Alpine Explore Nepal
Himalayan of Nepal

Magnificent Culture Tour and Trek in Himalayan Country

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu meets and transfers to Hotel.

The Kathmandu Valley
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 actuated 4223 ft. above sea-level. The ancient Swasthani scriptures tell of Lord Shiva, supreme among Hindu gods, who came down to the Kathmandu valley to escape boredom. He came as a tourist, if that is the appropriate word, but he was neither among the first nor the last of the gods to visit the Valley. Visitors have come to Nepal since time forgotten. And though the country is much different today then it was in ancient times, it has not diminished in charm; the increase in the number of visitors over the years is a living proof. Those who came to the Valley today will appreciate a lot more then Lord Shiva did in his tour. The architecture started here by the Lichhavi and Malla Kings is one such example. Much of the greenery that Lord Shiva is gone, but the forest surrounding Pashupati, where he stayed, are still intact. The seven World heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and cultural Organization (UNESCO) are the highlights of the Valley.

Day 02: Kathmandu full day sightseeing.

Swoyambhunath

The history of the Valley, according to the legends, begins with Swoyambhunath, 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.

Kathmandu Durbar  Square
It is easy to be overwhelmed by the seemingly uncountable monuments in the 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.

The Square is teeming with colorful life. Vendors sell vegetables, curios, flutes, and other crafts around the Kathmandu rest house. This rest house is said to have been built with the wood of a single tree and is the source from which the Kathmandu valley got its name. Nearby are great drums which were beaten to announce royal decrees. All woodcarvings, statues, and architecture in this area are exceptionally fine, and Durbar Square is among the must important sights for Travelers to see.

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 Pashupati – Lord of the Animals – before other gods discovered his hiding place and came to fetch him. The Pashupati where he stayed has received the attention of worshippers for at least fifteen hundred years; it is the holiest Hindu pilgrimage destination in Nepal. There are linga images of Shiva along with statues, shrines, and temples dedicated to other deities in the complex. A temple dedicated to Shiva existed at this site in AD 879. However, the present temple was built by King Bhupatindra Malla in 1697. A gold – plated roof, silver doors, and woodcarving of the finest quality decorate the pagoda construction. Guheswori Temple, restored in AD 1653, represents the female “force”. It is dedicated to Satidevi, Shiva’s first wife, who gave up her life in the flames of her father’s fire ritual.

Bouddhanath
Bouddhanath 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 Bouddhanath. 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. Over night at hotel.

Day 03 :  Early in the morning, Panorama Mountain flight. And Sightseeing Patan and Bhaktapur.
Morning for an hour’s worth of spectacular mountain scenery. As the aircraft lifts up and heads towards the east, passengers don’t have to wait too long to find out what is in store for them. There they are – the mountains, as they always have been.

First to their far left visitors see Gosaikunda, also called Shisha Pangma, Standing at the majestic height of 8,013 m. Immediately to the right of Gosaikunda, there appears Dorje Lakpa (6,966 m), a mountain that looks like the number 8 lying down and covered with snow. To the right of Dorje Lakpa is Phurbi-Ghyachu, which looms over the Kathmandu Valley.

As the plane moves along, the mountains come closer and closer. Next on the vision is Choba-Bhamare, the smallest one of the lot at 5,933 m but singularly stubborn as it has never been climbed. Then appears the mountain that is not only prominent in sight but also in spiritually – Gauri-Shankar. Lord Shiva and his consort Gauri are said to protect this mountain, at the proud height of 7,134 m and the summit had a history of unsuccessful attempts till 1979.Gauri-Shankar is sharp and very conspicuous during the mountain flight.

As the plane moves towards the land of the rising sun, the eastern Himalaya a succession of glorious mountains follows. Melungtse, a Plateau – like mountain stretches up to 7,023 m, Chugimago at 6,297 m is still a virgin, waiting to be climbed. At 6,956 m, Numbur Mountain resembles a breast, maternal source in the sky providing pure milk to the Shepas of the Solu Khumbu. Next is Karyolung, an intensely white mountain that at 6,511 m gleams with the rising sun. Cho-Oyu is the eighth highest mountain in the world. Reaching a height of 8,201 m, it appears stunningly beautiful from the aircraft.

Next on the menu is Gyanchungkang, at a majestic height of 7,952 m, considered an extremely difficult climb? To the right of Gyanchungkang is Pumori (7,161m). As passengers get closer to Everest. there's Nuptse (7,855 m), which means West Peak, signifying its direction from Everest. Finally, there’s Everest (8,848m) itself, known as Sagarmatha by the Nepalese and Chomolungma by the Tibetans. Much has already been written about Everest, but to actually witness it face to face during a mountain flight is something else. Even while it looms therein front of the eyes, it remains and enigma, this highest spot on earth.

Patan
Patan, the second-largest city in the valley, lies just across the Bagmati River from Kathmandu, but it's a much quieter and less frenetic place to visit. The city is justly proud of its temples and artisans and it is their handiwork that provides the focus of the stunning Durbar Square (choc) a-block with the largest display of Newari architecture in Nepal. It includes the Royal Palace, which contains a richly decorated bathtub, and the two-tiered brick Jagannarayan Temple. Look up to the roof struts to see carvings of figures engaged in quite athletic acts of intercourse. A few minutes' walk north of the square is the Golden Temple, a Buddhist monastery guarded by sacred tortoises that potter around the courtyard; and the Kumbeshawar, reputedly the oldest (1392) temple in Patan. South of the square is an area of charming streets lined with metal smiths and brassware shops?

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.

Day 04 : Fly from kathmandu to Janakpur over night hotel.

About Janakpur City
Janakpur city is the birth place of Goddess Sita, and is the home of the unique Mithila culture in Nepal. Janakpur city, the Headquarter of Dhanusha district of Nepal, is about 84 miles (135 km) aeronautical from Kathmandu. This is a popular city in the terai region. (Terai = lower part of Nepal having Flat-Land). Janakpur is also known as Janakpurdham (Dham in Nepali means a scared region) It has a temple named Janaki, which is dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Sita. This region also offers an excellent opportunity for visitors to learn about Mithila culture, and people from in and around this peaceful region of Nepal.hindu pilgrims from India and Nepal visit this region to pay their respect to the Goddess, while many foreigners make a side-trip to the region to learn about the unique Janakpur-life!

Day 05 : Sightseeing in Janakpur.

Janaki Temple

Janakpur has the Janaki Temple (Mandir in Nepali) which is dedicated to Goddess Sita, and also has a Ram and Sita Marriage Mandhir (or also known as Ram and Sita Bibaha Mandhir in Nepali) which is said to have been built in the spot where they got married. Marriage anniversary of Ram and Sita is observed every year here through a festival which is also observed throughout Nepal.
In the Janakpur region, one of such festival is the enactment of the wedding ceremony, decorating temples and monuments, burning of oil-lamps surrounding the temple and other historical sites in the region. Throughout the festival there are dramas in theaters and in open streets re-making the marriage ceremony of Ram and Sita. According to Hindu, Ram and Sita took birth to free the earth from the cruelty and sins of the demon King Ravana (Ravan). To learn more about the Hindu Goddess.

Rama Mandir
Visit the Rama Mandhir, a pagoda-style temple built in 1882, which is located south-east of the Janaki Mandhir. On the Rama Nawami or also written as Ram Navami festival (the celebration of Lord Ram's Birthday), this temple gets thousands of visitors. Ram Nawami is also called as Chaitay Dashain, and it falls on Chaitra 13 2063 (Nepali Calendar) or April 27 2007 (English Calendar)

Mithila Culture of Janakpur
Mithila culture is found in the Terai region of Nepal such as the Janakpur region and also found all the way up to the Northern Bihar state of India. Legend has it that Janakpur was the capital of Mithila, and the palace of King Janak, Goddess Sita's father. Often Sita is known by many names such as Janaki or Mythili. Mithila culture is rich with its own language known as Maithili, and with its own traditions, customs, arts and music. Many Mithila arts and paintings have historical and religious meanings, such arts are produced by many villagers specifically women's draw paintings having colorful and thought provoking objects such as animals, Gods and Goddess which are painted on the walls of homes using simple colors such as clays and mud

Day 06: Sightseeing in Janakpur.

Day 07: Fly back to Kathmandu.

Day 08: fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara and half day sightseeing in Pokhara.
Pokhara is a rare combination of the long arrays of snowclad peaks, crystal clear lakes, turbulent rivers with deep gorges and picturesque villages inhabited by simple and friendly ethnic people. Situated at the lap of the panoramic Annapurna Himal, the climate of Pokhara remains favorable all the year round neither too warm nor too cold. The monsoon rains are strongest during June to August. Other months are relatively dry.

The moment you step into any part of Pokhara the first thing that takes you to immediate delight is the gorgeous view of the gigantic mountains. Pokhara is in fact, the first and foremost convenient point for mountain-oriented sightseeing. Mt. Annapurna, literally meaning the Goddess of Abundant Harvest, lies at a horizontal distance of 40 km. from the valley of Pokhara which is at an elevation of just 900 meter above main sea level.

Day 09: Sightseeing in Pokhara.

Lake
Pokhara is a city of fine lakes with crystalline water. Phewa Tal is in the immediate vicinity of the city is with an island temple dedicated to Goddess Barahi in the middle. With its serene water reflecting the Annapurna range and a nicely preserved forest on the adjoining southern slope, this legendary second largest lake of the Kingdom remains a major source of attraction for the visiting tourists. This lake can also be enjoyed by swimming. Begnas & Rupa, these twin lakes lie in the north-east of Pokhara valley about 15 km away from the airport. The road to Begnas follows Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway as far as Sisuwa near the police check post and branches off the road towards north. It is possible to take a bus ride to the dam side of Begnas from the city.

Temples
Two temples are really worth visiting in the Pokhara area. Bindabasini temple some way between downtown Mahendrapul and Bagar is one of them. The temple is located on top of a beautiful mound overlooking the most popular area of the Pokhara city. The road to Sarangkot starts from the foot of this mound.

The next one is Barahi temple situated on a small island in the middle of Phewa Tal. A stop at this serene temple after a canoe ride is really worthwhile. There is a nice Buddhist monastery on the top of a small forested hill above Matepani east of Mahendrapul. It overlooks the majority of Pokhara area. A little south of this monastery on another small but beautiful hill in a pleasant sylvanic setting lies Bhadrakali temple which is also worth visiting.

Day 10: Visiting to Sharangkot and Tibetan Refugee camp. Early morning Drive to Sarangkot for Mountain View and drive back to Pokhara.

Sarangkot
This is a 1,600m high hill situated on the northern shore of Phewa lake. On the way to Sarangkot you'll pass through Schima-Catonopsis forest and there is a lot of opportunity to watch birds. It's a 2 hour walk from Phewa Lake. On reaching the hill, you can find good hotels and a tower on the top of the hill from where you can view the Pokhara Valley and also the wide range of Annapurna. You can also see Phewa Lake and its tributaries. It's advisable to stay a night there and watch the sunshine in the morning and sunset in the evening

This breath taking view is from Sarangkot. This hill is famous for the panoramic view of the annapurna Himalayan range. Pokhara is beautiful but it still depends upon how we take and feel it, but to be sure Pokhara is god's gift and is rich in natural beauty in all the ways. Sarangkot is also famous for paragliding purposes. It has the bird's eye view of the seti river, Fewa Lake, and the valley itself. This hill station is a 10 minute uphill drive from Aarchalbot. This route is also one of the short day trek route within the Pokhara valley. Tourist also hires horses for a trip uphill to the station. Local peoples have kept powerful binoculars for the viewing purpose of the valley and the mountains View of North part of Pokhara city from Sarangkot.

TIBETAN VILLAGE
There are two Tibetan villages in the vicinity of Pokhara. One of them called Tashiling is in the south past Patale Chhango. The other village by the name of Tashi Palkhel is North of Pokhara at a place called Hyangja on Pokhara Baglung Highway. The Tibetan people living in these villages keep themeselves busy by producing and trading in woolen carpets and other handicraft items.

Day 11: Starting mien trek for 4 days in Annapurna area.

Trek 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 Besisahar & 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.

Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul, and trek to Tikhedhunga (1577M.)
After having break fast about 9 a.m. leave for trek, one and half hour drive (42k.m) the drive gives you wonderful chance to see the view of full Pokhara valley with Annapurna & Fishtail in background. Start walk from Nayapul (1050m.), after half-hour walk stop for lunch at Birethanti. After lunch easy walk for two-hour following the Bhurendi khola, you will meet Gurung village, people are busy in their field. The nature is pretty to see. As soon as you reach to Bhuk Deaurli the trail leads you up hill towards Tikhedhunga (1500m) for one and half-hour more. The Tikhedhunga is our night camp for that night right before the serious up of Ulleri (about 3000 steps).

Day 12: Trekking.
After break fast start walk towards Ghorepani (2850 m.) For 6-7 hrs. Starting 3hrs is serious up hill through village and terrace. After one and half-hour walk you will get chance to see the view of Annapurna south (7219m) and Himchuli (6444m). That view does not move away from your eye for another one and half-hour. The place named Banthanti is our lunch stop for that day Just before the forest walk start. After lunch walk through rhododendron, bamboo, pine forest makes your walk more interesting even you have chanced to see white monkeys and birds around. The walk that feel little bit difficult but that is great experience and good for next day because next morning the Poon hill (3200m.) is great view point 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 because the forest with colorful rhododendron flowers makes you wonderful feeling?

Day 13: Trekking. Early in morning, excursion to poon hill (3200M.) and trek to Tadapani (2616M.).
Wake up early in the morning, 5am. After having tea continue one hour walk up to Poon hill reach Poon hill at sunrise time observe the fantastic view, take photos, have great experience and back to Ghorepani about 8 am, have breakfast and continue walk towards 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. After Reaching Gurung hill (3290) the trail leads you down to Deurali (3100) and Banthanti the lunch spot of that very day. Most of the walk of that day is through jungle. After having lunch at Banthanti another one and half-hour to go up hill to Tadapani another view point. The town Tadapani is small newly built business center with 10-12 lodges.

Day 14: Trekking.
After break fast start trek to Ghandruk the trail go down to Modikhola cross the bridge and climbing up to Ghandruk village. Ghandruk the biggest Gurung village in that area. As we start about 9 am after breakfast we will reach Ghandruk about 1 o'clock. After having lunch we can walk around the village or rest at lodge. Observe the village life styles the museum, and we can see the video documentary about what the conservation project in doing. It has the head quarter of ACAP. Ghandruk village has facility of good food and lodging. It is clean town and the view of Annapurna south, Himchuli, Machhapuchhre are fantastic. 

Day 15: Trek end and drive back to Pokhara.
The trek back to Nayapul, on the way you will cross the Gurung villages, the village people are busy in their farm fields. The trail come slope down to Modikhola and you will have lunch on the way to Nayapul. Then drive back to Pokhara, overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Day 16: Fly from Pokhara to Bhairawa and drive to Lumbini.

The birthplace of Lord Buddha
The nearest town to reach Lumbini is Bhairahawa, which is connected with Kathmandu & Pokhara by air and road. Bhairahawa and Lumbini are connected with an all weather road and regular bus service is availble

Lumbini

Day 17: Sightseeing around Lumbini.

The birthplace of Lord Buddha
Lumbini-a place in the South-Western Terai of Nepal, evokes a kind of holy sentiment to the millions of Buddhists all over the world-as do the Jerusalem to Christians and Mecca to Muslims. Lumbini is the place Lord Buddha -the apostle of peace and the light of Asia was born in 623 B. C., Located in the flat plains of south-Western Nepal and the foothills of Churia range , Lumbini and its surrounding area is endowed with a rich natural setting of domestic able fauna and favorable agricultural environ. Historically, the region is an exquisite treasure-trove of ancient ruins and antiquities, dating back to pre-Christian era. The sites, described as a beautiful garden in the Buddha’s time still retain its legendary charm and beauty. To the mere 12 miles north of Lumbini lies the dense and picturesque sal-grove.

For centuries, Buddhists- all over the world, knew that Lumbini where the Lord was born is somewhere around. The descriptions of famous Chinese pilgrims (of ancient times) Huian Tsang and Faeihan indicated to this area-saying ‘Lumbini-where the lord was born is a piece of heaven on earth and one could see the snowy mountains amidst a splendid garden-embedded with stupas and monasteries!

However, the exact location remained uncertain and obscure till December the 1st 1886 when a wandering German archaeologist Dr. Alois A. Fuhrer came across a stone pillar and ascertained beyond doubt it is indeed the birthplace of Lord Buddha.

Day 18: Sightseeing around Lumbini.

The Ashoka Pillar
Discovered by the now famous German archaeologist Dr. Fuhrer, the pillar is the first epigraphic evidence relating to the life history of Lord Buddha and is also the most visible landmark of the garden. The historic importance of the pillar is evidenced by the inscription engraved in the pillar (in Brahmi script). It is said that the great Indian Emperor Ashok visited the site in the twentieth year of is ascendancy to the throne and as homage to the birthplace, erected the pillar. The inscriptions in the pillar roughly translate as: Kin Piyadesi beloved of th Gods, having been anointed 20 yeas, came himself and worshipped saying Here Buddha Shakyamuni was born: And he caused to make a stone (capital) representing a horse; and he caused (this) stone pillar to be erected. Because the worshipful one was born in the village of Lumbini has been made free of taxes and recipient of wealth"

Puskarni-the sacred pool
South of the Ashokan Pillar, there is the famous sacred pool- ‘Puskarni’ believed to be the same sacred pool in which Maya Devi took a holy dip just before giving birth to the Lord and also where infant Buddha was given his first purification bath. Architecturally the pool has the projecting terraces in descending order and is reverted with a fine brick masonry.

Maya Devi
In addition to Ashokan Pillar, the other Shrine of importance is the bas-relief image of Maya Devi, Enshrined in a small pagoda-like structure, the image shows MayaDevi , mother of the Lord. Supporting her by holding on with her right hand to a branch of Sal tree, with newly born infant Buddha standing upright on a lotus pedestal on an oval halo. Two other celestial figures are depicted in an act of pouring water and lotuses bestowed from heaven.

Earlier the image was placed in the famous white temple of MayaDevi beside the pillar-now totally dismantled to make way for the excavations, which revealed the Sanctum Sanctorum the exact spot where the Lord was born.

Kapilvastu
Located some 27 km. west of Lumbini lies the ruins of historic town of ‘Kapilvastu’. Believed to be the capital of Shakya republic where the Lord lived and enjoyed his life until his thirteeth year, Kapilvastu has been identified with. Tilaurakot by the archaeologists. Also, the place is believed to have been associated with different important episodes: there are ruins and mounds of old stupas and monasteries made of kiln-burnt bricks and clay-mortar. The remains are surrounded by a moat and the walls of the city are made of bricks. In fact, the city of Kapilvastu are in such a grand scale that it could be easily be visualized as a seat of high culture.

Day 19: Drive from Lumbini to Chitwan National park.

Royal 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 mars 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, and pintails and bar headed geese, all must many other cold weather visitors are drawn by the sanctuary of the Parks Rivers.

After arrived Sauraha, serve you welcome drink and settled the room and lunch then visiting the Tharu Village Sightseeing and back to Lodge 7.00 p.m. dinner and over night lodge.

Day 20: Full day jungle activates in Chitwan.
After breakfast Canoe trip and Jungle walk and back to Camp. 12.45 p.m. Lunch
3.00 p.m. Elephant ride in the park. 7.00 p.m. dinner and culture program.

Day 21: Full day jungle activities in Chitwan.
Early morning Elephant ride about 2 hrs. And back to camp then Breakfast.
12.30 p.m. Elephant Bathing in Rapti River. 1.15 p. m. Lunch. 3.00 p.m. Elephant birding center tours and back to camp, dinner and rest.

Day 22: Fly from Chitwan to Kathmandu.
Early morning Bird watching tour about 1½ hrs. And back to Camp and Break fast
And 9.30 A.m. drive to airport and fly back to Kathmandu.

Day 23:Sightseeing to Daksinkali and Kirtipur.
The temple at dakshinkali is dedicated to the ferocious mother goddess who has much energy and power. It is said that she gives strong will power and energy to those who come to her and she loves sacrifices. The temple is tantric in nature and is a favorite worship place of the Hindus. Saturday are good day to visit as there is always a massive crowd of worshippers who come from all part of Nepal to offer prayers.

Kirtipur
The small town of Kirtipur is on a hill, 6km southwest of Kathmandu. In the past there were 12 gates of the town. Parts of the old city wall still remain. The main industry in town is the Kirtipur Cottage Industry Centre and most of the residents are either weavers or farmers. There are some great views of Kathmandu and the mountains behind it. Kirtipur is on two hills and the saddle between the hills. With its easily defendable hilltop location, when Prithvi Narayan Shah attacked the valley in 1768, Kirtipur was the first place to be attacked. After a tough siege, the town was taken. The king being angry at the resistance order that all the male residents of the town have their lips and nose cut off, but those who could play were spared. It is said that news of this punishment spread across the valley and resistant was weakened else where across the valley. Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur all quickly who defeated.

Day 24/25: free day in Kathmandu self sightseeing and shopping.

Day 26: Final departure from Kathmandu. The following information will allow you to better plan your budget for tours or treks. A range of costs is given. These costs are dependant on:

  • The mix of Touring and/or general Trekking,
  • The remoteness of the areas visited,
  • The number of guides or porters required,
  • The standard of accommodation required (if there is a choice), 
  • The type of ground transport used,
  • The length of your visit, and
  • The size of your group.

Depending on group size the costs of treks and tours range from:
1 to 3 pax     US$ 88 to 163  P/p per night.
4 to 8 pax     US$ 78 to 148  P/p per night
9 to 14 pax.  US$ 75 to 135 P/p per night.
15 to 20 and above US$ 60 to 110 P/p per night
Single supplement US$ 40 to 70 per night.

Note: The itinerary and cost for Peak climbing, Mountaineering, Tibet, Bhutan and India tours and trek are conditional apply.

Notwithstanding the costs shown above, we can tailor tours to suit almost any budget. Feel free to email us for more information.
 
Note: One tour leader will be free of cost for tours with 15 or more paying guests only. 

Children's bellow three years is free if sharing with their parents. And need to pay if they are participating on the trekking, and above three to nine year children half of the price.

Cost Includes: Accommodation in 3 to 4 star hotels in the cites as your choice, basic accommodation in a lodge or tea house or camping (depending on your itinerary and choice) during treks, guides and porters on treks, all land transfers by private vehicle, 3 meals a day on treks, all jungle safaris, all sightseeing tours as per itinerary and all necessary entry fees, permits and airport transfers.
 
Cost Excludes: Personal expenses, domestic air tickets, airport tax, drinks (soft drink, mineral water and alcoholic beverages and hot-shower on the trek), personal insurance, and extra cost due to natural calamities or accidents outside of our control.

Remarks: The cost of the trip determines with the services included during the trip so that it might be varies with the services, hotel and transfer of your wish.

Please note that our guides speak the following English languages and if required we will provide your language spiking guide on extra cost. Note: Please contact exploretrek@wlink.com.np for more information and prices.

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SteveAnyon-Smith
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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