The Tea Gardens of East Nepal with Family
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel
Arrival in Kathmandu, and welcome by your guide. Transfer to the hotel. Depending on your arrival time, your guide will show you the old streets of Ason Tole and Indra Chowk, introduce you to the way of living of people of Nepal. Perhaps it's fun for children to learn their first Nepali word "Namaste", which means "Hello". In the evening, we enjoy our dinner in a restaurant with some cultural performance.
Day 2 Visites: Swayambhunath et Patan
We visit the Nepalese capital, starting with the Buddhist Temple of Swayambhunath, which overlooks the emerald valley of Kathmandu. It is also called "Monkey Temple" as the monkeys from nearby forest come to "steal" offerings made to the Gods! We continue with the discovery of Patan, one of the three ancient imperial cities of the valley, primarily Buddhist since the 3rd century BC, and known for its monasteries and colorful courtyards. We have our lunch in a peaceful and historic courtyard. It was another kingdom in the Kathmandu valley before the unification of Nepal in the 18th century. Durbar Square of Patan, with its palace and Hindu pagodas is also a UNESCO heritage site. Late afternoon return to the hotel.
Day 3 Bodhnath - Nagarkot (2000m)
After breakfast, we have a short transfer to Bodhnath to see another big Buddhist temple and some monasteries. Here, we see Buddhist monks praying and turning prayer wheels around the stupa. Meanwhile, we visit a Thanka Painting School, where children can play with colours to make some paintings with the help of a painter. We further drive up to a small village of Jahar Singh Pauwa. We enjoy our picnic appreciating the Himalayas in the north: Mt. Langtang (7210m), Mt. Ganesh (7424m) and Mt. Dorje Lakpa (6900m). After lunch, we walk along a flat trail towards Nagarkot. In the evening, we make fire inside our Mountain Hotel. And it’s story time for kids! We tell an interesting story from Nepal “The Parrot” to our children before they feel a bit sleepy after a beautiful day’s activities.
Overnight: Hotel Country Villa on MAP
Drive: 2 hours
Walk: 2 hours
Day 4 Nagarkot - Bhaktapur
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.
- Overnight: Hotel Heritage on BB
- Trek: 2 hours
- Drive: 1 hour
Day 5 Route: Katmandou – Jhapa
A spectacular road through a large mountainous region of Nepal leads to the East Terai of Nepal, located at the border of India, near Darjeeling. We take the time to discover the small villages scattered among rice fields. We walk from village to village, and enjoy the charming atmosphere of Terai: rice, palm trees, banana trees are the natural setting of this region.
- Accommodation: Homestay & Dinner
- Lunch: Picnic at Sunkoshi Riverbank
- 2 hours walk/discovery of villages in Terai
- Drive: 7 to 8 hours
Day 6 Discovery of Teraï: people and villages
Full day dedicated to the discovery of the Terai Region: we hike through many authentic villages, share a tea with local people, enjoying the immersion in an Indo-Nepalese atmosphere. In the evening, children can learn and play a local game called "Carrom Board" with local children.
- Accommodation: Homestay & Lunch/Dinner
- 4 heures de marche
Day 7 Jhapa – Ilam
After breakfast, we have a short dive and we discover the first tea plantations in Jhapa. We then leave the subtropical Terai region for the mountains and tea of Ilam, capital of Nepal tea for 150 years. Walking tour of tea plantations at Kanyam and we visit a factory to see the different stages of making tea. Late afternoon, we arrive at our hosts’ home where we spend a pleasant evening.
Accommodation: Homestay & Diner
Lunch: Picnic in the Tea Gardens
Trek: 3 hours
Drive: 2 hours
Day 8 Ilam: Tea Gardens, people, villages
Day of discovery of Ilam Region: the capital of Nepalese Tea. A beautiful hike through villages and wilderness allows us to discover beautiful landscapes but also meet local populations of the mountains of Eastern Nepal: Raïs, Limbus, Magars, Bhramanes...
Overnight: Homestay / Diner
Lunch: Picnic in the Tea Gardens
Trek: 4 hours
Day 9 Ilam - Pauwa - Jhapa
After breakfast early in the morning, we head back to the Pauwa Pass (2400m) to enjoy the Eastern Himalayan Range. From its heights, the view of Mt. Kanchanjangha (8586m) and Mt. Janu (7210m), and others, is simply magical! On the road, we visit a dairy based on the mixture of cow's milk and buffalo milk. We continue the road back to find the atmosphere of Terai. Afternoon, walk in the villages.
- Overnight: Homestay / Diner
- Lunch: Local restaurant
- Hike: 2 hours
- Drive: 5 hours
Day 10 Vol intérieur Jhapa - Katmandou
After breakfast, we take a domestic flight for Kathmandu. In the afternoon, we visit Bal Mandir School: this government-run school takes care of abandoned children or children from disadvantaged families. We spend some time with these children, interact with their care givers, then return back to Hotel.
Day 11 Free day in Kathmandu
Free day in Kathmandu. Enjoy the atmosphere of Kathmandu, stroll through the old streets or buy some souvenirs ...
Day 12 End of stay
End of our services. Transfer to the airport for International flight.
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Trip code: NEPESTF-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…)