Nepal is a remote, mountainous country home to the Himalayas, bordered to the north by Tibet and to the south, east and west by India. We begin our tour by spending some time in the Kathmandu valley visiting its ancient cities which are full of gilded Pagoda style Hindu temples, large white domed Buddhist Stupas, bronze and stone statues and bustling bazaars. We leave the busy capital to travel to Nagarkot 30km east of Kathmandu, on the edge of Kathmandu valley. From here at sunrise and sunset, we can see outstanding views of the central and eastern Himalayas. From Nagarkot we travel, by road, to the small hill town of Bandipur. We then continue our journey to Pokhara which is known as the lake district of Nepal. Pokhara is smaller and quieter than Kathmandu with a more relaxed atmosphere. In Pokhara we will find beautiful lakes set below the majestic peaks of the Annapurna mountain range. We then continue to Lumbini, this extremely important Buddhist spiritual site lies in the south of Nepal close to the Indian border. Lord Buddha was born at Lumbini as a Sakya prince in 5th century B.C.This is one of the most significant and important sites for practicing Buddhists. In Lumbini we find many monasteries, stupas, monuments and bihars which have been built by people from different countries representing the different styles of Buddhist people around the world. If you want to see the border between Nepal and Indian we can visit it as it is just 22 km away from Lumbini. After visiting Lumbini we continue in a north east direction towards Chitwan National Park. The park is well known for its Royal Bengal tigers, one-horned rhinoceros, several species of deer, sloth bear, leopard, wild boars and more than 350 species of birds.
Although this trip is designed as a non-trekking tour, we have the chance of some easy walks and hikes for those who are interested. We also have the opportunity to do some white water rafting and take an Everest viewing flight from Kathmandu.
Day to Day Activity
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu,
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu –visit temples and old Durbar Square.
Day 03: Drive to Nagarkot- early morning call for sunrise.
Day 04: Drive to Bandipur.
Day 05: Bandipur Village Tour.
Day 06: Drive to Pokhara,
Day 07/08: Sightseeing in Pokhara,
Day 09: Drive to Lumbini,
Day 10: Sightseeing in Lumbini,
Day 11: Drive to Chitwan,
Day 12: Jungle Activities in Chitwan,
Day 13: Drive back Kathmandu,
Day 14: Optional Mountain flight to Everest.
Day 15: Final Depart.
Note: Bed and Breakfast are provided in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Full board is provided during the rest of the trip.
Kathmandu- Guided tour to the temple of Pashupatinath and Boudhnath Stupa. Half day walking tour of old part of Kathmandu Durbar Square.
Bhaktapur Dubar Square- Guided tour to well preserved medieval city of Bhaktapur a UNESCO world heritage site.
Nagarkot (2175m) - Stunning ridge, Top Mountain views of the Nepal Himalaya.
Bandipur- Ancient typical hill top village some time ruled by Rajas in the medieval period in the middle hills of the country. You will get good panoramic view of the Annapurna range, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal from west to the east. Good overlooking valley view of the small mountain villages, river valleys and human made terraces both side from the village.
Pokhara- One and half day sightseeing tour of Pokhara valley visiting different temples,caves,monuments and monastery. Half-day excursion to peace pagoda Stupa for views across the Phewa Lake to the Annapurna range. Second day you will visit long established Tibetan refugee village with its own schools and monastery and to visit a museum housing mountain memorabilia as well as information on the geology of Nepal and its many indigenous groups.
Lumbini- Birth place of Lord Buddha in 5th century B.C. lies southern part of Nepal near Indian border. There are lots of Monasteries,Stupas,Monuments and Bihars in different style representing for different countries .If you wish you will have chance to go near Indian border.
Chitwan- This area is a home to a wide variety of birds and animal species and the rare one horned rhino. For which we will search whilst perched on the back of an elephant.
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Check in your Hotel (Godavari Village Resort), just few km outside from main hustling bustling city centre of Kathmandu valley. CH
Overnight comfortable Hotel, included meals: Breakfast
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu(1350m)
This morning you will have short drive and guided walking tour visiting old part of Kathmandu Durbar Square, where there are towers, different Hindu temples for different deities including resident for living Goddess Kumari from mid-eighteen century. Walking through the Square, you will get the detail information on Nepali finest medieval architecture on the pagoda style Hindu temples, monuments and the roof of the palace. After the Durbar Square tour, you walk through small allies where you will see local bazaar; a fascinating mixture of people selling fruits, vegetables and spices, potters spinning their wheels to produce small household bowls and containers for temple offerings. Rickshaw walls honking their horns and the ever present sacred cow wandering amongst it all.
After lunch break we will drive to the temple of Pashupatinath on the banks of the Bagmati River, the holiest Hindu shrine in the country and also Bodnath, the largest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal where you will see the Buddhist pilgrims from all over Nepal circumambulating early in the morning and in the evening. CH
Overnight comfortable Hotel, included meals: Breakfast
Day 03: Drive to Nagarkot(2175m) via Bhaktapur
We drive to Bhaktapur, an ancient typical Newari town in the valley. Bhaktapur Durbar Square also lies UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bhaktapur is perfectly well preserved old city also known as Bhadgaun or ‘city of the devotees. ‘This city feels more like a huge medieval Newari village with its potter’s wheels and its many intricate stone and wooden carvings. We then continue to our Guest house at Nagarkot on the Kathmandu valley rim. Sunrise over the snow capped mountain early in the morning and sunset views from Nagarkot back across the valley to Kathmandu are very impressive. SH
Overnight simple Hotel, included meals: Breakfast,lunch,Dinner
Day 04: Drive to Bandipur(1050m)
Leaving Nagarkot we drive back through Kathmandu valley over Chandra pass or only western gate of the valley. From here the Chinese built road snakes down to Naubise.We continue driving on a Prithivi high way is a very scenic drive along Trisuli River all the way down to Mugling, the confluence between Trisuli and Marsyangdi River. From Mugling we take right turn following Marsyangdi River now for a while to Dumre a small high way town. From here we leave the main road and follow side road just for about 16 km from the high way to the south climbing up all the way to the hill top village of Bandipur. SH
Overnight simple hotel, included meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
Day 05: Visit Bandipur-walk to local villages.
We wake up very early to get good sunrise view over Annapurna range, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal from left to the right. It’s a small hill top Newari village, the Newars of Kathmandu valley they move here for trading purposes in the middle hills of Nepal. Sometime in the medieval period, this is a very powerful town ruled by Rajas(Kings) in the region. You can visit Thani Mai (Purano Kot) is also a very famous place of Bandipur. This hillock also offers the stunning views of the mountain as well as bazaar, at the time of sunrise and sunset is so amazing. Other places are Teendhara hike via orchid trail,Bindabashini temple,Mahalaxmi temple, natural walk through Magar villages are very interesting. SH
Overnight simple hotel, included meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
Day 06:Drive to Pokhara
After breakfast we join the main road at the bottom of the village and then continue driving on the Prithivi high way for about two and half hours to Pokhara beautiful town known as Lake District of Nepal these days, where there are nearly half dozen of lakes in different direction. Our Hotel is situated soar of the lake Phewa Tal beneath the Annapurna range. Although we spend some time exploring different places of Pokhara valley, we will spend more time around this lake doing lots of different things. SH
Overnight simple hotel, included meals: Breakfast
Day 07/08: Sightseeing in Pokhara
On our second day in Pokhara we hire a rowing boat to Barahi Temple, Hindu Temple of lord Shiva where you will see lots of Hindu pilgrims buying flowers,grains,doing puja and feeding for pigeon in the temple and then we go across the lake climbing steeply sometime through forest and terraces all the way up to the top where suddenly you will see a white painted big world peace Buddhist Stupa is situated. From this place there are spectacular views of the mountains making up the Annapurna range which at this point are only 48km away- from Dhaulagiri in the west to Machhapuchare or Fishtail peak(6993m) and Annapurna 2 in the east. From here we walk down hill other side on a village track at the bottom where there is Davis fall or “Patale Chhango” in Nepali, the out flow from the Phewa Lake making big underground water fall to Seti River. We will visit Tashiling, a long established settlement of Tibetan refugees. We spend some time here watching wool being sorted, dyed and eventually made into Tibetan carpets which are exported all over the world and then visit the village Buddhist monastery. We will also visit the mountaineering museum housing expedition memorabilia and information on ethnic groups, flora and fauna.
You may like to start very early next day to go to Sarankot view point to see sunrise over Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range, paragliding, horse riding, hire mountain bikes, visit caves or like to have a leisurely afternoon. SH
Overnight simple hotel, included meals: Breakfast
Day 09: Drive to Lumbini
Lumbini lies in the southern terai plains of Nepal and is about 300 km southwest of Kathmandu or about 190 km south of Pokhara. Today it’s about 6 hours drive to the west following Siddhartha high way to Palpa and then continue on along Kali Gandaki River to Butwal in terai, lowland of Nepal and to Lumbini. It will be again interesting drive through middle hills to terai region. The people live here look different than the people in the middle hills. They look like Indians but there are several ethnic groups live in terai with their rich culture, tradition and customs which is influence by Indian culture in many ways. SH
Overnight simple Hotel, included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10: Sightseeing in Lumbini
It is the birth place of Lord Buddha. He was born as a Sakya prince on a full moon day in 623 B.C. known as Siddhartha Gautama and is therefore regarded as a sacred pilgrimage site for Buddhist people in the world. In 250 BC Emperor Ashoka built a large stone pillar containing an inscription about the birth of the Buddha. Lumbini bears not only historical and religious significance but also has cultural significance.
We visit Lumbini Garden, Maya Devi temple, Tara foundation, world peace Pagoda, China temple, Thai monastery, Burmese (Myanmar) temple, Nepal Buddha temple, and Dharma swami Buddhist monastery. We also visit another place, in 1996 excavations have discovered a piece of a stone that indicates the exact spot of lord Buddha.Puskarni-sacred pool where queen Maya Devi, the lord Buddha’s mother took a holy bath before the birth, lies to the south of the pillar. These sites are the major attractions of Lumbini for religious as well as regular tourist. There is a museum and a research center for Buddhism. It is also considered an ideal bird watching destination as it houses variety of rare bird species. There are many good quality hotels, restaurants, and lodges available in Lumbini now days. If you want to visit Indian border which is just 22 km away from Lumbini, you will have time. SH
Overnight simple Hotel, included meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
Day 11:Drive to Chitwan
We drive to the north east direction from main terai region into inner terai where there are different valleys in between Mahabharata range in the north and Churia hill in the south where the most popular national park Chitwan it means in Nepali” heart of the jungle” is located. You will spend some time here doing different jungle activities. Our lodge is situated by the river bank near National park. L
Overnight Jungle Lodge, Included meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
Day 12: Jungle activities in Chitwan
On your full day activity today, you will do different things in the world-famous Chitwan National Park, spread over 932 square kilometers of floodplain.The park has a wide variety of indangered wildlife and rare species of birdllife,including the famed insignia of Chitwan,one-horned rhino and the elusive royal Bengal tiger,of which there are believed to be around 80 roaming in the park.An experienced jungle guide will accompany you on your excursions,perhaps the most exciting of which is your safari on elephant-back,penetrating deep into the jungle-rhino, bison , deer, wild boar,monkeys , and a wide array of birds (over 400 species on record) are a common sight, and with luck on your side even the royal Bengal tiger, sloth bear, and leopard are a possibility.
Another highlight of the trip is the dug out canoe ride on Rapti River, which drapes the national park,the banks of which are home to sun-bathing “Marsh mugger”crocodiles and the unique long-nosed “gharial” crocodiles.Afterwards you walk to the elephant breeding centre. Elephants at the breeding centre are well attended to and are taken out by their mahouts (elephant drivers, whose commands they are used to and follow) on a daily basis between the hours of 10:30am and 3pm,where they go into jungle for collecting fodder,safaris and bathing.However , please remember that elephants are naturally wild animals and their behaviour can at times be erratic and highly unpredictable, especially in the absence of their trainer and controller.Therefore in the interests of visitor safety,please be advised that elephants are chained during the centres opening hours.Please also keep your distance from elephants while embarking and disembarking on safari.
Keeping you engrossed and buoyed over the span of your stay will be a village tour by ox-cart, bird-watching walks,if desired,and cultural shows such as Tharu stick-dancing.Throughout your stay in the park you will be kept busy during the day.You will be advised by your naturalist good timing for excursion to see more wild life in the park. L
Overnight Jungle Lodge, included meals: Breakfast,lunch,Dinner
Day 13: Drive back Kathmandu
If you wish to do something early in the mornig you can do any suitable activity usually,bird watching or Tharu village tour if you haven,t done so. After breakfast you pick up your transport and drive back to Kathmandu arriving in the evening. CH
Overnight comfortable hotel,included meals: Breakfast
Day 14: Mountain flight on Everest and free afternoon
In the morning there is the opportunity to take a flight to Everest for about an hour(if weather permitting) with outstanding views of the Everest including other peaks in the Himalaya.If you want to keep busy in the afternoon why not finish the tour with an optional visit to Swayambunath. Perched on a hilltop,the Stupa is known as the “monkey temple “because of its resident group of very inquisitive monkeys or rest of the day is free for last minute shopping. CH
Overnight comfortable hotel, included meals: Breakfast
Day 15: Final Departure
You will be transferred to the airport usually early in the morning to catch of your plane to home. Included meals: Breakfast
» Transport-Comfortable Bus, elephant, on foot, canoe
» Accommodation - Comfortable hotels , Simple hotel and Lodge
» All sightseeing in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Bandipur, Lumbini and jungle activities in Chitwan
» Local leader throughout the trip, local guide and naturalist
» All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner), snacks, welcome drink, Tea/Coffee as listed in the itinerary
» Domestic flights and applicable taxes.
» All National Park permits and entrance fees
» Comprehensive medical kit
» Personal expenses such as soft drinks, beverage, postage, laundry
» Meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara
» International flights and departure taxes
» Visa and passport fees
» Travel insurance
» Emergency evacuation
» Tips and gratuities
» Costs arising from unforeseen events outside the control of Griffon Travel
You can bring your personal clothing if you already have them with you,if not it's worth buying all below mentioned clothing and equipments here in Kathmandu in good rates and your guide will help you with it.You will have plenty of time before the trek to buy stuffs in Kathmandu(thamel).
PERSONAL EQUIPMENTS FOR TREKKING