Nepal Uncovered – 20 Days

Nepal Uncovered – 20 Days

Take this trip and explore Nepal's rich cultural heritage and breathtaking natural wonders. Experience Himalayan thrills - rafting, trekking & wildlife safari.
Go on 20 day trip for
US $3,220 PP
  • Trip Code: ATH3309
  • Country: Nepal
  • Duration: 20 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.
  • Activity: Sightseeing and Cultural Tour, Sightseeing and Trekking, Trekking, Rafting, Wildlife Safari
  • Starts at: Kathmandu
  • Ends at: Kathmandu
  • Trip Route:

    Kathmandu – Pokhara – Ghorepani – Poon Hill – Lumbini – Chitwan – Nagarkot – Dhulikhel - Kathmandu

  • Best Season: 
January to June; September to December

Trip Highlights

  • Guided city tours in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Dakshinkali etc.
  • Experience the Newari Culture of Kathmandu Valley.
  • Visit Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha.
  • Explore the beautiful city of Pokhara.
  • Trekking adventure in Annapurna Region.
  • Experience Gurung culture in Ghandruk village.
  • Trek through blooming rhododendron forests.
  • Half-day rafting at Trishuli River.
  • Spectacular Sunrise/Sunset and Mountain View from Poon Hill, Nagarkot, Dhulikhel and Sarangkot.
  • Visit the heritage town of Tansen, Palpa.
  • Wildlife Activities at Chitwan National Park.

Trip Information

In Kathmandu, explore renowned UNESCO World Heritage Sites and ancient villages that are repositories of Newari culture. Drive down to Charaundi for an exciting rafting adventure in Trishuli River. Head to Pokhara and bask in its natural splendor. Trek along the easy trails of Ghorepani and Poon Hill in the beautiful Annapurna Region. Get inspired with the amazing views of the Himalayas.Experience Gurung hospitality at Ghandruk, a mountain village. Watch in awe as you witness a magical sunrise over the snow-capped peaks from Poon Hill, Sarangkot, Nagarkot and Dhulikhel.  The play of light and colour will leave you spellbound. Step on hallowed ground at Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha. Visit the Sacred Garden and Mayadevi Temple where he was born. Spend a fun-filled two days at the tropical jungle of Chitwan National Park. Enjoy an elephant ride, jungle safari, canoe ride and other wildlife activities.

 

 

Itinerary

  • Day 01 – Arrive in Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Day 02 – Pre-trip meeting and sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley. Overnight at the hotel.
  • Day 03 – Morning drive to Charaundi for rafting. Overnight at a riverside Camp.
  • Day 04 – Rafting and later transfer to Pokhara. Overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.
  • Day 05 –Drive to Nayapul from Pokhara (1-hour drive) to start our trek. Overnight at a guesthouse.
  • Day 06 – Trek to Ghorepani (2,874 m). Overnight at a guesthouse.
  • Day 07 – Trek to Poon Hill. Overnight at a guesthouse.
  • Day 08 – Hike to Ghandruk. Overnight at a guesthouse.
  • Day 09 – Return to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.
  • Day 10 – Drive to Sarangkot for sunrise and mountain views.  Sightseeing in Pokhara City. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 11 – Drive to Lumbini on a tourist vehicle. Overnight at a hotel in Lumbini.
  • Day 12 – Drive to Chitwan National Park on a tourist vehicle. Overnight at a Jungle Lodge.
  • Day 13 – Jungle Activities at Chitwan National Park. Overnight at a Jungle Lodge.
  • Day 14 – Drive to Nagarkot on a tourist vehicle. Overnight at a hotel in Nagarkot.
  • Day 15 – Visit Changunarayan and transfer to Dhulikhel. Overnight at a hotel in Dhulikhel.
  • Day 16 – Drive back to Kathmandu via Bhaktapur on a tourist vehicle. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Day 17– Sightseeing in and around Pharping (Dakshinkali/ Gorakhnath cave) and Chobhar. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Day 18 – Guided sightseeing at Bungmati, Khokana and Patan City. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Day 19 – Leisure day in Kathmandu. Farewell dinner in the evening.
  • Day 20 – Transfer to airport for your final departure.
Day 1 - 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 Kathmandu

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 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.

The sightseeing places we visit will include 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 
It 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.

Pashupatinath Temple 
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.

Bouddhanath Stupa
Lies about 6 kms to the east of downtown Kathmandu and is the largest stupa in the valley. It looms 36 meters high and presents one of the most fascinating specimens of stupa design. Boudhanath is also known as Khasti, meaning dew drops, after an account that builders had to use dew to mix the mortar as Kathmandu was suffering from a severe drought during the construction of Bouddhanath.

Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast Included.

Day 03 – Morning drive to Charaundi for Rafting by tourist vehicle

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 04 – Rafting and later transfer to Pokhara by tourist vehicle

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 Pokhara. Upon arrival in Pokhara, settle into your hotel for some well deserved rest and relaxation.

Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast and Lunch Included.

Day 05 –Drive to Nayapul from Pokhara (One hour drive) to start our trek- 3 hours.

We begin our trek from Nayapul after driving for an hour by a private vehicle from Pokhara. After 15 minutes short walk along the bank of the Modi Khola, we reach Birethanti (1,015 m), a large village that has many shops and tea houses. From there, the trail continues through the village. The trail follows the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola and climbs steadily up the side of the valley to Hille at 1,495 m. After a short climb we reach Tikhedhunga at 1,570 m. Today’s trek is short and relatively easy.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.

Day 06 – Trek to Ghorepani (2,874 m)- 5 hours.

Leaving Tikhedunga, we begin our journey with a steep climb to Ulleri. Ulleri is a large Magar village at 2,070 m. The trail then continues to ascend more gently, through fine forests of oak and rhododendrons towards Banthanti at 2,250 m. Then we trek towards Nangethanti at 2,460 m. An hour of walking brings us to Ghorepani at 2,840 m.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.

Day 07 - Trek to Poon Hill (3,210 m) and same day trek to Tadapani (2,610 m)- 6 hours.

Today, very early in the morning, we start an hour hiking to Poon Hill at an elevation of 3,210 m. This vantage point provides an unobstructed view of sunrise over the high Himalayas. There we spend about 1 hour taking pictures and enjoying the scenery. We then return to Ghorepani, take hot breakfast at the hotel, then we trek to Tadapani (2,610 m). Along the trail towards Tadapani, we climb along ridges and through pine and rhododendron forests to Deurali (2,960 m). After that we descend to Banthanti and then turn off to Tadapani.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.

Day 08 – Today hike to Ghandruk (1,940 m)- 4 hours.

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 09 - Trek to Nayapul and drive back to Pokhara, 5 hours trek and 1 hours drive by Private tourist Vehicle.

Today, we are going to end our trek at Nayapul followed by a short drive back to Pokhara. Rest of the day is free for you to spend it as you wish.

Overnight at a hotel in Pokhara. Breakfast and Lunch Included.

Day 10 – Drive to Sarangkot for sunrise and mountain views, same day guided tour in pokhara.

Before breakfast, we’ll drive to Sarangkot, one of the best destinations in Nepal to view the sunrise and sunset over the snowcapped mountains, including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhre. We return to Pokhara after the morning spectacle for more sightseeing.

We provide a private vehicle and a professional tour guide. 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-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 & 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.

Davis Falls
Locally known as ‘Patale Chhango’ and located in the southern flank of the Pokhara valley, it 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 among tourists and locals alike.

Gupteshwor Cave
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 four. 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.

Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast Included.

Day 11 - Drive to Lumbini on a tourist vehicle

After breakfast in Pokhara, we will head to Lumbini on a 5-hour drive on a tourist vehicle. Lumbini, which is one of the most religiously significant sites in Nepal, is the birth place of Lord Buddha, born in 623 BC. Lumbini is now developed as a Buddhist pilgrimage site. We take a half-day guided sightseeing tour and visit some of the sacred sites.

Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast Included.

Day 12 - Drive to the Chitwan National Park on a tourist vehicle

After an early breakfast we will leave for Chitwan National Park, the first national park of Nepal established in 1973. There are more than 43 species of mammals in the park. The park is especially renowned for its protection of the endangered one-horned rhinoceros, tiger, and gharial along with many other common species of wild animals. On reaching the resort in the National Park, our Guest Relations Officer will brief guests, then after you will be participating in an elephant safari, and nature walk with boat ride.

Overnight at a Resort. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.

Day 13 - 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 a local boat 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 Resort. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.

Day 14 – Drive to Nagarkot on a tourist vehicle via Kathmandu.

After breakfast in Chitwan, we will head to Nagarkot on a 7-hour drive on a tourist vehicle.

Nagarkot
Nagarkot is one of the most scenic spots situated 30km east of Kathmandu from where an excellent view of snow-capped peaks of the Himalayan Ranges in eastern Nepal can be seen (weather permitting). The place is also renowned for spectacular sunrise sights. There are also some great hiking trails in Nagarkot.

Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast Included.

Day 15 – Visit Changunarayan and transfer to Dhulikhel

Wake up early in the morning to watch the stunning sunrise from Nagarkot. The sunrising over the hills and mountains is an awe inspiring sight, one you will cherish forever. Later, drive to Dhulikhel with a brief stopover for sightseeing at Changunarayan Temple en route.

Changunarayan Temple (World Heritage Site)
The temple, dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu,  is situated on a ridge overlooking the Kathmandu valley, about 12 kms  east of the city. 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.

Dhulikhel
Dhulikhel is a picturesque Newari town lying on the outskirts of Kathmandu. Surrounded by mountains and verdant forests, it lies on the scenic Nepal-Tibet route. Dhulikhel is famous for its panoramic views of Himalayan peaks and beautiful sunrises and sunsets.

Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast Included.

Day 16 - Drive back to Kathmandu via Bhaktapur on a tourist vehicle

After breakfast, we will drive back to Kathmandu from Dhulikhel with great sceneries along the way. En route  stop at Bhaktapur Durbar Square for sightseeing.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a collection of the pagoda and shikhara-style temples grouped around a 55-window palace of brick and wood. The attractions of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square are the Lion Gate, the Golden Gate, the 55-window palace, art galleries and the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla.

Afterwards, drive to Kathmandu. Once in Kathmandu, you may spend the remaining day as you wish. Take a relaxing stroll or shop for souvenirs.

Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast Included.

Day 17- Sightseeing in and around Pharping (Dakshinkali/ Gorakhnath cave) and Chobhar

Today we visit some important religious, natural and historical sites. We’ll visit the following places:

Pharping
Located about 19 kms away from the main city, Pharping is a Newari heritage town. During medieval times it was a thriving city known by the name of “Shikharapuri Mahanagari (Metropolitan City)”. Now a sleepy old town, Pharping has several religious and historical sites and monuments. Padmasambhava or Guru Rinpoche, who introduced Buddhism in Tibet, meditated at a cave located on the outskirts of this ancient town.

Dakshinkali Temple
Dakshinkali Temple, one of the main temples of Nepal, is dedicated to Kali, the fearful form of Lord Siva’s consort, Parvati. The main deity in the temple is the black stone, six-armed form of Kali, standing on a prostrated figure. Dakshinkali is located 22 km outside Kathmandu, and about 1 km outside the village of Pharping at the south end of the valley between two hills and at the confluence of two rivers. Sacrifices – the main way that the goddess is worshiped – are made two times a week at this temple, on Saturdays and on Tuesdays.

Chobhar
Chobhar is known for the Chobhar Gorge which is closely linked to the creation of Kathmandu Valley from a lake. According to a legend the divine being Manjushree cut a hill and created the Chobar gorge which drained the water from the lake. Chobhar caves, a network of underground caves and a temple dedicated to Adinath Lokeshwar are the other highlights of this place.

Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast Included.

Day 18 - Guided sightseeing at Bungmati, Khokana and Patan City

With  a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal, you will tour the following heritage spots:

Bungmati
Bungmati is a classic Newari village dating from the 16th century. It sits atop a spur above the Bagmati River. Bungmati is a pleasant traditional Newari village that dates to the 16th century. The streets are too thin for vehicle traffic. Not many visitors come here. In the center of the lively village square is the large Rato Machhindranath Temple, a shikhara-style temple.

Rato Machhindranath Temple is regarded as the patron guardian and the rain god of the valley and Bungmati is his birthplace. It is a common belief that he spends the first half of the year in this temple and the other half at the Rato Machhindranath Temple in Patan. Buddhists worship him as Avalokiteshwara. The courtyard around the temple has a large prayer wheel and many ‘chortens’ (Tibetan Buddhist stupas). When the deity of Rato Machhindranath is moved to Patan, a great chariot festival known as Rato Machhendranath Jatra is observed.

Karya Binayak Temple
This temple, located between Bungmati and Khokana, is dedicated to Lord Ganesh. There are some great views of Bungmati valley and Bungmati River from the temple. From the road linking the hamlets, a path leads up to a beautiful clearing and the walled compound of the shrine. Here an elephant-shaped stone is worshipped as Lord Ganesh.

Khokana
Khokana, another Newari heritage village lies a short walk across the paddy fields from Bungmati.  It is situated just north of Bungmati. It is a tiny Newari village with a reputation for two things – mustard oil and the local temple.

Patan Durbar Square (World Heritage Site)
Patan Durbar Square is an enchanting combination of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. The former royal palace complex is the center of Patan’s religious and social life, and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects. One remarkable monument here is a 17th-century temple dedicated to the Hindu god Krishna, built entirely of stone.

Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast Included.

Day 19 - Leisure day in Kathmandu. Farewell dinner in the evening.

A free day which you can spend it as you wish. You can explore the city on your own or do some last minute shopping. In the evening, there will be a farewell dinner for you in a typical Nepalese restaurant with cultural dance and music. You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto Chitwan jungle safari, rafting adventure, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, scenic Everest flight, mountain biking and other activities.

Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast and Farewell Dinner Included.

Day 20 - Transfer to airport for your final departure

Your trip concludes. Our airport representative will drop you at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.

Breakfast Included.

  • 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 two or three star hotel in Kathmandu, Lumbini , Dhulikhel Nagarkot, and Pokhara, 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.

  • Twin sharing best available Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trek.

  • All your standard meal during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners).

  • 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 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.

  • The required number of local staff for the tour and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests while in trekking).

  • 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.

  • Annapurna Conservation Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.

  • Free Ace the Himalaya duffel/kit bag and sunhat (yours to keep).

  • All government taxes, VAT, Tourist Service charges and official expenses.

  • USD 610 extra per person if you wish to upgrade the accommodation to a five-star for the entire trip (there are no option to upgrade the accommodation in trekking)

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. (A multiple-entry 30-day tourist visa can be obtained for USD 40 or equivalent. Similarly, a multiple-entry 90-day tourist visa costs USD 100. Please have 2 passport size photos and the amount in cash USD/Euro handy)

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu, Lumbini, Dhulikhel, Pokhara and Nagarkot – Approximatley about USD15 to USD 20 per person per day (All meals included while in Trekking and your stay at chitwan).

  • 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 trip. 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.

During the trek in Poon hill and Ghorepani, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks, While in a tour and sightseeing, the vehicle transfers all the heavy items and equipments.

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.

General

  • 4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary ACE duffel bag for you to keep.)
  • Daypack
  • Down Jacket only if you are traveling in the cold season i.e January, February, November and December (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)

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 is place. 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).

Hand

  • 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).

Core Body

  • 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.

Feet

  • 2 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or Capilene.
  • 2 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks preferable for 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 KTM 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.

Optional

  • 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 average people who are moderately fit, thus 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 outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by our tourist vehicle.

We provide two or three star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Lumbini, Nagarkot, Dhulikhel and Chitwan. 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 of USD 610 per person.

Along the trekking route, the accommodation, will be at teahouses/lodges which generally provides basic clean facilities with a mattress, quilt or blanket. We can also offer you Ace the Himalaya sleeping bags if needed but is to be returned after the trip. It is always good to have your won sleeping equipment for the ease. The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory. At times when possible, dining will be around a bon fire. In teahouses, food will be prepared in the kitchen, which you should not enter without permission. The toilet in teahouses provides essential and basic facilities and are always outside the room.

During your Rafting, the accommodation will be at tented camp.

All the restaurants that we dine at cater for Continental, Chinese, Mexican, American-based cuisine with some local influences, always plenty to choose from.

While in the trekking most teahouses (lodges) in Annapurna trails cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare. Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal bhat (rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. In many larger villages, you may find some meat items on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps. Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge you’ll stay at while lunch will be taken on the way to your destination.

The food will be cook by the camping staff at the Rafting trip.

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!

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. Please find more information in the International Flight page.

Laundry service is easily available at your hotel and there are many laundry stores in 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 and guesthouse. 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.

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