NEPAL - one of the most spectacular countries on earth, inhabited by extremely friendly and endearing people. For a country that lies 800 kilometers from the sea, it has a scenic and altitudinal variety that is quite unrivaled. Best of Nepal tour 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 ...See more
NEPAL - one of the most spectacular countries on earth, inhabited by extremely friendly and endearing people. For a country that lies 800 kilometers from the sea, it has a scenic and altitudinal variety that is quite unrivaled. Best of Nepal tour 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.
- Kathmandu Sightseeing around UNESCO world heritage sites
- Immerse in the natural beauty of most happening city Pokhara
- Sarangkot Hiking for captivating glimpse of rural life and the magnificent view of Annapurna Himalayan range
- View hundreds of rare species of birds and wildlife habitats around Chitwan National Park
- Jungle fun activities and further spot birds at Wildlife Reserve
- Visit Stupas, Temples and Palaces for spiritual insights at Kathmandu Heritage Sites and nearby pilgrimage monasteries, holy temples
- Get Buddhism and Hindu religious insights in Nepal
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1350 m. Overnigh at hotel.
Day 02: White Water Rafting (WWR) at Trisuli River or Manakamana cable car. Overnight at resort.
Day 03: Drive to Chitwan National Park (350 m.) Overnight at resort.
Days 04-05: Full day jumgle activity. Overnight at resort.
Day 06: Drive to Pokhara. Overnight st hotel.
Day 07: Early morning Sarangkot for mountain views and sightseeing of Pokhara. Overnight at hotel.
Day 08: Drive or Fly back to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
Day 09: Eco Trip Nepal representative will drop to international airport for onward destination.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1334m,
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you are met by our airport representative -- 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! Overnight at Kathmandu hotel.
Day 02: White Water Rafting (WWR) at Trisuli River.
Nepal has earned a reputation as one of the best destinations in the world for white water rafting. Nepal's thundering waters, coming from the glaciers of the mighty Himalaya, provide unmatched thrills for rafting and immersing oneself in the landscape. A rafting trip at Trisuli River is bound to be the highlight of your stay in the country. Rafting start from Charaundi to Kurintar (3-4 hrs) Lunch will be provided on the way nearby Bank River. Rafting ends at Kurintar and transfer to hotel. Overnight at resort.
Visit Manakamana Temple with Cable Car and Manakana Temple Manakamana temple lies 12 Km south of historic town Gorkha and located on a prominent ridge (1302 MT. above sea level) overlooking the river valleys of Trisuli (south) and Marsyangdi (west). The unique location of the place is dramatized during winter when the ridge appears as an island above the sea of morning mist. People believe Manakamana Devi fulfills the wishes of her devotees, thus called the wish fulfilling deity.
Manakamana Cable Car
The Bottom Station (258 m) at Kurintar and the Top Station (1302 m) at Manakamana houses the most modern cable car system imported from Austria Manakamana Cable Car has had an overwhelming response from all the visitors. After completion tour of Manakamana Temple, lunch at Manakamana Café, Drive back to resort for overnight.
Day 03: Drive to Chitwan National Park (350 m)
Drive to Chitwan National Park (350m). Half day Jungle activity. This evening we shall paddle down the Rapti River in search of water birds, crocodile or go for Elephant safari looking for Rhinos and Tigers. The Park comprises 1000 sq.km of Sal and riverine jungle and magnificent environment with a great variety of wildlife than any other area of Nepal. Over 480 species of birds have been recorded here and we can expect to see nearly one third of these, as well as many mammals and reptiles. These are likely to include the endangered Great One Horned Rhinoceros, wild boar, sambar, muntjc, spotted and hog deers, rhesus and hanuman monkeys, and possibly marsh muggar and fish eating gharial crocodiles. Overnight at Chitwan Lodge.
Days 04-05: Heart of the Jungle
Elephant safari: A full day based at the wildlife lodge we shall explore the jungle and search the grasslands for tigers, rhinos and other animals – on elephant back, and go bird-watching in the forest on foot. The dry Sal forest, Grassland dominates the Park and that hold a wide variety of species birds & mammals. This should be an outstanding day.
Day 06: The gateway to the Annapurna
It is a beautiful journey on the Chitwan -Pokhara highway, through Nepal's middle hill & Tarai, to the Royal Chitwon National Park. By making an early start we shall aim to reach our hotel for a late lunch. Enroute, we will make few stops to look for country life, birds like vultures, eagles, Wall creeper & Braun Dipper in Trisuli River and its rocky walls. Upon arrival our local representative will transfer us to our hotel. Afternoon we walk along the shores of the Phewa lake allowing us to enjoy the magnificent scenery of the Pokhara valley. Birding at the shore of the lake is equally rewarding or we sit and relax in a cafe with a book. We’ll head for Moondance Cafe or Boomarang restaurant for dinner and drinks in the evening - great spots!
Day 07: Excursion tour of Sarangkot for mountain views and sightseeing of Peace Pagoda
Sarangkot: One of the most enjoyable short trekking to Sarangkot in Pokhara. We drive half way then gently climb (trek/walk) about one hour to the top of the hill Sarangkot. Take your time to enjoy the magnificent view of Fishtail and Annapurna range peaks (the most popular trekking route apart from Everest base camp) on clear days. On the other side of the mountain, is the entire view of the Pokhara valley.
After our leisurely breakfast, we take a traditional rowing boat across the lake, stopping off en-route to see the Bharai temple on a small island, walk across the hills through woods and traditional Gurung village, a pleasant hike to Peace Stupa at an elevation of 1222m, and most scenic short excursion from Pokhara. This day hike will offer us a captivating glimpse of rural life and the magnificent view of Annapurna range and the Pokhara valley itself. On our return journey the trial leads us down to the Tibetan self-help refugee camp through the forest and rice fields other side of the hill. Time permits, we also try to make a shor visit to the Annapurna Conservation natural history museum in Pokhara University campus and Pokhara mountaineering Museum. Overnight at Pokhara hotel.
Day 08: Drive or Fly back to Kathmandu
After breakfast drive to Pokhara airport. We will enjoy our last day in Magical Kathmandu with plenty of time for shopping in Thamel the main tourist area of Kathmandu. Thamel is a myriad of banners, signs, music shops, bakeries, internet cafes, restaurants, bars, hotels, shops of all imaginable varieties and eccentrically clad backpackers. In the evening will head out for dinner on one of Kathmandu's excellent restaurants and farewell. Over dinner we will reflect our activities and personal insights.
Day 09: Final departure
After breakfast, Relaxing/Shopping with own activities, Eco Trip Nepal representative will drop to international airport for onward destination.
- Airport transfers
- 2 night’s comfort hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
- 1 night comfort hotel in Kurintaar with breakfast
- 2 night’s standardt hotel in Chitwan with full board basis
- 2 night’s comfort hotel in Pokhara with breakfast
- Service of tour guide
- Accident and evacuation insurance for tour guide
- 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
- Nepal Visa fee $ 35 (obtained at the airport immigration 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, early return from mountain (due to any unforeseen reason)
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from Mountain)
- Travel and rescue insurance
Best of Nepal Tour on September 14 to 27, 2012
Spend 14 days in Nepal with Eco Trip. Overall a very good holiday arranged by Eco Trip Nepal. Good variety in terms of activities and a flavor of everything Nepal has to offer (Mountains, Lake, Forest, River, Sunset, Sunrise, Culture and Spiritual etc.) Good service from Shyam and very cheerful Amit car driver). Fulfilled most of our request very polite and makes the journey very pleasant. Good flexible on programme and not restrictive and packed like others tours. Best of Luck Eco Trip and keep up with the charity and community work you guys been working on.
Pohyee and Natasya (Malaysia)
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