  • Pure mineral water for drinking.
  • License holder, experienced, English speaking guide (we also have other language speaking guides, please ask us) for the entire tour.
  • Ground transportation in Kathmandu including airport pick up and drop by air conditioned luxury Land Cruiser and/orLand Rover.
  • Entry Fees and trekking permit fees.

Services Exclude

  • Emergency rescue evacuation charges.
  • Medical charges.
  • Extra beverage and bar bill during the trek.
  • Personal travel insurance fees.
  • Extra charges borne by any natural calamities or political strikes.
  • Tips for the guides, porters and drivers.

Mode of Payment

To confirm your trip we request an advance payment of 40% of the quoted amount. This can be done by credit card when filling up our GE Booking Form.
If you pay by cheque/ bank draft please make it payable to:
Gurkha Encounters Pvt. Ltd.
GPO Box: 20195, Third Floor, Bhattachan Complex,
Baluwatar, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
Phone: +977 1 4417959
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www.gurkhaencounters.com

Note: Payment through Master/Visa card has an additional bank service charge of 4%. Payment through American Express has an additional bank service charge of 5.5%.

Terms & Conditions

  • The Company is not liable for any refunds after the departure date of the scheduled itinerary.
  • Cancellation should be made not less than 48 hours before departure. There is a minimum 40% cancellation charge PLUS any tax, transportation and permit fees. See specific information below.
  • No refund will be given if the programme ends before the stated itinerary date.
  • The Company is not to be held responsible for the early termination of a trek should our experienced leader feel it is unsafe for you to continue due to fitness and/or health issues.
  • The Company is not liable for cancellation or rescheduling due to natural, political or bureaucratic circumstances.
  • The Company is not responsible for delays caused by local weather conditions resulting in local or international flights being missed. We suggest you leave adequate time between the end of your trek and your international flight.
  • The Company is not responsible for the financial implications of rescue, should it be necessary. Please ensure you have the appropriate insurance to cover these situations before you arrive in Nepal.
  • Our staff are very experienced in leading treks at all altitudes. It is their responsibility to ensure your safety. Therefore, their decision regarding safety is final. The Company is not responsible in any way, for any outcome, should you refuse to follow their advice.

Cancellation Charge Incurred

If you cancel your trip for any reason the following scale of cancellation fees will apply:
  • 60 days before departure : Loss of deposit - 40% of total trip cost
  • 29 days to 59 days before departure : 50% of total trip cost
  • 10 to 28 days before departure : 70% of total trip cost
  • Less than 10 days before departure : 100% of total trip cost

General Information

Equipment List (general, recommended items, may vary depending on your trek)

  • A pair of light hiking boots (please wear them before arrival to ensure comfort)
  • A pair of sandals
  • 2 pairs of woolen socks and 2 pair of hiking socks
  • 1 medium poly pro shirt
  • 1 pile jacket
  • 1 down jacket
  • 1 woolen hat
  • 2 T-shirts
  • ipod or similar, camera and necessary chargers (optional)
  • A one litre water bottle
  • One flash light with 4 sets of batteries
  • 1 long sleeve tshirt or shirt
  • Two pairs of loose trekking pants
  • A pair of sunglasses
  • A pair of glove shells with liner or ski gloves (optional)
  • A pair of woolen gloves
  • One trekking back pack of 7 or 8 litre capacity
  • A pair of trekking poles
  • 1 four seasons sleeping bag (we also provide a four season sleeping bag for your convenience)
  • Sunscreen lotion with a high SPF
  • Sunscreen stick with a high SPF
  • Two books for reading (optional)

Things to bring

Miscellaneous Items

  • Photo equipment with plenty of films and spare batteries
  • Reading/writing materials
  • Safety pins, sewing kits, zip lock bags for small items
  • You may wish to bring postcards of your hometown and/or photos of home and family to share with locals you meet along the route. Please do not give money or sweets to children on the trails.

Toiletry Items

Please bring with you a towel, pre-moistened novelettes, wash cloth, lip balm, and any additional personal items. Please ensure you bring enough personal medicines and extras incase of flight delays.

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What Our Client Says

Very nice staff, porters and Guide, who gave explanations about everything and got out their way to help, they were also very knowledgeable of the terrain and the history of places we visited.

Onatibin, Tantanatia

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