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Nepal Adventure

Trip type: 
Active
Adventure level: 
5. Strenuous
Max group size: 
12
Avg user rating: 
4
Asia, Nepal | 16 days
Trip code: 
HNXA
What's included: 

Transport - Bus, Raft

Accommodation - Camping (with basic facilities) (4 nts), Farmstay (1 nt), Guesthouse (9 nts)

Meals - 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners

Trip Highlights: 
Walk in the shade of rhododendron forests in the remote Siklis area
Meet friendly locals in Bhaktapur
Go rafting on the Trisuli River
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Itinerary

(Departures in 2014-15)
  • Day 1/2 - Kathmandu
  • Day 3/4 - Kathmandu Valley
  • Day 5 - Nuwakot
  • Day 6 - Trisuli River
  • Day 7 - Bandipur
  • Day 8 - Pokhara
  • Day 9-11 - Taratop Trek
  • Day 12/13 - Pokhara
  • Day 14/15 - Kathmandu
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Day
1/2
Kathmandu

Kathmandu

Namaste! Welcome to Nepal.

You can arrive at any time on day 1 as there are no activities planned until the important welcome meeting at 17:00. Your leader will leave a note at reception telling you where and when this important meeting will take place. Please ask a member of reception for this information.

Kathmandu is a fascinating mixture of legend and modern development with a rich artistic and cultural heritage. Narrow lanes lead to small squares and courtyards where ornate carved balconies overlook shrines and temples. Crowded markets and bazaars are the centre of Nepali life where stalls and small hole-in-the-wall shops sell everything from bangles to Buddhas to beetroot. Kathmandu has been a travellers' centre for many years which is reflected in the international flavour of the bright lights and 'Coca Cola culture' of the central Thamel district.

On day 2 we make an early start to climb to Swayambhunath, the monkey temple. Situated on a hilltop, this instantly recognisable stupa with its Buddha eyes attracts a steady stream of pilgrims and the views out over the valley are superb.Work your way through manic traffic to the peace of the Great Stupa of Tibetan Buddhism at Bodhnath and the nearby holy site of Lord Shiva. Heighten your spiritual awareness as you witness the devotion of the people around the religious sites and feel the pulse of Kathmandu in the colourful local market. There is free time during the afternoon before a guided walk takes us through the heart of the old city to Durbar Square, home to the palace of the Kumari Devi, considered to be a living goddess.

Also on day 2 will include a visit to and presentation by KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project), which is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation that aims to minimise the negative influences of tourism by advocating and promoting 'minimum impact' trekking. Its aims are twofold. To provide impartial and independent information to travellers and to ensure the future ecological and cultural prosperity of Nepal through positive impact tourism and outreach project work. At the organisation's Information Centre we will get practical advice about conservation, trekking and mountain safety, causes of deforestation, ecotourism, and the do's and don'ts of Nepalese society. 

ALTITUDE SICKNESS:
Parts of your trip go above 2800 metres / 9200 feet where it is common for travellers to experience some adverse health effects due to the altitude - regardless of your age, gender and fitness. It even happened to Sir Edmund Hillary!

Before your trip: Some pre-existing medical conditions are known to severely worsen at high altitude and be difficult to adequately treat on the ground, leading to more serious consequences. It is imperative that you discuss your pre-existing medical condition/s with your doctor. We understand certain medications are reported to aid acclimatising to high altitude. Please discuss these options with your doctor.

During your trip: While our leaders have basic first aid training and are aware of the closest medical facilities, it is very important that you are aware of the cause and effects of travelling at altitude, monitor your health and seek assistance accordingly. 

Included Activities

  • Kathmandu - Visit to KEEP
  • Kathmandu - Guided city tour
  • Kathmandu - Durbar Square
  • Kathmandu - Bodhnath Stupa
  • Kathmandu - Pashupatinath Temple
  • Kathmandu - Swayambhunath Temple

Optional Activities

  • Kathmandu - Day trip to Patan - NPR400
  • Kathmandu - Everest scenic flight - USD190

Accommodation

Guesthouse (2 nts)

Day
3/4
Kathmandu Valley

Kathmandu Valley

Time to stretch those muscles and get out into the Nepali countryside. We take day packs with enough gear for 2 nights and our main packs are transported to Bhaktapur.

On day 3 we drive northwards to the hill station of Nagarkot (approx. 2 hrs). Later we have the chance to stretch our legs on an optional walk around the surrounding or simply lounge around enjoying the view of the valley beneath and the distant mountains amidst the tranquility and natural beauty of Nagarkot. Situated high on a ridge on the north eastern rim of the valley, this is one of the best places in the valley for all-round views of the Himalayas - from Gaui Shankar to Ganesh Himal and, on a very clear day, even Mount Everest.

In Nagarkot we stay in a villa nestled on the top of the Nagarkot hill at 1950m. All rooms are well furnished and spacious with attached baths and 24 hours hot/cold running water.

On day 4 wake-up to the magnificent view of the first rays of sun hitting the Himalayas. After breakfast we hike down to the medieval town of Bhaktapur via the oldest temple in Nepal, Changunarayan, taking a scenic route through terraced paddy fields, villages and pine forests- partly switching back and forth along the countryside road (5.5 hrs approx). In the afternoon, go on a guided tour of the town still proudly living in its past. The wooden palace and the five storey pagoda temple are two of the most beautiful buildings in Nepal and the people live up to their town's name which translates as 'town of devotees'.

Our guesthouse has small rooms and is in a great location, close to the Nyatapola Temple and porter's square. A roof top restaurant offers a great view of Bhaktapur.

Accommodation

Guesthouse (2 nts)

Day
5
Nuwakot

Nuwakot

We drive back to the city and then continue to the north-west climbing out of the valley taking the criss-crossing road heading towards Trisuli Bazaar. Just before the bazaar, we turn off the main road and head up the hill to the ancient citadel of Nuwakot (approx . 4.5 hrs). It was in Nuwakot that the unifier of Nepal, Prithvi Narayan Shah, in 1769 established his Gorkha army. Nuwakot's saddle-back position provides impressive defences in three directions sweeping down to river valleys far below while its imposing towers, seen from any approach, were enough to deter any force. Just beyond, on the south-facing hillside, backed by the 7,000m Langtang Himal, is the delightfully restored The Famous Farm.

Accommodation

Farmstay (1 nt)

Day
6
Trisuli River

Trisuli River

Transfer to the rafting put-in at Baireni, driving down from Nuwakot to now familiar road (20 mins approx) before veering off the road on to a less-frequented, but bumpy, dirt track following the course of the river which you're soon going to negotiate. The dirt track merges with the highway, after about 1.5 hrs giving you respite from the bumpy ride, at Galcchi, from where it's a short drive to the put-in at Baireni/Galaudi. Rendezvous with your rafting crew, safety briefing and straight to action. This river offers the best introduction to rafting in Nepal with grade 2-4 rapids.

Depending on the river current, we'll be paddling for approximately 4-5 hours on day 6 as we make our way to our campsite at the Trisuli. The open rafts hold 8 persons and international standard lifejackets and head gear are provided. The rafting guide will give you a safety drill and demonstration of the commands.

Accommodation for the night is at our permanent tented camps on the sandy banks of the river, connected to the roadside village and our small café by a trail bridge. There are in total 10 spacious safari tents with twin beds, mattresses, bed-sheets and linen. Solar heated hot shower facility and toilets are available at the campsite. Meals are taken in the café on the other side of the bridge. In the free-time, passengers can visit the nearby villages, or wander around in the well-restored and maintained 'Garden of Streams' wherein lies the 'Big Fig', one of the oldest and biggest Banyan tree you'll ever see.

Included Activities

  • Trisuli River - Rafting

Accommodation

Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)

Day
7
Bandipur

Bandipur

Rafting for another 3 hours we reach our end point then take a bus to Dumre (approx. 2 hrs) where we transfer to jeeps to travel the final 7km up the mountain to Bandipur (approx. 30 minutes). The road is a twisting mountain track so be prepared! After arrival there is free time.

Bandipur is a relatively non-touristy town so it is unlikely that we will meet many other travellers there. The views are wonderful as is the warm local welcome. Bandipur is a basic village but the surrounding countryside makes for great walks and all the locals will want to talk to you and guide you on your way.

Our guesthouse tonight is a restored village house in the heart of the old bazaar. The timber and red brick building with carved beams and staircases has pleasant twin and double rooms with separate shared facilities. In front of the guesthouse is a café and bar serving simple, delicious meals from locally sourced organic ingredients.

Included Activities

  • Bandipur - Guided walk

Accommodation

Guesthouse (1 nt)

Day
8
Pokhara

Pokhara

In the early morning we head to Pokhara (approx. 3 hrs) with some great scenery on the way. Once on the vibrant trade route extending between India and Tibet, Pokhara's delightful setting on Phewa Lake has the Annapurna Range almost hanging over the town and is very atmospheric. You can prepare for the trek to come by taking an afternoon walk to the World Peace Pagoda, perched on the hill on the other side of Fewa Lake.

If there is time, visit Pokhara Museum as it reflects the ethnic mosaic of western Nepal, inviting you to learn about the lifestyles and history of ethnic groups such as the Gurung, Thakali and the Tharu.

Pick up some goodies at the open market of the Tibetan Refugee Camp and learn thing or two about the intricacies of carpet weaving at the all female carpet factory.

Pokhara is part of a once vibrant trade route extending between India and Tibet. To this day, mule trains can be seen camped on the outskirts of the town, bringing goods to trade from remote regions of the Himalayas. This is the land of Magars and Gurungs, hardworking farmers and valorous warriors who have earned world-wide fame as Gurkha soldiers. The Thakalis, another important ethnic group here, are known for their entrepreneurship.

Our simple hotel in Pokhara is set 300m back from Fewa Lake and with a back-drop of Machhapuchhare (Fishtail mountain) rising beyond. It has twin-bedded rooms with attached bath and a hot shower facility.

Optional Activities

  • Pokhara - Boating on Fewa Lake - NPR500
  • Pokhara - International Mountaineering Museum - NPR500

Accommodation

Guesthouse (1 nt)

Day
9-11
Taratop Trek

Taratop Trek

On this trip, we wanted to enjoy a trek that would open up the magnificent views that are afforded by the Annapurnas but was away from the major circuit. The less-travelled trails of the Siklis area are the perfect answer. There are no teahouses in this area so we travel as a fully supported expedition, and when we say fully supported we mean it. Under the leadership of a sirdar, the organiser of a trekking party, there are porters to carry all the tents (including toilet and dining tents), chairs, food and your belongings, a chef and assistant to cook for us and of course sherpas. All you need carry is a daypack with a few basics for the day.

Day 9 (approx 6 hrs trekking)
We take a short drive to Lamakhet before starting our trek through the land of the Gurung people following the Mardi Khola river. The people here are very friendly and open. From their terraced fields we climb through alpine meadows and forests to Ghalegaon (1620m). A short walk beyond the village and the many giants of the Annapurna are revealed with a dozen or so peaks over 6500m, as well as massive glaciers.

Day 10 (approx 5.5 hrs trekking)
In the morning we trek westwards with the snow-capped peaks to our right. After lunch we make the steep climb up to Tara Top, a grassy wooded knoll and the highest point of the trek at 3056m. This is the point where we get spectacular 180-degree panoramic views - the Annapurnas, central Nepal and the foothills dropping down to the plains of India. Sunset and sunrise are just spectacular.

Day 11 (approx 5 hrs trekking)
Today we start our descent, passing through community forest along the way to reach our destination, Parje.Whilst trekking we will stay in alpine camping tents with 2 separate foam mattresses, bed-covers, linen and pillows for 2 passengers each. There will be a separate dining tent with dining table and chairs, and toilet tents. Hot, clean water provided for brushing and washing up. As far as possible, camping is done as close to the water source.

Accommodation

Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nts)

Day
12/13
Pokhara

Pokhara

Day 12 - Be prepared for a long and rewarding last day of the trek. We start our return journey downhill to the Modi river (approx 3 hours), and make our way back to the trek start point at Lamakhet. From here we will drive back to Pokhara (approx. 2 hours) to rest our weary limbs and enjoy a celebratory dinner at Pokhara Base Camp! We say goodbye to our porters and trek staff and tonight we stay in Pokhara.

Nestled in a tranquil valley, Pokhara is a great place for just relaxing after working those muscles - the ideal place to finish your trek. Hiring a rowboat to paddle on the lake is a great way to appreciate the magnificent surroundings - you can even get someone else to do the rowing! There are plenty of lakeside cafes where you can put your feet up and enjoy international cuisine, while the main street is full of shops and stalls selling a wide range of Nepali and Tibetan souvenirs.

Today is a free day to explore.

Accommodation

Guesthouse (2 nts)

Day
14/15
Kathmandu

Kathmandu

We start early on day 14 as it is a long bus ride for the return journey to Kathmandu (approx. 7 hrs). Arriving back in the early afternoon, and checking back into our hotel, the rest of the day is free for you to explore more of this legendary city.

There are no activities planned for day 15 and you are able to depart the hotel at any time. Check out time from the hotel is at 12 noon. If you are departing later, you can arrange luggage storage at the hotel.

Accommodation

Guesthouse (1 nt)