DAY 1 – Arrival:
You arrive at Tribhuven International Airport where you will be greeted by your representative of Himalayan Advisor
and taken to your Hotel. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner along with an orientation of your upcoming adventure in the Kathmandu Valley.
DAY 2 – Tour of Kathmandu Valley: Our day starts out with touring several of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley. We start our tour at Kathmandu's Durbar Square where the kings of Nepal were crowned for centuries. Here there are nearly 60 incredible temples along with the palace ofThe Kumari, who is the living goddess that resides here. There is a very good chance you will actually get to see her. We will then travel to Swayambhu, the famed Monkey Temple which has been a sacred Buddhist site for over 2000 years. After visiting Swayambhu, we will go to Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal and the third largest in the world. Here you will find Nepal's largest Tibetan community who came as refugees from their homeland after the Chinese invasion of 1950. Here are a number of interesting monasteries. The final part of the tour will be to Pashupatinath, the most sacred Hindu site in all of Nepal. In the evening, you will return to your hotel for the night.
DAY 3 – Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing, Drive to Nagarkot: The day begins by touring the beautiful city of Patan across the sacred Bagmati River from Kathmandu. This city was once its own kingdom and its Durbar Square features some incredible temples, a royal palace and a world class museum displaying the famed art from Patan. This city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our next stop is another former kingdom in the valley, Bhaktapur. Known as the city of devotees, the entire city is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are incredible temples everywhere along with its famed royal palace of 55 windows. The city is especially known for its pottery and there is an entire neighborhood of potters making their wares as they have done for centuries. Following our tour of Bhaktapur, we will then go to the top of Nagarkot to check into our hotel, and there to experience an incredible sunset over the mighty Himalayas.
DAY 4 – Sunrise and Drive to Chitwan National Park: We rise early to enjoy the most incredible sunrise you can imagine over the Himalayas. From on top of Nagarkot, you can on clear days see as far east as Mt. Everest and Mt. Dhaulagiri to the west. From here, five of the ten highest mountains in the world can be seen. After breakfast, it is then off to Chitwan National Park. We leave the Kathmandu Valley and follow the mighty Trisuli River southward as its cuts a deep gorge through the mountains. In the evening, we will check into our hotel for the night.
DAY 5 – Jungle Adventure: We start off after breakfast to experience an early morning jungle safari deep into the heart of the dense jungle as we keep a sharp lookout for tigers, rhinos, deer, peacocks and other wildlife. Chitwan is a bird-watchers' paradise as it is home to many species of birds, both permanent residents as well as seasonal migrants from Siberia. There will be time to visit the elephant breeding centre to see baby elephants (they weigh 100 kg at birth!) and to explore the jungle on foot with your trained jungle guide. In the evening, relax at your hotel.
DAY 6 – Drive to Pokhara: The journey begins after breakfast as we make our way northward, following the Trisuli River until we cross the suspension bridge at Mugling. From here we head westward through valleys and past mountain rivers until we come to the wonderful lakeside city of Pokhara. There will be time to explore around Lakeside after checking into your hotel for the night.
DAY 7 – Pokhara Sightseeing: Today we explore the city and area of Pokhara. We will travel to the top of the ridge that hosts the Buddhist Peace Pagoda. Here you will have the most beautiful view of Pokhara, Phewa Lake and the peaks of the Annapurna Mountains. Annapurna I, the 10th highest peak in the world is very visible, but the most famous of the Annapurnas is Machhapuchhre (Fishtail Mountain) which looks like an upended fish with its tail high in the air. We will visit Devi Falls which roars over its precipice and into a deep canyon before becoming an underground river. There will also be time to do some exploring on Phewa Lake, and even take a ride to the top of Sarangkot Hill where you can watch the sunset in the evening. Following sunset, rest and relax at your hotel.
DAY 8 – Free Day in Pokhara: There is so much to see and do when in Pokhara. Some people chose to simply relax along the shores of Phewa Lake, taking in the incredible scenery. Others can choose to visit one of its many museums as well as walk along the lake. There is a Tibetan Refugee Camp that you can visit, as well as sacred caves to explore. This is your day. If in doubt of what to visit, your representative from Himalayan Advisor can certainly help you to discover the right place to visit and enjoy. We will spend another night in our hotel.
DAY 9 – Return to Kathmandu: Following breakfast, we will return to Kathmandu by private vehicle. We pass through interesting villages and then follow the Trisuli River northward until we crest the Kathmandu Valley rim. We will check into our Hotel for the night, and enjoy a special farewell dinner. DAY 10 – Departure:
Today is the final day of the trip as you make your way toward the airport and on to your next destination. Your representative at Himalayan Advisor
will escort you to your airport as you make your way toward your next stop. But, you do realize that your Nepal adventure doesn't end here? You can easily extend your Nepali visa as well as your Nepal vacation, or make plans for a return trip. Be sure to talk to your representative at Himalayan Advisor