Namaste Nepal: Kathmandu, Annapurnas and the Teraï
Day 1 Kathmandu
Welcome to Kathmandu! Transfer to your hotel. After settling, we visit Swaymbhunath, the majestic Buddhist stupa which overlooks the Kathmandu valley.
Day 2 Patan - Khokana - Kathmandu
Today we visit to Patan, one of the three ancient imperial cities of the valley. Patan is known for its artisans who founded the artistic statues here. Then, we continue to Bungamati, a village of Newar Artisans from the 15th century. Stroll among the terraced crops of the village of Khokhana. Late afternoon return to our hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 3 Pashupatinath - Bhaktapur
Discover the jewels of the valley of Kathmandu. Pashupatinath is a Hindu site dating from the twelfth century, a place where cremations dedicated to Shiva took place and where the pilgrims bathe in the sacred river Bagmati. Today we also visit the sumptuous pedestrian city Bhaktapur, 15 km from Kathmandu, this is the most beautiful of the three imperial cities of the valley. We stay overnight in Bhaktapur to soak in all it has to offer.
Day 4 Bhaktapur - Changu Narayan - Boudhanath
This morning, we can stroll through the narrow streets of Bhaktapur before out transfer to Telkot. From here, we hike along the ridge to Changu Narayan, the oldest temple in the valley, dedicated to Vishnu and situated on a promontory overlooking the valley. We then descend on foot to the Newar village of Sankhu and from here it is a short transfer to Boudhanath. The great stupa of Bodhnath is located in the heart of the Tibetan district where many monasteries of the exile were constructed. We spend the night in Boudhanath to enjoy this sacred place after the departure of the tourists.
Day 5 Katmandou - Bandipur
Today we leave the valley of Kathmandu and take the road for Bandipur, a picturesque village of Newari traders. This place has superb views of the Himalayan range including Mount Manaslu (8163m). This afternoon, we take a short walk in the vicinity of this village which is famous for its orange trees.
Drive: 4 hours
Hiking: 1 hour
Day 6 Bandipur - Pokhara - Australian Camp (2050 m)
Today we head to Pokhara (2h30) for a lunch break. Then, we travel to Kande (1700 m) in the low valleys, surrounded by terraced rice fields. Now, we are in Gurung country and this is the beginning of our trek to Annapurna Camp.
Drive: 4 hours
Trek: 1 hour
Day 7 Australian Camp - Landruk (1 640 m)
We walk to the village of Landruk in the valley of Modi Khola. Our route crosses several small villages where Gurung people live on the fertile southern side of the Annapurna Mountains and cultivate the terraced fields. We continue towards the pretty village of Landruk between villages and rice fields to start our mini trek in the heart of the Annapurna Range.
Trek: 4 hours
Day 8 Landruk - Ghandruk (2050 m)
Today we cross Madi Kola and climb uphill to Ghandruk, a Gurung village with solid houses surrounded by walls of stones which protect the rice and wheat fields. A very nice view of South Annapurna and Machapuchare awaits.
Trek hours: 4
Day 9 Gandruk - Pokhara
Descend to Birethanti (1100 m) and transfer by bus to Pokhara. Afternoon at leisure to relax in Pokhara.
Trek: 5 hours
Day 10 Pokhara – Tansen - Lumbini
After breakfast, we take the road to Tansen. Our scenic journey traverses Nepalese countryside, a picturesque landscape of mountains, valleys, rice fields and villages. Afternoon arrival in Tansen. Let's explore this ancient city and fief of the Rana dynasty. We visit the historical center and Tansen Durbar palace before continuing to Lumbini, which is very close to the Indo-Nepalese border.
Drive: 8 hours
Day 11 Visit of Lumbini - Chitwan Park, Terai region
Today we visit Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautama Buddha. Various international Buddhist communities have built temples and monasteries in this holy place. We can visit some of them. This afternoon, we take the road to Chitwan National Park.
Drive: 5 hours
Day 12 Chitwan Park: canoeing, elephant ride and hiking
A day devoted to the jungle - discovery Chitwan national park. Go canoeing down the river to observe birds and crocodiles as the sun rises. Then we ride elephants and search for rhinoceros. A walk through the jungle concludes our exploration, with a bit of luck we can track and spot deer, bears and tigers! In the evening, we witness a Tharu warrior dance, performed by the Terai ethnic group.
Day 13 Stroll and return to Kathmandu
Morning walk to observe the birds (indian roller, kingfisher, bee-eater, bar-headed goose, etc.). After breakfast, we take the road to Kathmandu. Free time upon arrival in Kathmandu.
Drive: 5 hours
Day 14 End of stay
End of stay
Dates & prices
Departures for English-speaking groups:
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Trip code: NEPDEC-EN
- All transfers by private vehicle as detailed in itinerary
- 3* hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (Hotel Tibet, Manaslu or similar)
- 2* hotel accommodation in a in Pokhara (Hotel Lake View or similar)
- Trek includes full-board and lodging
- Flight: Pokhara - Kathmandu
- Full accompaniment by an English speaking Altaï Guide
- Guided visits as per itinerary: with a cultural expert in private vehicle
- Luggage transfers: up to 12kg maximum per person during the trek
- Trekking support team: assistants and porters
- Trekking permits: ACAP and TIMS
- Staff Insurance
- Entrance to historical sites & monuments
- Meals in Kathmandu & Kathmandu Valley
- Nepalese visa: US $ 25
- International flights
- Insurance: Repatriation, Medical & Helicopter Services
- Tips, drinks and personal expenses - all that is not 'included'
Terms and conditions
- Cancellation received more than 30 days prior to the departure date: No cancellation fees.
- Cancellation received 30 to 21 days before the departure date: 30% of trip price will be retained.
- Cancellation received within 20 days of the departure date: 70% of trip price will be retained.
Changes to travel contract
Budget & exchange
- Warm Sleeping Bag
- Water purifiers (micropur, aguatabs ...)
- A cap or sunhat
- 1 or 2 sets of thermals: long-sleeved thermal tops and full-length long johns
- Long sleeved and short sleeved t-shirts, preferably in quick-drying technical material
- A light fleece or equivilent (plus extra warm layers if necessary)
- A breathable wind proof, waterproof jacket (Gore-Tex...)
- Lightweight waterproof over trousers
- Suitable shorts
- Walking trousers
- A pair of high-rise walking boots - strength, good grip of the foot and ankle (high stems) and impermeability are essential. Choose shoes with non-slip soles (vibram).
- A pair of trainers/sandels or equivilent casual shoes for cities, villages and evenings
- Thick walking socks
- Warm gloves, hat and scarf (it can be chilly in the mountains)
- No cotton
- Always carry dry spares of everything, including underwear and gloves
- A warm breathable base layer
- A second thermal layer
- Wind and water proof protective outer layers
- Your personal toiletries and a fast drying towel
- Water bottle(s). Min. 2 litres, light and isothermal
- A good pair of sunglasses (think min. category 3)
- Sun-cream, face and lips
- Head torch and spare batteries
- A pocket knife
- A pair of hiking poles
- A waterproof bag cover (or plastic bags) to protect your belongings
- Toilet paper
- Anti-bacterial hand gel
- Your camera
- A notebook or travel journal
- A rucksack (35-40L or 45-50L) for use as a day bag. This will contain your (vital) personal belongings for the day (sweater, spare t-shirt, water bottle, picnic-lunch, sunglasses, small things ... )
- We use porters to transport our other belongings when trekking. Please bring a flexible travel bag with zips for easy access max 80L and max 13kg (16kg with camping gear). Please do not bring suitcases or other hard bags which the porters cannot transport.
- You may also be able to store some belongings securely at the hotel in Kathmandu.