||Arrival in Kathmandu (1345meters).
Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport in Kathmandu and will be displaying with DOLPA ADVENTURE TREKS AND TOURS signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel. O/N in Kathmandu.
||Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley. : Optional
In the morning, after breakfast, At around 8 am, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your trek leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your tour in Nepal.
After the meeting and a hearty breakfast, your sightseeing trip will start at around 9:45am. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal.
The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area near by your hotel. O/N in Kathmandu.
The sightseeing places, visit with include:
Kathmandu Durbar Square (World Heritage Site)
This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu. An intriguing piece here is the 17th- century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. The Durbar Square is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. There are also three museums inside the palace building.
Swoyambhunath Stupa - The Monkey Temple (World Heritage Site)
Watches over the valley from the top of a hillock on its western side. The huge stupa is one of the holiest Buddhists sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked to the creation of the Kathmandu Valley out of a primordial lake. Swoyambhu is also known as Samhengu and the Monkey temple because of the countless monkeys living in the premises.
Pashupatinath Temple (World Heritage Site):
Pashupatinath is one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world and lies 5 kms east of the city center. The richly-ornamented pagoda houses the sacred Linga, or phallic symbol, of Lord Shiva. Chronicles indicate the temple's existence prior to 400 AD. Devotees can be seen taking ritual dips in the holy Bagmati River flowing beside the temple.
Later visit Boudhanath, the 2500 years old Buddhist stupa in the Valley built in 5th century with four pairs of eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings. You will find Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet going round the stupa spinning the prayer wheels.
||Morning drive to Fishlingtar for Rafting.
After breakfast at the hotel, we drive for about 3 hours to Charaundi or Fishlingtar, where you start your rafting. Trishuli River is where you raft, followed from a famous pilgrimage place Gosainkunda which lies high in the Himalaya. At Gosainkunda, Lord Shiva drove his trident into the rocky mountain to create three springs –the source of the river and hence its name Trishuli. The river has fixed some truly impressive gorges in its lower part as it cut its way through the 2000 meters high Mahabharat Range.
For many people this river represents the ideal rafting trip just the right length of time, exciting rapid, but not too difficult, easily reachable from Kathmandu. Certainly Trishuli River rafting is the ideal trip if you are looking for more of a ‘wilderness’, unsullied beaches and unspoilt scenery. The rapids on Trisuli are mainly big, bouncy and relatively safe; ‘flips’ (where the raft capsizes) or other accidents are rare in normal water condition, and if you wish, it is possible to walk around the few difficult rapids. O/N in Camping tent.
||Rafting and later transfer to Pokhara.
After breakfast, we will continue the rafting for about three hours until lunch and then drive to Pokhara by tourist vehicle, one of the most famous cities in Nepal for its natural beauty and stunning mountain views. We will spend the remainder of the day resting and relaxing in this beautiful city. O/N in Pokhara.
||Drive to Nayapul (1,010m) - 1 hr. Trek to Tikhedunga (1,570m) - 4 hrs
We begin our trek at Nayapul after a 1-hour drive on a private vehicle from Pokhara. After a short 15-minute walk along the banks of the Modi Khola, we reach Birethanti (1,015m) a large village with many shops and teahouses. From there, the trail continues through the village and follows the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola. The trail climbs steadily up the side of the valley to Hille at 1,495m and after a short climb, we reach Tikhedhunga at 1,570m. Today’s walk is relatively short and easy, a prelude to the trekking experience in the Annapurna region. O/N in Tikhedhunga
||Trek to Ghorepani (2,840m) - 5 hrs
We move on towards the steep climb to Ulleri, a large Magar village at an altitude of 2,070m. The trail ascends more gently from this point, through fine forests of oak and rhododendrons towards Banthanti at 2,250m. Then we trek towards Nangethanti at 2,460m. After an hour walk we arrive, at Ghorepani (2,840m). O/N in Ghorepani.
||Hike up to Poon Hill (3,210m); and onto Tadapani (2,610m) - 6 hrs
Today, very early in the morning, we start an hour hiking to Poon Hill at an elevation of 3,210m, a brilliant mountain range spectacle; this vantage point provides an unobstructed view of the sunrise over the high Himalayas. There we spend about 1 hour, then returning to Ghorepani we take a hot breakfast at a hotel. Then we make a climb along ridges, and through pine and rhododendron forests to Deurali (2,960m). After that we descend to the Banthanti, then turning off to Tadapani. O/N in Tadapani
||Trek to Ghandruk (1,940m) - 5 hrs
From Tadapani the trail descends through forests to Ghandruk, a village of Gurung people, one of the ethnic groups of Nepal. They have their own dialect, culture, costume, and life style. Ghandruk is also home to many Gurkha soldiers. It is a famous destination for trekkers as it is known for its beautiful mountain views and also because it's within easy reach from Pokhara and Kathmandu. We have the afternoon to visit the Annapurna Conservation Office, museums and explore the village. O/N in Ghandrung.
||Trek to Nayapul (1,010m) and drive to Pokhara.
Today, we are going to end our trek at Nayapul followed by a short drive back to Pokhara. You will have a relaxing afternoon. O/N in Pokhara.
||Drive to Sarangkot for Sunrise and mountain views, same day guided tour in Pokhara : Optional
Before breakfast we'll drive to Sarangkot, one of the best destinations in Nepal to view the sunrise and sunset over the snowcapped mountains, including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhre. We return to Pokhara after the morning spectacle for more sightseeing.
We provide a private vehicle and a professional tour guide. The places we visit are as follows:
Phewa Lake and Barahi Temple:
Situated at an altitude of 800m above sea level, it is the second largest lake in the kingdom. With the Barahi Island Temple in the middle of the lake, it is the most important religious monument in Pokhara. Built almost in the middle of Phewa Lake, this two-storeyed pagoda is dedicated to the female force ‘Shakti’. The reflection of Mt. Machhapuchhare and Annapurna can be seen in its serene water. Thick forest lies on the adjoining southern slopes of the lake.
Seti River Gorge:
Carved by Seti-Gandaki, it is one of the natural wonders of Pokhara. K.I. Singh bridge at Bagar, Mahendrapool & Prithivi highway Bridge near bus park, provide a perfect view of the river's dreadful rush and the deep gorge made by the turbulent flow of white water.
Locally known as ‘Patale Chhango’ and located in the southern flank of the Pokhara valley, it is where the stream flowing from Fewa lake collapses and surges down the rock into a deep gorge, leaping through several potholes. This is hugely popular among tourists and locals alike.
The revered Gupteshwor Cave is situated 2 kms from Pokhara airport. The entrance is right across from Davis fall and the cave is almost 3 kms long. It has some big hall-sized rooms and some passages where you have to crawl on all four. This cave holds special value to Hindus since a phallic symbol of Lord Shiva is preserved here in the condition it was discovered.
Tibetan Refugee Camps:
The Tibetan village Tashiling in the south and the Tashi Palkhel village in the north of Pokhara are renowned for the production and trade of woolen carpets and other handicrafts. The original Tibetan settlers in this region migrated to Nepal in the ‘50s.O/N in Pokhara.
||Drive to Tansen from Pokhara:
After breakfast in Pokhara, we will head to Tansen on a 5-hour drive on a private vehicle. We will spend half of the day on a guided sightseeing in Tansen, which is one of the most religiously significant sites in Nepal. O/N in Tansen.
||Drive Tansen to Lumbini :
After breakfast drive to Lumbini for 03 hours and visit to Lumbini, O/N in Lumbini.
||Drive to the Chitwan National Park.
We will leave for the Chitwan National Park, the first national park of Nepal, established in 1973. There are more than 43 species of mammals in the park. The park is especially renowned for its protection of the endangered one-horned rhinoceros, tiger, and gharial along with many other common species of wild animals. On reaching the resort in the National Park, our Guest Relations Officer will brief guests, thenafter you will be participating in an elephant safari, jungle walk, nature walk with boat ride and dinner will be ready at about 8 PM.O/N in Chitwan.
||Activities in the Chitwan National Park
An early morning wakeup call followed by tea/coffee. The early morning tour provides you one of the best times to see the wildlife at its best with bird watching, elephant safari and jungle walk.
After breakfast a 45-minute walk through the grassland and forest upstream of the Narayani River.
Climb aboard the local boats to observe crocodiles along the banks while floating back to the camp to enjoy lunch. Late afternoon, a guide will take you for elephant safari and jungle walk, visit the observation tower, nature walk with boat ride, back to the camp and have dinner. O/N in Chitwan.
||Drive to Nagarkot with Private vehicle via Kathmandu.
After breakfast in Chitwan, we will head to Nagarkot on a 7 hour drive on a tourist vehicle. O/N in Nagarkot.
Nagarkot is one of the most scenic spots situated about 35 km east of Kathmandu from where an excellent view of snow-capped peaks of the Himalayan Ranges in eastern Nepal can be seen (weather permitting). The place is also renowned for spectacular sunrise sights. There are also some great hiking trails in Nagarkot. Overnight in Nagarkot.
||Nagarkot to Visit Changunarayan and transfer to Dhulikhel
We'll wake up very early in the morning to watch the stunning sunrise from Nagarkot, which the place is most renowned for. We will then drive to Dhulikhel with sightseeing in Changunarayan Temple on the way.
Changunarayan Temple (World Heritage Site)
Situated on a ridge overlooking the Kathmandu valley, about 12 kms to the east of the city. It is dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu. It is one of the finest and oldest specimens of pagoda architecture built in 323 AD by King Haridutta Verma. The temple is richly decorated with sculptures and carvings, and its position above the Kathmandu valley affords a beautiful view of the surrounding countryside.
Dhulikhel is a hill station in the outskirts of Kathmandu. After some rest, our guide will brief you about the trip and also give a short introduction of Nepal, also touching upon important cultural considerations. In the evening, the group will be offered a typical Nepali-style dinner to start off the trip. O/N in Dhulikhel.
||Drive back to Kathmandu via Bhaktapur
After breakfast, we will drive back to Kathmandu from Dhulikhel with great sceneries along the way. We'll make a few stops to taste the fruits and fish from the local market. You may want to take a relaxing stroll or do some shopping in Kathmandu for the evening.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square:
Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a collection of pagoda and shikhara-style temples grouped around a 55-window palace of brick and wood. The attractions of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square are the Lion Gate, the Golden Gate, the 55-window palace, art galleries and the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla. O/N in Kathmandu.
||Sightseeing in and around Pharping (Dakshinkali/ Gorakhnath cave) and Chobhar : Optional
We'll drive around the valley to visit some important religious, natural and historical sites. We'll visit the following places:
Only about 2 kms away, Pharping is an ancient renowned city situated in the southern region of Kathmandu. It was popular with the name "Shikharapuri Mahanagari (Metropolitan City)" which was recognized as an independent state with 48,000 people in the ancient times. Shikharapur was an independent Newari (ethnic) state, but presently hosts several important Hindu temples and Buddhist monasteries.
Dakshinkali Temple, one of the main temples of Nepal, is dedicated to Kali, the fearless form of Lord Shiva’s consort, Parvati. The main deity in the temple is the black stone, six-armed form of Kali, standing on a prostrated figure. Dakshinkali is located 22 kms outside Kathmandu, and about 1 km outside the village of Pharping at the south end of the valley between two hills and at the confluence of two rivers. Animal sacrifices - the main way that the goddess is worshipped - are made two times a week at this temple, on Saturdays and on Tuesdays.
Chobhar is a village development committee in Kathmandu District in the Bagmati Zone of central Nepal. At the time of the 1991 Nepal census, it had a population of 5,627 and had 1,109 households in it.
Chobhar is known for the nearby Chobhar Gorge where there are the Chobhar caves. There is also a temple, Adinath Lokeshwar, which is sacred to both Buddhists and Hindus.O/N in Kathmandu.
||Guided sightseeing at Bungmati, Khokana and Patan City : Optional
You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal.
Bungmati is a classic Newari village dating from the 16th century. It sits atop a spur above the Bagmati River. In the centre of the lively village square is the large Rato Machhindranath Temple, a shikhara-style temple rather than a pagoda. Bungmati is a pleasant traditional Newari village that dates to the 16th century. It overlooks the Bagmati River. The streets are too thin for vehicle traffic. Not many visitors come here.
Rato Machhindranath Temple: Bungmati is the birthplace of Rato Machhindranath. There is a shikhara-style temple in the middle of the village square. Rato Machhindranath is regarded as the patron guardian of the valley. It is a common belief that he spends six months a year in this temple and the other six months in the Rato Machhindranath Temple in Patan. The courtyard around the temple has a large prayer wheel and many Chortens (Tibetan Buddhist stupas). When the deity of Rato Machhindranath is moved to and from Patan and Bungmati, it is a great festival (known as Rato Machhendranath Jatra).
Karya Binayak Temple: This temple, located between Bungmati and Khokana, is dedicated to Lord Ganesh. There are some great views of Bungmati valley and Bungmati River from the temple. From the road linking the hamlets, a path leads up to a beautiful clearing and the walled compound of the shrine. Here Ganesh is emerged as an elephant-shaped stone and is believed to help complete difficult tasks.
Khokana, another Newari place, a short walk across the paddy fields from Bungmati Nepal, is littered with little towns and villages which are seldom visited by tourists. Some may feel that a particular town or village has little or nothing to offer, while some find boring – others find fascinating. Those who visit Nepal for the sheer experience of learning more about the lives and cultures of the local peoples will usually enjoy visiting even the simplest little farming village and getting to know the local inhabitants better. Khokana is a simple place, but it is filled with life, history and culture. If you have a real appreciation for such things, this little village is definitely worth a visit.
Khokana in Nepal is situated just north of Bungmati. It is a tiny Newari village with a reputation for two things – mustard oil and the local temple.
Patan Durbar Square (World Heritage Site):
Patan Durbar Square is an enchanting combination of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. The former royal palace complex is the center of Patan's religious and social life, and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects. One remarkable monument here is a 17th century temple dedicated to the Hindu god Krishna, built entirely of stone. O/N in Kathmandu.
||Leisure day in Kathmandu. Farewell dinner in the evening.
You will have a free day in Kathmandu, on which you can do some shopping, visit the Narayanhiti Palace Museum at the heart of the city. O/N in Kathmandu.
||Transfer to airport for your final departure
Morning free in Kathmandu and afternoon will drop you at Kathmandu's Tribhuwan International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.
||Note: The above itinerary can be customized according to your duration of holiday at your request to accommodate of specific requirements.