Nepal Exploration Tour – 11 Days
- Trip Code: ATH3295
- Country: Nepal
- Duration: 11 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.
- Max Altitude: 2195m/7201.4ft
- Activity: Day hike, Jungle Safari, Trekking, Rafting, Wildlife Safari
- Starts at: Kathmandu
- Ends at: Kathmandu
- Trip Route:
Kathmandu - Trisuli River - Chitwan - Pokhara - Kathmandu
- Best Season: January to June; September to December
- Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu – Pashupati Temple, Boudhanath, Bhaktapur Durbar Square.
- Multi-Day adventurous rafting in Trisuli River.
- Jungle safari in the Chitwan National Park.
- Visit the natural wonders of scenic Pokhara.
- Panoramic views of the Himalayan ranges.
- Adventurous Mountain Biking in Kathmandu valley.
Nepal Exploration Tour starts with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. The temple was established prior to 400 A.D., the stupa is one of the largest stupas of the world and the durbar square exhibits spectacular Newari Architecture, which is seen by a high number of tourists every year.
After acquainting with the UNESCO World Heritage Sites through your city guide, you go for rafting in the Trishuli River, one of the wildest rivers of Nepal, whose water is green, whose rapids are enormous, and whose course snakes through lush valleys and sandy beaches. After enjoying the waters of the Trishuli River like an adventurer, you head off to Chitwan National Park, another famous UNESCO World Heritage Site of Nepal. The national park is home to several species of mammals and birds, including the endangered one-horned rhino and Royal Bengal Tiger. Enjoy a elephant back ride, watch birds, take a jungle walk, and look at Gharial or marsh muggers from a distance.
After all the excitement at the wildlife park, head to Pokhara, the ‘City of Lakes’ and the second largest city of Nepal. The city abounds in natural attractions, namely Seti River Gorge, Davis Falls, Gupteshore Mahadev Cave, Phewa Lake, Barahi Temple, Tibetan Refugee Camp, and museums. Besides these, Pokhara has the best viewpoint to see the sunrise and sunset over the snow capped mountains, such as Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchre. Your tour concludes with an adrenaline pumping mountain biking tour around Kathmandu Valley.
- Day 01 – Arrive in Kathmandu. Overnight at a hotel.
- Day 02 – Pre-trip meeting. Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley and drive to Nagarkot. Overnight at a hotel.
- Day 03 – Trek to Bhaktapur, visit Changunarayan Temple and drive back to Kathmandu.Overnight at Hotel.
- Day 04 – Early morning drive to Trishuli River for first day of Rafting. Overnight at Tented Camp.
- Day 05 – Second day of rafting and drive to Chitwan. Overnight at Resort.
- Day 06 – Jungle Activities at Chitwan National Park. Overnight at Resort.
- Day 07 – Drive Chitwan to Pokhara. Afternoon Free. Overnight at Hotel.
- Day 08– Guided Sightseeing tour in Pokhara. Overnight at Hotel.
- Day 09 – Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu (6-7 hours) on tourist vehicle. Free time in the Evening. Overnight in Hotel.
- Day 10– Day-biking trip in and around Kathmandu Valley. Farewell Dinner in the Evening. Overnight at Hotel.
- Day 11– Transfer to 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 sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley. Drive to Nagarkot.
We host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your tour. This includes a final briefing and preparations for the trip. For the meeting, please make sure you bring 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.
The sightseeing places we visit will include the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of,
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
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. Swayambhu is also known as Samhengu and the Monkey temple because of the countless monkeys living in the premises.
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. After the sightseeing tour we drive to Nagarkot.
Overnight at Resort in Nagarkot. Breakfast Included.
Day 03- Hike down to Bhaktapur and visit Chagunarayan and drive back to Kathmandu.
This morning you can experience the spectacular sunrise view from Nagarkot before taking a walk through the Tilkot Forest Reserve to the region’s oldest temple Changu Narayan. In the afternoon, visit the nearby city of Bhaktapur which offers great opportunities to enjoy the wonderful traditional wooden architecture built during the reign of the Malla kings.
The 3-4 hrs. trek from Nagarkot to Changu Narayan Temple is mostly downhill and easy.
Changu Narayan Temple(UNESCO World Heritage Site)
Changu Narayan Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is one of the oldest temples of Nepal. It has a pillar inscription of great importance, and this is the earliest inscription known in Nepal. The temple remains a milestone in Nepali temple architecture with rich embossed works. It is also one of the World Heritage Sites of Nepal.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
As you walk in the square, you feel a sense of inner harmony. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a collection of the Pagoda and shikhara-style temples with a fifty-five-windows palace of brick and wood. The attractions of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square are the Lion Gate, the Golden Gate, the Palace, art galleries, and the statue of King Bhupindra Malla.
After the sightseeing, we will be driving back to Kathmandu. The evening is spent back in Kathmandu.
Day 04 - Morning drive to Trishuli River for first day rafting
After breakfast, we drive to Charaundi, the starting point of rafting. The rafting in the Trishuli River is one of the most thrilling adventure activities. The natural scenery seen from the Trisuli River is another spectacle to cherish.Overnight at a Tented Camp.
Overnight at a Tented Camp. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.
Day 05- Second day of rafting and drive to Chitwan
The morning brings more rafting excitement as you tackle the biggest rapids of the trip so far. Soon it is time to leave the river behind and continue your drive to Chitwan National Park. Upon arrival in Chitwan, settle into your wildlife lodge before taking a walk through the local village.
Overnight at a Resort. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.
Day 06 - Activities in the Chitwan National Park
An early morning wake-up call followed by tea/coffee. The early morning tour provides you one of the best times to see the wildlife at its best with bird watching, elephant safari and jungle walk.
After breakfast a 45-minute walk through the grassland and forest upstream of the Narayani River. Climb aboard the local boats to observe crocodiles along the banks while floating back to the camp to enjoy lunch. Late afternoon a guide will take you for elephant safari and jungle walk, visit the observation tower, nature walk with boat ride, back to the camp and have dinner.
Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.
Day 07 - Drive from Chitwan to Pokhara.
This morning, set out on a walk dedicated to bird watching before taking a tourist bus to Pokhara. Arriving in Pokhara, check in to your hotel and the rest of the day is free to relax and explore this picturesque lakeside town.
Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast Included.
Day 08 - Guided Sightseeing at Pokhara.
After the breakfast, we will have the full-day guided sightseeing in Pokhara. A private vehicle and a professional tour guide will be provided. The places we visit are as follows:
Phewa Lake and Barahi Temple
Situated at an altitude of 800 m above sea level, it is the second largest lake in the kingdom. 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
Seti-Gandaki 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.
Locally known as Patale Chhango this is where the stream flowing from Fewa 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 Gupteswar 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.
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.
During the tour, we will visit two different museums: one museum displays the lifestyles and history of the Gurungs, Thakalis and Tharu while the other, Gurkha Memorial Museum, is dedicated to the famous Gurkha Warriors who earned their name in many fierce battles fought during the World Wars and numerous operations around the world since 1815. The soldiers of the Gurkha regiment won 13 Victoria Cross medals awarded for exceptional bravery shown in the field.
Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast Included.
Day 09 - Drive Back to Kathmandu in Tourist Vehicle.
We will Drive back to Kathmandu early in the morning after breakfast. You will have the evening free for leisure and some rest in Kathmandu. Explore the city on your own. You may want to stroll along the streets and visit the Narayanhiti Palace Museum at the heart of the city or perhaps do some shopping.
Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast Included.
Day 10 - Day biking trip in and around Kathmandu and farewell dinner.
Today we will do the best single track biking in the northern side of the Kathmandu valley. The zig-zag trail snakes through the paddy fields and semi-rural local villages. You can test your skill on some fine sections of single track. The ride combines sharp, steep climbs and sweet down-hills. There are many variations on this route so you can choose and take assistance from your guide depending on your fitness and skill. It is about 70 km of the moderate ride, which take 6 to 7 hours. Ride back to hotel.
Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast and Farewell Dinner Included.
Day 11 - Transfer to airport for your final departure
The trip concludes – our airport representative will drop you at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.
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!
Start dates are your arrival date in Nepal where as the End dates are the returning date from Nepal
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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 Tourist Vehicle.
Twin sharing accommodation in a two or three star hotel in Kathmandu, Nagarkot, Chitwan and Pokhara; Breakfast included at the Hotel.
Full board meal (breakfast, lunch and dinner) in Chitwan as well as jungle activities inside the national park.
Farewell dinner in Kathmandu in a typical Nepali restaurant with cultural dance performance in the evening before departure.
Two days Rafting in Trishuli River, including all meals, equipments, guide, permit and tented accomodation.(Maximum 3hrs Rafting each days)
Ground transportation to and from Kathmandu by tourist vehicle.
Guided city tour and Sightseeing by Tourist vehicle (as in day by day itinerary).
Ace the Himalaya’s licensed English-speaking guide.
The required number of ground staff during the tour like Driver, Helpers 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.
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 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 Kathmandu, Nagarkot 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 480 extra per person 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. We also provide all the rafting equpiment like the Raft, Paddle, waterproof bag, Life-jackets etc.
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.)
- 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 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.
- 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 Adventure 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 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 perfect, 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!
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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. 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 though 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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