The land of Nepal is both culturally and geographically diverse. It is home of the mighty Himalayas, but also home of jungles with rare One-Horned Indian Rhinos and the Royal Bengal Tigers. It is a land steeped in Hinduism as well as the birthplace of Lord Buddha, the founder of Buddhism.
The geography of Nepal goes from 150 to 8848 meters in elevation. All of this is within a 100 km of each other. Nepal features so much in such a tiny country. This place offers endless opportunities to discover and experience unique scenery and culture, all in a short period of time.
The Explore Nepal Tour & Trek is an exciting, 15 day experience that will take you into the heart of the mountains. You will explore ancient temples, do a jungle safari on the back of an elephant and visit the holy site of the birthplace of Buddha himself. You will also experience a two day rafting trip down the mighty Trisuli River as it flows down from the Tibetan Plateau.
This is one of our most popular treks at Swiss Nepal Family Trek & Expedition. We take on an amazing journey into this land we call Nepal.
Plan to take this trip in order to enjoy the fun and adventure this country has to offer. Talk to our representative at Swiss Nepal Family Trek & Expedition. They can put together all the details to make your trip the vacation of a lifetime.
DAY 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel by private car
DAY 2 – Drive to Nagarkot by private car
DAY 3 – Drive to Dhulikhel and Namobuddha
DAY 4 – Drive to start of Rafting Trip
DAY 5 – Day of Rafting on Trisuli River, then transfer to Chitwan National Park
DAY 6 – Full Day of Jungle Safari
DAY 7 – Travel to Lumbini by private car
DAY 8 – Full Day of Sightseeing in Lumbini
DAY 9 – Drive from Lumbini to Pokhara by Private Car
DAY 10 – Sightseeing in Pokhara
DAY 11 – Travel by private car to Sarangkot Hill for overlook of Annapurna Mountains.
DAY 12 – Drive from Pokhara to Phedi, trek to Dhampus Village (elev. 1650 m) 3 hours
DAY 13 – Trek to Australian Camp (elev. 2165 m) 3 hours
DAY 14 – Trek to Kande (elev. 1770 m) 2 hours, then drive to Pokhara, fly to Kathmandu
DAY 15 – Departure
DAY 1 – Arrival: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu where you will be greeted by a representative of Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition. You will be taken to your Three Star Hotel for complimentary welcome drinks and a time to relax. There will be a briefing about the trip in the evening.
DAY 2 – Nagarkot and Dhulikhel: The morning starts out early as we drive to see great views of the Himalayas at Nagarkot, just outside of Kathmandu. Here you can see many of the mountain ranges, and on a clear day, even see Mt. Everest, the highest peak in the world. The mountains from Annapurna to Everest are visible from this incredible viewpoint. Later, we will visit the city of Bhaktapur and it's Durbar Square which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will drive to Dhulikhel and overnight at a lodge.
DAY 3 – Drive to Namobuddha and Patan: We will go by private vehicle from Dhulikhel and visit Namobuddha, which is the place where it is said Lord Buddha sacrificed his body to a hungry tiger and her cubs. You will visit that Buddhist Holy Place along with monasteries and stupas with many prayer flags flying over the hill. The trip will end with a visit to Patan's Durbar Square, which is known as the city of art. After touring, we will stay at a Three Star Hotel.
DAY 4 – Rafting: We drive for around four hours to outside of the Valley where we will join up with the Trisuli River and begin two days of rafting. We will experience some Class II and Class III rapids on the Trisuli River, passing over rapids known as "Upset" and "Surprise". We will have lunch about mid-way through the rafting trip, and will camp along the river for the night.
DAY 5 – Rafting/Chitwan National Park: We hit the river again for more rapids and fun. After lunch, we then drive to Chitwan National Park and to our resort. We will have an orientation and a short visit into the jungle with a Tharu Cultural Show in the evening. We will also tour the elephant breeding center and see some baby elephants.
DAY 6 – Chitwan National Park: It is a day of jungle safaris, including your choice of either a jeep or elephant safari. There will even be a chance to participate in the elephant bathing. We will spend the night at a resort.
DAY 7 – Chitwan/Lumbini: The morning begins with some bird watching in the jungles as the park is home to over 160 varieties of birds. We then will take private vehicle to Lumbini, which is the birthplace of Lord Buddha and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here we will visit the Maya Devi Temple where Buddha was born as well as to sit and enjoy the tranquil pond just outside of the temple. This place has such a deep spirituality about it. We will spend the night in a Three Star Hotel.
DAY 8 - Tour Lumbini: It is a day of visiting various monasteries, religious sites as well as some of the archeological places in the area. The Lumbini area is steeped in Buddhism as well as its early history. Spend the night at a Three Star Hotel.
DAY 9 – Drive to Pokhara: We travel again by private car to reach the incredible lakeside city of Pokhara. We will check into our Three Star Hotel, and then do some boating on Phewa Lake, visiting the island temple of Tal Barahi.
DAY 10 – Pokhara: It is a full day of sightseeing in Pokhara, visiting all of the important places, including Bindhyabasini Temple, Devi Falls, Gupteswor Cave, the World Peace Stupa, Mahendra Cave and the International Mountain Museum, all by private car. In the evening, we return to our hotel.
DAY 11 – Pokhara/Sarangkot: We leave early morning for a sunrise over the Annapurna Mountains from Sarangkot Hill. We can watch the paragliders as they take off from their cliff and soar in the heavens. We will do some additional sightseeing in Pokhara, traveling the entire time by private car. We will then return to our hotel for the night.
DAY 12 – Trek to Dhampus Village (elev. 1650 m): We wake up early and drive to the village of Phedi where we will begin our trek to the wonderful little village of Dhampus. It is a Gurung village, and has great views of the Annapurna Mountains. The trek is mostly uphill today, ascending stone staircases built by the local village development committee to help the local people to move quickly along the trails. These trails are the highways of the mountains as many of the villages have no roads to them. From on top are great views of Annapurna I as well as Machhapuchhre (Fishtail Mountain). We will have lunch at Dhampus and then rest at our hotel, enjoying the great views.
DAY 13 – Trek to Australian Camp (elev. 2165 m): We wake up to incredible views of the mountains, and then take a walk through rhododendron and oak forests until we reach the village of Pothana, which is about 1 ½ hour trek. We take a short rest, and then keep climbing the stone staircases until we reach Australian Camp which takes another hour. We will stay at this resort, enjoying opportunities for badminton, volleyball, and other sports, or just sitting around and enjoying the scenery. There will be a great sunset over the Himalayas from Australian Camp.
DAY 14 – Trek to Kande, Drive to Pokhara, return to Kathmandu: It is a short two hour trek to the village of Kande (elev. 1770 m), where we pick up a private vehicle to take us back to Pokhara. Once we reach the city, we will take a flight to Kathmandu. The trek is easy today, and the flight to Kathmandu is exceptional as it follows the backbone of the Himalayas. In the afternoon, rest or do some shopping in Thamel. Spend the night at a Three Star Hotel.
DAY 15 – Departure: All good things must come to an end, and your trip to Nepal is no exception. Before leaving, why not talk to your representative at Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition about returning to Nepal for your next holiday. The vast majority of people make a return trip to Nepal because they are impressed by not only the beauty, but also the local people. Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition offers trips into neighboring Tibet, Bhutan and India. Be sure to discuss your interests and plans with them today.
Your safety is of paramount importance while traveling with Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary. However, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountain regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not be forced to make last minute changes due to weather conditions, health conditions or any member of the group, unexpected natural disasters, etc. The team leader will do everything possible to ensure that the trip runs according to plan. Be prepared for any last minute changes. The Himalayas are big and wild, and worthy of your respect.
THE TREKKING GROUP
For this Tour and trek there will be one team leader/guide. We also provide an assistant leader (1 assistant per six trekkers), and Sherpa porters for carrying luggage (usual compliment is one porter for two trekkers). This arrangement ensures that anybody in the group gets sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition can run this trek for any size group, but the maximum size is 12 people in order to make it a pleasant and enjoyable trip. However, if you would like to have a larger group, Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition can make the appropriate arrangements as well.
All accommodations for Explore Nepal Tour and Trek are on twin sharing basis with inclusive trip costs and are chosen based on standard hygiene, standard of service and food, location and more. There are two styles of accommodations during the trip. We will spend nights in 3-Star Hotels in Kathmandu-Dhulikhel-Chitwan-Lumbini-Pokhara. For the remaining Two nights, we will stay at local tea houses or local lodges and one nights in Trishuli river camp. During the Trek Some of these places have shared toilets and washing facilities. Solo travelers may share a room, or if requested, we can arrange for a private room for an additional fee. However, please understand that in some remote places single rooms might not be feasible, even if the extra fee is paid. These are remote villages that we are dealing with. We at Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition will do all we can to make your trip as pleasant and enjoyable as possible.
During the tour and trek, we can enjoy typical Nepali food, different ethnic cuisines as well as all types of international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.) from pizza and chips to apple pie. We can even enjoy hot chocolates, variety of breads, drinks and snacks. Breakfast will be served from the tea house or lodge menu where we spend our night. Lunch will be served on the way to our destination and usually along the trail. Dinner and breakfast will be served at the tea houses where we will spend the night. Note that at the tea houses and lodges, the food is good, although the menus will be limited. A farewell dinner with cultural show and breakfast will be served in our stay in Kathmandu as well as breakfast served in Pokhara.