Kathmandu and Pokhara Unveiled – 5 Days

Kathmandu and Pokhara Unveiled – 5 Days

This delightful tour lets you sample the cultural delights of Kathmandu and natural wonders of Pokhara. Visit ancient World Heritage Sites and bask in the splendor of the Himalaya.
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US $620 PP
  • Trip Code: ATH3301
  • Country: Nepal
  • Duration: 5 Days
  • Trip Level:
    Easy
    Just about anyone can participate in one of these holidays. Minimum walking time is 2 hours and maximum walking time is approximately 5 hours a day. By the time you walk around a number of historical sites you’ll be surprised at how quickly the time passes. You do have the chance to take your time and there are plenty of places where you can rest if needed.
  • Max Altitude: 1,345 m
  • Activity: Sightseeing and Cultural Tour
  • Starts at: Kathmandu
  • Ends at: Kathmandu
  • Trip Route:

    Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu

  • Best Season: 
January to June and September to December

Trip Highlights

  • Guided city tours in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Boating in Phewa Lake.
  •  Panoramic views of Himalayan peaks from Sarangkot and Pokhara.
  • Himalayan sunrise from Sarangkot.

Trip Information

Experience the delights of Nepal’s two most frequented destinations – Kathmandu and Pokhara. Discover the cultural highlights of Kathmandu, a city that is a wonderful mix of the old and the new. Visit ancient monuments, palaces of Malla Kings and sacred Hindu and Buddhist shrines. Take a whirlwind tour to scenic Pokhara, the ‘City of Lakes’. Savor the Himalayan experience from Sarangkot Hill. Enjoy boating in peaceful Phewa Lake, under the watchful gaze of the magnificent Machapuchhre(Fishtail Peak). Explore the natural wonders of the city – Davis Fall, Gupteshwor Cave, Seti Gorge etc. Find out more about the small Tibetan population by visiting the Tibetan quarters at the Tibetan Refugee Camp.

 

Itinerary

  • Day  01 – Arrive in Kathmandu. Pre-trip meeting. Half-day Sightseeing. Overnight at Hotel
  • Day 02– Drive Kathmandu – Pokhara (200km/7hrs.) by Tourist vehicle. Overnight at Hotel
  • Day 03– Sightseeing in Pokhara. Overnight at Hotel
  • Day 04– Drive Pokhara – Kathmandu (7 hrs.) by Tourist vehicle. Farewell Dinner. Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu
  • Day 05 – Transfer to the international airport for your final departure
Day 01 - Arrive in Kathmandu. Pre-trip meeting at Office. Half-day Guided sightseeing.

Our airport representative will welcome you at the airport and transfer to your hotel on a private tourist vehicle. We will have a well managed Guided Tour around Kathmandu on the same day, an experience city guide and the vehicle will be provided. You will be visiting the following places:

Kathmandu Durbar Square
This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu. An intriguing piece here is the 17th- century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. The Durbar Square is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. There are also three museums inside the palace building.

Swoyambhunath Stupa – The Monkey Temple
This spectacular monument watches over the valley from the top of a hillock on its western side. The huge stupa is one of the holiest Buddhists sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked to the creation of the Kathmandu Valley out of a primordial lake. Swoyambhu is also known as Samhengu and the Monkey temple because of the countless monkeys living at the premises.

Overnight at a Hotel. No Meals Included.

Day 02- Drive Kathmandu - Pokhara drive by Tourist Vehicle(200km/7hrs.)

Transfer from Kathmandu to Pokhara 200 Kms/ 6 – 7 hours drive on a private vehicle.

After we have breakfast we head to Pokhara on a tourist bus, van or a car, depending on the size of the group. It is a scenic drive where you get to witness rural settlements and inspiring Himalayan scenery. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel.

Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast Included.

Day 03- Sightseeing in Pokhara

Wake up early to catch the sunrise from Sarangkot Hill.
Sarangkot
A drive of 45 minutes with 25 minutes hike brings us to the view point of Sarangkot. It is the best spot in Pokhara to view the Himalayas. Get mesmerized with the magical sight of the golden sun rising over white spires of the Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri and Machhapucchre (Fishtail Peak), including views of the beautiful the Pokhara Valley and Phewa lake. It takes about 15-minute walk down and 45 minutes drive to the hotel in Pokhara. Return to hotel for breakfast.
Later in the day we visit these sites,

 

Bindhabasini Temple
It lies in the center of the old bazaar. It is dedicated to Goddess Bhagwati, yet another manifestation of Shakti. The park grounds offer a fine picnic and relaxing area.

Davis Fall
Located in the southern flank of the Pokhara valley, Davis Fall is locally known as ‘Patale Chhango’. Here  the stream flowing from Fewa Lake collapses and surges down the rock into a deep gorge, leaping through several potholes. This site is hugely popular with tourists and locals alike.

Gupteshwor Cave
The revered Gupteshwor Cave is situated 2 kms from Pokhara airport. The entrance is right across from Davis fall 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 four. 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
Enjoy boating on the beautiful Phewa Lake. 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-storeyed 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, it is one of the natural wonders of Pokhara. K.I. Singh bridge at Bagar, Mahendrapool and Prithivi highway Bridge near bus park, provide 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 a Hotel. Breakfast Included.

Day 04- Drive Pokhara – Kathmandu (6-7hrs.) by Tourist vehicle

After an early breakfast we leave Pokhara and return to Kathmandu (6-7 hours drive). Upon arrival, we check in at the designated hotel.

After returning to Kathmandu, you can spend the rest of the day at leisure. Explore Kathmandu on your own. Stroll along the streets of Kathmandu for some last-minute shopping. Evening, enjoy  a farewell dinner at a typical Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. You have the option to extend your trip. Go rafting, Kathmandu valley shopping tour or mountain biking, .

Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast and Farewell Dinner Included.

Day 5 - 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.

Breakfast Included.

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  • The price per person for small group journey is fixed as stated below. Group discounts from 10% to 25% are available for booking of two or more than two persons. 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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Price Includes

  • Pick up from and drop off service at the hotel and the airport on a private vehicle.

  • Twin sharing accommodation in a three star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara; Breakfast included.

  • 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.

  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara on a private vehicle.

  • Ace the Himalaya’s licensed English-speaking guide.

  • The required number of ground staff during the tour.

  • 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.

Price Does not Include

  • International airfare and airport departure tax. (See the international flights page)

  • Your travel insurance. (See the travel insurance page)

  • Nepal entry visa – you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan 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 Kathmandu and Pokhara – 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.

USD 250 extra per person is required, if you wish to upgrade the accommodation to a five-star hotel for the entire Trip.

All you need to bring for this Tour is simply some comfortable clothes; there is no any requirement of special equipment on the tour. However, for your ease, the following gives you the general idea about the personal items you need to manage for the trip. The personal items referred here are optional and depends upon your choice. The most important factor to be considered while choosing the equipments and your Bagpack, is the time of the year you are traveling.

In a tour, the vehicle transfers all the heavy items and equipments. But the Personal belongings of the clients which are required at any moment like money, water bottle, camera, suns cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. It’s therefore, advisable that you pack the personal belongings into your daypack.

We will supply complimentary water and windproof duffel bag, which you can use on the tour for your shopping purpose. The duffel bag is yours to keep.

List of Recommended Equipment for the Tour:

  • Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary ACE duffel bag for you to keep.)
  • Daypack
  • Warm wool or synthetic hat that covers your ears (only if you are traveling in the cold season i.e January, February and December)
  • Goggles or sunglasses for sunbeam, dust and wind.
  • A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it and is for cold season i.e January, February and December.(optional)
  • 1 pair warm gloves (This is required if you are traveling in cold season i.e January, February and December).
  • T-shirts (2).
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket (preferable if you are traveling in the rainy season from June to September.)
  • 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis), 1 pair shorts.
  • 2 pairs lightweight long underwear/thermals (if you are traveling in winter January, February and December).
  • 2 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or Capilene.
  • 1 pair light camping shoes or sneakers.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Toiletry kit. Be sure to include hand wipes and liquid hand sanitizer
  • 2 bandanas.

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 equipment can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

Here's a few answers to most common Questions asked by the customers.

This cultural tour is suitable for any kind of person, no previous experience is required.

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 provide two or three star hotel accommodation for the entire trip. The hotels offer the facilities of attached bathrooms, dining room, a bar, Internet services, hot shower and so forth. You can upgrade the accommodation to a five-star hotel for the entire trip for an additional charge.

All the restaurants 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 private tourist car, jeep, 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 Associtaion.

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!

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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. Please find more information in the International Flight page.

Laundry service is easily available at your hotel and there are many laundry store at 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 and Pokhara. Major credit cards are accepted in all places but you need to pay 4% extra as bank levy, which might make cash more preferable.

It depends on your spending habits. We estimate USD 12 to 20 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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    The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. Our trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.

    NOTE: During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

    What makes this trip different ?

    Ace the Himalaya works closely with and is one of the main supporters of local NGO Sambhav Nepal. We support them in a number of ways.

    Donation
    Ace the Himalaya donates up to 10% of its annual revenue to Sambhav Nepal’s projects which cover regular maintenance of school buildings, constructing toilets, rebuilding earthquake-affected houses and schools, and so on.

    Sponsorship
    One of the major activities of Sambhav Nepal is the children sponsorship program, which is conducted with full collaboration with Ace the Himalaya and its sister organizations, Ace Holidays and Ace Xpeditions.

    Partnership (Volunteering Program)
    The Volunteering Program, devised by Ace the Himalaya and Sambhav Nepal, aims to mobilize teams of experts and interested individuals as an effective and economic measure in providing the human capital for education, health and community development in the villages of northern Gorkha district, western Nepal.

    After the Earthquake of April 25, 2015, the Volunteering Program’s focus has been mobilizing the volunteers in various school and house rebuilding projects in the hard-hit Gorkha district.

    For more details, visit Sambhav Nepal’s website www.sambhavnepal.org