Our travel begins in Nepal by entering in Kathmandu valley and visiting heritage sites classified by UNESCO. Then we turn to the direction of Pokhara where we enjoy a small trek to the foot of the Annapurna Himalayas before exploring the Terai region in the heart of Chitwan National Park surrounded by wildlife and jungle atmosphere.
Duration: 13 days
maximum altitude: 2050 m to Ghandruk
Best Season : January – February – March – April-May — September-October – November-December
itinerary by days
Day 1: Welcome to Kathmandu airport by the agency and transfer to your hotel.It depends on the arrival time,if you arrive early of the day,possible to visit the buddhist stupa of Swayambounath from where you can have an excellent view of Kathmandu valley.
Day 2: Visit of Patan Durbar Square,the ancient capital city and the capital city of art.Then we visit typical Newar village of Bungamati which is famous for its woodcarvings and metals workshops and we continue to walk through rice terrace fields to join the village of Khokana, a typical village of newars seems to be out of the Middle Ages.There are women sitting outside spinning, men crushing seeds, and other daily activities. The village is famous for its unusual mustard-oil harvesting process in which a heavy wooden beam is used to crush the mustard seeds in order to extract the oil.. Back to Kathmandu – Hotel.
Day 3: Day of discovery of the jewels of the Kathmandu Valley: Pashupatinath the place of Hindu pilgrimage Site dated twelfth century,the place of cremation for Hindus and one of the most important holy place for Hindus which is veneered to lord Shiva where pilgrims come usually to bathe in the sacred river Baghmati. Then we leave for the magnificent artistic city of Bhaktapur, 15 km from Kathmandu, one of the most beautiful city in the country, it is also called living museum. Founded in the 12th century,Bhaktapur is famous for its wood architecture and artistic brick houses, many magnificent temples, pedestrian streets with many workshops (wood carvers, potters, jewelers, labor copper and bronze …) –Hotel.
Day 4: In the morning, stroll through the streets of Bhaktapur and then transfer to Telkot and hike to the Changu Narayan, one of the oldest temple of the valley,it is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is located on the top of the hill. After visiting of the temple of Changu Narayan we descend to the village of Newar Sankhu and short transfer by vehicle to Bodhnath. Visit of the great stupa of Bodhnath which is located in the heart of the Tibetan neighborhood where we can see many monasteries. Overnight at Bodhnath to enjoy this high sacred place without touriste.- Hotel.
Day 5: We leave the Kathmandu Valley, and take the direction to Bandipur, splendid village of Newar,hiking in the surrounding countryside, great view of the Himalayan range. – Hotel.
Day 6: We arrive in Pokhara by vehicle (2h30) and short stop for lunch,and then we join Kande (1700 m), an excellent view of rice terraced fields in the lower valleys,We are in Gurung country. This is the beginning of our small trek and we walk to Australian camp._Lodge.
Day 7: Trek to the village of Landruk in Modi Kola Valley.You have a beautiful day walking through the villages and rice terraces fields to enjoy your mini trek in the heart of Annapurna – superb view of Annapurna South (7219 meters) and Hinchuli (6441 m). –Lodge.
Day 8: We descend to modi khola(River) and after Crossing the river we climb a bit steep up until the village of Ghandruk,one of the most beautiful village of ethnic Gurung where we can see the houses surrounded by solid stone walls that protected rice and wheat terraces fields. Very nice view of Annapurna South and Machapuchare. – Lodge.
Day 9: Descent to the Birethanti (1100 m) and ending of our small trek, transfer by vehicle to Pokhara. Free afternoon and relaxing in Pokhara. – Hotel.
Day 10: Early morning we leave for the Terai. On the way, stop at Devaghat, spiritual city of many temples situated at the confluence of three major holy rivers, it is an important Hindus pilgrimage sites of Nepal. After the short visit we Continue to the Chitwan National Park and animal reserve. – Hotel.
Day 11: Day entirely devoted to the discovery of the jungle. Rafting, bird watching at sunrise. Riding an elephant for the famous jangle safari which is the best way to see the wildlife in the park, walk through the jungle to Kipling: deer,rhinoceros, bear, … and sometimes even tiger and you will finish the day by seeing a spectacle,it is a very famous typical Tharu culture dance. – Hotel.
Day 12: Early morning we will go for bird watching. After breakfast, we will drive to Kathmandu. Hotel .
Day 13: Free morning in Kathmandu and transfer to airport.