This program from Mountain Scenery trek is designed to give you an introduction into the cultural and natural aspects of Nepal. We have combined it further with a little bit of Annapurna trekking – thus giving you a near-complete introduction of this tiny Himalayan nation. We will do a sunrise or sunset trip in Nagarkot, a hill station of Kathmandu. We will also travel to the dense forests of Chitwan National Park where we will do a jungle safari. Next on the program is a visit the lake town of Pokhara – the true gateway to the Annapurna Region. Further up, we will do a little bit of trekking to see the all-majestic peaks of Nepal – all of which combined, you will have the best introductory tour of Nepal.
Kathmandu, in one sentence, is a sensory overload. In real sense, the adventure begins when you touch down upon the airport. Once out of the airport, you will immediately see that the traffic might not be up to par with global standards but you will notice people moving to and fro – creating a picture of a busy growing city. Once at the hotel, you will check into a room with most amenities and probably free Wi-Fi. Thus begins your real experience of Kathmandu – with excitement and lots of choices, but at a loss where to even begin!
In a matter of few days, Mountain Scenery Treks will take you on a sightseeing tour to not one, not two, but a whopping seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites inside a city that is so tightly packed. During your stay in the valley, you will see the monuments and the culture of ancient cities of Bhaktapur and Patan. The magical and mystical combination of the old with a seemingly haphazard condition of the new will certainly leave you inspired in Kathmandu. And if you’re a foodie, you can dive right into a food culture that is as diverse as the city itself.
The next destination on our trip is the district of Chitwan with all its thick forests and traditional culture of the Tharu people. Nepal’s first and Asia’s all-time popular Chitwan National Park provides you a contrasting experience from Kathmandu. Located in the subtropical plains (called Tarai) of Nepal, Chitwan is home to uncountable species of vegetation and wildlife. You will see elephants everywhere carrying people, carrying goods, relaxing, bathing, eating, and a lot of other activities – and to oversee their population, there’s even a Elephant Birth Center! On top of that, the gushing rivers of Rapti and Narayani offer plenty of chance for swimming and canoeing – but beware of the crocodiles that seem to be omnipresent in these waters. Enjoy the nature here, and before you know it, it’s time to move on to Pokhara.
Day 1: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU AND TRANSFER TO HOTEL (1365M)
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, our staff will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel. You can have the rest of the day to yourself. Later, you’ll be given a brief about the trip ahead.
Day 2: KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING
After breakfast you will go on a guided city tour to several historical places. In addition to historical locations, you will see cultural, spiritual, and other attractions of Kathmandu Valley. We will visit Kathmandu Durbar Squares, the Temple of Pashupatinath, the hilltop shrine of Swayambhunath, and Bauddhanath. You will see the mixed and diverse tradition and medieval architect of this valley
Day 3: EXPLORE PATAN AND DRIVE TO NAGARKOT 2H DRIVE
On the second day of tour, we will visit the historical monuments of Patan. The spectacular architecture of the Durbar Square will enchant you with a dense concentration of temples, stupas, palaces, and medieval housing complexes. The medieval city is home to the old royal palace, too. The rich artisanship will indeed leave you wondering how these larger-than-life structures could have been made more than three hundred years ago! After lunch in Patan, we will drive to the hilly resort of Nagarkot. It is packed with hotels and resorts – as it is perpetually full of tourists who want to have an excellent sunset and sunrise. Get to the top of Nagarkot, observe a wonderful sunset view, and check into a hotel for the overnight stay.
Day 4: DRIVE FROM NAGARKOT TO CHITAWAN VIA KATHMANDU 6/7H DRIVE
If you missed the sunset view yesterday, we recommend getting up before dawn and driving to the top of this hill. Here, you will have a beautiful sunrise view over the mountains. Take some photos and drive back to the hotel for breakfast. From there, drive to Kathmandu and get ready for the next section of this trip – driving to Chitwan. It takes around five hours to Chitwan National Park. It is a dense forest with hundreds of species of wildlife – the most iconic ones being the one-horned rhinoceros and the Bengal tiger. Chitwan National Park is the first national park of Nepal that has grown in popularity since the nineties. Check into a hotel and relax in the evening.
Day 5: EXPLORE CHITAWAN NATIONAL PARK
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Chitwan National Park is best toured via a ride on an elephant’s back – an Elephant Safari. The 932 square kilometers of the park is in central Nepal in the Tarai district of Chitwan, home of the Tharu community. In this national park, one can see the one-horned rhinoceros, the Royal Bengal tiger, more than 600 species of plants, 525 species of birds, and around 50 types of reptiles and amphibians. Some of the birds found in this national park are woodpeckers, hornbills, peacocks, cormorants, geese, pintails, and fowls. Apart from the elephant safari, a better way to see the park is to go on a jeep safari, which will take you deeper into the jungle and maximize your chance of seeing a lot more of the wildlife. Spend the day in the national park where you can also choose to hire a boat or canoe down the rivers.
Day 6: DRIVE FROM CHITAWAN TO POKHARA 5/6H DRIVE
The drive from the forest town of Chitwan to the lake town of Pokhara takes around six hours. We will leave after breakfast and head north along Prithivi Highway. Around midway, we will take a break for lunch and continue towards Pokhara. From several points in the route, we will have views of mountains, rivers, and plains. At Pokhara, check into a hotel and spend the rest of the day around Lake Phewa.
Day 7: DRIVE FROM POKHARA TO KANDE AND TREK TO AUSTRALIAN CAMP
After breakfast, we leave early. Coming out of Pokhara, it’s a scenic drive along the rivers and hills. After an hour or so we arrive at Kande where we take a break and start the actual trekking. The trek from Kande takes more than an hour to Australian Camp. It’s in fact a village known for its beautiful views of Annapurna an Manaslu Mountain Ranges. Stay tonight at Australian Camp.
Day 8: TREK FROM AUSTRALIAN CAMP TO LANDRUK (1640M) 4/5H TREK
Today we will be trekking from Australian Camp to Landruk. The walk will take around four to five hours with lots of breaks in between. The beautiful day of trekking is marked by rhododendron and oak forests, including a number of wildlife. After we come out from the forest, we will come to the open fields of Landruk, right in the middle of the Annapurna Region. Mt. Annapurna South at 7,219 meter is prominently visible from here. Stay tonight at one of the home stays in Landruk.
Day 9: TREK FROM LANDRUK TO GHANDRUK (1960M) 3/4H TREK
After breakfast, we will enjoy the morning at will. Take a stroll around the village, take photos and videos of the wonderful sceneries, and head to Ghandruk, another beautiful village at close proximity to the mountains of Annapurna. First we will come down to Modi Khola and then ascend the stone stairs to Ghandruk. Check into a a homestay and enjoy the magnificent sunset views. You can take part in a dinner with cultural program at night before calling it day at Ghandruk.
Day 10: TREK FROM GANDRUNG TO NAYAPULL AND DRIVE TO POKHARA (875M)
The total trekking duration today is a little under five hours. After breakfast in Ghandruk, we continue our journey with an easy walk all way down to Nayapul via Birethanti. From Nayapul, we drive for about an hour to reach Pokhara.
Day 11: FLY FROM POKHARA TO KATHMANDU 25M FLIGHT
Today you will fly to Kathmandu from Pokhara. Once you are in the capital, have a free day enjoying shopping, hot-water bathing, relaxing in a sauna, or simply seeing around town. In the evening, you are invited to join us for a farewell dinner. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 12: DEPARTURE
According to your schedule, we will take you to the airport for your flight ahead.
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