In this tour, you will be visiting some of the main cities which are mostly visited by the tourists who come to visit Nepal. They are Kathmandu; the capital of the country, Pokhara; one of the well-known and most popular tourist hubs in Nepal and Chitwan; which is famous for its jungle environment due to the protected area especially inside National Park.
Starting and ending of the tour will be Kathmandu where you will have total of 8 days of tour package. At High Venture Plus, we provide you with guide, meals, transportation facility and hotels.
While going for tour, you will be visiting the Hindu temples and Buddhist monastries in Kathmandu, go to visit the caves while in Pokhara and go forth for Elephant safari in Chitwan National Park.
Nepal is a country with vivid cultural and linguistic background. You will get amazed by the different cultural diversity even in same city from place to place. Being rich in cultural diversity, you will be looking at the cultural significance that the country holds through the city of Kathmandu. Moving forth to your journey, you will be mesmerized to look at the views of the mountain peaks, lakes and caves while in Pokhara. Then, going ahead to Chitwan, you can find different birds and animal species along with wide variety of floras in Chitwan National Park.
Arrival at Kathmandu
When you arrive at Kathmandu Airport, you will be escorted towards your hotel by our staff member. Then, you can either rest or relax at your hotel on this day or you could get to know the people and interact with them in the hotel. You could go for a walk nearby if you would like to. Regarding the clothing, since Kathmandu is situated at an elevation of 1,400 meters (4,600 ft.), we expect you to bring the clothes accordingly and according to the season.
On the second day of your arrival, we will now proceed with our journey. We will firstly go for an early morning Mountain flight from where you can see the clear views of the Himalayas including the world’s highest peak Mt. Everest. Here, you will be charge a little extra for the flight charges as we will not have included this facility in our tour package. This flight will take you around an hour. You could take photographs of the mountains from here. If you would not like to go for it then you could just stay at the hotel. But it’s a lifetime opportunity with just a little more charge of flight! However, after the flight, you will return back to your destined hotel where you will be having your breakfast. Then, you will be heading towards SwayembhunathStupa; a Buddhist monastery in Kathmandu. There you will see a lot of monkeys along with design, the art and architecture of the stupa. Then, you will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square after that. There, you will see some temples and the courtyards which dated from the 3RD Century. You can see the way it was built at that time. Then we head up to Pashupatinath Temple which is one of the greatest Hindu shrines. This temple is especially dedicated to Hindu God Shiva and is considered to be the oldest temple in Kathmandu valley. Then, after that we move forward to our other destination that is Boudhanathstupa. This stupa looks quite similar to that of Swayembhunathstupa as both are Tibetan Buddhist monasteries. However, Boudhanath is the largest stupa in the valley. Then, later on we will return back to our respective hotels.
Drive from Kathmandu to Chiwan
Now, on the third day, we will have our breakfast at the hotel and head up to our new destination that is the city of Chitwan. It takes approximately around 6-7 hours of drive to reach there. The distance covers 175 km by road. Reaching there, you will be moving in to the hotel where you will keep all your bag packs and stay overnight there. That day you will simply rest and roam about the nearby places. Then, the next day, as Chitwan is widely known for its protected wildlife area, you will be going to see them.
Sightseeing at Chitwan
On this day, you will have your breakfast and proceed forward for your journey towards Chitwan National Park where you might be able to see some of the endangered wild animals like Royal Bengal Tiger or if not then you can see other animals on the way. While exploring around the park, you will either be going in an elephant safari or a jeep safari. You will later on spend the night at hotel in Chitwan itself and gear up for next day.
Drive from Chiwan to Pokhara
Now, on this day, you will have your breakfast as the other days and will go forward to Pokhara from there via road. It takes approximately around 4 to 5 hours which consists of 83.3 km. Reaching there, you will be further escorted to your hotel where you will be spending the night there itself. As there is no tour program as soon as you reach there you can either rest or go nearby places and go for boating or look at the lakes if it is near or simply stay at the hotel.
Sightseeing at Pokhara
Now, on this day, you will go to Sarangkot for looking at the Sunrise as you can see amazing views of the sunrise if the weather is fine otherwise we will just be staying at the hotel instead of going there. Then, after that you will return back to the hotel and have your breakfast. Then, after having your meal, you will be heading towards World Peace pagoda which is a pagoda style monument. The pagoda symbolizes World peace and order. Then, you will go further to Devi’s fall which is a waterfall where the water vanishes in a quite mysterious way and reaches GupteshworMahadev Cave. And then, you will go to GupteshworMahadev Cave which is dedicated to Lord Shiva; a Hindu God. Then, you will further visit the temple of Tal Barahi which is dedicated to Hindu Goddess Bagwati. Then, towards the evening, you will go to see the Bazzar of Pokhara where you can see old architectural Newari houses giving you a typical Nepali ambience. Then, at night you will return back to your hotel.
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Now, on this day, you will be returning back to Kathmandu via road which takes approximately around 5-6 hours
Departure from Kathmandu Airport
SO, this is the end of your tour package and our staff will accompany you to Kathmandu’s Tribhuwan International Airport and thus your 8 day journey ends here.
What's not Included?
Age group- for ages between 10-70 years old
Maximum group size- 10
Tour especially for- Students, family and friends
Transportation facility- Private micro van or bus/ tourist bus
The ideal time to trek in Nepal whether it is either in Autumn- from September to November or in Spring- from March to May. These two seasons are considered to be the best time due to good weather and moderate temperate suitable for trekking.
In regard to the difficulty of trekking in Nepal, it depends upon the mountain range. Not all the trekking routes are that difficult to climb but there are places where you can find trekking most challenging as well.
In order to be fit for trekking, you need to start walking more and possibly go for hiking or even short distance trekking before you trek for long distance like this. You can go for hiking in your own place nearby before coming to Nepal as well.
The documents that you will require for trekking in Nepal will be your passport which should be valid at least till next 6 months, a copy of your insurance, 2 or more passport sized photographs, flight tickets of course along with emergency contact number in case of any emergency.
Yes, travel insurance is necessary and while getting the insurance, make sure that the company covers the altitude that you are trekking at. And the other thing, it is even better if you get the insurance from your own country.
For altitude sickness, as it is quite common problems in higher altitude, we provide you with some of the guideline regarding what you can do at your own level if it is not much. But if the sickness continues to get worse then you should immediately get down to lower region. In case of emergency, our guides will take care of it as they are well trained with using first aid and have basic knowledge of physical injuries or some other problems. But if the injury, altitude sickness or any other problem arises then the rescue team will be contacted. For this reason, you insurance helps a lot.
Yes, you need to have a trekking guide if you are a new trekker as you may not know about so many things like mountaineering or altitude sickness or even about the topography, weather, etc. And most importantly you will be able to know about the place that you are travelling; the exact location and can also have a company. But if you have travelled and especially trekked a lot of places in Nepal trekked earlier as well for many times and think you don’t need a guide then you may proceed. But for this also, make sure that you have the permission from the local and government authorities as trekking guide is mostly compulsory in many parts of the Himalayan region.
This however is not a compulsion in many of the trekking routes but it is better if you take a porter along with you as you can enjoy your travelling experience without having to carry a lot of loads- your backpack. And the other reason the local people will get a work to earn for their daily requirements and as the people in High Himalayas don’t have riches and live a simple normal life, it will perhaps be a great help.
The permits that you need for the trek will be done by our company and need not worry about it. But however, for your information, you will need to have a TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card- this is a basic permit for trekking in Nepal along with the necessary permits of where exactly you are trekking if needed. You can also have FIT (Free Individual Trekker) if you are a solo trekker. But this is not valid for the restricted areas where you cannot go forward for solo trekking. The other necessities will be Valid passport with at least six month remaining before it expire, a valid Nepal visa, e-copy of passport sized photo. The other necessities will be done by the company itself.
Yes, you can solo trek or travel in Nepal. However, for trekking in higher altitudes where the regions are known as Restricted Areas, there you are not allowed to go alone as you will have to buy at least two permits. But the interesting thing is that in most of the areas you also need to carry a guide along with you. So, if you can manage to trek with your guide paying for his permit and being with him throughout the trek, then you possibly might be able to trek in that way. Otherwise, you can get along with someone who also wants to trek solo and go together instead.
The foods are usually served in the teahouses which will be plain but good and hygienic as they cook the vegetables nicely. They even soak iodine in water before cooking the vegetables so that you can get good and healthy food. Whereas if you are camping then you can get local foods that you can cook it. Since in higher altitudes, you won’t find refrigerators and frequent power cut; you will have to be vegetarian during the trek even if you are not. Then, regarding water facilities, bottled water is available up to the most of the Base Camp itself which will cost around US$1-4. But however, you should not drink water from the tap or streams.
For souvenirs, you can get good hand knitted woolen goods, hats, cashmere shawls, pashminas, Buddhist memorabilia, carved masks, puppets, wood carvings, jewelry, etc. as these are the things which are frequently bought by the tourists. You can get the souvenirs mostly at Thamel area when you are in Kathmandu. So, for all of the extra expenses including souvenirs, food and drinks other than what the Hotel/ Teahouse provides you, or perhaps some clothing or equipment for yourself then we recommend you to have around US$200-350 along with you. Besides that, you can withdraw money from ATMs while in Kathmandu as well.
Yes, you can buy trekking equipment in Kathmandu and it may even cost a little less amount but the quality of the product can’t be guaranteed. So, for this reason, we recommend you to bring the very necessary equipment like the trekking shoes along with you. But for other additional needs, you can buy it in Kathmandu itself.
You need to carry warm as well as cool clothing as there might be hotter in some of the places along the way or even in Kathmandu during summer season. Then, you have to have a sleeping bag as you might need it at times if the teahouses are unavailable or so in some places. The other things we recommend are small portion of snacks like chocolate bars, water proof wearable, cap, lotion, sunglasses, hand sanitizers, water bottle, first aid kit, etc. along with your daily necessities.
We don’t think you will need Ice axe or Crampons during trekking even in the Himalayas as the trails are marked nicely until and unless you go to trekking in the winter. Then, you will need them as there will be much more snowfall and will also be easy for you while trekking. In other season, instead of Crampons, we recommend you to have Micro spikes as they are not heavy and you can carry it easily. Plus, Micro spikes are comparatively less expensive as well. And regarding the Ice axe, we will provide you with one if it is really necessary though it’s not that necessary, as we will know more about the size and shape along with light weighted one.