Trip Facts

  • Total Days: 12
  • Trekking Days: 3
  • Hotel in Kathmandu: 3 Nights
  • Hotel in Nagarkot: 1 Night
  • Hotel in Namo Buddha: 1 Night
  • Monastery stay: 1 Night
  • Hotel in Balthali: 1 Night
  • Hotel in Pokhara: 1 Night
  • Home stay: 1 Night
  • Highlights: Culture / History / religion / Photography (Landscapes)
  • Best Time: Spring / Autumn

Exploration Tour gives you great opportunity to explore some of the hidden treasures of Nepali art and culture. Taking your trip one step towards north east of Kathmandu valley allows you to explore some of the traditional Newari and Tamang villages.

An extended trip to Pokhara and lower Annapurna region provides you wonderful opportunity to see some of the highest mountains in the world and amazing landscapes along with some exotic flora and fauna.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Visit Kirtipur / Swoyambunath & Patan
Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Nagarkot via Bhaktapur & Changunarayan
Day 04: Trek Nagarkot to Nala & drive to Balthali
Day 05: Trek Balthali to Namobuddha
Day 06: Drive Namo Buddha to Kathmandu & visit Pashupatinath & Boudhanath
Day 07: Drive Kathmandu to Sedi Bagar via Pokhara
Day 08: Drive Sedi Bagar to Phedi & trek to Landruk
Day 09: Trek Landruk to Ghandruk
Day 10: Trek Ghandruk to Nayapul & drive to Pokhara
Day 11: Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu
Day 12: Departure

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu airport and you will be transferred to the Hotel by one of our representatives. Welcome dinner at one of the traditional Nepali restaurants in Kathmandu.
Overnight: Hotel
Elevation: 1334m

Day 02: Visit Kirtipur, Swoyambunath and Patan: start our tour with the historical fort town Kirtipur which is about an hour drive from Kathmandu. Then we visit magnificent Buddhist stupa called Swoyambhunath followed by a visit of Patan.

Kirtipur - Originally a Newari foundation, Kirtipur is still a centre of Newari culture. It has been merged with surrounding villages to form the municipality of Kirtipur. It consists of many temples, monasteries. The town which dates from 1099 A.D. straddles two hills and a large pond in between. It is a natural fortress.

Swoyambhunath is one of the oldest stupa of the Kathmandu Valley. It is situated on one of the highest hills in the valley. It watches over the Valley from the top of a hillock on its western side just three kilometers west of the city center. The stupa is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked to the creation of the Kathmandu Valley out of a primordial lake. Swayambhu is also known as Samhengu and is recognized as a World Heritage Site. It is also one of the oldest and most glorious Buddhist shrines in the world which is said to be two thousand years. The four sides of the stupa are painted with the eyes of Lord Buddha.

Patan- the second largest town in the valley is situated to the south of Kathmandu. Patan's great building boom took place under the Mallas in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Numerous temples of widely diverse styles, as well as many Buddhist monasteries, are scattered around the fascinating town. Patan is famous for its crafts and metal works which are wonderful souvenirs.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Nagarkot via Bhaktapur and Changunarayan: Today we drive to the oldest part of the Kathmandu valley called Bhaktapur. This fascinating city reminds you the true culture and living style of medieval period. After visiting Bhaktapur, we visit another ancient village called Changunarayan. Then an exciting drive for an hour on a winding road to one of the most popular hill stations, Nagarkot; which offers great view of Himalayas and an ideal place to get refreshed from Kathmandu's hustle bustle.

Bhaktapur- Located about 20 km east of Kathmandu in the Kathmandu Valley, Bhaktapur is known as the 'City of Devotees', the 'City of Culture', the 'Living Heritage', and 'Nepal's Cultural Gem'. It is one of the 3 royal cities in the Kathmandu Valley. We will visit four different squares in this city: Durbar Square (palace square), Tamaudi Square (public square), Pottery Square and Dattatrey Square.

Changunarayan is a fascinating place where you may see oldest Manu script found in Nepali history and some magnificent temples.

Nagarkot – One of the most popular hill station / viewpoints close to Kathmandu valley. Several different mountain peaks of different regions including Mt. Shisapangma of Tibet can be seen.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 04: Trek Nagarkot to Nala and drive to Balthali: exciting hike to Nala after our enjoyable morning with Himalayan view. It is about two and half hours trek to Nala then a short drive takes us to the village called Balthali.
Overnight: Resort

Day 05: Trek Balthali to Namobuddha: start our trek through the lush vegetation and goes through several small villages. It is about 4 hours trek to get to Namobuddha.

Namo Buddha or Takmo Lujin is a very sacred place for the Buddhists. The Stupa situated just off to the downtown Kathmandu is visited by scores of pilgrims every year. There is a legend behind the reverence of this place. According to the Buddhist legend, the King Mahasattva gave his body to a hungry tigress at this place. His reliquary Stupa remained underground for centuries. One day a hermit called Bhagavan (Sakyamuni) came to this site and got attracted to the bulge. It is said that he clapped his hands, and miraculously the Stupa appeared.
Overnight: Resort

Day 06: Drive Namobuddha to Kathmandu and visit Pashupatinath and Boudhanath: on our way back from Namobuddha, we visit a Hindu temple Pashupatinath followed by a Buddhist stupa, Boudhanath. Then in the evening, we participate in Buddhist puja ceremony at Sheichan Bairoling Monastery.

Pashupatinath Temple is one of the holiest pilgrimage destinations for all the Hindus of the world. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, one of the trinity and the guardian (patron) deity of Nepal. This is one of the oldest temples, situated on the banks of the Holy Bagmati River. It is a double–roofed golden temple with four triple silver doorways. Pashupatinath covers an area of 281 hectares, which is one of the biggest temple complexes in Nepal.

Bouddhanath Stupa lies about 6 km east of downtown Kathmandu and it is the largest stupa in the Valley and one of the largest in the world. It presents one of the most fascinating specimens of stupa design with hundreds of prayer wheels and 108 small images of Buddha all around. Just like Swoyambhunath, this stupa has four sides with the watchful eyes of Lord Buddha. All the Buddhists throng to this stupa to take part in the sacred rituals during the Buddhist festivals.
Overnight: Monastery

Day 07: Drive Kathmandu to Sedi Bagar via Pokhara: a scenic drive to Pokhara and continue to it's outskirt to Sedi Bagar followed by a short walk to the Thapa family home.
Overnight: Home stay

Day 08: Drive Sedi Bagar to Phedi and trek to Landruk (1565m): start our day with a short drive to Phedi then start our trek to Landruk. The trek starts with a steep uphill through a forest and gets gradual after an hour of walk. We continue our walk through paddy field and rhododendron forest enjoying the magnificent view of Fish Tail (6993m) and Annapurna. After our lunch break in Deurali, trail descends to Tolka, a small settlement then continue with gradual downhill walk all the way to Landruk, one of the oldest and fascinating places of this region. It is a small place but has a true Gurung (one of the ethnic groups) culture.
Overnight: Lodge
Walking Time: 6 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 745m.

Day 09: Trek Landruk to Ghandruk (1940m): Today, the trek descends to Modi khola followed by steep climb on stairs. It is steep uphill for about 2 hours, however, the view of the mountains are spectacular throughout the whole day/trek. It is comparatively short day than previous one so you can have enough time to explore the Ghandruk village. Ghandruk is the biggest village in this region. The Mountain View from Ghandruk is superb. In the afternoon, we explore old part of the Ghandruk which still has traditional Gurung round houses. We also visit a Gurung museum.
Overnight: Lodge
Walking time: 3 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 375

Day 10: Trek Ghandruk to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara (820m): on the third day of our trek, we descend to Sauli Bazaar and continue our hike to Nayapul which is about 5 hours hike, then a short drive back to Pokhara.
Overnight: Hotel
Walking time: 5 hours
Driving Time: 1 hour
Difference in Elevation: - 1120m

Day 11: Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu: a scenic drive for about 6 hours back to Kathmandu.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 12: Transfer to the airport and departure

Cost Includes

  • Transfers airport / hotel / airport.
  • Accommodations in Kathmandu / Nagarkot / Balthali / Namo Buddha / Pokhara on BB Basis
  • Welcome dinner at one of the traditional Nepali restaurants
  • Transport, guided visits and entry of the monuments in Kathmandu / Patan / Bhaktapur / Pokhara
  • Private vehicle Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu
  • A professional English speaking tour / trekking guide
  • Porter for the trekking part in Annapurna region
  • Private vehicle during sightseeing
  • Dinner at Home stay (Sedi Bagar)
  • Full Board during Trekking
  • Trekking Permits (ACAP / TIMS)
  • Your international flight re-confirmation.
  • All necessary documents and government tax.
  • Insurance for staff


cost Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu / Nagarkot / Balthali / Namo Buddha / Pokhara
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory and we strongly advise you to take out to cover accident/repatriation helicopter/medical care)
  • Alternative / additional transportation (flights / vehicles), Accommodation in case of bad weather, flood, landslide, heavy rain, strike, road blockade etc.
  • Personal expenses such as cold drinks, mineral water, alcoholic drinks, telephone etc.
  • Tips for tour staff or car/van/bus driver.

NOTE: The price of the tour will be adjusted according to the group size.

Luggage

  •     Travel Pack / Suit case
  •     Day pack

Clothing

  •     Lightweight, low maintenance and versatile clothing
  •     Shirt/t-shirt(s)
  •     Convertible travel trousers
  •     Lightweight fleece
  •     Lightweight waterproof jacket
  •     Comfortable shoes/boots
  •     Sandals
  •     Hat (sun/warm hat)
  •     Warm clothes / Jackets / trousers (If travelling in early Spring / Autumn / Winter)

 Accessories

  •     wallet
  •     Luggage locks
  •     Head light (torch)
  •     Wash bag
  •     Travel towel
  •     All purpose travel soap
  •     Small repair kit (needle and thread)
  •     First aid kit
  •     Accessory bags
  •     Guide book
  •     Electrical adaptor
  •     Insect repellent
  •     Sun cream

Document

  •     Valid passport
  •     Print out of Airline tickets
  •     Contact detail of Embassy / Tour agency
  •     Travel insurance

Weather Report

Nepal Climate

Climate:
From the eternal snow of the high peaks to the extensive tropical lowlands, Nepal has a wide variety of climates.

Spring: March to late May: In this season, Kathmandu is in full bloom, lots of different types of flowers can be seen at this time of the year. Temperature is mild, end of the cold winter and approaching warm and hot summer. Temperatures vary between 10 ° C to 28 ° C but can rise up to 30 ° C. Between 2000 and 3000m, temperature rarely drop below 0 ° C. However, few frosts or snowfalls are possible in March above 4000 m.

The summer/monsoon period: It interrupts the majority of trekking from late June to late August. Some of the trekking regions "trans-Himalayan", Dolpo and Mustang, however, remain protected from monsoon prevailing rest of the country. They are the only channels available in Nepal in the summer.

Autumn: mid September – mid December - Perfect temperature and weather for trekking. Brings cooler days, but clear skies. Above 3000 m altitude, temperatures can drop to -10 ° C at night.

In winter: mid-December - mid-February - Nights are generally cold, dry climate, Above 3000m, temperature drop down to 0 ° C to - 15 ° C at night, the days are often sunny.

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