Gems Of Nepal
Nepal is known all over the world as a first class adventure destination, yet besides adventure travel up in the mountains, Nepal has a lot to offer in terms of cultural, traditional and diversity for the intrepid travellers. This trip incorporates the expanse of both the Kathmandu and Pokhara Valley. We've planned this itinerary to give you the best Nepal has to offer, perhaps the best one can get without having to exert oneself too hard, and bask in all the sights and sound on offer.
Accommodation: Hotels and Lodges
Duration: 11 Nights / 12 Days
On Tour: 11 days
- Enjoy the mountain view from Haatiban Himalayan Height Resort
- Explore the hidden gems of Nepal
- Experience the wonderful Lakeside in Pokhara and the Annapurna range
- Visit the old Royal Palace in Gorkha
- Enjoy the swimming pool at Summit River Lodge
- Walk on the sandy beach of Trishuli River
- Get the best of Kathmandu Valley
You are met at the airport and then transferred to the Resort, an hour’s drive through the lovely countryside. Located south-west and around 400 meters above the valley, the views from here and the peaceful environment is most welcoming after a long flight. Overnight- Haatiban Himalayan Height Resort.
An early morning hike up the Champa Devi hill is recommended as a good way to get rid of the jetlag. Once at the top of the hill, views of the mountains stretching from Manaslu in the west all the way towards the eastern Himalaya is a treat. In the afternoon visit Pharping (1680m), a small town the site of Sekh Narayan Temple, dedicated to Vishnu, The temple is at the base of an overhanging cliff. Above the village stands the 17th century Vajra Yogini Temple dedicated to the tantric Goddess Vajra Yogini or Durga. Further higher is the Padmasambhava Cave where Padmasambhava attained realization. The Pharping Monastery comes under the Nyingmapa sect of Buddhism. walk to Bhanjyang, Seti Devi and Gopaleshwor Shiva Temple. On the way back visit Dakshinkali Temple (1550m), a shrine dedicated to the terrifying goddess Kali. The image of the goddess is not very big, but Hindus believe it possesses great power. Consequently, every Saturday and Tuesday, thousands of people descend on the shrine to make offerings to the goddess. Though many people bring offerings of fruits, rice, and flowers, Dakshinkali is better known as a place of animal sacrifices, primarily of young male goats and chickens. After lunch at one of the local restaurant walk back through the village for about an hour until the parking lot and return drive up to the resort. Overnight: Haatiban Himalayan Height Resort.
Drive down from the resort to Bansbari (1510m), and then walk through Khokana (1360m), a typical Newari Village famous for its mustard oil mills. Visit the 17th-century Rudrayani Temple, a three-storied pagoda style temple. Further along visit the world famous wood carving village of Bungamati (1405), a traditional village that dates to the 16th century. Bungamati is the birthplace of Rato Machhendranath. He is regarded as the patron guardian of the valley. There is a shikhara-style temple in the middle of the village square. The local deity supposedly spends six months a year in this temple and the other six months in the Rato Machhendranath Temple in Patan. On the return visit the Patan Durbar Square. Patan is probably one of the oldest Buddhist City in the world. It is believed that the city was founded in the 3rd century A.D. This city is known for its finest traditional crafts and rich artistic heritage. Drive back to the resort. Overnight: Haatiban Himalayan Height Resort.
Drive from the resort along a scenic highway through the middle hills, descending to the Trisuli River and along its banks to Kurintar, a journey of approximately 3 hours. Leave your vehicle this side of the river and cross it on a pedestrian bridge spanning the river to the village of Thuguwatar-on-Trishuli. The village homes are strung out along the edges of a flat, fertile expanse of farmland, the forested hills clothing their northern slopes. Walk through the village for about 30 minutes to reach your accommodation for the night, an isolated spur of the hills that slopes down steeply towards the Trishuli River, with great views of the natural forest looking across the flowing waters to the terraced fields across and the enclosing mountains all around. For those interested in rafting, they will stop at Majhimtar, from here it is 14 km down the river, approx time of 3 hrs, where they will be dropped at the banks of the river just below the lodge. Overnight: Summit River Lodge, Kurintar
For the nature enthusiast, there are walks into the hills behind to visit the village homes of the Chepang and Magars. Wake to the sounds of bird calls and the occasional echo of a woodcutter’s Hulloa in the hills around. A little steep to begin with but the village homes above are as yet unscathed by the modernity a road generally brings. Views from here are calmly wonderful, cataracts cascade off the hills into narrow gorges, villagers attend to collecting fodder for their domestic animals, chattering children traipse off to school, uninformed and loaded with books, butterflies of a myriad varieties flitter along the trail. You may come across a village woman at her still, making an alcoholic brew from fermented cereals. Orchids hang off the trees along shaded paths and once more you enter the forest, descending and entering a narrow valley out of which a small stream gushes. Follow the stream up along its many pools and falls to one that is deep enough to take a dip in. There’s even a natural rock slide down which you may slide into the pool. More intrepid adventurers may wish to climb further up the narrow valley along the stream to end at a large cascade falling into another pool. Return along a lower route through fields and by the Trishuli’s white sandy beaches to the lodge. Overnight: Summit River Lodge, Kurintar.
Walking from Manakamana Temple to Gorkha Gaun can be a very exciting full-day program for hiking enthusiasts. The day starts with a short drive to Manakamana Cable Car Then take a short Gondola ride to the temple of Mana-kamana (Goddess of wishes). This short trip up to the temple will give you an excellent view of the villages, Trisuli River and the hills. After you get off, there is a short walk up to the temple where you would see the people pay their respect to the Goddess of wishes (Mana-kamana). After spending some time in capturing the colourful hues of the temple, hike towards “Toran” village. It is an easy hike with the views of local villages and hills. The walk up to the ridge will provide an opportunity to enjoy the spectacular scenery. Enjoying the view of the hills with the background of Annapurna Range, Manaslu, Boudha Himal, Ganesh Himal and other mountains in the east (weather permitting). Guests can relax and have their lunch in one of the villages. After the lunch break, walk downhill through the villages “Khanchowk” and “Thulo Dipling” all the way down to Ludi Khola (River). This is a down-hill walk facing the north, where during the fall season you will see beautiful mountains and green forests. Once guests reach Ludi Khola (River) and finish soaking the beauty of the village around the stream, your vehicle will be waiting to drive you up to the lodge. Overnight: Gorkha Goan Ghar.
The walk to Gorham Palace is a full day program with packed lunch and drive just up to Gorham Bazaar. From here walk all the way up to the palace. Gorham Palace is an old palace, almost three centuries old so the structure and architecture reflect that era. Once you reach the palace you can continue upwards from where you can see the remains of the old fort. Then you can go to Bajra Bairab temple; where you can enjoy the views of the hills on the northern side and if the weather permits, magnificent panorama of the Himalayas with Langtang in the east and the Annapurna massif in the west can be seen. After the palace sightseeing, drive back to Gorham Village. In the evening take a walk around the lodge to experience the rural life of the people, going about their daily chores. Overnight: Gorkha Goan Ghar.
After Breakfast drive to Pokhara, once checked in, take a boat ride across the Phewa Lake and visit the famous Brindawasini Temple, located right in the middle of the Lake. Across the lake take a walk to Peace Pagoda about one and a half hours, on a clear day the entire expanse of the Annapurna range is visible along with the valley below. Drive back to town. Overnight: Fishtail Lodge
Early in the morning, an hours drive by vehicle to the entry point and then walk uphill to reach Sarangkot. It is the viewpoint for sunrise which offers a breathtaking view of the city and the Himalayas: Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhare, Lamjung Himal and more. Return back for breakfast and then visit the medieval Barahi Temple, Devi’s Fall and the old town of Pokhara, Lastly visit the International Mountain Museum. Overnight: Fishtail Lodge.
We take a short scenic flight back to Kathmandu. Today you have time to relax and reflect on your adventure and any last minute shopping to be done. Rest of the day at leisure: Overnight: Hotel of your choice.
Drive to the World Heritage Site, Kathmandu Durbar Square is abundant with old palaces, temples, images of deities and old buildings, a majority of them built in between 15th to 18th century during the reign of Malla dynasty. Hanuman Dhoka – the main gateway to the palace, Taleju temple, abode of the Living Goddess, the fierce image of Kal Bhairab, the ferocious mask of Akash Bhairab, the temples adorned with wood carvings and especially people who come to worship the deities are the attractions of Kathmandu Durbar Square. Pashupatinath is one of the holiest pilgrimage destinations for all the Hindus of the world. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, one of the Trinity and the guardian (patron) deity of Nepal. This is one of the oldest temples, situated on the banks of the Holy Bagmati River. The Boudhanath stupa is also known as Khasti Chitya and is considered as one of the oldest stupas in the country. After 1959, many Tibetans came and have settled in the Bouddhanath area. With a diameter of about 100m and a height of 40m, Bouddhanath is among the largest stupas in the world. Overnight: Hotel of your choice.
Your Guide or our office representative will pick you up and transfer you to the airport.
Our treks are led by professional trained English speaking Guides. They have an intimate and expert knowledge of the trekking regions of Nepal and will make your trek a memorable experience.
Temperatures in the Everest region are quite cool after sundown but due to the strong sunlight at high altitudes, it is usually nice warm during the day. If the weather is good you will certainly be trekking in a t-shirt and long shorts or light trekking trousers, and sun hat. The monsoon traditionally arrives around mid-June and clears away by the end of September leaving clear skies, warm temperatures during the day and cooler ones by night. The best time to visit the Everest region is from the beginning of October until the end of May. Temperatures steadily decrease as you proceed towards the end of November and it can be quite cold at higher altitude until the end of February.