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Nepal round-trip

The land of Kumari - Trip for singles

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GROUP SIZE: 2-24 | 15 DAYS

Nepal round-trip

Here you can find the day-to-day description for Nepal round-trip

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Kathmandu

Kathmandu

Spread all over Kathmandu you'll find many temples with lingams that are covered with offerings for the god Shiva. |Nepal

Nagarkot

Nagarkot

The tour to Nagarkot leads through a forest area, over hills, along rice fields and small villages.

Panauti

Panauti

Discover this old Newari- town with a couple of beautiful temples, the Indreshwar Mahadev being the most famous of them.|Nepal

Bhaktapur

Bhaktapur

Bhaktapur is the most picturesque of the three royal cities of Nepal. This is the place to buy wooden carvings and Nepalese puppets. |Nepal

Chitwan NP

Chitwan NP

Chitwan is mainly known for the Asian rhino that lives here. |Nepal

Pokhara

Pokhara

Pokhara is a picturesque town at the shores of the blue-green Phewa mountain lake. Here, relaxing is made easy in one of the many garden cafés. |Nepal

Day to Day description

Transport Route Overnight stay
1 Kathmandu Kathmandu
2 Kathmandu Kathmandu
3 Bus Kathmandu - Nagarkot Nagarkot
4 Bus Nagarkot - Panauti Panauti
5 Bus, Walk Panauti - Sanga - Bhaktapur Bhaktapur
6 Bhaktapur Bhaktapur
7 Bus Bhaktapur - Chitwan N.P Chitwan N.P
8 Chitwan N.P Chitwan N.P
9 Bus Chitwan N.P - Pokhara Pokhara
10 Pokhara Pokhara
11 Pokhara Pokhara
12 Bus Pokhara - Kathmandu Kathmandu
13 Kathmandu Kathmandu
14 Kathmandu Kathmandu
15 Kathmandu End of tour

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Day 1: Kathmandu

Welcome to Nepal!

Flying into Kathmandu is a memorable experience with the Himalayas spread out in front of you. Your tour starts here. From 12 noon you should be able to check into your hotel room. You will also meet your tour leader at this time, in the hotel lobby. Today there are no planned activities, you will just spend time adjusting to your surroundings and preparing yourself for the proceeding travels.

Day 2: Kathmandu

The Kathmandu valley is barely larger than a city like Amsterdam for example and represents less than half the percentage of the surface area of Nepal. But this is where you will experience the vast majority of Nepalese culture. There is more than enough to do in the next few days.

Kathmandu, despite being quite crowded remains a fascinating city with beautiful temples and ancient buildings that will vie for your attention with a vibrant colourful population, especially in the old town. Some visitors will easily spend a day sitting on the steps of one of the temples on the central Durbar Square, where they will simply take in all that goes on around them. This square and the old neighborhoods to the north and south of it are particularly interesting.

Day 3: Kathmandu - Nagarkot

Your group tour of Nepal continues to Nagarkot, on the outskirts of the Kathmandu Valley. This is the best and most famous viewpoint for the peaks of the Himalayas, including the Ganesh Himal and Manaslu. The next morning you can enjoy the view at first light. Nagarkot also has some excellent walking.

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Day 4: Nagarkot - Panauti

Today you will drive to Panauti where you will overnight in a homestay. The group will be divided among different families and your dinner and breakfast is included. In the afternoon you can look around this traditional Newari settlement and discover it's temples. Should you wish to take a present for the family you are staying with, fruit is a good suggestion.

(You may like to visit one of the local schools, in which case it is a good idea to bring some much needed stationary items from home. Your tour leader will ensure proper distribution).

Day 5: Panauti - Sanga - Bhaktapur

This morning you will trek for around 10 km from Panauti to Sanga. The walk starts at about 8 am and runs through the residential area of the Tamang people. You walk along a path through the foothills of the Himalayas and have (on clear days) beautiful views of the surrounding area with rice fields and the snow-topped Himalayan peaks. Along the route, the Nepalis will watch with amazement as we pass through their villages as they do not see many foreigners here. It is always fun to attempt communication with the use of hands and feet!

Note: Your luggage will be brought to Bhaktapur so that you do not have to carry it around with you. The walk to Sanga forms part of the program and is made entirely on foot. If you would rather not trek, then you can travel to Bhaktapur later that day by bus (which will be transporting the groups’ baggage).

Day 6: Bhaktapur

Bhaktapur still breathes the genuine medieval atmosphere that the other two royal cities must have been tasting only a generation ago. The inhabitants are engaged in herding cattle, turning pots or a ritual in a temple. Timeless Bhaktapur is a relief after the busy Kathmandu and a city where, according to many travel guides certainly a night should be spent. If you're after carvings and dolls in Nepal then Bhaktapur is the place to be. The entrance fee for Bhaktapur is included in your fare.

Day 7: Bhaktapur - Chitwan N.P

We continue our Nepal tour to the Royal Chitwan National Park, the first nature reserve of Nepal. We overnight in the area surrounding the park.

The flora and fauna of Chitwan are among the most diverse in Asia. The vegetation is dominated by willows, which cover about 70 percent of the land surface. The remaining 30 percent is a mosaic of forests, high grasslands, lakes, swamps, rivers and streams. Besides the Indian rhino, a number of other large animal species live in the park; these include leopard, jackals, foxes, civets, martens, otters, the sloth bear, wild boar, deer species and several species of monkeys. Over 450 bird species have also been identified in the area. You can walk with a ranger or go with a jeep to explore the nature.

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Day 8: Chitwan N.P

Free day. Spend another day discovering the park. Join an organised trip down the river by dugout canoe and look out for the wildlife which includes the swamp crocodile, the endangered Ganges river dolphin and the gharial. End with a cold beer while watching the sun go down from the riverbanks.

Day 9: Chitwan N.P - Pokhara

Your group tour takes you to Pokhara, at an altitude of 900 m, in the heart of the valley. It is situated on the pleasant Phewa Lake, and has a relaxed atmosphere. You can go swimming, rowing, cycling and the area is also ideal for light walks around the lake. Pokhara has countless souvenir shops and restaurants.

Day 10: Pokhara

Free day. Today you may like to take a morning walk to Sarangkot, from here you have magnificent views of the snowy peaks of the Himalayas, including the impressive Machapuchare, standing at a 6993 m. Due to its elevated position you'll see the most from here. The mountain panorama to the west and east of the Machapuchare consists of a series of peaks making up the Annapurna massif.

One of the finest examples of nature in this area is the Seti gorge, which in some places is only 4.5 m wide. From Mahendra bridge in Pokhara you have a nice view of the gorge.

Day 11: Pokhara

Free day. A visit to the small Barahi-Bhawani temple, on an island near the shore is definitely worthwhile.

If you feel like it, you can go boating across the lake and climbing the hill there. Halfway there is a hut, which usually will have something to eat. Moreover, the panorama of the lake and the peaks of the Himalayas provide a breathtaking backdrop. Renting a mountain bike is also a possibility.

Day 12: Pokhara - Kathmandu

Today you travel back to Kathmandu where you have time to further explore the city. Treat yourself to a nice meal in the 'backpackers' center of Thamel. Besides delicious rice pancakes and momos you can also choose more exciting delicacies from the Newari cuisine such as cho-chi (blood pudding) or ti-Syah (a dish with bone marrow).

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Day 13: Kathmandu

Free day in Kathmandu. Enjoy a day in the bustling capital of Nepal. You can also choose to go rafting. If you opt for this, our local agent will arrange for you to take a trip on a rubber raft on a wild river. The rivers of Trishuli, Sun Kosi and Kali Gandaki are amongst the best rivers for rafting in all Nepal. Make sure to take your swim clothes because you can get very wet during this exciting adventure. You raft through a varied environment with a number of obstacles. Experience is not required as an instructor is with you in the raft.

Day 14: Kathmandu

Free day once again to enjoy Kathmandu and the surrounds. Two kilometers up on a hill outside the city stands the great stupa Swayambunath, a beautiful sacred place of the Buddhists, that should not be missed. An even bigger stupa stands a little further outside Kathmandu. Its' name is Bodnath. Close to this is one of the holiest places in Nepal, Pashupatinath, where many Nepalese and Indians will bathe in the river Bagmati. It is also the most common place to be cremated and there are always dozens of sadhu's, half-naked mendicants with wild hair and drugged eyes, to be seen.

Day 15: Kathmandu

The last day of your tour. You can use your hotel room in Kathmandu until check out time (most times at 12.00 hrs noon). We wish you a comfortable journey home and are sure you will take with you some wonderful memories of this Nepal.

Your personal ‘my.shoestring’ page on our website is the perfect way to make contact with other travellers before and after your trip. You can read and create journals from trips and upload your photos onto the photo gallery. Visit my shoestring today.

When booking your tour, please check to see whether you need any post-tour nights, bearing in mind that accommodation for the night of the final day of the tour (day 15) is not included.


 
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