Nepal Cultural Tour with Himalayan Vista is the combination of Cultural sightseeing and hiking around Himalaya, it diversifies the authentic Nepali culture of Kathmandu, white water rafting at Trishuli river, jungle safari at sub tropical inner terai lowland and enjoy the beautiful trip to the vantage point and soak into the stunning views of the Annapurna and Machhapuchhre peaks. Where you can get an accumulated experience in one program, this trip offers to gain fusion experience of trekking trail and the heritage view.
Cultural delves and educational tour is one that numerous youths, as well as adults, have been found coming to Nepal with the intention of performing. This is a tour that is carried out by people who wish to learn and explore the intricacies of Nepalese culture and ways of living. People, who want to carry out researches, make documentaries or movies are the ones who are interested in this kind of tours and as this also includes adventure, people are even more attracted to it.
The main highlight of this trip is the sunrise view from the stunning viewpoint, Poonhill situated at an altitude of 3210 meters/10531 feet. It is one of the best vantage points in the Annapurna Region from where one can enjoy the 360-degree views of the high Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks with uninterrupted sights. During the spring, the hillside of the surrounding areas gets covered with stunning palettes of red color with the blooming of Rhododendron. This trip has always been the Photographer's Paradise as the views from this location exert a truly heavenly beauty.
Day 1: Arrival Kathmandu (1350m/4429ft)
Day 2: Drive to Chitwan (175km/6 hrs drive), On the way Trishuli River Rafting.
Day 3: Full day Jungle Activities in Chitwan
Day 4: Drive to Pokhara (146Kms/4 Hrs)
Day 5: Drive to Nayapul and Trek to Tikhedhunga (1525m/5003ft, 3 hrs)
Day 6: Trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2855m/9366ft, 6 hrs)
Day 7: Hike to Poonhill (3245m/10646ft) – back to Ghorepani, and trek to Tadapani (2523m/8277ft, 6 hrs)
Day 8: Trek to Ghandruk (1970m/6463ft, 3-4 hrs)
Day 9: Trek down to Nayapul and Drive back to Pokhara
Day 10: Drive back to Kathmandu (200kms/6Hrs)
Day 11: Full day explore the real essence of Kathmandu
Day 12: Final Departure
Welcome to the land of the Himalayas. Our company representative will escort you to your hotel. You will be provided with all the detailed information about your trip. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.
After breakfast at your Hotel in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to Raft Put-In point, Charaudi (85 KM 3 hour). Followed by a short briefing about safety and guidelines by our professional Raft Guide, your adventure will start with the currents of Trishuli River. For 3-4 hours you will be rafting over some class 2 or 3 rapids called "LADIES DELIGHT", "UPSET" and "SURPRISE". Your instantly cooked fresh lunch will be waiting for you at Riverside camp. After lunch drive to Chitwan. Upon your arrival at Chitwan, you will be moved to the hotel for check-in purposes. The rest of the day will have briefings about the tour activities. In the evening, enjoy the Tharu Dance Program followed by a typical Nepali dinner.
Early in the morning, get ready for the jungle safari. Take lots of photos and videos while on safari. Who knows what you'll come across. After breakfast, you will be guided to the Elephant Breeding Center. There, you will see how the elephant meals are prepared and how they are fed. The guides will explain the nature of elephants and all other things related to such species. During the evening, you will visit the Tharu village.
Early in the morning, you will drive to Pokhara after having the morning meal. Upon our arrival at Pokhara some 4 hours later, you will be moved to the hotel for check-in purposes. During the evening, one can visit the Fewa Lake to boat and visit the Tal Barahi Temple.
After breakfast you will drive to Nayapul. The small village is the starting point of the trek. Just follow the Modi Khola (River) through picturesque farmlands and rice terraces to get to Tikhedhunga. Overnight at tea house lodge in Tikhedhunga.
Fuel yourself up with a delicious and nutritious rural delicacy. From today, the real trekking starts as you will have to hike up and down the strenuous hills of the region. Start with a steep climb on the 3500 stone steps to reach Ulleri. Further hike uphill will end the strenuous trail and make the trail easier. After a few hours of trekking, you will reach Ghorepani. Along the trail, experience the beautiful views of the Rhododendron forest, diverse flora and fauna and the scenic hillside. Overnight at tea house lodge in Ghorepani.
Today, we will start at pre-dawn. Hike along the steep stairs to get to Poon Hill. The hike will take us about an hour. The sunrise views from the stunning viewpoint are breathtaking. Poon Hill is one of the best vantage points in the Annapurna Region. Enjoy the 360-degree views of the high Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks with uninterrupted sights. During the spring, the hillside of the surrounding areas gets covered with stunning palettes of red color with the blooming of Rhododendron. This photogenic place has been staying as one of the highlights of this trek. After breakfast, you will continue the trek on an easy walk to Tadapani through the dense forest alongside green hills and diverse wildlife. Overnight at tea house in Tadapani.
You can enjoy your breakfast then head towards your destination Ghandruk. Ghandruk is a Gurung village surrounded by amazing mountains such as the Annapurna and Machhapuchhre. The village is famous for its well preserved typical Gurung lifestyle and the traditional festivals. You can feel the warm hospitality of the Gurung community. Overnight at tea house in Ghandruk.
After breakfast trek down towards Nayapul via Birethanti. Your vehicle will be standing by to drive you back to Pokhara. Rest of the day or explore around the Fewa Lake. Overnight stay at Hotel in Pokhara.
Today, you will return to the Kathmandu Valley by a tourist bus. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be guided back to your hotel. Freshen up and stroll around the Kathmandu Valley for souvenirs. Later, in the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at a Nepalese Restaurant. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Kathmandu Durbar Square (City of Temples): This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples like Hanuman Dhoka Palace, Kumari Ghar (Abode of the Living Goddess), Taleju temple, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla Kings of Kathmandu. An intriguing piece here is the 17h -century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. The Durbar Square, protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city.
Swoyambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple): The Great Stupa of Swayambhu stands on a hill to the west of Kathmandu. Its name means "The self-created, self-existent Buddha". The myth of its origin is also a myth of the primordial Buddha's enlightenment. It is the story of the origin and spread of Buddhism throughout Nepal and the origin myth of the Valley. This place has been the most sacred for both the Buddhist and Hindu devotees. It is considered to be the most powerful shrine in the Himalayas. At the top of the eastern stairway is the great Vajra set upon a drum that has the Dharmadhatu Mandala inscribed upon its gilt copper top. It is said that this drum covered a well that reflected images of the beloved dead with such flattery that wives and husbands would throw themselves in and drown. Another story has it that the Mandala covers a pit to the hells and the realms of the hungry ghosts.
Patan City (City of Fine Arts): Patan City is full of Buddhist monuments and Hindu temples with fine bronze gateways, Guardian Deities, and wonderful carvings. Krishna Mandir, which is one of the grandeur of the square, was built in 1637 by the king Siddhi Narsingh Malla. The entire temple is constructed of the stone. Noted for its craftsmen and metal workers, it is known as the city of fine arts or city of artists. The diversity of the Medieval culture that allowed both Hinduism and Buddhism to flourish has left a rich legacy of impressive sightseeing in this city for today's visitors. Krishna Mandir, Bhimsen Temple, Hiranya Varna Maha Bihar are just a few among the temples offering you an ecstasy of paintings, wood and metal carvings.
Later, in the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at a Nepalese Restaurant. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Your trip concludes. A Great Nepal representative will guide you to the airport some 3 hours before the flight. Have a safe journey ahead.
To enable all expedition members to acclimatize well and hence maximize their chances of success, our expedition programs are prepared with sufficient time for acclimatization. Adaptation to the altitude takes time and there can be no short-cuts, even if supplementary oxygen is used in the final stages. The atmospheric pressure at the base camp is half of that at the sea level. A thorough program of acclimatization is built into the itinerary which consists of regulated height ascents, followed by descents and rests before the final ascent to the summit. This will prevent the climbers to get rid from altitude sickness.
WHAT KIND OF PERSONAL FIRST AID KIT SHOULD I CARRY?
Although our guides carry first aid medical kit, it is better to carry a supply of first aid items for your own personal use according to your health conditions. Here are the list of some general as well as some special medications you may require:
DOES HIGH ALTITUDE EFFECTS AND BENEFITS?
You will be affected by high altitude problems if it is your fist trip at a high altitude. The altitude has some important beneficial effects on the human body and your trips have been designed to enable these. Please familiarize yourself with the information on AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) and understand how to avoid it and read on benefits of high altitude and take advantage of these to improve your body' metabolism.
WHAT IS ACUTE MOUNTAIN SICKNESS? (AMS)
Altitude sickness is the reaction of the body adjusting to decreasing amounts of oxygen. The high altitude slowly decreases the flow of oxygen means the higher you climb, the flow of oxygen is very thin resulting the malfunction of body. Altitude sickness most commonly occurs from above 2,800 meters (9,200ft) but this is different for everyone - there is simply no way of knowing your own susceptibility prior to being at altitude thus it is vital for you to monitor your own health. AMS occurs when the body is unable to adopt at the higher altitude having less amount of oxygen. At an altitude of 5490m (18000 ft.), the oxygen availability becomes just the half of the availability at sea level. While only a third of oxygen is available at the summit of Mt. Everest. Symptoms may be mild and subside/go away after a day's rest, or if it is ignored it could lead to death.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF AMS?
Symptoms can appear within 1-2 hours although most often appear 6-10 hours after ascent and generally subside in 1-2 days as the body adjusts to altitude. They may reappear as you continue to go higher. Symptoms of AMS usually occur gradually and can be one or a combination of the following:
• Headache: Due to the less amount of oxygen in air, the blood influences the blood vessels to spread wide in order to supply more oxygen to the brain and which cause them to show the early symptom of AMS.
• Dopiness: The trekkers or climbers feel very sleepy but could not.
• Shortness of breath: The breathing pattern changes as the breathing becomes faster and deeper than normal in order to get enough oxygen and rapid pulse
• Loss of appetite and nausea: Despite of physical exercise, the trekkers don’t have an appetite to eat. They will feel as if they want to vomit.
• Pins and Needles: Sensation of a limbs falling asleep.
• Fatigue: Physical pressure while trekking the long hours followed by Insomnia shows the next symptom of AIMS which is fatigue.
• Dizziness: A feeling of falling down, it is the early symptoms of AMS.
• Malaise: Malaise is the feeling of being sick which is also one of the symptoms of AMS.
• Swelling of hands, feet & face: Due to the accumulation of fluids, the tissues swell which is also one of the symptoms of AMS.
Symptoms associated with more severe Acute Mountain Sickness includes:
• Cyanosis (alteration of skin color into bluish or purplish)
• Chest tightness or congestion
• Coughing up blood
• Decreased consciousness or withdrawal from social interaction
• Grey or pale complexion
• Inability to walk in a straight line, or to walk at all
• Shortness of breath at rest
At high altitude, all people will experience some of the above symptoms in a mild form. If the body is unable to adjust to altitude these symptoms will persist and if they are left untreated, altitude sickness may progress to High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) or High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE). Edema means simply fluid accumulation in your interstitial body tissues. Both HACE and HAPE can be fatal if ignored.
LIFE THREATENING FORMS OF AMS.
High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)
If one accumulates of fluid in the lungs and mild fever then, there is a chance of High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE). The filling of fluid in the lungs is Pulmonary Edema. The fluid blocks the passage of fresh oxygen to get into the lungs which causes the shortage of oxygen. Though the exact reason for the HAPE has not been identified, scientists think that pressure of blood vessel around the lungs is directly proportional to the altitude. As a result the smaller blood vessels leak allowing the fluid to escape to the lungs. The treatment for the HAPE victims is to give the oxygen at the rate of 4 liters a minute, using Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC). In case of unavailability of PAC bag or oxygen, one is taken down to the low altitude which is the only way of life-saving. HAPE can also lead to unconsciousness which may also results to death in a short period of time.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF HAPE (fluid in the lungs)?
• A dry cough, developing to a wet one with blood-tinged discharge or saliva
• Tightness in the chest & blueness/darkness of face, lips & tongue
• Low fever up to 38°C/100°F
• Severe fatigue, progressing to coma
High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE)
HACE is the accumulation of fluid in the brain due of the swollen blood vessels to the brain. HACE is also seen within a couple of hours and can send the patient to coma and take his/her life in just few hours likewise to HAPE. The excessive flow of blood to the brain due to the low-level oxygen causes vasodilation which eventually leads to leakage of blood vessels to the brain. A 4 to 8mg of dexamethasone is given as a first dose to those who suffer from such sickness and then 4mg Diamox is given an every six hours gap. Similarly, 2-4 liters/minute oxygen is given and one is taken to down if it is necessary.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF HACE (fluid in the brain)?
• Severe headache symptoms not relieved by painkillers or lying down
• Confusion, disorientation & drowsiness
• Loss of balance or coordination
• Blurred or double vision/retinal hemorrhage
HOW TO PREVENT?
Certain medical conditions (such as respiratory disease) or medications (such as sleeping pills) can increase the risk of altitude sickness - it is important that you inform your guide of any medical conditions or medications before ascending to altitude. You can help your body to acclimatize and avoid altitude sickness by:
• Avoiding alcohol, tobacco and substances that can interfere with good delivery of oxygen to the body or cause dehydration
• Eating small, frequent meals high in carbohydrates
• Drinking plenty of water – the test of sufficient amount of water intake is ability to urinate colorless urine
• Taking it easy or have a rest. Walk at a slower pace than you would at sea level and avoid over-exertion
• Climb the mountain gradually and stop for a day or two of rest for every 600m/2000ft above 2,400m/8000ft
• Climb high but Sleep at a lower altitude if possible
• Learn how to recognize early symptoms of mountain sickness
WHAT IS THE TREATMENT?
Most travelers are able to successfully acclimatize by following the previously mentioned guidelines. However, there are instances where medical treatment is required. Ultimately, the best treatment for acute mountain sickness (AMS) is to descend to a lower altitude and rest. Early diagnosis is important. Acute mountain sickness is easier to treat in the early stages. The guide will monitor you all the time for symptoms and will pace you appropriately to minimize your exposure to AMS.
Cooperating with the guide and reporting if any of the above-described symptoms are seen allows your guide to undertaking appropriate and timely action to minimize your exposure to AMS. Sufficient time for acclimatization (After 3000 meters) is also another method to minimize AMS. Following precautions can be done in order to get rid of AMS:
• Don’t ascent up rapidly.
• Never use alcohol, sleeping pills and smoking.
• Drink more fluid 3-4 liters a day, clean boiled water / tea / coffee / soup / juice etc.
• Climb high and sleep low.
• Don’t go trekking alone, take guide/porter.
• Follow the advice from your guide, hotel, local people, guidebook.
• Descent if mild symptoms rapidly getting worse.
• Never leave or descent sick person along.
• Avoid getting cold.
• Take an easy and comfortable trekking route even if it is longer.
• Sleep more than normal.
Your Guide will carry some medications in First Aid Kit and may suggest for medication such as Ibuprofen, Paracetamol, combination of them or specific AMS medication. Standard and effective medication for prevention of AMS is Acetazolamide (Diamox) and it may be given to help improve breathing and reduce mild symptoms. This drug can cause increased urination. Ensure you drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol when taking this drug.
With severe cases of AMS, our guide will contact our office in Kathmandu and arrange your evacuation by helicopter. Before we accept you on the trek we will require that you purchase health and travel insurance including helicopter rescue and hospitalization.
HOW DO WE HANDLE DURING THE CASE OF EMERGENCY?
You never know when the unexpected situation comes and put you in hearse condition. So such cases you will be rescued by Helicopter. You are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation. So, before coming to Nepal, please make your travel insurance. Ask your guide to arrange a runner to the nearest communication point and inform office about requirement of a helicopter. For evacuation, we require the name of the sick person and the exact location from where helicopter can airlift you. You should not leave the place after calling Helicopter for evacuation though you are feeling better than before.
HOW TO GET SAFE DRINKING WATER?
On the trek, there is a facility of purchasing safe drinking water in teahouses.It is better if you carry the water purifying pills on your own. On camping trek, the water will be treated with Potassium permanganate or Iodine. On the trail, water from the streams is safe to drink, but better not to use it directly for drinking.
DO WE BE SECURE DURING OUR JOURNEY?
Security and a safe journey is our core objective of trekking. Our guide holds licenses issued by the Nepal Government and our staffs are local, honest, kind and genuine. But we also insist you to take care of your own personal belongings. If you are on ‘camping trek’ please take your main bag inside the tent once you reach campsite and put all bags and belongings in the middle of the tent when you feel sleepy. Your guide assigns a Sherpa on turn wise basis to guard the campsite throughout the night. If you are on ‘Tea house arrangement, never leave your baggage unattended and keep your lodge room locked when you go out.
IS YOUR COMPANY GOVERNMENTALLY RECOGNISED?
Our company is not only governmentally recognize but also affiliated with several other national and international agencies related to tourism. Our Managing Director Mr. Surya Bahadur Ghimire has already performed Media and press coordinator role being the Executive Member for two years (2015-2017) in TAAN (TREKKING AGENCIES ASSOCIATION OF NEPAL), which is only an umbrella organization of all trekking agencies’ in Nepal.
Why is Tipping essential?
There are several reasons why you should tip in Nepal. It is quite the same as for what you tip in restaurants. They live in remote areas that are far from proper health and education facilities. Tipping them will additionally encourage them to manage good and nutritive food to eat, warm and comfortable clothes to wear or other necessary basic requirements to maintain their livelihood in a comfortable way. A small gesture of gratitude will do no harm to you but actually changes the lives of many people for a long time in many reasons. Our company has its fund collected from the same percentage of profit and sometimes from the tips of our guests which will directly be invested for uplifting the economic condition of guides, porters and other staffs of office. It’s nothing more than the way to add smiles on those laborious faces.