Kathmandu, Annapurnas and Terai Jungle
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel
Welcome by your guide and transfer to your hotel. Rest and free time. Depending on your arrival, your guide will show you the old streets of Kathmandu and present the first insight into the lives of the Nepalese.
Lunch on your own
Day 2 Kathmandu Durbar Square - treasure hunt in Bhaktapur (1360m) - initiation to pottery
It's time for a morning of authentic and fun visits to the old town of Kathmandu. We walk through the heart of Durbar Square, the historic center of Kathmandu with its palace and Newari temples. We visit the market of Asan Tole, typical market swarming with spice stalls, incense, fruits and vegetables. We then leave in private minibus for the sumptuous pedestrian city of Bhaktapur, located 15 km from Kathmandu where a local family welcomes us for lunch. Bhaktapur is the most beautiful of the three imperial cities of the valley. We overnight in Bhaktapur and have the opportunity to visit the city when all visitors are gone! We organize a treasure hunt and then a Prajapati belonging to an ethnic group of potters initiate children to pottery.
Day 3 Bhaktapur - Bandipur (1200m)
We leave the valley of Kathmandu, and take the road to Bandipur, a sumptuous village of Newar traders. In good weather, we have a splendid view of the Himalayan chain of Annapurna in Manaslu. We settle in at a lodge and proceed to discover the village.
Overnight: Charming Inn
Day 4 Bandipur - Kande Trek (1700 M) To Australian Camp (2050m)
We wake up to a beautiful sunrise over the Himalayas that become golden with the first rays of the sun. After spending some pleasant moments in front of the Himalayas, a Yoga specialist initiates us to this art of wellbeing and good health! After breakfast, we drive downhill to the village of Telkot, the starting point of an easy hike to the village of Changunarayan. It’s a short uphill walk to start with, and then it’s an easy trek along a flat trail, ideal for children. At the end, a downhill track leads us to the village of Changunarayan, where we visit the oldest temple of Nepal: The Changunarayan Temple (5th century). After a short visit to the monument, we drive to Bhaktapur, where we have our lunch at the historical Palace Area called Durbar Square. Meanwhile, we have an appointment with a local Prajapati or potter in his workshop, who initiates children to make clay objects, for example, piggy banks birds and elephants. In the afternoon, we organise a treasure hunt in the historical centre of Bhaktapur.
Day 5 Australian Camp (2050 M) - Deurali (2200 M) - Landruk
Morning ambiance in Bhaktapur is just fabulous! People making offerings –- flowers, colours and lights -- to thousands of Gods and Goddesses, bells ringing, children playing…! After breakfast, we leave Bhaktapur and head towards the Trishuli River, which starts from the feet of Ganesh Mountains (7400m). We do around two hours of rafting on this beautiful river, enjoying beautiful landscapes all around. Drifting downwards gently, we arrive at Riverside Spring Resort for lunch. It’s situated on the bank of Trishuli River in a beautiful and peaceful natural setting, and has a nice swimming pool with a view on the river. Parents and children can enjoy a free afternoon swimming, or walking along the bank of the river.
Ascent/descent : +200m/-400m
Overnight : Lodge
Day 6 Landruk To Ghandruk (1950 M)
After breakfast, we drive to the national park of Chitwan. Here, mountains disappear and it’s wide, flat space with a different natural setting. After check-in at the hotel, we go on an oxen cart ride in the nearby villages. We come back to the hotel on foot, observing the way of living of local ethnical people called Tharus. In the evening, we attend a cultural show, where local artists perform dances with sticks.
Ascent/descent : +650m/-400m
Hébergement : Lodge
Day 7 Ghandruk - Nayapul (940 M) - Pokhara
Today, we enjoy a full day in the park doing various activities. In the morning, we do boating in a small river to see crocodiles and birds. After this pleasant time on the water, we visit an elephant-breeding centre to play with some baby elephants. After lunch, we take some rest and go for elephant safari in the jungle, where we will see antelopes, deer, rhinoceros, jackals…and with some luck, even tigers and bears! Late afternoon, we do some jeep safari to explore the depth of the jungle.
Descent : -850m
Overnight : Lodge
Day 8 Pokhara - Shanti Stupa - Phewa Lake
Early in the morning, we walk to Shanti Stupa "the peace pagoda." From the temple, we will have a panoramic view of the chain of Annapurnas. After a good contemplative pause, we descend to Phewa Lake, which we cross by boat. Meals by the lake. In the afternoon we discover the banks of lake Phewa on foot, a nice way to discover Pokhara otherwise.
Day 9 Pokhara - Chitwan
It is a big half-day transfer by road (5 hours) to the Chitwan National Park, a unesco world heritage site. Arrival at our accommodation in Chitwan for lunch after which we leave for our first peek of the park.
Day 10 Chitwan: Canoeing - Elephant Ride - Warrior Dance Show
Discovery of Chitwan national park. We travel the river by canoe to observe birds and crocodiles at sunrise. Then, on the back of an elephant, we go in search of the rhinoceros. A walk through the jungle concludes our exploration of the jungle to track deer, hinds, bears -and with great luck, tigers. We also visit a crocodile breeding center of a rare species (gavialis gangeticus). In the evening, we witness a Tharu warrior dance, a Terai ethnic group.
Day 11 Chitwan - Kathmandu
We take the road to Kathmandu and upon arrival we visit Swayambhunath, also called "the monkey temple." The site overlooks the whole valley of Kathmandu and its surroundings. Option flight: We have the option to take a flight between Chitwan and Kathmandu.
Drive: 5h to 6h
Option Flight: 25 minutes
Day 12 Patan - Bodhnath - Initiation To Yoga - Vist Of A School - Kathmandu
In the morning, we take the road towards Patan, one of the three ancient imperial cities of the valley, mainly Buddhist, known for its artisans founders of statues. We visit Patan, the alleys, the workshops of artisans, the bahals (local monasteries). We then transfer to Bodhnath and visit the big stupa located in the heart of the Tibetan quarter where many monasteries have been built. Here we experience a yoga initiation session. A visit to the Bal Mandir school: this school run by the state helps children from disadvantaged families to attend school. We spend part of the day with these children and share their daily lives. Return to Kathmandu for evening and dinner.
Day 13 Free Time In Kathmandu
Free Time In Kathmandu
Day 14 End of stay
End of stay
Dates & prices
Departures for English-speaking groups:
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Trip code: NEPFAM-EN
Terms and conditions
- Cancellation up to 30 days prior to the agreed beginning of the journey: No cancellation fees. Unless you have given a written agreement to pay for additional tailor-made services (hotel, internal flights, activities…). In that case, you shall be charged the corresponding amount
- Cancellation between the 30th and 21st day prior to the agreed beginning of the journey: You will be charged 30 % of the travel price, in addition with every non-refundable expense for additional services booked on request (internal flights, site entrance tickets, activities…)
- Cancellation less than 20 days to the agreed beginning of the journey: You will be charged 70 % of the travel price, in addition with every non-refundable expense for additional services booked on request (internal flights, site entrance tickets, activities…)