The Tea Gardens of East Nepal with Family
Day 1 Kathmandu
Welcome to Kathmandu! Your guide will greet you and escort you to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, your trip leader can show you the old streets of Ason Tole and Indra Chowk and introduce you to the Nepalese way of living. Did you know that "Namaste" means "Hello" in Nepali ? Enjoy an evening meal in a restaurant featuring some cultural performances.
Day 2 Swayambhunath et Patan
Today we visit the Nepalese capital, starting with the Buddhist Temple of Swayambhunath which overlooks the emerald valley of Kathmandu. It is also known as the "Monkey Temple" because cheeky 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. It has been primarily Buddhist since the 3rd century BC and is known for its monasteries and colourful courtyards. Durbar Square of Patan, with its palace and Hindu pagodas is a UNESCO heritage site. We can enjoy lunch in a peaceful historic courtyard and explore the area before our late afternoon return to the hotel.
Day 3 Bodhnath - Nagarkot (2000m)
Short after breakfast transfer to Bodhnath. Here, we can see Buddhist monks praying and turning prayer wheels around the stupa. We can also visit a Thanka Painting School, where children can play with colours and do paintings with the help of a local painter. Then, we further drive up to a small village of Jahar Singh Pauwa. We can enjoy our picnic appreciating the Himalayas to the north: Mt. Langtang (7210m), Mt. Ganesh (7424m) and Mt. Dorje Lakpa (6900m). After lunch, we walk along a lovely flat trail towards Nagarkot. This evening, we can make a fire inside our Mountain Hotel and it’s story time for kids! The classic Nepalese tale of “The Parrot” makes a great detime story to end a beautiful day.
Overnight: Hotel Country Villa on MAP
Drive: 2 hours
Walk: 2 hours
Day 4 Nagarkot - Bhaktapur
Wake up to a beautiful sunrise over the Himalayas that becomes golden with the first rays of sunlight. A yoga specialist will join us to appreciate the view and run a yoga session focused on wellbeing and good health. After breakfast, we drive downhill to the village of Telkot, the starting point of our gentle hike to the village of Changunarayan. This settlement is home to the oldest temple of Nepal: The Changunarayan Temple (5th century). After a short visit to this monument, we drive to Bhaktapur for a picnic lunch in the historical Palace Area called Durbar Square. Today, we also have an meeting with a local Prajapati or 'potter' in his workshop, who helps the children make clay objects like piggy banks, birds and elephants. Later today, a treasure hunt in the historical centre of Bhaktapur is waiting for us.
Overnight: Hotel Heritage on BB
Trek: 2 hours
Drive: 1 hour
Day 5 Katmandou to Jhapa
A spectacular road through a large mountainous region of Nepal leads to the East Terai of Nepal, at the border of India, near to Darjeeling. Let us take some time to discover the small villages scattered among the rice fields here. We walk from village to village and soak in the charming atmosphere of Terai where rice, palm trees and banana trees flourish.
Accommodation: Homestay & Dinner
Lunch: Picnic at Sunkoshi Riverbank
2 hours walk/discovery of villages in Terai
Drive: 7 to 8 hours
Day 6 The People and Villages of Teraï
A full day dedicated to the discovery of the Terai Region: we hike through many authentic villages, share a tea with local people and enjoy the immersion in this unique Indo-Nepalese atmosphere. This evening, children can learn and play a traditional game called 'Carrom Board' with local children.
Accommodation: Homestay & Lunch/Dinner
4 hours walking
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 Mountain Range. From its heights, the view of our surroundings including Mt. Kanchanjangha (8586m) and Mt. Janu (7210m) is simply magical! En route, we visit a dairy based on the mixture of cow's and buffalo milk. and then we continue back to the friendly atmosphere of Terai. Afternoon, walk in the villages.
Overnight: Homestay / Dinner
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.
Dates & prices
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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…)