Fly over Everest, visit Kathmandu and hike the Annapurna Mountains
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- Be inspired by the incomparable Mount Everest.
- Walk through the streets of Kathmandu and take in the exquisite architecture of Durbar Square.
- In Pokhara you’ll see the last ancestral home of the Nepalese dynasty.
- See the sunrise over mountains that have for centuries been revered by the Nepalese and have captivated the imagination of Westerners.
- Trek through terraced hills and past small villages, still home to local mountain people.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL KATHMANDU
Upon arrival in Kathmandu proceed to clear customs and then to the exit where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. You will have a short briefing and a Q&A. Time permitting there is time for a short orientation walk.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Dwarika Hotel In Kathmandu http://www.dwarikas.com
DAY 2: KATHMANDU
Today you are taken on a tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swoyambhunath Stupa. The stunning architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square and the complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built in 1200 to 1768 A.D., used to be the seat of the ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu. You will experience that which epitomizes the religions and cultural life of the people. Continue to Swayambhunath west of Kathmandu. The great stupa of Swayambhunath which is considered to be over 2500 years old marks the point where the legendary patriarch Manjushri discovered the lotus of the ancient valley lake. Constructed to specific rules each with a symbolic meaning, the stupa of Swayambhunath is a model of its kind.
An early morning Mountain Flight to see Everest and the central Himalayas up close is possible today.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Dwarika Hotel In Kathmandu (B)
DAY 3: KATHMANDU /POKHARA
Drive west to Pokhara. This is a slow 6-hour but you will get to see either the Manakamana Temple which offers a cable car ride up and back or you can visit Gorkha town, the ancestral home of the last Nepalese dynasty.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Hotel: Shangri-La Village Resort (B) http://www.hotelshangrila.com/index.php?content_id=17&type=menu&loc=pkh#
DAY 4: POKHARA-BIRENTHANTI
Trekking begins today with a drive out of Pokhara to a trail head. The first stop Birethanti village, is about 45 minutes up the trail. Beautifully set beside the Modi Khola river which is filled with huge boulders. You’ll get an idea of river’s power when swollen with monsoon rains. Explore the town before continuing to Sanctuary Lodge, another 45 minutes up the trail. You can rest in the afternoon or take an optional walk exploring the surrounding river valley (Trek time 3-4 hours). (B, L, D)
ACCOMMODATIONS: Kerr and Downey lodge http://kerdowney.com/properties/nepal/himalaya-nepal/ker-downey-nepal-mountain-lodges/
DAYS 5 and 6: GHANDRUNG
Today’s trek goes north for 4-5 hours to Ghandrung (jeep support available part of the way). The trail passes through terraced fields, forest plots and small villages.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Himalaya Lodge in Ghandrung, a restored 100-year-old farmhouse in this interesting town. (B, L, D)
DAYS 7, 8, 9: GHANDRUNG-TADAPANI-GHOREPANI
Trek to Tadapani also known as “Far water,” was once an important trade stop. Tadapani is halfway to the fabulous view spot at Poon Hill. Continue to Ghorepani and then to Poon Hill.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Standard (very basic) tea house lodge and shared bathroom facilities. (B, L, D)
DAY 10: NILGIRI HIMAL
The morning offers amazing views of Nilgiri Himal. Begin a long descent on a trail completely filled with stone steps. Lunch at Tirkhedunga and another hour or so to Birethanti. Be prepared as this day can be tough on the knees due to the decent on many, many steps.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Sanctuary Lodge: http://kerdowney.com/properties/nepal/himalaya-nepal/ker-downey-nepal-mountain-lodges/ (B, L, D)
DAY 11: POKHARA
Trek out to the road early and return to Pokhara. Take the remainder of the day to relax or explore Pokhara.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Hotel: Shangri-La Village Resort (B)
DAY 12: POKHARA – KATHMANDU
Morning free in Pokhara, then fly to Kathmandu mid-day. Afternoon free. If you were unable to fly over Everest at the beginning of the trip you will have a second chance to do it here.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Darwika Hotel (B)
DAY 13: FLY HOME FROM KATHMANDU
Satisfaction guaranteed. Time to say goodbye to the experience of a lifetime. We’ll take you to the airport and bid you safe journey home. (B)
- all breakfasts;
- transportation to and from trek;
- internal flights while in Nepal;
- English-speaking Sherpa guide;
- meals (On a tea house trek you choose from the lodge menus, on a camping trek your cook prepares all meals);
- accommodations in tea houses or tented camp; and
- permits, fees, and taxes.
We can include:
- international airfare;
- travel insurance.
We do not include:
- expenses due to weather or medical problems, acts of god;
- alcohol and beverages;
- junk-food-type snacks;
- personal expenses like phone calls, souvenirs, laundry, and tipping;
- at times on trek there may be deluxe tea house rooms available for US$10-15 extra per night;
- Once you arrive in Nepal, there can be no refund for activities you cannot or choose not to participate in;
- visa fees for Nepal and international airport taxes that are to be collected inside the secure area in Nepal and are not included and are payable in US cash only;
- meals not included in the itinerary.
- Everest flight if desired payable in Nepal.