Highlights of Nepal

5 DAYS
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Duration: 12 days
Group Size: 2-32
Highlights: Trekking, rafting and elephant back safaris in wonderful Nepal
Departure: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

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Day 01

Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel. Those on Land Only arrangements will join us in the afternoon at the Royal Singi Hotel. There will be a thorough briefing in the evening.

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Day 02

Depart Kathmandu early in the morning and drive towards Pokhara. Soon after leaving the Kathmandu valley, the road winds its way down along the Trisuli Valley and we will have excellent views of the mountains as we follow the river westwards. We will have an opportunity to go rafting on the Trisuli River (optional), which is of a moderate grade and introduces you to the best rafting experience in Nepal. Individuals who wish to partake in this adventure will meet the rafting guides several hours prior to departure from Kathmandu. Each raft takes 8 persons. Life jackets and helmets will be provided and there will be a professional briefing on safety issues. This trip includes an approx. three hour rafting on grade 2-4 rapids. We stop for lunch on the river side and then we will proceed to Bandipur. Situated at 1030 metres this picture-perfetc town is nestled in the Himalayan foothills and has supeb panoramic views of the Annapurna Range. Filled with traditional Newari architecture, it is a wonderful place to explore and absorb the tranquil atmosphere. There are various temples, caves and shrines – the perfect retreat after bustling Kathmandu. Those who choose not to proceed by raft may drive directly to Bandipur and will arrive by lunchtime. The afternoon is at leisure to explore the town.

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Day 03

On this day we see the sights of the surrounding area of Bandipur. This scenic town is nestled in the Himalayan foothills of Nepal, situated above the main road that connects Kathmandu to Pokhara. Located on a hilltop, it has retained its traditional atmosphere and promises a mix of history, culture, architecture and stunning panoramic views of the entire Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Langtang and the Marsyangdi Valley. Bandipur was once a prosperous and bustling trade centre, and its quaint buildings with their Newari-style facades and shuttered windows speak of its past glory. Originally a Magar village, it was settled in the early 19th century by Newars from Bhaktapur as it was a malaria-free location, and it became an important transit point on the India-Tibet trade route. Apart from their trading skills and dialect, the Newars brought their rich cultural heritage and architecture, which is still reflected in the current Bandipur. After breakfast we will have a choice of walks. You can either walk to Ramkot which is a typical Magar village with traditional round houses, unspoilt by modern development (4 hours round trip) or walk to the biggest cave yet discovered in Nepal, Siddha Cave (4 hours round trip). This is also a moderate hike. For either of the walks we will take a picnic lunch from the hotel with us.

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Day 04

We rejoin the main road and resume our trip west to Pokhara passing beautiful scenery en route. Situated in a picturesque valley near Phewa Tal, Pokhara has a spectacular backdrop; the mighty Annapurnas and Machhapuchhare( Mount “Fishtail”), one of the most distinctive of the Himalayan peaks because of its fishtail-like appearance. We should reach Pokhara by lunchtime where the afternoon is at leisure to explore its lakes, temples, traditional bazaar and wide selection of handicraft shops.

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Day 05

Transfer to airport after break fast for your flight back home. Adios !! Adieu ! Siaonara !

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Day 06-07

We make preparations to leave on this morning. The bus will take our luggage (and anyone not wishing to walk) to the Raniban Retreat. We will take a brief boat ride across the lake (approx half an hour). We then walk up to the Japanese Peace Pagoda, situated on a hill overlooking the lake. From here it’s a short walk to the Raniban Retreat, where we stay for two nights. This peaceful guest house looks out on to the lake. With the Annapurnas as a backdrop, this provides a perfect setting to sit out on the veranda and enjoy the sunset and sunrise. We have a full day to walk further up the ridge and explore the local villages.

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Day 10

We proceed back to Kathmandu after breakfast; arriving at our hotel in the afternoon.

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Day 11

This day is at leisure for sightseeing in Kathmandu. You may choose to visit Durbar Square in the heart of the old city where the old Royal Palace, with its intricate woodcarving is located. Outside is Kumari Chowk, home to the Kumari, the young girl who is worshipped as a living goddess. The whole area is a network of temples and sculptures. Optionally, you may wish to visit the monkey temple at Swayambunath and one of the largest Buddhist Stupas in the world at Boudanath, or the most sacred Hindu temple in the valley at Pashupatinath. A wide array of sightseeing tours can be booked and paid for locally. The early morning also offers a chance to take the optional scenic mountain flight for spectacular views of the Himalayas including Mount Everest. This can be booked and paid for on arrival in Kathmandu. For further details of these activities please refer to the Optional Excursions section.

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Day 12

The trip ends after breakfast. Those flying with the group will transfer to the airport for the flight back to home, which arrives later on the same day

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