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Nepal Adventure tour 15D/14N

The Highlights

  • Sightseeing Kathmandu
  • Bike trip in Shivapuri National Park
  • Bike trip to Taskar
  • Rafting the rapids of the Trisuli River
  • 4-day trek with amazing view on the Himalayan Panorama

Description

The Nepal adventure tour is an exciting trip to discover Nepal in an adventurous way. You will discover Nepal by bike and we’ll have an amazing 4-day trek. On top of this, we’ll have a rafting trip and a canoeing trip. The Nepal Adventure tour is ideal for the fit traveler who wants to discover Nepal in an active way. Let us indulge you in the local culture and nature of Nepal.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

  • Arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal. Hotel get-together with your leader/guide to talk through the days ahead covering the little tips and hints that make the difference.

    Optional (subject to availability of time) – Heritage walk to get beneath the labyrinth of the old and the authentic Kathmandu

  • Overnight stay at a hotel. Hotel Shanker or similar

Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu

  • Guided tour of major historical and cultural landmarks of the city of Kathmandu: Pashupatinath (holy Hindu temple dedicated to one of the Hindu trinity Gods and God of Destruction – Shiva and the cremation site), Bodhnath (revered Buddhist pilgrimage site, supposedly the biggest ‘stupa’ in the world influenced by Tibetan form of Buddhism), Swoyambhunath (a.k.a. Monkey temple. Perched on a pedestal high on the hilltop, Swoyambhunath is acclaimed as the oldest stupa in the world and is influenced by both the Nepalese and Tibetan forms of Buddhism, which attracts constant stream of pilgrims from all around Nepal), and then to Kathmandu Durbar Square – the old part of the town famed for its many centuries old temples, market squares, Living Goddess and it’s myths, legends and stories, including and not to be forgotten the ‘Hippie’ haven of Freak Street. At the end of the tour, take an interesting walk back to the hotel through the vibrant and chaotic backstreets and the spice markets.

  • Optional Everest view flight in the morning (additional cost applies): Flight takes off from Kathmandu airport (window seats for all the passengers) and flies parallel to the majestic Himalayan range, evoking a heavenly feel as some of the highest peaks in the world, in including the Everest, are sighted.

    Flight duration: 45mins approx.

  • Overnight stay at a hotel. Hotel Shanker or similar

Day 3: Bike trip in Shivapuri National Park

  • After leaving the chaos of the city we drive towards the city outskirts to Tokha. We then carry on biking on the outskirts of the Shivapuri National Park. The Langtang Range can be clearly visible depending on the time of the year and clear weather of course. We check our brakes and gear up for a 950 Mt descent all the way to Likhu Khola. After some refreshments, we head towards Nuwakot. Once beyond the confines of the Valley, the ‘other’ Nepal opens up to us. Rural scenes enchant as our route winds north into the central Himalayan region of the Langtang Himal.

    Near the Upper Trisuli River, high off the main road to Langtang, Nuwakot is a truly superb fortified town of palaces and temples of historic significance. Above Nuwakot one finds the inspirationally restored Famous Farm with its wonderful location and river-valley views. Biking duration: 5hrs approx

  • Overnight at Nuwakot (The Famous Farm: The farm is a cluster of three buildings which together provide the sheer delight of just a little more than typically luxurious Nepali country living. From here there are short walks in the glorious, tranquil neighbourhood and fresh organic produce is ‘le plat du jour’)

Day 4: Biking through the countryside

  • After the farmhouse breakfast on the sunny terrace of The Farm, take a stroll to the Nuwakot Bazaar – a centrepiece of the Nepalese story, embellished by the rich history behind the 16th-century fortress and Royal palace; of the shaping of far-flung tribes and of trans-Himalayan races into a unified kingdom. With your cultural and historical awareness heightened, you return to The Famous Farm to resume our biking sojourn.

    A relatively short day’s ride through the verdant countryside and enchanting rural settings on a well-laid path initially dropping down to Trisuli Bazaar and climbing gradually past Raising and to Samari Bhanjyang where we pull stop for the day.

  • Biking duration: 3hrs approx

  • Overnight at Samari Bhanjyang (basic local lodge/basic  camping)

Day 5: Bike trip down to Trisuli river

  • A rough rocky track challenges your biking skills right up to the village of Taskar. The route then takes the form of a dusty jeep track until you reach Ratomate. The ride further on eases out into cross-country biking all the way to the township of Dhading-Besi. On reaching the road-head, wrap up the biking challenge and drive on to the highway and to the beautifully placed The Big Fig camp on the other side of the highway, next to the Trisuli river, reached by a 160m trail bridge (1hr approx). 

  • Biking duration: 4hrs approx

  • Overnight The Big Fig (tented camps)

Day 6: Rafting on the Trisuli River

  • Rafting the rapids of the Trisuli River. A great introduction to the sport with enough thrills and spills to keep everyone on their toes! Big bouncy waves, hefty holes, and tricky chutes all go towards making an exhilarating ride to remember with a combination of Grade II+ and III+ rapids with some IV’s in the post-monsoon season.

  • Rafting duration: 3hrs approx

    At the end of the rafting, picnic lunch by the river, followed by a drive to Bandipur (1.5hr approx) – with its eagle’s nest location, its provincial architecture, its interesting walks and a warm welcome at The Old Inn (a restored traditional house). Find a quiet place to sit in the central, traffic-free bazaar, sip tea, nibble snacks and be a part of village life as children, watched by parents, race each other and play in the village square near sunset.

  • Overnight Bandipur (The Old Inn)

Day 7: Bandipur leisure

  • A morning stroll around the Bandipur environs as the village life comes to for giving you the reflection of the typical laid back lifestyle of the middle hills of Nepal.

  • Late morning, transfer to Pokhara (2.5hrs approx) – a popular lakeside tourist hub with an array of cafés, restaurants and souvenir shops, and beach town like ambience. Free time to explore. Phewa Lake offers the chance of serene boat trips, whilst a climb up to the nearby World Peace Pagoda will get you in the groove for the trekking challenge starting the following day.

  • Overnight: Pokhara   (Temple Tree Resort)

Day 8: Start of 3-day trek

  • Trek starts from Bhumdi, a fairly less contained but distinctively ‘Gurung’ village perched atop a hill at 1500m, which is reached in an hour from Pokhara (20kms of which 5kms is off-road). From the hill-top vantage point of Bhumdi, Annapurnas and Fewa Lake are all very alluringly visible, making it an ideal start for the trek for next 3 days.

    The trek starts with an uphill climb through hamlets, up the picturesque terraced hills to enter a dense sub-tropical forest (1hr approx). Great views of Annapurna II, III, IV, Fishtail, Lamjung Himal and soothing gentle chains of rolling hills adorn the left flank of the trail. As you enter the woodlands, the trail zigzags through and eases into a gradual climb with intermittent flat sections in between for an hour. The trail now flattens further as it continues through the dense woods for another 2 hrs or so to emerge on to Panchase Bhanjyang (2030m). Panchase Bhanjyang faces the east-west direction, hence the views of the Himalayas on the northern direction is blocked by the dense forest. Total Trek duration: 6hrs approx  (very challenging day; mostly steep uphill)

  • Overnight: Panchase Bhanjyang (basic lodge)

Day 9: Second day of the Trek

  • Early a.m. hike to Panchase Danda (1hr approx) for the spectacular view of the Himalayan Panorama that includes the entire Annapurna Range, Dhaulagiri and Manaslu massif. A steep uphill climb takes you through dense forests on to a vantage point next to the holy temple of Siddhnath and a small pond – a place much revered by the Hindu pilgrims. Descend to your lodge and after breakfast hit the descending trail that takes you to Bhaudare (2.5hrs approx). Pokhara valley and its Lake again comes to good view. Post lunch halt, a walk on a rough gravel road brings you to Kande and the roadway to Baglung. Bisecting the road, follow the route to Australian Camp located at 2230m (2hrs approx). Total Trek Duration: 6-6.5hrs approx (mostly gradually inclining trail, downhill sections, steep uphill from Kande towards the end)

  • Overnight: Australian Camp   (basic lodge)

Day 10: Third day of the trek

  • Morning hues embellish the views of Fishtail, Annapurna South and Annapurna II. Trek resumes with a descent to another vantage point and a delightful ‘Gurung’ settlement, that is Dhampus, which serves as a lunch stop. Contouring a ridge line with splendid views of Annapurnas, reach a Brahmin populated village of Nuwagam, a.k.a. Astam (1300m).

  • Total Trek Duration: 4-4.5 hrs approx (mostly level-stretched trail; towards the end, steep uphill for 30mins approx.)

  • Overnight at Astam (Annapurna Ecolodge)

Day 11: Milanchowk -Pokhara

  • Another opportunity this morning to relish a view of the first rays of sun illuminating the Annapurna range. Later on, descend to Milanchowk (2hrs approx.). The route takes you through picturesque villages, farmlands and lush oak and rhododendron forests. Drive back to Pokhara (25mins approx.) En route, you can pull stop at the Tibetan refugee camp at Hyangja for a brief exploration.

    Total Trek duration: 2hrs approx. The remainder of the day free for rest and exploration.

  • A hotbed of adventure sports in Nepal – Pokhara offers multitude of options for an adrenaline rush – paragliding, rock climbing, zip line, bungee jump, parahawking

  • Overnight at Pokhara   (Temple Tree Resort)

Day 12 – 13: Chitwan National Park

  • You’ll be astounded by a dramatic change in landscape as the hills, terraced fields and cooler climes give way to floodplains, grasslands and sub-tropical climes of ‘Terai’ leading to the edges of Chitwan National Par (approx 4-hour drive). The Park is regarded as one of the finest national parks in Asia with a multitude of wildlife-  rhinos, deer, monkeys and a wide array of birdlife; even the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger, though the odds are very high of catching sight of it. Over the span of your stay there, go on a guided wander through a tribal village, float down the Rapti river in a dug-out canoe with opportunities to view ‘mugger’ crocodiles and unique long-nosed ‘gharial’ crocodiles, go on a jeep safari and on birdwatching walks.

  • Overnight at Chitwan   (Jungle Villa Resort)

Day 14: Flight to Kathmandu

  • Short transfer to the regional airport (45mins approx) late morning for a quick 20 min flight back to Kathmandu. A day at leisure in Kathmandu for further exploration or to look for some last minute bargains in vibrant local markets of Kathmandu.

  • Overnight: Kathmandu (Hotel Shanker or similar)

Day 15: Departure

  • Transfer to the airport for your onward destination.

Included

Following items are included in the Nepal adventure tour:

  • accommodation as listed in the itinerary on a twin-share basis:
    • 3 nights in Hotel Shanker or similar (4* hotel)
    • 1 night in The Famous Farm in Nuwakot (restored traditional boutique hotel)
    • 1 night in basic lodge in Samari Bhanjyang during bike trip
    • 1 night in fixed campsite by Trisuli river
    • 1 night in The Old Inn in Bandipur (restored traditional boutique hotel)
    • 2 nights in Temple Tree Resort or similar in Pokhara (4* boutique hotel)
    • 2 nights in basic teahouses on the trek
    • 1 night in Annapurna Eco Lodge in Astam (basic eco lodge)
    • 2 nights in Jungle Villa Resort or similar in Chitwan (3* jungle resort)
  • meals as listed in the itinerary: 14xB, 9xL, 9xD
  • Activities:
    • guided tour of Pashupatinath, Bodhnath, Swoyambhunath & Kathmandu Durbar Square inclusive applicable entry fees
    • 3-day mountain biking trip inclusive of bike rental charge & mountain bike guide
    • Rafting in Trisuli River
    • 4-day trek inclusive of 1 porter for every 2 pax
    • village strolls in Nuwakot & Bandipur
    • Jeep safari
    • Visit of a tribal village
    • Canoe ride in Chitwan inclusive National Park fees
  • services of an English-speaking guide throughout the trip
  • local nature guide in Chitwan
  • private transport: Airport transfers, included guided tours, Kathmandu – Nuwakot – Rafting end point – Bandipur – Pokhara – Trek start point – Trek end point – Pokhara – Chitwan
  • Domestic flight: Chitwan – Kathmandu

Excluded

Following items are excluded from the Nepal adventure tour:

  • Travel insurance
  • Any activities/ tours/ visits not mentioned in the itinerary indicated optional activities
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Videography fee in Lumbini Park
  • Any tips/ gratuities if considered earned fo the tour guide, biking guide, rafting crew, nature guide in Chitwan and drivers

What to bring

SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT LIST FOR THE TRIP – ‘Nepal Adventure Tour’

  • 1 Pair hiking boots
  • 1 Medium / large rucksack / backpack
  • 1 Small day pack with waterproof cover
  • 1 Pair Trekking poles, rubber tipped (?)
  • 1 rain jacket
  • 2 – 1-litre water bottles (metallic ones are better suited)
  • 1 Torch / flashlight & spare batteries
  • 1 Medium sized towel
  • 1 Washing kit: include Personal toiletries, toilet paper, wet wipes
  • Any personal medication including a first-aid kit
  • Water purification solutions/ tablets
  • Insect repellant
  • 1 Pair sports shoes/sandals – Teva type sandals (it is important to have RUBBER soles and the shoe is either tied or uses Velcro/buckles to stay on for the rafting trip
  • Neck straps for sunglasses or power glasses to use during rafting trip
  • 2-3 Pairs lightweight trousers
  • 2 Pair shorts
  • 1 Light jacket
  • 1 Fleece / warm sweater (during the months: Oct-March)
  • 1 Sweatshirt / light sweater (during the months: Oct-March)
  • 3-4 T-Shirts
  • 2-3 Long sleeve cotton (or polypropelene) shirts
  • 4-5 Pairs socks
  • Cotton Headscarf / bandanna
  • Sunglasses and sunhat
  • Sunscreen Lotion (30-50 SPF)
  • 3 to 4 Plastic bags (for wrapping clothes)
  • Power adapter with cylindrical pins
  • Cycling shorts
  • Cycling gloves
  • Comfortable footwear for cycling

Items which can be rented locally

  •  1 Sleeping bag (comfortable to 0C)
  • 1 Down jacket / all weather Anorak (during the months: Oct-March)

Optional

  • Bike bell
  • Money belt
  • Gel seat for bike
  • Cycling shoes, cleats, pedals
  • Knee supporters for biking trip
  • Deep Heat

Notes

The minimum number of participants for this Nepal Adventure Tour is 2 persons.

There is a Single room supplement charge whether due to odd pax/sex ratio or opted by pax

Please contact us at info@mundooz.com if you have any questions about this tour.

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