Alpine Explore Nepal
Himalayan of Nepal

Nepal Life Time Experience Itinerary 14 Days Tours

Itinerary

Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu meets and transfers to hotel evening welcome Dinner.

The Kathmandu Valley has an exotic setting. It is surrounded by a tier of green mountain wall above which tower mighty snow-capped peaks. It consists of three main towns of great historic, artistic and culture interest: Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. The Kathmandu valley covers an area of 218 sq. miles. It is situated 4223 ft. above sea-level.

Day  02  Sightseeing in Kathmandu.

Swoyambhunath. The history of the Valley, according to the legends, begins with Swoyambhu, or the “the self-existent”. In times uncharted by history, Bodhisattva Manjusri came across a beautiful lake during his travel. He saw a lotus that emitted brilliant light at the lake’s center, so he cut a gorge in a southern hill and drained the waters to worship the lotus. Men called it the Kathmandu Valley. From then on, the hilltop of the Self-existent Lord has been a holy place.

Pashupatinath:
One-day lord Shiva got tired of this glittering palace on Mt. Kailash, his armies of ghosts and spirits, and even Parbati – his beautiful wife. Through his cosmic powers, he searched for a perfect place where he could holiday. Without telling anyone, he ran away from his palace and came to live in Slesmantak forest in the Kathmandu valley. He gained great fame here as Pashupatinath – Lord of the Animals – before other gods discovered his hiding place and came to fetch him. The Pashupatinath where he stayed has received the attention of worshippers for at least fifteen hundred years; it is the holiest Hindu pilgrimage destination in Nepal

Boudhanath
Boudhanath is among the largest stupa in south Asia, and it has become the focal point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. The white mound looms thirty-six meters overhead. The stupa is located on the ancient trade route to Tibet, and Tibetan merchants rested and offered prayers here for many centuries. When refugees entered Nepal from Tibet in the 1950s, many of them decided to live around Boudhanath. They established many gompas, and the “Lit the Tibet” of Nepal was born. This “Little Tibet” is still the best place in the valley to observe Tibetan lifestyle. Monks walk about in maroon robes. Tibetans walk with prayer wheels in their hands and the rituals of prostration are presented to the Buddha as worshippers circumambulate the stupa on their hands and knees, bowing down to their lord.

Kathmandu Durbar Square   
It is easy to be overwhelmed by the seemingly uncountable monuments in the Kathmandu Durbar Square. The house of the Living goddess, the ferocious Kal Bhairab, the red monkey god, and hundreds of erotic carvings are a few examples of the sights at the square! The building here is the greatest achievements of the Malla dynasty, and they resulted from the great rivalry between the three palaces of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. The valley was divided among the children of Yaksya Malla. For visitors today, and for the Nepalese, it was serendipitous that they,  and later their off springs, began artistic warfare trying to outdo each other in splendid constructions. Kings copied every thing their neighbors built in an even grander style. A visitor who wanders around the Square will see a round temple in the Pagoda architectural style, the temple of goddess Taleju (who played dice with King Jaya Prakash Malla), and an image of Shiva and Parbati sitting together among the many monuments.

Day 03 Drive Kathmandu to Dhading Home stay program.

(Why Home Stay Program in Nepal?)

Nepal is well known for its bio-diversity, but also for its very rich cultural diversity too. There are more than 70 ethnic groups with distinct cultures and languages, like Brahmin, Chetri, Sherpa, Gurung, Magar, Rai, Limbu, Newar, Tharu, Chepang, Dhimal, Koche. Lepcha, Satar, Thakali and so on.

Although each of these groups has its own unique culture and language most speak the national language (Nepali) in addition to their native tongue. Each ethnic group are slightly different to the next, whether by their facial structure or clothing style, religious festival, traditional foods, architectural style, social dealings or customs. The mixture of Hinduism and Buddhism is another unique experience. While traveling in the rural areas the social groups maintain many of their very old cultural practices. Traditionally most Nepalese consider the place they live to be holy ground. So they construct many temples, Gumbas, Stupas, Monasteries, Shrines etc. and plant sacred plants such as Banyan, Pipal and Tulsi in front of the house. Where people pray and offer sacrifices Mto god.

There are 365 days in a year, but it is hard to find a country like Nepal that has a festival for every day. So every day festivals are held by at least one ethnic group. Most of the ethnic groups have their own calendar (lunar, solar or ritual), that dictate many festivals along with planting, harvesting, weddings etc.

Most of the Nepal's ethnic groups believe in Shamanism or divinities, spirits, ghosts, witch doctors, faith healers, astrologers and different worlds after death, such as beyond heaven and hell and all places in between. The social systems of arranged marriage, birth ceremonies, funeral ceremonies and criminal punishment are also different in each group.

Nepal is a mountainous country and over half the people live in the hill regions and remote rural areas, without electricity, telephones or other modern facilities.

Nepal's main occupation is agriculture. As the climate is different from region to region, so the people grow different types of crops such as rice, maize, mustard, wheat, barley, buck wheat, lentils, millet, potato, linseed, cabbage, cauliflower, ginger, beans, leeks and so on depending on the availability of water and the irrigation system. People also keep many animals like cattle, buffalos, yak, horse, donkey, goats, sheep, ducks and chickens for milk, meat and to work the land.

Most Nepalese are living in harmony with nature. They have had a very strong relationship with the earth, the forest and animals since the Stone Age. In the rural area men and woman are seen busy plugging using buffalos and oxen, planting, weeding, threshing, harvesting, grinding, breaking up clods and stones, and carrying heavy loads in baskets supporting by a head band.

The well preserved culture and diverse ethnicity in the rural areas are a fantastic opportunity for the visitor to experience something unique every day. Explore Alpine Adventure Tours provide a glimpse into village life far from the modern world.

This offers every visitor a view into history, unspoiled by modernization and provides a clear view of what Nepal's rural village life was like before the western influences seeped in.

Explore Alpine Adventure Tours and trek organizes the HOME STAY PROGRAM for visitors. This is not a new tourism concept for us, as all of our team was born in rural areas. The program is focused on personal rural, culture based, village and nature tourism.

There are hundreds of travel agents in Nepal but Explore Alpine Adventure Tours and treks are the only one that organizes this kind of tour.
It is small scale eco tourism, with a very personal feel, as there are hundreds of places in the rural area where westerners have never been, and where the local people have never seen westerners. It can be a real eye-opener for all concerned.

Generally the benefits of Nepal’s tourism industry don’t reach the grass roots level and the people who are living in the rural area.

The typical HOME STAY PROGRAM is ideal for the local people as they meet the tourists on their home ground and ideal for the tourists as they meet and interact with the locals in an indigenous environment, and both appreciate the value of preserving the culture and traditions for the future.

During the home stay program people can sample the all local organic products and handicrafts. The driving principle behind this effort is that tourism can be introduced into new areas in such a way so as to improve the socio-economic standing of local communities while preserving the environment and avoiding common pitfalls of growth in tourism.
It is the policy of poverty alleviation through pro poor, pro women, pro rural community and pro environmental tourism. The visitors can be proud of themselves in the knowledge that they are not destroying the culture and traditions they have come to see.
In this way we believe tourism can play a vital role for poverty alleviation. There are many rural area are yet to promote eco-tourism.

Along with natural beauty, historical legacy and cultural heritage Explore Alpine Adventure Tours and trekking give you something different, a unique life time experience.  

Nalang and surrounding  Village in the area

Nepal is the synonym of villages and mountains scenery whole mountain rang from Annapurna –Manashlu-Langtang and Gunash Himal  and undeveloped these area for modern tourist yet. Nepal is the country of villages where peoples are living without any touch of modernity. This type of trek and home stay is designed to give you full experience of kindhearted village peoples. The use of homemade foods and local things will provide chances to develop their standard we hope. We have developed this special trek and tour itinerary to show you the real Nepalese life and the villages. The trip is focused in Village Life. You will experience the life of villagers.

Dhading, situated west of Kathmandu is close to the capital in terms of distance, but large parts of the district, especially in the north, are very remote due to lack of roads and education Dhading is closed to Kathmandu but still one of the undeveloped area in Nepal. The pourenace has become a growing concern in this area. In addition, a lot of youths have been displaced by the conflict, with most choosing to flee to India or the capital. Food shortage is prevalent in the northern part of the district. So UMN also involved with local partner organizations to work on the areas of Education, Enterprise Development, HIV/AIDS, Women and Children, and Food Security etc.

Day 04   in Dhading.
Sightseeing around the village area and over night.

Day 05 Drive from Dhading to Chitwan. Sauraha and after lunch visiting the Tharu Village Sightseeing and back to Lodge 7.00 p.m. dinner and over night lodge.

Chitwan  National Park.
Nepal’s first and most famous national park is situated in the Chitwan Doon or the lowlands of the inner Terai. Covering an area of 932 sq. km. the park includes hilly areas of the Siwalik Range covered by deciduous sal forest. A fifth of the park is made up of the floodplains of the Narayani, Rapti and the ReuRivers and is covered by dense tall elephant grass interspersed with reverine forest of silk cotton, acacia and sisam trees. This ecologically diverse area is the last remaining home in Nepal for more then 500 of the endangered Asian one-horned Rhinoceros and harbors one of the largest populations of the elusive and rare Royal Bengal Tiger. Besides Rhino and Tiger, Chitwan also supports a great variety of flora and fauna. There are 4 species of deer, including the spotted Chittal, Leopard, Sloth bear, wild boar, rhesus monkey, Gray langur monkey, wild dog, small wild cat, the white stocking gaur and many other smaller animals. The swampy areas and numerous ox-bow lakes of Chitwan provide a home for marss crocodiles. In a stretch of the Narayani river is found one of they few remaining of populations of the rare and endangered fish – only eating gharial, or gangetice crocodile. Here also is found one of the worlds 4 species of fresh water Dolphin. For the ornithologist and the amateur bird – watcher the park offers excellent possibilities with more then 452 species. Some of the resident specialties are peacocks, several species of woodpecker, hornbills, Bengal florican, and red headed trogons. Winter bird such as water fowl, brahmini duck, pintails and bar headed geese, all must many other cold weather visitors are drawn by the sanctuary of the parks rivers.

Day  06 In Chitwan
After breakfast Canoe trip and Jungle walk and back to Camp. 12.45 p.m. Lunch
3.00 p.m. Elephant ride  7.00 p.m. dinner and culture program.

Day 07 Drive from Chitwan to Pokhara. Over Night hotel in Pokhara.
Early morning Bird watching tour about 1½ hrs. and back to Camp  and Break fast
and 9.30 A.m. Departure to Kathmandu over night Hotel.

Trek to Annapurna (land of beautiful)

Tour Summary:
Annapurna Areas {4/21days} this is very popular trekking area in Nepal. It is very beautiful for its mountain scenery, section Of Nepal. Trek can start Beshisahar & many option s places for those who like to do long & short [easy & adventure] Trek. Trekkers they have to walk through Green fields of paddy & banana groves, into oak bamboo, pine, rhododendron, &many kinds of tree lines. Eventually emerging into high desert places, high passes, religious place, holly place [for Hindu & Buddhist] & historic furriers town. This trek gives you ample opportunity to observe the Culture & life style of at least a half dozen ethnic groups an exposition more then any other trek. But if any person like crossing the Throng la pass [5416mt] required to acclimatize & to have excellent physical fitness. Mountains views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Annapurna.

Trekking

Day 08 After breakfast, drive to Nayapul and trek to Tirkhedhunga, (1577M)
About one and half-hours to Nayapul (42 KM.). The drive gives you wonderful chance to see the view of Pokhara valley with Mt. Annapurna & Fishtail in background. Start walk from Nayapul (1050m.), after half an hour walk stop for lunch at Birethanti. After lunch, it is an easy walk for two hours following the Bhurendi khola (river) and you will meet Gurung village. Those people are busy in their fields. The environment is pretty to see there. You will reach to Bhuk Deaurli (1500m) after one and half-hour walk. The Tikhedhunga is your night camp.

Day 09 after breakfast treks to Ghorepani (2850 m.):
You have to walk 3 hours are serious up hill through the different villages and terraces. After one and half-hour walk you will get chance to see the view of mount Annapurna South (7219m) and Himchuli (6444m). That view does not move away from your eyes for another one and half hours. The name of place Banthanti is our lunch stop for that day, being just before the forest walk will start. After lunch, walking through rhododendron, bamboo, pine forest makes your walk will be more interesting even you will have chance to see white monkeys and birds around. The walk feels little bit difficult, but that is great experience and good for next day, because the next morning the Poon hill (3200m.) is great panoramic viewpoint for 12 peaks including Dhaulagiri (8167m), very close view of Annapurna south (7219) Machhapuchhre (6993), and other famous peaks. The spring season is great time to visit there, because forest with colorful rhododendron flowers make you wonderful feelings then overnight camp at Ghorepani.

Day 10  after breakfast trek to Tadapani (2700m):
You will wake up early in the morning at 5am, after having tea, one-hour walk up to
Poon hill to observing sunrise, views a large mountain range including mount Dhaulagiri, Fishtail, Annapurna south, Annapurna I, Nilgiri, Lamjung Himal range etc. you can take Photos of the different views and having hot drink will be unforgettable great experience in your lifetime. After spending one and half- hour up on the Poon hill you will descend down back to Ghorepani about 8 am. You will have breakfast and continue walk towards the Tadapani (2700m) about 9 am. The trail leads up hill for one and half-hour through jungle that walk provides you great view of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna south, Gangapurna, Himchuli and Fishtail. The trail leads you Gurung hill (3290 m), down to Deurali (3100 m) and Banthanti, then lunch spot of that vary day. Most of the walks will be through the jungle for this day. After having lunch at Banthanti another one and half-hours to go up hill to Tadapani for another viewpoint. The town Tadapani is small newly built business center with 10-12 lodges. You will have camp at Tadapani

Day 11  after breakfast trek to Ghandruk, (2853M.):
Tadapani is a junction of two ways; one way goes toward Annapurna century via Chhomrong, the other trail goes to Ghandruk the biggest Gurung (Brave Gorkha’s) Village in that area. We have to walk towards Ghandruk through the jungle of Rhododendron, bamboo, oak and other plants. As we start about 7.30 am after breakfast  We will reach at Ghandruk about 12 o'clock. After having lunch we can walk around the Village. You can observe the village life style and museum. There we can see the video Documentary what is doing about the Annapurna conservation project. The ACAP head Quarter is located at Ghandruk. The village has got facilities of electricity, telephone and Good hotels. It is an amazing clean village and the close up viewpoint of mount Annapurna south, Himchuli, Gangapurna and Machhapuchhre then overnight camp at Ghandruk

Day 12 after breakfast trek back to Pokhara (900M.) and fly back to Kathmandu by plane.
The trek back to Nayapul, on the way you will meet Gurung villages, people are busy in their farm fields. The trail comes slope down to Modikhola, you will have lunch spot for this day. The trek ends at Nayapul, then direct drive back to Pokhara Airport and fly to Kathmandu.

Day 13 Sightseeing to Bhaktapur and over night in Kathmandu.

Bhaktapur
Bhaktapur is in many ways the most medieval of the three major cities in the Kathmandu Valley. Despite recent development, the city still retains a distinctly timeless air with much of its glorious architecture dating from the end of the 17th century. Most sights can be easily traversed by foot and include yet another Durbar Square, which is infinitely larger than Kathmandu's and has its fair share of temples, statues and columns, many with grisly histories behind them. For instance, the sculptor of the Ugrachandi & Bhairab Statues had his hands chopped off to prevent him from duplicating his masterpieces.

Bhaktapur second main square is Taumadhi Tole, which features Nyatapola, the highest temple in the valley, and Til Mahadev Narayan, an important place of pilgrimage. Nearby is Potters' Square, where thousands of clay pots are made and sold. East from here, through the sinuous streets of the old city center, is Tachupal Tole, another square containing temples and monasteries plus craft museums.

Sometimes it's best to take a break from temples and sit back and watch the unchanging rituals of daily life: the laying out of grain to dry in the sun; families collecting water or washing under communal taps; children playing simple games; dyed yarns flapping in the breeze; or potters at work throwing clay.

Bhaktapur is about 35km south east of Kathmandu’s city center and is easily reached by bus, minibus or trolley bus. You may have second thoughts about the minibuses, though, as they are overcrowded and can turn a 35 minute trip into an hour long torture; the Chinese trolley-buses are a better option.

Day 14 Final departure from Kathmandu Namaste flight to Norway.

Or stay longer or for short tours such as game drive at National parks safari, do some wild-water rafting, a Tibet tour or even mountain biking, etc- please ask us).  

Cost per person
US$ 1162.
Pound £ 630.
EURO€ 775.
Australian$ 1162.
Canadian$ 1162

Fixed Group Departure Date:
12th, 23rd and 27th September 2008.
3rd, 10th, 15th, 25th and 27 October 2008.
3rd, 15th and 23rd November 2008
  5th, 10th and 15th December 2008.

For the convenience of our travelers to Nepal and fallow up the fixed departure itinerary of Explore Alpine adventure guarantees all fixed group departures dates.

Group Departures are for an adventurous individual person willing to join a small group of other travelers. We can arrange group trekking tours or individual trekking tours, to suit your requirements. Please you can choose any dates which will be suitable for you and please match your arrival in Kathmandu and departure from Kathmandu. 

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and accommodation in lodge during the trek period. 
  • Necessary Domestic air tickets and airport tax as per itinerary. 
  • English speaking local expert guide, porters
  • Accommodation at 3 star hotel in Kathmandu/ Pokhara on double sharing with breakfast as per itinerary.
  • All guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu/ Pokhara and entry fees as per itinerary.
  • Airport transfers and escort
  • Insurance of the guide and porters as per itinerary.
  • Jungle safari tour as per itinerary with full board and national park fees and all jungle activities including Elephant riding.
  • Rafting as per itinerary .
  • All necessary paper works and national park entry permits.
  • Travel & Rescue arrangement if necessary.
  • TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System)
  • All government taxes.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • International flight & departure tax
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Personal Trekking gears (available on hire in Nepal)
  • Tips, any expenses of personal nature, client's insurance.

Equipment List for trekking:

 FOOT WEAR

  • Trekking boots: (one pairs), Thick socks (4 pairs)
  • Light socks (3 pairs)
  • Camp shoes (1 pair)
  • Sandals (1 pair)

 CLOTHING

  • Down or fiber filled waterproof jacket and trousers (1)
  • Fleece jacket or pullover ( 1)
  • Warm cotton trousers (2 pairs)
  • Shirts and T-shirts ( 4 pieces)
  • Lightweight cotton long pants ( 3 pairs)
  • Long under wear (2 pieces)
  • Short under wear (4 pieces)
  • Sun hat or scarf ( 1) Woolen hat (1)
  • Sunglasses (1)
  • Lightweight gloves (1)
  • Rain coat(1)
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof (1)
OPTIONAL      
Insect repellent, toilet articles, note book & pen, toilet roll, laundry soap, pocket knife, towel, sewing kit, plasters, binoculars, camera, film, cards and personal medical kit

OTHER EQUIPMENT

  • Sleeping bag (4 seasons) 1
  • Down jacket -1
  • Day pack – 1
  • Water bottle – 1
  • Sun cream
  • Sunglasses
  • Flash light with spare bulbs, batteries, lip salve,  gaiters.

Booking & Payment Conditions

Explore Alpine Adventure and Alpine Explore Nepal tour and trek is a well-known government licensed trekking and touring company in Nepal. We accept your bookings under the following terms and conditions.

1. When you confirmed trip, we need photo copy of your passport and 30% down payment of the total price for advance flight tickets, hotel booking and permit process.

2. Payments can be wired by bank transfer to our company bank account or Master Card and Visa Card. but we give preference bank transfer to our company account.

Please inquiry for bank accounts for your convenience.

3. Bank service charge should be paid by the clients themselves at the time of deposit.

4. In addition, payments can be made by Cash, Travels Cheque, Master Card or Visa Card as well. If you would like to make the payment by Master Card or Visa Card, the cards payment handling bank service charge 3.5% will charge to the card holder. 

5. After receiving photo copy of your passport, and 30% advance form you, we send you final confirmation receipt.

6. Remaining balance can be made after your arrival in Nepal. Full payment should be made before trip departure. Be mindful, we also reserve the right to cancel your trip provided full amount is not paid in time.

7. Travel insurance is compulsory for all Clients undertaking any tour. It should provide adequate protection for the full duration of the tour or Trek to cover personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter evacuation, loss of luggage, etc.

8. If you wish to arrange your travel insurance from our Company, we will arrange travel insurance for you.

9 Cancellation by the Client: Cancellation of a confirmed booking must be made by the Client in writing either in written documents or on an email. Cancellation shall valid with approval from the company after receiving document. Trip shall then be termed as cancelled and as a cancellation charge, 30% of the trip amount would be deducted from the advance paid.

10 Risk & Liabilities:

We are committed to providing the best services which will give you a once in a life time journey in this connection, we perform our duties honestly & seriously to make your journey very smooth & pleasant. However, the entire programs in Nepal/Tibet/Bhutan are conducted strictly under the rules and regulation of theirs’ own policies.
There for Explore Alpine Adventure and its related organization shall not be responsible for any changes in the itinerary due to unavoidable circumstance such as govt. restriction, Land slide, road blockage, flood, snow political unrest, cancellation of flight, delay, sickness or accident, Any extra cost incurring there of shall be borne by the clients on the spots.

Thank you for choosing Explore Alpine Adventure. We look forward to meet you In Nepal and serve you better.

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18 April 2000

This was my third trek in Nepal, having visited the Annapurna Region in 1995 and with Bharat and Dave in the beautiful and wildlife-filled Langstang Valley in1998. Bharat's company "Explore Alpine Adventure"....
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