The Kathmandu Valley
The ancient city of Kathmandu is slowly turning into a modern metropolis, but within its bustling streets and squares remain numerous temples and monuments of great beauty and historical significance. The rich tapestry of the cultural heritage of Nepal is synthesized in Kathmandu valley, representing a perfect example of harmony in urban design, elegant architectures, refined cultures, colourful bazaars and straightforward and hospitable people. Once separate kingdoms in it, Kathmandu valley contains three fabled cities – Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. Out of ten UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Nepal, seven cultural heritage sites are in Kathmandu Valley. All those heritage sites are like open museums!
Some two hundred years ago a Western visitor wrote that there were as many temples as there were houses and many idols as there were people, in the city. Indeed, Kathmandu boasts one of the largest assemblages of magnificent historical monuments and shrines ever built.
The Kathmandu valley surrounded with several most beautiful viewpoints such as Nagarkot, Dhulikhel, Namobuddha and Chandra Giri from where one can enjoy a magnificent panoramic view of the Himalayas: Manaslu (7,111m.), Langtang (7,246m.), Choba Bhamre (6,016m.) and even Everest (8,848m.). The view is particularly memorable at the end of the day when the sun slowly sets beyond the horizon, and the mountains glow in the evening light. Both sunrise and sunset, from these viewpoints, are truly breath-taking. Sometimes the lower valley remains under a thick cloud, setting off the mountains high above them. One need minimum of 6 days to visit all the historical sites of the valley that includes 7 world heritage sites and others.
Pokhara, one of the most beautiful cities in Nepal, is located in the Midwest region of Nepal. Situated at 800m above sea level, therefore, its temperature is always warmer than in Kathmandu. The views of Mountain are stunning. It has many beautiful lakes within its perimeter. It is a place to relax and enjoy the tranquillity and beauty.
From Pokhara, we take an extended trip to Chitwan National Park, for a safari experience where we will stop for two nights. The Chitwan national park is one of the best national wildlife observation parks in Asia, making it an excellent choice for safari. It was created in 1973 and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984.
Our guides are native, English or any other language speaking with knowledge of the country, they are essential to enjoy the most incredible and authentic places. The guides proudly show the most tourist sites that we cannot miss, but also those places that you will never find in guide books, so your trip to the Himalayas country is a great experience.
- See and admire an age-old landscape, the where contains Nepal’s capital city
- See and experience the magnificent temples, old palaces and other monuments.
- Learn on Buddhism and Hinduism: religion, culture and way of life
- Visit and admire the seven World Heritage sites only in Kathmandu valley
- Visit Pokhara, one of the most beautiful cities of Nepal
- See and admire the great panoramic views the Himalayas from ground and sky Enjoy a safari in one of the best national wildlife observation parks in Asia
- The total length of the trip: 8 days from arrival to the day of departure
- Number of the night in Nagarkot: 1-night / Enjoy the Himalayan scenery
- Number of the night in Kathmandu: 2-nights / visit UNESCO sites
- Number of the night in Pokhara: 2-nights / visit the city and fabulous viewpoint to enjoy Himalayan scenery
- Number of the night in Chitwan: 2-nights / Enjoy the Safari
- Tour grade: Leisurely short walks.
- Domestic flight: Kathmandu – Pokhara
- Highest elevation: 1,600 metres Sarangkot viewpoint, Pokhara
- People/Culture: Kathmandu valley is the home of Newars, Pokhara is a new city and inhabited by multi caste and cultural group, Chitwan is the southern low land of the country and inhabited by Tharus.
- Accommodation: Hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara, and Jungle safari resort in Chitwan on full board
- Best season: All year around except July to September
DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU (NEPAL) / DRIVE TO NAGARKOT
DAY 2: NAGARKOT – CHANGUNARAYAN – BHAKTAPUR - POKHARA
DAY 3: VISIT POKHARA
DAY 4: POKHARA / CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK
DAY 5: CHITWAN
DAY 6: CHITWAN / KATHMANDU
DAY 7: SWAYAMBHUNATH STUPA / BASANTAPUR / BOUDHANATH
DAY 8: DEPARTURE FROM KATHMANDU
DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU (NEPAL) / DRIVE TO NAGARKOTUpon your arrival, you will get received with a traditional welcome at the airport in Kathmandu. After meet and greet formalities we will drive to Nagarkot. The village of Nagarkot, the highest point in the Kathmandu Valley, 2,175 metres above the sea level, lays 30-Kilometers to the east of Kathmandu and north-east of Bhaktapur. Nagarkot is a popular tourist destination. The village has a magnificent panoramic view of the east Himalayas: Manaslu (7,111m.), Langtang (7,246m.), Choba Bhamre (6,016m.) and even Everest (8,848m.). The view is particularly memorable at the end of the day when the sun slowly sets beyond the horizon, and the mountains glow in the evening light — overnight in Hotel.
DAY 2: NAGARKOT – CHANGUNARAYAN – BHAKTAPUR - POKHARAMost visitors to Nagarkot wake up early in the morning to view the sunrise, to enjoy the heavenly view of the first rays of the sun strikes the tops of the giant white peaks. You can witness the dramatically changing colour of the mountain range from grey to silver to gold. Both sunrise and sunset are truly breath-taking. During the winter months, the lower valley remains under a thick cloud, setting off the mountains high above them. After breakfast, we'll continue to drive to Bhaktapur or Bhadgaon, literally "the City of Devotees", is truly a living museum. There is the 55-windowed Royal Palace, the temple of Taleju, the palace of the Kumari, the temple of Pasupati, the main square of Tanmadhi Tole, Nyatapola (the temple of the Five Pagoda Roofs, the tallest such in all of Nepal), the temple of Akash Bhairab (the second most important temple of Badhgaon). We will also visit the square of Dha Hateya and the Square of the Potters. The UNESCO recognizes Bhaktapur as a World Heritage Site. Take a hearty lunch in one of the restaurant housed in the medieval building and then continue a short drive to the airport for a 40 minutes flight to Pokhara. The city of Pokhara is renowned for its setting rather than its historical or cultural endowments. It has many beautiful lakes and on the far horizon a panorama featuring Annapurna, Fishtail and Lamjung. Arrive in Pokhara, checking into the hotel, and rest of the time remains free.
DAY 3: VISIT POKHARAToday we will visit the Sarangkot View Point, International Mountain Museum of Pokhara, David’s fall, Tibetan Refugee Camp and the Barahi Temple. Early in the morning drive to Sharangkot hill tower, to enjoy the sunrise view. Sharangkot is one of the most beautiful viewpoints of Pokhara for its exceptional panorama of Annapurna I, II, III, Mt. Lamjung, Mt. Dhaulagiri, and Mt. Fishtail etc. After visiting Sharangkot, drive back to Pokhara for breakfast. After breakfast we Then we will visit the International Mountain Museum, which is devoted to the mountains of Nepal and the mountaineers who climbed them. Inside you can see original gear from many of the first Himalayan ascents, as well as displays on the history, culture, geology and flora and fauna of the Himalaya. Then we continue to David's fall, the point from where all the water from the lake Fewa goes underground forming a big waterfall. The name given to this waterfall is given after when a person called David became a victim falling in the drainage. Then we also visit the Tibetan refugee camp and the Tibetan art centre, where one can visit the monastery of the Tibetan refugees, their Carpet knitting centre and other handicrafts for sale. After visiting all the interesting points of this small town drive to lakeside to enjoy a hearty lunch. After lunch, we'll enjoy a boat ride on Fewa Lake, enjoying the panorama of its magnificent Himalaya peaks rising just above the city of Pokhara. While in boating we'll also pay a visit to its Barahi temple in the Island of Fewa Lake. The rest of the time is free to stroll around the touristic centres of Fewa Lake. Overnight in the same Hotel.
DAY 4: POKHARA / CHITWAN NATIONAL PARKAfter an early breakfast, we depart for Chitwan. The Chitwan National Park is one of the best national wildlife observation parks in Asia, making it an excellent choice for safari. It was created in 1973 and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984. The trip will last approximately 5 hours. Upon arrival, a welcome drink will get served, followed by lunch. In the afternoon, the naturalist guide takes us for an Elephant Back Safari. We will ride on an elephant to explore the jungle and wildlife including the one-horned rhinoceros, several types of deer, monkeys, wild boars, bison, sloth bear, leopard and, if lucky, the royal Bengal tiger. This exciting ride lasts for 2-3 hours. 7:00 PM: Slide Presentation: One of our jungle experts will introduce background data and history of the Royal Chitwan National Park as well as some other topics relating to wildlife. Or. Tharu Stick Dance: farmers of the nearby village will show some of their traditional skills and dances. At around 8:00 P. M. dinner in the central dining hall.
DAY 5: CHITWANWe will be given a wake-up call early in the morning. After a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits, you can start the day with a short nature walk. Breakfast will get served at around 8:30 a.m. Then the tour guide will take you to visit the Government Elephant breeding centre: Learn more about these fascinating animals during a visit to elephant stable. Then return to the resort for a hearty lunch. After lunch, the guide will take you for on a Jeep Safari/canoe trip. Drive to Kasara; the headquarter of The Royal Chitwan National Park to see the Gharial (Alligator) hatchery project, founded by Frankfurt Zoological Society. After a short briefing about the project, drive to the oxbow lakes (Laxmi Tal and Tamar Tal) by Land Rover through dense sal forest to encounter various plants and other wildlife. And brief walk to the canoeing put-in point. Start canoeing in a traditional dug-out canoe which takes you on a silent trip down the Rapti River to view aquatic birds, crocodiles and the animals of the river bank.
DAY 6: CHITWAN / KATHMANDUBed tea will get served at 5:30 a.m. Then the guide will take you for some bird watching in the jungle, Chitwan is also a sanctuary for bird species. Breakfast will get served around 8:00 a.m. After breakfast, we leave the resort and head for Kathmandu, 200 kilometres and 5 hours away. First, we drive along the East-West Highway, up to Hetauda, an industrial town, where we stop for snacks. From Hetauda the entire road is winding uphill, and the views are spectacular until we reach to Shim Byanjyang. Shim Byanjyang, situated at 2,300 metres, is the place where one can see the most extended portion of the Himalaya: Dhaulagiri in the west to Mount Everest in the east. We arrive in Shim Byanjyang for lunch. After lunch, the road continuously descends to Naubise passing through several charming towns, including Tistung and Palung villages The 85-kilometres get covered in about 3 hours. We reach to Naubise join the main highway and enter to Kathmandu. Arrive in Kathmandu, checking into the rooms, and rest of the time remains free.
DAY 7: SWAYAMBHUNATH STUPA / BASANTAPUR / BOUDHANATHAfter breakfast, we'll drive to Swayambhunath. Located on a lovely little hill, Swayambhunath Stupa is one of the fascinating architectural jewels of the world. This Buddhist shrine is said to have been built around 250 b.c. Its main feature, the white dome, is identified with the spotless, pure jewel of Nirvana, and it is crowned by a thirteen-tiered golden spire of conical shape. On the cube at the base of the spire is a pair of the Buddha's all-seeing eyes, painted on all four sides. The stupa stands on a typically stylized lotus mandala base, believed to have surfaced years ago from the lake that originally filled the Kathmandu Valley. From the hilltop one can enjoy a panorama of Kathmandu and the rest of the Valley. A long stairway reaches the Stupa up the wooded hillside and past statues of the Buddha. But watch out for the monkeys! At the top, you'll see devotees making rounds of the stupa, spinning the praying wheels as they go. Then we'll head on to Basantapur, Kathmandu's Durbar Square, the old palace complex (Durbar means "palace"). There admire the multitude of temples and palaces, including the Gaddi Baithak Durbar (a Palace constructed in the Rana style in 1908), Basantapur Durbar (the main building of the old royal palace), Kumari Chowk (the residence of the Living Goddess) and Kumari Bahal (where her family resides). All these are located in Basantapur. Some two hundred years ago, a Western visitor wrote that there were as many temples as there were houses and many idols as there were people, in the city. Indeed, Kathmandu boasts one of the largest assemblages of magnificent historical monuments and shrines ever built. Duly recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Kathmandu Durbar Square lies in the heart of the city. Locally, it is also called Hanuman Dhoka Palace Square. The fascinating part of this Palace complex is the towering Nine Storey Palace, overlooking the beautiful cityscape and the vast Basantapur Square. In the 1768 A.D., King Prithivi Narayan Shah build a mansion to commemorate his conquest of the Valley is known for intricately carved wooden doors, roof struts and massive lattice windows full of mythical figures. In the evening a visit will be paid to the Boudhanath, located about 8-kilometres from the centre of Kathmandu, is one of the world's largest stupas. The base of the stupa is composed of three successive mandalas, geometrical representations of the cosmos. The base itself represents the element earth, the dome on top of it symbolizes water, the cube represents fire, and the finial represents air. Finally, the culminating flame symbolizes ether. This great stupa is much like Swayambhunath except for its finial. Also, it is much bigger and lies on the valley floor. The stupa dates back to 5th-century A.D. The site attracts the highest numbers of Buddhists pilgrims from all over the Himalayan region, and indeed the World.
DAY 8: DEPARTURE FROM KATHMANDUBreakfast and free time till the time limit. In the indicated time our office representative and vehicle arrive to your hotel to serve you till the airport. Drive to Kathmandu international airport, see off formalities and departure. Continue the rest of the distance on your own.
|COSTS PER PERSON|
|NUMBER IN GROUP||3-Star Hotels||4-Star Hotels||5-Star Hotels|
|Single room supplement||398$||435$||595$|
|HOTELS / ACCOMMODATIONS|
|CITIES||3-Star Hotels||4-Star Hotels||5-Star Hotels|
|NAGARKOT||The Fort Resort||Club Himalaya||Club Himalaya|
|POKHARA||The Lakeside Resort||Temple Tree||Temple Tree|
|CHITWAN||Jungle Villa||Safari Narayani||Barahi Jungle|
|KATHMANDU||Marshyangdi or similar||Shanker/Malla||De’l Annapurna|
What is included
- Airport pickup and departure services as per the itinerary
- Hotel accommodation in, Nagarkot, Pokhara and in Kathmandu, breakfast included
- Kathmandu to Pokhara airfare (tax included)
- Sightseeing tour with a English or other language Speaking guide as per itinerary
- Two nights and three days Safari program In Chitwan National Park on full board basis
- Entrance fees to the monuments
- All ground transportation in a comfortable tourist coach with a driver.
What is not included
- Travel insurance
- Meals (except in Chitwan)
- Tips to guide and driver and those, not mentioned in above price include section.
Best time to visit:
Except for July to September, all months of the year are suitable. The best period is from March to mid-June when most days are bright, and the hills are alive with wildflowers in full bloom, especially the rhododendron in its various colours (Nepal’s national flower). September to December is the autumn and beginning of winter. Most days are beautiful, and skies are crystal clear, offering breath-taking views of peaks. End of December to February are cold and the temperature early in the morning and late evening may feel to zero degrees. Still, the day time temperature remains fine to 8 to 11 degree. Pokhara is lower than Kathmandu with an elevation of 820 metres above the sea level, and the temperature is warmer than Kathmandu. The Chitwan is the low southern land of the country, and the temperature during winter is still warm. During rainy months the parts of Terai may see with flood and travelling during these months is hot and temperature may reach to around 38 degrees, but during this time the Indian tourists visit Nepal to escape the heat in their lowlands. During winter months, did-December to end of February, the part of Terai will be misty and may find under winter mist until late morning (11 a.m.).
Where do we sleep?
In Kathmandu and Pokhara we stay in comfortable 3-star hotels with private en-suite bathrooms. While on trek we stay at Nepalese lodges which offer welcoming but straightforward accommodation and wonderful traditional hospitality. Lodges typically have one large communal room where you can sit and take meals, and there is an adjoining kitchen where you can order your food and drinks. Bedrooms are twin bedded with or without private bathroom, and dormitories with shared bathrooms.
What Equipment do I need?
You will need to bring appropriate warm outdoor clothing and a good pair of walking boots. A complete equipment list gets supplied when you sign up. Many of the necessary items can be purchased or rented in Kathmandu so don’t worry if you can’t buy everything where you live. The guides will check your equipment and clothing before departing from Kathmandu, so if anything is missing, there will be time to obtain anything necessary.
Can I arrive early or extend my stay?
Yes, you can! All you need to do is to tell us what your flight details are and how many extra nights you need and we will book your hotel accordingly. Additionally, if you would like to arrange a program of activities either before or perhaps after the trek, there are a range of options to choose from including the jungle safari at Chitwan national park, or perhaps white water rafting on one of Nepal’s spectacular rivers such as the Sun Kosi. The Kathmandu has several not to miss UNESCO World heritage sites and to visit all of them with time require at least 3-5 days.
Can I have a single room?
Yes, you can! There is a single room occupancy supplement indicated in the price list.
What about insurance?
It is a condition of joining the trek that you have insurance in place which will cover you for the costs of medical treatment, cancellations, emergency rescue and repatriation to your home country. You must ensure that it provides cover for trekking to altitudes above 4000 metres and includes helicopter rescue. We do not sell insurance scheme so requires to manage on your own.
Do I need a visa?
Yes, you do. Everyone needs to get a visa for Nepal, but you can obtain it on arrival at Kathmandu airport. You will need to bring two passport photos and the appropriate visa fee, which is the US $30 for 15 days, US $50 for up to 30 days, and the US $125 for 90 days. Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry to Nepal.
How fit do I need to be?
Anyone who is in reasonable shape and good health can accomplish this trek. Some days will be harder than others, but none require much more than 5 or 6 hours of walking each day, with a leisurely lunch stop to break up the day. There is no rush or need to ‘keep up’, and you are free to walk at your own pace. We would recommend that you undertake some form of simple training in advance of the trek, such as a 30-minute walk each evening for a few weeks before the start of the trek. Another exercise, such as swimming, bicycling and playing tennis, is also ideal.
Do I have to carry my pack?
We use porters to carry the majority of our equipment so daily you need only take a very light day pack which should contain no more than the camera, water-bottle, a selection of snacks and a warm or waterproof jacket. Everything else needs to pack into a large duffle bag which will be given to a porter each morning. The kitbag will be carried by the porter each day and delivered to your lodge room each afternoon. You need to make sure you have everything you need for the day before giving your bag to the porter as it can be difficult to access while trekking.
Will I be affected by altitude?
Most of the trek takes place at lower altitudes where you are unlikely to notice anything other than mild shortness of breath at the beginning of the trek. As the days go by, you will gain acclimatisation and feel more adjusted to the higher altitudes. At a height above 4300 metres, one may experience a headache caused by the thin air and lack of oxygen, but these symptoms usually pass quickly. If you experience symptoms of altitude that does not go away, you will be accompanied by one of our Sherpas to a lower elevation, where you should quickly recover.
Do I need vaccinations to travel Nepal?
No vaccination are required to travel Nepal, but we suggest to consult with your doctor before travelling. You can get vaccination in Kathmandu/Pokhara but it is more comfortable if you get them before you travel.
How do I sign up?
All bookings need to be made through Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. and to secure your place we will require a non-refundable deposit of minimum US $200 or as indicated in the booking and payment conditions section.
1. Bank Transfer -this is our preferred method. Payments in US Dollars should be sent to the following account:
Account Name: Annapurna Treks & Expedition
Bank Name: Nepal Investment Bank
Bank Address: Durbar Marg, Kathmandu, Nepal, PO. Box 3412
Account number: 001 611710T
Swift Code No.: NIBLNPKT
2. Payment by a Card - payments can only be processed in Nepalese rupees (NPR), so if you wish to pay by card, we will convert the dollar amount to a Nepalese Rupees equivalent at the prevailing exchange rate. Card payment is accepted only on your arrival into the country. There will be a 3.5% service fee on top.
Booking Payment Conditions
Booking and payment conditions
As soon as we have your Booking, with a specific program and more or less number in the group, we will release an invoice for a confirmation deposit as per following.
(A) 200$ per person for trekking and tours
(B) 400$ per person for trekking peak climbing and trekking in restricted areas
(C) 600$ per person for mountaineering expeditions ranging 6,600m to below 8000 metres
(D) 3,000$ per person for all mountaineering expeditions above 8,000m. meter into Nepal
(E) 4,000$ per person for mountaineering expeditions above 8,000m mountain into Tibet.
1. The final confirmation will require at least three months in advance of the tours commence with 50% of the tour payment.
2. The final and total payment will require at least 25-days before the program commences.
3. The banking transaction charges of each time payment will be needed to be borne by the sender, and a net amount of the total amount will require deposited in the company account.
- To compensate the administrative charges, and other expenses in dealing with the booking process, the following cancellation fees will be charged:Cancellation after the confirmation - loss of the deposit
- Cancellation 45-days before trip commences - 20% of the total cost
- Cancellation 25-days before trip commences - 50% of the total cost
- Cancellation less than 21-days before the trip commences - 70% of the total cost
- Cancellation after arrival or during the trip - 100% of the total cost
We, Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd., accept responsibility for ensuring that the services booked with us are as close as possible to the itinerary outfitted in our mutual understanding. You agree and understand that it may be necessary to adjust the program due to unforeseen factors. In such a case, the group leader and sirdar/guide, in the team, will make the final decision.