This special itinerary has been designed with the aim of discovering the main cultural, spiritual, and traditional aspects of Nepal in a 14-day tour. You will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the history of this extraordinary country, visiting the Kathmandu valley and its numerous historical sites, recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979. The cultural and historical richness of the valley made it to be the cultural and politics hearth of Nepal. Here you will have the chance to visit many of the main attractions of Kathmandu, such as Patan Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Monkey Temple, Bouddhanath Stupa and many others. In Kathmandu you will visit the Kumari Ghar, the charming little palace that has been the home of the highly revered “child goddess” for centuries. Believed to be the earthly incarnation of the goddess Kali, the Kumari leaves her palace on rare occasions, where she is worshiped on the streets of the city.
You will witness the Aarati Ceremony (celebration with lights) at the Bank of Bagmati River. Aarati is a ritual with chanting of Vedic mantras, ringing of bells, burning of incense, and lighting of oil lamps: a band will sing hymns in praise of God, playing of classical instruments, keeping the people spellbound throughout.
This itinerary is also a unique opportunity to get to know the local culture and traditions in depth, interacting with the locals, tasting extraordinary typical dishes while you will be hosted by a local family in a traditional village. Here you will learn more about village’s life, and you will also have the chance to spend a night in a monastery, taking part in chanting program in Namobuddha to learn more about the spirituality of Nepal.
You will also take part in many experiences in close contact with nature and with the breathtaking landscapes that only the Himalayan chain can offer: you will participate in trekking and walks surrounded by the highest peaks on the earth, in a spectacular place off the traditional routes where you can regenerate yourself by breathing clean and admiring beautiful sceneries and unforgettable panoramic views.
Before returning to kathmandu for your international flight, you can enjoy many nature activities in the jungle at Chitawan National Park, including: bird watching, boating, jeep safari and, of course, forest walks which will allow you to admire the immense local biodiversity.
Registration can be requested for group travel or for self-travel. For group travel, registration is not binding. Upon reaching the minimum number of members necessary for the formation of the group, usually 4 or 6 people, you will be asked for confirmation of booking and payment of a deposit.
1° DAY: ARRIVAL AT KATHMANDU
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport at Kathmandu, one of our representatives shall meet, assist and transfer you to your hotel. You will enjoy welcome drinks while you will be briefed about your Nepal Travel Itinerary. The rest of the day will be at your leisure.
Overnight in Kathmandu
2° DAY: HERITAGE SITES TOUR IN KATHMANDU
After Breakfast start full day sightseeing at UNESCO Heritage sites; After breakfast drive to Patan, Sightseeing at Patan Durbar Square can be a very unique experience for visitors as they witness a distinct place for arts and architecture that is reflected on each temple, monument and palace building that were mostly built during the Malla period between the 16th to 18th centuries.
We will explore its unique Durbar Squares. In every corner & alley of Patan you can be see Thanka painters, filling color to ancient Gods and Goddess on canvases, fine metal shops that offer Buddha’s exotic, handmade brass sculpture at very reasonable prices. You can taste local cuisine as well in Patan’s alleys.
Then onward, the tour is headed towards Swayambhunath- A Monkey Temple from where you can see the magnificent views of Kathmandu Valley. The stupa, a tribute to Buddhism, consists of a dome at the base representing the entire world. Painted eyes of Buddha represent wisdom and compassion. A curly symbol, symbolizing the nose represents the unity of all things existing in the world. Prayer wheels surround the whole dome.
From there, the tour is directed towards Boudhanath. This is one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites and is one of the most imposing landmarks in Kathmandu. It is the largest stupa in the Kathmandu Valley. The 36-meter-high stupa of Boudha is massive and dominates the skyline in the area, it is one of the largest unique structures in the world. With countless monasteries around it, Boudha is the center of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. From above, Boudhanath Stupa looks like a giant mandala, or diagram of the Buddhist cosmos and as in all Tibetan mandalas, four of the Dhyani Buddhas mark the cardinal points, with the fifth, Vairocana, enshrined in the center (in the white hemisphere of the stupa).
In the evening drive to Pashupatinath Temple, a famous, sacred Hindu temple dedicated to lord Shiva is located on the banks of the Bagmati River. Dating back to the 5th century. While the main temple interior is off limits to non-Hindus there is a lot to experience in the surrounding area. Legend says that whoever comes here to worship Shiva will be reborn as an animal. Pashupatinath is a considerable complex of temples, ashrams, with images and inscriptions dating back centuries. A visit to Kumari Ghar is planned, the enchanting little palace which has been the home of the venerated “child goddess” for centuries. Believed to be the earthly incarnation of goddess Kali, the Kumari leaves her palace on rare occasions, where she is worshiped on the streets of the city. There will be an opportunity, if possible, to meet the Kumari.
Observe an Aarati (celebration with lights) at the Bank of Bagmati River. The “Aarati” at the banks of Bagmati River on the eastern side of the temple draws people in hordes. This evening ritual with chanting of Vedic mantras, ringing of bells, burning of incense, and lighting of oil lamps, a band singing hymns in praise of god, playing of classical instruments, keep the people spellbound throughout.
Overnight in Kathmandu (B)
3° DAY: HIKE TO NAMOBUDDHA
Kathmandu – Dhulikhel – Namobuddha
After Breakfast drive to Dhulikhel for 1 ½ hour and start our hike to Namobuddha: a 3-4 hour walk. On the hike you will enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the mountains whilst passing many Buddhist Stupas on the Hilltops. Famous for farming rice, mustard and millet, during this hike you will walk through terraced farms. You will also come across many temples, different types of landscape and a rich diversity of the people living in harmony.
Once we arrive at the monastery we can participate in a chanting program which starts from 3 pm for around an hour. The opportunity to interact with monks & trying out monastic food is a truly a unique experience.
Overnight in the monastery. (B).
4° DAY: HIKE TO PANAUTI
Namobuddha – Panauti – Bhaktapur
After Breakfast hike down to the beautiful historic town of Panauti, that permeates with an ancient ambiance. Here you can witness first-hand, the authentic village life of the Nepali people, you can also socialize with the villagers of Panauti and breathe the fresh air of the lush Panauti Valley.
In Panauti we will have traditional lunch hosted by local community members who are charming and welcoming people. We then drive to Bhaktapur, a living museum of medieval art and architecture, is a unique old town famously known as the “city of devotees” as this landmark has a great influence over religion, culture and tantricism. It is a collection of pagoda and Shikhara-style temples assembled around a fifty-five window palace of brick and wood. The durbar square is one of the most charming architectural showpieces.
Pottery: Enjoy a leisurely guided walk at the Pottery square, where handicrafts are still made in a traditional way. Clay pots are spun and fired in the ancient ways preserving Bhaktapur’s thriving trade-craft. You can indulge and fashion a clay pot and learn about this fascinating process.
Overnight in Bhaktapur (B, L)
5° DAY: TRANSFER TO BANDIPUR
Bhaktapur – Bandipur
Today we drive (for around 5-6 hours ) to a Newar Cultural Village called Bandipur. Bandipur offers a heavy mix of history, architecture, unbelievable views, splendid caves and pristine landscapes. You can view the beautiful chain of mountains Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Langtang, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal from Tundikhel. In the evening take a walk and admire the beautiful vistas, chat with the friendly local people, and witness their simple local way of life
Overnight in Bandipur (B)
6° DAY: TRANSFER TO POKHARA
Bandipur – Pokhara
In the morning we will take a short exploration of Bandipur then we will drive to Pokhara. Located 210 km west of Kathmandu, this beautiful lakeside city is a prime tourism destination in Nepal offering with spellbinding and hypnotic natural beauty, stunning panoramic views of Himalayan peaks. The drive on the way itself is going to be amazingly unique experience as you travel besides the mighty river with some strong current almost throughout your journey with scenic greenery on both sides of the road along with human settlements thick and thin at different places. Afterreach Pokara you check in to your hotel, get yourself refreshed and have some rest. We then head out for some sightseeing to Bindhyabasini temple, the temple is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Durga. Rituals and pujas are performed on different occasions to please goddess Bhagwati. We then head to Devi’s Fall, a waterfall that flows directly into a narrow and deep canal which has no end. It is known as Patale Chango, which means underworld waterfall.
Gupteshwor cave is recognized as one of the longest caves in Nepal with a length that exceeds 2000 meters and the cave interior consists of deposition of calcium carbonate and surrounding limestone
Today try out some boating at Phewa Lake for about an hour, visit Tal Barahi temple while boating. Tal Barahi Temple, situated in the middle of the lake on an island on the south east section, also known as Lake Temple, is a two-story pagoda temple located in the Kaski District of the Gandaki Zone in western Nepal. It is a Hindu temple of the Goddess Durga.
Overnight in Pokhara (B)
7° DAY: HIKE TO KALABANG
Pokhara – Kalabang
Today we will drive to World Peace Pagoda which takes 25 minutes. Enjoy beautiful views of Pokhara city, Sarangkot hills and the Himalayas from Stupa. Shanti Stupa, as it is also known, was built as a symbol of peace. It is the first World Peace Pagoda in Nepal. The pagoda is 115 feet tall and 344 feet in diameter. The white pagoda has two tiers for tourists and religious visitors to circumambulate.
After a short excursion at Peace Pagoda, we start hiking to Kalabang. The quaint location offers an alternative to the crowded viewpoint at Sarangkot, with spectacular panoramic views of the Annapurna Range. Fewa Tala’s waters stretch out disappearing into the surrounding hills. On certain seasons the horizon is blurred between the sky and the lake.
Here we will have lunch hosted by a local family and later, escorted by a local, we will visit Pumdi village. Drive to lakeside. Rest of the day free on your own.
Overnight in Kalabang (B, L)
8° DAY: TREK TO ASTAM VILLAGE
Kalabang – Astam – Annapurna
Today you journey will head toward Astam, it is located on a small ridge, allowing the visitor a 360-degree panorama of the Annapurna and Manaslu mountain ranges, as well as Pokhara Valley. To reach Astam you need to drive to Hemja, it is a 40 minutes’ drive from Pokhara. Hemja is the starting point of your hike which you will start by climbing stairs. After the stairs your trail will pass through forests, villages, farmland, where you will meet local people doing their work on their fields. After 3-4 hours of walking you will reach Astam village.
Overnight in Annapurna eco village (B, L, D)
9° DAY: TREK TO DHAMPUS VILLAGE
Annapurna – Dhampus
Aftera delicious and healthy organic breakfast at Annapurna Eco Village, you start your trek to Dhampus. Today you walk for 3-4 hours to reach Dhampus. The trail too passes through scenic villages, farmland and forests. Dhampus is a small beautiful, ethnic Gurung village. The Gurung are known for their welcoming nature and their bravery. A hike to Dhampus will give an opportunity to watch the daily lives of these villagers from milking the buffaloes to other daily chores on their farms.
Here you will find your hotel/lodge with all modern facilities.
Overnight in Dhampus (B, L, D)
10° DAY: EXCURSION TO AUSTRALIAN CAMP
Dhampus – Australian Camp- Pokhara
Walking through villages you will reach to Australian Camp after 3-4 hours from Dhampus. The camp is in center of Dhampus. The Australian Camp is a popular spot that provide great scenery and amazing views of Annapurna South, Fishtail, Mt Dhaulagiri, Tukuche peak, Dhampus Peak, Nilgiri and Himchuli.
From Australian Camp we will hike down to Kande and drive back to Pokhara.
Overnight in Pokhara (B, L)
11° DAY: TRANSFER TO CHITAWAN NATIONAL PARK
Pokhara – Chitawan
After breakfast drive to Chitwan for around 4-5 hours. After checking in to your hotel and getting refreshed, you will be briefed about full nature programs by our experienced naturalist guide. Then we head on for activities:
Overnight in Chitawan (B, L, D)
12° DAY: JUNGLE ACTIVITIES AT CHITAWAN PARK
Wakeup call with a cup of hot tea or coffee. After a leisurely breakfast start a full day of jungle activities of your choice:
Overnight in Chitawan (B, L, D)
13° DAY: DRIVE BACK TO KATHMANDU
Chitawan – Khatmandu
After Breakfast drive back to Kathmandu for around 5-6 hours (depending on traffic).
Check in hotel. You can rest and relax for an exciting evening out.
In the evening we will enjoy in a Typical Nepali Dinner with a live cultural show performed by different ethnic groups. It lasts for around 3 hours.
Slide show presentation by expert naturalist on the history of the park and wild-life conservation.
Overnight in Kathmandu (B, D)
14° DAY: DEPARTURE
Khatmandu – Airport
Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight our representative will transfer you to the airport for your international flight.
HOTEL CATEGORIES: SUPERIOR, HERITAGE, GUEST HOUSE AND HOMESTAY
We selected beautiful and traditional heritages resorts with excellent facilities throughout the tour. During this experience, you will also have the possibility to stay overnight in beautiful and comfortable guest houses, and you will be hosted by local families in order to live an authentic village experience. All the accommodations have been selected carefully according to criteria of social and environmental impacts.
Private vehicles o mini-buses with AC according to the number of participants for all the itinerary.
October to December is the best time to visit Nepal, as dry days make trekking easier and offer good visibility. Autumn (September-November) and spring (late February-mid-April) are also great seasons to trek in Nepal.