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A world of adventure awaits you on this luxurious and easy introduction to Nepal. Ideal for first-time trekkers, families and seniors, or for those with limited in time. In just 14 days, we packed an amazing and relaxed adventure, from sightseeing Kathmandu’s colorful temples to the majestic splendor of the high Himalaya’s in Annapurna and into the jungle of Chitwan National Park.
Our luxury tour starts with the pick up at the airport to a first enchanting acquaintance in Gokarna Forest Resort. We invite you to a typical Nepali welcome dinner with music and dance. First on the program is to explore Nepal’s capital with the word famous Hindu temple, the biggest Buddhist stupa in the world and the mysterious Monkey temple. A scenic flight will bring us to the breathtaking city of Pokhara from where the real adventure starts, a seven day comfort trekking where we use the best and fully equipped luxury accommodations Nepal offers. We hike easy through the friendly villages of the Annapurna foothills around Pokhara. Our hike takes us no higher than 6,700 feet, yet the scenery of Annapurna I and II and the famous “fishtail” of Machapuchare are truly unbelievable: 26,000-foot Himalayan ice giants are only 20 miles away, and the snowy flanks seem almost within arm’s reach. Once back in Pokhara we enjoy the city from the Temple Tree Resort before heading for our safari in the amazing wildlife of the jungle of Chitwan. Here you stay in the exotic resort of Kasara from where many jungle activities will be deployed. With many unforgettable impressions you return to Kathmandu for a last day of shopping in one of the many streets the maze of Thamel offers.
-sightseeing all the Unesco heritage monuments in Kathmandu
-comfort trekking in the breathtaking mountains of the Annapurna Himalaya’s
-jungle safari in Chitwan national park
-staying full board in some of the best and most luxurious resorts, hotels and lodges
All year, best months between october and may
€2.795 per person, based upon minimum 2 persons
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, o/n in Gokarna Forest Resort
Himalayan Dream Team will pick you up at the international airport for your transfer to the Gokarna Forest Resort. As a welcome you will be invited to a typical Nepalese dinner that includes the famous Momo’s and Dal Bhat! Accompanied by traditional drinks we will say Namaste to good health and a wonderful time in Nepal.
Gokarna Forest Resort is located inside the serene Gokarna Forest, the former Royal hunting grounds of the Kings of Nepal. A winding road climbs through the forest, up to the main complex, comprising a mix of subtly majestic Malla period architecture, Rana period lodges, and sanctuaries harmoniously blending with nature. A quiet peaceful haven set between ancient towering trees with glimpses of the second fairway in the valley below make the perfect getaway for golf, enchanting forest walks, relaxation and rejuvenation at the Spa, as well as spending time close to nature.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Sightseeing Kathmandu! That’s the program for today. In the morning we will leave for the Pashupatinath temple, which is one of the biggest Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world located on the banks of the Bagmati River. The temple served as the seat of national deity, Lord Pashupatinath, until Nepal was secularized. The temple is listed in Unesco World Heritage sites list. Next we visit the Buddhist stupa of Boudhanath that dominates the skyline. The ancient Stupa is one of the largest in the world. After having lunch there we go to Swayambhunath, an ancient religious complex atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley, west of Kathmandu city. It is also known as the Monkey Temple as there are holy monkeys living in the north-west parts of the temple. In the afternoon we will drop you off at your hotel. Private transport and entry fees included!
Day 03: Flight to Pokhara and trek to Birethanti,(1150m) o/n in Sanctuary lodge, 3-4 hours walking
Early morning flight to Pokhara (25 mins). We’ll have a briefing at the famous Ker & Downey head office before we transfer you by road with the guides & porters to our trekking starting point (1-hour). Our walk will follow a ridgeline in the lower foothills of the Annapurna’s with surrounding views of the enchanting Pokhara Valley and lake. This route then leads to the Modi River Valley, where Ker & Downey’s Sanctuary Lodge is located. The lodge has magnificent views of the sacred and unclimbed Fishtail Mountain, also known as Machhapuchhre (6.993m). A picnic lunch is provided with a late afternoon arrival at the Lodge. (Trek time 3-4 hours).
Day 04: Trek to Ghandruk (2000m) o/n in Himalaya Lodge, 5-6 hrs walking
After breakfast, we leave walking out through the outer farming areas following the Modi River Valley. Soon we begin to climb out of the valley and up towards the mountains. The trail passes through small hamlets, terraced rice fields and forests with spectacular views of the surrounding valley. We will provide snacks along the trail. A warm lunch is served on arrival at the lodge in the early afternoon. It is from this lodge that there are magnificent close up views of the surrounding mountains.
Day 05: Exploration day in Ghandruk, o/n in Himalaya Lodge
We will have tea and coffee served in the garden and watch the sunrise over the Himalaya’s. Our guide will take us on an extended exploration of this typical Nepali mountain village and the surrounding countryside. Ghandruk was once a major recruitment center for the famous Gurkha soldiers. The women in Ghandruk maintain a local industry of weaving traditional Nepalese rugs.
Day 06: Trek to Landruk (1565m) o/n in Bee Village Lodge, 4 hrs walking
Today we resume our trekking to Landruk. After leaving Ghandruk, the trail descends steeply to the banks of the Modi River. Here, you’ll be at the base of the cliffs where the famous honey hunters of Nepal climb on ropes to collect the honey. You’ll then cross a suspension bridge to the opposite bank of the river. From here it will take about one hour on the steps to reach the village of Lhandruk. The village give even more glorious views of the Annapurna range. We arrive at lunchtime. Afterwards your guide will take you on a hike through this mountain village.
Day 07: Trek to Majgaun (1400m) o/n in Gurung Lodge, 4 hrs walking
After breakfast, we leave the Bee Lodge and walk to Ker & Downey’s Gurung Lodge. Today’s trekking takes place on a side of the hill, with small ups and downs, passing through villages and farmland. You’ll reach the Gurung Lodge in time for lunch with optional afternoon hikes to the surrounding villages.
Day 08: Trek to Dhampus (1525m), o/n in Basanta Lodge, 4 hrs walking
This morning we start out trekking through the unspoiled village of Patlekhet. Our walk takes us through sub-tropical forests with tree orchids, rhododendrons and magnolias. Along the way, we will stop at the village of Pothana where many Tibetan traders live and sell their souvenirs. After about 3 ½ hours, we arrive at the Basanta Lodge. From the lodge, there are sweeping views of the entire Annapurna Range. After lunch at the lodge there will be an optional walk through the old village of Dhampus.
Day 09: Trek to Pokhara(830 m), o/n in Temple Tree Resort, 2 hrs walking
After breakfast, we depart along the ridge & descend through the wooded hillside and terraced farmland to the valley of Pokhara. We then transfer by vehicle to the Temple Tree Resort in Pokhara (30 minutes). On the way back to Pokhara, the vehicle can stop on request at the Tibetan refugee camp where you will have time to explore the temple complex. We’ll arrive around lunchtime. The rooms at the Temple Tree are built in classic style. Surrounding the rooms are landscaped gardens, water features, a swimming pool and stunning views of the surrounding mountains. You’ll have a chance to enjoy our lunch and dinner at local restaurants. The afternoon is free to explore the lakeside where most of Nepal’s Tibetan curiosa shops are located.
Day 10: Sightseeing around in Pokhara, o/n in Temple Tree Resort
Pokhara, also nicknamed as the Lake City, is the second largest and most beautiful place in Nepal. The town offers magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, five peaks of Annapurna among others. Pokhara owns numerous lakes, known as ‘Tal’ in Nepali, and offers fishing, boating and swimming. We visit Devi’s Fall and the Gupteshwar Gufa Cave. We also make a sightseeing trip to some of Pokhara’s marketplaces, old bazaars and interesting landmarks. In the evening, there is a nice opportunity to explore the surrounding lakeside areas at sunset!
Day 11: Drive to Chitwan (150m), o/n in Kasara Resort
Toda after breakfast we drive in 4 hrs south to the jungle of Chitwan. On arrival at the resort, we will receive a briefing prior to all activities and an afternoon safari or nature walk. The species diversity is much higher than any other on the Indian subcontinent. Rare species include Bengal tiger, gharial, rhino, leopards, mugger crocodile, Indian rock python and several species of deer.
Day 12: Jungle and wildlife activities in Chitwan , o/n in Kasara Resort
The day is spent with an adventurous safari on an elephant’s back and a walk with a special nature guide through the jungle. There are also lectures on the wildlife of the Park. Boat trips are available on request.
Day 13: Fly back to Kathmandu, o/n in Gokarna Forest Resort
After an early morning bird watch tour or crocodile spotting tour at the riverbanks viewing and breakfast, we will be transferred to the airfield. We’ll have a light lunch here before our 25-minute flight back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we’ll visit on our way back to the resort Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal which is surrounded by monasteries. We will then return to the hotel where the rest of the day is free.
Day 14: Depart Nepal
Transfer to the airport for your international departure.