Nepal Cultural Tour with Himalayan Vista - 13 Days

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  • Duration: 13 Days
  • Trip Grade: Easy Easy
  • Country: Nepal
  • Max. Altitude: 3210m/10531ft
  • Best Season: Spring/Autumn
  • Group Size: 1+ Pax
  • Trip Start/Ends: Kathmandu
  • Transportation: Land Transport
  • Attraction: Cultural & Natural Sightseeing

Nepal Cultural Tour with Himalayan Vista is the combination of Cultural sights and Himalayan scenario, it diversifies the authentic Nepali culture of Kathmandu, Lumbini and other major destination like Chitwan and Pokhara. 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.


Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Kathmandu (1350m/4429ft)

Day 2: Full day Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour. Later drive to Nagarkot (35km/1 Hrs)

Day 3: Drive to Chitwan (205km/7 hrs drive). On the way Trishuli River Rafting

Day 4: Full day Jungle Activities in Chitwan

Day 5: Drive from Chitwan to Lumbini (159km/ 3 hrs)

Day 6: Drive to Pokhara (199km/ 4 hrs drive)

Day 7: Drive to Nayapul and Trek to Tikhedhunga (1525m/5003ft, 3 hrs)

Day 8: Trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2855m/9366ft, 6 hrs)

Day 9: Hike to Poonhill (3245m/10646ft) – back to Ghorepani, and trek to Tadapani (2523m/8277ft, 5-6 hrs)

Day 10: Trek to Ghandruk (1970m/6463ft, 3-4 hrs)

Day 11: Trek down to Nayapul and Drive back to Pokhara

Day 12: Drive back to Kathmandu (200kms/6Hrs)

Day 13: Final Departure

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Welcome to the land of Himalayas. You will be warmly welcomed by the mountains and our company representative will be standing with your name card at the arrival terminal with the beautiful smile. You will be escorted to your hotel and will be provided all the detailed information about your program. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.

After breakfast, you will have a full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu City consists of Three World Heritage Sites Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple and Bhaktapur Durbar Square.

Boudhanath, the 2500 years old Buddhist stupa in the Valley built in the 5th century with four pairs of eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings. In Pashupati Nath area you can see famous Lord Shiva temple and Hindu cremation ground. The two-tier golden roof and silver doors of the temple are famous all over the world. 
Bhaktapur (Bhadgaun), one of the Authentic historical city in Kathmandu valley also known as City of Devotees.55 window palaces, Batasala Temple, Statue of Bhupatindra Malla, Nyatapole Temple, Golden Gate, Lions Gate, and Mini Pashupati Temple are some major attraction of Bhaktapur city. Later drive to Nagarkot which is 16km from Bhaktapur and 32km from Kathmandu. Located in the hilltop at an altitude of 2175m from the sea level, It offers the breathtaking views of Khumbu ranges, Langtang ranges, Dorje Lakpa, Manaslu range, Ganesh Himal, Gauri Shankar, Mt. Everest. Overnight stay at Hotel in Nagarkot.

After breakfast at your Hotel in Nagarkot, you will be transferred to Raft Put-In point, Charaudi (115km /4 hours). 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 & relaxation drive to Chitwan. Upon arrival at Chitwan transfer to your Resort. Overnight stay at Jungle Resort in Chitwan.

Today, you will have a full day Jungle Activities inside Chitwan National Park. Elephant Safari is most popular activities in Chitwan which offers an excellent opportunity to see four different kinds of Deer, Rhinoceros, Bore, Monkey, Leopard, Sloth bear and the Royal Bengal Tiger (If you are lucky). You will also encounter many other smaller mammals that have made Chitwan their home. On the way back one can enjoy the Elephant Bathing View. Later transfer for Canoe ride along the Rapti River. An excellent opportunity for Bird Watching and for seeing the 2 rare species of crocodiles; the Marsh Mugger and the fish eating Gharial followed by Jungle Walk. Overnight stay at Jungle Resort in Chitwan.

Having a delicious breakfast and some bird watching program before that, you get all set and ready for a drive to Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha (159km/ 3 hrs). As this is a fine location, you will love visiting various places that trace the upbringing and other evidences of Lord Buddha’s childhood. Overnight stay at Hotel in Lumbini.

Early morning visit Maya Devi Temple. The spiritual heart of Lumbini, Maya Devi Temple marks the spot where Queen Maya Devi gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama. In the adjoining sacred garden you’ll find the pillar of Ashoka, ancient ruins of stupas, and maroon- and saffron-robed monks congregating under a sprawling Bodhi (pipal) tree decorated with prayer flags. Buy your entrance ticket 50m north of the gate to the Sacred Garden, and remove your shoes at the gate. Later drive to Pokhara (199/5hrs). Overnight stay at Hotel in Pokhara. 

Watching the mountains you can enjoy your breakfast then drive toward Nayapul. It will take an hour to reach your trek starting point. You will start your trek from Nayapul crossing the Modi Khola Bridge to your destination Tikhedhunga. Overnight stay at local Guest House Lodge.

Second day of your trek starts after your breakfast towards Ghorepani. You have to climb the steep stone stairs which includes 3300 steps. Compared to other regions this trek is easier so don’t get scared seeing the number of stairs. On the way you can experience rhododendron forest, flora and fauna. Overnight stay at local Guest House Lodge.

Today we start with a pre-dawn hike to Poon Hill (3245m/10646ft) . It is a steep climb up stairs that takes about 1 hour. From here we will watch the sunrise from this stunning viewpoint where we can see both the Annapurna Range and the Dhaulagiri Range with uninterrupted views. In spring the hillside of the surrounding areas is a stunning palette of red rhododendrons that blanket the hillside. This photogenic location is one of the highlights of this trek. After breakfast, we continue on with a fairly easy walk to Tadapani through dense forest alive with greenery and wildlife. Overnight stay at Local Guest House Lodge.

You can enjoy your breakfast then head toward your destination Ghandruk. Ghandruk is a Gurung village surrounded by the amazing mountains Annapurna and Fish Tail. 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 and they will show you their well preserved “Ghatu“ dance. Overnight stay at Local Guest House Lodge.

Before trekking back to Nayapul you can have your breakfast and then trek down toward Birethanti. Your vehicle will be standing by to drive you back to Pokhara. Overnight stay at Hotel in Pokhara. 

After breakfast drive back to Kathmandu (200kms/6 hours). Upon arrival in Kathmandu you will be escorted to your hotel. You are free to enjoy leisure day or catch up on some last minute shopping or explore any landmarks we missed during our first day in Kathmandu. You can either visit Great Nepal’s office in Thamel or take rest in your hotel room. In the evening, we can visit some more places in Kathmandu as far as possible then we will attend a celebration dinner together. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Sadly your most memorable journey ends today. A Great Nepal representative will escort you to the airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you have plenty of time to think about your recent adventure and to plan your next wonderful adventure in Nepal.

Inclusion

  • All surface transportation including Airport arrival and departure transfers in a Private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • 2 nights accommodation whilst in Kathmandu (as requirements with various categories as stated) on BB basis.
  • 1 night accommodation whilst in Nagarkot (as requirements with various categories as stated) on BB basis.
  • 2 nights accommodation whilst in Chitwan (as requirements with various categories as stated) on Full Board basis.
  • 2 nights accommodation whilst in Pokhara (as requirements with various categories as stated) on BB basis.
  • 4 nights accommodation in the best available Lodges, Guesthouses during the trek on Full board basis (Twin share) 
  • A local English speaking Government Guide during the trek.
  • The required number of staff and Porters to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine and transportation for all trekking/tour staff.
  • Annapurna conservation’s park fees and TIMS (Trekker Information Management System) and other necessary permits.
  • 1 full day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu using Private vehicle (with English Speaking Tour Guide)
  • All monuments entrance fees as per the Itinerary
  • Chitwan Jungle Activities with English Speaking Naturalist Guide National Park Fees 
  • Professional English speaking licensed rafting guides & safety kayakers, All rafting equipment including helmets, PFDs, paddles, splash jackets and wetsuits while on Rafting as per the Itinerary
  • Instantly cooked fresh Lunch and all River PErmits for River Rafting
  • Service charge and Government Taxes

Exclusion

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu, Nagarkot, Lumbini and Pokhara. 
  • Snacks, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, water and personal items.
  • Your travel insurance (compulsory). This must include helicopter rescue
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (US$ 30 per person) You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu for either 30 days or 90 days from date of issue. You will need to have currency of either USD, AUD or EU in cash to pay for your visa.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations, etc that is beyond our control.
  • Wifi access fees in lodges, Fees for recharging of mobile phones, Lodge fees for hot showers, towels, laundry or other services while on Trek
  • Personal trekking gear.
  • Tips for staff and driver. (which is not mandatory but highly appreciated).
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned on Price Inclusion section.

Trip highlights

  • Explore UNESCO world heritage sites around Kathmandu
  • White Water Rafting at Trishuli River
  • Wildlife activities at Chitwan National Park
  • Unobstructed view of Annapurna I (8091m) Annapurna II (7937m) Annapurna IV (7525m) and Dhaulagiri (8167m), Hiunchuli (6441m) Lamjung Himal (6586m) Machhapucchre (6993m) and Ganesh Himal (7446m)
  • Sightseeing at Birthplace of Lord Buddha

Why with us?

  • Your Safety Come first.
  • Great Value of Money
  • Responsible Tourism
  • Social Responsibility
  • Tailor-Made Program
  • Financial protection

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