Our Nepal Heritage Tour- Culture, Wildlife, and Mt Everest Flight is an adept introduction to the diverse culture and geography and natural marvel of Nepal. We start our tour with a scenic mountain flight over the Himalaya which includes Mt. Everest among other world’s tallest mountains. Watch the snow-capped mountains, green hills and the magnificent clouds cover and uncover them, those who have done it say ‘’It’s the most surrealistic thing ever.’’ We take a guided tour of 4 of the World Heritage SItes in Kathmandu-Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath and Boudhanath. Next on our list are the two medieval cities of Bhaktapur and Lalitpur/Patan, especially renowned for their art, artistic handicrafts and exquisite architecture. We will visit all the important places, museums and galleries and walk the beautiful alleyways.
Next on our list is the Chitwan National park which also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A jungle safari and canoe ride add flavor to this adventure. We then head to another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Gautam Buddha. We take our time visiting this sacred location. Next, we head to Pokhara, the city of lakes. We spend a day of leisure and fun in the beautiful valley of Pokhara. After we get back from the early hike to Sarangkot for sunrise view over the Himalaya, we can boat on the Phewa Lake overlooking the Machhapuchhre mountain. We will visit the sacred Gupteshwor cave, Davis Falls, and stroll around the tinsel town. We can also explore the lively nightlife here.Our 10-day-long Nepal Heritage Tour- Culture, Wildlife, and Mt Everest Flight ends in Kathmandu.
Adventure Club Trek has been organizing cultural tours, trekking, and expeditions since 2008.
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.
We wake up early in the morning and drive to Airport for our scheduled mountain flight. We board a twin otter plane that takes us close to world’s highest mountain Everest and other mountains including Mera Peak ( 6,476 m), Thamserku (6,623 m), Ama Dablam (6,812 m), Lobuche East ( 6,145 m) & West (6,119m, Lhotse (6,812 m) and Nuptse(7,861 m). We also get to enjoy the sunrise over the snow clad mountains. After the mountain flight we head back to our hotel for breakfast. We have planned sightseeing around the capital city for the rest of the day. We visit the Hindu sacred temple Pashupatinath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Non-hindus are not allowed inside the main premises of Pashupatinath, but there is a lot to see in other areas including the cremation site where you can witness Hindu cremation. On the other side of the Bagmati river there are many small temples including Ram Mandir.
We then make our way to Boudhanath, considered one of the largest stupas in Asia for its massive mandala. Boudhanath is surrounded by at least 29 monasteries and nunneries. Monks and local buddhist devotees doing koras(clockwise circumambulation of the stupa) is a common site here. Also, we explore Swayambhunath, popular as the Monkey Temple and located on top of a hill northwest of Kathmandu Valley. It is a religious site for both Hindus and Buddhists. You can also catch a panoramic view of the Kathmandu Valley from the top. Next, we visit the Kathmandu Durbar Square, one of three Durbar Squares in Nepal. Witness old palaces dating back to the Malla and Shah dynasties of the medieval period in Nepalese history. Many interesting temples surround the palace. The Durbar square was hit hard by the 2015 earthquake, however, a lot it has already been restored and rest is underway. Overnight in a hotel at Kathmandu.
Today, we explore the other two historic cities of the Kathmandu valley, Bhaktapur and Patan.
Patan Durbar Square
Patan or Lalitpur houses one of three durbar square ( Palace complex) in the valley, the Patan Durbar square. It is a UNESCO world Heritage site. The square is often deemed as the finest example of the Newari architecture. The ancient royal palace of Patan sits facing the amusing Durbar square. The concentrated mass of temples surrounding the palace is as visually appealing as it is architecturally magnificent, especially up close. These temples were constructed mostly during the Malla period ( 14th to 18th centuries).
The Patan royal palace houses a couple of museums, which are open everyday. Some temples are under reconstruction and renovation after the 2015 earthquake. Patan Durbar square is about 7 kms away from the Kathmandu Durbar square. Patan is a city of importance for both Hinduism and Buddhism. It has 55 major temples and 136 important courtyards, most of these structures are in or nearby the Durbar square.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square
The whole complex is a museum of medieval Nepalese architecture and art. The palace complex has many colossal pagoda temples, sculptures and wood-carved establishments. Bhaktapur durbar square is a conglomeration of Shikhara-style and pagoda style temples spread around the 55 window palace made of wood and brick. These are the major attractions of Bhaktapur Durbar square:
The 55 Window Palace
This is the the most dominating structure in the main durbar complex, Built in the 15th century, this marvel of woodcrafting is a sight not to miss.
This leads you the palace and is an excellent work of craftsman. One can only wonder and admire the complex level of artistry.
On either side of the gate, two enigmatic Hindu deities stand proud and fierce. Legend says the artisans who built the gate had their hands cut off because the king didn’t want them building a structure like this anywhere else.
Most probably one of the most iconic temples in Nepal, Naytapola temple s a five-storied pagoda temple of absolute architectural perfection and excellent craftsmanship. This temple has stood the test of time, it was left untouched by the 2015 earthquake among many others Nepal has seen in the past centuries. The temple is dedicated to the tantric goddess of success and supreme power, goddess Sidhilaxmi. Other significant sites include the pottery square where you can try your hand in traditional pottery that Bhaktapur is so famous for, the medieval alleys with deep wells and many other cultural points, Vatsala temple, Bhairavnath temple and the Dattatreya square among others.
We leave the capital city and make our way to the Chitwan National Park. After we check in and freshen up, we will gather for a briefing on the planned activities in Chitwan National Park. We have lunch and then explore the local Tharu village. In the evening we walk on the banks of Rapti River, enjoying the sunset. Before dinner we enjoy a short cultural program including the Tharu tribal dance.Overnight in a resort at Chitwan.
Adventure begins! In the morning enjoy elephant back ride or a Jeep Safari into the jungle to witness the wildlife in their natural habitat. Chitwan national park is home to animals like one horned rhinos, bengal tigers, sloth bears and many varieties of birds. After jungle safari we visit a nearby elephant breeding center where we can observe young elephants being trained and even enjoy a short playtime. Later in the afternoon, we canoe on the Rapti River to see gharials. We go bird watching in the jungle and also explore the wild flora and fauna found in the National Park.Overnight in a resort at Chitwan.
Today,we drive to Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha. We start our journey to Lumbini after breakfast, it takes us around 5 hours to reach our destination.After checking in and a brief rest, we have lunch and carry out with our scheduled sightseeing program. The main attraction of Lumbini is the Sacred Garden where Buddha was born and also the Ashoka Pillar. Emperor Ashoka built the pillar while he visited Lumbini and even converted to Buddhism during his visit. Lumbini also houses many temples and monasteries including the Maya Devi temple.Overnight in a hotel in Lumbini.
Today, we head to the City of Lake, Pokhara. We spend the whole day driving to Pokhara, reaching there late in the afternoon. In the evening ,we can go for a stroll around the lakeside.Overnight in a hotel at Pokhara
We wake up at dawn and drive up to Sarangkot to watch the sunrise over the Himalayas. It is also a great vantage point to enjoy unobstructed views of Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Lamjung, and Annapurna II among other mountains. Bask in the spectacular views before heading back to the hotel for breakfast. For the rest of the day we go around the city visiting some of the main attractions including the Phewa Lake, Peace Pagoda, Davis Fall, Gupteshwor Cave and Tibetan Refugee Camp among others. Overnight in a hotel at Pokhara.
Today, we head back to the capital city. We board a tourist bus in the morning which takes us to Kathmandu via Prithivi Highway. On our 7 hours drive we enjoy the winding roads alongside green hills and the Trishuli river below us.There are no planned activities for the remainder of the day so you are free to rest or do anything else. If you wish to roam around the city we are more than happy to show you around. Overnight in a hotel at 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.