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Nature, Cultural & Project in the Himalaya

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Nature, Cultural & Project in the Himalaya

Nepal one of the most spectacular countries on earth, inhabited by extremely friendly and endearing people. For a country that lies 800 kilometres from the sea, it has a scenic and altitudinal variety that is quite unrivalled. It contains the world's highest mountains than any other country and is dominated by the soaring snow-covered peaks of the Himalayas, thundering rivers, magical Montana forests and dense lowland jungles.
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Nepal one of the most spectacular countries on earth, inhabited by extremely friendly and endearing people. For a country that lies 800 kilometres from the sea, it has a scenic and altitudinal variety that is quite unrivalled. It contains the world's highest mountains than any other country and is dominated by the soaring snow-covered peaks of the Himalayas, thundering rivers, magical Montana forests and dense lowland jungles.
This Nepal journey is tailored especially to suit the above concept, needs and timescale.  Nevertheless, this holiday can take in stunning Hindu and Buddhist temples and pagodas, at their best in the capital Kathmandu. An exclusive Eco-trip soft trekking is integrated that beginsin the mid-west, where Pokhara is a gateway to the breathtaking Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges where winding paths & deep gorges link rural villages where hardly any other tourist have been so far.

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Trip Highlights

  • Kathmandu sightseeing around UNESCO world heritage sites
  • Pokhara exploration with visit to Annapurna Conservation Area Project Museum
  • Naryansthan VDC exploration along visit to project sites of SWAN
  • Trek while getting insightful Gurung culture and tradition
  • Rewarding views of the Annapurna Himalayan Range and surrounding peaks
  • Spectacular sunrise views from Ghorepani and Poon Hill over the Himalayas
  • Explore scenic lake city of Pokhara

Trip Itinerary

Nature, cultural & project in the himalaya itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2: Kathmandu valley sightseeing. Overnight at hotel.

Day 3: Fly or drive to Pokhara. Sightseeing of Pokhara. Overnight at hotel.

Day 4: Sightseeing of Pokhara Valley. Overnight at hotel.

Day 5: Drive to Kusma (Kaligandaki Valley) Trek to Narayansthan. Overnight at tented camp or home stay.

Day 6: Explore Narayansthan. Overnight at tented camp or home stay.

Day 07: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Tirkhedhunga (1577m). 3-4 hrs walks.   

Day 08: Tirkhedhunga trek to Ghorepani (2855m) 5-6 hrs walk.       

Day 09: Morning hike to Poon Hill & trek to Tadapani (2595m) 6-7 hrs walk.

Day 10: Tadapani trek to Ghandrung  (1970m) 5-6 hrs walk.        

Day 11: Ghandrung trek to Tolkha (1790m) 5-6 hrs walk.          

Day 12: Tolkha trek to Phedi & drive to Pokhara (900m). 5 to 6 hours walk  

Day 13: Fly or drive back to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.

Day 14: Sadly, we send you off to the airport for your flight back home.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1334m,

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you are met by our airport drivers -- look out for your name on a sign in the arrivals area. They bring you to the hotel where your room is already booked. If you're feeling up to it, take some time to explore Kathmandu's medieval Backstreets. Discover buildings dating back to the 16th century. Make your way down to Thamel, the main tourist area in Kathmandu and a great place to dine. Choose one of the many Nepalese or international restaurants -- the food is excellent at places like New Orleans Cafe, Rum Doodle and Beer Garden. Enjoy your evening and take plenty of rest to recover from that Jetlag. The adventure begins tomorrow!

Day 2: The Magic of Kathmandu

Your local tour leader meets you at the hotel in the morning. Prepare to discover the magical towns and cities of the Kathmandu Valley. The day begins with a tour of Kathmandu's main sights, including Durbar Square, Teleju Temple and the House of the Living Goddess. Durbar Square is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and seat of Nepal's old capital, from which the kings governed the ancient city. The square is a mix of Buddhist and Hindu architecture. The temples, stupas and statues here are the most beautiful buildings in Nepal. Durbar square often hosts festivals, weddings and other ceremonies. From there, we climb the many steps to Swayambhunath, another UNESCO site commonly known as the "Monkey Temple." From here we enjoy panoramic views of Kathmandu, stretching out the foothills of the Himalaya. We then journey to the nearby city of Patan, a renowned center of Nepalese arts and crafts. Patan was founded in 250AD and became known for producing fine works in copper, bronze and silver. We see many of these treasures on display at the new Patan Museum. If time permits, we head to the nearby Tibetan refugee camp for a demonstration in carpet weaving.

Day 3: Gateway to the Annapurna

After breakfast we take the short flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara, a traditional trading center in the shadow of the Annapurna mountain range. During the 30 minute flight we're treated to stunning views of the Himalaya, taking in the Annapurna, Ganesh, Mt. Nilgiri, and Manasulu. Seeing these enormous mountains from the air is an experience you will not quickly forget. Our local representative meets us at the airport for our hotel transfer. In the afternoon, we stroll along the shores of Phewa Lake and take in the remarkable scenery of the Pokhara valley. The area is a bird-watchers paradise, and the numerous cafes are great places to relax and read a book.

Day 4: Pokhara Valley

After breakfast, we take a traditional rowing boat across the lake, stopping on a small island to see the Bharai temple. On the other side of the lake, we trek through wooded hills to the traditional Gurung village, and onward up the hill to the Peace Stupa (1222m). This short hike is the most pleasant day trip from Pokhara, and the chance to get a glimpse of rural Nepalese life, set against the backdrop of the Annapurna. Then it's dinner and drinks at a popular local restaurant.

Day 5: Drive to Kusma Trek to Narayansthan (1000 m, 3 hours)

We jump straight in the car bright and early, and set off on a scenic drive to Kusma, where our trek begins. Just before Kusma, the view of Machhapuchhare (6997m), the Fish tail’mountain (from machha, ‘fish’, and puchhare, ‘tail’) is excellent from Hyanja, except that from this angle it looks more like the Matterhorn than a fish tail. To see Machha puchhare in its proper perspective you must wait until you get to Narayansthan. After organizing our gear and meeting the local porters, you make your descent to the Kaligandaki, one of Nepal's holy rivers. From here you can enjoy expansive views of the Annapurna and Dhaulaghiri ranges. Now the adventure begins! Cross the river over the suspension bridge, then follow the walking trail to the valley floor. Stop for a hot picnic lunch in the open meadow, then make the 400 m ascent to the picturesque village of Narayansthan (1000m) on the plateau. You set up camp here in a pine forest. The rim of the plateau has steep rocky slopes and, often escarpments. Watching from here the changing hues of the verdant valley below is an enthralling experience indeed. In the evening we go out for a traditional dinner at ‘Aama’s Farm house’ and join the community for a local folk cultural programme.

Day 6: Explore Narayansthan

Today we take time to explore the village, meet the local people, and get an insider's perspective on the culture. We drink tea with local families in their homes, to learn more about their way of life and exchange cultural experiences. We visit several projects run by SWAN (www.swannepal.org), a local development charity. Projects include local schools, including one for blind children; women's farming collectives; and local healthcare centres. During harvest time one can join the local farmers working in their fields. In the evening we go out for a traditional dinner at local farmhouse and join the community for a typical cultural programme.

Day 07: Drive Pokhara - Nayapul and trek to Tirkhedhunga (1577m). 3-4 hrs walks.   

Today after breakfast you will drive for an hour to Nayapool where you will start your Poonhill trek to Birethanti, a large and prosperous town beside the Modi River. We head up the main trail to Sudami where we climb gradually up the side of the valley, reaching Hile (1495m) before pushing on to Tikhe Dhunga. It would take about four hous. Overnight at Guest house.

Day 08: Tirkhedhunga trek to Ghorepani (2855m) 5-6 hrs walk.

After breakfast, you prepare for the long uphill and start with steeply ascends on the long stone steps to Ulleri village with the amazing landscape and the Himalayan scenery. You spend a pleasant day's trekking through rhododendron and oak forests. The scenery gives you inner power to climb up these steps and immerse you to walk more. After few hours of walking with several breaks in between reaching at Ghorepani, you can enjoy the fantastic views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalayan range. Overnight at Guest house.

Day 09: Morning hike to Poon Hill & trek to Tadapani (2595m) 6-7 hrs walk.

An early morning start for 45 minutes hike up to Poon hill (3210m/10530ft), the route offers the glimpse of the pleasant rhododendron forest. This brilliant viewpoint provides us an unobstructed sunrise over the high Himalayas and the wide range of panoramic scenery from the far western Himalaya of Dolpo, Mt. Dhaulagiri, and Annapurna including Mt. Machhapuchre (Fish Tail) and all the way to Manasalu. After a great time return back to Ghorepani for breakfast and continue trek downhill through the mix forest to Tadapani. 4-5 hours. Overnight at Guest house.

Day 10: Tadapani trek to Ghandrung  (1970m) 5-6 hrs walk.        

Dropping down from Tadapani to the Ghandrung village offers good views of the upper Modi valley. After crossing the steam the trail follows downhill to the Ghandrung village for your lunch and overnight. Village lies tucked at the base of Himal Chuli. It is the second biggest Gurung settlement in this valley after Chomorong. Afternoon you guide will take you to the ACAP and Gandring Village Museum. Overnight at Guest house.

Day 11: Ghandrung trek to Tolkha (1790m) 5-6 hrs walk.          

After breakfast your trail descent to the Modi Khola Khola and then the trail leads you strait up to Landrung village for lunch. After lunch continue your trek ascent gently up through an uninhabited forest area to Tolkha for overnight. Overnight at Guest house.

Day 12: Tolkha trek to Phedi & drive to Pokhara (900m). 5 to 6 hours walk

An awesome penultimate day on trek. Tumbling waterfalls and stunning vistas greet you on every twist and turn of the trail at Pothana for lunch. A last early morning start to enjoy the sunrise over Annapurna South, Himchuli and Macchapucchre. After lunch an easy two hour trek brings us to Phedi where you reach the road head and a short 30 minute transfer brings you to the lakeside town of Pokhara. Time to relax, reflect, shop and perhaps enjoy a well earned cold beer. Overnight Hotel.

Day 13: Fly Pokhara to Kathmandu 

Late morning breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy rest of the afternoon by the pool. In the afternoon take your short flight back to Katmandu.  Upon arrival in Kathmandu our representative from Eco Trip Nepal/travel-to-nature will meet and transfer you to your hotel. Overnight at Kathmandu hotel.

Day 14: Final Departure

Sadly, we send you off to the airport for your flight back home.

Services

Included

  • Airport transfers
  • 3 night’s comfort hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • 3 night’s comfort hotel in Pokhara with breakfast
  • 2 nigh's 3 days project tour in Narayansthan full board basis
  • 5 nights 6 days Ghorepani Ghandruck trek full board basis
  • All meals and accommodation in lodge, during the trek on full board basis
  • Service of trek guide, sherpa and Porter assistants
  • Accident and evacuation insurance for staffs and porters
  • Transportation by private vehicle
  • Entrance fees, necessary permits
  • Local guide and representative throughout the tour
  • Cell phone during tour/trek with free calls to emergency hot line
  • All meals marked as included in the itinerary

Excluded

  • Nepal Visa fee $ 35 (upon arrival – bring exact USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Emergency evacuation and oxygen cost, and medical-box
  • Alcoholic and bottled beverage, laundry, and tips
  • Expenses due to flight delay, sickness other contingencies
  • Extra night in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, (due to any unforeseen reason)
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu & Pokhara (and also in the case of early return from Mountain)
  • Travel and rescue insurance

 

Testimonials

SWAN Project & Langtang trek on 17 Dec 2013 to 07 Jan. 2014

Perfect itinerary, we saw the beautiful placess from Nepal it was great trip. I will come again again and again.. I love you all, here is my second family. Vielen Dank fur alles. Dein Freund Aronld Hoaermann (Austria)

Communication excellent. quick answer to email and request. I like it.

Thanks for all those good moments in Nepal!!

Cecile Meheut (France)

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What makes this trip different?

Eco Trip Nepal has been working hand to hand with nonprofit social organization SWAN Nepal (Social Welfare Association of Nepal) from its initial years. We provide continuous support to SWAN financially as well as by organizing charity and volunteering tours in the remote village of Baglung district. Organizing your holiday through Eco Trip Nepal will not only provide the chance to explore the natural grandeur of Himalayan country Nepal but also you will be playing a vital role in bringing positive changes in the lives of local community.

Financial support to direct beneficiaries:  In all our programs, we strive to ensure that we only use local operators and try to source all provisions from local businesses, so you can be sure that some part of the money paid to us for arranging your holiday goes to the needy people of Nepal. The money you pay for touring and trekking through Eco Trip Nepal directly benefits the local people through SWAN as we provide them certain percentage of our profits from each and every trip on regular basis. Our guests experience true satisfaction together with enjoyment from Nepal holiday.

Local development through tourism: Eco Trip Nepal along with SWAN has been working together in discovering new routes, making plans into action and constantly working on how it can positively impact on local community development through tourism. In this way we have developed the Eco-tourism Project which focuses to flourish local tourism preservation of nature and cultural heritages.

Community Tourism: We help experience the best of Nepal through the eyes of the local Nepalese community. We enhance community based tourism to help our guests discover local habitats and wildlife; celebrate and respect traditional cultures, rituals and wisdom. In this way community will be aware of the commercial and social value placed on their natural and cultural heritage through tourism, and this will promote community based management of these resources.

For more details, visit SWAN Nepal's website www.swannepal.org