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Kathmandu Valley Tour Via Gorepani Trek

15 Nights / 16 Days


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Trip Facts

Duration 15 Nights / 16 Days
Best time to travel January to December
Trip Grade Easy
Departure Date Every Day

Itinerary

DAY 01:  ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU
MEALS: D
Arrive at Kathmandu international airport, you will be received by the representative of airport and would be further assisted & transferred to your hotel. Afternoon short walk around thamel. Evening culture program with dinner in Nepali Chulo. Overnight in Hotel in Kathmandu.


KATHMANDU
Nestled in the lap of Snow Mountains, the verdant Kathmandu Valley abounds in archaic temples, shrines and palaces that reflect its glory of the bygone era. Colorful Kathmandu with its old Asian legacy houses seven Cultural Heritage Sites four of which are its art-excelling temples while three are residential palaces of ancient Royals. The Valley is situated at 1,336 meters above sea level and comprises three cities within its parameters. Kathmandu is connected by air and by road to most parts of Nepal. It is also connected by air to major cities in India and some parts of the world. With its many facades, Kathmandu is a true little city of wonder for its visitors
 
DAY 02:  DRIVE TO NAGARKOT
MEALS: B, L, D
Morning take an excursion to the ancient city of Bhadgaon. Later in the day take a tour of Pashupatinath – one of the very sacred temples for Hindus dedicated to Lord Shiva and Boudhanath - one of the largest Stupas of Nepal and also is one of the ancient Buddhist stupas. In the evening, you would be taken to Nagarkot for a panoramic Mountain View and experience sunset on the Himalayas.
Stay overnight at the hotel.
 
DAY 03:  AFTER BREAKFAST NAGARKOT DRIVE TO PANAWATI, DULIKHEL AND SHORT HIKE TO NAMOBUDDDHA –OVERNIGHT AT NAMOBUDDHA.
·       SHORT HIKE TO NAMOBUDDHA VISIT ANCIENT MONASTERY
·       DRIVE TO DULIKHEL / PANAWATI TEMPLE
·       OVERNIGHT IN NAMOBUDDHA.
 
MEALS: B, L, D
In the morning after having a leisurely breakfast, we drive further to beautiful town Dulikhel and sightseeing around it and have a short hike to Namobuddha where we can visit a ancient Monastery Which is one of the most important places of lord Buddha. Dhulikhel is a beautiful city located approximately around 30 kms from Kathmandu. It falls in an ancient trade route between Tibet and Nepal. It is a beautiful hill station from where you can get magnificent view of the panoramic mountains. After eating breakfast you will head towards Namo Buddha a quaint monastery on top of a hill. Legend has it that the monastery was constructed by a king in memory of his youngest son, who offered his flesh and blood to satiate a starving tigress who had just given birth to three cubs. After his selfless act the son was reborn in a higher realm. Slowly pilgrims started visiting the monastery; they were afraid of wild animals because of which they chanted the words ‘Namo Bhuddhaya’ which means ‘I take refuge in Buddha’ hence, the place came to be known as Namo Buddha.


After exploring the serene environment of Namo Buddha you will head towards Banepa. Banepa is a typical example of a Newari town with many temples and traditional houses. Here you can immerse yourself in the exotic life of the locals as you observe them going around with their business. Overnight at Namo buddha Guest House.


DAY 04:AFTER BREAKFAST, DRIVE FROM NAMOBUDDHA TO BHAKTAPUR, PATAN, AND KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE, ETC.
FULL DAY SIGHSEEING INCLUDING THREE MAIN CITIES
·       BHAKTAPUR / BOUDHANATH/ PATAN
·       PATAN DURBAR SQUARE

KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE.

MEALS: B, D
Later visit the Bhaktapur Darbar Square, Patan Darbar Square (Both UNESCO World Heritage Sites). Patan is the oldest and second largest city of three main cities in Kathmandu valley. Swayambhunath Gompa – it is one of the most magnificent Buddhist Chaityas in the world. Bodhnath - one of the largest Stupas of Nepal and also is one of the ancient Buddhist stupas.It is believed to be 2000 years old structure. Kathmandu Durbar Square: It was built long back between 12th and 18th centuries during the reign of Malla Kings of Kathmandu. Beautiful palaces, temples and courtyards of this place lure the visitors and impress on their memory. The palace is one of the attractive monuments having museums inside the building. You will also visit the place of living goddess "Kumari".Overnight in Three star hotel in Kathmandu
 
DAY 05:  AFTER BREAKFAST FLY TO POKHARA FROM KATHMANDU.
·       Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul- Trekking Start
·       OVERNIGHT IN HOTEL IN TIRKHEDUNGA OR HILE

MEALS: B, L, D

POKHARA DRIVE TO NAYAPUL - TREK TO TIKHEDHUNGA OR HILE [1540M]
A scenic 1 hour drive from Pokhara takes us to the starting point of our trek. Crossing the suspension bridge over the Modi Khola River, we ascend slowly through terraced fields and classic mountain villages. Along the way we will encounter mule or goat caravans carrying supplies to the mountains, heralded by the musical bells they wear. The stunning peaks of Machhapuchare and Annapurna peaking over the green ridges will greet us from time to time as we continue up to Tikhredhunga or Hile.
MEALS: B, L, D
 
DAY 06: TREK FROM TIKHEDHUNGA TO GHOREPANI [2775M]
Today begins with a real heart-starter! We have a steep ascent to get us going and then a
more gradual uphill walk takes us to our camp at Ghorepani. We will pass through some
delightful villages and the beautiful, dense rhododendron forest so characteristic of Nepal at
these altitudes! If the weather is clear we will see stunning mountain views from Ghorepani,
making the climb well worth it! At Gorepani, we are on the main Annapurna Circuit route
and there are likely to be lots of travellers passing through this ridge-top settlement in both
directions. Ghorepani literally means "horse water" and is a popular stopping place for the
mule trains which ply the route from Pokhara to Jomsom and beyond. The impressive peak
which can be seen across the broad valley of the Kali Gandaki to the northwest is
Dhaulagiri.
MEALS: B, L, D
 
DAY 07: SUNRISE AT POON HILL (3200M) – TREK TO TADAPANI [2650M]
It is an absolute must for those who stay at Ghorepani to make the walk up to the
celebrated view point of Poon Hill [3195m], which overlooks the village. Dawn is the best
time to go so we arrange a wake up call for 5 am and head up the well marked track by
torchlight. The first light of dawn illuminates Dhaulagiri and Tukuche Peak with a surreal
pink glow.

You may be able to buy coffee and breakfast from an enterprising local who has carried his
produce up to Poon Hill to take advantage of the morning trade. Otherwise, we return to
Ghorepani for breakfast, before trekking on to Tadapani through rhododendron forest. If we
are lucky we will see some wild animals, such as langur monkeys climbing through the
trees. There are excellent views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhare from
Tadapani.
MEALS: B, L, D
 
DAY 08: TADAPANI TREK TO GHANDRUK [1950M]
From Tadapani the trail descends through beautiful forests to Ghandruk, which is a stunning
village of Gurung people, one of Nepal’s most famous ethnic groups, known for their
distinctive dialect, culture, costume, and life style. Ghandruk is also home to many soldiers
from the famous Gurkha regiments. From here we can have stunning views of Annapurna
South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Fishtail.
MEALS: B, L, D
 
DAY 09: GHANDRUK TREK TO NAYAPUL AND DRIVE TO POKHARA
We can enjoy a final down hill walk through forest and villages for about 5 hrs to Nayapul.
From here we drive for about 1 hour back to Pokhara where our trek ends and we can enjoy
a shower and relax on this stunning lakeside town enjoying the memories!
MEALS: B, L, D
 
DAY 10:  AFTER BREAKFAST, HIKE TO WORLD PEACE STUPA, SIGHTSEEING IN POKHARA.
·       BOATING IN LAKE
·       SHORT HIKE TO WORLD PEACE STUPA
·       OVERNIGHT IN HOTEL IN POKHARA
MEALS: B, L, D

World Peace Stupa is the massive white Buddhist Stupa situated on top of Ananda hill. This Stupa is one of the 71-peace pagodas constructed by Nipponzan Myohoji order of Buddhism symbolizing world peace.
 
DAY 11: AFTER BREAKFAST DRIVE TO SARANGKOT 
·       FULL DAY SIGHTSEEING AND SIGHTSEEING- SUNRISE VIEW EARLY IN THE MORNING.
·       BOATING IN FEWA LAKE
·     AFTERNOON SIGHTSEEING IN POKHARA INCLUDING BINDEBASINI TEMPLE, DAVIS FALLS, MUSEUM IN POKHARA VISIT CAVES ETC.
OVERNIGHT IN HOTEL IN POKHARA
MEALS: B, L, D

Pokhara area shows the greatest contrast in landscape. Nowhere in the world can the highest mountains reaching 8000 meters level be admired from such small distance and from the tropical lowland without any intermediate mountain ranges. Pokhara is certainly one of the most extraordinary and beautiful places in the world.

Today take a daylong sightseeing tour of Pokhara visiting Sarangkot, Seti George, Bindhebasini Temple, Tibetan refugee Camp, Bat Cave, Mahendra Caves,World Peace Pagoda and Davis fall. Stay overnight at the hotel.

World Peace Stupa is the massive white Buddhist Stupa situated on top of Ananda hill. This Stupa is one of the 71-peace pagodas constructed by Nipponzan Myohoji order of Buddhism symbolizing world peace.

Davis Fall also known as Patale Chango in Nepali. This fascinating waterfall is named after a tourist who fell and died in it. Near the fall is a cave of Gupteshwor Mahadev (Temple of lord Shiva). The water travels through a natural tunnel before emerging from here.
Phewa Lake is the second largest fresh water lake of Nepal. In the lake you can see the beautiful reflection of Mt. Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. It has many inlets in monsoon including Harpan Khola. You can take a small ferry and go for boating in the serene lake; you may also visit Taal Barahi Temple situated in an island on the lake
 
DAY 12: AFTER BREAKFAST DRIVE TO CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK 
·       AFTERNOON LUNCH IN HOTEL AND SOME JUNGLE ACTIVATIES
·      INCLUDING JUNGLE SAFARI, JUNGLE WALK, VILLAGE WALK, ELEPHANNT BATH, ELEPHANTBREEDING, BIRD WATCHING, CULTURAL SHOW,JEEP SAFARI, ELEPHANT RIDE, CANONING.
·       OVERNIGHT IN HOTEL IN CHITWAN OUTSIDE
MEALS: B, L, D

CHITWAN
The Royal Chitwan National Park, Nepal's first ever national park lies at the foot of the Himalaya in the Inner Terai lowlands of Chitwan. Covering an area of 932 sq. kilometers the park extends over decidous forest foothills and river floodplains. The park is rich in its variety of vegetation and wildlife. The park provides one of the last habitats for endangered species like the Asiatic one-horned rhinoceros and the Royal Bengal tiger. Royal Chitwan National Park was officially established in 1973 and included as Natural Heritage Site in 1984.

In the morning proceed to one of the largest and well-known safaris in Asia – The Chitwan National Park. Rest of the time is kept free to enjoy the natural beauty.

DAY 13: FULL DAY JUNGLE ACTIVITIES 
OVERNIGHT IN HOTEL IN CHITWAN JUNGLE RESORT.
MEALS: B, L, D
The day will be used in taking various thrilling jungle activities like elephant safari, escorted jungle walk, bird watching tour along with a naturalist, canoe ride, Tharu stick dance and slide show.

DAY 14: AFTER BREAKFAST DRIVE TO LUMBINI THE BIRTH PLACE OF LORD BUDDHA 
·       CHECK IN
·       SIGHTSEEING IN LUMBINI
·       OVERNIGHT IN BUDDHA MAYA GARDEN OR SIMILAR HOTEL
MEALS: B, L, D

LUMBINI
Lumbini associated with the birth of Lord Buddha is of extreme archeological importance and also a UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site. It is said that Prince Siddhartha Gautam, who later became Buddha the Englightened One, was born in the gardens of Nepal's Lumbini in 623 B.C. The main shrines of Lumbini are the newly restored Mayadevi Temple, the Ashokan Pillar behind the temple and the Lake Shakya Puskarini where Mayadevi is said to have bathed before delivering the little Buddha into the world.Several other places near Lumbini are linked with stories connected to Buddha and Buddhism. Lumbini is about 300 kilometers southwest of Kathmandu. Bus and flights to Bhairawa which is about 22 kilometers from Lumbini, are available from major cities. From Bhairawa transport services to Lumbini are easily available. Food and accommodation facilities are available in Lumbini and Bhairawa.

Have breakfast and drive to Lumbini - the birth place of Lord Buddha. On arrival at Lumbini, check-in the hotel. Later visit the birth place of Lord Buddha. The prime attractions of Lumbini are the Maya Devi Temple, the Sacred Garden and the Ashokan Pillar - that was erected by Mighty Emperor Ashoka the great in 249 BC.

DAY 15: AFTER BREAKFAST DRIVE TO BHAIRAWA AND FLY TO KATHMANDU.
·       FLY TO KATHMANDU FROM BHAIRAWA.
·       OVERNIGHT IN HOTEL
·       SIGHTSEEING IN KOPAN MONASTERY, AND BOUDHANATH STUPA.
·       FAREWELL DINNER IN FRIENDSHIP HOME STAY
·       After having breakfast drive back to Kathmandu and check in to the hotel. Rest of the time is kept free at your discretion. Stay overnight at the hotel.
 
DAY 16: FINAL DEPARTURE TO BACK HOME
·       AFTER BREAKFAST, VISIT TO SWAYAMBUNATH STUPA,
·       LUNCH
·       DEPATURE TO TAIWAAN LATE NIGHT

At appropriate time, you will be transferred to Kathmandu international airport to embark the flight back to the onward destination.


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