Nepal is emerging more and more as a cultural destination, and rightly so! This Himalayan paradise not only hosts some of the world’s tallest mountains but also some of the world’s unique cultures. The land of Living Goddess Kumari, abode of Lord Shiva, birthplace of Gautam Buddha, home to 123 different languages, 131 different ethnic groups, temples and stupas and most of all house to people who believe in ‘’AthitiDevoBhaba’’ (theguest is equal to god), Nepal is truly culturally diverse.
Nepal Explore Tour-15 days offers you an opportunity to visit the major attractions of the country in a short span. From exploring the World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley to getting to observe the sunrise and sunset over the Himalayas from three different locations, this package gives you the most real introduction to Nepal.
Surprise your taste buds with local cuisines and get to know more about the origin of different religions and cultures of the country! We start off from the capital city itself, visiting famous landmarks including the three Durbar Squares. As we stroll the streets of Kathmandu, you will witness the local lifestyle. Overnight stay at Nagarkot where the next day starts with a spectacular view of the sunrise over the Himalayas is the best way to start a morning. After having explored Kathmandu, we travel to Chitwan to enjoy sights of rare one-horned rhino, Bengal tigers and sloth bears among other wild animals. Jungle walks, elephant safari and canoeing are some of the activities we will indulge in during our stay in Chitwan.
Next, we explore the birthplace of Lord Buddha and other landmarks in Lumbini followed by a short visit of the ancient town of Tansen, famous for its rich heritage and production of Dhaka (handmade and uniquely patterned Nepali fabric). In Pokhara, we visit different natural wonders such as the Phewa Lake, Davis Fall, and Gupteshwor Cave among others. We then leave for a short trek to Ghorepani in the Annapurna Region. The uphill climb to Poon Hill rewards us with a mesmerizing view of the sunrise over the Fishtail, Annapurna massif, Dhaulagiri, and other surrounding peaks. We then descend to Ghandruk, a typical village of Gurung people and a home stay destination.
By the end of the tour, you’d be familiar with the history of Kathmandu valley, would have visited the birthplace of Gautam Buddha in the Southern Plains of the country, trekked to the Annapurna region, toured Pokhara, seen Nepal’s wildlife up close and explored the ancient craft of handlooms. Adventure Club Trek also offers Kathmandu Cultural Heritage Tour-2 Days, Kathmandu-Lumbini and Pokhara Tour-8 Days, and Kathmandu and Pokhara Tour-7 Days.
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), you will be welcomed by a representative from Adventure Club Trek. After sorting out your custom formalities (visa and so on), you will be then transferred to your respective hotel in Adventure Club Trek’s private vehicle and give you some time to freshen up. After this, you will attend an orientation about your trek led by the trekking leader over a welcome dinner. Overnight at hotel.
Today, we visit sites of great historical and cultural importance present in the Kathmandu Valley including the three Durbar Squares of Patan, Bhaktapur, and Basantapur.
A summary of the day:
Basantapur Durbar Square:
It is an ancient Nepal Palace complex surrounded by pagoda style temples and palaces, dating back to the Malla and Shah Dynasty reign. Along the cobblestone paved road, you can also see the Kumari Ghar, the house of the living goddess Kumari. The uniquely built temples and palaces in the square mark beautiful architectural style of the Nepalese culture. Also called the Kathmandu Durbar Square and Hanuman Dhoka Palace, the site is one of seven UNESCO world heritage sites in the valley.
Listed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Pashupatinath is one of the most important sacred temples in the Hindu religion. The main temple is a two-storied pagoda style temple and is surrounded by over 500 monuments and temples including Ram Mandir, Surya Narayan Temple and Vasuki Nath Temple among others. Though non-Hindu foreigners are allowed in the premises of the main temple, you can explore other monuments alongside the Bagmati river and can also catch a glimpse of the Pashupatinath Temple from Biswarup. The Ghats, open cremation sites, on the banks of river Bagmati usually have a pyre or more burning which you can witness as well.
It is one of the largest and most sacred stapes in South Asia. The site is filled with Buddhist devotees performing koras(going around the stupa clockwise), the smell of incense burning, monks praying and fluttering Buddhist prayer flags almost everywhere. You can even buy small spinning wheels and other souvenirs related to the Buddhist culture in shops that decorate the alleyways.
Located atop a hill, Swayambhunath is also known as the Monkey Temple as the north-west side of the temple is home to many monkeys. Also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, both Hindus and Buddhists come to offer their prayers here. You can enjoy a view of the Kathmandu city and a beautiful sunset from the top.
Patan Durbar Square:
Home to many old temples and idols, Patan Durbar Square, is a fine example of the Newari architecture. The main attractions are the royal palace of Malla Kings, Krishna Mandir, and Taleju Temple among others. Many of the monuments and temples suffered major damage from 2015 earthquake and restoration work is underway. However, most of the important monuments are still intact.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square:
Bhaktapur Durbar Square is 13 km east of the city. The culture and lifestyle of Bhaktapur have remained intact for centuries; though it is changing in recent years, you can still see old people carry out the traditions. The main attractions of the Square are the famous 55 windowed palaces, Nyatapola Temple, Bhairav Nath Temple and Vatsala Temple, Dattatreya Square, and Pottery Square among others. After a day of sightseeing, we head to Nagarkot, driving uphill along the twisting roads. It is a hill station mostly known for the spectacular views of the Himalayas. People come here to enjoy the sunrise and sunset amidst the eight ranges-the Annapurna peaks, Mt., Everest, Mt. Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang Himal, Mt. Numbur, Rolwaling Himal and Jugal Himal. Overnight in Nagarkot.
We wake up at the crack of dawn to enjoy the sunrise over the Himalayas. If weather permits you can see the mountain range in the north and Kathmandu valley in the west. After a hearty breakfast, a private vehicle will drive us to Chitwan.Upon our arrival at the resort, we’ll be briefed about the jungle tour. Freshen up, have lunch, we visit an ethnic Tharu village later. As we head back to the resort, enjoy the sunset from the bank of Rapti River. Dinner at the resort.Overnight in Chitwan.
Early breakfast, then we head out for the jungle tour as morning is the best time to catch a glimpse of animals in their natural habitat. We start off with a guided jungle walk which rewards us with sights of rhinos, the variety of birds, sloth bears and deer among others, followed by an elephant safari.
After lunch, we canoe ride along the Rapti River, inhabited by crocodiles and water monitors. We then watch elephants take a bath in the river followed by a visit to the Elephant Breeding Centre. The thrilled packed afternoon ends with a Tharu Cultural Program. Overnight at the resort.
After breakfast, we drive to Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha. Marked as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lumbini is a common destination for Buddhist devotees as they visit to pay their respects at the Maya Devi Temple where Buddha was born. Upon arrival in Lumbini, we check-in to our hotel, freshen up and relax for the day. We can spend the afternoon exploring the town and nearby historic places. Overnight at Lumbini.
The small town of Lumbini has undergone many excavations, revealing the remains of ancient stupas and monasteries which is a delight to see now.Besides the Sacred Garden which hosts the monastic zone of Lumbini where almost all Buddhist nations have erected the finest examples of their architecture, the Ashoka Pillar is another attraction of the place. Built-in 250 BC by the Indian Emperor Ashoka, the pillar provides written evidence that Buddha was born here. Next, we visit Maya Devi Temple where a stone image of Maya Devi giving birth to Lord Buddha as she holds on to a branch of a pipal tree is on display. In the afternoon, we drive approximately for 3 hours to reach Palpa where we spend the night. Palpa has pleasant weather making it a perfect destination throughout the season. This small ancient town provides a spectacular view of the mountains and very hospitable environment. On a sunny day, you can lay eyes on Dhaulagiri (8,167m/26,794ft), Gauri Shankar, Annapurna and Manaslu among other peaks. The place is famous for Dhaka (handmade fabric), so visiting to see a weaver at work on their looms is a must. Overnight at Palpa.
Early in the morning, we can watch the sunrise over the magnificent Himalayas. After a hearty breakfast, we drive to Pokhara. Upon arrival, we check-in our hotel and rest for the day. Later in the afternoon or the evening, we can go strolling through the streets of Pokhara and explore its nightlife scene.
We start the day early to catch a glimpse of the sunrise from Sarangkot. Watch the sun break down as it comes up behind the mountains like Dhaulagiri (8,167m/26,794ft), Annapurna range and Fishtail (6,993m/22,943ft), turning the snow-capped mountains goldenly. Also, enjoy the views of emerald green Phewa Lake and the beautiful Pokhara Valley. We then head back to the hotel to have breakfast. Later in the day, we visit the famous landmarks of the city.
Locally known as Patale Chango (underground waterfall), it is a stream flowing from Phewa surging through rocks to form the underground tunnel at the bottom which is around 500 feet long and 100 feet below the ground level, justifying its local name. It became famous as Davis falls after the father of Davis, a Swiss woman who fell and died in the fall’s pits, wished to name the fall after his daughter.
The cave extends around 3 km in length but has different geography inside. Some corners of the cave make you crawl on your four limbs. It holds great importance to Hindus as a shrine of Lord Shiva is preserved here in the condition it was found. You can also hear the thundering waters of Davis Fall from the cave.
It is the second largest lake of Nepal and is one of the main attractions of Pokhara. You can boat around and visit the Barahi Temple (dedicated to female force Shakti) located almost in the middle of the lake.Tibetan refugee camp Tashiling and TashiPalkhel are two Tibetan camps located in the city’s south and the north respectively. The first Tibetans migrated here in the 50’s and ever since it has been home to them. The two camps are famous for the production and trade of woolen carpets and handicrafts.
After breakfast, we drive to Nayapul, starting point of our trek. We walk along the banks of Modi Khola to reach Birethanti (1,015m) and here onwards we follow the north bank of Bhurungdi Khola. We gradually climb up to arrive at Tikhedhunga (1,570m). Overnight at a teahouse at Tikhedunga.
Today’s trek mostly includes uphill climbs, beginning with ascending to Ulleri, a Magar village at 2,070m. To reach the village, we have to cross the infamous stone stairs consisting of more than 3000 steps. Upon reaching Ulleri, we are rewarded with magnificent views of Annapurna range. We make way through rhododendrons and oak forest to reach Banthanti (2,250m) followed by Nangethanti (2,460m) where we stop for lunch before heading out to Ghorepani. A spectacular view of Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Tukuche (6,940m), Tarke Kang (7,193m) and Annapurna (8,091m) can be seen from Ghorepani. Overnight at Ghorepani.
Our goal today is to reach Poon Hill before the dawn breaks to catch the unobstructed view of the sunrise over the Himalayas. Enjoy the panoramic view of the Annapurna massif, Dhaulagiri and Fishtail and a range of other mountains golden and glistening in the sunlight. After spending nearly an hour at the top, we head back to Ghorepani for breakfast. Then, we set out to Tadapani. Passing through pine and rhododendron forests, we arrive at Deurali (2,960m). We continue on the trail to Banthanti and then turn to Tadapani where we spend the night.
We descend from Tadapani to the traditional Gurung village of Ghandruk, also home to many Gurkha soldiers. The village offers magnificent views of Ghandruk Himal, Annapurna peaks, and Machhapuchhre Mountain. mGhandruk has thatched roof houses and most of the people here farm. Tourism is one of the major income sources of the village as it is a popular homestay destination.
It is also a common destination for trekkers scaling the Annapurna region as the village is easily accessible from Pokhara and Kathmandu. We spend the day exploring the village, visiting Annapurna Conservation Office and museums. Overnight at guesthouse in Ghandruk.
Today, we head back to Nayapul which concludes our trek. We then drive to Pokhara, freshen up at the hotel after which you can stroll along the lakeside, shop for souvenirs. In the evening you can enjoy live music in pubs and restaurants. Overnight in a hotel in Pokhara.
Today, we return to Kathmandu driving alongside the Trishuli River on dwindling mountain roads. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you have the whole day to yourself. Go souvenir shopping or stroll through the streets of Kathmandu before your departure. We can provide you a guide as well.In the evening, a farewell dinner is hosted by Adventure Club Trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Adventure Club Trek will manage a farewell drive to the international airport for your final flight departure. Meeting you and serving you was a wonderful experience over the weeks. We are sure you enjoyed a wonderful holiday in beautiful Nepal. We hope you will remember us in the years ahead.
Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.
Prior to all the treks and expeditions, Adventure Club Trek hosts a pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The primary purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about the forthcoming trek and to introduce other team members. The meeting covers topics as diverse as personal equipment and acclimatization and usually involves a hike and some skills training. Pre-trip meeting is very important in order to have a better preparation of the trekking.