Experience Nepal – 15 Days
- Trip Code: ATH3311
- Country: Nepal
- Duration: 15 Days
- Trip Level: ModeratePaths can be rough, steep and have many ups and downs with some exposure to altitude. Early in the season expect snow patches at higher altitudes. Good health conditions and level of fitness are essential. Generally we attain the altitude between 900m to 3,000m.
- Activity: Sightseeing and Cultural Tour, Sightseeing and Trekking
- Starts at: Kathmandu
- Ends at: Kathmandu
- Trip Route:
Kathmandu – Nagarkot – Chitwan – Lumbini – Palpa – Pokhara - Nayapul - Ghorepani - Poon Hill - Ghandruk - Nayapul - Pokhara - Kathmandu
- Best Season: January to June and September to December
- Guided city tours in Pashupatinath, Buddhanath, Bhaktapur, Changunarayan etc.
- Explore the Newari Culture of Kathmandu Valley.
- Visit Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha.
- Explore the beautiful city of Pokhara.
- Spectacular sunrise/sunset and mountain views from Nagarkot and Sarangkot.
- Visit heritage town of Tansen, Palpa.
- Wildlife Activities in Chitwan National Park.
- Panoramic views of Himalayan peaks from Poon Hill.
- Short and easy trek in Annapurna Region.
- Experience Gurung culture at the heritage village of Ghandruk.
Experience the wonders of Nepal. Discover cultural heritage sites – medieval city squares, temples and shrines that are spiritual centres and ancient Newari villages. Take a guided walk to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Enjoy a delightful drive to the windy hills of Nagarkot and spend a night at the hill-station famous for its panoramic Himalayan views and magical sunrises and sunsets. Explore the abodes of the endangered one-horned rhino and Royal Bengal tiger at Chitwan National Park. Ride an elephant and glide along the river on a traditional dugout canoe. Step on hallowed ground at Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha. Visit the heritage town of Tansen in Palpa and watch the traditional weavers of ‘Dhaka’ (traditional fabric) at work. Let the spellbinding natural beauty of Pokhara work its magic on you. Get inspired by its natural wonders – Phewa Lake flanked by the snow-capped peaks of Machhapuchhre (Fishtail Peak), Dhaulagiri and Annapurna, Seti River Gorge, Davis Falls etc. Enjoy an easy trek to Ghorepani in Annapurna Region. Capture mesmerizing views of the Himalayas from Poon Hill. Sample mountain hospitality at the Gurung heritage village of Ghandruk.
- Day 01– Arrive in Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel.
- Day 02– Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu. Drive to Nagarkot on a private Tourist Vehicle. Overnight at hotel in Nagarkot.
- Day 03– Drive Nagarkot – Chitwan(7 hrs) on a private tourist vehicle. Overnight at resort in Chitwan.
- Day 04– Full-day Jungle Activities in Chitwan. Overnight at resort in Chitwan.
- Day 05– Drive Chitwan – Lumbini by private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel in Lumbini.
- Day 06– Lumbini half-day sightseeing. Drive Lumbini – Palpa on tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel in Palpa.
- Day 07– Drive Palpa – Pokhara (115 kms/7 hours) on private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.
- Day 08– Sightseeing in Pokhara; Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.
- Day 09– Drive to Nayapul (1,010 m) – 1 hr. Trek to Tikhedunga (1,570 m) – 3 hrs. Overnight at guesthouse.
- Day 10– Trek to Ghorepani (2,840 m) – 5 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.
- Day 11– Hike up to Poon Hill (3,210 m); and trek to Tadapani (2,610 m). Overnight at a guesthouse.
- Day 12– Trek to Ghandruk (1,940 m) – 4 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.
- Day 13– Trek to Nayapul (1,010 m) and drive to Pokhara. Overnight at a hotel.
- Day 14– Drive back to Kathmandu (1,345 m). Overnight at a hotel.
- Day 15– Transfer to Tribhuvan international airport for your final departure.
Day 01 - Arrive in Kathmandu
Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle.
Overnight at Hotel. No meals included.
Day 02 – Pre-trip meeting and guided sightseeing in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and drive to Nagarkot on a private Tourist Vehicle.
We host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your tour guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trip. This includes a final briefing and preparations for the trip. For the meeting, please make sure you bring your passport, two copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer. Please inform us in advance if you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the pre-trip meeting.
After the pre-trip meeting, your sightseeing trip will start. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. We will visit the following UNESCO World Heritage sites before heading to Nagarkot.
Pashupatinath is one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world and lies 5 kms east of the city center. The richly-ornamented pagoda houses the sacred Linga, or phallic symbol, of Lord Shiva. Chronicles indicate the temple’s existence prior to 400 AD. Devotees can be seen taking ritual dips in the holy Bagmati River flowing beside the temple.
Later visit Boudhanath, the 2500 years old Buddhist stupa in the Valley built in 5th century with four pairs of eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings. You will find Buddhist pilgrims going round the stupa spinning the prayer wheels.
The temple is situated on a ridge overlooking the Kathmandu valley, about 12 kms to the east of the city. It is dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu. It is one of the finest and oldest specimens of pagoda architecture built in 323 AD by King Haridutta Verma. The temple is richly decorated with sculptures and carvings, and its position above the Kathmandu valley affords a beautiful view of the surrounding countryside.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square
As you walk in, you will feel a sense of inner harmony. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a collection of pagoda and shikhara–style temples grouped around a fifty-five-window palace of brick and wood. The attraction of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the Lion gate, the Golden gate, the Palace of fifty-five windows, art galleries, and the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla.
Later in the evening, we will drive to Nagarkot which takes about one hour.
Nagarkot is a popular location for tourist and a favorite weekend getaway among those seeking mountain views in comfort and quiet. The overwhelming panorama of the major peaks of eastern Nepal’s Himalayas including Mount Everest, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Choba Bhamre, Gauri Shankar and Numbur can be seen from here. At sunrise, the Himalayan range, stretching from Dhaulagiri in the west all the way past Everest to Kanchenjunga in the east, emerges from the darkness to greet the happy visitors with its awe-inspiring majesty & beauty.
Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast Included.
Day 03- Drive Nagarkot – Chitwan on a private tourist vehicle.
We wake up early today to catch a glimpse of the spectacular sunrise over the Himalayas. Weather permitting, the seemingly endless chain of mountains appear glossy in the north, while the entire Kathmandu valley can be clearly seen towards the west.
After we have breakfast we head to Chitwan National Park. On reaching the resort in the National Park, the Guest Relations Officer will brief guests after which you will be participating in an elephant safari, jungle walk, and nature walk with boat ride.
Overnight at Resort. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.
Day 04- Full-day Jungle Activities
Wake-up call followed by tea or coffee and then proceed for canoeing/jeep safari.
A traditional dug-out canoe takes you on a silent trip down the Rapti River to view aquatic birds and the animals of the river banks. Jeep safari by land rover starts from canoeing put out point covering the distance of approximately 10km with chances of seeing rare wildlife. Also visit the elephant stables and spend some time with the tuskers. Later take a dip in the pool, or relax on your verandah.
Overnight at Resort in Chitwan. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.
Day 05- Drive Chitwan – Lumbini on a private tourist vehicle- 5 hrs.
Today transfer to Lumbini from Chitwan. Arrive at Lumbini. Upon arrival transfer to hotel.
Lumbini is the birthplace of Lord Buddha and a World Heritage Site 285 km south-west of Kathmandu. This pilgrimage site in southwest Nepal attracts devout Buddhists from around the world, who arrive to pay homage at the Sacred Garden where the ‘Enlightened One’ was born. A famous landmark is the Ashoka Pillar raised by the great Emperor who converted to Buddhism. Today Lumbini has been enlivened by the multitude of architecturally beautiful temples, stupas and monasteries built by various international Buddhist communities.
Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast Included.
Day 06- Sightseeing in Lumbini and drive to Palpa on a private tourist vehicle
Half- Day Sightseeing in Lumbini.
Lumbini is hallowed ground as Shakyamuni Buddha was born here in southern Nepal more than twenty-five hundred years ago. As a sacred birthplace, it is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists from around the globe. Many excavations have taken place here, around this small town in the southern Terai plains of Nepal. Ruins of the old city are clearly visible and many artifacts were unearthed during the excavation. Shakyamuni Buddha was born a prince to the ruler of the little principality. Important landmarks are the Maya Devi Temple and the Ashoka Pillar. The remains of many ancient stupas and monasteries can be found in the surroundings of Lumbini. The Ashoka pillar is said to have been erected by the Indian Emperor Ashoka in 250 BC and bears an inscription confirming this as the birth place of the Buddha. A stone image of Maya Devi giving birth to Lord Buddha as she holds onto a branch is seen in the Maya Devi Temple.
Later transfer from Lumbini to Tansen, Palpa; approximately 85 Kms / 3 hrs drive.
Tansen is a small ancient hill town situated 4,300 meters above sea level. It is located on the way from Pokhara to Lumbini. Major attractions here are the ancient culture, excellent mountain views, serene atmosphere and friendly people. The weather here makes it a pleasant place to visit in any season. On clear days Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu, Gauri Shankar and other peaks can be seen. Dhaka – the most popular hand woven cloth of Nepal comes from this region. The Nepali topi (national cap) is made of Dhaka and you can see the weavers at work on their looms or visit a bazaar of Dhakas in Tansen.
Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast Included.
Day 07- Drive Palpa – Pokhara on a private tourist vehicle
Transfer from Palpa to Pokhara; 115 kms/ 6 – 7 hours drive.Upon arrival, check in at hotel.
We wake up early today to catch a glimpse of the spectacular sunrise over the Himalayas. After we have breakfast we head to Pokhara on a tourist bus, van or a car, depending on the size of the group.
Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast Included.
Day 08- Sightseeing in Pokhara
Breakfast at the hotel. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. The places we visit are as below:
We wake up early in the morning and head to Sarangkot. About 45 minutes drive with 25 minutes hike brings us to the viewpoint of Sarangkot from where we get to enjoy the sunrise and close views of many mountains like Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri, Fishtail including views of the beautiful Pokhara Valley and Phewa lake. Afterwards it’s a 15-minutes walk down and 45 minutes drive to the hotel in Pokhara. Return to hotel for breakfast.
Later in the day we visit:
It lies in the center of an old bazaar. It is dedicated to Goddess Bhagwati, yet another manifestation of Shakti. The park grounds offer a fine picnic and relaxing area.
Locally known as Patale Chhango and in the southern flank of the Pokhara valley is where the stream flowing from Phewa Lake collapses and surges down the rock into a deep gorge, leaping through several potholes. This is hugely popular with tourists and locals alike.
The revered Gupteshwor Cave is situated 2 kms from Pokhara airport. The entrance is right across from Davis Falls and the cave is almost 3 kms long. It has some big hall-sized rooms and some passages where you have to crawl on all fours. This cave holds special value to Hindus since a phallic symbol of Lord Shiva is preserved here in the condition it was discovered.
Phewa Lake and Barahi Temple
Situated at an altitude of 800m above sea level, it is the second largest lake in Nepal. With the Barahi Island Temple in the middle of the lake it is the most important religious monument in Pokhara. Built almost in the middle of Phewa Lake, this two-storied pagoda is dedicated to the female force Shakti. The reflection of Mt. Machhapuchhare and Annapurna can be seen in its serene water. Thick forest lies on the adjoining southern slopes of the lake.
Seti River Gorge
Carved by Seti-Gandaki, the gorge is one of the natural wonders of Pokhara. K.I. Singh bridge at Bagar, Mahendrapool & Prithivi highway Bridge near bus park, provides a perfect view of the river’s dreadful rush and the deep gorge made by the turbulent flow of white water.
Tibetan Refugee Camp
The Tibetan village Tashiling in the south and the Tashi Palkhel village in the north of Pokhara are renowned for the production and trade of woolen carpets and other handicrafts. The original Tibetan settlers in this region migrated to Nepal in the ‘50s.
Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast Included.
Day 09 - Drive to Nayapul (1,010 m) - 1 hr. Trek to Tikhedunga (1,570 m) - 3 hrs
We begin our trek at Nayapul after a 1-hour drive on a private vehicle from Pokhara. After a short 15-minute walk along the banks of the Modi Khola, we reach Birethanti (1,015 m) a large village with many shops and teahouses. From there, the trail continues through the village and follows the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola. The trail climbs steadily up the side of the valley to Hille at 1,495 m and after a short climb, we reach Tikhedhunga at 1,570 m. Today’s walk is relatively short and easy, a prelude to the trekking experience in the Annapurna region.
Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.
Day 10 - Trek to Ghorepani (2,840 m) - 5 hrs
We move on towards the steep climb to Ulleri, a large Magar village at an altitude of 2,070 m. The trail ascends more gently from this point, through fine forests of oak and rhododendrons towards Banthanti at 2,250 m. Then we trek towards Nangethanti at 2,460 m. After an hour of walking, we arrive at Ghorepani (2,840 m).
Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.
Day 11 - Hike up to Poon Hill (3,210 m); and onto Tadapani (2,610 m) - 6 hrs
Today, very early in the morning, we start hiking to Poon Hill at an elevation of 3,210 m, a brilliant mountain range spectacle. This vantage point provides an unobstructed view of the sunrise over the high Himalayas. There we spend about 1 hour, then return to Ghorepani where we take a hot breakfast at a hotel. Then we make a climb along ridges, and through pine and rhododendron forests to Deurali (2,960 m). After that, we descend to Banthanti, then turn off to Tadapani.
Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.
Day 12 - Trek to Ghandruk (1,940 m) - 4 hrs
From Tadapani the trail descends through forests to Ghandruk, a village of Gurung people, one of the ethnic groups of Nepal. They have their own dialect, culture, costume, and life style. Ghandruk is also home to many Gurkha soldiers. It is a famous destination for trekkers as it is known for its beautiful mountain views and also because it’s within easy reach from Pokhara and Kathmandu. We have the afternoon to visit the Annapurna Conservation Office, museums and explore the village.
Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.
Day 13 - Trek to Nayapul (1,010 m) and drive to Pokhara
Today, we are going to end our trek at Nayapul followed by a short drive back to Pokhara. After reaching Pokhara, you can have a relaxing afternoon or stroll around the lake side.
Overnight at the hotel. Breakfast and Lunch Included.
Day 14 - Drive Pokhara – Kathmandu by private tourist vehicle
Today transfer to Kathmandu from Pokhara by private tourist vehicle; 200 Kms / 6 hrs drive.
After returning to Kathmandu, you have the afternoon and the evening free. Explore more of the city on your own or stroll along the streets of Kathmandu for some last-minute shopping. There is a farewell dinner in a typical Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto rafting adventure, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, mountain biking and other activities.
Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast and Farewell Dinner Included.
Day 15 - Transfer to the international airport for your final departure
The trip concludes – our airport representative will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your flight departure from Nepal.
The price per person for small group journey is fixed as stated below. A group booking of 10 or more people is subjected to a maximum discount with the availability of free trip for one person. If your group is much larger, please contact us to discuss about the discount rate. There are also the options of private and tailor-made journey best suited for you, your family and friends!
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- We understand that some clients want their adventure trek/trip to be a private affair, so that it would enable them to spend some of their memorable moments with their near and dear ones at there own Schedule. Considering this, Ace the Himalaya organizes private journeys as well. Please choose your own departure date.
- You can also use this tour as a base for a tailor-made itinerary. For example, we could add on more time exploring the Kathmandu Valley or relaxing in Pokhara, or add some wildlife safaris in Chitwan or Bardia National Parks. We can also adjust the trekking route and add some exciting white water rafting on the Seti, Trisuli or Bhote Koshi rivers. To discuss your ideas or to get some suggestions from one of our travel consultants, please fill in our tailor-made request form.
Pick up from and drop off service at the hotel and the airport on a private tourist vehicle.
Twin sharing accommodation in a two or three star hotel in Kathmandu, Nagarkot, Pokhara, Lumbini, Tansen and resort in Chitwan; Breakfast included.
Two nights/three days accommodation in Chitwan with full board meal (breakfast, lunch and dinner) as well as all jungle activities in the national park.
Best available Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trek.
The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests).
Annapurna Conservation Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
Farewell dinner in Kathmandu in a typical Nepali restaurant with cultural dance performance in the evening before departure.
All Ground transportation by private tourist vehicle.
All Guided city tour as mentioned in day-by-day itinerary on a private vehicle.
Ace the Himalaya’s licensed English-speaking guide.
The required number of ground staff during the tour like Driver, helper etc.
Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for our field staff.
Entry permits and fees for all temples, parks, monasteries, and cultural and historical sites.
Free Ace the Himalaya duffel/kit bag and sunhat (yours to keep).
All government taxes, VAT, Tourist Service charges and official expenses.
USD 490 extra per person is required, if you wish to upgrade the accommodation to a five-star hotel for entire trip.
Price Does not Include
International airfare and airport departure tax. (See the international flights page)
Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Your travel insurance. (See the travel insurance page)
Nepal entry visa – you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying US $ 25 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying US $40 and $ 100 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
Lunch and dinner in all places except chitwan(about USD 15 to USD 20 per person per day).
All Items of Personal nature like drink, Laundry etc
Tips for tour staff and driver. (Tipping is expected)
Others expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section.
The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items are of individual interest and choice. The most important fact that one should keep in mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.
In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags.
We will supply complimentary water and windproof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porter/s. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek.
- 4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/you can rent one from us for USD25 for the entire trip)
- Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary ACE duffel bag for you to keep.)
- Down Jacket only if you are travelling in the cold season i.e January, February, November and December (Optional/you can rent one from us for USD25 for the entire trip)
Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes
- Shade hat or baseball cap – some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
- Warm wool or synthetic hat that covers your ears ( only if you are traveling in the cold season i.e January, February, November and December)
- Goggles or sunglasses for sunbeam, dust and wind.
- Headlamp – Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc. so, don’t go cheap here.
- Some people like earmuffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
- A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it and is for cold season (optional).
- 1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves/mitts for additional warmth.
- 1 pair warm gloves (This is required if you are traveling in cold season i.e January, February, November and December).
- Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).
- T-shirts (2).
- Fleece jacket or pullover.
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
- 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!
Lower Body – Legs
- 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
- Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
- 2 pairs lightweight long underwear – Capilene or other synthetic.
- 1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
- 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
- 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
- All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.
- 2 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or Capilene.
- 2 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks preferable for the cold season.
- 2 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
- 1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn them before to get used to it (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
- 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
- 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes/boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
- 1 pair sandals (Optional).
Medicines and First Aid Kits
(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However, we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)
- Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
- Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
- Immodium or Pepto Bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
- Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
- 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.
Miscellaneous, but Important !
- Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
- Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in Kathmandu just in case if you need to change the date of your).
- Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
- Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
- Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
- Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
- Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
- Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
- 2 bandanas.
- 1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
- Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
- Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight (Optional).
- Binoculars (Optional).
- 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).
- Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
- A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
- 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).
This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.
Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.
Here's a few answers to most common Questions asked by the customers.
This trip is suitable for any kind of person, no previous experience is required. Some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, hiking is recommended before you embark on your journey.
Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya sign-board. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.
We use standard rooms at two or three star hotels for the tour part with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, teahouses/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. We can also offer you Ace the Himalaya sleeping bags and down jacket, if needed (USD 50 for the entire trip) but it is a good idea to always have your own sleeping equipment.The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory. At times when possible, dining will be around a bonfire. In tea houses, food will be prepared in the kitchen which you should not enter without permission. The toilet in tea houses provides essential and basic facilities and are always outside the room.
All the restaurants and guesthouse that we dine at cater for Continental, Chinese, Mexican, American-based cuisine with some local influences, always plenty to choose from.
We use comfortable and reliable cars, jeeps, vans or micro-buses to transport our guests. These light-weight vehicles are maneuverable in the narrow roads of Nepal. You will have a vehicle, a guide and a licensed driver at your disposal at all times. We use our own Fleet service for Transportation…Click to know more about our fleet service!
The best season for this Tour is anytime between January to June and September to December.
It depends on the season you’re traveling. During winter (December to February), it is colder at night and relatively warmer during the day, with the temperature ranging from 4°C at night to 22°C. Between March and May, the weather stays prefect as the temperature averages 25°C during the day. From September to December, following the monsoon, the temperature gets cooler and allows for a great time to travel. The average temperature during this season is 20°C. The vehicles and the hotels during the trip will be air-conditioned making your travel very comfortable.
Yes. In fact, our company is the active member of Nepal Tour and Travel Agencies Association.
Yes, they have all received a 45-days training from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center in Nepal. The guides have also received high altitude first aid training from KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project). Please check our Guides Profiles and Training Certificates.
Ace the Himalaya is one of the prime supporters of the social organization Sambhav Nepal. There are several on-going projects in a village called Arupokhari (Gorkha district) which you are more than welcome to visit or even volunteer at. You will be able to gain a different insight into the lives of the people in the hills and also make a difference!
Click here to learn more about our volunteer programs.
We cater to all group sizes, while maintaining the field staff ratio to give you the best quality and experience.
Yes, you need to book your own International flights. We are a local agent and it would cost you significantly higher to book through us.
Laundry service is easily available at your hotel and there are many laundry stores in the Kathmandu and Pokhara. Please note that laundry service is not included in the package price.
These facilities are available in all the places in your hotel. Remember to bring your adapters!
There are telephones and Internet facilities available so you can always stay in contact with your family.
ATMs are available in Kathmandu. Major credit cards are accepted in all places but you need to pay 4% extra as bank levy, which might make cash more preferable. During your trek, you need to use cash for all the transactions.
It depends on your spending habits. We estimate USD 20 to 30 a day will be enough to buy lunch, dinner, chocolates and a few drinks.
Tips are always expected. It is a small gesture of thanks to the field staff towards the end of the tour USD 20 per guide and USD 10 per driver per day is recommended per group, but it is entirely up to your wishes.
Bottled water is available in all places. If you wish to drink normal water, you are suggested to use purifying aid, which you need to bring with you.
Our company insures all our staff members, including guides, cooks, Sherpas and porters. Please browse through Company Information pages to view insurance details.
Here are some documents that you will need to carry with you:
· Valid Passport – must be valid for up to 6 months after you return from your tour, keep a separate photocopy.
· Travel insurance, keep a separate photocopy
· Cash and Traveller’s Cheques, keep numbers and proof of purchase separately
· Flight tickets
· Emergency contact numbers for T/C’s, banks, insurance, family contacts.
A holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trek, we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food.
Yes, there are a plenty of options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your main trip. Please go into our trip extension page for further information.
No vaccinations are compulsory fro travelling in Bhutan, but we do recommend you are covered for diphtheria TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus.
We also recommend:
· A dental check-up prior to travelling.
· That you know your blood group in case of emergency.
If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on tour, you make these known to your tour leader and Ace the Himalaya at the time of your booking.
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