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Kathmandu Valley, Pokhara, Bandipur, Manakamana and Panoramic Flight

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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
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.

Trip Highlights

  • 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

Trip Profile

  • The total length of the trip: 7 days from arrival to the day of departure
  • Number of the night in Kathmandu: 4-nights / visit UNESCO sites
  • Number of the night in Pokhara: 1-nights / visit UNESCO sites
  • 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, Bandipur and inhabited by Newars and Magars.
  • Accommodation: Hotel with breakfast.
  • Best season: All year around

Short Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU (NEPAL)

DAY 2: VISIT SWAYAMBHUNATH STUPA / PATAN / BASANTAPUR / ASHON

DAY 3: VISIT PASUPATINATH TEMPLE / BHAKTAPUR CITY

DAY 4: FLIGHT KATHMANDU TO POKHARA AND VISIT

DAY 5: VISIT SARANGKOT AND DRIVE TO BANDIPUR

DAY 6: BANDIPUR / MANAKAMANA / KATHMANDU

DAY 7: PANORAMIC FLIGHT AND DEPARTURE

Detail Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU (NEPAL)

Upon your arrival, you will be received with a traditional welcome at the airport in Kathmandu. After checking in at the hotel, you will get briefed about the necessary formalities and the upcoming program. Depending on arrival time, you will have the choice of visiting nearby shrines or resting.

DAY 2: VISIT SWAYAMBHUNATH STUPA / PATAN / BASANTAPUR / ASHON

After 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 Patan. Patan was once an independent Buddhist city-state, and a rival of Kathmandu, from which the Bagmati River separates it. It is also called Lalitpur ("City of the Arts"). The old centre has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Patan boasts a multitude of temples and wonders of art in and around its Durbar Square. We'll visit the Royal Palace, which occupies one side of the square, where works of art have been made from every piece of wood, stone and metal in it. We also visit the temple of Krishna, the temple of Jagat Narayan, the Golden Temple and the Temple of Thousands Buddha, among other sites. In the evening we'll visit 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 we make a tour through Ason Bazaar an old city centre and market, where one can see and experience a bit of what the Nepalese use in their daily life. The walk takes us until the hotel.

DAY 3: VISIT PASUPATINATH TEMPLE / BHAKTAPUR CITY

After breakfast we'll set off to Pasupatinath temple: Pasupatinath is considered one of the holiest of Hindu shrines. Pasupati has remained the presiding deity of all ruling Nepalese royalty. The precinct occupies an area of 281 hectares. The main temple, displaying a golden tiled roof is off-limits to non-Hindus. To view the main temple and one of its few main gates you'll have to cross the river and climb steps to the terrace lying opposite. Along the way, you may come across Hindu sadhus and Santas there on a pilgrimage. These ghats along the Bagmati River are where the bodies of recently deceased Hindus of the Valley are cremated. The trip takes us on to Bhaktapur. Located about 12 kilometres east of Kathmandu, it is the third major city of the Valley. Bhaktapur or Bhadgaon (literally "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. UNESCO, as a World Heritage Site, recognizes Bhaktapur. Finalize te tour and drive back to Kathmandu.

DAY 4: FLIGHT KATHMANDU TO POKHARA AND VISIT

Breakfast and drive to the airport for a short morning flight to Pokhara. A Arrive in Pokhara, checking into the hotel. 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. Today 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. We also visit 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 the 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 5: VISIT SARANGKOT AND DRIVE TO BANDIPUR

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 drive to Bandipur, a charming hill town lies in a midway between Kathmandu and Pokhara. This hill town situates 8-kilometres above the Dumre Bazaar. This ancient trading post lay cradled in the saddle of some of the country's peculiar-shaped hills. Bandipur town offers an ultra-wide panorama of mountains that include the Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal ranges. High Himalaya, the cascading Marshyangdi River and lush terraced fields all around offer a never-ending blissful experience In Bandipur short day hikes into the neighbourhood of the hills will reveal two distinct cultures that have mingled in harmony for hundreds of years; that of the Magars who were the original inhabitants, and the Newars who settled there after the demise of the Malla dynasty.

DAY 6: BANDIPUR / MANAKAMANA / KATHMANDU

Breakfast and drive towards Manakamana temple dedicated to the goddess Kali to which you can access by cable car. The view from the top is spectacular. After Manakamana we'll continue towards Kathmandu. We drive continuously on Prithivi Highway along the River Trisuli passing through several charming villages. Finally, we reach to Naubise and ascend to the Kathmandu Valley. Arrival to hotel and rest of the time is free to stroll around or rest at the hotel.

DAY 7: PANORAMIC FLIGHT AND DEPARTURE

Early in the morning, before breakfast, your guide and driver with a car will pick up you from your hotel and drive to the airport of Kathmandu. A flight leaves early in the morning to let us enjoy magnificent landscapes of the Himalayas from their closest distances, with a sunrise view. During the flight one can enjoy views of Dorje Lhakpa, Phurbi Chaychu, Choba Bamare, Gauri Shankar, Numbur, Karyilung, Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Pumori, Nuptse and, finally, Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Makalu. Our service includes flight and transportation to and from the airport. After Landing back to Kathmandu, we drive to our hotel, take a hearty breakfast 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.

Cost

COSTS PER PERSON
NUMBER IN GROUP 3-Star Hotels 4-Star Hotels 5-Star Hotels
1 Persons 1209$ 1,489$ 1,555$
2 Persons 1060$ 1220$ 1286$
4 Persons 1042$ 1202$ 1268$
6 Persons 1020$ 1180$ 1246$
8 Persons 1002$ 1162$ 1228$
10 Persons 993$ 1153$ 1219$
12 Persons 984$ 1144$ 1210$
15 Persons 975$ 1135$ 1200$
Single room supplement 343$ 427$ 562$
HOTELS / ACCOMMODATIONS
CITIES 3-Star Hotels 4-Star Hotels 5-Star Hotels
KATHMANDU Marshyangdi or similar Shanker/Malla De’l Annapurna
POKHARA The Lakeside resort Temple Tree Temple Tree
BANDIPUR Mountain Resort Old Inn Old Inn

What is included

  • Airport to hotel and hotel to airport transportations as per itinerary
  • 4 (four) nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu, breakfast included
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara airfare (tax included)
  • Sightseeing tour with an English speaking guide as per itinerary
  • 1 (one) night hotel accommodation in Pokhara, breakfast included
  • 1 (one) night hotel accommodation in Bandipur, breakfast included
  • Sightseeing tour of Pokhara as per itinerary
  • Cable car charges to visit Manakamana temple
  • 1 hour of mountain flight
  • 1 fully air-conditioned private car with driver and a Guide for the entire program
  • Entrance fees to the monuments

What is not included

  • Lunch and dinner
  • Tips and those not mentioned in above price include section.

Best Seasons

Best time to visit:
Nearly all months of the year are suitable. Mid-June to mid-September are the monsoon though the temperature remains around 22-28 degree Celsius. 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 fine, and skies are 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, but 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 temperature is warmer than Kathmandu.

FAQ

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.

Payment Options:
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.

Trip Cancellation

  • 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
Responsibility
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.

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